November Artisan Market cancelled


The organisers of Wilmslow's monthly Artisan Market have confirmed that the event scheduled for Saturday 21st November has been cancelled.

Denise Valente said "We are very sad to let you know that we have taken the decision to cancel this month's Wilmslow Artisan Market, due to the current lockdown restrictions.

"Based on the Government guidelines, and despite the fact that some markets can go ahead under the guise of 'selling essential items', we feel that if we were to go ahead with the event we would be contradicting the aims of this second lockdown, which is to encourage everyone to stay home and limit contact with others as much as possible.

"This together with the limitations which would not allow any craft, art or design stalls to partake nor streetfood (as this has to be click and collect, pre ordered and takeaway only) means the offer would be significantly reduced.

"This decision will have a dramatic financial impact on many of our artisan traders as well as ourselves BUT my conscience says I would rather keep both our traders and you and your families safe than put income over your health and safety. If we make this lockdown have a positive impact it may mean we can have the family Christmas we all hope for.

"We ask you to support our traders by visiting our new online marketplace #ArtisansOnline where you can find many of your favourite artisans and their fabulous products. We have over 2000+ food, craft, drink, art, design products already listed with more being added every day.

"These are YOUR local artisans not anonymous Amazon sellers – and they NEED YOU!"

Denise added "Fingers crossed we will be back in December."

Wilmslow Artisan Market


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Mark Russell
Friday 13th November 2020 at 9:08 am
More mixed messages. I’ve heard knutsford Christmas market has been given the go ahead. No wonder we have had enough of all this rubbish.
David Pearce
Friday 13th November 2020 at 12:22 pm
Assume any go ahead for Knutsford Xmas market will be influenced by it taking place over the first weekend in December which is beyond December 2nd ending date for the current lockdown (hopefully!)
Mark Goldsmith
Friday 13th November 2020 at 12:44 pm
No mixed messages Mark, just another of your wilful attempts to misrepresent them.

Knutsford Christmas market is now scheduled to take place on 12th December, 10 days after the lockdown is predicted to end.

After 8 months I would have thought that you would at least realise that society is trying to reduced the risk of spreading the virus and is not trying to eliminate all risk entirely.

Therefore, discrepancies between what is and what is not allowed is inevitable.
Jon Armstrong
Friday 13th November 2020 at 12:45 pm
Knutsford Christmas Market has been postponed to mid-December after lockdown is due to end, so basically the same as what has happened here.
Mark Russell
Saturday 14th November 2020 at 12:30 pm
Sorry I Forgot I won’t catch covid anytime after lockdown ends. Either we are in lockdown or we are not. This peacemeal effort is killing the economy.
Mark Russell
Saturday 14th November 2020 at 12:31 pm
Also @mark goldsmith. You have claimed more in expenses than I have earned working this year. At least your family will be ok this Christmas. Screw the rest of us.
Gemma Evans
Saturday 14th November 2020 at 3:13 pm
Mark Russell - from the Cheshire East record of payment it looks like Mark Goldsmith got the standard 'allowance' of £11,123 for the last financial year (note councilors get an allowance in lieu of a salary) and £337 in travel expenses. I somehow doubt his family will be OK with just the £11k but most councilors are have a part time or freelance job as well.
Mark Russell
Saturday 14th November 2020 at 4:02 pm
Gemma, that’s more than double I earned this year as him and his cronies shut everything down and then don’t pay self employed unless they have been self employed three years. And just because he can claim nearly 12k doesn’t make it ok. There are a lot of us out here who can not claim one penny. But like I said, he’ll enjoy his Christmas where as it will just be another day for me and 3 million others.
Simon Worthington
Saturday 14th November 2020 at 6:57 pm
Poor councillors. Are all the council employees that “can’t” work still on full pay? Like GPs.
Mark Goldsmith
Sunday 15th November 2020 at 8:53 am
Thanks for showing us that Mark Russell can actually use Google. It’s a shame he didn’t use it to verify his first comment though.

Google also quickly shows you are an HGV driver trainer, presumably with an HGV licence. Total currently has 806 HGV driving jobs in the Manchester area, many are temporary but all pay far more than the £11,123 I earned.

Alternatively, go to Stanley Green Trading Estate every morning since March and you will find lots of enterprising people cramming their cars with boxes to deliver for Hermes. They are clearly willing to earn money doing something different until they can get back to their normal roles. But if these don’t suit you, then the post office still wants seasonal workers too.

But rather than help ease your situation you are hoping the 2 man business you set up only 6 months before lockdown will somehow come good.

Therefore, so you don’t have to change your job for a short while, you instead demand others die in a COVID-19 free-for-all.

And then you say I’m selfish.


CEC office staff are working from home, with all meetings run as usual but now via video conferencing. Staff go into their offices on a rotational basis to ensure their safety and that the phones are still manned.

Field workers are mostly doing their usual jobs.

However, the few staff who cannot do their normal job (eg at the moment, library staff) generally get reallocated to the many extra roles the council is now undertaking.

Again, Google could be your friend on this.
Tony Haluradivth
Sunday 15th November 2020 at 9:15 am
I urge ALL our elected official and law enforcers to watch this(linked below )There WILL be a day of reckoning and you well be called to account for yourself. I might be long gone by that time1 but the thirst for justice among my children and relatives will still be there.
The most eye opening and disturbing public comments I have seen on the pandemic were on the Guardian newspaper's online Comment is Free and related to mandatory vaccination. Some commenters wanted vaccine 'Refusniks to be rounded up and placed in Internment Camps, ( they were deadly serious), many commenters wanted mandatory vaccinations. tWhat is shocking is that the UK Liberal Left has so many of these types amongst them and shows how we have now come full circle to National Socialism light. Nazis wanted State control over every facet of human life and it seems that now in 2020 many Centrist, Liberals and Leftists demand the same. As for the Internment Camps idea promulgated? This sickens me to my very core.. having lost many relatives and family friends to the Nazis in their Death Camps at Dachau, Buchenwald and Auschwitz. Wake up and smell the "ersatz"coffee before it is too late.
Gemma Evans
Sunday 15th November 2020 at 9:26 am
Mark Russell - I'm sure Mr Goldsmith or any of the other councillors can clarify but they've all been paid the same allowance (taking into consideration that some were only elected in the May 2019 election and some stood down or lost their seats at the election.) I'm sure in this instance allowance effectively means salary but from a legal prospective it can't be called salary.

I honestly don't know whether Mr Goldsmith getting £11000 for his work in the 19/20 tax year is good value or not, perhaps you can tell me how many hours work he did as a councillor. Obviously if he did an average of one hour per week then that's very poor value for money but if he did an average of 25 hours per week then that's excellent value for value, given that's equivalent to having an employee over 25 working on the minimum wage.

Given you're talking about not being able to claim one penny I'm guessing you're either unemployed or are self-employed but have no work to do, so you can't really compare yourself to someone who is working for an allowance. You could always stand to be a councillor at the next election if you think £11000 is a good amount in relation to the amount of work a councillor does.

Personally I think your attack has been launched at the wrong target. If we ignore the councillors on committees who will obviously have additional expenses, Cllr Tony Dean's travel expenses stick out like a sore thumb - £927. Cllr Tony Dean lives in Knutsford, the other two councillors living in Knutsford claimed £0 for travel and the Mobberley councillor claimed £121 for travel.
David Pearce
Sunday 15th November 2020 at 1:50 pm
Meanwhile back in the room & aside from all the sniping the November Artisan Market cancellation news was what was supposed to be in discussion which is a shame but necessary.
Mark Russell
Monday 16th November 2020 at 12:15 pm

I find your reply absolutely disgusting. Unlike yourself who never took a gamble and stayed in a 09:00 till 05:00 job which enabled you to semi retire to do your house up, i took a chance and became a wealth generator, hoping to better my life, my families lives and other peoples lives. I have spent over 20 years in my sector obtaining numerous qualifications to offer several options.

For a local counsellor to basically say "because its tough go and do something else" tells me exactly what i need to know about you. You are the start of the political ladder, which eventually leads to Westminster. I'm sure some of your friends have been furloughed, lucky them, Which by the way i help pay for with my taxes. I ask for help and i get a childish answer from someone who should know better, not even mention go into bat for me to get this mess sorted out.

Not sure where i demanded other people die so i can trade? Again, utterly childish. I advocate choices, while you advocate "im all right jack, so you go and do something different" Do you really think i have spent the last 9 months not doing different things? Because if i hadn't id be on the streets now, thanks to people like you using the system for your benefit, and screw everyone else. I have never claimed one penny in my life from the state, (ive not even had kids) and yet someone who semi retired to do his house up thinks its ok to take over £11,000 (every year!!!) out of our taxes when you quite clearly dont need it. But hey, your entitled to it, so screw all the families that are on their knees, your ok and thats all that matters isn't it mate?

Im entitled to help from the state, i help pay for it after all, but because people like you couldn't care less and challenge the status quo, i am left to fend for myself. At least Esther Mcvey sends a sensible email back advising what she is doing. Boris doesn't even follow his own rules, as hes having to self isolate, so why should anyone else. If he wore a mask and stayed over 2m away, he wouldn't need to. More double standards, but im sure you think he is doing a great job, as your doing great in your nice house.

Anyway, thank god your useless and couldn't stop Lidl (another wealth generator) from building a bigger supermarket, as im off there now to do my shopping, no Waitrose for me or my family now, enjoy your "expenses"