John Chilton

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All Saints Church Spofforth: the service on Sunday, November 10 will be the remembrance service and holy communion at 10.55am.

Household Waste: collection at Spofforth will be on Tuesday, November 12.

Spofforth Women’s Institute: will meet on Tuesday, November 12 at 7.30pm in The Long Memorial Hall. This will be the annual meeting and there will also be a speaker, Jenny Stacey, who will talk about recycling your old Christmas cards. The competition will be a wrapped gift.

Spofforth Seniors: coffee morning will be on Thursday, November 7 from10-11.30am in The Long Memorial Hall.

Spofforth School: parents’ evenings will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, November 13 and 14 and the sign-up sheets will be put up in the Class 3 entrance hall on Tuesday, November 5. There will be an optional non uniform day on Friday, November 15 in support of the Christmas Fair. The school needs lots of donations for their annual Christmas Fair such as: jam jars filled with sweets; little toys; wine bottles (full or empty) with screw tops. In exchange for bringing a small (or large) item, you may send your child in their own choice of clothes on this day.

Spofforth with Stockeld Parish Council: met on Tuesday, October 15 at 7.30pm in The Long Memorial Hall. Present were: Couns Fawcett; Geddes; oberts; Heslop; the responsible financial officer; the village handyman, County Coun Trotter and PC Ayre. Apologies were received from Coun Parker Beevers. An update on the current position regarding the commuted sum has been requested. The council is awaiting information from the commuted sums officer. The clerk reported on behalf of Coun Parker Beevers that on completion of the village hall refurbishment project the prices in the final account are being assimilated. The clerk reported on behalf of Coun Parker Beevers that a site meeting has been arranged for Wednesday, October 16 at 11am between English Heritage, the castle caretaker and Coun Parker Beevers. The clerk gave a report on behalf of the village hall booking clerk, who reported that, besides the usual bookings, there have been two children’s parties; a talk by Martin Fish for Spofforth in Bloom; ceildih organised by the village society, and an hour dance session by Fiona Friday. Bookings were slightly down compared to last September. Coun Roberts raised the issue of the refuse collection at the village hall, Prices are to be obtained from Harrogate Council and Biffa Waste collections. There were concerns over the parish council’s capability of providing the refreshments at the gala in 2014, due to the recent resignation of parish councillors. This will be revisited January 2014. The storage in the village hall should be reviewed, a meeting will be arranged with the relevant parties. Dog fouling has been reported around the Castle Monument, improved signage is required on all entrances. The previously reported problem of overgrown verge approaching the bridge on the Follifoot Road has not been resolved. The clerk will report it again. Coun Fawcett requested that a letter be sent to the doctor’s surgery with apologies for the inconvenience caused due to the floor being resealed. Coun Geddes gave her apologies for the remembrance service. Coun Trotter reported that the signage down Church Lane has been inspected and is deemed to be satisfactory. Coun Roberts raised concerns over the new housing development in Wetherby and its effects on the village. Coun Fawcett responded that a meeting is to be arranged with North Yorkshire County Councils Highways Department to discuss concerns. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 19 at 7.30pm in The Long Memorial Hall