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SAXON Sandbach news, sport and leisure What’s On p9

Apr 2013 FREE

SCHOOL CUTS Thousands of pounds slashed from school budgets in Sandbach

MILLIONS of pounds are being slashed from school budgets across South Cheshire. Primary schools in Sandbach are facing cuts of more than £300,000. Sandbach High School alone is to lose £180,000 from changes to Government funding. Head teacher John Leigh has called on parents to contact local councillors about the cuts. In a letter to parents, he said: “The general picture is dire. “The cuts are impacting on all schools irrespective of whether or not they are an academy. “In all my years of headship, nearly

20 years in total, I have never known such draconian cuts. “The scale of the required cuts will undoubtedly affect key areas of the life of our school. “If the policy decisions made are not reversed then the consequences for schools and more importantly for our students will be severe.” Local councillors said the Government’s funding formula has devastated the budgets that schools use to support children with Special Educational Needs. A Labour group spokesman said: “£3,227,211 has been removed from primary schools and £2,086,963 from

secondary schools across the borough. “These cuts have been introduced without consultation and with little explanation. “Head teachers across the borough are left asking how they can maintain the specialist support needed by the children in their care.” Sandbach councillor Sam (cont. on page 7)

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AS a resident of Hind Heath Road I too am very concerned over these plans, as it seems to be the only access to this site. The plans seem far too big and what with the houses already being built by the canal in Sandbach do we need more? Your article is right to pick up on the points already mentioned about getting into

New schools must come first

UTTERLY bemused by yet another development plan - The Marina - for Sandbach. Sandbach cannot sustain any further housing. The road infrastructure cannot cope, the schools infrastructure cannot cope and I’m sure in the future it will be shown that the environment couldn’t cope. What winds me up even more are the facetious arguments these numbskulls come up with!! “Restaurants around the marina offering a European cafe culture and dining experience”. Really? In Ettiley Heath? Just over from the chemical works and the railway? It should be the case in Sandbach now that no further housing development is made

unless the developer agrees to build the school first, a new doctor’s surgery first, before even being allowed to lay a house brick for residential purposes.

Elworth there is no increased infrastructure - no new schools, doctors or improvements to the roads. There are not enough school places for local children as from September 2013 even before these houses are built. His children could be offered a school place in Congleton or Holmes Chapel. Of these 1,200 houses to be constructed a proportion will be the affordable housing which Mr Davies requires - why do we need any more ? - Margaret Edwards

I WAS astonished to read the letter signed by Glyn Davies entitled ‘Town needs more choice’, and I really wonder if he is a resident of Sandbach? Clearly he has no knowledge of the shopping facilities in our town. I can only presume that he does his day-to-day shopping either in Crewe or perhaps Congleton. Does he not know of Iceland and Aldi or the number of independent butchers? I have lived in Sandbach for a considerable number of years

Pressure is on school places IN response to Mr Davies’s letter in the March edition of the Saxon I feel he is putting the possible benefit of another local supermarket above the greater needs of the community. Incidentally there is an Aldi store and an Iceland store in the town and a Morrisons newly opened in Middlewich. I am one of the ‘narrow minded’ people opposed to the deluge of unsustainable development in the town purely because it is unsustainable. Of the 1,200 houses approved to be built in and around

Sandbach from the motorway. At times it’s almost impossible. It seems simple to me: the more houses, the more cars, the bigger the problem. If you ask me it’s the developers that just want to make a quick quid and sod the people that actually live here. Lets keep Sandbach as it is. Or where will it end? - Esther Billington

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Said schools / surgeries should then be handed over to community (council?) ownership. Then and only then should houses be allowed to be built. - A very concerned local resident

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@Tamse01 Love refing in sandbach, get my own changing room #novelty @CllrSam Tony Blair highlighted EDUCATION as key. By contrast, the ConDems are cutting funding to primary schools in Sandbach by >£250 per child. @lawtonspies Not long to go til we open in Sandbach @SandbachSharks Well done to all Sandbach swimmers at the Cheshire relays last weekend! We did extremely well beating many of the larger clubs in the area! DarrenJ1973 @cyclestore no, also I see old dears cycling through Sandbach doing 2 mph with their shopping and they are pedalling,..


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having moved north from the south coast and done a ‘houseswap’ with a family who wanted to move south. By doing so I have not placed any additional demands on the towns’ infrastructure. I do admit that I occasionally travel to Crewe for the larger items, but this is only twice or three times a year. I can purchase most of my needs locally, and all of the retailers that I have done business with offer a personal service, something that in these days is difficult to find. - John Gunning


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Campaign on track Pupils on the march

Petition handed in to Parliament A £2M campaign to reopen the Sandbach to Northwich rail line for passengers is gathering pace. MP Fiona Bruce has presented a 2,000-strong petition in the House of Commons with the Department for Transport now expected to offer observations. Cheshire East Council support the plans despite Network Rail believing the scheme lacks a ‘sufficient business case’. Reopening the line and a station in Middlewich is estimated to cost around £2million. A feasibility study released in July 2009 revealed the benefit would be five times greater than the price. “I shall continue to press the Government for assistance in respect of very important local

transport projects such as the reopening of the Rail Link for passenger services,” said Mrs Bruce. Campaigners believe their case has been strengthened by the HS2 connection at Crewe. “This considerably strengthens the case for reopening the link,” explained a spokesperson. “This would make it easier for those in places like Knutsford, Northwich and Middlewich to get to an HS2 station and to get there by public transport, the public transport alternative to Manchester Airport for HS2 taking much longer.” The nine-mile line closed to passengers in 1960. Would you like to see the Sandbach to Northwich rail line reopened to passengers? Email

MEMBERS of the Sandbach School Combined Cadet Force took part in their Biennial Review at Sandbach School. The force includes pupils from both Sandbach School and Sandbach High School and

Sixth Form College. The day involved an inspection of the Guard of Honour by Col Ian Holmes and a march past, followed by presentations by senior cadets and a review of training activities.

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Ideas sought for ancient crosses by Stewart Green SANDBACH’S landmark Saxon Crosses are to get an upgrade. Following work on the Market Square in 2008 the crosses lost their information board and got a new railing around the top of the monument.

Sandbach town councillor Graham Bell hopes to make the crosses a better feature of the town with new plans discussed at the Annual Town Meeting. A new group called the Ancient Crosses Working Group was formed to look at


reinstalling the notice board. The group put together a wish list of what they would like and presented them to English Heritage who are the guardians of the ancient monument. The first phase of the plans include signs depicting the crosses and the meaning of the carvings, written by English Heritage and Dr Jane Hawkes, who has already written a history of the crosses and is a lecturer at York. Phase two is up for discussion with various ideas being put forward. Councillor Bell said that any changes will only be made after full public consultation. Anyone with ideas should contact Graham Bell at 128 Heath Road, Sandbach CW11 2LE or email bellsontheheath@

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Splashing out SANDBACH Rotary Club’s annual Swimathon marked its 20th year last month. The event included some 39 teams of Brownies, Scouts, Guides, along with other groups at Sandbach School. They were all there to raise funds for their own charities and the Rotary Club, who have generated around £5,000 for the town’s Railway Children charity and Shipton Scout Unit. The scout group, which has been going for a year and grown from nine members to 42, now has a waiting list of those

who would like to join. Over the 20 years, the Swimathon is thought to have raised more than £130,000 for local charities. The event was attended by local MP Fiona Bruce, Cheshire East Mayor George Walton and Sandbach Town Mayor Carolyn Lowe. Judy Baxter of the Inner Wheel and Rotary Club chairman Stuart Blackwell also helped to make up a team on the day. Club members described it as a great success and are looking forward to the 21st event in 2014.


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School cuts

(cont. from front) Corcoran said: “Sandbach primary schools are facing funding cuts of over £300,000 next year. “That is over £200 per pupil. “These cuts come at a time when primary schools in Sandbach are bursting at the seams.” • What do you think? Let us know your views by emailing

Health check

BLOOD pressure checks are available at St Mary’s Church Hall this month. The Rotary Club of Sandbach and the Stroke Association have organised a session on Thursday April 11, between 10am and 12.30pm.

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ENTERPRISING students have come to the rescue of a local church by restoring a wall to its former glory. The South Cheshire College students completely rebuilt the wall at Bradwall Methodist Church. They spent Mondays and Fridays over the past few

months demolishing the partially collapsed wall at the rear of the church before using original bricks to reconstruct it. The church’s Stuart Holland said: “The wall was in very poor condition and a state of collapse but the group have braved some poor winter conditions to rebuild it for us.”

Musical youth New choir for Sandbach LIONS Youth Bass band are well prepared for their bid at the National Youth Championships on Sunday, April 14. Members attended a workshop run by Foden’s Band. “Lions are committed to giving the best possible tuition and opportunities to our players,” said musical director Nigel Birch.


SANDBACH singer Charlotte Gibson is starting a new choir in the town. Charlotte, who has been performing since the age of 10 when she was a member of the Birmingham Youth Theatre, is keen to pass on her experience. The first meeting will be on Tuesday April 9 at Sandbach Town Hall from 7pm and initially

run for four weeks. Each session will cost £4.50 and will include refreshments. Charlotte said: “It is just a chance to enjoy singing for those who thought they can’t sing but would like to have some fun.” For details email charlotteelizabethgibson@

SANDBACH-based holiday rental company Panoramic Villas is staging a competition at Malkins Bank Golf Course. The tournament takes place on May 31 and will be followed by a family barbecue. The company’s Andy Lea said: “We have already received support from local businesses in the town such as Peevers Menswear, Military Ams, Glass house, Market Tavern, Brooks’s butchers, Philip Lee hairdressers and Peppers Coffee Lounge, who are displaying promotional material for the tournament. The first prize is a week’s stay in a villa in Morocco. For details visit www.

Pat’s cup win

SANDBACH Rugby Club’s Pat Sherratt has achieved glory with his Army team. Pat’s unit The School of Electronic and Aeronautical Engineering won the Army Championship Cup. The team beat The Infantry Training School in the final.


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MILLHOUSE return to unleash their set of indie, rock and punk covers on the Market Tavern crowd this month. The four-piece local outfit pay homage to greats such as The Who, Oasis, Nirvana, Muse and The Sex Pistols. Millhouse hit the Tavern on Saturday April 18 from around 9pm. Admission is free

Night of folk

SELF-styled ‘sit-down song and dance man’, Pete Ryder returns to Sandbach Folk Club on Tuesday, April 23. Much more than just a bluesman, his songs are entertaining and thought provoking, his guitar playing is totally distinctive and all delivered with indomitable good humour. Sandbach Folk Club meets every Tuesday at the Market Tavern at 8.45pm.

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DALISO Chaponda headlines the Ballroom Comedy Club’s show at the Town Hall on Saturday, April 27. Tickets are £12 in advance. Call 01270 600820.

Tim’s X Factor heartache

SINGER-songwriter Tim Gallaher brings his immense talent to The Glasshouse on Friday, April 12. Inspired by the likes of Ed Sheeran, the 19-year-old from Crewe is happy to earn a break the hard way after seeing his X Factor dreams shattered last year. Gallagher won through to the boot camp stages of the

TV talent competition after a resounding ‘yes’ from judges only to be rushed to hospital to be treated for a blood clot. “Getting through to boot camp was a dream come true but I suddenly felt tired and sick,” he explained. “I thought it was dehydration but it turned out to be a blood clot and I couldn’t go back into the competition.

“I’m just glad to be getting back to what I love doing and the break has given me time to write a load of new songs.” Now on the road promoting his new EP 13, Gallagher makes his debut at The Glasshouse. Expect tracks from Sheeran, inspiring covers and a taste of his own material. Live music starts around 9pm, admission is free.


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Dates For Your Diary Thurs April 11 - Friends of Sandbach Station meeting Meeting at Sandbach Station moving to the Elworth Methodist Church. 7pm. Call 01270 750123 or 07814 109158

Sat April 13 - Social Dancing Sandbach Town Hall, 8pm to 11.15pm Andrew and Jenny Bell present an evening of Ballroom Latin and Sequence Dancing. Tickets £4. Call 07980 636274

Fri April 12 Sandbach Civic Dinner and Ball. See

Sun April 14 - Cancer Research UK Sandbach Committee Annual Luncheon Bradwall Village Hall, 12.30 for lpm Tickets £11.50, bring your own drinks Call 01270 764100

Fri April 12 - South East Cheshire Ornithogical Society AGM

Wed April 17 – Sandbach Photographic Society Wesley Centre. 7.45pm - 9.45 Members gather for their AGM and awards night Tues April 23 - Sandbach and District Talking Newspaper annual meeting 501 Crewe Road, Wheelock, 7pm All welcome

Mon April 15 - Elworth Flower Club Demonstration Bradwall Village Hall Jayne Edmunds presents A Kind of Magic Call 01477-544166 Tickets £4

Wed April 24 - Sandbach Concert Series St Mary’s Church, 7pm Featuring jazz pianist George King and a spotlight on local young musicians. Tickets £8.50 (Adults) £7 (Concessions) £3 (School Children)

Sat April 13 - Sandbach Farmers Market Market Square. Including Easter Egg Hunt and Decoration Sat April 13 – Coffee Morning Wesley Centre, 10am - 12noon Share a brew in the main hall. From 10am to noon

Sandbach Library, 6pm - 7pm More Sawn Off Tales by David Gaffney Tickets £2 including refreshments

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Learning event for under-fives Call 01270 375355 Sat April 27 - Sandbach Market The first in a number of Saturday markets on the 4th Saturday of the month Sun April 28 - Inaugural Jigsaw Service Wesley Centre, 3.30pm All ages singing/craft/discussion workshop Sat May 4 - Inauguration of Sandbach Mayor Sandbach Literary Institution, Hightown, 3pm

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Sat May 4 - Family Film Evening Wesley Centre, 7pm All are welcome Tues May 7 - Sandbach History Society Sandbach Library, 7.30pm ‘Foden’s in Wartime’ by John Owen Followed by the AGM. Fri May 1- Club Dinner Sandbach Rugby Club, 6.30pm ‘The Best Of The Last Ten Years’ Tickets £50 Contact John Stubbs on 07771 570 121 or email Sat May 11 - Sandbach Farmers Market On The Cobbles Including Cook Off competition

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Cup glory

HIGH FLIER: Mike Egglestone leaps in Sandbach’s 23-5 win over Broadstreet

SANDBACH United lifted the Cheshire League Division Two Challenge Cup after fighting back to beat Rudheath Social 3-1. United will target a double against Crewe FC in the Crewe and District FA Cup next month.

On target

SANDBACH CC will want to make an impact on their return to the Meller Braggins League. Adam Copnall’s side secured the Cheshire Alliance Division One title on a dramatic final day of last season. The club target an opening day victory in Division Three at The Groves on April 20.

Fresh start

ELWORTH CC start off life back in NSSC Premier against Stone this month (April 20). Last season’s Division One champions will be hoping to get off to a flier at London Road after a two-year exile from the league’s elite. Captain David Toft will be looking to lead the club to a successful centenary year.




Bradwall Road boys look to snatch place in the top six SANDBACH RUFC intend to go flat out to wrap up their first season in the national leagues on a high. Manager Stuart Battersby wants to see the Bradwall Road boys end a tough campaign on a winning note this month. “We’re trying to finish off the season in style,” he said. “I think we were taught a few harsh lessons in the middle of the campaign as we lost games

in the final minutes. “We’ve learned from that and we want to get as high as we can. If we can snatch sixth then that would be great. “It’s a big step up in the national leagues and the boys have done well.” Battersby says a tough fitness regime is already in the pipeline as they look for further improvement next season. “The players have around

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The Saxon - April 2013  

Sandbach's dedicated monthly newspaper packed with local news, sport and events.

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Sandbach's dedicated monthly newspaper packed with local news, sport and events.