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Crewe Women's Day - So Cheshire - 5 February 2018


Motherwell to host annual Crewe Women’s Day - The 2018 International Women’s Day theme is 'Press for Progress’ written by SC

Women from across Crewe and Nantwich are set to celebrate International Women's Day with an event featuring inspirational female speakers.

Organiser Kate Blakemore expects the fourth annual event of its kind to attract more people than ever before.

International Women's Day (8th March 2018) is a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

The 2018 International Women’s Day theme is 'Press for Progress', with Crewe Women's Day adopting a Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) theme.

Motherwell Cheshire is now in its fourth year of organising Crewe Women's Day, developing into a flagship event for the charity which support mums across Cheshire.

This year, they are partnering with Cheshire Against Abuse and Crewe Town Council in organising the event, which is set to take place on Saturday 10th March at Cheshire College South and West’s Crewe campus.

Kate Blakemore, CEO of Motherwell Cheshire, said: “I’m thrilled that we have managed to put together another excellent line-up of inspirational speakers.

“It’s also a chance for women to become familiar with the female centred services available in the area, to help support with their mental and physical health.

“I’m incredibly proud of the work that the Motherwell team have undertaken in preparation for the event, and the ways in which the speakers and organisations will work in inspiring and motivating people within our area to progress.”

MP for Crewe and Nantwich, Laura 

Smith, will be opening Crewe Women’s Day and chair of the college, Dame Pat Bacon, will close the event.

Attendees can expect a series of active workshops, demonstrations, keynote speakers and exhibitors, with the event split into zones reflecting health and Wellbeing, Arts and Crafts, Kids Zone, STEM Zone, Food Zone and a Beauty Zone.

Motherwell Cheshire is also hosting its second Winsford Women’s Day on Saturday 3rd March to be held at Winsford Lifestyle Centre.

For a full itinerary of events, including times, please visit Motherwell Cheshire’s Facebook page

Crewe Women's Day - Crewe Chronicle - 23 March 2017


Hundreds drawn to Crewe Women's Day

Equality, empowerment and inclusion were just some of the topics covered at Crewe Women’s Day last weekend.

Hundreds of people flocked to the Lifestyle Centre on Saturday as part of the event organised by Motherwell Cheshire.

Held to celebrate International Women’s Day, in which women from across the world were encouraged to ‘Be Bold for Change’, the aim was to help forge a better working community for a more inclusive, gender equal, world.

Organisations from across Cheshire set up stalls at the event, offering advice, support and give-aways to attendees.

Women were greeted with flowers, donated by Swansway, and encouraged to take part in workshops geared towards empowering and generating fun for those taking part.

Crewe Ladies Football Team and TGA Martial Arts set up interactive training sessions in the centre of the hall, where people were able to taste the sports, gaining top tips from the experts.

The lights were switched off and glow sticks distributed for 30 minutes of Clubbercise delivered by Everybody Leisure Instructor.

Women took part in break-away workshops for creative writing, drama and tackling procrastination.

South Cheshire College A Level student and Anti-Bullying Ambassador Lydia Greatrix explored ‘Who is the Perfect Woman?’ in her speech.

Director of Swansway Group, Sarah Eccles, spoke about her extraordinary journey at the company, in her talk called ‘My Car Journey’.

Kate Blakemore, organiser of the event and founder of Motherwell Cheshire, said: “Crewe Women’s Day was a real success and we are all very proud of how the event has progressed over three years.

“This year’s event incorporated a really good mix of speakers, demonstrations and workshops, of which we have received such brilliant feedback.

“Our aim with this event is always to support women in the area by providing them with information and access to some of the area’s key service providers.

“We also wanted to offer inspirational stories from speakers at the event - we were overwhelmed with how well all of the speakers were received and hope that those women and men who attended can take away these words and remember them in their every day life.”

Chief Inspector Sarah Pengelly, Local Policing Unit Commander for Warrington, closed the event with her talk.

She said: “International Women’s Day is something that is close to my heart. I am passionate about gender equality and I’m passionate about women being able to support women developing in any way they can for themselves and for their dreams and aspirations.”

Winsford Women's Day - Chester Chronicle - 1st April 2017


Hundreds of people flocked to the celebrations of the first Winsford Women’s Day held at Winsford Lifestyle Centre in an event organised by Motherwell Cheshire.

Women were greeted by the team and encouraged to take part in workshops geared towards empowering and generating fun for those taking part.

Winsford Women’s Day was held on the day of International Women’s Day, where women from across the world were encouraged to Be Bold for Change, aiming to help forge a better working community for a more inclusive, gender equal world.

Organisations from across Cheshire set up stalls, offering advice, support and give-aways to attendees.

NHS, Body Positive and Soroptimist International Northwich and District were among more than 30 stall holders present throughout the day.

Fabb Fitness set up an interactive training session where women were encouraged to re-train their brain to think positively alongside exercise.

Women took part in break-away workshops with Active Cheshire, looking at the importance of being active.

Organiser of the event and founder of Motherwell Cheshire, Kate Blakemore, said: “Winsford Women’s Day was a real success and we are all very proud of the first event of its kind, held in Winsford.

“We looked to incorporate a good mix of speakers, demonstrations and workshops, of which we have received such brilliant feedback.

“Our aim with this event is always to support women in the area by providing them with information and access to some of the area’s key service providers.


“We also wanted to offer inspirational stories from speakers at the event - we were overwhelmed with how well all of the speakers were received and hope that those women and men who attended can take away these words and remember them in their every day life.”

Local policing unit commander for Warrington, Chief Inspector Sarah Pengelly, closed the event with her talk.

She said: “International Women’s Day is something that is close to my heart. I am passionate about gender equality and I’m passionate about women being able to support women developing in any way that they can for themselves and for their dreams and aspirations.”

Overview of Motherwell - Heart Mummy Connection - 23 November 2016


Inspiring Mum's to Sparkle & Shine

A service provided for women by women, promoting positive health and wellbeing, by offering a range of educational services, holistic therapies and mental health support.

Motherwell aims to:-

  • Promote positive health and wellbeing decisions, through providing educational talks and workshops. They offer many therapeutic programmes, including Recovery Toolkit which is a 12 week recovery programme for survivors of domestic abuse. The Mother Well programme is a recovery programme for mums who have had children removed to prevent this cycle taking place again.
  • Think proactively in pregnancy, birth and a growing family, by working with mums who have and who are experiencing pre or post natal depression. One to one counselling, a 6 week therapeutic programme that runs eight times a year and a monthly creative group are the support available.
  • Develop positive relationships with self, family and local communities, by providing a range of groups within the local community, local projects, family sessions, support groups run by volunteers mentored by Mother Well team.

Why Motherwell?

  • “We are mums ourselves; we have been there; we appreciate how difficult parenthood can be at times.
  • We have no age limits, on mums, or children.
  • We offer bespoke holistic support/therapy.
  • We are the only agency, locally, offering such a bespoke service.
  • There is no time limit on the support offered.
  • We are all highly trained professionals with years of experience working with families.
  • There is a full range of workshops and therapy groups available
  • Our wellbeing days offer holistic therapies at affordable prices.
  • Flexible times, many evening appointments available.”

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Cruising Nantwich Canal - Nantwich News - 18 May 2016


Mums across South Cheshire took a break from their busy lives by cruising a Nantwich canal in a day’s retreat organised by Motherwell CIC.

Ten mums met at Church Minshull Aqueduct Marina to board their hired barge for a day of relaxation and pampering.

Motherwell CIC work with mums across the region to support women in their mothering journey, with a focus on health and wellbeing.

They cruised towards and stopped at The Barbridge Inn on Chester Road,for a bite to eat and walk.

Some of the mums received a combination of reflexology and Indian Head Massages during the journey back to Church Minshull.

The spring event was one of many health and wellbeing days aimed at supporting mums in taking time to concentrate on themselves.

Angelita Woosnam, co-founder of Motherwell CIC, said: “Our barge day was such a success.

“The weather was absolutely gorgeous giving a chance for mums in the area to get a real break from the demands of a regular day.

“We held a similar retreat day last year and are very proud to have welcomed people that day who now volunteer for Motherwell CIC, having made the full circle of giving something back to a group that has supported them.”

Cheryl Bromont, from Wistaston, said: “The time I spend with Motherwell is time for me, away from everything else.

“The group has encouraged me to reassess how I spend my time and bring me back down to earth and think about how I need to spend more time on ‘me’.

“The organisers at Motherwell do an amazing job! They are all so welcoming.”

Upcoming events open to mums across South Cheshire are monthly Sparkle and Shine Wellbeing Days held in Crewe and Winsford.

The Glitter Ball is a chance for mums to pamper themselves and dress for a buffet meal and disco to be held at Crewe Alexandra FC on Saturday September 10.

Tickets for this all-women event can be bought at £25 per person.

All money raised from The Glitter Ball and Barge Retreat Day will be put back into the post-natal element of Motherwell CIC.

Contact Kate Blakemore on 07734868325 or email

Crewe Women's Day - Signal 1 Radio - 11 March 2017


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Mother & Baby Walking Group


Mums and babies from Winsford and Crewe will benefit from a 24-week fitness programme funded by Active Cheshire, starting with the launch of a mums and buggies walking group called ‘Happy Feet’.

Local community organisation Motherwell CIC has received funding to advertise, organise and deliver the programme for mums in the area, and the first ‘Happy Feet’ session began on Wednesday 20th July.

Active Cheshire works with a wide range of health, sport, education, environment, transport and business partners to find new ways of enabling people to get active on a regular basis.

Initially aimed at young mums, the programme will now welcome mothers of all ages, along with their babies, to participate in a weekly walk.

The success of the programme is already evident in Crewe, where mums are now meeting weekly with their babies to exercise and socialise as part of the Rise and Shine Challenge. 

Mums in Winsford are being encouraged to take advantage of the free programme too which, after six weeks, will move to free mother and baby yoga sessions.

The programme is also proving popular among mums in Winsford, as shown through its strong sign-up rate. Mums are reminded that they can join the group at any point during the programme, taking the first step to meeting new people and improving fitness.

Participant Laura Brown commented: “I loved Baby Massage when I tried that, but it became too expensive. This Motherwell initiative gets rid of the expense barrier, because it’s funded by Active Cheshire.

“I’m looking forward to the whole programme as this will be the first step to me running again and getting back to the level of fitness that I used to have.”

Kate Blakemore, co-founder of Motherwell CIC, said: “Motherhood can at times be isolating and this initiative will bring mums together and hopefully encourage them to use our other services, all of which support their wellbeing.

“The idea behind it is that it works towards getting the mums outdoors and improve their fitness, while also increasing their support network.”

Anne Boyd, chief executive at Active Cheshire, said: “At such a pivotal point in a women's life, it is increasingly important to be both mentally and 

physically well.

“Active Cheshire is increasingly aware of the need to support organisations like Motherwell to offer valuable and cohesive support packages, whilst promoting the wider benefits of physical activity.”

An awards evening to celebrate mums who complete the programme is being planned, with players from Crewe Alexandra Ladies presenting the certificates.  

Motherwell CIC works with mums across the region to support women in their mothering journey, with a focus on health and wellbeing.

They hold monthly Sparkle and Shine Wellbeing Days in Winsford and Crewe and will soon be adding to the lineup, in Nantwich.

The Wellbeing Days support mums in relaxation and taking time for themselves as well as offering free post-natal counselling for mums suffering with anxiety.

Everyday Awards 2017 - Motherwell is a Winner


Everybody Awards 2017 - Winners Announcement, Motherwell is a winner!


The Everybody Awards 2017 sponsored by Applewood Independent, took place on Friday 6th October at the prestigious Wrenbury Hall; recognising exceptional achievements of sporting and community heroes in Cheshire East.

Over 200 guests enjoyed the evening with more nominations than ever before. Jon Winkle hosted the event and guests were given an inspiring keynote speech from Sharron Davies MBE, Silver and Gold medallist in competitive swimming.

Sports Personality of the Year – Sponsored by Applewood Independent 

  • Oliver Holmes - Crewe & Nantwich  Touch Rugby Club, Lymm Rugby Club
  • Josh Betteley - Vale Royal AC Cross Country & Athletics - Crewe
  • Rowan Cheshire - Team GB Freestyle Skier - Alsager
  • Ben & Tom Curry - Former Crewe and Nantwich RUFC players

Winner: Josh Betteley

Josh has represented North England and the North West in the London Mini Marathon. After suffering a serious brain injury he is not letting anything get in his way, Josh has inspired those around him showing great courage and determination to continue in long-distance running. Josh is seen as a true inspiration to those close to him, so much so that his school (Sandbach Boys) have introduced the ‘Josh Betteley Award’ for students that have shown spirit and overcome significant obstacles.

Young Sports Achiever of the Year– Sponsored by Xn Leisure 


  • Lewis Bagguley- Crewe & Nantwich Gymnastics Club
  • Sian Heslop- Macclesfield Harriers
  • Jordan Griffin- Ice hockey Bradford Bulldogs IHC
  •  Amy Morris- figure skating , Knutsford Cheshire
  • Thomas Nairn- Alsager Company of Archers

Winner: Thomas Nairn

Thomas finished 9th in the international Back2Back tournament, competing against top archers from around the globe. Topping that, he won the Senior National Indoor Championships, beating Olympic archers and seasoned senior internationals in a field of one hundred and eighty of the UK’s top archers.

Disabled Sports Achiever of the Year – Sponsored by ANSA 


  • Ella O’Donnell- Swimmer –Wilmslow
  • Sophie Thornhill- Great Britain
  • Cycling Team- Poynton
  • Crewe Seahorse Swimming Club

Winner: Sophie Thornhill

Within 12 months Sophie, a visually impaired cyclist, has won two world titles in the tandem kilo and sprint, broken two world records in the process at her debut UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Mexico. Also becoming a Paralympic Champion in Rio later that year, winning gold in the tandem B kilo time trial and a bronze medal in the tandem B pursuit before becoming a triple world champion with new pilot Corrine Hall at the 2017 world championships. Sophie and Corrine dominated at the 2017 UCI Paracycling Track World Championships in LA, USA – the duo secured a clean sweep of tandem world titles, winning gold in the individual pursuit, time trial and sprint.

Coach of the Year – Sponsored by FLM Training 


  • David Chadwick- Netball Coach- Sandbach, Crewe Middlewich
  • Keith Hancock- Athletics- Crewe and Nantwich
  • Danny Massey- Crewe Football Club
  • Pauline Lynch- Macclesfield Harriers
  • John Dawson- Crewe Central Table Tennis Club

Winner: Keith Hancock

Keith has been coaching athletics as a volunteer in Cheshire East for the past 26 years. Over this time he has coached hundreds of children into the sport, with several going on to become national and international competitors. Keith has organised the town sports in Crewe and Nantwich since 1997 and this year the event was the biggest ever with thirty eight primary schools taking part.


Health & Wellbeing – Sponsored by Active Cheshire 


  • Motherwell CIC- Crewe
  • Sylk Dance Academy- Macclesfield
  • Angela Jackson- Physiofit- Alderley Edge and Wilmslow
  • Carter House- Congleton
  • Macmillan Information and Support Service

Winner: Kate Blakemore – Motherwell CIC

Kate is founder and primary counsellor at Motherwell CIC. She ensures that support is available for mums suffering from post natal depression, anxiety and other issues. This is offered in the form of 1:1 counselling, workshops, wellbeing days and self care projects. Over the last 12 months Kate has also started a social care programme and established a board of trustees in preparation for move to charity status.

Club of the Year – Sponsored by eGym 


  • Macclesfield Boys Boxing Club
  • Crewe Flyers Swimming Club
  • Crewe Central Table Tennis Club
  • Nantwich Neptune Lifesaving Club

Winner: Crewe Central Table Tennis Club

Crewe Central Table Tennis Club has over 100 members, ranging from ages 10-82. The Club has 1 Star Clubmark Accreditation from Table Tennis England, as well as their Premier Club status. They run open days with the likes of Desmond Douglas, the former World No. 7 coming along to provide coaching. In addition, they help to support the Crewe based South Cheshire Special Needs Club and run The Hub, a once a week three hour coaching session for anyone to come to and enjoy playing table tennis.

Volunteer of the Year – Sponsored by BWB 


  • Liam Potts- Rookie Instructor and Survive and Save Instructor- Nantwich
  • Rick Simpson- Space4 Autism- Macclesfield
  • Dennis Artess- Crewe Central Table Tennis club
  •  Andy Martin- Poynton’s swimming club

Winner: Rick Simpson

Rick has been at the heart of Space4Autism for 12 years. When it was obvious that boys who have co-ordination and behavioural problems couldn’t keep up with regular football sessions, Rick decided to start his own regular sessions on a voluntary basis. Rick also volunteers with the youth outward bound residential, giving up his weekends to be with the children, ensuring they have fun and gain confidence in a place where they feel safe to be themselves.

Young Volunteer of the Year – Sponsored by Crewe Town Council 


  • Yasmin Crawford- trampolining and cheerleading – The Kings School in Macclesfield
  • Katie Haszeldine- Alderley Edge Cricket Club
  • Matthew Smith- Crewe Football Club
  • Jasmine Wrenn- Sylk Dance Academy Macclesfield

Winner: Matthew Smith

Matt has been an avid supporter of Crewe FC from a young age and, despite him suffering ill health, he was formally recognised at the Crewe FC appreciation night in 2013 as the Clubman of the Year. From then on, Matt has wanted to show his continued commitment to the club by offering his time as a volunteer. As a football club, Crewe FC have been so impressed with Matt’s dedication they paid for him to complete his FA Level 1 coaching qualification, making him their youngest ever coach!

Everybody Customer Hero – Sponsored by SAS Daniels 


  • Steph Telfer- Nantwich
  • Richard Ransome- Crewe Lifestyle Centre
  • Redvers Oakley- Holmes Chapel Leisure Centre
  •  Alison Wright- Holmes Chapel Community Centre
  • John Carr- Shavington Leisure Centre

Winner: Steph Telfer

Steph became a member of Nantwich Swimming Pool just under six years ago after undergoing surgery to remove a brain tumour. Since becoming a member Steph has lost an unbelievable 10 stone by visiting the centre five times per week. Steph commented: “When I first became a member, I could only get in the pool. These days walking 8 miles is a regular occurrence”. Her outgoing, bubbly personality allows new customers to feel at home, she brings a little bit of happiness to everyone’s day.

Lifetime Achievement- Sponsored by Matrix

Brian and Shirley were part of the team who started Nantwich Neptune Lifesaving Club 43 years ago.

Now both in their 80s they still attend the club every Saturday morning. Brian is the Treasurer, Awards and Sales Officer and main point of contact for the club, and Shirley is the Secretary. Brian and Shirley both started as teachers and assessors for the club, and have taught many people the skills to become a lifesaver over the years. They have also coached lifesavers to successfully enter competitions (including the National Lifesaving Championships), and become teachers and judges themselves. Many of the lifesavers they have taught are still part of the club today.

The club has an extremely warm and supportive ethos which wouldn’t be the same without Brian and Shirley. On many occasions they have supported lifesavers through difficult times in their personal lives as they both have a genuine desire to support and help, whether it’s within lifesaving or daily life. Both are pivotal members of the club and are missed if they can’t attend for a week.

To start a club, teach lifesavers and to be so well liked and respected by club members for 43 years is a major achievement and the club would not be what it is today without Brian and Shirley Wiltshaw.

All the images from the evening can be found on our facebook page

For more information on the Everybody Awards and to nominate for 2018 visit 


Notes to Editor

Everybody Sport & Recreation – Everybody is a charitable trust established to run public leisure services in the Cheshire East area. The trust aims to provide ‘leisure for life’ by changing lives through healthy recreation. The charity operates 15 leisure facilities as well as leisure development and outreach programmes and the new Everybody Academy, providing local training and career opportunities. For more information please visit: or follow on Twitter @ebleisure

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