Councillor Sarah-Jane Gilmore, Mayor Reports & Charities
Mayor's Reports can be found here.
Fundraising Events can be found lower down this page.
In my third mayoral year I will continue to support our community, not only through fundraising but also by raising the profile of volunteer groups overall and through continued positive engagement with many of our local businesses.
For this year my focus will be on fund and awareness raising for disability, accessibility and mobility issues (and projects) in Poynton. I'm delighted to say that I will be working with the following groups:
Poynton Disabled Swimming Club provides free swimming lessons and swimming activities to anyone with a disability and can be a lifeline for many people who feel they don’t have access to other clubs and activities in their local area. The charity, who are based at Poynton Leisure Centre, need funding to help pay for the day to day running costs of the club. The group relies heavily on volunteers, with a qualified teacher and three lifeguards attending each session.
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 to appointments. They arrange transport to clinics, dentists, doctors, hospital appointments and visiting for the elderly and disabled. Open Hands’ principal expenses are the rent for their office and the payment of one part-time employee who coordinates the day to day activities, billing, management of the volunteers and general enquiries. Open Hands provides an invaluable service to people in our area, and without it many would struggle to afford taxi fares to their appointments. Others are very lonely, and for some our volunteer drivers are the only human face at their house in a week. Last year they made over 1200 trips.
Poynton Breeze is a relatively new group comprised currently of lady cyclists. They are hoping to encourage many residents to join them on easy, flat rides with a friendly group of people. They would also like to be able to offer cycling experiences to disabled children or adults and wish to purchase two adapted bicycles.
Deva Park Play Area has left a space in the current scheme plan to have an inclusive roundabout. The roundabout is £20k so my fundraising cannot cover the cost but I hope to help to raise the profile for other groups to contribute. I’m aware that there are other examples of inclusive play equipment and given there are going to be improvements to the path that allows for pushchairs/wheelchairs and there are inclusive picnic tables – it makes sense to me, to have some equipment that is also inclusive.
I am also keen to support Poynton Town Council's Civic Pride Strategy, having proposed it as a way of forging links between our many hard working community groups, to enhance services and gain efficiencies through collaborative working.
This strategy aims to provide links between existing activities and develop new initiatives to bring more people on board. This might mean getting involved in projects to enhance local green spaces, or simply to behave in more responsible ways such as not dropping litter.
Everyone has a contribution to make. The strategy looks at what we can do to improve local places, raise awareness of local environmental issues, encourage people to get involved, inspire young people, and to reward community success.
An important aspect of Civic Pride is to inspire the next generation to become active engaged citizens in order to help influence the future.
I’m very grateful for the support that you, the Poynton community, gave me during the last year, and I sincerely hope you will feel able to support me again.
Given the current situation I will of course be cancelling my remaining planned fundraising events. If you have already bought tickets from the Civic Hall or Mates DIY for the Quiz you can collect your money when you’re able.
Some people have advised me they’d like to donate their ticket money - if anyone would like to do this it is very much appreciated but not obligatory.
I will hold a final event later in the year when the situation allows.
Retro Party - 17th January at Poynton Workmens Club - "Oh What a Night".
The Retro Party was amazing! We certainly banished the January blues!
Some fabulous costumes, lots of fun and laughter, brilliant music, loads of dancing, and we raised ..... £537.10!!!!!
Massive thank you to everyone who came and joined in the fun!
Thanks to everyone for judging ‘Best Dressed’ - really tough call but Congratulations to Mark Callow who won first prize.
My thanks as always to Barry and Helen for managing the raffle! And to Robin and the team Poynton Workmens Club for looking after us all so well!
Future Events for your Diary - CANCELLED SEE ABOVE
Mayor’s Posh Party - Poynton Workmens Club on Friday 24th April 2020
Raising funds for:
We’ll have a DJ, buffet & raffle; and the chance to celebrate what, for me, has been an incredible 3 years! Dress to impress .... yourself! Anything goes! Tickets will be £10 per person, watch this space for more info! Really hope to see you there.
Mayor's Snow Ball - 29th November 2019
We had a fabulous time at the Mayor's Snow Ball! Fantastic tunes courtesy of top DJ Chris O’Reilly, and lots of dancing, fun and laughter thanks to everyone who came along to party. We raised an awesome £333.30!! Thank you to all for helping me make the event a success.
CIAO Restaurant - 28th October 2019.
CIAO kindly hosted a meal to help raise funds for my good causes! Following an incredibly generous donation by Ciao, and attendees we raised an amazing £485! Thank you to everyone, both from me, and on behalf of my good causes this year: Poynton Disabled Swimming Club, Open Hands Community Transport, Poynton Breeze & Friends of Deva Park! This takes my fundraising to just over £1000!
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 2018 | June - October 2018 | December 2018 | February 2019 | May 2019 | June 2019 | June - Sept 2019 | Sept - Dec 2019
Report December 2019
Update on Mayor's Fundraising
Following the Shopping Night and Snow Ball, the grand total raised now stands at £2164.00!
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: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/sj-gilmore
8th December 2019, Vernon Building Society (Poynton) Brass Band Christmas Spectacular, Poynton Civic Hall
I always love hearing the Vernon Building Society (Poynton) Brass Band play, and today’s concert really was a Christmas Spectacular!
Alongside a feast of traditional tunes - played brilliantly as always, with some incredible solos - the band looked very festive! Great fun was had by all!
3rd December 2019, Poynton Christmas Fest, Poynton
What a fantastic night! The team of volunteers worked so hard to bring us yet another great Poynton Christmas Fest. I had a fabulous time opening the event, and meeting & chatting to so many people!
Huge thanks to Projects for Poynton, to all the volunteers led so enthusiastically by Liz Wade, to all the businesses who supported the event, to our emergency services and of course to everyone who attended!
The weather was kind and Park Lane was packed - Happy Christmas Poynton!
2nd December 2019, Poynton Disabled Swimming Club, Poynton Leisure Centre
It was really lovely to spend my lunch break with Poynton Disabled Swimming Club as they enjoyed their Christmas party - having worked up an appetite in the pool! They were joined by the ladies who do Aqua Fit on a Tuesday and entertained with festive songs from Maisie Chapman and the children from Lower Park!
Poynton Disabled Swimming Club meets every Monday 12:30-1:30 at Poynton Leisure Centre. Did you know the club has been running since 1978? Doreen is an absolute marvel running both the club and Aqua Fit on a Tuesday!
29th November 2019, Mayor's Snow Ball, Poynton Workmens Club
We had a fabulous time at the Mayor's Snow Ball
Fantastic tunes courtesy of DJ Chris O’Reilly, and lots of dancing, fun and laughter thanks to everyone who came along to party.
And we raised an awesome £333.30!!
29th November 2019, Lostock Hall Christmas Fair, Lostock Hall School Poynton
It was such a treat to help open Lostock Hall School Christmas Fair and welcome Santa.
The PTA had worked so hard as always and the children (and parents) had a great time!
29th November 2019, Prestbury Travel Raffle Draw, Poynton
Lovely to see the team at Prestbury Travel Poynton and help them draw the winners for their raffle following their recent Holiday Show!
An amazing array of fabulous prizes - congratulations to all the winners!
28th November 2019, Thanksgiving, Hickory Smokehouse Poynton
Thank you so much to Adam, Wendy and the team at Hickory's Smokehouse Poynton for inviting me to their Thanksgiving drinks!
It’s always great to see them all – I loved the Thanksgiving headgear too.
26th November 2019, Poynton High School Play, Poynton High School
Events at Poynton High School are always brilliant, but the production of Sister Act was simply incredible!
The cast put so much energy into delivering a first-class performance that they clearly thoroughly enjoyed.
It was lovely to chat to some of them in the interval - they’ve worked so hard with Director Ally Cutler and they, the school, and parents must be very proud! Well done to all!
18th November 2019, Mayor's Shopping Night, Poynton Workmens Club
We had a fabulous time at the I ❤️ Poynton #supportlocal - Shopping Night!
Thank you to all the lovely sellers who supported my event and all the equally lovely shoppers!
I hope everyone managed to get some Christmas shopping done!
We raised a fabulous £368!
10th November 2019, Remembrance Day, Poynton
The Remembrance Day Parade and Service was very moving, and so well attended. We were delighted to welcome Mark Greaves, Deputy Lieutenant as the Queens Representative accompanied by his wife, Esther.
Thank you to everyone who turned out; we are so lucky to have such amazing community spirit in our Town. My thanks also to all the work that has gone on ‘behind the scenes’ by so many to provide the service.
Attendees then gathered at Poynton Royal British Legion for a fabulous buffet provide by Poynton Women’s Institute, with music from the Poynton Royal British Legion Concert Band.
Poynton remembers them ...
8th November 2019, Higher Poynton Women’s Institute Tree Planting, Middlewood Way
The Chairman of the Cheshire Federation of WIs has challenged all groups to plant a tree to celebrate the Cheshire Federation Centenary 2020. I was delighted to meet up with ladies from Middlewood and Higher Poynton Women’s Institute to plant a cherry tree on the Middlewood Way.
The tree will form part of an orchard the Cheshire East Countryside Ranger Service has created for wildlife and walkers. Thanks to Ranger Ed Pilkington for his support with the project, and to the ladies for their kind invitation to join them!
29th October 2019, Fundraising Meal at Ciao, Poynton
We had a fabulous evening at Ciao! The most amazing service and delicious food courtesy of Umberto and the team; and great company thanks to everyone who came along to support the event!
Following an incredibly generous donation by Ciao, and attendees we raised an amazing £485!
27th October 2019, Waterloo Pipe & Drums, Poynton Royal British Legion
Fantastic afternoon with The Waterloo Pipes & Drums! Great to be able to try playing the bagpipes, snare drum, tenor drum and bass drum under such expert tuition.
And to try learning to ‘flourish’ with the drumsticks! The band make it all look so easy - they are a very talented group.
Thank you to Pipe Major Gavin Moffat and his team for organising the event!
26th October 2019, Health & Well Being Fair, Poynton Civic Hall
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!
I’d like to thank Sharon Duke, PTC Communities Co-ordinator, the Poynton Town Council Team and members of the Patient Participation Group for their hard work in bringing the event together.
25th October 2019, Poynton Dippers Award Presentation Evening, Poynton Workmens Club
Another brilliant night at the Poynton Dippers Swimming Club Presentation Evening - celebrating the success of the Club Championship Swimmers!
As always, such a well organised event with lovely food & fun entertainment!
I was delighted to present trophies alongside Head Coaches Andy & Alan who presented the medals!
Incredible achievements by all the swimmers; and the Committee and Team that run the club! Thank you to Karen Nolan, Chairperson, for the very kind invitation to attend.
13th October 2019, Disley Civic Service, Disley
Thank you to Chairman of Disley Parish Council, Cllr. Jackie Pattison, for her invitation to Disley Parish Council Civic Service. A lovely service about the values of Leadership.
Incredible musical and choral support from Disley Community Choir and St Mary’s Choir
12th October 2019, Marie Curie Autumn Fair, Poynton Civic Hall
Everyone had a lovely time at the Autumn Fair in aid of Marie Curie UK!
The volunteers were quite literally rays of sunshine!
6th October 2019, Macclesfield Town Council Civic Service, Macclesfield
Deputy Mayor, Lee Podmore, attended the Macclesfield Town Council Civic Service, which was held by the Mayor, Councillor Janet Jackson MBE.
Following a reception at the Town Hall where they were entertained by musicians from Macclesfield Music Centre, a service was held at St Michael and All Angels Church Macclesfield.
Many Mayors and Deputies were in attendance in addition to the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire, David Rutley MP and Sir Nicholas Winterton.
The Mayors charities for this year are SUSO, who support people with learning difficulties and Just Drop In (JDI) who are a one stop shop offering information and support for young people. In addition to operating in Macclesfield JDI are also looking at offering their service in Poynton following a successful initial trial earlier this year.
5th October 2019, 236 Bollington Squadron Air Cadets & 2448 Poynton Squadron - ATC Joint Annual Dining in Night, Shrigley Hall
It was an honour to attend 236 Bollington Squadron Air Cadets & 2448 Poynton Squadron - ATC Joint Annual Dining in Night! And to share their celebrations and awards!
Great table fun with the Lego challenge & making gliders too!
3rd October 2019, Gilbert & Sullivan, Poynton Civic Hall
What an incredible production by the Poynton Gilbert & Sullivan Society - The Sorcerer!
A brilliant and funny performance from the incredibly talented cast and with the outstanding musical skills of Catherine Silman and Nigel Jay!
28th September 2019, Poynton Fire Station Recruitment Event, Poynton Fire Station
The Fire Station Team invited me to pop along to their recruitment day where they provided a taster session of the practical elements for the recruitment selection tests.
They put me through my paces learning a leg lock on the ladder and a ladder lift!
It was a great way to gain an understanding of what the role entails; and what an incredible job they do responding to incidents and keeping us safe.
25th September 2019, Davenport Golf Club Lady Captain Fashion Show Fundraiser, Davenport Golf Club
Thank you to Lady Captain Maggie Bruce of Davenport Golf Club, for inviting me to her Fashion Night, by Fizz Fashion, in aid of her chosen charity When You Wish Upon a Star.
A great night with fizz, shopping and lovely ladies!
23rd September 2019, Civic Awards, Poynton Civic Hall
It was a pleasure to present the last two Civic Youth Awards to Peri Baytan and Phoebe Cooper.
Along with other winners Peri volunteers at 1st Poynton Rainbows.; and Phoebe at 11th Poynton Brownies
21st September 2019, Mayor of Knutsford Charity Cycle Ride, Poynton Civic Hall
Mayor of Knutsford, Andrew Malloy, undertook an epic 100 mile cycle ride of Cheshire East visiting every town (and a few villages too) along the way! We were delighted to welcome Andrew and his team to Poynton!
Poynton Breeze representatives Fiona and Liz, and Poynton Pedallers Malcolm and Rob joined the Mayor for the stage of his ride to Bollington.
The ride raised funds for Knutsford youth sports and a new skate park.
20th September 2019, Poynton Women’s Institute Fund Raiser, Poynton Workmens Club
Fabulous night organised by Poynton Women's Institute to raise funds for Open Hands Community Transport!
With great music by A Hundred Endings!
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