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Apr/May 2017 Free
FESTIVAL A HIT
Seven arrests but police pleased with behaviour THIS year’s Nantwich Jazz Festival has been hailed as a success by Cheshire Police. Officers were out in force throughout the bank holiday weekend to ensure that the festivities were observed in a good-natured manner. Just a handful of incidents were reported to police, with officers making seven arrests – mainly for public order offences such as being drunk and disorderly. Sergeant Ian Bennett, of the Nantwich policing team, said: “Thousands of people
descended on Nantwich to enjoy the jazz festival, which from a policing perspective, went well. “Throughout the weekend, there was an increased police presence to ensure the event ran safely and to deter any anti-social or criminal behaviour. “Overall, officers found the atmosphere to be friendly with most people behaving sensibly and having a happy and cheerful time. “There was a small minority who did choose to act antisocially and drink excessively
but officers were on hand to advise those individuals and take action to prevent them from ruining it for others.” The festival, celebrating its 21st year, featured headline shows from the likes of Geno Washington, Ruby Turner King King, Rebecca Downes and Emma and The Wolf.
The event also featured hundreds of gigs around the town at a variety of venues. Police and Crime Commissioner David Keane said: “This is one of Nantwich’s biggest events and each year is always a celebration of great music and fantastic community spirit. “As with any event of this type, there is always the risk that minority could spoil it for the majority. “Thankfully though, this does not appear to have been a major issue this weekend.” (pic by Jonathan White)
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Lambs killed in Nantwich TWO men have been arrested after a number of lambs were found dead near Nantwich. Shortly after 2.30am on Monday April 10, officers on patrol located a vehicle in suspicious circumstances next to the disused Redsands Centre on Crewe Road in Willaston. On approaching the vehicle officers found three dead lambs and a dead sheep. Two teenagers, age 17 and 18, were arrested at the scene on suspicion of criminal damage to sheep and possession of cannabis. The teenagers, who are both from the Staffordshire area, have been released under investigation pending further enquiries. Rural Crime Officer Sarah Marson said: “As lambing season has now started it’s more important than ever that
people report any suspicious activity in rural areas by calling us on 101. “We are committed to tackling rural crime and as part of our continued efforts to make our rural communities safer we are currently running on-going operation specifically targeting this issue. “I’d also like to remind local residents and businesses about the dangers of buying lamb, along with other meat, from unregistered slaughterhouses. “Although the price may be cheap, you never know what medication the animal has been given, which could lead to health implications for anyone who eats the meat.” Anyone with any information on the Redsands incident, or looking to report rural crime, should contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 60 of 10/4/2017.
Back to the Cold War
By Jonathan White VISITORS to the Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker were transported back in time over the Easter weekend. The ‘Soviet Threat’ event recreated what life was like either side of the Berlin Wall during the Cold War. There were armed troops patrolling the grounds, checkpoints and numerous military vehicles from both
Western and Eastern forces. Inside the bunker there were troops keeping check on the opposition and monitoring any possible nuclear attacks. There were also re-enactors from the Civil Defence and the Malayan Emergency. The event was organised by museum director at Hack Green Lucy Siebert, EventPlan and local historians.
TALENTED singer-songwriter Anna Madsen will perform at the Studio in Nantwich on April 29. Originally from Utah, Anna recently released her latest studio album Whisper, featuring Anthony Phillips of Genesis. She has also received a Songwriter of the Year nomination from the New England Music Awards and support from BBC Radio 2. Musically, Anna has been described as ‘Lana Del Rey meets Kate Bush meets Enya’ but ultimately her music is
completely her own. The singer-songwriter takes inspiration from classic romanticism, fairy tales and her own personal experiences.
NANTWICH Players are to perform an exhilarating and poignant drama set in Belfast during the ‘troubles’. Against an off-stage backdrop of burning buses, ravaged blocks and gunfire, Bold Girls is a stirring play about three women whose men have been killed or imprisoned for their political activities. Chilling themes are offset by humorous and heartwarming moments in this play about people not politics. The Bold Girls - Marie, Cassie and Nora - have had to adapt to life without their men who have been killed or imprisoned because of their political activities.
They each find escapism in carefully constructed domesticated lives which are seemingly immune to the danger of the world outside. Director Don Hirst said: “Whilst this play is set in Belfast in the 90s it could be anytime and anywhere. “The family challenge to just keep going, the girls’ nights out, the frustration and the fun of everyday life is a story that everyone can relate to. “The background may be different but this is a play about people – we’ve all met them and have maybe even been them.” Performances run from May 6 to 13 at 7.45pm. Tickets are £8 from 01270 600727.
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Cubs’ spring clean-up LOCAL cubs have been sprucing up an area of woodland in Nantwich. After taking part in the Spring Clean Litter Pick last month, the cubs of 7th SWC Millfields continued their community conservation work at the Coed Wen Community Woodland. With assistance from Doug Butterill, a representative of Greenspaces South Cheshire CIC, the cubs mounted the bird houses and sowed wild flower seeds around the woodlands. Doug said “Working with the cubs is a real pleasure. “Coed Wen is only a young wood and is improving all the time, it is being managed to attract wild life especially
birds, so the cubs’ bird houses are particularly welcome.” Assistant cub leader Chery Hamlyn added: “The cubs have really enjoyed exploring the area. “It is the ideal outdoor classroom and we are just happy that we could participate in adding to the beauty that already exists.”
FOLLOWING the success of past events, Nantwich Mayor Andrew Martin is inviting people to test their knowledge at his latest quiz night. Teams of six are invited to take part on April 28 at the Civic Hall, to raise funds
for the Mayor’s charities Nantwich Museum, Nantwich in Bloom, Nantwich Food Bank and Nantwich Players. Entry to the night, which also features a raffle, is £10 a head, including a roast pork bap. Doors open at 7.30pm.
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A CELEBRATION of William Shakespeare has opened at Nantwich Museum. The exhibition by local artist John Harrison reflects his lifelong love for the writer
and includes paintings, box sculptures echoing passages of text and visual imagery. Now living in Nantwich, John’s work has been exhibited across the globe.
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SOME 40 pupils from Crewe and Nantwich primary schools enjoyed a taste of what it is like to graduate in a special ceremony at Reaseheath College this month. The ceremony was the culmination of a six-week My World project, designed by Open Doors2 Ltd, a community development company. The project gave the children a glimpse into the world of work as they learned about the variety of jobs available. They also gained life skills
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Dabbers on course for play-offs despite home loss NANTWICH Town hit a hurdle in their quest for promotion, losing their final home game 1-0 to Workington. As we write the Dabbers still need a point to secure their top five play-off spot. The last home tie of the season proved a scrappy game throughout, as the Reds came with a clear game plan to sit deep and frustrate Nantwich. Neither side could find any clear openings in the first half, but just as the half seemed set to end goalless, Jack Ryan pinched a goal from a free kick to give Workington the advantage. The Dabbers pushed hard in the second half and had chances through Wayne Riley and Curtis Jones, but were unable to find the equaliser as the Reds somehow were able
to hold on for all three points. Currently the Dabbers are fourth in the Evo-Stik League Northern Premier Division with up-coming away games to 19th placed Halesowen Town and third placed Stourbridge left to play as we go to press. Nantwich though do have a game in hand on the teams above them and need only take a point from one of the fixtures. Boss Phil Parkinson made four changes for the Workington game, which followed on the back of successive home wins against Ashton United and Ilkeston. Josh Hancock returned to the starting eleven, making his 100th club appearance. Krystian Burzynski started in goal, replacing Dan Gyollai who was away on
Nantwich’s 3-2 win against Ashton Utd (pic by Jonathan White)
international duty. Tom Peers and Joe Mwasile also started, with Ryan Brooke, Steve Jones and Osebi Abadaki dropping to the bench. The goal came from a free kick from the left which was floated into the Dabbers box
and Jack Ryan rose above his man to power a header past the diving Burzynski, who could do little about it. The Dabbers looked to fight back in the second half but despite dominating possession could not capitalise upon it.
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