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SCHOOLS PROTEST March and ballot against school funding cuts HUNDREDS ot parents took to the streets of Sandbach last month to campaign against school funding cuts. The government has announced a new national formula for schools to address ‘inconsistent’ funding levels, which would amount to cuts for saome Sandbach schools. The march against the plans started at Sandbach School and ended on the cobbles in the town centre. Sixth Form students at some local schools also set up their own referendum on the issue. Denis Oliver, of Holmes Chapel
Comprehensive said: “Our students came up with the referendum idea to show how they felt about these proposals. “Ballot cards showing the impact of the proposals and how children in East Cheshire are disadvantaged in relation to all of our neighbouring authorities, were produced. “On the reverse of the card we have examples of where the proposed formula doesn’t deliver against key promises. “The ballot boxes have been widely available and are sealed. “We set out to collect 5,000
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signatures but looking at the number of ballot boxes we have filled it feels like we have collected at least twice that.”
Sarah Burns, head teacher at Sandbach School, said: “The past few weeks have (cont. on p5)
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@SandbachFC_1st Thanks to @FCOswestryTown for their visit today. Nice bunch of guys. Good luck in your remaining games.
Cyclists on a mission
by STEWART GREEN A PLUCKY trio of Sandbach women are taking on a grueling cycling challenge for charity. Clare Curtis, Kim Morton and Lisa Jordan are preparing for the epic ride from London to Amsterdam from September 22 to 24. They popped into Waitrose in Sandbach this month to seek sponsors for the trip, which they are taking on to raise money for St Luke’s Hospice. The centre needs £8,600 a day to keep it running - all from private donations. All three ladies have been
affected by cancer with each of them having a relative who died of the disease and have all benefitted from help provided in their hour of need by palliative helpers either from St Luke’s or similar schemes in other parts of the country. During the event in the supermarket they also held an Easter competition for a jar of chocolate eggs. Anyone who would like to join them in the challenge can find out more about the fundraising project at www. stlukes-hospice.co.uk/events/ londontoamsterdam.
@tom_a_jeffs Broke a cleat today near Sandbach. That part of Cheshire is a Bermuda Triangle for bike shops, there are barely any! No sprinting home :( @CassieBaptiste Great fun @ CarneyCheshire open day today at the beautiful @ Sandbach_T_Hall ! Looking forward to first classes 6th May @SandbachGeog Skaftafellsjökull outlet glacier. Another amazing experience. Hiking to the snout of part of Icelands largest glacier @sbachutdgirls Calling all ladies! Want to join a successful club? Want to get back into football? Sandbach United are looking to start an open age team!
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Kenya project SANDBACH School is taking part in a fundraising campaign to help build a new dormitory at an orphanage in Kenya. The school has already raised some £1,042 for the project from a non-uniform day. Now an overnight Channel Swimathon will take place on April 29 from 7pm to 7am in the school swimming pool. Some 75 orphans will be safely housed in the New Hope Centre in Africa when the building work is finished. During the event four teams of swimmers will each be swimming the equivalent of the English Channel overnight. This equates to 1,479 lengths of the swimming pool. The teams consist of swimmers from the age of 12 to over 50 and will need maintain a pace of over two miles an hour for the full period. The New Hope Children’s Centre was founded in 2000 and is situated 40 km outside Nairobi. It all started with 20 girls and is now home to around 120 children.
The aim of the centre is to ensure that all the children have food to eat, clean water to drink, clothes to wear, somewhere safe to sleep and an education. Organiser Colin Dalton said: “The current boys dormitory is home to some 70 boys but it has been condemned as unfit for humans so we are fundraising to build a new fit for purpose dormitory. “This will ensure all these children have somewhere safe to sleep at night “We need to raise around £25k to house these children hence we are embarking on our most ambitious challenge yet.” For more details visit www.facebook.com/ theovernightchannelswim.
by STEWART GREEN CHURCHES Together staged a play in Sandbach this Easter. One Friday retold the story of the passion beginning with a with a walk from Market Square before the play’s first scene at
the Old Hall. The cast then returned to the square for the crucifixion on Good Friday leaving the final narration to say the story would continue in the various churches in Sandbach.
POLICE are appealing for witnesses following a number of thefts from vehicles in South Cheshire last month. The offences occurred across Crewe, Sandbach, Winterley and Haslington between March 16 and 21. The cars, which were in Landsdowne Road, Coleridge Way and the surrounding streets as well as Goldsmith Drive in Ettiley Heath and neighbouring streets, and Crewe Road in Haslington, were all targeted overnight and in the early hours. PC Nicholas Jackson said: “The majority of the vehicles were
unlocked at the time giving opportunist thieves the chance to steal items from them. “It’s vitally important that people make sure their vehicles are secure and that they report any suspicious activity to police. “Make sure your car isn’t tempting to thieves by removing valuables such as sat navs, mobile phone holders and bags. “We are making a number of enquiries and would urge anyone with information to contact police.” Anyone with information should contact Cheshire Police on 101.
TV DIRECTOR Ruth Carney is bringing her experience of the entertainment world to Sandbach with the Carney Academy at the town hall. Ruth and three experienced tutors held an open day at the venue on April 15 for prospective students who would like to learn about acting,
dancing and singing. Last week Ruth started directing some episodes of the BBC TV soap Doctors but will be back in Sandbach for the opening of the new venture on May 6, when the classes will start. For more details contact Ruth Carney on 0800 0209122.
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(cont. from front) been hectic. “The public consultation was only open for a short period of time and anyone who has tried to fill in the online questionnaire will know just how badly worded it is. “So we have tried to make the facts clear and to give people as many ways as possible to take part. “Make no mistake, we know that cuts in spending are going to happen but these proposals will decimate education in this area. “We owe it to our children to stand up and be counted.” Local MP Fiona Bruce said she hoped the campaign would cause the Government to go back to the drawing board and rethink their plans.
Sat/Sun April 29/30 - Market Sandbach Town Hall, 10am 4pm Steampunk Market featuring stalls and entertainment Visit www.crewe-steampunkconvivial.co.uk Sun April 30 - Horse Trials Bradwall Manor, all day For details call 01270 762036
Sat May 13 - Makers Market On the cobbled square, 9am3pm For stalls contact 07879 684184 Sat May 13 - Come and Sing Event Sandbach High School, 9.30am registration, 4.30pm concert Sandbach Voices presents Come and Sing, featuring the music of Gilbert and Sullivan Tickets £12 for singers, £5 for concert Contact Sue Cooke on 01270 766546
Tues May 2 - Sandbach History Society Sandbach Library, 7.45pm Talk ‘Tales of the Marches’ by Graham Dodd Tickets £3. For more details call 01270 760810
Sun May 14 - Cycle Event Sandbach Rugby Club, 8am 5pm RNLI Mayday 3 Shires Cycle Sportive offering three cycle routes to raise funds for the RNLI For more details call Sophie Wood on 07557 191852 or visit www.rnli.org.uk/3shirescycle
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Sandbach denied glory in Cheshire Cup final SANDBACH made a valiant attempt to win the Cheshire Cup on the very first attempt in their history. Unfortunately Caldy ran out 3519 winners as the National Two champions bought on their big guns in the second half. This was always going to be a tough fixture but ‘Bach have traditionally upped their game against the better sides. In fact throughout the first half Sandbach looked the better side, although they were only able to score a single try. Sandbach played the first period into the face of a strong wind but quickly settled into their familiar expansive pattern of play. Sandbach were dominant in the set pieces and generally faster to the breakdown throughout the half. This speed to the breakdown caught Caldy flat on a few
occasions and resulted in first blood to ‘Bach on 5 minutes as Caldy were caught holding on to the ball in front of their posts. Benny Elliot easily took the points against his old club. Sandbach continued the pressure as club captain Chris Davenport pushed his team forward with a personal display of rugby that was perhaps his best for a few years. Forward dominance and slick hands across the backs began to stretch the champions and by half time Sandbach were winning 16 – 10. Caldy coach Simon Verbickas made several changes at half time though and introduced four new forwards to the game. Their effect was almost instant as the re-invigorated Caldy forwards took immediate control of the scrums and Caldy went on to dominate the match and the scoreline.
SWITCH: Sandbach’s Ben Elliot and Elliot Morris Overall there can be no complaints about the result and Sandbach can satisfied that they won the first half and forced the champions to pull out the big guns.
As we write Sandbach have one more game to go in the league, away at Broadstreet and currently sit third from bottom in the National League 3 Midlands.
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