Darnhall Parish Council

Darnhall Neighbourhood Plan News

20th May 2021

Cheshire West and Chester Council confirmed their decision that Darnhall Neighbourhood Plan be formally made. The plan now forms part of the statutory development plan for the area.

7th May 2021

Darnhall Neighbourhood Plan Referendum Result

A Referendum relating to the adoption of the Darnhall Neighbourhood Plan was held on Thursday, 6 May 2021. The question which was be asked in the Referendum was:
“Do you want Cheshire West and Chester Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for the Darnhall area to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”


Response       Votes

Yes                   74

No                    6

Turnout 43.0% (80 votes)

Click on the link to take you to Cheshire West and Chester Council website to view published election and referendum results.


We are currently working on re-opening the Village Hall with the target date of 17th May 2021.

If you wish to book the Hall after this date, please see the Village Hall page of this website (https://www.darnhallparish.co.uk/village-hall.html).

On there, you will find information on the terms and conditions of hire and also information on how to hire the Hall and be COVID compliant. 

The Hall has access to wi-fi, so it is an ideal venue for meetings. 

If you require any information on the Hall, please contact the Parish Clerk in the first instance at parishclerk@darnhall.co.uk.

Let’s all regularly check on our neighbours

All of us can welcome the announcement on 2nd December 2020 of approval of a COVID-19 vaccine, but it will take time to roll it out to everyone.

In the meantime, let’s continue to help each other, as best we can, to get through this period of anxiety, uncertainty and potential loneliness before we get back to normal.

Please think about the needs of your neighbours, especially (but not exclusively) the elderly and vulnerable. Give them a call or knock on their door to check they’re OK. Make sure they have food and other essential items, check whether they need help with shopping and make sure they have your phone number(s).

We thought it would be nice to follow the initiative that started in Cornwall to spread kindness and offer help to those who may not like to ask for it. We have created a leaflet with some information about local key contacts and support resources. At the back of this leaflet, you will find two cut out cards that may be useful to offer help to a neighbour who you may be concerned about.

If you are self-isolating and do not have help from anyone else, please contact us and we will find a way to get help to you.

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Darnhall Memorial
To pay tribute to the men of Darnhall who served in the First World War, Tony Bostock is in the process of researching the names on The Darnhall Village Hall Roll of Honour.

Tony has made a start to compile this document, if anyone has any information about any of these men please email info@darnhallparish.co.uk

To open the document please click on the link Darnhall Memorial 

The Parish Council has been approached to see if it can offer allotments for local people.

​Before ​the Council seeks to find a site it needs to know how many residents will be interested in working one.

Please contact the Parish Clerk, Mark Bailey (clerk@darnhallparish.co.uk) if you are interested.

Parish Council Meetings 
Darnhall Parish Council is continuing to meet – please see the Parish Council page on this website for details of meetings and decisions. Contact the Parish Clerk for any further information.
Our last meeting took place via Zoom on 20th March 2021 and minutes can be found at


​The next meeting of the Parish Council takes place on Tuesday 18th May 2021 (hopefully at the Village Hall). 

​Dates for your diary
Plans are underway for the 2021 Darnhall Show, following the cancellation of the 2020 event.

The 2021 Show is scheduled to take place on Saturday/Sunday 3rd-4th July 2021. 

​If you would like to book a trade stand, entertainment, offer voluntary services or for more information please contact Sue Langley, secretary to the Darnhall Show Committee at suelangley64@hotmail.com

History of Darnhall

Two young oak trees now stand at the centre of Cheshire, next to the Village Hall, in the historic area of Darnhall.

There was an Abbey here in the 13th Century when monks walked the lanes and paths and saw young oak trees in the hedgerows and woods. 

Those small oaks are now majestically grown to great heights and take pride of place in the village.  The monks may have walked into history, but their legacy has been left in the landscape.

In later times the lawn of the great Hall covered the Abbey’s site, and the carriages bringing the high and mighty that turned in front of the Hall could not know that their horses were stamping on the ruins of a history that stretched back into the Middle Ages.

And into the future and a small microwave dish, part of the great Jodrell Bank complex, nestles in those same woods and receives signals from the stars that left their planets for us many centuries ago.  So Darnhall is both the Centre of Cheshire, and the Centre of the Universe!

That’s the thing about Darnhall – history is all around you.  From the farms and their buildings, from the people and their lengthy memories, to the modern houses and renovated cottages, Darnhall encompasses everything that an English village is recognised for – continuity, community, and comradeship.

   Centre of Cheshire

Darnhall Wood                                                        

     Darnhall Hall

       Radio Telescope


Darnhall is home to one of the radio telescopes that make up the Jodrell Bank MERLIN (Multi-Element Radio Linked Interferometer Network) radio telescope array; linking six observing stations that together form a powerful telescope with an effective aperture of over 217 kilometres.

The Knobs Finger Post

Weaver Hall Darnhall

Weaver Hall Flashes