....................................Entry forms for this years 10k and Funrun..........See Funrun Page................................. Also this years produce show will be held at Cloverbank Organic farm on the 7th September 2014. Click the Gardening link above for more information......................................

Welcome to Gawsworth Village.
August 2014

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We have at last had some lazy, hazy days of summer on which to enjoy our      gardens, even if we have had to be ready to whisk in the soft furnishings when the showers came along.

John Lea comments on how the warm weather and plenty of rain have provided fantastic growth this year.  It is amazing when one looks at a cross section of the trunk of a mature tree how the yearly rings differ in size according to the seasons’ growth.  This year should show one of the largest rings in the century.

House sparrows have evicted the house martins from two of his artificial nest boxes but, as the house sparrows are becoming scarce, perhaps he should not grumble.  It seems strange that the sparrow, that symbol of ubiquity, should have become a species causing concern about the drop in its population.  John is      concerned about the rapid increase in the rabbit population this year.  Despite his efforts to cull them, they have eaten many of the wild flowers as well as flowers planted in the garden.

The Rose Queen procession was well attended this year.  It was lovely to see all the past queens parading with their sashes and the delightful attendants in their matching outfits.  As a keen needlewoman myself, I know how much time goes into making all those garments and congratulate the families who have worked hard to make the event special.  Cathy Jackson and her team are to be thanked for keeping alive this local tradition and providing this generation of children with so many happy memories.






The beautiful village of Gawsworth will again be holding it’s annual Gardening Club Produce Show on Sunday 7 September 2014 from 1.30 to 4.00 pm.  The show was not held during 2013, so the organisers are really pushing the boat out this year to encourage as many entrants as they can to come along and test their skill.  The show has a change of venue this time and will be held at Cloverbank Organic Farm.  Cloverbank are also opening their award winning garden on the day – for a charge of £3.00 you can wander round the large garden, set in a lovely landscape.  The garden won best Cheshire Farm Garden in 2013 and was one of four finalists in the Daily Mail National Garden Competition.  The proceeds made on the day will be donated to Gawsworth Gardening Club.  So, don’t be shy . . . . . . .have a try!!  There are classes for adults and children – very small entry fee, children are free.  These traditional village events are so important to our local communities and there is sure to be a class that will suit everyone – so, get planting, there is plenty of time to pick out the best of your crop of runner beans, tomatoes, beetroot, fruit, flowers . . . . . . . . . . . and the list extends.  Go on, have a go, because if you don’t you will never know – that heavy onion could just win first prize!!

For further details and entry form please phone 07969 094079 or email jane@cloverbankorganicfarm.co.uk

For more information click on the gardening link above.



By kind permission of Mr and Mrs Goda, the 2014 10K and Fun Run is set to take place on Sunday 14th September at 10.30pm. 
Both the 10K and Fun Run races will start from Nine Acre Field behind Gawsworth Court and follow footpaths, canal paths and minor country roads around Gawsworth village.
The Scouts will be serving hot bacon baps, teas and coffees and the WI will be selling cakes.
The organisers are very grateful to Mr Tim Richards for allowing the use of the Hall car park for the event.

Entry fees are as follows:
10k run (adults only) £7 in advance for UK Athletics affiliated clubs, £9 on the day and £9 in advance unattached, £11 on the day
5K Run – Adults £5 in advance or £7 on the day; under 16s £3 in advance or £5 on the day.
Entry forms are available via the website www.Gawsworth.com. or
by telephoning 01625 422743.



 Thank you!
This year’s 85th Anniversary of the Rose Queen fete was an enormous success and we would like to thank everybody that came and enjoyed the day - it was a truly amazing turn out.

We have raised over £5,400 for our children - which is absolutely fantastic!
I’d like to thank the numerous villagers who gave up their time to give photographs and to help research and track many of the former Rose Queens.  In particular, I would like to thank:
Mr Anthony Austin; Mrs Betty Williams MBE; Dennis and Heather Newton; Gawsworth Village Shop; Mrs Jean Highland; Mrs Jill Longson MBE; Mrs      Margaret Jennings; Mrs Margaret Parkin; and Mrs Marjorie Morris.
We managed to invite seventy four of the seventy six previous Rose Queens or their relatives!  This would not have been possible without your help.

During the day there was a wonderful atmosphere in the tea room as it was filled with the chatter of forgotten stories and friends reunited.  Because of you, Mrs South (nee Wain) met Mrs Dale’s (Nee Wain) husband – they have swapped      contact details and are eager to compare notes on their family tree.  Mrs Bradley met the Hadfield family and was able to talk to them about their mother, who sadly has passed away.  She told them some wonderful stories that they had never heard before - which is something that they will always cherish.  Mrs Smith got to tell her story of a much loved Aunt Hilda who, shortly after being orphaned, was delighted to be made Rose Queen. We heard the story of how Mrs Smith’s mother (Hilda’s sister), who had the huge responsibility of taking on the children and the running of the family’s dairy farm at the young age of 16, sat at the kitchen table and cried for she had no idea where the money would come from for the dress.  However, a    solution was somehow found as Hilda looked absolutely fabulous in her photo as Rose Queen.
I think you’ll agree that this year’s Rose Queen, Charlotte Edwards, did an  amazing job leading the procession and playing host to all our former Rose Queens. Well done Charlotte!

Our invites to the village organisations and dignitaries were met by much enthusiasm and it was fabulous to see more villagers involved in this year’s procession.  The colours of the flags and banners, the medals and uniforms of the various organisations made for a spectacular sight indeed!

Thank you to those who ran stalls at the fete;  we hope you managed to raise some money for your charities and increase the profile of your organisation.

We would like to invite you all back again next year, especially our former Rose Queens who gain free entry if they wear their green sashes!

Thank you to Mrs Margaret Stevens and Mr and Mrs Austin who, amongst other things, gave up there time to help in the school garden and to Paul Lawton who once again managed the road closure.

Also, a heartfelt thank you to the many villagers who offered parking facilities. I was approached several times by the people who benefited and have asked me to pass on their gratitude.  However, we apologise for any disruption caused by the event and accept that we need to think again on how to tackle parking. We  acknowledge that many residents moved their cars for the procession only to find the places filled by latecomers. We will endeavour to address this problem to    ensure it doesn’t happen next year.

Now we need you to help one last time. We would like to have your feedback to make the Rose Queen fete even more successful next year. Please use the contact details below for any suggestions.
Lastly, we would like to offer our help to you…

As members of the PTA,how hard it can be to run the  fundraisingkeep our different organisations going. If we can help out in any way towards your events: moving tables; sitting on a stall for half an hour; or advertising events through school, please let us know. cannot promise that we shall always be able to help, but we will try to support you where we can.
Many thanks!

Catherine Jackson on behalf of Friends Of Gawsworth School
Parent Teacher Association, Gawsworth Primary School, Longbutts Lane, Gawsworth, SK11 9QU,



Neighbourhood Plan Meeting
Gawsworth Parish Council have organised a meeting on Wednesday 30th July at 6:30 pm in the Scout Hall, to discuss the prospect of creating a Neighbourhood Plan for Gawsworth. A neighbourhood plan establishes general planning policies for the development and use of land in a neighbourhood, such as:

  • where new homes and offices should be built
  • what they should look like

The plan can be detailed or general, depending what local people want.
A Neighbourhood Plan allows local people to get the right type of development for Gawsworth, but the plans must still meet the needs of the wider area. In most cases this will mean that neighbourhood plans will have to take into account the Cheshire East Council's assessment of housing and other development needs in the area.

purpose of the meeting is to provide more information to the community to help the Parish Council decide if a Neighbourhood Plan should be developed for Gawsworth. The meeting will offer residents the opportunity to ask representatives from Cheshire Community Action about Neighbourhood Plans.

So if you are interested in the future development in Gawsworth and would like to know more, come along to the meeting on July 30th.
Many thanks,
Adam Keppel-Garner


There was a buzz of excitement in the hall as members arrived for a murder    mystery evening by "real writers". However buzz soon turned to gasps and groans as we were handed what appeared to be an unabridged copy of the complete works of Agatha Christie with only one hour to discover 'whodunnit'.  The usual suspects won with their intelligent idea to ignore all the evidence and relying upon a letter from Bessie, the promiscuous parlour maid, which revealed all.  Great fun, and several members said they would like another go in future.

Betty Williams won the competition with a magnificent magnifying glass owned by her late mother.
Audrey Wheelton has very generously invited members to her home for a members' night strawberry tea on Tuesday 1 July. The address is Foxhay, Marton Lane, Gawsworth.

The promotional table at the Rose Queen Fete on Saturday 14 June, hopefully  recruited some new members for members’ night and the August 5 meeting when a speaker from Knutsford Heritage Centre will talk about Mrs Gaskell's Cranford.
Please let Joyce Thornicroft know if you are interested in the Mystery Trip on 15 July, £18 per ticket, leaving from the hall at Noon, returning approximately 6 pm.  Afternoon tea is included in the ticket price.


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