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Redsands to be reborn as dementia care village THE former Redsands children’s home in Nantwich is to become a specialised dementia care centre. The site of the former home is to become a specialised 71-bedroom dementia care village, following the granting of planning approval. The buildings in Willaston will be transformed as a centre in dementia care, with landscaped gardens and residential units. Cheshire East Council’s property company, Engine of

the North, will finalise the sale of the council asset to Richmond Care Villages in order that the scheme can go ahead. The new facility will create 80 jobs and operate as a satellite campus to Richmond’s existing care village in Nantwich. It is proposed that the existing buildings are demolished and replaced with a new care home facility, including car parking and secure garden area. Councillor Jamie Macrae,

chairman of Engine of the North (pictured) said: “We’re pleased that approval has been granted for a development that will bring the site back into economic use and create new jobs locally.” Manager of Richmond Village Nantwich Lynne Griffin said: “I am absolutely delighted that we can now

look forward to establishing this specialist dementia care facility as part of the range of care and support we can offer. “This new site will provide the very best in dementia care following extensive research and consultation.” Cheshire East will keep ownership of the land to the east of the former centre, which includes a pond and football pitch. The public footpath, which runs along the eastern boundary of the site, will be retained.

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NANTWICH families are invited to a charity Christmas lights spectacular in Weston. The event, created by Graham Witter, will raise funds for the Donna Louise Children’s Hospice. It will mark the fifth year that his family farm and garden will be transformed into a festive woderland. Santa will be visiting every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Graham, 23, said: “The light display was originally set up for my late sister Jessica. “I lost her in December 2015 – but I am continuing this yearly event in her memory.” Graham has raised almost £40,000 since 2013. The event will run at Carters Green Farm on Jack Lane from December 1 to 28, 6.15pm to 9pm. Entry is by donation.


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TICKETS for Nantwich Players’ highly anticipated Christmas production are now on sale. The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe promises a magical experience for familes from December 8 to 16. The musical by Adrian Mitchell is adapted from the much-loved book by C S Lewis. All the magic of the land of Narnia is brought to life along with the characters everyone knows and loves. After being evacuated from London to the Professor’s house in the country during the Blitz, Lucy stumbles

across the wardrobe, a gateway to another world. The land of Narnia is under the spell of the White Witch who rules over her evil regime with an icy rod making it always winter and never Christmas. Director Bethany Froud said “This production is my directorial debut for Nantwich Players, working alongside director Jeremy Acklam. “We have the opportunity to re-imagine this story at the perfect time of year! “We have been blessed with an amazing cast who really are bringing the well-known characters to life.”

CHRISTMAS has come early for Nantwich’s RSPCA Centre. Bat boxes, heated mats, aviary nets and rodent scales were among the haul of gifts to Stapeley Grange by Crystal Legal Services, in addition to some £749 in cash. The presents were bought after staff from the financial claims company raised £2,346 through a number of events organised by staff, including a 35-mile walk, bake sales, a fancy dress day, a silent auction and a raffle. Stapeley manager Lee Stewart said: “The end result of all their efforts was funding to help cover daily costs and a whole pile of equipment that we desperately needed in the hospital.”

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REASEHEATH College has been rated ‘outstanding’ for the overall experiences and progress of its students by Ofsted. The report commends the college for providing the best experiences which improve the potential of its students, and highlights the ‘exceptional relationships and strong family values that help students thrive.’ It also said ‘the students’ experience of moving on from college is excellent’. Inspectors found that residential students tend to exceed day students in educational and emotional achievement and that they continue to be successful after

they have left college. Reaseheath has six halls of residence on campus and currently has 350 students aged 16 to 18 who live in. Principal Meredydd David said: “To be rated ‘outstanding’ in all areas and to see such positive and heart-felt comments from our students shows the exceptional standard of our education and also the care and support which Reaseheath provides. “We pride ourselves in inspiring and developing wonderful, ambitious and successful young people. “The report reinforces this ethos, and our success in achieving it.”


Jono’s mercy mission REASEHEATH arboriculture trainer Jono Finlow has been helping in the recovery of the Caribbean island of Dominica following its devastation by hurricanes. Jono is a trustee of the Disaster Arborist Response Team, a volunteer team which is deployed to disaster zones worldwide. He and fellow members were flown out to Dominica days after the island was ravaged by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the most powerful storms in its history. The team was first on the scene to remove fallen trees and other obstructions from roadways, enabling aid and

rescue teams to get through. Jono said: “There was complete devastation. “Roofs had been blown off houses and there were landslides and trees blocking the roads. There were queues and rationing everywhere we went. “Helicopters were flying in supplies but it was difficult getting the supplies to the people. “Fortunately we were able to start cutting straight away and were quickly able to clear major routes.”

Fire crew’s watery rescue FIREFIGHTERS rescued a goose from a fishery in Nantwich on November 9. Crews were called out at around 11.30am to reports of a goose trapped on an island at a

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Weston Christmas eLight Display e Supporting the ‘Donna Louise Children’s Hospice’ since 2013

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Dabbers bounce back following FA cup exit DABBERS boss Dave Cooke was delighted with his side’s 3-0 victory at Matlock Town. Goals from Harry Clayton and David Forbes secured Nantwich three points in a crucial game that sees The Dabbers begin their climb up the table. The manager said the performance was the exact response he was looking for following the FA Cup exit. He said: “I thought the lads did very well last weekend, we’ve had a great run in the cup but it’s nice to get back to the bread and butter of the league. “We had a good win against Witton in our previous league game and now is the time to start getting points on the board – which is exactly what we did today.”



Despite sitting in the bottom half of the league table, Cooke reckons his side have got what it takes to build on the win. He added: “We’ve got to look at ourselves. “Will [Jaaskelainen] is playing well, but Fabian [Spiess] is getting fitter, the back four is as good as we’re going to get and they’re all young lads so there’s plenty of upside and room for them to grow as players. “We’ll have hiccups along the way but I believe in the lads. “In midfield, Matt Bell and Casper Hughes were outstanding and really gave us a platform to play, and the crucial part was that we scored our goals at the right times and deservedly came out with all three points.” The Dabbers lined up in a classic 4-4-2 system against

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Matlock due to players on the sidelines and Cooke has suggested it may be something he sticks with if it continues to work. • The Dabbers progressed to the second round of the Integro League cup with a

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