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Residents have their say on Market Hall revamp by Stewart Green

SANDBACH Town Council has been consulting with traders and residents about plans for the indoor market. The latest talks come after aborted plans to put in a second floor were condemned by the public. The new proposals were put before the public in two consultation events at the Town Hall. One of the project’s key goals, as drawn up by surveyers David Trowler Associates, is to provide

a ‘welcoming gateway’ to the town centre. The plans are also designed to breath life back into the building, attract new business and extend opening hours. The details of the suggested proposals include external illuminated signage, automatic doors to prevent heat loss, repairs and redocoration on a ‘mallard green’ or ‘chalke green’ colour scheme. Other plans include improved internal and external lighting,

making more of a feature of the the outside porthole windows, replacing canopies above the side units, with images of Sandbach scenes, possibly from old postcards and pictures, to

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be put directly onto the side unit shutters. There are further proposals for new baby changing facilities in the female toilets and additional facilities in the toilet for the disabled. The roof looks set to be changed to a textured glass without wires, which should let in more light giving the hall a more spacious look. The total cost is expected to be around £175,000. It is hoped that work will start in February.

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FIRE cadets from Sandbach and Cheshire are back from the trip of a lifetime in Nepal. Some 15 cadets and eight leaders, including Ben Bradbury, cadet leader from Sandbach, have been on a life-changing two week trip to South Asia as part of a project to build muchneeded classrooms on the side of an existing school in Kangel, in north-eastern Nepal. They trekked for five days to get to the village before starting work getting the new classrooms ready for children to use. In total the project cost £80,000, all raised by the cadets and leaders and delivered through the charity Classrooms in the Clouds. Head of Prevention at Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, Nick

Evans said: “Our fire cadets have been truly amazing young people, not only because they raised all the money to fund the building of six classrooms this year, but also for trekking through the Himalayas for five days to get to Kangel. “This was an achievement in itself for everyone in the group including me, but we all made it and couldn’t be happier to help school children in Nepal to get an education. “Letters are already being prepared for our 2019 project.” Deputy Chief Fire Officer Mark Cashin said: “We are dedicated to developing our cadets and young leaders and this project is evidence of the commitment we have to enhancing young lives both here and in Nepal.”

SANDBACH photographer Lisa Sumner has earned global acclaim in her first year in business Lisa Sumner reached the final of the Guild of Photographers’ Image of the Year competition. The Guild is a highly respected UK-based association for photographers, which also has members from overseas. The competition attracted some 1,200 entries per month this year from talented photographers around the world, with Lisa having two images shortlisted in Newborn category. Lisa started Little Primrose Photography last year after leaving her job as an English teacher to care for her son, who requires frequent trips to hospital. Lisa’s images, along with the others shortlisted, will now be printed ready for the final. The outcome will be announced at a lavish awards ceremony at Crewe Hall in February.

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Police appeal FOLLOWING a serious sexual assault in Sandbach police are appealing to the public for help with their investigation. On Friday October 20 a 28-year-old woman was out on a night out with friends. The victim left the Market Tavern at 2.30am with the suspect to walk home. At around 3am they entered an alleyway by the Ganges restaurant in Bradwall Road where the incident took place. Detective Nicola Dolan said: “A 20-year-old man has been arrested as part of our enquiries

and the victim is being supported by specialist officers. “I’m particularly interested in speaking with a potential witness who walked past the alleyway, he may have seen the victim in a semi naked state. “I would urge you to contact me so I can progress with my enquiries, you could have vital information that could help me with my enquires.” Anyone with information should contact DC Dolan at Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 145 of 21 October 2017.

A working group to explore potential for a skate park and BMX track in Sandbach has launched a survey to gauge demand. Sandbach Town councillors, together local skateboarders and others have launched the survey at www.surveymonkey. If there is public demand then further consultation will take place on possible sites.

Councillor Sam Corcoran said: “I am very pleased to see this working group making progress. “At its first meeting the new group decided to look at possible sites at Belmont Avenue, the corner of Salt Line Way/Moss Lane and on the Capricorn site. “I hope that the group will make recommendations to the Town Council within six months and produce a detailed report within a year.”

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SADOS’ feline fun THE latest production by the Sandbach Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Society has proved a hit with drama fans. Founded in April last year by Jon Ranwell, the company has performed a number of plays around the town and at drama festivals. Their latest production The Cat and the Canary, was performed at the Market Tavern last month.

The company presented a new version of the comedy horror story by John Willard, which was first performed in New York in 1922. It was adapted for the SADOS by David Muncaster, who also directed the play. The company’s next production will be a murder mystery, written and directed by David, in January. For details visit www.

TAILGATE Theatre promises some festive fun at Sandbach Town Hall on December 28 with productions of Dick Whittington. Families are invited to join Dick and his talented cat on his adventure to London. The production promises

songs, slapstick, silliness, breathtaking special effects, audience participation, colourful costumes and all the fairytale magic of pantomime. There will be two showings, at 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Tickets

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Artisan food and handmade gifts with the Naomi Bakes Kitchen. Every third Sunday in the Month. Visit www.theoliveandstitch Tues Dec 19 - Live Music Market Tavern, 8.45pm Sandbach Folk Club singers’ night and Christmas party Fri Dec 22 - Live Concert Sandbach Town Hall, 7.30pm Concert featuring the Roberts

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Physical clash ends eight-game win streak SANDBACH’S eight-game winning run came to an end in a competitive game away at Scunthorpe. Sandbach, having made a few errors, found themselves 11-0 down at the break and despite a second half comeback lost out 21-17 on the day. The game started with great intensity with both teams looking to kick for position and struggling to find their way through some dogged defending. Sandbach weren’t getting much joy in the territorial game, with the Scunthorpe fullback Cook’s boot keeping them on the defensive. It was Cook who opened the scoring after ten minutes with a penalty, with Sandbach not helping themselves as they missed touch and then kicked straight out, to concede further ground. Scunthorpe took further ad-



vantage of their field position to score the opening try, when an offload released their scrum half Josh Bird who was able to sprint in from 20 yards out. After the half time team talk Sandbach really started to show some fluency and were soon on the scoreboard. Scrum half Cam Crampton sniped round the side and stepped his way through for a fine try. Elliot made no mistake with the conversion and was soon making another telling contribution minutes later, as Sandbach ran back another long boot down field. This time he put away winger Elliot Morris, who put on the after burners, racing clear to score a spectacular try. Benny Elliot added the conversion and Sandbach were ahead. Unfortunately the lead didn’t last long and the home side

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