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Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Wistaston Hall's Annual Quiz.

 l-r Andrea Ollerhead - Juliet Gordon - Peter Jones - Christopher White - John Cooke

The winning team receiving the Fred Lorimer trophy from John Cooke, President of the Hall's management committee.

Reporter . John White

On Tuesday 22nd October 2013 evening fourteen teams of four people participated in six rounds of ten questions at Wistaston Hall's Annual Quiz for the Fred Lorimer trophy.

The quizmasters were Peter & Christina Wainwright who had organised their first quiz at the Hall. In the past Geoff & Sheila Armitage had organised the quiz for over twenty years.

The raffle was organised by Glenys White and Bill Heath for prizes which were all kindly donated. The raffle made £90.

The half-time refreshments were organised by Audrey Astbury, Eileen Bamber, Kathleen Conroy, Helen Heath and John Astbury.

The winning team was called 'Four in a Corner' which comprised Christopher White, Andrea Ollerhead, Peter Jones and Juliet Gordon. They tied with 'The Hall Stars' with 39 out of 60 points. In the tiebreak the 'Four in a Corner' team were victorious by 2-1.

The Fred Lorimer trophy was presented to the winning team by John Cooke, President of the Hall's management committee.

The Dingbats quiz was won by a team called 'Joyce's Choice'.

Event organiser John White said, "We had another enjoyable and successful community event, which raised £160 for Hall funds. We thank everybody who supported this annual event for the Fred Lorimer trophy".

Fireworks retailers warned: ‘remember your responsibilities’

 

Retailers are being warned they must not sell fireworks or alcohol to anyone under the age of 18 in the lead up to Bonfire Night.

With November 5 certain to bring more and more young people out to enjoy the fireworks, businesses are reminded to remember their responsibilities.

Cheshire East Council’s Trading Standards officers, working with underage volunteers, will once again be carrying out spot checks across Cheshire East to ensure fireworks are not being sold illegally.

And if anyone is found to be flouting the law, it could result in serious penalties including a prison sentence or hefty fines.

Councillor Les Gilbert, Cabinet member in charge of communities and regulatory services, said: “Retailers are advised they should be diligent in determining the age of purchasers and proof of age should always be asked for.

“Penalties for selling to underage people can result in prosecution and a fine of up to £5,000. A prison sentence of up to six months also cannot be ruled out.

“I would also urge businesses to be aware of ‘proxy buying’, where a person over 18 buys alcohol for someone underage. Please be extra vigilant that this could be taking place right outside your store. It is also an offence to ‘proxy purchase’ and those doing so will be punished.”

Last year’s fireworks test purchases, carried out by Cheshire East Council on 32 premises, proved that the area has very responsible businesses, with all showing a clean bill of health. However, some were found to be selling alcohol.

All retailers are reminded they must display a sign where fireworks are supplied or exposed stating that it is illegal to sell adult fireworks or sparklers to anyone under 18, or possess fireworks in a public place.

Meanwhile, residents are being warned to be wary of counterfeit fireworks and not to buy goods from the back of a van, car boot sales or unlicensed premises.

The authority is keen to ensure residents keep safe and have an enjoyable Bonfire Night and wants people to remain vigilant and ensure the fireworks they are buying are legal.

Bangers have been banned in the UK since 1997 but they are still known to be in circulation. Many are illegally counterfeited using the Black Cat brand, which can lead some consumers into a false sense of security.

The bangers – small red tubes with a short fuse on top – have been found to be selling in packs of 10.

Anyone who suspects someone of selling illegal or counterfeit fireworks should call Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 08454 04 05 06.

Commissioner Welcomes Revised Victim’s Code

 

Today the Ministry of Justice have announced a revised Victims Code. Essentially giving victims a louder voice and ensuring they have the correct support as they recover from their ordeal.

John Dwyer, Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire welcomes the greater focus on victims which he has worked towards since being elected. He is delighted by the announcement which gives victims the chance to read a Personal Statement in court.

John said: "The revised code is a great step forward in making sure victim’s voices are heard. This will be the first time victims have had the opportunity to read their statements in court. Doing this allows the judge to take this information into account when determining the sentence.

"I think it’s really important to give victims support from the start of the process right through to the end. Far too often we hear stories where the offender is given greater priority than the victim. This needs to change, and this revised code will help to address this issue."

Policing Minister Damian Green said: "I want to create a tougher justice system. Under this Government those who break the law are more likely to go to prison for longer. I’m making sure victim’s voices are heard and that criminals no longer get away with just a slap on the wrist."

John is currently collecting feedback from victims of crime using his ‘Victim’s Voice’ survey. John added: "Being a victim of crime can be a traumatic and sometimes life changing event. It’s vital for me to understand what experiences victims’ have had and what their needs and expectations are for the services that are provided by the variety of victim services organisations.

"I outlined in my manifesto and later in my Police & Crime Plan that I wanted to look into and explore victim services because I want to make sure that victims have the confidence to come forward and report crimes to Cheshire Constabulary"

If you would like to give your feedback about the services you’ve received and your experience as a victim, visit www.Cheshire-pcc.gov.uk and fill in the ‘Victim’s Voice’ survey.

The Victim’s Code will come into force in December 2013.

Results from North West Motorway Police Group day of action

 

On Wednesday 23 October the North West Motorway Police Group held a day of action on the region′s motorway network.

Officers targeted criminals using the network to commit cross border crimes and illegal drivers who risk the safety of other road users by driving uninsured or unsafe vehicles.

A total of 224 vehicles were stopped on the day and 47 motorists were breathalysed. Officers identified a total of 102 road traffic offences and seized 39 vehicles for offences such as no licence or insurance.

A stolen motorbike was also recovered.

The day of action involved four North West police forces - Merseyside, Cheshire, Lancashire and Greater Manchester, and was supported by officers from West Yorkshire.

The operation also involved Highways Agency and other partner agencies including the Vehicle Operating and Services Agency (VOSA), HMRC and Trading Standards.

The complex network of motorways in the North West are used by thousands of people every day and officers from the North West Motorway Police Group are responsible for keeping the network safe for law abiding road users.

The North West Motorway Police Group′s control room is based in the Highway Agency′s Regional Control Centre just off the M6 at Newton-le-Willows.

The control room is staffed by officers from across the four forces who monitor a video wall which shows feeds from cameras positioned along the length of the network in the North West.

It was here that the operation was co-ordinated, with staff in the control room organising response and deployment of officers to incidents and staff representing all the agencies involved in the day of action to identified check points on the network.

Chief Inspector Rachel Buckle of Greater Manchester Police (GMP), who led the operation, said: "On Wednesday the region′s motorway officers came together to demonstrate their commitment to keeping the roads safe for commuters and preventing criminals from making use of the motorways to conduct their illegal activities.
"Supported by partners from VOSA, HMRC and the Highways Agency Traffic Officer Service (HATOs), the North West Motorway Policing Group was out in force to prevent the criminal use of the network, to tackle unsafe and uninsured vehicles and to provide safety advice to road users."

Wistaston Jubilee Tennis Club playing a recent international match

Reporter . Jonathan White (on behalf of Ben Reinhardt).

Wistaston and Birkenheide players before their first match

In September 2013 Ben Reinhardt, Chris Raiswell, Diane Mayman and Jonathan Braithwaite from Wistaston Jubilee Tennis Club (WJTC) travelled to Germany.

They played four clay court matches against Armin, Stephan, Karl and Torsten from Birkenheide Tennis Club with the overall result being a 2-2 draw.

WJTC presented Birkenheide with a small cup, featuring Wistaston's Joey the Swan logo, as a memento of their visit.

During their four day stay Ben, Chris, Diane and Jonathan also went to a local wine festival called 'Wurstmarkt' and went on a sightseeing tour of nearby Heidelberg.

Ben organised the visit to this particular country as he has German ancestry with an Auntie Marga and Uncle Andreas still living in Birkenheide.

Ben said, "I have to say it was the best and most enjoyable tennis trip I have ever done and would love to do it again sometime - it was German hospitality and friendship at its best."

For WJTC membership details please contact Bill Heath (Tel. 01270 560471).

Man jailed after carrying out a string of robberies in Macclesfield, Crewe and Staffordshire

 

A man who carried out a string of armed robberies across two counties has been jailed.

On 29 October 2013, Nicholas Overton, 35, originally from Sheffield, appeared at Chester Crown Court after admitting three armed robberies.

He also asked a further seven robbery offences, one burglary two theft from motor vehicles and an attempt theft of £7,000 to be taken into consideration.

He was sentenced to six years for each charge to run concurrently.

Overton, who was on day release from prison, carried out a burglary at a photo shop in Frodsham in Chester on 23 August 2013. He then failed to return to prison and embarked on a spate of armed robberies in Crewe, Macclesfield and Staffordshire.

An investigation ensued with Macclesfield NPU officers and CID detectives working alongside their colleagues in Staffordshire, to piece together evidence that would capture Overton.

DI Robert Hassall said: "Our initial thoughts were that the robberies weren′t connected. Knife point robberies tend to be localised and these were happening in two different towns and in a different county.

"As the investigation progressed, the method of crime, clothing and further enquiries led officers to believe they were in fact connected.

"A lot of work went into identifying how they could be linked, in order to gather enough evidence to get a breakthrough. "

Before the DNA that identified Overton as a suspect was discovered at the scene of one of his crimes, officers acted on information from the public following the witness appeals featured in the media. Searches were carried out and a number of people were arrested and eliminated from the enquiries.

During one of the robberies in Crewe, at a shop in Crewe Road, Haslington, Overton′s watch came off when he was grappling with a shop assistant before making off.

Detectives attended the scene and found the watch in the till.

DI Hassall said: "This left vital DNA traces which were fast tracked in order to find a match."

The DNA came back as matching Overton and the search began in the Macclesfield area but was unsuccessful.

Information led officers to believe Overton was in Crewe. Response officers and detectives in Crewe were alerted.

As a result a local detective spotted an Audi A6, hidden away in the far corner of a car park near Hardwicke Court, backing up information which was coming through that he could be hiding in sheltered accommodation.

DI Hassall said: "A decision had to be made with regard to the safety of officers and the public now that the Overton had been traced to sheltered accommodation in Crewe.

"The officers were about to approach a man who was wanted for armed robbery and had injured a shop worker at a premises in Macclesfield.

"Careful consideration was given and armed officers attended to help execute a safe and successful arrest."

Overton was interviewed and subsequently charged with one offence.

He was interviewed again about more robberies in the East Cheshire and Staffordshire areas and was charged with two further offences of robbery and asked for six robbery offences and a burglary to be taken into consideration. He appeared in court and was remanded into custody.

Enquiries continued as the investigation team believed he had committed more offences. He was interviewed again and a further robbery, two thefts of number plates and an attempt theft where identified, all of which Overton asked to be taken into consideration.

DI Hassall said: "There is a lot of work that goes on in the background in complicated investigations such as this, which the public don′t get to see. Staffordshire did an equally good job and between them, the team in Congleton, Macclesfield and Crewe, we are seeing a dangerous man back behind bars."

Look out for your neighbours

 

As families look forward to having fun on Halloween and Bonfire Night, Cheshire Police are asking everyone to consider their neighbours when they are celebrating. Often some of the most vulnerable people who live in our communities dread this time of year especially if they are on their own as they can feel intimidated by trick or treaters and scared of people setting off fireworks near their homes.

Anti-social behaviour is more prevalent during Halloween and Bonfire celebrations as some people believe their own enjoyment comes first. Cheshire Police′s message is simple; officers will robustly challenge anyone committing anti-social behaviour over the coming fortnight.

As part of the National Association of Chief Police Officers′ In Focus week, Cheshire officers will be focusing their attention on taking action to crack down on incidents of anti-social behaviour.

Inspector Gareth Woods, of Communities Unit, Cheshire Police Lead for ASB, said

"Remember remember this October and November that not everyone enjoys this time of year. Think about other people who live near you and be respectful of how your celebrations might impact on your neighbours.

"We want to encourage victims of persistent anti-social behaviour to pick up the phone, and report it to the police, but to also be aware that there is support available and they do not have to feel isolated.

"Tackling anti-social behaviour is a year-long priority for us, but it′s prominence increases in the days and weeks around Halloween and Bonfire Night. Cheshire Police and our partners have a range of tactics in place to deal swiftly with any anticipated problems. If any members of the public want to report persistent incidents of anti-social behaviour, contact us on 101 for non-emergencies and 999 if it is an emergency.

"It is important that parents, schools and the police play our parts in teaching young people to respect that trick or treating is not fun for everyone, in particular for vulnerable people who find it frightening to answer the door after dark."

The police will also be working with Trading Standards visiting licensed premises to target illegal alcohol sales to underage children which can be a contributory factor of anti-social behaviour being committed.

As part of the focus on anti-social behaviour, School Liaison and School Based Officers will be talking to pupils and staff in local schools and colleges, and uniform and plain clothes officers will be deployed into areas where ‘hotspots′ need to be dealt with.

At this time of the year the ‘Special′ contribution of volunteers in the Special Constabulary is heavily relied upon to support local policing efforts in local communities.

Specials Chief Officer Brian Woodward said, "The Special Constabulary draw from a diverse section of our community and will be out in large numbers supporting regular officers during Halloween. Many Specials are parents themselves so understand the need to balance the excitement of the occasion with the need for staying safe."

While anti-social behaviour is showing a decline across parts of the county, public perception of ASB remains high. Understanding what ASB means to the public, how people recognise and can be unknowingly victimised by it, and more importantly how they can report it, will be addressed as part of this week.

Cheshire Police will be tweeting all week from 28 October using #ASB and #trickortreat. You can also visit cheshire.police.uk for more information on how ASB could affect you and how to report it.

If anyone would like a trick or treat flyer to display in their window this week, these are available for the public to download at cheshire.police.uk or via the local police stations.  

Batting it out for 'special' success

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Women′s Lancashire Cricket team captain Jasmine Titmuss says the skills that she has learnt as a Special Constable have helped her on the pitch.

Jasmine said: "Being a captain is all about making the right decisions at the right time and communicating with people in pressurised situations, something not too dissimilar to working as a Special.

"The discipline and teamwork that is involved with being a Special Constable has certainly helped me out".

The 24 year old who was once capped by England A team, joined Cheshire′s Special Constabulary in 2011 because she "wanted to make a difference" and can regularly be seen ‘catching out′ criminals in the Wilmslow area.

"Being a Special really appeals to me. The satisfaction I get out of helping people in the community - who are often in a time of need - is similar to that of winning a cricket match" said Jasmine.

On first glance Jasmine′s two worlds couldn′t be further apart but she jokes that there are definitely some similarities between them.

Jasmine said: "It′s not as different as you think. For example, the banter that goes on during the course of a cricket match is like dealing with somebody who has had a few too many drinks on a Friday night!"

Jasmine says that her team-mates are constantly intrigued about what she does, so it might not be long before you see the whole of Lancashire Women Cricket team patrolling the streets.

"My team mates are really supportive of what I do. They often joke that they know they are in safe hands on the field, and some have even expressed interest in joining themselves" said Jasmine.

England Women′s Captain Charlotte Edwards MBE said: "We all have our hobbies that keep us busy off the pitch, but being a Special Constable is one of the more interesting ones. I think it is great that Jasmine is able to dedicate some time to helping her community and learn new skills in the process that are transferable between cricket and police duties".

Cheshire Constabulary is currently embarking on a county wide recruitment drive. For those interested in becoming a Special Constable, further information is available at cheshire.police.uk/jobs/special-constables.aspx or by emailing getinvolved@cheshire.pnn.police.uk.

Parkers Road

The developers of the Parkers Road development have submitted to the Cheshire East strategic planning board a request to reduce the numbers of affordable houses they agreed to provide on the site from 140 to just 40 houses, and that most of 106 agreement monies are to be paid over 5 years or when the last house is sold.

Having spent almost 2 year trying to renegotiate the 106 agreements, they are now claiming that it no longer viable to provide all 140 affordable houses.

This is the same developer who, in the near future, is likely to be submitting an application to build another 1000 houses on Minshull New Road, just a few hundred yards from Parkers Road.

I am told these houses are needed to support the workforce of Bentley and Leighton Hospital.

Why would any property developer want to build another 1000 new homes, a few hundred yards from a site they claim is unviable?  

Many young people can’t afford the massive deposits needed to buy their own home, many are living with parents or forced to pay private landlords sky high rents, and it is certain there are very few young people who wanted to buy their first home, will be able to afford one of the new houses, developers are planning to build on Parkers Road.

There is currently no social housing or affordable housing within Leighton, therefore is a very real need for affordable housing with the area.

Local residents were against the Parkers Road development and despite this, planning permission was granted. If housing developers insist on forcing unwanted developments in the local countryside then they should be forced to give back as much as possible to the local community in return.

If this request is passed, they will see this as a green light to keep returning with more requests for further reductions not only for the Parkers Road site, but also for the proposed houses on Minshull New Road.

Though I am in support of building new houses for the workforce of Bentley and the hospital, I feel that I cannot support anything being built by developers, who are seemingly prepared to agree to anything such as new schools, new play areas and affordable housing, knowing that once permission is given, they will be doing all they can to get out of any agreements they have made.

If it is not viable to build these houses, don’t build them.

Derek Bebbington

Leighton Ward, Cheshire East Council

Cheshire East best looking Councillor

8a Weaver View, Church Minshull, Cheshire CW5 6EB

Tel: 01270 522902

E-mail: cllr.derek.bebbington@cheshireeast.gov.uk

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Planning representations lost so they have to be re-submitted

 

Willaston and Rope Ward UKIP Councillor Brian Silvester is asking for greater care to be taken with the online website representations from the public on planning applications. He said," Constituents of mine objected online on the Council website to the proposal to build 21 houses off Cheerbrook Road in Willaston. They have now been told that the objections have been lost and they need to resubmit them by the 4th of November. This is very inconvenient and the Council must find out how this has happened and ensure that it does not occur in the future."

  Call to waive parking charges

Willaston and Rope Ward UKIP Councillor Brian Silvester has asked Cheshire East Council (CEC) to support an initiative to encourage more visitors to our town centres.

He said," The Forum of Private Business is calling on Councils across the UK to lend their support to small companies by waiving parking charges on the first UK Small Business Saturday on December 7. I have asked CEC to support this imitative and they have responded by stating that they will investigate it.(See below) This date is a key Saturday on the run up to Christmas and it would be very beneficial to local traders if it could be made a 'Free Parking Saturday'. The retail trade in CEC have suffered a lot in recent years and there are still too many empty shops. This small initiative would encourage residents back into their town centres and help shops to have a viable and long term future."

Cllr Brian Silvester

Willaston and Rope Ward UKIP Councillor

Cheshire East Council

11 Rimsdale Close

Rope,Crewe

CW2 6RS

Tel/fax 01270 567757

Twitter @CllrBSilvester

St Luke’s Fire Walk Challenge is a Red Hot Success as Supporters Raise an Amazing £10,000

Organisers stoke up a fire for the St Luke's FireWalk

Is this classed as a hot story?

Organisers of St Luke’s (Cheshire) Hospice’s nerve-shredding Fire Walk Challenge have declared the event a red hot success after brave supporters raised more than £10,000 for the hospice.

A total of 48 daring fundraisers from across Mid and South Cheshire challenged their courage, determination and willpower by completing a two hour motivational training session before walking 15ft, barefoot, over red-hot wood embers, reaching a scorching 800°F.

The challenge which took place at LA Fitness in Northwich was organised by Time4Change Fire Walk Transformations, who have over 20 years’ experience, and they are already looking for participants for the next daunting challenge, to be held in March 2014.

Clare Dale, St Luke’s Events Fundraiser, explains: “The 48 brave walkers took on the fire and loved every minute of it!  They were all ‘buzzing’ after it.

“It was an incredible challenge to test their belief, courage, determination and willpower all in aid of a fantastic cause and they were all absolutely amazing.

“We were delighted to have such an amazing crowd of our entrants’ family and friends on the night which produced an incredible atmosphere.

“On behalf of the hospice, we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part, all who came to support their friends and loved ones, and, of course, everyone who donated.”

St Luke’s (Cheshire) Hospice will be holding another challenging walk in March 2014 where participants will have the difficult choice of walking over either fire or glass!

Signing up to the event costs £25 and all those taking part must raise additional sponsorship of at least £125.

If you raise more than £175 in sponsorship St Luke’s will give you back your registration fee.

To register for future Fire Walks or if you have any ‘burning questions’ visit www.stlukes-hospice.co.uk or contact Clare on 01606 555685 or email: clare_dale@stlukes-hospice.co.uk.

Cheshire’s Rapidly-Expanding Ethical Finance Charity Revolutionises UK Market Place

 

Consumers can now give to their favourite charities absolutely free when shopping online with the UK’s leading high street brands, thanks to the Winsford-based revolutionary and rapidly-expanding ethical finance one-stop-shop, Care2Save.co.uk.

In a initiative involving major names such as Debenhams, Boots, House of Fraser, Monarch and BT, Care2Save.co.uk is taking on the entire UK market place with more than 50 of the UK’s biggest names in retail, travel, energy, communications and energy added to its existing home and contents insurance offer.

This follows the overwhelming success of its initial soft launch just months ago.

Every year, online shops pay hundreds of millions of pounds in commission to other websites for sales referrals but Care2Save.co.uk, founded by St Luke’s (Cheshire) Hospice Commercial Director Andrea Fragata-Ladeira, breaks that trend.

In a trailblazing move, 100% of the commission usually pocketed by a company for introductions - that’s every penny due to Care2Save - is given to good causes.

80% of the profit due to Care2Save will go directly to ANY registered charity of consumer’s choice.

The remaining 20% also goes to charity, in the form of the Care2Save Charitable Trust, which will distribute all profits to hospices and palliative care projects in the UK and around the world.

And the additional cost of this donation to the customer? – nothing.

With the likes of Debenhams, Boots, House of Fraser, WH Smith, Laura Ashley Monarch, BT, O2 and Energyhelpline.com all available through the trailblazing portal, the question for the consumer is simple: Would you donate more to charity if it wasn't coming out of your pocket? 

The charity, founded by North West based charity pioneer Andrea Fragata Ladeira, is designed to transform the charity sector by creating an unprecedented new long-term multi-million pound income stream for good causes.

Mrs Fragata Ladeira, aged 40, CEO of the Care2Save Charitable Trust and commercial director of St Luke’s (Cheshire) Hospice, is confident the cause can fundamentally reshape the way the UK consumer gives to charity.

She commented: “The expansion of Care2Save.co.uk to include the UK’s finest and most popular brands shows is not only an exciting moment for us, but for the whole of UK’s charity sector.

“There is a hidden pool of money online to which we have all, as consumers, added by clicking on a link or buying a product and as a result unknowingly created a sales commission for companies.

“By taking on the entire UK marketplace, offering a one-stop-shop for all goods and services and allowing the consumer to simply nominate any UK charity of their choice, we believe we can fundamentally change the way the UK gives.

“It is becoming more difficult for charities to raise the money they need to continue making a difference. The generous people of the UK want to give and continue to do so but we are all feeling the effects of the economic downturn.

“Added to which Government funds are stretched and decisions about where services can be cut are being made all over the country.

Care2Save.co.uk is the only online portal to donate 100% of its commission to charity.”

Care2Save has no shareholders to pay, a completely transparent and low cost structure, and is governed by a board of trustees who volunteer their time and expertise.

Mrs Fragata Ladeira spent her early childhood in Nepal, first in Kathmandu, and later amongst the farm huts of Pokhara, where her parents were doing missionary work. She believes her desire to make a difference can be traced back to her time there. This has manifested in her determination to transform the way we, the public, give to charity.

Andrea added: “I look back and I think my experience in Nepal has certainly shaped my character and outlook on life. I was just a little girl when my parents made the inspirational decision to go out there to help people.

“While I did witness the very worst of abject poverty, open sewers and families living in squalor, I also encountered incredible human kindness and compassion.”

For more information about Care2Save visit www.Care2Save.co.uk.

Monster Mash Ball returns to Nantwich Civic Hall


Nantwich is preparing itself for terrifying fun this Halloween as the Monster Mash Ball is back in town after a successful outing in 2013.
The charity bash will run for the second year on November 2nd and once again, organisers Warble Entertainment are encouraging people to enter the “spirit” of the evening by dressing up in their most ghoulish glad rags. The evening aims to raise funds for the MacMillan Cancer Support and St. Lukes Hospice charities.
Warble owner Tracey Warren said of the show “We’re really thrilled to have the Monster Mash Ball back again in 2013 and we’re making it bigger and better than last year. We’re offering a cash prize for the best dressed on the evening and we’re bringing more bands to the occasion this time round. The three acts showcase a wide range of styles and sounds, so there’s something in there for all tastes. ”
The Indie Killers made such a storm at last years’ show that they’re back by popular demand and will be belting out tracks from Kings of Leon to Katy Perry, from the Foo Fighters to their rocked up versions One Direction hits.
They will be joined by North-west three piece “Friends of the Bride”, who will be rocking with a musical repertoire that includes the sounds of Queen, Oasis and Bryan Adams. A tribute to Lady Gaga will open up proceedings bringing with it all the required kookiness that a Halloween show should have.
The event takes place on Saturday 2nd November at 7.30pm and tickets are on sale now priced at £20, available from the website www.themonstermashball.co.uk or by calling Warble Entertainment on 01270 501164.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Crewe & Nantwich MP Encourages St Luke’s Supporters to join its 25th Anniversary Regular Giving Campaign for a Sustainable Future

 

To commemorate St Luke’s (Cheshire) Hospice’s 25th year, Crewe & Nantwich MP Edward Timpson is looking to the future and asking the hospice’s invaluable supporters to help ensure the long-term sustainability of its patient care.


The Winsford-based hospice which provides care for people from Mid and South Cheshire suffering from cancer and other life-threatening illnesses, is inviting locals to support the hospice by donating as little as £2 a month - less than the price of one takeout coffee - through its new Regular Giving plan.

More than £6,500 a day is needed for St Luke’s Cheshire Hospice to open its doors and the majority of that money is found through its incredible network of supporters and fundraisers but every small donation goes a long way towards building a sustainable future for Cheshire patient care.

  • Just £2 a month enables the hospice to provide two meals for a patient during respite breaks at St Luke’s or visiting the day hospice.
  • £5 a month, over a year, would pay for a patient to attend Day Hospice for one of their regular visits.
  • £10 a month, over a year, would pay for a patient to attend two of the hospice’s complementary therapy clinics.
  • £20 a month, over 12 months, would enable a patient to receive one day of round the clock, intensive nursing care.

A monthly gift, given via Direct Debit, will go to work straight away in your local area, helping to improve care and help people with life threatening illness.

Crewe & Nantwich MP Mr Timpson commented: “Over the last 25 years, the hospice has been indebted to its wonderful and dedicated network of supporters.

“Thanks to your ongoing support the hospice has touched the lives of thousands of families, and I've seen for myself the incredible care they provide to people from across Mid and South Cheshire.”

St Luke’s Head of Community Fundraising Diane Eeley added: “Regular Giving enables us to sustain our future with more confidence and reach more local people and their families and friends. It is also a great, easy and effective way of helping your local hospice maintain its FREE services to local people.

“You can increase, decrease or cancel your regular gift at any time. What’s more, as long as you are a UK taxpayer, your gift will be eligible for gift aid which means it will be worth an extra 25% to the hospice at no extra cost to you.

If you feel able to help call St Luke’s (Cheshire) Hospice on 01606 555887, visit www.stlukes-hospice.co.uk/ways-to-support-us/regular-giving/ or email regulargiving@stlukes-hospice.co.uk.

Tourism across Cheshire East now worth almost £700 million

 

Cheshire East’s tourism is now estimated to be worth almost £700 million having grown nearly 10% last year, according to a report just published.

The annual STEAM (Scarborough Tourism Economic Activity Monitor) analysis of the area’s visitor economy shows that in 2012, industry grew by 9% by comparison with the previous year and is now worth £689 million.

The latest research shows the value and volume of tourism across Cheshire and Warrington and outlines Cheshire East’s success.

By contrast, the economic impact of the North West of England’s tourism industry was 3.7% lower in 2012 than in the previous year.

Last year, visitors to Cheshire East spent over £69 million on accommodation, over £24 million on things to see and do, £206 million on shopping, and £112 million on food and drink with the self-catering sector in rural areas also showing significant growth.

The tourism industry in Cheshire East now employs 9,849 (FTE) people directly and indirectly, up 10.5% on the previous year, and the area attracted well over 13 million visitors in 2012, a 9.4% increase on 2011. The North West employed 3.6% fewer people in the tourism sector by comparison

Cllr Michael Jones, Leader of Cheshire East Council, said “The latest research shows that our tourism industry continues its upward path, delivering direct economic growth and providing the quality of place that people want to invest in. Cheshire East is a beautiful place to live and work and I’m delighted we are attracting visitors.

“At the same time, we are investing in infrastructure to make our towns even more appealing to visitors and to improve the quality of life for residents.

“The All Change for Crewe strategy is set to revitalise that town over the next 20 years and improve access for rail travellers, while Macclesfield will be enjoying a major regeneration based on its silk heritage and its retail offer.

“Other sites are attracting new high-tech businesses and generating new jobs, while Bentley is investing £800 million in its car manufacturing plant that will create 1000 new jobs.

“Cheshire East is an attractive place to do business and these developments will undoubtably help to boost the business tourism sector”.

Marketing Cheshire’s Chief Executive, Katrina Michel said:“We welcome the latest independent evaluation on the visitor economy.

“The area continues to enjoy strong growth in the value and volume of the tourism industry which now provides employment for a substantial number of people.

“We are committed to developing the full potential of the visitor economy to generate more jobs, greater prosperity and better services for the community.”

‘Beware snake oil salesmen promising to lower Council Tax’, warns Cheshire East Council

 

Trading standards officers are warning residents to be aware of a company offering to help them get their Council Tax reduced.

A series of complaints have been received by Cheshire East Council about a company cold calling people in the Borough, claiming to be able to get their homes re-banded so they pay less Council Tax – or even win back a rebate for them.

Residents have reported that the company sometimes implies it is working on behalf of Cheshire East Council and can carry out the checks – for a fee of up to £165.

Yet the Government’s independent Valuation Office Agency (VOA) already allows people to carry out searches of their Council Tax band for themselves – entirely free of charge. Complaints received by Cheshire East’s trading standards’ officers are being forwarded to the Office of Fair Trading’s ‘Scambusters’ team.

The company behind many of the calls is based in the North West and already well known to them.

Cheshire East Council Leader Michael Jones said: “People are being called at home by these ‘snake oil salesmen’ and offered a service that they can already get for free.

“It is particularly galling that they often infer they are working for the Council and that there is a hefty fee for the service. Neither is true. In fact, householders are able to check for themselves and challenge their banding by simply visiting the VOA’s website.”

The VOA’s advice is to beware of companies that:

· Charge an up-front fee and then don’t challenge your band on your behalf but blame the VOA for not taking any action;

· Insist you are definitely in the wrong band, when in fact your band is correct;

· Claim they are from the local council or VOA and ask for your bank details so they can provide a refund. You may then find that money is taken from your account;

· Say that the VOA charges you to challenge your band, when you can do this for free;

· Claim that you must, by law, be represented by an agent to challenge your band, when in fact anyone can do this;

· Say that the VOA won’t reduce your band, without the help of an agent, because the government is short of money.

The VOA also warns that band can go up as well as down.

HIGH-FLYING TRAVEL VISA COMPANY PREPARES FOR BAKE OFF

 

To celebrate the final of the BBC’s world-wide scrumptious hit, the Great British Bake Off, talented and competitive cooks at The Travel Visa Company, based in Crewe, whipped up a mouth-watering array of treats all in aid of charity.

Staff at the rapidly-expanding and award-winning international visa specialists, based at Crewe Hall, put their culinary skills to the test on Friday and the result was a delectable array of cakes, pastries and cookies with every participating member of staff donating to the Breast Cancer Campaign charity.

With monies still being counted, the tasty celebration certainly went down a treat with the South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year’s team of 14 people, who have been inspired by the overwhelming success of the BBC’s Great British Bake Off programme, which concluded last night (Tuesday).

The winner of the company’s fierce Bake Off competition was Worldwide Visa Specialist Vicky Wallace who produced a mouth-watering Bakewell Tart.

Karen Taylor, Co-Founder of The Travel Visa Company, commented: “The Great British Bake Off has been a huge hit in our office and a talking point every Wednesday morning so what better way to mark the end of the series than by holding our own tasty contest.

“We honestly didn’t know we had so many talented bakers in the office but we’ve been amazed by the wonderful food we’ve been digging into. No one’s gone hungry, that’s for sure, and now we know they can cook we’ll be expecting a few treats more often!

“We’re delighted to say that all the money raised from this contest, and throughout October, will be donated to the Breast Cancer Campaign charity.”

The Travel Visa Company, has a turnover of over £1.2 million and an unrivalled reputation of supplying effective and efficient visa applications to both business and tourist travellers, is currently consolidating its market leading position with the opening of a specialised corporate visa department.

With 14 years experience of providing tourist visas and longstanding relationships with Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates in London, Birmingham and Manchester, the company has just launched a dedicated corporate division operation, to provide a bespoke service for UK companies in both the international export and import markets.

The company’s expert team will provide an exclusive and unbeatable service for all clients, personally collecting visas directly from embassies and delivering them to businesses and homes around the UK.

Specialising in both tourist and business travel to India, China, Russia and Africa, the Travel Visa Company, founded by Karen Taylor and Ray Ward in 2005, currently employs 14 staff at its Cheshire head office.

For further information on The Travel Visa Company, visit www.thetravelvisacompany.co.uk.

Telephone:01270 250 590

Local Halloween 2013 events

Reporter Jonathan White

Sunday 20th to Thursday 31st October - 10am-4pm - Spooky Fun. Free admission, £3.50 per pumpkin. Ivy House Farm, Dodds Lane, Malpas. http://www.malpaspumpkins.co.uk/

Saturday 26th October - gates open 5pm - Firework display, bonfire and funfair. Tickets £5 children, £7 adults. Dorfold Park, Nantwich, CW5 8LD. http://nantwichspooktacular.com/

Thursday 31st October - 9pm-1am - Buffet & Disco - a free event. The Peacock, 221 Crewe Rd, Willaston, Nantwich CW5 6NE. Prizes to be won for the spookiest male and female costume.

Saturday 2nd November - 7:30pm-1am (last entry 9pm) - The Monster Mash Charity Ball. Tickets £20. Nantwich Civic Hall, Market St, Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 5DG. http://www.themonstermashball.co.uk/

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Council gives boost to credit unions and keeps pressure on ‘rip-off’ payday loan companies

 

Cheshire East Council has acted to ‘put its money where its mouth is’ in its fight to take on ‘rip-off’ payday loan firms – and backed local credit union coffers with cash from members’ own pockets.

The entire Cabinet and many councillors have signed up ‘en masse’ to become members of the local Cheshire Neighbours Credit Union (CNCU).

At a meeting of Full Council (Thursday, October 18), they also overwhelmingly backed a motion for the Council to support and promote credit unions across the Borough and in our secondary schools.

The aim is to boost credit unions’ funds to lend to more hard-pressed local people and reduce the risk they will be pushed into the arms of payday loan firms or illegal loan sharks – which both charge astronomical interest rates.

One payday loan firm was found by councillors to be charging interest of more than 5,850 per cent.

Councillor Michael Jones, Leader of Cheshire East Council, said: “I am delighted that this Council has demonstrated such a strong commitment to supporting Cheshire Neighbours Credit Union.

“That the entire Cabinet has signed up along with, I believe, the majority of ward councillors, sends a powerful message to the wider community from elected Members – who have vowed to actively combat payday lenders by encouraging greater credit union membership. 

“This is a fantastic demonstration of our Council values.”

Cheshire East recently took its own practical steps to protect residents by banning access to the top 50 payday lender websites in its libraries and public buildings – the first Council in England to do so.

Councillor Jones has also welcomed tough new rule proposals from the Financial Conduct Authority, which could see some payday loan adverts banned.

Councillor Jones announced, at Full Council, that all10 members of his Cabinet had signed up to put some of their own money into the local credit union, CNCU.

Councillor Peter Raynes, Cheshire East Council Cabinet member in charge of finance, also asked all Cheshire East councillors at the meeting to sign up to the scheme – on what was International Credit Union Day (October 17).

Councillor Raynes said: “We want to protect the most vulnerable people from falling into the trap of borrowing money at astronomical rates of interest.

“This is not about encouraging people to borrow – it is about encouraging people to save.

“Credit unions are superb local institutions which can really help hard-pressed local people access loans, which are affordable and have fair rates, to tide them over.

“I am delighted that all of my Cabinet colleagues and many Members have signed up to provide local credit unions with cash from their own pockets. This scheme and help give real practical assistance to hard-pressed local people.

“The theme of this year’s International Credit Union Day is ‘unite for good’ – and this is a great opportunity for local members to unite for the good of their communities.

“The more money these credit unions have in their coffers, then the more local people will be helped though short-term hardship with affordable loans – and the fewer will be pushed into taking out ‘extortionate’ payday loans.”

Councillor Jones added: “We were one of the first councils to ban access from Council PCs to payday loan websites, a move I am pleased to see has been picked up by other local authorities.

“I advise anybody who needs to borrow money to speak with their local CAB branch or credit union and we can signpost people to the right places.

“Do not fall into the trap of using a payday lender to make ends meet, as it can quite easily lead to a downward spiral and financial misery.”

Full Council voted overwhelming (October 18) to pass a motion put forward by Councillor Laura Jeuda stating:

● Cheshire East will encourage the growth of credit unions and follow the example of Glasgow in using trading standards officers to ensure that payday lenders are not breaching the Consumer Credit Act:

● To encourage young people to save responsibly by offering credit union accounts to secondary school pupils; and

● To provide premises for credit unions to operate in communities across Cheshire East where it is needed.

For more information about Cheshire Neighbours Credit Union (CNCU) visit their website at www.cncu.org.uk

Minister Declares that Cheshire East does not have a 5 year supply of housing land.

 

Willaston and Rope Ward UKIP Councillor Brian Silvester has called for urgent action following a bombshell decision by a Government Minister.

He said, 'In the attached decision letter for a planning appeal in Sandbach, the Secretary of State says he  is of the view 'that the Council has not demonstrated a 5 year supply of deliverable housing sites against even the most favourable assessment of the 5 year housing requirement.' It is essential that Cheshire East (CE) can demonstrate a 5 year supply of housing land plus 20% if it is to successfully fight off the flood of major housing applications that the Borough is experiencing. The political leadership of the Council have been going around for several months stating that CE had a 7 year supply of housing land and telling concerned residents that they had no need to worry about the proposed huge development on their doorstep. This has proved to be incorrect, as I have been stating for a long time. Those that have being giving those false reassurances should now be examining their position.

The Council now needs to inform residents how they intend to fill the gap in the housing land supply. This decision will lead to a review of the Local plan which is out to consultation yet again. This could lead to yet further delay before the Local Plan is ready to present the the Government Inspector. Urgent action is now needed if the Council is to take back control of major planning  applications from the Planning Inspectorate in Bristol.'

Erection of Safety Bollard Welcomed

Willaston and Rope Ward Councillor Brian Silvester has welcomed  the erection of a safety bollard in Willaston.

He said, " In Cheerbrook Road, Willaston, towards the Nantwich end of the road, there is a cycle path. The path actually comes off the end of Old Newcastle Road. Cars, delivery vans and even cars with trailers use this path instead of the road junction to come out onto Cheerbrook Rd.Not only is it illegal it poses a safety hazard to people walking and cycling in the area not aware that a vehicle is using the path as a short cut. I was asked by a concerned resident if it would be possible to have a concrete bollard put at the end of the path. I am pleased that the Cheshire East Council has now erected the bollard. It will help prevent possible accidents in the future by stopping the improper use of the cycle path by vehicles."


Cllr Brian Silvester

Willaston and Rope Ward UKIP Councillor

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MP,s 142 Bulletin

Edward Timpson MP

Friday 18, October 2013

Welcome

Nick Boles addresses a meeting of planning action groups

Welcome to this, my 142nd news bulletin.

Last week, at my invitation, the Planning Minister addressed a meeting of concerned local planning activists at the Crewe Arms Hotel.

The meeting was both constructive and informative, and Nick Boles MP, the minister, was pleased to be put through his paces by a very well-informer but challenging crowd.
Town planning is the legal responsibility of the local authority.

However, as your Member of Parliament, whilst I have no influence on the planning process, over the last few years I have been called upon regularly to represent my constituents and support their – quite legitimate – concerns at being held hostage by developers with unplanned, unsustainable and unwanted planning applications.

I have sought to support both Crewe and Nantwich residents and the local authority in combating this challenge.  This is why, when I saw Nick recently in Westminster to discuss the planning issues we are facing locally, he assured me that the examination of the Council’s local plan would begin as soon as it was received by the Planning Inspectorate.

During the meeting, the minister made it clear that the local plan was the only way to ensure that planned and appropriate development would be allowed in future, and he urged Cheshire East Council to submit a robust draft plan to the inspectors as soon as practicable.

Also when questioned on the timescales, he assured the meeting he would do everything he could to expedite the course through the inspection process.

Further to this assurance, he has provided us with some clear advice.  He said: “It is difficult to anticipate the length of a forthcoming Local Plan examination. It will depend very much on the quality and content of the Plan. Cheshire East should do all they can to submit as sound plan with clearly presented evidence to support its policies. This will be the best safeguard against a protracted examination period.

“Based on recent experience, examinations can be completed in 7 to 8 months, but this is very much dependent on the issues raised and many examinations do take longer.  It would be useful if Cheshire East could keep the Planning Inspectorate updated regularly on the likely publication and submission dates for the Plan, and the likely level of objection. This helps the Planning Inspectorate plan for the examination and prevents delay while the Planning Inspectorate appoint an inspector.”

I wanted to be as open about this as possible, as this is an issue that affects so many of my Crewe and Nantwich constituents.

The advice for the Council is there for all to see. It is now up to them to deliver.

Best wishes,

Edward Timpson
Member of Parliament for Crewe & Nantwich

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Locally I have...

  • Chaired a successful meeting between local action group campaigners and Planning Minister Nick Boles, at the Crewe Arms Hotel. Local representatives put their views directly to the Minister, who in turn promised to support the Council whose responsibility it is to deliver a Local Plan for our area.
  • Held one of my regular constituency advice surgeries at Nantwich Health Centre, on Beam Street, Nantwich.
  • Met with Andrew, manager of the Lakeside Superbowl in Crewe, to congratulate him on successfully opposing plans to close the bowling alley. A number of constituents contacted me to object to the proposed closure, and I was pleased to lend my support to the staff and customers.
  • Spoken at the WI 'Great Food Debate' at St Matthew’s Church Hall in Haslington. This fantastic local event is part of a nationwide debate to raise awareness of food security, and I was delighted to learn afterwards that the WI's harvest celebration, including the debate, has won a prize in the Daily Telegraph's 'Bring Home the Harvest' competition.
  • Met with groups of Crewe and Nantwich constituents from South Cheshire College and YMCA Crewe, on their visits to the Houses of Parliament in Westminster.
  • Lent my support to St Luke's Hospice as they launch their new 'Regular Giving' scheme. The Hospice is currently marking its 25th anniversary, and by encouraging sponsors to donate just a small amount every month, St Luke's will be able to secure the long-term sustainability of its patient care and support in the community.
  • Chaired the important public meeting called by local Post Office staff, to discuss the future of Crewe's main Post Office. The clear view of the members of the public present in Crewe Library was that Post Office services must be protected, and extended if possible.
  • Attended the Nantwich Civic Service last Sunday, at the kind invitation of the Mayor of Nantwich, Councillor John Lewis.

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'we must get the Local Plan right' - New six-week consultation over long-awaited scheme

Chronicle Extra: Cheshire East’s long awaited Local Plan has been delayed as the council considers feedback from the strategic planning meeting.

Elements of the emerging core strategy of the plan, particularly in relation to the development of land  around Crewe Green and plans for White Moss Quarry, were slated by local residents who spoke at last month’s meeting.

There were also claims from one councillor that additional sites had  been ‘sneaked in’ in the north of the borough as well as calls from Weston  and Basford Parish Council for a ‘compromise’ over the proposed new village around Crewe Hall.  And a former Cheshire East mayor, Cllr Roger West, went as far as saying he believed the prospect of a judicial  review ‘is real’.

In response the council has now  announced a further six week public consultation, which will begin on November 5 and end on December 16.  The single document to be consulted upon will include strategic sites, the  plans’ evidence base and proposed  new infrastructure, including new  roads.

Deputy council leader David Brown, who oversees the Local Plan process, said: “We had a tremendous response when we presented our proposals to the council’s strategic planning board  two weeks ago with around 30 people  and groups coming along to speak at  the meeting.

“There were some excellent and constructive points made and it’s only right that we respect the effort people put in by now making extra time to reflect on them properly.”

At the end of this final round of consultation, the council will publish the draft core strategy, inviting formal representations.  It will then submit those comments along with the document to the planning inspectorate.

Cllr Brown added: “So far, we have received 28,000 representations by members of the public about our draft proposals. This is an unprecedented amount of interest in a council consultation process and I hope this further period of consultation will allow everyone to feel they have had time and opportunity to have their say.

“The Local Plan is the keystone for all future growth across the borough.  It is absolutely vital for the future economic wellbeing of everyone living and working in Cheshire East that we get this process right”, he said.  "As I see it, this is the people’s plan and it’s vital that we take the time to get it right.”

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MP backs eye health campaign

Crewe Chronicle: MP Edward Timpson is helping to raise awareness of the importance of eye health and the need for people to have a check-up every two years.

The Crewe and Nantwich MP attended the launch of the National Eye Health campaign in Westminster.  Francesca Marchetti, chairman of the National Eye Health campaign group, said: "Sight is the sense people fear losing the most, yet many of us don't know the best way to look after our eyes.

"This is why it is so important you get your eye health tested every two years, even if you think your vision is fine, as some eye conditions may not show symptoms."

for more details, visit www.visionmatters.org.uk

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Edward Timpson praises ‘job creating’ company

Crewe Chronicle: MP Edward Timpson dropped into see a business that has created new local jobs in Crewe since attending his jobs fair in May.

The Children’s Minister paid a visit to Kindertons Accident Management based on Marshfield Bank, Crewe.  Mr Timpson said: “I’m absolutely delighted that 10 job seekers who attended my jobs fair in June have as a direct result found full time work at local employer Kindertons.

“With their family-run business continuing to grow, it’s another example of how our local economy is gaining confidence.”

A spokesman for Kindertons said: “We have recently recruited over 30 new employees, 10 from the Jobs Fair, 14 from a company in Northwich who made all of their employees redundant and a further six from the Job Centre.”

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Winter Wellbeing – preparing your home for winter

 

Cheshire East Council and its partners are offering a range of advice and support to residents on how to keep warm, well and safe this winter.

This week, we explore how to prepare your home for the winter period.

When temperatures start to drop, the first thing people should think about is how to prepare their home before the cold weather really takes hold.

There are numerous checks that can be completed which can minimise the affects of adverse weather and we offer this advice:

· Insulate pipes and drain off outside taps to prevent frozen pipes;

· Know where your stop tap is, and make sure you can turn it on and off with ease;

· If you are going away, consider asking a friend or neighbour to check on your house regularly. That way, if you have a burst then it will be discovered early;

· Leave your heating on if the weather is forecast to be freezing;

· Take advantage of the last remaining insulation offers. Contact your energy supplier for any offers on loft and cavity wall insulation;

· Fit draught proofing to seal any gaps around doors and windows;

· Get your boiler serviced regularly by a qualified engineer. Remember for gas boilers, check that your engineer is Gas Safe registered;

· Be prepared for clearing ice and snow this winter – have a snow shovel, brush and grit or salt ready.

It is also advisable for people to contact their energy supplier to check whether they are eligible for free or priority services.

Suppliers have a duty of care to households with customers who may be vulnerable regarding their energy supply.

If a member of a person’s household is of a pensionable age, has a disability, is chronically sick, has a hearing and/or visual impairment or has a child under eight years old, they may be eligible for free services.

Winter is also a good time to be aware of what to do if electricity supplies go off.  Don’t assume that suppliers will know that power supplies are down – call them and have your name, postcode, house number and telephone number handy.

Scottish Power has offered these first steps if power supplies go down:

· If you have a trip switch, check to see if it has operated. If it has, switch off all your appliances and try to reset the trip switch;

· If possible, check to see if your neighbours have lost supply. If they are also without power, contact your supplier.

· If neighbours still have a supply then check your trip switch and your wiring. If they are not faulty, contact your supplier.

Councillor Janet Clowes, Cheshire East’s Winter Wellbeing spokeswoman, said: “Throughout the winter, we will be providing information and handy tips to help people prepare for winter, how to cope in cold spells, and encouraging people to look out for their neighbours.

“We are also putting plans in place to identify vulnerable people at risk of ill health during cold spells. The advice above offers simple and practical measures that everyone can use to suit their own circumstances.”

Sean Reynolds, Chairman of the Cheshire East Safeguarding Adults Board, added: “On behalf of the Board, I would encourage everyone to take note and act upon this practical advice to stay safe and warm this winter.”

For further winter-related advice, please visit: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/winter

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Wistaston Fireworks Display, Saturday 2nd November 2013

Reporter  Jonathan White, Wistaston

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The Wistaston Community Council Fireworks Display takes place at 6:30pm on Saturday 2nd November 2013 at the Eric Swan Sports Ground (The Brittles) behind Wistaston Church Lane Primary School. Wistaston Scout Group will be providing refreshments and will be serving burgers and hot dogs as well as hot and cold drinks. Entry is by donation and all profits will go to a charity.

Preceding the Fireworks Display are Fancy Dress and Pumpkin competitions at 5.45pm on the Triangle at the junction of Westfield Drive and Park Drive in Wistaston. The competitions are followed by a torch-light procession (please bring your own torch) which leaves at 6pm to The Brittles for the 6.30pm Fireworks Display.

Further charges over Terra Nova sexual abuse

 

Police investigating sexual abuse at Terra Nova School near Holmes Chapel in the 1970′s have charged a 70-year-old man with further offences.
Keith Cavendish-Coulson, 70, of Berkshire was re-arrested on 10 October 2013, and subsequently charged with a further 16 counts of indecent assault against three young boys.
He will appear at Crewe Magistrates on 29 October 2013.
The investigation is continuing and is focussed upon Cavendish-Coulson′s employment both as a public school teacher, and a private tutor at establishments across the country over the course of his working life.
Cheshire Police has set up a dedicated line that people who may have information can call. Specialist trained detectives are available to provide support to victims and witnesses throughout the investigation.
Anyone who may need support or has information can contact the Major Investigation Team in confidence directly in the incident room on a dedicated number 01606 362472. There will be a facility to leave a message and an officer will call you back if your call is not immediately answered.
Alternatively you can email the team on Operation.abakan.enquiries@cheshire.pnn.police.ukor contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Cavendish-Coulson was charged with 19 counts of indecent assault against boys under 14, which relate to four victims between 1973 and 1975 back in August this year. This brings the total number of charges to 35, relating to seven victims.

Police call on parents to spot the signs of underage drinking

 

Cheshire Police are calling on parents to educate their children about the harmful effects of alcohol misuse and to look out for the telltale signs of underage drinking.

Research shows that the earlier a child starts drinking, the higher their chances are of developing alcohol abuse or dependency in later life.  

Young people are also more vulnerable to health problems as a result of drinking alcohol and there is a greater chance of them becoming involved in anti-social behaviour or crime.

Cheshire Police are using ‘Totally Wasted’ − an alcohol awareness campaign − in the lead upto Christmas to educate young people about the potential dangers of alcohol.

‘Totally Wasted’ is being supported by Joey Rayner, a 25 year old actress, who grew up in Northwich and started binge drinking as a teenager.

She was keen to share her story to warn others about the pitfalls of drinking alcohol from a young age and encourage young people to develop a sensible and healthy relationship with drink.

Joey said: "I started drinking alcopops and putting spirits into bottles of pop from the age of 13. My friends and I would go to local discos or drink at our houses. I made friends with some older boys in my area and a group of us would spend our weekends hanging out in their garages on a local estate. Usually the boys would drink beer or cider and the girls Lambrini.

"I think the first time I was properly drunk was not until I was 14. By that age, I was able to go out clubbing and not get IDed - so I was drinking heavily and regularly every weekend."

Unlike many others, peer pressure was not a factor in Joey starting to drink from a young age but she admits she may have exerted it on others. "My childhood was really solid and I went to a good school with strict discipline. Peer pressure was not a factor for me at all - if anything - I think I was probably the one pressuring others! I had always had a rebellious nature. I liked to be a leader and was one of the first, if not the first girl in my year to date older boys and drink alcohol and I liked the feeling of being ahead of the others.

"By 18, drinking came naturally and felt like the ‘thing that everyone did’. I always had a good tolerance of alcohol. I could drink a lot and rarely threw up. I suppose my social life revolved around drinking and the ′funny′ stories we′d remind each other of the following day. I was not aware of it at the time, but I definitely used alcohol as a social crutch - I wouldn′t go out and socialise without it."

On an average night, Joey would drink a bottle of wine before going out, followed by four or five cocktails and numerous shots, or a second bottle of wine, often losing track of how much alcohol she had actually consumed. Joey was lucky in that she never needed hospital treatment as a result of her excessive drinking, but alcohol did have a harmful impact on other aspects of her life.

She said: "The lowest points revolved around the chaos caused - the ridiculous fights with friends and boyfriends, losing phones and keys and waking up not knowing how I got home. There were times when I woke up with a friend and we weren′t even in a place we knew - we′d passed out at a random house party. Those times were potentially dangerous and very confusing to wake up to."

Joey has since adopted an alcohol-free lifestyle and is urging other young people not to go down the same path that she did.

Her message to young people is: "Firstly, to drink moderately and to look after each other (particularly girls.) Eat properly beforehand and drink water alongside every beverage because it′s so easy to get dehydrated.

"It′s boring for young people to be lectured about the health risks, I know, but alcohol is a key contributor of some of the biggest killers in the UK (strokes, cancer, heart disease). I′d encourage young people to think about developing a sensible relationship with alcohol because long-term, they will reap the benefits. To put it bluntly, when do you ever hear of happy endings when it comes to alcohol abuse? When it gets out of hand, it rarely ends well."

Joey now runs a website, with the help of a friend, called Addictive Daughter, which provides advice and support for young women. Visit www.addictivedaughter.com.

To find out more about the Totally Wasted alcohol awareness campaign, visit Cheshire Police’s website for young people, www.upbeat.uk.com.

Further advice and information for parents is available on the Cheshire Police website: www.cheshire.police.uk.

Delivering value for money and robust Council finances for Cheshire East residents

 

Cheshire East today released a key document to show the sound financial footing of the Council.

The value for money document, Guidance and data on the financial resilience of the Council, provides more than 30 graphs, charts and tables to inform elected members and other stakeholders about how the Council is managing its resources.

It shows data since the Council was formed in 2009 and considers the impact of factors such as Council Tax levels, government grants and borrowing requirements.

The Council has responded to reductions in central government grant by improving efficiency to maintain the highest possible level of service it can.

The Council has effectively managed around £100m of increased budgetary pressure, since 2010, due to reductions in central government grant support, increased demand for Council services and changing demographics.

Councillor Peter Raynes, Cheshire East Council Cabinet member in charge of finance, said: “This is an innovative way of reporting which allows people to see how the Council is managing its finances in a way that maximises benefits to local people.

“The Council has frozen Council Tax for three consecutive years now. This is being achieved through sound financial management and by taking an innovative approach to changing the way the Council works to continue to deliver good-value services.

“For example, the highest cost, staff costs, is being reviewed through the management restructure and development of new arms-length companies.

“Also, the cost of borrowing has been reduced over time by good cash-flow management and financial reserves are being maintained at levels that protect the Council against risks.

“This document highlights how spending on local services in Cheshire East has been managed down over time and has remained below other comparable Councils.

“Such information is particularly important as we strive to deliver quality services available in the area while keeping costs down.”

Government funding means that spending power per head in Cheshire East is £756. This compares with a figure of £967 for the national average for English councils.

To view the financial resilience document, visit the Council’s website on www.cheshireeast.gov.uk

Call for further action to reduce the availability of payday loans.

 

Willaston and Rope Ward UKIP Councillor Brian Silvester is calling for further action to reduce the availabilty of payday loans.

He said, "Businesses in Cheshire East (CE) should not be allowed to change the type of business operating on a site without a fresh application to the Council. This would give an opportunity for the Council to refuse an application for any further payday loan shops. I am concerned with the proliferation of such businesses. The Council should be working to create more “mixed” high streets to help people avoid “debt traps”. I believe that CE should be encouraging our residents to approach responsible lenders, like Credit Unions. This move on planning will help keep local people away from the clutches of the pay day loan companies, who charge astronomical rates of interest, which can wreck the lives of vulnerable people in our Borough."
Cllr Brian Silvester

UK Independence Party Councillor

Willaston and Rope Ward UKIP Councillor

Cheshire East Council

Tel/fax 01270 567757

Twitter @CllrBSilvester

Winter Wellbeing – protect yourself from flu

 

Cheshire East Council and its partners are offering a range of advice and support to residents on how to keep warm, well and safe this winter.

This week, we encourage people to get their flu jab.

The flu may not seem like a big deal to some – but it can lead to serious complications and illness, particularly in winter.

And this is why Cheshire East Council and its partners are urging people to get their flu jab as soon as possible.

Public Health England has identified that the people at increased risk of suffering from the flu are people over 65, pregnant women, people with underlying health conditions and parents of two and three-year-old children.

Health and social care workers are also urged to protect themselves, as well as their patients and clients by having the jab.

Councillor Janet Clowes, Cheshire East’s Winter Wellbeing spokeswoman, said: “For most healthy people, flu is an unpleasant but usually self-limiting disease with recovery generally within a week.

“However, older people, the very young, pregnant women and those with underlying disease are at particular risk of severe illness if they catch flu.

“Every year, hundreds of thousands of people may see their GP and tens of thousands may be hospitalised because of flu each winter.

“Symptoms of flu can be very unpleasant and can last for several days – flu can lead to more serious complications like pneumonia and bronchitis which need hospital treatment.

“The best way to protect yourself and your family is to get the flu jab, so please contact your GP at the earliest opportunity and make an appointment. Please don’t put it off or think it is not important.”

Nationally, around 760 people were admitted to intensive care with complications of flu last year.

Sean Reynolds, Chairman of the Cheshire East Safeguarding Adults Board, said: “We believe safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility.

“Encouraging neighbours, friends and relatives in the ‘at risk’ groups to take up the flu jab is a straightforward way of applying that principle.”

Further resources and advice are available at www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/winter and www.snowangels.org.uk

Groups most at risk are:

· Over 65’s and at risk groups, including pregnant women
At risk groups cover those with a long term health condition, i.e. diabetes, those with a weakened immune system (e.g. HIV or cancer patients), heart disease, chronic respiratory disease (e.g. severe asthma, COPD, bronchitis), kidney disease, liver disease, chronic neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s and people in long stay residential homes;

· Two and three-year-olds

· Carers
People who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an older or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill. By getting the flu jab, carers also reduce the chance of them transmitting flu to the person they care for.

Constabulary supports National Hate Crime Awareness Week

 

Cheshire Constabulary is supporting National Hate Crime Awareness Week (12-19 October 2013).

The week aims to raise awareness about the issues surrounding hate crime, encourage people to report incidents and drive home the message that it will not be tolerated.

Hate crime is any criminal offence committed against a person or property that is motivated, in whole or in part, by an offender′s hostility towards someone because of their:

  • race/ethnic origin
  • religion
  • gender identity
  • sexual orientation
  • disability
  • or other personal characteristic

Cheshire Constabulary′s Assistant Chief Constable Ruth Purdie said: "If you are a victim of hate crime or witness a hate crime taking place, always speak out and report it.

"Across Cheshire, we′ve seen an increase in people reporting hate crime and we want this figure to rise as victims become more confident in reporting crimes to the police."

On Monday 23 September, a special conference was held at Winsford Police HQ to discuss the difficult problem of getting more victims of hate crime to report their experiences.

The conference was attended by a variety of different organisations including local authorities, the NHS, fire service and charities.

Speakers included Cheshire Assistant Chief Constable Ruth Purdie, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire John Dwyer, Bernard Byrne (the Crown Prosecution Service hate crime prosecutor for Cheshire and Merseyside) and Paralympian Adrian Derbyshire.

Underreporting is a major issue in relation to all hate crimes and Cheshire Police has introduced a number of alternative reporting methods to encourage people to speak out.

Across Cheshire, Halton and Warrington, many locations have been set up as community reporting centres, where anyone who does not feel comfortable contacting the police directly can attend to report hate crime.

A list of these centres is available on the Cheshire Police website.

For more information about hate crime and how to report it, visit the Cheshire Police website: http://www.cheshire.police.uk/advice--information/hate-crime.aspx.

The 6th Words and Music Festival

reporter Jonathan White, Crewe

The 6th Words and Music Festival - http://www.wordsandmusicfestival.com/ - took place in Nantwich from Monday 7th to Sunday 13th October 2013. The Festival featured original music, poetry, literature and theatre performances at a variety of venues around the town. 

Words and Music Festival 2013 - a duo perform in Costa Coffee (1)

The 21st Reaseheath Apple Festival

Reporter Jonathan White, Crewe

A visitor inspects some of the apples

The 21st Reaseheath Apple Festival was held on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th October 2013, at Reaseheath College (http://www.reaseheath.ac.uk) in Nantwich.

This free event took place in the College's 'Crop Shop' and featured dozens of different varieties of apple. The apples on display were sourced from around the United Kingdom and Reaseheath College itself.

There was the opportunity to taste and buy several varieties of apple. Visitors could also buy or bring their own apples and take part in using the scratcher apple milling machine and press, which form the initial stages of the cider-making process.

Retired Reaseheath lecturer Derek Jones was on hand to identify different apple varieties and Reaseheath lecturer Harry Delaney offered fruit growing advice.

There was a variety of plants for sale.

Numerous information leaflets and display boards advertised the wide variety of courses available at Reaseheath College.

Cheshire Wildlife Trust - http://www.cheshirewildlifetrust.org.uk - had a stand and invited new members to join.

Reaseheath’s fruit garden was also open to allow visitors to view fruit trees on a variety of root stocks grown under different systems.

There was a cheese tasting table and cheeses for sale in the 'Reaseheath Farm Shop'.

Refreshments were available in the 'Bootzone' restaurant/cafe.

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Queenspark wildlife group action plan


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The aim of the group is to protect and encourage the wildlife in the park. Most members are people who visit the park daily to care for the wildlife and have done this for years. We have taken expert advice from RSPB, Cheshire Wildlife Trust. Sandbach Woodland and Wildlife Trust and our own expert members. We are also looking at Tipkinder wood as this is the start of the wildlife corridor feeding the park any problems there could affect the park via the brook.

The main problems stem from yobs destroying eggs and nest of protected birds like swans and grebe on many occasions. To combat this there need to be ramps or logs are needed all around the two main islands so they can nest away from danger this need to be a long term placement and backed up by planting of reed beds round the islands. A lot of more hens nest on the island and then the babies fall off and cant get back on and die so some sort of ramp is needed to then can get back on. All this needs to be done well before breeding season. Read beds are needed to form a natural habitat. All plants will help the wildlife which includes the fish so the angling club may want input into this and it will benefit the lake as well. As we have had two swans and duck injured by fishing line we are keen to see the wildlife protected from this in the future.

Suggested planting along part of the edge of the lake - a fringe of reed mace, yellow flag iris, meadowsweet and other wetland plants would create a habitat for many creatures as well as birds (N.B. reed-mace can spread rapidly, however it cannot move into deep water, so it should be OK in the lake.
The two steep banks of grass either side of Burma island on the south side are never used as they are to steep and are hard to mow so we want to make them into wildlife meadows this would help wildlife and reduce the need for regular mowing. They could be used for fishing as it doesn’t put people in danger when walking past while people are casting. Possibly the area by the main road that is a bank on the north side could have the same treatment.

To encourage wildlife we need to start at the bottom of the food chain by putting lots of compost areas and rotting log piles this needs to be balanced with not looking a mess so it’s a matter of agreeing areas in bushes that wont generally be seen for these we are talking small piles which will barley be seen not huge ones. Other discreet project are log piles and bee hotels again discreetly situated to benefit things like hedgehogs etc. This will fit in with school projects that Ben runs and we would help with an educational resource
More plants are required for wildlife which would include. More bird boxes are also needed and our members are putting up bird feeders to feed birds through the winter.
• Spring: flowering currant, Berberis, Forsythia, guelder rose.
• Summer: Hebe, lavender, honeysuckle, elder
• Autumn: Buddleja, heather, Hypericum, Fatsia
• Winter: Mahonia, ivy, witch hazel, Sarcococca
Tipkinder wood Myself and Jules Hornbrook looked at the wood a few years ago
http://www.crewetown.co.uk/tipkinder.htm
Tipkinder wood has been left for many years and we propose to remove lots of self seeded saplings to allow for more low growing bushes to be planted for wildlife and make the area more pleasant we can do most of the work but some large trees that are close to each other want removing and these we would look to cut into large logs as seats by the stream as it’s a lovely place to sit on a hot sunny day. There is a real danger in the wood as its not been managed for years and many of the trees have fallen or have been damaged and liable to fall at any time in high winds this is a serious H&S issue as some trees are 30ft and could cause injury or damage if they fall and the Council could be liable.
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Above two 30 ft trees have fallen which will knock down more
The cost of all this is very small the most expensive being the plants for the lake the rest requires very little expenditure. Tipkinder would require the tree experts to cut down larger trees and make the area safe. Removal of saplings volunteers could do and being a wildlife wood the bio degradable waste can be left on site for wildlife. Any type of plants would be suitable to bring life to lower areas and a appeal for bring an old plant to the wood day may fund that. All this would be done in conjunction with other groups like Friends, Ants, Fishing club, and schools
#queensparkwildlife

Cllr Jones is backing us on this

Dear Jan
Thank you for your email.
Wow. What great work.
Cheshire east will do all it can to support.
Yours
Michael
Councillor Michael Jones
Leader
Cheshire East Council
Tel : 01270 686011

We need volunteers to help with the woodland and the wildlife contact us here.

The RSPB have issued a warning about birds most of the seeds they eat at this time of year are not ripe so they want supplementing with bird seed etc. So we need more bird feeders put by the Tipkinder entrance to the park on the left through the gates then hanging anywhere around there and our members will keep them filled. So if you have any spare of any sort pop them along help the birds this winter

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Man wanted on recall to prison

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Police are appealing for information regarding the whereabouts of Felix Purcell, 43 years of age.

Purcell was released from prison on 2 August 2013 after being sentenced to 9 years for robbery at the home of an elderly couple in July 2009. He has a previous conviction dating from 1989 for which he was sentenced to 6 years imprisonment for the rape of a woman in her own home. The terms and conditions of his license upon release from prison require him to reside at a fixed address in the Sandbach area, be subject to an overnight curfew, and report to the Authorities at set points during the course of the day. Purcell breached these requirements on 8 October 2013 and a notice of recall to prison has been issued.

Felix Purcell is a white man, 43 years of age, 5′ 6" tall, and heavy in build. He is clean shaven, with brown hair shaved close to his head, blue eyes, and speaks with an Irish accent. He has a scar on his left arm. When he was last seen he was wearing dark trousers, a navy blue cardigan, and a chequered shirt. Purcell also had white paint on his hands − suggesting he may have been engaged in painting or decorating work. Police are keen to hear from anyone who may recognise him as having undertaken such work recently around their property.

He was last seen at 1600 hours on 8 October 2013 by a member of the Probation Service at his residential address in the Sandbach area. He left the address and has not been seen since.

Purcell does travel and may have links with the North Wales area.

Purcell′s bicycle, a "Giant" make red mountain bicycle, is also missing. It may be in Purcell′s possession, or it may have been abandoned or sold. Police are appealing for any information on the whereabouts of this bicycle.

Police are advising that Felix Purcell may pose a risk to the public and should not be approached. Anybody who sees him is asked to immediately ring 999. Purcell′s previous convictions relate to burglaries, resulting in violence when disturbed by the householders. Police are therefore advising the public to ensure their homes are locked and secure against intruders.

Police enquiries are active and ongoing to locate Purcell.

Anyone who thinks they may have seen Purcell since 1600 hours on 8 October, or has any information regarding his current whereabouts is asked to contact police on the non emergency number, 101, quoting incident 633 of 08/10/2013. Anyone who sights Purcell should immediately call police on 999, and should not approach him.

If you prefer to offer information anonymously, you can do so by ringing the Crimestoppers Hotline on 0800 555 111. All information will be passed to police and you will not be asked to provide your name or contact details.