On Monday 30th September students of the Kidsgrove Youth Parliament consisting of elected students from Clough Hall Technology School and the University Academy of Kidsgrove visited the Houses of Parliament in London. The educational trip that was funded by donations from the Rotary club of Kidsgrove, The Meadow Residents association and others was a huge success and very rewarding for the young people involved.
The visit included a tour of the House of Commons, The House of Lords and Portcullis House. There was also elections and voting sessions where the young people created their own manifestos and campaigns. Leaders of the groups were then put to the test by making speeches to an audience and then going to the polls to see who won. National voting systems were also explained including the UK’s current system of first past the post and Europe’s system of proportional representation.
The KYP also delivered a letter signed by every member asking the Department of Transport to support Kidsgrove’s campaign for a ramp at the railway station. With the current footbridge members of the public in wheelchairs, elderly people and people with push chairs cannot get to platforms 2,3 and 4.
Following on from the Houses of Parliament visit KYP members got to visit many parts of London and had the chance to go on the London Eye as an added reward for all of their hard work. Many of the young people commented how much they were enjoying the visit as they had never visited the capital city before.
Since a young age I have been passionate about giving young people a voice in our community. This whole project is not about politics or politicising children but about helping young people to understand our democratic system. A lot of people this day in age leave school not knowing much about how government works or their entitlement to vote. This usually leads to lack of understanding and people not knowing how to speak up for their communities. I want to change things and make sure the young people of Kidsgrove grow up to be tomorrows leaders which intern leads to a better deal for us all. If we don’t include young people now we can’t expect them to be involved in the future. Our visit was very successful and I would like to thank the KYP members for everything they have done for our town so far and I am sure the hard work will continue.
Many thanks, Councillor Kyle Robinson
On Saturday 21st September Kidsgrove pensioners were treated to a party hosted by the Rotary club of kidsgrove. The event that is held each year at the Kidsgrove Victoria Hall included local artists and a magician.
Vanessa Bebbington of the University Academy of Kidsgrove wowed the audience with her theatre and pop music performances. Why not find out more and book Vanessa for your event. Click the link to listen to Vanessa in action and follow her on twitter: p://tinyurl.com/nwj4ths
Tommy Lee King who has performed his Elvis tribute for years also announced his retirement. He entertained his audience with Elvis hits and many couldnt resist a dance including myself.
Once again this popular community event was a huge success and I want to say thank you to the Rotary Club and the volunteers who helped out on the day. We appreciate the work that is put in to hold these types of events.
On Saturday 7th September I hosted the Kidsgrove Vintage Fayre at the Kidsgrove Victoria Hall. The event was a huge success with lots of businesses attending to sell their vintage wares. I made an appeal for raffle prizes and well over 20 individuals, groups and organisations donated prizes. The Mayor’s charity made £400 and the Kidsgrove Tesco charity of the year, Diabetes UK made £150. Many people commented on how different this type of event was for Kidsgrove. We tried to avoid bric a brac to offer something more upmarket for the people of the town. Following on from our success we have decided to hold this each year and we will continue to build on our events and celebrations.
Thank you to all of the volunteers that made the events possible including Cllr Elliot Ashton and Mrs Ashton, Cllr Janet Parsons, Deputy Mayor David Allport, Tracy and Sam Holdcroft, Cllr Sylvia Dymond (shining bright like a Dymond!), Kate Coleman, Monica Mannion and many more. These events wouldnt be possible if it wasnt for the support we get from these fantastic people. Enjoy the photographs below.
A special thank you to Simon White of the Old Hall in Madeley who donated a £180 stay at the Charles II Suite with breakfast. This helped us raise lots of money for a good cause and Mr Michael Page claimed the prize.