Report from Adderley

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Situated on the borders of Shropshire and Cheshire, the village of Adderley has a long history. It was a Saxon manor before the Doomsday Book, and in the Middle Ages it grew into a large market town, larger than Market Drayton at that period, mainly because it was on the main road for conveying salt from Nantwich to the Midlands.


Today there are approximately 100 properties in the village itself, and around half that number in the surrounding Adderley Parish.  St. Peter's Church has a small but active congregation, and holds regular services.

Adderley School has been threatened with closure on two occasions, but is now thriving, with around 50 pupils including the nursery class.  It is one of very few in Shropshire to have a Forest School for outside classes and to foster the children's awareness of the environment.


The village hall hosts a number of activities, has two snooker tables, and a bar open four nights a week in the summer.  It is particularly popular for young children's parties because of the adjacent playground. 

There is successful bowling club attracting players from a wide area that puts out 10 teams each week in the Whitchurch and Market Drayton leagues.

The biggest village event is the annual Fun Ride which attracts over 300 horses to ride a marked course with a number of jumps over local farmland.  Large numbers of volunteers marshal the course, and cook endless bacon baps to raise money for the church, school and hall.

The co-operative community spirit so evident at this event was sorely tested late last year when a local farmer put in a planning application to install a 50KW wind turbine at his farm on the outskirts of the village.

'The wind turbine would reduce property prices and attract less people to live in Adderley'.  'The construction of a wind turbine will completely and permanently alter the landscape detrimentally, greatly impairing the peace and enjoyment of everyone living and visiting the village'  were two of the comments made in over 100 objection comments sent to Shropshire Council. 

There were two well attended public meetings, and 'No wind turbine in Adderley' posters were put up on the main road through the village.

County planners recommended approval, but, in view of the number and strength of objections, the application was withdrawn.

The issue polarised opinion and divided the village community, but there is now a strong view that we should all work together to rebuild our community spirit and restore the sense of pride in our village.

Ben Clark
Audlem Online Adderley correspondent