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Information about the South Cheshire village of Hankelow

Old items of general information will typically be removed from the home page and placed here after a few days, in case you need to refer back to something. They will be held here for about three months before being removed. Links may be broken and pictures may have disappeared.


The ADAPT Saturday Market will be open in the Lord C, car park today (Saturday) from 10:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., and the Charity shop will be open as usual but there will be no plant sales today. (Posted July 17th).

Nantwich News has an article about an Audlem pilot who is to pedal 420 miles in aid of a friend battling a tumour. (posted July 11th)

A meeting is to be held to discuss the future of Audlem Public Hall, on Thursday July 22nd. New committee members are needed. (posted July 11th)

The Petition for our Posties has been brought to the attention of our MP and the Post Office. (posted July 11th)

Lots of road works are expected around Audlem in the next two weeks, according to the one.network website. Amongst other things, it shows Whitchurch road being closed tomorrow (July 12th) at Brown's Bank, and Bunsley bank being closed on July 14th. Road works are planned on July 14th and 15th for the A529 at Little Heath and Green Lane in Audlem, and here in Hankelow on July 20th. (posted July 11th)

There will be an ADAPT Saturday Market in the car park of the Lord Combermere this weekend, and the Charity Shop and Windmill Drive plant sales will be open. (posted July 9th)

Audlem Educational Foundation will be meeting on July 14th to consider grant applications. (posted July 6th)

The Parkes has applied for permission to become a wedding venue. (posted July 6th)

Cheshire East Council is calling for dog owners to respect livestock in the countryside. (posted July 6th)

The Audlem Music Festival will take place at the Bridge Inn, on August 27th - 30th, in memory of Alex Rodda. (posted July 5th)

The Shroppie Fly is temporarily closed due to Covid. (posted July 4th)

We have received a notice from United Utilities concerning work on the water pipes 'in our area', from July 5th - 8th.  (posted July 4th)

The road closures seem to be changing constantly. Here is an update (posed June 27th):-

Cheshire East have posted "Council to change winter gritting routes to match ‘best practice’". Following the link at the bottom of the item, it seems that Longhill Lane, Bridgemere Lane and Coole Lane have been removed from the gritting routes (posted June 25th).

Nantwich News has an article  reporting that a campaign is underway to designate the Cheshire Sandstone Ridge as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (posted June 25th).

Cheshire East is to launch a crowdfunding platform to bring community project ideas to life. (posted June 24th)

As you may have noticed, there is currently a lot of road disruption. Here is a summary:-

Nantwich News has an article about the new A51 Reaseheath by-pass which is under construction north of Nantwich. (posted June 24th)

The Audlem Theatre Company production "24 Hours" has been postponed for a week to  Saturday July 24th. (posted June 21st)

Services are resuming at Hankelow Methodist Church each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Numbers are limited so booking is essential. The details are on the Chapel Events page. (posted June 21st)

Now the A530 is due to be closed for jetting works from the junction with Coole Lane to the junction with Weaver View (in other words, Browns Bank), from Friday June 25th to Tuesday June 29th, Also Bunsley Bank will be closed for one day on June 25th. (posted June 17th)

Also the A529 from Audlem to Hinstock is named as one of the UK's most dangerous roads, and there are moves to cut the speed limit. (posted June 17th)

Meanwhile, Cheshire East residents are to be asked for their views on proposals to introduce an on-demand rural bus service, covering a wide area south of Nantwich, taking in Bunbury (south of Nantwich??), Wrenbury and Audlem, as well as some other villages. (posted June 17th)

The Audlem Historic Boat gathering on July 24th/25th has been cancelled, but the Festival of Transport is still expected to take place on July 25th. (posted June 15th)

The Audlem "Party in the Park" has been rescheduled to July 31st. (posted June 15th)

The main A529 route to Nantwich is due to be closed in Hatherton for a drainage investigation, from Thursday June 17th until Tuesday June 22nd. It will be closed between the junction with Park Lane and the junction with Second Dig Lane. Also Bunsley Bank will be closed for one day on June 25th. (posted June 15th)

The sixth Nantwich Foodbank “drop and go” collection will be held this Saturday (19th June) at Brine Leas school. (posted June 15th)

All residents of Crewe over the age of eighteen are being asked to take a PCR Covid-19 test, even if they are not showing symptoms. Go to the Covid 19 section for more information. (posted June 10th)

Cheshire East Council urges people to ‘show the air you care!’ – and do their bit to boost Clean Air Day, and they urge businesses to apply for Restart Grant. (posted June 9th/10th)

The Audlem Charity Shop and Plant Sales are open  today (Saturday) (posted June 12th).

Don't forget, there is a Yard Sale at Westholme Farm today (Saturday) from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - all proceed to NSPCC and Riding for the Disabled. (posted June 12th)

There is Bingo in Audlem Town Hall on Friday at 7:30 p.m. (posted June 9th)

The traffic chaos that was expected in Audlem has been postponed until Stafford Street is reopened. (posted June 8th)

The Boar's Head in Walgherton has been forced to close for a week due to some staff members having tested positive for Covid 19. (posted June 6th)

Traffic chaos is likely in Audlem as there will be road works by the Co-op for the next two weeks (posted June 5th). Subsequent note: This was postponed.

The Audlem Post Office and Llovely shop will be closed for a week's holiday from July 5th to July 12th. Also on AOL there is concern for the Audlem Posties - with a lot of comment also on the chatbox. (posted June 3rd)

There will be a Yard Sale at Westholme Farm on June 12th from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - all proceed to NSPCC and Riding for the Disabled. (posted June 3rd)

Just in case you didn't know how hard the ADCA volunteers work, AOL have an article which shows just how much they do for the community. (posted June 3rd)

A group of eight (at least) hot air balloons were seen in the direction of Cholmondely Castle on the evening of May 29th. (posted may 30th)

Cheshire East Council thanks hero volunteers ahead of Volunteers’ Week and says that testing can help stomp out Covid in Cheshire East. (posted May 29th).

There is Bingo in Audlem Town Hall at 7:30 p.m. tonight (Friday 28th), and Audlem Charity shop will be open tomorrow (Saturday). (posted May 28th)

Stafford Street in Audlem is set to be closed again for a considerable time. (posted May 23rd)

A car was damaged in Audlem at about 10:45 a.m. on Friday May 21st. Did you see anything? (posted May 23rd)

Live music is back in the Shroppie Fly. (posted May 23rd)

Aldi in Nantwich will re-open on June 10th.

There is a carpet sale in Audlem Town Hall, today and tomorrow (May 20th and 21st). (posted May 20th)

There was a burglary recently at Mount Pleasant - outdoor power equipment was stolen. (posted May 20th)

Cheshire East have launched a ‘Computers for Kids’ scheme to further support vulnerable learners.(posted May 20th)

Crewe Market Hall re-opens this week. The opening times are at the bottom of an article on Cheshire Live (posted May 18th).

Cheshire East Council outlines the move to step 3 on the roadmap of easing lockdown restrictions. (posted May 16th)

There is a weekend plant sale at the Squirrels in Longhill Lane, (15th/16th May) (posted May 15th)

The result of the Hankelow Neighbourhood Plan Referendum was "Yes". You can see the declaration on the Notices page. (posted May 9th)

John Dwyer has been elected as Cheshire's police and crime commissioner. (posted May 9th)

Cheshire East Council has elected a new Mayor, and the council has changed to a committee system rather than a cabinet system for decision making.- (posted May 8th)

A fire in a shed in the garden behind the Community Hall forced the evacuation of the polling station for a while on May 6th. Polling was al fresco for an hour or so, but normal service resumed as of around 3:30 p.m.. The fire was extinguished by the Fire Service before it could spread, and the Chapel and the storage units behind it are undamaged. More on this story at Cheshire Live. (posted May 6/7th)

There is a plant sale today (Saturday) in Windmill drive, despite the weather, but the Charity shop will not be open. (posted May 8th)

The Charity shop in Audlem will be open today (Friday) instead of tomorrow due to the poor weather which is forecast for tomorrow.  (posted May 7th)

Don't forget to vote on today in the Hankelow Community Hall. It's the Hankelow Neighbourhood Plan referendum, and the election of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire. - (posted May 4th)
When voting, please keep yourself and others safe by:-

Stafford Street in Audlem is closed again; the TTRO extends to May 7th - there is a report from Councillor Rachel Bailey on AOL. The One Network website indicates additional closures of Stafford Street are likely between May 24th and June 14th.- (posted May 4th)

Cheshire East thanks residents for their Census response. (posted May 4th) -

Our PCSO, Nick Jarvis, is holding Online Police Surgeries during May - more details here. (posted May 4th)

AOL and the One Network website are reporting that Woodhouse Lane - the road to Norton in Hales - will be closed from May 5th for up to five days. (posted May 2nd)

The Roving Canal Traders Association will be hosting a Floating Market below Audlem locks on the Mayday Bank Holiday weekend Saturday 1st, Sunday 2nd & and Monday 3rd May. (posted April 30th)

Audlem Charity Shop will be open on Saturday from 10am - 4pm, and there will also be a plant sale in Windmill drive from 10 a.m - 2 p.m. (posted April 30th)

Today (Saturday) the charity shop in Audlem is open, as is the plant sale in Windmill Drive. Also Floating Traders are in Audlem this weekend. (posted April 24th)

The Audlem Carbon Emission Reduction Team (ACER) are marking Earth Day today (April 22nd).

Just a reminder that the Health Visiting team are at Audlem Medical Practice on the 3rd Wednesday of every month. (posted April 22nd)

Cheshire East are encouraging residents to shop locally and shop safely, and are launching a school solar panel competition. (posted April 21st)

ADCA are holding a consultation on their future development plan (posted April 21st).

The Overwater marina team are holding a charity "Race for Life" in aid of Cancer Research. (posted April 21st)

Many Hankelow residents regularly use Mill Lane and the canal towpath as a walking route to Audlem. AOL have an article appealing for support for the retention of the temporary steps from Bennet's Bridge to the towpath, now the repair work is complete. (posted April 16th)

Cheshire East Libraries have re-opened, but the Mobile Library has a restricted service and their timing has changed. They will be in Hankelow on Monday the 26th, from 10:15 to 11:00 a.m. (posted April 16th)

As far as I can see Windmill Lane is open to traffic today (Friday 16th), although there is still a lot of work still going on at the junction with Longhill Lane.(posted April 16th)

Don't forget to have your say on May 6th - the deadline for registering to vote is April 19th. Voting in Hankelow will take place in the Community Hall, and will be for the Police and Crime Commissioner, and the Hankelow Neighbourhood Plan. (posted April 14th)

The Charity shop in Audlem will be open on Saturday (17th) and Farm Made Tearooms are open over the weekend . (posted April 14th)

Stafford Street in Audlem will be closed tomorrow (15th), potentially for three days. Also Windmill Lane was closed last Monday (12th), and the order indicates it may be closed for several days. I haven't been over that way to check. (posted April 14th)

Be wary of scam text messages about missed deliveries, or emails saying you are in line for a legacy.  (posted April 14th)

AOL have an article about the "Hatherton Hole" in Bridgemere Lane.  (posted April 14th)

Audlem Mill re-opens today (April 12th). (posted April 12th)

Cricket is about to resume at Audlem Cricket Club, weather permitting...(posted April 10th)

Plant sales at 33 Windmill Drive in Audlem recommenced on April 10th (posted April 9th) .

A new icon has been added at the top right of the header. Click the icon to go directly to the new Natural Environment page. (posted April 6th)

Combermere Abbey will be opening for woodland bluebell walks for 5 weeks only, from April 14th. Pre-booking on line is essential. (posted April 7th)

Audlem Charity Shop will re-open week commencing April 12th, after a complete refurb (posted April 7th).

Audlem Methodist Chapel are holding an virtual quiz night on Friday April 9th, to raise funds for roof repairs. There are valuable prizes to be won! (posted April 7th)

Audlem Rambling Society (ARS) will be resuming regular walks from Saturday 10th April. (Posted April 4th)

It seems that Longhill Lane will be closed between Windmill Lane and Chapel End  on Wednesday 7th. There could also be traffic lights on the A529 at Corbrook for tree work, some time between the 13th and the 16th. (Posted April 4th)

Lllovely have posted their Easter opening hours as have Boots and Farm Made Tearooms. ADCA will be closed for Easter-(posted April 2nd).

The Dorothy Clive garden has reopened from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. The tearoom is open for takeaways-(posted March 28th).

The canal is now open at Bridge 80. The cafe at the marina will be open from today (Friday 2nd) for takeaway food, and The Lord Combermere has a new takeaway menu. (posted April 2nd)

Audlem St. James have posted their Easter week programme, and Audlem Methodist Church are organising a family Easter Trail. There will also be a Charity Cake and Bake sale on Saturday April 3rd. (posted March 30th)

There is a report on AOL of a missing cat in Buerton, which could have strayed into Hankelow. (posted March 30th)

Cheshire East have launched a new Library E-Reader service. (posted March 30th)

Refilling the Canal by Bennet's bridge, March 30th

The work on the canal at Bennet's bridge is nearly complete, and water is being let into the repaired section. Hopefully it will be fully open by Easter. The cafe at the marina will be open from Friday 2nd for takeaway food. (posted March 30th)

The Aqueduct carrying the canal over Welsh Row in Nantwich has been damaged and the A530 is closed there. (posted March 30th)

A Whooper Swan has been spotted by John Vickers, on the mere by Woolfall Farm. (posted March 28th)

Work on the Canal by Bennet's bridge, March 27th

The work on the canal at Bennet's bridge is nearly complete. It's possible that water will be let back in during the next day or two. There is a new report on AOL. (Posted March 27th)

AOL have an article; Combermere Abbey Receives Technology Boost thanks To Government Culture Recovery Fund. (posted March 27th)

Audlem & District Bowling club will re-open on March 29th, and will be looking for new members. (posted March 25th)

Audlem Baptist Church will be carefully re-opening on Palm Sunday. (posted March 25th)

HS2:  It seems that Woore was mentioned in one in six of the consultation responses. (posted March 25th)

Cheshire East Council distributes thousands of food and energy vouchers with more in the pipeline for Easter. (posted March 25th)

AOL have an article on the awarding of Rural Mobility funds. (posted March 20th)

There was a large blaze at the Palethorpe's factory in Market Drayton last Thursday (posted March 20th).

There will be a National day of Reflection on Tuesday March 23rd, one year since the first lockdown began. (posted March 20th)

It seems Cheshire East is one of the healthiest boroughs to live in. (posted March 15th)

A reminder  from Cheshire East that Census Day (March 21st) is almost here. (posted March 15th)

Audlem charity shop has been able to send £25,000 to charities despite the lockdowns. (posted March 15th)

Swine Market in Nantwich is likely to be closed for a while after a vehicle ran into the Hope House Hospice shop, causing structural damage. (posted March 15th)

Cheshire East Council have secured funding to drive forward their carbon neutral ambition (posted March 15th).

There was a high attendance at Cheshire East schools on the first step to recovery, according to Chesire East. (posted March 12th)

The Audlem On Line chatbox has recently seen a discussion concerning the footpaths around Monks Hall Farm. They have helpfully posted a map showing the official "rights of way". Correspondance on the chatbox points out the dangers of walking through the farmyard due to the movement of heavy machinery.(posted March 10th)

Also on AOL, our local PCSO Nick Jarvis has posted a note to remind dog walkers to keep their dogs on a lead when when walking in the fields.(posted March 10th)

The discussion over parking charges in Nantwich continues, according to an article on Nantwich On Line (posted March 10th)

Cheshire East say Register to vote in time to have your say this May on who represents us as the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire (posted March 10th)

Cheshire East Council says ‘Let’s get back to school safely in Cheshire East’ (posted March 7th).

AOL have posted an important message from Audlem Medical Practice (posted March 4th).

Cheshire East are backing action to reduce food waste (posted March 4th).

Cheshire East Council’s libraries are to benefit from a government grant of £10,000, which will help combat social isolation amongst the borough’s readers. (posted March 2nd)

We have been informed by Cheshire East that the Hankelow Neighbourhood Plan will proceed to the referendum stage on Thursday, May 6th. The decision report can be seen here. (posted February 27th)

Cheshire East Council welcomes applications to its Green Homes Grant scheme. (posted February 27th)

Don’t miss the chance to ‘have your say’ on new proposals to boost cycling and walking (posted February 24th)

A set of Natural Environment pages have been added to the website, under the Community tab above. This is a developing project to promote interest in the natural environment of our parish and the surrounding area. Any help with additional content would be much appreciated. (posted February 24th)

The One Network website is showing roadworks are due on Thursday February 25th at the entrance to Well Field Way in Hankelow. Traffic lights will be in operation while the entrance is resurfaced.(posted Febraury 23rd)

According to a report on Nantwich News, a cultural quarter is planned on the old gasworks site in Nantwich.(posted Febraury 22nd)

Another scam alert - this time concerning Royal Mail parcels - has been published on AOL.(posted Febraury 22nd)

Cheshire East have received reduced funding for highways maintenance, according to a media release. (posted February 19th)

Cheshire East Council has welcomed news that Miami-based company Brightstar is to invest £50m in its UK business operations with a new call centre in Crewe, employing around 700 people.

Another Burglary alert - AOL have a note about another burglary in Coole Lane some time last Monday.(posted February 17th)

Burglary alert - thieves have broken into two outbuildings by the village green in Hankelow and have stolen power tools and equipment, and a white Isuzu pickup. If you think you can help, please contact the police on 101 quoting IML916699 - more information on AOL. Police are also appealing for witnesses on other local websites. (posted February 13th)

Cheshire East Council have launched an unpaid carers survey to help shape support services. (posted February 13th) 

AOL have more information about the closure of Windmill Lane from Monday February 15th. (Posted February 10th)

The activities of Plastic Free Nantwich may be of interest - there is certainly a litter problem in Hankelow.(posted February 10th)

If you want to comment on HS2, a consultation is taking place. You can see more on how HS2 is affecting Cheshire on the HS2 website. (posted February 10th)

The OneNetwork website is showing that a road closure is due in Windmill lane from February 15th until March 5th - more details here. The diversion is via Longhill Lane from Chapel End. They also show roadworks with traffic lights on the Audlem road between Corbook Court and Mckelvey way on February 11th and 12th. (posted February 8th)

Cheshire East Council are distributing more food and energy vouchers ahead of February half term, according to a media release. (posted February 8th)

Cheshire East are providing additional winter well-being support for old and vulnerable residents, according to a media release. (posted February 1st)

Nantwich News are reporting that the Nantwich show is cancelled for this year. (posted February 1st)

For the star-gazers amongst us, CPRE are holding a star count from the 6th - 14th February. More information here. (posted February 1st)

Stafford street in Audlem will be closed for a day on Sunday January 31st to allow Scottish Power to put in a new connection, according to a notice of temporary road closure.(posted January 27th 2021)

It's the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch this coming weekend (29-31 January) - if you want to take part, you can sign up here. A bird guide and a participation form are available - follow the links. (posted January 26th 2021)

The picture above is a day after the worst flood. A video taken at the height of the flood has been added on the Media Gallery/Videos/Recent page.

Nantwich Museum has unveiled a "Battle of Nantwich" video, since this year's Holly Holy Day pageant has been cancelled.

The Canal damage at bridge 80 isn't their only problem. There is a larger breach of the towpath near Bunbury.

AOL has an article on Emergency Flood funding, and a reminder from Rachel Bailey to take your opportunity to comment on two Cheshire East consultation which are due to close soon - concerning parking and transport.

AOL have posted an update from the Audlem Medical Team, and a warning about scam vaccination emails.

Cheshire East are claiming that 10% of residents have received the first dose of the vaccine, according to Nantwich News.

Debbie Lindop of Cheshire East has recently sent several pieces of information:-

There is more information about vaccination on the NHS website here. Several Hankelow residents have already received the covid vaccination.

Cheshire East have posted a couple of new items:-

AOL have a report by Healthwatch Cheshire East with some interesting statistics.

The Audlem Carbon Emissions Reduction (ACER) team have been adding articles on relevant subjects to its news page.

The highest river level recorded at the measuring station in Audlem was 2.82 metres on November 6th, 2000. The level at 11:15 p.m. on 20th January was 2.81 metres.

The online policing consultation, launched earlier this month, closes on the 24th. Also Debbie Lindop has sent an invitation to a Cheshire East online Covid 19 and scam awareness session - more details on the Notices page.

Our ward councillor Rachel Bailey has posted a comment on AOL concerning the Rural Transport fund.

Holly Holy Day (The battle of Nantwich re-enactment) is cancelled this year.

Cheshire East have put out a reminder that Census day is coming - Sunday March 21st.