Sandra Thompson

0113 289 2650

Scarcroft Village Hall: a meeting was held at the hall with parish council members in attendance. As is well known the hall although very optimistic still is desperately in need of new members. Private bookings are now on hold but classes are still continuing. There was popular support to update the vice president’s hall support scheme, Now to be Known as ‘he Friends of Scarcroft Village Hall and the Cocktail Party , the New Year Reception.Letters will be going out shortly requesting your support. or contact Sandra 0113 2892650. In view of the current situation it was agreed to have the next meeting on December 12 at 7.30 at the Hall.All are very welcome

Scarcroft Women’s Institute: the Scarcroft Women’s Institute met on Thursday at the village hall.The speaker was Pat Alker, dressed in traditional Ethiopian costume, gave a talk and slides on family life in Ethiopia. Cotton is one of the main products, much sent to China to eventually find its way as clothing in Primark and M&S, men do weaving of blankets. The majority of women and children live in mud huts, cooking indoors and out. Even animals come in at night. The men, who have up to 4 wives sleep outside on a hammer head rest.Pat, on her visits took pens and soap for the children. The thing they need to learn about is birth control.A vote of thanks was given by Pauline Reeves. The next meeting is a Christmas lunch at the Harewood Arms on December 13.

Scarcroft Ploughing Society: the Annual Ploughing Match took place at Sweep Farm Wetherby on Sunday, The rather poor society weather record changed this year with a beautiful day, unlike many wet and cancelled outdoor events this year. With ideal ploughing conditions, some extremely good work was done with many well known ploughmen from the across the North of England taking part along with some young novices, these need to be welcomed and encouraged for the ploughing match tradition to continue. Horse plough teams were also in action.Successful ploughmen will go forward in their respective classes at next years National Ploughing Championship in Llanwarne, Hereford. As it was Remembrance Sunday, a rocket was fired at 11am to indicate the start of the two minutes silence. David Greenwood, the chairman, welcoming everybody to Sweep Farm, presenting the prizes and trophies, thanked everyone, sponsors, ploughmen, spectators, helpers, and Zeigler Farms. Peter Zeigler and Manager Chris Thompson.

Scarcroft Parish Council: the November meeting of the parish council was at the village hall. PC Roberts from Wetherby was present and gave a report on criminal activity. This was only two including stripping of copper from an empty property on Ling Lane. Questions were asked regarding speeding on the A58, it was reported that checks take place, many of the culprits being local.The subject of the ‘euro locks’ and their vulnerability was raised. It is recommended, if in doubt about your locks, consult the police crime prevention officer or a locksmith.The Leeds City Council has approved the parish council having two extra councillors making nine. Two candidates had come forward and it was approved that they should be co-opted, they are Gary Jameson and Breeda Murray, both of Thorner Lane. Mr Peter Hart the clerk for 15 years is standing down and a replacement is required. The job involves about 8-10 hours a week.Further details from Mr Hart 01937 573722. There was only one planning matter, an amended extension, comments were sent to the Planning Department. Councillor Ruth Middleton chair lady of the Scarcroft Development Group gave an update on progress. Sites have been designated red amber and green the gree being areat that could be developed with least impact. Note was made of a public meeting of Bardsey Parish Council regarding their plan, this affects Scarcroft as the boundary cuts through parts of Scarcroft.Finance was discussed a grant was made to the Scarcroft Cricket Club, The Wetherby Crime Prevention Panel and a small contribution towards a special police vehicle for Wetherby. A report was given regarding the village hall (see item above). There will be a Christmas tree on the green in front of the New Inn, Lights switch on will be on December 8 at 7pm. A request is to be sent to Shepherd Homes to replace the original daffodil bulbs along the Syke Green and corner of Syke Lane. The receipt of various items of correspondence was noted.The next meeting of the Parish Council is on Monday, January 21 2013.

Visit To Chatsworth House: Tony Broome’s Britannia coach left Scarcroft and Wellington Hill on Tuesday to visit Chatsworth House, home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire in Derbyshire. On arrival we were given a short talk on the history of the house, then coffee before into the house for a nursery rhyme theme and beautiful decorated Christmas trees.Whilst we were there, preparations were in hand for the big Christmas Market, although only a few coaches today at the weekend there would be 400 for the market. Leaving the house a call was made at the farm shop about a mile away. Setting off back the party stopped at Heath Cottage Hotel and Restaurant near Dewsbury for a evening meal. A very nice day out organises by Judith Oxer and Ruth Bryan