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Kidsgrove Jubilee Celebrations

Kidsgrove Jubilee Market StreetKidsgrove is celebrating the Jubilee this bank holiday weekend, however looking at Kidsgrove as you shop or pass though Kidsgrove Town you would be hard pressed to notice that anything is actually taking place. This is something which many Kidsgrove residents have been commenting on as you spend time in Kidsgrove.

Kidsgrove Town Council have spent money decorating Kidsgrove Town Hall and ensuring that this iconic building is decorated to represent such an occasion, however walk 200 yards down Liverpool Road and you would be hard pressed to find much evidence that such a special event is taking part in Kidsgrove. The same picture can be painted in Market Street in Kidsgrove, where once again it is very hard to identify that anything special is taking place in Kidsgrove this Jubilee weekend.

Some Kidsgrove businesses have embraced the Jubilee festivities and marked the occasion, with Michel Hall’s Hair Dressing Salons showing particular effort in marking this occasion. It should also be noted how smart The Queen’s Public House is looking in Market Street. Sadly not even the Jubilee competition that Kidsgrove Town Council have ran seems to got all businesses out marking this occasion.

If you travel to nearby Alsager it is a completely different picture. The whole of Crewe Road is lined with flags and bunting which has been attached to the businesses in the area. This has created a real sense of pride, as a result individual businesses have come out and made a real effort to decorate in the nations colours.

Read Kidsgrove News Journal Online

Read Kidsgrove News Journal OnlineWhitehill Online is pleased to announce that following an agreement with Kidsgrove News, Kidsgrove residents will now be able to read the dedicated journal for Kidsgrove online, via Whitehill Online.

The well respected Kidsgrove News Journal has been published for many years, reporting Kidsgrove news stories and events on a bi-monthly period. Kidsgrove News is delivered to all homes in Kidsgrove and read by many Kidsgrove ex-pats all around the UK and world. Kidsgrove News and Whitehill Online both are politically independent and aim to report the news and issues which are happening in Kidsgrove.

Online readers can now find the latest edition of Kidsgrove News online to read electronically, as well as in the future past editions of the Kidsgrove News Journal. Bob Richards of Whitehill Online commented “It is fantastic news for Kidsgrove residents that they can read Kidsgrove’ dedicated news journal online, something which I feel benefits the residents of Kidsgrove”.

Kidsgrove News and Whitehill Online are to remain two separate publications with no formal links between the publications.

Read the latest edition of Kidsgrove News here.

Freeport Recycling Centre Changes

Freeport Talke Recycling CentreKidsgrove residents can now recycle more than ever before following a revamp of the borough’s bring sites. Changes have been made to the range of materials collected, the location of some sites and also the quality of containers and signage.

As well as improving the service for the public, the borough council believes the revised system should generate savings of around £165,000 over the next four years.

Council officers say that by investing in improvements, they should be able to capitalise on the excellent support of local people.

The change will see the existing site at Freeport in Talke Pits moving to a more prominent site within the car park. Officers also looked at the types of materials collected at all the sites and decided to streamline the bring site service so that they all take the same materials.

The council is urging residents to recycle materials into the correct container to avoid contamination. Under the new scheme glass jars and bottles are now mixed together and not separated by colour as before. And residents are asked not to leave bagged or boxed materials on the ground in front of the containers.

Meanwhile, local youngsters are doing their bit to boost borough recycling.

Jubilee Hunt in Clough Hall Park Tomorrow

Clough Hall Park Jubilee HuntThe Friends of Clough Hall Park are following on the success of the Easter Egg Hunt, by holding The Jubilee Hunt. This event will take place Tomorrow (Monday 4th of June) between the hours of 11am and 1pm.

There will be a competition for best dressed royal on the day, with prizes awarded for the various different age groups. The cost to take part in the Clough Hall Park Jubilee Hunt will be £1 per child, with each child receiving a prize, regardless of how many hidden jewels they find in the park.

Refreshments are available throughout the day and we hope that Kidsgrove residents will once again get behind the hard work of The Friends of Clough Hall Park group.


Kidsgrove Jubilee Events Start Today

jubilee events in kidsgroveJubilee events in Kidsgrove start this morning and continue throughout the bank holiday weekend. Kidsgrove has been gearing up for this Jubilee weekend for a while now, however today is when all of the planning in Kidsgrove stops and the events take place.

Today in Kidsgrove Town Hall, Kidsgrove residents can attend a free concert in the Victoria Hall which starts at 1.30pm. Refreshments are available. Then this evening Kidsgrove Town Hall holds a Jubilee Disco, with music from the 50s all the way through to the 2012. 30 minutes of music from each decade will be played as they make the way through the years. Tickets cost £5 for adults.

Monday sees the Friends of Clough Hall Park Jubilee Hunt. This event will take place on Monday 4th of June, between the hours of 11am and 1pm.

There will be a competition for best dressed royal on the day, with prizes awarded for the various different age groups. The cost to take part in the Clough Hall Park Jubilee Hunt will be £1 per child, with each child receiving a prize, regardless of how many hidden jewels they find in the park. Refreshments are available.

In the evening there will be a lighting of the Kidsgrove Jubilee Beacon, which takes place in Kidsgrove town centre at 10.15pm. Alongside this will be a BBQ. All Kidsgrove residents are invited and this should be a great way to cap off a busy Jubilee weekend in Kidsgrove.

We hope that Kidsgrove residents can find the time to support these local events.

Former Kidsgrove Councillor Appeals Conviction

Former Kidsgrove Councillor Kyle-Noel TaylorFormer Kidsgrove and Newcastle-Borough-Councillor Kyle-Noel Taylor has appealed his conviction for attacking his ex-girlfriend. Kyle-Noel Taylor was sentenced to 6 months in a Young Offenders Institute after falling to successfully appeal his conviction in the first instance. He has now appealed to have the case heard at the High Court, after spending 8 weeks in Brinsford Young Offenders Institution in Wolverhampton.

Kyle-Noel Taylor told The Sentinel that he felt he had been treated in an unjust manner and wanted to clear his name and get on with his life. His case is being partly funded by legal aid and the bill is estimated to be already above the £3,000 mark. If he is unsuccessful in his appeal Kyle-Noel Taylor could risk being jailed for up to 2 years.

Kyle-Noel Taylor admits that he should have resigned from Kidsgrove and Newcastle-Borough-Council, however he wanted to represent the Kidsgrove residents who had elected him. Kyle-Noel Taylor is hoping to attend university in September to study Law.

Kidsgrove Town Hall Finally Removes Old Union Jack

kidsgrove juberlee town hallKidsgrove is getting ready for the big Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend however for the past week Kidsgrove Town Hall as been flying a rather old and battered Union Jack. The flag which flies outside Kidsgrove Town Hall was a really poor image for Kidsgrove which catches the attention of many local commuters each and every day.

All Council buildings were sent a flag earlier on in the month and instructed to fly it for this occasion, something which appeared to be a little slow in happening in Kidsgrove. We are pleased to report though that this lunch time Kidsgrove Town Hall is sporting a new Union Jack, which fits in with the design and effort which has gone into making the outside of Kidsgrove Town Hall look nice.

Don't forget that the 1st of the Kidsgrove Town Council Jubilee events takes place tomorrow at Kidsgrove Town Hall.

Kidsgrove Welcomes the Olympic Torch

Olympic Torch in KidsgroveKidsgrove this morning got to welcome the Olympic Torch as it passed through out area on the A500 at Talke. There were Kidsgrove residents waiting on the bridge at the Talke roundabout around 8am this morning to watch the Olympic Torch drive underneath them in convoy, which was heading off to Crewe and Congleton later in the day.

The flame would be back in its lantern after being taken from Hanley Museum to Middleport earlier this morning. It really does seem that the Olympic fever is catching the UK now and even in Kidsgrove with people watching the convoy travel along the A500.

It is a great shame that Kidsgrove Town Centre could not have witnessed the Olympic Torch paying a visit, however lets hope that come later on in the year Kidsgrove does something positive to mark the Olympic Games being held in the UK.

Kidsgrove Residents Urged not to Swim in Bathpool Park

Bathpool Park KidsgroveKidsgrove Residents are being urged to make a splash at swimming pools in Newcastle-under-Lyme this summer instead of taking a dip in Bathpool Park.

The borough council has issued the safety warning following the current hot spell and a spate of accidental drownings and rescues across the country.

The council owns the site at Bathpool Park in Kidsgrove, which is home to a large piece of water which is used by some people to swim in on warm days. It is really important that Kidsgrove residents swim in the swimming pools in the area and not Bathpool Park.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has pointed out that tragedies tend to peak during hot weather.

Cllr. Tony Kearon, Cabinet member for safer communities, said: “We want families to make the most of the lovely weather but at the same time we want to help keep them safe from harm.

“Pools and lakes can be very inviting places when the weather gets hot but they can also be extremely dangerous and even fatal. It is much safer to use supervised facilities.

“The water can be deeper and colder than it looks. There is also the threat of underwater hazards which could get someone into difficulties quite quickly.”

Newcastle Victorian Jubilee Fun Day at Brampton Park

brampton park newcastleA free family fun day fit for a Queen will take place at the Borough Museum and Brampton Park on Friday, 8 June from 11am to 4pm, as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Throughout the day families and visitors can enjoy train rides, Punch and Judy shows, balloon modelling, have their face painted and follow the fun trails - all for free.

And enjoy a taste of the seaside with donkey rides for the very first time at Brampton Park (a small charge applies).

Tess Mason, Culture and Arts Manager, said “We’re hoping that local families and visitors to Newcastle will get into the Jubilee spirit and join us for this special event.

“The museum will also be running craft activities along with its exhibitions and museum displays”.

Why not bring along a picnic or get some refreshments in the park – there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

Kidsgrove Young Gardeners Sow Seeds of Success

St Thomas' School Kidsgrove GardeningYoung members of an award winning gardening club will inject a riot of colour in Kidsgrove this summer thanks to support from Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council.

The borough council is providing around 1,000 flowers to Newcastle in Bloom sponsors St. Thomas’ Primary School as part of the campaign.

A total of 10 green-fingered youngsters will show off their honed horticultural skills when they plant pink geraniums and red begonias in the flower bed the school sponsors within the Jack Beech Memorial Gardens opposite Kidsgrove Town Hall on Thursday, 31 May.

Cllr. Elsie Bates, Cabinet member for culture and leisure, said: “Community involvement is one of the pillars of Britain in Bloom so we’re delighted to help such an active group play their part in making the borough look its best this summer.

“The borough council is proud that people of all ages get involved in improving the appearance of their environment. The learning, skills and enjoyment that children take away is invaluable and ensures the future of the campaign in Newcastle-under-Lyme.”

The “thriving” gardening club received honours in the Royal Horticultural Society’s “It’s Your Neighbourhood” awards last year for recycling and helping with planters outside Kidsgrove Railway Station.

The school has also won the community projects (schools) category and gold in the borough council’s Newcastle in Bloom competition for the past two years.

Lynne Williamson, head teacher at St. Thomas’ Primary School, added: “We are so pleased to be involved in this fantastic project. The children will really enjoy using their gardening skills and best of all the results can be enjoyed by everyone.”

Kidsgrove Man Jailed for Staged Shop Robbery

Mark Capewell  aged 26 of Osprey View, Kidsgrove has been jailed for 30 months after he admitted to conspiracy to commit burglary at Chester Crown Court.

Mark Capewell was the manager of the Northwich branch of Matalan and staged the £27,000 theft at the store, before posing as the kidnap victim. His plans all came undone when his co-defendants confessed to the Police about the events which took place at the store.

It appears that Mark Capewell offered money for one of his co-defendants to drive him to the store, where as the store manager he had keys which gave him access to the store safe. It appears that the money was to be used to pay off debts which he had with debt companies and loan sharks. His financial troubles appear to be a result of leaving the RAF and continuing to live the same lifestyle he had become used to.

Sponsor Whitehill Roundabout

whitehill roundabout kidsgrove

Kidsgrove residents who live in Whitehill or drive though this area of Kidsgrove will not have failed to notice the two new signs advertising the sponsorship of Whitehill Roundabout. Newcastle Borough Council are offering companies the chance to advertise their business on Whitehill Roundabout, which we believe is for a minimum period of 1 year, however companies who choose to sponsor the roundabout get first refusal to do it again in future years.

The sponsorship programme is well used in other parts of Newcastle and normally found on roundabouts which feature plantations of flower beds. Maybe this is something that could be coming to Whitehill Roundabout once a sponsor is found. We have been unable to obtain the price of sponsorship as we are told it varies on a number of factors, however if any business or individual fancies sponsoring a piece of Kidsgrove then this could be the ideal opportunity.

Free Compost For Kidsgrove Residents

brampton park newcastleGreen fingered Kidsgrove residents can reap the rewards of all their hard work recycling garden waste at Brampton Park on Saturday, 26 May from 10am-2pm.

Officers from the borough council will be on-hand in the gazebo to give Kidsgrove residents some hot tips on home composting.

Up for grabs are two free bags of compost per Kidsgrove household recycled from gardens in the borough on a first come, first served basis.

Trevor Nicoll, head of recycling and fleet services, said: “At least 20 per cent of all household waste in England is garden waste. What better way to thank residents for composting garden waste than to give it back to them free of charge.

“Compost is the end product of the green waste collected from homes and taken to an open windrow farm in nearby Acton where it breaks down, is sieved and turned, eventually becoming compost.”

Keen Kidsgrove gardeners can also talk about the additional garden waste bins available at £35.00.

The dog wardens and the Britain in Bloom team will also be part of the line-up, promoting the services of the dog team and the full programme for the popular “Britain in Bloom” competition that runs from May until October.

And information leaflets on how residents can buy a reduced cost compost bin are available to take away - the Staffordshire Recycling Partnership, will help children to plant free seeds in recycled plant pots and yoghurt pots found in the home.          

Home Composting helps to keep garden and household waste out of landfill sites, and also produces nutritious compost, which can be used on flower beds and vegetable plots, for patio planters, hanging baskets and even window boxes.

Houses for Newchapel Club

Newchapel ClubNewchapel Club could soon disappear for good from the local skyline. Newchapel Club which has been for sale for a few months now has been purchased by a Staffordshire Moorlands Building company, who have applied for planning permission from Newcastle Borough Council to build 10 homes on the site of Newchapel Club.

The club has struggled for many years and did re-open with new ownership, however this failed and the club has once again been placed on the market. It will be a great shame to see the club disappear from the Newchapel skyline, however residents now need to decide if to support or object to the plans been presented.

The application to Newcastle Borough Council states: "Having struggled financially for a number of years, the club finally went into receivership and had been on the market for a considerable period before recently being purchased by the applicant."

Kidsgrove Great-Grant Shares Competition Win

kidsgrove competition winnerA Kidsgrove great-gran has shared £24,000 competition win with members of her family and the local community. Grace Bentley a retired nurse entered a completion run by Matalan to win her energy bills for the year, however she has shared the £24,000 with 20 friends and family members.

Grace who lives in Gloucester Road, Kidsgrove told The Sentinel that she did not expect to win and that the people who she has selected deserved the help with paying their bills. It is really pleasing that a local lady, who clearly loves the area of Kidsgrove has had some success. This amazing act of kindness is something which clearly still exists in the local area of Kidsgrove.

Influential Kidsgrove Councillor Resigns Kidsgrove Town Council Post

kidgrove town Councillor Matthew Banner ResignsKidsgrove Town Councillor Mathew Banner has now resigned his post officially on Kidsgrove Town Council. Mr Banner who was a member of the UKIP party and represented the Talke Ward of Kidsgrove will be missed by many Kidsgrove residents, despite only being a member of Kidsgrove Town Council for one year.

Mr Banner has impressed many with his willingness to communicate on issues that have been impacting on the Kidsgrove area and not afraid to speak out when asked to comment. This is something that I (Bob Richards) quickly found to be the case with Mr Banner. What I also learnt was that he as a Kidsgrove Councillor who actually knew about Kidsgrove issues and was acting upon them.

Mr Banner was a popular member of Kidsgrove Town Council, however he has decided to leave to pursue new job opportunities, which no-one can begrudge. Mr Banner has a replacement lined up (Alex Wright), should Kidsgrove Town Council choose to co-opt this member on to Kidsgrove Town Council. The alternative would be for residents to call an election, something which members of Kidsgrove Town Council have been opposed to in the future.

We asked Mr Banner to share with us some of the achievements and some of the issues that he feels still need to be addressed in his ward in the future. He has listed these here.

You can also see a copy of the letter which Mr Banner presented to Kidsgrove Town Council here.

New Mayor of Newcastle-under-Lyme

New Mayor of Newcastle-under-LymeTwo veteran politicians, a doctor and a professor will make sure the civic flame continues to burn brightly in Newcastle-under-Lyme during the year ahead.

Cllr. David Becket, who represents the Halmer End ward on the borough council, has been installed as the Mayor for 2012/13.

His wife, Dr Anne Becket, a doctor of philosophy, will be the Mayoress and their daughter Clare Holdsworth, a social geography professor at Keele University will perform the ceremonial duties of High Constable.

Supporting them as Deputy Mayor in some civic duties will be Cllr. Eddie Boden.

After accepting the chain of office, the new Mayor said: “This is a tremendous honour both for me and my family and we are really looking forward to representing the people of this borough locally, regionally and nationally.”

During his civic year, Cllr. Becket will raise money for two worthy causes which both support local young people.

The first is the Realise Foundation – a charity which outgoing Mayor Cllr. Hambleton also raised funds for.

The Realise Foundation is a unique regeneration charity created to unleash the full potential of people and communities across North Staffordshire.

Cllr. Becket will also support the New Vic Theatre’s Borderlines project.

Clough Hall Building Schools for the Future Statement

clough hall school kidsgroveFollowing the excellent news yesterday regarding Clough Hall receiving the news that they have received funding for a new school which will improve educational standards in the Kidsgrove area. Clough Hall has released the following statement.

"We are delighted at the prospect of a new school. We deliver a rich and diverse curriculum that gives access to success for every one of our children. At present, our extensive facilities include an onsite bistro, hair dressing salon as well as a building academy and any design solution will have to include these integral facilities. We will also have to satisfy ourselves that the cost benefit analysis of a PFI design and build is in the best long term interest of the children in Kidsgrove.

We are a true community school in every sense of the word and our community will be consulted and kept informed as the proposals are drafted and negotiated."

It does appear that there are conditions attached to the funding as would be expected and Clough Hall now has to make the right decisions for the future of education in Kidsgrove. We are sure that all residents will back the Clough Hall Governors in whatever decision they reach. After All the most important factor in all this is the education of local students.

Kidsgrove Transport Interchange Details Shared

Kidsgrove Transport InterchangeThe Kidsgrove Regeneration project which Kidsgrove Town Council, Staffordshire County Council and local Kidsgrove MP Joan Walley have been working on, appears to be coming to fruition in parts. Kidsgrove Councillor Matthew Banner has produced a detailed report listing the events that have taken place in getting to where we currently are at the moment. This full report can be downloaded at the bottom of this article.

The regeneration project is aimed at creating an improved integrated transport system in Kidsgrove. This involves attempting to connect existing services as well as improving and upgrading them, so as to make commuting to, from and within the town more accessible. It was agreed that the aim of improving connections between local services was paramount to the future of Kidsgrove.

One of the proposals which has been made is:

  • To make Kidsgrove Railway Station fully DDA-compliant, something that will have to see the current footbridge at Kidsgrove Station changing. This is made more complex though by the fact that East Midlands Trains only leases Kidsgrove Station and Network Rail are responsible for funding such DDA-compliant improvements.

There is universal support for such improvements with the preferred option of the existing footbridge at Kidsgrove Station to be replaced with a ramped over bridge.

Alsager Sainsburys Plans Withdrawn

sainsbury alsager plans withdrawnSainsburys have withdrawn the plans which they put in with Cheshire East Council for a new store in Alsager. This store is topical as it has really divided opinion in Alsager on if residents support or oppose the plans for a new Sainsburys supermarket.

Sainsburys say they have withdrawn the plans in Alsager to allow them time to act upon some of the issues highlighted in the planning report, however they will submit the plans again in the future. It will be interesting to see if Sainsburys sticks to the original plans for a store in Alsager or looks for a new site, which could see them moving a few 100 yards up Talke Road into Newcastle-under-Lyme.

Some residents in Alsager feared that there was not enough demand for a new supermarket with the Co-Op undergoing improvements and the provision of Tesco, Kidsgrove. Others, however believed that a new Sainsbuys would attract shoppers from areas like Kidsgrove to Alsager and improve their local economy. What is interesting is that any development in Alsager like this will be sure to have an impact on Kidsgrove. Quite if Kidsgrove residents will be feeling the same as Alsager residents on hearing this news is quite hard to tell.

Jubilee Hunt in Clough Hall Park

Clough Hall Park Jubilee HuntThe Friends of Clough Hall Park are following on the success of the Easter Egg Hunt, by holding The Jubilee Hunt. This event will take place on Monday 4th of June, which is the Bank Holiday between the hours of 11am and 1pm.

There will be a competition for best dressed royal on the day, with prizes awarded for the various different age groups. The cost to take part in the Clough Hall Park Jubilee Hunt will be £1 per child, with each child receiving a prize, regardless of how many hidden jewels they find in the park.

Refreshments are available throughout the day and we hope that Kidsgrove residents will once again get behind the hard work of The Friends of Clough Hall Park group.


Clough Hall Recieves Building Schools for Future Funding

clough hall school kidsgroveClough Hall School in Kidsgrove will benefit from the Governments Building Schools for the Future Scheme. The announcement that Clough Hall in Kidsgrove will be able to benefit from this fund was made this afternoon by the education secretary Michel Gove.

The funding will allow Clough Hall to rebuild dilapidated buildings and make improvements to the overall school. This is great news for Kidsgrove and education in Kidsgrove as a whole. It is not yet known how much money exactly Clough Hall will receive and what proposals Clough Hall have presented, however it is really pleasing news for the Kidsgrove school.

Michael Gove commented on the overall plans which include Clough Hall School "In tackling the challenges we face on school building I have been determined to use the capital funding at my disposal to best effect, seeking value for money and efficiency from every pound spent."

"I know that many schools will be disappointed not to be included in the programme. We have had to take difficult decisions in order to target spending on those schools that are in the worst condition."

Clough Hall have made the following statement:

"We are delighted at the prospect of a new school. We deliver a rich and diverse curriculum that gives access to success for every one of our children. At present, our extensive facilities include an onsite bistro, hair dressing salon as well as a building academy and any design solution will have to include these integral facilities. We will also have to satisfy ourselves that the cost benefit analysis of a PFI design and build is in the best long term interest of the children in Kidsgrove.

We are a true community school in every sense of the word and our community will be consulted and kept informed as the proposals are drafted and negotiated."

Gill Burnett New Mayor of Kidsgrove

Gill Burnett Kidsgrove MayorGill Burnett is the new Mayor of Kidsgrove, with Kyle Robinson the current Mayor of Kidsgrove becoming the deputy. Gill Burnett and Kyle Robinson were both proposed for the role by Margaret Astle and endorsed by Kidsgrove Town Council at the meeting which took place on Thursday.

The choice of Gill Burnett will be controversial in Kidsgrove with Gill Burnett being involved in the promotion of the confusingly unofficial Kidsgrove Town Council website which Kidsgrove and Newcastle Councillor Margaret Astle has produced. Some residents are already questioning if Gill Burnett is a good role model to represent Kidsgrove, something which is a difficult role given the good work as Kidsgrove Mayor Kyle Robinson demonstrated.

We wish Councillor Gill Burnett well in her role as Mayor of Kidsgrove and hope she continues with the good work which Councillor Kyle Robinson completed in this role.

Kidsgrove Town Council Jubilee Events in Kidsgrove Announced

Kidsgrove Town Council Jubilee Events for KidsgroveKidsgrove Town Council has announced the plans to celebrate the Queens Jubilee in Kidsgrove. Kidsgrove Town Councillor Janet Parsons is in-charge of the events which are planned in Kidsgorve, however it is pleasing to learn that Kidsgrove Town Council have put plans in place to mark this special event. 

We hope that Kidsgrove residents come out and support the events which Kidsgrove Town Council have planned. We have listed below some of the details that we have at the moment.

  • Saturday 02 June - Free Concert in the Victoria Hall at 1.30pm. Tickets available on request.
  • Saturday 02 June - Family Disco in the Victoria Hall starting 7.00pm. Tickets: Adults £5, Children £2.50, Family Ticket £15 (max 2 adults and 3 children - available from the Kidsgrove Town Council office.
  • Monday 04 June - Lighting of the Jubilee Beacon at 10.15pm in Kidsgrove. Tuesday 05 June - Party for the winners of the Children's Diamond Jubilee Artwork Competition.
  • Saturday 09 June - Judging of the Kidsgrove Shops Window Dressing Competition.

3 People Treated after Rookery Building Fire

Kidsgrove Building FireThree people were treated by paramedics after a builiding fire broken out in the Rookery, Kidsgrove in the early hours of Saturday morning. The building fire which happened around 3.45am, led to Newchapel Road, close to the junction with High Street being closed off for a short period of time.

West Midlands Ambulence Service said "Ambulance crews were first on the scene at the fire. A male and female in their twenties managed to escape the premises. They were treated at the scene by ambulance crews.

"A female in her fifties was led to safety by ambulance crews and treated for smoke inhalation. The patient was conveyed to the University Hospital North Staffordshire for further assessment and treatment."

Kidsgrove Residents Overwhelmingly Want Astle Kidsgrove Town Council Site Handing Over

kidsgrove town council website Margaret astleKidsgrove residents when voting on our online poll have overwhelmingly voiced their opinion that Kidsgrove Councillor Margaret Astle should had over he controversial and confusingly named Kidsgrove website to Kidsgrove Town Council.

The website which is owned by Kidsgrove Councillor Margaret Astle has been causing confusion as the domain name is clearly misleading Kidsgrove residents into believing that this website has some official links to Kidsgrove Town Council. Our investigations also uncovered a Twitter account linked to this with a description claiming to be part of Kidsgrove Town Council.

We are aware from the Kidsgrove Town Council minutes that this Kidsgrove Website was discussed at a Kidsgrove Council meeting and it was also reported that no action had been taken regarding this matter in the following months minutes. We did put some questions to the Kidsgrove Town Council Clerk about this matter, however these have not been answered.

margaret astle kidsgrove town councilHowever since we broke the story it appears that Kidsgrove Councillor Margaret Astle is taking some action on the website. She has changed the name to call it Kidsgrove Community Blog in which she is referring that it is the contribution of some of the members of the Kidsgrove Town Council website committee and could become part of the site in the future.

Let’s hope that Kidsgrove Councillor Margaret Astle goes one step further and hands over this site to Kidsgrove Town Council. Why would a Kidsgrove councillor who proclaims to care so much about Kidsgrove have any such objections? After all Margaret Astle is already has numerous local websites in the local area, which she regularly promotes on Labour Party election material.

Kidsgrove Youth Parliament Skate Park Improvements

Kidsgrove Skate Park ImprovementsKidsgrove Youth Parliament members are campaigning and fund raising for improvements to the current Skate Park at Birchenwood, in Kidsgrove. It has been reported in The Sentinel that the Kidsgrove Skate Park, found opposite Stone Bank Stores, could be improved if members of the Kidsgrove Youth Parliament get the go ahead.

Kidsgrove Councillor David Stringer commented in The Sentinel suggesting that the Kidsgrove Youth Parliament had put a lot of work into this project and they had been looking in to various different options to raise the finance to make this project viable. He went on to suggest that the Kidsgrove Youth Parliament was set up for these very purposes to give young people in Kidsgrove a say on what is done for them.

The Kidsgrove Skate Park has been at the centre of controversy in the past with many Kidsgrove residents opposing the installation of the original park in Kidsgrove. It will be interesting to learn how Kidsgrove residents will respond to these new plans to improve the Skate Park.

Any improvements would require planning permission to be passed from Newcastle Borough Council, which Kidsgrove Councillor Kyle Robinson appears to support. It is fair to expect any planning application to be passed now that Labour control Newcastle Borough Council.

Kidsgrove Town Carnival 2012 Full Steam Ahead

Kidsgrove Carnival to take place in 2012Kidsgrove Town Carnival will be taking place in 2012 as originally planned. The Kidsgrove carnival Organisation met last night to discuss the plans for Kidsgrove Carnival in 2012, after concerns were raised about the number of volunteers who had offered to help with stage the event.

Kidsgrove Carnival has been revived over the last few years and been an ever popular focal point of the Kidsgrove calendar. Kidsgrove Carnival which takes place annually at Clough Hall Park usually attracts a large crowd, clearly something that is always helped by good local weather.

There had been concerns that Kidsgrove Carnival in 2012 would not take place, however following some urgent emails being sent and requests being made, the Kidsgrove Town Council carnival committee has decided last night that the event will take place. It is noticeable that only ONE Kidsgrove Town Councillor (Paul Waring) is involved in the Kidsgrove Carnival, despite an urgent email being sent to Kidsgrove Town Council asking for the support of Kidsgrove Town Council.

This does raise questions of where are all the Kidsgrove Town Councillors now that it comes to doing something for Kidsgrove? Also where is the Kidsgrove Youth Parliament as this is surly something which they could actively get involved in? Let’s hope that all these groups are going to get involved now they know the event is taking place.

Kidsgrove Youth Parliament Clean Up Kidsgrove

Harecastle Tunnel KidsgroveKidsgrove Councillor David Stringer informed us that one of the first Kidsgrove Youth Parliament projects was fast coming to fruition. The Kidsgrove Youth Parliament members are to set about removing the distasteful graffiti from the area around the Harecastle Tunnel in Kidsgrove.

The costs of this project will be small and as yet may not cost the Kidsgrove Youth Parliament any funds, something which I’m sure many Kidsgrove residents will be pleased to learn. Any costs which are incurred from this project will be taken directly from the Kidsgrove Youth Parliament’s own funds.

It is pleasing to learn that the Kidsgrove Youth Parliament is actually setting about improving the Kidsgrove area. Hopefully this project will now be well under way we were provided this information in April and the Editor misplaced this article until finding it today.