ALERT from Cheshire Police

A resident in Peel Hall Lane has had intruders yesterday (Monday) afternoon: two men alleging to be from a fencing company: one distracted the occupant whilst the other one went upstairs and ransacked the bedroom.  The occupant was none the wiser until she went to bed that evening and discovered the mess.  CSI have visited and warn people to be extra vigilant, don’t leave doors and windows open or unlocked, and be suspicious of cold callers.  Police strongly believe that the same thieves are responsible for other acts (tried to steal a car, thefts etc) also carried out yesterday in Christleton, Willington and Northwich.  Anyone who saw anything suspicious are urged to contact the police.

School Poster Competition Winners

Isobel, Nathan and Penny – Worthy Winners

The school has been working in partnership with the Parish Council to promote responsible dog ownership.

The children took part in a competition to design posters on the importance of picking up your dog poo. The winners were presented with their prizes at an assembly last week and the winning designs have been made into large A3 posters that are now on display around the village.

The children are really keen for all us adults to act responsibly and look after the environment that they will inherit from us. Let’s all do our bit not to disappoint them.

Congratulations to Isobel, Nathan and Penny on their designs and to all the children for taking the time to enter the competition. It was lovely to see such wonderful efforts.

Update from the CW&C COVID-19 Outbreak Board

As you’ll be aware, Monday 19 July marked the move to step four of the national roadmap out of lockdown and the easing of COVID-19 restrictions.

In Cheshire West and Chester, our infection rates are still very high and continuing to increase.

Although many of the existing measures in place to control the spread of COVID-19 are no longer a legal requirement for us to follow, the borough’s COVID-19 Outbreak Board is asking everyone living, working in and visiting Cheshire West and Chester to go above and beyond the minimum guidance required.

People are advised to do the following.

  • Get fully vaccinated – it’s shown to be safe and effective against the virus, including new variants, and is the best way to keep yourself from getting seriously ill. It also reduces the risk of passing the virus on to someone else.
  • Be kind and considerate of others who may be feeling extremely nervous about the further lifting of restrictions.
  • Continue wearing face coverings in crowded indoor areas where social distancing can’t be followed and it might make others feel uncomfortable, such as supermarkets, public transport and health and social care settings like hospitals, care homes and GP surgeries.
  • Continue social distancing by not unnecessarily being in crowded areas and continuing to work from home if possible.
  • Try to meet others outside where possible.
  • Continue to practice good hand hygiene, particularly hand washing.
  • Keep getting tested – everyone should take part in twice weekly rapid symptom free testing using lateral flow tests (LFT). If people experience generally associated symptoms, such as a headache, a stuffed or runny nose, tiredness or weakness, aches and pains, sore throat or diarrhoea, they should take an LFT and follow up with a PCR test if the LFT test is positive. If people have any of the main symptoms of COVID-19, such as a high temperature, a new continuous cough or loss or change to their sense of smell or taste, they must stay at home and book a PCR test.
  • Self-isolate if you have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19, especially if you work in a high-risk setting.

Message from John Dwyer Police & Crime Commissioner

I’m proud to present to you my draft Police and Crime Plan, which sets out Cheshire’s policing priorities for the next three years. The overarching priorities from now until 2024 are to:

  • Prevent and tackle crime
  • Make Cheshire’s roads safer
  • Deliver justice for victims of crime
  • Protect vulnerable people
  • Improve public confidence in policing
  • Modernise our police force

The plan has been produced with Cheshire residents’ priorities for community safety at its heart but I want your views on whether it will make Cheshire even safer.

Take the survey to give your views at

The consultation closes at 23.59 hours on Sunday 15th August 2021.

Once the consultation is closed, the responses will be analysed and amendments to the plan will be made before the final draft is presented at the September meeting of Cheshire’s Police and Crime Panel.

If you’d like to request a hard copy of the plan or survey, please email or call 01606 364000.

Message Sent By Jennifer van Deursen (Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Communications Officer, Cheshire)

OPAL Job Opportunity

OPAL is recruiting and looking to appoint two caring, empathetic and self-motivated Organisers, each on 14 hours a week to join our team.

Excellent organisation and co-ordination skills are required preferably with experience of working with carers and/or older people. The hours worked are flexible around the needs of the carers.

The post is largely home based though the area covered is across rural west Cheshire.

For more information email or apply on Indeed at


In response to the increased fear of pet theft, Neighbourhood Watch has launched our PROTECT YOUR POOCH campaign. 

The campaign will run on social media from 17th – 30th May but those who do not use social media can support the campaign by displaying this poster in their community, or attending our online Dog Theft webinar on the 27th May at 5pm.  The webinar will be led by Neighbourhood Watch Network with speakers from the Met Police and Crimestoppers, as well as special guest speaker Katy Bourne, PCC for Sussex. To book your place, click here.

The PROTECT YOUR POOCH campaign encourages people to keep their pets SECURE, IN SIGHT and SEARCHABLE, and to HELP MAKE PET THEFT A SPECIFIC CRIMINAL OFFENCE.  The Met Police and Crimestoppers are backing our SECURE, IN SIGHT and SEARCHABLE message.  More information on the campaign can be found on

You can support the campaign by acting on our advice and sharing our messages in the following ways:
1) Follow us on Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / LinkedIn and share our campaign posts
  2) Print this poster and display it in your community
  3) Share this campaign image on your local Whatsapp groups
  4) Help make pet theft a specific criminal offence by signing a petition or writing to your MP.
5) Find out more on
  6) Attend our online Dog Theft webinar on 27th May, 5pm. Book your place here.

About guest speaker Katy Bourne, PCC for Sussex
Katy Bourne is in her third term as Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Sussex. She was first elected in 2012, re-elected in 2016 and again in 2021.  The PCC’s role is to hold the Chief Constable to account for the performance of the Force; effectively making the police answerable to the communities they serve.

Katy is responsible for setting the strategic direction and priorities for Sussex Police through the Police & Crime Plan. This includes setting the police budget and local police precept – the amount residents pay for policing in their council tax. She also has a statutory duty to deliver community safety initiatives including Restorative Justice and crime reduction grants, along with commissioning support services for victims of crime.

Her genuine passion and commitment to making a difference has won her praise from successive Home Secretaries and Prime Ministers and in June 2019 she was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

For anybody who wishes to have a PROTECT YOUR POOCH campaign pack, please email

Keep safe,

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Neighbourhoood Watch Network is a charity registered in England & Wales, CIO no: 1173349

Advance Warning of Road Closures

Road Closed

As part of the investigation works following the recent flooding, CW&C have confirmed that their jetting and CCTV camera team will be in Ashton Hayes from Monday 17 May for approximately two weeks.  IWJS (Industrial Water Jetting Systems) are planning to start up to the east of the village, at the head of the system, before moving steadily west.

They may be quicker, it just depends on how much desilting is required along the way and what they find.  They will have a tanker jetting unit and transit van with them.

The information gathered during this work will feed into the overall Section 19 reporting.

They will need to close a few of the roads to the west of the village but the diversion routes will use neighbouring roads.

Community café reopening …. Volunteers needed

The cafe committee are delighted to tell you that we are planning our phased reopening.
On Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd May from 2pm – 5pm we will be offering a takeaway service only. (Please note that we will not be open on Fridays for the time being).

Drinks and a limited selection of wrapped food items, including tray bakes 😋 will be available to take away.


The pavilion building itself will NOT be open to the public and there will be NO access to the toilet facilities. We hope you understand that we have to take these measures to ensure we remain COVID-19 compliant at all times and look forward to the easing of them in the near future. Please also remember that we are all volunteers and as such, unacceptable behaviour will not be tolerated.

After such a long time, we are looking forward to seeing you and saying hello more than anything. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that the sun will be shining ☀

We won`t be able to operate in the longer term unless we have enough volunteers to run the café even though we are only open at weekends. To spread the load, we need lots of people willing to commit a few hours of their time on a regular basis. Its good fun and a way to get to know people or see people you haven`t seen in a while.

If you are interested in giving a little of your time please contact Jane on 752607 or


If you receive suspicious text messgaes or emails please use the information beow to report them:

Text/SMS Messages

The Government are encouraging the public to forward suspicious text messages to 7726 (which is free of charge).

Email Messages

Suspicious emails can be forwarded to

All other reports and useful advice/information

Action Fraud is the central police reporting point for all victims of fraud and can be contacted by phone on 0300 123 2040 or through their website:

Using this information, City of London Police, the National Cyber Security Centre and the National Crime Agency are able to facilitate numbers being used for scam calls/texts being blocked or removed.