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OLDER & BOLDER 2016 A GREAT SUCCESS!
Chelford Tenants & Residents Association’s (CTARA) event “Older & Bolder” held at Saint Michael’s Church, Macclesfield recently was a great success. The event was opened by the Mayor of Macclesfield Councillor Alift Harewood Jones and her consort Peter Harewood Jones. Nigel Jehan, Vice Chair of CTARA explained; “We held our first ever Older & Bolder event last year, and wanted to repeat this as we had received so much positive feedback. We designed the event to offer advice, support and information on services available for older persons, their families and carers. This year’s event exceeded our expectations and was held in the beautiful setting of Saint Michaels’s Church.”
Visitors were welcomed outside by the Cooperative’s beautiful horse and carriage, and for a short while by Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service, who unfortunately had to leave due to “a shout”.
Indoors there were a wide range of exhibitors including CTARA, which received the Queens Award for Voluntary Service last year for its work in reducing social isolation and loneliness and creating vibrant communities. David Kent, Secretary of CTARA said “The ethos of our Association is not just about looking after our own group or community but to extend this to helping others. For example CTARA held a Macmillan Big Coffee Morning recently which raised £360 for the cause. We also help Silk Life Foodbank in Macclesfield, East Cheshire Hospice and others. Today’s event was a way our Association could help a wider range of persons”
Exhibitors included Help4Tenants, Keith Park Solicitors, Cooperative Funeral Care, Home Instead Senior Care, Roy McCarthy Travel and LifeLinks who kindly helped sponsor the event, and enabled it to take place. The event was also a great showplace for other voluntary organisations who attended, including Macclesfield Eye Society, Age UK, Living Well Dying Well, Cheshire East Community Development, Cheshire Wildlife Trust, Cheshire Area coordinators, Healthwatch, Activity in Retirement Macclesfield, Mary Sunley Canal Boat Trust, CVS, Institute of Advanced Motorists and Cheshire & Warrington Carers. For the first time “The Campaign to End Loneliness” a national charity, also had a presence, this charity’s purpose is to raise awareness in loneliness in older people, which has been cited as the “hidden killer” in older persons. A representative said; “The Older & Bolder event enabled us to spread the message about our Campaign and the devastating effects that loneliness can have on people’s lives. Loneliness can be as bad to your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and is responsible for earlier onset of other health problems including dementia and depression. We were pleased to be invited and able to take part in this local event”
Another feature was for CTARA to publicise their new Dementia Friends Information Sessions, which are available free of charge to individuals, organisations and businesses to help Cheshire East become a more Dementia Friendly Community. For details on Dementia Friends please contact CTARA’s Secretary David Kent on 10625 861038 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is hoped to hold another Older & Bolder next year.
Thanks to everyone who supported us at our Summer Fete
CTARA are supporting Macmillan by holding a SUMMER LIGHTS EVENT on Saturday 25th June 7.30pm
Astle Court Community Room, Elmstead Road Chelford.....Inside & outside!
Hot & Cold Finger Food, Savoury & Sweet
£5 includes complimentary glass of wine. Bring extra if you like!
Bookings only 01625 861038
If you can’t make it, but want to support this worthy cause donations (cheques payable to Macmillan) can be sent to CTARA, 31 Elmstead Road, Chelford, SK11 9BS
OR paid direct into our bank account:
Name: Chelford Tenants Association
Sort Code: 01 00 13
Account No: 11842237
In the reference please put MACMILLAN and your name
CTARA will forward all monies raised to MACMILLAN
Thanks for your support!
Chelford Tenants & Residents Association
and Chelford Surgery as part of
NATIONAL CARERS WEEK
are pleased to announce a
On Friday 10th June 2016
At Astle Court Community Room, Chelford
If you are a Carer please come along to this social event which also has lots of information for Carers. If you need to bring along the person you care for please do!
FREE Tea and Scones with Jam and Fresh Cream
No need to book just turn up!
Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges that carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.
The campaign is brought to life by the individuals and organisations who come together to organise activities and events throughout the UK, drawing attention to just how important caring is.
MACMILLAN SUMMER LIGHTS
An inside and outside event!
On Saturday 25th June 7.30pm
Astle Court Community Room, Elmstead Road Chelford.....Inside & outside!
Hot & Cold Finger Food, Savoury & Sweet
£5 includes complimentary glass of wine. Bring extra if you like!
Bookings only 01625 861038
CAN'T MAKE IT?
DONATIONS CAN BE SENT (cheques payable to Macmillan) to CTARA, 31 Elmstead Road, Chelford, SK11 9BS
The community of Chelford come together to protest at Peaks & Plains Housing Trusts decision to charge £10 per hour for the community room. This would effectively shut down the groups. Following the press attendance and the intervention of Cheshire East, PPHT have backed down and an end to the months of distress and upset to the community looks like it is coming to an end.
A MASSIVE THANK YOU TO THE COMMUNITY!
We are sure that you will realise that Peaks & Plains have now said that they will not be charging the £10 per hour room hire fee for users of Astle Court Community Room. This is not only good news for CTARA but the many other users of the room. We are convinced that had we not had the support of the community and Cheshire East Council that they would have continued with their plans (our committee members attending a meeting at Peaks & Plains were told it was non negotiable)
SO WHETHER YOU wrote a letter, attended for the photo shoot or used Social Media to make your feelings known, THANK YOU SO MUCH!
ASTLE COURT COMMUNITY ROOM
AT RISK FOR ALL OF OUR COMMUNITY
LONELINESS THE HIDDEN KILLER IN OLDER PERSONS
A CALL FOR ACTION
CHELFORD TENANTS & RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION AND THE WHOLE COMMUNITY OF CHELFORD are devastated at the Board of Peaks & Plains Housing Trust & the Trusts decision to effectively close down community groups in Chelford by charging £10 per hour for Astle Court Community Room. CTARA own all the furniture and equipment in this room so the Trust is effectively charging for an empty room. The hire charge for the size of the room is extortionate, is this in order to make it unaffordable for small voluntary groups to continue? Groups that use the room include: Age Uk Exercise classes, Tuesday Club, Bingo Club, Craft group, Digital Discovery, Patients Consultative Panel Chelford Surgery, Cheshire Carers, Chelford Parish Council, Chelford Players, Guides, Church, charities eg McMillan, SilkLife Foodbank, Hampers of Hope, East Cheshire Hospice.
Here's what one of our members said: Peaks and Plains what are you thinking. I owe so much to this group. I was in a very dark place when I discovered the Chelford tenants I was made to feel welcome and made friends that I am sure I will have for life. I was there on the day they were presented with the Queens award for voluntary service, they were congratulated by The Lord Leutenant of Cheshire on being one of the only groups run entirely by volunteers. Where are the elderly, the lonely and vulnerable adults going to go now without the warm enveloping arms that is the Chelford tenants association, shame on you peaks and Plains.
Another member of our community in their 90's phoned the Association today in tears. THIS ROOM HAS BEEN HER LIFE FOR 23 YEARS
This is what the Trust say: OUR PURPOSE: HELPING IMPROVE LIVES
Its "catchline" is CREATING VIBRANT COMMUNITIES
We have hand delivered a letter to the Trust and Chair of the Board (Friday 18th March but have had no response) since then the Trust have sent out letters to users of the room:
Re: Astle Court Community Room Sharing Arrangements
As you will be aware the Trust put in place new management arrangements for using the community room in autumn of last year. These new measures were necessary to ensure your safe use of the room. The arrangements require bookings to be made through the Trust and the completion of a risk assessment prior to use, which the Trust will help you to complete.Since Autumn 2015 the Trust have explored the potential of entering into a Licence agreement with some local groups (WHO?) to encourage local management of this facility for the benefit of the wider community. This Licence would have included paying the ongoing running costs such as heating, lighting & water with the Trust offering to continue to pay Council Tax and forego a rental charge. (SO WHY CHARGE £10 PER HOUR when signing the agreement would mean around £2000 per year utility costs. The cost to CTARA alone would be around £10,000 per year without all the rental income for other users)
Unfortunately we have been unable to find a partner willing to enter into such an agreement. (Who else did they ask?)As a result the Trust will put in place a hire charge of £10 per hour to cover the running cost of the community room from Monday 25th April 2016.
(NO PROPER CONSULTATION HAS TAKEN PLACE WITH TENANTS AFFECTED)
Please continue to book the room through our existing arrangements at AstleCourt@peaksplains.org giving at least 7 days notice. We understand that for some groups it will be more convenient to pay in advance, for others after an activity has taken place or for regular users to pay monthly in arrears. The Trust will be willing to discuss with you the most suitable payment arrangement. If however payments are not made within 28 days of issue of invoice the Trust will cancel existing and decline future booking until the account is settled.
Assistant Director of Housing Services
GIVEN THE TRUSTS RECENT RENT RISE FOR OLDER PERSONS PROPERTIES (an unexpected "windfall" at the last minute as they thought they would have to decrease rents by 1%) we find this decision deplorable. We are sure that a supposedly charity/not for profit organisation can afford around £2,500 per year.Mr Pinder CEO said in the rent increase letter to tenants that it would be spent on older persons services.We estimate the Trust will get an extra windfall of approximately £70,000 pa from this.
In addition the Trust recently took the action (with no proper tenant consultation) of removing front line services:
Getting rid of all Neighbourhood Officers and Anti Social Behavoiur ASB team
Stopping low cost gardening, low cost decorating and handyman services.. these were all promises made in the Offer Ducument of transfer of properties from Macclesfield Council to Peaks and Plains
The Trust said in their latest Star Survey that tenants felt repairs were the most important thing..of course they do BUT that doesn't mean that other factors such as ASB, grounds, resident involvement are not important
At a recent Tenant Think Tank event at Trafford Hall which was about how landlords and tenants are facing the challenges Peaks and Plains appeared to be the only one who removed the front line service of Neighbourhood team, rather than make salami slice cuts across the organisation or reduce management costs. One of the Trusts Challenge members was there so we hope her feedback is useful to Challenge and may provide some interesting comparisons/benchmarking against other Housing Association throughout the country. Tenants attending from other parts of the country couldn't beleive what cuts to services tenants of Peaks & Plains have suffered.
SHORTAGE of affordable rented properties and Peaks and Plains. We always welcomed, as does Cheshire East much needed rental properties of high standard, which the Trust has provided in the past as a not for profit organisation so we were surprised to read on the National Housing Federations register that Peaks and Plains development plans for 2015/16 are:
Outright sale 68 properties
Affordable home ownership 20 properties
Rent total 0
Is this further additional income for the Trust (apart from tenants rent) ?
2014 Surplus £2.7 million
2015 Surplus £4.4 million (Increase in income 6% Increase in managers earning above £60,000pa from 9 staff in 2014 to 12 in 2015)
OUR VOLUNTEERS (we have no paid staff) have put in around £80,000 worth of their time into CTARA (this is only at a minimum wage level, not professional hourly rates)
IS THIS REALLY ABOUT THE UTILITY COSTS OF ASTLE COURT COMMUNITY ROOM?
We don't think so, we strongly believe it is because CTARA not only provides lots of activities to alleviate Loneliness but also will support tenants with problems and help them if they do not get satisfaction from their landlord (whoever that may be) council, etc.
Is this get back time from the Trust we ask ?
Also CTARA is still waiting after many months for several questions to be answered by the Trust. If they don't want to or can't answer they just ignore us
OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY ARE DEVASTATED
If you are a Board Member or Challenge member of the Trust we ask you to challenge EMT about this (this is your role and responsibility) and the reasoning behind Mr Twomey actions which will devastate our local community (all for Utility Costs?)
CTARA have always been honest and open to the Trust about how we feel, after all we are CUSTOMERS (as you call us) and we should be treated as customers in any other service industry. .... listened too. The problem is for tenants of the Trust as customers they can't shop elsewhere if they don't like it......they are stuck and have no protection save the serious detriment test...unless you could have killed us. You have more consumer protection buying a tin of beans.
What can you do to help?
CTARA is holding another emergency committee meeting this week, it will be informing everyone of the outcome and then will be contacting all users and the community of Chelford and wider community.
In the meantime you can write, email or post an entry on Peaks & Plains FaceBook page, there is also the facility to comment and RATE the Trust,
You could write to (or email)
Tim Pinder, CEO, Peaks & Plains, Ropewalks, Newton Street, Macclesfield SK11 6QJ
John Hudson , Chair Board same address
Cllr George Walton, Councillor for Chelford:48 Blackhill Lane, Knutsford, Cheshire,WA16 9DW
George Osborne MP, Tatton Conservative Office, 1A Windsor Way, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 6JB
Cllr Paul Bates , Communities Portfolio Holder, Cheshire East Council, Cath Law PA to the Cabinet
Westfields , Middlewich Road ,Sandbach, Cheshire ,CW11 1HZ
Write to the local press eg Macclesfield Express or post a comment on their webpage
SPREAD THE NEWS ON SOCIAL MEDIA (Many of our beneficiaries are older people who don't have access to this so it's important others take up this aspect)
OUR VOLUNTEERS GAVE OVER 8,000 hours of their time last year, we ask you to spend 10 minutes of yours
Thank you for your support
FOR MORE ON THE DEVASTATING EFFECTS OF LONELINESS VISIT HERE:
Watch the main video
CHELFORD TENANTS & RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION ARE PROUD TO SUPPORT THE
CTARA has been approached by many confused tenants affected by the withdrawal of housing benefit for Telecare Services (Peaks & Plains TrustLink and other service providers) . We have been in touch with Cheshire East and this is the current advice we have from Adult Social Services.
- IF YOU ARE AGED 85 OR OVER, LIVE ALONE, AND THERE IS AN ASSESSED NEED for the Telecare Service this will be provided free of charge. Phone the number below for advice.
- EVERYONE can ask for a Social Care Assessment from Adult Social Care, but the first £5 will not be covered, however you may be able to access other help with care costs.
- SOCIAL SERVICES have advised CTARA that older people who may think they are entitled to, and not currently receiving Attendance Allowance should apply! Remember this is not means tested! If you don’t apply you don’t know if you are eligible!
If you are successful the money awarded could then pay for Telecare & other services!
- There are many providers of Tele Care Services so shop around! These provide the reassurance that if you press your alarm button or pendant that it will go through to a 24 hour monitoring service who will contact nominated people or the emergency services
- There is a phone system available for a one off charge (no monthly charges) that has an emergency button and fob that when pressed will contact up to 6 contacts in turn or even send a text message. If it gets no response from the first contact it continues to dial the next number and so on until contact is made.
This website has lots of information:
CONTACT DETAILS ADULT SOCIAL CARE (Cheshire East)
0300 123 5010
Follow the instructions to connect to Adult Social Care in your area
Following the article in Peaks & Plains “Plain Speaking” CTARA would strongly advise that tenants/residents look at a number of providers for insurance to compare prices. A tenant contacted us as they had asked for a quotation from the company mentioned in Plain Speaking “Thistle Insurance”. They were currently paying £50 per year for up to £75,000 contents cover with accidental damage (£100 excess) and they were quoted £267 per year by Thistle, with a maximum cover of £35,000 contents (for some people this would not be enough to cover all possessions, white goods, furniture, fittings, curtains, clothes, etc) Thistle Insurance did not have an excess but was 5 times the premium.So CTARA’s advice is to shop around!
Our Digital Discovery Sessions can even help you search comparison sites and insurance companies. They are held on every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month 11.30-1pm. You don’t even need to have a computer, laptop or tablet. Just pop along! No charge. Free tea/coffee.
OUR SOCIAL DIARY FOR 2016 IS NOW ORGANISED!
HARD COPIES WILL BE CIRCULATED SOON
Anyone requiring one please phone 01625 861038
OR YOU CAN SIMPLY LOOK AT OUR EVENTS CALENDAR ON HERE!
CLICK ON THE TAB ON THE LEFT!
CTARA celebrated Valentines Day with a special meal
Here's the menu!
A Paupiette of Haddock poached in White Wine and served with a Double Cream, White Wine, Watercress and Prawn Sauce garnished with a Puff Pastry Fleuron
(One of Mikes’ own recipes from when we
ran our Cookery School)
A Breast of Farm Chicken split and filled with an Apricot Stuffing and served with a Piquant Montego Sauce
Crispy Deep Fried Cauliflower
Mediterranean Roast Potatoes with Chorizo
Rich Chocolate Mousse topped with a lightly whipped Cream with Rum & Honeycomb
Coffee and Surprises
WHY NOT JOIN US FOR ONE OF OUR FORTHCOMING MEALS OR EVENTS!
Receiving the "Queens Award for Voluntary Service" (The MBE for volunteers) July 2015.
David Kent (left) and Mike Jehan (seated) receive the award on behalf of Chelford Tenants & Residents Association from Mr David Briggs MBE, KStJ, Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire and The Worshipful the Mayor of the Borough of Cheshire East Councillor Hilda Gaddum
It is with great sadness that Margaret passed away peacefully in December. She was a friend to many in Chelford, a valued committee member of the Association and active in resident involvement including being a past Tenant Board member of Peaks & Plains and a member of their Challange Group.
She had a great sense of humour and a razor like wit.
Hilary Prince has been co-opted to take Margarets place until the AGM.
CTARA receives bursary to attend the 2nd Annual Learning Network Conference of the Campaign to End Loneliness
We are pleased to announce that CTARA's submission for a bursary to attend the Campaign to End Loneliness Conference in Cardiff on Wednesday 20th January 2016 was successful. The bursary pays for two members travel and conference costs to attend this important event. This follows CTARA being recognised by "The Queens Award for Voluntary Service" in 2015 for the work it undertakes to reduce social isolation in the community. The conference includes key note speakers and presentations on the promising approaches to reducing loneliness and isolation, discussion groups and workshops on topics such as "Indentifying Old People experiencing, or at risk of Loneiness" and "Addressing Loneliness in Rural Areas"
CTARA hope to get lots of ideas from the day!
PEAKS AND PLAINS LATEST REGARDING ASTLE COURT COMMUNITY ROOM
All tenants in Elmstead Road and Astle Court recently received a letter from Peaks & Plains Housing Trust (PPHT) (18th December 2015)
CTARA are currently having PPHT's Licence Agreement looked at by a solicitor (greatfully provided by LAWWORKS not for profit programme who have agreed to provide free legal advice for CTARA) and will be meeting with the Trust once this advice has been given.
The Trust however stated in the letter of the 18th December "Should we be unable to agree a licence agreement with CTARA the Trust will continue with the existing arrangement which allows booking and access to the room for local community groups"
CTARA and the community welcome this news for the continued use of Astle Court Community Room to support the whole community, not just CTARA.
* Community Garden Initiative receives "Outstanding" Award from RHS October 2015
Click on the Community Garden Project for details *
* Peaks & Plains discloses 1,000 email addresses:
* Astle Court Community Room latest:
MACMILLAN BIG COFFEE MORNING : We raised £385!! Thank you for your support
MONDAY 12th OCTOBER 2 Course lunch £6 12 noon
Bookings ony. Telephone 01625 861038
Hello all my friends in Chelford, I posted this message on Plains & Plains “Facebook” page 4th October but they deleted it!
A MESSAGE FROM “CAPTAIN” IN CHELFORD
Hello my name is Captain (or to my best friends “Cappie”) I am a Dandie Dinmont Terrier and I am a rare breed, more endangered than the Giant Panda. I haven’t been too well recently, and would have died had it not been for the fantastic vets at Vets for Pets at “Pets at Home”, Macclesfield who referred me to the University of Liverpool Small Animal Teaching Hospital. I’m feeling a lot better now Woof! Woof!
I come across a lot of the folks in Chelford that use Astle Court Community Room, and they are not happy at the moment. I’ve heard the humans saying it has been a community room for over 23 years, the keys were handed to these humans to look after and use the room. This has been fine until recently when Peaks and Plains suddenly asked Chelford Tenants & Residents Association to sign a licence agreement and “pay electric costs”
Then they changed their minds and decided to add water, sewerage and council tax costs!
Then they wouldn’t pay for a solicitor (these humans are volunteers with no funds to pay legal guys like the Trust employ)
They said they would take the keys off these humans at the end of August, then some friendly Councillors’ helped them and they extended it until the end of September.
Guess what? They left it until 5.24pm on the last day of September to get back to these humans. It meant they had to cancel the Harvest Supper (held for the last 10 years) due on the Saturday as the volunteers didn’t know what was happening.
I’m quite an old dog and as they say “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” but I am amazed at how these humans are being treated.
For those of you who don’t know Chelford, Astle Court Community Room is a fantastic hub of action, I meet many of my 4 legged friends outside at events. Even we dogs have to behave ourselves though and we have been warned not to “cock our legs” on the beautiful RSH Award winning gardens created by the volunteers of the Garden Group. You’d be barking mad not to take pride in what happens in the room: Bingo, Tuesday Club, Parish Council meetings, Dinners, Lunches, Afternoon Teas, charity events, Age UK Exercise, Quiz Nights, Chelford Players to name just a few!
I’ve witnessed many folks in Chelford being upset, angry and bewildered with Peaks and Plains, one lady in her 90’s says “without the room she doesn’t think she would still be here”, she makes delicious jam and chutneys” Woof Woof!!
Dogs love social activities, so do humans! The local Association was awarded the “Queens Award for Voluntary Service” (The Highest Award in the country, the MBE for volunteer groups) and Peaks and Plains were invited to the ceremony but they did not attend, and told staff they could not attend either.
I think that’s really WROOOF.
My human friends say the person handling this at the Trust will not answer questions?
Well dogs and human friends. What do you think? Is it Wroof Justice?
I’m going to be pampered at the Groomers soon, as I have been asked to be interviewed and need to look my best!!
Bye for now
Keep those tails wagging, even in adversity? Paws for thought.
PS: I’ll keep my doggy and human friends updated! Share my story please!
Chelford Tenants and Residents Association
The Association has found out today (2nd June 2015) it has received the Queens Award for Voluntary Service. This is a great honour and is recognition to all its volunteers and supporters.
Thank you to everyone involved
We should be very proud of our achievements
Michael Jehan (chair)
Chelford Tenants and Residents Association based in Chelford, Cheshire recognised with Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for 2015
A voluntary group from Chelford, Cheshire which works in the community to improve the lives of mainly older persons, combat social isolation and create a great local community has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. It is the MBE for volunteer groups.
Chelford Tenants and Residents Association (CTARA) provides support, advice and representation for its members and the community on local issues that matter. It also provides intergenerational activities with their local primary school and works with partner agencies e.g. Age UK Cheshire East, The Chelford Practice, Cheshire East & Chelford Parish Council, Peaks & Plains Housing Trust and others
Through its group of hard working volunteers it seeks to improve the local community and improve people's lives, in particular in providing activities for older persons to combat social isolation (which has been cited as the "hidden killer" in older persons)
Michael Jehan (Chair) and David Kent (Secretary) from the Association have been invited to attend the Queens Garden Party at Holyrood, Edinburgh in July when they will meet the Queen and other winners of this year’s award.
Chelford Tenants and Residents Association is one of 187 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of awards handed out to groups have increased by over 60% from 2014, due to an increase in high quality applications, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to tackle community challenges.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work in their communities. The awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and winners are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. Award winners this year range from Ablaze, a charity helping to raise academic achievement amongst disadvantaged young people in Bristol to a volunteer rescue boat service on Loch Lomond.
Chelford Tenants and Residents Association will receive the award from David Briggs M.B.E., K.St.J the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire later this summer.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Committee Chair, former broadcast journalist Martyn Lewis CBE said:
“I warmly congratulate all of the inspirational voluntary groups who have been rewarded for their community work with a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The judging panel for this year’s awards were struck by the quality and breadth of all the successful groups. The thousands of volunteers who give up spare time to help others in their community and to help solve problems demonstrate the best of democracy in action.”
Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson, said:
“I would like to congratulate all groups who received this year’s Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, in recognition of their fantastic achievements. The hard work and commitment that goes into the work of these organisations is surpassed only by the passion and motivation of the individuals who volunteer. I hope these groups continue to inspire others to get involved and make a positive impact so that
we can continue to build a bigger, stronger society.”
Michael Jehan, Chair of the Association said:
"I feel very proud and privileged that Chelford Tenants and Residents Association has been honoured for its work in the local community. It is a testament to the hard working volunteers who have made such a difference to our local people, and to our supporters without whom we would not exist. As well as providing a wide ranges of activities including a community garden project, social events, coach trips and computer classes we also support our mainly older tenants to improve their housing, local communities and lives generally"
An example of the inspiring work undertaken is the Associations' most recent initiative "Ageing Well in Chelford" which includes a Digital Discovery Project, and a new "Little Free Library" ("take a book, return a book") one of only 15 currently in the UK.
It really proves that people can make a difference to their neighbourhoods and lives.
The Association is happy to share its experiences with Housing Associations, residents and others to improve communities.
ASSOCIATION SUCCESSFUL FUNDING BID TO CHESHIRE EAST COUNCIL!
The Association was presented with a cheque for £3,297 from Councillor George Walton, Cheshire East Council at the Annual Christmas lunch.
Click on the link below to view the video!
Our meals are to top restaurant standards! (Chelford's very own "Pop up Restaurant!)
THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE YEAR!
Celebrating our community!
and the people that make our community!
to celebrate the outstanding achievements of the residents of our community
On Saturday 17th October
at The Hall at Marthall, near Chelford 7pm
We'll be letting you know how to nominate people later in the year (NB: Members of the Association committee cannot
be nominated for Awards)
All entries will be judged by an independent panel
Canapes on arrivalfollowed by:
A Delicious 4 Course Dinner
Our Grand Prize Draw will be drawn at this evening
(this Draw will run throughout the Spring & Summer)
Entertainment by the fantastic
International Male Vocalist
Free coach transport from Chelford to the Hall and return
(so you can enjoy a drink!)
£22.50 to include fantastic meal, Awards Ceremony and superb entertainment
Spaces limited book early!
Tickets will be issued 3 weeks prior to the event when full payment is needed
STARTING SOON! Gentle Exercise to Music delivered by qualified instructor.
At your own pace and seated if necessary!
Phone 01625 861038 for details
Grow a Sunflower competition
From Chelford C of E School
We had two special guests at our Friday morning Praise Assembly, at Chelford Primary School on the 7th November. Mrs Coulson and Mrs Hall, representatives of The Chelford Tenants & Residents Association, came along to present prizes to those children who had entered their 'Grow a sunflower' competition in the summer term.
The children were each given sunflower seeds to take home and plant. They were asked to measure the height of their sunflower when it was fully grown, then take a photograph of it and bring it back to school in September. The lucky winners were each presented with a £10 Gift Voucher. We would like to thank CTARA for their generosity.
BLOOMING SUCCESS FOR ASSOCIATION!!
ASSOCATION AWARDED THREE AWARDS FOR COMUNITY GARDEN PROJECT
The Association scooped a hat trick of awards recently for their community garden project. Chelford Tenants and Residents Association received 2 awards from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) North West Britain in Bloom campaign. On the first day of the Awards ceremony the Association received a level 4 "Thriving Award" in the "It's Your Neighbourhood" Awards, which was up a level from last years' first year of entry when the Association received a "Developing" award. "It's Your Neighbourhood" is part of the RHS North West Britain in Bloom competition and recognises the work that community groups and volunteers achieve in making a difference to their communities. It is judged on 3 separate areas: horticultural achievement, environmental responsibility and community participation. The Awards are at 5 levels Level 1 Establishing, Level 2 Improving, Level 3 Developing, Level 4 Thriving and Level 5 Outstanding. As it is only the second year of operation of the project volunteers were extremely proud of the achievements.
Over 1,600 persons attended the presentations held at Southport over 2 days and a further surprise was in store when the Association was asked to attend the second day when regional awards were presented. The Chair of the Association, Mike Jehan, who attended the presentations said " It was a really wonderful surprise to receive a second area award for the best tableau in the whole of the North West region for our interpretation and display celebrating 50 years of Britain in Bloom. This award is an acknowledgement of all the hard work our volunteers put into the project to make our community a better place to live. We are very proud of our community"
The Association choose to make a tableau featuring scarecrows and including sunflowers to fit in the RHS theme "Growing for Gold"
The group was established in June 2012 and their first project was a new border in a previously neglected piece of ground when the "Jubilee Gardens" were created. From there the group thought what can we do next and through fundraising managed to get their own 20 feet x 10 feet community greenhouse.
The group grew over 1,000 plants, mainly perennials from seed and plug plants this year which were used in communal plantings with the spare plants being sold at low cost to enable for the project to be sustainable.
In addition they grew over 160 dwarf sunflowers from seed for their displays and tableau. the local school were even involved with a sunflower growing competition!
Finally out of the blue came a third recognition of the volunteers work in the awarding of a "Little Gem" Award from Cheshire Community Action: Community Pride Competition 2014 for the community greenhouse and gardens. Unbeknown to the Association the judges when looking at Chelford for the Community Pride Competition were impressed with the groups efforts. Kath Gildon, Chair of Chelford Parish Council said "The judges were really impressed with the community greenhouse and surrounding gardens, which they thought was a great asset to the community and village"
As well as creating nicer areas for people to look out on the project encourages volunteering and people to take part in a communal activity. David Kent, Secretary stated, "The response we got from residents this year was brilliant, and although some of our older residents cannot do physical gardening many were able to take part by planting pots and containers. It was a real community effort which we should all be proud of"
Asked why people volunteer David said its to make a difference and improve peoples lives, and although it can be hard work the efforts are worthwhile. He showed a letter that came from a local resident that explained why community projects are so important:
"Today for once the sun is about to shine (I hope) and I am sitting outside my home thinking about the last 12 months, and how sad we were and still are as a family having lost the nicest man you could have ever known, my husband of 63 years Bill.
However when I look at the wonderful garden in front of me and think of all the hard work my friends have put in and worked so very, very hard; you have no idea how much I appreciate looking at this lovely display.
Kew Gardens have nothing on Chelford.
Well done to all the Garden Club members and thank you so very much for cheering me up
Iris Ryder, Astle Court, Chelford"
War Years Remembered !
Chelford Tenants & Residents Association recently held a "War Years Remembered" event at the Hall at Marthall, near Chelford. Over 60 people attended the event with some dressing for the occasion. A war themed menu which was prepared and served by volunteers was presented to attendees to include Ration Book Soup, Hotpot with Pickled Red Cabbage and Beetroot and War Years Trifle.
Fantastic war years themed music was provided by the 21 piece Wychcraft Big Band Cheshire which received great praise from those attending.
The event was possible due to funding from Cheshire East Council's War Commemoration Events Grants and Peaks and Plains Housing Trust who provided transport and venue hire.
The Association aims to combat social isolation in the community and this event for mainly older persons achieved this. Iris Ryder a local resident in her 80's commented, " the night was fantastic with a great atmosphere, the war food and band was brilliant and the room was alive with emotions"
Michael Jehan, Chair of the Association said " It was a really great community event that was well supported and many attending have asked for more. Due to the generosity of our funders and volunteers we were able to put this event on at a low cost for attendees"