Poynton Town Council Community Support Team

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Poynton Town Council - Community Support Team (CCST)

Find out about all the work the Council Community Support Team carry out in Poynton, Cheshire

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Town Mayor, Cllr Lee Podmore, has launched the 'Poynton Pledge' - a community themed initiative encouraging people to Support Local and Think Green.

 

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Our town's picturesque park with a pool, ancient trees and wildlife, including great crested grebes, mute swan and tufted duck, dragon and damselflies.

Read more about Poynton's interesting places to visit and 'things to do' on our local information page.

Poynton Heritage Garden

The garden situated between the Civic Hall, Library and Priorslegh Medical Centre was the successful transformation of what was a little used public area into a colourful and tranquil space.

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New restrictions have been introduced in Cheshire East in response to a sharp increase in the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the borough. Full details of the restrictions.

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Sun 8th Nov 2020 (11.00am)

Due to COVID restrictions we are unable to hold a parade or commemoration at St George’s Church. Please ‘Remember At Home’ by observing 2 mins silence at 11.00am. More details.

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Town Mayor, Cllr Lee Podmore, has launched the 'Poynton Pledge' - a community themed initiative encouraging people to Support Local and Think Green. Read more about the Poynton Pledge.

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Council Community Support Team (CCST)

Poynton Town Council Communities Support Team - Louise Freeman, Gary Thurgoland and James Hails

Pictured: Louise Freeman (CCS Officer) and Gary Thurgoland (CCS Supervisor)

The Town Council has a Community Support Team who will assist the community of Poynton by:
  • Carrying out reassuring, high visual patrols in the area.
  • Provide an ‘eyes and ears’ service aimed at reducing the fear of crime for residents and improving their quality of life.
  • Deal with environmental crime issues, such as littering, fly tipping and dog fouling.
  • Reduce incidents of low level crime and anti-social behaviour, making referrals where necessary.
  • Attend local schools and give educational advice to them on various topics.
  • Support the community by encouraging diversionary activities for young people.
  • Support older members of the community by signposting them to activities and community groups, preventing social isolation.
  • Offer advice on crime prevention in the home.
  • Work in partnership with other agencies to improve the area and community, making Poynton a safe place to live, work and visit.
  • Act as professional witnesses.
What they aren't:
  • Community Support Officers are not a replacement for the Police.
  • They are not an emergency service. Crime should be reported to the Police immediately on 101, if in an emergency 999.

CCST Visit Mini V

On Monday 19th October, Council Community Support Team’s Louise visited Mini V Pre-School, situated in the grounds of Vernon Primary School, and delivered a talk on ‘Beginning the pursuit of lifelong learning’.

For more info about Mini V Pre-School visit: https://minivpreschoolpoynton.com/

A photo of Poynton Town Council Community Support Team's Louise presenting a talk to Mini V Pres-School children.

Countryside Code Talks at Lostock Hall Primary School - 29th/30th September 2020

The CCST presented their school talk on the ‘Countryside Code’ to children at the school.

The children learnt that they must ‘Respect, Protect and Enjoy’ the countryside whilst remembering to remove their litter, leave gates as they find them and stick to footpaths.

School staff said afterwards that: “The talks delivered by the Council Community Support Team have been very beneficial for the children and they have learnt a lot today about the countryside”.

The team would like to take this opportunity to say “a big thank you to all the staff for allowing us to come into the school and speak with the children at this difficult time and we look forward to seeing both the children and staff again very soon”.

View the full Countryside Code leaflet (PDF).

A photo of the CCST presenting their school talk on the ‘Countryside Code’ to Lostock Hall Primary School children

Scams Awareness For Older People

The team visited Poynton’s residential facilities for older people on 24th September 2020, continuing their collaboration work with Age UK Cheshire East. The team provided essential information on current scams that are being undertaken by criminals.

This month’s focus was on telephone scams and fraudsters taking on the identity of someone else in order to obtain personal information.

Age UK Cheshire East Scams Awareness Update top section

You can view Age UK Cheshire East’s September Scam Awareness Update, which apart from telephone scams, also features HMRC tax office, boiler replacement, courier, computer and broadband scams at: https://bit.ly/32Yf2Ow.


Countryside Code Talks at St Paul's Primary School

In late September the team visited St Paul’s Primary School and presented their first school talks since the lock down, on the ‘Countryside Code’ to Reception, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children.

The children learnt that they must ‘Respect, Protect and Enjoy’ the countryside whilst remembering to remove their litter, leave gates as they find them and stick to footpaths.

The school said afterwards that “The children really enjoyed the Council Community Support Team coming in to talk to them and they learnt some very important things about the countryside; we look forward to seeing them again soon”.

View the full Countryside Code leaflet (PDF)

A photo of Gary and Louise from the Community Support Team given a talk to children at St Paul's Primary School in Poynton

No More Rubbish Excuses!

Due to weather conditions and wilful damage of anti-litter campaign signs, the team have replaced them with more substantial ones.

The CCST urge people to adhere to littering laws and keep Poynton free from litter. Littering is an offence for which you can receive a fixed penalty charge of up to £80.

A photo of an anti-litter campaign poster titled someone else will pick it up. An image of a fox with plastic in its mouth is also shown.

Dog Fouling On The Inclines

The team visited the Inclines in response to reports of dog fouling. The team have added new signs to appeal to dog owners to dispose of their dog’s waste in the bins provided near and on the Inclines.

A photo of a No Dog Fouling sign on a gate on Poynton Inclines

The CCST would like to remind owners that dog fouling is an offence, which can result in an on the spot fine of £80.


Poynton Men in Sheds are Back!

Following extensive renovations Poynton Men in Sheds will be re-opening their shed door from 22nd September 2020.

In advance of the opening the Council Community Support Team visited the community group and chatted to some of the main organisers, congratulating them on the fantastic renovations whilst observing the COVID restrictions.

“It’s fantastic to see this vital hub in our community get up and running once again". Men in Sheds re-opens on Tuesday 22nd of September from 10am – 2.00pm. They will also be open Wednesday and Thursdays at the same time. The group will be limited to 6 persons per day to fall in line with the current COVID-19 restrictions.

For further information please call 0161 456 9077.

A photo of CCST officer Louise with two members of Poynton Men in Sheds

Fly-tipping at Barnaby Park

On a regular patrol the team found a large brown sofa left on the playing fields at Barnaby Park. The team reported the matter to Cheshire East and asked for it to be removed as soon as possible.

We would like to remind people that fly-tipping is a criminal offence, which carries a fine of up to £50,000 or 12-months imprisonment if convicted at Magistrates Court.

A photo of a brown fly-tipped sofa at Barnaby Park

ASB and Under Age Drinking

The team were again on patrol on Friday in the areas of Brecon Park, Deva Playing Fields and the fields off Vernon Road next to the brook.

The team spoke with large groups of youths in many of these areas and seized alcohol from several of those present who were under the legal age to consume alcohol.

“Parents are you aware what your child is doing?”


Scams Awareness and Aftercare For Older People

The team have visited all of our retirement complexes to promote ‘Scams Awareness and Aftercare for Older People’ in conjunction with Cheshire East and Age UK.

The CCST believe that this is essential advice for the older people in our community who are a target for these types of crimes.

If you’d like further information please contact Cheshire East and Age UK direct. More details can be found on their poster, which can be viewed at: https://bit.ly/3mclsky


Anti-social Behaviour

The CCST have undertaken anti-social behaviour patrols in response to many calls from the public regarding large groups of youths gathering in parks and beauty spots within Poynton.

The Team were present in many of the ‘hot spot’ areas of Deva Park, Brecon Park and the fields off Vernon road.

The Team engaged with large groups of youths congregating in these areas and seized alcohol from those underage.

Nitrous Oxide Canisters

They also recovered a large amount of Nitrous Oxide canisters that had been discarded on London Road South. Health warnings have been placed on social media regarding its effects. The Team have been thanked by local residents for their presence in these areas.


CCST - Parking Enforcement - 15th June 2020

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic and restrictions on travel and shopping, the Council Community Support Team had less need to enforce parking restrictions in the town centre.

Now that retail outlets are beginning to re-open in Poynton it is anticipated that traffic will increase and the CCST will be on patrol enforcing parking restrictions. Please be mindful of where you are parking and use car parks that are available. Thank you.


Wash Your Hands of Coronavirus Scams

The Council Community Support Team visited all of Poynton’s Residential Homes yesterday and provided information regarding current Coronavirus Pandemic Scams to our most vulnerable residents, who are being targeted at this time. For more details select the image below.

A Wash Your Hands of Coronavirus Scams poster

Tip Hill Rubbish Removal - 3rd June 2020

Today, as part of their regular patrol route, the Council Community Support Team visited Tip Hill following reports of large parties taking place over the weekend with big groups of young people. The team removed large quantities of rubbish left behind from the weekend’s gatherings.

“We have liaised with the police and they are aware of the situation. We would again urge young people gathering in these areas to please remove their rubbish from this area and be mindful of the environment”.

CCST Rubbish Clearing at Tip Hill in June 2020

 


CCST Visiting Vulnerable People/Scam Awareness - 26th May 2020

The Council Community Support Team will be out over the next few days liaising with our retirement complexes and visiting vulnerable people to make them aware of the latest Scams Awareness Update from Age UK Cheshire East & Cheshire East Council Trading Standards.

Banner of the Scams Awareness Update May 2020 poster. Select to view full bulletin.

You can download the bulletin as a PDF at: https://bit.ly/2ZAVtue

It includes: banking scams, what to do if you fall victim of a scam, currents scams and reporting scams.


CCST Event - ‘Time For A Cuppa’ – a ‘Bake-tacular’Success.

The team would like to say a massive thank you to all the people and local businesses that donated prizes, cakes and money to this worthy cause. The event was an overwhelming success and raised an incredible £648.26 for Dementia UK, which will go towards the funding of more specialist Admiral nurses who help families and patients living with dementia.

The CCST would also like to thank the following for all their kind donations of cakes and raffle prizes: The Co-op, Men in Sheds, Farmers Arms, Headway, The Kabin, Aldi, Panache, Lozziwoo, Mates DIY, Henrietta, Hickory’s Smokehouse, Age UK, Waitrose, Bramhall Bakery, Cofano Café, Fig and Fennel, Time for Tea, Adlington Manor, Anthea and Judie Hatton, Morrisons and Clickety Click.

Lower down the page: James, Cllr Sarah-Jane Gilmore (Town Mayor), Louise and Gary before they'd had a chance to sample the cakes!

A photo of the Time for a Cuppa thank you certificate for raising funds for Dementia UK

A photo of CCST officers James, Louise and Gary with the then Town Mayor, Cllr Sarah-Jane Gilmore, at their Time for a Cuppa fundraising event for Dementia UK


Roses are Red, CCST are (mostly) Blue

The Council Community Support Team attended Homelyme House’s Valentine’s Day Party. Louise met the area manager and along with the residents enjoyed entertainment from the ‘Singing Waiters’. Everyone had a great time and food was plentiful!!

Annmarie, Development Manager, was very grateful for the support and help that the team provided and said afterwards that the feedback was excellent.

The Council Community Support Team attended Homelyme House’s Valentine’s Day Party. Louise met the area manager and along with the residents enjoyed entertainment from the ‘Singing Waiters’

Our Mayor Attends Our Surgery

Poynton Town Mayor, Cllr Sarah-Jane Gilmore, dropped in to the Council Community Support Team’s monthly surgery, held in the entrance to Waitrose, on 17th January 2020.

Cllr Gilmore explained that: “the surgeries provide an ideal opportunity to talk to the team about any community issues you may have or find out more about their role. While I was with them they dealt with a number of varied queries”.

The CCST thanked the mayor for her support. Whilst she was there the team spoke with a number of people from the local community who praised the team: “It’s great to have you in the town and we feel much safer with you present every day”

Poynton Town Mayor, Cllr Sarah-Jane Gilmore, dropped in to the Council Community Support Team’s monthly surgery

 
CCST Christmas Memories

The Council Community Support Team (CCST) team attended the Christmas parties at both Homelyme House (retirement housing) and Poynton Golden Memories. The team helped out at Homelyme, where Christmas dinner and raffles were both on the menu. Lots of fun ensued and the manager, Ann Marie commented: “The residents love to see the team and we all had a great time”.

At Golden Memories the team distributed security bells to the attendees who placed them on to purses and bags as an added security measure for when they do their important Christmas shopping. The team also joined in with the festive activities and had a great time.

The Council Community Support Team (CCST) attended the Christmas parties at Poynton Golden Memories

The Council Community Support Team (CCST) attended the Christmas parties at Poynton Golden Memories


Think, Stop, Watch and Listen

Recently the Council Community Support Team presented road safety talks to children at the Hollies Pre-School, the Mini V Pre-School and Worth Primary School.

The children, who were very excited to see the team, learned how to cross the road using the principles: Think, Stop, Watch and Listen.

Staff at both schools were grateful the CCST had visited: “The children have had a great time, thank you so much.”

Find out more about the Hollies on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/PoyntonPS/ or http://www.theholliespreschool.co.uk/ , Mini V Pre-School at https://minivpreschoolpoynton.com/ and Worth Primary School at https://www.worthprimaryschool.com/

The photo below shows CCS Officers James and Louise with children outside the Hollies Pre-School new rotunda building.

CCS Officers James and Louise with children outside the Hollies Pre-School new rotunda building.

Joining the Brownies!

The Council Community Support Team visited 1st Poynton Brownies at St. George’s Church on 14th November 2019 and spoke to the children about personal safety, which included learning the differences between good and bad strangers.

The team also provided the children with important information regarding water safety using the SAFE principle: ‘Stay Away From the Edge’.

The leaders told the CCST: “The Brownies learnt a lot from your talk and thoroughly enjoyed the games”.

The Council Community Support Team visited 1st Poynton Brownies at St. George’s Church

Anti-Bullying Talks

As part of ‘National Anti-Bullying week’ the Council Community Support Team provided school talks on the subject. In 11th November 2019 the team visited Lostock Hall and St Paul’s Catholic Primary Schools where they talked to the children about the importance of how to identify and report bullying and if it does happen how to report it. The children listened intently and were a pleasure to speak to.

Find out more about Anti-Bullying week at: https://bit.ly/370R996

The Council Community Support Team at Lostock Hall Primary School delivering a talk on Anti-bullying

Photo: CCST talk at Lostock Hall Primary School.


Council Community Support Team Surgery

At November's surgery at Waitrose the CCST were able to assist many people with issues reported to them. These included advice to residents concerning neighbour disputes, complaints of dog fouling and parking issues, which will now be dealt with by the team.

The CCST said: “Many of our local residents were pleased to see the team out in the public arena yet again and very grateful that we could offer assistance with their issues. It was another great success for the team”.

Louise Freeman and Gary Thurgoland at the  Council Community Support Team surgery held in Waitrose.

Don't Get Spooked - CCST on ‘Halloween Patrol’ - 31st October 2019

The CCST were out on patrol on the streets of Poynton on Halloween and engaged with many of the children who they met during their Halloween and Bonfire safety talk visits. The atmosphere was one of fun for the most part.

The team were called to speak with a number of youths who had gathered in Barnaby Park letting off fireworks not far from residential properties. They were spoken to regarding their conduct and subsequently moved on.


CCST - 'Living Well' at St. George’s - 29th October 2019

Gary and Louise, two of our Community Support Team, paid a visit to the St George's Church 'Living Well' Group today. The group meet alternate Tuesday afternoons from 2.15pm – 4.15pm and enjoy a number of activities including: sing-a-long, gentle exercise, arts & crafts, quizzes, table top games and bingo.

Today (29/10/19) they were also entertained not only by the CCST, who enjoyed speaking to everyone, but also by two talented young people playing instruments. It was a great opportunity for the Council Community Support Team to continue to forge close links with community groups in Poynton. For more information about Living Well visit http://poyntonpc.net/living-well.html

Gary and Louise, two of our Community Support Team at the St George's Church 'Living Well' Group

 

 

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