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Sunday 30 June 2013

Wistaston Jubilee Tennis Club

Reporter J White

Ben Reinhardt (front left) and Tony Mason (front right) pose with players and supporters

Wistaston Jubilee Tennis Club held a 12-hour fund-raising ‘Tennis-athon’ on Saturday 29th June 2013. The event took place from 7:30am to 7:30pm and the organisers (Ben Reinhardt and Tony Mason) played for all 12 hours, whilst other players joined them during the day. Kev Walker from local online community radio station The Cat - - interviewed a club member during the event. The Tennis-athon raised over £100 for two charities - Marie Curie Cancer Care and Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research . Co-organiser Ben Reinhardt said, "A big thank you to the helpers, players, spectators, The Cat and donators who supported the day. It really was much appreciated as every penny helps in the work that the two charities do in saving lives and helping those affected by these illnesses."

Saturday 29 June 2013



Above the Cafe window smashed again this week. For the latest news on the Queens Park see   or

Willaston and Rope Ward UKIP Councillor Brian Silvester is calling for more warden patrols at Queens Park, Crewe to curtail the surge in mindless vandalism. He said," I understand that since the park wardens were removed by the Council that  vandalism in the park has escalated. The cost of vandalism in the last few weeks has averaged a £1000 per week. I am calling on the Council to take action to stop this gross and unnecessary loss of public money. Millions have been invested in the park to return it to its former Victorian glory. It is a great shame that the Council short-sightedly withdrew the wardens and left the park to the mercy of mindless yobs."

Please see  e-mails below
Cllr Brian Silvester

UKIP Councillor

Willaston and Rope Ward Councillor

Cheshire East Council

Tel/fax 01270 567757

From: HARTWELL, Peter
Sent: 02 June 2013 13:03
To: SILVESTER, Brian (Councillor)
Subject: Re: Queens Park

Dear Brian
There have been a number of incidents of vandalism and theft from QP recently and we have held a coordination meeting with local police. The incidents tend to happen in the late evenings when the park is empty.
We based the community wardens here some months ago to provide a uniformed presence as they come and go and police have increased their presence through pcso's.
However, the behaviour continues, so I have recently tasked our cctv engineers to put together a scheme for the park, particularly in those areas which seem to be the targets around the pavilion.
They are developing this scheme now, including looking at lighting, to see what can be done to deter this behaviour or gather evidence. We do not have a specific capital fund for this and we will need to look at virement options when we have the estimated costs available.
Hopefully we can make the case for invest to save on this given the costs of damage so far. It is unfortunate that additional security measures were not introduced as part of the major project works inherited from C&NBC in order to protect the investment into the park. We will seek to get new funding once we have designed an effective scheme based on recent incidents.
Kind regards

National Accolade for Cheshire Police Volunteers


Cheshire’s Volunteers and Special Constables are in the national spotlight after being recognised at this year’s Lord Ferrers Awards. The annual event held at the Houses of Parliament this week, saw Denise Rogers win the Police Support Volunteer Individual category and Ewa Labeda receive a Highly Commended certificate in recognition of her work as a Special Constable.

Denise was nominated for the award due to her work on the multi-agency programme ‘Think, Drive, Survive’, which aims to educate young people about the consequences of poor driver and passenger behaviour and promotes safer, more responsible attitudes towards road use.

Denise became a volunteer with Cheshire Police in 2006, following the tragic death of her son Paul in a road traffic collision to a fail to stop drink driver in 2003. Since joining the team, Denise has attended in excess of 180 courses and presented to approximately 10,000 students.

Ewa was recognised at the awards ceremony for her outstanding work as a Special Constable within the Polish community and was runner-up for the Individual Ferrers Trophy.

Originally from Poland, Ewa started as a police staff member on October 2006 and became a Special Constable in April 2010. She has been instrumental in breaking down language barriers and developing initiatives to enhance the relationship between the police and the Polish community. Initiatives include setting up Polish speaking help lines and drop in surgeries in the heart of the community. Her translation skills have also been used extensively to enable colleagues to gain a better understanding of community issues.

Speaking about the awards, Home Secretary Theresa May said:

"Special Constables and police volunteers make a huge contribution to local policing sharing their time, talent and skills for the benefit of their community".

Police and Crime Commissioner John Dwyer praised the work of the volunteers:

"I was delighted to attend the event and see Denise win her award and Ewa receive her certificate. Both of these ladies have done an excellent job in helping to make Cheshire a safer place to live. These awards reinforced my belief that they are many exceptional people out there willing to give their time and make a huge difference to their local or wider community and I would encourage anyone thinking of volunteering to help the police family to do just that".

For information on volunteering opportunities and how to get involved with Cheshire Police, please visit the website;


Thursday 27 June 2013

Pop in and drink up to support your local St Luke’s (Cheshire) Hospice at Swirly Whirlys

Staff at St Luke’s innovative Swirly Whirlys cafe are inviting shoppers to join them and celebrate the fact that EVERY coffee, crepe and ice cream sold is funding vital care for your local community.

Since its fun-packed opening back in October, customers at the Pillory Street cafe have collectively raised thousands of pounds for South Cheshire’s local hospice, funding vital care and therapies for local people.

After establishing the cafe as a tasty hit with the local community, Swirly Whirlys manager Helen Giordano and assistant Rachel Boulton-Jones are  encouraging more  and more Nantwich residents to check out its fantastic range of refreshing coffees, fabulous crepes and mouth-watering cakes.

Swirly Whirlys manager Helen Giordano commented: “We’ve been delighted with the fantastic support for Swirly Whirlys from the Nantwich community so far.

“By making ‘Swirlys’ a regular stop for a rest and a coffee and making that support ongoing, you will be helping  give  local patients  the care they need, whether that is in  our In Care or Day Care units or one of the many therapies carried out at the hospice including Aromatherapy, Reflexology & Hypnotherapy and many more. 

‘’All you have to do to support  us is sit down for a cuppa, a coffee or a crepe instore, and all profits from the shop are for St. Luke’s Hospice’’

“What we offer at Swirly Whirlys is completely unique to Nantwich.  Not only do we offer gorgeous cakes and crepes, delightful tea and coffees, we also host children’s parties, art classes and have just opened our stunning Butterfly Garden.

“This is the only shop in Crewe & Nantwich where you can directly support St Luke’s so you really can make a difference and help those people who need the care and support that St. Luke’s can give.

The historic three-story Swirly Whirlys encompasses a coffee shop, a creperie, and 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.

Swirly Whirlys staff and volunteers are also excited about the newly opened Butterfly Garden at the rear of the shop, the perfect place to spend time on a summer’s day.

For more information or to book your place call 01606 555870 or email

Wednesday 26 June 2013

Access to payday loan websites blocked by Cheshire East Council


Cheshire East Council is helping to protect people from falling into a high-interest debt trap by blocking access to payday loan websites in libraries and public buildings.

The authority’s Cabinet agreed to restrict access to residents on public PCs in the Borough after reports of irresponsible lending and harassment.

A report by the regulator, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), has revealed ‘widespread irresponsible lending’, with the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) claiming the industry has spiralled ‘out of control’.

The OFT has threatened to revoke the licences of the top 50 pay day lenders in the UK if they do not change their practices, warning that they need to fully comply with law and guidance.

Cheshire East is one of the first councils in the country to take a stand and block access to these lenders’ websites.

Councillor David Brown, Deputy Leader of Cheshire East and Cabinet member in charge of strategic communities, said: “We have taken this action after complaints that payday loan companies are charging ridiculous rates of interest.

“We have received reports from the CAB that they are advising people under the age of 18 who have been given loans and some who may have been intoxicated when they took out a loan. This is causing serious domestic problems.

“I am hearing that one company is charging 5,863 per cent interest on loans. This is astronomical. It is all well and good if the person can pay the loan back in two weeks but if they go a day over they are subject to this rate.

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

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

Council leader Michael Jones added: “This is an issue about protecting the people of Cheshire East from companies which are charging astronomical levels of interest that are well above acceptable levels. These companies are targeting vulnerable people and it is obscene.”

Payday loans have increased in popularity as banks draw back from lending. People often borrow a few hundred pounds over a short period to tide them over until they receive their next wage.

Councils in Dundee and Renfrewshire have already taken similar action and Cheshire East hopes other authorities will follow suit.

Police continue to appeal for information following fatal collision on Booth Lane


Police are continuing to appeal for information following a collision in Middlewich in which two women died.

Officers are keen to trace a driver who stopped at the scene of the collision, on the A533 Booth Lane near to the junction with Dragons Lane, on Tuesday 18 June at around 10.47pm.

The man, who was white and believed to be aged around 50, was casually but smartly dressed. He stopped at the scene and asked another member of the public to call the emergency services before leaving.

Sergeant Andrew Dennison, who is investigating, said: "We are urging this man to come forward as he may have important information, which could assist with our enquiries and he could be a witness. I am appealing for him to contact me as a matter of urgency."

The collision involved a black Vauxhall Astra and a red Honda Jazz − sadly, the driver of the Honda Jazz and her front seat passenger received fatal injuries.

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident and are continuing to appeal to anyone who witnessed what happened − or was in the area at the time and has seen anything significant − to get in touch.

Officers are also keen to speak to anyone who may have seen the black Vauxhall Astra prior to the collision in the area around McDonalds and the council car park in Sandbach.

The three people, who were travelling in the Vauxhall Astra - an 18-year-old woman and two 18-year-old men - sustained serious injuries. The 18-year-old woman and one of the 18-year-old men remain in a serious but stable condition in hospital. The other 18-year-old man has been discharged from hospital.

Anyone who has any information, which could assist police with their enquiries, is urged to call Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 1015 of 18 June.

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

Commissioner appoints Youth Ambassador

Dominic Rogers Youth Ambassador

Police & Crime Commissioner, John Dwyer is pleased to announce that he has appointed Dominic Rogers as Youth Ambassador for the young people of Cheshire.

Dominic, aged 23, has previous experience in working with young people with special needs and emotional and behavioural difficulties as a learning support assistant at a Cheshire High School, in youth centres with school refusers and as a football coach.

Dominic said, "The selection process to become Youth Ambassador was rigorous and included a presentation to a panel of 8 young people who were very challenging in their questions. There was also an interview with a panel of 5 people which included the Police & Crime Commissioner and the Head of Warrington, Halton and Cheshire Youth Offending Services. I feel that the experience and skills that I have developed working with young people and adults will allow me to be successful in the role."

John Dwyer said, "I have been criticised by some for seeking to make this appointment but I developed the role profile and job description with partner organisations such as Youth Offending Services, Catch 22, Youth Groups and local councils. I also sought the views of young people themselves and it is clear to me that I need someone to represent the voices of the 23% of the population in Cheshire who are under 18 (almost 238,000 residents). Recent events have made me reflect on the need for the appointment and I am conscious that young people facing difficult circumstances and those at risk from harm need a way to make themselves heard. I feel that the money being invested in the salary of the Youth Ambassador is public money being used to protect our young people and involve them in developing improvements to policing that we will all benefit from.

Young people are an often undervalued but important element of society and our future. During the last year, 7% of victims of crime in Cheshire were young people, that is 2,734 people from whom we can learn about their experiences with the police and make improvements in the service we offer in the future.

I want the Youth Ambassador to work with young people to prevent them from becoming victims by talking to them about personal safety, internet security, the dangers of online child exploitation, responsible attitudes to drugs and alcohol and driver safety amongst many other matters affecting young people today. This is not something that I could ask a volunteer to do. This is a full time role which asks for weekend and evening work with youth groups and organisations as well as working with schools and partners during the day.

I cannot personally commit the appropriate time to doing this myself with my other public engagement activity and I believe that this requires the experience of working with young people which Dominic brings.

Last year, there were 445 first time offenders entering the criminal justice system who were under the age of 18. I want the Youth Ambassador to work with young offenders to reduce re-offending and also understand what motivates them to turn to crime so that we can work with those young people who are identified as being on the brink of criminal activity.

The Youth Ambassador will be focussing on young people who are not in employment, education or training (NEETs). To add some context, the national average percentage of those aged 16-18 who are NEETs is 6.2%. In Warrington this percentage is 5.9%, in Halton 10.3%, in Cheshire West and Chester 4.9% and in Cheshire East it 5.5%.

Perhaps most importantly, Dominic will be an ambassador for young people and will assist and challenge me when I am developing my Police & Crime Plan to ensure that the views of young people are considered. This is vitally important in developing and shaping future policing services. This role gives young people a voice at the top of the service and a means by which I can effectively hold the Chief Constable to account. I am looking forward to working with Dominic in what will be a challenging but exciting role for him."

Monday 24 June 2013


Willaston and Rope Ward Councillor Brian Silvester is claiming success in his campaign against pay loans. He said, " I called for access to payday loan websites to be blocked from Council computers in its libraries, offices and community facilities and I am pleased that my suggestion has been adopted.$

It has been reported today that one leading company is charging a totally unbelievable  5,800% on their loans. See previous press release below.
Cllr Brian Silvester BA (Hons)
UKIP Councillor
Willaston and Rope Ward Councillor
Cheshire East Council
Tel/fax 01270 567757
From: SILVESTER, Brian (Councillor)
Sent: 28 May 2013 17:38
To: SILVESTER, Brian (Councillor)
Subject: Call to block access to payday loan websites.
                                                                    PRESS RELEASE
                             Call to Council to block access to payday loan websites.
Willaston and Rope Ward Councillor Brian Silvester is calling for access to payday loan websites to be blocked from Council computers in its libraries, offices and community facilities.
He said, " Some payday loans are no more than legalised robbery, with rates of interest at an unbelievable 3000% and more. Those who can least afford it are paying astronomical interest rates. Many are not aware on how badly they are being ripped off. Also many payday loan firms are irresponsible because people aged under 18, those with mental health issues and borrowers who were drunk have all been given payday loans, according to Citizens Advice, who state that pay day loan companies are out of control. (See below)
Cheshire East Council should be determined to use its voice and influence to guide residents towards affordable credit such as credit unions and protect them from falling into a high interest debt trap. Also the Council should be calling on the high street banks in the Borough to start offering micro-loans to people in debt. These would be a responsible alternative to a payday loan and far more accessible than the standard personal loans on offer."
Cllr Brian Silvester BA (Hons)
Willaston and Rope Ward Councillor
Cheshire East Council
Tel/fax 01270 567757

Payday loan companies are out of control, says Citizens Advice

by  Rebecca Rutt today  |   28/5/13
Payday loan companies are lending irresponsibly and harassing borrowers.
People aged under 18, those with mental health issues and borrowers who were drunk have all been given payday loans, according to Citizens Advice.  
It says these lenders are out of control and has urged the OFT to take “tough and immediate” action.
This news comes 12 weeks after the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) launched an investigationinto the payday loans industry.

Out of control lending

Evidence from Citizens Advice showed that the payday loans industry is failing to meet basic lending standards.
It looked at 780 cases which had been reported and tracked feedback between 26th November 2012 and 17th March 2013. Within this feedback it looked at 2,000 payday loans which had been approved and 113 different lenders.
Several major flaws in the payday loan industry were highlighted through this research. It found that three out of every four people with a payday loan are struggling to repay the debt.
The checks used to make sure someone can repay a loan are still not sufficient - in 87% of cases a borrower wasn’t asked to provide documents to prove they could repay the loan.
Lenders have also been found to be taking more money - through interest payments - then they were owed and refusing to refund the extra.
Bank accounts of borrowers have also been emptied as the payday loan companies take direct debit payments, without informing the borrower, which is a misuse of Continuous Payment Authorities and often leaves people with no money to live on. ReadBeware recurring payments and Continuous Payment Authority.
“The payday loan industry is out of control and is acting as a law unto itself. It has showed a complete disregard for its customers. Many have been driven into debt by irresponsible lending and their debts ballooned as lenders put pressure on them to extend the loans,” explained Citizens Advice chief executive Gillian Guy.

Rolling-over debts

One of the main areas where people get caught out with payday loans is when a debt rolls over and the interest rate shoots up.
Seven out of ten people who take out a loan say they’ve been put under pressure by the lender to extend the loan.
Reasonable repayment plans are also not being set up to help borrowers who are unable to repay loans. In 84% of cases lenders refused to freeze interest payments.
What's more borrowers are not being warned about the danger of extending loans. Citizens Advice found that 83% of the time lenders did not make the risks clear of extending the loan to those already in debt.
A massive 95% also didn’t check if borrowers who already had repayment problems could afford to pay back an extended loan.

Micro loans

Citizens Advice has called on high street banks to start offering micro-loans to people in debt. These would be a responsible alternative to a payday loan and far more accessible than the standard personal loans on offer.
The one positive to come out of this research is that lenders are now being more upfront about the costs they charge.

Tributes to two women who died following collision on the A533 Booth Lane


Please find below a tribute from the families of two women who died following a collision on the A533 Booth Lane on the evening of Tuesday 18 June 2013.

Tribute from the family of Christine Coates, aged 75, from Sandbach:

"Christine was a loving and kind mother and grandma who was the centre of any room with her bubbly personality and infectious laugh. A true Yorkshire woman at heart, she called a spade a spade and had a better social life than most people half her age. A keen golfer and Bridge player, and a dedicated nursing sister for more than 50 years, her feisty, generous and kind nature will be dearly missed by her many friends and the whole family."

Tribute from the family of Barbara Lea, aged 79, from Sandbach:

"Mum was a sport loving 79-year-old who was incredibly fit for her age. She loved tennis and played regularly at Holmes Chapel, Goostrey, Wilmslow and Hartford. She enjoyed playing Bridge, being a member at Holmes Chapel, Congleton, Shavington and Middlewich Bridge Clubs. A mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, loved by all h

Cheshire Police urge motorcyclists to take extra care this summer


Cheshire Police are urging motorcyclists to take extra care on the roads this summer.

A total of seven motorcyclists have already been killed as a result of collisions on Cheshire roads this year.

Sergeant Rick Weaver of Cheshire Police Roads Policing Unit said: "Motorcyclists are among the most vulnerable of road users and the number of fatal collisions this year highlights this fact.

"We are urging all motorcyclists to take extra care while out on the roads and to take responsibility for their own safety."

Police are also encouraging motorcyclists to consider further training as a way of improving their riding skills and reducing their risk of being involved in a collision.

Sgt Weaver said: "We encourage all motorcyclists to consider further training, no matter how experienced they are.

"Cheshire Police continue to support the BikeSafe initiative, which runs a number of workshops aimed at improving the skills of motorcyclists and making riding safer."

Cheshire Police are currently running an enforcement operation in partnership with North Wales Police which focuses on motorcycle safety.

Operation Caesar II provides a high policing presence across the county in a bid to reduce the number of motorcycle casualties.

Officers will be stopping and engaging with motorcyclists who commit moving traffic offences such as speeding and dangerous riding as well as anti-social offences such as excessive noise.

They will also be dealing with other road users who endanger the lives of themselves and others.

For more information about the BikeSafe initiative, visit

Cheshire Police make a grand entrance at the show


As the sun shone down on this year’s Cheshire Show, staff on the Cheshire Police exhibition had a productive two days communicating key crime prevention messages and highlighting new initiatives to thousands of children and adults that visited their stand at the show. The exhibition offered something for everyone from informative fun activities for the children, explaining and enrolling people on to the new Police Alert system, to the recruitment of Special Constables and Police Volunteers, and as popular as ever was the meet and greet with the Constabulary’s four legged friends, the police dogs.

With more than 80,000 visitors expected over the two days − 18th and 19th June, staff were kept busy talking and interacting with everyone who came to the stand and who wanted to know more about policing.

Over the course of the two days, over one thousand children took part in solving clues to identify the suspicious character involved in a young girl’s disappearance. Addressing the serious issue of on-line crime, the youngsters put their detective skills to the test in the internet café area. Officers, staff and volunteers were able to talk to them about staying safe online during this activity and drive home the message about being aware that not everyone is who they say they are online.

A teacher from Hermitage Primary in Holmes Chapel commented on the activity stating ‘what a great way to warn children of the risks from a young age because many youngsters do have access to the internet.’

The show provided a platform to launch some of the new initiatives which included ‘Neighbourhood Alert’ − a new messaging service for the public, ‘Do Something Special’ tailored to the recruitment of Specials and volunteers as well as ‘Am I in Your Blind Spot’ where farmers and motorcyclists were targeted about the dangers on rural roads of people being in blind spots. Free tractor mirrors were handed out to farmers along with DVDs to support the campaign launch.

Sergeant Rick Weaver, Road Policing Unit who leads on ‘blind spot’ said "We recognised the need for a campaign that would focus on rural road safety. Following some research, I was able to source a ‘blind spot’ mirror that could be fitted to any existing tractor mirror. This affords the tractor driver extended views to the rear and more importantly a clear view behind when negotiating a right turn into farm entrances or fields."

Road safety officers provided a visible presence outside the police tent with the ‘Think Car’ − which was donated to the emergency services by a Cheshire family whose son was tragically killed in a drink drive collision. The car was a real draw to the Constabulary’s exhibition attracting people of all ages where police officers were able to really engage people in discussions about drink, drug driving and the dangers that drivers can face on rural roads. The police officer’s message was reinforced by the parents of the young man that was killed in the collision, Dean and Dee Wilson who talked to people and told their story of how their lives had changed as a consequence of the collision. Their message really struck a chord with the crowd.

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cllrs Silvester, Lee and Bours

Cheshire East Councillor Brian Silvester and former Deputy Leader of the Council, has joined the UK Independence Party.

The former Conservative Councillor, who has served for 37 years, has made his decision because of his belief it is "time for fresh start" in the area.

Cllr Silvester, who represents the Willaston and Rope Ward, has been formally welcomed to UKIP by Cheshire chair Cllr Louise Bours.

"Brian's decision to join UKIP re-affirms the problems faced by the other three main parties," said Cllr Bours.

"UKIP are the opposition in Britain today, and councillors are crossing over to us because in our party they are free to serve the people within their communities rather than  'toeing the party line'.  

"In the past week I have welcomed district and borough councillors from Cumbria and Lancashire, it is wonderful to now welcome a councillor from Cheshire too,"   she said.

Councillor Richard Lee said "we welcome Brian to the Crewe and Nantwich Branch, and look forward to working with him. He will continue to serve his constituents in the Willaston and Rope ward, and will be a valuable addition to the branch."   

Cllr Silvester explained, "I am joining UKIP because I think it is time for a fresh start in Cheshire East with a new party. 

"Since the new Council was formed in 2009 it has reeled from one disaster to another. The current Conservative leadership of the Council is treating local electors with contempt. They believe that they  will get re-elected no matter how many times they ignore the concerns of local residents. or damage  their interests. 

"UKIP are now a recognised powerful alternative to the LibLabCon parties. UKIP have shown nationally they can pick up votes from all the three old parties and also win votes from those who given up on politics because the other three main parties are now all the same.

"In 2015 UKIP across Cheshire East will be a viable alternative  that voters can unite behind to throw out  those councillors who have let them down so badly.

"Nationally I have been appalled that the coalition government has failed to get the economy growing again and the Labour opposition does not have a credible alternative. 

"As a consequence of their failure local unemployment is too high and local businesses are not growing as they could. Also all three parties have reneged on their promise to hold a referendum on  the European Union's Lisbon Treaty. It is time that once again this country was run by us and not by the EU. UKIP are the only party who can and will deliver on that because the other parties cannot be trusted to keep their promises.

"There is now little difference to the three main parties and UKIP is the only really viable alternative. The LabLibCon parties do not listen to ordinary people and on the rare occasions they do listen, they patronise them. 

"More and more people are saying enough is enough. UKIP is a breath of fresh air and they are gathering momentum by the day with the voters. The recent elections in Congleton and Crewe show this. 

"I believe that UKIP will become a major force on the Cheshire East Council after the 2015 elections.  I would urge members of the other groups on the council to consider joining the UKIP group and be part of the fresh start for Cheshire East," said Cllr Silvester.

Cameron's EU Referendum Promise is Worthless.

Willaston and Rope Ward Councillor Brian Silvester wrote to the Prime Minister about the proposed EU Referendum. He said," I asked him the basic question, 'If we vote out, will you actually commit to take us out of the EU?' (Letter and reply attached) He sent a lengthy response but refused to give a commitment to take us out if we vote out. I put the same question to my local Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson, who is an Education Minister. Again he refused to commit to take us out if we voted out.(See attached and below) If the Conservatives will not pledge to remove us from the EU, if that is the outcome of the in/out referendum, then there is no point in having the referendum.David Cameron's referendum promise is totally worthless because nothing will change even if the electors vote to come out of the EU.The Lib/Lab/Con parties have all promised a EU Referendum in the past and all of them have broken that promise.The only sure way to set this country free from the controlling, suffocating, expensive grip of the EU is to vote for UKIP at every opportunity.
letter - cllr silvester

Bike Week starts school cycle amnesty

giving cc advice 

To mark national bike week, volunteers joined forces to encourage and explore cheaper, healthier and greener travel options in Crewe.
As a result of this 2 Crewe schools have announced a 'Cycle Amnesty' to ensure local children have access to affordable bikes ready for the summer holidays. Christian Concern, famous for their furniture recycling project, will collect any old bikes from Hungerford and Underwood West schools this Thursday, 27th June. They will use them to train adults in mechanic and maintenance skills and then sell the refurbished bikes in the regular Friday sales at affordable prices.
Rev. Rob Wykes said "CC Cycles is already training and employing adults with different abilities to enable those who could not afford bus fares or a car to get to work in a way that is good for them, the environment and their pocket. Please bring your old bikes or ring 01270 586186 to arrange a free collection."
ACT volunteers and Cheshire East staff gave out advice and cycle maps to interested passers by, while  Velo management taught people mountain biking skills.
ACT chair Paul Wade noticed a strong interest in developing safer local routes. “ We spoke to several nurses from Leighton hospital. These health conscious commuters are looking to the council to use government and local funding to complete the  route to one of the biggest employment sites in Crewe.” 

For more details contact

Ben Wye

Saturday 22 June 2013

Wyche Primary School Summer Fair (Sat 22-6-13).

All words and photo by Jonathan White, Wistaston 

Wyche Primary School - The Nantwich Freerunners demonstration

Wyche Primary School - - on Manor Road in Nantwich held a Summer Fair on the afternoon of Saturday 22nd June 2013.

The event was organised by the 'Friends of Wyche' PTA (Parent Teacher Association).

There were numerous stalls inside and outside the school including beat the goalie, pick a lolly, nail in the hay, higher or lower, panning for gold, hook a duck and a tombola, along with a prize raffle. There was also a cake stall and a wide range of refreshments.

The Nantwich Freerunners - - gave outdoor demonstrations of their skill and athleticism throughout the day.

All funds from the event will go to the school.

Police Appeal

Date of Incident: 18 June 2013
Location of incident: Booth Lane, Middlewich

Cheshire Police are appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision in Middlewich.

At 10.47pm on Tuesday 18 June 2013 a black Vauxhall Astra was travelling on the A533 Booth Lane, toward Middlewich. As the vehicle got near to the junction with Dragons Lane it collided head on with a red Honda Jazz travelling in the opposite direction.

As a result of the collision the driver of the Honda Jazz, a 75-year-old woman, and her front seat passenger, 79-year-old woman, sadly received fatal injuries. Both are from Sandbach.

The driver of the Vauxhall Astra, an 18-year-old woman from Middlewich, received serious internal injuries and was taken to North Staffordshire Hospital where her condition is described as stable.

The front seat passenger in the Astra, an 18-year-old man from Middlewich also received serious internal injuries and is currently being treated at North Staffordshire Hospital.

A third passenger, a 18-year-old man also from Middleiwch received minor injuries and is currently being treated for slight injuries at Leighton Hospital.

Anyone who may have seen the collision or either vehicle prior to the collision taking place should contact the Eastern Roads Policing Investigation Unit on 101 quoting incident number 1015 of 18 June 2013.

Wistaston Tennis athon

Reporter Jonathan White, Wistaston

Wistaston 12-hour Tennis-athon - Saturday 29th June 2013

Members of the Wistaston Jubilee Tennis Club (located behind Wistaston Memorial Hall, Church Lane, Wistaston, CW2 8ER) are limbering up for a 12-hour ‘Tennis-athon’, from 7:30am to 7:30pm, on Saturday 29th June 2013. Two members (Tony Mason and Ben Reinhardt) each plan to play for all 12 hours and other members will join them during the day. They are raising money for two charities - Marie Curie Cancer Care and Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research . Non-members are invited to watch or take part on the day. Please contact Tony Mason, Tel. 01270 669150, for further details.

MP’s 137 Bulletin

Edward Timpson MP

Friday 21, June 2013


Welcome to this, my 137th news bulletin.

Our local employment situation has improved significantly in the last year.

Nationally, there are record numbers of women in work, fewer young people unemployed and more vacancies available for those looking for work.  The number of jobseekers in Crewe and Nantwich has actually dropped by 6.4%, and whilst this is a very positive sign, there are still a lot of people out there that we can help get into work.

That’s why, in partnership with the South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce, the Chronicle, and Crewe Alex FC, I am organising another jobs fair at the Alex next Thursday, June 27th.

Since the Government took office, the private sector has created 1.25 million new jobs.  Within 10 miles of the centre of Crewe, there are over 2,800 jobs advertised. Increase that range to 20 miles and it’s over 12,000.  In Crewe and Nantwich 2,277 jobseekers were recorded in April 2013. So the jobs are out there, and it’s a question of matching the right skills and the right people to the right job.

That’s what the Jobs Fair is here to help achieve. But it’s not just a recruitment fair. We’ll have people on hand to provide advice about the skills and training you need to make yourself competitive in the jobs marketplace.  Sometimes it’s a question of understanding that bit extra that you need in order to get the job you’re happy with, be that a college qualification or some volunteering experience.

So whilst headline rates of unemployment vary, we shouldn’t forget the progress we are making in Crewe and Nantwich.  But we should also not be complacent. To be respected in the world economy we in the UK need to do all that we can to back people who want to work hard and get on in life to look after themselves and their families, and in Crewe and Nantwich we have to make our contribution to that effort.

So if you’re looking for work, I hope to see you on Thursday at the Alex!

Please remember, you can always contact me directly if you have any questions for me, or if there is anything I can do to assist you.

You can forward this 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...

  • Been honoured to roll the first pie at this year's Wybunbury Fig Pie Wakes.
  • Welcomed, with the civic party at Crewe, the returning soldiers of the 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment, who marched through the town to mark their homecoming from duty in Afghanistan.
  • Held two advice surgeries, in my office in Crewe, and at Wulvern's Pickmere Court, where I was able to make myself available to residents there and other members of the public.  Remember - if you need my advice or assistance, you can always get in touch with me by e-mail, or call my office - details below.
  • Met with representatives of Weston & Basford Parish Council, to discuss their concerns about planning locally, and discuss how I can support the Parish in future.

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I was delighted to roll the first pie at the traditional (and this year very sunny) Wybunbury Fig Pie Wakes this month.Edward Timpson MP, endorsing Carers Weeks

I was delighted to roll the first pie at the traditional (and this year very sunny) Wybunbury Fig Pie Wakes this month.

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Local Kidney Research coffee morning raises £1,340 for charity

In April, I was pleased to provide a raffle prize, and to draw the raffle itself, at a coffee morning organised in Crewe, by local fundraiser Danita O'Keeffe, in aid of Kidney Research UK.

Danita has contacted me to let me know that the total amount raised from the morning was an impressive £1,340.
According to a recent survey conducted by Kidney Research UK, the NHS spends £1.45 billion on treating Kidney disease in England alone. That equates to £1 out of every £77 spent in the NHS - more than the  annual cost of breast, lung, colon and skin cancer combined.  The survey also revealed that people in the North West were most at risk of kidney disease, due to the high incidence of diabetes, vascular disease and hypertension confirmed by 37% of people in this area.

Congratulations to everyone involved in raising funds and awareness for this important cause.  Danita's story was reported in the Chronicle in April.

Do you have community news to share? Are you involved in any projects that could be of help or interest to local people in Crewe and Nantwich? Email me and your news could be here too!

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Scheme launches in Crewe to help sort out family matters

Crewe Chronicle

A SCHEME to help parents going through a break-up has been launched in Crewe.

Family Matters has been developed by the family law organisation Resolution with funding from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), to support parents who will no longer qualify for legal aid.

Family Matters guides work with parents to help solve their problems. These may include issues with money, housing, childcare, understanding their rights, as well as the emotional fallout of family breakdown.

Guide Sonia Rickard said: “We have already seen a wide variety of parents with a broad range of issues. One thing they have in common is that they all want what is best for their kids – and this is sometimes really easy to forget when dealing with the trauma of a relationship breaking down.

“No two sets of parents are the same, and that’s why face to face advice is so vital in helping them reach agreements that are in the best interests of their children.”

Family Matters is based at Hall Smith Whittingham on Nantwich Road. To find out more call 01270 259730 or email

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THIS THURSDAY: the Crewe & Nantwich Jobs Fair

The Crewe and Nantwich Jobs Fair 2013

Thursday 27th June, 10:30am to 6:30pm, at Crewe Alexandra FC

Organised by Edward Timpson MP
in partnership with the South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce, The Chronicle, and Crewe Alex

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Think’ car reinforces drink driving message at Cheshire Show


As the ‘Think’ car continues to make its way around the county as part of the Summer drink drive campaign being supported by Cheshire Police, it draws the crowds from passers by of all ages who reflect on its personal consequences. The car was donated by a Cheshire family whose son was tragically killed over two years ago in a drink drive collision and has appeared at venues across Cheshire as well as featuring on national TV.

Its latest appearance at Cheshire Show on 18th and 19th June was further reinforced by the attendance of the parents − Dean and Dee Wilson, who were guest speakers to talk about the consequences of drink driving. As their son was approaching his 22nd birthday, the car is ideally placed at schools and universities to target younger people, but at Cheshire Show, there was the opportunity to interact with parents of young teenagers who drive.

Tony Hayhurst, Road Traffic Officer and Dave Murray, Road Safety Officer for Cheshire Police were also at the show to talk to the public about the ‘Think’ car and educate them to the risks of drink driving. Dave who has worked in road policing for over 20 years commented that "This vehicle provides a great opportunity to show people of all age groups just how little alcohol it can take to put someone over the limit.  The courage and bravery of the driver’s family who support the use of the ‘Think’ car in this way can only be admired. 

"It offers a degree of comfort that something positive can be achieved from such tragic circumstances. We really need to get the message across that any amount of alcohol is a risk in terms of driving and that it can take a surprisingly low amount of alcohol to be over the limit and this is the most effective way to do that."

For more information on the ‘Think’ car and road policing news, please visit

Man arrested in connection with Chester rape


Cheshire Police have arrested Peter Watton, a man who officers wanted to speak to in connection with the rape of a woman in Chester.

Watton was arrested on at 9.45 p.m. on Thursday 20 June 2013.

Cheshire Police have been keen to speak to Watton, 37 years of age, in connection with an incident on Friday 14 June when a 44 year old woman was held for several hours and raped while jogging with her pet dog in the Dukes Drive area of Chester.

Watton was arrested alongside the A483 Chester to Wrexham Road, just across the Cheshire border into North Wales. Following arrest he was taken to a Cheshire custody suite where he will be interviewed by officers investigating the incident.

Following the Cheshire Police investigation into the rape of a 44 year old woman in Chester on Friday 14 June, 37 year old Peter Watton, of Lache, Chester, will appear before Magistrates in Chester this morning, Saturday 22nd June.
He has been charged with the following offences; Rape of a woman (8 counts) Assault of a woman by penetration  (2 counts) Kidnap False Imprisonment.

Thursday 20 June 2013

Police appeal for witnesses following fatal collision in Middlewich


Cheshire Police are appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision in Middlewich.

At 10.47pm on Tuesday 18 June 2013 a black Vauxhall Astra was travelling on the A533 Booth Lane, toward Middlewich. As the vehicle got near to the junction with Dragons Lane it collided head on with a red Honda Jazz travelling in the opposite direction.

As a result of the collision the driver of the Honda Jazz, a 75-year-old woman, and her front seat passenger, 79-year-old woman, sadly received fatal injuries. Both are from Sandbach.

The driver of the Vauxhall Astra, an 18-year-old woman from Middlewich, received serious internal injuries and was taken to North Staffordshire Hospital where her condition is described as stable.

The front seat passenger in the Astra, an 18-year-old man from Middlewich also received serious internal injuries and is currently being treated at North Staffordshire Hospital.

A third passenger, a 18-year-old man also from Middleiwch received minor injuries and is currently being treated for slight injuries at Leighton Hospital.

Anyone who may have seen the collision or either vehicle prior to the collision taking place should contact the Eastern Roads Policing Investigation Unit on 101 quoting incident nmber 1015 of 18 June 2013.

Wednesday 19 June 2013

Peak Physique dangerous dogs attack

Peak Physique of 1 Underwood Lane Crewe who run the local gym for body builders were today involved in an incident with an OAP and a puppy. The OAP who lives close by took his dog out for a walk on a lead past the Peak Physique gym when two dogs that are owned by the Peak Physique gym savagely attacked the puppy and the OAP. The dogs come to the gym with the owner and are then let loose to roam the streets and the local area. One is a bulldog and the other a staffy type of dog.

The OAP suffered shock and to make matters worse the owners made no attempts to get hold of the dogs and then about 7 people came out from the gym all body builders and threatened the OAP with violence.  The OAPs son had to get between the threatening body builder and his dad as he was going to use physical violence on the OAP. The son pointed out  what a coward this man was if the best he could do is try and hit an OAP.

The Police were called and they said they have had complaints about these dogs before. People in the area specially the old people with dogs are to terrified to go out, one old lady is 83 and has a small dog with no teeth and now she cant take it out as it would stand no chance against these dangerous dogs.

People in the area are now living in fear as they cant let children out or walk  past the area in case they get attacked if the dogs have savagely attacked once they may do it again and as they roam un supervised who know what will happen next time it may be a child.

I will leave it to the reader if anyone want a gym do they really want to go to a gym that is terrorising  the local people and who's members and owner think they have the right to threaten violence to OAP,s  

Tuesday 18 June 2013

It is a real privilege to be allowed into peoples’ lives at such a sensitive time

Dr Kate Midnight Walk 30May13

The concept of a Hospice can be scary for many. The concept of exercise can be scary too! Dr Kate Smith, our Medical Director at St Luke’s tells us her story.

“I decided that I wanted to be a doctor from the age of about 6-7. I think I originally wanted to go into space but even at that tender age I realised that there was a lot of physics involved in being an astronaut, but they were bound to need doctors in space so I’d do that instead! Reality eventually took over and I followed the standard medical route, which I have never regretted.

My first links with St Luke’s Hospice were in 1988 when I was working as a GP in Winsford. Edith Reeves (our first matron who I’d known from Leighton Hospital) phoned me one day and asked if I would be a volunteer doctor providing emergency cover when the Day Hospice opened in February that year, so this is my 25th anniversary at St Luke’s.

As anyone who works here will know, you gradually get drawn into the place, and so it happened to me. When the In-Patient unit was built, it was suggested that I apply for the post of Medical Director, which I did, and was successful – I have been in the job since October 1990. I think coming to work here was one of the best decisions I have made. From my time in the hospital I realised that the care provided for people at the end of their lives seemed to have a lower priority than trying to cure them, and death was seen as something of a failure. I felt very strongly that there must be a better way to do things and this was something that I could do.

It is a real privilege to be allowed into peoples’ lives at such a sensitive time, and we all become a team working together – not just the clinical staff, but the people who come to us as patients and their relatives and their friends. And also on the frontline are the catering and housekeeping staff, and behind the scenes administration and fundraising, all helping to keep St Luke’s running smoothly.

We know there are more people needing the sort of palliative care that St Luke’s provides than we can accommodate here, and also that a lot of people will want to stay in their own homes, so together with the education team, we help the staff in the hospitals, care homes and in the community to learn more about symptom management and how to improve care for patients in the advanced stages of their illness.

This is the first year that I have done the Midnight Walk, but I felt that as it was St Luke’s 25th anniversary and my 25th year here as well that it seemed like a good idea. Also, I have been keeping a bit fitter this year, and have lost quite a bit of weight, so the hips and knees aren’t quite so achy! My main exercise is swimming, but since I’ve been practising for the walk I have realised that the muscles used in swimming are not the same as those used in walking!

I live in Middlewich and I’m doing a lot of walking along the canal towpaths, discovering bits of the town I never knew existed. You can soon feel you are out in the middle of the countryside, and by walking you see much more of the wildlife – I spotted my first swallows of the year the other day! People you meet out walking are all friendly and so are their dogs.

If you have ever considered taking part in the Midnight Walk for St Luke’s Hospice, why not take the plunge and do it this very special year? If you think 13 miles is too much, then you can do the Half Moon walk (6.5 miles) this is a bit more manageable (it’s what I’m doing!). Whichever walk you choose, you will know that you are part of a fantastic friendly team raising funds to support a very special place.”

If you would like to support Dr Kate’s walk, you can sponsor her here

You can sign up for St Luke’s Midnight Walk

New information as search continues for Peter Watton


Detectives are urging a man they want to speak to in connection with a rape in Chester to contact police.
The search continues for 37-year-old Peter Watton who is local to the Chester area but also has links to Crewe as well as Merseyside.
The public is urged not to approach Peter who was released from prison on 12 June and is in breach of his licence conditions. He is considered a risk to the public and is wanted on a recall to prison.
Peter has some distinctive tattoos which include the word PETE on the knuckles of his left hand in blue ink, a tribal tattoo on his left arm his wrist up to his neck, and the word BLACON in blue ink on the wrist of his left forearm.
A 44-year-old woman was held for several hours and raped in woodland while jogging with her pet dog in the Dukes Drive area of Handbridge. She is being supported by specialist officers.
Detective Superintendent Andy Southcott said: "This was a brutal attack and I know the community have been shocked to hear about it. While I do not want to create unnecessary panic I have a duty to make people aware of this, and to do all I can to find the person responsible.
"I would particularly appeal to people that know Peter but may not have spoken to police through some sense of misguided loyalty to get in touch. We want to speak to him about a very serious crime and people with information should take this opportunity to share it with us."
A picture of a bike used by the suspect has also been released. Police believe this bike may have been stolen and are keen to speak to anyone in the Chester area that may be missing a grey/blue X rated mountain bike.
Active searches are ongoing in the Handbridge area to locate Peter using various resources including police dogs.
Detective Inspector Simon Lonsdale said: "This is a very serious but isolated incident. I would like to reassure the public that we have a number of lines of enquiry that we are following and extra police and support officers will be patrolling the area. People using the area around Eaton Road and the river Dee should remain vigilant and take basic precautions such as not going to isolated areas alone and reporting anything untoward to police."
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Peter Watton should call Cheshire Police on 999 quoting incident number 6 of 15 June, or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Sport and active recreation on the increase in Cheshire East


New figures from Sport England show more Cheshire East residents are keeping in trim.

More than 113,500 adults (39.1 per cent) are regularly taking part in sport and active recreation at least once a week, every week – making Cheshire East the highest achiever in the Chester and Warrington sub-region. The figure was 36.8 per cent in 2006.

Collectively, Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester and Warrington Borough Council have progressed to becoming the fourth most active sub-region in the country. 

Across the nation as a whole, Sport England figures show that 15.3 million people are playing sport at least once a week, with good progress among young people.

Last week Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board, Cheshire East Councillor Janet Clowes helped to launch a local strategy ‘Count me in’, that aims to build on this growth and create even more opportunities for those with disabilities and impairments locally.

In partnership with Sport Cheshire, Cheshire West and Chester Council and Warrington Borough Council, the Cheshire East seeks to get an additional 10,000 disabled people more active, more often, by 2017.

Councillor Clowes, Cheshire East Council Cabinet member in charge of health and adult social care, said: “The latest figures from the Sport England Active People Survey show an increase in the numbers of adults in Cheshire East taking part in sport once a week for at least 30 minutes. This is good news and moving in the right direction – but we mustn’t be complacent and there is more to do.

“A total of 39.1 per cent of the surveyed adults responded to say that they were undertaking sporting activity in line with the criteria. This compares to the national average of 35.2 per cent and a North West average of 35.5 per cent.

“Cheshire East continues to invest in its leisure facilities and leisure development provision in innovative ways – encouraging people of all abilities to participate in sport. 

“For example, leisure and adult social care teams are working together at Macclesfield and Wilmslow leisure centres, where the integration of the adult day care provision into leisure centres has enabled and enhanced the offer that is available for day care clients, allowing them to participate in sporting opportunities in a way that was previously very difficult.

Current examples include, for example, family swimming, wheelchair basketball and Boccia (target ball for people with disabilities).

“In Cheshire East, we have also supported community organisations and clubs such as the Cheshire Academy of Integrated Sports and Arts and the Wingate Centre for Disabilities. The provision is varied and mixed across Cheshire East as we continue to facilitate a joined up approach to opportunities.

“Our investment of more than £1m improving the fitness suite and facilities at Nantwich pool and plans to develop a Lifestyle Centre in Crewe are further evidence of the Council’s commitment to increasing the quality of the sporting offer to our residents.

“The need to boost participation is important from a health perspective, as the benefits of regular exercise can contribute to a healthier lifestyle and reduced risk of ill health.

“With the Council now responsible for public health, there is a great opportunity to work with our partners, including the voluntary sector, to promote and develop our sport and leisure services to deliver improved health outcomes for all.

“Although the numbers of adults participating are increasing there are still some 60 per cent of the Cheshire East population who need to become more active – and we will continue to work hard to get more people active more often.”

Sport Cheshire’s CEO Anne Ibrahim congratulated the Cheshire East Council on the concerted efforts they have made to get local people active.

She said: “These figures reflect the energy and commitment of the Council, local residents, clubs and volunteers. I’m thrilled to see the Borough do so well and hope that, one year on from the London 2012 Olympic

Cheshire firefighters urge everyone to become fire safety hero


Cheshire fire chiefs are encouraging local families and child carers to be a 'safety hero' by taking simple measures to stay safe as part of Child Safety Week 2013, run by the Child Accident Prevention Trust from 24 to 30 June.
Preventable accidents are one of the biggest killers in the UK, and the message coming loud and clear this week is that a few moments' extra thought can make all the difference.  Small steps like testing your smoke alarms and making sure candles and matches are out of reach, or a quick glance down the hall to ensure an escape route is clear in case of a fire, take just seconds but can save lives.
Evan Morris, the Service's Head of Community Safety, said: "There's nothing more important than the safety of a child in the home, and getting into the habit of taking a quick glance round the room for hazards is a simple step that will make safety an automatic reflext for any parent or carer, and help give real peace of mind.
"Another really vital thing mums and dads can do to keep their family safe is talk to their children about the importance of fire safety and make sure they know what to do if the worst happens.  Fitting a smoke alarm and involving the children in testing it regularly can also help keep them fire-aware and, most importantly, provide the vital seconds you need to escape in a fire.  This could develop a life-saving habit for the future."
Here are our top tips for a safer home:

  • Don't let your child play with fire - keep candles, lighters and matches well out of children's reach and never leave burning candles unattended
  • Keep safe in the kitchen - make sure children know that the kitchen is not a play area - never leave younger children alone in the kitchen when you're cooking and never let them play near the oven and hob
  • Socket safety - teach children not to poke anything, especially fingers, into sockets
  • Nominate your child to be the 'Escape Champ' - regularly role-play escape routes and give children the responsibility to keep escape routes clear
  • Get 'key clever' - encourage your children to check that keys are in the correct place; keys for windows and doors should always be kept in an accessible place so you can get out quickly in the event of fire
  • Discuss how to call 999 - make sure children know which number to call in an emergency.  They should also know their address.  You can pin both up by the phone; explain the importance of only calling 999 in a real emergency
  • Fit and maintain a smoke alarm - a working smoke alarm can give you the vital time you need to escape a house fire.  You should have one on each level of your home and test it weekly
  • Don't remove the batteries - if your smoke alarm keeps going off accidentally while you are cooking, don't remove the batteries.  Instead, move the alarm or change it for one with a silencer button
  • In the event of a fire - 'Get Out, Stay Out, Call 999!!' - don't delay for valuables, don't investigate or try to tackle the fire.  Use a mobile, a neighbour's phone or a phonebox to call 999.  If someone needs to be rescued wait safely outside for the firefighters who have the equipment and training to do it - NEVER go back in.

For more fire safety advice, please visit our website -
For more information about Child Safety Week go to the CAPT website -

Man wanted in connection with Chester rape

Peter Watton

Detectives in Chester are appealing to the public for assistance in tracing the whereabouts of a man police want to speak to after a woman was raped in Chester.
On the afternoon of Friday 14th June 2013, a 44 year old woman was attacked on common ground in The Dukes Drive area of Handbridge, Chester.
The victim had been jogging with her pet dog and was unable to contact police until the early hours of Saturday the 15th June 2013. She is being supported by specially trained officers.
Police wish to speak to 37-year-old Peter Watton in connection with the investigation. He is local to the Chester area and was released from prison on 12 June. Peter is considered a risk to the public and is in breach of his licence conditions and is wanted on a recall to prison.
Detective Superintendent Andy Southcott said "We have a number of active lines of inquiry that we are progressing and believe that Peter Watton may be able to assist us in our investigation.
"I would urge anyone who has any information about Watton′s whereabouts or who see′s him not to approach him but to contact Cheshire Police immediately on 999. My concern is not only for the public at large but also for Peter himself, and I would also appeal directly to Peter Watton to make contact with the Police or present himself at the nearest Police Station."
Detective Inspector Simon Lonsdale said " This is a very serious but isolated incident. I would like to reassure the public that we have a number of lines of enquiry that we are following and extra police and support officers will be patrolling the area. People using the area around Eaton Road and the river Dee should remain vigilant and take basic precautions such as not going to isolated areas alone and reporting anything untoward to police".
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Peter Watton should call Cheshire Police on 999 quoting incident number 6 of 15 June, or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Cheerbrook's Big Taste Weekend a big success.


                 We were very pleased to attend the Cheerbrook Big Taste in my Ward at the weekend. It was a great success, with large crowds turning out the sample the excellent local produce on display. Visitors were treated to a fine range of culinary delights on offer as the event displayed local produce at its best. A local band entertained the crowd and raised money for  local charity at the same time. The Big Taste was very well received by everyone andI am sure it will go from strength to strength in future years. All praise to the Cheerbrook Farm Shop. We are very fortunate to have one of the best farm shops in the country in our borough.

Yours faithfully,
Cllr Brian Silvester
Willaston and Rope Ward Councillor

Cheshire East Council

Tel/fax 01270 567757

Manchester gang behind bars following burglary spree across east Cheshire


A Manchester gang who targeted affluent homes across east Cheshire and escaped with a combined haul of more than £120,000 have been sentenced.

Christopher Kelly, 34, from The Winnows, Denton; Peter James Edge, 28, from Denfield Court, Cemetery Road, Denton; Gareth Winfield, 34, from Farley Avenue, Debdale, and Kelly Edge, 23, from Hyde Road, Gorton pleaded guilty to a number of charges of conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to commit burglary at an earlier hearing.

On 6 June 2013 the three men were sentenced to 10 years, five years and four and a half years respectively. Edge was sentenced at Chester Crown court on 17 June 2013. She was given a two year prison sentence suspended for two years and a six months residence order.

Between 11 July 2011 and 20 December 2011 the gang raided 10 homes in the east Cheshire area stealing in excess of £120,000 worth of property including Rolex watches and cash.

Members of the criminal group had been travelling from Manchester,deliberately seeking out homes in semi-rural affluent areas of Knutsford, Macclesfield Holmes Chapel and Alderley Edge.

As a pattern emerged which signalled the burglaries could be the work of one gang, Cheshire Police′s Force Crime Operations Unit launched Operation Kingfisher.

The investigation team pieced together the circumstances of the conspiracy and linked a number of crimes to the group by the meticulous examination of multiple strands of evidence including the group′s access to and use of vehicles, as well as witness and forensic evidence.

In one incident the gang used violence. This was at the Vernon Arms in Poynton on 4 September 2011. Three men forced their way into the premises while it was closing and two women who worked there were threatened. One of the women was punched on two separate occasions during their ordeal, receiving minor injuries. They escaped with cash. This was without doubt an extremely traumatic experience for both staff members.

Christopher Kelly admitted the robbery at the Vernon Arms in September 2011 and his role in a number of the house burglaries, Kelly Edge admitted her role in one burglary, Peter Edge admitted his role in five burglaries and Gareth Winfield admitted his role in a further five burglaries.

Detective Inspector Sarah Pengelly of Cheshire Police′s Force Crime Operations Unit said: "These defendants showed a blatant disregard for the people they targeted and in one case they were prepared to use violence to get what they wanted.

"We recognise the profound and long term effect of such crimes, so it is particularly pleasing to see that we have played our part in putting these criminals behind bars.

"I hope that this investigation and these sentences reassure Cheshire communities that we take these incidents very seriously and strive to bring offenders to justice."

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service celebrates 20 years of working with The Prince's Trust


Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service is celebrating two decades of delivering The Prince’s Trust Team programme, an inspiring partnership project that has seen thousands of young people pass through its doors.

To mark this special anniversary the Service held a gala dinner at Chester Racecourse, which was attended by a host of dignitaries, celebrities and people who had played a key role in the success of the programme over the years. In addition the event saw a number of past team members return to share their experience of how the course had helped transform their lives.

Paul Hancock, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Chief Fire Officer said: “It was a great evening and so nice to be able to look back and reflect on what has been a wonderful project that has made a difference to the lives of so many. We were the first fire and rescue service in the country to become a Prince’s Trust programme delivery partner we are immensely proud of our involvement with The Prince’s Trust and the benefits it is bringing the young people, their families and the wider community.

“I would like to thank everyone who has worked with the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service and The Prince's Trust Team programme over the past 20 years and may we continue to inspire and encourage young people together for many decades to come.”

The Team programme is a 12-week personal development scheme which helps unemployed 16 to 25-year-olds build the skills and confidence they need to get a job.

The event, which was hosted by Prince’s Trust Ambassador and ITV weather presenter Claire Nasir and her husband BBC Radio 6 music presenter Chris Hawkins, featured a video message from His Royal Highness Prince Charles, which thanked the Service for the work it had done over the last 20 years.

Other guests included the Fire Minister Brandon Lewis MP, Cheshire’s Lord Lieutenant, David Briggs and rugby player James Roby.

Minister for Fire Brandon Lewis MP attended the event. He said: “I was delighted to attend this event and join in the celebrations of Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service celebrating delivering The Prince’s Trust programme for 20 years.

“I very much recognise the value of the work fire and rescue authorities undertake in engaging with children and young people. I know that these programmes can help develop the confidence, skills and attitudes that young people need to become more engaged with their communities and to become active and responsible citizens.”

The event would not have been complete without the presence of some of the young people who had benefitted from the Team programme. Fiona Morris, a former team member gave an inspiring speech at the event.

She said: “The programme was ideal for me as it helped to build my confidence and self-esteem,” says Fiona “Learning about the other young people's diverse problems and individual difficulties taught me that I was not alone, and as a group we began to draw inspiration from each other.

“I joined The Prince's Trust course at a very vulnerable time in my life. Luckily I found the support I needed. I'm not sure I would have had the confidence to succeed if I hadn't met so many wonderful people who believed I could achieve anything.”
The Service hopes to continue its work with The Prince’s Trust for many more years to come.

Chief Fire Officer Hancock added: “What we have achieved so far has been fantastic. However, while it is nice to celebrate the past 20 years we know we must keep looking to the future as there are many more young people out there who could benefit from our help.”

Jonathan Townsend, Regional Director for The Prince’s Trust in the North of England, said: “There are still one in five young people who are currently struggling to find a job across the UK. The Team programme can be a vital lifeline for those out of work, giving them the confidence and skills to find employment. We have been very fortunate to have the continued support of Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, who have transformed so many young lives in the area over the past 20 years. We look forward to working with them again in the future.

For more information on how to get involved in a Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service Prince’s Trust Team Programme or to become a future team member visit

Are you watching your blind spot?


Cheshire Police have been gearing up to launch a rural campaign which seeks to raise awareness to tractor drivers about their blind spot. ‘Am I in Your Blind Spot?′ has been timed to launch at the Cheshire Show on 18th and 19th June to give officers the opportunity to engage with the farming community and hand out demo videos and ‘blind spot′ mirrors to farmers to support the campaign launch. The mirrors are specifically to help tractors drivers who may be carrying heavy loaded trailers and find it difficult to see traffic approaching from the rear when making right turn road manoeuvres.

Following a series of fatal motorcycle collisions on rural roads with agricultural vehicles over the recent months - a small amount but still fatals, the campaign is being launched to highlight the dangers on rural roads. ‘Am I in Your Blind Spot′ will initially be workshop based with a series of talks being delivered to farmers utilising the Cheshire Young Farmers clubs starting in July this year.

Sergeant Rick Weaver, of the Road Policing Unit, who is leading the campaign, said that "We recognised the need for a campaign that would focus on rural road safety. Following some research I was able to source a ‘blind spot′ mirror that could be fitted to any existing tractor mirror. This affords the tractor driver extended views to the rear and more importantly a clear view behind when negotiating a right turn into farm entrances or fields."

For more information on tractor road safety, you can visit

Cooking fires remain a concern for Crewe firefighters


Following a number of cooking related fires in the Crewe area recently, firefighters would like to warn residents of the dangers.
A forgotten pot on a high heat or an overfilled pan of oil can quickly turn a culinary delight into a matter of life and death.

Last year over half of all accidental fires in the home in England were linked to cooking.

So Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) are urging everyone to think safety first when cooking. A few simple measures will keep you and your loved ones safe.

Top tips for cooking are:

  • Take care when cooking with oil – it sets alight easily
  • Do not leave cooking unattended – a forgotten pan can lead to disaster
  • If cooking oil starts to smoke, it's too hot – turn off the heat and leave it to cool
  • Use a thermostat controlled electric deep fat fryer instead of a chip pan as they can't overheat
  • Avoid children being in the kitchen alone when cooking on the hob
  • Don't overfill a chip pan with oil – never fill it more than one third full
  • Make sure food is dry before putting it in hot oil so it doesn't splash

What to do if a pan catches fire:

  • Don't take any risks. Turn the heat off if it is safe to do so. NEVER throw water over it.
  • Don't tackle the fire yourself – Get Out, Stay Out, Call 999.

Crewe Station Manager Paul Binyon said: "A moment's distraction could turn your kitchen into a tragic scene. Unfortunately fires can easily start if people don't take enough care. They can also occur when people leave their cooking on while they go outside to enjoy the fine weather.

"By following a few simple precautions you can greatly reduce the risks for yourself and your family. I would also urge people to make sure that they have a working smoke alarm installed. If there is a fire, a smoke alarm will warn you, giving you and everyone in your home time to escape to safety.”

For more information about cooking safety visit or follow cheshirefrs on facebook or @cheshirefire on Twitter.

Commissioner encourages local businesses to supply goods & services to Cheshire Constabulary


As part of his focus on local businesses, Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, John Dwyer wants to encourage local businesses to supply goods and services to Cheshire Constabulary.

Local businesses can find details of how to do business with Cheshire Constabulary by following the link from the ‘About Us’ / ‘Business Opportunities’ section on the Cheshire Constabulary website

Local Businesses are recommended to register on the Bluelight Emergency Services E-Tendering System as all of Cheshire Constabulary’s procurements are carried out using this system. Registration is FREE and as the site is a complete internet based e-tendering solution, no special software or equipment is required.

Once registered, local businesses will be able to view and express interest in tender opportunities from Cheshire Constabulary as well as those from other participating Authorities. Email notifications of any future opportunities advertised can also be sent allowing businesses to be made aware of opportunities in the future.

John Dwyer has also launched a new initiative designed to expose the true scale − and an accurate cost - of business crime across the county.

"Tackling business crime is one of my key priorities in my Police & Crime Plan," explained John Dwyer. "In order to gain an understanding of the seriousness of crime against businesses I am undertaking this ‘Crime against Business’ Survey."

The aim of the survey is to provide the Commissioner with a better understanding of the nature, cost and extent of crime against business within Cheshire so that he can hold the Chief Constable to account and ensure that any problems are tackled in the most appropriate and effective ways.

To take part in the business crime survey, which will take no more than 10 minutes, click onto

Information on how to do business with all Police Forces in the North West can be found at:

Sandbach man imprisoned for rape


A Sandbach man has been sentenced to over five years behind bars after pleading guilty to raping a woman at her home in Winsford last summer.

The attack took place on 25 June last year when the defendant, 44 year old Noel Maskery, previously of Fairfield Avenue, Sandbach, Cheshire, was staying overnight at the victims house in Winsford.
Due to his chaotic domestic circumstances, Maskery was struggling to find a place to live and the victim, who had known him for more than 20 years, extended Maskery the courtesy of a spare bed for the night on the agreement that he slept in the victim′s eldest son′s room.

The victim, who was 53 years old at the time of the incident, left Maskery downstairs in the kitchen whilst she retired to her own bedroom. The victim told officers during the investigation that she was unusually tired. In her account she told officers she believed Maskery had drugged her.
The victim awoke late the following morning the find herself half undressed and Maskery asleep beside her. She was in pain and knew she had been subjected to a sexual assault. Distressed, she went to a friend′s home and contacted Police.

Officers from Cheshire Police′s Dedicated Rape Unit swiftly arrested Maskery on suspicion of rape and he continually denied any sexual contact with his victim.
Speaking after sentencing, Detective Inspector Debbie Dodd who heads up the Dedicated Rape Unit for Cheshire Police that conducted the investigation said "Maskery exploited the goodwill and trust of his victim to put himself in a position where he could prey on her vulnerable state. The victim will live with this for the rest of her life. My team conducted a painstaking investigation to bring Maskery to justice."
She continued "Anyone who has been subjected to this type of crime should feel confident that they will receive the support they need from the Dedicated Rape Unit and other support agencies we work alongside. Foremost, any victim of a crime such as this will be treated with the dignity and respect they deserve, and any allegations will be thoroughly investigated and with the needs of the victim as our main priority."

Monday 17 June 2013

Copyright theft

For those that don’t know a photo can contain metadata hidden inside it. You can see in this picture that the highlighted picture has metadata which show the camera the exposure and other details including the copyright notice. A Facebook group  has in effect stolen over 30 of my pictures that I have taken and own the copyright for. The pictures were removed by Facebook after they viewed the meta data but the group then became a closed group and the next day reposted the pictures in the belief they wouldn’t be found out. Several of the groups members have reported this blatant theft to myself and Facebook.

All pictures on this site are copyright I have spent several thousand hour taking these over 5 years and at my own expense run the site I find it despicable that people can steal them and refuse to remove them when asked and then to blatantly put them back when Facebook removed them. They have allegedly put extracts from local book on the group depriving the author who may have spent year writing the book his income.