The Gala Day committee have agreed to extend the closing date for Scarecrow registration to Sunday 3rd 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 Saturday 9th June.
Snow Angels, a local community support organisation, are introducing a new lunch club which is starting at Sandiway Manor next week.
Snow Angels are based in Northwich but work with older people who feel isolated. They are going to be running the lunch club every Tuesday with food cooked by the team at Sandiway Manor - there will also be an activity after lunch e.g. arts and crafts.
St John’s is looking for a part time Children & Family (CAF) Worker to help grow its work with families. St John’s is an active church that already has a strong offering for young people: a Junior Church, Messy Church, a Junior Choir, an improvised music group called JIMS, and a Youth Group. The church benefits from a dedicated team of volunteers, and has recently benefited from 3 years of a dedicated CAF worker.
The church now has funding for a further year, at 10 hours a week – this would be a fixed term contract in the first instance, though it is hoped that there would be the opportunity to renew after the first year. The new CAF worker would deliver sessions with children, liaise with existing volunteers and seek to identify and develop new opportunities.
As part of our Gala celebrations we acknowledge those people who quietly work away helping to make our community a better place to live in or helping individuals within it. An award is given for an adult and also one for a junior.
Each year a Citizenship Award is presented at the Village Gala Day (on 9 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 25th May.
Last year we introduced a Junior Citizenship Award which is given by the Chivers family in memory of Dr Peter Chivers who was a great champion of children. This award will also be presented at Gala Day and 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. Anyone can nominate someone for this award, not just their parent. They could be your grandchild, next door neighbour or anyone you know. However you will need to get the permission of their parent/guardian on the entry form (press here for copy) and, again, ensure that this form is delivered to Sandiway Library no later than 7pm on Friday 25th May.
The Royal British Legion Cuddington Branch is launching an Appeal for funds in order to refurbish the Memorial to those young men of the village who did not return home from WW1.
The stone engraved with the names of these men lies in the Grounds of Gorstage Cemetery. In this centenary year of WW1 it would seem right and fitting for the work of renovating the stone to be carried out as part of the village Remembrance. It needs cleaning and the engraved names need new gilding.
Such work is not the responsibility of Parish Councils or the Royal British Legion. The responsibility lies with the people of the village or town where the memorial is situated. Anyone who wishes make a donation, however small the amount, can Press Here for 'Just Giving' or can contact: Branch Secretary - Mrs P Chrimes: Telephone 01606 888276 or 07816 451435
PCSO Nichola Davey has confirmed that she is arranging meetings to inform people about the scams that plague us all today. She knows of several local people who have lost money and so seeking prevention is important.
The Parish Council are now considering their key objectives/ priorities. The intention is to take in the recommendations agreed by the Parish Council in its response to the Village Plan Implementation Group's final report.
Flooding has been particularly bad recently at junction of Ash Road/ Forest Road and near the White Barn. The Parish Council are to request Cheshire West and Chester Council to look at these problems as their solutions up to now do not appear to be effective.
Councillors are encouraging people to report floods to CWAC via their 'Report It' scheme (a link for which is on the Home page of this website).
PARISH COUNCIL ANNUAL ASSEMBLY took place on Wednesday 18th April at the Village Hall. There were updates from Nichola Davey the local Police PCSO and a talk by Matthew Davies, Kier Recycling Engagement Coordinator on local refuse collection and disposal. There were also presentations from John Kerrigan on progress to date of the Neighbourhood Plan and Russell Smith on the Village Plan.
Sue Mills, Head of Cuddington Primary School and Chris Priddy, Head of Sandiway Primary School gave the meeting a progress report for the year.
Cheshire West and Chester Council are now taking the plan through full public consultation prior to appointing an external examiner. This will eventually lead to a referendum in which you will have the opportunity to vote to accept the Neighbourhood Plan.
The Cuddington Neighbourhood Plan reflects the comments, observations and concerns raised by the residents of the Parish about its future, gathered in consultation processes that have been carried out over the past two and a half years. Evidence had also been gathered during the development of a Village Plan from 2013 to 2015.
Neighbourhood plans provide a very powerful support to Parish and Borough Councils when planning decisions are being made. Make your Opinion Count in Local Planning Decisions!
The Parish Council would like to thank the Steering Group and the residents who have contributed to the development of this plan.
Four Paws are proving their credentials in pet care after being awarded Gold by SAI Global (Independent Assurance Provider) following a full audit. They achieved a remarkable 100% across the services they offer which includes doggie daycare, boarding kennels and pet grooming at their Cuddington centre. The scheme is designed to give pet boarding businesses the opportunity to go one step higher than their basic licence issued by the Council and receive recognition for doing so.
Fern Gresty, Director says “We are thrilled to be recognised as one of the countries leading pet care experts. Our aim is to provide a fun, safe and enriching environment whilst delivering top class customer service for people and their pooches!”
Annette Wood, General Manager added “Our team is outstanding with experience and qualifications across a broad range of canine subjects. We are animal lovers who enjoy welcoming dogs of all shapes and sizes into the Four Paws Family. Our team say we have the best jobs in the world and I couldn’t agree more!”
Established in 2009 from the Cuddington HQ, Four Paws continues to grow with grooming salons in Lymm and Barnton and a grooming training school in Leftwich. A passion for people as well as pets has also gained them recognition as a strong local employer, offering apprenticeship schemes across the Cheshire locations. Four Paws was the first doggie daycare centre to ever be licenced by Cheshire West and Chester Council and has lead the way for others of its kind. Wanting to pass on the knowledge and expertise gained in the last decade, Four Paws have launched a franchise opportunity for others to take their name further afield.
If you or your pooch wants to join the Four Paws Family or to find out more about their services call on 01606-883311 or visit www.fourpawsdogs.co.uk
The Sandstone Ridge Trust would like people’s help to compile a pictorial history of the wonderful Sandstone Ridge.
The Sandstone Ridge is one of Cheshire’s most distinctive landscapes, covering 230 sq kms (88 sq miles) of rolling hills and escarpments that stretch from Frodsham and Helsby in the north, through Delamere, Tarporley, Beeston, Peckforton and Bickerton, to Malpas in the south. This is rural Cheshire at its finest, linked by the Sandstone Trail.
The Ridge has a long and rich history, that ranges from pre-historic landscapes through the Roman, Saxon and Medieval periods to the present day. Its appearance has been shaped by centuries of farming, forestry and use of natural resources, including water sources like ancient springs and wells, as well as sandstone, sand and gravel, copper, marl and other minerals.
Old photographs and postcards can provide a revealing snapshot into how people have interacted with the landscape over the decades and centuries. By comparing them with present day views it becomes possible to understand how the countryside, villages and buildings in the area have changed over time.
The Trust would like to hear from anyone who has old photographs and postcards of the Sandstone Ridge area. These can be either in their original (photograph/postcard), or scanned (digital) forms. If enough images can be found, it is hoped that they could be published in a small book for everyone’s enjoyment.
Adjust your diaries to include this important gathering for the village, open to all with plenty of opportunity to listen to what is happening in the village and to express your views on what needs to change. Listen to updates on the Village Plan process as well as outcomes, and local issues in general. Have your say. What do YOU think?
The Assembly will be meeting in the Village Hall, Norley Road, on Wednesday 18 April commencing at 8:00pm.
There was consternation from councillors at last month's Parish Council meeting when the chairman reported that the Playing Field Association was struggling to get enough members. Currently they need one more trustee, a Health and Safety Officer, more volunteers to join the rota for securing the hall at the end of the day, and people to help in the general running of the hall and field. A number of the existing members are looking to retire - some are in their eighties. It was suggested that payment could be given for the position of Health and Safety officer.
The hall and playing field are a wonderful asset to our village but will only continue to be if volunteers come forward to run them.
Whether you are new to the game or simply want to pick up from when you last played, Cuddington Bowling Club would love to meet you.
There are mixed teams playing in three local leagues, afternoons and evenings. Or, if you would just like to give the game a try, join them on a weekday or Saturday morning. There are spare sets of bowls to use and club members who can help to get you started.
These five young ladies are already looking forward to Gala Day on June 9th when they will be participating in the Gala Royalty Pageant at our 2018 event. They attended the Selection event at the village hall where they were given their titles ready for the big day.
Evie Whittaker, age 7, was chosen as our 2018 Community Queen. Evie attends Sandiway Primary School where her favourite subject is English. Her favourite hobby is rollerblading and she also enjoys gymnastics. She will be fundraising for the Joshua Tree.
Isla Hubert Powell is our Empress. She is 6 years old and goes to Cuddington Primary School where she enjoys being with her friends. She also enjoys story writing and art and jumping on her trampoline. She will be raising money to Save Whales.
Hopefully you should all have noticed a bit more colour around the village with the appearance of some of the 400 bulbs planted last Autumn by the Environment Working Group as part of the Village Plan project.
Eddisbury Flower Club are looking to promote themselves in the village and are looking for new members from the local community. With this in mind, they are offering a free 'taster session' for visitors at their next meeting at 2pm on Tuesday 13 March in St John's Church Hall, or indeed any of their future meetings. You will be entitled to one free visit by quoting the code "Eddnafas" when you arrive to skip the normal £5 visitor fee.
Saturday 3 March: Strike. Probably reduced service Chester - Altrincham.
Sundays 4,11,18 & 25 March: Buses replace trains between Northwich and Stockport.
Mon 19 to Thurs 22 March: 2248 from Chester to Manchester will be a bus - 2338 at Cuddington Monday 26 to Thursday 29 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, also 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
The Village Plan team have been in talks with Arriva about the possibility of re-routing this service to include Cuddington Station and also to see whether it is possible to provide a service for Delamere Park. Arriva have now said that they do not wish to pursue this at present but have agreed to hold further talks in twelve months time.
The Parish Council considered further recommendations in the Village Plan Final Report at their meeting of 19th February. There are only now 3 outstanding recommendations to consider at the meeting of 19th March. After this a full response will be available on this village website, the Round Tower (April edition) and paper copies will be left at the Library.
The Parish Council and Playing Fields Association will be carrying out major works to the children’s playground at the Norley Road site from 26th March 2018 for about 5 or 6 weeks. During this time the playground will not be available for public use. The public toilets outside the village hall will also be unavailable.
The funding (approx. £100k) for this project has been provided by CWAC plus grants from WREN, Big Lottery Fund and our ward councillors, plus a donation from Vale Royal Lions.
There are some exciting changes being made to the equipment with the installation of a new 5m high climbing tower and a new roundabout suitable for use by disabled children in wheelchairs and youngsters in pushchairs, to name but two of them. Plans of the site giving more details of the changes will be available to view at the Village Hall noticeboard, Sandiway Library, the Village Hall web site and this Village web site (by pressing on above link, and using your browser to zoom in on the detail, we suggest).
Whilst this work is going on an area of the carpark at the tennis club/exit end will unavailable for use by the public. About 12 spaces will be out of use. It will still be possible to exit the carpark as normal. However, there will be occasions when the contractors need to bring materials onto site using large lorries. When this happens exit from the carpark might not be possible for a short period of time. The contractor will be responsible for controlling the carpark exit during this time and you are urged to please be patient and follow his instructions. Deliveries by lorry will, wherever possible, be programmed at times to try and cause the least disruption to users of the carpark.
The footpath to the Village Hall from the carpark exit on Norley Road will be closed during this period and persons walking from the direction of the Church to the Village Hall will have to walk through the carpark so we would ask you all to take particular care to avoid accidents.
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.