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 Headlines from the first quarter of 2014:

Acoustic Fridays Flourish

The Norton has provided a great service to those who enjoy live music in Runcorn, having established early doors on Fridays as a live acoustic session between 6-8pm, for the last two years. 

Artists have come from near and far to offer aural gratification to customers during tea-time, where the great value menu continues to satisfy oral requirements. These are usually solo acts but duos are not uncommon. 

Artists who have travelled from outside the town include: Vanessa Murray, Yarbo, Laura James, Blake's View, Jack Gillbanks.... with Phil Povey of Manchester and Hannah Rose Platt of London joining the league of Friday artists over coming weeks (see the What's On page). 

The bank of local talent who continue to delight include Gary McCartney, Dan Atkins, The Two Jordans, Junior, Jess Jones and Stevie with duo, Random, upcoming for the first time soon. 

Acoustic Fridays are regular, reliable and weekly, whilst full bands appear monthly on Saturday nights when there is also a late bar to relish. 

Vicky Jumps Ship

Victoria Thompson has been aboard the good ship Norton and a solid member of the Norton Family crew for six months. 

Her last night was at the St Patrick's Party when she rose to the DJ's challenge in spectacular style; Vicky actually managed to get a selfie, with every soul aboard The Norton in just 6 minutes! With a full ship that was no mean feat. 

The Norton wishes Vicky much luck aboard The Princess and her new life at sea.  

Runcorn Sons of the Desert Launch

A very pleasant evening was had by all as the local Laurel & Hardy film club, met for the first time at The Norton. Naturally, the group's namesake movie "Sons of the Dessert" was shown amongst other, shorter films at this premier event. There were a few pints had, screen quizes in the mix and an impromptu karaoke to finish the evening. 

Runcorn Sons of the Desert proved to be a pleasant bunch of folk who will welcome anyone into their good company at the next event on Friday 11th April. More information and contact details can be found on their website or facebook page.

Bistro Francais Commended by Candid Chef

On Valentine's day, The Norton transformed her function room into a lovely French bistro. The authentic cuisine, décor and choice of good wines were designed to offer local couples the sophistication of a great restaurant without having to drive miles and the experience of fine dining at a very reasonable cost.

Feedback was wholly positive, not least about the quality of food, very generous portion sizes and attentive waiter/waitress service. 

Unbeknown to landlady, Claire, one of the diners was head chef of a swanky restaurant. His feedback - "spot on". 


Norton Forecast -  

Mum's to Score Hat Trick on Mother's Day

Mother's Day this year, on Sunday 30th March, coincides with Fulham v Everton at 13:30 and Liverpool v Tottenham at 16:00. 

Families wishing to stay on side and ensure they stay atop their mum's premier league will have the advantage of extended dining, upstairs in the Norton lounge - a pretty, light and gentle room where the football will be much more discreet. 

Fans can still keep an eye on the action if they choose to dine upstairs via the plasma screen, though the sound will be reserved for downstairs only. 

Talent Scouting at Next Open Mic

To ensure acoustic Fridays stay fresh, the next Open Mic on 4th April, bears special invitation to all musicians not heard before, who might like to be booked for an early evening spot. 

After a sample performance, contact details will be taken and bookings made. 

New Menu Coming

On 8th April The Norton will launch a new menu, with new, exciting dishes amongst traditional favourites. 

Excellent value will be maintained and the Specials Board will make sure there is always something new to try once customers have worked their way through the new dishes on the main menu. 

Community - 

BabyGrow Appeal Raises Substantial Funds

The Norton supported the BabyGrow charity appeal and hosted their fundraising event on 8th March. 

Funds raised on the night will contribute toward the expansion of the Neonatal Unit at the Countess of Chester Hospital, optimising the care of prematurely born and poorly babies and their families. 

The Norton Lends a Hand to Brownies

As local brownie packs join together to do their good turn for the day on Halton Village Millennium Field, The Norton offers refreshment to them and their Brown Owls. 

The brownies worked hard on 16th March, planting 2,000 Snowdrop & English Blue Bell bulbs to give locals a lovely display later in the year. This is part of a huge planting project on the green, which will look amazing this summer.

Headlines from the last quarter of 2013:

Even More Serious About Real Ale

The provision of good cask ale has been an important feature of The Norton Arms for years but in October, it upped the ante with the installation of a further two cask lines. The Norton can now offer four great, cask beers at any one time.

The introduction of three-thirds-of-a-pint paddles that soon followed, have been revelled by customers not able to decide upon their favourite of the lovely beers on offer and by those who simply want to enjoy them all in just a couple of pints. 

Remember, Remember, How Good was Movember

£703 raised by Norton Arms' customers for the Movember charity.

The Norton Arms' Man of Movember was awarded to Bro Luke Holt, not least for his splendid sportsmanship. Best Mo Sista was awarded to Lauren Hickton for her inspiration. 

Twelve lucky winners walked away with brilliant raffle prizes such as two hours worth of tattoo and a full car service.  

Devastation as Dave leaves

Affectionately known as "Davey Baby", Dave Robinson has been a much loved member of The Norton team, working every Saturday night for six years. His last regular shift was at the Mo Party at the end of November. 

Staff and customers alike were deeply saddened by his resignation, which Dave made in order to spend more time with his family.  

On parting, Dave assured proprietor, Claire, that he will gladly help out in future on a casual basis. Claire replied "see you next week then Dave, yeah?" !



CAMRA Commend The Norton

Cask ale connoisseurs representing CAMRA - the prestigious Campaign for Real Ale - visited in late December and gave The Norton Arms a glowing report. Amongst other very positive comments they said "it is the best pub around...".

Cracking Christmas Craft Fair

Coffee, cake and craft were abundant on this great day when both crafters and customers reaped great rewards. 

Given the success of this second, annual craft fair at The Norton, there is a strong possibility of it becoming a more frequent event throughout the year.  


Community - 

Spooktacular Halloween on the Millennium Green

Volunteers of the Halton Village Millennium Green pull off yet another, wonderful, family event, free of any charge for locals. 

After the lantern competition, costume contests and ghost tours up to the castle, the evening culminated at the Monsters' Ball at The Norton Arms. 

The landlady of The Norton is one of the trustees of the Millennium Green and the pub supports all initiatives and endeavours the committee pursues for the benefit of our community.