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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How time flies by when you are enjoying yourself!

I have been involved in the Parish Council gardens for about seven years following being asked by the Parish Council to turn the grass frontage of the Memorial Hall into garden space. I have loved every minute of being involved in these green spaces, tending them, helping to keep them weed free and colourful for all the villagers. 

Thank you so much to everyone who has kindly provided a lot of plants over the years. You have all been so generous! All good things come to an end though as I have decided to hang up my volunteering gardening gloves to make time for other things! To ensure continuation of these green spaces I proposed that the Parish Council employed a gardener and I am pleased to say that the Parish Council agreed and over the last 12 months a gardener has been helping to keep the gardens clean and tidy for you all

It would be wonderful to have a new volunteer though who would like to help out and bring their ideas to the gardens as many hands make light work!  

I hope you all have a very happy summertime!

Vanessa Vickers

This is a message sent via Cheshire Police Alert. This information has been sent on behalf of Action Fraud (National Fraud Intelligence Bureau)

Current spam email campaigns are trying to infiltrate or infect email accounts by pretending to come from either Adobe or LinkedIn Support. The emails from LinkedIn claim ‘irregular activities have prompted a compulsory security update’. With the Adobe emails attempt to direct the user to the latest updates

Phishing is an attempt by a fraudster to steal valuable information by pretending to be a company that you know and use. It relies on people to think the message is genuine. Victims are initially sent an email that will have either a link to a website, or contain an attachment. What the fraudsters want you to do is click on the link or attachment so that they can steal valuable information from your computer, like your bank account or credit card details

Protect yourself:
Look at who the email is addressed to – many will say “Dear user” or “Dear valued customer” and will not be addressed directly to you.
If there are images included in the email they may be of a poor quality but will try to look like the company they are trying to represent.
The message may have a few spelling mistakes.
Do not click on the link supplied. Instead, go to the relevant website and log in from there.


A vacancy has arisen for a Relief Caretaker at Barnton Memorial Hall working one day per week on a rolling rota, plus sickness and holiday cover as and when required.
This includes limited weekend work and some unsocial hours

Duties include opening and closing the hall; cleaning duties and
setting up/preparing the rooms ready for users

Please apply in writing with your CV to :-
30A Townfield Lane, Barnton, Northwich, CW8 4LH
or e-mail barnton.memorialhall@gmail.com
or telephone 01606 75153 for further information

internet workshop every Wednesday morning

The government’s digital strategy plan and indeed Cheshire West & Chester’s is to
build a stronger, more competitive economy and a fairer society. This means helping
people become capable of using and benefiting from the internet.

There are a variety of ‘digital hubs’ across the borough to support this mission.

Get Online Wednesdays @ Barnton Community Primary School is a tutor led FREE
workshop that will show you how to search and explore the internet, keep in touch
with email, use NHS Online and Cheshire West & Chester Council website - all while
being safe and secure!

This opportunity will run EVERY Wednesday morning 9.30 – 12noon – no start date
just call in to the school.


I have just found out that the bid I submitted to Nationwide Community Fund on behalf of Barnton Community Group has been processed and we are in competition with two other organisations in the County.

If the Community Group win, we get £600 and if we lose we get £100, so can you circulate and tell all your friends and anyone you know who banks at Nationwide that, if they go into the Northwich branch for cash or anything else, it's like Waitrose, you get a blue token to vote with.  This is happening in about 5 branches across Cheshire from January to March, so fingers crossed and spread the word.

Lynn Gibbon, Chair, Barnton Community Group

                                  “Hold a Fish and Chip Supper to help spinal cord injured people rebuild
                                    lives after injury”

                                  Great British Fish and Chip Supper - Friday 15th May 2015

Want to eat Fish and Chips, while raising money for charity? Hold a fish and chip supper on Friday 15th May 2015 whilst raising awareness of spinal cord injury and supporting SIA’s vital services.

You can hold a fish and chip supper in your own home, at work or hold a larger supper at your local community centre.

SIA will provide a fundraising pack containing hints and tips, recipes, invitations and donation envelopes. By inviting 8 friends and asking them to donate an additional £5.00 means you will raise at least £40.00 from your supper but we will also give you additional fundraising ideas to raise even more money for SIA.

In 2015 we want to make the batter matter and raise £40,000 from everyone holding suppers. Last year we raised £20,000 from the suppers.

The money raised from the suppers will help the Spinal Injuries Association offer support to individuals who become paralysed and their families, from the moment a spinal injury occurs, and for the rest of their lives by providing services and publications which enable and encourage paralysed people to rebuild lives after spinal cord injury.

Every year in the UK over 1,000 people experience a spinal cord injury and there are an estimated 40,000 spinal cord injured people in the UK alone.

Community Fundraising Manager, Elizabeth Wright, says, “The Fish and Chip Supper is a wonderful opportunity for a great evening with friends and family. We are also encouraging people who work to hold a Fish and Chip Lunch in their work places to raise even more funds. You may be even a local community group wanting to run a fun evening with your group.

For more information or request a fundraising pack call Elizabeth Wright on 0845 071 4350 or email fundraising@siafishandchips.co.uk or visit www.siafishandchips.co.uk


Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007

Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council has decided to what extent it will give effect to the recommendations made in the Community Governance Review of the parish of Barnton.

The decision is 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, The Barn (Stoneheyes Farm), 323 Runcorn Road, 325 Runcorn Road, 327 Runcorn Road and 329 Runcorn Road from Barnton parish to Little Leigh parish;
2)the boundary of the existing parish of Barnton be redrawn to the east at Hough Lane so as to ensure that the entirety of the properties of 7 Larch Tree Close, 8 Larch Tree Close, 10 Larch Tree Close and 7 - 19 Oak Tree Close are within Anderton with Marbury 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)the parish council for the parish of Barnton consist of ten councillors; 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 1st April 2015 save for those recommendations relating to parish electoral arrangements which shall come into force on the ordinary day of election of councillors in 2015.

Reasons for the decision

The Council has made this decision in order to determine more appropriate parish boundaries which better reflect the identities and interests of local residents, are more closely tied to visible and firm ground detail and address a specific boundary anomaly caused by the legislation covering local elections and local taxation.  The decision will also provide more effective governance arrangements which are proportionate to the size of the local electorate. 

Next steps

The outcomes of this review will come into effect from 1stApril 2015 through a Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council (Reorganisation of Community Governance) Order. 

This, together with a map showing the effects of the Order, will be available for inspection at the following locations as soon as practicable after making the Order:

·HQ Building, 58 Nicholas Street, Chester, CH1 2NP
·The Forum, Northgate Street, Chester, CH1 2HS
·Civic Offices,4 Civic Way, Ellesmere Port, CH65 0BE
·Wyvern House, The Drumber, Winsford, CW7 1AH

Copies of the Order and maps will also be available on the Council’s website at:


Date of Publication: 28 November 2014
Alison Armstrong, Senior Manager - Partnerships and Development
Cheshire West and Chester Council, HQ Building, 58 Nicholas Street, Chester CH1 2NP


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

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



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!
'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.

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

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


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.

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


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


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.


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


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


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

Cheshire West and Chester Council
NOTICE OF ELECTION - Election of Parish Councillors
For the Area of Barnton Parish
To be held on Thursday, 7th May 2015

For full details click here . . . . .

For information about the forthcoming elections, please use the Cheshire West & Chester Council weblink:

Click here for The Statement of Persons Nominated