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New trader at Knutsford Market Hall

Knutsford Market Hall has welcomed its newest trader, Serendipity.  Serendipity begun trading at the Market Hall at the end of June.

Visitors to the Market Hall won’t miss Serendipity’s huge range of affordable gifts.  The range includes beautiful vases and ornaments for the home as well as more ‘quirky’ items suitable as gifts for friends and family.   Price is key, and this impressive range is competitively priced. Knutsford Market Hall traders like to offer a high-level customer service and Serendipity is no exception with owner Tom Hughes happy to pre-order and deliver direct to the customer.

Sandra Curties, Town Centre Manager for Knutsford Town Council said, “It is great to be able to provide a space for Tom’s business and I hope that it helps draw more visitors to our little gem of a Market Hall”.

Knutsford Market Hall is open every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 8am to 4pm. Shoppers at Knutsford Market can find everything for dinner from wines, women’s clothing, fruit and veg and a great range of meat, poultry and fish.

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Front Garden Competition Launched

With the RHS Tatton flower show fast approaching and the North West in Bloom judges coming to town in July, Knutsford Town Council is launching a ‘Front Garden Competition’. The Council is asking for members of the public to come forward with nominations of gardens which have caught their eye and brightened their day, perhaps on their daily commute to work, on the way to the shops, or from a window at home or work. 

Nominations can be any garden which is on view to members of the public and can include anything from window boxes to larger landscaped gardens. Depending on the number of entries, the entries will be categorised, and judges will tour the finalists in July to select the winners, who will receive a prize donated by Fryer’s Garden Centre.

To submit an entry to the competition, please send a photo of the garden and its address along with your details to sarah.morgan@knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk by Friday 20th July. Entries may also be submitted directly to the Council Offices on Toft Road.

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Second Music Festival declared a success

Months of preparation, glorious sunshine and the support of a BBC broadcaster helped make Knutsford Music Festival a big success at the weekend.

Knutsford Town Council hosted the event for the second year with more than 40 events in 18 venues.

Headliner Miles Hunt performed at The Courthouse on Saturday which had people off their seats and dancing before the end of the show.

The 200-year-old former crown court was a new venue for the festival which has recently been transformed into a restaurant, hotel and community function space.

Meanwhile, Mark Radcliffe hosted three folk nights and even performed himself at Knutsford’s Little Theatre to packed crowds.

The Radio 2 and 6 Music DJ usually presents the BBC’s Glastonbury coverage during the festival but was able to lend his support due to Glastonbury’s ‘fallow year’.

He brought a number of BBC Folk Award winners and nominees to the town including Mike McGoldrick, Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar and Pilgrims’ Way.

Mark said: “We had three nights of amazing music and copious imbibing of session ale at the Little Theatre and I feel proud of what we achieved.

“I want to thank everyone at the theatre, all the council staff and volunteers who helped so much, all the artists who appeared for reduced fees.

“But mostly to the people of Knutsford who came out and supported us as we try to build live music as part of what the town has to offer.”

Also new for 2018 was family friendly music activities on The Moor including an eclectic range of acoustic performances, drumming workshops and a singalong with Elsa from Disney’s Frozen which was well attended in the sunshine.

On top of that there was a blues night with the acclaimed duo Mat Walklate and Tom Attah and classical and choral performances including an evening with Halle Brass as part of Knutsford Music Festival’s emphasis on providing something for everybody.

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Academy Students film Market Hall

A group of Year 12 media students from Knutsford Academy visited Knutsford Market Hall on Friday to film ‘a typical afternoon’ at the market.

The idea behind the filming was two-fold: firstly, to have an historical archive of Knutsford Market Hall as it is now (pending the potential re-development) and for Knutsford Town Council to have promotional videos of each trader that can be used across multimedia platforms.

Sandra Curties, Knutsford Town Council’s Town Centre Manager visited the school earlier in the month and briefed the students on what was required.  The students then worked together to film the market, before putting each trader at so they were ready for the one-to-one filming.

Gareth Barker, Media Teacher at the Academy said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for our Year 12 Media students to have some hands-on experience and produce something worthwhile for our local community”.   

Helena Searle, one of the student commented, “This project has been a real eye opener to both the practicalities of filming and the importance of engaging with your audience”.

The finished films will be used across the Market Hall’s social media accounts and website in the coming months.

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Town Mayor Launches Summer BBQ

Cllr Peter Coan, Mayor of Knutsford today launched his first fundraising event a “Fundraising Summer BBQ” which will take place in the evening of Friday 6th July.  The Market Café will be providing delicious BBQ food, salads and desserts.  The event will be held on the gardens next to the Council Offices on Toft Road. 

Tickets are priced at £20 per person.  A cash bar will be available on the night.  All proceeds raised go to support the Mayor’s local charities: Friends of the Moor, Knutsford Community First Responder Trust, The Welcome and Knutsford Heritage Centre.

For more information visit: https://www.knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk/council/town-mayor/fundraising or contact the Mayor’s PA Annabel Irvine: 01565 653 929; Annabel.irvine@knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk.

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Audit and Accounts Published

ACCOUNTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2018


Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 Sections 26 and 27

The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234)

  1. Date of announcement 31/05/2018
  2. Each year the smaller authority’s Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) needs to be reviewed by an external auditor appointed by Smaller Authorities’ Audit Appointments Ltd. The unaudited AGAR has been published with this notice. As it has yet to be reviewed by the appointed auditor, it is subject to change as a result of that review.

Any person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of the accounting records for the financial year to which the audit relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other documents relating to those records must be made available for inspection by any person interested. For the year ended 31 March 2018, these documents will be available on reasonable notice by application to:

Adam Keppel-Green, Town Clerk, Council Offices, Toft Road, Knutsford, WA16 6TA

commencing on (c) Monday 4 June 2018

and ending on (d) Friday 13 July 2018

  1. Local government electors and their representatives also have
  2. a) The opportunity to question the appointed auditor about the accounting records; and
  3. b) The right to make an objection which concerns a matter in respect of which the appointed auditor could either make a public interest report or apply to the court for a declaration that an item of account is unlawful. Written notice of an objection must first be given to the auditor and a copy sent to the smaller authority.

The appointed auditor can be contacted at the address in paragraph 4 below for this purpose between the above dates only.

  1. The smaller authority’s AGAR is subject to review by the appointed auditor under the provisions of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 and the NAO’s Code of Audit Practice 2015. The appointed auditor is:

PKF Littlejohn LLP (Ref: SBA Team), 1 Westferry Circus, Canary Wharf, London E14 4HD,
(sba@pkf-littlejohn.com)

5. This announcement is made by the Town Clerk 

VIEW THE ANNUAL RETURN

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Neighbourhood Plan Reaches key Milestone

 

Cllr Peter Coan studying the draft plan

Knutsford’s journey to a Neighbourhood Plan has made a leap forward as the first full draft plan has been published by the Town Council for public consultation.

The draft plan is the culmination of hundreds of hours of work by councillors and volunteers from the community who have been working on the plan since 2014. The plan deals with a range of land use issues in Knutsford across core themes spanning everything from traffic and education to housing and sports.

Monday (21st May) saw the start of the formal regulation 14 consultation on the draft plan and residents, local businesses and other stakeholders are invited to review the plan and provide feedback. The plan, and a suite of supporting documents and evidence, can be found online at www.knutsfordnp.org.uk.

To support the consultation the Town Council has produced an eight-page summary document which is being delivered to every home in Knutsford by a team of volunteers as well as a series of supporting events.

The Town Council is hosting three themed events which will examine different areas of the plan in detail. The events, at Knutsford Methodist Church from 7pm to 9pm over the next three weeks, offer an opportunity to hear about aspects of the plan and discuss issues with the council’s planning advisers, Urban Imprint.

 

Weds 30th May Supporting Infrastructure Focus on Transport, Sports and Leisure, Health, Community and Education

 

Weds 6th June Creating Places Focus on Design, Heritage, Environment, Open Spaces and the Town Centre

 

Thurs 14th June Meeting Local Needs Focus on Housing and Employment

 

Chairman of the Neighbourhood Plan Committee, Cllr Stewart Gardiner, is encouraging all residents to engage in the consultation process as he said “It is your chance to help preserve the character of our historic Town, whilst ensuring that any new developments seek to compliment all that Knutsford offers the residents of today, whilst helping to meet the aspirations of the current younger generation and those to come”

Hard copies of the Draft Neighbourhood Plan can be accessed at the Library, Council Offices, Market Hall and Welcome Café. The consultation runs until Monday 2nd July.

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Cllr Peter Coan elected Town Mayor

At the annual ‘Mayor Making’ ceremony on Monday 14th May 2018 the Town Council elected Cllr Peter Coan as Mayor of Knutsford for the ensuing year with Cllr Andrew Malloy being elected as Deputy Mayor.

Cllr Peter Coan has been a member of the Town Council for the last 12 years and served as Mayor in 2010.  In addition to chairing Full Council meetings, the Mayor represents the Town at a variety of events both in Knutsford and the surrounding areas.  Peter is a retired Firefighter from Cheshire Fire Service and served as Deputy to outgoing Mayor Cllr Neil Forbes.

The Mayor has nominated four local charities/good causes to support with his fundraising events which will run throughout the year:  Knutsford Heritage Centre, The Welcome Café, Friends of the Moor and Knutsford Community First Responder Trust.  His first event will be a BBQ on Thursday 5th July at the Council Offices.

Cllr Coan said “I’m looking forward to seeing all our council’s latest initiatives come to fruition including the Centennial war memorial, the new market hall and the refurbishment of our cemetery chapel. I look forward to the new and improved community use of our council office building, the improved support to local businesses that our specialist Town Centre Manager will provide, and, of course, our fabulous music festival next month.”

The Mayor will be supported by his wife Ann as Mayoress.  Cllr Coan has chosen Air Cadet Max Risley as his Mayor’s Cadet for his term.  The Cadet will represent the Mayor and the Town at Civic Functions including Civic Sunday on Sunday 8 July and Remembrance Sunday. 

Revd Rob Cotton was appointed as Mayor’s Chaplain and will lead the Civic Service at Knutsford Methodist Church on 8 July. 

For more information or to invite the Mayor to one of your events or functions please contact the Mayor’s PA Annabel Irvine on 01565 653 929 or email Annabel.irvine@knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk.

Last year the Mayor or Deputy Mayor attended over 100 events in the local area for a variety of community organisations, charities, businesses etc.

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Love Your Local Market

Knutsford Market Hall will be celebrating Love your Local Market Week which starts this Thursday 17th May and runs for two weeks.

Knutsford Market Hall will launch the fortnight with ‘Taste Thursday’ on 17th May.  Visitors to Knutsford, residents and businesses will be able to enjoy samples from many of the traders: Alan’s Fruit and Veg, Edwards & Emmess Butchers, Morgan Edwards Fine Wines, The Market Café and Mike’s Poultry and Provisions.  Style Loft Boutique and Dave’s Balloons and Greeting cards will also be offering discounts for shoppers.

There will be a surprise or two over the Royal Wedding weekend with maybe even a “Royal visitor” or two.

The following week there will be envelopes hidden around Knutsford containing a voucher from the market hall.  This voucher can then be redeemed for a variety of goods; a punnet of strawberries, a greeting card, cappuccino or even a chicken! Shoppers are asked to keep their eyes peeled at all times!  A children’s face painter will be in residence on Saturday 26th May.  So, if you are shopping in the market that day with children, you know they will be kept amused.  Sandra Curties, Town Centre Manager, said “Knutsford Market Hall is looking forward to Love your Local Market Week.  Whether you are a regular market shopper or not visited before, please come and say hello.  The Market Hall is a hidden gem within Knutsford brimming with local produce and a customer service ethos that is second to none.”

Knutsford Market Hall is open every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 8am to 4pm. Shoppers at Knutsford Market can find everything for dinner from, fruit and veg and a great range of meat, poultry and fish.

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Shop Saturday

This Saturday 12th May will see shoppers visiting Knutsford able to enjoy free parking at Silk Mill Street, Princess Street and King Street car parks from 10 a.m.

Sandra Curties, Knutsford Town Centre Manager, said, “Free parking for the day will encourage shoppers to ‘stay and spend’ and enjoy everything Knutsford has to offer – boutiques, restaurants, cafes as well as our lovely green spaces such as The Moor and The Heath.  Shoppers are reminded to park in designated bays.”.

The four free parking days for 2018 is a Cheshire East imitative across all towns within the borough.   The three other free parking days for Knutsford have been allocated to December in accordance with retailers’ wishes.

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