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Barwick Open Gardens: one of the year’s most popular local events takes place on Sunday, when 13 Barwick residents will open their gardens to visitors to raise funds for Barwick in Bloom. In addition, the Yorkshire in Bloom Gold award winning churchyard and grounds of All Saints’ Church, Barwick, will be open for viewing. Car parking on Jack Heap’s Field will once again be free of charge and admission programmes costing £3 can be purchased in the car park or at the village hall, where a wide range of refreshments, mostly home made, will be available. To help visitors to reach gardens on the edges of the village a free courtesy bus service will again be available. All proceeds from the event will help Barwick in Bloom volunteers to meet the daunting cost of Barwick’s entry in this year’s Britain in Bloom competition, in which the village is representing the whole of Yorkshire in the Large Village category. This could amount to as much as £10,000 in this Britain in Bloom year. The Barwick team will make every effort to win a second gold award to match their remarkable achievement in 2009. Programmes can be obtained in advance by calling Geoff Yapp, on 0113 281-2561 or John Tinker, on 0113 281-2254.

Probus Club: the June meeting of Barwick and Scholes Probus Club, whose members are wholly or semi-retired business or professional men, will be held on Tueday, when guest speaker Harry Jackson’s address will have the intriguing title of Enigma. The meeting will begin at 10.15am at John Rylie House, Carrfield Road, Barwick; new members are always welcome. Further information can be obtained by calling Douglas Haynes, on 0113 281-2585.

Scouts’ barbeque: members of the 1st Scholes Scouts will no doubt be well prepared to host their popular summer barbeque at the group’s headquarters in Rakehill Road, Scholes, on Saturday, June 29 from 3-8pm. There will be no charge for admission and attractions will include games, stalls, face painting opportunities and a licensed bar. All are welcome to attend, whether linked with scouting or not.

Barwick school fair: the Friends of Barwick Church of England Primary School, voluntarily working with the new headteacher and staff to support the school, have organised interesting attractions for a summer fair on Saturday, June 29 from noon until 3pm in the school grounds. There will be performances by local children, a demonstration by birds of prey, a table top sale, bouncy castle and rides. Refreshments will include a barbeque, beer and wine. Money can be saved by buying tickets in advance for £5; they will cost £7 on the day. Tickets can be obtained by e-mailing:

Horse grazing ban: although the owner of two horses was recently allowed to graze them on the public open space at Scholes Lodge Farm, with no reported incidents, parish councillors agreed at their June meeting not to permit grazing in the future. Their decision was taken in view of safety concerns expressed by councillors and Scholes residents.

No new facilities: despite the parish council acknowledging the lack of facilities for young people living in Barwick and Scholes, opposition to new amenities voiced by some residents continues to deter councillors from providing them. This prompted Coun Gerry McDonough, a Scholes representative, to comment at the council’s latest meeting that “it seems such a shame” that a small part of the new public open space at Scholes Lodge Farm cannot be used for a skate park or multi use games area. “There is nowhere else for young people to go,” he regretted. “We are crying out for better facilities for young people,” Coun Ben Hogan, chairman, agreed, recalling that at a poorly attended meeting to discuss the future use of the public open space “people just said ‘No’ to everything.” He added that a games area would take up relatively little space. Coun Julie Burrows, a Barwick member and Coun Stella Walsh, a new councillor for Scholes, both said they believed the area should simply be left as green open space. Coun Walsh added that “a million moles live there and are wrecking the field.” The parish clerk, Chris Hassell, said the controversial issue of facilities for young people attracted “so much negativity” from some villagers. Councillors agreed to discuss the issue again in six months’ time.

School parking problems: any hope that road safety would be improved and congestion reduced by new restrictions on vehicles parking or waiting near Scholes Primary School has been dashed by the behaviour of some drivers who continue to cause problems, parish councillor were told at their June meeting. As predicted by some councillors and local residents, the introduction of yellow lines has led to drivers parking on the opposite side of Station Road and in nearby residential streets. A police officer attending the meeting acknowledged that parking near the primary school “is a nightmare” and warned that action could be taken against drivers whose careless parking increases the risk of road accidents or makes it difficult for bus drivers to get through. He said similar problems were arising close to Barwick Primary School where the new headteacher has expressed concerns about pupils’ safety being put at risk by parents’ driving and parking behaviour. So much so that, according to the police, the gates to the school drive are now being locked every day to deny entry to visitors’ vehicles.