Interest Groups

Bell Ringers  -  St Luke’s Church The ancient art of church bell ringing has been practiced for many centuries.
The small St Lukes group ring every Sunday and practice on Friday evenings at 7.30pm.
New ringers are very welcome.  As long as you are tall enough, age and gender don’t matter.  Come and see us.

Contacts:   Mervyn Harrison   Tel:  01477 537187        email:
                   John Murfin          Tel:  01477 532442        email:
Friends of Dane Meadow This is a group set up to involve the community in the conservation and management of the Dane Meadow – the country park on our doorstep.  If you are interested in joining us and making either a physical contribution or lending us your expertise, we would be delighted.

Contact:    Hazel Sutcliffe    (Co-ordinator)    Tel:   01477 535374    email:
Gardening Group –  Holmes Chapel We are an enthusiastic group of about thirty people who enjoy all aspects of horticulture.
We meet at the Methodist Church, usually on the first Monday of the month at 7.30pm.  There is a small subscription or you can pay on the door.  Sometimes we visit gardens of interest both locally and further afield.

Contacts:    Jeanette Howell    Tel:   01477 525143        email: 

                   Dean Johnson        Tel:   0744 3651 826       email:

Gooseberry Club  -  Holmes Chapel and District The Club was founded in 1835 and is now one of only nine clubs left in the Country, eight of them being in Cheshire.
The GOOSEBERRY SHOW held in the Victoria Club, Holmes Chapel, is always on the last Saturday of July starting at 1.00pm; admission is free and visitors are always welcome.

      David Monks            Chairman       Tel:  01477 532935
                      Malcolm Quayle    Secretary       Tel:  01477 533561
Home Grown in Holmes Chapel
We are a group of volunteers with a common interest in growing fruit, vegetables and community spirit!  We grow in various spaces around the village and produce is free for EVERYONE to pick and enjoy.  Come and join us at one of our monthly digs – everyone is always welcome!

Contacts:    Sue Mitchell          Tel:  01477 532064.   email:
                    Andrea Berry         Tel:  01477 534831.  
The Arts Society Dane Valley
(formerly JoDFAS)

The Arts Society offers a superb monthly lecture programme covering all aspects of the arts such as paintings, sculpture, ceramics, mosaics, furniture and more, plus involvement in heritage and conservation projects. Lectures take place at Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School on the second Wednesday of each month (excluding July and August) at 7.45pm. In addition there are occasional visits to places of interest.

Contact:           Chris Mcilwaine     President                                      email:

                         Anne Hargreaves        Membership secretary           Tel: 07856 721087

HC Photographic Society Holmes Chapel Photographic Society (previously known as HC Camera Club) has been an active part of the community for over twenty five years and is affiliated to The Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union.  We meet every other Thursday at 7.45pm, September to May, in Holmes Chapel Library.  Our varied programme of meetings includes external speakers, workshops, competitions with both internal and external judging and folio review evenings.  We welcome photographers with all levels of experience.

Chris Davies               Chairman                                        email:
                 Teresa McFarquhar    Secretary    Tel:  01477 534117      email:
Reading Group

We meet to discuss the current book in a member’s house each month on a Monday at 7.45pm in Congleton, Cranage or Swettenham

Contact:        Diane Neerunjun    Tel: 01260 297131  email:

U3A - Holmes Chapel and District

The U3A (University of the Third Age) is a self-help organisation for people who are retired, semi-retired or no longer in full time employment.  It provides opportunities for members to share learning experiences and to pursue educational, creative and leisure activities in a friendly environment.

Our monthly meeting is generally held on the 2nd Thursday of each month (excluding July and August) in Holmes Chapel Methodist Church Hall from 10.00am to 12 noon.  Full details of all our activities are available on our web site.

Contacts:    Terry Dykes           Tel:  01477 535499    email: 

                      Keith Stevens                                            email:

HC Village Volunteers

We are a group of local residents who meet regularly to tend and improve public green spaces and litter-pick in and around our village. We meet in the Precinct on the second Sunday in the month from 10.00 to 12.00 as well as occasional Tuesday evenings in the summer. 


New members are always welcome.  If you would like more information about the group’s activities please make contact as detailed below. Our programme of working sessions for the year can be found on the Holmes Chapel Parish Council web site.


Contact:          John Clowes   Tel:  01477 532266     email: