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Barwick in Bloom’s annual general meeting: will be held this evening (Thursday) at Barwick Methodist Schoolroom, 7.30pm. A top talking point will no doubt be the outcome of the group’s entry in this year’s Britain in Bloom, representing the whole of Yorkshire in the Large Village category; results were being announced in Cleethorpes last Saturday. The meeting will also give villagers an opportunity to put forward their ideas for next year’s floral displays. Some tickets, costing £4, may still be available for tomorrow evening’s Barwick in Bloom concert at the Methodist Church, starting at 7.30pm. Well known professional musician and local resident Alan Morrison will perform a varied programme; all proceeds will boost Barwick in Bloom funds. For ticket enquiries, please call Geoff Yapp, on 281-2561 or John Tinker, on. 281-2254.

Remembrance Day changes: the format and times of Remembrance Day services and the laying of wreaths will differ from previous years in both Barwick and Scholes on Sunday, November 10. The changes have been suggested by Dr Alan Stanley, an Anglican Lay Preacher in the parish, who conducts the Remembrance Day service at St Philip’s Church, Scholes.The new programme will be: 9.30am - Remembrance service at St Philip’s Church, Scholes with the Royal British Legion and uniformed organisations, followed by a parade to the War Memorial; 10.15am -Act of Remembrance at Scholes War Memorial; 10.55am  - Royal British Legion  and Uniformed Organisations parade from Jack Heap’s Field to War Memorial in Barwick;11am -Act of Remembrance at Barwick War Memorial; 11.15am -Remembrance service at All Saints’ Church, Barwick. Dr Stanley told the News: “The number of people attending the Remembrance Day events in Barwick and Scholes has increased over the past few years. In Scholes there has been an excellent turn out from the Scouts and Guides and the churches wanted to provide them with a place for an indoor as well as an outdoor parade. The Anglican and Methodist churches are holding a short joint service in St Philip’s at 9.30am for all the village community. In Barwick the churches and parish council wanted to provide the Act of Remembrance at the war memorial at 11am.This has meant a later start of the church service. It also enables the Royal British Legion, supported by the uniformed organisations in the village, to parade from Jack Heap’s Field to the war memorial. The Deputy Lord Lieutenant for West Yorkshire will attend and join both parades.” Members of the Barwick and Scholes branch of the Royal British Legion have welcomed the changes. Branch secretary Matt Baker told the News: “I am pleased that the new Remembrance Sunday schedule provides more symmetry, affording all residents the opportunity to attend a service in either village church. I also welcome the increased focus placed on parading to each memorial, an integral part of any Remembrance ceremony.” At its October meeting the parish council approved a donation of £100 to the Royal British Legion for parish wreaths and agreed to meet the cost of a bugler to play the Last Post.

Good news: volunteers who manage Barwick’s Village Hall should have received the good news that the parish council has agreed to contribute £3,000 towards the cost of a new boiler.The old one packed up earlier in the year, partly as a result of damage caused by vandals, and was deemed to be unrepairable. Facing a daunting cost of £7,300 for a new boiler the committee turned to the parish council for support. At the council’s October meeting Coun Geoff Yapp proposed that their request for a grant of £3,000 should be approved, with the money coming from the Barwick Conservation Fund; this was agreed without dissent. Councillors considered that in view of the hall’s importance to the village an adequate heating and hot water system was essential.

Crime report: seven crimes were reported in the parish last month, a West Yorkshire police officer told the parish council. Three were house burglaries in Barwick and, following one of these, four men were arrested. The officer said they had been linked to a number of burglaries in the Wetherby area over the past few months. In two cases entry was gained through insecure doors, prompting the officer to urge residents to be more vigilant. In a separate incident, 36 candles were stolen from Langlands garden centre; yes, candles - not fork handles!

Support for young people: a proposal by Coun Tom Crosfill, a Scholes member of the parish council, that a set of portable goal posts and nets should be bought from parish funds was accepted by councillors. He said the three quarter size goal posts would be well used by young people, especially those who play football on Jack Heap’s Field, Barwick. It was agreed that Coun Crosfill should establish which goal posts would represent the best value for the parish, approving in principle their purchase at a cost between £480 to £650.

Afternoon concert: members of Scholes Methodist Chapel will host a concert to be given by The Dalehurst Trio at 2.30pm on Saturday, October 26. Tickets costing £6 can be obtained by calling (0113) 260-2886 or (0113) 260-9086.

Wishful thinking: we reported in good faith last week that all three pubs in Barwick had won gold in Yorkshire in Bloom. However, we have since been advised they achieved silver awards. Still something to celebrate though!