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Thursday, 30 May 2013

Cheshire Police educate students with abuse talks

 

Detective Constable’s Bob Scott and Chris Howarth from Cheshire Police have been delivering workshops on the theme of teenage abuse at local universities and colleges across Cheshire over the last month.

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  • The workshops were delivered as part of the Home Office’s ‘This is Abuse’ and Cheshire Police’s own ‘Speak out, don’t be silent’ campaigns. They sought to raise issues about teenager’s attitudes toward abuse and highlight how tolerant some young people are toward violence in relationships - one in five young men and one in ten young women think that abuse or violence against women is acceptable.

    Groups of students from Mid Cheshire College, Crewe MMU (part of Manchester Metropolitan University) and Ellesmere Port Campus at West Cheshire College all participated. Laura Ramli, Student Union at Crewe University said that "Domestic abuse is often considered a taboo subject so it’s important that we work with the police and their partners to try and help students get out of this mentality and raise the awareness. Educating students on what to look out for, and the importance of speaking up if they are victims will help us to do this. The talks were well received and students felt more confident that they would be able to spot the signs in other couples, or know who to speak to if they became victims themselves."

    According to the Home Office, abuse occurs frequently in teenage relationships. Nearly 75% of girls have reported some form of emotional partner violence. In the words of a victim, who supported the Cheshire Police campaign and who suffered severe domestic abuse in her early twenties, "My advice to others would be to recognise the signs of abuse. There were issues of controlling behaviour very early on, but I ignored them, thinking it was normal behaviour. I knew it wasn’t right but didn’t take it as anything serious. So I would urge victims to ‘speak out’ because it will only get worse if you don’t tell anyone."

    DC Chris Howarth commented that "The teen abuse campaign was our way of channelling advice to young people. We had identified a need for delivering talks of this nature to students and wanted to bridge that gap. The workshops encouraged participation and were given to a broad range of students, from 16/17 year olds involved in child care courses to students at university.

    In particular, we focused on "No means No" and the importance of respect being shown by the partner in relationships. Aspects of controlling behaviour were discussed and warning signs highlighted, some certainly hit home from the reaction of a number of the students.

    If you want to read more about ‘Speak out’ or ‘This is Abuse’ please visit www.direct.gov.uk/thisisabuseand www.upbeat.uk.com/17plus.

    Police Appeal

    West Mercia Police are urgently seeking the public's help to find a missing teenager from Wellington in Shropshire.

    Georgia Williams, aged 17, left her home 7.30pm on Sunday 26 May and has not been seen by her family since. Police and her family are increasingly concerned for her welfare.

    Police believe that Georgia may have been travelling with a 22-year-old man from the Wellington area. He was arrested this morning in Glasgow, on suspicion of kidnap.

    Superintendent Nav Malik from West Mercia Police said: "I am concerned for Georgia's welfare and am asking for the public's help to try and locate her.

    "We believe that Georgia may have been travelling with a man since she left her home on Sunday. A police operation has led to the arrest of a man in Glasgow but we have so far not been able to locate Georgia.

    "We are keen to hear from anyone who has seen Georgia since Sunday afternoon, or has any information about her whereabouts or movements over the past few days.

    "I also want to know about the movements of a silver Toyota Hiace 300 GS van, registration number CX06 ASV, which we know the arrested man was driving. We know that this vehicle travelled from Wellington to Oswestry, Shropshire, before travelling to Rhyll, Chester, Cumbria and then onto Glasgow."

    Georgia is described as white, 5'3" tall of slim build and she has red hair.

    Superintendent Malik added: "I'd also like to make a direct appeal to Georgia to get in touch with us. If you hear these appeals, please contact us. You are not in any trouble, we simply wish to make sure you are safe and well."

    Anyone with information about Georgia's whereabouts can contact West Mercia Police on 101 or 0300 333 3000.

    Show your support for Mercian troops during Crewe parade

     

    Cheshire East Council is urging residents to show their support of 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Cheshire) as they parade throughout Crewe town centre.

    The regiment will take part in a homecoming parade throughout the town following their return from Afghanistan.

    The servicemen and women of 1 Mercian are recruited from Crewe, Holmes Chapel, Middlewich, Macclesfield, Sandbach, Congleton and across Cheshire West.

    The parade will take place on Friday June 14 at 11.00am. The parade will start at Forge Street car park travelling towards Market Street before saluting the Mayor along Queensway. The regiment will then continue the parade along Market Street before turning on to Earle Street and finishing at The Municipal Buildings.

    1 Mercian has just returned from active service on the frontline in war-torn Helmand Province. The regiment - whose motto is ‘Stand firm, strike hard’ - suffered 1 fatality during its six-month tour of duty.

    Councillor Michael Jones, Leader of Cheshire East Council said: “On behalf of Cheshire East Council I would like to say that I am extremely proud of the relationship that we have with The Mercian Regiment and look forward to welcoming them to our towns once again.

    “The sacrifices that the men and women of the regiment make on a daily basis must be recognised and their bravery applauded.”

    Councillor Dorothy Flude, Mayor of Cheshire East said: “We are extremely proud to be welcoming home the Mercian Regiment after their tour of duty in Afghanistan.

    “After fighting tirelessly to protect their country I hope that the people of Cheshire East will show their support in attending the parade.”

    Major Eddie Pickering MBE, the assistant regimental secretary, said: “We are delighted to have been welcomed back to parade throughout the town, especially after being granted the freedom of the borough in 2010. The Mercian Regiment is very proud of the links that we hold with Cheshire East Council and we are also very grateful for their continued support.”

    The Cheshires’ main role in Helmand was to provide support to the Afghan Security Forces during the transition to responsibility for their own national security.

    Cheshire Police band’s clean sweep

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    Cheshire Constabulary′s brass band has returned from the annual Whit Friday competitions in Saddleworth and Tameside, winning five prizes for its marching and deportment.

    The brass band contests are held each year and see bands from all over the UK and beyond attending.

    The Constabulary′s band was the only police band competing in the events, which took place on Friday 24 May.

    The band′s musical director David Woollam said: "People really seemed to appreciate the band, breaking into spontaneous applause wherever we played.

    "The band′s extremely smart turnout, together with rousing renditions of the British Grenadiers and Dam Busters march, secured the prize at each of the five venues the band attended.

    "The band has had a busy time of late, just completing its first CD, and it is off to Germany in September for a self-funded concert tour.

    "We are always keen to welcome new members and at the moment are especially keen to hear from cornet players. We are also currently seeking side drummers to bolster our fine Corps of Drums."

    The band′s contact details are available at www.cheshirepoliceband.co.uk.

    Call to Council to block access to payday loan websites.

     

    Willaston and Rope Ward Councillor Brian Silvester is calling for access to payday loan websites to be blocked from Council computers in its libraries, offices and community facilities.

    He said, " Some payday loans are no more than legalised robbery, with rates of interest at an unbelievable 3000% and more. Those who can least afford it are paying astronomical interest rates. Many are not aware on how badly they are being ripped off. Also many payday loan firms are irresponsible because people aged under 18, those with mental health issues and borrowers who were drunk have all been given payday loans, according to Citizens Advice, who state that pay day loan companies are out of control. (See below)

    Cheshire East Council should be determined to use its voice and influence to guide residents towards affordable credit such as credit unions and protect them from falling into a high interest debt trap. Also the Council should be calling on the high street banks in the Borough to start offering micro-loans to people in debt. These would be a responsible alternative to a payday loan and far more accessible than the standard personal loans on offer."

    Cllr Brian Silvester BA (Hons)
    Willaston and Rope Ward Councillor

    Cheshire East Council

    Tel/fax 01270 567757

    Payday loan companies are out of control, says Citizens Advice

    Payday loan companies are lending irresponsibly and harassing borrowers.

      People aged under 18, those with mental health issues and borrowers who were drunk have all been given payday loans, according to Citizens Advice.  

    It says these lenders are out of control and has urged the OFT to take “tough and immediate” action.

    This news comes 12 weeks after the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) launched an investigationinto the payday loans industry.

    Out of control lending

    Evidence from Citizens Advice showed that the payday loans industry is failing to meet basic lending standards.

    It looked at 780 cases which had been reported and tracked feedback between 26th November 2012 and 17th March 2013. Within this feedback it looked at 2,000 payday loans which had been approved and 113 different lenders.

    Several major flaws in the payday loan industry were highlighted through this research. It found that three out of every four people with a payday loan are struggling to repay the debt.

    The checks used to make sure someone can repay a loan are still not sufficient - in 87% of cases a borrower wasn’t asked to provide documents to prove they could repay the loan.

    Lenders have also been found to be taking more money - through interest payments - then they were owed and refusing to refund the extra.

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    “The payday loan industry is out of control and is acting as a law unto itself. It has showed a complete disregard for its customers. Many have been driven into debt by irresponsible lending and their debts ballooned as lenders put pressure on them to extend the loans,” explained Citizens Advice chief executive Gillian Guy.

    Rolling-over debts

    One of the main areas where people get caught out with payday loans is when a debt rolls over and the interest rate shoots up.

    Seven out of ten people who take out a loan say they’ve been put under pressure by the lender to extend the loan.

    Reasonable repayment plans are also not being set up to help borrowers who are unable to repay loans. In 84% of cases lenders refused to freeze interest payments.

    What's more borrowers are not being warned about the danger of extending loans. Citizens Advice found that 83% of the time lenders did not make the risks clear of extending the loan to those already in debt.

    A massive 95% also didn’t check if borrowers who already had repayment problems could afford to pay back an extended loan.

    Micro loans

    Citizens Advice has called on high street banks to start offering micro-loans to people in debt. These would be a responsible alternative to a payday loan and far more accessible than the standard personal loans on offer.

    The one positive to come out of this research is that lenders are now being more upfront about the costs they charge.

    Cattle dealer prosecuted for breaching TB restrictions

     

    Cheshire East Council has successfully prosecuted a cattle dealer who broke bovine tuberculosis (TB) restrictions.

    Anthony Ronald Kirkham, 69, of Ridley Farm, near Bunbury, was given a four-month custodial sentence, suspended for two years, after he pleaded guilty to eight offences at Crewe Magistrates Court.

    Mr Kirkham’s farm was placed under TB restrictions in April 2011, after a cow was found to have bovine TB.

    This meant that animals could not be moved on or off his farm without a veterinary risk assessment being carried out and a movement licence granted.

    Mr Kirkham admitted that he had moved a cow on to his farm while under restrictions without a licence and also that he had moved cattle from the TB exempt market at Chelford to ‘non-permitted destinations’.

    In sentencing, Mr Kirkham, District Judge Jack McGarva said that he was mindful of the devastating effect that bovine TB is having on the farming industry and said that compliance with the legislation is ‘not optional, not a technicality, it is essential for the country and for farming colleagues’.

    Judge McGarva also noted that only a few months before the most-recent offences, Mr Kirkham had been ordered to pay a fine and prosecution costs in the region of £10,000 for similar offences related to breaches of a TB restriction notice.

    Additionally, Mr Kirkham had been fined £13,000 in 2003, for breaching legislation to control the spread of foot and mouth diseases.

    Along with the custodial sentence, Mr Kirkham was ordered to pay prosecution costs of £5,998.40.

    Councillor Les Gilbert, Cabinet member in charge of communities and regulatory services, said: “Cheshire East has a vibrant rural community and we need to do everything we can to protect our farmers from threats such as bovine TB.

    “I would like to thank our animal health team for their efforts in bringing this prosecution and I hope that it will act as a warning to any farmers or cattle traders thinking of breaching restrictions.”

    Tuesday, 28 May 2013

    The Audlem Carnival

    Jonathan White, Crewe

    The Audlem Carnival took place on Bank Holiday Monday 27th May 2013 on the Playing Field. It was the 201st since it began in 1812. The carnival started in the Ring with the crowning of Amelia Steele as this year's Queen, with Lucy Titley, Beth Linder Arrowsmith and Mollie Goodwin as the Princesses, who were all later paraded in a Austin-Healey 3000 open top sports car. Another event in the Ring was Irish dancing.

    Irish dancing in the Ring

    There were numerous stalls representing local organisations and charities including Audlem WI, Hankelow Amenities Group, Pets As Therapy, Oxfam, North Shropshire CATS, The Neuromuscular Centre, The Motor Neurone Disease Association, and The Donna Louise Children's Hospice Trust.

    Pets As Therapy stall

    There was a display of motorbikes from the Edge & District Vintage Motorcycle Club, a fire engine from Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service, and a variety of fairground rides.

    Food options included tea, coffee and light refreshments served in the village hall and a hog roast.

    Despite rain later in the afternoon the event was attended and enjoyed by hundreds of people.

    The event coincided with the final day of Audlem's 13th Music Festival.

    Saturday, 25 May 2013

    Warning over PMA drug after death of Ellie Jones in Warrington

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    Initial toxicology results have revealed the presence of the drug PMA in the system of 16-year-old Ellie Jones who died last weekend.

    Cheshire Police is working closely with local partners in health, schools, colleges and drug agencies to warn people about the dangers of the drug, particularly as we head into the bank holiday weekend.

    Although the police cannot confirm that PMA is the cause of Ellie’s death initial results indicate the presence of PMA in her system. If it is confirmed as the cause of her death it will bring the number of deaths across the county associated to the drug to four this year.

    PMA comes in many forms including tablet, powder and crystal. PMA is not absorbed as quickly as other drugs and, as a result, users have been known to take excessive amounts as they mistakenly believe it to be other drugs which usually have a more immediate effect. This results in users potentially taking lethal doses by mistake.

    PMA is a type of amphetamine known as ‘Paramethoxyamphetamine′. It is an illegal substance and possession, use or selling the drug is a criminal offence.

    Superintendent Martin Cleworth said: "Ellie’s death last weekend shocked everyone and now we have the initial toxicology results back indicating she had taken PMA. We have a duty to warn people about the potentially fatal consequences taking this drug can have and would urge people to obtain urgent medical assistance on behalf of anyone suspected to have taken PMA who suffers difficulty breathing, muscle spasms, nausea or starts to vomit.

    "This is the fourth death we have had this year in Cheshire alone that is associated to PMA, and we are working together with our partners  in health, colleges,schools and drug agencies to get warnings out to as many people as possible.

    "If anyone has any information about who may be supplying this fatal drug across Cheshire I would urge them to contact police, or alternaltively call Crimestoppers anonymously so we can continue to do all we can to remove them from our streets and prevent anyone else going through the heartache Ellie’s family have gone through."

    Cathy Fitzgerald from Warrington’s Drug and Alcohol Action Team said:
    "Drugs have a big effect on people’s health and wellbeing and so we would strongly advise not to take any illegal drugs or "legal highs", as they all come with great risk.
    If you or someone you are with find yourselves suffering from the symptoms of this drug, it’s vital that you seek medical attention straight away.
    If any resident wishes to access some services locally for drugs information or further support, Crime Reduction Initiatives are on 01925 415176 and are on 14-16 Bold Street in the town centre."

    Ellie from Warrington was taken to hospital experiencing breathing difficulties shortly after 3.30 am on Saturday 18 May. Despite the best efforts of paramedics and medical staff, she died a short time later.

    Six people have now been arrested in connection with the death and have all been bailed pending inquiries.

    Anyone with any information about the supply and distribution of the drug is urged to call police on 101 or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

    Rachel Clayton, 34, and Emma Speed, 30, were found dead at a house on Crompton Road, Macclesfield,  on Sunday, April 7, 2013.

    Toxicology results revealed evidence of PMA in their systems.

    PMA was also found in the system of a 34-year-old man who was found dead in a caravan on Batemill Close, Macclesfield in February.

    At this stage there is no evidence to suggest a link between the deaths.

    Get On Your Bike for St Luke’s (Cheshire) Hospice at Oulton Park this Father’s Day

     

    St Luke’s (Cheshire) Hospice is inviting Cheshire fundraisers to ‘Get On Your Bike’ at Oulton Park this Father’s Day (Sunday, 16 June) and give your dad a racing experience to remember.

    L-R Centre North West Air Ambulance's Gillian Edwards, The Neuro Muscular Centre's Emily Swinerd and St Luke's Cheshire Hospice Community Fundraiser Jessica Wilkes-Reading

    The world-famous motorsport course at Little Budworth, Tarporley, is opening its gates to the public for a FREE family fun day and inviting families and fundraisers to sign up for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to cycle on the hallowed tarmac of the track, which is 60 years old this year, in aid of the hospice.

    The family fun day, set to feature an array of entertainment for visitors young and old, and the ‘Get On Your Bike’ event are being held in aid of St Luke’s (Cheshire) Hospice and a number of other local causes.

    St Luke’s Community and Corporate Fundraiser Jessica Wilkes-Reading commented: “What better way to celebrate Father’s Day than riding through all the famous twists and turns of one of motorsport’s most iconic tracks.

    “From 8.30am the course will be open for the ‘Speed Demons’ event for cycling enthusiasts who want to ride as fast as they like around the course and from 10.30am until 5pm, it will be opened up to families.

    “We’re looking for as many fundraisers as possible to take up the challenge of cycling round the track during what is set to be a fantastic event packed with family fun and entertainment.”

    The hospice’s Luke the Bus, a former London Routemaster bus luxuriously restored by long-term St Luke’s supporter Bentley Motors, will also be attending the event.

    Entrance to the family fun day is FREE.

    Entrance to the ‘Get On Your Bike’ Speed Demons session, from 8am - 10am, is by advance booking only and numbers limited to maintain safety (early booking recommended to avoid disappointment). The entry fee is £6 plus a minimum of £25 sponsorship per cyclist.

    Advance booking is recommended for the Family ‘Cycling for All’ session from 10.30am - 5pm, and the entry fee is £6 plus a minimum of £25 sponsorship per cyclist.

    Advance family tickets for two adults and up to three children Under 14 years of age are available for £16 plus a minimum collective sponsorship of £50. Children under five years old cycle for free with one paying adult.

    Additionally, entertainers who would like to help out and entertain families during the day are encouraged to contact Jessica as a number of spaces are still available.

    For more information about the ‘Get On Your Bike’ event visit http://www.getonyourbike.org.uk/

    Alternatively contact Jessica at St Luke’s (Cheshire) Hospice on 01606 555488 or email jwilkes-reading@stlukes-hospice.co.uk.

    For more information about St Luke’s (Cheshire) Hospice visit www.stlukeshospice.co.uk.

    Friday, 24 May 2013

    Local Plan consultation is coming to an end – get involved today

     

    Time is nearly up if you want to get involved in the latest round of the Local Plan consultation.

    The ‘Possible Additional Sites’ consultation closes on Thursday, May 30.

    Responses received to the recent Local Plan consultation, in January and February 2013, have revealed a number of possible strategic sites that developers and landowners consider suitable for inclusion in the Local Plan, as well as other strategic sites that have been brought to the attention of the Council in recent months, as the plan-making process has progressed.

    The Local Plan will be finalised this year, which will help to protect Cheshire East from unplanned, unsustainable development throughout the Borough.

    Councillor David Brown, Cabinet member in charge of strategic communities, said: 

    “These possible additional sites have been proposed by developers and land interests. We are asking for the views of the people of Cheshire East as the Council has reached no views on the merits of these sites. 

    “If you are interested in the future of Cheshire East, it is vital that you take the time to give us your views. In progressing the next stage of our Local Plan we need to be sure that we have considered all reasonable alternatives in terms of our strategy and potential development sites.”

    The latest consultation document can be found at: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/localplan where you can have your say until Thursday, May 30, when the Local Plan consultation ends.

    The ‘Possible Additional Sites’ consultation document is also available to view at any of our libraries, or by visiting the Council’s Delamere House, in Crewe; Macclesfield Town Hall; and the Council’s headquarters at Westfields, in Sandbach. 

    Background:

    The new Local Plan aims to promote economic growth, improve connectivity and protect the Cheshire East countryside from unsustainable, unplanned development for the next 20 years.

    WILL AND MARCUS RIDE TO VICTORY IN GRUELING THREE-DAY LONDON TO PARIS FUNDRAISING CHALLENGE

     

    Blue Bell MINI Crewe Sales Executive Will Willis and Blue Bell MINI Wilmslow Local Business Development Manager Marcus Hoyle are celebrating after raising nearly £2,500 in memory of a close friend, with a gruelling three-day London to Paris cycle ride.Marcus Hoyle, white top centre, and Will Willis, in green, with thier team in Paris

    Will, 32, who lives in Tarporley, and Marcus 32, who lives in Lymm, and six friends, completed the challenging 250-mile ride in aid of The Manchester Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre, in memory of their close friend, Liz Gardner, who passed away following a long battle with the condition, aged 30 in 2010.

    The team of friends, who admit that their usual exercise consists of ‘lifting pints and walking around pool tables’, had originally set themselves the target of raising £2,000 but had already beaten that by the time they returned home, with a total of £2,380 donated so far.

    Will explains: “We set off from Trafalgar Square at 9am on the Saturday and arrived in Paris at 6pm on the Monday. It took a further 40 minutes to find the Eiffel Tower.”

    The Manchester Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre, based in Wythenshawe, is one of the largest and longest established adult Cystic Fibrosis centres in the UK, with an international reputation for excellence and innovation.

    It is a regional specialist unit and treats patients from all over the North West.

    Will explains: “It was a really tough challenge but we were determined to raise as much money as we could for a charity that is close to our hearts, The Manchester Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre.

    “Liz had Cystic Fibrosis. The condition meant that she battled through everyday, but she was a person that never once showed any day was a challenge.”

    “The condition is one of the most common life-threatening genetic disorders, affecting around 8,500 people in the UK. Each week in the UK, three young lives are lost to Cystic Fibrosis.

    “It primarily affects the lungs, with repeated chest infections and breathlessness, but also affects nutrition, diabetes, bones and joints. The many different organs that can be affected mean that optimal care requires input from a range of different specialists and, of course, that costs money.

    “All proceeds are going directly to the wards that helped the wonderful Liz Gardner at the Wythenshawe Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre.”

    You can still sponsor Marcus, Will and the team by visiting their JustGiving fundraising page at http://www.justgiving.com/cycleforcysticfibrosis.

    For more information on Blue Bell MINI Wilmslow visit the dealership on Dean Row Road, Wilmslow, SK9 2TA or call 01625 527527.

    For more information on Blue Bell MINI Crewe visit the dealership on Gateway, Crewe,
    CW1 6YY or call 01270 214 800.

    For more information about the Manchester Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre visit http://www.uhsm.nhs.uk.

    Thursday, 23 May 2013

    Autism school gets Government backing

     

    Cheshire East has been handed a massive boost with the announcement that the Department for Education has approved plans by the National Autistic Society (NAS) to run a specialist free school in Church Lawton, near Alsager.

    The school – which will cater for 60 pupils – will help address the need for specialist teaching for children who have conditions within the autistic spectrum continuum.

    A recent NAS report found that 30 per cent of parents feel their child’s educational placement is not adequate and 43 per cent of children who are in autism-specific schools had to travel

    The planned free schools will prepare pupils for adulthood by offering them opportunities and experiences in their local area, helping them to integrate into their communities. 

    The possibility of establishing a specialist autism school on the site of the former Church Lawton Primary School was first explored by the Council in 2011.

    Council officers then worked to carry out a feasibility assessment and draw up plans for adaption of the site. This work was then passed over to the NAS to help with their bid.  

    The NAS were also successful in a bid to run a similar free school in Lambeth. This build’s on the NAS’s first free school which is due to open in Reading in September.

    Councillor Rachel Bailey, Cabinet member responsible for children and family services, said: “This announcement is excellent news and we are delighted that the National Autistic Society has approval from the Secretary of State to move to the next stage of the process – the  pre-opening stage in the creation of an autism-specific free school on the Church Lawton site.

    “We have always recognised that there has been a gap in provision for children for conditions within the autistic spectrum continuum.

    “A dedicated school will mean that children and young people should no longer have to travel outside of the Borough to receive the education and care that they require.

    “Over the coming months we will be working closely with the free school proposers, the National Autistic Society, to make this vision a reality.”

    Mark Lever, Chief Executive of The NAS, said: “We’re thrilled to have this opportunity to work with local parents to increase autism-specific education in the UK. 

    “Autism is a spectrum condition that affects everyone differently, so it is vital that families can choose from a range of schools and access the best education for their children locally.

    “This is precisely why the NAS was set up over 50 years ago.  Our new free schools will continue this legacy and support more young people with autism to lead the life they choose.”

    COLLEGE STUDENT GIVES PARK PLAQUE NEW LICK OF PAINT

     

    Plaque Restoration Project
    A South Cheshire College Painting and Decorating student has helped to restore a plaque in Queen’s Park to its former glory.

    Brad Hughes has completely stripped and repainted the metal plinth in memory of Councillor Charles Welch who played a key role in the park’s history and heritage in the late 1800s.

    The plaque commemorates a tree planted by Councillor Welch in the centre of the park but it went missing after being ripped up by vandals.

    It was retrieved from another part of the park but was in a bad state of repair before Brad stepped in to help out.

    The sign now looks sparkling after being painted black and white and will be put back in position alongside the tree.

    Four generations of Councillor Welch’s family joined Cllr Brian Silvester and Queen’s Park Manager Elaine Dodd to unveil the newly restored version at the West Lodge in Queen’s Park.

    They included Councillor Welch’s granddaughter June Kershaw, great granddaughter Anne Shaw and her husband Chris, great great granddaughter Charlotte Shaw and great great great granddaughter Lilly Massey.

    Brad Hughes and South Cheshire College Painting and Decorating tutor also met the family in Queen’s Park.

    Brad, 17, of Crewe, who is studying a Painting and Decorating Level One Diploma, said: “The plaque was in a bad state when I first saw it and it was very rusty but I stripped it down and repainted it.

    “I think it looks a lot better now and I’m glad the family and the park staff are pleased with it.”

    The plaque reads ‘This Tree was planted in memory of the late Councillor Welch in recognition of his valuable services as a member of the Park Committee. October 9th 1895.

    Cllr Brian Silvester said: “The family contacted me when they realised that the plaque was missing.

    “I contacted the Council, the plaque was found and the College agreed to refurbish it.

    “We are extremely grateful to South Cheshire College for helping us to restore this plaque which has always held a prominent position at the heart of the park.

    “This is a great example of partnership working and the newly restored version looks fantastic.”

    For further information about Painting and Decorating courses at South Cheshire College, please call 01270 654654 or visit www.scc.ac.uk

    Wednesday, 22 May 2013

    Cheshire Police educate students with abuse talks

     

    Detective Constable’s Bob Scott and Chris Howarth from Cheshire Police have been delivering workshops on the theme of teenage abuse at local universities and colleges across Cheshire over the last month.

    The workshops were delivered as part of the Home Office’s ‘This is Abuse’ and Cheshire Police’s own ‘Speak out, don’t be silent’ campaigns. They sought to raise issues about teenager’s attitudes toward abuse and highlight how tolerant some young people are toward violence in relationships - one in five young men and one in ten young women think that abuse or violence against women is acceptable.

    Groups of students from Mid Cheshire College, Crewe MMU (part of Manchester Metropolitan University) and Ellesmere Port Campus at West Cheshire College all participated. Laura Ramli, Student Union at Crewe University said that "Domestic abuse is often considered a taboo subject so it’s important that we work with the police and their partners to try and help students get out of this mentality and raise the awareness. Educating students on what to look out for, and the importance of speaking up if they are victims will help us to do this. The talks were well received and students felt more confident that they would be able to spot the signs in other couples, or know who to speak to if they became victims themselves."

    According to the Home Office, abuse occurs frequently in teenage relationships. Nearly 75% of girls have reported some form of emotional partner violence. In the words of a victim, who supported the Cheshire Police campaign and who suffered severe domestic abuse in her early twenties, "My advice to others would be to recognise the signs of abuse. There were issues of controlling behaviour very early on, but I ignored them, thinking it was normal behaviour. I knew it wasn’t right but didn’t take it as anything serious. So I would urge victims to ‘speak out’ because it will only get worse if you don’t tell anyone."

    DC Chris Howarth commented that "The teen abuse campaign was our way of channelling advice to young people. We had identified a need for delivering talks of this nature to students and wanted to bridge that gap. The workshops encouraged participation and were given to a broad range of students, from 16/17 year olds involved in child care courses to students at university.

    In particular, we focused on "No means No" and the importance of respect being shown by the partner in relationships. Aspects of controlling behaviour were discussed and warning signs highlighted, some certainly hit home from the reaction of a number of the students.

    If you want to read more about ‘Speak out’ or ‘This is Abuse’ please visit www.direct.gov.uk/thisisabuseand www.upbeat.uk.com/17plus.

    Summer of fun-packed events planned for Crewe town centre

    The Crewe and Nantwich Rock Choir will perform an open air concert at 11am until 2pm on Saturday May 25 in Crewe’s Municipal Square (opposite The Municipal Buildings). This event is a free of charge performance on the square that everyone can enjoy.

    The Rock Choir concert signals the start of a diverse and vibrant programme of free events taking place throughout the summer.  A range of entertainment and other activities are planned throughout the summer months. Events include:

    Sat June 15: Bike Week

    Sat July 20: Children’s Day

    Sat Aug 10: Celtic Day

    Sat Sept 21: Tom Seals in Concert

    All events are due to take place in the Municipal Square, Crewe.

    Cllr Jamie Macrae, Cabinet member in charge of Prosperity and Economic Regeneration, said: “The range of events planned throughout the summer in Crewe, promise something for everyone.

    “The rock choir concert will provide a unique and rousing musical experience for visitors and residents of Crewe to enjoy and will provide a vibrant backdrop for shoppers to enjoy the town centre on a busy Saturday.

    “I would encourage everyone to make the most of these events and get involved; they will also help to raise awareness of some of the various community activities on offer throughout Crewe all year round.”

    Sue Togay, Town Centre Manager said: “This year’s programme of events has been devised to appeal to all age groups and helps make the town centre shopping experience more enjoyable for local people whilst celebrating a sense of pride in our town.

    “As for visitors, of course we want them to come and visit us more often and increase the economy of our local Crewe retailers.”

    The Crewe and Nantwich Rock Choir has been performing in the Crewe and Nantwich area for 2 years singing versions of Pop, Gospel, Motown and chart songs. They attract a wide variety of people young and old, male and female.

    For more information on the Rock Choir, or if you are interested in joining the local branch of this nationwide choir, please pop along to the concert or visit www.rockchoir.com

    Family pay tribute to Crewe man as police investigation into his death continues

     

    The family of a Crewe man who died last weekend have paid tribute to him.

    Jake Mellor, from Timbrell Avenue had been involved in an altercation with a man in Walthall Street, Crewe on 7 May 2013.

    He sought medical advice but was then admitted to Leighton Hospital on 10 May after his health deteriorated and was transferred to North Staffordshire Hospital where he sadly died.

    The following has been released on behalf of the family: "Jake was a smart, caring, beautiful man who had a great sense of humour and could always make you smile. He was a very loyal son, brother and uncle.

    "The family are overwhelmed by the amount of friends Jake had from all over Cheshire. They have all shown their support to the family and we appreciate this very much. We would like to thank you all for being so thoughtful and caring at this very difficult time."

    Police are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the events leading up to his death.

    As part of these enquiries a 25-year-old man also from Crewe was arrested on suspicion of murder and has since been released on police bail.

    DCI Simon Price said: "Jake′s family are devastated by their loss and we are working with them at this difficult time. I offer my sincere condolences to them. A team of officers are working on this investigation and are trying to piece together the events which led to his death.

    "We would appeal to anyone who was in the area of Walthall Street on 7 May at around 5.47pm.

    "Jake had been in an altercation with the driver of a small hatchback. It is believed this took place near to the vehicle which was parked up in the street at the time.

    "If you have any information that may help with our enquiries we would urge you to contact us."

    Anyone with information should contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 297 of 18 May 2013.

    Alternatively information can be given anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

    New powerful transport body will manage millions of pounds worth of investment

     

    Cheshire East Council has joined forces with its neighbouring councils to establish a new powerful decision-making body to oversee the region’s future investment in transport.

    The Cheshire and Warrington Local Transport Body (CWLTB) has the power to invest in schemes that support economic growth and regeneration across the region.

    It is made up of Cheshire East Council, Cheshire West and Chester Council and Warrington Borough Council, and has been given the devolved decision-making powers by the Department for Transport.

    CWLTB has a single strategic objective: ‘to improve transport infrastructure to secure significant connectivity gains in the support of economic growth and prosperity’ and will be a publicly-accountable body.

    The first meeting will take place this Thursday (May 23) at Congleton Town Hall at 3.30pm and the public and press are welcome to attend.

    It is estimated the region will need over a billion pounds worth of investment over the next twenty to thirty years in order to meet the sustainable needs of its communities. This funding will also be drawn from the private sector and the transport industry.

    The Department for Transport has already committed £21.8m for the period 2015/16 to 2018/19, the details of which will be officially announced next month. This represents an initial pot of funding with the three councils working together to attract further outside investment.

    Leader of Cheshire East Council Councillor Michael Jones will chair the group. He is also lead for infrastructure on Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP) and therefore brings with him a wealth of insight and experience. Supporting him will be 80s music mogul Pete Waterman who is lead for transport on (CWLEP).

    Councillor Jones said: “This is an important step forward to ensure that Cheshire East Council and our partners are in the strongest position to manage the millions of pounds worth of investment we are due to unlock the potential of our region and promote us as the ‘engine of the north’.

    “The new body will enable us to have an on-going dialogue with the Government so that we can demonstrate confidence that projects can be implemented when funding becomes available.

    “We will be working closely with the Government, the Highways Agency and Network Rail to influence and bring forward projects from their own investment programmes that could greatly benefit the area.

    “Connecting people so that jobs can be accessed and ensuring businesses are able to confidently invest in sites near to transport hubs, will be our over-riding objectives.

    “We want to provide an excellent location to do business, as well as a beautiful place to live and work.

    “We are totally committed to bringing economic success to the region and see investment in our transport system as the driving force.

    “My role will be to steer us through the decision-making process and to tap into potential funds, which could bring even greater prosperity to Cheshire East and our partners.”

    One of the main roles of CWLTB will be to create a Strategic Transport Policy and a Transport Connectivity and Infrastructure Plan to cover all forms of transport. To achieve its strategic and wider objectives, the CWLTB will also develop an integrated Transport Investment Programme of capital projects for the sub region.

    There will be a pooled ‘transport investment fund’ created and the CWLTB will work with economic development teams to identify other funding sources, including private sector funding contributions and investments.

    The new body will have the power to approve schemes, release funding and scrutinise individual schemes for consideration.

    Police Network failure update

     

    Today, Tuesday, May 21, the Constabulary suffered a network systems failure that lasted just under two hours.

    The cause of the failure is yet to be confirmed.

    Chief Inspector Force Control Centre, Damien Smethurst said: "Despite the loss of all network systems we were able to maintain radio communications with all operational staff, and we retained the capability to receive and respond to all emergency calls.

    "We also had full co-operation from neighbouring forces, who helped by taking non-emergency calls and supporting Cheshire in PNC and intel search capability.

    "Throughout the incident our priority was the safety of the public and all staff. A full business continuity review will take place to identify any lessons for the future."

    Tuesday, 21 May 2013

    ANXIETY, ANGUISH AND ANGER IN WISTASTON

     

    Cheshire East Council Leader Michael Jones addressed a packed Wistaston Memorial Hall last Thursday evening when he attended Wistaston Parish Council’s May meeting. 

    There were over 200 residents packed into the Hall, all concerned and outraged about the speculative plans for building on all of Wistaston’s remaining green fields.

    Michael Jones said: “I agreed to come to this meeting a few months ago when Ward Councillor Margaret Simon asked me to meet the parish council and talk to them about topical issues.  At the time I agreed to attend we would have expected to be discussing street lighting, potholes and maybe their allotments but, in the last few weeks, events have overtaken that. 

    “Wistaston is under siege from several developers, two of whom are even speculating on the same piece of land. Naturally, residents are outraged by this. They want their village to remain a village and retain its identity.  They do not want to lose the green fields that separate them from neighbouring parishes.  They want to retain their Green Gaps. 

    “I am very concerned that their quality of life has been affected so badly in the last couple of weeks.

    “Most fortunately, with so many residents  present at the meeting,  they were able to hear me offer them my strongest support and I was able to get the message over to them that these speculative plans are unplanned, unsustainable and unwanted.”

    Wistaston Ward Councillor Margaret Simon, who attended the meeting with Michael Jones, said: “I am grateful to Michael for agreeing to come to Wistaston. 

    “It was very reassuring for parish councillors and residents to hear him support them in the fight to reject these speculative plans by developers. 

    “The message was loud and clear that their elected representatives were fully behind Wistaston residents in any forthcoming fight to fend off and reject these unnecessary plans.”

    Residents can comment online on the latest Wistaston speculative development on land at Wistaston Green Road, Wistaston (Site H) by logging on to www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/localplan

    Cheshire’s heritage – Is it a crime?

     

    Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire John Dwyer has been working with the Constabulary to ensure that Cheshire’s heritage sites are subject to fewer crimes.

    John Dwyer said, "heritage crime is little understood but when people realise that there are 6000 sites in Cheshire designated as ‘heritage’ sites and that unfortunately, some are subject to criminal activity, suddenly people become very passionate about protecting them. I want to mobilise this passion in the police and public to protect the fantastic assets across the county which make us proud to live and work in Cheshire."

    In 2012 English Heritage published the findings of their first national survey of the scale of threat to England’s historic buildings and sites from crime.

    · 18.7% of all listed buildings were physically affected by crime in 2011

    · 15.3% of scheduled monuments were affected

    · Three in eight churches and other religious buildings were affected

    · 12.3% of heritage assets were affected by anti-social behaviour

    John Dwyer added, "Crimes against heritage are not victimless, it is not just the owner who suffers, the whole community loses and very often the thing that is stolen or damaged is literally irreplaceable. There is a real cost, Chester’s city walls and towers alone are estimated to be worth in excess of £25 million per year to the city’s economy.

    Nationally, 100 organisations are now members of the Alliance to Reduce Crime against Heritage (ARCH).

    In Cheshire, the launch of Heritage Watch by Assistant Chief Constable Ruth Purdie is the first initiative in the country aiming to involve the public in caring for their local heritage assets. New call handling procedures are highlighting when crime occurs at heritage sites. Nominated single points of contact have been introduced in each Neighbourhood policing unit and crime prevention advice is being offered for different types of heritage crime.

    John Dwyer said, "I commend the work being done by the police and partners to focus on heritage crime but the real strength in tackling this is in the community where people care about their heritage and are prepared to keep a look out for metal theft, sand stone theft, criminal damage and anti-social behaviour. People can do simple things to help such as reporting crimes such as; unauthorised metal detecting, fires, fly posting, public urination and reporting unauthorised work to listed buildings, to either the police or their partners. Community and religious leaders can join Heritage Watch to assist in reducing metal theft and damage to important buildings."

    Heritage sites in Cheshire include plaques, battle fields, parks and gardens, canal bridges, monuments, walls, guideposts, schools and houses as well as the more obvious tourist sites and religious buildings. A risk assessment tool and details of how to join Heritage Watch are available on the Cheshire Constabulary website. Alternatively, you could also sign up to Cheshire Police Alert (www.cheshirepolicealert.co.uk) which allows you to feed information to your local policing team as well as receiving a variety of information.

    Crewe’s one1ink bus celebrates 25,000 passenger journeys

     

     

    The new and direct bus service designed to transport commuters in and around Crewe has been hailed a success after notching up 25,000 passenger journeys in just four months.

    The new fleet runs every 15 minutes and is designed to complement existing services to employment sites in and around Crewe.

    The one1ink is an affordable, luxury service launched in partnership with local transport company D&G Buses. The buses boast leather seats, free wi-fi, CCTV and low-floor access.

    Funded by the Department for Transport, the service is designed to make it easier for those with or without their own transport to access employment as well as strengthen links between the industrial estates and MMU and retail areas in the centre of Crewe.

    Councillor David Topping, Cabinet member in charge of the environment, said: “Twenty five thousand passenger journeys in just four months is a strong indication that this new fleet of buses are just what people in Crewe need.

    “We knew the bus service was going to be popular but this level of interest is very encouraging.

    “We would urge anyone who normally drives to work to give it a go and help improve the environment.”

    The one1ink bus service was launched as part of the ‘All Change for Crewe’ initiative, promoting Crewe as an environmentally-sustainable place to live and work for the future.

    It’s also part of a bigger plan to unlock Crewe’s excellent economic potential by 2030 and develop efficient transport links.

    It operates across the town from Bentley Motors to Crewe Business Park, providing a regular 15-minute daytime service from Monday to Saturday.

    On the way, it links residential areas in the north-west of Crewe with the town centre, Grand Junction Retail Park and Crewe Gates Industrial Estate.

    New bus stops have just been added on Macon Way and Weston Road, closer to the rail station, to create better links for those also using the train as part of their daily commute.

    Regular travellers on ‘one1ink’ benefit from special value-for-money tickets as follows:

    •             one day for £2.50;

    •           one week for £9; and

    •           one month for £30.

    D&G’ ‘Rover’ season tickets and daily, weekly and monthly tickets from Arriva, Bakerbus, First and GHA are also valid on one1ink.

    Central Government funding for the service was achieved through the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF).

    The Council has been awarded more than £3.5m through the fund to implement a range of sustainable transport measures in Crewe, of which the new bus service is the first.

    For more information on one1ink, visit www.allchangeforcrewe.co.uk/bus or follow @CECTransport on Twitter.

    Police appeal for witnesses following the death of a Crewe man

     

    Cheshire Police are investigating the death of a 20-year-old man from Crewe.

    Jake Mellor, from Timbrell Avenue had been involved in an altercation with a man in Walthall street, Crewe on 7 May 2013.

    He sought medical advice but was then admitted to Leighton Hospital on 10 May after his health deteriorated and was transferred to North Staffordshire Hospital where he sadly died.

    A Post Mortem has been carried out but further forensic examinations are required before a cause of death can be established.

    Police are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the events leading up to his death.

    As part of these enquiries a 25-year-old man also from Crewe was arrested on suspicion of murder and has since been released on police bail.

    DCI Simon Price said: "Jake′s family are devastated by their loss and we are working with them at this difficult time. I offer my sincere condolences to them. A team of officers are working on this investigation and are trying to piece together the events which led to his death.

    "We would appeal to anyone who was in the area of Walthall Street on 7 May at around 5.47pm.

    "Jake had been in an altercation with the driver of a small hatchback. It is believed this took place near to the vehicle which was parked up in the street at the time.

    "If you have any information that may help with our enquiries we would urge you to contact us."

    Anyone with information should contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 297 of 18 May 2013.

    Alternatively information can be given anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

    Your chance to travel the world and raise money for St Luke’s (Cheshire) Hospice in 2014

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    If you’re looking for the opportunity to do something truly amazing and support an invaluable local cause, then this is your chance.

    The Winsford hospice is looking for individuals to take part in a London-Paris cycle ride from 2-6 July, and a Mount Kilimanjaro trek from 9-18 October in 2014.

    St Luke’s Senior Fundraising Events Co-ordinator Nicola Jepson explains: “The London to Paris charity cycle is a great experience and a fabulous challenge.

    “Cycling through beautiful English Villages and into the stunning countryside of rural France you’ll pass historical landmarks and famous battlefields from World War 1 until you reach Paris, undoubtedly one of the most magical places on earth.

    “Cycling over 5 days you will cover nearly 500km from the heart of London to the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

    “A challenge like this is not just about distances covered and start and finishing points, the bike ride is about group effort, friendship and more importantly spirit.

    “The physical side of the trip is sometimes a worry for people who may not have cycled much before signing up or who believe themselves to be out of shape but with some ground work covered at home before the trip, each ride is designed to ensure that everyone can take part and everyone completes what they started.”

    Come cycle with St Luke’s. The minimum sponsorship for the London to Paris cycle ride is £1450.

    Then from 9-18 October, 2014, fundraisers are being invited to join the Mount Kilimanjaro Trek challenge - a unique and unforgettable experience across some of the world’s most spell-binding scenery.

    Nicola commented: “Towering over the sandy plains of Tanzania, stands Mount Kilimanjaro – the World’s tallest free- standing mountain.

    “This breath-taking trek will guide you up the tranquil Machame route. Here you will trek through deep forest, home to spectacular wildlife stretching up to moorland and onwards towards glaciers before reaching Uhuru Peak.

    “We cannot begin to explain the amazing sights guaranteed on this adventure of a lifetime. This is undoubtedly an amazing opportunity for participants, all in aid of the hospice.”

    The minimum fundraising total for the Kilimanjaro Trek challenge is £3950.

    If you’re keen to get involved  in the London to Paris Cycle Ride or the Kilimanjaro  Trek or to find out more, contact Nicola Jepson on 01606 555684 or email nicola_jepson@stlukes-hospice.co.uk.

    Saturday, 18 May 2013

    MP’s 135th Bulletin

    Edward Timpson MP

    Friday 17, May 2013

    Welcome ...

    Welcome to this, my 135th news bulletin.

    Many constituents write to me with their views on the law, but also about what happens to those who break it.

    Whilst crime is down in Cheshire by a pleasing 5% - 3,245 fewer victims last year – a common theme in correspondence is that Crewe and Nantwich residents believe prisoners in this country have it too easy.  After all, they are in prison to be punished, as well as rehabilitated.

    I’m on the side of people who work hard and do the right thing, and it’s not right that some prisoners appear to be spending hours languishing in their cells and watching daytime television while the rest of the country goes out to work.

    For too long, there has been an expectation that privileges are an automatic right, given simply as a reward for staying out of trouble. This cannot continue. Prisoners need to earn privileges, not simply through the avoidance of bad behaviour but also by working, taking part in education or accepting the opportunities to rehabilitate themselves.

    I therefore welcome the news that prisoners across England and Wales will in future need to make real progress towards their own rehabilitation and work hard in prison before they can receive privileges, like access to television sets and being able to wear their own clothes.

    Under the new policy, the mere absence of bad behaviour will not be enough to earn perks, as is the case at the moment.  Other changes include:

    • All convicted adult male prisoners will have to wear prison uniform whilst on the new Entry-level in prisons.
    • In-cell television sets will not be provided for prisoners on basic level and no prisoner should be allowed to watch television when he should be working or engaging in purposeful activity.
    • Prison regimes will change so that convicted prisoners will work a longer day and bad behaviour will lead to a downgrade in status.

    Only by tackling bad behaviour and taking part in education or work programmes as well as addressing any alcohol or drug issues can we cut reoffending.

    These tough and sensible reforms show that our prisons are becoming places of serious rehabilitation and reform. That way we can break the cycle of reoffending and make our streets and communities safer.  I hope the public can now have confidence in the prison regime.

    Please remember, you can always contact me directly if you have any questions for me, or if there is anything I can do to assist you.

    You can forward this 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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    Locally I have...

    • Attended Wulvern Housing's event to mark the housinh association's tenth birthday, and learn about their plans for the future
    • Held an advice surgery at my office in Crewe.  To make an appointment for a future surgery, call my office on 01270 501 725.
    • Accepted an invitation from Ruskin Community High School's GCSE Citizenship Group, to discuss ways of improving community safety, and reducing anti-social behaviour in our area.
    • Met with members of campaign group "Hands off Wistaston", who are concerned about proposed development in our Green Gaps.

    ...and tomorrow, I will be formally opening the Haslington Village Fun Day, which promises again to be an excellent event.  From 11am, on Haslington Village Green, there will be a brass band, dog show, refreshments, and thirty stalls raising money for local charities and causes.

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    GCSE Citizenship Group

    The GCSE Citizenship Group at Ruskin Community High School, Crewe.  I was invited to meet with the group to discuss community safety issues.

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    Community News

    Haslington Village Fun Day

    Haslington’s Annual Village Fun Day

    On the Village Green - Saturday 18th May 2013

    Featuring:

    • Brass band concert
    • Dog show
    • 30 stalls raising vital funding for local charities and causes
    • Refreshments

    The event will be formally opened by Crewe and Nantwich MP, Edward Timpson, at 11am.  For further details please ring 01270 585 721. (Dog Show: Entry forms available on the day must be handed in by 12:30pm)

    Do you have community news to share? Are you involved in any projects that could be of help or interest to local people in Crewe and Nantwich? Email me and your news could be here too!

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    Nantwich Museum launches new comics and appeals for volunteers

    Nantwich News

    Nantwich Museum is appealing for volunteers to help keep the popular venue running.

    They are in need of people to help with fundraising, organising events, and preparing and distributing posters.

    “Volunteers play an essential part in the running of the museum working in teams to bring a wide range of skills to support the permanent staff,” said a spokesman.

    If you would like to explore the possibility of joining the museum’s team of volunteers, contact Kate Dobson, the community development manager. Email enquiries@nantwichmuseum.org.uk, call 01270 627104, visit www.nantwichmuseum.org.uk

    Meanwhile, the Pillory Street venue has just launched the first of a series of comics which tell the story of various aspects of the town’s history.  The illustrated four-page leaflet recounts The Great Fire of 1583 and is available in the museum shop, costing 50p.

    The comics will also recount stories such as how inhabitants of the town would dress the brine spring and spend the day celebrating the gift of brine two years after The Great Fire.  It also highlights how in acknowledgement of the generosity of Queen Elizabeth I in helping to rebuild the town, May 1st became known as “Queen’s Day”.

    Kate Dobson added: “They have been drawn by local artist Les Pickford and will help enormously taking the story of the town to young people.”

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    Leighton Hospital seeks views on patient care

    Crewe Chronicle

    SENIOR bosses at Leighton Hospital are seeking public views on improving patient care in the wake of the Francis Report.

    The report by Robert Francis QC investigated a catalogue of failings at Stafford Hospital and found that a neglect of patient safety had resulted in hundreds of needless deaths.

    It called for change in the culture of the NHS as a whole.

    Mid Cheshire Hospitals Trust is now keen to hear from local people about how the report’s suggestions can be implemented at its own hospitals.

    Julie Smith, director of nursing and quality, said: “As part of our patient-led response to the recommendations in the Francis Report, we are encouraging patients, carers, relatives and members of the public to meet with us to discuss the key themes from the report.

    “As well as finding out from people what they think we do well and would like to see more of, we are also keen to find out where we need to improve further in relation to the key areas of the Francis Report, particularly regarding care and compassion.”

    ‘Engagement sessions’ will be held in Crewe on the following dates:

    Wednesday, May 22, from 9.45am-12.30pm at the Carling Suite, Crewe Alexandra Football Club, Gresty Road.

    Wednesday, May 22, from 1.45pm-4.30pm at the Carling Suite, Crewe Alexandra Football Club, Gresty Road.

    There will also be the opportunity for people to sign up as hospital volunteers or foundation trust members.

    Advanced registration is requested. To book contact Sue Pickup on 01270 273961 or 01270 273796 or email patient.experience@mcht.nhs.uk

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    Cheshire East Council elects its new Mayor

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    Councillor Dorothy Flude has been formally sworn in as the new Mayor of Cheshire East.

    At a meeting of full Council on Wednesday (May 15), all members unanimously agreed that Councillor Flude should became the fifth ever Mayor of Cheshire East. She will serve for one year.

    Along with her grandson and consort, Alex Flude, she replaces Councillor George Walton and his wife Veronica, who have served the area so well over the past 12 months.

    First elected on to the former Cheshire County Council in 2005, Councillor Flude was leader of the Labour group on Cheshire East for three years.

    At the Mayor Making Ceremony before full council at Tatton Park, Knutsford, she told onlookers that she has a very difficult act to follow.

    She added: “I never believed this Council would give me the honour of being Mayor so to my fellow councillors, I thank you. It is a privilege to be elected to serve the people.

    “We in Cheshire East are privileged and fortunate to live in such a wonderful place – a place with so much to offer.

    “We have the best fire and rescue service in the country, an outstanding university, excellent colleges, good schools, hospitals and health services. Leighton Hospital is in the top 40 in the country and our police service has an excellent reputation in community relations.”

    She went on to pay tribute to Cheshire East industries and services of international repute, such as Bentley Motors, in Crewe, and Oliver Valves, of Knutsford. She expressed her excitement at the redevelopment of Crewe railway station and the continuing astrophysics work at Jodrell Bank, near Holmes Chapel.

    Councillor Flude went on to tell members: “It is incumbent upon all to enable the young people here in Cheshire East, no matter what their circumstances, to grasp the many life-enhancing opportunities that this wonderful place has to offer.

    “We in this Council have important links to every aspect of life in our Borough and through those links we support many initiatives. You here today are part of those links. It is right that, on this important day, we consider the 370 children and young people in care.

    “It is this Council’s aim that all Cheshire East children who need care, receive their care in this Borough. I am asking you all to spread the word that we need more foster carers.”

    One of her two charities has been announced as Blind Veterans UK – a military charity for blind ex-servicemen and women. The second will be announced at a later date.

    Councillor David Newton, who proposed that Councillor Flude serve as Mayor, said she would carry out her duties with “style and panache” and Councillor David Brown, who seconded the motion, added she was the “perfect successor” to Councillor Walton.

    The Deputy Mayor for 2013/14 will be Councillor Wesley Fitzgerald, who led Cheshire East Council from its inception in 2009 until 2012. His appointment was proposed by Councillor Bill Livesley and seconded by Councillor Chris Thorley.

    Councillor Fitzgerald, whose consort for the year will be his partner, Joan McCance, said: “I am honoured and sincerely grateful to my fellow members for this opportunity.”

    Thursday, 16 May 2013

    Wistaston proposed housing developments

    Reporter Jonathan White, Wistaston

    The Main Hall of the Wistaston Memorial Hall on Church Lane was filled to capacity on the evening of Thursday 16th May 2013 for a Wistaston Parish Council meeting. The majority of attendees had come to hear Leader of Cheshire East Council Councillor Michael Jones speak and answer questions in relation to the proposed building of thousands of new homes in Wistaston on what is currently open farm and park land. Three developers (Muller Property, Gladman Properties, and Dolphin Land and Development Consultancy) are targeting Wistaston land off Church Lane, Middlewich Road and Wistaston Green Road. Councillor Michael Jones speaks to a packed audience at the Wistaston Parish Council meeting on 16-5-13

    Concerns expressed by attendees included the potential loss of Wistaston's green gap, increase in traffic, reduction of open space and recreation areas, and the negative impact on local schools and health facilities.

    Councillor Jones stated that Cheshire East Council stands strongly against these unwanted, unsustainable developments and was producing a robust five-year-housing plan to protect local residents.

    A representative from the recently formed 'Hands Off Wistaston' campaign group (handsoffwistaston@hotmail.co.uk , www.facebook.com/HandsOffWistaston , @HandsOffCW2) advised attendees who object to the proposals to register and submit their objection and reasons for their objection to Cheshire East via http://cheshireeast-consult.limehouse.co.uk/portal/planning/cs/addsites . The representative also advised attendees to register and sign the online ePetition to protect green space in Wistaston via http://moderngov.cheshireeast.gov.uk/ecminutes/mgEPetitionDisplay.aspx?ID=26&RPID=3712586&HPID=3712586

    Commissioner seeks agreement with voluntary sector

     

    John Dwyer, Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire held an event to develop a compact agreement with the voluntary sector about how they can work together.

    John Dwyer said, "The voluntary sector is hugely important to me. There are opportunities for us to work closely together, both on a day to day basis in the delivery of local services and in the bigger picture when I look at how to commission services in the future. I held this event to develop an agreement to define how we can work together and was delighted with the involvement and positive attitude of the people present."

    Cath Cook from Compact Voice who spoke at the event said, "This is a great first step in developing an agreement with the voluntary sector and I believe that John is the first Commissioner to go down this route of following the Government model of developing a formal compact agreement. The process of developing the agreement in itself can be beneficial as it builds relationships and people learn from each other along the way.

    A Compact agreement between the Government and the voluntary sector has been in place for 15 years, and local agreements have been reached between other public services and the sector. I encourage the Commissioner to work with those areas in Cheshire where Compacts are already in existence to share good practices and set an example for other areas.

    Police & Crime Commissioners have it within their gift to commission services from the sector and so it is important that a mutually agreed document is in place to benefit both sides of the party."

    More information can be obtained from www.compactvoice.org.uk

    Wednesday, 15 May 2013

    Council clarifies 37 bus service issues

     

    Councillor David Topping, Cabinet member in charge of the environment, said:

    “As a result of Cheshire West and Chester Council’s decision to end the subsidy for the 37 bus service after 8pm (serving Middlewich, Sandbach and Crewe), Cheshire East Council has been carefully considering whether the benefits of subsidising additional journeys justify the substantial cost to the taxpayer.

    “Currently, a service is provided for anyone travelling between 6.30am and 8pm during the week. This means that the majority of people will be able to use the service to get to work, school or college. 

    “The biggest impact of the changes will be on uses for social and leisure purposes, which are a relatively low priority for Council support. 

    “It will cost £77,000 a year to restore the evening service, which is a substantial amount for the taxpayer to commit to something that is not heavily used. 

    “We are aware of only a handful of people who previously used the service and – while their travel needs are important – we have decided that the benefits cannot justify the extensive costs.

    “Nevertheless, the Council wishes to hear from anyone who may have been affected by the change in the timetable to help give us a full picture of how the changes may impact on people.

    “If anyone has been affected please email the details to: transportpolicy@cheshireeast.gov.uk

    Police appeal to potential witness to Crewe murder

     

    Police investigating the murder of Eric Tomkinson, which occurred in Crewe on the early evening of Friday 4 January 2013 are appealing for a potential witness to get in touch.

    Police are keen to trace the man who was inside the Nisa store on Alton Street at 7.80 p.m. on the night of the incident. So far, all attempts to identify him have been unsuccessful.

    The witness is described as white in his mid-teens to early-twenties, of slim build with short, light-coloured hair. He was wearing a green hooded-top, dark jeans and dark footwear.

    Major Investigation Team officer, Detective Sergeant Janet Moore said: "We are keen to trace this young man. Unbeknownst to him, he may have important information which is relevant to this enquiry. I would encourage him to come forward and contact the Cheshire Constabulary. Likewise, if any member of the public knows the identity of this man, I would encourage them to contact the police and pass on his details. I must stress, the man has done nothing wrong. He may hold important information. We need to speak to this man as a potential witness to a murder investigation.′

    Paul Ward, 27, also from Crewe has been charged with Eric Tompkinson′s murder.

    Anyone with information as to the identity of the man can contact Cheshire police on 101 and quote ′Operation Tenora′.

    Alternatively, information can be given anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

    Olympic legacy burns bright in Cheshire East

     

    Grass-roots sport in Cheshire East has received a massive boost after the Council successfully secured £110,689 of lottery funding.

    The Authority’s leisure development team won a share of Sport England’s £5.1m Community Sport Activation Fund after sharing its plans for a recreation programme aimed at over 14s.

    Cheshire East is one of only 32 organisations across the country to benefit from the funding that helps to support grass-roots sport and build a lasting legacy from last year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games.

    The Council’s scheme aims to reduce youth crime and anti-social behaviour by providing a variety of sports opportunities across the Borough, with the possibility of joining a local club or sporting organisation.

    The overall cost of the project is £180,000 – with additional funding coming from the Council and its partner organisations; the police, fire service and local housing associations.

    Councillor Janet Clowes, Cabinet member in charge of health and adult social care, said: “This funding is a real coup for Cheshire East and it will make an enormous difference to older teenagers wanting to get involved in sport locally.

    “Our programme will help young adults to develop good decision-making skills, encouraging healthier lifestyles and positive behaviour choices. There will also be opportunities for participants to get involved with volunteering.

    “This, combined with our existing award-winning volunteering programme, shows that here in Cheshire East we are working hard to secure the legacy from last year’s Olympics and Paralympics.”

    Sport England’s Community Sport Director, Mike Diaper, said: “This fund was created to respond to the demand among local communities for investment to reach down to the local level.

    “By working with new partners, taking a flexible approach and investing in innovative ideas, we’re offering people the chance to get into sport in a way that most suit their needs and aspirations.”

    For more information go to: http://www.sportengland.org/funding/csaf.aspx

    Monday, 13 May 2013

    Burglaries involving insecure homes down in East Cheshire

     

    The number of burglaries linked to unlocked windows and doors has fallen since residents have got the message to secure their homes.

    Head of the burglary unit for East Cheshire, Detective Inspector Nigel Groom, said: "We have over the years put out messages to the public reminding them to secure their homes. It looks like residents are heeding our warnings making it more difficult for opportunist offenders. Not only has number of burglaries fallen by almost 39 per cent, the number of burglaries where homes were insecure has gone down by 12 per cent.

    "While we continue to investigate and put behind bars those who are committing the crimes, we would urge people to continue to secure their homes through the summer months when the temptation may be to leave a door or a window open.

    "If you′re not in the room please don′t leave the external door open as it′s putting you at risk of opportunist thieves."

    Residents, who haven′t already, are being encouraged to reassess their current security measures in a bid to reduce their chances of being targeted:

    • Buy timer switches for lights, radios and other appliances to give the impression that someone is at home − even if they are not.

    • Make sure all windows and doors are closed and secured at all times.

    • Keep desirable items out of view to passers-by - valuables should not be visible from windows and doors in your home.

    • The same applies to valuable items stored away in garages or sheds - ensure that garages and sheds are locked with strong padlocks and, ideally, fitted with an alarm.

    • Install outside lights - dusk till dawn lights with a low wattage bulb will give a constant light when needed. They switch on as it gets dark and turn off when it gets lighter.

    • Consider other security measures in your garden such as motion sensitive lights, using gravel, which is noisy if anyone steps on it, and planting prickly bushes.

    • Remember to be a good neighbour - if you see anyone acting suspiciously in your area - report it to police immediately.

    DI Nigel Groom added: "We are committed to tackling burglaries in East Cheshire and will do all we can to ensure that those involved in this type of crime are caught and punished.

    "Residents across the area can join in the fight against this type of crime. Neighbours are being urged to keep a watchful eye on their own neighbourhood and look out for people acting suspiciously in their area.

    "Be on your guard and if you see anyone acting suspiciously then please report it to the police immediately on 101 - even the smallest amount of information can be useful when piecing together a case."

    URGENT PLEA TO ALL WISTASTON RESIDENTS

     

    Please may I draw Wistaston residents’ attention to and encourage them to take part in the current Development Strategy Consultation.  Many Wistaston residents are telling me that they object to the current plethora of speculative developments  on sites in the Parish.  To add weight to their objections I am asking for them to complete the on-line comments section at;

    www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/localplan

    This round of consultation, on possible alternative sites proposed by Developer and Land Interests, started on May 3rd and will end on May 30th 2013.  I looked at the site this morning (Monday 13th May) and there are 36 comments registered and all except for 1 are objecting to the inclusion of this site in the Core Strategy.  Please take a few moments of your time to add your comments.  The relevant Wistaston site is; SITE H –LAND AT WISTASTON GREEN ROAD, WISTASTON.  Completing the on-line comments will take up just 5 minutes of your time - 10 minutes maximum.

    If completing the on-line form is a problem, paper copies of the Comments Form can be obtained at the reception desks in Delamere House and at the Municipal Buildings.

    Once again, Wistaston residents, please don’t leave this for someone else to do – take a look at the comments and then add some of your own.

    Margaret Simon

    Cheshire East Councillor for Wistaston Ward

    Foster Care Fortnight 2013 – Put yourself in the picture

     

    Cheshire East Council is asking residents to ‘put themselves in the picture’ when it comes to fostering.

    Foster Care Fortnight runs from May 13-26, with the aim of recruiting more carers to reduce the shortfall of 9,000 foster carers that are needed nationally. Over the next year, 35 new foster carer households are needed in Cheshire East.

    One of the main messages is that there no such thing as your ‘average’ foster carer and inquiries are encouraged regardless of ethnicity, gender, age, sexuality and marital or employment status.

    Cheshire East Council provides foster carers with full training and continuing practical, emotional and financial support.

    The theme of this year’s campaign is ‘put yourself in the picture’ and the Council is looking for 916 people to upload a picture of themselves on to Facebook to show support.

    This is the number of new foster carers that will be needed across the country over the two-week period.

    During Foster Care Fortnight, Council officers will be out and about across the Borough speaking to people. Information stalls will be present in the following locations:

    · May 14 – Market Centre Shopping Centre, Crewe, 10am to 3pm;

    · May 16 – Handforth Dean Shopping Centre, 10am to 3pm;

    · May 17 – Grosvenor Shopping Centre, Macclesfield, 10am to 3pm;

    · May 21 – Tesco, Congleton, 10am to 3pm;

    · May 26 – Treacle Market, Macclesfield, 10am to 3pm

    For those people wanting to find out more, they can attend one of our information events at Westfields, Sandbach, on Monday, May 20, at 12.30pm or 6.00pm.

    Councillor Rachel Bailey, Cabinet member in charge of children and families, said: “I hope Foster Care Fortnight encourages more people with the right skills and qualities to start their journey as a foster carer.

    “Becoming a foster carer is not a decision to be taken lightly – but the rewards can be immense.

    “If people have a spare bedroom and think they can offer stability, love and fun to a young person, I would urge them to get in touch with us.”

    To show your support, and to be in with a chance to win an iPad mini, upload your photo to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Spaces-4-Faces-Cheshire-East-Council/149721781763740

    For more information you can also visit: www.spacesforfaces.co.uk or call 0300 123 3223.

    Marbury Merry Days’

    Reporter Jonathan White, Crewe

    The 34th annual ‘Marbury Merry Days’ - http://www.marburymerrydays.co.uk - two-day traditional country fair took place on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th May 2013.

    The fair takes places every May in the field next to St. Michael's & All Angels Parish Church and Marbury Big Mere, located 3 miles from Wrenbury (near Nantwich) in Cheshire.

    American Civil War Society and living history village

    The American Civil War Society - http://www.acws.co.uk/ - re-enacted combat displays between the Union and the Confederates and featured muskets, sharpshooters, cannons and pyrotechnics along with a living history village.

    Other attractions and events included a classic car & motorcycle parade, dog & terrier racing (Saturday), craft & gift fair, trade stands, vintage motor cycles, classic cars, vintage tractors, fair stalls and tombola, cake stall, refreshments, ice cream, children’s activity area, Pinxton Puppets show, model aircraft flying display, Newfoundland dogs water display (Saturday), The Little Green Men Morris Dancers (Sunday) and Maypole Dancing (Sunday). Attractions in the Church included floral decorations and an art exhibition.American Civil War Society

    Despite the poor weather over the weekend hundreds of people attended and enjoyed the event.

    All proceeds go towards the upkeep of the St. Michael's & All Angels Parish Church in Marbury.

    Saturday, 11 May 2013

    Please be aware of a company by the name of Quantum PC Support.

     

    A scheme member has recently been the victim of the above company who contacted by telephone stating that there was a virus on the home computer. The victim was convinced that the computer needed cleaning and paid a sum of over £100. The victim was then left with money taken and a computer which had a TROJAN virus implanted.

    If you receive a call similar to the above please do not supply unknown callers with personal details and contact a local company to confirm if there is a problem.

    If you think you have a Virus then visit PC Helpforum they will help you remove it for FREE

    TRIBUTES PAID TO ‘EXTRAORDINARY & INSPIRING’ MOTOR INDUSTRY CHAMPION SUE BROWNSON OBE

    Sue Brownson OBE (new shot)

    UK motor industry leaders have led emotional tributes to Blue Bell Group Managing Director and pioneering retail stalwart, Sue Brownson OBE, who died last week, describing her as an ‘extraordinary, inspiring and generous woman’.

    A role-model for women in business, Sue Brownson became Finance Director initially at The Blue Bell Group in 1975 as the growing dealership took on the BMW franchise. In the 40 years that followed, she rose to become one the most respected figures in the UK motor industry.

    She died on Friday 3 May following a long battle with illness, leaving behind her an inspiring legacy of innovation and success, earned through her sheer dedication and determination to champion the retail motor industry.

    Sue Brownson was awarded the OBE in 1997 for services to the retail motor industry.

    In 1992, Sue Brownson became Chairman of the National Dealer Council, a post she held for three years and thereafter, she was a constant source of advice, support and encouragement to the whole dealer body and all the Managing Directors of BMW (UK) Limited.

    She was a fellow of the Institute of the Motor Industry and in 1996 was named President of the Retail Motor Industry Federation, where she remained on the board until 2005.

    In 1999 she was appointed to the board of the Motor Industry Training Council, elected President of the National Franchised Dealer Association and became President of the motor industry charity BEN.

    Looking to the traditions of the motor trade, The Worshipful Company of Coachmakers and Coach Harness Makers of London was important to her and was where she became a Freeman of the City of London in 1997 and Master in 2011.

    In 2011, Sue Brownson was honoured with the title ‘Modern Muse’ by everywoman - the UK’s leading provider of training, resources and support services for women in business.

    This major initiative was designed to inspire and engage the next generation of female business leaders and entrepreneurs by showcasing modern successful women.

    Sue Brownson’s other positions and interests spanned the Small Business Council, Enterprise in the UK, the Motor Sports Association and the Royal Automobile Club, where she was Vice Chairman, amongst many others.

    BMW (UK) Limited Managing Director Tim Abbott called her passing ‘the end of an era’ and in an emotional tribute, released to all BMW staff in the UK, described her as an extraordinary, inspiring, generous woman, with unburstable energy and enthusiasm, who will be missed terribly.

    He continued “She devoted her working life to the motor industry and the encouragement of small businesses - and of course to Blue Bell, where she dedicated almost 40 years of service, mostly as Group Managing Director.”

    Blue Bell Group Finance Director Andrew Crowe commented: “Sue was an inspiring leader in every sense.

    Her values permeate throughout the organisation and have created a successful family business where ethics and customer service remain as important as financial success.

    Those who had the pleasure of knowing and working with her were always in awe of her unerring determination and natural ability to lead by example.

    Her door was always open to anyone who needed advice or support. Sue was truly inspirational and will be very sadly missed at Blue Bell and beyond.”

    KEY DATES IN MRS BROWNSON’S CAREER:

    · Sue Brownson OBE joined the company in 1975 when she became Finance Director and Blue Bell Wilmslow took on the BMW franchise.

    · In 1989 Sue Brownson was made a BMW Regional Dealer Council Chairman.

    · In 1992 Sue Brownson became BMWs National Chairman and held the position for three years.

    · In 1994 Sue Brownson became a Fellow of the Institute of the Motor Industry.

    · In 1994 Sue Brownson joined the Retail Motor Industry Federation as a Vice President and became President in 1996 and remained a Board member until 2005.

    · In 1996 Sue Brownson was made a Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Coachmakers and Coach Harness Makers of London and in 1997 admitted to the Freedom of the City of London.

    · In 1997 Sue Brownson received an OBE for services to the Retail Motor Industry.

    · In 1999 Sue Brownson was appointed to the Board of the MITC (Motor Industry Training Council), the South & East Cheshire Tec and the Institute of the Motor Industry.

    · During 1999 Sue Brownson was elected President of the National Franchised Dealers Association.

    · Also during 1999 Sue Brownson became President of BEN (motor trade charity), then a Trustee and still sat on the Board.

    · In 2000 Sue Brownson became Chair of RMI Franchised Dealer Division and during 2001 became Director of Total People Training in Cheshire.

    · In 2002 Sue Brownson joined the Small Business Council and in 2004 became a Moderator for the Government and Small Business Support Group.

    · In 2005 Sue Brownson joined the Board of the Royal Automobile Club, was appointed Vice Chairman in 2007 and chairs the Pall Mall Committee.

    · In 2008 Sue Brownson joined the Board of the Motor Sports Association.

    · Sue Brownson had just finished five years as a Judge for Enterprise in the UK and was a judge for Women in Retail.

    · Master of The Worshipful Company of Coachmakers and Coach Harness Makers of London from 1 September 2011.