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Saturday, 30 June 2012

Crewe man who tried to sell stolen bike on eBay behind bars

 

A 47-year-old man from Crewe who grew cannabis in his loft and handled thousands of pounds worth of stolen goods is behind bars.

John Lloyd from Broad Street in Crewe was found guilty by a jury of five counts of handling stolen goods at an earlier hearing. He also pleaded guilty to producing cannabis for personal use.

He was sentenced at Chester Crown Court on 26 June 2012 to 12 months in prison. An order was also made for the forfeiture and destruction of cannabis plants and equipment found in his loft last year by police.

DC Kev Williams said: "Lloyd was initially arrested for theft of a £2,000 mountain bike from the roof rack of a car in Goddard Street in Crewe. This came about after the victim saw his bike, which he had reported to police as stolen on 29 April 2011, for sale on eBay and informed us."

The owner put a bid in on his own bike and was successful. He arranged with Lloyd to pick up the bike, then phoned police and told them that he had arranged to pick up the bike from an address in Crewe.

Detectives from the burglary unit went to the address posing as the eBay buyer.

Once the bike was seen by officers as the one stolen from the roof rack, officers arrested Lloyd. They then searched his house and recovered over £3,000 worth of high value walking jackets and 24 Radley purses.

When the loft was searched five cannabis plants were found growing in a tent with lights and a vent. A further five were found in a wardrobe.

Officers began an investigation to trace the owners of the items seized from Lloyd and traced them back to Cheshire Oaks, and Bridgemere Garden World. Ten of the jackets and all of the Radley purses were stolen from Cheshire Oaks.

DC Williams said: "This was a great result and shows how working with the public we were able to catch a thief red handed trying to sell a stolen bike. This then led us to an even bigger haul which we were able to seize.

"This highlights the importance of people working with police to tackle crime in their community."

Grab your chance to see our rich sporting heritage

 

As Olympics fever grips Britain – now is your chance to see Cheshire’s own fantastic sporting records at first hand.

Cheshire Archives and Local Studies service is putting on a FREE event to enable people to see our sports collections in action.

Are you fascinated by local history and involved with a Cheshire sporting organisation? Do you want to make sure your own archives and records survive? Can we help with advice on collecting and caring for your sporting history? – then this event is for you.

The open evening includes an exhibition of sport-related photographs and documents, a film screening – showing fascinating footage of an all-female mountaineering expedition to climb the Himalayan peak Cho Oyu in 1959 – expert advice, behind-the-scenes tours, a guest speaker from Anfield Bicycle Club and refreshments.

The free event takes place on Friday, July 20, from 5pm to 9pm, at the Cheshire Record Office, in Duke Street, Chester CH1 1RL.

Councillor Les Gilbert, Cheshire East Cabinet member in charge of corporate policy, said: “Cheshire has a rich history of proud sporting organisations so it is excellent news for everyone that we get the chance to show off our collection in this way.

“Cheshire East Council always strives to enhance community life and offer educational events that are great fun for everyone.”

Councillor Rachel Bailey, Heritage Champion for Cheshire East Council and Cabinet member in charge of communities and regulatory services, said: “Our archives are a fascinating and fantastic resource – so this event is a great opportunity for people to be able to view our sporting and cultural heritage and local history.”

The open evening is likely to prove a popular event – so to avoid disappointment, reserve your free tickets by ringing the record office on 01244 972559 or emailing them at: recordoffice@cheshiresharedservices.gov.uk

Cheshire Archives and Local Studies is a shared service for Cheshire East Council and Cheshire West and Chester Council.

The service collects and preserves historical records and the local studies collection relating to both the ancient and modern county of Cheshire, the diocese and the city of Chester. It makes the records available for study free of charge. 

Our research service can assist members of the public who are unable to visit the office.  We also seek to promote awareness and interest in archives and local studies by participating in events and giving talks on a variety of topics.

For more information visit the services website at: http://archives.cheshire.gov.uk

SIGN UP TO SAVE THE GREEN GAP

 

Residents are being urged to sign an e-petition to Save The Green Gap. (See below)

Willaston and Rope Councillor Brian Silvester said," It is essential that the green gaps between the villages and Crewe and Nantwich are maintained. The Willaston Green Gap Action Team have done excellent work to emphasise the importance and popularity of the green gap policy. The new Local Plan  is being prepared and the e-petition will maintain the pressure on planners and Councillors to retain the green gaps in their entirety. We do not want to see the urban sprawl that destroys communities and that has disfigured so many other parts of the country." 

The e-petition created by the Willaston Green Gap Action Team to preserve the Green Gap is now on the Government website and can be found via the link below
http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/34763

Cllr Brian Silvester
Willaston and Rope Ward Councillor

Tel/fax 01270 567757

Friday, 29 June 2012

APPEAL FOR WITNESSES: THREE-VEHICLE RTC, A500

-sent out on behalf of Staffordshire Police

Police are appealing for witnesses following a three-vehicle road traffic collision on the A500.

The collision occurred at approximately 7.50pm on Monday, on the northbound carriageway of the A500 at the roundabout of Junction 16 of the M6.

It involved a 50-seater coach, a black Renault Clio and a black Jeep Cherokee.

The coach was carrying 40 schoolchildren and several teachers when it was in collision with the Clio and Jeep.

Fortunately, no one was seriously injured in the collision. Several of the coach passengers, who were returning home to Glasgow, were described as ‘walking wounded′ and treated at the scene by paramedics. A relief coach was organised to take them home.

The 24-year-old female driver of the Clio was taken to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire and treated for minor injuries. She has since being discharged.

Following the collision the northbound carriageway of the A500 was closed between the Alsager turn-off and J16. It reopened just before 10pm. The southbound carriageway was unaffected.

Officers from both Staffordshire and Cheshire Police forces attended the collision and an investigation is now underway to determine exactly why the collision occurred.

Police arrested a 48-year-old man from Stirlingshire in Scotland at the scene in connection with the incident and he remains in police custody.

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact PC Stephen Crundell Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 737 of June 25.

Incident 986, Serious RTC, Weston Road, Crewe

 

Police are appealing for witnesses following a serious collision
involving two cars on the A5020 Weston Road at Weston, near to Crewe Hall.
At 8:15pm on Tuesday 26th June 2012 a black Vauxhall Corsa car was
travelling along the A5020 Weston Road towards Crewe when it was in
collision with a red Skoda Favorite car at the junction of Main Road
Weston.
The driver of the Corsa, a 45 year old local woman was taken to Leighton Hospital with suspected leg injuries. She is described as being in a stable condition.

The driver of the Skoda, a 24 year old local male was unhurt.
The road was closed in both directions while emergency services worked
at the scene.
Cheshire Police are appealling to anyone with information to contact the Eastern Operational Support Unit by dialing the public none emergency number 101.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

MP.s 124th bulletin

Edward Timpson MP
Monday 25, June 2012

Welcome ...

Welcome to this my 124th news bulletin.
Any fall in unemployment is very welcome but the Government remains cautious over the next few months given the continuing economic challenges we face.
There are more jobs available in the economy with vacancies at 465,000, up 7,000 on this time last year. The number of people employed in the private sector is up 205,000 on the quarter, more than offsetting a 39,000 fall in public sector employment. The total number of people working full-time has also increased by 82,000.
These figures show that with the right support in place it is possible for the private sector to create jobs while the public sector employment is falling.
Please remember, you can always contact me directly if you have any questions for me.
You can forward the bulletin on to your friends and family, who can sign up themselves by clicking here for my website.
Best wishes, 

Edward Timpson
Member of Parliament for Crewe & Nantwich
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  • Held a surgery at my office in Crewe
  • Attended the launch of the report of the inquiry into the care and support provided to the thousands of children who go missing from care every year held jointly by the Parliamentary Group for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults and the group for Looked After Children and Care Leavers which I chair
  • Opened the Homestart Midsummer Garden Picnic
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Edward welcoming Scouts from Cheshire East to the Speaker's House of Commons 2012 Reception
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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.
To find out more click here.  To donate click here.
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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!”
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Nantwich town square hosts Jubilee beacon celebration

Nantwich News
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.
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Nantwich in Bloom to unveil floral tribute for Queen’s Jubilee

Nantwich News
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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Monday, 25 June 2012

Garden Party Anyone?

Diabetes UK Garden Party - Ken Sambrook

Sheena & Ken Sambrook of the Crewe and South Cheshire Voluntary Group of Diabetes UK - http://crewe-and-south-cheshire.diabetesukgroup.org - are once again opening up their garden for a fund-raising Garden Party. The event will take place on Wednesday 11 July, from 7pm, at their house at 6 Westfield Drive, Wistaston. Entrance is 50p and includes a coffee or tea. Strawberries & cream, cakes and plants will be available for sale. There will also be a bring & buy stall and a raffle stall. Please contact Ken for further information: Tel. 01270 662455.

All proceeds will go to support newly diagnosed children and adolescents with diabetes to allow them to attend one of several educational residential holidays held around the United Kingdom. The residential allows them to integrate with other young people with diabetes and share experiences, which may assist them to learn to control their condition.

Ken said, "Once again we invite friends and neighbours to attend the charity garden party. We hope for the usual fantastic support from the local community."

Charity Ride

Coast to Coast - l-r - Terry - Ben - Chris - Tony

Four men from Crewe and Nantwich have finished a gruelling three-day charity bicycle ride across England. Ben Reinhardt (aged 58), Tony Mason (62), Terry O'Connor (62) and Chris Raiswell (42) have completed their 'Coast to Coast' cycle route from Workington on the west coast of England to Sunderland on the east coast of England. Their ride began on 18th June 2012 when they cycled a relatively flat ride from Workington to Penrith (55 miles) via Cockermouth and Keswick. The second day took them via some long climbs from Penrith to Sunderland (80 miles). On the third day they cycled an extra leg from Sunderland to Newcastle-upon-Tyne (33 miles), which included a section through the North Shields cycle tunnel. They then all took the train back to Crewe.

Ben is raising money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research (http://leukaemialymphomaresearch.org.uk/). Tony, Chris and Terry are raising money for Marie Curie Cancer Care (http://www.mariecurie.org.uk/).

Tony said, "The rides were challenging in places but we were rewarded with some stunning scenery. I would like to thank everyone who has so generously donated to our nominated charities, which will benefit so many people".

If you would like to make a donation to the riders, please visit: http://www.justgiving.com/Chris-Raiswell .

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Queens Park Fire

Breaking news the main £250,000 broadwalk bridge has been set on fire and has a large hole in it and second fire has been reported.

bridge

It looks like a bin was set alight on the bridge this is what you get if you sack the wardens

Thieves target Crewe's war memorial

 

Police are appealing for witnesses to theft from Crewe′s war memorial.

Callous thieves struck at the memorial in Municipal Square, Earle Street sometime between 1 April 2012 and 20 June 2012.

They prised away nine brass hooks which are used to hang wreaths placed there to remember those who have lost their lives fighting for their country.

PC Mike Rushton said: "It looks like they have also attempted to take a number of other hooks which has caused some damage.

"We would appeal to those who may have seen the act taking place to do the right thing and call us. The war memorial represents those from the town who have given their lives fighting in wars to protect us.

"Many will have brothers, sisters, uncles, aunties, mothers, fathers or grandfathers who were killed in action in wars spanning decades and will be deeply saddened by this selfish and mindless act.

"The brass hooks will have little value to the thieves, but the impact on the community is far greater because of what the memorial represents.

"Anyone with information that will help us to catch these mindless vandals should contact us on 101."

Councillor Michael Jones, Leader of Cheshire East Council, added: "I deplore this act of vandalism and sheer disrespect for the people who gave their lives for our today. In Cheshire East, we are extremely proud of our towns and villages and we want our residents to feel the same about them as we do.

"Our staff do a marvellous job in keeping the Municipal Square tidy − what a shame it is that a minority see it fit to bring the area down.

"Cheshire East Council is committed to supporting its servicemen and women in memory and in action."

Anyone with information should contact PC Mike Rushton at Crewe Neighbourhood Policing Unit on 101 quoting incident number 566 of 20 June 2012. Alternatively information can be given anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police appeal for witnesses following serious collision in Newhall, Nantwich

 

Police are appealing for witnesses following a serious collision in Newhall, Nantwich.

At 5.33pm on Thursday 21 June 2012 a HGV was travelling along the A530 Whitchurch Road towards Nantwich when it was in collision with a silver Ford Mondeo travelling in the opposite direction.

A 37-year-old woman from Shrewsbury was taken to North Staffordshire Hospital with serious facial injuries and is in a serious but stable condition.

Two passengers, an 18-year-old woman and a 16-year-old boy, received minor injuries and were also taken to North Staffordshire Hospital.

The road was closed in both directions while emergency services worked at the scene.

Anyone with information should contact Eastern Operational Support Unit on 101 quoting incident number 773 of 21 Junes 2012

Success for Cheshire East in £3.5m bid to boost Crewe’s economy and greener transport

 

Cheshire East Council has successfully bid for £3.5m of Government money to boost transport and economic growth in Crewe while cutting carbon emissions and improving people’s health.

The Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) money will deliver schemes to enable greener and more cost effective-travel choices for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users.

The funding is a key component of the ‘All Change for Crewe’ regeneration programme, which aims to unlock the growth potential of Crewe in a low carbon way – making the town a nationally-significant economic powerhouse by 2030.  

The bid concentrates on improving sustainable transport on the economic corridor between the residential areas and employments sites of Crewe.

The complementary package of measures is tailored to local needs and would boost business investment and jobs.

Among the proposed schemes, which aim to promoting walking, cycling and bus travel while reducing private car use, pollution and congestion, are:

● A new high-frequency town shuttle bus service to link residential areas in the north west of the town with employment areas in the south east;

● New shared cycle and pedestrian routes;

● Targeted subsidised bus tickets – eg, for job seekers;

● Wheels 2 Work mopeds and bikes loans to support young people from welfare to work;

● Working with larger employers, health care providers and education institutions to create Business Travel Plans to promote more sustainable travel;

● New up-to-the-minute, real-time local transport information accessible by smartphone and the internet;

● Town-wide publicity campaign promoting sustainable travel and transport.

The target population are commuters, the unemployed and those not in employment, education and training (Neets), linking to wider Government initiatives, such as the promotion of apprenticeship schemes.

The LSTF bid comprises three themes which are key to supporting the sustainable growth of the town:  access to employment, apprenticeships and skills training; access to the railway station; and travel-awareness promotion.

Councillor Peter Groves, Cabinet support member with responsibility for prosperity and economic regeneration, said: “This £3.5m of funding will have immediate and long-lasting effects on the prospects for economic growth and sustainable transport.

“The Government is already committed to help Cheshire East achieve its ambitious economic-growth targets. It is doing this via £6.17m of funding for phase one of the Crewe Rail Exchange Project and Department for Transport (DfT) funding secured to deliver the £27m Crewe Green Link Road South.”

Councillor Rod Menlove, Cabinet member with responsibility for environment, said:  “The LSTF will help transform Crewe’s transport network, boost infrastructure and maximise the benefits of new investment. This will help unlock the enormous growth potential of Crewe in a low-carbon way.

“We look forward to working with the DfT to deliver sustainable growth through the LSTF, which will have immediate impact on growth and employment as well as provide a legacy far beyond.”

The funding will be spent over the next two and half years until March 2015.

The long-term All Change for Crewe vision is for a town which is a nationally-significant economic centre, with a focus on advanced engineering and manufacturing, as well as a much-sought-after place to live, work and visit.

All Change for Crewe:

Crewe’s future growth profile – supported by a strong public/private partnership and by committed Council and wider civic leadership and underpinned by thorough economic analysis – anticipates:

● More than 14,500 new jobs focussed on the Basford strategic employment site and in the town centre by 2031;

● In excess of £230m additional retail and leisure spend;

● A 20 per cent population growth by 2031 – from 83,000 to about 100,000.

We Are Already Delivering in Crewe:

● More than £12m spent on major regeneration projects in the town centre – including investment in public squares, spaces and landmark buildings, eg the Municipal Buildings;

● Almost £150m spent on education facilities – including £70m by MMU at their Crewe Campus and £74 invested in the new South Cheshire College Campus;

● Funding secured from DfT to deliver the £27m Crewe Green Link Road South – unlocking private sector investment and employment delivery for Basford East and West;

● £6.17m Government funding secured to realise phase one of the overhaul of Crewe Rail Station;

● Successful private-sector-led delivery of Crewe Business Park;

● Successful private-sector-led delivery of Grand Junction Retail Park;

● Redevelopment of Tesco edge of centre store into a 60,000sq ft Extra store.

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Royal honour for Cheshire East Council

Torchbearer and Sophie

Cheshire East Council received a right Royal honour at this week’s Cheshire Show.

Her Royal Highness Sophie, Countess of Wessex, visited the Council’s stand and received a very warm welcome from Members and staff – and she even got the chance to meet some of Cheshire East’s Olympic Torch Relay runners and hold the iconic torch.

The Countess arrived (June 19) at the prestigious Cheshire East-sponsored event amid sunshine and applause and was introduced to Cheshire East Council Leader Michael Jones, Cheshire East Mayor Councillor George Walton and other senior Council figures.

The Countess then met and chatted to staff and volunteers at the Council’s display. The stand,  titled ‘Celebrate 2012’, included a Union Flag floral display and ‘street party’ area to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Olympic Torch Relay runners from across Cheshire East and a children’s mini-Olympics sports area to mark the London 2012 Games.

Councillor Michael Jones said of the visit: “It was a great honour and a real pleasure to warmly welcome the Countess of Wessex to Cheshire East.

“The Cheshire Show is a fantastic celebration of so much that is great about our county – especially its rich farming heritage, fine produce foods and drink and its innovative spirit of engineering and manufacturing – and I’m sure that shone through during her visit.

“Cheshire East is proud to support the show and our farming community, who are at the heart of Cheshire East’s beautiful landscape and views.

“We are always keen to promote Cheshire as a place to live, work and do business. We have a wonderful amount to offer people.” 

Among those she spoke to were Cheshire East Olympic Torch Relay runners Joe Beswick (Macclesfield) and Andrew Fewtrell (Crewe) – who proudly handed the Countess his iconic gold Olympic Torch to hold.

Andrew, who founded the outdoor activities youth charity Up And Under in 2007 and ran with the Olympic Torch in his home town, Crewe, said: “I thought it was a good idea to ask if the Countess wanted to hold the Olympic Torch, as so many people had been keen to during the day. In that respect, she’s no different from anyone else – and was really pleased to do so.

“We had a bit of a chat about why I carried the torch and what it meant to me and then she claimed to have brought the glorious weather – so I asked her to stay on for a couple of months!

“To carry the torch through your home town, surrounded by friends and family and people you work with was a fantastic honour – and a very emotional day for me.”

Cheshire East A-Team scheme apprentice Jakob Humphries, from Crewe, also chatted with the Countess. He said afterwards: “It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me to meet her – I never expected it. She was very polite and very nice to talk too.

“I had never even seen a royal in real life before – and I got the chance to talk to her and shake her hand. It was quite exciting and I was very nervous.”

Play your part in Local Healthwatch scheme in Cheshire East

 

Local Healthwatch, the new consumer champion for publicly-funded health and social care services is to be launched by Cheshire East Council – and residents are being given the chance to guide how it is set up.

It will provide information and advice to the public, monitor and listen to people’s views on health and social care and influence the way services are provided in the future.

A public consultation is now being held to help ensure that Local Healthwatch can do this in the best way for Cheshire East once the initiative launches in April 2013.

Councillor Janet Clowes, Cabinet member in charge of health and adult social care, said: “Local Healthwatch is being developed to give the people of Cheshire East a stronger voice to influence and challenge how health and social care services are provided locally.

“This will include statutory representation on the health and wellbeing board, which is also to be launched in April 2013, and a strong advocacy role to ensure that all local groups and individuals have the opportunity to be heard.

“The key to its success will be the ability of Local Healthwatch to talk with authority about what the people of Cheshire East really think about what they need and want from their services.”

The consultation, which runs until July 31, focuses on discovering the best way to structure Local Healthwatch in Cheshire East.

People and groups will be able to find out more and get involved by visiting the following events:

· Thursday, June 28 – Crewe Alexandra FC (2pm)

· Friday, June 29 – Congleton New Life Church (2pm)

· Monday, July 16 – Macclesfield Town Hall (2pm)

· Tuesday, July 17 – Southway car park, Middlewich (10am)

· Wednesday, July 18 – Fairview car park, Alsager (10am)

· Thursday, July 19 – The Commons, Sandbach (10am)

The consultation team will also visit Nantwich (July 12, 10am), Knutsford (July 13, 10am), Holmes Chapel (July 19, 1pm), Wilmslow (July 20, 10am) and Poynton (July 20, 2pm). Exact locations are to be confirmed.

Questionnaires will be available at these events and an online survey is available at:

www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/consultations

To find out more about getting involved send an email to:

cpu@cheshireeast.gov.uk or call 01270 371376.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Celebrity chef visits Crewe

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One of TV’s most colourful characters brought the cameras to Queens Park in Crewe on Saturday (June 16).

Heston Blumenthal, the popular chef who has featured in a number of series on Channel 4, made an appearance in preparation for his new TV series, which is to be launched on Channel 4 towards the end of the year.

Known for his multi-sensory approach to cooking, Heston has previously shown his ground-breaking techniques in the How To Cook Like Heston programme as well as his incredible historic feasts.

In Crewe, Heston spoke to park visitors about their childhood memories of ice cream.

His new TV series aims to bring back to life the fun and nostalgia of Britain’s favourite foods. In each episode, Heston researches people’s favourite eating experiences and puts his unique creative on them.

Through fun and nostalgia he makes people take time out of their busy lives and come together as a community to rekindle their fond food memories.

Heston used Queens Park to host an Ice Cream Olympics and found out what visitors remembered about their favourite ice creams. Free ice creams were served by Whitby Morrison, of Crewe Gates Farm, courtesy of Channel Four.

Police seek witnesses to fatal collision in Nantwich - UPDATED

 

Police are appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision in Nantwich.

At 10.25pm on Friday 15 June 2012 a collision occurred on the Wrenbury to Nantwich road at Marsh Lane near to the junction with Queens Drive, Nantwich. After overtaking another vehicle, the Kia left the road and collided with a tree.

Sadly the driver of the Kia, a 36-year-old local man, received serious injuries and later died at Leighton hospital. The female passenger sustained serious injuries and is described as being is a stable condition.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to this collision, and would like to speak to the driver of a light coloured vehicle travelling along Marsh Lane from Nantwich toward Wrenbury at the time of the collision.

Anyone with information should contact Eastern operational support unit on on 101 quoting incident 1030 of 15/06/12.

Counterfeit tobacco:

 

 

Two men have pleaded guilty to selling and distributing counterfeit tobacco worth more than £30,000 – after a joint investigation between Cheshire East Council and Cheshire Police.

Jain Nin Yang and Robert Daly were arrested by police as they exchanged black bin liners between two cars at the services at junction 16 on the M6 on February 18, 2011.

Both men appeared before Crewe Magistrates on Friday, June 15, and were each given

300 hours of community work and ordered to pay £1,200 in costs.

The bags full of tobacco were then passed onto Cheshire East Council’s consumer protections and investigations team who established that the 100 kilos of rolling tobacco was counterfeit.

Yang, 30, of Linwood Road in Dudley, Birmingham, was prosecuted for selling counterfeit tobacco.

Daly, 58, of Kingsway in Manchester admitted to possessing counterfeit tobacco for the purposes of distribution.

MP’s 123rd news bulletin

 

Edward Timpson MP

Monday 18, June 2012

Welcome ...

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.

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

You can forward the bulletin on to your friends and family, who can sign up themselves by clicking here for my website.

Best wishes, 

Edward Timpson
Member of Parliament for Crewe & Nantwich

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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.

To find out more click here.  To donate click here.

Do you have community news to share? Email me and it could be here too!

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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!”

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Nantwich town square hosts Jubilee beacon celebration

Nantwich News

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.

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Nantwich in Bloom to unveil floral tribute for Queen’s Jubilee

Nantwich News

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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Parents Should Help Prevent Drink-Driving

 

Cheshire police officers want parents to help stop young people drinking and driving.

They say too many young drivers are getting behind the wheel after drinking or taking drugs and parents should play their part in halting the trend.

"Last year we made more than 1800 arrests for drinking and driving. Forty per cent of the people involved were aged under 30," said Assistant Chief Constable Ruth Purdie.

"That means a substantial number of young drivers have the wrong approach to an issue which is vital to keeping our roads safe. It is a matter of real concern, especially when you consider they may be on the roads for another fifty years and they already have the wrong attitude to safety. We would really like to see this trend reversed.

"Parents should play their part. They can explain to youngsters who have just begun driving, or who are coming up to the age when they will be able to drive, that drinking and driving don′t mix.

"They can spell out the simple fact that if you drink and drive you are massively increasing your chances of having a collision. You, or someone else, may end up dead or with injuries which will impair the rest of your life.

"They can explain that even if you avoid physical injury you are likely to face other consequences. A drink driving conviction can result in a prison sentence. You will certainly be banned from the road for some time. That will affect your life style and, in some cases, may mean losing your job. You will have to pay a fine and costs and you will have problems getting insurance cover when you come to drive again.

"Another element of the parents′ role is setting an example. If young people see their parents have a casual attitude to drinking and driving, they are likely to adopt a similar approach. If the parents treat the issue seriously, their offspring are likely to do the same.

"Safe driving is all about attitudes. Some of these can be shaped within the family."

Cheshire Police is currently running a ‘Good, Bad and Ugly′ campaign on the effects of drinking too much.

The Good is the ArcAngel approach by Cheshire Police and our partners which involves enforcement and education and is reducing drink-related incidents across the Cheshire Police area.

The Bad is the message that drinking too much impairs your judgement, makes you inclined to take risks, and leaves you vulnerable to crime and anti social behaviour.

The Ugly is the fact that drunken behaviour could result in a criminal record which may affect your job, your home and your entire life.

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Fun Gala

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A celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee took place at   Crewe Swimming baths 
on 16th June with a ‘fun gala’ for people with disabilities.
 Those who took part competed in swimming races, had fun with swimming aids and 
gave themselves a challenge  by climbing onto the inflatable structure. 
The participants then attended a disco and buffet at the Purple Onion – 
The Lady Verdin Trust’s Drop-In Centre. The event, organised by Seahorse Swimming Club, was part of the Community Games 
programme that is taking place across the country which is inspired by the London 2012
 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Everyone who took part was presented with a medal by 
The Mayor of Crewe Town Council, Councillor Margaret Martin and a ‘Community Games’ 
certificate by former Seahorse member and Paralympics hopeful,
 Stuart Bloor, who is hoping
 to be part of the London 2012 Games. Seahorse Swimming Club Secretary, Gareth Roberts, 
said “Seeing so many people enjoying themselves whilst 
participating in sport and having a social get together
 during the evening was a wonderful and enjoyable way to 
celebrate the Queens anniversary. The swimming session
 followed by the presentation of medals gave those who
 took part a taste of the London 2012 Games. A great time
 was had by all and our thanks go to everyone who helped make
 the event a success including the staff at Crewe Swimming Baths 
and at the Purple Onion.”

Wistaston Village Fete

Fete - inside the Church hall - Zumba on stage and various stalls

For only the second time in its thirty-two year history the Fete, which is organised by the Wistaston Community Council, was forced to take place mainly indoors due to rain. The event, which had a Queen's Diamond Jubilee theme, therefore took place within St Mary's Church and inside and in front of the adjacent Church hall on Church Lane, Wistaston.

The event began with a procession along Church Lane from Wistaston Memorial Hall led by bagpiper Reg Flower, followed by the 35th South West Cheshire Scout group with Union Jack flag, last year's Wistaston Rose Queen (Sophie Webb) in a vintage car and this year’s Wistaston Rose Queen (Daisy Wybrow) and her Attendant (Emma Bishop) in a sports car. Once the procession had reached St Mary's Church, the Fete was officially opened by Helen Jones who is the daughter of Wistonian of the Year Sheena Sambrook and the Reverend Ken Sambrook. The Wistaston Rose Queen (Daisy Wybrow) for 2012 was then crowned by the Reverend Mike Turnbull who is the vicar of the Church.

Fete -Wistaston Conservation Group - l-r - Roy Tomkinson - David O'Hara - Councillor Dorothy Flude - Dane Chaplow

Wistaston Conservation Group - l-r - Roy Tomkinson - David O'Hara - Councillor Dorothy Flude - Dane Chaplow. Roy Tomkinson (member) - David O'Hara (project manager), http://wistastonconservationgroup.org.uk/

In the Church there were performances by bagpiper Reg Flower (http://www.cheshirepipeband.co.uk) and the Dee Sign Choir (http://www.deesignchoir.co.uk). There was also a Jubilee flower festival in the Church featuring flower arrangements and displays produced by Di Carter, Jenny Shirt and many other Church flower people along with a donation box for the Vestry Roof Repair Fund to replace recently stolen lead from the Church.

In the Church hall on the stage there were performances by Zumba fitness, a Rhythmic Display from the Cheshire Academy of Integrated Sports and Arts (http://www.disabilitysport.com), Miss Caroline’s Street Dancing and Chris White on his ukulele.

There were over twenty-five stalls representing local organisations and charities within the Church hall and on the grassy area in front of it. Refreshments were served in the hall.

The Deputy Mayor of Cheshire East Council (Councillor Dorothy Flude) was a special guest and was shown around the Fete by Dane Chaplow and Geoff Armitage from the Wistaston Community Council.

Admission to the Fete was by donation and proceeds from the door receipts and Wistaston Community Council stalls will go towards other Wistaston village events, such as the Flower and Produce Show, Spring and Christmas Concerts, and the November Fireworks Display. The weather didn't put people off attending and the event was enjoyed by several hundred people.

Dane Chaplow (Chairman, Wistaston Community Council) said, "Despite the weather and the last minute changes we had an excellent turnout. Wistonian's have once again turned out in big numbers to support the Fete. We hope that lots of money is raised for the Wistaston Community Council and local charities. Once again the Reverend Mike Turnbull and his Church have been very supportive."

Fete - Rose Queen - l-r - Emma Bishop - Daisy Wybrow - Rev Mike Turnbull - Sophie Webb

Rose Queen - l-r - Emma Bishop - Daisy Wybrow - Rev Mike Turnbull - Sophie Webb. The crowning ceremony.

South Cheshire Astronomical Society

SCASTRO are pleased to present their final talk before the end of the season .

Thursday  June 28th Dr Lloyd from Manchester, will discuss the latetest on Planetary Nebula.

We had an excellent turn out at the last meeting and our lecture venue at  South Cheshire College  continues to prove a popular one. Meeting  will start at 7 with a brief look at the June night sky -what to observe.

Planetary nebula are produced at the end of a stars life and its hoped that we can see one of the brighter ones M27 called the 'Dumbell Nebula' at our observing session on 22 June a Friday evening, this being based at a dark site at St Peters Church Middlewich Road, at a later time of 8.30.  Our astromoners will be there regardless of the weather to offer help and advice if you wish to come along.

see http://www.scastro.org/   or ring 253058 for more information about these 2 final meetings before summer and we will soon  have a new programme of events for  the  September 2012/13 season.

'Good Night Out' Advice on Police Video

 

A ‘right way/wrong way′ video has been released as part of the ‘Good, Bad and Ugly′ summer alcohol campaign from Cheshire Police.

The video contrasts three friends having a night out, with a meal and a couple of drinks, against another group of friends who drink while getting ready to go out and then drink heavily while they are ‘on the town′.

It shows the second group being turned away from pubs or bars because staff believe they will be a nuisance. The message is that not drinking before you go out means your evening will last longer.

It also emphasises the fact that if you pass out from alcohol you are more likely to be attacked or sexually assaulted.

National statistics show that:

§ Each year 3,000 people are killed or seriously injured in drink drive collisions

§ 44% of violent crime involves someone who has been drinking

§ The UK has one of the highest rates of binge drinking in Europe

Assistant Chief Constable Janette McCormick said, "The purpose of this video is to make people aware how vulnerable they become if they drink too much.

It says that if you watch how much you drink you will have a better time and not have to suffer what may be serious consequences.

"It is an informative and educational tool, highlighting the number of units of alcohol in a glass of wine (two units); how many units are in just one bottle of wine (twelve units); against the maximum daily guideline for women, which is three units.

"It also shows the effects of alcohol. After six units, reaction times become slower and your judgement may decrease."

"We are simply telling people ‘Don′t be another statistic by letting alcohol ruin your night.′ Don′t let drink turn a good night, ugly!"

The video is on the Cheshire Police website, http://www.cheshire.police.uk/. and on the ‘Upbeat′ website http://www.upbeat.uk.com/ which is provided by Cheshire Police specifically for people aged between 16 and 21. It can be downloaded.

MBE for Karen

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Karen Watkins, Director of Corporate Services with Cheshire Constabulary, has been made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen′s Birthday Honours, for services to policing.

Karen describes her work as, "Not a job but a passion".

She says, "I really love working with some great people and knowing we provide services which keep the wheels turning for policing in Cheshire. I am proud of what Cheshire Constabulary do. Policing is about making life better for everybody."

Policing was going through big changes when Karen Watkins joined Cheshire Police in 1986. As the force research officer, she replaced a uniformed Police Superintendent as part of a "civilianisation" programme.

Now, as Director of Corporate Services, she is once again at the centre of change, leading the move to redesign back-office services, including a ground-breaking shared services agreement with Northamptonshire Police.

Phase one of that shared service programme, covering finance and procurement, came into operation successfully in April this year. Phase two, involving human resources and duty management, will go live in October.

"Arranging for two forces to work in partnership across a lot of their services is a huge challenge," she says, "But we are making it work. It will mean real strides in efficiency."

Before joining the constabulary Karen had spent two years on a university research project and two years as a statistician for a frozen food company.

"I thought it would be a job for another couple of years, but things turned out very differently, she says, "One of the great pleasures of spending so long with the Constabulary is that I see people arrive at the beginning of their careers and watch them progress through the ranks. It is good to see."

How does she view her award?

"I′m thrilled. It is a real honour and it really acknowledges what everybody here does and what they are achieving."

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Success for St Luke’s 2012 Midnight Walk

 

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The St Luke’s (Cheshire) Hospice 2012 Midnight Walk, has once again proved to be a resounding success. The half marathon walk through Crewe and Nantwich took place on Saturday 9 June with over 1,000 ladies embarking on the walk to raise much needed funds for the well-respected Cheshire hospice. 
The walk which has grown in recognition since its launch in 2005 commenced at midnight and will saw 1,000 ladies take part to raise sponsorship money for St Luke’s (Cheshire) Hospice. Due to its overwhelming popularity this year’s route had been reversed to accommodate registration, parking and facilities for the walkers and the walk commenced at MMU’s Crewe campus.  Some ladies, keen to be able to participate took part the Half Moon version of the walk, which totals 6.5 miles.
Jane Thompson, head of event management at St Luke’s Hospice was delighted with the evening.  “We had a very difficult 24 hours prior to the walk as the site was completely flooded.  We were still discussing with MMU moving into the sport hall as late at Saturday morning.  However we had tremendous support from the university, ground staff, volunteers and the Crewe Scout group and with a combination of forking of the ground and tensa taping off areas we were able to go ahead.  It was our own ‘little Glastonbury”
The start of the walk was a spectacle to behold, with the enthusiastic participants embarking on the 13 mile stretch in a sea of brightly coloured turquoise t-shirts.
Many of the walkers had a personal connection to the charity, or a friend or family member who has battled with a life threatening illness. Other walkers were quite simply eager to do their bit for an incredibly worthy cause. 
Jane commented that this year, more than ever, they had experienced fantastic support from companies and organisations and it would be impossible to mention them all without leaving someone out.  “Their support helped us to stem the shortfall we experienced from a drop in walker numbers and we cant thank them enough. If readers were to visit our walk site www.midnightwalk.co.uk they could see all the wonderful people that made the walk possible as each and everyone of them deserve to be recognised”
It is still possible to support the tremendous fundraising efforts of so many by texting LUKE02 £1 to 70070.  Your pound could really make a difference to patient care and help St Luke’s juggle the shortfall in income they are experiencing.
If you would like find out more or see some more pictures of the event you can visit the dedicated walk website: www.midnightwalk.co.uk or call 01606 555 688. To find out more about St Luke’s visit: www.stlukes-hospice.co.uk or tel. 01606 551246.

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Double yellow lines to tackle parking problems.

 

Willaston and Rope Ward Councillor Brian Silvester has welcomed the introduction of double yellow lines around the Berkeley Primary School in Rope. (See attached plan and e-mail below) The double yellow lines have been installed on the ground but the traffic order will not come into operation until 25th June.It can be enforced after this date.

He said," I have campaigned for this measure for some years and I am pleased that the Cheshire East Council has taken it forward.

There are serious parking problems at the beginning and the end of the school day at the top of Lochleven Road  and in Rope Bank Avenue at the junction with Laidon Avenue. Parents dropping off and picking up at the school park at the junctions which makes it very difficult for vehicles to pull out safely. Also some parents park in front of drives and this makes it impossible for residents to get their cars out. Local residents are rightly angry at the careless parking of a small minority of parents and I hope the action that is being taken will solve the problem to a large degree. I call on the small minority of parents who park inconsiderately not to do so. The Police continue to monitor the area and will not hesitate to hand out fines if inappropriate parking occurs.. "

Athlete makes the Great Britain team

 

A Sandbach kayaker has paddled her way into international dragon boat racing after being selected to represent Great Britain in this summer’s European Championships.

Maggie Dilai, 16, has been taking part in long-distance kayaking events for the last five years – with good results at national level.

This success led to an approach from Great Britain’s dragon boat team to take part in the European Championships in Nottingham (July 27-29).

Maggie is a member of Cheshire East’s Athlete Performance Academy (APA), which is a support programme for talented athletes managed by the Council’s leisure development team.

The APA is for athletes who compete at a regional, national or international level and who live in, or compete for, a sports club within Cheshire East.

APA members have access to the Council’s leisure facilities, discounted physiotherapy treatment and workshops on nutrition, sports psychology and injury prevention.

If you are an athlete competing at regional, national or international level, or a business that would like to support the APA, email: apa@cheshireeast.gov.uk or visit www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/sport for more information. 

Police appeal after thieves steal tobacco in Alsager

 

Detectives are appealing for information after thousands of pounds′ worth of tobacco was stolen from a van in Alsager.

Just after 8am on 1st June, a delivery was being made at the Shady Grove store in Alsager. As the driver was occupied inside the store, thieves seized the opportunity to search the back of the wagon and steal tobacco worth thousands of pounds.

The suspects are described as wearing dark clothing and hooded tops.

Anyone who may have witnessed the crime take place, or can assist the investigation in any way, are asked to contact DC Dave Newton at Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident 208 of 1st June.

Drink Drivers Warned 'You Will be Caught'

 

Police in Cheshire are reminding drivers that everyone stopped for a traffic offence or involved in a road traffic collision is breath tested.

"A significant amount of drink-drive prosecutions result from this routine procedure," said Assistant Chief Constable Ruth Purdie. "The tests are carried out whatever the time of day or night the collision takes place.

"This is in addition to the officers′ powers to stop any car which has given them reason to suspect the driver may have been drinking. If the breath test proves negative, officers can consider carrying out a roadside fitness test to check if the driver has been taking drugs.

"We want people who drink and drive to understand they will be caught. It is especially important that the message gets through to young people. We have been concerned about an increase in the number of drivers aged between 17 and 25 who have been convicted in the past few years."

Cheshire Police Officers are involved in a summer campaign against drinking and driving, which tends to increase as people spend more time at parties and barbecues. This year also sees the Euro 2012 football finals.

"We will have extra officers on duty for England′s Euro 2012 fixtures and looking out for drivers who have been drinking will be part of their task. We advice fans who are going to the pub to watch England matches to walk, take a bus or arrange a taxi home if they have been drinking," says Ruth Purdie.

"People who spend an evening watching football and drinking also need to think about the slightly longer-term effects of the alcohol. You may still be over the limit when you travel to work next morning. It will affect your driving and if you are breath-tested for any reason, it will show.

"Drinking and driving simply do not mix. If you do it, you are putting your own life and the lives of other people at risk. During this summer campaign we are highlighting the action we take to prevent it, but that action continues at all times of the year. If you are caught, you will face a fine and a driving ban. You will have problems when you come to drive again and want to insure your car. "If you drink or take drugs and drive you are jeopardising your lifestyle and in some cases that will include your job and even your family life.

"If you know someone is regularly drinking and driving you should let us know about it. We will follow it up. You can call the Cheshire Police non-emergency number 101, or you can leave information anonymously on the Crime Stoppers line 0800 555 111."

Celebrate 2012 with the Council at Cheshire Show

 

Cheshire East Council will be beaming with national pride at its stand at the Cheshire Show next week (June 19-20).

With the Olympic Games in London now just seven weeks away, the Council is getting further into the spirit by organising a mini Olympics for show visitors, young and old, to get involved in.

The mini games are just one feature of the Union Jack-themed gardens at the Cheshire East Council stand.

Cheshire East is urging people to help ‘Celebrate 2012’ and visitors will also get to meet some of the inspirational torch bearers who took part in the Olympic torch relay.

A number of the torch bearers who carried the Olympic Flame through Cheshire East will be bringing their torches with them.

The Council stand at the Tabley showground, near Knutsford, will be easily visible to visitors due to its location between the bandstand and the main ring. It will provide show-goers with a place to sit down and recover from all the shopping and show watching.

Councillor Michael Jones, Leader of Cheshire East Council, said: “The Cheshire Show is an opportunity to showcase the best of what’s on offer in Cheshire East and is a high point in the local calendar.

“For many who work in the agricultural sector in Cheshire East, worth millions to our economy, this is a rare opportunity to take a day out of their working lives and get together to network, show their livestock and have a well-earned break.

“The Council is proud to be able to support the show for another year even in difficult economic circumstances. Leading and supporting the local community and economy in the good times and the bad is something we strive for and we’d encourage local residents to go along and support the show.

“A once-in-a-lifetime treat is in store for anyone visiting the Council’s stand at the show, as we’ll have some of the Olympic torchbearers, who ran in Cheshire East to show the torch off and share their experiences.”

The mini Olympics will consist of a number of fun activities, including a speed bounce challenge, assault course and a blindfolded penalty shootout.

Meanwhile, Cheshire East is urging everyone to upload any photos of themselves and their communities celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and Olympics to the official photographic archive for Cheshire East at www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/celebrate2012

The Cheshire County Show takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 19 and 20.  Tickets are available at www.cheshirecountyshow.org.uk or call 01565 650200 for more information.

Paralympic sports events – information bulletin

 

With the Paralympic Games just weeks away – two learning events are being held in Cheshire East to raise awareness of the variety of sports on offer to people with disabilities.

The Cheshire East leisure and learning forum is organising the information sessions to bring the different service providers together in one place and showcase the range of opportunities on offer.

The events are being held on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, June 20, at Wilmslow Leisure Centre, from 11am-4pm;
  • Thursday, June 28, at the Victoria Community Centre, Crewe, from 11am-4pm.

There will be a variety of sports on offer at each event for people to come along and experience. They include football, basketball, table tennis, sitting volleyball, athletics and cycling on modified bikes

Everyone is welcome to attend and find out more about the different activities and opportunities available within Cheshire East.

Dial a ride

Cheshire East Council’s Dial-a-Ride service is now up and running in the south of the Borough, with a new booking line.

Customers should call 0845 077 9110 to book a Dial-a-Ride service, at least 24 hours in advance.

Customers will be able to book the service in much the same way as before and will be able to access it from the same areas. The service will also be available to all existing Dial-a-Ride members.

The cost to users for the Dial-a-Ride service will be similar to that previously offered by former providers, East Cheshire Community Transport. There will be no annual membership charge.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Euro 2012 Warning on Domestic Abuse

 

Cheshire Constabulary is adopting a robust policing approach to domestic abuse during Euro 2012.

Past experience indicates the number of domestic incidents rises during major football tournaments. Many of the incidents are drink-related.

Cheshire′s Assistant Chief Constable, Ruth Purdie said:

"We have recognised for some time that there is a connection between football, alcohol and domestic abuse incidents. It is important that victims feel they can rely on the police for help and support.

"We urge anyone who is a victim of any type of domestic abuse to come forward and report it. "Domestic abuse can involve people from all walks of life and of all ages. Men, women and children can suffer psychological, physical, sexual, verbal or emotional abuse. Domestic abuse in any form is not acceptable."

"Our specialist officers are trained to assess situations where domestic abuse has been reported. They use their training to determine the most appropriate course of action, and the best way of preventing abuse being repeated. They work closely with other agencies and volunteer bodies to provide support for the victim from the first point of contact, right through the investigation process and during any subsequent court proceedings. The partner agencies are trained and experienced in many aspects of this work and are able to furnish a wide range of guidance and help.

"Officers have the power to intervene, caution, arrest or charge and will use whichever of those powers are necessary. There is no specific crime of domestic abuse but the abuse may involve other types of crime, including attempted murder, rape, assault, false imprisonment, criminal damage and harassment.

"We have the power to impose conditions on a person who is arrested and charged with an offence. We can include conditions about where they live or conditions that stop them from contacting or going near a person or location, or we may apply for a curfew. Anyone who then breaks his or her bail conditions can be arrested and remanded in custody.

"Cheshire Police take domestic abuse seriously. Officers are committed to investigating all reports effectively and will bring offenders to justice and hold them accountable for their actions.

"If you are subject to domestic abuse, report it. Call Cheshire Constabulary on 101. If you find yourself in a situation where you are in immediate danger you should phone 999. Our first priority is to make sure that you and any children are safe. Police officers will come to your home, or wherever the incident has taken place, and will take whatever action is needed to make you safe. If necessary, officers have the power to force entry into your home to protect you. Domestic abuse in any form is not acceptable."

Crash Car Underlines Police Message at Cheshire Show

crashed car 2

A badly- damaged car will be a central feature of the Cheshire Police exhibit at the Cheshire Show.

The vehicle was being driven in Cheshire when it left the road and hit a tree, killing the driver. He died just two days before his 21st birthday.

Cheshire′s Assistant Chief Constable Ruth Purdie said, "We are inviting people to talk to Police Officers about the importance of driving carefully and responsibly and the possible consequences of even a momentary lapse of concentration or a small misjudgement.

"In particular we hope that young people and their parents will talk to us. We don′t want to scare anyone away from driving but we believe the sight of the car and learning what happened to that young man will underline the message in a way that nothing else could."

Constable Dave Murray, Cheshire Police Road Safety Officer said, "Road death is the biggest killer of people aged between 16 and 25 in Britain. Young drivers who have passed the test within the previous two years are far more likely to be involved in a collision than other people.

"It is largely down to inexperience and sometimes to not taking safe driving quite as seriously as necessary.

Ruth Purdie added, "Because Cheshire is a largely rural county a lot of people drive considerable distances as part of their every-day lives. That means getting it right is very important. Good driving is largely about attitude and behaviour and we can do something about that.

"The parents of the young man who died in this car have very bravely provided it for use to get the right messages across. We believe it will be very effective. It will play a part in saving some other young lives."

Other features of the Cheshire Police exhibit at the show will centre on the work of Watch organisations- Home Watch, Pub Watch, Rural Watch and various business watch groups.

Jenny Ford, Cheshire Police Community Engagement Manager, said, "This year has special significance for watch organisations. It is the thirtieth anniversary of the setting up of Britain′s first Home Watch group − in Mollington, near Chester."

Cheshire Police representatives at the show will also link up with Cheshire West and Chester Council to promote Heritage Watch, the new movement to protect the county′s historic buildings and other heritage sites which are under threat from criminals trying to steal lead, copper and other metals.

Staff and members from Cheshire Police Authority will be at the show to ask people for their views on policing. They will also provide information about Police and Crime Commissioners.

The Cheshire Show takes place at the Tabley showground on June 19th and 20th

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Channel 4 in the Queens Park

Channel 4  is making a major series with Heston Blumenthal which aims to bring back to life the fun and nostalgia of our favourite foods. In each episode, Heston will research one of our favourite eating experiences and put his unusual twist on them, making people take time out of their busy lives to come together as communities and rekindle their fond food memories.  He plans to not only make these meal-times innovative and delicious, but to make them supersized too – to amaze and feed the masses.

In this episode Heston wants to bring back the ice cream experience that we had when we were younger and this Ice Cream Olympics day is an opportunity to find out what the public remember about their favourite ice creams. We would like members of the Crewe community to come down at 2pm on Saturday June 16th  with old photographs of them or their family eating ice creams to show Heston.

Please let me know if you are able to come along and if you have anything suitable to bring – so I can let the producer know!!

Regards,

Elaine Dodd

Queens Park Manager

West Lodge, Queens Park,

Victoria Ave, Crewe  CW2 7SE

Tel:  01270 686708

Three men arrested following release of CCTV images in stolen plaque investigation

 

Three further men have been arrested by detectives this morning in connection with the damage and theft of the River Of Life plaque in Warrington last month.

The three men, two aged 27 from the Warrington area and a third man aged 28 from Newton Le Willows, were arrested today (Sunday 10 June) after CCTV images captured at the scene of the crime were released by Cheshire Police yesterday.

The images were released following the arrest of a 57 year old man from Penketh in Warrington yesterday morning on suspicion of theft of the plaque. He has been granted police bail until 5th July. The plaque was recovered in its original state at the time of the arrest of the 57 year old.

Following interview by detectives, the 28 year old has been granted police bail until 5th July pending consideration of a suitable resolution when community representatives and Warrington Borough Council have been consulted.

The other men were released without charge after passing their account of events to officers.

Richard Strachan, Chief Superintendent for Warrington and Halton, said "I would like to thank the public, our colleagues at Warrington Borough Council and the Press for their assistance in helping to solve this very emotive and mindless crime. We are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident and this case demonstrates that my officers and staff will relentlessly pursue anyone who involves themselves in mindless acts of damage and selfish criminality. Recovering the stolen plaque and its impending repatriation to the place it belongs will help reassure our local community and those who lost loved ones during the tragic events of March 1993."

Charity Bike Ride

Four men from Wistaston are preparing for a gruelling two-day 130 mile charity bicycle ride across England.

Coast to Coast (l-r) - Tony - Ben - Terry

Ben Reinhardt (aged 58), Tony Mason (62), Terry O'Connor (62) and Chris Raiswell (34) are covering the 'Coast to Coast' cycle route from Workington on the west coast of England to Sunderland on the east coast of England. Their ride begins on 18th June 2012 when they cycle from Workington to Penrith (50 miles) and the following day on 19th June they will cycle from Penrith to Sunderland (80 miles).

Ben is raising money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research (http://leukaemialymphomaresearch.org.uk/). Tony, Chris and Terry are raising money for Marie Curie Cancer Care (http://www.mariecurie.org.uk/).

Ben said, "In 2007 my good friends Mike and Liz Boffey lost their son Will to Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. Will was a fine athlete playing football from age 9 in the local Lads and Dads league and then studied at Nottingham Trent University and spent his placement in Bentley Motors 2004-5. However in September 2005 he contracted Leukaemia. I am therefore riding for the charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research in Will's memory. I have completed challenges before to raise money for this charity, but the greatest challenge of all has to be for anyone diagnosed with Leukaemia."

Tony said, "I am riding for Marie Curie Cancer Care as they provide free home nursing for terminally-ill people. I have supported them since they cared for my mother when she had cancer, as they were so kind and supportive to my mother and our family".

If you would like to make a donation to the riders, please visit: http://www.justgiving.com/Chris-Raiswell .

Man arrested and stolen River of Life memorial plaque recovered - Warrington

 

A man has been arrested this morning in Warrington in connection with the theft of a memorial plaque commemorating the lives of two boys killed in the Warrington bombing almost 20 years ago.

Last month, Cheshire Police launched a widespread appeal for information after the plaque was stolen from a wall in Bridge Street sometime between 20 April and 5 May. It forms part of the River of Life - a memorial for victims of the Warrington bombing in 1993. It was unveiled by the Duchess of Kent when she opened the memorial as a symbol of continuing life.

This morning, Saturday 9th June, officers arrested a 57 year old man from the Penketh area of Warrington on suspicion of theft. Following interview by detectives, the man was granted police bail until 5th July pending further investigation.

At the time of the mans arrest, the memorial plaque was recovered in its original state.

As part of this continued investigation, detectives have released CCTV of further suspects police wish to trace. Richard Strachan, Chief Superintendent for Warrington and Halton, said "This investigation is progressing successfully and I would like to thank the communities of Warrington for their assistance, and acknowledge the continued support from Warrington Borough Council, particularly the work of town centre CCTV operatives in advancing our enquiries. I would urge anyone who recognises the men captured in these CCTV images to contact us as soon as possible"

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Warrington CID on 101.