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Saturday, 21 March 2020

COVID-19 update

These are trying times, with some of us isolated for weeks at a time and others practising "social distancing". All group activities are now frowned upon, so I am cancelling our monthly litter picks until further notice. It is the initial gathering of volunteers that is the problem, not the actual litter picking, which can easily be a solo endeavour.

If anyone who is not "locked down" would like to get out for some fresh air and fancies doing a litter pick at the same time, I am happy to let you borrow some pickers and hi viz vests and can provide plastic bags. Just contact me (01606 74587) and I can leave them in our front porch for you to collect. No need for any human contact. You can return them to the porch when you have finished. I'm afraid you will have to dispose of the collected rubbish yourself, either in the litter bins around the village or in your black wheelie bins.

Other solo activities that you can do to help keep our village looking smart include sweeping the pavements and gutters in front of our properties. After months of wind and rain they certainly need doing. And think of the exercise.

So, keep your distance and stay safe. Hopefully things will get back to normal before too long.

Geoff Wilde

Monday, 16 March 2020

Circular Walks Programme 2020

Regretfully, as a precautionary measure against the spread of the Coronavirus,  the first 3 walks [March, April, May] on the programme are cancelled. 

Hopefully, the programme can start again with the 3 June walk 'About Manley' - a 6 mile circular off the Sandstone Trail. 

In the meantime, stay safe! 

John [Swaffield] 07764 212000

Lichfield trip postponed

Because of the restrictions in place regarding the Corona virus pandemic, we have had to postpone our trip to Lichfield which should have taken place in May. Many of the people who go on our trips fall into the 0ver-70s age group and it is not worth taking risks with their health.

We are hoping that the trip can go ahead at a future date but at this moment we cannot be certain when that future date will be. As soon as we know we will announce it.

We are sorry to disappoint everyone, but we really had no choice.

Watch this space.

Saturday, 23 November 2019

News of our proposed next coach trip - 13th May 2020

Coach Trip on Wednesday 13th May 2020 to Lichfield Cathedral and the National Memorial Arboretum.

This trip is limited to just thirty people so please book early if you wish to go.

8.45  The coach will leave the bus stop outside St. John’s Church on Chester Road. (This is earlier than usual but is essential if we are to fit in the full organised programme).

10.30 Tea and coffee in Lichfield Cathedral’s Chapter House.

11.00  Guided tour of the Cathedral.

12.15 Depart by coach from Lichfield.

12.45  Arrive at the National Memorial Arboretum. Self service lunch in the Arboretum’s restaurant.

14.00  Welcome talk in the Chapel.

14.30 Land train tour of the site with a running commentary provided.

15.20 Free time.

16.00 The coach leaves for home.

The Civic Society has already paid a £5 deposit for each person in order to secure the booking. (No refunds can be made on these.) 

Booking, with full payment, must be made by Monday 11th May at the very latest.

The cost is £30 per person, which covers the cost of the coach, the driver’s tip and the two Guided tours.

Bookings and/or enquiries via Pat on 01606 882197 

or via

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!

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: