• Special tour

    RAILWAY enthusiasts in Winsford and Middlewich are being invited to book their places on a railtour which takes in the famous Settle and Carlisle line. The scenic tour takes place on May 16 and features a number of miles of track not open to regular passenger

  • Creation of new image helps Nick

    NOT so long ago, music fans would have scoffed at the idea of Nick Heyward playing at Manchester Roadhouse. The Roadhouse is renowned as a venue where up and coming bands can put themselves in the limelight and boost their reputation. So what on earth

  • Simon has taken on the world

    FOR someone who helped produce arguably the best flight simulation game ever made, Simon Kershaw has a remarkable confession. "I never really played computer games," he said. "I went for a job as a computer artist and after a year I successfully went

  • Bills service

    NORTH West Water customers in Winsford and Middlewich can now pay their bills free of charge at post offices in the two towns. The water company has this week introduced a free bill paying service at post offices throughout the region. The new service

  • School is proud of its record

    AS headteacher of one of the schools in Winsford I feel that I must respond to the observations of your correspondent The Observer in last week's Winsford and Middlewich Guardian. Of our last group of students leaving school after completing their A Levels

  • Pool campaigners out of their depth

    MIDDLEWICH residents are under the false impression that their campaign for a pool is going swimmingly. But in fact many other realists know, as I do, that they are out of their depth. The people of Middlewich have been campaigning for many years now

  • Time to ban the hunt

    I WAS sickened and appalled by last week's front page story in the Guardian that a fox hunt had frightened children as it passed through Byley. As if these people don't do enough harm by subjecting foxes to a horrible and cruel death, they are now scaring

  • The grass isn't always greener

    I PRESUME the correspondent last week who wrote that schoolchildren educated outside this town expect more opportunities in life included youngsters who live here but are taught elsewhere. As he quite rightly states, we have two excellent high schools

  • Mark aims for a sporting chance

    MARK Fox has landed the job of making sure all youngsters in Winsford are given a sporting chance. As the new youth sport development offficer for Vale Royal Borough Council, he is already lining up the targets for what he wants to achieve. He said: "

  • Eclipse hoping for cash boost

    STAFF at a Winsford-based counselling service are urging people in the town to rally round and support their latest fund-raising ventures. Eclipse Counselling Network, which offers bereavement support to people throughout Vale Royal, is facing a tough

  • Not so sudden death!

    SUDDEN death became a long and painful process for Rolls Royce of Crewe on Saturday as Middlewich Athletic Reserves progressed from their group into the semi-finals of the Mid-Cheshire Saturday Cup in amazing circumstances. The 2-2 draw which the 90 minutes

  • Rout leaves Robins in the mire

    RELEGATION fears surfaced again for Middlewich Athletic as Bacup Borough crushed them 5-0 on Saturday in their North West Counties Division Two encounter. After a good recent run it was disappointing to see this collapse, especially as the home side were

  • Bad habits back to worry Robins

    Bacup Borough 5 Middlewich Athletic 0 North West Counties Division Two AFTER putting together a much-improved run lately, Middlewich fell back into bad habits on Saturday and suffered a crushing defeat. Such a hammering seemed unlikely at half-time, when

  • Police happy with judge's verdict

    THE man leading the hunt for Du Rose has welcomed the judge's verdict of a life sentence. Detective Chief Inspector Phil Thompson said the actions of Du Rose were sinister and forceful. He added: "Du Rose is the most dangerous man I have ever come across

  • Pupils make a splash

    PUPILS all over Middlewich have joined a campaign for Congleton Borough Council to splash out on a swimming pool. Thousands of signatures have been collected on a petition formed by Middlewich High School, putting the pressure on the borough to back the

  • Mum's fight for justice

    A GRIEF-STRICKEN Winsford mum is hoping that the man who is alleged to have supplied her son with a lethal dose of methadone will be jailed for life. Mother-of-seven Pat Curzon, of Walnut Drive, Wharton, has always believed that her 21-year-old son Martin

  • Protests urged over hare coursing

    A MID-CHESHIRE animal rights campaigner is calling for Winsford and Middlewich people to join her fight against hare coursing. Nicky Green, of Yew Tree Farm, Whatcroft, has slammed people who attend an annual hare coursing event in Merseyside called the


    A LORRY driver with Middlewich builders Pochin has been jailed for life after kidnapping an eight-year-old girl and almost killing her. Mold Crown Court heard how Gulf War veteran Phillip Du Rose had previously tried to entice girls into his car and had

  • IT'S a morality tale for modern times.

    Al Pacino is Satan, dark tempter from the netherworld, who on this occasion has surfaced as a high-powered lawyer. He hires wholesome, young college boy Keanu Reeves as his junior apprentice. With Keanu literally playing 'the devil's advocate', the Dark

  • DARREN Washington has turned down a move to Droylsden.

    The star striker, who has scored 32 goals already this season, turned down the move to Witton's Unibond First rivals after, it appears, manager Kevin Tully had given the green light for the move to go ahead. Tully said: "We were offered a few thousand

  • Mr Men come to Crewe

    CHILDREN'S TV favourites the Mr Men and Little Miss will be coming to Crewe later this month to star in a fun-filled stage adventure. The popular characters will be appearing in a show called 'Nursery Rhyme Land' at the Lyceum Theatre on Saturday, February

  • Kop a load of this!

    AVID Liverpool FC supporters now have the chance to re-live the magic of the glory years at Britain's newest football attraction. The Reds recently unveiled their new visitor centre at Anfield and it is already proving a massive hit with Koppites. The

  • Winnie wraps up points in style

    Bamber Bridge 2 Winsford Utd 3 UniBond Premier Division THE Blues returned to winning ways after an afternoon of action and incident at Ironbridge on Saturday, writes ANDY MAYLOR. Five goals, one from Winnie Steele which mirrored his effort at Chester

  • £1,000 prize up for grabs

    ENTRIES are being taken for the prestigious open bowls competition run on Sunday evenings at Wharton Cons Club, starting on Sunday, April 12 and ending with the final eight on Sunday, August 24. Entries of £15 should be forwarded to organiser Stewart

  • Blues' vision of the future

    WINSFORD United have outlined their plans for a £300,000 Barton Stadium facelift, set to reflect the club's ambition for raising its status at the turn of the century. Extensions to the existing site will bring new facilities into the picture with the

  • Teachers welcome new police presence

    THE doors of Middlewich Police Station are to be kept open regularly to step up the fight against crime in the town. The station will be manned on a set day each week to encourage families to play a greater role in the clampdown on lawbreakers. And the

  • Number's up for Gordon

    OAKFIELD Racing in Winsford is celebrating its first jackpot winner after almost two years of running the Irish Lottery. Gordon Pollitt, of Woodcott Avenue, scooped nearly £4,500 after placing a £3 stake on the four numbers which make up his date of birth

  • Old people's centre not under threat

    WINSFORD county councillor Moira Chapman has denied rumours that cash-strapped Cheshire County Council is to close the town's Elmhurst elderly support centre. Cty Clr Chapman acted after hearing that inaccurate speculation was causing deep anxiety among

  • Time to leave our countryside alone

    THE Cheshire branch of the Council for the Protection of Rural England, which is based in Middlewich, has hit out at housing development in rural areas. The organisation which campaigns for the countryside claims Cheshire will cease to be a predominantly

  • Building boom on the way

    WINSFORD is set for a building boom over the next decade as Cheshire tries to get to grips with the problem of its housing needs. Cheshire County Council has earmarked sites for 43,500 new homes as part of its draft Structure Plan - a document which will

  • Hospital hails teenage boffin

    AN innovative Winsford student has helped to revolutionise cancer care at Leighton Hospital by creating part of a computer programme to help sufferers. Whizz-kid Peter Oakes, aged 19, of Chester Road, has designed the 'front end' of a data base which

  • IT wasn't enough that Northwich didn't get snow for Christmas.

    It's February - and we got SAND. High winds over Africa whipped up clouds of sand from the Sahara desert, and sent them billowing across northern Europe. In Cheshire, the warmest February weekend on record heated the clouds so much that they dropped their