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Thursday, 5 May 2016


Reporter Jonathan White, Crewe

'NanoCon' comic-con returned to the Nantwich Civic Hall on Bank Holiday Monday 2nd May 2016 after the success of the inaugural event last November.

The main hall featured a collectors market of stalls, selling a whole host of collectable merchandise, hand-made goods and artwork, and ample autograph/photo opportunities with stars of TV and the movies. Cars’ Lightning McQueen made a popular return and numerous superheroes were seen around the venue including Spider-Man, Captain America and Iron Man. A cosplay competition to find the best child costume and best adult costume had participants dressed as characters from The Walking Dead, Shadowhunters, Harry Potter, Batman, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Star Wars.

The Peggy Killick Suite upstairs included an informative question and answer session with 6 ft 7 in actor Spencer Wilding whose roles have included Doctor Who, Guardians of the Galaxy and who is rumoured to be playing Darth Vader in forthcoming Star Wars film, Rogue One. He was joined by actor Martin Ballantyne who has appeared in two Harry Potter movies and alongside the late Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight and five-time world champion kickboxer and actor Lee Charles who appeared with Spencer in the movie Green Street 3: Never Back Down.

The event was attended hundreds of sci-fi lovers and TV/movie fans and in an official capacity by Nantwich Mayor, Councillor Andrew Martin and Mayoress Linda Martin.

The next NanoCon will be later this year on Saturday 5th November 2016. Please visit for further information.

Cosplay competition (1)Cosplay competition (2)

Star Wars Day

Reporter J White

Not such a long time ago in a galaxy not so far, far away… a games shop celebrated ‘Star Wars Day’.

The ‘Star Wars Day’ event took place on Wednesday May 4th 2016 at Watchtower Games - - at Unit 10, Brierley Business Centre on Mirion Street in Crewe.

The force was strong in the games premises and participants were encouraged to come dressed as characters from the epic space movies. They took part in the Star Wars-related board games, ‘Star Wars Armada’ and ‘Star Wars Imperial Assault’.

Role players were dressed as Jedi Knights, storm troopers, and even Darth Vader made an appearance!

The date was chosen for a pun on the catchphrase "May the Force be with you" which is changed annually to "May the Fourth be with you" and celebrated by thousands of Star Wars fans around the world.

Watchtower Games was established in 2015 and sells a wide-range of role playing games, board games, card games, and table top war games. The company focuses on Star Wars and other sci-fi and fantasy themes but we cater for historical gamers and modellers alike.

Organiser and co-owner Adam Turner said, “It's always a great time at Watchtower Games. We hold events on a daily basis and our customers always make it special and our star wars fans are certainly no exception. It was great to see everyone having so much fun today. It's days like this that make me so proud of the store and the fantastic community that we have here. We have something here for everyone at Unit 10, so why not come on down and take a look - you never know you may even bump in to Darth Vader!”

Watchtower Games - Darth Vader attempts to seduce  opponents to the dark side (1)Watchtower Games - Star Wars-themed board game

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

New leader confirms commitment to Crewe


New Cheshire East Council Leader Rachel Bailey has underlined her commitment to continuing the major investment that has been taking place in Crewe.

Since the purchase of the Royal Arcade last year, the town has seen further investment in two new major projects.

The £15m Crewe Lifestyle Centre opened earlier this month with an eight-lane 25m pool and a world-class fitness suite, together with an outstanding library.

Crewe Engineering and Design University Technical College, on West Street, which opens in September, will attract the best engineering talent to help meet the job demand from major employers such as Bentley Motors.

Councillor Bailey said: “The opening of the lifestyle centre is a hugely positive move in Crewe. Combining physical health and wellbeing in this way with improving education has tremendous benefits to all residents.

“We also want to see a busy, vibrant town centre and an environment that will be attractive and welcoming to shoppers and businesses.

“Crewe UTC will be a terrific asset to the town when it opens in September. There is a great demand for young engineers in Crewe and right across the Borough.

“With HS2 adding to the already very strong demand for the next generation of engineers, it is extremely important that we ensure that young people growing up in Cheshire East realise that there are fantastic career opportunities available on their doorstep.”

Massive investment is also continuing in Crewe’s road and transport systems as the Council seeks to revive the town’s status as a focal network point. The Crewe Green Link Road was opened by Transport Minister Patrick McLoughlin just before Christmas and the Manchester Bridge is due to fully re-open in the town next month.

Cllr Bailey said: “The benefits of HS2 and a strategic transport hub at Crewe will bring will be absolutely transformational for the local, regional and national economy and great news for jobs, business and growth in Cheshire East and the wider region.

“It is already raising the profile of Crewe on the national and international stage and the Council is working with a range of prospective developers and investors, who understand the prospects of Crewe and want to share in its future success.

“The people of Crewe can be in no doubt that this Council is fully committed to driving forward an ambitious scheme for redevelopment, regeneration and economic growth in the town.

“We have started on an exciting journey for Crewe and are committed to seeing it through to the end.”

Council backs plans to expand two Crewe primary schools to accommodate growing numbers


Cheshire East Council is to press ahead with the expansion of two primary schools in Crewe to relieve pressure on space.

Monks Coppenhall Community Primary and Hungerford Primary Academy will be able to increase their school capacity thanks to a combination of funding including Section 106 developer funding and capital funding through the Department for Education.

The programme will see an increase of 420 more primary pupil places by September 2017, providing 60 more reception class places.

The two schools, whose governors and academy trusts have put forward the proposals, will have a total number of 630 places per school.

The additional places will meet local needs created by population growth and new housing developments in the area.

A consultation process took place between the Council and the governing bodies and trusts of the two schools, together with Wistaston Academy Trust, whose proposal was not supported on this occasion.

Pupils at all three schools also took part in the consultation exercise.

Cheshire East Council has a statutory duty to ensure there are sufficient school places for children in the Borough and, in an analysis of the latest pupil forecast, the Council identified a need for more places in the Crewe area. 

Following a detailed analysis and consultation with 14 schools, the two schools in the north of the town were identified to meet the impact of approved new housing developments in this area.

Councillor Liz Durham, Cabinet member for children and families, said:  “In Cheshire East we believe in delivering the best education to give our young people the best chance of succeeding in later life.

“I wholeheartedly support these proposals to ensure that we have sufficient school places to meet local need.  These two school expansions are one part of a bigger picture.

“We are planning for the future to ensure that all children and young people in Cheshire East can access an excellent education. 

“Cheshire East has great school admission results with 95 per cent of parents getting their first choice secondary school and 89 per cent getting their first choice primary school.

“With more than 150 schools in Cheshire East, managing the demand for places is no easy task. I thank the teams who have engaged with the local community in Crewe and worked with developers over the past 12 months to get us here today. 

“We can now proceed full steam ahead, with funding secured from developers and the Department for Education.  We will of course, continue to engage with the community as the plans take shape and I look forward to seeing the new classrooms in operation next year.”

Rhian Futcher, headteacher of Hungerford Primary Academy, said: “The children made some touching consultation responses saying that they love our school and would welcome more pupils. The expansion will enhance the provision for existing children, as well as adding diversity, experience and expertise through new staff, children and families.”

Pamela Simpson, headteacher of Monks Coppenhall Community Primary, said:  “This is very good news for our outstanding school.  All the governors, staff and children are looking forward to the exciting times ahead.”

Monday, 2 May 2016

The Lost Carnival adventure begins



Queen’s Park, Crewe, Cheshire 28, 29 & 30 May 4-9.30pm. £12 (under 3s free)

The secrets of The Lost Carnival have now started to be revealed at your friends, choose your foes, as The Battle of the Carnivals begins.

Over a century after the mysterious Lost Carnival disappeared, The Lost Carnival will appear at Queen’s Park in Crewe this May. For three short nights only, families will step into a world unlike any other in this large-scale outdoor immersive theatre experience from award-winning producers Wild Rumpus (Just So Festival) and So It Is (Bury Met, Ramsbottom Festival), brought to life by theatre partner LAS Theatre.

The Battle of the Carnivals is a story beyond your wildest imagination. Meet The Birds and The Ingénues - two rival carnival families battling for supremacy.  Expect spellbinding theatre and enthralling installations, circus, music, visual trickery and sideshows.

Start listening to the fictional radio documentary podcasts by sleuth Arthur Bird at Follow the story and use the podcasts and clues to uncover the carnival’s mysteries. Tell Arthur what you think on The Lost Carnival Facebook page to help influence the drama and investigation in advance and at the live event.

The Birds and the Ingénues, have been scouring the world to recruit some incredible performers who will join them as they battle to be crowned the most glorious carnival ever. It's time to pin your colours to the mast. #teamingénue or #teambird?  Browse their family albums, get costume ideas, make a choice who to support and help decide the most incredible contest in carnival history at

The Birds exude mystery and swagger, dark glamour and intoxicating performance. They are out to clear their name after being accused of sabotage at the 2015 Lost Carnival in Bury. Encounter the charismatic leader of The Bird Carnival, Sergei Bird, their glittering star and aerial gymnast Anastasiya Abramovich  and the mischevious Maks Mager the magician at the event. Also performing for #teambird are incredible circus artist and trampoline acrobat Max Calaf Seve, master multi-tasker Rimski on his unique bicycle piano and La Sibylle, a curious female prophetess.

The Ingénues seem to be the heroes of the story with sequins, sparkle and colourful shine aplenty. Look out for Popo Ingénue, the Ingénue Carnival’s inspirational and adventurous leader, Strongman Ivor Pavlov and the impeccable Clare V’oyant at the event. Also performing for #teamingénue are Pif Paf Theatre with Planetary -  3 travellers on their spinning planet forged from 80 metres of steel pipe - plus unforgettable aerial tree-top performance and ground acrobatics from Whispering Woods.

Getting the entire carnival crowd going will be the infectious Voodoo Love Orchestra with their big band sounds, plus many other intriguing acts. Show your support for The Birds or The Ingénues throughout the evening (they will need your help) and witness a thrilling culmination if you dare.

David Agnew, Producer of The Lost Carnival and Director of So It Is says “We can’t wait to step into the unforgettable world of the Lost Carnival in Crewe this May and welcome audiences for an evening of adventure as two of the greatest carnivals of all time battle for your affections. The Birds and the Ingénues need your family to decide who you will support. Share with your family and friends which carnival family you think should reign supreme using #teambird #teamingenue and #thelostcarnival. We are now counting down the days to find out who will win The Battle of the Carnivals.” 

Keep your ears to the ground for more news in May … all we can reveal is get your dancing shoes ready.

Sign up online for your family to become Carnivalistas - enjoy unique experiences at each Lost Carnival event and support The Lost Carnival to do good work in the communities that it touches.

Start the adventure now. Buy tickets, choose which family you will support, follow the podcast, intriguing clues, secret messages, dressing up and reading inspiration. Sign up to the newsletter at and follow The Lost Carnival on Facebook and twitter #thelostcarnival.


Whispering Woods - performing at The Lost Carnival

URGENT: Online Extortion Demand Affecting UK Businesses

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Within the past 24 hours a number of businesses throughout the UK have received extortion demands from a group calling themselves ‘Lizard Squad’.
Method of Attack:
The group have sent emails demanding payment of 5 Bitcoins, to be paid by a certain time and date. The email states that this demand will increase by 5 Bitcoins for each day that it goes unpaid.
If their demand is not met, they have threatened to launch a Denial of Service attack against the businesses’ websites and networks, taking them offline until payment is made.  
The demand states that once their actions have started, they cannot be undone.
What to do if you’ve received  one of these demands:

  • Report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or by using the online reporting tool
  • Do not pay the demand
  • Retain the original emails (with headers)
  • Maintain a timeline of the attack, recording all times, type and content of the contact

If you are experiencing a DDoS right now you should:
  • Report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 immediately.
  • Call your Internet Service Provider (ISP) (or hosting provider if you do not host your own Web server), tell them you are under attack and ask for help.
  • Keep a timeline of events and save server logs, web logs, email logs, any packet capture, network graphs, reports etc.

Get Safe Online top tips for protecting your business from a DDoS:
  • Consider the likelihood and risks to your organisation of a DDoS attack, and put appropriate threat reduction/mitigation measures in place.
  • If you consider that protection is necessary, speak to a DDoS prevention specialist.
  • Whether you are at risk of a DDoS attack or not, you should have the hosting facilities in place to handle large, unexpected volumes of website hits.

Sunday, 1 May 2016

The Woodside in Wistaston

Reporter Jonathan White, Wistaston

Talented local musician’s Neil Smith and Callum Wright performed at The Woodside in Wistaston on the evening of Saturday 30th April 2016.  They each performed for one hour along with a duet in-between. Neil Smith started the evening on his acoustic guitar with an eclectic range of covers including the artists Foo Fighters, The Black Crows, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pharrell Williams, Green Day, The Proclaimers, The Beatles, The Jam, Ed Sheeran, Johnny Cash, and Radiohead. They joined up between sets to perform Guns N' Roses’ Sweet Child O' Mine and Stevie Wonder’s Superstition. Callum then sang and played on his acoustic guitar tracks by Bill Withers, Oasis, Ed Sheeran, Radiohead, Mr Probz, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, and Oasis. 

Their sets were warmly received by a receptive audience. 

Live music at The Woodside takes place on the last Saturday of each month, unless there is a private party. 

Callum Wright performs at The WoodsideNeil Smith performs at The Woodside (1)

Online Job Recruitment


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The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) and Action Fraud have noticed a rise in the reporting of victims being recruited via Facebook to sell items for suspects on eBay – often stating that it is a quick way of making money.
The items are said to be bankrupt stock, purchased via auctions, and need to be sold on quickly. The majority of the items reported have been Apple Mac Book Pro/Electrical Items.
The victim places the items on eBay and once the items are sold, the victim will get paid and transfer the funds to the suspect/recruiter.
Once the suspect/recruiter gets the funds, the purchasers are claiming that they have received empty cereal boxes or often no goods at all, leaving the victim being reported as the actual suspect, and leaving them out of pocket as their account will be debited.
Protect yourself:

  • Consider conducting research on other information provided by the seller, for example: a mobile phone number or email address could alert you to negative information associated with the number/email address online. 
  • Be very cautious of unsolicited emails or approaches over social media promising opportunities to make easy money. 
  • When accepting offers, verify the company/entity details provided to you and check whether they have been registered in the UK. 
  • If you think the deal or offer is too good to be true then it probably is! 
If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting

Council urges businesses to back Borough’s Tour of Britain stage


Cheshire East is urging businesses to get behind the Borough’s stage of the prestigious cycle Tour of Britain – and seize the massive commercial opportunities it presents.

On September 6, stage three of the Tour of Britain – British cycling’s premier event – comes to Cheshire East for the very first time.

Cheshire East Council wants to give the business community every opportunity to take full advantage of this historic and exciting occasion.

Cycling’s booming popularity in the UK means this is a huge event, both locally and nationally. Around 180,000 people will watch a Tour of Britain stage, while the entire tour is beamed to 8.2 million British TV viewers and 129 countries worldwide, alongside widespread press coverage.

With two official hospitality areas, one at the start in Congleton and one at the finish in Tatton Park, Cheshire East Council has a range of sponsorship packages to help the community get close to the event. 

Packages range from the ‘ultimate’ – full stage sponsorship, at the forefront of the stage marketing and many add-on events for a business – to our ‘affiliate’ package, offering excellent opportunities for client hospitality.

Our sponsorship brochure has full details of the opportunities available – but essentially businesses can be as big a part of the Tour of Britain as they want to be. 

Interested businesses should ring the Council’s business connector Kerry Hall on 07816 144 384, or email our team at

Councillor David Brown, Deputy Leader of Cheshire East Council, said: “This really is a massive opportunity not to be missed – by both residents and businesses alike.

“Around 18 per cent of stage visitors stay overnight in the area and each stage boosts the local economy by £4.1m, on average. This is great news for the whole Borough. 

“I would encourage entrepreneurs to contact us and see how they can get involved in putting their business right at the heart of this fantastic, historic event with one of our specially-tailored sponsorship packages.”

Councillor Paul Bates, Cheshire East Council Cabinet member for communities and health, said: “As a Council we believe passionately in promoting healthy sports, such as cycling, as part of our goal of having residents live well and for longer.

“We hope that this event will inspire many others to take up cycling, whether for sport or leisure, and to visit and stay in our Borough and boost our visitor economy – which we aim to increase from £800m to more than £1bn a year by 2017.

“Cycling is tremendously popular on our highways, byways and trails across our beautiful Borough and the Council has invested in developing and promoting cycle routes.

“This is all testament to our commitment to promoting healthy activities for families and to the enthusiasm shown by our residents and cycling clubs.”

Revived in 2004 and last seen in Cheshire in 2012, the Tour of Britain will once again be broadcast live on ITV4. There will be three-hours of coverage showing each stage plus a highlights programme.

The 2016 Tour of Britain takes place between Sunday, September 4 and Sunday, September 11. It is the biggest free spectator sport and followed by millions around the world.

The Tour of Britain will hit the highways of Cheshire East with a challenging leg which takes in the Cat and Fiddle A537 road, a steep climb of more than 10km.

Cheshire East residents will be able to watch from close up, some of the world’s most famous riders as they hurtle through villages and towns, including Congleton in the south – where the event will start – and Knutsford in the north, where the 182km-stage will finish in the picturesque setting of Tatton Park.

Top riders such as Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish have competed in the past but the complete line-up for 2016 will not be known until nearer the event, which starts on September 4 in Glasgow and finishes in London on September 11.

Cheshire East Council will be making further announcements about the event and how residents and children can get involved in the build up.

Watch out for further updates on the Tour of Britain website at: or visit the Council’s website at:

Residents and businesses to have their say on transport and travel in Middlewich


Residents and businesses in Middlewich are to have the opportunity to take part in a public consultation and engagement event which will inform the Cheshire East Council’s emerging local transport plan for the town. 

The consultation will also provide people with an update on the progress being made on the proposed Middlewich eastern bypass.

It will seek the views of residents and businesses on public transport provision, road safety concerns, walking and cycling routes and will address the question of planning for a railway station in Middlewich.

Cheshire East’s new Council Leader Rachel Bailey said: “We want people to be aware that this Council is working hard to deliver a solution for the transport issues facing the town and residents.

“We are a listening authority and this public engagement exercise will seek to obtain the views of residents and these views will be listened to and taken into account.

“We are determined that the residents of the town should have their say and the opportunity to influence and shape an overall action plan on transport.

“This will look at short and longer-term solutions.

“It is very important that we have the support of the town’s residents in whatever proposals we take forward. Our findings will also be shared with the people developing Middlewich’s neighbourhood plan. ” 

The consultation will include public drop- in sessions to be held in the town where local people can speak with staff and pass on their comments.

These events will also inform residents, businesses and stakeholders of the work done by the Council to date, the current programme for tackling some of the issues facing Middlewich.

The consultation will also provide information to residents and businesses on the changing trends in traffic and travel in Middlewich and the rest of the Borough.

The Council will make further announcements about the consultation very soon.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Wine Investment Fraud

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A new investment fraud trend is targeting members of the public who are seeking to sell their wine investment.  Fraudsters agree to purchase the victim’s wine, but instead transfer the stock into their own account without paying the victim.  The fraudulently obtained wine is then believed to be sold on to other, unsuspecting victims. 
How does it work?
Fraudsters set up fake companies and websites as well as exploit the names of legitimate, established companies to facilitate this fraud.  They cold-call the victims and offer to purchase their wine for significantly more than the actual market value. 
Fraudulent documents, such as purchase agreements, are used to facilitate the fraud and are sent to the victims via post and email.  Some fraudsters have gone as far as setting up fake escrow services in order to fool the potential sellers that the payments have been transferred.   
The fraudsters send the victims instructions to transfer their wine into storage accounts held within legitimate bonded warehouses.  The victims are informed that upon doing this they will be paid the agreed amount.  The use of storage accounts held within legitimate bonded warehouses adds an air of legitimacy to the process but in actual fact these storage accounts are controlled by the fraudsters.     
Once the wine is transferred into the new storage accounts the suspects break off all contact with the victims.  The wine is then moved again, normally within days and often abroad, and, needless to say, the victim never receives the money from the agreed sale.
Protect Yourself

  • Never respond to unsolicited phone calls – if in doubt, hang up
  • Always check that the details of the organisation or company contacting you (such as website, address and phone number) are correct – the fraudsters may be masquerading as a legitimate organisation
  • Never sign over your wine (or any other investment) to another party without first checking they are authentic
  • Don’t be fooled by a professional looking website, as the cost of creating a professional website is easily affordable
  • Escrow services are regulated by the FCA under the Payment Services Directive 2009.  Only deal with a registered Authorised Payment Institution.  You can check the FCA register online at
  • Consider seeking independent legal and/or financial advice before making a decision
  • If you have been affected by this, or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting

New digital growth fund launched for Cheshire East


A new partnership between Cheshire East Council and Creative England has been launched to provide an initial investment fund of £200,000 to support the growth of small and medium-sized businesses within Cheshire East.

The Cheshire East digital growth programme is part of the Council's wider efforts to support the digital sector to stimulate growth by providing them with funding, opportunities and specialist support.

The programme is targeted only at eligible companies operating in the digital sector – such as digital media, web design and software development  (including games and app development)  e-commerce and software solutions – and targeted at businesses looking to scale-up via the development of existing or new technology, products and services.

Prospective applications must be able to demonstrate a clear market opportunity and the ability to generate additional investment as well as growth in the form of job creation and/or safeguarding. Funding will be available as equity investments, loans and revenue-sharing arrangements.

The digital growth programme will be managed on behalf of the Council by the newly-established ‘arms-length’ Skills and Growth Company, via their business engagement team. For more information on the digital growth fund visit:

Councillor Paul Bates, chairman of the Skills and Growth Company, said: “We are looking to support a small number of businesses with real growth potential and help them with a programme of intensive support and funding.

“The digital sector in Cheshire East is vibrant and growing and we are determined to help ensure this growth in sustained and that we have a thriving and world-class digital sector in Cheshire East.”

The launch of the fund was welcomed by Denise Proctor, chair of Weave – the taskforce set up to guide and support the Council's work to support the creative and digital sector.

She said: “The launch of this programme will bring a much-needed boost to the digital sector and support some of our brightest minds to expand their businesses and grasp opportunities in this expanding field.”

The programme was launched at the Business Rocks conference in Manchester, where Cheshire East and the Skills and Growth Company hosted a ‘Make the Cheshire Connection’ stand to help promote the creative and digital sector to investors and prospective clients.

Cheshire Fire And Rescue Service April 2016 E-Newsletter

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Welcome to the April edition of the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service e-Newsletter.

Arson prevention

Deliberate fires take up a large amount of our firefighters’ time. Our fire crews could be putting out these avoidable fires when they should be helping someone whose life may be in danger at a house fire or road traffic collision.

Many fires, including refuse fires, wheelie bin fires and grass fires are started deliberately. It’s important to report irresponsible behaviour so that fires can be prevented in your community.

If you see any suspicious activity in your area please contact Cheshire Police on their non emergency number 101 (or dial 999 if appropriate) or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Drowning prevention - be water aware

Around 400 people drown in the UK every year and thousands more suffer injury, some life changing, through near-drowning experiences.

Many people that drown just happen to be near water - such as runners, walkers and fisherman. 

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Fire Station open days

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service fire stations will be holding free fire station open days over the next few months.

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Find out about your local fire station - where it is, what open days or special events they are holding and how to get in contact with them.

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Biker Down courses

If you were the first on the scene of an accident involving a biker, would you know what to do? Would you know who is most at risk, how to protect the area or whether you should remove the helmet of a downed rider?

Actions taken in the first few moments after an accident can be crucial in minimising injuries and can make a real difference to the lives of those involved, but there can be some uncertainty about what to do in these situations.

We are holding a number of Biker Down training courses this year. For dates and details please visit our website.

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Charity car wash at Middlewich Fire Station

Firefighters in Middlewich are hoping to swap buckets of water for buckets of cash.  They are getting ready to roll up their sleeves to raise money for the Fire Fighters Charity 12th annual car wash.  

Local residents can get their cars washed by the Middlewich crew, as well as receiving vital road safety advice, at the fire station on Civic Way on Saturday 23rd April from 10am to 4pm.

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HMRC Tax Rebate Scam

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Fraudsters are texting members of the public offering a tax rebate. The text message contains a link to a website and requests to provide personal information, such as bank account information, to claim the nonexistent rebate.
Protect Yourself

  • Don’t click on web links contained in unsolicited texts or emails.
  • Never provide your personal information to a third party from an unsolicited communication.
  • Obtain the genuine number of the organisation being represented and verify the legitimacy of the communication.
  • HMRC will never use texts or emails or tell you about a potential rebate or ask for personal information.
  • If you have provided personal information and you are concerned that your identity may be compromised consider Cifas Protection Registration.

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Crosville Club welcomes the Steampunks


4 - Professor Elemental

Crewe’s Crosville Club will stage an extravagant Welcome Party when the town’s inaugural Steampunk Convivial launches towards the end of May.

The Steampunk genre celebrates a bygone era of flamboyance and finery, as though Victorian culture had evolved into a sci-fi future using iron, brass, elegant silks and beautifully carved mahogany – and of course steam!

The Crosville night, scheduled for Friday 27 May, will showcase Victorian and Gothic splendour, and event coordinator David Smith has assembled a dazzling array of music, dance and entertainment.

David said: “There is something for everyone, and Steampunk acts really know how to entertain a crowd. The atmosphere will be truly convivial, with smiles and laughter sure to be shared by all who join us for a splendid evening of quirky and memorable fun.”

“Steampunks never take themselves too seriously. There is no right or wrong way to dress, dance, sing or enjoy the events. Embrace it for what it is – take an intriguing journey back to the future!”

Hosted by the amazing Diva Hollywood, a whip-cracking compere, the evening features the incomparable Ichabod Steam and his Animatronic Band. A dark but endearing story about a crazy inventor and his wife, Mary, the audience is sure to sing along with the catchy songs.

More conventional, although hardly mainstream music comes from Victor and the Bully, a hot-ticket London duo who surprise with violins, piano, ukulele and trumpets to generate a thunderously theatrical show of epic proportions.

Headliner Professor Elemental is a global star. With millions of YouTube views, the wonderfully mad-cap entertainer brings a lively combination of comedy, music, plenty of improvisation and some friendly audience banter.

Organiser David Smith expects at least one other performer to gate crash the party. He observed: “In Montague Jacques Fromage, from America, we have Steampunk royalty. Monty is a bit like a force of nature, and keeping him OFF the stage is unlikely. He is unique, and not to be missed!”

The evening promises to not only delight, but excite and thrill the audience. The Welcome Party tickets are just £10, and the curtain-opener will set the tone for a series of other lavish shows.

The Crosville Club will stage a daring but tasteful Burlesque Show on Saturday 28th May, a Grand Masquerade Ball on Sunday, and close with a Goodbye Bash on the Monday night. Also on the Bank Holiday Monday evening, the historic Lyceum Theatre will stage a Spectacular Steampunk Concert.

For further details about the ticketed entertainment on offer, visit

Cllr Gardner

  At 1pm on the 14th of April I issued a press release calling for Cllr Gardner to resign as a member of the Cheshire East Cabinet. By 4.30pm that day he had gone.

Cllr Gardner was a director of Fomfest Ltd that went into liquidation owing creditors £440,000. I revealed in my press release that he had been disqualified as a director for 4 years after the company raised over £4000 for charity in 2011 but not one penny went to charity. The money was used by the company instead.

I am pleased he has resigned and done it speedily,unlike Cllr Jones,but he had no choice.For the Council Leader to say she accepted his resignation with 'a heavy heart' is unbelievable.You can't have somebody in charge of the multi million pound Leisure Services who was a director of a company that took over £4000 for charity and did not hand over a penny to the charity. 

I fail to see how a person with this record was ever appointed to be in charge of  Leisure Services in the first place To raise money for charity and then use it for the purposes of a company of which he is a director is a very serious matter indeed. Also leaving unpaid debts of £440,000 will have had a serious impact on those who supplied goods and services to his company but ended up not being paid for them.

Cheshire East Council seems to stumble from one self inflicted crisis to another.

Cheshire East have changed their Leader but what has not changed is the virtual weekly catalogue of disaster after disaster.The good people of Cheshire East deserve better than this.

Cllr Brian Silvester

UKIP Councillor

Nantwich Cheshire

Tel 07760147609

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