Bank Corner reopened last Sunday 2 August. Let's hope that it can become the great meeting place it used to be when it first opened.
Dr El-Taji from the Cedars Medical Centre is retiring at the end of August. He first joined the practice on 1 January 1996 and I am sure many of us have benefited from his care. I know I have. Cedars reception will collate any notes and cards and present them to him in an album on his last day. I am sure we all wish him well in his retirement and thank him for his care.
Dr Prowse of the Merepark Medical Centre got married last year but has only now got around to changing her professional name which, from now, will be Dr Richardson. Congratulations.
Alsager Library is celebrating its 50th year in the current building (so it must have opened in 1970), and staff are looking for people to share their memories and photographs of the old library and the opening of the new one. Anyone with stories or photos to share can email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Radway Green Sports and Social Club is reopening on 10 August. Revised opening hours are:
Sunday 12-3 and 7-11
Apparently many people do not realise that Alsager Community Support Centre run a lost and found service, so please spread the word. Do contact them if you have lost anything, or hand in anything you find which you think has been lost. They have lots of items still waiting to be claimed, and they keep small items a long time.
Lots of people in this area are being called by fraudsters claiming to be from Amazon, saying that their Prime payment has failed and asking for bank information. I have been phoned by them three times today already! Do not fall for it. HANG UP.
According to government figures for 4 August the infection rates/100,000 of people testing positive are as follows for local areas (English average is 469):
Cheshire East 588
Cheshire West and Chester 598
Newcastle under Lyme 615
East Staffordshire 524
South Staffordshire 353
Staffordshire Moorlands 386
High Peak 470
Data for the distribution within any area such as Cheshire East is not available. These rates do not take account of different rates of testing or of the differences in age and sex of the local population.
Comparisons with local lockdown areas:
Blackburn with Darwen 978
Alsager Partnership has a Youth Forum through which it endeavours to support young people in Alsager. At present they are promoting the Alsager A-Z summer photo challenge for young people under 18 living in Alsager. Deadline for submission is 30 August. Do encourage your grandchildren to participate. You can find full details here.
The youth leaders at Christ Church want to have Alsager designated as a "youth friendly town" having seen that a majority of young people "don't feel welcomed, appreciated or valued as part of the community". One of the problems is that some people are too quick to judge all young people because of the thoughtlessness or selfishness of a few. This is known as prejudice. Let's give them a break. Most of our young people are kind, helpful and friendly.