Health and Wellbeing Week 2018, 29 January - 3 February

This New Year Cheshire West and Chester Libraries are holding a De-Stress Fest, with a week of activities to help improve your mental and physical well-being. The Library Service is teaming up with a range of partners to provide something for everyone. You’ll see the Brio team in libraries around the borough; with visits from Brio Bear, the Cheshire Change Hub 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 Tai-Chi taster session, or join a Macmillan 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 doing jigsaws 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.


Saturday 27 January

  • Qi Gong taster – find out about this gentle form of Chinese exercise, a great way to improve physical and mental health, 11am to 12pm - Ellesmere Port Library

Monday 29 January

  • Wellbeing coffee morning, Find out about services offered by the Cheshire Change Hub. Also create your own de-stress zine, 10am - Ellesmere Port Library
  • Wellbeing coffee morning with adult colouring and knit and natter, 10am - Neston Library
  • Wellbeing coffee morning with NHS Mental Health team, Royal Voluntary Service and Brio, 10am to 12pm - Winsford Library
  • Northwich JCP and Remploy, advice for people with mental health issues, 10am to 4pm - Northwich Library
  • Special rhymetime with visit from Brio Bear, 10.30 to 11am - Winsford Library
  • Witton WI 'De-stress Fest' craft workshop, 10.30am to 12pm - Northwich Library
  • De-stress Knit and Natter, 11am - Weaverham Library
  • Mindfulness taster session, 11am to 12pm - Winsford Library
  • Brio advice session, 3pm - Frodsham Library
  • Stress busting taster session, 2.15pm to 2.45pm - Upton Library
  • Make your own de-stress zine, 2.30pm to 4pm - Hoole Library
  • Meditation session by Odiyana Centre, 2.30pm to 3.30pm - Winsford Library
  • Green Doctor Clinic - reduce your spending and energy usage in your home and find out all about smart meters, 2.30pm to 4.30pm - Weaverham Library
  • Healthy Storytime, 3.30 to 4pm - Barnton Library
  • Macmillan drop-in, Affected by Cancer? Visit the drop-in for information and support from their friendly team of volunteers, 10am to 12pm - Ellesmere Port Library
  • Action on Hearing Loss drop-in, do you have hearing loss or know someone who does? Drop into this session for more information about the support available. 10am to 11.30am - Blacon Library
  • Scrabble club, join this regular activity which promotes mindfulness, 10am to 12pm - Lache Library

Tuesday 30 January

  • Employment Horizons (Weaver Vale Housing Trust) – promotion of health services, 9.30am - Northwich Library
  • Reminiscence coffee morning - stroll down memory lane and share your stories, 10am - Ellesmere Port Library
  • Mindfulness taster session, 10 to 11am - Weaverham Library
  • Complimentary Therapies taster session, 10am to 12pm - Sandiway Library
  • Green Doctor Clinic - reduce your spending and energy usage in your home and find out all about smart meters, 10am to 12 - Helsby Library
  • Baby bounce with advice for families from Motherwell, 10.30am - Winsford Library
  • The very hungry healthy caterpillar storytime, 11am - Northwich Library
  • Music and movement - special rhymetime, 11.15 to 11.45am - Neston Library
  • Chair-a-size - gentle exercises from a chair, 11.30 to 12.30am - Weaverham Library
  • Tablet / iPad tuition to find health advice, 2pm - Northwich Library
    Special rhymetime with visit from Brio Bear, 2pm - Frodsham Library
  • Adult wellbeing storytime - share your love of books and reading aloud or improve your reading skills, 2 to 3pm - Blacon Library
  • Free iPad loans service - information session by Snow Angels, 2 to 4pm - Northwich Library
  • Weaver Vale Housing Trust - information about their Careline service and independent living, 2 to 5pm - Sandiway Library
  • Poetry workshop, 2.15pm - Sandiway Library
  • Meditation session by Odiyana Centre, 2.30 to 3.30pm - Northwich Library
  • Action on Hearing Loss - drop in advice sessions, 2.30 to 4pm - Lache Library
  • Crochet Taster Session, 3 to 4pm - Upton Library
  • Stress busting taster session, 6.15 to 6.45pm - Upton Library
  • Keep Britain Tidy group, information to encourage everyone to keep our streets litter free, 2pm - Lache Library
  • Brio Bear visiting rhymetime and giving out seven day passes, 10.30am - Blacon Library
  • Cheshire Change Hub drop-in, Find out about services offered by the Cheshire Change Hub, whether you want to quit smoking, lose weight, get more physically active or exercise, 2.15pm - Lache Library

Wednesday 31 January

  • Weaver Vale Housing Trust - information about their Careline service and independent living, 9.30am to 5pm - Winsford Library
  • 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, 10am - Ellesmere Port Library
  • Special rhymetime with visit from Brio Bear, 10am and 11am - Ellesmere Port Library
  • Royal Volunteering Service information session, 10am to 12pm - Northwich Library
  • Wellbeing Coffee morning - with scrabble and jigsaws, 10am to 12pm - Upton Library
  • Green Doctor Clinic - reduce your spending and energy usage in your home and find out all about smart meters, 10am to 12pm - Winsford Library
  • Wellbeing coffee morning, 10.30am to 12.30pm - Weaverham Library
  • Health and Wellbeing walk - led by Cheshire ranger, 1 to 3pm - Northwich Library
  • Free iPad loans service - information session by Snow Angels, 1 to 3pm - Winsford Library
  • Weaver Vale Housing Trust - employment advisor session, 2pm - Weaverham Library
  • Mindfulness jigsaw club, 2pm - Neston Library
  • Cheshire Change drop in session, 2pm - Frodsham Library
  • Wellbeing Coffee Afternoon - Sue Lorrimer will talk about Helsby family trees, 2.30 to 4pm - Helsby Library
  • Defibrillator training, 3 to 5pm - Barnton Library
  • Author reading – Gill Atkinson, 6 to 7pm - Barnton Library
  • Cheshire Change Hub drop-in, find out about services offered by the Cheshire Change Hub, whether you want to quit smoking, lose weight, get more physically active or exercise, 11am to 12pm - Blacon Library
  • Coffee morning and Macmillan drop-in, affected by Cancer? Visit the drop-in for information and support from their friendly team of volunteers. Also try a game of Scrabble, colouring and jigsaw activities, 10am to 12pm - Upton Library

Thursday 1 February

  • Petty Pool Wellbeing Café, 10am to 12pm - Northwich Library
  • Green Doctor Clinic - reduce your spending and energy usage in your home and find out all about smart meters, 10am to 12pm - Great Boughton Library
  • Witton and Rudheath Together Project - promoting community wellbeing, 10am to 12pm - Northwich Library 
  • Baby bounce with extra bounce - with advice for families from Motherwell and a visit by the Brio Bear, 10.30 to 11.30am - Northwich Library
  • Fruity Faces Story Time, 10.30 to 11.15am - Great Boughton Library
  • MacMillan coffee morning themed with Health and Wellbeing, 10.30am to 12.30pm - Frodsham Library
  • Parkinson’s group - session by Cheshire Dance, with Brio attending, 12 to 1pm - Winsford Library 
  • Mindfulness taster session, 1.30 to 2.30pm - Northwich Library
  • Adult Board Games - drop in, fun event with traditional games perhaps not played since childhood, 2 to 3.30pm - Great Boughton Library
  • Green Doctor Clinic - reduce your spending and energy usage in your home and find out all about smart meters, 2 to 5pm - Tarvin Library
  • Weaver Vale Housing Trust - information about their Careline service and independent living, 2 to 5pm - Barnton Library
  • Healthy rhymetime, 2.30 to 3pm - Barnton Library
  • Adult art workshop, 2.30 to 3.30pm - Northwich Library
  • Hairstyles and braiding demonstration, 3.30 - 4.30pm – Neston Library
  • Wellbeing activities, We are launching a brand new monthly wellbeing coffee morning for the community with Scrabble, jigsaws and board games, adult colouring and lego, and much more! 10am to 12pm - Blacon Library
  • Fruity faces story time, making faces out of fruit on a paper plate. 2pm to 2.30pm - Ellesmere Port Library

Friday 2 February

  • Knit and natter group, launching Handmade for Dementia project, 10am - Great Boughton Library
  • De-stress Fest Coffee morning, with live music and BIG mindfulness colouring wall, 10am – 12pm - Northwich Library
  • Green Doctor Clinic - reduce your spending and energy usage in your home and find out all about smart meters, 10am to 12pm - Northwich Library
  • Work Well event, with Winsford Work Zone and other career services, 10am to 12.30pm - Winsford Library
  • Macmillan walk in Whitby Park, 10.30am - Ellesmere Port Library
  • Action on Hearing Loss - drop in advice sessions, 10.30am to 12pm – Great Boughton Library
  • Tiny talk baby signing, 11am - Sandiway Library
  • Weaver Vale Housing Trust - information about their Careline service and independent living, 1 to 5pm - Northwich Library
  • Movement and music rhymetime special, 2 to 2.30pm - Neston Library
  • Wellbeing coffee afternoon with Healthwatch and Age UK wellbeing reps, 2 to 4.30pm - Barnton Library
  • Fruity lego - create your own fruity shaped lego, 2.30 to 4.30pm - Winsford Library
  • Family history drop in - learn about the library eResources that can be used to trace your ancestry, 2.30 to 4pm - Lache Library
  • Adult colouring group, 2.30 to 4pm - Lache Library
  • Macmillan drop-in, Got cancer? Had cancer? Know someone with cancer? Pick up some information, find out what support is available, or simply come for a chat. 10am tp 12pm - Blacon Library
  • Wellbeing Reading Group, share the pleasure of reading stories aloud, and enjoy a cuppa and a chat. 10am to 12pm - Ellesmere Port Library

Saturday 3 February

  • Weaver Hall Museum activity, 10am - Northwich Library
  • Cross Hatch gallery children’s crafts, 10am to 12pm - Winsford Library
  • Craft and a cuppa, 10am to 12pm - Lache Library
  • Wellbeing coffee morning with had massage, 10.30 to 11.30am - Sandiway Library
  • Lego club (launch), 10.30am - Weaverham Library
  • Tai Chi taster sessions (x2), 10.30 to 11.45am - Little Sutton Library
  • Calm karma doodling, 11am to 12pm - Barnton Library

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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