Barwick and Scholes News

Ron Miller

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Barwick Methodist Church: will host a concert of Carols and Christmas music to be given by the Wendel Singers, a popular locally based choral group, tomorrow (Friday) at 7.30pm. Tickets costing £5 for adults and £1 for children, including coffee and mince pies, can be bought at the door. Church members wish to thank everyone who supported their recent coffee morning, which raised £401 to support the work of the Salvation Army. The many gifts of toys donated during the chapel’s toy service, for distribution to disadvantaged children by the Salvation Army, were also much appreciated.

Probus Club: an illustrated presentation on the country of Turkey will be given by guest speaker Joselyn Brooks at Tuesday’s meeting of Barwick and Scholes Probus Club. This will begin with coffee at 10.15am at Barwick’s John Rylie House. New members are always welcomed at meetings of the club, which is primarily for retired or semi-retired professional and businessmen.

Support for children: the latest in a long-running series of coffee mornings held at Barwick C of E Primary School on Children in Need day raised an impressive £1,100 in just 90 minutes. Since 2000 this popular event has raised £11,000 for the BBC appeal, supporting children at home and overseas.

Christmas services: a varied programme of services, many especially suitable for families with young children, will begin this evening, Thursday, with a Christingle service at All Saints’ Church, Barwick, at 6pm. A similar service will be held at St Philip’s Church, Scholes, at 5.30pm on Sunday. Villagers will have a choice of three carol services on Sunday, December 22. Carols will be sung in the warm glow of candlelight at Scholes Methodist Chapel at 4pm and at All Saints, Barwick at 6.30pm, with a third carol service taking place at St Philip’s, Scholes at 5.30pm. On Christmas Eve there will be Crib services at All Saints and St Philip’s, both at 4pm and a carol service at Barwick Methodist Church at 6pm. Midnight celebrations of Holy Communion will be held at both Scholes Methodist Chapel and at All Saints, Barwick, both starting at 11.30pm. On Christmas Day there will be morning services at 9.30am at Barwick Methodist Church, at 10am at St Philip’s, Scholes and at 11am at All Saints, Barwick.

Horse grazing decision: Barwick and Scholes Parish Council, which voted several months ago not to allow horses to graze on public open space at Scholes Lodge Farm, reversed their decision at their December meeting – but only just. Four members voted to retain the ban, four voted to allow it but Coun Ben Hogan, chairman, used his casting vote in favour of allowing a Scholes resident to graze two horses for a six month trial period. The resident has agreed to pay a weekly fee of £20 to the parish council.

New clerk appointed: Barwick resident Keith Langley, who has lived in the village for more than 30 years, has been selected from 23 applicants to be the next clerk to Barwick and Scholes Parish Council. He will officially take up his appointment at the start of next year but will initially work alongside the current parish clerk, Chris Hassell, who is retiring from the post following more than six years’ service. Mr Langley attended the December meeting of the parish council and was congratulated on his appointment.

Clean getaway: a cheeky thief stole the windscreen wiper blades from a car parked in Richmondfield Garth, Barwick and got clean away, PCSO Geoff Nottingham told the parish council. Other crimes reported last month included the theft of Yankee candles from Langlands Garden Centre, for which two people were later arrested.

Complaint to be heard: Barwick and Scholes Parish Council will hold a special committee meeting at Scholes Methodist Hall at 7pm on Monday, December 16, to consider a complaint of ‘maladministration’ made on behalf of more than 20 Scholes residents.They had considered complaining to the Local Government Ombudsman but Scholes resident Paul Remmer, who submitted the complaint, was advised by parish clerk Chris Hassell that parish councils are not subject to that official’s scrutiny.The complainants were among 550 Scholes villagers who signed a petition calling on Leeds City Council to order a review of the way Scholes is governed. They hoped this would lead to Scholes being permitted to have its own parish council instead of sharing governance with Barwick, as it has since 1946. The complainants objected to comments made by the parish council in response to their petition to the Finance and General Purposes Committee of Leeds City Council, whose members considered the petition.This stated that the parish council believed the call for a governance review “results from the one man crusade of a former parish councillor against the council, supported by members of the local action group (Save Our Scholes) who continue to challenge virtually everything which the parish council (and for that matter Leeds City Council) does.” Scholes resident George Hall, the former parish councillor who delivered the petition to Leeds Civic Hall, strongly denies ‘running a one man campaign’ and believes the suggestion damaged his reputation within the village. The complainants also objected to the parish council’s assertion that “many signatures were obtained based upon mis-information given when the petition was taken door to door.” Asking city councillors to set aside the petitioners’ request for a review, the parish council expressed the view “that this petition is ill-founded and that the underlying issue has not been properly considered.” The Wetherby News reported on November 28 that the residents’ call for a review was rejected, prompting them to call on the Local Government Ombudsman to recommend the city council to reconsider its decision. At their December meeting parish councillors agreed that they will not give Mr Hall the apology he has requested for their reference to a ‘one man crusade.’ Coun Ben Hogan, chairman, said: “We certainly do not think we have done anything irregular so there will not be an apology forthcoming.” Coun Julian Kelly said: “We have nothing to apologise for” and Coun Neil Beaumont added: “We responded (to the petition) truthfully so no apology is needed.”