Millennium Bursary 2019

Second year university students from Knutsford are encouraged to apply for the Millennium Bursary.

Since 2000 the Town Council and Knutsford Lions have offered a £530 bursary to a second-year student from Knutsford to assist with their final year studies. The Knutsford Lions often also provide further smaller awards to runner-up students.

The bursary is open to all second-year university students whose term-time address is in Knutsford or Toft. To apply, students simply need to complete a short form giving a background to their studies and how the bursary will help them achieve more at university.

The deadline for applications is 31st December. The application form can be downloaded at: www.knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk/services/millennium-bursary

All applicants will be invited to an interview in early January where the interviewers (Cllr Andrew Malloy, Mayor of Knutsford, Ms Jennifer Holbrook, former Mayor and Mr Michael Goldman, Knutsford Lions) will seek to better understand how the bursary can help studetnts’ studies.

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Remembrance Sunday Services

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 town’s commemorations.

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.

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Council decides not to purchase Marshall House

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”.

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Taste Knutsford turns one

Knutsford’s walking food tour, Taste Knutsford, launched last autumn has recently celebrated its 1st birthday.

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
  • Evuna
  • Real Fruit Creamery
  • Wine & Wallop
  • The Old Sessions House
  • The Cheese Yard
  • The Courthouse
  • Dexter & Jones
  • April’s Kitchen
  • Project 53
  • Courtyard Café
  • Giovanni’s
  • The Tea Room

Alison 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 coming year”.

If any Knutsford establishment wants to get involved, please contact us.

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Join the Mayor for a Meal

Cllr Andrew Malloy, Mayor of Knutsford invites residents to join him for a fundraising dinner at The Lost & Found on Tuesday 12 November. 

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.

Andrew said: “Do 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.”

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.irvine@knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk.

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Pumpkin Path is Coming

Knutsford is 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. 

Sandra 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 amazing”.

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.

Knutsford 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’.

Local 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.

Road Closures

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
  • Minshull Street

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.

All affected residents have been contacted directly

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Man convicted after flouting Lantern Parade road closure

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.”

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Mayor of Knutsford’s 100 Mile Cycle Tour Raises over £2,000!

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 Crump.

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.

The 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 in Knutsford.

Andrew set up a JustGiving page to enable residents to sponsor the ride and, alongside offline donations and sponsorship, has now raised over £2,000.

Andrew 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 to Nantwich. 

But 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.”

Along the route Cllr Malloy met with:

  • Cllr Janet Cookson, Chairman, Mobberley Parish Council
  • Cllr Mike Dudley-Jones, Chairman, Alderley Edge Parish Council
  • Cllr Martin Watkins, Chairman, Wilmslow Parish Council
  • 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 Council
  • 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 Parish Council.

To sponsor the Mayor visit: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/cllrandrewmalloymayorofknutsford

Start of Tour: L-R: Colin Kemshed, Stephen Edmonson, Mike Peacock (chair of the Great Race committee, just joined us to see us off), Cllr Suzie Akers Smith, Simon Crump, Melissa Reddy, Andy Coatsworth, Cllr Andrew Malloy, Mayor of Knutsford, Nicole Malloy, Mayoress of Knutsford
Having cake with Alsager Harlequins Cycling Club
The finishers: Cllr Andrew Malloy, Simon Crump, Nicole Malloy, Steve Johnson, Melissa Reddy, Cllr Suzie Akers Smith, Andy Coatsworth

Press contact:                  Annabel Irvine, 01565653929

                                           annabel.irvine@knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk

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Neighbourhood Plan Commended by RTPI

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 community.”

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 the Town.

RPTI Award Logo

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”

Cllr Stewart Gardiner with the Neighbourhood Plan Posters
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Conclusion of Audit

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.

You can view the audit papers here: 2018/19 Annual Governance and Accounting Records

And the Notice of Conclusion of Audit here: Notice of Conclusion of Audit

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