Alsager Music Festival 2020 cancelled

Since launching in 2009, Alsager Music Festival has become one of the best free festivals in Cheshire, offering a wide range of music and acts across multiple stages and venues. 

The festival, which is free for all to attend and organised entirely through local volunteers, has become a key weekend in the Alsager calendar and much-loved by the local community.

As the size and success of the festival has grown, so too have the costs required to safely and securely hold an event of this scale and despite exploring new options for funding the festival, it has not been possible to secure the finance required. So it is with great sadness that we announce the 2020 Alsager Music Festival will not go ahead. Instead, the festival will take a break for a year, and look to find the additional funding and support required to hold the event in the summer of 2021.

Pete Weatherburn, Chair of the Alsager Music Festival Committee, said “We’re so proud of how successful the festival has become and we know how important it is to the people of Alsager, so we’ll be looking to find the additional funding and support we need to make the 2021 event the best ever”.

The Alsager Music Festival organising committee will be seeking the additional funding from sponsors as well as holding several fundraising events throughout the year. They will also be supporting a two-day music event to be held at The Lodge in summer 2020. More details to be announced soon. For more information about Alsager Music Festival or to volunteer or support the festival, please contact us through our website

All About Health & Wellbeing

Alsager Partnership host a showcase ‘All About Health & Wellbeing’ on Saturday 1st February 10am until 12.30pm.

This event promises to be jam-packed with information delivered by health, wellbeing and fitness organisations that will help you discover how you can make your family’s lives healthier, improve your general wellbeing and explore ways to be more active.

On the day, there will be many health organisations represented, alongside health screening checks available to include Blood Pressure Checks, Body Fat Measurements, BMI Checks, Nutritional Advice, Diet and Exercise.  Also on offer are sample treatments of reflexology and more.  In addition, there will be a room dedicated to free CPR TRAINING, which is very kindly being funded by the Alsager Scout Group (please note, places are limited, so please contact Alsager Partnership to reserve your space; places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis).

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Aldi selected for Biddulph site

Aldi has been selected by Staffordshire County Council to invest in a plot of land off Tunstall Road, Biddulph.

The site was formerly The Meadows School but has been disused for a number of years, with Staffordshire County Council seeking a buyer for the site. A previous deal appeared to have been made with Aldi last year but fell through in the summer. There had also been discussions with different developers regarding the site with another budget supermarket chain Lidl expressing a long term interest in opening a store in Biddulph but it now appears that Aldi is again the favourite to get the site.

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Work on station upgrade starts

Kidsgrove Station feb 2019 copyWork is underway to install new lifts and a footbridge at Kidsgrove station to ensure it’s accessible for everyone by spring 2019.

Network Rail has started work on the £5 million Kidsgrove ‘Access for All’ upgrade, which will transform the way passengers with all mobility needs use the railway. The vital upgrade will install three new lifts at either side of platforms 1, 2, 3 and 4, as well as a brand new footbridge linking the platforms.

Campaigners have been calling for improvements to access for nearly 20 years as the only step-free access is to the Manchester-to-Stoke platform (1). [Read more…]

Biddulph Grange

Easter egg trailCadbury Easter Trail Become an Eggsplorer for the day! Join us this Easter weekend for the Cadbury Easter Egg Trail around the garden. Run around the garden, hunting high and low, under rocks and in trees for the hidden eggs! Discover them all to find the easter bunny! If you manage to track him down you can then enjoy your delicious Cadbury egghead! The prize at the end of your adventure will be a Cadbury Egghead. Easter weekend – 25rd March 28th March, 11am – 5pm. Tickets £2 (per trail), booking not needed, normal admission charges apply. Information 01782 517999,

Alsager station ‘twins’ with Rose Hill

Alsager and Rose Hill twinning 3North Staffordshire Community Rail Partnership (NSCRP) launched a new project at Alsager station on Friday 22 May.

Called ‘station twinning’ the project aims to join North Staffordshire Line station volunteers with volunteers from other areas of the rail network to share ideas through reciprocal visits to improve their stations for passengers. Alsager station, on East Midlands Trains Crewe-Derby route, and Rose Hill station, Marple, which provides services to Manchester Piccadilly, were both formerly stations on the old North Staffordshire Railway. The stations’ volunteer teams were also fellow winners at the annual Cheshire Best Kept Stations awards, so had an ideal foundation to be the first station ‘twins’.

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Call for speed cameras on #kidsgrove bank

Kidsgrove road 2aA car crash that closed the road at the top of Kidsgrove Bank for several hours has led to calls for speed cameras to be sited there.

The car knocked down a telegraph pole and bent a lamppost near the junction with Mobberley Road as it travelled along the A50 towards Goldenhill. [Read more…]

£10k for Kidsgrove Town Centre

KidsgroveThe Kidsgrove Town Team have received a welcome cash boost of £10k from Newcastle Borough Council to help improve the town centre’s future prospects. [Read more…]

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