Category Archives: The Mayor of Kidsgrove
On Saturday 26th April, Kidsgrove Town Council held the annual Kidsgrove Mayor’s charity ball. I chose the 1920’s theme after seeing a remake of The Great Gatsby film at the cinema. I would personally like to thank all those that attended to make the evening so successful. Some of the costumes were very authentic. I thought it would be good to list those people and businesses that contributed to the raffle so I have attached the programme of the evening, click link: Mayors Ball 2014
Almost £700 was raised for Staffordshire Sands and other charities. It has been an honour and a pleasure to work with many local charities over the last 3 years. I hope the new Town Mayor has just as much fun as I have had organising some of these events for a good cause. Its such a good feeling to know the work we do has helped us to reach out to so many people in the community with many different needs.
Next year the country will be remembering the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. This air campaign waged by the German Air Force the Luftwaffe against the United Kingdom was the first of its kind. In the end Britain won, but without that famous aircraft the spitfire we all may have been doomed. Spitfire designer, Reginald Mitchell was born at 115 Congleton Road, Butt Lane. Mitchell’s design was so sound that the Spitfire was continually improved throughout the Second World War. Over 22,000 Spitfires and derivatives were built.
Now I have an idea to bring Reginald Mitchell back home. I propose to create a Reginald Mitchell Peace Garden on Congleton Road at the junction adjoining to Cedar Avenue. I hope to get permission to transform the piece of land owned by JCDecaux. Newcastle Borough Council sites the Butt Lane Christmas tree on this corner every year in December.
As part of the project I will be working with the Butt Lane LAPs to apply for funding for park benches, flower tubs, remembrance signage and a litter bin. At the moment the site is run down and not maintained by anyone. A location like this in the centre of Butt Lane should be utilised to create a seating area that everyone in the community can enjoy. Residents have already offered their support by volunteering their time to help with the project.
I will also be proposing that one of the benches be in memory of Ada Nield Chew who was born on a farm in Butt Lane. Ada joined the suffragette movement and fought for the rights of women to vote and to stand for electoral office amongst many other things. We should be celebrating the lives of great people from our community to inspire our younger people to dream and do something great in the future. We must remember our nation’s heroes at a local level.
I hope to keep you updated on our progress with the site. Do you support this project? Please comment and let me know.
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.