Spring Success: March Update

Hello all,

Welcome to the March Poynton Youth News update which starts with a success for Poynton High School’s young people who came first in the Mock Trial competition on Saturday 16th March. Cath Roper who is the Community Officer at the High School and has supported the group to their victory is immensely proud of them, the group are now preparing for the next round.

With the clocks going forward this weekend and Easter celebrations a plenty we can start to hope (fingers crossed) for better weather and with that come the many community events that Poynton residents can enjoy over the spring and summer.

Over the Easter break there are a number of activities and events happening at Poynton Leisure Centre for children and young people to get involved with including Activity Days and Easter Soccer Academy, have a look at the Poynton Leisure Centre website to find out more.

Other sports events include a soccer camp held by local organisation SMS Coaching, follow the link to download more information.

You can also join the Cheshire East Leisure Development Team this Easter for a host of fun activities for all the family in their Active Holidays programme. There’s plenty to get involved in, such as Active Family sessions in Cheshire East Libraries, disability and inclusion sport festivals, Bikeability courses and family bike rides, Street Sports and new for Easter 2013 – Street Play! All these activities run from Tuesday 2nd April until Friday 12th April right across Cheshire East, we hope to see you there!   Visit our website, look out for our Active Holiday posters and flyers or contact declan.oregan@cheshireeast.gov.uk or 01625 383796 for details.

Summer Events

One of the events this summer is the annual family fun day organised this year as a ‘Family Sports Festival’ held at Poynton Leisure Centre on Saturday 29th June and planned and developed by Poynton Town Council, Cheshire East Leisure Development Team, Poynton High School and Leisure Centre and your Neighborhood Police team. Plans for this are coming along well with a number of sporting activities planned with local community sports groups as well as a BBQ from Poynton 3rd Scouts. There is also the opportunity for local community groups to hold stalls and run activities, so if your group would like to be involved then please let me know.

Other summer events:

Poynton Summer Fest

Formerly known as the Middlewood Way Open Day, this community event is organised by a dedicated and enthusiastic team of local volunteers, and promises to be the biggest and best yet, with a packed programme.

There is something for all the family, with Morris dancing , a bird of prey display,  bouncy assault tunnel , children’s rides, a magician,  Punch & Judy,  balloon  modelling , free  canal  boat  trips, dog  training, and pony rides, and plenty more besides .  Live musical entertainment will be provided by the Poynton Youth Brass Band and the Dawnfall Band, and there will be a selection of stallholders selling local produce.  Hot and cold  refreshments will also be available, including a BBQ, ice cream  and fresh coffee.

The Fest will take place as usual on and around the Middlewood Way at Higher Poynton. Entrance is free, although cars will be charged £2 to park.

Party in the Park

Poynton Rotary Club are pleased to announce the exciting line-up for this year’s charity concert taking place on Saturday 15th June 2013. The concert is a family event held in the delightful surroundings of Poynton Park.Follow the link to find out more or book tickets

10 year anniversary of twinning with Erd

Preparations are now under way to celebrate the 10th anniversary of TAP in June 2013, and they would be delighted to hear from anyone who would be interested in knowing more, or in joining TAP.

Please contact the Secretary Glenys Parry-Jones – glenys.parryjones(at)ntlworld.com

Other news

CRB New Rules and Training

In last month’s blog I mentioned the new rules to CRBs, they are now called DBS checks. If you are issuing a new check old CRB forms can no longer be used, you can contact you umbrella organisation for more details about the new forms. I recently attended a training session held by Community Voluntary Services Cheshire East which was particularly beneficial, if you think your group might benefit from some training about the changes please let me know as we can look to hold a training course delivered by CVSCE in Poynton.

Further afield

Trip for schools and groups – there are lots of exciting cultural activities in our locality that can be accessed by public transport. Derbyshire County Council have put together a document that details venue prices for groups and how to get their using public transport. Although some of this is along the Buxton line there is a wealth of information here for community and school groups if you’re looking at particular trips. Download the pack and have a good read through.

School & Groups Attractions in the North West

Don’t forget, for local clubs and classes check out the What’s On page of this blog and remember to send me your updates for next month’s blog.

Best wishes,



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