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Covid-19

Both Cheshire East and Cheshire West have been added to the government's coronavirus watch list as areas of concern.  Cheshire East's infection rate is 54.1 per 100,000, up from 36.7 the previous week, and is on the watch list because of the increasing rate of infection, the increasing proportion of tests that were positive, and the restrictions that had been put in place in neighbouring authorities.  Additional restrictions have not yet been put in place but the Council leader, Sam Corcoran, advises that people should act as if they were in local lockdown and only go out when really necessary.   The Council is not yet asking for additional restrictions, but is asking for extra enforcement measures from Westminster.  As yet there has been no response from the Health Secretary for the requests for additional powers and resources.

Free group support sessions

The Swans, funded by Cheshire Community Foundation, are offering free zoom group support sessions on a number of topics that can help you to work through stress and anxiety brought on by the "new normal".

Positive Self-Talk – Tuesday 27 October 2-3 pm
Grief and Loss – Monday 2 November 2-3 pm
Anxiety and Stress – Wednesday 4 November 6-7 pm
Emotional Well-Being – Tuesday 10 November 7-87 pm
Positive Self-Talk – Monday 16 November 2-3 pm
Grief and Loss – Wednesday 18 November 6-7 pm

For further information and to book your place email swanscic@outlook.com

Alsager Christmas Lights

As we know, the annual switch-on of the Christmas lights is cancelled for 2020.  However, ready for next year, the Round Table is keen to completely replace the lights which were purchased 15 years ago.  They need to raise £25,000, and are asking residents to contribute to their Crowdfunding page, which you can do  here.

Alsager Library

New opening times for the Library are Monday – Friday 9.30 – 4.30, Saturday 9.30 – 12.30.  You can now reserve books again.  Remember that you must make an appointment if you want to use council services such as blue badges, bus passes and benefits.

Christmas presents

There are a number of people on Facebook urging us all to use local businesses when buying our Christmas presents this year.  Many local businesses are then indicating what sorts of things they do, including vouchers for various beauty treatments.  We need to do what we can to help our local businesses to survive, and not just those with shops but those who work from home also.

Crewe Road sink hole

Apparently United Utilities have now admitted that the Crewe Road sink hole is their responsibility and will try to come up with a more permanent solution as soon as possible.

Young people

A Covid case has been identified at Alsager School Year 11 and the whole year is self-isolating until at least Monday 19 October with all lessons online.  There have been reports of large groups of students walking together into the village at lunchtime, breaking the rule of six, and not wearing masks in shops.  Jonny and Sam are youth workers with Christ Church and Wesley Place, and they will be around the village on Wednesdays and Fridays to chat to young people about the need for social distancing.

Nostalgia

Here is a posting on Facebook which some of you may enjoy.  It certainly chimed with me!

Your grandma

Wore: miniskirts, hot pants, go-go boots, bell bottoms, and no bra
Listened to: Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Hendrix, Janis Joplin and The Stones
Drove: Mini cars, rode on fast motor bikes and scooters
Smoked: slim cigarettes
Designed: fashion you are still wearing today
Drank: G&Ts and shots.  Came home at 4.am and still went to work

You will never be as cool as your grandma!

Sarah Anderson

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