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Report from our PCSO

We would like to start this month’s article by saying a big thank you to our community and residents for doing their part and staying at home during the current lockdown measures. As your local community team we have been on foot patrol in the villages and keeping a visible presence to help and guide people around these unprecedented times. We have had a new member of the team join us, PC Stuart Hatton who has taken the role of beat manager within Dane Valley. PC Hatton has been a response officer for many years responding to emergency calls, and is now looking to use his knowledge and experience to tackle long term problems within our community.

We have had a lot of resident’s contact us concerned about potential breaches of the current guidelines set by the Government. We’re seeking to resolve situations where people appear to be or are contravening the government advice on physical social distancing and the stay at home measures without resorting to enforcement and issuing fines. Therefore we are asking that you please only tell us about something if you feel there is a significant issue or serious breach of the restrictions. We are also asking that you report this through our new online form on the Cheshire Police website, this is to help reduce the demand on calls that we are receiving in our Force Contact Centre.

As we cannot hold our weekly community meetings like usual, we are also holding an online surgery on the Sandbach Police Twitter and Facebook social media pages. This is held once a week and the dates are published on these accounts in advance. You can then speak to one of our officers and ask any questions you may have.

If you are also interested in more of our activity and advice during this time then please follow us on social media where we are able to speak directly to you as our community about incidents and crimes we are finding in the area. Your local officers social media pages are ‘Dane Valley Police’ for Facebook and ‘@DaneValleyPol’ for our Twitter account. You can also contact us via

Once again, to each and every one of you that is helping us and your community to stay safe, thank you. 


Latest News From Barnabus

I have just received the following email from Neil Cornthwaite at Barnabus with an update of the charity’s work at this difficult time. Please take a few moments to view Neil’s message.

Alan Rickards

30th April 2020

Dear Alan

As a valued partner of Barnabus we wanted to give you a further update on the fast changing situation we find ourselves in as we help the city and those experiencing homelessness in particular through the COVID 19 crisis.

I have recorded a new video update, we know a lot of you used the last one in your online content last time so thank you for doing that we really appreciate it – please feel free to use this new one again.

If you have further questions or ideas about how your church and ministry can support us at this time then do get in touch.

We hope and pray you are safe and well at this time- once again we thank you for your support and prayers at this time


Neil Cornthwaite
Head of Operations
Barnabus, 45 Bloom St, Manchester, M1 3LY
0161 237 3223
07534 010 272

Holmes Chapel and District Men’s Probus Club

Membership is open to retired professional and business men and new members are always welcome. 

The Club was formed in 1985. It is very active and currently has over forty members. It meets on the first Tuesday of every month, at 2.00 pm in the Methodist Church Hall, for about two hours. Members socialise and listen to a visiting speaker. These talks cover a vast range of subjects. There is always a break for tea or coffee when members mingle and chat. As an option some members meet for lunch in the George and Dragon before the meeting.

The Club also has a very active crown-green bowls group which plays every week. Summer bowls are on the green at Cranage, in winter they move indoors to Congleton Leisure Centre. Twice each year a visit is arranged to the bowls centre in Prestatyn.

Members are able to participate in a friendly game of golf each week at Woodside in combination with other local Probus Clubs.

Visits to places of interest are arranged occasionally during the year.

An annual lunch is held for members and their wives or partners early in the New Year.If you think you would enjoy the opportunity to make new friends, or would like more information, please ring Roy Foden on 01477 535924 or speak to any existing member you may know.

News From Our PCSO

We have recently been increasing our patrols in the area when it comes to road safety, this has included monitoring the parking outside of schools and in the villages and also targeting roads which are highlighted as a speeding issue. The weather we have experienced over the last few weeks has meant that the road conditions have been extremely poor – this means it’s even more important to check you are driving to the conditions and complete your car checks before leaving the house. 

Your local community support officer has also been working with Crewe Exploitation team to visit local haulage companies where they were given advice and information on Clandestine entry and to reduce acquisitive crime. This was a national campaign working alongside the Home Office where we looked to educate, warn and develop our relationship with these companies in the local area.

PCSO Liz Chesters speaking to the Mothers’ Union
Photo: Dorothy Wood

During last month PCSO Chesters also had the chance to be guest speaker for Holmes Chapel Mothers Union (See page 12). This was a great opportunity to meet with a local group and explain what we do as community support officers and the type of crime we are seeing in the area. Thank you to the all of the lovely ladies for a warm welcome. Do you have a group that you would like us to be involved with or be a guest speaker? Please get in touch via the contact details below!

Once a week, every week we also hold a local community meeting in Holmes Chapel for an hour where I will be available. This is an opportunity for the public to come and have a chat to us and the dates can be found online at –

Alternatively the dates are also posted outside Holmes Chapel Community Centre, Station Road.

If you are interested in more of our activity, please follow us on social media where we are able to speak directly to you as our community about incidents and crimes we are finding in the area. You can also contact us via e-mail at:

Please like our Facebook page ‘Dane Valley Police’ or follow or Twitter account ‘@DaneValleyPol’. 

Liz Chesters