Pavement & Gully Weeds

CWaC have advised that they are beginning their program re spraying of weeds on pavements & gullies (channels on the road) week commencing 17th July and they will advise when they will be in Utkinton & Cotebrook Parish.

Should anyone wish to report issues with weeds, this can done via the link below:

Click on StreetCare pledge at the top of the page, then report Grass problems.

This will then open a form and you can select weeds from that.

CWaC have also asked that we also include where exactly the weeds are –

On the backline (at the back of the pavement near the wall of the house) or on the kerbside or in the channels (on the road) it would help us enormously.

A photograph can also be included showing the weeds.

We will publish the exact date of spraying once we are advised of this.

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Road Obstruction

A large cardboard box full of rubbish is blocking one side of Utkinton Road.

This is on the left hand side of the road as you travel from Utkinton into Tarporley.

This has been reported to Highways 16.55 on 11th July (fault no 4838352) and they are going to get someone out to sort this out.

Please be aware that as well as the box obstructing the road, it’s contents are also spilling out.

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War Memorial Fund … Thank you!

We have just passed our original target of £3,500 and the additional funds will allow us to provide a permanent indoor memorial in the form of a ‘Roll of Honour’ Board in Utkinton Village Hall.

This page lists all the contributors thus far and we hope that we can rely on your support to make our commemorations even more special.

Over the next couple of months we will write to all households in the Parish telling you of our plans for the commemoration and how you can participate.



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Issues raised with Cheshire West & Chester Council (CWaC)

The Parish Council took on board feedback from Residents on the following issues-

  • Road Works at John Street, Utkinton
  • Changes to the Community Bus Service

and raised a complaint with CWaC.

Below is the letter we sent to them and their response.

Letter to CEO re John Street road repairs

Reply from CWaC re Complaint Letter

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Utkinton Garden Fete

The last day of ‘blazing June’ and it was a wonderful afternoon at Tirley Garth – so some thanks …

  • First off to Richard Francis, Suzanne Lunt, Susie Wilson, Steph Wrather, Gaz Coyne, and all the ladies of Utkinton WI who fed and watered the crowds.
  • Then to the wonderful crew of car parkers, tent erectors, table shifters and their multiple other tasks.
  • Next to all the stall-holders and their assistants for all the goods on display.
  • Crewe Concert Band for a wonderful musical backdrop.
  • Infinity Dance Group – enchanting.
  • Utkinton School Choir – brilliant.
  • Tarporley Amateur Dramatic Society for the playlet – ‘The Utkinton Boys’ – a moving glimpse into life in the Parish during WW1
  • To Reverend Georgina Wattmore and the Lord Lieutenant, David Briggs for their official opening of the event.
  • To Julie and Sadie for organising and leading the Rose Queen and to the incoming Rose Queen for being so wonderful – and to Mrs Briggs for the ‘coronation’
  • And last but never least to Professor and Mrs Redmond for allowing us to use the wonderful grounds of Tirley Garth and this year for adding a little sparkle by having so many local dignitaries to attend.
  • Oh, and you the residents of our Parish for supporting the event once again.

If I have missed anyone, my profuse apologies, but the list gets longer each year.


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Erecting our Silent Soldier

On a blazing hot June day the Silent Soldier, kindly donated by Mr Ian Priestner, was placed firmly into the corner of John Street and Big Field Lane, Utkinton.  Our Vice-Chair, Graham Stewart, and his son did the honours and both are pictured here.

It will serve as a reminder of the significance of 2018 as the centenary of the cessation of hostilities across Europe although the Peace Treaty was not signed officially until June 1919.


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Temporary Road Closure – A54 Bye Pass Road

We have been advised of the following road closure:

Please note the following temporary road closure to enable Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council to carry out Lining Works. The works are due to commence on 5th July 2018 and are expected to last for two nights.

Bye Pass Road, Chester Road – from Pool Lane to Tarvin Roundabout.  Works to be done off peak between 20:00hours to 06:00hours.

Access to properties and for emergency vehicles will be maintained.

Our reference is TRO3937

The diversion route is below

TRO 3937 A54 Tarvin


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Some help please – a Quotation

Good morning Utkinton and Cotebrook.

For sometime I have been pondering the quotation inscribed on our War Memorial, it reads:


“Greater love hath no man than this (we know that this first line is from John 15:13)

They gave their hearts to their homes

They gave their lives to their country

They gave their souls to God”

I had thought it might be from Canon Hughes, but can find no reference except in the Tarporley Newsletter of September 1918, which simply states the inscription.

Can you help in any way?

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Sandstone Ridge Trust – looking for volunteers

Volunteering is a great way to learn new skills, make friends, keep fit, and make a real difference to the protection and conservation of this special part of the Cheshire countryside and people’s use and enjoyment of it.

Many organisations up and down the Sandstone Ridge offer opportunities for volunteering, to fit with your interests and the amount of time you have to offer. These include the Sandstone Ridge Trust, National Trust, Cheshire Wildlife Trust, Woodland Trust, English Heritage, Ramblers’ Association, Mersey Forest and Cheshire West and Cheshire East Councils to name a few!

There are lots of ways to volunteer:

  • Leading guided walks
  • Practical conservation tasks such as woodland management, grassland restoration, wetland restoration, hedgerow planting
  • Access improvements including footpath repair, stile installations, waymarking and fencing
  • Wildlife surveys and archaeological research
  • Photographic monitoring
  • Media and communications activities, for example, helping to design and draft newsletters, writing blogs and keeping websites up to date.

Contact us to discuss further. We would love to hear from you!

The Sandstone Ridge Trust has a number of volunteer roles currently available.

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War Memorial planters

Two very kind ladies in the village have each donated a planter and they are in place.  You know who you are but thank you very much.



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