This weekend has been a magical one with lots going on in the world of Kidsgrove. Friday night I was invited to present awards to The Performance Studio Dance Group. Children from Kidsgrove and Stoke performed at Goldenhill Working Men’s Club. A lot of the dancing including hip hop was truly magnificent and the talent that shone from the dance floor took my breath away. Many parents came and spoke to me about how impressed they were with the dance group and how they felt groups like this had given their children more confidence to be who they are. I even got the chance to do Gangham Style with the kids showing me the moves!
Caroline Sherratt, the group organiser said: “Tonight has gone really well and as you can see the babies and young people are so happy to be taking part. I am really proud of what they have all achieved and we hope to continue for years to come”.
Saturday Morning was another busy start with Wakefield and Giles Raffle draw. The estate agents based in Kidsgrove Town Centre were offering customers a chance to win £2000 in legal fees cover. I was asked to draw the name from the tombola and the winner was Mr Wayne Buttery of Newchapel Road. Mr Buttery was so pleased that he and his family would get this early Christmas present. I applaud Wakefield and Giles for putting on this fantastic competition for local people to take part in. This is local business working with the community and it would be good to see more Kidsgrove businesses offering similar incentives.
On my weekend travels around Kidsgrove it was good to see Santa Clause aka John Light in Kidsgrove Town Centre raising money for the Rotary club. Every year the Rotary club send Santa and volunteers around our local streets to collect money for worthy causes and charities. Kidsgrove residents are always very generous and give huge sums each year.
And finally on Saturday afternoon I attended a service of remembrance at St Mark’s Church as part of Staffordshire Sands Charity. I was really touched by the service and it was moving to see parents who have lost their babies to have the chance to remember them and light a candle.
‘An Angel Opened The Book Of Life To Record A Baby’s Birth And Whispered As She Closed The Book, Too Beautiful For Earth’
Christmas is always special in Kidsgrove no matter how unfortunate our circumstances.