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Alsager Craft and Gift Fair

A Craft and Gift Fair will take place at Alsager Civic on Saturday 29 August, 9 am – 1 pm.  Local artisans, crafters, makers, creators, designers and small businesses.  Great to see the Civic getting used again.

Virtual Italian Festival

Alsager Partnership's Italian Festival on Sunday 13th September will be a virtual event this year, 10.30 – 18.00, to watch and take part in.  It will include a dance competition and  this video  will give you some tips.  Details will continue to be posted on Facebook  here.

Grants for community groups

Alsager Town Council is currently inviting grant applications from clubs, community groups and voluntary organisations who serve the residents of Alsager.  Further details can be found  here.   Deadline for applications to be received is 1 September 2020, with successful applicants receiving funding in April 2021.

Parking restrictions near Sports Hub

Alsager Town Council has supported proposals from Cheshire East Council to introduce double yellow lines on Dunnocksfold Road near the Sports Hub since parking has become a problem there when the car park becomes full.  Perhaps we should take this opportunity to encourage more walking and cycling to the Sports Hub.

Alsager Court site

Alsager Court Care Home closed in 2016 and is becoming derelict.  The site needs developing but the latest proposals have been rejected by Cheshire East councillors because of the inappropriate scale of the buildings proposed, including a three-storey section at the front.  Let us hope that the developers come back with a better scheme.

Hanging coffees

Here is a story I have seen on Facebook.  

There was a little coffee shop, where two people arrive and approach the counter.
"Five coffees please. Two for us and three hanging." They paid, they took their two coffees and left.
I asked the waiter. "What's this about hanging coffees?"
"Wait and you'll see."
Some more people came in.
Two girls asked for a coffee each, they paid & left.
The following order was for seven coffees and it was made by three women – 'three for them and four hanging coffees.'
I was left wondering...what is the meaning of the hanging coffees, they leave.
Suddenly, a man dressed in worn clothes, who looks like he might be homeless, arrives at the counter and asks sincerely.
" Do you have a coffee hanging?"
"Yes we do sir"
They serve him a coffee.... I got my answer on these famous " HANGING COFFEES"
People pay in advance for a coffee that will be served to whoever can't afford a hot drink.
This tradition started in Naples. Amazingly it's spread throughout the world's cities and towns.
It's also possible to order not only "hanging coffees" but also a sandwich or a full low cost meal.
Make sure to publish this beautiful idea to everyone. Share it if you want to help promote the idea too.
Wouldn't it be great if we could all start doing this in the cities, towns and villages where we live.

Could we start this practice in Alsager?  Bank Corner, Costa Coffee?

Sarah Anderson

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