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Mayor leads Civic Sunday

Town Mayor Cllr Peter Coan welcomed dignitaries from across the county for his Civic Parade and Service on Sunday.  The parade was led by Rode Hall Silver Band who played various marches as the parade walked from King Street car park to Princess Street to Knutsford Methodist Church, announcing the arrival of the new Mayor to Knutsfordians.

Revd Rob Cotton gave a service which emphasised the importance of community service, support and volunteering. The Mayor opened the service with a short prayer and Cllr Andrew Malloy, Deputy Mayor and Cadet Max Risley the Mayor’s Cadet both gave readings during the service. The service featured a short video that was produced to showcase the work of their onsite Friendship Café for dementia sufferers.  The congregation of Knutsford Methodist Church welcomed the civic guests to their church and church volunteers helped organise the service and refreshments. 

Cllr Peter Coan said: “The weather was ideal for the parade and I was delighted that many notables from the town as well as so many Civic Dignitaries from Cheshire were able to join us.  They all looked resplendent in their chains.  The Civic Parade was rousingly led by Rode Hall Silver Band.  Thank you to Reverend Rob Cotton for leading an uplifting service on the theme of service to the community and helping others.”

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Mayor’s BBQ a Sizzling Success

Cllr Peter Coan, Mayor of Knutsford hosted a fundraising BBQ on Friday night to raise money for his four chosen charities.  Over 50 guests enjoyed an evening of delicious food from the Market Café with a pop-up bar from Tatton Brewery.  Event Buddha sponsored the production of the event providing outdoor furniture, gazebos, sound and lighting.  The overall feel was friendly and relaxed with guests enjoying a balmy summer’s evening.

Cllr Peter Coan said: “My first Mayoral fundraiser was a roaring success, the informal setting allowed all of us to mingle and have a fantastic time whilst enjoying the Market Café’s superb food.  I would like to thank Civic guests the Lord Mayor of Chester, Cllr Alex Black and the Mayor of Bollington Cllr Jon Weston for attending the event along with their Consorts.  I am delighted to have been able to raise £300 for my local charities.”

Funds raised over the course of the Mayor’s year will support the following local charities: Knutsford Heritage Centre, Friends of the Moor, The Welcome and Knutsford Community First Responder Trust.  Visit https://www.knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk/council/town-mayor/fundraising for details of future fundraising events.

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Civic Parade and Service this Sunday

Knutsfordians are being encouraged to come out to see their new Mayor Cllr Peter Coan during his Civic Sunday parade this week. The parade that starts assembles at 10am and sets off at 10.15am on Sunday 8th July.  It will start from King St car park before working its way along King St, Tatton St, Canute Place, Princess St finishing at Knutsford Methodist Church, where the Civic Service will take place led by Revd Rob Cotton.

The Parade will be led by the Rode Hall Band and include dignitaries and Mayors from Town and Parish Councils across Cheshire as well as groups such as ATAC 2056 Squadron Air Cadets.

Town Mayor Cllr Peter Coan said “the Civic Sunday parade is one of the highlights of the Mayoral calendar. Historically this was the opportunity for the town to find out who their Town Mayor was and welcome them to the role. Now thanks to newspapers, internet and social media, news of my appointment was circulated immediately but it would be lovely from my point of view to see as many of the town as possible coming out to say, “hello” and wish me well in my Mayoral year.”

For more information about the above events contact Mayor’s PA Annabel Irvine on 01565 653929 or email annabel.irvine@knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk.

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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: http://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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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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Record Amount Raised for Mayor’s Charities

At the end of his 12 months of fundraising, Knutsford Mayor, Cllr Neil Forbes, this week announced a record-breaking amount of £12,365 for his chosen charities: Mid Cheshire Riding for the Disabled, Knutsford Youth Orchestra and Knutsford Friendship Café.

Cllr Forbes has hosted three successful “Eat, drink and be merry” dinners at Pastiche, Brasserie Blanc and Giovanni’s.

Paula Lambe & Eve James from Knutsford Friendship Cafe with Cllr Neil Forbes

In August guests enjoyed a delicious afternoon tea and tour of Tabley House. 

Despite the rain at Knutsford Christmas Market, it didn’t dampen the spirits for those wanting to Win Christmas and one lucky winner walked away with over 120 prizes from the stalls on the market.

Now a firm favourite in the Mayor’s fundraising calendar, the Mayor’s Annual Fun Pub Quiz was held at The Angel Hotel where over 150 quizzers in 20 teams battled it out to take the crown from last year’s winners.  The quiz was eventually won after a surprise “Pointless” finale by a team from Mid Cheshire Riding for the Disabled.

The highlight of every Mayor’s year is the Mayor’s Charity Ball which, this year, was a glittering affair at The Courthouse.  With entertainment kindly sponsored by Fisher German, guests were treated to a caricaturist and close-up magic from Carl Royle during a sparkling reception then treated to a delicious 3-course dinner prepared by Executive Chef Steven Tuke, after which guests hit the dancefloor. 

Hannah Sheldon, Abi Taylor, Kath Small, Anna Taylor, Tom Small, Harry Small from Knutsford Youth Orchestra with Cllr Neil Forbes,

With over 100 prizes on offer, all generously donated by local businesses, the evening started with a bang as guests popped helium balloons, inside which were vouchers for amazing nights out at restaurants, theatres and the cinema.  The first prize winner of the raffle was treated to Dinner Bed & Breakfast at Cottons, whilst the silent auction included a bespoke three-piece suit from Lloyd Hall and a golf day at Carden Park.  There was also a tombola with an array of prizes which proved popular with guests.

Added to that, there was also the generosity of the numerous table sponsors from a variety of local businesses which culminated in an amazing £7,400 being raised on the evening.

Cllr Neil Forbes said: “I am so pleased to have raised so much for our three local good causes.  All of this would of course have been impossible without the generosity of our local businesses matched only by that of the people who turned up in good numbers to support the events.  Thank-you all.”

Pamela Rigby & Jeanette Dixon from Mid Cheshire Riding for the Disabled with Cllr Neil Forbes

The Mayor’s final event was “Mayor’s Speakeasy Big Band Night” with the Fish Lip Soup Big Band featuring guest vocalist Jenn Clempner.  The audience had a great night of popular music in the delightful setting of St John’s Church.

Jeanette Dixon from Mid Cheshire Riding for the Disabled said: “Mid Cheshire Riding for the Disabled have been extremely grateful to be chosen as one of the Mayor’s charities for the past year.  It costs us nearly £20,000 a year to provide riding activities and so support our riders.  The funds raised will be used towards the keep of our two ponies, Ted & Pip, without them we could not continue our work.  We provide riding for 94 disabled people each week.  We take part in a Therapy Tracker that helps record the changes and shows us that riders benefit in several areas, not only physically, but also in social relationships and in confidence.”

Sponsors and Supporters: Steve Crowther from Fish Lip Soup Big Band, Anne Dobie from Laytons, Jacqueline Forbes, Hugh Platt from Fisher German, Cllr Neil Forbes

Kath Small from Knutsford Youth Orchestra said: “This donation will help us to arrange for professional musicians from various orchestras to provide workshops to our children and help promote their knowledge.  It will give every child from KYO the chance to go and hear a professional orchestra/group.  We will be able to purchase 3 trombones and provide lessons to children who may not otherwise have learnt an instrument (we hope to be able to offer this on more instruments too).   We will also use it to offer free places in KYO to children who show musical potential. “

Paula Lambe and Eve James from Knutsford Friendship Café said: “We are extremely grateful to have been one of Mayor Neil Forbes’ three chosen charities over the last year and would like to thank everyone who has participated in whatever way towards the fundraising.  The money will go towards trips out for those who come to the café, increasing the number of café sessions held each month and continuing the music therapy which is so much enjoyed.  We will also invest in musical instruments as well as new games and activities.”

Notes to Editors: The total fundraising amount raised includes a matched funding amount of £1,250 from Barclays which has been given to the charities.  The amount shown on the cheques pictured excludes this amount.

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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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Cllr Yvonne Bancroft resigns

Over ward councillor, Yvonne Bancroft, resigned from the Council on Friday on the grounds of personal reasons. Yvonne, an independent councillor, was first elected in the February 2013 by-election and was re-elected in May 2015.

Cllr Yvonne Bancroft

Cllr Yvonne Bancroft

Yvonne served on numerous committees and working groups, was Chairman of the Town Council’s Planning Committee and Deputy Chairman of the Neighbourhood Planning Committee.

Cllr Jan Nicholson, Mayor of Knutsford, said “It was with sadness that I received Yvonne’s resignation. I would like to thank Yvonne on behalf of the whole council for her dedicated contributions as a councillor over the past four years and wish her all the best for the future.”

The notice of vacancy has now been posted, giving electors fourteen working days to request a by-election to fill the casual vacancy.

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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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