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Sunday 29 November 2015

Rotary Club of Nantwich and their Santa’s Grotto.

Reporter  Jonathan White, Crewe

Santa Claus has taken time off from his busy schedule to meet and hand out presents to boys and girls. He has setup a Nantwich branch of his Grotto upstairs in the attic of the Nantwich Bookshop & Coffee Lounge - - at High Street in the centre of Nantwich.

Santa will be in Nantwich every Saturday (10am to 4pm) and Sunday (11am to 3pm) in December, up to 20th December 2015.

Price = £3.50 per child, or £5 for two, and each child will receive a small gift from Santa.

It’s the seventh year that Santa has setup his Grotto in the premises.

The event is organised by the Rotary Club of Nantwich

Money raised will go to the Rotary Club of Nantwich’s allocated good cause.

Rotary Club of Nantwich - Santas Grotto

South & Mid Cheshire Tennis League.

Reporter  Jonathan White, Wistaston

The Winter league 2015 matches of the South & Mid Cheshire Tennis League have now all been completed.

Local teams who participated included Audlem, Hightown, Nantwich, Wistaston and Wrenbury.

The top team and bottom team in each division will be promoted or relegated respectively. From January 2016 these teams will form the Spring league.

Wistaston A finished with a 100% record having won all 6 out of 6 matches in Division 3. Their captain, George Raiswell, aged 14, and a year 10 pupil at Shavington Academy said, "It is an honour to captain and play in the A team for my village. I hope we can carry on winning in the Spring league."

Fixtures, results and tables are updated during the year via the League website:

George Raiswell - Captain - Wistaston A

Saturday 28 November 2015

Christmas Fair.

Reporter Jonathan White, Wistaston

The annual Cancer Research UK ‘Christmas Fair’ took place at the Wistaston Memorial Hall on Saturday 21st November 2015.

The event was organised by the Crewe and Nantwich Support Group for Cancer Research UK

There were numerous stalls selling gifts, plants, books, DVDs, cakes, cheese, and Christmas cards, along with a Teddy Tombola and an efficient Tea Room serving drinks and snacks. The children were all excited to speak to Father Christmas and receive a present from him.

£3,715.53 was raised at the event for Cancer Research UK.

Committee chairman John Pass said, “We thank everyone for their support. The people of Wistaston have once again come out in large numbers to support Cancer Research UK.”

If you would like to learn more about the work of the local Cancer Research UK committee or would like to volunteer at any of their events please telephone Margaret Smith on 01270 626904.

Father Christmas at the Cancer Research UK Christmas  Fair

Alderley Park to spearhead fight against ‘super bug’ resistance


Cheshire East Council has welcomed the Chancellor’s announcement to support the development of a multi-million pound centre of excellence at Alderley Park to spearhead research into anti-microbrial resistance (AMR).

The Chancellor announced an initial £4m investment to establish a major research and development centre at the Cheshire life science hub.

AMR is one of the greatest global public health issues facing countries across the world, threatening the effective prevention and treatment of an increasing number of infections and Cheshire East Council is pleased that this important work around this very serious issue will take place at Alderley Park.

A partnership of leaders from industry and academia has come together in the fight against the global problem of AMR and has now been given the go-ahead to create a multi-million pound centre of excellence at the heart of the Greater Manchester and Cheshire Science Corridor, with Alderley Park to act as the focal point of activity to combat anti-microbial resistance.

The centre will provide a world-class platform to develop cutting-edge and innovative treatments and, together with scientists and clinicians across the region, will develop a pipeline of new therapies and testing methods for the benefit of patients and society.

Support for the proposals reaffirms the continued importance of the Greater Manchester and Cheshire Science Corridor to the Northern Powerhouse and is anticipated to be the first of a number of significant science partnerships and investments between the public and private sectors in the region.

The partnership is now working closely with ministers to finalise the funding and further develop the proposals with partners across the region. 

Council Leader Michael Jones said: “The development of new products to address anti-microbial resistance is the single most important research programme in the bio-science and medical world and Cheshire East, through Alderley Park, will become a major player in this ground-breaking work.

“As a Council and Borough we are proud that this work is taking place here in Cheshire East and that our businesses and employees are playing such a valuable role in rolling back the frontiers in the fight against new diseases that threaten our children and families at home and abroad.

“This Council has invested in the future of Alderley Park and we intend to give this major research centre all the support we can.”

Dr Peter Jackson, chairman of the partnership, said: “This is great news, not only for our scientists, technologists, clinicians and businesses but also for patients suffering from AMR infections across the world.

“Given the existing strength across the Northern Powerhouse in AMR, the centre will create a focused critical mass of activity, underpinned by word-class science, people, facilities and equipment, to address current capacity gaps and fast track new products to address this priority issue.”

Dr. Chris Doherty, site director for Alderley Park, said: “The value to society of a sustainable supply of effective antibiotics is enormous.

“This investment at Alderley Park will help to stimulate the development of new antibiotics and provides a crucial step towards ensuring that the world has effective medicines to combat infectious diseases.” 

Several Alderley Park-based businesses are already working on the development of new drugs and antibiotics as part of a global campaign to discover more effective treatments and anti-infectives.

Great news for Alderley Park – as Chancellor unveils new enterprise zone


The hi-tech life sciences hub at Alderley Park has been unveiled by the Chancellor as part of a new enterprise zone.

It marks another landmark step forward towards delivering 7,000 new jobs in life sciences at the former AstraZeneca site. In 2012, pharmaceuticals giant AstraZeneca (AZ) announced its decision to relocate its R&D to Cambridge.

George Osborne announced in his Autumn Statement yesterday that the Cheshire Science Corridor Enterprise Zone will cover Cheshire East’s Alderley Park, Birchwood’s nuclear hub in Warrington, Ellesmere Port and Thornton Science Park in Cheshire West.

The announcement was hailed by Cheshire East Council Leader Councillor Michael Jones as another ‘real boost’ to the Cheshire East science corridor and the wider economy of the Northern Gateway region.

The news follows the launch at Alderley Park, in September, of a £30m Greater Manchester and Cheshire Life Sciences Fund, expansion of AZ’s Hurdsfield operation and Cheshire East Council investment of £1m in Jodrell Bank to help unlock more than £100m of investment funding for the world-leading radio telescope to lead the international Square Kilometre Array project.

Cllr Jones said today: “This is a great vote of confidence in, and achievement for, Alderley Park, Cheshire East Council and reinforces the science corridor.

“I greatly welcome this clear sign of the Chancellor’s commitment to growing the already world-class life science cluster in the Cheshire and Warrington area.   

“We look forward to working with all the partners in this new innovation enterprise zone to achieve real benefits for companies, not only in Alderley Park, following on from the science ‘catapult’ in medical technologies.

“This is great news for the whole region and strong evidence of the Northern Powerhouse in action.”

Last July the Government said the best of the UK’s businesses, scientists, clinicians and engineers would work side-by-side in the new ‘catapult in medicines technologies.’

The programme will further boost the economic recovery of Alderley Park and play a key role in the bioscience element in the vision for the Northern Powerhouse.

Cheshire East Council has a 10 per cent stake in the Manchester Science Partnership, which aims to build on Alderley Park’s international reputation as a centre of excellence in the world of bioscience and life science research and development.

● The Chancellor also announced yesterday a £400m Northern Powerhouse investment fund will be created to help small businesses to grow – with £5m going to Manchester Museum and £150m to help make oyster-style ticketing a reality across the North.

Thursday 26 November 2015

The Lost Carnival to appear in a mystery location in Cheshire

The Lost Carnival to appear in a mystery location in Cheshire
28, 29 & 30 May 4-9.30pm
“Step inside our little world, a place where magic will unfurl …”
Over a century after the mysterious Lost Carnival disappeared, news has reached our ears that The Lost Carnival will appear in Crewe in Cheshire this May. For three short nights only, families will step into a world unlike any other in this large-scale outdoor immersive theatre experience from award-winning producers Wild Rumpus (Just So Festival) and So It Is (Bury Met, Ramsbottom Festival).
LAStheatre presents The Battle of the Carnivals, a story beyond your wildest imagination. Meet The Birds and The Ingenues - two rival carnival families battling for supremacy.  Expect spellbinding theatre and enthralling installations, circus, music, visual trickery and sideshows.

The story will be revealed in the coming months in a series of podcasts, clues and archive footage, with families able to influence the drama in advance and at the live event.
Following a brief appearance in Burrs Country Park in Bury in 2015, where families saved the carnival from disappearing forever, step inside the spectacular world of The Lost Carnival with a new, original story. Choose your friends, choose your foes, as The Battle of the Carnivals commences. Take part throughout the evening and witness a thrilling culmination if you dare.

Every year, as summer arrives and the evenings grow longer, The Lost Carnival will appear in a different locality. The Lost Carnival in Crewe is the second Lost Carnival event with a limited amount of early-bird tickets on sale now. Keep your ear to the ground for the mystery location to be announced. Vetting is currently taking place as the carnival families prepare to appear in Cheshire to ensure it is on neutral ground and no foul play occurs. Look out for and meet curious characters popping up in locations across Crewe throughout May.

Rowan Hoban, Wild Rumpus director says “The Lost Carnival is back with a vengeance. After being saved by the audience in Bury in 2015, it will be popping up in a different town or city each year, and we’ve heard whispers that Crewe is in its sights for 2016. Families can expect an evening of outdoor spectacular, with a story woven amongst circus performance, incredible sideshows, marching bands and incredible feats. But they need to be prepared to make a choice, for this isn’t just a carnival, but ‘The Battle of the Carnivals’, where the audience will help decide the most incredible contest in carnival history."

Start the adventure now. Buy early-bird tickets, be the first to know the location, follow intriguing clues, receive secret messages, dressing up and reading inspiration. Sign up to the newsletter at and follow The Lost Carnival on Facebook and twitter #thelostcarnival.
Sign up online for your family to become Carnivalistas - enjoy special benefits and support The Lost Carnival to do good work in the communities that it touches.

Black Friday: Bagging a bargain isn’t worth a night in the cells

Subject: Black Friday: Bagging a bargain isn’t worth a night in the cells

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In the run up to Christmas people are keen to bag a bargain and this Friday will be no exception. It is Black Friday on 27th November  with shops across the country reducing prices to entice shoppers to spend their hard earned cash.
The event last year saw mass hysteria sweep across the nation as people queued, pushed, shoved and sometimes fought to get their hands on some discounted goods.
Assistant Chief Constable Mark Roberts said, “Black Friday is an opportunity for people to snap up a few bargains before Christmas. Last year in Cheshire we had a few minor incidents involving people getting a little over excited by the event, but thankfully nothing as spectacular as what other areas experienced.
“Here in Cheshire we’d like to keep the disruption to a minimum and warn those who are thinking of behaving inappropriately to think again. The question I want to ask is this, ‘are you willing to spend a night in the cells following an altercation for a couple of quid off a TV?’”
“I urge people to use common sense when it comes to this day of sales. We don’t want to close stores and arrest people for disorder on the run up to Christmas, but we will deal with any incidents that arise with the tools and powers we deem appropriate. We’re here to support our communities this Christmas, and will take action against anyone who wants to turn Christmas blue for others.”
If you’re out taking advantage of the Black Friday sale, keep an eye on your purse/wallet and remember bagging a bargain isn’t worth a night in the cells.

Wednesday 25 November 2015

Protect yourself from Bogus Electrical Websites

Subject: Protect yourself from Bogus Electrical Websites

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Fraudsters have set up a high specification website template advertising various electrical goods and domestic appliances. These goods are below market value and do not exist. The fraudsters will request your card details via the website; however the purchaser will then receive an email stating the payment failed and they must pay via bank transfer.
The fraudsters entice the purchaser and reassure them it is a legitimate purchase by using the widely recognised Trusted Shop Trustmark. The fraudsters are using the Trustmark fraudulently and have not been certified by Trusted Shops and therefore the purchaser is not covered by the Trusted Shop money-back guarantee.
Protect yourself:

  • Check the authenticity of the websites before making any purchases. Conduct a ‘whois’ search on the website which will identify when the website has been created, be wary of newly formed domains. You can conduct this search using the following website -
  • Carry out online research in relation to the website, company name and the business address provided to identify any poor feedback or possible irregularities.
  • Check the Trusted Shops Facebook page where warnings about websites using their Trustmark are published. If you are in doubt about the legitimacy of a Trustmark then you can contact Trusted Shops on 0203 364 5906 or by email They will confirm whether they have certified that website.
  • Payments made via bank transfer are not protected should you not received the item. Therefore always try to make the payment via PayPal or a credit card where you have some payment cover should you not receive your product.
  • If the item advertised seems too good to be true, then it probably is.
If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online or by telephone 0300 123 2040.

New food enterprise scheme will open doors for small producers and create better access to nation’s food supply chain


Delegates to the forthcoming food and procurement conference at Reaseheath College, Nantwich (November 26), will get to hear more about Cheshire East Council’s ambitions to establish a Food Enterprise Zone designed to stimulate huge growth in the rural economy and food supply chain and create new skills and jobs.

The pilot project, which is expected to run for five years, will be the first to benefit from the new Local Development Order initiative which seeks to streamline the planning process – in this case allowing permitted development aimed at promoting rural businesses and rural enterprise in designated zones.

Cheshire East Council and Reaseheath heard in February 2015 that they had been successful – along with 11 other councils and enterprise partnerships - in the bid to become a pathfinder Food Enterprise Zone and the Council expects to learn in the New Year whether plans for developing the FEZ at the Nantwich college will be adopted by the Secretary of State. 

The zone will see new development within the grounds of the college, with an open-door policy to encourage SMEs and start-ups to grow and diversify within a rural knowledge-based setting together with incubator space, business and technical support.

The proposal is to create a unique and highly innovative integrated food enterprise zone to assist food production and related businesses to access support, skills, specialist technical resources and facilities to grow and thrive.

It would also overcome barriers to growth and business development faced by many SMEs in the food and agri-economy and make careers and jobs in the £100billion industry, far more attractive.

George Eustace MP, Minister of State for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, will be among the guest speakers and delegates will include food procurement specialists, suppliers and experts in food safety and the supply chain.

Councillor Rachel Bailey, Cabinet member for rural matters, will outline the benefits of the Local Development Order to the rural economy and how it can be applied in order to unlock the economic and jobs potential for many small and medium sized enterprises hoping to gain a foothold in the food supply chain locally and nationally.

The conference is a vital element prior to the formal consultation process that forms one of the many criteria to be met before the FEZ and local development order can be formerly adopted and recognised by the Secretary of State.

Cllr Bailey said: “Our rural areas are amazing places, made up of fantastic landscapes with communities that are passionate about where they live.

“They are a true asset to Cheshire East.  We know that our rural economy is increasing in size and importance year on year. Food enterprise is an important part of that rural economy that we know has further potential, delivering jobs, helping to sustain the rural character of our area, reflecting local distinctiveness and contributing to the visitor economy.”

Situated at the centre of Cheshire’s dairy heartland, Reaseheath is seen as a beacon of excellence for its work with the farming and agricultural businesses along the food supply chain. 

The proposed Food Enterprise Zone would enable Reaseheath to further support businesses to innovate, grow and develop, complementing existing facilities, supporting primary production and the food and drink section. Projects could provide an agri-Tech Centre, facilities for business support, a nutrition centre and incubator space for start ups.

The entire project meets objectives set out in the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership economic strategy and will contribute to regional and national objectives for agriculture and food science development.

It will help to encourage more young people to train in the agriculture, land management and food production industries, emerging as well-qualified and skilled professionals equipped to take forward and grow a sustainable rural economy in Cheshire East and elsewhere.

The whole project is expected to deliver a £5.9m return on investment per annum.

The conference takes place at the College’s newly completed Centre for Horticulture, The Environment and Sustainable Technologies on November 26, starting at 10.30am.

Leading the way! – New £3m funding scheme to boost rural jobs and economic growth ‘opens for business’


A Council-backed £3m scheme to boost rural jobs and economic growth has been launched today.

Cheshire East Council, in partnership with Cheshire West and Chester Council and Warrington Borough and Trafford Councils, can now announce the official launch of the Cheshire LEADER Programme, which aims to deliver nearly £3m of funding to rural areas of Cheshire, as well as rural parts of Warrington and the Dunham Massey area.

LEADER is part of the Rural Development Programme for England, which is funded by the European Union, with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) as the managing authority. 

LEADER aims to help create jobs and stimulate economic growth by providing funding for businesses and organisations looking to begin or expand their operations in the rural area.

What separates LEADER from other funding programmes is that it is delivered locally rather than nationally, with decisions on where the grant money is spent being made by an appointed Local Action Group of key representatives from various organisations in the area, chaired by Councillor Rachel Bailey in Cheshire East and the Rev Canon David Felix in the West.

Cheshire East Council Leader Michael Jones said: “LEADER is a unique and valuable funding stream for rural areas and the Cheshire LEADER team are delighted to be able to start working with potential applicants.

“With each LEADER area having its own dedicated programme manager as well as a Local Action Group, we are able to provide a level of support rarely seen in other funding programmes.”

The scheme will run until 2020, and the Cheshire LEADER team are keen to hear from anyone who wishes to discuss an upcoming project with them.

For more information, or to see if your project might be eligible, visit the Cheshire LEADER website at  or contact Sean Bell, the Cheshire LEADER support officer on

Monday 23 November 2015

Nantwich Christmas lights switch-on.

Reporter  Jonathan White, Wistaston

The Nantwich Christmas Lights switch-on took place on Saturday 21st November 2015 on the Town Square in Nantwich.

Chris Radford from The Cat 107.9 FM community radio compered the event with Trees Alive! mingling among the audience and entertainment on stage during the afternoon and evening from talented local teenage singer Josh Whittaker, the Frozen Theme Singers and energetic band The Runaway Babies, who warmed up the crowd prior to the switch-on.

The sponsors of the event were invited onto the stage before the switch-on: WeaverHouse and YourRepair Plumbers, along with Applewood Independent who - for the second year running - have sponsored the square’s Christmas tree. They were joined by Rev'd Canon Barry Wilson from St Mary's Church, Nantwich; Santa’s Rusty Robot who will soon be appearing at the Nantwich Civic Hall; Twitchy the Cat from The Cat 107.9 FM community radio; Nantwich Mayor Andrew Martin and wife Linda; Father Christmas and special guest BBC North West’s Beccy Meehan.

Nantwich Mayor Andrew Martin - - thanked the sponsors, organisers and everyone who attended for supporting the event. A ten-second countdown ensued before the lights were turned on by Nantwich Mayor Andrew Martin, Father Christmas and Beccy Meehan. The switch-on was followed by a spectacular firework display by local company Blitz Fireworks - .

A large video screen adjacent to the stage advertised local businesses, Nantwich Market and the numerous forthcoming events at the Nantwich Civic Hall.

There was also a children's mini-funfair, festive stalls and refreshments. The event was enjoyed by several thousand people.

Beccy Meehan speaks before the switch-onFirework display by Blitz Fireworks

The switch-on – Father Christmas – Beccy Meehan –  Andrew Martin

You are invited to a local charity music event in December


Live music band 'SWaY' will perform at Crewe Alexandra Football Club (Carlsberg Lounge) on Saturday 5th December 2015 (7:30pm to midnight).

The ticket price - £20 per person - also includes a fish & chip supper and a disco.

All proceeds will go towards reopening the Mirion Street Youth Centre in Crewe, after it was damaged by fire.

For tickets and further information, please contact Philip Shore or Yvonne Wooldridge 

Mirion Street Youth Centre concert - Sat 5 Dec 2015

Cheshire East’s gritting teams are ready for winter!


Cheshire East Council’s highways teams will be working around the clock this winter to keep the Borough’s roads safe for motorists.

The end of October marked the start of the winter maintenance season in Cheshire East. Duty officers are working to dispatch gritters to treat the Borough’s road network in response to any winter weather conditions. 

Cheshire East highways teams treat a total of 1,090km of primary roads across the Borough’s network. Gritting takes place on a precautionary basis to stop ice forming and snow is dealt with using specialist equipment such as snow blowers, all-terrain quad bikes with attachable snowploughs and towable gritters for footways and roads with restricted access.

Cheshire East staff work closely with neighbouring authorities to ensure that a consistent level of service is provided to roads that cross local authority boundaries.

Councillor David Brown, Deputy Leader for Cheshire East Council and Cabinet member in charge of highways, said: “We will be continually monitoring weather conditions throughout the winter months so that we are ready to deal with snow and ice on our main roads. Our gritter drivers will be out in all weather conditions to keep our highways as safe as possible.

“In the same way that we as a Council are ready for winter, I would urge residents to make sure their vehicles are prepared for winter and that people ensure that they tailor their driving and speed to match the road conditions at all times.”

Residents can track gritting vehicles as they treat the Borough’s roads by visiting:

Gritting routes, salt bin information and tips for travelling during winter can also be found online. Gritting decisions will also be communicated on Twitter @CECHighways. Cheshire East highways’ team can be contacted by calling 0300 123 5020.

The Wistaston Singers at Port Sunlight.


Reporter . Jonathan White, Wistaston

The Wistaston Singers took their talents on the road when they travelled to Port Sunlight on the Wirral. They performed a fundraising concert on Saturday 7th November 2015 at Christ Church United Reformed Church .

In the afternoon the choir and guests were able to view the delightful village of Port Sunlight, along with its art gallery, museum, cafe and garden centre.

Phil Houghton was the Musical Director at this evening concert and also introduced each song and soloist. Jane Hale was the accompanist on the piano. The Wistaston Singers sang Get me to the Church on time (Lerner & Lowe), a My Fair Lady compilation (Lerner & Lowe), Nightingale sang in Berkeley Square (Sherwin), Can you feel the love tonight (Elton John), Deep Harmony (H Parker), You’ll Never Walk Alone (Rodgers), a tribute to Queen compilation (Brymer), Love Changes Everything (Lloyd Webber), Jerusalem (Parry) and a rousing Cwm Rhondda to finish the concert.

Chris White (ukulele), accompanied by Phil Houghton (organ), performed three songs: Pack up your troubles (Powell), Lancashire Toreador (Formby) and Keep the Home Fires Burning (Novello). Jane Hale performed Flying Free (M Begg) on the flute, accompanied by Ann Farrington. The audience were given the lyrics to some of the songs and were encouraged to join in for each chorus.

Port Sunlight-based female choir ‘Silver Tones’ accompanied by Paul Goulden (piano) and Wirral-based tenor Nicky Hardy accompanied by Alan Derrick (keyboard) also performed at the event.

Refreshments were served during the interval.

Proceeds from the concert will go to the Christ Church United Reformed Church.

Musical Director Phil Houghton said, "The choir had a wonderful visit to Port Sunlight and were most appreciative to the audience for coming to watch us perform at this fund-raising concert."

The Wistaston Singers were originally formed by members of the choir at St Mary's Parish Church, Wistaston in May 2000 and now number over forty members singing four-part harmony music. The choir perform a variety and eclectic choice of music ranging from choral church music and anthems, Gilbert and Sullivan items, music from the shows, music from modern composers such as John Rutter encompassing from the 15th century to the 20th century. They perform up to five concerts a year at various venues in south Cheshire. The choir is also available to perform at weddings in the area. The choir rehearse weekly in the parish rooms of St Mary's Church, Nantwich on a Wednesday evening from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. New members are welcome and further details may be obtained from Choir Secretary Jill Oakes, Tel: 01270 662940 and email:

Their next concert will be a Christmas concert on Saturday 12th December 2015 (3pm) at St Stephens Methodist Church, Gainsborough Rd, Crewe.

Wistaston Singers at Port Sunlight (2)

Cheshire East scoops national award for keeping people informed about roadworks


Cheshire East Council’s highways team has scooped a national award for the way it keeps people informed about roadworks.

Use of Elgin’s Traffic Management (TM) app to plan, coordinate and publicise roadworks has won the ‘award for the best use of new technology in the highways Industry’ at the Highways Magazine Excellence Awards.

The need to get up-to-date information to local residents and road users became evident following an increase in the number of permits for roadworks being processed. 

Cheshire East Highways uses the application to ensure that closures, diversion routes and other temporary traffic diversions, approved by the permit team, are instantly displayed on Elgin’s website:

This information is shown on the Cheshire East Highways’ website to help people plan their journeys throughout the Borough’s 2,700km network of roads.

Councillor David Brown, Deputy Leader for Cheshire East Council and cabinet member in charge of highways, said: “Keeping people informed about roadworks on our busy and extensive network is essential and this tool is making it easier for them to plan their journeys throughout the Borough.

“As a ‘residents first’ authority we place a high priority on keeping local people and visitors informed and on working to keep our traffic flowing freely and safely with as little disruption as possible.” 

This is the second award that the TM app has won this year, following the North West ‘best practice project of the year’ award received from the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation back in May.

Cheshire East Highways was also shortlisted for the ‘highways maintenance efficiency award’ at the Highways Magazine Excellence Awards for its asset management-led approach to maintenance and improvement of Cheshire East’s roads.

Alert regarding purse thefts

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Police from Crewe Local Policing Unit are advising shoppers to be vigilant following a number of purse thefts.
There have been a number of purse thefts near supermarkets in the areas covered by Crewe Local Policing Unit which includes, Sandbach , Alsager, Middlewich, Holmes Chapel and Nantwich.
The offenders are noting pin numbers when the victims make a purchase at the till and then when they are distracted take the opportunity to steal their purse and use their cards before the victim realises their purse is missing and money has gone from their account.
Our advice is for shoppers to keep their purses safe in their handbags, protect their pin numbers, and keep their handbags zipped and secured at all times.
Anyone who sees suspicious activity should contact police on 101 and if you see suspicious activity at a till or in the car park, alert store security staff.

Cheshire East cancer project scoops national excellence award


Cheshire East’s lung cancer project has won a top professional excellence award at Macmillan’s annual awards ceremony.

The project, funded by Cheshire East Council, raises awareness about the early signs and symptoms of lung cancer and speeds up diagnosis.

The proactive collaboration between Cheshire East Council’s public health team, NHS South Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust means patients are supported at all stages of their treatment.

The project team, based at Leighton Hospital in Crewe, were presented with the ‘team excellence’ award at a prestigious ceremony held at The Hilton Metropole Hotel, in Birmingham, on November 12.

Project manager Michelle Huxley said: “It is an honour to have our work recognised by Macmillan. I see this award as recognition of the whole team’s hard work to improve the outcomes and experience of people affected by lung cancer.”

The project has already seen an increase in referrals and reduction in the proportion of cancers diagnosed through emergency admission from 21 per cent to 13 per cent in a single year. Furthermore, since the project began, the number of patients with access to a lung cancer clinical nurse specialist at diagnosis has risen from 46 per cent to 85 per cent.

Councillor Janet Clowes, Cheshire East Cabinet member in charge of adults, health and leisure, said: “We are delighted that the work of the lung cancer project team has been recognised nationally.

“The team’s hard work and dedication means that local people receive early diagnosis, information and the best possible care. The project has truly changed the lives of people living with lung cancer in Cheshire East.”

Tuesday 17 November 2015

Bentley Open Day

Reporter Jonathan White, Wistaston

Bentley Motors’ ‘CW1 House’ showroom on Pyms Lane in Crewe is open to the general public every Saturday in November (9am-12noon). I visited on Saturday 14th and saw the full model range including the Bentayga, Mulsanne, and GT’s. There was also an opportunity to see their champion race cars. There’s parking at the front of the premises. I recommend a visit on the remaining Saturdays in November – 21st and 28th.

Race carsTwo from the Bentley model range

Christmas Fair this Saturday

Reporter Jonathan White, Wistaston

The annual Cancer Research UK 'Christmas Fair' takes place this Saturday 21st November 2015 (10:15am to 3pm) at Wistaston Memorial Hall, Church Lane, Wistaston. There will be numerous stalls selling gifts, plants, cakes and Christmas cards, Santa's Grotto, plus a Tea Room serving drinks and snacks. Proceeds to Cancer Research UK.

Cancer Research UK Christmas Fair

Cheshire East Council raises French flag and holds minutes’ silence for victims of Paris terror attacks


Cheshire East Council Members and staff have raised the French flag and held a minutes’ silence as a mark of respect for the victims of the Paris terror attack.

Council Leader Michael Jones led the flag ceremony outside the authority’s Westfields HQ today as staff and Members observed a moment of quiet reflection. 

Councillor Jones paid tribute to the victims of the attacks and the French people.

He said: “The people of Cheshire East witnessed with great sadness and horror the unfolding events in Paris on Friday night and throughout the weekend. 

“These despicable attacks have shocked the whole of Europe. We must be ever vigilant – but also compassionate.

“These events are beyond religion, culture or country; they demonstrate man’s capacity for inhumanity to one another.
“Cheshire East Members and officers stand together with their French brothers and sisters at this time of great sadness and mourning.  We send our deepest condolences to all of the families of the bereaved and offer our prayers for the wounded.

“We stand as one Europe – beyond creed, race or colour – in recognition of the suffering caused. But we can never forgive the cowardly actions of these terrorists in the streets and concert halls of Paris.

“Our thoughts are with those touched by this tragedy.”

Alarms at all main Council buildings – Westfields (Sandbach), Delamere House and Municipal Buildings (Crewe), Macclesfield Town Halls (old and new) – sounded briefly as a reminder of the minute’s silence today (Monday).

The Council’s flag was first lowered to half mast before the French flag was raised in its place at the Council’s Westfieds HQ, as well as at the Council other main offices at Macclesfield Town Hall and Crewe Municipal Buildings.

Cllr Jones is to write to the French ambassador to express the Council’s deepest condolences and solidarity with the people of France at this difficult time.

Terror attacks in Paris


Councillor Michael Jones, Leader of Cheshire East Council, said: “All our hearts go out to the families and friends who have lost loved ones in these despicable and cowardly attacks on innocent civilians in Paris. Indeed they go out to the whole French nation.

“With compassion, but resolve; with condolences but determination, I say this to the people of France: your pain is our pain. Your resolve is our resolve and your fight for tolerance, freedom and the rule of law is also our fight – and that of every civilised nation.

“We stand together with you in your hour of need. Together we will prevail over hatred and intolerance and defeat the terrorists.”

Cheshire East claimant figure dips again


The number of people living in Cheshire East claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) has fallen yet again – continuing a two-year downward trend in the Borough.

The latest figures, released by the Office for National Statistics, show that 1,565 people were claiming JSA in the month of October, compared with 1,592 in the previous month.

The percentage figure, 0.7 per cent, is almost half the 1.2 per cent figure for October 2014.

The Council is also pleased that the rate is 50 per cent lower than the North West average and more than 50 per cent lower than the UK average of 1.6 per cent.

Also down on October last year is the number of 18 to 24-year-olds claiming JSA. Less than one per cent (0.9 per cent) of the young adult group receives JSA and again this is far lower than the regional and UK average.

Cheshire East Council Leader Michael Jones said: “Again this is great, positive news from Cheshire East and shows that the Council’s policy to stimulate growth and create jobs is succeeding.

“However, we will not be complacent and will continue in our resolve to ensure Cheshire East remains open for business and the engine which helps supercharge the Northern Powerhouse.

“I remain concerned about the numbers of young adults seeking work and it is my clear intention to see the NEET figure at zero in 2016, if at all possible.

“I am also concerned about the hard core of long-term unemployed and, although the claimant count is below regional and national averages, this is something I want to address and create the opportunity for people to develop the skills that our employers are looking for. This is one reason we are supporting the development of the new UTC in Crewe, for example.

“As an authority we are attracting more businesses to the Borough and that means more jobs.”



▪ Latest event hosts hundreds of students and parents

▪ Crewe Engineering and Design UTC to be part of the Crewe town centre regeneration

(Crewe, 11th November 2015)
More than 200 students and parents attended the latest Crewe Engineering and Design University Technical College open evening yesterday, a further sign of the strength of demand in Crewe Engineering and Design UTC from the local community.     
The event, which was held at CW1 House at Bentley Motors, allowed people the opportunity to find out more about the different educational paths offered by the school, learn about the application process and engage in conversation with partners supporting the UTC.              
Commenting on the evening, David Terry, Principal of Crewe Engineering and Design UTC, said:   
“It’s vital that we open our doors to young people to develop their love for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The success of this latest event was a further indication that this region is filled with extraordinary young people, who are preparing themselves for a bright future in engineering.
“The UTC will offer exciting and challenging learning experiences and give the future scientists, designers and engineers of tomorrow the ability to thrive in their chosen career path. I was delighted to meet many parents, students and members of the community and I look forward to help drive the educational offering in Crewe forward as one.”    

As part of the event, a number of interactive displays were on hand for those interested in STEM subjects including an AON robot handshake, a 3D printer, remote control cars and the all-new Bentley Bentayga, giving a first glimpse of some of the projects students could work on in the future.          
The event has generated a growing number of applicants and enquiries for the limited number of places available for 14 – 18 year old students starting Year 10 and Year 12 from next September 2016.       
Councillor Rachel Bailey, Cheshire East Council Cabinet member in charge of children and families, said: “This is fantastic news and I am delighted that there is so much initial interest in the UTC, which is very promising indeed.

“The UTC will be a flagship educational institution that will help nurture the skills and experience of our young people for generations to come.

“The Council is fully behind the UTC and we are supporting our partners and working with all our local schools in order to promote it as widely as possible and deliver a workforce of young people who have the skills to match the needs of Cheshire East’s growing economy.”

Crewe Engineering and Design UTC will deliver courses that offer exciting and engaging pathways for 14-18 year olds, alongside business and academic partners such as Bentley Motors, Manchester Metropolitan University, Siemens, Bosch, OSL Rail, Chevron Racing, Optical 3D and Cheshire East Council.

Parents and students can find out more information at Crewe Engineering and Design UTC at the website -     

Saturday 14 November 2015

Fund Raising Event

Thanks. Jonathan White, Wistaston

A fund-raising music concert took place in the newly refurbished function room at Willaston Social Club on the evening of Friday 13th November 2015. 

The concert featured local bands 'Brave New World' and 'The Blue Yellows', whilst Kirsty Rolling and Chris Radford from The Cat 107.9 FM community radio compered the evening's proceedings. There were party games for children preceding the concert and refreshments were also available.

The concert reached its climax when 'Brave New World' and 'The Blue Yellows' combined for a stunning rendition of Neil Young’s ‘Rockin' in the Free World’.

Over £400 was raised over the evening and this will go to the Alzheimer's Society .

Organiser Claire Margerison said, "I am overwhelmed by people's generosity in their support of the Alzheimer's Society, who badly need our support. The bands gave their time for free and the Willaston Social Club gave us free hire of their function room. I am indebted to all the people who have assisted and supported the event.”

Brave New World and The Blue Yellows combine for Rockin in  the Free World (1)

MP’s 166th news bulletin







Welcome to this, my 166th news bulletin.Remembrance Sunday image by Peter Wigley

This Remembrance Sunday I once again joined the many military, civic, and charitable organisations laying wreaths in both Crewe and Nantwich.
I want to thank the Royal British Legion for their work and also take the opportunity to explain what action the Government is taking to support armed forces veterans.
We are committed to ensuring that those who serve in the armed forces and their families, regular or reserve, past and present, are treated with dignity and receive the care and support they deserve. That’s why I am pleased the Armed Forces Covenant is enshrined in law so that our forces families face no disadvantage in the provision of public and commercial services.
Since the covenant was published in May 2011, ministers have made £17.5m available to ensure that Headley Court and nine specialist NHS facilities in England would be able to provide injured personnel and veterans with the most technologically advanced prosthetics available.
The covenant will also help serving personnel and their families. The Government has twice doubled council tax relief – it now stands at nearly £600 per service person for a six-month deployment; introduced extra education funding of £300 per child for the children of service personnel; and set up and additional £3m per year to support state schools catering for significant numbers of children of service personnel, including children of reservists.
The covenant will be supported in the future too. Ministers are continuing to promote the Community Covenant Scheme, with over 400 communities across the UK (some 99%) signing up. £30m has been assigned to the Community Covenant Grant scheme over the four financial years from 2011-12 to 2014-15.
I was also pleased that the Government announced the covenant funding will be enduring, with a further £10m available per year from 2015-16, funded by banking fines.
If you are a veteran and would like to access support services, contact my office for assistance. One of my team is also a veteran, and so anyone who has any related concerns can call in and be sure their case will be dealt with sensitively, based on experience.

Edward Timpson MP
Member of Parliament for Crewe and Nantwich
*Remembrance Sunday image by Peter Wigley, RBL Crewe Branch.
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.

Since my last e-mail, I have...

  • Attended a special assembly at St Mary's RC School in Crewe, given by Google and Parent Zone, covering the importance of staying safe online and using the Internet responsibly.
  • Spoken with Emma Cook and Peter Bounds from Relate Cheshire and Merseyside, to talk about the great services that the charity offers to support local people with relationships advice and counselling.
  • Met with campaigners against the proposal to demolish the Red Lion Hotel in Nantwich. A huge number of local people have signed a petition against this planning application and I am delighted to be sending it to Cheshire East Council with my full backing.
  • Visited Crewe Sea Cadets to inspect the guard and talk to the cadets who were in preparation for Remembrance Sunday.
  • Supported NHS South Cheshire's 'Every Breath You Take' campaign, which visited a Crewe pharmacy this month with information and advice about lung health.  Lung cancer is a particular problem in the Crewe area, and the message of the campaign is that it's vital to get checked out and get an early diagnosis.
  • Held my regular constituency advice surgeries in Crewe and Nantwich.
  • Cut the ribbon at the official opening of the fantastic new kitchen facilities at Shavington Youth Centre.
  • Met with Anne Boyd and Duncan Setterington from Active Cheshire, about their plan to get us all to be more active, and to help encourage young people to be fitter and healthier.

Christmas Card Competition 2015

Christmas Card Competition 2015

This year I have received a huge number of entries from residents both young and old, to appear on the front of my Christmas card that is sent to hundreds of people including the Prime Minister.

I have found it impossible to pick a winner, so I'm asking for everyone's help to choose the winning design. The entries have been whittled down to a shortlist of 9, and the image which receives the most Facebook 'likes' before midnight on Wednesday, 18 November will be crowned the winner.

You can view all of the shortlisted entries on my Facebook page and cast your vote:

I would like to thank all of the talented artists who have sent in their festive designs - good luck!

Photo: New kitchen opening at Shavington Youth Centre.
Congratulations to the Youth Centre on securing the funding for the huge new kitchen area, which is a fantastic facility.

Council urges gardeners and schools to make 2016 a blooming success


Cheshire East Council is urging gardeners and green-fingered enthusiasts to dig deep next spring and help the Borough to blossom in next year’s Britain in Bloom and North West in Bloom competitions.

The clarion call for the big push follows some great successes at this year’s regional awards, crowned by Congleton’s victory in the ‘best large town’ category

Beartown, as it is known, will now represent the North West in the national awards next year.

With hanging baskets, tubs, flower beds and floral displays turning the town into a blaze of colour last summer, the judges also chose Congleton for the ‘pride of Cheshire East’ award and overall winner in the environmental category.

Other winners included Alsager’s railway station, Knutsford town centre and Wilmslow’s Incredible Edible group.

Patti Pinto, one of the organisers for Congleton in Bloom, said: “This is absolutely fantastic, not just for Congleton but also for the whole of Cheshire East.

“Anyone can garden and grow plants and if you think you can’t, then don’t be deterred – join in!

“Even if you haven’t got a garden, there is always a place to put a planter, a tub or a climber. We want to see more shops and businesses involved, care homes and pubs.

“Many do a great job already and are really enthusiastic but it would be good to see many more involved.”

Councillor David Brown, Deputy Leader of Cheshire East Council, said: “This is a fantastic show of results for the Borough and I am truly proud of our volunteers and communities who have put so much work into improving their environment, making our towns and villages attractive for residents and visitors.

“I am also especially pleased that as a Congleton resident, the town can now go forward to the national competition in 2016.

“What would be great next year is if more of our schools could get involved across the Borough.

“Some of our children showed great talent and imagination at the RHS Flower Show at Tatton in the summer, so I would encourage all our schools to get involved in this competition too.”

Trevor Leese, regional organiser North West in Bloom, Britain said: “We are so pleased that Cheshire East Council have supported this competition and as a result there has been an enormous increase in the numbers of communities in Cheshire taking part not only in the Britain in Bloom but in our small community competition the RHS ‘it’s your neighbourhood awards’

A further success for the Borough saw a gold medal awarded to The Swettenham Arms, the picturesque countryside public house near Holmes Chapel and silver gilt to the Queen’s Head in Congleton.

'Holly Fair' in Wistaston.

Reporter Jonathan White, Wistaston

The annual 'Holly Fair' took place on Saturday 7th November 2015 at Wells Green Methodist Church on Brookland Avenue in Wistaston.

In the entrance hall, there was a raffle to win a hamper of Fairtrade goods, a competition to win two knitted animals and crocheted items for sale made by one of the church members - Mrs Olwen Wood – who is one hundred years old.

The stalls included toys, DVDs, books, costume jewellery, a blue & silver colour stall, Traidcraft goods, homemade cakes and Christmas gifts & crafts.

Blue and silver colour stall - l-r - Gwyneth Brown and  Sylvia Ashley

There were a wide variety of refreshments for sale in the café including soup, quiches, rolls, cakes, trifles and jellies.

Teresa Hoper and Myra Wood co-ordinated the food and drinks, and Pat Nott organised the publicity and the stalls.

The event raised £1,545.30 on the day. A coffee morning has been arranged for Wednesday 18th November 2015, from 10.30am to 12.30pm, at Wells Green Methodist Church, to increase this amount even further.

Pat Nott said, "The Holly Fair is an excellent community event, which is held on the first Saturday in November every year. Wells Green members are very generous with their giving and without their support, the fair wouldn't take place. It's a team effort and we very much enjoy working together."

Wednesday 11 November 2015

Cheshire East to bid for Tour of Britain Cycle Race


Cheshire East Council is to bid for the country’s number one cycling event to be staged in the Borough.

It’s projected that the Aviva Tour of Britain Cycle Race could generate up to £5m for the local economy, if the Council is crowned a successful host.

Each year, local authorities are given the opportunity to put a compelling bid together to showcase what they have to offer in order to attract the UK’s biggest free-to-attend sporting event.

Council Leader Michael Jones backed the bid and said it would be a ‘fantastic way’ to market Cheshire as a tourist destination.

He said: “Not only that, it will hopefully inspire residents to get more involved in cycling initiatives across the Borough.

“We have some of the best cycle routes in the country with stunning scenery and it’s this sort of family activity that adds to the health and wellbeing of communities – and that’s something this Council is committed to.

“It will also be a key driver for tourism, which is already worth £807m to the Cheshire East economy and would help attract even more high-profile national events in the future.”

The decision to back the bid was made at Cabinet today (Tues). It now means that great sponsorship and promotional opportunities will be available to local businesses.

Sponsorship will help off-set the cost of hosting the event and the Council’s executive director of economic growth and prosperity, Caroline Simpson, will release funds within the Council’s investment (sustainability) earmarked reserve to underwrite the bid for September 2016/17.

Council creates new planning support team for major projects – to boost jobs and investment


Cheshire East Council has created a new planning support service for major schemes – to boost jobs and investment.

The new initiative, which is in its infancy, was put before Cabinet members today (November 10) to seek support for the development and expansion of the new Priority Planning Applications (PPA) service.

This premium ‘fast-track’ service will be for significant, major planning applications – from initial inquiry to submission for planning decision – and provide a ‘seamless service’, cutting through unnecessary delays.

The aim of this paid-for service will be to ensure major investment and job creation in Cheshire East does not suffer unnecessary delays.

The service will also generate a revenue stream for the Council to enable additional resources to be brought in to deal with the large number of major applications submitted to Cheshire East.

This new process does not necessarily mean that these applications will be permitted, as they will continue to be determined on their individual merits, in accordance with Council policy, by elected members of independent planning committees.

Cheshire East Council Leader Councillor Michael Jones said: “This Council is once again showing its real commitment to acting innovatively to improve service delivery for the people of Cheshire East and develop our local economy.

“This new initiative will develop a new revenue stream for the Council but more importantly this is about improving the delivery of key planning decisions in what is one of the busiest planning authorities in the country.

“A PPA will allow resources to be provided and targeted to deal with the most economically-significant applications received by this authority – that would bring significant jobs, housing and infrastructure investment to the Borough.

“It will also give greater confidence to inward investors and businesses that Cheshire East can handle major planning applications in a proactive and efficient way.”

The criteria for eligible applications for PPA service support would be projects which:

● Create more than 200 jobs;

● Build more than 500 houses;

● Are Council disposal applications for major sites, or which unlock significant sites; and

● Release grant aid, in a small number of exceptional circumstances.

Caroline Simpson, the Council’s executive director of economic growth and prosperity, said in her report to Cabinet: “This proposal is part of an overall package of resource and operational improvements to the development management service, which seek to ensure that all applications are dealt with in a timely manner.

“This Council is committed to supporting economic growth and nurturing prosperous communities. The planning process plays a major role in supporting appropriate development and it is essential that the Council has a dynamic and proactive approach to planning which serves local residents and businesses.”

Developers will be charged an additional fee over and above the normal planning fee. It is expected that the costs of providing the PPA service, consisting of three experienced planning officers, would be covered by the revenue generated.

Council approves £1m investment in school 20mph zones


A £1m programme to install 20mph zones near all schools in Cheshire East has been approved by Cheshire East Council’s Cabinet.

The three-year programme will tackle more than 130 schools, which are currently located in areas with speed limits between 30mph and 60mph. 

The decision today (Tuesday) follows a 2015 National Highways and Transport survey of Cheshire East residents that placed road safety as a top priority. 

The Council also carried out a local community safety consultation earlier this year, where a significant number of responses related to speeding outside schools.

Evidence also shows that decreased traffic speeds improve the chance of survival when a pedestrian is involved in a collision.  At 20 mph, a pedestrian has a 97 per cent chance of survival compared with a just 10 per cent chance of survival at 40mph.

Cheshire East currently has 160 school sites, of which 23 already benefit from either mandatory or an advisory 20mph speed limit. The remaining 137 schools may have advisory, part-time 20mph limit signs with flashing school warning lights fitted over a three-year period.

Councillor David Brown, Deputy Leader of Cheshire East Council with responsibility for Highways said: “Road traffic accidents are a significant cause of death or serious injury for children and young people.

“A total 60 children were killed or seriously injured on Cheshire East’s roads between 2010 and 2012, and the local rate is nearly 50 per cent higher than the national average. 

“We have listened to our residents concerns and are taking action to improve road safety across the Borough and – most importantly – right outside our schools.” 

Cllr Rachel Bailey, Cabinet member in charge of children and families, said: “As a Council we put a high priority on people’s safety and especially on protecting Cheshire East’s children.

“This initiative is in response to the concerns of our local residents and we would look to bring it forward in close discussion with local communities and schools.

“This is also about changing the culture and behaviour of motorists around all schools and we will look at enforcement and mandatory speed limits where appropriate and in discussion with local schools and residents.”

Council ‘ahead of the pack’ in bid to tap into geothermal energy


Cheshire East Council is the leading local authority in the UK in looking to explore district heating  and opportunities for geothermal and renewable energy.

The Council is seeking to appoint a joint venture partner before Christmas to enter into a contract to establish a joint venture company (JVC) in order to take advantage of the geology of the area.

The Cheshire basin is one of only six economically suitable sites in the UK for developing deep geothermal energy. Preliminary studies show it holds reserves of more than six times the national heat demand of the UK, with groundwater temperatures of between 75-110 degrees centigrade.

The ultimate aim of the venture is to deliver heating to homes across Cheshire East fuelled by a range of renewable energy sources, including but not limited to biomass, solar thermal, solar photo-voltaic and geothermal energy.

The Council has already established a knowledge transfer partnership with the University of Keele and has appointed a PhD student to undertake geological mapping of the area.

The joint venture will be formed as a private limited company with equal voting rights between the Council and its partner and an initial tie in period of five years. The appointed partner will not have the exclusive rights to develop renewable projects. The Council will retain the ability to approve new business cases on a project by project basis.

Councillor Rod Menlove, chairman of the Cheshire East Energy Ltd company said: “This is significant step by the Council to harness the power of renewable energy sources for the benefit of our residents. Yet again we are showing that we are an ambitious and innovative Council determined to address energy provision in a low-carbon future.”

Council reveals huge interest in leisure-led development opportunity to spearhead the regeneration of Macclesfield town centre


Cheshire East Council has revealed there is huge interest from developers in delivering a leisure-led scheme to spearhead regeneration of Macclesfield town centre.

Less than five months ago, Council Leader Councillor Michael Jones announced plans to offer two alternative sites for sale to see what options the market can deliver for development with leisure facilities at its heart.

The aim of development would be to increase the town’s leisure offer and boost town centre footfall to support existing businesses.

The potential sites identified by the Council are the Duke Street car park and the Churchill Way car park – with a view to releasing one for a leisure-led scheme. The development industry has now responded with gusto.

Cllr Jones announced his intention to make it clear to prospective purchasers that the Council wanted a scheme which delivers on local people’s aspirations for a development which brings significant regeneration benefits and a sympathetic high-quality design – and not simply looking for the highest bid.

Cllr Jones said: “This is fantastic news for Macclesfield. This phenomenal level of interest from developers has come about because we have done a great job marketing the town centre and the £1m we are putting into improving the town centre.

“We have made the development industry very confident that Cheshire East is a place people can do business.”

All the submitted proposals include a cinema and all would see work starting, subject to planning approval, in 2016.

Cllr Jones added: “This is a game changer – to deliver a real destination for families and visitors in the Macclesfield area.

“Five months ago many raised doubts regarding the likely level of interest from the market. Yet the response we have had has been phenomenal – leaving us in no doubt that developers see Macclesfield as a place they want to invest in and Cheshire East as somewhere they want to do business.

“I am absolutely delighted that our instincts to go out to the market at this time have proven to be right and that the development community has responded so positively to our ask for high-quality development, which respond to local aspirations.

“I would like to thank Nick Hynes and the Macclesfield Stakeholder Panel for helping create this confidence and momentum in partnership with the Council.

“We are looking to ensure the momentum created in Macclesfield is now rolled out to Crewe and other parts of the Borough. We need to deliver in Macclesfield, not just because it’s the right thing to do for the north of the Borough but because it will show developers that Cheshire East sticks to what it says it will do.

“Building confidence is key to our commitment as a Council to delivering high quality, sustainable development which will help us unlock opportunities in other areas.

“This is without doubt a good news story – not just for Macclesfield but also for the Borough as a whole. It shows our commitment to working with local communities always to get the very best, high-quality scheme we can, that is right for the area and that meets the aspirations of local residents.”

In March, Cllr Jones was instrumental in drafting in commercial property expert Nick Hynes to lead the new Macclesfield Town Centre Vision Stakeholder Panel to shape the way forward and advise the Council.

Its remit includes investigating options for accelerating the delivery of a leisure scheme for the town centre and getting the views of the local community about their ambitions and aspirations for Macclesfield.

Council regeneration specialist Jo Wise was also appointed as the new project director for Macclesfield town centre regeneration, to co-ordinate and drive the revitalisation of the town.

The Council has also committed £1m in capital funding to support projects to refurbish and revitalise the town centre.

Nick Hynes said today: “This is tremendous news for Macclesfield. I was confident that there would be a keen interest from developers but to get 19 serious and substantial proposals submitted is even better than we had hoped.

“There is growing confidence in the town – and rightly so. Now we need to continue to work in partnership with the Council to ensure there is no let up in the momentum, that local stakeholders can share their views and that we get a scheme that is right for the people of Macclesfield.”

Tuesday 10 November 2015

Service of Remembrance in Wistaston.

Reporter  Jonathan White  Wistaston

Wistaston Remembers

The Wistaston Memorial Hall and Community Centre was filled to capacity on Sunday 8th November 2015, as the village remembered those who made the ultimate sacrifice in two world wars.

A guard of honour was organised by Beavers, Cubs and Scouts from the 35th South West Cheshire Scout group, who welcomed councillors from Cheshire East and Wistaston. The Service of Remembrance was taken by four local ministers - Rev Ken Sambrook and Rev Mike Turnbull (St Mary’s Church, Wistaston), Father Martin Moran (Oblate Retreat Centre) and Rev Steve Ingrouille (Wells Green Methodist Church).

The impressive poppy arrangement on the stage was displayed by Mrs Elizabeth Russell (Wistaston Flower Club).

The names of the sixteen men from Wistaston who perished during World War 2, were respectfully read by Mrs Barbara Brereton.

The Wells Green Church choir, led by their musical director Mrs Myra Wood, added quality to the music and hymns.

Jack Gresty played ‘The Last Post’ and ‘Reveille’; his great uncle Radio Officer Derek Aubrey Gresty died at Bari, Italy on 3rd May 1944 aged 24 years.

A wreath was placed at the front of the building by the hall’s President, John Cooke, accompanied by Cub George Edge-Robinson who placed a cross in memory of Lieutenant Commander Roy Berryman Edwards DSO, sent by his daughter Mrs Sylvia Hammond, from Kent.

The hall’s Chairman, John White, paid tribute to one of Wistaston’s sixteen fallen heroes – Lieutenant Ronald Arthur Hulse, Royal Artillery, who died in Egypt on 17th June 1944, aged 29. He lived at ‘Oaklands’, Manor Avenue, Wistaston and attended Nantwich & Acton Grammar School.

The collection at the service was £287 for the Royal British Legion, which was represented by Alan Brereton.

Participants in this years Service of RemembranceWistaston 35th SWC Scout Group's guard of honour outside  Memorial Hall

Monday 9 November 2015

Remembrance Sunday parade

Remembrance Sunday parade and service in Crewe. 

Reporter Jonathan White, Crewe

Here is a link to video I took of the parade and have uploaded to Facebook (Public setting):

The Remembrance Sunday parade and service in Crewe took place on the morning of Sunday 8th November 2015. There was a parade through the town followed by the Remembrance service on Memorial Square. The Parade Marshall was Lt RL Jones RNR, the service was led by the Reverend Ken Sambrook, with a Bible reading from Councillor Simon Yates, Leader of Crewe Town Council. There was the sounding of the Last Post, a two minute silence, and hymns. Several local organisations, groups and schools were present and laid wreaths during the ceremony. The music was performed by Crewe Brass and Crewe Male Voice Choir. Memorial Square also featured ‘The Poppy Explosion’ community art project to commemorate World War 1 with several hundred knitted poppies. Members of the public were invited to join the Mayor for refreshments in the Council Chamber in the Municipal Building after the Service.

Remembrance Sunday service on Memorial SquareThe parade passes close to Christ Church TowerThe Poppy Explosion community art project

Local charity music concert

You are invited to a local charity music concert in November.

Local bands 'Brave New World' and 'The Blue Yellows' will perform at Willaston Social Club (Wistaston Road, Willaston, CW5 6PU) on Friday 13th November 2015.

Doors open at 6:30pm, first band on stage at 7:30pm.

Tickets = £5 for adults, free entry for children.

All proceeds will go to the Alzheimer's Society .

For further information about the concert please contact Derek on 07852300101.

Organiser Claire Margerison said "I'm on a continuing campaign to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society. I have seen the disease progress in a family member and recognise it is a growing problem and that research is grossly underfunded."


Thursday 5 November 2015

Limelight Fire


A fire at the Limelight on High town with the upper  floor smoke filled. On scene are  fire police and Ambulance with the road blocked off fro Gatefield st to West st no real major damage and the smoke was blown out with fans and no one was hurt. The fire is being investigated with people sleeping rough round town they may have used the empty building  for shelter

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Bonfire Night - list of organised bonfires in Cheshire

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service would like to encourage residents to attend an organised bonfire this year, because most injuries throughout the bonfire period occur as a result of people building their own bonfires, and setting off their own fireworks.

Find out more - Bonfire Night - list of organised bonfires in Cheshire

Bonfire Night safety tips from Fireman Sam

Follow Fireman Sam's top 10 safety tips to make sure you have a safe Bonfire night.

Here's a fun way to make sure your family is safe on Bonfire Night - watch this series of videos to take some tips from Fireman Sam.

Watch the Bonfire Night safety tips from Fireman Sam

Are you ready for winter?

Most incidents in the home can be prevented by using common sense and taking precautions.  Winter, particularly, can be a dangerous time with the higher than usual use of candles, electrical appliances and more hazardous roads.

The Service supports national initiatives that help our communities to understand just what precautions they can take to keep them and their loved ones safe.  Here are ones we have been supporting since the last newsletter.

Candle fire safety

With the days growing darker and winter setting in, a few candles scattered round the room can lend a warm glow to an evening. But with candle fires resulting in around 350 casualties each year, we would like you to take extra care with candles this winter - nearly 40% of all fires started by candles result in a death or injury.

Find out more - Candle fire safety

Carbon monoxide awareness

Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning can be fatal or cause permanent damage to your health.  CO is produced when carbon fuels don't burn completely. It has no smell or taste and, in large quantities, it can kill very quickly. 

Find out more - Carbon monoxide awareness

Electrical fire safety

Electrical appliances have become a staple of modern life - from fridges and phones to toasters or the TV, it's hard to think of how we would get by without a few electrically-powered essentials.

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Get your chimney ready for the winter

With the colder, winter months looming, people will begin to start using open fires and their chimneys again.  In order to keep you and your family safe from fire, you need to take necessary steps such as ensuring your chimney is swept regularly, depending upon what fuel you burn and we would urge all householders to have a working smoke alarm in their home.

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Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service would like to offer fire safety advice to people celebrating Diwali on 11th November 2015.

Diwali is known as 'Festival of the Lights' and sees an increase in the use of 'divas' or oil lamps. It is believed that light signifies goodness therefore various lamps are burnt throughout the day and into the night to ward off darkness and evil.

Statistics show that there is an increased fire risk during Diwali, because of divas, candles and fireworks - but by taking just a few simple precautions you can  reduce the risks for yourself and your family.

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Road safety week

The focus of this year's Brake Road Safety Week (23rd to 29th November 2015) is 'drive less, live more'.

During Road Safety Week Cheshire firefighters will be working with drivers across the county to share vital road safety messages. They will be encouraging people to think about whether their car journey is necessary - could they swap their car for a walk or a bike ride?

Firefighters will also be targeting parents and children, to encourage them to 'drive less' by cycling, walking or scooting to school.

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Blog - Fire cadets Nepal school project

A team of Cheshire Fire cadets and leaders have arrived in Nepal to help finish off a much needed, safe school for children in the village of Thulodhunga.

Working with the charity Classrooms in the Clouds (CitC), the team of 15 young people and nine team leaders have been helping children in the Basa region work who often take care of younger siblings or elderly relatives, so generally have no education. The CitC’s mission is to provide affordable, accessible and sustainable education to all the children of Nepal.

Follow the fire cadets' blog to see how they are getting on in Nepal

Firefighters' website wins RNIB approval

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service’s website has earned an accessibility accreditation from the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB).

The “RNIB Approved” award is particularly welcome as it means that safety messages can be given clearly and concisely to everyone, regardless of disability or technology used. Equal access to information is important at all times but especially at this time of the year, during the bonfire period, to ensure everyone stays safe and understands the measures to take.

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Fire engine damaged and firefighters abused at incident

A Macclesfield man appeared in court on 29 October charged with damaging a fire engine and abusing firefighters after they were called to extinguish a fire at a block of flats in the town.

The incident happened on July 26 2015 at 10.22am at Waterside Mill, Macclesfield, following a 999 call to a bin on fire. The crew arrived at the scene and found the premises evacuated and residents already outside awaiting their arrival.

An industrial bin was found smouldering at the front of the block of flats and as firefighters went to extinguish it, Vincent Mark Bradley of Waterside Mill, Macclesfield appeared and became aggressive towards one of the crew. Later stones were thrown which damaged two vehicles, one of which was the fire engine.

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Tuesday 3 November 2015

Wistaston Memorial Hall's Annual Quiz

Reporter J White

On the evening of Friday 30th October 2015 eleven teams of four people participated in six rounds of ten questions at Wistaston Memorial Hall's Annual Quiz for the Fred Lorimer trophy.

The quiz setters were Peter & Christina Wainwright who had organised their third quiz at the Hall on Church Lane in Wistaston.

The raffle was organised by Glenys White and Meurig Jones for prizes which were all kindly donated. The raffle made £64.

The half-time refreshments were organised by Audrey & John Astbury, Eileen Bamber and Kathleen Conroy.

The winning team was called 'Treble Chance' with 48 points, with 'The Scrabblers' in second place.

The Fred Lorimer trophy was presented to the winning team by Peter Wainwright, Quizmaster.

Event organiser John White said, "We had another enjoyable and successful community event, which raised over £100 for Hall funds. We thank everybody who supported and contributed towards this annual event for the Fred Lorimer trophy".

Treble Chance receive the Fred Lorimer trophy from Peter  Wainwright Quizmaster

Council fits solar panels to Westfields HQ to save money and climate


Cheshire East Council is fitting solar panels to the roof of its Westfields building over the next two weeks.

This will demonstrate the Council’s commitment to sustainable energy production and to the reduction of carbon emissions.

The investment of just under £50,000 will be paid back within six and a half years and will have a predicted 20 year cumulative financial benefit to the Council of around £200,000.

Since the inception of the Council a successful priority for the Facilities Management team has been to reduce the consumption of energy and the carbon footprint of council-owned buildings. This will release valuable funding to support residents through front line services.

It also supports the Council’s fourth outcome of creating a green and sustainable place to live. The works are expected to finish on November 18.

Councillor Rod Menlove, chairman of the Cheshire East Energy Ltd company said: "This is significant move by the Council to adopt renewable innovations that reduce our costs and provide maximum value for residents.

“We are considering other buildings in the portfolio that meet the suitability criteria for similar technology.”