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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

EYAM trip - still a few places left

There are still a few places left on this day trip to the Eyam plague village in Derbyshire.

If you are interested, booking needs to be made before noon on Monday 18th September as Eyam Hall needs final numbers on that day.  Payment is by a cheque made out to Hartford Civic Society or by E-banking.

Full details can be found on an earlier post, below, or by contacting:

Pat Hatfield 378, Chester Road,CW8 2AQ

Tel:  01606 882197    or

Village Lottery - why not take part?

Hartford Civic Society runs the Village Lottery.

You don’t have to be a member to play.

£60 is won each month

You join for a year at a time.
The first draw of the next series is on  Wednesday 4th October.

£12 gives you 12 chances of winning £30 in the year .

£24 buys you a “Golden Number”  (12 chances of winning £60 in the year).

The Village Lottery has been running since 2005.   The winning number is based on the National Lottery “Lotto” ball on the first Wednesday of every month.

Contact Arthur Bolton  Phone: 07419 141314  or  E-mail:

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Our next coach trip - to EYAM, the Derbyshire plague village


Eyam, in Derbyshire, is a village that was badly affected by the plague. Also in the village is Eyam Hall, which is a National Trust property.
This will be the Civic Society's first all-day trip.
  • The coach will leave Hartford at 9.15am, from the bus stop on Chester Road by the Church.
  • Arrive in Eyam at about 11.00am. Tea or coffee will be served in Eyam Hall.
  • At 11.30am, after a short introductory talk, you will be free to explore the Hall at your leisure. Volunteer guides will be on duty to answer any questions you may have.
Lunch is not included but there are various options:
  • The Buttery serves light lunches and afternoon teas.
  • There is one Public House in the village and several tea rooms.
  • Take your own picnic with you.

After lunch you may choose to visit the stables which have been converted into individual craft shops.
  • At 2.00pm, you can join a Guided Tour of the historic village, hear stories of the plague years, see the cottages where so many villagers died and visit the Church which has a fascinating exhibition of the plague years. . This is a leisurely stroll not a strenuous hike and comes at an extra charge of £5.50 per person.
  • The Guided Tour will finish about 3.30pm, so there will be time for afternoon tea.
  • The coach leaves for home at 4.45 p.m. 
  • We should be back in Hartford by 6.30 p.m. traffic permitting.

The cost of the visit which covers the coach, a tip for the driver and refreshments on arrival at Eyam Hall is £12.  

(National Trust members have free entry to Eyam Hall - take your membership cards with you. However, if you are not a member of the NT but are a member of Hartford Civic Society, through our membership of Civic Voice, we can help you to obtain a one day free NT pass. It costs just £7 for one person to join the Civic Society or £10 for a couple. Eyam Hall charges £7.70 per person for non-members. I leave you to do the sums!)

To book , please phone  01606 882197 

or send an e-mail to

Payment is not needed until early September.

Note from Pat: Should you not know the tragic story of the plague in Eyam, I have three books which I am happy to lend out. One is a novel though it is based on fact. The other two are factual records. One covers the whole story in some 40 pages. The other not only names the villagers who died but provides the date of their deaths and where they lived.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Mostyn Hall trip photos

A few photos of the recent Mostyn Hall trip can be found in the link under Gallery in the left hand margin.

It was another successful trip and the weather was glorious.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017



Redrow originally had outline planning permission for 350 dwellings on Hollies Farm and has received planning consent so far for 279. Now approaching Phase 5 of the development, due to progressive high density building in the previous phases, it finds it has room for a further 276 dwellings, in part by encroaching into an area that was designated park land bordering the River Weaver and Marshall’s Arm.  If approved, it would bring the total number of properties on Hollies Farm to 555! With the 300 dwellings on The Grange Farm development, that’s 855 new properties in total! Together with other smaller developments over the past couple of years, that’s an increase of approaching 50% in the size of Hartford. All without any improvement whatsoever in what was an already struggling traffic, health, educational and environmental infrastructure!

If you object to this over development of Hartford, go on line to the Chester West and Cheshire web site, planning and building controls, see or comment on a planning application, enter key word or reference number, type in ref no 17/01954/FUL, click on public comments.  Alternatively, write to Mr R Charnley, Planning Department, 4 Civic Way, Ellesmere Port, CH65 0BE, quoting the ref no 17/01954?FUL. The more objections received, the more likely that permission will be refused. Closing date is 2 June 2017.


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: