Welcome to Great Budworth

Great Budworth is a small village set in some of Cheshire’s most beautiful countryside, with strong links to our Church and local communities. If you fancy a walk in the country, Great Budworth is an ideal place to visit. With the magnificent St Mary and All Saints Church, The George and Dragon Pub and The Great Budworth Ice Cream Farm all within walking distance. The early history of Great Budworth is well documented in the Domesday Book, which mentions a priest at Great Budworth in 1086.


The site is designed to be an easily accessible source of information for residents and visitors alike with an interactive Village Events Diary. In order to populate the site with relevant and useful information – we need your input – so please feel free to contact us (using this link) with your comments and suggestions.

As you will see, there is an initial list of clubs, societies and organisations who might want a stake in the website – but if yours is missing and you want to be included – then please let us know.

Mobile Library Consultation

There are currently 135 mobile library stops across Cheshire West and Chester. Following a Library Service Review in 2014 and a reduction in the number of mobile library vehicles, Cheshire West and Chester Council are reviewing the current service provided by the Mobile Library.

They are issuing a consultation to inform the review. They propose to maintain 100 stops and advise that accessibility to the service would also be improved by implementing a three week rota.  (This would be instead of the current four week rota and would bring the service in line with loan periods at static libraries). They state that wherever possible, stop times would be increased.

They advise that any residents with restricted mobility who are affected by the proposed changes would be entitled to the Home Library Service. This service (provided in partnership with the Royal Voluntary Service) would deliver books to each resident’s home.

It is proposed that in future, routes would be reviewed on a six-monthly basis to maintain effective service provision and ensure the service is responsive to community needs.

The consultation will go live on Wednesday 1st June and will last for 6 weeks, they will be contacting every mobile library customer and will have the consultation available online for anyone to complete.

Please find below a copy of the questionnaire for completion, this also outlines the proposed routes.

Mobile Library Consultation Questionaire

A rural community such as Great Budworth relies on services like the mobile library, please make your views heard and take a few minutes to complete the questionnaire.

Great Budworth Celebrates the 90th Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen

Along with communities around the country, a special day of village celebrations has been planned on Sunday June 12th here in the centre of the village.
At 10.30am there will be a Service of Thanksgiving for Her Majesty in the Church.
Following the service, complimentary refreshments will be served, and our very own  ‘Great Budworth Village Voices ‘ will
present a short  musical programme of music for the Queen; ‘Long to Reign Over Us!’
After this, The Barnton Silver Band will strike up in the churchyard from about 12.45pm and a bar will be running throughout the afternoon.
There will also be the opportunity to enjoy a delicious hog roast – from 1-3pm – along with strawberries and Great Budworth Dairy Ice Cream.
To give us an idea of numbers, we ask that the hog roast tickets should be bought in advance 
 (£6 adult £3 child) from the pub, the Ice Cream Farm, or after church services over the next few weeks.
The Earl of Stamford Morris Dancers will be doing two sessions of dancing outside the George & Dragon  – and will be inviting willing participants to learn the ancient art of the Morris Dance!
Church Teas will be held from 2 – 4.30pm that day inside the church – instead of in the Parish Hall.
Please come and join in on what we hope will be a lovely sunny afternoon of celebration – bring picnic chairs, rugs and community spirit!
Please note that there is no charge for coming and joining in – only for the food and drink consumed ….and you can bring your own if you wish.

Parking Survey Report

The final report completed by the Parking Working Party that complies the results of the village parking survey and outlines possible next steps regarding the parking issues in the village is now available for you to read, please click on the link below.

Final Parking Survey Report

There will be a public meeting held by the Parish Council on the 22nd February 2016 at 7.30pm in the Parish Hall offering residents the opportunity to comment on its findings to the Parish Council.

A small number of paper copies will be also be available in the Church.

A copy will be also be included in the next addition of the Budworth Bulletin.

If anyone is unable to attend the meeting but wishes to provide feedback on the results of the report please contact the Parish Clerk either by email at [email protected] or by telephone on 01606 259960.

Parish Council enters the wonderful world of social media…

Great Budworth Parish Council has today gone ‘live’ on Facebook and Twitter!

The Parish Council wants to be accessible to everyone and keep the people of Great Budworth informed on all the work they are undertaking on their behalf.

So, if you have a Facebook account search for Great Budworth Parish Council or on Twitter for Great Budworth PC then like and follow us.

Retirement of Long Standing Parish Councillors

A TRIO with more than 80 years of service to their village between them are retiring from council life this May.

Bob Wilkinson, Bill Anderson and Peter Davies are not standing for re-election to Great Budworth Parish Council.

Bob has been a councillor for more than 30 years, Bill for 35 years and Peter for 16 years.

“For me, 35 years is long enough,” Bill said.

Peter said: “I’m 80 so one of the reasons I want to step down is to hand it over to younger people with fresh ideas.”

Bob, 70, has a lifelong link with Great Budworth as his family moved to the village when he was just eight months old.

They lived on a farm in High Street before the current family farm, New Westage Farm, was built in Heath Lane in 1953.

He was following in the footsteps of his dad Roger when he joined the parish council.

Bill and Peter are relative newcomers to the village, with Bill moving to Great Budworth in 1965 and Peter in 1994.

Both Bill and Peter decided to join the council because of the community spirit in the village.

Peter said: “I came to the village in ’94 and the community spirit was always there and I just wanted to help to keep the village as it is.

“It’s such a social village and there’s so many things going on – there’s the tennis club, bowling club, gardening club, cricket club, WI, village hall, church – it’s very very busy.”

Bill and Bob have been involved with expanding the village hall over the years and one of Bill’s highlights is helping to work out how to repair the pump at the bottom of High Street and tracing the spring that feeds it.

Although they are standing down, the three will still be kept busy as Bob is chairman of the bowling club, Peter is treasurer for both the garden club and cricket club and Bill is the events organiser for the Friends of Arley.

Great Budworth Parish Council is the only parish council in the Northwich area which will hold an election on May 7 as there are 11 candidates standing for eight seats.

Bill, 75, said; “We wish all the new Councillors success and hope they enjoy it as much as we have.”


Is this the tiniest library in Cheshire?

Villagers in picturesque Great Budworth are the latest to find a novel use for a redundant telephone kiosk – a book exchange. Using money raised at last year’s Jubilee celebrations, the dilapidated kiosk has been carefully restored to its former glory, the parts sourced from a specialist restoration company in Surrey. The plastic windows have been replaced with glass, and the cast iron framework rubbed down and given a fresh coat of the genuine shade of red paint.

Local tradesmen John Eaton and Ted Parry carried out the renovation and paintwork – and once that was complete, Nev Griffin designed and donated shelving and a rack for magazines.

The project was spearheaded by local Councillor Lesley Hopkinson: ‘Since the closure of the shop at one end of the village, we needed a focal point where neighbours can meet and pass the time of day. Using money raised at our Jubilee celebrations seemed particularly appropriate for renovating such an 
icon. This model was known as the Jubilee Kiosk as it was originally designed for the silver jubilee of King George V.’

At the grand opening of the unusual book exchange, the honour of cutting the ribbon was given to Ruth Parker, an avid reader who has lived in Great Budworth over 40 years. She has just retired after 34 years on the governing body of Great Budworth Primary School.

Ruth welcomed a new source of reading material so close to her home, open seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day.

Great Budworth is a village that loves its books. It welcomes the mobile library service every Wednesday. Every Sunday between April and October, there is a second hand book sale in the Parish Hall along with the – even more popular – teas and cakes. (Source: Cheshire Life)