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Notice of Conclusion of External Audit

Annual Governance & Accountability Return for the year ended 31 March 2022
Sections 20(2) and 25 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014
Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234)

  1. The audit of accounts for Knutsford Town Council for the year ended 31 March 2022 has been completed and the accounts have been published.
  2. The Annual Governance & Accountability Return is available for inspection by any local government elector of the area of Knutsford Town Council on application to: Adam Keppel-Green, Town Clerk Council Offices, Toft Road, Knutsford, WA16 6TA between 0900-1700 Monday to Friday.
  3. Copies will be provided to any person on payment of nil for each copy of the Annual Governance & Accountability Return.

Announcement made by Adam Keppel-Green, Town Clerk and RFO. 30/09/2021

View the completed Annual Governance and Accountability Return.

Great Big Green Week

Climate action coming to Knutsford as part of nationwide campaign. Taking place between 24th  September – 2nd  October, the climate action campaign known as the Great Big Green Week will see thousands of people across the UK organising local festivals and events. The campaign aims to draw attention to climate change, destruction of the natural world, while also making a connection with these issues in communities like Knutsford, at the same time as showcasing actions to tackle climate change.  Creating a better world, for us now and for the next generation.

The main event of the week is a Community Climate Conversation where volunteers from Save our Shropshire are travelling to Knutsford to present on what we can all do to reduce our carbon footprint leading to a discussion on what Knutsford can do as a community to tackle Climate Change. The output of discussions from the event will help shape a community climate action plan which will aim to bring the council, business and wider community together for joint climate action.

The events taking place in Knutsford are:

  • 25th September – Crosstown Community Orchard is holding a work day on Sunday 25th September from 10am to 12pm where they will be planting bulbs and undertaking general maintenance of the town’s orchard.
  • 28th September – Town Ranger Bob is leading a litterpick of Dog Wood from the Moor to Tatton Park. Meet Bob at the Moor entrance to Dog Wood at 1pm.
  • 29th September – Town Ranger Bob will be working with volunteers to create a shady wildflower meadow on Sparrow Lane. Join him at the green space by the path to Higher Downs / Delmar Road at 11am.
  • 30th September – Cheshire Wildlife Trust will be leading volunteers to create Knutsford’s fourth native wildflower meadow along Ladies Mile, with thanks to Tatton Estate for permission.
  • 1st October – Join Joe Godden from Knutsford Allotment Society on a tour of the Warren Avenue allotment site to find out more about allotmenteering. Book your free space here.
  • 1st October – Friends of the Moor are raising the 2022 Green Flag at 2pm followed by a litterpick of the Moor and Barncroft.
  • 2nd October – Friends of the Heath are leading their autumn litterpick of the Heath at 11am
  • 2nd October – The Town Council is hosting a Community Climate Conversation at St John’s Church at 2pm. Led by community leaders from Save our Shropshire.
  • 2nd October – Friends of College Wood are holding a litterpick in the wood time TBC.

The Great Big Green Week also sees the launch of Knutsford’s Big Bulb Plant – a bulb planting programme lasting the whole of October where residents are encouraged to pick a space and lead their neighbours in planting spring flowering bulbs supplied by the Town Council.

The Great Big Green Week is coordinated by The Climate Coalition, the UK’s largest group of people dedicated to action against climate change, whose members include the National Trust, WWF, Women’s Institute, Oxfam, and RSPB. Other organisations supporting the campaign included BT, British Mountaineering Council, and the Manchester United Foundation. Knutsford Town Council received a grant from The Great Big Green Week to bring green activity to Knutsford this year.

The text reads "HM Queen Elizabeth II 21/04/1926 to 08/09/2022"

Death of HM The Queen

Statement from the Mayor of Knutsford

It is with great sadness that the Town Council learned of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II today, Thursday 8th September 2022.

Speaking following the announcement, the Town Mayor, Cllr Mike Houghton gave the following statement: “I and members of Knutsford Town Council share the nation’s grief at the sad news of our monarch’s passing. Her Majesty the Queen set the standard for public service which we should all strive to achieve. She will be much missed.

God save the King.”

Book of Condolence and Floral Tributes

A book of condolence is open to sign at the Council Offices, the room will be open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

Floral tributes to HM Queen Elizabeth II may be laid at the Magnolia ‘Elizabeth’ tree at the front of the Council Offices, which was planted in HM The Queen’s honour as part of the celebrations for this year’s Platinum Jubilee.

We ask that flowers are laid without cellophane/plastic. After the funeral these flowers will be composted and used to plant a tree in memory of HM The Queen in due course.

Proclamation of the accession of HM King Charles III

The union flag at the Council Offices will be raised to full mast at 9am on Saturday 10th September to mark the proclamation of King Charles as King.

On Sunday 11th September, the Town Mayor will read the local proclamation at 4pm from the steps of the Council Offices following which the union flag will return to half mast until 20th September.

We invite the community to join us for the proclamation.

 

Civic Service of Remembrance

A civic service of remembrance will be held on Sunday 18th September at 2pm in St John’s Church.

The service will be led by Rev Nigel Atkinson and the Town Mayor, Cllr Mike Houghton.

8pm National Silence

The Town Mayor will lead a minute silence at 8pm on 18th September, the eve of the funeral, at the Council Offices.

 

Volunteers from Knutsford Allotment Society at a stall in a church in 2021

Town invited to get REFRESHED

As university students prepare to scout out their Freshers Fair, a community freshers fair is coming to Knutsford on Saturday 10th September.

ReFresh Knutsford is organised by Knutsford Town Council and brings together a range of community organisations, charities, clubs and societies to help introduce (or refresh) the community on what it has on the doorstep.

Over 30 groups are coming together to meet potential new volunteers, service users and the wider community. Groups booked to attend cover a range of interests and topics including:

  • Knutsford Floral Design Club
  • Thai Chi Classes
  • Friends of the Moor
  • Knutsford Skatepark
  • Knutsford Community Transport Association
  • Jodrell District Girl guides
  • Canute Badminton Club

“This event is all about connecting our community” said Town Clerk, Adam Keppel-Green.

“Whether you are interested in trying out bellringing, want to get involved in the community orchard or learn what the Rotary and Lions do for the town this is a chance to make those connections – you never know what impact your interaction might have on the wider community or whether you’ll discover your new hobby.”

Refresh Knutsford takes place in Knutsford Methodist Church and St John’s Church from 1pm to 3pm.

Knutsford Alfresco Dining Evenings August 2022

Following the success of the 2021 event, and as part of our ongoing plans to support the town centre, we are bringing back alfresco dining evenings on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th August.  To facilitate this, there will be the following road closures which may affect you:

  • King Street – from Church Hill to Egerton Square (allowing access to and from the King Street car park) Closed Saturday 13th August
  • Princess Street – small section outside the Lost and Found (as well as some restricted parking bays) Closed Friday 12th August
  • Minshull Street – full closure. Closed Friday 12th August

The roads will be closed from 5.30pm to 11.00pm and our local hospitality businesses will use the outside space for dining. Only existing Knutsford hospitality venues are taking part although some shops may take advantage of the event and stay open later.  We are contracting a traffic management company and are engaging with the emergency services to ensure the safety of the evenings. Roads will be reopened fully from 11pm. We are also looking to repeat this event on 9th and 10th September.

We are working extremely closely with the participating restaurants to ensure safety for those walking through the town centre and the evenings. We have also stressed the importance of ensuring the spaces used are routinely cleared up and that customers are reminded that a number of residents live in apartments above shops. We sincerely apologise for any disruption this causes but your cooperation is very much appreciated by the Town Council, and our hospitality industry as we continue to keep our town centre thriving. We welcome your feedback on the evenings and hope that you can take advantage of these opportunities too.

If you have any queries or questions regarding this, please contact me by email Alanah.mudie@knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk

Four people, one the town mayor, stand in a cemetery holding up the green flag

Knutsford Cemetery achieves Green Flag

Knutsford Town Council is celebrating as Knutsford Cemetery has received the prestigious Green Flag Award, an international quality mark for the management of parks and green spaces.

Responsibility for the cemetery transferred to Knutsford Town Council in January 2020 and since then it has worked to improve the quality of management of the cemetery and bereavement services, receiving numerous compliments from visitors who recognise the investment and attention the cemetery is now receiving. 

The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of green spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.

“Attaining the award is testament to the quality of management the Town Council has instigated, through our cemetery working group, since we took back its operation two years ago. The award particularly recognises the work of our Cemetery Groundskeeper, Fergal Owens, who has worked incredibly hard to improve the quality of grounds maintenance and our Planning and Facilities Officer Bob Allen who has put in place strong management practices” said Town Mayor, Cllr Mike Houghton.

The council will be continuing to improve the cemetery and deliver on its new five-year management plan. The council is currently creating a new cremation garden and later this year will be improving the entranceway to the cemetery, over the coming years it will create additional flowerbeds, install cycle parking and develop its customer engagement.

Knutsford Cemetery is the third green space in Knutsford to be awarded the Green Flag, joining Cheshire East managed areas The Moor and Tatton Park.

Food and Drink Festival Poster

Knutsford Food & Drink Festival 2022

Foodies unite as a new food and drink festival is coming to Knutsford this summer!

 

Knutsford Food & Drink Festival will make its inaugural appearance on Saturday 13th August, bringing a variety of food and drink related activities together for one day across Knutsford.

 

Visitors can expect taster sessions and masterclasses as well as promotions across bars, restaurants, cafes and pubs in the town. A special Taste Knutsford walking food tour will be held on the day to give guests a real taste of Knutsford hospitality.

 

An indoor market will be held in St John’s Church on Church Hill from 11am – 5pm, offering the finest local food and drink products including speciality bakes, cheeses, pies, bottled wines and other artisan products.

 

An outdoor market will run on Silk Mill Street from 12-7pm, featuring an array of local street food traders, including Mexican, sausages, southern BBQ, pizza, Thai and more, as well as dessert offerings such as warm cookies, churros and crepes, plus a selection of local beer, wine and cocktails. The outdoor market will feature a seating area as well as a small stage with entertainment featuring local talent.

 

King Street will turn alfresco in the evening with the return of the al fresco dining event ‘head out not home’ where hospitality traders in the town bring dining onto the streets of Knutsford to continue the festivities. Princess Street and Minshull Street will have set things off the night before.

 

Events Officer at Knutsford Town Council, Alex Brown, said: “We are really excited to bring the first food and drink festival to Knutsford this summer. Knutsford is home to a fantastic selection of hospitality businesses and traders, and we hope this event will showcase and support this important trade which has faced hard times over the last couple of years.”

 

To find out more about the festival, visit www.knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk or email enquiries@knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk, or alternatively you can call 01565 653 929.

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Workshops held to inform Strategic Plan

Knutsford Town Council hosted five workshops last week as part of creating its new 10 year strategy.

Three sessions were held at Egerton Place in the town centre and one at the Welcome Café on Longridge.  The Town Council also ensured it heard from the younger members of the community by delivering a session to a class of year 9 students at the Knutsford Academy and they were joined by a few year 12s too.

The Town Council is developing a new 10-year strategy to guide its work and until 5th August is running an open consultation to hear from the community what it wants to see the council do to better serve Knutsford.

“We’re keen to understand what the community wants to see change over next ten years so we can work to help deliver that change for the town” said Town Clerk, Adam Keppel-Green.

The council’s next workshop is being held online via Zoom next Thursday (14th July). Residents can register to join it via the council website at www.knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk/strategicplan.

The website also hosts a short survey which replicates the format of the workshops – including a short introductory video. The survey is open until 5th August.

“Our aim is to hear from as many residents as possible over the next few weeks” Adam added.

All feedback from residents is encouraged and the council also invites residents to send their views in via letter or email to the Council Offices, Toft Road, Knutsford, WA16 6TA or townclerk@knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk

“The more people that come forward to tell us what is important to them, what they want to see more of or less of in the town – no matter how small or grand – will help us shape our pan in the knowledge we’re meeting our resident’s needs” Adam said.

Stall at Market Hall with empty shelves

Join the Knutsford Market Hall Family

Calling all small businesses owners, entrepreneurs, and aspiring traders! There are currently two exciting opportunities for you and your small business to become a part of the Knutsford Market Hall family.

 

In Knutsford, we are proud to offer an array of local and independent retail opportunities. We believe in shopping small, shopping local and supporting the vitality of our town centre.

 

Knutsford Market Hall has been an active part of our community since 1964 and with a refurbishment looking to be undertaken, now is a great time to get your foot in the door, support the ongoing project and join what is already a fantastic group of traders.

 

We are currently searching for a trader to re-establish the options of occasional cards, balloons and more. The large space of stalls 10 & 11 is ideally laid out and readily equipped for a new owner to make it their own. The current monthly fees are £415.74 inc VAT.

 

Alanah Mudie, Town Centre and Marketing Officer explains: “This particular stall has been dearly missed by our regular customers. We always have people coming in to the Market Hall to ask who they can buy cards from. It would be fantastic to reinstate this stall, especially at such an exciting time for the market as we look to transform it with a new refurbishment.”

 

We are looking for traders who are available 4 days a week on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, from 8am-4pm, with the options to open on additional days with agreement.

 

Applicants are invited to discuss their idea with the  Town Centre and Marketing Officer on 01565 653 929 or alanah.mudie@knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk.

 

Applications can be made online at: https://www.knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk/services/market-hall/trade where potential applications can find the current Market Hall Regulations which govern market licenses.

 

 

Photo                    Stall 10/11, Opposite the Market Butcher

 

Press contact:                    Alanah Mudie, 01565653929

                                                alanah.mudie@knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk

Knutsford Music Festival celebrates another huge success

Between 10th – 12th June, the town was drinking and dancing at Knutsford Music Festival, which has once again been hailed a huge success by the community and those who travelled far and wide to attend. This was the fifth year of the festival and involved a variety of incredible artists, activities, and venues across Knutsford.

Launched with fantastic folk and brilliant blues, the weekend started with headliners Zervas & Pepper at the Little Theatre for the return of Folk at the Theatre whilst Mat Walkate & Alex Haynes headed Friday Night Blues over at the Brook Street Chapel Hall. The star event was a sensational performance by Kate Rusby and Damien O’Kane, whose delicate folk and audience interaction stole the hearts of the crowd at St John’s Church.

Closing the weekend was Gary Stewart’s Graceland who lit up the Little Theatre with their vibrant performance. Brass bands filled the streets of Knutsford with summer music, while DJs and local talent filled bars with music in the evenings. Visitors were also able to enjoy a wonderful outdoor session on the Moor on Saturday 11th June, enjoying music, activities and delicious local food and drink in the sunshine. Venues including Regent Street, The Angel, April’s Kitchen, The Lost and Found, The Old Sessions House and the Lord Eldon hosted some very entertaining fringe events throughout the weekend.

Knutsford Town Council Events Officer Alex Brown said, “It was fantastic to have the festival back in full swing this year, with music in so many venues across Knutsford. The town was bustling all weekend and it was lovely to see the support for the festival from so many local people, and also those who travelled from across the country to enjoy the music.”

The Town Council welcomes any feedback on the event and suggestions for how it can be improved for 2023.

Full photos from this year’s festival are available on the Knutsford Music Festival website and social media platforms. Enquiries for next year’s event can be sent to info@knutsfordmusicfestival.com

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