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Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Protect yourself from Bogus Electrical Websites

Subject: Protect yourself from Bogus Electrical Websites

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Fraudsters have set up a high specification website template advertising various electrical goods and domestic appliances. These goods are below market value and do not exist. The fraudsters will request your card details via the website; however the purchaser will then receive an email stating the payment failed and they must pay via bank transfer.
The fraudsters entice the purchaser and reassure them it is a legitimate purchase by using the widely recognised Trusted Shop Trustmark. The fraudsters are using the Trustmark fraudulently and have not been certified by Trusted Shops and therefore the purchaser is not covered by the Trusted Shop money-back guarantee.
Protect yourself:

  • Check the authenticity of the websites before making any purchases. Conduct a ‘whois’ search on the website which will identify when the website has been created, be wary of newly formed domains. You can conduct this search using the following website -
  • Carry out online research in relation to the website, company name and the business address provided to identify any poor feedback or possible irregularities.
  • Check the Trusted Shops Facebook page where warnings about websites using their Trustmark are published. If you are in doubt about the legitimacy of a Trustmark then you can contact Trusted Shops on 0203 364 5906 or by email They will confirm whether they have certified that website.
  • Payments made via bank transfer are not protected should you not received the item. Therefore always try to make the payment via PayPal or a credit card where you have some payment cover should you not receive your product.
  • If the item advertised seems too good to be true, then it probably is.
If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online or by telephone 0300 123 2040.

New food enterprise scheme will open doors for small producers and create better access to nation’s food supply chain


Delegates to the forthcoming food and procurement conference at Reaseheath College, Nantwich (November 26), will get to hear more about Cheshire East Council’s ambitions to establish a Food Enterprise Zone designed to stimulate huge growth in the rural economy and food supply chain and create new skills and jobs.

The pilot project, which is expected to run for five years, will be the first to benefit from the new Local Development Order initiative which seeks to streamline the planning process – in this case allowing permitted development aimed at promoting rural businesses and rural enterprise in designated zones.

Cheshire East Council and Reaseheath heard in February 2015 that they had been successful – along with 11 other councils and enterprise partnerships - in the bid to become a pathfinder Food Enterprise Zone and the Council expects to learn in the New Year whether plans for developing the FEZ at the Nantwich college will be adopted by the Secretary of State. 

The zone will see new development within the grounds of the college, with an open-door policy to encourage SMEs and start-ups to grow and diversify within a rural knowledge-based setting together with incubator space, business and technical support.

The proposal is to create a unique and highly innovative integrated food enterprise zone to assist food production and related businesses to access support, skills, specialist technical resources and facilities to grow and thrive.

It would also overcome barriers to growth and business development faced by many SMEs in the food and agri-economy and make careers and jobs in the £100billion industry, far more attractive.

George Eustace MP, Minister of State for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, will be among the guest speakers and delegates will include food procurement specialists, suppliers and experts in food safety and the supply chain.

Councillor Rachel Bailey, Cabinet member for rural matters, will outline the benefits of the Local Development Order to the rural economy and how it can be applied in order to unlock the economic and jobs potential for many small and medium sized enterprises hoping to gain a foothold in the food supply chain locally and nationally.

The conference is a vital element prior to the formal consultation process that forms one of the many criteria to be met before the FEZ and local development order can be formerly adopted and recognised by the Secretary of State.

Cllr Bailey said: “Our rural areas are amazing places, made up of fantastic landscapes with communities that are passionate about where they live.

“They are a true asset to Cheshire East.  We know that our rural economy is increasing in size and importance year on year. Food enterprise is an important part of that rural economy that we know has further potential, delivering jobs, helping to sustain the rural character of our area, reflecting local distinctiveness and contributing to the visitor economy.”

Situated at the centre of Cheshire’s dairy heartland, Reaseheath is seen as a beacon of excellence for its work with the farming and agricultural businesses along the food supply chain. 

The proposed Food Enterprise Zone would enable Reaseheath to further support businesses to innovate, grow and develop, complementing existing facilities, supporting primary production and the food and drink section. Projects could provide an agri-Tech Centre, facilities for business support, a nutrition centre and incubator space for start ups.

The entire project meets objectives set out in the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership economic strategy and will contribute to regional and national objectives for agriculture and food science development.

It will help to encourage more young people to train in the agriculture, land management and food production industries, emerging as well-qualified and skilled professionals equipped to take forward and grow a sustainable rural economy in Cheshire East and elsewhere.

The whole project is expected to deliver a £5.9m return on investment per annum.

The conference takes place at the College’s newly completed Centre for Horticulture, The Environment and Sustainable Technologies on November 26, starting at 10.30am.

Leading the way! – New £3m funding scheme to boost rural jobs and economic growth ‘opens for business’


A Council-backed £3m scheme to boost rural jobs and economic growth has been launched today.

Cheshire East Council, in partnership with Cheshire West and Chester Council and Warrington Borough and Trafford Councils, can now announce the official launch of the Cheshire LEADER Programme, which aims to deliver nearly £3m of funding to rural areas of Cheshire, as well as rural parts of Warrington and the Dunham Massey area.

LEADER is part of the Rural Development Programme for England, which is funded by the European Union, with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) as the managing authority. 

LEADER aims to help create jobs and stimulate economic growth by providing funding for businesses and organisations looking to begin or expand their operations in the rural area.

What separates LEADER from other funding programmes is that it is delivered locally rather than nationally, with decisions on where the grant money is spent being made by an appointed Local Action Group of key representatives from various organisations in the area, chaired by Councillor Rachel Bailey in Cheshire East and the Rev Canon David Felix in the West.

Cheshire East Council Leader Michael Jones said: “LEADER is a unique and valuable funding stream for rural areas and the Cheshire LEADER team are delighted to be able to start working with potential applicants.

“With each LEADER area having its own dedicated programme manager as well as a Local Action Group, we are able to provide a level of support rarely seen in other funding programmes.”

The scheme will run until 2020, and the Cheshire LEADER team are keen to hear from anyone who wishes to discuss an upcoming project with them.

For more information, or to see if your project might be eligible, visit the Cheshire LEADER website at  or contact Sean Bell, the Cheshire LEADER support officer on

Monday, 23 November 2015

Nantwich Christmas lights switch-on.

Reporter  Jonathan White, Wistaston

The Nantwich Christmas Lights switch-on took place on Saturday 21st November 2015 on the Town Square in Nantwich.

Chris Radford from The Cat 107.9 FM community radio compered the event with Trees Alive! mingling among the audience and entertainment on stage during the afternoon and evening from talented local teenage singer Josh Whittaker, the Frozen Theme Singers and energetic band The Runaway Babies, who warmed up the crowd prior to the switch-on.

The sponsors of the event were invited onto the stage before the switch-on: WeaverHouse and YourRepair Plumbers, along with Applewood Independent who - for the second year running - have sponsored the square’s Christmas tree. They were joined by Rev'd Canon Barry Wilson from St Mary's Church, Nantwich; Santa’s Rusty Robot who will soon be appearing at the Nantwich Civic Hall; Twitchy the Cat from The Cat 107.9 FM community radio; Nantwich Mayor Andrew Martin and wife Linda; Father Christmas and special guest BBC North West’s Beccy Meehan.

Nantwich Mayor Andrew Martin - - thanked the sponsors, organisers and everyone who attended for supporting the event. A ten-second countdown ensued before the lights were turned on by Nantwich Mayor Andrew Martin, Father Christmas and Beccy Meehan. The switch-on was followed by a spectacular firework display by local company Blitz Fireworks - .

A large video screen adjacent to the stage advertised local businesses, Nantwich Market and the numerous forthcoming events at the Nantwich Civic Hall.

There was also a children's mini-funfair, festive stalls and refreshments. The event was enjoyed by several thousand people.

Beccy Meehan speaks before the switch-onFirework display by Blitz Fireworks

The switch-on – Father Christmas – Beccy Meehan –  Andrew Martin

You are invited to a local charity music event in December


Live music band 'SWaY' will perform at Crewe Alexandra Football Club (Carlsberg Lounge) on Saturday 5th December 2015 (7:30pm to midnight).

The ticket price - £20 per person - also includes a fish & chip supper and a disco.

All proceeds will go towards reopening the Mirion Street Youth Centre in Crewe, after it was damaged by fire.

For tickets and further information, please contact Philip Shore or Yvonne Wooldridge 

Mirion Street Youth Centre concert - Sat 5 Dec 2015

Cheshire East’s gritting teams are ready for winter!


Cheshire East Council’s highways teams will be working around the clock this winter to keep the Borough’s roads safe for motorists.

The end of October marked the start of the winter maintenance season in Cheshire East. Duty officers are working to dispatch gritters to treat the Borough’s road network in response to any winter weather conditions. 

Cheshire East highways teams treat a total of 1,090km of primary roads across the Borough’s network. Gritting takes place on a precautionary basis to stop ice forming and snow is dealt with using specialist equipment such as snow blowers, all-terrain quad bikes with attachable snowploughs and towable gritters for footways and roads with restricted access.

Cheshire East staff work closely with neighbouring authorities to ensure that a consistent level of service is provided to roads that cross local authority boundaries.

Councillor David Brown, Deputy Leader for Cheshire East Council and Cabinet member in charge of highways, said: “We will be continually monitoring weather conditions throughout the winter months so that we are ready to deal with snow and ice on our main roads. Our gritter drivers will be out in all weather conditions to keep our highways as safe as possible.

“In the same way that we as a Council are ready for winter, I would urge residents to make sure their vehicles are prepared for winter and that people ensure that they tailor their driving and speed to match the road conditions at all times.”

Residents can track gritting vehicles as they treat the Borough’s roads by visiting:

Gritting routes, salt bin information and tips for travelling during winter can also be found online. Gritting decisions will also be communicated on Twitter @CECHighways. Cheshire East highways’ team can be contacted by calling 0300 123 5020.

The Wistaston Singers at Port Sunlight.


Reporter . Jonathan White, Wistaston

The Wistaston Singers took their talents on the road when they travelled to Port Sunlight on the Wirral. They performed a fundraising concert on Saturday 7th November 2015 at Christ Church United Reformed Church .

In the afternoon the choir and guests were able to view the delightful village of Port Sunlight, along with its art gallery, museum, cafe and garden centre.

Phil Houghton was the Musical Director at this evening concert and also introduced each song and soloist. Jane Hale was the accompanist on the piano. The Wistaston Singers sang Get me to the Church on time (Lerner & Lowe), a My Fair Lady compilation (Lerner & Lowe), Nightingale sang in Berkeley Square (Sherwin), Can you feel the love tonight (Elton John), Deep Harmony (H Parker), You’ll Never Walk Alone (Rodgers), a tribute to Queen compilation (Brymer), Love Changes Everything (Lloyd Webber), Jerusalem (Parry) and a rousing Cwm Rhondda to finish the concert.

Chris White (ukulele), accompanied by Phil Houghton (organ), performed three songs: Pack up your troubles (Powell), Lancashire Toreador (Formby) and Keep the Home Fires Burning (Novello). Jane Hale performed Flying Free (M Begg) on the flute, accompanied by Ann Farrington. The audience were given the lyrics to some of the songs and were encouraged to join in for each chorus.

Port Sunlight-based female choir ‘Silver Tones’ accompanied by Paul Goulden (piano) and Wirral-based tenor Nicky Hardy accompanied by Alan Derrick (keyboard) also performed at the event.

Refreshments were served during the interval.

Proceeds from the concert will go to the Christ Church United Reformed Church.

Musical Director Phil Houghton said, "The choir had a wonderful visit to Port Sunlight and were most appreciative to the audience for coming to watch us perform at this fund-raising concert."

The Wistaston Singers were originally formed by members of the choir at St Mary's Parish Church, Wistaston in May 2000 and now number over forty members singing four-part harmony music. The choir perform a variety and eclectic choice of music ranging from choral church music and anthems, Gilbert and Sullivan items, music from the shows, music from modern composers such as John Rutter encompassing from the 15th century to the 20th century. They perform up to five concerts a year at various venues in south Cheshire. The choir is also available to perform at weddings in the area. The choir rehearse weekly in the parish rooms of St Mary's Church, Nantwich on a Wednesday evening from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. New members are welcome and further details may be obtained from Choir Secretary Jill Oakes, Tel: 01270 662940 and email:

Their next concert will be a Christmas concert on Saturday 12th December 2015 (3pm) at St Stephens Methodist Church, Gainsborough Rd, Crewe.

Wistaston Singers at Port Sunlight (2)

Cheshire East scoops national award for keeping people informed about roadworks


Cheshire East Council’s highways team has scooped a national award for the way it keeps people informed about roadworks.

Use of Elgin’s Traffic Management (TM) app to plan, coordinate and publicise roadworks has won the ‘award for the best use of new technology in the highways Industry’ at the Highways Magazine Excellence Awards.

The need to get up-to-date information to local residents and road users became evident following an increase in the number of permits for roadworks being processed. 

Cheshire East Highways uses the application to ensure that closures, diversion routes and other temporary traffic diversions, approved by the permit team, are instantly displayed on Elgin’s website:

This information is shown on the Cheshire East Highways’ website to help people plan their journeys throughout the Borough’s 2,700km network of roads.

Councillor David Brown, Deputy Leader for Cheshire East Council and cabinet member in charge of highways, said: “Keeping people informed about roadworks on our busy and extensive network is essential and this tool is making it easier for them to plan their journeys throughout the Borough.

“As a ‘residents first’ authority we place a high priority on keeping local people and visitors informed and on working to keep our traffic flowing freely and safely with as little disruption as possible.” 

This is the second award that the TM app has won this year, following the North West ‘best practice project of the year’ award received from the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation back in May.

Cheshire East Highways was also shortlisted for the ‘highways maintenance efficiency award’ at the Highways Magazine Excellence Awards for its asset management-led approach to maintenance and improvement of Cheshire East’s roads.

Alert regarding purse thefts

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Police from Crewe Local Policing Unit are advising shoppers to be vigilant following a number of purse thefts.
There have been a number of purse thefts near supermarkets in the areas covered by Crewe Local Policing Unit which includes, Sandbach , Alsager, Middlewich, Holmes Chapel and Nantwich.
The offenders are noting pin numbers when the victims make a purchase at the till and then when they are distracted take the opportunity to steal their purse and use their cards before the victim realises their purse is missing and money has gone from their account.
Our advice is for shoppers to keep their purses safe in their handbags, protect their pin numbers, and keep their handbags zipped and secured at all times.
Anyone who sees suspicious activity should contact police on 101 and if you see suspicious activity at a till or in the car park, alert store security staff.

Cheshire East cancer project scoops national excellence award


Cheshire East’s lung cancer project has won a top professional excellence award at Macmillan’s annual awards ceremony.

The project, funded by Cheshire East Council, raises awareness about the early signs and symptoms of lung cancer and speeds up diagnosis.

The proactive collaboration between Cheshire East Council’s public health team, NHS South Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust means patients are supported at all stages of their treatment.

The project team, based at Leighton Hospital in Crewe, were presented with the ‘team excellence’ award at a prestigious ceremony held at The Hilton Metropole Hotel, in Birmingham, on November 12.

Project manager Michelle Huxley said: “It is an honour to have our work recognised by Macmillan. I see this award as recognition of the whole team’s hard work to improve the outcomes and experience of people affected by lung cancer.”

The project has already seen an increase in referrals and reduction in the proportion of cancers diagnosed through emergency admission from 21 per cent to 13 per cent in a single year. Furthermore, since the project began, the number of patients with access to a lung cancer clinical nurse specialist at diagnosis has risen from 46 per cent to 85 per cent.

Councillor Janet Clowes, Cheshire East Cabinet member in charge of adults, health and leisure, said: “We are delighted that the work of the lung cancer project team has been recognised nationally.

“The team’s hard work and dedication means that local people receive early diagnosis, information and the best possible care. The project has truly changed the lives of people living with lung cancer in Cheshire East.”

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Bentley Open Day

Reporter Jonathan White, Wistaston

Bentley Motors’ ‘CW1 House’ showroom on Pyms Lane in Crewe is open to the general public every Saturday in November (9am-12noon). I visited on Saturday 14th and saw the full model range including the Bentayga, Mulsanne, and GT’s. There was also an opportunity to see their champion race cars. There’s parking at the front of the premises. I recommend a visit on the remaining Saturdays in November – 21st and 28th.

Race carsTwo from the Bentley model range

Christmas Fair this Saturday

Reporter Jonathan White, Wistaston

The annual Cancer Research UK 'Christmas Fair' takes place this Saturday 21st November 2015 (10:15am to 3pm) at Wistaston Memorial Hall, Church Lane, Wistaston. There will be numerous stalls selling gifts, plants, cakes and Christmas cards, Santa's Grotto, plus a Tea Room serving drinks and snacks. Proceeds to Cancer Research UK.

Cancer Research UK Christmas Fair

Cheshire East Council raises French flag and holds minutes’ silence for victims of Paris terror attacks


Cheshire East Council Members and staff have raised the French flag and held a minutes’ silence as a mark of respect for the victims of the Paris terror attack.

Council Leader Michael Jones led the flag ceremony outside the authority’s Westfields HQ today as staff and Members observed a moment of quiet reflection. 

Councillor Jones paid tribute to the victims of the attacks and the French people.

He said: “The people of Cheshire East witnessed with great sadness and horror the unfolding events in Paris on Friday night and throughout the weekend. 

“These despicable attacks have shocked the whole of Europe. We must be ever vigilant – but also compassionate.

“These events are beyond religion, culture or country; they demonstrate man’s capacity for inhumanity to one another.
“Cheshire East Members and officers stand together with their French brothers and sisters at this time of great sadness and mourning.  We send our deepest condolences to all of the families of the bereaved and offer our prayers for the wounded.

“We stand as one Europe – beyond creed, race or colour – in recognition of the suffering caused. But we can never forgive the cowardly actions of these terrorists in the streets and concert halls of Paris.

“Our thoughts are with those touched by this tragedy.”

Alarms at all main Council buildings – Westfields (Sandbach), Delamere House and Municipal Buildings (Crewe), Macclesfield Town Halls (old and new) – sounded briefly as a reminder of the minute’s silence today (Monday).

The Council’s flag was first lowered to half mast before the French flag was raised in its place at the Council’s Westfieds HQ, as well as at the Council other main offices at Macclesfield Town Hall and Crewe Municipal Buildings.

Cllr Jones is to write to the French ambassador to express the Council’s deepest condolences and solidarity with the people of France at this difficult time.

Terror attacks in Paris


Councillor Michael Jones, Leader of Cheshire East Council, said: “All our hearts go out to the families and friends who have lost loved ones in these despicable and cowardly attacks on innocent civilians in Paris. Indeed they go out to the whole French nation.

“With compassion, but resolve; with condolences but determination, I say this to the people of France: your pain is our pain. Your resolve is our resolve and your fight for tolerance, freedom and the rule of law is also our fight – and that of every civilised nation.

“We stand together with you in your hour of need. Together we will prevail over hatred and intolerance and defeat the terrorists.”

Cheshire East claimant figure dips again


The number of people living in Cheshire East claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) has fallen yet again – continuing a two-year downward trend in the Borough.

The latest figures, released by the Office for National Statistics, show that 1,565 people were claiming JSA in the month of October, compared with 1,592 in the previous month.

The percentage figure, 0.7 per cent, is almost half the 1.2 per cent figure for October 2014.

The Council is also pleased that the rate is 50 per cent lower than the North West average and more than 50 per cent lower than the UK average of 1.6 per cent.

Also down on October last year is the number of 18 to 24-year-olds claiming JSA. Less than one per cent (0.9 per cent) of the young adult group receives JSA and again this is far lower than the regional and UK average.

Cheshire East Council Leader Michael Jones said: “Again this is great, positive news from Cheshire East and shows that the Council’s policy to stimulate growth and create jobs is succeeding.

“However, we will not be complacent and will continue in our resolve to ensure Cheshire East remains open for business and the engine which helps supercharge the Northern Powerhouse.

“I remain concerned about the numbers of young adults seeking work and it is my clear intention to see the NEET figure at zero in 2016, if at all possible.

“I am also concerned about the hard core of long-term unemployed and, although the claimant count is below regional and national averages, this is something I want to address and create the opportunity for people to develop the skills that our employers are looking for. This is one reason we are supporting the development of the new UTC in Crewe, for example.

“As an authority we are attracting more businesses to the Borough and that means more jobs.”



▪ Latest event hosts hundreds of students and parents

▪ Crewe Engineering and Design UTC to be part of the Crewe town centre regeneration

(Crewe, 11th November 2015)
More than 200 students and parents attended the latest Crewe Engineering and Design University Technical College open evening yesterday, a further sign of the strength of demand in Crewe Engineering and Design UTC from the local community.     
The event, which was held at CW1 House at Bentley Motors, allowed people the opportunity to find out more about the different educational paths offered by the school, learn about the application process and engage in conversation with partners supporting the UTC.              
Commenting on the evening, David Terry, Principal of Crewe Engineering and Design UTC, said:   
“It’s vital that we open our doors to young people to develop their love for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The success of this latest event was a further indication that this region is filled with extraordinary young people, who are preparing themselves for a bright future in engineering.
“The UTC will offer exciting and challenging learning experiences and give the future scientists, designers and engineers of tomorrow the ability to thrive in their chosen career path. I was delighted to meet many parents, students and members of the community and I look forward to help drive the educational offering in Crewe forward as one.”    

As part of the event, a number of interactive displays were on hand for those interested in STEM subjects including an AON robot handshake, a 3D printer, remote control cars and the all-new Bentley Bentayga, giving a first glimpse of some of the projects students could work on in the future.          
The event has generated a growing number of applicants and enquiries for the limited number of places available for 14 – 18 year old students starting Year 10 and Year 12 from next September 2016.       
Councillor Rachel Bailey, Cheshire East Council Cabinet member in charge of children and families, said: “This is fantastic news and I am delighted that there is so much initial interest in the UTC, which is very promising indeed.

“The UTC will be a flagship educational institution that will help nurture the skills and experience of our young people for generations to come.

“The Council is fully behind the UTC and we are supporting our partners and working with all our local schools in order to promote it as widely as possible and deliver a workforce of young people who have the skills to match the needs of Cheshire East’s growing economy.”

Crewe Engineering and Design UTC will deliver courses that offer exciting and engaging pathways for 14-18 year olds, alongside business and academic partners such as Bentley Motors, Manchester Metropolitan University, Siemens, Bosch, OSL Rail, Chevron Racing, Optical 3D and Cheshire East Council.

Parents and students can find out more information at Crewe Engineering and Design UTC at the website -     

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Fund Raising Event

Thanks. Jonathan White, Wistaston

A fund-raising music concert took place in the newly refurbished function room at Willaston Social Club on the evening of Friday 13th November 2015. 

The concert featured local bands 'Brave New World' and 'The Blue Yellows', whilst Kirsty Rolling and Chris Radford from The Cat 107.9 FM community radio compered the evening's proceedings. There were party games for children preceding the concert and refreshments were also available.

The concert reached its climax when 'Brave New World' and 'The Blue Yellows' combined for a stunning rendition of Neil Young’s ‘Rockin' in the Free World’.

Over £400 was raised over the evening and this will go to the Alzheimer's Society .

Organiser Claire Margerison said, "I am overwhelmed by people's generosity in their support of the Alzheimer's Society, who badly need our support. The bands gave their time for free and the Willaston Social Club gave us free hire of their function room. I am indebted to all the people who have assisted and supported the event.”

Brave New World and The Blue Yellows combine for Rockin in  the Free World (1)