Friday 27, July 2012
Welcome to this my 126th news bulletin.
It seems an age since I stood in the drizzle with thousands of other local well wishers to join in with the excitement of seeing the Olympic torch pass through Crewe town centre on day 12 of the torch relay back in May.
Now, almost two months later, and the sun finally having dared make an appearance, the Olympic (and Jubilee) buzz that filled the streets of Crewe that day is about to explode into life at the opening ceremony this Friday.
Although we are often accused of being a nation of moaners (and the recent weather has given us all plenty of scope for doing so!), as far as the Olympics are concerned I haven't seen nor heard any evidence of it whilst on my travels around Crewe and Nantwich.
After all, we can truly say we are playing our part as both an official Olympic training camp for the Vanuatu beach volleyball team (complete with a "beach" court), and the Solomon Islands table tennis team at the MMU Crewe campus, as well as the town from where two of our big gold medal hopes, BMX rider Shanaze Reade and Beth Tweddle, either grew up or learnt their trade.
Some readers will remember the last time our country hosted the Games back in 1948, the so called "austerity" Games. Fast forward to 2012 and we can perhaps draw some parallels. What made the 1948 games a success was their ability to bring the country together at a time of national renewal and generate a spirit of unity and common purpose, as well as showcase across the globe all that is great about Britain.
The Olympic and Paralympic Games of 2012 can be just as successful in helping demonstrate that by all pulling together we can achieve amazing things.
If like me, you already have a house full of soggy cardboard and paper Olympic torches my children have brought back from school, your stage is set for a serious celebration of sporting excellence.
So let's get behind Team GB (as well as cheer on Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands), get behind the Games and show the world why we are proud to be British.
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I have recently...
- Held a surgery at The Hawk in Haslington
- Held an on Your Street Session at the Nantwich Co-Op
- Held a surgery at The Elephant Shavington
- Met with farmers at the National Farmers Union to discuss milk price cuts and dairy productions
- Presented the Crewe and Nantwich Local Community Hero Award to Theresa Reilly at my office in Crewe
- Attended the Muscular Dystrophy Parliamentary Reception
- Joined the Nantwich District Branch of the Royal British Legion at the Societies Day on Nantwich Town Square
- Been presented with my 2012/13 season shirt at Nantwich FC by Barry Donegan, founder of the All Star XI Charity Football Team that has raised almost £300,000 for local charities
Saturday 21 July 2012
- Participated in the debate on Sittings of the House. Read more here
- Joined the Crewe Clean Team to pick up litter
- Visited the International Cheese Show in Nantwich
- Chaired meeting between Dr Andy Wilson (Chair of the South Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group) and Parkinsons UK to discuss the merits and delivery of a specialist Parkinsons nurse for the around 600 people diagnosed with Parkinsons our area
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Nantwich Film Club & Crewe Clean Team
The Nantwich Film Club has relocated to a big screen venue for the rest of its 2012 season. You can catch a movie on a Monday night each month at Nantwich Civic Hall, starting with a screening of Midnight in Paris at 7.45pm on Monday 13th August followed by The Lives of Others at the same time on Monday 10th September. For more details got to www.nantwichfilmclub.wordpress.com
As you may have read above, I spent two happy sundrenched hours litter picking off Parkers Road in Crewe recently (see photo).The Crewe Clean Team meets on the first weekend of each month and are rapidly gaining members since starting up in January. If like me you care about your local environment and you want to help win the war on litter, then please come and lend a hand. All equipment is provided. For more information please call 01270 669268 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Elderly residents devastated after decision is taken to bulldoze their Crewe homes
DISTRAUGHT elderly residents say they have been devastated by Wulvern Housing’s decision to press ahead with plans to bulldoze their homes.
The social housing provider informed residents at Linden Court in Crewe last week they had no alternative but to close the sheltered complex and replace it with family houses.
Wulvern says it has explored all options to try and keep Linden Court open but it cannot afford the necessary improvements.
Partnerships director Rob Allen has promised that all residents, who range from their 60s to 90s, will be found suitable accommodation and will not be hurried out of their homes.
Brian and Win Lewis, who contacted the Chronicle two months ago when Wulvern first announced plans to close the complex, say they are gutted by the decision.
“It’s so sad we’ve got to go – and where we’re going to go we still don’t know yet,” said 74-year-old Win.
“All the residents are upset, especially at our time of life. We don’t know anything about the facts and figures they threw at us at the meeting, we haven’t got a clue. All we know is we’ve got to go. This has made some people ill.”
Win and husband Brian, 76, only moved into Linden Court 16 months ago.
“We would not have chosen Linden Court if we knew this was going to happen,” said Win.
She added the worst part about having to leave Linden was the break-up of the ‘family community’.
Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson handed over a petition signed by hundreds of Crewe residents to Mr Allen.
“The work doesn’t stop here,” said Mr Timpson. “The priority has to continue to be the welfare and long term interests of each individual resident. I’ll continue to work closely with Wulvern, the residents, the council and all other interested parties to make sure the best possible outcome is reached for every resident.”
Wulvern has come under fire for the way it has handled the pending closure. The housing company was even mentioned in the House of Commons with Communities Secretary Eric Pickles saying elderly people should be treated with ‘enormous dignity’.
This week Wulvern director Rob Allen said it had been a difficult and complex issue including factors such as an ageing building, a sense of community and planning issues, and ‘if there was an easy solution to all this then Wulvern would have taken it’.
He added: “We thank all parties including the Chronicle, Edward Timpson MP and elected members for campaigning on behalf of the residents at Linden.”
Mr Allen said an ageing society poses one of the greatest housing challenges as most homes and communities have not been designed to meet peoples changing needs as they get older.
“Wulvern has listened,” he said. “We have fulfilled our promises to pause for reflection and consultation in order to explore further options.
“We understand how stressful moving home can be. Residents will be treated with dignity and respect; they will be offered a full package of support including financial compensation, for those tenants who have to relocate to another suitable Wulvern property.”
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 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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