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.

Twinning with Haybes Poynton Heritage Garden Poynton Civic Awards Winners 2018 A photo of the canal at Higher Poynton

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.

Heritage Garden

Opened in 2018 by Theo Eaves, one of Poynton's distinguished war veterans, it is situated between the Civic Hall, Library and Priorslegh Medical Centre.

More photos here.

Poynton Civic Awards 2018

This year’s winners with Poynton Town Mayor Cllr Sarah-Jane Gilmore.

Discover why the recipients were presented with their well deserved awards here.

In and Around Poynton

Take a walk along the canal or into Lyme Park and the Peak District. Ample parking at the Nelson Pit car park.

More places to visit and things to do here.

Alzheimer's Society Working to become Dementia Friendly 2017-2018 logo A photo of the fountain in Poynton A photo of canal boat at Higher Poynton A photo of a batsman about to hit a cricket ball watched by wicket keeper and fielder
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TAP members gave a presentation, at the Town Council mtg on 8th Oct, about their visit to Haybes and joining their community in commemorating the end of WW1. More details.

Autumn Walks

Middlewood Way is on one of several walking routes from one mile upwards starting from Poynton or nearby. Route maps can be accessed via our Visitor Information page.

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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

My next fundraising event is a shopping night on 26th November at the legion! Click here for more details.


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

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

9th May 2018, Poynton Pick & Tidy, Deva Field, Poynton

Daniel, Jasper and Oliver have now completed their six-month commitment of weekly litter picking completing their Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme’s Silver Award! Well done

Sarah-Jane Gilmore - Poynton Town Mayor's Report June 2018 Photo

9th May 2018, Poynton in Business, Tom Yam, Poynton

Great to attend the POYNTON in BUSINESS – Celebrity Special Meeting with Becky Want, BBC Radio Manchester weekday afternoon presenter and TV personality, as the guest speaker.

Talking about her life, growing up in Poynton & her broadcasting career.

Sarah-Jane Gilmore - Poynton Town Mayor's Report June 2018 Photo

11th May 2018, Prayer Walk, Poynton

It was a pleasure to welcome Libby Lane, the Bishop of Stockport, Ian Bishop, the Archdeacon of Macclesfield, and members of Cheadle Deanery to Poynton.

Bishop Libby and Archdeacon Ian are walking and praying along the streets and pathways of Cheshire, Greater Manchester and parts of Derbyshire between 5th and 20th May 2018. They will have walked 53 miles, the distance of two marathons, as they visit diverse churches and communities to pray with and for them. The mammoth prayer walk is part of ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ a global call to prayer made by the Archbishops of York and Canterbury.

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I was invited to ask the group to pray for Poynton and I therefore asked them to pray for our community, that we might continue to enjoy the immense support from people willing to give up their time to support people living with dementia & their carers; for the many groups who help us to combat loneliness and bring joy into others’ lives.

And for our youth, that we might give them opportunities to become confident and empowered citizens of the future who understand the value of community and civic pride.

I wish them well on their future travels.

12th May 2018, Poynton Fire Station

Who knew car washing could be such fun! I had a great time at Poynton Fire Station Charity Car Wash raising money for The Fire Fighters Charity!

Our Fire Station is an Emergency Services Hub as it also houses staff from Cheshire Constabulary and North West Ambulance Service.

Sarah-Jane Gilmore - Poynton Town Mayor's Report June 2018 Photo

My thanks to Watch Manager Kieran Merriman and the team for letting me help and for telling me all about their role. They do so much more than firefighting including rescue at height, education and CPR, we’re very lucky to have them looking after us!

12th May 2018, HayLo, Poynton Civic Hall

The HayLo Theatre performance of ‘Over the Garden Fence’, a dementia friendly play was incredibly moving.

The play certainly has the power to change attitudes and behaviours about dementia and delivers a message of compassion and understanding in a highly entertaining way.

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My very grateful thanks to Poynton Dementia Steering Group for enabling the performance which was very well attended.

Great to see so many groups and societies attending too: Age UK, The Alzheimer’s Society, Clikety Click, Living Well, Poynton Golden Memories, Poynton Library, CAB, Astraline, Cheshire Police, St Johns Ambulance & Dementia Re-enablement Services.

13th May 2018, Pott Shrigley Civic Service

A lovely Civic Service at St Christopher’s Parish Church, Pott Shrigley, ‘Celebrating Our Community’. Thank you to Parish Council Chairman, Cllr Mike Wray for his kind invitation.

Sarah-Jane Gilmore - Poynton Town Mayor's Report June 2018 Photo

17th May 2018, Deva Park Friends Group, Deva Park, Poynton

Thank you to the Deva Park Friends Group for inviting me to go along to their event! Releasing Red Admiral butterflies raised by Mum Claire and her daughter Rosie!

Deva Park Friends are a group of parents who are working to raise funds to update the park and equipment adjacent to Deva Fields.

The park is a great community resource that needs a facelift and some TLC. They’ll be progressing their fundraising soon!

Watch this space!

Sarah-Jane Gilmore - Poynton Town Mayor's Report June 2018 Photo

18th May 2018, Flute & Firkin Opening, Park Lane, Poynton

Such a pleasure to attend the opening of the Flute & Firkin by Poynton Brewery!

The team have turned the building into a fabulous space which is so welcoming!

Great to see all the hard work come to fruition! I wish them all the very best for the future.

Sarah-Jane Gilmore - Poynton Town Mayor's Report June 2018 Photo

21-27 May 2018, Dementia Action Week #DAW2018

Big or small actions can improve the everyday lives of people affected by dementia.

Poynton Dementia Steering Group, Poynton Town Council & Poynton Town Mayor supported Dementia Action Week with a series of events, visits and information.


Sarah-Jane Gilmore - Poynton Town Mayor's Report June 2018 Photo‘Poynton – A Dementia Friendly Town’ is a key project for the Poynton Area Community Partnership (PACP). PACP has therefore joined the Dementia Action Alliance and the Poynton Dementia Steering Group was formed in January 2017.

Poynton Dementia Steering Group (PDSG) is made up of representatives from Poynton Town Council, local voluntary groups, professionals supporting people living with dementia, dementia services and carers.

As part of the work to make Poynton a Dementia Friendly Town, Poynton Dementia Steering Group (PDSG) are encouraging local businesses to become Dementia Friendly too. PDSG were delighted to receive an application from Johnnie Johnson Housing (JJH) and Astraline who have their Head Office in Poynton.

Sarah-Jane Gilmore - Poynton Town Mayor's Report June 2018 Photo

Lisa Brumwell, Product and Partnership Manager explained that JJH provide affordable, quality housing and services for older people, enabling them to live independently at home for as long as possible. The Corporate Vision, Living Longer, Living Better, is simply about helping people age well and live independently for longer.

It's therefore crucial that JJH staff are Dementia Aware in their interaction with customers, but also in considering property design & development. Astraline are the 24/7 telecare monitoring centre providing reassurance and support to people who want to remain independent but need additional support to call upon in an emergency.

PDSG were happy to recognise JJH as a business that is working towards being Dementia Friendly – well done JJH and Astraline -  keep up the good work!

It’s always lovely to visit Poynton Golden Memories!

PGM is a voluntary group run fortnightly by carers whose loved ones are affected by dementia, to share the journey offering peer support, activities & laughter.

I dropped in to catch up with the team and to highlight the great work they do as part of Dementia Action Week!

Sarah-Jane Gilmore - Poynton Town Mayor's Report June 2018 Photo

Huge thanks to Jackie Hirst, Regional Sales & Marketing Co-ordinator, Maria Mallaband Care Group, for organising the Pop-Up Dementia Cafe at Carmel Lodge.

A great chance for groups and professionals to meet, chat informally and share ideas!

Useful links were made between many organisations who will now share learning to make the most effective use of resources!

Sarah-Jane Gilmore - Poynton Town Mayor's Report June 2018 Photo

Fabulous to see more people becoming Dementia Friends!

Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends programme is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia.

It aims to transform the way the nation thinks, acts and talks about the condition.

Sarah-Jane Gilmore - Poynton Town Mayor's Report June 2018 Photo

As always Hullabaloo were amazing!

A great performance at the Time Out Cafe! We all sang along and tapped our feet.

Music has a such a positive effect on people living with Dementia and singing along put so many smiles on the attendees faces.

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It’s always fun to visit Living Well!

Living Well is a group run fortnightly by volunteers.

The aim of the group is to offer a relaxed environment where people living with dementia and their carers can socialise whilst enjoying a number of activities, which include: Sing Along, Gentle exercise, Arts/Crafts, Quizzes, Games, and Bingo.

They were joined by Samuel & Issac who played flute and clarinet to provide a ‘Name that Tune’ Quiz!

Sarah-Jane Gilmore - Poynton Town Mayor's Report June 2018 Photo

22nd May 2018, Lower Park School, Poynton

I’d like to say a big thank you to the teachers and pupils at Lower Park School for my invitation to visit them.

I had the opportunity to speak to everyone in Assembly about the role of the Mayor; and thoroughly enjoyed their questions!

was then given a highly informative tour of the school by Student Council members Maddie, Holly, Fin, Charlie, Luke, Max and Joseph.

I look forward to visiting again soon!

Sarah-Jane Gilmore - Poynton Town Mayor's Report June 2018 Photo

6th June 2018, Macclesfield & Congleton District Annual General Meeting, Macclesfield Methodist Church

A very informative evening at the Macclesfield & Congleton District Annual General Meeting with 3rd Poynton Scouts Group Scout Leader Alan Wadley.

3rd Poynton received an award for 1-year growth!

My thanks to Mark Eden, District Commissioner, for the invitation.

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8th June 2018, Poynton Golden Memories Fund Raising Evening, Poynton Working Men’s Club


Great to pop in to see the Poynton Golden Memories Group at their fundraising night!

A fantastic event pulled together by Carol Collins – they raised over £2000!

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Update on Mayor's Fundraising

It has been a pleasure to raise funds for Living Well and Poynton Golden Memories.

I have raised £4100.32 and I know the money will go a long way to helping both groups continue to provide their invaluable services.

I’d like to thank Mike & Helen & the Living Well Team, Judy, Edith, Gerald & the Poynton Golden Memories Team for their friendship & support.


For the Mayoral year 2018-19, I am seeking opportunities to fund raise for young people in Poynton and I am in touch with our school Parent Teacher Associations to see if they have projects that I might be able to support. I’m hoping to focus on Intergenerational Activities and Health & Well Being.

My next fundraising event will be an Afternoon Tea at Ubagene Poynton on Sunday July 29th, 2:30PM, £10 per person – hope to see you there!

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