Midcheshire Independent Issue 128

Issue 128 • March 2020 2 Follow us on Facebook: yourlocalinde Independent YOUR LOCAL No part of this publication may be used or reproduced without the express permission of the publisher. Every effort is made to ensure that the articles and advertisements that are carried are authentic, however the publisher of Your Local Independent accepts no responsibility for claims made. © Investors in Publishing Ltd 2020. Your Local Independent is published monthly by Investors in Publishing, Publishing House, 3 Bridgebank Industrial Estate, Taylor Street, Horwich, Bolton BL6 7PD. Tel: 01204 478812 Fax: 01204 667345 www.independentnewspapers.co.uk WHY NOT JOIN IN ON OUR SUCCESS STORY? To advertise your business or service contact Jessica on 01204 478812 or Jessica@independentnewspapers.co.uk @yourlocalinde EDITORIAL: Jan Roberts: Jan@independentnewspapers.co.uk . Mobile: 07709 977629 ADVERTISING: Jessica: Jessica@independentnewspapers.co.uk . Telephone: 01204 478812 CLASSIFIEDS: Bernard: Bernard@independentnewspapers.co.uk . Telephone: 01204 478812 DURING November and December the Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity received gifts and toys that were distributed throughout the Mid Cheshire Hospitals Foundation Trust to patients. Tesco Extra in Crewe held a month long toy appeal. Other donations of items were given from Hays Travel, Banks Sheridan Accountants, Dabbers and Crewe Kings Scooter Club to name a few. Many local supermarkets including Morrison’s, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Co-Op stores showed their support by donating items which the charity then distributed to grateful staff through their annual ‘festive treats trolley’. Now its calling for more support dur- ing the spring and summer months. Carole Salmon, MCH Charity Com- munity Fundraiser said: “We were delighted to receive so much support from the local community not only in fundraising donations but also a wealth of toys, gifts and treats. Our Lost Little Ones appeal is already almost half way to the 100k target which wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of local businesses, members of the public and trust staff.” The charity also received a great response from the local community after asking groups, businesses and Trust staff to fundraise for their Lost Little Ones baby bereavement suite appeal during the festive period. Alextra Accountants, Northwich Radio, Pick- mere Extra Care, Minshulls Nurseries and many more held festive fundraising to boost the appeals total. Mid Cheshire Hospitals charity are keen to support more local groups and businesses with their fundraising. Whatever you choose to do, they can support you through your fundraising journey and can offer lots of resources and support to help make whatever you do a huge success. For more information contact Carole Salmon, Community Fundraiser on 01270 273248 or email carole.salmon@ mcht.nhs.uk. HAYS Travel, a recent addition to Witton Street in Northwich, is the latest local business to bene- fit from the Townscape Heritage Project. The project provided a grant towards new hand-painted signs, including a laarge fascia sign and a hanging sign, making a bright new addition to the area. Hays Travel recently took over number 29 Witton Street which was built by local pawnbroker James Worsley as an investment property in 1902-03. The shop was originally two separate stores but was merged into one in 1939. The Townscape Heritage Project is a National Lottery Heritage Fund partnership grant scheme with Cheshire West and Chester Council working to repair and restore specific shops in High Street and Witton Street, in Northwich. The project aims CHESHIRE East Council has appointed Lorraine O’Donnell as chief executive. Lorraine O’Donnell has in excess of 25 years’ experience working in local author- ities. Her most recent position was direc- tor of transformation and partnerships at Durham County Council. Lorraine was part of the corporate management team at Durham that led the council through Local Government Reorganisation and on to become council of the year in 2014. Council leader Sam Corcoran said: “Lorraine brings valuable experience, skills and new perspectives that will help us to transform the council and continue to deliver for our residents.” Lorraine, who takes up her role on March 30, said: “I am delighted to be joining Cheshire East Council as chief executive. This is a really exciting time to be joining the council and I am looking forward to working with elected mem- bers, staff and partners to serve residents and communities.” PUDDLE Ducks is set to open in Barons Quay North- wich after exchanging an unconditional contract with Cheshire West and Chester Council. Founded by two mums with a shared love for swimming with their babies, Puddle Ducks opened their first class in 2002 in mid-Cheshire and began to expand in 2007. The company now teaches over 21,000 chil- dren to swim every week across the UK. Specialising in providing swimming lessons for babies from birth, and children up to the age of ten, they provide high quality teaching alongside criti- cal water-safety skills, all whilst making sure that the classes are fun and engaging. Cab i net Member for Hospital charity says ‘thanks’ for support Baron’s Quay makes a splash with new business Regeneration and Growth, Councillor Richard Beacham said: “Puddle Ducks is an extremely welcome addition to Barons Quay. “The council’s ambition has always been to create a mod- ern leisure and retail hub in the heart of Northwich, com- plementing existing businesses and attracting new visitors to the town. The introduction of Puddle Ducks means families can come to Northwich for little ones to learn to swim, whilst also enjoying other things on offer like shopping, watching films, dining out, listening to great music and experiencing a range of museums and attrac- tions both in the town, or nearby. There really is something for everyone in Northwich.” Jo Stone, Managing Director at Puddle Ducks said: “We are so thrilled to be able to bring our swimming classes and our flagship pool to such a wonderful venue. There is now such a buzz around Barons Quay, as more companies set up in the centre. “We are very proud to be part of Northwich and are looking forward to the future.” Exchanges have also been made with Radio Northwich, Barrhead Travel and Geek Retreat. Lorraine is new council boss HERITAGE BOOST FOR TRAVEL COMPANY to enhance the quality and visual appearance of the town centre and improve the economic wellbeing of the town. Cllr Richard Beacham, Cabinet Member for Housing, Regeneration and Growth, said: “We are delighted that the Townscape Heritage Project is continuing to provide benefits to local businesses in Northwich. The scheme only has a year left to run so we would encourage any interested businesses in the selected buildings to take up the offer of a grant as soon as possible. You can do this by contacting our Townscape Heritage Officer either by telephone on 01606 288825 or through the Townscape Heritage website at www. northwich-th.co.uk/contact-us. ” Don Bircham, Managing Director at Hays Travel (north west) said: “Although initially sceptical of a traditional sign to replace our modern design, I was delightedwith the external signage which enhances the look and feel of our new shop. “Northwich is a beautiful town and we feel privileged to have secured such a prominent and historic location.” Got a story? Email the Editor: jan@independentnewspapers.co.uk