Councillor Sarah-Jane Gilmore, Mayor Reports & Charities
Mayor's Reports can be found here.
Fundraising Events can be found here.
In my third mayoral year I will continue to support our community, not only through fundraising but also by raising the profile of volunteer groups overall and through continued positive engagement with many of our local businesses.
For this year my focus will be on fund and awareness raising for disability, accessibility and mobility issues (and projects) in Poynton. I'm delighted to say that I will be working with the following groups:
Poynton Disabled Swimming Club provides free swimming lessons and swimming activities to anyone with a disability and can be a lifeline for many people who feel they don’t have access to other clubs and activities in their local area. The charity, who are based at Poynton Leisure Centre, need funding to help pay for the day to day running costs of the club. The group relies heavily on volunteers, with a qualified teacher and three lifeguards attending each session.
Open Hands is a friendly local charity, based in Poynton. Their primary role is to help vulnerable people, who would otherwise find it difficult to use public transport, to get to appointments. They arrange transport to clinics, dentists, doctors, hospital appointments and visiting for the elderly and disabled. Open Hands’ principal expenses are the rent for their office and the payment of one part-time employee who coordinates the day to day activities, billing, management of the volunteers and general enquiries. Open Hands provides an invaluable service to people in our area, and without it many would struggle to afford taxi fares to their appointments. Others are very lonely, and for some our volunteer drivers are the only human face at their house in a week. Last year they made over 1200 trips.
Poynton Breeze is a relatively new group comprised currently of lady cyclists. They are hoping to encourage many residents to join them on easy, flat rides with a friendly group of people. They would also like to be able to offer cycling experiences to disabled children or adults and wish to purchase two adapted bicycles.
Deva Park Play Area has left a space in the current scheme plan to have an inclusive roundabout. The roundabout is £20k so my fundraising cannot cover the cost but I hope to help to raise the profile for other groups to contribute. I’m aware that there are other examples of inclusive play equipment and given there are going to be improvements to the path that allows for pushchairs/wheelchairs and there are inclusive picnic tables – it makes sense to me, to have some equipment that is also inclusive.
I am also keen to support Poynton Town Council's Civic Pride Strategy, having proposed it as a way of forging links between our many hard working community groups, to enhance services and gain efficiencies through collaborative working.
This strategy aims to provide links between existing activities and develop new initiatives to bring more people on board. This might mean getting involved in projects to enhance local green spaces, or simply to behave in more responsible ways such as not dropping litter.
Everyone has a contribution to make. The strategy looks at what we can do to improve local places, raise awareness of local environmental issues, encourage people to get involved, inspire young people, and to reward community success.
An important aspect of Civic Pride is to inspire the next generation to become active engaged citizens in order to help influence the future.
I’m very grateful for the support that you, the Poynton community, gave me during the last year, and I sincerely hope you will feel able to support me again.
Mayor's Fundraising Events
Quiz – 26th July 2019 at The Club (Poynton Workmen's Club)
Come and have some fun testing your general knowledge at a quiz to raise funds for my good causes this year which are:
Our resident Quiz Master Barry Williams will be in charge of quizzical questions and queries to challenge your memories and tax your brain power!
Tickets £10 for a team of 4 – but don’t worry if you don’t have a team we can pair you up!
It promises to be great fun and I hope to see lots of you there!
Tickets will be available from the Civic Hall and Mates DIY from Monday 8th July 2019.
Throughout my 2017/2018 Mayoral year, as well as supporting my main two charities, I have visited and spent time with as many local organisations, groups, charities and activities as I could. It's been described as 'The Mayor on Tour'! Many of these visits feature in my regular reports to the Council in the form of photo diaries. I will continue to write reports during the 2018/2019 civic year too.
The most recent report appears below and previous ones can be viewed as either a web page or as a PDF by selecting the following months.
2nd June 2019, Congleton Mayor Civic Service, Congleton
The Deputy Mayor, Lee Podmore and I attended the Congleton Civic Service, hosted by Congleton Mayor Cllr Sally Ann Holland
The parade was led by Rode Hall Silver Band from Congleton Town Hall to Trinity Methodist Church for the service which included music by the Congleton Youth Orchestra.
The reception was then held at the Town Hall which is a fascinating building dating from 1866. We visited the Council Chamber where a set of steps leading from the present council chamber to lower regions has survived and is now protected by hardened glass.
With the Mayors/Deputy Mayors/Chairmen of Crewe, Knutsford, Alsager, Biddulph and Staffordshire Moorlands.
30th May 2019, Poynton Breeze, Poynton
Poynton Ladies have a new club and activity regardless of talent - HSBC Poynton Breeze is a Ladies Cycling group. They meet up and go on local rides such as the Middlewood Way. The idea has been founded by HSBC UK and British Cycling: ‘It doesn’t matter if you’re keeping fit, young at heart, wise beyond your years, or baffled by gears. Every woman is welcome on an HSBC UK Breeze ride. You’ll discover new places to ride. Gain confidence as a group. Make new friends. Do things you never knew you could. And have a lot of fun. That’s the power of riding together’. Find out more at www.letsride.co.uk
At the moment the Poynton Group, set up by Sue Reason and Sarah Johnson, is just getting used to each other’s standard. It’s all about enjoying being out on their bikes even though for some it’s 12 years since they had last been out pedalling, so going out together is helping them to gain confidence.
I popped along last night to meet them and find out more, and I’ll be joining them for a ride as soon as I can! If you’re interested in joining please contact Sue Reason on 07747110975 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
22nd May 2019, Cheshire East Council Mayor Making, Tatton Park
Deputy Mayor Cllr Lee Podmore has attended the Cheshire East Mayor Making event for the new Cheshire East Mayor and Deputy.
The new Mayor, Cllr Barry Burkhill and Deputy Mayor, Cllr Steven Edgar were duly appointed during a packed meeting at the Tenants Hall, Tatton Park.
It was a great opportunity to meet some of our fellow Mayors and Deputies who I look forward to working with in the future.
20th May 2019, Knutsford Mayor Making, Knutsford
Lovely to attend the Knutsford Mayor Making Ceremony to celebrate outgoing Mayor Cllr Pete Coan, and the new Mayor Cllr Andrew Malloy and Deputy Mayor Cllr Stewart Gardiner! I'm looking forward to working with Andrew and Stewart!
I was delighted to have been accompanied by the Deputy Mayor of Poynton, Cllr Lee Podmore!
19th May 2019, Higher Poynton Tennis Club, Poynton
Higher Poynton Tennis Club really is a hidden gem! Fabulous courts, a lovely club pavilion and a group of incredibly friendly people! It was great to visit and meet some of the members on their open day today to support the Great British Tennis Weekend.
You can find out more on their website: www.higherpoyntontennisclub.co.uk where it’s interesting to read: ‘Did you know that Higher Poynton has had its own dedicated tennis club for over 90 years! Higher Poynton Tennis Club started life as Green Lane Tennis Club in 1925, but was renamed in 2015 to make its location more self-explanatory, and to reflect that access to the club had changed from being on Green Lane to being on Carleton Road - entrance next to No.13 on Carleton Road. 'A hidden gem with a wealth of history'!
16th May 2019, Come Dine with the Knutsford Mayor, Knutsford
A lovely evening representing Poynton at Knutsford Mayor Fundraising Meal!
Raising funds for his charities Friends of the Moor, Knutsford Heritage Centre, Knutsford Community First Responders Trust and The Welcome Cafe!
14th May 2019, Ocean Heroes at 3rd Poynton Scouts
We had a great time at 3rd Poynton Scouts with Nick and Caroline from SeaStraw! They talked to the Beavers & Cubs about plastic pollution in our oceans and the wonderful marine life it threatens.
The Beavers and Cubs unveiled their ‘Keep Our Seas Plastic Free’ mural - they’ve worked so hard on it! They are the first Beavers & Cubs in our area to undertake a plastics project!
The children have taken home a bag for life and a plastic cup which they’ve been challenged to re-purpose!
13th May 2019, Fundraising Cheque Presentation, Poynton Civic Hall
I’d like to thank everyone who helped me reach a final fundraising grand total of £5105 for Health & Wellbeing Projects at Vernon, Lower Park, Worth, St Paul’s and Lostock Hall Primary Schools!
I really enjoyed working with the PTAs, the Teachers and most of all, the children.
Thank you to everyone for making me so welcome! It was lovely to see everyone to present the cheques. The money has been divided according to when the PTAs came on board and I know the funds are appreciated.
9th May 2019, AED Training, Johnnie Johnson Housing Poynton
It was great to welcome the team from North West Ambulance Service to deliver two free Community A.E.D. training sessions at Johnnie Johnson Housing!
The training is a collaborative project between North West Ambulance Service, Poynton AED Group, Poynton Town Council and Poynton Area Community Partnership.
5th May 2019, Poynton Market, The Centre in Poynton
What a great day at the Poynton Market at The Centre - as always, a fabulous range of stalls by a group of lovely, friendly sellers.
On behalf of The Centre, I chatted to each of the sellers to find out what they like about the Poynton Market, and where they think they could make improvements. I’m really grateful for the feedback which The Centre will use to inform future plans. It was lovely to hear how friendly and accommodating the sellers find the team at The Centre!
All proceeds of the markets go for towards the refurbishment of our lovely centre. Entrance is free, but all are welcome to make a donation into one of the collection boxes.
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