Grappenhall and Thelwall Parish Council



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Parish Warden's Notes

Our Parish Warden, Martin Stuart, patrols the parishes collecting litter, carrying out various tasks as required and reporting problem areas to the Parish Council office.

Whilst out and about he has been taking photographs and has put together a newsletter entitled Warden's Notes to provide a local update on progress and observations.

Click here to read Martin's latest November copy of Warden's Notes.


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 plus a Gardener /Manager, a Community Outreach Officer and a Cafe Co-Ordinator 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.

See what's new.

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.


Out of a population of almost 10,000 in Grappenhall and Thelwall, nearly 2000 are over 65, many of whom are living in social isolation. It is important to keep warm and stay well during the winter months and the Parish Council is making a plea to all residents to watch out for neighbours, friends and those who may be more vulnerable during cold weather.

Just checking whether an elderly neighbour needs anything from the shops can make a real difference to someone's life.

For advice and information contact

AGE UK on 01925 244645

or feel free to contact the

Parish Council on 01925 264918

and we will try to help wherever we can.ERVICES


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 2014/15

During 2014/15 the Parish Council achieved the following:

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

  • successfully completed the refurbishment of the derelict glasshouses and outbuildings at Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden using a Heritage Lottery Fund Grant of £961,000.00;

  • provided small grants to various community organisations to the value of £3226.00; 

  • reviewed over 100 parish planning applications and submitted comments to WBC as a consultee; 

  • partially funded and worked closely with two PCSO’s to reduce crime within the parish;

  • funded a 1 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, blocked grids, overhanging trees, grot spots etc; 

  • monitored and reported problems with highways and traffic; 

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

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

  • maintained the Thelwall War Memorial Cenotaph;

  • maintained five Parish Council notice boards;

  • provided representatives for various parish schools/committees; and

  • maintained Jubilee Park on Euclid Avenue and Diamond Park on Barley Road.

Parish Council Plans for 2015/16


During 2015/16 the Parish Council plan to implement the following:

  • 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 three years;

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

  • facilitate the establishment of a Friends group to look at the future development and maintenance of the WBC owned Morris Brook Park;

  • develop the role of the new Parish Warden, working in partnership with WBC to provide further training and equipment;

  • purchase three portable Speed Indicator Devices (SID's) to monitor traffic speeds within the parishes;

  • continue to improve and develop facilities at Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden with the support of the Friends organisation;

  • continue to provide grants to local community groups; 

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

  • continue to 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;

  • enter the 2016 Community Pride Competition with the assistance of local residents; 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