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Tarporley Talk the monthly magazine for Tarporley, Tattenhall, Tarvin, Kelsall, Tiverton, Duddon, Eaton, Bunbury and Huxley, Cheshire


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www.tarporleytalk.comDecember 2008 - Issue 45


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DEAR READERSWELCOME to the December edition of Tarporley Talk. There is always so much going on at Christmas - and the festivities get into full swing in early December with the switch on of the lights in Tarporley and Tarvin. Watch out for Santa on the Round Table float, who will be dishing out gifts acroos the area and collecting for charity at the same time. Weve got a nice Christmas recipe, some advice on how to avoid piling on the pounds over the festive season and lots more besides. There is a feature on how a furniture company used their woodworking skills to bring an old van back to life and an article about the long awaited new playground at Kelsall. As the year comes to an end, so does the old regime at Tarporley Talk. The magazine is now under new local ownership and we hope to make it even more successful in the future. So look out for lots of bright new features over the coming months We would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year Kind regards The Talkabout Team p34 p44 p12 p16



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Production Jon White & Distribution Contact Talkabout Publishing, Suite S4a Chester Enterprise Centre Hoole Bridge, Chester, CH2 3NE info@talkaboutpublishing.co.uk Tel. 01244 350398 5,500

All material is copyright and should not be reproduced without the permission of the Publishers. All details are correct to the best of our knowledge. The Publishers do not endorse or recommend any of the entries or advertisements in the magazine unless otherwise stated. We advise that you make your own judgements, enquiries and comparisons as with any other form of advertising. When contacting any business, we suggest that you confirm the exact type of goods and services offered, the qualifications held and all other relevant aspects of the service which you are seeking. The Publishers cannot accept liability for loss, damage or difficulties resulting from contacts made through the directory, from errors, omissions, from claims made by the advertisers or from omissions or inaccuracies relating to telephone numbers, wording, spacing or positioning of any listing, advertisements or other material regardless of how caused.


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200 HOMES TO BE BUILT?TWO hundred new homes are likely to be built in Tarporley. Three sites have been earmarked by Vale Royal Borough Council at Heatherways, the Brook Farm School site and the existing primary school site on Park Road.

MARINA UNDERWAYWORK is underway on the 2.5m marina on the Bolesworth Estate in Tattenhall. The marina, on the Shropshire Union Canal, is expected to open in spring 2009. Up to 300 boats can be moored there to access either the main canal network at Nantwich or travel north to Chester.

ECO ENERGY PLANTWO weather stations could be built at Ashton Hayes and Kelsall as part of an ecoenergy project. Plans have been put forward for the 30ft masts at Church Road, Ashton Hayes and at Longley Lane, Kelsall, to monitor the potential for wind and solar power. The idea is to work out how renewable can be harnessed to meet energy demands in the village. The masts, which will stay in place for a year, have been criticised by some as a blot on the landscape.

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Plus...Why not treat your friends or family to one of our luxurious gift vouchers. Decleor Evening: Tuesday 9th December, 7pm Reduced joining fees in December - limited to the first 25 people who join Vouchers can be redeemed against pamper days and individual spa treatments and are available from 20

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10 WAYS TO ENjOY AN ACTIvE 10 ways to enjoy an active CHRISTMAS Christmas...www.vervehealthandfitness.co.uk

Wrap up warm and go for a 20 minute brisk walk to get your heart pumping. If you have children, theyll love to go for a walk with you too. Remember to keep the pace fast and fun! Use any Christmas parties as an opportunity for a dance workout. Your children will love to dance around the living room with you too. Be as silly as you want, no-one will see! Remember that childhood favourite, 52 card pick up? When you tidy up the wrappings from all those presents, squat down and stand up purposefully with each handful you scoop up, feeling the strength in your legs and bottom. Pick an exercise and do it while the kettles boiling. Good examples are lunges or squats and holding baked bean cans makes it more difficult! Use your bottom step for a quick cardiovascular workout. Stepping on and off your step whilst punching the air for a couple of minutes is a lot harder than it sounds! Set up a Christmas Day friendly competition with your family who can do the most press ups or crunches in one minute?

Use Christmas TV viewing time as an opportunity to work your upper arms place your hands beside your bottom on the edge of the sofa and lower your bottom as far as you can and back up again. Repeat as many times as you can. Keep that core tight! Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet on the floor. Lift your knees into your chest slowly, squeezing your abs as you go. Lower feet slowly as close to the floor as possible without touching and repeat. See how many pages of your Christmas Novel you can read whilst holding a plank position! Counteract the sofa slouch with some wonderfully soothing stretches. Go from the smallest crouch to the tallest stretch, from the narrowest shape to the widest stretch. Move slowly and purposefully, enjoying the sensation of stretching out those neglected muscles.

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Make Sunday a day at the CastleOur beautifully appointed 1851 restaurant lies in what was once Lord Tollemaches private chambers and looks out over the ward and Peckfortons own private chapel. 1851 offers a vast range of locally sourced fresh produce that brings the very best of Cheshire together under one fabulously refurbished roof. Our head chef and restaurant manager offer a great blend of experience and enthusiasm that guarantees to make your visit a special one!! Sunday lunch is a great time to come and bring the family along 14.95 for 2 courses or 16.95 for 3 courses. Start your visit with drinks in the wine cellar bar followed by a great time in 1851. 1851 is open 7 days a week for lunch and evening meals as well as offering a relaxed environment from which to enjoy morning coffee or afternoon teas For all table reservations and further details please contact us on 01829 260 930 or visit our website www.peckfortoncastle.co.uk

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fOOTBALL TALK... TARPORLEY vICS fCTARPORLEY Vics have endured mixed fortunes during November. The First Team have won one game, drawn one game and lost two games since the last report, although they maintain second position in the League, one point behind Moore United F.C. Tarporley Vics poor form has allowed the chasing pack to gain ground and Golbourne, who won 3-2 against the Vics recently, trail by only t