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West Riding Federation of Women’s institute Band Concert: WI members from Scarcroft and local villages travelled with Tony Broome’s Britannia coach to Pudsey Civic Hall to hear the Night Shift Big Band. Tables set out around the room allowed dancing, the floor being soon filled, to old favourites made famous by people like Glen Miller Frank Sinatra Dean Martin and Nat King Cole. Unfortunately the weather was poor with steady light snow that put a number of people off. However those that attended had a very enjoyable evening.
Scarcroft Development Historical Sub Group: the group met in the New Inn. Working on identifying sites, buildings, and areas of special and historical interest worthy of preserving, to be incorporated in the final Scarcroft Neighbourhood Plan. Examples are the Tollhouse, Scarcroft Lodge, Beacon Hill House, Pompicaly, Moat Hall, Eltofts, Manor and Marlborough Houses.
Scarcroft WI’s 90th birthday celebration: heavy and continuing snow on Saturday morning greeted the WI, a call from the caterers put the event very much in doubt. However it was decided to continue. Parish Couns and the WI cleared the snow from the village hall car park, Buffet items were obtained and the event went ahead. Although not every body was able to make it, a very enjoyable time has had by all. Many items of Scarcroft WI memorabilia were out on display reflecting the 90 years of the Scarcroft Women’s Institute. It is hoped to have the event with the originally planned meal later in the summer.
Retiring Bardsey Vicar: Rev Chris Puckrin has been Vicar of Bardsey and East Keswick for four years and is now retiring due to heath problems. His last services will be at Easter. Scarcroft congregation members met at Bardsey Village hall for a thank you farewell party. A fine buffet was provided by church members. Sue Cairns, Bardsey Church warden was joined by East Keswick Churchwarden Jan Dower thanking Chris for his time and ministry in the two villages and wished him all the best from everybody for the future. Chris was presented with a framed painting of Bardsey Church.
Scarcroft Parish Council Annual Meeting: the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council was held at the village hall on Monday. The Parish Council was very disappointed with the poor attendance of residents. This is the annual opportunity to hear what the council have done over the year, ask questions and make your comments. Chair lady Paddy Procter opened the meeting with a report on the years work; The main item has been the Development Group putting together the Neighbourhood Plan. This outlines what and where the village would prefer development rather than Leeds City Council imposing their plans. Planning applications were down this year, the Cala housing development is ongoing and a strip of land is to be provided alongside the village hall car park. The City Council may make small changes to the parish boundaries, bringing Moss Syke Lane into the parish and clearing the old anomaly of a house in one parish and its garden in another! Scarcroft celebrated the Queens Jubilee with a gift of a souvenir mug for all the children and a 50’s celebration at the New Inn. The hanging baskets and planters put on a good show in spite of the wet weather and the Christmas tree switch on was enjoyed by a good turn out with carol songing. Paul and Sandra Thompson, after nearly 40 years are standing down from the village Hall, a new management committee has been formed and is hoped all goes well. Maureen Brewer, chair of the Wetherby Crime Prevention Panel then gave a very interesting talk about the vulnerable euro locks fitted to a lot of upvc doors. These can be broken in seconds and should be replaced with secure units. Mrs Brewer also had lanyards available; these are used to secure handbags and purses to clothing to prevent bag snatching. Refreshments laid on by Sandra Thompson were taken. Mrs Proctor thanked those who had attended, Maureen Brewer and Sandra Thompson for their help.