THE Foden's Richardson Band from Sandbach has received a cash boost to the tune of £5,000.
It has been rewarded by Congleton Borough Council for its triumph in winning the 2004 National British Band's Championships.
The money was presented by Congleton Borough mayor Neville Price and the council's public services director David Dingle at a presentation evening to acknowledge the band's achievements.
The council decided to provide the cash injection after the band lost its main sponsor.
Cllr Price said: 'I am delighted to present the band with this cheque because it is one of the top tourism attractions of the borough.'
The presentation evening was held at the Flowcrete premises in Elworth, and Cllr Price presented each band member with a silver engraved hip flask.
BUOYANT Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council has become the first planning authority in the North West, and one of the first 10 in the country, to get Government approval for its plan of action for the next three years.
The new Planning Act, which came into force in September, requires councils to inform communities what policies are in force in their area and what work will be carried out in the next three years.
The Local Development Scheme, which sets out this information, can be inspected at council offices and will be available on the website.
Borough council portfolio holder for the local economy, Cllr Steve Hogben, said: 'We are very pleased to have been the trailblazers for the North West region.'
PLANNING permission is being sought for a two-storey, two-bedroom detached worker's dwelling at Spark Lane Nursery, Congleton Road, Arclid, by Mr B Littler. Congleton Borough Council is considering the request.