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Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Summer Crime Prevention Advice

Summer is a time of year that many people look forward to. The nights are longer, the weather is warmer and many of us can get out and about, spend time with our families and head off on our holidays. Unfortunately, this type of weather can also present criminals with different opportunities and more access to commit certain types of crime. Our simple security advice aims to help to prevent you from becoming a victim of summer crime.

Home Security
o Lock all doors and windows before you go out – even if only for a short period.
o Lock doors when you are in the house or garden and close accessible windows for any rooms that you are not in / have left. It can take just a few seconds for a sneak in burglary to be committed whilst your attention is engaged elsewhere in your property.
o If you have any UPVC doors, make sure you lift the handle AND use the key to lock it properly.
o Don’t leave ladders and tools outside (burglars could use them to help break in).
o Register your possessions on free online property database www.immobilise.com - it can help police return them to you if they are lost or stolen.

Garden Security
o Keep your shed securely locked by using a strong padlock as the bare minimum, and remember to lock your garden gate.
o Keep hedges and shrubs in your front garden below windowsill height to prevent a burglar having a 'screen' to work behind.
o Always put away any gardening equipment and tools when you've finished with them - a shovel could be just what a burglar needs to break in to you or a neighbour.
o Keep garden fences in good repair and consider having trellising on the top to discourage anyone climbing over.
o Use additional locks (and alarms where possible) for garages, shed doors and outside storage areas, especially if you use them to store valuable equipment such as golf clubs, bicycles and fishing equipment.
o Around 50% of pedal cycles are stolen from gardens and yards. Try not to just leave your bicycle in your garden put it out of view, lock it in a shed or secure it to a fixed object to add an extra layer of security.

Holidays
o Make sure that you’ve locked all outside doors and windows, and if you have a burglar alarm, make sure it is set.
o If you normally leave valuable pedal cycles or similar items in your shed, consider putting them in the house.
o Consider leaving important documents and valuable items with other family members or at a bank.
o Use automatic timer-switches to turn your lights on when it goes dark - don’t forget to put them in your bedroom.
o Avoid discussing holiday plans in front of strangers. Don’t record the dates of your holiday on wall calendars and leave in view of a window/door where it could be read by passers-by.
o Cancel any milk or newspaper deliveries. If you are going away for a long period the Royal Mail also have a mail keep safe service.
o Ask a trusted person to come into your house while you are away to check on things, remove mail turn lights on, close curtains and help to give the impression the house is lived in.
o Even if you don’t choose a neighbour for the above task it is worthwhile to make your neighbours aware of when you are away and give them the contact details of a key holder. This way they will know to call the police if there is any suspicious activity or will be able to contact a key holder in case of an emergency such as an alarm going off or a gas leak.

Out & About
o Don't leave any valuables in your car - even if you know the bag on the front seat is empty, a thief may still try their luck, leaving you with a broken window to deal with.
o Remove your Sat Nav and its holder from the car - don't leave it in the glove box as that's the first place a thief will look - and make sure you wipe away any suction marks.
o It may sound obvious, but remember to shut your windows and sunroof when you leave your car.
o Put your aerial down to stop it being vandalised
o Use an approved steering lock or gear clamp
o Set your immobiliser and alarm if you have one fitted. If you do not have an immobiliser, consider having one fitted
o Never leave your bike unlocked - even if you're just popping into the newsagents.
o Always lock your bike to something solid like a lamp-post or railings, preferably in a public area.
o If you have quick release wheels, take off the front wheel and lock it to the frame and back wheel.
o If you have a pump or detachable lights, take them with you when you leave your bike.

High School is ‘Over the Rainbow’ for Star Student Danielle

Staff, governors and classmates have joined the chorus of congratulations for Cheshire East’s ‘Over the Rainbow’ winner Danielle Hope.

Millions tuned into the TV talent search on Saturday night to see the Knutsford High School student beat her two rivals to the coveted role of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.

The school community has supported Danielle every step of the way during her four-month journey – and perhaps no-one more so than drama teacher Helen Mayne.

Ms Mayne, who has taught the 18-year-old for the past seven years, travelled to London each Saturday to cheer on her student from the live studio audience.


During filming for the BBC show Danielle publicly thanked Ms Mayne for supporting her dreams of becoming a performer.

“Everybody at Knutsford High School is incredibly proud of everything Danielle has achieved,” said Ms Mayne.

“To be the person considered by the public and Andrew Lloyd Webber to be the best out of 9,000 contenders for the lead in a West End production is a monumental feat.

“Having worked with Danielle since Year 7, I have never had any doubt that she had the necessary drive, talent and perseverance.

“Throughout her time with us she has proved herself to be the kind of performer who will give 100 percent every time she steps out on stage.

“It has been a rollercoaster four months but there was never any question that Danielle deserved to win.

“I am hugely excited for the show’s opening next year and will be in the audience to watch Danielle fulfil her dream.”

Cheshire East Councillor George Walton, a Knutsford High School governor, said: “Danielle is a delightful ambassador for the school and a credit to the performing arts department, who do a wonderful job of nurturing the many talented students who pass through the school.

“Despite having rather a lot on her plate at the moment, Danielle remains committed to her studies and is returning to school in June to sit her theatre exams.

“We are all looking forward to seeing her again and passing on our best wishes.

“I will be following her career with interest – she is clearly destined for great things.”

Councillor Hilda Gaddum, Cabinet member with responsibility for children and families, said: “On behalf of Cheshire East Council, I would like to offer my warmest congratulations to Danielle.

“She is an enormously talented young lady with a bright future ahead of her.

“It is extremely heartening to see that, despite having won the most coveted West End role of the moment, Danielle is returning to school to complete her exams.

“She clearly appreciates the importance of education and I applaud her for setting such a marvellous example to young people.

“I wish Danielle all the very best in her exams and her performing career.”

Motorcycle Rider Assessment Day

South Cheshire Advanced Motorcyclists will be holding the next Motorcycle Rider Assessment event on Saturday 29th May between 10:00 and 16:00. These events are proving to be very popular for motorcyclists from the Northwest, North Wales and West Midlands. This event will once again be held at the Broxton Picnic area on the junction of the A41 and A534.

Members of the group will be on hand to discuss any riding or capability matters with the public and our accredited Observers will be undertaking free assessment rides. The observed rides will last approximately 45 minutes and will include pre and post ride briefings. There is no charge for the assessment rides, simply turn up and register. All motorcyclists are welcome, but they must have passed their full Motorcycle test before they are eligible for Advanced Motorcycling Guidance.

All Cheshire East residents will qualify for a 50% discount on the cost of The I.A.M.’s Skill for Life course provided by South Cheshire Advanced Motorcyclists. Other discounts may be available for Staffordshire and Cheshire West residents.


For further information, please contact Bob Morris at bob.morris@southcheshiream.co.uk or call 01606 853502

Full details are available on the group website at www.southcheshiream.co.uk

Bob Morris


South Cheshire Advanced Motorcyclists


Tel: 01270 766384

Mob: 07916 148983

Friday, 21 May 2010

Pupils Put Their Best Foot Forward for Walk to School Week




More than 18,000 children across Cheshire East put their best foot forward for Walk to School Week.

A total of 74 primary schools supported the national campaign from May 17-21 which encourages more children to make their daily journey on foot.

Many pupils created walking buses while those who live at a distance from their schools were encouraged to ‘park and stride’ where they are driven part way and walk the rest.

All participating schools received Walk to School booklets and stickers for pupils based on this year’s theme ‘keep fit and have fun’.

Councillor Hilda Gaddum, Cabinet member with responsibility for children and families, said: “Walk to School Week is a great opportunity for children who are normally driven to school to discover how a small lifestyle change can make a big difference.

“The benefits of walking to school are numerous. As well as the well-documented health benefits, it reduces traffic congestion and pollution outside the school gates which creates a far safer environment.

“Children who walk to school arrive alert and ready for work and it helps them to understand the importance of road safety and feel more engaged with their neighbourhood.

“The national campaign reflects Cheshire East Council’s commitment to encourage pupils to make their journey to school healthier, greener and safer.”

More children in Cheshire East schools walk to school than travel by car.

Data taken from the 2010 school census showed that 47% make the journey on foot compared with 34% who are driven.

GET INTO THE DRIVING SEAT WITH PASS PLUS XTRA

‘Xtra’ support is on the way for young drivers, thanks to a partnership involving Cheshire East Council.

Cheshire Safer Roads Partnership (CSRP), of which the Authority is a partner, is to part-fund 'Pass Plus Xtra'; a theory course designed to improve the driving skills, experience and awareness of young drivers. The course offers a discount towards the cost of achieving a Pass Plus.

The course is available to 17 to 25 year olds who live in Cheshire, who have recently passed their driving test.

Once completed, the new driver will be given a voucher entitling them to complete the Pass Plus with an instructor, recommended by Cheshire East Council’s Road Safety Unit, at a discounted rate.

The next available theory session will be at Macclesfield Fire Station HQ on Thursday, June 10, 6pm until 8:40pm.

Cheshire East Councillor, Rod Menlove, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Environmental Services, said:



“As drivers, we can all benefit from better road knowledge but this is very important for new drivers; learning about how to drive on motorways and during certain weather conditions can be the difference between staying safe or being involved in a collision.

“Some insurance companies offer a discount on car insurance for those who complete a Pass Plus within 12 months of passing their driving test. Pass Plus Xtra is a great opportunity for young drivers to complete their Pass Plus and save some money in the process.”

Senior Road Safety Officer for Cheshire East Council, Andrea Gray, said:

“Statistics show that new drivers are more likely to have a crash in the first two years of passing their test than at any other time in their driving career.

“Pass Plus Xtra aims to build on existing skills, knowledge and experience to help reduce the risk of being involved in a crash.”

A limited number of places are available and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. To book a place contact the Young Drivers Co-ordinator, James Stenning on 01244 977177 or e-mail roadsafety@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk for further details

Get Little Luxuries To Our Frontline Troops ‘In A Jiffy’!






Cheshire East’s Mayor is backing a campaign to get people to donate gifts to our frontline troops serving in Afghanistan.


The 1st Battalion Mercian Regiment (Cheshire) has deployed to Helmand Province for a six-month tour of duty.


While the soldiers are fighting for their country, the battalion's welfare committee is co-ordinating the collection of ‘goody bags’ to send to our troops serving on the frontline.


Now Cheshire East Council is calling on YOU to get involved. The aim is to help provide the soldiers with some much-needed creature comforts – and a physical reminder of the support of the public back home –while they are in action in a dangerous war zone.

The Cheshire soldiers really appreciate the gifts you send. Popular items to fill the Jiffy bags include:


● Book/magazine/puzzle book

● Lucozade tablets

● Pens/pencils

● Toothpaste/toothbrush

● Shampoo

● Roll-on deodorant

● Vaseline

● Soap/wet wipes

● Disposable razors

● Tampons/sanitary towels and tissues (for women’s bags)

● Playing cards

● Sachet of drinking chocolate

● Super noodles

● Cuppa soups

● Packets of mints or chewing gum

● Boiled or jelly sweets

● Salted peanuts

● Small ring-pull tins of food (eg. tuna, fruit)

● Powdered milk


Cheshire East Mayor Gordon Baxendale said: “The Cheshires are putting their lives on the line for their county and comrades in a very stressful and physically demanding environment.

“It is really important that we let them know they have the backing of the public back home. And this Jiffy bags scheme is a fantastic way to show support and bring the frontline troops some much-appreciated creature comforts.


“I urge everyone to do their bit and get involved.”


The Jiffy bags can weigh up to 2kg and must NOT be sealed. They can include a card from the donor with a return address so that the soldier can write back with his/her heartfelt thanks.


Jiffy bags need to be handed to the central collection point at Congleton Pentecostal Church, in Cross Street, Congleton, to be sent on to Marne Barracks, Catterick – the home base of 1 Mercian. From there they will be taken to the frontline troops by soldiers returning to Afghanistan from the UK.


The facility to get a parcel to a soldier as quickly as possible is crucial and returning soldiers are keen to courier parcels to Afghanistan.


Captain John Elms, welfare officer for 1 Battalion Mercian Regiment (Cheshire), said: “It is hugely important to get the support of the people of East Cheshire behind our soldiers – and they really appreciate it.


“Receiving a parcel after a hard day’s patrol means so much to the men and women serving in Helmand – as does knowing that they are remembered and not forgotten.


“The young soldiers of the regiment live in the same towns, villages and streets as you and they need you strength and support. Providing the right amount of welfare depends on local initiatives and donations, raising awareness and promoting support is key. I have a small welfare team that look after a lot of soldiers and families.”


Sending welfare parcels in shoe boxes through the British Forces Post Office system puts great strain on logistics, which thus increases delay. The Jiffy bags scheme being trialled by 1 Mercian hopes to minimise the logistical burden and reduce delays getting gifts to troops serving abroad – something Capt Elms believes is an essential factor in boosting soldiers’ morale.


Capt Elms added: “When they see that parcel it makes all the difference, making that day just a little bit brighter for them.”


The Cheshire’s main role in Helmand is to mentor local security forces and provide security on the ground as part of the development of creating normal, everyday life in Afghanistan.


The battalion recruits from Congleton, Crewe, Holmes Chapel, Middlewich, Macclesfield Sandbach and across Cheshire West.


Cllr Baxendale has named ABF The Soldiers’ Charity as one of the organisations he will fundraise for during his tenure as mayor.

NATIONAL NOMINATION FOR CHESHIRE EAST BUILDING




It was a successful night for Cheshire East Council (CEC) at this year’s Local Authority Building Control North West Building Excellence Awards.

Three local projects were nominated by Cheshire East Council’s building control department for regional awards after scooping a Cheshire Building Excellence prize in February of this year.

These awards recognise high-quality building work and successful working relationships between developers and local authorities.

MH Stainton won the Best Domestic Extension or Conversion for the refurbishment of East Court, Beechfield Road, in Alderley Edge.

It automatically goes forward to the national final, to be held in London in November.

Two additional Cheshire East projects received commendations:

· GB Building Solutions Ltd for the Best Community Development at The Leighton Extra Care Village, Rolls Avenue, Crewe

· Willmott Dixon for Best Education Development at Sir William Stanier High School, Crewe.

Cheshire East councillor, Diana Thompson, Cabinet support member with responsibility for prosperity, said:

“This is a great result for all concerned. These projects capture what is being achieved across Cheshire East; improved housing, modern educational facilities, innovative community projects and the positive working relationships which are forged between developers and local authorities.

“I would like to offer my congratulations to MH Stainton for its award and wish the company the best of luck for the national final later this year.

“Much praise must also go to all those in the building control team for identifying these projects and ensuring they received the recognition they deserve.”

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Free Music For All to Enjoy at Queen’s Park






Music lovers will find plenty to keep them entertained at Queen’s Park over the next two weekends as the summer events programme gets into full swing.

Clive Shore and his Generation Gap Band will bring their toe-tapping jazz sounds to the Crewe park this Sunday (May 23).

The following week (May 30) sees the return of the popular Nantwich and District band which features local musicians from throughout the area.

Both performances take place from 2pm-4pm - and are free.

Councillor Andrew Knowles, Cabinet member with responsibility for health and wellbeing, said: “The assortment of bands which feature in this year’s summer events programme is so diverse that there really is something to suit everyone’s tastes.

“Last weekend’s performance by the French Quarter Band went down a storm and I am sure the traditional sounds of these two popular bands will prove a similar hit with crowds.

“As well as a superb range of live music, other highlights in the events programme include talent shows, dancing and children’s entertainers.

“And visitors to the park are in for a treat when they see the major changes which have taken place as part of the ongoing £6.5m refurbishment project.”

The events programme features a range of free activities and entertainment which take place each Sunday until the end of August.

A full listing can be found at www.cheshireeast.gov.uk in the Queens Park page or can be obtained from Queens Park Manager Elaine Dodd on 01270 537896.

Cheshire East Council Welcomes Gordon Baxendale as our new Mayor.





May 12th saw the making of a new Mayor for Cheshire East. Gordon Baxendale succeeded Cllr Margarent Simon in the position for a new year in office.

The official ceremony took place at Tatton Park in Knutsford last Wednesday.

Also welcomed was Roger West as the Deputy Mayor. Roger is from Poynton and has been involved in local politics since 2002, after a 30 year career at Astra Zeneca as a Senior Project Manager.

Jack Victor became the new Deputy Youth Mayor, and he presented the new Mayor with Cheshire East's new Coat of Arms.

Jack is 17 lives in Sandbach and studying for his A-Levels at Sandbach High School.

New Mayor of Cheshire East Gordon Baxendale has certainly packed a lot into life, and is not one to sit still for long.
Born in Yorkshire in 1940, his father was a local miIl worker and his mother a housewife. In 1958 aged 18 he joined the Royal Air Force, where he would remain for the next 14 years, flying for the last 6 years on the Argosy.

In 1974 he moved to Congleton when he met and married Felicity. The couple have two grown up sons.

His career within aviation continued after he left the Royal Air Force and he went on to work for commercial airlines as a Flight Engineer. Working for DamAir for 20 years (which was later taken over by BA) he spent almost 40 years flying in the air.

After finally getting his feet on terra firma, Gordon retired in 2005 and he was able to dedicate his time fully to the Council after tirelessly campaigning and multitasking for 9 years.

He entered local government in 1986; serving Congleton West Ward for 8 years. After a short break, he returned and was re elected in 2002 to Congleton Borough Council. He was elected to the Shadow Authority in 2008 and was Deputy Chair until it became Cheshire East in April 2009. He has spent the last year as the Deputy Mayor.

Gordon is looking forward to the new challenge and building upon the reputation and relationships faithfully maintained by the outgoing mayor Councillor Margaret Simon. He expects to be extremely busy meeting as many people as possible and raising the profile of the new Cheshire East Council.

One of Gordon’s chosen charities for his year in office is to be ABF The Soldiers Charity – a poignant reminder of his military career.

Gordon has a great love of cricket and is regularly seen in his Umpire Whites or supporting his sons who play for Congleton.
His other passion is Leeds United…well, you can take the boy out of Yorkshire...!

LIFELONG LEARNING SUPPORTED BY DONATION FROM FORMER MAYOR’S CHARITY FUND



The photo is of Cllr. Silvester and Sheila Davies presenting the cheque to Bill Consterdine outside Audlem Church.



A local Charitable Foundation has received a donation of £500 from the Charity Fund of the last Mayor of Crewe and Nantwich.

On Thursday 13th May 2010, Councillor Brian Silvester and Sheila Davies, Mayor and Mayoress of Crewe and Nantwich during 2008/2009, presented to Bill Consterdine, Chairman of the Audlem Education Foundation, a cheque for £500. The presentation is the latest in a series of donations made to local education establishments such as Manchester Metropolitan University, South Cheshire College, Reaseheath College and Nantwich and Acton Grammar School Foundation from the Lifelong Learning Fund which has raised over £40,000 for good causes.

Councillor Silvester said “The aim of the Lifelong Learning Fund was to enable individuals from within the Crewe and Nantwich area to further their education. I am delighted that, by making this donation, we are able to support the work of the Foundation which continues to help local young people achieve their ambitions. Lifelong learning can change lives for the better and I am very pleased that the Mayoral Fund has been able to help so many local people.”

Mr Consterdine expressed his pleasure at receiving the donation “We greatly appreciate this kind gesture as it will help us in our continued efforts to support village young people in their educational endeavours“.

The Foundation provides financial support to help school children, students and other young people under the age of 25 living within the Ancient Parish of Audlem, including Buerton and Hankelow and part of Dodcott-cum-Wilkesley and Newhall to undergo training. Awards may be given for educational visits and field courses, foreign exchanges, equipment for people in vocational training and to assist students in higher education.

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Wear your band with pride – and show support for 'The Cheshires' in Afghanistan

Cheshire East’s new Mayor is calling on people to show support for their local regiment while it’s in action in war-torn Afghanistan.

Councillor Gordon Baxendale wants people to buy colourful Cheshire regiment wristbands – and wear them with pride.

The bands cost £2 and all funds go directly toward the welfare of the soldiers and their families.

The 1st Battalion Mercian Regiment (Cheshire) has just deployed to Task Force Headquarters in Helmand Province for a six-month tour of duty.

And it is not just the servicemen and women in the front line of the fight against the Taliban who need your support.

The regiment's welfare committee launched the wristband campaign to raise funds to support both the troops and their families.

The bands are in the regimental colours of green and maroon with the message “I support 1 Mercian (Cheshire) Regiment in Afghanistan”.

Initial supplies of the wristbands quickly ran out. But now there are more on sale – and they are now available at Cheshire East Council’s leisure centres and libraries.

Cheshire East Mayor Elect Gordon Baxendale said: “These local servicemen and women are showing tremendous bravery, selflessness and commitment to serving their country.

“So, regardless of your politics, it’s crucial that we show them they have the support of the public back home in Cheshire.

“I am delighted and proud to be able to support the remarkable work of the regiment’s welfare team.”

Councillor Baxendale has named ABF The Soldiers’ Charity as one of the organisations he will fundraise for during his tenure as mayor.

Steven Ellwood, from Congleton, whose son Mark is Officer Commanding A Company 1 Mercian (Cheshire), is spearheading the regiment welfare committee’s campaign in Cheshire East.

Mr Ellwood, said: “These are local servicemen and women serving in Afghanistan and we need to support them to help keep their morale high.

“Morale is extremely important and it really gives the troops a lift to know they have the support of Cheshire East Council and the people of Cheshire.

“The soldiers are going through anxious times and they want to know everyone is 100 per cent behind them.

“The troops are well prepared, but the wives, husbands, partners, girlfriends and children are never fully prepared.

“The soldiers work hard, they play hard, and they care a lot about what we think of them. And when things go horribly wrong, as they sometimes do, they’d never ask for your help.

“But we do. When they’ve put everything on the line it’s our job to ask for something from those of us that they serve to defend.”

Cllr Baxendale will be installed as Mayor of Cheshire East on Wednesday, May 12.

THE WRITING’S ON THE WALL – Council Launches Crackdown On Graffiti



Cheshire East Council has joined forces with utility companies and housing associations to wipe out graffiti and fly-posting.

The aim is to get these problems reported and cleaned up as quickly as possible – and so stop this crime in its tracks.

Any YOU can help too – by letting Cheshire East Council know of any graffiti or fly-posting in your community and helping us bring the culprits to justice.

Housing associations as well as water, gas and electricity companies are boosting Cheshire East’s crackdown by reporting graffiti and illegal fly-posting. The move is part of the council’s new Defacement Charter.

Councillor Rod Menlove, cabinet member with responsibility for environmental services, said: “Graffiti is a serious crime and fly-posting is a community issue so we are working together with our partners to clean off graffiti and remove fly-posting in Cheshire East.

“Evidence shows immediate removal of graffiti and fly-posting can help to reduce it spreading further. Information is power, and we are asking for as much detail as possible to be sent to us, including photographs, to help us identify the scrawl and, possibly, the offender.

“It is important to join together as a community to combat this common problem and help improve the appearance and character of Cheshire East.”

The council’s Streetscape team aims to remove offensive or racist graffiti, where it is Cheshire East’s responsibility, within 2 working days of any sightings or reports. All other reports of graffiti or fly-postings, that are the responsibility of Cheshire East to remove, will be dealt with within 10 working days.

Where Cheshire East is not the responsible landowner, the Streetscape team will make the necessary contacts and offer advice and guidance.


To report graffiti or fly-posting contact Streetscape on
01270 537864.

Friday, 7 May 2010

The Mayor’s Most Memorable Moments


From shaking hands with Royals to meeting showbiz stars backstage, the Mayor of Cheshire East has had little time to spare while in office.

But now it’s time for personal reflection, for Councillor Margaret Simon will be handing over the Mayoral chains to Deputy Mayor, Councillor Gordon Baxendale, following her full year in office on May 12th.

Councillor Simon, who is the very first Mayor of the newly-formed Cheshire East Council, said: “It’s been a wonderful experience and an absolute pleasure.

“Along the way I’ve met some incredibly talented and dedicated people who have inspired me to get involved with their good work.”

Rarely has the Mayor’s diary been empty, with anything between two and four appointments per day.

The highlights have included meeting camp comic, Julian Clary, who brought his Lord of the Mince show to Crewe’s Lyceum Theatre earlier this year.

The two of them hit if off after they discovered their shared passion for dogs, as the Mayor is a strong supporter of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

But it’s not just those in the public eye who’ve made being Mayor of Cheshire East Council so special for her.

She added: “It’s ordinary people who dedicate their lives to good causes, such as the Crewe Bangladesh Welfare Association who are doing such wonderful work to integrate their members into the wider community.”

Councillor Simon supported the Association’s first birthday party in January and gave a speech at the colourful event attended by other dignitaries from across the region.

Sometimes the role of Mayor has been quite emotional, for example she recently attended a street naming ceremony in honour of a very special man.

Quick-thinking Crewe train driver, Eric Goode, saved the lives of hundreds of passengers after his train collided at 100 mph with another train almost a quarter of a century ago in what became known as the Colwich Rail disaster.


Eric Goode was the only victim of that tragedy thanks to his ability to skilfully brake his train into the crash and minimise the wreckage.

The Mayor officially opened Goode Way, off Gresty Road, in recognition of the 33-year-old husband and father, who drove royal trains during his career as a driver.

She said: “It was so moving to hear about this individual’s bravery and to then meet his sons who’ve gone on to live fulfilling lives in the knowledge that their father was a brave man and saved the lives of hundreds of people.”

During her tenure, the Mayor has also welcomed Royals to Cheshire East, the last being the Countess of Wessex, Sophie Rhys-Jones, and the Duke of Gloucester.

She added: “Welcoming Royals to Cheshire East has also been one of the highlights of the role, although I’m always a little nervous beforehand, but the excitement of the event soon takes over.

“The whole year has been a splendid time, meeting and greeting people from all over the area and sharing stories about their good work.

“When I look back, I’d like to thank all the people who have invited me to their events and made me feel so welcome, and to my colleagues at Cheshire East Council who have worked so hard to make things run smoothly.”

Councillor Gordon Baxendale will officially take up office on May 12th during a special Mayor Making Ceremony in Tatton.

History

  • The words Mayor derive from the Latin word Magnus meaning "great".

  • The office of Mayor, together with the Domesday Book and the feudal system, were brought to this country by the Normans.

  • Such an office had existed on the continent at least since the fifth century.

  • During the Middle Ages the Mayor held the position of the Custodian of the Peace and would preside over the borough’s civil and criminal courts.

Road in Crewe named after much-loved Mayor’s Officer



A brand new road has been named after the long-serving Mayor’s Officer, John Mayman.

His role was an important one, as he was always by the Mayor’s side at any public event as their personal security, driver and as the keeper of the valuable Mayoral Chain.

Mayman Close takes pride of place at the entrance to a new housing association development in Ford Lane, Crewe.

The road was officially named on 4th May by the Mayor of Cheshire East, Councillor Margaret Simon, who knew John well.

John worked for the former Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council for 44 years, of which 28 years was spent in loyal service as the Mayor’s Officer.

He sadly passed away last year and leaves his widow, Marjorie, who was present at the naming ceremony.

She was delighted and honoured that John was to be remembered in this way in the town that he loved and served.

Councillor Simon, who is due to step down as Mayor on 12th May, said: “I am so pleased we are able to commemorate the service of such a wonderful man in this way. What a fantastic legacy and something he truly deserved.

“I was so keen to see this happen before I completed my own service. I wanted to see John’s life recognised in such a way and see his name remembered.”

The homes are being built by local developer, Markden City Homes Limited, and will comprise of new affordable homes for the local community.

Give Learning a Go!

Councillor Andrew Knowles (front) celebrates the launch of Adult Learners’ Week with (left to right) family history enthusiast Colin Pierpoint; John Weeks, Director of People for Cheshire East Council; and Bollywood dancing instructor Olivia White.


Bollywood dancing, flower arranging and family tree research are some of the diverse activities on offer in Cheshire East during Adult Learners’ Week.

The annual campaign from May 15-23 aims to inspire adults to take the first step towards learning with a wide range of taster sessions - most of which are free.

Cheshire East Council is joining with a cross section of community organisations to host a variety of activities at libaries, schools, shopping centres and a variety of other locations across the area.

The week launches with a Cultural Diversity Weekend during May 15 and 16 featuring activities including a cooking demonstration at Sandbach Boys School, Bollywood dancing at Crewe Library and Arabic dancing at Macclesfield Library.

Now in its 19th year, Adult Learners’ Week is the UK’s largest celebration of learning.

Councillor Andrew Knowles, Cabinet member with responsibility for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Learning has the potential to transform lives and Adult Learners’ Week offers a fantastic opportunity for people to discover exactly what it could do for them.

“They can catch up on skills they may have missed out on in the past, develop themselves for the future or simply learn for pleasure.

“Whether you are a young adult or aged over 50, in employment or looking for work, the choice of activities is so diverse that there is sure to be something for everyone.”

A full list of the activities taking place in Cheshire East can be found at www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/alw while details of activities across the wider Cheshire and Warrington areas is available at www.alwcheshireandwarrrington.org.uk

Alternatively, details can also be obtained from any Cheshire East library or Council Customer Service Point or by contacting the Lifelong Learning Team by telephone on 01270 686531 or by email at adultandfamilylearning@cheshireeast.gov.uk


ACTIVITIES FOR ALL ABILITIES

The much anticipated Disability Awareness Event will return to Nantwich this summer.

The event, held at Nantwich Town Football Club, raises awareness of the importance of sport for people of all abilities, will be held on Thursday, June 24 from 1pm onwards.

This year’s event will take place thanks to successful partnership working between Cheshire East Council Leisure and Play Development Team and Adult Services, Nantwich Town Football Club and the Rotary Club of Crewe and Nantwich Weaver.

Anyone can attend the Disability Awareness Event and take part in a host of sporting activities including football, cricket, BMX biking, basketball and archery.

There will also be a market place inside the building where local sport clubs, organisations and support services will provide information on how to continue playing.

Anyone who would like to attend or volunteer at the event is asked to contact Steve at Nantwich Town FC on 07837386044 or email steve@veradisconsulting.com.

Cheshire East Councillor, Andrew Knowles, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Health and Wellbeing said:

“This event aims to raise awareness to people of all ages and abilities of all the different sporting activities available here in Cheshire East. It also aims to provide young people, parents and carers access to services and support agencies.

“More than 150 people attended last year’s event. This is proof that events such as this are of great interest to the local community. This is about engaging people of all abilities to take part in sport and improve their lifestyles.”

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

MP's News Bulletin

Tuesday 4, May 2010

2 DAYS AND COUNTING!

Dear Resident,

Welcome to my election bulletin - just under 2 days to go 'til polling day on May 6th!

It's been a busy time at the hustings, but perhaps the most telling one of all was the Federation of Small Businesses debate where the Labour Party no-showed. Read all about it here.

It seems their National Insurance raising jobs tax is completely indefensible after all. Crewe and Nantwich needs new jobs, not a tax on jobs.

It's also great to have received the support of some notable local figures. One is Arthur Moran, a leading Nantwich independent councillor, and another is Darren Willetts, who actually put himself forward for the Labour parliamentary candidacy two years ago.

You should by now have received my election report. If you haven't got yours yet, you can click here to read it. It tells you exactly what I'm standing for.

I also wanted to remind you that my office will remain open for business throughout the campaign at 30 Victoria Street, Crewe CW1 2JE.

The telephone number remains 01270 501725 and you can email here.

With best wishes,

Edward Timpson
Parliamentary Candidate for Crewe & Nantwich

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I have recently...

  • Held a House Meeting to speak with local residents, in Crewe
  • Held a House meeting to speak with local residents, in Nantwich
  • Met with Cheshire East Council to discuss taxi licensing regulations in Crewe
  • Participated in Candidates Debate for Churches Together in Crewe, at the Salvation Army Centre
  • Visited Ruskin Sports & Languages College in Crewe, to hold an assembly for students about the General Election
  • Held a Street Stall in Nantwich to meet local residents
  • Visited King's Grove High School in Nantwich, to judge the Student Talent Show Competition Final
  • Visited Stapeley Broad Lane Primary School, to speak with pupils about politics & the election
  • Visited Crewe Bangladeshi Welfare Association at Crewe Mosque
  • Visited Mecca Bingo in Crewe, to play a few rounds & meet fellow gamers
  • Held a Constituency Surgery, at my office in Crewe
  • Been campaigning throughout the constituency, meeting residents, businesses, schools & many friendly faces
  • Completed Virgin London Marathon 2010, raising money for local charities; Home-Start Central Cheshire & Supported Community Business, both of Crewe

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My London Marathon...

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Last Sunday I completed the Virgin London Marathon 2010, in 4 hours 26 minutes. My 8th marathon!

Thank you for all your support. I have broken the £1000 mark for local charities; Home-Start Central Cheshire & Supported Community Business, both of Crewe.

You still have time to add to my total! Please click here to make a donation.

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Conservative Candidate Edward Timpson Visits Home-Start Charity

Crewe and Nantwich Guardian

LOCAL Conservative candidate Edward Timpson was a guest speaker at Home-Start Central Cheshire’s recent Annual General Meeting.

The AGM was held the day before Mr Timpson ran the London Marathon raising more than £1,000 for the Crewe-based charity, which he is also a patron of.

Home-Start offers support, friendship and practical help to parents with young children in Crewe and Nantwich.

They aim to recruit and train volunteers who are usually parents themselves to visit families at home who have at least one child under five and offer them informal, friendly and confidential support.

During the event Home-Start told people how they had 139 new families in the last year, and recruited 65 new volunteers.

Mr Timpson met and talked to some of the volunteers and the families they were helping, to try to better understand the problems and issues affecting them, both on a local and national level.

Afterwards he said a few words to those present outlining his personal support for the charity’s work.

He said: “I share the ambition of Home-Start for them to play a more central role in the provision of children's and families' services.

“I will continue to work closely with them to ensure that all the expertise, experience and commitment that Home-Start volunteers bring to our community is given every opportunity to flourish.”

© 2010 Newsquest Media Group

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Centenary carnival for Guides and Brownies across Nantwich

Nantwichnews

Guides, Brownies and Rainbows from Nantwich and surrounding villages enjoyed a carnival day to help celebrate 100 years of Girlguiding.

Hundreds of youngsters from groups in Nantwich, Hough, Wistaston and other areas attended the Weaver Division Girl Guides’ Centenary Carnival at at Ruskin Sports and Languages College.

Some of the volunteers who organised the event have been involved with the movement for over 40 years.

The activities on offer included Scottish dancing, circus performing, cake decorating, and mask and musical instrument making.

Conservative candidate for Crewe and Nantwich Edward Timpson was guest of honour and tried trying his hand at ribbon dancing and making castanets.

He was presented with a centenary mug and some dancing ribbons made by the guides to give his own children.

“This was a real celebration of the fantastic contribution that the Girl Guides movement has made and continues to make to so many girls in our area,” he said.

© 2010 Nantwichnews

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Edward Timpson quizzed at Ruskin

Crewe and Nantwich Chronicle

Crewe and Nantwich Conservative candidate Edward Timpson has been quizzed by pupils at Ruskin Sports and Languages College during a Q&A session during assembly. The former MP was put on the spot by years 10 and 11 in the college’s packed assembly hall. Though the pupils were preparing for GCSEs and cannot vote, they are holding a mock election at the college to coincide with the country’s general election. Mr Timpson gave a brief overview of what he and his party believed before taking questions on local and national issues. Topics covered included support for servicemen and women in Afghanistan, and how he hoped to improve the lives of teenagers and young people in Crewe and Nantwich. He said that having visited almost every school in the constituency he believed he had built up a fairly good picture of what life for young people was like in the constituency, and what needed to be improved. “Time and again I hear from young people in Crewe and Nantwich that they want more to do in their local area, and not have to go elsewhere.”

Afterwards Mr Timpson stopped to speak to some of the students, and paused for a photo with them on his way out. Speaking afterwards he said: “Trying to get young people interested and involved in politics is really important. I hope I’ve managed to hold people’s attention long enough to give them an idea of what I’m about, and I wish the College all the best with its mock election.”

© 2010 Crewe Blog

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Arthur Moran hits back

Crewe Blog

Nantwich Independent Cllr Arthur Moran has hit back at the claims by Mike Parsons carried on the blog last week (see here). Here's what he has said: “The Nantwich Independent Party was formed as a local party without a whip because we believed national politics was playing too big a part in local politics. We are all free to express our views as we see them. And my personal view is that Edward Timpson has done a good job as MP, working alongside us to achieve results such as reinstating the Nantwich First Responder. I’ve found his help first class and he’s a worthy candidate in this election.”

© 2010 Crewe Blog

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Tory candidate Edward Timpson talks shop at Asda

Crewe and Nantwich Chronicle

LOCAL Conservative candidate Edward Timpson has met with employees at Crewe’s Asda store to discuss the issues affecting them.

During a roundtable discussion, he gave his views on how politicians should be helping people in the current economic climate, and updated those present on the regeneration of Crewe town centre.

He told employees about the council’s masterplan for Crewe, and explained Tory plans for welfare reform, and getting people back to work.

Mr Timpson listened with interest to news of Asda’s management scheme, and how the shop tries to provide job security to its employees.

Mr Timpson said later: “We had a very interesting debate.ŠAsda’s one of the largest employers in the middle of Crewe, so the concerns of the people who work there are truly representative of the town.

“I hope I’ve reassured people about some local and national issues that they have raised.”

© 2010 Trinity Mirror North West and North Wales Ltd

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Liverpool players to raise funds for the Wingate Centre at Wrenbury

Crewe and Nantwich Chronicle

A TEAM of legends from Liverpool’s past ended up 3-1 winners against a South Cheshire- based All Stars Charity XI in a match to raise funds for the Wingate Centre’s Sports Hall Appeal.

The ex Anfield greats taking part at Nantwich Town’s Weaver Stadium included John Aldridge, Gary Gillespie, Jan Molby and Alan Kennedy.

The All Stars Charity XI play all season in an attempt to raise £20,000, and recently took on the cast of Hollyoaks.

Last year they managed to raise £28,000 for The Wingate Centre and St Luke’s Hospice.

Striker John Aldridge netted twice and Jan Molby scored the other.Š

Crewe and Nantwich Conservative candidate Edward Timpson, who plays up front, came off the bench at half time but was unable to make a dent in the stout Liverpool defence.

All Star founder Barry Donegan said: “It was great to have such big names coming down to support such a good cause.”

© 2010 Trinity Mirror North West and North Wales Ltd.

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Crewe and Nantwich Conservatives welcome VIP visit

Crewe and Nantwich Chronicle

CREWE and Nantwich Conservative parliamentary candidate Edward Timpson welcomed Shadow International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell to the constituency last week.

The two were out and about speaking to voters in Nantwich.

They talked about a variety of issues including Mr Mitchell’s special interest, aid to developing countries.

Mr Timpson said: “I’m delighted that Andrew has seen our town at its very best.

“He knows as well as I do that it’s absolutely vital for politicians to get out on the streets to hear about people’s views and issues first-hand.”

© 2010 Trinity Mirror North West and North Wales Ltd

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X-Factor comes to Crewe

Crewe Blog

Ok, no Simon Cowell, but pupils at King’s Grove School in Crewe went in front of a panel of judges on Thursday night in an X Factor-style talent competition. The sell-out show had been organised by pupils at the school, and included a raffle and cake sale alongside the main event. Crewe and Nantwich Conservative candidate Edward Timpson was part of the four person panel to decide which act went home with top prize – the opportunity to record their performance at MMU in Crewe. Acts included bands, street dancing, solo singers, and comedy performances – there was even a drag performance! After twenty minutes of deliberation the judges reached a unanimous verdict, and all the finalists were given a standing ovation before Jodie Keenan was awarded first place. Jodie, who had grown in confidence during her performance, then gave a roof-raising encore to the crowd.

Speaking afterwards Mr Timpson said: "King's Grove pupils did themselves and their school proud. The fact that it was pupils who devised, planned and ran the whole evening in such a professional way made it a really special evening. Those who took part in the contest showed what talent there is amongst our young people in Crewe. Judging is never easy, but it was a privilege to be asked to do it. Congratulations to all the acts and especially to Jodie Keenan who wowed both the judges and audience alike."

© 2010 Crewe Blog

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Former Labour member backs Nantwich Tory candidate

Nantwichnews

A former Labour party member who wanted to stand for Crewe and Nantwich, has revealed he is backing Conservative candidate Edward Timpson.

Darren Willetts stood to be the Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Crewe and Nantwich after their May 2008 by-election defeat.

But David Williams was selected as the candidate to contest the seat with Mr Timpson.

Mr Willetts, of Shavington, said: “I wanted to become Labour’s parliamentary candidate after the nasty Labour by-election campaign.

“Sadly, all I’ve seen from Labour in the local papers has been more of the same.

“Edward’s not like that though, and has really worked across political boundaries to achieve for his constituents.

“This time I’m voting for him, because like me he realises it’s about everyone, not just his own Party.”

All the main candidates for the seat took part in their own final debate at the Salvation Army Centre in Crewe last night.

It follows a similar debate last week at Nantwich Methodist Centre.

Mr Timpson, Mr Williams, Roy Wood (Lib Dem) and Mike Parsons (Independent), and James Clutton (UKIP) took part in the debate.

© 2010 Nantwichnews

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King's Grove Pupil Jodie Wins X-Factor Style Competition

Crewe and Nantwich Guardian

PUPILS at King’s Grove School in Crewe went in front of a panel of judges on Thursday night in an X Factor-style talent competition.

The sell-out show had been organised by pupils at the school, and included a raffle and cake sale alongside the main event.

Crewe and Nantwich Conservative candidate Edward Timpson was part of the four person panel to decide which act went home with top prize – the opportunity to record their performance at MMU in Crewe.

Acts included bands, street dancing, solo singers, and comedy performances – there was even a drag performance!

After 20 minutes of deliberation the judges reached a unanimous verdict, and all the finalists were given a standing ovation before Jodie Keenan was awarded first place.

Jodie, who had grown in confidence during her performance, then gave a roof-raising encore to the crowd.

Speaking afterwards Mr Timpson said: "King's Grove pupils did themselves and their school proud.

"The fact that it was pupils who devised, planned and ran the whole evening in such a professional way made it a really special evening.

"Those who took part in the contest showed what talent there is amongst our young people in Crewe.

"Judging is never easy, but it was a privilege to be asked to do it.

"Congratulations to all the acts and especially to Jodie Keenan who wowed both the judges and audience alike."

© 2010 Newsquest Media Group

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Crewe and Nantwich Labour candidate leaves voters furious after pulling out of debate

Crewe and Nantwich Chronicle

SMALL business owners and employers were left fuming last week when Crewe and Nantwich Labour candidate David Williams pulled out of a debate at the last minute.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) had arranged the Question Time-style meeting for its members to quiz the three main party candidates.

But while Conservatives’ Edward Timpson and Roy Wood of the Liberal Democrats made themselves available, Mr Williams pulled out, citing the need to attend to urgent paperwork.

FSB regional organiser Neil Dutton said: “Those attending were extremely disappointed to learn that Mr Williams had pulled out of the debate with just two hours notice before the event was due to start.

“When the average small business owner spends over seven hours a week filling in paperwork, much of which has been created by a Labour government, Mr Williams’ reason for cancelling his appearance leaves a very bitter taste.

“A show of hands at the start of our meeting indicated that a good majority of the audience were floating voters, as yet undecided on their choice of candidate.

“Labour has missed a golden opportunity to present its case to a sector which is vitally important to Crewe and Nantwich and to the country as a whole. Our members were appalled at his cancellation and will not be slow to tell their colleagues, employees and customers.”

The debate covered such topics as taxation, bureaucracy, finance and employment and was chaired by Potteries’ radio personality Sam Plank at the Ramada Encore hotel in Crewe.

Mr Williams later told the Chronicle: “I had a personal commitment that I had to see to and it was very regrettable that I could not be there.”

© 2010 Trinity Mirror North West and North Wales Ltd

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South Cheshire College students visit London for research project

Crewe and Nantwich Chronicle

SOUTH Cheshire College business students visited one of the busiest high streets in the UK in a research project for their course.

Students on the national diploma in business programme at the Dane Bank Avenue headed for London where they spent time finding out more about retail on the famous Oxford Street.

The group also had time during the day visit to do a walking tour of the city taking in Leicester Square, Trafalgar Square and Downing Street.

They also headed to the Houses of Parliament in the afternoon where they enjoyed a tour of the House of Commons and Lords which was organised by Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson.

Course team leader Kirsty Valentine said: “The visit was extremely useful for the students because they were able to do some extensive research on one of the busiest shopping high streets in the country.

“Visits like these are an opportunity to see for themselves how things operate in the real wide, outside the classroom environment.”

For more information about courses at the college log on to www.s-cheshire.ac.uk.

© 2010 Trinity Mirror North West and North Wales Ltd

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Crewe recruitment firm bosses flag up tax risk to temporary workers

Crewe and Nantwich Chronicle

CREWE and Nantwich’s Tory Parliamentary candidate Edward Timpson visited a Crewe firm last week.

He heared about its campaign to raise local awareness of a tax pitfall which it says could have a serious knock-on effect on the town’s temporary labour market.

On the day that unemployment figures reached 2.5m in the UK, Mr Timpson met with the directors of family-run firm Absolute Recruitment UK Ltd to learn more about one negative impact of HMRC’s planned closure of a tax loophole.

Currently, via Umbrella Payroll Schemes, some temporary workers paid close to the minimum wage agree to be paid a lower hourly rate – which is then topped up with dubious travel expenses – so both the worker and the recruitment firms who employ them can legitimately pay lower tax and National Insurance (NI) contributions.

But during his visit to the company’s High Street offices, Mr Timpson heard how the fall-out following the closure of the loophole could see workers benefits such as holiday or maternity pay reduced.

In a worst case scenario, they fear the HMRC try and recover tax underpayments from workers.

Mr Timpson commented: “It’s a very complicated issue and I’m concerned that employees are not being given the full facts by some recruitment firms. I’m happy to see anyone at my surgery who wishes to discuss their worries about it with me.”

Absolute Recruitment’s joint MD Jessica Marshall said: “Our ‘Say No To Umbrella’s’ campaign flags up the gravity of the situation. We do not use an Umbrella Payroll Scheme and are very firmly against them. We’re glad that HMRC has recognised that there is a problem and has taken steps to address it. But I wish they could act faster as the longer it drags on before the loophole is closed, the more that temporary workers could unwittingly be storing up problems for themselves.”

Joint MD Dan Marshall added: “Our campaign is about raising awareness that this problem is on the horizon for hundreds of temporary workers in Crewe.

“The more notice workers have for making provisions when the loophole closes the better. Mr Timpson was very receptive to our ideas such as setting up surgeries for workers who may have concerns.

“He also suggested ways in which he could help and put Crewe firmly in the national spotlight into the bargain because it’s an important issue that needs championing.”

© 2010 Trinity Mirror North West and North Wales Ltd

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Rivals to slug it out again

Crewe and Nantwich Chronicle

Another two Question Time-style debates are already lined up in the Crewe and Nantwich constituency.

Tonight (April 28), the main protagonists – Edward Timpson (Con), David Williams (Lab) and Roy Wood (Lib Dem) – go head-to-head when Churches Together in Crewe holds an election forum when candidates will field questions from residents.

The event is at 7.30pm in the Salvation Army centre on Prince Albert Street in Crewe.

A spokesman said it was a chance to ask questions about issues not covered in the local party manifestos.

Anyone wishing to submit a question should do so in writing when they arrive.

© 2010 Trinity Mirror North West and North Wales Ltd

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Taxing questions for parties

Edward Timpson, Crewe and Nantwich Chronicle

Only a week to go now, so I think it's right that in this issue we focus on the major dividing line for all three parties.

The choice the public makes on taxation at this election will have a huge impact on everyone on our society. There are many Conservative taxation policies I could highlight – cutting corporation tax and a council tax freeze amongst them – but I'll focus on just three.

Under the Conservatives only the very rich – the millionaires – will pay inheritance tax. This was a policy so popular with the public that Labour brought out a watered-down version almost instantly.

Labour talk about this policy in petty class-war terms. The fact is that inheritance tax is unfair; no one should be taxed twice, and money should be able to be passed on unhindered once a loved one has passed away to invest in property, small businesses, new jobs - and help pull the UK out of its current financial position. Freeing up this money benefits us all.

Secondly, we will reverse Labour's promised Jobs Tax - a crippling rise in national insurance - for everyone earning £35,000 a year or less.

This will have a direct impact on Crewe and Nantwich. Everyone knows that here, with unemployment levels much higher than when Labour came into government in 1997, we need new jobs.

Conservatives want to create jobs, not tax them.

Thirdly, and perhaps most unusually, bingo tax. Bingo is still taxed at an unfairly high rate, and the Chancellor has acknowledged this but not gone so far as to correct this travesty fully.

There are 20,000 of you in Crewe and Nantwich who enjoy socialising at Mecca Bingo, and I will continue to press on your behalf for a fairer deal.

Gordon Brown has been a taxation disaster for our part of Cheshire. The 10p tax was only the most famous fiasco. Don't give him 5 more years.

© 2010 Trinity Mirror North West and North Wales Ltd

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Independent candidate Mike Parsons sparks Nantwich row

The Nantwichnews Blog

Independent candidate Mike Parsons claims the reputation of Independents in Cheshire could be damaged by the recent actions of Nantwich First.

He spoke out after one or two Nantwich Independent councillors voiced their support for Tory candidate Edward Timpson.

Mr Parsons said: “The Nantwich Independents have come out in support of the Conservative Candidate Edward Timpson.

“One member has even been featured on his election literature.

“I am worried the public will begin to question the impartiality of genuine Independents.

“I want to stress that as the Independent Candidate for Crewe & Nantwich, I do not have any secret party allegiances.

“When I say that I am against the current system where party politics and the party whip prevail, I mean it. I will not say one thing and then do another.”

However, Nantwich Independent Cllr Arthur Moran hit back at the claims.

He told Nantwichnews: “The Nantwich Independent Party was formed as a local party without a whip because we believed national politics was playing too big a part in local politics.

“We are all free to express our views as we see them.

“And my personal view is that Edward Timpson has done a good job as MP, working alongside us to achieve results such as reinstating the Nantwich First Responder.

“I’ve found his help first class and he’s a worthy candidate in this election.”

© Nantwichnews

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Conservative parliamentary candidate for Crewe and Nantwich Edward Timpson completes London Marathon

Crewe and Nantwich Chronicle

CONSERVATIVE parliamentary candidate for Crewe and Nantwich Edward Timpson completed his eighth London Marathon yesterday (Sunday).

He completed the race in 4 hours 26 minutes 40 seconds, better than the target he had set himself but just longer than last year, which was his fastest time in a decade!

Early worries that hot weather and high humidity would make the run more difficult than normal proved unfounded, with runners enjoying cooler temperatures and rain at the start.

"Running the marathon doesn’t get any easier but at least it wasn’t as hot in London as it was in Crewe and Nantwich last week," he said.

Mr Timpson was running the marathon to raise money for local charities Home Start Central Cheshire and Supported Community Business.

Crewe-based Home-Start is a voluntary organisation which has provided a lifeline for hundreds of troubled families for more than a decade.

Supported Community Business runs a workshop based on Crewe Gates industrial estate, which encourages people with special needs to explore the world of work and business.

Mr Timpson is a keen supporter of the work undertaken by the two charities and is a patron of both.

People can still donate by going to www.edwardtimpson.com/marathon or contacting one of the charities.

After the race Mr Timpson said: "I’m a naturally energetic person so I quite enjoyed the run, but what’s most important is the money raised for these two charities.

"I’ve seen first-hand the great work they do in Crewe and Nantwich and I’m very proud to have raised money on their behalf.

© 2010 Trinity Mirror North West and North Wales Ltd

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Nantwich Tory candidate Timpson's marathon success

Nantwichnews

Conservative candidate for Crewe and Nantwich Edward Timpson completed his eighth London Marathon in 4 hours 26 minutes and 40 seconds.

Now he’s preparing for the final lap in the General Election race before polls open on May 6.

Mr Timpson told Nantwichnews: “Running the marathon doesn’t get any easier, but at least it wasn’t as hot in London as it was in Crewe and Nantwich last week.”

This year, he ran to help raise money for local charities Home Start Central Cheshire and Supported Community Business.

Home-Start is a voluntary organisation providing a lifeline for hundreds of troubled families in Crewe and Nantwich for more than a decade.

Supported Community Business Special Needs runs a workshop based on Crewe Gates industrial estate, which encourages people with special needs to explore the world of work and business.

Mr Timpson is patron to both charities.

He added: “I’m a naturally energetic person so in fact I quite enjoyed the run, but what’s most important is the money raised for these two charities.

“I’ve seen first-hand the great work they do in Crewe and Nantwich, and I’m very proud to have raised money on their behalf.”

People can donate by going to www.edwardtimpson.com/marathon or contacting one of the charities.

© 2010 Nantwichnews

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Marathon number eight!

Crewe Blog

Conservative candidate for Crewe and Nantwich, Edward Timpson, completed his eighth London Marathon this weekend. He completed Sunday's race in 4 hours 26 minutes 40 seconds: better than the target he had set himself but just longer than last year, which was his fastest time in a decade! Early worries that hot weather and high humidity would make the run more difficult than normal proved unfounded, with runners enjoying cooler temperatures and rain at the start. “Running the Marathon doesn’t get any easier, but at least it wasn’t as hot in London as it was in Crewe and Nantwich last week,” he said.

Mr Timpson was running the marathon to raise money for local charities Home Start Central Cheshire and Supported Community Business. Crewe-based Home-Start is a voluntary organisation which has provided a lifeline for hundreds of troubled families in Crewe and Nantwich for more than a decade. Supported Community Business Special Needs runs a workshop based on Crewe Gates industrial estate, which encourages people with special needs to explore the world of work and business. Mr Timpson is a keen supporter of the work of the two charities, and is a patron of both.

People can still donate by going to www.edwardtimpson.com/marathon or contacting one of the charities. After the race Mr Timpson said: “I’m a naturally energetic person so in fact I quite enjoyed the run, but what’s most important is the money raised for these two charities. “I’ve seen first-hand the great work they do in Crewe and Nantwich, and I’m very proud to have raised money on their behalf.”

© 2010 Crewe Blog

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Crewe and Nantwich Conservative candidate lasts marathon pace

Crewe Chronicle

Conservative candidate for Crewe and Nantwich, Edward Timpson, completed his eighth London Marathon this weekend.

He completed Sunday's race in 4 hours 26 minutes 40 seconds: better than the target he had set himself but just longer than last year, which was his fastest time in a decade!

Early worries that hot weather and high humidity would make the run more difficult than normal proved unfounded, with runners enjoying cooler temperatures and rain at the start.

“Running the Marathon doesn’t get any easier, but at least it wasn’t as hot in London as it was in Crewe and Nantwich last week,” he said.

Mr Timpson was running the marathon to raise money for local charities Home Start Central Cheshire and Supported Community Business.

Crewe-based Home-Start is a voluntary organisation which has provided a lifeline for hundreds of troubled families in Crewe and Nantwich for more than a decade.

Supported Community Business Special Needs runs a workshop based on Crewe Gates industrial estate, which encourages people with special needs to explore the world of work and business.

Mr Timpson is a keen supporter of the work of the two charities, and is a patron of both.

People can still donate by going to www.edwardtimpson.com/marathon or contacting one of the charities.

After the race Mr Timpson said: “I’m a naturally energetic person so in fact I quite enjoyed the run, but what’s most important is the money raised for these two charities.

“I’ve seen first-hand the great work they do in Crewe and Nantwich, and I’m very proud to have raised money on their behalf.”

© 2010 owned by or licensed to Trinity Mirror North West & North Wales Limited.

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5 ways to contact Edward Timpson