Tarporley Parish Council – November newsletter

Christmas Lights Event – Saturday 1st December

New Location

The Tarporley Christmas Lights event will be on Saturday 1st December from 6pm to 7.30pm. This year, the event will take place between the entrance to St Helen’s Church and the 4 shops set back off the High Street opposite The Old Fire Station Chocolate Shop. Also, the way the village is lit up for Christmas is going to be different this year.

Road Closure

To make the event safer this year, the stretch of Tarporley High Street between the two ends of Park Road will be closed – from 5pm to 8pm to allow time for set up and pack down. There will be access for emergency vehicles, but any other vehicles left parked in this area will be not be able to be moved until after the event. Access to Park Road will be unchanged.

New Attractions

Along with the usual stalls, band, roast chestnuts, mulled wine, choirs, carol singing and, of course, Santa, there will be some added attractions this year. There will be live reindeer, along with their elf handlers. The Done Room pre-school children will be singing for the first time and the High School have been invited to provide some additional entertainment, following the usual carol singing by the Primary School and Decibellas choirs. Dayinsure, a short-term insurance company based Tarporley, have offered to design and supply a new Santa Grotto. Incidentally, now that their design work has started, Dayinsure have discovered that one of their employees won the “Shed of the Year” competition a few years ago.

Tarporley Remembers 2018

This Christmas will be 100 years since the first Christmas following the end of WW1 and next year the Tarporley War Memorial Hospital will be celebrating their centenary. The Christmas Lights event will therefore be an opportunity to mark the transition from Tarporley Remembers 2018 to the Hospital’s Centenary Celebrations.

Organisation, Sponsorship and Involvement

The Christmas Lights event is organised by the Parish Council and many individuals, organisations and businesses get involved to make it one of the most popular annual community events in the village. The event is free to attend; any money raised at the stalls is in aid of local charities – in particular, Tarporley War Memorial Hospital. If you, your organisation or business are not already involved but would like to be – even if only to sponsor some part of it – then please contact the Parish Clerk by email at clerk@tarporley.org.uk  or call 07446 473280 or 07943 382493.

Further Details

Further details will be available nearer the date so keep an eye out for announcements in local press, social media and village notice boards.


Community Speed Watch Scheme

Several residents have volunteered over the last month to assist with a “Speed Watch” scheme but more are needed to make this scheme work. If you are concerned about speeding in the village and would like to help, then please email the Parish Council Clerk at  clerk@tarporley.org.uk or call 07446 473280 or 07943 382493.


Community Gritting Scheme

As we approach winter it is worth a reminder that Tarporley Parish Council operates a Community Gritting Scheme – to grit the pavements and footpaths where you live.

CWAC Council do not grit pavements and footpaths in Tarporley. The central High Street and main car parks are gritted by the Parish Council but residential areas and routes into the village are not done unless volunteers do them.

Volunteers need to be registered with the Parish Council to be covered by the Parish Council insurance. Training, equipment, materials and insurance will be provided.

Full details of the scheme and a registration form are contained in a Community Gritting Training Pack. You will need to complete the registration form at the end of the training pack and email it to us to sign up and become a volunteer.

More details are available at www.tarporley.org.uk/community-gritting-scheme/ or from the Parish Clerk at clerk@tarporley.org.uk or call 07446 473280 or 07943 382493.