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Unattended memorial to killed and injured women

As the picture shows, many people left tributes on Milton Park railings.  We must talk to our relatives (men and women) about how to help stop this scourge.  We cannot be bystanders when we see or hear abuse.  And teach our grandchildren respect.  Sorry for preaching.

Ramming the message home, it is reported this week that the number of stalking offences recorded in the six months between April and September 2020 by Cheshire Constabulary (1,348) is 85% higher than the number reported during the whole previous year (729).  In the same week the Femicide Census data showed every woman killed in Cheshire from 2008 to 2018 was done so by a man.

Alsager "champagne"

Hooze Hollow Farm is about to try to produce English sparkling wine, with their first vines arriving next month.  All experimental to start with, but great to see this initiative.  Good luck guys.

Alsager Community Support Centre

ACSC has received a donation of £1,000 from Barratt Homes' Community Fund scheme.  This will enable them to appoint a volunteer coordinator for longer than originally planned.  This time last year they had 12 volunteers, and now have nearly 200.

Laptops to Alsager Highfields School

With thanks to Alsager Nub News

The Alsager branch of Asda nominated Highfields to receive a donation of laptops (including headphones, data and wireless internet connection) in a national 'Laptops for Schools' programme Asda was running in partnership with Dell and Vodafone.

Acting headteacher of Alsager Highfields and CEO of Alsager Multi Academy Trust, Richard Middlebrook, said: "On behalf of all the children and staff at Alsager Highfields, I would like to thank Asda and Dell for this very generous donation.  We are very grateful indeed and these devices will make a huge difference to the learning experience of our children here in school.  The kit we have been given is of a high specification and they can be used with both keyboards and touch screen, for this reason we will be using these with our reception and Key Stage 1 children.  They are very excited to get their hands on them."

Broadband connections

With thanks to Alsager Nub news

Virgin Media has connected 2,500 homes in Alsager to its ultrafast broadband network which will bring the UK's 'fastest' widely available speeds to the area.

As part of its 'Project Lightning' network expansion programme, Virgin Media is expanding its ultrafast broadband network across the UK, bringing average top speeds of more than 600Mbps to residents and small businesses.  Alsager is the latest area to benefit from Virgin Media's investment and later in the year, local residents are set to benefit from Gig1 broadband offering speeds of more than 1,000Mbps as the firm rolls out next-generation gigabit connections broadband to its entire network of 15 million homes by the end of 2021.

Virgin Media's ultrafast broadband speeds are allegedly 15 times faster than the local average.  The average (median) broadband speed in Cheshire East is 40Mbps.  Alsager residents will benefit from fibre to the premises (FTTP) technology which allows for "smooth, reliable connectivity in the home".

Fiona Bruce criticises government bill

With thanks to Alsager Chronicle

Fiona Bruce has criticised the government's Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill because of its restrictions on protests.  She told the House of  Commons, on 16 March:  "Freedom of assembly and of expression are fundamental rights that are hard-fought and hard-won but easily lost or damaged if we legislate in haste."

Cheshire East land supply

With thanks to Alsager Chronicle

Cheshire East Council can now demonstrate a housing land supply figure of 6.4 years, well above the 5 years required if contesting planning applications contrary to the local plan.

Alsager business directory

Message from Alsager Partnership

We have recently launched a directory of Alsager Businesses on our website and we are delighted to now share it with you!  Note that they also include community organisations.

If you head to our  website  and click 'Community Links' on the Home page you will see 'Business Directory' which you then click on.  Each business has a picture, address, contact number and you are able to click the address which takes you to a GPS location map.

It is still a work in progress, so if your business is not on there or changes need to be made then don't panic! Just ping us a message info@alsagerpartnership.com and we can update it for you.
 
Please share with friends, if you know of a business that is based in Alsager and isn't on there yet, let them know to get in touch with us.  We hope to have it completed for the 12th April when some of our businesses will start to open up.

Covid vaccination

With thanks to Alsager Nub News

Nearly nine in ten of Cheshire's over-50 population have had their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, new data shows.  The data, from NHS England up to March 21, shows that an average of 87.3 per cent of those in the various age groups from 50 onwards have had their first dose.

Within that, 95 per cent of 60-64-year-olds, 93 per cent of those aged 65-69, 98 per cent of the 70-74 group, 100 per cent of the 75-79 bracket, and 98 per cent of 80-plus have been given their first dose.

Care homes

With thanks to Alsager Chronicle

Care home residents can now have one regular indoor visitor, and care homes are being asked to put suitable arrangements in place.  There can only be a certain number of visitors each day and appointments will be required.  Visitors will be required to take a lateral flow test before entry and PPE must be worn.  The test will take 30 minutes to give a result, and visitors will need to wait outside (or in their car) until the result is known.

Covid 19 – Alsager same as last week

In the 7 days to 20 March the position is the same as the previous week, Alsager East 5 new cases (green on map) and Alsager East fewer than 3 cases (white on map).  Cheshire East and England positions barely changed. 

Covid cases have been identified at Alsager School in years 7 and 9 and some children have been told to stay at home and isolate.

Mid Cheshire Hospitals Trust has seen a reduction in Covid cases from 66 to 44 in a week.

See map  here.

Sarah Anderson

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