On Saturday 30th November, Kidsgrove held its annual Victorian Christmas Market. The event was held at two venues, the Town Hall and Kidsgrove Methodist Church. This was due to the uptake in applications for stalls and to also give the businesses an opportunity to offer more of their wares for what is intended to be a professional event. People flocked to the event from far and wide, making the event successful for another year. The Mayor’s charities made £700 for Staffordshire Sands and local causes.
Entertainemnt was also provided by upcoming local artist Vanessa Bebbington, Tamil Dancers of the Tamil School of Stoke-on-Trent, Kidsgrove Community Choir and St Thomas’ Primary School Choir.
Hilary Wilshaw said “We really enjoyed the day and we raised a good amount of monies for Greyhound Gap, to support abused and abandoned dogs.”
Tesco Community officer, Rich Evans said: “A massive well done to Kidsgrove Town Council for another great Victorian Market yet again. We sold all our produce by 11.30am and we met lots of lovely people.”
Thank you to all volunteers, Councillors, traders and the Kidsgrove Rotary club for taking part.
Footpaths at the rear of Millstone Avenue and Second Avenue have been cleared, after residents called on Councillors to take action.
The Butt Lane LAPs have used the community payback teams to clear the footpaths of rubbish, leaves and overgrowth. Community Payback is essentially the replacement for Community Service, also more recently called Community Punishment. Courts are given the power to sentence offenders of certain crimes to undertake between 40 and 300 hours of Community Payback. This work is unpaid and demanding work that is aimed at giving something to local communities and forcing offenders to repay the community for the wrong they have done.
Chair of the LAPs, Cllr Kyle Robinson said: “I have been pushing for the footpaths between Second Avenue and Millstone Avenue to be cleared of rubbish and overgrowth for weeks. It is important we access initiatives like community payback because the work doesn’t cost the local residents a penny. The offenders also learn a valuable lesson and learn to appreciate the community a bit more. I want to thank Mark Jones, community warden of Newcastle Borough Council for leading the project.”