Spofforth News


John Chilton

01937 590606


All Saints Church Spofforth: the service on Sunday, December 2 will be a family service at 10.30am.

Household Waste Collection: at Spofforth will be on Friday, November 30.

Spofforth Seniors: coffee morning is on Thursday, December 6 10-11.30am in the Long Memorial Hall.

John Stanley: in a ceremony at the Old Swan on Friday, November 16 John Stanley was highly commended as Environment Volunteer of the Year. He was also nominated and short listed as Community Champion. This was in recognition of his hard work and leadership in steering Spofforth to the Gold Award in Britain in Bloom and winning the RHS citation of Best Village in Britain.

Spofforth School: Christmas Fayre will be on Saturday, December 1, 10am-noon join them for stalls galore and of course the chance to visit Santa. Fun for all the family. Free entry, everyone welcome. Stalls to include cake stalls, toys, books, face painting, water into wine, tomobola, lucky jars. Christmas café available hot and cold drinks mince pies.

Spofforth with Stockeld Parish Council: met on Tuesday, October 16 at 7.30pm in the Long Memorial Hall. Present were couns Fawcett, Roberts, Hare, Parker Beevers, Richard Corderoy the Responsible Finance Officer and the village handyman. Apologies were received from couns Geddes, Heslop, county coun Trotter and PC Ayre. Coun Hare reported that Sean Wright has been contacted regarding funding from the commuted sum for the gate repairs and we were awaiting a response. The clerk will follow up. Coun Parker Beevers met with the structural engineer on the village hall renovation and calculations are completed for the beams. A meeting is to be arranged to discuss kitchen layout and building works. Coun Roberts suggested looking into the question of hall flooring, the handyman will seek quotations. Coun Hare reported that there is a buyer interested in purchasing unused doors and also wooden trestle tables, the options were discussed and prices of plastic trestle tables are to be sought by the handyman. The councillors discussed the situation of the village hall cleaner and agreed that an advert should be put in the parish news. A presentation was made to Heather Pollard to thank her for all her hard work and dedication over the last 30 years. Coun Fawcett reported that following a telephone conversation with the filming company, a quote is to be sent to them to cover the necessary repairs to the Castle Field. Coun Fawcett discussed the options for music at the carol concert. Coun Fawcett will contact Edmund Richman to ask if he would be willing to perform at this year’s concert. Coun Fawcett requested the presence of the councillors at the remembrance service. The clerk will contact the Foundation College to request attendance of a platoon. Parish consultation arrangements at Killinghall were discussed. A delegate from the council will attend. The clerk will submit questions prior to meeting. Coun Roberts enquired as to the possibility of groups flying a flag at the village hall to highlight events being open. Coun Fawcett replied that the Union Jack would not be allowed but individual designs would be acceptable. The Councillors felt that if groups within the village wanted to become involved with the school in designing and creating a flag it would be encouraged. Coun Roberts enquired whether the Cheshire Homes banking required strimming again, it was agreed that it was to be done. Coun Roberts reported that the metal fencing down East Park Road is still there, Coun Fawcett replied that the housing association is working to remove the fencing. The Finance Officer reported that the Spofforth Seniors coffee morning need to reapply to Broadacres for the grant. The clerk will contact the Spofforth Seniors. Coun Hare requested that the council send a letter of congratulations to the In Bloom team for the outstanding achievements this year, Coun Fawcett added that congratulations should be put in the parish magazine. Coun Fawcett reported that clerks and councillors will have to undergo training in the future. Clerks will have to hold a certificate of competence. The next meeting was due to be held on Tuesday, November 20 in the Long Memorial Hall.

A Reminder: that A Christmas workshop and demonstration by professional florist Pam Hammett will be held at Spofforth Cricket Club, School Lane HG3 1BA on Thursday, December 6 10am-4pm. The cost of £50 will include cost of flowers and sundries. Tea/coffee and lunch with a glass of Christmas cheer will also be provided. Decorative Wreaths, candle arrangements and much more will be demonstrated by Pam and you should be able to take home two completed items. Attendance will be limited to 12 only, so please ring Pam on 07908159901 to book your place as soon as possible.