Poynton Civic Hall once again hosted the highly-successful and well-attended Poynton Health and Wellbeing Fair on 26th October 2019. Local MP, David Rutley, visited the Fair, alongside other civic guests, including the Mayor of Poynton, Cllr Sarah-Jane Gilmore, to support this important initiative for residents in the village.

The Fair was organised by Poynton Town Council and Priorslegh Patient Participation Group. Although slightly later in the year than usual, the Fair once again coincided with a flu clinic at Priorslegh medical practice, with many over-65s visiting to receive their flu jab, as well as receiving general advice and support on how to stay well and healthy throughout the winter months. Any eligible local residents who were not able to attend can still contact their GP, to arrange their flu jab.

As well as this, the Fair is an important opportunity for local older residents in the village to connect with and find out more about the range of services and support available to them in the community. Over twenty-five local organisations were present, covering health, social activities, safety, finance and general wellbeing were present, providing much-valued help and guidance. Some of those present included: Age UK; the Citizens Advice Bureau; Poynton Golden Memories Group; Step by Step walking group; and the local Stroke Association, who also carried out blood pressure screening on the day.

On his visit, David took the opportunity to speak with representatives from many of the organisations present, and thanked them for the important work they do to support older people in the village community. He also met with local Communities Co-ordinator, Sharon Duke, 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 Sharon.Duke@poyntontowncouncil.gov.uk

Speaking after his visit, David said, “Poynton Health and Wellbeing Fair was another great success. The Fair is an important opportunity for local over-65s to receive their flu jab, as well as keep in touch with key support services that are available in the village. I am grateful to all at Poynton Town Council and the Patient Participation Group for all their hard work in organising the Fair, which continues to have my strong support.”