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HM Queen Elizabeth’s 90th Birthday

HM Queen Elizabeth’s 90th Birthday

In honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s 90th Birthday the Knutsford Town Council Events Committee have planted an oak tree at Higher Town Green, on Chelford Rd. The tree was dedicated to the Queen by the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire, Mr David Briggs MBE KStJ in a ceremony on 21st April, the date of the Queen’s actual 90th Birthday.

Cllr Tony Dean planting the Tree

Cllr Tony Dean planting the Tree

The Tree was planted by the Knutsford Town Mayor, Cllr Tony Dean who said “It was a delight to plant the Tree in the Queen’s honour to recognise her many years of public service. I hope I live to 90!”

The Events Committee considered numerous locations in the Town for the oak tree to be planted and took advice from Barletts Tree Experts to ensure that the location chosen was suitable and most likely to allow the tree to remain and prosper, continuing to mark the occasion in the Town for hundreds of years.

Cllr Andrew Malloy, Chairman of the Council Events Committee commented “the Committee wanted to recognise this significant birthday of our Monarch and thought the planting of an oak tree was an appropriate and lasting way to do so.”

In addition the Town Council have produced a Street Party Guide to help Knutsford residents plan parties to celebrate the auspicious occasion across the weekend of 11th/12th June 2016, when the Queen will celebrate her official 90th birthday and the Patron’s Lunch will take place on the Mall. Cllr Malloy added “A street party is a great opportunity to engage with your neighbours and celebrate this national event together. We hope this guide makes organising a street party easier for the Town’s residents.”

The Street Party Guide can be downloaded here: Street Party Guide.

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Consultation on Roll of Honour

Knutsford Town Council has published the proposed Roll of Honour for the new central war memorial and is asking the public to review the list to ensure no-one is missed.Working with the Knutsford Royal British Legion the Town Council is planning to create a new war memorial in the Library Garden in commemoration of the centenary of World War I.

War Memorial Proposal

An early depiction of the statue in the proposed location. The actual new plinth is likely to be much larger to include the names.

Having received overwhelming support from the public on the plans through a consultation in 2015 the Town Council has been furthering the plans which it hopes could see the new memorial in place in 2016.

“It’s ambitious, but if all goes to plan we hope to be in a position to have the memorial ready for 2016” said Town Clerk, Adam Keppel-Garner.

The new memorial, which will feature the statue of Haron Baronian currently outside the Memorial Hospital on Northwich Road, will have the roll of honour engraved into a new plinth.

“Our priority now is to ensure the roll of honour is correct and whilst we are quite confident that it is comprehensive are asking the public to review the list and let us know of any we might have missed.”  Adam added.

As well as those who gave their lives in the two World Wars, the new memorial will also include the names of those who have died in subsequent conflicts.

Town Mayor, Tony Dean added “I would like to thank Derek Empson and Sylvia Chaplin for their hard work researching and compiling this roll of honour and encourage everyone who lost family in conflict, who had a Knutsford connection, to review the lists”

The proposed roll of honour can be viewed here www.knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk/consultations. The closing date is 29th February.

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A note from the outgoing Town Mayor

Well, what a year! 141 civic engagements, 357 miles travelled within Knutsford and a further 1,269 miles representing the town elsewhere. Mr Mayor, Thank-you for deputising for me on other occasions when I couldn’t be in three places at once or when the venue was sadly inaccessible.

Mayor Neil (small)

Cllr Neil Forbes Knutsford Town Mayor 2014/15

Those who have heard me speak of my views on volunteering and the voluntary sector, know I think it is the thread which stiches the fabric of society together. I had thought quite a lot of this nature went on in Knutsford but I wildly underestimated it. It has been a real eye opener seeing all the benevolent individuals and groups within the town and hearing of the good works they do. The ‘many threads of the fabric’ if you will. Knutsford’s cloth is golden indeed.

You may recall a year ago I said, “I’d be the first to agree I’m no poster-boy” so I must apologise to Knutsford Guardian readers who have seen me grinning at them over their cornflakes at the breakfast table for as many as 6 times in the same edition. There was also the ‘Knutsfordian’ exhibition, where my slightly scary portrait was captured on canvas. I’ve also been ‘photo-bombed’ by the Chancellor and been in many a selfie by younger residents. So I may need to revise my poster boy comment albeit a little too late.

That said, I am perhaps most fortunate not to have been Mayor of High Wycombe.

I’ve heard it said by some that, “Behind every good man stands a good women”. If that is true, I have been doubly blessed. Those that know Jacquelyn will know we are like ‘chalk and cheese’ so, Jacqui, thanks for indulging me over the last year and supporting me metaphorically and literally throughout it, even at engagements on Christmas Day and on your own birthday (both this year and last).

Now to the other woman in my life! Clare (my PA) is a god-send with, it would appear, boundless energy, enthusiasm and good spirits. I could not have done so much without her efficient and effective control of my diary (and me for that matter).

Ever with an eye on the Equalities Act I must give grateful thanks to two men too: The Town Clerk for keeping me and the council on the straight and narrow legally and to the Reverend Rob Cotton (my chaplain) for doing similarly spiritually. That plus his pastoral care and quiet concern, making sure I wasn’t taking on too much.

At this point a thank-you on behalf of Jacquelyn to a past Mayoress Joan Fairhurst for her wise words and millinery support.

I must also thank all Knutsfordians and businesses large and small who joined in helping raise money for this year’s fund to support Knutsford GROW and St John’s Wood Lunch Club. Whether you baked or bought cakes at the ‘Cake Off’, competed or were in the audience of the ‘Talent Factor’, tried to ‘Win the Market’ at Christmas, simply gave a donation, ate for charity at Loch Fyne or The Old Sessions House or Gusto’s (and in some cases all three), bought raffle tickets, contributed to a street collection, took part in the pub quiz (we couldn’t have squeezed any more teams in) or ‘Rocked with the Mayor’ at the Ball, thank-you each and every one of you from me and on behalf of the two organisations concerned.

Which brings me to how much we’ve raised.

The fund to be split between the two organisations amounts to £9,067.62.

Additionally for Knutsford GROW (it being a charity whilst St John’s Wood Lunch Club is a good cause albeit an excellent one) I secured match funding for a couple of the things we did. This from a surprisingly shy organisation. A further £1,437.22 has been paid to Knutsford GROW directly making the total amount raised by Knutsford (not me) for the year £10,504.84.

Mr Mayor, in closing I wish you well. My Mayoress kept a memories’ box of things for me, your year will flash by, I recommend you do the same. In the year ahead, I am determined not to be an ‘Edward Heath’ figure. If anyone catches me doing so please do let me know.

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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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Christmas Weekend 2014

Christmas comes to Knutsford this weekend (29th/30th) with the annual Christmas weekend organised by the Town Council.

Christmas Market

Knutsford Christmas Market returns on Saturday 29th (12 noon to 7pm) and Sunday 30th (11am to 5pm) along Princess Street. The market includes an array of traders from Knutsford and Cheshire offering delicious foods and great gift ideas.

“We have a handpicked selection of some of the best local food and drink artisans for a fantastic Christmas offering” said Town Clerk, Adam Keppel-Garner. “From macarons to cheese, local gin to local beer and a whole host of other tasty treats there really is something for everyone”.

The market will also feature great gift ideas and decorations “we have some incredibly talented artists and crafters at the market making it the perfect place to get some unique Christmas cards, Wreaths or find the perfect handmade gift” Adam added.

The market, which aims to bring footfall to the town centre and kick of the festive season in style will feature live entertainment and has been designed to complement the existing retail in Knutsford. Northwest Funfairs will be at the market with a traditional funfair on Princess Street car park (behind Waitrose). The Indoor Market will also be open for the duration of the Market.

Best of the Market

Visitors to the market on Saturday can be in with a chance of winning the “Best of the Market” thanks to Town Mayor, Cllr Neil Forbes. The raffle; in which one lucky entrant will win a huge selection of donated prizes from each of the market traders raises funds for the Mayor’s Charity and Good Cause, Knutsford GROW and St John’s Wood Lunch Club. Last year the prize was valued at over £300.

“Traders have been extremely generous and have donated some amazing prizes – the winner will be very lucky and all entrants will have helped raise money for two extremely worthy causes” said Town Mayor, Cllr Forbes.

Christmas Lights Switch On

A superb array of entertainment has been lined up for Saturday 29th from 4pm in Canute Place for the switching on of the Christmas lights. Silk 106.9 FM return to present the evening which will feature acts such as Rock Choir Knutsford, LIPA 4:19, Tatton Singers, Rokit Performing Arts, local band Three Wise Men, school choirs as well as the under 16s category winner of Knutsford has the Talent Factor.

Switching on the lights is Knutsford resident BBC Radio 2 and Radio 6 DJ Mark Radcliffe. Mark who is the recipient of 8 Sony Gold Awards also presents Glastonbury coverage for the BBC alongside Lauren Laverne and Jo Whiley.

“We are really excited about this year’s event and have a great line up of entertainment. Santa, the Mayor and Royal May Queen will all be on stage to help switch on the lights with our special guest, Mark Radcliffe. We are working alongside Knutsford based Event Buddha this year who will be adding some special Christmas Magic to Canute Place” said Deputy Town Clerk, Lisa Benskin.

The entertainment runs from 4pm until 7pm with the actual switch on around 6:30pm.

Santa and his trusted reindeer will parade up King Street on Saturday 29th at 4pm heading along into Minshull Street and finally Canute Place where Santa will greet the children. His reindeer, getting ready for the big day, will be held in a pen on Canute Place to enjoy the entertainment on stage.

Crib Service

The annual crib service will be held on Sunday 30th at 4pm outside the Old Town Hall. Mereside Brass will be performing 5 Christmas Carols chosen by the Mayor and everyone is welcome to join in the short service and carol singing.

Following the blessing of the crib, the new lighting display on the trees outside the Old Town Hall will be switched on. “The new display looks fantastic and will be a great culmination to the Christmas weekend” said Tony Dean, Chairman of the council Events committee.

“The Christmas Weekend is a highlight of the town calendar and we hope that everyone has a great time.”

Road Closures

To enable the Christmas Weekend events to take place safely, road closures will be in place across the weekend. On Saturday 29th November there will be a rolling road closure along King St from 3.45pm to 4.30pm to enable Santa and his reindeer to parade through the town.

Canute Place will be closed from 12 noon to 8pm on Saturday to enable the stage to be set up for the Light Switch On.

Princess Street will close from 7am to 8pm on Saturday 29th and from 6am to 7pm on Sunday 30th for the Christmas Market.

If you have any queries about the Christmas Weekend please call 01565 635929 and speak to Lisa or Adam.

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Trio of accolades for Knutsford

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.”

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Mayor pays tribute to Cllr Clive Nicholson

It was with deep sadness that the Town Council announced the death of Cllr Clive Nicholson; who passed away on Thursday September 11th. The Knutsford flag was flown at half mast on the day of the announcement and will be flown again on the day of his funeral. The thoughts of all members and officers of the Town Council are with Clive’s family.

Town Mayor, Cllr Neil Forbes prepared the following eulogy:

“Clive was a hard working councillor who believed if something was worth doing it was worth doing well, especially when on behalf of the Knutsfordians he represented. Some might consider him a little old fashioned as he much preferred the personal approach of ‘phone calls and face to face meetings rather than the current ‘addiction’ of emails and being ‘glued’ to computer screens.

He enjoyed a robust discussion and would call a spade a shovel before metaphorically burying you with it if your argument was weak in committee or council meetings. However win or lose the debate he recognised it for what it was; politics and would always be happy to share a pint or two afterwards.

Clive’s previous experience as a senior local authority officer meant he had a wealth of experience to call upon as well as from being Mayor’s consort to Jan’. Clive and his sage words will be missed greatly. He will be a ‘hard act to follow’.”

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Great Knutsford Cake Off

Budding Mary Berrys and Paul Hollywoods put their baking skills to the test on Sunday 3rd August and entered the Great Knutsford Cake Off to raise funds for the Mayor’s Charity Knutsford Grow and good cause St John’s Wood Lunch Club!

The event organised by the Town Council raised over £240 both from entrants into the competition and from selling the cakes produced by the adult entrants to the public on a stall at the Makers Market on Sunday.

The Judges; Dave Mooney from New Moon Pub Company, Pippa Orford from sponsors Waitrose and Kane Gunter from Community Spirit and Knutsford GROW praised the quality of the entries particularly from those under 16.

Town Mayor Cllr Neil Forbes said “It was clear from the quality of the cakes entered into the competition that those taking part had spent considerable time and effort producing their creations and I am very grateful to them for doing so to help raise money for such worthwhile causes. I would also like to thank our judges, sponsor Waitrose and our supporters the Makers Market and Monckton Properties for their assistance in making the event possible. ”

There were two judging categories under 16’s and over 16’s and the winners were:

Under 16s

  • 1st Place Bella Manley with a Lemon Drizzle cake
  • 2nd Place Mia Wheatley with a Lemon & Thyme Loaf
  • 3rd Place Ellie Froggatt with a Caribbean Coconut Cake

Over 16s

  • 1st Place Jenny Gough with a Rainbow Cake
  • 2nd Place Stewart Gardiner with a Chocolate & Cola Cake
  • 3rd Place Sarah Flannery with a RHS Themed Victoria Sponge

The first placed winners in each category received a trophy and Waitrose vouchers with rosettes being presented to the 2nd and 3rd place entrants. All under 16 entrants received a certificate for entering the contest. Bella Manley also kindly donated her cake to be sold to help raise funds for the charities.

Photographs featured courtesy of Sam Benskin

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2014 Town Awards

Winners of the 2014 Town Awards

Winners of the 2014 Town Awards

The 2014 Knutsford Town Awards were presented on Civic Sunday, June 29th at a special awards ceremony following the Civic Service.

The awards scheme, which is run by the Town Council, aims to recognise the valuable work undertaken to the benefit of the Knutsford community. Following the success of the 2013 awards a new category was introduced for 2014 recognising those aged 21 and under with a Youth Award.

The ceremony was presented by Ian Cass representing The Forum of Private Business which sponsored the scheme.

The three Civic Awards, made to individuals or groups of individuals who have worked to the benefit of the Knutsford Community were presented first, followed by the Community Award, Youth Award and Business Award.

The first civic award was presented to Vivienne Pike for her contribution both locally and internationally to the development of young Knutsfordians through Scouting.

The second award went to Kevin Hollins for his dedicated service to the Knutsford Academy and its integration with the wider Knutsford community.

The final civic award was presented to Derek Empson MBE in recognition of his work with a number of community organisations including the Old Folks Club, Town Plan group and for developing the Community Emergency Plan.

The 2014 community award was presented to The Welcome for being the heart of the Longridge community and encouraging interaction through a wide range of activities and community groups.

The 2014 business award was presented to Stefanie Meachin of Gusto for their engagement with fellow traders creating positive spirit for visitors and the community with initiatives such as the Bunny Hop.

The inaugural youth award was presented to Emily May Walker for her work with the 2nd Toft Guides and wider girl guiding movement in Knutsford.

In addition to the awards there was also three commendations issued by the decision panel. The first two went to Val Bryant for her work with the Knutsford Heritage Centre and to Kane Gunter for his work with Community Spirit and other charities; both of whom narrowly missed out on winning a Civic Award.

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Market Transfer Documents Signed

The transfer documents for the Market Hall and rights to hold markets in Knutsford have been sealed by Knutsford Town Council. Following the transfer of the two toilet blocks in 2013, the Town Council have been working on the transfer of the Market Hall, outdoor market and market rights.

The documents were sealed by Town Mayor Cllr Neil Forbes and Deputy Town Mayor Cllr Tony Dean. Cllr Dean, lead member for the transfer of markets said “I am delighted that we have now signed the legal documents for the transfer with completion expected on June 30th”.

“We have plans to improve the Market Hall and promote the use of the market to the community. The Council will also be looking into re-invigorating the weekly outdoor market” said Cllr Dean.

Cllr Forbes added “This is another historic moment as the running of the market returns to Knutsford for the first time since 1974 and I look forward to working with my fellow councillors to improve the facilities just like we did with the public toilets”.

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