Barwick and Scholes

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Barwick and Scholes

Ron Miller

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Sizzling in Scholes: sustained sizzling sufficient to satisfy soaring demand for bacon butties will be required on Saturday when members of Scholes Methodist Chapel host their latest monthly coffee morning.This will be held in the chapel schoolroom from 10am-noon. A cake stall, bring and buy and raffle will also be available. Renowned for generously supporting good causes at home and abroad, those attending will for once allow charity to begin at home, with proceeds boosting chapel funds.

Barwick Village Ladies: a top level meeting on Monday will feature an illustrated talk by guest speaker Brenda Rathmell about climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Base camp will be Barwick Village Hall and the ‘ascent’ will begin at 7.30pm. Admission costing £2.50 will include light(headed) refreshments.

Forum’s earlier start: the next parish forum, to be held on Monday at Barwick Methodist Schoolroom, will begin at the earlier time of 7pm.The parish council has doubled the duration of the monthly forum to give people more chance to discuss with councillors local issues of concern.Current priorities include how to combat the threat of bus service cuts and route changes, the ongoing problem of speeding drivers putting others at risk, proposals to build thousands of new homes in and around the two villages and seeking to influence the planned route of the East Leeds orbital road. Monday’s forum will be followed at 7.30pm by a meeting of the parish council, which all residents are entitled to attend. There is no need to stay for the entire meeting, which usually ends before 9pm.

Mysteries explained: an informative presentation entitled Mysteries of All Saints Church, Barwick in Elmet will be given in the church on Wednesday, March 6, at 7.30pm. The event has been organised by the village’s historical society; two of its members, Pauline Robson and Martin Tarpey, will trace the ancient church’s history and rich heritage, dating back more than 800 years to Norman times. Both speakers are highly qualified; Martin is a member of the society and of the parochial church council, while Pauline is Editor of The Barwicker, the society’s popular magazine. All are welcome to attend; admission will be free.

Lent lunches: the programme of Lent lunches being held at All Saints’ Church on each Saturday before Easter continues this coming weekend. All donations made in return for a simple lunch of soup and bread will assist the work of St George’s Crypt, Leeds, in supporting homeless people.

Afternoon tea: members of Barwick Methodist Church will once again host T@2 in the church schoolroom on Tuesday, from 2pm. The monthly event is held to welcome newcomers to the village and enable them to make new friends over a complimentary cuppa. The Valentine coffee morning held at the church was very well attended, raising £317 for the charity Caring for Life.

Diary dates: Barwick in Bloom will host their latest coffee morning on Saturday, March 9, from 10am-noon in the village hall. At the same venue on Monday, March 11, guest speaker Clare Rogers will give a presentation on Birds in the Garden at a meeting of Barwick in Elmet Horticultural Society, starting at 7.45pm.

Community fund grants awarded: sixteen grants, ranging from £80 to £3,000, have been awarded to groups in Barwick and Scholes by the Community Fund backed by Festival Republic, organisers of the annual Leeds Festival.The fund primarily spends the £10,000 raised from the sale of 250 discounted tickets for the three day music festival, which the organiser gives to the parish council exclusively for the use of village residents.In addition, Festival Republic makes a cash donation to the fund, which is managed by volunteers under the guidance of Melvin Benn, the company’s chief executive. The only grant application turned down entirely was submitted by Scholes Cricket Club, requesting £24,793 for a major refurbishment of the club’s pavilion. Noting that the amount the club requested was too much for the fund to cope with, Raymond Budd, vice-chair of the fund, commented: “We would like to help out if the plans are broken down into a number of funding sources and a smaller application is submitted in the future.” Grants awarded were as follows: Art for Barwick Children, £2,186 to meet most of the cost of percussion workshops and creating, performing and recording children’s music; Barwick Cub Scouts, £418 for a trip to a York adventure park; Barwick Beaver Scouts, £718 for a trip on the Santa Special steam train from Whitby next Christmas; Barwick Baby and Toddler Group, £293 to buy musical instruments for pre-school aged children; Barwick Guides and Brownies, £100 to pay for a taster session of African drumming and dance; Barwick Historical Society, £520 for cleaning and conserving an 1847 Ordnance Survey map of Barwick and the surrounding area and scanning it on a disc for local primary and secondary schools to borrow; Barwick Miners’ Institute, £639 for a night storage heater; Friends of Barwick School, £3,000 towards the £5,300 cost of installing a bandstand in the school grounds, for use by pupils and by young people’s groups who meet in the school; Scholes Bowling Club, £80 to buy two fire extinguishers; Scholes Community Care, £200 to pay for the next Christmas party for elderly residents, including a buffet and gift; Scholes in Bloom, £800 for a new notice board to enhance the village and improve the chances of winning a Yorkshire in Bloom award; Scholes Playgroup, £300 to replace old, worn out toys (the group relies on donations of used toys); Scholes Social Club, £350 towards the cost of a summer outing to the coast and a dinner next Christmas for all residents of sheltered housing in the village; Scholes Village Hall, £1,250 towards the £1,900 needed to buy table tennis tables and related equipment and a public address system for use by people hiring the hall and during Scholes Gala and other fundraising events. A request for new gazebos, to replace old ones, was turned down as the parish council now owns two gazebos for community use which the village hall committee and community groups can apply to borrow.

Committee changes: two new volunteers have been appointed as members of the committee which administers the community fund in Barwick and Scholes. They are Claire Strafford, a primary school teacher and Richard Harrison, a police officer. In addition, committee member Raymond Budd has been appointed vice chair of the fund, which is chaired by Festival Republic boss Melvin Benn. Other committee members are: Judith Birdsall (treasurer), Liz Hayton, Coun Matt Baker and Coun Neil Beaumont. Enquiries about how to apply for a community grant or for reduced price tickets for this year’s Leeds Festival can be made by visiting the community fund website: or; closing date for ticket applications is March 30. In addition application forms can be downloaded from the parish council website: