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Kidsgrove swimming pool re-opens

The swimming pool at Kidsgrove Sports Centre has finally re-opened after being closed for over a year but residents are being warned ‘use it or lose it’.

comparison to the council’s other leisure site.” Three options have been identified to bring the facility up to date: replacement at a cost of £6 million, full refurbishment at a cost of £4.5 million or a reduced refurbishment costing £2.5 million (giving around 12 years of extra life but not including the outdoor pitches).

While the report states that the Council remain comThe pool was forced to shut last Autumn when the roof The long term viability of Kidsgrove Sports Centre remains in doubt mited to providing quality sports facilities in Kidswas damaged in a storm. Repairs were delayed and extra essential repairs to the electrics were discovered, taking the final bill grove there are at present no known short or medium term sources of funding. A long term route may be through sales of land which would for repairs to nearly £200,000. The re-opening was marked with a weekend of free events to get resi- become available if the school is rebuilt under the Private Finance Inidents and users back into the habit of using Kidsgrove Sports Centre for tiative on a smaller footprint, but the government are not due to start discussions with the school until 2015. their swimming activities. In the meantime sources of funding to maintain the current range of But now there is a ‘use it or lose it’ warning to Kidsgrove residents. facilities need to be indentified and residents encouraged to use the faThe Sports Centre is owned by Staffordshire County Council and was cility to bring in revenue. The report states: “The immediate success opened in 1976, and was last refurbished in 1999. Now 36 years old the of the centre now relies on sufficient numbers of centre is considered to be at the end of it’s life span. Despite the repairs swimmers, gym and class users returning and using the Centre’s long term viability remains in doubt though following a the facility and the avoidance of further building report which has revealed that it will cost millions to bring the facilities failures.” up to a satisfactory standard. The report states that “The centre requires a sizeable subsidy and due to the current range of facilities and general condition of the building, it fails to provide a quality experience, by

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Victorian Christmas Market and Christmas lights switch on

The Victorian Christmas Market and Christmas lights switch on will take place on Saturday 1st December 2012 in Kidsgrove Town Hall.

The market starts at 10.00am and promises again to offer a great range of festive stalls and charity stalls. It will be officially opened by the Town Mayor Mrs Gill Burnett.


As well as the stalls there will be plenty of festive refreshments available with tea, coffee and mince pies on sale. Christmas carols will be sung by local school choirs to enhance the Christmas atmosphere.

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On the 3rd November we opened the Cafe for the Fireworks Display and raised much needed funds. Visitors enjoyed the oatcakes especially as well as hot soup.

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Nine weeks ago the Friends Group opened the Pavilion Cafe on Sunday mornings mainly for the football teams playing in the park. This venture has been a great success.

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Friends of Clough Hall Park

A Kidsgrove resident has been declared the owner of the best garden in Newcastle-under-Lyme for the second year running. Jan Ratcliffe is a gold medallist and the winner of the residential gardens category in the Newcastle in Bloom competition. Her garden in King Street is described by judges as a “joy to explore”. Jan gathered with green-fingered gardeners at the New Vic Theatre in October to hear the results of the summer contest, which is run by Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council as part of Britain in Bloom. St. Thomas’ Primary School in Kidsgrove won the community projects (schools) category for the second year thanks to pupils’ knowledge and enthusiasm about plants and wildlife.

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We are in the process of organising events for next year and hope they will be as successful as those held this year.

One event which was enjoyed by many youngsters was the Staffordshire Wildlife one which involved youngsters in bug hunts, craft and sports. Upwards of 150 youngsters attended and we hope to put this on next year.

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Winter Warmer Beer Festival

Get into the Christmas spirit early at the Winter Warmer Beer Festival, one of the highlights of the beer drinkers calandar. A large selection of real ale and cider, food available throughout the festival which is to be held on 13th, 14th and 15th of December. FREE ENTRY and a warm friendly atmosphere is guaranteed! Opening times: Thursday 13th and Friday 14th December 5.00pm 10.00pm. Saturday 15th December from12noon. All proceeds from the event will go to Junior development at the club. Directions to t he event will be clearly signposted. Entrance Opposite the Sandbach junction in Rode Heath on the A50, through the white gate, pedestrian entrance for the farmers market. Don’t miss this event!! Further details please call 07810066667.

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Apart from the Cafe project we have now arranged for a wood carver to carve birds and animals on the top half of the tree on the mound and when funds are available the broad area at the base will be carved to depict the past industry of Kidsgrove. We decided to do this after we had seen the wonderful carvings at Parrotts Drumble just off from Freeport. This forest is well worth a visit.

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Already starting to worry about how you’re going to pay for Christmas this year? Don’t want to disappoint the kids but just can’t see how you’re going to do it?

Christmas is a time of giving, but you don’t want to give yourself a New Year debt hangover with credit card bills and loans you can’t afford. Our top tips can help you stay out of the red and in control of your spending.: Be realistic and budget accordingly. Work out how much you are going to spend on each person – and stick to it. Remember that rent, the mortgage, utility bills, food bills and other existing debts still have to be paid – and the consequences can be severe if they’re not. Even though it’s Christmas, get your priorities right. If you do need more money, don’t just run up an overdraft without talking to your bank first – it will work out much more expensive. If you can afford to pay for your goods outright by cash, cheque, or debit card, don’t be persuaded to take out extended credit agreements unless they really do work out cheaper. Shop around for the best price. Buy what you want and not what other people say you need. Whatever the deal, whatever the temptation, don’t buy from unauthorised traders and don’t borrow from unauthorised lenders. Check for hidden extras in any credit agreement. Work out the total amount payable and ensure that the monthly installments are within your budget before signing. If you’ve borrowed money don’t forget that it won’t be long before you have to make a payment. Make sure you pay on time, even if it’s only the minimum, or you will be faced with additional charges. Put the payment dates in your diary.

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Bill Careless, Diamond Champion

In the WRVS’s national search for Diamond Champions, celebrating the role of older volunteers, 90 year old Bill Careless of Clough Hall Kidsgrove was one of 60 in the Midlands Region chosen from 4,500 nominees to receive a Diamonds Champion Pin specially commissioned by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall patrons of the campaign, for his outstanding voluntary work in the community.

The presentation took place on Wednesday October 17th at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Birmingham where Canon Sharon Palmer MBE, CEO, WRVS West Midlands Region presented each Diamond Champion with their Pin, a certificate signed by their Royal Highness’s is to follow. Bill was accompanied at the ceremony by Cliff Poole Chairman of the Congleton Road Community Centre who nominated Bill on behalf of the committee with the following testimonial supporting his achievements and selection. “On his retirement from work in 1987 Bill volunteered to help his wife Joan who was at the time the secretary of the W.R.V.S. Community Centre in Butt Lane Stoke-on-Trent. His first duties were as a driver delivering meals on wheels to local elderly residents, which he did for 9 years until the W.R.V.S. lost the meals on wheels contract and the centre was taken over by a committee of trustees and became the “Congleton Road Community Centre. The centre then started a weekly Friday luncheon club in conjunction with the W.R.V.S. and Bill continued to be a regular helper, first transporting members to the centre, then serving meals, calling bingo and washing dishes before transporting members back home. For the last 10 years he has run the Darby and Joan club every Thursday afternoon, again often transporting members to and from the meetings. He started organising a Tuesday evening Whist Drive to raise funds at his children’s school P.T.A. and continued until they left school, the evening was so popular that he transferred it to the centre where he is now in his 50th year of running Whist Drives He has also been the Assistant Treasurer, Bookings Clerk, and Caretaker, opening and closing the centre for occasional social bookings at the centre for 25 years. Having lost his wife 6 years ago Bill continues to provide all these services with a quiet efficiency always with a smile on his face, never looking for praise or thanks and we feel at the age of 90 in October he surely deserves to be recognised for his selfless service to the Centre and the community”.

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News from Maryhill

Macmillan ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’

During September, forms organised their own fundraising activities to coincide with The Douglas Macmillan ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ with various activities undertaken.Thank you to all those who helped to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.


SMSC Day is in reference to ‘Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural’ development. Students came in non-uniform, paying a £1 ‘fine’ to charity for the privilege. A wide variety of SMSC related activities, such as informative and practical talks and workshops, took place throughout the school.

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Religious Education Trip to Cadbury World In October a select group of year 10 GCSE Religious Education students made a trip to Cadbury World in Birmingham, highlighting the role of the Cadbury family in their work during the late 19th century.

Students learned how the Christian Quakers used their beliefs in God and their understanding of the Bible to provide both work and accommodation for the people in and around area the village of Bournville. It grew throughout the decades to the present day where it now houses over 25,000 people. The Cadbury family have been hailed for their work in providing above and beyond what is required and are now held as a way in which all businesses could be run. Students throughout the day were exceptional showing superb behaviour, especially in light of more rowdy groups there on the day. Everybody certainly enjoyed two helpings of melted chocolate along with three other chocolate bars!

Kidsgrove Youth Parliament Maryhill High School’s newly elected members of Kidsgrove Youth Parliament with two representatives from every year group. You can find out more about the Youth Parliament initiative at: http:// Run by young people, the UK Youth Parliament provides opportunities for 11-18 year-olds to use their voice in creative ways to bring about social change.

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Harvest Festival:

The Autumn term not only saw a change in weather, but more importantly the beginning of the Harvest Festival, and our annual Harvest Box collection. Thanksgiving ceremonies and celebrations for a successful harvest are both worldwide and a very ancient aspect of Christianity. Following this philosophy, Clough Hall students celebrated this year’s Harvest Festival by creating and decorating Harvest Boxes, filled with an variety of foodstuffs such as fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as tinned and packet foods. Students then attended a service of thanksgiving, led by Vicar Iain Baker, of St Thomas’ Church, Kidsgrove. The Harvest Boxes were loaded into the school minibus, and distributed to residents of local care and retirement homes. Students personally delivered 67 boxes to: The Meadows, Ravenswood Care Home, Maryhill Day Care Centre and Hollinswood Care Home. All the residents were delighted to see the students, and couldn’t thank them enough for their generosity. You have done yourselves proud, well done!

Olympic star comes to Clough Hall Meeting an Olympian is, for many, a dream. For students in Year 8 and in Year 9 at Clough Hall, this dream was turned into reality on Monday 15th October. Ross Davenport, three times Olympian and twice Commonwealth Gold medalist, came to the school as part of the Aspiring Minds support programme which was designed by the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust and was funded by GE Energy (10 volunteers from GE Kidsgrove came to school to support during the day). Ross addressed all the students at the start and the end of the day, and he worked with each and every one of the 156 students in one of five workshops.

Across the curriculum… As part of the Magazine Project, all pupils in Year 8 visited The Apollo cinema in Stafford on the 17th October 2012. For both their Creative Arts and English assessment, students will be writing a film review based on the action packed adventure ‘Hugo’. This trip, therefore, provided an excellent opportunity for students to not only enjoy watching the film but to also develop their analytical skills as film critics.

Kidsgrove Youth Parliament The KYP (Kidsgrove Youth Parliament) elections at Clough Hall have been more successful than ever. This is the second year since the KYP was set up by Councilor Stringer. Students from year group’s eight to eleven were asked to stand for election, if they wished to be KYP representatives and have their voices heard in the local area. Elected KYP representatives for 2012 are:

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As we approach Christmas, there are a range of exciting events currently being planned for staff, pupils and the community. We look forward to a happy festive season and a successful 2013 here at Clough Hall School.

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90th Party for three!

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Forty six members of the Congleton Road Community The Royal British Legion are once again holding a Centre user groups attended a party at the centre on Christmas Concert in the Town Hall Kidsgrove preSunday 28th of October to honour three 90 year olds. senting Roberts Bakery Brass Band along with the Grace Gilbert 90 in August, Sid Whalley 90 in City of Stoke on Trent male voice choir. September and Bill Careless 90 on the day, all

who have regularly attended the weekly Thursday afternoon Darby and Joan club since their retirement, clocking up a combined 95 years attendance. Bill cuts his cake and Vera receives her Certificate of Achievement The occasion was also used to recognise the services to the community of Vera Bradshaw who has been on the committee for 15 years, 6 of them as the secretary. She has also served for 12 years as a helper with the Darby and Joan club, 12 years with the WRVS Luncheon club, the last 2 as the leader, 7 years serving tea and coffee at the Stoke Rep Theatre, several spells as Chairperson of both the Talke branch and the North Staffs Federation of the Towns Womens Guild committees and was also a founder member of the Kidsgrove C.A.B. voluntary service that deserves the “Certificate of Appreciation” which was presented to her on behalf of the committee by Cliff Poole, Chairman. The evening was a resounding success with everyone enjoying a running buffet followed by a couple of quizzes, then after much persuading 6 ladies and 6 gentlemen enthusiastically took part in a Gareth Malone style “mock audition” for the best Community Centre Choir competition which caused much amusement and was followed up with a good old sing along by everyone.

On the buses

No. 80 Health Centre Circular Bus Route. The Kidsgrove and District Citizens Forum wishes to draw attention to the fact that, partly thanks to concerns raised during Forum meetings, the No. 80 bus route, operated by Stanways Coaches, which has a circular route through Kidsgrove, Latebrook, Clough Hall, parts of Talke and Butt Lane, and Whitehill, passing the Health Centre, now runs four times every morning from Mondays to Fridays. Timetables available from the library.

The concert takes place Roberts Bakery Brass Band on the 8th December, admission £5, tickets available from Ken Jepson, 86 Stonebank Rd, 01782 785608; Mrs Barnett 9 Hillary Rd, 01782 785990. Doors open 6pm, concert commences 7pm bar provided.

From Hollywood to Kidsgrove

Back to the Movies is a movie advertising site based in Kidsgrove that promotes the latest blockbusters and smaller independent films. Sean pictured withThomas Nicholas

It was set up by Sean Evans who started off with a movie YouTube page showing props that have been used in films. At the same time he was collecting videos from celebrities. It quickly expanded into interviews with celebrities who had sent in videos such as Jeremy Bulloch who plays Boba Fett in Star Wars and Dick Warlock who played Michael Myers in Halloween. It soon snowballed into Sean getting involved in marketing independent and studio films. Back to the Movies have now been involved in countless films including the new American Pie Reunion (interviewed the director and met Thomas Nicholas from the film), Six Degrees Of Hell which stars Cory Feldman, as well as upcoming TV shows and Web Series. To see the latest films Back to the Movies are involved in see or

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(the far left as you are facing the counters) and is staffed by a member of Police staff. This will allow members of the public to visit the Police Enquiry desk to report issues, hand in lost property just as before. The enquiry desk will maintain the same opening hours as before, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. There is a facility for the officers to conduct some interviews in a The enquiry office operates from the rear of the building private room without the need to attend custody. If you need to post anything to Officers at Kidsgrove the address will now be Kidsgrove Police Post, The Town Hall, Liverpool Road, Kidsgrove, ST7 4EH. Newcastle Police Station has completed its move to offices located within the Council Civic Offices, Merrial Street, Newcastle. For Newcastle though the enquiry office is located in the Guild Hall Building on High Street, Newcastle. The move into the Guild has meant a change in opening hours to operate alongside the Council staff and is now Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

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not to fall into any newly dug coal-holes. I could wish that the early ramblers had mentioned more permanent features, like Bath Pool, say, in their tour rather than mentioning old hedges and elm trees which have long since disappeared.

member, when it was really cold and we had all that heavy rain - I had to leave you all halfway round a walk round that part of the Manor of Tunstall that included Kidsgrove, as described in 1719. We got as far as the “end of Bath Lane.” I presume you’ve all been waiting there for me, with damp anoraks and clammy feet; well I’m here again to take you back to our starting point where I can dismiss any survivors of this historical (mis)Guided Walk.

I’m going to veer left before we meet Bath Pool and head towards Hollinwood Farm (now marked only by Farm Pool) and along the western edge of Clough Hall Park, partly because I’m suggesting that the wood we walk ‘under’ is the one which still partially straddles the ridge between Bath Pool Valley and Clough Hall Park. The beeches on the slope above the present rugby pitches and the wood round Clough Hall Lake and alongside Boathorse Road look to me as if they have been there for centuries.

We are now on land “which belongs to Hollinwood, Mr. Taylor’s. So, down Taylors Bath to Clough House Bath and under the wood where formerly had grown an old hedge to an holly & elme in that field.” I think we’re leaving the present Peacocks Hay Road, roughly where the southerly Bath Pool Car Park is and strolling towards Bath Pool. At the time Samuel and William Taylor were the tenants of Hollinswood Farm and Clough House, the old farmhouse which was demolished to make way for Clough Hall in 1800. They were doing a bit of lawbreaking too, having been recently accused of “breaking soils and getting coal…in the lane in Kidscrew in Rainscliffe” so the boundary walkers in 1719 might have had to be careful

The itinerary takes us “down the waterside by the farther brook to the lower corner of Bankcroft and by the waterside on the west side of the Island at Hardingswood, which divides Staffordshire and Cheshire & comes to the Parish of Lawton.” The best sense I can make of this is that we are following the stream which flows down part of Carriage Drive into Farm Pool, then reappears alongside the boundary of Clough Hall Park, before disappearing under the houses of Grove and then Fifth Avenue. This brings us


KIDSGROVE TIMES WITH PHILIP LEESE nicely to Hardingswood, though I am puzzled how it could have had an island in 1719, when the two canals which now make part of it fit that description weren’t actually built till the 1760s and 1820s, What I am sure of is that there is an ancient boundary stone (now made inaccessible by railings) near the present Colour works, on a small spur between two streams. One of these probably comes from the Gloucester Road direction, so to follow our next instruction we’ll all have to go across Liverpool Road, under the railway bridge, and left off Gloucester Road to follow a rough track. This takes us, I hope, to “the Barnfield belonging to Moss House” (on Knowsley Lane.) We’re now definitely heading for Mow Cop, despite the fact that the boundary keeps following ‘old watercourses’ and past features named for people long forgotten, like Cowley Yard and Hodgkinsons Meadow. But we eventually arrive “in the Lane at Hall Lee ( i.e Hall o’Lee.) and go up it to Mole End.” It sounds as if we might bump into Ratty, Mr. Toad and Badger any minute, but in fact, Mole End was the old name for Mount Pleasant. I hope you still have strength in your legs because we’ve now got to get up that particularly nasty steep slope “to a spring called Woodcock’s Well, and from thence to the top of the hill.” We can’t go wrong here! No mention of Mow Cop Castle, of course; it’s still 30 or so years before it was built. We stagger on “along the top of the hill to a cross road which comes in by a little house in the upper corner of Roe Park.” Roe Park Farm and Wood are still there, as the road which is the border of the Parish of Biddulph. Here we turn south again “to the head of Richard Podmore’s land” where we meet the boundary of the old township of Stadmorslow, and so “to the head of the lane leading from Mole to Harrishay Head.” (I’m afraid at this point some walkers may give up and opt for the bus stop in Church Lane, or the easier walk along Sands Road back to Harriseahead, but we determined boundary beaters stride off across the fields again - William Dale’s Meadow, Rough Piece

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A bit of a strenuous day. Sorry about the weather and the muddy patches, but we’ve learnt that old watercourses used to be valued boundaries, and that the familiar names we give our surroundings can change drastically over the years. Back in 1719 all the jurors who had walked the bounds then put their names to the document and, if they were anything like me, adjourned to the nearest hostelry, say the Grapes at Newchapel, for a well-earned drink. I feel in need of a little something myself even after writing this, let alone walking it.

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The last section of our walk is another welter of old names, and Causeyend with, in the middle of it a stretch of the “lower end of the Harrishays.” This field, which gave its name to Harriseahead, was between High Street and Long Lane, so if we’re at the lower end of it, we are coming along Long Lane, except that we have to leave it for more fields and streams to first Lamberhays and then, at last, the bottom of Knacmarills. We stagger up the east side of it, and we’re back where we began, somewhere in Packmoor. The survivors croakily cheer. Somebody says, “ I think the rain’s giving over at last.”



and Beechs Croft, “all along the Kidhay stones” (now, I wonder what they were, and what happened to them!). We then reach “Mole Common” and go “down betwixt the Kidshay House and Peter Blackhurst’s and down the side of Kent’s Croft onto John Kelsall’s land.” Oh dear, so many forgotten names, and where did Mole Common go to?

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What’s on @ KIDSGROVE Library December 2012

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Kidsgrove Writers’ Group meets once a month for a friendly, inspiring and enjoyable session. Next meetings are Monday 10th December 2012, and Monday 14th January 2013, 1.00 – 3.00 pm. For information contact the library, or

Regular Events:SYPS - Careers advice for Young People – every Tuesday 1.00 – 2.00pm. Work Club - Every Monday from 10am-12 noon. Drop in for help with job applications and CVs. No appointment necessary. Kidsgrove Library Reading Groups – Meet on Tuesdays at 2.00pm, and 7.15 pm. Next meetings are on Tuesday 4th December - discussing various ghost stories at 2.00pm, and the Aboriginal Triology by Kate Grenville at 7.15pm, and Tuesday 8th January - books to be announced. Please ask at the library for details. New members are always welcome. Pear Tree Café opens every Wednesday morning from 10.00 – 12 noon, serving drinks and light refreshments.

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Clough Hall Residents Association

Our October meeting took the form of an ‘Open Meeting’ giving residents the opportunity to put questions to some of our local councillors and hear what impact the forthcoming budget cuts and financial restraints imposed by Staffordshire County Council would have on the community. Questions raised were diverse in nature, but focused on the Kidsgrove and Clough Hall area; these included such issues as :-

Problem of illegal and inconsiderate parking on double yellow lines in Kidsgrove. Traffic obstruction in the Avenue as the result of parked cars. Concerns about the state and safety of several un-occupied properties. Is there a definitive plan for the development of Kidsgrove town centre? What percentage of the council tax collected by NBC comes from Kidsgrove residents, and how much is spent on Kidsgrove ?

The councillors were thanked for so ably answering our questions.. for a full report see our WEB site. The Residents Association was formed in 2005 to address the many local problems and concerns of the residents of Clough Hall at that time, and with the help of Kidsgrove Police, Newcastle Borough Council, our Councillors and numerous other organisations a positive impact has been made to resolve these issues. A spin-off was the social aspect of the meetings, helping us to get to know our neighbours, which was helped by guest speakers, quiz nights and various other events. We have been conscious for some time that our role now needs to change

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to take into account the reduction in the number of local issues passed to our organisation. Over the coming months we will be looking into ways of ensuring the Clough Hall Residents Association is proactive in ensuring the needs of the residents are met and that the success of the association continues into the future in some form. Our WEB site will continue to provide up-to-date information on local issues, SPAM alerts, Neighbourhood Watch bulletins and ‘Friends of Clough Hall Park’ updates. If there is anything that you think should be undertaken by the association in the future, your comments would be most welcome.

Finally, we wish you a happy Christmas and New Year and if you live in the Clough Hall area and haven’t yet attended one of our meetings, make it one of your New Year resolutions to check out our WEB site for details of our plans for 2013. Meetings are held at Hollinwood Sheltered Housing, Hollinwood Close 7.15pm. for 7.30pm start. Details of the next meetings will be shown on our WEB site and published in Kidsgrove News in the near future.


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The Rotary Club of Kidsgrove Bonfire & Fireworks Display

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The Rotary club was bitterly disappointed at being unable to organise the Bonfire & Fireworks Display at Clough Hall Park this year due to the extremely stringent requirements imposed at the last minute by Staffordshire Police and Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council. The display was organised by the funfair proprietors Warwicks in the end, meaning that the town missed out on more than £4000 of charity money which Rotary puts straight back into the community. We plan to run it as a charity event again next year and we hope that the people of the town will support us.

Annual Reindeer Collection The Annual Reindeer Collection gets under way at Birchenwood on Saturday 1st December. This puts Santa Claus under a little pressure as he is also needed at the town’s Victorian Christmas Market which starts at 10am on the same day. However Santa has assured us that he will be at the town hall ready to start at 10am prompt where he will be in attendance until the Christmas lights ‘Switch On’ at approximately 4pm. Bring the children along for a chat with Santa where they’ll be able to enjoy a lollipop and small present off him. We are very pleased that we have been able to add an extra Reindeer Route so that we can bring the festive spirit to even more people this year. The new route takes in the Jamage Road and High Street area of Talke Pits. Santa will be in that area on the evening of Monday December 3rd. We have also added an extra collection at Tesco meaning that we will be there on two consecutive days. Santa and his helpers will be at Tesco on

Sunday 23rd December from 10am until 4pm and again on Monday 24th December from 9am until 1pm.

Senior Citizen Blackpool Holiday The Senior Citizen Blackpool Holiday will be either Thursday 23rd May to Thursday 30th May 2013 or Thursday 30th May to Thursday 6th June 2013. The date and cost will be made available ASAP. If you’re interested in the holiday please contact Ted Butler or Fred Higginbottom, they will contact you direct and inform you of the date and costs.

Sport The Rotary District Snooker competition reached its conclusion in October and Kidsgrove held on to the Snooker Trophy after beating fellow opponents Dudley Rotary Club 5 – 4 in the final played out at Riley’s Snooker Rooms, Stafford. The winter sports season is now under way and Kidsgrove meet Endon & Stockton Brook in the second round of the 10 Pin Bowling competition at the Etruria venue.

The Rotary Club of Kidsgrove tend their thanks to everyone for your continued support. We wish everyone in Kidsgrove & District a really great Christmas along with our very best wishes for the New Year ahead.

Reindeer Routes for Christmas 2012 Saturday 1st December: Birchenwood to Millers View………..……9am

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Monday 3rd December: Talke Pits Village……………………….......…6pm Tuesday 4th December: Newchapel Road to Maryhill……….……...6pm Friday 7th December: Whitehall Avenue to Boathorse Road.….....6pm Saturday 8th December: King Street & Market Street……….........9am Sunday 9th December: Rookery to Harriseahead…………..…....3.15pm Monday 10th December: Spring Bank to Mount Pleasant………....6pm Tuesday 11th December: Clough Hall to Springfield Close………..6pm

If you would like anymore information about any of the above or if you would like to have more information about helping Rotary or becoming a member of the club then please contact Howard Turner at: membership@ or or Ted Butler on 01782785272 or on the clubs website at: News Editorial: Hon. Secretary Ted Butler PHF

Thursday 13th December: Vine Bank Road to Whitehill….……...…6pm Friday 14th December: Chatterley Drive to Shakespeare Close....6pm Saturday 15th December: HOME BARGAINS………………….............9am Sunday 16th December: Harriseahead to Whitehill……………...3.15pm Monday 17th December: Woodshutt Street to Mitchell Drive….....6pm Tuesday 18th December Cedar Avenue to Maple Avenue……..……6pm

Kidsgrove play Burslem Rotary club in the Table Tennis competition and have started this year’s Snooker Competition by playing against Tunstall Rotary Club at the Tunstall venue in November.

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The club will be visiting Apedale Mining Museum on Tuesday 27th November. A party of approximately 30 Rotarians and Friends will be preparing for a trip underground followed by a visit to the outstanding museum.

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Town Mayor’s Report Gill Burnett

Well here we are, over half way through the year as the Mayor and I am still as busy as ever.

I can’t believe how fast the time has passed and I am enjoying every second of it. Over the last couple of months I have attended a number of functions ranging from presentation evenings, meeting visitors from afar and a 1940’s Dance. On 25th September it was time for the annual Kidsgrove Allotments Awards. I was proud to present awards to the local tennants who were receiving recognition for their hard work over the last year. The ‘St Margaret Ward Presentation Evening’ is held annually at the Victoria Hall, Hanley. It was a wonderful evening and such a pleasure to see how hard all the younger generation work to achieve such high results. ‘St Margaret Ward Presentation Evening’

On the 9th November we were hon-

oured to receive a whirlwind visit from a Canadian academic, Professor Andre Kuczewski, a very interesting gentleman who was visiting our town to see various places of interest including Reginald Mitchell’s birth place in Butt Lane. We offered him our best hospitality and provided Staffordshire Cheese

Oatcakes and English Tea while he admired our beautiful Kidsgrove Victoria Hall and the bronze ‘Reginald Mitchell Commemorative Plaque’ in the main hall. The hall was festooned with Union Jack bunting and WW2 memorabilia in preparation for the 1940’s Remembered Dance held on Saturday 10th November and looked brilliant.

One of the highlights of the year, the 1940’s Dance at Kidsgrove Town Hall

Then one of the highlights of the year, the 1940’s Dance at Kidsgrove Town Hall on the eve of Remembrance Day. Poppy Drop and all. A fabulous night was had by all. There are also some up coming fundraising events, it would be great to see as many of you there as possible. On Saturday 1st December from 10am to 4pm Kidsgrove will be holding its yearly Victorian Christmas Market and Christmas light switch on at the Town Hall. There will be something for everyone from stalls, raffles, hot food and of course you can’t forget a visit to Santa! It is really a great festive family day out. Next on Friday 7th December from 7.30pm I am holding a Seasonal Choir Concert at St Thomas Church The Avenue. Kidsgrove Community Choir will be performing both Christmas carols and other popular songs. Tickets are £5 and are available from Kidsgrove Town Hall and St Thomas’ Church.

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Lastly don’t forget the Deputy Mayor is holding a New Years Eve Dance at Kidsgrove Town Hall on 31st December Tickets are £10 Adults and £6 for children and are available from Kidsgrove Town Hall All monies raised at these events will be for the Mayors Charities.

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Kidsgrove News

December 2012

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Kidsgrove News December 2012  

Kidsgrove News for December 2012. This is the latested edition of the Kidsgrove newspaper.

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