Barwick and Scholes

Ron Miller

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Alternative Hallowe’en: many children and young people in Barwick and Scholes will no doubt mark Hallowe’en by wearing scary costumes and knocking on doors in search of sweets. However, an Alternative Hallowe’en event is being held which guarantees ‘no trick or treat.’ It will be held at St Philip’s Church, Scholes from 6pm, offering fun for all the family.

Scholes coffee morning: members of Scholes Methodist Chapel often support local organisations, such as Scholes Community Care, with the proceeds of their monthly coffee mornings. The Poppy Appeal, although nationwide, is strongly supported by the Barwick and Scholes branch of the Royal British Legion, recently strengthened by new members after it faced the threat of being disbanded. All money raised from Saturday’s coffee morning at the Methodist schoolroom, from 10am-noon, will support the Poppy Appeal.

Parish council and forum: the November parish forum and parish council meeting will be held on Monday, at Scholes Methodist Schoolroom, from 7pm. The forum gives villagers a chance to raise local issues of concern with members of the parish council. This usually prompts a lively discussion, though surprisingly few questions were asked at October’s parish forum, prompting suggestions that members of the Save Our Scholes residents’ group chose not to attend. The group had urged villagers to boycott an earlier public meeting held by the parish council,in protest at the council’s decision to invite Leeds development company GMI Holdings to outline their plans to build up to 860 new homes in Scholes. The meeting was attended by fewer than 60 people. “It was an extremely poor turnout of just 2.3 per cent of the population,” Coun Ben Hogan, Chairman, told the October parish council meeting. He added: “It was an ideal opportunity for the village to tell GMI we don’t want all these properties. We expected 100-150 and the developers will see this as a weakness.” Coun Julian Kelly commented: “We do need to galvanize objections; it was disappointing that SOS didn’t want the developers there.”

Village ladies: the monthly meeting of Barwick Village Ladies on Monday, from 7.30pm at the village hall, will invite members to enjoy one of Britain’s greatest culinary traditions, fish and chips. One trusts that the discerning ladies will eat them from the village hall’s best china and not straight from the wrapping paper!

Remembrance Sunday: both villages will again join the nation’s remembrance on Sunday, November 10. As we reported earlier, changes in the format and timings will be introduced in both Barwick and Scholes this year. The traditional parade between the Scholes Memorial Trees, which were planted along Station Road to commemorate the sacrifice made by local men in two world wars, is to be replaced by a parade from St Philip’s Church to the War Memorial, where wreaths will be laid at 10.15am. This will be preceded at 9.30am by a Remembrance Service at which the congregation will be joined by members of Scholes Methodist Chapel, standard bearers and officials of the Royal British Legion and by young people from uniformed organisations including Guides and Scouts. In Barwick, Legion representatives and young people in uniform will parade from Jack Heap’s Field to the village war memorial, where wreaths will be laid after the silence at 11am. This ceremony will be followed by a Remembrance Service at All Saints’ Church, Barwick, at 11.15am. Major (Rtd/) Stan Hardy, a Deputy Lieutenant of West Yorkshire and one of the Queen’s personal representatives, will again take part in Remembrance services and ceremonies in both Barwick and Scholes. Wreaths will be laid by Coun Ben Hogan, Chairman of Barwick and Scholes Parish Council and by Lieutenant Colonel Amanda Hassell, of the Adjutant General Corps, who is President of the Barwick and Scholes branch of the Royal British Legion.

Poppy sellers needed: the local branch of the Royal British Legion not only sells poppies within Barwick and Scholes but also at Cross Gates shopping centre, Asda’s Killingbeck store and Sainsbury’s Colton store. More volunteers are needed to ensure that as much as possible is raised to fund the vital work of the Legion. Anyone willing to help is asked to contact David Coulthard, tel. (0113) 217-6345, mobile 07595 895149, email

Horse grazing appeal: Scholes resident Christine Clegg is seeking to overturn a parish council decision banning horse grazing on public open space at Scholes Lodge Farm. She would like to graze two “old and well behaved” horses untethered on the field during the winter months and told councillors she would gladly pay a fee to the parish council. “I have lived in the village for 30 years; there used to be many horses in the field,” she said. Coun Ben Hogan said any income from the use of the field would be welcome. However, the proposal was opposed by Coun Julie Barratt and Coun Neil Beaumont in view of the risk of children being bitten or frightened by grazing horses. One resident had already said he would not allow his children to go in the field if horses were grazing. Coun Hogan said part of the large field could probably be fenced off for use by horses. It was agreed to defer a decision until a meeting planned to discuss the future use of the field. Some councillors wish to provide facilities for young people there, including a skateboard park and games area, along with footpaths and public seating.

Development plan: the first draft of a Neighbourhood Development Plan for Barwick and Scholes should be ready for public consultation next March or April, Coun Clare Hassell, a Barwick representative, told councillors. She strongly refuted suggestions from the Save Our Scholes residents’ group that the plan would prove of little value to the villages in resisting large scale developments, insisting that it would remain relevant until 2028. A local referendum, seeking villagers’ support for the plan, is not likely to be held until May 2015, she added.