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December 2012 Issue 55

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DONT the Hoole Christmas lights
look good! Weve denitely got the
best shops of any district in Chester
and the area looks fantastic when
it is lit up for Christmas. So please
give your local traders your support
this year and shop locally!!Weve got
pictures on pages 28-31.
In this edition weve also got news
from Hoole CE Primary, Hoole
History Society, loads of local news
Jonathan Seddons nancial feature,
Hoole Rangers and Thought for the
Month with Andy Glover.
Wed like to wish you all a Merry
Christmas and a Happy New Year
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then made off with the victims Mini and Audi cars.
Sefton Road - A sat nav and CDs were stolen from a Peugeot parked on the driveway.
Lightfoot Street A wing mirror and windscreen wiper were damaged on a Mini.
Greenbank Road A thief broke in and stole a handbag but was disturbed by the
occupants and escaped, leaving the handbag outside.
Knowsley Road Golf clubs were stolen from a Volvo and a sat nav from a Mercedes.
The owner of the Volvo disturbed the thief who ran off leaving the golf clubs in a nearby
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Too late to save library
THE closure of Hoole Library has been met with sadness by a group of campaigners. The
dilapidated building was deemed unsafe and unusable by the council and the library will
now be run on a part time basis by volunteers at Hoole Community Centre.
A group called Save Hoole Library has submitted an ofcial complaint to the council about
the lack of consultation. Cheshire West Council says the building is no longer t for purpose
and must close because of health and safety concerns.
The new St Martins Academy is due to open at a council building near to the library in
autumn 2013.
Award for tennis club
Hoole Lawn Tennis Club has been given
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Hen-pecked Hoole!
A FLOCK of brightly feathered hens have sprung up around Hoole and intrepid
youngsters from the area have been asked to track them down!
Hoole Church of England Primarys PTA has been inspired by the schools three own hens,
Masala, Penny and Ginger, to launch the hunt, which saw more than 50 premises in and
around Hoole displaying brightly coloured paper hens designed by pupils.
Pupils had to match the unique number of each hen to its business location and then be
entered into a prize draw.
The Hen Trail was devised by Hoole PTA, which is keen to support local businesses
following the schools hugely successful summer fair, and other events, which have raised
thousands of pounds for school funds.
Pictured with two of Hoole Schools hens in the foreground are intrepid hen
hunters: Daisy Appleby, Liam Lewis-Jones, Sophie Lewis-Jones, Frankie Hart,
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Staggeringly there are nearly 10 million
people in the United Kingdom who suffer from
some form of hearing loss with 170,000
people suffering with noise related deafness
or tinnitus as a result of exposure to
excessive noise at work. These conditions
are permanent and the over 50s are
significantly affected by this condition.
Hearing loss is a common injury that can
remain unnoticed for years as it develops
gradually and people often put it down to age.

Tinnitus is the medical name for those
suffering from a buzzing or ringing noise in
their head. Approximately one in seven
people are known sufferers of tinnitus. The
condition is believed to originate from over-
active nerve cells within the hearing area of
the brain.
Employers have been under a duty to protect
employees from excessive noise since 1963.
This means that in many cases, those
suffering from noise induced hearing loss
and/or tinnitus can make a claim for
compensation against the employers, or
where they are no longer trading, their
insurers.
Here at QualitySolicitors Oliver & Co our
specialise Deafness Solicitors understand
that losing any proportion of hearing can have
a much wider effect on your life.
One of the concerns that we hear is that
some people feel it is more difficult to move
around as easily as they used to. This is
highlighted in a new study by the Johns
Hopkins University School of Medicine that
showed mild hearing loss can so much as
triple the risk of a person suffering from a fall.
The study believes that the reason for this is
the brains inability to focus as much as it
normally would on balance and gait, when it
is struggling with processing sounds. The
findings highlight that people with only a mild
hearing loss, at around 25dB, were
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anniversary of the Great War and the special signicance of Hooles own war memorials.
We have applied for Lottery funding to help with the purchase of up-to-date computer
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Christmas concert
All Saints Church, Hoole, is the venue for a Christmas concert entitled An Alternative Nine
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Societys Youth Choir, Preludes, and Alumni Choir for a fun celebration of Christmas. Tel
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Comedy on stage in Upton
Upton Village Hall is the venue for the stage comedy Looking For Love, by Raymond
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FAULKNER Street was absolutely packed for the Christmas Lights Switch
on last month.
There was a real festive feel with stalls, shops open till late, people
dressed as Father Christmas and music on the stage, including
local ladies choir the Songsmiths.
The area looks fantastic all lit up in lots of different
colours and decorations.
Special guest was Benjamin Jeremy, from Hoole
CE Primary, who won the schools hen hunt
competition. He had the honour of sitting on
Santas wagon with mum Denise.
More pictures on pages 28 & 29
Festive fun as the
lights go on
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Above: Ruth Clarke, Dawn Freeman, Sylvia Platt and Brenda Norris, from the Hoole
Support Group of the Hospice of tyhe Good Shepherd
Opposite, top: Hoole ladies choir the Songsmiths performed.
Opposite, below: Laura Massey, Adam Wallace and Sara Fairbanks, from the Lodge
Bar pub, handing out sweets on the night.
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MAGINE we are playing Family Fortunes and I was
Vernon Kay and we asked 100 people what they most
associate with Christmas, what would be the top ve
answers they would give? There are any number of things
that have become part and parcel of Christmas, some things
we love others we hate!
In your opinion, whats critical to Christmas? Whats the one
thing that if you were to get rid of it Christmas would become
unrecognisable? If you had to ditch one thing from Christmas what
would you choose? Turkey, mulled wine, crackers, the Queens
Speech, Ant & Dec, Whams Last Christmas, the works Christmas party,
Carols, Christmas Shopping, Sports Personality of the Year, Carols from
Kings, Decorations, the EastEnders Christmas Special.
Of course there are some things that you can ditch and its still
recognisable as Christmas. Personally, Im very happy to do without
the brussel sprouts, sherry and the Wizard of Oz that were a permanent
feature of my childhood. But I want to suggest that theres one thing that
if you get rid of it then all youre left with is a bog standard Christmas.
Its adequate; but its not deluxe. The trouble is that for many of us is thats what weve settled for. I
know its what every church leader says at this time of year but bear with me, not only do I get paid
to say this, I actually believe it!
Its been said that if you take Christ out of Christmas then all youre left with is a mess - xmas. I
think thats overstating it, but I like what hes done there! Can I suggest that if you get rid of Jesus
Christ then youve ripped the heart out of Christmas? Hes what Christmas is all about. They even
named it after him! Hes the reason for the season. But weve lost sight of that amongst the tinsel,
presents and stress. The Gospel of Luke tells us that the rst visitors at the stable maternity ward
were the Shepherds. They went to Bethlehem because they knew that Jesus birth was good news of
great joy for all people. And so if you take the Christ out of Christmas then what youre left with is
bad news of real misery for everyone. Its hard to get in the festive spirit with that sort of strap line,
isnt it?! Im not an idiot; I know that many of us are happy to settle for a Christ-less Christmas.
Were content with the bog standard version. Thats your decision! But why would you go for a
Christmas thats satisfactory, sufcient, passable or tolerable when you can have one that rocks!
Let us remember that the Christmas heart is a giving heart, a wide open heart that thinks of others
rst. The birth of the baby Jesus stands as the most signicant event in all history, because it has
meant the pouring into a sick world the healing medicine of love which has transformed all manner
of hearts for almost two thousand years... Underneath all the bulging bundles is this beating
Christmas heart. During this Christmas season, may you be blessed with the spirit of the season,
which is peace, the gladness of the season, which is hope, and the heart of the season, which is love.
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Community Centre; it will be followed by coffee and mince pies in Hoole Lighthouse Centre. This is
a great opportunity to step aside from all the hustle and bustle of all the preparations for Christmas
and take some time to reect on the heart of Christmas that is the birth of Jesus Christ.
CHRISTMAS WISHES
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Andy Glover has lived in
Hoole with his wife Sue
for 22 years. Andy began
at Hoole Baptist Church,
on Westminster Road,
as Youth Pastor, before
becoming the Pastor and
now Team Leader.
BY THE REV ANDY GLOVER
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Guest John Pierce,
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Wet weather holds up
Rangers title charge
HOOLE Rangers FC 1st team have played three xtures since the last report, two cup games
and one in the league. In a strange twist of fate, both cup games were against premier side
Crossways, and both ended in good wins for Hoole.
The rst game, in the Tom Gerraghty cup started tight, and the game was tied at 2-2 at
half time. However, in the second half, Hoole took control of the game and ran out easy 6-2
winners. The next game was in the league, at home against Levers, and despite having most
of the play, we were unable to convert possession into goals and it ended in a disappointing
2-2 draw.
The following week, we were once again pitted against Crossways, in the Chester &
District League cup. The team made no mistake this time and ran out worthy 5-1 winners.
Unfortunately the nal game of this period (against Crossways again, this time in the Premier
league) was called off due a to waterlogged pitch, which is a shame as a win would have
pushed us into 3rd spot, with three games in hand over the top two.
Seconds
The 2nd team, in Division 1 have improved recently. In the two league games against 3rd
placed Orange Athletic, the team played some really good football, only to lose out by the odd
goal in both games. The rst game ended 1-2 and the second game 2-3, following a great
ghtback from two goals down. The Orange manager commented after the second game that
he was amazed we didnt get anything out of the two games. The 3rd game this period was
against Premier side Raby Villa in the League cup, and despite the team playing really well, we
eventually lost the match 4-2. The squad have signicantly improved recently, both in numbers
and quality, and despite failing to win any of the three matches this period, our performances
have improved dramatically and we are condent that the rest of the season will see us moving
up the league.
Changing room
There has been no further progress on the changing room extension project, we are still
waiting for Cheshire West and Chester council to nalise 25 year lease arrangements for the
pitch and changing rooms.
Sponsors
As always, we are looking for sponsors this season, helping fund items such as tracksuits,
match balls, match fees etc. or maybe helping with the changing room refurbishment project.
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wh wh when Im sat lookinggg aa attt thhh t e e pi pi pi pp le ll ss s of chocolates,
socks and Lynx ggift ssse eets ts ts on Bo Bo Bo B xiiinggg Day. So, to be bee
even more proa act ctive, II I tttol olddd hhe he he herr r Idd keep an eey eye
out for things I wantedd dd an an and dr d op pp s ssuub u tle hi hi hints
that will hopefully be fed ed d bb back tooo h her this way
keeping an element nt nt o oof f surp pprri rise e about it al aalll. I II ppput
tth t is plan into act tiion this wweekend. WW Wee e he he head added ed ed
in in nto to tto t town to to to pp piic ickk up a few things and I began n th thee
ssu uu s btlee OOOh, wow! Check this s out. This is so co cool ol ol.
I Id d d lo lo lovve one of these. e. W We were iin n De D benh nhhammmsss
and I sizedd up a few jumpers with a very well
worded d I wish I could remember stu like this s
wh w en en people ask me what I want for r C Chr hris istm tmas.
PPe Perrfect. I even gave myself a littl tlee head rub for
my my my ccun unni ni ni n nng ng ng a aannd nn ingenuity. HHoowever er, , al al a ll wa w s
qu qu quass aa he he heddd oov vver er coee later r t that afftte ternoon wh when n en I I
wa wa was assskke ke kedddd ...youll have tto let mmee e know if you se ee e
an annyt yy hi iing nng ngg yy you ou o like because e peoplee aare gonnaa s sta tart
aski ki king ng ng wha hat tt yo oo y u uu want ffoor Christmaass. . It wwou ouldd
ap appeaaar subtle is not t word that transslate tes s in in my
re re ela latti tionship, ev even with such a handdy ttranslation
aii aa dd as as a ssleedg dgehammer.
Lists
I co onnt ntemplated a subtle powwer- r-point
presentation with live links too th the stores that
sold the items I was interesteedd in n but the same
cl cl c ou ud d settleed upon me e as ass ii iff f II wa was s being put on
thh thee e sp ppoot ot aaaand nd nd hhhh had ad ad uu use se sedd up all my lifelines in the
sssooo, wha hhatt do d yyoou uu o ww wann a t for Christmas inquisition.
II I sh sh shru ru r gg ggged ed ed ee iit tt o w wit ithh the usual Im not sure, Ill
lettt yo yo you kkn know with a calm exterior while inside
thhhe ee co co ogs gs w whhere sste teaming in an attempt to drag
ba back ck the ima mages of the things Id tried to poi int nt
out t and addd them to my list.
Myy b broth ther emailed me a list that he anndd his
gi g rlfriend nd hhad put together. They were suup uper
eef e icient as a aalw l ays. The idea of the list t wwa was to
re dd ad tthr hr hrou ough gh i it, purchase one of tthe he e i ite t ms, delete
sa sa s id id item from the list and nd f ffoor orwa warrd it to the next
person on iinn th th theee h ch chaai ainn wh which ensures they receive
pretty much what they want and never have
th th thhat att a element of unco omf mf mfor or orta tt bl b e surprise - unless
I I fe felttt like surprising tthhe h m wwi w th somet ethi hingg nnot
on on ttthe he he ll liiis sttt t bbbu but tt my brothher er er never rea all l y got myy
humo mour ur aannd nd soon I realised that 30 0 fo f r a bottle l
of o ccol olog og gggne ne ne was probably a much more ssuitable
ppr presssi ie e th th than ann a the miniature fairground shoot-a-
Some musings about Hoole with Andy Medcraft
duck rangee aand ndd LL Leg eg egooo fa f ir r i y complete with glitter
wings annnddd a wwa wand nd n I II hh had ad ad wwra ra r pped and presented
with sssuc uchh h eexciteme ment a ffew ew wy yyea e rs back. I should
pointt oout that he e iis 34 and very image con onsc scio ious
so so p pro robably no not my best moment nt although
am amon ong g myy cir ircl cle of friends it t ss makes for good
story tell llin i g. g
I cant st taan a d tthe queues
Its lists and catalog og guued ev events and timescales
and budget ts s an and d pa pa parking g and crowded shops
where youu sp spend more e time queuing to pay for
a tin of bis scu c its than yyou do for a ride att Al AAlto to tonn
To Towe wers r at th thhe height oof the summer sea aso so sonn tthh t at
ki kill lls Ch h C ri r stma mass for me. Old dears suddenly lose
al alll mmannners aan and it woulld appear, if they are
qu queeuing ah ahheead of me, aall sense of time and space
too. The he eyy seem gggen enui u nely ly confused when they
get to tthhe cou ou unnter.
Not in th the same way I ggeet e confu fuse s d when I walk
in into too aa a r room man an a d think wwwhhhy did II c come in here.
Im still very awa waare re re tt thha hat I am am home - that I was
about too d do so something bu but hey, I cant remember
so raid d the fridgee insste tead. These festive old
dears se s em totally unaware that t th they ey are even in
a shop and that they are holdi dinng a baske ket with a
tin of suugared almmon onds ds a and nd a diabetic Yule LLog og.
Someebo body has to po point out that the girl with the
face ce j jewellery that dr d aggss he h r mouth down int nto
a a st strange bottom teeth expos osing sneer ha has been
rolllin ing her eyes and pretty much ch screa eaming
nex ext t tto o the her for the past ive mi minu nutes. The
eelde derly lady is then bemused tha hatt sh he e has to pay
for the said items and in an aatttempt to cove verr al alll
tracks of oh, did the eyy nno i tice I lost my marbles
for a second oorr two back there launches into a
full on co conv n ersation about som om meee ra ra d ndom m omtt top op opic ic ic
that mmetal mouth has eve vennn lless interest in than
cu customer service!
Its this part of f CCCh hhri ri r st st tmmmaaas s thhat brings out the
worst in me. TThi hi iss and the gu guil ltt factor. Everybody
an an anim im imaal a , needy person or wh what atev ever cause is
hhheig ig ighhhtened with even n s saadder music and wet eyes
h tthen nnormal. l. HHow dare I buy presents for my
fa fami mily ly a andd friends and enjoy Christmas when
there is so much suering in the world. Give all
your money to the this or that charityy. Sell yyour
car. r. SSel e l your house. Sell a kidney. It juuus usttt geee gg tts me
so ppeent up with rage that I lay awake attt at nn niiig ighht
ex expe pecting Marleys ghost to come and show me
the error of my ways.
So, to avoid all the stresss th th tthis is i year, Im mak akin ing
a list of everything I needd to to to d ddo, o, o, ppp pppla la laan n and bu buyy. I
am going to attend all the Chris s istm tm tm t aass aa partiees I am
invited to aannd ndd II I aaamm going to enjoy them fo or r wh w at
they are, no nott t wh wh whaaat I hope they will be and ttry ry not
to feign a ppannnic ic aa aatttac a k when it comes to openiing ng
my secre rett SSanta just st so I can go and have a coeeee
in the peace and quite. I am going to tthi hi hi h nnk nk n
senssib iblly about wha hat t people want. I am going to
puurrchase my own pres sen ents and let other people
wwrap them and perfect myy s sur u prris ss d ed ed d fface when
it it comes to the opening g pr p oces sssion n.
I am going to sing CCCar arol ll o s this yea ear. I cant
rremember the last ti tiime I I sung a caro ol but this
year I am gonna sing at least one verse e of Jingle
Bells and mean it. Im not going to hit thhe streets
and wassail on the doorste te teps pss of Hoole, nobody
is rreeady for that but I am g i oi oing to keeep the alien
feelin i g I got from the Hoole Christm tmas Light
switch ch on alive inside and not tur u n n my m nose up at
Chri rist stmmas adverts for depart r mee m nt nt nt sstores or force
th the e ot o her half to watch Grem mliinns by claimingg i it t s
a Christmas movie.
Instead I am going to enjoy eeve v ry minute of
spending time with the people II love and delete
Eaa Eart rt rtha ha h KKitt from mmyy pl playlist.
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