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Alsager Nub News

Alsager Nub News is excited to announce the launch of its free new weekly newsletter.  Each and every Friday we will be bringing hyperlocal news straight to your e-mail inbox.  This newsletter will truly be your one-stop shop for all things Alsager.  Nub News will be launching this exciting newsletter next Friday – February 12th.

You can sign up  here.

Alsager Community Theatre

ACT were going to perform A Christmas Carol at the golf club at Christmas but that all fell through.  However they have now decided to film a performance and make it available to all on their website.  So they have been identifying locations and working hard to get it all filmed.  No date for completion yet, but something to look forward to.  

They are still looking for men who would like to take on the roles of Mr Topper or OId Joe.  If interested please email alsagercommunitytheatre@gmail.com.

Consultation on HS2 – phase 2a (West Midlands to Crewe)

The government is seeking the views of residents in Staffordshire, Shropshire, Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester on Phase 2a of HS2 (specifically environmental and traffic impacts, transport provisions and station improvement or creation). Consultation closes 26 February.  Click  here  to access.

Alsager Partnership new way of working

Alsager Partnership has had to develop a new way of working due to the impact that Covid-19 Pandemic has had on our projects/events and the reduction in funding from the Town Council for 2021/2022.  Full details are available  here.

Laptops for children

Alsager Community Support Centre has posted this message on Facebook

Bring us your unwanted laptops and tablets! – and their chargers!  Alsager Rotary are collecting them from us and making them ready for use by pupils who don't have access to IT and therefore struggle with home schooling and remote lessons.
Also wanted – old mobile phones which will be donated to Barnardo's.

We are open Monday Wednesday and Friday 9.30-12.30pm.  Our centre is on the edge of Fairview (Asda) car park.  The door is locked – just knock or use doorbell.

Thank you so much to those who have donated so far!

Wildlife hunters

Shockingly people have been shooting snipe and other wildlife, sometimes legally, sometimes illegally, in Alsager and other local areas!  Apparently leisure shooting is permitted under the 'one hour a day of exercise' rule.  Snipe are beautiful wading birds that are on the amber list of endangered species.  People are asked to report suspected wildlife crime to the police, asking for an incident number.

Cheshire Police

Cheshire Police have now set their 2021/22 budget following public consultation.  Priority is to enhance the community policing model with a dedicated PC and PCSO for every area in Cheshire.  The budget will also allow the following:

  • Recruitment of additional 88 police officers
  • Investment to bolster the recording and investigation of crimes
  • Significant investment to tackle death and serious injuries on the roads, including plans for average-speed schemes on the most dangerous roads
  • Investment in the force control centre to boost the service for callers to 999 and 101

Covid vaccination

Over 10,000 patients in the first four groups have received their first dose within the SMASH network.  Brilliant work.

On Monday 8 February, if you believe you are in one of the top 4 groups and haven't heard from SMASH, please contact your GP practice. Please don't worry as they will prioritise anyone they may have missed.  The top four priority groups include all those aged 70 and over and clinically extremely vulnerable people.

MAKE SURE YOU KNOW WHICH VENUE YOU HAVE BOOKED FOR YOUR VACCINATION.  Some people booked with Alsager Pharmacy are turning up at the 13 Club.

Note also that restrictions on when you can use the Bus Pass have been removed to enable people to get to vaccination centres.

Message from Alsager Pharmacy

Due to the supply, demand and distribution of the vaccine, we will be now holding clinic days. This will allow us to vaccinate more members of the public, with allocated booking slots, and less vaccine waste. 

This week's clinic days are as follows: 

Thursday 4th February. ~ 9am-5pm 
Friday 5th February. ~ 9am-5pm 
Saturday 6th February. ~ 9am-5pm 

Please note at present we are only vaccinating the 70 years + category, and frontline key workers (emergency services, dental, optician and healthcare staff). 

We have parking at the rear of the pharmacy, and allocated parking directly opposite... with a huge thanks to Wesley Place Church, for the use of their car park. 

Covid 19

As you know we are all still in lockdown 3.  Basically, stay at home.

In the 7 days to 30 January cases are significantly down in Alsager and still reducing across the board.  Here are the figures:

Alsager East – 6 new cases, down 6 (-50%), rolling rate 92 (was 183 week to 23 January)
Alsager West – 4 new cases, down 6 (-60%), rolling rate 70 (was 176 week to 23 January)

Week to 5 February

Cheshire East – rolling rate 197 (was 242)
England – rolling rate 261 (was 373)

See map  here.

Alzheimer's Research UK

The following has been circulated from Alsager Partnership.  It talks about how to maintain brain health.

Alzheimer's Research UK launches Think Brain Health, which is a new awareness campaign to empower people to keep their brains healthy throughout life and ultimately, help reduce their risk of dementia. The digital campaign is backed by the latest research and focuses on three rules for brain health – looking after heart health, staying sharp and keeping connected.
 
As well as being influenced by our age and genetics, the 2020 Lancet Commission on dementia suggests that up to 40% of dementia cases could be linked to 12 risk factors that we may be able to influence, including high blood pressure, physical inactivity, smoking, low social contact and depression.
 
With polling showing that people's awareness of dementia has increased more than any other health condition due to the pandemic (16% reporting an increased awareness), the charity believes now is the opportune time to support people to take positive action, particularly with new lockdown measures in place.
 
Alzheimer's Research UK's Think Brain Health campaign aims to increase awareness of three rules for improving brain health:

  • Looking after heart health, by exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet and keeping blood pressure, weight and cholesterol in check.
  • Staying sharp, by taking part in activities that keep the brain active.
  • And keeping connected, by staying socially active and connecting with other people.


Visitors to thinkbrainhealth.org.uk can test their brain health knowledge with a quiz, as well as learning more through expert blogs and articles. The campaign is primarily aimed at people in midlife, who could stand to gain the most from adopting healthy habits that could reduce their risk of dementia.
 
Policy report

Alzheimer's Research UK has also worked with the Royal Society for Public Health to launch a joint policy report on brain health Brain Health: A new way to think about dementia risk reduction, recommending the development of a national brain health strategy to enable everyone to take positive steps to look after their brains throughout life. Through a national survey and a series of focus groups we found there is considerable public appetite to engage with the positive potential of looking after our brains. Notably, our research shows 69% of UK adults believe they can influence their brain health whereas only 34% believe they can reduce their risk of developing dementia. We also found that the term 'brain health' resonates with people of all ages and that it is a stronger driver of health-conscious behaviour than the concept of dementia risk reduction. 

Not only did these findings give us further impetus to move forward with a public awareness campaign, but they also led us to commit to future work in this area. We intend to progress our commitments, including engaging with government to get support for the development of a national brain health strategy. We will also work to support the implementation of interventions to address the risk factors we know have greatest impact on dementia risk.

Sarah Anderson

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