Its been a busy week in Kidsgrove and ourselves in this virtual Kidsgrove bubble. In this new Whitehill Online Sunday feature we take a look back at the week that was, from a personal perspective and the comments shared with us from Kidgrove residents across all our platforms.
The week started in hectic fashion for us in this virtual Kidsgrove bubble. We were aware for months that we were getting close to the ceiling of the number of visitors the site could handle effectively, however this was the weekend that we took steps to future proof this part of the site for many years to come.
Its evident that increasingly more of Kidsgrove has online access and we are delighted that 11 years after this virtual Kidsgrove bubble was devised it is now receiving the credit and acclaim that it quite rightly deserves.
Elsewhere in Kidsgrove this week we have witnessed the fantastic Whitehill Methodist Church Christmas Fayre. This was a fantastic community event that was well attended as ever and really kicked off the festive feeling locally in many peoples eyes. On Saturday it will be the turn of Kidsgrove to host the festive events and really light up the town this Christmas period.
Kidsgrove has also seen improvements to the CCTV system that is evident in the town centre, with new cameras that cover both Market Street and Heathcote Street. This £6000 investment will now enable the Police to access the cameras 24 hours a day via their mobile phones and computers. It should improve the perception of safety for Kidsgrove residents when out in the town centre.
Speaking of Kidsgrove town centre. This week we learn't about the Kidsgrove festive campaign to get residents to shop locally in Kidsgrove. It does appear that this promotion has not been effectively communicated and comments from residents appeared to agree with this view point. One resident made a very valid comment regarding the range of shops that are available in Kidsgrove, which very much could limit your festive shopping.
Finally we were delighted to hear about the success of the Kidsgrove Rotary Club bonfire and fireworks display at Clough Hall Park. It was pleasing to learn that nearly 1000 people braved what was “tough” weather conditions and enjoyed a fantastic evening. What was less pleasing to learn was how someone phoned a local radio station in the morning to claim the event was actually canceled. This sort of activity not only damages the ability to raise funds for local charities and groups in Kidsgrove, but also is a kick in the teeth for all those hours of unpaid hard work that goes into planning and organising an event like this for Kidsgrove.
This is the end of the first Kidsgrove Sunday Supplement. Please remember this is a personal look back at the last week from Kidsgrove and do feel free to share your own thoughts, either by commenting below or posting in our forum.