Poynton Towm Mayor

Councillor Sarah-Jane Gilmore

Poynton Town Mayor - 2017/2018 Civic Year

Councillor Sarah-Jane Gilmore. Visits to local groups, activities and organisations, her chosen charities and reports to Council.

Opening of Poynton Heritage Garden on Sat. 14th April with Theo Eaves and Town Mayor Cllr Sarah-Jane Gilmore Opening of Poynton Heritage Garden on Sat. 14th April - group photo Poynton in Bloom Floral Display Chester Road A photo of Poynton Fountain from Park Lane

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Town Mayor Cllr Sarah-Jane Gilmore assisting Theo Eaves, one of Poynton's distinguished war veterans, as he officially opened the Heritage Garden!

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(Right) A view of the garden & alongside the railway truck, with the Mayor, volunteers Diane Penny, Malcolm Adams & Walter Thomas.

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The Poynton in Bloom volunteer group has also been bedding down plants around Poynton.

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Heritage Garden Opening

Poynton Heritage Garden was officially opened on Sat. 14th April by one of Poynton’s distinguished war heroes, Theo Eaves. Find more details and photos here.

Dementia Friends Training

Learn more about dementia & help to make Poynton dementia friendly? Open to anyone working in shops, businesses, organisations or community groups. More details.

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Cllr Sarah-Jane Gilmore


Sarah-Jane Gilmore - Poynton Town Councillor

Mayor's Charity

As my adopted good cause for my Mayoral year, I originally chose the Living Well Dementia Support Group; this is a new group that holds free drop in sessions on alternate Tuesdays at 2.15pm at St George's Church Hall. These fortnightly sessions allow both those living with dementia and their carers to socialise in a relaxed environment, and take part in a range of activities including singing, exercises, arts, crafts and quizzes. More details, and meeting dates, can be found on the St George's Church website www.poyntonpc.net.

We are very fortunate in Poynton to have two groups offering Dementia Support as we also have Poynton Golden Memories. This group also provides Dementia Friendly activities, peer support, laughter & enjoyment on alternate Wednesdays at The Centre in Poynton. For more details please visit their Facebook Page 'Poynton Golden Memories'.

On 14th November I was delighted to report that I had beaten my original fundraising target of £1500, and had been challenged to double my target to £3000 - which I did! You can track my progress, and donate here: http://bit.ly/2D5WJZi

Therefore, the first £1500 I have raised will be donated to Living Well, everything I raise after that will be split between Living Well and Poynton Golden Memories to help both groups continue to deliver their invaluable services!

 

Next Event

My next event will be The Mayor's Ball/‘Posh Party’ on Saturday 28th April, 7:30 at the Poynton Royal British Legion. There will be a buffet and DJ and the evening is to celebrate our great community! I hope to see you there!

 

Mayor's Reports

Throughout my Mayoral year, as well as supporting my main two charities, I am visiting and spending time with as many local organisations, groups, charities and activities as I can. 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.

The most recent report appears below and previous ones can be view or downloaded as PDFs by selecting the following months.

May-June 2017 | July 2017 | October 2017 | December 2017


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

11th December 2017 CounterPoynt Choir & Poynton Community Orchestra, St Georges Church, Poynton

What a fabulous way to get in the Christmas spirit with Poynton groups Ladies CounterPoynt Choir and Poynton Community Orchestra, in a combined concert!

Incredible music and singing with well-known Christmas songs and the hilarious Twelve Days After Christmas!

All bought together by the wonderful conductors Catherine Silman & Nigel Jay!

Sarah-Jane Gilmore - Poynton Town Councillor


12th December 2017 Living Well Christmas Party, St Georges Church Hall, Poynton

It’s always lovely to visit Living Well and this visit was extra special as they held their Christmas party on their last session of the year!

Hullabaloo sang festive tunes and carols, followed by a Christmas Quiz, and party games!
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Sarah-Jane Gilmore - Poynton Town Councillor


12th & 13th December 2017 Hand Bell Practice, St Georges Church, Poynton

Last practice complete!

Looking forward to the Candle Lit Carol Services at St Georges Church on Sunday December 17th at 5 & 7 pm!

 


14th December 2017 Poynton Railway Station, Poynton

So happy to present Poynton Stationmaster, Glyn Derbyshire, with a special Christmas Pudding in recognition of his festive decorations at the railway station.

Glyn provides a festive treat for travellers every year and it’s all done in his own time! He says ‘It’s all for the kids, big and small’!

Thank you Glyn!


14th December 2017 Worth Primary School Panto, Worth School, Poynton

I attended Worth Schools annual pantomime - Aladdin!

It was incredible! Absolutely amazing! What a performance!

I’d like to say a huge well done to all the children - their acting, dancing and singing was brilliant!


16th December 2017 Appayon, Poynton

On 6th December Appayon Poynton hosted an evening to help me raise funds for Living Well & Golden Memories. Two groups who provide support for people living with dementia and their carers.

Appayon kindly donated £10 per person attending and raised a grand total of £800.

I am so grateful to Appayon for their generosity in raising funds that will help both groups continue to provide their invaluable services.


16th December 2017 Poynton Male Voice Choir, Methodist Church, Poynton

I attended the Poynton Male Voice Choir Christmas Concert for an evening of Christmas music and song presented by Poynton Male Voice Choir together with St Peter's Junior Choir.

Their rendition of ‘When a Child is Born was incredible! And hearing St Peter's Junior Choir sing ‘Away in a Manger’ was magical!

The profits and raffle proceeds will be donated to their charity Wilmslow Wells for Africa.


17th December 2017 Poynton Royal British Legion Concert Band, Civic Hall, Poynton

I had a lovely time at the Christmas Concert by the Poynton Royal British Legion Concert Band featuring the Just Sing choir!

Christmas music and carols, mince pies and mulled wine - fabulously festive!


17th December 2017 Candle Lit Carol Services, St Georges Church, Poynton

And so, after all the practices, Liz Osborne (Town Clerk) and I joined the Poynton Bell Ringers at the Candle Lit Carol Services at St Georges Church! We played ‘Good King Wenceslas’ with Handbells in both services and we really enjoyed it!

I’d like to say thank you to the team for their support & training - Rosemary, Angela, Kate, Rob, Kevin, David & Phil! I’m looking forward to graduating to two bells next year!


19th December 2017 Joel Wilding The Sound of Musicals, Civic Hall, Poynton

The Sound of Musicals - an evening of musical theatre classics in a one person show by Joel Wilding!

What an incredibly talented young man! Joel is just 16 and sang and danced his way through a range of songs from famous musicals! It was lovely to meet his Mum & Nonna and wonderful to meet the young man himself!

Joel staged the show to raise funds for the Nicola Riley Charity - you can read more here: www.nicolasfund.co.uk. I’d like to say congratulations to Joel for a great show and all the very best of luck in the future!


19th December 2017 Golden Memories Christmas Party, The Centre, Poynton

Great fun was had by all at the Poynton Golden Memories Christmas Party!

I was only able to stay a short while but it was lovely to see everyone having such a good time courtesy of all the hard work by Judy, Edith, Gerald and all the volunteers!


23rd December 2017 Poynton Forget Me Nots Fundraising Update, Poynton

Thanks to the wonderful talents of the Clickety Click Group making Forget-Me-Not brooches, we have raised an additional £223.28 (in total) to support the work of The Alzheimer’s Society!

So our grand total from our two pages is now £923.28!

Thank you to everyone who supported us.


23rd January 2018 Cheshire’s Best Kept Stations, The Grange Theatre, Hartford

The staffed booking office is clean & tidy with a display of old station name boards and passengers are dealt with by a pleasant & knowledgeable member of staff. A great collection of railway memorabilia, smart gardens and a pleasant waiting room add to the period atmosphere.

The winner of Best Staffed Station in the Cheshire Best Kept Station Awards is .... Poynton!

A huge well done to Glyn and all who help at Poynton Station for all their hard work! A well-deserved award!


25th January 2018 Poynton Railway Station, Poynton

It was both a pleasure and an honour to present our Stationmaster, Glyn Derbyshire, with the very well-deserved award for Best Staffed Station from the Cheshire Best Kept Station Awards.

In the photo is also Pam Williams from Northern Rail who was delighted to see Poynton win this category.


25th January 2018 Poynton Rotary Club, Deanwater Hotel, Poynton

Thank you to the Poynton and District Rotary Club for their kind invitation to join their meeting tonight and talk to them about the role of the Mayor.

We had a very interesting talk from Mark Sweeting about The Mill, a Bramhall based youth centre; and it was a great opportunity to chat to Rotary members and find out more about the great work they do!

I look forward to working with Mike (Chairman) and the team more in the future!


26th January 2018 Headway Charity Shop, Poynton

I visited Headway Charity Shop in Poynton to join the presentation of a cheque to them for £6,000 from Davenport Golf Club. The cheque was presented to Sue Watkins (Manager) & Helen Share (Deputy Manager) by Peter Fidler (Captain 2017) & Diana Illingworth (Ladies Captain 2017). The golf club support a different charity every year and raised the money by holding raffles, charity walks, competitions and events.

Sue says the majority of the money will go to support the Nurses Helpline. In case you don’t know, Headway is the UK-wide charity that works to improve life after brain injury. Through its network of more than 125 groups and branches across the UK, it provides support, services and information to brain injury survivors, their families and carers, as well as to professionals in the health and legal fields.


27th January 2018 Music with the Mayor, Royal British Legion, Poynton

What a night! Music with the Mayor was great event and an amazing fundraising success! I am immensely grateful for everyone's generosity in raising a fantastic grand total of £490.00!!

This means we have now exceeded our second team fundraising target of £3000!!

My thanks to everyone who attended - I hope you all had a great time!


29th January 2018 Open Hands Hotpot Night, Poynton Methodist Church, Poynton

Thank you to Adelle, Open Hands Administrator, for inviting Sharon Duke and I to the hotpot & curry night. The evening was to say thank you to all their hard-working volunteers.

Open Hands is a friendly local charity, based in Poynton. Their primary role is to help vulnerable people who would otherwise find it difficult to use public transport to get them to appointments, etc. Open Hands arranges transport to clinics, dentists, doctors, hospital appointments and visiting for the elderly and disabled. They are a not-for-profit organisation and operates ‘simply because we care’. Their team of willing volunteers generously give their time to help to make the lives of those in need a little easier.

A great chance for me to meet some of the volunteers and find out more about Open Hands - a wonderful resource for our community!


31st January 2018 Knutsford Mayor Eat Drink & Be Merry, Giovannis, Knutsford

I joined the Mayor of Knutsford at his Eat, Drink & Be Merry event to raise funds for his charities. It was a very successful and enjoyable event!

And great to have Poyntons two previous Mayors there too!


4th February 2018 Coppice Road Allotments AGM, Civic Hall, Poynton

Great to meet members of The Coppice Road Allotment Association at their AGM!


7th February 2018 Poynton in Business, Tom Yam, Poynton

Thank you to Poynton in Business for their kind invitation to join them and talk about the various aspects of Dementia care work ongoing in Poynton!

A great opportunity to promote the extensive Health and Wellbeing activities and groups in Poynton and explain Poynton's business community can get involved, including the free dementia awareness training sessions that are taking place over the coming weeks.

Reverend Wesley Loane, the Chaplain at Woodlands nursing home, gave a fascinating insight into the everyday life at Woodlands, who offer residential, nursing and dementia specialist care, and his role as Chaplain at the home.


13th February 2018 Poynton Civic Hall Connected Communities Centre, Civic Hall, Poynton

I was delighted to attend the launch event to celebrate Poynton Civic Hall becoming a Connected Community Centre.

Poynton Civic Hall was nominated by Poynton Area Community Partnership and is part of a Cheshire East Council scheme to make a wider range of activities and support services available on your doorstep. The centre’s aim is to deliver services tailored for our community. Every centre will also have a computer tablet connected to the Live Well community information website, so you can easily find information, advice, activities and services in our area.

Thank you to Cllr Janet Clowes, CEC Adult Social Care and Integration Portfolio Holder and Cllr Jos Saunders, CEC Children and Families Portfolio Holder and Poynton Town Councillor, for their support of the initiative and for attending to tell us all more about the benefits of being a Connected Communities Centre!


20th February 2018 Poynton Flower Club, Civic Hall, Poynton

I had a great evening at the Poynton Flower Club - such a lovely, friendly group of ladies. Coupled with an amazing demonstration of flower arranging by Mark Entwistle!

Mark has been voted 'Florist of the Year and has won several Gold Medals at Chelsea Flower Shows for his flower arranging exhibits, and I can see why! He made it all look so easy!

Thank you to Mair Swift for my invitation.


21st February 2018 Wednesday Lunch Club, Civic Hall, Poynton

21st February was the last meeting of the Wednesday Lunch Club at Poynton Civic Hall.

Poynton Town Council has organised Wednesday Lunch Club since September 2016 and has been supported by a small but dedicated team of volunteers who have provided fun, care and social activities for our older residents.

I was delighted to attend with Cllr Jos Saunders & Town Clerk Liz Osborne to visit the group members, thank the volunteers and to wish them all the very best for the future. This included a great sing along and we all did the YMCA & the Okey Cokey!

Another service has started in Poynton which some group members and volunteers are now attending.


22nd February 2018 Defibrillator Presentation, Poynton Royal British Legion, Poynton

In my roles as Mayor, and as Secretary of the Poynton Royal British Legion Club, I’d like to say a very grateful thank you, on behalf of the Committee and Staff, to Poynton Women’s Institute for their donation of a Defibrillator.

It was arranged by WI member Andrea Airey through Cardiac Science, and Andrea will also be providing staff with training on the use of the unit. This is the third unit to be located in Poynton which extends our ability to provide emergency aid.

A great example of the amazing community spirit we are so fortunate to have in Poynton with organisations supporting each other!


Update on Mayor's Fundraising

Following the Music with the Mayor Night, I have beaten my second target of £3000.00!

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/sarah-jane-gilmore

The first £1500 I have raised will go to Living well; the balance of any further funds raised will be split between Living Well & Poynton Golden Memories.


Next Event

My next event will be The Mayors Ball/‘Posh Party’ on Saturday 28th April, 7:30 at the Poynton Royal British Legion.

There will be a buffet and DJ and the evening is to celebrate our great community!

I hope to see you there!

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