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.

Police and Crime Commissioners Update

Police & Crime Commissioner urges the public to join the conversation

David Keane, Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, is urging residents across the county to join the conversation on funding for their police service.

Between 3 and 24 January 2017, Cheshire’s communities will be able to give their views on whether funding for Cheshire Constabulary should be maintained at current levels or reduced.

The public will be able express their opinions online at www.cheshire-pcc.gov.uk on whether funding for the police service should be maintained. It will only take two minutes of your time, and the outcome will influence the decision the Commissioner makes about the policing precept.

You will have three options; a two percent increase, a one percent increase or no increase to the policing element of the council tax.

Explaining the current financial position David said:

“Recent years have seen severe cuts to public services from successive Governments. The result locally has been that we have had to find £52.4 million of savings over the past 7 years. The Government has said that police budgets will be protected at current levels. However it isn’t quite that simple, as the Government commitment does not take into account inflation and is based on local Police & Crime Commissioners increasing the police share of council tax, known as the policing precept, by 2%.”

During the online consultation the public and the business community will be asked if they are willing to support a 2% or 1% increase in the precept or whether it should be kept at the current level. The outcome will then provide the Commissioner with a clear understanding of what the public think before setting the policing precept for the forthcoming year.

David continued:

“I committed to speaking to the public about police funding prior to making any decision and I am keeping my promise. I know this is a tough decision, particularly as many people are continuing to feel that they have less money in their pocket after the bills have gone out, but I believe that a 2% increase, just 6p a week for a Band D average household, to maintain funding would provide strong support for local policing.”

“I’m clear that maintaining current funding levels through a 2% increase in the precept would not mean local policing stands still. Through careful re-prioritisation and increased efficiency, the people of Cheshire will see investments in areas of policing you told me were important as I developed the Police & Crime Plan. Amongst other things, investment will be made in supporting victims of sexual abuse, local policing, investment in cutting edge technology to support public contact and road safety, and the provision of a modern fit for purpose estate all ensuring policing in Cheshire is connected with our communities.

“I have been working with Simon Byrne, the Chief Constable, to study the existing budget and will be making a number of efficiency savings. What I now need is your view on the police precept.”

A 1% increase would result in a cut of £0.6 million; this would mean a reduction in policing services and be equivalent to 13 fewer police officers.

Freezing the precept at the current level would require greater reductions in policing services through a £1.2 million cut, which is equivalent to 26 fewer police officers.

David concluded: “This is your chance to let me know your thoughts on whether we should be protecting funding for local policing; it’ll only take a couple of minutes, so please get involved and join the conversation.

The consultation can be found online and a number of public consultation roadshows have been arranged across Cheshire to enable the Commissioner and his team to gather views from as many people as possible. All details can be found at www.cheshire-pcc.gov.uk

List of roadshows venues and dates are:

• Tuesday 3rd January – Runcorn Shopping Centre (11am – 1pm)
• Monday 9th January – Waitrose in Sandbach (2pm – 4pm)
• Monday 16th January – Tesco, Frodsham Square in Chester (12pm – 2pm)
• Thursday 19th January – Golden Square Shopping Centre, Warrington (2pm – 4pm)

For those wishing to write in with their views, please indicate which of the options you support and write to:

Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire
Clemonds Hey
Oakmere Road

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.”