This is my first Introduction to the GMK since I was elected as Chair in mid-May. My first task is to place on record my thanks and appreciation to our outgoing Chair, Cllr Pat Alker. Although not one to hog the limelight, she accepted the challenges of the role and has had a wonderful term of office, during which the Parish Council has achieved some notable successes. The most recent of these was the award of Quality Gold status, of which we are very proud because it validates all that we do to be as good as we possibly can be in meeting the needs of our residents. This was gained by means of the hard work of our Clerk and of many councillors, under Pat’s quiet but principled leadership.
Throughout the year we have continued to strive for improved facilities and services in the village. As I write, work on the outdoor gym and tennis courts continues, Hen and Chicken Lane has been renewed, BKV volunteers are beavering away, plans for GLEAN Hub are progressing and Youth Club members recently celebrated their second anniversary (where did that time go??). We have enjoyed another Senior Citizen` tea party and will soon be making plans for the next. It is a pleasure and honour to be Chair of such a busy and successful Parish Council and I shall do my best to uphold the standards set – no easy task! Wish me luck!
Cllr Gail Gregory
Chair of Gnosall Parish Council
Annual Assembly and Community Awards
The Parish Council was delighted to see so many parishioners at this year’s Annual Assembly at which interesting and informative presentations were delivered by community groups including the Parish Council itself, GG’s Youth Club, The Heritage Group, GLEAN (Library Working Group) and Best Kept Village.
Our Parish is fortunate to have so many dedicated volunteers, many of whom are part of more than one community group, working hard to keep our Parish such a vibrant and pleasant place to live. What was clear from all of the groups represented was there is a need for more volunteers to help the groups maintain the valuable services.
The population of Gnosall has grown in recent years with the development of new houses and the Parish Council would love hear from any of our newer residents who may be able to help some of the many groups in a volunteer capacity. Whatever spare time you may have, it would be appreciated.
To celebrate and acknowledge the dedication of a lot of the Parish volunteers and community groups, nominations for awards were received from many members of our community. All nominees were deemed to be worthy winners and it was difficult for a team of Parish Councillors to choose the overall winners.
However, this year’s winner of the Individual Award was Ann Andrews and the Community Award was awarded to AFC Gnosall. Ann was recognised for her commitment to teaching, as both a teacher and Teaching Assistant at our local primary school, for being a swimming teacher for many years, for her work and commitment with the First Responders and for being a caring neighbour and friend to so many.