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Community Information:




Vodafone UK wants to give another 100 rural community ‘hot-spots’ access to reliable 3G indoor mobile coverage for the first timeFollowing on from its successful Rural Open Sure Signal programme, which has brought 3G coverage to more than 80 villages across the UK, Vodafone launched its Community Indoor Sure Signal (CISS) programme earlier in the summer.  We are now looking for your help to encourage more communities to put themselves forward and apply for the programme – and enjoy the benefits  that The Bear and Ragged Staff in Bransford, near Worcester is already enjoying        

In rural and remote locations, supplying mobile coverage by traditional means can be difficult. This may be due to geography of the area, or difficulties with siting masts in places such as national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty.  This means many people in smaller, rural communities may not be due to receive upgraded coverage in their area for some time. 

What is CISS?

Our Community Indoor Sure Signal programme uses ‘femtocell’ technology called Sure Signal Plus.  The units are similar in size to a broadband router. They simply plug into an existing broadband router and a power source to provide mobile coverage throughout the building. Units are completely free to install and use, we only ask that the landlord is happy to cover the electricity costs.



The unit is no bigger than your broadband router.
Who could benefit?

Anyone who lives in or manages any of the following hubs, in the communities with whom you work and in which you live, could benefit their local friends and neighbours by installing on of these discreet and very low power units:

•              Rural pubs and shops

•              Village halls or social clubs

•              Visitor centres

•              Sports clubs

•              Scout huts

•              Doctor/vet’s surgeries

All applicants need is:

·         an unlimited broadband package

·         download speeds of at least 4Mbps

·         upload speeds of 2Mbps

·         a domestic plug-in power point 

Applications must be made by the broadband bill payer.  Want to know more? Further information and application details are available at vodafone.uk/CISS

Meetings of the Community Council: 

 The next Meeting of the Community Council is being held at Hawarden Institute, Glynne Way, Hawarden on Monday 11th December 2017 at 6.30 p.m.
An invitation is extended to the Press & Public to attend 


Hawarden High School Bursary Scheme

The Community Council continues to sponsor the Hawarden High School Bursary Scheme which provided financial support to young people in the community who are going on to study at University. 

Pictured below are recipients of this year's awards with Councillor Alan Diskin, Chair of Hawarden Community Council for 2017/2018



Hawarden High School Bursary Scheme

The Community Council continues to sponsor the Hawarden High School Bursary Scheme which provided financial support to young people in the community who are going on to study at University.

Pictured below are recipients of this year's awards with Councillor Glenys Diskin, Chair of Hawarden Community Council for 2016/2017



Play and Recreation Improvements:

The Council has replaced the Multi-Play units at Trueman's Play Area, Hawarden and Gladstone Playing Fields, Hawarden at a cost of £48,000. The equipment was supplied by Play and Leisure Ltd, Buckley. 

A range of seven static pieces of fitness equipment for 14+ has also been installed at Gladstone Playing Fields, Hawarden.

Mancot Play Area is  to be improved in May.. The Council has commissioned Brian Davies of Maeshafn to construct a new entrance, replace the existing safety surfacing with an improved product and install an aerial ropeway. 

 Councillor Cheryl Carver unveiling the First World War Centenary Commemorative Bench in front of St Deiniol's Library, Hawarden.
Also pictured (left to right) are Reverend Bill Pritchard, Mrs Joan Aird,
Reverend David Lewis and George Clark.


Community Youth Representatives

 Ricki Hewitt and Sophie Sims have been appointed as Community Youth Representatives to promote the views of young people on the Council. 

Presentations for this year's Community in Bloom competition took place at Daleside Garden Centre on the evening of Thursday 20 August.  


 For further photographs of this year's entrants and their gardens please see the
'Community in Bloom' page

   The immediate past Chair of Hawarden Community Council, Councillor Alison Halford is pictured presenting a cheque for the sum of £1,000 raised during her year of Office to representatives of L'Arche Flintshire.


Chair of Council 2017/2018

Councillor Alan Diskin was elected Chair of Hawarden Community Council for 2017/2018 at the Council's AGM on 15 May 2017.
His Vice Chair is Councillor Dave Mackie.

Councillor Alan Diskin
Chair of Council 2017/2018 

Councillor Dave Mackie
Vice Chair of Council 2017/2018



Councillor Alison Halford, Chair of Hawarden Community Council 2014/2015 presenting Hawarden Scout Group with a cheque for £500 towards their Minibus Appeal. 


      Hawarden High School Bursary Scheme

The Community Council continues to sponsor the Hawarden High School Bursary Scheme which provided financial support to young people in the community who are going on to study at University. 

Pictured below are recipients of this year's awards with Councillor Cheryl Carver, Chair of Hawarden Community Council for 2015/2016

Pictured below are recipients of the 2014 awards with Councillor Alison Halford, Chair of Hawarden Community Council for 2014/2015

Pictured are recipients of bursaries in 2013 with Councillor Judith Hough, Chair of Hawarden Community Council. 

 The Gary Speed MBE Playing Field

At an Official Ceremony held on Saturday 10 November 2012 the former Aston Park Playing Field was renamed the Gary Speed MBE Playing Field in honour of the late Gary Speed.

Gary Speed played football for Leeds United, Everton, Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle United and Sheffield United making almost 700 appearances. He is Wales most capped outfield player. He played 85 times captaining the Country on 44 of those occasions.

Gary grew up in Courtland Drive, Aston, just a stones throw from the playing field where he first played football with his friends on his way to football stardom.

The slate pillar was provided by Welsh Slate of Llan Ffestiniog and engraved by Monmouthshire Granite of Trawsfynydd.   


Winter Maintenance Volunteers

Following the difficulties which the Community faced in the Winter of 2010/2011 with severe weather conditions the Council is appealing each year for volunteers to assist in clearing snow and ice at important and sensitive locations, such as schools, doctors’ surgeries, OAP homes etc. 

If you are interested in assisting please contact the Council on 01244 533692 or by email to mail@hawardencommunitycouncil.gov.uk

Community Play Areas

Play equipment consultation

Members of Hawarden Community Council together with and local youngstersOn 18th and 19th July the Council undertook a consultation exercise on proposed enhanced play provision at Gladstone Playing Fields, Hawarden and Yowley Road, Ewloe. More than 100 youngsters attended the event to give their views which will now be reflected in the enhancement schemes. 

The Council has installed new pieces of play equipment at Gladstone Play Area, Mancot Play Area and Aston Park Play Area.

Council Office - The Community Council office has relocated to 113 The Highway, Hawarden (the Gladstone Playing Fields Lodge). The office is open 8.30am – 4.30pm Monday – Thursday and 8.30am – 4pm on Friday.

Tennis - Play tennis for free at Gladstone Playing Fields. The Council no longer charges for the use of its tennis courts.

Summer Playschemes - The Council annually sponsors the schemes in Aston Park,  Gladstone Playing Fields, Hawarden, Mancot Playing Fields and Yowley Road Playing Fields,Ewloe

Allotments - The Council has negotiated a 20 year lease from Flintshire County Council for a 3.25 acre site off Aston Hall Lane, Hawarden.Planning approval for car park, access and sheds was granted on 12 December 2012.  The 42 allotment plots are all let to residents of the Hawarden Community Council area who were given access to their plots on 9th May 2013.

Hawarden Community Council's precept for 2016/2017 is £230,000. The Community Council's element of the total Council Tax bill for an average Band 'D' property will be £37.01. 

Hawarden Community Council's budget for 2016/20176 is £375,558. 

As part of an initiative to encourage youngsters to attend the local youth clubs the Council has agreed to continue to sponsor trips for regular attendees.

The Community Council proudly sponsors the Hawarden Community Walking Group which organises free led walks in the Community. The walks start from Hawarden Institute every Friday. For further information see the Hawarden Community Walks section of the right of this page 

Queen's Diamond Jubilee Beacon Bonfire Gladstone Playing Fields - 4 June 2012(Organised by Hawarden Community Council)
Fire photo 

Olympic Torch Relay through Hawarden in 2012 

Photographs taken by Mr Fred Snowden winner of the Hawarden Camera Club Olympic Torch photograph competition.

Olympic Torch Olympic Torch

Mr Snowden receiving his award from Councillor Judith Hough