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Town Meeting and Town Awards 2019

Knutsford’s community volunteers will be recognised next week at the annual Town Awards. The awards, now in their 6th year, recognise the contributions made to the community of Knutsford including businesses, community organisations and individuals.

The awards accompany the Annual Town Meeting, an annual open meeting of the community chaired by the Town Mayor. The meeting provides an opportunity for any resident to raise any issues they believe need discussing in Knutsford.

The Town Meeting and Town Awards takes place at 7pm on Thursday 7th March in St John’s Church.

“These awards recognise the outstanding work that many in our community do for the good of Knutsford, just being shortlisted for an award is a great achievement in itself” Town Mayor Cllr Peter Coan.

The nominations were judged by a panel comprising Cllrs Peter Coan, Andrew Malloy and James Power with Town Clerk Adam Keppel-Green and award sponsor Ian Cass from the Forum of Private Business.


Youth Award

  • Jake Phillips, Lenny Turner and Eleanor Woods
  • Samuel Rees

Business Award

  • Oliver Valves
  • Living Ventures
  • Mobberley Brewhouse

Community Award

  • Canute Lunch Club
  • Knutsford Air Cadets
  • The Toy Appeal
  • League of Hospital Friends

Civic Award

  • Ronnie and John Mills
  • Rob Walley
  • Beryl Jenyons
  • Kevin Griffiths
  • Valerie Bryant
  • Bob Garner

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Town Awards Presented

Knutsford’s Town Awards were presented last night as part of the Annual Town Meeting. The Awards, sponsored by the Forum of Private Business, were launched in 2013 with the aim of celebrating the contributions to the community from individuals, community groups and businesses.

Nominations were sought from the community in January and February, with the decision panel facing tough decisions on the winners for this year’s awards. A shortlist of candidates were invited to the awards ceremony, with the awards being interspersed between community presentations and updates from the Town Council.

2017 Town Awards Winners

2017 Town Awards Winners

The Youth Award went to Nathan Brown for his dedicated volunteer work at the Welcome Café in Longridge. One of his nominees noted that he “shows his dedication and commitment to the welcome café by volunteer most days, always with a smile on his face”.

The 2017 Community Award was presented to the Knutsford First Responders Trust for the range of services they provide which include responding to 999 calls, providing free HeartStart training, providing defibrillators and cardiac screening for the under 35s as part of the CRY campaign.

A commendation went to the Secret Garden of Springfields which the panel noted as being an outstanding and inspiring project. Also shortlisted for the community award were the Canute Lunch Club and Knutsford Heritage Centre.

The winner of the Business Award was announced in true Oscars fashion with a video from MD of the Forum of Private Business, Ian Cass, who couldn’t be at the awards; he revealed that of the two businesses shortlisted, Julia Chard of Mr Simms Sweetshoppe and Erica Goggins of the Knutsford Directory, the award went to the Knutsford Directory for its support of the community publishing content and adverts to help promote community activities and events.

Ian Cass of the Forum of Private Business, sponsors of the awards, said “we are delighted to be involved in the Town Awards again.  We are very lucky to live in Knutsford and it is great to see so many businesses and individuals putting back into their community.”

The first Civic Award went to Sarah Pownall for her work campaigning to protect services at the Knutsford Children’s Centre and her work as part of the Strong Women project. The panel had heard about how brave Sarah had been in revealing her challenges as part of both campaigning and working on the Strong Women project and one of her nominees cited her as an “asset to the Longridge and Shaw Heath area”.

The second Civic Award was presented to Brian and Sylvia Chaplin. Both had been nominated individually and as a couple for their dedicated engagement with the Neighbourhood Plan and planning matters in Knutsford. Sylvia’s nominations also detailed her work with the Town Council on the protection of the War Memorial Cottage Hospital, plans for the Centennial War Memorial and her work recording the history of the town’s servicemen and women.

The final Civic Award went to Tony Leadbeater for this life of service to the youth of Knutsford through the Knutsford Scouts. Tony had been awarded the Silver Wolf by the Scout Association, its highest accolade, in 2014 and the panel felt that it was time his dedication was recognised locally.

Also shortlisted for the award were Ian and Barbara Taylor for their work with the Hampers of Hope, Julie King for work as lay-pastor at the Welcome Church and Hazel Cussons for her work volunteering at the Welcome Café.

Speaking after the awards, Mayor of Knutsford Cllr Jan Nicholson said “The Town Awards show the strength of our community and it was an honour to be able to present these awards to the winners”

“The awards seek to remind everyone that supporting your community is always recognised, always welcomed and always appreciated. We hope the awards help inspire more people to play an active role in the community of Knutsford.”

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Annual Town Meeting 2017

Residents are encouraged to attend the Annual Town Meeting on April 12th from 7pm in the Cranford Suite, Curzon.

The annual assembly for the electors of Knutsford is a community meeting for residents and this year includes the presentation of the Knutsford Town Awards.

Community organisations who would like to speak for two minutes during the Community Organisations report should e-mail to book a spot.

We would like as many groups as possible to attend and give a short talk to the town” said Town Clerk Adam Keppel-Garner. “It is a great opportunity to share your successes and ideas as well as helping to raise awareness of what your group does”

Residents are encouraged to come armed with comments and queries too. The Open Forum session is to stimulate public discussion on issues affecting Knutsford. “It’s an opportunity for residents to tell community organisations and elected representatives what in Knutsford needs attention” Adam added.

Agenda for the meeting:

  1. Welcome from the Mayor of Knutsford
  2. To note the minutes of the 2016 Annual Town Meeting
  3. Presentation from Knutsford Town Council
  4. Introduction of the Knutsford Town Awards 2017
  5. Presentation of the 2017 Youth Award
  6. Presentation on the Knutsford Neighbourhood Plan
  7. Presentation of the 2017 Business Award
  8. Presentations from Knutsford Community Organisations (pt1)
  9. Presentation of the 2017 Community Award
  10. Presentations from Knutsford Community Organisations (pt2)
  11. Presentation of the 2017 Civic Awards
  12. Open Forum – an opportunity for residents to raise suggestions, questions, concerns and comments on any matters affecting Knutsford.

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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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