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John Chilton

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All Saints Church Spofforth: the service on Thursday, March 28 Maundy Thursday, will be holy communion at 7.30pm. The service on Easter Day, Sunday, March 31 will be holy communion at 10.30am.

Kerbside Recycling: at Spofforth will be on Friday, March 29.

Spofforth Seniors: coffee morning will be from 10-11.30am on Thursday, April 4.

Spofforth with Stockeld Parish Council: met on Tuesday, February 19 at 7.30pm in The Long Memorial Hall. Present were: couns Fawcett; Roberts; Hare; Atkinson; Parker Beevers; Geddes and Heslop. Also present were County Coun Trotter and three representatives from Spofforth in Bloom. Apologies were received from the responsible financial officer and PC Ayre. Representatives from Spofforth In Bloom attended the meeting to discuss possible ways of working with the parish council to promote the recent award, these were; a new village sign, a notice board outside the village hall (to be shared with the Parish Council and possibly the Women’s Institute), and a trophy cabinet to be sited in the village hall. Fundraising ideas were also discussed and it was agreed that publicity of the award would be re-visited. Regarding the commuted sum, Coun Hare reported that a project proposal seeking funds for improvements to access the castle field will be submitted to Harrogate Borough Council. Cemetery funding is available, the church have been made aware of this. Funds for the picnic table have been received. Coun Parker Beevers reported that she is waiting for quotes from a builder on village hall renovation. Coun Hare suggested that the layout be revisited to establish required equipment. This will be discussed further at the village hall committee meeting. Coun Roberts suggested that the cost of the improvements should be met with the current funds available as this seemed an appropriate amount to spend. Coun Roberts reported the key keeper had received a letter from English Heritage requesting that the trees at the rear of the site are checked for unsafe branches; three trees have been identified as requiring attention. Coun Roberts will contact Harrogate Borough Council. Some mole activity was also noted and will be addressed. On the matter of quality parish council the clerk is progressing with the CiLCA qualification. Coun Parker Beevers reported that a letter will be sent to invite relevant parties to a meeting where the emergency planning arrangements could be explained in more detail. The suggested date is Saturday, March 16 at 10.30am in the village hall. HBC emergency planning officers will attend the March parish council meeting. Coun Hare continues to discuss the playground asset transfer with Harrogate Borough Council. Coun Trotter reported that the 770 bus route through Follifoot has been saved through North Yorkshire County Council funding and will therefore continue to operate. The clerk reported that the Chevin Housing Association are advertising the sale of a shared ownership property on East Park Road. The clerk will display notices on notice boards. The clerk read a letter from the 35 Wetherby Squadron Air Cadets, offering services and requesting attendance to the village gala. The clerk will respond to the letter and forward it to the gala committee. Coun Fawcett suggested that the railway viaduct should be protected, a request to be made to get the viaduct listed with English Heritage. The clerk will investigate. Coun Roberts suggested that the management and daily running arrangements of the village hall be reviewed. This will be discussed further. Coun Geddes congratulated Coun Hare for securing significant funding for the kitchen project. Coun Hare reported an overgrown bush on the corner of White Horse Mews, Clerk to notify relevant householder. Coun Hare reported that she had given Follifoot Parish Council guidance on setting up a playground within the village. Coun Trotter was asked to ensure that the road signs and bollards left behind following recent road improvements are removed. Coun Trotter was also asked to review the roadside fence at Greenacre corner which has fallen into disrepair. It was noted that the mileposts at Crosper Farm, the High Street and Stockeld need re-painting. Coun Fawcett will arrange this. The next meeting was due to be held on Tuesday, March 19.

Crime Figures: from January 1 to February 7 there were two crimes reported in Spofforth with no detections. A number of scrap horseshoes were stolen and a builder’s sheds were broken into but nothing was taken. The police are experiencing an increase in the theft of catalytic converters with Mercedes Sprinter vans being a favoured target. Because of the high price of oil, people with oil tanks are asked to be especially vigilant. The police ask that residents continue to report any suspicious activity either by dialling 101, or 999 if in an emergency. Alternatively email saferknaresborough@northyorkshire.pn.police,uk