About Us

About Us

Who we are and what we do!

How it all started!

The beginning started in 2006, when Brereton Parish Community Interest Group was formed by a group of local residents. The primary aim of the group is to promote and sustain a strong sense of community spirit within the parish by improving local communications, facilities, and community events. We are all volunteers who aim to represent all age groups and all abilities. Membership of the group is open to any resident within the parish, young or old. There is no restriction on the number of members; the more the better!

BPCIG is resourced through local volunteering and is self-funded, through fund-raising activities, local sponsorship, donations, and grant awarding bodies. BPCIG undertakes projects to address and improve community wide issues, including the improvement to local communications for activities, events, services, and local information; improvement to and availability of community facilities such as the Community Space, gardens and walks; the documenting and access to the history and traditions of Brereton; the promotion of existing clubs, societies, groups, and businesses; and raising of awareness of community issues.

We are a Registered Charity (No. 1135754), and our primary aim is to improve communications and facilities, organise events and sustain a strong sense of community spirit within the Parish. Our Trustees are all residents of Brereton.

What do we do?

Community projects which BPCIG are, or have been, engaged in include:

  • Quarterly Newsletters published and distributed to all households in the Parish
  • Monthly Newsletters emailed to everyone subscribed
  • Maintaining and publicising a “What’s On in Brereton” events calendar
  • Publication of “5 Walks Around Brereton” leaflet
  • Community web site www.MyBrereton.com, and now www.BreretonLife.com
  • Litter picks to “Keep Brereton Tidy”
  • Tree planting
  • Weekly Youth Club for Brereton young people aged 11 to 18
  • Improvement of outdoor spaces through the renovation and improvements of the community areas at Brereton Community Space
  • Volunteer groups to maintain the Brereton Community Space with planting
  • Inspiring activities to involve the whole community, such as The Brereton Totem Pole
  • Publication of “The Brereton Totem” leaflet
  • Providing a “Welcome Pack” to new residents of Brereton
  • Participating in the annual Cheshire wide Community Pride competitions, hosted by Cheshire Community Action
  • IT Buddies, to help and support people in the use of the internet
  • Community events, such as Brereton’s Got Talent competition, and Brereton Variety Show, Race night, Quiz nights, Christmas Carols in the Park, and more recently our live band night with Nostalgia.

Our Current Projects

Priorities for our activities are determined each year at our AGM.

Our current key projects are:

  • Fundraising – 100 Club
  • Communications – Welcome Pack for new residents
  • Communications – BreretonLife community website
  • Communications – Monthly e-Newsletter
  • Communications – Social Media, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
  • Keep Brereton Tidy – Litter Picking
  • Tree Planting Scheme
  • Community Space – Maintenance
  • Community Space – New features
  • IT Buddies – Digital inclusion
  • Events – low cost fun and entertainment
  • Support & promote other community groups

Our Team

Chair
Mrs Shirley Strang

Treasurer
Mrs Jean Newham

Secretary
Mr Alastair Strang

Members
Geoff Spilsbury
Keith Dale
Richard Rabone
Roland Morse
Stuart Foster

Alastair Strang
Jean Newham
Shirley Strang
Roland Morse
Keith Dale

100 Club – Shirley Strang
IT Buddies – Shirley Strang
Clean Team & Litter Picking – Richard Rabone
Events – Keith Dale
Community Space nature area and garden – Jean Newham
Community Space development – Alastair Strang
Community Newsletter – Alastair Strang
Community Website – Alastair Strang
Welcome Pack – Alastair Strang

How Can You Help?

Our projects are constrained only by funding and voluntary effort required to implement a project; the more volunteers we have, the more we can do and achieve!

Membership of BPCIG is free, and is open automatically to all residents (18 years and over) of Brereton Parish.

Being a member of BPCIG means:

  • A desire to promote a good community “feeling” within Brereton
  • Being prepared to get involved, but only as much as you want to (that may be on an occasional or a regular basis, or by helping with one of our projects)
  • Optional attendance at our monthly progress meetings, which also doubles up as a social meeting
  • Attendance at our AGM, usually held in May of each year
  • Getting to know others in the community.

BPCIG management group meet monthly to review progress on current. Each year at our AGM in May, we review all projects, and agree any new priorities or initiatives to be started in the forthcoming year. Projects we engage in tend to be community-wide initiatives, and ones in which we can involve all other community groups and residents. Our meeting records are publicly available if you wish to follow what we do.

Volunteers who help do not necessarily engage in all activities, some preferring to focus and support a few.

For further information or if you would like to support our charitable activities, then please Contact Us.