Barwick and Scholes

Barwick and Scholes

Ron Miller

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Barwick in Bloom events: a coffee morning to be held at Barwick Village Hall on Saturday, March 9, from 10am-noon, will be the first of two fundraising events being hosted this month by Barwick in Bloom. Extensive, and expensive, planting and floral schemes will be required to impress the judges in this year’s Britain in Bloom competition, in which Barwick will represent the whole of Yorkshire in the large village category. Barwick in Bloom’s experienced team of volunteers aspires to emulate its success of 2009 when the village won gold in the prestigious contest organised by the Royal Horticultural Society. Admission to the coffee morning will cost £1 and stalls will include books, cakes, and bring and buy. The second fundraiser will be on Friday, March 22, when the popular singing group Serenade will give a concert entitled The Good Old Days at Barwick Methodist Church, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets costing £4 can be reserved by calling Geoff Yapp, on 0113 2812561 or John Tinker, on 0113 2812254.

Horticultural Society: Birds in the Garden will be the topic of a presentation to be given by guest speaker Clare Rogers at a meeting of Barwick Horticultural Society, to be held at the village hall at 7.45pm on Monday, March 11.

Visitors welcome: a meeting of Barwick in Elmet Flower Club next Wednesday, March 13, will include a demonstration of flower arranging given by Anne Simpson on the theme of Nature’s Superstars. Visitors will be very welcome to attend the meeting, to be held at Scholes Village Hall at 7.30pm. Admission will cost £4. Anyone requiring further information should call the club secretary, Jane Macaulay on 0113 2645491.

Seeking a solution: members of the Anglican churches in Barwick and Scholes must be willing to listen to each other if each church is to fulfil its vision and goals, says the Vicar, Rev Andy Nicholson. Addressing the divisive issue of whether Scholes should become a separate parish, which some members of All Saints’ Church, Barwick and of St Philip’s Church, Scholes, would like to see, he stresses the need to listen to the voices of concern, expectation, pain and sadness as well as to those expressing hope and excitement. Writing in the parish magazine, the Vicar comments: “It is clear to me that simply going back to ten years ago, when both churches did quite a lot together and the parochial church council was the primary decision-making body for the church, is no longer viable. Equally, for the churches to separate and become two, totally independent parishes that have no relationship to each other strikes me as cutting across the desire from both sides to retain good, familial or neighbourly relationships.” In seeking what he defines as ‘a middle way,’ he suggests two possible ways forward: creating separate parishes administered by a ‘churches together’ group or retaining one parish but having two ‘church committees.’ The latter would retain the historic parish, addressing the concerns of some local historians, while ensuring that each church is managed locally. All Saints and St Philip’s would each have their own bank account, raise their own money and take responsibility for worship, community work and pastoral care in its village. Under the separate parish option, which could include Thorner, the ‘churches together’ group would ensure that events and programmes which could benefit all three churches were continued and built upon. Stressing that Anglicans in Barwick and Scholes must find a way over the next few months to accommodate the most important aspects of what each community wishes to see, the Vicar adds: “The next step in the process must be to dig deeper into the vision of each church, (deciding) what is really important and what is less important. Some things will have to be sacrificed but as long as we keep in mind the bigger picture the details can be worked out – so long as we keep listening to each other.’ Whatever decision is ultimately made must be accepted by Anglicans in both villages as one which will enable both Barwick and Scholes churches to fulfil their vision and goals, he said.