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Mayor’s Christmas Message

It’s been a busy time with the Christmas Market, Lights Switch On, Lantern Parade and Crib Service.  There were some amazing lanterns taking part this year!  Thank you to Manor Park Primary School Choir for singing at the Crib Service.

As we draw near to the end of a turbulent year of global uncertainty, the eternal message of peace and goodwill to all has never been so relevant. Although we are very lucky in Knutsford to have a great community who give so much to the many charities and good causes of the town, we have to ask ourselves … could we do more?

Giving the gift of time to help others is one of the best ways to truly express the spirit of the season; whether that is making the time to have a cup of tea with an elderly neighbour, putting the Christmas tree up for someone who is unwell or giving a lift to the shops for someone who doesn’t drive. Life is so busy these days and everyone from children, partners, parents and even our pets, demands a claim on our time.

But will an hour out of our week really prevent putting the dinner on the table or getting the school uniforms ironed? Let us do some small service for our fellow beings.  Let us look to 2017 for being the year we make time for others.

Wishing everyone a very merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.

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Knutsford in Bloom Winners 2016

Mayor of Knutsford, Cllr Jan Nicholson accompanied the Chairman of Knutsford in Bloom (and fellow councillor) Yvonne Bancroft as the winners of the 2016 Knutsford in Bloom awards were presented.

Winners of the front Garden Competition

Winners of the front Garden Competition

This year Knutsford in Bloom tried a new approach for the Front Garden competition, with friends and neighbours nominating their favourite gardens. “We wanted to acknowledge some of the lovely front gardens in Knutsford that had not previously entered. We asked members to spread the word and take a snap of front gardens making an impact in Knutsford” said Yvonne.

The group received so many nominations that members had to sift the photos to compile a top ten. The top ten gardens were then visited and judged by Cllr Nicholson, KiB Deputy Chairman Mary Johnson and Doug Christie, grounds team leader for ANSA.

The winners were:

1st place – Mrs Loretta Crabtree, Blackhill Lane

2nd place – Mr Graeme Webster, Branden Drive

3rd place – Mrs Jackie Edwards, Grove Park

“These are always of an excellent standard and make Knutsford look so inviting year round” Yvonne commented as the judges headed into the Town Centre to look at the efforts of the Knutsford business community. Across five categories fifteen businesses received an award for their contribution to Knutsford’s floriculture. Knutsford in Bloom have praised the business community for going ‘above and beyond’ year after year and thanked the traders who took time to create a display.

Courtyard Coffee House - Winners of the  Large Business category!

Courtyard Coffee House – Winners of the Large Business category!

1st Place in the Hanging Basket displays went to Arthur Lee with Gerald’s following in second place and Shamoli in third. Top place for the Small Business category went to Nicholas Austin with King Barbers and Gareth West close behind in second and third respectively.

Courtyard Coffee House snapped up first place in the Large Business category with Hague Lambert second and Nxtep third. The best Pubs and Inns display was the Old Sessions House, with the Lord Eldon second and White Bear third.

Judging the RHS displays saw Gusto awarded first place; the same as they were awarded by the RHS judges, with Zapatos second and Clare & Illingworth third.

Knutsford in Bloom is funded by Knutsford Town Council and manages and plants a number of areas in Knutsford. The group have acheived a Silver Gilt at the North West in Bloom awards for six years running! For more information on Knutsford in Bloom and for photographs of all the winners visit www.knutsfordinbloom.co.uk

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Neighbourhood Plan Survey Launched

Residents of Knutsford are being urged to help shape the future of their town through the Knutsford Neighbourhood Plan. Knutsford Town Council, leading on the development of the community-led plan has launched the first survey to capture people’s views on a range of topics.

Cllr Nicholson and Cllr Gardiner implore residents to complete the survey

Cllr Nicholson and Cllr Gardiner implore residents to complete the survey

The questionnaire, which is being delivered to every household in Knutsford, will help inform the first stages of creating the Neighbourhood Plan which will shape development in Knutsford alongside the Local Plan.

Covering everything from Health and Housing to Education and the Environment the survey results will form the basis of the next stages of developing the plan.

“This is an important step in developing our Neighbourhood Plan and I implore everyone to spare the time to have a say in the future of our Town” said Mayor of Knutsford, Cllr Jan Nicholson.

“It is vital that this plan has the support of the community and built on firm engagement with residents and the first stage for this is getting as many responses as possible” Cllr Nicholson added.

Households will receive a paper copy of the questionnaire with a pre-paid envelope for returns and it is also available online at www.knutsfordnp.org.uk.

“The more responses the better” was the call from Chairman of the Neighbourhood Plan Committee, Cllr Stewart Gardiner who added “We have set the survey out in theme groups and are happy for residents to choose the topics most important to them, whether that’s heritage, the Town Centre, sport or something else”

Residents who have any queries about the survey or want to find out more about the Neighbourhood Plan can visit www.knutsfordnp.org.uk or contact the Town Clerk on townclerk@knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk or 01565 653 929. The survey is also available in large print and if you need help completing the questionnaire this can be arranged.

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Town Council achieves Quality Gold Status

Knutsford Town Council has joined an exclusive club in being one under twenty town and parish councils in the country to be awarded Quality Gold Status as part of the Local Council Award Scheme. The scheme, operated by NALC, celebrates the success of the very best local councils and Knutsford is the first Town Council in Cheshire to receive the award.

The Town Council has joined Holmes Chapel Parish Council as the second council in Cheshire to be awarded Quality Gold status and Sandbach Town Council which has received the Foundation award under the same scheme.

“This award demonstrates the Town Council is at the forefront of best practice and demonstrates our commitment to excellence in governance, community leadership and council development” said Town Mayor, Cllr Jan Nicholson.

Town Clerk, Adam Keppel-Garner added “It is fantastic to be one of the first councils in Cheshire, and indeed across the country, to receive this award and is a testament to the excellent work of both our councillors and officers.”

The award was presented to the Town Council by Mayor of Cheshire East, Cllr Olivia Hunter, and Chairman of ChALC, Philip Jackson, as part of the Mayor’s Announcements at a meeting of Cheshire East Council.

The award panel in particular commended the Town Council on its website and the level of detail provided on the council’s activities and finances.

Ann Wright, Assistant Chief Officer at the Cheshire Association of Local Councils said “we congratulate Knutsford on obtaining Quality Gold Status, it’s the highest award level and an indication of the excellent working practices.”

“The council has worked hard to achieve the award and we offer our congratulations to the members and staff at the council and the community which is supporting them.”

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Two Awards for Knutsford

Knutsford collected two awards at the 59th Community Pride Competition organized by Cheshire Community Action on Thursday 15th October. The awards, held at Ellesmere Port Civic Hall saw towns and villages across the county recognised in a range of categories in the presence of a large gathering of Civic Leaders, Parish Councillors, Competition Judges and enthusiasts.

Deputy Town Mayor Cllr Jan Nicholson with Cllrs Christine and Christopher Gray

Deputy Town Mayor Cllr Jan Nicholson with Cllrs Christine and Christopher Gray

Knutsford came second behind Sandbach in the Best Market Town category of the Cheshire Community Pride Competition for the second year running and also collected a Little Gem award for the Marble Arch.

Knutsford was represented at the annual awards presentation by Deputy Town Mayor, Jan Nicholson and Cllrs Christine Gray and Christopher Gray.

Cllr Nicholson said “It was a delight to receive two certificates for Knutsford at the recent community pride awards ceremony held at Ellesmere Port.”

“It was a joy to witness the enthusiasm of the volunteers from towns and villages within Cheshire who give their time to make the environment worthy of merit.”

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