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Sunday, 19 May 2019

Chatsworth House trip a great success

Our trip to Chatsworth House last Wednesday was a great success. Again, we had glorious weather and the house and gardens were amazing.

There were no organised tours, so we all did our own thing, which meant that the following photos do not show our group of 35 happy tourists.

Thank you to Pat Hatfield for organising the day out. You came up trumps again.

Saturday, 11 May 2019

May Litter PIck - TOMORROW, (Sunday May 12th)

Sorry this is a bit late. Been a busy week.

This month's litter pick will take place tomorrow morning (Sunday May 12th) at 10.00am.

Meet at the bus stop at the end of Walnut Lane.

Everyone welcome. We provide the pickers and sacks and hi viz vests.

It looks like it will be a nice morning, so hope to see you there.

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Chatsworth House Coach Trip reminder

Just a reminder about our planned coach trip to Chatsworth House on Wednesday 15th May 2019.

£31 a head covers the cost of entrance to the House and Gardens, the coach and its driver’s tip. ( Our coach trips are not intended  to make a profit but need to cover all the expenses involved.)

The coach will leave the bus stop by St.John’s Church on Chester Road at 9.15am and will begin the return journey at 4.00pm.

 Non- members are most welcome to join the group.

On arrival you will be free to explore the house and gardens at will. (Group tours are not available due to a shortage of volunteers.)

Cheques should be made out to Hartford Civic Society and delivered to 378, Chester Road, Hartford. CW8 2AQ

If you prefer to transfer funds electronically the sort code is 20-24-09, the account number is 30896608 and its account name is Hartford Civic Society -  but please let Pat know !

Full details can be found on our website –www/

To book or find out more,  phone Pat on 882197. 

The Great British Spring Clean - results

Our April litter pick took place on Sunday 14th April 2019 and was part of the Great British Spring Clean.

A dozen or so volunteers turned up, including regulars and some new faces.

The weather was clear and dry, but a bit on the cold side.

We did Chester Road, School Lane, Stones Manor Lane, the slip roads to the bypass and the bypass itself and the area by the Blue Bridge.

We collected 18 sacks of rubbish, plus a few large items that would not fit into our sacks.

In addition, two of the team washed a couple of road signs and cleared the vegetation that was partly obscuring them and also washed a couple of street signs.

All in all, not bad for 90 minutes' work.

Well done and THANK YOU to all volunteers and we hope to see you at next month's litter pick.

Our aim is to keep Hartford clean and litter-free.

Sunday, 30 December 2018

2019 Photo Competition - send us your photos of Hartford

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.

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: