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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

Promoting the town at Knutsford’s Makers Markets

bannerSince the Knutsford Hosts scheme began, the hosts have worked closely with the town council and the town centre manager to help promote the town at the monthly Makers Markets – held on the first Sunday of the month.

This has included distributing the Knutsford Shopping Map which lists all the town centre businesses, and the Knutsford Town Guide.

The hosts have also carried out a number of visitor surveys and footfall counts to help provide evidence to back schemes proposed for the town centre by a variety of organisations.

If you see our banner, pictured, there’s bound to be a Knutsford Host nearby – do say hello!

 

Cllr Neil Forbes Knutsford Town Mayor 2014-2015

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Mayor Neil (small)“It’s great to see the Knutsford Hosts project gain momentum and to see that so many local people are willing to volunteer their time for the benefit of Knutsford and its community. My Mayoral charity Knutsford GROW has also seen an additional benefit from the scheme in that they are receiving weekly help from one of the Host’s volunteers.”