PTC wins NHS Self Care Award
Poynton Town Council has received an NHS Bronze Self Care Award at a celebration ceremony held at Poynton Civic Hall. Full details below.
Councillor Sarah-Jane Gilmore, Mayor Reports & Charities
Mayor's Reports can be found here.
Fundraising Events can be found lower down this page.
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.
Retro Party - 17th January at Poynton Workmens Club - "Oh What a Night".
The Retro Party was amazing! We certainly banished the January blues!
Some fabulous costumes, lots of fun and laughter, brilliant music, loads of dancing, and we raised ..... £537.10!!!!!
Massive thank you to everyone who came and joined in the fun!
Thanks to everyone for judging ‘Best Dressed’ - really tough call but Congratulations to Mark Callow who won first prize.
My thanks as always to Barry and Helen for managing the raffle! And to Robin and the team Poynton Workmens Club for looking after us all so well!
Future Events for your Diary
Mayor’s Posh Party - Poynton Workmens Club on Friday 24th April 2020
Raising funds for:
We’ll have a DJ, buffet & raffle; and the chance to celebrate what, for me, has been an incredible 3 years! Dress to impress .... yourself! Anything goes! Tickets will be £10 per person, watch this space for more info! Really hope to see you there.
Mayor's Fundraising Quiz - Friday 3rd April 2020 at 7:30 PM
We had such a good time at the last quiz that I’ve been asked to do it again!
Come and have some fun testing your general knowledge at a quiz to raise funds for my good causes this year which are: Poynton Disabled Swimming Club - Open Hands Community Transport - Poynton Breeze (purchase of two adapted bicycles) - Deva Park Play Area (purchase of inclusive play equipment).
This will be held on Friday 3rd April, 7:30, at the Poynton Workmen's Club, tickets £10 for a team of 4 – but don’t worry if you don’t have a team we can pair you up!
Our resident Quiz Master Barry Williams will be in charge of quizzical questions and queries to challenge your memories and tax your brain power!
It promises to be great fun and I hope to see lots of you there!
Tickets are available from the Civic Hall from February 3rd or reserve them with me now!
Mayor's Snow Ball - 29th November 2019
We had a fabulous time at the Mayor's Snow Ball! Fantastic tunes courtesy of top DJ Chris O’Reilly, and lots of dancing, fun and laughter thanks to everyone who came along to party. We raised an awesome £333.30!! Thank you to all for helping me make the event a success.
CIAO Restaurant - 28th October 2019.
CIAO kindly hosted a meal to help raise funds for my good causes! Following an incredibly generous donation by Ciao, and attendees we raised an amazing £485! Thank you to everyone, both from me, and on behalf of my good causes this year: Poynton Disabled Swimming Club, Open Hands Community Transport, Poynton Breeze & Friends of Deva Park! This takes my fundraising to just over £1000!
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.
Mayor and Deputy Mayor Report September 2019
Update on Mayors Fundraising
Following the Mayors Quiz, the grand total raised now stands at £700!
Thank you to everyone who has supported my events and/or donated to my fundraising!
If you'd like to donate - however big or small - every penny counts - please use the link to my Just Giving Page: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/sj-gilmore
10th & 12th September 2019, Summer Reading Challenge, Poynton Library
It was great fun presenting medals and certificates to some of the children who have completed the Poynton Library Summer Reading Challenge, with Cllr Mike Sewart and PSCO Oliver. The children had to read 6 library books during the summer holidays. This year the theme was Space Chase! The Library were grateful to Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre for donating entry tickets to the children who participated.
7th September 2019, Induction of Rev. Reuben Martin, Poynton Baptist Church
Deputy Mayor, Councillor Lee Podmore was delighted to be invited to attend the induction of Rev. Reuben Martin, the new Minister at Poynton Baptist Church.
Rev. Martin joins Poynton from his previous Parish in Croydon. The Service was very well attended including a coach full of his parishioners from his previous posting and MP David Rutley.
Interestingly Rev Martin has come full circle as he attended Poynton Baptist Church in his youth as his father Roger, was the Minister there in the 1980’s.
Lively and uplifting songs were sung accompanied by the excellent band. In addition to the many welcoming speeches a sermon was given by Rev. Martins brother Karl (who is also a Minister).
6th September 2019, Adlington Manor Care Home, Adlington
It was lovely to visit Adlington Manor Care Home! The staff, residents and relatives undertake a memory walk every year, usually around the fabulous grounds. Sadly, the rain has meant that the walk will be inside this year. As I couldn’t join them for the walk, Fiona, General Manager, invited me to join them for a cuppa and a chat.
I thoroughly enjoyed talking to Mavis, Ethel and Barbara. Mavis has been a very active volunteer during her life, and it was great to hear about some of her experiences.
The Adlington Manor Team take great pride in their work and rightly so! They offer so many regular and ad-hoc activities which the staff and residents clearly enjoy!
6th September 2019, Cheshire East Ranger Service, Nelson Pit Visitor Centre
Great meeting with Ed Pilkington and Tim Harding from Cheshire East Countryside Ranger Service this morning; finding out more about the invaluable and diverse work they undertake.
The main aim of the Ranger Service is to develop, enhance and protect our countryside and urban sites within Cheshire East, while encouraging and promoting the proper use of the Council’s outdoor recreational facilities.
In addition to the work they undertake to maintain the countryside, they provide a number of interactive events throughout the year and work with schools and community groups to provide educational opportunities.
You can find out more on their Facebook and website; including volunteering opportunities
24th August 2019, Poynton Show
It was both an honour and a pleasure to be invited to attend the Poynton Show in my role as Town Mayor. I'd like to say a huge thank you, and congratulations, to Poynton Horticultural and Agricultural Society for delivering the 119th Poynton Show, in glorious sunshine!
As with other key events on the Poynton Community Calendar, the event is delivered & managed by hard working volunteers who give their own time to ensure that these events not only take place but are packed full of activity.
Great to see so many local businesses there!
18th August 2019, Coppice Road Allotments Association Social, Coppice Road Allotments Poynton
Thank you to Coppice Road Allotments Association for inviting me to their social event!
The allotments are looking great, especially Steve’s which has been commended for the standard of his cultivation. He was kind enough to give me a tour of his plot and some fresh veg to sample!
1st August 2019, 150th Anniversary of the Macclesfield-Bollington-Marple Line Exhibition, Bollington Discovery Centre
Bollington Discovery Centre held an exhibition at the library in Macclesfield on the 150th Anniversary of the Macclesfield-Bollington-Marple Line.
Cllr Lee Podmore, Deputy Mayor, was delighted to attend where Basil Jeuda spoke about his recently released book on the subject, together with Eddie Bowless, the engine driver who ran the last train down the line.
The exhibition aimed to capture the flavour of the people who lived, used and worked on the line from its opening on 2nd August 1869 until its closure and subsequent rejuvenation as the Middlewood Way.
27th July 2019, Mayors Fundraising Quiz, Poynton Workmen’s Club
What a fantastic night we had at the Mayors Fundraising Quiz! 34 teams participated and represented so many of our amazing community groups and businesses including Rotary Club of Poynton, Poynton Bells, Poynton Christian Fellowship, Cornerstone Resources, Open Hands Community Transport, Poynton Town Council, The Back Clinic - Poynton Chiropractic, The Natural Doctors, Poynton Runners, Poynton Christmas Fest, J Handford & Son, Poynton Breeze, Vernon Building Society (Poynton) Brass Band, Poynton Dippers Swimming Club, Lostock Hall PTA, Michelle Presents Scentsy, St George's Poynton Parish Church & Higher Poynton Tennis Club!
Thanks also to the individuals and businesses who so generously provided the prizes for the winning team and of course to Robin and the team at Poynton Workmen's Club for hosting us and being so supportive!
It was a tie between Poynton Runners & Quiztopher Bigwins! Following a tie break question the winners were Quiztopher Bigwins!
Thanks to all the Quiz Teams and the great raffle prizes we raised an outstanding £655.70!
24th July 2019, Practice Makes Perfect Night, Hickory Smoke Poynton
It was fabulous to join the team at Hickory's Smokehouse Poynton on one of their ‘Practice Makes Perfect’ nights! The food was delicious, the service excellent and the restaurant looks incredible!
Lovely to meet Adam, the Manager, who is keen to get to know our community! And Head Chef Rob who really knows his Deep South cooking! From the feedback they’ve received so far, I’d say they’ve been thoroughly & positively welcomed to Poynton!
23rd July 2019, Lower Park School Year 6 Leavers Prom, Lower Park School
I had a lovely time at Lower Park School Year 6 Leavers Prom! The children all looked so smart!
Thank you so much to the teachers for my invitation, and for their hard work putting on the event which was very clearly enjoyed by all.
Special thank you to the children for making me so welcome.
As Year 6 head off to start High School I’d like to say ‘Good Luck’ to them all - keep up the hard work!
21st July 2019, Poynton Civic Service
It was a pleasure and an honour to host this year’s Civic Service & reception. The service was led by Canon Reverend Rob McLaren at St George’s Church with the reception at the Civic Hall. It was lovely to see so many of Poynton’s voluntary organisations and community groups represented, reminding us how active and vibrant our town is.
The first Civic Awards were given in 2008, the year before the Parish Council became a Town Council and since then, Civic and Youth Awards have been given each year.
Our Civic Awards are given to local people ‘in recognition of a sustained and significant contribution to the community of Poynton with Worth’; and our Certificates of Youth Civic Service are given to young people ‘in recognition of having shown leadership, initiative, enthusiasm and commitment to a worthwhile cause, of benefit to their peer group and/or the wider community’.
I was delighted to present some very well deserved Civic and Youth Awards. I also took the opportunity to say thank you to Rob McLaren, who is leaving Poynton after 14 years of service to our community. And I thanked Town Councillors who stood down prior to the election in May, for their many years of service to Poynton; and welcomed new councillors who will be working hard for our community. And last, but by no means least, I asked all attending to join me in thanking the Town Council Team for the hard work they put in to deliver this event which is a great celebration of our community.
20th July 2019, CAMRA Award Flute & Firkin, Poynton
Fantastic to see the Flute & Firkin awarded the High Peak, Tameside and North East Cheshire CAMRA Branch's Pub of the Summer 2019!
I was delighted to join them for the presentation of the certificate and join in celebrating their success over the last 12 months.
19th July 2019, End of Year Assembly, Poynton High School
Such a fantastic celebration of everything the pupils and teachers have achieved in the school year! Great to see so many awards for sport, and for caring, positive and inclusive behaviour and ‘jumping in with both feet’ as Headteacher David Waugh described it. Delighted to see their Community Award go to Canon Reverend Rob McLaren, recognising all the support he has given the school in the last 14 years.
And as always outstanding entertainment from the Concert Band and many more of the very talented students!
18th July 2019, Meeting with Poynton Disabled Swimming Club, Poynton Civic Hall
Great meeting with Doreen from Poynton Disabled Swimming Club - talking about fundraising and finding out more about the invaluable service they offer!
They meet every Monday 12:30-1:30 at Poynton Leisure Centre.
Did you know the club has been running since 1978?
I’m really looking forward to working with Doreen and her volunteers.
16th July 2019, PHS Afternoon Tea, Poynton High School
It was lovely to attend Poynton High School Afternoon Tea Party - such a great way to promote inter-generational understanding on their Year 8 Student Development Day.
The pupils, led by teacher Rachel Long (Director of Learning: Welfare Education), created the table decorations, made the lunch, provided tea/coffee, chatted to the guests and provided an amazing programme of entertainment!
A huge well done to all involved!
14th July 2019, Poynton Summerfest, Higher Poynton
Thank you so much to Poynton Summerfest for inviting me to open their event. And to be able to thank Pat Clay, who has led the Summerfest volunteer team, and her daughter Jo Akid, for all their hard work delivering the Summerfest over the last few years. Pat & Jo have decided to step down from the committee so this will be the last Summerfest in which they’ll be involved.
And what a brilliant event it was! So many great activities, stalls and lots of varied live music! And I had great fun judging the dog competition although it was a really difficult job! So many gorgeous dogs!
I can’t begin to imagine how much hard work goes into planning and delivering the event, but the Friends of Poynton Summerfest did a sterling job ... again!
12th July 2019, St Paul's Catholic Primary School Summer Fair, St Paul's Poynton
I had a lovely time at St Paul’s Catholic Primary School Summer Fair!
They had glorious weather and so many activities! Beat the Dad with Richmond Rovers, Fly a Paper Aeroplane, Pony Rides, raffles, tombola, BBQ by The Butcher's Block - Poynton's Artisan Butchers, the fire engine from Poynton Fire Station and much more!
Thank you so much to Helen and the PTA for inviting me!
9th July 2019, Open Hands Community Transport, Poynton
Great meeting with Andrew and Adelle from Open Hands Community Transport - talking about fundraising and finding out more about the invaluable service they offer!
I’m really looking forward to working with them and their group of volunteers.
9th July 2019, Networking Event, Pizza Express Poynton
Great Local Networking Event organised and hosted by Pizza Express Poynton. Organised by Munfaz, Pizza Express Manager, as a chance for local businesses to get to know each other!
9th July 2019, Hickory Smokehouse, Poynton
Great to catch up with Gareth Cooper, Community Liaison Officer for Hickory's Smokehouse Poynton - I was treated to a sneak preview of the new restaurant!
8th July 2019, Poynton Breeze Meeting, Davenport Golf Club
Great meeting with Elaine & Sue from Poynton Breeze - talking about fundraising and finding out more about their group.
They are so passionate about making cycling accessible to all! I’m really looking forward to working with them and their group.
7th July 2019, Alderley Edge Civic Service, Alderley Edge
Deputy Mayor Lee Podmore and his Wife Sam were delighted to attend Alderley Edge’s Civic Service at St Phillip and St James Church.
The theme of the service was helping to protect the environment for our future generations. Alderley Edge Primary School children sang “I am the Earth” by Glyn Lehman very well.
We would like to thank Alderley Edge Parish Council for inviting us to share in their Civic Service.
7th July 2019, Market at The Centre in Poynton
It’s always a treat to visit and support our local Market at The Centre.
As always, a great range of stalls and lovely, friendly sellers supported this community event.
6th July 2019, PAPYRUS Fundraising Event, Yoga Life Poynton
It was lovely to meet Emma Townley who organised a charity yoga event for teenagers and adults to raise money for the suicide prevention charity PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide at Yoga Life Poynton.
In honour of Oliver, a student who sadly took his life, the children of Beech Hall School where he attended, are also organising a mega triathlon.
It was great to see so many people of all ages supporting Emma’s event! It’s a great way to raise awareness.
5th July 2019, Private Peaceful, Poynton High School
Poynton High School delivered two outstanding productions of Private Peaceful. The play is a moving story about two brothers who are sent off to fight in a war they thought would be over by Christmas. Michael Morpurgo was inspired to write the story after visiting a museum in Ypres where he read a very brief letter addressed to a soldier’s family, that advised them their son had been shot for cowardice.
The play was created by a company of Year 8 pupils in only a week! This is the 10th ‘play in a week’ that the school have delivered and it’s clearly highly valued by the students who have worked so hard on the scripts, sounds, lighting, costumes and music under the guidance of teachers led by Ally Cutler, ex-students, older students and visiting students.
I was delighted to be invited to attend, and absolutely stunned by the student’s hard work, commitment and enthusiasm! Great work by Sharon Duke, Poynton Town Council Communities Co-ordinator in connecting Poynton High School with Cheshire Villages Great War Society who also attended.
5th July 2019, Worth School Summer Fair, Worth School
What a fabulous evening for a summer fair - with a Hawaiian theme!
They had everything! Pony rides, a surf simulator, amazing raffle prizes, a tiki bar, a great BBQ by Poynton Round Table and the Fire Engine from Poynton Fire Station!
Thank you to Clare and the PTA for inviting me!
5th July 2019, Blue Plaque Unveiling, Middlewood Higher Station
I was honoured to be asked to unveil the blue plaque at the site of Middlewood Higher Station to commemorate 150 years since the opening of the Macclesfield Bollington and Marple Railway; and the running in board noting the site of the original station. The platform at Middlewood Higher Station sadly collapsed and led to the closure of the station in 1960.
Many thanks to David Buxton and Craig Wright members of Friends of Rose Hill Station for their kind invitation to be part of their event. And to Cheshire East Countryside Ranger Service for their support with the project.
4th July 2019, Poynton Methodist Preschool BBQ, Poynton Methodist Church
It was lovely to join Poynton Methodist Preschool BBQ! The Preschool facilities are fabulous!
They have a lovely enclosed area at the back, with a sandpit! They also have a garden where the children can help to grow flowers and fruit.
With food by The Butcher's Block - Poynton's Artisan Butchers and a bouncy castle, and the weather was perfect!
3rd July 2019, Open Hand Community Transport AGM, Poynton Methodist Church
Thank you to the team at Open Hands for inviting me to their AGM. It was lovely to see them all and to share the news that I will be fundraising for them this year.
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 the volunteer drivers are the only human face at their house in a week. For more details please contact them on 01625 878589 email@example.com
2nd July 2019, Worth School Farmers Market, Waitrose Poynton
Worth Primary School have been busy in the school garden, growing vegetable seeds from the Grow and Sell Kit they received from Waitrose earlier in the year. At the Farmers Market held in the foyer at Waitrose in Poynton they sold their home-grown garlic, leeks, strawberries, potatoes and spring onions!
Over the last few months the children have grown and looked after the fruit and vegetables and at this event served customers, learning good customer care, selling and business skills plus challenging their mental arithmetic!
I was delighted to pop along to support the school with their growing and fundraising efforts!
30th June 2019, Friends of Deva Park, Deva Park Poynton
So nice to spend a sunny afternoon in the park with the team from Friends of Deva Park and lots of Mums, Dads, Grandparents & children. So many children bought their bikes/scooters and go-carts, we released butterflies and had glitter tattoos!
Funds raised will be split between Friends of Deva Park and Becky Jacobs go-fund-me, Becky is a local mum sadly diagnosed with cervical cancer.
A great and very well attended event!
29th June 2019, Straight Outta Poynton, The Centre
Straight Outta Poynton - Poynton’s very own music festival was staged at The Centre in Poynton!
Organised by Matthew Wynne and Andrew Hall (and their amazing team) as a way to celebrate a wealth of musical talent, and raise funds for the continuing restoration of The Centre - specifically for a sound system for the Centre, to complement the splendid old stage, which, although in need of some restoration, is a unique asset.
The line-up had something for everyone, and they even managed to organise some fabulous weather!
29th June 2019, Armed Forces Day, Poynton Civic Hall
Armed Forces Day is a chance for us to show our support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets. Showing support for the Armed Forces provides a much valued morale boost for the troops and their families and helps us to show our gratitude to our past, present and future armed forces.
In the UK, our Armed Forces defend the UK and its interests. They are busy working around the world, promoting peace, delivering aid, tackling drug smugglers, providing security and fighting terrorism. There are a number of serving members of the armed forces living in Poynton as well as veterans. A veteran is anyone who has served in the Armed Forces at any time (including National Servicemen, Regulars and Reserves). Armed Forces Day celebrates their continued role within the military community.
We raised the Armed Forces Day flag over Poynton Civic Hall to help mark this special day. Thank you to all who attended including Private Hayley Whittaker & Private Charlie Kershaw, 207 Field Hospital; Cllrs Kevin Booth & Laurence Clarke; Deputy Mayor Lee Podmore; Pat Marsh & Elaine Bailey, Poynton Royal British Legion; PCSO Lisa Furmanek, Macclesfield North and Poynton Police; Susan Knight, Poynton Local History Society; representatives of Poynton Library; Haf Barlow, Town Clerk & Kate McDowell, Deputy Town Clerk, Poynton Town Council and many more.
28th June 2019, Lostock Hall PTA Summer BBQ, Lostock Hall School
Thank you to Lostock Hall PTA for inviting me to their Summer BBQ - what a lovely evening in the glorious sunshine!
As always, the PTA worked so hard to deliver a great event which was really well attended!
Great to see Poynton Fire Station there showing the children their firefighting equipment and, as always available for photos with the young & not so young!
Thank you to Alison and the PTA for inviting me!
26th June 2019, The Centre, Poynton
A fabulous evening at The Centre in Poynton in Poynton. I was delighted to be invited to their get together to open and celebrate the new room above the bar.
I had the honour of officially opening the room and then enjoying the company of the trustees and friends of The Centre; along with the brilliant acoustic accompaniment of Dominic Paul.
The room is a great addition to their facilities, with mood lighting; and is graced by an outstanding triptych painting by Ali Hargreaves - a very talented local artist!
10th June 2019, Poynton Cub Sports Event, Deva Field Poynton
Thank you so much to 3rd Poynton Scouts for inviting me to present the winner’s trophy at the annual Poynton Cub Sports Event at Deva Field. Rain did not stop play!
Egg & spoon race, sack race, three-legged race, relay & obstacle course! I was shattered just watching & cheering them on. Really brilliant event! Well done to everyone who helped to set up and run the event, and to all the Cubs who took part.
1st Place - Vernon 1st Poynton
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