Friday, 27 September 2013

WW1 Memorial Book - "Higher Bebington's Heroes 1914 - 1919"

"Higher Bebington's Heroes 1914 - 1919" is a 122-page work of dedication by the author listing the names of the 29 men whose names are recorded on a Memorial Tablet in Christ Church in Higher Bebington, Wirral.   There is an introduction which explains Dave's family link to the First World War and a map of the area in 1910.   Dave has researched biographical details of all of the men with photographs of them and in many cases pictures of where they lived and photographs of their graves.

When you think about it, this is just one church in a relatively small English village - one tiny corner of the world. Imagine how many other, similar Memorial Tablets there must be throughout the rest of our world!  It would be great to think that eventually every single person who died in the Great War could be recorded in a similar manner. And then there are all those who helped in many different ways and whose lives were changed for ever...  

"Higher Bebington's Heroes 1914 - 1919" by Dave Horne, published in 2012 by Countryvise Ltd., Birkenhead, Wirral.

ISBN No. 978 1 906823 77 1

Book and cover design by Charles McIntyre

Date for your Diary: Pendle Hippodrome Theatre Arts, Crafts and Gifts Fair 16 - 24 November 2013, Colne, Lancashire

We're not going to tell you how many shopping days there are to Christmas but . . .

Pendle Hippodrome Theatre
New Market Street

Tel.:  01282 863210

Last Chance To Enter 2013 Pendle War Poetry Competition - Closes 30th September!

Last few days to enter the 2013 Pendle War Poetry competition! Entries close at midnight UK time on Monday 30th September. Any entry received after that will be kept for the 2014 competition.

It is completely FREE to enter - with 4 judging categories and great prizes.

For rules and how to enter, see here:

Saturday, 21 September 2013

"Bullets and Daffodils" The Wilfred Owen Story in Bridgenorth, 4th October 2013 7.30 pm

At The Theatre on the Steps, Stoneway Steps, Bridgenorth, Friday, 4th October 2013 at 7.30 p.m.

Tickets:  £9.00 (Concessions £7.00) from the Box Office

If you haven't seen this amazing rock musical about the life and works of the iconic WW1 poet Wilfred Owen, now is your chance.

Dean Johnson, the Wirral Singer/Songwriter who wrote the show, will be speaking to Ryan Kennedy of BBC Radio Shropshire on 28th September 2013 at 11.30 a.m.   They will be talking about the show.

West Cheshire League Division 2 - Ashville Reserves 2- Helsby 2

Ashville Reserves held top of the table Helsby to a 2-2 draw but this point probably feels more like a defeat as they were leading 2-1 with just 5 minutes to go.

More information:

As we were visiting the Wirral for a few days, we thought we'd go and check out Ashville FC for the first time. 

There is lots of room to park as they have their own car park (which even overlooks the pitch so you don't have to get out of your car to watch the action...) and there is also another large parking area close by - shared with Wallasey Rugby Union Club - and more street parking around the surrounding industrial estate.

The club house has a large bar / social room with large screen TV and they regularly show big televised games.  As well as the bar, they also sell teas, coffees, hot dogs and burgers and, although we didn't sample any on this occasion, they did smell very nice - unlike some places you can go to...!  The toilets were well appointed and clean and tidy and the changing room block looked similarly well- built and looked after - from the outside at least.

The pitch looks very well tended and there is a small covered area where you can watch the game under shelter if needs be. 

Ashville FC has a senior team who play in West Cheshire League Division 1,  the senior reserve side and also junior teams at all age groups.  The venue also plays host to Tranmere FC's Ladies team who play in the Northern Womens Combination League.

AFC Blackpool through to next round of FA Vase

Winterton Rangers 1 - AFC Blackpool 2

Goals from Peter Taberner 85 and Grant Dell 87 (in photo)gave Mechanics a last gasp 2-1 win.

more info:    

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

WW1 Poet Isaac Rosenberg: from ‘Break of Day in the Trenches’ to the German Spring Offensive 1918 - Talk at The Imperial War Museum, London SE1

IRSAC & IWM London present
Jean Moorcroft Wilson & Max Egremont 

on Saturday 9 November 2013 at 2.30 p.m.
at The Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ

Max Egremont
In the war’s last years, there was a transformation, from Haig’s spring message that the British had their ‘backs to the wall’ to August 8 when Ludendorff spoke of ‘the black day of the German army’. Did the startling first successes of that spring bring the Allies near  to defeat? Was it a humiliation in particular for the British? Or were the attacks doomed before they began, as American troops started to come across and the Central Powers faced economic pressure and crumbling morale?

Jean Moorcroft Wilson
When the poet Isaac Rosenberg enlisted in the British Army in October 1915 it was not, he insisted, ‘for patriotic reasons’. And his experiences as a private at the Front in France, from June 1916 to his death there during the German Spring Offensive of 1918 did little to change his mind. It did, however, have a profound effect on his poetry, which gives eloquent voice to the ‘poor bloody Tommy’ and is among the greatest of the First World War. With originality of  language, thought and technique he penned some of the most devastating, yet humane words about front-line experience ever written.

Tickets £10  Available from IWM London  at 01223 449 353 or     

Enquiries: Tel. 020 7387 2394 

Monday, 16 September 2013

New Ice Hockey Book Available Now!

The only book that covers all English National Ice Hockey League North Division 1 & 2 Clubs

By Paul Breeze & Chris Mackenzie Featuring full season stats, season summaries and great photos for all the following teams:

Division 1 North: Solway Sharks,  Billingham Stars, Whitley Warriors,  Sutton Sting,  Telford Titans,  Trafford Metros,  Blackburn Hawks,  Coventry ENL Blaze,  Sheffield Spartans

Division 2 North: Nottingham Lions,  Deeside Dragons,  Solihull Barons,  Blackburn Eagles,  Fylde Flyers,  Hull ENL Stingrays,  Sheffield Senators

New for this year:
Pro Hockey News North 1 Awards, All Star Teams, North 1 Play Offs, Promotion Play Offs

Player interviews: 
Martin Grubb - Solway Sharks Coach
Shaun Kippin of Deeside Dragons
Phil Lee of Solihull Barons
Ben O'Connor - GB international

Interview with Bruce Sims
The return of Liverpool Leopards

Copies are available now by mail order for £6 plus p&p and there is also a bulk discount scheme for clubs to buy multiple copies.

For purchase links, click here:

Saturday, 14 September 2013

NWCFL Premier Division: Squires Gate FC 3 - Silsden 2

Squires Gate picked up only their 2nd win of the season with a hard fought victory over West Yorkshire rivals Silsden.  Having taken a 2 goal lead early in the first half, Gate were pegged back top 2-2 and Silsden looked favourites to score again.

It took a goal-line scramble - in which the linesman adjudged the ball to have crossed the goal line - to decide the result.

Elsewhere in the NWCFL Premier Division, AFC Blackpool won 2-0 away at Winsford.

Squires Gate are 20th in NWCFL Premier Division with 8 points from their games so far while AFC Blackpool are 18th with 10 points from 11 games, although AFC have only been able to play two league fixtures at home so far this season due to refurbishment works on their clubhouse.

AFC Blackpool are at home to Wigan Robin Park on Tuesday 17th September

Both teams are away next Saturday 21st September in the 2nd Qualifying Round Of The FA Vase- AFC Blackpool are away at Winterton Rangers in North Lincolnshire and Squires Gate are away at Runcorn Linnets.

More information:

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Womens Lib Conference, London 12th October 2013, British Library

A day of dialogues between Women's Liberation activists and younger feminists to be held on 12th October 2013 at The British Library, London - previously sold out now moved to new venue.
Tickets will be £15 for the day (£5 concession). Pre-booking is essential, through the British Library's Box Office, which can be accessed online (, via telephone (+44 (0) 1937 546 546), or in person at the Information Desk at the British Library.
This event is organized by Sarah Crook (<>), Signy Gutnick Allen (<>) and Laura Schwartz (University of Warwick). Please email Sarah or Signy with any questions about the event.
Find the History of Feminism Network at on Twitter @HistFemNet

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Jubilee String Quartet at St Annes Music & Arts Festival - 12th September 2013

As part of the Lytham St Annes Music & Arts Festival, the JUBILEE STRING QUARTET (in photo) will be performing on Thursday evening in the White Church, Lytham St.Annes.
The award winning Jubilee Quartet - featuring local viola player Stephanie Edmundson - will be playing

Haydn - Op.54 No.2
Beethoven - Op.18 No.4
Schubert - Death and the Maiden
Thursday 12th September, 7.30 pm

Tickets are £10 each. Available from:...
St Anne’s Town Council, West Lodge, St Anne’s. FY8 2AE. Tel 01253 788579
Dark Halo Music, Back West Crescent, St Anne’s. FY8 1SN. Tel 07944657888
Silantro, 2a Wood Street, St Anne’s. FY8 1QS. Tel 07950 644572
You can find out more about the Festival here:
and more about the Jubilee String Quartet here:

Sunday, 8 September 2013

St Annes Music & Arts Festival 2013 - Friday 6th to Saturday 14th September

The Caravan Gallery is BACK!
 With a new book all about their  experience here in 2012. The Caravan will be based outside West Lodge on St George’s Road, during the Festival.  Come down and have a look!
Thurs 5th September - Festival Warmup
A selection fo Peter Slater's drawings and paintings from 5pm at Silantros Cafe on Wood Street
Friday 6th September
Ceramics taster sessions
1.30 pm—4 pm
Art Workshop with Jeanette Lawson
No booking required—just call in.
Venue: West Lodge, 5 St George's Road, St Anne’s
The Caravan Gallery book launch
6 pm
With guest art curator Sara-Jayne Parsons
Venue: Fresh Cafe, 28 St Anne’s Rd West
Saturday 7th September
Silk painting with Tina Lane
10 am to 1 pm
Venue: West Lodge, 5 St George's Road, St Anne’s
Ceramics taster sessions
1.30pm—4 pm
Venue: West Lodge, 5 St George's Road, St Anne’s
Oil painting / art demonstration
Unique Lancashire shop, 26 Wood St.
FREE but booking essential
Tel 07939 240068 / email or call into the shop.
Craft Fair
10 am—4 pm
Various craft items on sale plus demonstrations.
United Reformed Church Hall. Free entry.
Ashton Gardens:
Live music
12—5 pm featuring
Nth Ascension—Kraul—Rough Touch
Tom Vernon—James Butcher—and more!
Circus skills workshop
12—3 pm
Children’s arts & crafts workshops
12—4 pm approx. Face painting
Free entry. Various refreshments on sale.
Storytellers Inc event
for children 11 am & 2 pm
Storytellers Inc shop, The Crescent.
Book event and art activity
Open mic session
6.30—8.30 pm
St Anne’s Library. Free.
Kids’ card making session
2—3 pm & 3—4 pm
Unique Lancashire shop, 26 Wood St.
Booking essential. £3.50 per person.
Tel 07939 240068 / email
Or call into the shop.
'Red Hot Jazz' with Tom Vernon and friends at Silantro. 8pm.
Sunday 8th September
‘Music for the Lifeboat’ concert
, 2 pm
Lytham Proms Orchestra
St Anne’s Lifeboat House, South Promenade, FY8 1SJ
Free event but donations to RNLI are very welcome
Refreshments on sale.
Monday 9th September
‘Little Bobbins’ sewing workshop
For children aged 8+.
Unique Lancashire shop, 26 Wood St
£12 per person. Booking essential
Tel 07939 240068 / email
Or call into the shop.
‘The Big Sing’ - a celebration of hymns
7.30 pm
St Thomas’ Church
Plus special guests The Red Rose Chorus
Tickets £1 each—free admission for children.
Vote for your favourite hymn at local churches, phone 788579 or email
A Passion for Poetry
2 to 4.30 pm at the Masonic hall, Garden Street. 
Also featuring Dr Hotfingers on keyboard.
Tuesday 10th September
‘2D to 3D
10.30—3.30 pm
with Helen Pemberton.
For families, older children & adults.
West Lodge, 5 St George’s Road
No booking needed—just turn up.
‘Creating landscapes in oil paints’
2—4 pm
Unique Lancashire shop, 26 Wood St
£10 per person including use of shared materials.
Booking essential. Tel 07939 240068 / email or call into the shop.
Knit a headband or mug cosy
10.30—12.30 pm
Unique Lancashire shop, 26 Wood St
£20 per person.
Booking essential—details as above.
Wednesday 11th September
Making kanzashi flowers for hair slide / corsage
10.30—2.30 pm
Unique Lancashire shop, 26 Wood St.
Booking essential. £20 per person.
Tel 07939 240068 / email or call into the shop.
Introduction to fused glass
1—3 pm
Unique Lancashire shop, 26 Wood St.
Booking essential. £38 per person including
Tel 07939 240068 / email or call into the shop.
Talk by Peter Shakeshaft ‘St Anne’s—the
formative years’
7.30 pm
United Reformed Church Hall. Tickets £3
including light refreshments
Thursday 12th September
Coffee & card-making
Unique Lancashire shop, 26 Wood St.
Booking essential. £8 per person.
Tel 07939 240068 / email or call into the shop.
Needle felting for beginners
1—4 pm
Unique Lancashire shop, 26 Wood St.
Booking essential. £28 per person.
Tel 07939 240068 / email or call into the shop.
The Jubilee String Quartet
7.30 pm
‘The White Church’, Fairhaven. FY8 1AX
Programme: Haydn Opus 54 no 2, Beethoven Opus 18 no 4, Schubert ‘Death and the Maiden’
Tickets £10. Available from
Silantro, Wood St—Tel 07950 644572
Dark Halo Music—Tel 07944 657888
St Anne’s Town Council—Tel 01253 788579
Silk Painting 1
0am—4 pm with Tina Lane— West Lodge
All taster sessions are by Circles of Light (ATICS), they are FREE and best suited for adults and children over 12ys. Drop in, no need to book. Come and have a go!

 Friday 13th September
‘Adding depth to your paintings’
Unique Lancashire shop, 26 Wood St
£10 per person. Booking essential
Tel 07939 240068 / email Or call into the shop.
Patricia’s Patchwork Class
 2—4 pm
Unique Lancashire shop, 26 Wood St
£8 per person. Booking essential.
Tel 07939 240068 / email Or call into the shop. Regular classes also available.
‘Six Poets and a stage’
6.30 pm
Performance Poetry event
Come along to enjoy rhyme, prose & storytelling!
St Anne’s Library
 Saturday 14th September
 Children's’ Crafts
 10 am —12 pm
 St Anne’s Library
Live music
Performance Arts Arena, St Anne’s (weather permitting!)
10.30 Crossbill
11.00 Tom Metcalfe
11.30 James Todd
12.00 Richard Lomax
12.30 David James Shurr
13.00 Sweeney Astray
 ‘Little Bobbins’ sewing workshop
For children aged 8+.
Unique Lancashire shop, 26 Wood St
£12 per person. Booking essential
Tel 07939 240068 / email
Or call into the shop.
Street Art in the Arena in the Square and at 14 The Crescent.
Art/photography exhibitions at Unique Lancashire , 26 Wood Street and 14 The Crescent
 Saturday 14th September (continued)
Contemporary Graffiti (Urban Art)
with Lee Fitzgerald aka Mr Dee10.30 am—3.30 pm
Venue: West Lodge, St Anne’s
Design & make a door or wall hanging using spray paint. For families, older children & adults. No need to book, just turn up. Free.

LIVE MUSIC at the Original Music Acoustic Stage on the Bandstand by the Pier. 1— 6 pm. Free.
Dark Halo Music presents local singer-songwriters showcasing their original material.
  • Hannah Mollie Robertson
  • Jessica Roberts
  • Mark Charlesworth
  • Roisin Fiona
  • Mark Russell
  • Stro Marley
  • Nick Evans
  • Felonius Monk
  • Mikk Rushton
  • Jane Fraser
  • ...with More to be announced

Guardian Concert Band
7.30 pm
United Reformed Church Hall
Tickets £5 per person including refreshments
Tickets available from St Anne’s Town Council.
Tel 788579
Revolution - band
From 9.30 pm—The Sandhills pub.
With thanks to St Anne’s Timber for donation of materials
And thanks to everyone who has helped to make the Festival possible

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Ice Hockey: Blackpool Seagulls 7 - Altrincham Aardvarks 14

Saturday 7th September 2013
Blackpool Seagulls 7 - Altrincham Aardvarks 14

Period Scores: 3-5, 2-5, 2-4
Penalties In Minutes: Seagulls 16 - Aardvarks 12

Seagulls Scoring: Mark Gillingham 2+2, Gary Shearman 2+2, Chris Bamber 1+0, Bobby Hall 1+0, Brian Slater 1+0, Mick Buchanan 0+1, Stefano Simi 0+1, Dave Anthony 0+1, Craig Shaughnessy 0+1.

Seagulls MVP: Mark Gillingham (in photo - not from actual game)  

Ignoring the final scoreline just for a moment this was a great game of ice hockey - and nowhere near as one-sides as the result suggests.

 It was entertaining stuff from beginning to end and memorable for many reasons. First off, all credit to the  Aardvarks who agreed to come at play at short notice after original opponents Sheffield Squeelers had pulled out.  Then we had a minute's silence in honour of Harold Leese - long time supporter of ice hockey in Blackpool  - and it was nice to see his grandson Mark Gillingham playing for the Seagulls.

The game itself had everything you could wish for in a game of ice hockey:John Dunford - who played in nets for the Seagulls last weekend - was in goal for the Aardvarks. There were lots of goals, a few tussles, the drama of a penalty shot and - somewhat fittingly - Mark Gillingham picking up the MVP award at the end.

Blackpool Seagulls are in home action again next Saturday against Manchester Metros at the Jubilee Ice Arena on Cleveleys Promenade - 5pm face off. 

Paul Ellis at The Blue Goose in Edinburgh, 14th September 2013

This is definitely a "Best Kept Secret"!  Paul Ellis is back in town and singing at The Blue Goose Country Pub in Edinburgh.

It is always a pleasure to hear Paul Ellis sing.   Kathleen Holyhead says he sounds so much like Sinatra it is uncanny.

This sounds like a wonderful place and should be a fabulous evening.  Tickets are selling fast so get in touch with The Blue Goose Country Pub asap.

The Blue Goose Country Pub
27 Lanark Road

Tel.: 0131 629 4143

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

New Season Of Concerts At Nazareth Unitarian Chapel, Padiham

Nazareth Unitarian Chapel Padiham BB12  8JH                                                                    
Tel 01282  773184 or 773336
7th September: Chris Powell, Keyboard Player
16th November: Besses O'th Barn Brass Band
24th January : The Houghton Weavers
8th March 2014: The Steeton Male Voice Choir
3dr May 2014: The Swing Commanders

All Concerts start at 7.30pm and there is limited parking
All concerts priced at £7.00 except The Houghton Weavers  &The Swing Commanders (£8.

RIP Steve Coe - Songwriter & Producer:

We are sad to announce that Steve Coe died last Monday 26th August.

Steve was a professional songwriter music producer and musician and wrote numerous  hits for many world renowned stars.

He was the brains behind the early 80s band Monsoon with it's Indian fusion sounds and helped develop the concept of world music as popular genre.

There will be a Thanksgiving service in celebration of Steve's life on Monday 9th September at 2.30p.m

at St Pauls Church, Lake Road North, Fairhaven, Lancs, FY8 1AG

Photo: Steve Coe (2nd from right) at the inaugural meeting of the Lancashire Songwriters group.

Sunday, 1 September 2013

NWCFL Premier Division: AFC Blackpool Notch Up First Win

AFC Blackpool picked up their first win of the season with a 2-1 win away at Barnoldswick Town. AFC's start to the season has been affected by building works at their home ground meaning that they have had to play all their games away.

Squires Gate FC lost 0-2 at home to Wigan Robin Park.

Gate are 18th in the league table with 5 points from their first 7 games and AFC Blackpool are one place below them with 4 points from 7 games.

AFC Blackpool are at home on Tuesday night when they entertain Ashton Athletic in a 7.45 kick off.  Squires gate are away at Barnoldswick the same evening.

On Saturday, Squires Gate play in the FA Vase away at Maltby Main while AFC Blackpool are in league action away at West Didsbury and Chorlton.

More information: 

Note: Stock photo - not from actual match