Posted by Neil on Thursday, 28 November 2013 at 09:33:36
Filed under: Announcements, Sports, Awards
A Lymm martial artist was crowned national champion as members of Gen’dai Martial Arts scooped an impressive medal haul.
Instructor Dave Shipton, fifth dan, took gold in the kata (patterned moves) and the kumite (fighting) disciplines to become the senior champion at the UK Open Championship.
Helen Darlington took silver in the women’s kumite and Lymm High School student Joseph Shard collected silver in junior kata.
In the British Shotokan Open Championship students from Gen’dai collected eight medals, making the club one of the championship’s most successful.
Shipton said: “The recent success of the club is quite incredible, I am very proud of each and every student. Many students had never before entered a karate competition and to not only have the courage to enter, but to also come away with medals at national level is something very special. For me to be crowned national champion in both kata and kumite disciplines is just the icing on the cake.”
Elsewhere, Lymm High School student Harry McMullan passed his first dan black belt grading.
Training is 5.30pm to 7.30pm on Wednesdays and 10.30am to noon on Sundays at Lymm Leisure Centre.
Call Dave Shipton on 07771845779 for further details about Gen’dai Martial Arts.
Tags: martial arts, awards
Posted by Neil on Monday, 18 November 2013 at 10:58:33
Filed under: Announcements, Interview
Helping to Discover Regional Differences of Plants
A Lymm gardener is part of a nationwide project to create the first ‘growing map’ of mainland Britain. Georgina Walker is representing the North West and is one of 12 green-fingered residents making up ‘Mr Fothergill’s Nation of Gardeners’. The aim of the project is to discover how weather patterns, temperature and other conditions affect the growth of flowers, vegetables and herbs.
Georgina and the gardening recruits will be sent the same seeds, plants or bulbs each month and then report back on the challenges they faced nurturing them. This month, they have been sent sweet peas, broad beans and garlic and a kit to test the pH of the soil. The results will be used to create a ‘growing map’ of Britain showing gardeners in different regions the best way to battle the elements.
John Fothergill, joint managing director of Mr Fothergill’s Seeds, said: “With our constantly and rapidly changing weather it is important to understand how gardening and growing conditions change across the country at different times of the year. We will be asking our national members to plant their monthly collection at a time they consider best suits local growing conditions. The different growth and germination rates across the country will quickly build up our growing map which will become an important tool for gardeners across the nation.”
The growing map will form a countywide chain so people can discover what is happening in gardens across the country at any time.
Mum-of-two Georgina added: “We’re only in the first month and the differences have been incredible. Obviously with the storms some people have had to batten down the hatches while others haven’t been affected at all so it’s been really interesting so far.”
Georgina had her first taste of gardening as a youngster growing up in Thelwall with her parents Richard and Sally. She said: “I don’t profess to know very much at all about gardening but as a child I helped my parents and always enjoyed gardening. What’s nice about this project is there’s a Facebook page so we can give each other tips.”
Georgina’s children Eddie, aged two, and Ella, aged three, have also been mucking in.
She added: “They’ve always enjoyed helping me grow tomatoes and picking beans off the beanstalks so they can’t wait to see how this project turns out.”
Tags: map, gardening
Posted by Neil on Tuesday, 05 November 2013 at 09:50:10
Filed under: Announcements, Charity, Fundraising
A group of fundraisers had to turn back from their attempts to reach the Everest Base Camp due to freak snow storm. But they still collected around £45,000 for the Children’s Adventure Farm Trust near Lymm.
The group of 21 took on the challenge on October the 4th but were forced to turn back eight days later when paths to reach base camp became too dangerous. Some fatalities were reported in other groups who continued to climb with snow as thick as 15ft reported.
CAFT Fundraiser Helen Crowther was among the group, she said: “Thanks to our fabulous guides and Martin, our Global Adventure Challenges rep. we were never in any danger, they know the area like the back of their hands and their priority was always to keep us safe.
“That’s not to say the danger didn't feel very real, it was quite eerie hearing the avalanches and finding out later how serious they had been.
“Of course we were all very disappointed not to reach Base Camp, but I’d say we faced even more of a challenge than those that actually get there.
“I was so impressed by our team, everybody pulled together and made the best of a very difficult situation.
“They all deserve a huge pat on the back for what they've done for our charity, they went above and beyond what was expected!”
The last time their guides had to turn back at this stage of the trek due to snow was 1995.
Jenny O’Hare, Challenge Co-ordinator for the Adventure Farm comments: “We were all following the progress of our trekkers back in the UK as Helen and her fellow trekker Lee Brown were sending blogs on a frequent basis.
“It was so exciting to hear about their battles with altitude and basic living conditions but we couldn’t have possibly have anticipated the challenges they were about to face.”
The charity is now looking for fellow adventurers to join their ranks with a range challenges for 2014 – including a coast to coast bike ride in Costa Rica and a trek in Iceland.
For more information call 01565 830 053, or visit caft.co.uk.
Tags: everest, charity
Posted by Neil on Thursday, 22 August 2013 at 16:36:05
Filed under: Sports, Awards
A Lymm cyclist enjoyed double success at the British National Junior and Youth Championships in Manchester. Matthew Gibson scooped the men’s kilo title before collecting a second gold medal in the 3km individual pursuit at the National Cycling Centre.
The 16-year-old confirmed his place as Britain’s top junior pursuiter despite being one of the youngest competitors in the age group.
“Matthew was very pleased with the performances,” said dad Paul.
“He knew he had a chance after doing well at the world championships (where he finished fourth).
“But as a first year junior he’s been competing against older second year riders who are 17, 18, sometimes 19-years-old. I suppose that makes it an even better achievement and hopefully it’ll mean he improves again next year.”
Part of British Cycling’s Olympic Development Programme, the Velocity WD-40 rider is turning his attention to making the GB squad for the UCI Road World Championships in Florence in September.
“It would be a great experience,” added Paul.
“But only a handful of cyclists are selected.”
Matt’s first foray into cycling three years ago came from his dad’s keen interest in the sport, but now Paul admits he has no chance of keeping up with the promising teenager.
“He originally came out to ride with me,” he added.
“Then he was overtaking me and by the time he was 15 he was faster than me.”
Article courtesy of the Warrington Guardian.
Tags: cyclist, sport, manchester
Posted by Helen on Monday, 12 August 2013 at 15:18:00
Filed under: Announcements, Landmarks, General, Surrounding areas
Responsible Dog Walkers?
This following post was submitted by Helen Porter:
Dog walking has become a very popular way of earning a living for a lot of people over the last few years.
Since starting my business Lots of Walks in 2008 I have seen more and more vans appearing and meet new dog-walkers almost everyday
I, and a lot of other dog walkers, have some very real concerns about the way some of the new companies/walkers are conducting their business, and how they are looking after YOUR dogs.
Only last week, at Spud Wood, I met a girl walking 6 dogs, 5 large and 1 small, that she had transported in a Volkswagon Golf, - no crates, no restraints, 5 large dogs, loose in the back and the Jack Russell in the front as she said it “could be scrappy” – I asked her if she had no concerns about the dogs fighting while she was driving and she shrugged it off, I asked her for the name of her business and she said she was helping out another company but wouldn’t give it’s name.
I regularly meet a walker with a small van – she has 2 crates in the back, and she consistently carries 8 or more dogs to the fields at Urmston, bringing dogs from several areas, and putting dogs from different households in the same crates. Another Lymm walker carries 6-8 dogs loose every morning (at least it’s always morning when I see her).
My business partner had to lift a dog in the air while the other tried to run home (through a large wood and then almost across a road) when a walker’s 6 dogs (off lead) careered at the dogs she was walking terrifying them both – he had no control whatsoever, she was lucky as she only had 2 dogs with her and was able to catch the older dog- what happens when two such walkers meet – more than a dozen loose dogs and only 2 people “in charge” – it’s an accident waiting to happen
To walk multiple dogs together, generally off lead, with one walker, is irresponsible. To carry dogs from different homes in the same crate, or loose, is dangerous. It is a totally irresponsible and dangerous way to transport dogs and I wonder why the owners do not ask how their dogs will be transported to walking areas, - don’t they care?
Trafford Council states 4 dogs per walker and that is a good rule of thumb, even then you have to choose your dogs carefully.
People pay for dog walkers because they love their dogs and want them to have company and exercise in the day, whilst they are at work, why then do they not
- Ask how many dogs are walked together
- Ask about transportation and look at the vehicle their dog will be carried in
- Is the walker properly insured (one new Lymm walker feels she doesn’t need insurance as its only part time to supplement her real job)
- Does their walker have any basic first aid knowledge or a plan of action in an emergency
Simple basic guidelines that could mean their pet will not come to harm. Some walkers walk dogs for a living because we love dogs, and are happy to be able to earn a decent living doing something that allows us to be with dogs every day. Some walkers are purely in it for the money – to walk 6 or 8 dogs at £8 - £12 an hour each is just greed and is not about the dogs at all.
Some walkers even adhere to the walk 4 dogs rule BUT they collect 8 in a small van, walk 4 then walk 4, in the recent heat can you imagine how these dogs feel stuck in a small van, and what would happen if tempers frayed while the first or second shift is out?
I work within Warrington, Cheshire East, and Trafford, not one of these Councils have any plans as yet to regulate dog walkers, this means people will continue to take risks with your much loved pet if you don’t intervene, if you don’t ask the right questions.
I’m not scaremongering, I’m not saying only use my company, I’m saying Please, - check before you book your walker, get references, ask if you can go out on a walk sometimes with them, - why not?
I hope that everyone taking the time to read this does these simple checks – even with a regular walker – and then there will be a lot of safer walks and safer dogs.
Tags: dogs, spud wood, walkers, owners
Posted by Ken on Monday, 18 March 2013 at 11:55:47
Filed under: Events, Announcements, Sports, Competitions, Charity, Photography, Fundraising, Village centre
It's Back! The Lymm.com 10K, Sunday 14th 2013
During the course of the year Lymm residents enjoy a full calendar of events. May Queen, Dickensian, Duck Race, Beer Festival, Food Fest to name a few. It's a comprehensive list and a massive thank you must go out to all the hard working people that make all these wonderful events possible. Last April saw the introduction of a new annual event for the Lymm calendar: The Lymm.com10K. Organised by the Lymm.com team with some wonderful helpers, proceedings last year were started by the Mayor of Warrington. 9.15am saw roughly 200 children enjoying a one mile fun run around the grounds of Lymm High School with the main event, the 10K race, starting 10am prompt. The sun shone and runners and spectators alike enjoyed a wonderful morning out.
Run It! Live It! Love It!
This years event will be bigger and better with a few new surprises as well. If you're a runner and you would like to enter there's still time.
A massive thanks to Lymm High School and in particular the management of Lymm Leisure Centre for their continued support. The event starts Sunday 14th April at 9.15am. It's the kids 1 mile fun run first - come on kids, "Run for Pudsey"! We have made entering very easy for you. Simply turn up, go to the start line and enjoy the run. It's a fun run, not a race so mums, dads, grand parents, everyone is welcome. Entry is completely free and "Pudsey Fun Run" medals are available to all fun runners. There is a minimum donation of £2 for the medal (more if you wish) and all the money collected will go to Children in Need.
The Main Event
The main race starts 10am prompt so please arrive early. Limited parking is available and please note entry into Lymm High School is via the gatekeepers lodge with no exit until 11.30am. Please fill your car with passengers or better still walk to help ease congestion. The Band is booked, Starbucks are coming and the bacon butties will be sizzling.
You can enter here, race numbers can be collected on the day at Lymm Leisure Centre. Prize money is available for the serious runners and all runners will receive a "Goody Bag". If you are not a runner why not come along anyway and enjoy the music, the coffee, the bacon butties and show your support for the runners? Bring your camera and take some photos for the photo gallery. Have Fun and see you on the 14th, please remember to arrive early.
A special thanks to Lymm High School, Lymm Leisure Centre, Lymm Rotary Club, Barchester Health Care - Cheshire Grange, Starbucks and Lymm Scout Group.
Tags: 10k, fun run
Posted by Neil on Tuesday, 11 September 2012 at 09:39:29
Filed under: Announcements, Business, Village centre, Shopping
Don't Forget Your Bag
We've all got stacks of them at home. M&S charge for them, Tesco and Sainsbury’s give us points for reusing them. Wales already charge 5p for one, and Scotland are about to start. It’s so easy to forget them – hidden under the sink, behind the front door or in the boot of the car. They cost the traders money, they can be seen in the bushes around the Dam, the Dingle and Slitten gorge, and they generally just end up being land-filled. Plastic bags are an habitual part of day-to-day life in Lymm, but you can help change this.
Steve Walsh, local resident and member of Low Carbon Lymm, is championing a new scheme aiming to help you remember your bags when you go shopping. Low Carbon Lymm and Steve have arranged for reminder stickers (example below) to be printed which you can collect from most of the traders in the village from Saturday 15th September. Please help to ensure that Lymm stays beautiful and "Don't forget your bags". Plastic Bag Free Lymm is just one of Low Carbon Lymm's projects which are aimed at making Lymm a more sustainable community, saving money and reducing carbon emissions.
If you want more information on the scheme or on Low Carbon Lymm, please contact us or visit our website.
Lymm.com Bags For Life
Don't forget Lymm.com Bags for Life are available from Sextons Bakery priced at just £2.50!
Tags: bag for life
Posted by Neil on Monday, 02 July 2012 at 13:18:16
Filed under: Events, Entertainment, Festivals, Lymm Festival, Village centre
Roger McGough CBE Comes to Lymm Festival on Friday 6th July
Roger, "a trickster you can trust", is one of Britain's best-loved poets for both adults & children. A prolific writer, he is twice winner of the Signal Award for best children’s poetry book and recipient of the Cholmondeley Award.
He will be performing "That Awkward Age" which is new collection of poems for adults. It will be an evening to amaze & delight! McGough wrestles with mortality, seeks love in the launderette and jives in Macca’s trousers. Declamations, elegies & ever perceptive playfulness make this a must not miss!
A Real Honour
Jacquie Davies, Festival Director, tells us "We are delighted to have Roger! So far the Festival has been a real success, enjoyed by many local to Lymm and all our visitors. Having Roger here to bring the Festival to a close will be a real honour!"
See Roger on Friday, 6 July at the Marquee at Lymm Rugby Club, Crouchley Lane, WA13 0AT at 7.30pm for 8pm. Ticket prices: £14 full price, £12 concessions for under 26 and senior citizens). The show will be followed by a book signing.
The Festival Continues!
There is still more to enjoy within the Festival as it goes on until Sunday 8th July. The Juba do Leao Brazilian Ensemble will be performing at the Marquee on Tuesday Night. There is a Tea Dance on Wednesday afternoon plus Bowdens Bistro Beer Feast and Lymm and District Choir at St Mary’s Church both at 7.30pm. Take the young children to see the Squashbox puppet shows on at the Marquee on Thursday afternoon or wait to hear the revealing of the secret location of the cabaret performed by The Williams Boys. Friday sees the Festival Dance Night at Lymm High School and on Saturday night, you can enjoy Dr Jazz and the Cheshire Cats again at the Marquee.
And of course there are all the wonderful exhibitions taking place such as Art in the Garden, Lymm Artists, The Pop Up Gallery, L’Image Photography and of course the Scarecrow Trail. See the Lymm Festival website for full details and for more exciting events taking place this week!
Tags: roger mcgough, lymm festival
Posted by Neil on Tuesday, 06 March 2012 at 12:46:00
Filed under: Surrounding areas
The letters were found by steward Katie Taylor
A letter written by King Henry VIII and a document announcing the birth of his only male heir have gone on display in Greater Manchester.
The papers, which date back to the mid-1500s, were discovered at the Dunham Massey estate near Altrincham. They were found by a steward in a folio of letters kept in one of Dunham's picture stores.
An expert from the John Rylands Library confirmed the authenticity of both documents. Both are addressed to George Booth Esq, the grandfather of Sir George Booth who built the first house at the National Trust site in 1600.
Signatures jumped out
The letter from King Henry is dated 1543 and is a call to arms to landlords to recruit troops from their tenants to go into battle against the Scots. Jane Seymour's document announces the birth of a son, the future King Edward VI, in 1537. Queen Jane, Henry's third wife, died of complications from childbirth less than two weeks after Edward was born.
Katie Taylor, who made the discovery, said: "I was going through the letters in the folio, and these two signatures jumped out at me.
"I was almost sure that one was signed by King Henry VIII, and the other written on behalf of Queen Jane Seymour. Each of the letters is written on very thick and robust paper, and both have been kept flat and stored carefully away. These documents are older than any of our buildings at Dunham and almost the oldest things in our collection."
The letters are part of an exhibition to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee year.
Story courtesy of the BBC.
Tags: dunham massey