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Lymm Underground Fine Art Prints

Posted by Sarah on Wednesday, 30 September 2015 at 13:29:52

Filed under: Entertainment, Lymm, General, Shopping

Whilst many of the world's largest conurbations have underground railways Lymm has, since the withdrawal of rail services in 1962, unfortunately gone without!

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However, here is a faithfully drawn map based on the geography of Lymm including where the stations would likely be! The names of the lines are based on local geography/history, designation of the water courses, Lymm Dam and canals etc. Additionally water boat and cable car services are also shown.

From the map you will of course be able to work out that a journey from L.A. (Latchford area of course!) to Lymm RFC would involve a six station journey to Brookfield, a short hop on the Bollin to Central and six stops down on the Domville to Lymm RFC (which of course has extra services on match day)!

This map would make a lovely display in any home with its vibrant colours, interesting local information and, above all, it is a bit of fun for us all to imagine "what if" and of course MIND THE GAP!

The map of Lymm Underground is a high quality fine art print (A2 sized) on 180 gsm art paper suitable for display and costs £20.

It is available from Mike Cochrane either from eBay or directly at If ordering directly by email please leave your name, address and phone number and if you are in the Lymm area the map will be delivered to you directly.

Tags: lymm, village, underground, art, railway, print

Are there any Little Belters in your house?

Posted by Alan on Wednesday, 02 September 2015 at 08:43:47

Filed under: Announcements, Entertainment, Lymm, Music and nightlife, General, Lymm Festival

Some of you may have been involved with Lymm Big Sing over the past couple of years, over 100 people have sing with us,  so it is great to see a new group for your youngsters with a similar "no audition, sing for fun but do it right"  philosophy starting up in the village this month.  It would be great to have the two groups performing together at next Summer's Lymm Festival. 

Created especially for 5-11 year olds, Little Belters is a group for children who simply love to sing and a new group is launching in Lymm on Thursday 24th September.

Set up in 2012 by professional singers and sisters, Claire and Tina O’Brien, Little Belters currently has two thriving ensembles in Altrincham and Chorlton, where new members are welcomed throughout the year. Key to their success is a strict no-audition policy, all children are welcome whatever their ability.

The group in Lymm will rehearse every Thursday in term time from 4.45pm-5.45pm at the Youth and Community Centre on Bridgewater Street and they are RECRUITING MEMBERS NOW!

Little Belters’ members learn proper singing technique in a fun, fast-paced environment. There are lots of opportunities to perform whether it’s at prestigious venues like Manchester Cathedral, at local community events, on TV or in the recording studio.

Unlike a traditional choir, Little Belters run rehearsals like high energy, group singing lessons. They use all kinds of games, techniques and repertoire to develop children’s voices. The group approach is a cost-effective alternative to individual vocal tuition, and is particularly effective during primary years. It also means even the most timid child can participate as they are working as part of a team - this gives them time and space to develop confidence. As each Little Belter grows more relaxed and their vocal ability improves there are opportunities for solos, duets, trios and small group performances.

Claire says “We’re contacted all the time by parents who say their children never stop singing. At home, in the car, everywhere! These kids LOVE music….particularly pop music and we work with that rather than frowning upon it. We believe that learning to sing should be a joyful experience that leaves children feeling uplifted and happy. Children have to deal with a lot of stress, pressure and competition these days and singing provides a release from all that.”

If you know a child that simply loves singing, book them in for a free taster session, no audition necessary. Contact Tina on 07740 464507 or Claire on 07779 668204 email or visit to see Little Belters in action. 

Tags: choir, kids, fun, singing, little belters

A Trailer for Transport Day

Posted by Alan on Tuesday, 23 June 2015 at 07:43:53

Filed under: Events, Entertainment, Lymm, Festivals, Transport, General, Lymm Festival, Village centre

Now when I say trailer , I mean trailer... we need a low trailer onto which we can load trackway mats 4ft by 8ft on the May Queen field and then slide them off again 100 yds away - Saturday afternoon .. a few at a time, just for an hour.  If you could help please give me a call on 01925 754080. 

Now if what you actually wanted was an event TRAILER.  Then here's the headlines. The first working boats are already in the village .. three day of canal related schools activities start tomorrow, The maginificent new trip boat Sir Francis Egerton makes its first visit arriving tomorrow ... Saturday afternoon would be a good time to be round the village as the traction engines start to roll into Henry St car park and we will be starting to unload the coal at site of old wharf.  Bring your camera .. 

And then there's Sunday THE BIG DAY .. 300+ Classic Cars 25 Historic Boats a dozen traction engines,  five park and ride vintage buses 100 classic motor bikes and bicycles, the horse boat, model ariplanes 12 model railways , music food entertainment  and 150 volunteers making it all happen.

... a "Show like no other"  and it is happening here in our village.

Special guest More 4's Fuzz Townshend  From the drive-in parade at 10.30 to the Historic Sail past at 16.30 it promises to be a truly memoable day. 

Please do one thing for us Like us on and get updates  See you Sunday or sooner ! Have a great time.

ARE HERE'S A TIP - but don't tell anyone I told you  Buy tickets in advance. You'll save money and more importantly skip the queues on the day with our fast track entry.  - Festival Box Office Pepper St or Spread Eagle  all the info at 


Three Signs of Ageing

Posted by Alan on Wednesday, 20 May 2015 at 13:38:10

Filed under: Events, Entertainment, Festivals, Music and nightlife, Transport, General, Lymm Festival

There are three definite signs of ageing

1. The policemen look younger

2. Festival and Transport Day comes round quicker each year.

3. I can't remember what the third one was .. 

We feel like we are really well on top of  Transport Day (June 28)this year. Word seems to have got around about last year's success and every aspect of the show was filled by the end of February.. But somehow there's still loads to do and some things we want to do better this year. Most of that is about having a great team of volunteers to help thing run smoothly. We reckoned we need 160 people -  most of them working no more than 3 hours so that they can enjoy the show too. It seemed like an impossible number but amazingly we are up to 120.  Could you be one of the other 40 ?  It will be fun (honest!) and we give a free family ticket to each volunteer. Just go to the website, call Trish on 01925-751646 or drop in at the festival box-office on Pepper St on Saturday 23rd  to put your name down . 

Yes that's right the FESTIVAL BOX-OFFICE will be open for the first time on Saturday May 23rd. you can get  Discount Transport Day tickets and pick up a FREE Transport Day programme that tells you everything that's happening. 

Let me also declare a personal interest in Beverley "Promise Me" Craven in Concert on Tuesday June 23rd featuring our own Lymm Big Sing Choir I can "Promise You" that this is going to be a sell out ( nearly 2/3rds full already) so be smart and get your ticket in the next few days .   If you miss out on that then lots of other good stuff too - Comedian Jo Caulfield, Agony Aunt Virginia Ironside  and of course Terry Waite.  plus a host of local talent and events like Open Gardens and Art in The Garden. Festival really is a remarkable phenomenon.  Check it all out at or if you haven't had a programme yet pick one up at the Village Hall on Saturday. 

Now what was I going to do next ? I had it written down somewhere ..






Tags: festival, transport, beverley, craven, volunteer, box-office

Marathon Bid for Mum

Posted by Rachel on Thursday, 09 April 2015 at 14:40:39

Filed under: Events, Announcements, Sports, Lymm, Interview, Charity, Business, Village centre

A Lymm mum is running the London Marathon for Mind to highlight how exercise can help people overcome post natal depression. Jennifer Emmess, 31, is hoping raise nearly £2000 for the mental health charity by running the 26.2 mile race on Sunday April 26th.

Jennifer, a nurse, who is mum to Harry, four, and Eva, two, says she knows only too well the benefits running or any exercise in general can  have if you are suffering from depression. She said: “ I think there should be more information out there about how exercise can help, particularly with women who have just had children.

“Medication is often needed, but I believe exercise should play a key role in a woman's treatment plan alongside this. “Even if it's just getting out for a brisk walk. This can be very hard if you are feeling low, so friends and family need to help and encourage it as much as they can. 

“By supporting Mind I want to reinforce the message that exercise really is important. I know from being a mum myself that you need that time to yourself. I want to encourage women to share how they might be feeling so that they can get on the road to feeling better, rather than suffering in silence.”

Jennifer  has to raise a total of £1750 and is only £400 off reaching her target, having arranged cake sales and a Tropic skin care party to boost her appeal.

Next week, along with her friend Clare Singleton, 41, she is putting on a Mothball event at the Spread Eagle pub in Lymm. Tickets cost £10 for the event on April 11th and guests can either come along in their wedding dress, or a bridesmaids dress, or simply dress as they would do for a wedding.

She said: “I hope plenty of people can come along to support me and enjoy a good drink and a dance. I will be on water though as I have the race two weeks later!”

Jennifer had only ever run six miles when she decided to sign up to the event last October, and has had some setbacks in training, hurting her foot and knee which has meant she’s needed to rest for the last four weeks.

But she’s determined to cross the finish line and says when she struggles she thinks about how far she has come from barely exercising at all to doing a marathon. She explained: “So far my longest run has been 14 miles and for the last mile I could barely put one foot in front of the other. But I just tell myself to dig deep, think about how the money I raise will help people who really are struggling, and remember how running has helped me feel strong and positive.

“I was on target to finish in four hours before my injury but I don’t think I’ll make that now, but as long as I cross the finish line I will be really happy.”

The Mothball event is at the Spread Eagle, Lymm, on April 11th from 8pm, tickets £10.

To sponsor Jennifer go to

Tags: lymm, running, marathon, charity, fundraising, community, events


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