If you are wavering …

… about contributing to the Neighbourhood Plan process, then I would recommend that you watch a rerun of BBC’s ‘Countryfile’ from last night – it highlighted many of the issues that face rural communities such as ours and that community voices need to be heard.

The ‘Vision and Objectives Survey’ that was posted through your door officially closed on Friday but I know that they are still accepting returns, so why not help our two communities create a Neighbourhood Plan that means something to every part of the Parish.

If you have mislaid your copy of the survey, or simply want to get other members of your family to contribute, or even know someone who hasn’t returned the forms then get in touch with the Steering Group Chair – Tony Dahill on 01829 733701 or email him on anthony.dahill@btinternet.com .  You know it makes sense.


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State of Roads in the Parish

The Parish Clerk has spent time over the last few days in reporting potholes and damaged road signs to Cheshire West & Chester Council (CWaC)

Hopefully, these will be addressed and resolved asap.

It isn’t too difficult to report faults either over the phone  0300 123 7036, via SMYLE or via their website https://cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/residents/contact-us/report-it/potholes-and-road-faults.

It would be good if everyone reported the highways issues which bug them to CWaC as it would be nice to think that the more people who report the same issues, then they might get resolved.

Anita Langford                                                                                                                      Parish Clerk

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CWaC Budget Consultation

CWaC have an online consultation about their spending plans for next years (2019 – 2021) and are inviting residents to comment and have their say.  Its quite easy to do and your voice (or typing) could help to make a difference.

This link should take you to the page. (http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/CWaCDeliveringYourPriorities2018/  

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Thanks to our Donors

Yesterday evening, Tuesday 13th November 2018, saw the culmination of a years work to remember and commemorate the ten men from our Parish who died in two world wars.

At a packed Utkinton Village Hall we saw Alexis Redmond MBE, High Sheriff of Cheshire and her husband Professor Phil Redmond CBE unveil a ‘Roll of Honour’ that lists all ten and also displays their Cap Badges.

Designed by Utkinton and Cotebrook Parish Council and signwritten by Carl Tickle of ‘Cheshire Brush‘ with the badges being mounted by ‘Dave Evans Joinery’, the Roll of Honour sits in Utkinton Village Hall for all to see.

Alongside the Roll of Honour the Parish Council has overseen the refurbishment of its War Memorial, the stone for which was donated by the, then, residents of Tirley Garth, Mrs Prestwich in August or September of 1918.

The Parish Council sought public support and was lucky enough to find it in the shape of Prof. and Mrs Redmond along with Bill and Julie Holroyd of the ‘Holroyd Foundation’ plus many residents from the two villages and overall a total of almost £4,700 was raised.  This helped to fund the refurbishment of the Memorial, a focal point in the Parish that was undertaken by Finesse Masonry during the summer of 2018 almost exactly 100 years since it was first laid.

The picture below was taken at last night’s event which raised around £127.00 to be donated to the Royal British Legion ‘Poppy Fund’

Thank you all for attending.

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ONLY ONE full day to go …

Sounds dramatic doesn’t it!

But your input could help to make our Neighbourhood Plan a successful one. If you haven’t returned the ‘Visions and Objectives’ survey, then you still have the rest of today to return it to any of the boxes at Cotebrook Village Hall or Rose Farm Shop or direct to Tony Dahill at Bramble Bank, John Street, in Utkinton.

Tony reported that they have had a reasonable response but would like to push up the numbers. It’s really easy to complete and only takes a few minutes to help the Steering Group compile a plan that could mean a better future for you and your family.

REMEMBER, to be in with a chance of winning one of the two Rose Farm vouchers you need to put your name and contact details – but don’t worry about confidentiality, it all complies with GDPR.

Go on, you know it makes sense!

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Hugely gratifying response

Today we held our WW1 Commemoration and had a larger than expected turn out – the count varied between 70 and 90 depending on where you stood.




There were some wonderfully evocative readings:

  • From Graham Stewart – a presentation from the BBC TV Programme ’37 Days’
  • From Harrison Hughes – ‘In Flanders Fields’ by John McRae
  • From Roger Barnes – The names on the ‘Shrine
  • Harrison also laid the wreath and placed miniature crosses for each of the men on the shrine.


We were graced by seven riders, two of whom were in authentic WW1 uniform and villagers from near and far.


After the brief ceremony the WI welcomed any who stayed to soup and a roll in the village hall – a real treat with five truly home made soups, hearty and warming in a convivial atmosphere.  Many thanks to the ladies of Utkinton WI who did our visitors proud.


We sold a number of booklets (‘Those we lost’ from UCPC and ‘Tarporley Memorial Walk’ from Tarporley Remembers) and a total of £100 was collected – thank you indeed, this will go to the Royal British Legion ‘Poppy Appeal’

Stewards did a sterling job marshalling the stretch of road between Northgate Lower and Quarry Bank and passing motorists all took heed of what was going on.

All in all a fitting commemoration.

(Our thanks to Bronwyn Kelly, Matt Tunney and Jen Tunney for the photographs)
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A bit of a retraction …

… we have to apologise in advance for a mix up that is a tad reminiscent of ‘Send three and fourpence, we are going to a dance!’ (For those who don’t know what we are talking about this started of in the First World War as; “Send reinforcements we are going to advance!”)

Well, we may have misinterpreted a message that we received about the 5 horsemen attending the Utkinton and Cotebrook Commemoration on Sunday 11th November.  We had interpreted the message as five horsemen in uniform and this is wrong.  They are, indeed, Cheshire horsemen, may not be in uniform but are paying homage to these men in their own way.

Our profuse apologies, but we hope you will still come and help us commemorate the nine men of Utkinton and Cotebrook who lost their lives in the four years of WW1.

Francis Tunney

Chair, Utkinton and Cotebrook PC


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Remembrance Day – Sunday 11th November 2018

Venue:                   Utkinton War Memorial, John Street

Timing:                   Those wishing to attend should assemble from 10:30 and if the weather is inclement, can do so within the Village Hall.

Parking:                  This will be restricted, and we have made arrangements with Rose Farm Shop for short-term parking there.

Traffic Diversions: There will be traffic diversions in place via; Lower Northgate, Northbrook Road and Quarry Bank and marshals will be in place.  If coming from or going to Willington then please be aware that residents and a small troop of horses will be assembled at the junction of John Street and Quarry Bank and traffic will be single file only.

Post the event:      Immediately after the commemoration, restrictions will be removed and those attending will be invited to the Village Hall for refreshments.


Unveiling of the Utkinton and Cotebrook ‘Roll of Honour’ – Tuesday 13th November

Venue:                   Utkinton Village Hall, John Street

Timing:                   Guests may start arriving at approximately 18:30 with the Unveiling beginning at 19:00 Prompt.  It is anticipated that the ceremony will take 5 – 10 minutes and following that there will be a short period leading up to the Parish Council Meeting at 19:30. Refreshments will be available.

Parking:                 Parking at the Village Hall will be restricted to honoured guests and any residents or Councillors may use Rose Farm Shop Car Park.  There will be no parking on John Street outside the Village Hall.

Traffic Diversions:  None will be in place.

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‘Those We Lost’ Commemorative Booklet

Details of a booklet to remember those who we lost can be found by clicking on this link and navigating to its own page.

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War Memorial Commemoration …

Way back in August 2014, we commemorated the outbreak of WW1 and were lucky enough to have this magnificent horse and rider representing the Cheshire Yeomanry.

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Well, we have just heard that we will be able to welcome not one, but five mounted soldiers on Sunday 11th November to help us commemorate the cessation of hostilities, the nine men from our villages and the newly refurbished War Memorial.

We hope that you will be able to join us for the ceremony and some refreshments after in the village hall.

We will be gathering from around 10:30 and the ceremony will begin at 11:00 prompt.


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