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Friday 27 August 2021

Residents Voice

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Cheshire Constabulary

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Residents Voice

Have your say on policing in your area.
It is important to us that we know about the issues that cause you concern.
We have set up a survey where you can tell us about the things you would like us to focus on in your area.
Please select 'Crewe West' as your community area.
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Jen Jolley (Cheshire Police, PCSO, Crewe LPU)

August 2021 - Firelink Enewsletter

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August 2021 - Firelink Enewsletter

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

High Potential Development Scheme

We are seeking to recruit individuals who can demonstrate that they have the passion, potential and ambition to make an impact as a leader within our high performing service.
They will need to be committed to helping the Service achieve its mission for Cheshire to be a county where there are no deaths, injuries or damage from fires and other emergencies and also demonstrate a willingness to work in accordance with the Service’s core values.
Find out more - High Potential Development Scheme

State-of-the-art fire station officially opens in Chester

A new state-of-the-art fire station has officially opened in the heart of Chester.
The new building - which is Cheshire’s first carbon neutral fire station - was unveiled at a special ceremony on Thursday 19 August.
The site, which sits on St Anne’s Street, replaces the aging 1970’s building which was no longer fit for purpose. It boasts four bays and modern training facilities such as a new training tower, breathing apparatus building and road traffic collision training area.
The station was officially opened by Cheshire Fire Authority Chairman Councillor Bob Rudd.
Find out more - State-of-the-art fire station officially opens in Chester

Cheshire Firefighter Challenge hits new heights

A hundred firefighters took part from all over the world and more than £1,200 has been raised for The Fire Fighters Charity.
Due to restrictions caused by Covid-19 pandemic, the fundraising event had to be held virtually for the second year running.
Publicity generated for the event via Facebook led to firefighters entering from all over England and five other countries – Germany, Austria, Belgium and, for the first time, New Zealand and America.
Find out more - Cheshire Firefighter Challenge hits new heights
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One month to go until Crewe Pride in the Park!

There’s just under one month to go until this year’s Crewe Pride in the Park, with the virtual event taking place on Saturday 25 September from 2-6pm.

This year’s show will feature an eclectic mix of interviews, music and special guests.

Headline acts on the day include drag queen Cherry Valentine - of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Doncaster-based band Bang Bang Romeo alongside singer Ben Tavill, 80s act The Wild Boys, singer Claire Mooney, and a special guest appearance from Jackie Weaver.

This event will offer the perfect end to Pride season, following a summer of celebrations for the LGBTQ+ community across the borough and beyond.

Ahead of the event residents are urged to enter one of the Pride competitions, to be in with the chance to win a series of prizes. There are four competitions for all ages, including one for adults, children, and a prideful pooch and teens competition.

As part of the adults competition entrants must send in their answer to ‘what makes you proud?’ to win a £20 Co-op gift card and a Pride goodie bag, while children must colour in a Pride-themed picture for the children’s competition to win an LGBTQ+-friendly book and a Co-op gift card.

For the teens competition a hamper of Pride goodies and an LGBTQ+-friendly book along with a Co-op gift card can be won if entrants share their favourite book and what it means to them. Photo submissions of residents’ pet dogs dressed up in the spirit of Pride are required for residents to be in with the chance to win a doggy hamper for the Prideful pooch competition.

Full competition details can be found on the Crewe Pride in the Park website.

Jane Burns, executive director for corporate services with, with responsibility for equality and diversity, said: “We’re really excited to once again be hosting our virtual pride event for our LGBTQ+ community, and we’re delighted to have some big name acts join us this September.”

“Hosting this event helps us to edge ever nearer to our ambition for a fair, open and green borough, where diversity is encouraged and where every individual is equal and represented.”

“I’d urge everyone to join us in celebration on Saturday 25 September at 2pm.”

Councillor Marilyn Houston, member champion for equality, diversity and inclusion, said: “We are so thrilled to be hosting this event once again, and residents will be excited to learn that Cherry Valentine – of Ru Paul’s Drag Race will be the headline act, alongside lots more to look forward to on the day.”

“This event is hugely important in the Cheshire East calendar, and we’re hoping that families, friends, and individuals of all ages will join us to rejoice, unite and show our support for the LGBTQ+ community in Cheshire East.”

Residents can join the event on the day by tuning into the Cheshire East Virtual Pride YouTube channel, or stay updated in the run up to the event on the Pride in the Park Facebook Page.

Tuesday 17 August 2021

Crewe Pride in the Park postponed to Saturday 25 September

Crewe Pride in the Park postponed to Saturday 25 September

Crewe Pride in the Park will now be held on Saturday 25 September 2021. 

The virtual event had initially been planned for 14 August. The decision to change the date was made following a review of the continuing impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The rescheduled event - an important one in Cheshire East’s calendar - will still be held virtually and will offer the perfect end to Pride season, following a summer of celebrations for the LGBTQ+ community across the borough and beyond.

As well as attending the event online, residents are invited to send in videos as part of a virtual parade, which will be screened on the day. More information about this, alongside the latest updates can be found on the Crewe Pride in the Park website.

This year’s show will take place from 2pm-6pm and feature an eclectic mix of interviews, music and special guests. Confirmed guests include drag queen Cherry Valentine - of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Doncaster-based band Bang Bang Romeo and singer Sam Callahan. There will also be competitions for all ages in the run-up to the event.

Jane Burns, executive director for corporate services, with responsibility for equality and diversity, said: “The decision to postpone this event was not taken lightly, but was made to ensure that we can put on the best show possible to celebrate our LGBTQ+ community in Crewe and Cheshire East.

“This event reflects our ambition for a fair, open and green borough, where every individual is equal and represented.

“The pandemic has added increased pressures to the council, our partners and sponsors, including key sponsors Bentley Motors and Crewe Town Council. I’d like to thank everyone who is working hard to deliver this event. Rescheduling until 25 September means we can make it a day to remember for our communities.”

A spokesperson from Crewe Town Council, said: “We are proud to once again be sponsoring Crewe Pride in the Park.”

“This event is vitally important - irrespective of whether it is a physical event, or a virtual one - because it is a beacon of the respect and tolerance that so many fought, and lost their lives for; and, it is an ongoing pledge to be better, to do better, to keep pushing forward together, because at the end of the day we all deserve respect and tolerance for simply being human."

Alert - Vaccine Passport Scams

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Alert - Vaccine Passport Scams

Action Fraud has received over 700 reports from members of the public about fake emails purporting to be from the NHS. The emails claim to be able to provide people with a “digital passport” that “proves you have been vaccinated against COVID-19”. These emails are fake, and the links within them lead to genuine-looking websites that steal your personal and financial information.
How to protect yourself:
In the UK, coronavirus vaccines will only be available via the National Health Services of England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. You can be contacted by the NHS, your employer, a GP surgery or pharmacy local to you, to receive your vaccine. Remember, the vaccine is free of charge. At no point will you be asked to pay.

  • The NHS will never ask you for your bank account or card details.
  • The NHS will never ask you for your PIN or banking passwords.
  • The NHS will never arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine.
  • The NHS will never ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips. 
  • Your vaccination status can be obtained for free through the official NHS app, NHS website, or by calling the NHS on 119.

How to report scams:
If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you are suspicious about an email you have received, you can report it by forwarding the email to: Suspicious text messages can also be reported by forwarding them to the number: 7726 (it’s free of charge).
If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting
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With autumn approaching, Council asks residents to stay safe as self-isolation rules change

Cheshire East Council is asking residents to keep staying safe as rules on self-isolation change and with autumn on the horizon.

The public need to continue to remain cautious for the foreseeable future, especially during the autumn and winter months when cold weather, flu and other seasonal respiratory diseases can spread rapidly.

Positive Covid-19 cases have increased slightly, and currently there are around 1,000 new cases a week in the borough compared to a few months ago when there were just 60 new cases in a week.

From today (Monday 16 August), double jabbed individuals and under 18s will no longer need to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of someone with Covid-19.

Young people and double vaccinated individuals identified as close contacts will continue to be advised to take a PCR test, to detect the virus and variants of concern. Anyone who tests positive following the PCR test will still be legally required to self-isolate, irrespective of their vaccination status.

Not only does having both doses of the vaccine significantly reduce the risk, it allows access to this exemption to self-isolation, whilst also reducing the risk of severe illness and providing the fullest protection possible for people across the borough.

The NHS COVID-19 app will also be updated this month in line with the new guidance on self-isolation for close contacts.

Director of public health in Cheshire East, Dr Matt Tyrer, said: ‘Over the last few weeks we have seen positive cases fall right across the north west and in England as a whole. However, nationally we have seen that decline slow down and possibly flatten out.

‘With children and young people shortly returning to education settings next month and more people going back in to work, it’s important to keep following Cheshire East Council’s Covid-19 campaign ‘It’s in our hands’ messaging to remain vigilant, get your vaccinations when they are offered to you, get tested regularly, report your test results and to keep following the appropriate guidance.

‘Although young people aged 16 and 17 are now being offered the Covid-19 vaccination and there is the prospect of a Covid-19 booster jab in the early autumn, we all need to do what we can to stay as fit and healthy as we can and to maintain our wellbeing in readiness for the flu season and colder winter months’.

Working with partners in the NHS, the council is also asking people to get the flu vaccine this year if they are advised to. Flu will often get better on its own, but it can make some people seriously ill. The flu vaccine is a safe and effective vaccine and it's offered free every year on the NHS to help protect people at risk of flu and its complications.

Dr Tyrer continues: ‘The best time to have the flu vaccine is in the autumn before flu starts spreading. What we all do now will have a big impact on our autumn/winter in Cheshire East.

‘By staying safe, remaining vigilant, keeping warm and eating well, we hope this will make a significant difference to protecting ourselves and those we care for in the coming months ahead’.

Cold weather can make some health problems worse and even lead to serious complications, especially if you are 65 or older, or if you have a long-term health condition.

Some people are more vulnerable to the effects of cold weather. This includes:

  • people aged 65 and older
  • babies and children under the age of 5
  • people on a low income (so cannot afford heating)
  • people who have a long-term health condition
  • people with a disability
  • pregnant women
  • people who have a mental health condition

If you are 65 or over, or in one of the other at-risk groups, it's important to get medical help as soon as you feel unwell.

You can get help and advice from:

  • a pharmacy – pharmacists can give treatment advice for a range of minor illnesses and can tell you if you need to see a doctor
  • your GP – you may be able to speak to a GP online or over the phone, or go in for an appointment if they think you need to
  • NHS 111 – go to or call 111 if you have an urgent medical problem and you’re not sure what to do

The sooner you get advice, the sooner you are likely to get better.

There is more information on self-isolation on the NHS website at:

For information on staying warm, staying well and staying safe in the winter months, go to the council’s winter wellbeing website pages at:

For the latest information and advice on Covid-19 testing, vaccinations and self-isolation support, go to the council’s webpage at: