Category Archives: Village News

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.

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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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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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NGS Gardens in Hanley Swan (June 2019)

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NGS Gardens in Hanley Swan (May 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