Nominations are now open for the annual Town Awards and Knutsford Town Council are encouraging everyone to nominate exceptional members of the community to be recognised for their efforts in contributing to the local community.
The Town Awards will be presented as part of the Annual Town Meeting taking place on Thursday 7th March. The Town Awards aim to highlight and celebrate both volunteers and local businesses for their dedication and contributions to benefit the community over the last year. This year’s awards will be hosted at St John the Baptist’s Church.
There are four awards categories:
- Civic Award made to an individual (or group of individuals) who give their time to the community.
- Business Award goes to a local business for their work engaging and contributing to the community.
- Community Award goes to a community organisation to recognise the work they do in the community.
- Youth Award recognises the members of our community 21 and under.
Three Civic Awards are presented by the Town Council, as well as one Business Award, one Community Award and one Youth Award. Commendations and special awards may also be made.
Knutsford based Forum of Private Business have sponsored the Town Awards since their launch in 2013 and are sponsoring the awards again this year. Ian Cass, Managing Director of the Forum, said:
“The Forum of Private Business are delighted to once again be sponsoring the Knutsford Town Awards. As a business the Forum have been part of the Knutsford community for 41 years.
We are one of the UK’s foremost business membership and support organisations and enjoy a strong working relationship with many of Knutsford’s small private businesses as well as the wider Knutsford community.
What makes Knutsford so special is the people, be it in business, charitable and volunteer work and as a supportive local community and that’s why we are delighted to be doing our bit to support our town.”
Nominations can be made online at www.knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk/community/town-awards and by nomination form which can be picked up from Knutsford Market Hall and The Welcome Café. The deadline for nominations is 31st January 2019.
Knutsford’s first council housing development has been recognised with a Blue Plaque. Heathfield Square was built in 1922 by the Knutsford Urban District Council as part of the government’s ‘Homes fit for Heroes’ campaign. The square, off Northwich Roads features a collection of houses with detailed brickwork and is one of Knutsford’s five Conservation Areas.
The blue plaque was installed as part of Knutsford Town Council’s World War I Commemorations Programme and was ‘unveiled’ by Mayor of Knutsford, Cllr Peter Coan.
Speaking of the installation of the new plaque, Town Clerk, Adam Keppel-Green said “Blue plaques help bring the history of our town into everyday familiarity and the new plaque at Heathfield Square will be a reminder of the heroes who returned from the Great War, and the heroes who did not”
Heathfield Square becomes home to Knutsford’s seventeenth Blue Plaque, others include County Terrace and The Royal George Hotel, as well as the homes of Henry Royce and Alison Utley. The Town Council launched a blue plaque scheme in 2015 and has since installed seven new plaques. Nominations for new blue plaques, and the details of existing plaques, can be found here.
The winners of Knutsford Christmas Window Competition were presented with their Certificates and a trophy for the overall winner by the Mayor, Cllr Peter Coan on Thursday 13th December.
Each year both the standard and number of entries continues to get higher and higher, entries from a range of retailers and businesses, including; Clarity Contemporary Jewellers, Gerald’s the Jewellers, White Orchid, Mr Simms and Clare and Illingworth. This year the winner was Cohens the Chemist, second place was Lockton’s the Hairdressers and third place Pulse of Perfumery.
The Mayor, Cllr Peter Coan said “It is wonderful to see so many shops, restaurants and businesses getting into the Christmas spirit and joining in this competition. Congratulations to the three worthy winners and to everyone who made the effort to add some Christmas sparkle to our town. We know it is a busy time of year for all and we are grateful for the time and effort given to these wonderful displays. Of course, the true winners are the visitors and residents of Knutsford who get to enjoy the lovely displays”.
The examination of the Knutsford Neighbourhood Plan has now commenced, following a six week consultation.
In a letter from the appointed inspector, Andy Mead, it has been confirmed that the examination will be undertaken by written representations and a hearing is unlikely. The Inspector is aiming to issue his draft report withing 4-6 weeks.
You can view the Inspector’s letter here: Inspector’s Letter to Knutsford Town Council.
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.email@example.com.
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.”
A child’s visit to Knutsford Christmas Market wouldn’t be complete without a visit to see Santa and his Elves.
Situated on Silk Mill Street, Santa’s grotto will be open throughout the Christmas Market, closing before the reindeer parade at 5pm on 1st December to allow Santa to prepare his reindeer and sleigh before arriving in Canute Place to switch on the new Christmas lights.
Tony Riley of Ivy Cottage Tree Farm, supplier of the town’s shop front Christmas trees has kindly agreed to help decorate the grotto this year, donating a Christmas tree and decorations.
“We are very pleased to support Knutsford Town Council and, of course, Father Christmas in their efforts to raise funds for such a great charity. Every child deserves to have a magical Christmas and the Children’s Adventure Farm Trust do a great job of trying to ensure that is the case”
Ivy Cottage Tree Farm, Cheshire’s biggest grower of Christmas trees, encourages residents to buy Christmas trees direct and is and based on Racecourse Road, Wilmslow. Open 7 days a week from 20th November.
The grotto will raise funds for the Children’s Adventure Farm Trust.
Knutsford has won the sought-after Gold Award in the North West in Bloom competition for the third year running. Volunteers from Knutsford in Bloom worked in partnership with the Town Council to provide stunning displays around the town.
Knutsford in Bloom is a volunteer group established in 2009 which is made up of 10 dedicated members. The success of this year’s entry is even more impressive given the long drought that preceded the judging day in July this year.
The group is now looking for new members to join, offering opportunities to be involved in larger projects such as planting a wildflower meadow as well as the opportunity to work on displays in prominent town centre locations.
Sam Youd, member of the group and former Head Gardener at Tatton Park, is particularly keen to see younger people involved in the projects, inviting interest from local schools and youth groups such as the Scouts and Guides.
Cllr James Power, Chairman of the Town Council Environment Committee said “A massive thank you to the incredible volunteers who have won gold again for Knutsford. I would encourage anyone who is interested in joining Knutsford in bloom to get in touch”
If you or your group would like to know more about how you could be involved, contact the Town Council to register your interest in taking part on 01565 653929 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
This year, Remembrance Sunday (11th November) marks 100 years since the end of the First World War. The timetable of Remembrance for 2018 is as follows:
0845 Service at St Cross Church
0920 Wreath laying and Prayers at Cross Town war memorial
1000 Parade assembles at Drury Lane
1015 Parade from Drury Lane to St Johns Church
1045 Remembrance Service at St Johns Church
1145 Parade to Centennial War Memorial
1200 Wreath laying and prayers at Centennial War Memorial
1220 Parade back Drury Lane
1245 Wreath laying and prayers at the War Memorial Cottage Hospital
1345 Wreath laying and prayers at the Tatton Park Parachute Regiment Memorial
1430 Refreshments at Council Offices
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.email@example.com.
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
Knutsford Town Council’s Neighbourhood Plan Committee is celebrating as it reaches the key milestone of submitting the final draft of the Neighbourhood Plan to Cheshire East Council. The Neighbourhood Plan has been painstakingly prepared by a team of councillors and volunteer residents over the past four years and has been informed by three public consultations.
The submission of the plan to Cheshire East brings the plan sees its adoption on the horizon with it now being subject a final statutory consultation which runs until November 23rd. Members of the public can view the Neighbourhood Plan and its supporting documents on the Neighbourhood Plan website – www.knutsfordneighbourhoodplan.org.uk and comments on the policies can be submitted to Cheshire East Council.
The plan will go to examination by a planning expert in December with a public referendum on its adoption expected in February, but by reaching this crucial stage the policies already begin to have some weight in making planning decisions.
Town Clerk Adam Keppel-Green said “We are proud to be reaching this key stage and moving a step closer to the Neighbourhood Plan being brought into force. Once again we would like to place on record our thanks to all those who have taken the time to contribute to the plan and especially to the volunteers on our working groups who have helped us create a Neighbourhood Plan”
Nearly 100 residents have worked on the detail of the polices and hundreds more have fed into the process at consultations over the past few years. The Town Council was supported by Macclesfield based Urban Imprint who provided technical knowledge and have helped ensure the plan meets its statutory requirements.