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Knutsford and District Talking Newspaper

Knutsford Good Neighbours Scheme

The projects in this section required significant input from our Club to set them up, and provide a valuable service to the community.  We now only have limited involvement, although we occasionally provide additional support if required.

KNUTSFORD MUSEUM IN THE STREET

Knutsford Lions developed the Museum of the Street with the aid of local historian Joan Leach and Knutsford Photographic Society member Peter Spooner.

This Millennium Project consisted of eight panels with images and text set up at key points around the town centre. The first panel is situated within Canute Square and contains all the images and details of the project on one side (see picture below). The other side contains information about the area around Canute Square.

The seven other panels contain historical information and old photos about the area of Knutsford visible from their location.

It has proved popular with locals and visitors who can learn about the history and see some of the changes that have occured over the years.   An additional panel was put up around 2010 on the Moor.

The inaugural Knutsford Promenades took place on 5 and 6 July 2013 to promote Knutsford's history and heritage.   We supported the event by producing a special rhyming heritage quiz relating to buildings in the area of Knutsford covered by the Promenade events - Brook Street Chapel and part of King Street - this area also includes four of our Museum of the Street panels.  If you need some encouragement to find out more about the Town's history why not follow the quiz below!  Or the lazy can just look at the answers!

          Heritage Quiz                                         Answers

KNUTSFORD AND DISTRICT TALKING NEWSPAPER

The Talking Newspaper was set up in 1979 with the initial recording facilities and funding largely provided by Knutsford Lions. In 1980 the Knutsford and District Talking Newspaper became a registered charity (Charity No. 509745) and it is now run by an independent committee. Several Lion members are still involved and provide special support when required.

Every Wednesday a digital memory stick is posted out to about 60 people who are visually impaired in the Knutsford area, each stick containing a selection of articles from the Knutsford Guardian.  Residents can then listen to the articles by plugging in the stick to a "Boom Box" supplied by Knutsford Talking Newspaper.  If you know of anyone who is visually impaired and would like to receive a copy of the Talking Newspaper memory stick, please telephone Desmond on 01565-755315 or email knutsford.lions@virginmedia.com and we will pass on the request.

KNUTSFORD GOOD NEIGHBOURS SCHEME

Knutsford Good Neighbours was founded in 1998 by the Knutsford Lions. The scheme now runs independently although many Lions/partners are involved as coordinators, volunteer drivers, committee members etc. The scheme provides non-medical support for patients registered with the three GP Medical Centres in Knutsford. Typical requests are for help with transport to GP surgeries/local community hospital and to the District General/Specialist Hospitals which serve our area; help can also be given with filling out forms, occasional shopping etc. The scheme aims to supplement the services provided by the Statutory Services. In 2003 the Knutsford & District Good Neighbours Scheme was awarded the Queen's Golden Jubilee Award for voluntary service groups within the community and its current Chair is a member of Knutsford Lions Club.

If you would like to help as a volunteer to support this very worthwhile scheme, please email knutsford.lions@virginmedia.com and we will pass on your contact details.

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