Barwick and Scholes News

Barwick and Scholes

Ron Miller

Support for appeal: can it really be a year since the last Children in Need appeal? The big national event takes place tomorrow, November 16 and local support will include the now customary coffee morning held by pupils and staff at Barwick Church of England Primary School. This will be held from 9.30am until 11am tomorrow. There will be a cake stall, plus a tombola and raffle. All will be welcome, whether they have children at the school or not.

Scholes Christmas fair: members of Scholes Methodist Chapel, renowned for their charity coffee mornings, will host their Christmas Fair on Saturday. Stalls selling jewellery, Tiffany glassware and craftware will be complemented by others offering cakes, books, jigsaws and Christmas cards. Morning coffee will be served from 10-11.30am and a choice of hot or cold lunches will be offered from noon. Admission is free.

Works of art: an opportunity to admire and, if you wish, buy original works painted by members of Barwick Art Club will be offered by their annual exhibition to be held on both Saturday and Sunday, from 10am-4pm. Admission to Barwick Miners’ Institute will be free and club members will continue their tradition of donating a percentage of revenue from sales to a good cause within the village.

Young people’s facilities: the Parish Plan for Barwick and Scholes, approved in 2006 and updated this year, calls for action to provide facilities for young people in both villages. Substantial investment has improved the two children’s playgrounds but nothing has been done to meet the needs of teenagers. Although many villagers believe this needs to be addressed the issue always proves controversial, with some residents fearing any facility near their homes will be highly disruptive. In Barwick it is possible that land behind the cricket club could be earmarked for young people’s facilities, while in Scholes the only suitable site is believed to be the new public open space at Scholes Lodge Farm. Draft proposals to build a multi-use games area and skateboard park at the Scholes location were among outline plans displayed in the village last Saturday, when a drop-in consultation was held by the parish council. Other plans for Scholes Lodge Farm include footpaths, play areas, bench seating, a wildflower meadow, tree planting and heritage information boards describing the site’s history. A 20 page report written by Wessex Archaeological Service on the historical importance of the site and its suitability for improvement is now on the parish council website

Giant challenge: Scholes Village Players, this year celebrating 80 years of presenting live theatre to both villagers and visitors, have found a suitable giant. But they need a great deal more before presenting family panto Jack and the Beanstalk at the village hall from Tuesday, November 20 to the following Saturday. Says Barwick resident Anne Kay, who is directing the production “It promises to be a great panto, with a giant, a cow, a chicken, a spider and a harp, as well as a panto dame, a boy, good and not-so-good fairies and an assortment of characters.” To make the show even more special in this anniversary year the Players plan to use a beanstalk which appears to be growing up through the stage. This will involve a stage trap door which has not been used for about 20 years. “Technically this is quite a test for our backstage crew,” says Anne. Panto tickets, costing £6 for adults, £4 for children, are now on sale at the convenience store in Scholes. Tickets will also be available at the door but, in view of the popularity of the Players’ family panto, buying tickets in advance is recommended.

Diary dates: Barwick Methodists will give the Salvation Army the proceeds from their Christmas coffee morning on Saturday, November 24, from 10am-noon. On the same day Scholes Mothers’ Union will host a coffee morning and table top sale at St Philip’s Church, Scholes. Anyone wishing to take a table, at a cost of £5, should call (0113) 265-6976. The popular Christmas concert given by Gawthorpe Brass ’85 will be on Saturday, December 1 at Scholes Village Hall. Tickets costing £5 for adults, £4 for concessions can be booked by calling (0113) 273-5343.