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Ron Miller

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Family film show: members of St Philip’s Church, Scholes will present a family film morning within the church on Monday at 10.30am. All proceeds will benefit the Mother’s Union Wheels Appeal. The film to be shown will be suitable for family viewing but children must be accompanied by an adult. A cake stall and refreshments will also be available.

Society’s invitation: Barwick in Elmet Horticultural Society has issued an open invitation to Barwick and Scholes villagers to enter one of the many competitive classes to be judged at the society’s 48th annual show. This will be held on Saturday, September 7 at Barwick Village Hall. Show schedules listing the classes are now available from local shops or from the show secretary, Geoff Thornton, on 0113 281-2044. The society is also looking for a show sponsor so any local business or individual interested in backing this popular event is asked to give Geoff a call.

Scholes Village Show: when a group of Scholes residents decided almost three years ago to revive Scholes Village Show, which had not taken place for several years, they could not have foreseen how popular the event would become. The next show will be on Saturday, September 14, at Scholes Village Hall. It will be opened by Scholes resident Joan Fox, who is well known in the village, especially for her many years of voluntary work with Scholes Gala and Scholes Village Players. Further information about the show can be obtained by calling 0113 264-5491.

Fingers crossed time: Britain in Bloom judges have visited Barwick and Yorkshire in Bloom judges have been to Scholes, so both villages’ In Bloom teams can now only wait and see, with fingers crossed, whether gold awards will reward their remarkable voluntary work in all weathers. The results of Britain in Bloom, in which Barwick is representing Yorkshire in the Large Village category, will be announced at a ceremony in Cleethorpes on October 12. Yorkshire in Bloom’s prize presentation ceremony will be at York Racecourse on September 17. Not surprisingly, both sets of judges remained tight lipped during their visits, though the Yorkshire in Bloom judges did acknowledge that the hanging baskets in Scholes were the best they had seen so far. With the late spring and the recent heatwave it has been a specially challenging time for the In Bloom teams, both of whom no doubt welcomed some rain to complement the regular watering of floral displays and baskets. A special service of thanksgiving for the work of the In Bloom volunteers was held at Barwick Methodist Church on the Sunday before the judges’ visit. Appropriately, this was conducted by John Botterill, a Lay Preacher at the chapel as well as a member of the Barwick in Bloom team.

Diary date: the September parish forum and meeting of Barwick and Scholes parish council will take place on Monday, September 2, at Scholes Methodist Schoolroom, from 7pm. Largely due to villagers’ concerns about planning issues and developers’ proposals it is likely that, once again, there will be lively discussion during both the forum and council meeting. With the closing date for submitting views on proposed land allocations within the parish now having passed, many villagers will now wish to know what other opportunities will be made available for them to have their say on proposed housing developments. Local people are also voicing concern that private discussions between developers and Leeds City Council planners may have already earmarked some housing proposals as being more likely to be approved, prompting criticism of ‘done deals’ being agreed behind closed doors. Many residents also fear that, driven by the need to allow up to 70,000 new homes to be built in the Leeds district during the next 17 years, the green belt which has protected rural villages for many years is now under considerable threat. Of the 17 potential sites identified by the city council in Barwick and Scholes no fewer than 14 would, if approved, require the inclusion of at least some land currently within the green belt.

Harvest coffee morning: Barwick Methodists will host their harvest coffee morning on Saturday, September 7, from 10am-noon, in the Methodist Schoolroom. Admission costing £1 will include light refreshments. All proceeds will be donated to Emmaus Leeds, part of a national charity supporting homeless people. People living in Emmaus communities collect donations of furniture and other household items, restore them and sell them in Kirkgate market and other locations, sustaining their community with the proceeds.