Royal Visitor: the Sports Club was happy to host the arrival of HRH Princess Anne on the 9th January, when the royal helicopter used the cricket outfield as a landing site. The Princess was in Bardsey to visit the recent established Riding for the Disabled stables set up in the village. The visit went very well and the Sports Club can now add helicopter pad to the many facilities it provides for the village.

Bardsey Stitching Group: meet on Monday morning in the Village Hall Committee Room from 9.30am-12.30pm. There is a warm welcome for new members. No ability is necessary - only a sense of humour! Why not leave the washing and housework and join them – either just turn up or ring Shirley Halmshaw on 01937 573088 for more information.

A Special Day: Sunday, February 3 was very special for Holly, Chris, Rebecca, Charlotte, Freya and William as they were confirmed by the Rt Rev James Bell, the Bishop of Knaresborough in All Hallows at Bardsey. The congregation of family and friends were inspired by the Bishop and promised to support the candidates in their future. Favourite and appropriate hymns were enjoyed and Rev Chris Puckrin, who is retiring at Easter, was thanked for his work in the parish, during a particularly difficult time in his life and for preparing the candidates for confirmation. The ladies of the church provided a super selection of savoury treats, which were appreciated and gave the opportunity for conversation.

Neighbourhood Plan Update: the analysis of development site questionnaires returned at the public meeting in November are completed and as promised the committee have posted the results on the parish council web site. Resident’s comments are largely supportive of the steering committee’s conclusions, the one exception being site 3134S (Woodacre Lane at the Callister Hall end) with the majority classifying this site red (ie opposing development). Please take a minute to visit the website and see the full results. Go to click on Neighbourhood Plan, scroll down to What input do residents have in the neighbourhood plan? and click on summary of public meeting site traffic light grading. The Neighbourhood Plan is crucial to the way our village develops, and will affect all our futures in many ways. It was very apparent at the last public meeting that residents need answers to a number of questions and concerns, and the steering committee takes this need very seriously. We are committed to providing more information, to broadening awareness of the plan, and to seeking more feedback and participation from residents. An additional member with relevant knowledge and experience has joined the steering committee to contribute specifically to the achievement of these objectives. A leaflet will be published shortly, which will address some of the most immediate issues. In the meantime they would encourage you to visit the website as above. You can also elect to receive communications from Bardsey Parish Council by simply sending your e.mail address to: and request to be added to the e.mail list.

Bardsey cum Rigton Parish Council: Police Forum – the crime report for last November to December specified one theft non specific, one burglary dwelling, a theft from vehicle and one criminal damage.

Minutes of the meeting of November 8 were approved. The clerk reported that the meeting scheduled for December 13 had to be cancelled due to the absence of a quorum.

Speed limit on Wike Lane, confirmation received that the scheme to reduce the speed limit is to go ahead and the objections have been over-ruled.

New bins, two new free standing bins are now in situ, one at the bus stop at Bank Top and the other outside the Callister Hall.

Potholes, due to the inclement weather many potholes have reappeared. Please report potholes to LCC Highways Dept on 0113 2224407 as they become visible.

Moorland Posts on A58 between Second Avenue and Congreve Approach have been vandalised and have been reported to LCC.

Possibility of zebra crossing on A58 close to junction of Church Lane, Highways are to conduct a feasibility study and Coun Hoyland will ask them also to look into the possibility of a crossing at the end of Blacksmith’s field across Keswick Lane.

New Scheme at Moss Syke to remove grassed area and create car parking, an e.mail had been received from Carole Clark, area officer for outer NE area support team, explaining that LCC and North East Homes are considering this action. The parish council thought this would be a good idea in principle. However, concern was expressed regarding surface water running into Syke Lane and cause further problems for some residents who are already experiencing problems with excessive rain water running into their properties. Council have written to LCC requesting a solution, should the scheme go ahead.

Gritting of roads, Coun Bryant raised this issue as he had noted, in the cold spell before Christmas that Syke Lane had not been gritted, but Tarn Lane had. It was agreed to request that in future Syke Lane should be gritted along with other through roads, of this type.

Bardsey Primary School news: the spring term has started off well with enthusiastic happy, children with several new children. They have said an emotional farewell to Gary Dean, their long standing superintendent, and his family and wish them well in their new life in Australia. Mo Choudry has been welcomed as their new site superintendent. They also have a netball tournament coming up against local schools. They are keeping a watchful eye on the winter weather, the adults to see how it may affect the school day and the children to see who can build the biggest and most impressive snow creature. So far the field has been full of snow dogs, birds, aliens also the traditional snowmen!

East Keswick Wildlife Trust: why not join this group on Sunday for a winter bird survey. Go along and learn how to identify our local birds. Meet outside the post office at 10am. Dress for the outdoors and take along something to eat and drink.

Bardsey Wives: they meet on Monday evening at 8pm at the home of Brenda Sanderson, for a coffee and chat. For more information contact Linda Flockton on 574553.