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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.

Village Picnic, May 5th

The Village Picnic took place on the green on Sunday 5th May. The weather was kind to us and a good time was had by all.

(posted 7th May)

Labour’s Dan Price has won the Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner election. (posted 7th May)

Kirk Shenton was joined by his grandsons to replace a dead beech tree on the village green with a sequoia and five rhododendrons.

Planting a new tree on village green, May 4th 2024
Planting a new tree on village green, May 4th 2024
NPlanting a new tree on village green, May 4th 2024
Job done! A new sequoia and five rhododendrons newly planted, May 4th 20241
(posted 5th May)

There are a number of items on Nantwich News which may be of interest. There is a plan to stop accepting cash payments in most car parks in Nantwich,  and Cheshire East is to close the School Meals service. There is also concern that some libraries may be closed, although Nantwich library doesn't seem to be under threat at the moment. (posted 3rd May)

The new bus station in Crewe is set to open on 7th May. (posted 3rd May)

Tributes are being paid after the sudden death of Brine Leas head teacher David Cole. After being closed yesterday the school will be open again today (Tuesday 30th). (posted 30th April)

Don't forget it's the Village Picnic on the green at 3:00 p.m. today (Sunday 5th May) and Soulful Minds will be performing in the White Lion tonight at 5:00 p.m. (posted 5th May)

The upcoming voting on Thursday (2nd May) will be for the county's next Police and Crime Commisioner. There is some information on who is standing in an article on Nantwich News. (posted 25th April)

Brine Leas School is closed today (Monday) due to an "emergency situation". (posted 29th April)

A new Artisan Market featuring local art, gifts, homewares and food items is coming to Nantwich this weekend. (posted 23rd April)

Staffordshire Metal Detecting Club has recently held two sessions in Hankelow, and are planning a third for the coming Sunday (28th April), so there will be some detectorists operating in the area.
It seems that so far they found a fair number of musket balls and spinning whorls in the first week; in the second it was Georgian coins circa 1790, buckles, buttons, two French copper coins, and a very worn Roman coin. (posted 23rd April)

The Hankelow Spring Picnic will take place on the village green, on Sunday 5th May from 3:00 p.m. onwards. (posted 22nd April)

As you may have seen on AOL, the Whitchurch road from Audlenm has closed again at the bridge over the Weaver, apparently until 30th April. Then Audlem Road will be closed by Brine Leas from May 6th until May 10th. It is to be hoped that the repairs to the bridge on the Whitchurch Road will be completed on time since it will be part of the diversion route when Audlem Road closes. (posted 17th April)

Closer to home, temporary traffic lights are to be expected on the A529 by the village green on 21st April. (posted 17th April)

Work has started on a new Cheshire East Local Plan. (posted 12th April)

There will be local elections on May 2nd, and photographic identification will be required. If you don't have photo ID you can apply for free photo ID but this must be done before 24th April. (posted 12th April)

Nantwich Brine Pool will open for a new season on 20th April. (posted 12th April)

A new Whitchurch website, designed by Joe Sheldon of Audlem Printers, has been launched to boost tourism and trade in Whitchurch. You can visit the site here. (posted 6th April)

Starting from the coming Monday (8th April) the White Lion will be open on Mondays and Tuesdays from 5:00 p.m. onwards for drinks and snacks, with real ale from £3 a pint. (posted 6th April)

Cheshire East Council is launching an online family hub service to support children and families. (posted 4th April)

Cheshire East Council is to "transform for financial sustainability", according to an article on their website. Nantwich News also has an item on the subject. (posted 24th March)

Edith Hodkinson, formerly of Hankelow Manor Farm and now a resident of Corbrook Park, has turned 105 years old. (posted 24th March)

Overwater Marina and Aqueduct Marina have joined a new scheme called "Cruise Moor". (posted 15th March)

A reminder that Tom Hassall's funeral will take place in Hankelow Methodist Church today (Friday 15th March) at 2:15 p.m. All enquiries to Graham Tresidder & Son (Crewe & Nantwich Funeral Services) Tel: 01270 812512. (posted 15th March)

We are sad to hear that Hankelow's own D-Day veteran, Tom Hassall, has died. Tom, who lived in the Swedish Cottages from 1947 until recently, played his part in the D-Day landings in 1944 at the age of 18. He was a recipient of the Legion d'Honneur, as reported by the BBC in this video. and there is more about his military career here. Tom was a well-know figure in the village, a keen player of cricket and bowls, and was always ready for a chat. He will live long in our memories. (posted 3rd March)

Tom's funeral will take place in Hankelow Methodist Church on Friday 15th March at 2:15 p.m. All enquiries to Graham Tresidder & Son (Crewe & Nantwich Funeral Services) Tel: 01270 812512. (posted 6th March)

Our local councillor Rachel Bailey has issued a press statement about the recent car park decision, and also some links concerning a recent meeting of the Cheshire East Corporate Policy committee. Coucillor Bailey had proposed a Corporate Peer Challenge to investigate the council's overspend of £18.7 million. This was discussed at the meeting, as can be seen at item 84 of the minutes of the meeting, and passed unanimously.  You can find out more about the meaning of  a Corporate Peer Challenge here. (posted 27th February)

There are traffic-light controlled roadworks planned for the A529 Audlem Road at Corbrook Cottages on 6th March for work by Airband, between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Also, as you may have seen on AOL, Green Lane will be closed from Wednesday 6th March to Friday 8th March. (posted 28th February)

In case you missed it, Audlem Post Office will be closing after Saturday 2nd March until Post Office ltd can find a new operator. (posted 28th February)

CEC has now refused the request to reconsider the parking charges plan mentioned below (posted 24th February)

The decision by Cheshire East Council to introduce parking charges at previously free car parks and hike prices elsewhere has been called-in by Rachel Bailey, and a petition has been launched by a Middlewich resident calling for a no-confidence vote in the council leader. (posted 21st February)

You may have seen the report on AOL concerning a spillage of agricultural slurry in Audlem. There are also reports on Nantwich News and Cheshire Live concerning the potential effect on the river Weaver, which should have been restocked witrh fish about now after a previous pollution incident. (posted 15th February)

You may have seen on AOL that there are plans to close Coole Lane until March 22nd for bridge repair. The one,network website is also showing that  Green Lane should be closed near the Whitchurch Road junction in Audlem from the 14th until the 16th for jetting work (I can't verify that this is currently taking place), and that there is a planned closure of the A529 Audlem Road in Nantwich  near Batherton Lane from the 19th until the 23rd for resurfacing work. (posted 13th February)

There will be local elections on Thursday 2nd May, to choose the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire. The deadline to register to vote is midnight on 16 April 2024. (posted 10th February)

Cheshire East Council are set to outline spending plans for the year ahead. The council’s corporate policy committee is meeting on 13 February to agree and recommend the draft budget for 2024/25 to the meeting of full council on 27 February. (posted 10th February)

In case you missed it, the Post Office business in Audlem has been sold and will be closed for some time, from 2nd March. (posted 8th February)

The potholes of Station Road, Wrenbury, have apparently made national headlines, according to Nantwich News and Cheshire Live. (posted 7th February)

Some residents may be customers of Hales Sawmills in Market Drayton. There is an article in the Shropshire Star about the founder of the company, still working at the age of 96.

The mains water pressure in Hankelow which was reduced this morning (Sunday 4th) now seems to have been restored. This was probably related to a "water event" reported on AOL (posted 4th February)

The mains water pressure in Hankelow is reduced this morning (Sunday 4th). This is probably related to a "water event" which is the subject of a report on AOL. No time is given for when it will be fixed. (posted 4th February)

Nantwich News have published an article about a recent event for pre-school youngsters which took place in the White Lion. (posted 31st January)

Nantwich News have posted a lot of pictures of last weekend's Holly Holy Day event. (posted 29th January)