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Parish Clerk Vacancy

August 6th, 2018 | Posted by Liz McGrath in Events | News - (Comments Off on Parish Clerk Vacancy)


Lower Peover is a great place to live. It is uniquely placed in two unitary Authorities of Cheshire East and Cheshire West and Chester. It has approximately 450 residents on the electoral register in around 285 houses.

The Parish Clerk will coordinate and oversee a wide range of Council activities such as planning monthly meetings, minute taking, recording financial transactions, receiving details of planning applications, putting together the end of year accounts as well as monthly finance reports and bank reconciliation. The role also includes administration of the Parish Council Facebook site and web site.

The post is part time amounting to 20 hours per month but some months the hours may be more, with a salary in the range of £2800 – £3000 per annum depending on experience. The hourly rate is currently £12.12. The salary is based on local council pay scale LC1 grade 18-22.

The clerk will work from their home, be the primary point of contact for the Council and working with the councillors will set agendas for the council monthly meetings of which there are 5 per year. Normally meetings take place in an evening at Lower Peover Primary School. The Clerk would be expected to attend these meetings.

Computer skills are essential to achieve the varied communications required by a forward-looking local council. A knowledge of local council procedures would be desirable but not essential.

Applications should be made in writing to the Chairman of Lower Peover Parish Council by 18th August 2018 with your CV and a covering letter highlighting any relevant qualifications, experience and or interests which you feel would make you right for this job.
Louise Corlett
Woodside Cottage
Foxcovert Lane
Lower Peover
WA16 9QP Or email


July 2nd, 2018 | Posted by Liz McGrath in News - (Comments Off on PERIOD FOR THE EXERCISE OF PUBLIC RIGHTS ACCOUNTS FOR THE YEAR END 31ST MARCH 2018)

Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014
Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234)

Lower Peover Parish Council’s annual return needs to be reviewed by an external auditor appointed by the Public Sector Audit Appointments Limited. Any person interested has the right to inspect accounting records for the financial year to which the audit relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers and other documents relating to these records or documents.

These documents for Lower Peover Parish Council are to be made available on reasonable notice by application between the hours of 9am and 5pm on working days (excluding public holidays).

Commencing on 2nd July 2018
Ending on 16th August 2018

If you wish to view them then please contact the names smaller authority representative:

Liz McGrath  07973681226

Local electors and their representatives have rights to question the auditor about the accounts and object to account or any item in them. Written notice of an objection must first be given to the auditor and a copy sent to the smaller authority. The auditor can be contacted at the address below for this purpose during the inspection period which commences on 2nd July 2018 and ends on 16th August 2018.

The smaller authority’s annual return is subject to review by the appointed auditor under the provisions of the Local Audit Accountability Act 2014, the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 and the NAO’s Code of Audit Practise

The appointed auditor of Lower Peover Parish Council is:

PKF Littlejohn LLP (REF: SBA team), 1 Westferry Circus, Canary Wharfe, London, E14 4HD Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7516 2200

14th July 2018 Village Litter Pick

June 15th, 2018 | Posted by Liz McGrath in Events - (Comments Off on 14th July 2018 Village Litter Pick)

Litter Pick 14th July 2018.


May 13th, 2018 | Posted by Liz McGrath in News - (Comments Off on VACANCY FOR A COUNCILLOR)

There is a vacancy for a Councillor for the Parish of Nether Peover

An election to fill the vacancy will be held if ten electors for the said Electoral area give notice to the returning officer requesting such an election within 14 days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Good Friday or a Bank Holiday) of the date of this notice.

The address of the Returning Officer is:
The Returning Officer
Cheshire West and Chester Council,
Democratic Services,
2nd Floor, HQ Building,
58 Nicholas Street,

If no such notice is given the Parish Council will fill the vacancy by co-option.

Date 10th May 2018

Signed (Clerk)

For further advice on procedure please email the elections Office at Cheshire West

Lower Peover WI – March 2018

March 8th, 2018 | Posted by Liz McGrath in WI News - (Comments Off on Lower Peover WI – March 2018)

This month our guest speaker was Charlotte Gringras, a writer from Manchester, whose talk was entitled “My novels tell their story”. Charlotte described how she began writing after attending a creative writing course. The subject for her first book was inspired by the discovery that her grandmother had been a suffragette, and even her children did not find out until after her death. Charlotte explained the importance of factual research even if the story itself is fiction. “The Purple Rose”, her first book, gives historically correct details of the history of the suffragette movement although the characters are fictional. She has written two books to date “The Purple Rose” and “Not in our Hands” and also writes poetry and short stories. She explained that good writing does not just need a good story but the ability to make sure that the story flowed keeping the reader’s interest, giving us some examples by reading short extracts from both of her books. Following her talk Charlotte was kind enough to judge our mini writing competition.
Our tea and biscuit session was also enhanced by a cake and jam tasting to help decide, by popular vote, upon our potential entries for the Cheshire Show.
Our next meeting will be on Wednesday April 4th at 7.30pm in Lower Peover School, when the talk will be by Rob Bashforth of The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust and we are happy to welcome anyone who may be interested in joining us.
Our regular book group continues to meet on the second Monday of each month, and plans for trips to the cinema, Terracotta Warriors and Arighi Bianchi are in the pipeline

Lower Peover WI – Feb 2018

March 8th, 2018 | Posted by Liz McGrath in WI News - (Comments Off on Lower Peover WI – Feb 2018)

The members met together as usual Lower Peover School at 7.30pm. However this was not our usual meeting format. We had a surprise addition to our programme – Year 4 pupils from Lower Peover school treated us to a fantastic performance of an assembly they had prepared on World War 2. The audience also included parents and friends and they gave a marvellous representation of the problems faced by both adults and children during the war and the spirit and resilience shown by the British population. The twenty minute performance ended with a rousing chorus of “Bluebirds over the White Cliffs of Dover”.
Once the performers and their parents had left, to loud applause, we settled down to a highly educational talk on the “Science of Chocolate” given by Dr Diana Leitch. Her talk, which was supported by several samples for tasting, took us from the first discovery of chocolate to the present day. We now know that chocolate was discovered over 2000 years ago by the Mayans and Olmec of Central America as a drink and was first introduced into Europe by the Spanish around 1600, when only Royalty were allowed to drink it. The solid chocolate bar was first produced by Frys in 1847. We learnt about traditions associated with chocolate over the years, its cultivation, production, chemical composition and unfortunately the high sugar content of today’s chocolate bars.
Our next meeting will be on March 7th at 7.30pm in Lower Peover School, when the talk will be by Charlotte Gringas and author and entitled “My novels tell their story”, and we are happy to welcome anyone who may be interested in joining us.
Our regular book group continues to meet on the second Monday of each month, and a snowdrop walk is planned in the near future.

Lower Peover WI – January 2018

March 8th, 2018 | Posted by Liz McGrath in WI News - (Comments Off on Lower Peover WI – January 2018)

The members met together for the first meeting of 2018 in Lower Peover School at 7.30pm. Meetings are normally held on the first Wednesday of the month, but this meeting was held a week later to avoid the proximity to New Year.
We enjoyed an informative talk on “The Royal Cheshire County Show” given by one of our members – Edwina Oldham. Edwina has extensive knowledge and experience derived from 40 years of volunteering in various roles on Cheshire Show Committees. Her talk covered the journey of the Show from its original site in Chester to its current permanent show ground in Tabley, and details of how the show gets organised each year. We were amazed to hear that the Show only has one full-time member of staff – the Show Secretary, the rest of the work being performed by a large group of volunteers. Edwina herself being heavily involved in the organisation and running of the WI exhibition tent – in 2012 she was chosen as the Patroness of the Show in recognition of all her work over the years. This year when we visit the show we will all be much more aware of all the effort that has gone in over the preceding months to get the WI Marquee so immaculately organised, in particular the effort involved to get all the WI exhibits set out and judged on the Monday prior to the Tuesday opening.
Our next meeting will be on February 7th at 7.30pm in Lower Peover School, when the talk will be by Dr Diana Leitch and entitled “The Science of Chocolate/Catalyst” and anyone interested in joining us is welcome to attend.
We have several additional activities ongoing, including our regular book group on the second Monday of each month, a small group already planning our joint venture for the Cheshire Show and several ideas for walks and days out in the pipeline.

Village Newsletter

August 13th, 2017 | Posted by Liz McGrath in Events | News - (Comments Off on Village Newsletter)

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Planning Meeting on 3rd August 2017

July 28th, 2017 | Posted by Liz McGrath in News - (Comments Off on Planning Meeting on 3rd August 2017)

The Parish Council will be holding a planning meeting on 3rd August at the Lower Peover School at 7.30pm.


The main item for discussion will be the Application 17/03048/REM – Land Adjacent And Rear Of 13 Holly Tree Drive Nether Peover Northwich


All are welcome to attend

Northwich Local Policing Unit

July 17th, 2017 | Posted by Liz McGrath in News - (Comments Off on Northwich Local Policing Unit)

Beware of Bogus HMRC Hoax Callers

Officers are reminding resident to remain vigilant following a multiple reports of hoax calls from people claiming to be from HMRC.
During the past week we have received three separate reports from residents in the Northwich area who have received calls from a man purporting to be from Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

On each occasion the victim was told they were being investigated by HMRC for an outstanding tax balance and if they didn’t settle the balance then they would be arrested. The caller was then informed that if they paid the balance within two hours they will not be arrested, and then told that the balance could only be settled using iTunes vouchers.

The victims were then advised to visit a high street supermarket or electronics store to purchase the vouchers and then call back the hoax caller and provide them with the serial numbers from the vouchers to settle their debt.

In each of these cases the victims have been told that they must purchase hundreds of pounds worth of vouchers or face the prospect of being arrested; which has caused anxiety and concern for all of the victims.

Thankfully in all three cases the victims did not fall for the scam and no money changed hands. However, having been made aware of these incidents we are working closely with local supermarkets and electronics stores to help prevent vulnerable residents from purchasing large quantities of vouchers.

I would also like to remind local residents that HMRC would never call you and ask you to settle a balance over the phone using vouchers. I advise anyone who believes that they may have been a victim to call us on 101.

Anyone who believes they have been contacted fraudulently or have been a victim of fraud should call Cheshire Police on 101 and Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

Don’t be driven to distraction by your mobile phone

It’s not fake news that using your mobile phone while driving is dangerous, but drivers appear to be choosing to ignore this fact.

Across Cheshire some motorists are being driven to distraction sending texts, making calls or updating their social media profile whilst on the move.

Cheshire Police is taking the opportunity to remind road users during the National Police Chiefs’ Council mobile phone enforcement week that they face a £200 fine and six points if they are caught in the act.

The campaign, which runs from 10th to 16th of July, will again urge motorists not to be distracted by their phone – the potential consequences of this can be serious which is why new legislation was introduced back in March, doubling the penalty you face if you’re caught.

Our officers are out on the roads 24/7 policing the county and targeting those who flout the law.  This week is our opportunity to reinforce the message that using a handheld mobile device is dangerous, completely reckless and will not be tolerated in Cheshire.

The safety of Cheshire’s roads is paramount and our Roads Policing Team will do all they can to enforce the law to keep our roads safe.


More than 250 dangerous drivers removed from the streets of Cheshire

More than 250 people are facing driving bans and large fines after getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol or taking illegal drugs.

The operation, which ran throughout June 2017, saw officers from the force’s Roads Policing Unit carrying out additional checks on roads across the county in a bid to reduce the number of offenders and casualties.

In total 121 people were arrested for drink driving, while another 131 were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of illegal drugs. The figures compare to 141 arrests for drink driving and 73 arrests for drug driving in June 2016. All of those arrested are now likely to face driving bans and large fines.

It’s disappointing to see that so many people still believe that it is acceptable to drive under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.

The dangers of both drink and drug driving are well known – it affects your reaction time, making it harder for you to judge your speed, judge your distance between you and other vehicles and notice potential hazards. All of this means that you are more likely to be involved in a collision.

All of those arrested as part of this operation will now have to face the consequences of their actions, which will have a significant impact on both their personal and professional lives.

All roads policing officers in Cheshire are equipped with both alcohol testing kits and drugs wipes, which instantly detect whether a driver is under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is extremely dangerous and I cannot reiterate enough how much drivers are risking their own lives and the lives of others.

While this operation has now concluded, our commitment to removing dangerous drivers from the streets of Cheshire continues, and we will use all of tools available to help us achieve our goal.

I also want to urge people to help us by coming forward to report anyone they believe may be under the influence. Together we can help make the roads across the county safer for everyone.

Speed Enforcement

On 12/7/17 speed enforcement was carried out on Sandy Lane, Weaverham where 37 vehicles were caught exceeding the 30mph speed limit.


On the same day also on Station Road, Weaverham, 4 were captured exceeding the limit of 30mph speed limit.


On 13/7/17  on Northwich Road, Weaverham  6 motorists were captured exceeding the 30mph limit between 08:33hrs & 09:53hrs and later on  Station Road, Acton Bridge where 13 motorists were caught exceeding the limit.


Drugs Warning


Dangers of taking Psychoactive Substances ( Lethal Highs)

Officers in other areas of the County including Chester and Cheshire East are warning residents about the dangers of taking psychoactive substances following an increase in the number of incidents. We have had none reported in our area at this present time but would like to warn people of the dangers. Over the past month we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of incidents in both areas involving psychoactive substances.    We are extremely concerned these substances could have led to a number of people being hospitalized. We would strongly urge people not to take these drugs and for people to be aware of the dangers of taking these substances.
If people have taken any psychoactive substances and have concerns about their health they should contact the medical services as soon as possible. The drugs are highly addictive and known to leave users in a ‘Zombie’ state. It is believed that psychoactive substances have been linked to hundreds of hospital admissions across the UK.

For further information please visit Frank website


Updated info regarding Snapchat


Snapchat is a picture sharing app that is hugely popular with young people. As of May 2017, the app was attracting 166m users a day.   It is often referred to as ‘the sexting app’ – even though there’s no research showing that to be true, and plenty of anecdotal evidence suggesting that isn’t the reason most teens use it.  The app focuses on capturing ‘moments’ quickly with users taking images and videos and sending them instantly.

The unique feature of Snapchat is that images disappear within seconds. Snapchat users can specify how many seconds they would like their images to be seen by the recipient(s). This can range from 1 to 10 seconds. Snapchat’s latest update, as of June 2017, is a location-sharing feature called Snap Map.  This feature has prompted some concern from parents and professionals working with children over privacy, and who can find out the exact location of their kids as you don’t need to be friends with a user for them to see where you are.

To combat this, users can specify who they share their whereabouts with – all their friends or just a select few. They can even set it to ‘ghost mode’, where they can see where others are without sharing their own location.  Thinkuknow – the education programme of The National Crime Agency’s child protection command CEOP –  has created a guide for parents and carers to help them understand the functions and features of Snapchat and ways to help young people stay safe while using it.

This information has been provided by:

Click on the link below to read CEOP’s comprehensive guide to Snapchat.


social media



Thinkuknow Parent’s Guide to Snapchat.pdf


Rugby Union players Wanted for this coming season


Winnington Park Rugby Football Club situated at Burrows Hill, Northwich are looking for senior players to play for the club. The club has fantastic facilities and run teams from under 8,s to three Senior men’s teams a ladies team and 3 girls teams.

The club would like to recruit players to support this year’s season. Training night are on every Tuesday and Thursday evenings 7pm to 9pm. It’s a great family club so gets your boots out and come along keep yourself fit and play some rugby.



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