Annual Bonfire and Fireworks
Despite the wet weather this week we are still intending to go ahead with this evening’s Bonfire and Fireworks Event on Lakehouse Field. Lighting of the Bonfire at about 6:00pm with the Fireworks beginning at about 6:30pm. There will be the usual burger van and glow-sticks for sale.
Please be aware that the recent rainfall means that the field is VERY waterlogged so suitable boots or wellingtons are very strongly recommended!
Closure of Wallerscote Road
CWaC Highways have announced a closure of Wallerscote Road to enable repairs. The Order, including a map showing the extent of the closure, may be viewed by clicking here. The work commences on Wednesday, 30th August and the work is likely to take about 3-Days.
Annual Governance & Accountability Return (AGAR)
The Council hereby publishes the AGAR for the last financial year including the Notice of Public Rights. You can view Section 1 of the AGAR by clicking here and Section 2 (including the Notice of Public Rights) by clicking here. Members of the public may arrange to inspect the Council’s accounts by contacting the Clerk to arrange a suitable time to visit the Parish Office (Tel: 01606 854451 or email firstname.lastname@example.org) when the relevant documents will be made available to you.
Following the recent elections there were just nine nominations for the twelve seats on the Parish Council. The nine nominees were all declared elected by the Returning Officer but that leaves three vacancies (1 in Church Ward and 2 in Gorstage Ward).
The Council can co-opt people to fill those vacancies and is keen to do so. If you would like to put your name forward for co-option please contact the Clerk at the Parish Office, Weaverham Community Centre, Russet Road, Weaverham CW8 3HY or by telephone on 01606 854451 or by email to email@example.com. If you would like to find out more about being a councillor then please contact the Clerk for an informal chat and to answer any questions you may have.
This is a great opportunity to make a positive difference for our community and to help make Weaverham an even better place to live.
New Play Park Opening
The long awaited new Play Park on Russet Road has now been officially opened. We were delighted to welcome staff and pupils from Forest Primary, Weaverham Academy, St Bede’s Primary and the Russett School to the opening ceremony and to be the first to use the new play equipment. The project was made possible by a generous grant from FCC Communities Foundation and a grant from CWaC Members’ Budget for which we are very grateful.
Audit 2021/22 Final External Audit Report
We have now received the External Auditor’s Final Report for the financial year 2021/22. A copy of their report can be viewed by clicking here or may be inspected in the Parish Office during opening hours.
Christmas Lights Switch-on
This year’s Christmas Lights Switch-on will take place at the Christmas Tree on the island in front of Lime Avenue Shops at 4:30pm on Friday, 25th November 2022.
The Notice of the Audit and the Annual Governance and Accountability Return has been posted on the village noticeboards and a copy is available by clicking here. The Audit documents may be inspected at the Parish Office in Weaverham Community Centre Russet Road Weaverham CW8 3HY during office hours (Monday to Friday 9:30am to 5:00pm)
Maintenance Contract 2023/27
The Council invites interested companies who wish to be considered for appointment as the Council’s contractor to express their interest by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org including the contact details (name, address, telephone and email) of the appropriate person in the company.
The Council is in the process of reviewing the current maintenance contract with the intention of making any amendments prior to the tendering process. The contract currently includes: grass cutting (mowing, strimming etc), hedge cutting, weed control, playground safety inspections, litter picking and site cleansing, gardening maintenance, tree safety inspections, bus stop and bus shelter inspections, Council-owned public seat inspections and duties relating to the Annual Bonfire and Fireworks event.
The Council intends to award the contract to a single company able to undertake all aspects of the contract for a four-year period beginning from 1st April 2023.
Accession of His Majesty King Charles III
The Accession of His Majesty King Charles III will be proclaimed at Northwich Road shops on Sunday, 11th September at 4:00pm by the Chairman of the Parish Council, Cllr Peter Wilkinson.
All members of the public are most welcome to witness this historic event. Please do your best to attend if you are able to do so.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Weaverham Parish Council acknowledges with sadness the news of the death of Her Majesty The Queen. We join town and parish councils across Cheshire and throughout the country in offering our sincere condolences to His Majesty The King and members of the Royal Family
Pop-up Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic
Cheshire West and Chester Council have organised pop-up Covid-19 Vaccination Clinics around the Borough. The local one will be at Black Prince Narrowboats at Bartington on Friday, 25th March between 10:30am and 12 noon. You do not need an appointment – just turn up.
Please click here for further details.
New Waste and Recycling Collections
CWaC Council is introducing a new system of waste and recycling collection with wheelie bins replacing the current recycling boxes. CWaC have organised some Roadshow events when you can find out more details or ask any questions about the new system. Please click here to see the details of the Roadshows.
Freedom Fibre Customer Services Team – Monday, 7th February 2022
Freedom Fibre will have a van sited on the MUGA Car Park, Withens Lane, on Monday 7th February for residents to visit with any comments/questions they may have about the Fibre installation in Weaverham.
Member of the friendly Freedom Fibre team will be available to talk to residents about Full Fibre in Weaverham. If its help to register, place an order or just ask questions and understand more about the benefits of Full Fibre, the team will be available from 9am until 2:00pm at the MUGA carpark.
Do feel free to drop in between those times to speak face-to-face with any questions or comments.
Information about Christmas Waste and Recycling Collections and HWRC (Tips) Opening Hours
Cheshire West and Chester Council have announced details of bin collections over Christmas and New Year. The post also has details of the opening hours at the various tips across the borough. Please click here to see the details.
Have you been impacted by Storm Arwen?
Residents across west Cheshire impacted by Storm Arwen can visit Cheshire West and Chester Council’s libraries to receive support.
Storm Arwen’s high winds and Arctic temperatures have seen some homes left without power and the Council is working with partners to make sure those affected have the supported they need.
The Council’s libraries across the borough are open their usual hours, offering a warm space for any residents who find themselves without power in their homes.
Hot drinks will be available for those who need them, along with sockets to charge phones and other electronic devices, and residents will be able to bring in hot food should they need to.
The Council is advising anyone visiting libraries to wear masks and hand sanitising stations will be available to support COVID-19 measures.
Council company Brio Leisure is also offering to support residents at its buildings across west Cheshire, providing hot drinks and charging points as needed by those feeling the impact of the recent weather.
The Live Well Cheshire West website has a range of information and advice about support available for residents in communities across the borough.
If you’re currently experiencing a loss of power, call: 105. You can also report power cuts direct to the Scottish Power Energy Network on: 0800 001 5400.
Flood Engagement Event
CWaC Council has organised a drop-in event at the Riverside Inn, Warrington Road on Thursday, 2nd December 2021 between 3:00pm and 6:00pm when officers will be available to explain what CWaC Council has done and is doing in response to the flooding experienced due to Storm Christoph in January. The event is open to anyone who would like to drop-in.
New Bus Timetable announced
A new timetable for buses through Weaverham has been announced with effect from Sunday, 14th November 2021. For more details please follow this link: https://www.arrivabus.co.uk/latest-news/changes-in-cheshire-east-and-west
Bonfire and Fireworks – Saturday 6th November 2021
Thanks to everyone who attended the Bonfire and Fireworks on Lake House Field last Saturday evening, we hope you all enjoyed it despite the weather being a bit changeable and damp. You were a great crowd and the atmosphere was wonderful for all the families who attended so thank you everyone for making it such a great event for everyone to enjoy.
Remembrance Sunday – 14th November 2021
On Remembrance Sunday we will, at long last, be formally Dedicating the Memorial Bench on Northwich Road (opposite the Co-op) at 2:00pm with a short service, which had to be postponed from last year due to Covid-19 restrictions. Following the Dedication of the Bench, the usual parade will form up ready to move off from outside the Northwich Road shops at about 2:30pm and will then march to St Mary’s Church via Wallerscote Road and Church Lane for the usual Service of Remembrance and Laying of Wreaths at 3:00pm. There will be light refreshments in the Church Hall after the service at St Mary’s.
Bonfire and Fireworks – Saturday 6th November 2021 on Lake House Field
The arrangements for this year’s Bonfire and Fireworks are now confirmed with the Bonfire to be lit at approx 6:00pm and the Firework Display to begin at approx 6:30pm. There will be a burger van and glow-stick stall on the field. Entry to the event is free of charge so do come along to enjoy the fun and make this a great family occasion. Please help us to make sure this event is safe and enjoyable, so please do not bring your own fireworks or any alcoholic drinks onto the field.
100th Anniversary of Weaverham War Memorial
The village War Memorial outside St Mary’s Church was unveiled and dedicated on 24th July 1921 before a large crowd of dignitaries, relatives of those commemorated on the memorial and villagers. The Memorial commemorates over 90 men from Weaverham, Acton Bridge and Cuddington/Sandiway who lost their lives. To mark this important milestone there will be a short service on Saturday, 24th July 2021 at 11:00am at the Memorial when we will remember those from our villages who made the Supreme Sacrifice. If you would like to attend this historic service you will be most welcome, there is no need to book, just turn up for 11:00am on Saturday, 24th July.
FreedomFibre – Installation of Fibre to the Property in Weaverham
FreedomFibre has won the contract to install Fibre to the Property (FTTP) throughout Weaverham and will be commencing work during July/August. A Public Meeting has been arranged for 7:00pm on Tuesday, 6th July at Weaverham Community Centre, Russet Road, Weaverham, CW8 3HY when FreedomFibre will explain what is involved in this project and how the work will be carried out. There will be an opportunity to ask any questions during the meeting. Please do come along to find out more about this exciting development in the village.
His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, K.G., K.T.
Weaverham Parish Council acknowledges with sadness the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, which has been announced today. We join town and parish councils across Cheshire and throughout the country in extending our condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and members of the Royal Family.
Revised Opening Times at the Tips
CWaC Council have advised that opening times at the HWRC (Tips) are being revised with effect from Friday 12th March 2021. Click here to see the revised opening times for all the sites.
Garden Waste Collections resume and Tip Opening Details
CWaC Council have announced that the Garden Waste Collections resume according to the calendar you will already have wef today (1st March). Therefore the first green bin collection in Weaverham will be next Wednesday (10th March). Click here to read the announcement.
CWaC have also announced an update about the HWRC (the Tip) opening arrangements and the long queues being experienced. Click here to read the announcement
Bonfire and Fireworks 2021
The date for this year’s Bonfire and Fireworks has been confirmed as Saturday, 6th November 2021 and, as usual, will take place on Lake House Field. The event will follow the usual timetable with the Lighting of the Bonfire at 6:00pm and the Firework display commencing at 6:30pm. There will be a burger van and glow-stick stall on site for anyone who wishes to patronise them. As usual, entry to the event is free of charge.
For everyone’s safety, please do not bring your own fireworks (including Sparklers) and, as there will be many children and young people present, please do not bring alcoholic drinks to the event.
The Census will take place on Sunday, 21st March 2021. Please click here for advice on how you can get help to complete your census return.
Speed Indicating Signs Installed
The Parish Council has, after many months of hard work to overcome a series of obstacles, installed 4 Speed Indicating Devices (SIDs) around the village. We hope that these will remind drivers of their speed and encourage them to drive safely within the speed limit. The SIDs also collect data which will be shared with police to assist with enforcing the speed limit. The Council hopes that the SIDs will prove to be a useful tool in helping to make Weaverham a safer village for all road users.
The next Census will take place on Sunday 21st March 2021. This year the Census will be mainly done on-line. Please make sure you look out for your invitation letter with your unique log-on code so that you can complete the form promptly. You can find more information at the Office for National Statistics (ONS) who are the organisation who carry out the Census. The ONS census webpage: www.census.gov.uk
Covid-19 Research Survey
The University of Southampton are carrying out research into Covid-19. It is an online survey that only takes about 10-20minutes depending on your answers. If you are able to help click here to see their poster with more details.
The annual audit for the financial year 2019/2020 has now been completed by both the internal auditor and the external auditor. To view details of the completion please click these links: AGAR Sections 1 and 2, AGAR Section 3 and Completion Certificate.
Memorial Bench Installed
Although we haven’t been able to hold the Dedication Ceremony yet, the new Memorial Bench was installed today (Friday, 6/11/20) at the bus stop opposite the Co-op on Northwich Road. I hope everyone will agree that it is a worthy addition to our village so do take a look next time you’re down that way or click here for a photo. Click here for another photo.
MUGA Update 2
The spraying of the second top coat has been completed today (Friday 6/11/20). The sheeting on the fence should come down on Monday and, weather permitting, the lines for football, basketball and tennis will be done next week.
At last we have been able to start spraying the two top coats on the new surface. We hope that, if the weather holds as forecast, we can complete the last bit of the first coat and spray the second layer of the top coat tomorrow (Friday 6/11/20) and, if necessary, complete the second coat on Saturday (7/11/20). We then intend to lay the lines for football, basketball and tennis during next week (Week commencing 9/11/20). All the above is weather dependent but the forecast looks good at the moment for the job to proceed as described. We are still working to resolve the issues with the floodlights so we hope that by the time lockdown 2 is lifted the MUGA will be complete and ready to use.
New Facebook Page
Do you use Facebook? If so, you may be interested to see the new Weaverham Parish Council Facebook page. We intend to post news and events on the Facebook page as well as on this website in future. so do look at either (or both) for any updates.
Notice of Publication of Accounts 2019/20
The Council has completed the accounts for 2019/20, which are now with the Council’s Auditor. Click here to see the Notice of Publication.
Renewal of Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) and car park closure
Work has begun to completely replace the old MUGA with a completely new one including new floodlighting, fencing, playing surface, goals, tennis nets and markings. The work is expected to take about 4 to 6 weeks to complete, so should be finished late September or early October.
During this period it will be necessary to close off most of the MUGA Car Park for safety reasons but access to the recycling containers will be maintained as much as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause but I’m sure you will agree that the new MUGA will be well worth it.
New Swimming Pool Opening Times
Due to the new Tier 4 Covid-19 Regulations the Swimming Pool is closed from 31st December 2020 until further notice.
Monday to Friday
14.25pm to 15.05pm
15.05pm to 15.45pm
19.00pm to 19.40pm
Exclusive Pool Hire
This is an hour slot in total with 10 minutes entry and exit time and 40 minutes in water time. Maximum number of people 10.
I have moved the times, only slightly, to the following;
Monday To Friday
19.15pm to 20.15pm
Saturday And Sunday
09.30am to 10.30am
10.30am to 11.30am
16.00pm to 17.00pm
17.00pm to 18.00pm
Lane hire is £6 – book 1/3rd of the pool for 40 minutes and you can have up to 4 people in your lane/section. Monday – Sunday.
11:45 – 12:25
12:25 – 13:05
13:05 – 13:45
13:45 – 14:25
14:25 – 15:05
15:05 – 15:45
New Reporting Facility for Cheshire Police
In addition to the non-Emergency number of 101 and the Emergency number of 999 to report incidents by telephone, incidents can now be reported online via the Cheshire Police website www.cheshire.police.uk but in all cases make sure you keep a note of the Incident Number in case any follow up is required.
Free Cycle Training
This new initiative is open to everyone who would like to increase their cycling skills, from basic beginner to the more experienced. If you would like to take part you will need to register and complete a booking form. If there is sufficient uptake then a course may be arranged locally.
Please register using this link: https://www.bikeright.co.uk/sponsors/cheshirewest-chester/
If you are new to cycling or returning after a break this may be the course to help you on your way safely – and it’s free!
An on-line edition of Weaverham News has been published due to difficulties producing and delivering the usual paper copy. Please click here to see this edition.
Corona Virus (Covid-19)
During the current Covid-19 emergency the Council is determined to carry on with our usual work on behalf of the people of Weaverham so far as this is possible. We are also anxious to protect the health of our councillors whilst they work on our behalf. Please note, therefore, that the Parish Office is closed to visitors until further notice. Please use telephone (01606 854451) to speak to one of the Joint Acting Clerks, there is also a facility to leave a voice message if there is no one in the Office when you call. Alternatively you may send an email to email@example.com as emails will be checked frequently during this period. Voice messages and emails will be picked up regularly and dealt with as soon as possible.
In an emergency please contact a councillor – contact details are on this website.
Do you need help during the Covid-19 Emergency?
Snow Angels is a support initiative of Cheshire Community Action. They offer help and support to older people and those who are vulnerable. Their services include weekly befriending telephone calls, help with shopping and prescriptions, dog walking – all while keeping to the social distancing advice. They also have accounts with Morrisons and Tesco for on-line delivery using their bank details so you don’t have to enter your own bank details on-line (you can then pay Cheshire Community Action by cheque). Other shops are also being investigated to see if they can offer home deliveries too.
If you are an older person and would like to register with Snow Angels there is a form on-line at www.healthylivingconsortium.net or you can phone them on 0300 666 6226.
If you would like to volunteer to help Snow Angels to provide this help to our older residents, there is an on-line application form at http://www.snowangels.org.uk/get-involved/
New Streetcare Service in Weaverham
Following representations made over past months by the Parish Council, CWaC Council Streetcare Department have allocated a new Lengthsman, Matt, to work in Weaverham for three days per week. Please make him welcome and I’m sure, once he’s had chance to get to know his way around, we will see a marked improvement to the cleanliness of the Village.
Please remember that we can all help keep our village looking good by making sure we dispose of our litter correctly by putting it in the litter bins or by taking it home. A huge “Thank You” to the very many of you who already help in this way and also to those who pick up other litter that they see – your efforts are much appreciated.
Notice of Publication of Accounts 2018/19
The Council has completed the accounts for 2018/19, which are now with the Council’s Auditor. Click here to see the Notice of Publication.
New Exercise Equipment
The Parish Council has installed some new exercise equipment on the Russet Road Playing Field and has replaced the old basket ball/goal posts with a new one including a cricket wicket. The equipment is suitable for older children, youths and adults so, if you’re feeling in need of some exercise, do drop by and give the new equipment a try. Click the thumbnails below to see larger images.
Police Community Support Officer Surgeries
PCSO Michelle Gillett will be holding Police Surgeries at the times below:
Monday, 20th December 2021 between 19:00 and 20:00 at Cuddington Norley Road Playing Fields Car Park CW8 2LA
Tuesday 21st December 2021 between 19:00 and 20:00 at Sandiway Library Car Park CW8 2NS
Tuesday 4th January 2022 between 12:00noon and 1:00pm at Weaverham Community Centre Car Park CW8 3HY
Friday 7th January 2022 between 12:00noon and 1:00pm at Acton Bridge Parish Room CW8 3RA
Saturday 15th January 2022 between 12:00noon and 1:00pm at Delamere Park Leisure Centre Car Park CW8 2UJ
Saturday 22nd January 2022 between 19:00 and 20:00 at Cuddington Norley Road Playing Fields Car Park CW8 2LA
Tuesday 25th January 2022 between 12:00noon and 13:00 at Sandiway Library Car Park CW8 2NS
All residents are welcome to contact Michelle between these times if there is any matter you would like to discuss with our PCSO. No appointment is required. You can also email Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org (Note the change to the email address) or by calling Michell on 07894 510064.
You can also contact Michelle via social media:
Weaver and Cuddington Police – Facebook
@weavercuddpol – Twitter
The local police may be contacted via email on: email@example.com
Incidents should be reported by calling 101 (non-emergency line) or 999 (for emergencies only). Incidents can also now be reported on line via the Cheshire Police website www.cheshire.police.uk but please ensure you keep a note of your incident number in case any follow up is needed.
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