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John Chilton

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The Church of St Joseph and St James Follifoot: the service on Wednesday, December 25 will be holy communion at 9.30am. Lesley Long will be responsible for church cleaning and Sally Keenan for flowers.

Household waste: collection at Follifoot will be on Tuesday, December 24.

Follifoot Poppy Appeal: raised a total of £892.49, a record for the area. Thanks are due to door to door collectors; public houses; the church; Follifoot school; the post office and the residents of Follifoot Aketon and Plompton. (Presumably thanks, also to Bryan Bull, the organiser.) Bryan would still like to recruit more door to door collectors. If you can spare a few hours, next year, contact Bryan on 01423 872095.

Follifoot Church Council: are pleased to report that the necessary repairs to the vestry window stone work are in hand and nearly completed. Swift action has been possible because the fabric fund has benefited from an anonymous donation of £5000. Whoever the donor is, has the grateful thanks of the Follifoot congregation. Problems with the fabric of the church are always ongoing so other donations to the fund will always be welcome.

Follifoot School: on Thursday, November 7 Project Playgrounds marked out the school playground. Thanks to a financial grant, colourful thermapply playground markings were used with a guaranteed life expectancy of 25 years. These markings consisted of a road track, a snakes and ladders board, a 100 square, a target board and the alphabet, all of which will enhance the quality of play and learning experiences outside. The children have been so excited and enthused by the much improved playground and have thoroughly enjoyed their time outside.

Crime report: from October 16 to November 13 there was one undetected crime reported in Follifoot. There has been a steady increase in burglaries in the Knaresborough district. PC Mark Ayre request that residents report anything untoward at the time that it happens. Do not think that it may be trivial; you never know. Please secure any ladders or tools that may be left in gardens or open fronted structures so that they are not used by offenders to assist their entry. You can contact PC Ayre on 101 or email