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John Chilton

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All Saints Church Spofforth: the service on Sunday, December 22 will be holy communion at 9.30am. At 6.30pm there will be a service of lessons and carols. On Tuesday, December 24 there will be a crib service at 6pm. On Wednesday, December 25 there will be holy communion at 11am.

Household waste: collection at Spofforth will be on Monday, December 23.

Spofforth with Stockeld Parish Council: met on Tuesday, November 19 at 7.30pm in The Long Memorial Hall. Present were: Couns Fawcett, Roberts, Heslop, the responsible financial officer; the village handyman; county coun Trotter and 17 parishioners. Apologies were received from couns Parker Beevers and Geddes and PC Ayre. A number of parishioners attended the meeting to raise ongoing concerns regarding the residential use of the former nursery. Coun Fawcett opened discussions stating that the parish council have formally written to the enforcement officer opposing the residency and stating their concerns. The parishioners stated their concerns to the meeting and asked what more could be done from the parish council. Coun Fawcett responded that she has contacted the enforcement officer to ask for an update on the situation and a plan of action of the process. Coun Roberts enquired as to the possibility of a meeting between the parishioners and the enforcement officer, Coun Fawcett will ascertain that possibility. Members of the cricket club raised concerns over the affect it would have on the cricket club’s resources as there is a shared electricity supply which would not be adequate for residential dwelling. Coun Fawcett stated that the parish council will write to the enforcement officer stressing the parishioners’ concerns and how many attended the meeting to enforce those concerns. Members of the cricket club and the school PTA attended the meeting to propose moving the gala from the Castle Field to the cricket club. On balance and taking all aspects into account it was felt by the parish councillors that from a safety point of view having the gala in one contained space at the cricket club away from the main road would be the better option. A gala committee is to be formed and a meeting will be arranged with all interested parties to start arrangements to ensure a successful event for the village. Parishioners attended the meeting to voice their concerns regarding the installation of wind turbines within the parish. They are concerned that the installation is purely for financial benefit and not for necessary electricity usage. The parishioners asked for clarification that checks on information given in business proposals and calculations were carried out, and also if the parish council would reconsider the initial decision of no objections to the turbine at Sunrise Farm, taking into account the cumulative effect on the countryside. The parish council agreed to write to the planners stating the parishioners’ concerns and how many attended the meeting. Feedback is awaited from the commuted sums officer about the commuted sum. The village handyman reported that the renovations to the village hall are complete. Coun Roberts reported that the lighting in the main hall is inaccessible for maintenance purposes, The handyman will obtain prices to relocate lighting to a lower level. Coun Roberts reported that the meeting had taken place between the parish council and English Heritage and the question of overhanging tree branches had been looked into. Coun Fawcett reported the bin has been ordered for waste collection and that the clerk will complete and submit paperwork. Coun Fawcett reported that Mrs Hope would provide the music for the carol service. Coun Roberts reported that the land behind the Railway Pub leading onto the railway line used by residents, has been very muddy in places. A parishioner has filled some of the muddy patches with blocks but this has raised concerns with other parishioners with regards to safety and tripping hazards. Coun Fawcett will enquire with Harrogate Council if further repairs should be carried out. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 17 at 7.30pm in the Long Memorial Hall.

Crime report: from October 16 to November 13 there were two undetected crimes reported in Spofforth. 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 saferknaresborough@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk.

TASK: The All Saints Kids Club meet on the first Sunday of the month in term time at All Saints Church Spofforth from 9.30-10.30am. The children have fun and it is a chance to relate to other kids of primary school age outside school. The advertisement in the parish magazine mentions:‘ plants; zombies and chocolate bonfires’ whatever that means. Contact Jo Townsend on 07946 678267 if you want join and find out.

Spofforth School: confirmation classes for Year 6 pupils will be held in Spofforth School during the spring term 2014, on Thursdays for seven weeks starting January 23 (excluding the week of half term). The confirmation service is scheduled for Sunday, March 16 at Spofforth church with Bishop James. Classes start at 3.45pm and last about an hour with juice, biscuits and a textbook provided. Names of pupils who would like to attend should be given to Mrs Moor or to Rev Myra on 01937 590770 or via myrashackley@hotmail.com

The Castle pub: will be hosting an old fashioned Christmas evening on Saturday, December 21 starting at 6.30pm. There will be sumptuous food and a Christmas singalong. Also, Santa will be dropping in on Christmas Eve at 4pm. Tickets will be £3 and the proceeds will go to Help for Heroes. (I wonder how much Richard will charge him for the sherry?)