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Royal Garden Party May 2024

Cllr Christopher Wilcock from Macclesfield Town Council won the recent draw and has sent ChALC the following account.

As the train was leaving Macclesfield train station, there were lots of excitement about attending the Royal Garden Party. As the train pulled into Euston station this turned into apprehension due to the weather deteriorating.

We checked into our accommodation, got changed and headed off to Buckingham palace (after renting an umbrella from the hotel) on the underground. After going through the security checks we headed to the palace gardens where we were greeted by music being played by the bands of the Kings Guards. At 4pm the National Anthem was played as the Royal Party arrived into the garden. It was difficult to see which members of the Royal Family were there due to a sea of umbrellas but as the afternoon went on we were able to then see the Royal Party.

It was an honour to be chosen to attend the garden party on behalf of ChALC and it is probably the only time I will have the chance to attend.

Local Councils Commemorating D-Day 80

A separate webpage to capture photos and articles has been set up and can be accessed via this link

Star Council Awards 2024

The Star Council Awards are the only awards programme in England specifically designed to acknowledge the impact and contribution of local councils in their communities. The awards are open to all local councils, councillors, young councillors, clerks, and county associations across England.

This year, NALC has introduced a new award dedicated to climate response which will recognise the proactive efforts of councils in addressing climate change.


  • Clerk of the Year
  • County Association of the Year
  • Young Councillor of the Year
  • Council of the Year
  • Climate Response of the Year

The nomination period ends on 6 September 2024, and the winners will be announced and given their awards at a ceremony in the House of Lords. Visit for more information on the Star Council Awards 2024 and how to submit.

Update from the Parish Council Domains Helper Service

Since February this year: 894 councils from 45 English counties have engaged with the Service
Of these: -

  • 189 councils now have a live domain and website
  • 2417 staff and councillors now use a email for council business

We want to make sure that councils are making decisions based on accurate information, so we've put together a few articles that are aimed at some of the most common.


Accessible PLAY FOR ALL features in the new play area at Sycamore Field Play area, Chester.
Cheshire West and Chester council have just completed a fantastic refurbishment of the play facility in Chester, Sycamore Field play area. This area has a brand new KOMPAN fully accessible ramped multi play unit, with play from all angles and a HUGE main deck for wheelchairs and buggies to access. Imaginative play is featured with the new toddler train units too.

All of these products are made from 100% recycled fishing nets, taken out of our oceans to protect the planet.

Reminder: Seminar Session with Millie from KOMPAN and Special Guest Jon Dalton from the Play Inspection Company.

  • Wednesday 17th July at 6pm
  • Barnton Memorial Hall
  • 30A Townfield Lane, Barnton, Northwich CW8 4LH
  • Free onsite parking – light refreshments will be available

Please contact or in the CHALC office to book a place

For support on how to reduce your playgrounds', sports and fitness areas' carbon emissions, contact Millie Vozza, KOMPAN UK, in Delamere on

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