Spofforth News


John Chilton

01937 590606


All Saints Church Spofforth: the service on Sunday, December 16 will be holy communion at 10.30am.

Household Waste: collection at Spofforth will be on Friday, December 14

Spofforth Seniors: Christmas coffee morning will be on Tuesday, December 18 from 10-11.30am in The Long Memorial Hall. The Christmas dinner will be at the Castle pub on Wednesday, December 19 at 6pm for 6.30pm. All residents over 50 are welcome. For further information or to book a place contact Pat Lee on 01937 590261.

Spofforth with Stockld Parish Council: will meet on Tuesday, December 18 at 7.30pm in The Long Memorial Hall.

Spofforth with Stockeld Parish Council: met on Tuesday, November 20 at 7.30pm in The Long Memorial Hall. Present were Couns Fawcett, Roberts, Hare, Atkinson, Parker Beevers, Geddes, Heslop, Richard Corderoy the responsible finance officer, PC Ayre, the village handyman, County coun Trotter and two emergency planning officers from Harrogate Borough Council. A representative attended the meeting to give an update on the snooker club; despite recent marketing efforts the club are struggling to encourage new members. Coun Geddes suggested several marketing ideas to raise awareness of the club. Coun Hare and coun Heslop suggested different options for fundraising ideas. Coun Parker Beevers had met with the structural engineer to discuss drawings regarding opening up the roof space in the new kitchen. Options were discussed and the decision was made to remove the existing beam, block up two of the four windows, remove the proposed counter flap and leave the ceiling at the current height to keep costs to a minimum. Options for the flooring in the main hall were discussed; awaiting quotes for the floor repairs. It was agreed that opening up the hatchway to the new kitchen be undertaken as soon as possible to enable the floor to be refurbished. Building quotes to be circulated prior to December meeting.The cleaning was discussed; a cleaning company is operating in the hall in the interim until a replacement cleaner has been appointed. Coun Parker-Beevers arranged for the emergency planning officers from Harrogate Borough Council to attend the meeting. The planning officers informed the council how the scheme works and what is necessary to create and implement a successful plan for the village. A meeting is to be arranged to pull together all the major players within the village. This will be discussed further at the December meeting, the Council will meet with the planning officers again in February 2013. The outstanding results in this year’s Britain in Bloom competition were discussed. The clerk will write a letter to the Spofforth in bloom committee. Details of a walk will be posted on the village website, organised by the North Yorkshire region of the Long Distance Walks Association. The walk will take place on January 20, 2013, further details are on the website. The current closure of the footpath which runs from the bridge towards Wetherby will remain closed for the foreseeable future until repairs can be undertaken on the footbridge. A questionnaire regarding parish council’s opinions on Harrogate Gypsy and Traveller Assessment will be submitted by the Clerk. Coun Atkinson reported on an email received from a concerned parishioner with regards to a rodent problem appearing to stem from Castle Farm; the parishioner to be advised to contact Stockeld Farms and environmental health. Coun Atkinson also reported from a parishioner that a community enterprise farm has been created near Sicklinghall; could Castle Farm be utilised in a similar way? The parishioner should contact Stockeld Farms. Coun Roberts reported that a parishioner is concerned that the garden waste recycling is being stopped at a time when there are a lot of leaves to remove from gardens, it would be more appropriate to stop the collections January through to March. The clerk will write to the recycling department. Coun Heslop enquired who was responsible for the notice board outside the village hall. The notice board is open to the public. Coun Hare reported parishioners concerns over the one way street by the church been used incorrectly and also speeding cars going out of the village past Massey Fold where the pavement is very narrow. The clerk will report to PC Ayre. Coun Fawcett reported a lot of debris on the road around the church. The clerk will report to the street cleaners. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 18 at 7.30pm in the Long Memorial Hall.