Barwick and Scholes

Barwick and Scholes

Ron Miller

07717 150625

r.miller10@sky.com

Black Lace in Barwick: international recording artists Black Lace have entertained audiences in many parts of the world. Tomorrow, Friday evening their audience at All Saints’ Church, Barwick, may be smaller than they are used to but none the less important, as all proceeds will support the church. The concert begins at 7.30pm and tickets costing £5 will include a glass of wine or a soft drink.

Equestrian art: professional artist Catherine Inglis will demonstrate how to paint a horse using pastel at next Wednesday’s meeting of Barwick Art Club. This will be begin at 7pm at the Miners’ Institute, Chapel Lane, Barwick, with admission costing £3. Visitors or new members are always welcome, whether they are beginners or have some painting experience.

Charity quiz: the work of St Gemma’s Hospice in Leeds will be supported by the proceeds of the annual charity quiz hosted by members of St Philip’s Church, Scholes on Saturday, April 27, at 6.30pm. Tickets costing £5 will include a hot supper and soft drinks; there will be no charge for accompanied children.

Help for Lord Mayor’s Appeal: supporters of the monthly charity coffee morning held by members of Scholes Methodist Chapel raised £250 for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal at their April event. The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Coun Ann Castle and her Consort, Mr Graham Castle, attended in their official capacity and were welcomed by chapel member Keith Wood. In response the Lord Mayor described the work of the national Chrohns and Colitis Society, which she is supporting during her year of office. All proceeds will be donated directly to St James’s Hospital, Leeds, contributing to the cost of new equipment supporting patients suffering from Chrohns disease or colitis.

New boundary agreed: to avert the risk of the Neighbourhood Development Plan for Barwick and Scholes not being approved by Leeds City Council, members of the parish council agreed at their April meeting to the motorway becoming the Neighbourhood Plan boundary. Residents of homes in Nanny Goat Lane located between the motorway and the railway, which is currently the parish boundary, will be consulted by the city council about the proposed change. It has been requested by city planners designing the East Leeds extension and new orbital road.

Village hall grant: parish councillors agreed at their April meeting to a grant of £4,000 being given to Scholes Village Hall committee to help them to access grant funding worth ten times that amount from Landfill Tax. The money raised will meet most of the cost of a major refurbishment of the village hall currently being planned.

Horse grazing approved: although some Scholes residents have raised safety concerns, the parish council has agreed to allow two horses to graze on public open space at Scholes Lodge Farm. This will be for a temporary period until alternative grazing becomes available. The horses will not be tethered but the parish council accepted the owner’s assurance that they are docile and will not present a safety risk to children and other users of the open space. Councillors have also asked a local farmer to graze a flock of sheep on Hall Tower Field, Barwick, as a cost effective way of keeping the grass short. Sounds like a baa-gain!