Congleton Community Transport Partnership Mini Bus Hire Scheme

Congleton Minibus

To Hire.

Contact Jeff Cutts

New Life Church, Danesford Community Centre, West Rd, Congleton, CW12 4EY

01260 297961

Charges and terms of hire.

£20 per day or part of.

50p per mile.

All fines / fees / damage to the vehicle are the responsibility of the person/organisation hiring the mini bus.

AA Breakdown cover is included as part of the insurance, details of action required can be found on the Insurance and Breakdown Arrangements page within the operation folder held in each of the Mini Buses.

The person/organisation hiring the mini bus will need to provide a driver, age 30 or over, with no more than 3 points on his/her licence.

The person/organisation hiring the mini bus will need to have a connection to The Congleton Partnership (through one of the subgroups)

No provisional booking can be made, as others may want to use the mini bus(es)

Regular Booking can be made if space available.


Complete documentation as required:-

Before taking the Mini Bus out, complete the “Drivers Daily Walk Round Checklist”

At the end of the trip, complete a Vehicle Defect Report Form if required, and check that the Mini Bus is clean and tidy internally.

Please advise also Congleton Partnership of any accident or breakdown as soon as possible on any of the following numbers:


Glen Williams 01260 279707

Mike Smith     01260 270350 Ext 7 (Congleton Partnership Administrator)

Jeff Cutts        01260 297961 (New Life Church)




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



Health & Wellbeing Fair Congleton

Health and Wellbeing FairMembers of the public are being invited to a free health and wellbeing fair which aims to promote the help, advice and support that is available in Cheshire.


Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (MCHFT) and Congleton Partnership, a community based, volunteer organisation, which utilises the skills and expertise of residents & organisations in Congleton, will be hosting the event on Tuesday 3 October at Congleton Town Hall, which will run from 10am – 1pm.


The fair will consist of a variety of free activities and health checks to get involved in, as well as displays from Age UK Cheshire, Alzheimer’s Society, Healthwatch, Cheshire Fire & Rescue, One You Cheshire East and many more.


A number of departments from Crewe’s Leighton Hospital will also be holding displays.


Mike Smith of the Congleton Partnership said: “We are pleased to be holding another health and wellbeing fair in Congleton following the success of previous events. We are also delighted to be working in partnership with both Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Cheshire East Council this year. The event is a great opportunity to find out about health and wellbeing support options available in the local area.”


The Trust, which runs Leighton Hospital in Crewe, Victoria Infirmary in Northwich and Elmhurst Intermediate Care Centre in Winsford, will also be holding its Annual Members’ Meeting following the fair.


Members of the Trust, along with the general public, are invited to join the Board of Directors and Council of Governors to find out the latest about the Trust, its sites and its achievements during 2017/18.


Dennis Dunn MBE, Chairman of the Trust, said: “Our Annual Members’ Meeting provides a wonderful opportunity for local people to engage with their local hospitals, ask any questions they have, meet the staff who work there and learn more about the service improvements that have taken place over the last year.


“The event is open to everybody, and attendees can also find out how they can become Members of the Trust in order to have their say on local healthcare, how facilities are run and how they can be developed in the future.”

The Annual Members’ Meeting will begin at 12.30pm with lunch available for those who attend.


Those wishing to attend the Annual Members’ Meeting can register their interest in advance by contacting 01270 612128 or emailing


If you have any further questions, or wish to register your attendance for the health and wellbeing fair, please contact 01260 270350 or email Further information can also be found on


Congleton Sustainability Group 3.09.18


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

Highlights Include:

The Old Saw Mill – Apple Juice and Cider

AJ production is now in full swing a little earlier than normal. 200 bottles produced to-date, big push on apple collection this week.
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


Neighbourhood Plan.
Still some work to be done before the plan can progress to Cheshire East and onto Regulation 15. The updated plan was agreed by the steering group with one or two issues to be solved around Health and Wellbeing.

Staged still to complete:-
Formal adoption

Next Meeting:- Mon 1st October, The Old Saw Mill, 10am.



The Hummingbirds sing-a-long…

The humming bird singing sessions CongletonFREE FIRST SESSION 11th Sept at 7:30pm


11th Sept at 7:30pm

Hummingbird Coaching is starting up an informal, fun, mid-week singing group at St John’s Church Buglawton to take place every two weeks on a Tuesday evening, from 7:30-8:30pm. It’s not like a conventional choir – the aim is to simply come together with others, sing for fun and health, and to sing your favourite songs.

Our first get together would be free, from 7:30 to 8:15pm on Tuesday 11th September, to get to know each other, chat about song ideas and to see if people want to sing in parts like a choir does, for example.

If you would like to come along then please contact

KVC & Hummingbird Coaching, on 07540 283796

I hope to see you!

For the joy of singing and the health benefits it brings

The Kingdom of Heaven is within you – let it be unleashed

Tracey Taylor
Hummingbird Coaching.

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Projects & Finance Committee meeting minutes 23.07.18

Congleton Partnerships Projects & Finance Committee meeting took place recently, download full meeting minutes HERE.

Highlights include:

Public Realm Strategy.


All of the major work completed, just a small amount of snagging and repair. Lamppost tops, projector, bollards and seats to be re-sited.

There is however an issue of the quality of the stone paving used and its ability to mark/stain too easily. The meeting requested that D.McG and SF put a letter together to be sent to Kath O’Dwyer (Acting Chief Exec)

Jackie to look at siting a town centre map within the pedestrian area. 2 possible sites ,Jackie approaching Seddons as potential sponsors.

Projector. Not sure the current situation regarding this, David has contacted CEBC for information, the feeling of the group was that it would be a target of vandals and possibly poorly received by the general public as a waste of money.

Leisure Centre.

Press release now received from CEBC.

“Pulse Design & Build was appointed following an extensive procurement process.

The council’s project team will now work with Pulse Design & Build to undertake necessary preparatory work, consultation and surveys leading to the submission of a full planning application. This is due to be concluded by March 2019. Redevelopment works are due to be completed by autumn 2020”.


The Mills.

No change from last meeting.

Aware that CEC and Scarborough Developments Group have resolved land related issues and the start of the development is dependent upon and anchor tenant being found – we believe positive progress is being made on this. Once the anchor tenant is committed a planning application will be submitted for the scheme and everyone will have a chance to comment.


Senior Health & Wellbeing Fayre.

Planned for early 2nd October.  A joint venture with Mid Cheshire NHS Trust as they are planning a Fayre/Annual Meeting around that time.  40 exhibitors confirmed ranging from Clinical, health services, community centres and local groups. Next subgroup meeting 29th August. Posters and flyers printed and will be circulated in September.


Date and Time of the next meeting.

Monday 15th October 2018 The Spencer Suite , 9.30am.