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FRESH CALVES (121): the 34 black and white bull calves to £218 (£78.17). Simmental heifers to £295 (£237, £9 more than the Blues).
Bulls: Holstein x (27): (£64.15) to £124 (Cranage); Friesian (7): (132.29) to £218 (Mere); Ayrshire (2): (£52) to £62 (Tyldesley); Hereford (2): (£230) to £240 (Bollington); Charolais (2): (£352) to £360 (Barthomley); Simmental x (16): (£295.56) to £362 (Smallwood); Limousin x (5): (£178.20) to £260 (Lower Withington); British Blue (5): (£298) to £340 (Rudyard); Shorthorn (1): to £52; Aberdeen Angus (7): (£214.71) to £265 (Middlewich); Sussex x (2): (£151) to £180 (Lach Dennis).
Heifers: Holstein x (40): (£78) to £106 (Cranage); Hereford (4): (£158.25) to £205 (Gawsworth); Charolais x (1): to £260 (Barthomley); Simmental x (9): (£237.11) to £292 (Barthomley); Limousin x (7): (£135.43) to £198 (Rudyard); Blonde D’Aquitaine (1): to £170; British Blue (9): (£228.33) to £270 (Over Peover); Galloway (1): to £114 (Allostock); Aberdeen Angus (9): (£109.89) to £194.
HEADS POULTRY (101): bad weather kept both buyers and sellers at bay. A quiet sale saw reasonable prices for pure breeds, Blue Cochin Pullet £14, white silkies £14, buff Orpingtons and cream Legbars £10, Marans and buff Sussex £8.
Few ducks were entered, best price a lavender runner at £7. Point of lay warrens struggled to reach £6 with some remaining unsold.
Best prices were a stag turkey at £24 and a peacock at £22.
STORE AND BREEDING CATTLE (92): best of the bunch was a fresh heifer from Chelford regular, Ray Broadsmith selling to £1,980, further heifers to £1,180 and £1,740.
Young heifer calves to £295, £265 and £205 and the clear message that many more could have been sold.
Cows and calves to £1,110 for a young Charolais heifer with bull calf and £800 for an in-calf Shorthorn heifer.
Store cattle: no headline prices this week, but another strong trade throughout for all classes of cattle.
Top call of £1,000 for a shapely Blonde x heifer, forward cattle were a brisk trade, plenty around £900 and younger things not far behind with the better end often close to £800 and peaking at £855 for young Blues.
Forward Blue bulls to £885, £875 and £180, youngsters to £500 and yearling Friesians to £410.
Steers: Sussex x (22 months old) £950; Sussex x (22 months old) £905; Simmental x (16
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Heifers: Blonde x (19 months old) £1,000; British Blue x (20 months old) £870; British Blue x (11 months old) £855; Limousin x (22 months old) £850; Hereford x (20 months old) £840.
Bulls: Charolais (12 months old) £890; British Blue (18 months old) £885.
PIGS (231): the four cull sows was a small entry without any meated sorts, selling to 59p (54.95p).
BUTCHERS’ PIGS (136): was a good quality entry and while prices were something similar, new buyers in attendance certainly helped. Best gilts over 100p to a top of 121p.
Prices: 25 porker to 108p (95.94p); 56 cutter to 106p (87.11p); 50 baconer to 121p (93.85p); five overweight to 82p (77.62p); 136 overall (90.78p).
The 91 store and breeding pigs sold to £4.
£/Head: £49 at 37kg; £49 at 42kg; £41 at 31kg; £40 at 37kg; £27 at 15kg.
STORE AND BREEDING SHEEP (63): in-lamb Gritstone ewes due April sold to £110 to average £100. Gritstone ewe hoggets sold to £72. Only one cade on offer at £56.
FARM PRODUCE LOADS (53): the best quality small bale hay made £120 to £135 per tonne with other, often bigger loads, of decent hay £85 to £100 per tonne. Some good quality loads of big bale hay looked good value to purchase with the general run £80 to £90 per tonne and an odd load at £100 or just over.
There is plenty of haylage and silage about with best quality haylage up to £85 per tonne, silage at the other end of the scale £30 per tonne and a variety of other prices in between depending upon quality.
Barley straw outnumbered wheat straw with 10 loads on offer all £80 per tonne upwards to a top of £92 on two occasions. A load of small bale barley straw in packs of 21 bales made £120 per tonne.
Big bale wheat straw in keen demand with only seven loads on offer, £68 to £92 per tonne with a load of marked bales at £52. Three loads of oat straw £70-£85 per tonne.
EGGS (618 DOZEN): only a small entry of hen eggs with large to £1, medium to £1.10 and small 75p.
The 23 dozen duck eggs to £3.30 (£3); seven goose to £1, netted rabbits to £2.50.
POTATOES (1,524): Wilja to £2.25 (£2); Nadine to £2.50 (£2); Piper to £2.50 (£2.50); Cara to £2.50 (£2.50); Celine to £2.50 (£2.50); Valor to £1.75; Romano to £2.50; Harmony to £2.25; washed Nadine x 10kg to £2.50; box bakers x 40 to £5.25; 750 stock feed carrots to £1; catch weight bags of barley £3.25.
PACKAGES VEGETABLES (1,430): leek x 5kg to £3 (£2.50); dirty carrot x 12.5kg to £1.50 (£1); washed carrot x 12.5kg to £2.25 (£2); swede x 12.5kg to £4 (£3.25); cabbage x 12 to £2.50 (£2); Savoy x 12 to £3 (£2); spring cabbage x 10 to £3.50 (£3); onion x 12.5kg to £3.25 (£3); sprout x 10lb to £1.50 (£1); beetroot x 12.5kg to £1.75 (£1.50).
CULL COWS (88): the 63 black and white cows to £1,297.04 (£762.78). Only 88 forward. Herefords to £1,332.66; steers £1,281.28; 13 out of 88 over £1,000.
Cows: Hereford at 1,002kg 133p or £1,332.66; Holstein x at 1,046kg 124p or £1,297.04;
Holstein x at 928kg 133p or £1,234.24; Belgian Blue x at 718kg 160p or £1,148.80; Hereford at 700kg 160p or £1,120.
Bulls: Belgian Blue x at 823kg 154p or £1,281.28.
Cull cow: Holstein x (45): (113.86p) to 150p; Friesian (18): (115.23p) to 134p.
BUTCHERS’ SHEEP (1,119): 936 old season; top spot 229p at 49kg Texel cross, R and S Bailey, Rushton; overall average 199.97p. 255 more than last week met an easier, but still comparable trade with other local outlets. Export weight lambs generally 200p to 205p.
CULL EWES AND RAMS (183): 120 more on offer met a much improved trade with best heavyweight ewes selling to £115; top quality rams to £125. 174 cull ewes averaged £75.57; nine cull rams averaged £105.
BUTCHERS’ CATTLE (65): a definite shortage of those best butchers’ type steers and heifers this week. Chris Barnsley sold the only cattle past 200p, topping the sale at 215p.
Meated prime-stock saw Nathan Beswick sell an Angus x to 183p and James Gilman with home-bred Blondes to £1,324.32.
Nothing top drawer in the bulls either; dairy-bred continentals to 187p and beef-bred continentals to £1,234.32 in the lump for Messrs Lavin.
Best of the black and whites to 170p and grossing to a top of £1,117.34 for Andy Lyon. Lighter, plainer bulls were very hard to place.
Steers (12) to 183p (168.67p); heifers (21): to 215p (172.44p); bulls (32): to 187p (157.45p); overall average (65): 164.28p.
The Valentine’s sale had a sheep emphasis, with 475 lambs on offer and a strong entry of 158 cull sheep.
Ewes and spring lambs sold at £208 for doubles with singles to £156.
A few more barren cows met a firm trade, although there was a shortage of clean cattle. Dairy numbers were respectable bearing in mind the ensuing pedigree sale.
CLEAN CATTLE: Just five on offer, all being heavy steers, topped at 195p for a premium Limousin, with prime Limousins to 181p and Simmentals at 172.5p. Overall average 175p.
OVER THIRTY MONTH STOCK (54): some good continentals on offer giving an opportunity for buyers to show just how keen they were. Plain cattle were in short supply and, if anything, dearer than of late. Continentals topped 174p for a Limousin with others at 150p. Charolais at 145.5p. Finished Friesians to 135p with others at 133p and 131p. Grade one cows averaged 122.5p; grade two cows to 115p (109p); grade three cows to 100p (92p); over age clean 154.5p for Simmentals; overall average 118p (£788.07).
DAIRIES (23): an outstanding trade for the quality forward saw a top price of £2,140 for a 30kg heifer from Messrs Fernyhough of Kidsgrove, which went to Mrs Sellors of Grange Mill. All classes were well sold, in particular older milking cows, with a nine-yearold Shorthorn from Robert Davies to £1,480. Averages: first quality heifers to £2,140 (£1,995); second quality heifers to £1,800 (£1,658); second quality cows to £1,480
BUTCHERS’ LAMBS (475): standardweights topped 220p (207p) with medium weights to 228p from Alan Lancaster with others at 224p and 222p (208.5p). Heavy lambs to 224p from Mr Lancaster with others to 210p (185p). Overweight lambs to 179p (172p). Top price lambs £112.45.
Quality prices, lambs: premium 228p (226p); prime 220p (200p); commercial 174p (170p).
EWES AND STORE SHEEP (175): cull ewes to £132 apiece with others at £120 (£84.72). Killing rams to £120 apiece (£92). Ewes with lambs at foot to £208 for doubles with singles to £158 (£160).
CALVES (84): a lighter entry continuing the extortionate prices with best bull calves to £390 for a Blue, with nine averaging £280. Limousins to £302 with six averaging £187. Strong Friesians at £200 with others £182 and seven averaging £115. Angus to £198 with four averaging £191.
Heifers saw an excellent Blue at £330 with six averaging £267. Blondes to £240 (£220). Limousins to £224 (£187). Simmentals to £208.
Herefords to £200 from Pete Lawley, average £155.
PRODUCE: A marginally easier trade for baled silage, topping at £18 with baled barley straw to £19.
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Winter activities in east Cheshire
There are activities on offer throughout the winter, from tai chi to coffee mornings, Pilates and senior citizens’ lunches.
Cheshire East Council and its partner agencies have been providing information and contact numbers as part of its Stay Warm, Stay Well, Stay Safe campaign.
social opportunity to restore confidence, maintain independence, reduce falls and improve mobility, strength, balance and flexibility.”
Congleton Library hosts a free ancestry taster-session at 2pm tomorrow (Friday). There is also a coffee morning on Saturday at the library in the meeting (60p).
All promoted activities can be enjoyed in warm, safe environments where people can socialise and make new friends, the council said.
Coun Janet Clowes, Cabinet member with responsibility for health and wellbeing, said: “We may all feel less inclined to get out and about when the weather is cold but, following a short journey, there are a lot of activities which people can get involved in across all our towns and villages.
“Many are free of charge and some are available at a small price. Also, our health improvement team run a variety of programmes in partnership with Age UK and housing associations.
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Memories of a Congleton youth
Many activities, including the Be Steady, Be Safe classes that are designed to improve leg strength and balance in older people, can be searched in Cheshire East’s comprehensive guide of things to do at whatson.cheshireeast.gov.u or for more information, call 01270 685794.
Adults can put their best feet forward with English country dancing sessions at Adlington Village Hall, near Macclesfield, until Monday, 27th February.
Weekly free meditation classes are on offer at The MedShed in Elworth, near Sandbach, on Tuesdays at 8pm.
More advice and information on the Stay Warm, Stay Well, Stay Safe campaign can be obtained at the following road show events:
● tomorrow (Friday), Grosvenor Centre, Macclesfield, 10am-2pm;
● Thursday, 23rd February, ASDA, Crewe,10am-2pm;
● Friday, 24th February, Booths, Knutsford, 10am-2pm.
Author Richard Hemsley, (50), has had his memoir about his youth in Congleton, “A cavalier attitude”, released on amazon.co.uk as an e-book.
It is a fun look at personal discovery, becoming a man and the hilarious antics in-between.
He said: “I was very fortunate to grow up in Congleton, have a great bunch of friends and a fantastic time growing up. I wanted to write it down and share it.”
The story follows his life between the late 1970s and through the 1980s. It has been described as a must read for anyone growing up around that time.
Though Mr Hemsley no longer lives in the area, he keeps in touch: “I lived in Congleton until I was 30 and now I live down south but I still have my Dad send me the ‘Chronicle’ every week.”
The e-book has become available three years after the original was published and Mr Hemsley is hoping that the proceeds can help with a second edition that will have pictures from his childhood and even more chapters to delve into.
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Council’s fined £80k after sending email by mistake
By Chris Young Cheshire East Council has been fined £80,000 for sending an email claiming that the owner of a nature reserve was not an appropriate erson to be working around children.
The email, distributed y mistake to 180 people last May, referred to Leo Deen, who ran the Timbersbrook Project.
The message said the olice had met with the council and concluded Mr Deen proved to be a “major child safeguarding concern.” No criminal offences came to light.
an individual who was working in the area.
Commissioner’s Office said: “Instead of sending an email via the council’s secure system, the employee sent an email to the local authority sector co-ordinator via her personal email account. The employee said she did this because the co-ordinator did not have an appropriate email account and that using the secure email system would have prevented the information from being further disseminated.”
It said the email was then forwarded to 100 intended recipients, and added: “Because the email did not have any clear markings or advice on how it was to be treated, the recipients interpreted the wording of the message to mean that they should forward the email to other voluntary workers. The email was therefore sent to 180 unintended recipients.”
Mr Deen, who denied all allegations, has been fighting the council since, and plans to take the council to court over the emails.
Yesterday (Wednesday) The Information Commissioner’s Office, which issued the fine, released a statement which described the email’s release as a “serious breach of the Data Protection Act”.
In May a council employee was asked to contact the local voluntary sector co-ordinator to alert local voluntary workers to a police force’s concerns about
After the breach, the council asked all the recipients to delete the information on the emails, and 57% followed this advice.
A council statement following the fine said: “An apology has now been issued to the person affected and the council has taken all necessary steps to ensure that this does not happen again in this or any other case.”
Coun Dave Brown, Cheshire East’s Cabinet member for performance and capacity, added: “Data protection is an issue the council takes very seriously. Staff will receive extra training and support in this area and staff are being urged to remain extremely vigilant with the way sensitive information is handled and distributed.”
Stephen Eckersley, head of enforcement at the ICO, said: “The highly sensitive nature of the information and the need to restrict its circulation should have been made clear to all recipients.
“I hope this case acts as a strong incentive for other councils to ensure that they have sufficient measures in place around protecting personal data.”
The council will have to pay £64,000 of the fine — the reduction was allowed to encourage early payment. A council Cabinet member has said the authority’s procedures have since been evaluated, and promised it would not happen again.
Mr Deen spoke to the “Chronicle” after the fine announcement.
He is planning to take the council to court over the emails, which he said has seriously damaged his reputation.
He feels he has never received a proper apology — the apology from the council said it was sorry that so many people were sent the email, rather than being sorry for sending it out.
Just three months after the email was distributed, the council issued an enforcement order on the Timbersbrook Project, which Mr Deen ran for more than seven years without proper planning permission.
Council officers demolished the site during a dawn raid in August.
Of the email, Mr Deen said:
“My life has been ruined by this. It is going to be really hard for me to get a job. I am still on anti depressants, it has damaged my health. That email blackened my name. After it came out a lot of people stopped coming here.
“This is £64,000 of taxpayer money — they have been fined for this, that could have given at least four people a good salary for a year.
“I need to let people know that this place wasn’t knocked down because of what was said in the email. I won’t let them get away with ruining my life. How many other people might this happen to? It needs to be nipped in the bud now.”
He said if he was awarded compensation in court, he would use some of the money to restore his Timbersbrook site and donate the rest to good causes in the town.
The ICO told the “Chronicle” that its ruling could be used in any court case brought against the council.
Timbersbrook enforcement action will be discussed at a meeting of the council’s Environment and Prosperity scrutiny Committee on Tuesday.
Planning enforcement is on the agenda and a report into the issue refers to last summer’s “direct action” at Timbersbrook, and holds it up as an example of good practice into planning enforcement.
The meeting is being held at Westfields in Sandbach at 2pm. Mr Deen plans to attend.
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The Research Centre of the Family History Society of Cheshire is now at the Rajar Building, Town Lane, Mobberley, after moving from Alderley Edge.
It was officially opened by Cheshire East Council Mayor Roger West last Saturday.
The secretary, Coun Lesley Smetham, said: “The Mayor said he was impressed by this version of the ‘big society’. Duty volunteers did a quick search and produced a family tree for him in just a few minutes.”
She added: “The society is an educational charity run by volunteers who are knowledgeable in all aspects of family history, many of whom are retired from a variety of vocational and professional roles and interests.”
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