Hosts treated to Peover trip ahead of busy Autumn period

KNUTSFORD Hosts were on the receiving end when they were treated to a private tour of Peover Hall and high tea courtesy of Henry Brooks from the Tatton Estate.

“It’s been an exceptionally busy year so far for the Knutsford Hosts as we’ve volunteered for a huge range of charities and events from RHS Tatton and Knutsford Heritage Open Days to the Lions Street Fair and the Children’s Adventure Farm Trust open day,” said Sarah Flannery, Hosts co-ordinator.

“So we were delighted when Henry, one of our Knutsford Hosts, offered this lovely chance for us to have a social afternoon learning all about the fascinating history of Peover Hall and relaxing over tea and cakes in the sunshine.”

Henry said: “Cheshire is very lucky to have some fantastic volunteer organisations and the Tatton Estate were delighted to be able to support Knutsford Hosts in a small way by giving their volunteers a tour of the Hall and Gardens with refreshments in the Park House Tea Rooms as a thank you to recognise their contribution.”

The Hosts have a busy autumn and winter ahead as they will be volunteering at the Knutsford Beer Festival, the Pumpkin Path, the town’s Christmas weekend and lantern parade.

“We will also be supporting the Lions Christmas collection and the Tatton Yule Yomp and various other local projects,” said Sarah.

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BBC DJ gives his support to Knutsford Heritage Open Days

FLYING the flag for Knutsford Heritage Open Days, starting today,Thursday, is BBC Radio 6 Music DJ and Knutsford resident Mark Radcliffe.

Organisers of the four-day town-wide festival which starts today, Thursday, September 8, to Sunday, September 11, the Knutsford Promenades Community organisation, were delighted to be awarded a special flag by national Heritage Open Days organisers.

“We were one of just 14 events out of more than 5,000 sites and events showcasing heritage across England recognised for making a stand out contribution to the Europe and Us theme,” said Sarah Flannery.

Europe & Us is a summer and autumn National Trust programme celebrating and exploring the UK’s European historical, political and cultural links.

“Establishing links with the Danish Consul, a local Danish network, and the Danish school, Solbjergskolen, as well as the support of Rotary International in Knutsford, has added so much 2016 interest to our celebration of the Canute legend dating back to 1016,” said Sarah.

Mark Radcliffe was delighted to be invited to raise the flag on the Moor.

“I love living in Knutsford so much and it’s great to be part of celebrating its heritage,” he said.

“I may only have lived here for three years but I can’t imagine ever calling anywhere else home.”

Canute’s Crossing takes place on Saturday, September 10 from 2pm to 4.30pm when people will pay homage to the legend by crossing the River Lily alongside the Chester Vikings who will be giving Knutsfordians a feel for life as a Viking.

This is just one of the 34 sites and events which make up Knutsford Heritage Open Days’ extensive programme ranging from the special opening of the Royal George Ballroom, immortalised as Elizabeth Gaskell’s Assembly Rooms in her novel ‘Cranford’, to the ‘Value Your Valuables’ take on Heritage Open Days’ ‘Treasure Your Treasures’ theme when auctioneer Adam Partridge hosts his own antiques and curios roadshow at Don Giovanni’s King Street restaurant.

“So many groups including the Gaskell Society, Brook Street Chapel, the Tabley House Collection, numerous individuals and businesses who own some of the town’s most iconic buildings, have come together to make this a true community festival,” said Sarah.

“All the details about the four-day event can be found on our website, here.

“So many things are happening including a chat about Alison Uttley’s children’s books, the secrets of Victorian Beauty, music from 1,000 years ago at St Cross Church, sampling a Taste of Cranford with recipes from Elizabeth Gaskell’s novel – even the chance to dance in the Royal George Ballroom. There’s something for everybody to enjoy celebrating Knutsford’s heritage.”

Knutsford Hosts get ready to support RHS at Tatton

Knutsford Hosts get ready to support RHS at Tatton

from left to right, Vicky Wilby, Tatton Park marketing manager with Knutsford Hosts Dee Griffiths, Sarah Flannery and Gaynor Evans.

FORTY Knutsford Hosts will be promoting the town at this years RHS Tatton Park Flower Show – double the number who supported Knutsford, Tatton Park and the RHS in 2015.

Knutsford Hosts is the town-wide volunteer group which acts as ambassadors to promote the town and provides support for events, organisations and charities in the town.

“In just two years we have gone from launching the scheme and working with six organisations, to welcoming our 70th host and working with more than 30 organisations, community groups and charities,” said Sarah Flannery who founded the scheme which is now a community association run by volunteers for volunteers.

“This year the Hosts have worked closely with the fantastic RHS and Tatton Park teams to coordinate more than 40 volunteers who will be supporting this fabulous, premier annual event.

“We’ve been invited to help with the gate, the Talks Theatre and the Tatton Park show garden and we’re looking forward to giving visitors a warm Knutsford welcome – and many reasons to return!”

Carole Mullineux, Tatton Park business development manager, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Knutsford Hosts for the third year running.

“The RHS Tatton Park Flower Show brings benefits for the local economy though tourism but also, as the Hosts partnership illustrates, builds upon existing strong community links between Tatton Park and Knutsford.”

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Volunteers sign up for Knutsford Hosts befriending scheme

VOLUNTEERS are helping to reduce the problem of loneliness experienced by nursing and care home residents.

The first volunteers have enlisted for the Knutsford Hosts-inspired senior citizens’ befriending scheme.

In March the Knutsford Hosts launched a visiting scheme to help address the issue of loneliness for residents of Sharston House nursing home and Sunrise of Mobberley care home.

“The idea was simple,” said Sarah Flannery, chairman of Knutsford Hosts.

“We wanted to create a pool of volunteers so that both homes receive visitors every week.

Hosts mark second birthday helping Knutsford groups

THE Knutsford Hosts, the town-wide volunteer group which acts as ambassadors to promote the town and provides support for Knutsford’s events, organisations and charities, celebrated its second birthday at the April Makers Market.

Thanks to a contribution from Equilibrium Asset Management, visitors enjoyed a piece of birthday cake whilst finding out more about the Hosts and their plans for the next 12 months.

“It was fantastic to be able to celebrate our second birthday at the Makers Market,” said Sarah Flannery, who set up the Knutsford Hosts.

“It is so good of the Makers Market team to provide community stalls and, thanks to a generous donation from Equilibrium Asset Management, we had lots of birthday cake to offer visitors to our stall.

“The atmosphere was brilliant and the street was packed, so we had a marvellous day. We were overwhelmed by people expressing an interest in becoming Hosts and supporting the work we do.

“And people from out of town said they wished that they had a similar scheme where they lived!

Colin Lawson, managing partner of Equilibrium Asset Management, said: “We have always believed strongly in supporting the communities we work in, so we are delighted to be able to support the fantastic work that the Knutsford Hosts do in the local community.

“As part of our 21st anniversary plans we are embarking on a ’21 days of giving’ campaign – which has a goal to raise £21,000 for charities chosen by our staff and clients. It is great to be able to support the Knutsford Hosts with their own celebrations to mark their second birthday and we look forward to working with them on future projects that they undertake in the area.”

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Happy Birthday! We’re two today!

It was a ‘mad’ March for the Knutsford Hosts!

March was a busy month as the Hosts volunteered to help the Friends of the Moor and the Friends of the Heath with their litter picks in support of the Clean for the Queen campaign.

We also helped with the annual Marie Curie Daffodil collection day at Booths supermarket.

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Knutsford Hosts to work with Sharston House and Sunrise of Mobberley

KNUTSFORD Hosts is to trial a new scheme aimed at addressing the issue of loneliness among the town’s senior citizens.

Knutsford Hosts is a community volunteering scheme with more than 100 members.

It acts as a pool of community volunteers, providing extra support for the town’s many events, organisations and local charities.

Knutsford Hosts is to trial a new visiting scheme for Sharston House Nursing Home at Knutsford and Sunrise of Mobberley care home.

Hosts chairman Sarah Flannery said: “For some time I’ve been thinking about what we – Knutsford Hosts – might be able to do to help to address the issue of loneliness among our senior citizens.

“Many of the residents at Sharston House have few or no visitors, sometimes for the simple reason that friends and family no longer live locally and are so far away they cannot visit often.

“This is an issue which is also faced by Sunrise of Mobberley and other care homes, but as a start we have decided to trial a new initiative – a visiting scheme for Sharston House and Sunrise.

“Having a friendly face to pop in and take some time to simply sit with residents for a chat or offer some companionship will really brighten their day.

“The volunteers will benefit too, by being able to make such a difference and improve the quality of life for our town’s special citizens.

“I envisage this visiting scheme as something that can be embraced by anyone in the community.”

Sarah has also approached Knutsford Lions and the Rotary Club of Knutsford Rotary to seek their support for the visiting initiative.

To launch the scheme Sharston House and Sunrise of Mobberley are hosting events next Monday, March 12.

Sharston House manager Nishi Gottlieb said: “At Sharston House we believe it is really important for our residents to stay connected with their local community.

“I think this visiting scheme is a lovely idea, which will really brighten the day for our residents, especially those who have limited mobility.”

Carol Curling, activities and volunteer co-ordinator at Sunrise of Mobberley said: “Sunrise Mobberley residents really enjoy meeting people from the local area, keeping in touch with what is happening and sharing experiences, and I hope those who join in this visiting scheme will find it rewarding too.


Cheshire East & Knutsford Lions – thank you!

Hosts 6The Knutsford Hosts is run by volunteers for volunteers as a Community Association. Our overheads are minimal thanks to the generosity of individuals and some local businesses who support us in various ways.

One main cost is that of ensuring we hold Public Liability Insurance so Hosts are protected. And thanks to the Knutsford and District Lions Club, that insurance has been renewed for another 12 months.

Another main cost is that of manufacturing our pin badges which are presented to new Hosts at our welcome events. Thanks to a Cheshire East Council Community Grant we have been able to commission a new batch.


Town Mayor welcomes new Hosts

Our first welcome event of 2016 saw the Knutsford Town Mayor, Cllr Tony Dean, present badges to the new Hosts. A packed Town Council meeting room enjoyed a glass of wine, courtesy of Sarah Flannery, and heard about the projects we have been asked to support during the first few months of the year.
As ever, the Hosts showed how keen they are to help and signed up to help a variety of causes and organisations from Tabley House to the Clean for the Queen litter picks.

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