There are three parish councils covering the area of our villages. These all now have their own web sites, containing all relevant information about the individual councils and their business.

Mollington PC - covers the parish of Mollington, which includes the two original civil parishes of Mollington and Mollington Tarrant.

Backford PC - covers the civil parishes of Backford, Chorlton-by-Backford and Caughall.

Lea-by-Backford PC - covers the civil parish of Lea-by-Backford only.

Schooling: For information about state and private schools in the area see the further information below.

Mollington Pre-School - is situated in the Old School building in Grove Road, Mollington. It takes children from 2 to 4.5years. Parents are welcome to bring children from age 2, but they must remain at the school to supervise them. The Pre-School is OFSTED inspected and provides sessions of play and education. There is also a secure outside play area. Times Mon-Fri 9:15am to 12am.

Mollington and Backford Mother & Toddler Group: are an active group of mothers and fathers who meet every Monday morning between 10am and 12am at the village hall. The friendly atmosphere offers an ideal environment for children aged 0 to 3 to play and mix with others and for carers to have a chat and meet new people. There are lots of toys and an outdoor play area.

A short guide to the area prepared originally by Mollington Parish Council.

Emergency Telephone Numbers:

Dee Valley Water - Supply-  0330 678 0679
Freephone Leakline - 0800 085 8033

Gas - Gas escapes - 0800 111 999 - General Service - 0800 048 0202

Electricity - Scottish Power emergencies - 0845 272 2424 - General Service - 0845 027 0072

Drainage/Sewerage - Cheshire West & Chester Council - 0300 123 7035 or visit web site

Highways - see CWAC contact details or log a fault at CWAC

Malicious telephone calls - Visit the Crime Prevention Website for more information on how to stop these.

Healthwise (Patient Information Line) - 0800 665544 or visit NHS Choices and search for the health service you require (GP/Dentist, etc.).

Local Police:

If you see anything happening in your are which appears suspicious, report to 101, giving descriptions and, if appropriate, car registration details.

To report anti-social behaviour, including fly-tipping, vandalism or burnt-out vehicles, call 101.

For day-to-day, non-emergency police matters, contact the neighbourhood community action team headed by PC Rob Boulton, 


The mobile library van has stops in Mollington Court, Lea-by-Backford and outside St. Oswalds School. For latest times ring Ellesmere Port Library on 0151 337 4684/5.

Milk & Newspapers:

D. Bown will deliver - telephone 0151 339 8352

Gerrards Newsagents - 01244 400149

Household Waste & Recycling:

Wheelie bins for garden wastes(green) and general non-recyclable waste (grey) are emptied on alternate Mondays. Plastic boxes are provided for specific recyclable wastes and for kitchen slops. These are emptied weekly on Mondays. There are household waste centres at Bumpers Lane, Chester and Bridges Road, Ellesmere Port.

Find out more from Cheshire West & Chester Recycling.


Buses: The 22 (Chester to West Kirby) stops opposite The Red Lodge on Parkgate Road (Mon-Sat only). The routes 1, 2 and X2 (Chester to Ellesmere Port and Liverpool) stop at Station Road junction with Liverpool Road and Church Lane junction with Liverpool Road (Mon-Sun).

PlusBus: This can be arranged directly from PlusBus by visiting their web site here or call 0151 357 4420.

Womens Safe Transport: For more details on this scheme see CWAC here.

Taxis: There are several local taxi companies - notably KingKabs 01244 343434, Abbey 01244 318318 or see Yellow Pages

Leisure Activities:

The nearest public houses are the Wheatsheaf on the Parkgate Road and the Greyhound on Church Lane, Saughall.

The Mollington Banestre has a leisure club behind the hotel on the Parkgate Road and has a swimming pool, gym and two squash courts as well as fitness studio and a bar. The Crabwall Manor Hotel has a gym also with a swimming pool.

Citizens Advice Bureau:

Rural advice service - tel 0344 772121 or visit the web site for more details.

Consumer helpline - 03454 04 05 06 or visit the website.

Political Parties:

Conservative: 01244 322732

Labour: 01244 401433

Liberal Democrat: 01244 335943

Green: ???

UKIP: 0151 3759660


The parish church is St Oswalds, in Church Lane, Backford.

The catholic church has several local options, St Theresa's at 128 Blacon Avenue, CH1 5BU, St Werburgh's in Grosvenor Park Road, CH1 1QJ, or St Columba's at Plas Newton Lane, CH2 1SA

The United Reformed Church is at 44 Heath Road, Upton, CH2 1HX.

The nearest Methodist church is at Church Road, Saughall, CH1 6EN


Saughall Pharmacy - 30 Church Road, Saughall, CH1 6EP - 01244 881765

Swettenham Chemists - 4 The Parade, Blacon, CH1 5HN - 01244 390047

Morrisons Pharmacy - Mill Lane, Upton-by-Chester, CH2 1BT - 01244 381215

Post Office:

The collection times for the post boxes in the three parishes are as follows:

Mollington post boxes are located here while Backford post boxes can be found here

There are post offices within the Coop in Church Road, Saughall, CH1 6EP - 01244 880403

and in Blacon, at 7 The Street, CH1 5HN - 01244 390644


St Oswalds Church of England (Aided) Primary - is in Grove Road, Mollington - the current head teacher is Mr Dave Wallace. Telephone 01244 981040.

St Werburgh's and Columba's Primary (Catholic) - Lightfoot Street, Chester CH2 3AD - 01244 325528

Upton High School - 01244 981240 St James Avenue, Chester CH2 1NN

Catholic High School - 01244 981600 Old Wrexham Road, CH4 7HS

There are many private schools including Kings -boys - (01244 690026), Queens -girls - (01244 312078) and Bishops C of E High School (01244 313806).

School Field: The licence is operative again and can be used by the general public.