Scotton and Lingerfield

Scotton and Lingerfield

Nigel Harper

01423 866199

Save the Guy Fawkes: the last week has been rife with speculation about interest being shown by a number of potential private buyers for the pub, and that Punch Taverns have actually accepted an offer. However, until contracts are exchanged nothing is set in stone. For this reason the committee has agreed that in concert with the parish council we should continue to object to Punch Taverns’ Planning Application (unless this is withdrawn). The parish council’s objections went in on February 2 but residents have until February 16, so you have another day to object if you haven’t already done so. The parish council will also continue with the process of registering the pub with HBC as a community asset, thanks to Lewis Denton who has completed the forms. If it is the case that someone intends to buy the pub to run it themselves then unfortunately for the village Mark and Tracey will not stay as they have rightly to consider their own position, which is a shame as in the short time they have been at the Guy Fawkes they have built up a loyal following. In the meantime leaflets have already been printed to circulate to the villages and Scotton Moor to test out the level of support for investing in the Guy Fawkes as a community pub and hub. At the moment this is on hold until we learn more, but if a private buyer should not materialise then the committee you elected will want to follow up on the option of the villages buying the pub to ensure it’s survival for the whole community. Watch this space!

Raise the Roof Campaign -The FAB Beatles: all tickets available in the village for the concert on March 16 in the village hall have now been sold, but there are still a few remaining at Pear Records in Knaresborough. So if you want to hear the group voted by the BBC as the best Beatles tribute band, then get down to Pear Records quickly. By the way there will be prizes for the best Beatles era dress. Be there or be square!

Church Services: for Sunday, February 17, first Sunday in Lent, St Thomas’s Church 8.30am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer) and 10am at the methodist church.