Poynton - VE Day 75th Anniversary Celebrations

8th - 10th May 2020

VE Day - 75th Anniversary Celebrations 8th - 10th May 2020

War News and Memories

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Poynton at War

Read articles on evacuees, rationing, shops, transport, VE celebrations, education, air raid precautions, a pigeon awarded a medal for gallantry & much more here.

World War 2 Portrait Gallery

Visit our 'virtual exhibition' of information about local servicemen and women who gave their lives during the Second World War.

Click here to view the picture gallery.

In and Around Poynton

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Scam Awareness - Older People

An awareness & aftercare project to keep older people safe. The May issue 2 bulletin highlights banking scams, current scams and reporting them. Very useful advice here.

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Chester Road Closure

The closure, from the Hazelbadge Rd junction to outside no. 66, in order to repair gas escape has been extended until 10 June ’20. Scroll down for more details.

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Poynton during WW2 & Gallery

Visit an exhibition of local servicemen and women who gave their lives during the Second World War here and read articles of Poynton during the war here.

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War News & Memories

The information has been collated from a number of different sources, in particular from Harry Carlisle, Cheshire Villages Great War Society and Poynton Local History Society and their book ‘Poynton: A Village at War 1939-1945’. More recently we have gratefully received contributions from Poynton residents. If you have more information about the servicemen and women from Poynton, that you are happy to share, please email Sharon.duke@poyntontowncouncil.gov.uk.

Portrait Gallery - visit our online exhibition of local servicemen and women who gave their lives during the Second World War here.


The Headlines

Air Raid Precautions - more details

A V ROE & CO LTD, Woodford - more details

Baxter, Woodhouse and Taylor - more details

Brookfield Cinema, Café and Ballroom - more details

E Buck and Co Ltd. (BUKTA) - more details

Education - more details

Evacuees - more details

Food Supplies, Rationing and Shops in Poynton during the War - more details

Law and Order - more details

Local Government and Other Public Service - more details

Pigeon has Medal for Gallantry on Secret Service - more details

Poster Girl - more details

Poynton Home Guard - more details

Poynton Social Centre - more details

Poynton Village Victory in Europe Celebrations  - more details

Public Transport in Poynton  - more details

The War Effort in Poynton - more details

Women's Land Army - more details

Air Raid Precautions

At the outbreak of war, the bombing of cities on a massive scale was forecast and the Government developed plans to minimise the effect. As a small village, Poynton was not a major target and only minimal precautions were taken.

Read all about it here.

A V ROE & CO LTD, Woodford

In 1924, A V Roe & Co Ltd bought New Hall Farm at Woodford to use as an airfield. A new building was erected to assemble aircraft, they were then tested and delivered from this airfield.

As the coal mines closed in Poynton in 1935, AVRO became a source of work for Poynton residents.

Read all about it here.

Baxter, Woodhouse and Taylor

In March 1941, Baxter Woodhouse & Taylor moved from its Manchester base into Booth’s Silk Mill, situated next to Poynton Railway Station. General Montgomery’s Jacket was made from material supplied by Baxter, Woodhouse and Taylor.

Read all about it here.

E Buck and Co Ltd. (BUKTA)

Buck’s was an old-fashioned company in Poynton in Woodside. They had contracts to make Boy Scout uniforms from the early days of the movement. Mr Buck being a friend of Baden Powell, the founder of the Scouting Movement.

Read all about it here.


When the war broke out, the Senior School was under the headship of Mr Harrison and was housed in the new building opened in 1937 on Bulkeley Road. Residents were annoyed when new iron railings were erected at the Junior School when people were being asked to give up their own railings as scrap metal to the war effort.

Read all about it here.


Although only a dozen miles from the centre of Manchester and next to the AVRO aircraft factory at Woodford, Poynton was deemed a suitable village to receive evacuees. At the end of August 1939 when war was imminent, the plans were activated. Poynton and area was to receive 1,500 evacuees from Manchester. The first train arrived on Friday 1st September.

Read all about it here.

Food Supplies, Rationing and Shops in Poynton during the War

Obtaining food was very difficult during the war. Rationing was introduced in January 1940. The weekly allowance per person then was 4oz ham or bacon, 12oz sugar, 2oz butter, 1/1d or 1/2d worth of meat. Potatoes were 1d per lb. Poynton had a Food Control Committee and the Townswomens’ Guild held food demonstrations “How to use your rations to best advantage”. 

Read all about it here.

Law and Order

The Poynton Police Section covered a very large area, Poynton, Woodford, Adlington and Prestbury. Enforcement of war time regulations were needed which included fines for those who didn’t observe black-out rules!

Read all about it here.

Local Government and Other Public Service

In addition to normal functions, Local Government was responsible for co-ordinating various activities such as Air Raid Precautions (ARP), war effort fund raising and food control committees. Street lighting was the responsibility of the Parish Council. Early in the war there was a total blackout. Later, as the raids reduced, “starlight” lighting was permitted. To aid people finding their way in the blackout, the kerb edges in Park Lane up to Smithfield Cottages in Coppice Road were painted white.

Read all about it here.

Pigeon has Medal for Gallantry on Secret Service

Mr Walter Torkington of The Grange, Poynton Park, has been awarded the first medal issued by the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals of the Poor. It is the first pigeon in Great Britain to win this certificate.

Read all about it here.

Poster Girl

The Auxiliary Training Services (known as the ATS) was the women only branch of the Army. Mary, a teleprinter operator, an orphan who had been living with an aunt in Poynton was chosen as the ‘poster girl’ for a recruitment drive.

Read all about it here.

Poynton Home Guard

An appeal in 1940 for men to form Local Defence Volunteer (L.D.V) Units met with an excellent response in Poynton. Volunteers consisted mainly of veterans from the First World War, young men awaiting call up and those in reserved occupations. The principal objective was one of observation for enemy activity.

Read all about it here.

Poynton Social Centre

The Poynton Social Centre was located in a large house called ‘Westfield’ on London Road South, nearly opposite to the Vernon Arms. It was run by volunteers from the village.  In the first twelve months of the Social Centre’s existence, it was recorded that 66,000 cups of tea and coffee had been provided.

Read all about it here.

Poynton Village Victory in Europe Celebrations

Poynton, gay with flags and bunting! There was also hung on the fountain, an effigy of Hitler giving the Nazi salute. It was borne off to increase the hilarity at a Victory Dance held at the Brookfield …then was restored to the fountain, hanging upside down. Then, even as Hitler himself had done, it mysteriously disappeared.

Read all about it here.

Public Transport in Poynton

For a place of its size, Poynton was well served by public transport before and during the War. Higher Poynton Station was purely for passenger traffic mainly of a local nature. Mrs Gladys Parker had the unusual wartime occupation of Railway Signalwoman on the Macclesfield to Marple Rosehill line.

Read all about it here.

The Brookfield Cinema, Café and Ballroom

The Brookfield was opened on 1st November 1938.   The owner Mr R Bailey had operated the Old Poynton Cinema.  There was little doubt that a long felt want for the district had been met, as the limited public transport made it difficult to get to Stockport. In the back row of the cinema there were double seats which proved very popular!

Read all about it here.

Women's Land Army

Many male agricultural workers enlisted in the forces, consequently there was a shortage of labour, so to fill in the gaps the Women’s Land Army was formed.  Several Poynton girls joined.

Read all about it here.

The War Effort in Poynton

The war effort in Poynton was quite remarkable. The shortage of material made it necessary to salvage as much as possible. This started with the “Pans for Planes” campaign and there were many more fund-raising activities including, “Aircraft for Victory” and for “War Weapons Week”.  A soap collection was also organised by the Women’s Anglo – Soviet Movement.

Read all about it here.

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