Barwick and Scholes News

Ron Miller

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Scholes coffee morning: members of Scholes Methodist Chapel will host their latest charity coffee morning on Saturday, from 10am-noon, in the schoolroom adjoining the chapel. These popular events have raised thousands of pounds for good causes at home and overseas. All proceeds from Saturday’s coffee morning will be donated to the Children’s Liver Unit at Leeds General Infirmary.

Barwick garden party: members of Barwick Methodist Church will host a summer garden party at the home of John and Pauline Tinker, 1 Aberford Road, on Saturday from 2pm to 4pm. Admission costing £2 will include a home made scone with jam and cream as well as tea or coffee. All proceeds will be donated to the charity Parkinson’s UK. Stalls selling cakes, greeting cards and other items will be complemented by a raffle and tombola. The event will be held in the Methodist Schoolroom if the weather is unsuitable for a garden party.

Neighbourhood Watch: the first in a series of parish meetings being held by West Yorkshire Police with a view to re-launching Neighbourhood Watch groups in both Barwick and Scholes will take place on Monday at John Rylie House, Carrfield Road, starting at 7pm. A similar meeting will be held the following Monday, July 15 at the Manor House, Scholes, at the earlier time of 6pm. Following these initial discussions the newly formed groups will meet in both villages during October. Villagers who volunteer to join the scheme will be asked to meet four times a year but will receive information from the police between meetings. The re-launch is being organised by Police Community Support Officer Geoff Nottingham, who can be contacted by calling (0113) 285-5374, the number for the community policing team.

In the Pink: that will be the theme of flower arrangements to be created by members of Barwick in Elmet Flower Club at their July meeting on Wednesday, starting at 7.30pm at Scholes Village Hall. Their displays will be assessed by an accredited judge who will provide helpful hints as well as constructive criticism. Visitors or new members, whether beginners or advanced flower arrangers, will be welcomed.

Scholes Open Gardens: this popular bi-annual event, organised by Scholes in Bloom volunteers, will take place on Sunday, July 14, from 1-5pm. Two days later, judges of this year’s Yorkshire in Bloom competition will make their only visit of the year to Scholes. Their Spring appraisal was cancelled in view of the dreadful weather. Programmes costing £2.50 will admit visitors to no fewer than 14 gardens being opened to the public by village residents. All funds raised will support the In Bloom team’s bid to win another Gold award in this year’s Yorkshire in Bloom competition, which narrowly eluded them last year. Visitors will benefit from free parking, while refreshments will be on sale at both the Manor House community centre and at The Buffers pub. A selection of plants will also be available to buy. In readiness for the judges’ visit a litter pick will be held on Saturday, July 13; volunteers are asked to meet at 10am in the car park of St Philip’s Church.

Return of the Scarecrows: they have not been seen for almost two years but the weekend of July 13 and 14 will see the return of the scarecrows to Scholes. Behind closed doors and shuttered windows, a number of Scholes villagers are spending many hours making scarecrows for display at various locations to coincide with Scholes Open Gardens on Sunday, July 14 and the visit of Yorkshire in Bloom judges two days later.

Judgement Day: Barwick in Bloom volunteers will welcome the top gardening experts judging this year’s Britain in Bloom competition on Wednesday, July 31. They will visit the village from 9am until 11am as part of their nationwide appraisal of entries in the Large Village category. Barwick was invited by Yorkshire in Bloom to represent the county in this category and, despite the enormous challenge, huge amount of work and daunting cost involved, the In Bloom team are honoured to be representing Yorkshire again. In 2009 Barwick in Bloom won a coveted Gold award in Britain in Bloom, which is organised by the Royal Horticultural Society. The cost of plants, shrubs and hanging baskets which form Barwick’s award winning floral displays is typically £7,000 a year but, to enter Britain in Bloom, this is likely to rise to around £10,000. No wonder the fundraising coffee mornings, concerts and open gardens events hosted throughout the year by the In Bloom volunteers are so important. On Sunday July 28, just before the judges’ visit, a special service acknowledging the work of the team will be held at Barwick Methodist Church, starting at 10.30am.The service will be joined by members of the Anglican congregation so there will be no 11am service at All Saints’ Church, Barwick, that day. The winners in this year’s Britain in Bloom competition will be revealed at a ceremony in Cleethorpes on Saturday, October 12.