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Pictured: Sin?ad Butters (Group Chief Executive, Aspire Housing); Lilian Barker MBE (Chesterton One Stop Shop); Pat Stanyer (One Stop Shop Volunteer)
Celebrating 20 years of community support in Chesterton
A Newcastle-under-Lyme community advice and information hub has reached a notable milestone this week, as it celebrates 20 years of providing support to the Greater Chesterton community.
The Chesterton One Stop Shop, which is run by volunteers from its office in the heart of the village, will be hosting a socially distanced outdoor event to celebrate the anniversary and to offer its thanks to the many partners and volunteers that have supported the community during that time.
Formed in 2001, the One Stop Shop was designed as a base for the Chesterton Community Forum. The forum and the shop encourage local people to become active in their community; working with local partners, council representatives and businesses to help benefit the community.
The shop was awarded The Queens Award in 2011 for providing advice, support and access to services for residents living in the community. Lilian Barker, who runs the One Stop Shop as a volunteer, was awarded an MBE for her services that same year.
Lilian said: ? was humbled to receive my MBE, and now I? honoured to be able to celebrate 20 years of the One Stop Shop. We have so many wonderful volunteers who give up their time for the residents of Greater Chesterton, and for other local areas too. I can? thank them enough for everything they?e done.
? can? imagine being without the One Stop Shop. It? a huge part of Chesterton, and a big part of my life. It? my baby ?I? very proud of the shop and of our community.?
The shop is an active resource for members of the community ?advertising events for local groups, providing drop-in services, assisting individuals to get in touch with local agencies, and acting as a community liaison for local partners such as Newcastle Borough Council, Staffordshire Police, and Aspire Housing.
A former mining village, Chesterton now homes over 11,000 people and around 500 businesses, which employ around 6,500 people
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May 20th will be Reginald Mitchell? 126th birthday, and we thought this would be a good day to publicly announce for the first time that the Spitfire will return to the city in June (currently looking at June 15th). It will return in parts then experts at RAF Cosford will help to reassemble it, ahead of it going on display to the public in its new home in what we think will be September.
Cllrs Dan Jellyman (R) and Lorraine Beardmore (R) along with Julian Mitchell (C) are seen at the new Spitfire home and are looking ahead to the plane returning
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Councillor Chandra Kanneganti appointed as Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent (pictured with his wife/mayoress Sai, and son/consort Yatin)
A new Lord Mayor has been appointed for the city of Stoke-on-Trent. Councillor Chandra Kanneganti, a senior partner at Goldenhill Medical Centre and councillor for Goldenhill and Sandyford, has taken up the civic post from today.
Cllr Kanneganti has served as Deputy Lord Mayor since July 2020. First elected back in May 2019, he was born in India in 1975 and emigrated to the UK in 2002 to work as a doctor in the NHS. He became a GP in 2006 and has worked as a senior partner at Goldenhill Medical Centre since 2007. He also manages Middleport Medical Centre in Stoke-on-Trent.
Inaugurated in a ceremony that took place today in the King? Hall in Stoke, Cllr Kanneganti is looking forward to his time as Stoke-on-Trent? first citizen.
Cllr Kanneganti said: ?oronavirus has permeated everything that we do. As we emerge from lockdown I? so pleased to take up the position of Lord Mayor. I? hopeful to help bring stability and to be able to undertake a cautious return to the ceremonial elements of the role throughout the year.
?ne of my aims through my time as Lord Mayor is to raise the profile of the city. I love it here and am determined to do all I can to advocate and celebrate Stoke-on-Trent as the brilliant place that it is. I know no matter what faith, race or background you come from, I have felt so welcome here and want to share that welcome during my time in office.
?t the same time given my background in health, I want to be able to support people through the aftermath of this dreadful disease so have chosen the University Hospital North Midlands (UHNM) Charity and the Hubb Foundation ?both of which were amazing through the pandemic ?to be my chosen charities.
?? hopeful for exciting times ahead and that I can contribute toward civic duties in a way that combines the best of traditions with new opportunities. I? humbled to be the first citizen and honoured to be able to take up a role of such significance for the city.
?? also keen to use technology and want to engage with citizens online and raise the profile of the Lord Mayor during the next year. If people have any suggestions for what they? like to see or where they would like me to visit, I? urge them to get in touch.?
Lisa Thomson, UHNM director of communications and charity said: I would like to officially thank cllr Kanneganti for thinking of us and especially for making the UHNM one of his chosen charities as he becomes Lord Mayor. This will mean a great deal to our staff and our patients.?
Adam Yates, who heads up the Hubb Foundation, said: ?hank you for the support with the Hubb Foundation. Our charity coordinates and commissions food and sessions throughout the city to provide support to children and families. Sessions include sports, arts and crafts, enrichment activities, adult accredited courses and workshops to educate and support mental health, wellbeing and lifestyle.
?n addition to this, we support families and community groups with slow cooker projects to provide meals with the added value of the sustainability element promoting healthy eating.
?sing your funding, the Hubb will continue its work to develop and offer further support to the most disadvantaged families in the city as well as offering small grants to local sports and cricket clubs in the city to help them recover from the difficulties they?e faced in the last year.?
Cllr Kanneganti graduated from medical school in 1999, and has a number of qualifications including being a Fellow of the Royal College of GP? (FRCGP) and a master? degree in Medical Leadership from Warwick University. He is currently Secretary of the North Staffs Local Medical Committee, representing all GPs in North Staffordshire.
Cllr Kanneganti lives with his wife Sai, and three boys Yatin, Amar and Jai, in Stoke. Sai is to become Lady Mayoress while his son Yatin will act as Consort for the next 12 months.
Councillor Faisal Hussain has been appointed as Deputy Lord Mayor for the city council. He is a councillor for the Meir South Ward and is a self-employed businessman who is director of a small transport company and is a fourth generation British Kashmiri. Cllr Hussain lives with his wife Nazma and their three children
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