Scholes coffee morning: a Leeds Methodist charity which provides seaside holidays for children who would otherwise not have one will be supported at Saturday’s charity coffee morning, to be hosted by members of Scholes Methodist Chapel from 10am until noon. These popular events, held at the Methodist Schoolroom, attract support from both Barwick and Scholes villagers and a warm welcome awaits newcomers. Their most recent coffee morning raised £170 for the Meeting Point cafe and family support centre in Harehills.
Parish forum and council: another opportunity for Barwick and Scholes residents to raise issues of local concern with parish councillors will become available on Monday, when the Parish Forum takes place at Scholes Methodist Schoolroom at 7pm. The forum has become so popular that half an hour is now allocated for discussion. It will be followed at 7.30pm by the June meeting of the parish council, which is open to the public to observe. Agenda items are likely to include an update on the progress being made in producing a Neighbourhood Development Plan for the two villages. Members of SOS, the Save our Scholes lobby group, were invited to attend the most recent meeting of the steering group putting the plan together. Scholes resident George Hall, who has made a significant contribution to the Scholes section of the draft plan, has expressed concern at the slow rate of progress. Coun Ben Hogan, chairman of the parish council, told the Wetherby News he agrees entirely that the plan needs to be expedited, adding that he regretted Mr Hall’s recent decision to resign from the plan steering group.
Diary dates: Scholes Gala will take place on Saturday, June 15, in the grounds of the village primary school. Barwick in Bloom’s open gardens event will be on Sunday, June 23 and the bi-annual Scholes in Bloom open gardens event will be on Sunday, July 14. Details of all events will be published in this column over the next few weeks.
Cleethorpes in October?: the seaside resort of Cleethorpes may not be everyone’s cup of tea, especially in the Autumn, but on October 12 it will host an event of considerable importance to Barwick. Awards for this year’s RHS Britain in Bloom competition will be presented at a ceremony in Cleethorpes on that date, so that is when Barwick in Bloom volunteers will learn whether they have won a Gold medal for the whole of Yorkshire. The group accepted an invitation from Yorkshire in Bloom to represent the county in the Large Village category of Britain in Bloom, bidding to replicate the village’s outstanding achievement in winning Gold in 2009. Not surprisingly, there will be some tough competition from villages across the UK and from a parish in the Channel Islands. Judging will take place in late July and early August. Perhaps your correspondent should forgive the donkey which ate his sandwiches on the beach at Cleethorpes when he was ‘nobbut a lad!’
Neighbourhood Watch proposal: West Yorkshire Police have announced plans to re-launch a Neighbourhood Watch group for Barwick, Scholes and Potterton. Meetings to discuss the idea are to be held in Barwick on Monday, July 8 and on Monday, October 21. Both will take place at the John Rylie centre, Carrfield Road, Barwick, at 7pm. In Scholes, meetings will be held at the Manor House on Monday, July 17 and Monday, October 8, at 6pm. Local residents who agree to co-ordinate the scheme will be asked to meet four times a year and, between meetings, receive a circulate information related to combating crime in the villages. Police community support officer Geoff Nottingham would like to hear from anyone willing to become a co-ordinator. He can be contacted at Wetherby police station, tel. (0113) 285-5374. Although crime rates in Barwick and Scholes are currently the lowest for many years, the police feel that Neighbourhood Watch groups could make a strong contribution to reducing crime still further.
Parish clerk to retire: Barwick resident Chris Hassell, clerk to the Parish Council, intends to retire in May next year. Announcing this at the latest parish council meeting, Coun Ben Hogan, dhairman, praised Mr Hassell’s commitment and work on behalf of the parish. “He thought when he began six years ago that it would be a doddle but he puts in many hours,” said Coun Hogan, adding that the post would now need to be advertised. Mr Hassell, a former chief executive of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, is managing the work of the parish council at what is probably the busiest period in its history. The government’s Localism Bill, outline plans to build hundreds of new homes in and around the parish during the next decade, the need to produce a Neighbourhood Development Plan and, more recently, proposals to build the East Leeds Orbital Road are among local issues which have put a great deal of increased pressure on parish councillors and the parish clerk.
Chairman and deputy re-elected: at the Annual Parish Meeting, held earlier this month, Coun Ben Hogan was re-elected chairman of Barwick and Scholes Parish Council and Coun David Leeming was re-elected vice chairman. Both decisions were unanimous.
Football club concerns: a formal notice requiring Barwick Football Club to take better care of club facilities, including the pitch and changing room, is to be sent to club officers by the parish council. The decision followed a resident’s complaint that the club “makes no effort to take care of the place.” Coun Neil Beaumont said this was not acceptable; another sports club could be offered use of the facilities if the football club was not willing to maintain them.