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Tuesday, 5 February 2019

February Litter Pick

Our next litter pick will be this coming Sunday, 10th February, at 10.00am, as usual.

We meet at the bus stop at the end of Walnut Lane on Chester Road. Pickers, hi-vis vests and sacks are provided. Just bring yourselves and help with a worthwhile cause. We spend about 90 minutes picking litter and, from what has been seen so far this week, there is plenty of it.

Hope to see you there.

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Our next coach trip - CHATSWORTH HOUSE

A date for your diaries.

The society organises two non- profit making coach trips each year. One of them is always to a N.T property and the other to a privately owned one. Obviously, through our membership of Civic Voice, we can obtain the one day a year free pass for our members, and the cost of the visit therefore only needs to cover the cost of the coach and its driver’s tip. The costs involved with the one to a privately owned property need also to include the entrance fee and, inevitably, this makes the visit more expensive.

Our first visit in 2019 will be to Chatsworth House on Wednesday 15th May and will cost £31 a head. This covers the cost of the coach, its driver’s tip and Group Rate entrance to the house and gardens. Guided tours of both the house and the gardens are available at an extra cost of £4 for each of them and need to have at least 15 people in each group but, since they have to be booked a month ahead, booking would have to be made by 17th April at the latest. Not impossible but a little more complicated! The coach will leave the village at 9.15 a.m. and begin the return journey at 4 p.m.  Non-members are most welcome to join us.

Keep an eye on our website or contact Pat ( 01606  882197 for more details.

Sunday, 30 December 2018

Introducing our 2019 Photo Competition

2019 Photo Competition Rules

  • Entrants must live in Hartford (or have a Hartford relative)
  • This competition is open to all ages (but see below if under 16)
  • A prize for the overall winner and a calendar if your photo is chosen
  • Photos should:

-             Be of any subject or view that is special to Hartford

-          Be in colour and landscape format

-          Be taken by the entrant in Hartford

-          Have calendar appeal, so taken in any month

-          Be of sufficient quality to print A4 size

-          Might be a good photo you have already taken (any year)

  • Enter up to 5 photographs to maximise your chance of winning

How to enter (closing date 25th August 2019):

·         email your images as files to, or

·         drop them off (saved to disc or as a print), or post them to
           HCS Photo Competition, 8 Lodge Lane, Hartford, CW8 1PS
(we will do our best to return prints, if your name is on the reverse.)

·         images can be sent now, as you take them, or sent all together

·         each image must include where and when it was taken

·         must include your full name, address, and contact phone number or email

·         must be your original work, (you must not be a professional photographer)

·         if you are aged under 16, we need your parent or guardian’s consent for you to enter and agree to these competition rules on your behalf


·         will be by three Trustees of Hartford Civic Society

·         they will not know who took the photos, but will know your age if under 16 and want it to be taken into account

·         their choice of the overall winner and the winning photo for each month will be final

·         winners will be notified by 9th September 2019

You need to know:

·         By entering this competition you agree that your image may be used on the calendar and for any other publicity by Hartford Civic Society (e.g. on our website, Facebook page, or in the local paper and Hartford News)

·         Unless you request otherwise, your name may be printed with the image on the calendar or in publicity, should you be a winner

·         We won’t use or share your personal details for any other purpose

·         We want images true to life, so:

o   No images modified by filters, no stitching of 2 or more images together, or superimposing elements photographed separately.

o   You may, however, digitally improve your images in order to remove spots, blemishes or scratches, adjust the colour balance, or crop it to the format required.

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Victorian Fayre and 2018 Competition Winner

The Civic Society had a stall in the Church Centre during last weekend's Victorian Christmas Fayre in Hartford village. Here is a photo of the stall with Mike Pinchien and Tracey Abbott, two of our trustees.

At the event, we were selling our new 2019 calendars, featuring the winning entries in our recent photo competition. We also took the opportunity to present the overall competition winner with his prize. So, well done, Edward Broadhurst. See the photo below.


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: