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16 The Chronicle, Thursday, 19th November, 2009.

Christmas comes early for church fund-raisers

Helpers at the Christmas fair, from left, Sheila Evans, Amy Gibson, Dianne Gibson, Wendy Moreton, Brenda Woolley, Dianna Healey and Audrey Turner. (“Chronicle” photo. 4613/09).

It was all smiles at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Rode Heath, last Saturday when £420 was raised at a Christmas fair.

Organisers ran stalls selling everything from cakes and treats

to Christmas cards, and hosted a competition corner, tombola and raffl e.

There was also a refreshments stand to keep shoppers fed and watered.

Church secretary Wendy

Moreton said the money raised will go towards church running costs.

She added that the event was a huge success: “It was a brilliant turnout and everyone seemed to have a great time.”

Wine with meal deal offers are toasted by MP

Macclesfi eld MP Sir Nicholas Winterton has defended shops that offer wine with two person meal deals.

In a parliamentary early day motion, he said drinking wine with an evening meal is a responsible way of consuming alcohol and is a good example in British drinking culture.

He therefore called for those in the alcohol debate to ease off people who drink in such a moderate way and focus their energies on those who misuse alcohol.

The motion read: “We urge cooperation between all parties in the alcohol debate to tackle the behaviour of the minority of the population who misuse alcohol, rather than intervening in the habits of moderate consumers.”

Ramblers’ diary

Sunday 8.30am: Kinder and Snake Pass, 12 miles and medium plus, leader Dave Thalrose, 01260 290507;

10am: Rostherne-Knutsford, eight miles, leisurely, leader Alan Wrench, 01606 832236.

Wednesday 1.30pm: Swettenham, four miles, leisurely, Margaret Baker, 01477 534238. Meet at the West Heath Shopping Precinct.

Walkers should meet at Congleton Library car park at the above times (unless stated otherwise above). Non-members are welcome to join in to sample a walk or two. Dogs are not allowed.

MP praises bible

Congleton and Sandbach MP Ann Winterton has signed a Parliamentary motion recognising the positive impact the “King James Bible” has had on literature.

She also praised its social, political and cultural contribution and the impact it has had around the world and noted that 2011 will mark its 400th anniversary.

Lady Winterton welcomed the commitment of the BBC to mark the milestone on radio, television and online and called for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport to offi cially mark the anniversary.

News from Terra Nova School

From left, headmaster Andrew Lewin, Fiona Fontes, Ann Lever and Claire Curtis.

Local artist Ann Lever was guest of honour at Terra Nova School’s recent art and design technology exhibition, when she opened the weeklong exhibition during a private viewing last Tuesday evening.

She said: “As a parent I was always impressed with the quality of creative work my children enjoyed during their time at Terra Nova.” She said it was “wonderful to see both the art and design technology to continue to go from strength to strength” at the Holmes Chapel school.

Martin Valentine, head of art at Sedbergh School presented the school with a copy of a self-portrait of Will Carling, who was an Old Terra Novan and art scholar at Sedbergh School.

The work of all the pupils was on display, from nursery through to year eight. Fiona Fontes, head of art, taught the last three recipients of the art scholarship to Rugby School and Clare Curtis, head of design technology achieved a record four design technology scholarships last year.

Those pupils who received art or design technology scholarships also sent their latest work for display.

Historic The pupils remembered at two Armistice services the 30 old boys who gave their lives in the two world wars.

Tommy Brown headmaster in 1939, relocated Terra Nova from Birkdale, Southport, to

its Cheshire location when the Second World War broke out.

His son, Tim WheildonBrown, (84), visited the school to relate the story of how his father, in September 1939, had been instructed by the Government to open an envelope which had been sent to him some months before marked: “Strictly secret: not to be opened”. The letter stated: “In the event of war, the school will be requisitioned by the Government.”

Within a week, Tommy Brown had found a disused country manor house and three weeks later, Terra Nova re-opened in Cheshire.

Mr Wheildon-Brown was aged 14 at the time, and lived at Terra Nova for several years, although, by coincidence, he attended Bramcote School in Scarborough, which is the school where current headmaster Mr Lewin and his family were at previously.

During a school assembly, Mr Wheildon-Brown, who had followed a career in engineering, presented the maths department with a heavy machine which functions as a very early model of the calculator.

Mr Lewin said: “It has been wonderful to have Tim visit us and we are incredibly grateful for his kind gift. We are clearly linked to one another in a number of ways both through Terra Nova and Bramcote School. He is a fascinating man and I have enjoyed learning all about the history of Terra Nova.” (Submitted photographs).

Handbags stolen

Three handbags were stolen from the kitchen of a St John’s Road mid-terrace home in Congleton on Thursday after 9.45pm by someone who entered through the back door.

Hospice lottery

The winner of the £2,000 fi rst prize in the East Cheshire Hospice Lottery weekly draw was from Congleton. The winner of the £200 second prize was from Poynton while the winner of the £75 third prize was from Macclesfi eld.

From left, maths scholarship class pupils Mark Munro, Woody Lewis, head of maths Gill Clark, Mr Wheildon-Brown, James Matthews and Hugh Rylands.

Scheme will help forest branch out

The Country Land and Business Association is backing a scheme by the National Forest which encourages the growth of woodland in the region.

Plantatree is a gift that aims to get people out in the fresh air in the new year and help the National Forest grow in the heart of the Midlands.

Sat nav thieves damaged van

A Sat nav, an interior light and a radio cassette player were stolen from a grey minivan on Holmesville Avenue, Congleton. It happened between 4pm on Friday 6th November and 9.45am on Monday. The offender bent out the front door, deactivated the central locking system and damaged the vehicle’s steering column. Rescuers issue a clarion call for more volunteers

By Stephanie Barnett A Staffordshire based rescue group has appealed for more volunteers to help continue its work.

Formed 30 years ago, Stoke Rescue Safety Unit

rovides rescue cover and medical assistance at motor sports events across the country.

It is one of 55 units throughout the UK and

orthern Ireland to attend rally events on Tarmac and in forests.

The unit has top of the range medical equipment, similar to that used by the Fire and

Road to close for phone mast work

A road will be closed to all traffi c so work can be carried out on a phone mast. Eaton Bank in Congleton will

e shut for around three hours, from around 7.30pm to 10pm next Sunday, 29th November, so that a fi rm called Commhoist can work on the mast.

No diversion route for traffi c is possible as Jackson Road is the only route to Eaton Bank,

y Eaton Bank Industrial Estate, although pedestrian access will

e maintained during the work.

Rescue Service.

Although they do not rely on the same crew all year round, the rescue unit has 10 licensed members aged between 18 and 75, who all have fi rst aid certifi cates issued by the Red Cross or St John Ambulance.

Now the unit needs new volunteers from the Cheshire and Staffordshire area.

Stoke Rescue Safety Unit member George Bailey said: “Rallying by its very nature takes place in remote, hard to reach areas and this is a very important service which covers the whole country, including the south Cheshire and north Staffordshire area.

“We are looking for two or three new volunteers who have an interest in motor sport or fi rst aid. They can be male or female, but they must be at least 18 years old, due to the equipment used.”

The unit operates two rescue ambulances, both of which are dualpurpose vehicles carrying hydraulic cutting gear and powered electric saws.

The most important items on the vehicle are often items relating to neck and back injures, which make up 50% of the unit’s calls, including extrication collars, spinal immobilisers, a spine board and a trolley stretcher.

Mr Bailey added: “All the events we cover are also attended by a doctor and a paramedic but full training in fi rst aid and rescue will obviously be provided and we offer safety clothing after the initial training.

“We also attend training week

Training for councillors has the vote of approval

ends at least twice a year, where we learn additional fi rst aid skills and also practise with the extraction equipment, which is part of the kit carried on the rescue ambulance.”

Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Mr Bailey on 01270 873696 or email

Housing group’s work explained during open day

A housing group has hosted an open day to highlight its involvement in various projects which support the most vulnerable members of society in Cheshire and Staffordshire.

Adullam Homes Housing Association’s event, which took place at The New Life Church in Congleton last Tuesday, was arranged for the benefi t of the local community, local authority staff and residents.

They watched a variety of presentations focusing on work involving single homeless people, substance abuse and domestic violence, and special mother and baby projects.

Adullam provides both highquality housing and support for clients and residents through a variety of projects.

The association’s services in the Congleton area have been awarded an “A” rating in recent Quality Assessment Framework (QAF) assessments, part of the Supporting People programme that measures the quality of housing support services for vulnerable people.

Tony Lewis, service manager at Adullam, said: “We have all been delighted at our recent QAF ‘A’ rating and have enjoyed a thoroughly worthwhile day presenting to everyone interested in the work we do. I believe that anyone who attended the open day will have left with some valuable insights into both the needs of vulnerable people in the Cheshire and Staffordshire areas and of the support we provide for them.”

The signing of the declaration of commitment to the North West Charter, the fi rst step in the charter process. From left, Coun Dorothy Flude, leader of the Labour group and member of the Member Development Panel; Coun Fitzgerald; Erica Wenzel and Coun Ainsley Arnold, leader of the Liberal Democrat group and member of the Member Development Panel.

Cheshire East Council has een recognised for the training and development of councillors

Its newly-awarded Charter accreditation was celebrated at an awards ceremony at The Lowry in Salford Quays on Friday.

The unitary authority has achieved level one accreditation

nder the North West Charter on elected member development.

Council leader Coun Wesley Fitzgerald said: “We believe at the heart of any local authority dedicated to meeting the needs of their community, will be a commitment to the development of its elected members, a principle which also lies at the heart of the charter.

“Members make decisions which affect everyday lives and the council is committed to providing the support they need to make these decisions and do the excellent job they do for the local eo le on their atch.

“Cheshire East more than achieved these standards, reaching level one, awarded by the charter in a short space of time.

“With support from specialist officers within each area of the council, the training Cheshire East councillors receive ensures they are equipped to deliver the best for their community.”

To achieve charter accreditation, Cheshire East had to demonstrate its commitment to this support and provide evidence of its investment in member development. Cheshire East was just a month old when it showed its support of the charter aims, with Coun Fitzgerald and chief executive Erika Wenzel signing a declaration of commitment.

The North West Local Authorities Employers’ Organisation carried out an assessment in September, before the accreditation was announced in October.

(Submitted photograph).

Volunteers who help Guides are praised by MP

Congleton MP Ann Winterton has praised Girlguiding UK on 100 years of shaping the country’s young women.

This year marks the group’s centenary year, and Lady Winterton recently put her name to a parliamentary early day motion recognising the group’s good work, and recognising the diffi culties the organisation could face in recruiting new volunteers.

The motion read: “We congratulate Girlguiding UK on its centenary, and commend their work which, for 100 years, has enabled girls and young women to fulfi l their potential.

“We celebrate the invaluable work of the organisation’s 80,000 adult volunteer leaders and 20,000 supporters, who dedicate their free time to ensuring that 80,000 Rainbows, 225,000 Brownies, 125,000 Guides and 20,000 Senior Section members have access to a vibrant girl-led programme including adventurous activities to build skills, confi dence and self-esteem in a supportive allgirl environment.

“We note the challenge the organisation faces in recruiting more volunteers to allow the 48,000 girls on the waiting lists to join, and fully support the organisation in its efforts to ensure all girls who wish to join have the opportunity to do so.”

The Chronicle, Thursday, 19th November, 2009. 17

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