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Kidsgrove News

The Harecastle Hotel, Kidsgrove to Re-Open

harecastle hotel kidsgroveAbiica LLP are delighted to announce that work to renovate The Harecastle Hotel, Kidsgrove is approaching completion.

The building has been tastefully restored and brought back to life, offering a community public house with accommodation.

James Robertson from Abicca LLP says "it's always so satisfying to see empty properties being brought back to life for the benefit of the community and The Harecastle Hotel will once again be a building for the enjoyment of Kidsgrove residents".

The building is being managed in conjunction with Patricia Charles Lettings, led by Aimee Bradbury, who was born and raised in the area. Ms Bradbury says "I'm delighted to be involved in this development. Having grown up and worked in the area, I have a vested and very personal interest in the community of Kidsgrove and to give something back is extremely rewarding".

For more information about the development, accommodation requirements or pub leasing, contact Aimee at Patricia Charles Lettings on 01858 882184.

Clough Hall Park Summer Activities Success

Clough Hall Park, KidsgroveKidsgrove PCSO Damian Wright and Friends of Clough Hall Park are celebrating success after a fantastic attendance for the first event of the free summer activities which had been planned for Kidsgrove residents.

The activities have been planned to address anti-social behaviour which takes place during the school holidays, mainly blamed on young people claiming to be bored. PCSO Damian Wright delivered over 5000 leaflets locally, with The Friends of Clough Hall Park securing funding to purchase the equipment to make the events possible.

Yesterday saw over 250 young people attend the first one of the planned events. Many parents and grandparents said that it was great to be able to watch their youngsters enjoying themselves and to have family picnics in the Park. The beautiful sunshine was a bonus.

A big thank you should also go out to Tesco in Kidsgrove who provided cool refreshments in the summer sunshine.

The Police are often criticised but they undertake many activities for which they are not given credit. This is one occasion where PCSO Damian Wright can be whole heartedly congratulated on his energy, ideas and compassion for the youngsters in our community.

Clough Hall Park Free Summer Activities

Clough Hall Park Kidsgrove Summer EventsThere is a wide range of summer activities which are being provided in Kidsgrove to keep youngsters entertained during the summer holidays. All events that are listed below are taking place in Clough Hall Park in Kidsgorve, so please make a note of the dates below that may interest you or someone you know.

  • 23rd July 11am-3pm 5a side football and street dancing
  • 24th July 11am-3pm soft ball cricket, soft baseball
  • 25th July 11am-3pm street dance, juice bar and table top football
  • 1st August 11am-3pm FIFA Xbox and street dancing
  • 8th August 11am-3pm 5a side football, soft ball cricket, soft baseball.
  • 15th August FA skills football coaching, u will need to sign your children in upon arrival.
  • 22nd August 11am-3pm tennis , juice exercise bike, soft baseball/ cricket.

Vitaliano's ice cream will be present and refreshments will be provided by the friends of Clough Hall at a charge.


All activities however are free!! So please come along or pass this on to all your young family members or friends who might be interested.


For further information contact PCSO Damien Wright at Kidsgrove Police Station using telephone number 101.

 

Kidsgrove Carnival Cancelled

Kidsgrove Carnival CancelledIt is with great sadness that we are reporting that Kidsgrove Carnival in 2012 which was due to take place this Saturday at Clough Hall Park in Kidsgrove has had to be cancelled because of the heavy rainfall, which has left the ground in Clough Hall Park waterlogged in places.

The decision which was taken this morning by the Kidsgrove Carnival committee was taken with a heavy heart as many members have been working hard to make the event happen.

Mary Maxfield commented in our forum boards, "Carnival cancelled because of the condition of the park grounds. They are extremely boggy and with the weather forecast for tomorrow it will get worse. Local Radios stations, Sentinel, participants have been informed as well as advertising banners removed.  Meetings are going to be held to see if an event like a fun day can be held sometime in September. Very disappointing but we have to protect people and the park."

Lets hope that something can be organised for September. 

Kidsgrove Carnival Next Saturday

Kidsgrove Carnival 2012Kidsgrove Carnival takes place one week today in Clough Hall Park, Kidsgrove. Kidsgrove Carnival in 2012 will be bigger and better if the organisers turn their plans for the well-respected Kidsgrove event into fruition. Kidsgrove Carnival is organised by a separate Kidsgrove Carnival Committee and not Kidsgrove Town Council, something which truly shows the dedication of some local residents to make such an event happen for the good of Kidsgrove.

Kidsgrove Carnival will take place on the 14th of July 2012, in Clough Hall Park. The gates to the carnival will open at 11am, with the prices an exceptionally reasonable £1 per adult and £2.50 for a family of 4. Such a pricing structure really makes Kidsgrove Carnival accessible to all. There will be a procession which will start at 11am from Kidsgrove Town Hall and make its way to Clough Hall Park.

Kidsgrove Carnival will have plenty of events and attractions to keep all of the family entertained. We have been informed that some of the events which have already been confirmed include; dancing troupes, band, Rotary entertainment group, street dancers , land train, face painting, abracadabra, punch and Judy and balloons, owl display, Fire Service crashed car display, crazy golf, bouncy castle and slide, maypole dancers, Community Choir to name but a few activities.

The event will also be supported by Stanworths Fun Fair who will not only be in attendance on the day of the carnival but also open the 3 days prior to Kidsgrove Carnival taking place.

The Kidsgrove Carnival Committee have recently been running a competition with the Kidsgrove primary schools for them to design the Kidsgrove Carnival advertising poster. This has seen an exceptional response with over 300 entries of a very good standard.

Kidsgrove residents no doubt will be delighted to know that Kidsgrove Carnival is taking place once again this year. It is certainly time to pen the 14th of July into your diary or smartphone calendar, if you are of the digital age.

Dove Bank Carnival Takes Place Today

dove bank carnivalDove Bank Primary School’s Carnival takes place today, Friday 6th July.

Following the huge success of the last two carnivals it is expected that this year’s event will be even bigger and better.  The colourful procession themed around the Olympic Games and the crowning of the Carnival Queen are only the beginning. Weeks of preparation by pupils, parents and staff to design and make all the colourful costumes will guarantee a street procession not to be missed.  The procession starts from the school entrance, off Rutland Road, Kidsgrove at 2pm arriving back in the school grounds and culminating in a great family afternoon. 

Attractions include fairground rides, many stalls, stage performances of song, dance and music by the pupils of Dove Bank, balloon modelling, a magician and lots lots more!

Don’t miss the biggest event in Dove Bank’s school calendar.

Admission FREE.  All welcome.

Any organisations or individuals who require further details please contact:-

Headteacher:

Dove Bank Primary School, Off Rutland Road, Kidsgrove, ST7 4AP Tel: 01782 296786

PTFA Chairman: Tel: 01782 787423

Talke Ward By Election Called for Kidsgrove Town Council

kidsgrove town councilIt is being reported that a by election has been called for the Talke Ward of Kidsgrove Town Council. This by election will take place as a result of the resignation of Mathew Banner from Kidsgrove Town Council.

It is believed that this by election for the Talke Ward will cost Kidsgrove Town Council around £2500. This will be the first by election that has been called for Kidsgrove Town Council under the current administration, as all of the previous available slots have been filled by Kidsgrove Town Council co-opting members to the council. This has seen Labour members co-opted to Kidsgrove Town Council on each instance, which maybe is why some Kidsgrove residents have asked for an election to take place.

Dougie Mac Kidsgrove Shop Now Open Sundays

DMH Kidsgrove shop Market StreetThe Douglas Macmillan Hospice shop in Kidsgrove is now open on Sundays.

Located on Market Street across the road from Home Bargains, it will now be open between 10am and 4pm.

Donations can also be brought into the shop between 9am and 5pm.

This means the Kidsgrove shop will be open seven days a week, with its previous opening times of 9:30am to 4:30pm between Monday and Saturday. 

Dougie Mac Kidsgrove Shop Manager Janice Redfern, stated that the extended opening hours are due to supporter demand.

"Our customers from the local community in Kidsgrove, have requested we are open on Sundays," she commented.

"People have busy lives, and the extended opening hours will allow our supporters to shop and donate goods at a convenient time."

The shop is actively seeking volunteers; anyone who wishes to volunteer at the Kidsgrove shop can call Voluntary Services on 01782 344332 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kidsgrove Swimming Pool Saved by Staffordshire County Council

staffordshire county councilKidsgrove residents will be interested to learn that it was Staffordshire County Council and not Newcastle Borough Council who have saved Kidsgrove Swimming Pool from closure.

Kidsgrove residents will have seen the campaigning from the Kidsgrove Labour Party and more specifically Margaret Astle and family member Kyle Robinson on the matter. Both were only been too happy to claim the glory for securing the funding to repair the roof which had fallen in at Kidsgrove Sports Centre Swimming Pool. This emotive issue was used at the time of the elections in Kidsgrove, however not much has been mentioned by any member of the Kidsgrove Labour Party on Newcastle Borough Council since winning power.

Now today on BBC Radio Stoke, in an interview by the Staffordshire County Councillor in charge of Leisure and Health admitted that without the £200,000 which has come for Staffordshire County Council, these repairs would not have been possible, leading to the swimming pool in Kidsgrove facing permanent closure. This is a result of the Labour controlled Newcastle Borough Council not having the funds to spend to repair the roof and Clough Hall School unsure on what will be happening in the future with the site.

This interview clearly proves the comments by Kidsgrove Staffordshire County Councillor Mary Maxfield were correct at the time, when she highlighted that it was Staffordshire County Council who secured the funding and not members of the Kidsgrove Labour Party.

It is expected that Kidsgrove swimming pool will open in late September, however the Newcastle Borough Council website is claiming this date to be more like winter 2012. No doubt, Kidsgrove residents will be pleased to read that Staffordshire County Council have saved swimming in Kidsgrove.

Butt Lane Sorting Office to Remain Open

butt lane sorting officeButt Lane Royal Mail sorting office is to remain open in Kidsgrove following a campaign by Kidsgrove residents to keep the venue open. Many Kidsgrove residents were fearful that they could have seen the Royal Mail sorting office move from Butt Lane in Kidsgrove to Knutton.

More than 1000 Kidsgrove residents have signed a petition to keep the sorting office in Butt Lane open, something which appears now to be the case and safeguards around 70 jobs.

Royal Mail have suggested that the proposed merger is off the agenda for the current time, however the word “current” will worry many Kidsgrove residents who may fear that these plans could re-appear at some point in the future.  This is going be made more likely following the proposals to allow Royal Mail to leave parcels with neighbours, reducing the need for such collection hubs.

Newcastle Market taking Part in "Love Your Market" Scheme

Newcastle under Lyme MarketNewcastle’s historic market is one of more than 300 markets across the country taking part in a “Love Your Local Market” campaign inspired by Mary Portas’ report on the future of our High Streets.

The initiative is to take place between 23 June and 8 July and is being backed by the Government and the Markets Alliance.

As part of the campaign, shoppers using Newcastle market will be able to enter a draw with a chance to win £100. There will be a prize for both the first week and the second week.

Also, on Saturday 23 June, shoppers will be entertained by the “Sheriff of Staffordshire” as he apprehends suspected pickpockets and thieves around the market. The Sheriff will also talk about the days when the market was granted its charter.

The Civic Society will be in town celebrating the history of the market with a family quiz, based on the town centre Heritage Trail, and a children’s trail around the Guildhall. 

In addition, on Wednesday 27 June, between 11am and 2pm, Newcastle Enterprise Coach Gemma Kirkland, from Business Enterprise Support, will be at the market to give advice and tips to budding entrepreneurs about how to get their own business up and running.

Bathpool Park Flooding

Bath Pool Park FloodingKidsgrove residents taking a walk around Bathpool Park in Kidsgrove today would be better advised to take a boat with them when trying to navigate their way around Bathpool Park. The car park at the Tunstall end of the park was half closed off due to a lake being formed in the car park, however this was nothing compared to what visitors would find once entering the park.

Just 200 yards into the park on the public footpath and walkers are forced to try and navigate a flood on the path, which becomes small compared to what you would meet when walking under the railway bridge. Many visitors to the park were complaining about the state of the walkways around Bathpool Park today, not because it was wet, but because the tarmac footpath which has been installed seems to harbour water in places.

No one can doubt that the level of rain seen over the last few days would cause problems or the fact that Bathpool Park has been vastly improved over the last few years. Maybe something that the Friends of Bathpool Park and Newcastle-Borough-Council could look at investigating is the current drainage in place at the park and how this could be possibly improved in the future.

You can see some of the pictures of the flooding at Bathpool Park in Kidsgrove below;

Send Your Children into Orbit at Kidsgrove Sports Centre

Kidsgrove Sports CentreA new children’s play scheme is kicking off at Kidsgrove Sports Centre.

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council is launching new “orbit” sessions where young people between the ages of five and 11 can indulge in their creative and sporting passions on Saturday afternoons.

Activities on offer range from arts and crafts such as painting and card making, sports including badminton, football, basketball and netball and Nintendo Wii games.

Sessions, which cost £3, are run by qualified staff between 12.30pm and 4.30pm.

For more information, contact Jessica Perry, Kidsgrove Sports Centre Manager, on 01782 786162.

Kidsgrove Area suffers Flooding

Kidsgrove Suffers FloodingThe Kidsgrove area is tonight on flood alert after a high volume of water has fallen over the last few days. Kidsgrove has already seen some areas suffer flooding and many other areas of Kidsgrove will be worried that they may be next.

The A50 at Red Bull Lights is closed at the moment due to flooding. The reports that we have received at the moment are mixed, some claim to be the canal which has burst its bank, whereas others are suggesting that it is the brook which runs alongside the road and under Red Bull Lights.

Staffordshire County Councillor for Kidsgrove Mary Maxfield reports that she has received a visit from Rob Steele, Highways Engineer for Staffordshire County Council, who devised the scheme which Mary Maxfield got installed on Newchapel Road. He reports that there are no problems with the Newchapel Road scheme, however flooding is evident in other parts of Kidsgrove.

Water traveling down Park Bank, Rookery into the culvert under the High Street, Rookery close to the Chip Shop has caused the road to break up, however thankfully the houses have not been flooded.

The junction of Alderhay Lane and Harriseahead Lane, Rookery is flooded and this is because of all the debris from the hedgerows and fields. Despite £100,000 being spent on the drainage in the Dales Green area there is still a problem.

If residents are worried about flooding or spot a potential flooding risk, please contact Mary Maxfield as soon as possible.

Kidsgrove Carnival Stalls Welcome

kidsgrove carnival 2012As the Kidsgrove Carnival gets ever closer on Saturday the 14th July, the Kidsgrove Carnival Committee have asked that any charities or organisations who want a stall at the Kidsgrove event to get in touch. If this is something which your charity of organisation would like to take up, please contact Mary Maxfield.

The Kidsgrove Carnival committee would also welcome entrance for the procession, which can either be as individuals and groups. The more groups that take part, then the better. The procession leaves Kidsgrove Town Centre in the morning. 

You can obtain more information from Mary Maxfield.

Flooding in Kidsgrove

Flooding in KidsgroveBBC Radio Stoke is reporting that the A50 Liverpool Road West in Church Lawton blocked in both directions between the A34 Congleton Road North junction and the A5011 Linley Lane junction, because of flooding.

We have no further information on this at the moment, however flooding at the Red Bull Crossroads has not happened since the last major floods in Kidsgrove in 1997.

If you have any further information on this, please let us know.

Update: We believe the brook which runs underneath Red Bull Crossroads and alongside the A50 has burst its banks and overflowing into the road.

 

Dove Bank Carnival is Going for Gold

dove bank carnivalDove Bank Primary School’s Carnival is set to be a winner on Friday 6th July.

Following the huge success of the last two carnivals it is expected that this year’s event will be even bigger and better.  The colourful procession themed around the Olympic Games and the crowning of the Carnival Queen are only the beginning. Weeks of preparation by pupils, parents and staff to design and make all the colourful costumes will guarantee a street procession not to be missed.  The procession starts from the school entrance, off Rutland Road, Kidsgrove at 2pm arriving back in the school grounds and culminating in a great family afternoon. 

Attractions include fairground rides, many stalls, stage performances of song, dance and music by the pupils of Dove Bank, balloon modelling, a magician and lots lots more!

Don’t miss the biggest event in Dove Bank’s school calendar.

Admission FREE.  All welcome.

Any organisations or individuals who require further details please contact:-

Headteacher:

Dove Bank Primary School, Off Rutland Road, Kidsgrove, ST7 4AP Tel: 01782 296786

PTFA Chairman: Tel: 01782 787423

Kidsgrove Carnival to be Bigger and Better in 2012

Kidsgrove Carnival 2012Kidsgrove Carnival in 2012 will be bigger and better if the organisers turn their plans for the well-respected Kidsgrove event into fruition. Kidsgrove Carnival is organised by a separate Kidsgrove Carnival Committee and not Kidsgrove Town Council, something which truly shows the dedication of some local residents to make such an event happen for the good of Kidsgrove.

Kidsgrove Carnival will take place on the 14th of July 2012, in Clough Hall Park. The gates to the carnival will open at 11am, with the prices an exceptionally reasonable £1 per adult and £2.50 for a family of 4. Such a pricing structure really makes Kidsgrove Carnival accessible to all. There will be a procession which will start at 11am from Kidsgrove Town Hall and make its way to Clough Hall Park.

Kidsgrove Carnival will have plenty of events and attractions to keep all of the family entertained. We have been informed that some of the events which have already been confirmed include; dancing troupes, band, Rotary entertainment group, street dancers , land train, face painting, abracadabra, punch and Judy and balloons, owl display, Fire Service crashed car display, crazy golf, bouncy castle and slide, maypole dancers, Community Choir to name but a few activities.

The event will also be supported by Stanworths Fun Fair who will not only be in attendance on the day of the carnival but also open the 3 days prior to Kidsgrove Carnival taking place.

The Kidsgrove Carnival Committee have recently been running a competition with the Kidsgrove primary schools for them to design the Kidsgrove Carnival advertising poster. This has seen an exceptional response with over 300 entries of a very good standard.

Kidsgrove residents no doubt will be delighted to know that Kidsgrove Carnival is taking place once again this year. It is certainly time to pen the 14th of July into your diary or smartphone calendar, if you are of the digital age.

Kidsgrove Roads get Surface Dressing

Kidsgrove Roads ResurfacedKidsgrove residents driving around Kidsgrove Town Centre will not have failed to notice that the A50 in Kidsgrove has received a surface dressing. This is the highways term for what most residents would call resurfacing.

The main A50 in Kidsgrove is only one of many roads in Staffordshire which Staffordshire County Council is maintaining at the moment. Kidsgrove has also seen Peacock Hay Road obtaining a surface dressing as well. The work on Peacock Hay Road was started last week and swiftly halted by the weather, something which visibly affected the success of the work that has already been completed.

Staffordshire County Council has been investing large sums in highway repairs and maintenance over the last 3 years, something which was neglected for many years prior to this. Highway repairs were always placed on a backburner, however this current administration of the council have been quick to repair pot holes and maintain the current highway network that we have in Kidsgrove and Staffordshire as a whole.

If Kidsgrove residents spot a highway defect then they can report it themselves online or via the telephone. 

Kidsgrove in Bloom Thanks to Local Volunteers

Kidsgrove Railway Station GardensKidsgrove is starting to bloom as a result of Kidsgrove residents volunteering their own personal time for the good of the Kidsgrove community. This hard work will also form part of the Newcastle-under-Lyme entry into the Britain in Bloom competition. It will be great to see Kidsgrove blooming when that summer sun finally arrives.

The Friends of Kidsgrove Railway Station group have planted wall planters, the wishing well and garden on platform 2 at the Kidsgrove Station in red, white and blue to mark the Jubilee. The gardens are still being worked on, however they are already looking impressive as the images show.

The Friends of Kidsgrove Railway Station group which comprises of 7 lady members are always looking and welcome new members to the group. It is something that all Kidsgrove residents of any age can get involved in. Mary Maxfield in our forum commented that the group is short of male members at the moment and carrying water and bark over the bridges is hard work. The group has recently been helped by workers from the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust whose work was greatly appreciated.

The Memorial Gardens, The Avenue, Kidsgrove have also had a makeover. The inside garden has now been planted and the 4 beds in front have now been cut out ready for planting shrubs. The gardens should look good for the Remembrance event in November. Thanks go to NBC and Kidsgrove Youth Club for their hard work. Barclays Bank have given £500 towards costs and hopefully the application for £500 from SCC Members' Initiative Fund will be approved shortly.

Some photographs of The Friends of Kidsgrove Railway Station are shown below.

Kidsgrove Residents can Recycle old Shoes

recycle shoes in KidsgroveKidsgrove residents are being asked to put their best foot forward for a local charity during recycle week (18 to 24 June), where they can participate at Tesco in Kidsgrove.

Community warden Mark Jones is teaming up with the borough council’s recycling team to encourage people to donate their “sad shoes” as part of the national campaign’s “home and away” theme.

He is setting up collection points at a series of roadshows, where recycling officers will provide advice and information about the borough council’s award winning service.

They will highlight how the smallest changes can make a major impact on the environment, such as remembering to recycle glass jars as well as bottles, recycling from upstairs and downstairs or setting up a scheme at work.

The sad shoes initiative is being run by Headway North Staffordshire, which provides support and respite for people affected by brain injuries, to raise money for a minibus.

The charity can turn old and unwanted footwear – which is where the sad shoes tag comes from – into cash by selling them at sales, passing them on to third world countries or sending them to be turned into cavity wall insulation.

Mark, who works in the northern area of the borough including Madeley, Chesterton and Kidsgrove, said: “Most people have shoes sitting doing nothing so I thought this would be a good way of raising much-needed funds for a local charity while promoting the recycling message.

Kidsgrove Town Centre to Bloom

Newcastle in BloomNewcastle-under-Lyme is going for gold to retain its regional crown in one of Europe’s largest horticultural competitions.

It is capturing the excitement of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in a bid to win the small city title in Heart of England in Bloom for the sixth year in a row.

Featuring in the special Newcastle in Bloom campaign this summer are magnificent floral displays which will be visited by judges in July.

Council gardeners are preparing to replace summer bedding in Queen’s Gardens, Newcastle, with a Union Flag display bursting with red, white and blue geraniums, petunias and begonias which will be complemented by flower tubs in the Ironmarket.

They are also hoping to plant a winner in the Grosvenor sunken roundabout with an Olympic arrangement of gold, silver and bronze blooms including rings made out of carpet bedding.

The patriotic theme continues in Nelson Place with red, white and blue flowers while Friars Street will be brightened up with marigolds and cinerarias and Newcastle High Street with yellow osteospermums and red iresine.

Meanwhile, Kidsgrove town centre will become a riot of colour with bright geraniums.

Cllr. Elsie Bates, Cabinet member for culture and leisure, said: “We are looking forward to defending our regional title for the sixth year with a special theme.

“The borough has an unrivalled reputation in the competition so all eyes are on us.

Kidsgrove Library on Your Smartphone

kidsgrove libraryOn 13 June Staffordshire Libraries will begin work to introduce a brand new computer library management system. This will be installed at Kidsgrove library as well as others all over the county.   

Once this work is complete there will be several new benefits to our customers, including a smartphone app allowing handheld access to the library catalogue and account information, a more interactive and visually appealing catalogue allowing customers to review and rate books they have borrowed and online reminders for nearly-due books for those people who have supplied an email address.    

This work will cause some disruption to some services until early July.  The online catalogue and 24 hour telephone renewal line will be unavailable during this period and it will not be possible to make reservations.  In order to smooth the process, everyone is encouraged to bring their library cards with them whenever they visit the library.  For further information and to renew library items, please contact your library.  Please have your library card number and item numbers available for renewing.   

As a one-off gesture to mitigate the impact on residents during the changeover, there will be a fines amnesty from 25th June to 15th July.  Any item no matter how long overdue may be returned to the library without charge during this period.   

Kidsgrove Jubilee Children’s Party Success

Kidsgrove Jubilee Childrens Punch and JudyKidsgrove Town Councils Jubilee Children’s Party was a successful event this afternoon with 60 children invited from the different Kidsgrove schools who all were judged to be Jubilee competition winners.

The event which was organised by Kidsgrove Town Council and held at Kidsgrove Town Hall brings to an end the festivities this bank holiday weekend in Kidsgrove, with only the Jubilee Window Dressing to be decided and awarded later in the week. Kidsgrove Deputy Mayor tweeted that the event was a success and the Kidsgrove children were treated to Ice Cream, Punch and Judy as well as playing party games.

It appears that it was an enjoyable day for all and a fitting end to a very special Jubilee weekend. Well done to all involved on making the events which have been run a success.

Help Make Kidsgrove Blossom

kidsgrove in bloomKidsgrove green-fingered residents, businesses and community groups are being encouraged to play their part in making the borough look blooming wonderful this summer.

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council is running local floral competitions as part of the annual Newcastle in Bloom campaign, something which Kidsgrove residents can get involved in.

Categories include residential gardens and hanging baskets, allotments, community projects, licensed premises/businesses and schools.

The deadline for entries is Monday, 25 June and judging takes place during July.

Cllr. Elsie Bates, Cabinet member for culture and leisure, said: “We’re lucky to have a lot of talented gardeners in the borough and this is their chance to shine.

“Communities play such a vital role in the campaign and this is why our reputation is unrivalled.”

Gold, silver, bronze and special recognition awards and vouchers will be presented to winners at a ceremony at the New Vic Theatre later in the year.

Among last year’s winners were: residential gardens – Jan Ratcliffe from Kidsgrove; hanging baskets – Mary Maxfield from Kidsgrove; allotments – Bernard and Pat Brown from Chesterton; community projects (schools) – St. Thomas’ Primary School, Kidsgrove; community projects (groups) – Waveney Court, Clayton and licensed premises and businesses – Mill Rise, Lower Milehouse.

Application forms are available from Newcastle Borough Council.

Kidsgrove Local History Portal

Kidsgrove YesteryearAs I’m sure many visitors to the website are aware, we have launched the Yesteryear section of the site, which has the intention of being the largest local free online historical collection of photographs and stories from Kidsgrove’s past.

The interest in this area of the site is phenomenal with user numbers surpassing any expectations which we predicted when starting out on this project. We would ideally like to develop this further now, increasing the level of content, looking at all aspects of the history of Kidsgrove. This could be as simple as sharing memories of your childhood from growing up in the area, all the way through to memories of major events happening in Kidsgrove.

We would also be delighted to receive photographs taken in the past from the Kidsgrove area. These again don’t have to be from a certain time frame as much has changed over the years in Kidsgrove and it will be good to share these changes with everyone.

If you can help or know someone who can help, please contact myself or Mary Maxfield who leads the Yesteryear section of the website.

Click here to download and print off a poster which can be displayed in your local business or community group.

Kidsgrove Rotary Gritstone Charity Walk

Kidsgrove Rotary Gritstone Charity WalkThe Kidsgrove Rotary Club is holding their annual Gritstone Charity Walk on Saturday the 7th of July this year. The walk will take place and finish starting from the Bleeding Wolf public house in Scholar Green.

Walkers taking part in the event will have a choice of 5 different walks, designed to suit walkers of all different levels of fitness. There are walks of the following distances: 3.5 miles, 7 miles, 10, miles, 16 miles and 22 miles.

The Kidsgrove Rotary Club set the aim of the walks to get fit, have fun and help raise funds (via sponsorship) for your chosen charity. For more details of the walks and how to enter, please visit the dedicated website for the Gritstone Charity Walk; http://www.gritstonewalk.org.uk.

Clough Hall Park Jubilee Hunt Resounding Success

clough hall park jubilee hunt successThe Jubilee Hunt at Clough Hall Park today was another resounding success for the Friends of Clough Hall Park Group The intention was not to make a profit but to give children a good morning out and to have something to remember the Queen's Jubilee. However, a profit of £50 was made despite the fact that £80 was spent on prizes together with very kind donations from some local businesses.

The day commenced with ex Councillor for the Talke Ward, John Parsons, who is an award winning Town Crier, walking the streets around the Park shouting about the event. He ran a Town Crier competition for the children and Councillor Gillian Burnett, Kidsgrove Town Mayor presented the boy and girl winners with a Jubilee medal. Gillian judged the Best Dressed Royal Competition and the winner received a commemorative £5 coin and all entrants with a Jubilee mug. Many thanks go to the Mayor and her Consort for attending on what is a busy day for them.

82 children entered the Hunt, all receiving a bran tub prize. There was also a prize draw and the lucky winners received some great prizes.

It was wonderful that there was no wind and plenty of sunshine and people were able to sit outside and enjoy delicious cakes and drinks.

The Group is indebted to Newcastle Borough Council wardens for rising at the crack of dawn and erecting gazebos and seating and generally helping out in any way they could. The Group are now starting to prepare for further activities in the Park during the summer holidays.

Many thanks to all who supported the event.

Kidsgrove Blooming Good Art Students

Abi Bayes St Saviours PrimaryCreative youngsters in Kidsgrove will be celebrated for their artistic skills in the Newcastle in Bloom painting competition. The Britain in Bloom competition run by Newcastle-Borough-Council saw 22 primary, secondary and specialist schools from all over the borough enter, however some of the best art work came from students at schools in Kidsgrove.

Abi Bayes, aged five from St. Saviours Primary School in Talke was the overall winner in the under-10 category. This is a remarkable achievement and something that we are sure she is exceptionally proud of. Her design comprised of the Olympic torch with blooms representing flames.

A total of 51 prize winning artists will receive certificates and vouchers from Newcastle Mayor David Becket at an awards ceremony at Keele University on Wednesday, 13 June.

The theme of this year’s competition was “Budding Olympians” with interpretations included sprinting flowers and floral Olympic rings. Some of the examples of awarded work from the Kidsgrove schools is shown below.

Kidsgrove Jubilee Beacon Lit

Kidsgrove Jubilee BeaconThe Kidsgrove Jubilee Beacon was lit just after 10.15pm this evening by Kidsgrove Deputy Mayor Kyle Robinson. He commented on twitter how delighted he was to be offered the chance to light the Kidsgrove Beacon.

The beacon was mounted on the roof of Kidsgrove Town Hall and marks the end of the Bank Holiday Monday celebrations. It is pleasing to see that Kidsgrove is on the map for the lighting of a Jubilee Beacon and thanks should go to Kidsgrove Councillor David Allport for arranging this event.

Well done to all involved on creating such a positive sight in Kidsgrove this evening.