Vacancy For Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer

Due to circumstances beyond our control the Parish Council is having to advertise for the above post and wishes to recruit for a Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer to take up office by the October 2019 Parish Council meeting.  Below are two pdf Documents:

The formal advertisement: 20190827 advert-for-part-time-clerk-Utkinton and Cotebrook

The Outline Job Description: Clerk Job Description 20190827

Should you wish to apply, please do so via email to:

Francis Tunney, Chair, Utkinton and Cotebrook Parish Council

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Planning Application 19/03090/FUL. Forest Farm, Heaths Lane

You may, or not be aware that a Planning Application to redevelop the barns at Forest Farm on Heaths Lane, Utkinton into seven (7) 3 – 4 bedroom dwellings and the existing milking parlour and hay barns will be used.  Utkinton and Cotebrook Parish Council is seeking your views, for or against, this development. Links to the formal application can be found here:

You are able to submit your comments online.  If, however, you would like to add them to the Parish Council submission, please email them directly to

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Healthy Living Workshop – 31st October, Holmes Chapel

HEALTHY LIVING HALF-DAY WORKSHOP – in partnership with Arnie Skelton at Effective Training

Thursday 31st October 10.00am – 2.00pm – Holmes Chapel Community Centre

£55 per person – inclusive of morning refreshments and lunch

Many thanks to those of you who responded to my request for expressions of interest.  Due to the positive response I got we have decided to go ahead with the event.  I do hope you, your family, friends or colleagues will still be able to support us.

Who is this workshop for?

Anyone who has a personal interest in their own health and well-being, and/or helping others live healthier lives, such as children, family, friends, customers and work colleagues.  This is particularly important when we consider that a number of our ‘staffing’ issues are centred around stress or other mental health issues.  This workshop will help us better understand the issues and how we might be part of the solution.


What will I get by attending?

  • a complete picture of how the mind and body can work together to create a healthy life
  • a live example of what success looks like, and how it happened
  • a clear understanding of how nutrition works, and how and why food works on the body and the mind
  • strategies to create a permanent healthy living lifestyle, rather than a series of yo-yo diets or fads; this includes healthy eating, and low investment, high return exercise
  • practical hints and tips to identify then remove typical barriers, blocks and behaviours that get in the way of putting what you want to do into effective action

What does the session look like?

  • As you arrive: a looped slide show of some amazing facts and figures…
  • welcome, introductions, outline of the day
  • Arnie’s story: a personal journey that demonstrates how life can change easily, quickly, cheaply, and for the better
  • Anna’s expertise: how our bodies have evolved to eat; how different foods and eating patterns impact on our bodies; navigating the health maze; the personal benefits you can get from eating healthily; and how to make it easy and enjoyable
  • Arnie’s top 20 hints and tips for blockbusting unhelpful habits, thoughts and behaviours
  • A Q&A session

At the end of the morning – over the lunch period – there will be the opportunity for a 15-minute 1-1 session with Arnie or Anna.  You will be able to book your ‘slot’ on the day.

This event is not limited to Clerks and Councillors.  If you have family, friends or colleagues who you think might benefit or be interested in such an opportunity then do please sign them up too!

To book your place(s) contact Hazel or Nikki at:

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Hedging your bets!

We’ve had a couple of requests from residents across the Parish for all landowners (and that includes households) to trim back their hedges where they are overhanging pavements or roads.  Now that its September you can safely do it.

There are examples where overhangs make it difficult to walk and some, on narrow lanes, that make it hazardous to drive, cycle or ride safely.

Please take a look.

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Parish Clerk Role still open.

We have tried to edit the post that says; ‘…Role filled’ but for some reason cannot.


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The Weather Vane atop St John and the Holy Cross

I was told, yesterday that the weather vane on the steeple at St John and the Holy Cross in Cotebrook had been refurbished – looks resplendent and when the sun shines (I said when!) it glistens brightly.

I understand that one of the local parishioners contributed towards this – well done indeed.

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Neighbourhood Plan Consultation today

A public consultation meeting to consolidate the Utkinton and Cotebrook Draft Neighbourhood Plan will held in Utkinton Village Hall today, between 2pm and 4pm and members of the steering committee will be there to answer any questions you may have and listen to any comments that you might like to add.

The next stages will be validation by Cheshire Community Action and then Cheshire West and Chester before submitting a FINAL Draft for scrutiny.

This is an important part of the process – please come along and have YOUR say.

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Recent Planning Applications

The Parish Council has been in ‘recess’ since mid-July and a number of Planning applications have been received.  This post lists those received and, where appropriate, any actions being taken by the PC.

19/03090/FUL | Alterations and conversion of existing farm buildings to form seven residential units. Complete with access, associated parking, turning and landscaping | Forest Farm Heaths Lane Cotebrook Tarporley CW6 0JW

19/02765/OHL | Existing 11kv overhead line to be increased to Three Phase | Land At Grid Ref 356137 365669 Hollins Hill Utkinton Tarporley

19/02732/FUL | Single storey infill extension to link into garage conversion, two storey front and first floor rear extension and front porch | Pool End Cottage Oulton Mill Lane Rushton Tarporley CW6 9DT (NB, This is actually within Cotebrook)

19/02541/OUT – revised submission for ‘Old Haulage Yard’ Cotebrook (NB, this is actually listed as

19/01315/OUT | Erection of four dwellings | Land Adjacent Fox and Barrel Public House Tarporley Road Cotebrook Tarporley CW6 9DZ

The Parish Council has submitted its objection to this application along with other consultees.


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Change of Date – Utkinton Quiz Night

Just been told that the provisional date for this annual test of knowledge has been changed from October to 23rd November 2019.

Each year the ‘Quiz’ sees up to 10 teams (they can squeeze more in) of 6 dredging their grey cells for answers to some seriously baffling questions.

Its £5 entry, refreshments are available and there is usually a pretty good prize (or two) for the winning team.

If you would like to enter a team, please contact Richard Francis on either 01829 752551‬ or

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Draft Neighbourhood Plan Consultation 7 September, Utkinton

The Steering Group of the Neighbourhood Plan invite you to a consultation with regard to the Draft Plan and surveys circulated a few (6) weeks ago and this far some 10% of households across the Parish have responded.

The Steering Group would welcome your input and would like to understand how the Draft Plan can be improved, so your comments are very welcome.

The Consultation will take place on Saturday 7th September between 2pm and 4pm at Utkinton Village Hall, John Street.  Refreshments will be available and the Steering Group will be available to answer any questions you may have.


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