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A ‘Hell’ of a half marathon…! 

RAG fundraising for North West Cancer Research is well underway! The latest charity feat saw 14 members of staff complete HellRunner the “UK’s toughest half marathon”


Students and staff go the extra mile for British Heart Foundation


Students and staff from across the college put on their running shoes to take part in a marathon fundraising challenge for the British Heart Foundation. The ‘My Marathon’ challenge encouraged participants to run the distance of a marathon (26.2 miles) throughout May.

Team Reaseheath, who consisted of 33 students and staff completed an impressive 864.67 miles (33 marathons) between them and raised £949.22 to add to the college’s RAG (Raising and Giving) total.

There were some particularly impressive performances from animal management staff who covered the most distance as a team IT technician Phil Ball completed 4 marathons in 4 weeks, which I think you will agree is an incredible effort. Equine students had a first year vs second year battle (I believe the second years were victorious).

A huge thanks to all who took part and have helped raise an incredible total for the British Heart Foundation.

Sarah Ruff
College Sports Maker


Read the latest issue of Coverage

Welcome to the latest issue of Coverage, Reaseheath’s student magazine. This magazine is written by students for the students.

In this issue we bring you lots of exciting information on the Student Association’s fundraising efforts for our RAG (Raising and Giving) charity, Macmillan Cancer Support as well as information about the upcoming summer ball.

Hope you enjoy!


Members of last year's Student Association helping at the 2014 event

Reaseheath Student Association set to support Holly Holy Day

By Astra-Louise Drakeley, Student Liaison Officer

Reaseheath College and the Student Association (SA) have been invited to attend and assist steward the traditional celebration of Holly Holy Day. This will be taking place in Nantwich on Saturday 24th January 2015.

Members of last year's Student Association helping at the 2014 event

Members of last year’s Student Association helping at the 2014 event

The SA have supported this event for over 5 years and in return for their support this year they will receive a £150 donation towards this year’s RAG charity, Macmillan Cancer Support.

This annual event commemorates the Battle of Nantwich in January 1644, and the lifting of a 6 week siege of the town during the Civil War.

As always soldiers from the Sealed Knot, dressed and equipped in authentic civil war attire, will parade down Welsh Row and into the town centre. Here they will parade outside St Mary’s Church in the main square, and wreaths will be laid in honour of those who fell in the battle.

There will also be a lively re-enactment of the battle by Sealed Knot members on Mill Island, adjacent to the town centre. This is usually a thrilling and popular spectacle, with cannon fire as well as hand to hand ‘fighting’!

Several members of the SA will be willingly helping out at this historic local event and you could too! Contact Rob Sparkes, Astra Drakeley or Jared Erskine (Student Services) for more information on how to get involved.

Student President Rob Sparkes addresses students at the annual student Winter Ball

Student president festive round-up

By Rob Sparkes, Student Association President

blog photoIt’s been a very successful term for the Reaseheath Student Association (SA). This is the first year that the SA teamed up as the Fresher Crew – welcoming new students to the College at the start of the academic year. We’ve had some great feedback from students and I really hope you’ve all settled in to life at Reaseheath!

Please keep up your feedback to the SA – so far it has helped us arrange some amazing events, including a brilliant turnout for the remembrance service held on campus.

It’s been a great term for fundraising – we’ve reached the £5000 mark this term for our RAG (Raising and Giving) charity, Macmillan Cancer Support and raised a further £3000 for The Royal British Legion.

Student President Rob Sparkes addresses students at the annual student Winter Ball

Student President Rob Sparkes addresses students and staff at the annual Winter Ball

All these achievements are because of you guys, the students –  so a big thank you to everyone who has volunteered their time, donated money and attended the socials this year!  I hope you all continue to enjoy your time at Reaseheath.

A further thank you to our Principal Meredydd and the senior management team for their continued support and advice.

Also, thank you to Astra, Lionel, Debs, Ali, Mark, Greg, Jared, Andy and all Safeguarding Officers, for the help throughout the year and their involvement in everything we do.

Hope you all have a great Christmas and a happy new year.

Enjoy and make the most of your Christmas break, have fun and stay safe!!


Macmillan Chester Takeover

Fantastic fundraising efforts for RAG

By Astra-Louise Drakeley, Student Liaison Officer 

Proactive fundraisers from the Reaseheath have raised over £5000 so far for this year’s RAG (Raising and Giving) charity Macmillan Cancer Support.

Reaseheath Student Association (SA) and RAG committee have hosted a number of fundraising events this term including a minion social, where volunteers offered a face painting service in return for a RAG donation.

Students also participated in the recent Macmillan ‘Chester Takeover’ and have been working in partnership with local businesses such as The Studio, Nantwich and Crewe Honda to further bolster donations.

Macmillan Chester Takeover

RAG fundraising with Crewe Honda

The next fundraising event on the RAG calendar is on Thursday 11th December, where the SA will be encouraging students and staff to ‘Go Green For Macmillan’, by dressing in green for the day. Go Green For Macmillan will lead into the RAG ‘Grinch’ student social event taking place during the evening.

Lots more activities and events are in the pipeline to continue the RAG fundraising momentum. The 24hr Staff vs Students Three Peaks Challenge will take place 18th – 19th April 2015, following with the annual programme of events for RAG Week 20th – 26th April 2015.

Watch this space for the next RAG update, in the meantime take a look at the Reaseheath Student Association Facebook page for the latest news, events and photos from the socials!

Meredydd David

Welcome to Reaseheath

Dear students

First and foremost I’d like to welcome you all to Reaseheath. I hope that you are enjoying your first term here with us.

Beginning life at college or university can be both an exciting and anxious time. Many students settle in well, however some of you who are living in at college may find that you are having difficulty adapting to your new environment. If you do find yourself missing the comforts of home, talk to your course tutor or the Student Welfare team as they will be able to offer you support.

I’m very pleased to say that you have a fantastic Student Association team in post for the year ahead. Part of their job is to work alongside Student Services to make your time at Reaseheath a positive and enjoyable experience.

I have been meeting with the Student Association each month to keep up to date with the views and opinions of our students. The ‘student voice’ is really important to us as a college. It helps us to ensure that the management decisions we make are informed and influenced by our students. Please make your views heard through your Course Representatives and members of the Student Association.

Hopefully you have made lots of new friends during Freshers’ Week and over the first term. There will be plenty of student events and activities taking place over this academic year for you to take part in, with many opportunities to meet new people.

Many of the events taking place across college will be in aid of our nominated RAG (Raising and Giving) charity. I’m very pleased that the Student Association have chosen Macmillan Cancer Support as this year’s RAG charity. Please get behind all of the activities planned over the coming year and support the College in raising funds for such a worthy cause.

The end of term is fast approaching with all students finishing for Christmas on Thursday 18th December. This year we will continue the festive tradition by celebrating the end of term with a Christmas Ball on Tuesday 16th December. This year’s theme has been decided and you won’t be disappointed!

Meredydd David