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.
Parish Council Facebook Page
The Parish Council now has a Facebook Page which we will be using , alongside our website and newsletters, to pass on news to our residents. Please find us on Facebook by searching for:
Holmes Chapel Parish Council.
If you 'like' the page, then our news should start to appear in your newsfeed.
We hope you find the facebook Page a useful addition to our communication tools.
D-Day 75th Anniversary.
Honouring the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings
Holmes Chapel Parish Council were honoured to take part in the Commemoration Service held at St Luke’s Church to remember all those who fought in the D-Day Landings 75 years ago on 6th June 1944. Cllr Brian Bath, Chairman of the Parish Council, laid the first wreath and gave the following speech:
‘It is with pride and great humility that we stand here today, commemorating and celebrating the events of 75 years ago today 6th June 1944. Thousands of British servicemen and women gave their lives that day and hundreds of thousands of others were directly affected. There were also many of our great friends from the Commonwealth involved and affected in a similar way. Many French people also gave their lives that day.
The Battle of Normandy was only the start of liberation, but the end of a long conflict was in sight.
We gratefully thank all those men and women of 75 years ago on D-Day – many only very young. Without their sacrifices, valour and courage, we would not be here today.’
The parish Council have commenced a refurbishment programme for the public benches in the village. Where necessary, the benches will be removed for restoration off site. This will only be for a short while.
We are all looking forward to the restored benches being enjoyed in the coming summer months.
Youth Council Meeting.
The next meeting of the Youth Council will be on Monday 3 June 2019 at 5pm in the Holmes Chapel Community Centre.
Click here to view the Agenda for this meeting
Click here to view the notes from the meeting on 11 March 2019
Click here to view the notes from the meeting on 29 April 2019
Dementia Action Week.
The week beginning Saturday 18th May is Dementia Action week, with a range of events planned for the week.
Saturday 18th May - The sensory garden (at the entrance to the precinct) will be officially opened at 10am. The garden includes plants which are likely to stimulate the senses of all visitors. Some have a strong scent, while others have interesting textures and shape. There is a variety of colour when the plants are in bloom.
Sunday 19th May - Local garden open to raise funds for the Alzheimers society - Croco Brook farm, Holmes Chapel, Cw4 7DR from 11am - 4pm. The garden covers half an acre and contains a wide variety of plants. There will also be refreshments available as well as plant sales.
Wednesday 22nd May - Art and Music in the methodist Church between 2pm and 4pm. The works of art on display are by Gordon Davies, who was a Man City player in the 1960's. John Jack, a local respected pianist, will be playing songs from the shows. refreshments will be available.
Sunday 26th May - Holmes Chapel memory cafe is closing Dementia action week with the final event of the week at 6pm when the memory cafe leads evening worship at Holmes Chapel methodist Church.
Parish Election Results 2019.
Elections for all 12 seats on the Holmes Chapel Parish Council took place on the 2 May 2019.
The results from the election can be accessed via the link below.
Congratulations to all those who were elected / re-elected.
The results for the Dane Valley ward can be accessed by clicking here.
The link below is the list of those nominated for election in the Parish:
More information about the elections can be found here: https://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/council_and_democracy/voting_and_elections/elections/future-elections.aspx
Blue Dot Festival.
The Lower Withington Annual Parish Meeting will be taking place on Wednesday 8th May, 2019 at 7:30p.m. at Lower Withington Parish Hall, Salters Lane, Lower Withington. SK11 9DX
An item has been included within the Agenda to discuss the Bluedot Festival and the recently submitted premises licence application which seeks to increase the capacity of the event to 24,999 individuals and to amend the hours for entertainment, late night refreshments and supply of alcohol.
As a Parish which may be affected by the Bluedot Festival, Lower Withington Parish would like to invite you and your Parish residents to attend the meeting so that the views of the wider community can be known prior to the determination of the premises licence application.
If you are unable to attend and there are views which you would like to share please do not hesitate to forward these by email to: email@example.com
I would be grateful if you can share this communication with your Councillors and community
The Parish Council thanked Councillors Steve and Margaret Ranger at the recent meeting on 11 April 2019 for their service to the parish over the past two terms. They are retiring from their civic duties as parish Councillors at the election in May.
Steve and Margaret have enjoyed their 8 years on the Council and have seen many changes, including the re-routing of HGVs away from the centre of the village and the acquisition of the Holmes Chapel Community Centre.
They are now planning to get involved in some of the many other worthwhile activities going on in our village.
Police Beat Meetings for Holmes Chapel.
Local Police will be holding the following drop-in sessions:
Saturday 15 June 2019 15:00 - 16:00 (Parish office)
Thursday 20 June 2019 17:00- 18:00 (Parish Office)
Wednesday 26 June 2019 10:00 - 11:00 (HC Community Centre)
The Parish Office is at 1 Church Walk, Holmes Chapel
Come along and talk to local officers about the things that matter to you.
Friends of Dane Meadow.
Call for Help!
Can you spare an hour or so of your time next Tuesday? The Friends of the Dane Meadow group are planning a tidying session on Tuesday 2nd April, and would love your help.
Meet at the picnic table in the Dane Meadow at 10am and work for an hour - bring gloves and appropriate footwear plus rake or fork if available.
A good chance to enjoy the lovely weather we have been having and give a bit back to the Village.
M6 J16 - J19 Project Completion.
The team at SMART motorways are delighted to let you know that today they have completed and launched the biggest ever upgrade of the M6 in Cheshire. The smart motorway from junction 16 at Crewe to junction 19 at Knutsford is now finished and helping road users with smoother, safe and more reliable journeys.
" We appreciate that all roadworks are frustrating and we are very grateful for the patience you have shown during our work. From now on, this £265m upgrade will ensure extra capacity via an additional lane, a safe journey through a raft of technology upgrades and, as a result of these improvements, a more reliable journey time for everyone using the road. We are confident that this will help individuals and businesses alike.
From 2015 to 2020, we are investing just under £3bn in major road improvements in the region, supporting the northern economy, and we are pleased to have reached a milestone in that investment with the completion of the M6 work today. We have issued a ‘thank you’ postcard to residents, which is available via this link. "
How to contact the Police - Have your say.
I am contacting you regarding a public contact survey which has been sent to us by our chief inspector for Crewe local policing unit. The survey is to help us as Cheshire Police better understand the community’s view on their ability to contact us currently and what they would like to be able to do in the future.
You may have already seen this advertised, however if not if you wish to fill this in or alternatively advertise it on your parish council websites then please feel free –
Liz Chesters – Police Community Support Officer
Annual Parish Meeting 19 March 2019.
The Council held the Annual Parish Meeting 2019 on Tuesday 19 March at 7pm, in the Brooklands room at the Community Centre.
It was a great evening, with the residents who attended enjoying the informative talks.
See the full report under parish meetings or click here
Copies of the Chairmans Annual report are now available in the library.
Connecting the elderly/isolated/vulnerable in Dane Valley Area with young children.
The next project meeting will be this Thursday, 7th March, 10.30 – 11.30 at The Scout Hut in the village. In order to prepare for this meeting, we need the support of willing volunteers please – you don’t need to have attended the last meeting to support!
It was decided at our last meeting that we would attend local events in order to discuss our project with the older people in our community, and to find out what kind of activities they would like to take part in. With this in mind, we are looking for some volunteers (who can obviously attend with their children too) to attend the following events:
Chatter and Natter at The George and Dragon – Tuesday 10.30-12
Memory Café at the Methodist Church –Wednesday 10-12 (maximum of 4 volunteers – we already have 2 volunteers attending so need 1 or 2 more please)
It was also decided that we would change the project’s name – huge thanks to everyone who has come up with suggestions for a new name. I have created a Doodle poll for you to vote on your favourite name (or you can add your own at the end of the poll). Please make sure you have voted by 9am on Thursday as we will be confirming the new name at our next meeting. Link to Doodle poll: https://doodle.com/poll/i8x29367gdasr4ic
There were several people at the last meeting, and lots of people who have contacted me separately, who have said that they would be willing to support the project in specific areas. Which is brilliant! A key part of our next meeting will be to select a project steering group and to assign volunteer coordinator in the following areas (although this list is not exhaustive):
- Connecting with older community coordinator
- Connecting with parents/young children coordinator
- Networking with key stakeholders coordinator
- Marketing coordinator
The roles/responsibilities involved in each of these roles are flexible and there are volunteers who have said that they will support in the areas assigned to each coordinator – so you will not be doing this alone, but you will be invited to join the steering group. If you are unable to come to the meeting but would like to take on/find out more about any/all of these roles, please send me a message.
This is the proposed agenda for our meeting on Thursday. It is not finalised so please let me know if you would like any agenda item(s) added.
- Feedback from volunteers who have attended the Memory Café and Chatter and Natter morning
- Sophie to feedback on meeting with Holmes Chapel Partnership
- Applications for funding (Parish Council and People’s lottery)
- Decide upon first event, and agree upon date
- Appoint coordinators (and identify volunteers to support them)
- Agree upon date for next meeting
As usual, children will be welcome at this meeting and refreshments will be provided. It will be great to see you all again, and to meet new people who want to support this project! Please get in touch with me if you have any questions/concerns.
Sophie Tothill MSc, Chartered MCIPD
Holmes Chapel has established its first Youth Council to help young people become involved with village life. At the inaugural meeting on 25th February, 11 members were elected and the Youth Council formed. This is an exciting step for Holmes Chapel, and the enthusiasm of the new members bodes well for great things to happen in the near future, for the youth of Holmes Chapel.
The Parish Council are very proud to support this exciting new aspect of the Council, and were exceptionally impressed with the attitudes and maturity of the elected members.
There are 11 members of the new council, (only 10 pictured above) who plan to hold their first meeting on Monday 11 March at 5pm.
26 February 2019
We are pleased to announce that following the resignation of Sue Davies to take up a new position of Town Clerk to Kidsgrove Town Council, we have appointed a new Clerk.
Tina Cartlidge will be joining us from Tuesday March 5 2019. Tina comes from the Cheshire Voluntary Services (CVS) organisation so has a good knowledge of Cheshire and Holmes Chapel. She is looking forward to meeting our residents and businesses so please call by and meet her in the coming months.
7 February 2019
Conservation Area Display Boards.
The Conservation area in Holmes Chapel has now been enhanced by the installation of four information panels around the area. The panels give information as to the history of the area in the vicinity.
This is the result of extensive work by a group of Volunteers with an interest in history, which was supported by the Parish Council, and led by Vice -chairman John Clowes. The four boards describe the history of some of the old buildings in the heart of the village which it is hoped will be of interest to residents and visitors.
The group have a number of other initiatives underway including the installation shortly of some new heritage style street signs in the Conservation Area. The Parish Council has also submitted a bid to Cheshire East for a New Homes Bonus grant to contribute to improving the appearance of Church Walk but the outcome will not be known for a few weeks.
John Clowes said, “We have been pleased at the supportive response from businesses to our efforts to raise awareness of the Conservation Area including the Coop who have contributed to the cost of the information boards. Making the Conservation Area more attractive will make a contribution to keeping Holmes Chapel centre vibrant and active. ”
One of the four panels is pictured here with (L-R) Parish Council Vice Chairman John Clowes, History and Conservation Group member Alan Perrin and Co-op manager Dave Meigh. The Co-op supported the project via the Co-op Community Grant Fund.
15 January 2019
The Parish Council resolved at the meeting in December 2018 to set its precept at £223,247 for 2019/20. This equates to a rise of £2.72 – just over 5p per week – for a band D property. The annual charge for a band D property will be £82.41 per annum
The Council will continue to provide the services already established in the village, with the budget also including a new allowance for tree planting in the Parish. Capital projects earmarked for next year include consideration of the installation of play equipment at Strathmore Close, enhancement of the amenity area at the Brookfield Drive / Chester Road junction as well as further improvements to the Community Centre buildings and outdoor space. Requests have also been submitted for grants for improving Church Walk in the conservation area and to complete the refurbishment of the path alongside the River Croco.
Cllr Brian Bath, Chairman of the Council comments; The very small increase in the precept this year reflects the expected increase in some costs. We are continuing to seek ways of maintaining our village and provide improvements within the limited resources available and are very grateful for all the comments of residents and others on what we have achieved in recent years.
15 January 2019
Holmes Chapel Community Centre.
We are pleased to say that the entranceway work at the community centre is now finished, providing additional car parking. This is the first step towards re-organising the car park space at the centre. The fence has been moved across the front of the site, defining the entrance more clearly. Removing the internal fence has also opened up a better view of the Community Centre.
In the longer term the car parking at the centre will be optimised to provide further benefit for the community and users of the centre.
Christmas Tree 2018.
Holmes Chapel is looking festive again, and this year the Parish Council are very grateful to Mr Raymond Street, of R.G and M.E. Street and Son. Mr Street has always kindly supplied the use of his man-lift to enable installation of the Holmes Chapel tree, and this year he has also very generously funded the cost of the tree for the community of Holmes Chapel. Our many thanks go to Mr Street for this kind donation.
Thanks also to our Councillor Mike Street who has organised the tree and Christmas lights once again
Speed Indicating Devices (SIDs).
The latest data has been downloaded from our SIDs around the Village, as of 30 October 2018. It has been added to the data on traffic and speeding which is available to view on this website - click here to view
Conclusion of Traffic Survey.
The parish Council would like to thank all of our residents who participated in the recent traffic survey, with a great response of over 650 completing the survey.
The Traffic & Transport Working Group (all volunteers) have now summarised the results of the survey, which are available here: Traffic Survey Results
We will also have a physical display of the results in the Library W/C 26th November and the Parish Office on December 2nd for the Christmas Market.
Overall the results demonstrate the concerns you have about traffic levels and hotspots, the number of HGV’s, air quality and pedestrian safety issues around the village, together with the extent of support for a village bypass and pedestrianisation of the village centre. Cycling was viewed as too dangerous by many people.
The results will be used to demonstrate to Cheshire East Council that our residents fully support the
Parish Council’s efforts to address these issues. We will keep you upto date on the progress we make.
Puffin Crossing London Road.
The Parish Council have been liasing with Cheshire East Highways to seek to optimise the function of the recently installed pedestrian crossing on London Road. There were many reports of long wait times for pedestrians, even when the road was quiet.
Further to passing this information onto the Highways Engineers, the wait times have been significantly reduced, and the operation of the crossing is continuing to be monitored.
Click on the link below for a useful guide to safe use of Puffin Crossings.
We are all indebted to the work of the Village Volunteers throughout the season, both in the maintenance of the flower beds and tubs in the village centre, and also litter picking - all of which keeps Holmes Chapel looking beautiful and tidy. Many thanks to all those involved.
The regular work sessions for 2018 have now finished, with the exception of litter picking required after the christmas market on Sunday 2 December.
New dates for 2019 have now been published on our website click here for more details.
All new volunteers gladly welcomed - come along and do a bit!
Holmes Chapel 2018 Remembrance.
Local knitting and craft groups from the U3A in Holmes Chapel have pulled out all the stops and have knitted / crocheted over 1000 poppies, which have now been installed in a stunning display in and around St Lukes Church, marking the centenary of the end of World War I.
The U3A also donated £100 to help with the costs of wool and buttons.
Photography by Mr V Sumpter.
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.
Garden Competition Winner 2018
Chairman Brian Bath, along with the judges Councillor Mike Street and Councillor Patricia Cotton, presented the prizes for the 2018 garden competition on Thursday 27th September. The front garden competition, which has been run for many years by the Parish Council, was won this year by Mr & Mrs Jack of Mardale Court, for their garden which gives a show of colour all year round.
Plus Dane Garden Winner 2018
Chairman Brian Bath, along with the judges Councillor Mike Street and Councillor Patricia Cotton, presented the prizes for the 2018 garden competition on Thursday 27th September.
The Plus Dane garden competition, was won this year by Mr & Mrs Ankers of Picton Square, for their lovely garden which is often admired by the many passers by.
The Royal mail have contacted us today to inform us that they are seeking to raise awareness of scam mail, and requesting that incidences of scam mail are reported using the methods shown below, to aid their combat of scam mail.
Anyone can receive scam mail, which can include bogus competitions and fake prize draws.
To contact Royal mail;
telephone 0800 0113 466
or post to FREEPOST SCAM MAIL
Holmes Chapel Show 2018
Despite the rainy weather, the parish Council turned out for the Holmes Chapel show, on hand to answer any questions and comments from parishioners.
Many braved the elements to see the lovely displays of flowers, vegetables, knitting and crafts as well as art, baking and photography. The dog show was also enjoyed by many. A number of classic cars bravely came along despite the heavy rain, and the children anjoyed setting off the sirens on the Fire engine and Police cars! For a full account of the show, visit the Holmes Chapel Partnership website.
Tha parish Council were still raising awareness of our Traffic campaign - there is still time to give us your views - either on-line or by filling out a paper copy. (see consultations page) The survey runs until the end of Septrember 2018.
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.
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
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
The Parish Council have organised the installation of life-saving defibrillators in the two phone boxes in the Villages.
Location 1: Phonebox by Barclays Bank, Village Centre.
Location 2: Phonebox on Chester Road, at the junction with Westway.
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.
Reporting Acts of Vandalism
Whilst vandalism in and around the Village is thankfully not an issue at the moment, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or ring the office (01477 533934) who will log it on your behalf
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
20 Crewe Road
Tel: 01270 762547