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Thursday, 1 November 2018

Sudbury Hall Coach Trip

The Society's coach trip to Sudbury Hall and the Museum of Childhood took place on 31st October and was a great success. We were blessed with wonderful sunny weather and the Hall and Museum were excellent. Sudbury is a lovely village.

Our thanks to Pat for organising it.

Here are a few photos from the day. There are no group photos because we weren't on an organised tour. We simply left the coach and did our own things:

Front view of Sudbury Hall

Rear view of Sudbury Hall

The Long Gallery

The grounds with autumn colours

As it was Hallowe'en I couldn't resist this scary face on a tree

Friday, 19 October 2018

November Litter Pick - CANCELLED

November's litter pick would have been on Sunday 11th November.

However, that is Remembrance Sunday and there are a lot of things happening to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War.

We have therefore decided to cancel the litter pick.

Hopefully the weather will enable us to go ahead with December's litter pick, despite the fallen leaves..

We will keep you informed.

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Photo competition for 2019 Calendar - RESULTS

Our photo competition was judged the other day and we have a winner: Edward Broadhurst, with his picture titled "A Quiet Corner". Well done Sir.

All twelve photos that will appear in next year's HCS Calendar are shown below, followed by a picture of all the 75 entries, displayed ready for the judging.

Some of the other entries will feature on the front cover of the calendar.

You can reserve/pre order a calendar by emailing

The calendars should be available mid October and will be on sale at Elson Newsagent, Hartford Post Office and Littlers Butchers(TBC). They will also be on sale from our Civic Society stall at the Victorian Christmas Fayre. The price will be £5.00, the same as previous years. All proceeds go straight back into the village.

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Our next coach trip......


Our second coach trip this year will be on Wednesday 31st October and will cost just £14 which covers the cost of the coach and the driver’s tip. Entrance to the property for non-N.T. members costs £16.90 but members of Hartford Civic Society are entitled to a one day free pass through its membership of Civic Voice.  These will be obtained for our members. Non-members might consider joining the society which costs just £7. Quite a saving !  

The coach will leave the village at 9.15am from our usual pick-up spot by the bus stop outside the Parish Church on Chester Road and should arrive at the Hall by 11.00am or soon after. No guided tours are available so everyone is free to wander at will. The Hall is open between 1.00pm and 5.00pm. The Museum opens at 11.00am and closes at 5.00pm. The tea room serves light lunches and home-made cakes. and is open from 10.30am until 4.00pm, which is the exact time that we will be leaving for home. There is a gift shop of course, plant sales, sweets, ice creams and toys. There is also a second hand book shop.

Access to the Hall for wheelchairs is possible but not easy. However, the Museum presents no problems and even has a lift between the two floors. Transport from the car park to The Hall can be arranged for the less mobile in the group.

To book, please reply to:

or contact Pat Hatfield on 01606 882197.  

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: