Poynton Towm Mayor

Councillor Sarah-Jane Gilmore

Poynton Town Mayor - 2018/2019 - Councillor Sarah-Jane Gilmore

Visits to local groups, activities and organisations, her chosen charities and reports to Council.

Christmas Fest 2018

This year's Fest was a great success!

Festive music, street entertainment, late night shopping, mulled wine, music, choirs and of course Santa - pictured with Town Mayor Cllr Sarah-Jane Gilmore.

Poynton Poppies

The street poppies, made by Poynton Men in Sheds last year, were positioned along the main routes and gateways in Poynton and on noticeboards.

View a selection of photos here.

Poynton Men in Sheds Soldiers

The group made life-size Silhouette Soldiers to commemorate the end of the First World War.

Clickety Click made the poppies on the soldiers.

View a selection of photos here.

Twinning with Haybes

A Twinning Association of Poynton delegation visited Haybes to join their community commemorating the end of the First World War.

More details and photos here.

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Councillor Sarah-Jane Gilmore, Mayor Reports & Charities


Sarah-Jane Gilmore - Poynton Town Councillor

Mayor's Charities

In my second mayoral year I will continue to support our community, not only through fundraising but also by raising the profile of volunteer groups overall. My fundraising this year will be for young people, and so I have been talking to our Parent Teacher Associations, another hardworking group of volunteers, about potential projects that support health and wellbeing, or intergenerational activities; which will be of benefit to children at the schools both now and in the future; and which offer the opportunity for community involvement.

I’m delighted to say that three schools have suggested projects - a sensory garden and a daily mile and that they would dearly love some support with fundraising for.

I will be holding a number of events to raise funds, and at the end of the Civic Year, the funds will be divided equally between the participating PTAs.

I’m very grateful for the support that the Poynton community gave me during the last year, and sincerely I hope you will feel able to support me again.

Afternoon Tea with the Mayor

My first fundraising event was an afternoon tea at Ubagene Poynton on Sunday July 29th and the total raised through tickets, raffle, tombola and Granny Bear is an amazing £500!! Photos can be seen on Facebook https://bit.ly/2v27YPD

Shopping Night

Cllr Gilmore's subsequent fundraising event was a shopping night on 26th November at the legion! The I ❤️ Poynton #supportlocal - Shopping Night was been a great success! Thanks to the sellers paying for tables and the raffle (prizes donated by the sellers) we have raised a grand total of £460!! Thank you also to everyone who came along to support local businesses and at the same time help raise money for my chosen causes.

 

Town Mayor's Santa Walk - Saturday 8th December

After the success of The Mayor’s Glitter Walk, Cllr Sarah-Jane Gilmore has decided to do it all again; only this time following in Father Christmas's footsteps! Join her on Saturday 8th December for some festive fundraising on The Mayor’s Santa Walk to raise money for her good causes.

Visit the Mayor's Facebook page here for more details and posters.

 

You can find out more about the event and see photos on the Poynton Town Mayor Facebook page.

Mayor's Reports

Throughout my 2017/2018 Mayoral year, as well as supporting my main two charities, I have visited and spent time with as many local organisations, groups, charities and activities as I could. It's been described as 'The Mayor on Tour'! Many of these visits feature in my regular reports to the Council in the form of photo diaries. I will continue to write reports during the 2018/2019 civic year too.

The most recent report appears below and previous ones can be viewed as either a web page or as a PDF by selecting the following months.

May-June 2017 | July 2017 | October 2017 | December 2017 | February 2018 | May 2018 | June - October (below)


Cllr Sarah-Jane Gilmore's Mayor's Report - June - October 2018

13th June 2018, Poynton Scouts Annual Sport Event, Deva Field, Poynton

Thank you so much to 3rd Poynton Scouts for inviting me to present the winner’s trophy at the annual Poynton Scout Sports Event at Deva Field!

Egg & spoon race, sack race, three-legged race, relay & obstacle course! I was shattered just watching & cheering them on!

Really brilliant event! Well done to everyone who helped to set up and run the event, and to all the Beavers and Cubs who took part!

  • 1st Place - Warren 1st Poynton
  • 2nd Place - Bulkeley 3rd Poynton
  • 3rd Place - Vernon 1st Poynton
  • 4th Place - Coppice 2nd Poynton

SSarah-Jane Gilmore - Poynton Town Mayor's Report Photo


18th June 2018, Fundraising Cheque Presentation, Civic Hall, Poynton

It was a pleasure to present cheques to Living Well and Poynton Golden Memories, the two groups I supported in my first year as Mayor.

As I was originally fundraising for Living Well only, it was agreed that the first £1500 raised went to them, with the remainder being shared between the two groups.

It’s been a pleasure to work with all the volunteers at both groups and see them grow in numbers as they provide their invaluable services to people living with Dementia and their carers.

Sarah-Jane Gilmore - Poynton Town Mayor's Report PhotoIt was fabulous to hear the plans they have for the money which includes equipment and activities; and I know they’re going to continue to bring joy and comfort to those they support.

Thank you to Helen & Mike at Living Well, Gerald, Judy and Edith at Poynton Golden Memories, and all the volunteers at both groups for their hard work and for supporting me in my year - keep up the good work!


28th June 2018, 4th Poynton Brownies

I had a brilliant time with 4th Poynton Brownies Litter picking along Middlewood Way, the Canal and the inclines. And a fabulous chippy tea afterwards!

Sarah-Jane Gilmore - Poynton Town Mayor's Report Photo


29th June 2018, Lostock Hall School BBQ, Lostock Hall School

Splendid evening at the Lostock Hall School PTA Summer BBQ - such a well organised event.

They had the Poynton High School jazz band kicking the evening off, then Lostock Hall's band and choir singing. Bar, BBQ, ice creams, pony rides, raffle, tombola and a human fruit machine which I was part of.

And the sun shone! Well done to the organisers and thank you so much for the invitation!

Sarah-Jane Gilmore - Poynton Town Mayor's Report Photo

30th June 2018, Armed Forces Day, Civic Hall, Poynton

Armed Forces Day is a chance to show our support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets. Showing support for the Armed Forces provides a much-valued morale boost for the troops and their families and helps us to show our gratitude to our past, present and future armed forces.
 
In the UK, our Armed Forces defend the UK and its interests. They are busy working around the world, promoting peace, delivering aid, tackling drug smugglers, providing security and fighting terrorism.

Sarah-Jane Gilmore - Poynton Town Mayor's Report PhotoThere are a number of serving members of the armed forces living in Poynton as well as veterans.  A veteran is anyone who has served in the Armed Forces at any time (including National Servicemen, Regulars and Reserves). Armed Forces Day celebrates their continued role within the military community.

We raised the Armed Forces Day flag over Poynton Civic Hall to help mark this special day. Thank you to all who attended.


30th June 2018, High Sheriff of Cheshire Afternoon Tea, Tirley Garth

Thank you to Alexis Redmond, High Sheriff of Cheshire, for her kind invitation to her Garden Fete and Afternoon Tea at her amazing home at Tirley Garth. A great celebration of community with the crowning of the Rose Queen, the Utkinton School Choir and much more.

Sarah-Jane Gilmore - Poynton Town Mayor's Report Photo


6th July 2018, Lower Park School, Poynton

Really exciting meeting with Charlotte and Nicola from Lower Park School PTA. Their idea is to use an area outside the school to create a sensory garden that can be used by teachers and children to help improve health and wellbeing. They have a great plan that includes inter-generational and community activity and I’m proud to include them in my fundraising this year.

Sam, age 7, has drawn a great initial plan!

Sarah-Jane Gilmore - Poynton Town Mayor's Report Photo


7th July 2018, Buxton Tattoo with the Waterloo Pipe & Drum Band

An amazing evening at the Buxton Military Tattoo courtesy of The Waterloo Pipes and Drums.

The UK’s finest military bands gave a spectacular performance inside the magnificent Devonshire Dome. Performances raise money for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, a very worthy cause.

Sarah-Jane Gilmore - Poynton Town Mayor's Report Photo


8th July 2018, Higher Poynton Summerfest

Thank you so much to Higher Poynton Summerfest for inviting me to open their event. And what a brilliant event it was - so many great activities, stalls and lots of varied live music! All accompanied by glorious sunshine!

I can’t begin to imagine how much hard work goes into planning and delivering the event, but the Friends of Higher Poynton Summerfest did a sterling job! Thank you and well done, it just gets better and better.


8th July 2018, Glastonbury Drive Play Area Teddy Bear Picnic

As always, the Committee worked so hard to put on an event to help raise funds to maintain the area. Great to see our Police team involved. Sandwiches, donuts and gingerbread men provided by Greggs - a very generous gesture appreciated by all!


9th July 2018, Police Surgery, 3rd Poynton Scout Hut, Deva Field

Cheshire Police recently announced 122 'mini police stations' across the county.

The idea is about re-establishing links between officers and the community.

Surgeries will be attended by Police and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs).

3rd Poynton Scouts are delighted to partner with Poynton Police who will use the Scout Hut at Deva Field.

I popped in to say hello and help promote the surgeries.


15th July 2018, Poynton Civic Service

Poynton Annual Civic Awards and Youth Awards was a fantastic event - a great celebration of our amazing community and the volunteers who give their time to improve the services our village offers!

My thanks to Reverend Canon Rob McLaren for a community focussed sermon and my congratulations to award winners: Brian Clarke, Judy Bartlett, Mark Callow, Kevin Booth, Glastonbury Drive Play Area Committee, Doreen Harper, Poynton Men in Sheds and Ann Roberts.

And youth award winners: Effie Cawley, Katherine Hickson, Millie Waller and Rebecca Pinkerton.

Sarah-Jane Gilmore - Poynton Town Mayor's Report Photo


17th July 2018, Women Like You Cantata Choir, St Georges Church, Poynton

A fantastic concert of music about women, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. Delivered by the outstanding vocal talents of the ladies of CounterPoynt and WOWSingers, not forgetting the incredibly talented Catherine Silman conducting, and Pam Jay on piano accompaniment.

Thank you, ladies, for an entertaining and educational event!


25th July 2018, Lower Park School Prom, Lower Park School

Being Mayor has given me an incredible opportunity to create truly treasured memories, and I added a very special memory attending the Lower Park School Year 6 Leavers Prom! It was a fabulous event that everyone thoroughly enjoyed. The event was expertly compered by Head Teacher Mr Coulson.

Thank you so much to the teachers for my invitation, and for their hard work putting on the event which was very clearly enjoyed by all. Special thank you to the children for making me so welcome.

As Year 6 head off to start High School I’d like to say Good Luck to them all - keep up the hard work!

Sarah-Jane Gilmore - Poynton Town Mayor's Report Photo


27th July 2018, Queens Award at Proseal, Adlington

It was a delight to attend the presentation of the Queen’s Award for International Trade to Proseal U K in Adlington, presented by the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire, the Queens representative, David Briggs.

The Queens Award Magazine said: 'Tray sealing specialist PROSEAL UK is especially thrilled to have won the Queen’s Award for International Trade as this is its 20th anniversary year. The company received the honour in recognition of its outstanding continuous growth over the past six years’.

They were clearly delighted and very proud of their achievement and rightly so! Congratulations on a very well-deserved award!

Sarah-Jane Gilmore - Poynton Town Mayor's Report Photo


28th July 2018, Poynton in Bloom Afternoon Tea, The Centre, Poynton

A lovely afternoon tea with members of Poynton in Bloom and some of the kind people who opened their gardens for the Garden Safari. The event was a way to say a big thank you to those who participated and show appreciation for the effort and work that went into each of the gardens, especially given the very hot weather. There were so many compliments about the gardens.

The Garden Safari event raised just over £1400! The money will be used to buy and plant news planters around Poynton.

Poynton in Bloom are looking for volunteers to join them, planting and watering - if you can spare some time each week to help keep Poynton blooming please contact them at poyntoninbloom@talktalk.net.

Sarah-Jane Gilmore - Poynton Town Mayor's Report Photo


29th July 2018, Poynton Town Mayor's Afternoon Tea, Ubagene, Poynton

We had a fantastic Afternoon Tea at UBAgene smoke-grill-bakery. The total raised through tickets, raffle, tombola and the auction for the Steiff Granny Bear was an amazing £500!!

I am so grateful to everyone who came along, donated prizes and especially to Karl and the team who worked so hard to lay on a fabulous event! This was a great start to my fundraising for Lower Park, Vernon and Lostock Hall Primary Schools! 

Sarah-Jane Gilmore - Poynton Town Mayor's Report Photo


1st August 2018, Scout Chamboree, Cheshire Show Ground

A fun and thoroughly inspirational evening at Chamboree 2018! The event took place 28th July – 4th August 2018 at the Cheshire Showground in Tabley, and hosted an amazing 6000 Scouts, Guides and their leaders from Cheshire, around the UK and from various parts of the World. They have a week of fun, freedom, and adventure. With an exciting programme of activities every day.

I was delighted to attend the VIP reception with the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire in attendance, to see a little of the event, to meet members of the team and gain an insight into the largest youth movement in
the world delivering “Skills for Life” to thousands of young people in Cheshire!

Thank you to Mark Eden, District Commissioner for his kind invitation. And to all the team members who provided our tour and looked after us so well!

Sarah-Jane Gilmore - Poynton Town Mayor's Report Photo


2nd August 2018, Opening the Butchers Block, Poynton

I was thrilled to be asked to open The Butcher's Block - Poynton's Artisan Butchers .... the first time I’ve cut a ribbon with a cleaver! Owner Mike is an 8th generation Butcher and a qualified Chef - what a winning combination! Lovely to meet Mike, Amanda and Danny, I wish them all the very best in their new venture which I hope will be a huge success.


10th August 2018, Civic Award, Poynton

An honour to present Jacob Howard with his Civic Award. Jacob has been working as a volunteer in St George’s Church cemetery for eight years.

He works every Monday morning, in all weathers, with Brian Clarke the Verger. Jacob is industrious and keeps the churchyard immaculate.

It was lovely to hear Jacob tell me what he does and how much he enjoys his work. He is a credit to Poynton!

Thank you, Jacob, for all your hard work!

Sarah-Jane Gilmore - Poynton Town Mayor's Report Photo

12th August 2018, Friends of Deva Park Teddy Bears Picnic, Deva Park

I had a great time at Friends of Deva Park Teddy Bears Picnic – we painted rocks and had our hair & face glittered!

Well done to the Parents who organised the event to help raise funds to regenerate the play equipment at Deva Park. And a big thank you to the children who bought their Teddy Bears (and their Mums & Dads) out to play!

Lots of local businesses kindly provided raffle prizes, and the raffle will be drawn at their Gin Tasting event.


21st August 2018, Panache, Poynton

Such a privilege to be able to visit Panache before the grand opening!

Panache One London Road is a great addition to Poynton. I’d like to thank owner Gary for the exclusive tour and wish him and the team all the best for their grand opening weekend!

Sarah-Jane Gilmore - Poynton Town Mayor's Report Photo


24-27 August 2018, Haybes, Frances

I was delighted to be able to visit Haybes at the end of August in my role as Publicity Officer for the Twinning Association, and as Mayor of Poynton. We joined the community of Haybes in their commemorations of the end of the First World War. There was a packed itinerary for the group including several events where the Twinning Association and I represented Poynton.

We are immensely grateful to The Mayor of Haybes, M. Benoit Sonnet, and representatives from the local community and the Twinning Committee for their incredible hospitality to the group throughout their stay. The Twinning Association is looking forward to continuing to work with local groups and schools to forge links with Haybes, to progress our friendship.


30th August 2018, Automated External Defibrillators (A.E.D.s) in Poynton

Poynton Town Council are thrilled to be working in partnership with the local community and North West Ambulance Service (N.W.A.S.) to provide residents with improved access to A.E.D.s in Poynton.

The town council has installed the electrical supply and N.W.A.S has provided a box which has enabled the A.E.D. which was at reception inside the Civic Hall, to be relocated to the external corner of the Civic Hall, enabling 24/7 access.

The community continue to work with Poynton Town Council to raise funds for A.E.D.s to be installed in the decommissioned phone boxes that the town council has recently adopted. 

Nick Blair - Community Resuscitation Development Officer, N.W.A.S. Cheshire & Merseyside Area said “I’m delighted that N.W.A.S. are able to provide ongoing support to Poynton by increasing the residents’ access to A.E.D.s”

Sarah-Jane Gilmore - Poynton Town Mayor's Report Photo


8th September 2018, Mayors Glitter Walk

I’d like to say thank you to everyone who participated in The Mayors Glitter Walk. To all the lovely ladies who attended, to the venues that kindly hosted us, to the businesses who generously donated raffle prizes and to everyone who bought raffle tickets.

We had a great time, supported our local businesses and the event raised an incredible £819.16! This will go onto my Just Giving Page towards the grand total to raise funds for a Sensory Garden at Lower Park School and Daily Mile Tracks at Vernon and Lostock Hall Schools!

Sarah-Jane Gilmore - Poynton Town Mayor's Report Photo


11th September 2018, Summer Reading Challenge, Poynton Library

A huge well done to all the children who completed the Summer Reading Challenge at Poynton Library. It was a pleasure to present some of the medals.

Thank you to the staff and volunteers at the library who work so hard to deliver a fantastic service and so many fun activities!

Sarah-Jane Gilmore - Poynton Town Mayor's Report Photo


23rd September 2018, Bollington Civic Service, Bollington

Great to see so many people attending the Town Mayor of Bollington Civic Service.

We paraded in the sunshine to Bollington Civic Hall where the Mayor, Cllr Jon Weston, presented the Civic Awards. A lovely celebration of the Bollington Community.

Sarah-Jane Gilmore - Poynton Town Mayor's Report Photo


24th September 2018, Community Matters, Waitrose, Poynton

Great to meet Dan at Waitrose to talk about their Community Matters Scheme, which has helped to raise funds for 3 fabulous projects in Poynton: Glastonbury Play Area Community Group, Friends of Deva Park & Poynton Heritage Garden.

Thank you to Waitrose for supporting the groups, I know all help is very gratefully received.

Sarah-Jane Gilmore - Poynton Town Mayor's Report Photo


27th September 2018, Poynton Rotary, Deanwater Hotel

I’d like to say a huge thank you to Rotary Club of Poynton for inviting Sharon Duke, PTC Communities Co-Ordinator, and I to talk to them about our vision for Poynton.

We were delighted to share our experiences of how we have worked to link groups, people and skills to positively aid their endeavours.

We look forward to working with Rotary members in many current and future projects.

Sarah-Jane Gilmore - Poynton Town Mayor's Report Photo


30th September 2018, Health & Wellbeing Fair, Civic Hall Poynton

There was a fantastic turnout to the Health & Wellbeing Fair. The event commemorates the International Day of Older Persons, and a variety of groups and organisations who support older people in our community attended.

It was a great opportunity for people to have a chat or get information as well as getting advice on preparing well for winter!

I’d like to thank Sharon Duke, PTC Communities Co-ordinator, the PTC Team and members of the Patient Participation Groups for their hard work in bringing the event together. I managed to speak to all the organisations and lots of attendees!

I’d also like to thank Hilary & Linda from Poynton Methodist Church for providing the fabulous Pop Up Cafe and all the organisations who attended.

Sarah-Jane Gilmore - Poynton Town Mayor's Report Photo


Update on Mayors Fundraising

I’m focussing on young people this year, and so I have been talking to our Parent Teacher Associations, another hardworking group of volunteers, about potential projects that support health and wellbeing, or intergenerational activities; which will be of benefit to children at the schools both now and in the future; and which offer the opportunity for community involvement.

I’m delighted to say that three schools have suggested that 3 schools have suggested projects - a sensory garden at Lower Park and a daily mile track at Vernon & Lostock Hall Schools.

I will be holding several events to raise funds, and at the end of the Civic Year, the funds will be divided equally between the participating PTAs.

Sarah-Jane Gilmore - Poynton Town Mayor's Report Photo


Events

Come and have some fun testing your general knowledge at a quiz to raise funds for my good causes this year which are Daily Mile tracks at Vernon and Lostock Hall Primary Schools, and a Sensory Garden at Lower Park Primary Schools.

The quiz will be held on 13th October at the Royal British Legion Poynton, tickets £10 for a team of 4 – but don’t worry if you don’t have a team we can pair you up!

Our resident Quiz Master Barry Williams will be in charge of quizzical questions and queries to challenge your memories and tax your brain power!

It promises to be a great night and I hope to see lots of you there!

Tickets are available from Mates DIY and Poynton Royal British Legion or message me!

Sarah-Jane Gilmore - Poynton Town Mayor's Report Photo

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