Council closes Library, community re-open it


When Councils were forced to make cuts Warrington Council announced the closure of Grappenhall Library. After the shock announcement the local community and residents decided to take matters into their own hands, they applied to run the library themselves.

In no time volunteers formed the Friends of Grappenhall Library and campaigned to take ownership of the building.

Eventually winning their campaign and receiving the keys they then raised money to make some much needed alterations, started collecting a good mix of books and organised volunteers for all the various roles.


It is now a registered charity and a busy community hub, able to offer far more than the library ever did.

There are lots of groups including mums and tots, reading groups, the monthly police community surgery, an exercise class and a meeting place for groups such as the WI.

The library also provides lots of information relating to what’s on in and around the area, and signposts other community groups and services.


The library is run completely by volunteers, running costs are funded by donations, by fundraising and by fees raised from memberships of Friends of Grappenhall Library which  are £10 per year.

The library is also available to hire for events, meetings and groups, this also brings in funding.

The Friends of Grappenhall Library have done a wonderful job, it is a very welcoming building with friendly faces waiting to greet and help new comers, and what’s more you can have tea and cake while you’re there.

If you would like to volunteer or know more, visit the website and see whats on.



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Dear Mr Cameron your football faux pas


Dear Mr Cameron,

I hear you blamed ‘brain fade’ for saying you supported West Ham, when you actually support Aston Villa.

Being brought up in Liverpool in a house of football I could never imagine anyone making such a mistake.

Liverpool is famous for having families who support different teams.

Liverpool & Everton scarves being worn as a family leaves the house to support their respective teams, no one ever gets mixed up and puts on the wrong scarf!

Football is a passion, ingrained in your soul, it’s exciting and heartbreaking and despite the fact your team may be absolutely rubbish they are your team and you stick with them and love it.

I didn’t know you even liked football, but Mr Cameron if your team is really West Ham and you’ve chosen Aston Villa to let voters know you are aware there is a world beyond the Watford gap, then you have no idea of what being a football supporter means.


Liverpool Mum, Everton kids.


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Breathe in and pull!


If you’ve ever had to squeeze into a pair of jeans, you will understand.

I’ve tried to put my jeans on,  they’re just a little tight

But if you give me 10 more minutes, I’ll get them on alright

I’ll just lay down upon the bed, I know it seems quite strange

But it helps to pull the zip up, when my stomachs rearranged

I need to use my willpower, and lose a couple of pounds

And just ignore the biscuits when they’re being passed around

But can I refuse temptation, when I see the coffee shop cake

And try to ignore the rumbling of my tummy’s empty ache

No takeaways, no chocolates, no wine, No chips for tea

I’m getting fed up already, there’s no tasty treats for me

But I’ll persevere and lose those pounds, and you know what that means

I’ll celebrate with a slap up feast, then lie down to fasten my jeans!



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Shouty parents putting kids off sports.


Today starts the Summer term and quite soon our Primary school newsletter will state the date for Sports day.

The children love sports day and look forward to finding out which teacher is their team leader. Parents and grandparents come to watch the fun, and that’s what it should be, a fun day.

School sports days usually run smoothly but apparently that’s not so for kids sport in general,

When the cricket charity Chance to Shine did a sport survey of over 1000 children aged      8-16  45% said the bad behaviour of parents made them not want to take part in sports.

Children involved in the survey spoke of a Dad punching the ref and another reported seeing a mother smash a car window after the opposing team scored. I am sure these particular occurrences are rare but shouting from the sidelines certainly isn’t.

Our eldest works in the world of football and often attends Junior matches, he said parents shouting at their children from the sidelines can be quite negative and puts extra pressure on a youngster.

I have also seen it first hand, taking our younger boy to his football matches, watching a friend of ours screaming at his son, telling him to drag the opponents shirt, showing no gamesmanship at all, which often led to cheating through fear.

This year the Chance To Shine charity will visit 4500 state schools to deliver assemblies and lessons to encourage competitiveness and the importance of playing sport in the correct spirit, playing hard but playing fair.

Wasim Khan, Chief Executive of the Chance to Shine cricket charity said, “It is a real concern to us that so many youngsters struggle in this ‘pressure cooker’ to win at all costs. We teach children the importance of playing sport competitively and fairly whilst also respecting the rules and the opposition.”

So as training begins, let best behaviour be upheld on the day, and hopefully we have none of the usual pushing and shoving tactics in the Dads race.

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Half Term Tornado


Mum can I play out now, can I go the park?

Mum can all my friends come in, what time will it be dark

Can I have some biscuits, where’s my footy kit

No! I’m not coming shopping, BORING isn’t it

I don’t want my tea yet, I’m busy playing out

No one else has to go in, you can hear him shout

He’s in the door, he’s out the door, a tornado as I said

But the one big consolation is, he’s tired out ready for bed.


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