Barwick and Scholes
Players’ celebration: members of Scholes Village Players, past and present, will meet for dinner on Saturday to celebrate the group’s 80th anniversary. Believed to be the longest established amateur theatre company in the Leeds area, the players staged their first production in 1932. Apart from a break during the Second World War they have presented live theatre in Scholes ever since, usually with two productions a year – a play in the spring and a family panto in November. The group places great importance on giving new members, including children and young people, their first experience of the amateur theatre, as a cast member or working backstage. This can especially be seen with the players’ highly popular pantomime, which gives local families a traditional, fun-packed show with the benefit of affordable ticket prices. The group’s honorary president, Scholes resident Doris Ivatts, joined the players in 1950 so has been a member for 63 years.
Barwick Scouts’ appeal: due to the imminent loss of their current storage facility, Barwick’s Scouts urgently need the use of an empty garage or storage space to keep their equipment, even just for a while until they find a more permanent location. Anyone prepared to help is asked to call the group leader, tel 0113 225 4481.
Scholes coffee morning: members of Scholes Methodist Chapel will host their next charity coffee morning on Saturday, February 2 from 10am-noon. Proceeds will be donated to the Leeds branch of the Salvation Army The chapel’s January coffee morning raised £165 to support the work of Emmaus Leeds, part of a national charity which enables once homeless people to sustain their residential community by restoring and selling furniture and domestic appliances donated by supporters.
Leeds United gift: Friends of Barwick Church of England Primary School are conducting a silent auction, giving supporters a chance to bid for a home shirt signed by the current Leeds United team. The shirt was given to the friends by player Adam Drury, who asked all his team mates to sign it. All proceeds will go towards making the school’s sports day extra special this year. Bidding doesn’t close until Friday, February 8 so there’s still time to send your name, contact details and the value of your bid to the following email address firstname.lastname@example.org
Community levy: news that parish and town councils which gain approval for their Neighbourhood Development Plan will receive 25 per cent of the community levy from new housing and other development schemes could benefit Barwick and Scholes. Developers will be required to pay the levy as a condition of planning approval. Planning Minister Nick Boles insists the only way of providing more homes for young families “forced to grow up in tiny flats with no outside space” is to accept the need for more homes to be built on undeveloped land and to “resolve to make these decisions locally and build beautiful places like we used to.” However, Scholes resident and planning expert George Hall told the Wetherby News “I take the view that the degree of levy should be determined by a sum that makes development sustainable. It is not a one size fits all scenario. I fully accept that (the levy) is not a cash cow that could be utilised for any wish list or current deficiency.”
Grit bin challenge: a parish council request for a grit bin in Leeds Road, Scholes, near Sirrell’s garage, where water running off fields turns into dangerous ice, has been turned down by the highways department as “not justified.” The decision prompted Coun Ben Hogan, who chairs the parish council, to comment at the latest parish forum “There is great difficulty getting grit bins but they can’t cost the earth, can they?” Councillors supported his proposal that the city council’s decision should be challenged.
Safety concerns: a Barwick resident has told the parish council that cars parked outside the village store and post office are preventing people getting off buses stepping safely on to the pavement. This expression of concern has been referred to the Leeds City Council highways department.