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March Newsletter issue 1
  • Children's Nearly New Sale
  • Activity Groups
  • Enjoy a Ball Easter camps
  • Events
  • Coffee Shop and Duke of Edinburgh Volunteers
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Now we're into March with signs of Spring, the daffodils are looking lovely if a bit windswept. Strange to think that last month we were out in tshirts, now it's back to hats and gloves. Whatever the weather you'll always get a warm welcome at The Centre.

The Family Fun Night earlier this month went very well with plenty of fun and games. 

Our next big event is the Children's Nearly New Sale on Saturday, 30th March. Come along and get a bargain. 

Other dates for your diary are Roller Disco on 11th May and and the Plant Sale on 18th May.

Memory Cafe, Ken's Ballroom Dance and the RSPB talks are on soon, see below, also read about Halton Juniors FC and more, and Enjoy a Ball Easter camps. Book soon to get a place for your child.

There are opportunities in the Coffee Shop for students who are working towards their volunteer module of the Duke of Edinburgh Award. If you know of someone aged 14-17 who would be interested please pass on the information. See below for details.

You can also read about some of the volunteers below. Why not consider joining our team to help in the week? It may seem that there are lots of volunteers but they have other commitments, holidays, hospital appointments etc and it is good to have back up, especially on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.


Our next Children’s Nearly New Sale is on Saturday, 30th March 10am to 12 noon

All tables are sold out.

As usual you will find a wide variety of children’s goods, including nursery equipment, toys, clothes and relevant household items. If you haven't been to our wonderful Children's Nearly New Sale before, do come along, there is plenty to choose from.
Entry is 50p for adults, free for children.
There will be refreshments on sale including cakes, snacks, drinks etc and a raffle. There will also be refreshments in the Coffee Shop. Donations of cakes and raffle prizes are most welcome.

Volunteers to help on the day will also be very much appreciated.
Funds raised on the day will help to finance continuing improvements to our Centre and its facilities.

For more information or to volunteer or donate cakes or raffle prizes please contact Centre Manager Maureen on tel: 01524 811316 or email:


The next Memory Café  is on Friday, March 15th, from 11am to 12.30pm.  It provides a friendly social meeting place for people with all forms of memory problems, their families and friends, to access information in a supportive environment.  For more info contact Rita on 07979 715041.
If you’re a fan of Strictly, this is for you!  Come to Ken’s Sequence and Ballroom Dance session this Saturday, March 16th, from 8pm to 11 pm.  Only £6 including tea and biscuits. Bring additional refreshments if you wish. To reserve tables contact Ken on tel 079881 48730 or
On Wednesday, March 20th at 2.30pm the next RSPB talk is on the topic of "From Mitillini to  Antalya: my search for the Balkan tern", an illustrated talk by Mike McKavett about his quest to photograph terns in Lesvos and Turkey. Information about the talks and volunteer opportunities within the Lancaster RSPB group can be found rspb-group-talks/
Well, didn't the England Women’s National Team do well earlier this month when they won the 2019 SheBelieves Cup title! What a good warm up for the next World Cup series in June

The Halton Juniors FC attracts some girls to play the beautiful game, more are very welcome, and who knows perhaps someone could be a budding World Class player! Boys too, is there a new Beckham (my hero) out there.  For more information about the group email and see
Walking Football on Wednesdays is also open to men and women, they are a friendly bunch and more players are welcome. For more details call John Taylor tel: 01524 418826 or email:
For information on all the regular classes and groups see
You can also contact or tel: 01524 811316.


Enjoy a Ball Easter Holiday camps are being held on Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th April, Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th April.For more information and the booking form see
For more information Email: Paul Darwent Mob: 07879896156
Enjoy a Ball poster


Duke Of Edinburgh Award Volunteers
Since the Coffee Shop first opened in 2013, several students have come here whilst working towards their volunteer module of the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
If you know someone who might be interested, please let them know, as there will be places for students during the Easter and summer holidays at the weekends.  

Some of our Duke of Edinburgh Award volunteers have used this experience to enhance their CVs which has helped them to secure paid work elsewhere. We can’t offer payment but being a volunteer for the Coffee Shop will look great on your CV - and we can offer snacks!
Volunteers help run the Coffee Shop and provide a friendly atmosphere for our customers ranging from young children to the more mature.

Young volunteers (age 14-17 years) will work alongside a responsible adult. Hours are flexible with an average of 2-3 hours per week.

We are also looking for some more volunteers for the Coffee Shop in the week on a casual or regular basis. 
Adult volunteers may work on their own for a short time but it’s usually with the support of the Centre staff Monday to Friday or with a Weekend Supervisor. There are Supervisors in the Coffee Shop at the busiest times - weekends and school holidays.
We introduce volunteers to our Coffee Shop in a friendly and informal way. There’s just a short Registration Form and an Equal Opportunities Form to complete, no CV required.

Talk to Coffee Shop supervisor Pauline on 01524 770682, or 07799 502199 or email 

You’re welcome to pop into the Coffee Shop at a weekend and discuss the role with one of the Weekend Supervisors.
People volunteer at the Coffee Shop for a number of reasons.

When Sallie first moved to Halton she found that becoming a volunteer for the Coffee Shop was advantageous, a good way to get to know people.  She supports the centre as it does such a good job; the Coffee Shop gets masses of positive feedback and it’s really nice to be on the receiving end.

She also loves meeting the Duke of Edinburgh award volunteers from senior schools and training them up during the Easter and summer holidays. She said, ”If I hadn’t done this I wouldn’t feel so connected to the village.”

Pauline likes the mix of people and of generations, not only local people but from further away. She loves meeting and chatting to them, and giving them advice about what’s on at the Centre. She first brought her grandchildren here after walking the dog and thought what a fantastic place with a great playground, and they often had lunch or a snack.

That’s what led Pauline to get involved.  She helps out when she can at events too. Besides organising the rota she tries to recruit new volunteers.
One of our volunteers, Ruth showing us the delicious homemade cakes,
made by another volunteer Pat.
One of the volunteers, Susan has served in the Coffee Shop since its early days and is so pleased to see it develop into a professionally run popular venue.  “Working as a volunteer is very rewarding - meeting a wide range of people, knowing that you are also making a worthwhile contribution to The Centre and the Halton community." 

The Coffee Shop is the heart of The Centre @ Halton, and she believes it is a fine example of a successful and well run community centre supported and appreciated by the local residents.

Another volunteer, Brenda, says she has found the customers very friendly and appreciative and she too, feels appreciated here and contributing to village life. Brenda’s voluntary experience has given her the confidence to volunteer elsewhere and for other events like Luncheon club, roller disco, and family fun nights.
She adds that there is no pressure to help regularly but as we all have busy lives and odd appointments, we can always do with people who could fill in occasionally so we can remain open every day. It would be great to welcome some new friends to be part of our happy team.


There are two events so far in May.

Roller Disco will be back on Saturday, 11th May. 

ALL Tickets £6
Children under 12 years must be accompanied by an adult
Tickets include roller skates (size 8 juniors to 13 adults) and safety equipment.
Fancy dress is positively encouraged!

Group discount - Ten tickets for £54.00. 
Tickets are now on sale

Roller Disco Poster

The second event is a Plant Sale on Saturday, 18th May. 

Halton Gardening Group are holding their sale ifrom 10am to 12 noon. Entry adults £1, children free.
Come and stock up with plants for your garden, flower beds, vegetable beds, greenhouses, hanging baskets, tubs etc, It's an opportunity to talk to the gardeners too, get some advice and tips. 

There will be plant stalls, raffle and a cake stall.  Donations of cakes and raffle prizes, and plants too are very welcome..
Tables can be booked to sell plants and garden related items, also produce like chutneys, jams and honey. To book a table, cost £10 per table. please contact Janet Theobald, email

Plant Sale poster
Fundraising - do you shop online? There is a way to collect FREE donations for The Centre every time you shop online at

There are nearly 3000 retailers to choose from. Once you have made your purchase the retailer will make a donation to us at no extra cost whatsoever. 

Our next fund raising efforts will be for new chairs for the hall so all donations will be gratefully received. 

Would you like to help us with fundraising? Please contact Maureen, email or call 01524 811316.

Contact Info

Tel: 01524 811316
Bookings: 01524 811444 

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Coffee Shop Hours

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2pm-5pm Monday-Friday

Easter School Holidays
10 noon-5pm Monday-Friday

10am-5pm Bank Holidays

10am-5pm Saturday
10am-5pm Sunday

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