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Ron Miller

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Tradition continues: talented musicians who play for Gawthorpe Brass ’85 will travel from South Yorkshire to Scholes to give what is now a traditional Christmas concert. This will take place on Saturday at Scholes Village Hall, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets costing £5 for adults, £4 for concessions, can be obtained at the convenience store in Scholes or by calling (0113) 273-5343. The popular band also plays at the annual Scholes Gala.

Parish Council: the December meeting of Barwick and Scholes Parish Council will be held on Monday at Scholes Methodist Schoolroom. The parish forum, which gives local people a chance to raise issues of concern, will begin at 7.15pm, followed by the council meeting at 7.30pm. It is expected that the selection of two new councillors, both representing Scholes, will be confirmed following interviews with five applicants. Among issues likely to be discussed will be whether some of the new public open space at Scholes Lodge Farm should be used to provide new facilities for young people, possibly including a multi-use games area and skateboard park.Land behind Barwick Cricket Club is being considered for a similar purpose. However, no decisions will be taken until the responses of local young people to a questionnaire, asking them what type of facilities they would like to see provided, have been received and studied by the parish council.

Villagers to be consulted: around 100 local people attended a recent meeting to receive an update on progress being made with the Scholes section of the draft Neighbourhood Development Plan for the parish. Held at St Philip’s Church, it gave villagers a chance to meet the voluntary members of the Scholes steering group. Welcoming villagers, Coun Ben Hogan, who chairs the group as well as the parish council, stressed that the opinions of local people would influence the content of the document. The draft, containing both Barwick and Scholes sections, will be put to local people next March or ApriI. A modified draft will then go to Leeds City Council for examination. Coun Hogan introduced Scholes resident and planning expert George Hall, who delivered an informative presentation he had put together with steering group members Susanna Fieldhouse and Coun Gerry McDonough.

Survey findings: Much of the well received presentation given by Mr Hall at the meeting reported the interesting findings of a new survey of local people’s views, carried out on behalf of the parish council. The results underscore the strength of feeling about fighting to keep the rural identity of Barwick and Scholes, with 96 per cent of respondents in favour of protecting all green space and Green Belt land. A total of 511 questionnaires were returned, 230 from Barwick and 281 from Scholes. Results showed that 55 per cent of parishioners are retired, 35 per cent are working full or part time and seven per cent are self employed. Of all respondents, 74 per cent did not feel the parish needs more affordable housing and 85 per cent said they do not wish to see more business or office premises, nor light industrial units, despite the boost to the local economy they could generate. Bus services to and from the parish were widely criticised, with 61 per cent of Scholes respondents and 52 per cent in Barwick attributing their dissatisfaction to infrequent services, poor reliability, journey times being too long and buses not going to preferred destinations. The survey showed that 45 per cent of local people use their own car, while 26 per cent use bus services and 22 per cent choose to walk. Gardening, walking and cycling are, in that order, the most popular leisure time pursuits enjoyed by parishioners, 87 per cent of whom are registered with a doctor in either Barwick or Scholes. Mr Hall invited local people to consider what level of new home development would be acceptable and where should it be located? He stressed that the Neighbourhood Development Plan would not only be about housing in Scholes but would focus on “the shape of the village in years to come.”

Methodists’ support: the most recent coffee morning hosted by members of Scholes Methodist Chapel raised £195, which was donated to the parish Poppy Appeal. The chapel’s Christmas Tree Festival will be held on Saturday, December 8 from 10am-4pm, with morning coffee, lunches and teas available and the following day from noon until 3.30pm, with tea and cakes. Admission will cost £2 for adults; there will be no charge for accompanied children.

Interested in painting?: Barwick Art Club, which meets every Wednesday evening, welcomes new members, including beginners or those keen to brush up their existing skills. At last night’s meeting, artist Dave Newbold was demonstrating painting in acrylic but members can choose whatever medium they prefer. Admission costs £3; meetings are held at the Miners’ Institute, Chapel Lane, Barwick.

Barwick Flower Club: Christmas by Design will be the theme of a flower arranging demonstration to be given by Vanessa Wellock at a meeting of Barwick in Elmet Flower Club on Wednesday, December 12. This will be held at Scholes Village Hall at 7.30pm and visitors will be welcome. Tickets costing £9, to include wine and Christmas refreshments, can be obtained by calling (0113) 264-5491.