Welcome to the Christleton Blog. This is the best place to check what is happening as I tend to mention here any new items or features to the website as and when they happen and give a link to where you will find them. But I would encourage you to click around the site and explore. You are currently in the main part and you will find links to two other main sections. The Christleton War Voices which has an immense amount of information about Christleton in World War I. The other is Christleton 3 which is rich in photographs and includes two regular monthly features. Wildlife Watch and The History File. Enjoy.
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Eleven o'clock on the 11th November was rather different this year. A poignant reminder of the passing of time as it was one hundred years since the guns fell silent ending World War 1. The most horrible of wars when many young men from Christleton were injured or lost their lives. Their names were read out followed by those who died in service to their country during World War II. A two minute silence was held so we could reflect upon their suffering and how much they gave for us. The December edition of The History File by David Cummings recalls our remembrance on that day at Christleton War Memorial and in St. James Church. Illustrated by some 70 photographs including the knitting and needlework by Material Girls. In addition David gives an account of the special evening of Commemoration on 10th November at Christleton High School. I was lucky enough to have a ticket for this event and was moved by the drama students performance. I also enjoyed joining in with the rendition of WWI songs. They just do not write them like that any more.
There are times whilst at my Apple iMac working on this website or my business site that I suddenly hear an unusual sound. For a split second I falter and then realise what it is. It is the sound of geese calling to each other passing over the house in one of their incredible V formations. If I am quick enough I manage to get out of the front door to witness this breathtaking sight. A wonderful interlude in a busy day. In Wildlife Watch for November David Cummings relates his experiences of this amazing piece of nature. He then moves from the air to the water telling us the good news that the shoveler ducks are back on the Pit for the winter.
Following the publication of the revised National Planning Policy Framework on 24th July 2018 the village of Christleton faces a new but very similar application for the development of Christleton Hall. The last application was turned down by Chester City councillors by a vote of 10 to 1 in April 2018
I have received a letter from Cheshire West & Chester City Council this morning advising me of a planning notice for the conversion of Christleton Hall to residential use and the building of 42 dwellings. You will remember the previous application was turned down in April this year by the Council by 10 votes to 1 and the majority of the residents of Christleton. The planning application reference number is 18/03803/FUL and you have until 16th November to submit any comments.