Scotton and Lingerfield News

Scotton and Lingerfield

Nigel Harper

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Bonfire Night Celebrations: the traditions of November 5th continued in style at Scotton again this year with yet another spectacular display of fireworks from Ferrensby Fireworks and a huge heart-warming bonfire. The evening was perfect with clear skies for everyone young and old to enjoy the display. Neil and Lesley Wallace and the other organisers would like to thank all the sponsors for their generous donations and also for the contributions made by visitors to the event. The sponsors this year were: Marshall and Wallace, Paul Rider, SkinMed Ltd, tigDoc Marketing, Scotton Parish Council, TC Consulting, Kids at Heart, Fred Browns (Knaresborough), Travis Perkins, and Scotton Cricket Club for use of the field and Scotton Scorchers for providing the refreshments. The organisers hope everyone enjoyed the evening and look forward to seeing everyone again on November 5 2013. On behalf of the village, we should also say thanks to the organisers for all their hard work in putting on such a fantastic event.

Scotton Scorchers Win Double Award: the evening after running the successful barbeque at Scotton Bonfire the Scorchers Committee, joined by players from Bradford City FC, were announced as winners of the Yorkshire County FA Development Club of the Year at the West Riding County FA Awards. Not only that, but on the same night the Scorchers were crowned as the North Region FA Development Club of 2012! (The North Region covers clubs from South Yorkshire to Northumberland). So, congratulations to the hard working Committee, the coaches, volunteers, fundraisers, and of the course the players. Scotton has good reason to be proud of its very own football club.

Christmas Fayre: Saturday November 10 was a glorious autumn day which encouraged the crowds to come to the St Thomas Christmas Fayre for the traditional mix of stalls, tombola and raffle. The Fayre raised a total of £967.78 for church funds, so a big “thank you” to all who supported this event especially everyone who generously donated gifts, prizes and home-made produce, as well as to the stall-holders, and servers of delicious tea and cakes. Particular thanks are due to Margaret and Malcolm for once more organising the Fayre.

Parish Council: at the meeting of the ouncil on November, 12in response to a question from Mr Wakefield it was agreed to look into replacing the Parish Notice Board in Lingerfield, and it was also agreed to ask Coun Watson to chase up North Yorks Highways about clearing back the Lingerfield footpaths. This was in response to Mr Wakefield pointing out that a child had nearly been injured the previous Sunday. Replying to a further question from Mr Wakefield, Coun Richardson said that the question of reinstatement of the trees at the Golf Driving Range and meeting the cost of this was still pending with HBC.

Accounts: the external auditor has now certified the 2011/12 Accounts having accepted the letter sent from the council regarding the concerns raised about internal audit, and the council’s appeal against the tax penalty was successful.

Appointment of the new clerk: Coun Richardson commented that a number of applications had already been received, with good CVs.

Parish Council Newsletter: the council, is considering the most effective way to produce and distribute a parish newsletter and one idea is to have a parish website, so if anyone with experience of website design is interested in helping the council set up a website could they please contact me and I will put them in touch with the chairman, Coun Peter Richardson.

Planning: HBC have determined that there has not been a planning breach at Port Arthur Farm, Lingerfield as there has not been a change of use of the barn.

Percy Fields: following the meeting between Coun Webster and HBC, the outstanding rent issues have been satisfactorily resolved. It was reported that HBC now require a formal application before more new trees can be planted in line with the master plan for the development of Percy Fields. It was reported by Coun Wood that a gap in the perimeter fence alongside the bridle path appears to have deliberately cut and a well used path across the site has resulted in the rabbit fencing being pulled down. Coun Clark will contact the Archery Club again as no formal proposal has been received from them for their proposed use of the former GDR. The cost of repairing the car park will be shared with Kids at Heart in line with the terms of the lease. HBC have said that the council should appoint a land agent to review the licences. As HBC area party they have now declined to do the review. It was agreed that councillors would take advantage of the training courses being offered by the Yorkshire Councils’ Association.

The next meeting of the parish council will be on December 10 at 7pm.

Church Services: for Sunday, November, 25 Christ the King, 9.30am Eucharist at St Thomas Church and 10am at the Methodist Church.

Date for your Christmas Diary: the Benefice Choir has now started rehearsals for the carol services in the five village churches in the Benefice (Scotton, Farnham, Staveley, Copgrove, and Arkendale) and the Christmas Carol service at St Thomas Church will be on Friday, December 21 at 7pm.