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Wednesday 31 October 2012

Police seek witnesses to fatal collision in Crewe


Police are appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision on Bradfield Road in Crewe just after 6.30am on 30 October 2012.

A red Skoda Yeti was travelling along Bradfield Road towards Leighton when it crossed onto the opposite side of the road, mounted the pavement and collided with a lamp post.

The driver of the car, a 62-year-old man from Sandbach, was taken to Leighton Hospital for treatment. Sadly he died a short while after.

Anyone who witnessed the collision or events leading up to it should contact PC David Alexander from the Eastern Traffic Unit on 101 quoting incident 97 of 30 October 2012.

Sport Cheshire Invests in Paralympic Legacy


Sport Cheshire has invested in a pioneering project which will enable Cheshire and Warrington to respond to the nation’s Paralympics success.

The scheme has been initiated by council leaders from across Cheshire and Warrington who have joined forces to improve opportunities for sport and physical activity for local people with disabilities. 

If you are a local organisation or individual interested in improving opportunities for disabled people to play sport or get physically active then Sport Cheshire wants to hear from you.

Just one in 15 people with a disability regularly plays sport in England.  While this has increased in the past five years it still trails behind participation rates for non-disabled people, with nearly one in five taking part.

Representatives from Cheshire East Council, Cheshire West & Chester Council and Warrington Borough Council have called upon Sport Cheshire, the strategic body for sport and physical activity in the sub- region, to help them to improve their understanding of the needs of the local population and improve opportunities for disabled people to participate in sport.

Sport Cheshire will consult with a wide range of key local stakeholders, disabled athletes, support agencies, governing bodies of sport and non- participants to assess current constraints and identify key measures to improve quality of and access to provision within Cheshire and Warrington. 

Councillor Steve Wilkinson, Cabinet support member for communities and regulatory services, said: “This new initiative is excellent news and will hopefully capitalise on the high profile that sport for people with disabilities gained during the summer.

“By speaking with a wide range of organisations, I hope we can formulate an effective plan to move things forward.”

Paralympian Sarah Storey said: "The London 2012 Paralympics Games put sport for people with all levels of impairment on a platform where it is now seen for what it has always been – elite sport.

“As with any sporting pyramid, it is important to ensure all levels of participation receive the necessary opportunities to allow those involved to progress to the next level or remain active at the level they choose.

“We hope the success of Paralympics has started a momentum that will benefit everyone in society and look forward to seeing more and more people getting involved in sport and physical activity.”

Anne Ibrahim, CEO of Sport Cheshire said:

“We are proud to lead such a valuable piece of work on behalf of our key stakeholders to improve opportunities for the 59,300 disabled people locally. Sport has the unique power to build confidence and self-esteem and has been proven to have a direct impact on physical and mental health.”

Local organisations and individuals wishing to be involved should contact Matt Parker at Sport Cheshire on 01606 330212.

Fireworks warning


Residents are being warned to be wary of counterfeit fireworks in the lead up to Bonfire Night after illegal bangers were found in Crewe.

Bangers have been banned in the UK since 1997 but the fireworks are thought to have been imported from China and are being illegally counterfeited using the Black Cat brand, which is leading some consumers into a false sense of security.

The bangers – small red tubes with a short fuse on top – are sold in packs of 10.

Now, Cheshire East Council is urging people not to buy goods from the back of a van, car boot sales or unlicensed premises in a bid to stamp out this menace.

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

It comes as the Council’s consumer protection and investigations team and Cheshire Police carried out 25 test purchases of fireworks at retailers across Cheshire East on Monday to stamp out underage sales.

The authority has praised local retailers in Sandbach, Middlewich, Crewe, Knutsford and Wilmslow, which were all found to be fully compliant with the law.

However, residents should still steer clear of counterfeit fireworks, some of which could be being sold on the internet. It is vital that people only purchase fireworks from legitimate traders.

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

They are also advised that they should continue to be diligent in determining the age of purchasers. Proof of age should always be asked for.

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

Tuesday 30 October 2012

Have your say on A6-to-Manchester Airport relief road scheme


Now is your chance to have a say in shaping a major relief road scheme in Cheshire East.

A public consultation is under way on the A6-to-Manchester Airport Relief Road project – also known as the South East Manchester Multi-Modal Strategy (SEMMMS).

A four-page leaflet has been delivered to 85,000 homes and businesses throughout areas of Cheshire East, Stockport and Manchester, to give an overview of the scheme and explain how residents, businesses and road users can find out more and get involved in shaping the proposals. 

A second 16-page leaflet is now being delivered to homes and businesses (started October 22), which gives further information on the junction options that are being consulted on. This second leaflet also includes a freepost questionnaire so people can comment on the proposals.

Councillor Jamie Macrae, Cheshire East Cabinet member in charge of prosperity and economic regeneration, said: “This is a hugely significant project, both for Cheshire East and the south Manchester region and it is now about to become a reality. So it is crucial that local residents and businesses have their say and influence this exciting and long-sought-after scheme.

“This is a ‘once in a generation’ opportunity to influence a hugely significant scheme that aims to create jobs, improve communities and boost economic growth by greatly improving connectivity.

“It also aims to deliver greater business integration and productivity by improving traffic efficiency; promote job creation and regeneration; reduce the impact of traffic congestion on communities; improve safety for all road users and support greener, lower-carbon travel.”

The proposed £290m relief road will provide about 10 kilometres of new dual carriageway from the A6 near Hazel Grove to Manchester Airport and the M56 via the existing A555.

A new pedestrian and cycle route is proposed for the whole length of the scheme including the existing A555.

Further information on the consultation is also available on the SEMMMS website

The website will also include an online version of the questionnaire.

To raise awareness of the consultation and to ensure everyone has an opportunity to give their views, the road scheme and website is being promoted on road signs and advertised on buses, on the radio and in local newspapers.

The expected total cost of the road scheme is £290m. This is made up of a contribution of £165m from central Government, with the remainder of the funding being provided by the Greater Manchester Transport Fund.

Some of the funding will be used to help improve the supporting highways infrastructure within Cheshire East.

Wistaston Annual Hall Quiz

On Tuesday 23rd October 2012 evening 15 teams of 4 people participated in 6 rounds of 10 questions, during the Wistaston Annual Hall Quiz for the Fred Lorimer trophy.
The Hall Stars l-r - John Lomax - Brian Edge - Sheena Sambrook - John White - Alan Brown
The quizmaster was Geoff Armitage ably assisted by markers Sheila Armitage and Meurig Jones and scorer Glenys White.
The raffle was organised by Herbert Locke MBE for prizes which were all kindly donated.
The half-time refreshments were organised by Audrey Astbury, Olive Williams, Sue Brown, Margaret Beresford, Kathleen Conroy and John Astbury.
The winning team was called 'The Hall Stars' with 52 out of a possible 60 points. The team was captained by Brian Edge with the other team members being John Lomax, Alan Brown and John White, who were presented with the prestigious Fred Lorimer trophy by Wistonian of the Year Sheena Sambrook. In second place were last years champions '4 in the corner' with 47 points. 'The Scrabblers' came third with 46 points.
Event organiser John White said, "We had another enjoyable and successful community event, which raised £152 for hall funds. We thank everybody who supported this annual event for the Fred Lorimer trophy".

Monday 29 October 2012

Halloween a right scary lot

A Crewe family took their celebrations to spook-tacular levels on Saturday 27th October 2012 at a Halloween house party. The Marsden family invited family and friends to their Coppenhall household for a fancy-dress evening of ghosts and ghouls. A BBQ and disco featured pumpkins, cauldrons, spiders, skeletons and vampires and gave the guests plenty to get their teeth into under a near-full Moon, although some may have bitten off more than they could chew!

Halloween 2012 -  Marsden family and friends

Friday 26 October 2012

Would you don a Santa Suit for St Luke’s?

St Luke's Santa Fortnight1

St Luke’s (Cheshire) Hospice has announced the launch of its annual 2012 ‘Wear a Santa Suit Fortnight’ to help raise much-needed hospice funds, whilst instilling some Christmas cheer into the community.

From 26 November to 10 December, St Luke’s (Cheshire) Hospice is encouraging Christmas cheer to descend early on Cheshire with its annual ‘Wear a Santa Suit Fortnight’ campaign, which culminates in style with the popular annual Santa Dash at Oulton Park Racing Circuit on December 9.

Whatever your day-to-day commitments, you’re bound to raise plenty of smiles and help to raise money for the St Luke’s if you go about your usual activities dressed as Father Christmas!

To get involved in ‘Wear a Santa Suit Fortnight’ all you need to do is pay a small registration fee of £10, which entitles you to pick up your Santa suit from St Luke’s. After that, it’s up to you! Encourage your colleagues, friends and family to sponsor you to wear your Santa suit with pride for a full two weeks!

This is a fabulous way to enjoy festive fun and frolics whilst raising money for a very deserving charity, which is a vital part of the Cheshire community.

Anyone can have a go and there is no upper or lower limit to how much sponsorship money you can raise. So buckle up your belt and spread some festive cheer throughout Cheshire.

The fortnight comes to a spectacular finish with the Santa Dash at Oulton Park Racing Circuit.

The hospice’s head of event management Jane Thompson said: “You can run, walk, bike or even scoot around the famous race circuit. You can complete the 2.5k circuit at your own pace returning to a well deserved certificate and a welcome bacon sandwich.

“Entry to the event is £15 for adults, which includes a Santa Suit, and free for Children (but they must register in advance to be allowed on the track). We ask our Santas to try and raise us some sponsorship to support the hospice. There is no minimum amount we just ask you to do your best.

“You could even raise your sponsorship by being one of our bag-packing Santas in a local supermarket in the lead up to Christmas.”

Contact Jane Thompson at St Luke’s (Cheshire) Hospice on 01606 555688 or for more information or to register your inte

Stay Safe for the Bonfire Festivities!


In the run up to Bonfire Night, Cheshire Police are warning the public to stay safe and to act responsibly and have been distributing flyers out to all Cheshire residents, across schools and selected outlets in a bid to reduce incidents of anti-social behaviour, youth nuisance, criminal damage and illegal fires which traditionally rise at this time of the year.

Every year, Cheshire Police has to deal with a high number of calls relating to anti-social behaviour. For the Bonfire period last year, there were 767 anti-social behaviour calls, of which 113 involved alcohol and 244 came in via 999 calls.

As part of the festivities, Cheshire Police are inviting the public to send in photos of their carved pumpkins and Guy Fawkes. The most original three pumpkins and three Guy Fawkes will be chosen and showcased on our Upbeat, Facebook and Twitter sites. Entries will be open to 4 − 19 year olds from 29th October and the closing date will be 4pm on 9th November 2012.  You can post your entries to or tweet them to @Upbeatcheshire.  More information can be found on

Cheshire Police would like everyone to have a happy & safe time over the Bonfire Night period.  A spokesperson commented "Observe the Firework Code and only buy fireworks marked BS 7114, follow the instructions, keep your pets indoors and never go back to an unlit firework!′′

Please refer to for further safety advice.

75 years of swimming in Crewe


People will be dipping into the past as Crewe Pool celebrates its 75th birthday – and to mark the occasion, an action-packed day of celebration is planned.

On Saturday, November 3, swimmers will be charged 1930s prices for admission – meaning adults will pay just 2p and juniors 1p.

There will also be extra family fun sessions planned, as well as taster sessions from Crewe and Nantwich Junior Canoe Club.

Outside of the pool there will be stalls and activities including:

  • Refreshments;
  • Behind the scenes tours; and
  • Representatives from Macmillan Cancer Support, as well as from the police and fire service.

One of the day’s highlights is sure to ‘Pool in the Pool’. This is the brainchild of artist Megan Clark-Bagnall who has been working with local children during the half-term break to prepare for the event.

It will be an interactive game of pool where swimmers will recreate a game of pool being played in the café area.

Swimmers will act as the balls with the whole exercise broadcast on a series of TV screens that can be viewed on the balcony.

There will be several games during the afternoon between 2pm-4pm meaning different people can watch and participate.

The pool is open from 9am and the Mayor of Cheshire East Councillor George Walton will be there from 10.30am.

Members of the media are free to attend.

Fore more information visit  or

Thursday 25 October 2012

Media Statement from the Silvester Family


The background to this situation is that the Silvester family have had paying guests in their bedsits at Shavington in their family farmhouse home for nearly 40 years without anyone coming to any harm at all.

Legislation, of which we were unaware, resulted in a licence being required for the accommodation we rent at the farm.   Once it was pointed out that from March 2011 we were in default of this legislation we immediately took action to correct the situation. We were also unaware that there was a need to have a fire risk assessment. This was done immediately once it was brought to our attention.

We have co-operated fully with the Fire Service and the Council to introduce enhanced safety measures and other improvements.

We sincerely regret what has happened and would like to thank all those who have supported us through this very difficult period.

Election has the X-Factor


Voters choosing a new Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) will be asked for their first and second choice of who they want to win, as the supplementary voting system is used for the first time at elections on 15 November.

The supplementary voting system is different from the ‘first-past-the-post’ method used in local and general elections.

In the supplementary voting system, if one candidate gets more than 50 per cent of first choice votes, they will win. If no candidate gets this majority, the two candidates with the most first choice votes will remain in the election and all other candidates are eliminated.

The second choice votes for the eliminated candidates are then counted – and any votes for the two remaining candidates are added to their first round totals. The candidate who then has the highest total of votes cast is declared the winner.

A booklet with more information about the elections and how to vote will be sent to every household over the next couple of weeks.

David Parr is the Police Area Returning Officer for the Cheshire, Halton and Warrington Police Area and is responsible for conduct and co-ordination of the election.

He said: “Voters should not let the different voting system put them off from taking part in the election. In the coming weeks you will see and hear a lot more about the PCC elections and how to vote. As well as TV, radio and newspaper advertisements an information booklet, being delivered to every household, will explain exactly what you need to do to vote.”

“This is a different way of voting so it is important to read the instructions for filling in the ballot paper carefully, even if you have voted before, but if you do make a mistake, you can ask the polling staff to give you a replacement ballot paper.” 

More information about the Police and Crime Commissioner elections can be found at, you can follow the elections on Twitter using #cheshirepcc.

The public information booklet will be sent to households between 22 October and 2 November by the Electoral Commission. If you do not receive your copy by 6 November, please phone the Electoral Commission on 0800 3280280.

For more information about how the voting system works please got to:

IPCC report shows complaints against Cheshire Police have reduced


The IPCC report on police complaints during 2011/12 confirms that Cheshire Police is working hard to maintain the high standards of professional behaviour of its officers and staff and to ensure it provides a service that meets public expectations.

The IPCC found that the total number of complaints cases fell during the year by 12% in Cheshire, ahead of the national average of a 9% decrease. Cheshire recorded 421 formal complaint cases compared during 2011/12 compared with 476 cases the previous year). The rate of decrease in complaints is testament to an increased focus on standards in professional behaviour and also as a direct result of concerns raised last year that complaints had increased by some 10%.

The main causes of complaint against Cheshire officers and staff mirror national categories, with instances of incivility, neglects of duty, and the excessive use of force being the main categories of allegations made. The force is particularly keen to address these matters, and is currently raising awareness through its Quality Matters internal campaign to drive home the importance of officers and staff treating offenders, victims and witnesses with respect and courtesy; in undertaking effective and thorough investigations; and where policing powers have to be used, they are only done so reasonably and to the minimum extent necessary.

Detective Superintendent John Armstrong, Head of Professional Standards welcomed the IPCC′s report, stating, "Cheshire makes good use of the IPCC′s concept of the meritorious complaint − any complaint which has been found to have merit irrespective of whether an officer has breached any standard of professional behaviour will be upheld in Cheshire. The ability and willingness of the public to express dissatisfaction where they believe the standards of service have fallen below expectations is vitally important to us to assist us to focus on putting matters right when they do occasionally go wrong. The overwhelming majority of officers and staff do a highly professional job each and every day, and understanding why and how often complaints are made helps to improve our collective performance. We welcome this report as well continually work closely with the IPCC to provide reassurance we are capable of meeting the needs of complainants whilst being fair to officers, and to ensure those whose conduct sometimes falls below expectations are properly held to account."

At 174 allegations per 1,000 employees, Cheshire compares very favourably when compared with the national force average of 213 complaints per 1,000 employees.

The IPCC report also commented on the timeliness of finalisation of complaint cases and found Cheshire to be in line with national averages for the time taken to deal with locally resolved cases, and takes only slightly longer to deal with those complaints requiring a more detailed investigation.

The 2011/12 report shows Cheshire had 8% fewer appeals upheld by the IPCC than the national average and has one of the lowest rates of upheld appeals in the country.

Wednesday 24 October 2012

Police seek witnesses to criminal damage at Joey the Swan


Police are appealing for witnesses after a playground in Crewe was decimated by vandals.

Some time over the weekend of 19 October 2012 the playground at Joey the Swan in Valley Road was daubed in graffiti.

PC Dan Sambrook who is investigating the criminal damage said: "This is appalling behaviour and has made the area unusable until the graffiti has been removed.

"Over the years we have targeted the area to tackle anti-social behaviour and it was calming down, however it appears that over the past few weekends the trouble is back.

"Youths have been drinking and causing problems in the area which is affecting the community. We have been addressing the problem with issuing notices to leave the area and arrested also a male last week. We have taken some youths home to be spoken to in front of their parents and have taken details of those causing problems.

"We are working with the anti-social behaviour co-ordinator to work out long term solutions, but in the meantime we would urge parents to think about where and what their teenagers are doing on a Friday and Saturday night and ensure they are not taking part in the appalling behaviour. What may seem like a laugh could result in a criminal record and the potential to ruin a bright future."

Anyone with information should contact PC Dan Sambrook on 101 quoting incident number 421 of 22 October 2012. Alternatively information can be given anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Phil the Bin meets talented Junior Recyclers

JRO Macclesfield

Enthusiastic Junior Recycling Officers from Cheshire East celebrated the launch of the new ‘Phil the Bin’ activity and information book at an event held at the Senior Citizen Hall in Macclesfield, with Phil the Bin present in person.

Over 80 people, including 42 children, their parents and teachers, participated in activities and workshops.

Each child was presented with the new Phil the Bin activity and information book, filled with exciting tips and projects for children to get involved with the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) agenda.

Cheshire East Council is launching the book in partnership with UPM, which runs a recycling processing plant at its Shotton site, following the success of primary school participation across the Borough.

Councillor Rod Menlove, Cabinet Member in charge of the environment services, said: “Improving the way we recycle and reduce our waste is incredibly important.

“It not only has a positive effect on the environment but also in the communities we live, as well as making economic sense.

“We’re delighted that so many schools across the Borough have actively engaged with us, and Phil the Bin will encourage young children to become our recycling champions of the future.”

Phil the Bin will act as the new face for Cheshire East Council’s Junior Recycling Officers scheme, providing schools with information and activities to spread the 3Rs message to family, friends and the school community.

Local Hero Awards 2012


Time is running out to get your votes in for this year’s Local Hero Awards.

Now in its 14th year, the awards, organised by local radio station Cheshire’s Silk 106.9, recognise the unsung heroes of Cheshire East.

This year’s ceremony is set to be the biggest ever – with 12 awards being handed out on the night. The categories are as follows:

  • Champion Child;
  • Social Enterprise of the Year;
  • Parent/Guardian of the Year;
  • Carer of the Year;
  • Local Business of the Year;
  • Act of Courage;
  • Teacher of the Year;
  • Neighbour of the Year;
  • Volunteer of the Year;
  • Young Achiever of the Year (15-25 years);
  • Keith Alexander Special Sporting Achievement Award; and
  • Pride of Cheshire Award.

Cheshire East Council is the overall sponsor and will be presenting the Pride of Cheshire Award, which is for the overall winner from all the categories.

The ceremony will be held at Macclesfield Town Football Club’s Moss Rose Stadium on Friday, November 30.

Nominations are now open and they need to be in by November 2. To nominate, and to find out more about the categories, go to:

Cheshire East Mayor Councillor George Walton will be part of a panel that discusses and judges the nominations.

He said: “I am delighted that Cheshire East Council is supporting these awards again. Thousands of people across Cheshire East, both young and old, selflessly give up their time to help others and it is only right that their efforts are recognised.

“During these tough economic times these people help make a difference and, along with efforts from the Council, work to improve our community life.

“If you know someone who you think is a ‘Local Hero’ please go to the website and nominate them.”

Phil Rodgers, head of programming at Cheshire’s Silk 106.9, said: “The Local Hero Awards are the highlight of the local calendar. The fact that we are now in our 14th year is testament to the event’s popularity.

“The awards bring together everything that is good about community life in Cheshire East – People giving up their time to help others.

Local Plan Smashes Target


Cheshire East Council has smashed its own target after receiving more than 6,500 responses to the Local Plan consultation.

The consultation, which ran for four weeks from the end of August, has so far exceeded the 4,000 target set by the Council’s campaign team, who are still counting!

The consultation was widely publicised, appearing in the Cheshire East News magazine, libraries, local newspapers, radio and road shows, as well digital media channels, Facebook and Twitter.

Council Leader, Councillor Michael Jones, who fronted the radio and press campaign, said: “This is brilliant news and is a sure sign that people are engaging in the issues that really affect them and, at the vital stage.

“As I said from the beginning, if people don’t get involved in the early stages then they lose their voice further down the line.

“This is something we most definitely don’t want because Cheshire East wants to reflect the views of all of its communities in the Local Plan.

“The level of response has set a new benchmark – and one that we’ll be aiming to exceed in the future.”

The next stage of the Local Plan consultation will take place over the winter months. This will focus on the development strategy for the whole of Cheshire East when, once again, the views of residents and businesses will be sought.

If you want to be first to find out when the next stage is and receive an alert, you can email your contact details to or write to us at: Spatial Planning, Westfields, Middlewich Road, Sandbach, CW11 1HZ.

Waste Reduction Volunteers Needed


Would you like to learn how to shave pounds off your shopping bill? Cheshire East Council is hosting a training day to show people how to do just that – and become a Waste Reduction Volunteer (WRV) for the Council.

Over a month the average family throws away £50 worth of food, as most of the waste that ends up in our black bin becomes dinner table scraps.

The Council is now looking to recruit WVRs who can spread the word about the benefits of home composting and reducing household food waste.

The Council would like to hear from people who want to take part in a day’s training at St Peter’s Church, Elworth, Sandbach on November 3.

Volunteer Sally Hoare, from Wilmslow said: “Being a volunteer has lots of benefits and I’ve met some great, like-minded people.

“I am passionate about doing my bit to help save the planet and enjoy talking about ways to reduce food waste at events like this throughout the year. I would definitely recommend it”.

Councillor Rod Menlove, Cabinet member in charge of environmental services, said: “This is fun, engaging and extremely worthwhile.

“Not only will your efforts help divert needless amounts of food and organic waste from going to landfill, the training will also help people plan their food shopping more carefully and save money in the long term – up to £50 per month for a family of four.”

Volunteers will receive training, travel expenses and membership of the WRV reward scheme. Anyone interested in becoming a WRV should visit to sign up, or telephone the project coordinator on: 01270 686094.

Tuesday 23 October 2012

Welcome to MP’s 129th news bulletin.

Edward Timpson MP

Monday 22, October 2012

Welcome ...

Welcome to this my 129th news bulletin.

Being out of work can be a huge personal tragedy. I know from my visits to the job centre and from listening to local people at my advice surgeries who are looking for work just how disheartening it can be.

That’s why the Government is dedicated to ensuring every single person who wants to work hard and get on in life has the skills they need to compete and thrive.

We are doing everything possible to grow our economy and allow the private sector to build sustainable jobs for families across the country. Since we came to power we have introduced the largest welfare to work programme the UK has seen since the 1930s, developed a £1 billion package to help get our young people into work, and given apprenticeships to 142 young people every single day.

In Crewe and Nantwich 1,490 people started an apprenticeship last year. That’s an increase of 810 apprentices compared to the year of the last General Election 2009/2010. The number of people starting an apprenticeship has actually increased by 119 per cent.
To boost entrepreneurship, we launched the New Enterprise Allowance to help the long-term unemployed to start their own businesses. This has seen over 8,000 new companies set up and nearly 20,000 people have started working with a business mentor.

We are making progress. There are almost 750,000 more people in employment than at the election. The private sector has created over 1 million new jobs. National unemployment is down by 50,000 since the last quarter and in Crewe and Nantwich this means 112 fewer people are unemployed compared to this time last year.

New business statistics released this week show there are now 4.8 million businesses in the UK – the highest number ever recorded.  There are more than a quarter of a million more businesses this year than there were last year.

This is good news. But it isn’t enough. Now we have to do more. We are doing everything possible to get Britain moving – slashing red tape, reforming welfare, and providing the funding necessary to allow people to unlock the entrepreneurship in our economy.
The Government have just made it even quicker and easier for people on Jobseeker’s Allowance to set up their own business and help get Britain on the rise.

Anyone who is unemployed and can produce a viable business plan will now be given immediate access to £2,000 worth of financial support – without having to wait six months to get started. I’ve seen first-hand how enterprising the people of Crewe and Nantwich can be – this funding will now make a huge difference to families here and across the country.

It is right that work should always pay and people should always be better in work than on benefits. That is why we have introduced a welfare cap.

It's also how we can deliver for our economy, both here in Crewe & Nantwich and across Britain.

Please remember, you can always contact me directly if you have any questions for me.

You can forward the bulletin on to your friends and family, who can sign up themselves by clicking here for my website.

Best wishes, 

Edward Timpson
Member of Parliament for Crewe & Nantwich

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Locally I have...

  • Spent a day teaching at Leighton Primary School. My huge thanks to the head Glynn Turner and his staff and pupils for making me feel so welcomeHeld two surgeries at my office in Crewe, one at Clarendon Court Care home, and another at Cheerbrooks Farm Shop near Nantwich
  • Attended the Weston Primary Harvest Festival
  • Opened 'Community Recycle Cycles' on Coronation Crescent, Crewe
  • Presented Tesco for Schools & Clubs Equipment at their Crewe branch to children and teachers from:  Gainsborough Primary & Nursery School; Brierley Primary School; and Hungerford County Primary School
  • Joined the panel for the Nantwich Beer Festival to judge the Champion Beer of Cheshire competition
  • Presented prizes to budding musicians at the South Cheshire Young Musicians' Autumn Concert
  • Opened St Luke's Hospice Shop on Pillory Street, Nantwich
  • Visited Wistaston Church Lane Primary School to see the recently, and freely, installed solar panels I encouraged them to apply for
  • Did an interview with Newsround at Wistaston Church Lane Primary School to be aired later this month
  • Presented certificates to employees at the 2012 Bentley Achievement Awards
  • Played for The Chronicle Team in the One in Eleven Appeal charity football competition and presented the trophy to the winners
  • Attended World Osteoporosis Day in Parliament where I learnt more about the effects this affliction has on its sufferers

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MP Edward Timpson opens new St Luke’s Hospice creperie in Nantwich

Nantwich News

Hundreds of people turned out in Nantwich for the official opening of the new St Luke’s Hospice shop on Pillory Street.

Young and old alike crammed into the new Swirly Whirly store, which will serve crepes, ice cream and other treats.

The three-storey outlet also has a coffee shop seating area on the first floor for parents while kids try out crafts.

Swirly Whirlys in NantwichAnd there is a party room for hire on the top floor.

MP Edward Timpson was on hand to cut the ribbon along with local town councillors and Nantwich Town Crier.

Local community radio stations Redshift Radio and The Cat were also at the event, along with the sunshine event chef bear who handed out treats to youngsters.

St Luke’s (Cheshire) Hospice hopes the new creperie, the charity’s first outlet in Nantwich, will help boost fund-raising in the town.

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Street Pastors scheme is launched in Nantwich

Crewe Chronicle

A SCHEME to curb anti-social behaviour at night has been launched in Nantwich.

The ‘street pastors’ initiative was launched on Saturday in a joint project between Nantwich’s churches and the local police.

Twenty volunteers undertook the first of a dozen training sessions at Nantwich Methodist Church and enjoyed lunch with guests of honour, MP Edward Timpson and Nantwich deputy mayor John Lewis.

The mini army will be out on the streets during the busiest nights to assist visitors to pubs and clubs and help them get home safely.

Joint co-ordinator David Maidment explained: “The four-person teams will operate independently, but in close liaison with the police, and offer a friendly presence and help to those that need it.

“That might include the provision of advice to those with transport problems getting home, water or help for those feeling unwell, the clearing of dangerous litter and provision of flip-flops to those too unsteady in their high-heels, and the calming of situations where problems seem to be developing.

“Where the scheme has been running in other towns, a significant reduction in crime and anti-social behaviour due to drunkenness has been reported.

“Guests at the launch spoke of their support for the scheme and the value they believed it would bring to Nantwich’s nightlife.”

Nationally, 300 street pastor schemes are in operation – with successful local schemes in Middlewich, Chester and Wrexham.

The volunteers have embarked on a training course in street safety, listening skills and conflict management, as well as national street pastor procedures.

They will be fully trained and out in force by Christmas.

Sergeant Richard Tomlinson of the Nantwich Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “A lot of what they do will help take pressure off our officers and it’ll be good to see them out there.

“It’s had success in other towns so I’m sure it will be a success here too.

“We’re all working to the same ends to make sure people can come out to Nantwich and have a safe and enjoyable night.”

Sgt Tomlinson added he hoped Cheshire Constabulary’s ArcAngel scheme – the quality standards initiative for licensed premises – will be introduced soon.

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Celebrations as Nantwich nursery is launched

Crewe Chronicle

A WILLASTON couple have brought new life to a Nantwich nursery which was forced to close last year.

Woodlands Nursery, based on the site of the former Regents Theological College on London Road, was shut down in April 2011 because of problems with its registration, leaving staff jobless and 72 youngsters without childcare.

Landlords Elim Churches took back control of the building shortly after.

But Debbie Thelwell, 45, and husband Jason, 43, have reopened the site as Little Angels Nursery and celebrated with a launch party on August 31 attended by MP Edward Timpson and Nantwich mayor Cllr Graham Fenton.

The nursery is in addition to the couple’s pre-school facility at Weaver Primary School and their 10.57 Club – after-school and breakfast club – at both Weaver and Willaston primary schools.

Debbie said: “One or two of the children who were at Woodlands have joined us and one of the staff members is now employed at our out of school club. It’s taken us a while to get here but we really want it to be a success.

“We had more than 60 people join us for the launch and it went really well.

“We currently have 52 places and facilities for babies, toddlers and have a pre-school area. We also have a large outdoor area. The nursery’s location is great and it has two entrances, making it easier for parents.”

Jason added: “Opening the nursery gives us a chance to bring some positive publicity back to the site.”

For more information about the nursery call 01270 628745 or visit

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Nantwich are close to Protected Town status


Police in Nantwich are set to launch a new initiative which will target alcohol-related crime and disorder in the town.

The ArcAngel Protected Towns Initiative, which is being rolled out across Cheshire, requires a premises to meet a number of criteria designed to promote responsible drinking and public safety.

The Nantwich Civic Hall and the Railway Hotel have become the initial licensees to sign up to and be granted ArcAngel status following a period of assessment.

Representatives from each licensed premises were presented with certificates on Thursday 18 October 2012 by the Mayor of Nantwich, Councillor Graham Fenton.

They were also given marketing packs enabling them to promote ArcAngel within their establishments.

Sergeant Richard Tomlinson, of Nantwich NPU, has been responsible for implementing the initiative in the town.

He said: "We′re very pleased to have these two premises on board prior to our official launch at the end of November, and have been impressed with their attitude and commitment.

"We are presently reviewing a number of other interested licensees and are keen to promote Nantwich as a safe place to enjoy a night out."

Sgt Tomlinson has been working in partnership with Cheshire East Licensing and Trading Standards to drive the initiative forward so that the town can be ArcAngel accredited within the next month.

For more information on ArcAngel, visit

Local Plan Smashes Target


Cheshire East Council has smashed its own target after receiving more than 6,500 responses to the Local Plan consultation.

The consultation, which ran for four weeks from the end of August, has so far exceeded the 4,000 target set by the Council’s campaign team, who are still counting!

The consultation was widely publicised, appearing in the Cheshire East News magazine, libraries, local newspapers, radio and road shows, as well digital media channels, Facebook and Twitter.

Council Leader, Councillor Michael Jones, who fronted the radio and press campaign, said: “This is brilliant news and is a sure sign that people are engaging in the issues that really affect them and, at the vital stage.

“As I said from the beginning, if people don’t get involved in the early stages then they lose their voice further down the line.

“This is something we most definitely don’t want because Cheshire East wants to reflect the views of all of its communities in the Local Plan.

“The level of response has set a new benchmark – and one that we’ll be aiming to exceed in the future.”

The next stage of the Local Plan consultation will take place over the winter months. This will focus on the development strategy for the whole of Cheshire East when, once again, the views of residents and businesses will be sought.

If you want to be first to find out when the next stage is and receive an alert, you can email your contact details to or write to us at: Spatial Planning, Westfields, Middlewich Road, Sandbach, CW11 1HZ.

New adoption campaign


Cheshire East Council has joined forces with other local authorities in the north west to try and encourage more people to consider adopting a child.

The month-long campaign, which has the slogan of ‘View life differently. Adopt a child’, starts on Monday, October 29. The initiative has been timed to coincide with National Adoption Week which runs from November 5-11.

Cheshire East has teamed up with Stockport, Trafford and Tameside Councils on the recruitment drive.

There will be adverts on a number of billboards across Cheshire East, as well as adverts on trams covering the entire Metrolink network.

In addition, a special film has been produced where adoptive parents talk about their experiences. This will be launched at Barclays Bank, Radbroke Hall, near Knutsford, on November 9.

Cheshire East needs to recruit at least 20 new adoptive families each year and are currently looking for families for 18 children.

Last year Cheshire East Council successfully placed 23 children with adoptive families.

The councils are particularly keen to hear from people who are willing to adopt older children, particularly boys, and children with disabilities and/or developmental needs.

Councillor Rhoda Bailey, Cabinet support member for children and family services, said: “This new campaign is a really exciting initiative and through collaboration with other local authorities, we hope to be able to reach more potential adopters.

“Adopting a child makes is a truly life-changing experience and for many people it makes their life complete.

“I would advise anyone interested in adoption to get in touch with our specialist team who are able to talk people through the entire process and help them make an informed decision.”

If you would like to find out more about adoption, go to: , or ring 0300 123 3223.

Alternatively, people can attend an adoption information evening being held on Wednesday, November 21, at Middlewich Community Church from 6pm.

Monday 22 October 2012

Blocked Fire Exit people in Danger


Once again the stalled build in Oxford st raises its head. Thing have changed as the build at the rear is now a gym and the public use it more than before. But they could be in danger as the fire exit is blocked by rubbish and the fence from the flats so if there is a fire they may not get out. The area is a high fire risk as the chapel that is now the half built flats was burnt down it being one of Crewe’s biggest fires and building behind has a few serious fires.

The key point we have discovered is the developer doesn't own this land he has illegally fenced it off his land ends at the wall of the last flat he is endangering lives by putting up this fence which is full  of his rubbish. You can see in the picture furniture dumped behind the fence and in the alley further down just right for fires with bonfire night coming up.

Sunday 21 October 2012

Police seek witnesses to Crewe burglary


Police are appealing for witnesses after a house was burgled in Furnival Street in Crewe.

Sometime between 5pm and 9.45pm on 12 October 2012 offenders forced a bedroom window to gain entry into the house.

They made a search of the upstairs rooms before making off with cash and a bank book.

DC Darren Harper said: "We would urge anyone who may have seen someone acting suspiciously in the area at the time to contact police in order to help us trace the offender or offenders."

Anyone with information should contact DC Darren Harper on 101 quoting incident number 1035 of 12 October 2012.

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

Friday 19 October 2012

Hurry 4 a Curry

Reporter Jonathan White

Vicky Perez - Curry and Pie Afternoon - l-r - Andrew Charlton and Vic Johnson

A swimming group from Crewe Swimming Pool are holding a Curry and Pie Afternoon. The event is to raise money to purchase a new electronic wheelchair for Vicky Perez. Each week Vicky participates in a swimming session at the pool as part of her exercise regime.

Her current wheelchair is showing its age and she recently had an incident in Crewe where a wheel fell off. The wheelchair provides her with the independence to allow her to visit the pool, shop and visit friends and family. Vicky, aged 33, is well known in the Crewe area for her achievements in sport as she is a former artistic gymnastics world champion and British Sports Acrobatics Wheelchair Champion.

The Curry and Pie Afternoon will take place on Sunday 4th November (12-3pm) at The Captain Webb pub, Underwood Lane, Crewe CW1 3SF. Tickets = £5 per person. Mags & Dave Oaks, who run The Captain Webb, have kindly agreed for their premises to be used for the event. The food will be prepared by Karen & Andrew Charlton and Joan & Sid Tilley.

St Luke’s Hospice seeks dynamic, forward-thinking Trustees


St Luke’s (Cheshire) Hospice is inviting South Cheshire’s businessmen and women and health and social care professionals to help shape the future of the Winsford hospice. 

The charity, which has provided invaluable care and support to Mid and South Cheshire residents suffering from cancer and other life-limiting illnesses for more than 25 years, is searching for dynamic, forward-thinking and flexible volunteer Trustees to develop the already highly-respected work of the hospice.
Over £8,100 a day is needed for St Luke’s Cheshire Hospice to open its doors every day, and the majority of that money is found through fundraising and donations.
St Luke’s interim chief executive Jeremy Hilliard believes the role is an exciting opportunity for people, who not only want to support the hospice’s work, but wish to develop their own leadership and senior management skills.
The recruitment drive has the support of the South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce and Congleton MP Fiona Bruce who are encouraging local individuals and organisations to lend their extensive knowledge and skills to ensure the successful future of the hospice.
St Luke’s Interim CEO Jeremy Hilliard commented: “The Board of Trustees is made up of members of the community which the hospice serves.
“So many local people have either been directly linked with the hospice or know someone who has been, so we’re looking to those who can offer their skills and provide strategic direction whatever their background, be it in the health care sector, accountancy, administration, IT, retail, or any other.
“The work of the Hospice has changed so much in the past 25 years and the digital age has bought with it a whole host of exciting and innovative ways to improve the service the hospice provides.
“As a Trustee you would be appointed to the Board and registered at Companies’ House as a Director. Moreover, as a member of a team of directors, you will have the opportunity to learn from the experience and to steer the future direction of the hospice.”
Trustees are required to attend board meetings (currently monthly) and approximately six committee meetings a year to review the activity of the hospice.
In recent years, the hospice’s Board of Trustees have overseen an array of exciting projects and expansions including the opening of hospice’s Nantwich creperie and countless successful fundraising initiatives.
In January 2011, the Hospice launched its highly-subscribed corporate 100 Club in association with a high-profile launch at the headquarters of its long-standing corporate supporter Bentley Motors.
The club, which hosts a well attended bi-annual networking event, acknowledges business supporters who give a monthly donation to the Hospice.
The Hospice is also at the forefront of public health work and launched its groundbreaking Cheshire Living Well, Dying Well partnership, with support from Congleton MP Fiona Bruce, in parliament earlier this year.
The partnership brings together local authorities, health services, church and faith groups, community organisations, local housing associations, businesses and charities and has been established to forge ways to implementing changes to widespread attitudes and to break social taboos about death, dying and loss.
In addition, the Hospice’s fundraising activities continue to go from strength to strength, with the ever popular annual Midnight Walk fundraiser a runaway success once again this year.
South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce’s acting chief executive Paul Colman said: “There is an enormous array of skills and expertise across the South Cheshire business community and this is fantastic opportunity to support and direct the invaluable work of the hospice in order to take it to the next level.”
Congleton MP Fiona Bruce said: “Business people have a tremendous amount to offer organisations like St Luke’s Hospice – but often they don’t realise it.
“I encourage anyone in business, whether newly started or with many years experience, to offer their services to St Luke’s and I can say from my own involvement with this outstanding local organisation that you will thoroughly enjoy it.”
A detailed role profile, information sheet and frequently asked question sheet is available upon application.
To apply, send a CV to Jeremy Hilliard, Interim CEO, at Grosvenor House, Queensway, Winsford, CW7 1BH or email
For further information contact Carol Smith at the hospice on 01606 551246. Alternatively log on to and click on the Charity Essentials link.

Cheshire Constabulary Response to Home Office Statistics


Cheshire Constabulary response to Home Office Crime Statistics
Today’s recorded crime figures released by the Home Office confirm that Cheshire Constabulary continues to reduce levels of crime.
Overall recorded crime figures for the period June 2011 to June 2012 show a reduction in crime of 6%, which continues the downward trend in offences recorded up to the end of June this year. This equates to almost 3,500 fewer crimes reported than the same period last year.
Residents can be reassured by the fall of 8% in house burglaries across Cheshire, Halton and Warrington. Violent crime is on the decrease, with over 750 fewer victims of assault, and a fall in the number of robberies by 11%.
Deputy Chief Constable Helen King commented; "I believe the figures released today show how the Cheshire Constabulary is working effectively with partners and the public to deal with the issues that matter to local people. The continuing drop in overall crime and with less people becoming victims of very personal crime such as burglary and other violent offences such as assault and robbery, suggests Cheshire residents can have confidence in the service we provide"
DCC King continued "Victims continue to tell us that they are very satisfied with the service they receive from us and our officers are getting more positive results when investigating crime and resolving incidents of antisocial behaviour and other issues affecting our neighbourhoods. However encouraging these figures released today are, we will not become complacent. We will continue to work hard to reduce crime and antisocial behaviour to provide Cheshire residents, communities, businesses and visitors with the confidence that they are receiving a first class policing service."
Cheshire Police also encourage and advise residents to do all they can to avoid becoming a victim of crime. This is particularly relevant in the forthcoming festive period when police traditionally see a rise in alcohol related crime and disorder, particularly amongst younger people. The Constabulary have recently launched a campaign to raise awareness of this issue and practical advice is available via by contacting your local neighbourhood policing team on 101.

Wistaston Jubilee Proms Concert

Reporter John White

Wistaston Jubilee Proms Concert - Thurs 18 Oct 2012 (2)

Over 60 people attended the Wistaston Jubilee Proms Concert on Thursday 18th October at the Wistaston Memorial Hall and Community Centre, Church Lane, Wistaston.

The Concert was performed by the Crewe Concert Band - - under the Musical Director Albert Dunseath. The programme started with the National Anthem and included the Royal Salute, The Yeomen of the Guard, music of The Beatles medley, First Suite in E flat (Jupiter), Cymru am byth (Song of Wales), Barnacle Bill, Irish tune from County Derry, a Scottish Rhapsody, The Dambusters, Nimrod, Fantasia on British Sea Songs. The finale included There’ll Always Be an England, I Vow to Thee, My Country, Jerusalem and Pomp and Circumstance.

The entrance tickets and raffle were organised by Glenys White, Mark Ray, Herbert Locke and Jonathan White. The interval refreshments were organised by Audrey Astbury, Olive Williams, Eileen Bamber, Kathleen Conroy, and Sue Brown.

The final sum to be shared between the Crewe Concert Band and the hall is approximately £400.

Organiser and Master of Ceremonies, John White, said, "This was rousing, patriotic Jubilee concert with the Crewe Concert Band at its best. The audience participation was outstanding. It was another very successful community event."

Wednesday 17 October 2012

School Routes Reviewed


Councillors are taking steps to get more children walking to school in bid to boost the fitness of Cheshire East youngsters.

At yesterday’s Cabinet meeting (October 15) it was decided that a vast network of overlooked and untapped school routes will be assessed for future use, after it was revealed that some had not been evaluated for at least a quarter of a century.

Since then, improvements have been made to the highway, such as pedestrian crossings and town centre bypasses, which have made walking to school safer.

There are believed to be over 100 routes that could be reviewed and opened up so that children who currently take the bus or car to school would be able to walk. The review will start immediately.

Cabinet member in charge of the environment Councillor Rod Menlove said: “With so many pressures on today’s parents, it seems that the humble walk to and from school has been forgotten.

“Driving children to school or placing them on a bus has become the norm due to busier lifestyles and heightened safety concerns. 

“But 25 years is a long time and, even though traffic levels have increased, there has been a great deal of work to ensure that pedestrians can now safely share the highway.

“We believe this review will identify a great number of safe paths and cycle routes in Cheshire East that have previously been overlooked and which would benefit children greatly. It will also discount some which are not safe.

“Rediscovering these routes would mean that parents could either consider walking their child to school themselves or joining, or developing, a walking bus in their area.

“Walking not only provides vital exercise, it also facilitates time to talk to young people about school.

“All schools have their own travel plans and we will now be working closely with them to highlight any walking routes that may become available and how they can be put to good use.”

Leader of Cheshire East Council Councillor Michael Jones said: “It is good that we are reviewing this to ensure that as many children as possible can safely walk to school.

“I would like to reassure parents that child safety will be paramount when considering whether or not a child and their parent can use a particular route. Parents should be aware that routes can become prohibited as well as opened up.”

Cabinet member in charge of health and wellbeing Councillor Janet Clowes said: “I support this whole-heartedly as it fits in with Cheshire East Council’s policy to promote a healthier lifestyle for our young generation.”

Government legislation stipulates that primary school children who live more than two miles from their nearest school are entitled to free transport.  The distance rises to three miles for secondary school children.

The assessment of new or existing routes could mean that some children who currently qualify for free transport because of distance criteria now have a shorter route to school and so lose out on free transport.

It could also mean that some routes never previously assessed are no longer considered to be suitable and some children may now become eligible for transport assistance.

Councillor Menlove added: “We must acknowledge that there are some things that we, as a Council, cannot continue to fund in these challenging economic times.

“Subsidising school transport when there are reasonable alternatives would not be in Council Tax payers’ best interests.

“The assessments will be very thorough and we will be working with local members where necessary to ensure that community concerns are taken into account.

“The schools will play an integral role in ensuring that any routes that are re-opened – and any initiatives to optimise them - are communicated to families.”

Gypsy and Traveller Sites


The Leader of Cheshire East Council has signalled a move forward for Gypsy and Traveller sites, saying that planning applications for selected sites could be submitted as early as next year.

Councillor Michael Jones said: “We are committed to finding suitable sites for our Traveller and Gypsy communities, but it must be the right site with the right facilities so that this community can live in harmony.

“We have recently consulted our residents on the Local Plan, which identifies sites for sustainable growth over the next two decades, and sites will ultimately be identified through this process.

“However, there does seem to be a lack of public confidence about where the right sites are, but we would like to reassure residents that we are committed to getting this right first time round.

“With our partners in Cheshire West and Warrington we will be commissioning a fresh Gypsy and Traveller accommodation assessment to ensure that we are basing our approach on up-to-date information about the scale and location of accommodation needs.

“There is discussion on several sites ongoing and we are hopeful that applications will be bought forward early next year.”

Tuesday 16 October 2012

Truly Scrumptious Launch Party for St Luke’s New Nantwich Crêperie

St Luek's Swirly Whirly staff and volunteers

Local MP Edward Timpson officially opened St Luke’s (Cheshire) Hospice’s new Nantwich creperie, ice cream parlour and old fashioned sweet shop on Saturday.

Swirly Whirlys, based at 6 Pillory Street, opened its doors at the weekend, and three and half years after the initial idea was discussed at St Luke’s, the innnovative new store was an overwhelming and tasty hit with local shoppers.

Shoppers enjoyed a mouth-watering array of freshly cooked crepes and explored the fabulous new venue, which is already proving to be a hugely popular addition to the Nantwich high street.

Crewe and Nantwich MP Mr Timpson was on hand to cut the ribbon alongside Town Councillor and life-long St Luke’s supporter Norma Simpson who congratulated the hospice’s staff and volunteers on all their tireless work.

Over £6,200 a day is needed for St Luke’s Cheshire Hospice to open its doors every day, and the majority of that money is found through fundraising and donations.

As he opened the store in front of a packed crowd, Mr Timpson said: “I'm sure so many of you here today have a personal connection to St Luke's or know someone who has.

“We're so very fortunate to have St Luke’s right on our doorstep. I have visited the staff and families and the comfort and professional resources given to those in deep need of security and care is inspiring.

“To open a new shop nowadays you have to be creative, and I think this wonderfully playful shop will bring the inner child out in every adult.

“This store is a great addition to our high street and a wonderful opportunity for local people to show their support.”

Three and a half years ago the store was a vision of St Luke’s commercial director Andrea Ladeira, who said on Saturday: “To see this become a reality is an amazing feeling and it would not have been possible without the determination, dedication and sheer hard work of all the St Luke's staff and volunteers.

“Their tireless efforts over the years, and especially during the past months, to make this opening possible reflect the amazing spirit we have at St Luke's.

“I'm delighted to say Swirly Whirlys is now open and it's my pleasure to invite the people of Nantwich to come, enjoy themselves and support the cause. “

To celebrate the launch there was a fun-packed outside broadcast from local radio station RedShift Radio while the Sunshine event chef bear and face painters were on hand to keep youngsters thoroughly entertained.

The new child-focused luxury craft café is a feast for the eyes and the senses. Aimed at children, their parents and grandparents, the historic three-story building encompasses a luxurious traditional sweet shop where children can indulge in a treat to eat, while parents can relax and also enjoy wonderful food. There is a fabulous craft studio incorporating a party area, plus throughout the store you’ll find plenty of wonderful gift ideas.

Stylishly designed with a vintage theme, the store incorporates a crêperie, ice cream parlour, café area, old fashioned sweet shop, craft floor and children’s party area.

To find out more pop along any day for an indulgent treat.

Nantwich councillor Norma Simpson added: “I wish all the staff and volunteers at St Luke's a long, lovely and lucrative future in our historic town.”

CCTV images released following spate of thefts from Co-Ops

Tarporley Co-Op

Police have issued CCTV images of two men they would like to speak to in connection with a spate of thefts from Co-Ops in the mid and east Cheshire areas.

The offences took place on Wednesday 26 September 2012 and Thursday 27 September 2012.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 427 of 26 September 2012.

Information can also be left anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

Phil the Bin meets talented Junior Recyclers


Enthusiastic Junior Recycling Officers from Cheshire East celebrated the launch of the new ‘Phil the Bin’ activity and information book at their inaugural event held at the Victoria Community Centre in Crewe, with Phil the Bin present in person!

Over eighty people, including 75 children their parents and teachers, participated in activities and workshops, including rag-rugging, and glass painting.

Each child was presented with the new Phil the Bin activity and information book, filled with exciting tips and projects for children to get involved with the 3R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) agenda. They were also given jute rucksacks containing recycled stationery, a badge and a useful 3R’s handbook.

Cheshire East Council is launching the Phil the Bin book in partnership with UPM, who run a recycling processing plant at their Shotton site, following the success of primary school participation across the Borough.

Councillor Rod Menlove, Cabinet Member in charge of environment services, said: “Improving the way we recycle and reduce our waste is incredibly important.

“It not only has a positive effect on the environment but also in the communities we live, as well as making economic sense.

“We’re delighted that so many schools across the borough have actively engaged with us, and Phil the Bin will encourage young children to become our recycling champions of the future.”

Phil the Bin will act as the new face for Cheshire East Council’s Junior Recycling Officers scheme, providing schools with information and activities to spread the 3R’s message to family, friends and the school community.

School Bursar, Mrs Lisa Lee from St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Crewe, said: “The Junior Recycling Officers Scheme introduces a new active approach to recycling.

“Last year our Junior Recycling Officers reduced printed paper newsletters to parents by over 29,000 sheets, by changing to e-newsletters. This is just one example of the success of the scheme in schools.”

For further details on the Junior Recycling Officers Scheme or to find out more about Phil the Bin, go to or call Lucinda Hodges on 01270 686684.

Police and Crime Commissioner elections


The Police and Crime Commissioner elections are taking place on Thursday, November 15, and residents in Cheshire East are being urged to make sure they don’t miss the chance to have their say.

To be able to vote, you must be on the electoral register.

From October 19, polling cards will be sent to everyone on the electoral register. If you don’t receive one then there is the chance you’re not on the list.

If you are not yet registered to vote – and want to vote in this election –the deadline for receipt of completed applications is October 31. 

For further details of how to register, phone the Cheshire East helpline on: 0300 123 5016 or visit:

Councillor Les Gilbert, Cabinet member in charge of corporate policy, said: “Some people think that if you are paying Council Tax you are registered to vote – this isn’t the case.

“I would urge all those eligible to vote to ensure they are on the electoral register so residents can take part in this important election.”

Monday 15 October 2012

Reaseheath Apple Festival

Reporter Jonathan White

Reaseheath lecturer Harry Delaney (left) offers fruit growing advice to a visitor

I attended the second day of the 20th Reaseheath Apple Festival weekend (Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th October, at Reaseheath College, Nantwich.

This free event featured dozens of different types of apples sourced from around the world on display and the opportunity to taste and buy different varieties of apple. Visitors could also buy or bring their own apples and take part in using the scratcher apple milling machine and press, which form the initial stages of the cider-making process.

Retired Reaseheath lecturer Derek Jones was on hand to identify different apple varieties and Reaseheath lecturer Harry Delaney offered fruit growing advice. There were a variety of flowering plants for sale, along with a cheese tasting table and sale. Numerous information leaflets and display boards advertised the wide variety of courses available at Reaseheath College.

There were also outdoor tours around Reaseheath’s fruit garden to show fruit trees on a variety of root stocks grown under different systems.

Saturday 13 October 2012

Quiz Night

Reporter Jonathan White

Wistaston Annual Hall Quiz - publicity photo from 2011

Wistaston Memorial Hall and Community Centre 'Annual Hall Quiz' for the Fred Lorimer trophy in the main hall, Church Lane, Wistaston, Crewe on Tuesday 23rd October 2012 starting at 7:30pm. Entry fee is £8 per team of four. Refreshments included. There will be a raffle. For further information please contact: John White, Tel: 01270 - 661484.

New Scam

Cheshire Police are warning businesses about companies that use the force name to secure adverts in publications. These companies use cold calling and pressure selling, as an organisation the force do not employ such companies.

It has come to light that a publishing company is calling businesses in the Congleton area purporting to be calling on behalf of Cheshire Police in order to sell advertising space.

They purport that in buying advertising space in a community magazine the customer is supporting their local constabulary. This is not the case.

The reason why these companies use the Cheshire Police name to entice businesses is purely to generate revenue. The publications the companies produce appear to be in association with the police, ambulance or fire service but actually can include some generic articles publicising the roles of the emergency services.

These companies sell Ad space on the back of Cheshire Police by telling potential advertisers that Cheshire Police take the publication but in fact they just send the publication to stations unsolicited, often they are put straight in the bin. In some cases the companies do not even produce an unofficial publication they just simply take money from businesses on the assertion that they are from a publishing house.

If advertising or sponsorship is undertaken by Cheshire Police the business or individual being approached will be given contact details that can be verified with the Constabulary.

Crewe police release CCTV after mobile phone thefts


Crewe Police have released CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to in connection with a number of thefts of mobiles phones from shops in and around the Crewe area.

The offender goes into shops, waits for the staff to be distracted and then cuts the working phone from the display.

PC Andy Kent said: "There have been four shops in Crewe over the past few months that we know have been targeted and are looking at whether they are connected.

"The latest attempt was in an Orange shop in the town, staff contacted police immediately as well as warning other mobile phone shops.

"We have been patrolling the area and are asking staff to be vigilant for suspicious activity in their shops. Meanwhile we are keen to identify this man in order to progress our enquiries."

Anyone who recognises the man in the CCTV should contact PC Andy Kent on 101 quoting occurrence number CC12286951.

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

Call for Games Makers


Cheshire East Council would like to hear from anyone who volunteered at the recent Olympic and Paralympic games in London.

All Games Makers will be invited to the Cheshire East Sports Awards that are being held on November 29 at Cranage Hall, near Holmes Chapel.

The awards recognise the time and dedication put in by volunteers, coaches, clubs and athletes to develop sport across the Borough.

Games Makers are asked to contact Chris Greenhalgh at:, or on 01625 373778.

Friday 12 October 2012

Crewe men sentenced for Shropshire burglary


Police today welcomed jail sentences for two burglars who broke into an empty home in north Shropshire stealing a sword and machete.

Jason Anthony Vernon (33), of Timbrell Avenue, Crewe and William Eric Steele (30), of Davenham Crescent, Crewe, were sentenced at Shrewsbury Crown Court yesterday.

Vernon was given a three year sentence and Steele was jailed for 12 months. They admitted burgling an empty cottage in north Shropshire, near Woodseaves, on May 13, stealing a sword and machete.

They were arrested near Market Drayton swimming pool on Phoenix Bank when police officers spotted their vehicle acting suspiciously. Various items were found inside, including the weapons.

Vernon was also dealt with yesterday on three further charges on May 13 − going equipped for theft having gloves, torches, screwdrivers and a stethoscope; possessing a weapon in a public place, namely a sword; and a similar charge involving a machete. He admitted the offences.

Detective Sergeant Andy Chatting, one of the investigating officers, said today: "We are pleased with the sentences imposed. It sends out a clear message that people who break into homes and other property are likely to end up in prison.

"These two offenders had travelled into Shropshire from their Cheshire home area intent on committing crime. They were arrested after being spotted acting suspiciously, thanks to the vigilance of Local Police officers in Market Drayton."

DS Chatting said police in Shropshire were determined to bring burglars to court. "West Mercia Police is currently running Citadel, a force-wide initiative aimed at reducing the number of burglars and increasing detections.

"Tackling burglary, especially when it involves breaking into people′s homes, continues to be one of our top priorities," he added.

Wednesday 10 October 2012

Crewe Police appeal for witnesses to inappropriate touching


Crewe Police are appealing for witnesses after three women were touched inappropriately on three separate occasions.

On 6 September a 42-year-old woman was walking along Ruskin Road when she was approached by a male who touched her inappropriately.

The same thing happened on 21 September to a 42-year-old woman walking along Ruskin Road and on 5 October in Valley Road to a 37-year-old woman.

All took place at around 6.30pm and all three women had been walking alone when they were approached.

The offender is described as being white, aged between 15-years-old and 25-years-old and wearing black jeans and black trainers.

Anyone with information should contact DC Dave Rowlands on 101. Alternatively, information can be given anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Tuesday 9 October 2012

Memorial stone laid for Royal Engineers

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Six Royal Engineers who were blown up in the Second World War have been honoured with a permanent memorial stone.

Members of the Royal Engineers Association, Crewe Branch, serving members of the Armed Forces, the Royal British Legion and Council representatives joined together on Sunday morning for an hour-long memorial service at Alvaston Hall.

A two-minute silence marked the lives of Sergeant Edward Greengrass, Sapper Harold Thompson, Sapper Michael Lambert, Sapper George Lucas, Sapper John Perrins and Sapper Albert Edward Fearon.

The heroes died while defusing the fourth German bomb to fall on fields near Alvaston Hall between Crewe and Nantwich, in 1940, saving many lives.

The nephew of Sapper Fearon, George Horton, 76, was present for the emotional service held.

Mr Horton, who travelled from Mablethorpe in Lincolnshire, said: “I whole-heartedly thank Cheshire East Council for taking the time to track me down, as being present at the service meant so much to me. I am very proud of Uncle Albert and his actions to save the lives of others.”

Cheshire East Council had made an appeal to trace family members of the six men in the eighteen month lead-up to the memorial service.

Mr Horton was traced and found to have served in the Army for 26 years, nine of those as a bomb disposal engineer just like this uncle.

Cheshire East Council Mayor, Councillor George Walton, whose Chaplain led the service, said: “This was a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the sacrifice these men made for their country and is timely with what is happing out in Afghanistan right now.

“No one can truly understand how terrifying their role was and how utterly selfless and brave they had to be and, for that, we pay homage to them.

“Their legacy lives on, generations after they have gone and for that we will always be grateful.

“We are also very grateful to staff at Alvaston Hall who agreed to have the memorial stone built in their beautiful gardens.

“It has been a real privilege to work with the Crewe branch of the Royal Engineers Association to create this memorial.”

Council Leader, Councillor Michael Jones, added: “Cheshire East Council believes the country’s Armed Forces should be supported and remembered for their brave actions to protect the security of this country.

“The idea to build a memorial stone came from our Deputy Mayor, Councillor Dorothy Flude and Councillor Chris Thorley, who were passionate in their quest to remember these fallen men.

“These men represent all that is honourable about our Armed Forces, who carry out an incredibly challenging role.”

According to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Thompson, Lambert, Fearon and Lucas were killed instantly and Sergeant Greengrass died two days later in hospital. Sapper Perrins died on August 18, suggesting he also died later in hospital.

Sgt Greengrass is buried at Wandsworth, London; Sapper Thompson at Hornchurch, London; Sapper Lambert at Kensal Green, London; Sapper Fearon at Newcastle-upon-Tyne ; Sapper Lucas in Manchester and Sapper Perrins at Stand (All Saints) Churchyard in Whitefield Manchester.

The Council was originally given the name John Percival but a member of the public came forward with the correct name of John Perrins. This has been confirmed by Commonwealth War Graves Commission records.

Cheshire East would like anyone who may have any further information regarding these men to contact the Council on 01270 686012.

Launch of viral across Cheshire

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An alcohol campaign has been creating intrigue as it launches across Cheshire. The campaign called "Totally Wasted" is the latest initiative being run by Cheshire Police to make young people think about the harm that alcohol can cause.

According to, 1 in 4 teenagers in the North West binge drink. Cheshire Police want to influence young people’s behaviour and the campaign is designed to inform and educate, with messages such as ‘don’t let drink change your behaviour’.

The social media campaign is using, a site for young people, to show two different scenarios. Cheshire based Sophie Yates, 19, Pia Burrow, 17, Amber Ellis, 17 and Charlie Holliday, 19, all have an involvement in the campaign.

After seeing the role advertised on Facebook, Sophie said "I think it’s a really good thing to be involved in because it tells a very strong and important message. Alcohol awareness is an important issue and young people can often be unaware of the dangers of drink"

She added "I very much enjoyed working on the alcohol awareness campaign for Cheshire Police and love getting involved with local projects. I hope the campaign is successful in raising awareness."

Charlie Holliday spoke of her involvement, "I don’t think this will stop people drinking before they go out but it might remind people to pace themselves and not drink quite as much. I’m a student and simply knowing the facts have really made me think about how much I drink and the danger I could be putting myself in. Cheshire Police aren’t saying ‘don’t drink at all but drink responsibly’."

In the run up to Christmas, officers on patrol on the streets of Cheshire’s towns and villages are keen to get across to people how drinking too much can result in a "totally wasted" evening. Alcohol can change your behaviour, and in some people, drinking excessively can make them aggressive and they become violent.

Police officers are called to deal with more and more reported incidents of crime and anti-social behaviour where alcohol is involved. They can all too often take violent and aggressive drunks off the streets who then spend their night in a cell − "wasted night" for the drinker and "waste of police time" as it is preventable. A "wasted life" could result if they end up with a criminal record that will affect the rest of their life.

Cheshire Police want young people to get involved on the social media networks. For more information, please go to and read more about our campaign.

Be seen and be safe, police warn cyclists


Cheshire Police are advising cyclists to be seen and be safe as the dark nights draw in.

Statistics have shown that nearly one third of cyclist fatalities occur during the hours of darkness between 6pm and midnight.

Officers are therefore reminding cyclists about the importance of being visible while out on the roads.

PC Daniel Reynolds said: "There has been a huge increase in the popularity of cycling following on from the Olympics, and with this legacy in mind, we want to ensure that people are enjoying the sport safely.

"We are therefore looking to work with cyclists and educate them about the dangers of riding at night or in poor visibility without lights."

Legally, cyclists must have white front and red rear lights lit when using their bike at night or in poor visibility, in addition to a red rear reflector and amber pedal reflectors.

It is also recommended that cyclists wear light-coloured or fluorescent clothing which helps other road users to see them.

For more information on bike safety, visit the Cheshire Police website:

Hospice Superdraw winner scoops £10,000


A lucky local St Luke’s (Cheshire) Hospice supporter is celebrating to the tune of £10,000 after scooping the grand prize in the hospice’s annual summer Superdraw, which raised over £40,000 for St Luke’s.

Mrs Grace Tran, from Crewe, picked up her grand cash prize at the Winsford hospice on Friday, October 5, from St Luke’s promotions manager Claire Langston and Chris Winward of local Ford car dealership Cliff Dickenson & Son, sponsor of the competition.

For the price of just a £1 raffle ticket, draw entrants were put into the hat for the chance to win either a brand new ‘62’ plate Fiesta Zetec, supplied by Cliff Dickenson & Son, or £10,000 in cash.

Mrs Tran, a long-time supporter of the hospice, was delighted to be the lucky local winner.

St Luke’s Claire Langston said: “A huge congratulations to Mrs Tran on her fantastic win. The hospice looks after so many people in the community so we’re delighted to be able to offer such a prize to a lucky local winner.

“Thank you to all the people who bought a ticket and special mention goes to Cliff Dickenson & Son of Winsford, our local Ford dealership, Their on-going support for us with the car prize and also the additional use of a promotional vehicle to spread the word at community events is invaluable.”

Cliff Dickenson & Son managing director Mr Winward said the company was proud to help the hospice, a cause they have regularly supported since 2004.

He said: “Our company has been based in the town since 1927 and many of our customers work at or have been patients at the hospice so it is incredibly important to everyone in the local area.”