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Cricket and bowling on a special afternoon 150 150 mhamer

Cricket and bowling on a special afternoon

Jimmy Cricket awards the top junior prize to Kieran McGarry, alongside club president Pete Metcalf and club secretary Steve Morris

Jimmy Cricket awards the top junior prize to Kieran McGarry, with club president Pete Metcalf and secretary Steve Morris

Local comedian Jimmy Cricket was the special guest at Kirkholt Bowling Club in Rochdale when he attended the season’s finale, which the club marks with an event called President’s Sunday.

Jimmy was asked to take part in a presentation to award prizes to the club’s junior bowlers.

Naturally he could not curb his input to just giving out awards and so he also gave the club members a giggle or two. This was just the tonic as some members were preparing to re-enter the fray for the main bowling competition of the afternoon.

“It was great to pop into Kirkholt Bowling Club and support them in this way. They have a great junior set-up at the club and I was impressed at how many young people take part in the junior activities,” said Jimmy.

“I was hopeless at bowling as a youngster as I kept sticking my fingers in the wrong holes – one time I got mixed up with my Uncle Paddy because he happened to be bald!”

Club president Pete Metcalf said: “It was fantastic that Jimmy could grant us some of his time and help with this end-of-season presentation. The members present were really thrilled to see him and they all thought the experience was wonderful.

“The junior section of our club is really important to us and I am really pleased that some of our juniors have now gone on to represent Rochdale and the region.

“The Kirkholt Bowling Club continues to be a family club, so if there are any juniors in the area interested in joining us for the 2012 season, our door is always open.”

In aid of the East Africa Famine Appeal 150 150 mhamer

In aid of the East Africa Famine Appeal

Poster for Jimmy Cricket's night of entertainment in aid of the East Africa Famine AppealComedian Jimmy Cricket will be joined by special guest star Shobna Gulati from Coronation Street for an evening of entertainment to raise funds for this charity.

The East Africa Famine Appeal will benefit from the event at the Thwaites Empire Theatre in Blackburn on Saturday, October 15, starting at 7.30pm.

Book your tickets, which are priced at just £6 each, on 01254 685500.

Jimmy Cricket and Friends 150 150 mhamer

Jimmy Cricket and Friends

Join Jimmy and his wife May for another great night of comedy and music on Wednesday, October 5, at St Vincent’s RC Parish Centre, off Caldershaw Road in Norden.

Admission and refreshments (tea, coffee, juice and biscuits) are free, though it is appreciated if you make a contribution to a charity which is chosen on the night.

Full details under October in the Tour Dates section

Laughter a key part of feeling well 150 150 mhamer

Laughter a key part of feeling well

Jimmy Cricket and friends at the special "wellbeing" event in Widnes. Photo: Ian Park, Warrington Guardian

Jimmy Cricket and friends at the special "wellbeing" event in Widnes. Photo: Ian Park, Warrington Guardian

Jimmy Cricket made a special guest appearance recently at an event with a difference.

The Irish comedian was at Ditton Community Centre in Widnes, Cheshire, for a function attended by about 200 people and funded by Halton Borough Council.

The aim of the day was to provide training that helps everyday people to stay resilient and strong. Key to this is spotting the signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety and simple things that everyone can do and include in their lives.

Organiser Paula Gamester says the five ways to wellbeing are “connect, be active, take notice, keep learning and give”.

She adds: “Laughter and humour are an integral part.”

Posing with Lottie the elephant! 150 150 mhamer

Posing with Lottie the elephant!

Jimmy Cricket and Lottie, Hospiscare's Lottery elephant

Jimmy Cricket poses with Lottie, Hospiscare's Lottery elephant

Jimmy Cricket recently lent his support to Hospiscare, a hospice charity in the West Country.

The famous Irish comedian posed with “Lottie”, the hospice’s Lottery elephant, at the Royal Beacon Hotel in Exmouth.

After the visit, Lottery Administrator Trisha Cox emailed Jimmy saying: “What an absolute pleasure it was to meet you and Mrs Cricket.

“Again, thank-you so very much – it really was very much appreciated.”

Hospicare’s teams of specialist nurses visit patients in their own homes, in hospitals and give 24-hour support in the ward at its hospice in Exeter.

In addition, Hospiscare has three Day Care centres, one each in Exeter, in Mid and in East Devon.

Their services are free of charge to everyone who needs them throughout our area.

They work with people with a wide range of life-threatening conditions, including cancer, Motor Neurone Disease and heart disease.
They recognise they cannot change a life-threatening diagnosis, but Hospiscare can help to change how their patients feel about it.

Hospicare says: “We know our patients’ time is precious. We use our expertise to allow families to spend time free from symptoms and worries. Hospiscare understands that patients want choice and dignity. We know that sometimes, the best thing we can do is listen.

“We look after the needs and wishes of the whole family and provide a wide range of services, therapies and people who can help.

“Our aim is to help people find peace of mind by taking away fear of the unknown, helping patients feel human and families feel normal.”

Jimmy and The Krankies to appear in Francis House fundraiser 150 150 mhamer

Jimmy and The Krankies to appear in Francis House fundraiser

Story from The Oldham Advertiser about the charity show

Story from The Oldham Advertiser about the charity show

Jimmy Cricket will be teaming up with other stars from the world of showbusiness in October to raise money for charity.

The legendary Irish comedian will be performing in the “Stars Come Out” show at the Oldham Coliseum as a fundraiser for the Francis House Hospice.

Also appearing will be The Krankies – very good friends of Jimmy’s – and 1960s Merseybeat band Swinging Blue Jeans.

The show will now be on October 10 and 11 after the originally-planned one-day performance was sold out.

Jimmy says: “It will be a very special show as it is not often that you find The Krankies, myself and the Swinging Blue Jeans in town and all on the same bill.

“The Francis House Children’s Hospice is a wonderful place where a lot of support and care is provided.”

Tickets are £15, with concessions £12, and are available from the box office on 0161 624 2829 or by going to the Coliseum’s website

Starring in a charity gala 150 150 mhamer

Starring in a charity gala

Carnival of Dreams posterJimmy Cricket is among the entertainers appearing in a charity gala in support of Donna’s Dream House at the Grand Theatre in Blackpool.

Carnival of Dreams will also feature Gareth Gates, Denise Nolan, Irish international singing star Rose-Marie, JK as Robbie Williams, International comedy entertainer Kenny Cantor, Aimi MacDonald, Sue Devaney (BBC’s Dinnerladies), International female impersonator Ceri Dupree, Scott Wright (Coronation Street) and the cast of Blackpool’s rock and roller coaster musical Booze Birds & Blackpool Rock, Top UK & World Elvis impersonator Martin Fox, Jamie Pugh from Britain’s Got Talent, Comical singing ventriloquist Kieran Powell, Shani Cantor, Leo Jones Star of TV’s Airline, Scottish Champions Craig Paton on the accordion and Andy Kain on the fiddle, Fylde Scottish Country Dancers, Barry Haywood, Iain Matley, and Blackpool’s very own Funny Girls, Langley Dance Centre, Mary Whelan School of Irish Dancing, Blackpool Circus School and Greater Manchester Pipe Band.

It takes place on Sunday, August 7 – full details in Jimmy’s events calendar and view the full gala poster here.