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  • Hartford News The Official Newsletter of Hartford Parish Council | Vol 39 No 10 Summer 2013

    www.hartfordparishcouncil.org.uk

    Beach theme for Hartfords summer extravaganza

    artford Parish Council is hosting its

    Picnic In The Park this month.

    Following the success of events in

    2011 and 2012, this years version, on Sunday

    14 July, promises to be the best yet.

    You dont need to wait until the day to take

    part; there are three competitions in which to

    participate, for which you can get your entries

    in now. Read, on page three, about the Cake,

    Childrens Art and Photography competitions.

    There are plenty of activities, for all ages

    and abilities, at this years beach themed

    event. These include a full size volley ball

    net court, a limbo competition and several fun

    races (find out just how well can you run in

    flippers and goggles). You can, once again,

    throw the welly and, in keeping with our

    beach theme, we have hired a surf simulator

    (see how long you can stay aboard).

    Our four-legged canine friends are not

    forgotten, with the infamous Doggy Dash.

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    Seaside Rendezvous Hartford News is

    on Facebook.

    This means we

    can report items

    online as they

    are received, as

    well as items for

    which we cant

    always make

    space in our

    printed issue.

    One of the first

    items we expect

    to report is the

    delayed decision

    of the Secretary

    of State, about

    developers

    plans for 650

    new houses in

    the village, now

    expected on

    Monday 15 July.

    The next printed

    edition of

    Hartford News is

    not due until

    September

    (when we will,

    of course, report

    on the decision),

    but we will post

    details about the

    decision, as soon

    as we receive

    them, via our

    Twitter feed

    and, in more

    detail, on our

    Facebook page.

    JULY

    15

    Follow Hartford

    News on Twitter

    @Hartford_News

    The new Hartford News Facebook page is at

    www.facebook.com/hartfordnews. We havent

    got many likes yet. Were not really sure

    what they are. More would be nice. Probably.

    Art competition judge

    Michael Troy created this surfing scene

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    Sunday 14 July

    Thanks to

    Wendy Gibson

    for the

    photographs,

    taken at the

    2012 Jubilee

    Picnic in the

    Park.

    Dogs of all breeds and ages are invited to run

    (on a lead) with their most able owner. This

    activity caused uproar last year! Prizes will be

    given to the fastest duo...

    Members of Hartford Cricket Club will

    kindly be running an open net session, to

    encourage all the potential cricketers out

    there to get involved.

    If all this sounds a little too energetic, and

    you feel instead like something a little less

    active, dont worry. There will be a childrens

    entertainer for the afternoon, as well as story

    telling by Hartford based artist Michael Troy.

    The Quest for the Telling, written by Elizabeth

    Morris, and illustrated by Michael, is a tale of

    fantasy, with goblins, wizards, and mermaids;

    copies will be available on the day.

    Refreshments will include a traditional

    cream tea, with scones, served by the ladies of

    St Johns Church and Hartford Methodist

    Church, while the one and only Littlers

    Butchers will be on hand, to serve a selection

    of their sausages, with a Sausage Sizzle.

    If the thought of all this food worries you,

    dont panic; we have planned an Earn your

    picnic fitness session! Hartford based fitness

    Are you sitting comfortably? Then well begin.

    This months Hartford News Spot the

    Welly competition. Using your skill and

    judgement, mark on the page where the

    welly was when the photograph was taken.

    The spellbound faces on the crowd and

    the dog will be a clue. Possibly.

    Let them eat cake. Or biscuits. Or sausages...

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    Competitions

    instructor Diane Sambrook will lead the

    sessions, which will be gentle enough for all.

    Hartford WI will have a stall in the year

    that it celebrates its 70th anniversary. You

    can discuss with the Neighbourhood Plan

    Group committee its questionnaire, and how

    residents would like our village to develop.

    You are welcome to bring along your own

    picnic, drinks, deckchairs and even a gazebo.

    Entry to the event is free.

    Further information (including details of

    how local groups can get involved) from

    Rachel Bridge, 07503 398588,

    [email protected], or

    Wendy Gibson, 07707 068663,

    [email protected]

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    If you represent

    a Hartford

    business or

    community

    group, you may

    still be able to

    be part of the

    Picnic in the

    Park. Contact

    organisers

    Rachel Bridge

    or Wendy

    Gibson to find

    out more.

    Cake competitions

    There are to be two cake

    competitions this year. In the first,

    the ladies of Hartford WI will be

    tasting and judging the perfect

    Victoria Sandwich Cake, the recipe

    for which can be your own family

    favourite, or one of Delias.

    Kathryn Almond, of Hartford based

    Cakes by Kathryn, will be judging

    the top decorated cake. The theme

    for this is Beaches or Holidays,

    so be as creative as you like!

    In both categories, prizes will

    be awarded for first place.

    Bring entries to the Cricket

    Pavilion, by 12 noon on

    14 July. Sadly, the rumours

    that Mary Berry will be in

    attendance are untrue!

    Cake and beaches,

    whats not to like?

    Childrens Art

    This follows the impressive standard

    of last years art competition. This

    year the theme is Your perfect day

    at the beach. It is open to children

    in two age categories; those aged

    from 4 to 6, and those from 7 to 11.

    Watch school newsletters or

    websites for further details.

    Work will be collected from

    primary schools in Hartford

    by Friday 5 July, to be

    judged by local artist

    Michael Troy, on the day of

    the event. Michael is

    giving an original

    piece of his artwork,

    published in a

    childrens book,

    as first prize.

    Photography for all

    A first this year is our photographic

    competition. Held in conjunction

    with Hartford News, the aim is to

    include budding David Baileys and

    happy snappers alike.

    The theme is Holidays which

    can be interpreted however you

    wish. There will be a prize based on

    technical or artistic merit, and

    another based simply on the phrase

    this made me smile and there

    are separate age categories for

    juniors (aged up to 16) and adults.

    So that images can be printed for

    display, we need to receive them in

    advance of the event. Send your

    pictures (or any enquiries you have)

    to [email protected], to

    reach us by Saturday 6 July.

    So, you cant afford a wheelbarrow. Why not try one of these?

    Three of us,

    only one pair of skis?

    And its not even snowing...

  • www.hartfordparishcouncil.org.uk | Parish Clerk Jo ODonoghue: 01606 41862 4

    Hartford Parish Council

    This is an

    abridged

    version of the

    minutes of the

    meeting of

    Hartford Parish

    Council. Full

    minutes are

    available, on

    request, from

    the Parish

    Clerk, or at the

    Parish Council

    website.

    Scan the QR

    code below and

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    Report from the Ordinary Meeting of Hartford Parish Council, held on Monday 10 June.

    Dafydd Shalders, a local student, requested

    grant support to enable him to attend a

    National Youth Theatre acting course in

    Greenwich, London in August. It was noted

    that the grant application was on the agenda

    for consideration. Dafydd agreed to support

    the summer event with a poetry reading.

    One member of the public requested an

    update on the issue of speeding lorries using

    Burrows Hill and Beach Road. It was agreed

    that Cllr Musgrave would be asked to

    investigate with Cheshire Highways.

    Two members of the public thanked the

    Council for its support in their objection to the

    planning application at 1 Sandfield Lane.

    One member of the public attended to

    request signage in the play area at Parker

    Avenue, to prevent ball games being played in

    this area, and asked the Council to consider

    low-level fencing around the equipment. The

    Clerk will organise signage and investigate the

    cost of fencing the play area.

    It was agreed use the years profits to make

    the following donations:

    Cheshire Downs Syndrome Support 200

    St Lukes Hospice 200

    Grange School Charity 300

    Joshua Tree Foundation 200

    Dafydd Shalders 100

    Replacement trees 100

    Citizens Advice Bureau 100

    Samaritans 100

    Village Hall bench 100

    A further 200 will be allocated at a later

    date. A letter of thanks is to be sent to Trish

    and Ian Parker, without whom the Films in

    Hartford enterprise would not exist.

    Jo ODonoghue

    Cheshire Highways are unsure who put up the

    Grange Theatre signs on the newly planted

    Bradburns Lane gardens and are investigating.

    The tree survey has been received from

    Cheshire Tree Surgeons, indicating some

    essential work is required and Cllr Haffenden

    agreed to obtain quotes to be considered at

    the next meeting of Council.

    A Planning Committee is to be formed of five

    members with a quorum of three. It will meet

    monthly (with the exception of August) prior

    to the Ordinary Meeting of Council, at a time to

    be confirmed. All recommendations will be

    approved by full Council at the following

    Ordinary Meeting. Cllrs Herbert, Barber,

    Gibson, Haffenden and Hollens were elected

    onto the Committee, with Cllr Herbert as

    Chair. The Clerk will make amendments to

    Standing Orders, for approval at the July

    meeting of Council.

    Cheshire West and Chester Council is in the

    process of putting together a consultation

    document, to be sent to all Parish Councils, to

    ascertain how many are in favour of taking

    responsibility for play areas which are

    currently maintained by CWaC. Until this has

    been carried out there is unlikely to be any

    further progress, although the Clerk has again

    requested that a licence agreement be

    considered.

    Two further allotments have been let, and an

    eviction notice has been issued due to non-

    cultivation of the plot. Cllrs Bridge and Gibson

    are arranging a meeting with allotment

    holders to discuss maintenance issues.

    The possibility of establishing a community

    orchard is to be investigated.

    Allotments

    Stones Manor Lane play area

    Planning

    Clerks Report

    Films In Hartford

    Public Open Forum

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    Annual Report from the Chair of Hartford Parish Council

    Councillor John Gibb

    Councillor Phil Herbert

    For the financial year ending April 2013

    Hartford Parish Council set its initial budgeted

    expenditure at 102,000, with the

    corresponding precept at 85,000. The

    biggest sums in the budget were to cover

    administration, general village maintenance

    and the 12,000 contribution towards the cost

    of our PCSO. The budget was increased to

    128,000 in May 2012 to cover expenditure

    on the football pavilion, village hall car park,

    play area and Joint Action Group. The excess

    cost over precept was met from reserves.

    The Joint Action Group, created under the

    auspices of the Parish Council and Hartford

    Civic Society, continued to lead objections to

    the developers plans for the Grange Farm and

    Hollies Farm. In 2012, the Council launched a

    Neighbourhood Plan Working Group.

    To celebrate the Queens Diamond Jubilee

    the Parish Council organised its very

    successful Jubilee Picnic, attended by over 350

    people, in June. At the same time, Grange

    Wood was renamed Jubilee Wood.

    This year, Hartford became one of the few

    councils in Cheshire qualified to exercise the

    General Power of Competence, set out in the

    Localism Act of 2011. It meets the criteria by

    having a clerk that has achieved the

    appropriate recognised qualifications and has

    at least two thirds of its councillors elected,

    rather than co-opted.

    The Council responded to 44 planning

    applications between 1 April 2012 and 31

    March 2013. CWaCs Planning Department

    doesn't always reach the same conclusions as

    we do, but we are confident that our

    observations are well informed and, most

    importantly, in the best interests of all

    Hartford residents.

    Finally, expressions of gratitude are due to

    members of the Council, who strive, not only

    to keep Hartford as a good place to live, but to

    make it an even better place. These include

    Councillors Rita Hollens and Eira Bowden, for

    their work with the Joint Action Group and the

    Neighbourhood Plan Group respectively, to

    Councillors Bridge and Gibson for organising

    our events, and to Jo ODonoghue, for the

    support she gives to the Council. Thanks are

    also due to our two Ward Councillors, Herbert

    Manley and Keith Musgrave, for the work they

    do as Borough Councillors and for attending

    our meetings and keeping us updated.

    The full text of

    the Chairs

    Annual Report

    is available, on

    request, from

    the Parish

    Clerk, or at the

    Parish Council

    website.

    If you holiday in

    Britain this

    summer, do look

    out for other

    community

    newsletters.

    We would love

    to feature a

    selection from

    around the

    country in the

    coming months,

    so please tell us

    if you bring one

    home that we

    can include in

    Hartford News.

    Essentially Yours (sic) is the A5

    sized, monthly insight into

    local living delivered to

    residents of Gresford and other

    nearby villages. Were it not for

    the cover photograph of

    Gresfords village pond, it could

    be mistaken for many other

    glossy leaflets when it landed

    on the doorstep, and ignored.

    This would be a pity,

    because, in between the

    advertisements (of which

    there are plenty - Essentially

    Yours is clearly not produced

    for nothing) there are some

    interesting local items.

    Information is sought, for

    example, about the Denbigh

    Plum tree, the identification of

    which is, apparently, more

    esoteric than it might sound.

    1st Marford Guides

    celebrate their 30th birthday

    this summer; elsewhere the

    local birdwatchers have been

    debating the precise breeds of

    duck seen on the pond.

    Douglas the Westie (really)

    has got back from his holiday

    just in time to enter the

    magazines photographic

    competition so will his

    pawtrait (groan) be a winner?

    Letters from elsewhere No 3: Gresford

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    6

    Joint Action Group

    In 2011, Harrow

    Estates

    submitted

    applications for

    outline planning

    permission to

    build up to 650

    houses in

    Hartford.

    In response to

    public reaction

    to the plans,

    Hartford Joint

    Action Group

    (JAG) was

    formed by the

    Parish Council

    and the Civic

    Society. It

    conducted its

    first public

    meeting,

    attended by

    over 400 people,

    in September

    2011.

    Hartford JAG

    has since

    spearheaded the

    villages

    campaign

    against these

    plans, with the

    support of

    hundreds of

    residents, who

    have

    consistently

    made their

    opinions clear.

    I care deeply about our countryside and

    environment. Our vision is one where we

    give communities much more say, much

    more control. The fear people have in

    villages is of the great big housing estate

    being plonked down from above.

    "Our reforms will make it easier for

    communities to say 'we are not going to

    have a great big housing estate landing next

    to the village, but we would like ten, twenty,

    thirty extra houses, and we would like them

    built in this way, to be built for local people.

    At the heart of it is more local control,

    the neighbourhood plan, you decide, rather

    than 'the man in Whitehall knows best.

    David Cameron MP

    The Prime Minister

    expressed his views

    on an edition of the

    BBC TV programme

    Countryfile in

    January 2012.

    How the March

    2012 edition of

    Hartford News

    reported the

    overwhelming views

    of Hartford residents

    to the planning

    proposals.

    In January 2012,

    JAG member John

    Szostek, and Parish

    Clerk Jo ODonoghue

    delivered more than

    2,400 letters of

    objection from

    Hartford residents to

    CWaCs offices.

    Appeal decision now expected on 15 July

    artford Joint Action Group would like

    to say a massive thank you to all the

    hundreds of residents that responded

    to the request to write, or send an email, to the

    Secretary of State, Eric Pickles MP.

    The Secretary of State asked if the

    revocation of the North West Regional Spatial

    Strategy (RSS) should affect the appeal

    decision. So many residents thought it would,

    as the conditions and figures set out by the

    RSS, and so heavily relied on by the Appellants

    at the appeal, were no longer valid.

    At this stage we do not know how many

    residents responded but, we are informed by

    the Department for Communities and Local

    Government, that it has never had such a

    response from a community, and that the

    Department has had to re-arrange its

    timetable, in order to read all the comments

    submitted by residents of Hartford.

    We are now aware that the possibility of

    Cheshire West and Chester Council reaching

    its five year housing supply is almost

    attainable, with a possible surplus in the five

    to ten year period.

    At the inquiry the Appellant relied on

    CWaCs housing supply being unattainable to

    support their case for the building of 650

    dwellings in Hartford.

    In meetings with our MP Graham Evans, we

    are aware that he feels that Hartford has a

    special case, due to the fact that we have ten

    educational establishments within our parish.

    Publication of the decision of the Secretary

    of State, about the appeal by Harrow Estates

    and Bridgemere plc for permission to build

    650 houses on the Grange Farm and Hollies

    Farm sites, is expected on Monday 15 July.

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    YOUR VILLAGE NEEDS

    YOU!

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    Neighbourhood Plan

    Neighbourhood Plan Questionnaire

    he Neighbourhood Plan Working Group

    has now fully researched the six key

    issues identified by residents as being

    the main areas of concern in the future

    sustainability of Hartford. Policies have been

    developed to address objectives.

    The Working Group is now at the stage of

    circulating a comprehensive questionnaire to

    every household to gain additional

    information, which will enable them to

    produce a draft Neighbourhood Plan.

    To ensure that the views of all sections of

    the community are included, special versions

    Key issues and objectives

    Development should be sustainable, meet the

    needs of all sections of the community, and be

    appropriate in design, location, size and cost.

    Roads should not become more congested at

    peak times. Speeding should be discouraged,

    and road safety for vehicles and pedestrians

    improved, and better parking provision

    available. Cycle routes and public transport

    should be developed. Utilities should be able

    to meet the needs of a developing village.

    We should encourage and support local shops,

    facilities and businesses. Jobs and enterprise

    opportunities should be available for local

    people of all ages.

    of the questionnaire will be delivered to

    schools and young people, shops and

    businesses, and churches and voluntary

    organisations.

    Once the Neighbourhood Plan is validated

    by an independent examiner, it can be put to a

    referendum and, once accepted, is protected

    by law and has to be taken into consideration

    when future development is proposed.

    If you are interested in how Hartford will

    develop during the next twenty years please

    have your say and complete the questionnaire.

    The Working Group thanks you for your help

    and support in the production of Hartfords

    Neighbourhood Plan.

    [email protected]

    Chair, 01606 871077

    The concept of local distinctiveness that

    contributes to a sense of place and well being,

    and hence quality of life for the community

    should be embraced. Preservation of the

    identity, sense of belonging and village

    atmosphere that characterise Hartford.

    There should be a focus for nature

    conservation, providing an additional layer of

    protection to our areas of special

    environmental value, as well as Hartfords

    trees, open spaces and agricultural areas.

    We should aim to have suitable facilities for all

    sections of the community. Attention should

    focus, for example, on sports, schools and

    education, churches and voluntary groups.,

    and provision for health and well being.

    The Government

    thinks that local

    communities

    should influence

    the future of

    the places

    where they live.

    The Localism

    Act introduced

    the right of

    communities to

    draw up a

    Neighbourhood

    Plan.

    In February

    2012, both

    Hartford Civic

    Society and

    Hartford Parish

    Council voted to

    begin the

    process of

    developing a

    Neighbourhood

    Plan. This will

    be a key part of

    the campaign to

    protect

    Hartford.

    The committee

    of Hartfords

    Neighbourhood

    Plan Working

    Group will be

    on hand at the

    Picnic in the

    Park on

    Sunday 14 July.

    T

    Local facilities

    Natural environment

    Local distinctiveness

    Local economy

    Transport, communication, services

    Housing

    our future

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    Hartford News

    Manager

    Sarah (third

    from left) and

    part of the team

    of volunteers

    from the

    Chester Road

    shop, pose in

    front of their

    special window

    display, marking

    St Lukes 25th

    anniversary.

    St Lukes Hospice at 25

    t Lukes Hospice is 25 years old in 2013.

    During May, the distinctive St Lukes bus

    made an appearance at the Hartford

    shop, as staff held a special fundraising event,

    selling plants and cakes. This was just one of

    many events being held across Cheshire.

    St Lukes in Hartford has a vibrant

    shop, stocking a wide range of pre-

    loved clothing and accessories, a

    library of books for you to choose

    from and buy, and a large

    childrens area full of toys and

    games for children of all ages. Its

    coffee shop has a good choice of

    cakes and meals, with a daily

    specials board; there is also a take-

    out menu for those with less time!

    St Lukes is an adult Hospice that cares

    for people, from mid and south Cheshire,

    suffering from cancer and other life

    threatening illnesses. It is a non-profit making

    organisation, funded by voluntary

    contributions and the local Primary Care

    Trust. Based in Winsford, it offers treatment,

    care, advice and support to many seriously ill

    people and their families every year.

    Learn more about St Lukes Hospice, its

    shops and special events in 2013;

    www.stlukes-hospice.co.uk.

    Bradburns Lane Gardens

    Chester West and Chester Council has

    agreed to lease the land at Bradburns Land

    to Hartford Parish Council.

    During May the Parish Clerk and Councillor

    Rita Hollens got planting, and transformed

    the fountain area, and land adjoining the

    tennis club, with a large variety of shrubs

    and herbaceous border plants.

    The design includes evergreens to give

    colour in the winter, as well as plants like

    buddleia to attract the bees and butterflies,

    and choisya ternata (Mexican Orange

    Blossom) and lavenders for perfume.

    It is hoped that the selection of

    herbaceous plants will add colour in the

    summer months, as well as grasses giving

    movement in front of the seating area.

    Once this area is completed, Jo and Rita

    will move onto the mosaic area where it is

    planned to plant hostas and ferns.

    The Parish Council recognises that this

    is a very important area in the centre of

    Hartford and aims to maintain it to ensure

    that it enhances the village.

    S

    New plants in front of the

    bench at the junction of

    Bradburns Lane and

    Chester Road.

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    9

    Home Watch

    Dog fouling. Again...

    ts that time of year. The summer holidays

    are almost upon us, children are set to play

    in our open spaces, and a minority of the

    dog-owning population is creating an

    unnecessary and unpleasant hazard for them.

    HN has heard of areas, not too distant from

    Hartford, where the local vigilantes have

    devised their own responses. One has been to

    spray the offending deposits with bright green

    paint. Presumably even more frustrated by

    the problem, some have followed the dog, and

    its owner, back to their house in one case to

    then stick a flag, bearing the owners address,

    into the offending deposit; in another to

    simply pick up the deposit and post it through

    the owners letterbox.

    We have yet to hear of such extreme action

    being taken in Hartford; fortunately, there are

    more civilised ways to deal with the problem.

    To report dog owners who dont pick up,

    contact the Community Enforcement Team:

    0300 123 7033

    If an area needs to be cleansed of dog fouling,

    contact Street Scene:

    0300 123 7026

    To complete an Animal Fouling Report Form:

    www.cheshirewestandcheshire.gov.uk

    To contact the Dog Warden service:

    0300 123 8123;

    www.cheshirewestandcheshire.gov.uk

    In Hartford, please contact the Parish Clerk:

    Jo ODonoghue 01606 41862

    To download and display the

    poster Pick it up before he

    does, visit the CWaC website

    and search for dog fouling

    poster, or scan the code.

    Summer review

    Half way through 2013 so how are we

    doing in Hartford? We have had four

    burglaries this year three in February

    and March, another more recently. In a

    typical year, there are about nine, so at the

    moment we are about par for the course.

    Other household crimes took place, in

    particular shed and garage break-ins, with

    lawn mowers and other tools targeted.

    Securing sheds is quite hard. However

    sophisticated the lock, the building itself is

    often flimsy and easy enough to get into.

    Police have had some success in

    attacking the local drug culture. This has

    an indirect impact on house crime, as many

    thefts are motivated by the need to get cash

    for the next fix. Police have also been

    active recently in arresting shoplifters in

    supermarkets and dealing with an

    epidemic of bicycle thefts.

    Summer brings with it two extra

    opportunities for burglars. The first comes

    when you are enjoying a warm evening in

    the garden. Many newer houses have a

    side door, rather than one at the back. It is

    tempting to put the door you cant see from

    the garden on the latch, and leave the

    cloakroom and kitchen windows open at

    the top. If you have a secure gate, keep it

    closed and bolted; if not, lock the side door

    and close the windows.

    Holidays present their other

    opportunity. Take sensible steps before

    you go away. Stop the papers and milk in

    good time. Make sure that the post, with all

    its junk mail, does not pile up behind a

    glass panel in your door. Obscure the

    panel, or collect the post in a box or basket.

    A final observation: the majority of

    burglaries in Hartford happen in streets

    where there is no Home Watch scheme. Is

    this a coincidence?

    To enquire about any aspect of Home

    Watch in Hartford, please get in touch with

    David Barr: [email protected]

    or 01606 77705.

    Dial 999 if you

    witness a crime

    in progress -

    where there is

    a danger to life,

    violence is

    being used or

    threatened, a

    serious crime is

    in progress or

    likely to occur,

    a suspect for a

    serious crime is

    nearby, there

    has been a road

    crash injuring

    someone or

    causing a

    danger to

    others, or a

    person who is

    especially

    vulnerable

    needs

    assistance.

    Dial 101 to

    report a non-

    emergency

    incident or

    crime.

    Home Watch is

    concerned with

    crimes against

    personal

    property of all

    types, not only

    break-ins and

    car crime, but

    financial

    crimes, too. Do

    consider joining

    us in our fight

    against crime.

    I

    Not nice in print even less

    so on the street. Dog mess is

    nasty and poses a danger to

    health. The message is still

    simple; BAG IT AND BIN IT.

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    Agenda July

    Awaiting restoration; the

    Councils phone box

    Hartford News

    is available to

    download from

    the website of

    Hartford Parish

    Council,

    normally a few

    days before the

    printed edition

    is available.

    To follow

    Hartford News

    on ;

    ...to like us on

    Facebook;

    ...to visit the

    Parish Council

    website;

    7:15pm; Hartford Village Hall

    Parish Council Ordinary Meeting Members of the public wishing to

    raise matters with Council may do

    so during the Public Open Forum

    (from 7:15pm to 7:30pm).

    Although these matters can be discussed, the

    Council cannot legally make

    decisions on items not on the

    agenda, so decisions must be

    deferred to the next meeting.

    Members of press and

    public are welcome to

    attend the Council meeting,

    but once it has started they

    are not permitted to take

    part. The full agenda can be

    found on the Parish Council

    notice boards, or obtained from

    the Clerk. Note that Hartford Village

    Hall is accessible to users of wheelchairs.

    There is no meeting in August.

    Jo ODonoghue, 01606 41862

    [email protected]

    www.hartfordparishcouncil.org.uk

    he sixth winter season of films at the

    Grange Theatre ended with a full house

    for the screening of the stunning new

    film version of Les Misrables.

    I would like to thank the Grange School, for

    the use of its splendid theatre to show the

    films, and to Hartford Dry Cleaners and

    Hartford Pharmacy for their support in

    stocking film tickets. Without this help, it

    would not be possible to show the films.

    For the sixth year running, a profit has

    been made on ticket sales, which will be

    donated to various good causes (see page 4).

    Should we have another successful season, we

    would welcome suggestions for worthy causes

    that would benefit from receiving a donation.

    Trish Parker, 01606 74024

    7:30pm; Hartford Village Hall

    Spinning

    Beryl Weir will show us the craft of

    spinning with different spinners and

    fibres and you can try it for yourself.

    To see all of her crafts visit

    www.craftsfromthedungeon.co.uk.

    7:30pm; Hartford Village Hall

    Stitch & Chat

    Do some stitching, knitting, or any

    other craft you have in progress.

    Jean McBride, 01606 889871

    7:30pm; Methodist Church Hall

    RNLI

    Richard Polden.

    Competition: Something nautical.

    1:00pm for 1:30pm

    Lunch

    To celebrate 70 years of Hartford WI.

    7:30pm; Methodist Church Hall

    Easy To Remember

    Cicely Peover.

    Competition: Something French.

    Judith, 01606 40823

    www.cheshirewi.org.uk.

    2:00pm; Sandiway Church Hall

    Cherry Picking from the

    Nations Favourites

    Ruth Rees, from Wrexham.

    Visitors welcome.

    There is no meeting in August.

    Hilary Marsh, 01606 782812

    www.nafascheshire.org.uk/clubs

    T Eddisbury Flower Club

    Hartford Womens Institute

    Knots & Needles

    Films in Hartford

    Hartford Parish Council

    MON

    8

    WED

    3

    SAT

    6

    AUG

    7

    Hartford

    Village Hall

    TUE

    9

    THU

    11

    AUG

    8

    The new Hartford News Facebook page is

    at www.facebook.com/hartfordnews.

    We will be updating it regularly during the

    Summer, so send us your news and pictures.

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    11

    Agenda

    Marshalls Army

    goes into battle

    10:00am; Hartford Methodist Church

    Changes in the NHS

    Lauren Connah. All those with an

    interest in macular degeneration are

    welcome to attend.

    Denis Kidd, 01606 882373

    Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, from 7:00pm;

    Wednesdays from 1:15pm, at Hartford Cricket

    Club Pavilion. Duplicate bridge is played, and

    visitors are welcome to join us.

    Paul, 01606 889544

    www.hartfordbridgeclub.org

    2:15pm; Methodist Church Hall

    Tales of Trees and Timber

    Peter Curnock.

    2:15pm; Methodist Church Hall

    Strawberry Tea

    Jean Harrop, 01606 79021

    Sunday Services; 10:30am

    Morning Worship

    Young people meet prior to their classes.

    Rev Chris Pritchard, 01606 44613

    [email protected]

    Sunday Services; 8:00am

    Holy Communion

    Sunday Services: 10:00am

    Morning Service

    Sunday Services: 6:30pm

    Evening Service

    Thursdays (term time only); 12noon;

    St Johns Church Centre

    St Johns Cafe

    Church Office, 01606 872255

    www.stjohnshartford.org

    12:00 noon to 2:00pm; meet Stones

    Manor Lane

    Poems and Picnic We are privileged to have the

    services of well-known poet,

    Angela Topping, to lead this family

    event. Please book in advance and,

    on the day, bring along your own

    picnic and drinks.

    Pam Lamb 01606 75520

    7:30pm to 9:30pm; meet Stones

    Manor Lane.

    Twilight Tales Children must be accompanied by an

    adult for this event.

    Debbie Shering, 07786 8478240

    Marshalls Army Volunteers are more important

    than ever to the Reserve,

    especially after cuts to local

    finances. Marshalls Army

    members give some time to

    help maintain the Reserve

    and maximise its value as a

    leisure and educational

    facility for local people and

    schools. Please enquire about

    activities in July and August.

    Richard Haffenden, 01606 76058

    www.marshallsarm.org.uk

    7:30pm; Methodist Church Hall

    The Working Lives

    of our Ancestors

    Alan Jones

    7:30pm; Methodist Church Hall

    Estate Records for Family History

    A speaker from the

    County Records Office.

    Helen Green, 01565 733670

    Items for

    inclusion in the

    September

    edition should

    be sent,

    preferably by

    email, to reach

    Hartford News

    on or before

    17 August.

    Priority for

    inclusion will

    normally be

    given to

    activities taking

    place within the

    Parish of

    Hartford.

    Contributions to

    Hartford News

    are always

    welcomed;

    contact and

    email details are

    at the top of

    this page.

    Northwich Family History Society

    Marshalls Arm Local Nature Reserve

    St Johns Parish Church

    Hartford Methodist Church

    Wednesday Club

    Hartford Bridge Club

    Northwich Macular Disease Society

    SAT

    6

    AUG

    3

    THU

    25

    MON

    8

    AUG

    12

    WED

    10

    AUG

    14

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    12

    Agenda

    Awaiting restoration; the

    Councils phone box

    The editor and

    the Parish Clerk

    jointly

    determine

    which items are

    to be included

    and their

    decisions are

    final.

    Commercial

    advertisements

    and articles are

    not accepted.

    Views and

    opinions

    expressed in

    Hartford News

    may not always

    reflect those of

    individual

    members of

    Hartford Parish

    Council.

    8:00pm; Walnut Lane bus stop

    Litter Pick Any volunteer helpers welcome for

    this seemingly never ending task!

    01606 79621

    ommittee members who attended

    CW&C's Heritage Forum last month

    came back with two exciting pieces of

    news. The first is that Hartford has been

    asked to host the next meeting in November.

    The second is that, after listening to a

    fascinating up-date on the work in progress at

    The Lion Salt Works, we contacted the Project

    Archaeologist, Chris. Hewitson. He has agreed

    to be the speaker at our Annual General

    Meeting, to be held on Wednesday

    9 October, at 7:30 pm. Non-

    members are most welcome

    to join us for his talk.

    The Society agreed to

    refurbish the telephone

    box, which the Parish

    Council purchased and

    installed at the Village Hall.

    The intention was for the

    work to be carried out by

    volunteer members of the Society

    but, unfortunately, this will not be possible as

    most of the work needs to be carried out by a

    specialist contractor. The Society will make

    this one of its main projects for this year,

    covering the cost of the work. After that, the

    box will be painted and fitted with shelving,

    before becoming an information centre, where

    village groups and societies will be able to

    publish their news.

    The stonemason who repaired the fountain

    has returned the cheque the Society sent to

    him, as it seems he had already been paid from

    our councillors project fund. The Society is

    most grateful for this invaluable help.

    Membership Secretary, 01606 75441

    information, 01606 882197

    [email protected]

    www.hartfordcivicsociety.org.uk

    2:00pm, Sandiway Manor

    Garden Party with Strawberry Tea

    Music from the Chester Lions Juniors and

    Beginners Band. Other attractions include

    cake and home produce stall, plant stall,

    tombola, raffle, toiletries, lucky dip, books and

    ice cream. Exhibitions of art by residents, and

    by local artist Anne Farquhar. Tickets cost 3,

    to include strawberry tea, in advance from the

    Manor, or at the gate. All proceeds to the

    Friends of Sandiway Manor. All welcome.

    Sandiway Manor, 01606 883008

    8:30pm; Polish Parish Social Club

    Legends of the Edge

    Tickets 7 (members 6).

    8:30pm; Polish Parish Social Club

    Young uns

    Tickets 10 (members 8).

    8:30pm; Harlequin Theatre

    Pete Morton

    Tickets 6 (members 5).

    8:30pm; Harlequin Theatre

    Maz OConnor

    Tickets 7 (members 6).

    Northwich Folk Club holds regular singers

    nights and guitar workshops.

    Pete Thompson, 01606 74258

    www.northwichfolk.co.uk

    We are delighted to report that, at its June

    meeting, Hartford Parish Council agreed to

    increase the number of issues of Hartford

    News printed in colour, to five out of the ten

    that are produced each year. The next two

    editions printed in colour will be those for

    September and Christmas (December).

    C

    Hartford News

    Northwich Folk Club

    Cheshire Residential Homes Trust

    Hartford Civic Society

    SUN

    8 SAT

    20

    FRI

    12

    FRI

    19

    AUG

    2

    AUG

    23

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Hartford News The Official Newsletter of Hartford Parish Council | Vol 39 No 10 Summer 2013 www.hartfordparishcouncil.org.uk Beach theme for Hartford’s summer extravaganza artford Parish Council is hosting its “Picnic In The Park” this month. Following the success of events in 2011 and 2012, this year’s version, on Sunday 14 July, promises to be the best yet. You don’t need to wait until the day to take part; there are three competitions in which to participate, for which you can get your entries in now. Read, on page three, about the Cake, Children’s Art and Photography competitions. There are plenty of activities, for all ages and abilities, at this year’s beach themed event. These include a full size volley ball net court, a limbo competition and several fun races (find out just how well can you run in flippers and goggles). You can, once again, throw the wellyand, in keeping with our beach theme, we have hired a surf simulator (see how long you can stay aboard). Our four-legged canine friends are not forgotten, with the infamous Doggy Dash. H Seaside Rendezvous Hartford News is on Facebook. This means we can report items online as they are received, as well as items for which we can’t always make space in our printed issue. One of the first items we expect to report is the delayed decision of the Secretary of State, about developers’ plans for 650 new houses in the village, now expected on Monday 15 July. The next printed edition of Hartford News is not due until September (when we will, of course, report on the decision), but we will post details about the decision, as soon as we receive them, via our Twitter feed and, in more detail, on our Facebook page. JULY 15 Follow Hartford News on Twitter @Hartford_News The new Hartford News Facebook page is at www.facebook.com/hartfordnews. We haven’t got many “likes” yet. We’re not really sure what they are. More would be nice. Probably. Art competition judge Michael Troy created this surfing scene
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