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Thursday, 29 July 2010

Making a Splash at Pool Open Day

 

Families got into the swim at an open day to promote the variety of leisure and fitness activities on offer in Crewe.

Crewe Swimming Pool threw open its doors to encourage children and adults to try out its facilities – for free.

Visitors took part in family pool sessions and tried out taster classes with the Crewe Neptune Life Saving Club, Crewe Flyers Swimming Club and Icicle Divers Club.

Meanwhile, rollerblading sessions, balance board classes and rowing and cycling contests in the fitness suite meant there was plenty to occupy those who preferred to keep their feet on dry land.

There was also the opportunity to learn basic life support with sessions from the Save a Baby/Community Life Support campaign.

Councillor Andrew Knowles, Cabinet member with responsibility for health and wellbeing, said: “In Cheshire East we are committed to supporting people of all ages and abilities to become more active.

“The open day was an excellent way of introducing families in Crewe to the wide variety of leisure and fitness activities that are available on their doorstep.

“The turnout was excellent and I would like to thank all those who helped to make it such a success.”

A tombola and refreshments stall staffed by volunteers raised more than £90 for Macmillan Nurses.

From the Pacific to Crewe

 

Two female international beach volleyball players are hoping Cheshire East serves up a smash hit.

On August 1 the players from the Vanuatu Islands in the South Pacific are to be welcomed to their new training camp in Crewe in preparation to fulfil their Olympic dream and qualify for London 2012.

Henriette Iatika and Miller Elwin will be hosted through a partnership between Cheshire East Council and Manchester Metropolitan University Cheshire (MMUC). The girls will be based at Booth Hall, part of the MMUC campus.

They will have the opportunity to train at various state-of-the-art sports facilities including a new beach volleyball facility that will be open for future use by a new Cheshire East beach volleyball club.

MMUC was named last year as an official 2012 pre-Games training camp. It was agreed that a beach volleyball court would be built at the Crewe sports campus as part of the legacy for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralymic games. The aim is to bring people together through sport and create a lasting legacy for Cheshire East.

The volleyball team and their Australian coach will be able to enjoy all that Cheshire East has to offer in between playing at three qualifying tournaments in Finland, Norway and the Netherlands.

Coucillor Andrew Knowles, Cabinet member with responsibility for health and wellbeing said: “We’re very excited to be working with MMUC and can’t wait to host the volleyball team and show them all the things we have available here in Cheshire East.

“They will have the opportunity to bring some sporting inspiration to other young people through their competitive energy and share their culture and customs with us.”

Dennis Dunn, Dean of MMUC and Pro Vice Chancellor of MMU added: ”We feel extremely proud to welcome this international team to Cheshire East.

“We look forward to hosting the athletes throughout their trip and providing them with an educating and fulfilling experience of the North West. We hope they will take away some happy memories and lasting new friendships when they return home.”

There is an opportunity to meet the beach volleyball team at the Playday event at Shavington Leisure Centre in Crewe on August 4 from midday. Miller and Henriette will be received by the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Roger West and meet local children.

Goody Bags Boost For Our Soldiers – ‘in a Jiffy’

 

Private Adam Horton of the Mercian Regiment with Mayor Gordon Baxendale and  Private Thomas Quayle

 

HUNDREDS more ‘goody bags’ are on their way to boost our troops battling the Taliban – thanks to staff at Cheshire East Council.

Council workers, their families and members of the public filled more than 250 Jiffy bags with gifts of little luxuries, games and tasty treats to raise the morale of soldiers of 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Cheshire) fighting in Helmand, Afghanistan.

Cheshire East Mayor Councillor Gordon Baxendale also added another 224 goody bags – thanks to the generous support of listeners, following his appeal for donations on Signal Radio – taking the total to more than 450.

Colleagues at Cheshire West and Chester Council have also got behind the Cheshire East-organised collection and are raising scores more parcels of treats.

Last month a similar ‘Jiffy bag’ appeal by Cheshire East alone donated more than 300 goody bags for ‘The Cheshires’.

Mayor Baxendale said: “This was another marvellous effort by Cheshire East staff and local people. They showed their continued support for our soldiers and raised awareness of their sacrifice by donating even more than last time. It was a really tremendous effort.

“The Jiffy bag campaign is a small token of our appreciation and respect for our frontline soldiers and helps raise their morale and give them a bit of a lift.

“It is really important that we let them know they have the backing of the public back home in Cheshire.”

The goody bags contained treats such as small tins of fruit, boiled sweets, sachets of drinking chocolate, toiletries, magazines, playing cards and messages of support.

The Jiffy bags are collected at Congleton Pentecostal Church, in Cross Street, Congleton, to be sent on to Marne Barracks, Catterick – the home base of 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Cheshire). From there they are taken to frontline troops by soldiers returning to Afghanistan from Britain.

The facility to get a parcel to a soldier as quickly as possible is crucial and returning soldiers are keen to courier Jiffy bags to the frontline in their backpacks.

Captain John Elms, welfare officer for 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Cheshire), said: “This has been another big and generous effort by Cheshire East.

“It really means a lot for our troops to know they’ve got the support of the people of East Cheshire – they really appreciate it.

“Receiving one of these Jiffy bags after a really hard day on patrol gives our soldiers a huge lift.”

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.

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

Cllr Baxendale is also calling on people to support a ‘hoedown and hog roast’ to raise funds for the welfare of injured troops of the 1 Mercian. The event will be held in a marquee at The Waggon and Horses pub on Manchester Road (A34), in Eaton, Congleton, on Saturday, August 21, at 7.30pm.

For tickets to the hoedown (priced £10), or to get involved with the Jiffy bag campaign or to make a donation, contact organiser Jill Dolman on 07827 415686.

Cheshire East Council Rejects Election Changes

 

Cheshire East Council has rejected proposals to nearly double the number of electoral wards.

The council says the Local Government Boundary Commission has failed to listen to the concerns of local residents and councillors – and that the proposed changes would be too complex and costly.

The Local Government Boundary Commission (LGBC) for England has proposed increasing the number of Cheshire East wards from 27 to 52 and boosting the number of councillors from 81 to 82.

Under its proposals, Cheshire East Council would have six three-member wards, 18 two-member wards and 28 single-member wards.

The LGBC says it will make ward representation fairer and reflect expected shifts in population.

But Cheshire East councillors voted by 48 votes to 18 to reject the LGBC recommendations.

Cheshire East Council Leader Wesley Fitzgerald said: “The Boundary Commission has failed to listen to our concerns or listen to the people of East Cheshire – and we want the Government to step in on our behalf.

“We accept the proposal to increase the number of councillors to 82 but we need to ensure that council wards reflect local community identities and the links between communities.

“We need wards that would help provide convenient and effective local government.”

A meeting of the Full Council (Thursday, July 22) rejected the LGBC proposals, passing a motion saying:

● The Boundary Commission’s final recommendations are ‘unreasonable’ as they fail to take into account or give due weight to submissions from the community and council;

● The recommendations would be complex and very costly to introduce at a time when this council is being urged to make budget savings;

● That the timetable for decision making by Parliament is too drawn out – with a final ruling possibly not due until December, leaving little time for implementation and added pressure on the council;

● The changes to wards and representation would make the administration of elections much more complex;

● The proposals involve changes to warding arrangements for the parishes of Congleton, Gawsworth, Nantwich, Poynton, Sandbach, Weston and Willaston.

The council vote noted the LGBC’s final report and passed a resolution to ask Parliament to reject the LGBC’s final recommendations and request the Leader of Cheshire East Council to write to local MPs and Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles so that a complete revision of the boundaries can take place at the same time as the Parliamentary Boundary Review in 2014.

The resolution continued: “This would enable the Boundary Commission to take a holistic view of the impact that the radical changes – that are likely in the design of the parliamentary constituency boundaries – will have on the local authority ward structure and town and parish boundaries.”

The publication of the commission’s final recommendations follows its draft recommendations last November and consultations with local representatives and communities.

Parliament is due to rule on the recommendations in the autumn. If accepted, the electoral changes would come into force for the next council elections in May 2011.

Max Caller, chair of the LGBC, said: “We are grateful to all the people across East Cheshire who took the time and effort to send us their views.”

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Scammers Promoting Rogue Anti-Virus Through Phone Calls

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Malware purveyors seem to be increasing their use of telephones for malicious purposes, which resulted in increased reports pouring in from the UK of cold phone calls to trick people into downloading fake anti-virus products.

In past few weeks, some people got dire warnings that their computer systems are infected with malware that can be eliminated with only some clicks of the mouse. On July 2, 2010, antivirus vendor ESET UK, mentioning the increase in such calls, advised Internet users to remain cautious.

While the pitches differ, they usually involve a person who sounds as a professional calling from some telephone center. He warns the user on the other end that malware has been discovered on his system which is now infecting other PCs.

For sceptical users, the person may ask to open Windows event viewer for proof of infection. Ultimately, the user is asked to provide the caller remote access to his computer through logmein123.com or some other service. Thus, the scammers will implant fake anti-virus software as well as other malware which is too difficult to get rid of.

The scammers are fearless when potential victims tell a stranger calling them from an anonymous place that they don't need their help.

Just few days back, people living in Bridport (England) got a cold call from a person claiming to be from some reputed company like Microsoft, Symantec or Norton. The receivers were informed that their computer has been infected by a nasty virus and that it is now sending that virus to others through the Internet. They are told that it can be easily removed and thus, they are tricked into allowing the scammers remote access to their PCs. They are then bombarded with several technical jargon as well as complex procedures.

Then the receivers are asked for the payment details through a card and the victim is asked for around £180 to eliminate the virus.

According to security experts, this kind of scam has been prevailing for more than 12 months, but they know very little about those behind the calls, except the domain names - go4saling.com, supportonclick.com and metupport.com.

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Police Raids Target Drugs Ring


Police Officers smashed their way into houses in Crewe just after dawn today to arrest more than twenty people on drug dealing charges.
Nearly 200 officers, some wearing full protective clothing, were involved in the early morning raids which took place simultaneously at more than 20 houses and flats in various parts of the town.
As people were led away in handcuffs, support teams of specialist Police Officers and Police Staff moved in to houses and flats to search the premises. 
Armed officers were present at one of the addresses. Police said this was “purely precautionary”.
At the same time three teams of Police Officers from Cheshire raided houses on Merseyside to arrest three more people.
Chief Inspector Darren Hebden, Crime Manager for Cheshire Police Eastern Area said, “The aim of these arrests is to take out a drug dealing network which has built up in Crewe to distribute Class A drugs, mostly heroin and crack cocaine, which are brought in from Merseyside.
“This is the culmination of many months of covert police work to identify the dealers and gather evidence against them. The search teams will bring out any drugs they find, together with equipment used to prepare drugs, but the main purpose of this morning’s operation was to make arrests.
“The teams will also seize cash and any assets, including cars, which are likely to have resulted from drug dealing. At a later stage we will apply to the courts for the money and assets to be confiscated. It is important to drive home the message that people will not be allowed to benefit financially from crime.
“People who have been taken into custody today will be processed and charged, either with conspiracy to supply Class A Drugs or with supplying Class A drugs. They will appear before a special court tomorrow.
“This is part of the Cheshire Police Strikeout campaign to tackle crime which affects people’s everyday lives. It has been a very successful operation involving people from many different units across the force.”
Inspector Andrew Smith, the officer in charge of Crewe Neighbourhood Policing Unit said, “Like all towns of its size, Crewe has a number of drug addicts and criminals who try to make money from supplying them.
“Drug dealing has repercussions right across the community. It injects elements of fear and suspicion into any neighbourhood where it is taking place. It drags the area down. It also drives other crime such as burglary, car crime and shoplifting as addicts try to finance their habit.
“After these arrests today, support will be offered by our partner agencies to addicts who are suddenly deprived of their supply and they will be offered opportunities to break their addiction.
“Police Officers and Police Community Support Officers will also tour the areas where arrests have been made talking to people and distributing leaflets explaining what has happened.
“Police Officers and Police Staff at all levels are involved in a constant campaign to tackle the drugs  issue. 
“Many of our investigations into drugs and drug dealing networks begin with some information from a member of the public. Sometimes it comes on the telephone; sometimes it is raised at a neighbourhood meeting or police surgery; sometimes it is simply passed on in a conversation with a Police Officer or Police Community Support Officer on their beat.
“If you are concerned about drug abuse or drug dealing in your area do not hesitate to contact us. We will always follow up information.”
Anyone with information about drug dealing can call the Cheshire Police Information Line 0845 458 0000, or you can leave information anonymously on the Crimestoppers Line 0800 555 111.

TRADING STANDARDS TARGET CAR BOOT COUNTERFEITS

 

Cheshire East Council’s Trading Standards team, in partnership with Cheshire Police, have uncovered a stash of counterfeit goods at a local car boot sale.

Sunday, July 11 saw police and Trading Standards officers swoop on unsuspecting traders at the Cheshire Lounge car boot sale in Little Bollington.

They discovered more than 1,300 counterfeit CDs and DVDs.

Three people were arrested under the Trade Marks Act 1994.

A search of the suspects’ homes, in the Manchester area, later uncovered a further 2,000 counterfeit discs.

Investigations are now under way.

The sale of counterfeit goods carries stiff punishment.  Maximum penalties are up to 10 years in prison and unlimited fines. 

Cheshire East councillor Rachel Bailey, Cabinet member with responsibility for safer and stronger communities, said: “This is a good result of our Trading Standards team and a credit to their hard-work and successful partnership with Cheshire Police.

“It is unacceptable for a small group of so-called traders to damage the reputation of genuine car boot traders in this manner. Customers must be safe in the knowledge they can attend a car boot sale or any other market stall and buy genuine goods.”

Dustin Hawkes, Cheshire East Council’s lead officer for financial investigations, said: “When money is short it is tempting for individuals to try and make money from the sale of counterfeit goods.  They see it as a victimless crime that does no harm and fail to see how this affects local businesses who are also struggling to make ends meet due to the recession.

“A healthy local economy is vital for maintaining the community in which we live and Cheshire East Trading Standards team is committed to protecting this economy from unscrupulous traders trying to make a fast buck.”

“For those selling counterfeit goods Cheshire East Trading Standards is warning you that it is only a matter of time before you have to deal with the repercussions of your actions.”

JUNIOR RECYCLING OFFICER OF THE YEAR AWARDS

Junior Recycling Officer of the year event at Tatton Hall - l-r  Zach Homer and  Kayleigh Beecroft both aged 11 of Vine Tree Primary School, Crewe are presented with the Cheshire East Council Junior Recycling Officer of the year by Cllr. Rod Menlove

Junior recycling officers have been rewarded at an awards ceremony at Tatton Park.

Their role is to promote the three Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, to friends, family and the local community throughout their year in office.

More than 100 primary schools in Cheshire East have two junior recycling officers who are nominated in Year 6 by pupils and teachers, so competition was tough.

Eight finalists from four schools in Bunbury, Congleton, Bollington and Crewe were selected for their hard work promoting recycling throughout the year by holding assemblies, competitions and organising collections of things like paper, mobile phones and toner cartridges.

The finalists were asked to produce an eye-catching display and presentation about their role; explaining the importance of recycling and how they promote it to others.

The children used a selection of entertaining ways to get the message across, including puppets, plays and games as well as materials supplied by Cheshire East’s Waste Strategy team.

Councillor Rod Menlove, Cabinet member with responsibility for Environmental services said: “The displays and presentations were of a very high standard. I found some of the concepts extremely interesting and I’m pleased to find so many schools encouraging composting and waste recycling with such enthusiasm.

“These young officers have a great deal of responsibility and their work is extremely worthwhile. The finalists did very well, so congratulations to you all.”

The two winners, from Vine Tree Primary School, in Crewe, were presented with a mountain bike each and a trophy to display proudly at their school. Medals and shopping vouchers were presented to all the finalists.

After the prize-giving ceremony, the day was topped off with a guided tour of Home Farm, at Tatton Park for the children and their parents.

Stolen gully tops found in Sandbach

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A collection of stolen gully tops (drain covers) have been recovered from a scrap yard in Sandbach.

The ironwork had been dumped outside Sandbach Car and Commercial Dismantlers Ltd on July 5. The owners spotted an abandoned car outside their premises and on further inspection discovered the gully tops. They then reported the matter to local police.

The owner of the vehicle has not yet been found.

The discovery comes just weeks after more than 50 gully tops were stolen from the Crewe area.

Cheshire East Council is urging scrap yard owners and local residents to remain vigilant and report any such thefts or anything suspicious via Highways Operations on 0845 0002 666.

Alternatively, such thefts can be reported to Cheshire Police on 0845 458 0000.

Cheshire East councillor Rod Menlove, Cabinet member with responsibility for environmental services, said:

“I would like to thank the owners of Sandbach Car and Commercial Dismantlers Ltd for reporting the stolen ironwork. I would urge similar traders to be on their guard and report anything suspicious to Cheshire police.

“The theft of stolen gully tops poses a serious danger to drivers and pedestrians. Replacing them comes at a significant cost to the Highways authority.”

Saturday, 17 July 2010

Support for The Mercian Regiment (Cheshire)

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Everyone was out in force to support our lads from The Mercian Regiment (Cheshire) who are overseas fighting for our country. Over the last few weeks we have suffered several losses. Today in Asda the MP Alex players Signal Radio and others were in store packing bags and getting people to donate small goods for bags which can be sent to our troops to show them we support them and provide little luxuries they are missing.

So next time your in Asda pop a few things in the trolley for our troops. They are looking for Playstations for troops injured  who have to spend a long time in hospital so if you have got an old one you dont want they will be glad of it until such times as they can buy new ones

Friday, 16 July 2010

SCAM WARNING

 

Trading Standards officers are issuing a warning to residents in Cheshire East after a man from Prestbury was nearly conned out of £5,000.

The man had purchased an energy-saving device from a company in May.

On Tuesday, July 12, he received a call from a man claiming to be from that company, saying he had won £5,000 but in order for the money to be released he needed to transfer £462.92 to a Western Union account in India.

Fortunately the man became suspicious and contacted Cheshire East Council who confirmed that it was a scam.

Trading Standards officers say that if a prize is genuine you will NEVER be asked for money in advance to release your winnings.

Councillor Rachel Bailey, Cabinet member with responsibility for safer and stronger communities said: “A general rule of thumb is that if something seems too good to be true, then it usually is!

“Unfortunately get-rich-quick schemes such as this can become much more appealing during a recession, when money is tight for a lot of people.

“However people must remain vigilant and protect themselves from opportunistic fraudsters.”

For all trading standards issues contact Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06.

Archaeology Service Unveils A History Of Cheshire East – in 10 Objects

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Ten objects have been selected from the thousands of archaeological finds from across Cheshire East – to tell the story of our area.

It coincides with the start of the national Festival of British Archaeology 2010, which runs from Saturday July 17 to Sunday August 1.

The 10 East Cheshire objects range from a prehistoric Bronze Age cremation urn and famous bogland murder victim Lindow Man to a hoard of coins from the 17th century.

The 10 artefacts are highlighted in a handout entitled ‘The archaeology of Cheshire East in 10 objects’. It has been produced by the Archaeology Planning Advisory Service, which serves both Cheshire East and Cheshire West and Chester councils.

Councillor Andy Knowles, Cabinet member with responsibility for health and wellbeing, said: “This is an exciting initiative which highlights the wealth of fascinating archaeological artefacts that have been unearthed in Cheshire East – and the richness of our local history.

“Hopefully this will inspire people of all ages not only to explore the many historic treasures found in our museums but also to get out and about and explore our landscape on foot to discover and connect with our past.”

Dr Jill Collens, project manager at Cheshire APAS, said: “Some of the objects selected are rare and unusual, others are more commonplace but all help us to understand more about how our ancestors lived.”

The handouts are available at Nantwich and Congleton museums and Middlewich Library, where the artefacts are on display during the festival.

The leaflets are also available at other local libraries and can be downloaded at:

http://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/environment_and_planning/planning/archaeology.aspx

Further information on the rich and varied archaeology of Cheshire East can be found at:

http://rcp.cheshire.gov.uk/

Each year the Council for British Archaeology coordinates the Festival of British Archaeology. Now in its 20th year, it is an annual celebration of heritage organised and held by museums, local societies, national and countryside parks and heritage organisations across the UK.

Cheshire East Heritage Champion councillor Rachel Bailey said: “This inspiring initiative and the festival as a whole present everyone with the opportunity to learn about their local heritage, to see archaeology in action and to get involved.”

A list of events to be held in Cheshire during the festival can be found on the website: http://festival.britarch.ac.uk

Cheshire East has 108 scheduled monuments, 10 areas of archaeological potential, more than 6,000 sites of archaeological importance and more than 8,000 historic landscape characterisation records.

ILLICIT TOBACCO – LETS STUB IT OUT

 

A crackdown on the sale of illicit tobacco has seen the Consumer Protection and Investigations Team hitting the streets of Crewe this week.

On Thursday, July 15, the team joined forces with Cheshire Police, the North West Immigration Service and HM Revenue & Customs in Operation Medallion – targeting those who sell counterfeit, bootlegged or smuggled tobacco products.

They visited businesses and residential properties in the Crewe area, including the town centre.

The results were as follows:

  • 7,500 cigarettes were seized along with suspected illicit tobacco, counterfeit vodka and cannabis.
  • A total of four entry warrants were executed.
  • Three people were arrested and are being questioned by police.

Investigations are now underway by the Cheshire East Trading Standards team and Cheshire Police.

The sale of illicit tobacco has close links with organised crime. Duty lost to the Treasury from the sale of illicit tobacco products is estimated to be £2.5 billion a year.

HM Revenue & Customs estimate that 45% of all tobacco seizures are counterfeit – these are imitations of branded cigarettes/tobacco made from inferior ingredients and materials. Although cheaper than genuine brands, they have been known to contain sawdust, tobacco beetles, pieces of plastic and even rat droppings.

Bootlegged tobacco is illegally imported from countries with a low rate of tobacco taxation. Smuggled tobacco tends to be a legitimate product, illegally imported on a large scale and distributed on the black market for sale to the public.

Cheshire East Councillor Rachel Bailey, Cabinet member for safer and stronger communities, said: “This is an excellent example of how Cheshire East Council can work with partner agencies to successfully tackle the problem of illicit tobacco.

“Tobacco sold at very cheap prices makes it readily available to young people. I would urge any smoker to think twice before purchasing illicit tobacco and to think about the inferior products it may contain.”

Kay Roberts, head of Cheshire East Council’s Consumer Protection and Investigations Team, added: “This operation shows our ongoing commitment to protecting residents of from unscrupulous sellers of illicit tobacco.  I hope today we have sent a clear message that we will use every law enforcement power at our disposal to stop this illegal trade.”

Anyone with concerns about the sale of illicit tobacco is asked to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

MORE ACTS ANNOUNCED FOR THIS YEAR’S CREWE CARNIVAL

16 July 2010

 

Cheshire East Council has unveiled more acts that are to perform at this year’s Crewe Carnival (Saturday, August 28).

Professional stunt artists, rock bands and community dancers are among a host of performers at this year’s much-anticipated event.

‘Over The Rainbow’ finalist, Dani Rayner, will also perform at the Carnival after the 17-year-old’s success in the BBC talent show. Dani, from Northwich, will perform a number of songs, including some of her favourites from ‘Over the Rainbow’.

Dani told Cheshire East Council: “I am delighted to be able to sing at the Carnival. I would like to send many special thanks to the local supporters who were so kind during my time on 'Over the Rainbow’.”

Dani Rayner in 'Over the Rainbow'
The Carnival will be officially opened by Cheshire East Mayor, Councillor Gordon Baxendale.

Cheshire’s Silk 106.9 Breakfast Show presenter, Andy Bailey, will host this year’s show together with Paul Senior from CAT Radio.

Crewe Carnival-goers can also look forward to:

•    A performance by singer and actor, Darius Campbell
•    Performances by local band Vavoom, The Retrospective and Tom Seals (pianist and singer) and band (all courtesy of Volume PR)
•    Stunt displays by Jez Avery (pictured)
•    The Kangaroos (gymnastic display scheme)
•    Performances from X Academy and Footloose dance groups
•    Matrix cheerleading squad
•    Mini car display
•    A display of Cheshire birds of prey and Wyche Dog Training Club
•    A performance from this year’s Star Quest winner

•    Display stand by Cheshire East Council’s Love Food Hate Waste team.
•    Display by Crewe and Nantwich Horticultural Society
•    Brazilian football skill lessons, Korfball and archery
•    A children’s fairground and refreshment stands
•    A huge firework display, courtesy of Crewe Carnival partner’s Nemesis.

The event is free but anyone who wants to attend the evening concert will need to get a ticket from Lyceum Theatre, Nantwich Customer Services office and The Box in Crewe. Tickets will be available from August 2.Only five tickets available per individual.

Cheshire East Councillor Andrew Knowles, Cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said:

“We are really gearing up to this year’s Carnival now. It’s encouraging to see so many local performers are keen to be involved, ensuring there is something for all the family.

“My thanks go to the Carnival Group for their work in organising the event. I urge families in Crewe and beyond to get down to the Lyceum Theatre on August 2 and get their tickets for what is sure to be a memorable day.”

Silk FM presenter Andy Bailey, said:

‘I don’t think we’ve ever had this much variety at Crewe Carnival - there really is something for everyone. Loads of towns up and down the land have lost their big local events, and it’s important everybody comes out and supports what is a thriving festival of entertainment. I can’t wait for the party to start!’

Volume director Toby Robinson, added:

“I think we’ve come up with the strongest and most diverse line-up of bands, artists and performers in years.

“Hopefully we’ve given the town enough reasons to get excited about Crewe Carnival 2010. Everyone can expect a great mix of entertainment and it’s free.”

Please find below further information on the bands that are due to perform at this year’s carnival:

Well-known on the local music circuit, Vavoom will entertain with a sound that transcends generations. Both old and young can enjoy their rock ‘n’ roll, influenced by the likes of Eddie Cochran, Chuck Berry, Stray Cats and the Brian Setzer Orchestra.

Crewe indie-pop band The Retrospective promise to deliver upbeat and uplifting tunes.

Local, young musician Tom Seals will pay tribute to the likes of Michael Buble with a full backing band.

BIRD ENTHUSIASTS AT QUEENS PARK IN CREWE

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Budding ornithologists at Queens Park have been presented with bird boxes for their own gardens.

The park held a bird box information day attended by local residents and children who wanted to learn more about how to care for wild birds at home.

Bird watching is a perfect summer past-time and the park has 15 nesting boxes, carefully built and placed by resident gardening expert Adrian Birchall and ranger Mervin Goodwin.

The boxes attract a variety of birds including blue tits, nuthatchs, tree sparrows and great tits.

During the autumn, owl boxes are planned which will involve the construction and siting of very large boxes.

Queens Park also supports bird-breeding programmes, and once the park restoration work is completed, staff would like to encourage the spotted flycatcher bird. Bird boxes will be modified to attract this variety as Britians population has halved over the last 25 years.

Two young enthusiasts, Matthew and Phoebe Hallows, of Franklyn Avenue, took home their own boxes kindly donated by Crewe resident and park lover, Janet Tirrell.

Councillor Andrew Knowles, Cabinet member with responsibility for Health and Wellbeing said: “Once the Queens Park restoration project nears completion, we hope to repeat this event, and raise greater awareness of Britains wild birds and how to care for them in your own gardens.”

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

MP’s News Bulletin 56

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Welcome to this my 56th electronic news bulletin.

Parliamentary life continues to be hectic, with the constituency proving as action-packed as ever!

Remember, you can always contact me directly if you have any questions for me.

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Best wishes,

Edward Timpson
Member of Parliament for Crewe & Nantwich

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I have recently ...

  • Visited local Archery Club, in Winterley
  • Visited local business, New Primebake as they seek to expand operations & staff in Crewe
  • Opened new facilities at Sir William Stanier Community School, in Crewe
  • Met with representatives from London Midland Trains
  • Visited Weaver Primary School Green Day, in Nantwich
  • Opened Barthomley Flower Festival in Barthomley
  • Held a Constituency Surgery, in Crewe
  • Attended Royal British Legion parliamentary reception
  • Spoke during the Budget Debate about how this budget will benefit Crewe & Nantwich
  • Sat on ID Cards Bill Committee to scrap the scheme, in Parliament
  • Asked the Secretary of State for Health; whether the new Coalition Government would consider the Ambulance Response Bill in this Parliament
  • Met with Foster Care Associates
  • Attended Rheumatoid Arthritis parliamentary reception
  • Attended ITV parliamentary reception
  • Met with Chief Executive of South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce, in Crewe
  • Met with the Chairman & Chief Executive of Central & Eastern Cheshire Primary Care Trust, in Crewe
  • Attended Nantwich Family Fun Day, in Nantwich
  • Attended Santune Village Fair Day, in Crewe
  • Visited Cheshire East Council Greenscape Project Art Exhibition, in Crewe

This weekend I will be...

  • Meeting servicemen from Mercian Regiment following operations in Afghanistan, at Asda in Crewe
  • Opening Richmond Retirement Village Music Festival, in Nantwich

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Photos & Video ...

You can view all my photos and video at edwardtimpsonmp.com

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Nantwich ambulance response times up a massive 22.4% after campaign

Crewe and Nantwich Chronicle

MORE lives are being saved in Nantwich after a high-profile campaign to improve ambulance response times.

A long-running battle, backed by the Chronicle, to allow first responders to use a blue light to get to incidents in the area quicker finally achieved its goal in March this year.

And since it was reinstated to the first response vehicle, latest figures show a big increase from 55% to 77.4% of the most urgent Category A calls being reached within the Government’s eight-minute guideline.

If the trend continues it will bring Nantwich above the Department of Health’s 75% target.

A co-responding team, in which firefighters act as trained medics, and the addition of an ambulance stationed at Nantwich Fire Station has also contributed.

But despite the improvement, community leaders are still pressing for better results. Response times in Nantwich are still far behind those in Crewe where 89.6% of Category A calls are reached within eight minutes.

Nantwich town councillor Keith Cafferty said: “It is encouraging to see these new figures and the town’s residents will take heart from them, but they are far from perfect.

“This is a vital service for our town and is a matter of life and death.”

The decision to downgrade the first responder service two years ago sparked a massive outcry culminating in more than 1,000 Nantwich residents marching through the town in protest.

Among the campaigners were Cllr Bill McGinnis, MP Edward Timpson, resident Ann Aspinall and Rachael Broadhurst, whose husband Steve died in May 2008.

He lay critically injured in a road for 17 minutes awaiting an ambulance as North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) did not call first responders.

His family say that, while the outcome might not have been different, he deserved to be given the chance.

The campaign group has now met the NWAS and Central and Eastern Cheshire Primary Care Trust to review the service.

During the meeting, NWAS committed to a new, dedicated first responder despatch desk at the control room and a pager system to allow the service to track the nearest vehicle to the scene of any incident to further improve results.

Mr Timpson is now pushing for improvements to response times in Audlem. He said:Š“We fought long and hard for the blue light and so these statistics are really pleasing, but there’s still work to do.

“Congratulations should go to NWAS for listening to our concerns and taking action, and I hope that they can build on this positive result in the future. We are now meeting four times a year to discuss the continual improvement to the service.”

© 2010 Trinity Mirror North West and North Wales Ltd

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Delight as jobs saved as buyer found for car dealership

Crewe and Nantwich Chronicle

ABOUT 70 jobs have been saved after a buyer was found for a struggling car dealership in Crewe.

Baker (Crewe) Ltd in Macon Way which was trading as Grasmere Vauxhall, has been sold to Vertu Motors Plc, the eighth largest motor retailer in the UK.

It will now operate under the Bristol Street Motors brand.

The company also operated another dealership in Macclesfield, two separate body shops in Crewe and Macclesfield and three small service centres in Cheadle, Nantwich and Congleton, employing 24 people between them, which have been closed while the administrators sought buyers.

Retail motor trade specialists David Blenkarn and Greg Palfrey of accountancy and business services group Smith & Williamson were appointed administrators when the company began struggling financially.

Southampton based Smith & Williamson administrator David Blenkarn: "We were appointed administrators after it became apparent the company was struggling financially because of the tough economic climate.

"We are delighted that we have been able to preserve a major part of the business and safeguard the livelihoods of some 70 employees by selling the two dealerships.

"The company also operated two separate body shops and three small service centres which have now closed."

Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson said he was delighted jobs had been saved in Crewe.

"The motor trade and its industry have a strong tradition in Crewe. This good news will help continue that reputation, as well as securing important local jobs that will in turn help boost our town’s economy," he said.

© 2010 Trinity Mirror North West and North Wales Ltd

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Disability sport under spotlight at Nantwich Town Football Club

Crewe and Nantwich Chronicle

A DISABILITY Sports Awareness Day was held at Nantwich Town’s Weaver Stadium on Thursday.

Throughout the afternoon the club demonstrated a range of sports for disabled people, including archery, cycling and football. Visitors tried their hand in numerous activities at stalls in the ground, with representatives from sports bodies on hand to give advice for anyone interested in getting involved in disabled sports.

The event was organised by the Rotary Club of Crewe and Nantwich Weaver in conjunction with Cheshire East Council.

Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson was in attendance, and he said:Š“I’ve had an enlightening time here at the Weaver Stadium today, with the display put on by the Crewe and Nantwich Gymnastics Club demonstrating how this event was both fun and informative.

“We all know that regular exercise and sport is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, and this awareness day really emphasises that we mustn’t forget disabled people. I am proud that we have such a strong record here. This event and the great work done by so many dedicated people in our community make Crewe and Nantwich a great place to be for disabled athletes.

© 2010 Trinity Mirror North West and North Wales Ltd

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Words from Westminster

Edward Timpson, Crewe and Nantwich Chronicle

Harriet Harman, the Leader of the Labour Party, said in the House of Commons that the budget would hit people in Cheshire least.

While I doubt she said this out of concern for my poorest constituents, I am nevertheless glad that she raised the matter.

Crewe and Nantwich is home to some of the most poverty stricken areas in Cheshire, and these are the people who deserve to be “hit” the least.

In the year of my first election to Parliament, 2008, Labour “hit” the lowest paid with the 10p tax fiasco.

Whilst this is a difficult budget, I am proud of the fact that the Coalition is doing quite the opposite, and is lifting 880,000 of the lowest paid out of tax altogether.

I am also proud that we are reintroducing the earnings link for pensions.

This is something Labour didn't do for 13 years. Pensioners will never forget that they once increased the state pension by just 75 pence!

After all the misinformation during the general election campaign, the worried Crewe and Nantwich pensioners who came to see me in my surgery deserve to know that they are being supported.

The winter fuel payment, free bus passes, free TV licences, disability living allowance and attendance allowance and the pension credit are all staying too.

So yes, a tough budget that really is going to be tough for everyone. But as anyone who has been in financial bother knows, you would rather be spending money on things other than debt interest.

If we want better schools, better hospitals, a better station, they all have to be paid for.

To do that we have to eliminate this debt, however painful, and ensure that it is not the poorest who are picking up the bill.

© 2010 Trinity Mirror North West and North Wales Ltd

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MP hails funeral firm expansion

Crewe and Nantwich Chronicle

Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson officially opened Crewe Funeral Services’ new offices on Friday.

The undertakers based at Crewe Road, Shavington, is expanding and held an open day to celebrate the launch of the new site, at Coronation Crescent, Coppenhall.

Director Steve Linde said: “Crewe Funeral Services is not relocating as reported in last week’s Chronicle, but expanding with the opening of new additional premises at 25 Coronation Crescent, Crewe.

“The premises at Crewe Road, Shavington remain open as the head office.”

© 2010 Trinity Mirror North West and North Wales Ltd

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Ambulance response times improve for Nantwich

Nantwichnews

Ambulance response times in Nantwich have improved since the reinstatement of the blue light to the town’s First Responders.

A long-running campaign to allow First Responders to use the blue light in Nantwich was won in March this year.

An extra ambulance is now stationed in Nantwich as a result of the campaign’s success.

Now campaigners say new statistics show that their efforts were worthwhile.

Figures show that since March 77.4% of the most urgent ‘Category A’ calls have been reached within the Government’s 8-minute guideline.

This compares to 2009 when only around 55% of Category A calls were reached within 8 minutes.

But response times in Nantwich are still far behind those in Crewe where 89.6% of Category A calls were reached within 8 minutes.

The campaign group, including Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson, Eddisbury MP Stephen O’Brien, Nantwich Town Cllr Bill McGinnis, and First Responder Gavin Palin met with North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) and Central and Eastern Cheshire Primary Care Trust.

They assessed the impact of the campaign’s victory, and discussed further improvements that could be made to the service.

The NWAS committed to a new dedicated Community First Responder despatch desk at the control room, and a new pager system to allow the service to track the nearest vehicle to the scene of any incident.

Mr Timpson said: “We fought long and hard for the blue light and so these statistics are really pleasing, but there’s still work to do.

“Congratulations should go to NWAS for listening to our concerns and taking action, and I hope that they can build on this positive result in the future.

“We are now meeting four times a year to discuss the continual improvement to the service.”

© 2010 Nantwichnews

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Station discussed in parliament

Crewe Blog

This week Edward Timpson, Crewe and Nantwich MP, questioned the Leader of the House of Commons about Crewe Station in Parliament. The Hansard reads: 24 Jun 2010 : Column 433. Mr Edward Timpson (Crewe and Nantwich) (Con): Now that we realise how much the previous Government misled the public about transport infrastructure investment, promising money that simply did not exist, can the Leader of the House find time for a debate on enabling greater private sector investment in our transport infrastructure, including helping to boost projects such as the regeneration of Crewe railway station in my constituency?

Sir George Young: I am grateful to my hon. Friend. Along with many other hon. Friends, I had occasion to visit Crewe railway station some two years ago, in order to secure his election to the House. He will have heard my right hon. Friend the Chancellor refer in his Budget statement to a generous regional investment fund to take forward transport and other infrastructure projects that will lead to jobs. My hon. Friend will also know that we favour much longer railway franchises, which will enable the train operating companies to take a longer-term view and therefore afford major investment projects such as that in Crewe railway station.

Afterwards, Mr Timpson commented: "I am pleased that despite Labour's broken fantasy promises to revamp Crewe station just before a general election, the Coalition seems to be taking the matter of transport infrastructure seriously. This budget was a tough one for us all, but despite that the Treasury has not left projects like this out in the cold. Whilst I doubt we are going to see quick solutions here, £1 million is currently being invested, and it looks like further funding will come from a mix of private capital from the train operating company and this new public fund."

© 2010 Crewe Blog

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MP Timpson joins fun at Nantwich Disability Sports event

Nantwichnews

MP Edward Timpson was among the attendees of a Disability Sports Awareness Day at Nantwich Town’s Weaver Stadium.

The event was organised by the Rotary Club of Crewe and Nantwich Weaver with Cheshire East Council.

The club demonstrated a range of sports for disabled people, including archery, cycling and football.

Visitors tried their hand in numerous activities at stalls in the ground, with representatives from sports bodies on hand to give advice.

Mr Timpson said: “I had an enlightening time at the Weaver Stadium, with the display put on by the Crewe and Nantwich Gymnastics Club demonstrating how this event was both fun and informative.

“We all know regular exercise and sport is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, and this awareness day really emphasises we mustn’t forget disabled people. I am proud that we have such a strong record here.”

© 2010 Nantwichnews

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Armed Forces Day

Crewe Blog

Last Saturday, Mayor Baxendale (seen here with Mayor of Crewe Jacquie Weatherill, left, and Edward Timpson MP) raised the flag at 11am in the Municipal Square to mark Armed Forces Day (Saturday, June 26), an annual opportunity for the people of East Cheshire and the nation as a whole to show their support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community – from serving troops to Service families and from veterans to cadets. Oh, and I'm sure many blog readers and local music fans will recognise bugler and ex-service man Graeme Malam...

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MP tours St Paul's Centre

Crewe Blog

Christian Concern Crewe welcomed a special guest to their premises in the Saint Paul’s Centre in Crewe last week. Director Rob Wykes showed Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson around the facility, and outlined the organisation’s vision for its new Community and Business Resource Centre. Mr Timpson also called in at the weekly Enterprise Café, an event held every Friday and attended by people from the local community with enterprising ideas. He spoke to the people there about the Coalition Government’s plans to help business, and listened to the visions and ideas from local people looking to set up or grow their own small and medium-sized business.

Speaking afterwards Mr Wykes said: “With the support and encouragement of many local people we are confident of achieving the goal of establishing Saint Paul's Community and Business Resources Centre as a primary launch pad for many successful enterprises across the borough. Edward Timpson, our local MP, has a vital role to play in promoting innovative grass-roots sustainable ventures. I believe his personal experience and political position will prove significant in the days that lay ahead.”

The MP added: “I know Rob has just arrived home from a marathon fundraising bike ride, but it’s clear from what he’s shown me today that he’s got straight back into the saddle with his work. I’ve had a really interesting time here today and I am sure the new centre will be able to kick-start some new businesses here in Crewe and Nantwich.”
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© 2010 Crewe Blog

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Marathon men still going strong

SCB News

Last time we wrote we wished Mark Jones and the Hon Edward Timpson MP luck as they prepared for their races to raise big money for SCB. This time we can tell you they succeeded with flying colours!

Edward took part in his 8th London Marathon, and Mark ran the Great Manchester 10k run, which is fast becoming one of the North West’s premier mass sporting participation events, this year attracting more than 33,000 hardy participants.

Edward confesses he is a naturally energetic person and he actually quite enjoyed the 26 mile run. Edward went on to say, “What’s most important is the money raised for my chosen charities.”

Commenting on the Great Manchester run, Mark recalls his experience “The conditions were chilly to begin with but the support and atmosphere generated by the crowd were fantastic and soon warmed everyone up!”

Not only did they smash their fundraising targets, but they both broke their personal time targets too. Together, Edward and Mark have raised a staggering £1,510 for SCB! Thank you and well done, both of you.

If you would still like to make a donation it’s not too late. Please forward your donation, marked Marathon Sponsorship to the workshop (cheques made payable to SCB Special Needs Ltd)

On behalf of all at SCB, thanks to Edward and Mark, now go and soak those feet.

© 2010 Supported Community Business (Special Needs) Ltd.

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Crewe community art competition

Crewe Town Blog

Talented amateur artists demonstrated their creative flair at a community art competition.

Held at Crewe Library on Saturday July 3, this year’s theme was biodiversity.

Taking inspiration from nature, the exhibits ranged from beautiful watercolour paintings, natural sculpture and even some knitted flower arrangements.

The competition was open to all ages and abilities and attracted 24 entrants. Many of the exhibits consisted of multiple examples of artwork, which was a testament to everyone’s hard work.

More than 90 people attended the free exhibition and many visitors said they felt inspired to take up arts and crafts.

The exhibition was organised as part of Greenscape- the environmental action project run by Cheshire East Council. It is designed to explore ways that creativity and culture can help improve green open spaces within our community.

The displays were judged by Edward and Lesley Bakkers from the Enterprise Education Alliance, a partner of the Greenscape Project. Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson presented the winners with prizes donated by local businesses.

Councillor Rachel Bailey, Cabinet member with responsibility for safer and stronger communities, said: “This was a great community event as it involved people of all ages demonstrating their talents. It was a wonderful opportunity to get creative in Crewe and for people to take inspiration from their surroundings.”

Mr Timpson said: “It was a great day and the standard of art on display was incredibly high.

“I met so many new people who really have a passion for nature and it really showed in their art work. I do hope this can become a regular event in the future. Congratulations to all the winners.”

And the winners were:

Childrens section:

1st - Leighton Primary School with their 3D and mixed media wall collage.

2nd - Oakefield Primary School with their recycled project.

Joint 3rd - Underwood West Primary - poems and watercolours.

Roxanne, Michael and Edward Bennett - life cycle of a butterfly.

Adults section:

1st Beechmere Extra Village - six watercolours.

2nd The Wool Shop - floral woollen bouquets and teapot.

3rd Sue Smethurst - life cycle of a dandelion.

© 2010 CreweTown Blog

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Edward Timpson MP visits PFC

Park Foster Care

Crewe & Nantwich MP, Edward Timpson, visited the offices of Park Foster Care on Friday 11th June to meet the team and find out more about Park Foster Care.

Mr Timpson grew up in a family who fostered many children and since becoming a Conservative MP has been active in promoting fostering issues in parliament.

Mike Miltiadous, Service Manager said, “We had a useful discussion about fostering and he was very interested in hearing about our practice experiences. We will watch with interest how the new coalition government will work with and support all fostering providers.”

© 2010 Park Foster Care

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Rugby: Hat-trick completed at successful Crewe event

Crewe and Nantwich Chronicle

ODD Shaped Balls completed a hat-trick of tournament success at Crewe & Nantwich RUFC on Saturday.

The youthful team won the club’s Mixed Tag Sevens event for the third time on the spin.

They finished ahead of 13 other outfits after a keenly contested competition.

Organiser Helena Crooke said: “I’m so proud to be a part of this club and this event.

“The tournament gets bigger every year and to have teams travelling from Bristol, Edinburgh and Somerset is a real compliment to the club.

“Who knows, maybe next year we will get some international visitors!”

Crewe & Nantwich MP Edward Timpson was on hand to signal the start to the event.

The early games saw youthful Odd Shaped Balls almost falling at the first hurdle to the experienced Promising Start, who were eventual plate winners.

Head coach Geoff Crawford was there to see leading figures of the club like Jules Guilding, Dave Germain and Rob Akam in action.

Injured first team skipper Kevin Naughton supported from the sidelines.

Odd Shaped Balls saw off Waterloo in the final and club president Gwyn Evans handed out the gongs before players and supporters enjoyed refreshments.

Meanwhile, pre-season training is now underway every Tuesday and Thursday from 6.45pm at the Vagrants.

A club spokesman said: “We would like to invite anyone who is interested to join us for fitness training.

“Even if you have never played rugby before please feel free to get involved.”

For more information visit www.pitchero.com/clubs/creweandnantwich.

© 2010 Trinity Mirror North West and North Wales Ltd

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Nantwich Family Fun Day bursts into action on Saturday

Crewe and Nantwich Chronicle

NANTWICH Family Fun Day will celebrate its sixth anniversary when it returns to Barony Park on Saturday.

The Middlewich Road playing fields play host to an exciting main arena where a wealth of special performances are set to captivate thousands who regularly turn out for the annual event.

The main arena offers the rhythmic experience of X-Academy Cabaret, beautiful Birds of Prey with live demonstrations, Oscar’s dog show and the Air Raiders Motorcycle Display Team.

The crowning of Nantwich’s community princess Tasmin Feakes will also take place in the day.

Tasmin and her attendants Francesca Lynn and Aimee Chandler will be crowned by Mayor of Nantwich, Joyce Stockton, at a ceremony which follows the opening of the family event by Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson.

Families can marvel at the brilliant dance troupe performances, sing along at the live music stage, see the thrilling ‘Battle of the Bands’ and enjoy exhilarating rides at the fun fair. There will also new and exciting land and miniature steam trains plus much more.

Event organiser Simone Cafferty said: “In the lazy days of summer, nothing beats a family outing. Nothing, that is, except an outing to the Nantwich Family Fun Day.

“With free entry and an invitation to all, everyone can experience the talent, the joy and activities of the Nantwich Family Fun Day.

“We are thrilled that the Nantwich Family Fun Day has returned for the people of Nantwich, Crewe and for the many visitors who come to share the enjoyment of one of Cheshire’s main community events. We are certain that this year’s Nantwich Family Fun Day will be the biggest and best yet.”

The Fun Day initiative is organised by a voluntary association - NAFFDA - and is supported by local businesses, organisations and the Nantwich Town Council, with the aim of encouraging and respecting the value of family and local communities.

It takes place from 10.30am until 6pm, entry is free and further details can be found at www.nantwichfunday.co.uk.

© 2010 Trinity Mirror North West and North Wales Ltd

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Crewe and Nantwich MP reassured over Crewe rail station

Crewe and Nantwich Chronicle

CREWE and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson has quizzed the Leader of the House of Commons over funding for Crewe rail station.

Sir George Young told the House that the Chancellor ‘referred in his Budget statement to a generous regional investment fund to take forward transport and other infrastructure projects that will lead to jobs’.

He added: “My honourable friend will also know that we favour much longer railway franchises, which will enable the train operating companies to take a longer-term view and therefore afford major investment projects such as that in Crewe railway station.”

Afterwards, Mr Timpson said: “I am pleased that despite Labour’s broken fantasy promises to revamp Crewe station just before a general election, the Coalition seems to be taking the matter of transport infrastructure seriously.

“This budget was a tough one for us all, but despite that the Treasury has not left projects like this out in the cold.

“While I doubt we are going to see quick solutions here, £1m is currently being invested, and it looks like further funding will come from a mix of private capital from the train operating company and this new public fund.”

© 2010 Trinity Mirror North West and North Wales Ltd

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Crewe and Nantwich MP warns drivers after roads named amongst country's most dangerous

Crewe and Nantwich Chronicle

CREWE and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson has urged caution after the A530 road between Crewe and Nantwich was named amongst Britain’s most dangerous roads.

Middlewich Road was among the top level of ‘High Risk’ roads, in the Road Safety Foundations’ report and the A534 Wrexham Road was in the ‘Medium-High Risk’ tier.

Mr Timpson said: “It is alarming to see we have one of the country’s most dangerous roads here in Crewe and Nantwich, but I hope this report serves to remind road users that safety should be our number one priority.”

“We all need to exercise as much caution as possible to make the roads safer for everyone.”

© 2010 Trinity Mirror North West and North Wales Ltd

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Crewe and Nantwich MP gives backing to Government views website

Crewe and Nantwich Chronicle

CREWE and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson has welcomed a new Government website that aims to collect the views of the British public on unnecessary laws and regulation.

Speaking at the website’s launch Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said the idea was based on a ‘belief that it is people, not policy-makers, who know best’.

Mr Timpson said: “I have always thought that getting out on the street and speaking to people is the best way to find out what really affects them here in Crewe and Nantwich, so rolling the conversation out across the country can only be a good thing.”

© 2010 Trinity Mirror North West and North Wales Ltd

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Crewe Community Art Competition

Cheshire East Council News

Talented amateur artists demonstrated their creative flair at a community art competition. Held at Crewe Library on Saturday July 3, this year’s theme was biodiversity.Taking inspiration from nature, the exhibits ranged from beautiful watercolour paintings, natural sculpture and even some knitted flower arrangements.

The competition was open to all ages and abilities and attracted 24 entrants. Many of the exhibits consisted of multiple examples of artwork, which was a testament to everyone’s hard work.More than 90 people attended the free exhibition and many visitors said they felt inspired to take up arts and crafts.

The exhibition was organised as part of Greenscape- the environmental action project run by Cheshire East Council. It is designed to explore ways that creativity and culture can help improve green open spaces within our community.The displays were judged by Edward and Lesley Bakkers from the Enterprise Education Alliance, a partner of the Greenscape Project. Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson presented the winners with prizes donated by local businesses.

Councillor Rachel Bailey, Cabinet member with responsibility for safer and stronger communities, said: “This was a great community event as it involved people of all ages demonstrating their talents. It was a wonderful opportunity to get creative in Crewe and for people to take inspiration from their surroundings.”

Mr Timpson said: “It was a great day and the standard of art on display was incredibly high.
“I met so many new people who really have a passion for nature and it really showed in their art work. I do hope this can become a regular event in the future. Congratulations to all the winners.”

Childrens Section Winners
1st - Leighton Primary School with their 3D and mixed media wall collage.

2nd - Oakefield Primary School with their recycled project.

Joint 3rd - Underwood West Primary - poems and watercolours.
Roxanne, Michael and Edward Bennett - life cycle of a butterfly.

Adults Section Winners
1st - Beechmere Extra Village - six watercolours.

2nd - The Wool Shop - floral woollen bouquets and teapot.

3rd - Sue Smethurst - life cycle of a dandelion.

Left to right are: local engagement officer Donna Peddie, local engagement officer and Greenscape co-ordinator Deb Lindop, MP Edward Timpson, Mayor of Crewe Jacquie Weatherill

© Cheshire East Council

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MP checks out vision for new St. Paul's centre

Crewe and Nantwich Chronicle

Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson was the special guest at Christian Concern's St Paul's centre in Hightown.

Diector Rob Wykes showed Mr Timpson around the facility and outlined the organisation's vision for its new community and business resource centre.

Mr Timpson also called in at the weekly Enterprise Cafe, an event held every Friday for the local community.

Mr Wykes said: "He spoke to people there about the coalition Government's plans to help business, and listened to the visions and ideas from local people looking to set up or grow their own small and medium-sized business."

© 2010 Trinity Mirror North West and North Wales Ltd

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Nantwich MP's ambulance Bill to be reviewed

Nantwichnews

The Health Secretary is to review a Bill proposed by Nantwich MP Edward Timpson which would make ambulance services more accountable.

Mr Timpson says the Ambulance Response Times Bill would provide the public with detailed local statistics about response times.

Health Scretary Andrew Lansley said his department would consider the Bill, originally introduced earlier this year, though the General Election meant there was not enough time to vote on it.

Mr Timpson said the idea first came to him during a meeting with the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) during the campaign to restore blue lights to Nantwich’s First Responders.

He had asked the NWAS Chief Executive if he could obtain a breakdown of response times by postcode.

“He had them on his telephone!” said Mr Timpson.

“Half a minute later he had emailed them to me. After seeing how easy it had been to obtain the information I thought, ‘Why couldn’t that be published online for the public to see?’

“I am pleased the Health Secretary has agreed to review my Bill.

“Having local figures to hand certainly made a difference to our campaign in Nantwich.”

© 2010 Nantwichnews

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Local MP leads school celebration

Crewe Blog

There was a celebration of arts, dance, sports and technology last Friday (July 2nd) to mark the completion of the second and final phase of the Sir William Stanier Community School in Crewe. Pupils from Beechwood Primary School performed with students from Sir William Stanier in the school’s new leisure centre as part of National School Sports Week.

Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson lead the celebrations, and Friday’s ceremony marks the end of the £21m project. The school, which can cater for 1,050 students, opened last September. It replaces Coppenhall High School and Victoria Community Technology School, which were amalgamated in 2007. Sir William Stanier Community School was built on the site of Coppenhall High School. The new leisure centre includes a sports hall, dance studio, drama studio, meeting facilities, a fully-equipped computer suite and all-weather pitches. The new state-of-the-art facilities are available to both school pupils and members of the public.

Councillor Andrew Knowles, Cabinet member with responsibility for health and wellbeing, said: “I attended the event on Friday and it was great to see so many young people having fun and keeping fit. The facilities at Sir William Stanier Community School are very impressive and this is good news for both pupils and the wider community of Crewe. My congratulations go to all the people who have put in so much hard work to bring this project to completion.”

© 2010 Crewe Blog

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A530 at Nantwich among Britain's most dangerous roads

Nantwichnews

Two busy roads in and out of Nantwich have been branded among the most dangerous in the country.

The A530 between Crewe and Nantwich was among the top level of ‘High Risk’ roads, according to a Road Safety Foundation report.

And the A534 connecting Nantwich with Wrexham was in the next tier ‘Medium-High Risk.’

The report assessed motorways and A roads across the country to highlight some of the UK’s most dangerous areas.

Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson has urged local road users to exercise as much caution as possible following the survey.

He said: “It is alarming to see that we have one of the country’s most dangerous roads here, but I hope this report serves to remind road users that safety should be our number one priority.

“Projects such as the Crewe to Nantwich Greenway cycle route, can help to ease the quantity of traffic on the roads.

“But there are times when you just have to use a car, and we all need to exercise as much caution as possible to make the roads safer for everyone.”

© 2010 Nantwichnews

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5 ways to contact Edward Timpson

NATIONAL POOP SCOOP WEEK

 

National Poop Scoop week is upon us, and to promote the canine clean-up, Cheshire East wardens have tailed on a campaign.

Cheshire East Council Dog and Community Wardens and The Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, are urging dog owners to clean up after their dogs when out walking this summer.

The campaign is due to launch on July 26 and will see community and dog wardens handing out free poop scoops and chatting to owners about all sorts of dog-related issues.

During national poop scoop week, the community wardens will be encouraging responsible dog ownership. It is estimated that dog fouling costs councils £22 million a year to clean up, and remains the country’s most complained about issue.

Councillor Rachel Bailey, Cabinet member with responsibility for Safer and Stronger Communities said: “Every dog owner has a responsibility to clean up after their dog, and throughout the week we aim to raise awareness of this issue and encourage the minority of irresponsible dog owners to keep public spaces clean and pleasant for everyone to enjoy safely.”

Every year Cheshire East Council received 100s of complaints about dog mess which fouls our parks, pavements and public spaces.

Failure to clean up after your dog is an offence and could result in a £50 Fixed Penalty Notice being issued. Cheshire East Council has issued eight of these notices since January 2010. Continued failure to comply can lead to prosecution and a substantial fine.

Community and dog wardens will be at the following locations in July:

Monday 26, 9am - 5pm

Joey the Swan recreation ground (off Wistaston Green Road), Derby Street, McClaren Street and King George Playing fields;

Monday 26, 2pm - 5pm

Bollington Recreational ground;

Tuesday 27, 9am - 5pm

Barony Park, Riverside and Cronkinson Oak, Nantwich;

Tuesday 27, 9am - 5pm

South Park and surrounding areas, Macclesfield;

Wednesday 28, 9am - 5pm

Brook Lane, Sutton Lane and Fountain fields Park, Middlewich;

Wednesday 28, 10am - 5pm

The Carrs and Coleshaw Farm estate, Wilmslow;

Thursday 29, 9am - 5pm

Milton Park, Cedar Avenue and surrounding areas in Alsager;

Thursday 29, 2pm – 5pm

Bromley Farm Estate and surrounding areas in Congleton;

Friday 30, 9am – 5pm

Sandbach Park and surrounding areas;

Friday 30, 2pm – 5pm

Longridge Estate and surrounding areas in Knutsford.

DISABILITY SPORTS AWARENESS EVENT HELD IN NANTWICH

Nantwich sport event

Nantwich Town Football Club was the place to be as 19 different sports clubs from around Cheshire East area filled the ground at the annual disability sports awareness event.

Basketball, archery, football, tennis and martial arts were on offer to anyone who wanted to come along and join in the fun.

The event was designed to showcase all the different sporting activities, opportunities and service providers available within Cheshire East for those with disabilities.

In preparation for the school holidays, the event was the perfect warm-up for the ‘Get Active’ summer holiday activity programme which begins on July 26 and runs for the whole summer until August 27.

Organised as part of Learning Difficulty Week, the activities attracted a wide range of people from nearby day centres, schools and community organisations throughout the day.

Councillor Gordon Baxendale, Mayor of Cheshire East, who attended with his wife Felicity, tried his hand at the bow and arrow and spent time meeting volunteers and participants.

Councillor Andrew Knowles, Cabinet member with responsibility for health and wellbeing said: ”The day was a great success, everyone had the opportunity to try out a new sport and get involved.

“Events like this are designed to give everyone, regardless of any disability, the chance to enjoy sport, meet new people and find out what’s on offer in Cheshire East.”

Edward Timpson, MP for Crewe and Nantwich also attended and enjoyed a performance by Crewe and Nantwich Gymnastics Club Disability Group.

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

For more information on the ‘Get Active’ summer holiday programme and events in your area, see the Leisure and Play section on our website.

NORTH STAFFORDSHIRE ACCORDION BAND COMES TO QUEENS PARK

accordian band

If you enjoy music and sunshine, then visitors to Queens Park in Crewe are in for a treat this weekend.

North Staffordshire Accordion band are due to make their first ever appearance this year in the park.

On the afternoon of Sunday, July 18, visitors to the park will be able to take in the atmosphere as the band entertains the crowd. The Accordion Band was formed in 1984 and has 17 members.

The band is extremely popular and has recently played at major events including charity concerts for Children in Need, and the Children of Belarus who were affected by the nuclear disaster.

Councillor Andrew Knowles, Cabinet member with responsibility for health and wellbeing said: “This month has seen children’s programs, a wildfowl information day and a talent show in Queens Park. There is such a diverse programme over the summer to appeal to all interests and ages, so get yourself down each Sunday to see what’s on.”

Saturday, 10 July 2010

Council Backs Local Businesses To Beat The Recession


Local businesses are being given a cash boost and one-stop-shop advice sessions from Cheshire East Council to help them beat the recession.

Grants, of up to £5,000, are available from the council for local businesses that have projects which can be quickly set up to encourage people to shop locally.

Cheshire East has also created a one-stop-shop called The Business Hub for local firms, which aims to help small-to-medium-sized enterprises make the most of their business through advice and information about the range of publicly-funded support available.

Last year, the grant scheme attracted a range of successful bids for funding from projects such as refurbishing the front of stores through to flower displays and local events.

One company that has already benefit from the scheme is Essence, the health salon and ladies fashion boutique in Nantwich Road, Crewe.

Owner Elizabeth Hickson said: “After a shop refurbishment had used most of our budget we were able to get the extra funding from the grant to help us improve the shop frontage. It’s definitely worth taking the time to fill in a form and make an application.”

There is a limited budget for grants and applicants have to show match funding in order to secure funding. Applications will be considered on a first come, first served basis, with bids presented to a weekly grants panel for consideration.

For further details and to make an application contact

gaynor.bowen-jones@cheshireeast.gov.uk or visit www.cheshireeast.gov.uk

The Business Hub drop-in advice events bring together Business Link, HM Revenue & Customs, Jobentre Plus, Acas, The Reaseheath Enterprise Delivery Hub, Cheshire Fire and Rescue, East Cheshire Chamber and Blue Orchid.

As well as one-to-one advice, the sessions will also include a number of informal workshops on a range of topics, from tendering on public service contracts through to how to become self-employed.

These drop-in sessions will run until March 2011 and are free and open to local Cheshire East businesses.

For more information on the next Business Hub e-mail: jaqueline.wilson@cheshireeast.gov.uk or call 01270 685911.

Local independent retailers have also taken part in a series of free workshops by Cheshire East’s Recovery Task Group.

The council’s The Let’s Talk Shop initiative aims to help local businesses cash in on money-making ideas.

Former Dragons’ Den television show judge Rachel Elnaugh has been on hand to pass on expert tips at recent sessions.

For more information e-mail: jaqueline.wilson@cheshireeast.gov.uk or call 01270 685911.

TRADING STANDARDS TAKE TO THE STREETS


Trading Standards have been pounding the pavements of Cheshire East, tackling doorstep crime.

Working in partnership with Cheshire Police and the Environment Agency, patrols were carried out in Macclesfield, Wilmslow, Knutsford, Crewe, Nantwich and Congleton –where there have been incidents of doorstep crime.

Trading Standards officers conducted spot-checks at homes where it was obvious work was being carried out. Traders were checked to ensure they were following current legislation and the householder was asked if they were pleased with the work and if they thought they had been treated fairly.

Officers, along with Cheshire Police, also stopped a number of trade vehicles to check their compliance with regulations.

Offences which breached legislation included:

  • Not having the correct licence to carry waste materials.

  • Being unaware of the need to offer a cancellation notice to customers, also known as the ‘Cooling-off period’ - this only applies when a contract is signed/agreed away from a trader’s business premises. For example; in the home or at the front door.

Those who had been repeat-victims of doorstep crime were visitied by officers to see how they could be helped further. Many of these had been the victims of distraction burglaries or pressure-selling.

In addition to this, newspaper ads and telephone directories were checked to make sure those which carried an official logo of an approved trade body were genuine.

More than 600 consumer advice leaflets were handed out by Trading Standards officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs).

Cheshire East Councillor, Rachel Bailey, Cabinet member for safer and stronger communities, said:

“This is yet another excellent example of how we can help local residents through successful partnership working . For me, this is evidence of Trading Standards’ commitment to protecting Cheshire East’s consumer needs, promoting safety and security both in the home and in local businesses.

“No one in Cheshire East should have to put up with pressure-selling on their doorstep, which in some cases has involved a trader entering a person’s property against their will.

“My thanks go to the Trading Standards team, Cheshire Police, the Environment Agency and to the local residents who took the time to report rogue traders to us.

“I would advise anyone with concerns to contact Consumer Direct. For genuine traders, I urge them to speak to Cheshire East Council’s dedicated Business Support team and double check they are observing current legislation.”

Any Cheshire East business that would like further information on current legislation or anyone with concerns about local traders should contact Consumer Direct North West on 08454 040506.