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Registered at the Post Office as a Newspaper Est. 1893

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THURSDAY, 19th NOVEMBER, 2009.

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INSIDE: OUR COMPREHENSIVE PROPERTY GUIDE FEATURING LOCAL ESTATE AGENTS

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Guide your way to shop locally this Christmas

This week’s “Chronicle” contains our Christmas “On your doorstep”, a guide to all the best in Christmas shopping across the “Chronicle” circulation area.

Following the success of our first “On your doorstep” over the summer, we’ve produced this 56-page Christmas special to replace our normal Christmas advertising specials with a full colour quarterfold booklet that we hope readers will keep with them throughout the festive shopping season. It’s packed with ideas for gifts, food and services — anything you might need for yourself, friends or family throughout December as well as reminders to Shop Local.

It also contains details of all the lights switch-ons in the towns we serve in Cheshire and Staffordshire so make sure you turn out to support your town’s colourful kick-off to the Christmas celebrations.

Our next “On your doorstep” is planned in the spring/ early summer. Any businesses who would like to advertise in that should call us on 01260 273737. If you didn’t see the summer “On your doorstep”, we will be more than happy to post one out to you free of charge - it’s packed full of interesting local history, places to see and information on where to go walking and cycling.

Congleton ‘just a safe seat’ for MP candidates who don’t live here By Stephanie Barnett

A decision by the Conservative Association to select candidates from outside the Congleton constituency, has been branded “ridiculous” by the other political parties.

After hundreds of applications from people wanting to be the town’s next Conservative MP, six were selected on Friday, but none live in the constituency.

The Congleton Conservative Association has defended the fi nal selection, claiming all the

candidates had “strong Cheshire connections”.

But Labour Parliamentary candidate David Bryant, said: “It is absolutely important that the chosen candidate is local and this is completely typical of the Conservative Party.

“If these chosen candidates were asked about their thoughts on car parking charges, they wouldn’t have a clue.

“How are they going to stand up against the local council or the public? It is completely ridiculous.

“It is just a safe seat and it is insulting and undermining to everyone for them to impose themselves on the constituency.”

He added: “We have been insulted enough by Lady Ann Winterton ignoring us, and the people of the Congleton Constituency should have the right to vote for somebody local.”

“I have lived in Congleton for over 11 years and I probably still don’t know everything I could, but I speak to local people and to local councillors and I involve myself in local issues.

“You have to understand a lot about the constituency, so the least they can do is live here, if not then this lack of democracy is going to continue.

“The candidate should be selected by the local people, not by just choosing a David Cameron clone, and I think it is even more reason why people should stand up and fight against this.”

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New chapter begins in Chronicle’s annual

toy story campaign Christmas is coming and it’s time once again for the “Chronicle” to launch our toy appeal to help deprived children across Congleton.

fund-raising manager in Cheshire, said: “We are delighted with the turnout last year, especially in the current climate. It is great that people made the effort.”

Thanks to the generosity of readers in recent years, children have had a merrier Christmas thanks to toys donated for the appeal and last year saw the usual bumper response to the annual toy appeal, with the front offi ce fi lling up over the weeks with the donated items.

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, which delivers the gifts to children each year, has set the wheels in motion to see that every child on the list receives a present this Christmas.

Rachel Carter communities

John Winter, chairman of the Congleton Fund-raising Committee, said all the children in Congleton would receive a gift this Christmas that they would not otherwise have received.

In previous years there have been plenty of toys for younger children but readers should not forget older children aged around 13 to 15.

Donations can be taken to the “Chronicle” offi ce at 11, High Street between 9am and 5.30pm Mondays to Thursdays and 9am to 5pm on Fridays. We look forward to seein ou.

Cuddles all round as Pudsey showed how

to hug in Beartown

Millie Beard and the real Pudsey Bear joined the fun at a Children In Need event held in Congleton on Saturday that was filmed by television cameras. Members of the public were invited to make a donation to hug the friendly mascot. For the story and pictures, see page 27. (“Chronicle” photo. 4705e/09).

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