Health and Wellbeing Week 2019, 28 January - 3 February

This New Year Cheshire West and Chester Libraries are holding a Health and Wellbeing week with a range of activities to help improve your mental and physical well-being. The Library Service is teaming up with various partners to provide something for everyone. You’ll see Healthwatch, Healthbox, Motherwell. NatWest, Citizens Advice and the Macmillan team based at Brio, they’ll have an array of offers available throughout the week.

Take the opportunity this week to visit your local library and connect with other people at a coffee morning or reading group. Be active and try a Yoga taster session, or join a Greenspace Ranger walk. Take notice of the things around you and pick up a book on mindfulness, it’s a great way to unwind. It’s really important to keep learning and keep your brain active, why not find out more about family or local history. Even playing Scrabble is great for stimulating your brain. 

If you’ve got lots of free time why not consider volunteering, the Library Service has information on lots of different opportunities and it’s a great way to meet new people and feel valued.
 

There are lots of activities planned, all free, with more to be added throughout January. Here are the highlights to watch out for. Please contact your local library for the full list of their events. Please note that some events may require booking.

Barnton Library

  • Monday 28 January, 2.30-3.30pm Defibrillator and emergency first aid training
  • Monday 28 January, 3.30-4pm Storytime with a dental theme, with toothbrushes donated by the local dentist
  • Thursday 31 January, 11am Scam Awareness, meet staff from NatWest at Barnton's Elevenses Group, find out how to stay safe when surfing online, 
  • Thursday 31 January, 2.30-3pm Storytime and Rhymetime with a dental theme, with toothbrushes donated by the local dentist

Blacon Library

  • Tuesday 29 January, 10am-12pm Bright Memories drop in session, promoting their services focusing on getting people with dementia and their carers involved in outdoor services and art activities. 
  • Tuesday 29 January, 2.30-4.30pm School nurse drop in session, promoting healthy eating
  • Wednesday 30 January, 10am-12pm Brightlife drop in session, promoting their services and looking at reducing social isolation and loneliness amongst the over 50s
  • Wednesday 30 January, 10am-12pm Scrabble club Why not have a game of Scrabble with our Scrabble Club
  • Wednesday 30 January 10am-12pm job advice and support from the Work Zone 
  • Thursday 31 January, 10.30am-1pm Digital Doctor Coffee Morning, make a one-on-one appointment and discuss your digital ailments. Bring your own device or use ours.  Macmillan Cancer Support will also be there
  • Thursday 31 January, 1-3pm Tuesday 29th January 10am-12pm An introducing solids/ fussy eating session  (target age range 0-5 years) with the Starting Well Team

Chester Library at Storyhouse

  • Monday 28 January, 10.15am and 1.15pm Storytime for the under 5’s. 
  • Tuesday 29 January, 10am Family history buddy, drop in for help with family history research. A Storyhouse volunteer can help you discover your family’s past. Free, friendly and informal
  • Tuesday 29 January, 10am Scrabble club, whether you’re a beginner or a Scrabble pro, test out your wordplay skills with Storyhouse’s Scrabble Club
  • Wednesday 30 January, 10.15am and 11.15am Rhyme Time for the under 5’s, fun for all our regular rhyme timers
  • Wednesday 30 January, 5.30pm English conversation, providing conversation opportunities for speakers of all levels of English as a second language
  • Thursday 31 January, 10.30-11.30am Visually Impaired reading group, new members welcome to join this group which meets on the last Thursday of the month. We discuss a talking book we have previously listened to 
  • Friday 1 February, 10am Digital buddies for the over 50’s, a user led opportunity to get online.  Work with college and university students to get help with what you need to know to get online
  • Friday 1 February, 10.15am and 11.15am Baby Rhymetime for the under 1’s, fun for all our regular rhyme timers
  • Friday 1 February, 2pm Relish reading group, a sociable group to read and talk 
  • Saturday 2 February, 11am Polish storytime
  • Saturday 2 February, 11am-3pm Free fun arts and crafts for children
  • Sunday 3 February, 11am-3pm Free fun arts and crafts for children
  • Sunday 3 February, 4-8pm Chester Boardgamers, come along and play new and traditional board and table top games in an informal sociable setting. Everyone welcome, suitable for all abilities. Games provided but you are also welcome to bring your own

Ellesmere Port Library

  • Monday 28 January, 10-11am Adult Yoga session delivered by Healthbox in partnership with 'The Wellbeing High Street' booking essential.
  • Monday 28 January, 10-11am Football4life drop in session promoting healthy living and weight loss through football delivered by Healthbox in partnership with ‘The Wellbeing High Street
  • Monday 28 January, 3.30-5.30pm Digital buddy, need one to one I.T support? Help with an iPad, tablet or smart phone? Struggling with emails or downloading eBooks? Then book a session with our digital buddy
  • Tuesday 29 January, 10am-12pm Coffee Morning and Adult Crafts, pop in for refreshments, chat and crafts and make a mindfulness jar
  • Tuesday 29 January, 10am-12pm Macmillan drop- in information session, affected by cancer? Visit the drop in for valuable health advice and information and support from their friendly team 
  • Tuesday 29 January 10am-12pm An introducing solids/fussy eating session  (target age range 0-5 years) with the Starting Well Team
  • Wednesday 30 January, 10am and 11am Healthy Rhyme Time, fun for all our regular rhyme timers
  • Wednesday 30 January, 10am-12pm Citizens Advice, information drop-in session and volunteer recruitment
  • Wednesday 30 January, 10-11am Local History get together - drop in session with the Press Clippers - find out about local and family history and what’s available in the library
  • Wednesday 30 January, 1-2pm Adult Mindfulness drop in session delivered by Healthbox in partnership with 'The Wellbeing High Street. An opportunity to stop and take some time for yourself
  • Wednesday 30 January,  2.15-3pm Toddler Yoga session for 3-5 year olds, delivered by Healthbox in partnership with 'The Wellbeing High Street, book essential
  • Thursday 31 January, 10.30am Bump and Rhyme come and join our first rhymetime for expectant parents, 
  • Thursday 31 January, 2-3pm Hungry Caterpillar Storytime, story and craft
  • Friday 1 February, 10-11am Coffee and Conversation in the Café for the over 50s
  • Friday 1 February, 10-11am Age UK drop in session promoting their services to help older people love later life
  • Friday 1 February 11am-1pm Health Checks with Healthbox in partnership with the Wellbeing High street
  • Saturday 2 February, 10-11am Lego club, enjoy some mindfulness Lego building and see what you can create.  For all the family

Frodsham Library

  • Monday 28 January 10.30-11.30am – Seated Qi-gong  Chinese meditation techniques
  • Monday 28 January, 2-4pm Healthwatch, drop in advice and support session
  • Tuesday 29 January, 2-5pm I.T. buddy, basic IT support and Frodsham Medical Centre will also be available to show people how to set up on-line appointment.
  • Tuesday 29 January, 2.15-2.45pm Rhymetime, fun for all our regular rhyme timers
  • Wednesday 30 January, 10am-12pm Multiple Sclerosis Society, Information and support drop in session
  • Wednesday 30 January, 2-3pm Colouring club, feeling stressed? Want to relax? Come along to our colouring group and unwind
  • Wednesday 30 January, 4-5pm Digital Club (7 - 11years), love all things digital?  Then Frodsham library's digital club is just for you!  Starting in Health and Wellbeing week the club will run for six weeks and will include digital storytelling, green screen apps, iMovies and augmented reality 
  • Thursday 31 January 10am-12pm Age UK drop in session promoting their services to help older people love later life
  • Friday 1 February, 9.30-1pm Macmillan drop-in information and mindfulness session, affected by cancer? Visit the drop in for valuable health advice and information and support from their friendly team
  • Friday 1 February, 10am-12pm On-line Basics, free basic IT tuition courses ranging from keyboard and mouse skills to internet and email and help with smartphones, tablets and iPads
  • Saturday 2 Feburary, 10am-12pm Lego club, enjoy some mindfulness Lego building and see what you can create.  For all the family

Great Boughton Library

  • Monday 28 January, 10am-12pm Coffee morning, come and reminisce with childhood memorabilia. Enjoy coffee, homemade cake and conversation while you travel down memory lane. Macmillan, Bright Memories and Age UK will also be on hand providing valuable health advice and information
  • Monday 28 January,3.30-5pm Board games club , If you're aged between 4 and7 come and join in the fun after school and learn some new games
  • Wednesday 30 January, 10am-11.30am Scrabble Club, join this regular activity which promotes mindfulness
  • Thursday 31 January, 2-4pm Adult Board Games Club, join our weekly Board Games Club new members welcome
  • Thursday 31 January, 3. 30-4.30pm Lego Club, Come and play!  Under 6s must be accompanied by an adult
  • Friday 1 February, 10-11am Knit 'n' Natter, come and join in the chat over a cup of tea and a biscuit. Oh yes, and some knitting
  • Friday 1 February, 10am-12pm Brightlife drop in session, promoting their services and looking at reducing social isolation and loneliness amongst the over 50s

 

Helsby Library

  • Monday 28 January, 10.30am-12pm pop up Café with OPAL (Older People, Active Lives) Join OPAL, Healthwatch, Age UK and Helsby's Wellbeing coordinator for a cuppa, cake and a chat.  Get health advice and find out what support is available in your local area
  • Monday 28 January,11am Rhymetime, fun for all our regular rhyme timers
  • Monday 28 January, 2.30-3.30pm Seated Qu-gong , Chinese meditation techniques
  • Tuesday 29 January, 11am-12pm Jigsaw club, come and unwind at our jigsaw club and enjoy a little mindfulness
  • Wednesday 30 January, 10.30am-12pm Scrabble Club, come and try out our new club which promotes mindfulness 
  • Friday 1 February, 2-4.30pm, Macmillan drop- in information and mindfulness session, affected by cancer? Visit the drop in for valuable health advice and information and support from their friendly team
  • Saturday 2 February, 10am-12pm Lego club, enjoy some mindfulness Lego building and see what you can create.  For all the family
  • Saturday 2 February, 10.30amp-12pm Yoga & mindfulness for children

Hoole Library

  • Tuesday 29 January, 2-3.30pm, Knit and natter popular drop in crafting session, 

Hope Farm Library

  • Monday 28 January, 2-4pm Adult Rummikub, a tile-based game for 2 to 11 players, combining elements of the card game rummy and mahjong.
  • Monday 28 January, 5.30-6pm Children’s bedtime story, wear your PJs and bring your favourite toy along,
  • Tuesday 29 January, 10.30am-12pm Folded Book Art, drop into this adult craft session and make a hedgehog
  • Tuesday 29 January, 2.30-3pm Hungry Caterpillar storytime
  • Thursday 31 January, 2-4pm Tea Party for all ages , Woodlands School Choir will also be joining us for songs at 2pm
  • Friday 1 February, 10am-12pm Scrabble club,  join this regular activity which promotes mindfulness Hope Farm Library
  • Friday 1 February, 10.30-11am Rhymetime, fun for all our regular rhyme timers
  • Saturday 2 February, 10.30am Lego club, enjoy some mindfulness Lego building and see what you can create.  For all the family

Lache Library

  • Monday 28 January, 10am-12pm Scrabble club,  join this regular activity which promotes mindfulness
  • Monday 28 January, 2.30-4,30pm Brightlife and Bright Memories drop in session, promoting their services and looking at reducing social isolation and loneliness amongst the over 50s
  • Tuesday 29 January, 2.15-3.15pm Knit and natter, bring your own sewing, knitting or crochet and enjoy friendly chat and refreshments
  • Tuesday 29 January, 2.15-3.15pm Age UK drop in session promoting their services to help older people love later life
  • Tuesday 29 January, 2.30-3.30pm Macmillan drop- in information session, affected by cancer? Visit the drop in for valuable health advice and information and support from their friendly team
  • Thursday 31 January, 11am-12pm Self-Care Zines, create a self-care zine to manage our own health and wellbeing
  • Friday 1 February, 10-11am, Relish reading group, read a short story or poem as a group. Nothing to read in advance

Little Sutton Library

  • Monday 28 January, 2-4pm Knit and natter coffee afternoon, 
  • Tuesday 29 January, 2-4pm Scrabble Club, come and try out our new club which promotes mindfulness
  • Thursday 31 January, 11-11.45am Gentle Chair Yoga, session led by a qualified instructor, booking essential

Malpas Library

  • Tuesday 29 January and Thursday 31st January, 1.30-7pm Health and wellbeing display aimed at teenagers and adults with advice and support for long term health 

Neston Library

  • Monday 28 January, 10-11.30am Adult craft and colouring group, come and join this sociable group and pick up a new skill whilst you're there
  • Tuesday 29 January, 11.15-11.45am Rhymetime/storytime, a special treat for Health and Wellbeing week, as the local PCSO will be reading the stories and singing rhymes
  • Tuesday 29 January, 2-5pm Burton and Neston History Society presents… The David Scott collection.  Come and view items from this wonderful collection and also learn about your local area with the Burton and Neston History Society.  Find out all about the society and what's involved in being a member
  • Wednesday 30 January, 10am-12pm Wellbeing coffee morning, drop in and join us for a cuppa and a chat.  Healthwatch, Age UK and Macmillan will also be on hand providing valuable health advice and information
  • Wednesday 30 January, 2-4pm Tablet and Smartphone session, got a new device for Christmas?  Not sure how to get started?  Then come and get help with your new tablet, iPad or smartphone at this drop in session
  • Thursday 31 January, 10.30-11.30am Zest Fitness session, 30 minute Beachbody exercise taster followed by nutrition and healthy eating advice.  Booking necessary as space is limited.  Please wear trainers and comfortable gym wear
  • Thursday 31 January, 2.30-4.30pm School nurse drop in session, promoting healthy eating 
  • Friday 1 February, 11.15am-12.15pm Pirate Toddlers Rhymetime, arrr pirates ahoy! Join us for a swashbuckling rhymetime, with a motley crew of pirates who’ll be singing sea shanties and having a rip roaring time. Dress up as your favourite pirate and prepare to sail away on the seven seas in search for treasure
  • Friday 1 February, 5.30-6.30pm IT buddy, informal one-to-one with basic IT issues
  • Saturday 2 February, 10-11.30am Lego club, enjoy some mindfulness Lego building and see what you can create.  For all the family
  • Saturday 2 February, 10.30-11.30am Therapy dog, come and read to Gem the library therapy dog.  He's a great listener.  For all ages

Northwich Library

  • Monday 28 January, 2-2.30pm Read and Relax, a chance to join in on our regular reading group. Enjoy reading aloud with a book supplied by the Library, and unwind with some refreshments afterwards
  • Tuesday 29 January, 11-11.30am Energise Storytime, Story and Rhymes with a special guest visit from Brio bear. There will be plenty of actions and moves to work up an appetite have a go on the smoothie bike
  • Tuesday 29 January, 2-4pmTablet and Device Help Drop-in with NatWest and Scams Awareness, a chance to learn, discover and be empowered to make the most of your device. Meet staff from Nat West, with advice on how to be scam aware when online
  • Wednesday 30 January, 12.30-1.30pm Greenspace Ranger Walk, enjoy your lunchbreak and join a Marbury Park Ranger for a mindfulness walk around one of Northwich's greenspaces
  • Wednesday 30 January, 3.30-4.30pm Lego Digital Storytelling, engage every creative and imaginative brain cell that you own and  create your very own movie using Lego and our Digital Storytelling app, 
  • Thursday 31January, 10.30am and 11.30am, Baby Bounce, with extra bounce! Join our regular Baby Bounce session and get bouncing
  • Thursday 31 January, 10am-12pm Petty Pool café , enjoy refreshments from the Petty Pool college and unwind in the Library
  • Thursday 31 January, 2-4pm Craft and Chat, focus your mind on a craft and enjoy a good natter at the same time
  • Thursday 31 January 2-4pm Age UK drop in session promoting their services to help older people love later life
  • Friday 1 February, 10am-12pm Wellbeing coffee morning in partnership with Ableworld
  • Friday 1 February, 10am-12pm Come in, colour in, relax and focus your mind whilst colouring 
  • Friday 1 February, 10am-12pm Citizens Advice, information drop-in session and volunteer recruitment
  • Saturday 2 February, 10am-12pm Marvellous Medicine Crafts with Weaver Hall Museum, Get involved with crafts from our Weaver Hall Museum

Sandiway Library

  • Monday 28 January, 3.30-4.30pm Digital Storytelling at Lego & Duplo club, drop-in building activities with animation
  • Tuesday 29 January, 11-11.30am Motherwell, charitable organisation run by women for women who support mums at all stages of their motherhood journey, come along and have a chat during rhymetime 
  • Tuesday 29 January, 11am-12pm Health MOTs, drop-in Health advice session run by local pharmacy Rowlands
  • Tuesday 29 January, 11am-11.30am Rhymetime, drop in singing and rhymes session focusing on healthy eating
  • Tuesday 29 January, 3.30-4pm Storytime, a very active session of stories, exercise and games
  • Thursday 31 January, 10am-12pm Lego and Duplo club, drop-in building activities
  • Thursday 31 January, 2-4pm Scam Awareness, meet staff from NatWest, with advice on being Scam Aware, when using the internet
  • Thursday 31 January, 2-4pm Knit and Natter, popular drop in crafting session
  • Friday 1 February, 11-11.30am Babybounce, extra active rhymes and singing session
  • Friday 1 February, 2.30-4pm Crafting club, drop in session for crafting activities
  • Friday 1 February, 3.30-4.30pm Children Crafts, Very Healthy Hungry Caterpillar - make a moving caterpillar and colour a hungry caterpillar food sheet
  • Saturday 2 February, 10am-12pm Lego and Duplo club, drop-in building activities

Tarporley Library

  • Thursday 31 January, 2-4pm Textile Taster, learn a new skill at this textile workshop.  All materials provided.  Have a go at different textile techniques, including spinning, weaving, embroidery, crochet and knitting, booking necessary as spaces are limited
  • Thursday 31 January, 2-4pm Brightlife drop in session, promoting their services and looking at reducing social isolation and loneliness amongst the over 50s

Tarvin Library

  • Thursday 31 January, 2-3pm Patchwork sewing taster, beginners' taster to simple patchwork techniques using hand sewn squares.  All resources provided.  Please book as spaces are limited

Tattenhall Library

  • Tuesday 29 January, 2.30-3pm under 5s Rhymetime, fun for all our regular rhyme timers

Upton Library

  • Monday 28 January, 2.15-3.15pm Community sing along, did you know singing is a form of aerobic exercise? Library staff will lead you in singing a selection of popular easy listening songs. Come and join in or just listen
  • Tuesday 29 January, 10am-12pm Coffee morning pop in for refreshments, chat and chance to relax,  Macmillan and Healthwatch will also be joining us for a drop-in information session
  • Thursday 31 January, 11am-1pm Brightlife and Bright Memories drop in session, promoting their services and looking at reducing social isolation and loneliness amongst the over 50s

Weaverham Library

  • Monday 28 January, 10am-12pm Ancestry help and support, drop in and lose yourself in the past, track down a long lost ancestor using Ancestry.com 
  • Tuesday 29 January, 10.30am Babybounce, launch of our regular weekly session
  • Tuesday 29 January, 3-4.30pm Digital storytelling, have fun creating your own story with a digital app and watch it come to life
  • Tuesday 29 January, 2-4.30pm Colouring club, launch of our  regular weekly sessions
  • Wednesday 30 January, 3.30-4.30pm Digital storytelling, have fun creating stories with stop motion studio, let your imagination take over
  • Friday 1 February, 11-11.30am, Motherwell, charitable organisation run by women for women who support mums at all stages of their motherhood journey, come along and have a chat during rhymetime,

Wharton Library

  • Tuesday 29 January, 3-4.30pm Digital storytelling, have fun creating your own story with a digital app and watch it come to life
  • Tuesday 29 January, 2-4pm Healthwatch/Making space, drop in advice and support session and mindfulness colouring during our regular colouring club
  • Tuesday 29 January, 2-4pm Citizens Advice, information drop-in session and volunteer recruitment
  • Thursday 31 January, 10am-12pm Brightlife drop in session, promoting their services and looking at reducing social isolation and loneliness amongst the over 50s

Winsford Library

  • Monday 28 January, 10.30am Motherwell, charitable organisation run by women for women who support mums at all stages of their motherhood journey, come along and have a chat, 10.30am, Winsford Library 
  • Monday 28 January,10.30-11am Rock and Roll Rhymetime, fun for all our regular rhyme timers
  • Monday 28 January, 2-5pm Healthwatch/Making space, drop in advice and support session and mindfulness colouring during our regular colouring club
  • Monday 28 January, 1-2pm Greenspace Ranger walk, enjoy your lunchbreak and join a Greenspace Park Ranger for a mindfulness walk around one of Winsford's green spaces
  • Tuesday 29 January, 10am-12pm Citizens Advice, information drop-in session and volunteer recruitment
  • Tuesday 29 January, 2-4pm Brightlife drop in session, promoting their services and looking at reducing social isolation and loneliness amongst the over 50s
  • Friday 1 February 10am-12pm Dementia Friendly Get Together coffee morning supported by Bright Memories.  Support for Dementia Carers with Bright Memories and nostalgic music.
  • Friday 1 February, 3-4.30pm Lego club with added digital fun, using Lego create your own story and then watch it come to life with Stop Motion Studio

Cheshire West Libraries have organised a series of events to coincide with the forthcoming centenary of the end of the First World War.

Wednesday 7 November

Northwich Library, 10am-12pm: First World War Centenary coffee morning

Northwich Library will be hosting a coffee morning with representatives from the local Royal British Legion coming along to provide information and chat to customers about the Centenary.

Saturday 10 November

Barnton Library, 10am-1pm: Drop-in “Memory Morning”

Community event for residents to share their war-time memories of Barnton and learn more about the village’s history.

Tuesday 13 November

Helsby Library, 2.30pm: Researching Your Ancestors with Owen Powell.

Learn how to undertake genealogical research to trace your family story including where to start; which websites to use; searching the archives and dating photographs. Tickets are £3 - available from Helsby Library or via www.ticketsource.co.uk

Frodsham Library, 7pm: Home Service during the Great War

Millions of men and women were engaged in Home Service activities that were vital for the war effort. Join Owen Powell to find out more about this forgotten aspect of the Great War. Tickets are £3 - available from Frodsham Library or via www.ticketsource.co.uk

Thursday 8 November

Lache Library, 5.30pm: The Home Front in Cheshire & Wirral towards the End of the First World War

Mike Royden will talk about the impact of the First World War on local communities in Wirral and Cheshire, not only on the men and women directly involved in the conflict but also on those at home and the effects of the War in the years after it ended. Tickets are £5 - available from Lache Library or via www.ticketsource.co.uk

Friday 9 November

Neston Library, 5.30pm: The Home Front in Cheshire & Wirral towards the End of the First World War

Mike Royden will talk about the impact of the First World War on local communities in Wirral and Cheshire, not only on the men and women directly involved in the conflict but also on those at home and the effects of the War in the years after it ended. Tickets are £5 - available from Neston Library or via www.ticketsource.co.uk

There are also wonderful collections and displays in the following libraries:

Barnton Library - a collection of First World War memorabilia and related local history books is on display as well as an art display of poppies arranged and curated by Jackie Ormarod and the members of the library knitting group.

Helsby Library – a large display is available detailing how the war impacted on Helsby and details of the Helsby men who died in the First World War.

Neston Library - 'Great War - Neston Remembers' exhibition provided by Burton and Neston History Society is on display at Neston Library. The display illustrates how the war impacted on the everyday lives of Neston’s residents. As part of the exhibition there is a special collection about 170 individuals connected to Neston, who died in the First World War, diligently researched by Ian Norris. This is a unique and significant piece of work and will be of great interest to people from Neston and surrounding areas.

Northwich Library - A commemorative poppy display is in the entrance to the library, featuring a selection of books and a waterfall of poppies, all hand-made and created by the library craft group and other local community groups from Northwich town centre.

Sandiway Library - A commemorative book and photographic display relating to Sandiway community members involved in the First World War is available. The library is also decorated with poppy bunting designed and donated by the children and local craft groups who attend the library. A commemorative  Tommy figurine is also on display outside the library, by the Royal British Legion and the Parish Council.

Winsford Library – A display commemorating the Great War is on loan to the library from Crosshatch Gallery and Winsford History Society. Included are excerpts from Private Frederick Shaw’s Gallipoli campaigns diary (not originals); Private Shaw was based with the Royal Marine Light Infantry during the First World War and his name is inscribed on Winsford’s War Memorial.

Wharton, Weaverham and Great Boughton Libraries also have book displays themed around the First World War Centenary.

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