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March 2009

Issue 12
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WELCOME to the March edition

of the Hoole Roundabout. This
month we’ve got a feature on
Hoole Rangers Football Club -
and their struggles this season 16 30
in the Chester Football League.
There’s the Hoole History
Corner, with Len Morgan and
a new, expanded community
information section at the back
giving details of the many
groups who meet at churches in
the area. 34 36
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garden advice, Andy Glover’s
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COLDEST WINTER with the Rev Andy Glover

So far the winter of 2009 has been one of the coldest

we’ve had for a while in fact we haven’t seen so much
across the UK since 1991. Much of this show has been
heavy, causing chaos and disruption. I must admit to
some feelings of disappointment that Chester has
really seen the volumes of snow in other parts of
the UK but I’m sure many of you are pleased and
relieved we haven’t!! One of the results of all
this snow and ice is that we are being told that
the “gritting salt” that is used on the roads to Andy Glover has lived in
keep them clear of snow and ice is running out! The Hoole with his wife Sue
results of this will be mean very dangerous driving for 20 years. Andy began
at Hoole Baptist Church,
on Westminster Road,
Here in Cheshire we have one of the three main UK mines - as Youth Pastor, before
the Winsford Rock Salt Mine so we should know how important becoming the Pastor and
salt is. Salt is a biological necessity of human life. The now Team Leader.
importance of salt in our lives cannot be overstated. Without
salt, our bodies cannot perform some of the vital functions
like regulating blood and body fluids and maintaining nerve signals. Salt deficiency leads to
muscular weakness, cramps and exhaustion. Severe salt deprivation can even prove fatal.
In ancient times, salt (or the lack of it) could drastically affect the health of entire populations.
Trade in salt was very important, and salt was valuable enough to be used as currency in
some areas. Such was the importance of salt that the words, ‘war’ and ‘peace’ originate from
the word for salt & bread in Ancient Hebrew and Arabic - The first war that mankind initiated
was most probably over ‘salt’ supplies.
The Bible list over 50 references to salt, many of them a positive reference; in fact it was
Jesus who called his followers “the salt of the earth.” Salt flavours and preserves and can be
an influence in so many ways, as we can see on our roads and pavements at the moment,
to run out of salt can have disastrous consequences. The 4 major pillars of our society
the Economy, the Family, Education and Law and Government all need to be flavoured,
persevered and influenced by “the salt of the earth”, if we lose this saltiness there can be
terrible consequences here too as we have seen! Whether it here in Hoole or across the
country as a whole, the role of the church, and by this I mean the followers of Jesus, is to be
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Struggling Rangers pay the penalty

The Hoole Rangers team who lost 2-0
to Castrol Social last month at Hoole
Park. The outcome might have been
diffferent if a first half penalty had
been converted.
The team are having a rough time
of it this season, languishing at
the bottom of the Queensferry
Sports Premier Division of the
Chester Football League but
with nearly half the fixtures
remaining they still have the
chance to turn things around.

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Reserves face relegation battle too

Action from the basement battle between Hoole Rangers Reserves v Vicars Cross Doves at
Hoole Park, which ended in a 1-1 draw. The result leaves Hoole with a tough task to survive
in the Reckless New Media Division Two of the Chester Football League. They are locked in
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l AN organic food store in Hoole has
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Organicfair, based on Hoole Bridge, is
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to the decline in consumer spending.
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Hoole History Corner
Len Morgan describes how hoole
developed from its origins in roman times

Early Hoole
N 43AD the Romans invaded
Britannia. One of the forts that
they built was Deva on a rocky
outcrop on the River Dee. The
Romans, who were famous road
builders, built the first road network
in Britain, including Watling Street,
the London to Chester road which Hoole/Flookersbrook in the early part of the 20th century
led up Boughton to Eastgate Street.
Another important Roman settlement was at Frodsham, so to transport centurions and goods
between the two, the Roman army built a new road.
This road travelled straight through Hoole and still exists today yet many people never knew of its
existence. The road travels out of Chester on to Frodsham Street, on to Cow Lane to Brook Street
and across the railway into Hoole to the Ermine pub (now the Flookersbrook). The road then carries
on through Flookersbrook on to Kilmorey Park, across Newton Lane on to the Hollows then through to
Hoole Bank. The road has been diverted along this route yet the part in Hoole is faithful to the original.
During the 12th century, after Edward I had subdued the Welsh, the citizens of Chester started to build
their houses on the outside of the city walls as far as Hoole Heath. This was when the small village of
Flookersbrook first appeared. However, the general state of Hoole Heath was appalling. The monkish
chronicler Lucian states that ‘if you go a little way from Chester.... the road to the left (Frodsham
Street) leads to a place called the Valley of the Demons, so called because of those who lie in it... the
wanderer.... is despoiled by thieves and robbers’.
With the growth of Chester, the town needed extra supplies of fuel, food and goods for markets. The
citizens had common pasture for their cattle on Hoole Heath all year round. An inquisition of 1342 found
that ‘all lawful men of the Earl of Chester and the King of England.... in times of war in Wales to have
refuge on Hoole Heath for a year and a day’. It was also said that anyone who could build a dwelling
with a smoking chimney in the space of one night could stay on the Heath for one year and a day
without molestation.
By the 14th century however, lawlessness was rampant. A secular sanctuary was set up at Hoole
Heath, yet it was only of use to criminals and debtors. The lease on the avowry was a huge sm, £40 in
1309 reducing to £18 in 1360, yet the avowry man was paid only 4d per annum.
Local folklore has it that the Hollows was haunted (anyone who has ever walked along them in the
evening will know how eerie they are). Hundreds of sightings of a large, black, slavering dog with ‘great
whie teeth like knives’ are reported as seen along here. The dog is called the Hound of Hell and it is
very unfortunate to meet it! For this reason the Fraternity of St Anne’s set up a ‘cross’ at the head of St
Anne’s Lakes (the Lakes were where Flookersbrook gardens are today by the pub). The ‘cross’ was not
a true cross yet it was here that travellers stopped and prayed for protection from the devils ahead. The
cross was part of a medieval statue which offended a noblewoman in Clwyd. The statue was tried and
found guilty and hung! The rope broke so the statue was thrown into the River Dee where it washed up
on the Groves. Part was buried at St John’s Church and the rest was set up by St Anne’s Lakes, yet no
one has seen it since the Civil War.
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Gardening by Janet Heath
HOPEFULLY spring will be on the way in March and plants pot, cover with a plastic bag to keep the heat in and wait
will be starting to grow. for the plants to grow. Pot on into individual pots when the
There are jobs to do in the garden such as pruning roses second set of true leaves have formed.
and wisteria. Rose bushes can be pruned to an outward Snowdrops and crocuses should have finished flowering
facing bud on last year’s shoots. Cut back to about and are best planted “in the green” which means whilst
six buds and remove any spindly weak shoots they are still in leaf. So if you have large clumps
completely. As roses need a lot of feeding to grow to split or want to buy some, now is a good time to
well, feed with a rose fertilizer and add a layer of plant them out. You can buy snowdrops still with their
mulch 2 inches deep around the roots. foliage in March and these are more likely to flower
Once established, wisteria should be pruned twice than dried bulbs.
a year, in late summer to reduce the long stems The ornamental currant (Ribes) is often one of
and in winter prune back to 3 to 6 inches on last the first shrubs of spring and will give pink flowers
years growth. Cutting back the long leafy stems before the leaves come out. Plant it alongside
in summer should help to promote flowering buds forsythia for a colourful spring show of flowers in
rather than leafy stems. March and April.
Shrubs such as dogwoods (Cornus) that are If you have the energy, mulch around your plants
grown for their coloured stems in winter can be cut with a layer of well rotted manure about 2 inches
back hard in March. Prune to about 6 inches tall, to deep. This will gradually be taken into the soil and
allow them to put on new growth for next winter. Feed them help build up fertility over the years.
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Street facelift to go ahead

THE city council is to press ahead with
improvements to Brook Street.
Some traders raised concerns about
disruption during the works and the
council has responded by promising to
try and keep disruption to a minimum and
provide parking for traders affected
Cllr Stuart Parker, executive member
for development at Chester City Council,
said: ‘This project complements the
work that has already been completed
by the Council and its partners including
improved lighting, replacement of the
Hoole Way subway with a surface level
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By Simon Dangar
WITH Barack Obama becoming the 44th U.S.
President, nothing is likely to be exercising his
mind more than the global financial crisis. For
anyone with an investment portfolio, his election
and the actions he takes are of paramount
importance. As a nation, America has always set
the global economic agenda.

The country Obama inherits may be in recession and

have triggered the turmoil in the financial markets in the
first place, but with its economy larger than that of the 15
countries in the Eurozone (Source: International Herald
Tribune 11 November 2008), recovery in Asia and Europe risen in three of the last four recessions.
will be determined by the speed with which he turns the In a bear market dominated by recession, UK shares
situation around at home. have at times been priced more cheaply than at any time
For investors trying to read the runes, his election could be in the past 20 years. The economist and journalist Anatole
good news. Historical data shows that the US stock market Kaletsky said: “Every financial crisis and bear market in the
has risen much faster under a Democratic president than a past has been a buying opportunity because we can see
Republican. (Source: Guardian, 5 November 2008). with hindsight that the world never did come to an end.”
A phalanx of US fund managers and analysts have (Source: Times 28 February 2008).
expressed their first thoughts on the likely immediate The world is so uncertain that no one can make decisions
impact Obama might make. One was quoted as expecting based on short-term conditions – investments must always
Obama to move decisively and show the world the US be regarded as long term commitments. History is very
was taking the lead to tackle the immediate economic much on the side of the investor who looks at the long term
issues; another predicted a more aggressive approach to value of equities.
dealing with the crisis which could be seen by investors In any medium to long-term investment strategy, the only
as providing more confidence in an eventual economic prices that are ever going to matter are the ones you buy at
recovery. (Source: Asian Investor 10 November 2008). and sell at. Never has that old dictum ‘time in the market,
The speed with which he can deliver a rebound at home not timing the market’ been more apt than during the
will help determine the recovery in Europe and Asia. The current turmoil in the financial world.
International Herald Tribune commented (5 November In addition, drip-feeding money into volatile markets
2008) that US leadership of the global crisis was needed reduces the worry of investing at the wrong time and
because of the dilution of power elsewhere – the European can benefit the long-term investor. And with the current
Union comprising 27 countries with their own individual short-term uncertainty, investors should always be looking
governments, and Asia having no umbrella organisation at diversification, spreading capital over different types of
at all. investment with varying characteristics, and selected from
And following the initial G20 summit of world leaders a variety of countries, sectors and shares in order to spread
from the major developed and developing economies in the risk as widely as possible.
Washington to seek new solutions on the financial markets While the new President and other world leaders wrestle
and the world economy, Obama welcomed the move, with the global financial issues during 2009, a measured
saying: “Our global economic crisis requires a co-ordinated long-term view on investment, guided by specialist advice
global response.” (Source: Guardian 15 November 2008). and coupled with investment products and fund managers
The G20 is to reconvene in April, with Obama attending for you can trust remains the key to a successful future
the first time. financial strategy.
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The report states that the road is too widened road providing greater room for
narrow for a bike and two cars to pass at the cyclists with an estimate cost of £2,660,000.
same time. The road would need to be closed for 18
Plans for a new multi storey car park at weeks or have a single lane closure for 24
the station will increase the number of weeks.
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used during the day by 21,000 cars, 3,000 cycleway bridge. The disadvantage of the
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council include to continue their journey. The cost of this
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the opposite footway at a cost of £570,000. road closures would be needed to lift in
The road would need to be closed for 18 sections of the bridge.
weeks or alternatively a single lane closure County Councillor Eveleigh Moore-Dutton
for 24 weeks. said: “We place before the new council four
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existing footways converted to cycleways of how to improve safety for drivers, cyclists
resulting in a £1,980,000 project. Short and pedestrians.”

l ONE of Chester’s landmark hotels is celebrating after officially opening a set of gates as
part of its multi-million pound redevelopment programme.
The Queen Hotel, opposite Chester Railway Station, opened its luxury King Suites
extension in October, as part of owner Paul Feather’s £15m investment scheme which
saw the conversion of a former bank building alongside the hotel on City Road.
The extension provides an additional 87 bedrooms, making the Queen the largest hotel in
Chester city centre.

l A MAN suffered serious head injuries after he was assaulted at Chester Railway Station
last month.
The Welsh man, who had been involved in an argument on Saturday 12th February, was
taken to the Countess of Chester and then to the neuro unit at Walton Hospital, Liverpool.

l PLANS for an extension at Hoole Hall Hotel to create an extra 30 bedrooms have been
approved by Chester City Council.

l CHESTER Music Society Youth Choir perform at All Saints Church, Hoole Road, on
Saturday 28th March, 7.30pm. The spring concert is an evening of songs and
instrumental pieces showcasing the talents of the young singers. Youth Choir and
Preludes, Helena Thomas and Katie Wilkes conductors. Tel 300717.

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l HAMILTON Street Methodist Church is the venue for a concert by America’s most famous
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Fairfield Road, Hoole Westminster Road
Tel 01244 342741
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permitted to play at these times.) Call Angela Needham 311952
Ladies Mornings: Women only Latin Fitness & Dance
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and toddlers groups meeting there Sunday
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All Saints Church and Centre Holy Communion)
Hoole Road, Hoole, Chester. CH2 3HZ Monday
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10.45am Morning Praise (inc 1st All Age 6pm: Brownies
Worship; 2nd & 5th Holy Communion) 8pm: Keep Fit
1pm: AA Tuesday
6.30pm Evening Praise ( 1st & 3rd Holy 8pm: Women’s Friendship Group
Communion) (Fortnightly)
6pm: Franks (14-18 yr olds) Wednesday
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1pm: Dinkies (for parents & babies under 1) 10am: Men’s Fellowship
7pm: Chester Philharmonic Orchestra 2.30pm: Ladies Fellowship
Tuesday Friday
9.30am: Slimming World 6.15pm: Cubs & Scouts
5.15pm: Slimming World 7.30pm: Play Reading (as arranged)
10am: Café @ All Saints
5pm: Rainbows Saturday
Ramblers Trip (1st Saturday of the month)
9.45am: Bible Study Fellowship for the Social Trips (as arranged)
benefit of people in the community.
5pm: Pathfinders Club Night For further details contact the church
6.30pm: Arabic Dance minister: Rev Richard Howard
Thursday Office:01244 401318
2.30pm: Senior Residents Email:
4.30pm: B-It Theatre Company
7.15pm: Alpha Course
10am: Minis Toddler Group
9.30am: B-It Theatre Company

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minister: Rev John Kirkland
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Hoole Baptist Church Thursday

Hoole Lighthouse Centre, Westminster 6pm: Trackers Youth Club (school years 3-6)
Road, Hoole, Chester CH2 3AU 8pm: D’Biz Youth Club (School years 7-9)
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10.30am: Morning Celebration in Hoole 4pm: D’Biz Coffee Bar
Community Centre 8pm: D’Biz Youth Club (School years 9 &
10.30am: Pulse - Church with a heart for the above)
family (1st Sunday each month) Saturday
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8pm: CAP Money Management Course – (school years 7-9)
please contact us for exact details of this 3
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Tuesday minister: Rev Andy Glover
10am: Hoolitots Toddler Group Office:Tel: 01244 312037
10am: Hoolitots Toddler Group

Hamilton Street Thursday

Methodist Church 10am: Toy Library-Stay and Play.
Hamilton Street, Hoole, CH2 3JG Tel: 317099.
Sunday Saturday
10.30am: Morning Worship 10am: Toy Library
4.00pm: Afternoon Fellowship 10am: Bacon Butties
7.45pm: Chester Male Voice Choir Monthly concerts held Fridays or
Saturdays see local publicity.
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