Ron Miller

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Scholes coffee morning: with Scholes representing the entire parish in this year’s Yorkshire in Bloom competition, Scholes in Bloom volunteers are hoping for strong support at a fundraising coffee morning on Saturday. This will be held at the village hall from 10am until noon. Admission costing £1 will include light refreshments on arrival. Stalls selling plants, cakes, jewellery, books and toys, plus a tombola, will aim to boost funds in a bid to ensure that Scholes can achieve another stunning floral display this summer. Scholes in Bloom volunteers, who turn out every Monday morning, whatever the weather, are aiming for another gold medal for the village this year, having come so close to winning one in the 2012 Yorkshire in Bloom contest. And with the spring judging being cancelled this year, due to the extended winter weather, a coveted gold accolade will depend upon the judges’ single visit to Scholes in July. Anyone wishing to make donations for any of the stalls is asked to call 0113 2730976.

Annual charity quiz: members of St Philip’s Church, Scholes, will host their annual charity quiz at the church on Saturday, starting at 6.30pm. All proceeds will support the vital work of St Gemma’s Hospice, Leeds. Tickets costing £5 will include a hot supper and soft drinks; those attending are welcome to take their own wine if they wish. There will be no charge for accompanied children.

Barwick records completed: people wishing to trace their family history as far back as records enable them to do so can now view Barwick’s churchyard burial records on the website of Barwick-in -Elmet Historical Society. Members recently completed the huge task of putting some 3,815 records, covering almost two centuries from 1813 to 2004, on to the site. Anyone without internet access can raise queries about burial records with society member Colin Bond, telephone 0113 2813531. The historical society’s website can be found at: httpc//

Scholes Gala: one of the biggest annual events in the parish, Scholes Gala, will take place on Saturday, June 15, on the field adjacent to Scholes Elmet Primary School. The event’s organisers are keen to recruit volunteers to help with running the gala. Also, they are looking for local bands, dance groups, children’s entertainers or face painters interested in taking part in what is renowned as a good day out for all the family. There are also opportunities for businesses and other organisations to support the gala by booking a display stand or advertising in the programme. To discuss how to contribute to the success of Scholes Gala please call Graham Harker, telephone 0113 2605175.

Open gardens: there will be open gardens events in both Barwick and Scholes this summer. The first will be hosted by members of Barwick in Bloom on Sunday, June 23, while the Scholes in Bloom team will welcome visitors to their bi-annual open gardens event just two weeks later, on Sunday, July 7.

Charity coffee morning: Scholes Methodists will host their next charity coffee morning on Saturday, May 4, in the schoolroom from 10am until noon. All proceeds will be donated to the Meeting Point Cafe in Harehills, Leeds, which offers support to local families as well as being a popular community venue.

Annual meeting: the annual parish meeting will be held by Barwick and Scholes Parish Council on Monday, May 13 at Barwick Methodist Schoolroom, 7.30pm. All parishioners are entitled to attend the meeting to hear the report of the chairman, Coun Ben Hogan and to receive the financial statement covering the past year.

Coming soon: Scholes Village Players’ spring production will be the comedy Out of Order by Ray Cooney. Four performances will be given at the village hall from Wednesday, May 15 until the following Saturday. Rehearsals are well under way under the experienced direction of Scholes resident Joan Fox, who has probably lost count of the number of productions she has directed for the players over the years.