Knutsford Pumpkin Path is on October 31

Knutsford’s Pumpkin Path is on October 31

Knutsford shops join in Pumpkin Path fun

Children take part in Pumpkin Path

TOWN centre shops are joining in the spooky fun as Knutsford looks to welcome residents and visitors to its annual Pumpkin Path trail.

The event takes place on October 31 from 4pm to 7pm, and like last year Knutsford Town Council is organising the trail with many of the town’s retailers and businesses.

The event will see youngsters and their parents scouring King Street’s shops and restaurants to find 11 carved pumpkins which spell out ‘Pumpkin Path’ before submitting their entries to the Heritage Centre’s spooky postbox.

Sandra Curties, town centre manager, said: “This year is a true community-led event, with dancing provided by Fuchsia School of Dancing, singing from local choir Knutsford Beats, and Tesla will also be making an appearance.

“It’s so lovely to see so many shops stay open late and join in, not just the Pumpkin Hosts, and see local – and not so local – families having fun.

“There will be a few spooky characters along the path, and Wallwood will be decorated in true Halloween style.”

As well as the shops hosting pumpkins, donated by Jonty’s Fruit & Veg of Knutsford Market Hall, the whole of the community has got involved.

A huge variety of retailers will be decorating their windows, including Pizza Express, Oxfam, Town and Country, Lockton’s, The OId Sessions House and Zo and Co.

People can vote for their favourite by completing the entry form on the night, and the top three will be announced by the Mayor the following day.

One of the original Pumpkin Path organisers and sponsors, Julia Chard of Mr Simms said: “We are delighted to be sponsoring our sixth Pumpkin Path and supporting businesses with sweet donations to help them with the event.

“Pumpkin Path has grown to become one of the highlights of Knutsford’s events calendar, and with the feedback we are getting from our customers I think this will be the biggest night yet.”

Knutsford Market Hall will stay open on the night hosting traditional Halloween games, mulled wine from Morgan Edwards, face painting by Sylvia from Serendipity and Halloween food from The Market Café.

Event Buddha is providing traffic management services, and volunteer groups Knutsford Lions and Knutsford Hosts, plus students from Knutsford Multi Academy Trust, are helping with marshalling, and Tatton Perk will provide hot drinks for volunteers.

To enable the Pumpkin Path to take place safely road closures will be in place on King Street at the junction with Church Walk to the junction with Drury Lane, and Minshull Street.

There will be parking pay suspension from midnight on Tuesday, October 30 from the King Street junction with Tatton Street to the junction with Drury Lane to enable two-way traffic to enable residents’ access to be maintained.

Knutsford Music Festival hailed a huge success

MONTHS of preparation, glorious sunshine and the support of a BBC broadcaster helped make Knutsford Music Festival a major success at the weekend.

Knutsford Town Council hosted the event for the second year with more than 40 events in 18 venues.

Headliner Miles Hunt performed at The Courthouse on Saturday, which had people off their seats and dancing before the end of the show.

The 200-year-old former crown court was a new venue for the festival, having recently been transformed into a restaurant, hotel and community function space.

Meanwhile, Mark Radcliffe hosted three folk nights and performed himself at Knutsford’s Little Theatre to packed crowds.

The Radio 2 and 6 Music DJ usually presents the BBC’s Glastonbury coverage during the festival, but was able to lend his support due to Glastonbury’s ‘fallow year’.

He brought a number of BBC Folk Award winners and nominees to the town including Mike McGoldrick, Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar and Pilgrims’ Way.

Mark said: “We had three nights of amazing music and copious imbibing of session ale at the Little Theatre and I feel proud of what we achieved.

“I want to thank everyone at the theatre, all the council staff and volunteers who helped so much, all the artists who appeared for reduced fees.

“But mostly to the people of Knutsford who came out and supported us as we try to build live music as part of what the town has to offer.”

Also new for 2018 was family-friendly music activities on The Moor, including an eclectic range of acoustic performances, drumming workshops and a singalong with Elsa from Disney’s Frozen, which was well attended in the sunshine.

On top of that there was a blues night with the acclaimed duo Mat Walklate and Tom Attah and classical and choral performances including an evening with Halle Brass as part of Knutsford Music Festival’s emphasis on providing something for everybody.

Sarah Morgan, Deputy Town Clerk for Knutsford Town Council, led the event’s organisation.

She said: “Knutsford Music Festival exceeded our expectations and showed what can be achieved when a community pulls together.

“We’re a small team and the event is only possible thanks to the hard work and enthusiasm of everyone involved.

“Mark Radcliffe’s support and celebrity kudos was hugely appreciated and the folk nights were a huge highlight. The standard of the musicianship was incredible.

“But I also can’t thank the town council team and councillors involved, performers, Knutsford Hosts, venue staff and volunteers enough.

“As a mum, I thought the music on The Moor was a great addition and focal point for families too.

“And the wider community took the event to heart with a number of ‘fringe’ events.

“We’re already thinking about and looking forward to the 2019 festival.”

Cllr James Power, a member of the music festival working group, played a jam session in Dexter and Jones.

He said: “There was something for everyone – from drumming workshops to blues, folk and classical sounds.

“Knutsford showed its charm and its easy-going welcome to everyone.

“You could hear incredible music on every street, and the event on the Moor really did opened things up to younger audiences and families. A heartfelt thank you must go to everyone involved.”

Photographs by WA16PR.

‘Unsung stories’ of Turing and more come to life as Knutsford celebrates Heritage Open Days

A FOUR-DAY celebration of Alan Turing’s legacy held in Knutsford has been W hailed a resounding success by organisers at Knutsford Promenades.

With more than 50 events taking place across town as part of Heritage Open Days – a nationwide celebration of history and culture – Knutsford took centre stage by hosting one of four commissioned projects.

In line with HODs’ LGBT theme of ‘Unsung Stories’, the infamous Regina v Turing and Murray trial at Knutsford’s crown court was brought to life as a performance orchestrated by RE-DOCK.

Visitors in their hundreds took the chance to watch three live productions of the trial in the very building it took place 65 years ago, while more took advantage of a virtual reality experience of the court proceedings.

Turing-themed events took up almost half of the Promenades’ programme, with highlights including Sir Dermot Turing and Rob ‘Judge’ Rinder speaking as part of a ‘Salon’ event at The Courthouse.

Feedback from the TV judge said: “Knutsford Heritage Open Days gave Alan Turing back to us all.”

Celebrating the renowned codebreaker’s legacy, other events included Turing’s Mechanical Calculator at Tabley House, cocktail ‘mixology’ at The Lost and Found, artificial intelligence golf and Run Knutsford’s ‘Turing 2:46’ event in honour of his best marathon time.

The Grade I-listed Brook Street Chapel – home to the grave of Elizabeth Gaskell – displayed the Quarter Sessions records.

Sarah Flannery, founder of Knutsford Promenades, said: “I am happy beyond words to see such a huge undertaking succeed. From the simple idea of exhibiting the Quarter Sessions records of Regina v Turing and Murray in the very court room of the trial, the potential to tell the full story of an extraordinary man and his legacy, and the impact of an event that took place here in Knutsford, unfolded into a town-wide celebration curated into a 54-event festival that revealed fresh insights into Turing, Murray, and other aspects of our heritage and culture.

“Its success is thanks to the generosity of Cheshire East Council and our sponsors, the support and participation of local venues, organisations and individuals who opened sites and put on events and displays, the guest speakers for the ‘Salon’, the cast and creative team of Regina v Turing and Murray, national HODs, The Courthouse, Cheshire Archives and Local Studies, volunteers who helped with social media and the website, the Knutsford Hosts and Lions, town council officers and of course the visitors from Knutsford, Cheshire and beyond who turned up in their thousands.

“I do feel that this is the story I wanted to tell. Thank you, everyone, for giving us a festival to remember.”

A number of Knutsford’s famous historical buildings were also open to the public as part of the Promenades’ programme.

Happy Birthday! We’re two today!

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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In the run up to Christmas

In the run up to Christmas 2015 the Hosts were busy helping Knutsford and District Lions with their annual street collection, supporting the Town Council at the annual Christmas Market and the Tatton Yule Yomp.
We also found time for a festive get together for a drink in the Lord Eldon.

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

Busy Hosts helped spread Christmas Cheer in Knutsford

Knutsford Hosts joined in with the biennial Christmas Tree Festival at St Cross Church

Knutsford Hosts joined in with the biennial Christmas Tree Festival at St Cross Church

Knutsford Hosts have been particularly busy in the run up to Christmas 2014.

Between 16 November and 4 December they helped deliver 3,000 envelopes to homes in and around Knutsford to support the Knutsford Lions Christmas Appeal.

On Wednesday 19 November Hosts braved the elements to help with the annual bulb-planting on Longridge – postponed from an earlier date due to bad weather.

They helped children make lanterns at two workshops organised by Knutsford Town Council, as well as helping out on the afternoon of the Lantern Parade when the town twinkled. Continue reading

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. Continue reading