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Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Crewe Pride in the Park returns this Saturday!


Crewe Pride in the Park returns on Saturday 25 September, with the virtual event taking place from 2-6pm.

This year’s show will feature an eclectic mix of interviews, music and special guests.

Headline acts on the day include drag queen Cherry Valentine - of RuPaul’s Drag Race, who will be revealing more about her recent move to London, exciting projects in the pipeline, her involvement in music and charity work, and many more. Viewers on the day can also watch her exclusive new music video.

Doncaster-based band Bang Bang Romeo alongside singer Ben Tavill, 80s act The Wild Boys, and singer Claire Mooney will also be making an appearance. Viewers will see an interview with Jackie Weaver, a local LGBTQ+ Ally on the day as well.

Bentley Motors, the Crewe-based manufacturer of luxury cars, is proud and thrilled to be the main sponsor for this year’s event, while the Co-op and Crewe Town Council are also key sponsors.

This event follows months of Pride events across the country, offering the opportunity for the LGBTQ+ community to see out the summer with one final celebration.

Ahead of the event, residents who entered one of the Crewe Pride in the Park competitions for individuals of all ages will soon be receiving a series of prizes, including Pride goody bags, containing Crewe Pride in the Park merchandise and a gift card for the Co-op.

Residents can also still get their hands on free goody bags that are available to pick up now from the following Co-op store locations in the borough, which contain a selection of Crewe Pride in the Park merchandise and a £5 Co-op gift card. Individuals can request a goody bag at the below stores, on a first come first served basis:

  • Readesdale Ave, Crewe CW2 8QP
  • 1C Remer St, Crewe CW1 4LS
  • Rope Ln, Shavington, Crewe CW2 5DT
  • 28 London Rd, Holmes Chapel, Crewe CW4 7AJ
  • 216 Middlewich Road, Sandbach, CW11 3EJ
  • Cronkinson Farm, Nantwich CW5 7FY
  • Unit 1, The Gateway, Beswick Drive, Crewe, CW1 5NP

During the event, viewers will also be in with the chance to win Crewe Lyceum Theatre tickets to see ‘Deathdrop’ – a murder mystery play featuring RuPaul US drag legends Willam, Ra’Jah O’Hara and UK star Vinegar Strokes. Viewers on the day will also receive a promotional code to book tickets for this play at a reduced rate.

Councillor Sam Corcoran, leader of Cheshire East Council, said: “There’s so much for viewers to look forward to at our virtual Pride in the Park event, the full line-up offers an exciting experience for all who attend.”

“It’s important that the voices of our LGBTQ+ community are heard, and that they feel represented and equal. Hosting this event is just one way we’re working towards our ambition for a fair, open and green borough, where individuality and diversity is celebrated.”

“There’s a lot to look forward to at Saturday’s event, so I’d urge everyone to set a date for their diary and join us from 2pm.”

Councillor Marilyn Houston, member champion for equality, diversity and inclusion, said: “By hosting this event virtually once again, individuals from across Cheshire East and beyond will be able to tune into the event on the day, and with some fantastic guests announced – you won’t want to miss it!”.

“We’re thrilled to be joined by some of this year’s biggest names, including Cherry Valentine of RuPaul’s Drag Race and more.”

“Summer may be coming to an end but we’re seeing out the Pride celebrations in style, with this event, which is hugely important in the Cheshire East calendar. We’d encourage individuals of all ages to unite and show our support for the LGBTQ+ community in Cheshire East by tuning in on the day.”

Residents can join the event on the day on the Cheshire East Virtual Pride YouTube channel, and stay updated in the run up to the event on the Pride in the Park Facebook Page.

Cheshire East Council warns not to relax as Covid-19 cases still high


Cheshire East Council is reminding residents that Covid-19 remains a significant risk to public health and to continue with Covid safe behaviours of ‘hands, face, space and fresh air’.

Latest local Covid-19 data shows there have been 361 positive cases per 100,000 in Cheshire East in the week up to 15 September. This is significantly above the average for England of 303 per 100,000 of population.

Set against this backdrop of high local cases, the council is advising residents to follow the latest advice from Public Health England to get vaccinated, to get tested regularly and to wear a mask in busy or crowded places such as supermarkets and public transport.

Councillor Jill Rhodes, Cheshire East Council adults and health committee chair, said: “Unfortunately we are still seeing to a worrying level of positive case numbers.

“The public has been asked to take personal responsibility for wearing a mask, but we would ask them to continue to wear them, especially in shops and enclosed spaces.

“It is in all our hands now to keep life moving and play a positive part in containing the spread of the virus.’

Professor Rod Thomson, public health consultant at Cheshire East Council, said: “With a significant number of positive cases now, it’s vital residents continue to take precautions and remain Covid-aware.

“Just as Covid-19 cases are still higher than we would like, public face covering wearing seems to be significantly down.

“Covid cases are rising not only among the young, 35 per cent of all cases are in the 10-19 age group, but we are also seeing a strong rise in over-40’s cases too, which in turn affects hospitalisation rates, which have also increased.

“The best advice then remains to get fully vaccinated as soon as you can as this not only protects yourself but also diminishes the virus’s ability to spread. This is especially important for vulnerable people who are to be offered a Covid-19 booster vaccine (from 6 months after their second doses).”

The booster vaccination programme will be rolled out to the same priority groups as previously. This means care home residents, health and social care workers, people aged over 50, those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe Covid-19, adult carers, and adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals will be prioritised.

Professor Thomson continues to say: “If you have Covid-19 symptoms, then self-isolate immediately and book a PCR test. If you have no symptoms, please continue to test regularly with rapid Lateral Flow Tests which are available for free at local test sites or can be delivered direct to your home.

“We would also strongly advise people to do the things we already know help stop the spread of the virus. This means if you test positive, you won’t be able to enjoy all those things we have all missed doing such as joining in with family celebrations, going on holiday, or going to sporting or music events.”

The council has this week organised for a Covid-19 and winter wellbeing leaflet to be delivered to every household and business in the borough to reinforce key Covid-19 safety messages and information to help residents stay safe throughout the colder and wetter winter months.

Supported by local chambers of commerce, businesses in the borough will also be able to order an innovative Covid-19 business information toolkit to help them restart their business and help keep staff and customers as safe as possible. Business toolkits can be ordered on the council’s webpage at: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/covid19-business

To book or order a PCR test visit www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.

For full information on where to get tested or pick up home testing kits visit: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/covid-testing or to order them to be delivered to your home visit www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests.

If they made your day, make them RHS Partner Garden of the Year


Tatton Park is asking for your support in the last few days of the RHS Partner Garden of the Year Competition. If a visit to their Garden made your day, they would love you to vote for them as RHS Partner Garden of the Year at www.rhs.org.uk/pgoty. Voting closes on 30th September.

Say thank you to the people who tend the Gardens

The RHS is running this competition in recognition of the positive impact gardens always have on our physical and mental wellbeing, but especially during the pandemic. Taking a walk in a beautiful garden has become a pleasure for more people than ever before. Their ‘Feel Good Gardens’ theme encourages you to show your support of an RHS partner garden that has boosted your mood and health and given you a ‘feel good’ experience during the last 12 months.

Did you find peace in the Pinetum?

Is there a particular corner of Tatton Park Garden which helped reconnect you with nature? Did you discover forest bathing and find peace in the Pinetum, feel joy at the Japanese Garden or inspiration on the Italian Terrace? If so, why not show your appreciation and say thank you to the gardeners and volunteers who tend these lovely spaces throughout the year and vote for Tatton Park?

Votes mean prizes!

If you can spare a minute and vote today at www.rhs.org.uk/pgoty, as well as supporting Tatton Park Gardens, you will be entered into a prize draw to win tickets and a picnic hamper for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival Preview Evening plus a luxury two-night stay close to the showground.

Other happenings at Tatton Park:

v www.tattonpark.org.uk – for opening times, tickets and event details

v e-news – sign up on our website and receive email updates from Tatton Park

v Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – find us @TattonPark

v Candide Gardening App - download onto your phone to enhance your visit to our Gardens

Sunday, 19 September 2021

Burglary

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Burglary


Dear Residents
This letter is to inform you that unfortunately there has been an attempted house burglary which occurred at a premises within your local area. This incident occurred between 07:16 – 11:00on 15/09/21 Newdigate Street Crewe. Incident number
IML -1085325
I would like to take this opportunity to point out that the Crewe Local Policing Unit, which covers both the town centre and the large rural area surrounding it, experiences a very low number of domestic house burglaries.
In an effort to ensure it is an isolated incident we would ask you to review your home security and take sensible precautions like checking all premises and outbuildings are secure, house alarms set and vehicle keys stored away etc.
If you have seen any suspicious persons, vehicles or have any other information, please contact us on 101. Or call in to Crewe Police Station between 8am-8pm, 7 days a week.
Your call will be dealt with in complete confidence and the information you supply may help us to further reduce burglary and other offences in your area.
Please be vigilant, you suspect any suspicious behaviour report via 101 or Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111
Thank you
Crewe Central Police Pcso Penny Probin.

Burglary Alert

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Burglary Alert


Ref No: 1085511
Unfortunately, a house burglary has recently occurred on Kingsway, Crewe. The incident occurred between 20:30 hrs and 23:30 hrs on 14/09/2021.
I would like to take this opportunity to point out that the Crewe Local Policing Unit, which covers both the town centre and the large rural area surrounding it, experiences a very low number of domestic house burglaries.
In an effort to ensure it is an isolated incident we would ask you to review your home security and take sensible precautions like checking all premises and outbuildings are secure, house alarms set and vehicle keys stored away etc.
If you have seen any suspicious persons, vehicles or have any other information, please contact us on 101 referring to this letter.
Your call will be dealt with in complete confidence and the information you supply may help us to further reduce burglary and other offences in your area.
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Residential Burglary

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Dear Residents
This letter is to inform you that unfortunately there has been an attempted house burglary which occurred at a premises within your local area. This incident occurred between 00:00 – 04:00on 15/09/21 Market Street Crewe. Incident number
IML -1085461
I would like to take this opportunity to point out that the Crewe Local Policing Unit, which covers both the town centre and the large rural area surrounding it, experiences a very low number of domestic house burglaries.
In an effort to ensure it is an isolated incident we would ask you to review your home security and take sensible precautions like checking all premises and outbuildings are secure, house alarms set and vehicle keys stored away etc.
If you have seen any suspicious persons, vehicles or have any other information, please contact us on 101. Or call in to Crewe Police Station between 8am-8pm, 7 days a week.
Your call will be dealt with in complete confidence and the information you supply may help us to further reduce burglary and other offences in your area.
Please be vigilant, you suspect any suspicious behaviour report via 101 or Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111
Thank you
Crewe Central Police Pcso Penny Probin.

Monday, 6 September 2021

Burglary Alert

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Dear Residents
On Wednesday 1st September around midnight a break in occurred on Bateman Close in Crewe. Entry was gained through the kitchen door.
I would like to take this opportunity to point out that the Crewe Local Policing Unit, which covers both the town centre and the large rural area surrounding it, experiences a very low number of domestic house burglaries.
In an effort to ensure it is an isolated incident we would ask you to review your home security and take sensible precautions like checking all premises and outbuildings are secure, house alarms set and vehicle keys stored away etc.
Please be vigilant, if you have any information please call 101 0r Crime stoppers om 0800 555 111 Quoting Inc IML 1075157.
Working Together to Prevent Crime

Suspicious Incident - Crewe Green - Haslington

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Suspicious Incident - Crewe Green - Haslington


Good afternoon,
We have had an incident of a suspicious person and vehicle in the area of Crewe Green the other evening.
We want all residents around the vicinity of Crewe Green and Haslington to be vigilant please and to report anything that seems out of the ordinary.
The incident was in the early hours of the morning and involved a male looking into properties with a torch.
We have been and will be on patrol in the evenings looking out to keep you safe, but please ensure that doors and windows are secured where possible and that valuables are not left on show.
Thank you for your time.
Kind regards,
PCSO Lizzie Jolley 22582

We Need Your Feedback - Local Family Bowls Day

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We Need Your Feedback - Local Family Bowls Day


Good afternoon,
We are thinking of running a family bowls day next spring in Weston and Haslington to involve local young people into a good hobby. This is in an aim to help local young people to gain healthy interests but also to reduce anti-social behaviour in the local area.
We need to know if our local families would support these sessions. The sport is fairly cheap to get involved with and most clubs have some spare equipment that we could use to get young people involved. We could also look into getting some additional funding to support this if we had the support for it to go ahead.
Please send your feedback in a reply to this or via our Haslington Police Facebook page.
Thank you for your time.
Kind regards,
PCSO Lizzie Jolley 22582

Intelligence - Let Us Help To Sort Your Local Concerns

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Good afternoon,
This last month by working with members of our community, Haslington Police team for the Haslington and Rural Villages in Crewe East submitted 35 Intelligence Reports throughout August 2021.
So we would like to say a huge thank you for helping us. For anyone wondering how to work with us to make your local area safer, passing on intelligence is a great way, as it gives us an indication of what is happening in your area.
Intelligence can vary over topics such as the below :-
Drugs :-
- Can you see or smell anything unusual for your area?
- Are there people coming and going from a property or location, are they passing small or large packages that you believe are related to drugs?
-Are you smelling a constant smell of something suspicious?
-Have you seen fans or heat lights?
Child/Person Concern :-
-Have you seen a child who is not receiving the basic care that they should be receiving or have seen any concerning behaviour towards this child? (You should always call 999 for any immediate threat for a person at risk.)
Vehicle Crime :-
- Have you seen a vehicle being used in an anti-social manner?
-Are you aware of someone driving without insurance?
-Do you know of someone that drink drives?
Suspicious Activity :-
- Have you seen something out of the normal? (If possible please get the registration plate and description of the person/people involved.)
These are just examples of things that you may wish to email over on lizzie.jolley@cheshire.pnn.police.uk as intelligence if you have seen them. For anything requiring urgent attention, please always call 999 in emergencies and 101 to report anything else.
Thank you for your time and again thank you to everyone who has worked with us to make our local area safer by gathering information and intelligence.
Kind regards,
PCSO Lizzie Jolley 22582

Friday, 27 August 2021

Residents Voice

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Have your say on policing in your area.
It is important to us that we know about the issues that cause you concern.
We have set up a survey where you can tell us about the things you would like us to focus on in your area.
www.cheshire.police.uk/residentsvoicecrewe
Please select 'Crewe West' as your community area.
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August 2021 - Firelink Enewsletter

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Welcome to the August edition of the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service e-Newsletter.


High Potential Development Scheme

We are seeking to recruit individuals who can demonstrate that they have the passion, potential and ambition to make an impact as a leader within our high performing service.
They will need to be committed to helping the Service achieve its mission for Cheshire to be a county where there are no deaths, injuries or damage from fires and other emergencies and also demonstrate a willingness to work in accordance with the Service’s core values.
Find out more - High Potential Development Scheme

State-of-the-art fire station officially opens in Chester

A new state-of-the-art fire station has officially opened in the heart of Chester.
The new building - which is Cheshire’s first carbon neutral fire station - was unveiled at a special ceremony on Thursday 19 August.
The site, which sits on St Anne’s Street, replaces the aging 1970’s building which was no longer fit for purpose. It boasts four bays and modern training facilities such as a new training tower, breathing apparatus building and road traffic collision training area.
The station was officially opened by Cheshire Fire Authority Chairman Councillor Bob Rudd.
Find out more - State-of-the-art fire station officially opens in Chester

Cheshire Firefighter Challenge hits new heights

A hundred firefighters took part from all over the world and more than £1,200 has been raised for The Fire Fighters Charity.
Due to restrictions caused by Covid-19 pandemic, the fundraising event had to be held virtually for the second year running.
Publicity generated for the event via Facebook led to firefighters entering from all over England and five other countries – Germany, Austria, Belgium and, for the first time, New Zealand and America.
Find out more - Cheshire Firefighter Challenge hits new heights
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One month to go until Crewe Pride in the Park!


There’s just under one month to go until this year’s Crewe Pride in the Park, with the virtual event taking place on Saturday 25 September from 2-6pm.

This year’s show will feature an eclectic mix of interviews, music and special guests.

Headline acts on the day include drag queen Cherry Valentine - of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Doncaster-based band Bang Bang Romeo alongside singer Ben Tavill, 80s act The Wild Boys, singer Claire Mooney, and a special guest appearance from Jackie Weaver.

This event will offer the perfect end to Pride season, following a summer of celebrations for the LGBTQ+ community across the borough and beyond.

Ahead of the event residents are urged to enter one of the Pride competitions, to be in with the chance to win a series of prizes. There are four competitions for all ages, including one for adults, children, and a prideful pooch and teens competition.

As part of the adults competition entrants must send in their answer to ‘what makes you proud?’ to win a £20 Co-op gift card and a Pride goodie bag, while children must colour in a Pride-themed picture for the children’s competition to win an LGBTQ+-friendly book and a Co-op gift card.

For the teens competition a hamper of Pride goodies and an LGBTQ+-friendly book along with a Co-op gift card can be won if entrants share their favourite book and what it means to them. Photo submissions of residents’ pet dogs dressed up in the spirit of Pride are required for residents to be in with the chance to win a doggy hamper for the Prideful pooch competition.

Full competition details can be found on the Crewe Pride in the Park website.

Jane Burns, executive director for corporate services with, with responsibility for equality and diversity, said: “We’re really excited to once again be hosting our virtual pride event for our LGBTQ+ community, and we’re delighted to have some big name acts join us this September.”

“Hosting this event helps us to edge ever nearer to our ambition for a fair, open and green borough, where diversity is encouraged and where every individual is equal and represented.”

“I’d urge everyone to join us in celebration on Saturday 25 September at 2pm.”

Councillor Marilyn Houston, member champion for equality, diversity and inclusion, said: “We are so thrilled to be hosting this event once again, and residents will be excited to learn that Cherry Valentine – of Ru Paul’s Drag Race will be the headline act, alongside lots more to look forward to on the day.”

“This event is hugely important in the Cheshire East calendar, and we’re hoping that families, friends, and individuals of all ages will join us to rejoice, unite and show our support for the LGBTQ+ community in Cheshire East.”

Residents can join the event on the day by tuning into the Cheshire East Virtual Pride YouTube channel, or stay updated in the run up to the event on the Pride in the Park Facebook Page.

Tuesday, 17 August 2021

Crewe Pride in the Park postponed to Saturday 25 September

Crewe Pride in the Park postponed to Saturday 25 September

Crewe Pride in the Park will now be held on Saturday 25 September 2021. 

The virtual event had initially been planned for 14 August. The decision to change the date was made following a review of the continuing impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The rescheduled event - an important one in Cheshire East’s calendar - will still be held virtually and will offer the perfect end to Pride season, following a summer of celebrations for the LGBTQ+ community across the borough and beyond.

As well as attending the event online, residents are invited to send in videos as part of a virtual parade, which will be screened on the day. More information about this, alongside the latest updates can be found on the Crewe Pride in the Park website.

This year’s show will take place from 2pm-6pm and feature an eclectic mix of interviews, music and special guests. Confirmed guests include drag queen Cherry Valentine - of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Doncaster-based band Bang Bang Romeo and singer Sam Callahan. There will also be competitions for all ages in the run-up to the event.

Jane Burns, executive director for corporate services, with responsibility for equality and diversity, said: “The decision to postpone this event was not taken lightly, but was made to ensure that we can put on the best show possible to celebrate our LGBTQ+ community in Crewe and Cheshire East.

“This event reflects our ambition for a fair, open and green borough, where every individual is equal and represented.

“The pandemic has added increased pressures to the council, our partners and sponsors, including key sponsors Bentley Motors and Crewe Town Council. I’d like to thank everyone who is working hard to deliver this event. Rescheduling until 25 September means we can make it a day to remember for our communities.”

A spokesperson from Crewe Town Council, said: “We are proud to once again be sponsoring Crewe Pride in the Park.”

“This event is vitally important - irrespective of whether it is a physical event, or a virtual one - because it is a beacon of the respect and tolerance that so many fought, and lost their lives for; and, it is an ongoing pledge to be better, to do better, to keep pushing forward together, because at the end of the day we all deserve respect and tolerance for simply being human."

Alert - Vaccine Passport Scams

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Alert - Vaccine Passport Scams


Action Fraud has received over 700 reports from members of the public about fake emails purporting to be from the NHS. The emails claim to be able to provide people with a “digital passport” that “proves you have been vaccinated against COVID-19”. These emails are fake, and the links within them lead to genuine-looking websites that steal your personal and financial information.
How to protect yourself:
In the UK, coronavirus vaccines will only be available via the National Health Services of England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. You can be contacted by the NHS, your employer, a GP surgery or pharmacy local to you, to receive your vaccine. Remember, the vaccine is free of charge. At no point will you be asked to pay.

  • The NHS will never ask you for your bank account or card details.
  • The NHS will never ask you for your PIN or banking passwords.
  • The NHS will never arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine.
  • The NHS will never ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips. 
  • Your vaccination status can be obtained for free through the official NHS app, NHS website, or by calling the NHS on 119.

How to report scams:
If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you are suspicious about an email you have received, you can report it by forwarding the email to: report@phishing.gov.uk. Suspicious text messages can also be reported by forwarding them to the number: 7726 (it’s free of charge).
If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.
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With autumn approaching, Council asks residents to stay safe as self-isolation rules change


Cheshire East Council is asking residents to keep staying safe as rules on self-isolation change and with autumn on the horizon.

The public need to continue to remain cautious for the foreseeable future, especially during the autumn and winter months when cold weather, flu and other seasonal respiratory diseases can spread rapidly.

Positive Covid-19 cases have increased slightly, and currently there are around 1,000 new cases a week in the borough compared to a few months ago when there were just 60 new cases in a week.

From today (Monday 16 August), double jabbed individuals and under 18s will no longer need to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of someone with Covid-19.

Young people and double vaccinated individuals identified as close contacts will continue to be advised to take a PCR test, to detect the virus and variants of concern. Anyone who tests positive following the PCR test will still be legally required to self-isolate, irrespective of their vaccination status.

Not only does having both doses of the vaccine significantly reduce the risk, it allows access to this exemption to self-isolation, whilst also reducing the risk of severe illness and providing the fullest protection possible for people across the borough.

The NHS COVID-19 app will also be updated this month in line with the new guidance on self-isolation for close contacts.

Director of public health in Cheshire East, Dr Matt Tyrer, said: ‘Over the last few weeks we have seen positive cases fall right across the north west and in England as a whole. However, nationally we have seen that decline slow down and possibly flatten out.

‘With children and young people shortly returning to education settings next month and more people going back in to work, it’s important to keep following Cheshire East Council’s Covid-19 campaign ‘It’s in our hands’ messaging to remain vigilant, get your vaccinations when they are offered to you, get tested regularly, report your test results and to keep following the appropriate guidance.

‘Although young people aged 16 and 17 are now being offered the Covid-19 vaccination and there is the prospect of a Covid-19 booster jab in the early autumn, we all need to do what we can to stay as fit and healthy as we can and to maintain our wellbeing in readiness for the flu season and colder winter months’.

Working with partners in the NHS, the council is also asking people to get the flu vaccine this year if they are advised to. Flu will often get better on its own, but it can make some people seriously ill. The flu vaccine is a safe and effective vaccine and it's offered free every year on the NHS to help protect people at risk of flu and its complications.

Dr Tyrer continues: ‘The best time to have the flu vaccine is in the autumn before flu starts spreading. What we all do now will have a big impact on our autumn/winter in Cheshire East.

‘By staying safe, remaining vigilant, keeping warm and eating well, we hope this will make a significant difference to protecting ourselves and those we care for in the coming months ahead’.

Cold weather can make some health problems worse and even lead to serious complications, especially if you are 65 or older, or if you have a long-term health condition.

Some people are more vulnerable to the effects of cold weather. This includes:

  • people aged 65 and older
  • babies and children under the age of 5
  • people on a low income (so cannot afford heating)
  • people who have a long-term health condition
  • people with a disability
  • pregnant women
  • people who have a mental health condition

If you are 65 or over, or in one of the other at-risk groups, it's important to get medical help as soon as you feel unwell.

You can get help and advice from:

  • a pharmacy – pharmacists can give treatment advice for a range of minor illnesses and can tell you if you need to see a doctor
  • your GP – you may be able to speak to a GP online or over the phone, or go in for an appointment if they think you need to
  • NHS 111 – go to 111.nhs.uk or call 111 if you have an urgent medical problem and you’re not sure what to do

The sooner you get advice, the sooner you are likely to get better.

There is more information on self-isolation on the NHS website at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/how-long-to-self-isolate/

For information on staying warm, staying well and staying safe in the winter months, go to the council’s winter wellbeing website pages at: https://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/livewell/health-matters/keeping-well/winter-wellbeing/winter-wellbeing.aspx

For the latest information and advice on Covid-19 testing, vaccinations and self-isolation support, go to the council’s webpage at: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/covid19