Kidsgrove Library set to re open

Kidsgrove  Library is scheduled to re-open on Monday 27th July as part of Staffordshire County Council’s phased reopening of their 43 libraries which began on Monday, 6th July.

Gill Heath, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member responsible for Libraries, said: “This is not a return to normality, but a welcome step towards it as we begin to carefully reopen much-loved library buildings. Hand sanitising, hygiene and social distancing arrangements will all be in place and if Personal Protective Equipment is necessary it will be distributed to staff and volunteers where appropriate. We will be running an ‘order and collect’ service to start with – so no browsing – and there will be limited numbers of visitors allowed in at any one time.”

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Working mens club demolished

Work preparing the site for a new Lidl store has seen the demolition of Kidsgrove Working Mens Club on Liverpool Road.

The Working Mens Club, which was founded in 1945 and in its heyday had over 800 members, will relocate to the Masonic Hall.

The new store, which is expected to be completed for winter, could create up to 40 new full and part-time jobs for local people and would include a dedicated in-store bakery, longer style tills with dual packing, a customer toilet, baby changing, and ample parking for both cars and bicycles. 

Kidsgrove Sports Centre news

The very recent published data suggesting that childhood obesity had increased since the closure of Kidsgrove Sports Centre, only further went to demonstrate the importance of this vital community asset.

As well as returning affordable community leisure to Kidsgrove our plans very much focus around making the sports centre a true community hub. With this in mind, we were delighted to receive the support from Port Vale professional footballer Cristian Montaño who is so passionate about mental health. This is something which we are keen to work with him and other groups to help support & develop programmes within the centre.

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Call for town centre CCTV upgrade

Local MP Jonathan Gullis is calling for the CCTV system in Kidsgrove town centre to be upgraded.

During the general election campaign, he sent out a survey across Kidsgrove and Talke, seeking support for a CCTV upgrade. Over 1,000 people responded to the survey and 95 per cent of people said they backed the plan for a CCTV upgrade.

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Mow Cop Scarecrow Festival

Everyone is invited to come and join in to the Mow Cop Scarecrow Festival where there are over 70 Scarecrows on display to find. 

The theme for the competition is celebrating  NHS Heroes/ VE Day / VJ Day and there are some great imaginative scarecrows on display.

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Network Rail items find new audience at Kidsgrove Railway Station

A new railway heritage display was opened at Kidsgrove Station on Friday 31 January by Kidsgrove Town Mayor, Councillor Amanda Cartwright.

Stoke-on-Trent rail and canal campaigner Jon Honeysett MBE has donated framed railway heritage items for Kidsgrove Station customers to enjoy. Passengers waiting for a morning train at Kidsgrove already have the luxury of being able to sit in comfy seats and enjoy a hot drink and a snack courtesy of A Spotter Tea. They now have the opportunity to find out a bit about the history and development of the station and local rail network in the 20th century. Items include British Rail network maps from 1948 and 1960, a 1960 timetable and a photo of a steam train at Harecastle signal box.

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Kidsgrove Sports Centre news

The re-opening of Kidsgrove Sports Centre has taken a further step forward with the community group which will run the centre and the Council agreeing to bring on-board a major construction company to fully price the refurbishment.

The Council and Kidsgrove Community Interest Organisation (CIO) agree that procuring this service through the SCAPE national construction framework – with a view to awarding a contract – is the most sensible and practical route to reopening the gym and swimming pool in spring 2021 as planned.

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New commitment to Kidsgrove sports provision

The future of leisure provision at Kidsgrove Sports Centre is looking more certain and received further commitment from Newcastle’s Cabinet in October.

In July 2017, a Community Group Community Interest Organisation (CIO) was formed with the aim of re-opening part of the facility, the ‘dry-side’, over the next few years. Plans for the reopening of the swimming pool at that stage were considered too ambitious due to a lack of funding. [Read more…]

Designation of the civil parish of Kidsgrove as a Neighbourhood Area

Kidsgrove sign low resNewcastle Borough Council approved the designation of the Civil Parish of Kidsgrove as a Neighbourhood Area on the 30th September 2019.

On 2 September 2019 Kidsgrove Town Council applied to Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council to designate the whole of the Civil Parish of Kidsgrove as a Neighbourhood Area, Kidsgrove Town Council can now begin the formal preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan. [Read more…]

Clough Hall junior parkrun

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The Clough Hall junior parkrun is a weekly free 2k timed event for juniors and takes place every Sunday at 9am in Clough Hall Park.

It’s a 2k run for children aged 4-14. The run isn’t a race but is very much a community event where children of all abilities are encouraged to take part and enjoy it whether they run, jog, walk or skip. Runners do need to register on the website before their first time – https://www.parkrun.org.uk/cloughhall-juniors/

The event is solely run by volunteers and the organisors would like to hear from anyone intersted in helping out as they need a minimum of 14 volunteers each week for the event. [Read more…]