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Brave Elle undergoes surgery after X Factor visit COURAGEOUS Elle Morris enjoyed some early Christmas cheer before facing more surgery. Elle, aged 11, who suffers from Cystic Fibrosis, has undergone another life-saving operation at Great Ormond Street Hospital. The latest operation was needed following a setback after a successful double lung transplant earlier this year. Following the latest surgery the Elle’s Wishes group posted: “We are so pleased to

report that Elle is doing really well, she has astonished us all.” However there have since been complications following the five-hour operation. Mum Becky said: “There are many talks between the transplant team, plastics and surgeon to where we go next. “She, as always for what she is going through, smiles (and sometimes cries) daily, is so strong, brave and inspirational I cannot express into words how much I am so

the X Factor studios to meet judges Louis Walsh, Nicole Scherzinger, Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne and presenter Dermot O’Leary. Elle also enjoyed an early Christmas party at Rookery Hall with friends and family, along with live reindeer, elves, plenty of festive food and appearances by the Grinch and Santa.

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proud of her and her way she copes and deals with each new obstacle or issue!” Before facing the surgery, Elle and sister Cara visited

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A NANTWICH care firm has pledged its support to the Weston Christmas Light Display. The annual display, organised by Graham Witter, raises funds for The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice. Side by Side Care has joined other local firms supporting Graham with the event at Carters Green Farm. Each October Graham starts the process of checking, testing and arranging thousands of lights to deliver a spectacular display. Including 3D animated figures, LED lights and inflatables, the display was inspired by Graham’s late

sister, Jessica. Despite suffering from Cardio-facio Cutaneous syndrome she loved the sights and sounds of Christmas. Sadly, Jessica, aged 18, passed away in December 2015, so Graham decided to continue the festive spectacular in his sister’s memory, raising money for the charity that helped her with respite care. This year Graham hopes to top £30,000 with the help of sponsors, a festive competition and public donations. The event runs until Thursday December 28 December, from 6.15pm to 9pm every evening.

FAMILIES braved the wintry weather to enjoy the annual Christmas lights extravaganza in Nantwich Town Centre. They enjoyed a fun-filled programme of events, organised by Nantwich Town Council. It saw local singer Phoebe Crew take to the stage and festive cheer provided by Nantwich Young Voices singing carols. Audiences joined in when the Snow Queen, Princess Elsa graced the stage with her repertoire of popular Disney and Christmas songs. Local band California Blue performed popular covers which had everyone dancing and led the event to the finale. The town was adorned with funfair rides, refreshment and festive stalls, while the Mixed Up Martian and Frosty the Snowman made appearances throughout the evening.

Nantwich Mayor Penny Butterill took to the stage before the countdown to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and to thank the sponsors, before Santa made a welcome appearance. Competition winner Emily Jordan joined the Mayor on stage along with brave little duo Matthew Anderson and Mary Allen. The switch-on was followed by a spectacular firework display by local company Blitz Fireworks. • Pic courtesy of Jonathan White.

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Millfields pupils dig deep Santa comes to town PUPILS and teachers from Millfields Primary School recently planted 105 trees in Coed Wen, Nantwich’s Community Woodland. They joined Rotary Club president Tony Hoy for the project as part of the Rotary International pledge to plant 1.2 million trees before Earth Day on April 22 next year. Tony said: “These trees will remove carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the air, so we are doing our bit here in Nantwich to help slow global warming. “They will also help attract more wildlife to the area.” Millfields’ teacher Roxanne Davenport added: “The children really enjoyed

themselves planting the trees, and we will come back in the spring to see how much they’ve grown.” The trees were donated by the Rotary Club of Nantwich and included hawthorn, dogwood, wild cherry, silver birch, rowan, and hazel varieties. Local wildlife expert and Nantwich In Bloom committee member Doug Butterill, was on hand to give advice. He has promised to return to give the children some lessons about natural environment after the winter. • Pictured are club president Tony with Doug and Millfields pupils, teachers and volunteers.

SANTA Claus took time out of his busy schedule to meet youngsters in his grotto at the Nantwich Bookshop. Father Christmas has been at the venue every day this

month until December 17, from 11am to 3pm. The event is organised by the Rotary Club of Nantwich and money raised will go to the club’s allocated good cause.

SIGNAGE from a Nantwich railway junction has returned home after almost half a century. The sign from the signal box which used to control the Nantwich Market Drayton railway junction is now on display in Nantwich museum. It has been donated by Jeremy Nicholls, who as a 15-year-old in 1969, got permission to carry it off when the LNWR cabin was

demolished after the line closure. Jeremy, who had the board restored four years ago, said “I’m delighted that its now back in Nantwich, where it belongs and that, thanks to the museum, others will be able to see the sign and perhaps learn something of Nantwich’s railway past”. A research booklet Nantwich Railways by Jeremy, is also available from the museum.

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A NEW exhibition marks the work of the Nantwich Civic Society. The display at Nantwich Museum runs until January 20 and celebrates the work of the Society since it was founded in 1967. The Society is a voluntary organisation, which campaigns to improve the environment and the quality of life in Nantwich. It encourages good quality design in new buildings and promotes the conservation of historic structures. The exhibition tells how the Society was formed at a time when the town

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was witnessing many dramatic changes, including the loss of buildings of historic and architectural importance. Photographs in the exhibition provide a selective view on buildings constructed in Nantwich over the last half century to help stimulate thoughts and comments about modern architecture, and how new buildings might be designed in the future, so that they can best enhance the town. The exhibition is accompanied by a display of work produced by the Museum’s Dementia Friendship Group following sessions with artist, Kate Eggleston-Wirtz. Shoes were used as a medium for exploring personal journeys and the exhibition marks the culmination of a six month project. Admission is free to the museum and exhibitions.

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Striker Cole makes his mark in dream debut NEW signing Jordan Cole is delighted to have helped the Dabbers return to winning ways. After netting on his debut, the striker is raring to go for the rest of the campaign as the team look to move up the league table. Cole, who signed on an initial two-month loan from Newcastle Town, with a view to a permanent deal, made his debut off the bench against Stourbridge. He immediately gave the Dabbers’ support something to savour, netting a great strike that pushed Dave Cooke’s side to an impressive 2-0 victory. Cole thanked the Nantwich faithful for their support as well as everyone at the club for a warm welcome. He said: “I would like to thank all the staff, players

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and fans who gave me such a warm welcome on Tuesday, it gave me a massive boost in confidence when coming onto the pitch. “Normally it can take a few weeks for new players like myself to blood in, but the way we played on Tuesday was like we’d been teammates all season.” Jordan’s debut strike certainly boosted confidence against a strong Stourbridge side and his goal increases his excitement about the rest of the campaign. “My goal was just a bonus, it was all about closing out the victory. “I’m very excited about the rest of the season, and if we continue to play like we did on Tuesday, who knows how far we can go?” • The Dabbers are staging

DEBUT: Cole buries Stourbridge with a clean strike from the edge of the box to make it 2-0 (by Jonathan White)

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