Fond Farewell – May Update


So this will be my final blog post for Poynton Youth News as I leave my role at the Town Council at the end of this month. Before I fill you in on the exciting things that will be happening in my absence over the next couple of months I wanted to say a big thank you to all the readers of the blog and those that have contributed by giving me information, events and projects to promote. I also wanted to thank you all for your support with projects over the last two and a half years and hope that you will continue to support the Town Council and their youth initiatives. A new coordinator will be in post shortly and so the blog will continue to be used and developed.

So here it is for the last time, from me, what’s going on:

Firstly although I won’t be here for it the Family Sports Festival is happening on Saturday 28th June 12 noon to 4:00 pm at Poynton Leisure Centre. This year we are once again setting you a challenge – to try out a number of different sports in one afternoon. At the main entrance to the event you’ll be given a Challenge Card and should you choose to accept it will receive a stamp for every sport you try out. If you manage to collect 5 stamps you will receive an award. So do you dare to accept this challenge?

A committee of local partners have been helping to organise the event including Poynton Town Council, Everybody Sport and Recreation Trust, Poynton Neighbourhood Police Team, Poynton High School and Poynton Leisure Centre. Sports include football, cricket, swimming, tennis, badminton, lacrosse, judo and many more. Each of these activities will be free to take part in and admission is free so what’s stopping you??

On the day there will be activities for all of the family including a climbing wall, bouncy castle, face painting and a raffle raising money for local sports and young athletes. There will also be stalls and food to keep your energy up on the day as well as an open day at First Steps Kindergarten. We’ve still got some space for community stalls so if you’d like one please contact on the email below.

Thanks to sponsorship from “Johnnie” Johnson Housing Trust, Cheshire Peaks and Plains Housing Trust, Poynton Round Table and Poynton Town Council, entrance and sporting activities are free, so why not come along and enjoy the fun! We look forward to seeing you there!

For further information about the day, please contact Poynton Civic Hall: 01625 872238

Email regarding activities on the day.
Email regarding a stall on the day.

Poynton Springboard – Music For All
A varied and exciting programme is already coming together for this launch event, over the weekend of Friday evening 26th September to Sunday 28th September 2014, with a number of venues and performers confirmed. 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 calendars and diaries. Local sponsorship is being actively sought, so please contact the Town Clerk if interested T. 01625 872238,

Help at the 2014 Summerfest

The launch meeting was held recently for the 2014 event, which will take place from 11.30am to 4.30pm on Sunday 13th July. It promises to be every bit as good as last year’s, with much interest already being shown by local stallholders, live bands and other interested parties. The small group of volunteers who organise this community event would be really grateful for a team of volunteers to help on the day itself – free Summerfest T shirts are on offer! . If you are interested please contact Pat Clay on T. 01625 878495.

Poynton Pedal

A family bike ride will take place along the Middlewood Way, between Poynton and Bollington, on the same day as the Summerfest, Sunday 13th July (see above item), using the Coppice Car Park as the start and finish point. This is being advertised as part of the High Peak Summer of Cycling programme. A local volunteer has kindly come forward to coordinate this event – if you would like to join his team please contact the Town Clerk:
T. 01625 872238.

Youth Civic Awards

Youth Civic Awards – nominations in by Friday 20th June!

It’s the time of year to send you Youth Civic nominations. Do you know an individual or group of young people who give up their time voluntarily? Have started their own community group? Or should be commended for work they do in the community? I’m looking for nominations for the Youth Civic Awards. If you know of anyone who you think deserves a Youth Civic Award please let me know. This could be a group of young people or an individual, as long as they live in Poynton and are 25 or under, anyone can be nominated for a Youth Civic Award. I need nominations by Friday 20th June and awards will be presented on Sunday 20th July at the Civic Centre. So if you know of any child or young person who you wish to be considered for an award this year, please could you forward their details and a brief citation in confidence to the Town Clerk by Friday 20th June. Email

Poynton Library

Amazed by Science Week

On Friday 30th May at 10.00-11.30am join Poynton Library for Robot Making and Biscuit Icing. As part of the Amazed by Science festival they are providing their own activity of building robots from recyclable materials and then icing Dr Who themed biscuits. £2.00 per child. Please book a place in advance. Suitable for primary school children.

National Bookstart Week

Join Poynton Library on Thursday 12th June at 10.30am for a special Superhero Rhymetime. Dress as your favourite superhero!

LEDPosterAnson Engine Museum

Learn how to solder a flashing LED badge  on Sat 31st May, 10am-1pm
Learn how to solder using a flashing LED badge kit that you can take away and wear proudly as proof of your new status as a soldering virtuoso. Activity suitable for age 8 and over. The first 50 participants get to solder their badge for free so do come along early. See the poster for more details.

Have you heard‘Have You Heard’ Conference

On June 25th 2014 a conference will be taking place in Cheshire East which we need all agencies working with young people to attend in order to start a lively and effective conversation together.

Over the course of the past academic year pupils in secondary schools have been investigating, questioning and planning around specific areas of concern which are affecting their lives and the lives of their peers; areas of investigation have been Forced Marriage, sexting, peer on peer abuse, homophobic bullying, sexual exploitation and internet safety. The students have then discussed what they think adults and agencies need to do to address these issues.

On the 25th June they will be presenting their findings, and their ideas for further development in Cheshire East.

In addition there will be a short contribution from Edward Timpson in his capacity as Minister for Children and Families and a contribution from Emma Jackson, an inspirational survivor of child sexual exploitation, author of “Exploited” and “End of my World”.

A range of agencies will be present with key information. During the course of the day the young people taking part will sit with attendees to be part of table discussions. See the poster for how to book.


I think that’s it from me, thank you again for reading.


Best wishes,