On June 2nd Buckingham Palace announced that Mow Cop Residents Association would receive a Queens Award for Voluntary Service. The Award is the highest and most prestigious award that can be bestowed upon a voluntary body. The nomination was forwarded to the Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire office in September 2013, and since the nomination was accepted, Mow Cop Residents Associations activities and performance has been thoroughly scrutinised by the Lord Lieutenants Staff, before the nomination was recommended and forwarded for royal approval.
Although the Residents Association committee members have known of the award for some five weeks, they were all sworn to secrecy until the award was announced. There will be an official award ceremony and a local celebration taking place shortly.
Newchapel Councillor Elsie Bates said: “It is wonderful news that the Mow Cop Residents Association have achieved such a high honour. It is about time that their hard work is recognised officially. The village hall has been transformed into a beautiful venue for all of the residents in the area to enjoy. I am proud that Kidsgrove Town Council and Newcastle Borough Council have supported the Residents Association with community Chest Grants over the years and it is pleasing to see that money was well spent. The Town Council send our many congratulations to those who have done such a good job over all these years.”
The Kidsgrove Lads and Dads group have been raising money over the past 12 months to obtain better first aid equipment and a defibrillator to be present at all Sunday football sessions.
Mark Porter decided to fund raise for the Lads and Dads to have their own Defibrillator following on from the sad death of Liam Wood. Liam Wood collapsed on a pitch just after he had scored for AFC Saints on fields in Knutton, Staffordshire, in January 2012. Liam, who played football four times a week, had an extremely rare heart disorder. His arteries were connected to the same place in his heart, unlike most people’s whose arteries are connected to different parts of the heart. This condition is very hard to detect.
Mark said: “When I heard what had happened to Liam I just felt I had to do something. I did some research and decided to organise a fund-raiser with Roland Hulse from Kidsgrove Lads and Dads and other organisations. The Defibrillators can save lives and we now have a first aid team fully trained up to use the equipment. Lets just hope they never have to use them”.
The project had the backing of myself, Kidsgrove Town Council, MP Joan Walley, Co-op Pharmacy and other local businesses.
On Sunday 12th May, Liam Woods mum Julie Bostock and I were asked to open the new first aid tent and unveil the defibrillator for the first time. I told the crowd before we cut the ribbon that I was so touched by the amount of support this project had gained. The community had come together for a good cause and it just shows us what we can achieve in Kidsgrove. I will soon be announcing what the Town Council plan to do to further support this fantastic project.
For Kidsgrove Lads and Dads visit: http://www.kidsgroveladsandads.co.uk/index.html
It all started last week when the Butt Lane Christmas Tree was put in its usual place by the display boards on Congleton road. Contractors hired by Newcastle Borough Council put the Tree in place along with a set of lights. The lights can only be described as wholly inadequate and attracted a lot of negative attention and complaints from local residents. Local Councillors including myself, Elsie Bates (cabinet member for culture), John Taylor and Sylvia Dymond intervened. We all protested that the original Christmas lights which incidentally had been donated by John Taylor whilst serving as a County Councillor be returned to their rightful place (on the Butt Lane Christmas tree). After contacting Newcastle Borough Council and working with very helpful officers we have managed to arrange for the contractors to install better lights fit for the Butt Lane tree. This will be completed within the next few days. I would like to take this opportunity in thanking all those involved for securing a positive outcome for this problem.
Following on from this I have called for a review of Kidsgrove’s lights and believe we as a town can do much better to light up the Christmas period. Many people say Alsager put us to shame but we must remember that a lot of Alsager’s investment has come from the Round Table, Town Centre Partnership and Chamber of Trade. Over the next few years Kidsgrove Town Council, Newcastle Borough Council and soon to be appointed Town Centre manager plan to work together with local business and other agencies to set up our own Town Centre partnership with the aim of improving all aspects of Kidsgrove Town Centre. This includes the improvement of events and Christmas lighting in our town centre and in the centre of Butt Lane.