National Garden Scheme event, Manley Knoll, 22nd May

National Garden Scheme event, Manley Knoll, 22nd May

On Sunday 22nd May, OPAL provided the refreshments at the National Garden Scheme event at Manley Knoll.

Manley Knoll opens its gardens as part of the scheme every year.  It is an Arts & Crafts garden created in the early 1900s. At this time of year, there is stunning colour provided by rhododendron and azaleas.

An impressive array of cakes and traybakes were provided by our amazing OPAL volunteers and the money made on the refreshments sales benefitted OPAL.

OPAL Volunteers go to Buckingham Palace

Wednesday 18th May was a wonderful day for Mary Thompson and Lesley Duggan, two OPAL Volunteers who were chosen to represent OPAL at the Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace to mark the fact that OPAL Volunteers have attained the prestigeous Queen’s Award for Volunteering.  The weather was perfect – blue sky and sunshine, but not too hot. The Palace and grounds looked stunning with the guests beautifully attired, the bands playing and the guards in their uniforms.

“What a magical day this was and we feel so privileged and honoured to have been able to represent OPAL in this way.  We had such a memorable experience, which we will treasure forever. A big thank you to OPAL for allowing us to represent you at this special event.”

OPAL Matters 14 April 2022

Our April 2022 issue of OPAL Matters has been distributed with recent exciting news of services reopening. In what has been a busy period for OPAL we also welcome 2 new trustees and 2 new members of staff to the OPAL Team.

Catch up with OPAL News here.

Soup Lunch Fundraiser – Frodsham 18th March 2022

Join us at the Soup Lunch Fundraising Event on 18th March, 12.30 to 14.30 at Frodsham Community Centre.

Come along and enjoy a light lunch of soup followed by cake and a hot drink while at the same time supporting OPAL

£5 per person + Raffle

For tickets contact Jo on 01928 787899

January closures of face to face services

Very reluctantly OPAL has decided to temporarily suspend our meetings of Clubs, Carers’ Groups, Branching Out and GoOnLine sessions due to take place in January 2022.

This is not the beginning OPAL had hoped for in 2022 but this decision is due to concerns that we will be unable to run services safely while the present rates of the Omicron Covid variant are so high and covid cases are continuing to rise sharply including amongst people over the age of 60.  

We will look again at the situation at the end of January and we will reverse this decision as soon as we feel it is safe to do so.

In the meantime we will strive to provide a telephone befriending service, will send out copies of OPAL Reach newsletter and deliver activity packs, which are the services that were so much appreciated throughout 2020-1.

Keeping people as safe as possible is our first priority.

OPAL Matters Issue 13 December 2021

Our Christmas 2021 Issue of OPAL Matters was distributed in December 2021 with stories of our Christmas activities and news of when our Chair Jane Colville and Malpas Club Organiser Brenda Platt went to Chester Town Hall and joined other representatives of local charities and organisations to meet with Prince
Edward, Earl of Wessex and also with Lady Redmond, Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire.
OPAL’s invitation was in part linked to our Queen’s Award which we had been awarded in 2020 but was also in recognition of the way in which we had managed through the pandemic.

Read about it here.

We wish all our readers a merry Christmas and a very happy New Year.

Notice of OPAL AGM 2021

The next OPAL Annual General Meeting will take place on 10th November 2021 at 5pm via Zoom.

For more information please contact Moe Hutson at

Please confirm or decline your attendance to Moe Hutson at

OPAL Soup Lunch Fundraiser 15th October

OPAL is organising a Soup Lunch fundraiser at KELSALL COMMUNITY CENTRE, Chester Rd, Kelsall, Tarporley CW6 0SB

FRIDAY 15th OCTOBER, 12.30pm – 2.30pm

Come along and enjoy a light lunch of soup followed by cake and a hot drink, while at the same time supporting OPAL

Cost: £5 per person + Raffle

For tickets please contact Jo on 01928 787899 or email Jo at or Juliet at

OPAL Soup Lunch

OPAL held it’s first face to face fundraising event on 15th October. Thank you to all who volunteered and to Jo and Juliet and the fundraising team for putting the event together. It was good to see people again and enjoy the day while at the same time raising valuable funds for OPAL.

OPAL Matters Issue 12

You can read the latest updates on the reopening of OPAL Services in our September issue of OPAL Matters.

Click here to read OPAL Matters Issue 12.