Barwick and Scholes News

Barwick and Scholes

Ron Miller

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Horticultural Society: Making an English Garden will be described by guest speaker Meg Morton at Monday’s meeting of Barwick in Elmet Horticultural Society. This will be held at 7.45pm at the village hall. New members are welcomed and bookings for trips will be taken during the evening.

A Hint of Spring: will be the welcome theme of a members’ practice night to be held by Barwick in Elmet Flower Club on Wednesday, February 13. This will begin at 7.30pm at Scholes Village Hall. Says committee member Jane Macaulay “Come and join our friendly club and be inspired to develop a new interest in 2013.” An accredited judge will provide helpful hints on flower arrangement at all levels of ability.

Valentine’s coffee morning: members of Barwick Methodist Church will host their popular Valentine’s coffee morning from 10am-noon on Saturday, February 16, raising funds for the charity Caring for Life. A romantic cake stall bursting with calorific indulgence and a tempting tombola will be among the attractions. Admission costing £1 will include coffee and biscuits and all are welcome to attend, whether church members or not.

Parish Council: Barwick and Scholes Parish Council’s February meeting, which took place on Monday, will be reported next week. An increasing number of villagers are choosing to attend the parish forum to discuss issues of local concern and many stay to observe the council meeting which follows. Growing interest in parish affairs reflects the genuine concerns of many local people, particularly about possible plans to build hundreds of new homes in and around Barwick and Scholes and about Leeds City Council’s proposal to build an East Leeds orbital road, which will pass through the parish.

Lent lunches: a series of Lent Lunches at All Saints’ Church, Barwick will begin on Saturday, February 16 at 12.15pm. A meal of home made soup and bread will be offered at a cost of £2; all proceeds will be donated to St George’s Crypt, Leeds.

Players’ celebration: records show that 29 local residents attended a public meeting at Scholes Village Hall on September 18 1931 to discuss a proposal to form an amateur drama group. The hall had been officially opened in January of that year and was seen as an ideal venue for live theatre. All those present agreed that the group should be called Scholes Village Players and its first production, of The Importance of Being Earnest, was performed on April 8 and 9 the following year. The players’ 80th anniversary was celebrated by members past and present, accompanied by partners and friends, at a well-attended dinner held at Garforth Golf Club on Saturday, January 26. The use of the club’s dining facilities was made possible by well known Scholes resident Michael Holliday, a member of the golf club for 45 years. Unfortunately the players’ president, Scholes resident Doris Ivatts, who joined the group in 1950 and appeared in, or directed many productions, was not well enough to join in the celebrations. However, she sent her good wishes via the chairman, Alan Moule, and her thanks to all those who have appeared in productions or volunteered backstage to enable Scholes Village Players to become the longest running amateur theatre group in Leeds. Many challenges have been faced over the years, with dwindling membership and declining audiences a recurring problem. But the players’ determination to continue was amply demonstrated in 1988 when they presented a pantomime for the first time. This had been discussed for years but always seemed too daunting, with the need for special effects, scene changes and a large cast, including children and young people. The players’ fun-filled family panto, staged every November, is now enormously popular, with many performances sold out. Money raised from the panto enables the group to present a play in the spring, often a comedy or farce as these are loved by audiences. In addition, the players continue to give new members of all ages their first experience of treading the boards, or of working backstage, offering the enriching pleasure of live theatre to appreciative audiences. Coun Ann Castle, now the Lord Mayor of Leeds, attended the players’ production last spring to acknowledge the group’s remarkable achievements.