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Saturday, 28 March 2020

Neighbourhood Watch Response To Covid-19



Dear Neighbourhood Watch supporters,
Neighbourhood Watch supporters across England and Wales have been responding rapidly to the coronavirus COVID-19 crisis making a positive impact within their local communities. This is a challenging time for all of us. We must highlight health, safety and wellbeing must be our top priorities and at the heart of every decision we make. Please see our full statement from Neighbourhood Watch Network on COVID-19 here:
https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/sites/default/files/documents/2020-03/NW%20COVID-19%20Message%2018.03.20.pdf.
We have built a dedicated area on our new website:
https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/news/NW_national-news/covid-19. Over the coming days, weeks and months we will be adding to this as the situation develops, sharing updated guidance, resources, partner links and encouraging communication between supporters through our social media channels, especially to share some of the positive ways communities are coming together to support one another through this.
We wish you all health and safety.

Cheshire East launches Covid-19 support network


Cheshire East Council has launched a new Covid-19 information hub – which includes essential information and updates on changes to council services as a result of the pandemic. 

The council is also launching ‘Cheshire East – People Helping People’ – a place for people to offer and request help.

Many people and organisations in the Cheshire East community are keen to offer their help and support to others in these difficult times.  Cheshire East has a relatively large proportion of people, who are advised to self-isolate and may not be able to get out and about as they did before the outbreak.

‘People Helping People’ is a service that connects the people offering help to the people who need help.

Councillor Sam Corcoran, leader of the council, said:  “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all our staff, members, volunteers and partners for the work they have done and will continue to do through this very challenging period.

“We are working closely with the NHS and social care services to provide support to those who need it most. The latest announcement that schools will close from today has raised fresh challenges and we are working tirelessly so that we provide clarity to parents, schools and our staff.

“We are advising residents to remain vigilant. While many of our communities are coming together to help, there are also people who may seek to take advantage of this present situation.

“Support is therefore best offered through trusted service providers like Cheshire East Council’s ‘People Helping People’ service or within small groups or through local charitable organisations where the participants already know each other.  Events are moving swiftly around the pandemic and advice on the council website cheshireeast.gov.uk  will be updated regularly.”

Councillor Craig Browne, deputy leader of the council said:  “I would like to reassure our residents and local businesses that we are working daily with partner agencies to coordinate our efforts, particularly ensuring we are able to support those who may be struggling at this time.

“The situation has potential impacts on each and every council service including social services, education, waste collection and libraries, to name just a few.  This may result in us having to make changes to the way many of our services are delivered and we will continue to communicate any changes through our website and social media channels.

“Following the recent announcement of support from central government, we are in the process of putting in place measures to help those who may be struggling financially. Details of this and how to apply for temporary council tax or business rates relief can be found at: cheshireeast.gov.uk/covid19

The council will be continually providing updates and key information through the following channels:

Gutterscroft Park Haslington - Parents-Guardians We Need Your Help



Good afternoon
We hope that you are well!
This message is for those with children/young people who use the Gutterscroft Park in Haslington. If you do not, feel free to take a read, however the information may not be relevant to you. Thank you for your time in advance.
Gutterscroft Park, Haslington -
Unfortunately, we have experienced further anti-social behaviour/criminal damage at the Gutterscroft Park.
If you have children/young people, we need you to make sure that if they are going to use the local parks, they treat the equipment with respect and the local residents with kindness and respect.
It's very upsetting that we are having to send this message out, when the majority of children and young people that use the park are kind, polite, respectful and an asset to our community. However with equipment being damaged and at this point not knowing who has caused this, it's only fair to ensure that everybody receives the same email with the same advice on how to treat our local park.
Below is a check list for you to go through with your child/young person to ensure that they are safe and are behaving correctly at the park :-
- Agree a time that your child/young person will come home from the park. (Please enforce this!)
-Ensure that your child/young person understands what criminal damage is to the park equipment and please explain that even by being seen with the group that are damaging the equipment, they may be seen by members of the public as being part of this. (Examples of criminal damage can include purposely damaging the equipment and doing graffiti) (Examples of anti-social behaviour can include, shouting, swearing, litter and riding their bikes over residents flower beds.)
-Ensure that you are happy who your child is hanging around with. If you are not, explain to your child why not and how this can be monitored.
-Please tell your child/young person about 'SEE IT' 'HEARD IT' 'REPORT IT' - so that if anything happens in the park they know what to do. It can be useful to explain to young people that usually if something doesn't sit right with them, then it probably isn't right. They can contact us on 101 for non-emergencies and 999 always in an emergency. (This could be for many reasons, but some examples are, usage of drugs/anti-social behaviours listed above/criminal damage/assault)
We hope that most people reading this will know that this message does not apply to their child/young person, however it is important for us to share that Anti-Social Behaviour reports will be issued if anyone is caught causing anti-social behaviour or criminal damage.
Thank you for your time and support with this.
We are here to support anyone who is having troubles with this behaviour.
Kind regards,
PCSO Lizzie Jolley 22582
Haslington Police

Reliable Covid-19 information sources


Dr Matt Tyrer, acting director of public health at Cheshire East Council, said: “There is a lot of misinformation, rumour and myths going around about Covid-19 – particularly on social media.

“The following are reliable and trusted sources of accurate information from the NHS and Public Health England (PHE):

www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

www.gov.uk/coronavirus

“Please use these online resources to help keep you and your family fully informed and safe.”

Residents Urged To Be Vigilant Following National Trend of Coronavirus Scams



Residents across Cheshire are being urged to be vigilant following an emerging national trend of fraudsters taking advantage of the current Coronavirus pandemic.
Nationally, there have been reports of people visiting homes posing as police officers and health officials in a bid to gain entry to homes of the elderly and vulnerable. Some reports suggest scammers are even promising fake coronavirus tests or offering to deliver shopping and other essentials in exchange for money to assist those who are self-isolating. Whilst there have been no specific reports within the county residents are urged to remain vigilant and be on their guard.
Assistant Chief Constable Jenny Sims said: “Over recent weeks there has been significant coverage of the spread of coronavirus and we have been made aware of fraudsters taking advantage of this to target the most vulnerable in our communities.Although there have been no incidents reported to us, it is likely that this will change over time and we may start to see these scams across Cheshire. That is why it is important that everyone listens to the advice and takes note to ensure we can protect the elderly and most vulnerable in our society from these senseless scammers.”
Police and Crime Commissioner, David Keane, said: “It is despicable that fraudsters are exploiting this public health emergency and targeting the most vulnerable people in our communities at a time when they are more vulnerable than ever. Police in Cheshire are continuing to work hard to keep us safe in these uncertain times and I would urge you to follow the key scam advice to help you stay safe in your homes.”
Key advice:

  • Police officers will never approach you to take a Coronavirus test.
  • If someone knocks at your door, always examine and check their identification. If you are unsure please call the organisation or company they are claiming to work for. If they are genuine they will not mind.
  • You do not have to let them in and they must leave if you tell them to.
  • Never let anyone in your house unless they are someone you know and trust.
  • If someone is trying to rush you into doing something, handing over money or taking a test it is likely that they are involved in a scam.
  • Never give money or your card and pin number to anyone.
  • Be aware that scammers can be clever, they will have done their homework and will often know a lot of information about people they target. Often they are very organised.
  • If you believe that you have been victim of fraud call us on 101 or report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

Message Sent By
Clare Harrison (Cheshire Police / Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, Engagement Officer, Corporate Communications)


Joint message from the leader and deputy leader of Cheshire East Council


The following is a joint message from leader of the council Councillor Sam Corcoran and deputy leader Councillor Craig Browne:

“These are unprecedented times. Covid-19 represents a significant risk to individuals and to our economy. Our country has not experienced anything like this before and, yesterday, the government outlined strict new measures to limit and slow the spread of this infection. 

“Cheshire East Council has a key role to play in the ongoing response to Covid-19. Our priorities are to protect vulnerable people and maintain critical and essential services.

We are working with colleagues from the NHS to support the most vulnerable individuals – those at greatest risk of infection and serious illness – through ‘community shielding’.

“We are bringing together the many people and organisations who want to offer help at this time, with people who need help, through our ‘People Helping People’ webpage. 

If you are able to offer help to people in your community, please let us know by clicking ‘I can help’ and providing your name, contact details and how you can help.

“Equally, if you need our help, or are aware of people within your neighbourhood who do, please let us know by clicking on ‘I need help’, so we can plan our resources accordingly.

“We are also working hard with partners to support businesses, helping them to access support and guidance, with regular updates on www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/covid19

“We are continuing to provide key services, such as waste and recycling collections. But we will have to keep these services under review as the situation changes and we may have to ask you to do things differently, as we adapt these services to changing circumstances.

“While many of our staff are now working from home, other members of staff are key workers, working in health and social care and other essential public services. They may have to travel to and from work and we would ask you to support them as they do this. 

“We can all contribute to overcoming this disease. By working together, everyone in Cheshire East can do their bit to beat this truly global challenge. The basic hygiene advice still applies:

● Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds;

● Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available;

● Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze;

● Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards; and

● Stay two metres (three steps) away from other people, if you need to go outside.

Cheshire East Council is providing updates, information and guidance on its website at www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/covid19

Follow us on social media at:

● Twitter @CheshireEast; and

● Facebook.com/CheshireEastCouncil

“Finally, we would like to thank every member of staff, every councillor, community group, partner and resident for their continued efforts to support each other at this time.

“We can beat this. Stay safe and support each other.”

Cheshire East Council closes play areas to protect people


Following the latest announcement from the Prime Minister (23 March 2020) to close all play areas, outdoor gyms and skate parks, all such areas in Cheshire East Council-owned parks will close from today (24 March).

The parks and green open spaces will remain open for daily exercise but the council urges residents to stick to the latest government instructions. Social distancing guidelines must be followed. These open areas can be used once daily by people on their own or with members of their household for a run, walk or a cycle. Groups of more than two people will be dispersed. People should keep at least two metres apart at all times.

Where we are unable to guarantee the safety of visitors, due to people not observing the strict social distancing requirements and play area equipment closures, we will have no other option but to report to the police, and ultimately close entire park sites.

Update from Chief Constable Darren Martland Regarding Coronavirus



The Prime Minister has announced strict new social measures in a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus.
This is an unprecedented time for all of us and I appreciate that this will continue to cause concern amongst our communities in Cheshire.
I want to reassure all residents in Cheshire that we are here working as hard as we can, alongside our partners, to keep you safe and ensure the most vulnerable are protected.
But it is important to remember that everyone must comply with these measures, which are there to protect our fantastic NHS and save lives. The police are to be given the powers to enforce the powers, when it becomes necessary and proportionate to do so.
We are asking the public to listen to the advice, stay at home and help us to help the national effort.
British policing is founded on respect and engagement with the public - we resolve issues daily by talking to people and reasoning with them and that will continue.
Our officers will continue to provide a visible presence in your community and I am very grateful for the continued support that will be offered by the Special Constabulary and other volunteers.
If you do need our help then we are here.
In an emergency, where there is a threat to life or a crime is taking place, please call 999.
If it isn’t an emergency it is possible to report incidents via our website, which I would encourage you to use when possible, or call 101.
If you need information and advice following on from the coronavirus announcement by the Prime Minister please visit http://orlo.uk/wogej
We all need to continue to work together to protect and support each other during this challenging time.
Chief Constable
Darren Martland

Cheshire East Council asks residents to think before they call


Cheshire East Council is currently experiencing a high volume of calls and is struggling with demand from non urgent enquires.

The council is working to prioritise the safeguarding of the most vulnerable residents and protect frontline services.

Residents are asked to think before they call and only call the council if they really need to. A lot of queries can be answered on their website at cheshireeast.gov.uk  where online forms can be completed to submit questions or to report an issue.

For information, government guidance and the latest advice about COVID-19, residents can visit a new dedicated area of the website at cheshireeast.gov.uk/covid

If you have urgent concerns about a vulnerable adult or a child please call our safeguarding team. During office hours for adults call 0300 123 5010 or children call 0300 123 5012 (option 3). For out of hours support for adults or children call 0300 123 5022.

The council has launched a new community scheme called People Helping People. This is offering services such as gathering medical supplies, meal delivery, a friendly phone call, advice and guidance or another support service. If you need help or would like to volunteer yourself to help with this scheme please register online cheshireeast.gov.uk/peoplehelpingpeople or where you have no internet access call 0300 123 5034

Cheshire East Council closes household waste recycling centres


Following the announcement by the Prime Minister on Monday (23 March 2020), Cheshire East Council has taken the decision to close all its household waste recycling centres until further notice.

Residents are asked to retain any bulky or DIY waste – do not leave it kerbside, please do not fly tip and do not place it with household or recycling waste. The closures will be reviewed regularly.

Cheshire East markets to close to combat Covid-19


As part of further measures to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, all markets run by Cheshire East Council in Macclesfield, Congleton and Crewe – both indoor and outdoor – will close with immediate effect.

Since the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday (23 March 2020), the council allowed the markets to remain open for those stalls selling essential items, such as food. However, due to the need to protect members of the public, traders and staff and to encourage people to follow the government advice to stay at home, we will now be closing these markets until further notice.

Council and contractors warn children to stay away from construction sites


With the health service under huge pressure, Cheshire East Council is urging all parents – and their children – to stay safe and not put themselves at risk.

Contractor GRAHAM, who is building the Congleton link road, is appealing to families to make sure their children stay away from the site to prevent accidents.

As schools have closed down and with some construction sites across the borough quieter than normal, children should not be tempted to use them as play areas.

Councillor Craig Browne, Cheshire East Council deputy leader and cabinet member responsible for infrastructure, said: “In the present health emergency, we need to do all we can to avoid adding to the pressures placed on our doctors and nurses in our accident and emergency departments.

“We are appealing to parents to make sure their children are safe and not putting themselves at risk by straying on to construction sites.”

Alastair Lewis, contract manager for GRAHAM, said: “Some young people may be drawn to these sites as exciting places to play but they are not and we would urge them to stay away and stay safe.

“Construction sites, such as the Congleton Link Road, contain heavy machinery, uneven ground and many hazards – so please stay away.”

Cllr Browne added: “There are a number of construction sites – both council and private – across the borough and it is an offence for anyone to enter them without authorisation. We would not want to see children killed or seriously injured during what is already an extremely challenging period for us all, especially the emergency services.”

Accidents on construction sites can some times be fatal or result in serious life-changing injuries and children should not let their curiosity lead them into danger.

Covid19 Phishing Emails Reported To Action Fraud



Jan,
A number of #COVID19 related phishing emails have been reported to Action Fraud. These emails attempt to trick you into opening malicious attachments which could lead to fraudsters stealing your personal information, logins, passwords, or banking details.
https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/alert/coronavirus-related-fraud-reports
Scam Warning Phishing emails
(Click the image to see a larger version)

Protect yourself


1) Watch out for scam messages
Don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails, and never respond to unsolicited messages and calls that ask for your personal or financial details.
2) Shopping online:
If you’re making a purchase from a company or person you don’t know and trust, carry out some research first, and ask a friend or family member for advice before completing the purchase. If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, use a credit card if you have one, as most major credit card providers insure online purchases.
For more information on how to shop online safely, please visit: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/shoponlinesafely
3) Protect your devices from the latest threats:
Always install the latest software and app updates to protect your devices from the latest threats.
For information on how to update your devices, please visit: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/securing-your-devices
For the latest health information and advice about COVID-19 please visit the NHS website.

Message Sent By
Mike Douglas (VISAV, Administrator, National)

Temporary suspension of car parking charges


Parking charges in Cheshire East-run car parks have been suspended as part of a number of service changes made in response to Covid-19.

While following government guidelines aimed at supporting keyworkers, including NHS staff, the council has decided to go further by suspending all car parking charges from midnight tonight (Thursday, 26 March).

The council is eager to take all possible steps in the fight against Coronavirus and has taken this decision to support keyworkers and to help prevent the risk of spreading the disease through contact.

People who use Ringo to pay parking charges by mobile phone need not pay either and should be alerted to this by the app on their phone. The council has contacted Ringo to inform them of this decision.

Please note that this only applies to car parks operated by Cheshire East Council.

All car park machines will be sealed and notices posted to inform the public of this action. However, it must be stressed that everyone should follow government advice by staying at home, minimising travel as much as possible and maintaining social distancing.

Councillor Laura Crane, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for highways and waste, said: “It is important that we take all the necessary steps to protect our residents and the users of our car parks, while at the same time, supporting our key workers, especially our NHS staff, so that they can get on with the task of fighting this disease and preventing its spread.”

Government advice relating to Covid-19 can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

Cheshire East Council – urges businesses to come direct for Covid-19 business grant funding


Cheshire East Council is urging businesses to come directly to them and submit their business bank details online – via an official form – to receive government Covid-19 business grants, rather than using agents.

Two new grant funding schemes have been announced by the government as part of the pandemic, which cover three scenarios:

  • A small business grant fund of £10,000 for all businesses in receipt of small business rate relief; and
  • Grant funding of £10,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property – where the rateable value is below £15,000; or
  • Grant funding of £25,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property – where the rateable value is between £15,000 and less than £51,000.

Eligible businesses will be identified through the business rates system and will receive the grants once funds are available.

For businesses that do not pay business rates by direct debit or qualify for small business rate relief, the council does not hold any bank details and will be unable to make grant payments via cheque.

It is important that these businesses confirm their bank details – on a simple online form –directly with the council, in order to receive qualifying grant payments via bacs transfer.

The online form can be accessed at our business rates relief page.

Cheshire East launches business helping business scheme


Cheshire East Council has launched a scheme seeking to help businesses across the borough to support each other during the Covid-19 outbreak.

The scheme, which can be accessed via the council’s website seeks to match businesses that are in need of help, to those that are in a position to help across a number of areas, such as;

  • Staffing - to support another business;
  • Delivering services or goods;
  • Supportive mentor phone calls;
  • Business rates advice;
  • Business finance information; and
  • Advice and guidance

Councillor Craig Browne, deputy leader of Cheshire East Council said: “I would like to reassure our residents and local businesses that we are working daily with partner agencies to coordinate our efforts, particularly with a focus on those who may be struggling at this time.

“The Covid-19 pandemic is seeing a major effect on our economy and Cheshire East Council is working with central government to support businesses through a range of measures.

“This scheme seeks to give support across our business community now – while we are in the midst of the pandemic – enabling all, from sole traders to large corporations to come together in collaborative partnerships.

“Following the recent announcement of support from central government, we are working hard to put in place measures from government to help those who may be struggling financially. Details of this can be found on the council’s website.”

If you are a business owner that can offer help, or a business in need of support, please visit our ‘business helping business’ web pages.

For more government advice on coronavirus financial support for businesses, visit the gov.uk website.

Help Play Your Part In Keeping the Nation Safe



The people of Cheshire are being urged to help play their part in keeping the nation safe by following new rules introduced to tackle the coronavirus crisis.
As the country continues to absorb the detail of the strict new social distancing measures, which have been introduced in a bid to slow the spread of the virus and protect the public and the NHS, residents are being urged to take on board the advice and stay at home where they can.
In Cheshire, neighbourhood policing is key and officers, PCSOs and members of the Special Constabulary will continue to provide a visible presence in the local community.
Chief Constable Darren Martland said: “British policing is founded on respect and engagement with the public - we resolve issues daily by talking to people and reasoning with them and that will continue.
“We will continue to police by consent – officers will be engaging with the local community, talking from a safe distance, explaining the new measures and what they mean and encouraging people to do the right thing and abide by them of their own accord.
“Officers will apply their discretion and will ask questions to establish individual circumstances and will instruct people to go home if they do not have a good reason to be outdoors. However, where necessary and appropriate, we will enforce the measures if people are not listening and putting others at risk, as the public would expect us to do.
“The pace of change in relation to the coronavirus outbreak remains extremely challenging for us all and we know that this is a really disruptive time. But in these tough moments we need to make sure we all pull together.”
The new public health regulations, which came into force on Thursday 26 March, have been introduced to ensure people stay at home and avoid non-essential travel – unless for one of the following reasons:
- Shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible
- One form of exercise a day - for example, a run, walk or cycle - alone or with members of their household
- Any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
- Travelling to and from work, but only where they cannot work from home
Participating in gatherings of more than two people in public spaces is also not permitted except in very limited circumstances, for example, where it is for essential work purposes.
Chief Constable Martland added: “As police officers, we are sensitive to the difficulties our communities are facing - after all we are part of those very communities.
“We’re all in this together and each and every one of us has a role to play by following government advice. Here, in Cheshire, where we have a great community spirit, I am confident that people will listen to the advice, take note of it and stay at home to protect our fantastic NHS and save lives.
“This is an unprecedented time for all of us and I understand that people are concerned about what this means for them. I want to reassure all residents in Cheshire that we are here to serve and protect and maintain the best service to the public. We will continue to work as hard as we can, alongside our partners, to keep you safe, protect our officers and staff, and support the nationwide response.”
Police and Crime Commissioner David Keane added: “The Chief Constable has my full support as he and his officers do their upmost to keep all of us safe at this challenging time.
“Police officers and staff in Cheshire are working flat out in extremely challenging circumstances while putting themselves and their families at risk. It is our duty to support them and not put them under unnecessary pressures.
“It is vital that we all follow the government’s advice to protect our NHS and, ultimately, save lives.
“If we stay at home under all circumstances, unless we are leaving our homes for one of the few reasons listed by government, Cheshire police will not have to use their new powers.
“The more we cooperate and work together as a community by acting responsibly the faster we will be able to beat this crisis.”
If you do need our help there are a number of ways that you can contact the force.
In an emergency, where there is a threat to life or a crime is taking place, please call 999.
If it isn’t an emergency it is possible to report incidents via our website (https://www.cheshire.police.uk/), which people are encouraged to use when possible, or call 101.
If you need information and advice following on from the coronavirus announcement by the Prime Minister please visit the Government website: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

March 2020 Enewsletter - Firelink



Welcome to the March edition of the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service e-Newsletter

How we're dealing with the coronavirus pandemic


It is a challenging time as we all adapt to the developing situation relating to COVID-19 but, rest assured, we are continuing to work hard to ensure both your safety and minimal impact on our services.
To minimise the spread of COVID-19 we are limiting non-essential contact with the public to help control the spread of the virus and to ensure our firefighters are available to respond to emergencies.
Find out more - How we're dealing with the coronavirus pandemic

Draft IRMP Consultation Extended to 24 April


We have extended the deadline on our draft Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP)  consultation until Friday 24 April. This will give more time for people to have their say on plans for the future of Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service. Please visit our website to find out more information on our proposals and  have your say by completing a short online survey.
You can also provide feedback to us by emailing consultation@cheshirefire.gov.uk or in writing to Freepost Cheshire Fire Consultation (no stamp required).
In light of the current guidance regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus, we will not be holding further consultation roadshows in the community. However, in addition to the methods above we will be looking to try and gather a range of views in different ways such as through telephone or Skype focus groups. If you would like to take part in one of these and provide your comments on our plans, then please provide your name, age, location and email address to consultation@cheshirefire.gov.uk and we can send you some more information.

Our approach to COVID-19 regarding enforcement


Over the coming weeks members of our protection department will be making desk top audits via the telephone to support businesses.
Under the requirements of The (fire safety) Order 2005, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service must continue to enforce fire safety legislation to keep the public and businesses safe. If at the time of the call you are not able to answer the questions due to business needs  you will be offered an appointment at a scheduled time agreeable by both parties.
For more information - Our approach to COVID-19 regarding enforcement

Message Sent By
Ashley Lawton (Cheshire Police / Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, Administrator, Corporate Communications)

Council appeal to help rough sleepers and avoid homelessness


Cheshire East Council is following government advice to do all it can to help the homeless in the borough during the present health emergency.

The council has already succeeded in securing temporary accommodation for some and is hopeful of ensuring that no one is sleeping rough or is made homeless during the current coronavirus crisis.

Councillor Nick Mannion, Cheshire East Council cabinet member with responsibility for housing, said: “It is vital that we do all we can to deal with the risk of homelessness and Cheshire East Council is urging all families and property landlords not to make anyone homeless as this could only put them and others at risk.

“We are working with charities, faith groups and our partners to assist with a prevention strategy while not placing any of their staff and volunteers at risk. 

“We are exploring various options to secure temporary accommodation while working to assist those in priority need, including rough sleepers.

“Simultaneously, our Gypsy and Traveller liaison officers are working with the Gypsy, Traveller and Roma community to advise them on the current health emergency around Covid-19 and the need for regular hand washing and good hygiene.”

If you know of anyone who is homeless or you are homeless yourself, please contact the council’s Homelessness Team on 0300 123 5017 (Option 2).

Owing to the current health emergency you may need to leave a message and wait for a member of the team to return your call. Please be patient and be aware that ur staff are working through this emergency to help as many people as they can.

Patrols and Rainbows In Your Communites - Read To Find Out More



Good afternoon everyone,
We are on duty today from 12:00 hours. Over the past couple of days we have been covering from Haslington, Leighton, Holmes Chapel, Goostrey, Sandbach, Alsager to Middlewich. In these areas we have visited over 60 locations to offer reassurance and a high visibility presence to our communities.
We have been overwhelmed with the kindness that local stores and the community have shown us at this difficult time, but we'd like to also share our thanks to all of the key workers that have been working at this time. You have all been making sure that everything flows smoothly for our communities, and for those of you in our communities who have been staying at home, we thank you!
You too are saving lives by doing your part and for that we are so grateful.
Today we will be continuing to cover the locations listed above and are looking forward to seeing the rainbows displayed in peoples windows and driveways.
Stay safe and please stay at home where you can. Anyone found not complying with these guidelines will be dealt with accordingly. More advice can be found using the link provided http://below:-" target="_blank">below:-
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Thank you for your time, and feel free to share your rainbow photos with an inspiring message to our community with us on our public posts section on our Haslington Police Facebook Page. (The link can be found below.)
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This will brighten up everybody's newsfeeds and it will brighten up ours too!
Thank you for your time and stay safe.
Kind regards,
PCSO Lizzie Jolley 22582
Haslington Police

Action Fraud Have Received Reports of Covid19 Related Scams



Jan,
Please note, this is the second in a series of messages we are sending over the next few days, all relating to the current situation. This email does contain links, please click here for guidance about whether you can trust links in emails.
Action Fraud have received reports of #COVID19 related scams. The majority relate to the online sale of protective items such as facemasks and other items in short supply due to the outbreak, that don't exist..
https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/alert/coronavirus-related-fraud-reports
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What scams are we seeing?

The majority of reports are related to online shopping scams where people have ordered protective face masks, hand sanitiser and other products, which have never arrived. Other frauds being reported include ticket fraud, romance fraud, charity fraud and lender loan fraud

Protection advice

Detailed counter fraud advice is available online, including from Scamsmart, ActionFraud, CIFAS, TakeFive, Citizens Advice, Trading Standards and the National Cyber Security Centre.
Reporting to Action Fraud can be done online at https://www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling  0300 123 2040.
To report offers of financial assistance from HMRC contact phishing@hmrc.gov.uk.

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Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Facebook Live used by local churches during coronavirus pandemic

Reporter Jonathan White

Facebook Live logo: https://en.facebookbrand.com/facebookapp/assets/facebook-live/ .

Facebook Live used by local churches during coronavirus pandemic

Several local churches are using online social media to broadcast live services during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

The churches are each using Facebook Live to allow parishioners to view live streams of the services that cannot currently be attended. Viewers are encouraged to add comments, a Like, a Heart, or a photo to provide an interactive element to proceedings. The services are also saved, so can be watched back at a later date. The Service Order can be downloaded or viewed from some of the churches to able parishioners to join in with the service wherever they live. Prayer requests can be emailed to the church to pray for once the stream has finished.

In light of the strict new curbs on life in the UK to tackle the spread of coronavirus announced by the prime minister today (23/03/2020), future live services will continue but be broadcast from home.

Local churches offering Facebook Live broadcasts include:

-St. Mary's Church, Nantwich https://www.facebook.com/stmarysnantwich . The church can also be contacted by email: office@stmarysnantwich.org.uk and telephone: 01270 620668. Revd Dr Mark Hart, Rector at St. Mary's Church, Nantwich, said: “We have to keep in touch with each other through this time. Phone calls will be key to this, especially for people who don't have access to the internet, but live-streaming gives a sense of being together and sharing in worship. The interactive service has been very well received thus far.”

-St Mary's, Wistaston and St Luke's, Willaston https://www.facebook.com/stmaryandstluke/ . The church can also be contacted by email: revd.mike@stmaryswistaston.org.uk and telephone: 01270 567119. Revd Mike Turnbull, St Mary’s Church, Wistaston, said: “Our thoughts go to our parishioners, staff and colleagues who are isolating or having to keep away at the moment. It is lovely to read the comments after each service and see how many people valued and took comfort from the live-streaming. We plan to continue them in some form through the current crisis.”

-Parish of Crewe: St Andrew with St John the Baptist https://www.facebook.com/groups/standrewschurchcrewe/ . The church can also be contacted by email: catherine.cleghorn@hotmail.com and telephone: 07813117385. Revd Catherine Cleghorn, Curate of St Andrew's, All Saints' and St Peter's, Crewe, said: “Life is changing very rapidly for us all in these anxious times, and we are finding new ways to be church communities, whilst still focusing on prayer and action. God’s love for us all has not changed, and we are hoping to help people to feel connected to God, to each other and to our churches. We are also working with our councils, our MP, and other community organisations to provide care and support for those who need it.”

Cashing in on coronavirus – beware of unscrupulous fraudsters and thieves!


Cheshire East Council is warning residents to beware of doorstep con artists and internet scammers who are cashing in on the coronavirus epidemic.

Older people and those who are vulnerable have already been targeted, with some unscrupulous ‘traders’ selling useless protective masks, in some cases escorting victims to cash points or carrying out distraction burglaries by gaining entry to people’s homes.

Cheshire East Council’s trading standards team and Cheshire police are also advising residents to be alert to criminals posing as health workers to gain entry to people’s homes. These distraction burglaries have already been reported in other boroughs.

The council’s trading standards team is also warning of phishing emails – unsolicited emails containing malicious attachments which invite users to share confidential information, including financial details.

There is a further warning to beware of illegal money lenders as some people may be temped to borrow cash in fear of losing their jobs and income.

Anyone who is suspicious of a doorstep or telephone cold caller should contact:

Cheshire police on 101; or

Action Fraud on 0300123 2040; or

Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133.

Alternatively, go to the Cheshire East Council trading standards website via: https://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/business/trading_standards/consumers/scams_information/reporting-scams.aspx

For the very latest guidance on coronavirus visit the Public Health England website at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

Libraries to close across Cheshire East


Cheshire East Council has taken the decision to close all libraries, including the mobile library, from 5pm today (Monday 23 March) – to protect customers and staff from the risk of Covid-19/coronavirus.

The libraries cannot guarantee maintaining a safe service for staff and customers within the buildings, alongside the need for everyone to follow social distancing safety guidelines. The closure will be reviewed regularly.

Any library member who has books on loan will not receive any penalty charges and all items will be automatically renewed until libraries reopen. Libraries will continue to offer a range of online services that can be accessed by visiting: cheshireeast.gov.uk/libraries

Self-Isolating Or Simply At Home? Why Not Join In With Our Safety Check List Challenge



Good morning,
Many of you will be self-isolating at the moment to minimise risk to our community due to concerns of Coronavirus and we thank you for not making unnecessary journeys or gatherings.
We would also like to thank the key workers for their hard work and dedication in our community at this time.
For those of you who are self-isolating looking for something to do, please join in our Safety Check Lists Challenge below to make yourself, your children, your home and vehicle safer.
Personal Safety:-
*Whilst the UK is self isolating, many opportunists will use this time to target people online and on the phone! Look out for the signs for this using the link below for more information.
http://intranet/knowledgebank/SiteAssets/Pages/Cyber-Crime---Cyber-Enabled-Crime---Online-Fraud/The%20Little%20Book%20of%20Big%20Scams%20" target="_blank">http://intranet/knowledgebank/SiteAssets/Pages/Cyber-Crime---Cyber-Enabled-Crime---Online-Fraud/The%20Little%20Book%20of%20Big%20Scams%20–%20Third%20Edition.pdf#search=the%20little%20book%20and%20big%20scams
https://www.cheshire.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/fa/fraud/online-fraud/" target="_blank">https://www.cheshire.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/fa/fraud/online-fraud/
Children's Safety :-
*Check your child's internet settings (This can be done through each ap, for example 'YouTube', 'Netflix Kids')
*Visit the 'Thinkuknow' Website, which has useful information and advice on staying safe online. There are different categories for adults and different age ranges for children.
https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/" target="_blank">https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/
*Sit down and talk to your child/children about personal safety when they're out and out, expectations of behaviour, and things to look out for when out with friends such as bullying and what they can do about this.
Getting your child/children involved with their safety is a key way to install good habits into their lives. his can talking through step by step with them, and try making this a game with a check list for young children!
*Test yourself with our 'keeping your home safe' link and make a list with those that you can work on during your time at home.
https://www.cheshire.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/residential-burglary/keep-your-home-safe/" target="_blank">https://www.cheshire.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/residential-burglary/keep-your-home-safe/
Home Security :-
* Give burglars no where to hide! - Find out how using the link below.
https://www.cheshire.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/residential-burglary/burglars-nowhere-hide/" target="_blank">https://www.cheshire.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/residential-burglary/burglars-nowhere-hide/
*Lock all doors when you're not in your property (or when you're in the opposite side of your house) More information on this can be found using this link below :-
https://www.cheshire.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/residential-burglary/control-access/" target="_blank">https://www.cheshire.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/residential-burglary/control-access/
*Take a read through the check list below to familiarise yourself with what you should do before leaving the house.
https://www.cheshire.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/residential-burglary/leaving-your-home-checklist/" target="_blank">https://www.cheshire.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/residential-burglary/leaving-your-home-checklist/
We hope that the reading that we have provided and the tasks that will come from this will fill some time for you some of you and better yet, add to the safety and security for you, your child/children/your home and vehicles.
We look forward to hearing back from those of you that take on the Safety Checklist Challenge during this time. We would also love to know how the children found it, learning about how they can stay safe.
Thank you for your time and we hope that you stay safe, and at a safe distance during this time.

Cheshire East Council closes Tatton Park to protect people


Cheshire East Council has taken the decision to close Tatton Park today (Sunday 22 March) to protect visitors and staff from the risk of Covid-19/coronavirus.

The park could not guarantee maintaining a safe service for staff and visitors with the anticipated visitor numbers expected, alongside the need for everyone to follow social distancing safety guidelines. The closure will be reviewed regularly.

Thursday, 19 March 2020

Free Call Blockers Available from Today




The National Trading Standards Scams Team has just announced that it is releasing some call blockers available for free to those most at risk. The attached document explains how the call blockers work and details the process for applying online and for the assessment that the NTS  team undertake to determine suitability. So if you know of any neighbours who are plagued by scam calls and who are vulnerable to the scammers please refer them or pass the information on so that they can apply.
Kind Regards,
Neil Wrench, Joan Gibbison, Julia Griffiths, Clare Harrison, Heather Thompson
Cheshire Neighbourhood Watch Association
c/o Police Station|Chesterway|Northwich|Cheshire|CW9 5EP
Watch Email box: Cheshirewatch@cheshire.pnn.police.uk
Web site: http://cheshire.ourwatch.org.uk

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The National Trading Standards Scams Team has just announced that it is releasing some call blockers available for free to those most at risk. The attached document explains how the call blockers work and details the process for applying online and for the assessment that the NTS team undertake to determine suitability. So if you know of any neighbours who are plagued by scam calls and who are vulnerable to the scammers please refer them or pass the information on so that they can apply.
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Tatton Park can put a spring in your step this March & April!


Lift your spirits for just £3.50 with our Super Spring Offer

Book online and pay just half price vehicle park entry to Tatton Park and enjoy free garden admission, for midweek visits from 17 March – 3 April. The adventure playground is here for little ones to run-off steam. And for those with longer legs, discover parkland walks, wide-open spaces and promising signs from Mother Nature that spring is just around the corner.

Escape and unwind in our 50-acre Gardens

It’s a wonderful time of year to enjoy free midweek entry to Tatton Park’s Gardens. Leave your cares at home and find your own relaxing corner amidst our 50-acre Gardens. Here are some of our favourites:

v The beautiful Broad Walk lulls you into a slow, soothing stroll.

v The Tower Garden, once the home of a hermit and now an ocean of tranquillity.

v The Fernery is always in full leaf. And warm!

v Walk around the perimeter of Golden Brook and catch a glimpse of the famous Japanese Garden for a sense of peace.

v The scent of pine pollen in the Pinetum bestows a sense of calm as you explore.

v If you’re lucky, you may have the African Hut all to yourself!

v Seek out the Choragic Monument at the perimeter of the Gardens and you’ll be rewarded with one of the best views across the parkland.

Book your £3.50 entry online today

The Super Spring Offer is available online only for Tuesday to Friday visits, from 17th March to 3rd April 2020. Book your £3.50 vehicle entry (£1.75 for blue badge holders) today at www.tattonpark.org/superspring

Visit our Gardens for free

Enjoy free Gardens admission, midweek only Tuesday to Friday, from 17th March to 3rd April 2020. No voucher necessary.

Please note Tatton Park is closed on Mondays during low season. More information at www.tattonpark.org.uk or call 01625 374400

Asb To Vehicles In Leighton



Over the weekend, several cars have had their cars damaged.
In an effort to ensure that these are isolated incidents we would ask you to review your home security and take sensible precautions, like checking all premises and outbuildings are secure, house alarms set, vehicles are locked and keys stored away etc. Consideration should also be given to ensuring that doors are kept locked, even when you are in your home.
If you have seen any suspicious persons, vehicles or have any other information, please contact us on 101 referring to this letter. Or call in to Crewe Police Station between 8am-8pm Monday to Saturday and 9am-6pm on Sunday.

Message Sent By
Matt Oliver (Cheshire Police, PCSO, Crewe)

Beauty Traineeship scheme tackles challenges for unemployed teens


Budding beauty therapists in Cheshire are being offered a vital first step into employment thanks to a free traineeship programme with the International School of Beauty Therapy (ISOBT) in Crewe.

The Beauty School’s new traineeships aim to help local school and college leavers who are not in education or training (NEET) and are aged 16-18. The youngsters will receive help through a combination of one to one career coaching, confidence building, off-the-job training and a 15 to 20-week part-time work placement in a beauty business, which may lead to an apprenticeship.

Across the UK, there are an estimated 792,000 young people aged 16-24 not in education or training. To help overcome these issues in Crewe and surrounding areas, youngsters on the traineeship scheme will complete an initial two-week pre-employability course before going on to a work experience placement with a local beauty business, two days per week. They will also complete a qualification in beauty, studying for one day per week at the International School of Beauty Therapy in Nantwich Road, Crewe.

One of the tutors teaching the new trainees is Rebecca Fowles, age 24 – who knows all about the challenges facing young people leaving school and trained at ISOBT herself.

She explains: “I lacked confidence in school and never dreamed that a career in Beauty Therapy was within my reach. However, I made a great career in the beauty industry, first completing an apprenticeship at ISOBT and then going on to work in six different beauty salons and continuing to complete various other specialist qualifications. Most recently I completed a Teaching and Assessing qualification, and this has meant that I can now pass on my skills and knowledge to other aspiring beauticians.”

She adds: “I thrive off helping others and watching them become successful, so being able to now teach my skills to new students is a massive achievement. I couldn’t have got where I am today without the help I’ve had from the International School of Beauty Therapy – now I want to help other young people do the same.”

The traineeship project is led by Stoke-on-Trent-based Acacia Training, owners of the International School of Beauty Therapy.

Ann Nixon is leading the project for Acacia Training and the International School of Beauty Therapy. She explains: “We are very keen to talk to parents, carers and relatives who have a young person at home who is losing confidence because they haven’t yet found their path after leaving school or college. They may be anxious about further education after having a difficult experience at school, or they might have found it hard to find a job or apprenticeship. They may be losing hope and feeling that lots of doors are not open to them, and their family or carers may be feeling that they don’t know how to support them with their next step.

“Our job is to help by working very closely with each young person and their family, and with the employer, as well as ensuring the right support is in place from other agencies if needed. The ultimate goal for the programme is to get each young person into a paid beauty apprenticeship after they complete their traineeship. What we are providing is a foot in the door with an employer, a chance to impress and find their confidence in a career they enjoy. We are here to hold their hand all the way, giving them chance to shine and realise their true value.”

More information can be found by visiting www.acaciatraining.co.uk/traineeships or calling Ann Nixon on 01782 646346.

Second coronavirus death in Cheshire East


Dr Matt Tyrer, acting director of public health at Cheshire East Council, said: “Sadly, we have today been informed that a woman being cared for at Leighton Hospital, who had tested positive for Covid-19, has died.

“The patient, who died on Sunday, was in her 60s and had underlying health conditions. Her family has been informed and our thoughts and condolences are with them at this distressing and difficult time.

“Given the latest scientific evidence around Covid-19 and its infectiousness, the likelihood is that, sadly, there will be more deaths from this virus in the borough.

“I would like to reassure everyone who lives and works in the borough that the council is working with its partners to ensure the protection of the public to the best of our ability and to defeat this virus over time. Cheshire East Council continues to work closely with Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England to ensure we have the very latest advice and that best practice is adhered to.

“We are working closely with partners in the NHS to ensure the most vulnerable people are protected. We are committed to ensuring that people have clear and up-to-date information to enable them to make the most informed decisions for themselves and their families.

“Advice on how people can protect themselves can be found online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

“We would reiterate that prevention is always better than cure. So, as with the flu virus, the most effective way for people to protect themselves from Covid-19 is to adopt good respiratory and hand hygiene to prevent the risk of infection and a ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach to coughs and sneezes.

“People are also advised to avoid contact with anyone who is unwell and showing symptoms of coronavirus. As the situation develops guidance is updated daily.

Guidance for households where a person is exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19 has changed:

● If you live alone and you have symptoms of Covid-19, however mild, stay at home for seven days from when your symptoms started. (See ending isolation for further guidance)

● If you live with others and one of you has symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. Anyone without symptoms can end their self isolation after 14 days, even if other members of their household have symptoms. However, if a member of an isolating household starts showing symptoms, that individual must self isolate for at least seven days from the onset of those symptoms (even if this would extend their isolation beyond 14 days).

For the latest guidance on coronavirus, visit the Public Health England website at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

Cheshire East Council suspends Flexilink services to protect service users


Cheshire East Council has taken the decision to suspend its demand-responsive Flexilink services from Monday 23 March 2020, until further notice.

This decision has been taken to safeguard and protect service users, many of whom are in high-risk categories for Covid-19/coronavirus.

Sunday, 8 March 2020

An Evening with Prue & Peta Leith’

Reporter Jonathan White

‘An Evening with Prue & Peta Leith’ conversation & book signing event took place at Malbank School & Sixth Form College in Nantwich on the evening of Tuesday 25th February 2020.

Prue Leith and Peta Leith discussed their new cookbook 'The Vegetarian Kitchen' which includes one hundred delicious, heart-warming vegetarian and vegan recipes; as well as talking about their careers, answering questions from the audience and signing copies of the book.

Prue Leith has been at the top of the British food scene for nearly sixty years. She has seen huge success not only as founder of the renowned Leith’s School of Food and Wine, but also as a Michelin-starred restaurateur, caterer, chef, teacher, TV cook, food journalist, novelist, and cookery book author. Well known as a judge on The Great British Menu, she is now a judge on the nation’s favourite TV programme, The Great British Bake Off. Prue was born in South Africa and lives in the UK.

Peta Leith, a pastry chef, has been vegetarian for her whole life, so is in the rare position of never having knowingly tried meat or fish. She decided to pursue a career in pastry because she knew she wanted to work in kitchens but didn’t want to limit herself to working only in vegetarian restaurants. She worked for a year with Claire Ptak at Violet Cakes, before leaving to study bread-making at the French Culinary Institute in New York. On her return to London, she found a job in the pastry section of The Ivy, where she stayed and honed her skills over the next seven years. She lives in Bedfordshire with her husband and two children. This is her first cookbook.

The event was organised by Nantwich Bookshop & Coffee Lounge located on High Street in Nantwich.

Event organisers Steve & Denise Lawson from the Nantwich Bookshop & Coffee Lounge said, “We were thrilled with the turnout at this successful event. We thank everyone for their support and hope that they enjoyed an informative evening. Thanks too, to Amy Canavan and Andy Belshaw from Pan Macmillan and to Mark Brisbourne from Malbank who was instrumental in us getting to use the school premises.”

To order 'The Vegetarian Kitchen' please contact Nantwich Bookshop & Coffee Lounge via phone: 01270 611665, or email steve@nantwichbookshop.co.uk

Sunday Night at the Lyceum’

Reporter Jonathan White

A ‘Sunday Night at the Lyceum’ fund-raising variety show took place at Crewe Lyceum Theatre on the evening of Sunday 9th February 2020.

The event was packed with singing, dancing and laughter and was organised by local community radio station The Cat 107.9 FM to raise money for Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity for the ‘Lost Little Ones’ baby bereavement suite, http://www.mchcharity.org/lost-little-ones-baby-bereavement-suite/

The show featured a variety of performers including a beautiful routine from Fraser School of Irish Dance; super group (Callum Wright, Oli Ng, Megan Lee); poet Helen Kay with Nigella; Nightingale Choir; Crewe Amateur Musicals Society presenting extracts from their recent performance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; Crewe Lions under 9’s football squad; local Battle of the Bands winner Cathy Jain; Nantwich Concert Band; Matrix Dance Squad; and writer-voicer-producer Buzz Hawkins with ‘The Bradshaws’; reaching a crescendo with William Spencer (Cheshire Buddies Scheme). Twichy, The Cat 107.9 FM mascot, joined in at every opportunity.

The sponsors were 1825 Financial Planning, Alextra Accountants, Amplify, Brightstar, Chromalloy, Construction Linx, Howard Worth chartered accountants & advisers, Innovation Relief, Optimum Pay Group, Rhino Safety, Right at Home South Cheshire. The programme was designed by Paper Anchor and printed by AJB Repro.

Volunteers from The Cat organised a wonderful and very enjoyable evening and the acts and performers gave their time for free to support a worthy cause.

The event raised £3,058 for ‘Lost Little Ones’. This total was raised from ticket sales with The Cat covering the cost of staging the show and with the help of sponsors and performers giving their time for free.

Chris Cadman, Managing Director, The Cat community radio said: “We really want to thank all the performers for their fantastic performances and support. The show highlighted what great talent we have in the area, which The Cat is keen to promote. We would also like to thank the sponsors who made it possible to stage the show and give all the ticket money to the ‘Lost Little Ones Appeal’. Finally, a big thank you to everyone who came along and supported the show.”

Carole Salmon, Community Fundraiser, Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity said: “I was delighted to be able to attend the fantastic event and to be able to thank The Cat team, all the performers, sponsors and everyone who bought tickets. We’ve been overwhelmed by the support the appeal has achieved, it’s clear to see how important this kind of facility is and even if people haven’t been affected by baby loss within their own families, they are very keen to help when they hear what we’re trying to do."

Cheshire East Council moves closer to achieving its vision for Crewe after HS2 confirmed


Cheshire East Council is moving forward with its strategic plans for the regeneration of Crewe to improve the physical environment of the whole town and the wellbeing of residents.

The arrival of HS2 in Crewe creates a significant opportunity for the council and secures investment at the railway station that will unlock Crewe’s potential.

This will support wider economic growth and encourage a shift to more sustainable travel – right across Cheshire and Staffordshire – benefitting residents for the future.

The council has been pressing government since 2010 to make changes to the HS2 offer in Crewe and has achieved some significant successes, including altering the HS2 route so that trains will stop at Crewe and extending platforms.

The Prime Minister’s recent announcement around HS2 gives the council the confidence it needs to continue with its plan to secure and spend money on the town. This may include investment in infrastructure, which would unlock new employment sites and create more job opportunities, delivering the right type of housing and improving the environment. This sits alongside the council’s plans for the town centre to improve its vibrancy and economic vitality.

Councillor Craig Browne, deputy leader of Cheshire East Council, said: “Crewe is ideally positioned and will continue to be a place that will get you to where you want to be.

“Crewe is already and will continue to be, a vital part of our Cheshire East community and economy but the work can’t stop here.

“We have ambitious plans for attracting businesses, creating a Crewe growth corridor, retaining 100% of the growth in business rates and bringing jobs to the area.

“We have received a number of significant announcements over the reason months but we believe it is critical to have a Crewe north connection on to the high-speed network and an enhanced station at Crewe – which would unlock a range of benefits, not just for Crewe but for the whole borough and wider sub-region beyond. We will continue to press government on these issues.

“We are mindful, however, of the impact HS2 will have across our borough and this council will seek to limit the disruption and pursue maximum levels of environmental, ecological and residential mitigation for those negatively affected by the scheme.

“This cabinet meeting (10 March) presents a number of papers that enable us to discuss exciting options for Crewe’s future.”

Councillors will discuss a masterplan, a number of options around the HS2 hub station and the area action plan at the cabinet meeting. Future plans will also be highlighted, such as:

● Relocation of the railway station’s main entrance to Weston Road, with new and enhanced facilities for pedestrians, cyclists, buses, taxis and cars;

● Improved access for cyclists and pedestrians at the Nantwich Road entrance;

● Help to ensure local people benefit from employment opportunities delivering and arising from HS2;

● Rationalised car parking at the station, with the proposal of a multi-storey carpark; and

● Highway and road junction improvements, including a proposed Southern Link Road Bridge.

The full agenda, masterplan and option documents can be found ahead of this public meeting on the council website at http://bit.ly/2T5Ylf7

Acts announced for Pride 2020


The line-up for Cheshire East Council’s Pride in the Park 2020 event has been announced and there are some big acts leading the way, as it moves into its third year.

The headline act for the event at Queens Park, Crewe on Saturday 20 June, is Bang Bang Romeo. The Doncaster three piece supported Pink last year on her European tour playing in front of huge crowds throughout the summer. They recently released their debut album, ‘A Heartbreaker’s Guide to the Galaxy.’

Sam Callahan will also be appearing on the day at Queens Park. Sam was an X Factor finalist on the tenth series of the talent show and has become more and more involved in the LGBT+ scene, having performed at Pride events around the world. He’s also enjoying a prolific modelling career and has been on the front cover of Gay Times twice.  

Danny Beard is another big crowd-puller who will be at this year’s Cheshire East event. He is a performer, singer and cabaret artist who made his name as Drag Idol winner in 2015, before going on to be a semi-finalist on Britain’s Got Talent the following year.

Councillor Jill Rhodes Cheshire East Council cabinet member for public health and corporate services, said: “It’s brilliant news to be having all these top quality acts performing at our Cheshire East Pride event in Crewe and I know that residents and visitors will come in their numbers to support the day.”

There will also be DJs, a magician and an opportunity for an open mic competition winner to appear at the Queens Park Pride event.

The council’s first open mic event for Pride will be held at Tom’s Tap and Brewhouse on Thomas Street in Crewe on Sunday 29 March from 3pm. That event will be compered by William Read, who himself enjoyed success as part of the group ‘The Showbears’ on Britain’s Got Talent. Anyone can come along and have a go, it doesn’t matter what your act is!

Councillor Stewart Gardiner, Cheshire East Council member equality champion, said: “I’m really looking forward to Cheshire East Pride mark three. Following on from two previous successful events I am sure this year’s will be even better. I am particularly excited to see that we are attracting a crop of current stars to our event.”

To find out more about this event, visit: www.prideinthepark.com or for details of sponsorship opportunities, contact Kathy Bradley at pride@cheshireeast.gov.uk

Bar owner loses licence after council’s successful prosecution


The owner of a nightclub has lost her licence following breaches over door security and alcohol rules.

Cheshire East Council successfully prosecuted Monta Daniva for offences under the Licensing Act 2003. South Cheshire Magistrates Court ordered that her licence be revoked and fined her £133, with £500 costs.

The prosecution followed a joint operation with Cheshire police as part of a series of inspections of premises in the Nantwich Road area of Crewe.

The offences involved breaching conditions of her licence by:

● Failing to have the required number of door supervisors on duty – two were required when there was only one;

● Failing to keep a detailed register of door supervisors employed;

● Allowing entry after 1am; and

● Allowing customers to drink in an outside area in breach of a midnight cut-off. 

Daniva ran the TNT Bar, in Nantwich Road, Crewe and appeared in court in Crewe (on Tuesday 25 February) where she pleaded guilty.

Councillor Mick Warren, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for communities, said: “This prosecution sends a clear message to licensees that unlawful practices of this nature won’t be tolerated and the owner or manager can lose their licence and, consequently, their livelihood.

“Our licensing officers regularly inspect premises and do so in the best interests of the licensee, their customers and our residents.”

Timing is everything at Tatton Park’s Farm this spring Lambing Week 2-9 April


If you want to witness the wonders of nature this spring, head to Tatton Park’s Farm between 2-9 April and share the excitement of Lambing Week. We have synchronised ewes to lamb within a seven-day period.

Will you be lucky enough to see a lamb being born?

Elly Edwards, Farm Assistant, works hard throughout the winter months to synchronise the ewes to all lamb at roughly the same time.

“Lambing is our favourite time of year – a sure sign that spring has sprung. The 2-9 April is going to be a very busy week at the Farm and we cannot wait! Nothing is nicer than new born lambs. Come down that week and you may be lucky enough to see a live birth.”

“The results of our sheep scanning are in!”

Elly explains that the Farm uses the same technology as hospitals, when scanning pregnant women. “The results of our sheep scanning are in and we are very pleased. We are expecting 41 lambs in total – six singles, 16 sets of twins and even one set of triplets! Now we have this information, we can give the expectant ewes the correct care and feed for the number of lambs they are carrying, to ensure the best possible results for all the animals.”

Want to learn more about Lambing?

Throughout Lambing Week, Farm staff share their expertise with visitors twice a day, giving informative talks at the lambing shed. Learn how they spot the signs of lambing and how they look after sheep during this extra special time.

Times and prices for Lambing Week:

v Thursday 2 – Thursday 9 April

v Closed on Monday

v Farm open 12pm-5pm (last entry 4pm)

v Normal Farm admission applies: £8 per adult, £6 per child, £21 for a family*

v National Trust members enjoy half price entry to the Farm

v Parkland vehicle entry £7 (including NT members)

*2 adults and up to 3 children

Secrets of the Lambing Shed, 9 April

Join Tatton Park’s resident sheep expert, Elly Edwards, to discover the secrets of a successful lambing period, meet our ewes and new born lambs and help out during one of our favourite times of year on the Farm. Suitable for both adults and children aged 12 years old and above. Thurs 9 April, 10:00am - 12:00pm. Price: £18 (includes park and farm entry). To book visit tattonpark.org.uk/events or call 01625 374428

Neighbourhood Watch Encourages Protecting the Isolated and Vulnerable During the Covid 19 Outbreak



Dear Neighbourhood Watch supporters,
You will all be aware of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Neighbourhood Watch exists to look out for communities across England and Wales and at a time like this we encourage you to consider ways to keep yourself, your loved ones and those in your community safe, particularly the isolated and vulnerable. We are following the advice from the government and encourage you to do the same:  https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response
10 ways you, as a Neighbourhood Watch supporter, can protect yourself, your loved ones and your community:

  1. Meet with household members, other relatives, friends and neighbours to discuss what to do if a COVID-19 outbreak occurs in your community and what the needs of each person will be.
  2. If your neighbourhood has a website or social media page, consider joining it to maintain access to neighbours, information, and resources. Alternatively, share phone numbers and email addresses particularly with those who are isolated or vulnerable.
  3. Consider establishing a ‘buddy’ system within your community to ensure everyone stays connected to COVID-19 related news, services and can receive support safely, such as essentials deliveries.
  4. Plan ways to care for those who might be at greater risk for serious complications. 
  5. Choose a room in your home that can be used to separate sick household members from those who are healthy. 
  6. Learn how to self-isolate. Guidance can be found on the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/
  7. Create a list of local organisations that you and your neighbours can contact in the event that one of you need access to information, healthcare services, support, or resources. Consider including organisations that provide mental health or counselling services, food, and other supplies.
  8. Create an emergency contact list of family, friends, neighbours, healthcare providers, teachers, employers, the local public health department, and other community resources.
  9. Learn about the emergency operations plan at your child’s school or childcare facility, and your employer’s emergency operations plan.
  10. Practice everyday preventive actions including regular hand washing.
    1. The NHS provides guidance on how to wash hands: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/best-way-to-wash-your-hands/.  
    2. The World Health Organisation provides guidance on basic protective measures: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public
    3. The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention provides guidance on handwashing for families https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/handwashing-family.html
Please note: whilst we encourage you to follow advice from UK Government we are also sharing links to organisations such as the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention an agency which works 24/7 to protect the safety, health, and security of America from threats here and around the world. Some of our key points above have been sourced from:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/home/get-your-household-ready-for-COVID-19.html.
The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention also published (14th February 2020) Interim Guidance for Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Homes and Residential Communities which you may find useful: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html.
Regards and keep well,
Central Support Team at Neighbourhood Watch
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Good afternoon,
We are contacting you to make you aware of a recent incident reported to Cheshire Police on the 4th March 2020 between 00:30-00:40 involving a HGV which was parked on Cowley Way in Crewe. A male has been sighted on CCTV cameras damaging a curtain side. Fortunately the suspect has been unsuccessful in this attempt as the vehicle was empty.
We would like to inform you of this information so that you can pass this on to your drivers/employees and as a reminder to stay vigilant especially when parked up. Any information or incidents should be reported to the police via 101 - always 999 in an emergency.
If you have any concerns regarding this message please contact crewe.lpu@cheshire.pnn.police.uk.
Thank you

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Liz Chesters (Police, Community Support Officer, Crewe)

Council scheme sees increase in recovery for drug and alcohol users


A service commissioned by Cheshire East Council has seen an increase in the number of people who have successfully completed treatment and are now in recovery.

The Cheshire East substance misuse service is commissioned by the council and delivered by the charity, Change Grow Live (CGL).  The aim is to deliver a high-quality, effective, safe and integrated drug and alcohol service, with emphasis on early intervention and prevention for young people and adults. 

The service also aims to help people achieve and maintain recovery, improve their life chances, and improve their health and wellbeing.

A report presented to the health and adult social care overview and scrutiny committee this week reviewed the contract with CGL, which went live in November 2018. 

During year one of the contract, CGL supported:

· 643 adults in structured treatments;

· 170 adults in non structured treatments;

· 60 young people in structured treatments;

· 114 in non structured treatments.

Overall, there were also 5,980 adult and 618 young people appointments with key workers which were delivered in a number of ways and venues across the borough to meet the individual needs of those affected.

The service offers a range of opportunities, including workshops, structured groups and one-to-one key-working sessions. The recovery teams are based across Cheshire East and include doctors, recovery coordinators, nurses, recovery champions and volunteers.  Appointments take place in various locations, providing a flexible service that is easier for residents to access.

CGL worked alongside specialist coaching organisation Emerging Futures, to provide volunteering opportunities to those experiencing drug and alcohol addiction.

During the first year of the contract, 58 volunteers provided peer support - clocking up around 3,000 hours.  CGL also continues to raise the profile of the service with young people, attending events, schools and youth organisations across the borough.

A volunteer for the service said:  “Without CGL, I would not be here, six months ago I was a mess and drunk all the time.  I’m sober and working on my recovery - I have a future.”

Councillor Jill Rhodes, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for public health and corporate services, said:  “Our ambition, together with our partners across health and the community, voluntary and faith sector, is that all children and adults live well, for longer, independently and enjoying the place where they live.

“We know the wider impact of substance misuse on families and children is immense, including being a key reason for domestic violence and marital breakdown, as well as having long-term physical and psychological effects on children and young people.

“I welcome this report, which has demonstrated that by working with our community and with the young people and adults who are affected by substance misuse, we really can make a difference.”

Councillor Liz Wardlaw, chair of the Cheshire East Council health and adult social care overview and scrutiny committee, said:   “We welcome this report and applaud the approach that CGL and Emerging Futures have taken in tackling substance misuse across Cheshire East.   Our aim is to take action to prevent drug and alcohol addiction and to support those who are recovering.

“The services have shown, through their work, that peer support is a key factor in maintaining a successful recovery and that the work of the volunteer mentors has also had an impact.

“I’d like to recognise the efforts, so far, in targeting young people and encourage more schools to get involved, linking in with work around our emotionally healthy child programme.”

If you would like to refer yourself, or someone you know to the service, you can call, email or visit the service at:

Bradshaw House, 45 Cumberland Street, Macclesfield, SK10 1BY.  Telephone:  01625 464995 

or

15 Delamere Street, Crewe, CW1 2HR. Telephone: 01270 656301

The service can also be contacted via email at eastcheshire.info@cgl.org.uk

Sunday, 1 March 2020

March 2020 Enewsletter - Firelink

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March 2020 Enewsletter - Firelink



Welcome to the February edition of the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service e-Newsletter


Give us your views on our Draft IRMP 2020-2024


Cheshire Fire Authority has published its draft Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) covering the period from 2020 to 2024.
The plan provides information on the risks facing Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service and details how the organisation is structured and operates to mitigate these risks. It also details how Cheshire Fire Authority is funded and outlines plans over the next four years.
Find out more - Give us your views on our Draft IRMP 2020-2024

Could you be a paid on-call firefighter?


We are recruiting for paid on-call firefighters at the following fire stations: Alsager, Audlem, Birchwood, Bollington, Frodsham, Holmes Chapel, Knutsford, Macclesfield, Malpas, Nantwich, Northwich, Poynton, Runcorn, Sandbach, Stockton Heath, Tarporley, Wilmslow and Winsford Fire Stations.
Could you be an on-call firefighter?
We're looking for enthusiastic individuals with common sense, the ability to work as part of a team and able to deal with physically and emotionally demanding situations. Qualifications aren't necessary, applicants just need to be at least 18 years old and physically and medically fit with good hearing and eyesight.
Potential recruits also need to be able to reach their local fire station within five minutes of home or work and have a real interest in the fire and rescue service and helping in the community. The role attracts an average income in the region of £5000 a year.
Find out more - On-call firefighter recruitment

Cheshire Firefighter Challenge 2020


Cheshire Firefighter Challenge is a sporting event being organised to raise funds for the Fire Fighters Charity.
It is taking place on Saturday 2 May 2020, from 8am to 5pm and will be held at the University of Chester - Warrington Campus - Crab Lane, Warrington WA2 0DB.
The competition involves a course of eight challenges focused on firefighting activities. The course will test competitors’ strengths and abilities, both physically and mentally, and provide a day of entertainment for spectators.
Registration fee is £20 and all proceeds will go to the Firefighters Charity.
Find out more - Cheshire Firefighter Challenge

Hoping to raise bucketloads for charity


Our firefighters will be splashing out with car washes throughout March and April in aid of The Fire Fighters Charity.
Crews will be rolling up their sleeves and taking to buckets and hoses to shine up the county’s cars along with providing drivers with vital road safety advice. Firmly established on the fire and rescue service calendar, the National Car Wash is the charity's largest national fundraising event of the year.
All funds raised go to The Fire Fighters Charity, the UK’s leading provider of life-enhancing services for serving and retired fire service personnel and their families.
Find out more - Hoping to raise bucketloads for charity

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Ashley Lawton (Cheshire Police / Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, Administrator, Corporate Communications)

Cheshire East announces tree planting for 2020


Cheshire East Council has announced that more than  6,000 trees are planned to be planted across the borough during this planting season (ending March 2020) and is encouraging residents and businesses to do the same.

In May 2019, a notice of motion was backed by a unanimous vote at full council which called for a commitment to the target of Cheshire East Council being carbon neutral by 2025.

The tree-planting initiative will support this motion as each tree planted has the potential to capture around one tonne of carbon over its lifetime.

Councillor Nick Mannion, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for environment and regeneration, said: “I am delighted to be able to announce that we are planting so many trees across our borough. Trees play a vital role in our environment. Not only do they produce oxygen, they also help to absorb the carbon dioxide emissions we create each and every day. Planting trees is just one measure that we can all take, where possible, to reduce our carbon footprint.

“We are also asking our community groups, schools, residents and businesses to plant a responsibly sourced tree and nurture it for the future.”

Councillor Quentin Abel, Cheshire East Council’s climate change champion, said: “I’m really pleased with this initiative. I would like to congratulate our officers at Cheshire East for making it possible to plant the 6,000 trees this side of the growing season.

The care and attention to detail that has been put in place, should result in an approximately 80 per cent increase in growth rate - with all the advantages and benefits this provides to all our communities.”

If you would like to show your support in combatting climate change, Tatton Park are hosting a tree planting day on Saturday 14 March, where you can volunteer to help.  Find out more by visiting their website.

For advice and guidance on buying a tree, including an online shop, visit the Woodland Trust website at woodlandtrust.org.uk and select ‘plant trees’.