Barwick and Scholes News

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Barwick and Scholes

Ron Miller

School fair: Santa’s Grotto will no doubt be a centre of attention at Saturday’s Christmas Fair, organised by the Friends of Barwick Church of England Primary School. It will take place at Barwick Village Hall between 2-5pm. A variety of stalls will be complemented by lots of fun, games and a prize draw. All proceeds will be donated to school funds. While the children tell Santa how good they have been for a whole year, grown ups can admire his aerial logistics and supply chain management skills.

Carols at St Philip’s: a traditional carol service will be held at St Philip’s Church, Scholes, on Sunday, beginning at 5.30pm. Although there have been no official announcements since the recent meeting chaired by the Archdeacon of Leeds, the Wetherby News has learned that some members of the Scholes church remain determined to try to become a separate parish. They believe this change, if approved by the Diocese and the Church Commissioners, would reflect the different ethos and styles of worship preferred by members of the Anglican churches in Barwick and Scholes. They also say it would remove a layer of bureaucracy, bring the Scholes church much closer to its congregation and enable St Philip’s to respond quickly to the needs of a growing population. However, many members of All Saints’ Church, Barwick, remain strongly opposed to the change and say they are deeply hurt by the actions and intentions of the breakaway group in Scholes. At the recent meeting a leading member of that group indicated that in view of the depth of feeling they would reconsider their proposals to seek independence. “The gain might not be worth the pain,” one said.

New Councillors: following interviews with several Scholes residents who expressed interest in joining Barwick and Scholes Parish Council, two candidates, Stella Walsh and Tom Crosfill, have been co-opted as Councillors for Scholes without the need for a by-election.

Care home concerns: Coun Matthew Robinson, who represents Barwick and Scholes on Leeds City Council, has assured the parish council that planning officers are monitoring a planning application from the company Care Assist, which is seeking approval to convert a house in Parlington Court, Barwick, into a residential care home for young people. Local residents have taken legal advice to assist them in opposing the proposed change, which they consider inappropriate. The parish council has expressed concern to Leeds planners and to the education regulator Ofsted that some alterations have been started before a decision on the planning application.

Design Statement: the parish council has formally adopted the Village Design Statement for Barwick and Scholes. This has now been submitted to Leeds City Council for acceptance as a planning document. The decision followed several weeks during which local residents were consulted about the contents of the statement and given the opportunity to put forward amendments. Once approved by the city council the statement will be used alongside the Neighbourhood Development Plan as a blueprint reflecting the views of local residents. Councillors expressed their thanks to Aberford resident David Gluck, whose specialist company was commissioned by the parish council to produce the document..

Quotes accepted: a lighting column is to be installed in the car park adjacent to Barwick Village Hall in a bid to improve safety and security. A quotation for £3,815 from SSE Consulting for the supply and connection of the new lighting has been accepted by the parish council. In addition, the council has agreed to pay £333 for chippings to resurface the car park, using volunteers, in March or April next year, before the Yorkshire in Bloom judges’ Spring appraisal. In addition, the track leading to Barwick allotments is to be re-surfaced with loose material costing £120.

Many thanks: members of Barwick Methodist Church would like to thank everyone who supported or helped to run their recent Christmas coffee morning.The successful event was held in aid of The Salvation Army Christmas Appeal and the splendid total of £370 was raised for this worthy charity.