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Two Awards for Knutsford

Knutsford collected two awards at the 59th Community Pride Competition organized by Cheshire Community Action on Thursday 15th October. The awards, held at Ellesmere Port Civic Hall saw towns and villages across the county recognised in a range of categories in the presence of a large gathering of Civic Leaders, Parish Councillors, Competition Judges and enthusiasts.

Deputy Town Mayor Cllr Jan Nicholson with Cllrs Christine and Christopher Gray

Deputy Town Mayor Cllr Jan Nicholson with Cllrs Christine and Christopher Gray

Knutsford came second behind Sandbach in the Best Market Town category of the Cheshire Community Pride Competition for the second year running and also collected a Little Gem award for the Marble Arch.

Knutsford was represented at the annual awards presentation by Deputy Town Mayor, Jan Nicholson and Cllrs Christine Gray and Christopher Gray.

Cllr Nicholson said “It was a delight to receive two certificates for Knutsford at the recent community pride awards ceremony held at Ellesmere Port.”

“It was a joy to witness the enthusiasm of the volunteers from towns and villages within Cheshire who give their time to make the environment worthy of merit.”

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Millennium Bursary 2015

The annual Millennium Bursary is now open for applications from students who are currently studying in their second year of Higher education. Applications are being accepted online at with a deadline of 12pm Friday December 11th 2015.  The main award is £500.

The bursary is the initiative of Knutsford Town Council supported by the Knutsford Lions Club and has been awarded every year since it was founded in 2000. It is aimed at students who will be going into their third year of higher education in September 2015.

As part of the application applicants must submit a short statement of no more than 200 words demonstrating how the award would benefit their chosen course of study, with particular reference to how it may help a project or dissertation.

To be eligible for the bursary applicants must normally reside in Knutsford or Toft. Informal interviews will take place in late December and the winner of the bursary will be announced shortly thereafter.

Town Mayor, Cllr Tony Dean said “We are delighted to again invite students to apply for the Millennium Bursary and encourage all those eligible to apply, to do so.”

Last year’s Bursary was awarded to Jessica Dytham who is reading English and History at the University of Nottingham with an additional award being made by the Knutsford Lions to Ben Dodd.

Applicants should complete the application online (click here), and can contact the Town Council on 01565 653 929 or if they have any queries.

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Open Spaces Survey

Knutsford Town Council is continuing to work towards meeting the aims of its 2020 Vision; now with a survey asking residents what should happen to the numerous areas of public open space in Knutsford. In the plan, adopted in 2014, the Council set out an aim of “ensuring Knutsford’s open and green spaces are protected and where possible, improved”.

The Town Council has created a map and database of all publically accessible land in Knutsford with a view to protecting the spaces for future generations and working with owners to make improvements and now wants to hear from residents what they think should happen to their spaces.

The Council has started the process of writing to residents living around a number of the identified spaces and is now appealing for all residents to share their thoughts on how areas could be improved.

“We want to hear from as many residents as possible on how they want to see their open spaces preserved; it could be that they need to just remain as they are or residents may feel that spaces would benefit from trees planting, benches installing etc.” said Town Clerk, Adam Keppel-Garner.

The map of identified land can be viewed at and comments can be sent to the Town Clerk at or via the Council Offices.

“The feedback we receive will be shared with the owners of the land and also provide data for the emerging Neighbourhood Plan” Adam added.

The Town Council has already begun receiving feedback with one resident commenting “I think it is fantastic we have a council who recognise the importance of these open spaces”.

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Allotments Transfer to Town Council

The third asset transfer from Cheshire East Council to Knutsford Town Council has now completed with two allotment sites now under Town Council control.

Chairman of Knutsford Allotment Society, Paul Howard with Cllr Tony Dean, Mayor of Knutsford at the Warren Avenue Allotments

Paul Howard with Cllr Tony Dean at the Warren Avenue Allotments

The Allotments at Sparrow Lane and Warren Avenue have been transferred through a 125 year lease to the Town Council; this follows the freehold transfer of public toilets and markets.

Town Mayor, Cllr Tony Dean said “I am delighted to see the third asset transfer complete and the Council looks forward to working with the Allotment Society on improving these Allotments. It is great to see there is such a demand for allotments in Knutsford.”

The Town Council will be working closely with the Allotment Society to improve facilities at the two sites and promote the allotments to residents. After a small investment to improve the sites from the town council the allotments will cover their own costs with all money generated through allotment rents being invested back into the two sites.

Chairman of the Allotment Society, Paul Howard said “Knutsford Allotment Society is looking forward to working with its new landlords, Knutsford Town Council, in continuing to manage its allotment gardens at Warren Avenue and Sparrow Lane. The Society will also be seeking, in partnership with Knutsford Town Council, to enhance allotment provision in Knutsford & to improve the existing sites. Any Knutsford resident who wishes to join the current waiting list for an allotment should visit the Knutsford Town Council website for details”

The Town Council is now working towards to the transfer of the Town Council Offices and three areas of public open space.

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Civic Sunday & Town Awards

Knutsford Town Mayor, Cllr Tony Dean, will be formally introduced to the town on Civic Sunday, 28th June.

The annual parade through town lead by the Mayor starts at 9:45 on King Street Car Park. The parade will process along King Street onto Tatton Street, Canute Place and along Princess Street into the Methodist Church for the Civic Service at  10:45.

The service will be followed by light refreshments before the commencement of the Town Awards Ceremony at 1pm. This year 5 have been shortlisted for the Civic Award, 3 for the Business Award and 3 for the Community Award! The Youth Award will also be presented to a deserving young Knutsfordian.

All are welcome to attend the parade, service and Town Awards.

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A note from the outgoing Town Mayor

Well, what a year! 141 civic engagements, 357 miles travelled within Knutsford and a further 1,269 miles representing the town elsewhere. Mr Mayor, Thank-you for deputising for me on other occasions when I couldn’t be in three places at once or when the venue was sadly inaccessible.

Mayor Neil (small)

Cllr Neil Forbes Knutsford Town Mayor 2014/15

Those who have heard me speak of my views on volunteering and the voluntary sector, know I think it is the thread which stiches the fabric of society together. I had thought quite a lot of this nature went on in Knutsford but I wildly underestimated it. It has been a real eye opener seeing all the benevolent individuals and groups within the town and hearing of the good works they do. The ‘many threads of the fabric’ if you will. Knutsford’s cloth is golden indeed.

You may recall a year ago I said, “I’d be the first to agree I’m no poster-boy” so I must apologise to Knutsford Guardian readers who have seen me grinning at them over their cornflakes at the breakfast table for as many as 6 times in the same edition. There was also the ‘Knutsfordian’ exhibition, where my slightly scary portrait was captured on canvas. I’ve also been ‘photo-bombed’ by the Chancellor and been in many a selfie by younger residents. So I may need to revise my poster boy comment albeit a little too late.

That said, I am perhaps most fortunate not to have been Mayor of High Wycombe.

I’ve heard it said by some that, “Behind every good man stands a good women”. If that is true, I have been doubly blessed. Those that know Jacquelyn will know we are like ‘chalk and cheese’ so, Jacqui, thanks for indulging me over the last year and supporting me metaphorically and literally throughout it, even at engagements on Christmas Day and on your own birthday (both this year and last).

Now to the other woman in my life! Clare (my PA) is a god-send with, it would appear, boundless energy, enthusiasm and good spirits. I could not have done so much without her efficient and effective control of my diary (and me for that matter).

Ever with an eye on the Equalities Act I must give grateful thanks to two men too: The Town Clerk for keeping me and the council on the straight and narrow legally and to the Reverend Rob Cotton (my chaplain) for doing similarly spiritually. That plus his pastoral care and quiet concern, making sure I wasn’t taking on too much.

At this point a thank-you on behalf of Jacquelyn to a past Mayoress Joan Fairhurst for her wise words and millinery support.

I must also thank all Knutsfordians and businesses large and small who joined in helping raise money for this year’s fund to support Knutsford GROW and St John’s Wood Lunch Club. Whether you baked or bought cakes at the ‘Cake Off’, competed or were in the audience of the ‘Talent Factor’, tried to ‘Win the Market’ at Christmas, simply gave a donation, ate for charity at Loch Fyne or The Old Sessions House or Gusto’s (and in some cases all three), bought raffle tickets, contributed to a street collection, took part in the pub quiz (we couldn’t have squeezed any more teams in) or ‘Rocked with the Mayor’ at the Ball, thank-you each and every one of you from me and on behalf of the two organisations concerned.

Which brings me to how much we’ve raised.

The fund to be split between the two organisations amounts to £9,067.62.

Additionally for Knutsford GROW (it being a charity whilst St John’s Wood Lunch Club is a good cause albeit an excellent one) I secured match funding for a couple of the things we did. This from a surprisingly shy organisation. A further £1,437.22 has been paid to Knutsford GROW directly making the total amount raised by Knutsford (not me) for the year £10,504.84.

Mr Mayor, in closing I wish you well. My Mayoress kept a memories’ box of things for me, your year will flash by, I recommend you do the same. In the year ahead, I am determined not to be an ‘Edward Heath’ figure. If anyone catches me doing so please do let me know.

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2015 Election Results

Knutsford residents went to the polls on Thursday 7th May to vote in elections for all three tiers of government; national, Cheshire East Council and Knutsford Town Council.

In the Tatton Parliamentary elections, George Osborne [CON]  was returned with 26,552 votes –  a majority of 18,241. Georges Osborne has subsequently been reappointed as Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Cheshire East Council Election

Knutsford elected three councillors to Cheshire East Council.

Turnout: 68.74%

DEAN, TonyConservative3,503Elected
GARDINER, StewartConservative3,758Elected
TEMPEST, JulieIndependent2,193
GODDEN, JosephLabour2,383
WELLS-BRADSHAW, HayleyConservative2,915Elected

Knutsford Town Council Election

Knutsford Town Council comprises 15 councillors elected across 4 wards.

Bexton Ward

Bexton Ward was not contested and the three nominated candidates were duly elected.

DEAN, TonyConservativeElected
GRAY, ChristineConservativeElected
HUTCHENCE, SimonConservativeElected

Nether Ward

Nether Ward elects three councillors to the Town Council.

Turnout: 68.63%

GRAY, ChristopherConservative 690Elected
GARDINER, StewartConservative855Elected
POWER, JamesConservative650Elected
TEMPEST, JulieIndependent650

Lots were drawn to resolve the dead heat, and James Power won.

Over Ward

Over Ward elects six councillors to the Town Council.

Turnout: 60.47%

BANCROFT, YvonneIndependent1209Elected
COAN, PeterConservative886Elected
FARBER, JonathanConservative905Elected
FORBES, NeilConservative921Elected
FROEHLICH, JaneConservative819
GOODRICH, JulianConservative871Elected
HOUGHTON, MichaelConservative811
MALLOY, AndrewIndependent1278Elected

Norbury Booths Ward

Norbury Booths Ward elects three councillors to the Town Council.

Turnout: 77.62%

GREENSTEIN, CharlotteIndependent802Elected
NICHOLSON, JanetConservative 970Elected
WELLS-BRADSHAW, HayleyConservative 870Elected
WELLS-BRADSHAW, JonConservative 764


The new councillors will take office on Monday 11th May and their first meeting is Mayor Making on May 18th.

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Love your Local Market

LYLMKnutsford will be celebrating its Markets as part of the national Love your Local Market campaign on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th May. The campaign is a celebration of the UK markets industry and is now in its fourth year – but this is the first time Knutsford is part of the celebrations. The national campaign is supported by the National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA).

Visitors to the Indoor Market on the two days will be treated to some great special offers from the traders and have the opportunity enter a host of competitions with some great prizes provided by the traders themselves.

Children visiting the market will be offered free balloons and badges to show their support and on Saturday from 10 to 2 will be able to have their faces painted while parents explore what is on offer at the market.

“It’s all about celebrating the town’s market” said Town Clerk, Adam Keppel-Garner.

“Hopefully we can encourage new shoppers to visit the market and raise more awareness of what is on offer in our Market Hall. A key focus on the event is also on meeting the independent traders running the stalls” Adam added.

Friday 15th also hosts the third trial Outdoor Market from 10 to 4, with 13 traders offering fresh fish, garden plants and flowers, tasty pies, gourmet teas and coffee and freshly made pizzas.

President of NABMA, Mick Barker said “Love Your Local Market provides a great opportunity to show the importance of markets to the local community.”

Visit the Knutsford Market website –

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Nominations Open for Town Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2015 Town Awards which aims to recognise those who give time for the Knutsford Community.

Town Clerk & FPB CEO

Town Clerk, Adam Keppel-Garner and CEO of the Forum of Private Business, Phil Orford.

Sponsored for the third consecutive year by Knutsford based Forum of Private Business, the Town Awards will this year feature a special sponsor’s award – the ‘Young Entrepreneurs Award’ chosen by Forum of Private Business CEO Phil Orford and Sales Director Ian Cass.

There are four categories for nominations to be made are:

  • Civic Award – made to individuals who have worked to the benefit of the Knutsford community
  • Business Award – made to a business which has made a positive contribution to the Knutsford Community
  • Community Award – made to a community group or organisation which has worked to the benefit of Knutsford
  • Youth Award – made to an individual aged 21 or under who has worked to the benefit of the Knutsford community

“The Forum of Private Business is once again delighted to sponsor Knutsford’s Town Awards. The company and staff have played an integral part of our town’s activities for over 35 years and celebrating the civic, community, youth and business contributions is something we can all be rightly proud of. This year, the addition of the Young Entrepreneur Award will help bring or education, business and youth communities closer together” said Forum CEO Phil Orford

The 2014 awards saw 171 nominations submitted to the decision panel which had such a tough time deciding who should be given the 6 awards that it made commendations to an additional three community heroes.

“The aim of these awards is to recognise the unsung heroes in our community; those who give their time to the good of Knutsford; the businesses which go above and beyond in promoting the community they have become part of and the community organisations which make Knutsford such a special place to live” said Town Clerk, Adam Keppel-Garner.

Nominations to the four categories can be made online at the Town Council website or at Knutsford Market, the library, the Welcome and Knutsford Heritage Centre. Nominations close on May 29th and the Awards will be presented at a special ceremony on Civic Sunday – June 28th.

Make your nomination – 

Photo courtesy of the Knutsford Guardian.

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Annual Town Meeting 2015

The 2015 Annual Town Meeting is to be held tonight at 7pm in the Cranford Suite, Curzon.

21 Community Organisations are booked to attend and give a short (up to 5 mins) talk on their work over the past year and going forward.

  1. Knutsford Beer Festival
  2. Knutsford Promenades
  3. Promote Knutsford Forum
  4. Knutsford Community First Responders Trust
  5. Friends of the Heath
  6. Knutsford Hosts
  7. Knutsford Patient Participation Groups
  8. Knutsford & District Good Neighbours
  9. Nether Ward Community Group
  10. Friends of the Moor
  11. Knutsford & District Stroke Club
  12. CycleKnutsford
  13. Knutsford Scouts
  14. U3A
  15. Community Spirit
  16. Knutsford Heritage Centre
  17. Knutsford Rex Probus
  18. Knutsford & District Talking Newspaper
  19. Knutsford Lions
  20. St Johns Wood Lunch Club
  21. Knutsford Sports Club

The meeting will also be offered the first chance to make nominations in the 2015 Town Awards (nominations officially opening tomorrow) and have the opportunity to raise concerns, questions or suggestions to the Town in the Open Forum.

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