Category Archives: Information

Posts containing general information relevant to the Hanleys.

Tulip Tour

Brian Skeys has set uo a Tulip Tour – view it here.

Hanley Castle Community Broadband Project (Apr 2020)

Hanley Castle Broadband update.

You may have noticed the Hanley Castle fibre broadband has not actually turned up yet. And you may not be surprised to hear the reason is Covid-19.

We had all our vouchers approved and the funding secured, with Openreach contractors actively installing fibre round the village. I’m reasonably certain this bit is now complete.

Trouble is Openreach, not unreasonably, have instructed their engineers to carry on with outside installation work but not to enter people’s properties for the time being.

The last stage – the connection between the road and the properties – was about to happen when the pandemic hit so it appears that, like so much, the actual arrival of fibre broadband will have to wait for Covid to subside.

Bill Bell


Tree Planting (Mar 2020) – Updated

Some 400 trees will be planted in Hanley Swan on Saturday, 7th March starting at 10am, as part of the council’s project to make the parish carbon neutral by 2025. For this scheme, Howard Hutchings has kindly made land available in a field behind his house, The Grange, Roberts End, and native broadleaf saplings with stakes and shelters are being generously donated by Steve Harvey, founder of the Let’s Plant carbon neutral company.

The land will remain privately owned, but if you would like to be involved in this community tree planting activity please contact Malcolm Fare on:


Many thanks to everyone who turned up this morning to help plant trees in the field behind Howard Hutchings’s house, The Grange. It all went remarkably smoothly. Under the expert guidance of Peter Goodyear, the 20+ volunteers soon mastered the routine: make a small hole in the previously turned earth with a spade, insert sapling – mainly oak, but also including beech, hornbeam, birch, alder, lime and hazel – hammer in a stake, fit a plastic sleeve over the tree and tighten its two ties around the stake – then repeat 420 times. Within 2 hours the job was done and the workers were rewarded with tea/coffee and fruit cake from Carol Hutchings and freshly baked rock cakes from Angela Godwin.

Tree Planting

Hustings (Dec 2019)

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Can We Be a Carbon Neutral Parish?

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Hanley Castle Community Broadband Project (Oct 2019)

Hanley Castle Broadband update. Notspot no more.

Good news. Nearly there!

Thanks to all those who signed up and helped make Hanley Castle about to be a better connected and an even more attractive place to live. Continue reading

Notice of Vacancy – Hanley Castle (Oct 2019)

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Village Pond (June 2019)

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Hanley Castle Community Broadband Project (Mar 2019)

Here is an update for all those interested in the Hanley Castle community broadband project. This scheme covers Hanley Castle/GilbertsEnd, Brotheridge Green and north as far as the Rhydd. A few houses in Hanley Swan are included  but most will fall into a different scheme or possibly already have the decent broadband service that Hanley Castle so sorely needs. Continue reading

Domestic Recycling and Waste (Christmas 2017)