Spofforth News


John Chilton

01937 590606


All Saints Church Spofforth: the service on Sunday, June 30 at 10am will be the parish communion at the Rudding Park chapel .

Kerbside recycling: at Spofforth will be on Tuesday, July 2.

Spofforth Seniors: coffee morning will be on Thursday, July 4 from 10-11.30am in The Long Memiorial Hall.

The Heritage Trail: at Spofforth raised £350 towards Spofforth in Bloom funds. The draw for the family ticket for the Great Yorkshire Show was won by Emma and Stuart Boyes and as they are expecting a happy event very soon they are hoping to use the ticket for their first outing as a family.

Spofforth with Stockeld Parish Council: met on Tuesday, May 21 at 7.30pm in The Long Memorial Hall. Present were Couns Fawcett; Hare; Atkinson; Parker- Beevers; Geddes; Heslop; Roberts; the responsible financial officer; the village handyman and seven parishioners. Apologies were received from County Coun Trotter and PC Mark Ayre. Three representatives from the snooker club attended the meeting to give an update on the club. Every effort is being made to reinvigorate the club; membership numbers have increased and plans are being made for fundraising events later in the year. Councillors were pleased to receive this positive news regarding the future of the club as it is a valued asset within the village. Four parishioners raised concerns about speeding traffic and also heavy traffic using the village despite the weight restriction. Coun Roberts explained the previous efforts which had been made by a small residents action group to calm speeding through the village. The police have previously carried out speed checks at various points within the village and the data has shown a low risk. The parishioners also raised the issue of dog fouling within the village, and suggested posting leaflets to all houses as a reminder of pet owners’ responsibilities. The clerk will contact Harrogate Borough Council’s dog warden. The parishioners enquired if any form of decoration could be done in the high street at Christmas, as Spofforth in Bloom do such a fantastic job over the summer. Councillors welcomed this idea and suggested the parishioners discuss the matter further with the Spofforth in Bloom team. Coun Hare will check for receipt of monies due from the commuted sum for the Castle Field gate. Coun Parker Beevers reported that the development of the emergency plan is on-going; the battle box of equipment has been received and the inventory completed. Coun Hare and the Responsible Finance Officer will discuss the question of playground asset transfer further. Coun Fawcett reported that planning consent has been given for the Spofforth in Bloom sign. Finances are now in place, the wording has been circulated and approved. Coun Hare will order the sign. Harrogate Borough Council are to issue the community bulb scheme. Daffodil bulbs will be collected in October and passed to Spofforth in Bloom for planting. Harrogate Borough Council will again be issuing the grounds maintenance grant subject to submission of relevant documents. The clerk gave a report from the village hall booking clerk. Coun Parker Beevers enquired if there was further information available regarding the volunteer youth worker. The clerk to invite to next meeting. Coun Heslop reported that he is pursuing the insulation of the hall floor. The finance officer will contact a supplier. Coun Hare reported the hall floor is in poor repair and deteriorating rapidly; a floor company is to be contacted and a date arranged for repairs which ties in with the imminent building works to form the kitchen serving hatch. Coun Fawcett reported that the entrance hall had not been kept clean. Coun Atkinson will discuss with the cleaners.