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Pilot scheme to help boost trade in Nantwich over Christmas

SHOPPERS in Nantwich are to get their money back for parking in the town in an effort to boost local trade. Cheshire East Council’s Nantwich Local Area Partnership (LAP), in association with traders’ forum Nantwich Flourish, is launching a Two Part Ticketing pilot from December 1, for around three months. It is hoped the idea will attract more shoppers into Nantwich and give traders a boost this Christmas. The scheme will support Nantwich Town Council, retailers and market traders with planned activities throughout the festive

period. Shoppers will be able to redeem the cost of their parking ticket at participating shops and businesses. Councillor Les Gilbert said: “The idea was warmly received by traders when it was suggested during the summer. “All 175 independent traders in the town have received letters inviting them to join the scheme, and the Nantwich LAP has had a number of responses from key outlets in support of it. “Nantwich is a very attractive place for shoppers as it has an abundance of unique, smaller, independent shops and

boutiques. “We want to celebrate this and to promote the town’s beauty and originality.” Local trader Steve Lawson, of the Nantwich Bookshop said: “My fear is that it will only be the same regular contributors to the scheme. “I wonder if the multi-nationals be signing up to this.” Any traders who would like to get (cont. page 7)

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TV’s Pub Landlord gives banger award A NANTWICH butcher has been making a bang by picking up a string of accolades. H Clewlow Butchers scooped an impressive eight gold medals and two silvers after submitting its produce into the BPEX Roadshow and Pork Product Excellence Awards at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium. The Pepper Street Butcher also claimed the best Pork Burger title for the North West. “It’s always good to win awards but this was particularly pleasing given the fact we entered ten products,”

explained owner Charles Clewlow. Trading in the town for over 80 years, H Clewlows also had plenty to celebrate during

British Sausage Week. Al Murray – Pub Landlord presented them with a prize for their Pork Apple and Cider Sausage.

A NANTWICH bride found dress buying so stressful, it inspired her to start up her own business. Sarah Dean decided to make the most of her experience to the benefit of ladies searching for a gown for their special day. “I longed for a stunning designer gown and bought just that,” she explained.

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Councillor quits Tories

DISGRACED Willaston councillor Brian Silvester has resigned from the Conservative group after being prosecuted for breaching fire safety regulations. The 60-year-old former council leader stepped down just days before Crewe and Nantwich Conservative Association was due to rule on his future. Cllr Silvester was suspended from the group in April after being charged with fire safety offences. He was later fined £45,000 and ordered to pay £22,000 costs after admitting the fire safety breaches at his rented Shavington bedsit at Chester Crown Court. Cheshire East Council leader Michael Jones said: “I am very pleased that Brian Silvester has seen sense and decided to resign, although I think it

is clear he would have been pushed out anyway. “It is very sad when someone breaks the law on 11 counts and I would have expected him to resign because people need to have confidence in an elected member.” David Newton, leader of the Labour Group, said: “The recent conviction of Councillor Brian Silvester is a real blow to the integrity of councillors. “The conviction of any councillor for breaking the law damages the reputation of politicians. “Individual wrongdoing should not be a matter of party politics. “And the fact that the prosecution was brought by Cheshire East Council demonstrates a recognition that its own members are not above the law.”

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WINNER: Helen Tooley (right) with a fellow competitor NANTWICH firefighter Helen Tooley has tasted glory in the World Firefighter Games in Sydney. Station manager Helen won three golds and one silver medal, topping the podium in the discus, hammer and javelin events. She said: “The Games was an unmissable, fantastic, experience.

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INVESTMENT in the town’s Railway Station and infrastructure may be forced on developers if plans for ‘Nantwich South’ are approved. Network Rail has outlined implications in an objection to an application by Muller Property to build up to 189 homes on land off Peter de Stapleigh Way. The proposal, together with another application for an access road, is the first phase of a potential 1,100 home development in Stapeley. Rail chiefs object to the impact it could have on the town’s three rail crossings on Wellington Road, London Road and Shrewbridge Road. Network Rail also believes developers should fund improvements at the station due to increased footfall. “As a first principle Network Rail would seek to close level

crossings and as in line with the Crewe and Nantwich saved policy, seek funding from the developer for the full cost of all mitigation measures at the level crossing as deemed necessary by Network Rail,” stated Diane Clarke of the Network Rail Town Planning Team. “This could include replacement road bridges and footbridges. “Network Rail believes that the developer should fund improvements to Nantwich Railway Station as a result of increased footfall from the proposal as well as the previously approved proposals and forthcoming proposed increase to housing to approximately 1200 dwellings.” The plans are due to go before Cheshire East council’s Strategic Review Board on December 5.

All change for Nantwich

Town’s new pet hotel

ON the outskirts of Nantwich, located between Sainsburys and Reaseheath College roundabouts, Summer Hill Pet Hotel has just received a facelift! As well as a fresh new look and a new manager they have expanded to offer more services for your pets. Alongside the current dog accommodation they have added an extended hours Doggy Day Care service for people that are out all day. There is also a brand new cattery built to the highest specifications which offers spacious heated accommodation with each unit large enough for up to four cats. Also just opened is the new Spa with a full professional grooming service for all breeds and cross breeds.

The in-house groomer has over 20 years grooming experience and offers everything from a basic bath and blowdry to a full clip and scissor, including preparation for the showring. To compliment this, a new hydrotherapy pool will be opening soon. Pets that are boarding or in Doggy Day Care can enjoy a 10% discount on all spa treatments all year round. With the busy Christmas period looming, they are advising all pet owners to book early. Open 9.30am to 5pm Monday to Saturday and 9.30am to 12noon on Sundays and Bank Holidays. Visitors are welcome to inspect the accommodation and meet the team at any time.


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Cultural quarter NANTWICH Players have unveiled plans for a cultural quarter as part of a future vision for the town. The proposal was presented to Nantwich Town Council as the theatre group asked for funding for a professional arts and culture feasibility study, costing around £20,000. Players chairman Jeremy Acklam said: “A thriving arts and culture sector is already an essential component of prosperous towns elsewhere and we want Nantwich to develop by implementing a forward-thinking, bold vision and plan. “Having a clear strategy is essential because the next few years will be one of the most important periods of physical development in the town’s

history. “Additional homes and retail opportunities in Nantwich need to be matched by enhancements to arts and cultural services. “We already have plans for redeveloping our theatre and we think it makes sense to develop arts and culture in a coordinated way rather than with a patchwork of separate initiatives. “We are recommending that the study looks at possible new co-located and individual venues, space for entrepreneurs to start new arts-based businesses, how to significantly enhance the number of people taking part in events and how to increase the number of visitors attracted to the town to see events.”



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All change at Greg’s ONE of Nantwich’s most famous nightspots is set to undergo a major transformation. After 16 years, Gregory’s is back under private ownership after being purchased by Chester Bars Ltd. Along with numerous upgrades, plans include new staging and lighting as they bid to add live music and entertainment to the nightclub. “Chester Bars has acquired a great club in a great town,” explained Chester Bars Director of

Operations Nigel Woodhouse. “I was born and bred in Nantwich and like many customers past and present I have been disappointed with the lack of investment in the business lately. “Work will be carried out in between our opening nights so the club will not shut at any time.” Nigel is joined by investors Philip Archer Jones from The Sugarmill in Stoke and Jim Wooddisse, a previous owner of Gregory’s. “When we have installed

new stages and lighting, Gregs will be able to host some fantastic and diverse entertainment,” added Mr Jones. Exquisite “The room layout upstairs Lingerie & Nightwear is very similar to the award winning Sugarmill which Shop on-line or in-store will create a fantastic customer experience.” Gregs will host its legendary ‘Skoolies Night’ Party mini ad3:Layout 7 Cocoa Yard, CW5 5BL 1 Nantwich, 21/11/2012 09:37 on Boxing Day - now the 01270 610071 longest running themed party in the UK. Tickets for this and all Christmas events are available from the club by calling 01270 623663.

SANTA will be heading to a street near you. It’s all thanks to Nantwich Rotary Club’s traditional Christmas Float which raises funds for local charities. He starts his journey around the town on Monday December 10

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Mind the gap NANTWICH MP Edward Timpson has backed moves by residents to protect the area’s Green Gap. The local MP has received a petition that contains more than 4,000 signatories, which he has presented to Cheshire East Council and the Secretary of State. The Green Gap was originally protected from development by the former Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council in 1993, but recently Cheshire East Council has been reviewing its plans for the development of the borough. Current draft plans do not mention the Green Gap, raising concerns that protection

from development will be lost. In November 2010 a campaign was started by the Willaston Green Gap Action Team to campaign to Save the Green Gap.

Edward Timpson said: “I stand behind the residents, who are understandably worried about the plans that Cheshire East Council have for our green fields.”

NANTWICH Town will pay tribute to club stalwart Frank Dale who died last month. A popular figure around the club, Frank attended games, functions and events for many years.

“Frank was a great friend to the club with his positive outlook and an inspiration to all that knew him,” said a club spokesperson. The Dabbers will hold a minute’s applause prior to kick

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BUDDING detectives can solve a Christmas Murder Mystery at The Crown on Friday, December 28. Join the team for a whodunnit with a difference in a festive Panto setting. Can you help Santa Clues find out what happened to Rudolph? The evening, with professional actors and prizes, includes a fourcourse meal and disco. Tickets are £35 per person with arrival at 7.15pm. Call 01270 625283 for more information and quote The Dabber.

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ULTIMATE tribute Guns or Roses are set to welcome 2013 in with a bang at The White Horse in Nantwich. With all the looks, sounds, swagger and attitude of the original Hollywood hellraisers, the band kick out the classics that made Axl and Slash legends in a twohour plus set. Sample all the hits including Welcome To The Jungle and Sweet Child O’ Mine. Expect high demand for this gig. For more information, call 01270 627047.







A diverse line-up of cutting edge comedy comes to the Civic Hall on December 7. The show features a great musical act in Andy Askins and a real stalwart of the circuit in Markus Birdman in an evening held together by top young comedy talent John Robins. John is the latest maverick to burst out of Bristol’s hotbed of talent and he has stories to tell, banter to have, and bombs to drop. He started off in comedy in 2005, making the final of So You Think You’re Funny in his first year in stand up. He has completed a trio of solo

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The King is back Behind the scenes ELVIS will be in the building as Paul Larcombe plays his traditional festive show at the Civic Hall. PurePresley will once again be joined by The Passionettes on Friday, December 21 along with Juan Lozano performing ‘Elvis in the Movies’. Local lad Paul has performed in front of the Queen and Royal Family and is one of only two Elvis tributes in the UK to be officially endorsed by Graceland, Memphis USA – the home of the King. With previous years selling out, early booking is advised. Call Tessa on 07714769205 for more details.

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GET your glam rags on for Nantwich Town’s 70’s Disco Night on Friday, December 21. Fancy dress is optional with a Christmas carvery included at 7.30pm before the tunes get serious until late. Tickets are £19.95. To book and for more information on all events at the club’s Fairfax Suite call 01270 621771 or visit

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Masked ball

THE Residence is hosting a Venetian style Masquerade Ball to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Guests can enjoy a six-course Gourmet meal with a seat for the whole evening at £75 per person. Alternatively limited bar tickets are available at £10. Dress is black tie, gowns and masks, starting at 7.30pm. For more details call 01270 629100.

THE team at Nantwich Players have been busy behind the scenes creating the set for their new production Life and Berth. The building of the new set at the Love Lane theatre has come under the direction of Richard Thompson, with much help from Allan Pearson and Steve Gent. Richard said “This Alan Ayckbourn play is more of a challenge than most; not because the set itself is too complicated – there is a hatch, some French doors and a window – but we are required to create some special effects, which include a special table and

a magic cushion. “We have had our brains tested on devising the best ways of making things work.” Between them, the team has 27 years’ set-building experience at The Players under their belt Their work has been recognised in several awards and nominations for set design, competing against other amateur dramatic societies. Tickets for Life and Beth, which runs from December 7 to 17, are now on sale at the Nantwich Tourist Information Office in the Civic Hall, priced £7.50.

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The Dabber begins a series of interviews with well known Nantwich people FIREFIGHTER, shoptions he has found himself become a funeral director. keeper, undertaker, medic in, Gavin, 45, said: “If I He started his business on Hair extensions and - Gavin Palin’s career so have done what I can to the Davenport Avenue about finishing salon far has been diverse to say best of my ability and given two years ago. the least. that person the best posHe explained: “It was Open Wednesday, Thursday & Friday - 11am - 8pm Gavin, of Barony Road, is sible chance then I’ve done something I had been Saturday - 10am - 5pm both a firefighter in Nantall I can do. wanted to do for some time. 3 COCOA YARD, NANTWICH wich and a unpaid Volun“One thing that does “I have often found it diftary Emergency Medical always stay with you is the ficult leaving people when Technician (EMT1), for death of a child. You are they had lost someone so the ambulance service, always, always thinking of close to them. for which he responds to the family.” Talk medical emergencies in the “This has reminded me town. that there’s more I can do. As such he finds himself “After leaving somebody’s on call most of the time, house when they have lost ready to respond any minsomeone, they will often ute to an urgent phonecall call me to talk about it. or a bleep from his pager. “There are occasions when Over the years he has you get a lump in the back seen and dealt with a huge of your throat or a tear in variety of emergencies your eye, but you should 46 High Street, CW5 5AS including cardiac arrests, never lose that as it’s imroad traffic accidents, portant.” 01270 611665 breathing difficulties, fitAs if his many roles do ting and more. not keep him busy enough, BUSY: Gavin Palin Gavin, who moved to in his spare time Gavin Nantwch from Crewe 24 Gavin, who is a husband restores classic cars and years ago, said: “I deal to Paula and dad to Jordan collects Lambrettas. with pretty much everyand Heidi, added: “To do He also helps to raise thing that is deemed as life the job you need to be a money for Alder Hey threatening. real people person and Hospital, which has helped Alone have a big heart. both his children over the “One of the most challeng“I think my attitude years. ing aspects of the ambucomes from my parents, Asked how he fits it all in, lance work is that I do it who taught me to respect Gavin said: “The reason I alone. elderly people and to speak find the time is because I “Obviously we are well to people how you would want to make a difference. trained but you really need want to be spoken to. “I feel blessed and lucky to be able to trust in your Gavin recently sold the that I am able to help own judgement.” corner shop on Arnold people. Asked how he deals with Street, that he ran with his “The drive is to help save some of the stressful situa- wife for some 20 years, to people’s lives.” Working exclusively with

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Injury blow sparks Dabbers search for defensive reinforcements NANTWICH Town boss Jimmy Quinn hopes to bring in reinforcements ahead of a crunch Festive period. With the busy Christmas and New Year fixtures often pivotal to a season, The Dabbers want cover for injured defensive duo Mat Bailey and Rod McDonald. Club captain Bailey is almost certain to be out of action until 2013 with a knee injury. “It’s a blow losing both Mat and Rod because they’re two of the best defenders in the league,” explained Quinn. “We’re looking around to try and improve the squad and we hope within a week or two, we’ll bring in a couple to help us through that busy Festive period.” Despite a run of draws, Nantwich have shown a lot of guts to grind out results to remain within EvoStick Premier’s top 10. Quinn remains confident they can still push for the

play-offs. “We’ve had chances to win games so we need to look at that and try to be that bit more clinical,” he added. “But I can’t fault the effort of the lads, they’ve show great character to get back into games and take something out of them. “If we can stay around that eighth or ninth spot going into the New Year with our pitch, there is no reason why we can’t push on and force our way into the play-offs.” The Dabbers will be looking to turn around their home form with four games at the Weaver Stadium in December. Successive games against two play-off contenders in Ashton United and Marine on Boxing Day and Saturday, December 29 are sure to be crucial to those hopes of staying with the pack. Nantwich kick-off 2013 with a crunch local derby at Witton Albion on New Year’s Day.

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The Dabber - December 2012  
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