A ‘brand new’ venture – well kind of!

Over the next few weeks we will be featuring some of the new businesses coming to our Parish – this is the first.

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Unit 3, Rose Farm Units

Utkinton, Tarporley, CW6 0LP

Telephone: 07792 193508

Hi, as a new local start up business we have recently opened our new workshop/showroom at Rose Farm Utkinton and we thought it may be of interest to the local residents and residents in surrounding areas to know what we do.

Landfill Angels Rescue, Recycle and Relove unwanted furniture that would have otherwise been destined for landfill.  The rescue is us collecting what people have tired of that would be destined for the tip or firewood, we recycle/upcycle using Frenchic Furniture Paint that is both ethical and environmentally friendly and the relove is the pieces going on to be resold in our workshop/showroom at Rose Farm.

We are a mother and daughter operation was born in a barn of a previous property we lived at whilst trying to fill up spaces in our home.  We found that the new furniture on offer was somewhat mass produced and of very poor quality with no character or story to tell. We started our journey by scouring charity shops for small pieces like magazine racks and side tables which we then painted and reused in our home.

There are several apps and websites where people list unwanted items which we are registered to as these days its very expensive to dispose of furniture using the councils large and bulky item service and sometimes due to the weight and size of older furniture, its difficult without a van to transport to the local recycling centres which are rapidly filling up.  This is where we found our niche.

We are soon to be stockists of the UK’s leading Furniture Paint ‘Frenchic’ and examples of our work can be found across all social media platforms by searching Landfill Angels in Facebook, Instagram, & Etsy where we have an online shop.

We would love make local residents aware that they don’t have to dispose of unwanted furniture to landfill.  Contact us ‘The Angels’ and we can make arrangements to view and collect any unwanted furniture items.

It would be nice if you could come and visit us to see and hear first hand what we do and if this is something you and your colleagues would be interested in then please do not hesitate to contact us on 07792 193508 or info@landfillangels.com to make arrangements.  We are open 7 days a week.

Watch our video here: https://www.facebook.com/LandfillAngels/videos/618138548733444/

Best regards

Sharon & Chloe Wilson

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Utkinton and Cotebrook VE Day Celebrations

You will, no doubt, have heard that the date of the Early May Bank Holiday has been moved to Friday 8th May 2020 and that the Government are proposing national and local celebrations.  We know that Tarporley might have a ‘street party’ so too will Little Budworth.  This was discussed in outline at the Parish Council on Tuesday 11th February and we would love to hear your views.

The Parish Council is considering how Utkinton and Cotebrook should mark this event and will be holding an open meeting immediately prior to the next Parish Council Meeting in Utkinton Village Hall on Tuesday 10th March, from 7:00pm to 7:30 pm, please come and give us your views.

This isn’t a competition, but we are putting some ideas forward for discussion. All ideas will be considered along with offers of help from residents, businesses and community groups.

  • The Parish Council would host a single celebration – possibly at Rose Farm (like the Jubilee Celebrations)
  • For each Village Hall Committee to host celebrations in the two villages
  • For the Parish to join the proposed Tarporley Street Party.

In any event we would like to have as many of our Parishioners who might have lived through the original VE Day on 8th May 1945, to attend and, perhaps, to gather their memories of the events and any photos they may have.

Please contact us via utkintonandcotebrookclerk@gmail.com if you would like to attend the public meeting.

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Advanced warning – road closure (Tirley Lane)

I’ve just been told that Tirley Lane will be closed (although there will be access for residents) to enable contractors to mark the road as follows:

  • Zig-Zag outside the school on Tirley Lane
  • Junction marking at the junction of Quarry Bank and Tirley Lane
  • Junction marking at the junction of Heaths Lane and Tirley Lane
  • Various ‘SLOW’ markings on Tirley Lane

We do not, as yet, have a TRO for this but it is likely to take place on Monday 17th February (Storm Dennis [the menace] permitting).

To any parents of children at the school – PLEASE DO NOT OBSTRUCT the wall adjacent to the school.


Many thanks to Sean Hickton of CWaC Highways for the attached, that arrived milliseconds after I had posted the above:





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VED et al

We had a discussion at the Parish Council on Tuesday about the Tarporley proposals for a street party on Friday 8th May and, to be honest, the feeling around the 8 Councillors present was divided.  For some it was an event we ought to try and remember, for others it was a commemoration too far – but what do you think?  Before we put something in place for our Parish or either of the two communities of Cotebrook or Utkinton, what would you like us to do?  It is a Public or Bank Holiday (moved by someone in high office in Westminster from Monday 4th) and so shops might be closed, or they might not – who knows?

Three options spring to mind;

  • Hold street parties in each of our two communities
  • Prevail upon Rose Farm to have an event (akin to our Jubilee Celebrations in 2012)
  • Open our two village Halls for afternoon tea?

Or we can simply remember that this was the day when ‘Victory in Europe’ ended the war raging across our continent – VJ Day is officially on August 15th, ought we to commemorate that too?  Could you let is know please?

I headed this ‘blog’ with VED et al because the day before, the powers that be have declared an election to be held to elect the next Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC)  for Cheshire West and Chester and on Thursday 7th May our Village Halls will be commandeered for Polling Stations.

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New Parish Councillor

Utkinton and Cotebrook Parish Council are proud to welcome Graham Spencer as the coopted Councillor as of this evening, 11th February 2020.  We are sure that Graham will add greatly to the Council.


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Tonight’s Parish Council

The next meeting of Utkinton and Cotebrook Parish Council will be held at Cotebrook Village Hall starting at 7:30 pm.  We will be coopting a replacement Parish Councillor to bring the Council up to 9 who are:

  • Chair – Cllr F Tunney
  • Deputy Chair – Cllr J Hughes
  • Cllr M Atkinson
  • Cllr R Barnes
  • Cllr T Burford
  • Cllr A Dahill
  • Cllr A Needham
  • Cllr G Stewart

Plus a candidate for cooption (TBA).

Public are welcome to attend and raise any matters pertaining to the Parish in a 15 minute session at the beginning of the meeting.

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Guests welcome to a WI evening

Just learned that Utkinton WI would welcome the guests and partners of members, to an evening that promises much;

Wednesday February 12th –   Utkinton Village Hall; 7:30 pm

Utkinton WI – Peter Folan will be talking about “Birds and their secrets”

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A wonderful evening in Cotebrook

Yesterday we went to Cotebrook Village Hall for an ‘Evening of romantic music’ (with added snacks) and were (Vale) royally entertained by the ‘Vale Royal Singers‘ – they were superb and it made a very pleasant change from TV.  Thanks to the Hall Committee for organising it and also to the ‘catering crew’, Tracy, Trudy, Marian, Lesley and Les for the seemingly endless stream of snacks.

Vale Royal Singers


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Notice of Vacancy for Parish Councillor to be co-opted

5 February 2020

Notice of Vacancy for Parish Councillor to be co-opted

Following the resignation of Parish Councillor I Priestner, a vacancy exists on Utkinton and Cotebrook Parish Council, to be filled by co-option.

Applications are welcomed from those living in the Parish and who fulfil the ‘Eligibility Criteria’ (see below).  Interested parties should submit a letter of application or email, explaining why they would like to be a Parish Councillor, and detailing what they would bring to the role, to:

Mrs. Diane Jones

Utkinton and Cotebrook Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer

c/o ‘Fir Tree Cottage’

Fir Tree Lane

Littleton, CH3 7DG

Email: utkintonandcotebrookclerk@gmail.com

By: 5pm Monday 10th February

If there is more than one applicant, applicants may be invited to attend an interview at the meeting of the Parish Council to be held on Tuesday 11th February 2020 at 7:30 pm in Cotebrook Village Hall (we apologise for the short notice.)

Any person can be elected as a councillor if they are:

  1. a British national, commonwealth citizen or a euro-national on the day they are nominated and
  2. 18 years of age or over and
  3. on the day they are nominated and thereafter they continue to be a local government elector for the area of the authority
  4. or has during the whole of the twelve months preceding that day occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in that area
  5. or their principal or only place of work during that twelve months has been in that area
  6. or during the whole of those twelve months has resided in that area
  7. or in the case of a member of a parish, town or community council has during the whole of those twelve months resided either in the parish or community or within three miles of it
  8. or has not been disqualified.


Diane Jones

Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer

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Utkinton Village Hall Management Committee – AGM

This will be held in Utkinton Village Hall on Thursday 25th February from 7:00pm.

This is the draft agenda, should you wish to attend and contribute to the meeting, you will be most welcome.  The Management Committee would also like to ask for nominations to the committee.

Utkinton Village Hall AGM 2020 (Word Document)

Utkinton Village Hall AGM 2020   (PDF)

Utkinton Village Hall – Annual General Meeting, 2020

This meeting will be held on Tuesday 25th February 2020 in Utkinton Village Hall from 7:00 pm

Residents are welcome to offer their thoughts on the hall, how it is used and the facilities it offers.

Draft Agenda:

Minutes of the last meeting held February 2019       Graham Stewart

Outgoing Chairman’s Report

2019 – 2020 Financial Statement

Appointment of Chair and Treasurer for the period February 2020 to January 2021 (nominations from Committee Members and the Public are welcome – please forward to Francis Tunney – see below)

Members of the Management Committee are welcome to participate in discussions

Other issues to be discussed:

  • The future hall user income
    • Replacing groups that have left or closed
    • Ideas for new groups
  • Improvements to the car park
  • The Sports court
    • Increasing membership
    • Changes to use
  • Improving car parking
  • Participation in the annual Garden Party
  • Utkinton ‘Member’s Club’
  • Village Hall website and social media

Should you wish to put forward issues for discussion, please forward to utkintonvillagehall@gmail.com or by post to:

Francis Tunney

Long Meadow, Tirley Lane

Utkinton CW6 0JZ

07860 917446

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