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Land Dispute


No. 116

Town Centres Manager for Kidsgrove

Proposals to sell off land with outline planning permission for housing on seven sites in the Borough has sparked a new dispute because Newcastle Borough Council have allocated they have been withdrawn from development £30,000 to help recruit a Town Centre PartnerOpposition councillors claim that excluding plans. ship Manager for Kidsgrove and Newcastle the Pennyfields Road site from future land consultations is unfair The decision to sell the land, which town centres.

included two plots in the Kidsgrove area, (land off Pennyfields Road in Newchapel and off Coalpit Hill in Talke), was controversial because no public consultation had taken place, sparking a public outcry. Growing opposition from residents determined to fight the plans led to a pre-election pledge from Labour candidates that the plans would be scrapped. At a meeting on 18th July the NBC Cabinet resolved to remove all seven sites from their development plans and proposed not to procede with any plans to dispose of them with effect from 27th July. But as preparations to undertake a new Borough wide consultation on land to be used to meet future housing and businesses needs, the decision to remove the seven sites is being deemed as unfair. Opposition members say that excluding these sites is not in the spirit of consultation and unfair on other potential areas of the Borough that may be considered for development.

The partnership is a joint venture between the Borough council and businesses to boost the local economy by attracting more visitors, promoting the area as a place to invest, helping existing businesses and making it easier for entrepreneurs to set up new enterprises. Plans already underway include a new website promoting the towns and businesses and an application for funding from the second Mary Portas Pilot scheme, which if succesful will see another £100,000 available to promote the towns. A cabinet member for planning, regeneration and town centres, said: “We said improving the economic prospects of Newcastle and Kidsgrove town centres was a top priority and now we’re starting to deliver on that promise. We’re committed to working with businesses to create vibrant places where people want to visit, work, shop and invest and we’re delighted to be able to provide this extra level of support to help the partnership get off the ground.”




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Kidsgrove’s Fire Station has been officially opened and named. The fire station became operational last September but the ‘official’ opening took place on Friday 13th July. At the opening ceremony the fire station was named in memory of local Spitfire designer Reginald Mitchell and pupils from the Reginald Mitchell School presented a collage they had made which will be displayed at the station. The new fire station boasts state of the art facilities and a dedicated community room that can be used by local groups and organisations.

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Post move gets sorted

The Royal Mail have shelved their plans to close the sorting office at Butt Lane. The proposal to close the Butt Lane sorting office caused a public outcry. Campaigners gathered a 1,000 signature petition calling for the plans to be scrapped as they would have meant a trip to Knutton to collect post as well as putting a number of jobs under threat. Announcing the u turn the Royal Mail said that after considering a detailed feasibilty study of the proposal they have decided not to merge Butt Lane and Knutton at this time.


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It was very disappointing that this year’s Carnival which should have been held on 14 July 2012 had to be cancelled. An inspection of Clough Hall Park took place two days’ before and it was unanimously agreed by the Carnival Association that the ground was waterlogged and would not only be unsuitable for activities, attractions and the general public to use but that to hold it would have damaged the park grounds.

Their accomplishment was only possible because of the assistance from the Rotary Club of Kidsgrove who provided their mini bus together with a driver to cover the 950 mile road journey.

Many people worked hard to make the event a success and the Association thanks all those who were involved including local schools, organisations, charities, residents, Newcastle Borough Council and Stanworth’s Fair Ground. Meetings are being held to see if it is possible to hold another event later this year. KIDSGROVE STATION GARDENS It is pleasing to be able to report that there has been no theft of plants and shrubs recently. Seven ladies are still working hard to transform the gardens but more volunteers are needed, particularly men, who could help to carry materials over the bridge. If only lifts could be installed not only for the gardeners but for rail passengers. If anyone has any spare time or needs information please contact Mary Maxfield 784335 or Sandra Bowyer 510872. Joining the volunteers provides exercise, satisfaction and interaction with others. It is a worthwhile pastime, particularly when rail passengers compliment Kidsgrove Rail Station. THREE PEAKS CHALLENGE A group of young people from the area, based at Alsager Sixth Form who are past and present pupils attempted to do the Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for the Alzheimers’ Society. The Challenge is to climb the mountains of Ben Nevis, Scafell and Snowdon in 24 hours. They chose the weekend with the most light in June which ironically turned out to be one of the wettest and windiest. After scaling Ben Nevis they were advised that the weather made climbing Scafell much too dangerous. They did, however, climb Snowdon. Although not achieving their original aim they felt they were successful in that they raised £1000

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Young rail travellers create artwork for Kidsgrove Station

Children from St Thomas’ Primary School, Kidsgrove, have demonstrated their affection for rail travel by creating new artwork for their station.

The work by the six young students features trains, passengers and stations with messages encouraging people to use the train to ‘Save the Planet’, ‘Save Petrol’ and ‘Make our City Greener.’ One of the posters, by Matthew Birchall (aged 11), is a collage of used rail tickets in the form of the rail symbol, which he has saved over the years to record the many places he has travelled to by train from Kidsgrove. As well as local destinations such as Crewe, Derby, Longton and ManMatthew Birchall with his tickets poster chester, Matthew’s collage shows how holiday resorts and places much farther afield – Lincoln, Rhyl, Southport and Windermere – are within easy reach by rail from the Staffordshire station. Matthew’s mother Wendy, who is a teacher at St Thomas’ and also a volunteer at Kidsgrove station, said: “I’m very proud that the children at St Thomas’ were asked to produce artwork for the station. It is a great and

a rewarding community project for them to be involved in. “Matthew has travelled thousands of miles around the UK on the train and has a large collection of used rail tickets as a record of his journeys. His inspiration came from seeing the rail symbol on the tickets; he then decided to recreate it using just the tickets issued from our local station, Kidsgrove.” Children from St Thomas’ School Faye Lambert, Project Officer for showing their posters the North Staffordshire Community Rail Partnership, which works with East Midlands Trains and station volunteers to improve stations along the Crewe-Derby route, said: “It’s great to see these young people enjoying rail travel and understanding its benefits for the environment. We very much appreciate the time and thought they have put into designing the artwork and it will make a bright display at Kidsgrove for passengers to see.”

Jonny Wiseman, Route Manager for East Midlands Trains, said: “It’s great to see people of all ages coming together to support their local station. The children have done an amazing job with the new artwork and we are grateful for their support in helping to brighten up Kidsgrove station.” St Thomas’ Primary is already helping to improve Kidsgrove station; children from the school’s Gardening Club plant and tend the pretty garden displays at the station entrance.



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Now that I’ve got the two Mow Cop books safely out of the way, I can start to think about getting down to writing a history of Kidsgrove.

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But as a start I had another look at a survey of the boundaries of what we now call Kidsgrove, which was made in 1719, and published in the Staffordshire Historical Records series in 1932. It was not called the Manor of Kidsgrove, of course, but referred to as ‘a third part of the manor of Tunstall’ which included the hamlets of Thursfield, Oldcott, Brieryhurst and Rainscliffe, which we can all recognise today as roughly being what we think of as Kidsgrove. While following a route up hill and down dale it incidentally records some of what was in the area. Kidsgrove as we know it really only took off with the arrival, in the 1760s, of the navvies building the Trent and Mersey canal and Brindley’s Harecastle Tunnel. It was some time after this that the land was bought by the Gilbert family, and only after John Gilbert’s death in 1812 was it referred to as ‘The Manor of Kidcrew.’ It has been, frankly, a bit of a struggle to follow the route, but if you’d like to come with me reading this, I’d recommend that You Get a Map Out Now. Straight away we hit a problem. The text begins “Beginning at the lane called Knacmarill Lane which divides Thursfield from Wedgwood…” Well yes, I’ve heard of the districts of Thursfield and Wedgwood; the area is to the east of what we now call Harriseahead and Newchapel. But who knows Knacmarill Lane? It looks like nothing I’ve ever met up Harriseahead, so that’s a really good start to the trip. I’m hoping that some kind reader will phone me with the news that they lived at No 23 Knacmarill Lane until 1927, when they changed it to Bull Lane, or possibly Mellor Street, Packmoor. I mention those because I think that’s roughly where it was; the text goes on to say that it comes ‘from the Lane End near a tenement called the Bent Hayes’ which I’m guessing is Bent Farm at Packmoor (now demolished!), but roughly where Mellor Street comes out onto Turnhurst Road. And short-

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ly afterwards we go ‘up the Lane which leads to Turnhurst Green.’ That’s what we call Turnhurst now, so we are heading, nowadays at least, for the Brindley’s Lock Pub. I’m afraid it’s too early in our journey to stop for a pint, even though the 1719 account does then go on to speak of ‘a watering hole at the bottom of the Stoneyhurst.’ I expect it was cattle rather than alesmen who used the watering hole, and, as you can see, we have another name which seems to have been dropped from the map.

I think the pool lay just outside the gates of Turnhurst Hall, shown on a map of 1862, which may also guide us to our next landmark. Our intrepid walker wades ‘thro the pool upon the said green and down the watercourse to the brook, at which point comes in Oldcott.’ And there on the map, to the west of the pool is shown Clanway brook, down which we travel to the ‘north end of Hobridding Wood.’ A lovely name, yes, but another landmark that must be long gone. At this point we find ourselves touching on the other two parts of the Manor of Tunstall. Then we seem to turn east ‘by the south side of Colclough Lane’ and we can tell where we are again. Colclough Lane still winds up towards Goldenhill in all its glory. We now cross the A50 through Goldenhill but in 1719 it was just ‘across the lane to the Utree fold, & thro Utree House.’ I do hope whoever was living in Yewtree House (or Farm), just across from Colclough Lane, didn’t mind people marching through their living room. Then we go ‘to the meadow beneath the house adjoining Mr. Boughey’s estate at Fornileigh; and so up the utmost bounds of Fornileigh estate adjoining Ryehill. So by the south side of Broadfield Wood…” I can find Ferney Ley close by on the 1840 O. S. Map which was owned by the Boughey family of Audley. In fact, they bought the Manor of Audley in 1790. It looks as if all we have left of Broadfield Wood now is Broadfield Road.

and offices. But onwards we go, up ‘ Malkin’s moor & Lord’s Meadow’ (Any ideas?) and to ‘the gate at the end of Bath Lane, & there adjoining the Parish of Audley.’

So I think we’re heading for Bath Pool folks. Perhaps places will be easier to identify from now on, but to see how we get back to good old Knacmarill Lane you’ll have to join me for the second half of this 18th century ramble in the next issue. If you have any interesting information regarding this article or anything on Kidsgrove history you can contact Philip on 01782 783605.

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Anyway, as our guide says, ‘at this point comes in Ramscliff.’ That is, the district we now call Ravenscliffe. Do you wonder why I usually groan (involuntarily) when people ask me about the origin of place names? Do I offer an explanation here about ravens nesting in a narrow valley (or Clough) or rams nesting, like seagulls, on the plentiful cliffs nearby? It is additionally difficult to pinpoint places on this walk, because often the text refers to the people who owned the farms and fields back in the early 1700s. For example we then go down a brook to ‘John Cotton’s of the Brook.’ I can see a brook on the 1840 map, but we soon leave it and go to another which ‘comes from Hogmorlake, adjoining the hamlet of Chatterley.’ A good expressive name, but where was this lake? Maybe the flat Biddulph Times Maynear 15-08:Biddulph Times 92flooded. x 110Now 15/5/08 marshy land in the valley Chatterley might have been it’s been drained and turned into massive (and little used?) eco-storage depots

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Neighbourhood Policing Team Report by PC Dave Woodward We still have no official news or date for our move to the Town Hall. Trimming bushes I

have recently been investigating an incident where someone has cut back some trees and completely removed other trees and bushes near to their home.

The trees and bushes were on land belonging to Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council which means the resident should not have cut the trees. During this enquiry I have liaised with the borough council’s Arboricultural Officer who has the responsibility for trees across the borough. He has stated that there is an issue with residents cutting, trimming and pruning trees and bushes without permission and that there have been several incidents in the Kidsgrove area and in particular Whitehill. Some residents have been known to have professional companies in to carry out the work. But residents have no right to carry out this work. If you have branches etc that overhang onto your property, then it is acceptable to cut off the overhanging branches, although it is always advised to consult with the council or other owners of trees first, but to cut branches or whole bushes outside your own boundary could lead to you being prosecuted. If you do have an issue with trees, please contact the council on 01782 717717 and your calls will be passed to the department who will consider your request. Should you or anyone else be injured or cause damage to another property through your actions then you may not be covered by any insurance and there are clearly health and safety implications as well.

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School Holidays The school holidays are upon us and if the weather forecasts are correct we might finally get something vaguely resembling a summer. As with most school holiday periods we tend to get an increase in anti-social behaviour across the area. In an attempt to reduce the nuisance behaviour funding has been obtained by Police Community Support Officers Damian Wright, Nikki Daniels and the Youth Service from Mary Maxfield as part of the Staffordshire County Council Members Initiative Fund and other funding secured by Trevor Smith (Newcastle Borough Council) from a partnership group. The funding is being used to provide a programme of activities for young people in the Kidsgrove area ‘2012 Kids Summer Sport’. The activities will take place at Kidsgrove Sport Centre and in Clough Hall Park. The scheme will start on 23rd July and run until early November. Big yellow/orange posters have now been put up across the area showing the activities, the dates and times, further posters will go out with additional dates for September and October. All activities are free of charge the only cost young people have will be the purchase of any refreshments. Friends of Clough Hall Park who initiated the idea and have been involved from the outset will be selling refreshments. All events will be available from 11am to 3pm, the initial events are shown opposite (please note I haven’t listed them in date order).

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Ask family, friends or reliable neighbours to keep an eye on your property, ensuring post isn’t left hanging out of the letterbox or piling up behind the door.

Hope you all have a good summer, PC Dave Woodward.

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On Wednesday 23rd May, Student Council representatives attended a network meeting at Newcastle Borough Council offices. The pupils discussed the topic ‘What your school does well’ with other schools from the surrounding area.

“After working with the year 7 at Maryhill High School, I felt it only right to say what a fantastic group of young people they were. Their work ethic and attitude were nothing short of brilliant. To have 120 people listen and work so well together is something that does not happen in every school. We go to hundreds of schools all over the UK working with thousands of young people, and the students in year 7 have been some of the best I have ever seen. They were a credit to Maryhill High School.” - Jerome Wilson: Team leader of the BAE and the RAF Roadshow

Our pupils were particularly keen to share the work they do with the Youth Parliament and in particular their campaign to improve the skate park in Kidsgrove. Our pupils also took away ideas from other schools which could be used to improve our school Student Council further. The Mayor who was also in attendance said that the pupils represented our school well and that he was pleased to see that Student Council’s were important to everyday school life. Also on the agenda were the entries for a ‘Newcastles of the world’ project: This event exhibits various pieces of work from school children in cities around the world that have ‘Newcastle’ in their name. There were entries from South Africa, Japan, Georgia and many more! Netball Festival The annual Kidsgrove Primary Schools Netball Festival took place on Friday 25th May, here at Maryhill High School. It was a very hot, but blustery afternoon, but that did not stop some superb Netball being played. Linsey Holloway and Danielle Green, two Btec Sport students, kindly umpired the matches.

Congratulations to Reginald Mitchell A team who won overall, with St Thomas coming a close second. Many Thanks to all that attended and I look forward to next year! Michael Sutton Memorial Bench The memorial bench is now in place at Lyme Kiln Lock in Kidsgrove, where Mike Sutton tragically died in December 2011. Students at Maryhill, along with Mike’s sister, raised £115 earlier in the year to buy the bench in memory of Mike. Thanks again to all who helped with the fundraising.

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Well done to all competitors who were a credit to the school. Special thanks go to Mr Davies and Mrs Steele for helping Miss Hambleton with events. First taste of high school life Year 5 pupils from local primary schools enjoyed their first taste of high school life this week. Visitors included students from Castle Primary, Hollywall, St Thomas’, Reginald Mitchell, St John’s, St Saviour’s and Thurstfield. Comments were very positive from the visiting students who experienced sample classes in some of the subjects they may be studying here at Maryhill. Maryhill Students in Canal Rescue

Knitting with Nanas Project As part of Kidsgrove Youth Parliament Initiative students (and teachers!) from Maryhill are taking part in the “Knitting with Nanas” Project which aims to bring the community together. Senior citizens will work with the younger generation over the coming weeks teaching them knitting and gardening skills as well as taking the time to swap stories and experiences together.

To Maryhill High School “Recognising Achievement” of students is central to their philosophy. This year’s high achieving and exceptional students from across the school were commended at a VIP Awards Evening. Guests included Councillor Dave Stringer and Deputy Mayor of Kidsgrove Kyle Robinson, who praised the efforts all pupils had made.

The girls heard the man cry for help and Andrew gave not a second thought before leaping into the canal and bringing him and his pet dog Poppy to safety.


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You can see why we are immensely proud of our Year 7 students after the BAE systems Roadshow visit on June 14th!

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The schools that took part were Reginald Mitchell, who had two teams, St Thomas and Maryhill Primary. Pupils from every school were excellently behaved and showed a high level of Netball skills.

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Once again a number of Sharon Bill’s (music teacher) pupils have undertaken to take part in the CLIC Sargent ‘Practice-a-thon’. In doing so they undertake to practice for a pre-arranged period of time every day over two weeks. Sharon explains: “I guess that, both in terms of music practice and also in raising money for charity, the overriding factor is that ‘every little helps!’ In terms of music, it is true that little and often is always the best way. If you don’t practice for a while and then sit down to a really long session most of that time will be wasted, as for the first part you will just be trying to remember what you did last time, and then you will be losing concentration as your mind begins to wander - wasting a large portion of that practice time. Whereas if you practice a little bit each day you won’t keep forgetting what you did earlier and will then be able to build upon that knowledge, and also you won’t get too mentally fatigued. Often you find that you’ve spent far longer than you thought and the time has flown because you’ve been making good progress. I can only imagine that a similar principle follows for those who are trying to raise money for charity - every little helps and lots of small bits will build up to a more substantial amount overall. I also wanted to encourage my pupils to make the most of what they have - in terms of being able to learn a musical instrument - as many don’t have such an opportunity. Specifically thinking of children who can’t spend time learning an instrument because they are too unwell, we focussed our efforts in using and appreciating what we have whilst trying to help others as we go along. Overall we raised £165.50, with donations ranging from just a couple of pounds to over £20. Thank you to all my pupils for taking part and remembering that, as in most things in life, every little helps!!”

Celebrating what’s great about the people of Newcastle Nominations are now open for the 2012 Newcastle Community & Volunteer Awards. Jackie Wheeler, Newcastle Community & Voluntary Support and Volunteer Centre Chief Officer said: “We are pleased to organise these Awards on behalf of The Newcastle Partnership. Volunteers make Newcastle a better place for us all to live by their extraordinary commitment and these Awards enable the community to show their gratitude”. Nomination forms can be obtained from: • Local libraries (Kidsgrove, Newcastle, Silverdale, Clayton) • Newcastle Community & Voluntary Support •Aspire Housing • Newcastle Borough Council, Civic Offices, Merrial Street, Newcastle • Chesterton One-Stop Shop • Loggerheads Community Information Shop • Kidsgrove and Newcastle Citizen’s Advice Bureau • The Madeley Centre • Ramsey Road Community Centre, Cross Heath • Cornerstone Community Centre, Silverdale Closing date for nominations is 28th September 2012. All finalists will be invited, with a guest, to a celebratory awards evening to be held on Monday 10th December at Keele Hall, Keele where the winners will be announced.

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North Staffs Federation of Townswomen’s Guilds recently held their annual Afternoon Tea at the Moat House Hotel with entertainment by the Wardrobe Company.

Over 200 ladies attended and were welcomed by the new Chairman Mrs Mary Pardoe. The new President was Mrs Gwenda Bagley of Talke Pits Guild. Mrs Vivien Henshall Chairman of Kidsgrove Guild was made ‘Townswomen of the Year’. The Townswomen’s Guilds in North Staffordshire are looking for new members and would welcome ladies of all ages. They meet once a month either during the day or evening. There are interesting speakers with a wide range of topics. There are excursions to theatres, places of interest and meals out during the year. We hold quiz’s, enter bowls and scrabble competitions with guilds from all over the country. The brave ones perform at the Mrs Henshall on left of Photo music and Drama evening. The guild movement is nation wide with their headquarters in Birmingham. A large contingent left for the AGM at the end of June. Members are asked for mandates on various national issues which are discussed at the AGM and voted upon, these are then passed to the Government. There was a good response last year from members on Care of the Elderly and to call a halt to the abolition of cheque books. As it is the Queens Diamond Jubilee we have been asked to dress in red, white and blue this year. The Princess Royal is the Patron and will be in attendance. Any ladies interested in joining and would like to know where her nearest guild is please telephone Kidsgrove Guild on 01782 782704 or 01785 660159 or email

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Stop Smoking Service Smashes Targets

He added: “Stopping smoking can not only help improve your health but also help you save £2000 a year if you smoke 20 a day. The Stop Smoking Service can provide free support and stop smoking medicines for the cost of a prescription. The Service will do all it can to improve on these figures further so the hard work doesn’t stop there.”

In 2011/12 the number of four week quitters has reached an all-time high with 3248 quitters nearly 30% above their target of 2500. It’s the service’s best ever performance since it was introduced in 1999 and the first time ever that over 3,000 four week quitters has been achieved. The NHS Stop Smoking Service in the city offers:

· One to one or group support. · Free friendly advice on preparing to quit, quitting and staying quit. · Stop Smoking medicines such as patches or gum which are available for the cost of a prescription charge or free to those who don’t pay . · Stop Smoking Support is also available in a wide range of settings including GP surgeries, pharmacies and community settings.

Acting Director of Public Health for Stoke-on-Trent Dr Zafar Iqbal said: “For the second year we have had another record breaking year which is absolutely fantastic and shows just how much is being done by our team and our excellent range of providers to help support those people who want to quit in the city. I’d also like to say thank you for all those people who have given up – we know it’s not easy.

Councillor Adrian Knapper, Stoke-on-Trent City Council Cabinet Member for Health said: “It is a great achievement by the Stop Smoking Service to support over 3000 people to quit smoking. I would like to say a massive well done to all people in the city who have quit smoking and I am sure they are seeing the benefits from this already. There is still more work to be done and I would encourage anyone who is thinking of quitting to contact the Stop Smoking Service on 0800 085 0928.” In Stoke-on-Trent tobacco is a major burden in terms of mortality and morbidity, killing 500 people each year. It is estimated that 27% of the local population in the city smoke compared to 21% for the UK population as a whole. If you wish to give up smoking or would like to find out more about what stop smoking services are available in your area please contact the Stoke on Trent Stop Smoking Service Freephone number 0800 085 0928.


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I have no doubt you all will have read about the recent activities held in Clough Hall Park and the work being done by ‘Friends of Clough Hall Park’ to bring it back to being a park that can once again be enjoyed by Kidsgrove residents of all ages. This renewed interest in the park prompted the residents’ association to make the main topic of the June meeting ‘The Recent History of Clough Hall Park and Friends of Clough Hall Park’, which gave an insight into future plans being made by the group and their Friends of Clough Hall Park have organised achievements to date. Mary activities to revive interest in the park Maxfield told us the park was much used in the late 1950s and 1960s, with facilities including a paddling pool, tennis courts and bowling greens, but its use has declined in recent years; the Friends group recognised that the park needed regenerating and are hoping to achieve the same success as the Residents’ group. She then spoke about the formation of the Friends of the Park, events which have so far been held and their future plans … there is a

section on the Clough Hall WEB site dedicated to Friends of the Park … By coincidence I recently received an email from a gentleman, now living in Sandbach, offering us a commemorative medal of the opening of the original Clough Hall Park and Gardens Kidsgrove, dated 26th May 1890. We are now in possession of this and our sincere thanks go to Mr R. Scragg for giving it to us. At the meeting PCSO Damien Wright gave a full update into the summer events to be run by the police in conjunction with Newcastle Borough Council and local youth clubs. Funding has been obtained from NBC and Tesco for the provision of sports equipment and FA schooling in football skills … full details of activities and times etc will be circulated shortly and will also be available on our WEB site ( ) An update on current issues and future events was given by our chairman .. see our WEB site for full details of the meeting and events taking place in the near future. Meetings are held at Hollinwood Sheltered Housing, Hollinwood Close 7.15pm. for 7.30pm start. Date for the next meeting: Tuesday September 11th 2012. Guest speaker: Bert Maxfield - The Rotary Club. W E

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North Staffs Community Rail Partnership would like The Douglas Macmillan Hospice shop in to say a special thank you to Tesco Kidsgrove and staff Kidsgrove is now open on Sundays. member Richard Evans and colleagues for sponsoring Located on Market Street across the road from Home Bargains, it will our latest station Community Day event at Kidsgrove now be open between 10am and 4pm. This means the Kidsgrove shop will be open seven days a week, with its previous opening times of on 5 July. Staff from British Transport Police and East Midlands Trains joined the Partnership, Tesco team, station volunteers and Kidsgrove Day Services on tending and tidying the extensive station gardens for passengers to enjoy. Pictured are the Community Day group after a very busy but successful and rewarding event

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Please support YOUR library and take books out today! Classes - Computers for Beginners with free sessions for Job Seekers. These classes will continue running throughout the summer. Please contact the library for details. Maths and English and Local History classes will start again in September. Please contact the library for details.

9:30am to 4:30pm between Monday and Saturday. Dougie Mac Kidsgrove Shop Manager Janice Redfern, stated that the extended opening hours are due to supporter demand. “Our customers from the local community in Kidsgrove, have demanded we are open on Sundays,” she said.

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The Rotary Club of Kidsgrove A New Rotary Year started on the 1st of July, outgoing President John Howe MBE PHF handed over the reins to incoming President Howard Turner. President for the second time, Howard has a team of officers and project leaders in place ready for the new year ahead, we wish him every success.

Green. £2,000 was raised for charity in sponsorship, some of the walkers coming from Manchester, Sheffield and Birmingham. Perhaps the highlight of this year’s event was the achievement of Rosemary Wharton. Rosemary, who is 75 years old and living with terminal cancer, attempted the longest distance (22 miles) and finished it looking as fresh as a daisy. In the process she raised almost £300 for St Luke’s Hospice, Cheshire. It’s amazing what can be achieved by courage and a determination to help others!

The ‘Handover’ meeting was at Alsager Golf & Country Club on Wednesday 4th July and Howard’s first job was to present hard working Peter Machin, a Past President of the club, with a Paul Harris Fellowship. The award, named after the founder of Rotary International, was from his fellow Rotarians for all the support and time Peter has given to the Rotary movement. Peter was overcome with emotion when it was announced and said a few words of thanks when he had gained his composure.

Walkers are also encouraged to raise money through sponsorship for a charity or community project of their own choosing.

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This year’s Gritstone Charity Walk, organised by the Rotary Club of Kidsgrove on Saturday 7th July, was a success once again. Entrants had a choice of 5 walks depending on their fitness level. All the walks passed through beautiful countryside of North Staffordshire and South Cheshire, starting and finishing at the Bleeding Wolf Pub in Scholar

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Cancer Research is Tesco’s charity of the year and Kidsgrove Rotarians were at the Kidsgrove store on Saturday 30th June collecting on Tesco’s behalf. Over £300 was collected on the day, many thanks to everyone for your support. The Annual V-Festival tent and equipment collection is on Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st August. Kidsgrove Rotary will once again assist to clear the site at Weston Park, Stafford after the shows have finished. Hundreds of Rotarians, Masons,

The Rotary Club of Kidsgrove Lions and friends will be in attendance on both days and 2 articulated lorries will be loaded with tents and equipment, which has been left at the site. They will then transfer their loads to a cleansing depot where it will be repackaged and got ready for use overseas, in international emergencies, by Amnesty International. Sport: The Rotary District Snooker competition is reaching its conclusion, Kidsgrove who are the current holders of Rotary District Snooker Trophy, will now play the Rotary Club of Dudley in the final. The date is to be decided yet but the venue will probably be at Riley’s Snooker Rooms, Stafford. The Rotary District Darts competition is well and truly under way now, Kidsgrove are to play the Rotary Club of Burslem at their Burslem venue in the next few weeks. Social Media: The Social Media Strategy for 2012/13 will include new posters with the concept “Have You Found Us Yet” which will be distributed to local organisations, shops and public places. We aim also to produce a YouTube promotion which will be assembled from clips of various events that the club has attended or raised funds from. YouTube for Rotarians will also be created which will help Rotarians to set up Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin accounts. YouTube for guest speakers will be there to help them construct promotional videos about their professions and work in the community. This will all be backed up by a Do’s and Don’ts for Rotarians also. At the core of our online presence is our website www. you will be able to follow the

progress of our main fundraising activities through www.gritstonewalk. as well as the Bonfire and Reindeer websites (TBA) News: Clough Hall Residents Association will receive an informative talk from President Howard and Members on Tuesday 11th September. The talk will include historical as well as up to the minute information about the successes and continued success of the Rotary Club of Kidsgrove. Socially: The Annual Narrowboat trip is on Sunday the 5th August, we’re praying for good weather. As usual members, family and friends will depart the Heritage Wharf, Scholar Green on the 2 dayboats, Daydream and Saltie. They will pass through the beautiful Cheshire countryKidsgrove Rotary’s annual narrowboat trip takes side via Congleton and up to in the beautiful Cheshire countryside Bosley locks. After a short stop for picnic our intrepid travellers will head back to Scholar Green for an evening meal at the Rising Sun pub. If you would like anymore information about any of the above or if you would like to have more information about helping Rotary or taking up membership of the club then contact Howard Turner at: membership@ or or Ted Butler on 01782785272 or on the clubs website at: www.kidsgroverotary.

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Town Mayor’s Report Gill Burnett As this is my first report to you as the Mayor of Kidsgrove I would like to introduce myself. I’m Gill, I have been on the Town Council for a total of 8 years and I am also a Newcastle Borough Councillor who’s been living in Kidsgrove for 32 years. I live with my husband Neil and daughter Steph who for the year of my office will accompany me as my Consorts. I was delighted after a year as Deputy Mayor to have the chains handed over from the once more Deputy Kyle Robinson, who last year did an amazing job and raised lots of money for his charities. My year of office began on 17th May at the Mayor making ceremony which also happened to be the Citizen’s Awards where six local Enjoying the mayor making with Deputy Mayor Kyle Robinson and people received recognition for their Kidsgrove Town Clerk Jill Warring hard work over the last year. It was an honour to share my celebrations with them and to hear of all the wonderful things they have done for the community. My official duties were soon to follow, after just 3 days as Mayor I attended my first function at St Martins Day Nursery in Talke to open their fun day. It was a great day despite the weather and lovely to see all the children and their families joining in with the fundraising. The next big event on the calendar was the Diamond Jubilee, which I’m sure, as most of you will know, was a great success. It was lovely to decorate the Town Hall with lots of bunting and all the beautiful artwork we received from all the local schools. The weekend kicked off with a concert which all the community where invited to. We had entertainment from Regeneration and a performance from Scarlett Spitfires who really did give a performance to make Kidsgrove proud!

On the Monday night, in conjunction with her Majesty the Queen and the rest of the country, Kidsgrove’s Beacon was lit! At 10.15pm two of the local councillors lit the beacon and with an announcement by John Parsons Town Crier, I am sure it would of not only been seen but heard around Kidsgrove. It was wonderful to see so many of you gathered in the Jack Beech Garden and to hear so many sing the National Anthem under our tribute to Her Majesty The Queen. Along with this there was a barbeque and disco at the Masonic, which they kindly welcomed us to, which completed the celebrations. Tuesday was party day! Children from local schools were invited to our street party, which was in the Town Hall. Over 100 children attended along with their parents to join in with the celebrations. Every child received a box of food,an ice cream, and a commemorative mug along with hats and flags to get them into the party spirit. The two hours were filled with magic, Punch and Judy Congratulating the Scarlet Spitfires on their shows, balloon modelling, party fabulous performance at the Jubilee Concert. games, and to end the day, a disco. Overall it was a fantastic party, which all the children enjoyed. Last but not least I was delighted to see so many schools produce such amazing artwork for the celebrations. The Town hall was full of drawings, paintings, poems and other pieces of artwork, which have now been judged, and the winning pieces won prizes. As you might have seen the shops of Kidsgrove decorated their windows too which added to the decoration of the town. They have also been judged and received their prizes. I would like to take a chance to thank both the schools and shops for making a fantastic effort!









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Biddulph Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic

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