Councillor Sarah-Jane Gilmore, Mayor Reports & 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.
Upcoming event - Mayor's Posh Party Sat 4th May at 7pm at Poynton Legion
On 4th May I’ll be holding my Mayors Ball (Posh Party) in advance of the end of my second term of office!
This will be my last event to raise funds for Health and Well-Being Projects at Vernon, Lostock Hall, Lower Park and Worth Primary Schools!
We’ll have a DJ, buffet & raffle; and the chance to celebrate what, for me, has been an incredible year!
Given the date, we had to make reference to Star Wars so the event has been called 'May(or) the Fourth Be With You!' Star Wars related costumes are therefore very welcome - but not obligatory!
Tickets are £10 per person, available from Mates DIY & Poynton RBL from Monday 25th March! Really hope you can join me 😊
Details of previous Fundraising Events can be found HERE under my 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.
February 2019 below
Cllr Sarah-Jane Gilmore's Mayor's Report - February 2019
12th December 2018, Worth School Pantomime
There’s nothing like a good Pantomime to bring some Christmas cheer and Worth Primary School did that brilliantly with their performance of Cinderella.
All the children aged 4-11 played a part and they did it fabulously; singing, dancing and acting.
Well done to all of them, and to the parents & teachers who make it happen!
14th December 2018, Friday Lunch Club
I had a lovely time at the Friday Lunch Club Christmas Party!
Everyone was in fine festive form as we sang along to a great range of seasonal songs courtesy of Hullabaloo who were very entertaining as always.
14th December 2018, Handpicked by Henrietta Prize Draw
Great fun drawing the winners of the Giant Jellycat Bunny Raffle.
The proceeds will be divided between The Thomas Theyer Foundation & Ollie's Army Battling Against Battens Battens, both very worthy causes.
15th December 2018, Poynton Male Voice Choir
Poynton Male Voice Choir and The Smithy Belles performed a charity concert at Poynton Methodist Church. Poynton Male Voice Choir, directed by Eileen Rigg were, as always, brilliant! I especially love to hear them sing Silent Night. The Smithy Belles were fantastic! The event raised funds for The Ticker Club - an association of ex-patients who have undergone some form of open-heart surgery or other cardiac procedures at Wythenshawe Hospital, home to one of the country’s leading cardiac centres.
The Club, founded in 1987, offers support throughout the North West to those who are themselves experiencing heart or vascular problems, and to their families.
17th December 2018, Poynton Dementia Steering Group
As part of my role I have been pleased to meet with local businesses to learn how they are supporting Poynton to become a Dementia Friendly Community. A focus for Poynton Dementia Steering Group is to encourage local businesses to be more aware of the needs of people living with dementia and their carers.
Waitrose – Poynton branch, have committed to support this initiative through being recognised by Poynton Dementia Steering Group as ‘working to become dementia friendly’. A number of staff at the branch are Dementia Champions and are supporting colleagues to become Dementia Friends. In addition, they have delivered Dementia Friends awareness sessions to pupils at Poynton High School as part of their student development days. In the new year, Waitrose Dementia Champions have committed to supporting Poynton’s primary schools with Dementia Friends awareness sessions.
17th December 2018, Poynton Walking Netball
I was delighted to be invited to Poynton's Walking Netball Group Christmas get together - they are a lovely group of ladies who meet weekly at Poynton Leisure Centre.
The sessions are coached by Everybody Volunteers and Sports Coaches and cost £3 or free as an Everybody member; and run every Tuesday at Poynton 11-12 followed by tea & coffee!
19th December 2018, Poynton Golden Memories
I have never seen so many festive jumpers as I did at Poynton Golden Memories Group Christmas Party! So lovely to see everyone enjoying themselves - well done to Judy, Edith, Gerald and all the wonderful volunteers for their hard work at every event the group holds!
And I popped in to see Men in Sheds while I was at the Centre!
21st December 2018, Poynton High School
Poynton High School Christmas Assembly was a fabulous event. A lovely celebration of the pupils' achievements in the term. It was great to listen to the children singing, playing instruments, presenting poems and readings; and not forgetting the Concert and Jazz Bands.
I was delighted to help present certificates for house achievements. Well done to all and thank you to Headteacher David Waugh, for his kind invitation.
24th December 2018, St George's Church Crib Services
My husband Chris and I had the honour of being Joseph and Mary in the 3 Crib Services at St George’s Church on Christmas Eve.
It was lovely to see the Church so packed for all three services; and to see all the children dressed as Angels, Shepherds and Wise Men!
12th January 2019, Woodlands Care Home, Mrs Mary Beck 100th Birthday
I feel incredibly honoured to have been invited to Mary Beck's birthday celebration. Mary lives at Woodlands Care Home in Poynton, and on Thursday 10th January she turned 100 years young! Her family and the staff at Woodlands arranged the celebration to enable all of Mary’s friends and family to get together to celebrate with her.
It was lovely to meet Mary and her family; and to read extracts from her memoirs - she’s had a very busy life and travelled far and wide in her role with the WRAF. She’s an active member of St Philip's Church, Alderley Edge, and recently provided the reading for the service via video! What a lady!
Happy Birthday Mary from all the staff and Councillors at Poynton Town Council!
16th January 2019, Poynton Mobility Matters
Sharon Duke (PTC Communities Co-ordinator) and I really enjoyed meeting with Poynton Mobility Matters. They are a group of residents with various mobility problems who meet regularly to share concerns about mobility and accessibility around the town.
They have a lot of practical ideas to address current issues and we look forward to working with the group to try and help them progress their suggestions!
16th January 2019, Lostock Hall PTA
It was great to meet members of Lostock Hall Parent Teacher Association and an opportunity for me to share my fundraising progress, and the events that are planned; and for Sharon (PTC Communities Co-Ordinator) to share ideas and information.
I’m proud to be working with such a lovely group of hard-working volunteers and I look forward to supporting their events and raising money to help fund a Daily Mike Track for the school!
21st January 2019, Waitrose Community Matters
I was very happy to help Waitrose Poynton promote the Community Matters token scheme as it supported three very worthy local causes in January:
25th January 2018, Poynton Rambling Club
I had a lovely evening with the Poynton Rambling Club. They are an independent walking club, established in 1969 and based in Poynton. They walk mainly in the East Cheshire & Peak District areas. On January 25th, they held a dinner dance to celebrate their 50th birthday. I felt very honoured to be invited to attend.
In 1969 they charged an annual membership fee of 25p - in 2019 it’s just £5! For that there is an organised walk of 8-12 miles every Sunday. On Wednesdays, most walks are 5-10 miles, with the shorter, easier walks usually followed by an optional lunch in a nearby pub. There are also evening walks organised on alternate Mondays & Thursdays from May to August.
Around twice a year, they also organise residential weekends or mid-week trips for walking in other parts of the UK and during the winter months they have other social events in the local area.
27th January 2019, Fundraising Event – Retro Party
The Retro Party was amazing! We certainly banished the January blues!
So many fabulous costumes, lots of fun and laughter, brilliant music and loads of dancing, and we raised ..... £400!!!!!
A massive thank you to everyone who came and joined in the fun!
7th February 2019, Poynton Library Harry Potter Book Night
I had a magical time at Poynton Library #HarryPotterBookNight - another fabulous event run by our amazing Library team!
We had a reading, the sorting hat put us into teams for the quiz, there was a hunt for magical objects and a word search!
The library team and the children were all in fabulous Harry Potter attire and a great time was had by all!
7th February 2019, Action on Hearing Loss Open Mic Event
Great Open Mic event by Action on Hearing Loss, the largest charity for people with hearing loss in the UK. The Charity raises funds to support research to help develop potential treatments for tinnitus and, ultimately, cures. Just as importantly they help raise awareness of how to protect hearing.
Sharon Duke, PTC Communities Co-Ordinator has been working with Ali Winter from the charity to provide workshops with our community & schools.
The music was courtesy of Quiet Houses, Glass Unicorn and Tom Hingley and shows music doesn’t have to be loud to be enjoyed!
Update on Mayor's Fundraising
Following the Retro Party, the grand total raised now stands at £3644!
Everything raised up to December 2018 will be split between Vernon, Lower Park and Lostock Hall Schools; everything raised from January until the end of my term will also be shared with Worth School!
Thank you to everyone who has supported my events and/or donated to my fundraising!
If you'd like to donate - however big or small - every penny counts - please use the link to my Just Giving Page: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/sarah-jane-gilmore-1
Previous Fundraising Events
World Wine Tasting at Vinehop - Tuesday 19th March
I’ve been so lucky to have great support from our local business community throughout my two terms of office! And the fabulous team at Vinehop have been with me every step of the way!
On Tuesday 19th March they hosted a fantastic Wine Tasting event to help raise funds for my good causes! We had 7 wines, some delicious nibbles and we raised (at least) £150! Thank you Vinehop and thank you to everyone who attended for a great evening!
Retro Party – Poynton Legion Saturday 26th January 2019
🎶 Oh WHAT a Night! 🎶
The Retro Party was amazing! We certainly banished the January blues! So many fabulous costumes, lots of fun and laughter, brilliant music and loads of dancing, and we raised ..... £400!!!!!
Massive thank you to everyone who came and joined in the fun! The dance floor was full all night thanks to our awesome DJ Chris O’Reilly! Thanks to everyone for judging ‘Best Dressed’ - really tough call but Congratulations to Sharon Duke who won a bottle of whisky donated by the Royal British Legion.
My thanks as always to Barry and Linda for managing everything including the me and the raffle! Watch this space for our next event!
Visit the Mayor's Facebook page here for more details and to see photos of the night.
Town Mayor's Santa Walk - Saturday 8th December 2018
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.
Shopping Night - 26th November 2018
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.
Afternoon Tea with the Mayor - 29th July 2018
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
*You may need Adobe Reader to view a PDF. It is free to download on the Adobe Website.