Barwick and Scholes
Food for Thought: an informal social evening entitled Food for Thought will take place at St Philip’s Church, Scholes, on Saturday from 6.30pm. Bring your friends and family, children are very welcome, say the event’s organisers. During the evening the Vicar, Rev Andy Nicholson and his wife Debbie will describe their visit to China. A two course, home cooked meal will be served and soft drinks provided, with guests invited to take their own wine or beer if they wish. Tickets should be booked in advance, costing £5 for adults; there will be no charge for children. Any profit made will be donated to The Amity Foundation. To reserve tickets please call or text (07732) 906021 or call (0113) 287-7948.
Probus Club: the February meeting of Barwick and Scholes Probus Club, whose members are retired or semi-retired professional or businessmen, will be held on Tuesday at John Rylie House, Barwick, from 10.15am. Speaker Marion McDonald will describe Cambodia, Land of Temples, Boats and Cycles.
Pastel painting: professional artist Robert Dutton will demonstrate painting in pastel, using a Dales village as his subject, at a meeting of Barwick Art Club next Wednesday. This will be at the Miner’s Institute, Chapel Lane, from 7pm, with admission costing £3. The club is keen to recruit new members, including beginners wishing to learn how to paint, or those with some experience. Anyone who can’t attend the demonstration is welcome to drop in at any of the club’s weekly meetings, held each Wednesday at the same location.
Church mysteries revealed: an illustrated presentation entitled Mysteries of All Saints Church, Barwick in Elmet will be given in the ancient church by Pauline Robson and Martin Tarpey, members of Barwick Historical Society, on Wednesday, March 6, at 7.30pm. The society has issued an open invitation to anyone interested in learning about the rich history and heritage of All Saints, part of which was constructed in the Norman periode.
Parish precept: the amount added to Leeds City Council tax bills to meet the cost of parish services and facilities in Barwick and Scholes will remain unchanged for the next financial year, which begins in April. The parish precept will be £39,535. However, the parish council has agreed to adjust the figure to £37,148, having been assured that the city council will provide a grant of £2,387.
Care home proposal: a controversial application to convert a residential property in Parlington Court, Barwick, into a care home for young people from outside the Leeds area is due to be considered today, Thursday, by the plans panel of Leeds City Council. Local residents have strongly opposed the change as they do not believe the proposed new use of the property would be appropriate. Coun Matthew Robinson, who represents Barwick on the city council, has also expressed concern about the proposal.
Road safety issues: renewed fears about drivers speeding on Leeds Road, Scholes were voiced at February’s parish forum. One resident said a much loved dog had been killed and another seriously injured in separate recent incidents and urged that more should be done to persuade drivers to slow down. In addition, the parish council has agreed to a request from a Barwick resident to ask Leeds City Council to move the 30mph signs on Long Lane, Barwick, 80 metres further towards Garforth in a bid to reduce the speed of vehicles entering the village. This has been referred to the Leeds Highways department.
Dan going ‘down under’: Dan Sillers, a popular Police Community Support Officer who has become well known in Barwick and Scholes during the past few years, is relocating to Australia. Good wishes for his future and thanks for his valued work in the parish have been sent to Dan by the parish council. His successor is PCSO Geoff Nottingham, who is already familiar with Barwick and Scholes. However, a second PCSO currently assigned to the parish from the Neighbourhood Policing Team in Wetherby is shortly to take maternity leave, raising concern among parish councillors that limited resources will result in a reduced police presence in the two villages.
Proposed orbital road: all Barwick and Scholes residents are to receive from the parish council information and a map showing the route currently proposed for the East Leeds orbital road, which is likely to be built by the city council within the next few years. The final route has yet to be agreed; a feasibility study is to be carried out over the next three years at a cost to council taxpayers of £150,000. Members of the Save our Scholes lobby group are among local people expressing concern that the new dual carriageway could cut the village in two. However, parish councillors say it will bring economic benefits, including job opportunities for local people in businesses which are located close to the new road. The challenge will be to resist proposed development between the road and the village, says the parish council.