HMS Blackcap Commemoration Service – all welcome

The modern industrial and distribution estates to the east and south of the village are built on what was originally the Royal Naval Air Station known as HMS Blackcap.  The station’s name is commemorated in the new road between Stretton Road and Dipping Brook Road to the West of the village – Blackcap Road.

St Cross Church, Appleton ThornFor the last 28 years, at 12 noon, on the first Sunday in June, Royal Navy veterans have commemorated those who lived – and those who died whilst serving – at HMS Blackcap. The Greater Manchester Branch of the Fleet Air Arm Association holds a parade and service at St Cross Church, complete with its own Padre and usually the Mayor of Warrington in attendance.

Inside St Cross Church is a memorial plaque commemorating those who lost their lives and a White Ensign suspended from a side wall. The church’s graveyard includes well-tended graves of service personnel who died whilst stationed at HMS Blackcap.

All villagers and anyone else interested are invited to attend the commemoration that will be next held on Sunday June 4th – at 12 midday.

Let us not forget the service and sacrifice given in defence of our country by these brave men and women.

“Too many people!” attend the Planning Committee Meeting

There was a good turnout of Appleton and Grappenhall residents at the Warrington Borough Council (WBC) Development Management Committee meeting on Wednesday evening.

Despite ‘warnings’ and requests from local Councillors prior to the meeting, the meeting had not been moved to a venue that could safely accommodate the large number of citizens wishing to express their concern at the planned developments by the HCA at Appleton Cross and Grappenhall Heys.

Waiting in the lobby before the meeting.

Only 43 people could apparently fit into the room where the meeting was being held, which left a much larger number than that outside in the lobby and an adjacent Committee Room, with proceedings expected to be relayed via a speaker system.

Consideration of the HCA applications deferred to a future meeting

Having fitted as many as possible into the room and some 15 minutes after the meeting was due to start, the Chair of the Committee announced that there was far too many people here for this meeting and so he was deferring consideration of the HCA applications to a later date so that the meeting can be held in a venue that can safely accommodate all those wishing to attend.

Appleton and Grappenhall residents generally felt that this was a sensible course of action, despite having spent up to an hour getting to the meeting through typically slow South Warrington traffic.  One couple, who had experienced particular difficulty, only arrived as large numbers of residents poured out of the Town Hall following the postponement.

It is understood that the Committee will aim to secure use of the Pyramid for when the HCA applications are next considered. We must ensure that we have an even greater turnout at that meeting to press local concerns over the effect of 1,000 new houses on highways, health and education infrastructure.

A view of the meeting from the back row!

Posters to encourage attendance on 26th April

Here is the poster / leaflet which you will start seeing in the local area to encourage people to attend the planning committee meeting on Wednesday 26 April at 6.30pm. If you can help to distribute leaflets, please get in touch with our local Councillors – either via the HCA Rethink for South Warrington page on Facebook or email

Or you could help by printing this off and sticking it up in your front window. Please help us to spread the word!

Local Councillors Call for Action on 26th April

Posting on the renamed HCA Rethink for South Warrington Facebook page overnight, WBC and local parish councillors have issued a call to action for next Wednesday’s Development Management (commonly referred to as Planning!) Committee meeting.

It’s time to make a stand and show the council’s Development Management Committee how strongly we feel about the HCA planning applications at Grappenhall Heys and Appleton Cross (not forgetting Pewterspear Green of course).

You are ALL urged to attend THE planning committee meeting next Wednesday 26th April at the Council Chamber, Town Hall, Sankey Street, Warrington, WA1 1UH.

This is the meeting we have been waiting for…..the meeting at which decisions will be taken to either approve or reject the HCA planning applications at Grappenhall Heys and Appleton Cross.

Be there early – doors open at 6pm for a 6.30pm start. It’s an open meeting for all of us to attend.

Please make every effort to attend! Tell your neighbours, friends and family. Let us know if you can join your campaigners and councillors who are fighting hard to shape the planning proposals. We need your support!