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.
Canal dredging has finally taken place at the Hardingswood junction to Harecastle Tunnel, North Portal following a local campaign to clean up Kidsgrove Canals. Jon Honeysett MBE, Joan Walley MP, Kidsgrove Town Councillors, local IWA Branch officers, and members of the public who traverse the towpath from Harecastle Tunnel’s North Portal, look forward eagerly to the cleaned-up section, cleared of obstructions, completed by 20th December 2013, enabling work to proceed on brightening up Kidsgrove’s Heritage Waterfront from 2014 onwards.
On Friday 1st November, a meeting took place at Kidsgrove Town Hall with the Canal River Trust, Kidsgrove Town Team and members of the Kidsgrove Community. The meeting was to outline future plans to be displayed in the Town Hall on Saturday 30th November – a new Kidsgrove Waterfront Project is now considered a part of the larger Kidsgrove Transport ‘Hub’ plan being promoted by Staffordshire County Council and East Midlands Trains.
Jon Honeysett said: “the Uplander Wharf has been dredged and the boats are floating beautifully and not sticking as before.
“Beyond the bridge is still to be dredged and so far hundreds of tonnes of muck have been removed – an unbelievable amount.”
The Photographs show the dredging sequence taken on the morning of Thursday 21 November 2013, between the road overbridge into the railway station car park (full!) and Hardingswood junction. By kind permission of the Canal and River Trusts’ contractor, James Dennis, of Land & Water Services Ltd. Photo’s were taken on site of tugs and loaded barges – the dredged mud-spoil is taken by heavy lorry, seen being loaded by Mr Richard Drover, to a spoil-site at Haydock, near the M6 at Runcorn.
The next section to be dredged is up to the Harecastle tunnel entrance, and will hopefully, remove the obstructions currently blocking the navigation.
Sarah Honeysett has kindly shared recent photographs of the canal dredging preparations and beautiful autumn scenes. Please do not reproduce without written permission.