Alsager shown within Cheshire
Population 12,578  OS grid reference - London 144 mi (231 km) SE Parish Alsager Unitary authority Cheshire East Ceremonial county Cheshire Region North West Country England Sovereign state United Kingdom Post town STOKE-ON-TRENT Postcode district ST7 Dialling code 01270 Police Cheshire Fire Cheshire Ambulance North West EU Parliament North West England UK Parliament Congleton List of places: UK • England • Cheshire
Alsager is a town and civil parish in the unitary authority of Cheshire East and the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England, to the north-west of the city of Stoke-on-Trent, and east of the railway town of Crewe. The town has a population of 12,578, Going clockwise, starting from the north, the civil parish is bordered by the parishes of Betchton to the north, Church Lawton to the north-east and east, Kidsgrove in Staffordshire to the south-east, Audley Rural, in Staffordshire to the south, Barthomley to the south-west, Haslington to the west, and Hassall to the north-west.
In the centre of Alsager is the lake, Alsager Mere. This isolated pool, once the focal point of the town, is only accessible by two fenced public viewing areas and by local residents who have gardens adjoining the waters.
Alsager hosts an annual Summer Carnival.
In the summer of 2007 Alsager was awarded Fairtrade Town status by the Fairtrade Foundation.
The Church Lawton Barrows form part of a significant Bronze Age site near the town, though in the neighbouring civil parish and village of Church Lawton. Alsager ('Eleacier' in the Domesday Book) was a small farming village until the 19th century when due to its rail connections and rural character, it became a home of choice for pottery works managers from the nearby Federation of Six Towns which later became the city of Stoke-on-Trent. During the Second World War, a large armaments factory was built outside the town at Radway Green, and it was expanded dramatically to house the influx of factory workers.
The Roman Catholic community is served from St Gabriel's Church. The parish is located in the Diocese of Shrewsbury (Central Cheshire Region – Local Pastoral Area 9).
Art and architecture
Formerly housed on the Manchester Metropolitan University's campus, Alsager Arts Centre had an acclaimed public programme of touring new performance and visual art work presented in two intensive seasons – September to November and January to March. But the centre has now moved to the university's Crewe campus, as its Alsager site is closing.
In August 2010 Alsager hosted the first annual Alsager Arts Festival.
Artist James Lloyd was born in the town.
Alsager is close to junction 16 of the M6 motorway, and is served by Alsager railway station on the Crewe to Derby line. Buses (the number 20) run to Crewe twice an hour and Hanley every 20 minutes. Regional Route 70 passes to the west of the town. The 78 bus service links Alsager with Sandbach, Congleton and Rode Heath.
The Trent and Mersey Canal runs just to the north-east to the town, forming part of the Cheshire Ring Canal Walk and the South Cheshire Way footpath. The canal's towpath and the nearby 'Salt Line' are also routes of the National Cycle Network.
Alsager is home to Alsager Town F.C., Alsager Bank Corner FC, Alsager Cricket Club, the Alsager Golf and Country Club, the Alsager Institute Bowling Club, the Alsager Company of Archers and Triton Hockey Club.
It also has a number of youth teams in the 'lads'n'dads' league. The English Cycling Team is based on the MMU campus. There is a thriving pool league. There is a swimming club. The MMU Sport Science Department is highly regarded and the Italian and Portuguese Football Teams trained there during the 1996 European Football Championship.
There is a leisure centre within Alsager, this is managed by Cheshire East Council.
Alsager also hosts the UK's biggest 5 Mile Road Race each year in February. The event attracts many of the UK's top endurance athletes.
Pastimes and leisure pursuits
Alsager has several parks. The town's main park is Milton Garden, which has an ornamental sunken garden, a skatepark and a play area.
Manchester Metropolitan University
Alsager was home to the Contemporary Arts and Sports Science Departments of the Manchester Metropolitan University. The University absorbed the former Crewe & Alsager College of Higher Education, forming the Crewe and Alsager Faculty, now renamed MMU Cheshire. The Alsager Arts Centre was also on campus, and promoted touring contemporary dance, music, theatre, live art, performance writing and visual art events to the public as well as members of the University community.
The university has been transferring staff and departments from Alsager to the Crewe campus since 2006 and with the entire Alsager site due to close before 2011. The Arts Centre has also moved to the MMU campus in Crewe, and has been renamed the Axis Arts Centre.
The campus on Hassall Road has been earmarked for a total of 300 houses, office space and a retail development, including shops, restaurants and financial services. Under current proposals, no more than 150 houses would be built before 2011, with the remaining 150 built between 2011 and 2014.
Public education, at primary and secondary school level, is managed by Cheshire East Council and the Alsager Community Trust. The Alsager Community Trust is a Co-Operative trust, in which all the schools in the town are members. Secondary education is provided by Alsager School, a foundation school, that is situated opposite the Manchester Metropolitan University campus. It is attended by over 1,300 pupils between the ages of 11 and 18. Alsager School is a Business and Enterprise College.
Six primary schools feed into Alsager School: Alsager Highfields, Cranberry Primary School, Excalibur Primary School, Pikemere School, Rode Heath School and St Gabriel's R.C. Primary School.
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