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18 October 2018Sydney Bridge & Service 8

With the forthcoming closure of Sidney Bridge there are major changes to the No 8 Service from 29th Oct to 29th May. Details of the 3-way split, route maps and new timetables are on D&G website Click on the link below and scroll down to Service No 8


This year sees the tenth anniversary of the introduction of the England-
wide Bus Pass or the English National travel Concessionary Travel
Scheme. To celebrate the event Richard Worrell, transport campaigner
and member of the National Pensioners Convention Travel Committee has
embarked on a 16-day circular tour of England by local bus services
starting from his home town of Walsall. He arrived in Crewe on Saturday
lunchtime on the No 3 from Hanley accompanied by Owen Sloss of North
Staffs Pensioners Convention  and was greeted by committee members
from South Cheshire Pensioners Association. With only a few minutes to
spare he then boarded the 84 to Chester from where he would catch
another bus to Liverpool then Southport and Preston arriving in Blackpool
just before 8.00 p.m.

Richard said   "The NPC is wholly committed to campaigning to retaining
this universal benefit. Since 2010 some senior politicians, such as the
current Conservative Party Chair, Brandon Lewis, and former LibDem
Leader Nick Clegg - have called for 'reform' of the English National
Concessionary Travel Scheme (ENCTS - the 'bus pass') as a national
universal entitlement free at the point of use, notwithstanding academic
analysis of the social/economic value of the scheme showing a 3:1
benefit-to-cost ratio to the nation."

Chair of South Cheshire Pensioners Kevan Larkin said "The Bus Pass is a
great scheme that does so much for the quality of life of millions of older
and disabled people, and many pensioners  have told me it is for them an
absolute lifeline."

Left to right Owen Sloss, Richard Worrell, Kevan Larkin in front of the 84
to Chester at Crewe Bus Station.

12 October 2018OLDER PEOPLES DAY 2018

Over 200 older people from South Cheshire gathered in the Carlsberg
Lounge at the Alexandra Stadium last Tuesday for the sixth annual social
event to celebrate United Nations Older People's Day organised by South
Cheshire Pensioners Association.

Guest of honour was the Mayor of Cheshire East Cllr accompanied by her
Consort. Also present were local MP Laura Smith and Cheshire East
Councillors Dorothy Flude and Olivia Hunter.

Chair Kevan Larkin welcomed everyone and thanked Crewe Alexandra
Football Club for hosting the event again and also our sponsors Bluebird
Care and Tesco Bags of Help.

First to take the stage was thefunkychoir.com who performed to their
usually high standard with a varied repertoire of songs. During the interval
a cream tea was served. This was followed by a lively performance by
professional singer LeeAnn James from Warrington with pop songs from
the 50s and 60s. She soon had the dance floor filling up as people let
their hair down for a lively afternoon including the Mayor.

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