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Information about the South Cheshire village of Hankelow

Old notices will typically be removed from the Notices page and placed here when they become redundant or are more than three months old. Links may be broken and pictures may have disappeared.

Also available are old notices for 2019

Everyone welcome to a Family Fun Day at Hankelow Hall

Following the wedding, there will be a Charity event today (Saturday, August 14th)  from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Hankelow Hall, in aid of Alder Hey Children’s Charity. The event is in memory of Ava Fellows who was treated at Alderhey Children’s Hospital. It will be a family fun day with a bar, food, ice cream, bouncy castles, live entertainment, DJ and much more!

A Raffle and Auction will be held with some amazing donations from local companies - from meal vouchers to Road bikes and Signed Man United T-Shirts. Everyone welcome, and of course - donations welcome too! Click on the link to go to the Justgiving page.

Spitfire Flyover

There is to be a big wedding at Hankelow Hall today (Friday August 13th).The Bridesmaids will be travelling from the Hall to Audlem Church in a horse-drawn carriage at about 1:00 p.m., followed by the Bride, Kirk and Beverley's daughter Vicky, at about 1:15 to 1:20. p.m.

In the evening as part of the celebrations, a Spitfire Flyover and aerobatics display has been arranged. Villagers are invited to walk down to the driveway of Hankelow Hall at 7:00 p.m. to get the best view of the display, which will involve some very low flying. However, if you do walk down there please respect the wedding celebrations and do not go beyond the driveway.

As part the display, Battle of Britain music will play, there will be sirens sounding and a firework display including mortars which will simulate the sound of battle. It could be a noisy few minutes!

Woolfall Manor Farm

We have been asked if anyone has any old pictures or historical information concerning Woolfall Manor Farm, Longhill lane.

If you have, or know of any such pictures please contact us.

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This item was submitted by Lucille Warburton

Yard Sale at Westholme Farm

There will be a Yard Sale at Westholme Farm on Audlem Road in Hankelow on June 12th, from 10:30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.

All proceeds will be donated to the NSPCC and riding for the disabled.

Westholme Farm is on the east side of the A529, just south of the village green in Hankelow.

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This item was submitted by the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

Neighbourhood Plan Referendum Result

The Hankelow Neighbourhood Plan Referendum result was published on May 9th - you can see the declaration below.

Thank you to everyone who voted!

NP referendum result

This item was submitted by the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

Hankelow Neighbourhood Plan Referendum

A Referendum will take place on Thursday, May 6th in the Hankelow Community Hall, to decide the following question, yes or no:-

“Do you want Cheshire East Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Hankelow to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”

What is the referendum?

It is a legally binding vote of residents of Hankelow to choose if they want to adopt the Neighbourhood Plan. Residents should already have received a voting card or postal vote if they are registered to vote.

What does a Neighbourhood Plan do?

If adopted by the parish’s residents the Neighbourhood Plan would become a legal planning document. It would form part of the local development plan for Cheshire East, and have significant weight in making decisions on planning applications.

What happens if the Neighbourhood Plan isn’t agreed through the outcome of the referendum?

Decisions on planning within the Hankelow parish area will be made by Cheshire East Planning Dept using the Cheshire East Local Plan and the other National planning documents, which do not include specific requirements of individual parishes such as Hankelow.

Do I have to vote?

Whether you vote or not is entirely your decision.

Where can I see the plan?

The Neighbourhood plan together with other relevant documents can be viewed online at:- 

A web search for “Hankelow Neighbourhood Plan” is the quickest way to find the page.

If you are unable to view the plan online, there are some hard copies available. Contact Gin Foster on 01270 811558.

Please vote on Thursday May 6th

Covid-19 information and scams awareness session

Debbie Lindop of Cheshire East sent this information:-

You are invited to attend Cheshire East Councils upcoming online Covid-19 information and scams awareness session. This session is available to all Cheshire East residents and those who volunteer or work within our Communities, so please share within anyone you think would benefit from it.

Criminals are using the Covid-19 pandemic as an opportunity to exploit and defraud members of our communities. The fraudsters are using the uncertainty around peoples financial situations, their loneliness and isolation and the vaccination rollout to profit illegally. In order to try and combat these crimes and to support our community to feel/be safe, our session will focus on the scams which have seen an increase during the pandemic, how to spot them, where to report them and the support available to victims. We will be highlighting the work being carried out in our communities by some of our teams and partners. We will cover the vaccination rollout and provide trusted sources of information on Covid-19 topics, so that everyone can keep up to date with the latest information. You will have the option to ask our speakers questions and following the session we will send you an email detailing the various pieces of information we cover.

Date: 9th February 2021. Start time: 1pm, end time: 3pm

Where: Online (via Microsoft Teams)


Andrew Burrows –  Cheshire East Trading Standards Investigations

Annette Lomas – Cheshire East Adult Safeguarding

Sally Wilson – Age UK Cheshire East

Paul Broadhurst – Cheshire East Community Safety

David Whitfield – Cheshire East Public Health

To book your place on the session, email Closing date for bookings is Monday 8th February 2021. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certificates are available upon request.

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Laptop donation scheme

Debbie Lindop of Cheshire East sent this information:-

The Rotary Club of Nantwich is looking for laptops and tablets

Do you have a laptop or tablet that you no longer need? One of our local computer shops, The Laptop Shop, has kindly agreed to renovate, upgrade and securely wipe (if necessary) for school use They will then be donated to local schools for children who have no or limited ability to access to home internet learning. If the computer is not suitable then it will be recycled responsibly.

If you have any unwanted laptops or tablets for donation, then please ring the Rotary Club of Nantwich on 07973635794 or email and collection will be arranged.  If easier, you can also drop them off at The Laptop Shop, 91 Hospital Street, Nantwich CW5 5RU (but please ring Peter on 01270 620770 first due to Covid restrictions).  Thank you.

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Volunteer Driver Insurance

Debbie Lindop of Cheshire East sent this information:-

We’ve had a couple of queries about volunteer drivers and if still covered under their car insurance, so I thought it would be useful to share this information wider.

It would appear that the previous Association of British Insurers (ABI) scheme of pledges to provide cover for drivers who are volunteering will continue until at least 19/3/21, however, there are different rules for each insurance company about if the insurance company needs to be advised or not. See the full list here.

Please also see links below for further information.

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Thanks from the Browns

On behalf of my husband Tony and myself, we would like to thank all our friends in Hankelow for their lovely and kind thoughts and gifts during our recent dealings with the marvellous Leighton Hospital. We are also reminded by our two daughters how grateful they are for everything that our friends have done in supporting us.

Our youngest daughter has always said ‘Hankelow rocks!!’ true that is.

Eileen and Tony Brown

Once again 'thank you all' !!

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This poem was composed by Jenny Howarth.

Covid - 19

The R rate, it’s getting too high,
Meaning more innocent people will die,
Protests, large groups and so much more,
Please think what your doing, I’m shocked to the core,
It’s a simple request, social distance, keep safe,
It shouldn’t have to be rammed in your face,
It’s not forever, this pandemic will be in our past,
But lets put it there quicker, it’s spreading too fast,
If you look at yourself and think you’ll be fine,
Think of the vulnerable suffering down the line,
It doesn’t take much for this virus to spread,
Family and friends catching it I genuinely dread,
My friends and colleagues, NHS staff,
Are risking their lives, this isn’t a laugh,
It’s much more serious than some people think,
Pushing the country to the absolute brink,
But we can stop this, we can win,
Just listen to the advice and please STAY IN.
It could save your life, your families and friends,
So let’s stop this now and fight for the end.

The poem has also been featured in an article on Nantwich News.

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Theft at Corbrook Lodge

At around 3 am on Sunday morning (8th November) 2 mountain bikes, a petrol driven Stihl leaf blower/sucker, strimmer and an electric sander in a black fabric case were stolen from Corbrook Lodge.

The Stihl leaf blower & strimmer were found dumped or hidden in brambles by the lay-by in the dip between Hankelow & Corbrook. The sander and bikes remain outstanding.

The mountain bikes are junior size & Isla brand – one is grey with luminescent green makers name and the other is turquoise/teal with orange makers name.

The residents have excellent CCTV and also have training shoe prints but would be grateful if anybody with any further information or CCTV covering the Audlem Road - no matter how little - would contact the web site for their details to be forwarded on. There is unlikely to be much traffic at 0300 - 0330 & the bikes may have been ridden away.

Cheshire East is now in the second lockdown.

Since the notice below concerning the Covid alert level was posted, the Government have announced new national restrictions, to apply for four weeks from 00:01 a.m. on Thursday November 5th, until Wednesday December 2nd. You can find out more here.

Deb Lindop of Cheshire East has sent a link to a virtual Village Hall, an initiative by the Royal Voluntary Service, and information about the Council's Covid 19 community response and recovery fund, which is being extended. Also more recruitment and job support is available.

This information was supplied by Deb Lindop, Community Development Officer at Cheshire East Council.

Cheshire East is placed in COVID alert level ‘High’

The Prime Minister has announced details of new local COVID alert levels which give local authorities, residents and workers information about what to do and how to manage the outbreak in their area.
The new three tier alert system sets out localised restrictions based on the level of infections in certain areas. The local COVID alert levels are set at either Medium, High or Very high.

Cheshire East has been listed as local COVID alert level High (also known as Tier 2) along with Cheshire West and Chester, Warrington and a number of other local authority areas.

This means that:

  • You must not socialise with anybody outside of your household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
  • You must not socialise in a group of more than 6 outside, including in a garden or other spaces like beaches or parks (other than where specific exemptions apply in law)

You can view the full list of additional restrictions that fall under the high alert level on the government website here.

We are working through the detailed implications of the restrictions and how they affect our services and our workplaces and will continue to keep you updated. In the meantime, please continue to work as you are, at home where possible.

The restrictions wcame into force from 00.01 on Wednesday 14 October. The infographic here demonstrates what the high alert level means as a quick reference guide and there is further in-depth guidance on what high alert restrictions will be in place from Wednesday in our area on the website here.

Neighbourhood Plan Consultation re-opens

The Hankelow Plan Regulation 16 consultation was originally opened in January, however it was withdrawn after a complaint by a landowner concerning the Site Options and Assessment report. This report has been updated and the regulation 16 consultation has now been restarted. The Notice of Submitted Plan Proposal can be found here.

The publicity period for the Neighbourhood Plan will be for six weeks between: 30 September 2020 – 11 November 2020

 For more information please visit the Neighbourhood Plan section of Cheshire East Borough Council’s website. The link is provided below:

 Hankelow Neighbourhood Plan Webpage:

 You can make representations to the consultation as follows:

 Please submit your representations on the Neighbourhood Plan by 7PM on the 11 November 2020.

For further information please contact the Neighbourhood Planning Team. 

Neighbourhood Planning Team | Cheshire East Council

Westfields, Middlewich Road, Sandbach, Cheshire CW11 1HZ

Tel: 01270 685893

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This information was supplied by Deb Lindop, Community Development Officer at Cheshire East Council.

Ref: two new funding sources, please also note the very tight funding deadlines.

1.    Cheshire Community Foundation – Longer Term Emergency Support Fund (deadline August 12th)

available to all VCFSE organisations,  Parish and Town Councils are eligible if the activity is not deemed part of statutory duties.  The Foundation realises that organisations will be returning to business as usual and they do not want to lose activity that has supported, and can continue to support the most vulnerable during this time.

 If organisations or partnerships of organisations need to make an application to cover any future costs relating to being a Volunteer Coordination Point, opportunity exists to do so.

 2.    Emergency Coronavirus Support Fund (deadline August 17th)

 Opportunity for VCFSE organisations to make an application to the Emergency Coronavirus Community Support Fund to continue to support the most vulnerable during this time.

 From our discussions with the Lottery they would be keen on more applications from Cheshire East, especially from organisations who have provided support and become stronger through the crisis.

 Any groups or partnerships considering making an application and needing support please get in touch with or  especially as potential exists! Please be inspired and get in touch!

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Most of this information was supplied by Deb Lindop, Community Development Officer at Cheshire East Council.

Cheshire East Coronavirus information.

As well as their Covid 19 information hub, Cheshire East have published information covering various aspects of the Covid 19 situation.

General support and advice.

Press releases

Advice for carers

Domestic abuse

Mental health.


Energy supplies


Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice Cheshire East has a number of ways people can continue to get advice at this time. They say:-

  • People can contact us by email and phone; if you have an issue you’d like help with direct from us, complete this form and we will be in touch
  • People can reach us by calling 03444 111 444. This is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.
  • People can chat online to an adviser by visiting the Citizens Advice website at

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This item was submitted by the Amenities Committee

Hankelow Fete Cancelled

Due to the corona virus our traditional summer fete which was to be held on June 28th has been cancelled.

We look forward to next year and being able to help local charities.

Stay safe

Val Morrey and the Hankelow Amenities Group

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This item was submitted by Kirk Shenton

A Note from the Shentons

The Shentons' have lived at Hankelow Hall for more than thirty years and have been instrumental in the transformation of The Green at Hankelow.

Thirty years ago there were virtually no trees on The Green, apart from around the pond.

As Tree Warden, I have supplied, planted specimen trees all around the green. To purchase, plant, stake and strap each tree and replace when damaged or dead, has cost in excess of £100 per tree, on average, especially bearing in mind, one of the trees was replaced three times. Over the years, this has cost many thousands of pounds and is ongoing.

Approximately 29 years ago, the pond was covered in reeds and weed, far removed from what it is today. Elliott Hulme together with ourselves, emptied and dug the pond out. This cost was split between us and was in the thousands. When it was completed, I had given to me by Jim Barrie, a load of stone to form an island in the middle. Unfortunately, during this operation, whilst tipping the spoils which had been dug out, one of the tractor drivers broke an electric pole and we stood the cost.

Around the same time, we took it upon ourselves to remove an eyesore, being the concrete and wire fencing around the water terminal by the Bus Stop. We cleared it, put a few slabs down, purchased a quantity of shrubs which we planted with the help of lvor Howarth and Mike Wilson. Again the cost was borne by ourselves.

Some years later, we purchased 5000 mixed Daffodil bulbs and planted them. They were planted by a dozen local lads who worked so hard and that afternoon, we bought them lots of free ale at The White Lion, in payment.

Over the past month, we have cut down two large diseased Chestnuts, removed the tree stumps and planted three specimen trees in their place. The cost of all this work is in excess £1,000. We have received a cheque from the Parish Council for £600, which we are donating to the White Lion Restoration Fund.

We recently widened Hall Lane which was incidentally part of our Planning Permission. However the maintenance, which we pay for, is not part of the Planning Permission. For example today, we are paying for the lane to be swept by Watsons Plant Hire.

Hope this goes some way to informing people who have more recently moved into Hankelow what the Shentons have achieved for the love and betterment of the village, to give a better understanding of what has transpired over the years at a cost in excess of £30K.


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A comforting gesture

Just to pass on our thanks to whoever is responsible for switching on the "Christmas lights" on the green.

We are privileged to overlook the tree from our kitchen window and feel that it's such a lovely comforting gesture during such challenging times.  We're so lucky to live in the countryside and have homes with gardens and be able to walk freely in the countryside.

Many thanks and stay safe and healthy everyone in Hankelow and surrounding areas!

Gill and John Howell

Dunelm House

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This item was submitted on behalf of Mary and Geoff Cope

Thanks for the offers of help

Mary and Geoff Cope would like to say how grateful they are to all the people of the village who have offered to help at this time.

This item was submitted by Derek Smith

Lost Yale-type Key

A Yale-type key was found recently outside No. 1, Manor Fields, in Hall Lane. If you have lost your key, go to the house, or ring Derek on 811256

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This item was submitted by Hankelow Parish Council

A.D.C.A. and the virus

Hankelow Parish Council are pleased to share with everyone the action which Audlem & District Community Action (A.D.C.A.) is taking together with Buerton, Hatherton and Walgherton Parish Councils with support from Audlem Parish Council and Cheshire East Council to support people over 70 and those with significant health conditions who are now having to self- isolate in their own homes.

A.D.C.A. are also now working with Audlem Medical Practice, Boots Chemists, the local churches and The Public Hall Committee in establishing a well coordinated and professional response in our local community.

A.D.C.A have now closed all their day clubs and coffee clubs and A.D.C.A staff and volunteers have arranged support at home for the over 80 older people they currently support.

A.D.C.A are now looking to extend that support to any other people who are having to self-isolate in our rural community who may need support with the delivery of food and essentials, medical prescription deliveries and support by telephone. If you are in this position, please ring the A.D.C.A. Number 07984 785907. A.D.C.A is aiming to have this number staffed 7 days a week shortly, but for now bear with them. Please leave a message and they will get back to you as soon as possible.

A.D.C.A are operating from the Audlem Public Hall Annexe but would prefer people to phone in or email them rather than calling in. They already have a number of additional volunteers who have offered to join their team. They are looking for more volunteers, so if you are able, please also ring 07984 785907 to offer your help. A.D.C.A is also continuing to support the 100 or so carers they are currently in touch with but any carers who need help for themselves and their cared for, please contact A.D.C.A.

People can also email A.D.C.A on to pass on their information and requests for help.


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This item was submitted by the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

Temporary withdrawl of the Hankelow Neighbourhood Plan.

Some of you may have already seen that our Neighbourhood Plan has been withdrawn from the Regulation 16 consultation on the Cheshire East website. This is due to a complaint by the owner of the land opposite the Chapel, on the basis that the Site Options and Assessment report 1rovided by AECOM did not correctly represent his submissions to the Hankelow Call for Sites in 2017.

To ensure everything is done correctly, AECOM will be producing an addendum to their report in the next few weeks. Once this has been received the plan will be updated if necessary and resubmitted to Cheshire East.


This information was submitted by Deb Lindop, Community Development Officer at Cheshire East Council. 

As well as the Covid 19 information hub, Cheshire East have published information covering various aspects of the Covis 19 situation.

Other information is available below

Citizens Advice Cheshire East has a number of ways people can continue to get advice at this time. They say:-

  • People can contact us by email and phone; if you have an issue you’d like help with direct from us, complete this form and we will be in touch
  • People can reach us by calling 03444 111 444. This is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.
  • People can chat online to an adviser by visiting the Citizens Advice website at

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Page last updated 21st August 2021