Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updates affecting the Crewe and Nantwich area

Latest guidance about Coronavirus is available from the NHS and Healthwatch Cheshire East.

Dr Kieran Mullan MP is looking to recruit volunteers to help support people who may have to stay at home, if you can help please register here.

There are coronavirus support Facebook groups for Sandbach, Wistaston, Crewe & Nantwich

The Wishing Well Project (Facebook) meal delivery service offers freshly cooked meals delivered to the door, contact Wishing Well on 01270 256919 if you are interested. They also offer shopping, befriending and help and advice services.

If you can help a neighbour or friend who needs to self-isolate, why not give them a note of support.

Visiting restrictions have been put in place by Leighton Hospital.

Cheshire East have launched a new ‘People helping People’ scheme to connect residents needing support due to isolation or vulnerability with individuals, groups and businesses offering that support. Click here for more information. They have also launched a coronavirus information hub with the latest CE information.

Royal Mail are minimising contact during delivery. They will not be handing over hand-held devices to capture signatures but will instead log the name of the person accepting the item. If an item won’t fit through your letterbox, it will be placed at your door and they will knocked on the door. Click here for more information.

Emergency timetables have been introduced on many Arriva North West services including in Cheshire East. Click here for more information.

A new coronavirus Business Support web site has been launched by the government with the latest information.

South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce & Industry has put a set of links information for business on their web site.

We have received information from Cheshire East to beware of unscrupulous fraudsters and thieves who are cashing in on the coronavirus epidemic. Click here for more information.

Dr Matt Tyrer, acting director of public health at Cheshire East Council has shared reliable Covid-19 information sources.

The Canal & River Trust have said that towpaths currently remain open, but use of them should now be limited and social distancing strictly observed at all times.

Cheshire Police have urged residents to be vigilant.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock, announces that the NHS is looking for 250,000 ‘NHS volunteers’. Click here for more information.

Every Mind Matters has now released expert advice and top tips on how to look after your mental well-being if you need to stay at home during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

UK Government Guidance.

Guidance for British people travelling overseas.

Support for businesses.

A new HMRC helpline launched to help businesses concerned about paying their tax due to coronavirus.

A guide for employees, employers & businesses.

NHS Coronavirus Advice.

Companies to receive 3-month extension period to file accounts with Companies House during COVID-19.

People unable to work for more than seven days because of coronavirus can obtain an isolation note through a new online service.

Leighton Hospital has suspended visiting with immediate effect apart from in exceptional circumstances.

Cheshire East launches business helping business scheme.

Latest information for the self employed.

Latest information on the job retention scheme.

Cheshire East coronavirus financial support.

Government guidelines of how you can help safely.

New reduced opening hours for Sandbach Post Office (next to Waitrose) Monday – Friday 9.00 – 3.30pm, Saturday 9.00 – 1.00pm

If you would like to let us know about local changes, closures or event cancellations then you can contact us.
LATEST updates are added BELOW

Last updated: 30/03/2020

Updates from 30/03/2020

Beware: Action Fraud have received reports of Covid19 related scams.

We have received a lot of support information from the Cheshire East Communities team.

Cheshire East coronavirus financial support.

Government guidelines of how you can help safely.

New reduced opening hours for Sandbach Post Office (next to Waitrose) Monday – Friday 9.00 – 3.30pm, Saturday 9.00 – 1.00pm

Updates from 29/03/2020

Aldi have updated their policy to allow NHS, Police and Fire workers to take priority ahead of queues (show ID). This is in addition to early access on a Sunday, where they can enter the store 30 mins early. See updated image above.

Updates from 28/03/2020

Council appeal to help rough sleepers and avoid homelessness.

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Updates from 27/03/2020

In a great community initiative, Elworth Cricket Club (Sandbach) are collecting much needed food donations for the Sandbach Foodbank on Saturday 27th March between 10am and 1pm. They ask that you wash hands before leaving home and to leave the club once you have dropped off your donation. Click here for more information (Facebook) and list of most needed items.

Cheshire East suspend parking charges at their car parks.

Great resource for home schooling today – visit Chester Zoo virtually (Facebook) from 10am!

Cheshire East urges businesses to come direct for grant funding.

Leighton Hospital has suspended visiting with immediate effect apart from in exceptional circumstances.

Cheshire East launches business helping business scheme.

Updates from 26/03/2020

Although Nantwich Book Shop are currently closed, you can order a book by email to info@nantwichbookshop.co.uk, or call on 01270 611665 and Steve can deliver on his bike.

Cheshire East has warned children to stay away from construction sites.

Crewe Town Council have postponed the Traction festival scheduled for the 4th July, until at least September.

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Updates from 25/03/2020

Health Secretary Matt Hancock, announces that the NHS is looking for 250,000 ‘NHS volunteers’. Click here for more information.

Chester Zoo have a range of education resources to help with teaching at home and school.

The 2020 Cheshire Show has been cancelled.

Every Mind Matters has now released expert advice and top tips on how to look after your mental well-being if you need to stay at home during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Cheshire East closes markets in Macclesfield, Congleton and Crewe.

Update from Chief Constable Darren Martland regarding Coronavirus.

Updates from 24/03/2020

Cheshire East Council has postponed the planned Crewe West by-elections.

Dr Matt Tyrer, acting director of public health at Cheshire East Council has shared reliable Covid-19 information sources.

The Canal & River Trust have said that towpaths currently remain open, but use of them should now be limited and social distancing strictly observed at all times.

NetworkIN Cheshire Team Sandbach business networking has been launched online. Guests are invited to attend and there is no meeting fee.

Are you struggling to teach your child maths? Carol Vorderman can help you at the mathsfactor.com free of charge during the UK Schools closure period.

Cheshire Police have urged residents to be vigilant.

A joint message from the leader and deputy leader of Cheshire East Council has been issued.

Cheshire East Council closes play areas to protect people.

Updates from 23/03/2020

We have received information from Cheshire East to beware of unscrupulous fraudsters and thieves who are cashing in on the coronavirus epidemic. Click here for more information.

Sandbach Town Council have closed the Indoor and Outdoor Markets with immediate effect.

Emergency timetables have been introduced on many Arriva North West services including in Cheshire East. Click here for more information.

A useful list of home education resources has been put together, click here to view (Facebook).

The Body Coach Joe Wicks, has introduced PE lessons on his YouTube Channel The Body Coach TV Monday to Friday at 9am, click here to view the channel.

Cheshire East Council has taken the decision to close all libraries, including the mobile library, from 5pm today (Monday 23 March). Libraries will continue to offer a range of online services that can be accessed by visiting: cheshireeast.gov.uk/libraries

Sandbach Town Council have closed the Indoor and Outdoor Markets with immediate effect.

In order to continue its engagement with visitors, Nantwich Museum has launched the “Nantwich Digital Museum”.

Updates from 22/03/2020

Royal Mail are minimising contact during delivery. They will not be handing over hand-held devices to capture signatures but will instead log the name of the person accepting the item. If an item won’t fit through your letterbox, it will be placed at your door and they will knocked on the door. Click here for more information.

Cheshire East Council has closed Tatton Park from today.

The National Trust has closed all of its gated gardens and parks.

Updates from 21/03/2020

The Co-op have announced that they will be offering priority shopping for vulnerable customers and NHS staff between 8 and 9am (10 until 11am on Sundays).

Nantwich Camera Club has cancelled their club meetings and the planned visit of wildlife photographer Paul Hobson who was due to give the annual ‘special’ lecture on Tuesday 24 March.

Updates from 20/03/2020

Nantwich Pet Vets have postponed their open day on the 17th May. However they remain open, patients are still being seen at the practice and at risk clients do not need to come into the main waiting area. A free delivery service is offered to vulnerable clients for pet food (even if they don’t normally get it from NPV) and pet medication if it is required. They should contact the practice for details.

Everybody Sport and Recreation to close all Cheshire East Leisure Facilities from close of business today.

Cheshire East Council has postponed its Pride in the Park event at Queens Park from the 20th June until September the 12th.

Cheshire East have launched a new ‘People helping People‘ scheme to connect residents needing support due to isolation or vulnerability with individuals, groups and businesses offering that support.

From today, at Waitrose, the elderly, the vulnerable and those who look after them will be able to take advantage of a prioritised and dedicated shopping hour during the first opening hour of the shop.

Marks and Spencer are setting aside the first hour of trading on Mondays & Thursdays for older and vulnerable people and on Tuesdays and Fridays for NHS and emergency workers.

Bentley Motors has suspended production from today for four weeks.

Reaseheath College and its University Centre will move to distance and online learning from next Monday (March 23).

From 5pm on Friday 20 March 2020 all Cheshire College – South & West Campuses will be closed to all visitors and all learners, except for those whose parents are key workers and our most vulnerable learners.

South Cheshire Harriers annual 10k race scheduled for April 12 has been postponed.

Updates from 19/03/2020

Visiting restrictions have been put in place by Leighton Hospital.

Beam Heath Trustees have decided to re-schedule Claims Day from Wednesday 17th June until Wednesday 21st October.

Union Street Baptist church have cancelled all Church services, activities, events and meetings including Sunday Services.

Crewe Samaritans have temporarily suspended face to face support. However they are still offering telephone (116 123) and Email (jo@samaritans.org) support.

St Barnabas Church Hall has been closed to all groups and Barnies is now closed.

Due to the large number of vulnerable groups who use the centre, What’s happening on north street have made the decision to close.

South Cheshire Astronomical Society have cancelled all of their public talks and observation evenings.

Updates from 18/03/2020

Crewe, Nantwich & South Cheshire RNLI have postponed their Three Shires cycle sportive on Sunday 7th June and hope to rearrange for later in the year.

Reaseheath Mini Zoo is closed as of today until further notice and all zoo activities have been cancelled until the end of April.

Following Government advice Ashfields Physiotherapists (Sandbach) are not holding any face to face appointments. They will contact you by telephone.

Sandbach Town Council has cancelled all council-run Events in Sandbach Town Hall and the Market Hall, including the Community Cinema. Currently, the Sandbach Market is going ahead. For more information see Sandbach Town Council.

Crewe Alexandra has announced that the stadium, ticket office, and club shop have closed until Monday morning. Sunday’s Car Boot sale has also been cancelled. 

Trentham Monkey Forest is closed from today.

Following government guidelines, Odeon cinemas are closed until further notice.

Nantwich Town Council has also postponed events on Nantwich Town Square, including V & A Antiques Markets, Vintage Escapades Markets, Artisan Markets and the Farmers Markets.

Events cancelled at Nantwich Civic Hall include the 50+ Club (today), Tea Dance (today), Table Top Sales (Thursday) and Meet The Beatles (Friday, March 20), V&A Antiques & Collectors Fair, Ceroc (Tuesday), Line Dancing (Wednesday), Ballroom & Sequence Dance (Thursday).

All events at the Nantwich Players Theatre have been postponed.

The Wishing Well Project meal delivery service offers freshly cooked meals delivered to the door, contact Wishing Well on 01270 256919 if you are interested. They also offer shopping, befriending and help and advice services.

We Make Footballers: Cheshire has postponed their weekly training sessions.

Manoeuvres, the OMD tribute band, have postponed their gig on Saturday 21st March at Crewe Alex. It will now take place on Friday 25th September.

Nantwich Concert Band have made the decision to cancel all rehearsals until after the school Easter break.

The Sandbach Concert Series of events up to the end of April has been cancelled. This includes the March and April concerts as well as the Young Musician of the Year competition on 18th April.

The 2020 Sandbach Garden Trail has been cancelled.

Public services at St Mary’s Nantwich, Wheelock Methodist have been suspended.

The Comedy Show at Sandbach Town Hall on Friday 3rd April has been cancelled.

UPDATES FROM 17/03/2020

Brine Leas and Malbank schools are asking pupils to study at home on some days.

Iceland Sandbach is opening on Wednesday 18th March between 8 and 10 am for the over 70s.

Slimming World has temporarily closed all of its groups.

Dr Kieran Mullan MP is looking to recruit volunteers to help support people who may have to stay at home, see www.drkieranmullan.org.uk if you can help. Full link is https://www.drkieranmullan.org.uk/coronavirus-volunteer-help-our-community or see Community on thisisthecat.com

Due to the Coronavirus, Doctors at Eagle Health & Wellbeing Centre in Crewe have decided to change appointments to telephone consultations. You may still be asked to attend surgery but will get a telephone call from the Doctor first. Please contact the surgery if you have any queries.

The Trustees at Bunbury Mill have decided, with great regret, that all public access to the mill site must be terminated with immediate effect and until further notice. There will be no routine openings, school visits, group visits, or private hiring until they are advised that it is safe to resume operation.

Marks and Spencer Nantwich are opening on Thursday 19th March between 7 am and 8 am for vulnerable customers who are aged over 70 only.

Sandbach Library has cancelled the Mini-build, Baby Bounce, Rhymetime, Thumbs up it’s Thursday, Let’s Meet on a Friday and Storytime activities for the time being. The library currently remains open.

Crewe Alex Women have postponed all club activities.

Sandbach baby clinic at Ashfields is cancelled until further notice

Nantwich Jazz Festival has been postponed.

The 2020 Sandbach Transport & Music Festival has been postponed.

Wistaston Memorial Hall is closed from Saturday 21st March.

The Freddie Mercury and Madonna tribute show on the 28th March and 16th May at Sandbach Cricket Club have been postponed.

Nantwich Museum is closed until further notice.

UPDATES FROM 16/03/2020

All events and shows from Tuesday 17 March 2020 at Crewe Lyceum are suspended.

Following the Government’s announcement this evening that all non-essential social contact should stop immediately due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the League Management Committee has agreed it has no alternative but to suspend all NWCFL fixtures until further notice with immediate effect.

The Northern Premier League has today decided, reluctantly, to suspend all fixtures until further notice in light of the escalating Covid-19 outbreak.

The Big Bang Fair with AO @ Crewe due to take place on 28th March 2020 and other related events are cancelled for the foreseeable future. The first-ever Big Bang @ Crewe event will be re-organized for later in the year if circumstances allow.

Sandbach Choral Society’s Concert of European Sacred Music which was to be held in Sandbach on Saturday March 28th 2020, has been cancelled owing to the current uncertainty and concern about Coronavirus.

A group has been created for Wistaston, Crewe & Nantwich residents via Facebook. Nadiah Mckeown launched the group to help vulnerable members of the local community during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. She is taking in donations of food and other essential items at her home address, as it has dry and safe storage. https://www.facebook.com/groups/526591208261751/ Group name: Coronavirus Isolation Help Group

Leighton Hospital Prostate Cancer PSA testing session scheduled to take place at Nantwich Civic Hall on Saturday, April 4 is now cancelled.

UPDATES FROM 14/03/2020

The Queen’s visit to Cheshire in the coming days has been postponed as the coronavirus pandemic spreads rapidly through the population. Her Majesty had been due to visit Bentley Motors Factory in Crewe and the Jodrell Bank radio telescope near Macclesfield on Thursday. Her Majesty was due to have arrived at Crewe Railway Station on the Royal Train where she would have been greeted by the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire and received a posy outside the station.

GP surgeries in Crewe based at the Eagle Bridge medical centre have placed restrictions on face to face appointments in favour of telephone consultations. Patients have been contacted to be told if they have an appointment booked, not to come into the surgery but to telephone instead.

The South Cheshire Pensioners Association says it has reluctantly called off their meeting scheduled for March 31 at Crewe Lifestyle Centre – because of the specific threat posed to older people by COVID-19 and the likelihood that it will spread rapidly over the next 10 days.

UPDATES FROM 13/03/2020

The Football League has announced that all football will be suspended until at least April 3, as part of measures to try to prevent the virus from spreading in stadiums.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic Nantwich Museum has cancelled the following: Dementia Friendship Group Mon 16 Mar, Guided walk Tue 17 Mar, Coffee morning Fri 28 Mar, Wednesday spring talks.