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October 2009 - Issue 27

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UNIVERSITY
QUARTER?
SO it looks like the university
of Chester will be moving into
County hall. This has led to 16 20
some concerns that handbridge
will become the new university
Quarter of Chester, following the
example of Garden Lane. We’ve
got more on this as well as news
from Queen’s park high School,
pictures from Westminster park FC
and we reveal some secrets from
the old graveyard on Overleigh
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road.
If that’s not enough we’ve got
our popular podiatry column, publisher Talkabout Publishing
gardening advice and a recipe
from the Grosvenor pulford. Contributors Simon Dangar, Janet Heath,
Peter Colhoun and Leigh Myers

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IN THE NEWS

Council cleared for HQ move


CHESHIRE West and Chester Council has pressed ahead with plans to relocate from
County Hall into the new HQ building.
The decision clears the way for the University of Chester to move into County Hall, much to
the anger of some local residents.
There are fears that Handbridge could become the new Garden Lane, with student houses
popping up everywhere.
People in Shipgate Street were particularly unhappy, claiming that the university move
would lead to congestion, noise and disturbance.
Some people say that Handbridge will change forever and become the new ‘University
Quarter’ but councillors voted the move through, saying that it would benefit young people’s
education and represent a cost saving for the council in the long run.

Question mark over heritage service


THE CHESTER History and Heritage Centre, at St Michael’s Church, in Bridge Street, is
under threat due to service cutbacks.
Cheshire West and Chester Council says the community heritage service is being
integrated across museums, libraries and archives in the city but no final decision has been
made as to the fate of St Michael’s.

benefits cheat is caged


A BENEFIT cheat from Saltney has been sent to prison for 30 weeks after pleading guilty to
falsely claiming more than £70,000 in benefits.
Donna Depuis, of The Corner Pin Pub, High Street, Saltney and formerly of Elm Square,
Lache, appeared for sentencing at Chester Crown Court on Thursday 10th September.
The 42-year-old had previously appeared at Chester Crown Court in August where she
pleaded guilty to five counts of failing to report changes in her circumstances in order to
obtain Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit, Income Support and Carers Allowance.
She also failed to declare her earnings from work and that she was living with her husband
and was overpaid a total of £70,817.53.
She was sentenced to 30 weeks imprisonment and must serve a least 15 weeks as
well as repaying all the overpaid benefit to Cheshire West and Chester Council and the
Department for Work and Pensions.
A spokesman for Cheshire West and Chester Council said: “If you think someone you know
is claiming benefit that they are not entitled to, you can ring the Benefit Fraud Hotline on
0300 123 7030 to report your suspicions, or e-mail fraud@
cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk
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QUEEN’S PARk HIGH SCHOOL NEWS

New head gets to work


QUEEN’S Park High School has
welcomed its new head teacher
Stephen Casey.
He has taken over following 20
very successful years under the
guidance of the previous head
teacher Andrew Firman, who retired
at the end of August.
Mr Casey, originally from
Manchester, worked in a number
of schools in the North West before
taking up the post of head teacher
at a large school in the West
Midlands.
Mr Casey visited the Queen’s
Park High School on a number of
occasions in the summer term to
meet with staff and students and to
get to know the school ready to take
up his new post at the beginning of
September.
Mr Casey commented ‘It seems
such a long time since I was
appointed in January 2009 and I
have been really looking forward to
joining an already very successful
school. I’m indebted to the
assistance given to me by Mr Firman in the weeks leading up to the handover and I wish
him a very long and happy retirement.
“I am extremely pleased to be leading a school that has enjoyed considerable
achievements over the last few years, culminating in this year superb A level and GCSE
results. I am particularly pleased with the GCSE results for 2009 where 51% of students
achieved 5 A*-C including English and Maths. However we must not rest on our laurels.
These results provide a strong foundation that will lead to further success for our students.
“Our aim is to make Queen’s Park High School an outstanding school that secures
success and improvement, ensuring high quality education for all our students with
improving standards of learning and achievement.
“On a personal level I am also happy to returning to the North West having
spent several years further south.’

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QUEEN’S PARk HIGH SCHOOL NEWS

Exam results make for happy reading


ThErE were some big smiles as Queen’s park high School students collected
their record breaking exam results
GCSE Results
Year 11 achieved the school’s best ever results with the percentage of students achieving 5
GCSEs A*-C including English and Maths was 51%.
The stand out performer was Emma Clark who gained an outstanding 10 grade A*s.
Other top performers included Lucy Adam (5A*, 5As and 2Bs), Ozan Fauzan (3A*s, 6As and 1B), William
Gerrard (1A*, 6As and 4Bs), James Gibson (5A*s ,6As and 1B), Tommy Hall (1A*, 7As and 1B), Rowan
Metcalfe (5A*s, 4As and 2Bs), Evie Oliver (2A*s, 6As and 2Bs), Jessica Ramsdale (3A*s, 7As and 2Bs),
Joy Roberts (5A*s and 5As) and Samantha Young (5A*s and 7As)
A Levels
THE class of 2009 outperformed last year’s students by gaining a higher average points score.
Over half of all grades achieved were at A and B level, almost half of all students achieving at
least one A grade amongst their results.
Exceptional results were achieved by a number of students including Millie Hodgson who
gained five A grades in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Further Maths. Millie is now
going to study Physics and Mathematics at Warwick University. Stephen Jameson also gained
four A grades in Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Stephen has secured a place to read
Medicine at Liverpool University.
Other students who performed exceptionally well included Danielle Alderson (3 grade As in Biology,
Geography and English Language, Grade B in Chemistry). Danielle will now study Geography at Liverpool
University. Matthew Humphreys (3 A grades in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics). He will study
Genetics at Manchester University.
Jeremy Wilderspin (3 A grades in Physics, Mathematics and Further Mathematics B in Chemistry). He
is going to study Mathematics at St Andrews University. Lucy Cooper (3 As in Photography, Textiles and
Media Studies) who is going on to study Media and Art at Salford University. Caylee Mackay (3 A grades
in Psychology, Media Studies and English Literature). She is going to study English and Journalism at
Edinburgh University. Heather Baker (3 As in Digital Photography, Media Studies and English Literature
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ANkLE SPRAIN IS THE


ARCH ENEmY!
bY PETER COLHOUN
WhAT can be done to help if you have a constant tendency to sprain your ankles?
There is a great deal we can do to help with ankle pain. Recently I gave the example of how
specialist insoles (orthotics) can balance your skeletal structure from the feet up, whilst re-timing the
way you walk. The net result is a ‘neutral’ form of gait that doesn’t put undue wear and tear on the
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I gave the example of someone who has flat feet, or feet that ‘roll in’ when standing. This in turn tugs
on the inner areas of the knees, pulls the vastus lateralis muscle (that runs from the outside of the thigh
into the knee joint) and widens the pelvic area, placing stress on the hips and increased curvature of
the lower back.
This time, with outside (lateral) ankle sprains, we’re usually looking at the opposite scenario. Instead
of feet that roll in or present with low arches, the ankle-spraining foot is usually consistent with a high
arch.
What happens, is that the foot hits the outside of the heel when first contacting the ground. This is
normal and necessary, but the problem kicks in when the highly arched foot throws more body weight
to the outside edge of the foot. The constantly overloaded outer ankle areas on both feet give way
easily and people with this ‘cavus’ foot type remember back to sprains they sustained when playing
as children.
Over the long term, the regularly sprained ankle becomes a weakened joint with ligament damage -
and sadly – it is even more likely to fail and sprain in future.
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ompress the joint slightly by wrapping the ankle in a thick layer of padding/bandaging and [E]levate
the injured limb to reduce further swelling.
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take an impression of your foot, which is then sent to a lab with a ‘prescription.’ The lab will then
make some orthotic insoles which in this case, will have two very important roles:
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lower limb joints to walk on highly arched feet, where you only really strike the heel and ball of foot
areas when walking. If the arch spaced is ‘filled’ with flexible carbon fibre and 4mm of resilient
padding, you will walk with your whole sole-of-foot areas in contact with the bottom of your shoe,
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Overleigh Roundabout October 2009 17

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Old Cemetery Handbridge historian


Len Morgan reveals some of
the secrets behind the old
part one graveyard on Overleigh Road

T
he city’s oldest cemeter-
ies may not be for the faint
hearted – but those who dare
to venture through them will find
tales of heroism and tragedy.
Of the many graves in the “old” cem-
etery, there can be found tales both
horrible and humorous.
Mr and Mrs Father Christmas
(surname) of Ellesmere Port not the
North Pole are buried there. So too
are the remains of John Armstrong,
killed by an explosion at the Dee Oil
Works in Saltney. Mr Armstrong was
burned to death when four tons of
paraffin caught fire on 6th January
1899.
Other gravestones tell of two young
boys who drowned in the Dee at
Saltney – one died whilst trying to
save the other, and of Harry Riley
Horton, a goldsmith, who is bur-
ied with nine of his infant children
after dying in 1893. This is the only
Victorian headstone I have seen with
a photograph set in a small sealed
frame – a practice mainly carried
out on the continent – and after 100
years still faintly legible.
Fire fighter John Trainer’s family had
a tragic history. His son, aged 23, was washed overboard from City of Berlin on 25th March 1882
and his grandson died aboard SS Campania on 8th January 1911, also aged 23. He was buried at
sea.
Professor Robert Newstead, the renowned Roman archaeologist who discovered the amphi-
theatre and many other Roman remains, is also buried in the cemetery. So too is John Douglas,
the genius of Victorian architecture, responsible for so many buildings in Chester and many other
towns. He is buried just a few yards away from Thomas Meakin Lockwood who also designed
many of Chester’s buildings. It is most appropriate they should have such plain and simple monu-
ments – their buildings are far more meaningful.
Part two next month

I intend to live forever, so far so good - Steven Wright


Overleigh Roundabout October 2009 23

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Overleigh Roundabout October 2009 25

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Gardening by Janet Heath

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winter. The exuberance of summer flowers and foliage gives way to the more subtle colours of
gold, russet, barley yellow and orange from grasses and leaves.
At this time of year there are still flowers - look out for Dahlias in white red or yellow, the pink
flowers of the fleshy Sedum spectabile and some Japanese Anemones will still be flowering.
However it is the foliage from grasses that will give you delight at this time of year. The grasses
such as Stipa gigantea with its tall oat heads and Miscanthus sinensis Zebrinus has cream striped
green leaves.
Trees such as Acers have wonderful rich red foliage. There are also many varieties of Crab
Apple (Malus) such as John Downie or Golden Hornet with red or yellow small apples that stay on
the trees in autumn.
Rowans or Sorbus trees also have ornamental berries that can last on the tree for weeks
although the birds tend to eat the red berries first leaving yellow and cream berries on the tree.
In the garden you can continue to dig up and split perennials at this time of year. The roots will
continue to grow even in frosty conditions in soil that is still warm from summer below the surface.
Conifers and other evergreens can be moved at this time of year, as there is less likelihood of the
roots drying out.
Lawns can be scarified and given an autumn feed in October. It is also a good time to lay new
turf as it will be well watered in and be less likely to be walked on thus allowing it to grow on well.
Complete digging up any potatoes making sure none are left behind to harbour diseases. Apples
that are best for keeping tend to be ready for harvesting in October. An apple that is ripe is one
that can be picked when you lift it gently and it comes away easily. Pulling an apple from the tree
is an indication that it is not yet ripe.
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He looked at me like I was a skid mark on a hotel towel - Lily Savage


Overleigh Roundabout October 2009 27

Pryors Hayes – The ‘Rural Retreat’ party venue


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experienced in the art of hosting functions and now they ‘civil licence’ and therefore will shortly be available as a
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indeed non golfers. will be on hand to ensure that your ‘special day’ really is
The club has recently introduced a brand new facility in just that!
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www.wpforum.org.uk Linda Shuttleworth, 679791
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Christine Westcott, 675431
Community Centre
19 Five Ashes Road, Westminster Park Scottish Dancing
671243 Anne Croall, 676167
Tennis-Glan Aber Tennis Club
Clubs & organisations Sue Britton, 677936
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Scouting
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Group Scout Leader: Sue Jones, 675538
Carol Welch, 671243
Beavers (Wednesday): Christina Dean, 680163
Bowls Cubs (Monday): Francis Hardy, 674571
Bob Cooper, 675204 Cubs (Thursday): Christine Owens, 676691
Bridge Club Scouts (Friday): David Aird, 675063
John Arrowsmith, 682588 Explorer Scouts (Tuesday): Simon Ashton,
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Guides: District Commissioner:Sue Fryer, 679945
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Useful Numbers
Age Concern (Cheshire). . . . . . . . 01606 881 668 Northgate Arena. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01244 380 444
Bus & Coach (Cheshire Bus Info). 01244 602 666 Refuse Collection. . . . . . . . . . . . . 01244 402 477
Chester City Football Club. . . . . 01244 371 376 Samaritans (Chester). . . . . . . . . . 01244 377 999
Chester Fire Station. . . . . . . . . . . 01244 342 145 Cineworld . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0871 2002000
Chester Zoo. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01244 380 280 Vision Support. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01244 381515
Cheshire West and Chester Council 0300 123 8 123
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Cheshire Police . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01244 350 000
Queen’s Park High. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 981500
Countess of Chester Hospital . . 01244 365 000
Eccleston Primary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 981151
Grosvenor Estates. . . . . . . . . . . . . 01244 684400
Belgrave Primary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 981000
Handbridge Medical Centre. . . . . 01244 680169
Overleigh St Mary’s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 981700
John Lennon Airport (Liverpool). 0870 129 8484
St Clare’s Catholic Primary. . . . . . . . . . . 981110
Lache Health Centre . . . . . . . . . . 01244 671991
Catholic High School. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 981600
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National Rail Enquiries (Info only).0845 748 4950 Churches
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Give a pint of blood? That’s nearly an armful! - Tony Hancock


Overleigh Roundabout October 2009 31

COmmUNITY LISTINGS
LACHE PARk
Community Safety Wardens Wednesday Saturday
Drop in surgery at Lache Mixed exercise class 9.15- Junior Club (6-13 year olds)
Community Centre every 10.15am 10-12pm
Thursday 12.30-2pm. Drop In Tea, Toast and Talk 10- Room hire at Lache Community
11.30am Centre is available for meetings,
Weekly Community Centre Computer drop in (Learning functions and parties. Catering
Timetable Centre) 1-3pm and bar are also available.
monday Cheer Leaders 4.30-7.30pm For information please contact
Yoga 6.30-8pm Dennis Smale (centre manager)
60+ Monday Club 10-2pm
LACHEClass
Computer PARk(Learning
Ninjitsu 7-9pm on 674 887.
Centre) 1-3pm To book the Community Learning
Credit Union 2.30-3.30pm Thursday Centre for training please
Healthy Hearts (Exercise Class) Vegout@lache (fruit and veg contact Liz Holding (Lache Park
6.15-7.30pm bags) 10-12pm Ltd) at Hawthorn House on 675
Bingo 7.30-9.30pm Lunches 11.30am-1pm (costs £4 818. Also at the Learning Centre
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Tea Dance 1.30-4pm (fortnightly) by West Cheshire College.
Tuesday
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Morris Dancing 5.30-7.30pm 07887557864 or 373462.

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Chester Croquet Club St mary’s Community Nursery Arthur Harada (Con):
Chester Croquet Club meets Old Wrexham Road, 57 Lache Park Avenue
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Green in Chester and is always Rhythm Time Richard Short (Con)
pleased to welcome new Monday morning at St Mary’s 9 Ludwell Close
members of all standards. No Church Hall. Music classes Westminster Park
previous knowledge of the game for babies toddlers and pre Tel 678559
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Call the club Secretary and
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Call about
crime anonymously

November 5th: Do you have any information on any


of these crimes?



Burglary
Violent Crime
Shoplifting


Buying or selling of
stolen goods
Criminal Damage

Tell us what you know about Arson


� � Drug Dealing
� Any other crime � Vehicle Crime
� Underage supply
of alcohol
If so call Crimestoppers

fire-raisers - not who you are We do not trace your call.


We will not ask for your name.
You could get a cash reward for
your information.
Cash rewards are paid without callers revealing their identity

CRIMESTOPPERS is the ments. We pass information


only UK Independent char- to the Police but are not
ity working to help solve part of them and no police-
crimes. man will ever know who has
Cheshire Crimestoppers is part of Crimestoppers Trust which is a Registered Charity
Cheshire Crimestoppers is called us. In some cases, a
saw a total of 187 problem successful prosecution may
one of 39 Regional Volun- bonfires and 195 ‘small
teer Boards operating under result in the informant being
deliberate’ fires attended to eligible for a cash reward.
the Crimestoppers banner. at a cost to the ratepayer of
Bonfire Night is tradition- over £374.000. On seven You may also contact us by
ally a time when communi- occasions, Fire and Rescue e-mail through the national
ties can come together and personnel were assaulted by website www.crimestoppers-
enjoy responsibly organised troublemakers whilst attend- uk.org where a fully encrypt-
celebrations. There is, how- ing to fires. ed system protects your
ever, a darker side whereby anonymity.
Cheshire Crimestoppers
individuals or groups hide is committed to reducing
under the cloak of ‘having a fire-related crime, both
good time’ to start deliberate around Bonfire Night and Just tell us what you
and dangerous fires and to during the remainder of know, not who you are
create fire-related distur- Call about
crime anonymously
the year.
bances which place mem-
bers of the public and their We are looking for Do you have any information on any
your help of these crimes?
property at risk. Increasingly, � Burglary � Buying or selling of
Violent Crime stolen goods
such activity is not con- Please call 0800 55 111 �
� Shoplifting � Criminal Damage
if you know of anyone Arson � Drug Dealing
fined to November 5th, but �
� Any other crime � Vehicle Crime

begins around the middle of who has caused a de- � Underage supply
of alcohol
October. liberate fire, or who has If so call Crimestoppers
Cheshire Fire and Rescue attacked Fire and Rescue We do not trace your call.
Personnel. Callers are We will not ask for your name.
Service has, for many years, You could get a cash reward for
not asked for their name, your information.
encountered problems in Cash rewards are paid without callers revealing their identity

the run up to November 5th. or for any other means of


Although the number of inci- identification. A caller’s
dents has, thankfully, fallen number can not be traced
over recent years, 2008 still and does not appear on
itemised telephone state- Cheshire Crimestoppers is part of Crimestoppers Trust which is a Registered Charity

This editorial was provided by Crimestoppers, Cheshire, and the views expressed
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