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A Burning Issue

Long time organisers of the annual Kidsgrove Bonfire and Fireworks display held in Clough Hall Park are anxiously waiting to see if they have permission to run this years event. At the time of going to press the Rotary Club of Kidsgrove, who have organised the event for the past 40 years, had yet to be given the go-ahead by the Police and Fire Services. Newcastle BC have agreed in principal to allow the Rotary to run the event if the health and safety criteria set out by the Police and Fire services are met. A final decision should be made on Friday 27th September.

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“As most readers will know, the Rotary Club was denied the opportunity of holding the event last year.” “We have applied to run the event this year on Saturday 2nd November and subject to the Rotary Club meeting Police, Fire Service and Newcastle Borough Council’s requirements they will approve our application.”

Subject to confirmation the Bonfire a Fireworks Display at Clough Hall Park will go ahead on Saturday 2nd November

We will have extra expenses this year due to the purchase of safety fencing and for the services of a professional security company; this means the entrance fee will be more than in previous years.”

Controversially Kidsgrove Rotary were denied permission to run last years event due to restrictions imposed at very short notice by the Police and Council and the event was handed to a commercial operator which meant that Kidsgrove Rotary lost out on revenue that is used for many local good causes.

“The entrance fee has remained the same for the past 5 years so this was due for an increase anyway and we estimate that it will be £4 per child 3 - 15 years of age, £8 per adult 16 years and upwards, £20 a family of 2 adults and 2 children. (£3 each extra child) This will still allow us to raise for funds for local charitable purposes.”

A spokesperson for Kidsgrove Rotary told Kidsgrove News; “Whilst we have not had any confirmation we are confident of holding the Bonfire and Fireworks Display at Clough Hall Park.”

Fingers are crossed that Kidsgrove Rotary are granted permission to run this very popular community event which provides a safe environment for families to enjoy Bonfire night.



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Douglas Macmillan Hospice is proud to announce the The Friends Group are organising an Autumn Hunt opening of a new specialised children’s store in Kids- for primary school children to be held on Saturday 5th October 2013, 11am to 1pm. grove. Mini Mac is the first of its kind for the Hospice and opened on Saturday 14th September. Mini Mac stocks clothing and accessories for babies and clothing for toddlers through to teenagers. The new store is located at 2 Market Street, Kidsgrove; very close to our current Kidsgrove shop. Mini Mac is an exciting new venture for Douglas Macmillan Hospice and part of a new specialised retail initiative. It runs alongside other specialised shops for the Hospice including Vintage by Mac which is located at Stoke and Wedding Dreams at Norton. This new retail direction is helping to hone Douglas Macmillan Hospice as a retail brand and create clear and easy specialised shopping for customers. Yvonne Colclough, Head of Retail, comments, “It is very exciting to open a children’s shop for the Hospice. We have had some beautiful donations and will offer everything from baby accessories to clothes for toddlers and teenagers. Our newly refurbished shop is lovely and brightly coloured”. “It makes retail sense to open a children’s shop as they grow out of their clothes so quickly we hope to get both regular donations and customers shopping for new children’s clothes. It is wonderful to open such a special shop during the 40th anniversary of Douglas Macmillan Hospice”. If you would like to make a donation or come and see what’s on offer, then pop along to look at the new Mini Mac store in Kidsgrove.

This follows three previous hunts, two Easter Egg hunts and one Queen’s Jubilee hunt, which were a tremendous success. Leaflets are to be delivered to all the primary schools in the Kidsgrove area giving full details and it is hoped that residents give it their full support and continue to expand Clough Hall Park’s community involvement. Monies raised will be used to regenerate the park and hopefully provide much needed play equipment.

Tree Carving Two years ago the 100 year old horse chestnut tree on the mound had to be cut down following severe storm damage and being diagnosed with canker Many residents were angry and saddened that the tree had been cut down and so The Friends of Clough Hall Park decided to raise money to have some carving work undertaken. A tree carver was appointed and a squirrel and owl have been carved on the two large remaining branches. This was made possible by a grant from Kidsgrove Town Council Community Chest Fund. Many people have visited the site and numerous photographs have been taken. Hopefully this tree will still remain in another 100 years time.

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Boxing club grant is a big hit The Tom Lowe Boxing Club in Market Street, Kidsgrove, has been selected by Sport England to receive £50k of lottery funding. The money will be used to refurbish the club facilities going towards new showers, doors and windows, plastering, heating and air conditioning and sports equipment. It will also enable them to increase their opening times from three to five nights a week and allow them to take on more members. Currently the club, which has been running since 2007 and started with just 4 members, now has around 36 regular boxers with a waiting list of over 80. Owner Tom Lowe says that the club has grown more popular over the recent years and that the funding will allow them to open extra evenings and take on up to 30 new members.

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There are growing concerns over the problems being caused by the amount of cars parked along Mount Road on Sunday mornings. The popularity of Sunday morning football and lack of car parking space has led to increasing numbers of motorist parking their cars on the verges and double parking in the road. Residents are now concerned that the problems are so bad that the possibility of a serious accident is a real threat and are calling for action to be taken before it’s too late.

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Kidsgrove News will soon be available online. We are currently building a website - -where you will be able to keep up to date with local news and issues as we get them, view pdf copies of the paper in colour and discuss local issues and concerns through a forum. Through the website we will be able to publicise events and report news more immediatley, and we will also be using facebook and twitter to keep readers up to date, check out the website for more details,

Kidsgrove Ski Centre re-opens

Kidsgrove Ski Centre re-opened on Monday, September 16th following a summer break. Over the summer basic earthworks for extending the slope were completed, when extended the slope will offer a range of exciting new facilities to current and future users. The groundworks will now be left to settle and weather until next year when work will continue. Also during the summer break a band of club member volunteers have been busy doing all the annual maintenance on the existing slope and the ski equipment. Kidsgrove Ski Centre are a 100% voluntary operation and have a team of instructors who are ready to teach people from age 5 upwards. They do lowcost courses of basic lessons to get people started and can follow up with improver lessons to take them further. Membership after lessons is attractively priced in these times of tight budgeting. Prices and times are on the web site at With birthdays and Christmas in mind, there are gift vouchers to start things off.

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Please support YOUR library and take books out today! October/November 2013 Frocky Horror Sew

Come and join Sue and friends on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. Bring your stitching projects along for advice, tips, a cuppa and chat. For more information contact Kidsgrove Library – 01782782445.

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A new Poetry group meeting every second Monday of the month, at 1pm.The first meeting will be on Monday October 28th. For information contact Kidsgrove Library 01782782445.

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October 10 -11.30 am. Computers for Beginners – Free. Other computer courses may also be available. Please contact the library for details. Local History classes run throughout the year, during term time. Please contact the library for details.

Regular Events:

Entrust - Careers advice for Young People – are at the Library every Tuesday from 1.00 – 2.00pm. Work Club – Every Monday from 9 am – 11am. Drop in for help with job applications and CV’s. No appointment necessary. Kidsgrove Library Reading Groups – Meet on the first Tuesday of every month for lively discussion at 2.00pm, and 7.15 pm. The next meetings are on Tuesday 1st October 2013; and Tuesday 5th November, 2013 (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. Kidsgrove Writers’ Group meets once a month for a friendly, inspiring and enjoyable session. Next meetings are Monday 7th October and Monday 4th November. For information contact the library, or www. Overeaters Anonymous – Self help group meets every Monday, 11am – 1pm.

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Annual Bonfire & Fireworks Display:

Whilst we have not had any confirmation we are extremely confident of holding the Bonfire a Fireworks Display at Clough Hall Park. As most readers will know, the Rotary Club was denied the opportunity of holding the Bonfire & Fireworks Display last year. We have applied to run the event this year on Saturday 2nd November and subject to the Rotary Club meeting Police, Fire Service and Newcastle Borough Council’s requirements they will approve our application. We will have extra expenses this year due to the purchase of safety fencing and for the services of a professional security company; this means the entrance fee will be more than in previous years. The entrance fee has remained the same for the past 5 years so this was due for an increase anyway and we estimate that it will be £4 per child 3 - 15 years of age, £8 per adult 16 years and upwards, £20 a family of 2 adults & 2 children. (£3 each extra child) This will still allow us to raise for funds for local charitable purposes.

Community Day:

The Annual Community Day at the Town Hall on Saturday 21st September was a fantastic success thanks to President Fred Higginbottom and his team of Rotarians, partners and volunteers. This event was re-scheduled due to it being cancelled in March because the extremely atrocious weather making it treacherous underfoot. Chairman Fred Higginbottom invited along all the Top Table Guests that were due to enjoy the experience in March where possible. There was approximately 150 senior citizens from all areas of Kidsgrove & District who had a thoroughly entertaining afternoon along with a light buffet and refreshment. The entertainment

was provided by International renowned Magician Pete Turner, who had just arrived back from Washington D.C. the night before, plus our long standing M.C and Musical Entertainer Mr Tommy Lee King.

“Welcome to Kidsgrove” Garden Project: The Rotary Club of Kidsgrove has been invited to create a ‘Welcome to a Kidsgrove’ garden. The club, along with various other factions will be attending a meeting in the Autumn to finalise plans. The Garden Project is at the side of the A50 Liverpool Road below the railway bridge, information signs and other things will be considered for the visual improvement of Kidsgrove in general.

V Festival Clear Up:

Members of the Rotary Club of Kidsgrove joined with other Rotary Clubs from Staffordshire and the West Midlands to help clear up the site following the V Festival at Weston Park near Stafford. In helping to clear the site the Rotary Clubs are able to rescue barely used camping equipment so that this can be recycled and used by Amnesty International to shelter people in need around the world. Two pantechnicon’s full of the equipment were dispatched for cleaning and packing ready to ship out to needy places around the world.

Gritstone Charity Walk:

This year’s Gritstone Charity Walk took place on Saturday August 31st. The full details haven’t come in yet but results so far show that more than £6,500 has been raised for various charities, clubs and organisations by sponsorship and donations. Sponsorship for Rosemary Wharton, who

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did the 22 mile walk in aid of Cancer Research, is still coming in, so the total may rise. Rosemary, who has terminal liver cancer, is an extremely strong willed person and has done the walk for the past 2 years for her charity. If you wish to give a donation to Rosemary then please do so by: Texting ROTA01 then the amount £1, £5 or £10 to 70070 - Thank you!

If you’re looking for a means of raising money for your favourite cause then register for our 2014 walk (date TBA) we provide the routes, way markers, marshalling, water stations, etc and provide 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. You can enrol at or contact Mick Salt on 01782776547

Social Media:

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: On Twitter we are: @RotaryKidsgrove On Pinterest we are: 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 . Please “like” our pages and follow us on Twitter so that you and your friends & followers can help to spread the news.


We are now truly a dual gender club, having inducted our first lady Members Sylvia Dymond and Cressida Haynes in June. We now have another lady Member, Nicola Salt, who became a Member on 25th September. Nicola is only 29 years of age and is the youngest member the club has inducted so far. She is currently at employed at Clough Hall Technical School as a KS4 Progress and Pastoral Care Manager. The Membership now stands at 19 and Honorary Members total 7.

If you are interested in helping your local community and global projects such as Shelter Box and End Polio Now why not join us? You can contact Membership Secretary Howard Turner via our website or by emailing or

Club Meetings

September 4th Rotary District Governor, Barry Picken, visited the club and said that Kidsgrove is setting the pace in District 1210. The District includes Staffordshire, Shropshire and parts of the West Midlands, 59 Clubs in total. Barry went on to give an informative talk about what was happening in Rotary worldwide, and will be visiting all 59 clubs. September 18th; Community First Responder Paul Sargent visited the club and gave an informative update on the Audley CFR as well as the Kidsgrove CFR that he controls. September 25th; Former Assistant Governor, Carol Reilly spoke about Stroke Awareness and Kidsgrove’s involvement. Kidsgrove Rotary has organised 2 testing sessions at Kidsgrove Tesco in the past 2 years and will be setting one up for next year.

Other News

Members will visit the Rotary Aquabox Centre, Matlock, Derbyshire in the next 3 to 4 weeks to see how the the Aquaboxes are packed by the Aquabox team and filled with new, specially purchased, humanitarian goods to meet the basic needs of the recipients in worldwide crises and disasters.


Darts; Kidsgrove will be playing the Rotary Club of Tettenhall in the Final of the District Fellowship Darts competition on Tuesday 25th September. Kidsgrove are hoping to wrest the trophy back off Tettenhall at Riley’s Sports Club, Stafford. Check out how we’ve done on our Facebook page. Snooker; Kidsgrove played the Rotary Club of Leek in the first round of the District Fellowship Snooker competition in September. Kidsgrove lost in the final last year and hope to get back to their winning ways as they were champions in 2010-11 and 2011-12. Once again check out how we did on our Facebook page.









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Raising the rafters at St Thomas’, Mow Cop! On Saturday 16th November St Thomas’ Church in Mow Cop will be hosting our local musical maestros – Biddulph Male Voice Choir. The choir are well loved and have given concerts in St Thomas’ in the past. The church building has wonderful acoustics and the sound of singing truly does make the rafters ring with beautiful music. The funds raised by the concert will go towards some proposed ‘re-ordering’ of the church building.

Biddulph Male Voice Choir What Happened To The Fortnight Off? And so to the next exciting episode; the venue was Southport Flower Show. This was under the direction of assistant director Anthony Marks, and accompnied by Wendy Brown, what would we do without her? The weather could have been much kinder, but an appreciative audience braved it out, for which we were grateful. We were then given a fortnight off, but there was a sting in the tail. We were given four new pieces to learn, plus the revision of a couple of songs that had lain dormant. What happened to the fortnight off? The concert at Horton Village Hall, which was a sell-out and in aid of Parkinsons (UK) and North Staffs Carers, was a tour-de-force. The choir excelled themselves, displaying dynamism, diction, and controlled power, that brought standing ovations, yes, two of them. The guest soloists were Rosie Attwood-Harris on harp (what can’t she play?) and Barney on violin. Stan Winterton also gave us some of his dry-humoured monologues.

‘Re-ordering’ is the term used to describe building and decorating works which will enhance and extend the use of the building. The village of Mow Cop receives a steady stream of walkers and cyclists, many of whom would welcome the opportunity to have a cuppa and cake to refresh them. It is hoped that in the future St Thomas’ would be able to offer hospitality in the form of a visitors ‘café’ but some alterations to the church would ideally be carried for this to be practical.

It is, with sadness, that the choir was asked to sing, following the demise of the wife of another choir stalwart. Many former choristers attended the service, a testament to the popularity of June Sproson, who had supported her husband, Horace, and the choir, for decades.

It is hoped that there will be a good turnout for this concert of popular and traditional music, which promises to be an enjoyable and entertaining evening. The event will begin at 7pm with a break for refreshments halfway though. Tickets will cost £5 and are available from Margaret Cope – Telephone 01782 519942, or on the door.

The choir is in fine form at the moment, but that does not mean that new choristers will not be welcomed. Rehearsals usually take place at Biddulph High School, on Wednesdays, starting at 7pm. Come and join in, all voices needed.

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As far as I can tell, after its brief use as a refuge for Belgian refugees during the war, and a short while as a golf clubhouse, it had mainly been used as somewhere for the local football team to change before and after matches. Even before the old Hall was demolished, a map of 1924 shows that the Clough Hall Hotel had already been built a little further down the slope. The bowling green was also present, beside the path leading down to Boathorse Road, as was a football ground roughly where the present cricket pitch is. The cricket pitch then was in what is now Clough Hall Park, overlooked by the hummock with its horse-chestnut tree recently trunkated and turned into a wood sculpture. It was then surrounded by a cycle track, which was briefly used for speedway racing in the mid-1920s. The Council had already built some of the houses in First Avenue, leaving a space for the present Park Avenue to run off it, just across from what became Fourth Avenue, and now leads to Clough Hall High School and the Leisure Centre. It is interesting to note that the old drivway to the Hall didn’t begin at Park Avenue, but then ran between the house set at an angle at the entrance to Park Avenue, and its neighbour. However, the gap left for a road shows that already there must have been plans to build on parts of the Clough Hall grounds. Maybe Mr. William Poole, a successful speculative builder, had already put in a bid, but I am not entirely sure when the first houses on Clough Hall Road, Park Avenue and Kinnersley Avenue were erected. Perhaps someone has looked at their deeds and can tell me. I do know, however, that my grandmother moved from Market Street to no. 22, Park Avenue around 1936-7. A photograph taken shortly afterwards shows plenty of housing on either side of Park Avenue, but that the road surface was not yet laid.

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KIDSGROVE TIMES WITH PHILIP LEESE The present Clough Hall Park, a large part of which was earlier called The Lower Meadow, had already formed part of the old Park and Gardens and had been used since the turn of the century for annual carnivals, usually in aid of the Hospitals Fund (according to the amount collected, the local Doctors could issue free ‘Recommends’ to patients needing treatment; otherwise they had to pay.) I am not sure who owned the land in the 1920s. According to Mr. A. Hopwood, it may have belonged to the local Miner’s Committee, which certainly later contributed towards paying for amenities for the park, but it seems more likely that the local council purchased it at some period, when it was buying land for the Avenue estate. In 1929 the Carnival Committee had to seek the permission of Kidsgrove Cricket Club to hold its festivities there. By 1936, when the first Town Guide was published, plans for the new public park were well advanced. “A new park of about 13 and a half acres to be equipped with a new pavilion, bandstand, tennis courts and bowling greens, including a children’s corner is in course of construction at Clough Hall” it announced. A small, presumably wooden,

pavilion was shown on the 1924 map, and when the new pavilion was built, in the late 1930s, it incorporated the bandstand, with an open stage and audience arena at the back of the pavilion, facing Park Avenue. A revised edition of the 1924 map, produced after 1932 (when the Senior Boys and Girls Schools were built) shows rough plans for the houses of Park Avenue and Clough Hall Road before they were built and misnames the area where the old hall stood as Church Hall Park, showing that you can’t always trust printed maps. Work was still in progress in 1939 when war broke out and disrupted the council’s activities for a number of years. Just before the war began, the Urban District Council minutes show that the Miners Welfare committee agreed to spend £100 on the gates and railings for the new facility. It must also have helped pay for the Pavilion, as for some time it was known as “The Miners Pavilion.” During the war it was used as a clinic and welfare centre. I suspect that parts of the park were used for growing veg-





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etables as part of the ‘Dig for Victory’ campaign, but perhaps some long-term resident of the area can enlighten me on this. At any rate, when things were getting back to normal, in 1943, the Council noted that ‘the park had not yet been completely laid out.’ However, there was a Civil Defence Carnival held there on Whit Monday in 1944, and it was the venue for Kidsgrove’s V.J. (Victory over Japan) Day celebrations in August 1945, with an open-air dance and brass band concerts, perhaps recalling the old days of the dancing platforms of the Pleasure Gardens fifty years previously. More next time, when I hope to get onto the China swing and the roundabout.


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New show is talk of the ‘Town’ ‘TOWN’, a new spoken word roadshow, comes to Alsager on October 4th . The new show ‘TOWN’ is billed as the moving tale of a daughter’s quest to find her birth mother, helped by a stranger and the magic of a town’s Annual Festival. It has been written by two of the Cheshire team that dreamt up the sell-out poetry shows

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Audley on Saturday 12 October, 10am till 4pm

TOWN is written and performed with live music accompaniment by former ‘Alan Bennett would have enjoyed it’ Cheshire Poets LaureTown, already sold out in Macclesfield, comes ate, Joy Winkler and to St Mary’s Church Alsager on October 4th Andrew Rudd. The show’s film backdrop features street scenes by Cheshire artists Ian Coppack, Carl Longmate and Karen Rossart.

Kidsgrove historian Philip Leese will be in attendance giving a free talk on Canal Crime, focusing mainly on the Kidsgrove area.

“Dragons on bicycles and devils playing guitars are only part of the glittering backdrop which will warm your heart,” said performer Joy Winkler, who lives in Macclesfield and wrote ‘TOWN’ after getting involved in her local Barnaby festival.

Also at the Fair will be Biddulph History Society, Alsager Family History Group, and history groups from surrounding towns and villages.

“At a time when everyone is worried about empty high streets, I was inspired by how people everywhere are getting together to put on events to celebrate their town and invite others to visit,” she said.

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Refreshments provided and there will be stalls, talks, free help with family history queries, and St. James’ Church Audley will be open with guided tours of it’s tower. Entrance fee £1

‘TOWN’ is directed by Kevin Dyer and is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Event details: Town, October 4th, 7.30-9.30pm, St Mary’s Church. Crewe Road, Alsager ST7 2EW. Promoted by Alsager Music and Arts in conjunction with Biddulph Literary Society. Tickets: £7.50 including refreshments, contact Craig Pickering on or 01782 523277 or call Alsager Library 01270 375325. For other Autumn tour dates, see

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Festival of Remembrance The Royal British Legion Goldenhill/Sandyford Branch are holding a Festival of Remembrance at the Victoria Hall, Kidsgrove on Saturday 2nd November, doors open 6pm. There will be a Brass Band, Choirs, Bagpipes and audience participation. Donation tickets are £5 available from Ken Jepson 01782 785608 or Meryl Barnett 01782 785990.

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The R.V.S. Luncheon Club for senior citizens have some places available to accept new members. The Luncheon Club is held every Friday from 11am to 1pm. We start with a welcome cup of tea or coffee, have a game of bingo if you wish, and a raffle, this is followed by a 3 course meal. Because the committee have managed to obtain a couple of grants, we are able to offer all this for just £2.40 (we will have to review this price after 6 months but would hope to keep any increase to a minimum). This is an ideal opportunity to meet up with friends, enjoy a good meal and spend a couple of hours in a sociable atmosphere. So if you are feeling lonely, missing out on a friendly chat or know someone in that situation please, tell them about our offer. You will be made very welcome, find out more by giving, Vera Bradshaw a ring on 01782 783191.

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There is Sequence Dancing at Kidsgrove Town Hall on Wednesdays 2pm – 4pm (except on Blood Donor day). For more info please call: 01270 882777 or mobile 07800 907633.

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Town Mayor’s Report, Councillor Kyle Robinson

So summer is almost over and autumn will soon be upon us. I don’t know about you but I have already started to put on the heating in the evening! There has been a lot going on over the summer period in Kidsgrove and beyond. I have also had the honour of writing to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to congratulate them on the birth of our future King, Prince George. The Town Council is planning a lot of inclusive events for everyone in the community to enjoy in the upcoming months. Your support at these events is always appreciated and it’s you that make them so successful. Best regards, Kidsgrove Mayor Kyle Robinson.

Annalise Stark – A story of friendship

I recently visited Maryhill Primary school after being told about a wonderful student, Annalise Stark. Annalise had amazed staff and pupils, being such a supportive friend to her class mate Shani Jones who had sadly lost her mum to a short illness. Annalise looked after her friend in school and she showed so much care and compassion. Attendance officer Sue Hancock and I both agreed something needed to be done to remember Shani’s mum and to also celebrate the friendship between the two

students. So together we all planted a tree in the school grounds and held an assembly of celebration. The children read poems and sang songs and Annalise was awarded a young person’s award for her dedication to her friend. I have always said the children and young people in Kidsgrove are shining examples and this story proves that.

Biddulph Town Mayor’s Civic Service

Cllr Sylvia Dymond and I attended Cllr Linda Deaville’s Town Mayor’s Civic Service on the summer holidays. Mayor Deaville took questions from the children of Biddulph during the church service along with songs of praise and much more. These events are always good to promote Kidsgrove whilst building relationships with neighbouring towns to benefit all. It was a fantastic day enjoyed by all and we were even treated to a cry from Biddulph Town Crier, John Robinson!

Huggies Day Nursery Fundraiser During the summer break I was invited to the Huggies Day Nursery, a fantastic facility in Bradwell. Staffordshire Sands, the charity I am supporting this year also held a stall at the event to raise plenty of much needed funding. The Kidsgrove Town Crier and I joined everyone to offer support and also spread the word of Kidsgrove wherever we go.

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Town Mayor’s Report, Councillor Kyle Robinson Networking Abroad

During my family holiday abroad I was invited to attend an event with the Mayor of La Olivia (Canaries), Claudina Morales Rodriguez. I have made contact with the Council there in the past as I have always been interested in how Councils work abroad and if there is anything they do differently that we could learn from or vice versa. Through a friend who interpreted our conversation we talked about issues facing local councils due to the world economic slowdown and how we had to try and make do with what we’ve got. It didn’t surprise me we both found ourselves talking about litter and how much it costs to keep our streets clean and tidy. This is a problem abroad as much as it is here at home. I am keen to share with my fellow councillors some of my findings.

Kidsgrove Vintage Fayre

On Saturday 7th September we held the Kidsgrove Vintage Fayre at the Town Hall. It was a huge success and the Mayor’s charity made £400. I want to try and make this an annual event because we had such good feedback from traders and residents. Mr Michael Page won 1st prize on the Mayor’s charity raffle, a stay in the King Charles II

Suite at the Old Hall in Madeley worth £180. There are just too many people to thank personally but Councillors Dymond, Ashton, Allport and Mrs Parsons really went the extra mile and supported this event for the benefit of the town. Rich Evans of Kidsgrove Tesco and volunteer George also supported us and raised £150 for Diabetes UK. This event wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for the volunteers, supporters and last but not least the general public. Thank you!

Mayor’s New Year’s Eve Party

Since I revived the Kidsgrove Mayor’s New Year’s Eve party back in 2011 it has become busier and busier each year. So once again we will be holding this event at the fantastic Kidsgrove Victoria Hall, Tuesday 31st December, 8pm-1am. Tickets are £10 for adults and £6.00 for children under 11 (under 5s free). This will include a laser light disco, grand charity raffle, late bar and children’s freebies. Once again we are allowing bring your own buffet due to demand and heating facilities are available if you fancy something warm (Kitchen available until 9.30pm). All proceeds of the event will be donated to the Mayor’s charities. I hope you can join us and enter 2014 with a bang!

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Prize Crossword Competition

6. Confused the ROT CART for farm vehicle (7) 8. Have a beer in the SALES (3) 9. Writing material will APPEAR shortly (5) 10. HAT WE wear to find grain (5) 11. Find garden tool in the end of SHOE (3) 12. Grains of corn found in a different ERA (3) 14. RAM comes back spoiled (3) 15. Studying MORES will reveal code (5) 18. Rise & fall of sea is described in small DETAIL (5) 20. Time period is not completely RARE (3) 21. Quarantine because TOE AILS (7)


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Many thanks to all 1 5 2 4 3 who entered our last 6 77 8 Crossword Competition. The correct answer was ‘FATHER’S DAY’. 10 First correct reply to be 9 picked from the bag was from Mrs Rita Hearson of Clough Hall who wins 11 13 14 12 a £10 gift voucher which she has chosen to spend at Morning Fresh - con- 15 16 18 17 19 gratulations! This issue we are again offering a £10 voucher to be spent 21 in a shop or business 20 advertising in Kidsgrove News (please state on your reply). The first correct answer drawn on September 7th 2013 is the winner. Just complete the crossword and re-arrange the letters found in the shaded squares to make a new word or words, send your answer on a postcard with your name, address and telephone number to:- Good News, 128 High Street, Harriseahead, Stoke-on-Trent, ST7 4JX.

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Kidsgrove residents over the age of 50 are being invited to learn a new language with the University of the Third Age in Alsager.

Spanish classes are held every week at beginner and intermediate levels offering excellent tuition in a friendly informal environment. Classes are well attended by U3A members from both North Staffs and South Cheshire. For a nominal sum members can take part in the Spanish classes and have around 50 other activities available. You can obtain more details by phoning 01270 765413.

Victorian Christmas Market This year Kidsgrove Town Council will be holding its annual Victorian Christmas Market at Kidsgrove Town Hall on Saturday 30th November from 10am. We are set to make this market bigger and better than ever with a record breaking number of traditional Victorian stalls. This event is educational for all of the family and will give you the opportunity to step back in time to imagine Kidsgrove in the Victorian era. Our food stalls will include roast chestnuts and mulled wine along with more contemporary refreshments. Many people dress up for the occasion in authentic period attire to enhance the Victorian ambiance. Children will also have the chance of visiting Father Christmas in his grotto.

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Neighbourhood Policing Team report by PC Dave Woodward In the last Kidsgrove News I informed you of the increase in ticket prices for motoring offences and urged people to get hands free kits or cradles for phones with built in hands free. It appears people ignored this and several people have been on the receiving end of traffic enforcement. Please don’t join them, stop using mobile phones in your vehicles. Chief Inspector Neil Hulme has transferred from Newcastle Police station to join the cadre which manages the everyday Policing across the force and is the central point for Inspector cover across the area. We now welcome a new Divisional Commander, Chief Inspector Clare Riley who has been promoted from the Moorlands area. Cannabis – contrary to the comments I sometimes hear in the community cannabis is still a controlled drug! it was reclassified in 2004 from class B to a class C drug, which was on a par with prescription medication, however since 2009 it has been back as a class B drug. It is an offence to possess cannabis (in any form) whether it is for personal use or supply to other people. This offence can be in private as well as a public place. If found in possession of cannabis

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depending on the circumstances the Police can deal with the matter in a variety of ways, from warnings or a £90 ticket through to arrest and prosecution. We have during mid-September carried out warrants under the misuse of drugs act 1971 at addresses in the Kidsgrove area with further warrants planned before the end of the month. As a result of these warrants Police enquiries continue. Several of the warrants required a forced entry using the enforcer or “big red key!” (pictured). The occupier will be responsible for The “big red key!” repairs to the property where we enter in this way. If a person is cultivating (growing) cannabis usually evident by the pungent aroma, they may also be the subject of a warrant at their address and arrest for the offence that can carry a term of imprisonment. If you have concerns about drug supply you can contact the Police using any of the methods at the end of the article. Vehicle Crimes - During the start of September we have had a spate of vehicle crimes in the Kidsgrove and Whitehill areas, so I would urge you again not to leave any valuables or items that could be mistaken as valuables (boxes or bags) which will prompt the attack on your vehicle. If you see any suspicious activity particularly during hours of darkness then please consider contacting the Police so that the activity can be checked out. Darker nights - With the darker nights descending upon us I am again asking for help from parents and guardians to deal with the annual increase in nuisance calls caused by trick or treat and the use of

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Neighbourhood Policing Team report by PC Dave Woodward fireworks. If you have children going out trick or treating, please bear in mind that this is an activity that could expose them to potential danger. Calling on your own neighbours and people you trust may be ok but knocking at a stranger’s door several streets away could be more risky. How do you or your children know who lives there? You should go with your children to keep them safe and prevent things getting out of hand.

ber when you can have fireworks until midnight. The other exceptions are The Chinese New Year and the day of Diwali when the time is extended until 1am. (Note it doesn’t say public so these times apply to you even in your own garden) No person shall possess a category 4 firework. (these are display fireworks not normally available to the public.) These offences can be dealt with by way of an £90 fixed penalty ticket.

Elderly people are frightened, intimidated and distressed by callers at night so, if your children do go trick or treating, encourage them not to call where they know there are old people. If you do feel vulnerable, don’t answer the door. It may be worth putting up a polite notice asking them not to call. Some purpose done signs are available commercially. In previous years Newcastle Borough Council distributed a no trick or treat caller card for use by Borough residents these may be available again this year. Fireworks Legisaltion - For those who may need a reminder below is the legislation covering fireworks:

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Contacting the Police

To report a crime or incident call 101 You can report nuisance incidents to the Newcastle Borough Council Anti Social Behaviour Officers on 01782 717717 You can contact your local officers on 01785 23 3576 to discuss local, Non Urgent, issues (please report crime and incidents on 101), or email the team on Kidsgrove. email any officer by firstname.lastname@ To pass on information anonymously call:

No person under the age of eighteen years shall possess an adult firework in a public place.

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No person shall throw fireworks in a highway or public place.

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University Academy Kidsgrove September 2013 is a momentous time for the students and staff of University Academy Kidsgrove (UAK). Not only will this be their first full year as an Academy, which is exciting on its own, it will be the first full year of wider participation in the larger UCAT Academy group. With their conversion to Academy status, UAK has adopted a new uniform and on the first day back the students looked striking and very smart. This new uniform should strengthen the already formidable level of pride which students have in their Academy and help to set them up for another successful year of academic achievement and personal growth. After the resounding success of the UCAT Shield, many other Trust wide events have been planned for this school year and UAK will play a key role in these.

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Latest dance moves The Jenny Brennan School of Dance is very excited to announce that we are moving premises. Our new home is at Hilltop Business Centre, Coalpit Hill and we have two fully equipped dance studios with barres, mirrors and Harlequin dance flooring. We look forward to welcoming pupils, new and old to our school and hope you will enjoy some of our new classes - we have adult classes too so there is something for everyone!

Butt Lane Petanque Club Bob Beard Memorial Trophy

The BLPC held the fourth annual Bob Beard Memorial Trophy on Sunday 21st of July. Twelve members turned out forming 6 pairs drawn from a hat to contest a Round Robin doubles competition. The games were keenly contested and resulting in a very close finish with 3 pairs finishing on 6 points and the result being determined on a cumulative points difference. The winning pair were Linda Stubbs and John Jones (pictured) being presented with the trophy by Bobs widow Irene.

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