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Sandra Thompson

0113 289 2650

Scarcroft Village Hall Management Committee: a meeting of the Hall Management committee took place at the hall on Thursday attended by Parish Council members and some residents. A short update of the hall activities since the last meeting in December were noted. Future management and running. As Paul and Sandra Thompson are standing down after many years running the hall it is important to establish a new committee to continue maintaining our only community facility. It is noted tht the hall is in reasonable condition and financially sound. Dianne Eshelby and her daughter are to look after the bookings and day to day running. Victoria Goodall will look after the finances at the year end. We are grateful for this support, but any further help will be very much appreciated to form a strong committee for the future. New bridge classes have started Wednesday afternoons 2pm-4pm. New members welcome contact Margaret Midgley 0113 2892892. The next meeting will be on Thursday, February. AGM March 21 at the hall.

Scarcroft Parish Council: the council met at the hall on Monday. The front car park had been cleared of snow by couns Susan Wilson and Paul Swain. The clerk welcomed the new clerk elect, Gina Carter. There was no police report but the chairman said there has been a robbery at Wike Ridge Golf Centre. It is noted that there is to be a review of bus services but no details yet. One planning application was discussed and comments made. The Castle Mona development is set to go ahead. Coun Ruth Middleton reported on progress with the development plan. Following considerable discussion regarding last and next years finance it was agreed to keep the precept at £16,000. Coun Paul C Thompson reported on the village hall, a meeting had been held (report above) New working committee members welcome. The parish council is to support the work of Dr Lionel Scott and Olaf Arnold producing a history of Scarcroft. (see below). The possibilities of planting a permanent Christmas tree in front of the New Inn were discussed. Noted, various items of correspondence. Arrangements are in hand for the Annual Parish Meeting (public) to be held on March 25 8pm at the village hall. The next meeting of the council is on March 18.

Churches Together: Scarcroft members of Bardsey church along with East Keswick church joined the congregation of East Keswick Methodist Chapel for a joint Churches Together, for their Annual Covenant Service. The very enjoyable service was conducted by Rev Steve Barlow, Minister at East Keswick and Rev Chris Puckrin, Vicar of Bardsey. Communion was taken. Following the service coffee and biscuits were served in the schoolroom.

Scarcroft History Project: Most of the villages around Scarcroft have produced their own history over the last few years and we are thinking of doing the same for Scarcroft. Our preliminary researches have produced some modest material including a paper from 1980 by the then local resident David Holmes, now in Australia, who sketched a short history of the area to the 19th century when Scarcroft was little more than four farms and a manor house and a mill. The road from Rounday to Collingham, now the A58 was built in the early years of the 19th Century. The area opened up with the coming of the Wetherby to Leeds railway and with the expansion of car ownership. For the 19th and 20th centuries we hope we can draw on the recollections of and just as important, the family traditions of Scarcroft residents. We also bear in mind that events recent to us will be of interest to futures generations. We invite you to contact us with whatever material you may have relating to Scarcroft: general information, anecdotes and photographs. Any original material will of course, be copied and then returned. We would welcome help if you would like to assist in the research. Contact Dr Lionel Scott (resident since 1967. 0113 2892571 or Olaf Arnold, was Scarcroft resident for 54 Years. 01937 572315.