Monday 18, June 2012
Welcome to this my 123rd news bulletin.
It’s great news that every eligible council including Cheshire East has agreed to run the Government’s Troubled Families programme in their area. The fast and unanimous level of take-up shows that the Government has got the confidence of local councils that together we can tackle a problem that councils have long grappled with.
Of course parents must take personal responsibility for their children. But we cannot go on spending so much taxpayers’ money on such a small amount of families without turning their lives around once and for all. This programme is a unique opportunity to do so and we are delighted that every council has opted in.
We now have an opportunity to offer real and lasting change for these families and the communities around them. Everyone will benefit from getting kids off the streets and into school; getting parents off benefits and into work; and cutting youth crime and anti-social behaviour. But it is also right that we will only pay councils in full if they deliver the results that we require.
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Member of Parliament for Crewe & Nantwich
I have recently...
- Held a surgery at Cheerbrooks in Nantwich
- Held an On Your Street session at the Tesco in Crewe bringing my surgery to the town's streets
- Rolled the first 'Jubilee Pie' at the Wynbunbury Fig Pie Wakes
- Participated in the debate on Safeguarding Children and called for the full publication of serious case reviews. Read more here
- Met with scouts from East Cheshire who were attending the annual Speaker's Scouts Reception in Parliament
- Attended the Guide Dogs reception in Parliament helping to raise awareness of the threat posed to blind people from dangerous dogs
- Met with the Friends of Cheshire Planning at my office in Crewe
- Chaired a meeting for the Parliamentary group on Looked After Children and Care Leavers
- Discussed current issues and challenges with local farmers and the National Farmers' Union
- Asked who will be eligible to vote in a referendum on the independence of the Falkland Islands. Read more here
- Heard about the exciting initiatives Enterprise Rent-A-Car are taking forward in our community during a meeting with their Regional Director
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Edward with his children rolling the first fig pie at the Jubilee Wybunbury Fig Pie Wakes
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One in Eleven Appeal
Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust launched their 'One in Eleven' appeal to raise funds for a new neonatal unit at Leighton Hospital, Crewe.
Patrons of the appeal include Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire David Briggs & Edward Timpson MP.
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Hundreds turn out for Wybunbury Pie Wakes despite the rain
Hundreds of people braved the rain to attend an historic annual event in a Nantwich village – the Wybunbury Pie Wakes.
Nantwichnews writer Claire Faulkner joined the throngs, and took part in a tradition which dates back 200 years.
“Like most people in the area, I’ve heard of the Wybunbury Pie Wakes, but never actually attended before. This year I decided to give it a go.
My pie had been baked following the strict competition recipe, and I headed out in the rain to join 199 other people who had entered the spirit of the event.
The tradition of the Fig Pie Wakes dates back 200 years and this popular family event is now used to raise funds to assist in the upkeep of Wybunbury Tower.
As barriers were put up and the road was closed, people of all ages started to gather on the bank to get the best possible view.
When I bought my entry and ingredients a few weeks ago at the Village Post Office I also asked for some pie making tips and advice.
I was told that the pie had to be round and contain figs and apple. Winning pies may be weighed and cut open after the competition to ensure that no cheating had taken place. The winner is the person whose pie goes the furthest and remains intact the most.
There are three categories in the competition, the under 10s, 10 – 16s, and over 16s.
Edward Timpson, MP for Crewe and Nantwich, rolled the first pie to officially start the competition.
As the crowd cheered each person on I watched from the side, trying to work out the best way to role a pie.
I was ushered to the front and then it was my turn. The atmosphere was full of fun and support - it felt like every eye in the village was on me!
It wasn’t so much of a roll, like the other competitors. It was more like a bounce and then complete pie disintegration.
I think I managed about 15 metres, which doesn’t sound too bad, but when the winners are announced my effort looks poor in comparison.
The winner of the Under 10s was Harry Leonard, whose pie rolled an amazing 104.1m.
In the category of 10 -16 years old the winner was Joe Wright with 100.7m. The over 16 category was won by Megan Bayley with 91.3m.
Well organised and with a great atmosphere, I would recommend anyone to take part next year.
The Wybunbury Fig Pie Wakes is a great family event with everyone of all ages taking part and the entire village having fun.
With a bit more practice and a few more cookery lessons, I think I’ll be ready next year!”
Nantwich town square hosts Jubilee beacon celebration
Hundreds of Nantwich children, teachers and parents crammed into the town square to mark the start of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
They danced and sang to music, listened to speeches by dignitaries and watched as a special floral beacon was lit up.
Despite the damp conditions, the event was well attended and organisers hailed it a triumph for everyone involved.
Nantwich Mayor Cllr Graham Fenton, MP Edward Timpson and the Queen’s Cheshire representative Lord Lieutenant David Briggs were among those attending.
Children from eight primary schools in the town – including Weaver Primary, Stapeley Broad Lane, Pear Tree, Wyche, Highfields, Millfields, and St Anne’s – danced and waved Union Jack flags to brighten up the occasion.
And the only two “Elizabeths” among the children – Libby and Betty, pupils of Pear Tree - were chosen to help light the beacon.
Doug Butterill, of Nantwich in Bloom, and his wife Penny, a Nantwich Town councillor, were instrumental in organising the event.
Cllr Fenton said: “It’s fantastic to see. There’s been a real buzz in the town with the music and the children, a great atmosphere. There’s a real sense of the community coming together. I congratulate Doug and Penny for their hard work on this.”
Mr Timpson added: “It’s great to see children from seven or eight schools make the effort and joining in, creating a real buzz.
“I know having been to some of the schools in the last few months that they are really embracing the whole Jubilee event.
“It engenders a sense of togetherness, bringing the town together.
“On the back of the Olympic Torch, Crewe Alex winning at Wembley, Nantwich Town winning the Cheshire Cup, it’s a real filip for the region.”
Lord Lieutenant David Briggs said: “It’s fantastic to see so many people enjoying themselves and the enthusiasm there is for the Jubilee celebrations throughout the county.
“It has been quite extraordinary, and really shows the affection in which the Queen is held.”
Music at the event was provided by members of The Cat community radio station.
Nantwich in Bloom to unveil floral tribute for Queen’s Jubilee
Nantwich in Bloom is to unveil a unique Flaming Floral Beacon as part of the town’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
The floral tribute will be placed in the bed behind the Cenotaph in Nantwich town square, said Nantwich in Bloom coordinator Doug Butterill.
The town starts the jubilee celebrations on Thursday May 31 at 10.30am when around 600 school children will come to see the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire David Briggs light the Beacon for the first time.
He will be joined by the town’s MP Edward Timpson and new Town Mayor Cllr Graham Fenton.
The children, to be dressed in red,white and blue are coming from primary schools in and around Nantwich.
They will be waving their union flags, singing and dancing and set the spirit for the celebrations to come over the weekend.
On Sunday June 3, the town square will be hosting entertainment all afternoon after the morning parade to St Mary’s Church from the Civic Hall (10.30am) and the church service (10.45)am)
There will be lunch on the lawns in the square, punch and judy, face painting and balloon wyzzard. Live music will be provided by The Cat radio.
Both the Nantwich Young Voices and X Academy will perform live, there will be “Merrie Noyse” live Elizabethan music by Nantwich Museum, a rock ‘n roll fancy dress competition, shop dress competition and more.
All the fun starts at 1pm and is expected to run until about 5pm.
Following this the town Mayor will again light the beacon on Monday June 4 at 10.26amas agreed with the Queen’s Pageant Master in line with other beacons being lit up and down the country.
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