Barwick and Scholes news

Ron Miller

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Charity card sale: the popular annual sale of charity Christmas cards organised by members of All Saints’ Church, Barwick, will take place in the church on Saturday (October 26) between 10am and noon. A cake stall and light refreshments will also be available. A wide selection of charity cards will be offered, including those supporting the British Heart Foundation, Christian Aid, Martin House, the Mothers’ Union, the NSPCC, St Gemma’s Hospice and St George’s Crypt.

Scholes table top sale: organised by young people who attend St Philip’s Church, Scholes, a table top sale on Saturday, from 10am-noon inside the church, will raise funds for charities. Some space may still be available so anyone interested in booking a table top, at a cost of £10, should call Anne Stanley, tel. (0113) 281-2769.

Afternoon concert: The Dalehurst Trio will give a concert at Scholes Methodist Chapel at 2.30pm on Saturday afternoon. This will be followed by afternoon tea. Some tickets, costing £6, may still be available by calling either (0113) 260-2886 or (0113) 260-9086. The recent coffee morning hosted by Scholes Methodists was well attended and raised £214 to support the work of Scholes Community Care, whose Chairman, Maurice Walker, thanked everyone for their generosity.

Food 4 Thought: here’s a real test for crossword fans. What 16-letter word describes someone who studies and teaches native music? The answer is ‘ethnomusicologist’ and one such specialist, Rob Baker, will be visiting Scholes on Saturday. He has spent many years studying and teaching native African music in the West African countries of Benin, Mali and the Ivory Coast. Rob will be the guest speaker at the first of a new series of Food4Thought evenings to be held by members of St Philip’s Church at 6.30pm. Tickets will cost £5 for adults but children will be admitted free of charge. Organisers say the new programme of Food4Thought evenings will be ‘lively events of music and food, laughter and fun for all the family.’ To reserve tickets call Nikki Swarbrick, tel. (0113) 287-7948.

No trick or treat: an alternative Hallowe’en event will once again be held at St Philip’s Church, Scholes from 6pm on Thursday, October 31.There will be no calls or ‘Trick or Treat’ but, instead, a fun-filled evening for all the family.

Community Fund deadline: attention all parish organisations needing funding: the deadline for this year’s allocation of grants from the Barwick and Scholes Community Fund is next Thursday, October 31. The fund has £17,500 available from the sale of festival tickets given to the parish council by the organisers, Festival Republic, topped up with a donation from the company. To apply for a grant visit this website:

Poppy sellers needed: for many years members of the Barwick and Scholes branch of the Royal British Legion have sold poppies at the Cross Gates shopping centre, Sainsbury’s at Colton or Asda’s Killingbeck store. More volunteers would be welcomed by the branch to support this year’s Poppy Appeal, raising money to help ex-service men and women injured on active service and the families of those who lost their lives in the country’s service. Anyone willing to give some time to poppy selling is asked to contact branch member David Coulthard, tel (0113) 217-6345, mobile 07595 895149, email

Oh no, it can’t be: yes, it’s panto time again! Tickets have now gone on sale for Cinderella, which will be presented by Scholes Village Players in the newly refurbished village hall from Tuesday, November 19  to Saturday, November  23,  with a Saturday matinee at 2pm.  Tickets costing £6 for adults and £4 for children can be obtained, and seats reserved, by calling at Satnam’s convenience store. Barwick girl Charley Ashe will play the title role, with Jacob Pyrah in the role of Buttons. Alan and Richard Moule will play the ugly sisters; in truth they are cousins and by no means ugly but, hey, it’s pantomime. Many performances are likely to sell out so early booking is recommended. Oh yes it is!