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Housing plans on historic Nantwich estate rejected CONTROVERSIAL plans for housing on a historical rural estate in Nantwich have been rejected by councillors. Some 12 separate developments involving 102 houses on the Doddington Estate in Bridgmere were refused outline planning permission at the council’s latest Strategic Planning Board meeting. Two years ago the Grade I listed hall (pictured) was granted permission for conversion into a boutique

hotel and spa. Funding from these homes would have been used towards restoration of the historic hall and several smaller buildings on the estate, which have fallen into disrepair over recent years. The ‘enabling development’

would have seen the homes built over a 15-year period. Councillors refused the plans on the grounds that any positive planning benefits for the conservation of the heritage does ‘not outweigh the harm that would be caused by the proposed residential development in the open countryside’. They further highlighted the lack of social or community benefits and said the proposal failed to provide safe and suitable access off Dingle Lane.

Wybunbury Councillor Janet Clowes (left) said: “The planning officer clearly states that all these sites are environmentally unsustainable. They clearly state they are all socially unsustainable. “The community benefits are so small as to be minimal, and will not mitigate against the damage caused.”

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Life on the wild side

Play and learn

A NEW play area for Nantwich youngsters was opened earlier this month. Pupils, staff, governors and visitors welcomed town mayor Penny Butterill as she cut the ribbon on the new facility at Nantwich Primary Academy and Nursery. Visitors were shown around the new early years outdoor area and experienced the learning opportunities on offer for children. The new gravel pit and water play areas were particularly popular with both children and visitors, as well as the ‘mud kitchen’ filled with apples from trees in the grounds of the academy. The slide, tyres, roll bars and balance beam also proved a

hit with the kids. Inside the new canopy, children entertained the visitors in a new performance area and practised their writing skills at the writing station. Principal Sue Spence said: “The wonderful learning opportunities it enables our nursery and reception children to experience ensures the best possible start to their school life. “Every child is able to enjoy high quality meaningful first hand exploration outdoors, no matter the weather. “I would like to thank St Bart’s Multi Academy Trust, Playsound and Buildbase for their support in creating this rich learning space.”

THE relaunch of an RSPCA centre’s education programme will give young animal-lovers the chance to learn about all things wildlife. The charity’s Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre on London Road has launched a new timetable of activities which will take place at its education centre. The programme was scheduled to start over half term with children invited to help the centre get ready for winter by building hedgehog houses and making bird and squirrel feeders. Education officer Emilie Janman said: “We’ve been busy relaunching the education services we offer and have lots of exciting

events in the pipeline.” Centre manager Lee Stewart said: “We believe education is the key to protecting wildlife and our natural surroundings and we really need the support of the local community to help us grow and sustain this unique educational resource.” The centre also runs a monthly Wildlife Club session on the last Saturday of the month. The club offers unique facilities for youngsters, including an interactive classroom that links into the wildlife hospital, a wildlife garden with opportunities to see some of the animals and a small woodland and campfire area for a wilder experience.

LONG-time supporter of Nantwich Museum, Molly Stone has been rewarded for her dedication to the venue. Museum president Robert Stones presented Molly with the Walter and Ada Dutton Prize. Molly has been closely involved in all aspects of the museum’s management and the governance of schools in

Nantwich and Crewe. Each year since 1990 the museum board has been able to nominate for the prize unsung heroes regarded as making an extraordinary contribution to the life of the town. The evening concluded with a talk by Martin Varley, director of conservation at Cheshire Wildlife Trust.

FIREFIGHTERS tackled a blaze at a home in Nantwich earlier this month. Fire engines from Crewe and Nantwich were called out to the incident in Bowyer Avenue at around 1.30pm on Friday October 13. A Cheshire Fire Service spokesman said: “Crews were called to a fire on the first floor of a domestic property.

“Firefighters, two wearing breathing apparatus, used one hose reel jet and a large fan to extinguish the fire. “The crews then used a thermal imaging camera to check the property. “All the people inside the house had evacuated by the time fire crews arrived.” Crews were at the scene for an hour.

Molly’s efforts rewarded Top marks at Reaseheath

SUCCESSFUL graduates from University Centre Reaseheath have been celebrating their degrees at a ceremony at St Mary’s Church. The graduates marked the completion of degrees in adventure sports, agriculture, business, countryside, equine, food science and horticulture. Describing the occasion as the ‘highlight of the academic year’, principal Meredydd David told a packed audience that Reaseheath’s specialist technical qualifications gave graduates the technical skills and competitive edge to

succeed. This was because the degrees were designed, resourced and delivered in partnership with the relevant industries and led to worldwide opportunities. This successful partnership had resulted in 91% of last year’s graduates gaining related jobs within six months of completing their degree. The graduates included parttime mature students looking for career progression. Guest of honour was BBC Countryfile presenter Ellie Harrison, who handed over the awards.

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Rescue for Jon Snow

Launch for new Scouts

THREE years after the launch of the 7th Millfields Cubs and Beavers, the group has started their first Scout troop. The group, based at Millfields Primary, has started the troop in response to high demand. With currently only one troop in Nantwich, based at Davenport Avenue, the 7th Millfields have now ensured their current members will secure a place in this section. Scout leader Cheryl Hamlyn said: “Over the last three years our group has constantly grown, going from strength to strength. “With a long waiting list to join the 38th Scout troop it seemed a natural progression

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him, they called our National Call Centre for help. “He was pretty weak on arrival as he would have been unable to feed himself on the beach. “He is now on a fish soup diet and will hopefully soon be putting on weight. “He particularly likes suckling on a towel so we are making sure he is never without one in his cubicle. “We are hopeful that he will make a full recovery and can be returned to the wild soon but that may be a few months off. “Rehabilitating orphaned seal pups can take up to 4-5 months.”

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A TEN-day-old seal pup is being cared for in Nantwich after being rescued from a beach. The pup, named Jon Snow after Game of Thrones character, is being cared for at the RSPCA’s Stapeley Wildlife Centre after being found alone and hungry on a beach. The weak and lethargic grey seal had been without his mum for three days on Penrhyn Beach, in Llandudno. Centre manager Lee Stewart said: “He was being monitored by the North Wales Wildlife Trust for three days and when it became apparent that his mum wasn’t coming back to

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for us to start our own Scouts. “We are extremely lucky that we have a strong and stable leadership team and have now received great support by more local parents to start the Scouts section. “Being a leader is an absolute privilege. “Seeing the children grow in confidence and standing next to them as the take on a new challenge or experience is priceless. We look forward to watching our new troop grow.” The new troop has already been involved in community activities, planting bulbs at Nantwich lake and participating in the Harvest Festival at the Nantwich Methodist Church.

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Taxi trap

A NANTWICH taxi driver has been thanked for providing his ‘dash cam’ footage to help trap an unlicensed operator. Javeed Iqbal, of Coronation Street, Tunstall, was plying for trade on a Hackney Carriage stand in Swine Market, despite having no licence to operate in the area. However he didn’t know that he was being watched. Another driver, properly licensed and who does not wish to be named, used his dashboard camera to record Iqbal’s licence plate. He then forwarded the information to Cheshire East Council’s enforcement team. Iqbal pleaded guilty to the offence of unlawfully plying

for hire and allowing his vehicle to wait in a designated Hackney Carriage stand. He was fined £133 for each offence by South Cheshire Magistrates, with £600 costs and a £30 victim surcharge, making a total of £896. Councillor Ainsley Arnold said: “I want to thank and applaud the taxi driver, who provided us with the important video evidence that helped to bring about this prosecution.”

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Jade’s college pitstop

NANTWICH motor students met up with rally driver Jade Paveley this month. Jade dropped into the Reaseheath campus with her Mitsubishi Evo 3, during the run-up to Dayinsure Wales Rally. Jade’s visit was a ‘thank you’ for the support the college is giving the rally, which is the British round of the FIA World Rally Championship. During its local stages on

Friday October 27 at Chester and the following day at Cholmondeley Castle, Reaseheath is providing a team of ralleymakers, made up of staff and students, to welcome and inform the thousands of spectators. Jade chatted to students and apprentices while her father David, himself a successful rally driver, pointed out the differences between a highly tuned rally car and a road car.

NANTWICH Players latest production Just Between Ourselves has been entertaining audiences at the Love Lane theatre. The dark comedy shows how birthday parties often reveal bitter domestic realities. Famously written during a bleak Scarborough winter, Alan Ayckbourn’s play demonstrates how we destroy those we supposedly love. The hero Dennis is a cheery

blunderer who spends his spare time in his garage tinkering with DIY projects. But Dennis’s incapacity to make an ageing Mini function, or even to get the garage doors to open, is matched by his utter failure to see that his wife, Vera, is heading towards mental breakdown. Over this domestic maelstrom hovers the figure of Dennis’s domineering mum, the source of all the trouble.

FIREFIGHTERS rescued an injured swan from the River Weaver in Nantwich. Officers were called to the scene at 11.48 am on October 1 at Manor Road North. Crews launched a rescue boat to pick up the swan, which had been attacked by a dog. The swan was first found by a passer-by with severe injuries to one of her wings. RSPCA officers arrived, but found the swan too far out in the weir and called the fire service for help. Sadly the injuries were so serious that the swan was put to sleep to prevent further suffering. RSPCA animal welfare officer Steve Wickham said:

“Sadly she had a gaping wound on the side of her body and it was obvious that she was in a bad way when we rescued her. The wound was consistent with a dog attack. “She had cygnets with her, who were not injured but sadly no longer have their mum coming back to them. “It’s very sad and could have been easily avoided if someone had kept an eye on their dog.”

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Tim launches new album

by Jonathan White TALENTED Nantwich musician Tim Lee has launched his latest album at an intimate concert. Tim gave a live performance of And Into The Woods to an appreciative audience at the Electric Church, an independent record store and coffee shop in Winsford. Tim wrote all the tracks on the album and chose the venue as it is supportive of unsigned musicians.

Tim was joined on stage at the venue by percussionists Dave Coomer and Mike Heathcote from bands The BlueYellows and Brave New World respectively. Tim, whose musical influences include Paul Simon, David Bowie, and Jonathan Richman, also performed at this year’s Words and Music festival. For more on Tim’s music visit www.facebook.com/ timleesongwriter.

PREPARATIONS are going well for this year’s Christmas lights spectacle in Weston. The event is the brainchild of Graham Witter and will be raising money for the Donna Louise Children’s Hospice. It will mark the fifth successive year that his family home, farm buildings and garden will be transformed into a festive spectacle.

Santa will be visiting every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The event was originally launched by Graham in memory of his late sister Jessica, who used the hospice for respite care. The event will run at Carters Green Farm on Jack Lane from December 1 to 28, 6.15pm to 9pm. Entry is by donation.

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Dabbers progress after hard fought replay win DABBERS boss Dave Cooke was delighted after seeing his side progress to the FA Cup First Round for only the second time in the club’s history. The Dabbers claimed a 1-0 win over Kettering in the replay at Latmier Park thanks to Harry Clayton’s first half header. It was a game dominated by the hosts who had a late penalty saved by keeper Will Jaaskelainen and Cooke could not hide his joy following the result. He said: “It was an incredible night, the team defended like trojans. “I thought (Kettering) would have played a bit more football, but they went route one straight after half time. “However we got bodies behind the ball and defended

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brilliantly. “I went home and watched a lot of stuff on Youtube (on Monday) on Kettering, so we prepared as well as we could but it was always going to be a difficult game. “Overall it was a magnificent performance.” Clayton’s goal came in the 19th minute after heading in a fine cross from Sean Cooke, the only effort on target for the Dabbers on the night, but Cooke was full of praise for the forward’s performance. “David (Forbes) had done nothing wrong (on Saturday). Kettering knew how we played on Saturday so I wanted to change that. “I thought with Harry going up front with his pace, and his ability to run in behind he would cause them problems and to be fair he did that all

ONE ON ONE: Sean Cooke runs at the Kettering defence • pic by Jonathan White

night. “His effort was 110% and he scored a great goal and of course he was the match winner.” Nantwich also had on loan goalkeeper Will Jaaskelainen to thank after the Crewe Alex

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