Festive Fun – December Update

Christmas is now fast approaching with a wealth of seasonal activities happening in Poynton for all different ages.

Christmas FestChristmas Tree

Arrangements are now firm for the 7th Poynton Christmas Fest, which is sponsored by the Town Council, and which takes place on Tuesday evening 3rd December. The main stretch of Park Lane will be closed to traffic from 7pm to 9pm, and there will be the usual wide range of entertainment, refreshments, a firework display – and Santa will also be in residence. Programmes for the evening are available from the Civic Hall.

Many more businesses will remain open this year, and there are more stallholders too. Please try to walk to the event if possible, otherwise use the Civic Centre Car Park or the additional parking at the former Vernon Infants School on Bulkeley Road . Please wish for good weather and come along on the night!

Other Christmas Events

Christmas CarolSchools’ Christmas celebrations are in full swing with Poynton High School putting on a fantastic performance a Christmas Carol. This is taking place at St. Georges Church on Weds 11th, Thurs 13th and Friday 13th. The performances start at 7:30pm with pre-show performance and nibbles from 6:30pm. If you can’t make the evening there’s also a Saturday matinée show starting at 4:00pm. Tickets can be purchased from mates DIY and the HIgh School. Lots of local schools are having Christmas fairs – check out their websites for more details.

In the village and surrounding area there are lots of Christmas events including:

Poynton Library are holding a variety of Christmas events including tea/coffee and mince pies as part fo the Christmas fest from 5:00pm – 6:30pm. Carols on Friday 6th from 2:25 with Vernon Primary School Choir. Plus other Christmas Crafts session – check out their website for more details.

A Family Christmas Concert with Poynton Royal British Legion Concert Band and the Just Sing choir on Sunday 15th December at 2.00pm Poynton Civic Hall. Complimentary refreshments will be served, including mulled wine or orange juice and mince pies. There will be a raffle during the interval and the concert will end around 4.00pm. The Civic Hall has ample car parking and there’s easy access for wheelchairs and buggies – so bring the whole family. Doors will open at 1.30pm and tickets £7 (under 16’s accompanied by an adult FREE) can be reserved by telephone 01625 876865 or by email at prbl.band@ntlworld.com

Tickets for the Poynton Youth Brass Band Christmas Concert at the Forum TheatreChristmas PWD 2013, Romiley, will be on sale from Friday 8th November.  Tickets can be paid for and collected at each Friday rehearsal at Poynton Methodist Church up until the 6th December. Any unsold tickets will be available from the Forum Theatre on the night of the concert. Ticket price is £7 each.  The concert starts at 7.30pm on Saturday 7th December.

Poynton Rotary Club have their annual Santa’s Grotto who’ll be out on Park Lane in Poynton on Saturday 14th and 21st from 10am until 3pm. Santa will be there with a lucky dip and Carol’s so make sure you head down for some festive cheer.

December Parties for People with Disabilities in Macclesfield – These include Pyjama and Onesie Party on Wednesday 4th December and a MASSIVE CHRISTMAS PARTY EVENT on Wednesday 18th December all parties at UNITED REFORMED CHURCH in MACCLESFIELD. Admission is as always just £2 per Service User and Support Works P.A`s and Staff totally FREE. For more information contact Matthew Hill, Disco Organiser and DJ on 07787 9 666 21.

Other news…

Volunteer Support, Christmas and beyond.

Poynton Town Council’s Adult Health and Wellbeing Coordinator in partnership with the Hockley Centre is organising a Christmas Lunch for older and vulnerable members of the community who might be alone at Christmas. If you know of anyone who might like to attend this lunch or you would be able to support on the day please contact Trish Hill at the Town Council on 01625 872238.

We’re also looking for volunteers for other activities  to support older members of the community including dog walking, so if you or member of the group you work with is over 16 and might be able to help please let me know.

Healthwatch Survey

Healthwatch Cheshire East are your new local health and social care consumer champion and would like to give young people the chance to say what works for them in local health and social care and what needs to change. They feel it is important to engage with young people to help shape and improve services for the future and so would like to find out more. As a thank you to the young people who get involved in the online survey there is the chance to win an Apple I pod! Find the survey here

Remembrance Sunday

On the 10th November Poynton held its annual Remembrance Day ceremony at the War Memorial and the ATC Cadets led the march to St George’s Church. The Cadets meet every Monday and Wednesday at their Squadron, Lawrence Place, Poynton. If you think you’d like to get become a member of the ATC Cadets please follow the link to the website where you can find further information.

Cheshire East Sports Awards

Poynton Family Sports Festival had the honour of being shortlisted for the Cheshire East Sports Awards in their Special Recognition Category. PCSO Chris Luke and I attended the ceremony which was hosted at Cranage Hall. Unfortunately we didn’t win but we were extremely pleased for Cheshire East Special Olympic Group who won the award. It was great evening and we were proud to see ex Poynton High School Student Hannah Walker awarded with Sports Personality of the year.

Looking Ahead…

Poynton Springboard – Music For All

Discussions are well underway for a music festival to be held at a range of venues across Poynton next year, on Saturday 27th September 2014, concluding with a ‘Songs of Praise’ type event on Sunday 28th. This will be a community event with many different types of music to suit all tastes and ages. Please make a note of this weekend in your 2014 calendars and diaries – more information will follow.

We’ll also soon be thinking about Poynton Family Sports Festival which will be held in late June. If you have any thoughts for future activities or plans for the new year please let me know.

I look forward to another successful year ahead.

Best wishes,

Erica

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