So after a very busy build up to the summer we are here and we’ve already enjoyed three weeks of holidays plus there are still 3 more to go. So much has happened this summer already I thought I’d take the opportunity to mention a few of the successes and celebrations we have had already.
Firstly the Family Sports Festival was a great success on the last Saturday of June with around 700 people attending and over 200 people completing the 5 sports challenges and receiving a medal. So many people were successful that we ran out of medals so if you weren’t able to receive a medal on the day I have some available to collect from the Civic Centre – just make sure you can bring your challenge card to prove you collected all 5 stamps.
Secondly on the 21st July Poynton Town Council held Civic Sunday, an annual event where Civic Awards are presented. This year the Youth Category saw two young people presented with awards, Rob Westmancoat for his support with community links and volunteering in the community and Ben Johns for his successful fundraising for Manchester Children’s Hospital. If you know someone else who you think is deserving then you’re welcome to pass them their name on at any time in preparation for next years event.
We have also had the Higher Poynton Summerfest, and School Lane Open day which were both really well attended. PCSO Chris Luke and I did bike marking at the events, security marking local residents bikes for free. Make sure you look out for more bike marking in the next few months.
Poynton High School.
This last summer term was a busy one for projects with the High School, firstly our TWISTA project with girls in year 9 came to an end with the girls experiencing a canoeing trip at Budworth Mere. The girls enjoyed a number of sessions on the course about e-safety. healthy lifestyles and drugs and alcohol. The canoeing trip was a great opportunity for the girls to come together and work as a team.
Poynton Town Council also hosted a student from the High School for their work experience, this was a great opportunity for the student and the Town Council as we have never hosted a work experience student before. Josh from the Poynton High spent a week shadowing different Council Officers and was very positive about his week.
This summer there are lots of different activities for young people to take part in. The local Police Community Support Officers are running weekly fishing and sporting activities. Fishing takes place Tuesdays at Poynton Pool 11:00 – 2:00 and sports are held at Barnaby Park 2:00 – 4:00pm.
If you’re interested in Dance Tom Bowes Dance are running a summer Dance Course starting on Monday 19th August running for 1 week, the school is £75 per person and is suitable for GCSE, A-level and BTEC dance student as well as other young dancers aged 14-18. For more info follow the link.
There are also lots of summer activities happening at Poynton Leisure Centre for children aged 5 -12 follow the link to their website for more information.
The final summer event is Poynton Show – don’t forget any green fingered young people can enter the horticultural section with cash prizes for first second and third plus to promote and to encourage Juniors to enter the Horticultural Classes of the show BROOKSIDE MINIATURE RAILWAY will generously donate to every Junior who exhibits in Classes 157 – 169 (inclusive), a voucher for a ride on their miniature railway. These have been donated by C. Halsall – (Brookside Miniature Railway). For more info go to the Poynton Show Website
Development of Parks
This autumn Poynton Town Council are looking to apply for funding to develop Hockley and Brecon parks in Poynton, we’re working with some students from the high school as well as collecting public feedback about what people would like to see in the parks. If you’d like to support the working group with the funding bid or give your views about the how the parks could be improved please contact me.
Funding and Training
CVS have sent their regular newsletter with some interesting information about funding and training. Upcoming training opportunities include an introduction to volunteer management and introduction to social media as well as many others. Have a look at their website to find out more. CVS also have lots of info about funding including The People’s Postcode Trust Dream Fund which is now open for applications until Friday 20th September. The Dream Fund gives organisations the chance to a deliver a new and innovative project up to 24 months in length that meets one of the following funding criteria: Encouraging Healthy Living; Social Enterprise; Environmental Sustainability.
Don’t forget to check out the What’s On page of my blog for regular classes and groups in Poynton – if you have a group that isn’t featured and would like to be please let me know.