Co-op donations

Three charities or groups in Malpas and Whitchurch have benefited from handouts totalling £4,360.21 from the village’s Co-op shop.

Malpas Opal Club, Shocklach Primary School and Beechtree Community Centre received the money, which was raised by customers through shopping using their Membership cards.

By being a member you get five per cent back on a card which you can redeem when ever you want and one per cent goes in to the local cause pot.

You can select which charity you want your one per cent to go to by accessing your membership account.

The next three charities are Malpas Youth Centre, Tilston Play Group and Beechtree Community Centre again.

Parish Council

On Monday, December 11, as it is the second Monday of the month, there are meetings of Malpas Parish Council in the Jubilee Hall.

There is a special extra meeting at 6pm to discuss an alteration to the plans for the development of the former St Joseph’s site in Tilston Road.

The main meeting starts at 7pm. For further details contact the Clerk to the council, Ruth Shackleton, Broselake Cottage, Greenway Lane, Malpas, Cheshire, SY14 8DE.

Church News

Today, Wednesday, at St Oswald’s Church, Malpas, there is Holy Communion at 10am and Bell Ringing Practice at 7pm.

Tomorrow there is Bickerton School Assembly at 10.25am and choir practice at 6.45pm at St Oswald’s.

On Friday at 7.30pm Malpas Ladies Choir are singing in a concert for Chester Aid for the Homeless (CATH) at All Saints Church, Hoole.

There are also soloists from Abbeygate College. Tickets are £10 which includes a glass of wine, and are available from CATH on 01244 314834 or 07900 978945 or email

On Sunday, the second Sunday of Advent, there is Holy Communion at 8am at St Oswald’s Church, Malpas, and at 9.30am at Holy Trinity Church, Bickerton.

At 11am there is a Christingle at St Oswald’s at 5pm there is a Carol Service at St John’s Church, Threapwood.

There is no Evening Sevice at St Oswald’s, instead the congregation are invited to join in the service at Threapwood.

Highway work

Bickley Town Lane will be closed for five days starting today because of excavation works.

There will be access for properties in the area but Cheshire West and Chester Council urges anyone who does not need to travel the road if they don’t have to.

Planning application

A planning application for the demolition of a former piggery and a new dwelling at Brook House Farm, Old Hall Street, Malpas, has been refused by Cheshire West and Chester Council.

A council statement said: “The proposed development would not be located within a settlement identified in the Development Plan as the most sustainable locations for new development.

“The proposed dwelling/house would be located within the countryside, not require a countryside location and could be accommodated within one of the identified settlements.

“It would not be readily accessible to employment facilities or community facilities, would not have good connections to public transport and would be primarily reliant on the use of private motor vehicles.

The proposal would introduce a new dwelling/house with associated development and paraphernalia, which would encroach into the open rural character and appearance of this part of the countryside, thereby harming the intrinsic character and beauty of the Cheshire Countryside.”