Neighbourhood news

Bardsey and East Keswick Walking Group: two brave men and nine ladies from this group had a fabulous weekend walking in the Forest of Bowland. On the Friday they met at Ribchester and after a picnic lunch did four miles enjoying the scenery. The stipulated tea and cake were consumed before checking into Mytton Fold Hotel for their two night stay. Saturday dawned sunny and warm and after a substantial breakfast drove to Clitheroe and did a leisurely nine mile walk taking in Chatburn, Grindleton, West Bradford and Waddington. The walk by the side of the Ribble was particularly interesting spotting many varieties of birds. Sunday’s walk set off from Sawley, where the Abbey, which is cared for by English Heritage was superbly looked after. The walk was fairly difficult for the first part, being uphill but the views from the top, over Pendle Hill was spectacular and worth the effort. A pub at Bolton by Bowland was the stopping place for refreshments before completing the last stretch to Sawley. What a wonderful weekend with good company and conversation, excellent weather and super food all thanks to the leader Maeve Brook and her co-walker Malcolm. The next monthly walk will take place on Sunday, June 1, leaving Bardsey Village Hall at 10am to drive to Bilton where they will do five miles by the River Nidd.

Bardsey cum Rigton Parish Council report from the May meeting: new councillor – the chairman welcomed Julie Norton to the Council and she duly signed the Declaration of Acceptance of Office and submitted her register of interests. Election of Chairman – It was proposed that Coun Stentiford should continue as chairman and he agreed to serve for a further year. Coun Frankland agreed to serve as vice chairman for the coming year. Defibrillator – There was much discussion on the best location for this. The landlord at the Bingley is happy to have it installed there, however, most Cllrs considered that the village hall would be a better location. Richard Hall would be asked to consider the sites and do the necessary installation work. Wifi – This is now installed in the village hall and can be accessed from both the hall and committee room, however, it is code protected. Avertising boards on A58 – There are several estate agent’s ‘for sale’ boards on the A58 as an addition to the ones outside the houses, which are for sale. It was agreed that the relevant estate agents should be asked to remove these extra or surplus boards from the A58. Continental Landscapes have supplied a map showing the areas for which they take responsibility for grass cutting. This does not appear to correspond exactly with the areas previously cut by Glendales. Coun Flockton agreed to meet Mark McLaughlin from Continental Landscapes to discuss the areas which have been missed off their Schedule. Telephone box on Church Lane – although the telephone equipment is in working order there is a broken window and a number of defects in this Box. The clerk has contacted BT to see if they can clean up the Box and repair the broken window. Parish walks – The first walk, west side, will take place on the June 7th. The walk on the east side will be on July 12. Meet at the bottom of mill Lane at 2pm for both walks. The next meeting will be held on June 12 at 7.30pm in Bardsey Village Hall.

Thank you for the sweatshirts: Bardsey Youth Choir sing at All Hallows at the Family Service on every second Sunday in the month. The choir would like to say a really big thank you to John and Sue Scruton for sponsoring the new choir sweatshirts. The choir now looks, as well as sounds wonderful! Boys and girls (aged eight – 14) are encouraged to join the choir, so why not come along on the second Sunday of the month, to see them in action.

Also thanks from All Hallows: the annual church meetings, held last month, provided the opportunity to say thank you to everyone who has helped to keep our hurch open and serving our community over the past year. Often words of appreciation and gratitude only reach the ears of those we see face to face. So, through this newspaper they would like to say a very special thank you to all those who don’t go to services or our meetings but continue to give faithful support, including financial support, regularly over the months and the years. They really do value your contributions – thank you so much for helping to maintain the church as the centre of prayer, worship and village life.

Take Heart: if you, or someone in your family, is learning to cope with a heart condition, then go along to the Callister Hall tomorrow Friday at 2-4pm for tea and biscuits and a chat. The intention of the group is to discuss things such as palpitations, arrhythmia, heart attacks, stents and travel insurance. Future meetings will have speakers to cover subjects related to the heart and its health. For more information contact Ed Stentiford on 572652 or 07801 865607.

East Keswick Wildlife Trust: there are lots of activities during June so please feel free to go along – you will be most welcome and no expertise is required. On June 1 they will be surveying the River Wharfe and on June 15 Wakefield Naturalists will be spending the day in Ox Close Wood. This will be followed by a similar visit to the wood by the Yorkshire Naturalist Union on June 29. They are also planning a charcoal burn in Ox Close Wood for the weekend of 14 and 15 and everyone is invited to join them to see this ancient woodland practice in action. Call 01937 574140 for further information.

Bowls for All: is to be held on Saturday from 1.30-4.30pm at The Green behind the village hall. They welcome any beginners, new players and members for a friendly afternoon of bowls, tea and scones. Fantastic offer – two months membership for £10. Coaching given. Flat soled shoes and enthusiasm is all you need.

Local History Group: several large country estates within a few miles of our villages can still be visited today and have interesting tales to tell. At the group’s next meeting they will take a closer look at three of our country house neighbours during the late 18th century, with illustrations of the buildings and narratives from the families at Farnley, Harewood and Stockeld. Visitors are welcome to join them to contemplate how these families may have been viewed. They meet at 8pm on Thursday, June 5 in East Keswick Village Hall.

Parish forum and council: Monday’s parish council meeting, which begins at 7.30pm, will be preceded at 7pm by the parish forum, giving residents an opportunity to raise with councillors local issues of concern. Certain to be discussed will be the number of comments made to Leeds city planners in regard to two planning applications, seeking approval to build up to 745 houses in Scholes. Unprecedented strength of opposition to the plans, submitted by Leeds developers GMI Holdings in association with Barratt David Wilson Homes, has been expressed to the city council by up to 2,000 villagers concerned that approval could destroy the rural character of Scholes. Both planning bids are likely to be considered by the city council’s plans panel on Thursday, June 26. The parish council has strongly urged city councillors to reject both applications.

Village Ladies: a psychic evening is to be held by Barwick Village Ladies on Monday, in the village hall at 7.30pm. Admission costing £2.50 will include tea or coffee and all ladies of the parish are welcome to attend. In view of the meeting’s theme, one wonders who else might make their presence known?

Helping children: all proceeds from Scholes Methodists’ next coffee morning, on Saturday, June 7, will help to provide a seaside holiday for children who might not otherwise have one. The event , from 10am until noon in the Methodist Schoolroom, will support the Leeds Methodist Children’s holiday scheme. Scholes chapel members’ May coffee morning raised £200 for the RNLI appeal to station a new lifeboat in Scarborough.

Organist entertains: Dr Simon Lindley, the highly acclaimed organist and choirmaster at Leeds Minster, better known as the city’s parish church, will give a concert at the organ of All Saints’ Church, Barwick, on Saturday, June 7, at 7.30pm. Tickets costing £7.50 are available from church members and will include pre-concert refreshments.

Plan opposed: the parish council has told city planners it objects to a planning application seeking approval to build two detached houses on land at Lime Trees Farm, Elmwood Lane, Barwick. Coun Geoff Yapp told councillors that the planning committee, which he chairs, considered the “all glass and balconies” features of the proposed development would be “more suitable for Bournemouth than Barwick.”

Crime figures rising: parish councillors have expressed concern at a rise in the number of crimes reported to the police during the past year. A police community support officer told the May meeting there were 17 burglaries in Barwick and 12 in Scholes, compared to seven in each village the year before. There had also been more assaults during the past 12 months, along with seven drug related offences in Barwick and four in Scholes. The officer pointed out that 95 per cent of people arrested in connection with crimes in the parish came from outside the two villages. He added that information provided by villagers was very helpful. During April nine crimes were reported in Scholes and three in Barwick.

Volunteers required: a monthly lunch club which provides older villagers in Barwick with a freshly cooked meal and a chance to enjoy a chat needs two more voluntary helpers. The only ‘qualification’ needed is a willingness to help with cooking the meal and making everyone feel welcome. For further information, please call Doreen Bond, tel. (0113) 281 3531.

Remarkable result: villagers and visitors who supported the annual coffee and cake morning organised by Barwick residents David and Margaret Clough raised more than £2,100 for the MS Society. This will help fund further research to improve treatment for progressive multiple sclerosis. Thanking everyone for their support in raising such “an amazing amount,” the couple commented: “We were surrounded by smiles from a community of caring people.”

Rock & Fossils: in Thorp Arch & Boston – How has geology shaped people’s lives? Guided walk 2.00 -4.00 Alison Tymon of West Yorkshire Geology Trust & members of Boston Spa Geological. Meet at Thorp Arch end of bridge, contact Malcolm Barnes 844115.

Walton Village Hall Big Lunch: June 1 at 12:30pm Tickets to this annual event on sale.

Defibrillator Training: Tuesday, June 3 at 2pm.  What is a defibrillator and what does it do? Yorkshire Ambulance Service will be holding a Defibrillator Awareness Session in the Village Hall. You do not need any training to use the defibrillator it is a very clever piece of kit and in an emergency it will speak commands and talk you through the process.  YAS have designed the awareness session to build confidence and raise awareness of our defibrillator now installed on the outside of the village hall and available in an emergency 24/7.  Everyone is welcome to attend please come along. 

Kings Church: Monday June 2 at 10.00-11.30 Neighbourhood Coffee Morning at Deepdale Community Centre Free cakes and coffee and conservation. Lifts can be arranged please call 01937 541688. Every Saturday afternoon (weather permitting) in Deepdale Park from 3-4.30p.m. Free Refreshments will be served, so come along to the park and enjoy a cuppa. Sunday School every Sunday morning at Deepdale Children’s Centre 11.15-12.15 great fun for the kids, why not relax in the park whilst they are entertained! All helpers are DBS checked. Sunday morning worship service 11.00 and Sunday evening worship service 18.30 ALL are welcome to join us at either service at Deepdale Community Centre, coffee, tea and biscuits after both services. If you want to experience the love of Jesus in action then come along and join us. tel:01937541688. Get Connected’ come and enjoy a cuppa and a chat every other Wednesday at Deepdale Park. 8-10pm . Everyone welcome. 4 June is next one. ( &

Jazz In The Spa: Saturday, May 31. Savannah Jazz Band Boston Village Hall, doors open 7pm Music 8-10.30pm. No bar – bring your own tipple. Tickets £8.00 Contact Les 01937 842636 or Frank 01904 468292

WISE Information and Advice: Boston June 4 Village Hall 10.30 am – 1.30 pm.

St Edward’s Roman Catholic Church: services for the coming week are as follows: Saturday, May 31 6pm vigil mass, Sunday, June 1 10am, Monday, June 2 to Friday, June 6 9.30am (10am on Thursday).

Clifford Methodist Church: on Sunday, June 1, there will be a service at 10.30am. There will also be an Open House Coffee Morning in the Methodist schoolroom on Tuesday, June 3 from 10am to 11.30am. All welcome.

St Luke’s Church: there will be a holy communion service on Sunday, June 1, at 3.30pm.

Concert: the Mirren Ensemble will be performing a concert of classical music at St Luke’s Church, on Saturday, June 14, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 - including food and wine, and are available on the door, or by calling the Gausdens on 01937 843575.

Live Music at the Albion: Idlefish will be performing live at the Albion on Saturday, May 31. For any further information, please call 01937 918554.

The Church of St Joseph and St James Follifoot: The service on Sunday, June 1 will be morning prayer at 9-30am.

Kerbside Recycling: at Follifoot will be on Wednesday, June 4.

TASK: (The All Saints Kids) meet on the first Sunday of each month during school term time at All Saints Church Spofforth from 9-30-10-30am. On Sunday, June 8 the theme will be superheroes and, no doubt, there will be the usual fun and activities. All children of primary school age are welcome. For information: contact Kirsty Abraham on 07779 654160.

Follifoot Cricket Club: will be hosting a tour of French wines to celebrate the world’s biggest cycle race in Yorkshire on Saturday, June 7 at 8pm at Follifoot Cricket Club, Follifoot HG3 1 DS. Tickets will be £15 each including a sharing platter. For Tickets See Anne Dewsnip Follifoot Shop; Anita on 07760 157046 or Ann on 07968 623466 all proceeds to support the Club. Why not bring your bike and cycle home (off road)!

Scarcroft Summer Holiday: this time Ingleby’s of York whose coach with driver, Mick Wardley set off early to make the ferry at Heysham, across to the Isle of Man, A pleasant crossing. The party split between two adjoining hotels, but dining together. Coach days out to Peel, Creagneash Museum Village. with a short drive to the Sound, across is the island, Calf of Man. To Port Erin from which some had hoped to return on the steam train to Douglas, unfortunately was broken down. On Wednesday, many took a combined trip on the Douglas Horse Tram, the Electric Tramway to Laxey, mines where time was spent at the famous wheel, originally used to pump out water. A further a trip on the Mountain Railway to the summit, Snaefell. On a clear day parts of all the U K can be seen. Thursday coach again, it was hoped to cover the TT motor cycle race course, but due to preparations for the event, some parts were closed off. Visiting The Grove, now a museum, just as it was, over 150 years, the summer and later the main home of the Gibb family, Liverpool ship-owners and merchants. Followed by a visit to see a fine private collection of vintage motor cycles at Kirk Michael. Passing Tynwald Hill, seat of the Manx Government, travel on to the Tynwald Mill for lunch before retuning for a final look round Douglas. Next day an early start required to catch the ferry home. Calling at the Watershed Mill at Settle for lunch. The weather remained fine throughout. Thanks to John Midgley of Brandon Coaches for the organising. Sandra Thompson as courier, and the driver, Mick.

Vintage RAF Mosquito Aeroplane: was seen passing over Scarcroft in an easterly direction at 10.40am on Sunday. The twin engine plane in the white D day stripes was very low, probably little above 1000 feet. Possibly en route to or from a display? The Mosquito was one of the successful planes of the Second World War.

Scarcroft Parish Walk: the first walk is on Monday, June 2 leaving the New Inn at 7pm.

Scarcroft Luncheon Club Outing: members and friends joined Tony Broom’s Britannia Coach heading up the A65 stopping at Coniston Hall for coffee before proceeding to Hutton in the Forest near Penrith, home of Lord & Lady Inglewood and family since 1605. In spite of inclement weather a pleasant tour of the house and spectacular garden was taken including shop and café. Returning, the party stopped at the Country Harvest restaurant for a 3 course meal before returning home. Thanks to Judith Oxer for the organisation.

Bardsey All Halows: Joint Service with East Keswick Methodists; Scarcroft congregation travelled to East Keswick Methodist Chapel for a joint service celebrating the 125th Chapel Anniversary. Following a 10.00am breakfast, a short service, hymns and prayers took place, balloons for people to write prayers and get well messages. Candles on a birthday cake were lit to be blown out by 3 young boys. Following the close of service, cake coffee and juice was served.

All Saints Church Spofforth: the service on Sunday, June 1 will be a family service at 10.30am.

Kerbside Recycling: at Spofforth will be on Tuesday, June 3.

Spofforth Seniors: coffee morning will be from 10-11-30am on Thursday, June 5 at The Long Memorial Hall.

Spofforth Women’s Institute: Summer Market will take place on Saturday, June 7 from 10am-noon at The Long Memorial Hall. There will be stalls selling books and jigsaw puzzles; cakes; plants; tombola; toiletries and bric-a-brac. There will also be a raffle which will include a food hamper with the sort of quality items that one would receive from Fortnum and Mason. There will be refreshments which, hopefully, can be enjoyed as an adjunct to a bit of gossip in the sunshine or in the hall if it rains.

Le Grand Depart: plans are under way for a Spofforth celebration entitled Le Festival on Saturday, June 28 at the Castle field (details later). But, meanwhile, the organisers want as many people from the parish to join in a mass sing along of three songs: Lean on me; Do You Hear The People Sing ( from Les Miserables) and a Queen medley. Rehearsals started on Sunday, May 4. There are two more to go at Spofforth Church at 4.30pm on Sundays and anyone, regardless of ability is welcome to join in.. Also there is to be a scarecrow competition with a parade for each street in the village and a prize for the best entry. Entry forms can be obtained from G& M News and must be returned by June 13 so get building.

TASK: (The All Saints Kids) meet on the first Sunday of each month during school term time at All Saints Church Spofforth from 9-30-10-30am. On Sunday, June 8 the theme will be superheroes and, no doubt, there will be the usual fun and activities. All children of primary school age are welcome. For information: contact Jo Townend on 07946 678267 or Samantha Corderoy on 07769 720945.

John Hill: on Thursday, May 22 at 2-00pm a packed congregation at All Saints Church Spofforth said goodbye to a man who could truly be said to be a prominent citizen of the village. The butcher’s shop in Spofforth High Street could trace its origins to the late 18th century and was, once , featured in The Yorkshire Post as being the second oldest in England. John Hill was educated at Spofforth Church of England school and Knaresborough Grammar School and, when he left school, joined his father in the family butchery business and, subsequently, ran the shop together with his brother, Atholl until ill health forced him into premature retirement. Despite his problems, John remained active; regularly attending the cattle auctions at Otley where he was a well known figure to the farming community. He worked behind the scenes at the butcher’s shop in East Keswick and helping their baker to make the pork pies which local people have enjoyed for many years. Many who were acquainted with John Hill will be saddened by his unexpected departure and will remember him with affection for his outspoken manner and dry sense of humour.

MP’s surgery: our MP Nigel Adams holds regular advice surgeries around the constituency where constituents can come and raise issues with him. His next one in Tadcaster is on Friday, May 30 from 3.30pm at his office, 17 High Street. Email to book, or ring 01937 838088.

Town Council meeting: the next meeting is of the Finance and General Purposes Committee. This will be on Tuesday, June 3 at 7pm in The Ark on Kirkgate. Members of the public are welcome to attend. The agenda will be published on the council’s noticeboards and website a few days beforehand.

Horton Community Café: this service, provided by Horton Housing, is open every Thursday from 1-4pm in Calcaria House on Windmill Rise. It offers a range of daytime activities and informal learning opportunities for the elderly, and over-18s who are vulnerable or have a disability. The session on Thursday, June 5 will cover Comic Creation; Thursday, June 12 will cover Cartoon Drawing; on Thursday, June 19 there is a Tennis Challenge, and Thursday, June 26 has a Selby DIAL Drop-In. For more information, ring them on 07525 667905, or email them at

Rayner Rock and Roll: Rayner’s next dance is on Friday, June 6 at 8pm in the Riley-Smith Hall. The live band leading the dance this month is Mike and the Rhythm Stars. The doors open at 7.15pm, and there’s a licensed bar, raffle and a door prize. Tickets are £8 each. For tickets or more information contact Eileen on 07752 333094 or email

Dancetime with Neil and Betty Roberts: the next dance is on Sunday, June 8 (a little earlier in the month than usual) in the Riley-Smith Hall. Admission is £5 per person: you can pay at the door, there’s no need to book. Dancing includes ballroom, sequence, Latin American and jive. The doors open at 7:30pm and dancing is from 8-11pm.

Vision for the county: the County Council is asking us for our views on its vision, values and objectives as detailed in the 2014-15 council plan. The web-based consultation ends on Monday, June 30. The cuts in Government funding will mean a reduction in the county’s spending power of around one third from 2011 to 2019. The council wants to continue doing all they can to protect and modernise frontline services for those who rely upon them most, but the scale of cuts means that they have to rethink what they are able to provide directly. (One example is that they have already said that they won’t be cutting roadside grass verges from next year, except where it is necessary to give adequate sight-lines at road junctions.) They are looking ahead to 2020 and their changing role, with increased collaboration with other organisations and volunteers to provide services differently, for example in libraries and in countryside services. This consultation allows all of us, as county residents, to have our say in how services may be provided, if at all, in the future. For more details and the survey itself, go to

Newton Kyme bridge: the District Council has given planning permission for the repair and refurbishment of the disused railway bridge over the river Wharfe, to facilitate its use as a proposed new pedestrian route. Permission has already been given for the demolition of the vacant Papyrus plant and the building of housing and offices on the site, so this last part of the development plan brings a little nearer the prospect of a new link over the river. It is hoped that the bridge will include a cycle path, which would link up with the existing one from Wetherby through the Thorp Arch Trading Estate. Some years ago there were ideas about having a cycle route from the Newton Kyme bridge to the Tadcaster viaduct (owned by the Town Council, who are keen to have the viaduct used in this way), but that still looks some way off.

Planning applications: recent plans considered by the town Council were for a single storey extension to a house on Stutton Road, and for the installation of solar panels on the roofs of some buildings in John Smith’s Brewery.

Riverside project update: progress with making the riverbanks more attractive to local people, and to visitors is slowly being made. The Town Council has agreed to some changes being made to the business case and associated plans to make it more likely that the District Council committee that is responsible for this and various other projects in the area will release the necessary funds. However, even if all those who have said that they could commit funds or resources actually do so, it looks highly unlikely that any real progress will be made until the autumn at the earliest. The Historical Society has meanwhile been hard at work on preparing a funding bid for an archaeological dig on part of the site of the old motte and bailey.

One Stop Shop: you can get advice about a wide range of your local District Council services during regular drop-in sessions held by Access Selby’s Tadcaster and Villages area Community Officers. Sessions are every Thursday between 9.30am and 12.30pm at Calcaria House, on Windmill Rise. If you’ve got any questions, comments or concerns about housing issues, your local environment, planning, benefits or environmental health then come along to get some help. You can also contact the Community Officers by phone on 01757 705101 or by email to

Tockwith Church Services: Sunday, June 1, United Parish Service at Askham Richard Church at 10am. If you need a lift from Tockwith to this service please meet at the church gates at 9.30am. For more information about Tockwith Church please visit the website

Rocky Horror Resurrected: Tockwith Players present a murder mystery at Tockwith village hall on Friday, May 30 at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Reception cocktail, three course sit down dinner, bar and an evening of entertainment. Your chance to dress up in an appropriate Rock Horror outfit, if you wish! Tickets £10. Contact Lois on 01423 358603 or Sue on 01423 358093.

Old Skool Disco: Dance the night away to your favourite tracks of the 80s. Dress up in your old school uniform or in your favourite 80s outfit. Tockwith village hall from 7.30pm. Tickets £5 on the door. Contacts are Lois on 01423 358603 or Sue on 01423 358093.

Tockwith with Wilstrop Parish Council AGM May 2014: Taken from the Chairman’s summary. The Parish Council plays a vital role in representing the interests of the community and to improving its quality of life and the local environment. A great deal of time this year has been spent on planning and noise issues related to the old Tockwith Airfield. Communication with North Yorkshire County Council and the Highways Department continues to be frustrating at times. It often takes more than twelve months to carry out even the most minor works, like adjusting and repairing road signs. Rural communities are in the midst of an unprecedented crisis as vital services, transport links and facilities disappear. Tockwith is lucky in as much as we still have most of the things that make it a viable community but it has lost its mobile library service, the number of buses have been reduced, the youth services have been cut back and as a village there are less grants available as it is not considered an area of deprivation. More recently we have been told that grass cutting of road side verges is being reduced. As a rural community we pay higher council tax bills per dwelling, receive less Government grants, and have access to fewer public services than our urban counterparts. We need more funding for councils in rural areas, faster roll-out of high speed broadband, and more assistance to help young people to stay living in the community in which they were brought up. The Harrogate Borough Council Local District Plan had ear marked 96 houses for Tockwith village but, as the Government Planning Inspector has suggested that there is a 4,500 home shortfall in projected building over the next decade in the Harrogate District, we wait to hear whether the plan has to be redrawn. We do not know at this stage whether it will have implications for our parish area in terms of having to provide a larger housing allocation. The Parish Council is indebted to the hard work and efforts of the clerk, Helen Algar, who has a key role in advising the Councillors on governance, ethical and procedural matters. Helen is now well established in post and has been a great asset to the Council. In the past year the Parish Council said goodbye to Councillor Billenness who served the Cowthorpe Ward for almost 18 years and to Cowthorpe Councillor Jules Thompson and Wilstrop Councillor Barbara Smith who both resigned due to personal reasons. The Parish Council has welcomed Keith Pope on to the Council and Izzy Hatfield who represents Cowthorpe Ward. The Parish Council currently has two vacancies and is still able to carry out our functional responsibilities but it would be most welcomed if someone could indicate a willingness to become a Councillor. These positions can be filled without the requirement to hold an election so if you are interested then please contact the Clerk. Being a Parish Councillor is more than turning up for one meeting a month – it is a commitment to work for the good of the Parish and that involves external meetings, coordination, leading, networking and at the end of the day getting the job done. I am grateful for the support and expert guidance of fellow councillors, who give their time willingly and freely, to help with the development of community projects in order to improve elements of the Parish. And lastly, a big thank you to all the organizations and individuals who make village life more enjoyable and community orientated and ask everyone to remember that the people who make things happen are all volunteers and need your continued support. Please feel free to attend any of our council meetings. Parish Council meetings are, as a rule, held on the third Wednesday of the month. Meetings are not normally held in August or December. Members of the public are welcome to attend these meetings and they start at 7.30pm and are held in Tockwith Church. The minutes of previous Parish Council meetings can be found on its own web site at

Wetherby WI

Wednesday, May 14 was our Resolution Meeting when members had to vote on this years Resolution which is encouring organ donation, the vote was an unanimous yes vote. this decision will be taken to the WI AGM which this year is at the arena in Leeds. After the serious business we lightened the mood by having a quiz, this entailed guessing the use of unusual objects, some from the past and others more up to date

Our next meeting is on June 11 at St James Church Rooms and Emma Attack will be advising us on how to dress with style,visitors and new members are very welcome. Please ring 01937 584856 for details.


On Monday 19 May we were invited to share memories of the 40`s, 50`s and 60`s with Keith Barber, something which, given the age group of the members, we were delighted to do. Keith was born in 1940 in a back to back house in Hunslet near Tetley`s Brewery, an area which would now be considered a slum district but where Keith found comradeship, a supportive community spirit and security. We were shown images of traditional old family “corner shops” familiar to us all wherever we grew up. Peculiar to Leeds were the Craven Dairies which flourished to become nationwide ASDA and for many in the audience, an all but forgotten image of Betty`s which no longer exists in Leeds. We were reminded that trams were the only form of public transport in Leeds and we were shown Salem Chapel in Hunslet where Leeds United football club was founded in 1919.

Nationwide our memories were taken back to war-time Britain, gas masks we had to carry, ration books and the meagre amount of food we could buy and in 1945 the great VE and VJ day celebrations, peace at last and no more sirens calling us to air raid shelters.

We all seemed to have played whip and top, conkers, marbles, skipping hop-scotch and we did so again last night but sadly,emotionally and not physically. It was indeed a night of pure nostalgia, reminding us that ,nationwide, we shared same experiences and happy memories. The next meeting is on Monday, 23rd June, in the Memorial Hall, at 7 30 p m. “My Russian Alphabet” illustrated talk by Jocelyn Brooks. Reminder: Strawberry Tea, Friday, 27th June at 2 30 p m in Collingham Memorial Hall. Admission £4.

Further information on the Collingham Ladies Forum from: Elizabeth Blamires, telephone (01937) 57 2642.

Marston Moor Probus Club

At their meeting on May 27 Mr Roger Lee welcomed Mr Paul Gosling back to the Group to give another talk, this time entitled, “Conference Moments”. After Paul left the Merchant Navy he worked for Esso and then Total the international oil companies. Each of these companies held an annual conference which was attended by senior management as well as connected companies and distributors of their products. These conferences were held in a range of countries including most of Western Europe and Florida, usually in up-market hotels. Paul frequently had to rescue situations when some mishap befell leading figures or arrangements went awry. Most of these events had their amusing side to them including the conference near Rome when their banqueting room could only be made available when the wedding of the daughter of a Mafia member was finished! It did not finish in time so another room had to rapidly be found with only minutes to spare. Paul answered questions at the end of his talk and was thanked in the usual manner, especially for coming at short notice.

Members were asked to indicate their menu choice for the summer outing and to pass their cheques to the treasurer. The Club meets on the morning of the last Tuesday of the month in Long Marston Village Hall which has a good car park. New members and guests are welcome, contact the Secretary Mr Bob Ellis on 01423 358 393.

All services subject to confirmation

Sunday June 1


8am Holy Communion (BCP)

10am Family service

noon Baptisms

6.30pm Parish Communion

WETHERBY BAPTIST (at Deighton Gates School)

10.30am Morning worship

Please note the new start time


10am Traditional Communion service (Revd Gordon Shaw)

6.00pm Evening service (Revd. Uell Kennedy)

ST JOSEPH’S (Roman Catholic)

6pm (Sat.) Vigil Mass

10am Mass


(at The Engine Shed)

10am Activities for all ages

ST OSWALD’S (Collingham)

8.30am Holy Communion

10am Holy Communion


10am Morning worship

Replacement of existing single storey barns with two storey barns, erection of a single storey link between barn and dwelling, creation of a sunken garden at Home Farm Grange, Milford Road, Sherburn In Elmet for Mr Martin Bramley.

Erection of conservatory to side of property at The Presbytery, London Road, Barkston Ash, Tadcaster for Mr Chris Dennis.

Erection of a single storey extension to the rear, porch to the side and a detached double garage at 1 Elmete Avenue, Sherburn In Elmet for Mr Colin Thacker.

Proposed side carport together with rear dormer and extended drive area at 31 Oxton Drive, Tadcaster for Mr Ben Crooks.

Remove 2 x Conifers at 26 Harrogate Road Harewood.

Single storey side extension at 6 Coverdale Garth Collingham Wetherby.

Remove 1 x Pine Tree at 5 Wayside Avenue Scarcroft.

Detached four bed dwelling with detached double garage NON MATERIAL AMENDMENT to 13/05794/FU: Altered access to proposed property from highway at 12 The Dell Bardsey Leeds.

Single storey side and rear extensions at 48 Blackmoor Lane Bardsey.

Variation of condition 2 of previous approval 10/00059/FU for alterations to approved house type plot 4 bi fold doors to the rear elevation, external doors altered into full height window and adjacent window cill dropped to suit the new full height window at Village Farm Harrogate Road Harewood.

First floor extension to side at 10 Shadwell Park Court Shadwell.

First floor balcony to rear at 4 Beck Lane Collingham Wetherby.

Change of use of agricultural land for the siting of six ecopods with associated facilities within existing woodland and change of use of existing garage at High Lodge to create a shower block/laundry room at High Weardley Lane Harewood.

Alterations including three storey, two storey and single storey front, side and rear extensions with dormer windows to front and balconies and decking area to rear at Quarry House 49 Bracken Park Scarcroft.

Two storey and first floor extension to side/rear with balcony at 1 Syke Green Scarcroft.

Trim back 2 x Trees of unknown species at Becca Banks Villa Becca Lane Aberford.

Remove 1 x Ash and 1 x Apple at Dene Cottage Linton Lane Linton Wetherby.

Various works at Homelands 1 South Bank East Keswick.

The branches of the trees overhang our garden considerably, causing: loss of sunlight, leaves & branches etc falling onto the lawn, poor mobile phone reception, poor tv signal. Would like to Crown Thin and reduce the tree at The Rectory Main Street Barwick In Elmet Leeds.

First floor conservatory and extended raised balcony to rear at Oliver Cottages Main Street Aberford.

Erection of 1 single storey extension and 1 two storey extension, erection of porch and alterations to 1 window at 74 Prince Rupert Drive Tockwith for Mr P Avery.

Felling of 17 Leyland Cypress trees in W1 of Tree Preservation Order 21/2007 at The Croft Scriftain Lane Kirk Deighton for CES Ltd.

Retention of 1 non-illuminated free standing sign at Tree Cottage Haggs Road Spofforth for Mr M Mackaness.

Erection of two storey rear extension at Westcote Weeton Lane Weeton Leeds for Mr & Mrs Richardson.

Erection of agricultural building at Bowrake Farm Sicklinghall Wetherby for Mr J Metcalf.