Pledge en­riches ca­reer op­tions

Macclesfield Express - - BEFORE THE BENCH - KAREN BRIT­TON

MORE than 1,000 young peo­ple and their par­ents at­tended the launch of a new pro­ject aimed at get­ting them into work.

Stu­dents from schools across town at­tended Mac­cles­field Town Hall to join Mac­cles­field Pledge.

Nearly 90 busi­nesses and or­gan­i­sa­tions have signed up to the pledge, which prom­ises to give ev­ery young per­son in Mac­cles­field the chance to learn new skills and have a job or fur­ther train­ing.

The or­gan­i­sa­tions are of­fer­ing train­ing, work place­ments, ap­pren­tice­ships, sup­port and ad­vice while busi­nesses get en­thu­si­as­tic young em­ploy­ees of the fu­ture.

Cheshire East Mayor, coun­cil­lor Hilda Gad­dum, and Mac­cles­field Town mayor, coun­cil­lor Liz Durham, wel­comed pupils and staff from sec­ondary schools, sixth forms, col­leges and nearby univer­si­ties.

Af­ter the launch cer­e­mony the first Your Fu­tures ca­reers fair was held, where stu­dents met rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the busi­nesses.

For­mer head­teacher Trevor Langston, who is lead­ing the Mac­cles­field Pledge, said: “It was great to see so many part­ners com­ing to­gether to work in col­lab­o­ra­tion.

“I can’t wait to get started in re­ally help­ing young peo­ple and busi­nesses in the town.

“A plan­ning meet­ing for in­ter­ested busi­nesses and ed­u­ca­tional providers to draw up the menu for the com­ing 12 months will be held on March 9.”

Or­gan­is­ers say feed­back from or­gan­i­sa­tions and ed­u­ca­tors has been pos­i­tive.

Stephanie Allen of Mac­cles­field Col­lege said: “The Your Fu­tures ca­reers fair was a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for all com­pa­nies, col­leges and schools to net­work to­gether and en­cour­age young peo­ple to ex­plore new ca­reer paths.

“I was also very proud of our stu­dents who pro­vided fan­tas­tic cater­ing and front of house sup­port to the fair.”

Manny Botwe, head­teacher at Tyther­ing­ton School, said: “The Mac­cles­field Pledge ca­reers fair was bril­liant. Our stu­dents came back ab­so­lutely buzzing.”

Busi­nesses hop­ing to get in­volved or par­ents and stu­dents want­ing to know more should con­tact Trevor Langston at South Cheshire Cham­ber on 01270 504700 or email trevor.langston@sccci.co. uk.

Al­ter­na­tively, like the Face­book page for Mac­cles­field Pledge or fol­low on Twit­ter @Mac­cPledge. RE­CENT cases from South and East Cheshire mag­is­trates court: ●● MATTHEW Kevin Gib­son, 28, of By­ron’s Lane, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted as­sault by beat­ing and crim­i­nal dam­age. He was jailed for 16 weeks. ●● JOANNE Louise Smith, 29, of Beech Lane, Mac­cles­field, ap­peared in court charged with shoplift­ing and per­vert­ing the course of jus­tice. She was re­manded to ap­pear at Ch­ester Crown Court on Fe­bru­ary 10. ●● BENE­DICTO Hon­rado Perez, 39, of Cather­ine Street, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted as­sault by beat­ing. He was or­dered to do 60 hours un­paid work, or­dered to pay £60, and given a re­strain­ing or­dered pre­vent­ing him from con­tact­ing his vic­tim for two years. ●● DAVID Charles Bam­ford, 53, of Hayle Close, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted as­sault by beat­ing. He was bailed to at­tend court on May 3 for a new­ton hear­ing on the is­sues. ●● CHRISTO­PHER Craig Haslam, 34, of Gawsworth Road, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted two charges of theft and breach­ing a sus­pended sen­tence. He was jailed for 14 weeks. ●● CAROL Fawkner, 51, of Rut­land Road, Mac­cles­field, de­nied dis­hon­estly fail­ing to no­tify the Depart­ment for Work and Pen­sions about a change of cir­cum­stances which she knew would af­fect her Dis­abil­ity Liv­ing Al­lowance en­ti­tle­ment, namely that there had been an im­prove­ment in her mo­bil­ity re­stric­tions and a re­duc­tion in her care needs. She was bailed to at­tend court on April 28 for trial. ●● BEN An­drew Mel­lor, 36, of Keats Drive, Mac­cles­field, de­nied driv­ing with­out care and at­ten­tion, wil­fully ob­struct­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer and re­sist­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer. He was bailed to court on May 19 for trial. ●● LEIGH Alan Welch, 42, of Brook­field Lane, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted drink driv­ing and fail­ing to stop af­ter an ac­ci­dent. He was or­dered to com­plete 100 hours un­paid work and banned from driv­ing for 26 months. ●● SI­MON An­drew Tallen, 30, of West Street, Con­gle­ton, ad­mit­ted three charges of as­sault in Mac­cles­field, crim­i­nal dam­age and as­sault­ing a PC. He was given a 16 week prison sen­tence sus­pended for 12 months with su­per­vi­sion. He was also fined £310 and or­dered to pay his vic­tims £250 com­pen­sa­tion. ●● CHARLES Do­herty, 31, of Peel Street, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted de­stroy­ing a po­lice codes of prac­tice book. He was fined £80. ●● JOHN Whit­more, 20, of Peel Street, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted pos­ses­sion of two wraps of cannabis and driv­ing with­out in­sur­ance or a li­cence. He was fined £80 and was banned from driv­ing for 12 months. ●● JANE Pot­ter, 56, of Brown Street, Mac­cles­field, de­nied as­sault and ha­rass­ment. She was bailed to May 3 for trial. ●● GE­OR­GIA Mercedes Hussey, 23, of Church Farm, Con­gle­ton Road, Mar­ton, ad­mit­ted drug driv­ing. She was fined £120 and banned for 12 months. ●● EMMA Louise Green­wood, 23, of Bryn­more Drive, ad­mit­ted as­sault by beat­ing. She was given a 12 month con­di­tional dis­charge. ●● KELVIN Alan Barsted, 27, of Pen­nine Court, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted as­sault by beat­ing. He was bailed to Fe­bru­ary 16 for sen­tence. ●● EMMA May Belcher, 38, of Ni­chol­son Av­enue, Mac­cles­field, de­nied two charges of as­sault by beat­ing. She was bailed to Fe­bru­ary 23 for trial. ●● MICHAEL An­drew Howarth, 39, of Mill Lane, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted theft of a Blue­tooth speaker, two charges of crim­i­nal dam­age, re­sist­ing ar­rest and breach of con­di­tional dis­charge or­der. The of­fences breached a sus­pended prison sen­tence. He was re­manded in cus­tody to Ch­ester Crown Court on Fe­bru­ary 17 for sen­tence. ●● JAMES Lee Carey, 23, of Din­gle Lane, Rush­ton Spencer, ad­mit­ted drink­ing driv­ing. He was given 90 hours un­paid work and banned from driv­ing for 42 months. ●● JOSHUA Keith Hap­per, 22, of St Ed­ward’s Close, Mac­cles­field, ap­peared on four charges of theft, two charges of bur­glary, as­sault and a crim­i­nal dam­age. He was re­manded in cus­tody to ap­pear at Ch­ester Crown Court on Fe­bru­ary 18. ●● DAR­REN Keith Seager, 31, of Queens Av­enue, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted three charges of as­sault by beat­ing. He was given a 16 week prison sen­tence sus­pended for 18 months. He was also or­dered to com­plete 100 hours un­paid work and given a re­strain­ing or­der ban­ning him from con­tact­ing his vic­tim for two years. He must also pay £150 com­pen­sa­tion. ●● JANE Mary Marie Beresford, 43, of Swet­ten­ham Street, Mac­cles­field, ap­peared in court charged with rob­bery. She was bailed to Ch­ester Crown Court on Fe­bru­ary 19. ●● CAMERON James Poole, 18, of Knutsford Road, Chelford, has ap­peared in court charged with pos­ses­sion with in­tent to sup­ply cannabis, pos­ses­sion of cannabis, drug driv­ing and dan­ger­ous driv­ing. He was bailed to Ch­ester Crown Court on Fe­bru­ary 19. ●● STEPHEN An­drew Hem­pen­stall, 34, of no fixed abode, and Martin John Smith, 32, of Clyde Road, Stock­port, both ap­peared in court charged with bur­glary in Adling­ton on Jan­uary 22. Both were re­manded in cus­tody to ap­pear at Ch­ester Crown Court on Fe­bru­ary 22. ●● ES­THER Louise Hod­son, 41, of Suf­folk Close, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted steal­ing lager. She was given a con­di­tional dis­charge for six months and or­dered to pay £7 com­pen­sa­tion. ●● DANIEL Lloyd Jervis, of Nurs­ery Lane, Nether Alder­ley, was found guilty of as­sault by beat­ing. He was given 100 hours un­paid work. ●● JACK Steven­son, 26, of Stonemill Court, Bolling­ton, de­nied drug driv­ing with cannabis in his sys­tem. He was bailed to court on May 24 for trial. ●● PERCY New­ton, 84, of Cop­per Street, Mac­cles­field, de­nied sex­ual touch­ing of a woman. He was bailed to ap­pear at court on Fe­bru­ary 23. ●● CARL Alan Sefton, 23, care of Maple Av­enue, Mac­cles­field, was found guilty of an as­sault by beat­ing. He was or­dered to carry out 150 hours un­paid work and was given a re­strain­ing or­der pre­vent­ing from con­tact­ing his vic­tim for two years. He was also told to pay £250 com­pen­sa­tion. ●● JAKE Rayner, 23, of Bir­tles Lane, Over Alder­ley, de­nied drug driv­ing with cannabis in his sys­tem. He was bailed to court on Fe­bru­ary 22 for a case man­age­ment hear­ing. ●● JAKE Bow­ers, 26, of Brown Street, Mac­cles­field, has ap­peared in court on four charges of as­sault by beat­ing. He was bailed to ap­peal at Ch­ester Crown Court on Fe­bru­ary 23.

●● The launch of the Mac­cles­field Pledge at Mac­cles­field Town Hall

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