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Vacancy - Playing Field Caretaker

There is currently a vacancy for the position of Playing Field Caretaker for Diamond Park on Barley Road in Thelwall.

Click here for further details.

About Us

Council Office

The office is situated next to Grappenhall Community Centre on Bellhouse Lane, adjacent to the garden and seating area. The office is open 2 - 4.30 p.m. Monday to Thursday.

Find out how to contact us.

Clerk to the Council

Susan Brooks has been  Assistant Clerk  for the Parish Council since October 2006 and became  Clerk in October 2014. She is employed 30 hours per week and works Monday to Thursday.

Responsible Financial Officer

Janet Richards was Clerk to the Council from January 2008 and changed her role, in October 2014, to Responsible Financial Officer. She is employed 12 hours per week and works Tuesday and Thursday.  

Parish Warden

Martin Stuart joined us in June 2015 to work 16 hours per week, Monday to Friday, travelling around the Parish tidying, litter picking and reporting any problem areas to the Clerk.

The Parish Council also employs two caretakers for the local play areas on Euclid Avenue and Barley Road and a Gardener /Manager and Visitor Warden for Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden.


Our website is intended to show what we do and how we do it.  We want to hear your comments - please

let us know what you think and how we can improve it.

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Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden

The Parish Council owns and manages this Victorian Walled Garden in Grappenhall as a tranquil oasis and community resource. Regular events are now held there, click the link below for more details.

Find out more about the Walled Garden.


Warrington Borough Council provide information on their website regarding local bin collections. By entering your postcode you can access the 'In My Neighbourhood' page which gives information regarding bin collections and your nearest recycling site, post office, school, pharmacy along with many other useful services.

Click here to access the WBC website for information regarding bin collections and other useful services in your area.


Warrington Borough Council provide winter weather updates on schools, bin collections, transport, roads, Council services, emergency services and general support during severe weather conditions.


Click here to access the WBC website and view the information.

Click here to view tips on clearing snow and ice from pavements and public spaces.

Thelwall Ferry

The Thelwall Ferry across the Manchester Ship Canal runs every day (except Sunday morning) at the following times:

7 a.m. to 9 a.m.

12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The ferry runs all year round and the cost is 11p per trip, 4 passengers at a time can be taken. Access is via Ferry Lane, Thelwall.

Ward Map and Statistics

Warrington Borough Council have produced a document containing a ward map and statistical information relating to the local population, economic wellbeing, education and lifelong learning, health and social wellbeing, community safety, housing and households. Click here to view (this is a 9 page document).



Councillor Mr Paul Wenlock

Chairman of the Council

Dear Residents,

Parish Councils are the first tier of local government. As the local voice of the community, Grappenhall and Thelwall Parish Council exists to provide services for the community and to protect and enhance both villages.

There are sixteen Parish Councillors, all unpaid, who devote their time and energy to the wellbeing of the local people and the local environment. These Councillors are elected every four years. They, and I, are always pleased to hear from you and to use the knowledge and experience of local people.

The Parish Council provides Playing Fields with children’s play equipment at Diamond Park on Barley Road and Jubilee Park on Euclid Avenue, and also the Walled Garden and Village Green at Grappenhall Heys. It also supports youth and community centres.

The Parish Council spends just over £214,000 each year, of which £144,085, or £36.50 a year for each Band D household comes from Council Tax . The Parish Council employs 8 members of staff. 

On this website you'll find information about your Parish Councillors, community facilities, Police Community Support Officers, and grants to local organisations. We also keep a close watch on planning issues and comment on every planning application that affects the residents of our villages.

During my tenure as Chairman, I'll be working particularly hard to improve road safety as well as protecting and maintaining both of our beautiful and historic villages in line with the Grappenhall and Thelwall Village Design Statement which is available for downloading under 'Activities' on this website.

I trust that you'll find this website interesting.  Please tell us if you do, and also if you don’t!

Kind regards,

Paul Wenlock

Chairman of the Council


Parish Council Acheivements for 2012/13

During 2012/13 the Parish Council achieved the following:

  • provided financial assistance to GYCA and The Quays Community Centres; 

  • provided third party WREN funding to Grappenhall Library and Thelwall Parish Hall to the value of £7639;

  • successfully applied for a Heritage Lottery Fund Grant of £961,000 to regenerate the derelict glasshouses at Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden;

  • successfully applied for grants to the value of over £135,000 for various community groups and charities between Jan 2011and March 2013;

  • assisted Warrington Borough Council in securing a WREN grant for improvements to the children's play area in Morris Brook Park;

  • provided small grants to various community organisations to the value of £1000; 

  • reviewed over 100 parish planning applications; 

  • organised and funded a summer play scheme at Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden; 

  • funded the 3 week Warrington Borough Council summer play scheme at The Quays Community Centre;  

  • reported over 150 local issues to Warrington Borough Council i.e. potholes, graffiti, overhanging trees, grot spots etc;  

  • provided over 75 residents with volunteering opportunities at Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden; 

  • began the redevelopment of Diamond Park (Barley Road) with a 'natural play' theme (funded by an Awards For All grant);

  • provided spring and winter hanging baskets at various parish locations; 

  • provided representatives for various parish schools/committees;

  • changed the name of Barley Road Park to Diamond Park and Euclid Avenue Park to Jubilee Park to commemorate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. New signs were installed at the main entrance to each park;

  • erected jubilee bunting in both villages; and

  • provided a Queen's Diamond Jubilee embossed bookmark for each infant and junior school child within the parish.

Parish Council Plans for 2013/14


During 2013/14 the Parish Council plan to implement the following:

  • complete the 'natural play' improvements to Diamond Park, Barley Road (funded by an Awards for All grant);  

  • complete the regeneration of the derelict glasshouses at Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden (funded by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant);

  • redevelop Morris Brook Park children's play area (funded by a WREN grant); 

  • liaise with Warrington Borough Council regarding the three phase maintenance proposals to relay the cobbles and improve the footpaths on Church Lane in Grappenhall over the next five years;

  • provide financial support for the Warrington Borough Council summer play scheme at the Quays Community Centre;

  • continue to financially support the GYCA and the Quays Community Centre;

  • continue to provide grants to local community groups; 

  • support the development of a community orchard in Cliff Lane, Grappenhall;

  • look into producing a Parish/Neighbourhood Plan;

  • continue to work closely with Warrington Borough Council on planning enforcement issues;

  • embark on an anti dog fouling campaign with Warrington Borough Council in August 2013;

  • partially fund and work closely with the PCSO’s to reduce crime within the parish;

  • improve the provision for young people and the elderly within the parish; 

  • continue to improve the village environment; and 

  • always seek value for money in everything we do.

Council Meetings

The full Council and the Planning Committee meet approximately once a month.  Other Committees meet periodically.  The public are welcome at all meetings.  See the calendar of meetings.

Parish Council Minutes

To see the latest Parish Council minutes please click here.


Contact your Councillor

Our 16 Councillors are there to help and work with our residents.

Find out how to contact your local Councillor.





Grappenhall and Thelwall Parish Council

Council Office, Bellhouse Farm, Bellhouse Lane, Grappenhall, Warrington WA4 2SG

Janet Richards, Clerk to the Council

Tel/Fax 01925 264918 (Monday to Thursday 2-4:30pm)



© Grappenhall and Thelwall Parish Council, 2006