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  • Article: Dec 20, 2018
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    I would like to throw Congleton Liberal Democrats' weight behind the movement to revert to the committee structure at Cheshire East Council.

    Though it is some time since I was a Congleton borough councillor, I remember feeling I had some infl uence on the proceedings through the committee system. Granted, we were then the ruling party on the council and so was involved in the decisions of that group.

  • Article: Dec 13, 2018

    Dear Sir,

    I'm amused that you report a fire at Congleton tip in this week's Chronicle.

    You do not mention the cause, although one readily occurs to me.

    I know it is not used as much as previously, with the onset of household recycling, though it still provides, as do the others in the borough, a valuable location for those unwanted waste and recycling issues that are for some reason not solvable by the above.

  • Article: Dec 13, 2018
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    I would like to comment on Michael Owen's letter in last week's Chronicle regarding our relationship with the EU.

    His assessment, as articulated in its penultimate paragraph, seems to be that the EU views us with contempt for wanting to leave.

    I fi nd this hard to swallow, as of the many words used to describe our action from their perspective that one does not come to mind.

  • Article: Dec 6, 2018
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    I presume KA Akehurst in last week's Chronicle, when talking about false promises made by politicians, is referring to Nick Clegg's promise not to increase tuition fees during the 2010 general election campaign.

    I would be the last to suggest that the Lib Dems are perfect and do in all honesty slant my letters in favour of the party I support.

  • Article: Nov 30, 2018
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    With reference to your editorial on policing in Congleton, you make the connection between austerity and the rise in anti-social behaviour.

    It is common sense that when people have less money in their pocket, the need for policing rises, not falls.

    Policing, like investment, is one of those costs that becomes more important just when there is not enough money to go around.

  • Article: Nov 23, 2018
    By Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Mr WB Morrison

    The funeral took place on 15th November of Mr William "Basil" Morrison, aged 85, of Congleton, who died on 25th October at Astbury Mere Care Home, Congleton.

    Mr Morrison was born in Karamea on the south island of New Zealand in 1933.

    As with all New Zealanders, Mr Morrison was a keen rugby player in his younger days and latterly a proud supporter of his national team, and his son and grandson.

    He moved to England in 1960, and worked for Cheshire county council as a clerk of works for 30 years, working on many of the major construction projects throughout the county. His skills in construction linked well to his hobbies, where an "if I need it, I'll build it" attitude prevailed.

    His in-depth knowledge and love of gardening made his home a beautiful place to be. He would spend many hours in his garden at all times of the year.

    After retirement, golf became an interest that gave a further connection to the outdoor life and many happy memories.

    The Rev Murray George conducted the service at Congleton United Reformed Church where the eulogy was passionately delivered by Mr SJ Morrison. The hymns Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer, O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go and God Be With You were sung.

    Committal followed at Macclesfi eld Crematorium.

    Mourners were: Mrs NP Morrison (widow), Mr SJ Morrison (son) and Miss L Littleford, Mr SP Morrison (son), Mr JA Morrison (son), Mrs J Morrison (daughter-in-law), Mr JW Morrison (grandson), Miss H Morrison (granddaughter), Mr N Stott (nephew) and Mrs J Stott.

    Mourners who met at the church included Mrs J Legg, Mr and Mrs K Jennings, Miss C Smith, Mr R Spicer, Mr and Mrs W Johnston (rep Miss L Holland), Mrs S Hill (rep Mr T Hill), Miss R Clarke, Mr C Gledhill (rep Mr and Mrs K Gledhill), Mr R Brindley (rep Linda and Wendy), Mr and Mrs R Brockhurst, Mr and Mrs J Kelly, Mr and Mrs R Knowles, Mrs C Barton (rep Mrs P McKeown), Mr G Weatherby (rep Mrs J Weatherby), Mr A Weatherby, Miss N Counsell, Mr P Copestick, Mrs T Beard (Astbury Mere Care Home), Mr and Mrs R Yates, Mr and Mrs M Farrington.

  • Article: Nov 22, 2018
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    Deborah Darnes makes two statements in your article on Cheshire East supporting the International Holocaust Relast week's Chronicle with which I agree.

    The first is that all actions (based on a person's religion) should be treated equally, irrespective of the religion.

    The right to practise and believe in a religion is a fundamental universal human right and needs protecting.

  • Article: Nov 16, 2018
    By Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Mr G Foster Clark

    Filled to capacity with close family, relatives and friends, St Luke's Church, Goostrey, was a place of laughter, song and tears last Friday as the village celebrated the life of one of the stalwarts of the church.

    His funeral was a fi tting send off for Mr Gerald Foster Clark, a resident with his wife, Liz, for more than 35 years, who died last month.

  • Article: Nov 1, 2018
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    I am dismayed that Cheshire East Council, at its recent meeting, voted against supporting a People's Vote on whatever deal the Government comes up with, with the option of remaining in the EU.

    I suspect that this, at least in part, reflects the commonly held myth that the referendum last June was binding and there is no need to revisit this decision.

  • Article: Nov 1, 2018
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    Could I, through your pages, enquire what, if anything, is happening regarding the closure of Congleton Town Post Office? Readers will remember it shut when the firm that accommodated it closed recently.

    Post Office Counters that run our post offices stated at the time that every effort was being made to find a replacement site.