Nominations are now open for the annual Town Awards and Knutsford Town Council are encouraging everyone to nominate exceptional members of the community to be recognised for their efforts in contributing to the local community.
The Town Awards will be presented as part of the Annual Town Meeting taking place on Thursday 7th March. The Town Awards aim to highlight and celebrate both volunteers and local businesses for their dedication and contributions to benefit the community over the last year. This year’s awards will be hosted at St John the Baptist’s Church.
There are four awards categories:
- Civic Award made to an individual (or group of individuals) who give their time to the community.
- Business Award goes to a local business for their work engaging and contributing to the community.
- Community Award goes to a community organisation to recognise the work they do in the community.
- Youth Award recognises the members of our community 21 and under.
Three Civic Awards are presented by the Town Council, as well as one Business Award, one Community Award and one Youth Award. Commendations and special awards may also be made.
Knutsford based Forum of Private Business have sponsored the Town Awards since their launch in 2013 and are sponsoring the awards again this year. Ian Cass, Managing Director of the Forum, said:
“The Forum of Private Business are delighted to once again be sponsoring the Knutsford Town Awards. As a business the Forum have been part of the Knutsford community for 41 years.
We are one of the UK’s foremost business membership and support organisations and enjoy a strong working relationship with many of Knutsford’s small private businesses as well as the wider Knutsford community.
What makes Knutsford so special is the people, be it in business, charitable and volunteer work and as a supportive local community and that’s why we are delighted to be doing our bit to support our town.”
Nominations can be made online at www.knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk/community/town-awards and by nomination form which can be picked up from Knutsford Market Hall and The Welcome Café. The deadline for nominations is 31st January 2019.
Knutsford’s first council housing development has been recognised with a Blue Plaque. Heathfield Square was built in 1922 by the Knutsford Urban District Council as part of the government’s ‘Homes fit for Heroes’ campaign. The square, off Northwich Roads features a collection of houses with detailed brickwork and is one of Knutsford’s five Conservation Areas.
The blue plaque was installed as part of Knutsford Town Council’s World War I Commemorations Programme and was ‘unveiled’ by Mayor of Knutsford, Cllr Peter Coan.
Speaking of the installation of the new plaque, Town Clerk, Adam Keppel-Green said “Blue plaques help bring the history of our town into everyday familiarity and the new plaque at Heathfield Square will be a reminder of the heroes who returned from the Great War, and the heroes who did not”
Heathfield Square becomes home to Knutsford’s seventeenth Blue Plaque, others include County Terrace and The Royal George Hotel, as well as the homes of Henry Royce and Alison Utley. The Town Council launched a blue plaque scheme in 2015 and has since installed seven new plaques. Nominations for new blue plaques, and the details of existing plaques, can be found here.
The winners of Knutsford Christmas Window Competition were presented with their Certificates and a trophy for the overall winner by the Mayor, Cllr Peter Coan on Thursday 13th December.
Each year both the standard and number of entries continues to get higher and higher, entries from a range of retailers and businesses, including; Clarity Contemporary Jewellers, Gerald’s the Jewellers, White Orchid, Mr Simms and Clare and Illingworth. This year the winner was Cohens the Chemist, second place was Lockton’s the Hairdressers and third place Pulse of Perfumery.
The Mayor, Cllr Peter Coan said “It is wonderful to see so many shops, restaurants and businesses getting into the Christmas spirit and joining in this competition. Congratulations to the three worthy winners and to everyone who made the effort to add some Christmas sparkle to our town. We know it is a busy time of year for all and we are grateful for the time and effort given to these wonderful displays. Of course, the true winners are the visitors and residents of Knutsford who get to enjoy the lovely displays”.
The examination of the Knutsford Neighbourhood Plan has now commenced, following a six week consultation.
In a letter from the appointed inspector, Andy Mead, it has been confirmed that the examination will be undertaken by written representations and a hearing is unlikely. The Inspector is aiming to issue his draft report withing 4-6 weeks.
You can view the Inspector’s letter here: Inspector’s Letter to Knutsford Town Council.
This year, Remembrance Sunday (11th November) marks 100 years since the end of the First World War. The timetable of Remembrance for 2018 is as follows:
0845 Service at St Cross Church
0920 Wreath laying and Prayers at Cross Town war memorial
1000 Parade assembles at Drury Lane
1015 Parade from Drury Lane to St Johns Church
1045 Remembrance Service at St Johns Church
1145 Parade to Centennial War Memorial
1200 Wreath laying and prayers at Centennial War Memorial
1220 Parade back Drury Lane
1245 Wreath laying and prayers at the War Memorial Cottage Hospital
1345 Wreath laying and prayers at the Tatton Park Parachute Regiment Memorial
1430 Refreshments at Council Offices
Knutsford Town Council’s Neighbourhood Plan Committee is celebrating as it reaches the key milestone of submitting the final draft of the Neighbourhood Plan to Cheshire East Council. The Neighbourhood Plan has been painstakingly prepared by a team of councillors and volunteer residents over the past four years and has been informed by three public consultations.
The submission of the plan to Cheshire East brings the plan sees its adoption on the horizon with it now being subject a final statutory consultation which runs until November 23rd. Members of the public can view the Neighbourhood Plan and its supporting documents on the Neighbourhood Plan website – www.knutsfordneighbourhoodplan.org.uk and comments on the policies can be submitted to Cheshire East Council.
The plan will go to examination by a planning expert in December with a public referendum on its adoption expected in February, but by reaching this crucial stage the policies already begin to have some weight in making planning decisions.
Town Clerk Adam Keppel-Green said “We are proud to be reaching this key stage and moving a step closer to the Neighbourhood Plan being brought into force. Once again we would like to place on record our thanks to all those who have taken the time to contribute to the plan and especially to the volunteers on our working groups who have helped us create a Neighbourhood Plan”
Nearly 100 residents have worked on the detail of the polices and hundreds more have fed into the process at consultations over the past few years. The Town Council was supported by Macclesfield based Urban Imprint who provided technical knowledge and have helped ensure the plan meets its statutory requirements.
Since 2000 the Town Council and Knutsford Lions have offered a bursary of £500 to a second-year student from Knutsford to assist with their studies. This bursary is often supported by further smaller awards from the Knutsford Lions.
The bursary is open to all second-year university students whose term-time address is in Knutsford or Toft. To apply, you simply need to complete a short form which gives us a background to your studies and details how the bursary will help you achieve more at university.
The deadline for applications is 31st October. You can download an application form from: www.knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk/services/millennium-bursary
All applicants will be invited to an interview over the Christmas holidays where the interviewers (Cllr Peter Coan, Mayor of Knutsford, Ms Jennifer Holbrook, former Mayor and Mr Michael Goldman, Knutsford Lions) will seek to better understand how the bursary can help your studies. We have only had around 3 students apply for the bursary for the past few years – so your chances of success are quite high.
Saturday (6th October) sees the dedication of Knutsford’s Centennial War Memorial. The new war memorial, which is being installed to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War I was a project led by Knutsford Town Council working with representatives of the Knutsford Royal British Legion.
The memorial will feature a new roll of honour, researched by volunteers and featuring names missed from existing memorials around Knutsford – including two names of Knutsfordians who gave their lives since the end of the second world war.
The dedication ceremony takes place at 11am on Saturday 6th October in the Knutsford Library Gardens. The ceremony will be led by Rev Phillip Robinson, padre to the Knutsford Royal British Legion and will include students from the Knutsford Academy who will read the roll of honour and two wartime poems.
The new memorial incorporates the statue of Haron Baronian, a private statue commissioned by the Baronian family which once stood in the gardens of the family home on Legh Road – Brae Cottage. In the 1970s the statue was installed in front of the War Memorial Cottage Hospital. Two of Haron’s nephews will be attending the service, having flown from New Zealand specially for the occasion.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 20th July. Entries may also be submitted directly to the Council Offices on Toft Road.