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Three young men killed in tragic collision on A41 THREE men from Wistaston has tragically lost their lives following a fatal crash. Heartfelt tributes have been paid to the young men who died following the collision on the A41 in Dragon Hall on February 7. Former Malbank School student Josh Clayton, 19, (left) passed away on February 16, nine days after the crash, which also killed Darryl Smith, 29, (centre) and Sean Broomhall, 24 (right). Cheshire Police are
appealing for witnesses to the collision between a silver Audi A3 and a blue Peugeot Partner van, at around 1.15pm on February 7 outside Dragon Hall Business Park on Whitchurch Road. The driver of the Peugeot, a 39-year-old woman from Flintshire, sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to hospital. She has since been
released. Darryl’s mother Julie said that both he and Sean left behind
them young sons. She said: “Darryl was a character and we are sure that if you had known him, you would have loved him instantly as everyone did whose hearts he touched. “Our hearts are broken.” Sean’s mother Sharon said
“Sean left behind a gorgeous son and a family who loved him dearly. “We are all heartbroken but his memory will live on and he will be in our hearts forever.” A statement released by Josh’s family said: “We are absolutely devastated and heartbroken at the loss of our beautiful boy. (cont. on p5)
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By Jonathan White THE 44th annual Battle of Nantwich event proved a hit around the town and on Mill Island. The event was organised by the Holly Holy Day Society - a small non-profit group of people working with The Sealed Knot re-enactment society. This year was the 374th anniversary of the Civil War siege and battle, which took place on January 25 1644. A variety of activities took place during the day at St Mary’s Church, Nantwich Bookshop, Nantwich Museum, Pillory Street, and the town square, along with a parade
from Malbank School and the battle re-enactment on Mill Island. There was also live entertainment from Sinead D’abreu-Hayling, Nantwich Young Voices, Tim Lee and Nantwich Players. Nantwich Museum held a musketry demonstration by Sealed Knot, Civil War exhibitions, 17th century music from Forlorne Hope and led Civil War tours. Other activities included Plough Witches, Mollies, Doomsday Morris Dancers, street entertainers, and a hog roast, along with a living history demonstration adjacent to St Mary’s Church.
@PoliceNantwich Our dedicated rural and wildlife officer PC Berry, was out in Wrenbury this morning investigating allegations relating too interference of badger setts. @cheshpolrural @NantwichPlayers Break a leg to our fabulous cast and crew of #Colderthanhere on your last performance #localtheatre #closingnight #congratulations #nantwich @NantwichFB Empty shelves. We also have no washing powder and washing up liquid if you can help. @NantwichTC Do you know someone who deserves recognition for their hard work in the community? Why not nominate them for a ‘Salt of the Earth’ award?
THE RSPCA has launched an investigation after a swan was shot in the head in a pond off the River Weaver. Animal collection officer Lauren Bradshaw went to the pond on February 6 after reports of an injured swan. She said: “We received a call regarding a swan covered in blood. “When I arrived I saw the bird sat on the pathway and could see the blood from a distance so knew it was a serious injury. “I noticed the mute swan had a large swelling to the side of his face and a hole on the side of the head which looked like a gunshot wound.” The bird was taken to the Stapeley Wildlife Centre to be examined by a vet. An x-ray showed a pellet lodged in the side of his head. Ms Bradshaw added: “The pellet had entered the left side of the bird’s head and gone straight through to the other side - it’s a miracle it missed
the eye. “Vets checked the bird further and found he had also been shot twice more - with a fresh wound in his left wing and an older injury to the right wing. “It appears as though this poor bird has been shot deliberately and used as target practice. It’s disgusting that someone could do this to him and then leave him covered in blood and severely injured. “Sadly, I don’t think this is an isolated incident and members of public at the pond said this was not the first time a bird had been shot on the river.” Staff removed the pellets from the fresh wounds but left the older injury as it was nicely healed and didn’t appear to be causing the swan any pain. He will stay at Stapeley Grange until he is fully recovered and strong enough to be released. Anyone with information should call 0300 123 8018.
Rotarians’ new record NANTWICH Rotary’s Christmas sleigh raised a record £6,161 on its annual tour of the town. Club president Tony Hoy has been busy presenting cheques to local charities from the money raised. So far cheques for £800 each have been given to St Luke’s Hospice, Nantwich Museum and The Wingate Centre. Patron of St Luke’s Lady Rose Cholmondeley said: “Here at the hospice we rely heavily on fundraising and the amazing support from members of the Rotary Club helps us to provide an outstanding service to
patients and their families. “We are truly grateful for their continued support and generous donation.” Tony added: “Santa and the Rotary float are eagerly anticipated at Christmas time and our community always gives generously. “As a result of our town’s generosity, we are able to support both our local community and wonderful local charities such as St. Luke’s, the Nantwich Museum and The Wingate Centre. “We will also be making donations to Donna Louise Hospice and Cheshire Young Carers.”
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Unsung heroes THIS year’s Salt of the Earth Awards have been launched by Nantwich Mayor Penny Butterhall. The awards celebrate the achievements of individuals, groups and businesses, that selflessly make a real difference to the Nantwich community. Cllr Butterhill is now inviting nominations for the awards, to be presented at an intimate reception on May 3 at Nantwich Civic Hall. Anyone who knows an individual or group, who gives up their time and energy to help others, can help to get recognition for their work by nominating them for an award. Award categories include Community Volunteer, Inspiring Individual, Supporting Children, Young
Achiever, Outstanding Organisation/Group/Project, Business Support in the Community and the Community Sports Award. Cllr Butterhill will also present a Mayor’s Recognition Award for an inspirational individual or group who has made an outstanding impression during her year of office. This award is specifically decided by the Mayor and nominations will not be accepted. To nominate someone, apply to the Mayor with the names, addresses and contact deatils of both the nominee and person nominating, along with the award category and the reason for nomination in less than 250 words. Nominations must be submitted no later than March 23 to the Civic Hall.
(cont. from front) “He was a larger than life character who was loved by everyone he met. “He was adored by his three young brothers, Louie, Rory, and Jack and he loved each of them dearly.” Josh fought for nine days after the accident but passed away in hospital. His family added: “During those nine days his close family was by his bedside day and night along with a seemingly never ending stream of visitors including his extended family from Chongi MMA. “This was a devastating accident which resulted in three young men losing their lives. “Josh loved spending time with Daryl and Shaun both in and out of work. “We’re also thinking of their friends and family at this very sad time. “We would like the pay tribute to the doctors and nurses from the critical care unit at Aintree University hospital who worked tirelessly to save Josh’s life. Each and every one of them were
amazing and we can’t thank them enough for their effort. “Josh was surrounded by his family until his very last heartbeat. But in all of our hearts he will live forever.” Sergeant Andy Dennison from Cheshire Police said: “Enquiries in relation to this incident are ongoing and as part the investigation I’m keen to hear from anyone with any information in relation to the collision. “I’d also like to hear from anyone who believes that they may have seen either of the vehicles travelling of the A41 prior to the collision taking place. “At the time of the incident the Audi was travelling southbound towards Broxton and the Peugeot was travelling northbound towards Chester. “I’m particularly keen to hear from any motorists with any dashcam footage of the vehicles travelling prior to the collision.” Anyone with any information in relation to the incident is asked to contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 432 of February 7.
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Painting the town By Jonathan White SOUTH Cheshire artist Christian Turner has created two new oil paintings of Nantwich. The new paintings are of the Cocoa Yard and The Crown Hotel, and along with his other depictions of the town are available as greeting cards and postcards from a number
of outlets in the town. Some of his work is also for sale at the Love Art Gallery on Pillory Street. Christian, who has autism, said: “I am now working on further paintings of Nantwich including Churche’s Mansion. “I also plan to produce bags and mugs based on my paintings in the near future.”
A MAN has died after being struck by a train in Nantwich on February 14. British Transport Police were called to the scene shortly after 6.40pm. The identity of the man has
not been released. A BTP spokesman said: “We were called to Nantwich Station to reports of a person struck by a train. A man in his 50s was pronounced dead at the scene.”
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FIREFIGHTERS were called to a fire at the cellar of an address in Bunbury on February 6. Fire engines from Nantwich and Tarporley attended the scene of the blaze on Vicarage Lane in the village at around 9.27pm. A spokesman for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “The fire was Professional Bespoke Framing through a wooden beam and is believed Creative Mounts....Art and Frame Restoration to have been caused by an open fire on Frame Repairs and Alterations the ground floor. Photograph Restoration...Personalised Artwork “Crews, two wearing breathing Hundreds of Frames to Choose From apparatus, used one hose reel jet and a 31 Pillory Street, Nantwich, CW5 5BQ fire extinguisher to extinguish the fire.” Tel 01270 611188 Firefighters were at the scene for www.artofframing.co.uk around two hours.
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NANTWICH Museum is seeking information on Welsh Row and the former Cottage Hospital. The venue is researching an exhibition, ‘Welsh Row Through The Ages’ to be mounted this summer. Information is needed about the history of Welsh Row buildings past and present, along with the people who lived there, past shops and trades. The museum would also like to hear of any items, such as maps and pictures, that could be lent to the museum to feature in the exhibition. The Cottage Hospital opened near Welsh Row in 1911 and served the town until its closure in the 1970s.
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THE Dabbers’ progress in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier league was checked in a chilly visit to Whitby Town. Nathan Cotterell’s first goal for the Dabbers was not enough as Nantwich were beaten 2-1 at the Yorkshire seaside town. The winger gave Nantwich the lead after 32 minutes as a poor back pass by Dan McWilliams along the eighteen-yard box was intercepted by Cotterell, who slid a first time effort under hosts’ goalkeeper Jack Norton’s legs to give the Dabbers the lead. However, the Seasiders equalised just a few moments before the break as Matthew Tymon leapt above the defenders to head past Fabian Spiess, before Anthony
Hume was played in behind the defence and was able to loft the ball into the net to complete the comeback. The Dabbers made three changes to the side that beat Crewe Alexandra in the Cheshire Senior Cup, with Spiess replacing Myles Boney, Matt Bell coming into the starting eleven and David Forbes replaced by Cotterell. Cotterell says he’s hoping there is more to come after registering his first strike for the club. He said: “I am buzzing to finally get off the mark for the club, hopefully there will be more to come sooner rather than later. “It was a bit of luck in terms of the defender taking a heavy touch rather than clearing it, but I’ve taken a gamble and it’s paid off.
GOAL: Nathan Cotterill celebrates scoring against Whitby (pic by Jonathan White)
“Anticipating things like that is something I’ve needed to work on and it just goes to show taking that chance every now and again leads to a goal. “I think I’ve been patient and waited for my chance to play. “The management team
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Published on Feb 23, 2018