The annual Health and Wellbeing Fair for older residents in Poynton was held on Saturday 29th September and was a great success.

Local MP, David Rutley, was pleased to once again support the event, which is organised by Poynton-with-Worth Town Council and Priorslegh and McIlryde Medical Practices Joint Patient Participation Group. Many local residents attended to learn more about the range of services available to older people in Poynton, with entry continuing to be free of charge.

As usual, the Health and Wellbeing Fair was timed to coincide with the first ‘flu clinic’ of the season, at which hundreds of over-65s, and other groups who are particularly at risk of catching flu, received their free flu jab. Any eligible local residents who missed out on receiving the flu jab at the Fair can still contact their GP for more information and to arrange their vaccination.

At the Health and Wellbeing Fair, there were also representatives from around twenty local organisations on hand to provide residents with free information and advice on local services for older people, finances, health and local social clubs and activities. Some of the organisations present included: Age UK Cheshire East, The Carers’ Hub, the Citizens’ Advice Bureau, the Rotary Club of Poynton, Clikety Click, and Poynton Men In Sheds.

David took the opportunity to meet with many of the organisations present and to learn more from them about the role that they can play to support people in our communities. He also spoke with staff from Poynton Town Council, including local Communities Co-ordinator, Sharon Duke, and the Mayor of Poynton, Cllr Sarah-Jane Gilmore, and gave his continued support to this important local initiative. Any local resident who would like contact details of any of the organisations present can contact Ms Duke on

Speaking after the event, David said, “With the weather turning colder and winter on the way, the Health Fair continues to be a vital forum for older people in Poynton to receive their free flu jabs and learn more about how to stay healthy throughout the cold seasons. As ever, I am grateful to all those who worked to organise this important local event, which, as the high turnout indicates, remains much-valued by residents in the community.”