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Mayor’s Christmas Fundraising Events

Cllr Peter Coan, Mayor of Knutsford, is getting into the Christmas Spirit this next week with his fundraising events.

On Saturday 1 December we will be selling raffle tickets for £2 each at the Mayor’s Market Stall.  There is one prize and it’s a big one!   The winner will get over 100 prizes generously donated by all the stallholders at the Knutsford Christmas Market.  This prize really will ‘sort’ Christmas for the lucky winner.  Come and visit the stall on Princess Street (nr Silk Mill Street) and buy your ticket for a chance to win this amazing prize.  The winning ticket will be drawn by the Mayor at the Light Switch On at 6pm on the performance stage in Canute Place.

Our last fundraising event of the year is a fantastic festive visit and lunch at Tatton Mansion on Tuesday 4 December from 11am onwards.  Tickets are on sale now for £25 per person.  This includes the visit, a two-course festive lunch, coffee and free parking.  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.

Cllr Peter Coan the Mayor said: “I have had a fantastic fundraising year so far having already raised £1300.  I do hope you will be able to support my Mayor’s stall as this usually raises a significant amount of money for my local charities.  Please join me for my festive lunch and visit at Tatton Mansion, which will be a fantastic Christmas event.”

 

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Come Dine with the Mayor on 13 November!

Cllr Peter Coan, Mayor of Knutsford, today launched his latest fundraising event a “Come Dine with the Mayor” which will take place in the evening of Tuesday 13th November.  Brasserie Blanc is hosting a seasonal two course meal which includes a glass of wine on arrival.

Tickets are priced £17.50 per person and 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.

Cllr Peter Coan the Mayor said: “I do hope you will be able to join me for a relaxed evening of food, drink at Brasserie Blanc to help me to raise money for my local charities.  All welcome!”

From Left: Cllr Peter Coan, Mayor of Knutsford, James Billson, Manager, Brasserie Blanc (standing), Ann Coan, Mayoress of Knutsford

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Come Dine with the Mayor on 4 October!

Cllr Peter Coan, Mayor of Knutsford, today launched his third fundraising event a “Come Dine with the Mayor” which will take place in the evening of Thursday 4th October.  King Street’s Gusto is hosting a delicious three course meal which includes a glass of Prosecco on arrival.

Tickets are priced at £25 per person and 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.

Cllr Peter Coan the Mayor said: “I do hope you will be able to join me for a relaxed evening of food, drink at one of my favourite Knutsford restaurants.  All welcome!”

Standing L-R: from Gusto: Fernando Poveda, Manager and Lucy Wood, Sales and Events Manager

Seated L-R: Mrs Ann Coan, Mayoress of Knutsford, Cllr Peter Coan, Mayor of Knutsford

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Floral Walk – Results!

Knutsford shops and businesses, as usual, put on a beautiful Floral Walk display to celebrate the RHS Flower Show which took place in Tatton Park last week.

Two competitions make up the “Floral Walk”.  The formal RHS competition, judged by RHS with strict criteria for those who enter, and the informal competition led by the Town Council with winners chosen by the public on social media.

The formal RHS competition winner was Clare & Illingworth and they were presented with their prize on Wednesday 18th July.

The public vote was quite different with:

1st Place               Old Sessions House

2nd Place              Wine and Wallop

3rd Place               Pulse of Perfumery

Mayor of Knutsford, Councillor Peter Coan, presented the top three with their certificates on Tuesday 24th July and the winner gets the illustrious trophy to display for the year.

Councillor Coan said, “The whole week has been absolutely inspiring.  The amount of time and effort shown by local businesses is amazing and seems to get better with each passing year.  Our town looks fantastic and is a credit to all involved.  Well done everybody!”

Stephen Evans, Chief Executive of Carrwood Limited, who own The Old Sessions House, said, “The team of The Old Sessions House are delighted to have participated and won this year’s competition.  We never underestimate the importance of fully participating in local initiatives, as this helps to promote our fabulous town.  It was a total team effort and a big thank you to all who voted for us!”

Mayor and Mayoress of Knutsford with the team from The Old Sessions House

With Jemma from Wine and Wallop

With Peter and Danielle from Pulse of Perfumery

 

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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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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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Remembrance Sunday Commemorations in Knutsford

The Annual Service of Remembrance will take place at St John’s Church on Sunday 13 November.

The Remembrance Parade will assemble at Drury Lane at 10.00 am and march via King Street, Tatton Street, Canute Place and Princess Street to arrive at St John’s in time for the service to commence at 10.45 am. Following the service, at approximately 12.00 pm, the parade will reassemble on Church Hill and march back to Drury Lane via King Street.

 

Other services, to which everyone is welcome, are:

8.45 am : Service of Remembrance at St Cross Church, Mobberley Road

9.20 am : Prayers and wreath-laying at the War Memorial on Mobberley Road

12.30 pm : Prayers and wreath-laying at the War Memorial Cottage  Hospital on Northwich Road

1.30 pm : Prayers and wreath-laying at the Airborne Forces Memorial in Tatton Park

 

Knutsford Methodist Church will be kindly providing transportation, thanks to Knutsford Community Transport, for the elderly or infirm who would like to attend the services at the Hospital and Tatton Park. Should you wish to take advantage of the transport, please contact the Mayor’s PA, Clare Stuart West, on 01565 653929 or clare.stuart-west@knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk as there are limited seats available.

 

The Mayor will be holding a minute’s silence at the front of Knutsford Town Council Offices on Toft Road at 11.00 am on Friday 11 November.  Anyone who wishes to join the Mayor in remembrance at this time would be warmly welcomed.

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Knutsford Mayor announces fundraising total

At the end of his 12 months of fundraising, Knutsford Mayor, Cllr Tony Dean, this week announced a record-breaking amount of £12,155.28 for his chosen charities: Knutsford District Scouts and The Salvation Army.

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Knutsford Mayor, Cllr Tony Dean, with Capt Becky Ward of The Salvation Army and Rob Lyons from Knutsford District Scouts

Cllr Dean’s fundraising year started with a Treasure Hunt whereby intrepid hunters followed clues to well-known sights around the town.  Overall winners, Knutsford Lions, were presented with vouchers for Knutsford Market, whilst the lucky children’s winner received a mammoth chocolate hamper courtesy of Mr Simm’s Old Sweet Shoppe, who also provided every child with a chocolate coin.

 

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In September, golfers teed off on a gloriously sunny afternoon at Heyrose Golf Club raising over £2,000, with tee sponsors including Knutsford Directory, Café Tuscano, Elite Health and Eden Collection and prizes donated by Hunters Gin, Arnold Clark Car & Van Rental and American Golf.

Despite the weather at Knutsford Christmas Market, it didn’t dampen the spirits for those wanting to Win Christmas and one lucky winner walked away with over 70 prizes from the stalls on the market, including a Christmas Tree with lights from Fryers’ Garden Centre!

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 100 quizzers in 19 teams battled it out to take the crown from last year’s winners.

The highlight of every Mayor is the Mayor’s Charity Ball which, this year, was a glittering affair at The Mere and sponsored by The Courthouse Hotel.  With entertainment kindly sponsored by Fisher German, guests were treated to close-up magic from Carl Royle during a sparkling reception then serenaded by talented young Knutsford Academy student Josh Whittaker during a sumptuous 3-course dinner, after which guests danced till they dropped to Midnight Cats.  Gifts were provided for each guest from On the Pulse of Perfumery and Arnold Clark Car & Van Rental.

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, cinema and even a Tapas & Sangria cruise!  The first prize winner of the raffle was treated to Dinner Bed & Breakfast at Cottons, whilst the silent auction included a full car service from Bob Farnon and a beautiful pendant necklace from Gerald’s the Jewellers.  The Grand Auction, expertly conducted by Peter Ashburner of Wright Marshall, included a portrait shoot by Andrew Collier Photography, a weekend at a Radisson Hotel and a Fortnum & Mason hamper.

Added to that, there was also the generosity of the numerous table sponsors including Jack Rabbit’s, Knutsford Directory, MPC Treasury Solutions, Elite Health, Brookdale Clinic, DGT International, Wright Marshall, and Knutsford Admin which culminated in an amazing £6,000 being raised on the evening.

Cllr Tony Dean said: “I’m astounded by the wealth of support and generosity of the businesses and people of Knutsford and beyond. My thanks and appreciation go out to all those who joined me at my events, to those who gave up their time to sell raffle tickets and to the numerous businesses who so generously provided sponsorship and prizes to ensure the success of each event.   Thank you Knutsford!”

The Mayor’s final event was “An Evening of Song” with the Mancunian Singers at Knutsford Methodist Church.  Conducted by Gordon Roberts, a great friend of the Mayor’s, the audience was treated to a huge variety of songs from the traditional to Bohemian Rhapsody through to songs from the musicals.

Captain Becky Ward, of the Salvation Army, said: “We’re so very grateful to Knutsford Mayor for choosing The Salvation Army as one of his charities this year and we’re overwhelmed to receive such a sum, we weren’t expecting that much at all.  The money will make such a difference to the help and support that we offer to our community.”

Martin Relton, District Commissioner of Knutsford District Scouts said: “Our meeting places are in important element in us continuing to deliver high quality Scouting in and around Knutsford for our young people and also in attracting more volunteer leaders. The money raised by the Mayor’s charity this year will be used to rebuild and upgrade our Scout venues. Knutsford Scouts have enjoyed working alongside the Mayor this year and we are grateful for all the time and effort put in by Cllr Tony Dean and his team in raising this money.“

 

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