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BROUGHT TO YOU BY CONGLETIODNE TO W N G U Welcome Historic Congleton Congleton Today Beartown Festival Town Congleton Museum Keeping Active Where to Stay Explore Congleton The Great Outdoors Visitor Information Centre On our Streets Shopping Guide Town Map Blooming Marvellous Congleton Congleton Cares Dementia Friendly Congleton Community and Culture Creative Congleton Historic Buildings A Greener Congleton Education Faith Groups Travelling to around Congleton Play Parks Advertisers Directory Congleton Town Council Here four Your Health Useful Information CONTENTS ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 4 6 7 10 14 18 22 24 26 30 32 34 38 40 45 42 43 48 52 53 54 56 57 58 60 61 64 65 68 69 72 73 74 76 78 79 80 81 82 Congleton Town Council and Beartown Voice would like to thank everyone who helped with the preparation of this Town Guide especially Veronica Kitton and all the advertisers who made it possible In particular we wish to thank Congleton Visitor Information Centre Nino Manci Darren Graham and Congleton Museum Silvermaze for the centre page map and Judie Tingle Harriette Wharfe Ian McCullough Frank Henshall Ian Watson Patti Pinto and Marlfields School for the generous use of photographs Contact Us Congleton Town Council 01260 270 350 info congleton tc gov uk www congleton tc gov uk Beartown Voice 07514 600 131 katy beartownvoice com www beartownvoice com While every effort has been made to ensure that the information in the Congleton Town Guide was accurate at time of publication in December 2020 neither Beartown Voice or Congleton Town Council accept responsibility for any loss inconvenience arising from any errors which may have occurred or products and services advertised If you are aware of an error please contact the Town Council on 01260 270350 ext 1 or info congleton tc gov uk we should be able to correct the online version IN PARTNERSHIP WITH Beartown Voice Linking Business Community in Congleton 3

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WELCOME TO OUR TOWN GUIDE 2021 W e hope that you find this guide useful It has been written to give residents and those thinking of moving to or visiting Congleton an insight into what makes our town so wonderful For the latest information about events and news in Congleton see www congleton tc gov uk We think Congleton is a great town We have a fabulous location on the edge of the Peak District and a friendly and caring community As a town we are known for our flowers festivals ribbons beers and bears In this guide you ll find out more about Congleton s past present and future as well as lots of fascinating facts about the town and its people We want to share with you the fun of our festivals the creativeness of our community the beauty of our vast open spaces the variety of our shops sports and social establishments and ways that you can get involved in the community We ll tell you about places to stay places to visit and places to eat We have also added some useful numbers to make it easier to get established in our town Whether you are already living in Congleton here as a visitor or thinking of moving to the town 4 we hope you find this guide useful and informative We also trust that whatever your reason for coming to Congleton you have a thoroughly enjoyable time and that Congleton the little town with the big heart becomes one of your favourite places Cllr Sally Ann Holland Congleton Town Mayor 2019 21

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HISTORIC CONGLETON T he first settlements in the Congleton area were in Neolithic times and archaeological finds tell us people lived here in both the Stone and Bronze Ages There is little evidence of Roman occupation but the Vikings made their mark by destroying nearby Davenport which allowed Congleton to become the local market town In Saxon days Earl Godwin of Wessex held the town but by the time of the Domesday Book of 1086 William the Conqueror had made his nephew The Earl of Chester and granted him the whole of Cheshire He in turn passed Cogletone which had been laid waste by the King s army to his man Bigot In the 13th century Congleton belonged to the de Lacy family and Henry de Lacy granted its first charter in 1272 This made the town a free borough with the right to elect a Mayor and Ale Taster have a merchant guild and behead known felons The people were allowed to travel throughout Cheshire without paying tolls dig turves keep pigs and get their corn ground at the town mill on payment of the twentieth grain This provided the Corporation with its main income Disaster struck Congleton in 1451 when the River Dane flooded and destroyed the wooden bridge the town mill and half the timber framed buildings The town centre was re built on higher ground where the High Street is and the river was straightened and diverted away from the town Congleton was ravaged by plague In 1641 it was believed that the plague reached the town in a box of clothes sent from London The town became deserted and poor but was still expected to provide for bands of soldiers as the Civil War began The townsfolk s loyalties were divided A former Congleton Mayor and lawyer John Bradshaw was Neolithic Era Viking s Bronze Age 6 president of the court which sent Charles I to be beheaded in 1649 and his signature as Attorney General was the first on the King s death warrant There is a plaque commemorating him on Bradshaw House in Lawton Street d cairn s is a chambere The Bridestone in the ilt bu s of Congleton on the outskirt inally ig or rn ai e A ge The C on St c hi lit eo N le had a stone circ Congleton became prosperous again with much of its wealth derived from leather working and lace making Congleton points were leather strips with a silver tip similar to modern shoelaces which were used for fastening clothes Many Tudor buildings are still evident today The first silk mill in Congleton was built by John Clayton in 1752 and by 1771 this industry had restored the town s prosperity 1649 John Bradshaw signs the Death Warrant for Charles I 1272 Henry de Lacy 1086 The Earl of Chester 1641 The Plague 1451 The Great Flood

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Ribbon weaving began in the 1750s and cotton spinning in 1784 By the end of the 18th century there were numerous textile mills in the town and better communications were needed Turnpike Trusts improved the state of the roads the Macclesfield Canal was opened in 1831 and in 1848 the railway arrived In 1860 a treaty with France allowed French silk to be imported duty free The English silk trade began to decline and Congleton suffered Its fortunes were revived when fustian and velvet cutting were introduced in 1867 and different aspects of the textile trade continued to be important through the twentieth century Congleton s ribbons and tapes are particularly well known More information about the history of Congleton can be found in the excellent Congleton Museum which is currently located behind the Town Hall see page 28 Celebrating Elizabeth Elizabeth Wolstenholme Elmy 1833 1918 was dubbed the brains of the suffragist movement by Emmeline Pankhurst She is listed on the Millicent Fawcett statue in Parliament Square London She lived in Congleton and the Elizabeth Group is working hard to raise her profile and create an Elizabeth statue for Congleton Find out more about Elizabeth story by visiting www elizabethelmy com or facebook com elizabethsgroup e NenOt oW K U O th Y f DohInDBradshaw the Predsidordered the J an hich tried ayor of Council w I was M s e rl a h C ouse f o d in this h execution 7 and live 3 16 in n Congleto Street on Lawton 1867 Fustian and Velvet 1848 cutting Railways arrived 1831 Macclesfield Canal 1784 Cotton Spinning 1752 The first Silk Mill 7

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Jan Johnson Reflexology Clinical Reflexologist based in Congleton Health store therapies wellness events To book your appointment or for more information please call Jan on 07940 543636 www JanJohnsonReflexology co uk CHESHIRE EGGS FRESH FROM OUR FARM Congleton 01260 408413 www barehealth co uk Available in your local stores farm shops and direct from our farm vending machine Bringing the tastiest eggs laid by the happiest hens straight from our family farm to your plate Tel 01477 500 231 8 Medhurst Green Farm Congleton Cheshire England CW12 4TA thecheshireegg com

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CONGLETON TODAY BEARTOWN C ongleton is an attractive town with a strong community focus At the last census the population of the town was around 26 600 with 11 561 households In the latest Local Plan covering 2015 2030 the Congleton area is expected to see a growth of almost 4 000 homes and potentially 10 000 residents The challenge is to maintain the community town feel develop the services that everyone will need and continue the sense of community pride in our town Congleton is nestled at the foothills of the Pennines offering some of the most beautiful countryside in Britain With its good schools excellent transport busy events calendar wealth of social sporting cultural and community groups and reasonably priced houses compared to much of Cheshire Congleton remains a popular place to live work and visit The town has breweries a theatre a museum a non A E hospital two golf courses a country park a formal park paddling pool over 200 shops and 29 plus pubs Some of the UKs top tourist attractions are within an hour s drive including Chester Zoo and Alton Towers It is home to some international companies such as Airbags International Siemens Berisfords Boalloy and Senior Aerospace Bird Bellows as well as many very successful national and regional businesses Anyone visiting Congleton is struck by the floral and horticultural excellence in the town Congleton has received RHS Gold every year for the past decade and has been a national finalist in Britain in Bloom 6 times in the past 20 years Visitors can also not help but notice a strong link with bears There are bears on the roundabout wooden bears in the park and at Buglawton Beartown Brewery numerous Beartown businesses even our Rugby and Football Teams are nicknamed The Bears According to the legend Congleton got its nickname from an incident in the 1660s when the town bear died just before the Wakes holiday and the town sold its Bible to buy a bear According to the records the Town Corporation lent the Bearward Bear keeper 16 shillings from the town chest containing money to buy a new Town Bible to buy a new bear The incident gave rise to the tale Congleton rare Congleton rare sold the bible to buy a bear In recent years the Beartown nickname has seen a revival and has been used to help market the town Bearmania a festival of 5ft bear statues around Congleton was a huge success in 2011 and there are plans for a return of the bears in 2021 Funds raised through Bear Mania helped to sponsor the activities of Animal Asia rescuing bears

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FESTIVAL TOWN C ongleton benefits from a vibrant events programme with so many active groups in town there is nearly always something happening Visitors flock to Congleton for the annual events Congleton Unplugged March Unplugged is an acoustic music event which showcases talent of all varieties from classic performers to upcoming fresh talent aiming to blow away the winter blues There is something for everyone across a variety of pubs and bars in Congleton www congletonjazzandblues co uk Easter Treats April Congleton hosts an Easter Treats fun day in the town centre with lots of fun free activities including the Hop Around the Shops Easter Egg Hunt Trail a trail over two weeks around the town a great way to find out what the town centre businesses have to offer with a sweet treat at the end Triathlon April After the success of the first sporting event in 2017 the Town Council host an annual Triathlon in Congleton Park and Leisure Centre The event made up of swimming cycling and running is great for people of all ages and abilities with a Go Tri for children before the main adult Triathlon Food Drink Festival June This all day event sees Congleton Town Centre filled with stalls offering delicious local produce street food and drink with music and entertainment throughout www foodanddrinkfestival net Brass on the Grass June August The Friends of Congleton Park team organise a programme of music concerts located at the Bandstand in the Park throughout the summer months www friendsofcongletonpark co uk Congleton Pride July The Congleton Pride team bring colour and pride into the town centre on their event day Congleton Pride is about celebrating equality diversity and inclusion across the LGBTQ community www congletonpride co uk 14 Congleton Jazz Blues Festival August August Bank Holiday weekend sees Congleton come alive with the sound of music at this free music festival offering lots of different styles across many venues in town www congletonjazzandblues co uk Congleton Heritage Antiques Festival September This biennial festival celebrates Congleton s local heritage with a mix of exhibitions talks and displays www congletonheritagefestival com Bonfire Night November On bonfire weekend Congleton Rotary Club light up the bonfire and the skies with their annual Bonfire and Fireworks display in Congleton Park www congletonrotary co uk Remembrance November Led by the Royal British Legion many Congletonians join the parade and march to the Cenotaph on Lawton Street to pay their respects on the day of remembrance Congleton Christmas Lights Switch On November The town centre is filled with festive fun street and stage entertainment food stalls fair rides grand lantern procession and much more Congleton Tree of Light Service December A dedicated tree in the Community Gardens is lit in a short service to remember loved ones at Christmas time as well as raising funds for worthy local causes Stars for the tree are generally on sale from November onwards On top of all these annual events there are also one off Green and Wellbeing Fayres in the Town Hall monthly Makers Markets in the town centre as well as regular In Bloom Town Tidies For the most up to date information on town events please visit our website www congleton tc gov uk search What s On

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1 2 0 2 A unique celebration of Congleton the little town with a big heart m oc k su moopports n resc bear ue i ng Ja sper relax in h is h am We want to bring back the joy of the Bearmania 2011 festival in 2021 We need your help we are looking for volunteers with a range of skills to develop our Beartown Bearmania Bear Trails If you are able to give a little of your time please visit www bearmania org 15

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CONGLETON MUSEUM E nter a world of wonder by visiting this hidden gem View a medieval log boat bronze age weapons including a rare carp s tongue sword an imposing series of civic charters and buried treasure including one of the largest collections of Roman coinage in the North West These are just some of the things you can see at Congleton Museum Situated behind the Town Hall in the old police station the museum uses relief maps to illustrate how the town has grown from prehistoric times to the beginning of the 21st century Figures from the past tell their stories and the museum s fascinating collection of artefacts is used to portray the intriguing heritage of the area and its people through displays on archaeology the English Civil War the textile industry and World War II Find out about John Bradshaw the Mayor of Congleton who signed the death warrant of Charles I and how an amazing 17th century coin hoard was unearthed and its probable owner identified Discover the town s important role in the industrial revolution and how far a fustian cutter walked in a day Imagine what it would be like to be locked into the old town stocks to wear the scold s bridle or to be evacuated far from your Manchester home during World War II There are monthly history walks around the town and an exciting programme of talks and temporary exhibitions The museum gift shop offers souvenirs locally made crafts hand made cards and history books including an exclusive series of over 50 booklets on various aspects of Congleton s past Opening hours 10 30am 4 15pm Tuesday to Saturday 12 noon 4 15pm on Sunday Admission is free but donations are welcomed as the museum is a charity run by volunteers For news and further information visit our website www congletonmuseum co uk follow us on Facebook Twitter and Instagram search Congleton Museum or call 01260 276360 18

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In store we have a wide range of DIY products tools materials auto products household items gardening products We also provide various services including key cutting sharpening and dry cleaning A TRADITIONAL HARDWARE STORE WITH MODERN IDEAS FRIENDLY SERVICE Pre pack coal logs sticks paraffin Hardware fastenings locks and handles DIY gardening tools Garden products some sold loose Plumbing electric items for competent users Paint Decorating products Extensive range of light bulbs batteries Car Household products kitchenware foil ware Cookware cleaning products Garden equipment tools sharpen repair service Keys cut Agents for Farralls Cleaners Dry cleaning and Laundry 5 Cross Lane Congleton Cheshire CW12 3JU Tel 01260 278110 Email enquiries hightownhardware co uk www hightownhardware co uk 19

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Physiotherapy Back Pain Joint pain Sports Injuries Rehabilitation after surgery Acupuncture ALL DRAINAGE WORK UNDERTAKEN From blocked drains toilets baths and sinks to CCTV surveys and drain installation and relocation Over 17 years service Tel Darren Smith 07494 586 690 or 01260 408 013 Email dsdrainage1 gmail com Sports Therapy 121 Rehab and Pre Post event massage Holistic Therapy Reflexology Indian Head Massage Aromatherapy Podiatry Chiropody Hard skin corns calluses nail problems Sport Podiatry 16 Lawton Street Congleton CW12 1RP Tel 01260 290564 www norrishealth co uk Hot Tubs Outdoor Living 71 Moss Road Congleton Cheshire CW12 3BP Sundance Spas Hot Tubs Hot Tub Chemicals Hot Tub Accessories Garden Beverageware Hammocks Web www alfrescolife co uk Tel 01260 281491 Relax Refresh Reconnect 20

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THREADFAST ENGINEERS LTD Royle St Congleton CW12 1HR 01260 278236 Monday Friday 8am 5 15pm Saturday 9am 12 30pm Sunday Closed With an ever growing trade counter open to the public if you want 1 screw or 1000 screws we can help TOOLS BOLTS NUTS WASHERS FASTENERS WOODSCREWS STORAGE POWER TOOLS SAFETY WEAR MUCH MORE including a wide range of unusual vintage fasteners CONGLETON SNOOKER CLUB ROYLE STREET CONGLETON CW12 1HR PLEASE CALL TO BOOK A TABLE 07539 620572 OPEN TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY 5 10pm SUNDAY 12PM 6PM No membership required Well stocked bar serving real ales An established venue for a quality game of Snooker Independent family run music school shop 1 1 tuition available for all ages from 14 a lesson Acoustic Electric Guitar Bass Drums Piano Vocals Music Theory Composition Experienced and qualified teachers all DBS checked Stocking a good selection of new high quality second hand instruments a wide range of musical accessories 01260 280778 www stonehammermusic co uk 21

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KEEPING ACTIVE E xercise is the miracle cure we ve always had but many of us have neglected to take Whatever your age there s strong scientific evidence that being physically active can help you lead a healthier and happier life People who exercise regularly have a lower risk of developing many long term chronic conditions such as heart disease type 2 diabetes stroke and some cancers Physical activity can also boost self esteem mood sleep quality and energy as well as reducing your risk of stress depression dementia and Alzheimer s disease There are many ways to increase your activity levels Choose activities that you enjoy and you are more likely to make time to do them Below we explore some of the many sports clubs and groups in Congleton On page 34 you can find out more about the Great Outdoors Whether you are looking for a regular commitment or a casual drop in event there is a wide choice of classes clubs and competitive sport to choose from If you can t find what you are looking for from the list below see www cheshireeast gov uk livewell which covers a wider area What to do to keep active Leisure Centres Congleton has two Public Leisure Centres Congleton Leisure Centre based in Worrall Street which is run by Everybody Leisure on behalf of Cheshire East Council This centre was built in 1974 22 and there are approved plans for renovation and new build swimming pool Contact 01260 387717 or www everybody org uk locations congleton Congleton High School Sports Centre supports a range of sport and leisure activities www congletonhigh com 69 sports and clubsinformation There are also a large number of private gyms and classes held in other local schools Badminton Courts can be booked at Congleton Leisure Centre Monday Friday Peak time 5pm 10pm Basketball Congleton Basketball Club takes place at Congleton High School Sports Centre on Monday evenings Junior sessions 7pm 8pm and adult 8pm 9pm Bowling Teams Located at the Booth Street ground Congleton Park Bowling Green the Railway Inn and Coronation Club The nearest indoor ten pin bowling centres are at Festival Park Stoke and the Lyme Green Estate Macclesfield Boxing Beartown Amateur Boxing Club offers coaching and fitness training to people of all ages It s a growing club for more information visit www beartownboxing co uk Cricket Congleton benefits from two thriving but closely linked cricket clubs Congleton Cricket Club www congleton play cricket com and Mossley Cricket Club www mossleycricketclub co uk Both play cricket in a friendly and competitive spirit

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Cycling The active Congleton Cycling Club has an all year programme of touring and racing events It is open to adults and juniors under 18 s will require a completed parental consent form Visit www congletoncyclingclub org uk Darts Pool Snooker and Bingo The Cygnet Club is a major centre for these games Located on Swan Bank If interested contact 01260 273390 email mail thecygnetclub co uk Dance Congleton is the home to many dance troupes from ballet to tap jazz modern ballroom tea dances street or majorettes For more details contact the Visitor Information Centre Fishing Enthusiasts Will be welcomed by the Congleton and District Fly Fishing Club 01260 270012 the Fly Fishers Eaton Email eatonflyfishers gmail com or Marton Heath 01260 224231 Moreton Fisheries 01260 272839 Golf There are two golf clubs on the edge of the town Congleton Golf Club which has 9 holes 01260 273540 and see www congletongolfclub co uk Astbury Golf Club with its testing 18 hole course 01260 272772 and see www astburygolfclub com For those who prefer the occasional game there is the Malkins Bank Golf Club 01270 765 931 or Marton Golf Course 01260 224008 which are both pay as you play Hockey There are men s ladies and youth teams visit Triton Hockey Club www tritonhockey co uk Martial Arts The martial arts judo jujitsu taekwondo Thai boxing and karate are well catered for with many local clubs Netball Enthusiasts can join Congleton Adult Netball League which runs every Tuesday evening at Congleton Leisure Centre 01260 387717 Pilates and Yoga These are catered for within local Leisure Centres and Halls there are also many classes on line Rambling Congleton Ramblers Association has a packed programme of local walks day and weekend trips to suit all abilities Search for local walks on www ramblers co uk or www congletonramblers org uk Rugby Congleton Rugby Club is one of the oldest clubs in the world and has an active adult and junior section See www pitchero com clubs congleton Football Congleton Town FC The Bears play in the North West Counties League Premier Division www pitchero com clubs Congletontownfc Congleton Rovers has merged with Congleton Town FC as an enlarged club offering boy and girl teams from 7 18 s as well as academy senior a semi professional and veteran s team Vale Juniors also offers football for all from 4 21 contact www valejuniorsfc com Running The town has two running clubs Congleton Harriers has over 140 members and abilities Training sessions usually start from the Leisure Centre See www congleton harriers co uk Boalloy Running Club is a successful running club with around 60 members and a strong youth group See Facebook page or www britishathletics org uk The town also has a friendly and popular Park Run at Astbury Mere at 9am every Saturday 23

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KEEPING ACTIVE Snooker There is an active snooker club based in Mottershead Mill Royle Street CW12 1HR Visit www congletonsnookerclub co uk Swimming The town has two clubs based at Congleton Leisure Centre Congleton Amateur Swimming Club see www congletonasc wordpress com and Dane Valley Swimming Club www danevalleyswimming org Tennis Congleton Lawn Tennis Club is one of the oldest Tennis clubs in the country founded in 1890 It has seven all weather courts plus two artificial grass courts and is one of the largest tennis clubs in the area www congletontennis co uk Windsurfing Kayaking Sailing and Canoeing This takes place on the beautiful Astbury Mere For more details see www peak co uk centre category astbury 24 Zumba There are many instructors who hold classes at various venues over Congleton For more information on the classes see www zumba com

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CONGLETON BASED YOUR LOCAL BUILDER ABOUT OUR WORK OUR SERVICES B Rowland Building Construction Ltd is a family run business based in the heart of Congleton We offer reliable trust worthy and friendly building services for a variety of builds We offer a wide range of building and construction services throughout Cheshire Family Run Business EXTENSIONS Wanting a new extension or conversatory We ve got you covered Reliable Service NEW BUILDS Local Builder We specialise in complete builds from foundations to finishing touches GET IN TOUCH 07581 261 033 browlandconstruction gmail com BARN CONVERSIONS Turn your barn or outbuilding into a new space for you and your family GROUNDWORKS Does your build need groundworks or foundations 25

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WHERE TO STAY W hatever your preferred style of accommodation you will find it in the Congleton area From countryside five star bed and breakfast to comfortable pubs with rooms town centre hotels to waterside retreats Congleton has the accommodation to meet your needs for business or pleasure Congleton is just fifteen minutes from the M6 at either Junction 17 or 18 and located in the heart of the beautiful Cheshire countryside You will find ample to spend your time in a truly historic and friendly town Congleton is close to wonderful tourist attractions including Little Moreton Hall a unique Elizabethan Manor House Biddulph Grange Gardens Jodrell Bank miles of wonderful canal walks a short drive to the Peak District Hills and open Cheshire countryside to explore The Lion and Swan Hotel The Queens Head 3 star Gold Swan Bank Congleton CW12 1AH 01260 273115 Park Lane Congleton CW12 3DE 01260 272546 Alexandra Court Hotel HP Bed Breakfast 3 star self rated 7 Newcastle Road Congleton CW12 4HN 01260 297871 Egerton Arms 1 Norfolk Road Congleton CW12 1NY 01260 279887 Sandhole Farm Bed Breakfast Astbury Village Congleton CW12 4RQ 01260 273946 Visit England 4 star and Silver award Manchester Road Hulme Walfield Congleton CW12 2JH 01260 224419 The Plough Yew Tree Farm Bed Breakfast Whitethorn Bed Breakfast The Lamb Inn AA 4 star Macclesfield Road Eaton Congleton CW12 2NH 01260 280207 AA 5 star 5 Star Gold Breakfast Watery Lane Astbury Congleton CW12 4RR 01260 273371 07771 967352 26 Manor Park Road North Rode Congleton CW122PF 01260 223569 Bed Breakfast 3 Blake Street Congleton CW12 4DS 01260 272731

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Watercolour Paintings Workshops www alliepottinger com THE A GRADE OF REFERRAL MARKETING Develop your talent or learn the basics in a friendly atmosphere Do you have an approach to business and customer service that is referral worthy Experienced tutor All levels welcome Or commission a HOUSE PET PORTRAIT as a special gift Meet the other business who come together fortnightly for Team Congleton and tell more people about how amazing you and your business are Online Wednesdays at 10 00am Want to find out more Scan the QR code to see our team and secure your seat at the next meeting SCAN ME TO GET YOUR INVITE Call 07938 549 876 or email team networkin uk Be IN the know and IN the now with NetworkIN Email Alison alliepottinger com Swettenham Heath based studio Nr Congleton 29

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EXPLORE CONGLETON C ongleton is a welcoming town with an exceptional location set in some of the most scenic countryside around For visitors and residents there is a wealth of natural and man made attractions right on the doorstep ready to be explored rent out space to Peak Pursuits for water sports If you fancy kayaking canoeing or sailing contact Peak Pursuits on www peak co uk centre category astbury Also Congleton Nature Watch is based here visit Congleton Nature Watch Facebook page for more information Astbury Mere Country Park Thanks to the hard work of a local trust the former sand quarry has been transformed into a beautiful Country Park and Visitors Centre which attracts over 140 000 visitors a year The 14 hectare site includes a 3km all weather path around the Mere open space extensive woodlands and wildflower meadow The site has been awarded multi green flags and hosts an Eco Centre The trust needs to raise around 40 000 a year to maintain this beautiful free attraction so please leave some coins in the donation boxes dotted around the site For the more active Astbury Mere is the site of a national Park Run every Saturday morning at 9am which is free but you will need to register at www parkrun org uk Congleton The Visitors Centre is open daily from 9am 5pm The Park is open daily with the closing time dependent on the time of year For more information see www astburymerecountrypark uk or 01260 297237 The lake is owned by Stoke Angling Society who 30 Congleton Paddling Pool The town s Paddling Pool has entertained children throughout the summer months from the 1930s and continues to be a source of summer fun and delight to the younger age group While many councils have closed their pools Congleton Town Council has seen it as an important part of the town s heritage and continued to invest in the site The Paddling Pool opens on the Saturday before the late May bank holiday and then weather permitting is open daily from 10am 6pm until early September All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult and parking in the area is restricted so users are advised to park their cars in the Town Centre Car Parks Visit www congleton tc gov uk

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Congleton Park This impressive Victorian Park complete with children s play area paths through the ancient Town Woods river walks ornamental gardens bowling green bandstand toilets and pavilion caf is just a five minute walk from the Town Centre Thanks to a 1 5 million Heritage and Lottery Grant in 2005 the park was lovingly restored to its former glory The Park is the venue for some great community events including music concerts on the 100 year old bandstand Duck Race and the spectacular Rotary Bonfire and fireworks display It has even been the venue for some major concerts including Girls Aloud In 2021 the park will be celebrating its 150th anniversary The Park is owned by Cheshire East Council but staff from Congleton Town Council s Streetscape service ensures the park looks good 365 days of the year Congleton Town Hall Since its completion in 1866 Congleton Town Hall has been at the centre of Civic and Community Life in Congleton The impressive Victorian building is now home to the Visitor Information Centre and Congleton Town Council Congleton Town Centre Congleton is a busy market town which has a varied mix of more than 200 shops businesses caf s restaurants and bars for a wide range of ages tastes styles and budgets There s a traditional market every Tuesday and Saturday a lively car boot sale every Sunday and a Makers Market on the last Saturday of the month Visit www congleton tc gov uk Daneside Theatre Congleton is proud to have its own theatre which can be found in Park Road The Daneside is an independent theatre which puts on a wide range of productions to appeal to people of all ages and tastes For most of the shows at Daneside the tickets are available at Congleton s Visitor Information Centre based in the Town Hall call 01260 271095 for an up to date programme of what s on or visit www danesidetheatre co uk The theatre opened in 1984 and is run by a charitable trust Various performing arts groups use the rehearsal rooms for practice and perform on stage These groups include Centre Stage Youth Theatre Congleton Amateur Youth Theatre Congleton Musical Theatre Congleton Panto Congleton Players Our Gang and Trinity Amateur Operatic Society These groups alongside a number of dance troupes and touring theatre groups ensure that the local people and visitors can enjoy first class performances in the local area rather than having to travel out of town The Daneside Theatre also holds regular film evenings on a Sunday Victoria Mill Antiques and Collectables Centre Spread over three floors with an onsite restaurant this former mill building hosts over 40 dealers making it very easy to lose track of time in this fascinating centre The Mill is open daily from 10am 4pm Free entry and car parking Visit the website www victoriamillantiques co uk or call 01260 297838 31

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EXPLORE CONGLETON Live Music Congleton has a wealth of talented musicians singers and local bands from all age ranges and styles of music Many of these can be found playing in local pubs and bars at weekends The town is gaining a reputation for its lively music scene which includes the Congleton Unplugged in March and the Jazz and Blues festival in August Congleton Town Football Club The Bears play in the NW Counties League Premier Division and bring crowds of daytrippers to Congleton throughout the season See www pitchero com clubs Congletontownfc The Cloud at Timbersbrook For experienced or novice walkers the Cloud is the place to venture Situated on the outskirts of Congleton many walkers are impressed with the scenic views when reaching the summit On a good day weather permitting it is possible to look across the beautiful Cheshire Plains to the Welsh Mountains 32 For more ideas of places to visit in and around Congleton and Cheshire contact the Visitor Information Centre in Congleton Town Hall 01260 271095 or visit www cheshirepeaksandplains co uk and www cheshireeast gov uk leisure _culture_and_ tourism

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THE GREAT OUTDOORS Wonderful Walks Congleton is surrounded by stunning countryside which is great for exploring by foot bike barge or even horse There are lots of footpaths and bridleways to enjoy around Congleton in addition to the popular Biddulph Valley Way Macclesfield Canal towpath Congleton Cloud Congleton Park and Astbury Mere Country Park Stepping out and enjoying the countryside on our doorstep can benefit physical and mental health If you don t want to walk alone there are many walking groups for all ages and abilities listed on the Cheshire East Live Well guide visit www livewellservices cheshireeast gov uk You can download free maps and self guided routes from the Cheshire East Council Ranger Service and Public Rights of Way Team visit www cheshireeast gov uk leisure _culture_and_tourism ranger_service free walk leaflets aspx Cheshire East also has Walks for All guides with details of walks without stiles or steps which can cause an issue for some walkers For more adventurous walkers the Congleton Partnership in conjunction with partnerships in our neighbouring towns has created a South Cheshire Market Town Trail which includes a circular 42 mile walk taking in the towns of Alsager Congleton Holmes Chapel Middlewich and Sandbach Copies are available in the Visitor Information or online at www congleton tc gov uk south cheshire markettowns trail Scenic Cycle Routes There are three Sustrans cycle networks that run through Congleton Route 55 This route runs from Iron Bridge to Preston passing through Congleton Route 70 A 176 mile circular route passing through Chester Acton Bridge Bollington 34 Macclesfield Forest Congleton Shavington Malpas Route 573 A 18 mile regional route between Congleton and Davenham which uses mostly minor quiet roads There are also plenty of beautiful routes to discover for yourself The Biddulph Valley Way a former railway line is popular with cyclists wanting an off road experience Details of cycling routes are in the Let s go Cycling in South East Cheshire leaflet available from the Visitor Information Centre or as a download from the Town Council s website www congleton tc gov uk discover congleton cycling incongleton The Town Council and Active Congleton are lobbying hard for more connected cycle routes through and around Congleton to make it easier safer and more convenient for residents to cycle to town schools or Congleton attractions On the Water The Macclesfield Canal runs from Marple Bridge to Kidsgrove and circles around the south eastern side of Congleton from Buglawton passing close to the railway station and curving round to Mossley and Astbury There are mooring points close to the town centre which prove a popular stopover point for those exploring this part of Cheshire by boat The flat tow paths are also popular with walker and runners In the Saddle With the famous Somerford Park on our doorstep and some of the best countryside around Congleton s bridleways are popular with riders Details of brideways can be seen on the North Cheshire Riders website

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VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE T he friendly and knowledgeable team at Congleton Visitor Information Centre based in the foyer of the Town Hall can help you make the most of being in Congleton and are a great resource for finding out about things to do and organised events in the area In the shop you will find a wide range of books on local history and local walks along with souvenirs making ideal gifts You can buy tickets for the local Daneside Theatre and other local theatres such as The Regent and Victoria Hall in Hanley the New Vic at Newcastle and Buxton Opera Theatre A photocopying service for visitors and residents is available along with local produce such as Congleton honey Congleton gingerbread jams and chutneys TRE ION CENpm T A M R O F N 5 VISITOR Ionday Friday 9am Open M 10am 3pm Saturdays ct to change subje hours are 1095 01260 27 st gov uk cheshireea c ti n to m congle heshire co www visitc RELATIONSHIP GUIDANCE A N X I E T Y D E P R E S S I O N S T R E S S Connect with the causes Develop a plan to protect yourself Create a practice to set yourself free RELEASE REFRESH RENEW Free to attend sessions for individuals couples and groups F o r a c o n fi d e n t i a l c h a t c o n t a c t Lionel on 07950 426 234 or email lionel lionelpalatine com 38 N U RT U R I N G R E L A T I O N S H I P S W W W L I O N E L PA L A T I N E C O M

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ON OUR STREETS Gifts Crafts Flowers Home Alfresco Life Ballooning Marvellous Berisford Ribbons Browns Furniture Shop Card Factory Congleton Bazaar Congleton Furniture Centre Factory Bed Shop Fireplace Centre Grace Brown Interiors House to Home JS Trophies Royle Street Beds Stringing Frames Sweet Pea Florists The Flower Gallery The Little Shop Interiors Visitor Information Centre Victoria Beds Victoria Mill Antiques Collectables Willow Vintage Gifts Bikes Cars Garages AC Motors Alpha Street Legal Ltd Amery s Garage ATS Tyres Beardmore Motors Brook Street Burns Garage Ltd Cheshire Vehicle Rental Congleton Hand Car Wash County 4X4 Cycle Centre Enterprise Cars Go E Automotive Halfords Halfords Autocentre Kwik Fit LAC Autoparts LRC 4X4 Ltd Martone Cars Michael Green Bodyworks Mikeanics National Tyres 40 Moss Road Pedestrian Area Thomas Street Lawton Street Pedestrian Area Lawton Street Silk Street Mill Street Lawton Street West Street Pedestrian Area Rood Hill Park Street Lawton Street Pedestrian Area Little Street Little Street High Street Foundry Bank off Foundry Bank Lawton Street Antrobus Street Thomas Street Canal Road Mountbatten Way Garden Street Garage Brook Street Canal Street West Road Roe Street Thomas Street West Road Market Street Worrall Street Congleton Retail Park Barn Road West Road West Road Buxton Road Market Street West Road Silk Street Barn Road Paddock Motorcycles Porters Service Station Richardsons Bike Car Dealership Shell Clayton Soapy Joe s TBE Services Ltd Tyrz Votex Ltd Services Hardware Arkhi Architects Bensons for Beds Cheshire Design Centre Cheshire Flooring Solutions Ltd Complete Kitchen Bedrooms Congleton Carpets Congleton Glass Co Ltd Couverture Binding Curtains by Design Direct Bottled Gas Handy Cabin Hightown Hardware Jantex Johnson Cleaners Menditz MKR Electronics Ltd MQS Services P L Fireplace Royle Street Carpets Steam Machine Storm Cutting Formes Threadfast Engineers Ltd Visions of Earth Wharf Plumbing Mill Street Padgbury Lane Mill Street Bypass Worrall Street Silk Street Antrobus Street West Street Mill Street Congleton Retail Park Hatter Street Hancock Road Thomas Street West Street Royle Street Mill Street Hightown Mossley Havannah Street Mill Street Hightown Mossley Milk Street Barn Road Mill Street Havannah Street Thomas Street Barn Road Royle Street Royle Street Roe Street Royle Street West Street Hightown Mossley Pets Congleton Veterinary Centre West Heath Shopping Centre HJ Lea Oakes Hightown Mossley Jolleys Pet Food Superstore Congleton Retail Park K9 Raw Swan Bank Life at a Gallop Moss Road Smiths Bait Tackle Lawton Street Wendy s Pet Salon Lawton Street Wright Morten Vets Moody Street Charity Shops Barnardos West Heath Shopping Centre Cancer Research UK Pedestrian Area Hospital League of Friends Lawton Street Mencap West Heath Shopping Centre North West Air Ambulance Market Street Oxfam High Street Ruby s Fund Roe Street YMCA High Street

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Hair Beauty 8th Planet Beauty Lawton Street AG Salon Lawton Street Aveda Crown Hair Antrobus Street Beauty Secrets Antrobus Street Billy s Barbers Park Street Birdhouse Hair Salon Park Lane Butterfly Beauty Salon West Street Clarity s Hair Design High Street Classico Barbers Swan Bank Congleton Personal Stylists Antrobus Street Costantinos West Heath Shopping Centre Couture Hair Beauty Rood Hill Cuckoo Folk Moor Street DCN Nails Beauty High Street Dollface Makeup Studio Lawton Street Ego Barber Salon Hightown Mossley Francesco Pedestrian Area Franklins Barber Shop Antrobus Street Fusion Hair Design West Street Halo Hair Swan Bank Haven Hair Nails West Street Headcase Studios Park Lane Innovations Hightown Mossley John s Barbers West Street Just So Beuaty Antrobus Street Luke s Barber Shop West Street LUX Antrobus Street Mario s Barber Shop Rood Hill Mossley Hair Salon Hightown Mossley Mr Wendles Lawton Street Next Level Tattoo High Street No 1 Hairdressers Health Kitchen High Street Olivia s Nails Market Street Park Street Tattoo Moor Street Proper Barbers Market Street Roger Howard Hair Antrobus Street Rogers Barber Shop High Street Rootz Swan Bank Salon 29 Lawton Street Skinoveve West Street Stephanie s Hair High Street Sugar Plum Hair Salon Lawton Street Swan Bank Beauty House Swan Bank The Barbers Shop Pedestrian Area The Edge Hairdressers Mill Street The Gallery Pedestrian Area The Hair Lounge High Street The Hair Project Lawton Street Town House Hair Salon Moor Street Clothes Shoes Jewellery 7th Heaven Bridal Lawton Street Birch Jewellers Pedestrian Area Browns of Congleton Jewellers Pedestrian Area Cavern Clothing Roe Street Congleton Shoe Repairs Swan Bank Davenports Menswear High Street David James Menswear Swan Bank Delia Metcalfe Ladies Clothes Shoes Pedestrian Area Dorothy Perkins Victoria Street DP Sportswear Bromley Road Empire Menswear High Street Glamorous of Congleton Pedestrian Area Hollins Hollinshead Jewellers Pedestrian Area Isabel s Fashion House Antrobus Street Lan Tailoring Mill Street M Co Victoria Street Peacocks Pedestrian Area Serenity Designs Pedestrian Area Shambala Mill Street Shoe Zone Congleton Retail Park Swan Brides Boutique Park Street Wristbands Plus Bromley Road Technical Electrical Bellboy Print Cheshire Electrical Compusat Congleton Mobiles CT Mobiles Evett Television Ltd Fonepart Full Colour MAC Tool Hire Max Spielmann Richard Parker Pianos S S Photography Stonehammer Music T S Electrical Town Hall Studios Walker Strings Moor Street The Meadows Lawton Street Pedestrian Area Market Street Moor Street Mill Street Roe Street Park Street Pedestrian Area Thomas Street Park Street High Street Mill Street High Street Rood Hill continued on page 44 41

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ON OUR STREETS Health Wellbeing Ayres Health Lion Street Ableworld Mill Street Bare Health High Street Body Mind MOT 65 Pedestrian Area Boots Pedestrian Area Boots Congleton Retail Park Boots Opticians Pedestrian Area Broome Chiropody Antrobus Street Cheshire Colonics Lawton Street Congleton Dental Centre West Street Congleton Hearing Centre Duke Street Congleton Osteopathic Practice Kinsey Street E Cig Congleton Mill Street E Cigolution High Street Herbecures Mill Street Holland Barrett Pedestrian Area Huff Puff Pedestrian Area L Thompson Optometrists West Street Lloyds Pharmacy West Street Moody Terrace Dental Moody Street Mossley Pharmacy Hightown Mossley Narngjam Therapy Centre West Street Norris Health Lawton Street Readesmoor Medical Centre West Street Salus Pharmacy Havannah Street Specsavers Victoria Street Superdrug Pedestrian Area The Congleton Hearing Centre Pedestrian Area Vision Express Pedestrian Area Well Pharmacy Park Lane West Heath Pharmacy West Heath Shopping Centre Supermarkets General Stores Aldi Aldi B M Bargains B M Bargains Bargain Booze Bargain Booze Beartown Brewery Congleton Chronicle Co op Egerton Brooks Butchers Hightown Post Office Home Bargains West Heath Shopping Centre Mounbatten Way Pedestrian Area Congleton Retail Park West Heath Shopping Centre Hightown Mossley Spindle Street High Street Bromley Road Astbury Street Hightown Mossley West Heath Shopping Centre Home of Feast Mill Street Buglawton Iceland West Heath Shopping Centre Londis Havannah Street Marks Spencer Simply Food Congleton Retail Park McColls West Heath Shopping Centre McColls St John s Road Buglawton Morrisons Market Street Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe Pedestrian Area Premier Cross Lane RJ J Moore Greengrocers Mill Street Select Convenience Brook Street Spar West Street Spar Canal Road Swan Bank Mini Market Swan Bank Tesco Barn Road Tesco Express West Road W H Smith Pedestrian Area WOW Portraits Newsagents Pedestrian Area Financial Legal Barclays Citizens Advice Bureau Franklyn Financial Management Hammond McNulty HSBC Mortgage Corner H NatWest SAS Daniels Tax Assist High Street Lawton Street John Bradshaw Court Market Square High Street High Street High Street Riverside High Street Estate Travel Agents Bostock Tours Moor Street Butters John Bee Pedestrian Area Chris Hamriding Lettings Estate Agents High Street CS Lawrence Co Swan Bank Hays Travel Pedestrian Area Internet Travel Shop Kinsey Street Leek United Pedestrian Area Malbon Townsend Swan Bank Nationwide Pedestrian Area Reeds Rains Estate Agents High Street Three Way Travel Swan Bank Timothy A Brown Estate Agents West Street TUI Travel Agents Pedestrian Area Whittaker Biggs High Street Funeral Directors Alan Finneron Funeral Directors West Street Co op Funeral Care West Street John Garside Son Stonehouse Green Larvin Clegg Funeral Care Antrobus Street Three Shires Independent Funeral Service Moody Street 44

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Pubs Bars Arriba Congleton West Street Barley Hops Swan Bank Beartown Cock Lawton Street Beartown Tap Willow Street Cheshire Tavern West Road Crazy Moose Ski Shack Lawton Street Cygnet Club Swan Bank DV8 Little Street Farmers Arms West Street Lion Swan Swan Bank Lord Mountbatten Mill Street Prince of Wales Lawton Street Quigleys Wine Cocktail Bar West Street Rumba Swan Bank The Bulls Head Mill Street The Church House Buxton Road Buglawton The Clock House West Street The Counting House Swan Bank The Olde Kings Arms High Street The Queens Head Hightown Mossley The Railway Inn Hightown Mossley The Rams Head Rood Hill The Unicorn West Heath Shopping Centre The Vale Club Canal Road The Wharf Inn Canal Road The Wonky Pear Cross Lane The Young Pretender Lawton Street V Bar West Street Ye Olde White Lion High Street Restaurants Cafes Amans West Heath Shopping Centre Bear Grills Market Street Bojangles Pedestrian Area Casa Picola West Street Chatwins Pedestrian Area Costa Coffee Pedestrian Area Cotton Club Caf High Street Crema Pedestrian Area Four Friends Mill Street Gather of Cheshire High Street Greggs Pedestrian Area Happy Garden West Heath Shopping Centre Higher Ground Caf Bar Pedestrian Area Kingfishr Indian Cuisine Antrobus Street Old Saw Mill Back River Street Purple Pakora Lawton Street Reubens 46 Typhoon Thai Wild Wild ZaZa Turkish Lawton Street Antrobus Street Pedestrian Area West Street Takeaways 21 Fish Chips Antrobus Street Ann s Plaice Havannah Street Auntie Jills Pies Sandwich Shop Brook Street Beartown Spice West Street Beijing City Mill Street Bonds Bakery Hightown Mossley Cheeky Chicken Lawton Street Chilli Express Rood Hill Chopstix Lawton Street Congleton Grill Lawton Street Congleton Kitchen Lawton Street Congleton Oatcakes Lawton Street Congleton Tandoori Lawton Street Dominoes Barn Road Go East Hightown Mossley Green Island Chippy Willow Street Hightown Fish Chips Hightown Mossley Hotspot High Street M A Buttylicious Hightown Mossley Marios Fish Chips West Heath Shopping Centre McDonalds Clayton Bypass New Ruby Antrobus Street Paccinos Pizzeria Rood Hill Pagoda Cantonese Buxton Road Phil s Famous Chippy Rood Hill Portobello Pizzeria Lawton Street Q J Chinese West Street Radnor Park Sandwich Bar Radnor Park Shakeeze High Street Sizzlers High Street Subway West Heath Shopping Centre Sweet Chillies Lawton Street The Deli Milkshake Co Havannah Street Top Nosh West Street Turkish Delight High Street Valleys Fast Food High Street Congleton also has a twice weekly retail market every Tuesday and Saturday with a mixture of indoor and outdoor stalls a Car Boot on a Sunday Morning and a visiting Makers Market on the last Saturday of the month For details about stalls on the market and for further details on all the shops see www congleton tc gov uk 45

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BLOOMING MARVELLOUS CONGLETON C ongleton in Bloom has been successfully greening and transforming areas of Congleton since the group was formed in 1998 In addition to helping to create a cleaner greener Congleton In Bloom activities have also brought hundreds of people together of all ages in either town wide or local greening projects Congleton has been awarded the RHS gold standard for its horticultural excellence community involvement and environmental responsibility for the past 10 years Congleton has represented the North West in the national large town finals in 2001 2007 2014 2016 and 2018 winning 3 gold medals Congleton would have been a finalist in 2020 if COVID 19 hadn t caused the competition to be postponed In addition to Congleton in Bloom the town also benefits from many It s Your Neighbourhood campaigns including Buglawton in Bloom and Bromley Farm in Bloom have been running almost as long as the town group Although the town is praised for its floral roundabouts hanging baskets troughs and flower 48 beds only 40 of the marks are for horticultural excellence The rest are for environmental responsibility and community engagement Schools businesses youth groups churches pubs care homes and many local neighbourhoods and individuals take part The group would love to see even more people take part Look out for monthly litter picks planting opportunities or talk to the group about setting up your own neighbourhood group and be part of the movement to create more community pride and an even cleaner greener Congleton Visit for more information www congleton tc gov uk

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CONGLETON CARES C ongleton has a reputation as a friendly town We hope you find that to be true There are many groups and organisations across the town which provide help support or a chance to interact with others A good place to start is the Get Involved book produced by Congleton Community Projects It gives the contacts and more information on around 100 organisations in Congleton You can pick up a copy at the Visitors Information Centre or download at www congletoncommunityprojects org A new directory is due out early in 2021 Below are just some of the areas that we are passionate about as a town Congleton Cares about your Safety Feeling safe in your own home and neighbourhood is important Congleton has its own policing unit made up of Cheshire Police Constables and Police Community Support Officers as well as a Sergeant The local unit is based in the Police Station in Congleton The Police hold regular local surgeries in the community for the public to come and have a chat The Police Station is staffed Monday to Friday from 9 4pm It is the work with residents that enables the police to identify target and prosecute individuals who commit crime You can report crime via 101 online 101 telephone call or Crime Stoppers Anonymous online or 0800 555 111 Congleton Town Council pays for the main CCTV cameras around the town to be monitored 24 hours a day 7 days a week from the control room in Macclesfield Pictures from the cameras can be sent straight to the tablets of police in the area Within your local community there may already be a Neighbourhood Watch you can check on www ourwatch org uk If there isn t one why not set one up Congleton Town Council will help you Congleton Cares about Stopping Abuse and Violence In September 2020 Congleton Town Council was awarded White Ribbon Status for the work it is doing within the community to stop violence and abuse Hundreds of people in Congleton have already signed the white ribbon pledged promising not to commit excuse or ignore violence or abuse against women and girls Although most abuse is 52 male against female the Council also recognises that all violence and abuse is wrong My Cheshire Without Abuse is a local charity which is working hard to support victims of abuse in Congleton They have started to hold regular clinics in Congleton and can be contacted on 0300 123 5101 Congleton Cares about Older People Just over 25 of Congleton residents are aged over 65 3 200 are over 75 and 900 aged 85 That is a large section of our community Congleton U3A University of the Third Age is one of the largest in the country with 1400 members and a huge range of classes and activities Congleton Partnership has a senior forum which focusses on the interests and needs of our senior residents particularly around minimising social isolation promoting good mental health and well being and making sure older people feel included in the town This group also organise an annual health and well being fayre They can be contacted via www congletonpartnership co uk Congleton Cares About Younger Residents Young people also sometimes struggle to have a voice in the town and have a Youth Forum via the Congleton Partnership to consider their issues and concerns This group particularly concentrates on the 11 25 year age group The main concerns identified and being worked on are the lack of services or information about services concerning drugs sexual health youth groups housing work and Lack of opportunities The youth forum can be contacted via www congletonpartnership co uk

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Congleton Cares about the LGBTQ Community Congleton Pride was established in 2018 and organised the town s first pride event in July 2019 The group believes that Congleton should be a safe and happy place for everyone regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity Congleton Pride advocates for LGBTQ people locally and nationally It also brings people together socially and is planning several evening events and another fabulous Pride Day in 2021 They can be contacted via the Congleton Pride Facebook page Congleton Cares about your Heart There are a growing number of defibrillators AEDs around Congleton If a person has a sudden cardiac arrest when their heart suddenly or unexpectedly stops beating early use of a defibrillator can greatly increase their chance of survival Find out where you nearest Defibrillator is by checking the Congleton Chronicle or the front of the Town Council s website www congleton tc gov uk t eton Cares abou Find more Congl ener Congleton re Climate A G 5 ge see pa 64 6 l Health ta en M d an Physical 1 see page 80 8 ge 54 ementia see pa People with D Bureau is here itizen s Advice Congleton s C needs their wh Congleton o in t en sid re y for an 00 14 48848 ce Contact 08 vi ad d an lp he ces in Lawton op in at their offi dr or e on ef re f 0pm Tuesday 9 30am 12 3 Street between Friday Wednesday or Congleton Cares about Keeping you Informed There are lots of ways to find out what is going on in Congleton Local Papers Congleton is fortunate to have one of the few independently owned paid for papers in the Country The Chronicle has been publishing every Thursday since 1893 The current editor is only its 4th ever editor Congleton stories also feature in the Sentinel which is a daily paper edited from Stoke Newsletters brochures In addition to numerous newsletters from schools churches residents areas clubs and societies households in CW12 will receive a quarterly Bear Necessities This is edited by the Town Council and contains news of upcoming local events issues and campaigns Households also receive a Beartown Voice magazine and Congleton Directory Radio Stations Our local stations are BBC Radio Stoke and BBC Radio Manchester Silk FM based in Macclesfield Signal FM based in Stoke Canalside Radio based in Bollington Moorland Radio based in Staffordshire Moorlands Social Media Websites Town Council for events and local campaigns and resources Congleton Partnership Congleton Chats back local news from over 20 000 members on what s going on in Congleton Congleton News and Views for debate and discussion on news in Congleton and further afield Congleton Town Council for updates from your Town Council Search Social Media for the relevant pages Notice boards There are also community noticeboards which are updated by the Town Council on a weekly basis This can be found in St John s Road Buglawton Parnell Square on Bromley Farm Mossley Village Hall Congleton Library West Street Car Park and West Heath Shopping Centre 53

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DEMENTIA FRIENDLY CONGLETON M any people in Congleton are working hard to make the town Dementia friendly where people living with dementia can live well A group set up in 2018 under the auspices of Congleton Partnership to help people and businesses become aware of the needs of people with dementia to publicise and create more events that welcome people living with dementia and can cater for any additional needs they have Since 2018 more than 1 000 people in Congleton have attended an awareness course and have become a Dementia Friend Anyone can attend one of the free awareness sessions and Congleton s Dementia Friends Champions are happy to run a session in any location for groups organisations friends and families If you can get a group of five or more people together in Congleton we can provide someone to run the session These sessions cover what dementia means and give tips on how to communicate effectively with people living with dementia To find out more information call 01260 270350 sessions last around an hour Many Businesses in Congleton have gone a step further In addition to their staff attending an awareness session they have also taken actions to make their premises better for people living with dementia These premises have a Dementia Friendly Congleton Sticker in the window The group also runs sessions for those living with dementia and their supporters These include traditional games sing alongs and other stimulating activities A memory cafe is organised through the support of the Alzheimer s Society and local care homes host sessions to which people living with dementia are invited If you would like to be involved there is usually a weekly column in the Chronicle flyers in the information centre GP surgeries etc or you can contact the chair Diane Ritherdon 07770 724932 We are excited to be able to announce a new extension to our service for those affected by domestic abuse in Congleton We are now able to offer a weekly advice clinic in the town to provide help support and guidance in relation to domestic abuse On a monthly basis the clinic will also be in collaboration with Cheshire Police with specialist domestic abuse officers attending to provide advice and support in relation to new complaints Claire s Law disclosures or updates on existing cases COVID 19 and the new lockdown will undoubtedly cause additional pressures on families in our area and we want to reassure those affected by domestic abuse that they are still able to access help and support and that our team are in the local community and here to help 54 We understand that not everyone will want or be able to see our team in person at the moment and so our clinic appointments are also available virtually or by phone To book an appointment please call My CWA 01270 250390 If you feel that you are at risk of immediate harm please call 999 For support with your or your children s experience of domestic abuse or to access help if your are worried about your own behaviours please contact the Cheshire East Domestic Abuse HUB 0300 123 5101

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Congleton Town Hall Your Venue of Choice Situated in the heart of the town this stunningly renovated historic building is the ideal venue for both business and pleasure The Town Hall offers three great rooms to hire the Grand Hall Bridestones Suite and Spencer Suite along with friendly staff catering and bar facilities free Wi Fi and accessible for all The rooms are available to hire seven days a week from 8am 1am starting from just 15 per hour Discount available for CW12 residents The Town Hall is a perfect venue for conferences training board meetings weddings birthdays christenings funerals and fundraisers in fact any occasion requiring space for 2 300 people Tel 01260 270350 Email info congleton tc gov uk Web www congleton tc gov uk Beartown Voice Linking Business Community in Congleton More than just a business listing Linking businesses and services to the community Local businesses come first Quality printed Consistently delivered 10 times per year Cost effective Rates starting at only 70 per edition Interesting articles from local experts Delivered into 10 000 homes and businesses with a potential reach of 23 000 people We would like to say thank you to our advertisers readers for their support throughout 2020 and we hope 2021 is a positive and prosperous year for all Regards Katy Matt Ronnie Delivered Free Be rtown Beartown Voicea Voice Hibernate Beartown Voice n Voice Beartow this winter oice Bea Vow Beart rtow n Beartown Voice n Voice Find December January 2020 Winter 2020 April 2020 2020 February March 2020 It s not just for cooking Royles Beds chat passion for beds with us about their and home furnish ings August 2020 Linking Business Community in Congleton Linking Business Community in Congleton July inner pea ce Armchair sightseeing We look at the history of medita and why you tion should give it a try Take a virtual tour around the world Congleton in 2020 What s happening this year Welcome to Garlic Bear Town Voice Meet the team behind your magazine Support in our community Lockdown Home of Feast tell the story of their Refill Store for Congleton Looking after each other and keeping away vampires step your door Love your feetOn Farms Clonter Opera Driving overOur how they diversified 70 Town CentreTips to keep a spring in your stepHalton lockdown during Theatre Wewhyall want our freedom Open for business should age stop us Escape the everyday and immerse town of our song yourself in live musical theatre Sound inspired Learn something new a How lockdown Bambooo new A local company bringing ethical and Watercolour workshop Honey up a sweet treat sustainable fabric to our town Grandma cooks Immune system esh Milk Fr DOOR We are open MON FRI 10AM TO 5PM AVAILABLE SAT 10AM TO 1PM OUT OF HOURS APPOINTMENTS budgets We are the main agent for General Tires Repairs Wheel balancing alignmen t Call Jim Lancaster 01260 281845 SECTIONAL DOOR ROLLER Same day fitting p w to C u TAXIS Former council pest controller Fully Insured Unmarked van Contracts available k cheshirepestsolutions gmailwww astarstaxis co u com Sales valuation accuracy smilkshack on facebook haltonfarm 01260 280 280 www cheshirepestsolutions co uk ur yo door Sales fee satisfaction beartownvoice com r 99 or 98 Co p w to C u Bookings Call 07391 723 546 to Order Taken How or find us www haltonf journeys localarms com short Katy 07541 600 131 katy beartownvoice com Ronnie 07522 374 870 ronnie beartownvoice com to your door Cow to Cup fresh milk to pour locally produced ready er 07967Airport 603 498 to 8 seatsom ord up farms c halton Mini Buses Transfers visit Long stories to pour dy ea Cheshire Pest Solutio A STARS ns YOUR LOCAL TYREMore Information on the centre pages professional efficient domestic commercial of Thediscreet Beartown Voice EXPERTS agricultural Advanced Co esh milk to fr Looking after your health Congleton Community Green Fayre Best brands available Why not visit our showroom All vehicles Delivered Free Community in Congleton Delivered Free Delivered Free in Congleton Business Community Linking Business CommunityLinking in Congleton 2020 Linkin September g Busine ss Delivered Free y in Congleton Linking Business Communit Delivered Free Delivered Free Linking Business Community in Congleton Book Your Space 91 Lettings valuation accuracy 98 Letting fee satisfaction www timothy abrown co uk 2 4 West Street Congleton CW12 1JR 01260 271 255 4 9 5 115 reviews www allagents co uk 55

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COMMUNITY AND CULTURE O ne of the most outstanding characteristics of Congleton is its strong voluntary sector which plays a vibrant role in every aspect of the cultural social and sporting life of the town Over 150 organisations and groups are run by volunteers making Congleton a very lively welcoming and active community A key organisations for the Congleton is Congleton Partnership The Partnership has brought hundreds of thousands of pounds into the town via grants to deliver projects aimed at improving Congleton for its residents workers and visitors The Partnership is a volunteer group that actively encourages more people to get involved with the firm belief that the more people involved the more that can be achieved There are groups on Sustainability Congleton Creative Youth Forum Senior Forum and Dementia Some successes include the recent renovation of the Cenotaph adding safe cycle routes mapping country walks introducing information boards and town entry signs the River Dane Walkway Congleton Apple Juice creating a Dementia Friendly town and establishing Moody Street Garden More information at www congletonpartnership co uk Congleton has four Connected Community Hubs offering a wide range of activities for the community They are Bromley Farm Community Centre Ruby s Fund The Old Saw Mill in Back River Street and Bromley Farm Wellbeing Hub in Parnell Square Congleton Community Projects is a lynchpin 56 of the community provides creative support advice and practical help to many voluntary groups and organisations CCP created and delivers the very popular annual Food and Drink Festival and is involved with most other festivals For more information contact jo congletoncommunityprojects org or visit www congletoncommunityprojects org Care of young people is a strong strand in community life VISYON is a charitable trust formed to provide a confidential counselling service for young people between the ages of 11 and 25 and can be found at Fellowship House near Congleton s Paddling Pool Ruby s Fund is a charity providing social sensory educational and recreational services for children young people their families and carers at a Sensory Centre in Roe Street Scouting and Guiding flourishes in Congleton with numerous units throughout the town engaged in offering challenging opportunities and new skills The Air Training Corps 230 Congleton Squadron and the Congleton Army Cadets both based at Rope Walk are also very active in the Town Congleton has a Youth Council which represents the youth of town to the Town Council Church life and faith groups are very active in Congleton with most of the churches having community rooms which help support their youth groups luncheon clubs for senior residents and many social events and activities New life Church runs a free food bank for those in need called The Storehouse See the section on faith groups for more information page 72 Congleton has a thriving University of the Third Age which has more than 1400 members and 100 active groups ranging from art classes through to foreign language groups ecology and book clubs to a popular Ukulele club U3A is open to everyone who not in full time employment There is no age limit It is a great place to meet a wide circle of people from diverse backgrounds and interests More information at www congletonu3a org uk Congleton Rotary Club and Congleton Lions

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add greatly to the community life in Congleton organising many key events while raising money for great causes Both local groups provide excellent networking and friendship groups and are always keen to welcome new members Congleton Credit Union has been operating since 1995 It is only open to people who live or work in CW12 and offers members a chance to save on a regular basis and borrow money up to 3 x what they have saved at a low interest rate The collection point is in Congleton library on a Saturday from 10 11am The town is extremely fortunate to have its own fabulous theatre run by a trust There are lots of thespian groups of all ages and disciplines involved in the local Daneside Theatre More details of which can be seen at www danesidetheatre co uk Congleton s music scene is thriving and ranges from talented local indie and rock bands to the long established Congleton Choral Society and from the fabulous Clonter Opera on the outskirts of Congleton to Karaoke nights The Choral Society www congletonchoralsociety org offers a varied range of choral music with a number of concerts held during the year For those not ready for the Choral Society the popular Can t Sing Choir which very definitely can sing provides a good mix of singing and social Congleton Youth Orchestra encourages young musicians from nine up to twenty five years old It has a junior string section and trains younger players for the main orchestra The group is pleased to hear from young musicians and can loan instruments free of charge for a trial period Brass bands are still strong in the area and two local bands the Macclesfield Silk Band and the Rode Hall Silver Band often play at the theatre Town Hall and at local events Congleton has a growing arts community with both Victoria Mill www victoriamillartcentre org and the Electric Picture House www electricpicturehouse online providing units for a wide range of artists and exhibition space See Creative Congleton page 58 There is a wide range of sporting and leisure groups run by volunteers for the benefit of their members See Keeping Active page 22 There are several support and friendship groups offering an opportunity for people to meet others in a similar position These range from parent and toddler groups to Age Concern s Men in Shed group There are also support groups specialising in helping those with additional needs Many groups rely on volunteers to help them to function Supporting the work of many of the voluntary groups and organisations are four local trusts Congleton Town Trust 1640 Congleton Young Peoples Trust The Inclosure Trust 1795 and the William Dean Environmental Trust 1993 Between them they have injected hundreds of thousands of pounds into supporting voluntary sector activities and initiatives and the town is extremely fortunate to have their support Looking for more information and voluntary organisations It is impossible to mention every voluntary organisation in the town and the above are just a few examples to illustrate the vibrancy and massive contribution that such groups make to the quality of life in Congleton For lots more information about all the Community Groups and Organisations in Congleton see Congleton s Get Involved Booklet produced by Congleton Community Projects available at www congletoncommunityprojects org 57

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CREATIVE CONGLETON C ongleton is a Creative Town with a wide ranging arts and cultural offer including art clubs drama writing and choral groups dance schools music events community arts projects and town wide festivals At the heart of the Creative Congleton scene is the Electric Picture House located in Spindle Mill five minutes walk from the town centre It is a non profit making artists cooperative run by internationally and nationally recognised artists The building combines working studios offices a gallery and workshop space and offers a comprehensive programme of exhibitions studio theatre music performances and workshops It is also the home of Congleton Community Projects organisers of a wide range of community activities in the town including the very popular Food and Drink IN 2022 58 Festival in June and the Christmas Lantern Parade at the Lights Switch on in November Congleton Live CIC is based in the Mill from where they plan the Congleton Jazz and Blues and Unplugged Festivals Looking forward to 2021 Congleton Creative is in the process of planning an Arts Festival called Into The Light a celebration of theatre visual arts performing arts and spoken word If funding permits they hope the Festival will provide relief for the town from the dark year 2020 For more information Find us on Facebook congletoncreative Website www congletoncreative co uk Electric Picture House 01260 270908 www electricpicturehouse online Jazz and Blues www congletonjazzandblues co uk Congleton will be celebrating 750 years of its Charter plans are underway for a special year for the town

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HISTORIC BUILDINGS W hen you walk around Congleton you can still see lots of glimpses of our past Much of the town s prosperity was from the fast flowing river Dane and the mills alongside it Many of the historic buildings mills and grand homes and halls of the area have been lost over time to make way for housing estates and new buildings Some have been repurposed have a new role Congleton still has 133 listed buildings These buildings include www cheshireeast gov uk environment heritage_natural_ environment conservation_listed_buildings conservation_listed_buildings aspx Bradshaw House Bradshaw House in Lawton Street replaced an earlier timber framed house which was the Congleton home of John Bradshaw the former Congleton Mayor who went on to preside over the court that sentenced King Charles 1 to death The building has stood empty for many years Davenports Davenports now a menswear clothes shop on the High Street was built around 1432 1480 Inside the shop you can see many of the original timbers and wooden pegs The building was once the Kings Arms Public House In 1622 Dr Dean an apothecary bequeathed the income from this and the adjacent shop to the Corporation for the benefit of the town s poor This explains why the old town badge and the symbol of Hippocrates are included in the external woodwork Little Street Shops This area dates back to the 16th and 17th centuries and the buildings were originally cottages forming one side of a market triangle Congleton Town Hall Congleton Town Hall was opened in 1866 and designed by Edwin Godwin It is probably the third building to be erected on this site which has been the centre of the Town s government since 1272 The Town Hall is currently owned and managed by Congleton Town Council which has spent almost 750 000 renovating this important building for Congleton Congleton Bath House Congleton Bath House was built around 1820 and contains a cold water plunge pool It is set in its own grounds with a Robert Adam style garden shelter The Congleton Bath House Preservation Trust has restored the Bath House and created a Physic Garden in the grounds using plants that have played an important part in local medicine and industry 60 St Peter s Church St Peter s Church is the Town Centre Parish church The present building dates from 1740 It is one of the best examples of a Georgian interior in the country During the summer months the Church is usually open every Tuesday from 10 2pm offering a quiet place to go and cool down reflect and explore local history

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Moody Hall Built in 1771 on Moody Street and once the home of industrialist Robert Hodgson and his wife Mildred who was a second cousin of George Washington has links with the founding of the United States of America and the Royal Family By marrying the 13 Earl of Strathmore their grand daughter became the great grand mother of Queen Elizabeth II It was here in 1867 that Elizabeth Wolstenholme Elmy an advocate of female education and later a prominent figure in the suffragist movement opened her school for young ladies Plans were approved in 2020 to convert the building into assisted living spaces The Lion and Swan The Lion and Swan Hotel on Swan Bank parts of this hotel date back to the 16th Century and it is known that there has been a Licensed Inn Alehouse or Travellers Resting Place at this site since at least 1496 Between 1614 and 1633 it was venue for plays presented by that group of travelling players associated with William Shakespeare and Richard Burbage called the King s Men Their fee being the princely sum of 10 shillings It was purchased in 2020 and plans to reopen in 2021 as a restaurant and hotel The White Lion The White Lion public house on Congleton High Street probably dates back to the late 1500s or early 1600s when it was a large house John Bradshaw learnt his profession as a lawyer here John Bradshaw went on to be the President of the Court in London and was the first name on the death warrant of King Charles 1 See the Blue Plaque on the front 20 22 24 High Street Whittaker and Biggs Clarity Hairdresser s and Mortgage Corner These three businesses once formed a larger medieval open hall house dating from the 1450s The timber frame structure is still visible in Whittaker and Biggs which still has the original huge cooking fireplace and in the hairdressers where there are the remains of wall paintings If you look through the gated passage into Black Lion Court you can see the overhanging jettyed first floor of what was the west wing of this impressive building Ye Olde Kings Arms Although Ye Olde Kings Arms on the High Street is thought to be the oldest pub in Congleton dating back to 1585 with some of its beams are said to come from 600 year old galleons it foundations are much older If you look carefully at the stone plinth on which the beams rest you will see the remains of a partially covered door and window Homefield This elegant Georgian town house on Chapel Street was once the home of Reade family has links with Napoleon s exile on St Helena In the garden there was once a willow tree said to be from a cutting from one of the trees which surrounded Napoleon s grave on the island It was planted to commemorate the house s ownership by Sir Thomas Reade who was as Lieutenant Governor of the island was one of Napoleon s guardians during his exile West House Built by John Clayton in 1753 this house off West Road was occupied until 1881 by successive owners of Congleton s largest industrial enterprise the Old Silk Mill It was the childhood home of James Pattison who was Governor of the Bank of England from 1834 to 1837 and Member of Parliament for the City of London 1835 41 and 1843 49 His uncle was James was Chairman of the East India Company in 1818 and 1822 A 20th occupant William Tavernor was at the centre of a national financial scandal involving the National Old Age Pensions Society From 1914 the house became a re settlement centre for Belgian refugees during World War I It is now converted into flats 61

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A GREENER CONGLETON C ongleton has a proud history of environmental projects over the decades This created a strong foundation for the formation of Congleton Sustainability Group in 2009 10 years later in September 2019 Congleton Town Council declared a Climate Change Emergency Pledge Groups across Congleton are working hard to raise the profile of environmental matters and to help develop local solutions and actions The problem belongs to all of us and we all going to need to be part of the solution ATE CIL CLIM N U O C N ON TOW EDGE CONGLET EMERGENCY PL rb on CHANGE uncil ca own Co gleton T ake Con To m roughly y 2025 act is tho p im e t neutral b a ssions clim all discu that the in re u s d e n d E r co cedures d and re aking pro m considere n io is c nd de debates a GREEN GROUPS RESOURCES IN CONGLETON Active Travel Congleton A not for profit Community Interest Company promoting walking and cycling for short journeys This group is interested in your experiences and your ideas It wants to make it safer so that more people in Congleton choose to walk and cycle for journeys under three miles Visit www atcongleton uk Congleton Apple Juice Congleton residents have been donating their excess apples to the Sustainability Group for the past decade This is turned into delicious Congleton Apple Juice Cider and Cider Vinegar Donate apples at the Old Saw Mill or Astbury Mere Visitor s Centre from August to October Buy the produce all year around while stocks last Congleton in Bloom Active for more than 20 years this group has brought regional and national glory to the town Some people may think it s about pretty flowers but the majority of the marks are for environmental responsibility and community involvement Congleton in Bloom welcomes your help see page 48 for more information 64 Congleton Food4Free An independent group which is part of the Congleton Sustainability Group and which aims to encourage inspire and educate residents to think about how food can be grown communally and attractively and how they could also grow more of their own food in their own plots Congleton Repair Caf Aims to reduce waste by helping people to repair rather than bin goods Get more use out of your items and learn DIY skills at the same time The Caf meets once a month on a Saturday at the Old Saw Mill in Back River Street Congleton Sustainable Living E learning Guide Look out for E learning courses designed to give you top tips for living more sustainably in Congleton These are expected to be launched by Spring 2021 Dane Valley Community Energy Ltd Was set up as a Community Benefit Society to develop sustainable energy from the weir on the River Dane in Havannah The local community and green energy fans bought shares in the scheme and clean energy will be produced in 2021

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Love Food Hate Waste Upto 40 of the waste in Cheshire East household bins is waste food Find out top tips for reducing your food waste at www lovefoodhatewaste com consumes more than the national average and creates more waste To address climate change we need to consume less reuse and recycle more More at www recycling guide org uk Plastic Free Congleton Trees for Congleton Is a small volunteer team working hard with groups organisations and businesses in Congleton to reduce the use of single use plastic in Congleton The town is working towards Plastic Free status More on their facebook page Reduce Reuse Recycle Cheshire East is a relatively wealthy borough that Another small volunteer team working with Cheshire Wildlife Trust and the local authorities to plant 30 000 trees in Congleton between 2019 2024 They need more volunteers to help and are also interested to hear of any trees that you have planted in your garden Contact treesforcongleton gmail com WHERE CAN I RECYCLE IN CONGLETON The order of preference is to REDUCE do I need to purchase consume in the first place RE USE can I get it fixed can another person make use of it RECYCLE depose of in a way where the product can be used in another way RE USE Quality Household Goods can be donated to New Life Church will collect and redistribute reusable household items and furniture call 01260 297961 Also NW Air Ambulance Charity Shop and Congleton s Second Hand Furniture Warehouse Charity Shops for clothes shoes toys CDs and goods which are fit to be reused See On Our Streets Page 40 for a list of Charity Shops Congleton Freegle founded in August 2007 5027 members a way of advertising for items wanted or free to collect www facebook com CongletonFreegle RECYCLE Silver household recycle bins collected fortnightly via Cheshire East Council the best place to put unwanted cardboard paper glass tins and cans plastic bottles plastic containers and trays cartons and aluminium foil Contact www cheshireeast gov uk waste_and_recycling Brown green garden waste collected fortnightly from households Batteries Superdrug Morrisons all shops which sell batteries should offer recycling Congleton Household Waste Recycling Centre Barn Road CW12 2HH Wide range of products including Plastic bottles glass bottles textiles mixed metal food and drink cans paper books shoes drink cartons car batteries domestic batteries garden waste mixed scrap metal car oil furniture and bric a brac fluorescent lamps scrap wood fridges and freezers display equipment general waste electronics large household appliances gas discharge lamps xmas trees bricks rubble and concrete www cheshireeast gov uk waste_and_recycling using household waste recycling centres McColls Car Park St Johns Road Congleton CW12 2AW Paper Cans Tesco Car Park Barn Road Congleton CW12 1LR Paper Shoes Textiles West Street Car Park West Street Congleton CW12 1JR Textiles Shoes and Oil West Heath Shopping Centre Holmes Chapel Road Congleton CW12 4NB Cans Paper Shoes Textiles 65

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EDUCATION C ongleton has many good and outstanding schools in its catchment where pupils are happy enjoy learning and meet or exceed their potential Both of our Secondary Schools have academy status are respected and pupils progress well during their time at the school Both enjoy above average success at national exams as well as developing students into excellent young people with strong links to their community The schools work together on many initiatives and projects via the Congleton Education Community Partnership CeCP supporting each other to benefit their pupils and the wider community There is an annual Town Sports competition for all the primary schools and many interschool competitions tournaments and friendlies All the schools are supportive of community life taking an active role in key events and community activities Applications for places at state schools in Congleton are via Cheshire East Borough Council All of our schools are friendly and welcoming Many hold open days in readiness for the next year s intake You can find out more from their website or you can call and speak to staff if you wish to find out more about availability of places or strengths of various schools in and around Congleton PRIMARY SCHOOLS Astbury St Mary s C of E Primary School Daven Primary School School Lane Astbury CW12 4RG 01260 272528 www astburyschool org uk New Street CW12 3AH 01260 228088 www daven cheshire sch uk Black Firs Primary School Havannah Primary School Longdown Road CW12 4QJ 01260 272935 www black firs co uk Bosley St Mary s Primary School Malhamdale Road CW12 2DF 01260 387060 www havannah cheshire sch uk Marlfields Academy Primary School Leek Old Road Bosley SK11 0NY 01260 223280 www bosleyschool co uk Waggs Road CW12 4BT 01260 633120 www marlfields cheshire sch uk Buglawton Primary School Marton District Primary School Buxton Old Road CW12 2EL 01260 633080 www buglawtonprimaryschool org 68 School Lane Marton SK11 9HD 01260 224482 www marton cheshire sch uk

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Mossley C of E Primary School Boundary Lane Congleton CW12 3JA 01260 272451 www mossleyce cheshire sch uk Woodcocks Well School Church Street Mow Cop ST7 3NQ 01782 512323 www woodcockswell cheshire sch uk St Mary s RC Primary School Belgrave Avenue CW12 1HT 01260 274690 www stmarysrccongleton cheshire sch uk Scholar Green Primary School Congleton Road North Scholar Green ST7 3HF 01270 685181 www scholargreen cheshire sch uk Smallwood Primary Academy School Lane Smallwood CW11 2UR 01477 500362 SECONDARY SCHOOLS Congleton High School Box Lane Congleton CW12 4NS 01260 730123 www congletonhigh com Eaton Bank Academy Jackson Road Congleton CW12 1NT 01260 273000 www eatonbankacademy org The Quinta School Ullswater Road CW12 4LW 01260 221640 www thequinta cheshire sch uk HIGH SCHOOL 69

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PROPERTY MANAGEMENT MAINTENANCE WORKING FOR PRIVATE LANDLORDS LETTING AGENTS Professional dip tank oven cleaning end of tenancy deep cleaning maintenance services such as painting decorating joinery plumbing accredited locksmith services Your Local Lawnmower Garden Equipment Specialists Sales Servicing Repairs Spare Parts Collection Drop off Service All under one roof one invoice one company 07585 552 819 07429 492 358 www cecelite co uk Congleton family run businesss Call for a free quote friendly advice 01270 761408 Unit 10 Lodge Road Sandbach CW11 3HD sandbachmowersandrepairs btinternet com Established in 1926 Astbury Garage is a reliable family run vehicle repair and MOT testing station located in the centre of Astbury Village We fit fix anything from clutches timing belts tyres batteries exhausts to servicing and MOT s We offer a free collection delivery service to the local area and we are a Hybrid qualified garage We offer car sales this includes sourcing vehicles and checking them before the sale is complete www astburygarage com M O T Testing Servicing Repairs Batteries Brakes Tyres wheel balancing Vehicle sales Astbury Garage Newcastle Rd Astbury Congleton CW12 4RQ 01260 273341 70

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Sanctuary TAX Trust Services LTD UNDER THE CURRENT CIRCUMSTANCES IT IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER TO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE RIGHT WILL IN PLACE THE VAST MAJORITY OF PEOPLE WE REVIEW HAVE THE AGE OLD FAVOURITE THE MIRROR WILL OPEN Monday to Friday 9am till 5pm Out of hours appointments available Visit us 41 Lawton Road Alsager ST7 2AA A Mirror Will leaves your full estate exposed and makes it very easy for your hard earned cash to pass sideways out of the family With a Mirror Will your whole estate can very easily end up in the pockets of the local authority a child s ex partner someone else s children or grandchildren or the taxman CORONAVIRUS COVID 19 In accordance with social distancing we are offering bespoke appointments at times to suit our clients Your appointment can be reserved in our Alsager office with only yourself and the consultant present or if preferred in your own home To nd out how to protect you and your family from the above book your free review today 01270 667912 Www sanctuarytts com 71

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FAITH GROUPS F aith groups play an important role in Congleton They provide a Street Pastor service on a Friday night in the Town Centre They provide a Food Bank for the town They provide support and help to the community in many ways The faith groups are also the custodians to some of the most iconic and important historical Cloud Methodist Chapel Cloudside CW12 3QQ Minister Revd Yvonne Pearson 01477537085 Office 01260 270899 www danetrentmethodist org uk churches cloud buildings in Congleton St Peter s Church in the town centre is a Grade 1 listed building Completed in 1786 it is a fine example of a Georgian building and interior St Mary s RC Church is an early example of a new Roman Catholic Church built after the reformation It was built in 1826 Hope Church Congleton Parish C of E The Scout Hut St Johns Rd CW12 2BH Pastor Sandy Hallyburton 07933 251115 Facebook hopechurchcongleton www hopechurchcongleton com Congleton Spiritualist Church Newcastle Road CW12 4HL 01260 289755 Facebook CongletonWard Rector Ian Enticott 01260 409039 Office 01260 273212 www congletonparish org uk 15 Park Road CW12 1DS admin congletonspiritualistchurch co uk Facebook CongletonSpiritualistChurch www snu org uk congleton spiritualist church Congleton United Reformed Church URC Antrobus Street CW12 1HE Minister Rev Murray George 01260 273873 Secretary Tel 01260 273901 Facebook congletonurc www congletonurc org uk Cross Street Church Cross Street CW12 1HQ Minister Andrew Calvert Tel 01260 273635 Facebook CrossStreetChurch www crossstreetchurch co uk Holy Trinity Church C of E Mossley CW12 3LL 01260 273212 Facebook congletonparish holytrinity www congletonparish org uk 72 Latter Day Saints LDS Church Danesford Community Centre West Road CW12 4EY Leader Steve Hodgkinson Office 01260 297961 Facebook NewLifeChurchCongleton www nlchurch org uk Rood Lane Methodist Church Derby Street CW12 1HZ Minister Revd Yvonne Pearson 01260 270899 www danetrentmethodist org uk churches rood lane St James the Great Church C of E Astbury Street CW12 4EF Parish Priest Revd Colin Sanderson 01260 408203

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St John s Church C of E St Stephen s Church C of E St Mary s Chapel Trinity Methodist Church Old Buxton Road Buglawton CW12 2ES 01260 273212 Facebook congletonparish stjohns www congletonparish org uk 30 West Road CW12 4ES RC Parish Priest Fr Bill Kilkenny 01260 273314 Facebook St Mary s Roman Catholic Chapel Congleton www saintmaryscongleton co uk saint marys chapel St Peter s Church C of E Chapel Street CW12 4BA Office 01260 273212 Facebook congletonparish stpeters Web site www congletonparish org uk Brook Street CW12 1RJ 01260 273212 Facebook congletonparish ststephens Web site www congletonparish org uk Wagg Street CW12 4BA Minister Revd Arthur Wakelin 01782 812456 Office 01260 270899 Facebook Trinity Methodist Congleton www danetrentmethodist org uk churches trinity Wellspring Methodist Church Canal Road CW12 3AP Minister Revd Nic Langton Miller 01260 297298 Office 01260 270899 www danetrentmethodist org uk churches wellspring PASSIONATE ABOUT AFFORDABLE FUNERALS Private Chapel of Rest 24 hour personal digni ed service Simple inclusive funerals from 2 150 Price valid at time of publication but may be subject to change THREE SHIRES independent funeral services We are an independent family run business o ering a warm friendly and compassionate atmosphere where yours and your loved ones needs come rst T 01260 279507 7 Moody St Congleton Cheshire CW12 4AN 73

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TRAVELLING TO AROUND CONGLETON By Foot and Bike If you live in Congleton you ll appreciate that there are numerous walkways cut through ginnels and footpaths to make it easy and attractive to walk to town and local attractions Over the past decade the Congleton Partnership raised the funds to put in a path from West Road through the park to Eaton Bank Industrial Estate following the River Dane Over the next few years the plan is to add more cycle and walkways and safe routes to school to make it easier safer and more attractive to get in and around Congleton by foot or pedal power for many people By Bus Congleton benefits from three circular bus routes connecting the community with the Town Centre the Number 90 serving the Bromley Estate the 91 serving the Mossley area and the 92 serving the Buglawton area There is also a regular service between Macclesfield and Crewe via Congleton number 38 Congleton to Leighton Hospital 42 Congleton to Newcastle 42 and Congleton to Alsager 318 See www cheshireeast gov uk public_transport bus bus_service_timetables aspx call Traveline on 0871 2002233 calls cost 12p per minute A Dial a Ride service operates in the area 01270 505525 74 By Taxi Several taxi companies serve Congleton The main taxi rank is by the bus station in Market Square contact 01260 279400 By Train Congleton s railway station is approximately a mile uphill from the town centre on Park Lane There are hourly train services to Stoke and Manchester Details of train times can be found at National Rail Enquiries 03457 484 950 www nationalrail co uk By Car You can get to Congleton easily by car We re about half way between Stoke and Manchester on the A34 From the M6 we are about seven miles from junction 17 and eight miles from junction 18 The town has a number of short stay and long stay car parks At the time of printing car parking prices were 1 60 for all day or 40p for an hour On street parking is time limited but free The Town has two fee paying short stay car parks Antrobus Street and Fairground Car Park and one free short stay at Roe Street near Lawton House Surgery There are also five long stay fee paying car parks There is usually plenty of capacity for parking in town

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CONGLETON MARKETING AGENCY WEBSITE DESIGN GRAPHIC DESIGN SOCIAL MEDIA EMAIL MARKETING SEO CRO ECOMMERCE ONLINE STRATEGY Rubbish Removal House Clearance 01260 279 700 07377 938 472 We load and dispose of your waste No need for skip permits or space All waste is recycled where possible Free estimates Save time and money WANT TO GROW YOUR BUSINESS CALL 01451 607 027 WWW DISCOVERMARKETING CO UK www wastecollectioncheshire co uk loadandgo88 Local tyre experts Same day tting Best brands available All vehicles and budgets Wheel balancing alignment Repairs Unit 1 Cooper Street Thomas Street Congleton CW12 1QU We are the main agent for General Tires www congletontyres co uk 01260 299213 75

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PLAY PARKS C ongleton has 11 play parks in and around the town as well as some great open spaces The play parks offer a range of equipment to cater for ages 4 years old up to mid teens Some of the parks have obstacle courses zip wires cycle paths and playing fields equipped with netball and basketball posts and football goal frames All of the parks have benched seating areas for the adults or children when they eventually get tired Residents and visitors can benefit from these free play areas by getting active and socialising at the same time You ll find the play areas at the following sites Atkins Close off Holmes Chapel Road CW12 4WJ Balmoral Gardens off Buxton Road CW12 2GG Bromley Farm Edinburgh Road CW12 3EN Buglawton St John s Road CW12 2AU Congleton Park Park Road CW12 1JG Galloway Green off Macclesfield Road CW12 1LY Lower Heath Lower Heath Avenue off Giantswood Lane CW12 2HJ Marshall Grove off Henshall Hall Drive CW12 3ST Quinta Park off Ullswater Road CW12 4LX Thames Close Thames Close Townsend Road off Canal Road Park Lane CW12 3RL West Road Park by New Life Church West Road CW12 4EY 76

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By having your carpets regularly cleaned you are ensuring you have well maintained clean carpets and upholstery with a significant reduction in dirt and dust which means your home is a healthier environment for you and your family to live in Excellent results Professional 23 Years Experience Free Quotation Healthier and cleaner home Prolong carpet and furniture life and quality www carpetservicescongleton co uk Call today on 07738 074617 77

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ADVERTISERS DIRECTORY Accommodation Lamb Inn Guesthouse 27 Accounting Hammond Mc Nulty 83 Building Maintenance Repair Aqua Roofing Specialists 28 B Rowland Construction 25 Brammeld Plastering 46 CEC Elite Ltd 70 DS Drainage 20 Five Star electrical services 46 Hightown Hardware 19 Labradoors Northwest 37 Threadfast 21 Business IT Ad Profile Design Works 77 Beartown Voice 55 Cheshire Online 62 Discover Marketing 75 Leaflet Team 46 NetworkIN 29 PA Today 51 Children Education One Night In Beartown 28 Cleaning Carpet Services Congleton Clear Glaze L Lees Cleaning and Care 77 9 16 Estate Agents Property Timothy A Brown 59 Events Bear Mania Clontor Congleton Town Council 15 58 55 Food Drink Congleton Eats App 9 Cheshire Egg Co 8 Halton Farms Cow to Cup 50 The Congleton Kitchen 59 RJ J Moore 28 Spark Lane Nurseries 67 Gardening Pest Anything for the Garden Jackson s Pest Control LC Trust Management Sandbach Mowers Repairs Tree Care 16 51 35 70 59 Hair Beauty Chloe s Mobile Hair Cheshire 51 u to Th a n k yo a ll ou r s a d ve rt is er rt ow n fr om B ea Voi ce Health Fitness Ayres Podiatry 29 Bare Health 8 Blissland 39 Body and Mind 2 Congleton Hearing Centre 66 Jan Johnson Reflexology 8 Lionel Palantine 38 Norris Health 20 Outdoor Pursuits Retail Life At A Gallop 24 Peak Activity Services 35 Home Congleton Furniture Centre Helping Hand Stairlifts M6 Bed Warehouse Royles Beds Furnishings The Kitchen Hub Up Cy Daisy Removal Services a small MAN with a big VAN 13 Load and Go 75 Savill Son 13 Legal Financial Services Evolve Family Law Ltd Franklyn Financial Management PK Finance Sanctuary Tax Trust Services 12 50 17 84 5 12 47 11 33 71 Motoring MOT Vehicle Sales Alpha Street Legal Ltd 75 Astbury Garage 70 GOe Autmotive 63 Truck Tyres 2 U Ltd 62 RRG Toyota Macclesfield 36 49 Professional Services After Life Arrangements The Switched on Solutions Group Three Shires Independent Funeral Service Classes Clubs Allie Pottinger Snooker Club Your local stockiest of leading high street brands including Gerry Weber Olsen Robell Betty Barclay Dolcezza Frank Lyman Skechers Marco Tozzi Heavenly Feet Jo Joe Look out for our weekly deliveries of reasonably priced Italian Clothing including the ever popular Magic Pants Follow our regular Tuesday night fashion shows on Facebook 78 www deliametcalfe co uk 73 29 21 Support Services Cheshire Without Abuse 54 Ladies Children s Fashions Footwear Clothing Size 8 24 Footwear Size 3 9 99 King Street Knutsford 01565653035 66 Retail Alfresco Life 20 Bambooo 16 Delia Metcalfe 78 Isobel s Fashion House 66 Stonehammer Music 21 Delia Metcalfe 15a Bridge Street Congleton 01260297521 35 5 Gaunt Buildings Derby Street Leek 01538 383959

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CONGLETON TOWN COUNCIL C ommunity life in Congleton is supported by two levels of local government Cheshire East Borough Council is the principal authority which oversees services such as roads planning education social services waste and economy development Congleton Town Council exists solely for the benefit of the town its residents businesses and visitors Congleton Town Council is based in the Town Hall and its offices are open Monday Friday 9am 5pm The Town Council spends just under 1 5 million a year the majority of which is raised through an annual precept on households collected with the council tax Other funding comes from contracts to deliver services such as streetscape revenue made from hiring rooms in the town hall and from grants The Town Council is responsible for operating the Town Hall Streetscape Services emptying public bins cleaning public toilets street cleansing some grass cutting and maintaining public open spaces including the park and roundabouts the Paddling Pool Hilary Avenue Allotments The Cenotaph the Community Garden Town Centre events and liaison marketing the town and supporting initiatives to benefit residents The Town Council is consulted on planning and licensing applications and other matters that directly affect the town It is the responsible body for Congleton Partnership which brings together the public community and business sectors in an effective force working to regenerate the Town The Town Council supports the voluntary sector with grants sponsors a Police Community Support Officer and is the major sponsor of Congleton Community Projects The Town Council has details of its Mayor going back to 1318 A Town Mayor is elected in May and serves as the Chair of the Council as well as the ceremonial figurehead During their year in office the Mayor raises funds for their chosen local charity The town has 20 councillors who are elected to serve for four years The Council is currently consists of 7 liberal democrats councillors 6 Conservative Councillors 6 Independent Councillors and 1 Women s Equality Party Councillor The next elections will be in May 2023 Full details about the Town Council its services and councillors can be seen at www congleton tc gov uk OW N K U O Y DID 6 It has uilt in 186 b s a w ll a H to hire 7 The Town which are available Grand s e three room from 8am 1am Th stones e k d e ri e B w a e s h day ents T v e r for e rg n la e he Sp ce T d Hall for n a le p s 0 peo for 20 7 ll at reasonable rate A 0 s 1 il 2 5 for deta S e e p ag e 5 79

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HERE FOR YOUR HEALTH F rom time to time we all need some help with our physical and mental health Congleton is expanding as a town and Congleton Town Council and partners are lobbying for better facilities to meet the needs of our increasing population Below you will find details of the hospitals doctors surgeries dentists and pharmacies serving our area There are also details of some of the other groups and organisation that can help with your equally important mental health HOSPITALS Congleton War Memorial Not A E Canal Road CW12 3AR This hospital was built following fundraising by local people and opened in 1924 It is a great resource for local people and hosts many clinics as well as having a 28 bed ward physiotherapy unit Minor Injuries Unit Xray facilities It is always worth checking the status of the Minor Injuries Unit before arriving It is now only open Monday Friday Minor Injuries 9am 5pm and staff can be redeployed to cover at Macclesfield 01260 294800 congleton eastcheshire nhs uk Macclesfield District General Hospital Victoria Road Macclesfield SK10 3BL This is our nearest A E and Maternity Hospital 01625 421000 macclesfield eastcheshire nhs uk DOCTORS Congleton benefits from three excellent Doctors Surgeries Lawton House Surgery Lawton House Bromley Road 01260 275454 www lawtonhousesurgery nhs uk Meadowside Medical Centre Mountbatten Way 01260 272331 www meadowsidemedicalcentre nhs uk Readesmoor Group Practice 29 29a West Street 01260 276161 www readesmoor co uk Bupa Dental Care 11a West Street 01260 299929 www bupa co uk dental dental care practices congleton Moody Terrace Dental Practice 17 Moody Street 01260 272657 www moodyterrace com PHARMACISTS Boots Barn Road Retail Park 01260 276977 boots com stores 6425 congleton retail park cw12 1lj Bridge Street Pedestrian area 01260 273153 boots com stores 1222 congleton bridge street cw12 1ay Chemists Lloyds 41a West St CW12 1JN 01260 275523 www lloydspharmacy com Congleton Pharmacy West Street 01260 277149 Mossley Pharmacy 18 Biddulph Road CW12 3LG 01260 275177 www mossleypharmacy co uk Salus Pharmacy Havannah Street Buglawton 01260 291091 www alliedpharmacies com stores salus Superdrug High Street 01260 278341 Tesco Pharmacy Barn Road 01260 268847 NEED HELP If you are not sure about whether you need to attend hospital call NHS Direct Call 111 or visit www nhs uk 80 DENTISTS Congleton Dentist Centre NHS 11 West Street 01260 291059 www congletondental co uk Well Pharmacy 1 Park Lane CW12 3DN 01260 280810 West Heath Pharmacy West Heath Shopping Centre CW12 4NB 01260 297196 www westheathpharmacy co uk

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MENTAL WELLBEING One in four adults are believed to experience a mental health condition each year making it Mental Health very likely that everyone will Awareness know someone who would benefit from help with their mental health Like physical illness mental illness can affect anyone And just like with a physical illness it is important that you seek support Your local doctors surgery is usually the best place to start They will be able to provide you different options of support which may include talking therapies and or medication Maintaining good mental health is invaluable to having a feeling of overall wellbeing If you suspect a friend work colleague or family member is suffering one way you can support them is simply by listening not interrupting just letting them talk and respond in a non judgemental way Repeating back what someone says to you can also encourage them to keep talking because they will know that you re genuinely interested in what they have to say The Town Council s Health and Wellbeing Working Group is seeking to establish a front line mental health space for adults It should be a place in Congleton where people can call in and see professionally trained staff LOCAL SUPPORT The following local groups and organisations can offer help with your well being Mental Health Crisis Line for Cheshire and Wirral The Crisis Line can link you to with a local Mental Health Link Worker who can assist and support you until your needs are met There is a new 24 hour 7 day a week local NHS Mental Health Crisis Line run by NHS staff for people of all ages needing mental health support in our area 0300 303 3972 Age UK Men in Sheds A relaxing and practical environment for men over 50 Carers Trust for All West Street provides support and guidance to carers www crossroadstogether org uk Changing Lanes Recovery support network for people with addictions facebook com changinglanescheshire Disability Information Bureau MACC Helping people with disabilities enjoy life www dibservices org uk disability information bureau Friends for Leisure Helping young people with disabilities enjoy friendship and leisure www friendsforleisure org uk Home Start East Cheshire Helping support you through bereavement isolation www homestartcheshire org uk LOL Listening Out Loud Foundation Supporting ex forces personnel www lolfoundation co uk Mentell Congleton Circle Mentell are a charity providing free support to men experiencing mental or emotional discomfort through a confidential space to listen share and connect www mentell org uk Nailed it The nailed it group is based in Congleton with the aim of help our community through talking together www facebook com groups 331368314220565 Ruby s Fund Is a charity based in Congleton which provides social sensory educational and recreational services for children young people their families and carers at their Sensory Centre www rubysfund co uk SWaNS Supporting Wellbeing and Nurturing Strength Supply programmes and training based around the development of emotional resilience and well being that will build a positive framework for good mental and emotional health www swanscic org Visyon Support for young people s mental well being www visyon org uk Talking Therapies supplied via The Big Life Group 01625 469 955 www thebiglifegroup com NEED HELP Samaritans 116 123 24 Hour Helpline www selfhelpservices org uk 81

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USEFUL INFORMATION CHESHIRE EAST COUNCIL For general enquiries call 0300 123 5500 8 30am 5pm For emergencies out of hours call the Emergency Control Centre 0300 123 5025 All CE contact numbers start with 0300 123 here are the extensions you may need Social Care Health Adult Support Services 5010 8 30am 5pm Waste and Recycling 5011 Child Support Service Schools Families 5012 8 30am 5pm Council Tax Business Rates Housing Benefits 5013 Planning 5014 Environmental Health Licensing 5015 Electoral Services 5016 Housing 5017 Leisure Culture Tourism 5018 Births Deaths Marriages 5019 Roads Transport Parking 5020 Community Safety 5021 Social Care Out of Hours Team 5022 Family Support Services 5033 www cheshireeast gov uk 24 hour access to the Council LOCAL SERVICES Member of Parliament for Congleton Fiona Bruce Westminster Office House of Commons London SW1A 0AA 020 7219 2969 Constituency Office Meadowside Mountbatten Way Congleton CW12 1DY 01260 274044 fiona bruce mp parliament uk Congleton Police Station Market Square CW12 1ET Opening Times Monday Friday 9 00 17 00 Saturday and Sunday Closed Emergency Number 999 Non Emergency Number 101 CrimeStoppers 100 anonymous 0800 555 111 Congleton Library Market Square CW12 1ET 01260 375550 libraries cheshireeast gov uk Open Monday Friday 10am 4 30pm closed daily 1 2pm Saturday 10am 1pm www cheshireeast gov uk libraries nearest_library congleton_library congleton_library aspx Citizens Advice Bureau Lawton Street CW12 1RU Opening Times Tuesday Wednesday Friday 9 30am12 30pm no appointment needed Advice line Freephone 0800144 88 48 www citizensadvicece org uk Congleton Town Council For general enquires call 01260 270350 ext 1 9am 5pm www congleton tc gov uk 24 hour access to the Town Council Post Offices Hightown Post Office 26 Biddulph Road CW12 3LG 01260 272997 www postoffice co uk branch finder 2804328 high town Congleton Tourist Information Centre 01260 271095 West Heath Sub Post Office Unit 10 West Heath Shopping Centre Holmes Chapel Road CW12 4NB www postoffice co uk branch finder 2994321 west heath Cemetery Congleton Cemetery located beyond St Peters Church on Howey Lane The cemetery is open all year round and maintained by Orbitas Bereavement Services For bereavement services contact Crewe 01270 685545 Macclesfield 01625 383948 www orbitas co uk Royal Mail Congleton Delivery Office Unit 9 Greenfield Ind Estate CW12 4ZZ 03457 740 740 www royalmail com services near you delivery office congleton delivery office cw12 4zz Contact Us 01260 270 350 www congleton tc gov uk info congleton tc org uk 82

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