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Monday, 2 May 2016

Our next litter pick is this Sunday, 8th May

We will meet at the usual place, (bus stop by Walnut Lane), at the usual time, (10.00am).

The weather is supposed to be good, so hope to see you then.

Why not take your cameras along too? You may get a good picture for our photo competition.

Thursday, 21 April 2016


Come and join us for a leisurely circular walk organised by the Civic Society, starting at The Coachman, Chester Road, Hartford and meandering around the Gorstage area before returning to The Coachman for a pub lunch or drink, if desired. The walk is a mixture of footpaths, bridleways and country lanes.

Meet at The Coachman car park at 09.30am on Tuesday 10 May. Dogs welcome but on a lead. The walk is graded easy to medium and is approximately 5 miles in length. Boots required plus waterproofs, if the weather looks dubious!

Ring / text / email John Swaffield 07764 212000  if you intend to come along. Or simply turn up on the day. But to make it a sociable occasion numbers are restricted to 12 persons.
So lace up your boots! Hope to hear from you soon.

(We plan to organise monthly walks, except in the winter months.  When the days are longer, some could be in the evening.  If you can’t make this one, but would like to join us on a summer evening walk, let John know.)

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Five important reminders........

  • Our next litter pick is this Sunday, 10th April. Meeting at the bus stop at the end of Walnut Lane at 10.00am as usual. This time we will concentrate our efforts on the footpath and verge alongside the A556, which is still in Hartford, despite being outside the village. If you are interested in coming along and could bring your cars with you, we would be very grateful.
  • Voting for Hartford's Neighbourhood Plan takes place on Thursday 5th May. We do not wish to influence the way you vote, but would urge all of you to make the effort to cast a vote as this would give an idea of the scale of support (or otherwise) for the document.
  • Don't forget to get your cameras and phones out to take photos in and around Hartford for our calendar competition. You have until 28th August to get your photos to us and the weather is starting to improve.
  • A walk around the village is planned for 10th May, starting at 10.00am. It will be led by John Swaffield and more details will be available soon, so watch this space. 
  • Our planned coach trip to Combermere Abbey on 17th May is now fully subscribed, so I'm afraid we cannot take any further bookings.

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Clean For The Queen

Our "Clean For The Queen" litter pick on March 6th was a success, despite its unfortunate clash with Mothering Sunday. 

We had a turn-out of 12 volunteers, consisting of four members of the local Rotary Club, one CWaC Councillor and seven Civic Society members. Thank you so much for your efforts.

The weather was kind, beautifully sunny but cold, and we managed to collect about 20 sacks of rubbish from around the village, including at the bottom of Stones Manor Lane and the dual-carriageway slip roads.

Another big thank you to Eric Petty, who couldn't turn up on Sunday, so he did a solo litter pick on Saturday and collected several bags of rubbish from one of the slip roads. He gets a name-check because he didn't make the group photo:

Go to the Gallery link in the left hand margin to see some more photos of the event.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Coach Trip to Combermere Abbey

Following the success of last year's Adlington Hall trip, we are organising another coach trip, to:

Combermere Abbey, (near Whitchurch), on Tuesday 17th May.

We will leave the village at 1.00 p.m., (from the bus stop by St. John's Church on Chester Road), and return no later than 6 p.m.

 The cost will be £19.50 per person. For that, we will get:

  • a guided tour of the house, (approx. 1 hour), followed by
  • afternoon tea, (slice of cake with tea or coffee), then
  • a tour of the 5½ acre Walled Gardens, led by the Head Gardener
You will learn about the abbey's fascinating 900 year old journey from Monastery to Historic House – the characters, personalities and even the ghosts! 

The cost also includes a tip for the coach driver.

Numbers are limited to 35. Until 12th March only Hartford Civic Society members can book.  If there are still places left, we will then accept bookings from non-members

To book, please phone Pat Hatfield on 01606 882197 or send an e-mail to .

Payment on or before 3rd May, please. Cheques payable to Hartford Civic Society.
Electronic transfers to Hartford Civic Society - Account No: 30896608  Barclays Bank - Sort Code 20.24.09

For more details about the abbey, visit . 

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

February's Litter Pick AND ALSO March's "Clean For The Queen" litter pick

a reminder that our next litter pick is on Sunday 14th February, meeting at the bus stop at the corner of Walnut Lane and Chester Road at 10.00am. As usual, just turn up, no need to inform us in advance,

Oh dear, it has just occurred to me that 14th February is Valentine's Day. Well, what could be more romantic than picking up other people's litter? (Quite a lot, actually, but I hope some of you will still turn up to help with this worthwhile task). My thanks in advance.

a reminder that Sunday 6th March is our special "CLEAN FOR THE QUEEN" litter pick event. These events are taking place all over the country and we hope ours will be successful. For this event, I need you to let me know if you will be attending, so that I have some idea of numbers and thus of the equipment we will need to provide.

If you wish to take part on 6th March, can you please let me know by Saturday 13th February,
by emailing me at the following address:

If you know of any particular "grot spots" that are in need of a clean up, can you please identify them in your email.

Let me know how many will be in your party and how many are children under 18. All children must be accompanied by adults.

The meeting time and place for this event will be 10.00am at the usual bus stop at the end of Walnut Lane. If there are a lot of us I will have details of where we need to concentrate our efforts and an idea of who goes where.

Let's make an effort in the name of Her Majesty.

Thank you.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

2016 Photographic Competition

We are holding a photographic competition this year. Residents of Hartford are encouraged to submit photos of the village and the best ones will be used in the Civic Society's 2017 calendar. There will also be a prize for the best overall photograph.

There is a new section in the left hand menu of this website, dedicated to the competition. All the rules can be found there and future correspondence regarding the competition will be announced there.

So get your thinking caps on for what might be the best location to photograph and have your cameras handy. Good luck.