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Kidsgrove U3A Working With Clough Hall School

Kidsgrove U3A Working With Clough Hall SchoolStudents from Clough Hall School in Kidsgrove are currently in the process of designing and developing a new website for the Kidsgrove U3A.

This new website is being built as part of their ICT project and will be work in progress for the next few months, however once completed this website is expected to be all singing and dancing. It is great to see Clough Hall School students working with the local community to enhance their learning.

Kidsgrove U3A have just launched a new Facebook page and also has a basic website that contains news and information about the group. The latest newsletter can be downloaded here.

Kidsgrove Bonfire Takes Place Tonight

Kidsgrove BonfireKidsgrove Bonfire will go ahead this evening (Saturday 2nd November 2013) as planned.

There had been fears that the weather could cause issues at Clough Hall Park, however all the reports suggest that the park is free from flooding and all ready for action. The event is usually an excellent occasion with Bonfire and Fireworks Display. If anyone was not already planning to attend this event, then you can just turn up this evening and pay on the gate. No ticketing system in operation.

This year the entrance fee will be: £3 per child, £5 per adult and £12 for a family of four (2 adults, 2 children).All of the proceeds made go to the Kidsgrove Rotary Club.

 

Kidsgrove Toilets win Silver Award

kidsgrove toilets win awardThree public toilets in Newcastle and Kidsgrove have won awards in a national competition.

The facility in Heathcote Street, Kidsgrove, has gained a silver rating in the Loo of the Year Awards while manned conveniences in Hassell Street and Merrial Street, Newcastle, have maintained their gold awards.

The three toilets – maintained by Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council – were judged on signage and communication, décor and maintenance, fixtures and fittings, cleanliness, hygiene equipment, changing facilities and security as part of a competition run by the British Toilet Association to improve the standard of facilities for customers.

Cllr. Ann Beech, Cabinet member for environment and recycling, said: “Public conveniences in the borough are renowned for their high standards but this year council staff have managed to raise the bar even higher.”

 

Kidsgrove Bonfire to Go Ahead

Kidsgrove Bonfire to go AheadGreat News! At a meeting in Clough Hall Park this afternoon Kidsgrove Rotary have been given the go ahead to stage this year's Bonfire & Fireworks Display. The meeting between representatives from Newcastle Borough Council, Police Service, Fire Service and Kidsgrove Rotary ended with Rotary being granted permission as long as all the criteria raised is fulfilled. Past President of the Rotary Club, Ralph Rhodes, answered all the questions put to him from all aspects of the criteria which included safety, marshalling, lighting, etc. Mayor Kyle Robinson sat in on the meeting and said he was extremely happy with the result.


This year's Bonfire and Fireworks Display will be held on Saturday 2nd November at Clough Hall Park as normal, the gates will open at 6pm. This year the expected entrance fee will be: £8 per person 16 years & over, £4 per child 4 years to 15 years, £20 per family of 2 adults & 2 children (£3 per extra child) and £4 concessions. The entrance fee has had to be increased due to the extra safety costs that are required but is necessary so that the public can enjoy the evening in a safe environment.


Whilst the entrance fee has been raised it is well to note that this has not changed for the past 6 years, last years charges were not implemented by Rotary. All proceeds from the event will go mainly to local charities.

See you on 2nd November and remember, if you are lighting any fireworks yourself, please read the instructions, make sure you understand them, stand a SAFE distance away and don't try to relight a firework either. Dispose of spent fireworks SAFELY.

Rookery Bargain Booze Robbery

bargain booze rookeryDetectives are appealing for witnesses after robbery in Kidsgrove.

The incident happened at around 10.40pm on Thursday 5 September at Bargain Booze on High Street, Rookery, when a man entered the shop and demanded cash from staff. Noone was injured but staff were left shaken by the incident.

The offender stole a quantity of cash and after the incident he was seen running along Rigby Road.

The male offender is described as white, 6ft tall, of slim build, with quite a slim face and a moustache or goatee beard. He was wearing a dark woolly hat with ‘76 Original’ in a turquoise colour on the front and a turquoise strip around a white rim, black sunglasses, a black waterproof hip-length jacket which was covering his mouth, dark jeans, black shoes and black gloves. His coat was pulled up over his mouth. It is believed he was in possession of a bladed weapon and was carrying a black bag with a strap over his shoulder.


Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Lee Cartwright at Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident 203 of 5 September. Alternatively, contact independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Kidsgrove News August / September Edition Now Online

kidsgrove news onlineThe latest edition of Kidsgrove News is now available online to read. Kidsgrove News is the local bi-monthly publication for Kidsgrove and is delivered to every home in the Kidsgrove area.

The August / September issue of Kidsgrove news features as ever a wide range of local news stories and features. The online readership of Kidgrove News is proving exceptionally popular, reinforcing the popularity of the local publication.

You can view the latest edition of Kidsgrove News along with previous editions of Kidsgrove News by clicking the “Kidsgrove News Journal” link in our Kidsgrove News menu or by simply clicking the link here.

 

 

 

Male Body Found in Kidsgrove Woodland

The Avenue, KidsgroveYesterday on our Twitter feed (@whitehillonline) we reported the breaking news that a male body had been found in woodland, just off The Avenue in Kidsgrove.

It appears that the male body was found by local Kidsgrove residents who were out walking their dog at the time. The discovery of the body initially led to one of the main roads in Kidsgrove being closed off at around 3pm. This was re-opened at around 6pm.

Staffordshire Police are not treating the death as suspicious and are in the process of informing the man’s family.

 

Kidsgrove Rotary Bonfire to be Cancelled Again?

Kidsgrove Bonfire to be Cancelled?Kidsgrove Rotary Club Bonfire at Clough Hall Park in Kidsgrove could be cancelled for the 2nd year running. This will see the chartiy organisation missing out on raising upto £6000 which is shared out to local causes. In a post on our forum boards, Kidsgrove Rotary Club member Howard Turner wrote;

"It appears that Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council may be about to deny the Rotary Club of Kidsgrove, for the second successive year, the opportunity to stage and raise charitable funds from the Annual Bonfire and Fireworks in Clough Hall Park.

Last year the police and the borough council conspired to put many insurmountable obstacles in the way of the Rotary Club and things seem to be going the same way this year. Last year's event ended up being a commercial enterprise run by the fairground operator, which meant that the approximately £6,000 profit which the Rotary Club would have made for charity went into the pocket of a businessman. The Rotary Club of Kidsgrove had run this event for 40 years without a single untoward incident, yet due to an unconnected incident outside the park at the 2011 event the police objected. The irony is that the people that would cause trouble are attracted to the event by the fairground not the fireworks and yet the fairground operator profits while the local community loses out on charitable funding.

If you don't want that to happen again this year please let your borough council representative know and also join me in canvassing via the local media."

 

Kidsgrove Summer Fun at Clough Hall Park

clough hall parkKidsgrove residents today will be flocking in their droves to Clough Hall Park in Kidsgrove, to make the most of the summer fun activities which have been organised by the Kidsgrove Carnival Organisation.

This year the Kidsgrove Carnvial Organisation decided to hold numerous smaller events, rather than one large carnival. The theme is the seaside and there will be sand, fun fair rides, Punch and Judy, bouncy castle, donkey rides and many more attractions. Refreshments will be available in The pavilion.

It is free admission to the event, however dontations would be welcome. The event takes place today between 11am and 4pm.

Kidsgrove News June / July Edition Now Online

kidsgrove news onlineThe latest edition of Kidsgrove News is now available online to read. Kidsgrove News is the local bi-monthly publication for Kidsgrove and is delivered to every home in the Kidsgrove area.

The June / July issue of Kidsgrove news features as ever a wide range of local news stories and features. The online readership of Kidgrove News is now over 2000, reinforcing the online popularity of the local publication.

You can view the latest edition of Kidsgrove News along with previous editions of Kidsgrove News by clicking the “Kidsgrove News Journal” link in our Kidsgrove News menu or by simply clicking the link here.

 

 

 

Kidsgrove Mayor Pleads Guilty

Kidgrove Mayor Pleads GuiltyKidsgrove Mayor and Labour Councillor Kyle Robinson has pleaded guilty to driving without insurance and without a full licence at his court case today held at North Staffordshire Magistrates Court.

Kidsgrove Mayor and Councillor Kyle Robinson was stopped by Police when they spotted he was driving a VW Golf (belonging to his friend) with no lights on. He claimed he was being a good Samaritan in driving home his friend who had drank too much at the pub. He was fined £360 and was ordered to pay £85 costs. He was also given 6 points on his licence.

The magistrate had to threaten to remove all members from the public gallery after supporters of Kyle Robinson, including current councillors were involved in a dispute with former Kidsgrove councillor Kyle-Noel Taylor. Mr Taylor has told Whitehill Online "I don't believe any criminal should should sit in the council chamber, I've always said this and maintain this". "Cllr Robinson will have to face the electorate next year during the European elections, time will tell".

Kyle Robinson will now resume is role as Kidsgrove Mayor after saying that he only stepped down whilst this case was on going. He said that he had cross party support to resume this position as a figure head of the town of Kidsgrove.

Kidsgrove & Talke Staffordshire County Council Election Candidates Announced

Staffordshire County Council ElectionsKidsgrove and Talke residents now know who is standing in the Staffordshire Country Council elections which take place on May 2nd 2013.

The Kidsgrove ward will see 4 candidates battle it out to represent the residents of Kidsgrove, with the Conservatives, Labour, Lib Dems and UKIP all fielding candidates in this ward.

The candidates standing in the Kidsgrove Ward are:

  • Margaret Astle – Labour
  • Lynda Griffiths – Lib Dem
  • Pam Jellyman – Conservative
  • Geoffrey Locke – UKIP

The Talke and Red Street ward will see 5 candidates battle it out to represent the residents of Talke and Red Street, with the Trade Unionists & Socialists Against Cuts, Conservatives, Labour, Lib Dems and UKIP all fielding candidates in this ward.

The candidates standing in the Kidsgrove Ward are:

  • Rebecca Carter - Trade Unionists & Socialists Against Cuts
  • John Taylor – Labour
  • Denis Richards – Lib Dem
  • James Vernon – Conservative
  • Alexander Wright – UKIP

Kidsgrove U3A Group Meetings

kidsgrove u3aFollowing on for the initial appeal for interest, Kidsgrove will now have an established U3A group. The U3A is open to anyone in the community who wishes to get involved.

The U3A believes that the third age should be one of creativity, fulfilment and friendship. U3As are self-help, self-managed lifelong learning co-operatives for older people no longer in full time work, providing opportunities for their members to share learning experiences in a wide range of interest groups and to pursue learning not for qualifications, but for fun.

Kidsgrove U3A will be holding regular meetings on the last Tuesday of the month. The meetings will be at St Thomas’ Church Hall, The Avenue, Kidsgrove (ST7 1AG) at 2PM. The group will not be meeting in August or November.

Former Kidsgrove Police Station Up for Sale at £225,000

Kidsgrove police stationFormer Kidsgrove Police Station has finally been placed for sale by the Staffordshire Police Authority. The building which used to house Kidsgrove Police and more recently the Dog Handling unit has been listed for sale with Butters John Bee with the asking price of £225,000.

The former Kidsgrove Police Station is described as “prominently located and accessed off Ravenscliffe Road which is located close to the main junction with Long Row and Liverpool Road. The property is approximately 3 miles from A500 'D' road and 6.6miles from the M6 J16”.

“The property is two storey with single storey sections, all under flat felt roof, plus a modern detached annex building with a pitched tiled roof located at the site entrance. The site area is 1.25 acres with onsite parking. The rear section is an embankment.”

It does not appear that the building is being sold with any planning conditions attached to it, something which could limit interest in the building. It will be interesting to see what comes of the former Police building, with some Kidsgrove residents suggesting the site would be ideal for a smaller retail business.

Kidsgrove Station Volunteers Thanked

Kidsgrove station volunteersVolunteers who have helped make Kidsgrove Station one of the most attractive stations in Staffordshire were thanked by East Midlands Trains on Friday (7 June) during National Volunteers’ Week celebrations.

The group of volunteers were joined by staff from the local Tesco store as part of their push to spruce up the station. Together they tidied, planted, weeded and general worked to maintain the station.

While making the place tidy for customers, they were joined by East Midlands Trains Customer Services Manager, Jay Khetani who offered an extra special thank you to the volunteers. He presented each volunteer with a token box of “thank you” chocolates in recognition of their contribution of time and commitment to their local community. He said, “The reputation of our volunteers at Kidsgrove goes before them. In a recent survey, passengers credited the volunteers for helping to make the station so well presented and a haven for wildlife.

"This group of Station Adopters are a fantastic example of what can be done with a little time and enthusiasm. We are so lucky and grateful to have them.

Beanstalk Looking for Kidsgrove Volunteers

BEANSTALK LOGO S MONOBeanstalk is a national literacy charity that recruits, vets, trains and supports volunteers to work in primary schools with children who have fallen behind with their reading.

Our vision is a nation of confident children who can read and grow up to lead successful lives. We are currently looking for volunteers in Stoke-on-Trent (especially Kidsgrove), Staffordshire and Cheshire and would like you to consider volunteering for us. Alternatively, you may wish to pass our details to someone you know, who might wish to volunteer for us. We are having an "Open Day" at our office on Monday 25th March - please call 01782 827375 or 07841 504423 for more details.

As a Beanstalk reading helper, you will work with children on a one-to-one basis, giving them your full attention and support to improve reading levels, increase overall confidence and inspire a lifelong love of reading. You will work with three children and see each child for two 30 minute sessions a week, during term-time, for a whole year. Together, you will read, play and talk. With your support the child's approach to learning and enjoying reading will be transformed. We work (in areas of deprivation) across England through 17 branches in the North, Midlands, Greater London and Kent.

MaryHill Becomes and Academy

ucat kidsgroveToday (June 1st 2013) MaryHill High School ceased to exist as the school has transferred to become the University of Chester Academy Kidsgrove.

It appears that the school is making the same move that many other schools have decided to make, something which was set out in the education white paper produced by this current Government as a method of driving up standards and personalising the education that students get. This move will no doubt have been brought about by the recent OFSTED report which the high school received which suggested that the school "needed to improve".

The sponsor UCAT appear to want to change the uniform at the Academy and also ensure that term dates compare with similar UCAT academies across the area. What this actually means for parents, students and staff at the school is yet to be known, however if it is to be like many other schools who have transferred to academy status then the school day and school term times could vastly change.

The new academy website is live and in operation today. We would welcome parents thoughts on this move to become an academy.

Kidsgrove News April / May Edition Now Online

kidsgrove news onlineThe latest edition of Kidsgrove News is now available online to read. Kidsgrove News is the local bi-monthly publication for Kidsgrove and is delivered to every home in the Kidsgrove area.

The April / May issue of Kidsgrove news features as ever a wide range of local news stories and features. The online readership of Kidgrove News is now over 2000, reinforcing the online popularity of the local publication.

You can view the latest edition of Kidsgrove News along with previous editions of Kidsgrove News by clicking the “Kidsgrove News Journal” link in our Kidsgrove News menu or by simply clicking the link here.

Kidsgrove Councillor and Mayor Caught Driving Without Licence

Kyle Robinson Caught Driving Without LicenceKidsgrove Mayor and Councillor Kyle Robinson has been caught driving without a full driving licence. The Butt Lane Kidsgrove and Newcastle Borough Councillor has decided to stand down as Kidsgrove Mayor, the role that he took up for the 2nd time only a couple of weeks ago.

Kyle Robinson was stopped by Police when driving a friend home in a car, who he claimed “had taken a turn for the worse”. He only has a provisional driving licence and as a result has been charged with driving without insurance and in accordance with a licence.

Kyle Robinson will most likely have to appear in court at a later date to face the consequences of his actions. It is believed that the Labour Party has no plans to remove him from the party and Kyle Robinson appears not to be planning to resign from his Kidsgrove and Newcastle borough council seats.

Maryhill High School Requires Improvement

maryhill high schoolMaryhill High School in Kidsgrove has been judged by Ofsted as “requiring improvement” at their most recent inspection which took place on the 7th and 8th March.

The Ofsted report claims that Maryhill High School requires improvement and lists some of the following for areas that the school needs to address;

  • Teachers expectations of what students can do, particularly the more able, are not always high enough.
  • It is not always clear to all pupils what their next targets are in order to improve their work.
  • The sixth form requires improvement because, given their level of achievement on entry into the sixth form, not enough students achieve the top grades at AS and A level compared to the national average.
  • The schools leadership are not yet moving swiftly enough to target areas of underachievement.

This latest inspection of Maryhill High School sees it fall from its previous “good” status with only the “behaviour and safety of pupils” classed in this category in this report. The school will now be inspected again within 2 years and will need to act on the areas for development for it to achieve a “good” grade overall.

A full copy of the report can be read here.

Margaret Astle wins close Kidsgrove battle

Kidsgrove ElectsMargaret Astle wins a close battle with Geoff Locke in the Kidsgrove ward for Staffordshire County Council, however the turnout of only 2702 voters out of a total of 11272 is not a rounding endorsement for any candidate.

The Labour candidate was earlier this year removed from Kidsgrove Town Council for non attendance, however this appears not to have been an issue for some of the electorate in the Kidsgrove area. Margaret Astle polled 1183 votes (44%) with Geoff Locke polling 1097 votes (41%), the Conservatives and Lib Dems both had a very poor day.

It will be interesting to see how Kidsgrove performs under Margaret Astle and if the area will continue to see the current rate of improvements, as Kidsgrove has experienced in the previous 4 years.

Friends of Clough Hall Park Easter Egg Hunt Success

Clough Hall Park KidsgroveThe Friends of Clough Hall Park yesterday (30th March 2013) held their annual Easter Egg hunt at a sun bathed Clough Hall Park in Kidsgrove.

Once again the event was exceptionally successful with 210 youngsters taking part and all winning an Easter egg. There were also a further 10 youngsters who took part in the Easter bonnet competition. These were judged by Kidsgrove Town Mayor and Councillor Gillian Burnett.

The café which the group operates from the pavilion at the park this year reported an overall profit of £317, which is double of that which was achieved in 2012. The group wanted to thank Tesco in Kidsgrove for providing some of the Easter eggs and refreshments used to make this even happen.

Well done to all members of the Friends of Clough Hall Park group in organising such an event.

Kidsgrove Residents to vote for Staffs County Council

Kidsgrove Staffordshire County Council ElectionsKidsgrove goes to the polls tomorrow for the Staffordshire County Council elections. The current ward has changed due to the boundary commission completing a review of the area, with Kidsgrove now only electing one member to represent the ward. During the past four years Kidsgrove was represented by Mary Maxfield and Geoff Locke.

Mary Maxfield decided to retire completely from local politics and spend more time with her family and the community projects that she works on for the Kidsgrove area. Geoff Locke is standing for election once again and is up against the well-known Labour candidate Margaret Astle, as well as candidates from the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats.

Margaret Astle choosing to stand for election is interesting, given the fact that she was removed from Kidsgrove Town Council earlier this year for failure to attend.

It does appear that it is going to be a clear battle in Kidsgrove between Labour and the currently popular UKIP parties for who takes this seat. It would be fair to assume that Labour must be confident of victory in Kidsgrove given the Newcastle Borough Council election results for the area, however UKIP could possibly take the seat if they can attract the majority of votes from non-traditional Labour voters.

Whatever the result it is feared that these elections could result in the lowest electoral turnout for many years.

Mow Cop Castle goes Global

mow cop castle bingMow Cop Castle is today the featured image on the Bing search engine. The Kidsgrove landmark which has been featured on quite a few TV programmes in the past has today made the move to an iconic global online image.

The photograph of Mow Cop Castle was taken by Neil Dangerfield and is a stunning welcome to the search engine. If you’re going to search the internet today then you may want to switch from Google to Bing – just for one day at least.

 

Kidsgrove Lads & Dads First Aid Launch

kidsgrove lads dads footballOn Sunday 12th. May 2013 at 9.30am, Kidsgrove Ladsandads  launch their Completed comprehensive First Aid Project at Birchenwood Playing Fields,  Mount Road, Kidsgrove. The complete scheme includes  a top of the range i-pad Defibrillator, 9 fully trained  and Uniformed First Aid Officers complete with fully equipped Paramedic Kits and Radio control via Motorola security two way radios, together with an all weather heavy duty printed Marquee as their First Aid Post.

The project which is believed to be the First of its kind in the county, outside of professional Clubs and organisations, has all been paid for, including the training and workshop fees, by grants and donations from various sources including the Co-operative Community Fund, KMF, Staffs Travel, Kyle Robinson the Deputy Mayor of Kidsgrove Town Council and Reliance Medical Limited,  together with the Support of  Joan Walley MP for Stoke-on Trent North,  County Councillor Mary Maxfield, the  Paul Miller Driving School and Tesco Kidsgrove and has received the acclaim of the Local Emergency Services, Newcastle Borough Council and the Rotary Club of Kidsgrove.

For the Launch and official opening of this project we have invited Julie Bostock, the mother & the family of Liam Wood, who so tragically lost his life last year whilst playing youth Football and it is hoped that the Defibrillator and all our resources at Birchenwood will ensure that everyone visiting our grounds together with the local community will benefit by having a safer environment allowing for a much needed greater chance of survival should such an emergency situation arise in the future.

As always, we at Kidsgrove Ladsandads are proud to lead the way with this scheme and to assist in the protection of our members, visitors and local residents alike and are proud to continue to improve our services to ensure a completely safe and controlled environment for all the Children in our organisation and to continue our good work within the Community.

The original idea for this project came from one of our volunteers, Mark Porter, who has since worked with the Chairman to set up this very comprehensive scheme and Mark has now become the First Aid Manager for the Kidsgrove Branch of Ladsandads..

Kidsgrove Lads and Dads provide footballing opportunities for Children between 6 and 18 years of age and are introducing a new Nursery Section to train and coach 4 & 5 year olds. Anyone interested in their child joining our teams and coaching sessions should contact Roland Hulse on 01782-785177.

Roadwork’s due on Major Kidsgrove Route

kidsgrove liverpool roadKidsgrove residents should prepare for disruption when planned BT roadwork’s start on the junction of Mount Road and Liverpool Road in Kidsgrove.

According to the advanced details, these roadwork’s have the potential to cause massive disruption and will also see road closures in place. The work is set to start on the 16 April and will be completed by the 18th April 2013.

These works will be to enable “the opening of 3 carriageway structures to allow joining works to existing underground telecommunications cables situated in existing jointing chambers. No excavations.” It has been suggested in our forum that possibly this is related to the Fibre Optic roll out which is currently taking place in Kidsgrove. If this is the case, then this could see the northern end of Kidsgrove fibre enabled.

We are unsure on the timings of these works as previous work by BT has taken place in the evening, minimising traffic disruption.

Kidsgrove U3A Meeting

kidsgrove u3aKidsgrove U3A will be holding the first meeting of the group on Tuesday 30tyh April at 2pm in St. Thomas’ Church Hall, Stoke-on-Trent. They are inviting anyone who is retired or partially retired to come along and join the group.

The Kidsgrove U3A group has provided the following information.

The U3As are democratic, self-funded and self-managed and run by an elected committee. They are all members of the Third Age Trust, and benefit from being part of a large national organisation. There is support available at all stages of membership, ranging from liability insurance for all U3A activities to a resource centre to support interest groups and many extras in between! There are national events, study days and conferences to name but two. The Kidsgrove and District U3A would also be part of the North Staffordshire & South East Cheshire cluster and be welcome at the range of

events held in the Region.

Anyone in the third age can join U3A. No qualifications are required and none are given. The Third Age Trust is the national representative body for the U3A movement in the UK (Reg. Charity No 288007) providing a wide range of support services to the U3As.

U3A membership offers new challenges, new opportunities and new friends. So please do come along to our inaugural meeting which will take place at St Thomas's Church Hall, The Avenue, Kidsgrove, ST7 1AG on Tuesday 30 April at 2 p.m.

For more information ring: Pauline Townley, 01782 777143

Fibre Broadband Now Available in parts of Kidsgrove

bt infinity kidsgroveKidsgrove residents this afternoon can in some parts of the area start placing orders for super-fast fibre broadband.

The BT Open Reach website has this afternoon been updated to suggest that the Kidsgrove telephone exchange is now starting to take orders. This is a major change from the previous status which informed Kidsgrove residents that no fixed date had been set. This also coincided with reports that BT was suggesting anything from "end of 2013" to "March 2014".

Kidsgrove residents will need to check if their cabinet has been enabled yet, as it appears that cabinets are brought "live" on an individual basis.

Kidsgrove to Stage Wild West Day

kidsgrove wild westKidsgrove will see the Wild West come to Kidsgrove Town Centre on Saturday 20th April.

Kidsgrove Carnival Association is holding a Wild West Day in the town centre on the 20th April between the hours of 11am and 3pm on the Saturday.

The event will see cowboys and native Americans, a funfair on King Street car park, stalls selling a wide range of goods, street actors from Mow Cop, a bucking bronco and a bouncing castle.

This is an excellent event that has been put on for Kidsgrove residents and hopefully will increase business in the town as well. We hope that Kidsgrove residents support the work that has been put in to make this happen.

Clough Hall Park Easter Egg Hunt

kidsgrove easter eggThe Friends of Clough Hall Park are holding their annual Easter Egg Hunt in Clough Hall Park, Kidsgrove this weekend.

The Group will be holding its annual Easter Hunt at the Park on Easter Saturday, 30 March 2013 10 am to 1 pm. It was a tremendous success last year. All primary school pupils are invited. Admission £1 per child or £2.50 for a family group, maximum 3 children. There will be an Easter Hat Competition judged by the Kidsgrove town mayor, Councillor Gillian Burnett. Also Councillor John Parsons, Town Crier, will be in attendance to entertain the youngsters.

The group have 200 Easter eggs to give out and hopefully this year they will not run out of them. There will also be bran tub prizes and delicious refreshments. The group thank Tesco for providing 36 eggs and some refreshments.

Please attend if you can and make this another great event.