East Keswick Flower Club: today, Thursday Margaret Titman will be going along to give a flower demo with the title For your Pleasure. They meet in East Keswick Village Hall at 1.30pm and they would like to invite non-flower club meetings to go along, at no cost, to share in the afternoon. Tea/coffee and biscuits will be served after the demonstration.
Scarcroft Summer Holiday: this summers Scarcroft holiday is to Torquay - on Monday, May 13 to May 20 - picking up at Scarcroft. They will stay at the Headlands Hotel, Torquay. Daily visits to places of interest. Most of the party are local and friendly. There are a few double places remaining. For full itinerary please contact John Midgley on 0113 2892892.
Welcome pack: have you recently moved to Bardsey and if so, would you like a welcome pack to help you to get to know more about our village. The pack contains a letter of welcome, useful phone numbers, a contact list for all the clubs and societies, notes on local walks and footpaths, bus timetables and a copy of Bardsey Village Design Statement and Bardsey 2000, which contain much information on the history and future development. The pack can be obtained from All Hallows Church or from the parish office 01937 574253.
Update on Neighbourhood Plan: in late February the steering committee published the promised leaflet, which aimed to set out the background to the neighbourhood plan for Bardsey, explain its importance to the future of the village, and outline the approximate timetable for the next stages of the process. Perhaps the most important of these is the long awaited announcement by LCC of its views on the various sites put forward by landowners for housing development within the parish, and included in the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment, or SHLAA. This has been postponed until May 9, but assurance given that this date will be achieved. This is a source of considerable frustration to the steering committee, as the announcement is a key contributor to the progress of the plan and until it is made it is not known what LCC actually intend to ask of the village under their core strategy. In the meantime, it has been learnt that a late application has been submitted for development of the Hampson House site on Mill Lane and that LCC have agreed to fast track this site into the SHLAA deliberations. Because of the timing of this late submission the steering committee has not had the opportunity to assess the site, nor to put forward its view. They remain on track to conduct the required Housing Needs Survey for Bardsey, however, and questionnaires will soon be mailed out. Will residents assist by returning completed questionnaires. This information is not only essential to the plan, it is also a key strand in determining the kind of development likely to take place in Bardsey. To close with some exciting news – the first plan to be put to a local referendum (in Eden, Cumbria) achieved a majority on March 7, and has become the first Neighbourhood Plan to be adopted. A second (in Thame, Oxfordshire) is to go to referendum in May.
Bardsey Primary School: Ofsted inspectors visited the school at the end of February and reported that it had improved well since the last inspection in May 2010, stating that under the current head teacher’s leadership, together with the strong support of governors, the school is well managed and moving forward at a brisk pace. The inspectors reported that the pupils were polite, confident and demonstrate a strong desire to achieve well. They feel safe whilst at school. knowing that adults deal with any inappropriate behaviour quickly, fairly and firmly. In Early Years Foundation Stage, it was found that children get a very good start and they make good progress in an environment where activities are carefully matched to individual needs and where great emphasis is placed on their personal development. Congratulations to all the staff for a grading of good with some outstanding teaching. The full Ofsted report can be viewed on the school website at www.bardseyprimary.org.uk
BardEk Walking Group: the weather was promising when nine walkers met on the first Sunday in April to make their way to Ripon and proceed on the Sanctuary Walk. What an excellent walk it was, seeing so many interesting and different parts of Ripon at a leisurely pace, with no hills. The weather was exceptional, being sunny and was much appreciated after the cold temperatures of late. Lunch was planned and enjoyed by the river and conversation as always was friendly and informative. The next walk will be on Sunday, May 5 when a five mile circular will be around Spofforth to Follifoot. Meet at Bardsey Village Hall at 10am prompt. For more information contact Maeve Brook on 01937 572360.
Bardsey and East Keswick Rangers: are holding a fund raising coffee morning for Martin House Children’s Hospice on Sunday at 11am-1.30pm in the Callister Hall. Everyone welcome to drop in for a drink and a bite to eat. Donations of cakes and biscuits would be greatly appreciated. Bardsey and East Keswick Rangers is a newly formed group of local girls aged between 14 and 17 who have all progressed through Rainbows, Brownies and Guides. Please give your support to this enthusiastic group of teenagers. For more information contact Fiona on 01937 574630.
Bardsey Wives: they meet on Monday at 8pm at the home of Brenda Clayton for the usual friendly chat and coffee.
St. George’s Day: the usual super afternoon tea will be held next Tuesday to celebrate this special patriotic day. Tea will be served from 2-4.30pm in the Callister Hall in Bardsey and admission is only £3 for adults and £1.50 for children. There will be a wonderful selection of home made cakes to choose from and many people to chat to. Do go along and support this event.
Diary Date: Parish Council AGM – all Bardsey residents are most cordially invited to attend this meeting on April 25 at 8pm in Bardsey Village Hall, immediately following the AGM of the Village Hall Management Committee. This will give residents the opportunity to receive an update on work undertaken during the past year including highways, planning, sports club, playground and green issues. There will also by updates on the neighbourhood plan and an opportunity for residents to receive further information on this subject. Do go along and have a glass of wine with them.