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Barwick and Scholes

Ron Miller

07717 150625

Burns Supper: the ‘Chieftain o’ the Puddin’ Race’ immortalised in Robert Burns’ tribute to the Haggis will be celebrated at a Burns Supper to be held on Saturday, January 19 at Barwick Village Hall, from 7.30pm. The Caledonian themed event will be hosted by church members, from whom tickets costing £5 are available.

Scholes bus services: indignation and concern that proposed changes will, if approved, leave many Scholes residents with bus services worse than they are now were voiced by local people at the January meeting of the parish council. Two elderly ladies, who did not wish to be identified, were especially critical. “Whenever bus services change Scholes comes off the worst,” one said, adding that Barwick’s bus service on route 64 was likely to remain unchanged, while service 63 faces being discontinued. “We are going to lose a really good service which links Scholes to Cross Gates, Leeds city centre and the White Rose shopping centre. Barwick always manages to keep a good service. The parish council should now fight for a better bus service for the people of Scholes,” she said. Another resident said many Scholes passengers were not happy at the prospect of a replacement service, route 11, travelling via the Gipton area. This would not only make the journey to and from Leeds several minutes longer but would also raise concerns about safety. One lady recalled that when Scholes buses were routed through Gipton previously “we had stones thrown at the buses.” Coun Ben Hogan, chairman of the parish council, commented: “It’s not a done deal yet.” He urged residents to raise their concerns about the proposed changes with West Yorkshire Metro during the consultation period. If approved, the changes are not likely to be made until the summer.

Taking a stand: Councillors voted unanimously to resist changes to the parish boundary suggested by Leeds City Council. “I think we should stick with the parish boundary as the NDP (Neighbourhood Development Plan) boundary,” said Coun Geoff Yapp; other members concurred. The city council has proposed adjustment to the parish boundary which separates Barwick and Scholes parish from Garforth. In addition, a small area of land near Morwick Farm, close to the A64 York road, would be removed from the parish. Coun Ben Hogan, chairman, asked councillors: “Is it our NDP or Leeds City Council’s NDP? He insisted: “It’s ours.”

Crime report: six crimes were reported to the police by Barwick and Scholes residents during December, the parish council was told by Police Community Support Officer Geoff Nottingham.In one incident drugs were found in a vehicle stopped in Barwick and two people were arrested. A caravan was set on fire in Scholes and a motor cycle was stolen from a Barwick workshop. The officer reported that well over 300 orders for replacement door locks, offered at a discounted price, had been placed with the Wetherby Crime Prevention Panel by residents keen to avert the risk of existing locks in uPVC doors being broken by thieves.

New road concerns: the potential impact on Scholes residents of a dual carriageway East Leeds orbital road being constructed during the next few years was raised at the parish council meeting by local resident Amanda Munro. She was among five members of the Save our Scholes lobby group who attended the council meeting. Expressing concern that Leeds City Council was planning to spend £150,000 of taxpayers’ money on a feasibility study into the route of the proposed road, she called on the parish council to give more support to those residents who opposed the road’s construction. Ms Munro commented: “A four lane dual carriageway could be built right on our doorstep. We can’t just sleep walk into this.” However, Coun Geoff Yapp responded: “You won’t stop it now.” He said the new road had been included in advance planning for East Leeds for 25 to 30 years and, at this late stage, “it won’t matter what the parish council says.” However, he believed the council should take steps to ensure that a ‘green barrier’ separates the new road from Scholes. He added: “We have to fight to make sure nothing happens on our side of the road.”

Chairman’s regret: Coun Ben Hogan expressed disappointment that only 17 people attended a recent meeting called to discuss how to make the best possible use of newly acquired public open space near to Scholes Lodge Farm. Proposals include providing facilities for young people, possibly including a multi-use sports area and a skateboard park. “We need some constructive ideas; we can’t just plant trees,” he said. It seemed such “a big waste” of an opportunity when many people were saying there was nowhere for young people to play in the village, while others were saying ‘We don’t want that’ in response to proposed facilities.

Boston Spa

Angela Gaunt

07947 791 547

Ladies Bike Ride: come and join a ladies only bike ride on Saturday, January 26 at 9am. We will be meeting outside Boston Spa Library. This is a gentle ride of approx eight miles on quiet country roads and traffic free cycle paths. For further info please go to : to book your place or contact Angela on 07947791547.

Jazz in the Spa: the session this Saturday, January 19, Dave Mott’s Jazz Classics, overdue and over here from Cheshire comes this versatile and professional group with its wide ranging musical repertoire led by Dave on reeds and, on this occasion, young Jamie Brownfield on trumpet, winner of the British Jazz Awards 2012 Rising Star Award, plus the highly respected Tom Kincaid on the keyboard. Further info ring Les 01937 842636 Days Inn, Wetherby Services/ B&CB ask for Jazz Rate. Please recycle your bottles and cans where possible –thank you.

Boston Spa Methodist Church: the services for this Sunday, January 20 10.30am Rev Susan Greenhart Covenant Service 4pm Churches Together Week Of Prayer, Christan Unity. All who love the Lord are welcome to join us at any of our services and events, and for refreshments afterwards in the Wesley Room.

Kings Church: meet every Sunday at 11am and 6.30pm at the Deepdale Community Centre to include Sunday School for singing, quizzes and bible stories and lots of fun. Contact Pastor Stephen Thompson 01937 541688 for further information.

St Mary’s Church: new time for services from the beginning of January the main Sunday Service at St Mary’s will start at 10am.

St Mary’s Ark: come and join us at St Mary’s Ark, St Mary’s Church every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month from 1.45-3pm at St Mary’s Church, Boston Spa. This includes a short service for babies, toddlers, parents and carers. Including refreshments and activities. A warm welcome awaits you from the members of Mothers’ Union. The next meeting will be January 17.

Boston Spa and Tadcaster Roundtable: would like to thank the residents of Boston Spa who contributed to the door to door collection made on Santa’s pre Christmas tour of the village. The total raised was an amazing £1,130. The money goes towards supporting good causes in the local area, most recently over 90 local older residents from Boston Spa and surroundingvillages were treated to Christmas dinner and entertainment at the Bridge Inn. Santa’s pre Christmas tour is just one of a whole range of activities which Boston Spa and Tadcaster Roundtable do throughout the year and if you would be interested in getting involved with like minded people, please visit or contact Nicholas Fawcett on 07939 893559.

If you have any events or notices you would like to have included in our Boston Spa village voices please just contact me on the above number or email.

Retail Survey Feedback meeting: Retailers and other interested parties are invited to a meeting in the Jubilee Room of the village hall on Wednesday, January 23 at 5.15pm. A survey of retailers in Boston Spa has been conducted over the past few months and the results will be announced and discussed. There will also be an introduction to the proposed Neighbourhood Plan which aims to create strategic guidance to planners over the next 15 years. More information from Keith Jackson on 01937 522536 or by email:


Will Gausden

01937 843575

St Edward’s Roman Catholic Church: services for the coming week are as follows Saturday, January 19 6pm vigil mass, Sunday, January 20 10am, Monday, January 22 to Friday, January 25 9.30am (10am on Thursday).

Clifford Methodist Church: on Sunday, January 20 there will be a service at 10.30am. There will also be an open house coffee morning in the Methodist schoolroom on Tuesday, January 22 from 10–11.30am. All welcome. Meanwhile, the church now has its own website, which is worth visiting, and can be found at

St Luke’s Church: there will be a holy communion service on Sunday, January 20 at 11am.

Burns’ Night Supper and Dance: Boston Spa Methodist Church will be holding a supper and dance, in the village hall, on Saturday, January 26 starting at 7pm. Traditional Burns’ Night festivities will include Scottish country dancing, and bagpipes. There will also be a licensed bar. Tickets are £10 – including a traditional Burns’ Night supper, and are available from the B4G group, or by telephoning Brian Marsden on 01937 843422. All money raised will go to the B4G Development Fund.

Boston Spa and Tadcaster Roundtable: would like to thank the residents of Clifford who contributed to the door-to-door collection made on Santa’s pre Christmas tour of the village. The total raised was an impressive £421. The money goes towards supporting good causes in the local area. Most recently over 90 local older residents from Clifford and surrounding villages were treated to Christmas dinner and entertainment at the Bridge Inn. Santa’s pre Christmas tour is just one of a whole range of activities which Boston Spa and Tadcaster Roundtable organise throughout the year, and anyone who would be interested in getting involved with like minded people, is strongly encouraged to visit or contact Nicholas Fawcett on 07939 893559.

Live Music at the Albion: bands from throughout the country will be performing live at the Albion throughout the year, normally on a Saturday evening. Meanwhile, folk evenings take place once a month on a Wednesday. These will now be on the third Wednesday of each month. The next folk evening will, therefore, take place on Wednesday, February 20. For any further information on this, and other music played at The Albion, please call 01937 918554.

Clifford AFC: bingo is now a regular event, normally on the second Tuesday of every month, starting at 7.30pm. Entrance fee of £3 includes raffle ticket. The next bingo is in February.

News: anyone who has any news from Clifford, please contact me on the above details. Please be aware that my deadline is eight days before the paper hits the shelves on a Thursday, so the sooner the better.


John Chilton

01937 590606

The Church of St Joseph and St James Follifoot: the service on Sunday, January 20 will be holy communion at 9.30am.

Household Waste: collection at Follifoot will be on Monday, January 21.

A Reminder: a meeting has been arranged for Thursday, January 17 at 7.30pm at the Radcliffe Arms. To discuss the possibility of establishing a Follifoot play area. Anyone who is interested in helping to develop this essential village service should attend. (Parents and grandparents now’s your chance)

Follifoot School: Little Owls have developed sewing skills with seamstresses, Mrs Wood and Mrs Thompson. Zoe Gill, James Gill and Victoria Alvarez all commented on the fun they had using their new found skills to make Christmas decorations for the tree in the classroom.


Sandra Thompson

0113 289 2650

Scarcroft Parish Clerk: following 15 years service as clerk to the Scarcroft Parish Council, Peter Hart is retiring, many thanks for all his efforts over the years. Interviews of applicants for the post took place on Monday and the successful candidate is Gina Carter who lives at East Keswick. She is a magistrate and has a wide experience of administration managing budgets and public affairs. We wish her all the best as parish clerk and hope she finds the work enjoyable and satisfying.

Scarcroft Ladies Luncheon Club: 2013 got off to a good New Year start with the January lunch at the village hall. Judith Oxer introduced the speaker Coldogh Tweedale whose subject was Calling Cards along with slides. It was very formal in those Victorian days. She talked about a few, some had your name on and men carried them in their pocket, most left their cards out on the mantle and visiting time was two - four hours, no longer. Visiting cards for condolence where black, the cards for ladies had narrow edging, those for men wide. To visit someone who was ill you would turn up the bottom corner card. She bought along examples of the cards that were in use in those days. Ivory, tortoiseshell, snake skin, and Sheffield steel, sandal wood ,mother of pearl. These are now very collectable and command good prices at auctions. Margaret Midgley gave a vote of thanks. Next lunch Monday, February 4 at noon.

Scarcroft Village Hall: the next meeting of the hall committee is at the hall Thursday, January 17 at 7pm. Support for the village hall is important. Everybody welcome.

Scarcroft Parish Council: the next meeting of the Parish Council is at the village hall on Monday, January 21 at 7.45pm.


The Scarcroft Village Development Group: the AGM of the Scarcroft Development Group will be held at the village hall on Monday, January 28 at 8pm. Contact, G Jameson 0113 2892349.


Gloria Ford

0113 266 3883

Burns Night Supper: the annual Burn’s Night Supper will be held on Saturday, January 26 in the village hall, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are now available at £17 from Gloria Ford on 01132 663883 or email The ticket price is the same as last year and anyone who attended before will know this is a good night out. The evening will open with the Address to the Haggis which will be served with ‘neeps’ and a dram of whisky. The meal will follow with roast beef and all the trimmings or salmon for the non-meat eaters. Coffee and shortbread biscuits will be served at the end of the meal. It is hoped there will be the usual speeches and fun including a sing-along of Scottish songs and dancing if there is time. This is a fun evening so if you have never been before why not give it a try?

Quiz night: the first of the quiz nights for 2013 starts on Friday, January 25 in the village hall at 7.30pm. Tickets are £4 and this includes a light supper. The quiz questions will be set this month by Liz Parrish and Gloria Ford. Teams of six are welcome but anyone without a team can still attend there is always room for one or two people in the smaller groups.

Shadwell in Bloom: the SIB committee are organising a Casino Night at the Red Lion (with kind permission of Richard Hicks), on Saturday, January 19 7.30pm for 8pm. Tickets are available for £10 this includes a welcome drink and canapés and some fun chips (not the edible kind). Further chips can be bought during the evening. A fun casino is very simple, at the beginning of the evening the initial fun money is given out. This is then taken to the casino table of your choice and exchanged for chips. Bets are made with these chips. At the end of the evening a count is taken and the person who won the most chips is declared the winner and awarded a prize. The best thing about a fun casino evening is that you get all the fun without the risks. There will be an auction and raffle. Money raised from this event is in aid of SIB.

Christmas Tree: the village Christmas tree was kindly donated by the owner of the village golf course at Wike and it made a very colourful and attractive addition to the Shadwell during Christmas. Thanks are extended to the village golf for this kind donation.


John Chilton

01937 590606

All Saints Church Spofforth: the service on Sunday, January 20 will be Holy Communion at 10.30am.

Kerbside Recycling: at Spofforth will be on Friday, January 18.

Spofforth in Bloom: after a very successful year as fund raiser for our Britain in Bloom attempt which gained us a Gold Award and the title of best in our class, David Saunders was persuaded to succeed John Stanley as chairman of the Spofforth in Bloom committee. This is his message to residents “On behalf of the SIB team may I wish everyone in the village a happy and healthy new year. Following our magnificent achievement in Britain in Bloom 2012 we will be taking part this year in the Yorkshire in Bloom competition and although winter is upon us we have been and continue to be busy making ready for the spring judging. We spend on average £1800 per year (£2500 in 2012) on planting alone so you can understand how important your attendance at our fund raising events are to us and then, of course, the beauty of the village. On a cold but crisp Sunday morning just before Christmas ten of us volunteers descended on the Millennium Garden to smarten it up as per the judges’ observations. Bacon butties, coffee and mulled wine was provided to those who turned up on the day. Thanks very much to the other nine. Jobs like this and the replacement of the older planting barrels etc. are on-going and often go unnoticed, but unless we keep on top of it, things soon deteriorate. We are always keen to welcome new volunteers willing to give up an hour or two of their time so please join us, you will be very welcome. If interested please contact Lynn or me 590384, John or Hilary Chilton 590606, John Horne 590735, Ann or Douglas Thomas 590504, Ian or Lynda Parkinson 590507, John Stanley 591154 or Barry Nickels 590637.”

Spofforth Village Market: there is a proposal to run a regular community market in Spofforth bringing together local food producers and artisans to sell quality products direct to local people. Stalls would be available to local groups and other organisations to promote themselves and/or raise funds. A local community café would be run at the same time. If successful, it could be a monthly event. Volunteers would be welcome and can contact Rachel Marston, the parish clerk, on 01937 585506.

Spofforth Quiz: Spofforth Village Society will be holding a quiz and curry night on Saturday, January 26, 7pm for 7.30pm at the Long Memorial Hall for teams of six. Tickets at £10 per person are now available from the Hairbelle or G&M news or contact Robyn Farmer on 01937 590339.

Spofforth Seniors: coffee group will meet on Tuesday, January 22 10-11.30am at the Long Memorial Hall.


Roderic Parker

01937 833502

Service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Churches Together in Tadcaster will be holding their annual service on Sunday, January 20 at 6pm in the Methodist Church. Everyone is welcome.

Burns Night Music Quiz: join in the fun of a Scottish-themed music quiz, at Tadcaster Social Club on Friday, January 25. The quiz will consist of several rounds of spoken questions, a picture round, a special puzzle round, and other bits and pieces. A couple of rounds will be dedicated to music from north of the border. The evening kicks off at 8.30pm with a quick game of sticky fingers. There will be spot questions with the chance to win anything from a baseball cap to a bar voucher or bottle of quality whisky. The club promises that at least one person (mine host) will be in Highland dress. The entry fee is only £1 per person, which will entitle you to some traditional Scottish tatties neeps and haggis. There will also be a raffle. This promises to be a special night.

Story and Rhyme time: every Thursday in Tadcaster Library on Station Road there’s a story session for the under fives from 10-10.30am.

Arthritis Research UK tombola: the Wetherby and Tadcaster branch of Arthritis Research UK is gearing up for its first fundraising event of the year, a large tombola in early March. They’d be very grateful for any prizes, perhaps unwanted Christmas gifts. If you’ve got a prize or two to donate, or want to get involved with local fundraising, please contact Sheila Clayton on 01937 842954.

Tadcaster Country Walking Club: the next walks planned are a nine mile Mystery Walk on Saturday, January 26 and a nine and a half mile walk around Coneysthorpe (in the Castle Howard area) on Sunday, February 3. The first is graded as undulating with some short and easy gradients, the second is a little harder with longer and steeper gradients. For both walks, meet at the Britannia car park for a 9.30am start. To find out more about the walking club, contact the secretary, Pat Bowman, on 01937 833250 or by email to

Footballing talk: Tadcaster Albion is hosting An Evening with Steve Kindon in the clubhouse on Thursday, January 24 starting at 7.30pm. Steve is a former professional footballer, who has gained a reputation as one of the best after dinner speakers, with his experiences and anecdotes of the game. Tickets are £15, including a pie and pea supper. Contact Kevin Derry for tickets on 07836 712708.

Friday night Freestyle night: at the Riley-Smith Hall on Friday, January 25. 8pm-midnight. Have a fine night of modern jive dancing and socialising. Admission is £8: there’s no need to book, pay on the door. Licenced bar. For more information, look on the web at

American-style wrestling: EPW American Wrestling is putting on a show at the Riley Smith Hall on Sunday, January 27. The doors open at 6.30pm, and tickets cost £8.

Roundtable thanks: Boston Spa and Tadcaster Roundtable would like to thank the residents of Tadcaster who contributed to the collection made on Santa’s pre-Christmas visit to Sainsbury’s on Saturday, December 15. The total raised was an amazing £443. The money goes towards supporting good causes in the local area. Santa’s pre-Christmas tour is just one of a whole range of activities which Boston Spa and Tadcaster Roundtable do throughout the year, and if you’d be interested in getting involved with like-minded people, please visit or contact Nicholas Fawcett on 07939 893559.

Planned pylons: the Town Council’s Environmment Committee were told at their January 8 meeting of plans by National Grid to build a 3km (nearly two mile) overhead power line from near Jackdaw Quarry, going south of the Grammar school and on to Bramham Moor. This will connect two existing lines. There will be eight new pylons, most about 44m (140 feet) high. Although construction work isn’t scheduled to start till 2014, much planning and preliminary work has already been done and approved by the district council.

Footpath news: the County Council has recognised as a public right of way the footpath from Wetherby Road, over the viaduct, and up to the edge of the privately-owned land between the viaduct and Wighill Lane. The path runs on land owned by the town council.

The county’s decision formalises the status of the path, which many people thought was already a public right of way.


Rachel Kelly

01423 359819

Tockwith Church Services: Sunday, January 20 9am Breakfast club, 11am baptism and Holy Communion, 6pm Evening Prayer (1662).

Breakfast Club: all children and young people are welcome to join Breakfast Club which meets once a month. The next one is on Sunday, January 20 at 9am. Bring a friend and meet new ones. Breakfast, fun, crafts, stories and lots of fun activities. For further information please call Karen Stobart 01423 358979 or Kate Adams 01423 359979.

Yorkshire Countrywomen’s Association: next meet on Wednesday, January 23 when Norma Harrington will tell of her experiences of being a prison governor. The YCA meet in Tockwith Village Hall on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm. New members are very welcome. For further information about Tockwith YCWA contact the secretary, Stephanie Smith, telephone 01423 358481.

Village Hall: in December, Santa made his usual trip from the North Pole to visit the Christmas Fair in the village hall. Over 30 children travelled through the magical grotto, capably managed by elves, to make their Christmas wish to Santa. The Tockwith Pop Choir sang several festive songs and the mulled wine kept everyone in a good mood. The event raised vital funds that help to keep this essential village amenity.

Tockwith with Wilstrop Parish Council: The parish council meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month. Meetings are not normally held in August or December. Members of the public are welcome to attend these meetings which start at 7.30pm in Tockwith Church. You can see minutes of previous parish council meetings at

Church services

Sunday, January 20


8am Holy Communion (BCP)

9.30am Parish Communion

11.15am Worship @11.15 - Holy Communion. 6.30pm Joint Healing service with Wetherby Methodist Church

WETHERBY BAPTIST (at Deighton Gates School)

10am Morning worship

WETHERBY METHODIST (Bank Street). 8.30am Communion (Rev. Steve Barlow)

10am Morning Worship (Rev Stanley Jackson). 6.30pm Joint Healing service at St James’

ST JOSEPH’S (Roman Catholic). 6pm (Sat.) Vigil Mass. 10am Sunday Mass


(at Wetherby High School)

10am Activities for all ages


8.30am Holy Communion

10am All age worship


10am Morning Worship


Harrogate Borough Council.

Two storey and single storey extensions, detached garage and raising roof height to form additional living accommodation at Kilndene Lime Kiln Lane, Kirk Deighton LS22 4EA by Mr M Cody-Owen.

Single storey extension at Stone garth, Tockwith Road, Long Marston YO26 7PQ.

Change of use of land to form cricket ground, pavillion and the formation of access road and ancillary car parking at land comprising field at Wetherby Road, Little Ribston by Little Ribston Cricket Club.

Construction of a waste transfer station building, operational concrete pad, vehicle access to the highway, skip storage, staff parking, ground flood alleviation measures and landscaping including tree planting, biodiversity enhancement and perimeter fencing at Council depot, Walshford by Wetherby Skip Services Limited.

Relocation of existing gates and pillars at Crackhill Farm, Main Street, Sicklinghall, LS22 4BD by Mr Ineson.

l The following Planning Applications may be inspected at Access Selby, 8-10 Market Cross, Selby during normal office hours. Applications can also be viewed online at

Consent to reduce Copper Plum tree (T3) by 25 per cent and thin out branches within TPO 5/1998 at 5 Little Ings Close, Church Fenton LS24 9RR by Mrs A Rothwell Smith.

Application for consent to crown lift Sycamore (T1) by two metres, fell Sycamore (T2), crown lift Beech (T3) by two metres and crown lift Elm (T4) by two metres of TPO 27/1986 at 9 High Trees Court, Sherburn In Elmet LS25 6AE by Mrs J Glanville.

Single storey extension to the front following removal of existing conservatory at 18 Westfield Lane, South Milford LS25 5AP by Mr R Pawson.

Detached dwelling with associated works on land between 29 & 29A Common Lane at Street Record, Common Lane, South Milford.

Loft Conversion and side extension and entrance lobby at 7 Saxton Court, Saxton LS24 9TB.

Repair of Airey type property by removing concrete posts and panels and replacing with masonry (brick/block) construction at 12 The Close, Towton LS24 9PD