The swimming pool at Alsager Leisure Centre is re-opening from 1 September. There is a video here showing what to expect.All sessions must be booked in advance, and sessions will be 45 minutes with a 15 minute crossover. Cashless payment is required.
All swimming customers will need to follow social distancing and one way systems, come dressed 'beach ready' and are encouraged to follow the national swimming guidance which includes showering at home and spending minimal time in the changing rooms.
Separately, gym sessions are being increased from 45 to 90 minutes, and there is a new schedule of group fitness classes.
Twyford House (new care home on the old Twyfords site) is hosting a car-wash on their front carpark where the proceeds will be split between supporting ACSC, Alsager Partnership's Dementia Friendly Town Project and their Twyford Activities Fund. The proposed date is Saturday 26th September, come rain or shine from 11am until 3pm. Fee will be £5 per car, £6 for a very large 4x4 type vehicle.
Many U3A members also attend the Keele World Affairs lecture series which takes place from September to March or April each year. It was curtailed early in March following lockdown, but they are now starting again online.
Lectures take place every Thursday with the event open from 7.00 pm, starting at 7.30 pm and ending at 9.00 pm. The first of the new series is on 1 October, and you can see the list of speakers here.
All members are pre-registered automatically for all the lectures. The lectures are also open, free, to non-members. Just access the list of speakers and click the "Sign up for digital lecture" button. Everyone registered for a lecture will receive a reminder email 10 minutes before the event starts with a link to access the lecture.
This is an ideal opportunity for those of you who are not currently members to give this a try. Most of the lectures are very interesting and stimulating. The website also has a archive of past lectures.
As a postscript to last week's item, another demonstration supporting Black Lives Matter was held in Sandbach last Saturday and this time there were enough supporters to fill the cobbles, including from Stoke and Liverpool. There was also a group from Wesley Place Methodist Church in Alsager who supported the event.
Unsurprisingly the Alsager Christmas Lights Switch-on and the associated Christmas markets have been cancelled for this year. However, the Christmas lights will still be put up and Santa's sleigh (run by the Round Table) will still proceed.
Cheshire East are now trying to find more sustainable ways of supporting people as volunteers return to work, and they are able to offer two new strands of support to people who need help with shopping or prescription collection.
Food shopping – thanks to support from DEFRA, Cheshire East Council now has access to priority supermarket delivery slots from Tesco and Iceland. If you are struggling to access home delivery slots and have access to the internet you are able to self-refer for the service by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Prescription delivery – we have also partnered with Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service to offer a free, nextday delivery service of prescriptions across the borough. To qualify for this scheme you must be either exempt from payment or hold a valid pre-payment certificate. Please contact email@example.com for more details.
Alsager Partnership are conducting a survey in order to identify how best to reach those with dementia who are socially isolated. The three questions below have been circulated within Cheshire East Dementia Friendly Communities.
If you or someone you know has dementia, please take a few moments to help us to help you. There is no cut- off date for this survey and responses should be emailed to:
Dementia Friendly Community Lead
In addition, the Memory Café has now become a twice-monthly event on Zoom. If you have access to the internet and are caring for someone living with dementia or memory problems, you can access these events by contacting Kath Reader on the email above.