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.
A Butt Lane Christmas Tree has been given thumbs up by local residents after Councillors intervened to improve it. In December 2012, contractors were accused of ‘sloppy workmanship’ after throwing up a string of lights to cover a 12ft Christmas tree. Butt Lane Councillors led a local campaign to push the contractors to put the problem right.
Following on from meetings in the summer between Officers, Councillors and the contractor a better quality tree and lights have been put in place.
Cabinet Member for Culture, Cllr Elsie Bates and Deputy Leader of the Council, Cllr Mike Stubbs jointly released a statement: “Butt Lane should have a Christmas tree to brighten up the area. It’s only fair, because Kidsgrove Town Centre has numerous festive lights and Butt Lane doesn’t.”
Kyle says: “The Tree is a million times better this year and we deserve a decent tree in Butt Lane. I am pleased Newcastle Borough Council has decided to put us first and it shows they do care about the thoughts of our local residents. I am now working to have some weeding and tidying up done around the patio area over the next few days. I also would like to put a star or angel on the tree but I am not sure if I can reach because the tree is so big. You can see the new lights twinkling all the way down Cedar Avenue.”
On Saturday 30th November, Kidsgrove Town Council will be holding its annual Victorian Christmas Market at two venues. All business traders will be located in the Victoria Hall – stalls cost £20. All charity traders will be located at the Methodist Church on the Avenue – stalls cost £10. The event was outgrowing the Victoria Hall, but we hope to make this year even more successful. Hundreds of people attend making it one of the most well attended events of the year in Kidsgrove. We would like to encourage anyone to take up the offer of putting on a stall, be it for business or charity.
This event is educational for all of the family and will give you the opportunity to step back in time to imagine Kidsgrove in the Victorian era. Our food stalls will include Mince Pies and Mulled wine along with more contemporary refreshments served and prepared by volunteering local councillors. Many people dress up for the occasion in authentic period attire to enhance the Victorian ambiance. Children will also have the chance of visiting Father Christmas in his grotto.
This year we have an exciting line up of entertainers with new and upcoming solo artist, Vanessa Bebbington performing ballads and up to date tracks. The children and staff of the Tamil School of Stoke-on-Trent will be on stage dancing to cultural music in traditional Tamil dress. Kidsgrove community Choir and St Thomas’ Primary School students will be doing their usual stint of Christmas classics and carols.
We have 4 business stalls left at the Victoria Hall and 10 Charity stalls left at the Methodist Church. For booking forms click below, complete and email to: firstname.lastname@example.org