Barwick and Schioles News

Barwick and Scholes

Ron Miller

By-election cancelled: it looked as though Scholes residents would be given the chance to vote for a new village representative on the parish council in a by-election to be held on Thursday, October 18. However, Leeds City Council has cancelled the election as only one candidate stepped forward, making a ballot unnecessary. Following an interview with existing councillors this candidate is likely to be co-opted as a member. Prompting criticism about the election cost to Council taxpayers of more than £7,000, more than 10 Scholes electors had formally demanded that an election be held to fill one vacant seat, giving Leeds City Council no option but to organise a by-election. Parish clerk Chris Hassell, advising the Wetherby News of the cancellation, said the decision had fortunately been taken in time to avoid election costs being recharged to the parish council. It is believed the only candidate to seek election is a co-chairman of Save Our Scholes, the lobby group which has pledged to work with the parish council in resisting unwelcome housing development plans for the village. Some members of this group have criticised the parish council’s handling of the development proposals, using a public meeting and a social networking site to voice their concerns, but councillors insist that work on producing a Neighbourhood Development Plan is now progressing well.

Barwick in Bloom: a chance to celebrate Barwick’s latest Gold medal achievement in Yorkshire in Bloom, along with other parish awards won in this year’s competition, will be offered by a coffee morning at the village hall on Saturday, October 6 from 10am-noon. Barwick in Bloom’s volunteers, who despite winning Gold every year since 2007 are never complacent, are already planning for next year and will welcome any ideas which villagers may wish to put forward. All proceeds will go towards meeting the cost of floral displays next Spring and Summer. Admission will cost £1 and stalls will include books, cakes and bric-a-brac. Barwick in Bloom’s annual general meeting will be held at 7.30pm on Tuesday, October 16 at the Methodist Schoolroom; all are welcome to attend.

Supporting Macmillan: the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness may bring colder weather but there’s always a warm welcome at Scholes Methodists’ charity coffee mornings. Their latest event will be at the Methodist Schoolroom from 10am-noon on Saturday, October 6. All proceeds will support the valued work of Macmillan Cancer Care, who recently held the world’s biggest coffee morning at venues all over the country. Scholes Methodists’ coffee morning in September raised £226 for the hard working voluntary group Scholes Community Care.

Barwick gardener Ian Richardson: is celebrating winning a Silver medal and trophy at the recent Autumn flower show in Harrogate, with four vases each containing five chrysanthemums. His win followed similar success at Barwick in Elmet Horticultural Society’s annual show last month.

The organisers of Barwick’s annual Autumn Fair: supporting the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children are planning to have a knit and stitch stall this year. They are asking anyone who has ‘an unfinished piece of knitting, patchwork or embroidery hidden away, or needles, wool or thread cluttering up your work box’ to donate them for sale on the stall. Contributions will also be welcomed for other stalls, including books, cakes, gifts, toys and games, a tombola and white elephant stall. The popular event takes place at Barwick village hall on Saturday, October 13 from 10am-noon. Anyone wishing to help out on the day, or needing donations collected, should call (0113) 281-2530.

Big band concert: invited back in response to demand, Tadcaster Grammar School’s Big Band will give a concert at All Saints’ Church, Barwick on Friday, October 19 at 7pm. This will raise funds to support Barwick in Bloom. Tickets costing £4 can be obtained from Geoff Yapp, tel (0113) 281-2561 or from John Tinker, tel (0113) 281-2254. Says Geoff “This promises to be another great concert by the talented grammar school musicians, one not to be missed”

The controversial proposal: to split the parish of Barwick and Scholes is to be discussed at a special open meeting to be held at St Philip’s Church, Scholes, on Monday, October 22 at 7.30pm. The Vicar of Barwick and Scholes, Rev Andy Nicholson, says the meeting had been called ‘to discuss whether the Anglican Churches of Barwick and Scholes should remain together or become two separate entities.’ The meeting, to be chaired by the Archdeacon of Leeds, the Ven Paul Hooper, is likely to prompt lively debate as the proposal has divided opinion among church members. A formal bid for the change to be made would require approval from the Deanery, the Diocese and, finally, from the Bishop. Many church members, especially in Barwick, are opposing the idea, though it has stronger support in Scholes.