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Traffic misery sparks calls for J17 works TAILBACKS in Sandbach have sparked calls for an enhanced roundabout at junction 17. Recent changes to the junction, to reduce queues on the M6 sliproads, saw the construction of a ‘pinch-point’ scheme. However increased congestion on the A534 has led to calls for a more expansive project to relieve the traffic problems. Sandbach councillor Sam Corcoran said: “The pinch point

scheme was not built according to the agreed design. “Highways England amended the design to cut costs and reduced the length of both filter lanes to join the M6 from the A534. “This reduction in the length of the filter lanes has resulted in increased queues on the A534. “In addition, Highways England have set up the phasing of the lights so that the motorway slip roads are kept clear at the

expense of queues on the A534. “The solution to the problem now is to build the enhanced roundabout approved in 2014. “The developers of the Capricorn site are currently obliged to build this enhanced roundabout to get access to the

business park site. “The enhanced roundabout would reduce maximum queue lengths on the A534 to 200m in the morning rush hour and 42m in the evening rush hour. “However, an inferior roundabout is now being proposed. The developers have applied to vary the condition of the planning application for the Capricorn site so that they can build an inferior roundabout instead.”


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SANDBACH residents and civic leaders paid tribute to the fallen during Armistace and Remembrance Day. The two events, led by the Royal British Legion, maintained their distinctions despite being on consecutive days this year. On Saturday November 11 the Rev Jeff Cuttell, of Astbury, who used to be in the Parachute Regiment and is the minister for the RBL, led the service of Armistice, which this year also included the final dedication of small crosses to the fallen of Sandbach who died during 1917. Some 42 crosses were planted to pay tribute those who died

during the year in general fighting and to remember the battle of Passchendaele on November 10 1917. Sandbach students planted crosses and paid tribute to eight former pupils who signed up and then died in 1917. Remembrance Sunday was led by the Rev Thomas Shepherd and included a hymn accompanied by the Lions Brass Band. During the service representatives of the RBL, armed forces, community groups and civic leaders laid wreaths in a ceremony led my Reg Dunning to commemorate the 120 citizens of Sandbach killed in both world wars.

SANDBACH 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 home, farm buildings and garden will be transformed into a festive woderland. Santa will be visiting every Friday, Saturday and Sunday and the last few days before Christmas. 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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SANDBACH charity Railway Children has welcomed a new scheme to make the UK’s railway stations safer places for vulnerable children. The Safeguarding on Rail scheme brings conditions that train operators have to meet to secure future franchises. It follows the charity’s work with British Transport Police in developing the Railway Children’s Safeguarding on Transport programme. The charity’s Suzanne Parsons said: “About 100,000 under-16s run away each year, with many becoming vulnerable to grooming and sexual exploitation and areas surrounding major stations are a

particular concern. “This scheme represents a breakthrough in changing lives on the transport front line, with improved rail staff awareness and confidence in how to respond when suspecting a young person is at risk.” The BTP handled almost 5,000 child safeguarding incidents in 2016, of which a third were children who had run away or gone missing.

SANDBACH artist Christian Turner has produced a calandar of images of the town. It features his paintings of scenes including the Sandbach Cobbles, Town Hall, The Wheatsheaf, schools, churches, the Old Hall, Well Bank, The Almshouses, Sandbach Crosses, Wheelock Hall Farm, and Christmas on the Cobbles.

It can be purchased from the Sandbach Art Room on the High Street or from Christian’s website at www. Some 10% of sales will go to Cheshire Arts for Health - a charity using the arts to improve mental health and wellbeing. Christian, 24, who has autism, studied A-level art at Sandbach School.

A CHARITY Christmas carol concert will be held at the Masonic Hall on December 15. The event, run by Sandbach Masons, will feature the Rode Hall Silver Band and include a hot pot supper and raffle with all proceeds to charity. Entry is £12 including supper. Call 01270 764672.

FIREFIGHTERS attended a fire at a park in Elworth on November 10 at around 7.25pm A fire crew from Middlewich found a child’s play swing well alight and used a hose reel to extinguish the flames and damp down the metal structure. The fire is believed to have been started deliberately.

SANDBACH Concert Series welcomes young saxophonists Amy Green and Charlotte Harding to St Mary’s Church Hall on November 29. Amy has performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, while Charlotte graduated from the Royal College of Music and like Amy has won a number

of prizes for her playing and composition. The programme promises a variety of music from the duo, along with accompanist, Christine Zerafa and a spotlight on local young musicians. Tickets are £8.50 adults, £3 children on the door from 6.30pm. Main concert at 8pm.

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young musicians Tickets £8.50 adults, £3 children Fri Dec 1 - Christmas Market Town centre, 3pm - 8pm Festive market and late-night shopping Sun Dec 3 - Record Fair and Memorabilia Indoor Market, 10am - 4pm Staged by Backtrax Music Free entry. Call 07535710821.

Thur Dec 7 - Tree of Light Ceremony Sandbach Cemetery, from 4.30pm Dedication of stars on a tree in remembrance of a lost one. Featuring school performances and readings by Sandbach Fire Cadets and the town mayor. Contact the Sandbach Partnership 01270 752124. Thurs Dec 7 - Floral Demonstration Sandbach Town Hall, 7.30pm Elworth Flower Club welcomes Laura Leong, RHS Florist of the Year 2013 and 2015 The evening also features music from the Sandbach High School Choir



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Fri Dec 8 - Christmas Concert Wesley Centre, 7.30pm Instrumentalists Lynne Ashmore (flute/alto sax) and Karen Foster (harp and soprano) perform in aid of the Emergency Relief Fund. Tickets £6. Fri Dec 8 - Christmas Show Sandbach RUFC, Bradwall Road Festive entertainment and meal, Step Into Christmas featuring Elton John tribute Paul Bacon Tickets £30 inluding meal and fizz. Call 07768-964081.

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Tues Dec 12 Live Music Market Square, 8.45pm Sandbach Folk Club hosts a singers night. Tue Dec 13 - Christmas Concert St Mary’s Church, 7.30pm Sandbach Choral Society performs music including ‘Fantasia on Christmas’ by Vaughan Williams. Tickets £12 adults, children free. Call 07941 183812. Thurs Dec 14 - Pantomime

Sat Dec 9 - Makers’ Market Cobbled Square, 9am - 3pm A diverse range of stalls Contact Victoria Jackson on 07879 684184. Sun Dec 10 - Food, Gift and Craft Fair Sandbach Town Hall, 10am 3pm Free entry Sun Dec 10 - Christmas Concert Sandbach School, 7.30pm Foden’s Band concert Tickets available on the door priced £10 Tues Dec 12 - Film Night

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Sandbach Town Hall, 7pm Folksy Theatre presents The Snow Queen, featuring live music and puppetry Tickets £10 adults, £5 children. Visit Sat Dec 16 - Carol Singing Outside Sandbach Town Hall, 10am Staged by Churches Together Sat Dec 16 - Christmas Concert Clonter Opera Threat, nr. Congleton, 7.310pm Sandbach’s Foden’s Band is joined by singer Matt Ford for Memories of Christmas, with tracks ranging from Michael Buble to Frank Sinatra. Tickets £16, from www. Tues Dec 19 - Live Music Market Tavern, 8.45pm Sandbach Folk Club singers’ night and Christmas party


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Sandbach clock up record points victory A LARGE crowd turned up to witness a record victory for Sandbach RUFC in their 109-0 demolition of Old Halesonians. On an ideal pitch for rugby spectators were treated to a record points tally win which included some 17 tries. It was especially pleasing as the home coaching team, with an eye on the tough fixtures ahead, had decided to rotate selection to rest some key players and offer others the chance to stake a claim. One such player was man of the match Ben Stelmaszek, who had a first half which was the stuff of dreams. The visitors never got to grips with his marauding, powerful runs through the midfield. He duly crossed the line for Sandbach’s first try after only two minutes after Hales never really executed any sort of exit strategy from the kick off.



With regular goal kicker, Ben Elliot rested, Sam Winstanley took over kicking duties and added the extra points. Sandbach went on to dominate the first half, with a second try for Ben Stelmaszek after a fine break from Ross Sutherland at the back of the line out and a forwards try for Gaz Caen. Both tries were converted by an increasingly confident Winstanley. Sandbach went in at half-time 59-0. To their credit, Sandbach always maintained their shape, despite further rotations at the break and an Ant Davies try on 48 minutes started the ball rolling again. This was quickly followed by a try for Ben Twemlow, clearly enjoying his afternoon, after a fine break from Mike Barlow. A fine flowing move, involving

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