Volunteering celebration

The event will take place at Chester Racecourse, New Crane Street, Chester, CH1 2NP on Wednesday 14 March 2018. Arrival is 3.45pm for a 4pm start.


About the event

Cheshire West and Chester Council is hosting a special event to acknowledge and celebrate volunteers who give their time to make a positive difference to people’s lives in our local communities. Not only will volunteers be acknowledged and celebrated during this event, several free taster activities will also be available for you to enjoy and benefit from. Some sessions require pre-booking. 


Taster sessions

Inspirational ART
  • Time: 4pm - 4.45pm and 6pm - 7.30pm
  • Location: off the Long Room (first floor)
  • Booking: not required in advance, please just drop-in
With your help, local community artist, John Buchanan, plans to create a large volunteer themed piece of art.  After the event, this finished artwork will be displayed around the borough to continually promote the importance of volunteering.

Knit and Knatter
  • Time: 4pm - 4.45pm and 6pm - 7.30pm
  • Location: Long Room (first floor)
  • Booking: not required in advance, please just drop-in
Meet local Knit and Natter group members and be inspired by their creations. If you wish, you are welcome to join in, pick up tips and have a good natter. 

Pedal Powered Smoothie and activities with Health Box 
  • Time: 4pm - 4.45pm and 6pm - 7.30pm
  • Location: Long Room (first floor)
  • Booking: not required in advance, please just drop-in
Our friends from Health Box CIC will be bringing their smoothie bike which enables you through the power of peddling to blend a fresh and nutritious fruit smoothie. Plus energy truffle activity.  

Taster relaxation treatments
  • Time: 4pm - 4.45pm and 6pm - 7.30pm
  • Location: Long Room (first floor)
Take time and treat yourself to a relaxing drop-in treatment.  Andrea Bird from BAmazingU, will be offering a short taster of ’Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT, also known as Tapping), rated by Boots as the ‘No 1 way to get your sparkle back’. She’ll show you how you can use Tapping anytime, anywhere to help you let go of stress and feel calmer with just a few simple ’taps’. 

Re-balance and re-energise workshop
  • Time: 4pm - 4.45pm and 6.30pm to 7.15pm
  • Location: County Stand - room to be confirmed on arrival
  • Booking: not required, please just drop-in (20 spaces available per session)
Sarah Stanyer is an Access Consciousness Bars Facilitator, offering a variety of alternative therapies to improve your whole well-being. We are often consumed by our busy lives that we forget to stop and take time for ourselves. Come along to hear about and try useful techniques to bring you balance and energy.

Woodwork - build your own bird box
  • Time: 4pm - 4.45pm and 6.30pm to 7.15pm
  • Location: County Stand - room to be confirmed on arrival
  • Booking: not required, please just drop-in (16 spaces available per session)
You can build your own bird nesting box this year with the help of Graham Stephens from Woodwork to Wellness. This relaxed, practical and rewarding workshop is open to all ages and skill levels.

Emergency CPR Join Mark from VIVO and learn valuable skills that can save lives. This taster session is an excellent introduction to emergency first aid and often a requirement prior to undertaking full first aid training.

Song in seconds This popular session is delivered by gifted songwriter and performer Claire Mooney. Claire has over 20 years’ experience working with all kinds of groups in a wide range of community settings, running poetry, song writing, recording, audio/radio and training workshops.

Story Cafe - stories for wellbeing Join the conversational circle and share with others. Story practitioner Lisa Rossetti has “told tales” nationally and internationally. Her Story Cafes bring people together to listen to the wisdom of traditional folktales, encouraging conversations and connections with our own lives and experiences. 


Booking information

Places are limited, due to the capacity of the venue, and we expect that there will be a high demand to attend. We therefore recommend you complete and return this booking form as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. You will receive an email to confirm if you have successfully secured places at this event. Please email your completed booking form to:

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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