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Meet the Funders Event

Knutsford Town Council has teamed up with Cheshire Voluntary Services Cheshire East (CVSCE) to host a ‘Meet the Funder’ morning at the Curzon. Free for Knutsford based community, faith and voluntary organisations to attend, the event will offer organisations to meet individually with a range of funding organisations.

Funders already confirmed to attend to promote their grant schemes include the WREN community fund, Heritage Lottery Fund, Cheshire East Council, Knutsford Town Council, Public Health Grants Schemes and Cheshire Community Foundation – with more to be confirmed.

“A key part of our 2020 Vision is to support volunteer organisations and charities” said Town Clerk, Adam Keppel-Garner. “We hope that as many Knutsford organisations will attend as possible to discuss their funding requirements with a range of funding bodies”.

In addition CVSCE staff will be offering support with searching for funding and inviting groups to bring in draft funding applications for their read through service. Colleagues from their VOICE network will also be on hand to collect views from groups which can be fed back to local statutory organisations.

CVSCE Development Officer, Alison Ellison said “This is a great opportunity for local voluntary and community groups to meet face to face with a range of funders. Groups will be able to discuss future plans and funding needs and receive feedback from funders.”

The ‘Meet the Funders’ event will be held on Wednesday May 20th from 10am to 1pm in the Cranford Suite, Curzon.

Booking is now open for organisations to attend: The event is free for Knutsford based organisations and members of CVSCE, for other voluntary groups a charge of £10 is made per organisation.

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Town Council Election Candidates Announced

Three of the four wards in Knutsford have been contested leading to elections on May 7th. 16 candidates will be battling for 12 seats on the Council.

Bexton Ward

The following candidates were elected unopposed.

DEAN, TonyConservativeElected
GRAY, ChristineConservativeElected
HUTCHENCE, SimonConservativeElected

Nether Ward

There are three seats for Nether Ward.

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

Over Ward

There are six seats for Over Ward.

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

Norbury Booths Ward

There are three seats for Norbury BoothsWard.

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


The election will be held on May 7th alongside elections for Cheshire East Council and the Tatton Parliamentary Constituency. In order to vote in the elections you must make sure you are registered to vote by April 20th. If you haven’t already, you can register quickly and simply by visiting

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Cheshire East Council Election

The candidates for the election on May 7th have been announced. Knutsford ward elects three councillors to serve on Cheshire East Council.

The following people have been nominated:

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

The election will be held on May 7th alongside elections for Knutsford Town Council and the Tatton Parliamentary Constituency. In order to vote in the elections you must make sure you are registered to vote by April 20th. If you haven’t already, you can register quickly and simply by visiting

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2015 Annual Town Meeting

The 2015 Annual Town Meeting is to be held on Wednesday 22nd April in the Cranford Suite, Curzon. Organised by the Town Council, the meeting is a meeting of the Town and not the Council but is chaired by the Town Mayor.

Following on from the success of 2014 where a fantastic 18 organisations booked to speak, from the Knutsford U3A, Scouts and Beer Festival Committee – the Town Council is again appealing to organisations who would like to attend and give a 5 minute talk on their achievements in 2014 and plans for 2015.

“We want as many groups as possible to attend and give a short talk to the town – it’s a fantastic way to share success and ideas as well as raising awareness of what your group does” said Town Clerk, Adam Keppel-Garner.

If your community group would like to book a slot to speak please contact the Town Clerk on or 01565 653929. You can find out more about the town meeting at

Adam added “The Town Meeting is all about listening to the residents; it is not a meeting of the Council but a meeting of the Town so we encourage as many interested residents to attend as possible and share their thoughts and ideas”
At the meeting you will be able to collect a copy of the Town Council’s annual report, make the first nominations for the 2015 Town Awards and find out more about what the Town Council has done during 2014.

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Mayor’s Ball raises £5,200

Knutsfordians and Knutsford businesses showed their true generosity for the Mayor’s Charity Ball, “Rock with the Mayor”, kindly sponsored by Wright Marshall Fine Arts, on Saturday 21 March at Leicester Warren Hall at which just under £5,200 was raised for the Mayor’s charity, Knutsford GROW, and good cause, St John’s Wood Lunch Club.

Entertainment, sponsored by Fisher German, was in abundance as guests were treated to a Bucks Fizz (not the band) reception, provided by Leicester Warren Hall, in the Lodge Room whilst Cllr Peter Raynes played a selection of rock tunes on the cello. Sadly, the Opera singer could not make it to the Ball; however, the legendary Peter Murray, of On the Pulse of Perfumery, who was MC for the evening, delighted everyone with an impromptu performance of his own!

After a delicious dinner from the excellent chefs at Leicester Warren Hall, guests battled it out on in the auctions with some amazing prizes donated by Tatton Estate Management, Pictographs, On the Pulse of Perfumery, Ravenair Flight Simulation, The Portly Grocer, The Mere Golf Resort & Spa, La La Spa and Wendy Diddams Opticians. With over 40 prizes to win on the raffle, the winner of the first prize is looking forward to a luxurious night of dinner, bed and breakfast, kindly donated by Cottons Hotel.

Entertainment continued with South Manchester rock band, The Guvners, playing a wide selection of rock and swing numbers, whilst some guests drove for their lives in the McLaren simulator – with the winner getting to ride around Cheshire in a McLaren 650S!

PA to the Mayor, Clare Stuart West, said: “The generosity of Knutsford businesses will never cease to amaze me! Thank you to everyone who donated the fabulous raffle and auction prizes and to all of the sponsors who made such a difference to the grand sum raised on the evening.”

“My thanks also go to everyone who helped to make the Ball such a success – all the team at Event Buddha for another spectacular display, Pictographs for the photography, Joanne at White Orchid Floral Boutique for the beautiful floral displays, Kate and all the team at Leicester Warren Hall for an amazing dinner and excellent service. Last but definitely not least, ‘Mr Entertainment’ himself – Peter at On the Pulse of Perfumery for his incredible MC and auctioneering talent!”

Beneficiaries of the Mayor’s charity are Knutsford GROW and St John’s Wood Lunch Club. Knutsford GROW, assist those who are unable to tend their gardens through age, infirmity, illness or disability in addition to providing a community service in a supportive environment, with access to training. St John’s Wood Lunch Club provides senior citizens from Knutsford and the surrounding areas with a warm lunch and a chance to socialise and play games twice a week.

Pictures by Pictographs, Knutsford.

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Council launches new Website

The Town Council has launched a brand new website in the hope to increase content and create a more efficient web presence.

This is the third new website launched by the Town Council since July; along with and – all of which were developed by the Town Clerk to improve the Council’s digital presence.

The new website is responsive to work with mobile phones and tablets and has social media integration to enable sharing of news articles. It has been developed to also help the Town Council achieve the Quality Gold Award under the Local Council Award Scheme.

“The new website will enable us to host more content and has a much more user friendly navigation system” said Adam Keppel-Garner, Town Clerk.

“There is plenty still to come as we add a directory of community organisations and venues, details of open spaces and information on the Citizens Advice Bureau.” Adam added. “We will then be adding information on the new Town Ranger scheme, and Allotments once they transfer to us”

The Council welcomes any feedback on the new website, suggestions for improvements and the reporting of any issues – just e-mail

In 2014 the Council’s website was awarded runner up in the Cheshire Community Pride awards for best community website. “I hope that this year, with our new website, we can win the category” Adam concluded.

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Sessions House Update

Following the town meeting to discuss the future of the Sessions House building; which is due to be sold by the Ministry of Justice, the Town Council has written to the town’s MP George Osborne and the Secretary of State for Justice, Chris Grayling MP representing the views of the community.

At a specially convened Town Council meeting on February 12th, the Town Council resolved to write to HMCTS, George Osborne MP and the MoJ stating that the Town Council has sought and recognises the views of members of the community at a public meeting that their preferred use of the Sessions House is as an Auction House/Fine Art and Antiques Salesroom with some community space provided.

The Council has further resolved that the preservation of the building is paramount and to support the development of some community space within the building.

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Town Centre War Memorial Consultation

War Memorial ProposalThe Town Council is working with the Knutsford Royal British Legion to establish a new central War Memorial for Knutsford as a key part of the commemoration of the centenary of the First World War. A working group of Councillors and representatives of the Knutsford RBL have been working to develop plans and are pleased to announce a consultation on the proposals.

Supporting the consultation is a run of three engagement events at the Old Town Hall on the 20/21/22 February from 10am to 4pm.

The Proposal

The Town Council and Knutsford Royal British Legion propose to relocate the Haron Baronian statue, currently at the Memorial Cottage Hospital on Northwich Road to the Library Gardens to create a new War Memorial.

The working group investigated a number of potential sites in the town centre, including the Little Heath and Wallwood among many others, and settled upon the Library Gardens as the best site. The primary reasons for the Library site is that it offers security for the important statute and would provide a suitable memorial garden and space for remembrance services.

War Memorial Side ViewAbout the Statue and Haron Baronian

The statue is one of Haron Baronian, a Private who served in the Cheshire Regiment during World War I. He was the second son of Zarch Baronian of Brae Cottage, Legh Road. Haron enlisted as a solider in 1915 and was killed in action on April 11 1917, aged 21.

The sculpture was commissioned by the Baronian family and sculpted by Sir Hamo Thornycroft RA. It is one of only six memorial statues in the country where the figure depicted is the likeness of a known servicemen.

The statue was originally in the Baronian family’s private garden at Brae Cottage, before being temporarily relocated to a small garden at Booth Hall.

In 1977, Haron’s only surviving sister, Queenie, agreed that the statue was in future to commemorate both Haron and all from Knutsford who fell in action in both World Wars. At this time, the statue was installed in its present location at the Memorial Cottage Hospital on Northwich Road.

The working group have discussed the proposals with Haron’s only surviving family members who are happy to see the statue be dedicated as a memorial to all those from Knutsford who gave their lives in service of their country during the wars.

Why Relocate the Statue?

The statue is an important part of Knutsford’s history, created by a renowned sculptor.

Both the Town Council and the RBL believe a central location will increase public access to the statue and that forming a new town centre memorial is a fitting commemoration of the centenary.

The RBL has a duty of care for the statue and with the future of the Memorial Cottage Hospital uncertain, there is the additional benefit that relocation provides additional protection for the statue.


The Town Council has been awarded a grant of £8,000 from Cheshire East Council and will seek to secure additional funding from other bodies. The Town Council has also set aside £10,000 towards the project.


The aim of the Town Council and Royal British Legion is to relocate the Haron Baronian statue to the town centre by 2018 – subject to the results of this consultation.

The photos, showing the statue on a new plinth in the Library Gardens are only illustrative. The Town Council and RBL would like to incorporate the names of the fallen from Knutsford as part of the new memorial and have two options:

  • Incorporate the names on the plinth
  • Incorporate the names on metal plaques; mounted to the rear wall


Please click the link below to complete the short consultation on these proposals. The consultation runs until March 13th.

Complete the Consultation Survey

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Sessions House Meeting

Knutsford Town Council has organised a public meeting on Thursday 5th February to enable residents to express their views on the future of the Sessions House building. It was announced in late 2014 that the Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) would close the building following a public consultation on the future of the court service.

The Town Council would like to give residents an opportunity to voice their views on options for the future of the building to guide the council in its work to ensure the iconic building is protected

The Town Council has already set out is primary aim of ensuring that the building has an element of public access.

The meeting, at 7pm on Thursday 5th February in the Tatton Room of Curzon, will include an update from HMCTS.

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King Street Enhancements

Members of the public are being asked for their views on plans to turn King Street in Knutsford into a more vibrant public space by upgrading the road and pavements.

A design concept has been drawn up showing how the enhancement works would improve the street while remaining sympathetic with its heritage.

Councillor Michael Jones, Leader of Cheshire East Council, said: “Your views are very important to us. We would like to know what you think of the proposals and to hear your opinions on the materials that could be used. You can let us know by attending one of the public engagement events or visiting the exhibition in Knutsford Library.”

The engagement events will be drop-in sessions where everyone will have the opportunity to view the current design concept, look at the material options and finishes, and speak to the project team. The events will be held at the Curzon Cinema on:

  • Wednesday December 3, 4pm to 8pm
  • Saturday December 6, 10am to 4pm

For those who are unable to attend the engagement events, the design concept will be on show at an exhibition in Knutsford Library from November 29 to December 13.

Councillor Jones added: “The shops and businesses on King Street are a great asset to Cheshire East and the street merits and deserves enhancement works.

“We want to create a space which will be enjoyed by Knutsford residents while also attracting visitors and enabling businesses in the locality to thrive.

“By better balancing the needs of pedestrians and vehicles, the changes aim to encourage more footfall and more passing trade for businesses.

“I am particularly pleased that local residents have volunteered to use their professional skills to help the council develop these exciting plans.”

It is proposed that the scheme would use high quality materials and create a look which complements the local architectural and historic setting. The changes would improve access for people whose mobility is impaired by making the street easier to use. The improvements seek to retain as much on-street parking as possible.

For more information, visit the Cheshire East Council website.

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