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The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has identified a number of reports where job seekers are being targeted by fraudsters trying to obtain personal and banking details from them, or requesting money to secure accommodation.

Individuals registering with job seeking websites or searching for jobs on The Student Room website are being contacted by bogus recruitment companies/businesses asking them to complete application and interview forms which request personal details and banking details, as well as copies of identity documents.

In some instances the applicant is invited along for interview, either in person or over the phone, to make the process look as legitimate as possible. This is impacting on students and graduates looking for work both in the UK and overseas. Some job seekers, as well as divulging personal details, have paid money to the fraudsters in order to secure a bogus rental property alongside the job offer.

How to protect yourself:

• Check emails and documents from the recruiter for poor spelling and grammar – this is often a sign that fraudsters are at work.
• If visa fees are mentioned, ask the embassy representing the country where you believe you will be working how to obtain a visa and how much it costs. Check that the answers the potential employer or recruiter gave you are the same – if they’re not, it may be a sign of fraud.
• Carry out thorough research to confirm that the organisation offering you the job actually exists. If it does exist, contact the organisation directly using contact details obtained through your own research or their website to confirm the job offer is genuine.

What to do if you’re a victim:

• If you think your bank details have been compromised or if you believe you have been defrauded contact your bank immediately.
• Stop all communication with the ‘agency’ but make a note of their details and report it to Action Fraud.
• Warn the operators of the job website you used that their site is being used by fraudsters.
• If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting or by calling 0300 123 2040.

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Pride of Nether Alderley

Pride of Nether Alderley

Please see below the future dates for litter picking throughout the Parish:


Saturday 18th November 2017 – 11.00 a.m.

Saturday 13th January 2018 – 11.00 a.m.

Saturday 3rd March 2018 – 11.00 a.m.


If you have a couple of hours to spare and you would like to join us we meet at the Church carpark.

Afterwards we reward ourselves with a quick lunch at The Wizard pub!!

Please join us – we are always looking for more team members!

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Community First Meeting

Community First Meeting

PCSO Emma Darroch will be holding a

Community First Meeting


Nether Alderley Parish Hall


Saturday 25th November 2017
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon


Any questions or concerns?
Any local issues?
Please drop in and have your say!

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Rescheduled: Gully Emptying Operation

Rescheduled: Gully Emptying Operation

The Parish Council has been informed by Cheshire East Highways of an amendment to the scheduled highway gully cleansing programme which should have taken place in September have now been rescheduled due to unforeseen circumstances.
The gully emptying operations are due to commence on the 4th October 2017 for 7 days and are programmed to be completed on the 12th October 2017.

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Proposed Public Spaces Protection Order

Proposed Public Spaces Protection Order

Dog fouling and dog control – a consistent approach across Cheshire East

We are considering introducing a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) across the Cheshire East borough to help us tackle dog fouling and dog control more effectively. We know that most dog owners are responsible and we thank them for their continued support in helping to keep our public areas clean.

Dog controls the PSPO would introduce The PSPO would introduce two main requirements:

 – To ban dog fouling in all public places. 

– To allow authorised officers to tell a dog owner/walker to put and keep their dog on a lead if necessary, for example,

if their dog was showing aggressive behaviour.

We are asking for your views on the proposed PSPO for dog control and dog fouling across Cheshire East.

How you can get involved with the consultation

You can complete our consultation using the link below.

Further information and a link to the survey can also be found on our website homepage under “have your say”.

To request a paper copy or to complete the survey over the telephone, please contact Cheshire East Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Team on either: 0300 123 50 30 or by e-mailing us on

This consultation will run for four weeks from 12 noon Tuesday 12 September to 12 noon Tuesday 10 October 2017.

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Gully Emptying Operation

Gully Emptying Operation

Cheshire East Highways have advised the Parish Council that gully emptying operations are due to commence on the 31st August 2017 for 8 days and are programmed to be completed on the 8th September 2017.

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Civic Service – Sunday 7th July 2017

An uplifting and special annual Civic Service in July was attended by two Nether Alderley Parish Councillors at Alderley Edge Methodist Church, as part of their 150th anniversary celebrations. The Reverent Ben Clowes who lead the service assisted by Rev. Jane Parry, was to leave at the end of the month after ten years and his commitment, warmth and exuberance will be much missed.

The service was a celebration of the local vibrant community in Alderley Edge and included singing from Alderley Edge Community Choir and Alderley Edge Parish Council and St Pius’s Church represented with readings and prayers.
As an original gesture Reverent Clowes enthused over his liking for Costa Coffee in the village and all the congregation received a coffee bean to take away as a reminder to be positive and proactive whenever possible in the local community. A novel idea which everyone liked!

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Alderley Edge Luncheon Club – Volunteers needed!

Alderley Edge Luncheon Club – Volunteers needed!

Are you free on a Tuesday or Thursday?

If so you may be interested in helping to prepare a tasty meal for senior citizens at Alderley Edge Luncheon Club (LC).

Volunteers usually undertake one duty each month and parking is available at the Methodist Church where the meal is served. We have both male and female volunteers; we also have roles for non-cooks!

Please call Anne on 01625 582514 or email her on for more information.

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Red Telephone Kiosk, Bradford Lane

Red Telephone Kiosk, Bradford Lane

Although there are strict guidelines on how the telephone kiosk can be used, the Parish Council would welcome any thoughts that local residents might have which would benefit the community. Ultimately, if no suggestions are forthcoming, the kiosk can remain simply as a heritage feature for all to enjoy!

Please contact the Clerk if you have any suggestions or if you notice any problems with the kiosk or any maintenance issues:

Tel.: 07717 244 537

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Parish Councillor Vacancy

Parish Councillor Vacancy

Nether Alderley Parish Council is looking to co-opt a Parish Councillor to fill a vacancy on the Parish Council.

Any person interested in serving as a Parish Councillor should contact the Clerk for further information and to request an application form.

Details of eligibility can be found on the Electoral Commission website or by contacting the Clerk.

 Application forms should be returned to the Clerk by Friday 30th June 2017


Barbara Thorpe

Clerk to Nether Alderley Parish Council

07717 244 537


Closing date Friday 30th June 2017

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General Election 2017: Esther McVey wins Tatton seat

General Election 2017: Esther McVey wins Tatton seat

Esther McVey, the former Employment Minister, has been elected as the new MP for Tatton with 58.6% of the vote and an overall majority of 14,787. The turnout was 72.4% in what is historically a Tory stronghold.

Speaking ahead of her win the former MP for Wirral West, who lost her seat in the 2015 General Election, said she would be honoured to represent Tatton and vowed to work hard in Westminster to be a strong local voice on the issues that matter to local people.

Esther said “My priorities are be to ensure young people in Tatton get the best start in life. I will also be a champion for local businesses across the constituency and fight to ensure the protection of our beautiful countryside.”

Esther McVey was up against Independent candidate Quentin Abel, Green Party candidate Nigel Hennerley, Labour candidate Sam Rushworth and Liberal Democrat candidate Gareth Wilson.
2017 General Election Results: Tatton constituency

Conservative Majority 14,487 – 58.6%, Turnout 48,092 – 72.4%

Candidate                                                  Votes          % share
Esther McVey – Conservative Party          28,764          58.6%
Sam Rushworth – Labour Party                13,977          28.5%
Gareth Wilson – Liberal Democrat Party   4,431             9%
Nigel Hennerley – Green Party                  1,024            2.1%
Quentin Abel – Independent                       920              1.9%

Esther McVey replaces George Osborne who announced in April that he was quitting as MP for Tatton after being appointed editor of the Evening Standard. He was elected in June 2001, replacing Martin Bell to become the youngest Conservative MP in the House of Commons.

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Vacancy for a Councillor

Vacancy for a Councillor

There is a vacancy for a Councillor in the Parish of Nether Alderley.

An election to fill the vacancy will be held if ten electors for the said Electoral area give notice to the Returning Officer requesting such an election within 14 days (excluding Saturdays Sundays, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Good Friday or a Bank Holiday) of the date of this notice, Tuesday 16th May 2017.

The address of the Returning Officer is:

The Returning Officer

Cheshire East Council


Middlewich Road

Sandbach  CW11 1HZ


 If no such notice is given, the Parish Council will fill the vacancy by co-option.


For further advice on procedure please call the Elections Office at Cheshire East Council 01270 685922

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The Pride of Nether Alderley

The Pride of Nether Alderley

Once again the Pride of Nether Alderley volunteers have been out in the parish collecting litter and making our lanes clean, tidy and rubbish free!!

The Parish Council would like to thank Anne Bale and her team for all their hard work on behalf of all the residents as their efforts are much appreciated.  At this time of the year when all the lovely daffodils are coming through it is great to be litter free to just enjoy the bulbs that the group planted a few years ago.

There were 6 volunteers on this occasion and 9 large bags of rubbish collected. Other members of the group who couldn’t make the morning have collected independently. As always, a sandwich lunch was enjoyed afterwards at the Wizard pub!!

If you wish to join in with future litter picking, the group is always looking for more volunteers and any help is greatly appreciated. Please contact Anne Bale on 01625 582514.

                           Many thanks to all involved and we hope you all enjoy what Spring brings!

22. March, 2017Latest NewsComments Off on The Pride of Nether Alderley

We Love Yew –  a new Yew tree in Nether Alderley

We Love Yew – a new Yew tree in Nether Alderley

Nether Alderley Parish Council celebrates Britain’s ancient yews

Nether Alderley Parish Council has planted a yew tree propagated from an ancient tree over a thousand years old as part of The Conservation Foundation’s We Love Yew campaign to protect Britain’s ancient yew heritage. The young yew is one of 800 being planted across Britain to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, when it is thought the Ankerwycke yew provided shelter for King John during its sealing at Runnymede.

Great Britain has one of the world’s greatest collections of ancient yews, all far older than the Magna Carta and, often being among the oldest living thing in the landscape, can each tell their own story.

The We Love Yew campaign aims to raise awareness of Britain’s yew tree heritage, encourage better management for yews and regenerate the population.

Yew tree 3     Yew tree 8


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Nether Alderley Parish Council Chair’s Report, 2016

Nether Alderley Parish Council Chair’s Report, 2016

Nether Alderley Parish Council Chair’s Report May 2016

I think it is fair to say that when I joined the Parish Council in 2011 I had no idea of all the issues that affected such a small parish. I soon realised just how busy a year in the life of the Parish Council could be and my first year as Chair has been no exception.

The year started with an election process for all Councillors and with the resignation of 2 highly esteemed Councillors – Alan Clarke as Chairman and Sandra Reynolds – both of whom had been long term Councillors. As a result we were able to welcome 2 new Councillors – Yvonne Bentley and Jacquie Wilkinson who joined the team and have worked hard in their first year in many areas.

Apart from all the usual general duties involved in the running of the Parish Council there have been in excess of 30 planning applications that have come before us during the course of the year but of course the most significant application for the Parish was the outline application for the development of Alderley Park. During the course of 2015 there were many on-going discussions and presentations between the Parish Council and Bruntwood/MSP and the community. As everyone will be aware by now an outline planning permission has been granted and as part of that permission we were able to secure a significant amount of money via a S106 contribution for the benefit of the Parish Hall and for this we are very grateful. This has enabled us to address the issue of the refurbishment required to the Parish Hall in order to make our community facility fit for purpose for the next generation. The hall is owned in part by the Parish Council and in part by the Church and a working group has been formed to progress a plan of action. Although we have a very good start money wise with the S106 money we will need to secure additional funding but it is a very exciting project for the Parish. Members of the Bruntwood team are continuing to help us with the project and we welcome their contribution and their involvement as new members of our growing community and the Parish Council looks forward to working with them in the future. We also welcome members of the community to join the working group who can bring valuable skills that we will require.

As a result of the Parish Plan that we produced in 2014 we are pushing very hard for road safety and highways improvements particularly along the stretch of the old A34 by the school. A sub group of the Parish Plan – Safety and Security which is headed by Martyn Bale – has continued to work tirelessly over the last 12 months and together with the School, Cheshire East Highways department are much closer to getting road safety measures put in place. The first signs of this will be that Welsh Row and Sand Lane will have a speed reduction to 40 miles per hour, and the school will benefit from a 20 mph restriction with appropriate lighting at school times which hopefully should be in place within the next 6 weeks. Further measures are being looked at such as speed cameras, road markings etc and we will keep the parish up to date with these as and when. There is a willingness from all parties involved to develop a scheme that will provide safety for user of the school and the roads of the Parish and I am sure everyone will welcome this. I would like to thank Martyn for all his efforts in helping to make our parish safer, and the officers from Cheshire East for their support.

Whilst on the subject of road safety I would like to give a special thanks to our Ward Councillor George Walton for his continuing efforts, and indeed his achievement of getting the speed limits on all the main roads in the area reduced to a 50 mile per hour. This has been a complicated project but is now in place and hopefully it will make our main roads much safer for travel not only in Nether Alderley but throughout his ward. George works very closely with us as a Parish Council, he attends nearly all our meetings and I thank him for his input and support on many of the projects that we are involved with for the benefit of our community.

Another sub group of the Parish Plan is the Pride of Nether Alderley Group which continues to help keep the parish looking clean and tidy with regular road sign washing and litter picking sessions over all the Parish. The last session was done in conjunction with the national Clean for the Queen campaign to celebrate the Queens 90th birthday. Photos of the event can be seen on our website and I would like to thank all the members of the group for their efforts. It is an extremely friendly and enthusiastic group and if anyone would like to join in and give a couple of hours litter picking the reward is lunch at the Wizard afterwards. The group was responsible for the planting of the daffodil bulbs in 2014 and I think you will all agree that they have been a great display again this year and cheer up the Parish for us all no end.

Another area that we are well on with improving is the Nether Alderley roundabout. We have had many discussions as to how we can enhance this and add colour. Again Highways and Cheshire East are working with us and hopefully in the next couple of months we should be able to see the beginnings of the improvements. The plan is to remove the trees, mound the soil and reseed the grass in the first instance. We have heard very recently that Bruntwood/ MSP have offered to work alongside us to bring this roundabout to life and to help with the on-going maintenance and their involvement will be much appreciated. We are very grateful for the co-operation and help that the Highways department at Cheshire East is giving to help us achieve our goal to improve this landmark which we see as a Gateway to our rural parish.

Last year we took delivery of a 3 year old Yew tree sapling derived from a 1000 year old tree as part of the Conservation Foundation in commemoration of the Magna Carta ‘I love yew’ campaign. This has now been planted in the new burial ground and more details and photos are on our website. As many of you will know our burial ground has been maintained and tended by Norman Moore for many years now and I would like to give a special thanks to him on behalf of the Council for all his hard work and efforts. The burial ground is maintained to a very high standard that is much appreciated by both the Parish Council, the Church and all the relatives who visit their loved ones.

I can also report that the Parish Council has now officially adopted the telephone kiosk at the bottom of Bradford Lane. This again has been a lengthy and drawn out process but we are finally there. Future use for the kiosk has not yet been determined but it is good that we have been able to acquire it for the future and heritage of the Parish.

The Parish Council gave a contribution towards a defibrillator that has been purchased by and based at the Primary School and is available for the benefit of the community. I believe that there will be the opportunity for the community to receive training and education on how to use it in the near future.

Over many years we have watched the workings of Mere Farm Sand Quarry which have now been completed and the five year restoration and landscaping programme has begun. The Parish Council has had a representative on the Liaison Committee which has kept us up to date with it’s progress and has given a platform to address any issues that have arisen. We understand that this area is to become a nature reserve when fully restored.

Our Clerk Penny continues to operate and maintain the updating of our website and we aim to be able to give you as much information as possible via this and our noticeboards. We also have a database of email addresses that we can use for Parish updates and of course we welcome more names to join this list. I would like to thank her for all the input that this requires and to anyone who has sent articles or photos for the benefit of us all.

The Parish Council has decided to take part in Operation Shield that has been introduced to us by Knutsford Police Force. This is a home security marking system and although we are in the early stages of being able to make this available to the Parish we have taken delivery of an initial amount of packs to enable us to present this scheme to all residents in the near future should they wish to take part.

Another organisation that has been introduced and presented to us very recently is a Foundation called Life Links who provide personal help to adults in the community in areas where they need a little help. More information about this organisation can be found on our website and notice boards.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank my fellow Parish Councillors who work alongside me and have worked hard in what I think you will agree has been a very busy year in the life of the Parish. There has been an enormous amount of meetings over the last year and all the Councillors have represented the Council in many ways and without their input and hard work we would not be able to achieve all the projects that we have on-going. They have given me a great deal of support in my first year as Chair and for this I am very grateful.

Penny our Clerk continues to work and guide us in all aspects of the running of the Parish Council and has also been a tremendous support to me over the past year. It is with great sadness that I have to report that Penny will be leaving us in July. She has been the Clerk for 13 years and I am sure that all past Chairman and Councillors as well as the present ones would like to join me in thanking her for all that she has done for us and for the Parish during her time with us. She will be greatly missed but of course we wish her all the best for the future.

Thank you

Jenny Shufflebottom

If you are a resident of Nether Alderley and would like to be included on the mailing list, to receive occasional communications from the Parish Council about local matters, please e-mail the Clerk:

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Life Links Cheshire East – providing support to people in the Cheshire East community

Life Links Cheshire East – providing support to people in the Cheshire East community

Nether Alderley Parish Council has received the following information from the organisation Life Links Cheshire East:

Do you, or does someone you know, need support to stay healthy and maintain independence? If so, get in touch with Life Links to see if we can help.

This free service is here to help people in the Cheshire East community make the most of life.

Delivered by Peaks & Plains Housing Trust and Age UK Cheshire East, Life Links is here to help people of all ages make the most out of services in their community.

We work with you on a one-to-one basis and give advice and support specifically tailored to your needs. We can:

• Help you get involved in local groups and activities in your community.

• Help you learn to use computers, laptops and tablets to help you keep in touch with friends and family.

• Work with you to prevent minor health conditions from becoming a major problem.

• Provide advice and information on home adaptations and equipment to help you live independently in your own home.

Please see the information leaflet here

Call 0808 281 1052




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Cheshire Police Alert – keep informed about what’s happening in your area

Cheshire Police Alert – keep informed about what’s happening in your area

The Parish Council has been advised by the police Inspector for the Knutsford area, that Cheshire Police has introduced a new system to keep people informed of crime and policing issues.

Cheshire Constabulary explains the new system, as follows:

Cheshire Police Alert is the community messaging system brought to you by Cheshire Constabulary and servicing the whole of Cheshire.

By registering with Cheshire Police Alert, you receive news and appeals, local crime information and crime prevention advice – direct to you as an e-mail, mobile text or voice message.

Registering with this site is completely free, and not only allows you to receive messages about your local area, but also allows you to feed back information to your local policing teams to help them better police your neighbourhood.

You can register via the Cheshire Police Alert website.

The Cheshire Police Alert website can be accessed through the website

The Cheshire Police Alert link can be found at the bottom right hand corner of the Cheshire Police homepage


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Warford and Marthall Local History website

Warford and Marthall Local History website

A local history website, focusing on the Great Warford and Marthall areas, has been set up by Claire Moores.

Claire writes:

I have been researching the villages of Warford and Marthall for many years, searching archives, collecting photographs and studying maps. A fascinating part of this research has also been documenting the personal stories and memories of inhabitants, which have bought the areas recent past to life. Having grown up in Great Warford and attended Nether Alderley Primary School, I continue to maintain close links with both villages, and I hope this new website may be of interest to others.

If anyone has any photographs, information or stories about Warford or Marthall they would be happy to share, or just let me know what you think of the site, please drop me an email:

 The website can be visited at

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Homewatch advice for protecting your property

Homewatch advice for protecting your property

Jane Thirsk, Police Homewatch Officer, has kindly provided some advice about protecting sheds, gardens and the rear of properties from theft.

Please see her advice, below:

Theft of garden equipment is a growing menace.

• Put away all tools and equipment and ensure that all outside sheds and store cupboards are securely locked when not in use.

• Bring the tools inside if you do not have a garden shed or outbuilding.

. Chain ladders to a non moveable structure

• Use plant protection – such as thorny shrubs. Install outside security lighting which comes on automatically.

• If you have a burglar alarm, why not extend it to cover outbuildings and sheds?

• Photograph valuable garden plants or ornaments.

• Mark your property with your postcode. This makes stolen property easier to trace and it can be positively identified as yours.

• Check that your household insurance policy covers theft from your garden and outbuildings.

. Use gravel or the like around your pathways to make your garden a noisy garden

. Use a lock on side gates to make it harder for intruders to enter your garden

. If you are going away inform a neighbour and ask them to keep an eye on the place

Don’t leave valuable property in a shed or garage that is either unlocked or so run-down that it’s no obstacle to a thief. If you suspect it might not stand up to attack by a thief then don’t leave valuable items inside, such as your lawnmower or bicycle.

Fit decent locks to your shed door. The fittings should be bolted through the shed door and reinforced at the back with a steel plate. Any hasp should have concealed screws.

Padlocks used externally should be no less than 6cm wide and made of hardened steel. A “closed shackle” type is best, as thieves cannot get the likes of a crowbar through the shackle to break it. The locks themselves should have no less than five pins.

For sheds that have exterior door hinges – replace existing screws with security screws. They are designed so that they cannot be unscrewed once they are screwed in. Or alternatively bolted through as with the door lock.

Chicken wire or welded metal grilles fixed to the inside of shed windows with wooden or steel batons will deter the burglar.

If your gardening equipment or tools are especially valuable, consider using special security devices inside your shed or garage. Items can be locked down using chains through eyebolts secured to the floor or walls. There are a number of specialist systems available for this purpose.

Consider fitting security cages inside sheds or garages and keep valuable equipment inside them. It’s well worth locking down ladders and tools that could be used to break into your house. Best not to encourage an opportunistic thief.

Mark all your garden equipment and tools with your postcode and house number/name.

Finally, check with your household insurance company that your policy includes cover for items stored in garages, sheds and outbuildings and remember, if you fail to put your equipment away or lock-up, your insurance company probably won’t pay up anyway.

Your garden, as well as your house, has valued possessions that thieves would love to steal. It also has equipment that could help them break into your house.

Most burglars are lazy. They look for easy ways of getting into a house or garden. By taking a few simple precautions you can reduce the risk of being burgled and make your house and garden more secure.

Jane Thirsk

Watch Officer

Cheshire Police


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Mill Wheels begin to grind at Nether Alderley Mill

Mill Wheels begin to grind at Nether Alderley Mill


An 18 month conservation project carried out by the National Trust means that Nether Alderley Mill has now been returned to working order.

This ancient corn mill, parts of which date back to the 16th century, sits on the site of an original mill of c 1391 and is one of only four virtually complete corn mills surviving in Cheshire.

Phyllis Bayley, Project Manager for the restoration says: “It’s been fantastic watching the mill slowly coming back to life.

We’ve had some amazing moments during the restoration and conservation work: for example when we removed the mill’s 200 ton giant roof we discovered, thanks to the light coming in, a collection of graffiti, some of which dated back to the early 18th century and more recently the 1960s; not to mention being able to see the amazing structure of the building in full daylight which was a once in a lifetime opportunity.

“We would like to thank York based architects Wiles and Maguire Ltd and conservation building contractors Lambert Walker for their superb work on the Mill project, together with specialist millwrights from the Norfolk Mills’ Alliance – who are experts in ancient corn mills – and who have worked to restore the mill machinery to ensure it’s fit for purpose”.

Mrs Beryl Bardsley is the grand-daughter of the last milling family to work at the Mill before it closed in 1939. Her grandfather, John Hog Rawlins was given the mill in 1884 as a wedding present from his father, the miller at Great Warford Mill. John continued to run the mill until he died in 1924 when his sons John (Beryl’s father) and Ernest took over until the mill closed in 1939.

Beryl says: “I think it’s wonderful that the mill has now reopened. I have many fond memories of visiting my father and uncle whilst they were working there. I can remember Uncle Ernest allowing me to test the flour – it felt like warm silk in my hands. I’m sure my grandfather would have been very pleased if he’d known that the milling tradition at Nether Alderley is now alive and well”.

Nether Alderley Mill is being manned entirely by National Trust volunteers. George Mcadams is one of four Trust volunteers who recently undertook a Milling course organised by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB). He now demonstrates grinding flour at the Mill.

“Nether Alderley was worked by a long line of country millers over several centuries at a time when the miller was a man of substance” says George.

“ His status in the village community would be equivalent to that of a prosperous farmer. Having completed a course on milling, I feel it’s brought me much closer to understanding the day to day life of the miller here at Nether Alderley, which I can share with our visitors. It’s amazing to think that I and my fellow millers are continuing a milling tradition which goes back centuries”.

Amanda Lunt, Heritage Manager for the Mill says: “Unfortunately the flour currently being ground at the mill is not yet of sufficient standard for human consumption. However we hope this will be the case in future. In the meantime the flour is not wasted – it all goes to goes to Croftland Nursery in Styal for duck and chicken feed.”

Nether Alderley Mill is open for the new season every Sat, Sun and Thurs – Sun, 1pm – 4.30pm until 3rd November. Visits are by guided tour only and these are available on a timed basis on arrival. Access is limited to 14 people at any one time.

Disabled parking is available in front of the mill. By kind permission of the Rector, limited parking (15 spaces max) is available in the nearby church car park, but please note priority is given to those attending church services.

 Nether Alderley Mill – information

Nether Alderley Mill played a central role in its community since the 14th century, providing the crucial flour-grinding service that kept the whole of Nether Alderley fed.

Nether Alderley Mill is a unique example of a triple overshot waterwheel system. The present mill machinery dates from the 19th century, as the original Elizabethan milling equipment would have been made from fruit wood and has long since deteriorated.

The earliest mention of the mill dates back to 1391, although very little is known of this early building and no trace of the machinery survives.

The lower part of the present mill dates to the 16th century, about which time it became the manorial mill of the Stanley family, and was built using local red sandstone. The upper section of the mill was added in the mid-eighteenth century, and its sweeping slate roof, which weighs around 200 tons is supported by an oak frame inside.

With the Repeal of the Corn Laws and later with the introduction of steam power and cheap transport, the trade in milling flour declined.

Shortly after 1939 the mill machinery at Nether Alderley had become so derelict that it could no longer be worked and the building remained derelict and unusable until, after the Second World War, the then owner, Mr J.A. Shelmerdine, presented the mill to the National Trust in 1950.

The Trust carried out repairs to the roof and other parts of the building, and the machinery was restored to working condition in 1967 by Dr Cyril Boucher.

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Restoring Nether Alderley Mill:

from 2008 until 2013, Nether Alderley Mill was closed for crucial restoration work to its unique roof. Over the years the great weight of the locally-sourced roof, around 300 tons, had warped its timber frame, causing it to sink and become potentially unsafe. To carry out the restoration work we needed to employ specialist tradesmen with skills appropriate to the age of the building; stonemasons, millwrights, carpenters and joiners.

Behind a giant tent of plastic sheets and scaffold poles we carefully removed the entire roof. We wanted to reuse as many of the original slates as possible so

they were carefully numbered as each one was removed. Next, every single roof beam was painstakingly assessed to work out where repairs were needed and, if necessary, replacements were to be put in. Finally each roof tile, fitted with a new hand carved oak peg was returned to its original location, like a giant three dimensional jigsaw puzzle.

The mill really comes to life when the waterwheels are turning and the millstones are grinding. While the roof was off we restored all the internal machinery; a team of millwrights replaced the buckets, axles and spokes on the waterwheels, the teeth on the gear wheels and refurbished the millstones and the mechanism around it so that we can once again mill grain.

 Article contributed by The National Trust


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Jubilee Bench

Jubilee Bench

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA                                     OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA                                                                                                                                                          A new bench, commemorating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year,  has been put in place near the junction of Welsh Row with Congleton Road. The Parish Council hopes that it will be of benefit to the local community and visitors to the area.

The Parish Council is grateful to the Cheshire East Council’s Highways department and ‘Community Gang’, who fixed the bench in place.

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