Spofforth Neighbourhood News with John Chilton

John Chilton

01937 590606


All Saints Church Spofforth: the service at 10am on Sunday, July 29 will be a parish holy communion at the Rudding Park Chapel.

The Spofforth Strawberry Tea: will take place at the Old Rectory Spofforth on Sunday, July 29 from 2.30-5pm. There will be lucious English Strawberries served with cream or ice cream and hot fresh Yorkshire tea. Alternatively home - made scones with butter, cream and strawberry jam. There will be a licensed bar including Pimms by the jug or glass, a plant stall, tombola and raffle with high quality prizes. There will also be an auction of two original paintings of a Spofforth Garden by the distinguished local artist, Peter Hesketh. The draw for the winner of the envelope donations will also take place. The gardens of the Old Rectory date back to the eighteenth century and have been the residence of many rectors of Spofforth, notably William Herbert who perfected the Spofforth Crocus. In the grounds is a horse Chestnut tree that was planted in 1704 to celebrate the Duke of Marlborough’s victory at The Battle of Blenheim. Tickets at £3.50 each will be available from local pubs and shops or Hilary Chilton (01937 590606, Heather Pollard (01937 590320) or John Stanley (01937 591154. Children under 16 are free and will be very welcome.

The Spofforth Castle Field: was invaded on the morning of Monday, July 16 by over 500 pupils from St Aidan’s School in Harrogate. They had walked from the school via Rudding Park on a sponsored event in aid of St Michael’s Hospice which raised over £5.000. Mr Wood the head teacher commented on the discipline that the children had shown during the walk. Spofforth welcomed the party by opening the village hall toilet facilties and ringing the church bells for over twenty minutes. For a penny each, the scholars voted for the teacher that they would most like to wear fancy dress for the occasion. This doubtful privilege was won by Mr. Symes who was Miss Daisy for the day. Whether this is a sign of popularity or otherwise is interesting. Coincidentally a party of about 180 from Wetherby High School also arrived on an unsponsored end of term outing.

The Grey Household Waste Bin Collection: at Spofforth will be on Friday, July 27.

Spofforth Seniors: lunch will be at the Castle pub on Tuesday, July 31.

Spofforth With Stockeld Parish Council: met on Tuesday, June 19 at 7.30pm in The Long Memorial Hall. Present were couns Fawcett, Roberts, Hare, Atkinson, Geddes, Heslop, Parker Beevers, Richard Corderoy The Responsible Finance Officer, the village handyman, county coun Cliff Trotter and one Parishioner. The parishioner congratulated the Parish Council on the success of the Jubilee weekend. A verbal estimate has been received for the kitchen renovations. A further meeting will be arranged to discuss further developments once written quote is received. Coun Hare reported no further news from English Heritage regarding the generic agreement for use of the Castle Field. However, the draft managed property agreement contract has been received and is currently being reviewed. Risk assessments are now required on a monthly basis. The village handyman reported the time clock for the electricity supply in the Millennium Garden is now fixed. Coun Geddes reported that many compliments have been received regarding the success of the whole Jubilee Celebrations weekend. Coun Fawcett thanked all the Councillors for their hard work in making the weekend such a success, and the residents for their support. Coun Hare reported that the available verges funds from the commuted sum are to be discussed with the In Bloom team. The Picnic Bench has yet to be ordered as has the additional Interpretation Board for Ginny Greenholes. The clerk presented a letter received from a resident enquiring about the possibility of Spofforth having three local recycling amenity centres, enhancing the two existing sites and including a new site at the Wetherby end of the village. The clerk will investigate the possibility of new site. The clerk raised some concerns from the castle key keeper about the impact of the new waste collections timetable, the situation will be monitored. Coun Roberts reported the ladies who organised the Jubilee Flower Festival proposed to use some of the funds raised to replace the seat on the village green. The councillors responded that it was a wonderful idea. Coun Roberts reported low overhanging greenery on the Harrogate Road from the Old Rectory, Clerk to report. Coun Hare reported the hedge at the top of East Park Road required cutting, Gary Marston will cut it. There are also some untidy bushes which John Horne has agreed to trim. A meeting is to be arranged to discuss future fund raising ideas.