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Front Garden Competition winners are announced

Green-fingered Knutsford residents showed even the smallest of gardens can impress the judges during Knutsford Town Council’s annual front garden competition.

All shapes and sizes of garden were entered into the community contest, judged by the Deputy Mayor of Knutsford, Cllr Stewart Gardiner and Christine Skinner representing Knutsford in Bloom.

With a cherry tree in full fruit, beautiful hanging baskets, lighting, bird feeders and baths and a small seating area, judges were in complete agreement that Peter Holt’s garden in Middle Walk was the winning entry and he received a certificate and a gift voucher for a Christmas Tree kindly donated by Fryers Garden Centre.

A strong second place went to Terence and Jean Austin’s garden in Meadow Drive – a beautiful garden with well tended flowers and a lush green lawn.

Third place was a tie between two very different front gardens: Jacqui Elliott, who’s small but perfectly formed paved garden on George Street impressed the judges with a variety of potted plants, climbers and a window box and Lorraine Dorset’s beautiful garden on Woodside featured abundant flowering beds and a well-tended lawn. 

The Residents of Ella Grove were presented with a Community Garden certificate to acknowledge their maintenance and upkeep of this communal space for the enjoyment of all local residents.

Cllr Andrew Malloy, Mayor of Knutsford said, ‘’I was delighted to hand out certificates to some worthy winners this weekend and see the gardens they’ve clearly spent a lot of time nurturing over many months.  Thanks also to Jonathan Farber for taking photographs of the gardens, across the town, and to Cllr Stewart Gardiner for assisting in judging the competition while I was on holiday.”

Knutsford Town Council look forward to receiving even more entries for next year’s competition in the Summer of 2020.

First Prize: Peter Holt from Middle Walk (photograph by Jonathan Farber)
Second Prize: Terence Austin from Middle Drive (photograph by Jonathan Farber)
Joint Third Prize: Jacqui Elliott from George Street (photograph by Jonathan Farber)
Third Prize: Lorraine Dorset from Woodside (photograph by Jonathan Farber)
Community Award: Residents of Ella Grove (photograph by Jonathan Farber)

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Mayor of Knutsford’s Cycle Tour of East Cheshire Saturday 21 September

Mayor of Knutsford Cllr Andrew Malloy and Mayoress Nicole, are embarking on a Cycle Tour of East Cheshire this Saturday, 21st September.  The ride will be completed in a day and cover over 100 miles in a circuit around the whole of Cheshire East.  Andrew is hoping to raise £2,000 towards his fundraising via JustGiving page.

The cycle tour is a key part of Cllr Malloy’s theme for his year in office of promoting and supporting healthy living and leisure activities for the youth of Knutsford.  His aim is to encourage and support physical activity, whether that be walking, running, cycling, swimming, football, tennis, cricket or anything else.  Andrew also aims to establish a starter fund for a skate park.

The Mayor is grateful to Tatton Group, Bruntwood and Bikes’N’Gear for their sponsorship of his cycling jersey and support of his Cycle Tour.

Cllr Andrew Malloy said: “I’m looking forward to touring the borough with some like-minded cyclists, including Cheshire East’s Cycling and Walking Champion Suzie Akers-Smith, promoting an active lifestyle, and hopefully improving the image of cycling for all to try, we all need to try our best to get out of our cars when we can, as our roads become more and more congested.  If you’d like to join us for part of the ride, do please get in touch.  It will also be great to see strengthen links with many towns and villages across the borough.”

The Mayor will pass through the following Towns and villages on Saturday 21 September at the approximate times below.  Where possible he will be greeted by the Town Mayor, Chairman or a local Councillor.  If you are in the area please come out and wave him and his follow riders on as they go past:

Knutsford Town Council Offices: 08:00         Mobberley Rajar Building: 08:17

Alderley Edge Festival Hall: 08:50            Wilmslow Parish Hall:  09:10   

Handforth Youth Centre: 09:25                 Poynton Civic Hall: 10:10

Bollington Town Hall: 10:50                       Macclesfield Town Hall: 11:35

Gawsworth Community Hub: 12:00         Congleton Town Hall: 12:55

Alsager Civic: 14:10                                     Audlem Square: 16:00

Nantwich Civic Hall: 16:45                        Crewe Town Council: 17:25

Sandbach Literary Institute: 18:05           Westfields Sandbach: 18:10

Middlewich Victoria Buildings: 18:50     Holmes Chapel Parish Council: 19:35

Chelford St John’s Evangelist Church: 20:15   Knutsford Town Council Offices: 20:45

To sponsor the Mayor visit: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/cllrandrewmalloymayorofknutsford

L-R Julie Ault, Bruntwood, Nicole Malloy, Mayoress of Knutsford, Cllr Andrew Malloy, Mayor of Knutsford, Paul Bonner, Bikes N Gear (Photo by Jonathan Farber)

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Commemoration of the 80th Anniversary of WWII

Knutsfordians are invited to join Town Mayor Cllr Andrew Malloy for a short service of remembrance at the Centennial War Memorial on Toft Road to recognise the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II. The service takes place at 6pm on Tuesday 3rd September.

The Mayor will be joined by his chaplain, Reverend Paul Deakin for prayers and readings to commemorate this significant anniversary.

Town Mayor Cllr Andrew Malloy said: “Please join me at the centennial memorial to commemorate 80 years since the start of World War II.  This service will be a solemn reminder of the conflict that was never meant to happen, ahead of more celebratory events in May 2020 to recognise the 75th anniversary of VE day.”

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Town Mayor’s Fundraising BBQ a Sizzling Success Despite the Rain!

Mayor of Knutsford Cllr Andrew Malloy hosted a fundraising BBQ on Friday night to raise money to support the Mayor’s fundraising and 2nd Knutsford Scouts. The Mayor’s fundraising this year is raising money for a Skate Park project in Knutsford and supporting local charitable community sports groups promoting youth activity.

Over 60 guests and families braved the rain for the BBQ kindly prepared and served by 2nd Knutsford Scouts.  All the meat, fruit and vegetables came from Edwards and Emmess Butchers and Jonty’s Fruit & Veg in Knutsford Market Hall.  The beer from Tatton Brewery went down well on the bar and the guests still drank Pimms despite the grey skies!

Cllr Andrew Malloy said: “I am delighted to have been able to raise over £540 at my first fundraising event. A big thank you to 2nd Knutsford Scouts who manned the BBQ with a team of fantastic volunteers (both young and old!).  Thank you also to the Deputy Mayor of Cheshire East and the Mayor of Crewe for attending and to my Deputy Cllr Stewart Gardiner for your help on the night.”

The Mayor’s next fundraising event is a Spanish night at Evuna, taking place on Tuesday 10th September. Tickets are £23 and available from Mayor’s PA Annabel Irvine (01565 653 929).

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Front Garden Competition

Knutsford is already blooming with the RHS Tatton Flower Show in town, floral shop window displays plus an upcoming visit from the Northwest In Bloom Competition judges, and now Knutsford Town Council is inviting residents to get involved by nominating gardens for the 2019 Knutsford Front Garden Competition.

The competition, organised by the council in 2019, encourages residents to get involved with the In Bloom campaign and either show off their own beautiful front gardens or maybe nominate a neighbour.

The competition is open to any garden which is on view to members of the public, and anything can be nominated from window boxes to large landscaped gardens. Residents are encouraged to snap a photo of their favourite Knutsford front gardens and enter them into the competition by emailing the picture to the council. Residents can nominate their own gardens, a neighbour’s garden or a garden that they have passed on their travels.

The competition has once again been sponsored by Fryers Garden Centre on Manchester Road who will be providing prizes for the three winners. The competition will be judged by the Town Mayor with representatives from Knutsford in Bloom and Fryers.

“Whether you’re proud of your own garden or think your neighbour’s efforts have been paying off all you need to do is send us a picture to enter it – it’s a fun, local competition focused on recognising the spaces that brighten people’s days” said Town Clerk, Adam Keppel-Green.

The competition opened on Monday 15th July and will be open for one month until Friday 16th August. To enter just send a photograph and the address of the garden to alex.brown@knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk. You can enter as many gardens as you’d like, and can also submit entries in person to the Council Offices on Toft Road.

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Mayor Launches Sizzling Summer Fundraiser

Cllr Andrew Malloy, Mayor of Knutsford has today launched the first of his fundraising events a Summer BBQ which will take place in the evening of Friday 19th July.  2nd Knutsford Scouts will be running the BBQ which will be held in the library gardens, next door to the council offices next to the Council Offices on Toft Road. 

Tickets are priced at just £10 per person (£5 for children aged 12 and under) and a cash bar will be available on the night.  All proceeds raised will support the Mayor’s Charitable Fund and 2nd Knutsford Scouts. The Mayor’s Charitable fund this year  is raising money for a Skate Park for Knutsford and supporting local charitable community sports groups promoting youth activity.

Andrew said: “Please join me and my family for this family friendly event and help raise money for a skate park and local youth sports clubs.  Come and chat to me about my activities during the year, and perhaps your kids can speak to me about mine and their hopes for the town too.”

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.

Photo: Cllr Andrew Malloy, Mayor of Knutsford (back) with members of 2nd Knutsford Scouts, Cubs and Beavers:

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Third Music Festival hailed a success

Knutsford was alive with the sound of music this weekend as the Music Festival took place across the Town. The third annual Festival, organised by Knutsford Town Council, has been hailed a success as residents and visitors alike enjoyed a wide range of musical entertainment in venues across the Town.

Music on the Moor on Saturday afternoon proved particularly popular as families enjoyed live music from acts including Modjango, Gigi and Sam Lyon, African drumming workshops with Drumroots and making their own musical instruments with Kate’s Craft Parties!

Deputy Town Clerk, Lisa Benskin said “it was brilliant to see so many people enjoying this community event and we were very relieved to see the sunshine arrive in time after a lot of rain so far this month! We have received many messages saying how lovely it was to see the Moor so busy and how similar events should be done more often!”

With events featuring Blues, Folk, Alternative and Classical across the weekend, there really was something for everyone.  The Folk at the Theatre event curated by Mark Radcliffe was very popular with an extremely high calibre of well know Folk artists, such as John Smith, fresh from his American tour.

The festival featured 44 acts across 20 venues across four days and organisers were quick to thank those that made the event possible. Knutsford Town Mayor and Lead Member of the Music Festival working Group Cllr Andrew Malloy said “I am delighted with the success of this year’s Knutsford Music Festival, helped by the good weather, but not possible without the hard work of Council Officers, volunteers from Knutsford Hosts, and the support of the good people and businesses of Knutsford and surrounding areas. All the performers I was able to get to see were amazing, I can’t wait to see what 2020 has to offer.”

Lisa added, “without the support of our sponsors Bella Design and Marketing, Wine and Wallop, Glaisyers and Dexter and Jones alongside the venue hosts and businesses taking part in the fringe events, and of course those who bought tickets and came out to support the event, the festival would not be possible, so a huge thank you!”

Cllr James Power, Deputy Chairman of the Events Committee added “The Knutsford music festival shows the very best of this great town. From drumming workshops and performances on the Moor to the superb folk nights with the brilliant Mark Radcliffe to sublime classical music. We have seen so many talented musicians and it’s inspiring to see new artists making their debuts here. This festival was a huge success – a massive thank you to everyone involved.”

Organisers are now undertaking a review of the festival in order to improve it for 2020, if you have any feedback you would like to provide or suggestions to make for 2020 please email lisa.benskin@knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk

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Market Hall excels in LYLM

Knutsford Market Hall have been specially commended by National Association of British Markets Authorities (NABMA) for their contribution to its annual Love your Local Market campaign.

Love your Local Market started on 17th May and lasted for two weeks.  During this time Knutsford Market Hall hosted Egerton School Choir, a Face Painter, Competitions and had a ‘sample’ day offering visitors to the town a taste of all the products the market offers.  There was also a strong social media campaign across Twitter and Facebook.  All traders took part in the campaign.  NABMA gave special praise to Knutsford Market Hall for its strong participation nationally for LYLM with specific mention for photography (Tatton Photography) and trader engagement (The Market Café).  The market overall topped the list of special mentions nationally for its campaign as well.

Sandra Curties, Town Centre Manager, said, “Everyone at The Market Hall was really pleased with the way the campaign went this year.  It has been great to see new faces in the market and our different mix of stalls.  We hope people are realising what a gem the Market is. We host supper clubs, quiz nights and take part in community events all year round.  If you work elsewhere and don’t have time to pop in all our traders are on our website and can be contacted for pre-orders and in many cases delivery. We love our LYLM mugs as well!

Knutsford Market Hall is open every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 8am to 4pm. The Market Café also open on Wednesday. Shoppers at Knutsford Market can find everything for dinner from, fruit and veg, wine and a great range of meat, poultry and fish.  There is a café and you can buy women’s and children’s clothing and accessories and gifts.  There is also a stall offering a weigh and save and eco products. Alongside this is a photography stall offering a full range of both consumer and corporate photography services.

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Town Mayor to lead Civic Parade and Service this Sunday

Knutsfordians are being encouraged to come out to see their new Mayor Cllr Andrew Malloy during his Civic Sunday parade this week. The parade that starts assembles at 1.15pm and sets off at 1.20pm on Sunday 23rd June.  It will start from King Street car park before working its way along King St, Minshull St, Princess St, Church Hill, back across King Street Car park and across the Moor to St Cross Church where the Civic Service will take place led by Revd Paul Deakin.

The Parade will be led by the 2056 (Knutsford) Squadron ATC marching band and include dignitaries and Mayors from Town and Parish Councils across Cheshire as well as other uniformed groups.

Town Mayor Cllr Andrew Malloy said: “The Civic Sunday parade and service is something of a welcome to the new Mayor, and an opportunity for you all to meet your new Mayor.  I would be delighted if as many of you that attended Mayor Making, could also attend the service and parade, and show me your support as you have done many times before.

It would be nice to meet many of you face to face, a change from many of our regular chats on social media.

If you are not able to attend the service, perhaps you could support the parade, by helping line the streets and give us all a cheer as we walk past, that would be truly lovely.

As my year will be about supporting youth and activity/sport, it would be great to see many youngsters, and local sporting clubs out too.

I look forward to seeing you on 23rd June.”

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 Council gains vacant possession of 60 King Street

Knutsford Town Council has now gained vacant possession of 60 King Street. La Belle Epoque Limited vacated the premises by 4pm on Sunday (16th) when the Town Council entered the building and took possession. This marked the end of four challenging years between the council as landlord and La Belle Epoque Limited as tenant which had included the non-payment of rent, unauthorised alterations and frustration of essential repairs.

Notwithstanding the message, the council was extremely disappointed that La Belle Epoque put the public at risk by hanging two banners off the Gaskell Memorial Tower on Friday afternoon. When the banners were removed it was apparent that the wood used to weight the banners was close to falling off and down onto King Street. 

Moving Forward

Following an options appraisal, the Town Council has resolved to progress finding a new tenant to occupy the building. It is anticipated that the building will be let on a full repairing and insuring lease, removing the obligation on the town council of being responsible for the building’s maintenance. It is anticipated that as a result of the change in lease the council will save taxpayers money by offsetting the required council tax.

During the next few weeks the Town Council will be agreeing the heads of terms for a new leasing arrangement and appointing a commercial estate agent to market the property. It is anticipated that the property will be advertised in late July/early August.

Whilst the property is empty, the council will utilise the window space for local businesses to host pop-up window displays, something the council encourages other landlords with vacant properties to do, to reduce the visual impact of empty shops on the high street.

Cllr Andrew Malloy, Town Mayor said “This marks the end of four years of dispute with our former tenant. The council takes no joy in the outcome but looks to the future in securing a new occupier for this iconic Knutsford building”. 

Cllr Peter Coan, Chairman of the council’s Assets and Operations Committee added “This presents us with an opportunity to re-let the property on more favourable terms for the local council tax payers. We look forward to a new occupancy with a tenant that will secure for the town a vibrant centre piece we can truly be proud of”. 

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