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New High Sherrif makes first community visit to Macclesfield

The High Sheriff of Cheshire chose a project in Macclesfield for his first community visit since taking office. John Lea went to see a new bike shed scheme, run by Cre8, a charity working with young people on the Moss Estate.

The High Sheriff of Cheshire chose a project in Macclesfield for his first community visit since taking office. 

John Lea went to see a new bike shed scheme, run by Cre8, a charity working with young people on the Moss Estate.

Cre8 has been running a bike programme, where young people can use one of the charity's fleet of mountain bikes and go on organised rides, for over three years.

However  Mr Lea was keen to see their latest innovation, a drop-in session for people to come and fix their bikes.

On Saturdays, young people can use the facilities and expertise at the bike shed to repair their own bike or refurbish a second hand bike, donated to the charity, which they can keep and take home.

The scheme is backed by the charity Crimebeat, Cheshire Peaks and Plains housing trust and Cheshire East Council.

Jonathan Aitken, from Cre8, said: “Young people were often come to us asking for help to repair their broken bikes to use them on the new tracks opened in the local parks and on the growing number of routes in the Macclesfield

“We provide the space and the means for them to do that.

“To have a senior figure like the High Sheriff come down and see what we're doing was great.

“He was able to look around the bike shed, meet the staff and some of the young people involved in it.”

 Mr Lea said: “I was invited to go along and was delighted to do so.

“I thought it was absolutely fantastic.

“They're doing a tremendous job and deserve all the support they can get.”

 The High Sheriff is the oldest secular office the land, although it is now largely ceremonial. 

Crewe businessman Mr Lea took over from Diana Barbour in April.

 

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