What’s on in Heswall

Wednesday 10th January

Evening Cinema at Heswall Hall: The Sense of Ending (15), 7.30pm Doors and Bar open at 6.45pm

An excellent British drama, starring Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling, about divorced and retired Tony Webster. He whittles down the solitude of his isolated existence by keeping an affectionate relationship with his ex-wife and by accompanying his nearly full-term pregnant daughter to antenatal courses.

However, the arrival of an unsettling letter will disrupt the balance of Tony’s life, reconnecting him with his first love, Veronica.   Inevitably the out-of-focus picture of his youth will gradually sharpen. Is he ready to face the truth? Tickets £5 From: Linghams Booksellers, Heswall; Gould’s Stationers, Heswall; and Heswall Hall, also online: www.buytickets.at/heswallhall
Friday 12th January

Wirral Wildlife’s talk in January is entitled ‘Invasive Non-Native Species in the Dee Catchment Area’ by Mark Hudson, from North Wales Wildlife Trust, Room B, Heswall Hall, Heswall at 7.30pm. Admission £3. All welcome. www.wirralwildlife.org.uk


Saturday 20th January

Team Quiz Night, 8pm, at Heswall Hall. A fun evening for all quizzers, with questions suitable for everyone. Admission £10 per table of six. Book online at: www.buytickets.at/heswallhall
Friday 26th January

Christ’s Passion for Wirral presents La Dolce Vita Dinner Dance, 7pm, at Heswall Hall. Enjoy a prosecco reception, followed by a sunshine themed three course meal with Italian wine, all accompanied by a live band. Tickets £25. Tel: 07465 233252 or email: cpfw2018@gmail.com
Saturday 27th January

Table Top Sale at Heswall Hall, 11am to 2pm. Admission 50p
Friday 2nd February

The Big Room presents Three Live Bands at Heswall Hall, 8pm till Late. This is the second night in this exciting new music format, arranged in the style of Later with Jools Holland. Introducing two bands new to The Big Room, plus one band returning from our sell out December evening. To keep fully posted on Big Room developments, please follow them on FaceBook and Twitter: @TheBigRoomLive. Tickets available online in early January from www.buytickets.at/heswallhall

BOOKS by Kerry Keight, from Linghams


Hope you have recovered from the festivities and that you are ready to face 2018 and to feed your reading habit with lots of amazing new books.  New Year, new book, my choice to start the year is A Little Life by Hanya Yanagiara.  It has sat on my reading stack, or as my husband calls it tower, for the whole of 2017.  I meant it to be my first book of 2017 but for some reason that didn’t happen. My last book of 2017 was a classic I had never heard of before, until listening to it being reviews on Radio 4, A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes, it was very readable, weird and shocking.  So, as I look forward to 2018 with bookish anticipation I hope you will join me and continue to read lots of great books too!

Our first event of 2018 is with popular author Erica James who will be introducing her new book Coming Home to Island House at Linghams on 9th January, tickets are on sale now.

The 2018 exhibition of the Terracotta Warriors is big news for Liverpool. Linghams is hoping to host an event at the shop to coincide with the book that will accompany the exhibition…details to be confirmed…Watch this space!


J P Delaney – The Girl Before

The much-anticipated paperback release of this thriller happens this month.  This does not disappoint (as many do when they are touted as the new Gone Girl or Girl on the Train. Jane and Emma are looking for cheap accommodation in London does Folgate Street, a state of the art residence offer the solution?  Yes, it does but at a price!

Caitlin Delaney – From Here to Eternity

Nothing to do with the film but the second book from the author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes her memoir of her time working in a crematorium, which was as funny, moving and insightful as any book can be about the process of death, I highly recommend it.  Her next book takes this a step further in talking about how other cultures deal with their dead, which is most cases can be more personal and beautiful than what happens in the western world.

Abi Elphinstone – Sky Song

This is a story full of magic and adventure.  The snow-covered land of Erkenwald is ruled by a cruel Ice Queen. Eska an eagle hunter and Flint an inventor must go on a perilous journey to the Never Cliffs to find an ancient song that has the power to defeat the wicked Queen.  Any child will get lost in this wonderful tale, with nods to Narnia and His Dark Materials (favourites of Elphinstone) but ultimately her own story of friendship, bravery and hope.