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As part of its Summer Concert Season, the next concert at St Mary’s Astbury is on Saturday 9 July at 7:00pm, and features Biddulph Mail Voice Choir singing to raise funds in aid of Biddulph Old Hall. The concert is followed by a Pie and Pea Supper in the Village Hall.

Tickets are £12 for the concert only or £25 for concert and supper. Available from Biddulph Old Hall or Biddulph MVC or from Dorothy Barnet (07896 132000).

Following that will be “Folk Songs and Fancies”, performed by The Nantwich Singers on Sunday 17 July at 3:00pm. Free, but donations are most welcome.

You can find more details of these events and more on the church’s website,

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

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 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,

    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 – or of course at the church door.

You can find more details of these events and more on the church’s website,

Cheshire East Council has informed us of the following planning application:

This concerns the proposed siting of miniature railway, associated stations and overflow car park at Glebe Farm, Astbury. The parish council will now discuss this application at its meeting on 6 June 2022 (and not on 13 July 2022 as previously advised).

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.

OpenReach will be working in Brownlow Heath Lane on Tuesday, 31 May. The lane will be closed along half its length, north-west from its junction with Brook Lane.

The diversion route will be Brownlow Heath Lane, Childs Lane, Newcastle Road (A34) and Brownlow Heath Lane.

For more details, see, and