All Saints Church Spofforth: the service on Sunday, January 27 will be holy communion, 1662 version at 9.30pm.
Household waste: collection at Spofforth will be on Friday, January 25.
Spofforth School: will be hosting murder mystery type science workshops jointly with Follifoot school in February. As well as developing their investigative science skills children will be working on report writing and decision making during and following on from these workshops.
Crime Figures: from November 11 to December 10, two crimes were reported in Spofforth with no detections. Outbuildings at a farm on the outskirts of Spofforth were entered and an off-road motorcycle was stolen. An arrest has been made in connection with this but enquiries are still on-going. A tent at The Christmas Adventure was entered and a quantity of specialist electrical tools were taken. Thefts of diesel oil; throughout the area continue to be a problem, despite the targeting of several suspects. PC Mark Ayre requests that residents report any suspicious activity including doorstep cold callers offering dusters and other household items. Use 101 in the first instance, 999 in emergencies or email email@example.com .
Spofforth with Stockeld Parish Council: met on Tuesday, December 18 at 7.30pm in the Long Memorial Hall. Present were couns Fawcett, Roberts, Hare, Parker Beevers, Geddes and Heslop the village handyman and county coun Trotter. Apologies were received from Richard Corderoy the responsible finance officer, coun Atkinson and PC Ayre. Coun Parker Beevers reported on the village hall renovation that the four windows in the new kitchen would be left but the glass would need to be changed. Prices for building project to be forwarded to coun Hare to evaluate possible funding grants. Detailed discussions on the proposed works to take place in a separate meeting. Regarding Quality Parish Council, the clerk to make progress with the CiLCA qualification. Councillors to meet prior to January meeting to discuss way forward on the emergency planning scheme in preparation for the return visit of the emergency planning officers in February. Coun Fawcett put forward a request from a parishioner to purchase a memorial planter for the village, Coun Fawcett will contact the In Bloom group. Coun Geddes thanked all the councillors for delivering the newsletters. Coun Hare requested an update on the dangerous pot holes on the Haggs Road, coun Trotter responded that the Haggs Road was on the agenda for work to be completed. Coun Hare announced that she has been elected for a period of three years as a governor on the council of governors for Harrogate Hospital NHS Trust with effect from January 1 2013 and thanked all for their support. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 15 at 7.30pm in the Long Memorial Hall.
Spofforth Quiz: a reminder that Spofforth Village Society will be holding a quiz and curry night on Saturday, January 26 7pm for 7.30pm at the Long Memorial Hall for teams of six. We now have news that there will be excellent first and second prizes and a booby prize. There will be a licenced bar. Tickets at £10 per person are now available from the Hairbelle or G&M news or contact Robyn Farmer on 01937 590339.