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, which ‘Pearson’s Companion to the Cheshire Ring’ describes as offering “every product and service any civilised person might possibly require – recordings of late Beethoven string quartets excepted!”
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CHESHIRE WEST AND CHESTER COUNCIL

PUBLICATION OF DRAFT RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE COMMUNITY
GOVERNANCE REVIEW OF BARNTON PARISH

Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007

As part of the current Community Governance Review of Barnton parish, under the terms
of reference published on 31 January 2014, the Community Governance Review Committee
of Cheshire West and Chester Council has made the following draft recommendations which
will be subject to further consultation prior to being finalised:

That :

1)the boundary of the existing parish of Barnton be redrawn to the north at Stone Heyes Lane to
transfer the properties of Woodside, Rose Bank Farm, The Old Vicarage, Stoneleigh House,
Stoneheyes Farm and The Barn (Stoneheyes Farm) from Barnton parish to Little Leigh parish;

2)the boundary of the existing parish of Barnton be redrawn to the east at Hough Lane to transfer
the properties of 7 Larch Tree Close, 8 Larch Tree Close, 10 Larch Tree Close and 7 - 19 Oak Tree Close
from Anderton with Marbury parish to Barnton parish;

3)the parish of Barnton should not be abolished; 

4)the name of the parish of Barnton should not be altered;

5)the parish should continue to have a parish council;

6)no changes be made to the electoral arrangements that apply to the parish council; and

7)a Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council (Reorganisation of Community Governance) Order
be prepared in accordance with the above recommendations and that the Order be effective from
1 April 2015.

Reasons for the recommendation

To enable completion of the community governance review of Barnton parish in accordance with
the timescales set within statutory guidance and in line with local preference; and to determine
more appropriate parish boundaries which better reflect the identities and interests of local residents.

The current total electorate for the area is 4281 based on the Register of Electors in force from
17 February 2014.  This figure is expected to increase to 4379 over the next five years as a result
of planned development and as a consequence of the proposed boundary changes detailed in recommendations (1) and (2).  Similar sized ungrouped parishes have Parish Councils of between ten and fifteen seats.

Next steps

All residents and any other persons or organisations wishing to make representations on the draft recommendations may do so in writing to the Partnerships Team, Cheshire West and Chester Council, Goldsmith House, Hamilton Place, Chester, CH1 1SE.  Alternatively, representations may be submitted by email to
partnershipsandareaworking@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk quoting ‘Community Governance Review - Barnton’ in the Subject field.

The deadline for receipt of comments is midnight on 31 August 2014.




AGE UK CHESHIRE

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 family. 

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

Age UK Cheshire’s Castle Community Centre, Barbers Lane (off Queensgate), Castle, Northwich CW8 1DT




Public consultation on the Growth and Prosperity Transformation Programme from Monday (14 July). 
This 12 week consultation runs until 5 October and seeks residents’ and other stakeholders’ views on a number of services that are being reviewed within the Growth and Prosperity Directorate.  Members’ assistance in highlighting this consultation and encouraging people to participate would be greatly appreciated.
For full details please click here . . . .




CELEBRATING EXCEPTIONAL YOUNG TALENT IN THE VILLAGE

NOMINATIONS SOUGHT for the GODDARD TROPHY 2014
The Goddard Trophy was inaugurated by Ray & Clarice Goddard of The Beech Tree Stores back in 1981 and was awarded over a number of years to a child in the village as recognition of their ‘exceptional courage, bravery or ability’.  Unearthed again in 2010, the Trophy is presented annually once more to a worthy recipient from within the community. 

This year, the Trophy will be presented at the Village Flower & Produce Show, which is being organised by the Parish Council and will take place on Saturday 13th September at the Memorial Hall.

Do you know any young person in the village who, in the last 12 months, has shown:

·  real bravery,
·  courage in adversity, or
·  demonstrated exceptional ability?

If you do, and you would like to nominate them for this award then please contact:
Phillip Evoy, Parish Clerk, on 07849344940 or email Phillip at
barntonpc@aol.com <mailto:barntonpc@aol.com>.

A nomination form will be sent out to you.  Deadline for receipt of nominations is Friday 29th August.

Please note that there is no lower age limit but the upper age limit is set at 15 years of age as at the 13th September 2014.




LATERLIFE CHALLENGE
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




OAKWOOD MEDICAL CENTRE'S LATEST NEWSLETTER IS AVAILABLE TO VIEW HERE . . . .



CYBERCRIME


One of the aims of this weeks' national Neighbourhood and Home Watch week is to raise the profile of the threat of Cybercrime to residents of Cheshire.

E mails from unknown sources may contain viruses - only open them if you 'KNOW' the sender.
Do NOT respond to emails from unknown senders asking you for financial assistance.
Some dates are good for you . these are NOT!
'CURVY MATURE BLOND WANTS YOUr money'
'GENTLEMAN, 45, LIKES FAST CARS AND taking you for a ride'

SPAM! SPAM! SPAM! - Tax refund notification,  You've won the lottery, Queries@littlwoods - your account may have been compromised.

Your bank would never contact you to ask for your PIN, password or other security information in full.
Online shopping and auction scam were the most common fraud reported in 2013 and cost UK consumers £63.6 million.
If an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is.

To read more about fraud and cybercrime go to the Cheshire Police web site - www.cheshire.police.uk

Other useful web sites:-
www.cyberstreetwise.com         www.getsafeonline.org            www.actionfraud.police.uk

Home Watch community volunteers have been working in partnership with Cheshire police for over 32 years helping us to keep our communities safer, through the sharing of local crime updates and warnings, looking out for neighbours, encouraging the reporting of suspicious information to the police and by developing small local networks of considerate neighbours.

If you have neighbours who may not have access to a computer and you would be willing to share these messages by setting up a small, local Home Watch group, please ring the Cheshire Police non emergency number - 101.  Ask to speak to your neighbourhood police team.  You may need to leave a voice message, your call will be returned.

Watch Officer Cheshire Police Communities Unit, Police HQ.





STAGE 1 OF BARNTON GATEWAY PROJECT HAS BEEN COMPLETED

Lynn Gibbon reports below:
'On behalf of Barnton Community Group I would like to thank all volunteers who worked so hard in completing all Stage 1 of Barnton Gateway Project. All efforts were much appreciated and Tunnel Top basin now looks fantastic and what was achieved in this short time was nothing short of a miracle.

Their work included clearing all the weeds and overgrown grass beneath the railings to enable rubbing down and painting of the railings black and white, painting 15 canal markers and clearing the sets at the side of Tunnel Top all on Saturday and Sunday the 15th & 16th March. There were 22 volunteers in total and 11 working at all times over one and a half days and these hard workers are as follows:

Community Group members: John & Linda Page, Christina, Dave & Nathaniel Westwell, Lynn Gibbon & Alvar Jones,
Dave Stevens, Rachel Williamson and Emma Boyd.
Valued workers from the village and surrounding area: Yvonne Lunt, Janine Hampton, Leonard Gerrard, Sharon Whitehead & Mark Evans, Valerie & Peter Sibley, Fred Snelson, Keith Reading, Sally Smith, Sarah Baker and Paula Jackson.

Once again many thanks and we look forward to completing Stage 2 - the painting of the Tunnel Top entrance in the near future.'




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 family.

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



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




PHONE FRAUDSTERS

Police are warning Cheshire residents not to fall victim to phone fraudsters claiming to be from a bank or posing as police officers.

Cheshire Police is aware of several incidents across the county including Lymm, Knutsford and Warrington relating to  offenders phoning elderly people and telling them their bank cards have been compromised and need to be cancelled.
The offender stays on the line, sometimes passing the call to another person so the caller thinks they are genuine.
They then tell the victim that a courier will pick up the cards and that there will be a charge for this. The cards are then picked up from the victim's address and used by the offenders to steal money from their account.
Cheshire Police advise that the victim hangs up and ring the bank or police back to ensure the call is genuine.

Anyone who is a victim of this type of crime should contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.




BARNTON COMMUNITY GROUP
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:
·Gunners Clough Wood - could you spare some time helping with maintenance and improving access for all the community?
·Canal - could you spare some time helping to paint the bridge walls and clearing the undergrowth to improve the views?
·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




BARNTON NOW HAS AN INTERNET CAFE!!!!!

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




BIRDS IN MY GARDEN WEBSITE
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



BARNTON CEMETERY, HAYES DRIVE, BARNTON.

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.




WHAT'S ON IN BARNTON

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


WOMEN'S SAFE TRANSPORT SERVICE

Check on the Voluntary Action Vale Royal website for details of this service and the threats to it due to lack of funding etc.


ARE YOU STRUGGLING WITH DEBT?

CHESHIRE WEST CITIZEN ADVICE BUREAU are available to help - free of charge. Click here for more details . . .