Cheshire East extends community grants deadline for ‘Great Get Together’ to honour murdered MP

May 16, 2017

Cllr-Paul-Bates

Don’t miss out on the chance to apply for community grants – to help support one of the nation’s biggest summer events to honour the memory of murdered MP Jo Cox.

The Great Get Together will be held on Saturday and Sunday June 17-18 and Cheshire East Council is encouraging residents across the borough to join together in their communities to share food, conversation and celebrate what we all have in common.

The local authority still has funding available for grants and has extended the deadline for applications to Wednesday May 31, 2017.

The events weekend will mark the first anniversary of Batley and Spen MP Jo’s murder on June 16, 2016. The council has made £15,000 available for community groups to apply for grants of up to £100 to come together and hold street parties.

The council has received applications from a range of community and neighbour groups including a Carers Great Get Together in Knutsford, The Great Get Together Tea Dance in Congleton, Cake and Craft Get Together in Scholar Green, Great Gardening Get Together at Allotments all over Cheshire East, Homestead Street P-A-R-T-Y  in Macclesfield and Balfour Buffet and Barbecue in Crewe –  plus many more. 

Grants are being used to provide entertainment, food, decorations, craft materials, face paints and much more.

The council has waived fees for licensing and road closures for these special community events. The deadline for road closures has now passed as a statutory notice period is required. However, most communities have common green areas, cul-de-sac roads or other suitable space that would not need a highway road closure.  

The council is also organising two community events that weekend:

  • Crewe – Fun afternoon and BBQ in Westminster Park, on Saturday June 17; and
  • Macclesfield – Pot-luck picnic and family sports in West Park, on Sunday June 18.

Councillor Paul Bates, cabinet member for finance and communities, said: “Please do get in touch with us if you’re thinking of holding an event. We have supported communities many times to have local celebrations and can offer lots of information and advice as well as grants.

“The Great Get Together will be a fantastic weekend, where the great Cheshire East community will get together, hold street parties and other events in memory of Jo Cox. 

“We all know of Jo for her campaigning around diversity and human rights but she also got people talking about loneliness in our communities, which is an issue for all people no matter what your age or background. 

“Connected people are happier and healthier and I can’t think of a better tribute to Jo than for us all to connect and celebrate living in our local community.” 

It is hoped that The Great Get Together will be the biggest event of its kind since the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

To apply for a grant to hold a street party

To get in touch with our communities team, please e-mail: partnerships@cheshireeast.gov.uk or telephone: 01270 685880.