Each Mayor chooses local charities to support with their fundraising efforts over the course of their Mayoral year. The Mayor will host a variety of fundraising events and participate in activities in support of the charities. The Mayor also receives donations and matched funding for the charities. This year Cllr Peter Coan, Mayor of Knutsford has chosen to support:
Friends of the Moor
The Friends of the Moor are a group of volunteers who work together to promote use of the Moor as a public open space for leisure and recreation in a clean and safe environment.
We provide a link between the local community and Cheshire East Council, which owns the Moor. Established in 2005 following the Parks Strategy by the former Macclesfield Borough Council, the group is represented by a committee in line with a constitution and a Heads of Agreement with the borough council.
We work with Cheshire East on a management plan in order to achieve the Green Flag award each year. Knutsford Town Council also appoints a councillor to represent them at our committee meetings and to feedback to council’s Environment Committee. For more information visit.
Knutsford First Responders Trust
The Knutsford Community First Responder Trust was formed in September 2002 and acts as an umbrella for 4 initiatives: Knutsford First Responders, Knutsford Community Heartstart, Knutsford Defibrillator Initiative, Knutsford Cardiac Screening of Young Adults. All members of the Knutsford Community First Responder Trust are volunteers.
All members of all 4 activities are local volunteers and are totally supported financially by donations from local businesses, donations by individuals and fund-raising events within Knutsford and its surrounds. For more information visit.
Knutsford Heritage Centre
Knutsford Heritage Centre is housed in a reconstructed 17th century timber framed building previously known as Musgrave’s Yard. Evidence of its previous existence as a tinsmith, ironmonger and brazier is clear, with a forge, anvil and an original set of bellows now preserved and all on display. Once no longer viable as an ironmonger’s, the site had sadly been left to ruin over the years but in 1988, The Groundwork Trust invested £100,000 to renovate and develop the area into what is now The Heritage Centre. Working as an independent charity, The Heritage Centre continues to grow and develop, always aiming to ‘protect, present and promote Knutsford’s rich and diverse heritage for the benefit of its residents and visitors. Admission to the Centre is FREE but we welcome donations. The centre is open throughout the year. For more information visit.
The Welcome Cafe
The Welcome was started in 1995 and over the years The Welcome has grown into a fully functioning Community Centre offering a wide range of activities, services and support to the people of Longridge and Shaw Heath. The Welcome is open to all members of the local community including young children, teenagers, busy parents and the elderly. We offer affordable, good quality, home cooked meals from our cafe and provide a variety of free and great value activities to suit a range of age groups and interests. The Welcome is a perfect example of what has become known as the Big Society, and in 2011 was awarded the Prime Minister’s Big Society Award. The community comes together at The Welcome, there’s a wonderful spirit, with most of the time and effort being put in by committed volunteers who at the moment number in excess of 25. Without their contribution, The Welcome could not function. In 2013, The Welcome received the Queen’s Award for Volunteers. Its funding currently comes from a mixture of supportive individuals, local businesses, charitable trusts and local government programme support. For more information visit.