Councillor Sarah-Jane Gilmore, Mayor Reports & Charities
In my second mayoral year I continued to support our community, not only through fundraising but also by raising the profile of volunteer groups overall. My fundraising was for young people, and so I talked 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 suggested projects: a sensory garden and a daily mile and that they would dearly love some support with fundraising for.
I held a number of events to raise funds, and at the end of the Civic Year, the funds were divided equally between the participating PTAs.
Fundraising reached over £5,000 when my target was £2,000!
I’m very grateful for the support that the Poynton community gave me during the last year.
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.
Cllr Sarah-Jane Gilmore's Mayor's Report - May 2019
1st March 2019, Worth Primary School
Worth Primary School PTA are currently fundraising to support Worth Primary School in buying a school gazebo as an outdoor learning area.
Head Teacher Miss Wyatt says ‘We are very lucky at Worth to have a fantastic outdoor space. We have two large playgrounds and a wonderful field with a wood. The children have been telling us how they would like to make more of this space especially with regards to outdoor learning.
We have started fundraising for an outdoor learning space and would like to install a wooden gazebo to be used for teaching and learning. The quoted cost for this is, on average, £8000. Any funding that could be donated to the school would be greatly appreciated and would make a real difference for the children and to the school’.
I’m delighted to be fundraising to help the PTA realise their vision.
1st March 2019, Adlington Manor Care Home, Adlington
Thank you to Jenny Knowles, Activities Co-ordinator at Adlington Manor Care Home, for her kind invitation to their ‘Time for a Cuppa’ event in support of Dementia UK raising funds for Admiral Nurses.
It was lovely to meet the team and have a tour of the facilities.
I was astounded at the number of different events they hold on a weekly basis! Remaining active is a key focus for the staff who try to meet the hobbies and particular interests of the individuals who live with them. They also utilise music therapy as an element of treatment in their Memory Lane Community for people living with dementia. They are a very enthusiastic and dedicated team #Timeforacuppa
3rd March 2019, Poynton Roller Disco
What’s the best fun you can have on a Sunday afternoon in Poynton? Poynton Roller Disco at Poynton Leisure Centre! Run by Rollers Club the Poynton disco is now on every Sunday 3.15pm to 4.45pm.
It’s an amazing way for people of all ages to exercise whilst having a great deal of fun! I’ve never tried roller skating, so this was a first for me - I was hopeless but I really enjoyed it! I’m very grateful to the team - Ellis, Holly and Caitlin (especially Holly!) for their patience and support in trying to teach me. And to Sharon for (quite literally) holding my hand!!
If you haven’t tried this out, I’d highly recommend it! Fun, keep fit and a really friendly group!
And what do you do after the Roller Disco? Go Scuba Diving of course! We popped in to say hello to Into The Deep - Scuba Diving Training!
They run Scuba Diving for all ages and abilities, and they have sessions at Poynton Leisure Centre on alternate Sunday's.
Instructor Dave was ‘in the deep’ in the middle of a session but his daughter Caitlin kindly took the time to tell us about their company. They are a Cheshire based family team who take a really individual approach to instructing and even offer ‘Try Dives’ for anyone wanting to see if it’s for them. Their approach makes Scuba Diving available to all regardless of age or experience and they’re such friendly people. I would have tried it out .... but I didn’t have my snorkel!
4th March 2019, Waitrose Grow and Sell Kits, Waitrose Poynton
Waitrose are promoting their Grow and Sell Kits and Healthy Eating programme to our local primary schools!
I and Communities Co-ordinator, Sharon Duke met with Carina from Waitrose, Mr Coulson, Head of Lower Park Primary School and Charlotte Fazakerley, Chair of Lower Park PTA, along with pupils Jacob and Charlotte to find out more about what’s on offer.
The kit contains a variety of seeds, compost, plant labels and environmentally friendly plant pots - everything to you need to start a veg fest!
The PTA are currently raising funds to develop a sensory garden in the school grounds which will be both an educational resource as well as a pleasant space for pupils and wildlife.
The children will be invited back to Waitrose during Healthy Eating Week (10th – 14th June) to have a market stall where they can sell their home-grown produce and learn about fruit and vegetables grown locally and around the World.
What a great programme - thank you Waitrose!
4th March 2019, The Centre in Poynton
It was great to meet Allan Russell (Chair of Trustees) and Roy McGregor (Vice Chairman & Events Organiser) at The Centre in Poynton to hear about their ongoing work to maintain and improve The Centre.
The Centre has undergone many changes but it is still held in trust for the people of Poynton, managed by a team of hard-working volunteer Trustees on your behalf. It is home to many community groups and classes and is available for you to hire for your community event or private party.
The team are currently fundraising to support ongoing and much needed major investments. In the first instance this will be to refurbish the main hall, including the stage, and a new sound and lighting system, to enable the venue to host musical & theatrical events. These improvements will be coupled with the extension of the Men in Sheds workshop!
They are always keen to hear from anyone who would be interested in helping them with the Centre.
7th March 2019, Worth PTA, Flute & Firkin, Poynton
It was great to meet members of Worth Parent Teacher Association. 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 an outdoor teaching area for the school!
19th March 2019, Mayor of Cheshire East Sunday lunch, Swettenham Arms
Mayor of Cheshire East fundraising Sunday lunch, with the Mayors/Deputy Mayors and Consorts from Northwich, Nantwich, Macclesfield, Knutsford, Macclesfield, Wirral, Congleton, Middlewich and Poynton!
Funds raised will benefit the Mayor’s Charities for 2018/19 which are Carers Trust 4 All and Friends for Leisure.
15th March 2019, Worth Primary School Disco, Poynton Civic Hall
Flying Visit to Worth Primary School Neon Disco!
The children were having a fabulous time dancing and playing games!
Great work by the PTA and parents! I really don’t know how they do it!
16th March 2019, Yoga Life, Poynton
It was lovely to meet Ian and the team at Yoga Life Poynton, and an honour to cut the ribbons and declare them officially open!
If you haven’t visited yet I highly recommend it! They have created a fabulous space for classes and offer a range of Yoga activities - there really is something for everyone, a great addition to health and well-being activities in our Town.
And they are an incredibly friendly and welcoming team with a great community ethos! Pop in for a chat - their enthusiasm is infectious! I wish them all the very best for the future and I’ll be participating in some classes very soon.
19th March 2019, Poynton Golf Society, Farmers Arms, Poynton
It was lovely to meet Martin Crank - President, Brian Kingham - Captain, Duncan Bown - Fixtures Secretary and John Duke - Treasurer, of Poynton Golf Society.
And I’d like to say a HUGE thank you to them for their incredibly generous donation of £450 towards my fundraising for local Primary School PTA Health & Well-being Projects!
Poynton Golf Society was founded 30 years ago and they are still going strong today enjoying golf, socialising and fundraising!
19th March 2019, Wine Tasting at Vinehop, Poynton
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!
They hosted a fantastic Wine Tasting event to help raise funds for my good causes!
We had 7 wines, some delicious nibbles and we’ve raised (at least!) £150! Thank you Vinehop and thank you to everyone who attended for a great evening!
20th March 2019, St Pauls Primary School, Poynton
It was lovely to meet with Nora Armstrong-Boyle, Headteacher, Rachel Price-Uden, Deputy Headteacher and Helen Share, Chair of PTA at St Paul’s Catholic Primary School.
They shared some of their ideas for Health and Well-being projects for the school and I’m delighted to include them in my fundraising for the remainder of my term.
I’ll be helping to raise funds for a permanent canopy over the fire pit in their Forest School. The Forest School gives children the opportunity to play in a natural environment making them happier, healthier and aiding concentration - you can read more here: http://www.stpauls.cheshire.sch.uk/forest-school/ If you can help with the canopy project, please do get in touch!
I enjoyed having a tour of the school - they have a great philosophy around mindfulness in their teaching, and the school is really cheerful and welcoming!
24th March 2019, Knutsford Mayors Ball, The Courthouse, Knutsford
A lovely evening representing Poynton at Knutsford Mayor Charity Ball!
Raising funds for his charities Friends of the Moor, Knutsford Heritage Centre, Knutsford First Responders Trust and The Welcome Cafe!
26th March 2019, Lostock Hall School Open Day, Poynton
It was lovely to attend the Open Day at Lostock Hall Primary School.
The event is aimed specifically at current parents where they can have a view of the busy school in ‘operation’ and look at their children’s work. A great opportunity!
Thank you to Mr Hamilton, Headteacher, for chatting to me about the school activities and for the informative tour of the school and sensory garden (built by Poynton Men in Sheds)!
27th March 2019, Poynton Dippers, Poynton Leisure Centre
It was great to see members of the Poynton Dippers Swimming Club Team to say thank you for their amazing and generous donation of £200 to my good causes this year!
Thank you all from me and on behalf of all of the school PTAs that I’m fundraising for!
28th March 2019, St Pauls Forest School, Poynton
Just the best way to spend a sunny Thursday afternoon! At St Paul’s Forest School with Miss Johnson, Mrs Hetherington, Mrs Pengelley, Mr Lunt and pupils from Year 4! Making dens, climbing trees, heating water for hot chocolate, toasting marshmallows and making smores!
The Forest School gives children the opportunity to play in a natural environment making them happier, healthier and aiding concentration - you can read more here: http://www.stpauls.cheshire.sch.uk/forest-school/ I’ll be helping to raise funds for a permanent canopy over the fire pit in the Forest School. If you can help with the canopy project please do get in touch!
3rd April 2019, Poynton High School Easter Concert, Poynton High School
It was such a treat to attend Poynton High School Easter Concert! We were thoroughly entertained by the Concert Band, the Jazz Band, the String Orchestra and the Year 13 Ensemble; the Ensemble also presented the evening.
The students are incredibly talented with many playing more than one instrument. Huge congratulations to them all and to music teachers Mr Rawling and Mr Western! Thank you for a great evening!
5th April 2019, Poynton Mobility Matters, Poynton
I was on a steep learning curve going out on Park Lane on a Mobility Scooter with Alan McGlone from Poynton Mobility Matters.
Poynton Mobility Matters are a friendly group of disabled people and their carers who get together for a drink and a chat to talk about anything and everything! They meet every other Wednesday at 11.30am at Wetherspoons in Poynton which has a disabled car parking spaces and accessible toilets.
I met Alan and other group members back in January and I was really interested in the practical ideas they have to raise awareness and help address current issues around mobility and accessibility in the town.
I’m very grateful to Alan for taking me out on Park Lane on a mobility scooter to better understand how beneficial mobility scooters are. I was delighted to participate in a short film with Alan to help highlight the Poynton Easy Access Scheme (PEAs).
5th April 2019, Friday Shoppers, Poynton Civic Hall
Great to pop in to see the Friday Shoppers!
A group run by volunteers to help residents get from home to the shops and back again - with a cuppa and a natter in between!
Friday 5th April, Poynton Bells, St Georges Church, Poynton
The best way to round off a busy Friday - in the tower with the Poynton Bells! I’m very grateful to the Bells for letting me attend their practice session and to Tower Captain, David Friend, for allowing me to ring one of the bells under his tuition!
I also joined in with Hand Bell practice and I’m delighted to have graduated to ringing two bells! And to top it all off, I helped to wind the clock - an incredible mechanism installed to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Jubilee. The clock has to be wound twice a week. What an amazing piece of history!
Find out more about Poynton Bells here www.poyntonbells.net
Thank you Poynton Bells for an informative and fun evening!
6th April 2019, Bollington Mayor Civic Dinner, Civic Hall, Bollington
A lovely evening at the Bollington Town Mayor Civic Dinner, raising funds for his chosen charity The Bridgend Centre Bollington!
7th April 2019, Vernon Brass Band Vice Presidents Concert, Poynton Methodist Church
Thank you to Vernon Building Society (Poynton) Brass Band for the kind invitation to their Vice Presidents concert.
They are a really friendly group of incredibly talented musicians and it was fabulous to hear them play such a range of music. If you haven’t heard them play you’re really missing out!
8th April 2019, Annual Town Assembly, Poynton Civic Hall
Thank you to everyone who attended the Annual Assembly - a great range of questions and queries!
Other opportunities to raise queries are through the regular Committee meetings and monthly councillor surgeries.
As councillors we genuinely welcome support & contact from residents as together we can solve issues more effectively.
16th April 2019, Twinning Association Reception, Poynton Civic Hall
It was lovely to welcome friends from ‘Haybes-Poynton : Association de jumelage’. They were on a trip to Manchester but travelled to Poynton for an informal reception at the Civic Hall and then lunch at Ciao with members of The Twinning Association of Poynton - TAP!
Sadly I missed the lunch as I had to get back to work but I really enjoyed the short time I could spend with them!
27th April 2019, Pizza Express. Poynton
Great meeting with Munfaz, Manager of Pizza Express Poynton - talking about how he and his team can support community groups and events!
Looking forward to working with him.
28th April 2019, Macclesfield Town Crier Competition, Macclesfield
Oyez, Oyez! Brilliant time at the inaugural Macclesfield Town Crier Competition with eleven of the best town criers in the country, all competing for the title of the first ever winner of the event. Such a friendly and interesting group of people!
2nd May 2019, Poynton in Business, Flute & Firkin, Poynton
It was lovely to join Poynton in Business for their last official gathering. PIB, which was set-up in April 2013, has been very successful in connecting local businesses, and many now work with each other and have become good friends, but over the last year or so the number of members turning up at meetings have dwindled considerably.
The voluntary steering group set up to promote local businesses, arrange meetings, guests, social events, help new businesses get off the ground, run the finances, website and administration of PIB are, like everyone, very busy with their own work and struggling to give more time to the group.
So sadly the directors and steering committee have decided that the group has run its course. I’ve been delighted to attend PIB meetings and very grateful for their support in my time as Mayor.
So thank you to all the members, and I wish you all the very best for the future!!
3rd May 2019, Hickorys Smokehouse, The Acoustic Lounge
Great meeting with Gareth Cooper, Community Liaison Officer for Hickory's Smokehouse Poynton!
Hickory’s Smokehouse have taken over what was the Vernon Arms and are in the process of renovating the premises. They are a small family friendly restaurant group based in Cheshire, with 9 other venues in the Midlands and Northwest.
They are firm believers in community involvement which is great news for Poynton! I’ll be keeping a close eye on their Facebook page to see when they’ll be opening!!
3rd May 2019, Defibrillator Opening, Poynton
A pleasure to attend the official opening of the Defibrillator Phone Box at Spinners Lane. Kevin Booth is Poynton’s AED Champion and represented Poynton AED Group who have worked so hard to raise funds for this vital equipment in partnership with Poynton Town Council.
PTC were represented by Operations Manager Phil Cunningham and Communities Co-ordinator Sharon Duke; also attending was Reverend Andrew Allan from Poynton Christian Fellowship, PCF kindly hosted the training that supported the new AED in the phone box by The Hockley Centre.
4th May 2019, The Mayor's Posh Party – May(or) the 4th Be With You, Poynton Royal British Legion
What an absolutely fantastic night we had at The Mayors Posh Party - May(or) the 4th Be With You!
Fabulous music courtesy of DJ Mark Ashton, great food from Soho Deli and superb raffle prizes from Pitch Productions Festivals, Vinehop, Hand picked by Henrietta, Worth Primary School PTA, Gillian’s Mum, Pizza Express Poynton, The Acoustic Lounge & Headway UK Poynton Shop.
AND we raised a fabulous £320.90! Bringing my grand total to £4884.90!
The money will go a long way to help Vernon, Lower Park, Lostock Hall, Worth and St Paul’s primary schools fund their Health & Well-being projects!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who made this, and my previous events, so successful and so much fun!
It’s been an incredible year and I’m so very proud to have been Poynton Mayor 2018-19! !
Update on Mayors Fundraising
Following the The Mayor's Posh Party – May(or) the 4th Be With You, the grand total raised now stands at **£4905!
Everything raised up to December 2018 will be split between Vernon, Lower Park and Lostock Hall Schools; everything raised in January will also be shared with Worth School, and from February until the end of my term will be shared with St Pauls as well.
Thank you to everyone who has supported my events and/or donated to my fundraising!
** Since the Mayor's Party the amount of funds raised is now over £5,000!
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
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