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Monday, 16 September 2019

Seahorse remembers Volunteer Mick

Seahorse Swimming Club, for people with disabilities, recently held a fun swimming session followed with a disco at the Lifestyle Centre to remember Michael Roberts (Mick), one of Club's long serving volunteers, who passed away in December 2018 aged 74 years. Mick started volunteering at the Club in 1965 as a helper in the pool. He took on various roles within the Club, including as Chairman and as a poolside supervisor.
Mick spent most of his working life as a railwayman, starting as an engine cleaner, and then becoming a fireman, before advancing to become an engine driver. As well as volunteering at Seahorse, Mick gave up his time to support the railway charity to help railway veterans. He'd also helped out in a voluntary capacity at the Emmie Dixon Centre, a residential home for people with learning and physical disabilities, and was also a member of the Crewe Male Voice Choir. In 1996, he was awarded the British Empire Medal for services to the community and during 2003/03 he served as the Mayor of Crewe and Nantwich.
“Mick loved spending his time at Seahorse, where he always encouraged the swimmers to try their best, while having fun at the same time. He would have been over the moon knowing that everyone was having a great time as a way of remembering him. It was also pleasing that Mick’s wife Ann and his daughter Diane joined Seahorse members at the Lifestyle Centre to remember him.” – Gareth Roberts, Secretary.

Wheels of War: Past & Present

Reporter Jonathan White
The annual 'Wheels of War: Past & Present' military vehicle show took place on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September 2019 at Crewe Heritage Centre on Vernon Way in Crewe.
The show featured military vehicle displays including a replica V-1 flying bomb, trade stalls, model displays, and a tombola.
There was musical entertainment on Saturday daytime from vintage vocalist Ruth Washington and on Sunday daytime from the South Cheshire George Formby Ukulele Society.
On the Saturday night a 1940's themed big band dance party took place in the Centre’s Exhibition Hall with live music from the 22-piece Wychcraft Big Band.
Numerous people wore 1940’s clothing over the weekend with this year being the 75th of anniversary of D-Day.
Crewe Heritage Centre was open to visitors including its three signal boxes, the Advanced Passenger Train, model railway displays and layouts, static locomotive displays and miniature railway rides .
The event was organised by Crewe & District Military Vehicle Club in support of Help for Heroes .
Crewe & District Military Vehicle Club meet on the last Tuesday evening of each month at Hops Belgium Bar in Crewe. New members are always welcome. For further information please visit

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Community Duck Race

Reporter Jonathan White
The 24th ‘Annual Community Duck Race and Children's Model Boat Race’ took place on Saturday 7th September 2019, at the Joey the Swan Recreation ground in Wistaston.
The event was organised by members of the Wistaston Community Council.
The event was officially opened by guest of honour Wistaston Rose Queen (Charlotte Shaw).
A record 74 model boats were entered into the Children's Model Boat Race and 825 plastic duck race tickets (£1 each) were sold and entered into the Duck Race.
Proceeds will go to the funds of Wistaston Community Council, Wistaston Memorial Hall & Community Centre, and several local charities.
There were also 12 stalls featuring local charities and organisations, selling an assortment of goods or advertising their activities. Wistaston Rose Queen, Charlotte Shaw, also setup and staffed a stall to raise money and awareness of her chosen charity this year which is Parkinson’s UK and the local Crewe & District Branch of Parkinson’s UK.
Refreshments were available from the 26th South West Cheshire (1st Willaston) Scout Group and other outlets.
Several hundred people attended the event, which took place in warm sunshine.
Here are the results in full:
Children's Model Boat Race (74 model boats entered):
a) Best designed children's model boat (judged by Wistaston Rose Queen, Charlotte Shaw):
1st – ‘The Bubbler’ by Abigail Poulter who won £10 and a trophy.
2nd place – ‘Lest we forget’.
3rd place – ‘Rainbow Blaze’ by Poppy Edge.
b) Children's Model Boat Race:
1st - ‘Smokey Jones’ by Louis Phipps who won £10, plus a trophy donated by Herbert Locke MBE.
2nd place - ‘Theo’s Boat’ by Theo Jones who won £8.
3rd place – ‘Rainbow Blaze’ by Poppy Edge who won £6.
Poppy Edge, aged 5 from Wistaston, won prizes in both events.
Duck Race (825 tickets sold):
1st – No.143 – Anne & Nick Garner who won £100, plus a trophy donated by Les Fothergill, a past Wistonian of the Year.
2nd – No.613 – Star Rowlands - £50.
3rd – No.533 – Stephanie Burley - £25.
There was an enthusiastic commentary on both races by Dane Chaplow (Chairman, Wistaston Community Council) with ongoing excitement and incident around every corner as ducks and boats bobbed and weaved along the obstacle course.
A representative from Wistaston Community Council said, “We thank all the visitors and volunteers for making the event such a quacking success.”

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Wheels of War: Past & Present

Reporter Jonathan White
The annual classic military vehicle show - ‘Wheels of War: Past & Present’ - rolls back into town on the Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th September 2019 at Crewe Heritage Centre on Vernon Way in Crewe.
Saturday and Sunday (10am and 5pm) will see the Crewe Heritage Centre filled with vintage, classic & modern day military vehicles, WWII period model displays and dioramas along with mini working steam engines, rail carriages and working shunt engines.  There will also be local trade and memorabilia stands and even a George Formby ukulele band and vintage singer over the weekend.  On top of all this, there will be the usual onsite attractions that are waiting to be discovered at the Heritage Centre.  The weekend is being held to raise funds for the clubs nominated charity, Help for Heroes.
Due to the great success of last year’s event with thousands of visitors coming to the show, Crewe & District Military Vehicle Club (CDMVC) along with Crewe Heritage Centre will once again hold the event over two days and hold the annual 1940’s Big Band Dance on Saturday evening.  The Dance will replicate a 1940’s wartime atmosphere and guests are encouraged to dig out the vintage clothing to complete the theme.  Entertainment will be provided thanks to the Wychcraft Big Band, a 20 piece orchestra who emulate traditional big bands, and locally based Toms Tap and Brewhouse will be assisting with the Bar Service for what promises to be a memorable evening. The themed evening will also include a meal as part of this year’s ticket price.
Phillip Podmore, one of the founder members of CDMVC, said, “Since the first Wheels of War Show in 2009, thanks to the volunteers and vehicle enthusiasts, the event has attracted more and more people each year.  We are thrilled to continue our support to the Help for Heroes charity and hold a great event in Crewe.”
Tickets for the daytime Wheels of War Show can be bought on the gate at the Crewe Heritage Centre at £3.50 Adults, Children and Concessions £2 and a Family Ticket is £10.00. For further information please search CDMVC on Facebook, or visit .
If you would like to head back to the 1940s and take part in the Dance on Saturday 14th, tickets are still available at £15 per seat (inc meal) and can be purchased on the clubs website .

A green light on HS2

A green light on HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail is ‘critical to the long term success of the UK and all its parts’, says new campaign backed by business and political leaders

Business and political leaders from the North have today joined together to launch Connecting Britain, a campaign to speak with one, united voice and underline the importance of the full delivery of both HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) for communities throughout the North of England. This follows the Government announcement of an independent review of HS2.

Coinciding with the HS2 Economic Growth Conference taking place today and tomorrow in Leeds, the campaign says that the North is overdue major investment into transport infrastructure – and a lack of investment is holding productivity back.

Connecting Britain argues that transforming connectivity from the Midlands to the North, will help support economic growth, improve productivity, boost jobs and skills, increase prosperity and support a transition to a low-carbon economy.

Launching the campaign, Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council and campaign partner of Connecting Britain said:

“A green light on HS2 and NPR in full would be a clear signal from the government that it recognises that historic underinvestment in strategic transport infrastructure outside London is a trend that must be reversed if all communities are to be levelled-up and regions rebalanced.

“We will work with the government and the Oakervee Review into HS2, to demonstrate the strength of the economic case for the full and timely delivery of HS2 fully integrated with NPR and other complementary infrastructure schemes in the North and Midlands.

“For the North, it’s not either HS2 or NPR, it’s both.”

Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council and West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Lead, said:

“Through Connecting Britain we are coming together to demonstrate our united support for the delivery of HS2 in full and integrated with Northern Powerhouse Rail as essential to achieving our growth ambitions for the North and the UK as a whole.

“Both HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail are vital to address the poor transport links between cities in the North and Midlands which have acted as a significant break on our economies.”

Chambers of Commerce from across the North, who are backing the campaign, have reiterated the importance of how HS2 and NPR could be for the transformation of the North and its businesses.

In support of the campaign, Clive Memmott, Chief Executive of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, said:

“HS2 and NPR combined will bring huge opportunities to business across the North and indeed the whole of the UK. Together they will free-up labour markets, grow jobs and play a fundamental role in helping deliver our economic potential. If HS2, NPR, or their integration, is scrapped or de-scoped, this opportunity would be put under threat. The UK’s growth potential as well as real investment being made now by businesses in skills and infrastructure to prepare for and make the most of a transformation in connectivity, would be lost.”

Councillor Craig Browne, deputy leader of Cheshire East Council said:

We very much recognise the incredible opportunity a confirmed HS2 arrival will have in Cheshire East and across the wider region.  Crewe is at the very heart of this campaign and is a key link between Northern Powerhouse Rail, HS2 and the West Coast Mainline. HS2 is vital to help unlock the transformational regeneration opportunities and the significant economic benefits to the north, Wales and midlands.

“Local residents across the region will benefit from the increased rail capacity that HS2 provides; taking heavy traffic off our local road network and enabling new improved local rail passenger services.”

Notes to editors

Connecting Britain is a campaign comprising of political and business leaders from across the North.

Key messages

· With a new government in place and a new review of HS2 in progress, political, business and industry leaders are coming together to speak with one, powerful and united voice to ensure there is no doubt about the importance of HS2 and NPR for UK.

· Strategic rail infrastructure is critical to the long-term success of the UK and all of its parts. It is a crucial provider of connectivity, and an enabler of economic growth, productivity, job creation, prosperity and a low-carbon economy.

· HS2 is an essential enabler to complementary rail infrastructure projects throughout the country, including Northern Powerhouse Rail. Without HS2, these projects will not be as effective. With HS2, these projects can be truly transformational.

· Any move to cancel or significantly downgrade HS2, or to reduce its level of integration with NPR, would undermine business confidence and growth, and run directly counter to national policy objectives around skills, infrastructure investment and industrial strategy.

The campaign’s social media information is as follows:


- #ConnectingBritain

- @ConnectBritain

To arrange an interview with a campaign spokesperson, please contact:

Lexington Communications for national interviews: Caitlin De Jode, 07740 359736

Cheshire East Council for local/ Cheshire East based interviews: Lauren Kelly 02170 685733 or

For further information on the campaign, please contact

The UK’s premier 1980's Electronica tribute band

Reporter Jonathan White
The UK’s premier 1980's Electronica tribute band - 'Electro 80s' - - will perform a fund-raising concert at Studio Nantwich on Castle Street in Nantwich this Friday 13th September 2019 (doors open 8:30pm). Admission is FREE with donations to Macmillan Cancer Support.
Electro 80s will recreate songs from a decade of 80’s music by artists such as Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, Gary Numan, Soft Cell, The Human League, Ultravox, and Yazoo.
There will also be an after-party downstairs in the Retro room until 3am.
Nigel Woodhouse, Director of Operations at Studio Nantwich, said, "It is always a pleasure to have the Electro 80s boys back - they are undoubtedly the best tribute in the UK to the electronica era, which was also the fantastic decade that I grew up in. ‘80s music is not just enjoyed by people of my age though - it appears to have passed down a generation as their gigs are attended and enjoyed by all ages who sing along and clearly know all the tracks. Admission is completely free but donations are welcomed and every penny donated goes to Macmillan, a great cause as Cancer has affected most of us.”
For more information please visit:

Council project to help unlock young people’s creative talents

A project has been launched to help unlock the creative talents of Crewe’s young people and inspire them to take up careers in digital and creative industries.

MakoCreate has been commissioned by Cheshire East Council to deliver a three-year project offering young people, who are facing challenging circumstances, opportunities to learn new skills, get hands-on experience and find out about the different routes into creative careers and the roles available.

The programme will cover a whole host of subjects including animation, computer game design, coding, photography, film making, graphic design, drones and audio engineering.

A range of taster sessions will be available as well as longer-term projects, which will allow participants of all abilities to be involved.

The programme is part of the council’s commitment to supporting the Crewe Cultural Strategy, which seeks to support regeneration and put culture and heritage at the heart of a newly invigorated town centre. The strategy prioritises both opportunities for young people and the development of the digital and creative industries.

Councillor Nick Mannion, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for environment and regeneration, said: “The creative digital sector is one of the fastest growing nationally and is a major contributor to the economy in Cheshire East, with Crewe among the top places in the UK for this industry*.

“We know that there are many young people in Crewe who have the talent and potential that this sector is looking for but are also facing challenges in accessing the creative opportunities found within mainstream education.

“Through this programme, we want to help bridge that gap and provide these young people with pathways into work and support them to gain qualifications – helping to unlock their talent and meet the industry demand that’s there.”

The programme is open to young people aged 11 to 25 and builds on the work of Cheshire East Council’s Shift programme, which promotes digital arts and creative technology across the borough and has been running since 2016.

Sean O'Hare, partner at Cheshire-based MakoCreate – an organisation providing engaging and creative training in digital art, multimedia and technology – said: “We are extremely happy to have been commissioned by Cheshire East Council to deliver this programme.

“From our previous work as part of Shift, we have seen that there is a huge appetite for digital-themed programming in Crewe, especially among young people, and we can’t wait to get started.

“We believe that this programme has real potential to increase the number of residents working in creative industries.”

For more information about the project, or if you know someone who would like to be involved, visit: email: or call: 0151 3451419.

Pride in the Park 2020 event confirmed!

Pride in the Park will be returning to Cheshire East in 2020!

It follows a successful celebration of the LGBTQ+ community in Crewe in June 2019.

Next year’s event will take place at the gardens of Tatton Park, Knutsford, on Saturday 20 June 2020.

As the third event since its inception, this will be the second time Tatton Park will host this popular and vibrant event.

Once again, Pride in the Park will welcome people from Cheshire East and beyond, offering a whole host of family-friendly entertainment and activities, a vibrant parade and a dedicated marketplace of LGBTQ+ organisations to help offer advice and information for guests.

Ahead of the event, Cheshire East Council is calling on local businesses to rejoice in this opportunity to celebrate our diverse community in Cheshire East - by becoming a sponsor.

As Pride in the Park grows in popularity, and following the thousands of visitors that came to Crewe’s event this summer, sponsoring this event will offer businesses the chance to showcase their support of LGBTQ+ people.

Kath O’Dwyer, acting chief executive at Cheshire East Council, said: “I am delighted that Tatton Park will once again play host to our popular Pride in the Park, it really is a fantastic and beautiful venue for such a large-scale event.

“I have no doubt that visitors will return again for a fantastic day out to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community in Cheshire East, and I have already saved the date in my diary.”

In future, Pride in the Park will alternate between the set locations of Tatton Park, Knutsford, and Queens Park, Crewe, following previous positive feedback from the event’s locations.

A variety of sponsorship packages are yet to be announced but any interested businesses can email for additional information.

Further updates can also be found at:

Air Quality Management Area drop-in session at Middlewich

Cheshire East Council is holding a drop-in session in Middlewich tomorrow to enable residents to get further information and share comments about air quality in the Lewin Street area.

The council has undertaken air pollution monitoring at various sites along Lewin Street, in Middlewich, to better understand the levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) due to traffic in the area. 

This monitoring data highlights that the levels of NO2 in the last few years have been above the UK air quality standard. The council has, therefore, to declare an air quality management area (AQMA). 

The drop-in session enables the council to provide information to local residents and listen to any ideas that may help to improve the air quality – and suitable actions may be included in the Cheshire East air quality action plan (AQAP). 

The council would like to receive local residents’ views, comments and any actions considered relevant for the AQAP. These comments can be sent to before 1 October.

As part of this engagement, a  public drop-in session is being held on Tuesday 10 September 2019 between 3.30pm and 6.30pm at Middlewich Town Hall, where views and comments can be discussed.

To view the Cheshire East AQAP visit:

Pick a pumpkin or two!

Pick a pumpkin or two at the Farm this Autumn!

It’s possible that the tradition of carving faces into vegetables dates back as far as the Celts, who wanted to light the way for good spirits to visit their homes as part of their autumn celebrations - so they carved vegetables such as turnips and pumpkins and placed a light inside.

The same tradition forms part of the Autumn festivities at Tatton Park this October, as we celebrate pumpkin growing, carving and eating at the Farm!

We have a series of events dedicated to the most famous of autumn squashes, so whether you’re looking to attract good spirits with your pumpkin lanterns or simply find delicious ways to eat them, there’s sure to be something for you!

On Saturday 19 October we’re holding a Pumpkin Supper – a chance to dig in and tuck in! You’ll choose your own pumpkin fresh from the field, then it’s off to our Clydesdale Barn for a delicious three course pumpkin themed menu – and we’ll provide the recipes so that you can recreate the delicious dishes back home.

The cost is £25 per person, including a three course meal, entry to the Farm and Tatton Park. The supper starts at 5pm, and there’s access to the Farm from noon.

We’re also holding a series of ‘Pick Your Own Pumpkin’ days on 19/20 and 27/28 October, when you can come down to the Farm to choose your perfect pumpkin! Once you’ve picked your favourite, join us for a refreshing pumpkin juice and a yummy pumpkin muffin and learn how to create a warming pumpkin soup – and we’ll provide you with the recipes too so you can make them at home. And of course you’re welcome to take your pumpkin with you ready to carve for Halloween – don’t forget to share your pictures with us!

The events start at 10.45 and cost £12 – children attending must be aged five and above owing to the nature of the cooking activities.

For more information on either event and to book places please call 01625 374 428.

Or for another chance to find the perfect pumpkin, join us on 28-31 October at ‘The Pumpkin Patch’. You can meet all your Farmyard favourites then choose a pumpkin, fresh from the field - so prepare to get your hands dirty! Once you’ve picked your perfect pumpkin, you’re welcome to take it home to carve for Halloween – and we’d love to see your lanterns, so don’t forget to share your pictures with us, and be entered our pumpkin competition!

Numbers are limited, so please visit to book your place. Pumpkin picking times are 11.30 and 1.30 daily, and prices are £10 per person (includes pumpkin, Farm entry and park entry).

These activities are outdoors, and areas of the farm are cobbled so good footwear is essential!

The Farm at Tatton Park is open from 12pm - 5pm (last entry 4pm).

Find more information at

Friday, 6 September 2019

Cheshire East Countryside Rangers Service shortlisted as an Everyday Superhero

Cheshire East Council’s countryside ranger service has been shortlisted as a finalist in this year’s everyday superhero awards in the category of active neighbourhood.

The awards, run by Active Cheshire, celebrate the achievements of those who help and inspire their community to develop regular active lifestyle habits. The ranger service has been shortlisted in recognition of their work in encouraging active lifestyles. 

The ranger service aims to develop, enhance and protect countryside sites within Cheshire East, while encouraging and promoting the use of the council’s outdoor recreational facilities.

Rangers manage and care for the many areas countryside including, woodlands, country parks, nature reserves and protected green spaces across the borough, along with many miles of trails.

These include the Gritstone Trail, Tegg’s Nose Country Park above Macclesfield, the Middlewood Way, visitor centres, such as Nelson Pit in Higher Poynton, local nature reserves, including Brereton Heath LNR and sites of special scientific interest, including Dane-in Shaw Pastures, Congleton and Lindow Common, Wilmslow.

The rangers also run a comprehensive programme of special events, country walks and even climbing experiences and outdoor fitness class including pram fit, in addition to an action packed schedule of activities to keep children active and exploring during the school holidays.

Councillor Nick Mannion, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for environment and regeneration, said: “I’m delighted that the ranger service has been shortlisted for this prestigious award, giving the opportunity to recognise the outstanding work carried out everyday to keep residents of Cheshire East active and outside, enjoying the beautiful open spaces that we have throughout the borough.

“The rangers are supported by volunteers, who deliver the equivalent of 1,200 days per year and we get around 1.8 million visitors to our sites, including Tatton Park.”

CEO of Active Cheshire, Anne Boyd said “Huge congratulations to all our finalists for this years’ Everyday Superheroes Awards, we have been overwhelmed with volume of incredible nominations from Cheshire and Warrington. The shortlisting process has been extremely difficult and challenging for our judges, filtering through hundreds of applications.”

The Active Cheshire awards take place on 25 September where winners will be announced on the night. For more information visit

The rangers run a large number of varied and interesting events throughout the year. For information and to sign up for a monthly email update containing all upcoming Ranger events visits,_culture_and_tourism/ranger_service/ranger_events/ranger_events.aspx

Plaque unveiled as Sydney Road Bridge officially reopened

Sydney Road Bridge in Crewe has been officially reopened following an £11m project to remove a major traffic ‘pinch point’.

Work to replace the previous arched bridge with a new, wider structure capable of taking two-way traffic began in May last year, as part of Cheshire East Council’s commitment to easing congestion in the town.

The improvement scheme – delivered by Network Rail on behalf of Cheshire East Council – includes a shared cycleway and footway over the bridge, a signal-controlled pedestrian crossing and improved cycle provision along Sydney Road.

Today, Cheshire East councillors, members of the council’s project team and representatives from Network Rail and Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership met to unveil a commemorative plaque at the new bridge – marking the official completion of the scheme. 

Councillor Craig Browne, deputy leader of Cheshire East Council, said: “The replacement of Sydney Road Bridge has been a hugely important scheme in helping to unlock the northern corridor of Crewe and providing the infrastructure needed to support the delivery of the council’s Local Plan. 

“It is great news that this scheme has been completed and that people and businesses can now feel the benefits.”

Sydney Road Bridge was reopened to traffic at the end of June, with the final minor works completed over the past few weeks.

Cllr Brian Roberts, cabinet member for highways and waste at Cheshire East Council, said: “The removal of the old bridge and installation of the new structure has been an impressive feat of engineering.

“The scheme is not only of huge benefit to motorists but important in helping to promote sustainable travel and enhancing access to key destinations, such as the Bentley factory and Leighton Hospital.”

As part of the demolition process, two circular saws – the blades of which measured around 160cms in diameter – were used to cut the old bridge’s arches into sections.

These were then lifted out by one of the largest cranes in the UK, capable of lifting up to 600 tonnes. Each of the crane’s 14 counterweights weighed 10 tonnes – the equivalent of the average weight of five large cars.

Cllr Roberts added: “We recognise that the works at Sydney Road Bridge have caused disruption to residents and to motorists and we would like to reiterate our thanks to them for their patience and understanding while the scheme has been completed.”

The bridge scheme is part of a package of works in the north of Crewe, which also includes the Crewe Green Roundabout upgrade – completed in November last year.

It was largely financed through the Department for Transport and Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) with a £5.85m grant from the Local Growth Fund. A further £4.15m came from developer contributions.

Jake Berry, Minister for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth, said: “We’re committed to supporting economic growth across the Northern Powerhouse and rebalancing the economy so that it works for everyone.

“That is why I welcome the £5.85m investment from the Government’s Local Growth Fund to complete this much needed improvement to the road network in Crewe, reducing congestion and providing extra capacity on a key route that will help drive further growth across Cheshire’s thriving economy.”

In building the new bridge, 1,800 tonnes of concrete was used – enough to fill around four three-bedroom houses.

The piling, which provides the stability and strength for the ends of the bridge, goes 24m below ground. This is roughly the same depth as the height of the council’s Delamere House building, in Crewe.

Christine Gaskell CBE, DL, chair of Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “The completion of the Sydney Road Bridge upgrade is a major milestone in improving the infrastructure of Crewe as one of the region’s primary economic hubs. 

“This £5.85m from the Local Growth Fund comes on top of three other significant investments the LEP has made in Crewe – including £10m towards the redevelopment of Crewe town centre and the Market Hall – demonstrating our commitment to consistently improving communities for both residents and businesses.”

Thomas Coon, project manager for Network Rail, added: “Our work to rebuild Sydney Road Bridge will provide a reliable and safe crossing of the West Coast Main Line for road users and passengers for many years to come.

“We have worked closely with Cheshire East Council during the project and we are delighted to see the new, wider bridge open to traffic. We’d like to thank passengers, residents and road users for their patience while we carried out this essential work.”

Cheshire East Council offers free blood pressure tests to help residents keep their hearts happy and healthy

Cheshire East Council is offering free blood pressure checks to help residents find out if their heart is happy and healthy.

The move is part of Know Your Numbers! Week - a national campaign running from 9-15 September. During this period the UK’s biggest free blood pressure testing event is held at ‘Pressure Stations’ around the country. The council is working collaboratively for Know Your Numbers! Week with Cheshire Health and Care Partners.

An estimated 21,000 people in Cheshire East unknowingly have high blood pressure. High blood pressure has no obvious symptoms but it is linked to strokes and heart attacks and increases the risk of kidney disease and dementia.

Many key risk factors for developing high blood pressure are largely lifestyle-related, such as eating too much salt, not enough fruit and vegetables, being overweight, drinking too much alcohol and not taking enough exercise. High blood pressure is also more likely as you get older, if it runs in your family and if you are of African, Caribbean or South-Asian descent.

During the awareness week, local residents have the opportunity to access a state-of-the-art, touch-screen health kiosk. This kiosk calculates blood pressure as well as body mass index, body fat, heart rate and heart age. The health kiosk has been secured by the public health team at Cheshire East Council as part of a successful bid to the British Heart Foundation to enable further detection of high blood pressure in the community.

Funding has been secured to keep the kiosk in the borough for 12 months and it will start its journey at Crewe Lifestyle Centre during Know Your Numbers! Week. As part of the bid, staff and volunteers from local connected community centres have also been trained to take blood pressure checks and these will be offered at a local centre near you soon.

Dr Matt Tyrer, acting director of public health at Cheshire East Council, said: “The message to residents is to get your blood pressure checked and help to keep your heart happy and healthy. High blood pressure is a largely preventable and treatable condition but contributes to the leading causes of death.

Having your blood pressure checked is an important step to knowing and reducing your risk of stroke, heart attack or heart failure.”

Hemini Bharadia, Know Your Numbers! Week campaign manager at Blood Pressure UK, said: “Know Your Numbers! Week is the perfect opportunity to have your blood pressure taken for free and put you in control of your health.

Make sure to spread the message to the rest of your family too, as high blood pressure does not discriminate by age or gender.”

To find your nearest pressure station online visit

Many pharmacies across Cheshire East will also be able provide information and advice on simple steps to keep blood pressure under control and will measure your blood pressure accurately. A blood pressure check is quick, free, painless and could save your life. You can also have a free blood pressure check in your GP surgery or use a home testing kit.

You can lower your blood pressure and help to keep your heart happy with lifestyle changes and if necessary by taking medication as directed by your doctor.

Blood Pressure UK’s top five tips for a healthy blood pressure are:

Cut down on salt. Reducing your salt intake is the quickest way to lower your blood pressure. Don’t add it when cooking or at the table, avoid using stock cubes, gravy and soy sauce. Check food labels and avoid processed foods high in salt – aim to eat less than 6g a day;

Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables. At least five different portions every day;

Watch your weight. Try to reach the right weight for your height;

Exercise regularly. That doesn’t have to mean the gym, how about a regular lunchtime walk? 30 minutes five times a week is ideal. If you are unsure about taking up exercise, ask your GP; and

Drink alcohol in moderation. Up to 14 units a week for both men and women – a glass of wine or a pint of beer is 2-3 units.

Know your numbers! Week is part of a bigger, annual awareness campaign from Blood Pressure UK. This year’s theme is living well for longer. For more information visit

Saturday, 31 August 2019

Further drop-in sessions to be held for communities affected by flooding

Recovery works following last month’s flash floods are continuing across the north of Cheshire East – as further drop-in sessions are to be held for the communities affected.

Heavy and prolonged rainfall at the end of last month caused severe flooding in areas including Poynton, Bollington, Kettleshulme, Handforth, Wilmslow, Adlington and Rainow, with 150mm of rain falling over five days. Between 60-90mm of this fell in just 24 hours.

Cheshire East Council continues to lead the extensive recovery alongside partner agencies, with a thorough investigation into the flooding, major highways repairs and clean-up operations all ongoing – including gully emptying, whole scale reconstruction of parts of the highways network and removal of fallen trees.

To provide information and advice to those affected by the localised flooding and support them to become more flood resilient in the future, a multi-agency drop-in event was held in Poynton earlier this month and further sessions have now been organised.

For residents in the Bollington and Kettleshulme areas, a drop-in event will take place at Bollington Civic Hall on Wednesday 4 September between 3-7pm. A further event will take place at Wilmslow Library between 3-7pm on Thursday 12 September, for those in the Handforth and Wilmslow areas.

Both events are being hosted by the Environment Agency and will be attended by officers from Cheshire East Council and other partner agencies including United Utilities.

A spokesperson for Cheshire East Council said: “The council is committed to keeping our communities safe and supporting people to protect themselves, their properties and businesses, as much as they possibly can, from flooding.

“We encourage anyone with concerns or questions about the recent floods to attend these drop-in events. The feedback we receive will help us to shape a longer-term strategy for the area.”

As lead local flood authority, and under Section 19 of the Flood and Water Management Act, the council has initiated a multi-agency investigation into the flooding incidents. A Section 19 report will be produced and its findings made publicly available.

This will take some time to complete to ensure that the investigation is carried out thoroughly, in accordance with the Act and in partnership with agencies such as the Environment Agency.

It is anticipated that the report will be completed in around 12 months’ time, with its findings and recommendations made public following an internal and external approval process.

During the severe weather period between 27 July and 2 August, the council’s highways team received almost 1,140 requests of service across Cheshire East – 380 of those required an emergency response.

Working on a priority basis, additional resources are assisting with the repairs and clear up operation. All gullies in the north of the borough are being emptied, assessed and any further work required will be programmed.

A number of larger repair and reconstruction schemes have also been identified and due to the complexity of the work, will take some time to complete.

More information about the highways flood recovery works and the road closures still in place can be found at:

The council thanks residents and motorists for their patience while these works take place.

The flooding also had a large impact on Cheshire East’s Public Rights of Way network and dozens of reports of damage were received.

Issues included sink holes; fallen trees, surface damage and bridges which had been destroyed, swept down stream or undercut by rivers. 

The council’s Public Rights of Way team has been arranging for repairs and the replacement of structures where needed and informing landowners of any trees that need to be removed. This will take some time given the scale and complexity of the work.

While some paths are closed, the council is grateful for the public’s understanding in using alternative routes – which are shown on site notices.

Damage was also caused to some of Cheshire East Council’s country parks and trails. In some areas, footpaths, fencing and riverbanks were washed away, while many areas were covered with debris.

The countryside rangers team has been working hard to make the areas safe, clear debris and reopen them to the public.

Cheshire East Council with Your Housing Group and Avantage

30 August 2019

Cheshire East Council, Your Housing and Avantage continue to closely together to support residents who lost their homes as a result of the fire that destroyed the Beechmere Extra Care Village on the 8 August 2019.

The council’s main focus continues to be to secure long-term homes for residents and ensuring that any care needs are reviewed and are met in their temporary and future accommodation. 

As a result of the fire, 150 residents lost their homes. The council’s social care teams have contacted and undertaken assessments with all the residents to fully understand their needs and preferences.  Everyone has been accommodated and over 30 residents are now in permanent homes.  The council, Your Housing and Avantage are working together to find suitable permanent homes for all residents.

Councillor Laura Jeuda, cabinet member with responsibility for adult social care and health, said: “Our social care and housing teams continue to work tirelessly to find permanent homes for Beechmere’s residents.  Clearly, the fire has caused significant pressure on the availability of care and accommodation in the borough, but we will do everything we can to ensure that people move into safe, permanent homes as soon as possible.

“Many of the residents were evacuated from the site with little more than the clothes they were wearing – some lost everything. 

“I have heard many heart-breaking stories of residents who have lost their beloved pets, memories and treasured items.  To support residents to come to terms with these losses, our social work team and Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Trust have provided emotional and psychological support for those affected.

“I would like to add my voice to those who have already spoken about the overwhelming outpouring of generosity and community spirit shown by the people and businesses of Crewe (and beyond).  They have made donations of money, time, clothing, furniture, toiletries and many other essentials and little luxuries that will make this very difficult time more bearable. 

“In the hours following the fire, people from all walks of life came to offer all kinds of support. For example, a family had drawn pictures and put them in frames with a note saying ‘We are sorry about what you are going through. Please enjoy this picture until you can fill this frame with your own again.’ A lady brought knitting sets for residents, as she was in a fire many years ago and found that in the following days/weeks, she wanted something to do, that would  take her mind off the situation.

“Our communities team saw very many acts of selfless generosity as they coordinated the mountain of donations and more than 400 volunteers at the Crewe Lifestyle Centre and then at the collection centres at St Peters Church, Crewe and the old Crewe library building.

“As the recovery continues, residents and their relatives have contacted us with a range of concerns including enquiries around prescriptions, direct debits, benefits, insurance, redirection of mail, passports, ID and bus passes, which we are helping to get arranged.  Direct debits for council tax and other housing costs have been stopped.

“Residents and relatives who have any concerns about social care and accommodation, with regards to the fire at Beechmere in Crewe, can call our 24-hour helpline on 0300 123 5025.”

Your Housing Group CEO Brian Cronin, commented: “Our staff have been working tirelessly since the fire started to help our residents. We are putting every resource available into responding to the crisis and supporting residents with a team of resident liaison officers.

“We’re working closely with Cheshire East Council to source and allocate suitable accommodation.  This is a devastating situation involving vulnerable people and we are working round the clock to find permanent accommodation that is appropriate for each individual’s needs. 

“We have had overwhelming support from the residents and the wider community and they remain our number one priority. We are committed to rebuild Beechmere on this site but this will take several years. We have allocated a multi-million fund to support residents as they transition into long term new homes including buying suitable properties where possible, furniture and clothing.”

Ultra 90's

Reporter Jonathan White, Wistaston
Ultra 90's - - returned by popular demand to the Crosville Club on Chester Street in Crewe on Friday 30th August 2019.
Ultra 90’s are the UK's first and only 90's dance tribute show. The band featured vocalists, a keyboardist, a guitarist, and a drummer. Musical genres covered during their two-hour set were dance anthems, club classics, old skool garage, house, happy hardcore, drum & bass and hip hop.
Their set recreated songs by artists including Snap!, Technotronic, Beats International, Faithless, Robert Miles, 2 Unlimited, Vanilla Ice, MC Hammer, Daniel Bedingfield, Livin' Joy, Ultrabeat, Urban Cookie Collective, Baby D and The Prodigy.
The show was accompanied by video projections and a light & laser display.
There was also a DJ set preceding and following the show.
This is Ultra 90’s eleventh year of touring and they have performed alongside Chesney Hawkes, D:Ream, Damage, 911, East 17, Kelly Llorena, Livin’ Joy, N-Trance, Snap! and So Solid Crew.
Ultra 90’s will return to the Crosville Club on Friday 8th November 2019.
For further information relating to Crosville Club, please search Crewe Crosville on Facebook.

Thursday, 29 August 2019

Queens Park Crewe August 2019

Cheshire East pupils achieve excellent GCSE results again

Cheshire East has continued to buck the national trend with an excellent set of GCSE results.

Provisional GCSE figures released today show that 71 per cent of Cheshire East pupils achieved a ‘standard pass’ or better in combined English and maths with 50 per cent achieving the ‘strong pass’. These results show improvements on last year and are well above expected national rates.

In the core subjects of English and maths, outstanding achievements have been seen. In English, more than 81 per cent of pupils gained the standard pass or better, with 67 per cent achieving a stronger pass.

In maths, 76 per cent of pupils gained the standard pass or better (compared with the national rate of 72 per cent) with 55 per cent achieving a stronger pass.

Other key national indicators have improved on last year including success in wider academic subjects that keep options open for young people and are preferred for entry to degree courses.

Councillor Dorothy Flude, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for children and families, said: “Today is about celebrating all the efforts of young people from across Cheshire East. I have seen first hand the hard work and commitment from both students and teachers and I am delighted that, yet again, Cheshire East is well above national trends. To continue to perform at the highest level, year after year, is a testament to the quality of teaching and learning in our schools.

“I am especially pleased to see the achievements of our most disadvantaged young people, with a six per cent improvement in those who achieved a strong pass in English and maths. This reflects our continued commitment across the borough to improve outcomes for our more vulnerable children.

“I’d like to thank all parents, carers, teachers and all those who have supported our students - right from their early years, through primary and into secondary school - on their education journey.

“I recognise that the last month has been a worrying time for young people, waiting for their results and now they are in, I would encourage them to explore the many opportunities across Cheshire East for continuing their education, apprenticeships, training or employment and I wish them all the very best for the future.”

Money lender and tobacco cheat jailed after joint council investigation

Cheshire East Council’s trading standards team, working in partnership, has helped to secure another successful prosecution against an illegal money lender who was also trading in illicit tobacco products.

Working with the England Illegal Money Lending Team and Cheshire police, trading standards officers have halted the black market operations of Vincent Hamilton who was given a jail sentence when he appeared at Chester Crown Court for sentencing on Friday (23 August).

Hamilton (56), of Badger Avenue, Crewe, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to several offences, including illegal money lending, money laundering and selling illegal tobacco products he had purchased abroad and which did not carry obligatory government health warnings.

He received a 30 months prison sentence for illegal money lending and fraudulent trading.

Councillor Mick Warren, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for communities, said: “I would like to thank our trading standards team for their hard work with the illegal money lending team and Cheshire police, in bringing about this successful prosecution.

“Loan sharks cause misery in our communities and their actions must be stamped out. They prey on the vulnerable who then accumulate large debts which they cannot repay. This can result in devastating consequences for the individual and their family.

“Peddling illicit, cheap tobacco products, a practice often linked to organised crime can also have a serious emotional and health impact on the lives of those people who may be trying to give up smoking altogether. It is also a fraud on the taxpayer.

“Cheshire East Council is an enforcing authority and we will continue to work hard to crack down on these unlawful practices.”

Tony Quigley, head of the England Illegal Money Lending Team, said: “Loan sharks will not be tolerated. They cause nothing but misery for their victims, leaving borrowers trapped in spiralling debt.

“We would urge anyone who has been a victim of this crime, or who may know someone who has, to speak out so that we can take action.”

During a search of Hamilton’s home in November 2018, officers found illicit cigarettes and tobacco with a retail value of £8,116 and cash totalling £7,580. Hamilton, who had been lending money illegally since 2012, had built up a network of 31 clients, with debts totalling £38,000 for which he charged 30 per cent interest.

He was told by the judge that he had been motivated by greed.

If you know of an illegal money lending activity then call the 24-hour confidential helpline on 0300 555 2222 or send a text to 07860 022116. You can also visit:

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Continued A-level success for Cheshire East students

A-level students in Cheshire East have once again achieved impressive results that are above the national average.

The borough’s 1,667 sixth-form students received their results today (Thursday, 15 August), achieving an overall provisional pass rate of 98 per cent, which is above the current national rate.

Councillor Craig Browne, deputy leader of Cheshire East Council, said: “This year’s results are yet again extremely impressive and I’d like to congratulate all students on their achievements.

“I am especially pleased to hear about the successes of our cared for children. Altogether, we have eight young people who have completed their post-16 studies this year and six have secured a place at university. We are so proud of them and all our students for their sustained hard work and commitment adding to the record we have in Cheshire East for excellent results year after year.

“To continue to perform above the national average is a credit to our schools and colleges and I’d like to thank parents, teachers and governors and all those who support our young people for their hard work and dedication.

“Our vision is that all children and young people leave school with the best skills and qualifications they can achieve and the life skills they need to thrive into adulthood. I wish all the young people the very best in the future, whether that is into further or higher education, apprenticeships or taking their first steps into employment.”

A further breakdown of grades shows that the proportion of students achieving grades A* to A is 24 per cent, with 78 per cent achieving an A* to C grade. Whilst the national figure for A* to C has gone down, this has increased for Cheshire East schools this year.

This is the third year of the new A-level and AS-level qualifications being taken following the phasing in of revised syllabuses.

Cheshire East consults public on next phase of Local Plan

People are being invited to comment on the next phase of Cheshire East’s development plan.

The draft site allocations and development policies document (SADPD), which forms the second part of the council’s Local Plan, once finalised, will complete the approved framework for housing, employment and other key infrastructure up to 2030.

The document sets out detailed planning policies to guide decisions on planning applications as well as identifying new sites for small-scale developments. The majority of development needs have already been provided for through the Local Plan Strategy.

Councillor Toni Fox, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for planning, said: “The current version of the SADPD document follows two previous rounds of public consultation and extensive engagement with town and parish councils during 2017 and 2018.

“We want to ensure that everyone who wants to comment on this plan is able to do so as simply and easily as possible. For that reason we have a range of ways available for people to view the document and to submit their comments as part of the consultation process.”

The document is available online and residents can comment directly via an online consultation portal on the council’s website, via this link: or simply type ‘Cheshire East site allocations plan’ into a search engine and follow the links.

Hard copies of the consultation documents and supporting reports will be available at the council’s offices at Macclesfield Town Hall, Westfields in Sandbach and Delamere House in Crewe. The main consultation documents are also available at local libraries during their normal opening hours.

Response forms will be available at all of these venues which can be posted back to:

Strategic Planning

Cheshire East Council

1st Floor Westfields
C/O Municipal Buildings
Earle Street
Crewe CW1 2BJ

Alternatively, responses will also be accepted by email to

These should include attachments of completed consultation forms. The deadline for receipt of comments by the council is 5pm on 30 September.

The council’s strategic planning team is available to answer any questions about the consultation and provide assistance to anyone wishing to comment on the SADPD document via the above email address or by phoning 01270 685893.

Country life at its best at Tatton Park’s Farm this bank holiday weekend!

Tatton Park hosts a terrific celebration of country life this Bank Holiday weekend, as traditional fun and games, crafts, activities, food and drink take over at the Farm!
The Farm is set in a corner of the Park know as Tatton Dale and was, in its heyday, at the heart of the vast Egerton estate, feeding family, guests and staff at the mansion. Visitors will be able to take a step back in time to meet some of the characters who lived and worked there, including Aunt Mary making butter in her Cottage, as well as the recently restored Mill and machinery in action.
There are favourite childhood games such as egg-and-spoon races, and the chance to show your strength in a tug-of-war! Farmyard friends will be getting involved too with sheep racing throughout the weekend and sheepdog demonstrations on Sunday. Don’t miss the Morris dancers!
Visitors can also learn about traditional country crafts with dry stone walling demonstrations, and the Cheshire Guild of Spinners on hand to show how fleece is spun into yarn.
There’s also a chance to discover where your food comes from as part of our ongoing ‘Field to Fork’ activities with cookery demonstrations as well as traditional stalls offering a range of local ice-cream and cheeses, old-fashioned sweets and Tatton’s own produce.
Jayne Chapman, Farm Manager said, “This weekend is packed full of fun for all the family. If you’ve never been to the Farm before, come along and experience all there is to offer on this 40 acre site – you won’t be disappointed!”
The ‘Traditional Country Weekend at the Farm’ takes place this Bank Holiday at Tatton Park, from noon to 5pm on Saturday 24th, Sunday 25th and Monday 26th August, with last admission at 4pm. The daily programme varies, so look out for details on the day.
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Saturday, 10 August 2019

Community Praised As Firefighters Continue To Tackle Blaze At Residential Complex In Crewe

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Thank You - Community Praised As Firefighters Continue To Tackle Blaze At Residential Complex In Crewe

The people of Crewe have been praised for their goodwill, generosity and kindness following a substantial fire in the town.
Within minutes of the blaze being reported at a supported living complex in Rolls Avenue on the afternoon of Thursday 8 August, local residents had turned up to offer support, donate items and provide lifts for some of those affected by the incident.
Superintendent Pete Crowcroft, who oversees policing in the area, commended locals for the way they rallied round to help others.
He said: “This is a very large fire in a building that is at the heart of the community. Naturally, this will have a significant impact on those living close by and they will clearly be concerned for all those affected.
But the response shown last night within minutes of the incident being reported was nothing short of remarkable and I want to thank every single person who has helped or offered help in some way.
“Your kind hearted gesture will have been very much appreciated by everyone involved and I’m sure will have brought some comfort to the residents affected by the fire.”
Throughout the night 16 fire engines from Cheshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire and Merseyside were in attendance to get the blaze under control.
This morning, more than 12 hours after the fire started, firefighters remain at the scene and are likely to remain there today and into the weekend.
Crews, wearing breathing apparatus, have used a variety of equipment to fight the fire from the ground including hose reel jets, main jets and high volume pumps. They have also used two aerial platforms to tackle the blaze from height.
The building has sustained significant damage and has partially collapsed.
A small number of residents living in two streets next to the building were evacuated overnight as a precaution.
Residents living nearby are continuing to be advised to keeping their windows and doors closed as there is a lot of smoke in the area.
Neil Griffiths, who is the fire commander in charge of the incident, said: “This is a substantial fire in a very large and complex building. More than 70 firefighters have been at the scene overnight tackling the blaze – the response effort has been immense and I want to thank each and every one of them.
“Our efforts have been hampered by the weather, the layout of the site and the access to it but I want to reassure everyone that we are doing all that we can to bring the fire under control as quickly as possible. The response from the local community has been amazing and we are very appreciative of their support.”
Residents were evacuated following the incident and initially taken to nearby rest centres – arrangements for alternative accommodation is being made for them. A small number of people were taken to hospital to be checked over.
A number of different agencies – including Cheshire Police, Cheshire Fire and Rescue, Cheshire East Council, North West Ambulance Service, NHS England, Public Health England and the Environment Agency – are working together as part of a multi-agency response to the incident and everything is being done to support any residents affected through this difficult time.
Mark Palethorpe, acting executive director people, Cheshire East Council, said: “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the Crewe community for rallying around to support those affected by the terrible fire at Beechmere. The community spirit shown has been overwhelming.
“We have seen very many people offering help, donations and other support both at the rest centre at Crewe Lifestyle Centre and, earlier in the evening, at the site itself.
“We are also aware of the following collection points that have been set up for donations of clothes, towels, bedding and toiletries - Eight Farmers, Crewe, Albert's Corner, Four Eagles, Mecca Bingo, Rainbow Day Nursery, Haslington, Crewe Town FC (5pm - 6.30pm on Friday 9 August), Cumberland Arena, VWJ Earthmoving Ltd (from 7am on Friday 9 August).
“I’d also like to thank our staff who worked so hard through the night, with our partners, to support the residents into alternative accommodation.”
The Salvation Army and British Red Cross has also provided support at the site throughout the night into the morning – for both residents affected by the incident and firefighters who remain at the scene.
A number of road closures remain in place and are likely to stay throughout the day. They include:
> Minshull New Road at the junction with Rolls Avenue.
> Badger Avenue at the junction with Minshull New Road.
> Frank Butt Avenue at the junction with Badger Avenue.
> Underwood Lane at the junction with Windsor Avenue.
Anyone living in the local area who has any concerns is urged to call 101. Any relatives with any concerns can call 101 quoting IML 480541.

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Thursday, 8 August 2019

Massive Fire In Crewe residential home

  • ONGOING: Fire at retirement apartment complex in Crewe
    • Time of Incident:
      08/08/2019 - 16:33
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    Rolls Avenue, Crewe
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    A number of fire engines from across the county are in attendance along with two aerial platforms.

ONGOING: Shortly after 4.30pm firefighters were called to reports of a fire at a retirement apartment complex in Rolls Avenue, Crewe.
On arrival crews discovered that the fire is in the roof space.
It is affecting an area of the building measuring approximately 15 metres by 20 metres.
A full evacuation of the three-floor complex is taking place and firefighters are devising a plan of action in terms of the best way to fight the fire.

Update at 5.30pm

The fire has breached the roof space.
Safe evacuation of the building is taking place.
Two external jets and two sets of breathing apparatus are currently in use.
A 360-degree survey of the site is being conducted.
This incident will be updated as more information becomes available.
Update 6.30pm
Crews are continuing to fight the fire which now involves approximately 20 per cent of the building.
Twelve fire engines are in attendance and firefighters are using main jets and hose reel jets to fight the fire from a ground level.
Crews are also fighting from above using a hose reel jets and an aerial appliance.
Police are also in attendance and assisting with the transportation of residents to an emergency refuge centre.
A number of road closures are in place and members of the public are asked to avoid the area at the current time to enable emergency services to deal with the incident
Update 7.30pm
Firefighters are continuing to fight the fire.
Crews are using hose reel jets and main jets as well an aerial appliance.
Road closures remain in place and residents nearby are urged to keep their windows and doors closed at this time.
Any relatives with any concerns can call Cheshire Police on 101 quoting IML 480541
Update 10pm
Firefighters remain at the scene of the blaze in Rolls Avenue, Crewe.
There are currently 16 fire engines in attendance and crews are using hose reel jets, main jets and high volume pumps to tackle the blaze.  Two aerial platforms are also being used.
The building, which has been split into several operational sectors, has sustained significant damage and has partially collapsed.
Road closures remain in place in the local area.  Residents living nearby are urged to keep their windows and doors closed as a precaution..
Any relatives with any concerns can call Cheshire Police on 101 quoting IML 480541.
Its understood there are 150 residents who all escaped ok a live video feed is at


The ancient Japanese festival of Tanabata tells a charming legend about the lovers Orihime and Hikoboshi, represented by the stars Vega and Altair, who live and work on opposite sides of the Amanogawa, or Milky Way. When they meet and fall in love, both begin to neglect their work, and Orihime’s father, the Sky King, will only allow them to meet on one day of the year.
The first time they try to meet they cannot cross the Amanogawa, which is symbolised by a river, because there is no bridge. Saddened by Orihime’s tears, a flock of magpies make a bridge with their wings, so the lovers can meet. If it rains on Tanabata the magpies cannot come because the river waters are too high, and the lovers must wait another year.
Knutsford’s Tatton Park is holding a Tanabata Festival on Saturday 17 August from 10:30am – 4pm this year. The perfect setting for the celebration will be overlooking the estate’s beautiful Japanese Garden, described by TV gardener Monty Don as one of the finest in Europe.
One of the many colourful traditions associated with Tanabata is writing wishes on strips of coloured paper, called tanzaku, which are then hung from bamboo. Traditionally young children wished for better skills at sewing and crafts or for better handwriting. Nowadays “I wish to travel in space” or “I wish to climb Everest” might be seen more often.
Tatton Park’s many Tanabata activities will include the chance to have your name written in Japanese, try some origami and watch traditional storytelling with pictures, called Kamishibai. It promises to be a charming and unusual day out, in the perfect setting.
Find all the details in the Events listings at

Landmark Neighbourhood Watch Cybercrime Survey Launched

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Help us understand the impact of cybercrime and be in with a chance to win £50 worth of M&S vouchers
Neighbourhood Watch has today launched a landmark new survey to understand the impact of cybercrime on communities across England and Wales.
Traditionally Neighbourhood Watch has been focused on keeping people safe in the places they live but with the advent of new technology, it’s clear people can be at their most vulnerable when they occupy online spaces.
Action Fraud, the national fraud and cybercrime reporting centre run by the City of London Police, revealed that last year cybercrime victims lost £28m to online criminals. It reports more than 12,000 cases of cybercrime every six months.
With the threat from online criminals only ever increasing, it is essential we understand the impact this type of crime has on members as well as their understanding and perception of cybercrime.
The survey, designed in conjunction with cybersecurity company Avast, takes just 10 minutes to complete and one lucky responder will be in with a chance to win £50 worth of Marks and Spencer vouchers.
The survey can be completed via the following link:
It would be great if you could share the survey with other Neighbourhood Watch members particularly those who have been victims of cybercrime.
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Charity champion calls on local businesses to support festive fundraiser

With only 4 months until his big “switch on” Charity Champion Graham Witter has already started to plan this year’s Weston Christmas Light Display.

For the seventh year, Graham plans to transform his family home and garden into a Winter Wonderland to raise vital funds for The Donna Louise Hospice in Trentham, Staffordshire, which provided respite care to his late sister, Jessica, and gave many hours of support to Graham and his family.

Over the last six years Graham has raised a phenomenal £92,310 for The Donna Louise, and this year he hopes to top the £100,000 fundraising mark.

Now Graham is calling on local businesses to help him reach this milestone. He said, “Each year the Light Display costs thousands of pounds to organise and without the support and help of the local businesses who sponsor and support the event, it simply wouldn’t be possible.

“By sponsoring the Weston Christmas Light Display local businesses will not only be creating a magical event for our local community, they’ll be continuing my sister’s legacy and helping me raise much needed funds for The Donna Louise which supports many local families like mine across Staffordshire and Cheshire.”

Last year more than 15,000 people visited the Weston Christmas Light Display throughout December, raising an incredible £26,760 which helped fund a learning disability nurse for 12 months and provide two sign and symbol communication workshops for hospice staff. This year Graham is hoping the local community will come together once again and help him beat the remarkable total which was raised in 2018. However, without the support from local businesses, the event simply can’t happen or take place.

He added, “There is a variety of exciting sponsorship opportunities available and with so many people visiting the display throughout December, as well as following us on social media, it’s a chance to grab some excellent brand exposure at a much-loved and liked, community event. I’d love to hear from any new businesses who would like to get involved to help make this year’s Weston Christmas Light Display bigger and brighter than ever before.”

For more information about the Weston Christmas Light Display, and to hear about the sponsorship opportunities available to help support this community event, please contact Graham at

New visually-impaired football team seeks players

Reporter Jonathan White

New visually-impaired football team seeks players

‘Nantwich Town Wolves VIFC’, a newly formed partially sighted football team, are holding training sessions.

The sessions are open to anyone aged 16 and over with a recognised eye condition with some usable vision.

Training sessions are free and held every Monday (4-5pm) at Nantwich Town FC’s 3G pitch at the Weaver Stadium, Waterlode, Nantwich.

Craig Acton from Nantwich Town Wolves VIFC said, “I hope the sessions take off and we can help build confidence of the local visually impaired community and have fun doing it.”

For further information relating to Nantwich Town Wolves VIFC please contact Craig Acton on 07791214269.

Wednesday, 7 August 2019


Last week the team at Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity hosted a tea party at Leighton Hospital as part of the national NHS Big Tea campaign. Live music, refreshments and games were enjoyed by Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust staff and invited guests.
The NHS Big Tea is an annual fundraising and awareness campaign with the aims of celebrating the NHS Birthday on 5th July and recognising the vital work NHS charities do to support our health service.
The charity also received a great response from the local community after asking groups and businesses to host their own tea party to mark the occasion. Crewe Alexandra FC, Northwich Radio, Herbalife and Richmond Village (both in Nantwich) and many more held their own events to ‘raise a cuppa’ to the NHS, whilst raising funds for MCH Charity’s ‘Everybody Knows Somebody’ dementia appeal.

Emma Robertson, MCH Charity Manager said: “Once again we were delighted to be part of this annual nationwide campaign to involve local communities in supporting their NHS Charities. We believe charity plays an important role within the NHS, not only do we fund state-of-the-art equipment, comforts and all the added extras which help make our hospitals better, but we also provide a vital service to the thousands of people who want to say thank you to the staff, wards, departments and community services which care for them and their loved ones every day.”

There are more than 250 NHS charities across the UK. Most of them focus on helping our hospitals do more, whilst others support mental health trusts, community health trusts and ambulance trusts. In recent years NHS charities have funded major capital projects, pioneering research and medical equipment in hospitals, helping patients access the best possible care when they need it most. They also play a key role in mobilising volunteers to support NHS staff, brightening wards and waiting areas with colourful and engaging art and building an important link between our hospitals and our communities.
Mid Cheshire Hospitals charity are keen to support more local groups and businesses with their fundraising. Whatever you choose to do, they can support you through your fundraising journey and can offer lots of resources and support to help make whatever you do a huge success.
For more information contact Carole Salmon, Community Fundraiser on 01270 273248 or email

Cheshire East Council acts to strengthen its planning framework

Cheshire East Council is to move forward on the next phase of Cheshire East’s development plan.

The site allocations and development policies document (SADPD), which forms the second part of the council’s Local Plan, was considered by members of the authority’s cabinet today.

Members agreed to move towards the next round of public consultation on the draft document which, once finalised, will provide the approved framework for housing, employment, and other key infrastructure sites up to 2030.

Following directly on from the Local Plan Strategy adopted in 2017, the SADPD provides detailed policies to guide new development, including housing – and also allocates a limited amount of new development, mainly within the smaller towns and larger villages.

The majority of development needs have already been provided for through the Local Plan Strategy.

The sites in the SADPD will be non-strategic – generally sites of fewer than 60 homes or two hectares (five acres) in size. Some will be focused in key employment areas in principal towns or in smaller key centres.

When adopted, the SADPD will replace the old policies of the three former borough local plans, covering Macclesfield, Congleton and Crewe and Nantwich, dating back to 2004, and address current planning issues – such as climate change mitigation, housing for older people and improving the quality and variety of new homes.

Councillor Toni Fox, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for planning, said: “This plan takes account of consultation responses to the draft document published last September and I’m gratified that extra effort has been made in recent months to engage with town and parish councils about the proposals.

“Having reviewed the options, we recognised the need to have a robust and up-to-date planning framework to avoid further unplanned and speculative developments that took place in our borough in recent years. To reflect the changed planning guidance from Whitehall, we are putting in place a raft of refreshed planning policies that will better equip us to shape and manage sustainable development in Cheshire East.

“As well as updating our planning policies, the SADPD identifies new development areas to meet the needs of some settlements and particular sections of our communities. Among these are plans for fresh residential sites for Gypsies and Travellers and a new transit site to provide safe and regulated accommodation for those passing through the borough.

“In some locations, small allocations are proposed in the greenbelt. This is necessary to meet localised needs in those villages and to ensure no further greenbelt changes are made until at least the 2040s.

“Completion of the site allocations plan is an important step towards securing a strong and resilient basis for planning in Cheshire East, including maintaining a five-year supply of housing land. We want to be able to review our Local Plan in future from a position of strength – without risking a planning free-for all.”

In 2018/19 a record 3,062 new homes were completed in Cheshire East. As well as providing accommodation for families and individuals, this total reduces past housing backlogs and helps the council demonstrate a five-year supply of housing.

Cllr Fox added: “Despite increased home building, our five-year supply continues to be challenged by sections of the development industry, determined to promote sites outside the Local Plan. The current Local Plan target of 1,800 homes per year is reflective of past economic ambitions and is almost 50 per cent higher than the government’s own calculation of housing need for the borough using their new methodology.

“We want to move promptly to a position where our five-year supply targets properly reflect the revised approach towards identifying housing requirements using the national methodology – and so we will be looking to assess which parts of Local Plan Strategy need to be reviewed and updated.

“To do this, we need to move on with the rest of the Local Plan and so publish the SADPD for formal consultation. This will allow the plan to progress to external examination, where all parties can seek independent scrutiny.”

All change for Nantwich Market Café

­On Saturday Sue Goodwin, owner of the Tea Chest Café in Nantwich Market hung up her apron for the last time.
Sue has been running the café for in excess of 12 years, establishing many regular customers as well as providing buffets to many organisations in the town.
Passing over the keys to new owners she commented: “I have had some great years and I wish to thank all my customers and fellow market traders.”
There will be no break in service for the café as new owners Ady Rathbone, Geraldine Wallace and Lucy McCambridge are powering ahead to have the Tea Chest back up and running for business as usual on Tuesday.
The new team will be quite at home in their new surroundings having previously run cafes at Beeston and Chelford Cattle Markets over the past 15 years.
They plan to keep a similar menu, but keep an eye out for some of their delicious home-made pies!

Saturday, 3 August 2019

Council and partner agencies continue to respond to emergency flooding incidents

Cheshire East Council and partner agencies continue to work closely together to respond to yesterday’s emergency flooding incidents in the north of the borough.

Since the weekend, Cheshire East has experienced prolonged periods of persistent and heavy rain, resulting in standing water and flooding at hot spots on the network.

Yesterday, flash flooding caused major issues in the Poynton, Bollington and Wilmslow areas yesterday evening, affecting around 60 properties and resulted in a number of road closures. Between 60-90mm of rain fell in 24 hours

Cheshire Police coordinated the multi-agency response throughout the night for the emergency services and Cheshire East Council.

Once the major incident response was stood down, Cheshire East Council took responsibility for leading the recovery phase.

Cheshire East Council is committed to keeping residents safe and continues to provide ongoing support, including the delivery of sandbags, flood boards and implementing road closures where necessary.

The council’s adverse weather desk was also mobilised yesterday morning and continues to be in operation today, with the authority’s Highways team so far responding to more than 150 weather-related calls.

As water levels recede, the authority will focus on inspecting the highways network, clearing away any debris, assessing the requirement for repair work and continue to respond to any requests for assistance from members of the public.

Additional resources have been deployed to respond to the issues on the highways network and a number of gully emptiers and jetters are working to remove any hazards and to keep the network safe.

The council – along with partner agencies – has also identified those most vulnerable and have been in direct contact with those affected to ensure their safety.

As part of the recovery process, Highways teams are also we are working in partnership with the council’s environmental service company ANSA to restore the carriageway to its original condition. It includes the deployment of road sweepers to the Poynton, Bollington and Wilmslow areas.

While the majority of roads have now reopened, motorists are advised to drive with care as there is still a large amount of surface water in the area. Members of the public are also reminded to abide by all road closure signs and advised to not walk through flood water as there may be hidden hazards.

Road closures are still in place in the following areas:

● Moggie Lane, Higher Poynton – closed in both directions due to collapse of the bridge at the junction with Narrow Lane. The council is working closely with partner organisations to make safe and repair the bridge and the road will remain closed for the foreseeable future.

Styal Road, Wilmslow – closed in both directions;

● Fol Hollow, Congleton – closed in both directions

● Mill Lane, Adlington - closed in both directions; and

● Skellorn Green Lane, Adlington – closed due to flooding at the junction with Street Lane and Cawley Lane.0

Two-way temporary traffic lights are also in place along Mudhurst Lane/Higher Lane, Disley as the edge of the carriageway has been affected by flood water.

While rain has eased this morning, a further Met Office weather warning for the North West has been received for heavy rain and thunderstorms between midday and 8pm.

The public are warned that flood alerts are in place for the following areas in Cheshire East:

● Poynton Brook at Poynton and Midway;

● Poynton Brook at Wigwam Wood and parts of Armcon Business Park;

● River Bollin and Agden Brook at Little Bollington; and

● River Bollin at Heatley.

More information can be found at:

To prepare for the possibility of further floods, residents are urged to sign up for free flood warnings on the Environment Agency's website, follow them on Twitter @EnvAgencyNW for the latest information or call the Flood Line on 0345 988 1188.

There is also further help and advice available from Public Health England regarding how to prepare for a flood and what to do if you are affected by floodwater – visit:

· Members of the public are advised to contact the council on 0300 123 5020 with any highways issues, or 0300 123 5025 out of hours. 

· Updates will be given via the council’s social media pages (@CheshireEast and Cheshire East Council on Facebook) and via the @CECHighways Twitter account.

· Residents can also follow #CheshireEastFloods for the latest.