Utkinton and Cotebrook Parish Council

What a month it has been … the EU Referendum result certainly took many by surprise, but now it’s down to the politicians to make it happen, if there are any parties left standing after all the resignations and challenges!

Annual Garden Fete –in conjunction with Willington and a splendid affair it was too; “Villagers from both Parishes enjoyed the picturesque surroundings of Tirley Garth Gardens with the lawns full of Gazebos, decorated with brightly-coloured bunting, to prepare for all weathers! The Utkinton School Rose Queens arrived in style to glorious sunshine, by horse-drawn carriage, greeted by Professor and Mrs Redmond.

Tarporley High School ‘Blues Disciples’ and the South Cheshire Ballet and Theatre School entertained us, with their music and dance displays and there was fun for all! Circus Skills with Lia the Acrobat, Coconut Shy and Hoopla, the Cheshire Fire Service, Tombola, Kid’s play equipment, ‘X’ marks the spot Treasure Hunt and the Raffle. Spectators and players enjoyed the football tournament and visitors relaxed over afternoon tea, courtesy of the W.I. in the tearooms.” Report from Liza Hardstaff.

New Parish Clerk – Sandie McBennett takes over from Alex Stubbs who has served for a number of years. We will miss Alex but here is what Sandie has to say; “I’m a seasoned Administrator and Clerk, fairly new to Parish Clerking having been appointed Clerk to Church Minshull Parish Council 18 months ago and Duddon shortly after.  I have also been Clerk to the Governors at many CWAC Schools.  I enjoy the role and supporting Councillors with the initiatives they champion and problems they help solve.  Working for rural Parish Councils is very rewarding; I live in one too!”

The Defibrillator has landed … to be located at Rose farm Shop. We now begin to look for a coordinator and a number of first aid trained volunteers – if you can help please get in touch.

Playground update – We are in the midst of some fairly complex discussions with the Diocese of Chester (all the way up to Bishop Forster), CWaC, the school and the PTA about the lease and whether the school playing field has sufficient space to house a playground as well as the football field, running track and other elements – watch this space.

Housing Needs Survey –we got 22.5% response and the findings concurred, broadly, with those in the Parish Plan of 2013.  We will be submitting it to CWaC as an addendum to our Parish Plan and an aid to decision making around the knotty subject of housing developments across our two villages – if you didn’t complete it please do so – more information is always welcome.  It will be available on the website as a download soon.

Frank Tunney

Chair – Utkinton and Cotebrook Parish Council


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