Congleton Sustainability Group Meeting Minutes 01/10/18

Congleton Sustainability Group meeting took place recently, download the full meeting minutes HERE.


Highlights include:

Air Quality

PA has contacted Nigel Standley re hand held Air Quality monitors, still awaiting a reply.
MS has recirculated M.Brown’s Air Quality presentation for information.
Following the “greening” of Mountbatten Way, In Bloom are looking at other areas around the town (eg Clayton By-pass)
The issue of parking outside of Wetherspoons (Swan Bank) since the new block surface has been laid was raised. CEBC are looking at reinstating a form of yellow line control to put a stop to this.


Dane Valley Community Energy.

Planning application in 18/0773M
Eco surveys now completed, all information to be back with CEBC by November.
Need to get things in place before feed in the tariffs disappear on 31st March 2019.


The Old Saw Mill.
Apple Juice and Cider
AJ production is now in full swing a little earlier than normal (23rd August) 1696 bottled so far.
Dewi to put together a leaflet to explain usage of Cider Vinegar. Currently have 400 bottles (RPS £5)
OSM Cider to enter the CAMRA North of England Cider and Perry Competition at the Manchester Beer & Cider festival 25th January 2019 (This is not now happening)
DJ attended a cider making course in Bakewell, picked up some good tips and practices.
New director Alison Hughes has joined the team, there are now 4 directors in total.
Café targets and room hire targets being met, around 15 volunteer helpers.
Connected Communities Centre.
GRIPP is now competed for being recognised as a Connected Communities Centre.
Grand opening planned for Thursday 11th October, 2.30 to 5.00pm. All welcome.


Enhancing Congleton’s Greenspace.
PP reported that Mossley guides are interested in the project, it would need to be a CSG project as In Bloom feel it is too far out to fit in their current programme.

Next Meeting:- Mon 5th November, Astbury Mere Visitor Ctr, 10am.

Motown, Northern Soul, “70’s Soul Night – Sat 20 October 2018

The big Soul night is back at Congleton Town Hall – Saturday 20 October 2018. Its yet another special charity based Soul Night to be held at Congleton Town Hall to raise funds for Congleton Community Projects (CCP). The evening will comprise of playing all the best in Motown, 60’s & 70’s Soul and more than a hint of Northern Soul’

The event will be hosted by the now famous ‘DJs Past & Present’ who have been presenting such musical events in the Town Hall and beyond for decades, DJs will include Andy Farron, Richard Wharfe, Steve Walsh and Andy Hulme with special guest DJ’s recently ousted out of retirement for this event:-  PJ Mellor & Chris Booth aka Nasher.

We are expecting a crowd of 240 plus with people attending from outside the area not just locally. Tickets are currently available for advanced purchase from The Congleton Tourist Information Centre ( TIC ) at an early bird price of £6 each. Any surplus tickets may be available on the night , on the door,  priced at £ 7 each. We cannot guarantee entry on the door if all the tickets are purchased in advance, so we naturally recommend you to get hold of your tickets as soon as possible to save disappointment, as normally these Soul Events at the Town Hall are very, very popular. With each entry ticket purchased you will also receive a FREE ‘Happy Hour’ voucher enabling you to receive 50% off all drinks purchased between 7.30 & 8.30pm within the Town Hall !


As usual we will also be hosting the “50/50” raffle where the winning ticket, takes home half the pot of money raised by ticket sales, each raffle ticket is £1 and you can buy as many as you want to improve your chances of been the lucky winner. The other half of the winning pot goes with the rest of the proceeds of the night to CCP. In past events winners have taken home at least £ 80 or more but this is always dependent on raffle ticket sales. Full terms will be on display at the venue


All monies raised will go towards much needed funds for Congleton Community Projects, CCP, who devise and deliver innovative local community events & Festivals in Congleton and have done so for the last 20 years. They are a ‘not for profit’ organisation with a core of dedicated volunteers. Other CCP activities include arts workshops to involve local families in the Christmas Lantern Parade and Lights Switch-on, Congleton Food and Drink Festival, Congleton Carnival parade and the new Playday. CCP is based in the Electric Picture House, Cross St and they work together on Arts events, and Cheshire Rural Touring Theatre productions.  CCP are happy to advice on and help with any project local people might come up with for the town. All events need paying for and this Soul & Motown gig is a joyous way to bring in some much needed funding and for everyone to have some fun at the same time. Please refer to their website for further details –

We look forward to see you there.




Local groups and organisations are invited to submit a grant application for the second round of funding from the Margaret Williamson’s Fund. The fund was set up in memory of Margaret to support environmental, educational and cultural projects in Congleton.


Margaret was passionate about, and a driving force and inspiration behind, improving the culture and environment of Congleton and it was agreed that setting up a special fund to support suitable projects, would keep that spirit alive.  Grants are made available from the funds generated by the capital in the fund. This year the fund is able to support around £5,000 worth of projects and applications need to be submitted by the end of November.


The Trustees of the Fund are now looking to support with grants, projects which meet one or more of the following criteria:


  • Provide opportunities for people to take part in musical, theatrical, literary, performing art, dance, or other artistic activities.
  • Provide opportunities for education and awareness of the natural environment, especially amongst young people.
  • Conserve or improve the natural environment for the benefit of the people in Congleton & District.

Please note: Projects and beneficiaries must fall within Congleton and District defined as CW12 postcode or 01260 STD Code.


If you have a project or an idea that fulfils the criteria and needs some financial help to make a difference to Congleton, then please complete the application form by the 30th November. Applications can be downloaded from the Congleton Partnership website: or collected from the Tourist Information Centre in the Town Hall.


If you wish to donate funds into the Margaret Williamson Trust this can be done via the Partnership, contact Mike Smith on 01260 270350 ext 7 or email


The trustees consider the applications early in December and funds will be released early in January.






The Margaret Williamson Fund is a ring-fenced endowment fund within Cheshire Community Foundation – CCF ( with the income being used to fund projects.  CCF is a registered charity (Number 1143711) set up to manage funds on behalf of private, company and other benefactors and philanthropists.


The proceeds of the fund are administered by Congleton 4 Congleton – C4C ( which is a registered charity (Number 1145563). There is a grants panel made up of Congleton people who look at the applications and decide which should be funded. Cheshire Community Foundation is not responsible in any part for the distribution of these funds including the application assessment or monitoring or impact assessment.

For more information contact Jackie MacArthur, Congleton Town Council on 01260 270350 ext 3