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2012 local successes

30th December 2012 @ 7:07am – by Webteam
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Local villages, organisations and businesses saw success in 2012. Tomorrow we will recall Overwater Marina's awards but today we focus on Audlem and Hankelow.


A 2012 big success for Hankelow was reported in November by local residents Ian and Ann Jones. They said:

"At last week's Awards Ceremony, held at Middlewich Civic Hall, Hankelow once more punched above its weight as the village was announced outright Winner of Cheshire Community Action's Community Spirit Award for 2012, beating joint runners up Disley and Tattenhall.

"Hankelow was described by Mrs Kathy Benn MBE, Chairman of Cheshire Community Action as "A little village with a big heart".

"Hankelow competed against villages in the whole of Cheshire for the most active communities with a population under 5,000.  Hankelow has a population of 282.

Britain in Bloom

The three awards given to Audlem as part of Britain in Bloom over the years 2010, 2011 and 2012 went on show in the window of the Jinja Bakes Cafe in late Autumn.

ADAS, the Audlem District Amenities Association, have now attended three ceremonies in a row in Southport and have achieved regional recognition each year.

ADAS are responsible for the fabulous Christmas lights as well as planting out troughs and beds with bulbs, bedding plants and trees.

Loo of the Year

Audlem Online was delighted to report this in November:

"Audlem's refurbished Public Toilets next to the car park in Cheshire Street have gained national recognition. The toilets have won a Gold Award in the Loo of the Year competition. 

When Cllr Mike Hill announced the success at Monday's Parish Council meeting, the news was greeted with a round of applause from the other Councillors and members of the public in recognition of the sterling efforts by Mike and ex-Cllr Bill Consterdine.

As regular readers will know, the refurbishment of the toilets last year by Audlem Parish Council, after they had been previously closed by Cheshire East Council, was such unusual news that it attracted the attention of BBC's The One Show.

The toilets reopening in Audlem were against a background of public toilets being closed all over the country as councils sought to reduce costs. Manchester, compared with Audlem by that BBC programme, now also has just one public toilet open after inconveniently closing seventeen of its eighteen facilities.

Audlem Parish councillors, however, persuaded Cheshire East to fund the refurbishment before the Parish Council took on responsibility for their future operation and maintenance.

The toilets have been overhauled completely inside by local contractors CMS. Previously, only about a third of the building was used with an unpopular, and unreliable, automatic flushing and cleaning ladies toilet; a male toilet that was exceedingly small and a disabled facility.

The exterior has been brightened up with colourful designs of the village and surrounding countryside by local artist Jo Halden, all taken from the current Audlem tea towel designed by her.

It's good to see the toilets, which have been much praised by visitors and local users alike in the past year, have now been recognised nationally in the Loo of the Year awards."

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