Category Archives: Village News

Rhydd Gardens Open Day

Sue and I are fortunate enough to live at The Rhydd Gardens which is right on the northern border of the Hanleys and has a lovely walled garden. We are not really close enough to Hanley Swan to justify being part of the village open gardens but we do get asked from time to time if we open to the public, and people often tell us they had always wondered what was behind the walls you can see from the road.

The National Gardens Scheme encourages people to open their gardens for charity so we thought it only right for us to join in under their auspices. So we are open this year 1200-1600 on May 22nd and September 18th, entrance is £5 (to the NGS Charities) and we aim to have lovely weather and teas on the lawn.

We are located on the B4211 opposite Cliffey Wood (WR8 0AB), there will be some parking on site, but it is a bit limited so if you are more able-bodied you should be able to park in the nearby lay-by and follow the signs down the side of the field to our side entrance. You can just turn up or book in advance on the NGS website:

We have our own website – currently under construction and not yet finished – with some more details and a map.

Bill Bell


Survey of Parish Energy

The Hanleys Energy Action Team is carrying out an anonymous online survey to estimate the current energy use in the parish. Please take part by going to

Hanley Castle Community Broadband Project (Oct 2020)

Hanley Castle Broadband update:


Openreach have now finished installing Fibre To The Premises (FTTP) to much of Hanley Castle and surrounds, and the many people included in the village scheme are now enjoying the benefits of the best of high-speed broadband at no individual costs to themselves. With Covid-19, many people have now become even more reliant on a fast and reliable broadband connection for working from home, with Zoom online meetings being suddenly common and video calling becoming important for families to remain in contact, not to mention online learning, TV, gaming and file sharing. Continue reading

Workshop at Green’s Books

Workshop at Green’s Books

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The workshop is a two-day workshop on 10th -11th October on the Tight-Back Quarter Leather Binding. Everyone is welcome and further details can be found here:

Tulip Tour

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

“Thank You” to Ros, Alan and staff

We would like to say a big “Thank You” to Ros, Alan and staff at Hanley Swan Post Office for all their help and assistance during the present crisis.

Not being able (or allowed?) to go out too much ourselves (over seventy), the shop has been a fantastic touchstone for pick-up of things needed quickly that our daughter can collect. How blessed we are to have a facility like this on our doorstep!

Lou Chapman and Graham Morris

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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

Hanley’s Historic Houses

An illustrated book about some of the older houses in the parish of Hanley Castle has been published by The Hanleys’ Village Society. Written by local historian Malcolm Fare after 3 years’ research into county and family archives, Hanley’s Historic Houses describes 90 houses of historic interest and some of the people who have lived in them over the centuries. A fold-out map identifies where they are located and suggests a walk linking them, starting at Hanley Swan Village Stores.


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Hustings (Dec 2019)

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