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A LOCAL preschool’s five-year plan for a new building project has come to fruition. Brereton Playgroup and Preschool has raised more than £65,000 for the new premises. The money was raised through donations from local businesses, the community and grants from The Lottery Awards, Garfield Weston Foundation and the Thomas Cook Children Charity The Preschool, which opened its doors in 1983, is a registered charity and has been raising funds for some five years for the much-needed new building. Fundraising events have included fashion shows, sports

days, bingo nights and a national Crowdfunding campaign, which saw the pre-school raise over £35,000. The money has paid to demolish the existing building and paved the way for a new modular building with designated areas for staff including a kitchen and office. The outdoor play area has also been redesigned and now offers a multitude of new resources to engage the children in the fresh air. Kirsty Dunning, who has led the campaign, said: “We are absolutely delighted to finally have the new building in place,

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SANDBACH has hosted its Young Musician of the Year competition to unearth the town’s brightest talents. The event, run by the Sandbach Concert Series, was organised at the Town Hall as a part of the Sandbach Transport Festival. Saxophonist Ben Jackson (above) won first place in the senior section, earning a £100 bursary from Crewe Male Voice Choir, presented by the choir’s Stephen Davies.

Evie Palethorpe (cello), Tillie Palethorpe (flute), Jim Baldwin (piano), Emily Leavy (clarinet) and Matthew Franklin (clarinet) all went home with prizes in the junior section. Emily Leavy (clarinet) impressed judges to earn a special prize donated by conductor Bramwell Tovey and a £25 bursary sponsored by Nigel Birch. Nadia James (cornet) came second in the senior section with a trophy and a £50 bursary from Sandbach Music.

@SandbachSport A very productive South Cheshire athletics trials. Congratulations to all athletes who took part. A big thank you to @PhysEdCHS for their top organisation and management of the event. #SchoolSport #Athletics @SandbachChoralS Summer Concert is just over 5 weeks away. It takes place on Saturday 30th June at St.Mary’s Alsager at 7.30pm. Tickets £12 & £10 concessions. @Johntrom75 Honoured to be invited to the Queen’s Garden Party at Buckingham Palace today for services to Foden’s Band and the support and growth of music in Cheshire East @OffleyCW11 Year 6 competed their final SATS test today, some tough questions this week but you have been utterly brilliant throughout. Well done to you all !

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Appeal after British heritage Porsche theft DETECTIVES are urging witnesses to come forward following a burglary at a car dealership in Sandbach. At around 2.35am on Monday May 21 the dealership at The Hill on Newcastle Road was broken into and one of the vehicles inside was used to ram open the front gate. The offenders then drove off in a black Porsche stolen from the dealership. The car was found by police officers on Broadway in Hale, Altrincham, at around 4pm on Monday 21 May. Detectives are appealing for anyone who witnessed the burglary in Sandbach or saw the Porsche being parked up in Hale to get in touch. They also want to hear from anyone who thinks they may know who the offenders are. Detective Constable Simon Knowles said: “Thankfully the stolen car has been recovered but the offenders caused dam-

age to the dealership and we are determined to catch them and bring them to justice. “At least two men carried out the burglary. One of them is described as around 5-foot 9-inches tall with a slim build. He is believed to be in his mid-20s or younger and was wearing dark clothing and had the hood on his top up. “The other offender was also wearing dark clothing and had the hood on his top up. He had a similar build and height to the other man. “If you think you know who the offenders are or saw anything suspicious in the area around the time that the burglary took place please call Cheshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 69982, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. “We would also like to hear from anyone who saw the black Porsche being parked up in Hale at some point between 3am and 4pm on May 21.

PRIME Minister Theresa May has visited Jodrell Bank to confirm funding for a spectacular new £20.5m First Light project. The project will create a gallery building that will celebrate the site’s place in the history of astronomy. It will look to provide a place of inspiration for young people, showcasing the emergence of radio astronomy and the stories of resilience and entrepreneurial spirit that brought it into being. The project, which will be delivered over the next three years, will create 19 new roles, increase visitor numbers and es-

tablish a volunteer programme. PM Theresa May said: “It’s great to be here at this iconic home of British innovation to personally congratulate the team on this funding award, which will enable Jodrell Bank to continue to inspire scientists in Britain for generations to come. “We are committed to continuing the proud heritage that Jodrell Bank represents, by making the UK the world’s most innovative economy through our Modern Industrial Strategy. “As we stand on the threshold of a technological revolution, we will use science to transform our quality of life.”

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A QUARTET of comedy comes to Sandbach Town Hall on Friday June 22. The line-up features funnymen Danny Mcloughlin, Rory O’Hanlon, Garrett Millerick and Christian Reilly. Danny McLoughlin (above) has performed at the Edinburgh Festival and supported Al Pitcher on his UK Tour. With an amiable, confident stage presence and a wellwritten set Danny delivers material with more than just an immediate pay-off line, preferring to take the joke one or two steps further. Confident enough to take a risk on stage he does so not to the detriment of the audience,

keeping them laughing along or hanging on every word. Award-winning Irish comedian Rory O’Hanlon (above) is a firm favourite at the Edinburgh Fringe. Described by as having ‘presence, poise and timing’ and by the Irish Times as having ‘a joke every 30 seconds’, his rapid-fire delivery regularly has audiences crying with laughter. A regular face on Irish TV, Rory has been seen on RTE’s New Comedy Awards, Republic of Telly and alongside Des Bishop in Under the Influence. Garrett Millerick regularly opens the UK’s biggest comedy clubs, has performed interna-

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tionally, and recently returned from his fourth overseas tour entertaining the British and American Military. As a writer, his debut sitcom Do Gooders, a comedy about mid-level charity workers, was optioned by Hat Trick Productions. Garrett (above) is a successful director in both theatre and film. His stage work has attracted critical acclaim and his short films have been distributed and screened internationally. Christian Reilly, (above right) uses his improvisations, sharp wit, youthful energy, guitar skills and vocal mimicry to target histrionic rock bands, musical theatre and morose indie

musicians. He was an integral part of the Perrier award-winning show Otis Lee Crenshaw and the Black Liars, with comic Rich Hall. Christian’s career has taken him around the world three times. On his way, he received accolades at international festivals and numerous network TV credits in the USA, Australia, New Zealand and Britain. His Edinburgh Festival show Lost in Music was sold out, critically acclaimed and won the ‘Spirit of The Fringe’ Award. Doors open at 7pm for an 8.15pm start. Tickets are £12 in advance or £15 on the door. The show also supports Sandbach United FC.

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Police make Freedom of speech CCTV appeal POLICE officers have released CCTV footage after ten vehicles were damaged in Sandbach Cheshire Police have released a video of a person they would like to speak to in connection with the incident. The vehicles were targeted between 2am and 3.15am on Sunday May 13 while parked outside addresses on Bradwall Road, Platt Avenue and Park Lane in Sandbach. The footage can be viewed online at watch?v=bhqqJkAUOQ8. PCSO Liz Chester said: “Enquiries in relation to these incidents are currently on-going and as part of our investigation we are keen to speak to the man in the CCTV footage as we believe

that he may hold vital information. “While the footage doesn’t show their face, you may recognise the clothes they are wearing or their build. “I’d urge the person, or anyone who recognises them, to contact the team here at Sandbach on 101 so we can progress with our investigation.” Anyone with any information in relation to the incidents, or anyone who recognises the person in the CCTV image, is asked to contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident number IML64941. Information can also be passed anonymously, via Crimestoppers, by calling 0800 555 111.

A LOCAL brewery has crafted a beer in support of Cheshire Wildlife Trust. Arclid-based Merlins Micro Brewery teamed up with the Trust to create the beverage. The beer is a 4% amber ale made using English malts and hops and will be sold in bottles and on draught. As part of the production process a competition was run to select a name for the brew and Kathryn Pilling became the lucky winner when her suggested name ‘Squiffy Duck’ was chosen. She will soon be visiting the brewery based in Arclid for a tour and to collect her prize of a polo shirt, hoodie and a case of the beer. The family-run micro-brewery has been brewing craft ale for eight years and in that time has won ten awards, including several wins at The Champion Beer of Cheshire annual competition. The brewery’s Sue Pearl said: “We loved the name Squiffy Duck and it is already proving a real hit with our venues. “Our brewery has always strived to be as environmentallyfriendly as possible; we only use renewable energy, and have on-site reed beds to return waste water to the earth. “We are proud to now go one step further and show our support for Cheshire Wildlife Trust.”

The new ale will be available for sale throughout the county and on draught at a number of venues across Cheshire including The Beer Emporium in Sandbach and The Bulls Head in Smallwood. The Trust’s Sam Salisbury said: “We’d like to thank the team at Merlins for developing this new beer in support of our work. “We’re always looking for new opportunities for local companies and people to support wildlife.” The Trust, based in Malpas, manages around 40 nature reserves and inspires thousands of people to get close to wildlife every year. Some 15% of each sale by Merlins Micro Brewery will support Cheshire Wildlife Trust’s conservation work.

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SANDBACH MP Fiona Bruce has come to the defence of freedom of speech in universities. Her comments come after a report by the Joint Committee on Human Rights said it is ‘unacceptable’ that some topics are being restricted. Speaking in Parliament, Mrs Bruce said: “If we do not prepare students to engage in dialogue in an environment that promotes free speech, there is a serious danger that we will risk promoting extremism and factionalism within wider society. “Only by understanding different views and beliefs and by, as one of our witnesses said, countering bad ideas with good ones, will we build community cohesion and break down prejudice and discrimination in wider society, which, at worst, as we know, can lead to violent disturbances within our local communities. “There were incidents of unacceptable intimidatory behaviour by protesters intent on preventing free speech and

debate. “We found that student unions were inconsistent in the way they applied the regulations on allowing them to hold events at the student union. “The different types of group might include faith groups, groups with non-religious views, or groups with views on the Israel-Palestine conflict, rightwing or left-wing views, pro-life or anti-abortion views, and views on transgender issues or Islamophobia. “Another matter of concern was the chilling effect — an undercurrent of restraint among students, both as to their speech as individuals and as to the large number of events either not held at all or inhibited, and of which there was no report, although students wanted them to be held. “One common occurrence is that certain speakers who are perceived as ‘extremist’ are being denied the chance to speak at universities, to discuss their ideas, and have their ideas challenged by others in an open debate.”

SANDBACH Police are asking residents to keep their eyes out for two stolen cars. The two vehicles were stolen from an address in Eva Street in Elworth between 11am on May 9 May and 6.30am the following day, and may have been abanoned in the town. Thieves broke into the house and stole keys to the two vehicles, stealing the cars from the drive. The cars are an Audi A4 Silver Line in grey, partial registration place DA67, and a Seat Ibiza SE in black, partial registration place DK18.

Sergeant Jon Marsden said: “I’d urge anyone who sees these cars parked up to contact police on 101. “It is likely the cars have been left in situ until the thieves feel it’s safe to retrieve them. “I’d also ask that if you see suspicious activity to contact police on 101 - if you see a crime in progress call 999.” Anyone with information on the location of the vehicles or the burglary itself should contact police on 101 quoting incident number IML 59817, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Bach upbeat SANDBACH RUFC are already preparing for the coming season. Following the recent AGM, Dan Stubbs will take over from Chris Davenport as club captain, as director of rugby Willie Stockdale outlined plans for the forthcoming season. Changes to the coaching set up will see Sale Sharks and England hooker Rob Webber become head coach and Andy Bird, the Sale Sharks Academy Coach stepping up as backs coach. Byron McGuigan has had to stand down because of Scotland, Sale Sharks and family commitments. Stockdale will look to enhance the training team with guest specialist coaches, as last year, which saw the assistance of former England player and RFU National Academy kicking coach Jon Callard. Individual Development Plans have been given to all the senior players, for them to work on during the off season. Further plans will be announced at the Players Meeting

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on June 26, with formal training to start two days later. Training will look to utilize game-based coaching wherever possible, alongside a strength and conditioning programme. A number of preseason fixtures have been arranged, with a visit to Northern Premier club Kendal booked in for August 18. Having finished 7th last season in the competitive Midlands Premier League, Sandbach will be looking to improve as young players gain more experience. Sandbach welcome new additions to the squad and players interested should contact Willie Stockdale on 07810477786.

SANDBACH Utd fell agonisingly short in the play-off semi-final, losing out 1-0 away to Whitchurch Alport. Both teams came into the crucial clash looking to continue good form. The game got off to a nervy start and both teams were looking to get the ball down and take control. In the 26th minute Sandbach winger Jordan Davies drove into the Whitchurch box but his low shot was well saved by the feet of the keeper. It was a cagey game of few chances but it was Sandbach who edged the first half, coming close again on 42 minutes when Ryan Allcock saw his first time shot saved.

With 25 minutes to go it was looking as though a mistake or a moment of brilliance was going to win this game. Adam Clayton came very close to providing that moment of magic on 67 minutes when Davies switched the play and found Clayton in space who unleashed a shot from 30 yards that was only just parried around the post by the keeper. Sandbach paid for their lack of incision in the cruellest of ways when Joe Cuff’s left footed shot took a wicked deflection off leaving Sandbach keeper Moss helpless and the home side in front. Sandbach piled on the pressure but were unable to unlock the resolute Alport defence. • Pic by John Clayton

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Porthill’s aggression too much for Foxes AFTER a promising start to the season Elworth CC succumbed to title contenders Porthill Park. Porthill (119 all out) beat the Foxes (84 all out), 25 points to 6 on the day. Porthill’s Jack Beech hit an impressive 50 which, in a low scoring match, proved the difference between the sides. So far this season Elworth have won home ties against Bagnall Norton, Burslem and Ashcombe Park. However, they lost the season opener at home to Checkley and fell to Stone on the road. Away at Porthill the Foxes lost the toss and were bowling first on an extremely hot afternoon. They got off to a fine start though and had the home side 36/4 with two wickets for Yasir Ali and one each for Mike Holt and Adnan Ghaus. Matt Holmes, returning behind



the stumps after injury, turned in an excellent display and Yasir’s two were caught by him. However, Beech and Dan Hancock set about restoring the home side’s fortunes, the former deserving his half century before becoming Adnan’s fourth wicket and Holmes’ fourth victim. Russ Ballard talked during the interval of staying calm and not losing a wicket in the first ten overs. Elworth had 74 overs in which to score the runs as they had bowled their opponents out inside 36. However, Porthill’s aggressive approach highlighted the difference between the teams in contention and the rest. It quickly proved productive as Ballard edged to keeper Hassett from the dangerous Cotton. Shortly afterwards Ed Parrish got one on the side of the

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helmet, Cotton’s next ball was a yorker and Parrish, unsettled by the blow, had no answer, departing for 0. Despite battling performances

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