John Chilton

01937 590606


All Saints Church Spofforth: the service on Sunday, September 1 will be a family service with a baptism.

Household Waste: collection at Spofforth will be on Tuesday, September 3.

Spofforth Seniors: coffee morning will be on Thursday, September 5 from 10-11.30am at The Long Memorial Hall.

The Spofforth Emergency Plan: will be a device put together by the parish council for Harrogate Borough Council. If some sort of village wide emergency occurs like a lengthy power cut or extensive flooding, certain residents (perhaps old, infirm or disabled) would receive priority assistance. The list would be kept confidential and only used by the Spofforth Emergency Committee or the emergency services in the event of such an event. If you or a neighbour or relative (with their permission) would benefit from being on the list please contact: Jo Townend, Spofforth Emergency Plan co-ordinator on 01937 591621/ 07946 678267 or email jo.townend@btinternet.com

Spofforth with Stockeld Parish Council: met on July 16 at The Long Memorial Hall. Present were: Couns Fawcett, Hare, Atkinson, Parker Beevers, Geddes, Heslop, Roberts, the responsible finance officer and the village handyman. Apologies were received from County Coun Trotter and PC Mark Ayre. Coun Hare reported monies for Castle Field gate have now been received. She is liaising with commuted sums officer regarding the release of funding from developments within the village, from whom she is awaiting confirmation. Coun Parker Beevers reported with regard to the village hall renovation: that the building works are making reasonable progress; some defects have been identified and reported to the builders, and she is awaiting a response. An interim payment was agreed by the councillors. Coun Atkinson presented the following three quotes for the kitchen fittings: Howdens, Magnet and Harrogate Kitchens. The councillors agreed that Howdens should be awarded the contract. Howdens will be asked to undertake a site visit to affirm measurements and finer details. Clarification will be sought on fitting costs. Coun Parker Beevers anticipated completion by September. Coun Hare reported that quotes have been received for the appliances; the councillors agreed to award the contract for the appliances to GE Craggs at Boroughbridge. The handyman reported the notice boards have been removed to create the serving hatch and the surrounding walls will be made good and painted. The remaining noticeboard will be shared between the Monday Monkeys and Spofforth in Bloom. The floor coverings in the entrance hall and corridor are to be replaced. Prices are to be obtained. It was decided that the hall floor was to be refurbished after the Gala and availability to be identified with supplier. The Clerk gave a report on behalf of the Village Hall Booking Clerk, which reported a positive increase in bookings during the month of June. Coun Parker Beevers reported inappropriate and inconsiderate use of a mini motorbike on the school field. A similar situation was noted on School Lane. Coun Roberts reported the In Bloom judging was very positive, the judges were impressed with the playground, and the millennium garden also looked very impressive. Coun Heslop raised concerns regarding the junction of Ribston Road, Deighton Road and the Harrogate Road, visibility is very poor. The clerk will report it to the highways department. Coun Atkinson commented that school children were using the Castle Field at the time of judging, highlighting the good community use of village amenities. Coun Atkinson reported the level of cleaning in the village hall is not up to the required standard. Despite requests to improve standards have not changed. It was agreed to progress with a permanent appointment of a cleaner-caretaker. The responsible finance officer raised concerns over increased traffic using the village to attend the summer adventure at Stockeld Park, consensus was that the attendance would not be as intense as the Christmas period but that the situation should be monitored. Coun Geddes requested donations of cakes and sought volunteers to help with catering for the gala. The handyman reported previous requests for a sound system to be installed at the village hall; he has a contact to supply the necessary equipment. Coun Hare commented that funding raised from Cine Yorkshire could be used to go towards the system, The village society has expressed an interest in contributing towards a sound system. Councillors agreed that a specification should be drawn up and that interested parties should be consulted.The handyman reported broken glass bottles in the playground; agreed to put a sign on the gate stating no glass permitted. Coun Hare had met judges for a special judging at the playground which again seemed very positive. Coun Hare reported the priority sign on the bridge on the Follifoot Road has been turned around, and the grass verge leading from the village to the bridge needs cutting. The clerk will report this to highways department. Coun Hare reported that Cine Yorkshire have enquired which films will be required and on what dates. A meeting will be held to discuss this and plan further. Coun Hare reported that funding for rural doctors surgeries may be affected, more information will be gained from a pending Rural Action Yorkshire board meeting. Coun Hare reported that the benches in the playground have algae on them; products will be bought to remove it. Coun Fawcett reported a hedge on School Lane is becoming overgrown. The situation will be monitored. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 17 at 7.30pm in the Long Memorial Hall.