Notice of By-Elections

The countdown to two by-elections for Knutsford Town Council has officially commenced with the publication of the formal notice of election.

The elections, which if contested will both be held on Thursday May 6th, were called following the resignation of Katherine Fletcher in April 2020 (Nether Ward) and the death of Barbara Hamilton Coan in November (Bexton Ward). The elected councillors will serve until the next full elections in May 2023.

Those vying for election can download nomination papers from the Electoral Commission website or from Macclesfield Town Hall and candidates now have until 4pm on Thursday 8th April to hand-deliver their nomination papers to the Returning Officer at Macclesfield Town Hall.

Candidates need a proposer and seconder living in the ward in which they are standing and must phone 01270 685922 to make an appointment to deliver completed nomination papers.

Town Clerk, Adam Keppel-Green said “This is your opportunity to put yourself forward to represent the community and help direct the work of the town council. We will provide all the training and guidance that new councillors need, and councils are strongest with a diverse membership, so please don’t think that being a councillor is not for you.”

Unlike borough councillors, town councillors do not receive an allowance and freely give their time in service to the community.

Residents who are not yet registered to vote in the by-elections, which take place the same day as elections for the Police and Crime Commissioner, have until 19th April to apply – applications can be made online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.  Applications for postal or proxy votes must be made by 5pm on Tuesday 20th April

Formal Notices

Notice of Election – Bexton Ward

Notice of Election – Nether Ward

A group sit in a circle playing drums

Music Festival Postponed to August

Knutsford Music Festival has been postponed to August 2021 by organisers Knutsford Town Council.

The festival, traditionally held in June, was due to feature from 11th to 13th June 2021, but has been rearranged for 13th to 15th August. This is to allow a better chance for the festival to proceed safely as the country slowly moves out of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions over the spring and summer months. The festival was launched in 2017 and enjoyed three successful years before the pandemic saw its cancellation in 2020.

The Town Council is keenly now planning for an August festival which will bring together an array of musicians in a three-day celebration of local talent. The event will feature festival staples including folk events, free Saturday afternoon session Music on the Moor as well as the fringe festival featuring many local businesses.

Music will also be brought directly to the town centre streets as musicians will entertain shoppers and visitors throughout the festival weekend.

Any musicians wanting to apply to perform at this year’s festival can still get in touch by contacting info@knutsfordmusicfestival.com.

Knutsford Town Council will continue to monitor the current lockdown situation and whether the event can go ahead and will provide updates to the public as plans proceed. For full updates and news you can visit www.knutsfordmusicfestival.com or follow the festival on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Simon Hutchence and Stewart Gardiner (Mayor) in front of encylopedias

The Mayor’s Virtual Quiz – 26th March 2021

The Mayor of Knutsford is inviting residents for an evening of fun at home with his first fundraising event of 2021 – a virtual quiz next Friday (26th March, 7:30pm)

The lockdown restrictions have meant that the quiz is Cllr Stewart Gardiner’s first fundraising event since his term began in November and he is keen to welcome as many people as possible to get involved and raise some much-needed funds for his chosen charities, the Royal British Legion and St Vincent de Paul Society.

Stewart said: “Do you think you have what it takes to be a contestant on The Chase or Pointless but not sure if you know your Archimedes from your archipelagos? Well, here’s your opportunity to test your knowledge and have some fun at the same time by joining the Town Mayor’s virtual quiz and helping me raise funds for my chosen charities.”

The quiz, which has been written by the Mayor’s Consort, Simon Hutchence, will take place using Zoom with teams working in breakout rooms to test their knowledge. Teams are capped at six people and with a £5 per person entry fee which supports the mayor’s chosen charities. 

To register your team contact Dan Wheatcroft on dan.wheatcroft@knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk with the details of your team – a team name, the names of participants and email addresses for each Zoom group within your team.