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
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.”
Knutsford received three accolades at the 58th Cheshire Community Pride Awards organised by Cheshire Community Action.
A Little Gem award was presented to Knutsford for the Knutsford Heritage Centre and its courtyard garden which had particularly impressed the judges. The Town also received a Highly Commended plaudit in the Community Website Market Town category for the Town Council Website. Knutsford was also runner up in the Best Kept ‘Village’ Category for parishes with 10,001 to 30,000 inhabitants.
Knutsford Town Mayor, Neil Forbes attended the awards ceremony alongside his wife the Mayoress Jacquelyn Forbes on 9th October at Congleton Town Hall to collect the awards on behalf of the Town.
Cllr Forbes said “it was an honour to attend the Cheshire Community Pride awards on behalf of Knutsford and see the Town receive such recognition for the Heritage Centre, the Town Council Website thanks to the work put in by the Town Clerk, Adam Keppel-Garner and of course coming second only to Sandbach in the Best Kept ‘Village’ category for our population size. Knutsfordians can be very proud of these achievements.”
Neighbouring parishes Mobberley and Plumley with Toft and Bexton also received accolades on the night with Mobberley being Highly Commended in the new “Les George OBE award” Category for the best community Playing Fields for Hall Bank Playing Field which has recently been refurbished sympathetically within the Conservation area and proved to be a popular hub for the community.
Angela Atkinson, Vice Chairman of Mobberley Parish Council said “we are very proud to have been Highly Commended; this area is a peaceful little “oasis” within the village.”