Bardsey Parish Council: Report from meeting on February 14. Police report - Three burglary dwellings and two motor vehicle thefts were reported in the village. Police explained that criminals are particularly active at the moment with regards to thefts from vehicles at isolated country spots and this crime is being targeted. Council have requested again that police speed checks be undertaken as regularly as possible on Keswick Lane. Traffic calming measures on Keswick Lane - council have requested that this be investigated by LCC Highways Dept, and have received a response from Nick Borras, Senior Engineer, Traffic Management LCC. He explains that in the current financial climate in order for the Highways Authority to gain funding for traffic calming schemes, any scheme must be able to demonstrate it has road safety benefit in order to meet Central Government targets for the reduction of injury accidents. Having analysed the recorded injury accidents for the whole length of Keswick Lane for the past five years and with the exception of Wike Lane/ Keswick Lane junction there has not been an injury accident. He suggests that local residents and parish council contact West Yorkshire Police on the non-emergency number 101 or at Wetherby Police Station and ask that some enforcement action is carried out at the necessary times. Village maintenance quotation from GGS for 2013 – 2014 - council voted to accept this quote and discussed two further possible areas within the village which require attention, Cornmill Ginnel and the Himalayan balsam in Parkfield. New scheme at Moss Syke to replace grassed area with tarmac for car parking. Council has been given assurances by the Highways Dept that this scheme will not exacerbate possible flooding in the area. This project is being funded by Bardsey Parish Council, LCC and the Harewood Ward. Zebra Crossings - LCC Highways Dept have affirmed that they will assess the need for zebra crossings on the A58 at Church Lane and on Keswick Lane. Village playground - An inspection of the equipment at the playground is due in Feb 2013. Cuts in bus services - council are to write to the bus service provider with regards to the proposed cuts, expressing their objections to the loss of Sunday, and some evening bus services through the village. Neighbourhood Plan - The Steering Group have requested that a Housing Need Survey be commissioned as part of their work on the Neighbourhood Plan, their intention being that this survey will be distributed to every household in the village in approx six weeks. Council approved this request, and wished to express their deep thanks for the ongoing daily work, which the Steering Group is voluntarily undertaking for the Neighbourhood Plan. Council wished to stress the importance of every household completing and returning this survey in order for the Steering group to receive input from all age groups who reside in Bardsey, to further inform the development of our Neighbourhood Plan. The next Parish Council meeting is on Thursday, March 14 at 7.30pm in Bardsey Village Hall Committee Room. Full minutes are published each month on our village website www.bardseyvillage.org.uk and also minutes and information relating to the Neighbourhood Plan.
Mothers’ Union: Judith South, treasurer, in the absence of the leader prepared and led the meeting in February. She welcomed members and reminded them that it was Valentines Day and the week to celebrate marriage. The hymn Love Divine was sung and also O Perfect Love and prayers for those who are ill especially the Rev Chris Puckrin and Marion Hickson. Members heard about Saint Valentine, a third century Roman saint, who was associated with the tradition of courtly love. Valentines Day is an official feast day in the Anglican Communion as well as the Lutheran Church. Saint Valentines Church in Rome was built in 1960 for the needs of the Olympians and it continues as a modern well visited church. Discussion ensued on cards and romance before heart shaped biscuits and tea were served. Their next meeting on March 14 will be the AGM and will be held in the Callister Hall at 2.15pm.
Bardsey cum Rigton WI: unfortunately due to snow and the state of the roads and car park at the village hall the February meeting had to be cancelled. Despite this the jumble sale, which took place only a few days later was held in glorious sunshine with people sitting outside enjoying the home made refreshments before and after they had shopped for bargains. Thanks to the husbands and non members who worked hard to make this a success and also to everyone who supported in any way. If you missed this or have got hooked on getting a bargain then East Keswick WI are holding their annual jumble sale on March 23 in East Keswick Village Hall at 2pm. For more information contact Betty Pattinson on 01937 572972.
East Keswick Wildlife Trust: are organising a working party tomorrow Friday at an area of woodland near Plumpton Rocks. Meet at Greenfields on Whitegate, East Keswick at 9am.
Women’s World Day of Prayer: this takes place at St Mary Magdalene, East Keswick at 2pm on Friday and this year has been prepared by the ladies of France. Margaret Bury will play the organ, Jan Dower will lead the service and Fiona Siekierkowski will be the narrator and reader. Ladies of all denominations from all over the parish are very welcome to this very special service.
Collingham Horticultural Society: meet in the Memorial Hall, Collingham on Tuesday at 7.30pm when the speaker will be Chris Abbott on Kelberdale Garden, which is in Knaresborough. Visitors are very welcome to what promises to be a very interesting evening.
Diary Date: Bardsey Players are rehearsing hard for their production of ‘Mr Macaroni and the Exploding Pizza Pie’ which is entertainment for the whole family. It takes place in Bardsey Village Hall on March 14, 15, and 16 at 7pm with a matinee on the 16th at 2pm. Tickets £7 for adults, £4 concessions – family ticket (2+2) £20. Contact Sue on 01937 574116.