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Harvest supper: Barwick Church of England Primary School will be the venue for a village harvest supper tomorrow, Friday evening, from 7pm. Tickets costing £6, half price for children, may still be available by calling (0113) 281-2449 or (0113) 281-2149. All are welcome to attend but must take their own cutlery, drinks and glasses.

Village Ladies: family fortunes, wine and cheese are all on the menu for Monday’s meeting of Barwick Village Ladies, to be held at the village hall at 7.30pm. Admission costing £2.50 will include light refreshments and new members are always welcome.

Parish Forum: Barwick and Scholes villagers will have a renewed opportunity to express their views on issues of local concern at a meeting of the parish forum on Monday, starting at 7pm at Scholes Methodist Schoolroom. This will be the first forum following the parish council’s August break so there is likely to be much to talk about with councillors. The forum will be followed at 7.30pm by the September meeting of the parish council, which as usual will be open to the public to observe. Leeds developer GMI Holdings’ outline plans to build up to 1,860 new homes in Scholes, in partnership with Barratt David Wilson Homes, along with the possibility that more than 400 properties could be built in Barwick are bound to be among issues raised, along with residents’ views on the recent Scholes meeting to discuss village bus services.

Two coffee mornings: supporters of charity coffee mornings will be spoiled for choice on Saturday, September 7. Barwick Methodist Church members will host their harvest coffee morning from 10am until noon, raising funds for the homeless support charity Emmaus. Meanwhile in Scholes, members of the Methodist Chapel will hold the latest in their series of charity coffee mornings, also from 10am until noon, in the Methodist Schoolroom, with all proceeds going to Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Historical Society: guest speaker Alun Pugh will describe Beckett Street Cemetery and the history of burials in Victorian Leeds when he attends Wednesday’s meeting of Barwick in Elmet Historical Society. This will be held at John Rylie House, Carrfield Road, at 7.30pm. This will be the first of a series of autumn meetings and new members are welcome to attend; the annual membership fee remains £5.

Horticultural Show: one of the most popular annual events in the parish, Barwick in Elmet Horticultural Society’s Show, will take place at Barwick Village Hall on Saturday, September 7, with doors opened at 2pm. This will be the society’s 48th show. Competitors in a wide range of classes will have their entries judged independently during the morning, with the prizegiving later in the day. This year’s challenging growing conditions are unlikely to have deterred the many serious horticulturalists in Barwick and Scholes from submitting entries. Show schedules can be obtained in local shops or by contacting Geoff Thornton, the show secretary on (0113) 281 2171.

Bus services: villagers who filled the meeting room at the Manor House, Scholes, to confront First Bus and Metro bosses about bus services to and from Barwick and Scholes left largely disappointed. It was clear from the meeting that although the pursuit of some improvement in service reliability was offered, no fundamental changes in bus operator, routes and timetables are likely to be made following last month’s service upheaval. Metro’s chairman, Coun James Lewis and Richard Gledhill, commercial manager of First Bus, appeared surprised by the number of times villagers wait in vain for a bus which fails to turn up. Indignant residents said it was bad enough having just an hourly service in Scholes but, when it failed to operate, it became a two hourly service. This was unacceptable, especially during the winter months and particularly for older people, they declared. The meeting, chaired by Coun Ben Hogan, was organised by the parish council in response to widespread village criticism of last month’s changes to bus services. These saw the end of service 63, a popular Centrebus service linking Scholes with other East Leeds destinations and the withdrawal of service 64A, which linked Barwick with Scholes as well as Leeds city centre. Metro’s assistant director, David Pearson, tried to summarise villagers’ views by saying: “If the service can’t be better then it needs to run on time.” To which many residents would no doubt respond that every service listed in the First Bus timetable should at the very least turn up, even if it’s running late. First Bus and Metro agreed to monitor the reliability of Barwick and Scholes services during September and October and report their findings to the parish council. Metro will also advise whether school buses to and from John Smeaton High School and a late evening bus from Leeds to Scholes for the benefit of residents returning from cinemas and theatres are to be introduced during the autumn.

Diary dates: Scholes Village Show takes place in the village hall on Saturday, September 14. It will be opened at 2pm by well known village resident Mrs Joan Fox. A wide range of competitive classes will be judged, including children’s classes. Heritage Weekend, on Friday September 13 and the following day, will see guided tours provided at All Saints’ Church, Barwick and of the village’s ancient hill fort and earthworks. These will enable visitors and residents to learn more about Barwick’s Anglo Saxon and Norman history.