Spofforth News


John Chilton

01937 590606


All Saints Church: the service on Sunday, October 28 will be holy communion, 1662 version, at 9.30pm.

Kerbside Recycling: at Spofforth will be on Friday, October 26.

Spofforth Seniors: lunch will be on Thursday, November 1 at the Castle pub.

Stockeld Parish Council: met on Tuesday, September 11 at 7.30pm in the Long Memorial Hall. Present were: Couns Fawcett (chair), Roberts, Hare, Heslop, Parker-Beevers and Geddes, County Coun Trotter and three parishioners. Apologies were received from Coun Atkinson, Mr. Richard Corderoy and PC Mark Ayre. Coun Hare reported that reimbursement for the picnic table has been applied for from the commuted sum. An informal meeting has been held with a builder about the village hall renovation, following which Coun Parker Beevers is to arrange a meeting with a structural engineer. Coun Hare reported no further news regarding the generic agreement with English Heritage for use of the field, however the three year Managed Property Agreement was signed by Coun Fawcett at the meeting. The clerk put forward a request from a member of the public regarding access through the main gate to the cycle track, Councillors responded that the cycle track was managed by Sustrans therefore the request should be directed to them. The clerk will respond. A questionnaire was completed regarding the future services and role of the York and North Yorkshire Playing Fields Association. The election papers were completed for the NYCC County Area Committee for the Harrogate District. The clerk will return them. Coun Roberts reported the gate post into the Castle Field is broken and put forward a proposal to replace the existing gate with two 10 foot gates. Quotes have been received to supply and erect. Coun Roberts reported damage to the field following the recent filming, The field is generally quite rough and would benefit from rolling A quote was required to put the field right and be passed onto filming company if they do not up hold to their promise to put right damage caused. Coun Roberts made a request from the cricket club to borrow trestle tables, this was not a problem provided there is no booking in the hall requiring the use of them. Coun Geddes passed on a request from the WI that their cabinet is returned to the kitchen, it was agreed. Coun Hare reported that the recycling collection on September 14 was chaotic. Debris was left on the High Street and bins were not returned, collections have also been made before the 7am deadline. The clerk will inform HBC recycling department. Coun Fawcett reported that a parishioner had reported there were only 43 cups in the kitchen cupboard, Coun Geddes had consulted with the WI who were providing their own crockery. It was agreed replacement crockery would be included in the kitchen refurbishment. Coun Fawcett had a request for a larger bin to be provided in the doctor’s surgery, The clerk will contact them. The security of the hall was discussed. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 16 at 7.30pm in the Long Memorial Hall.

The Annual Spofforth Bonfire: will take place on Friday, November 2. The gates will open at 5.30pm, the bonfire will be lit 6.30pm and the fireworks at 6.45pm.Tickets will be available from Spofforth School, G & M News, the Hairbelle, the Castle pub and the Railway Inn.

Family Tickes are £8, adults £3 and children £1.50 if bought in advance. At the gate on the night prices increase to £10, £4 and £2. Hot food and drink will be available as well as a licensed bar. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult and no sparklers allowed on site and please, no dogs. There will be no car parking available on the ground that evening.