Knutsfordians are invited to join the Knutsford
Royal British Legion and Knutsford Town Council for services of Remembrance
this Sunday, 10th November. The order and format of events has
changed for 2019 with the parade commencing earlier to facilitate the 1045am
service at the Centennial War Memorial which will now form the focus of the
0845 Parade assembles at Drury Lane (Ruskin Rooms), Knutsford WA16 6HA
0900 Parade from Drury Lane to St Johns Church
0930 Remembrance Service at St Johns Church
1030 Parade reassembles to march to Centennial War Memorial
1045 Remembrance service and wreath laying at Centennial War Memorial
1120 Parade back to Drury Lane
1150 Remembrance service and wreath laying at Cross Town War Memorial
1230 Remembrance service and wreath laying at War Memorial Cottage Hospital, Northwich Road
1315 Wreath laying and prayers at the Tatton Park Parachute Regiment Memorial
1400 Refreshments at Council Offices
All are welcome to
join us at the wreath laying, parade and the various services to commemorate
this years Remembrance Sunday. Please note that road closures will be in place
for the safety of the parade along King Street, Princess Street and Tatton
Street/Canute Place. Toft Road will be closed for the parade to the centennial
memorial and during the service taking place. There will also be a road closure
on Mobberley Road from 1140 to 1220 for the Cross Town service.
The opportunity to purchase a
landmark building in the Town Centre was considered by the Town Council at two
meetings in October. Marshall House, the Victorian former Egerton School on
Church Hill, was put up for sale following the collapse of Wright Marshall. At
an initial meeting in October councillors decided that it was worth exploring
options for the building, recognising it could provide a additional community
space and public car parking.
An options paper was prepared in advance of a deadline to submit a bid to purchase the building of the 1st November. This paper was considered at a special meeting of the town council on Tuesday 29th October where it was noted that the limited time available meant a fully costed and detailed business case could not be prepared. The options paper explored the idea of purchasing Marshall House to convert it into a Town Hall venue, accommodating the Market Hall and/or Council Offices. One key benefit identified was the opening up a large hall for the community, identified as a need in the Neighbourhood Plan.
It has been anticipated that the purchase
price would be in excess of £1.5m and it was concluded that purchasing the
building would not provide value for public money. The council accordingly
resolved not to submit a bid or explore the options any further.
Town Clerk, Adam Keppel-Green said “The Town Council is
always looking for opportunities to improve the facilities and services
available to our community, on balance we felt that this would have presented
too much risk and been a poor use of public money.
“We look forward to seeing proposals to bring this fantastic
building back into active use developed by the new owners in due course”.
Knutsford’s walking food tour, Taste
Knutsford, launched last autumn has recently celebrated its 1st
The tour showcases the best of Knutsford’s
culinary offerings with guests walking around Knutsford tasting a variety of
foods from brunch, nibbles, ice creams, and sorbet, tapas through to afternoon
tea, cheese and gin. The tour lasts
approximately 3 hours and is led by local resident and cake maker – Lucy Farnon
of Knutsford Bake Club assisted by Nicola Arnell who ensures the social media
feed during each tour is kept up to date.
Sandra Curties, Town Centre Manager said, “Since
the Autumn 2018 around 160 people have enjoyed a food tour – meaning they have
tasted 160 sausage rolls, ice cream, tapas and cheese amongst other treats! We are really pleased about how well the
tours have been received, our Trip Advisor reviews, and how hard the venues
work when hosting a tour. The guests
really love meeting the owners and finding out more about the establishment and
Knutsford than you would on a normal visit”.
The tours can be booked via www.tasteknutsford.co.uk and private tours for groups of six or over
can also be arranged. These private tours are great for hen nights, birthdays
or anniversaries. Eateries taking part
in the tour include:
The Market Café
Morgan Edwards Fine Wines & Spirits
Rose & Crown
Real Fruit Creamery
Wine & Wallop
The Old Sessions House
The Cheese Yard
Dexter & Jones
The Tea Room
Cunliffe of The Real Fruit Creamery said, “We love taking part in these tours. It is a great way to meet people and for
people to ask questions, find out about the business and raise awareness”.
Vincent Lazzarini, Director of The Cheese Yard said, “The Taste Knutsford tours are a great
opportunity for me to showcase my independent business and what The Cheese Yard
has to offer. We look forward to hosting more Taste Knutsford guests in the
any Knutsford establishment wants to get involved, please contact us.
Cllr Andrew Malloy, Mayor of Knutsford invites residents to
join him for a fundraising dinner at The Lost & Found on Tuesday 12
Tickets are priced at just £25 per person for a 3-course
meal with a glass of Prosecco. All
proceeds will support the Mayor’s fundraising for Knutsford youth sports and a starter
fund for a new skate park for Knutsford.
Please book your place by Monday 4 November.
please join me and the Mayoress, for what should be a fun night, or food, drink
and great company, all in aid of my youth and sporty causes.”
ready to welcome residents and visitors alike to its annual Pumpkin Path trail
on 31st October from 4pm to 7pm.
Like last year Knutsford Town Council are
organising the event in conjunction with many of the town’s retailers and
businesses. As per previous years the
event will see youngsters and their parents scouring King Street’s shops and
restaurants to find the eleven carved pumpkins which spell out “PUMPKIN PATH”
before submitting their entries to the Heritage Centre and Wallwood’s
spooky post boxes. A huge number of local traders will join in the fun to make
Knutsford a truly special and spooky place to visit.
Curties, Town Centre Manager, said “This year is a true community led event
with dancing provided by Fuchsia School of Dancing, and singing from local
choir Knutsford Beats. Main sponsor Savills will be providing a goodie bag to
collect treats and offering ‘story time’ sessions in Wallwood at the end. Another
sponsor Mere Day Nursery will also be having a little pop-up stall. It is so lovely
to see so many shops stay open late and join in – not just the Pumpkin Hosts
and see local (and not so local) families having fun. There will be a few spooky characters along
the path and Wallwood will be decorated in true Halloween style. This event has become huge and we couldn’t do
it without help from our volunteer groups and business community who are all
As well as
the shops hosting pumpkins (kindly donated by Jonty’s Fruit & Veg of
Knutsford Market Hall) the whole of the community gets involved. A huge variety of retailers will be
decorating their windows, including Town & Country, Lockton’s, Wendy Diddams
and Mr Simms. Families can collect their
entry forms and wristband from one of four ‘Registration Desk’s dotted along King
Street. People can vote for their favourite by completing the entry form on the
night and the top three will be announced by the Mayor the following day.
Market Hall will also be staying open hosting traditional Halloween games,
mulled wine from Morgan Edwards, Face Painting (donation to Knutsford May Day) and
some Halloween food from The Market Café.
This year those who complete the path will be given a bag of treats
courtesy of Swizzels Matlow and a commemorative bookmark declaring ‘I Survived
the Pumpkin Path’.
company Event Buddha are providing traffic management services and volunteer
groups Knutsford and Districts Lions and Knutsford Hosts, Savills and Little
Waitrose are assisting with marshalling duties.
To enable the Pumpkin Path to take place safely, road closures will be in place as follows:
King Street at the junction with Church Hill to the junction with Drury Lane
There will also be parking bay suspension
from midnight Wednesday 30th October from King Street junction with Tatton
Street to junction with Drury Lane to enable two-way traffic to enable residents’
access to be maintained.
residents have been contacted directly
The Town Council is proud to host a number of community events
every year and we naturally take the safety of visitors very seriously. Some of
these events involve the temporary closure of roads to allow parades to pass
through and we do our best to ensure that these closures are publicised in
advance through signage and our social media and we seek to minimise disruption
to residents and local businesses.
At the 2018 Lantern Parade a car ignored the road closure
signage, verbally abused a member of Town Council staff and breached the road
closure order to drive up King Street, in the process striking said member of
staff on the hip, but fortunately not encountering the parade as he drove off.
This incident was immediately reported to Cheshire Police and on Wednesday 25th September Mr Paul Lockton appeared at Chester Crown Court charged with dangerous driving. Mr Lockton was found guilty and sentenced to two months imprisonment suspended for 12 months, 150 hours of community service and a 12-month driving disqualification.
In sentencing, Mr Recorder Atkinson said: “You drove your Audi
R8 dangerously on a dark and rainy winters night in Knutsford Town Centre. The
road was closed appropriately, and signs had been placed on King Street. It was
explained to you by the marshall, Mr Garner, that a children’s lantern parade
was due to emerge onto the road at any moment.
You responded with abusive language to the marshall who was
there to enforce the road closure and protect the children and adults in the
parade. You drove at speed in the very direction the parade was due to emerge
from and in doing so struck with Mr Garner with your car. You were highly
culpable and placed others at risk. Thankfully the injury to Mr Garner was
minor but your actions were shocking to those that witness them.”
Town Clerk, Adam Keppel-Green said “Mr Lockton’s actions endangered the public at our event. When roads are closed, they are closed for a reason and drivers should not attempt to just proceed past barriers. We like this to serve as an example of the potential implications for those who consider that the rules do not apply to them.”
The Mayor and Mayoress of Knutsford have raised over £2,000
having completed an epic 100 mile cycle tour of Cheshire East this Saturday
(21st). Cllr Andrew Malloy and his wife Nicole undertook the challenge to raise
funds for Knutsford youth sports and a new skate park for Knutsford.
The sun shone as they visited 16 Cheshire towns and
villages, meeting representatives of the local councils as they cycled through.
They were joined on the ride by Cllr Suzie Akers Smith, Cheshire East Council’s
Cycle and Walking Champion, along with Melissa Reddy, Andy Coatsworth and Simon
The cycle tour was a key part of Andrew’s theme for his year
as Town Mayor of promoting and supporting health 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.
cycle ride was sponsored by Tatton Group, Bruntwood and Bikes n Gear and along
the ride Cllr Malloy was delighted to receive a donation of £250 from Sunrise
of Mobberley and £100 from So Cheshire, who greeted them at the end of the ride
set up a JustGiving page to enable residents to sponsor the ride and, alongside
offline donations and sponsorship, has now raised over £2,000.
said: “Thank you to each Mayor, Chairman and councillor who welcomed us to
their patch along the ride and to Knutsford Tri Club who joined us from Wilmslow
to Dean Row, and the Alsager Harlequins Cycling Club who joined us from Alsager
most of all, thanks to the cyclists who did the entire ride with my wife and I;
Simon, Andy, Suzie and Melissa; we could not have completed this epic journey
without their support.”
the route Cllr Malloy met with:
Cllr Janet Cookson, Chairman, Mobberley Parish
Cllr Mike Dudley-Jones, Chairman, Alderley
Edge Parish Council
Cllr Martin Watkins, Chairman, Wilmslow Parish
Cllr Barry Burkhill, Mayor of Cheshire East
& Cllr for Handforth Parish Council
Cllr Sarah-Jane Gilmore, Mayor of Poynton
Cllr Roland Edwards, Mayor of Bollington
Cllr Liz Braithwaite, representing
Macclesfield Central for Cheshire East Council
Cllr Paul Woods, Chairman, Gawsworth Parish
Cllr Sally Ann Holland, Mayor of Congleton
Cllr Sue Helliwell, Alsager Town Council
Cllr Steve Boyes, Chairman of Audlem Parish
Council and Cllr Paul Barrett
Cllr Arthur Moran, Mayor of Nantwich
Cllr Benn Minshall, Mayor of Crewe
Cllr Mike Muldoon, Mayor of Sandbach
Mr Dave Roberts, Community Mayor of Middlewich
Cllr Brian Bath, Chairman, Holmes Chapel
Planning experts at the Royal
Town Planning Institute have commended Knutsford’s Neighbourhood Plan in their
annual Planning Excellence Awards. The Knutsford Neighbourhood Plan received a
commendation in the Spatial Planning category for the North West region, with
judges praising the level of volunteer involvement from the community in
developing the plan with the town council.
Bev Watson, Regional Co-Ordinator
of the North West Royal Town Planning Institute said “Judges were impressed
with the wide range of planning policies within the plan and the clear diagrams
which hep to create a more user-friendly document. It is a good example of a
community led plan, which has provided opportunities for engagement and which
has helped to raise the awareness and understanding of planning issues across
The Neighbourhood Plan, which was
developed by Knutsford Town Council working with representatives of the wider
community, was approved at a referendum in March and sits alongside the Local
Plan for use by Cheshire East planners making decisions about development in
Supported by Urban Imprint, the
Macclesfield based planning consultants who helped create the plan,
Neighbourhood Plan Committee Chairman Cllr Stewart Gardiner and Mr Brian
Chaplin, who led the Housing and Employment working group, were interrogated by
RTPI judges on the content and development of the plan.
Cllr Gardiner said “’As a member
of the Royal Town Planning Institute I am extremely proud to have been the lead
councillor in the team that delivered the Knutsford Neighbourhood Plan and to
have been judged by my peers to secure this commendation.
However, this award is not about me, but an affirmation of all the hours of hard work and effort put into the process by my Town Council colleagues, The team at Urban Imprint and so many Knutsford residents; too many to name here but a big THANKS to you all- please share my pride”
The audit of accounts for Knutsford Town Council for the year ended 31 March 2019 has been completed and the accounts have been published. No issues have been raised by the council’s external auditor, PKF Little John.
No issues were raised by the council’s internal auditor’s JDH Business Services.
Green-fingered Knutsford residents showed even the smallest
of gardens can impress the judges during Knutsford Town Council’s annual front
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
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.