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Wednesday, 9 October 2019

‘Secrets Within Crumbling Castles’

Reporter Jonathan White
Local writer, Rosie Pugh, will be launching her memoir ‘Secrets Within Crumbling Castles’ at Nantwich Museum on Sunday 27th October 2019 (2-4pm). 
Rosie’s heart-rending story depicts her childhood in Ireland, being educated by nuns and her love of nature. It captures the hardship of an Irish family coming to England and records Rosie’s adult life in Nantwich including her determination to gain qualifications despite being diagnosed as dyslexic. The book is written with genuine warmth and passion, enabling the reader to become immersed in the author’s life.
Although Rosie left Nantwich for several years, she has now returned and is an active member of the Crewe and District Writer’s group as well as local poetry nights, Salt and Speakeasy. 
Rosie will be reading extracts from the book. She will be joined by local aspiring opera singer, Sinead D’Abreu Hayling. Sinead, an ex-pupil from Brine Leas School, will be signing a few songs from musical theatre.
The event is free including cake and refreshments. The readings will be followed by a book signing.
For further details please email:

­The Sounds of the Sixties back by popular demand

The Revolvers consist of four young guys with an unrivalled, burning passion for the greatest music of all time….We are of course referring to the 60’s.

This superb group have played over 1500 concerts, worldwide, and continue to wow audiences with not only their incredible musical talents, but also with their unmatched authenticity.
From the meticulously sourced costumes that they wear to the vintage musical instruments that they use, the energy, enthusiasm and accuracy of these musicians will guarantee to get feet tapping and have you dancing in the aisles!
So come along to Nantwich Civic Hall on Friday 25th October, as Sounds of the Sixties recreate all your favourite songs from artists such as Small Faces, The Kinks, The Beatles, The Who, Spencer Davis Group, The Rolling Stones and many more, it promises to be a night not to be missed!
Tickets are just £12 and available from Nantwich Civic Hall, by calling 01270 628633 or online at

Who will you nominate for Nantwich Christmas lights switch-on duties?

This year the Mayor of Nantwich, Councillor Arthur Moran is launching a search for worthy guests of honour to turn on Nantwich’s Christmas lights.
The festive season may seem quite a long way off, but planning for the annual event is almost complete.
Over the years there has been various line-ups to turn on the lights including celebrities. However, this year felt the Mayor felt the town’s own younger VIPs should get a chance to turn on the lights.
Do you know any worthy candidates? We would like you to send us your nominations by emailing or dropping them off at Nantwich Civic Hall. Nominations should include your name, address, contact number, the person you wish to nominate and why they deserve to turn on the town’s Christmas lights.
Nantwich Christmas Lights Switch On, full of festive cheer, always kicks off the celebrations and is a wonderful part of the seasonal calendar.
This year the event will take place on Friday 15th November and will include a mini-market selling a selection of gifts, treats and food from 12noon, and an array of entertainment, including a set from UK Bjorn, on the square from 4pm.
Proceedings will conclude with a guest appearance from Father Christmas, before the lights switch on and spectacular firework display from Blitz Fireworks around 7pm.
For full details on this years’ Nantwich lights switch on event visit

Streetmeat 25th Anniversary Edition’

Reporter Jonathan White
Local author Noel K Hannan will promote neo-noir cyberpunk graphic novel ‘Streetmeat 25th Anniversary Edition’ at the Nantwich Bookshop & Coffee Lounge, 46 High Street in the centre of Nantwich on Friday 18th October 2019 (doors open 6:30pm, talk starts at 7pm).
‘Streetmeat’, set in future Seattle, was originally published in 1994 in collaboration with Rik Rawling. This 25th Anniversary Edition features the original 2-book series, the spin-off title Solo, together with all-new artwork created specifically for this special edition. As part of Noel's talk there will be a viewing of his short animated film ‘Joint Operations Entity’. 
Noel K Hannan said: “It’s been 25 years now since Rik and I collaborated on Streetmeat, it remains the project we are best known for from that period, and we always felt it was unfinished business in some ways. It is the first of many republished and new work that we are planning under our new banner, RAWHEAD. As for fans who have read Streetmeat before, you’ll be getting a digitally enhanced edition with all the material from both books and SOLO, plus 20+ pages of brand new and stunning work from Rik.”
Denise Lawson from the Nantwich Bookshop & Coffee Lounge said: “We are really looking forward to hearing Noel talk about his book and the short video that will shown on the night too.”
Tickets are £7.50pp and include our delicious snacks and £2.50 discount upon book purchase on the night. There will also be a cash bar.
Other author events in the near future at the Nantwich Bookshop & Coffee Lounge:
-Friday 1st November, Co-Authors Eduardo Albert and Paul Gething will be visiting Nantwich to talk about their excellent book 'Warrior'. It is a classic book of British History, a landmark of popular archaeology, and a must read for anyone interested in the story of where we have come from.
-Friday 8th November, we are delighted to welcome Cheese Monger, Ned Palmer, (who was at the Nantwich Cheese Show recently) to the Bookshop.  He will be telling us about his book 'A Cheese Monger's History of the British Isles'.
-Friday 15th November, Local author Anne Draper will come and talk about her book 'Audlem Remembers'.  This book is an attempt to tell the stories of the 41 men from Audlem who lost their lives in WWI, and the sacrifice they made.
For further information please contact Nantwich Bookshop & Coffee Lounge via phone: 01270 611665, email: , or Facebook:

Why, Why, Why?

Reporter Jonathan White
Sarah Briggs (Sustainability Project Officer, Keele University) will give a talk entitled ‘Why, Why, Why? Our Planet’s Problems and What We Can Do’ at Acton Church, on Monks Lane in Acton near Nantwich, on Wednesday 23rd October 2019 (7pm start).
Entrance is free, donations are gratefully received for refreshments.
Sarah Briggs said: “Our planet is facing significant challenges, from plastic polluting our oceans to climate change causing extreme weather events that are already affecting communities both locally and around the world. News stories about the destruction of our natural resources and impacts on people prompt us to ask 'Why?!'. But amidst the frustration, there are things we can all do to overcome the challenges we face. Through collaboration and cooperation, we can create a sustainable future - after all, we're all in it together”.

A ‘September Serenade’

Reporter Jonathan White
A ‘September Serenade’ fund-raising music concert took place on the evening of Thursday 26th September 2019 at St Mary’s Church in Acton,
The concert featured soprano Jessica Thayer, accompanied by pianist Sally Birkett, who performed show-stopping hits from Puccini to Cole Porter.
Jessica Thayer was educated at Malbank School in Nantwich before embarking upon a music degree. Jessica returns to Italy in mid-October to resume her postgraduate studies.
Event organiser, Stephan Davies, said: “St Mary’s Church in Acton has a reputation for pulling together 'one humdinger of an event' and this was particularly true in the case of this musical evening. Classically trained soprano, Jessica Thayer, supported by her talented pianist Sally Birkett, performed a heart rendering sequence of beautiful arias and entertained over 200 music lovers. The audience was in raptures and spellbound by Jessica's beautiful singing and stunning performance. The audience did not hold back - the applause was resounding and executed with the utmost joy and appreciation. The concert reached its crescendo with a standing ovation. There was much feedback from the enthusiastic concert goers. One audience member described the evening as 'electrifying', whilst others stated that, 'it was an evening to be remembered - always'. The car parks in Acton village were full to overflowing and the atmosphere in the Church was buzzing with excitement.”
Funds raised from the concert will go towards essential repairs to the fabric of St Mary’s Church, Acton, which is a Grade 1 listed church.

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World Alzheimer’s Day in Crewe

On Saturday September 21st 2019 the Crewe Dementia Steering Group had organised an awareness and fund-raising event at Crewe Town Centre supported by the Town Council, Bentley Motors, Cheshire Dance and the Soroptomists. This event was part of the Dementia Steering Group’s on-going work to make Crewe a Dementia Friendly Town. The Steering Group members present provided information on the services and helpful contacts available in the area for people living with Dementia and their carers.

Over the last three years the Crewe Dementia Steering Group consisting of volunteers representing local businesses (Bentley Motors, Coop, Natwest etc), various care providers, the police and councils, the Lyceum, charities (Dementia UK, Alzheimer Society, Dementia Friends UK, MCHC) and third sector organisations working on life improvement technology for people living with Dementia, has organised a variety of events from a Dementia Summit at Bentley’s Legends over Valentine’s Tea Dance, Christmas afternoons, Information events, Dementia Friends sessions and worked closely with Cambridge University on a study project regarding Dementia.

This World Alzheimer’s Day the “Live Well Dance ladies” under the guidance of Shirley Brocklehurst from Cheshire Dance performed and were joined by the Mayor of Crewe Benn Minshall; they all deserved their applause and certainly helped to attract attention to the information stalls. Bentley Motors had provided lovely raffle prizes, the Mayor drew the winning tickets at the close of the event. All money donated went to the Mid Cheshire Hospital Charity Dementia appeal “Everybody knows Somebody”. Favoured by the last summer sunshine the volunteers managed to pass on valuable information to the interested public and showcase the brilliant Memory Boxes provided by Coop Funeralcare.

Going forward the Crewe Dementia Steering Group chaired by Daniela von der Fecht who is also the representative for Bentley Motors in the Dementia Action Alliance will link with the local DEEP group (=Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project) to do even more focused work in maintaining the town’s status as Working towards Dementia friendly Crewe. Furthermore the cooperation will continue with “Safe and Found Online” under the leadership of John Henderson who will launch their new product in Crewe together with the local police at the beginning of 2020 and with Peter Speight from Smartgrid Technology Ltd. The group’s motto is “together we are stronger and will fight Dementia”.  Currently there are around 6000 people in Cheshire East registered as living with Dementia – the group’s aim is to make the lives of these people and their carers better through raising awareness, removing the still existing stigma, employing modern technology and continuing to give their love, time, understanding and empathy.

A heartfelt Thank You goes to all who made the event possible and joined on the day, particularly the Steering Group members Ceri Garratt (Dementia UK), Stuart Mackay (Coop), Carole Salmon (MCHC).

For further information and/or if you want to get involved in the work of the Crewe Dementia Steering Group, please feel free to contact Daniela von der Fecht on or on 01270535340. <<

Sunday, 6 October 2019

Local Google guide reaches highest level

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Lockdown Your Online Accounts With 2Fa

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The easy way to keep hackers out of your online accounts.

Whether it’s your Amazon or Netflix account, the explosion in popularity of online apps and services means more and more of us need to remember a seemingly endless list of passwords. Sometimes that leads to shortcuts that are bad for our online security, such as using the same password for multiple accounts, or creating a simple password that can be guessed easily.
You should secure your important online accounts, such as your email, or any account that holds personal or financial details, with a password that’s strong and unique. For further protection we recommended enabling two-factor authentication (2FA). Accounts with 2FA enabled require you to verify your identity using your password (first factor), and a randomised code (second factor) that’s delivered to your smartphone. That way, if your password is stolen, fraudsters still need your phone. If your phone is stolen, they still need your password.
For instructions on how to enable 2FA on popular online services, visit
If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, report it to Action Fraud at

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Council warns of crackdown on developers who flout rules

Cheshire East Council is warning developers to stick to their promises when it comes to planning conditions – or face a crackdown to halt developments.

Councillor Toni Fox, the authority’s cabinet member for planning, said tough enforcement action will be taken if developers continue to flout agreements and treat planning conditions ‘as a tick-box exercise’.

Cheshire East remains one of the busiest planning authorities in the country and has been subject to a significant number of housing applications.

Planning permission is often granted ‘subject to conditions’, which enable the detail of the development to be agreed either before the work begins or by a set time within the construction process. These conditions can range from agreeing the colour of materials, through to technical matters involving contaminated land and drainage.

Central government policies and planning guidance have sought to minimise the use of conditions and specifically reduce the need for pre-commencement conditions, as much as possible, as they are often seen as a delay to development.

Cheshire East Council has embraced this approach and tries to strike a reasonable balance that seeks to minimise the number of conditions on applications and work flexibly to enable developments, particularly housing, to be delivered in a timely manner.

However, it has become increasingly apparent that developers are not allowing sufficient time for the necessary conditions to be carried out properly and that some developments are continuing without the necessary permissions.

This undermines the original planning permission, the potential safeguards to make the development acceptable (via conditions) and understandably causes residents to question the effectiveness of the planning process and the value of planning conditions.

Cllr Fox said: “Since becoming the portfolio holder for planning in May, I have been contacted on numerous occasions by residents about developments starting before all the details have been agreed. Officers work hard on getting the detail on conditions discharged but all too often they face an uphill battle as developers continue to build. 

“This has led to enforcement action and increasing disillusion among residents and our communities, who are coming to feel that the planning conditions imposed by the council are being disregarded by developers and are becoming tick-box exercises that mean little.

“The council wishes to work collaboratively with developers but it has to be within the bounds of the statutory processes. If not, then the system as a whole becomes undermined and trust from residents lost. 

“I am, therefore, working with the council’s acting head of planning to ensure that the appropriate priority is given to the discharge of conditions and openly advising developers that, if they do not get their appropriate permissions in place, then the council will seek to use its enforcement powers to stop construction.”

Cargo bicycle carries the load in Crewe

Reporter Jonathan White

ACTive Crewe Travel is a volunteer group, setup to promote walking and cycling in and around Crewe, who are based in St Paul's Centre, 42 Hightown, Crewe.
The group recently received a Christiania cargo bicycle, purchased by Ben Wye (ACTive Crewe Travel), Michael Barratt MBE (Development Impact Manager, Transport for London), and three London-based companies (Role Recruitment, Work & Wear Direct, Traffic Management London Ltd).
The cargo bicycle is a human-powered three-wheeled vehicle designed and constructed specifically for transporting bulky loads, with a cargo area mounted between the two front wheels.
The cargo bicycle is available for free loan to local groups and businesses who want to reduce their carbon footprint, improve air quality and save money by transporting material by bike instead of petrol or diesel vehicles.
Whilst installing new electricity cables across Crewe recently Cheshire-based Dutton Traffic Management Ltd worked closely with ACTive Crewe Travel to ensure that cyclists, prams, wheelchairs, scooters could still access the roads whilst the work was taken place, despite it being closed to other traffic. Dutton Traffic Management Ltd also kindly helped assemble a storage facility, purchased by Crewe Town Council, for ACTive Crewe Travel’s cargo bike.
A representative from ACTive Crewe said, “The cargo bicycle has already been used to deliver hot food and furniture to displaced residents after the fire at the Beechmere retirement complex. Goods can be taken door-to-door with no parking restrictions, so the cargo bicycle has proven itself quicker than a van for local multiple deliveries.”
For further information relating to ACTive Crewe Travel please visit or

‘Chatty Tables’ are the talk of the town!

Reporter Jonathan White

Denise & Steve Lawson, owners of the Nantwich Bookshop & Coffee Lounge, have setup 'Chatty Tables' in their shop on High Street in the centre of Nantwich.
Every week on a Tuesday and Thursday morning from 9am to 11am, tables 14 and 15 (ground floor, adjacent to the Barista station), are available for anyone to sit down and talk to other customers. It is hoped that the idea will be useful to anyone who is lonely and could benefit from a bit of company over a cup of tea or coffee.
The 'Chatty Tables' are part of the ‘Compassionate Community Nantwich’ initiative, to address any shortfall in social connectedness and its consequent negative implications for wellbeing and ill health.
The introduction of 'Chatty Tables' follows the 'Suspended Coffees' scheme Denise & Steve also introduced to their shop, where a customer buys a coffee (or any other hot drink) and pays for a second one - which can then be claimed by someone who cannot afford it themselves.
Denise Lawson, Nantwich Bookshop & Coffee Lounge, said: "We already encourage customers to share tables, so the chatty tables are just an extension of the hospitality we offer at the bookshop. We would love anyone in need of company, young or old to come and make new friends over a lovely hot or cold drink.”
For further information please contact Nantwich Bookshop & Coffee Lounge via phone: 01270 611665, email: , or Facebook:

Saturday, 5 October 2019

Civic Hall Fifty Plus Club celebrates 40 years

On Wednesday 25th September, Nantwich Civic Hall’s Fifty Plus Club celebrated its 40th anniversary.
From the start of the club until present day, it has been at the heart of the community providing a weekly hub for people to meet new friends and socialise.
To mark the special occasion, its 90+ members were treated to a free session with tea, cake, and each given a diary.
Club co-ordinator, Sue Brereton, welcomed everyone to the group and thanked them all for their support over the years.
Nantwich Mayor, Councillor Arthur Moran, alongside consort Councillor Carole Thomas joined the group to celebrate.
Greeting the group, the Mayor commented “They used to say life begins at 40, but now I think its 50! This is a great event where people can enjoy company and chat, I’m delighted on behalf of the Town Council that we host such an event.”
The weekly sessions offer local people the chance to chat, join in a game of table tennis or pool, exercise, swap books, but the group also organises holidays and trips out together.
For anyone interested in attending the Fifty Plus Club, it starts at 10am until 12noon every Wednesday and entry is just £2.

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Firelink Enewsletter - September 2019

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Firelink Enewsletter - September 2019

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

Emotive video launched by the Service

Cheshire’s emergency services have released a powerful account of how a fatal collision affects not only the driver and their family, but everyone else subsequently involved.
The emotive video highlights the devastation collisions cause with emergency services staff speaking out about how responding to these incidents affect them personally.
Shockingly, 46 people lost their lives on Cheshire’s roads in 2018. That’s 46 families worlds brought crashing down and 46 times emergency services staff witnessed the subsequent tragedy unfold.
Find out more - Emotive video launched by the Service

Annual report 2019

Cheshire Fire Authority has published its 2019 Annual Report. 
The Annual Report sets out how the Service has performed over the last 12 months, looks at some notable achievements and it also takes a look at what the future might hold for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service.
Find out more - Annual report 2019

Snowdon climb raises over £1,000 for charities

Lifesavers have raised more than £1,000 for charities by completing a mountainous challenge involving a former firefighter who is paralysed from the waist down following a freak accident at the gym.
A mixed team of Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) firefighters and International Search and Rescue Team (ISAR) members overcame tough weather conditions and a puncture to push Vicki Griffiths up the highest mountain in Wales on Friday 6 September.
Find out more - Snowdon climb raises over £1,000 for charities

Charity Car Washes 2019

Firefighters with the help of fire cadets and volunteers, will be out with their buckets, sponges and soap to help raise as much money as they can for The Fire Fighters Charity.
Find out more - Charity Car Washes 2019

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Cheshire East school opens new wing to accommodate more special needs pupils

A Cheshire East school has celebrated the opening of a new £1m wing, which provides more classrooms for its special needs pupils.

The expansion has allowed Springfield School, in Crewe, to take on more pupils through the creation of five purpose-built classrooms, complemented by new dining facilities.

The pupils have named the block Spring-High which, in the main, provides classrooms for secondary-age pupils and which complements similar names for other parts of the school – Spring-Field for primary age pupils and Spring-Board for older children, which provides supported internships to prepare them for adulthood and work opportunities.  

Cheshire East Council helped to fund the extension, which enables the school to take on more pupils, with additional needs aged four to18. Funding also came from the school itself and developer funding via section 106 agreements.

Springfield School caters for children with profound, severe and moderate learning difficulties and is seen as an exemplar in special needs education, receiving four consecutive ‘outstanding’ ratings from Ofsted.

Councillor Dorothy Flude, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for children and families, said: “I attended the opening of the new wing of the school and I was extremely impressed with the facilities on offer to the older pupils.

“The classrooms are spacious, bright and airy and all the pupils were excited to have these wonderful purpose-built spaces. We were all able to tour the building and see for ourselves how much the pupils were enjoying and benefiting from the new facilities.

“Our commitment is to create more special educational places within Cheshire East, so that young people can be educated as near as possible to their local community. We have further plans to expand provision at Park Lane Special School, in Macclesfield, to ensure we create additional capacity across the borough.”

Lisa Hodgkison, headteacher at Springfield School, said: “Our pupils are delighted with the extra space this provides and they even have new school uniforms to celebrate. We now have much-needed extended accommodation and have been able to take on additional pupils.”

Seahorse Swimming Club

Neil Jones, a swimmer at Seahorse Swimming Club, is undertaking a challenging swim at Crewe’s Lifestyle Centre to raise funds for the Terrence Higgins Trust.

Neil, who has a learning disability, has set himself a target of swimming 10 miles which started in mid-July. His marathon swim takes place during his weekly swimming sessions at Seahorse.

Neil, aged 41 years was introduced to Seahorse SC (for people with disabilities) over 35 years ago by his late grandparents George and Margaret Jones who helped out behind the scenes at the Club.

The Terrence Higgins Trust campaigns and provides services relating to HIV and sexual health. In particular, the charity aims to end the transmission of HIV in the UK, to support and empower people living with HIV, to eradicate stigma and discrimination around HIV and to promote good sexual health (including safe sex). The Trust is generally considered the UK's leading HIV and AIDS charity and the largest in Europe.

“The Terrance Higgins Trust is quite close to Neil’s heart. He loves music and is a fan of the rock band ‘Queen’ and in particular, Freddie Mercury, who sadly died from AIDS-related pneumonia in 1991.

Neil enjoys a challenge and regularly competes for the Seahorse SC at regional and national level. He has put a great deal of effort into this swim and has been encouraged all the way by Seahorse volunteer Debbie Murray, who tick’s off each length of the pool he swims during his swimming sessions. He is hoping to complete his swim in the next few weeks.” – Gareth Roberts (Seahorse Secretary)

Anyone wishing to sponsor Neil can phone Gareth on 01270 629958 or visit Seahorse’s swimming sessions at the Lifestyle Centre on Thursday evenings.