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Mother Wrote Leaflet Backing Holy NHS

Community groups are springing up across Crewe and Nantwich to help provide supplies and even a chat for vulnerable people who are self isolating – but they need food and other donations… Nadiah McFrassled, who set up the group, said: “I’m a stay-at-home mum with two children and I always help my neighbours in the winter when the weather’s bad so it was a natural thing to want to help now.”

Volunteers who drop off parcels will not come into contact with the people they are helping.

How are food banks surviving?

“They will go to the house and drop off the parcel on the doorstep,” said Nadiah. “If the resident wants to chat then the volunteer will be happy to do that from the end of the driveway or from a distance.”

Nadiah’s two children. five-year-old Isaac and three-year-old Cerys, have also been … Read the rest

Food for thought at the Zoo

A THOUGHT-PROVOKING exhibition inspired by a legendary Bob Dylan song is to come to Chester Zoo.

Hard Rain – an open-air exhibition of dramatic and moving photographs set to the lyrics of Dylan’s famous 60s protest song, A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall, will be at Chester Zoo from May 28.

Aimed at encouraging action on climate change, habitat loss, pollution and poverty, the exhibition features hard-hitting photographs taken by London-based photographer Mark Edwards.

The exhibition, which will be launched at the zoo by Mark, is touring the world and is accompanied by a Hard Rain book which has been sent to every world leader encouraging them to reveal the policies they are implementing to reduce CO² and other greenhouse gases and deal with other problems.Š

Gill Wells, of Chester Zoo’s education department, said: “People fortunate to have already seen Hard Rain have found it … Read the rest

City Willing To WAIT for Eddie

SIMON DAVIES today revealed that Eddie Johnson would be a Chester player within the next six weeks. The Blues boss is keen to include the Chester-born striker in his squad after a trial period at the club following a frustrating time yesterday in his failed attempt to release midfielder Paul Rutherford before last night’s transfer deadline. Davies said: “I was in a situation of having to get a player out before thinking about any new signings. “Our attempt to release Paul Rutherford to Northwich Victoria didn’t work which was slightly frustrating. I thought a deal was nailed on but we were unable to do anything.

“I’m in a situation like other lower league clubs of having a budget and business plan to work with and I have to be shrewd.

“But I can reveal that Eddie Johnson will be a Chester City player within

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Priest Cleared of Sex Abuse Charges

A priest has been cleared of the sexual abuse of two boys in Bury.

Father John McCollough, 63, had been accused of preying on the youngsters while a minister at Holy Trinity Church in the 1990s.

But after a two week trial at Bolton Crown Court he was found not guilty of 11 counts of indecent assault and one charge of gross indecency.

Both youngsters, now adults, claimed he had abused them by touching them sexually on numerous occassions.

But the clergyman told the jury the alleged victims had colluded and were making the allegations to get compensation.

The jury of seven men and five women retired to consider their verdicts on Friday and returned to clear the accused of all the charges in the afternoon.

Fr McCollough is currently a priest at St Vincent’s Church in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.… Read the rest

Teenager Ben Jones makes start at Chester City FC


A TEENAGER thrust into the hardened world of professional football will never forget the moment he realised he would be pulling on the blue and white shirt of Chester City for the first time.

Ben Jones, 16, of Connah’s Quay, made an impressive 11-minute cameo as the Blues drew 1-1 at Lincoln City in League Two on Saturday.

The powerful striker, the latest talent to roll off the Flintshire Schoolboys production line that unearthed Chester legend Ian Rush and Michael Owen, made his City debut seven days earlier in the 3-1 home loss to Chesterfield.

Injuries left boss Mark Wright down to the bare bones. But Jones admits it still came as a shock when the former England defender named him in his matchday squad.

Jones said: “Mark Wright said I was going to be in the squad against Chesterfield, but I didn’t think … Read the rest