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 Fields 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.
Our village is fortunate to have such an excellent village hall and playing fields. I'm not sure how many residents realise that both are run by a small team of volunteers. Indeed raising the funds for the hall, overseeing its design and construction, maintaining the fabric of the building and overseeing the operation of the hall was (and continues to be) the work of a small group of individual residents.
However we have to confess that a number of the original group are now in their 80's and are looking forward to being a little less involved. As a result we're now seeking additional volunteers to ensure that the village continues to have a vibrant and successful village hall. If you feel you'd like to be involved please come along to one of our drop-in sessions in the Village Hall to chat to the current volunteers and find out what's involved: Tuesday 7th March 3.00 - 4.30 Thursday 23rd March 6.30 - 8.00 Wednesday 5th April 10.30 - 12.30 Saturday 8th April 2.00 - 4.00 If you're not able to make any of these dates but would like to know more, please ring either Helen Webster on 01606-888931 or Val Godfrey on 07817-214002. Thank you.
Local residents, Gavin and Tina Snell, confirm that Oulton Park Cricket Club are looking for more children for their Under-9s and Under-11s squads. The juniors have matches during the Summer and weekly in-door coaching sessions during the Winter and Spring at Tarporley High School.
Over the last weekend of January, Sandiway Pantomime Group put on their annual panto performance at St John’s Church Hall. This year they staged Peter Pan – and what a memorable production it was. The show got off to an exciting start with a ‘shadow fight’ between the dastardly Captain Hook and a brave Peter Pan, showing how Hook lost his hand to Peter’s sword, and Peter fed it to a passing crocodile! Luckily no one fainted, and the show moved smoothly on to follow the traditional Peter Pan structure starting off in the Darling household nursery, with Nanny, the Dame, played by the ever-hilarious Geoff Dodd larking about with the Darling children before they were visited by Peter Pan, (a sparkling panto debut for Grace Sperring-Joy), and whisked off to Neverland.
Peter Pan is very much a children’s story, and this year the cast included an exceptionally strong junior cast and chorus who acted and sang their socks off, to the delight of several packed houses. The adult cast gave excellent support of course, with the pirates being led by the nefarious Captain Hook – a wonderfully over-the-top performance by another newcomer to the group, Tony Barrow - aided and abetted by his dim-witted second-in-command, Smee,– an even more over-the-top Tanya Lockwood. Of course, no Peter Pan production would be complete without a Tinkerbell and this was no exception. Hannah Gunston played a delightful, and colourful Tinkerbell who brought tears to audience’s eyes when she ‘died’ after saving Peter by eating the poisoned cake that was meant for him. Luckily the audiences did believe in fairies, and by loudly declaring their faith and clapping like mad things, as cajoled by Peter, they managed to revive her to live on, forever!
Sandiway Pantomime Group has been putting on shows in the village for over twenty years and it has to be said that for a small village production, the standards of production and performance bear comparison with shows at much bigger (and more costly!) venues. Those who come for the first time always remark on how the show exceeds their expectations. As well as providing an annual post-Xmas boost to village residents and maintaining a community tradition that is much valued in these changing times, the profits from the shows are given to nominated charities. This year three charities, Cancer Research UK, The Christie Charitable Fund and Cheshire Autism Practical Support benefited to the tune of £400 each – no small feat for such a small production. As such the group expresses its gratitude to everyone who supports their efforts, either by taking part in the productions – on stage or behind – or by buying tickets, coming along, joining in the fun and generally having a rollicking good time. Roll on next year!
There is a common perception that the Ark Cafe is organised by the Church and that its profits are donated exclusively to church funds - not true!
The Ark is a cafe run by volunteers from the local community, serving the local community, in a venue owned & managed by St John's church. There are no paid staff, the cafe pays the church rent as does any group hiring the hall. Any profits after running costs are to benefit the local community - this year the profits will be shared between Sandiway and Cuddington Primary Schools to benefit the children. Next year it is hoped that any locally registered charities may wish to submit a donation request to the Ark team.
A huge thank you to all the volunteers who enable this over the past year. If you have yet to visit the cafe, go along and see our community cafe in action. From 17th February, it will be open each Friday, 8:45am until 2pm (10-2pm in the holidays). Their prices give excellent value, coffee is freshly ground and ethically sourced, cakes are made by Alison of Cookcakes in Cuddington, soup is freshly made, the cafe is modern, warm and welcoming.
To celebrate The Ark's 1st birthday, you are invited to come along on 17th February and celebrate with a complimentary slice of birthday cake when you buy any hot drink between 8:45 & 11:30am.
If you would like to join the team of volunteers, please call Kathryn, the cafe manager, on 01606-889879.
The 69ers Youth Club was opened by Dr Peter Chivers in 1969 when he arranged for a building to be donated by ICI. Later he helped raise funds to build a new sport hall extension. It was formerly very popular with attendance of about 25-30 young people a few nights a week. Now there are only a few turning up which does not allow the committee to apply for funding.
Cuddington Parish Council are currently working with the Groundwork Trust to rejuvenate the Play Area and Playing Pitches at Norley Road. Groundwork Trust would love to know your views and ideas for the space; your help and support is invaluable to the project.
The information you provide will help with applications for grant funding for the improvements.
Please come along to their consultation event at Cuddington Village Hall on Saturday 18th February 1-4pm to share your ideas and let them know what you would like to see as part of the improvements to the play space.
We all look forward to your involvement in the project.
Members of the Cuddington and Sandiway Tennis Club had good reason to feel proud of themselves recently when they scooped not one, but two awards at the Cheshire County Lawn Tennis Association Annual Awards.
The Club picked up a ‘Finalist Award’ in the Club of the Year category which was in recognition of all the work they have done to improve the facilities as well as opening the courts to the wider community by introducing Public Access to two of their courts from July last year.
On top of this, Mike Linsell, the Club Chairman, came away with the ‘Unsung Hero Award’ in recognition of his unstinting hard work for the club, specifically facilitating the Tennis Mark accreditation, the introduction of Tiger Turf on two of the courts (the latest technology astroturf), as well as pushing forward the ongoing floodlighting project on the two currently unlit courts.
The club, situated in the Norley Road Playing Fields, boasts 6 courts - 4 hard and 2 Tiger Turf, and has a membership of 310 currently, 60 of which are Junior members. Coaching for all ages and abilities is provided by the club coach, John Whitehall (www.johnwhitehalltenniscoaching.com).
Sandiway Pantomime Group proudly present their 2017 production of PETER PAN (a Pantomime Adventure) by Stephen Duckham (based on a play by JM Barrie).
Performances will take place on Thursday and Friday 26th and 27th January 2017 at 7:30pm, Saturday 28th January 2017 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm and Sunday 29th January 2017 at 2:00pm at St John's Church Hall, Norley Road, Sandiway, CW8 2JX.
Tickets are now on sale and cost £5.50 for Thursday’s performance and £6.50 for the other performances. The Box Office may be contacted on 01606 882748. Debit cards are welcome.
Work is due to commence on January 23rd on the swing bridge at Acton Bridge. It is estimated that the work will last until June or July. During that time there will be single file traffic across the bridge controlled by traffic lights. Expect delays!
St John’s church hall was packed with villagers and visitors to enjoy the 25th year of the St John’s Christmas singalong. Our young people who first performed 25 years ago returned to create a rousing band to start the Christmas festivities along with singing, laughter, dramatic readings - enjoyment was had by all. Our grateful thanks to Kathryn Holmes for her hard work coordinating this spectacular event over the past 25 years.
Northwich Officers are appealing for information from the public after vandals damaged a number of graves at a Sandiway cemetery.
Sometime between midnight on Thursday 15th December and 11.00am on Friday 16th December, vandals entered Gorstage Cemetery on Weaverham Road. Whilst inside they removed flowers from a number of graves and threw them across the cemetery; they also broke a number of pots & vases and smashed sentimental ornaments.
Investigating office PC Neil Wharmby said: "Christmas is a particularly difficult time for people who have lost loved ones and cemeteries are supposed to be places where they can go for quiet reflection. The actions taken by these selfish vandals are simply inexcusable and several people have been left extremely distressed as a result of the damage that they have caused. I’d appeal to anyone with any information in relation to the damage to call us on 101 so that the people who caused this damage can be brought to justice."
Anyone with any information in relation to the incident is asked to contact Cheshire police on 101 quoting incident number 405 of 17/12/2016. Information can also be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
The Head Teacher of Cuddington Primary School, Mrs Mills, attended the Open Forum of the Cuddington Parish Council meeting held on 19th December. The purpose was to brief the Council on plans to increase capacity at the school consisting of internal alterations and single storey extensions to form additional classrooms, storage, toilet facilities and additional hall storage space. She was supported technically.
Whilst some Councillors were concerned at the potential loss of open space it was generally acknowledged that this would not be significant. General positive view that the school was planning ahead to ensure that capacity matched anticipated increased demand.
Cheshire West and Chester Council Highways invited the Parish Council to identify stretches of road/ pavement in need of resurfacing for inclusion in their programme for 2017/18. The Parish Council passed the matter over to the Village Plan team who surveyed the area. They decided that as pavements had not been a priority in recent years they would identify pavements based on their state, potential for hazards and relative usage. A proposal has been submitted which includes a substantial part of Mere Lane (both sides) and part of Moss Lane (one side) and Tricketts Lane.
Sandiway Primary School PTA held their Christmas Fair on Friday 9th December. Rebecca Stevens, the new chair of the PTA, confirmed that feedback on the fair was brilliant - it was very busy and a great evening was had by all - mulled wine, mince pies, toasted tea cakes, birds of prey, Christmas market and an amazing raffle with the iPad mini being won by one of the Reception children.
Sandiway PTA raised just over £1500 from the event.
Sandiway Pantomime Group proudly present their 2017 production of PETER PAN (a Pantomime Adventure) by Stephen Duckham (based on a play by JM Barrie). Performances will take place on Thursday and Friday 26th and 27th January 2017 at 7:30pm, Saturday 28th January 2017 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm and Sunday 29th January 2017 at 2:00pm at St John's Church Hall, Norley Road, Sandiway, CW8 2JX.
Tickets will be available from early January 2017 and cost £5.50 for Thursday’s performance and £6.50 for the other performances. The Box Office opens in January 2017 and may be contacted then on 01606 882748. Debit cards will be welcomed.
Whilst website usage is not an exact science, due mainly to a small amount of non-human (robot) activity, the following statistics give an indication of how many people are accessing our website.
The graph shows the growth in both "unique users" (420% in November alone) and "number of visits". In November, we had 2,835 'visitors' and they made over 5,000 visits to the website; there were over 20,000 pages displayed and over 80,000 'hits' (eg 'Directory' display would be all one page and 'hits' would occur as you move around it).
Note that "unique users" counts computer (IP) addresses and so if you access via your iPad and via your desktop, that's two "unique users".
We throw away over 20,000 tonnes of food waste every year in Cheshire West and Cheshire (CWAC). So
recycling food waste is a priority
Customers can have their food waste taken away every week if they use the Brown Food Recycling Bin and also feel good that they are helping to protect the environment. All the food waste collected gets recycled to generate energy to power our homes and produce fertiliser to help farmers grow more crops.
However, if food is disposed of in the black bins it can increase greenhouse gas pollution which is its bad for the environment. So it’s cleaner, greener and more efficient for everyone if we all recycle all our food waste every week.
CWAC has launched a campaign that aims to encourage more residents to use their Brown Food Recycling Bin instead of disposing it in the black bin. We want to put all the energy and nutrients trapped inside that food waste to good use and not just throw it away. Less food waste going in the general rubbish makes good sense for everyone. Disposing of domestic waste costs the Council millions of pounds a year – money which would be better spent on local services.
To help increase food waste recycling we need to raise awareness and help make it even easier for our customers to recycle more food waste.
Find out more about Recycle First
The Recycle First collection service collects your food waste every week.
Simply select ‘Food Waste’ from the drop down box on the page, which will then provide you with a map showing the journey your food waste is taking from the Recycle First depot to the food waste re-processor. Check out the Short animation showing how the material is actually recycled.
The Village Plan survey conducted in 2014/15 highlighted a concern about dog fouling. The Environment Working Group have worked with Cheshire West and Chester Council to undertake a campaign. Some time ago they identified Norley Road and Ash Road to do an initial exercise. Having leafleted all houses along these roads it soon became clear that any problem along these roads had been resolved.
Cheshire Police Alert is the community messaging system brought to you by Cheshire Constabulary and servicing the whole of Cheshire. By registering with Cheshire Police Alert, you receive news and appeals, local crime information and crime prevention advice - direct to you as an e-mail, mobile text or voice message.
Registering with this site is completely free, and not only allows you to receive messages about your local area, but also allows you to feed back information to your local policing teams to help them better police your neighbourhood. You can register for the service at www.cheshirepolicealert.co.uk
On a separate but related note, the monthly "Beat Meetings" with the local PCSO have been suspended for the present but the Police would like to hear from residents particularly using the Alert system.
Sandiway's headmaster, Chris Priddey, was congratulated in a letter from Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for School Standards, for the school's outstanding achievements in the 2016 phonics screening checks. With 100% of pupils at Sandiway Primary reaching or exceeding the pass mark in the check, the school is in the top 3% of all primary schools in the country.
In addition, the school's end of Key Stage 2 (2015/2016) successes are highlighted by the progress made from KS1 to KS2 which shows that they are in the top 5% of schools for both reading and maths.
In January 2016 Cheshire West and Chester Council approved the implementation of 20 MPH speed limits on residential roads across the borough where: - Mean speeds are currently less than 24 MPH ; and - Around schools where the mean speed is currently less than 30 MPH
The Council has approved a capital budget to deliver a programme of signed only schemes over a period of four years.
Cheshire Police will support 20 MPH signed only speed limits that meet the criteria. On roads that meet Department of Transport criteria, there will be no requirement for the Police to carry out additional enforcement above existing levels.
The Council have identified 223 zones covering 740km of highway that may meet the criteria and all these zones will require speed limit assessment. Priority has been based on zones with the higher number of schools and higher number of recorded injury collisions. Within Cuddington and Sandiway there are 7 such zones.
Each scheme will be assessed in turn and will involve a week long traffic survey along key roads to determine the average speed of vehicles. Schemes meeting the criteria for a 20 MPH speed limit will have a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) advertised where the public have an opportunity to object to the proposals.
Approximately two weeks before the TRO is advertised, every resident affected by a proposed 20 MPH limit will receive a letter informing them of the proposal and how to object should they wish to do so. The CWAC Councillors and the Parish Council will receive a letter approximately one week before every resident receives their letter.
All the zones being looked at in Cuddington and Sandiway if accepted are scheduled to be implemented during Year 2 of the programme; that is April 2017- March 2018.
B.T. are consulting on the possible removal of the traditional red telephone box outside the shops on Norley Road. There are three options being considered: it could be removed, the Parish Council could 'adopt' it, or it could be kept as it is at present. The Parish Council has requested that it be retained as is. It was felt that its position close to the station made it particularly useful as a backup to travellers. Travel plans can often go wrong and need re-arranging and Cuddington station is extensively used by children travelling to school.
Sandiway Primary School hosted a fundraising fashion show and pop-up shop last week. The show, which was organised by the school's PTA, was a joint event with Cuddington Primary School. The event raised about £850 which will be distributed between the two schools.
Rebecca Stevens, the new chair of Sandiway Primary School PTA, confirmed: "Thank you to the PTA and to Pam Fleming for organising this. It is also great that this was a collaboration with Cuddington Primary School."
Cheshire West and Chester Council has joined forces with 11 councils from across the UK to create a Collective Energy Scheme known as 'Ready to Switch?'. The scheme enables residents and local businesses to combine their purchasing power and bulk-buy their energy as a group, helping them to negotiate with providers for cheaper energy bills.
What are the benefits?
The scheme is free to use, without obligation and makes it easy to switch energy provider. In previous rounds residents have realised savings of up to £200 a year. Residents can register for the scheme regardless of whether they are on a credit or prepayment meter.
How does it work?
The collective switching scheme works by means of a reverse auction whereby energy suppliers are invited to bid their lowest tariffs to supply energy to all those registered for the scheme. Following the auction individual offers are sent out to those participating who can then decide whether they want to switch to the new deal. There is no obligation to accept the offer if you do not wish to do so.
Auctions currently take place on a quarterly basis.
The registration period for the current round has been extended. The deadline for residents registering via the internet is Tuesday 29 November. Residents registering by phone need to do so by Tuesday 22 November (telephone: 01244 977262).
This deadline for accepting an offer for both methods of registration is Tuesday 29 November 2016.
Vale Royal Lions Club, in conjunction with Citizens Advice, are about to launch its second annual Fuel Bank Campaign. The purpose of this is to invite those who are in receipt of the annual Winter Fuel Allowance, (or anyone else for that matter), who may wish to donate some or all of the amount to a good cause to do so. Citizens Advice identify those in need and use the funds collected by Vale Royal Lions to help.
Click Here for a poster, which explains the scheme more fully and gives details of how individuals may make a contribution.
Have your say on the proposed on road parking restrictions which are to be incorporated into the overall scheme.
A public consultation on this has started. View the proposed restrictions on the notice board at Sandiway Library and at the same time make your written comments. Hurry before its too late! (please note that the consultation finishes on 31 October)
A Neighbourhood Plan is a community-led plan based on land use. It is an official document that must be taken into account in planning decisions. It gives you a say on where new houses, shops, businesses and community facilities should be built and what they should look like. Neighbourhood Plans are extremely important to make sure that you are able to influence development.
We are holding a number of Roadshows in October, sharing our findings from the Housing Needs Survey and the Village Character Assessment. We need you to come along and give us your views on our suggested Policies. Drop in to one of the Roadshows listed below.
At the end of October you will receive information which will require your comments. Don’t miss the opportunity to influence YOUR Neighbourhood Plan !!
Methodist Church Hall, Weaverham Road, Saturday 22nd October, 10.00 to 12.00 noon
St John’s Church Hall, Sandiway, Sunday 23rd October, after the Family Service
Delamere Park Clubhouse, Tuesday 25th October, 7.00 to 9.00pm
Sandiway Library, Thursday 27th October, 2.30 to 4.30pm
The Boundary Commission is currently conducting a review of Parliamentary constituency boundaries on the basis of rules set by Parliament in 2011. These rules require a reduction in the number of constituencies in the UK and the number of electors in each constituency to be made more equal. The rules set out in the legislation state that there will be 600 Parliamentary constituencies covering the UK – a reduction of 50 from the current number. This means that the number of constituencies in England must be reduced from 533 to 501.
Summary of the initial proposals for west Cheshire: The initials proposals show the number of constituencies covering the west Cheshire area reducing from five to four, in particular:
Eddisbury and Northwich – The former Eddisbury constituency sees some significant changes, no longer covering some of the area directly to the south of Chester. The constituency would stretch from Malpas, through Winsford and now take in Northwich. Part of Cheshire East towards Audlem would continue to form part of the constituency.
Weaver Vale – This constituency also sees some significant changes. It would no longer cover Northwich but would instead cover more of the rural area of west Cheshire, including Farndon and Tattenhall. It would also cover the Marbury area which was previously part of the Tatton constituency.
Under the boundary review, Cuddington & Sandiway would move from Eddisbury constituency into Weaver Vale, and so our MP would change from Antoinette Sandbach to Graham Evans.
Public hearings During the consultation the Boundary Commission for England (BCE) will be visiting the North West and holding the following public hearings: 11-12 October - Manchester, 13-14 October - Chester, 20-21 October - Liverpool
Further Information For full details of the proposals, to book a place at the public meetings, or to make comments on the proposals, visit the Boundary Commission website: www.bce2018.org.uk
Following the collapse of GHA Coaches in July, the local ‘82’ bus services from the village to Chester, and to Northwich, are now being operated by Arriva.However the 30-minute schedule has been reduced to just one bus each hour.There have been complaints about this frequency with correspondents pointing out that Weaverham has a 15 minute service so why can’t we! This will be referred to the Village Plan Implementation Group.
You can find the latest bus timetables under: Directories/ Local Services / Transport
Also pictured (rear left) is Ruth Elliott-Smith, campaign organiser.
19 Sept: Howard Hampson was invited to attend this month’s meeting as the Parish Council wished to mark his retirement as village 'webmaster'. Howard has been fulfilling this role for 16 years and the Chairman, Ken Nixon, thanked him on behalf of the council and the residents of the village for his work during that time, and presented him with a gift. Howard looked back to how the website came into being; it seems he had been in the White Barn chatting to Roger King, then editor of the Round Tower newsletter, and he said, “why don’t we have a website?”. They had a subsequent meeting and the idea became reality. Originally it was just intended to put the newsletter on-line but, over the years, Howard made the website into so much more.
Sandiway resident, Ben Bright, is the Head Coach for the successful British Triathlon team.
Ben was British Triathlon's Olympic Men’s Coach during the London 2012 Olympic Games and the Head Coach to both Men’s and Women’s teams in Rio, where the athletes brought back 3 out of the 6 medals on offer! Prior to that he was employed as a National Performance Centre coach, worked directly with ITU world champions such as Tim Don and Hollie Avil, and coached at both the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games. More about Ben: Click here
Ben represented New Zealand in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney and won a junior world title. He is originally from Waiuku, New Zealand.
Ben now lives in Sandiway with his wife, Alex, and their two young children with both attending Sandiway Primary School.
Footnote: Alex's father, Andy Carter and a resident at Delamere Park, was himself an international athlete, representing Great Britain in the Olympics.