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Three recounts needed as Labour edge election victory NANTWICH teacher Laura Smith has snatched the Crewe and Nantwich seat for Labour by just 48 votes after three recounts. The result was not declared until about 6.15am after polling day and reflected the national trend of a slashed Conservative majority, which went against expectations. Ms Smith won the seat after polling 25,928 votes, edging out Mr Timpson, who had 25,880 votes. Michael Stanley, who represented Ukip, received

1,885 votes, while David Crowther, the Liberal Democrat candidate, polled 1,334 votes. The voter turnout was 69.7%, the highest locally since 1997. Historically Crewe and Nantwich has been a safe Labour constituency, with Gwyneth Dunwoody being returned as MP six times from 1983 to 2005. However Conservative Edward Timpson won the seat in a 2008 by-election, running against Gwyneth Dunwoody’s

daughter Tamsin. He went on to hold the seat in 2010 and 2015. New MP Laura Smith grew

up in Nantwich and studied at Brine Leas School, South Cheshire College and the (cont. on p7)

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Time-shifting drama NANTWICH Players’ next exciting production will be the time-travelling comic thriller Communicating Doors. The play sees a London sex specialist from the future stumble into a murder plot that sends her - compliments of a unique set of hotel doors travelling back in time. She flees and somehow triggers a time machine. The Rocky Horror anthem Let’s do the Time Warp might well be the motto for this dazzlingly ingenious play by Alan Ayckbourn, which has echoes of Back to the Future, Psycho and the Time-plays of

JB Priestley. What is impressive is how Ayckbourn uses a fiendishly clever plot to impart the cheering message that foreknowledge enables us to alter our destiny. Director Simon Porter said: “When I first read this script I found it a real page turner, it left you needing to know what would happen next and now it’s on stage in rehearsal it does not disappoint.” Performances at The Players’ theatre in Love Lane in Nantwich will be at 7.45pm between July 7 and 15, excepting Sundays. For tickets call 01270 600727.

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Concerns over transit site THE use of Barony Park in Nantwich as a site for travellers has come under the spotlight. A cross-party working group of community members has met to resolve concerns over the transit site and has pledged to now investigate the issue and consult with residents. A partnership of councillors from all parties and officers from Cheshire East and Nantwich Town Council, together with Cheshire police officers and residents’ representatives, met to address the issue of travellers setting up encampments on Barony Park. Councillor Paul Bates, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for finance and communities, said: “All partners are aware of this matter and how it impacts on local communities and are working together to explore possible solutions.

“At the meeting, the council and partners demonstrated their commitment to working with local people to address the public’s concerns. “Cheshire East Council has established a working group with partners including the police, Everybody Sport and Recreation, and the local authority’s whollyowned company Ansa, who are investigating options regarding the most appropriate precautions to be taken on Barony Field.” Once these options have been investigated, Cheshire East will then consult with local residents to gain their views on the proposals. Cllr Bates added: “As part of this process it was good to engage with the residents on this very emotive issue.” Anyone who needs to report any instances of illegal encampment is asked to contact the council on 0300 123 5500.

AN exhibition of two Roman hoards discovered in Cheshire will run at the Nantwich Museum until July 8. The coins and jewellery were buried for safe keeping almost 2,000 years ago but their owners never returned for them. The Malpas Hoard consists of 35 coins struck before the conquest of Britain and possibly associated with the capture of Caratacus, leader of the Catuvallani tribe. The Knutsford Hoard

involves 103 coins, three brooches and two finger rings ranging in date from 32 BC to AD 200. The hoards provide evidence of the way of life of local people in the early Roman period with possible links to the Cheshire salt fields and coastal trading centres. They were discovered by metal detectorists and have been on display at the British Museum. Admission to the museum and exhibition is free.

WRENBURY and District Model Railway Club will be holding an Open Doors event on June 30 and July 1. People are invited to visit the Village Hall from 7pm to 9.30pm on the 30th and 9.30am to 4.30pm on the 1st. In addition to a number of models on display, a large selection of model railway items will be available for sale. The event is free to enter.

NANTWICH firefighters attended an incident at Pall Mall on June 14. One fire engine was called out to tackle the small fire at an electrical substation. A cordon was set up around the area and a burnt windowsill, which was smouldering, was cut back. A thermal imaging camera was also used to check the area and Scottish Power were requested to attend.

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Rhythm and rhyme THE headline acts in this year’s Words and Music Festival have been announced. The festival, now in its tenth year, will take place across the town from October 9 to 15. This year’s headline artists will include Northern Irish, alternative rock band Therapy? (pictured). The band will perform an accoustic set at the Civic Hall on Friday October 13, followed the night after by Tom Robinson and Band. Britain’s first female poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy will perform at the Player’s Theatre on the Saturday afternoon. One of the festival’s organisers and local singing talent Thea Gilmore will perform at the Civic on Saturday evening. Multi award winning folk superstar Seth Lakeman will play a special concert in St Mary’s Church on the Tuesday evening. Possibly England’s most famous living poet and the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Poetry Please, Roger McGough will appear at the Crown Hotel Ballroom on the Wednesday night. Indie rock trio Little Comets,

who broke into the Top 40 in 2015 with their third album Hope Is Just A State Of Mind, will perform at the Ballroom on Monday evening. Their infectiously breezy songs, often with anthemic choruses, have drawn comparisons to The 1975 and Vampire Weekend.

NANTWICH Town FC will be hosting a family fun day for charity on July 2. The event will raise funds for the victims and families of the recent Manchester Arena Bomb attack. A club spokesman said: “We have exciting displays, musical renditions and footballing activities for all ages - plus indoor craft stalls too. “The fun starts at 12noon and runs right through to

5pm. “So come for lunch and tea we have an outdoor barbecue and outdoor pizza oven and lots of sweet treats too. “Stay all day as there are many musical performances and exciting dance and sporting displays to keep you entertained. “If you would like to take part, donate or attend we would love to hear from you.” Email functions@

Bristol based Beth Rowley (above), whose influences range from gospel and blues to contemporary pop, appears at the Ballroom on the Sunday afternoon. On the Sunday evening the venue hosts Mark Radcliffe’s Galleon Blast. Featuring banjo, mandolin, accordion, fiddle, whistle, guitar, bass and drums the sea dogs from round the Cheshire Horn play rollicking original songs, nautically flavoured covers and grog infused traditional tunes. For tickets and more details visit www.

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GUITAR virtuoso Peter Price, who performed at the Nantwich Jazz Festival, is returning to the Players’ Theatre for a one-off concert on Sunday July 23. Peter has an impressive global reputation following a musical career which has so far taken him to festivals and concert venues throughout Europe and across America.

His concerts and performances take audiences on exotic journeys from the country blues style of Robert Johnson, Blind Willie McTell, and Leadbelly, to Latin American dances, Celtic Pipe and Harp tunes, Hymns and Indian Ragas. Tickets are £10, available from June 30 on 01270 600727.

NANTWICH in Bloom are to donate a large plant pot to each primary school in Nantwich for the pupils to plant and decorate. The flourishing pots will then by collected and displayed in the town centre when the North West in

Bloom judges visit the town towards the end of July. Certificates and prizes will also be awarded for entries. To take part in the Community Growing project, email Penny Rowlinson at pennyrowlinson@hotmail.

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and it was great to see a lot of old friends as well as the people I work with now.” Betty was also handed a Lifetime Achievement Award at last year’s ACE Awards for her fantastic service to the force. She added: “I’ve always enjoyed my job and it’s been great to work with lots of wonderful people. “The time has gone so quick but I’ve got no plans to retire. I’m going for the next 50 years! “I’m really lucky to be in good health and I plan to carry on working for as long as I can. “I enjoy every minute and really appreciate all the kind messages and gifts I’ve had.”

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A NANTWICH women’s remarkable achievements have been marked with a surprise party. It was organised to mark 50 years since May ‘Betty’ Chesters first started working for Cheshire Constabulary. Betty was aged 28 when she joined the force as a tea lady and cleaner back in 1967. She initially worked at the old station in Nantwich on Welsh Row before moving to Beam Street. She was renowned for her cooked breakfasts and still stays on to make tea and toast for the officers in her own time. Last month a surprise party was held at the Civic Hall to mark the special anniversary. Betty said: “The party was a huge shock. “I was told I was helping out at a charity function with the buffet and when I walked in my legs turned to jelly and my stomach turned. “But it was a lovely surprise


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Audlem cycling project A SCHEME to get more people cycling for fun, health and to reduce car usage, was launched this week in south Cheshire. The project is the idea of Audlem and District Acting Positively for Transition (ADAPT) – a group of local volunteers. The group has already published 30 routes, which can be used by cyclists of all abilities. They are committed to encouraging more people to use their bicycles for both leisure and local journeys. Funding for the project came from Cheshire East Council’s participatory budget scheme, which allocated £400,000 from the authority’s public health budget for local projects that

improve the health of people living in their community. To receive their £3,000 grant, ADAPT presented their case and won support from 200 local people who attended the Nantwich and rural area budget event in January. Leaflets will soon be distributed in Nantwich town centre. Councillor Paul Bates said: “I am thrilled to see another public health project come to life and benefit the local community.”

Farmers’ stage triumph NANTWICH Young Farmers’ performance of Dick Whittington at Acton Parish Hall in January has benefitted two charities. A cheque for £3,261.50 was presented to Mike and Liz Boffey of Bloodwise, while one for £2,900 was presented to Dennis Vickers from the Douglas Macmillan Hospice. Jonty Cliffe, chairman of Nantwich Young Farmers’ Club, said: “We take great pride in raising money for charity on a yearly basis and this year was no different. I am very proud of everyone for this fantastic achievement.”

Liz Boffey said: “Bloodwise South Cheshire are indebted to Nantwich Young Farmers’ Club for the magnificent sum of £3,261.50. “It is heartening to hear of young people actively doing good in this way.” Dennis Vickers added: “It was a joy to meet the Young Farmers because all too often we forget that young people are as generous and thoughtful as others. “The fabulous sum of £2,900 will help the work of the hospice and will be put to work immediately.” • Pic by Jonathan White

(cont. from front) MMU Cheshire Campus in Crewe, which now faces closure. Before her victory, she said: “I live in Nantwich with my partner, Steve, and my two children, Bertie and Hallie and we are joined at the weekend by my stepson Jacob.

“My working life has been spent focusing on my career as a teacher and raising my family. “Whilst a single parent, I decided to set up my own local tutoring business that has since worked with hundreds of children in Crewe and Nantwich.”

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Civic post NANTWICH councillor Arthur Moran has become the new Mayor of Cheshire East. A retired magistrate, Cllr Moran, who represents Nantwich North and West, took over the chain of office from outgoing mayor Olivia Hunter. His new civic role crowns some 31 years in public life. Arthur was a Cheshire county councillor for 12 years, where he was made an honorary alderman, a Crewe and Nantwich Borough councillor for 13 years and has been a member of Cheshire East Council since it began in 2009. A keen cyclist, he was a staunch supporter of the Tour of Britain, staged in the borough last year and reveals he was given a racing bike for his 40th birthday. Now 71, Arthur still cycles for leisure purposes but must now put his bike away while he fulfils a busy diary of events over the next 12 months. He has been organising charity dance events with

the Todd Miller and Joe Loss Orchestra, for more than 20 years and,with his late wife Margaret, has raised more than £30,000 for charities. His two charities for his year of office will be Target Ovarian Cancer and the Leighton Hospital Prostate Cancer Support Group. The new mayor has invited close friend Carole Thomas, to be his mayoress. Looking ahead to his year of civic duties, Arthur said: “If I can achieve only half of what Olivia has done as the present mayor, then I will feel that I have done a good job. “I am very proud to have been asked to be the new mayor of the borough. I think it is important to continue the tradition of mayor and I look forward to representing the borough and our residents wherever I am invited to attend.”

THE artistic talents of local school children are on show at Nantwich Museum. This year’s Skoolzfest 17 exhibition in the Millennium Gallery runs until Saturday July 8 taking the theme of ‘New Beginnings’. The exhibition features artwork from schools of the Nantwich Education Partnership. Describing itself as a ‘family’ it has worked collectively over the last ten years to improve the learning experience for children in the area. The annual Fete and Skoolzfest will be held in Nantwich on Saturday 8 July. It is a collaboration between the Nantwich Education Partnership and St Mary’s Church working with the local community. Skoolzfest celebrates the achievements and abilities of all the local children. There will be a covered stage

in the town square for a wide range of musical performances including the Big Sing when a large number of children from different primary schools form a community choir. Other primary school singing and orchestral performances will fill the morning, while the afternoon sees the now traditional Battle of the Bands, when performers from the secondary schools take the stage in an X factor style competition. Last year’s standard was so high that several performers were hired for other gigs.

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Real girl power at Nantwich RUFC Pre-season CREWE and Nantwich RUFC’s ladies team has launched a new initiative to help local women get in shape. The Boot Camp is designed to increase both sports participation and fitness for all women aged 18 and over. Coaches and players from the club are running the ten week fitness course designed specifically for women, run by women, and providing the bonus of a free Kid’s Club, for those with children over the age of five. While the emphasis will be on fun and friendship, the sessions will focus on the strength, stamina and conditioning elements found in many sports including rugby, which are proven to show real benefits for people of all levels of fitness and



ability. The sessions will be run by Georgie and India PerrisRedding, both experienced athletes who have represented England at touch rugby, in addition to playing for the ladies team. They are experienced personal trainers with a fantastic track record of helping people unlock their

potential. They will be supported by Mollie Latham and Phoebe Jay also from our ladies’ team. The unique sessions will run every Saturday through the summer, costing £3 per session or £25 for the complete programme. They run from 10am to 11.15 am at Crewe Vagrants Club just outside Nantwich. The free Kids’ Club will be run by DBS-checked friends and family of the club, all with experience of working with children. Georgie Perris-Redding said: “We are really confident that this programme will give women the catalyst they need to pursue an active lifestyle and it will be great fun!” For more details and to register call Mollie Latham on 07710 263213.

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