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Saturday, 24 February 2018

March Litter Pick - CANCELLED

Please note that the litter pick scheduled for Sunday 11th March has been cancelled.

We have taken this decision because two of the three people who usually organise the picks will be on holiday and the third cannot guarantee his availability due to family issues.

So it is best we give this one a miss and give you all plenty of notice that it is not going to happen.

All being well, the April pick will take place as planned. You will receive a reminder nearer the time.

Thank you for your interest and support.

Sunday, 21 January 2018

This year's calendar competition

The Civic Society is holding another competition for next year's 2019 calendar.

It is a photographic competition, with the theme being "IN MY GARDEN".

Click the following link for the competition rules:!AjMZ3lj60LjTg0u522tQaWMSEme8

Click the following link for a copy of the competition poster:

Good luck.

Saturday, 13 January 2018


Hartford Civic Society is proud to announce its new library of more than one hundred hardbacks, paperbacks, booklets, brochures and CD-ROMs. 

The library items are owned by various Civic Society Trustees. The books cover a wide range of topics, from the history of Cheshire as a whole; the history of Northwich and its surrounding areas - including Hartford; the history of Brunner Mond and ICI and its links to this area; the salt industry in the area and more recent topics of interest.

For now, we are only allowing our books to be borrowed by Civic Society members, so if you are interested in what we have and are not a member, maybe you would like to join us.

To browse the library and borrow books, there is a link entitled "HCS LIBRARY" in the Local History section of the left hand menu on this web page. That link takes you to a page that contains the "Library Catalogue" link. This link takes you to a spreadsheet that lists all the books in the library.

There are four tabs at the foot of the spreadsheet:

INSTRUCTIONS tells you how to use the spreadsheet and how to borrow books.
LIBRARY lists all the books in the main section of the library. They are in date of publication sequence.
SALT lists a number of leaflets on the salt industry, which are also available for borrowing.
OTHERS lists a few special books which the owners would rather not lend out, but which can be viewed with the owner's permission.

The library will continue to grow as we obtain more books in the future. If you have any books you would be willing to donate or lend to the library, please contact our librarian, Geoff Wilde, at or 01606 74587.

We would also like to hear from members with their views on the library and of any ways we can improve the service. Again, contact Geoff.

Happy browsing!

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Our next coach trip - Tissington Hall

Our next Coach Trip which will be a private visit to Tissington Hall and the Well Dressings on Wednesday 16th May.

The coach will leave the village at 9.15am and should arrive at The Hall by 11.00am at the latest, allowing us time to visit the award-winning tea room before our tour of the house and gardens, which begins at 11.30am. The Hall was built by Francis Fitzherbert in 1609. His descendant, Sir Richard Fitzherbert and his family still live there. Though Sir Richard likes to welcome visiting groups personally, whenever possible, the tour will be led by professional guides and will take ninety minutes. 

The tea room offers lunch and light snacks, leaving time to visit the wells around the village before the coach leaves for home at 4.00pm.

Our coach trips do not aim to make a profit but must cover the costs involved. so, for this visit, we need to charge £22 per person. Non-members are most welcome to join us.

Though this date  is a long way away, we need to make sure there is enough interest before we change our provisional bookings of The Hall and the coach to firm ones. Please contact Pat on 01606 882197 as soon as possible if this visit is of interest to you. Firm bookings and payments are obviously not needed at this stage.

Find out more about Tissington Hall on  
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Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Cheshire Police Alerts

Cheshire Constabulary have introduced a new service, which will, among other things, alert residents to any suspicious activities in their area.

To quote from their web site:
"Cheshire Police Alert is the community messaging system brought to you by Cheshire Constabulary and servicing the whole of Cheshire.
By registering with Cheshire Police Alert, you receive news and appeals, local crime information and crime prevention advice - direct to you as an e-mail, mobile text or voice message.
Registering with this site is completely free, and not only allows you to receive messages about your local area, but also allows you to feed back information to your local policing teams to help them better police your neighbourhood."

To sign up for this service, use the following link to go to their web site:

Monday, 6 March 2017

Information & Photos of old Hartford wanted

This is a request in two parts:

1. I am interested in the history of Hartford and particularly interested in old photographs, particularly Victorian ones, but also 20th Century ones prior to 1990.This is purely for personal use. I am not planning to publish them or otherwise put them into the public domain. If you have any such photos that you are willing to share with me, could you please scan them and email them to:

along with any details about who took the photos and when & where they were taken.

I would be most grateful. Thank you.

2. The Civic Society is looking into the possibility of setting up a library of documents relating to Hartford, Northwich and the surrounding area. We are in the early stages at present and have not worked out how such a library would function nor, indeed, if it would be practical.

For a start, we are trying to catalogue all relevant documents that Civic Society members and Committee members have in their possession and we would appreciate it if you would let us know what you have and if you would be willing to either donate it to the library when it is set up, or retain it in your possession but share it with others on request.

As I said, the mechanics of such a library have yet to be sorted out. At the moment we are more interested in what is out there and what we could potentially use.

If you have anything you might be willing to include in a library, can you please email me at the above email address, this time simply stating that you have something. I can then get back to you to discuss what it is and how we use it. No need to attach anything at this stage.

Thank you again.