Knutsford Town Council News

Annual Town Meeting & Town Awards Shortlist

Knutsford Town Council is inviting the community to attend the Annual Town Meeting on Thursday 26th April. The meeting will be ‘a celebration of volunteering’ with the presentation of the Town Awards. The meeting is being held at 7pm in St John’s Church.

The Town Meeting will feature a talk from the Chief Executive of Cheshire Voluntary Services CE on the support they can offer to community organisations. In a change of format, the meeting will not feature talks from community organisations, instead focusing on the presentation of the awards.

The end of the meeting will provide an opportunity for residents to raise any issues they would like to bring to the attention of the Town Council and wider community.

The Town Council has also announced the shortlist for three of the Town Awards categories with the winners to be announced on the night. The Town Awards were once again generously sponsored by the Knutsford based Forum of Private Business, with its Managing Director Ian Cass serving on the decision panel alongside the Town Mayor, Town Clerk and Chairman of the Council’s Events Committee.

Civic Award Shortlist (three awards to be given)

  • Sue Banks – for services to the Girl Guiding movement in Knutsford
  • Hazel Cussons – for dedicated service to the Welcome Cafe
  • Michele Hammond – for fundraising for the 1st Knutsford Scouts and work with Friends of the Moor and St Vincent’s PTA
  • Debbie Jamison – for work with Friends of the Moor and Knutsford Residents of Over Ward
  • Stuart Willis – for work with the Knutsford Fire Cadets and First Responders

 

Community Award Shortlist (one award to be given)

  • Knutsford Friendship Cafe
  • Knutsford Knitting Club
  • Knutsford League of Hospital Friends
  • Lower Moss Wood

 

Business Award Shortlist (one award to be given)

  • Julia Chard of Mr Simms Olde Sweetshoppe
  • Peter Murray of Pulse of Perfumery

 

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Mayor’s Big Band Night

The Mayor of Knutsford is pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale for his final fundraising event “Mayor’s Speakeasy Big Band Night” on Friday 27 April at St John’s Church.  This is sure to be a great night with jazz, swing and funk music from the Fish Lip Soup Big Band featuring guest vocalist Jenn Clempner.

Tickets are £12.50 per person.  To book your place at the event please contact the Mayor’s PA Annabel Irvine on annabel.irvine@knutsfordtowncouncilgov.uk or telephone 01565 653 929.  For full details click here.

All money raised from the event will go to Knutsford Youth Orchestra, Knutsford Friendship Café and Mid-Cheshire Riding for the Disabled.

Cllr Neil Forbes said “My fundraising year is ending.  It is sure to be a great night; the BIG Band are excellent.  I hope to have a great turnout to help me smash my fundraising target to raise money for local charities.  Don’t worry I won’t be on the stage!”

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Norbury Booths By-Election Results

Electors of Norbury Booths went to the polls yesterday to elect a new councillor. Two candidates stood in the by-election which was called following the resignation of Charlotte Greenstein.

A total of 731 ballots were cast, 368 of which were postal votes, giving an impressive (for a Town Council by-election) turnout of 35.61%.

Independent candidate Quentin Abel received 233 votes but was beaten by Conservative candidate Elizabeth Beswick who received 496 votes and was duly elected.

You can contact your new councillor on: elizabeth.beswick@knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk

2 ballots were void for uncertainty/unmarked.

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Knutsford Music Festival 2018 – Blues Night at Brook Street Club

Tom Attah

A BLUES night will be rocking Brook Street Club for the second year running as part of Knutsford Music Festival.

Mat Walklate and Tom Attah will be headlining the Knutsford Town Council show as a duo at the live entertainment and community venue on Friday, June 22.

Last year’s sold out blues night at Brook Street Club with Rebecca Downes became one of the festival highlights for many.

Living in Manchester and strongly influenced by its Afro-Caribbean community, Mat Walklate is one of the UK’s most accomplished blues harmonica-players who also possesses a rich, soulful baritone.

He is also part of another duo, Walklate and Fuschi, who released their debut album, Kicking Up The Dust, in 2016 which was recorded live with no overdubs in just four and a half hours.

Tom Attah is a soulful performer of new and original acoustic blues material. 

Taking audiences on a journey right through the eras, Tom’s live shows are described as a journey from the Delta to the age of the download.

Mat and Tom will be supported by The Gritstone Clays and Ashley Sherlock, who is returning for the second year.

The Gritstone Clays are a three-piece acoustic band who play a mix of blues, folk, rock and Americana with a twist. 

Formed in Congleton in 2016, the band juggle two guitars, mandolin and harmonica so expect something a bit different.

Ashley, influenced by the likes of Jeff Buckley, Radiohead and Hozier, will be showcasing new music he recorded in Nashville, Tennessee.

After several years and hundreds of gigs performing as a solo artist, Ashley, who has worked with Aziz Ibrahim (Stone Roses, Simply Red) has now formed a full band.

Their unique blend of music incorporates gritty blues, falsetto vocal melodies and a jazz/funk-inspired rhythm section.

Steve Power, from Brook Street Club, said: “At Brook St Club we really enjoyed the inaugural 2017 Knutsford Music Festival and the benefits it brought to the town and the club.

“We’re really excited to be part of the 2018 festival which already shows the promise to build on last year’s success.”

Sarah Morgan, Deputy Town Clerk for Knutsford Town Council added: “The blues event at last year’s festival was one of the highlights and big successes of the first event.

“We’re delighted to bring it back for 2018 with a diverse line-up of acclaimed artists. We’re confident it will be just as good if not better – and unlike anything else you’ll hear on the festival bill.”

Tickets for the event cost £11 with child and carer concessions available. On sale now from  http://www.knutsfordmusicfestival.com/

 

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Market Hall Consultation

Knutsford Market Hall invites Knutsfordians to its public consultation to view the plans for the Market Hall building on Tuesday 10th April between 2-4pm and 6-8pm at Knutsford Market Hall on Silk Mill Street.

Knutsford Town Council announced it was working with local architects SiCa to demolish the existing Market Hall and re-build a new hall to ensure the market’s future into the 21st century.  Those plans have been developed and the Council is keen to listen and take note of public opinion. The plans include four two-bedroom apartments above the market hall.

Sandra Curties, Town Centre and Market Manager said, “We know how loved the Market Hall traders are, but the current building is well past it’s sell by date.  We need a Market Hall that does both the traders and the town justice.  The public consultation is a way of gathering opinion and feedback and we welcome Knutsfordians and Market Hall customers alike to come along and have a look at the plans”.  Council staff and architects will be on hand during both sessions and the public consultation follows on from a previous trader consultation.

The consultation will include information on the financing of the project with the Town Council planning to borrow up to £1m to finance the works which will be repaid from the income from the apartments and market traders.

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.

You can also view the consultation boards at: www.knutsfordmarket.co.uk/market-hall-redevelopment 

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Miles Hunt of the The Wonder Stuff to headline Knutsford Music Festival

The Wonder Stuff’s Miles Hunt has been revealed as the main headliner of the second annual Knutsford Music Festival.
Miles, the singer, rhythm guitarist and principle songwriter of the indie rock band, will be performing solo at The Courthouse on Saturday, June 23, as part of Knutsford Town Council’s three-day event.
He will be playing classics, live favourites and rare acoustic versions of The Wonder Stuff’s back catalogue as well as his own solo material.
Miles will also be giving some readings and sharing some anecdotes about his early days from his books ‘The Wonder Stuff Diaries ’86 to ‘94’.
Formed in 1986, The Wonder Stuff have had six top 20 albums and 17 top 20 singles.
The band are best known for the number five single, The Size of a Cow, in 1991 but in the same year the Black Country rockers also had a chart-topper after covering Tommy Roe’s Dizzy with Vic Reeves.
Sarah Morgan, Deputy Town Clerk, said: “There’s already been a lot of interest in this gig because of Miles’ incredible career with The Wonder Stuff.
“We’re delighted to have him join us for an intimate show at The Courthouse where he’ll be showcasing some of the band’s hits in a different way.
“Miles’ readings from his book about his heyday and life in a band during the music scene of the 80s and 90s should be fascinating too.”
Joining Miles are Dan Donnelly and Knutsford’s own Fine Lines.
Dan is a singer-songwriter who has played in 20 countries and has supported acts such as Air, The Darkness, Bob Geldof, Ian Dury and Duran Duran.
When not touring in his own right Dan is a full time member of The Wonder Stuff. He is also in a duo with The Levellers’ Jon Sevink.
Fine Lines, a project started by singer-songwriter David Boardman, completes the bill.
Influenced by the likes of Bob Dylan, John Martyn and Mercury era Rod Stewart but also modern day troubadours such as Ray LaMontagne and Ryan Adams, David’s stripped-back tracks deal in heartbreak and soul baring.
In their short time together, Fine Lines, co-fronted by Zoe Blythe, have already played with the likes of Merry Hell, Mark Radcliffe’s Galleon Blast and John Power (Cast/The La’s).
Knutsford’s Mark Radcliffe has already given the band his seal of approval and even plays drums on a few of their tracks.
The band’s John Kettle produced debut album, Hour of Need, which is out now.
Tickets for the event cost £15 for adults and £10 for children. They can be bought from http://www.knutsfordmusicfestival.com/

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Help Protect Longridge Playing Field

Knutsford Town Council is calling for the community to support its application to register an area of public open space as an ‘Asset of Community Value’. The application is designed to demonstrate the community’s desire to retain the open space at Longridge/North Downs and help prevent Cheshire East Council from disposing of the space.

Town Clerk, Adam Keppel-Green explained “To get this land registered as an asset of community value we need to demonstrate how the community has used it over a number of years. We’re asking residents who have enjoyed this space to help support our nomination”.

The Town Council is writing to residents living near the open space who signed the KROW petition against its sale but is appealing to any users of the space to give their evidence.

You can submit your evidence by writing to the Town Council by e-mail/letter setting out the activities you have used the public open space for and over what time period. Any photographs showing the community using the space, or posters from events held there would also support the nomination.

The statement should set out how long one has been using the area and what activities one has undertaken there – from walking the dog to playing football and everything in between. The aim is to demonstrate how the area has benefited the social wellbeing of the community.

“The more statements we have the easier we can demonstrate that this open space is truly valued by the community and the more likely it is our application will succeed” Adam added.

Before disposing of a registered Asset of Community Value the seller must provide an opportunity for a community to purchase the land on the open market. It was used in Holmes Chapel to protect the AP Sports Club and saw Holmes Chapel Parish Council purchase the site to create a new community centre.

The Town Council is seeking submissions by Friday 6th April.

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Second Events Forum Planned

Event organisers in Knutsford are being invited to attend the second Events Forum hosted by the Town Council. The Knutsford Events Forum was introduced last October as an opportunity for those organising public events in the town to share information, skills and experience.

Convened by the Chairman of the Town Council’s own Events Committee, Cllr Andrew Malloy, the forum brings together all those who organise events in the town as well as an opportunity for those with ideas for potential new events to come together.  At the last meeting several community organisations were involved such as the Knutsford Lions, Knutsford Heritage Centre, Knutsford Promenades as well as The Courthouse, Sharston House and Willow Boutiques.

Andrew said, “Knutsford’s vibrant events calendar contributes greatly to making the town such a special place to live.”

“The aim of this forum is to make it easier for everyone organising events in the town through sharing of experience and knowledge and providing a networking opportunity for event planners”.

“This second meeting will focus on funding available for community events as well as highlighting the various avenues available to organisers to help promote their events across Cheshire and beyond”

The second meeting of the forum takes place on Wednesday 21st March at 6pm in the Town Council Offices.  To register your attendance please email Sandra Curties, Town Centre Manager, on Sandra.curties@knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk

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Candidates for Norbury Booths By-Election

Two candidates have put themselves forward for election in the Norbury Booths By-Election which will take place on Thursday 5th April.

Quentin Abel (11 St John’s Road, Knutsford) is standing as an Independent candidate against Elizabeth Beswick (Woodlea, Manor Lane, Ollerton) who is standing as the Conservative Party candidate.

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr Charlotte Greenstein in January.

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Full steam ahead for Neighbourhood Plan

Community volunteers are on track to deliver a Neighbourhood Plan for Knutsford in 2018. The Neighbourhood Plan, led by Knutsford Town Council but driven by community volunteers, held a successful consultation on its emerging policies in November/December and is now moving ‘full steam ahead’ to get the plan submitted to Cheshire East Council this year.

614 residents completed the emerging policies consultation with an additional 200 visiting one of the exhibition events held across Town and at the Christmas Market. Ten consultation respondents were drawn to win one of the £75 cash prizes. The winners were; Val Edwards, Sharon Ilman, Zoe Whittington, Zoe Cooper, Helen Gilbert, Paul Langley, L Carrasco, Beverley Hill and C Moore. Beverley Hill did not provide her adders and the Council is awaiting her to come forward for her prize.

Feedback from the consultation indicated broad support for the emerging policies, with consultants Urban Imprint having issues the Town Council with a series of recommended changes ready for the next stage of developing the plan.

“This consultation was about the ideas we had for policies, the next stage is about adding the meat to the bones”, said Town Clerk, Adam Keppel-Green.

Volunteers working on the plan are currently reviewing these proposed changes and will be agreeing the final emerging policies at the end of February before work producing the full draft policies begins, with a tight target of reaching agreement on the draft policies by April when the community will get a say on the detail.

“Producing a Neighbourhood Plan is a key ambition for the Town Council and we are indebted to the support from both the volunteers directly working on our policies and behind the scenes gathering evidence and the residents who took the time to complete our survey for visit us at the Christmas Market” Adam added.

“The plan really starts to come together now, and it is full steam ahead to developing the first draft of the Neighbourhood Plan for consultation in April/May and hopefully having a referendum on its adoption in late 2018”.

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