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Have some pride in Kidsgrove Summer Holiday Spectacular Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council is working with residents, groups and schoolchildren over the summer to educate them not to drop litter and encourage them to get involved in activities such as litter picks.
Stubbies were handed out in Kidsgrove town centre to mark the start of a campaign designed to improve the appearance of the area
During the launch of ‘Have Some Pride’ in April stubbies - compact pouches which allow smokers to store a number of cigarette butts until they find a bin - were handed out in Kidsgrove town centre by the Council’s Environmental Officer to mark the start of the campaign designed to improve the appearance of the area.
The Borough Council is supporting community work by providing equipment and removing waste.
Kidsgrove Carnival Association are pleased to announce the next event for your diary is the ‘Summer Holiday Spectacular’ which will be held in Clough Hall Park on 20th July, 11am to 4pm. The Summer Holiday Spectacular aims to bring a little bit of the seaside to Kidsgrove! There will be a sandy beach, rides - including a surfboard, donkeys, Punch & Judy shows, music and other attractions - so keep your fingers crossed for a sunny day!
Much obliged for Wild West Fun Day success! The Carnival Association would like to thank everyone who turned out for the Wild West Fun Day in the town centre on 20th April. The event was a great success - lot’s of people came, the sun shone and a good time was had by all. Over 200 people had a go at taming the Bucking Bronco and the same number of children had a great time in the bouncy castle.
Michelle Bailey, Environmental Officer, said: “Newcastle Borough Council is doing all it can to create a cleaner, safer and sustainable borough but in order to make lasting improvements we need to instil a sense of pride in communities.
We would like to thank the following local traders who contributed to the cost of putting on the event: Mr Cooper BDS, Shaws Estate Agents, Joseph Edwards, Leons and Smithsons. Also thanks goes to Stanworths for providing the Fun Fair rides and the Mow Cop Players who sang and danced for the entertainment of us all.
“Working with residents and other groups to enable them to get involved in positive activities is a great way to achieve this aim and is so successful that it’s now at the heart of our community management work.”
If you are interested in joining the association or helping out with a future event, please call me on 07766257067 or 511683, Paul Waring (Chairman of Kidsgrove Carnival Association).
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Kidsgrove station ‘nicer place to travel’
St Thomas’ Church held a foodbank collection in May at Tesco Kidsgrove.
In a snap survey of passengers using Kidsgrove station, 100% say the station is now a better place to travel by train thanks to the work of station volunteers.
A massive 86 trays full of food items were donated by the generous shoppers at the store, adding to the huge collection of 72 trays of food collected at their December collection.
The survey, carried out by the North Staffordshire Community Rail Partnership (NSCRP), which works to promote and develop the Crewe-Stoke-Derby route, sought responses from a sample of 20 passengers over a half-hour period. 100% rated Kidsgrove station now a ‘nicer place to travel by train’.
Richard Evans, Tesco Community Liaison Officer, and Jane Baker from St Thomas’ Church, would like to thank the generous people of Kidsgrove for the huge donations made which will now be distributed to the Kidsgrove people.
Passengers were also asked how much they thought the work of volunteers had improved the appearance of the station: the majority said it had contributed a 100% improvement. The NSCRP carried out the survey to help illustrate the value of volunteers on the route in helping to maintain the environment of stations.
Tesco is supporting another collection in July and all the food will be for local needy families. The foodbank facility is open at St Thomas’s Church in Kidsgrove every Friday between 1-3pm, please call in for details or visit www.newcastlestaffsfoodbank.org.uk.
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A former Victorian infants school has re-opened as a new community centre.
The Wade Centre, next to St Thomas’ Church in the Avenue has undergone a £460,000 makeover to be transformed into a multi-purpose community facility. The money was raised through a combination of donations (around £180,000) and grants. It was refurbished with new lighting, electrics, flooring and toilets. One former classroom has been converted into a side room with folding room divider and another has been fitted out as a full catering kitchen. The centre will be used for a variety of community events such as luncheon clubs and youth activities. The hall will also be available to hire for weddings and functions.
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“One of the team also works with St Thomas’ Primary School and has brought the children on board to maintain the garden planters at the station entrance. All have volunteered to help improve the station and deserve a huge thank you.”
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Sandra Bowyer, lead volunteer at Kidsgrove station, said: “We’re all thrilled to receive such positive comments and proud to be supporting our local station. However, we couldn’t have done it without great community support; everyone from residents to garden centres have contributed through donations of plants and funds. They’ve made volunteering a pleasure.”
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The club runs nights in conjunction with Kidsgrove police in order to provide local youths with something constructive to do in the evenings, keeping kids off the street and giving them something better to do. The boxing club is considered an important community facility and Tom does some really good work. Linley and Kidsgrove Rugby Club were successful in their application for £875 to help them continue with their health and fitness sessions aimed at males aged 13 to 60. Last year the circuit training sessions took place at Maryhill High School on Mondays from 7pm to 8pm and included football and basketball.
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The sessions are aimed at attracting men who may have low self-esteem and body issues and find the idea of setting foot in the gym intimidating. They are designed for all shapes, sizes and abilities; you don’t have to be the sporty type and can do as much or as little as you want, the aim is just to get residents active and improve general health in the area, as exercise can have such a powerful effect on every aspect of peoples lives.
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The Tom Lowe Boxing Club were successful in their application for £1000 towards a boxing ring. The new boxing ring will cost £3,800 but when purchased will save the rental costs which are currently around £350. Tom set up the boxing club in Market Street eight years ago, after previously running sessions at Clough Hall High School. The club is run as a charity by volunteers with around 40 boxers attending the gym of all ages from both sexes.
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Also a good stock of plimsols and wellingtons and stocks of slippers for all the family held all year round All held at our Studio in West Avenue, Talke
To coincide with our relocation into the city centre we have also launched our brand new web site at www.phabfreewheelers.org.uk. The new site has been designed by one of our members with disabilities and it also co-ordinates with our new posters which are going up around the city centre.
The survey also brought very positive comments about the volunteers. Faye Lambert, Project Officer for the NSCRP, said: “Not only have the volunteers transformed the station gardens, they’ve also been crucial in helping us to engage the support of the community. They’ve raised over £1,000 for the gardens in the past year, winning grants from Staffordshire County Council and Newcastle-under-Lyme Local Agenda 21 Fund. Agencies like Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, Kidsgrove Day Services, Kidsgrove Rotary and the local TESCO store have all pitched in to help the volunteers make a difference.
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The Phab Freewheelers is a social group for people Kidsgrove Town Council have approved two applicawith physical disabilities aged 18-50, which meets tions from the Community Chest to sporting clubs in Kidsgrove. in Hanley on alternate Thursday evenings.
We hope this relaunch of our group at our new central location we help us attract new members and volunteers who would like to join in and help out. A typical club meeting takes place between 7 and 9.30pm, there are lots of activities such as pool, Wii and card making but most people just enjoy an friendly evening out in a safe and supported place with a nice cuppa and a chance to have a good chat.
Until recently, the gardens at Kidsgrove station were overgrown and full of weeds. The volunteers have cut back the growth, weeded and replanted to return the gardens to their former glory. They continue to put in many hours weekly to keep the areas maintained and looking good for passengers.
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Maryhill Primary School has recently set up a new initiative known as Class Link Governors. Pupils have recently written to their Governors inviting them to come into lessons to look at some of the work that is taking place. This gives the Governors a chance to meet the children and also the class teacher. The initiative has been very successful so far with many governors visiting their link class to take an active role in some of the lessons. Cllr Kyle Robinson, governor linked with class 4 said: “I visited class 4 recently and the children were studying Indian culture. As part of culture week the children were designing their own Indian elephants using colourful rice, collage and other materials. I had chance to get to know the children and asked them many questions about their school, lessons and teachers. One thing is for sure the children are very happy and really love their school. One thing is for sure, the children at this school are bright little stars and I hope to visit them again soon”.
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Kidsgrove and Newcastle Taekwondo had great success at the English Taekwondo Championships held in Coventry last month. Always a prominent feature on the competition circuit, we managed to achieve marvellous success, every student who entered came back with a medal! Not an easy task. Megan Turner, Katy Hawkins, Matt Turner, James Bebbington and Jax Cichocki all came back with a range of bronze and silver medals for patterns and sparring. The club trains at Kidsgrove Sports Centre on Mondays and Fridays and pursues excellence with regards to Martial arts training.
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If you’re looking for a means of raising money for your favourite cause then register for our walk and we will provide the routes, way markers, marshalling and a certificate proving that you have completed your chosen distance. You’ll also have a great day out in beautiful countryside with awesome views and great company.
Sadly the Community Day for Kidsgrove’s Senior Citizens which was planned for Saturday 23rd April in the Victoria Hall, Kidsgrove had to be cancelled at the last minute due to snow. The surrounding footpaths were in a treacherous condition making it impossible to go ahead. This event has been rescheduled for 21st September 2013, thanks to Deputy Mayor, Kyle Robinson, rescheduling his event, so make a note in your diaries.
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Kidsgrove Rotary Club has provided funding for a defibrillator for Kidsgrove Athletic Football Club. The FA has recommended that all football clubs have this lifesaving equipment to hand to deal with sudden illness such as that which befell Bolton Wanderers footballer Fabrice Muamba. The money was provided to enable the club to take advantage of a special price from the Northern Premier League which also included initial training.
We will be collecting at Tesco on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support on Friday June 28th and Saturday June 29th.
Easter Egg Campaign
Our annual Easter egg campaign raised £1,260 for the Douglas Macmillan and St Luke’s Hospices. We are very grateful to the many pubs, clubs and patrons in and around Kidsgrove that raffled these eggs for us.
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The Rotary Club held another Stroke Awareness Day at Tesco on April 13th with the help of St John Ambulance and the Kidsgrove First Responders Team. This event was once again a great success with over
This year’s Gritstone Charity Walk will take place on Saturday August 31st. This increasingly popular event consists of a series of walks starting and finishing at the Rotary Club’s meeting place the Bleeding Wolf in Scholar Green and varying in length from 4.5 miles to 22 miles. The longer walks utilise parts of the route of the Gritstone Trail which runs from Kidsgrove Railway
We were pleased to help with the Town Council’s Wild West Fun Day on April 20th. We will also be assisting with the Summer Holiday Special on July 20th.
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Our club is trying hard to spread its message to as many people in Kidsgrove and the surrounding villages as possible. We want everyone in the community to know what we do, who we are and where we spend the money that is so generously donated to us every year. If you would like to keep up to date with our news you will find frequent postings on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/KidsgroveRotary On Twitter we are @RotaryKidsgrove; On Pinterest we are: http://pinterest.com/kidsgroverotary/ We also have a YouTube Channel and a LinkedIn Group.
You can find links to all of these, as well as general information on the club, on our website http://www.kidsgroverotary.org.uk/ . Please “like” our pages and follow us on Twitter so that you and your friends & followers can help to spread the news.
Sport We are currently sorting a date for the Rotary District Snooker Competition final against the Rotary Club of Tettenhall. Kidsgrove are the defending champions and we aim to hang on to our trophy for the third consecutive year. We are also through to the next round of the Rotary District Darts Competition which we have won three out of the last four years. The Summer Sports Competitions get under way soon and we will be playing in the 1st Round of the Rotary District Crown Green Bowling Competition. We haven’t entered this competition for some years due to the shortage of players (members)
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The Kidsgrove and District U3A
Some of our interest groups are based on discussion - book clubs for example, some on physical activity - walking, gardening cycling are popular together with languages and arts and craft based interest groups. We have groups for board games and social outings to film and theatre, all of which are mainstays of U3A activities. Actually the sky is the limit!
One in four of the population is in the third age, retired or partially retired. The U3A believes that the third age should be one of creativity, fulfilment and friendship. Do you think a U3A would be a good idea for Kidsgrove and surrounding district? Well many have now supported our view and the inaugural meeting of the Kidsgrove and District U3A took place on the 30 April 2013. The meeting was well supported and many decided to become members of this fledgling U3A. However this is just the beginning and if your curiosity is piqued and you wish to know more about us read on!
The U3As are democratic, self-funded and self-managed and run by an elected committee. They are all members of the Third Age Trust, and benefit from being part of a large national organisation. There is support available at all stages of membership, ranging from liability insurance for all U3A activities to a resource centre to support interest groups and many extras in between! There are national events, study days and conferences to name but two.
By joining a U3A you will become a member of a growing, dynamic outward looking organisation which has a positive and creative approach to life after full-time work.
The Kidsgrove and District U3A would also be part of the North Staffordshire & South East Cheshire cluster and be welcome at the range of events held in the region.
U3As exist throughout the UK, from Shetland in the north to the Scilly Isles in the south. They range in size from over 3,000 members to under 50 members. U3As are run by the members for the members, activities are far-ranging and varied with the members as the resource. Some Interest Groups within the U3A will be based upon a member’s knowledge or enthusiasm, some based upon joint ignorance! That is to say some members may wish to know more about a topic and form a research group where information is shared and the way forward discussed and planned as a co-operative activity.
Anyone in the third age can join U3A. No qualifications are required and none are given. The Third Age Trust is the national representative body for the U3A movement in the UK providing a wide range of support services to the U3As.
Family History and Local History groups are often run on this basis.
U3A membership offers new challenges, new opportunities and new friends. So please do come along to the next monthly meeting of the Kidsgrove and District’s U3A which will take place at St Thomas’s Church Hall, The Avenue, Kidsgrove, ST7 1AG on Tuesday 25 June at 2 pm. For more information ring: Pauline Townley, 01782 777143 or see the National website: www.u3a.org.uk
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A brief history In December 2011, the outgoing committee handed the keys back to the council after running it for 12 years. Several attempts were made to form a new committee. It took until May 2012 for a handful of local people to take on the day to day running of the centre, at that time the centre was used by just two regular groups. Over the last 12 months we have managed to get many more regular users as you can see below. Many organisations use the centre for monthly and quarterly meetings such as Clough Hall residents. In 2012 we held a Halloween party for young and old feedback from that event was very positive. Christmas lights decorated the building for the first time thanks to a grant from the council New year was let in, in grand style with a very well attended party. So far this year we have a psychic night, and a barn dance (I do not think the centre has ever seen so much fun and laughter ) see pictures on our web sight. To all who have helped over the last 12 months past and present we would like to say, Thank you
The centre is open for hire, for birthday parties, anniversaries, wedding parties, leaving parties, Christenings Max height of 9’ for bouncy castles Licensed bar facilities are available Wi fi facilities also available Regular bookings that use the hall include, keep fit, yoga, dance troupe, soccer lions, art classes Bingo every Thursday evening, doors open at 7pm, eyes down at 8pm, bar open Art classes every Monday morning from 9.0am Pensioners keep fit every Monday, 2pm with Cliff Poole Yoga every Monday and Wednesday with Jill, 6pm, 6.45pm Soccer lions every Saturday morning from 9.0am Pensioners soup lunches, at 12.30,on Thursdays May 23rd, June 20th, July 18th, August 15th, September 26th, October 24th Forthcoming Events Northern Soul and Motown night, Saturday 8th of June Quiz night 28th June Psychic night with Linda Bennett 4th October Halloween parties Saturday 26th October, for children from 4pm till 6pm, then the Ghoulish adults from 7pm. Fancy dress is required. Prize for the best. (children still welcomed, boiled or fried, we don’t mind) November (date to be fixed) Barn dance with the live band, Moody Food Ceilli band, see pictures from our last event on their website. There will be limited tickets available for the barn dance, due to the amount of fun being had by the dancers New Years Eve, Tuesday 31st December We will be trying to organise a Sunday games afternoon in the near future if we have enough interest. Contact details For hall bookings and ticket details Phil Crank, 07545389692 Val Homer 07772869137
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Launch of First Aid Project from Kidsgrove Ladsandads On Sunday 12th May 2013 Kidsgrove Ladsandads launched their completed comprehensive First Aid Project at Birchenwood Playing Fields. The launch was attended by numerous dignitaries including the Mayor of Newcastle Borough Council, the Town Mayor of Kidsgrove, Joan Walley MP for Stoke North together with the suppliers for the project Alan Smith from Reliance Medical and David Dale from Touchline pro.
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The 2012/13 season was a difficult one for Linley & Kidsgrove’s First XV. A large number of injuries and unavailabilities meant that captain Ashley Green had to constantly juggle his resources and so there was no settled team and very little continuity. Their league, South Lancs/Cheshire Three, is becoming more and more competitive. Nevertheless, it has been good to see young players such as Pete White, Jacob McIntyre, Jack Leese and Connor Devine coming through and establishing themselves in the team. At the club’s A.G.M. held recently, Ricky Bentley has succeeded Ashley as captain for the 2013/14 season. By contrast, the Second XV, ably led by Mark Gallimore and Mark Gee, entered the Raging Bull league, Division Five South, and won the league title. They won 14 of their 18 games, some of them by handsome margins, and will play in Division Four next season. Thirty players had played 6 games or more and so received a commemorative medal. Mark Gee will lead the team and is looking forward to the new challenge. Unfortunately the Third XV had to contend with a lot of cancelled fixtures from opposing teams in their Staffordshire Merit Table. They won six of their games and finished in mid-table. Next season they will be playing in Raging Bull Divison Five South and are looking forward to a change in fortunes. George Dumigan was voted Player of the Year, and as well as being awarded an engraved tankard, he becomes the first recipient of a handsome trophy donated by Club Treasurer Jason Swingewood. Ricky Bentley received the First XV Award, Jake White the Second XV award, and Chris Hill the Award for the Third XV. Jacob McIntyre was voted Young Player of the Year, and Connor Devine received the Newcomer of the Year Award. His father, Syd Devine, received a special Chairman’s Award. Ricky Bentley also received the Ollie Smith Award: this is awarded to the First XV player who receives the most Man of the Match Awards during the season, and commemorates former captain Ollie Smith who sadly died of cancer
several years ago. The prestigious Graham Jones Clubman of the Year Award went to John Bull for all the work he has done for the Club during the season. The players will continue to train during the summer months and new members will be made most welcome. Anyone who would like more details of the Club and its activities can ring Club Chairman Steve Goldspink on 787805, or Club Secretary Jon Natty on 772861 .
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Neighbourhood Policing Team report by PC Dave Woodward The non emergency 101 number has been in operation for sometime, I have heard reports of individuals having contact issues when trying to speak to the Police. I have used the system myself but have not experienced any problems. The following info will give an idea of the volume of calls that Staffordshire Police handle and why on occasions there may be a delay. Staffordshire Police handles over 1,500,000 calls a year; 999 emergency calls are handled by our Control Room staff, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. • 139,698 999 emergency calls received year to date (April 2012/March 2013) • Average time to answer 5 seconds • 91% of calls answered within 10 seconds • 100% of 999 calls are answered
handled by our Switchboard staff.
• 310,644 calls received by our Switchboard • Average time to answer 5 seconds (since 101 went live June 2012) • 95% of calls answered within 30 seconds
Out of hours all non-emergency calls are handled by the control room staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Control room performance Non-emergency calls. • 343,302 calls received (April 2012/March 2013) • Average time to answer 41.2 seconds Quality performance. • 97.9% of customers reporting crime incidents are satisfied with the ease of contact • 94.2% of customers reporting anti-social behaviour incidents are satisfied with the ease of contact.
Non-emergency 101 calls
Callers using the national non-emergency number to contact Staffordshire Police will be presented with a number of options to choose from so that we can route your call to the right person/department. Option 1 - to report a crime Option 2 - for an update on an existing crime or to report any other incident Option 3 - to speak to a person/department Option 4 - any other enquiry
In case you missed the message of the Chief Constable in other media I have replicated the report on our end of year performance figures, which continue to show crime falling.
During business hours (0800hrs to midnight) non-emergency calls are
I am particularly pleased with the falling crime in relation to serious
We have worked really hard to reduce crime and less crime means fewer victims of crime. We are working closely with partners to effectively and efficiently tackle crime and the causes of crime throughout the force area.
Neighbourhood Policing Team report by PC Dave Woodward acquisitive crime, as these are the crimes which our communities tell us they are most concerned about. End of year figures show there are over 6,156 fewer recorded crimes this financial year compared to last year – a drop of nine percent from 65,559 offences to 59,403. Serious acquisitive crime - which includes burglary, robbery and vehicle crime – fell to 7,858 from 8,320, a drop of nearly six percent. In addition, victims of crime tell us we continue to deliver a quality service to them as the satisfaction level for victims of crime (overall) is now 89 percent and the same 89 percent of victims of Anti- Social Behaviour (ASB) are satisfied with our service There was a drop in violent crime with injury which fell by 186 offences from 7,074 to 6,888. Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis, has also said how pleased he is with the latest figures: “It’s a real tribute to police officers and staff that, at a time when budgets are shrinking, crime is still falling.” Now to continue in that vein with the much anticipated summer months approaching and the chance of some “not too bad weather” I would encourage you to help keep crime down by following seasonal crime prevention advice. The crime is opportunist thefts from insecure vehicles and open doors or windows in the home. We all see it, if not do it, on hot days - leave a car window or sunroof open while we nip into the shop. Don’t do it, lock the doors and windows when the vehicle is unattended. If the car stereo has a detachable front as a security feature, use it. Don’t leave other items on display in the car that may attract a thief. It is a similar message at home if you are upstairs cleaning, decorating, on your computer or out in the garden. Make sure doors and windows
are closed and locked to prevent a sneak in thief getting into your home. Don’t leave valuables or items like car keys, mobile phones, wallets or purses where they are visible and in easy reach of doors or windows. By following these simple measures you not only help keep crime rates down but you avoid becoming a victim of crime which can have Lock doors and windows when your vehicle a lasting effect on you long after is unattended to prevent opportunist crime the incident. PC Dave Woodward
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Please support YOUR library and take books out today! June/July 2013 Events:Are you ready Regular Staffordshire Young People’s Service - Careers advice for Young People information, advice and guidance to 16—19 year olds on: Careers Informafor the Summer Careers tion, Further Education, Apprenticeships and Training, Employment, CV’s, Job huntskills. For more information call Louise on (01782) 297383 email: Louise.ibbotReading Chal- ing email@example.com or visit www.youthbox.info. Every Tuesday 1.00 – 2.00pm. Work Club - Advice and support to help people looking for work. Drop in for help lenge? This year’s theme is Creepy House. Can your child read 6 books during the school holidays? Starts 6 July - with a medal and certificate on completion. Come along and support your local library, a warm and welcome atmosphere, read a book or use a computer. Free to join at any age, you just need ID.
with job applications and CVs. Every Monday from 9am-11am. No appointment necessary. Kidsgrove Library Reading Groups – Meet on first Tuesday of the month for lively discussions at 2.00pm, and 7.15 pm. New members are always welcome. Pear Tree Café opens every Wednesday morning from 10.00 – 12 noon, serving drinks and light refreshments. Baby Bounce and Rhyme – Music and fun for babies and small children. Every Friday morning there are two ½ hour sessions, at 9.45, and 10.30. FREE.
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Many thanks to all who entered our last Crossword Competition. The correct answer was ‘EASTER EGG’. First correct reply to be picked from the bag was from Mr Booth of Kdsgrove who wins a £10 gift voucher which he has chosen to spend at Mr Gees - congratulations! This issue we are again offering a £10 voucher to be spent in a shop or business advertising in Kidsgrove News (please state on
The Kidsgrove Citizens Award is given by the Town Council to those who have made a great contribution to the community of Kidsgrove. This years recipients are:
Des Ball. On behalf of Mow Cop Residents Association. The Association is responsible for the upgrading of the Mow Cop Community Centre through fund raising.
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Nickie Stanley and Tim Copeland. Nick and Tim regularly litter pick along the canal side.
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John Light. Kidsgrove Rotarian and Chairman of the Meadows Residents Association Working with students from local schools with projects at the Meadows with knitting and the gardens. Allocating funds from the Meadows Residents Association for local projects such as paying towards sending a group of students from local schools on a trip to the houses of parliament. Working in the community by playing ‘Santa’ with Kidsgrove Rotary Club and during the last Christmas period he fell and broke his leg and had to spend most of the Christmas period in hospital. He runs a quiz and bingo evening every Tuesday and Saturday at the Meadows for the residents, but also welcomes various members of the community to join them. He is a very warm and friendly character always wanting to help the community.
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Sarah Sproston. Chairperson of the Friends of Chester Road Park. The park has been transformed and made into a much better facility. Friends of Kidsgrove Station. Sandra Bowyer collected on behalf of the group: Sandra Bowyer, Jan Ratcliffe, Viv Dale, Elsie Bates, Carol Brammer, Jo Baddeley, Mary Maxfield and Wendy Birchall (St Thomas School). The friends group of Kidsgrove Railway station have been nominated for an award because of their continual hard work to make our station one of the most attractive in the country. The station had declined and was looking tired after years of neglect. Now thanks to the friends group the station has received numerous awards across the railway industry and beyond. Their commitment has attracted visitors from far and wide and the station is looking beautiful. The gardens boast all sorts of flowers and wildlife after
a complete overhaul. This kind of community work is overlooked too often and therefore the Town Council would like to offer the friends a community group award. Alistair Patrick and Kenny Povey. Saved a swimmer who had a fit whilst swimming at Kidsgrove Sports Centre. The actions of the two gentlemen meant the swimmer survived after being rescued from the water and was then given first aid. It goes without saying these actions are truly heroic and should be recognised by the people of Kidsgrove. Rob Timmis. He has contributed to the Kidsgrove community significantly over the years by attending local events on behalf of his school and raising money for numerous charities. The Gambia challenge co-ordinated by Rob was very successful. The project sent 12 young people to the Gambia to help improve facilities at the brikama nursery. The project has continued to be successful and will take place again in 2014. Rob’s time and dedication to the young people of Kidsgrove is greatly appreciated and his work is more than worthy of a good citizens award. Kizzy Walsh. Kizzy is a student of Clough Hall Technology School and recognised for her outstanding dedication to performing arts and choreography in the Kidsgrove Community. Kizzy was responsible for creating 3 routines and choosing 3 pieces of music for a Kizzy Walsh and Rob Timmis performance at The Regent Theatre, Hanley with their awards in February 2013. She dedicated 9 months to lunchtime and after school practices in order to prepare for the show. She was recognised by the press as the star of the show and a fine ambassador for the young people of Kidsgrove. She continues with her choreography work and shares her skills with her fellow students. Andy Shaw, Grace Eaton and Angelina Cliffe. Canal Rescue, Andy, Grace and Angelina rescued a pensioner and his dog who had fallen into the Trent and Mersey canal at Kidsgrove.
KIDSGROVE TIMES WITH PHILIP LEESE
JOSEPH CAPPER : FICTION AND HISTORY
History is all very well in its way, but have you noticed that ‘proper’ historical writing is full of references and footnotes and bibliographies?
1842. It is quite a good dramatic story – not of the highest quality, perhaps – but well worth the read. (I think there’s a copy in Kidsgrove library, if you want to track it down.) There are lots of Kidsgrove moments in it, even though its main character was born in Nantwich and became a blacksmith living in Tunstall. My problem, reading it, is that I know a little bit of Kidsgrove history, and this gets in the way of my enjoyment of the tale.
Hard facts, when quite often we’d prefer to know how people felt, what they did every day, how they spoke to one another. What was the conversation like before a Kidsgrove miner set off for his day’s work? Was there any? Maybe he got up on his own in the dark. What would we have heard had we sat at the Kinnersley dinner table at Clough Hall? History tends to retain facts and figures, but the feelings and emotions of our ancestors are much less likely to be recorded. For those we have to go to historical novels. They can draw us movingly, excitingly, into the lives of the people of the past in a way that items like census returns or reports on mining disasters can’t do. But then real historians tend to be a bit sniffy about novelists, unless they can show that they have done a mass of research, and they can’t really be quoted in research, even if what they have written is sensible, because fiction writers don’t claim to be telling the truth. No novelist would ever claim that ‘every single fact in this book is true’ – the opposite happens usually. The best they claim is that maybe ‘the story is based on true events.’ I recently bought myself a copy of a local historical novel, ‘Joseph Capper’, written by Frederick Harper and published in 1962, just over 50 years ago. It is based on the life of the famous Tunstall blacksmith and preacher who got caught up in the Chartist riots in the Potteries in
For instance, soon after Joseph, newly married, has moved to Tunstall, he decides it would be a good idea to contact Thomas Kinnersley as a possible employer. He sets off from his home early one morning when there was ‘a nip in the air, not cold but bracing, and when he got to the top of Golden Hill, the sun was coming up to meet him over the top of Mow Hill. He mounted a pit bank to get a full view of the grove where kids had sheltered and been reared in the old woods, and he found that the view took in Cheshire and Shropshire... ...he had no need to ask which was the place he was after. A huge hole had been dug out of the hillside to his right, and pits and ironworks and furnaces seemed scattered all over the place. Woodland there was none, everything had been churned up and spewed out with indifference in heaps and lumps and piles.’ Anyone who can recall the old Birchenwood works on Kidsgrove Banks will recognise that scene, which Harper describes vigorously, emphasizing the truth that in the 19th century utility was the criteria for
KIDSGROVE TIMES WITH PHILIP LEESE industrial building. No-one cared then how ugly or polluted or haphazard an ironworks looked. Another paragraph rubs this message in: ‘All over the hillsides great pillars of loud and smoke would be going up, iron ore and coal...it was just terrific, smoke, smoke, smoke, soot, soot, soot, and over all was a constant fall of tarry matter reaching hundreds of tons to the acre annually.’ That’s Victorian Kidsgrove!
Well, this sounds OK, but niggly me immediately objects that Clough Hall had never been called the White Hall (which was over the other side of Kidsgrove) and never belonged to the Chatterley family. Unwyns and then Gilberts had lived there before the Kinnersleys, and even worse, the dating of Harper’s story is now badly confused. The Hall had been rebuilt in 1800 by John Gilbert, and the Kinnersleys didn’t arrive until Illustration of the Chartist riots in the Potteries in 1842 But mixed up with these vivid impressions 1812. Even more confusingly, Kinnersley are things which I have to quibble with. Harper had obviously been didn’t begin the ironworks until 1838, and yet here is Joseph Captaken in by the old idea that Kidsgrove had got its name from the fact per being shown round them, presumably around 1800. I know Harper that goats had been reared there; there’s not a scrap of evidence for this. must be thinking of 1800 here, because later in the book Capper atDeer, maybe, when Kidsgrove was part of the Audley family’s hunting tends the great Primitive Methodist Camp Meeting at Mow Cop, which grounds, and pigs perhaps, went rooting for acorns. happened in 1807. And there are bigger problems for me when Capper meets Thomas Kinnersley, for not only does the squire of Kidsgrove talk freely to him about his enterprises, but takes him back to Clough Hall where he offers him breakfast. I have grave doubts whether Thomas Kinnersley, who was a stickler for social ettiquette, and travelled always with a liveried servant, would have chatted in this amiable way with a blacksmith, a member of the working class. ‘Clough Hall’ writes Harper, ‘was now completing a process of rebuilding. It had changed its name from White Hall and had been very much transformed into a great family seat and estate. Once it had been a great old manor house, had belonged centuries ago to Lord Audley, then passed to the Chatterley family; now it was Kinnersley’s and had a half-moon lake, with well-wooded grounds, newly planned and planted.’
All this wouldn’t matter if the novel was totally ficticious and set in the village of Grimedale, but I find it really irritating that amongst descriptions which are often largely accurate, are facts which are totally misleading. It spoils my enjoyment of the later descriptions of Hugh Bourne and Daniel Shubotham, and the bloodstained Chartist riots, because I don’t know how much to believe. Harper, of course, only claimed that ‘this novel has interwoven within it strands of reality’ so we can’t accuse him of not adhering strictly to the truth . I like reading historical novels; they can really give you the feel, the taste, the smell of the past, but I’m happier reading about places and times about which I know little. I can believe everything I read in a book set in 12th Century Edinburgh or at Brighton in 1830, but give me a novel about North Staffordshire and immediately my historian’s eyes narrow suspiciously.
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News from Maryhill High School
KMF Design Competition Finalist
One of our students, Luke Bourne, has recently been involved in a design competition hosted by a local design and manufacturing company, KMF. Luke was entered in the Under 16s category, and was able to progress all the way to the final of the competition, winning himself an award for his clock design in the process! As a runner up in the Young Engineer of the Year competition, Luke attended an awards ceremony on 14th March, where he met Jason Bradbury from Channel 5’s ‘The Gadget Show’. More information about Luke and his clock design can be read on the school website.
Bike Maintenance Workshop Also in March, Jordan Parker, 9LAB, ran a ‘Bike Maintenance’ workshop for Year 7 students. With support from Mrs Edgerton, Jordan undertook the whole project himself, from designing the posters to running the workshop. Thank you to Mr Jan Zablocki, who came in to assist during the session. Jordan has received some very positive feedback from the students who attended. Jordan is planning to do a bike ride one evening for those who attended his workshop.
Maryhill Panthers Cheerleaders On Wednesday 17 April, the Maryhill Panthers Cheerleading Team took part in the North Staffordshire Cheerleading Championships. There were 7 teams in total competing from all over North Staffordshire. th
The Panthers performed a flawless routine, showcasing their complicated stunts and excellent dance skills. The girls were really enthusiastic and smiled from start to finish. Overall, the Cheerleading team came 3rd and received a certificate and bronze medal. The girls are now even more determined to go back next year and win! Miss Hambleton and everyone at Maryhill are extremely proud of the team, as it was their first time competing all together and they were all brilliant! The Panthers are: Josie Zicari (Captain), Emma Kirkham (Captain), Lindsey Holloway, Em-
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Athletics Championships On Thursday 25th April, thirty seven Year 9 and 10 pupils competed in the Newcastle Schools Athletics Championships at Northwood Stadium. The whole day was a success from start to finish. The weather stayed dry for the first time ever, and all pupils competed in at least one event. The pupils were superbly behaved and a real credit to the school. There was a huge sense of team spirit and achievement within the team. Joe Minton in Year 9 came 2 in both the 100m and 200m sprint. Jemma Broadhurst in Year 10 came 2nd in the shot putt and Tom Eaton in Year 10 came 3rd in the High Jump. All of the following are through to the County Finals and are pictured here with their medals. nd
All participants performed really well and did the PE department and the school proud. Here’s to next year!
BAE Systems ‘Make It Challenge’ On 30th April, eight year 9 students took up the ‘Make it Challenge’ which is sponsored by BAE Systems at Wychwood Park Hotel. Our team consisted of David Armstrong, Aiden Bentley, Elisha Eardley, Megan Looksan, Courtney Scarlett, Michael Hawkins, Ellie Butler and Christopher Steppe. The challenge on the day was to create a rescue vehicle. The team had to build this and work as a team promoting their product with a website, DVD, posters and other forms of selling. At the end of the day they had to pitch to a team of “dragons”. The judges made their decision and Maryhill High came 2nd and won a place in the regional Aerospace final later in the year. During the day Christopher also won a special award for standing out. He was one of three students who achieved this. Well done to the team, we are very proud of them all and what they achieved during the day.
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News from Clough Hall Technology School The spring term has seen many exciting events across Dance ’13: the school for all year groups. Thirteen extremely In what promises to be another successful term for the school following our outstanding GCSE results last year, with 92% of students achieving 5+ A* to C grades and at this point in time 62% of children have gained a C pass in Mathematics, we are constantly striving for excellence in everything we do. Have a look at a short snippet of some of the brilliant things which we’ve been getting up to over the last couple of months and some future plans...
Cross Curricular Day: Our cross curricular day earlier this term saw 13 employer representatives from the NHS, engineering, sport and construction companies visiting school to assess the recruitment skills of our year 11 students. Employers gave students valuable advice on how to be a competitive applicant in today’s job market, offering helpful hints and tips on how to be a cut above the rest.
The Gambia Challenge: Following our last successful visit to our partner school in The Gambia, 18 students alongside 2 members of staff will be visiting the Brikama Lower Basic School in 2014 to help rebuild and kit out the school kitchen. The aim of the team is to raise £6,000 which will enable them to participate in this amazing feat of humanitarian help. The students will be arranging a mixture of fundraising events, including running the notorious ‘Mow Cop killer mile’ race to raise money for their cause.
talented students participated in the Dance ’13 routine at the Regent Theatre earlier this term. Led by year 11 pupil Kizzy Walsh, the girls were tasked with the job of creating 3 routines and choosing 3 pieces of music for a 10 minute routine. Competing against 50 other schools in Staffordshire, the girls made headlines in the local press due to their phenomenal independence and hard work.
The New School: In line with our community’s wishes, we continue to press for Church of England status as soon as possible and this will allow us 18 months to 2 years preparation for our new school buildings. The children, staff and community are all very excited about the next few years for Clough Hall Technology School.
And Finally: Teaching and Learning continues to be at the centre of all that we do at Clough Hall. Staff are working hard on our relentless drive to maintain our high standards of Teaching and Learning, ensuring that: • • • •
All pupils make good progress in every lesson, There is the right amount of stretch & challenge in all lessons for all pupils, That independent learning is promoted, That assessment is meaningful through the introduction of active marking, where students are expected to act upon and respond to feedback; deepening understanding and aiding progress.
Looking forward, we are also concentrating on the drive for success as many students prepare for their summer exams. A number of revision and exams sessions have been held to prepare students for what lies ahead. Revision guides and timetables have been distributed to students with handy tips and hints to help them on their journey to success. It promises to be another successful term here at Clough Hall Technology School – the future is certainly very bright!
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Kidsgrove Town Mayor reports 2013 On Thursday 16th May I was elected Mayor of Kids- It’s my last report as Town Mayor and such a lot grove for 2013/2014 at Kidsgrove Town Councils has happened since the last edition of the paper and Mayor making ceremony. throughout the year. I am hugely honoured to accept the position and will do my very best.
I have been overwhelmed by the amount of support I have received from the people of Kidsgrove over the last few years. A great deal of what I do wouldn’t have been possible without them. We have Incoming Mayor Kyle Robinson with family a very special Town and when our community joins together as one, we become a force to be reckoned with. Thanks go to my mum Michele Robinson and Cllr Dave Allport for serving as my consorts during the year. Also congratulations to Cllr Dave Allport on becoming the Deputy Mayor I would like to thank Gill Burnett for her valuable contribution to the Town in her year as Mayor. Gill did a great job in ensuring that Kidsgrove’s Jubilee celebrations, organised for the benefit and enjoyment of people from many different backgrounds, ran smoothly and without complication. Her fundraising endeavours for the Alzheimer’s disease charity have inspired those more fortunate to do a little bit more for those who are in need. Things have changed significantly over the past twelve months at the Town Council. Together we have pushed forward our modernisation programme. This has made us more accessible to the public. We have integrated into the Kidsgrove Customer Service Centre making services more easily accessible. Our new state of the art office offers a wide range of customer service facilities that we could have only dreamt of in the past. We are putting Kidsgrove first! I firmly believe Kidsgrove is the Jewel in the crown of the Borough. That includes Newchapel, Ravenscliffe, Butt Lane, Talke and Talke Pits. Let’s make our town more inclusive for the young and old. Let’s bang the drums and shout out loud we are here and we have so much to offer. Kyle Robinson, Town Mayor.
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We had such bad weather throughout spring that many events in my diary I was due to attend had to be postponed due to the severe weather, what is happening? Then came the Easter Event in Clough Hall Park with an Easter Egg Hunt and an Easter Bonnet Parade. Following on from last years great success the Friends of Clough Hall Park organised a superb day, everyone came out and had a great time. I was then invited to open the Synod, such an honour. This was followed by a quick change and off to the ‘Wild West Funday’ in the town centre. Bucking bronco, cowboys and indians, fairground rides, and even the sun shone for this day, I even wodered if this is summer at last! Then it was catch up time at the Newcastle Mayors Ball at Keele, which was well attended, and the night after it was off to the Las Vegas Party Nite at Kidsgrove Victoria Hall.
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What a night! We raised £1000 for Alzheimer’s, Elvis was in the building, the gaming tables were buzzing, and The Sitting Room did a roaring trade in glitzy photo’s with everyone in their finery. What a fantastic night we had for my last fund raising night. Then my penultimate engagement the Mayor making at Newcastle followed by a splendid reception at Keele. Then my final night as Town Mayor, after a whirlwind year in office I said my thank you’s to everyone who helped me through the year in my outgoing speech at the Town Council meeting and AGM, lastly handing over the chains to the incoming Town Mayor for this year, Kyle Robinson.
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