Lord-Lieutenant presents badges to eleven new Hosts

October hostsThe Knutsford Hosts volunteering project continues to go from strength to strength with eleven new hosts receiving their badges from David Briggs, Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire.

The welcome event was hosted by Knutsford Town Mayor Cllr Neil Forbes at the Town Council Offices. David Mooney and Paul Newman of the Old Sessions House provided refreshments for the event.

“As we’ve operated independent businesses in Knutsford for well over 30 years, we are delighted to provide support for Knutsford Hosts and thank them for donating their time and efforts to promote our fabulous town and support so many organisations and charities,” said David.

Speaking at the event, David Briggs said he was thrilled to see the enthusiasm of everyone for the Knutsford Hosts initiative.

“I think that this is a great idea and is doing a lot to increase the feeling of community in the town as well as getting more help to those in need. The idea of simply asking people to help the community and then giving them real projects where they can help is tremendous.

“My experience as Lord-Lieutenant is that there are many people across the County who really do want to help those less fortunate than they are but they often don’t quite know how to help. Knutsford Hosts acts as the “middle-man” to link those with time to give with community activities where they can really make a difference. I encourage everyone who would like to be more involved in the town to become a Knutsford Host.

“I wish the project every success and congratulate Sarah Flannery and everyone who is involved for this outstanding initiative.”

Macmillan Cancer Support is the latest charity to work with the Knutsford Hosts and fundraising manager Louisa Walmsley, spoke at the event saying the charity was thrilled to be involved with the Knutsford Hosts.

“We rely heavily on volunteers to help us in all aspects of our work and so the Knutsford Hosts are going to be a great resource for us. I’m always looking for people to help with a range of activities so together we can make sure that no-one in Knutsford faces cancer alone,” said Louisa.

Cllr Andrew Malloy received his badge at the event and said he was really proud to become a new Host.

“It’s a project I feel has real benefits for the town and the individuals taking part,” he said.

“I was really impressed by the turn out at the welcome event, the desire to get involved in community projects and the number of organisations coming to ask for assistance and support.

Project coordinator Sarah Flannery said it was heartening to see the impact that the Hosts are making within a few short months of being set up to help support and promote Knutsford, its many activities, events and organisations.

“Our latest welcome event was a perfect opportunity to say thanks and welcome new hosts to our growing team. In particular we are so grateful to David Briggs for taking the time and interest to attend the welcome event which meant a great deal to everyone there,” said Sarah.


Knutsford Town Mayor Cllr Neil Forbes, centre, with, from left to right Georgia Wynne, Lydia Barclay, Sarah Flannery, David Briggs, Julie Gaskell, Andrew Malloy, Helen Thickett, Colette Clarke, Erica Goggins, Sarah Ganczarski, Kane Gunter, Iris Brough and Beverley Hodgson.