Welcome to the community web-pages for the Parish of Caverswall.
The village of Caverswall is certainly an ancient settlement, it is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 and the parish was one of the first to be created in Staffordshire. Caverswall Castle is a Grade I listed building, the current structure mainly dates from the 17th – century and incorporates elements which dates back to the 13th – century. St Peter’s Church is a Grade II listed building which was probably built by the owner of the castle in the 13th – century. People from the UK and many other parts of the world can trace their roots back to Caverswall.
The local history pages examine aspects of this rich timeline stretching back over many years and the genealogy pages provide information for those with ancestors who lived in the parish. The latest addition to the Local History Section is : A History of St Peters Church. It includes a link to a list of surnames that appear in the early parish registers. The next new page to be published will tell the story of the small community of Benedictine Nuns who fled the French Revolution before making their home at Caverswall Castle.
There will also be a major feature about the secret wartime activities at Woodhead Hall not far from the nearby town of Cheadle. This will include previously unpublished information and pictures. Woodhead Hall was at the hub of a network of secret monitoring stations supplying information to Bletchley Park and the strategic command structure.
Local News :
16th October 2018 – Village Flagpole.
Our Union Flag now proudly flies on the playing fields near to the junction of School Lane and The Dams. This project was organised and funded by the parish council. Arrangements can be made to fly the flag at half mast as a mark of respect following the death of a village resident. For further information please contact the parish clerk or a member of the parish council.
15th October 2018 – Opportunity to meet with our PCSO and members of the Parish Council.
Residents are invited to attend the next informal meeting at The Gavel on the 16th of December 2018. PCSO Jon Staple will be attending along with members of the Parish Council. The meeting starts at 11am.
18th August 2018 – Local Media update on the tragic events surounding midwife Samantha Eastwood.
Michael Stirling age 32 from Bucknall has been charged with Samantha’s murder. Two other men have been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. Click to see the story reported by The Sentinel.
5th August 2018 – Community shocked after police discover a body in Caverswall.
The police have been concerned about the disappearance of midwife Samantha Eastwood since the 27th of July. The inquiry has now turned into a murder investigation following the discovery of a body on land near to Tickhill Lane. Three men have been detained by the police and a formal identification of the body is expected to take place today. Click to see the story reported by The Sentinel.
2nd August 2018 – The Great War Armistice Centenary.
The Foxfield Railway are holding a special even to commemorate the end of the conflict. Click this link Armistice Event for the details.
8th July 2018 – Vacancy for a Handyman.
The Parish Council have a vacancy for a Handyman to carry out various tasks in the village. Click this link Job Advert to see the details.
4th May 2018 – The Auctioneers Arms opening date.
During the 21 months since the pub last closed a dedicated group of supporters have worked tirelessly to raise funds and carry out a programme of refurbishment in order to re-open the pub. Now the doors are due to open once again to the public on Saturday 19th of May at 11am. The Official Opening will take place at 2pm when Bill Lomas, the noted Staffordshire Moorlands Town Crier, will proclaim the happy news.
22nd April 2018 – Heir Hunters locate relatives of lifelong member of Caverswall Cricket Club.
When Roy Rogerson died last year his friends thought that he had no family of his own or any living relatives. It turns out they were wrong after the case was picked up by a specialist firm. Click to see the story reported by The Sentinel.
10th April 2018 – Staffordshire Police Warn Communities about Rogue Traders.
This week is Rogue Trader week and officers will be out and about providing advice and information to residents about rogue traders and how to prevent falling victim. Bogus Officials and Rogue Traders often target elderly or vulnerable residents. The Police have produced a handy flyer for residents to printout and display at home.
28th March 2018 – The Red House launches a new Facebook Page.
Hosts Sam and Josh have taken over the tenancy of the pub and they have created a new page on Facebook.
5th March 2018 – Rachel Shenton’s film wins an Oscar in Hollywood.
The film The Silent Child has won an Academy Award for ‘the best live action short film’. Rachel from Caverswall plays the part of a social worker who helps a young deaf girl to communicate through sign language. Some of the scenes were shot in Caverswall and in the surrounding area. Click to see the story reported by The Sentinel
6th February 2018 – Stoke on Trent City Council to decide on plans to build over 300 houses on the west of Caverswall Lane.
Following a previous consultation exercise developers have now submitted an outline planning application for permission to build up to 350 houses on the existing green field site to the west of Caverswall Lane. The plans include the associated infrastructure and provide details of the proposals to manage the additional vehicle and foot traffic that this large scale development will bring to the area. The report will be considered by the Planning Committee at 10am on the 14th of February. Update 20th February 2018 : The Planning Committee have granted permission for the development to go ahead.
26th January 2018 – News Update on The Red House.
Plans to get the village pub operating again were paused earlier this week. A spokesman for the Enterprise Inns Group said that the pub was closed due to unforeseen circumstances but the aim is to open it again on the 1st of February with a new management team in place. Some of the existing kitchen equipment is going to be replaced and hopefully it will be possible to have food available starting from the 6th of February.
10th January 2018 – Parish Council sets a lower precept charge for 2018/19.
At their regular meeting on Monday the Parish Council set the budget and precept for the next financial year. They are very pleased to announce that for the fourth year in a row the budget requirement has been been reduced which is quite an achievement in the current financial climate. Based on Band D properties the rate will be £23.21 a reduction of 5.29%.
9th January 2018 – Community Group get the keys to the The Auctioneers Arms.
The Caverswall Community Society have now completed the purchase of the pub. The next stage in the project starts straight away with the aim of getting the building open by the spring. For more information click here to go to the Community Society website.
15th December 2017 – The Red House opens next week !
The Red House is set to re-open on Wednesday 20th of December at 6pm. Live Music on Friday 22nd – ‘Tide of Sound’ will be playing from 7pm.
15th December 2017 – Caverswall Castle to be converted into a hotel.
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council has said yes to Robin MacDonald’s application to convert the Grade 1 Listed Building into a 5 Star Hotel. Click here to see the story on the Sentinel Newspaper website.
13th December 2017 – Waste Bin and Recycling Collections Christmas and New year.
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council have published a schedule for the forthcoming holidays. Click here to go to their webpage.
8th December 2017 – The Red House to re-open shortly.
A new page has appeared on Facebook with the news that the village pub will be opening again shortly. They are recruiting staff and bookings are being taken for Christmas meals.
9th November 2017 – Shock Closure of Village Pub.
The Red House in the centre of the village closed suddenly yesterday. Andy and Andrea placed a message on their Facebook page explaining that they were not going to continue trading. An announcement about when the the pub will re-open is expected next week.
25th October 2017 – Sheep killed by Dogs.
An investigation is under way following two incidents near to Caverswall Common. Click here to see the story reported on the Sentinel website.
15th October 2017 – Owner agrees to sell the The Auctioneers Arms.
The members of the Caverswall Community Society are delighted by the fantastic news that the owner has now decided to accept their revised offer to purchase the pub. For more information click here to go to the Community Society website.
14th October 2017 – 1000 campaigners sign petition against proposed building development at Weston Coyney.
Weston Coyney Residents Association has handed a huge petition to Stoke on Trent City Council after proposals to build over 150 houses on green field land were revealed. The land in question lies between Brookwood Drive and Weston Coyney Village Hall. This grassed area has existed for hundreds of years, it was once a part of the estate owned by the Coyney family who had held the Lordship of the Manor since the 1200s. Click here to read the story reported on the Sentinel website.
6th September 2017 – Weston Coyney Residents Association : Next Meeting.
The Residents Association will be holding an open meeting on Thursday 21st of September at 6.30pm. The venue will be the Village Hall on Princess Drive. The meeting is open to anyone who would like to hear more about the activities that have been taking place and what is planned for the future. So if you have half an hour to spare and would like to share your interests and ideas about Weston Coyney the Residents Association would love to see you at the meeting. Sue Bourne is the Secretary and she can be contacted on (01782) 316724.
26th August 2017 – Caverswall Castle : For Sale.
Robin MacDonald has decided to put the Castle on the market again. This time the sale includes the historic contents of the castle and 20 acres of land. The story has been published in The Sentinel including a video featuring many of the rooms. Click here to go to the page on the Sentinel website.
5th August 2017 – Neighbourhood Hub for Blythe Bridge & Surrounding Districts.
The Blythe Centre is a voluntary-run, locally-managed community centre & library in Blythe Bridge at the southern end of the city of Stoke on Trent. With everything a library can offer plus free use of computers, wi-fi, printing and laminating facilities and much more. For more information click here to go to their website.
5th August 2017 – Staffordshire Moorland District Plan : Public Consultation.
The Plan, which will shape how Staffordshire Moorlands develops over the next 14 years, also sets out the preferred sites and policies for housing, employment, open space and Local Green Space alongside the boundaries for development and retail boundaries in our towns.For more information click here to go to the SMDC Local Plan page. Copies of documents are available online as well as at Council One Stop Shops in Biddulph, Cheadle and Leek and at all libraries throughout the district. The consultation is open until 5pm on Friday 22nd September 2017.
5th August 2017 – Vision of saving the The Auctioneers Arms closer to becoming a reality.
The Crowdfunder share offer closed successfully on the 1st of August. With the promise of additional funding the Caverswall Community Society have contacted the owner and made an offer to buy the pub.
8th July 2017 – Crowdfunder Campaign to save The Auctioneers Arms has been extended for a fourth time.
The Caverswall Community Society have revised their financial plans after receiving some good news about additional funding. The new Crowdfunder target is £200,000 and the proposed closure date for the campaign is the 1st of August.
28th June 2017 – Crowdfunder Campaign to save The Auctioneers Arms has been extended for a third time.
The closing date of the fundraising campaign has been extended again, it is now due to close at 11:50pm on the 4th of July. The position this morning was that £179,800.00 had been pledged by 111 investors. The fundraising target on Crowdfunder is £250,000.00
19th June 2017 – Crowdfunder Campaign to save The Auctioneers Arms has been extended for a second time.
The fundraising campaign was first launched on the 21st of April and as it approached the closing time on the 1st of June it was entended until 10am today the 19th of June. On the 17th of June the closing date was extended for a second time until 11:50pm on the 30th of June. According to the latest project update – “The share offer will remain open until we receive confirmation of our Big Society Capital match funding which should hopefully be within the next 7 – 10 days. All those who have pledged will be notified via email when the total amount of funds including shares, grants and loans have been formally approved.” The position at 3pm today was that £79,050.00 had been pledged by 106 investors. The fundraising target is £250,000.00
6th June 2017 – £ Camelot Comes To Caverswall £.
The Village Shop and Post Office now has a Lottery Terminal. Tickets are available for the National Lottery games and EuroMillions. Scratchcards are also on sale.
1st June 2017 – New Planning Application for Caverswall Castle.
The owner of the Castle, Robin MacDonald, has submitted another application to the planners at SMDC. In essence he is seeking a Change of Use of the Grade – 1 listed castle to permit additional uses for unrestricted guest accommodation; meeting/lecture venue; and film set location. A number of people have already commented on the proposals and SMDC have launched the formal consultation stage which closes on the 4th of September. Further details are available on the SMDC web site. Click here.
15th May 2017 – Despicable Theft Of Life Saving Equipment.
Thieves have stolen the emergency defibrillator from the wall at the front of the Auctioneers Arms. The police are investigating the theft.
6th May 2017 – New date for Parish Council Annual Assembly and the May Meeting.
Following the Local Government Election later this week Staffordshire Moorlands District Council has scheduled a full meeting of the District Council on Monday the 8th of May. This means that the date of the meeting of the Parish Council has now been moved to Thursday the 11th of May. The Annual Assembly meeting will commence at 7pm and this will be followed by the ordinary May meeting at 7.30pm.
5th May 2017 – County Council Election Results for the Caverswall Ward.
Ross Ward has won the seat for the Conservatives with 2252 votes.
15th April 2017 – A reminder about the County Council Elections from the Parish Council.
The election for members of Staffordshire County Council are taking place on the 4th of May 2017. After many years of stirling service in the role Cllr. William (Bill) Day is retiring. This means that a new member will be elected to represent the Caverswall Ward on the 4th of May.
8th April 2017 – The Auctioneers Arms.
The residents who are hoping to save the pub have formed a Community Society and a Share Offer Launch meeting has been arranged on the 21st of April 2017.
9th March 2017 – Weston Coyney Residents Association.
The next meeting of the Residents Association wil be held at 5pm on the 16th of March. The venue will be the Village Hall at Weston Coyney. All residents are welcome to come along, for further information contact the Secretary Sue Bourne 01782 316724.
8th March 2017 – Village Post Office and Shop set to close.
At the meeting of the Parish Council on the 6th of March Mr Pratheesh, the Caverswall Post Master, announced that he had recently submitted his termination notice as Post Master to the Post Office. This means that Caverswall Post Office will close on Monday 28th August 2017. It has not been an easy decision for him but even after several appeals for more support from Caverswall residents this has not been forthcoming giving him no other choice. Unfortunately this will also mean that the shop will also be closing.
1st February 2017 – Public Meeting regarding proposals to build up to 350 new homes.
The Parish Council has received notification that MP Rob Flello will be at a meeting to discuss how to respond to the planning application submitted regarding proposed building of 350 houses on land west of Caverswall Lane. The meeting will be taking place on Friday 3rd February at Meir Community Education Centre on Pickford Place. For residents that live on The Wood, Montgomery Place, Denie wood Place, Tipping Avenue, Beckett Avenue, George Avenue, Lyme Road, Old School Lane or in Rowan Village the meeting will be held at 6.30pm and end at 7.30pm. For residents who live elsewhere the meeting will begin at 7.45pm. It has been split due to numbers that are expected.
24th January 2017 – Plans submitted for up to 350 new homes to be built on the west side of Caverswall Lane.
Stoke on Trent City Council have received an application for outline planning permission to build a new housing scheme. The green field site is located on the west side of Caverswall Lane. The outline plan indicates that the access to the new development will be via the road leading from The Wood on the Meir estate. The plan also includes what is described as an emergency access on Caverswall Lane located adjacent to the Wood House Farm. The deadline for the receipt of comments by the City Council is the 9th of February 2017. The matter will be discussed at the meeting of the Parish Council at 7.30pm on the 30th of January. Members of the public are welcome to attend. Click here for further details about the proposed development.
23rd January 2017 – Revised date for the next meeting of the Parish Council.
The next meeting of the Parish Council was due to be held on the 6th of February. As the Parish Clerk is unable to attend on that date the meeting has now been re-scheduled for Monday the 30th of January.
12th January 2017 – Parish Council sets a lower precept charge for 2017-2018.
At their meeting on the 9th of January the Parish Council agreed the precept charge that would apply during the next financial year which begins in April. Despite the generally difficult financial climate the precept has not been increased since 2006/07 and as from April this year the precept for a Band D property will be reduced by 3.05% Click here for further details.
11th January 2017 – Village Shop and Post Office may have to close.
The owner of the Village Shop has advised the Parish Council that he will have to make a decision about the future of the business within the next few weeks. It really is a case of use it or lose it, more customers are needed to keep the shop and post office viable. If the situation does not improve Mr Pratheesh says that the business will be closed later this year.
30th December 2016 – New Year to bring new a Lease of Life for Weston Coyney Village Hall !
At the meeting on the 1st of December a number of enthusiastic people came forward to form a management committee. The youngest new member is only 21 and the plan is to build on what has worked well in the past and to bring a new energy to the running of the venue. The new committee will assume their roles as from the the 1st of January 2017.
26th December 2016 – Planners Refuse Permission for New Housing Development.
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council has refused to grant planning permission for a new housing scheme on Blythe Bridge Road in Caverswall. The proposals included the construction of an access road and 12 houses on a historically important green field site. The Council received a number of objection letters from concerned residents. All of the members of the committee voted to reject the proposals.
1st December 2016 – Weston Coyney Village Hall Management Committee.
The Village Hall has provided the community with a much appreciated facility over the years but now the management committee needs some new members to keep the venue running. A meeting has been arranged for the 13th of December 2016 to create a new committee. Some people have already expressed an interest so please do go along to the meeting if you would like to join them in saving the venue from closure. The meeting will be held at the Village Hall following the AGM of the Residents Association. (See News Item Below)
1st December 2016 – Weston Coyney Residents Association. Notice of Annual General Meeting.
The AGM of the Residents Association will take place on Tuesday 13th of December at 6pm. The venue is the Village Hall, Princess Drive, Weston Coyney. The committee is up for election, so if you would like to put either yourself or someone else forward please do go along to the meeting. For further information please call : 01782 316724.
12th November 2016 – Fake Parking Ticket & Malware Warning.
Staffordshire Police Neighbourhood Watch have issued an alert about an e-mail scam involving fake parking ticket penalty notices with malware attachments.
Click here for further details.
28th October 2016 – Launch of a new Community Choir for the Staffordshire Moorlands.
Would you like to sing in a choir? If so then Vivian and Katie would like to hear from you. No previous experience needed, the first meeting takes place on the 2nd of November at Dilhorne. Click here for further details.
27th October 2016 – The County Council is to introduce charges for handling certain types of non-household waste.
The Parish Council have been advised about a new charging scheme, click here to see the details.
20th October 2016 – Staffordshire Police launch a campaign to help people to stay safe online. Click here to see a copy of the ‘Cyber Safe Staffordshire Poster’.
20th October 2016 – ‘Fireworks and the Law’ a guide to the law received by the Parish Council. Click here to see a copy.
19th October 2016 – Initial consultation ends soon on plans to build up to 350 houses on land adjacent to Caverswall Lane.
Planning and Development Consultants, Hourigan Connolly, have published an outline plan for the homes to be built on land between Caverswall Lane and Pinewood Crescent. The land is within the boundary of Stoke on Trent and the road access to the estate will be via The Wood. Update June 2017 : further details were available online but the website has now been removed. See later news item above.
3rd October 2016 -Use It or Lose it !
The owner of Caverswall Village Store attended the meeting of the Parish Council on Monday evening. He said that he was finding it difficult to keep the Post Office and the shop afloat. He does not receive a great deal of financial support from the Post Office and the shop is not making a profit. This is the only shop in the village but it needs more support from the community if it is to stay open. Speaking on behalf of the Parish Council the secretary, Lynn Cantlay, said none of us want to loose this vital service and urged the local community to support the business by buying items from the shop and the post office. People could also offer support and reduce the running costs by volunteering to help in the shop. If you think you can help in any way please call in for a chat to see what you can do.
30 September 2016 – Planners give a green light for plans to establish a well-being centre at Caverswall Castle.
The application reference numbers are SMD/2015/0671 and SMD/2015/0683
27th September 2016 – More homes to be built in the village ?
Staffs Moorlands District Council have received an application for permission to build 12 dwellings with garages on land with a new access road from Blythe Bridge Road. The application reference number is SMD/2016/0600
12th September 2016 – Going, Going, Gone ?
Local Residents launch a campaign to save The Auctioneers Arms after the pub is closed and sold to a property development company.