About
Astbury Mere Country Park

The Astbury Mere Trust

Astbury Mere Country Park is owned by Astbury Mere Trust and managed on their behalf by Cheshire East Ranger Service.

The Trust is a company limited by guarantee with charitable status and was established in 1989. In 2008 it finally managed to acquire majority land ownership.

Of the original members of the Astbury Mere Project Group, set up in 1988 to try and save the site and stop further development, we are extremely proud to say that four are still Trustees of Astbury Mere Trust Ltd. over a quarter of a Century later, and still play an active part in its day to day management.

Rob Minshull is the Chairman of Astbury Mere Trust.

In 1986 I helped to form, and was the chair, of the Astbury Mere Protest Group, which was made up of a number of like minded local residents trying to save the old West Heath Quarry for public use.

This action was successful, and in 1988 the Astbury Mere Trust took ownership of the land forming the original Country Park and I have been the chair of the Trust since then. I was also the chair of the Congleton in Bloom organisation for 15 years and a local businessman.

Rob's hobbies are working to improve the Astbury Mere Country Park, painting and travel.

Gavin Wolfenden is the Treasurer of Astbury Mere Trust.

I have recently retired after working in the IT and related industries for 40 years. As well as working I have always been a keen volunteer helping various local charities including Congleton Scouting, where I was Beaver Scout Leader and Congleton Cricket Club, where I chaired the management committee.

In my role as Beaver Scout Leader we often visited Astbury Mere Country Park for activities such as pond dipping and when the opportunity arose for me to join the trustees as their Treasurer I was keen to do so and am pleased to have the opportunity to contribute to the parks management and future development.

Peter Minshull is the Secretary of Astbury Mere Trust.

I am a retired chartered civil engineer having spent 38 years working in private practice and latterly as a civil servant.

I retired in 2011 and then joined Astbury Mere Trust, becoming the Trust's treasurer in 2012.

I am committed to ensuring the continued financial viability of Trust, so that the Country Park remains an asset that the people of Congleton, and the surrounding areas, can enjoy in perpetuity.

Colleagues sadly no longer with us but Not Forgotten

The Trust owes a debt of gratitude to some Congletonians for their unselfish and unstinting support from when the Action Group was formed in the early eighties. The Trust became a reality in 1989 and is a company limited by guarantee with charitable status. These are some of our supporters who are sadly no longer with us, but will never be forgotten.

John Snelling designed the logo above, and at the top of every page for Astbury Mere Trust, and was a long time Trustee.

John is known by many people in Congleton, as he was the Art Teacher at Waggs Road Senior Boy's School, then at the new Box Lane school when that was built in the mid sixties. He is sadly no longer with us and greatly missed.

Margaret Williamson MBE was a Liaison Officer for Astbury Mere Trust.

Margaret had been involved with many organisations in Congleton for many years for example, Ex Chair of The Congleton Partnership, member of the Friends of Congleton Park (FoCP), Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire and Town Mayor on 3 occasions.

We are extremely grateful that one of her many hats was Liaison Officer for the Trust; Margaret represented the community of Congleton the widest sense.

Margaret will be very much missed by the people of Congleton in general, and in particular by the Officers of Astbury Mere Trust.

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