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Welcome to the Barnton Village Website, which is maintained and hosted by Barnton Parish Council. Barnton is a pleasant, large village located within the unitary authority of Cheshire West and Chester.  The village lies to the north of both the Trent-Mersey canal (part of the famous Cheshire Ring) and the River Weaver, and around 2 miles to the north-west of the town of Northwich. The village has a long, rural history, but grew rapidly in the 1800s thanks to the success of the Brunner Mond company (who occupied a large site in neighbouring Winnington) and who built hundreds of houses for their workers here. The village now boasts an excellent range of local amenities and is within easy reach of the A49, M56 and M6 making it popular with commuters to Liverpool, Manchester and Chester. It is surrounded by wonderful Cheshire countryside and enjoys an enviable location on some of Cheshire’s most attractive inland waterways. The world-famous Anderton Boat Lift - The Cathedral of the Canals - lies under half a mile away in neighbouring Anderton, whilst Barnton itself offers two fine examples of early Victorian engineering in the Barnton and Saltersford canal tunnels. With more than 5,500 residents, modern Barnton is a thriving, family-friendly village within the heart of Cheshire.
What's On in Barnton
Clerk's Office: c/o The Bungalow, Rosebank School, Barnton, Cheshire CW8 4QP
Tel: 07849 344940     email: barntonpc@gmail.com  
Office open:  Monday-Wednesday 10.00am - 5.00pm    
Contactable by phone: Thursday 9.00am - 1.30pm

Mrs S. Crank, Clerk to Barnton Cemetery, Tel 01606 76360


Unfortunately, an application to list the Beech Tree as an asset of community value has been turned down due to
the length of time the pub has been closed (October 2014) and the lack of interest in the lease.

This site can now be considered for re-development.


Barnton Parish Council are looking for 12 volunteers from the community to form a STEERING GROUP.
For more details click here . . . . .


Gillian Atkinson has lived in the village for 35 years and is doing a book launch for her debut novel 'Secret of the
Fireflies' at Barnton Memorial Hall on 4th March at 2 pm - 4 pm.

She is also doing a book launch at Barnton Library on Wednesday 15th March between 6 pm and 7 pm.

She is writing  under her late mum's maiden name of J G Nicholls as a tribute to her.

Vale Royal Disability Services Support Vacancy

VRDS are looking for highly motivated individuals to join their floating support team in chester on fixed-term
contract until December 2017.
SALARY: £17,062.50 - £18,525.00 PER ANNUM
CLOSING DATE: 27/02/2017

To apply for this role, please visit our website, www.vrds.org.uk or email:
recruitment@p3charity.org  / telephone: 0115 850 8190

Head Office: Tel 01606 888400 Email office@vrds.org.uk
4 Hartford Business Centre, Chester Road, Hartford CW8 2AB. Please use this address for all correspondence

Northwich Shopmobility service: Tel 01606 288820
Winsford Shopmobility service: Tel 01606 557550
Northwich Infirmary information: Tel 01606 564096


If anyone has any queries regarding the Cemetery or would like to talk to someone
about details regarding grave plots or cremated remains plots, both new and old, please do not hesitate to contact
the Cemetery Clerk  - Mrs S Crank on 01606 76360.


Equity Housing's scheme at Meadow Drive, which is due for completion in March 2017, have 12 two bedroom
houses for affordable rent (80% of market rent) within the development and receive 100% nominations from
Cheshire West & Chester Council.  Although priority should be given to local people in need.  They are keen to
spread the word to local people that the development is due to for completion shortly so that anyone in need
can get their details registered with the Council quickly. 

For more details click here . . . . . . .



United Utilities have launched their Winter Wise campaign, which aims to prevent any winter woes by helping
householders in your community avoid the misery of a burst or frozen water pipe.
Although not responsible for domestic water pipes, United Utilities is keen to encourage communities to work
together to avoid any problems this winter by making them aware of some simple steps which will make for a
carefree winter.
Top of the tips list and one key preparation that many of us forget, is to make sure our pipes are protected by being
lagged. Fixing damage caused by household pipes that have frozen and burst can run into hundreds of pounds as
well as being really stressful.
Click here for more information  . . . . .
Further advice about how to be Winter Wise can be found at www.unitedutilities.com/getwinterwise.aspx
including videos of how to find your stop tap and deal with frozen pipes.
Also, for the first time, United Utilities will be running the Bring Warmth Awards, where five communities have the
chance to win £500 to put towards community outreach projects. Prizes will be awarded to those going above and
beyond to spread a little warmth this winter by helping fellow residents feel warm, well and welcome.
The competition is open to any group, from a street to a residents’ association or a school. To find out more or to
apply, visit www.unitedutilities.com/bringwarmthaward. I have also attached the award summary document for
more information.


Due to erosion of the steps, there is currently NO PUBLIC ACCESS to Gunners Clough Woods in Barnton.
The woodland will remain closed until further notice.


Check out our What's On page to see events happening in Barnton.

Our Aim  - To make Barnton a village to be proud of.
We would be delighted if you could provide a helping hand with
any of the following:
·Canal - could you spare some time helping to paint the bridge walls and clearing the undergrowth to improve the
·Grot Spots - would you like to identify such spots and organise Litter Picking groups?
·Land/Verge  - between Barnton Post Office/Pharmacy and the bus stop - Do you know who owns it?

If you can help with any of the above please contact
Linda 07947 297783 or Lynn on 01606 784599
Big Village Big Future Be Part of it


Rainbows 5 -7 year olds Tuesday 6pm - 7.15pm
Brownies 7 - 10 year olds Tuesday 6pm - 7.30pm
Guides 10- 14 year olds Day and Time to be arranged
Senior Section 14 - 26 years Monday 8pm - 9.30pm


Sadly, there has been more vandalism on Nursery Road Recreation Ground!
One of the bar's in the fence around the play park has been pulled out and twisted, also a bolt holding the fence to a
post has been removed. 

One of the Urban ramp signs has been kicked off the fencing around the top of the big ramp.
Luckily Cllr Phoenix noticed the damage and was able to remove some of the damaged metal from the park.

The metal had been ripped off the equipment leaving jagged edges, presenting a serious safety issue.
Vandalism  of this type can present serious risk of injury to children and  cost hundreds of pounds to repair.
There has also been a lot of littering including empty beer cans etc. Any person found misusing the park in this way
will be prosecuted.

PCSO Wiggins has been requested to keep an extra watch in this area.


Acton Bridge improvements works are programmed to start on the 23rd January 2017 and are expected to be
completed by the end of June 2017. The Canal & River Trust will be undertaking these works in partnership with
their framework contractor, Kier.

These improvements works are essential and will provide a fully refurbished bridge deck including strengthening
works to the underside of the bridge. These works will also incorporate improvements to the appearance of the
bridge  The towpath underneath the bridge and the pedestrian walkway over the bridge will remain open as far as is
reasonably practicable.

During the works, the traffic over Acton Bridge will be restricted to one lane which will be operated by temporary
traffic lights.  These temporary traffic lights will be manually controlled during the peak hours to ensure that delays
are keep to a minimum. There will be a signed diversion in place for large vehicles to use as the width will be
restricted at certain times.

A height restriction up to 2.5m will be in place underneath the bridge between 9th January 2017 and 31st March
2017. The bridge will not be able to be swung during these times.

As representatives for the Cheshire ward of Marbury, which includes the nine parish councils of Anderton with
Marbury, Antrobus, Barnton, Comberbach, Great Budworth, Little Leigh, Marston, Wincham, Whitley, our priorities
To listen to residents’ views and provide help and advice on any issues or problems you may encounter
To support parish councils in undertaking their duties and responsibilities as representatives of their communities
Barnton to become a 20MPH zone.
? Consultation will soon be undertaken with local CWaC councillors’, Barnton Parish Council and the residents
on implementing these new zones.
? Barnton has been identified as one of the first areas for implementing this scheme which will involve
erecting new warning signs highlighting the reduced speed limit of 20 MPH on the majority of the roads in
Barnton - do residents support this happening?  Let us have your views!
Winnington Bridge
? We will be members of a new working group with representatives from all 9 Marbury parish councils,
Northwich Town Council and Cheshire West and Chester Highways. This group will be looking for members
input to identify all possible solutions to ascertain the best option(s). Options will then be costed for
consultation. We will be supporting the best option for reducing traffic through Barnton village.

LOCAL PLAN PART 2 - land allocations, infrastructure and housing
This consultation recently closed. However, we submitted our views to ensure residents’ and employers best
interests are met and the rural area has their views taken into consideration when development takes place.
Assuring you of our best intentions at all times.
Your Councillors: Lynn Gibbon, Don Hammond and Norman Wright. We can be contacted by email on:


The Xcel community project is now open at Barnton Pentecostal Church.

This great new facility has cost over £50,000.00 to develop and equip. The project includes an IT Suite where users
can use the computers and log on to the internet. Fibre optic broadband is available wirelessly allowing you to log
on with your own laptops, tablets and smart phones. There is a great social activity centre with a free play pool
table, game stations with large screen Televisions and a comfortable relaxing chill out area. A cafe provides soft and
hot drinks and snacks are available to purchase.

For further information about the church and it’s projects contact Pastor Andy Webb on 07929 001948 or check out
the website: www.barntonpentecostalchurch.co.uk

Our resident birdman, David Harazny, has now created his own website to document the birds in his garden through
the year  - www.camodave.co.uk    
Dave has also set up a second website for Saltersford locks www.wildlifeatsaltersfordlocks.webs.com


Following conclusion of the annual audit for year ending 31st March 2016 please click on the links below to view the
relevant documentation:

Statement of electors rights

Section 1 annual return 2016

Section 2 annual return 2016


Cheshire Community Development Trust need new volunteers to help deliver their community car scheme.
Volunteers use their own cars to take older people to doctor’s or hospital appointments, hairdressers, visit friends
You can do as much or as little as you want and a mileage allowance is paid to help your fuel costs.
If interested call Sue or Jo on 01606 784100


Just a quick update to let everyone know that there has been a meeting with CWaC in preparation of our petition.
There will be things happening with regards to meetings in the near future with Highways and the Ward Councillors
are meeting with George Osborne at the end of October. We do not have anything major to announce until after the
petition is presented and then early in 2016. Bear with us please. We also have news that another group have been
doing a lot of background work unknown to us and will be joining forces to assist.

Latest information and fixtures details can be found on the Groups and Clubs section on our Amenities page.

Our Aim  - To make Barnton a village to be proud of.
We would be delighted if you could provide a helping hand with
any of the following:
·Canal - could you spare some time helping to paint the bridge walls and clearing the undergrowth to improve the
·Grot Spots - would you like to identify such spots and organise Litter Picking groups?
·Land/Verge  - between Barnton Post Office/Pharmacy and the bus stop - Do you know who owns it?

If you can help with any of the above please contact
Linda 07947 297783 or Lynn on 01606 784599
Big Village Big Future Be Part of it


Rainbows 5 -7 year olds Tuesday 6pm - 7.15pm
Brownies 7 - 10 year olds Tuesday 6pm - 7.30pm
Guides 10- 14 year olds Day and Time to be arranged
Senior Section 14 - 26 years Monday 8pm - 9.30pm

For more details contact Susan Greenwood (Rainbow Leader and District Commissioner)
Home number: 01606 76408        Mobile number: 07734 155 133
Email: suegreenwood8160@hotmail.com
Or visit theiir website at www.girlguiding.org.uk and register your daughter or yourself there.

Have you done something new since you retired? Started a new hobby or interest, joined a club or planned an event
or trip? The Laterlife Challenge is looking for entries from the over 60s to demonstrate how people are making the
most of their retirement years. There are some great prizes and also the knowledge that your story may help inspire
others who are finding their senior years lonely or difficult.  Chief judge is Blue Peter’s Valerie Singleton.  Find out
more by visiting:  www.laterlife.com/challenge

Age UK Cheshire’s Computer Centre

At Age UK Cheshire’s Computer Centre based at the Castle Community Centre, Northwich, we specialise in helping
the over 50s to gain computer skills.  With experienced tutors, individual or small-group tuition, centre-produced
learning materials and a warm welcoming atmosphere, we have an enviable reputation for meeting learners’ needs. 
Many people come to us to learn internet skills, email and Skype to help them keep in touch with friends and

We run courses throughout the year and have places available for learners on our:
·         Induction course (using a computer or iPad) with one-to-one tuition for absolute beginners.  Learners may
bring their own laptop, iPad or other tablet device.
·         Individual tuition sessions to revise and consolidate basic computer skills or learn new skills in a topic of
choice.  (Popular topics include - Skype, Windows 8, iPad or tablet skills, Facebook, online shopping, file
management, word-processing, making address labels, spreadsheets,
using a scanner, photo-editing and creating photo gifts. Other topics are available on request)
·         Small-group courses in Digital Photography.

For more information or to discuss your computing needs please call the Centre on 0845 618 2858

Parishioners with enquiries or concerns relating to facilities within the remit
of Barnton Parish Council, please contact;-

THE CLERK  - Telephone   0784 934 4940
or email  barntonpc@gmail.com

Enquiries  cannot be dealt with by individual councillors outside of council meetings.