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Kidsgrove 1920’s Ball raises £700

Kidsgrove Town Council 1920's Ball

Kidsgrove Town Council 2014

On Saturday 26th April, Kidsgrove Town Council held the annual Kidsgrove Mayor’s charity ball. I chose the 1920’s theme after seeing a remake of The Great Gatsby film at the cinema.  I would personally like to thank all those that attended to make the evening so successful. Some of the costumes were very authentic. I thought it would be good to list those people and businesses that contributed to the raffle so I have attached the programme of the evening, click link: Mayors Ball 2014

Almost £700 was raised for Staffordshire Sands and other charities.  It has been an honour and a pleasure to work with many local charities over the last 3 years.  I hope the new Town Mayor has just as much fun as I have had organising some of these events for a good cause.  Its such a good feeling to know the work we do has helped us to reach out to so many people in the community with many different needs.

Kidsgrove Youth Parliament take on London


Co-ordinator of the Kidsgrove Youth Parliament, Councillor Kyle Robinson speaking to KYP members at the Houses of Parliament Voting and Elections workshop.

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

Kidsgrove, the Jewel in the Crown


Kyle Robinson with his family at the Kidsgrove Mayor Making.

On Thursday 16th May I was elected Mayor of Kidsgrove for 2013/2014 at Kidsgrove Town Councils Mayor making ceremony.  I am hugely honoured to accept the position and will do my very best. 

My incoming Mayor’s address:

I am hugely honoured in accepting the position of Kidsgrove Town Mayor for a second term.  I have been overwhelmed by the amount of support I have received from the people of Kidsgrove over the last few years. A great deal of what I do wouldn’t have been possible without them.  We have a very special Town and when our community joins together as one, we become a force to be reckoned with. 

I would like to thank Gill Burnett for her valuable contribution to the Town in her year as Mayor.  Gill did a great job in ensuring that Kidsgrove’s Jubilee celebrations, organised for the benefit and enjoyment of people from many different backgrounds, ran smoothly and without complication.  Her fundraising endeavours for the Alzheimer’s disease charity have inspired those more fortunate to do a little bit more for those who are in need.  Thank you Gill.

Things have changed significantly over the past twelve months at the Town Council.  Together we have pushed forward our modernisation programme.  This has made us more accessible to the public.  We have integrated into the Kidsgrove Customer Service Centre making services more easily accessible.  Our new state of the art office offers a wide range of customer service facilities that we could have only dreamt of in the past.  We are putting Kidsgrove first!

Kidsgrove’s Youth Parliament has gone from strength to strength.  The parliament was officially opened by Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow back in 2012.  The young people have now put together a project to fund new flower beds at the junction of Liverpool road and Gloucester Road for the enjoyment of everyone in the town.  We have so many passionate young people in our community and we should be really proud of them.  I’m looking forward to co-ordinating and working with the youth parliament with the aim of maintaining its continued success. 

I will now discuss what I would like achieve in the year ahead, for both the town and the people of Kidsgrove.  I have put together some pledges that I believe are achievable for Kidsgrove over the next 12 months. 

Firstly, I pledge to obtain a defibrillator, through sponsorship, for every primary and secondary school in Kidsgrove.  I recently unveiled a Defibrillator at a Kidsgrove Lads and Dads event with Julie Bostock.  Julie’s son Liam Wood died on the football pitch after celebrating a goal and suffering from a severe seizure.  His memory lives on through all of the fundraising we will do over this year.  These life saving pieces of equipment should be in every School building to avoid unnecessary fatalities of both children and adults.  Now that I have been appointed Mayor, I intend to meet with representatives of national campaign groups to lobby the government to introduce and implement legislation to make it mandatory for all schools to have a defibrillator on site.  We must never allow finance to take priority over someone’s life. 

Secondly I am launching a Town Council campaign to crack down on dog fouling in all our wards.  Working collaboratively with officers of Newcastle Borough Council, together we are creating a project that will encourage dog owners to take responsibility for cleaning up after their pets.  We will be going door to door to ask dog owners to sign up to the project and promise to work with us to make our streets cleaner.  More will be revealed in the coming months but we are positive the Town Council can make a difference on important issues that matter to local people.

Finally I turn to my charity of the year. As Deputy Mayor, earlier this year, I was invited to attend a moving memorial service where I was given the opportunity to speak with parents who had lost their children in child birth.  How these people cope in these difficult circumstances is beyond comprehension. However, there are dedicated charities and caring, peer support networks out there that can help.  Therefore my charity for the year will be Staffordshire Sands.  Working with the charity, members of the Town Council and the wider community we are aiming to raise thousands of pounds for this worthy and woefully underfunded cause, to make counselling and support easier to access for bereaved parents.  I would like to read a short quote from the charity: “An angel in the book of life wrote down a baby’s birth.  She then whispered as she closed the book “too beautiful for the earth”. 

To finish I want you to know that I firmly believe Kidsgrove is the Jewel in the crown of the Borough. 

That includes Newchapel, Ravenscliffe, Butt Lane, Talke and Talke Pits. 

Let’s make our town more inclusive for the young and old.  Let’s bang the drums and shout out loud we are here and we have so much to offer. 

Thank you