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Town’s champions get well-earned rewards NANTWICH’S community champions were in the spotlight at this year’s Salt of the Earth Awards. Town Mayor Penny Butterill hosted a special ceremony at the Civic Hall to pay tribute to the well-deserving winners. The Inspiration Award was shared by John Brough, for his contribution to a number of local groups, including Nantwich Players, the museum and Nantwich Walled Garden, and Anne Barnard, for taking on numerous voluntary roles, including fundraising for St

Lukes and St Mary’s Church. The Young Achiever Award went to 13-year-old Joe Rowlands, who heroically saved his father when their kayak got into difficulties. The Young Inspiration Award went to Adam Coleman and Karolina Rostkowska (right) for their commitment to pupil mental health at their school. The Community Volunteer Award was presented to former teacher Barrie Astbury, now part of the museum’s success. The Business Support In The

Community Award acknowledged Baker Wynne and Wilson. The local firm has a strong sense of community and over the years has quietly supported local sports teams, awards and events. The Mayor’s Recognition Award went to Herbert Rowsell, who was instrumental in creating the Nantwich Historical Society and a leading light in setting

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A TALENTED Nantwich swimmer has received a cash award to pay for her travel and entry to the British Championships in Edinburgh. Polly Holden, 18, was awarded £355 from the Everybody Foundation to take her to the competition during which she came third in the 800m freestyle - her first senior medal. She said: “I found out about the grants through the Everybody Talented Athlete Support Scheme. “I have been supported by the programme with a membership to use Nantwich Swimming Pool and Gym for training as well as physio

and nutrional workshops and was excited at the prospect to compete in Edinburgh.” Polly has now qualified for British Nationals in July, which will hopefully put her on the road to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. She added: “It was an amazing experience and the main event of my season this year. The 800m is my best event and I was ahead of the competition by 15 seconds; even Rebecca Adlington commented on my performance! “I got to meet so many inspirational coaches and swimmers which has given me the push to work hard to get to Tokyo in 2020.”

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@TheDabbers The club can confirm that @Kindertons have become the club’s new shirt sponsor for the next three seasons. @sallywags09 #mlcsu1000 #uktriathlon at Nantwich smashed! Thanks @ louiseminchin for all the handy tips! #DareToTri @bls_pe Well done to the Y7 who completed Nantwich Duathlon on Saturday

@HowellRcm @NantwichCC another great win for the under 9’s at home tonight against Wistaston CC. Great bowling by all the team, taking 10 wickets in total. Nantwich win by 102 runs @NantwichFB Thank you to staff @Peartreeschool for your kind and timely donations @Reaseheath We’re blooming rooting for your Team Reaseheath - ready for @The_RHS Chelsea Future Florists competition

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River tragedy A NANTWICH man lost his life in the River Weaver near to Mill Island on Monday May 7. Robert Kynnersley, 59, disappeared under the water during the incident at around 6pm. The incident prompted a large-scale police and fire rescue operation with underwater diving teams and a helicopter searching for Robert, who body was tragically found some hours later. A young girl was rescued by passers-by during what is thought to be part of the same incident - as police, paramedics and firefighters were called to the Riverside area around 6pm. Robert’s family said in a statement: “Robert Kynnersley tragically died whilst swimming in Nantwich River. “He was a loving father and grandfather and will be sadly missed. “The family ask for some

privacy during this period of grief.” A Cheshire Police spokeswoman said: “At 6pm on Monday, May 7, Cheshire Police, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service and paramedics were called to Riverside, Nantwich, after a report that two swimmers were in difficulty. “One of the swimmers was rescued by a member of the public before the arrival of the emergency services. “The emergency services deployed the NPAS helicopter, a police dog unit, specialist fire and rescue service boat rescue teams and an underwater search and rescue unit in the search for the second swimmer. “Sadly, despite the best efforts of everyone at the scene a 59-year-old local man’s body was discovered in the river at 9.10pm. “There are no suspicious circumstances and a file is being prepared for the coroner.”


Ducks rescued from drain A FAMILY of nine ducklings in distress have been rescued by firefighters in Nantwich. At around 9.40am on May 22 firefighters were called by the RSPCA to help free ducklings that had fallen down a drain on Western Avenue near Nantwich Lake. Firefighters lifted a grid to free the birds. The mother duck was stood nearby so firefighters and an RSPCA officer used the noisy ducklings to coax her in the direction of the lake. Firefighters stopped traffic to

allow the mother duck to cross safely and once at the lake the ducklings were released into the water to be reunited with their mother.

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a house was burgled and the homeowner’s car stolen in Nantwich. Between 11pm on Sunday May 20 and 6.45am the following morning, a house on Jackson Avenue was broken into as the homeowner slept. When he awoke his dark blue VW Golf GTI parked

outside had been stolen. DC Natalie Carthy said: “Your home is the place you should feel most safe, so it is deeply unsettling for victims when their homes are burgled as they sleep upstairs.” Anyone with information should call Cheshire Police 101 with incident number 70045.

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Police appeal

POLICE are appealing for information following a burglary in Aston near Nantwich. Some time between 11pm on Tuesday May 15 and 9am the following day, the offender entered an address on Sandy Lane. The suspect gained entry to the address via patio doors at the rear of the premises and once inside conducted a search and stole the keys to a black Volkswagen Polo. The suspect then fled the scene in the vehicle. DC Simon Knowles said:

“Enquiries in relation to this incident are ongoing and as part of my investigation I’m keen to hear from anyone who believes they have any information which could assist our investigation. “Aston is a small tightknit community and I urge anyone within the village who believes they may have witnessed anything suspicious, no matter how small, to contact the team here at Crewe.” Anyone with any information should call Cheshire Police on 101 quoting IML 65491.

TWO community choirs are combining for a proms-style concert with the Band and Drum Corps of the Cheshire Constabulary in St Mary’s Church on June 16 at 7.30pm. The choirs, formed by choral director Chris Hale, are Simple Harmony, who rehearse on Monday evenings at the Regents Park Conference Centre and Simply

Allsorts, a large community choir who enjoy singing all kinds of music from African and gospel to swing and jazz. Singcopation, a small a cappella jazz group will also be performing as around a hundred singers combine. Tickets are available from the shop at St Mary’s Church or from Chris by emailing

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Festival’s summer fun

MORE than 10,000 visitors thronged to Reaseheath College’s Family Festival this year, making it the best and biggest since its launch 22 years ago. The action-packed campus festival offered hundreds of fun activities and displays for record-breaking crowds in a day of perfect sunshine. Headline acts included The Dog and Duck Show, an entertaining show in which sheepdogs and ducks worked together, and the world’s only horseback falconer, Jonathan Marshall, who thrilled spectators with

a breathtaking display featuring a peregrine falcon and highly schooled Spanish horses. Family entertainment came from Team Extreme, world class BMX stunt riders and skaters, and from an educational Sheep Show, which included a shearing demonstration. Agriculture students were up at dawn preparing animals for their own calf and sheep shows. Molly Johnson was awarded the calf show championship with Marcus Callwood taking reserve champion (pictured).

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RSPCA’s baby bird boom NANTWICH’S RSPCA wildlife centre has been preparing for its annual influx of baby birds, with the arrival of six orphaned tawny owlets. Every year around May, the Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre sees an increase in the number of baby birds admitted after being found orphaned or out of their nest. However, birds are often brought in by well-meaning members of the public when they could be better off being left alone. This is because fledglings - who have most of their feathers - leave their nest before they can fly but their parents are usually nearby and will still be feeding them. Centre manager Lee Stewart said: “We have prepared for the influx of baby birds and our ‘orphan room’ - which is where many of our baby birds are looked after - is already really busy. “Sometimes baby birds do need our help but other times they would be better being left alone, although we appreciate it isn’t always possible to know. “We advise watching from a

distance and not returning the bird to its nest as that may disturb any other youngsters. “If the fledgling is in immediate danger, place it in a sheltered spot a short distance away. “If you see a baby bird with a few feathers, or none at all, it is a nestling and will not survive for long outside the protection a nest - in which case take it to a local vet or wildlife rehabilitator.” For advice call the 24-hour helpline on 0300 1234 999. • Many of the birds at Stapeley are fed a diet of ‘meaty loaf’ dog food and the centre is always grateful for donations, which can be dropped off at the London Road centre or the collection point in Sainsbury’s.

PREPARATIONS are underway for a day of family fun in Worleston this summer. The annual village fete will take place on Saturday July 14 from 11am to around 4pm at St Oswald’s Worleston Primary School Church Road. It promises to be a great day out with plenty of entertainment for kids and adults alike. The event has gone from strength to strength over the years thanks to the support of the local community, businesses and visitors to the area. Some of the planned attractions include Vale Royal Falconry, a dog show and agility competition, children’s entertainer, Punch and Judy, bouncy castle, Rose

Queen, tombola, an eating competition, egg throwing and tug-of-war. Visitors can cool off with refreshments from the bar, offering fresh gin and tonics, sparkling proseccos, cool beers and an array of soft drinks. There will also be a barbecue and a traditional afternoon tea, while local singer Lucy Barlow will help visitors relax with a reportoir of jazz, ballads and musical genres from 1930s through to 1960s Americana and Rock n Roll. There will also be many stalls for people to wonder around as they enjoy an ice cream or cake. The event will be raising money for a number of good causes. Admission and parking is free.

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NINE adorable rescued puppies have received the best start in life thanks to students at Reaseheath College. The 11-week-old Staffordshire bull terrier x American bulldogs have had their first training lessons from undergraduates on the college’s course in Canine Behaviour and Training. Their mother was rescued by charity Animal Lifeline when heavily pregnant and she and her new litter have been fostered by Reaseheath’s Emma Caskie since the pups were just a few hours old. Although some were weak after birth and needed 24 hour care, all the puppies are now fit and healthy, fully vaccinated and microchipped

and ready to find forever homes. Emma: said: “The next step for these puppies was to learn how to interact well with humans and other animals and to be introduced to collars and leads. “As our students need to learn about puppy training and socialisation as part of their degree, it’s been a great opportunity to educate both at the same time. “Our students have also been able to see the consequences of irresponsible dog breeding. “These puppies are lucky because they’ve received professional care and training from the start. They have great futures as family companions ahead of them.”

THE Rotary Club of Nantwich wants unwanted tools or toys that are taking up space in sheds, attics and garages. Tools such as saws, chisels, spanners, screwdrivers, planes, hammers, spades, along with any toys, are being collected and sold by the club at their monthly car boot sales at Alderford Lake. All money raised will go to the club’s projects and good causes. Rotarian John Crowe said: “For example in India we will be supporting ‘Jungle Crows’ a charity which, through the sport of rugby, runs programmes focussed on hygiene, road safety and the menace of mosquitoes which have been developed from the real life experiences of their coaches and the children they coach.” If anyone can help please call John on 01948 663 768 or 07860 301355 to arrange for collection.

ST Bartholomew’s Church in Church Minshull has raised a phenomenal £10,750 through its plant and art sale. The sale attracted some 2,500 visitors, with a tombola and refreshments helping with the record amount raised - £3,500 more than last year. All money raised will go to the upkeep of the church. St Barts church warden John Headon said: “The church and grounds were jam-packed over the three days and some volunteers even had to do some emergency cake-baking to keep up with demand.” The event welcomed visitors from as far as Cornwall, America, Canada, South Africa and Australia. John added: “We are so fortunate to have an army of willing volunteers from Church Minshull and the surrounding areas who give up their time to help with the plant sale, year in and year out.”

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SUPERHEROES young and old will be flying in to Dorfold Hall this summer for a charity picnic on Sunday June 17 from 11am. Hundreds of visitors attended last year’s event and helped to raise £10,000 for children and young adults at The Donna Louise. This year’s picnic promises to be bigger and better, with music, arts and crafts, giant inflatables, raffles, tombolas, a disco, food and drink and lots more. Victoria Graham, of organisers Training ByteSize, said: “This year we’re back at Dorfold and we have even more

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activities for visitors to enjoy. “Tickets are on sale now, and we hope to raise lots more money for The Donna Louise.” Tickets are £4 for children and £7 for adults, and as its Father’s Day there’s a special offer for dads to go free when buying their child’s ticket online. Katie Tams of The Donna Louise, said, “Last year’s picnic raised an amazing £10,000 which made a huge difference to hundreds of children and young adults across Staffordshire and Cheshire, who rely on The Donna Louise. “I hope the sun will be shining again and I’m looking forward to meeting loads more superheroes on the day.” For tickets and more details visit www.

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End of season awards for Nantwich Town stars

NANTWICH Town has paid tribute to its stars of the season in its annual awards ceremony. Defender Joel Stair, pictured above with Mayor Arthur Moran, was named as the club’s Player of the Year. Fellow defender Troy Bourne took the Player’s Player of the Season and the Manager’s Player of the Season awards. Full-back Jamie Morgan also took two awards on the night. The former Sandbach defender (above right) was



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named Young Player of the Year, beating Bourne by one vote, and was voted the NTISA Edencroft Player of the Year. Sean Cooke claimed the Goal of the Season and also shared the Top Goalscorer award with Harry Clayton, both having netted 18 times. The Supporter of the Year

was given to Rob Woods. Joel Stair said he was happy to end the campaign with silverware after the Dabbers claimed the Cheshire Senior Cup with a 3-0 win over Stockport Town. He said: “It’s always nice to finish the season with some silverware and it’s something that the players deserve.

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