What Do We Do?
Holmes Chapel Partnership is an independent voluntary organisation with professional help from a part time Project Officer. The purpose is to facilitate projects which benefit the whole community in and around Holmes Chapel.
In so doing we work closely with both Holmes Chapel Parish Council and Cheshire East Council, as well as local businesses, schools, clubs, organisations and of course residents.
Our initial actions - since our formation in 2010, were to facilitate projects coming out of the Action Plan in the 2009 Parish Plan. As a result we have delivered on the following actions:
Cycling & Walking
In order to try and encourage Holmes Chapel residents out of their cars, we produced a map in 2012 “Holmes Chapel Cycling Village Project” which suggested ways of getting around and across the village by bike avoiding the busiest roads.
We followed this up in 2013 with a “Cycle Rides around Holmes Chapel” map showing short circular routes going out from the village, using the local lanes rather than the main traffic arteries.
We also worked with the South East Cheshire Cycling Action Group (SECCAG) to create a map covering the five Congleton Area Partnership towns (Alsager, Congleton, Middlewich, Sandbach and ourselves) - with both town centre and connecting routes that, again, avoid the busiest roads. This map, “Let’s Go Cycling in SE Cheshire” was updated in 2017. Holmes Chapel Partnership is represented on SECCAG which campaigns for better cycling infrastructure in the area.
2017 also saw the production of a walking map, “Walks around Holmes Chapel”. This was originally designed to suggest a few, mostly traffic-free, walks to new residents of our village.
2019 sees the publication of a new walking map – the “South Cheshire 5 Towns Trail” – on which the Partnerships from the 5 towns that used to form Congleton Borough have collaborated. It describes routes using Public Footpaths to get from one town to another and, for the ambitious, a 43 mile round route!
Note: All the maps are available free of charge from the library and businesses around the village, as well as on our website.
After Holmes Chapel’s very successful celebration for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 many from our village requested ‘more Community events’. Holmes Chapel Partnership answered that request and in December of that year launched, what has now become an annual event, Holmes Chapel Christmas Market.
The Co-op car park plus the use of the Scout HQ and St Luke’s Church hall is a perfect area to keep the market compact but still allows room for a musical organ, a fairground ride and, of course, Santa’s sleigh. Approximately forty stalls from local and farther afield businesses offer a variety of goods for sale along with food and mulled wine to sample. There is a good presence from Holmes Chapel charity and voluntary organisations; their stalls often give an opportunity to win a prize! Guiding and Scouting provide very welcome refreshments in the form of a BBQ or a hot drink and cake! Many local businesses open their doors to join in the fun of the market.
Our local dance school opens the market with a spectacular display and throughout the event, we are entertained by a varied programme of musical talent from our schools and choirs.
A warm, fun and friendly community atmosphere can certainly be experienced at Holmes Chapel Christmas Market.
Improvements to Facilities for Young People
The Middlewich Road Playarea was refurbished in 2013 as a joint project with the Parish Council and Cheshire East; it was reopened to great acclaim in July 2013 by the Cheshire East Mayor (Dorothy Flude) and has been well used ever since.
In 2015 we turned our attentions to the Elm Drive Playarea and its immediate surroundings. The equipment was improved, and the playarea reopened in July.
A major project, jointly with the Parish Council and Cheshire East Council, was undertaken in 2014/15 to improve the accessibility of the Dane Meadow - on the northwest side of the village. This provided better road access and parking within the meadow for the disabled, a network of footpaths, two new ponds and a bird-watching area so that this lovely area can be enjoyed all year round. It was officially opened in May 2014 by Cllr Michael Jones and is proving an ever more popular place.
Holmes Chapel Guide
Holmes Chapel, like most local towns and villages, is expanding in terms of houses and population. In order to help new residents find their feet in the village, the Partnership put together a Holmes Chapel Guide, which provides information about local services, organisations, etc.. This is available in the Library and other key places in the village, or by clicking on the button below.
Holmes Chapel Guide
The Partnership has produced a "Holmes Chapel Guide", containing information about the leisure and voluntary organisations which can be found in the village. Newcomers, and indeed long-time residents, often don’t know where to find out about groups such as these, and so may miss out on opportunities to join in with the many enjoyable social events and activities which are available in the area.
The cost of producing the brochures is approximately 80 pence per copy, and the work of producing them took around 50 volunteer hours.
The brochure is available in the Library and in some shops, and online, by clicking the button: