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Barwick and Scholes

Ron Miller

Big band in Barwick: the talented young musicians of Tadcaster Grammar School’s big band are playing a concert in Barwick tomorrow, Friday, and All Saints’ Church may well need a Sorry, House Full sign. To check if any seats, costing £4, remain available please call Geoff Yapp, 0113 281-2561 or John Tinker, 0113 281-2254. All proceeds will support the award-winning work of Barwick in Bloom.

Charity quiz night: in aid of Martin House, the hospice for children and young people at Boston Spa, will be held at Scholes Village Hall on Saturday starting at 8pm. Tickets costing £5, which include a pie and pea supper can be obtained from Ann Riley, 0113 273-3560 or at the convenience store in Rakehill Road.

Important meeting: the future relationship between the two Anglican churches in Barwick and Scholes and their members will be debated at a meeting to be held in Scholes on Monday, October 22. Local historians will also take a close interest in the outcome of the meeting, as it could prove a turning point in the history of the parish. Entitled Looking to the Future the meeting, which begins at 7.30pm in St Philip’s Church, will be chaired by the Archdeacon of Leeds, Ven Paul Hooper. There is only one item on the agenda - to discuss whether All Saints’ Church, Barwick and St Philip’s Church, Scholes should, to use the words of the Vicar, Rev Andy Nicholson, remain together or become two separate entities. This issue is dividing the two congregations, who value their shared Christian beliefs but have very different views on the format and style of church services. At All Saints, with its Norman heritage and Saxon Stones, traditional services are preferred. The congregation at St Philip’s like their services to be more lively and contemporary. The Parochial Church Council for the parish of Barwick and Scholes has not been able to agree whether to apply for permission to a split, if not in the parish as a whole then between the two churches. So whatever decision is taken at Monday’s meeting is likely to prove highly significant, perhaps even historic in a parish created more than 800 years ago. If members agree to move forward with the change they must first seek the views of the Deanery, then the Diocese, before the Bishop can be asked to make the final decision.

Scholes residents: interested in serving their community as a voluntary member of the parish council have until Saturday, October 27 to apply. Candidates will be interviewed on October 29 by existing councillors and one will be co-opted to join the council. Applicants should contact the parish clerk at Chessingham, Elmwood Lane, Barwick-in-Elmet, Leeds, LS15 4JX, or send an email to

Community Fund: the recently formed Barwick and Scholes Community Fund has invited existing or prospective community groups based within the parish to apply for a financial grant. To be considered for the next funds allocation, applications should be submitted no later than October 31. The fund is backed by Festival Republic, organisers of the Leeds Festival, and run by local volunteers. Grant application forms can be found in the Community Fund section of the parish council website or can be requested by emailing barwickand

Restrictions delayed: although a Traffic Regulation Order for parts of Barwick and Scholes was approved by Leeds City Council earlier in the year, following extensive public consultation, there was no sign (at the time of writing) of new parking and waiting restrictions being imposed. In Scholes, a speed limit of 20mph is to be introduced close to Scholes Primary School during the times when pupils are arriving and leaving. Parking and waiting restrictions will also be imposed in a bid to improve safety and discourage drivers from parking across residents’ drives, on grass verges or close to junctions, obstructing the bus route. In Barwick, double yellow lines are to be painted opposite the New Inn to improve the sight line for drivers turning right from Leeds Road into Long Lane. Coun Matthew Robinson, who represents Barwick and Scholes on the city council, is known to be urging the Highways Department to give the work greater priority. He told a recent parish council meeting that doing the work in October, as predicted by Highways, would not be soon enough.