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Middlewich Covid Vaccination Centre
Date: 6th January 2021
Middlewich Town Council is very proud to be working with the NHS Cheshire Clinical
Commissioning Group (CCCG) in order to provide vaccinations to residents right on their
doorstep. We are delighted to have been able to provide the Victoria Hall exclusively for this
purpose for at least the first three months of 2021.
Cllr Mike Hunter, Chairman of the Council, said, “This is great news for the people of
Middlewich. It means we won’t have to travel out of town to get vaccinated, which in turn
means that it can all be done more quickly and efficiently. It is our civic and national duty to
make sure we do our bit to beat this virus.”
The Council will be charging the CCCG the same rate that we currently charge the NHS Blood
and Transplant Service for their blood donation sessions, an agreement which is already in
place. The Council will be providing cleaning and other support services to the CCCG team
during the course of their hire of the Hall.
Cllr Hunter continued, “While the revenue raised will not cancel out the losses that Victoria
Hall has suffered as a result of the pandemic, it has provided a welcome boost. It is this
contract which has enabled the Council to give back to the residents in the form of a council
tax reduction – which we believe is vital in these difficult times.”
In light of the importance of the vaccination programme, and in line with lockdown
restrictions, any existing bookings for the Hall have now been cancelled and customers
notified. We look forward to welcoming them back, and resuming our full range of venue
hire services, as soon as it is safe to do so.
Cllr Hunter concluded, “We are still a long way from safety. Until we have seen the back of
this virus, we must continue to follow the advice and rules of lockdown. Together we can
get through this.”
Chris Avery Senior Corporate Communications Manager for the NHS Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group added “We understand that people are anxious to receive a COVID19 vaccine as soon as possible. However, please don’t contact your GP practice, local hospital or council to seek a COVID-19 vaccine appointment – appointments cannot be made in this way”
You can help the NHS deliver the COVID-19 vaccination programme effectively by following
this simple guidance:
• The NHS will contact people in the priority groups when it is their turn to receive the
vaccine. Please do not contact the NHS to seek a vaccine before then.
• When you are invited for a vaccine, please act on your invite and make sure you
attend appointments when you arrange them.
• Please continue to wear a face covering and abide by social distancing and hand hygiene guidance as, until the vaccine has been fully rolled out, this is the most effective way to save lives.
For more information, please contact the Town Clerk on email@example.com or call
Middlewich Lights Up!
Watch the Virtual lights switch on, by clicking the video below! We hope you like the Town’s new red and gold themed lights and the Christmas Tree featuring 4500 lights on it’s own!
Radio Northwich presents
Carols From Your Garden
Christmas in Middlewich
A Virtual Light Switch On with beautiful illuminations throughout the Town Centre accompanied by fantastic festive family fun in the form of the Fairy Trail.
Get the postcard from your school and head down to the Town Centre to search for the Fairy Tales in the shop windows! Let us know your favourite windows and how many Fairy Tales you find can find and be entered into a draw to win some superb prizes!
If you don’t have a postcard you can print a copy here Fairy Trail Postcard – don’t forget the Fairy Trail competition runs from 1st December to 5pm on 21st December. The winners will be announced the following day!
Middlewich Residents are being encouraged to tell their Town Councillors what they want to see the Town Council precept spent on in 21/22.
The Town Council is holding a Public Budget Meeting via Zoom video conferencing at 7.15pm on Monday 30th November and they want you to submit your questions and comments about the draft budget which can be found here – Draft Budget 21/22
Councillors want to avoid a precept increase, as they are conscious of the huge financial impact Covid 19 has had on so many Middlewich families, and so are considering;
- cutting Events that might be at risk due to Covid 19, including the Folk and Boat Festival (although Remembrance Sunday and Christmas would remain),
- reducing next year’s Christmas Lights budget;
- cutting some of the spending on the hanging baskets and floral planters around the Town;
- still taking an asset transfer of the Southway and Leadsmithy Street toilets from Cheshire East Council but not repairing and reopening them until financial year 2022/23;
- not continuing with the Neighbourhood Plan at this time, and
- reducing repair and maintenance works on Victoria Hall and Buildings
To help the Councillors in the tough task of ‘balancing the books’, they want to know what is important to the Town’s tax payers and what spending they think needs prioritising.
To make your views heard, email: firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or comments you have about the Budget by 10am on Monday 23rd November, which will then be discussed and considered at a public meeting at 7.15pm on Monday 30th November.
Details of how to join the meeting will be within the meeting Agenda published next week on the Council website and Facebook page.
Act of Remembrance – 8th November 2020
Cllr Mike Hunter, Chairman of the Town Council represented the Council and the Town alongside senior members of the Middlewich Branch of the Royal British legion and took part in a short service and wreath laying ceremony this morning.
Sadly, members of the public were asked not to congregate at the Cenotaph this year due to the national Lockdown and risk of Covid 19 pandemic. A number of local groups will lay wreathes in a social distanced manner through the afternoon
Instead you can watch the short service by clicking on the link below:
“At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them”
Are you worried about the air quality in Middlewich? We are looking for residents to join the Town Council Air Quality Group. For further details, please contact the Deputy Clerk on email@example.com.
Annual Governance and Accountability Return 19/20
The Council’s AGAR Return and the Public Rights Notice explaining when and how electors of the Town can view records relating to the 19/20 accounts are now available on our Finance page. Click here to view the documents.
The South Cheshire Market Town Trail 2020 – now available as a download!
The Town Partnerships Forum is a partnership of Cheshire towns. The Forum was established to enable each member town to share good practice, provide information about what they are working on and explore projects which can be created in partnership for the benefit of residents and visitors to the Cheshire area. The not-for-profit group Middlewich Vision is a member of the Forum.
In 2019, the Forum members agreed to create an up-to-date new walking map which would cover the towns of Middlewich, Holmes Chapel, Sandbach, Congleton and Alsager. The map has been developed over a 12 month period and has been created in partnership with walking groups and volunteers. For the Middlewich section, huge thanks must go to local resident and volunteer Mike Walton who worked many hours to ensure the Middlewich route is accessible and interesting.
The walks can be achieved individually or if you are up to the challenge you can cover the full 40 miles across all five towns. The walking maps are free and can be found in local libraries, town council buildings and other public places (subject to any access restrictions in place)
During the current Covid-19 circumstances, we have had many requests for an online version and we are pleased to announce that the map is now available as a download. This has been made entirely possible thanks to the hard work of Peter Whiers from the Holmes Chapel Partnership. Peter has produced the entire map in a high res version to enable many more people to access the content. The map can now be downloaded in sections, as a whole or viewed on a smartphone.
The South Cheshire Trail Map is an excellent example of how our partnerships work together to create projects that can be enjoyed by many people. The project itself was funded by the Cheshire East Council New Homes Bonus Scheme and a £500 contribution from each of the participating town partnerships.
Online Council Meetings start from 18th May
Council meetings will resume using the Zoom video conferencing platform on Monday 18th May 2020 with the Full Council meeting starting at 7.15pm.
There will be two ways to join in with the meeting as a member of public;
1. If you wish to ask a question in the public participation section of the meeting you can join the video conference using the details that will be contained on the meeting agenda. This agenda will be posted on our meetings page www.middlewich.org.uk at least three clear days before the meeting. You will be muted throughout the meeting other than in the public speaking section.
2. The meeting will also be streamed live on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/middlewich.towncouncil.3/ so if you don’t want to ask a question but simply watch the meeting you can use this option.
As always questions can be submitted in advance to be answered during the public participation section of the meeting. The details of how to do this and the deadline for submitting your question are our Public Questions Policy available here https://bit.ly/3chAAYD
CWP Mental Health Crisis Line
We know that many people struggle with mental Heath; Stress, Anxiety and Depression.
Cheshire and Wirral Partnership (CWP), has launched a new mental health helpline for residents of Cheshire West, Cheshire East and Wirral.
Open 24 hours a day, seven-days a week, it is open to people of all ages including children and young people who need urgent mental health support, being available to support local people during the Covid-19 pandemic.
What to do if you need urgent mental health help:
Please 📞 0300 303 3972
our dedicated local NHS staff will support you to access the help you need;
The helpline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is open to people of all ages – including children and young people;
The helpline is now the first port of call for mental health help – it is operated by people in your local area who will know how best to support you.
If you call NHS111 you may have to wait longer for help and will be re-directed to this local service – so call 0300 303 3972;
Please note, 🏥A&E and 999 are not the best places to get help for the majority of mental health problems.
You should still call 999 or go to A&E if you have an immediate, life-threatening emergency requiring mental or physical health assistance;
For non-urgent help and general wellbeing advice, the CWP website contains information and links to resources to support people with anxiety, low mood, and worries relating to the current Covid-19 pandemic
For children and young people there is also a dedicated website
Covid 19 Response
To find out what the Council is doing to help Middlewich Residents through the current pandemic, as well as sources of information and advice, please visit our dedicated page here
Middlewich Beat Meetings for 2020
Cheshire East Council SADPD
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Situated in the centre of Cheshire, Middlewich is twinned with Holywell, Wales and has a Charter of Friendship with Venables, France”. We have good communications based upon the M6 motorway, which is only two and a half miles from the centre of the town, making Middlewich a great place to:
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