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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Community spirit is alive

Hosts 1I WOULD like to say the biggest, most heartfelt ‘thank you’ to the wonderful Knutsford hosts for their massive contribution to Knutsford this year.

We now have more than 60 hosts and they give their time and skills selflessly.

Come rain or shine, they have contributed well over 1,800 hours of voluntary time to both promote this wonderful town and to support the activities and groups that are the backbone of our community life. Continue reading

Town comes together to provide residents with Christmas Day lunch

Hosts 4KNUTSFORD came together on Christmas Day to help provide a special festive meal for residents.

Knutsford Lions have held the annual dinner for those who living on their own for the past 30 years.

The Lions were supported by the Knutsford Hosts at this year’s dinner, with Cllr Tony Dean, Mayor of Knutsford, also popping in to visit.

The Lions said: “Once again we provided lunch for about 40 people who would otherwise have been on their own on Christmas Day. We are particularly grateful to the volunteers who helped with the preparation and serving of food, entertaining and taxiing of our guests.”

From Knutsford Guardian

Lord Lieutenant joins forces with Knutsford Hosts

Hosts 2KNUTSFORD Hosts welcomed its newest members at a special event at Tabley House when David Briggs, Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire, presented the badges.

“I am delighted to support the Knutsford Hosts”, said David Briggs.

“For me this is an outstanding example of real community spirit. Local people can give money but, often more importantly, they give of their time and their skill to help others.” Continue reading

Thanks from CAFT

Hosts 5“A huge THANK YOU to all the wonderful people who made our 2015 Open Day such a brilliant success! We do hope you enjoyed being involved? Your support is so much appreciated by everyone here at CAFT.

“We welcomed hundreds of guests along including our fantastic Patrons John and Mel Bishop, Jason and Catherine Manford, Lee and Jenny Boardman and also special guest John Thomson, along with mascots from MUFC, MCFC!

“A dry and warm day meant that all the activities, stands and entertainment could proceed as planned. So many companies, organisations and individuals lent their time to help make the event possible – donating financial and in-kind support, manning a stand, running an activity, helping with the difficult task of traffic control and parking, cooking on the BBQ etc. etc. etc.! It really was the perfect example of a giant team effort!

“A staggering £5500 was raised, which is an amazing result and will help so much with our work with children in need.”

Pippa Watton
Senior Events Fundraiser

Hosts set to lend a helping hand to RHS Show

Hosts 3TWENTY Knutsford Hosts will be promoting the town at this years RHS show at Tatton Park.

Some 80,000 visitors are expected to visit this year’s show which features more than 500 exhibitors across three zones – Feast, Grow and Inspire.

And the Knutsford Hosts will be there to fly the flag for Knutsford by handing out town guides and encouraging people to visit Knutsford’s shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants. Continue reading

Popular town volunteer group celebrates its first birthday

Hosts badgeKNUTSFORD Hosts, the town-wide volunteering scheme is celebrating its first birthday today

Launched Sarah Flannery and backed by an Awards for All grant from The Big Lottery Fund, the Hosts’ six-month pilot scheme started with six partners and no Hosts.

One year on, the scheme has 20 partners, more than 40 Hosts and has established a real presence in Knutsford and beyond. Continue reading

Successful Knutsford Hosts project continues to soar

Knutsford Town Mayor, Cllr Neil Forbes, centre, with the new hosts, from left to right, Margaret Farmer, Sue Allan, Patricia Woodruff, Elaine McGhee, Elenor McAndrew, and Hazel Cussons

Knutsford Town Mayor, Cllr Neil Forbes, centre, with the new hosts, from left to right, Margaret Farmer, Sue Allan, Patricia Woodruff, Elaine McGhee, Elenor McAndrew, and Hazel Cussons

ORGANISATIONS supporting the Knutsford Hosts project met to discuss progress and meet the latest batch of qualified volunteers on August 8.

Knutsford Hosts is a town-wide volunteering initiative which gives people the opportunity to train as community volunteers to represent the town at a wide range of events.

Knutsford Town Council is the lead partner in the project along with organisations Community Spirit, Peaks and Plains, Great Places, Knutsford Heritage Centre and The Welcome. Continue reading

Busy summer schedule for ever-expanding Knutsford Hosts

Project co-ordinator Sarah Flannery, second right, with Knutsford Hosts, from left Elaine McGhee, Georgia Wynne, Andrew Malloy, and Mike Tolchard

Project co-ordinator Sarah Flannery, second right, with Knutsford Hosts, from left Elaine McGhee, Georgia Wynne, Andrew Malloy, and Mike Tolchard

KNUTSFORD Hosts gave their newest volunteer the warmest of welcomes on Sunday.

The hosts held a get together at Twenty One bar and grill during Sunday’s Makers’ Market to give volunteers the chance to have a chat and get to know each other.

The newest host, Cllr Andrew Malloy attended and said he was looking forward to working as a host and continuing to support the project via the town council. Continue reading

Knutsford Hosts lend helping hand at RHS Tatton

Hosts badgeKNUTSFORD Hosts were at the RHS Tatton show to spread the word about the town, its community, business and heritage.

Armed with copies of the new Town Guide and shopping map, the hosts were based in the Inspire Zone and were delighted with the positive reaction they received from visitors who travelled from all over the UK – and beyond. Continue reading