In the 7 days to 17 October, these are the rates for Alsager:
Alsager West – 19 new cases, up 4 (26.7%) Rolling rate/100,000 – 334.5
Alsager East – 9 new cases, down 1 (-10.0%) Rolling rate/100,000 – 137.7
English average rolling rate/100,000 – 176.5
Here is the online map for getting up to date figures for your postcode.
Following the failure of government to extend the food voucher scheme during school holidays many local communities have taken action. In Alsager there are a number of restaurants which have promised a free meal to any child during this coming half term. The ones of which I am aware are Chinese Garden, Bank Corner and The Wilbraham Arms. Many, many thanks to these.
I'm sure you will all be pleased to know that East Midlands Railway claim that their route has performed "significantly better" since suspending services at Alsager. As someone commented, "Define better. I thought trains were there to pick up passengers."
In the absence of normal Remembrance Day activities the Alsager British Legion is launching a window decorating competition. From Thursday 22 October to Wednesday 11 November they are asking households to decorate their front windows in the theme of Remembrance. The only criteria is that the red poppy should be the main colour within the display. To enter please email your name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Entry gives consent for your name, address and picture of your display – and possibly yourself – to be used in publicity). Judging will take place on 12 November. There are prizes (Asda vouchers.)
There are many types of doorstep scams, some of the most common ones include:
Rogue traders: A cold-caller or leaflet through your door may offer you a product or service you don't really need. This can be anything from home improvements and garden services to household cleaning items or cures for COVID.
Hard luck stories: Someone may come to your door and ask you to help them out with cash, ask to use your telephone or claim they're feeling unwell. The story is made up and intended to con you out of your money or gain access to your home.
Bogus officials: People claiming to be from your utility company or other agency as a way of gaining access to your home. It's always good to have a list of phone numbers for your utility companies, landlord etc. nearby so you can phone and check identities.
Fake charity collections: A fraudster may pretend they're from a charity and ask you to donate money, clothes or household goods. If you want to donate to a charity, contact them independently to see if they collect goods. Never give out your personal or bank details on the doorstep.
REPORTING DOORSTEP CRIME: If the person is still in your area, or you have transferred money to the doorstep scammer call the Police on 101. If you feel threatened or unsafe, call 999.
As a replacement for Halloween, Townhouse Nurseries has organised a Pumpkin Trail available from Saturday 24 October to Saturday 31 October. There are over 70 locations in Alsager displaying pumpkins for residents to find. Have a look here for the list of roads taking part. You might like to do this with your grandchildren.
Two Doors Studio is opening on Thursdays (9.50-5.00) as well as Fridays and Saturdays. Work available from over 90 artists and craftspeople.
A new Italian takeaway, Fresco Alsager, has opened at 52 Crewe Road (opposite the chippy). Good luck.
Ey Up Duck is closing for 10 days because some staff have come into contact with Covid. They will reopen on Thursday 29 October.