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Parish Council News

Information in this section provides up to date information on progress with a range of issues and activities in which the Parish Council is engaged. More detailed background to many of these topics will be found under the 'Current Activities' section of the web site.   

As well as providing information about activities the Parish Council is currently undertaking, Councillors regularly attend local groups to give talks and to hear community views.  

The Parish Council now includes news every month in the Village Magazine. Prior to this, there were regular quarterly newsletters which you can download from the newsletter archive. Articles from the Villages Mag can also be found on the newsletter archive page.

Police Meeting for Holmes Chapel.

Local Police will be holding a drop-in session in

Parish Council Office

1 Church Walk, Holmes Chapel


Thursday 9 August 2018     18:00 - 19:00, Drop-In Session
 

Saturday 25 August 2018    12:00 - 13:00, Drop in Session

Come along and talk to local officers about the things that matter to you:

Night time closures on M6

M6 Planned Carriageway, Slip Road and Lane Closures

Below you can find details of planned closures on the M6 between junctions 2 and 19, for smart motorway works. If you have any queries and would like to speak to somebody about the planned closures, please contact SmartMotorways@highwaysengland.co.uk

 Please note - due to safety and weather restrictions, the below closures are subject to change and cancellation. The list does not include any maintenance or emergency closures that may be required.

 M6 Northbound 

Date

Duration

Details

Project

Allow an extra

Diversion Route

Monday 13 August

10pm to 6am

M6 junction 2 to 4 northbound full carriageway closure

M6 junctions 2 to 4

15 minutes

 

 

 

25 minutes

M6 J2 - 4 Northbound

 

Resurfacing

 

M6 J2-4 HGV diversion

Monday 13 August

10pm to 6am

Junction 17 to 18 full closure

M6 junctions 16 to 19

45 minutes

17-J16

Tuesday 14 August

10pm to 6am

M6 junction 2 to 4 northbound full carriageway closure

M6 junctions 2 to 4

15 minutes

 

 

 

25 minutes

M6 J2 - 4 Northbound

 

Resurfacing

 

M6 J2-4 HGV diversion

Tuesday 14 August

10pm to 6am

Junction 17 to 18 full closure

M6 junctions 16 to 19

45 minutes

17-J16

Wednesday 15 August

10pm to 6am

M6 junction 2 to 4 northbound full carriageway closure

M6 junctions 2 to 4

15 minutes

 

 

 

25 minutes

M6 J2 - 4 Northbound

Resurfacing

 

M6 J2-4 HGV diversion

Wednesday 15 August

10pm to 6am

Junction 17 to 18 full closure

M6 junctions 16 to 19

45 minutes

17-J16

Thursday 16 August

10pm to 6am

M6 junction 2 to 4 northbound full carriageway closure

M6 junctions 2 to 4

15 minutes

 

 

 

25 minutes

M6 J2 - 4 Northbound

 

Resurfacing

 

M6 J2-4 HGV diversion

Thursday 16 August

10pm to 6am

Junction 17 to 18 full closure

M6 junctions 16 to 19

45 minutes

17-J16

Friday 17 August

10pm to 6am

M6 junction 2 to 4 northbound full carriageway closure

M6 junctions 2 to 4

15 minutes

 

 

 

25 minutes

M6 J2 - 4 Northbound

 

Resurfacing

 

M6 J2-4 HGV diversion

Friday 17 August

10pm to 8am

Junction 17 to 18 full closure

M6 junctions 16 to 19

45 minutes

17-J16

Saturday 18August

10pm to 8am

Junction 16 to 19 lane closures

M6 junctions 16 to 19

45 minutes

 

  M6 Southbound (NONE)  

Date

Duration

Details

Project

Allow an extra

Diversion Route

Monday 13 August

10pm to 6am

Junction 19 to 16 lane closures

M6 junctions 16 to 19

45 minutes

 

Tuesday 14 August

10pm to 6am

Junction 19 to 16 lane closures

M6 junctions 16 to 19

45 minutes

 

Wednesday 15 August

10pm to 6am

Junction 19 to 16 lane closures

M6 junctions 16 to 19

45 minutes

 

Thursday 16August

10pm to 6am

Junction 19 to 16 lane closures

M6 junctions 16 to 19

45 minutes

 

Friday 17August

10pm to 8am

Junction 19 to 16 lane closures

M6 junctions 16 to 19

45 minutes

 

Saturday 18August

10pm to 8am

Junction 17 to 16 full closure

M6 junctions 16 to 19

45 minutes

 

 

For the latest newslettter on the upgrades click here

Alternatively you can email us at M6J16-19SmartMotorway@highwaysengland.co.uk

We hope this information is helpful and we apologise in advance for any inconvenience these essential works may cause. For additional questions or concerns please contact Highways England Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000 or info@highwaysengland.co.uk.

Village Fair 2018.

The Parish Council had a pitch at the recent Village fair, where the many stalls and hot sunny weather were enjoyed by all!

The Parish Council was highlighting the work being done to enhance the conservation area and also launched our Traffic Consultation, which now runs until September 30th.  The link to the questionnaire is on our "Consultations" page.

Councillors were on hand all day during the fair to answer any questions or concerns from residents.

Armed Forces Day.

Holmes Chapel enjoyed a range of activities and refreshments in the sunshine at the Armed Forces day held at Sutton Oaks on Saturday 14 July.  The event was organised by the Holmes Chapel branch of the Royal British Legion, and was opened by the chairman of the Parish Council, Brian Bath.

Holmes Chapel Parish Council Traffic and Transport Consultation.

WE NEED YOUR VIEWS!

The Parish Council is currently consulting on the Traffic and Transport issues within Holmes Chapel and we would value your opinion.

 

Our consultation is now live and runs until the 30th September 2018. 

 

For more information please click here

Notice of Public Rights.

Notice of Public Rights and Publication of Unaudited Annual Governance and Accountability Return

Click here for the notice

Update from Northern Rail.

Northern Update May 18

As you may be aware our plans for modernisation are not all being delivered in the way we want. This is hugely frustrating for everyone that works at Northern and I know that this is causing some customers significant disruption and inconvenience and I’d like to apologise for this.

Sadly, Network Rail has not delivered all the improvements to the railway that they were supposed to and the biggest improvement project is now two years late. We are working hard with them to fix this as quickly as possible.

This work is essential so that we can start running our new £500m fleet of trains and so that we can phase out very old trains like the Pacers. This will mean that we will be able to deliver the extra and better services our customers deserve and expect. We are doing everything we can to get things back on track as quickly as possible for our customers across the North.

Northern’s modernisation plan

Northern is committed to modernising rail travel across the north with new or refurbished trains, removal of Pacer trains, better stations and 2,200 extra train services a week by 2020. These modernisation plans depend upon the on-time delivery of new or upgraded rail infrastructure by Network Rail. The increase in these train services are delivered each year during May and December when national timetables change across the UK. For Northern, the May 2018 timetable change was planned to be a key milestone in delivering more services.

Service improvement delays

Frustratingly, Network Rail announced in January 2018, a further delay to the biggest infrastructure project necessary for Northern’s modernisation, the electrification of the Manchester to Preston route via Bolton. This brings the delay to completion of this project to two years and, in the short-term, severely impacts our plans to increase services and capacity across the network. This is because we are unable to run electric trains along the Bolton corridor (until electrification is completed) and therefore we are having to reallocate diesel trains from elsewhere to continue to be able run these services, rather than them being available to enhance services elsewhere. As a result, whilst we will be delivering an increase of 1,300 new services a week from May 18, disappointingly for customers, 900 new services a week will not be delivered until December 2018.

For Northern’s train planners, the electrification delay was also a major set-back, leaving them less than four months to fully re-plan our May 18 timetable, less than half the normal time required. Unfortunately, due to this condensed planning time some routes will see a deterioration in timetabled services. This also means that opportunities for resolving last-minute train scheduling problems have not been available. Therefore, we are not able to make even minor changes to train times for several months, whereas a normal timetable process would have allowed for this.

May 18 timetable change will see around 90% of our services change and an extra 1,300 train services introduced across our network, the biggest change to local rail for many years. This is a significant operational challenge, and given the late nature of the planning for this, we do expect some localised service disruption, which could happen at very short-notice whilst the new timetable beds in. We will continue to do everything we can to ensure we minimise any service disruption and keep customers informed. Over the last four weeks we have been focused on ensuring our customers know that timetables are changing with a ‘check before you travel’ message across stations, trains and online channels.

Driver availability

Northern has 1,529 trained drivers, 180 more than when we started the franchise in April 2016. However, availability of drivers to operate timetabled services has been an issue over the last few weeks in some locations for two unexpected reasons.

Firstly, the completion of the electrification of the Blackpool to Preston line by Network Rail was delayed at the last minute, by three weeks, which meant that driver training became a real challenge. Before trains can operate on new lines, drivers have to undergo essential safety related route training, and for Blackpool this meant training 400+ drivers from all depots who operate this route. This means that some drivers are unavailable for their normal train driving duties whilst they are undergoing this training.

Secondly, we have been unable to ask our drivers to work on their Rest Days for the last three months. Rest Day Working is a normal industry practice adopted when there are short-term training requirements, which enables us to absorb those exceptional or last-minute training needs, and provide additional flexibility for train driver rosters.

The combination of these two factors has meant that we have faced a shortage of available drivers in a number of locations which has, unfortunately, led to a far higher level of delays and cancellations to train services. We’re sorry for these delays and cancellations and we are working hard to complete our driver training. We are also working with our colleagues and ASLEF with a view to getting Rest Day Working reinstated, which in turn will further help improve driver availability.

I hope this update provides you with a good overview of our current position.

Updated Bus Service Information.

A series of changes to bus services across Cheshire East will be taking place from 1st April following the Council’s Bus Review and other changes to commercial (non-subsided) bus services.

 The full list of all changes and new timetables can be found on the following link: http://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/bustimetables 

 Maps can be found at http://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/busmaps

 

Annual Parish Meeting 20 March 2018.

The Parish Council held the Annual parish meeting on Tuesday 20th March 2018.  The event was well attended with a comprehensive update about the parish being provided via three short talks during the evening, as well as a review of the past civic year.

further to the requests on the evening, the slides from the talks can be downloaded below, as well as the chairmans report.

     Talk 1 - Conservation Area

     Talk 2 - Traffic & Transport

     Talk 3 - Housing & Commercial Development

     2017/2018 Chairmans Report

319 Bus Service.

After succesful lobbying by councillors from Holmes Chapel, Twemlow and Goostrey, the 319 bus service has been saved!

As part of a review of supported bus services by Cheshire East, this service was proposed to be cancelled from the 1st April.  However, due to the dependancy of many residents in rural areas on this serviceto access vital services, and after a long campaign by local councillors, assisted by Fiona Bruce MP, Cheshire East reviewed the proposal and saved the service.

The new timetable has just been released and is available to view here

Air Quality in Holmes Chapel.

Cheshire East Council Environmental Services have supplied some background data to the Parish Council giving the key pollutants monitored, together with the applicable standards.

Within the Village there are two NOX measurement points:

  • The junction of Chester Road and London Road
  • Middlewich Road, near to Knutsford Road junction

The results of these measurements show that NOX levels in Holmes Chapel are well within established limits. Other polluants are not considered and are not measured.

The BBC website publishes NOX levels on a square km grid basis across the UK. The results for Holmes Chapel are at the lowest level.

Click here to view the Air Quality Report

Parish Council Budget 2018/19.

Holmes Chapel Parish Council resolved at its Full Council meeting on 11 January 2018 to set its precept at £209,406 for 2018-19.  This equates to a 2.8% increase in a band D property from last year.  The annual charge will be £79.69 per householder for a band D property.

The small increase allows for an increase in Village services and planting/maintenance.  Holmes Chapel Parish Council is a proactive council who has several capital projects ear marked for the next twelve months, including improvements to our conservation area, increased traffic monitoring and a further extension to the Christmas lighting scheme.

Cllr Brian Bath, Chairman of the Council commented “We are aware that Cheshire East Council and the Fire and Police authorities have all indicated their intention to increase their budgets to fulfil their duties and services provided.  The Parish Council has reviewed all its expenditure and where possible made savings but has had to make the same decision for a small increase.  We are pleased that the Community Centre major projects that were required to provide services and facilities are now mostly complete. "

Photography Prizegiving

Cllr John Clowes, vice chairman of Holmes Chapel Parish Council was happy to present awards for our photography competition at the meeting of the Council on 9th November.  The competition had been run over the past months, with the theme “Picturesque Holmes Chapel” and was open to all Holmes Chapel residents.

Cllr Clowes commented that “The competition aims to encourage us all to look at and appreciate the many attractive and interesting features of our village. Many thanks go to those who presented us with their varied entries for the competition.”

We look forward to receiving entries for the competition next year, where more images of our historic and attractive Holmes Chapel will be welcomed – the theme will be publicised in the spring of 2018. 

Welcome to our new Parish Clerk.

Holmes Chapel Parish Council would like to welcome their new Clerk, Sue Davies.

Sue holds a degree in Chemistry and worked for Astra Zeneca as a Senior Analytical Chemist for a number of years until she took a career break to become a full time mum to her three children. In recent years, Sue has been Clerk for various Parish Councils in Cheshire East and, up until accepting the position at Holmes Chapel, has been working for four smaller Councils concurrently which has allowed to her to gain considerable experience in the role.

Sue is due to complete her Certificate in Local Council Administration in December, necessary for Holmes Chapel Parish Council to retain its status as a Quality Gold Council. She looks forward to continuing the good work of her predecessor to assist Holmes Chapel Parish Council to pursue its work for the Community working closely with other organisations to allow Holmes Chapel to prosper and flourish.

Skateboard Deck Winner

SkateBoard Competition

The Skate Park at Holmes Chapel Community Centre, Station Road is available for scooter, skateboarders and BMX users and was officially opened on May 6th 2017 by PCSO Jill Cope.  The younger members of the community were involved in the design of the Skatepark and Holmes Chapel Parish Council invited the youth of the village to provide designs for a skateboard to celebrate the opening.

The competition was announced at the Village Fair in May 2017 and over 10 entries were received from children in the village.  The winning design came from Noah Hankey, aged 9 of Holmes Chapel.  His prize was a skateboard deck, printed with his winning design and this was presented on Thursday 28 September. We are grateful to Cllr Katy O'Regan for providing the expertise for the competition.

Pictured are Cllr Katy O'Regan, Noah, with his skateboard, and Chairman Cllr Brian Bath.

All entrants in the completion also won a voucher to the value of £5 to be used for snacks and drinks in the Community Centre café.

Photography Competition Winners.

The Parish Council are delighted to announce the winners of this years photgraphy competion, which was run with the theme of "Picturesque Holmes Chapel". The Council express thanks to all those who entered the competition.

Congratulations to:

The Winner of the adult category:  Mr. Nigel Taylor

His photograph of St Lukes Chrch is shown on the home page of this website.

The Winner of the 12-17yrs category: Miss Natasha Mitchell, age 13

The winners will be presented with their prizes on 9 November 2017.

Garden Competition 2017 Winners

For many years the Parish Council have sponsored a competition to select the best front gardens in the village. Prizes are awarded for the best front garden and the best senior citizen’s garden*. No entry is required for the competition but during the gardening season members of the Council tour the village on several occasions selecting what they regard as the ‘best’. 

The judges, Cllr. Mike Street and Cllr Patricia Cotton, looked for consistent effort throughout the season.

* Restricted to the sheltered housing for pensioners which is distributed throughout the village.

Winners have now been announced and they have been presented with their prizes on 28 September 2017. Congratulations to:

1st Prize:     Mr and Mrs Denham     

Senior 1st Prize:   Mrs Mcfarquhar

Garden Competition 2017

Chairman Brian Bath, along with the judges Councillor Mike Street and Councillor Patricia Cotton, presented the prizes for the garden competition on Thursday 28th September.

The front garden competition, which has been run for many years by the Parish Council, was won this year by Mr & Mrs Denham of Coniton Drive

The Dane Housing Bungalow competition was won this year by Mrs Mcfarquahar of Picton Square.

Farewell to our Parish Clerk

The current Clerk of the Council, Nicola Clarke,has moved onto Alsager Town Council to become their Town Clerk in September 2017.   Nicola has enjoyed 9 years at Holmes Chapel, firstly as assistant to David Cowgill and then 4 years as Clerk.   “I am very proud of the work carried out in Holmes Chapel working with the Parish Council and its partners to keep Holmes Chapel a vibrant place to live.  In my time here we have refurbished both play areas, enhanced the Dane Meadow, opened an office in the village to welcome residents, bought and refurbished the Community Centre and finally built a skate park this year.   I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here and send my best wishes to the Parish Council and new Clerk in all they do”.

The Council Chairman, Brian Bath, said "Nicola has been a tremendous asset over her time with us.  Without her efforts in recent times the Neighbourhood Plan for Holmes Chapel and the purchase of the Community Centre would have been far more difficult.  We will greatly miss her, but wish her well in her new role."

Applicants are currently being sought for a replacement Clerk.  Please contact the office or Council Chairman for further details.  For more information about the position click here

Holmes Chapel Village Fair

The Council were pleased to meet with parishoners at the Village fair on Sunday 16th July.  The lively event was blessed with warm sunny weather, and Council members and officers were on hand to answer questions during the event.

 

 

The Council were also promoting our Village Competitions - "Design a Skateboard", and the photography competition "Picturesque Holmes Chapel".  See separate articles for details.  The Council are also running the traditional front garden competition, with judging taking place over the next few weeks.

Changes to car parking arrangements at Holmes Chapel Station.

The following news received from Northern Trains:


As a matter of courtesy, I would like to give you advance notice that from Monday 10th July 2017, Northern will be changing the arrangements for car parking at Holmes Chapel station. A summary of the amendments is below:-


 Daily parking rate increases to £3.00
 Weekly parking rate increases to £10.00
 Monthly parking rate increases to £30.00
 Annual parking rate increases to £300.00


I should highlight that that this is the first increase in parking rates for a few years; going back to the previous franchise in fact.
The new pricing structure is being introduced after significant commercial benchmarking with other car parks; both across the region and also the wider rail network, including other Train Operating Companies.
Developing a sustainable revenue income from our estate is a key requirement of this franchise, whereby not being solely dependent upon subsidy is important, and so meeting the Government’s requirement to reduce the funds converted by taxpayers into running the railways.
Finally, I would like to inform you that Northern is planning to undertake local publicity campaigns, including posters and flyers, to make users of the car park aware of the new charging regime in advance of 10th July.

Community Service 2017.

The Parish Council held its Annual Community Service on 25 June 2017 at St. Luke’s Church, Holmes Chapel. 

Local organisations sent representatives to the Service, which gave thanks to the community for their input into village life.  The Deputy Mayor, Cllr Lesley Smetham and Fiona Bruce MP both attended the service and the reception afterwards.  

Cllr Brian Bath, chairman of the Council reiterated the words of the vicar Rvd Paul Mason that Holmes Chapel is a community minded place, especially in light of the tragic events affecting the area.

Skate Park Teens.

The new Skatepark in the village could not have gone ahead without the valued input from the three local teenagers, whose design advice to the Youth Facilities Working Group was used to shape the design of the skatepark.

Their valued contribution was recently acknowledged with a presentation by Mr Stuart Gammon, chair of the Holmes Chapel Partnership, along with Cllr Street of the Parish Council. The lads were presented with photographical keepsakes of themselves in action at the new skatepark.

Pictured: (L-R) Mr Stuart Gammon, John Draper, James Mansell, Tom Armstrong-Mortlock and Cllr Street

Skatepark for Holmes Chapel.

Skatepark Opening 6th May 2017

The Holmes Chapel Youth Facilities Working Group (comprising Holmes Chapel Partnership, Holmes Chapel Parish Council, PCSO and young people from the community) are pleased to announce that the Skatepark construction is completed! The Skatepark was officially opened on Saturday 6th May, at noon,  by PCSO Jill Cope.     The park has already been enjoyed over the last few weeks.

The project has been funded by generous grants from the Veolia Environmental Trust and the Community Safety Fund, contributions from the Parish Council, the Partnership and the Methodist Church, and monies raised by the young people in the Working Group.

The skatepark offers skateboarders, and scooter and BMX riders a challenging circuit to test out their skills.  It is located in a secure location (in the southwest corner of the Community Centre sports field) and it will be open, free of charge, during daylight hours only, subject to the opening hours of the centre.  There is a new pedestrian gate on Station Road, which improves the access to the park.

Photograph kindly supplied by Owen Lloyd

Village Volunteers.

Did you miss the fun with the Village Volunteers?

The Holmes Chapel Village Volunteers have been working hard again in the Village Centre, bringing our tubs and borders into colour with a wonderful array of Summer Planting, and getting rid of endless weeds and litter!  We are very indebted to this group who keep the village looking tidy and attractive.

More helpers are always needed - Please join in - the calendar of meeting dates can be seen by using the link below.

Contact J Clowes (532266) or D Monks (532935) for more details, or visit the village volunteers section on this website!

Pictured L-R: Dave Monks, Margaret Kelly, Andy Ferrie

Health Centre Prescription Changes.

Holmes Chapel Health Centre changes to current Community Pharmacy Repeat Prescription Ordering Service and changes explained:

 We believe that you as patients are the best people to know: 

  1. Exactly what you need to order each month.
  2. What you have at home, and can check before you order.
  3. If you had any medication changes.
  4. How often you need your “when required” medication.

 

This:

  • Gives back control to patients to have more input in their medication requests.
  • Will increase patient safety as patients know which medication they should be taking and need each month.
  • Less chance of any discontinued medications being asked for/issued
  • To reduce the amount of medication wasted, and so save monies. 

What this means for you:

From the 28th February, the Holmes Chapel Practice will only accept repeat requests from you or your carer. From this date onwards, you will need to order your prescription using one of the following options:

  • Talk with the Practice about ordering online - it is easier than you think and the practice will help you to set this up
  • Ask us for the right-hand side of your repeat prescription so that you can use it to tick the items you need and drop it off at the surgery
  • Post your request to the Surgery
  • E Mail your request via: hchcscripts@nhs.net

 Please take this opportunity to remember our Need It, Order It, Use It campaign to reduce medicines waste. The campaign reminds all patients to only order what they need. This is a good opportunity for everyone to check their cupboards and to either use their in-date medicines before ordering more or take medicines that are out of date or no longer required to your Pharmacy for safe disposal.

 Please remember to allow enough time when ordering your repeat prescription for those items that you need. You should order when you have 7 to 10 days of medicines left because on average it takes 2-3 days for the prescription to be issued and another 2-3 days for it to be dispensed.

 What will the practice do?

We will work with you to try and make it as convenient as possible to order your prescription using the method that suits you best.

  • We can help you to set up on-line ordering

  What is not changing?

Remember that while the way you order prescriptions may be changing, the options you have for collecting your prescription are not affected.

  • If you already order repeat prescriptions directly from your GP yourself please continue to do this.
  • Pharmacies will still collect prescriptions from GP surgeries
  • Pharmacies will still deliver medicines and other items to your home where appropriate.

 Who to contact if you need more support

If you feel you might need support ordering your repeat prescription or you are a carer for someone who might need help, please contact the Practice. 

  • By Phone on:                      01477 533100 
  • In writing to:             Holmes Chapel Health Centre, London Road, Holmes Chapel                               CW4 7BB.  

Yours sincerely, 

 Paul Carroll

Practice Manager

Reporting Acts of Vandalism

Further to a recent spate of vandalism in and around the Village, it has been advised by the Police to please log all / any new acts of vandalism that you see, by calling 101 and registering with the Police, thereby obtaining a crime number.

Alternatively, please contact clerk@holmeschapelparishcouncil.gov.uk or ring the office (01477 533934) who will log it on your behalf

DEFIBRILLATOR

The Parish Council have recently organised the installation of a life-saving defibrillator in the phone box by Barclays Bank, Village Centre. (The Parish Council purchased the phone box from British Telecom for £1.00 )

Defibrillators are also available at the following locations in Holmes Chapel and Cranage:

The Cedars Residential Home, Brookfield Drive, Holmes Chapel

Holmes Chapel Leisure Centre, Selkirk Drive, Holmes Chapel

The Co-operative, Holmes Chapel Centre

The Holmes Chapel Community Centre, Station Road, Holmes Chapel

Cranage Hall, Cranage.

Woodside Golf Club, Knutsford Road, Cranage.

 Always call the ambulance service before looking for an AED. Commence CPR immediately if you suspect a cardiac arrest.   The following apps can be downloaded to smart mobile phones for emergency life support information: British Heart Foundation Pocket CPR app'; Apple: iResus; Apple: St John Ambulance First Aid; British Red Cross First Aid.

Sandbach Almshouses Charity

Sandbach  Almshouses  Charity     

This Charity has existed for over three hundred years and the Clerk and Trustees administer the 29 properties, which consist of flats and houses, for occupation, situated at The Hill and Charlesworth Court, in Sandbach.  

Investments in official Charities Funds are made annually, in order to provide for any major improvements and maintenance work on the properties that may be required.   The Charity manages its affairs with the able assistance of the Clerk, Mr. A. Roberts, who administers the day to day running of the properties.    There is a Resident Warden who acts as a good neighbour and friend to all the other occupiers.

As well as monitoring the maintenance and upkeep of the 29 properties over the years, the Clerk and Trustees have had the area landscaped, provided additional car parking and footpaths, planted trees and bushes, laid out lawns and provided small plots/allotments for cultivation by those occupiers who enjoy gardening.

 A communal lounge/meeting room has recently been added for the residents to meet and socialise with each other and with the local community.   The Trustees felt that this addition would be a valuable benefit to the occupants, their friends and relatives.   

The rented accommodation was, originally, for “the retired older persons of the Ancient Parish of Sandbach.”   Inhabitants of a wide rural area  “within the townships of the parish of Sandbach” are eligible to apply to participate in the benefits of this Charity,  within the jurisdiction of the Charity Commission.   The townships included, as well as Sandbach town, are Arclid, Betchton,Blackden, Bradwall, Cotton, Cranage, Goostrey, Hassall, Holmes Chapel, Lees, Twemlow and Wheelock,

Anyone who would like to apply for accommodation and wishes to be included on the existing waiting list should contact the Clerk at the address below, who can provide the necessary application forms and information.

 

 

A. H. Roberts - Clerk

Sandbach Almshouses Charity

The Gables

20 Crewe Road

SANDBACH

CW11 4NE

Tel: 01270 762547