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About the Village

Background

The twin villages of Cuddington and Sandiway were united to become one village officially in 1935. For its size the village has many amenities including a library, two junior schools, two parades of shops and several churches. The village also has a historic railway station which retains many of the original features from the beginnings of rail transport in the county. This railway station is a magnet for rail transport enthusiasts being a popular place to spot the summer steam specials travelling to and from Chester. The village is mainly residential in character. The modern housing development of Delamere Park is just a mile away but is never the less an integral part of the village.

In 2002 the village entered the "Best Kept Village" competition organised by The Cheshire Community Council and sponsored by Shell UK. Cuddington and Sandiway received the first place award for villages in the county in the population range 5000 to 10,000. This success was repeated in 2015 when the village won the county wide “Community Pride Best Kept Village Award” organised by “Cheshire Community Action”. Cuddington also received the “Little Gem Award “ for a floral display on Delamere Park.

Businesses, Education and Places of Worship

Sandiway Library

There are a number of large and small businesses including two parades of shops, a Post Office, several working farms, Blakemere Village craft and leisure centre, a Dentist’s Surgery, a GP Surgery, a Veterinary Practice and an excellent library. There are a number of Residential Care Homes in the village.

Within the boundaries there are two primary schools (Cuddington Primary School and Sandiway Primary School). Secondary education is available at nearby Weaverham and Hartford, with Further Education in Hartford and Northwich.

We are a thriving community enjoying a variety of other amenities, including a very well equipped village community hall, two church halls, a residents clubhouse at Delamere Park .

There are several Churches; Anglican, Methodist and Full Gospel and other buildings offering various forms of religious observance.

Transport Links

Cuddington railway station provides a regular passenger service to both the cities of Manchester and Chester. There is a railway station on the west coast main line in the adjacent village of Hartford with both a high speed rail link to London and the north and a regular local service to Liverpool. The national motorway network is nearby as is “Manchester International” Airport and “Liverpool John Lennon" Airport. The village of Cuddington stands on the A49 an ancient road which runs the whole length of the border between England and Wales. Sandiway stands on the A556 Manchester to Chester road. Because of these communication routes the village has become a popular residential area for people working in Greater Manchester, Merseyside and the West Midlands.

Local Environment

The village has approximately 8 miles of public footpaths providing many pleasant walks. Some typical ones can be found in the guide book "Local Walks around Cuddington and Sandiway" published by Cuddington Parish Council and available at £2.50 from Sandiway Library or from the Post Office.

A place of outstanding beauty is Merlewood Pool. This pool can easily be seen from adjacent footpaths leading from both Norley Road and Mill Lane. This pool along with other stretches of water around the village are much used staging posts for migrating water foul including mute swans, canada geese and even the occasional cormorant has been seen.

Many of the village footpaths pass close to local hostelries so a pleasant afternoon can be enjoyed within easy reach of the village centre. Also close to the village is The Whitegate Way accessible from Waste Lane. This pathway is approximately six miles long and runs from Cuddington to the River Weaver at Winsford passing close to the village of Whitegate. This pathway is part of the Mersey Forest. Delamere Forest the largest woodland in Cheshire and an extensive area of natural beauty is just three miles away.

Sporting Facilities

The village has a large sports field on Norley Road and a more recent sports field behind Sandiway Primary School - there are facilities for most sports within the village. Football has flourished for many years. Junior football is very well supported with teams in each of the different age bands. The Sandiway Golf Club is a club of national standing staging many county and national events. The high point was probably in 1967 when the final qualifying round of "The Open Championship" was played at Sandiway before the main event was played at The Royal Liverpool Club Hoylake. The Bowling Club has several teams in the local leagues, in both the afternoon and evening divisions. There is a flourishing tennis club based at the courts adjacent to the sports field.  Both the tennis courts and the bowling green are equipped with flood lights to extend the playing season. Local cricket, rugby and hockey clubs are close at hand though not in the village.

Village Halls

The various village halls are the centres of much of the social life. Delamere Park has a well equipped modern sports and social club building located at the centre of the development with facilities including function rooms, bar, squash and tennis courts and a swimming pool. The new Village Hall on the sports field on Norley Road in Cuddington was completed in 2009. This eagerly awaited hall includes a function room and meeting room. There are first class catering facilities and changing rooms for the sports teams.