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Ladies Lunch

St. Rocco’s Ladies Lunch is back for 2019 and this year we will be transporting you to the wide-open plains of Africa as we welcome guest speaker, Fran Sandham, to Statham Lodge as he recounts his two-year, solo journey across Africa from Namibia’s Skeleton Coast to the Indian Ocean in Zanzibar on the east coast.

Ladies Lunch is a fantastic way to get the girls together for a great pre-Christmas afternoon. You will enjoy a welcome drink on arrival and be able to browse a variety of stalls, which include clothing, accessories and artisan foods- perfect for picking up some Christmas presents- and take part in some of our fundraising on our tombola and raffle. A delicious three-course meal is then served in Stratham Lodge’s beautiful surroundings before we settle in to hear about Fran’s adventures in Africa.

As well as having fun with friends, the Ladies Lunch is an enjoyable way to support patient care at St. Rocco’s Hospice and help us to look after those who need us in the Warrington area for many years to come – so the more the merrier!

It costs over £3.6million a year to run St. Rocco’s. As a registered charity over 78% of our funding is generated by the local community which means we’re able to provide free care for the people of Warrington with a life-limiting illness as well as support for their families.

To join us at this years event please contact our Fundraising Team on 01925 575780 or e-mail events@stroccos.org.uk

Tickets are just £40 or £380 for a table of 10.

We’ll see you on the day!


For many years Eglwysbach show has been the biggest event of the year in the village and has been a must-see attraction in the North Wales summer calendar. The show has always been held on the second Saturday in August every year. Over the years the show has welcomed visitors and competitors from all parts of north wales and other locations such as Manchester and Birmingham. This year we are looking forward to welcoming our new president, Gareth Wyn Jones from Llanfairfechan a new chairman Wyn Owen from Tal-y-Cafn, Tudur Roberts who is the new secretary for the poultry section, and Roger Edwards and Gaerth Lloyd in the Classic Tractor Section.

Eglwysbach bach show is a local show which has grown over the last few years. Records show that the Show was founded in the 1940s. There are many attractions to offer to the young and old with over 80 trade stands, a funfair, cattle, sheep, poultry, horses, horticulture and some horticulture and hand craft competitions.

There will be over nine different cattle breeds to be seen at the show competing in various classes. The main cattle competition kindly sponsored by NFU Cymru this year in the ‘Group of 3 – Aged Ram, Shearling Ram and Ram Lamb. This is a class where three rams from the same breed team up and should match with size and confirmation. This competition is also held at Llanrwst Show and Cerrigydrudion Show. The winner will take a grand prize of £100 home.

A fairly new section at the show is the Speed Shearing competition which attracts some huge crowds at the end of the afternoon. It’s a section that caters for beginners, ladies, veterans and senior has proven to be very popular. The competitions start at 4pm in the shearers marquee where the sheep wait patiently to be shorn! All competitors will be timed and the fastest in each class will be the winner.

There will be an opportunity to see over twenty different breeds of sheep competing in the sheep section with suitable competitions for children to show their pet lambs and practice their young handler skills. In the young handler classes all competitors will be judged on their ability to handle and show any exhibit from the sheep section. The young handlers must not be any older than 16. Our new President and his wife will be judging this class.

Tudur Roberts from Abergele has recently taken over the Poultry section and with 123 classes in the section. There will be several types of poultry birds and eggs available to see. Competing in the poultry section will start promptly at 10am and the best poultry will be on display during the afternoon.

The display of vintage tractors is often a popular section for many of the public to see. There will be a static display of vintage and classic tractors and associated farming machinery in an enclosed portion of the show ground which the public are admitted to view. All tractors will be in position to be judged by 11am. At around 1.30pm, the exhibits will have mustered into a cavalcade to progress to the main area to take part in the grand parade. A great display worth watching and to hear all the engines running. A prize of £25 will be awarded to the best in show, this award will be presented in the grand parade.

The light horse section will include 5 rings full of competing for you to enjoy all day. There will be various competition classes including some in-hand showing, ridden showing and working hunter showing with some jumping. The welsh pony and cob classes will include the opportunity to win the W.P.C.S Bronze medals with extra unaffiliated ridden welsh classes included this year. There are many different competition classes suitable for any age and any horse. The supreme champion will be held in ring 1-2 at the end of the afternoon, and the Conwy Pottery trophy will be awarded to the Champion.

Dogs are welcome at the show and during the day there will also be a Dog Show, we welcome everyone to participate, with various prizes to be won. The dog show is sponsored by Country Kennels, Eglwysbach and supported by Prospect House Veterinary Clinic & CAL Autism Assistance Dogs.

The art exhibition is held at Aberconwy Hall, Eglwysbach during the week leading up to the show and over the weekend (3th – 11th August). In the exhibition the are over 250 works of art by local artists all available at reasonable prices. Admission is free, and the exhibition is open 11am-6pm including Sundays.

We are very proud of our local area as a show and have a local garden competition. There are various competitions in this section which are judged before the day. A recently new class for this section is the Scarecrow competition. We had 19 entered last year and are looking forward to seeing new scarecrows around the village this year. The theme for this year is ‘Disney’. Prizes are kindly donated by Ceri Leeder for this class. The top three winners will be on display in front of the horticulture Marquee on show day. The horticulture marquee will include various vegetables, flowers, farm and dairy produce, hand crafts competitions and photography. There is something for all ages in this section. Trophies will be presented in the Horticulture marquee at approximately 3.00pm for prize winners.

The show is held on Saturday 10th August 2019 at Cae Henblas, Eglwysbach. Six miles south of Colwyn Bay, signposted off A470, near the famous Bodnant Gardens and Bodnant Welsh food centre. A great day out for all the family, gates open 9.30 am continues to the show livestock Grand Parade at 4 pm and Speed Shearing until 9pm. Admission for adults £7.50, Children £2.50 – Free Car Parking (Please follow sign posts to carpark) Please be aware that there will be a Photographer at the show and the Eglwysbach Show reserve the right to use photographs taken at this show in their publications/social media.

Arley Hall is the stunning backdrop for our live music concert, where you can picnic in the gorgeous grounds before we bring you tributes to some of the greatest acts of all time: Cher, Blues Brothers and Abba!

With an outstanding vocal impersonation, dry wit and outrageous costumes Elly Jarmain recreates the highlights of Cher’s phenomenal career, which spans several decades. After joining the award-winning Legends show in Blackpool, Elly has continued to perform as Cher both solo and with the stunning live show ‘Believe in Cher’.

Next to the stage will be Jake and Elwood’s Blues Brothers, who will leave you with no doubt as to why they are hailed as ‘one of the best blues shows in the world’! Great music, talent and energy collide with this act, who are guaranteed to fill any dance floor.

Our headline act is Abba Re-Bjorn, the UK’s leading Abba tribute band. Made up of extremely talented singers and musicians, together they are the most authentic sounding tribute to one of the greatest and best loved acts of all time. With their tight harmonies, high energy performance, stunning replica costumes and audience participation aplenty, you can thank them for the music, be a dancing queen and lay all your love on the summer night city that is Live in the Park!

Contact Arley Hall on 01565 777353 or www.arleyhallandgardens.com or the Neuromuscular Centre (NMC) on 01606 861733 or www.nmcentre.com. Tickets are also available from ticketweb – www.ticketweb.co.uk.

There are also a limited number of 3m x 3m, available for your garden gazebos. These must be booked in advance, via Arley Hall only.

Neuromuscular Centre (NMC) is the Centre of Excellence for People and Families affected by a Neuromuscular condition and is the only charity of its kind in the UK and Europe! NMC provides vital services for people with neuromuscular conditions, which include the muscular dystrophies. These services include physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, support and advice, training and employment opportunities within our social enterprise; NMC Design+Print. These essential services are not available on the NHS, and are a vital lifeline for our community, which is over 3,000 people. The cost of running this inspirational Centre is over £1.2 million every year, and Live in the Park contributes significantly to this. Attending one of our fundraising events is just one of many ways you can support us. For more information about NMC, please visit www.nmcentre.com or follow us on facebook: facebook.com/nmcentre and twitter: @NMCentre.

Experience the Best of Wales…on rails

The Cambrian Railway spans 120 miles of unspoilt natural beauty and is one of the most scenic rail routes in Britain. From Shrewsbury in Shropshire, the Cambrian Main Line takes you over the border into Wales, through rugged mountain terrain, quaint market towns, World Heritage sites and castles, cross country towards the picturesque West coast of Wales. Here it merges into the Cambrian Coastal route offering spectacular views, coastal walks and places to visit along the length of the Gwynedd coast.

Walking distance from Aberystwyth’s main station you can take a trip down memory lane with a ride on the famous Vale of Rheidol Steam Railway a must for both the young and young at heart.

Opened in 1902, the railway is a masterpiece of engineering and has been delighting passengers young and old for generations. Although the line no longer carries lead ore from the mines it has been carrying tourists to the beauty spot of Devil’s Bridge, 12 miles up into the Cambrian Mountains for over a hundred years!

Watch the scenery passing by your window, the countryside ever changing as you travel through wide open fields, ancient woodland and stunning mountain scenery, twisting and turning, clinging to the hillside to reach Devil’s Bridge- home of the famous Mynach Falls and Devil’s Punch Bowl.

Welcome to Elaine’s Tea Rooms, Feizor.

Run by Elaine Knowles, this licenced farmhouse tea room is situated in the heart of rural North Yorkshire. Whether you travel by car, cycle or walk to Feizor on one of the many footpaths that meet there, Elaine’s is a must to visit for excellent home-made food at reasonable prices. In short, this is just excellent value for money.

See some of our recent reviews from our happy customers…

Great service and food.

We had coffee and cake here on two occasions. Lovely staff, service and unique location… well worth the short drive from Settle.
Many thanks for serving us after closing time.”


Friends recommended this place whilst we were staying at The Traddock so we scouted it out on a very windy, wet morning. We were told to have the scones! Oh my word they were delightful, massive, warm, fresh and the best I’ve had”

Never changes.

We’ve been calling at Elaine’s for years now. It’s a perfect stop on a muddy dog walk around that part of the Dales. Usually we just stop for a cappuccino which is always excellent. Hot and frothy, just how I like them.
Dogs and muddy boots welcome outside and in. It’s a right make yourself at home type of place. We love it”

A welcome oasis

We had been to see the Norber Erratics and walked along the Pennine Bridleway from Austwick before arriving, very hungry and a bit wet. The staff were welcoming and all the food was delicious, sandwiches, chips, followed by cakes. Open every day, I can’t wait to come back on a sunny day and try those tables in the garden”

A well hidden beauty in the Dales

If only I had been shown this uniquely amazing place before now! Tucked away near Settle. Wonderful place-food to die for- cakes and Yorkshire Tea. Staff extremely attentive. Also I purchased some bootees for my nephew to be- as well as some Body shop products! Thank you. I shall be returning!”


Steel Bonnets, The Lakes Distillery’s blend of English and Scotch malt whisky, has been awarded a Gold Medal in the World Whisky Ultra-Premium category (whiskies priced over £51) by the prestigious Spirits Business Awards.

The Luxury Masters competition aims to reward the finest luxury spirits on the global stage. Chaired by The Spirits Business and assessed by a panel of leading spirits specialists, Steel Bonnets was the only World Whisky in its category to secure a Gold Medal award.

Speaking following a blind-tasting, the panel of whisky experts from across the globe commented that Steel Bonnets was ‘full and warm’ with ‘green apple, slight wood smoke’ and a palate of ‘cinnamon and plum.’

Created with the highest quality malt whiskies from both sides of the border, Steel Bonnets is a combination of The Lakes Single Malt from England and some of the most respected malts from Scotland. It is the world’s first blend of English malt and Scotch malt whisky.

The name pays homage to the memory of the English and Scottish people who lived in the Border Marches from Berwick-upon-Tweed in the East to Carlisle in the West during the 13th – 17th centuries.

Paul Currie, Founder and Chief Operating Officer of The Lakes Distillery said: “I’m incredibly proud that Steel Bonnets has been recognised by some of the world’s leading whisky experts for its excellence. Our Master Whiskymaker Dhavall Gandhi has created something very special.

“This is the third year of the competition and the excellence demonstrated in our category confirms the emphasis leading whisky makers are putting on taste and quality. With the growing trend for customers to spend more and drink less this is an increasingly important award for premium spirits.

“Our ambition is to establish The Lakes Distillery as a luxury global whisky brand and this recognition is another significant step towards this. Steel Bonnets now sits alongside world brands including Sullivan’s Cove of Tasmania and Chivas Regal Ultis, both Gold award winners and I’m absolutely thrilled.”

The Lakes Distillery Master Whiskymaker, Dhavall Gandhi, said: “I’m honoured that Steel Bonnets has received a Gold Medal. It is very rewarding that the knowledgeable tasting panel appreciated this unique whisky.”

For more information, please visit: www.lakesdistillery.com

Blackburn Market Set for an Exciting Year

One of Lancashire’s longest established markets is full of optimism for 2018 with a range of events, visitor offers and festivals set to transform a visit to Blackburn Market.

Having just won Coach Friendly Shopping Destination of the Year at the Coach Tourism Awards, the year is off to a great start. The market is open 6 days a week & offers a wide range of traditional indoor stalls linked directly to The Mall Shopping centre with all the big High Street brands you would expect.

With its dedicated food court, the market is also a great place for lunch or a cuppa, with cuisine from traditional cafes and coffee shops to exotic tastes from around the world.

The market, as well as offering long established traditional traders such as greengrocers, butchers and fishmongers also adds a modern twist with high fashion, technology, beauty, fancy dress & even postal services.

This year sees a range of family pleasing events, including children’s TV favourites and large screen movies as well as taking part in the Countryside Comes to Town Festival and the Blackburn Cathedral Flower Festival.

Blackburn Market is more than just a market!

We have a FREE car-park; the best railway bookshop in the UK where a large range of models, souvenirs and Thomas toys are available; the ‘Russell Tearoom’ where the finest home-cooked meals, snacks, and children’s meals are available; steam train rides in traditional carriages; FREE miniature train rides; FREE museum tours where you can climb on locomotives, press buttons and learn all about the history of narrow gauge railways. In the yard you’ll be able to drive a diesel; this is ‘Glaslyn’ a little blue locomotive – climb aboard and take the controls (under supervision) and gently ease the loco down the track. When you get back you’ll get a certificate and a sticker!

Over the Easter weekend the trains will run to Pen-y-Mount; disembark and watch the locomotive uncouple and run round. We’re interactive so you may be asked by the driver to lend a hand! If you’re in the right place at the right time you might be asked to help the Guard operate the points and signals.

When we get back to Gelert’s Farm we reduce in size! Come for a ride on the Porthmadog Woodland Railway; this is our seven and a quarter inch gauge miniature railway. Trains depart from Gelert’s Farm and run over two bridges and through a tunnel before returning to where you started. Your ride is included in your ticket price.

The museum is where we hold our popular Easter egg hunt – see if you can find the eggs and then you can exchange them for some lovely chocolate.

The Welsh Highland HERITAGE Railway is much MORE than just a train ride!

‘The North West Times recognises that families in the UK are always looking for something new and something exciting to try. Our ‘What’s On’ Features have become increasingly popular over the years. We ask our readers; “So you’re trying to plan another day out for the whole family, but just aren’t sure where to start?” And then naturally, we give them some ideas!

Our advertisers range from smaller, more localised attractions or tourist hot spots around the North West through to the bigger, national theatres, theme-parks, castles and events.

A favorite amongst readers have always been the the more subtle atmosphere and educational aspect of the more local parks, farms, zoos and aquariums. Everyone likes a trip to the Zoo – today it’s more about conserving our world wild life and children can learn about the caring aspect, as well as have a super day out. In addition to featuring numerous zoos scattered throughout the UK – there have been plenty of specialized wild life centres specialising in small animals, birds, insects and butterflie that have benefited from their feature in the ‘North West Times’.

One successful feature we ran recently for example was;

“For those who what a change why not visit an exhibition or museum?”

We focused here on the fact that ‘Museums are no longer those stuffy places to visit you might remember when you were younger; instead they now provide hands-on experiences for even the youngest children and cater for all types of genres.’ We explained to readers that; ‘Whether its dinosaurs, a celebrity or certain time period that you and your family are interested, if you look hard enough there is certain to be a specialist exhibition in a museum somewhere to cater for your desires.’ The advertisers featured in this piece commented after the feature that the response was even better than predicted.
Below are some of our regular advertisers who have all benefited from the North West Times marketing their business and their products to the numerous couples, families and groups that pick up our publication.

Inglenook Farm

The farmhouse café serves the very best of British food, using fresh, locally sourced ingredients*. Whether you stop by for fresh coffee & homemade cakes or linger and enjoy one of the seasonal specials, the cafe offers great value, freshly prepared food, friendly service in a bright fresh farmhouse setting.

The farm shop also sells everything from jams & chutneys to fresh, local fruit & veg – all representing the best of what the region has to offer. They have sourced hundreds of products from small producers throughout the region, with fantastic seasonal produce available all year round!

Of course, Inglenook is still a farm, and under the expert eye of Steve, they grow Chamomile and Lavender in the fields. Chamomile has distinctive daisy like plants and is distilled & bottled in Inglenook’s on-site laboratory to create a unique essential oil. Available in the shop will be over 80 varieties of essential oils, hydrosols, carrier oils, soaps and other distinctive skincare products from shampoos to face creams..

As part of their desire to help the local community they now source all their fruit & vegetables for the shop & cafe from local community initiative the Neighbourhood Services Company. Larkins Farm is a105 acre community farm located on the urban fringe in Croxteth. The farm is a community-owned resource delivering a range of activities and services for the local community.

With unique shops such as African Dream, Crafts with Spirit, Phish for Plants, The Wood Works and Fine Feather selling contemporary crafts, jewellery, home furnishing, mystic gifts, plants, shrubs and bird food to name a few, complemented by the Boonric Art Gallery Inglenook Farm is the perfect place to spend an hour or two.

Also on site is Re-Nu therapies. Established for over 3 years, they offer a wide range of beauty, aromatherapy, holistic treatments and pamper days in tranquil and relaxing setting in the farmhouse.

‘Crafts with Spirit’ is a unique combination of fabulous hand made crafts with spiritualist readings & workshops.

There is also a regular Artisan Craft Market selling local and regional food and crafts every second Sunday of the month. These are proving very popular with swing music playing in the courtyard by the Cotton Town Hot Club.

Barbara and Sarah invite you to come along and visit Whitey the Donkey, Lucky the Sheep, April, Bill and Bugsy the Goats and Mia and Perry the Miniature Shetlands. Enjoy the farm and café and all it has to offer. There is no admission cost and there is free parking. Visit their website at www.inglenook-farm.co.uk to keep up to date with all their news and what the shops have to offer.

To book your organisation a place within our extensive features on events, shows, concerts and the most up to date guide of what’s on in the North West you can call the advertising department on; 01452 300 700 or email to request further details to whatson@colstonmedia.co.uk

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