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Saturday, 8 February 2020

Tomorrow's litter pick

According to the weather forecast, there is a 98% chance of rain and high winds tomorrow morning.

I won't be expecting anyone to turn out for the litter pick if the weather is bad.

On the other hand, if the forecasters have got it wrong again, I'll see you there at 10.00am.

Monday, 3 February 2020

Litter pick this Sunday, 9th February 2020

Our next litter pick will be this coming Sunday, at 10.00am. Meet at the bus stop at the end of Walnut Lane, on Chester Road, as usual.

We provide all the equipment and have just taken delivery of a number of shiny new hi-viz vests for us all to wear - we ran out last month when we had more volunteers than vests.

We aim to finish at 11.30am and tend to concentrate on the main roads around Hartford, but if you know of any grot spots that need clearing, let us know on the day.

If any of you would like to take part, but can't make Sunday, we are happy to loan you some kit so that you can do your own litter picking on another day. Just contact Geoff on 01606 74587.

The Daily Mail is organising a Great British Spring Clean, where people can sign up to take part in litter picks during a specific period from March 20th to April 13th. The Civic Society will probably sign up for this, as it is good publicity. However, it does seem to entail a lot of unnecessary bureaucracy for something that we do regularly anyway.

Hope to see lots of you on Sunday.

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: