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Councillor Pauline Nelson
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Cllr Pauline Nelson on Thursday, 02 July 2020.
Pauline was a formidable lady, a friend, colleague and a local Councillor with incredible strength, drive and determination.
She was committed to the residents and the community of Birchwood and stood up for what she believed in. She always considered the needs of our community, through youth work, the schools and the church, local campaigns and eventually in her role as a Councillor, always striving to do the very best for Birchwood. She achieved a great deal and did it with warmth and compassion and sometimes a strongly worded email!
Aside from that she was a warm and loving person with a sympathetic ear and sense of humour, who always found time to help and support others, especially in times of need.
Her family, and Warrington Wolves, brought her great joy and fulfilment and she was a loyal friend and colleague to many. She will be greatly missed.
Birchwood Carnival 2019
Birchwood Carnival, which took place on Sunday 2nd June 2019 was a great success with large crowds dodging the showers to enjoy the annual, fun packed community event.
Despite the intermittent rain, the Carnival began with the traditional procession into the carnival arena led by a stiltwalker and Karamba Samba followed by the fancy dress competition. The Carnival was officially opened by Cllr Ian Atkin, Chair of the Birchwood Carnival and Festival Committee.
This year’s annual summer event offered a whole host of fun, entertainment and educational activities for all ages. The headline acts were Eagle Heights eagle and vulture show and an amazing performance by the Van Buren World of Variety, a show featuring magic and illusion.
In addition, there was ferret walking, a rodeo bull, gladiator joust, a climbing wall, a chance to handle creatures and creepy crawlies from around the world, a fun dog show, Punch and Judy, the funfair and a local history photography exhibition to name but a few.
Birchwood Carnival is also an opportunity for charities and community groups to raise awareness and much needed funds for their good causes and there was also an NHS stand providing information and advice on a number of health problems.
Food and drink vendors, including the Friends of Birchwood Forest Park café, made sure there was a great selection of food and refreshments on offer for people to enjoy.
Cllr Ian Atkin, Chair of Birchwood Town Council, said ‘on behalf of the Carnival Committee and the community of Birchwood I would also like to thank the following for their assistance with funding, car parking and advertising; ASDA, Birchwood Lions, Birchwood Park, Birchwood Shopping Centre, Birchwood Town Council, Sellafield, Your Housing Group, Warrington Borough Council and Warrington’s Own Buses. We really appreciate all of their contributions.’