Barwick and Scholes

Ron Miller

07717 150625

Coffee and cakes: raising money to support the work of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, a coffee and cake morning will be held at Barwick Village Hall on Saturday, from 10am-noon. Entry costing £1 will include coffee and biscuits. A wide selection of stalls will be available, including books, cakes, glassware, greeting cards, jewellery and toys. Anyone wishing to donate items for the stalls should call the organisers, telephone (0113) 2812795.

Annual Parish Meeting: members of the parish of Barwick in Elmet with Scholes will hold their annual parish meeting on Monday, April 15, at St Philip’s Church, Scholes, at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend, though only those on the electoral roll of the parish will be entitled to vote. Topics to be discussed will no doubt include the controversial proposal that the two churches in the parish should be financed and managed independently, rather than under the control of the parochial church council. Plans to build an extension to St Philip’s Church for use by community groups, including a lunch club for the elderly and improved facilities for young people, are also likely to be a major talking point at the meeting.

Black Lace in Barwick: international recording artist Black Lace will perform in All Saints’ Church, Barwick, on Friday, April 19 at 7.30pm. All proceeds will support the work of the church. Tickets costing £5, to include a glass of wine or a soft drink, can be obtained by calling Carol Cassidy, telephone 281-2149, Pat Rogers, 281-2569 or Rosemary Swales, 281-2417.

Diary date: Scholes in Bloom volunteers will host a fundraising coffee morning on Saturday, April 27, at Scholes Village Hall from 10am-noon. Anyone wishing to donate items for sale on the stalls should call Lilla Womack, on (0113) 273-0976. All money raised will help the group pay for this year’s floral displays as the village bids to win Gold in the Yorkshire in Bloom competition.

Thanks for support: members of Barwick Methodist Church wish to thank everyone who, despite bitterly cold weather, supported their Easter coffee morning. This raised £241 to help the vital work of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Kind messages: Scholes community campaigner and local planning expert George Hall has been inundated with messages from organisations and individuals expressing their regret at his decision to retire from public life and sending him their best wishes. The messages are “very kind and reassuring,” he says. For the past 45 years Mr Hall has worked tirelessly for the village and people of Scholes. More recently he was invited to represent 15 parish councils in the East Leeds and Wetherby areas on a forum set up to consider the impact of new home developments on existing villages, including Barwick and Scholes. A former member of the parish council, he created and chaired the Scholes Community Forum for a number of years. Campaigns he led included the battle to achieve better bus services for the people of Scholes, which has just begun again, and his successful bid to have the memorial trees in Station Road designated as official war memorials.

Country Park proposal: the concerns of Scholes residents who believe the East Leeds extension planned by Leeds City Council could result in Scholes losing its village identity may have been allayed by news that a strategic gap will separate the village from the new East Leeds orbital dual carriageway road. It is difficult to tell from the map of the proposed extension which the parish council recently distributed to each household in the parish just how large the strategic gap is likely to be. The parish council defines it as ‘a significant buffer,’ and mature trees planted between the gap and the new road will provide further screening. City planners describe the proposed use of the gap as ‘a country park with playing field opportunities.’ Just the other side of the orbital road will be new housing developments which form a key element of the East Leeds extension. One of these, Bramley Fields, is likely to have 2,000 new homes, a primary school and community centre just within its first phase. A further 364 homes are planned on the adjacent Grimes Dyke site close to the A64 York road. The parish council has emphasised to villagers that the proposed route of the new road is only ‘an indicative line.’ Leeds City Council has agreed to carry out a feasibility study, costing £150,000, to look at options for the full route of the road and produce a fully costed build programme. This study is likely to take up to three years so there should be ample opportunity for the parish council, the Save our Scholes lobby group and individual residents to express their views.