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The Happy Valley website was launched in 1996 by Tim Boddington and maintained by him until 2017 when he was joined by Neville Bester. Neville undertook the huge task of converting the website from old technology to WordPress, the modern system for managing websites the easy way! During the conversion time, Linda Bester began her development of the history pages. In early 2019 Neville dropped out and Linda became an administrator in support of Tim Boddington. In March 2019 we incorporated the first self-supporting web page author to look after the BLOG page. We hope to add further authors each maintaining pages for their main interest in the town.

Tim Boddington

Boddington family | Bodington (with one D) family

Adkins family

My Facebook account: tim.boddington

Bollington, Cheshire – the Happy Valley

24 Years of Happiness!

My home town is known as the Happy Valley! It’s certainly well named! I have lived here for more than 45 years, and I can think of no place I would rather live! The original Happy Valley website was developed by me over a period of more than 24 years – see 24 Years of Happiness! Neville Bester joined me in 2017 and carried through a major project to upgrade the site using modern WordPress content management technology, and I congratulate him on the most excellent result. This has made continuing maintenance very much easier, and is now enabling others to have controlled access to their own pages. While under continuous development, with the welcome support of Linda Stewart, the pages provide copious amounts of basic information as well as describing many of the interesting features and history of the town.

Updated almost every day!

The Happy Valley website.

Bollington Pubs
Very popular pages!

These pages, in the Happy Valley web site, describe each of the pubs, plus a couple just out of town, three hotels, several other places to stay, and many restaurants and cafés, all in and around this small Cheshire town.

 Discovery Centre 

Developed in 2005, the Discovery Centre is the place to find the history of Bollington and view the more than 5,000 digital historic pictures on our PCs. (Pictures also available online.)

Internet Security

Much of my career was involved in the development of computer, network and information security. I have therefore taken the liberty of providing a page of basic advice for today’s internet users.

Boddington Family

Pages designed to bring together the world-wide Boddington family. Genealogical information will try to show how we are all related. Other pages will show our achievements over the past two or three centuries. Click here for the Boddington family home page! Under continuous development.

A very large addition covering the Bodington (one D) family was made. Same link as above.

Adkins Family 

Pages designed to bring together the world-wide Adkins family, that of my mother. Genealogical information will try to show how we are all related. Other pages will show our achievements over the past two or three centuries. Click here for the Adkins family home page!

These pages are in continuous development and designed to bring together on the web the enormous amount of research work carried out by my late aunt, Evelyn Goodman nee Adkins. 

From 2013 very large numbers of US Adkins have been added, with many more to come – see the home page for a full explanation.


I wrote and developed for 20 years the Macclesfield Canal website. I have now handed this over to the Macclesfield Canal Society who have re-developed it using the modern WordPress web technology.

Waterways web sites that you may find of interest include:

Canals and Waterways in general

Commonly known as ‘George’s pages’ – the definitive index to the world of UK and international waterway information with pointers to individual waterways, organisations, boats, etc., etc. A link to every known waterway web page. If you can’t find it here it hasn’t been written yet!

Linda Stewart

Linda BesterLinda Stewart is a true Bollingtonian! Her family has been here for centuries! She has contributed to the web site by researching and writing a number of history pages, starting with that for her own, Stewart family. This was her first experience of web site development, and thoroughly enthused, she has gone on to research many houses and families and prepared pages for them. We look forward to many more from her.

Linda helped to write a walking guide book, for the Poacher’s Inn. The book presents 18 circular walking routes, leaving from and returning to the pub. The book is available for purchase from the Poacher’s Inn. She also contributed to a website that accompanied the book, Bollington Outdoors. This site has now been incorporated into the happyvalley website.

Linda is an accomplished artist, she specialises in painting animals. She started painting in 2007 for 3 years; then took a 9 year break. She restarted in 2018. Have a look at her website – as you will see, her favourite subject is dogs! She also has a Facebook page.