1 Community Foundation
2 Local Area News
7 Partner News
11 For your Notice Board
11 Conferences and Events
New grant funding opportunity for not-for-profit organisations
In the current difficult economic climate it is wonderful to hear that local
philanthropists have donated huge sums of money in order to support local
community activity. Through the newly established Cheshire Community
Foundation almost £2 million in endowment has been raised and word is
starting to spread that the Foundation is ready to accept grant applications.
The foundation, an independent registered charity, aims to do three unique
things; inspire local philanthropy, build endowment and get money to
grassroots organisations. They cover the 3 local authority areas of Cheshire
East, Cheshire West & Chester and Warrington.
Grants made by the Foundation generally fall under the broad heading of
wellbeing and social welfare, and of particular interest are local voluntary and
community organisations that can meet immediate and emerging needs and
have the commitment of their local community.
To find out more about the Foundation and how you can either donate or apply for a grant visit the
Cheshire Community Foundation website
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has now released the first batch of statistics from the 2011
Census. These statistics provide a detailed snapshot of Cheshire East and how it has changed since
2001 when the last Census took place. For instance, the usual resident population estimate has
increased by 5.2% from the 2001 Census to 370,100.
response rate of 96.2% making it
one of the highest performing
councils in the North West and
only 0.2% behind the highest
scoring council, South Ribble.
Moreover Cheshire East exceeded
the national average response rate
of 94% and would like to thank all
of the partners who worked to promote the Census and assist residents
filling in their Census forms.
For headline statistics visit the Cheshire East Council website.
July / August 2012
Cheshire Community Foundation is
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Local Area News
A memorable Jubilee in Congleton and district
Congleton has celebrated this Jubilee year of 2012 in style. Loverlee
Jubilee, blessed by a rare sunny day, was held on June 4th in Congleton
Park. The free, family day was supported by over 2,000 people who
enjoyed live music, lots of activities for children, a Jubilee Dance and more.
Congleton’s unique cluster of 16 eco schools each planted a special Jubilee
apple tree in their grounds. A Jubilee tree line of limes will be planted along
the A34 as well as 16 lime trees in Congleton Park. A beautiful floral plaque
with a mosaic frame was created in the park in May by Guides, Brownies
A highly successful Jubilee art competition for children is now touring
schools, libraries and restaurants with the winning entry being made into a
congratulations card for the Queen. Two special Jubilee archways
designed and made by a local company, sponsored by the Congleton
Partnership and Congleton Town Council, now enhance the well
established Community Garden in Lawton Street.
On the evening of June 4th a party of Guides and Scouts turned on a laser beam as part of the
country wide Jubilee Beacon celebration and a special Jubilee Lizzie Bear was created.
A cycling action group for Congleton
Through Congleton LAP and the five town partnerships, a group
has recently come together to look at ways of increasing the use of
cycling as a viable mode of transport.
The South East Cheshire Cycling Action Group is chaired by Harry
Brooks, a keen cyclist from Holmes Chapel. The Group is in the
process of developing an action plan aimed at promoting and
improving the network of cycle routes within the area. Such activity
is likely to include producing a set of handy maps showing the
routes, increasing the visibility of signs indicating the routes and lobbying for infrastructure
improvements where these are most needed.
For more information contact Alan Lawson on 01625 383843
Working with local Pharmacies to tackle Health Related Issues
As part of health inequalities work in the area Congleton LAP has joined forces with two local
pharmacies, Salus Pharmacy in Buglawton & Rowlands Pharmacy in Middlewich, to raise awareness
of health related issues, distribute information to the public and attend events to offer free blood
pressure checks, BMI calculations and diabetes assessments. At primary school fetes and the
Middlewich Folk and Boat Festival local residents were given free advice and health checks plus
goody bags containing free health products and information.
For more information contact Donna Peddie on 01270 685806
Celebrating the story of Crewe
Crewe’s railway station opened in 1837, celebrating 175 years on
4th July 2012. Crewe LAP recognised that 2012 also marked other
Crewe College of Education was completed 100 years ago and
is now the site of Manchester Metropolitan University Campus
75 years ago Crewe Swimming Pool first opened its doors
The Crewe Heritage Centre opened 25 years ago
To celebrate, a number of exciting activities and events will take place. Events include a special
exhibition charting the history of the town from its inception through to 2012, town centre history trail,
adult art competition and children’s activities. The heritage exhibition will be housed at Crewe
Heritage Centre until the end of October. Children’s activities including circus skills, African
drumming and creating a town banner will be held in the covered market on non market days.
For more information visit the Cheshire East Council website
Jubilee Tree Cozy
This ambitious Jubilee project set out to connect people with their environment using art as the tool to
do it. The project, led by Crewe & Nantwich Senior Forum, aimed to improve communication across
the age ranges, passing on their knitting skills and providing education regarding environmental
responsibility along the way, with the hope of restoring community spirit and civic pride.
The project also promised to collectively produce a vibrant knitted public
art display in the form of two tree wraps and lamp post banners, all
designed to enhance and improve an underused community space in
Crewe town centre, in time to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
The estimates of how many workshops would be delivered, squares would
be knitted and how many people would be involved, were all smashed
beyond expectation. Collectively the group, working with Crewe LAP,
succeeded in connecting hundreds of people young and old from various
sections of the community. There were over four thousand knitted squares
produced and nineteen trees now proudly wear their rainbow wraps in
three areas across the town centre.
A Helping hand during times of need
A foodbank for Crewe is being developed as a priority to help people in times of need. Every day
people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a
low income. Crewe LAP are appealing to local churches, voluntary sector organisations, businesses,
and charities to get in touch to be a part of the scheme, the success of which will depend on its many
contributors and volunteers, as well as the proposed signposting service.
The development of the foodbank will see the group enlisting the help of the Trussell Trust who have
helped over two hundred communities set up similar schemes across the country. As frontline service
professionals identify people in need a voucher scheme will allow the family or individual to receive a
free food parcel in times of crisis.
For more information and to see how you can get involved contact Dawn Clark on 01270 686663
Community drop-in now open
A community drop-in offering a range of support services has been launched providing free
confidential information and advice to the people of Crewe on a variety of issues including housing,
debt, anti social behaviour, employment and any other areas of concern.
Residents have the opportunity to chat in confidence to representatives from Wulvern, Cheshire
Police, Cheshire Fire and Rescue, Christians Against Poverty, Cheshire East Council, the Citizens
Advice Bureau and Pathways Community Interest Company about any neighbourhood issues or
personal concerns they may have. The drop-in is held every other Monday at Timbrell House from
1:00pm until 5:00pm.
If your organisation would like to offer advice or support please phone 01270 506200
My World Project
The My World Project was provided to all 29 Year 6
students from Manor Park Primary School. The pupils spent
six half day sessions, learning about the working world and
the opportunities of future local employment. The sessions
focused on improving their aspirations, building self
confidence and resilience and were held at Tatton Park,
Manchester Airport and Booths Hall.
The children attending the course each received certificates in a Cap and Gown celebration held in
the Concorde Hanger at Manchester Airport Certificates were presented by pilot Captain Martin.
For more information on the project contact Richard Christopherson on 01270 685881
Embrace the Games Olympic Banner Competition Winner
Lydia Keeley, age 6 years and a pupil of High Legh Primary School,
came 1st in over 150 competition entries. Lydia used her book about the
Olympics as her inspiration to draw the Olympic mascots, Wenlock and
Mandeville, taking part in a range of sports which spelled out Knutsford.
Lydia won a front row view of the Olympic Torch passing through
Knutsford alongside the Town Mayor and went on to be awarded with a
range of prizes at a special event held at Knutsford Leisure Centre. At the
Embrace the Games event Lydia also had the privilege of holding one of the Olympic Torches,
owned by Kane Gunter. She is now really excited about going to watch the Olympics in August.
ASPIRE in Knutsford
Aspire is a project aimed at Year 9 to 11 students to develop a range of personal and community
safety skills as well as taking part in fitness sessions. Young people will develop self confidence,
team-working and community spirit, while having fun, making positive friendships and experiencing
strong role models.
The project will recruit a number of mentors for those taking part and The Welcome will host the
weekly sessions over the 15 week programme.
For more information on the project contact Richard Christopherson on 01270 685881
Local MP George Osborne Launches Mid Cheshire Line Group Trip Planner
On May 25th 2012 George Osborne officially launched the new
group travel brochure at Knutsford Heritage Centre, one of the
attractions featured in the guide. Mr Osborne met
representatives from the Mid Cheshire Community Rail
Partnership, Mid Cheshire Rail Users Association, Northern Rail
and the Heritage Centre. The new group trip planner encourages
groups to travel by train, explains how to get the group travel
discount and gives details of some of the many attractions that
groups might visit along the line. Copies are now being
distributed to local schools and community groups.
The leaflet is available on the community rail website or from Sally Buttifant on 01244 976788
Peaks & Plains helps people get Wheels to Work
Peaks & Plains Housing Trust are supporting a scheme to help local people get access to affordable
transport into work or training. The Wheels to Work scheme is open to anyone over 16 years, in the
North Cheshire East area, who can show that they have a genuine need for transport due to
difficulties commuting to and from their place of work or training. The scheme loans a scooter at a
reasonable rate, for up to 9 months, to allow the recipient to make long term travel arrangements.
Once accepted onto the scheme, participants receive everything they need to be safe on the road,
such as clothing, training, insurance, road tax and breakdown cover. All they have to do is take care
of the scooter and buy the petrol!
For more information on the project contact Kirsty Fox on 0800 0121311
Macclesfield Skills Café Website
Through Macclesfield LAP a new website with a difference, to help people
develop skills and confidence to gain employment, has been developed.
The Macclesfield Skills Cafe has been given a distinctive ‘foodie’ flavour,
with short website courses themed around a menu.
The starter menu has advice about taking the first steps to gain employment
and prepare for the journey ahead. The main menu teaches people how to
keep up the energy and fuel needed to get the right skills for employment.
The specials section is for people who may need a more tailored approach
to getting on the career ladder and the dessert section gives advice about
rewards, such as a new career, apprenticeship or qualification.
Jubilee Celebrations at Macclesfield Museums
The blustery weather did not deter the Park Green Jubilee Big Lunch which was welcomed indoors
by the Silk Museum on Park Lane. Friends and neighbours enjoyed the party atmosphere and
toasted Her Majesty with a glass of champagne. A scrumptious picnic lunch was held in the bunting
bedecked schoolroom and the long corridor was turned into a skittle alley for the day. The Jubilee
celebration continued at the Museum throughout July with the Royal Ascent Exhibition.
For more information on exhibitions at the museum visit the Silk Heritage Museum website
Farewell to a long serving Parish Councillor
Long serving Parish Councillor, Bill Consterdine, hung up his hat in May, having served residents of
Audlem for 32 years. Bill, who served two terms as Chairman, says he found his work "enjoyable,
fruitful and sometimes frustrating but very worthwhile and satisfying". Over the years he has taken
the lead on various projects, including the introduction of street lighting to several areas of Audlem
and has worked hard with others to promote Audlem's well known attractions and popular public
events throughout the year. Bill also took the joint lead when the Parish Council took over the
management of the public conveniences, which were the first assets to transfer from Cheshire East
Council as part of its transfer and devolution programme; Parish Councillors and Audlem residents
wish Bill all the very best for the future.
New Chair for Nantwich LAP Area Management Group
John Weir was recently elected as the new Chair of the Nantwich LAP Area
Management Group. During the past 2 years Nantwich LAP has been
developing and consolidating its role as an effective mechanism for local
area working to address key priorities. The former Chair, Rodney Walker,
brought a strong vision and purpose to shaping the LAP into a strong and
A local businessman with many years of experience in working in partnership with local government
and other bodies to create change, and the Chair of the LAP Business and Tourism Working group,
John is now keen to maintain this vision and focus in order to drive forward actions and deliver
practical and tangible solutions to the issues that residents have raised.
Continuing improvements at Wilmslow Railway Station
A map is now on display at Wilmslow railway station. Purchased
by Wilmslow Town Council the map is the latest in a series of
improvements witnessed at the station following the work of the
Wilmslow LAP Sub Group to improve facilities for rail users.
The Red Star Parcel Building is set to become a café at the front
of the station, located next to the Wilmslow Apple, unveiled by
George Osborne MP earlier in the year. Further improvements,
courtesy of the Wilmslow Guild, will see a photographic display of
local scenes in the platform waiting rooms from October 2012.
Banking on Volunteers
Volunteers from Barclays Bank have helped with the continuing programme of improving planters
around Wilmslow. Clearance work was undertaken at sites located on Dean Road, Handforth and
Stanneylands Road, Wilmslow. Barclays Bank and Wilmslow Garden Centre have agreed with
Wilmslow LAP to provide new herbs and bedding plants to improve the appearance of the planters.
A similar project in May saw planters being given an overhaul at Hallwood Road, Handforth with
plants provided by Handforth Parish Council and planted by local volunteer group Incredible Edible
with children from the nearby primary school.
Cheshire East Health and Wellbeing Board
Health and Wellbeing Boards bring together commissioners, who plan and buy local health, social
care and children’s services, from the NHS, Public Health and Social Care as well as local councillors
and a patient representative from Healthwatch.
The Health & Wellbeing Board for Cheshire East will plan services that meet the needs of local
people and have responsibility for producing the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment and a Joint
Health and Wellbeing Strategy. The Board will look at people's health and social care needs
together, as well as taking into account the bigger picture such as transport, housing, jobs and
leisure, so that services help people stay healthy and independent.
In September 2011 Cheshire East set up their shadow Health & Wellbeing Board, which meets every
two months, with the permanent Board being established by April 2013. In order to take on board
what the community says Healthwatch will be established. This will be the new consumer champion
for health and social care and will be operational by April 2013.
For more information contact Diane Taylor on 0771 7426802
Street Sports – Impacting on your local community
The Street Sports programme is delivered and managed by Cheshire
East Council’s Leisure Development Team and has been running since
2007. Since its inception, the programme has been funded through
several different initiatives and aims to promote positive behaviour by engaging children and young
people in structured sport and play activities, free of charge, within their local community.
Street Sports provides children and young people with diversionary activities to encourage positive
behaviour and impact on the wider social issues that have been identified by local organisations and
communities. More recently, the programme has been commissioned to support the Early
Intervention and Prevention agenda and is proving to be a success in many areas of Cheshire East.
During April to June 2012 evening sessions have attracted over 1,600 attendances. Sessions have
been delivered in areas of deprivation and ASB levels have been reduced in certain areas where
Street Sports has been delivered. Sessions have also been delivered in schools to help provide
positive activities and reduce youth nuisance during lunch times. Street Sports sessions have been
supported by 24 volunteers from the local community contributing over 240 voluntary hours. 4
volunteers have gained employment and 18 volunteers have attended training/gained qualifications.
For more information on Street Sports visit the Cheshire East Council website
Police ask people to use 101 for non-emergencies
Cheshire Constabulary is asking people to dial 101, the new national non-emergency number
launched last year, to report less urgent crime and disorder and local police are looking to raise
awareness about it.
The force is asking people to call 101 instead of 999 when reporting crimes such as car theft, drug
use or dealing and minor traffic collisions. The number is also available for general police enquiries
and providing information about local crime.
Please download the flyer from the For your Notice Board section of this Newsletter
Inte’Great Project in East Cheshire
The Inte’Great project, which provides exciting residential short
breaks for disabled children and young people, has been funded by
Cheshire East Council through the Early Intervention and
Prevention initiative. Referrals are now being taken for an outdoor
activity centre within the Chatsworth Estate area of Derbyshire.
There are a total of 6 breaks, 2 for each of the dates listed below:
17 – 19th August 2012
26 – 28th October 2012
22 – 24th February 2013
The referral process is an open one and can be made by email or phone call. The project caters for
children and young people that are between the ages of 8 and 19 years old. Volunteers provide a
buddy system for the children and young people who attend to support them in achieving personal
goals during the breaks.
Please help to promote the project with your networks
and contact Geraint Hughes 07904 998352 for more information
Mr Ben Lamptey is awarded the Order of Mercy for Distinguished Voluntary Service
Mr Ben Lamptey of the Disability Information Bureau has been
awarded the Order of Mercy, a prestigious medal, for his wonderful
voluntary service over many years in the community. The awards
ceremony took place at The Mansion House, in the City of London, in
the presence of The Lady Mayoress of London, the Sheriff of the City
and many other distinguished guests.
The Rt Hon the Lord Lingfield, President of the League of Mercy said
“Mr Ben Lamptey has done extraordinary work for the welfare of others.
He is a marvellous example of someone who has given wonderful
service to his community and we were delighted to be able, on the
recommendation of the charity, to make this well deserved award.”
For more information contact the Disability Information Bureau on 01625 501759
Wulvern celebrates gold Green Apple Award
Local affordable housing provider Wulvern is the proud winner of a gold Green Apple Environment
Award in the national campaign to find Britain’s greenest companies, councils and communities. The
Awards, which began in 1994, are organised by The Green Organisation, an independent non-profit
environment group dedicated to recognising and promoting best practice in preserving the
environment, honouring excellence in sustainable construction, design and innovation of products
and architectural preservation.
The prestigious accolade was presented for Wulvern’s extensive environmental work including
external wall insulation and fabric improvements carried out in partnership with contractor Burrows
Home Comfort Ltd. The improvements were made to properties in a nature conservation site in
Crewe, the home to an endangered swift colony. Wulvern installed special nesting boxes to ensure
that their habitat is retained, new nest sites are provided, and that nesting birds are not disturbed.
For more information on their work visit the Wulvern website
Adult Learning Disability Week
To celebrate Learning Disability Week and the exciting summer of
sport, Cheshire East Leisure Development Team, in association
with Cheshire East Leisure and Learning Forum, organised two
Paralympics sport and information events in Wilmslow and Crewe.
The events were to provide people with a disability access to
services, support agencies and community organisations and an
opportunity to experience a range of different sport and activities.
More than 100 people attended the events which were visited by the Mayor, Mayoress and Deputy
Mayoress. In the spirit of the Olympics and Paralympics, everyone received a medal for taking part in
the activities from the Mayor at Wilmslow and from Councillor Newton and members of Crewe and
Nantwich Weaver Rotary Club who donated the medals for the event at Crewe.
For more information about the Leisure Development Team activities and opportunities available
for disabled children, adults and families contact Andy Molyneux on 07506 317055
Cheshire Rural Women’s Day
Cheshire Association of Local Councils (ChALC) is again supporting World Rural Women’s Day and
hosting a Cheshire Rural Women’s Day celebration. Cheshire East Council is proud to be sponsoring
two of the awards at the event and is keen to receive nominations for the many, many remarkable
women who are achieving great things in our rural areas. This is a superb opportunity to give that
little extra recognition to the rural women in Cheshire East whilst also recognising the great lengths
that rural women around the world go to.
This year the successful nominee and partner will be invited to the celebratory dinner at Cheshire Fire
and Rescue HQ, Winsford on 16th October 2012 where there will be presentations and entertainment.
Contact Cheshire East Partnerships Team to request a nomination form
Forms to be returned by Friday 24th August 2012
Canal & River Trust launched
July 12th was an historic day; the day in which the Government placed 2,000 miles of canals and
rivers in trust for the nation and the new charity, the Canal & River Trust (CRT), was launched. From
this day on, the 10 million people who visit and love the waterways will have the chance to play a
greater role in making them more beautiful than ever. The move, part of the Public Bodies Reform
programme, is the largest single transfer of a public body into the charitable sector.
To mark the launch the CRT unveiled their first appeal: 50 projects across the nation that will breathe
new life into towpaths and riverbanks. By pledging money or time, people can get involved in
projects such as creating bird and bat boxes on the Bosley Lock Flight in Macclesfield.
The CRT has a number of corporate partners including the Co-operative Bank, the People’s
Postcode Lottery and Google. Google is working with the CRT to encourage people to discover and
enjoy the wildlife along their local waterway by literally putting towpaths on the map – Google Maps.
For more information visit the Canal & River Trust website
Did you know that the Peak District National Park Management Plan has now been launched?
Full details of the 2012-17 plan can now be viewed online
New Support Networks for Community Organisations in Cheshire East
Your Space is a series of network sessions that will enable voluntary, community and faith
organisations to come together to learn, connect and share information and experiences. Your
Space will provide:
A place and time that you can meet other people with
An inspirational speaker
A slot for you to showcase your organisation or
A chance to chat and have some refreshments
There are 4 Your Space networks aimed at fundraisers, volunteer managers, trustees & committee
members and community building owners.
Meetings will be held on a regular basis and will be promoted through CVS Cheshire East. Each Your
Space Network is also supported by an Email Group.
For more information about Your Space, to subscribe to the email groups or find out about
forthcoming meetings, visit the CVS Cheshire East website, email or phone 01625 428301
A wave of new interest in Parish Plans
A review of support given to groups developing and implementing parish and community led plans
has seen the community led planning process aligned with the Local Area Partnerships. The first
point of contact for groups carrying out community led planning will be through the LAP managers.
Cheshire Community Action will continue to provide a comprehensive community led planning toolkit
and will attend the first meeting of the group. Groups wishing to apply for a grant can do so via the
Council’s Community Grant Scheme.
Currently there are 38 completed plans in Cheshire East. Hankelow is the most recently launched
plan and the following parishes are all in the early stages of the process: Alpraham, Ashley, Brindley
& Faddiley, Bunbury, Calveley, Church Minshull, Cranage, High Legh, Lower Withington, Marton,
Mottram St Andrew, Macclesfield Forest & Wildboarclough, Nether Alderley, Pott Shrigley, Wilmslow
Parish and community led plans are always more successful when they have the support of their
local council, elected members and officers from the Borough Council and appropriate partners who
can provide advice and support throughout the process. If you think you can provide support to
groups undertaking a plan in the parishes listed above, email your contact details to be passed on to
the relevant group leads.
What can Parish Plans achieve?
The Stapeley Parish Action Group was formed to implement the 2008 Stapeley Parish Plan. One of
its projects was the creation of a children’s playground. The group made great progress on the
project with the opening of Phase 1 in 2011 by Edward Timpson MP and Phase 2 by television actor
Ben Miller. The group secured funding from central government, Community Spaces, Waste
Recycling Environmental Ltd (WREN), Stapeley & District Parish Council and Cheshire East Council.
Further improvements were required and in the spring of 2012 the boundary fence was replaced with
a stronger and aesthetically more pleasing wire fence. The improvements were made possible by a
grant from WREN which was match-funded by Stapeley and District Parish Council.
Community Buildings and Village Hall Advice and Support
Community buildings and village halls host a multitude of
activities and services in villages and provide a focal point for the
community. These buildings are run by volunteer committees
who give up their own time, so it is therefore essential that Rural
Community Councils like Cheshire Community Action (CCA)
provide a comprehensive support service to assist the volunteers
in making sense of the legislation, rules and regulations that apply to community buildings.
The needs of community building and village hall management committees vary massively from
obtaining grant funding in order to carry out necessary building improvements, to taking on public
services and generating their own electricity to reduce their carbon footprint. As well as providing one
to one advice and support CCA’s specialist adviser, James Cartledge, facilitates a number of
community buildings and village hall networks. This gives people the opportunity to identify common
issues, share experiences and identify solutions.
For more information on community buildings and village halls, the networks and to sign up for the
E-Newsletter contact James Cartledge on 01606 359733
On 15th November this year, elections will be held to introduce Police and Crime Commissioners
across the country. For more information visit the Cheshire Police Authority website.
For your Notice Board
This section allows you to download posters which you may wish to display on your notice boards,
either for staff, customers or residents. Please email September / October notices to Tina Jones.
Leisure Development summer inclusion programme Your Space network
Crewe 175 events
National non-emergency number 101
Cold Weather planning in the North West
Crewe Play Day 2012
Conferences and Events
Cold Weather Planning in the North West
Friday 14th September 2012
Cheshire Fire and Rescue HQ, Winsford
Snow Angels CIC, in partnership with Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service, is running the Cold Weather
Planning in the North West event that will explore the potential to reduce excess winter deaths.
More information can be found in the For your Notice Board section of this Newsletter.
To view the full agenda and book your place visit the PC Events website
Cheshire Interfaith Network Annual event
Monday 19th November 2012
Chester Town Hall
The theme of this year’s Cheshire Interfaith Network event will be ‘Business as Usual: Lessons faith
communities might learn from the private sector in pursuit of the Big Society’ and will be held at the
beginning of National Interfaith Week.
To register your interest for the event contact Carolyn McQuaker. With around 35 places allocated for
Cheshire East, please register your interest sooner rather than later.
Have you added your
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What’s On section of
London 2012 Flame Celebration Day
Tuesday 28th August, 1:00pm to 6:00pm
The Neuromuscular Centre, Woodford Lane West, Winsford, CW7 4EH
The Neuromuscular Centre has been given the task of extinguishing the flame before the start of the
Paralympics flame relay from Stoke Mandeville. The extinguishing ceremony will start at 5:00pm and
end with a balloon release. Throughout the day there will be craft activities, sports demonstrations
from local sports clubs, food stalls, games, information stalls, bouncy castles and more.
The Neuromuscular Centre, who will be hosting the event, work with adults and young people across
Cheshire who have Muscular Dystrophy, a debilitating muscle wasting disease.
Morris comes to the Market
Saturday 8th September, 11:00am to 3:30pm
Sandbach Town Centre
Local residents Lynn Purcell and Ray Archer, Morris Dancers
themselves, have again organised their traditional Morris Dancing day
to take place in Sandbach town centre, with Morris teams coming from
around the region. This year’s event will run alongside the Town’s
popular Farmers Market with dance teams performing around the market
as well as outside the Old Hall.
For more information about the day contact Sandbach Day of Dance on 01270 765376
Fire Station Open Days
Saturday 1st September, 11:00am to 4:00pm
West Street Community Fire Station, Congleton
Saturday 22nd September, 10:00am to 4:00pm
Altrincham Road Community Fire Station,
There will be vintage and modern fire engines on display and chip pan demonstrations, a smoke tent,
operational displays, refreshments and much more throughout the day.
For more information visit the Cheshire Fire and Rescue website or phone 01625 524066
The Leisure Development Team is gearing up for another action packed
summer and is ready to help families get active in 2012. They have a range
of sessions planned right across Cheshire East, from Street Sports in parks
and leisure centres, active family events in libraries and children centre’s to
Bikeability sessions. To help promote activities in your local area visit the
Active Holidays part of the Cheshire East Council website. Alternatively,
contact the Leisure Development Team for a printable poster for your
notice boards and to share with your networks.
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Tuesday, 31 July 2012
Book your place for the Mayor’s dazzling charity ball
The Mayor of Cheshire East Council, Councillor George Walton, is just weeks away from hosting one of the biggest bashes in his diary – the Mayor’s Charity Ball.
Around 300 guests are expected to attend this exclusive event to raise money for his chosen charities.
The event, at the historic Tenants Hall, within the stately grounds of Tatton Park, takes place on Friday, September 14.
The Mayor’s chosen charities are East Cheshire Hospice, in Macclesfield, and the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) - in particular the Crewe and Nantwich and Congleton branches.
Members of the Council will be supporting the event, as will Council officers.
Councillor Walton said: “It would be great if we could really push the boat out and raise as much money as possible for these wonderful charities.
“It would be great if all 300 tickets were sold so now is the time to book your place and pledge your support.”
- To book tickets call the Mayor’s office and speak to Nicola Carberry on 01270 686475.
Saturday, 28 July 2012
Welcome to this MP’s 126th news bulletin
Friday 27, July 2012
Welcome to this my 126th news bulletin.
It seems an age since I stood in the drizzle with thousands of other local well wishers to join in with the excitement of seeing the Olympic torch pass through Crewe town centre on day 12 of the torch relay back in May.
Now, almost two months later, and the sun finally having dared make an appearance, the Olympic (and Jubilee) buzz that filled the streets of Crewe that day is about to explode into life at the opening ceremony this Friday.
Although we are often accused of being a nation of moaners (and the recent weather has given us all plenty of scope for doing so!), as far as the Olympics are concerned I haven't seen nor heard any evidence of it whilst on my travels around Crewe and Nantwich.
After all, we can truly say we are playing our part as both an official Olympic training camp for the Vanuatu beach volleyball team (complete with a "beach" court), and the Solomon Islands table tennis team at the MMU Crewe campus, as well as the town from where two of our big gold medal hopes, BMX rider Shanaze Reade and Beth Tweddle, either grew up or learnt their trade.
Some readers will remember the last time our country hosted the Games back in 1948, the so called "austerity" Games. Fast forward to 2012 and we can perhaps draw some parallels. What made the 1948 games a success was their ability to bring the country together at a time of national renewal and generate a spirit of unity and common purpose, as well as showcase across the globe all that is great about Britain.
The Olympic and Paralympic Games of 2012 can be just as successful in helping demonstrate that by all pulling together we can achieve amazing things.
If like me, you already have a house full of soggy cardboard and paper Olympic torches my children have brought back from school, your stage is set for a serious celebration of sporting excellence.
So let's get behind Team GB (as well as cheer on Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands), get behind the Games and show the world why we are proud to be British.
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I have recently...
- Held a surgery at The Hawk in Haslington
- Held an on Your Street Session at the Nantwich Co-Op
- Held a surgery at The Elephant Shavington
- Met with farmers at the National Farmers Union to discuss milk price cuts and dairy productions
- Presented the Crewe and Nantwich Local Community Hero Award to Theresa Reilly at my office in Crewe
- Attended the Muscular Dystrophy Parliamentary Reception
- Joined the Nantwich District Branch of the Royal British Legion at the Societies Day on Nantwich Town Square
- Been presented with my 2012/13 season shirt at Nantwich FC by Barry Donegan, founder of the All Star XI Charity Football Team that has raised almost £300,000 for local charities
Saturday 21 July 2012
- Participated in the debate on Sittings of the House. Read more here
- Joined the Crewe Clean Team to pick up litter
- Visited the International Cheese Show in Nantwich
- Chaired meeting between Dr Andy Wilson (Chair of the South Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group) and Parkinsons UK to discuss the merits and delivery of a specialist Parkinsons nurse for the around 600 people diagnosed with Parkinsons our area
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Nantwich Film Club & Crewe Clean Team
The Nantwich Film Club has relocated to a big screen venue for the rest of its 2012 season. You can catch a movie on a Monday night each month at Nantwich Civic Hall, starting with a screening of Midnight in Paris at 7.45pm on Monday 13th August followed by The Lives of Others at the same time on Monday 10th September. For more details got to www.nantwichfilmclub.wordpress.com
As you may have read above, I spent two happy sundrenched hours litter picking off Parkers Road in Crewe recently (see photo).The Crewe Clean Team meets on the first weekend of each month and are rapidly gaining members since starting up in January. If like me you care about your local environment and you want to help win the war on litter, then please come and lend a hand. All equipment is provided. For more information please call 01270 669268 or email email@example.com
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Elderly residents devastated after decision is taken to bulldoze their Crewe homes
DISTRAUGHT elderly residents say they have been devastated by Wulvern Housing’s decision to press ahead with plans to bulldoze their homes.
The social housing provider informed residents at Linden Court in Crewe last week they had no alternative but to close the sheltered complex and replace it with family houses.
Wulvern says it has explored all options to try and keep Linden Court open but it cannot afford the necessary improvements.
Partnerships director Rob Allen has promised that all residents, who range from their 60s to 90s, will be found suitable accommodation and will not be hurried out of their homes.
Brian and Win Lewis, who contacted the Chronicle two months ago when Wulvern first announced plans to close the complex, say they are gutted by the decision.
“It’s so sad we’ve got to go – and where we’re going to go we still don’t know yet,” said 74-year-old Win.
“All the residents are upset, especially at our time of life. We don’t know anything about the facts and figures they threw at us at the meeting, we haven’t got a clue. All we know is we’ve got to go. This has made some people ill.”
Win and husband Brian, 76, only moved into Linden Court 16 months ago.
“We would not have chosen Linden Court if we knew this was going to happen,” said Win.
She added the worst part about having to leave Linden was the break-up of the ‘family community’.
Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson handed over a petition signed by hundreds of Crewe residents to Mr Allen.
“The work doesn’t stop here,” said Mr Timpson. “The priority has to continue to be the welfare and long term interests of each individual resident. I’ll continue to work closely with Wulvern, the residents, the council and all other interested parties to make sure the best possible outcome is reached for every resident.”
Wulvern has come under fire for the way it has handled the pending closure. The housing company was even mentioned in the House of Commons with Communities Secretary Eric Pickles saying elderly people should be treated with ‘enormous dignity’.
This week Wulvern director Rob Allen said it had been a difficult and complex issue including factors such as an ageing building, a sense of community and planning issues, and ‘if there was an easy solution to all this then Wulvern would have taken it’.
He added: “We thank all parties including the Chronicle, Edward Timpson MP and elected members for campaigning on behalf of the residents at Linden.”
Mr Allen said an ageing society poses one of the greatest housing challenges as most homes and communities have not been designed to meet peoples changing needs as they get older.
“Wulvern has listened,” he said. “We have fulfilled our promises to pause for reflection and consultation in order to explore further options.
“We understand how stressful moving home can be. Residents will be treated with dignity and respect; they will be offered a full package of support including financial compensation, for those tenants who have to relocate to another suitable Wulvern property.”
Hundreds turn out for Wybunbury Pie Wakes despite the rain
Hundreds of people braved the rain to attend an historic annual event in a Nantwich village – the Wybunbury Pie Wakes.
Nantwichnews writer Claire Faulkner joined the throngs, and took part in a tradition which dates back 200 years.
“Like most people in the area, I’ve heard of the Wybunbury Pie Wakes, but never actually attended before. This year I decided to give it a go.
My pie had been baked following the strict competition recipe, and I headed out in the rain to join 199 other people who had entered the spirit of the event.
The tradition of the Fig Pie Wakes dates back 200 years and this popular family event is now used to raise funds to assist in the upkeep of Wybunbury Tower.
As barriers were put up and the road was closed, people of all ages started to gather on the bank to get the best possible view.
When I bought my entry and ingredients a few weeks ago at the Village Post Office I also asked for some pie making tips and advice.
I was told that the pie had to be round and contain figs and apple. Winning pies may be weighed and cut open after the competition to ensure that no cheating had taken place. The winner is the person whose pie goes the furthest and remains intact the most.
There are three categories in the competition, the under 10s, 10 – 16s, and over 16s.
Edward Timpson, MP for Crewe and Nantwich, rolled the first pie to officially start the competition.
As the crowd cheered each person on I watched from the side, trying to work out the best way to role a pie.
I was ushered to the front and then it was my turn. The atmosphere was full of fun and support - it felt like every eye in the village was on me!
It wasn’t so much of a roll, like the other competitors. It was more like a bounce and then complete pie disintegration.
I think I managed about 15 metres, which doesn’t sound too bad, but when the winners are announced my effort looks poor in comparison.
The winner of the Under 10s was Harry Leonard, whose pie rolled an amazing 104.1m.
In the category of 10 -16 years old the winner was Joe Wright with 100.7m. The over 16 category was won by Megan Bayley with 91.3m.
Well organised and with a great atmosphere, I would recommend anyone to take part next year.
The Wybunbury Fig Pie Wakes is a great family event with everyone of all ages taking part and the entire village having fun.
With a bit more practice and a few more cookery lessons, I think I’ll be ready next year!”
Nantwich in Bloom to unveil floral tribute for Queen’s Jubilee
Nantwich in Bloom is to unveil a unique Flaming Floral Beacon as part of the town’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
The floral tribute will be placed in the bed behind the Cenotaph in Nantwich town square, said Nantwich in Bloom coordinator Doug Butterill.
The town starts the jubilee celebrations on Thursday May 31 at 10.30am when around 600 school children will come to see the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire David Briggs light the Beacon for the first time.
He will be joined by the town’s MP Edward Timpson and new Town Mayor Cllr Graham Fenton.
The children, to be dressed in red,white and blue are coming from primary schools in and around Nantwich.
They will be waving their union flags, singing and dancing and set the spirit for the celebrations to come over the weekend.
On Sunday June 3, the town square will be hosting entertainment all afternoon after the morning parade to St Mary’s Church from the Civic Hall (10.30am) and the church service (10.45)am)
There will be lunch on the lawns in the square, punch and judy, face painting and balloon wyzzard. Live music will be provided by The Cat radio.
Both the Nantwich Young Voices and X Academy will perform live, there will be “Merrie Noyse” live Elizabethan music by Nantwich Museum, a rock ‘n roll fancy dress competition, shop dress competition and more.
All the fun starts at 1pm and is expected to run until about 5pm.
Following this the town Mayor will again light the beacon on Monday June 4 at 10.26amas agreed with the Queen’s Pageant Master in line with other beacons being lit up and down the country.
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Please be aware that there has been a recent increase in theft from vehicle via smashing windows for access in some areas of Crewe so I believe it is beneficial to remind all members of the importance of removing valuables from vehicles. As well as the threat of having your vehicle window smashed at this time of year people can accidentally leave windows/sunroofs open when they vacate their cars or nip into a garage or a shop. As well as removing items from show make sure that you shut windows and sunroofs every time you leave you vehicle no matter how long you intend to be.
Did you know that in the UK a vehicle is broken into every 23 seconds? Try to follow this simple crime prevention advice to minimise your risk of becoming a victim.
A large proportion of vehicle crime is committed by opportunist thieves. Don't make it easy for them, remember that your vehicle can be like a shop window for thieves so don't advertise your goods to them. Would be thieves are not only interested in seemingly valuable items they will steal almost anything from a vehicle so make sure you consider removing some of the more obscure items that might be in your car.
If you leave any of the items in the following list on show in your car you are making your vehicle vulnerable:
Coats or Clothing (Old or New)
Satellite Navigation Systems
Shopping Bags (Even if used to store an item of no value - remember it might be worth a passing thieves while to break in to see what is in the bag)
Sports Bags and Equipment
Stereo (Detachable Front Panels)
Sunglasses (Designer and non-branded)
If you can see any items left in your vehicle so can a thief!
Friday, 27 July 2012
Distraction thefts warning for east Cheshire
Police are warning the public to be vigilant following a spate of distraction thefts at local businesses in east Cheshire.
Over the past few months teams of thieves appear to have been targeting pubs, bars and more recently, offices in east Cheshire. Officers are trying to trace the offenders but in the meantime people are urged to be vigilant and keep valuables out of sight and secure.
In most cases the iPhone is the target of these thieves who yesterday stole a phone from an estate agents and a pub in Alsager.
They approach an unsuspecting member of the public and place a map or leaflets on the table, masking the iPhone, and engage their victim in conversation. They then pick up the map or leaflets along with the iPhone and make their escape.
DS Andy Harwood said: "We would urge the public not to tempt fate by leaving their phones on the bar, café table or desk and be wary of anyone trying to engage them in conversation with a map or a leaflet.
"We are doing everything we can to try and apprehend the offenders who appear to work in pairs. They are described as eastern European or Mediterranean men and women ranging in age from late teens to their 40s.
"We would advise that you keep your iPhone out of sight and to be alert to strangers coming to your table trying to engage you in conversation. Please don′t leave your phone on the table, keep it in your pocket or your bag to avoid becoming their next victim."
There have been incidents in Knutsford, Wilmslow, Congleton and Macclesfield.
Officers across the area have been providing a high visibility presence but still advise:
· Increase awareness − be wary if approached by somebody asking for directions or showing you leaflets.
· Bluetooth − consider switching this off as they may be using this to identify active iPhones in the area.
· Record − keep a note of your phone′s number and IMEI separate from the phone and note any distinguishing features.
· Don′t leave your phone on display - keep it in your bag or pocket.
Thursday, 26 July 2012
STEVE DAVIS SECURES TOP SUMMER TRANSFER WITH BLUE BELL CREWE
Manager of Crewe Alexandra FC Steve Davis has picked up a new BMW 5 Series M Sport from Blue Bell BMW Crewe, in one of this summer’s key transfer deals.
The BMW dealership has an ongoing relationship with the recently promoted League One club, and remains a proud sponsor at The Alexandra Stadium. The team were therefore delighted when Manager Steve Davis picked up the keys to his state-of the-art BMW 5 Series M Sport in Sophisto Grey to celebrate a trio of promotions.
Following Crewe Alexandra’s recent Wembley victory in the play-off final, a current club record run of 19 games unbeaten and his own appointment to First Team Manager on a permanent basis last year, Steve Davis has transferred his BMW 3 Series for the 5 Series Saloon just in time for the start of the new season.
The new BMW 5 Series model has been styled to reflect its beautifully balanced proportions, creates a greater feeling of interior space, and features a host of sporting and luxurious quality and comfort features.
Phil Brown, Sales Director at Blue Bell Crewe, comments: “We are thrilled to have such a fantastic ongoing relationship with Crewe Alexandra FC, and we hope that Steve thoroughly enjoys his new BMW 5 Series M Sport. It is a pleasure to work with the club, and we wish Steve and the team the very best of luck for the forthcoming season.”
For more information call Blue Bell Crewe on 01270 212525, go to www.bluebellcrewebmw.co.uk, or visit the dealership on Fourth Avenue, Weston Road, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 6XH.
SKIN HEALTH SPA CELEBRATES TOP CUSTOMER SERVICE RESULTS
After opening its new head office in Nantwich just over 6 months ago, Skin Health Spa is now celebrating achieving consistently high client feedback, which has been mirrored across the six UK locations for the leading aesthetic clinic group.
All clinics have averaged scores over 4.7 (out of a maximum of 5) on all 14 of the areas monitored in Skin Health Spa client questionnaires, designed to poll customers for their feedback on elements of the service such as quality of the consultation, treatment effectiveness, professionalism of the team and aftercare advice.
Adam Flint, Skin Health Spa Operations Director comments: “We have a great team of people and thorough processes in place to safeguard our extremely high quality standards, however there is no better proof that we have our offer just right, than seeing the results from the client questionnaires. We are thrilled to get such outstanding, positive feedback!”
Skin Health Spa in Nantwich offers an array of up-to-the-minute beauty options including skin rejuvenating laser treatments, anti-ageing and wrinkle reducing options, treatments for sun damage, pigmentation and acne scarring, permanent hair reduction, pioneering derma roller facials, microdermabrasion, plus more traditional waxing, indulgent facials, massage and even spray tanning.
With an extensive list of long-term celebrity clients, Skin Health Spa has been at the forefront of skin treatment since 1999. Expertise in the field of non-invasive laser treatments has made Skin Health Spa one of the UK's leading centres for advanced skin care.
During a visit to a Skin Health Spa clinic, customers not only find a safe and professional environment, but are also in the capable hands of our experienced doctors, nurses and aestheticians who are trained to provide each client with professional and trusted advice.
Skin Health Spa’s main focus is to help people feel better about what nature has given them through the improvement of their appearance and by taking better care of their health.
Skin Health Spa has six clinics nationwide in London (Marylebone and City), Birmingham, Leamington Spa, Nantwich and Manchester, and more information can be found at www.skinhealthspa.com or by calling 0800 24 25 145.
You can also find us on Facebook, and keep up to date with all Skin Health Spa news on Twitter: @skinhealthspa.
New weapon in the fight against potholes
Cheshire East Council is trialling the latest technology in a bid to reduce the number of potholes across the Borough and improve conditions for drivers and cyclists.
A new method of pothole repair, called ‘velocity patching’, is due to begin in earnest after initial trials in the Nantwich area produced positive results.
Benefits of the system include:
- A greater number of potholes are repaired compared to traditional methods;
- Faster repairs means less disruption for road users;
- No excavation is necessary, so there is no damage to lower layers of the road;
- The vehicle can be sent to repair potholes quickly, meaning greater flexibility; and
- A reduction in costs to the Council.
There are currently two of these vehicles in operation in Cheshire East. One is slightly smaller and is better suited to urban locations.
Councillor Rod Menlove, Cabinet member in charge of environmental services, said: “Decades of underfunding, coupled with severe winters, general wear and tear and the recent heavy flooding has meant the standard of our roads is not what it should be.
“Velocity patching is one of the innovative techniques we are adopting to remedy the situation. It will allow us to repair more potholes in less time and that can only be a good thing for Cheshire East residents.
“The machines will be targeting some of the worst roads in the Borough and will be used to rectify problem areas identified through our Local Area Partnerships and local residents.”
A new era for Cheshire East
Cheshire East Council today announced that Kim Ryley will be seconded to the authority to serve as interim Chief Executive.
He will join on August 13, to take up his new role.
He comes to Cheshire East from his post of Chief Executive at Shropshire Council.
Kim will work with Cheshire East over the coming months to give support following the departure of Erika Wenzel, who has been on sick leave since March.
Kim brings with him specialist skills that include leadership development, organisational culture change, performance management, economic and community development and reputation management.
Councillor Michael Jones said: “We are delighted that Kim Ryley is able to join us, to help lead our ambitious programme of change and improvement. His proven track record of success in Shropshire, and in councils where he has worked previously, makes him a real asset for us at this time.
“His secondment is a good early demonstration of how a joint approach between the two councils could provide real benefit for our residents, without any loss of accountable local decision making.
“I would also like to thank Keith Barrow for releasing Kim on secondment for the months before he retires. He will bring with him a wealth of experience that we are keen to share and learn from to help Cheshire East to move forward into a new era.”
Kim Ryley said of this move: “I am immensely proud of what we have achieved in Shropshire over the past few years. There is a dedicated team of elected members, managers, and staff in the council, that I know will continue this work.
“I would like to feel that I have room for at least one fresh challenge before I think about a well-earned retirement and the exciting opportunity to work at Cheshire East was too good to resist. The council there has huge potential to make a real difference for local people, and both councillors and staff are very committed to making this happen quickly.”
Keith Barrow, Leader of Shropshire Council, supported this fresh approach to partnership working. He said: “This seems an ideal point to support Cheshire East, allowing our neighbours to benefit from Kim’s accomplished experience in local government.
“Cheshire East Council will fund his salary during his time at the authority, where I am certain he will drive forward service improvement, as he has done in Shropshire.
“I would like to take this opportunity to wish Kim well in his future role with Cheshire East Council and subsequently in his retirement. I know he will be a great asset to their programme of transformational change and I am proud that we can share Shropshire's successes across our borders.”
Tuesday, 24 July 2012
Local Crewe Officer geared up for the Olympics
Cheshire Constabulary′s contribution to the Olympics moves into its next stage as staff support host forces which include Metropolitan Police Service, Dorset Police and British Transport Police. Constable Anthony Hayhurst, 35 from Crewe, who has been selected for deployment to the Olympics, can usually be found policing and investigating road traffic collisions within the Crewe area. Within his role, Tony is also a Family Liaison Officer and works closely with families whose loved ones have been involved in traffic collisions, supporting them through the police investigation and any subsequent court proceedings.
Tony was selected for the Olympics late last year and having already policed in Manchester, he is fully aware of the challenges that city policing brings. A good geographical knowledge of London will be key to his role supporting British Transport Police in working on the underground and main rail lines into London and so Tony has been "memorising as much of the Tube and rail maps as possible, making it easier to give directions to the general public."
Both the Olympics and Paralympics events will present the UK Police Service with the largest peacetime security and policing operation it has ever faced but Tony is looking forward to this "once in a lifetime opportunity to police London and be part of policing one of the biggest sporting events that the UK has ever seen."
Having policed the Olympic Torch Relay in Crewe and Warrington at the end of May, he was pleasantly surprised to see such a large turn out to see the Torch. "The relay passed through Crewe at about 8am, and Nantwich Road was packed with members of the public, with crowds about 15 people deep. The atmosphere was fantastic."
He has accumulated some considerable experience in his policing career over the years, having worked at big sporting events, which include large football matches at Manchester City and United grounds, and at events connected with the Commonwealth Games held in Manchester in 2002. Tony has also policed at large scale operations such as RAF Fairfield in Gloucestershire during the Iraq War.
With long shifts scheduled as part of his policing duties, he will be on foot patrol in and around London, and will be working with an officer from British Transport Police. "I will be dealing with all sorts of different policing incidents, and am sure that some of those incidents may be quite challenging and in unfamiliar surroundings." Cheshire Constabulary is supporting the national policing effort for the Olympic Games and is committed to maintaining its current policing standards, here in Cheshire.
Tony will be blogging his activities from London to the general public and there will be an opportunity to follow blog posts from officers supporting the Olympic Games and those providing policing cover in Cheshire. All blog diaries can be followed from 27th July to 13th August from the police website or post your comments at twitter.com/cheshirepolice and facebook.com/cheshirepolice. We are also running Olympic themed competitions on cheshire.police.uk and upbeat.uk.com over the next few weeks, with the final Bronze Prize starting on 6 August 2012.
Police Officer Cuts Slowed Down
A plan to increase police officer recruiting in Cheshire this year has been approved by the Police Authority.
Seventy five new officers will be recruited, instead of the 47 originally planned. Allowing for retirements, the overall number of officers in April 2013 will rise to 1993, an increase of three on the figure at April this year.
Chairman of the Authority′s Finance Committee, Peter Nurse said, "Over the longer term, we still have to reduce officer numbers as part of the measures to meet savings targets set by the Government.
"We envisage that police officer numbers will fall to 1915 by April 2015. That reduction will still be achieved if the number of officers recruited from 2013 to 2015 is restricted to thirty three.
"Recruiting more officers this year means the cut in numbers will be brought in more slowly and we can achieve a higher level of service in the years 2012 to 2015."
Decisions on recruiting in future years will rest with the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, who will be elected on 15 November. The Commissioner will take over the role of the Police Authority.
Peter Nurse said, "We are working hard to ensure the transition goes smoothly and the Commissioner has everything in place to maintain the high standard of policing which the people of Cheshire are used to. The number of officers is obviously crucial to that."
Fly tipping prosecution
A businessman from Crewe has had had to pay just under £5,000 in combined fines and costs for his part in the fly tipping of furniture in the town.
Mr Andrew Barker, of St Andrews Avenue, pleaded guilty to allowing his vehicle to be used for the depositing of controlled waste and failing to provide information to the local authority.
He was fined £2,385 and ordered to pay £2,614.08 in costs when he appeared at Crewe Magistrates on July 19.
Mr Barker is Managing Director of A2B Deliveries and on May 30, 2011, one of his employees, Mr Brian Fletcher, illegally dumped furniture on Birchall Walk.
Mr Fletcher, who lives on Birchall Walk, pleaded guilty to fly tipping in January this year and was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £250 costs.
Cheshire East Council worked with Wulvern Housing to bring this prosecution.
Council Leader backs dairy farmers’ fight for a fair price
Cheshire East Council Leader Michael Jones has given his backing to dairy farmers’ fight to get a fair price for the milk they produce.
He has written to Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Jim Paice MP to express the Council’s ‘serious concern’ at dairy farmers’ plight. In the letter Cllr Jones says:
“I am writing to you to raise the Council’s very serious concerns over the plight of dairy farmers across Cheshire East. By early August a significant number of our farmers will have seen the price they receive for milk reduce by 15 per cent over recent months, leading to severe economic hardship and, in some cases, decisions to go out of milk production altogether, losing a heritage which goes back many generations. The impact on the wider rural economy could be devastating.
“Many farmers will be receiving significantly less for their milk than it costs to produce. No business can continue to produce a product if the price that they receive for it is consistently lower than the cost of production. Over the last 20 years, dairy farmers across the country have striven to become ever more efficient, they have been successful in this but there is a point beyond which they cannot go.
“The Borough Council will do all that it can to support dairy farmers and ensure that they have access to the best possible advice. However, I would ask that the Government does all that it can to improve the plight of dairy farmers. There are many things that can be done, a lot of them at no cost to the taxpayer. These include:
● Support fair milk contracts that stop milk buyers from exploiting dairy farmers;
● Lighten the load of farm regulation to prevent unnecessary extra regulatory costs;
● Put pressure on all major buyers of milk and dairy products to commit to pay fair prices that cover production costs;
● Ensure that the Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill, which is currently before Parliament, becomes law as quickly as possible. This is important legislation as an adjudicator could stamp out unfair practices at the retailer end of the supply chain.
“I look forward to hearing from you and learning what steps the Government will be taking to support this vital sector of the economy. The implications of doing nothing are unthinkable.”
Police attend scene of serious collision M56 near Chester
Cheshire Police and other emergency services are currently responding to an incident reported on the M56 motorway near Chester just before 2pm this afternoon.
Officers attended the scene where a HGV overturned on the westbound carriageway of the M56.
The driver of the HGV is being treated by paramedics.
The M56 westbound carriageway is closed between junction 12 (Runcorn) and junction 14 (Hapsford). The collision has also impacted traffic on the eastbound carriageway. Motorists are strongly advised to avoid the area and seek alternative routes, similarly the impact of the collision on the arterial routes around Chester and Ellesmere Port ( including A56 and A5117) is likely to cause congestion as rush hour approaches.
Any witnesses to the collision are advised to contact Cheshire Police on 101.
Reporter Jonathan White
The fourth annual 'Fun Day and Marina Open Day' took place yesterday at Church Minshull Aqueduct Marina - http://www.aqueductmarina.co.uk/ - earlier yesterday (Sunday 22 July, 11am - 4pm). There were charity stalls (e.g. Sea Shepherd www.seashepherd.org/, Retired Greyhound Trust www.retiredgreyhounds.co.uk/, Shropshire Union Canal Society www.shropshireunion.org.uk/), raffles, model boats (Crewe & District Model Boat Club www.creweanddistrictmodelboatclub.org.uk/), craft stalls, boat rides, children's entertainment, a performance by TheFunkyChoir.com choir, demonstrations (e.g. International Guild of Knot Tyers www.igkt.net/) and narrowboats for sale. All areas of the marina were open to visitors including the boat brokerage, boat painting and repairs, workshops, boat storage yard, moorings, meeting room and the licensed cafe. Church Minshull Aqueduct Marina is located on the Middlewich branch of the Shropshire Union Canal and contains a 147-berth marina, along with licensed cafe, brokerage, boat servicing and storage yard. Hundreds of people attended the event and were rewarded with fabulous sunshine throughout the day.
Cheshire East celebrates victory over controversial incinerator plan
Cheshire East Council and local residents are celebrating after winning their long battle to prevent a hugely controversial waste incinerator being built.
The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government ruled that Cheshire East Council was right to refuse planning permission for the proposed Covanta plant on land off Pochin Way, in Middlewich.
The incinerator would have burned waste to create electricity and combined heat and power (CHP) to sell commercially.
Leader of Cheshire East Council Michael Jones, was ‘delighted’ by the ruling and applauded the fighting spirit of Middlewich’s residents.
He said: “When I was portfolio holder for resources I was asked, following our decision to refuse the incinerator application, whether I was prepared to take the financial risk of fighting this appeal – and I said ‘yes’.
“As a Conservative I support the rights of local people. And I think this is a great victory for Cheshire East and the people of Middlewich.
“I say well done to the Cheshire East members who fought this, well done to the people of Cheshire East and well done to the Cheshire East Council officers who have worked so hard on this.”
Cheshire East Council’s Strategic Planning Board unanimously refused planning permission for the Covanta plant in April 2010. It followed more than 3,300 letters of objection being submitted to the Council.
Councillors said the application has not been identified as part of the Waste Local Plan, a need has not been established and the proposal was unsustainable as it would have drawn in waste from outside Cheshire.
The Council also ruled that the visual impact of the incinerator, which would have an 80m chimney, would outweigh the benefits and Covanta had not demonstrated how energy would be exported from the site.
Fears of increased traffic congestion were also raised by well-organised local residents’ action group, Cheshire anti-incinerator network (CHAIN).
The Council’s decision was appealed against by Covanta and a public inquiry was held in 2011. The inquiry sat for 23 days over March, May and October 2011.
The Secretary of State has now announced his decision, which is a vindication of the Council’s planning strategy and planning decision making.
The Secretary of State has agreed with the Council that:
● The site is not allocated for waste development and preferred sites should have been considered;
● The incinerator would be likely to provide an oversupply of facilities;
● There would be an effect on European protected species;
● There would be an effect on landscape;
The Secretary of State found that the appellant had, by submitting information during the inquiry, provided sufficient information to enable him to assess the grid connection and CHP supply.
He also agreed with CHAIN that there would be an impact on road safety and traffic congestion.
Councillor Jones added: “The Council was determined to fight this appeal on behalf of the people of Middlewich and Cheshire East and we showed we were committed to providing the necessary staff and resources to do this.
“The appeal process has taken several months and has involved considerable staff input and time. The lengthy public inquiry required dedicated and protracted effort from our legal, planning and administrative teams.
“The full cost of the appeal and Inquiry to the Council will certainly be a six-figure sum but this is considered to be money well spent in defending the decision to refuse the incinerator application.”
Sunday, 22 July 2012
Lots of people are asking were is the dog as most people see me out and about with him and even people I dont know have been stopping me and asking specially people in the Queens Park. Thank you to all those who have expressed their sadness including Peter, Keith, Brenda and the Asda team, Karen, Maureen, Elaine Wendy Dawson (from Bentley) and other fans of Max it was only spoilt by a certain women hurling abuse at me on the phone in the time of sadness
Its been a sad week week this week as many of you know Max above has visited the Queens Park every day for the last few years. Many people loved him as he was so peaceful. We have had him over 8 years he was a recue dog with seven homes before us. He suffered with a rare eye complaint which meant most of his life he was going blind till in the end his vision was very small. He loved the park and often lay there while ducks pecked bread of him. This week we had to say good bye as he was in pain from his neck ,not eating, sad. He had a good life with 10 mile a day walks and he was a good dog you could leave chocolate on the low table and he wouldnt touch it. He is sadly missed.
We have now got a Alaskan Malamute puppy Jax above he is only 9 weeks old and when full grown will be 130 lbs plus and be able to pull several tons on a sledge and will look like the dog below. Jax has his own blog as people want to know how you raise these dogs. Once he has had his injection and big enough he will be seen around the park like Max
Saturday, 21 July 2012
Cheshire East Council Chief Executive
July 20, 2012
Cheshire East Council has announced that Chief Executive Ms Erika Wenzel left the Council by mutual agreement on 30 June, 2012, following a period of sickness absence.
Erika was appointed to the role in October, 2008, prior to the formation of the new Cheshire East Council in April, 2009. She led the authority through the transition from two-tier local government, bringing together the former boroughs of Crewe and Nantwich, Macclesfield and Congleton along with half of the Cheshire County Council, to form the new unitary authority of Cheshire East.
As Chief Executive of the third largest unitary authority in the North West, she led on partnership working and was instrumental in facilitating the relocation of several large international companies to the area. She was pivotal in driving forward a large-scale change initiative that focussed on practical ways of reducing harm to health caused by alcohol.
She was also committed to a cultural change programme aimed at ensuring delivery of first class-services for the residents of Cheshire East.
Councillor Michael Jones, Leader of Cheshire East Council, said: "I had limited experience of working with Erika, but I have huge respect for anyone who has built a business from scratch and people tell me that she achieved much in those first three years.
“I now wish her a speedy recovery and I am sure that that she will see that the hard work and commitment that she gave to the Council will provide a solid foundation for great things to come.
“I am pleased that a mutual agreement has been reached with Ms Wenzel. I am fully aware that the amount of £93,550 that has been agreed for Erika’s departure will give rise to much comment.
“It should be noted that a substantial element of this relates to contractual notice and I would point out that this is significantly less than the average of £256,000 paid in respect of chief executives who left their posts by agreement as revealed in the most recent study by the Audit Commission, and vastly less than the £589k that Kent County Council’s Chief Executive recently received.
“I do appreciate though that, in these austere times, many people may feel that this is still a lot of money, but I can promise that we have given careful thought and consideration as to what will give the best outcome for the taxpayers of Cheshire East.
Councillor Wesley Fitzgerald, former leader of Cheshire East Council, added: “Erika and I worked closely together over the last three and a half years forming the new Council that is Cheshire East.
“I would like to pay tribute to the diligence and hard work that she put into the birth of the new Council and in helping to bring together the different cultures and ways of working. Cheshire East is still a young Council, growing and learning and maturing but with a great future and I am proud to have led it, with Erika, to where it is today.
“When I look back, the last three or so years have been the first era of this great Council and it is now time for a new era to commence with a mature vision. I add my wishes to her for a speedy recovery.”
Erika Wenzel said: "I have enjoyed immensely my time at Cheshire East Council. In October 2008 I was the sole employee of Cheshire East Council. Over the coming months more people joined me and one of my proudest moments was when I walked through the doors of Westfields in Sandbach on 1 April 2009 as Chief Executive of the brand-new Cheshire East Council.
“Looking back, the challenges and success were equal, in particular, bringing together four different cultures and ways of working was as challenging as it was enjoyable.
“I am so proud of the staff at Cheshire East, who never ceased to amaze me with their hard work, tenacity and commitment. Without their support, my job would have been a lot harder and I would like to thank them personally. I look forward to watching Cheshire East Council grow and I wish them every success for the future.”
A recent review by the Audit Commission found 37 council bosses left their jobs by ’mutual agreement’. Their severance packages cost on average, £256,104 or 1.8 times basic salary. Once payments to pension schemes are removed from this, it still amounted to an average of 1.1 times basic salary. Kent County Council’s Chief Executive has recently left with a package of £589,000.
The final amount of £93,550 agreed by Cheshire East Council for the departure of their Chief Executive was significantly less than either of these amounts (equating to just under 6.5 months salary). The ex gratia element of the package paid to Ms Wenzel, of £50,000, falls well within the Council's published formula for making such payments which applies to all members of staff.
The Council is committed to complying with the new transparency obligations in relation to severance packages for senior staff and chief executives in particular and full details will be published in accordance with the relevant statutory requirements.
Friday, 20 July 2012
East Cheshire police warn of email scam after two churches targeted
Cheshire Police are warning people to be wary of unusual emails after two churches in east Cheshire had their emails hacked by scammers.
St Theresa′s in Wilmslow and St Mary′s in Middlewich were targeted by the scam aimed at getting unsuspecting recipients to part with their money in the belief that the person who sent the email has come to harm in a foreign country.
Inspector Mark Gammage said: "In both cases reported to us today (20 July 2012) everyone on the contact list of the churches email account had been sent an email saying their parish priest had come to some harm and they were stranded in Spanish city.
"Any email requesting money should be regarded with caution. Often the spelling and grammar is a give away as the email tends to be riddled with mistakes. Delete the email and definitely do not give your bank details or send any money.
"My concern is that the more vulnerable or elderly residents may fall prey to a scam such as this. I would urge anyone who has had communications of this type to disregard the content and report it to police. Any advice regarding matters of this nature can be sought from your local police, Trading Standards and Citizens Advice Bureau."
What to do if you have already given money:
• End all further contact with the fraudsters.
• Do not send them any more money.
• If you have given the fraudsters your bank account details, contact your bank immediately. If you have not already done so, do not give the fraudsters your account details.
• If the fraudsters threaten you once you stop co-operating with them, tell the police immediately.
• Be aware that you will probably be targeted for other frauds. Fraudsters frequently pass on the details of people they have successfully targeted to other fraudsters.
Cheshire councils combine for missing children’s service
A local missing children and young people’s service and helpline has been set up to give free confidential advice to youngsters.
Catch22, commissioned by Halton Borough Council in partnership with local authorities in Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester and Warrington, launched the service this week.
As well as providing a help, called ‘Missing From Home’, it will provide targeted support to enable youngsters to develop strategies to keep themselves safe.
The Missing People Charity support the phone line and it is open 24 hours a day, 365 days per year.
It is staffed by experienced ‘Missing From Home’ case workers and fully trained volunteers.
The aim of the local service is to directly link children and young people to a local support, if they want it.
Councillor Hilda Gaddum, Cabinet member in charge of children and family services, said: “I welcome this new service, which will help engage with children who are missing from home, often placing themselves at high risk. The reasons for their absence can be varied and complex.
“Now staff are working directly with the children, and their families, or carers, to diminish that risk and to reduce the number of children and young people that are reported missing each year.”
Case workers for the service are now in place in all the areas to work directly with children and young people. The helpline is just part of this service.
Kathy Boardman, Catch22’s Missing From Home coordinator, said: “Children and young people often find themselves in situations that they find it difficult to get out of.
“Sometimes going home seems like the hardest thing to do – and the reasons for this can be incredibly complicated.
“Having some emotional support, a listening ear, an adult that has the time to listen and hear what the problems are, can help a child stay safer, immediately and in the longer term.”
The helpline number is: 0808 168 9698.
For more information about the service, or volunteering, contact Kathy Boardman on 07889 128221.
Learn more about the people we help at: www.catch-22.org.uk
Major Crewe assets to be passed to local control
A number of Crewe’s key assets look set to be managed more locally with a new town council soon to become a reality.
The final stage of consultation over the creation of a town council in Crewe is now complete and Cheshire East Council is expected to make a final decision to approve an order for the new body in October.
Once this is done, facilities including Crewe Market Hall, public toilets, allotment sites and other assets are in line to be run by the new authority.
Councillor Rachel Bailey, Cabinet member in charge of communities and regulatory services, said: “Local facilities should be run and managed by local people – that is something we have always said.
“The community governance review sub-committee will now continue its good work in making arrangements for the formation of a town council and seriously consider what assets could be transferred to that council.
“This follows on from a number of successfully-agreed transfers of assets and services to town and parish councils all over Cheshire East.”
A ballot found almost nine out of 10 people, who voted, feel a town council is the best thing for the town.
The Council’s constitution committee meets on September 20, when it will make a final recommendation on the set up of the new authority to Full Council at its meeting in October. Elections to the new council are likely to be held on April 4, next year.
Councillor Les Gilbert, Cabinet member in charge of corporate policy, said: “The people of Crewe told us very clearly they want a town council and we have listened very clearly to the representations made by all consultees and will continue to do so until a final decision is reached.
“Once a town council is in place, it will then be down to the people of Crewe and its local representatives to make localism work in their area.”
As part of the consultation, electors in the unparished area of Leighton were also asked to choose which parish they wished to join. An overwhelming majority have expressed a desire to be part of the Minshull Vernon and District parish.