26 Oct 2022

Caddick Construction help to marshall up fund-raising to help save Wistaston community parade

 Caddick Construction help to marshall up fund-raising to help save Wistaston community parade

Caddick Construction, currently building a new three-storey office for Radius Payment Solutions at Arden Square on Crewe Business Park, has sponsored a training event for local community volunteers.

The Caddick team has agreed to support Wistaston Community Council (WCC) by arranging and funding NRSWA Streetworks’ training for the volunteer traffic marshals, securing the future of the village processions, which has been a well-loved feature of village life for more than 40 years.

WCC is a local volunteer fund-raising group which organises local events, including the village fete and a quarterly village magazine. All proceeds are used to support local good causes, local groups and charities working in the community.

The group was originally founded to mark the late Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977 and has been running two local processions for more than 40 years. However, in 2015 health & safety requirements changed, meaning the short road closure for the parades could only be put in place by suitably qualified people, such as a professional traffic management company. This proved to be unaffordable, costing more than the event was raising.

Fortunately, two of the volunteers agreed to undertake the necessary training and marshal the events but that training expired during the Covid pandemic so WCC was again faced with the same dilemma of using a professional traffic management company or funding the re-training itself.

Luckily, when the Caddick team heard about the dilemma they stepped in to arrange and fund the training.

Richard Chaplow, Chair of Wistaston Community Council, said:

“We are delighted by this exceptional support from the Caddick team, which will enable us to continue running the very popular Rose Queen and Lantern parades, which have been enjoyed by two generations of local families. The help in organising the training and paying for it is hugely appreciated. Professional traffic management costs in the region of £750 per event, which wouldn’t be feasible for us. Thanks to the help of the volunteer traffic marshals this support from Caddick will actually be worth over £7,500 to us over the 5-years the marshals are now qualified for, so is hugely significant for us.”

Nick Holliday, Caddick’s Project Manager for the Radius Payment Solutions project, added:

“It’s great that we can offer much-needed assistance to a local initiative by supporting the Wistaston team and funding the Streetworks’ qualification. It has ensured that the Community Council can continue to deliver its fund-raising events which passes on huge benefits to the local community.”

Radius appointed Caddick Construction to deliver its new £14.6m facility, which will provide 41,043 sq. ft office space as well as 128 parking spaces, 25 of which will have electric vehicle chargers installed and operated by the Radius’s fast-growing e-mobility business.

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