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Sandra Thompson

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Scarcroft family day: the long awaited family day arrived along with good weather, much appreciated as the majority of activity took place on the car park area, the newly acquired adjoining land being used for parking. Attended by over 200 adults and 50 children for whom entertainments were provided including roundabouts, bouncy castle face painting an dart competition to win cuddly toys, a sweet stall and an Ice cream van, football scoring. Magician, Oliver Parker moved among the tables performing the most amazing tricks. The lunch was in the form of a hog roast with salads, with the alternative of burgers and sausage. followed by cakes. The village hall committee would like to thank all who came and along supported the event in any way. Particularly thanks to Digitronix Ltd for donating banners, tickets and flyers. Coming village hall events, supper dance, music fun for all by Jamie Forth.

Flash flooding in Scarcroft: Wetherby News readers will recall the severe thunderstorm before the August Bank Holiday that caused chaos at the Leeds Festival at Bramham. It did the same at Scarcroft, with water and soil pouring off the newly drilled fields and running down Syke Lane making towards the stream. This required quite a major clean up by Leeds Highways and Yorkshire Water. Talks went ahead with a hope of resolving the problem in the future. Less than three weeks later another very heavy thunderstorm has repeated the situation with large amounts of water washing the soil from the field next to the golf course, down to the corner of the field and out onto Syke Lane soon blocking any drains tht were clear and getting into the driveway of some properties before reaching the beck that was already running full with the extra water from the new housing development, water from upper Syke Lane and Moss Syke including the new brick paved areas that cannot cope with that volume of water. In addition and not so visible is the top right hand side of Moss Syke estate where water from the adjoining field backs up to a number of bungalows, running through a number of gardens and nearly houses before getting diverted by residents into the quarry. A substantial ditch needs digging across the field to divert the water from into the quarry but where it will no doubt cause problems for future development. Water was also running from the lower end of the fields onto the A58 Wetherby Road. near Wayside. Thankfully although these storms causing large amounts of field run off and have happened before and fortunately are rare. but when happen cause chaos. Hopefully Yorkshire Water, Leeds City Council Highways and DEFRA will be working on a solution.