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Knutsford Floral Walk – Vote for your favourite!

It’s RHS Tatton this week, which means Knutsford is looking blooming lovely as town centre retailers and businesses pull out all the stops and decorate their shops with an abundance of flowers.


Knutsford Town Council would like to recognise the hard work and expense the retailers go to in providing a feast of flowers for residents and visitors alike to enjoy, and are running a Floral Walk competition, where YOU can vote for your favourite display! The winner will be presented with the, new and soon to be coveted, Floral Walk Trophy, alongside a certificate recognising their achievement. There will also be certificates for second and third place.


Town Clerk, Adam Keppel-Garner said “The incredible efforts of our businesses over the past few years add something extra special to the Town for when RHS visits. They put on some fantastic displays and this year the public get to say thank you by voting for their favourites!”


There are various ways in which you can register your vote:

  1. Tweet the Shop name of your favourite display making sure you use the #knutsfordfloralwalk;
  2. Head to the Knutsford Town Council Facebook page, and comment on the Floral Walk pinned post with the shop name of your favourite display (; or
  3. Call the Town Council offices on 01565 653929 and give the shop name of your favourite display to one of our Town Council team.

Keep an eye out for the pictures of the winning business on our website and in next week’s Knutsford Guardian!


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Council supports Credit Union

Credit Union GrantKnutsford Town Council is supporting a local Credit Union in getting its message across to residents of Knutsford. The Cheshire Neighbours Credit Union has received a donation of £200 from the Town Council to fund publicity in the Town.

The Cheshire Neighbours Credit Union is a community bank with the aim of promoting sound financial management by encouraging people to save rather than borrow. CNCU has a range of services from it’s ‘payroll saver’ where you automatically save a little with each paycheque to its clever ‘budgeting’ bank account that helps ensure you never miss paying important bills.

Chief Executive of the Credit Union, John Weir said, “the support of Knutsford TC is very much appreciated and will help the CNCU to promote its services and values with people in the community.”

“The CNCU provides an ethical method for savings, and loans to everyone in the community. It also ensures that residents do not have to use loan sharks, pay day lenders or borrow from those companies who charge exorbitant fees”

For more information about the Cheshire Neighbours Credit Union visit or pick up a leaflet from the Town Council offices.

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Knutsford Music Festival 2017

The inaugural Knutsford Music Festival took place this weekend (23-25 June) with over forty acts performing across the three days.

The event, coordinated by the Town Council, featured an array of genres and artists performing in bars, restaurants and venues such as the Market Hall and St John’s Church.

Three anchor events organised by the Town Council were supported by the business community who organised numerous performances.

On Friday evening award winning Blues singer Rebecca Downes headlined an intimate set at the Brook St Club with support from Rick Whitehead and Ash Sherlock. Saturday saw 90s stars Dodgy headline in St John’s Church supported by Knutsford’s own Abigail Chetham with Freja Frances and Kye Jones. Sunday saw an evening of classical music with pianist Adrian Lord, Knutsford string-quartet Fiddlesticks and the Knutsford Catenian and Friends Male Voice Choir.

“The buzz and the lovely atmosphere the music created in the town was pure magic.” said one festival goer, whilst another told us ” [There was] so much going on at different venues. It had an Edinburgh fringe festival feel about it!”

We are now working to plan 2018 – and we need your feedback to help us do this: tell us what you thought of Knutsford Music Festival 2017.

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Knutsford Floral Walk

Retailers in Knutsford are gearing up for the annual Floral Walk displays to coincide with the RHS Tatton event being held July 19th to 23rd.

The RHS judges will be visiting the Town Centre to choose their favourite display. No theme has been set but to take part in the RHS competition, retailers must only use natural materials and flowers with artificial plants not being judged. Judges will assess the window displays on originality, colour and wow factor. retailers must contact the Town Council to by June 30th to confirm they are taking part in the RHS competition.

This year two competitions are running in parallel with the public being given an opportunity to vote for their favourite displays. The public vote is more open, with no strict rules and all displays being included without application. Residents will be encouraged to view the displays and then vote online at the Town Council Facebook page to choose their favourites. The winner will be presented with the, new and soon to be coveted, Floral Walk Trophy.

Town Clerk, Adam Keppel-Garner said “The incredible efforts of our businesses over the past few years added something extra special to the Town for when RHS visits. They put on some fantastic displays and this year the public get to say thank you by voting for their favourites!”

Retailers are also being encouraged to incorporate a Sunflower into their display, to tie-in with the upcoming Knutsford Heritage Open Days in September. This year’s KHOD event includes a focus on Alan Turing, with a look at Turing’s Sunflowers – one of his lesser-known theories was that the Fibonacci number series occurred in the petals and seedheads of sunflowers. The results were published last year and proved Turing’s theory, decades after his death.
Sarah Flannery, one of the team behind the Heritage Open Days event said “It would be very fitting – and look wonderful – if the retailers included sunflowers as part of their display in some way”.

If they don’t want to put real sunflowers in their display, they could easily put imitation sunflowers separately somewhere in their window (and keep these in place up until KHOD in September) and for those that aren’t going to have any floral display, this would be a very inclusive option.

For retailers taking part, to find out more information contact Lisa Benskin on 01565 653 929 or e-mail

Residents are encouraged to like the Town Council at or on twitter @KnutsfordTown to be ready to vote!

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Music Festival Gig Guide Released

Over 40 acts have been confirmed as part of the inaugural Knutsford Music Festival with over 20 venues hosting events across the weekend of 23rd, 24th and 25th June. The complete gig guide to the events is hitting the streets this week.

“We’ve been delighted with the reception from local businesses to the town’s first music festival” said Town Clerk, Adam Keppel-Garner. “They’ve gone out and booked some great acts for the festival, visitors will be spoiled for choice and it is great to think this is just our first year of the event”

Confirmed to be performing at the festival include the K-Town Beer Band (Friday, Lord Eldon) performing a unique brew of Celtic folk, country and bluegrass with 80’s pop classics and Being Buble (Saturday, the Angel) with his uncanny voice and buble-esque moves.

Tickets for the three events organised by the Town Council are currently on sale.

On Friday the Town Council has booked award winning blues artist Rebecca Downes to headline an intimate night of blues in the Brook St Club. Saturday sees britpop stars Dodgy headline an evening in St Johns Church and on Sunday the Unitarian Hall hosts an evening of classical music with Adrian Lord, Fiddlesticks and the Catenian Male Voice Choir. Tickets can be bought at

For more information on the events check out the gig guide (available from town centre businesses and online) or click here.

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A Night of Classical Music

Adrian LordKnutsfordians are being presented to an evening of classical music as part of the upcoming Knutsford Music Festival. The third key event organised by the Town Council as part of the event will be held at the Brook Street Chapel Hall on Sunday 25th June.

Knutsford pianist and composer Adrian Lord invites Knutsfordians to experience pieces from “Journey – Twelve Romances for Piano”, his debut recording as both composer and performer.  His music reflects his inspirational journey as a composer which culminated in the recording at Crear, Western Scotland.

Also performing is Knutsford based string-quartet, Fiddlesticks. Fiddlesticks have been entertaining at formal concerts and events around Cheshire since 2015.

Commenting on the announcement, Hillary Skinner, celloist with Fiddlesticks said “we are thrilled and excited to be part of Knutsford’s first music festival, what a great event!”.

Completing the line-up for the evening is the Knutsford Catenian and Friends Male Voice Choir.

Tickets costing £10 are on sale now: Buy Tickets Now

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Rebecca Downes to headline blues night

Award winning blues artist Rebecca Downes headlines an intimate night of blues at the Knutsford Music Festival on Friday 23rd June. Rebecca, who won the Best Female Vocalist and Best Emerging Artist in the British Blues Awards 2016, will top a three-piece bill at the Brook St Club. This is one of three evening events organised by the Town Council as part of its inaugural Music Festival.

Speaking of the announcement, Town Clerk, Adam Keppel-Garner, said “We are thrilled to be bringing such an amazing talent to Knutsford for our first festival, and the local support acts will complement Rebecca perfectly.”

Rebecca will be supported by solo blues singer, songwriter and guitarist Rick Whitehead who will perform a range of both familiar covers and original material, drawing inspiration from the likes of Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson and Eric Clapton.

Also supporting will be the Warrington based acoustic blues band Back to Front, a musical collective delivering an interestingly laid-back take on traditional roots music.

Tickets, priced at just £10, are on sale now from 

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Cllr Neil Forbes elected as Town Mayor

At the Annual Council meeting held last night, Cllr Neil Forbes was elected as Town Mayor 2017/18. Cllr Peter Coan was elected as Deputy Town Mayor and Cllr Forbes appointed Jack Murphy of the Knutsford Fire Cadets as his Mayor’s Cadet. Cllr Forbes named his wife, Jacquelyn as Mayoress and Rev. Rob Cotton as Mayor’s Chaplain.

Upon being elected, Cllr Forbes gave the following speech.

Cllr Neil Forbes with Mayor's Cadet Jack Murphy.

Cllr Neil Forbes with Mayor’s Cadet Jack Murphy.

Thank-you for having the confidence in me to elect me as Mayor. It’s an honour and something I do not take lightly in this my 11th year as a councillor in historic Knutsford’s 725th year since its charter.

No man is an island, I will need support in this role, so I’m pleased to report that Rev Cotton has graciously agreed to be my chaplain; thank-you Rob and that Jacquelyn will be my Mayoress so it’s now time to invest her with the Consort’s chain.

I look forward to the year ahead as I’m passed the baton from Cllr Nicholson and note that good progress has been made on developing the Neighbourhood Plan which I will endeavour to champion in the months ahead. Especially as we try to engage better with younger adults and youths (after all they are potentially the most affected by the town’s growth and population ‘explosion’ in the decades to come).

We also need to get better at gathering the views of Knutsford residents from all parts of our town so I look forward to seeing targeted attempts to do so for the next consultation stage.
The Neighbourhood Plan is very important but we must take care to not (if you’ll pardon the pun) lose sight of the council’s 2020 vision and our progress towards achieving it. 2020 seems an awful lot closer now than when we wrote the vision document.

My biggest personal challenge is to remain apolitical especially in the month ahead so I’ll move swiftly on.

I’m looking forward to seeing the council’s latest initiatives come to fruition including the new war memorial, the recruitment of a specialist Town Centre Manager to better engage with our fantastic business community and of course the music festival next month.

With Knutsfordians’ and our amazing local businesses’ help I hope to raise funds to support local charities and good causes. Previous Knutsford mayors have played golf for charity, undertaken swimathons, walked across hot coals and even bungie jumped to raise funds.

My cycling and competitive field archery days are sadly behind me and I find myself much more of an eat, drink and make merry sort of fellow these days. So you should expect a list of events in that vein published within the next few weeks which you may wish to join in some or all of. I do hope so.

These to include the return of ‘Knutsford’s Got the Talent Factor’ and hopefully a big band swing & jazz event. Watch this space, Twitter and elsewhere for more information; why not join the Mayor’s events’ mailing list to gain advanced information especially for events which sell out fast? Buying one of our market hall’s brand new stylish reusable bags will also add some pennies to the pot.

Which brings me to the Charity and good causes I will be supporting. They are the Knutsford Youth Orchestra, The Knutsford Friendship Club (this recently opened club is for those with Alzheimer’s and their carers) and the final charity although it is located a mile or so outside of town, has Knutsford based beneficiaries and volunteers (including the Mayoress); It’s Mid-Cheshire Riding for the Disabled.

The principals from Knutsford Youth Orchestra are all teaching music now so sadly can’t be here but representatives from the other two organisations are here so please take a few minutes to have a chat with them over this evening’s refreshments to find out a bit more about the wonderful work they do.

In addition to the serious council business, I’m hoping we can all have a great deal of fun and entertainment raising funds for them all – with your support we will.

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Over ward by-election results

Knutsford Town Council has a new member following the election of Cllr Jon Wells-Bradshaw to Over Ward on 4th May.

The by-election, called following the resignation of Cllr Yvonne Bancroft, was fought by three candidates with a turnout of 29.61%. The results were:

Jon Wells-Bradsahw (CON) – 532
Rebecca O’Rourke (IND) – 364
David Stephenson (LAB) – 305

Cllr Wells-Bradshaw will attend his first meeting as a member of the Council on Monday 8th May, the Annual Council Meeting. He can be contacted by his ward residents:

Crow Trees Cottage,
35 Chelford Road,
WA16 8NN

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Bench Dedicated to Cllr Clive Nicholson

cllr-nicholson-benchA memorial bench has been installed in memory of Cllr Clive Nicholson who passed away while serving as a Town Council in 2014. Clive, who was elected in 2011, had played an active role on the Town Council, in particular looking at the transfer of assets from Cheshire East Council and improvements to the Cemetery.

The bench has been installed in the garden of the Town Council offices and was dedicated by his wife and current Town Mayor Cllr Jan Nicholson.

Speaking of the bench Jan said “I am proud to dedicate the bench to my late husband, Clive, who was a proud resident and councillor for Knutsford”

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