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Poster for Nell Gwynn

Every year (pandemics permitting!) Alsager Community Theatre brings their summer production to Little Moreton Hall. This year, it’s Nell Gwynn by Jessica Swale – “Bawdy and brilliant … a wonderful, warm-hearted and generous piece of theatrical history” (The Stage).

Little Moreton Hall, 7-9 and 14-16 July at 7:15pm; more information at https://alsagercommunitytheatre.org.uk/#currentproductions.

Cheshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, John Dwyer, writes:

I wanted to get in touch to let you know that today I have launched a Rural Crime survey that will run throughout the summer.

Around two thirds of Cheshire is classed as rural, and I know from the contact I’ve had from residents and elected representatives across the county that rural crime can affect everyone. From theft of equipment and dangerous use of country roads to harming wildlife and anti-social behaviour, the scope and impact of rural crime is varied.

Through this survey I hope to build a better picture of how rural crime affects different communities across Cheshire. I want to understand what our Rural Crime Team does well and what good practice can be expanded further, and I want to know where the police approach can improve and which issues residents believe need a greater focus. People’s feedback will give me a greater insight into how I can hold the Chief Constable to account for how Cheshire Police prevents and tackles rural crime.

Rural crime has the potential to devastate livelihoods and wreck the scenic countryside we have on our doorstep. Whether we live or work in a rural area or visit there to enjoy one of Cheshire’s many natural beauty spots, I believe we all have a stake in ensuring our rural areas and communities are protected.

Go to www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ruralcrimesurvey2022 to take part in the survey

St Mary’s is launching its Summer Concert Season.

  • The first concert is on 19 June at 2:00pm and features three talented singers Katherine, John and Mark, accompanied by Andrew Burr, in a varied programme ranging from Flanders and Swann to Mozart. The concert is free, but donations are of course welcome
  • The second concert follows close behind, on 25 June at 7:30pm, and features Cor Bach (‘Little Choir’), nine members of the acclaimed Daleian Singers, with another varied program. An impromptu recording in a pub ‘went viral’ – you can listen to some of their singing on their YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCO_k3u19VIs1rVrB0MwVU3A.

    This is a ticketed event: you can buy tickets (£10 each) from Dorothy Barnet, Astbury House, Moss Road, Congleton, CW12 3BN, tel. 01260 2740 89, mobile 07896 132 000, email astburyhouse@yahoo.com – or of course at the church door.

You can find more details of these events and more on the church’s website, https://www.achurchnearyou.com/church/12754/service-and-events/.

Further to our earlier post on this issue, Cheshire East Council at its meeting on 27 April has approved all the Community Governance Review recommendations.

This means that our parishes’ boundaries and governance are unaltered, and we keep the existing wards Newbold Astbury (nine councillors) and Moreton (four councillors).

You can see who your councillors are on our Clerk and Councillors page.

On Saturday 4 June from 6:30pm Glebe Farm will be screening (in the Marquee on the front paddock at the farm) LIVE the concert from outside Buckingham Palace.  Tickets are just £10 per person and include hot chicken sharing platters and cheeseboards. There will also be a fully licensed bar.

On Sunday 5 June from 12:00noon the farm will be joining in with the nation’s ‘Jubilee Street Parties’.  Tickets are £5, which again includes food.  Again there will be a fully licensed bar.  There will also be a female vocalist.

Tickets and all enquiries can be directed to Mark, telephone 07722 008 421.

Here are some pictures from the well-attended Annual Parishes Meeting, 13 April 2022. As well as the formal business of the evening, attendees enjoyed cheese and wine will listening to a very interesting talk by Ian Doughty, Chair of Congleton Museum’s trustee board, on the history of Astbury. We hope to include Ian’s slides on the website later.

St Mary’s Church, Astbury has started a long-term project — ‘Project Reveal’ — to update the church to make it more usable by the wider community as well as its congregation.

The church is a Grade 1 listed building of national as well as local importance, and the project team is well aware of its responsibility to maintain this status.

The team wants to determine the community’s views on the areas it should tackle, and asks everyone in Astbury and the surrounding area to complete the project’s online survey.

The parish council is considering planting a large tree on the green at Ackers Crossing to commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, and in time possibly a circular bench, much like the tree at Astbury village green. We’d really like to hear the views of as many residents of Ackers Crossing as possible, so do please contact the parish council clerk, Carlton Evans, either by email at clerk@astbury-parish.org.uk, or by phone on

Very many thanks – and all other suggestions you may have to commemorate the event will of course be thoroughly considered too..

Today (4 April), Cheshire East’s Community Governance Review (CGR) subcommittee meets, where the most important item on the agenda is to consider the review of Town and Parish Council Governance.

You can access the full agenda and supporting documents on this page.

The initial proposals for our parish council were to combine the two wards into one and to reduce the number of councillors to eight. However, after the parish council made a strong case for the status quo, the final proposals recommended no change, leaving us with the current two wards of four and nine councillors respectively.

You can read the full detail on pages 471-477 of the final recommendations (567- 573 of the combined agenda reports pack).

We expect that the final decision will be made at a special meeting of the full council on 27 April.