Kidsgrove

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Coordinates: 53°05′15″N 2°14′52″W / 53.0874°N 2.2478°W / 53.0874; -2.2478

Kidsgrove
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Victoria Hall
Kidsgrove is located in Staffordshire
Kidsgrove
Kidsgrove
 Kidsgrove shown within Staffordshire
Population 24,112 (2001 census)
OS grid reference SJ835545
District Newcastle-under-Lyme
Shire county Staffordshire
Region West Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Stoke-on-Trent
Postcode district ST7
Dialling code 01782
Police Staffordshire
Fire Staffordshire
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament Stoke-on-Trent North
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England
Staffordshire

Kidsgrove is a town in the borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, England, near the border with Cheshire. It is part of The Potteries Urban Area in North Staffordshire, along with Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme. It has a population of 24,112 (2001 census). Most of the town is in the Kidsgrove ward, whilst the western part is in Ravenscliffe.

History[edit]

From the 18th century, Kidsgrove grew around coal mining, although the pits have now closed. Clough Hall Mansion in the town, now demolished, was a local theme park.

The engineer James Brindley cut the first Harecastle Tunnel on the Trent and Mersey Canal near the town; Thomas Telford cut the second. Kidsgrove also marks the southern extremity of the Macclesfield Canal. There is a legend regarding a headless ghost that is said to haunt the Harecastle Tunnel. The ghost is said to be that of a young woman who was murdered inside the tunnel. She is referred to as the "Kidsgrove Boggart".

Kidsgrove was made an urban district in 1904 with the abolition of the Wolstanton Rural District, including the parishes of Kidsgrove and Newchapel. Talke, previously part of the Audley Urban District, was added in 1932. [1]

Kidsgrove is served by Kidsgrove railway station which was opened by the North Staffordshire Railway on 9 October 1848 as Harecastle, later becoming Kidsgrove Central. This railway station is still open as a junction (now Kidsgrove). However, there were two other stations on the closed loop line namely Kidsgrove Liverpool Road, opened 15 November 1875 and Market Street Halt, opened 1 July 1909.

Bathpool Park, south of the town is where Donald Neilson, the killer known as the Black Panther, took 17-year-old heiress Lesley Whittle after kidnapping her in 1975, and prior to murdering her.

The town has a library, post office, health centre, bank and supermarket. Market Street has smaller shops, restaurants and lots of take-aways.

Transport[edit]

The First Potteries Bus Route numbers 7/7C, 20 and 20A/34A buses each have terminuses in Kidsgrove, and the railway connects Kidsgrove railway station with Crewe, Manchester and Stoke-On-Trent. The Trent and Mersey Canal runs through the town. Kidsgrove is also home to a portion of the A50 road and is very close to the A50 and the A500.

Sport[edit]

Kidsgrove Athletic F.C. play in the Northern Premier League Division One South.

Kidsgrove also has a Rugby Club and a cricket Club

Notable people[edit]

R. J. Mitchell designer of the RAF's Battle of Britain fighter, the Spitfire was born in Butt Lane village, Kidsgrove.

Brewster Mason, RSC Actor; 1922-1987.

Mark Bright, footballer, sports pundit, (born 6 June 1962) attended Maryhill High School, Kidsgrove.

Kidsgrove Scouts[edit]

Kidsgrove is home to the First Kidsgrove Scout Group. After having two fires at their original location, Kidgrove Scouts moved to their current location on The Avenue. Recently there has been another fire at this building but only the small back building was lost, along with some of their Archery and Air-Rifle shooting equipment. 1st Kidsgrove Scouts also has a multiple contest winning drum corps known as the Kidsgrove Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps who are the 5 time British Drum Corps Champions and have completed in DCA and DCE competitions. Winning DCE in 2010 to become European champions.

Kidsgrove Scouts also has a Junior Band known as Kidsgrove Scouts Juniors.

1st Kidsgrove Scouts is one of the largest scout groups in the district of Potteries North.

Kidsgrove Town Council[edit]

Kidsgrove is situated in North West Staffordshire on the Cheshire border and is part of the Borough of Newcastle Under Lyme. The Wards of Kidsgrove, Butt Lane, Ravenscliffe and Kidsgrove are in the Stoke on Trent North, Parliamentary Constituency, M.P. Joan Walley and Newchapel Ward is in the Staffordshire Moorlands, Parliamentary Constituency, M.P. Karen Bradley. Kidsgrove has a Town Council of twenty four members. Kidsgrove Town Council was created in 1974 when Kidsgrove Urban District Council became part of Newcastle Under Lyme Borough Council as part of the Local Government Act 1972. Kidsgrove also has a Mayor who is elected by the Town Council every 12 months. This position is mainly a civic role and the Mayor acts as an ambassador for Kidsgrove. Past Mayors: John Parsons 2010/2011, Kyle Robinson 2011/2012, Gillian Burnett 2012/2013, Kyle Robinson 2013/2014.

The Rotary Club of Kidsgrove[edit]

Founded on 15 January 1969 and presented with its charter on 2 July the same year, the Rotary Club of Kidsgrove (RCK) has been active within the community whether fundraising, volunteering or helping out local projects for over 40 years. The club is also part of District 1210 within Rotary International in Britain and Ireland.

Originally meeting on Wednesdays at 1pm in the Masonic Hall and Institute in the town, the group now gets together at the Bleeding Wolf, Scholar Green on the same day but from 7pm (except after Bank Holidays). An active group within the Rotary district as well as the town, the club were winners of the darts and snooker competitions and are defending their titles in 2012.

Kidsgrove Rotary with their second trophy of the year for winning the Rotary 1210 District Darts competition 2011

During November RCK hold a bonfire night and fireworks at Clough Hall Park and during December they can be seen on the streets of Kidsgrove with their Santa float, collecting for local good causes who also help out on the routes. For the second time the club will also be running the Gritstone Walk in aid of an array of good causes chosen by those taking part on the day through sponsorship.

In April 2012 RCK were also announced as the Rotary International in Britain and Ireland winners of the Club Online Presence Award. This was the first time the award has been presented and recognises the achievements the group have made through their website and a variety of social media avenues in the last year.

The Rotary Club of Kidsgrove can also be found on their own website, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and YouTube.

External links[edit]

Local websites serve the residents of Kidsgrove and surrounding areas. Each website has a forum area where local issues can be discussed with local councillors and the local police.

Local Community Websites