What Does Holmes Chapel Partnership Do?

Holmes Chapel Partnership is an independent voluntary organisation (with professional help for grant applications) whose 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:
Christmas Market: The first ever Holmes Chapel Christmas Market took place on 1st December 2012, with around 30 stalls and general entertainment.  Since then we have had a Market each December which has drawn people from across the village and surrounding areas.  The enclosed area makes it a very friendly place to be on a cold winter's night!
Cycling: In 2012 we produced a map of suggested safe cycling routes within the village, allowing you to get between key points in the village with little or no need to cycle on the busy main roads.  We followed this up in 2013 with a map of leisure routes going out from the Village.  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. Note: All the maps are available free of charge from the library and businesses around the village; SECCAG continues to work with Cheshire East to try and improve conditions for cyclists in our communities.
Improvements to Play areas: 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.
Dane Meadow: 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.
 
For more information go to www.danemeadow.co.uk
Community Cinema: The Partnership encouraged a group of local volunteers to set up a Community Cinema, following a survey which revealed this was a top wish by residents.  The group worked very hard and in September 2014 put on their first film at the Vic Club; since then there has been a film show almost every month, with capacity audiences every time.
 
Welcome Pack: 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 Welcome Pack, which provides information about local services, organisations, etc..  This is available in the Library and other key places in the village, or online here.