Scarcroft News

Sandra Thompson

0113 289 2650

Scarcroft WI: Christmas coffee morning took place at Scarcroft Village Hall on Saturday. Members, friends and residents turned out, coffee and biscuits were served and a good number of stalls were set up including all kinds of Christmas goods plus a good raffle.

Scarcroft Christmas Tree: is now on the green in front of the New Inn, the official lights switch-on took place on Saturday. The weather was rather damp and mild, but without heavy rain and a good crowd of residents turned up. Scarcroft Parish Council chairman Paddy Proctor welcomed everybody and the music was provided by the Kippax Band for carol singing. Hot chocolate, mulled wine and Molly’s cupcakes were provided by the Thorner Girl Guides. The switch-on itself was carried out by the youngest celebrity yet, Archie, the 18-month-old son of Tiffany Greensmith, Scarcroft PCSO to a large round of applause. After which the Vicar of Thorner Rev Andy Nicholson said a few words and blessed the tree. Following the event, many retired into the New Inn to warm up, a drink and possibly enjoy a meal.

Royal National Lifeboat Institution Reindeer Run: was on Sunday, in Bramham Park, courtesy of Bramham Park Estate with a 10km, 5km, a Santa Saunter and Footpath Walk to suit all abilities. The start, following a warm up was in front of the house and finish at the nearby gate. Over 250 competitors took part and all received a t-shirt, antlers, flashing red nose, and later on return, a medallion, cereal bar, mince pie and a drink. The weather was reasonable, mild, cloudy but dry. Competitors and spectators all enjoyed a good time and raised funds for lifesaving at sea. Thanks to Morrisons at Wetherby, Tesco and Aldi for the donation of mince pies and all others who helped in any way making the event a success.

Celebrations of Ministry: Scarcroft members joined with the congregations of East Keswick and Bardsey at All Hallows Church. The church was full for the licensing of the Rev Clive Sedgwick as the House for Duty Priest in Charge, by John Packer, Bishop of Ripon with the Dean and Archdeacon, Paul Hooper. Many clergy from around the diocese and members of his family were present to give their support. Clive was presented to the congregation and installed by the Bishop then welcomed by the congregation. Individual community members and church people presented Clive with a formal welcome. A sermon was preached by the Bishop of Ripon. Final prayers were said by Clive. Following, a glass of wine biscuits and cake were served. We all wish Rev Clive Sedgwick his wife Andrea and his family, happiness and all the best in his future Ministry at All Hallows and St Mary’s churches.

Children’s Christmas Party: at the village hall organised by the Village Hall Management Committee on December 23 from 3-5pm. Entertainment by Mr Shuffles. Tickets £5. All children very welcome. Any help from parents or guardians also very welcome, Contact 0796 2625323 or for full information and tickets.

Greetings: Sandra and Paul Thompson would like to wish Scarcroft residents and Wetherby News readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.