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Barwick and Scholes

Ron Miller

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Scholes in Bloom: volunteers will host a fundraising coffee morning on Saturday, to be held at the village hall from 10am-noon. The event will give residents a chance to congratulate them on winning a Silver Gilt medal in this year’s Yorkshire in Bloom competition, narrowly missing out on Gold. The judges said summer floral displays in Scholes reached the standard required for Gold, which they won last year, though spring displays were appraised as Silver Gilt. Admission costing £1 will include coffee and biscuits; stalls will sell books, cakes, greeting cards and plants.

For more than 60 years an autumn fair has been held in Barwick to raise funds for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Last year the event broke all records by raising more than £2,700 and its organisers hope the latest fair, on Saturday, will be just as well supported. “The people of the village are so warm in their response,” says Liz Bisson, of Barwick, who co-ordinates the huge effort by a team of volunteers. She added that local businesses are also generous. Many local residents have donated knitting and sewing needles, wool, thread and cross-stitch materials for a stitch and knit stall, new for this year. An NSPCC supporter in Whitkirk, John Freer, will display a baby’s shawl he knitted; this will be a competition prize at the charity’s next national meeting. The fair, held at Barwick Village Hall from 10am-noon, will include stalls selling books, cakes, gifts, produce, toys and games, as well as a white elephant stall. A selection of new garden tools will also be on sale. Donations of fruit and vegetables for the produce stall will be welcomed.

Saturday October 27: is the closing date for Scholes residents interested in joining the parish council to apply for the voluntary post. Candidates who put their names forward will be interviewed on October 29 by existing councillors. The successful candidate will be co-opted without the need for an election. Ten Scholes electors called for a by-election to be held to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Simon Walker. But as no valid nominations were received, Leeds City Council called off election plans. Applicants should send their curriculum vitae to the parish clerk at: Chessingham, Elmwood Lane, Barwick-in-Elmet, Leeds, LS15 4JX, or via e-mail to:

Blooming good ideas: will be welcomed by the award-winning Barwick in Bloom team when they hold their AGM on Tuesday in the Methodist Schoolroom at 7.30pm. Says committee member Geoff Yapp: “We would love to see some of our supporters; please come with your ideas to enhance the village.” Floral displays for next year are already being planned by the group, winners of a Gold award in Yorkshire in Bloom every year since 2007 and of a national Britain in Bloom Gold award in 2009. New volunteers are always welcome at weekly, all season gardening sessions on Wednesday mornings.

Barwick Art Club: will welcome artist Jeremy Ford, who will give advice on pastel painting at Wednesday’s meeting at 7pm. Anyone who enjoys painting or is thinking of taking it up is welcome to attend the demonstration at the Miner’s Institute in Chapel Lane, Barwick. Admission will cost £3.

Ancient earthworks: and the Norman parish church of All Saints were much admired in Barwick during the recent Heritage Weekend.“We had over 50 visitors over the two days,” says Harold Smith, a member of Barwick-in-Elmet Historical Society. “People were interested in what we had to show them and many looked round the church as well. As in previous years, some visitors live in the village and told us they were amazed at what they saw. They had no idea about the size and history of the earthworks.” He added that the visitor who travelled the greatest distance was a Germany lady from the Black Forest who was visiting friends in the Midlands town of Tamworth.

External lighting: is to be installed in the car park adjacent to Barwick Village Hall, with the cost met from parish funds. Coun Claire Hassell told the October parish council meeting that hall users had expressed concern for some time about car park safety after dark. She said the village hall committee would meet the cost of electricity for the lighting. One quote for the installation had been received for £3,815; Coun Neil Beaumont offered to obtain other quotes. Once the lighting has been installed repairs will be made to the car park surface, said Coun Geoff Yapp.

Farm blaze arrest: a huge fire at Rakehill Farm, Barwick, last month was caused deliberately, the parish council was told by a West Yorkshire police community support officer. She said a man had been arrested and was now on bail.

Power tools: were stolen from an outbuilding of a property in Carrfield Road, Barwick, last month. However, councillors were told this was the only burglary reported in the village during September, with only one crime reported in Scholes.