Spofforth News

John Chilton

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All Saints Church Spofforth: the service on Sunday, June 2 will be a family service and baptism at 10.30am.

Kerbside recycling: at Spofforth will be on Tuesday, June 4.

Spofforth Seniors: coffee morning will be on Thursday, June 6 from 10-11.30am at The Long Memorial Hall.

An evening of live music: in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society will take place at The Long Memorial Hall, Spofforth, on Saturday, June 1. Doors will open at 7pm and the first band will perform at 7.30pm. Music will be featured from Minor Introduction; The Idea; Confuoco and Spofforth DJ, Griff. There will be a licensed bar selling alcohol and soft drinks and a free bowl of home-made chilli for everyone. This is organised to raise money for Phil Hanson to take part in a charity bike ride from London to Brussels in September as part of an organised event in aid of Alzheimers Society, and he is aiming to raise £1,300. The minimum donation will be £10 per person and tickets will be available from G&M News. Anyone who wants to donate to help Phil hit his target but is unable to come to the gig, can do so on his just giving web page - www.justgiving.com/philhanson. Phil has had experience of the disease in his own family so he is particularly interested in this charity.

Spofforth with Stockeld Parish Council: met on Tuesday, April 16 at 7.30pm at The Long Memorial Hall. Present were Couns Fawcett, Atkinson, Parker Beevers, Geddes, Heslop, Roberts, the responsible financial officer, the village handyman and five parishioners. Apologies were received from Coun Hare and PC Mark Ayre. The castle key keeper addressed the council with issues concerning Britain in Bloom judging and the general up- keep of the village, the councillors apologised for the lack of communication regarding the judging dates, a meeting has also taken place with the spofforth in bloom chairman. The castle key keeper also reported English Heritage have painted the gates and woodwork around the castle with wood preservative. A parishioner raised concerns over the future funding of the snooker club, Coun Geddes responded that on several occasions advice has been given to the snooker club to boost fundraising ideas. Coun Roberts made it clear that no one on the parish council wants to see the closure of the snooker club.The responsible financial officer suggested that a proposal is submitted to demonstrate how they plan to move forward. Coun Parker Beevers reported that work on the kitchen renovation is to be split into two phases: building works and then kitchen fit. Coun Atkinson reported three design plans have been received, to be circulated for councillors’ comments. The parish council considered the plans to proceed with the building works relating to the kitchen area.  The parish council decided to award the contract to WT Hall.  WT Hall’s proposal was deemed to offer the best overall value for money when compared to other quotes obtained from two other contractors. The parish council has asked Dan Atkinson to project manage the contract and to start the works as soon as is practicable.  He has been asked to provide monthly reports to the council and to inform them immediately if it looks as if this budget is not sufficient.A separate decision will be taken to authorise the fitting of the kitchen units, fittings and appliances. Coun Roberts reported that the overhanging trees causing concern at the rear of the castle have been inspected by Harrogate Borough Council’s tree officer and it has been agreed that the ivy will be removed. Discussions have taken place with English Heritage regarding ownership and responsibility of the piece of land to the rear of the castle. A response is awaited. Coun Parker Beevers reported emergency planning scheme plan is on- going, The clerk has received the battle box of equipment. An inventory is to be prepared. Coun Roberts reported on behalf of Coun Hare that a response regarding the playground asset transfer is to be sent to Harrogate Borough Council following receipt of emails. Spofforth in bloom has presented additional information for the planners regarding the new village sign. The clerk said a letter had been received from Yoga regarding the hall rates. The clerk will respond. Coun Fawcett thanked Coun Hare for her contributions to the successful meeting with RAY held at the village hall. Coun Fawcett raised concerns over the cleaning, Coun Geddes responded that this would be kept under review. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 21 at 7.30pm in the Long Memorial Hall.