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Thursday, 10 August 2017

August Litter Pick - Sunday 13th

Just a reminder that this month's litter pick will be this coming Sunday, 13th August.

We will meet as usual at 10.00am at the bus stop by Walnut Lane.

Apologies for this being a bit late - I've been away and only just got back.

Hope to see you Sunday.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Our next coach trip - to EYAM, the Derbyshire plague village


Eyam, in Derbyshire, is a village that was badly affected by the plague. Also in the village is Eyam Hall, which is a National Trust property.
This will be the Civic Society's first all-day trip.
  • The coach will leave Hartford at 9.15am, from the bus stop on Chester Road by the Church.
  • Arrive in Eyam at about 11.00am. Tea or coffee will be served in Eyam Hall.
  • At 11.30am, after a short introductory talk, you will be free to explore the Hall at your leisure. Volunteer guides will be on duty to answer any questions you may have.
Lunch is not included but there are various options:
  • The Buttery serves light lunches and afternoon teas.
  • There is one Public House in the village and several tea rooms.
  • Take your own picnic with you.

After lunch you may choose to visit the stables which have been converted into individual craft shops.
  • At 2.00pm, you can join a Guided Tour of the historic village, hear stories of the plague years, see the cottages where so many villagers died and visit the Church which has a fascinating exhibition of the plague years. . This is a leisurely stroll not a strenuous hike and comes at an extra charge of £5.50 per person.
  • The Guided Tour will finish about 3.30pm, so there will be time for afternoon tea.
  • The coach leaves for home at 4.45 p.m. 
  • We should be back in Hartford by 6.30 p.m. traffic permitting.

The cost of the visit which covers the coach, a tip for the driver and refreshments on arrival at Eyam Hall is £12.  

(National Trust members have free entry to Eyam Hall - take your membership cards with you. However, if you are not a member of the NT but are a member of Hartford Civic Society, through our membership of Civic Voice, we can help you to obtain a one day free NT pass. It costs just £7 for one person to join the Civic Society or £10 for a couple. Eyam Hall charges £7.70 per person for non-members. I leave you to do the sums!)

To book , please phone  01606 882197 

or send an e-mail to

Payment is not needed until early September.

Note from Pat: Should you not know the tragic story of the plague in Eyam, I have three books which I am happy to lend out. One is a novel though it is based on fact. The other two are factual records. One covers the whole story in some 40 pages. The other not only names the villagers who died but provides the date of their deaths and where they lived.

July Litter Pick

There will be another litter pick this coming Sunday, 9th July.

Meet at 10.00am by the bus stop at the end of Walnut Lane.

All equipment provided.

We know it is also the Picnic in the Park on Sunday, but that doesn't start until 1.00pm, so if you fancy doing a bit of litter picking beforehand, we will be pleased to see you. We normally finish by 11.30am and it can be very therapeutic.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Mostyn Hall trip photos

A few photos of the recent Mostyn Hall trip can be found in the link under Gallery in the left hand margin.

It was another successful trip and the weather was glorious.

June Litter Pick

There will be another litter pick this coming Sunday, 11th June 2017.

Meet at the usual place - the bus stop at the end of Walnut Lane, at 10.00am.

No need to inform anyone. Just turn up. Your services will be greatly appreciated.

All the gear is supplied.

Hope to see you on Sunday.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017



Redrow originally had outline planning permission for 350 dwellings on Hollies Farm and has received planning consent so far for 279. Now approaching Phase 5 of the development, due to progressive high density building in the previous phases, it finds it has room for a further 276 dwellings, in part by encroaching into an area that was designated park land bordering the River Weaver and Marshall’s Arm.  If approved, it would bring the total number of properties on Hollies Farm to 555! With the 300 dwellings on The Grange Farm development, that’s 855 new properties in total! Together with other smaller developments over the past couple of years, that’s an increase of approaching 50% in the size of Hartford. All without any improvement whatsoever in what was an already struggling traffic, health, educational and environmental infrastructure!

If you object to this over development of Hartford, go on line to the Chester West and Cheshire web site, planning and building controls, see or comment on a planning application, enter key word or reference number, type in ref no 17/01954/FUL, click on public comments.  Alternatively, write to Mr R Charnley, Planning Department, 4 Civic Way, Ellesmere Port, CH65 0BE, quoting the ref no 17/01954?FUL. The more objections received, the more likely that permission will be refused. Closing date is 2 June 2017.


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:

Monday, 6 March 2017

Information & Photos of old Hartford wanted

This is a request in two parts:

1. I am interested in the history of Hartford and particularly interested in old photographs, particularly Victorian ones, but also 20th Century ones prior to 1990.This is purely for personal use. I am not planning to publish them or otherwise put them into the public domain. If you have any such photos that you are willing to share with me, could you please scan them and email them to:

along with any details about who took the photos and when & where they were taken.

I would be most grateful. Thank you.

2. The Civic Society is looking into the possibility of setting up a library of documents relating to Hartford, Northwich and the surrounding area. We are in the early stages at present and have not worked out how such a library would function nor, indeed, if it would be practical.

For a start, we are trying to catalogue all relevant documents that Civic Society members and Committee members have in their possession and we would appreciate it if you would let us know what you have and if you would be willing to either donate it to the library when it is set up, or retain it in your possession but share it with others on request.

As I said, the mechanics of such a library have yet to be sorted out. At the moment we are more interested in what is out there and what we could potentially use.

If you have anything you might be willing to include in a library, can you please email me at the above email address, this time simply stating that you have something. I can then get back to you to discuss what it is and how we use it. No need to attach anything at this stage.

Thank you again.

Sunday, 29 January 2017

2017 Competition for children

Last year we held a successful photo competition.

This year we are holding a drawing competition, open only to children and young adults aged 18 and under.

The idea is that drawings will be done of recognisable places in and around Hartford. Winning entries will appear on each of the twelve monthly pages of the Hartford 2018 Calendar.

There are four age groupings for taking part, so 4-year olds won't be competing against 18-year olds. The groupings are: 0 to 6; 7 to 10; 11 to 14; 15 to 18.

There is also a second part to the competition - to design a front cover for the calendar.

For full details of the rules of the competition and where to send your drawings, please use the "2017 COMPETITION" link on the left of this web page.

Good luck.