Hartford Parish Council is a civil local authority, being the first tier of local government. We’re an elected corporate body whose ten volunteer Councillors are elected to serve for four years. Parish Councils are non-political and not linked to any other organisation.
The activities of Hartford Parish Council fall into three main categories:
- Representing the local community
- Delivering services to meet local needs
- Improving quality of life and community well-being
The Parish Council’s responsibilities include parks and open spaces, sports facilities, public halls, and allotments.
Meetings of the Parish Council are held on the second Monday of every month (with the exception of August) at Hartford Village Hall. The Annual General Meeting of the Parish Council is held in May.
The Council employees two part-time employees: a Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer, and a Village Hall Administrator.
My wife and I have lived in Hartford for over 30 years. I was a GP in the Weaverham Surgery for nearly thirty years, and retired in 2013. When I retired, I felt I still wanted to serve the community in some way and joined the Parish Council. My main hobby is music, and singing in particular. I am in two choirs, the Rivendell Singers and the choir of Sandiway Church, where I have worshipped for over thirty years. My wife and I are also keen narrow-boaters. I have enjoyed being part of the Parish Council over the last few years and feel it is a privilege to serve the community.
My working life began at the London Stock Exchange but after moving to Cheshire I embarked on a new career in pre school education, specialising working with children with special needs. I gained a position with Vale Royal Borough Council, firstly in welfare and graduating to Community Care Manager for the whole of the Borough working with older people and people of all ages with disabilities. Outside the Parish Council I am a Trustee of Age UK Cheshire. In my leisure time I love to travel, enjoy working in my garden and exploring my family roots in genealogy.
CLERK & RFO
I moved to Hartford in April 2017 after taking early retirement from an HR and recruitment career within retail and banking. I look forward to serving my community and making Hartford a pleasant and enjoyable place for everyone despite the challenges facing a growing village. I enjoy cooking, keeping fit, playing the piano and learning French (neither particularly well!) as well as gardening at home and on my allotment..
I joined the Parish Council in 2017 with the aim of helping to bring focus to its digital development. Spending over a year renovating one of Hartford’s historic buildings has given me an interest in the preservation and future of this special village.
I have lived in Hartford since 2003. Having worked for HM Customs and Excise for 38 years, I took early retirement and joined the Canal & River’s Trust driving the trip boat at the Anderton Lift, and Group Scout Leader. I became a Magistrate in Central Manchester, later transferring to the Northwich Bench. I retired as a Magistrate when the Northwich Court was closed. In September 2017 I was co-opted onto the council; I saw this as an opportunity to get involved in local matters, feeling it is very important to maintain the village and its atmosphere.
My wife and I moved to Hartford in 1999, and our son was educated The Grange School. I obtained an honours degree at Liverpool and worked as a research scientist. An opportunity arose for me to study Dentistry, which I did in Manchester. Eventually, I established a practice in Newcastle under Lyme. It became very successful winning national awards, and grew to five surgeries offering private and NHS treatment. On retirement I focused on other forms of service. Presently, I am President of the Rotary Club in Knutsford.
I have lived in Hartford for over 30 years and both of my children have attended Hartford Manor primary where my wife is a Governor. I studied Computer Science at the University of Salford and have spent the years since in various technology and information security roles within both government and private sectors.
I have been a resident of Northwich since 1977 and moved to Hartford in 2016. I have a mechanical and electrical engineering background and spent over 32 years in the Telecommunications industry. When I was employed, I had an interest in the local team members and chaired a sports and social club for many years with the aim of supporting the employees and their families in the Northwich area. My hobbies are: skiing, golf, game angling, DIY and recently gardening.
A team of volunteers is responsible for the production and distribution of the Parish Council’s newsletter, Hartford News, published ten times each year. It is compiled and designed by its editor, checked by a group of proofreaders and delivered to homes in the village by a hardy team of distributors. The editor always welcomes contributions from individuals and organisations in Hartford; please email them to news@hartfordparishcouncil.
VILLAGE HALL ADMINISTRATOR
The Village Hall is run by a management committee. The objects of the Committee are:
a) To provide facilities for the education, recreation and other leisure-time occupations to enhance the quality of life for the residents of Hartford.
b) To maintain and operate Hartford Village Hall and ground pertaining thereto for activities promoted by the Committee in furtherance of the above.
Please use my weekly drop in surgeries to raise any local issues/concerns allowing me to be proactive to prevention for a safer and happier community.