In late January, an elderly couple living in the Cuddington area were visited by four males who took it upon themselves to carry out some roof repair work without consultation as to what they were doing and at what price. After a few minutes one male came back into the house stating that the work had been done and the cost would be £700! The elderly gentleman handed the male all the cash he had available which was £70, this was taken and the men stated that they would be back later for the rest. The group of men made use of a white van with a set of ladders on top. No further description is available of the van or the men.
Please be vigilant in our community and look out for others in your street, especially if you know they are at risk of being targeted due to their age or any other vulnerability.
Cheshire West and Chester Council have issued a notice of closure of the Whitegate Way in the Cuddington area. Work is to commence around 26th February to lay sewerage pipes and will last for 8 weeks. Nearby pathways will also be affected.
Cheshire West and Chester Council in association with Kier have recently circulated around the village copies of Recycle First News. Some key messages for kerb-side recycling are:
a request to make sure content of recycling boxes are secure and are not likely to blow away in the wind
black plastic needs to go in black wheeled bin (non recyclable waste)
not now necessary to buy compostable liners for your brown food waste bin. Any plastic bag will do within the food waste bin
important that used clothing does not go to Landfill. Put used clothing in green box and if no room put in plastic bag and leave near green box. All textiles, paired shoes, sandals, trainers, belts, handbags, purses, coats, scarves, gloves also. Material that is too damaged to be reused can be recycled
PCSO Nicola Devey (see September Newsroom for her introduction) has arranged another of her regular 'surgeries' to meet the public at Sandiway Library on Saturday 17th February between 10.00am to 12 noon. No pre-appointment necessary.
Update: A further Police 'Drop-In' session at the Library has been booked for Saturday 31 March, 10am-12noon.
The Ark had its busiest day yet on Friday 9 February as they reopened after the Christmas break, the village Pantomime and a Spring clean.
Following a very successful 2017 when £2,000 profit was made to benefit the local community, on this morning they presented a cheque for £500 to the Cuddington & Sandiway u13s girls football & under 7s boys football clubs. Next week, they are presenting another cheque to The Northwich branch of the Salvation Army for £500. The local food bank run by the Trussell Trust will receive £500 & the same again to the Cheshire Search & Rescue.
The Ark celebrated its second birthday with complimentary birthday cake.
Anyone interested in joining the team of volunteers who run this cafe for the community are asked to contact Kathryn on 01606-889879.
SANDIWAY PANTOMIME GROUP STAGES SLEEPING BEAUTY TO WIDE ACCLAIM (WELL, IN THE VILLAGE, AT LEAST!)
The last weekend in January saw Sandiway Pantomime Group stage its annual pantomime at St John’s Church Hall, Norley Road. This year it was Sleeping Beauty, based on a script especially written for the group by two of its members, Phil Hosker and Mike Stevenson. The group put on a cracking show full of laughter, songs, jokes, drama, tears, a bit of slapstick - and there was even a panto horse! The story followed, more or less, the traditional Sleeping Beauty story-line with the beautiful Princess Briar Rose, (a very convincing Shannon Pearson) eventually being tricked into pricking her finger on the Kingdom’s only surviving spinning wheel by Wicked Fairy Wanda, (a marvellously sneering and completely over-the-top Catherine Cole), then falling asleep for a hundred years. Luckily, a handsome prince, in the form of Amy Jane Vaughan, was on hand to tear down the briar hedge, wake his (!) true love with a chaste kiss, then make Wanda see the error of her ways so that all could end happily in the traditional panto style. Comments and feedback from audiences suggest the show was very well received, with some being heard to declare, ‘It was the best ever’, (though to be fair, some say that every year!)
The show played to good-sized audiences throughout its five-performance run, between the Thurday evening to the Sunday afternoon, with the two matinees being complete sell-outs. As always, profits go to charity and this year the group is proud to be able to report that it has been able to donate £500 each to this year’s three nominated charities, Parkinsons UK, Petty Pool Vocational College, and Cheshire-based, Save The Family.
LIKE TO GET INVOVED? The Pantomime Group is an ideal way of making new friends, and expanding your ‘creative horizons’, all while having fun and providing a valuable service to the community. The group always welcomes new members, from all backgrounds, both adult and junior, and is particularly proud of the way it looks after its junior members with its own fully trained and CW&C Council accredited cadre of licensed ‘chaperones’ to ensure that all current safeguarding requirements are met.
On that note, parents may be interested to know that the group WILL be staging another junior’s production again this year. Details are yet to be finalised, but it is likely that it will run sometime around mid-summer, (June/July), with just two performances over a single weekend and rehearsals probably through May/June. The show will be open to all girls and boys under seventeen and they don’t need to have been involved in shows before to take part. If you are looking for something that will help your child/ren develop while also giving them an added interest /challenge through the early summer, watch out for further news and bring them along.
AND A FINAL WORD OF THANKS… As many know, community groups such as the SPG rely on the goodwill of the village as a whole, the voluntary efforts of all concerned – both on and off stage - and the support of the village community who turn out in numbers each year to laugh, cheer and clap. The group’s present chairman, Bob Barker, has asked that we pass on the group’s special thanks and appreciation to all those who give up their valuable time to help out at performances, whether by selling raffle tickets, pouring teas, helping clear up, etc. Without their support the shows could not be as successful as they undoubtedly are.
Please check before you travel: www.northernrail.org, or 0800 200 6060.
Sunday 11 February: Southport trains will not call at Bolton or Westhoughton.
Sunday 25 February: Buses replace trains between Northwich and Stockport. Trains run Chester - Northwich at the usual Sunday times.
Monday 26 February to Thursday 1 March: The 2248 from Chester (2309 from Cuddington) to Manchester will terminate at Northwich with a bus from there to Manchester. The last train from Manchester to Chester will be the 2217, calling Cuddington at 2323. There will be a 0011 from Northwich to Chester, calling at Cuddington at 0022 as usual. There will also be a 2317 train from Manchester Piccadilly to Stockport and a bus from there to Chester which will call only to set down passengers if required at Northwich onwards (due Cuddington 0111). Current information about the bus is unclear so please check nearer the date
Sandiway Pantomime Group proudly present their 2018 production of Sleeping Beauty, a brand-new pantomime by Mike Stevenson (Robin Hood and much more) and Phil Hosker (Dick Whittington and the 2012 Olympics) with Bob Barker.
The Performances will take place on Thursday and Friday 25th and 26th January 2018 at 7:30pm, Saturday 27th January 2018 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm and Sunday 28th January 2018 at 2:00pm at St John's Church Hall, Norley Road, Sandiway, CW8 2JX.
Tickets will be available from early January 2018 and cost £6.00 for Thursday’s performance and £7.00 for the other performances.
The Parish Council meeting of 15th January approved some of the recommendations in the Final Village Plan report. It is planned to consider the remaining recommendations at the February and March meetings of the Parish Council.
The Neighbourhood Plan Working Group have been preparing a response on behalf of the Parish Council to this consultation. John Kerrigan, Chairman of the Group presented their recommendations to Parish Councillors at their meeting on 15th January. A number of improvements are proposed. John explained that the Local Plan Part 2 is proposing to no longer recognise Areas of Significant Local Environmental Value (ASLEV). Some are in the green belt and as such are considered to be adequately protected. Others are not and therefore additional protection is being sought. The Parish Council approved the submission to Cheshire West and Chester Council.
It was reported at Parish Council on 18th December that in recent bad weather buses had difficulty negotiating Ash Road as it was not gritted. The Parish Council are making representations to Cheshire West and Chester Council for the whole of the bus route to be on the gritting list.
Allotments for the village at Eden Grange being provided by Taylor Wimpey should be available summer 2018.
The Village Plan Implementation Group have completed their work and each working group have produced a final report.
The actions recommended in the original plan are dealt with individually in the final report and show what has been done and where appropriate arrangements made to follow through. The Parish Council have said that they will consider their response to the various recommendations involving them at Parish Council meetings early in 2018.
Cheshire Police is warning residents across the county not to fall foul of Courier Fraud following reports in Crewe, Nantwich and Chester.
Courier fraud is when the offender cold calls the victim posing as an official such as a police officer or a member of a banks fraud team.
They will instruct the victim to go to their bank and withdraw money. The offender will claim that they are investigating staff at the bank that they need the victim's help in some kind of undercover operation, for example they may claim that bank staff are handing out counterfeit bank notes and they need the victim to withdraw money so that it can be examined.
The offender will then send a courier to collect the money from the victim. There are many variations of this scam, which may involve the victim handing over bank cards or high value items.
In one recent incident, a Crewe elderly couple were contacted by an offender posing as a Greater Manchester Police Officer. He told the victims that people had been accessing their bank account using blank cards and instructed them to withdraw money which was to be handed to a courier using a password system.
DC Liz Rankin said: "Over 5,000 pounds sterling and 2,000 euros was handed over to a man who called at their home. The victims described the offender as about 5'2"-5'3" with dark skin and straight black hair. He was of slim build and aged around 20-years-old."
If you have any information please contact DC Liz Rankin from Crewe CID on 101 quoting incident number 516 of 4 January 2018. Alternatively information can be given anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Here's some advice on how to avoid the scam:
- The police will never ask you to become part of an undercover investigation or for you to withdraw cash and hand it to them for safe-keeping.
- Be wary of any calls, texts or emails purporting to be from the police asking for your personal or financial details, or for you to transfer money
- If you are approached, or feel something is suspicious, hang up the phone and don't reply.
- Then report it to police on 101, Action Fraud and your bank on their advertised number.
The Parish Council meeting of 18th December discussed the Parish Council's role as consultee on planning applications prior to determination by Cheshire West and Chester Council. Discussion around the applicant, objectors and call ins. The Parish Council would request a call in where appropriate and where the application generated a number of objections. This way those objecting would have an opportunity of raising their objections to the Planning Committee rather than the application being determined under delegated powers by CWAC Officers.
Sandiway Pantomime Group proudly present their 2018 production of Sleeping Beauty, a brand-new pantomime by Mike Stevenson (Robin Hood and much more) and Phil Hosker (Dick Whittington and the 2012 Olympics) with Bob Barker.
The Performances will take place on Thursday and Friday 25th and 26th January 2018 at 7:30pm, Saturday 27th January 2018 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm and Sunday 28th January 2018 at 2:00pm at St John's Church Hall, Norley Road, Sandiway, CW8 2JX.
Tickets will be available from early January 2018 and cost £6.00 for Thursday’s performance and £7.00 for the other performances.
PCSO Nicola Devey (see September Newsroom for her introduction) attended the Parish Council meeting on 20th November. She gave an update on her recent work in the village and said that she would arrange regular surgeries to meet the public at Sandiway Library. The next one is Saturday 16th December at the Library from 10.00am to 12 noon.
An outline planning application on land adjacent to Emery Down, Waste Lane was discussed at the Parish Council meeting on 20th November. A local resident spoke objecting to the application. The land is in the green belt and did not qualify as infill.
Weekly classes run on Tuesdays at Cuddington and Sandiway village hall during term time: German 9.30-11.30am, French 12.45-2.30pm.
Due to the dark evenings and people starting to go out for the festive season, we generally have a rise in in house burglaries as criminals also need money for presents! Below are some helpful tips to prevent you becoming a target:
Secure your home
Here is a list of some of the things you can do to improve the security around your home:
If you are replacing or fitting new doors and windows, get ones that are certified to British Standard BS7950 (windows) or PAS 24-1 (doors)
Fit mortise locks (Kitemarked BS3621) to all front and back doors and locks to all downstairs windows or windows which are easy to reach
Keep your house and car keys safe and away from doors and windows
Fit a burglar alarm, but make sure it is installed properly and works
Keep your garage and garden shed locked with proper security locks, and keep any tools secure and out of sight
Trim back any plants or hedges that a burglar could hide behind
Make sure you have up-to-date home insurance.
When you're away
Do not leave your curtains closed during the daytime
Use timer switches to turn on some lights when it gets dark
Cancel any milk or newspaper deliveries
Ask a neighbour or family member to look after your home.
Work on the Neighbourhood Plan has been going on since October 2015. The team is still working to produce a draft Plan to submit to Cheshire West and Chester Council for the next stage of consultation.
Our own consultation ended in July this year and since then the Steering Group has been working on the feedback we received at that time.
We received responses from statutory consultees, from local developers, businesses and residents; 33 in all. Some of these responses were very extensive and have led to significant re-drafting of the Neighbourhood Plan. The consultation feedback and our response to it, will be made available on the website in due course.
The next step will be for a formal consultation to be conducted by Cheshire West and Chester Council. As before, you will be invited to take part in that consultation on the revised draft. Following that consultation, and any further revision, an independent examiner will be appointed to review the Plan.
The Neighbourhood Plan sets out a vision for the future of the parish and will contain planning policies which will be used to determine planning proposals locally. The Neighbourhood Area covers the whole Parish and includes Cuddington, Delamere Park and Sandiway.
The Ark Café, at St John’s church hall, will be open on Fridays 1st, 8th & 15th December from 8.45am-2.00pm. Not only will they have good coffee & cake at reasonable prices, with light lunches served 12-2pm, but also they will have a number of 'seasonal specials' to enjoy.
The Ark will be closed on Friday 22nd December, and will reopen on Friday 9th February, when there will be complimentary birthday cake 9-11.30am to celebrate the Ark’s 2nd birthday!
Bob Barker is quite well known in the village due to his many appearances on stage at the annual Sandiway Pantomime Group production – this year Bob is producing “Sleeping Beauty” for our enjoyment and entertainment. What is less known about Bob is that he is a successful crime writer with a blossoming future with his fictional works.
Bob’s first novel, LAST GASP (he writes under ‘Robert F Barker’), is currently available on Amazon as an ebook and in paperback. In the run up to publication of the sequel, FINAL BREATH, on 28th November, the ebook has been made available FREE on Amazon as well as certain other ebook platforms. Reviews from his first novel were so positive that LAST GASP hit Number 1 in the Kindle / Police Procedural AND the Kindle / Crime categories within two days of its release and was no#11 in the overall Kindle Top 100!
Bob also acts as chairman for the Vale Royal Writers Group which meets each month in the Blue Cap hotel where he and fellow authors share their experiences and offer each other advice (see this website’s ‘Directories’ for contact details).
Big Lottery Fund “Awards for All” grant scheme is providing a £9,999 grant to Cuddington Parish Council towards the costs of installing the new play area at Norley Road Playing Fields.
The funding comes after a year of working alongside Groundwork Cheshire, Lancashire and Merseyside to engage with residents and users of the Playing Fields which are already much loved and well used.
The grant will contribute towards the cost of refurbishing the sand pit and providing new play features for younger children visiting the park as well as paying for new benches, footpaths and fencing.
The work is part of the wider plans to improve the play area utilising a grant from the WREN community fund and S106 funds secured from Cheshire West and Cheshire Council.
Julie Chrimes – Parish Clerk said, "Some of the equipment on the site is starting to get old and the Parish Council and the Playing Field Association believe in doing the best for our residents. We've recognised that some pieces need refreshing and replacing and with help from our partners we've been lucky enough to be able to make some fantastic changes and improvements – ensuring that the Playing Fields remain a great attraction for generations to come."
Work on the play area will begin in the New Year and will be completed by the Easter Holidays.
Although called Eddisbury Flower Club, we are based in Cuddington & Sandiway and have been established for some 58 years!
We meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, excluding January and August. In October we hold our AGM and that is usually followed by a Speaker and tea and cake! These meetings take place at St John’s Church Hall, Norley Road, at 2pm. The doors open at 1.20pm to allow members to have a chat, look at and hopefully purchase items from our Sales table and also to have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets (the demonstrator’s arrangements are the prizes). Afterwards there is a cup of tea, a chance to look more closely at the demonstrator’s work as well as meeting other club members.
The subscriptions are £29 for the year plus £2.50 per meeting. Visitors are always welcome and pay £5, which includes refreshments after the demonstration.
During the year we have 2 club competitions, a summer themed one and a Christmas one. We hope in the near future to introduce a beginners’ competition to encourage the less confident arrangers amongst us to have a go …….. after all it is meant to be fun, not a daunting prospect!
We endeavour to have 1 or 2 club trips during the year to gardens or flower festivals. In the past we have visited Chatsworth and Shugborough to see the homes decked out for Christmas and this year the day out will be at Attingham Park where a 1940s Christmas theme is scheduled. We also have our own plant sale at the May meeting and on occasion a fund raising or social event.
Contact for the Club is Sue Williams, our Chairman, who can be contacted on 01606 882445.
Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 14th November (again 2pm in St John's Church Hall) and our demonstrator will be the ever popular Don Billington from Liverpool.
Around 85 years ago, there used to be an official Public Right of Way (PRoW) from Blakemere Hall (now Blakemere Village) to the junction of Chester Road (once Watling Street) and Kennel Lane. At that time, the footpath was blocked by the construction of houses along Chester Road and since then there has not been an official (PRoW) pathway onto Kennel Lane in the northern part of the wood.
Local Parish councillor, Stephen Chivers, has been instrumental in facilitating discussions between local walking groups and the many landowners of Kennel Wood to open up official footpaths within the wood. The northern section of the Wood, behind the houses on Chester Road, was acquired by seven local home-owners five years ago and is now known as Jubilee Wood. After further discussions with these landowners and full public consultation, Cheshire West and Chester Council have now agreed a new route for the PRoW within Jubilee Wood. A new fingerpost signals the start of the footpath into the wood from Kennel Lane; the footpath then follows the boundary posts (yellow topped) of Jubilee Wood for ~150 yards before turning left on the original PRoW towards Blakemere Village.
Work is still on-going to get permission to clear certain small trees which are covered by TPOs but the new route is now open to the public.
The Parish Council had a meeting on 19th October with the Trustees of the Playing Field Association. One of the issues discussed was succession planning. The are a number of Officers of the Management Committee/ Trustees who wish to retire or reduce their commitment after many years service. The Parish Council were advised that the Trustees were addressing this problem and requesting volunteers to come forward. It was stressed that more people doing less was preferable than few doing more.
See also "A plea from the Playing Field Association" news story earlier in October.
The Parish Council were advised at their meeting on 16th October that an application had been received by Cheshire West and Chester Council to amend the terms of the existing licence for Define Wine. The Parish Council delegated the Planning Committee to review this application and if appropriate respond on behalf of the Parish Council.
Parish Councillors at their meeting on 16th October were alerted to Driver Only trains being introduced on the Chester/ Manchester line and the difficulties that might arise for some passengers. The Parish Clerk is to write to Cheshire West and Chester Locality Officer with the Parish Council's concerns.
Update: Richard Allan, Northern’s Deputy Managing Director, said: “As part of our £580m investment all trains on Northern will be fully accessible by January 2020, supported by further disability training for our people and by a network of hub stations. We are working hard to overcome the accessibility challenges the industry faces and that is why we want to make our people more visible and available than ever before to help and support customers. We want people to use our network with confidence and we regularly meet with our Inclusivity Forum to understand the challenges faced by our customers who need to access our services. This is why we are keen for RMT to work with us to develop these plans together.” [Our comment: We don't quite understand how accessibility will be helped by removing the guard, especially at unmanned stations such as Cuddington!]
Unfortunately the Police have received reports of damage to the village hall along with an increase with youths hanging around in the area. They have increased their presence in the area and will continue to do so when on a late shift. PCSO Devey has been in touch with those who use the hall and again it goes without saying if you see or hear trouble please report it via 101.
PCSO Devey will be implementing Police Surgeries across the ward, hopefully starting off in the Sandiway area. Definite times, dates and location will be posted in due course. This will be where you get chance to meet Nichola face to face, have a chat, express any concerns or ask any questions you may have.
Halloween and Bonfire night: We are now approaching that time of the year where the Police typically see a spike in Anti-Social Behaviour. Halloween and bonfire night are times of the year to enjoy but annoyingly they always seem to encounter the minority who are intent on ruining the occasion. In terms of ‘Trick or Treaters’, it is now generally accepted that if you are happy to receive them knocking on your door then you leave some sort of decoration in view, if not then consider closing your curtains and switching off any lights at the front of your house. Flyers have been left in local shops that can be stuck in your door/window which state you do or do not wish to receive visitors on this night. The Police would ask you to let others know of this information in particularly elderly or vulnerable friends, family members or neighbours.
We all depend on energy for heating our homes or powering our lives, but as we know it has become more costly in recent years and many people feel powerless to reduce their bills without sacrificing comfort or convenience. There are new energy technologies around but it is sometimes difficult to understand their benefits or their suitability for our homes, and some people simply need help to demystify their energy bills. The good news is that there are a broad range of things that can be done to help; ranging from clever tips that can help immediately to save energy and reduce bills, through to explaining how investments in new products could make a difference. With an approach to arm and empower people with independent, straight forward and useful knowledge, it is surprisingly easy to make a difference!
Springing from the work initiated by the Environment Working Group (associated with the Village Plan), there are opportunities for volunteers with an interest in helping others in the community to form an energy saving group in the village. The intention would be to pull together and use existing knowledge and to develop new knowledge about the best ways to help those residents in the community struggling with high energy bills, or to assist those wishing to reduce their carbon footprint. If you have an interest in getting involved, please get in touch with Mark Thompson using the contact information below. In the first instance the intention is to gather a group of people to discuss and think through how such a group could benefit the community, before taking any next steps. You don’t need to be a subject expert, just having an interest in such a group and some time to help would be great!
Whilst the focus of an energy saving group will be on energy usage and saving, ways of living more sustainable lives is a linked area for potential exploration and promotion in the community to reduce our impact on our local environment. Please also get in touch if you are interested in this topic!
A music festival in aid of the Tarporley War Memorial Hospital will be held later in October.
HospFest, the brainchild of Cuddington resident Mike Linsell, Brian Blake and Ken Wood, promises to be a musical extravaganza in aid of the hospital. The initial idea for this multi-genre musical festival came from a desire to help the independent community facility.
The festival, which will be held at Tarporley Community Centre on Saturday 21st October, will be split into two parts. From 4pm there will a tea dance with cream teas provided by the Co-op and also entertainment from The Dragon Slayers folk band and Tom Bonikowski on mandolin. From 7pm the evening will be live music from Spitting Feathers, Mike’s band, supported by the Blues Disciples and singer/guitarist Lorna Elvin.
Tarporley War Memorial Hospital is running at a deficit and without events like these, raising much needed awareness and funds, it simply could not serve the community the way that it has done for nearly 100 years. Being one of only a few remaining independent Hospital facilities providing both in-patient and out-patient care to the community, while not being a NHS Hospital, something Tarporley and its surrounding villages should be proud of.
Our village website was created by a team which came together during the implementation of the Village Plan. The entire team (of five) is staying together following the successful completion of the Plan but we are hoping to recruit one or two other members of the local community who might add a little energy into the creative side of the website, especially any teenagers or working mums or dads who would like to help 'mould' the format and keep it fresh.
Whether you live, work or travel in the Northwich area, you can have your say on how the town can improve transport links by giving your views, as part of the Northwich Transport Strategy Consultation.
The strategy is being developed by Cheshire West & Chester Council to address current traffic congestion issues and support the future housing and regeneration plans for the town and wider urban area. The plans and proposals are included in a public consultation, which started on September 25th, and runs until 31st December 2017. The outcome of the consultation exercise will be reviewed in early 2018 and it is planned that the new Northwich Transport Strategy will be completed and published in Spring 2018.
You can speak to officers from Cheshire West and Chester Council and the study team by attending one of their public events during the consultation period:
Barnton Memorial Hall, 30 Townfield Lane, CW8 4LH, Thursday 12th October 4pm-6.30pm
The following free publications have recently been announced: 'Marvellous Days Out', published by the Mid Cheshire Community Rail Partnership. Wonderfully illustrated with watercolours and period posters - Cuddington Station is on the front. Available from local stations. Press Here for more information on the booklet, including Rail Walks in Cheshire West.
'The Ridge: Rocks and Springs - a sandstone legacy' published by the Sandstone Ridge Trust 2017. This substantial and excellently produced 131 page book is a must for those with an interest in local heritage. Available from libraries and information centres or the Trust's website. Press Here for more information.
We are a charity running our village hall for the benefit of the community and we are looking for volunteers.
We are in our 8th successful year and although we do not make a loss on running costs we have to have a sinking fund for replacements, repairs etc. that may occur. All of this relies heavily on smooth running by volunteers. We are also hoping to raise funding for the refurbishing of the car park.
So if you would like to join us the PFA would be delighted.
We are looking for someone with financial experience for the Treasurer’s position and someone for secretarial duties, or if you just want to help generally please get in touch.
Cheshire Police have announced that they have a new member of their local policing team who has recently started - PCSO Nichola Devey - who replaces Karen Nixon. Many of the local residents have been involved with Karen and the police thank her for her efforts and wish her luck as she moves onto pastures new. You may well see her out and about as she still works within the Northwich area.
Nichola will be the new PCSO for Weaver / Cuddington and is an ex-pupil of Weaverham High. She joins the local policing team from the force control room where she has had 12 years experience. "I know she is really looking forward to getting out and about into the community and putting her skills to good use" confirmed PC Matthew Hood, Northwich LPU.
Handley's Go Local in Mere Lane, Sandiway has been recognised in the Independent Achievers Academy (IAA) top 100 list which celebrates the continuing success of independent shops across the UK. It follows an in-store assessment by the IAA which rates the shops in 12 core principles of retailing. Owner Ian Handley has said " I am over the moon to make the IAA Top 100 for the first time. Me and my team have worked hard to achieve this and it's great to be recognised for providing a service to the community. I can't wait to share the news with our customers".
The IAA Top 100 is compiled after a rigorous bench-marking process and an independent in-store assessment carried out by assessment partner REL Field Marketing. A shortlist of shops from the list will be nominated shortly for 12 category awards and an overall best shop prize at the IAA Gala Dinner in London on Wednesday 29th November.
The Cuddington and Sandiway Village Gala has grown year-on-year since 2010 when the current Team of volunteers took on the task of organising it, and has become something which residents talk about with a sense of anticipation and expectation in the weeks leading-up to the event.
Lee Jones has led the Team since 2012, but will soon be stepping-down from the role of Chair.
Would you like the opportunity to learn a few new skills while organising a much-loved village event, and to work with the wonderful Gala Team to deliver the 2018 Gala? If so, then the role of Gala Team Chair is for you!
The Team is made-up of an Honorary Treasurer and representatives from the school PTAs and several village organisations, and meet once per month in Cuddington & Sandiway Village Hall (except August), usually for about 1½ hours.
There has been additional information posted on our website relating to both topics - see .../The Village/Broadband and Mobile Phone coverage today. There are a number of tools which show the best providers for your locations and some useful advice on how to get better reception, especially for mobile phone usage in the home.
There is a further delay in the availability of the allotment plots being provided by Taylor Wimpey under a planning obligation at their Eden Grange development site off Warrington Road. Taylor Wimpey are using part of the allotment site as their building depot for the last phase of development.
The Steering Group is monitoring the situation and as soon as there is more to report they will do so.
Do you wish you had more confidence when you visit French-speaking countries?
Perhaps you have friends or family who are French speakers, but you can never keep up/contribute to the conversation?
Maybe you just want to keep your brain active and revive a language at the same time?
A new group is starting on TUESDAY 19th SEPTEMBER 2017 at 1.00pm in Cuddington & Sandiway Village Hall.
The web address for the previous incarnation of the village website has been redirecting users to this current version. This will be discontinued after Friday 8th September and so if you have this old address stored as one of your bookmarks, please change it to the new web address shown above.
Performances will take place between Thursday, 25th January 2017 and Sunday, 28th January at St John's Church Hall. Watch out for full details of performances, how to book details, etc in due course.
If you would like to get involved in the production, either on stage, behind the scenes or in any other capacity, please come along to our first read-through and welcome session at 2.00pm on Sunday 1st October at St John's Church Hall.
Applications are being sought for a Clerk to Gorstage Cemetery Committee.
If you are interested in the position, please email your CV along with a covering letter explaining why you feel that your skills meet the requirements for the role.
The deadline for applications is 22 September and interviews will take place in early October.
Three years ago, the Village Plan Survey asked a number of questions about facilities in the villages of Cuddington, Delamere Park and Sandiway.
One question asked: Should there be more support for isolated individuals? 82% of respondents agreed that there should be more support.
Another question asked: Should there be more parent support groups? 37% of respondents agreed that that there should be more parent support groups.
For the last year the Village Plan Implementation Group have been exploring what support already exists for isolated individuals and parent groups. The good news is that there are a number of organisations and individuals already providing much needed support in our community. They include national charities such as the Red Cross, Age Concern and The Royal British Legion, and also local charities and groups such as St Lukes Hospice, The Carers Trust and the various Churches. The churches within our locality provide a very diverse range of support groups, meeting places and visits for individuals. Our local library also organises several weekly events aimed at providing social opportunities for people with a range of interests.
Alongside all of this we are aware of the many individuals who befriend neighbours and give up either a few minutes every day or some time each week to provide help, either practically or socially to others. We are very fortunate in our locality to have many caring people who want to support others.
Many communities in Cheshire or nationally are now developing schemes that bring together volunteers and identify residents who may need support. These schemes are referred to as "Good Neighbours" or "Befriending" or "Compassionate Communities". A common goal is to encourage overall neighbourliness, and regular giving of very small amounts of time by the majority of people in communities to expand upon and reduce reliance upon the dedicated efforts of a few.
Please let us know what you think about the need for and potential impact of such a scheme for Cuddington, Delamere Park and Sandiway. It may be that you:
· have ideas about how a scheme could be developed, or
· you may know of isolated or vulnerable people in the community who are not being reached by the current support organisations, or
· you may have skills or time to support others, or
· you may already be providing support within the community and wish to let others know.
Update: Please note that two meetings are being arranged if you would like to find out more about a Befriending/Good Neighbour Scheme in the village. Please come along to hear more and share your views.
Either 16th October 1.30 to 3pm Church hall, Norley Road, Cuddington OR 25th October 7.30 to 9pm Village Hall, Norley Road, Cuddington
We need to know numbers for refreshments so please RSVP to: Trish Nancollis (contact details above).
As reported back in November 2016, Cheshire West and Chester Council have voted to introduce 'signed only' 20 mph speed limits, where appropriate, on all residential roads and outside schools. The time has now come to start to introduce the restrictions and a Traffic Regulation Order for the new speed limit will be advertised during week commencing 11 September 2017 until 6 October 2017. The proposal includes the roads outside both Primary Schools as well as most of the residential roads between the A49 and Weaverham Road (see map). Local residents affected by the new speed restrictions have received a letter from the Council outlining these proposals. All objections and other representations relating to the Order must be received in writing by 6 October and any objections must specify the grounds on which they are made.
It is expected that the new speed limits will be in force by the end of the year.
Appointments are now available for Danebridge's Sandiway patients to book.
There will be two flu clinics at the Sandiway surgery from 1pm-4:45pm on Thursday 21st September and Thursday 28th September. Patients must be eligible for the vaccination, ie, over age 65 or have a chronic medical condition. They must also be already registered with Danebridge Medical Centre at Sandiway surgery. Pre-booking is essential.
Children will need to attend the session at Danebridge surgery on Saturday 7th October. Clinics are also being held at Danebridge surgery in Northwich from 8am-12pm on Saturday 16th and 23rd September and Saturday 7th October - pre-booking is again essential.
In the meantime, take a few moments to enjoy the revitalised border the next time you visit the shops or library.
Please note that we have been informed that the Arriva timetable for buses to Chester and to Northwich from Sandiway has changed. The frequency is still the same (roughly every hour) but the times of scheduled arrival have changed. Follow the link at the bottom of the Home page.
The car park on Mere lane has recently being extended to provide additional off street parking facilities. The Parish Council requested that in order to improve road safety within the area that consideration be given to introducing the order which will remove the parking that currently occurs at the junctions and outside the library. It was also requested that limited waiting (no more than 1 hour) be implemented in the layby outside the shops to prevent all day parking.
The proposal also contains an introduction of 'Prohibition of Waiting' at various junctions on Weaverham Road, Mere Lane, Blake Lane, Ash Road, Fir Lane, Poplar Close, Grange Road and Boundary Lane North.
Sandiway Pantomime Group will be presenting ‘Nursery Crimes: The Catnap Kidnap Caper’ in St John’s Church Hall, Norley Road, Sandiway, CW8 2JX, with performances on Saturday 15th July 2017 at 7:00pm and Sunday 16th July 2017 at 2:00pm.
This Summer Junior Production is a daft detective story set in the worlds of Fairytale and Nursery Rhymes. When a trio of bears go missing in Fairytale land, Private Investigator, Puss in Boots is hired to track them down. But as other groups of three animals start to disappear, it seems that the case could be just the start of something much more sinister! Puss, and his assistant Mary Quite Contrary, try to unpick the mystery, meeting Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks, Woodsmen, Trolls, Wolves, Soldiers and even Royalty along the way.
Tickets are now on sale from the Box Office, price £5 for all performances, or may be purchased on the door. Seating is on a ‘first come, first served' basis. The Box Office may be contacted on 01606 882748. Debit cards are welcome.
The Parish Council meetings are normally held on the third Monday of each month. However this month the meeting has been put back by one week and hence will be held on 24th July, starting at 7:15pm as usual. The Agenda for the meeting will be posted on this website a few days before the meeting.
A plan has been submitted with a view to turning Beechfield, the former iMap premises on Forest Road Cuddington, into a rehabilitation centre which will create an estimated 34 jobs. A meeting will be arranged with CWaC and the Parish Council to discuss this.
Delamere Manor, on Cuddington Lane, have been granted planning permission for their activities - see www.delameremanor.co.uk. There are restrictions and this is temporary, for 12 months, after which time the licence will be reviewed.
The WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund has awarded a grant of £50,000 to purchase for equipment which includes a climbing pyramid, a chalet play house and also safety matting at the Norley Road Playing Fields. To read the full details of the award please see the press release.
Update in October: An award has now also been granted from the National Lottery Fund for £9,999 to fund playing field development and we should now see work taking place over the next 12 months to increase the seating provision, re-modelling the sandpit and the construction of a new wendy house in the sandpit to encourage children with their imaginative play.
The Neighbourhood Plan team have now published the Formal Neighbourhood Plan Pre-Submission Consultation documents and forms for feedback response. The deadline for comments to be received by Cuddington Parish Council will be 5pm on Friday 21st July 2017.
The documents can be accessed on the dedicated webpage for the consultation by clicking this link.
A young gardenener discovered a WW2 incendiary device when digging in a garden in the afternoon of Spring Bank Holiday Monday. He immediately called the police who turned up in force (3 squad cars evidently). The police in turn called the Bomb Disposal Unit who verified that the device was indeed 'live' and removed it (carefully) to a remote site in Acton Bridge where it was blown up.
Back in the early 1940's Cuddington was set mainly to farm land interspersed with a few houses - certainly no housing estates existed until much later in the decade. Bombers would often 'lighten their load' in various parts of Cheshire before heading back to base and this device must have been one that failed to explode. It certainly had an impact on the young gardener's experiences on Bank Holiday Monday!
An application to erect a telecoms mast has been submitted by Vodafone to Cheshire West and Chester planning department. The proposal is to erect the 20 metre high "slimline monopole" mast next to the Gospel Church in School Lane, Sandiway. The mast will be approx 4 metres higher than neighbouring trees with three antennae and two dishes on the top.
To review the plans, submitting comments should you wish, go to the Cheshire West and Chester planning website and use reference number '17/02053/TEL'. The closing date for comments and objections is Monday 5th June 2017.
Update: The application has been considered by the Council (on 27 June) and an approval granted, subject to any future appeal.
The Gala Day committee have agreed to extend the closing date for Scarecrow registration to Monday 5th June to allow households to plan and build their scarecrows over the Bank Holiday weekend. So start designing!!
The judging of the competition will be done in early June and the winners declared during the Gala Day itself on 10th June.
Ken Nixon completed his 2 year term as Chairman of Cuddington Parish Council at the meeting on 15th May. John Faulkner was elected Chairman and Sheila Brooks elected Vice Chairman. John thanked Ken for his commitment and service to the local community over a great many years which has been outstanding. Ken will continue as a Parish Councillor.
Due to a chronic shortage of GP resource equivalent to 28 GP sessions per week, which itself is equivalent to 4.5 full-time doctors, Danebridge applied to the Vale Royal Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) back in January for a temporary closure of its Patient List, meaning that new patients would have to apply to other surgeries for medical services. (The only other surgery with a catchment area coving our village is, we believe, the Weaverham Surgery.) This shortage of GP resource at Danebridge continues and surgery hours have been reduced with, for example, late evening sessions in Northwich being discontinued.
Danebridge recently applied to the Vale Royal CCG to have the closure of the Patient List extended to end August – the request was declined. As a result new patients will be allowed to apply to join Danebridge from 1st June. Danebridge continue their recruitment drive for new GPs with increased pressure.
Danebridge Medical Centre was also impacted by the recent cyber attack on Friday 12 May. All but 6 PCs in the Northwich surgery were disabled and on-line registration systems replaced by queuing at the desk for much of the following week. Patient appointments however continue unabated despite a number of regional NHS servers remaining unavailable.
Each year a Citizenship Award is presented at the Village Gala Day (on 10 June this year). This award is for an individual living within the Parish who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to, support of, and/or delivery of a service to the Cuddington and Sandiway community - awardees in the past are listed on the "Gala Day" page of this website. If you know of such an individual, please let us know by completing the nomination form (press here for copy) and deliver this form to Sandiway Library no later than 7pm on Friday June 2nd.
This year, for the first time, a Junior Citizenship Award will also be presented at Gala Day. This award is for a young person who has done something really special. The recipient must be under 18 and live within the Parish, or attend either Cuddington or Sandiway Primary School. If you know of such an individual, please ask his or her parent/guardian to let us know by completing the nomination form (press here for copy) and, again, ensure that this form is delivered to Sandiway Library no later than 7pm on Friday June 2nd.
Why not cycle around in our village? - to the shops, to the playing fields, to the station, to the library, ... - save money by saving fuel, save the environment, help the parking situation and keep fit!
Bike racks have been installed for your use in all the following locations:
Mere Lane shops
Norley Road shops
Cuddington station (on the Manchester platform)
In the Tennis Club grounds.
There may be more in the village - please tell us if you know of others!
PS. Blakemere Village do have bike hire available now from "Cheshire Outdoors" including the motorised ones that give assistance when going up hill!
A Steering Group has been formed out of the waiting list held by the Parish Council. This consists of 12 members led by Councillor John Faulkner of Cuddington Parish Council. A delegation from this group is planning to meet the Site Manger at Eden Grange to monitor delivery of the site and other members are preparing for self managing the site when it is handed over. Details published include Allotment Plots Priority List and Minutes of the meeting of the Steering Group 19th April.
The Parish Council were advised at their meeting on 24th April that a new 21 year lease had been completed from the Parish Council to the Playing Field Association and that the PFA in turn had completed their lease to Cuddington & Sandiway Tennis Club. This is to enable the Tennis Club to apply for funding for new floodlights on 2 tennis courts.
A number of residents of Cartledge Close attended the Parish Council meeting on 20th March to object to a planning application for one new dwelling and garaging. The Parish Council are consultees to the planning authority. Later in the meeting the Council agreed to submit valid planning objections to CWAC.
April update: The Parish Council were advised at their meeting on 24th April that the applicants were significantly amending their recent planning application to build a dwelling with garaging at land at rear of 9 Cartledge Close. The Council were concerned that adequate time for further consultation was given and were writing to Cheshire West & Chester Council accordingly.
Here is our lovely line-up for the 2017 Gala Royalty Parade.
Our Community Queen this year is Layla Parks-Smith, age 10. She attends Sandiway School where Maths, PE and singing are her favourite subjects. Her hobbies are gymnastics and swimming. During her year as Queen she will be raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Her Lady in Waiting is Abigail Davies, aged 11.
Our Community Princess is Penelope Eaton. She is 6 and attends Cuddington School where she enjoys Literacy and in her spare time she likes to read, swim and play the piano. She follows family tradition as her aunt was Queen in 1982. Her Lady in Waiting is Evie Whittaker, age 6.
With them on the dais will be our Rosebud, Lily Bird age 6, and Fairy Queen Alice Elliott, 7, with her Lady in Waiting, Scarlett Ridley, 7. Last but by no means least we have our Prince, Ethen Davies, age 7.
Come along and see them on June 10th. The ceremony will take place at 1pm.
Cuddington Nursery, a nursery and pre-school operating out of Cuddington Primary School, has announced that it will be closing its doors from Friday 26 May.
Ken Johnson, head of Support Services for Network Nurseries Ltd, says "We have been associated with Cuddington Primary School for 16 years but after an extended period of low occupancy and with no improvement forecast we have, reluctantly, taken the decision to close the preschool nursery".
The Cheshire West Citizens Advice Service provides free, impartial advice and information on a range of issues. They can help with most problems from employment, benefits, housing and debt. Their advice is delivered by trained volunteers and is independent and completely confidential. The Citizens Advice Service is a charity.
Karen Nixon (Police, PCSO, Northwich LPU North PCSO) reports a spike in attacks on sheds and thefts from outbuildings. It appears that bikes are of particular interest. Two locations had door hinges unscrewed - see image of recommended security.
Have you been a victim of crime in the last 12 months? Do you want to share your views on your experiences of victim services and the justice system?
If so then Police & Crime Commissioner David Keane is urging you to join the conversation as part of Victims Voice 2017.
David said: “It is vital that victims of crime have a strong voice on policing and crime. As Commissioner I am committed to representing victims and I am continuing to invest heavily into services to support victims across the county.”. “This is your final opportunity to give us your views. So, please join the conversation”
The research, which is being completed independently on behalf of the Commissioner, will help to shape the future of victim’s services in Cheshire. The online survey is open until April 30th and can be accessed via https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/victimsvoicesurvey and should take no more than 10 minutes or so to complete.
As of 1st April, the Youth Club, based on the Norley Road Playing Fields, closed down. The Secretary, Janet Britland-Jones, is in the process of closing accounts and will be handing their building back to the Playing Field Association.
Janet's parting comment: "We've done leaflet drops to all houses, reduced the age range, had open days for parents to come and visit, schools have been targeted - don't know what more we can do. It was a shame we couldn't get enough young people interested in the club".
The Youth Club was opened in 1969, some 48 years ago, at the instigation of Dr Peter Chivers who sadly died recently (see March news below).
The Environment Working Group, implementing the Village Plan, ran a campaign in March over a 3 week period. The public in Cuddington, Delamere Park and Sandiway were invited to clean up a total of 28 areas. 18 areas were done by 20 volunteers and in excess of 50 large green bags of rubbish were collected.
Green bags, picks, and high viz jackets are still available at the Library for use and return. Anyone is encouraged to identify an area that needs doing and just do it. Alternatively, for key untidy areas of the village, contact Cheshire West and Chester Council under the "Report It" scheme.
Did you know …… that for the first time ever in the UK, the energy demand from homes and businesses on the afternoon of Saturday 25th March 2017 was lower that it was during Saturday night on the same day? This is because solar panels on rooftops and in fields cut the electricity demand so much. The sunny weather over the weekend coinciding with the start of British Summer Time meant that solar power produced six times more electricity than the country’s coal-fired power stations.
This milestone is an indication of the progress that the UK is making in meeting it’s energy demand through green renewable technologies as we work towards an 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050. With more than 11GW of solar capacity installed over the last 5 years, this is sufficient to power 2.6 million homes with clean electricity.
Are you interested to learn more about how you can decrease your energy consumption, move to a sustainable low carbon lifestyle, save on your energy bills and contribute to this success story? To help us all become "energy aware" check out the following link: www.energysavingtrust.org.uk. The Energy Saving Trust is an independent and impartial organisation helping people save energy (and money) every day.
Over the next few months the Environment Working Group (part of the Village Plan Implementation team) will be providing more information on this very important subject.
The role in the village of the local PCSO was discussed at Parish Council on 20th March. The Parish Clerk had invited the PCSO to the meeting but she was unfortunately unable to attend. However she sent the Clerk an update on what was happening locally and said that the monthly liaison meeting at the Library will be resumed. The Council authorised the Clerk to accept this and request regular updates in future.
Strategic decisions affecting residents and businesses are currently made in London by central government. Cheshire West and Chester, Cheshire East and Warrington Councils and the local enterprise partnership are in talks to secure a deal with Government to devolve power to our area. Merseyside and Greater Manchester are already further down this route. Decisions on housing, transport, economic investment, public sector services, jobs and skills are best made locally engaging fully with all concerned. If discussions with Government are successful you will be asked your views.
Further update: All on the waiting list have now had the opportunity to attend a briefing meeting and complete an application for an allotment plot. An advisory committee has been formed to prepare for the release of the plots now expected in 2018. Anyone on the waiting list who has not responded please contact Parish Councillor John Faulkner (see above).
Residents will be pleased to note that we have now started work on the Mere Lane car park. Works commenced on 13th March and should be completed by the end of April.
The excavation works have now been completed and new drainage has been installed. Due to a potential footway collapse, a short section of the existing footway has been closed off, for health & safety reasons.
We thank residents and businesses for their continued patience during the construction works, but hope that the short term disruption will result in long term parking improvements for the residents and businesses in the village.
On behalf of The Cheshire West and Chester Highways & Parish Council Joint Working Party
From April 2016, it has been a contractual requirement for all English practices to form a patient participation group (PPG) and to make reasonable efforts for this to be representative of the practice population. Click here for more info
The first Patient Participation Group was set up by a GP in 1972 and many general practices in England now have a PPG. Generally made up of a group of volunteer patients, the practice manager and one or more of the GPs from the practice, they meet on a regular basis to discuss the services on offer, and how improvements can be made for the benefit of patients and the practice.
The beauty of PPGs is that there is no set way in which they work - the aims and work of each group entirely depends on local needs - but they are have the aim of making sure that their practice puts the patient, and improving health, at the heart of everything it does.
Some groups have, for some years, looked beyond the surgery to the decisions made within the NHS that directly affect their community. Regrettably, most often it has been in reaction to decisions taken without adequate consultation. In many cases, patients and primary care professionals have supported each other in promoting the patient and public interest.
We have two residents of the Parish who attend the monthly Danebridge PPG meetings: Sheila Bowker (living on Delamere Park) and Russell Smith (living in Sandiway). You can contact either by sending a message to the Webmaster of this website (see "Contact Us").
The plan is to set up a dedicated page for the Danebridge PPG and to regularly post Minutes of their meetings.
Dr Peter Chivers who has died aged 94 after a breaking his hip was a firm believer in the Rotary club motto 'Service before self'. He was a keen member of Northwich Rotary club and chairman when the annual bonfire night event and beer festival were started. He served for 32 years on Cuddington Parish Council and was the last chairman of Northwich Rural District Council. In 1997 he was awarded an MBE for his charitable work - the Queen saying he must be mad when he explained his running exploits.
Born in Cheshire, Peter was educated at Stockport Grammar School and studied medicine at Manchester University. After his first hospital appointment, as Casualty Officer at Preston Royal Infirmary in 1946, Peter joined the Merchant Navy for his National Service and, two years later, the Royal Navy, prompting him to write a book about his bizarre experiences travelling round the world on coal fired steamships. In 1953 he joined ICI as the Medical Officer in their Alkali Division in Northwich, where he worked until 1979. Before finally retiring in 1992, Peter was a part-time, self-employed doctor for a number of companies and authorities. Latterly he was an enthusiastic member of Northwich Probus and gave them a talk about his career only a month before his death.
A keen tennis, rugby and squash player, he was a firm advocate of the health benefits of physical fitness. He began long distance running in his 60s and ran his first marathon in Liverpool in 1987 after which he ran at least one marathon a year until 2000 when aged 77, his failing eyesight made training too difficult. He used his running to raise money for charity, perhaps the most remarkable being a relay race from Land's End to John O’Groats which involved running a half marathon distance every day for 10 days. A few years later in his 70s he repeated it in reverse. For many years Peter could be seen out running with his youngest son, Stephen as guide. Until recently Peter was still out on his tandem every week, proving his fitness at the age of ninety, with laps of Oulton Park, at the Get On your Bike event, when he was piloted round the track by his 76 year old brother, James. Until a few weeks before his death he was exercising for an hour a day on a variety of gym machines in his bedroom.
His family were very important to him and he was always more interested in hearing about their exploits than telling them about his difficulties. He believed that young people should be helped to make their way in life and raised money for many charities for disadvantaged youth. Aware that there was no evening activity for young people in the village, he and Jean set up the Cuddington Youth Group which continues to this day. Failing sight from macular degeneration prompted him to set up a local support group - another legacy that continues to thrive. He was determinedly independent and would try any gadget to help so his living room was a tangle of electronic devices and rubber bands which he used to identify particular objects.
In 1949 he married Jean, a teacher in Stockport, and they moved to Cuddington in 1954, where they set up the local youth group. He would thank people with a bottle of his home-brewed beer or a loaf of his bread and later despite his blindness he continued to cook with some memorable results. They had four children, their daughter Julie died in 1998 from complications of juvenile diabetes and Jean died in 2008 but he is survived by his brother and his other children.
A celebration of Dr Chivers’ life will be held on Sunday, April 9 between 2pm and 4pm at Cuddington Village Hall, Norley Road, with all friends welcome to attend.
There is a large quantity of stone which was part of the original Round Tower but was too badly damaged to be used in the rebuild. This is being stored for the village by CWAC but they are anxious to be rid of it and if we want to keep this stone we have to quickly find our own secure storage for it.
It has been suggested that we could use this stone to build a war memorial for the village. For many years it has been widely acknowledged by residents that our village should have a War Memorial. The lack of such a memorial is probably due mainly to the fact that parish councils are not able, by law, to take on the project of creating one. They may, however, maintain an existing one.
However it could be possible to create one if a group of residents could be found to undertake the project. Now would seem to be the ideal time as it could be designed to use some of this old stone which was once part of a landmark that would have been familiar to those whose names would appear on the monument and which was cherished by many residents.
If you feel you could help with this please get in touch with Pat Chrimes on 01606-888276. There will never be a better time to do it. Let’s not lose the opportunity.
April Update: The remains of the Round Tower have been inspected and unfortunately they have been deemed to be no use for that purpose. In fact the problems and costs of removing the stone from where it is stored in Winsford, and finding secure accommodation for it elsewhere, have led the Parish Council to give up on the plans to keep it and use it. It has now been established that the stone belongs to CWaC and the Parish Council will tell them the village does not want it.
Following consultation, work will begin on the car park extension on Mere Lane during March. In addition to the 16 extra parking spaces, a new, extra disabled parking space will be created outside the Mere Lane shops.
There will be a temporary footpath for residents walking from Sandown Crescent through to Mere Lane, for the duration of the project. We would ask for your understanding and patience during the construction period.
The cherry tree, which needs to be moved, has been inspected by the Tree Preservation Officer and is thought to be in poor condition. It will be replaced by planting a reasonably sized cherry tree alongside the car park extension.
Full details of the proposed works will be on view in the library.
CWaC Highways & Parish Council Joint Working Party
Update: Work started on the new parking facilities on Monday 13 March.
Work has been completed on part of the footpath from the A49 at Granny’s Hump to the Whitegate Way at Ravensclough. One section has been all but impassable for some time because of wet mud. Councillors and walkers are delighted with the results.