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March 2021 “When Christ is revealed, we shall be like him: we shall see him as he is.” (1 John 3:2) 1
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ALL VILLAGES The Rectory, Escrick Dear Friends, The Way Each year as we approach the season of Lent, we as a group of churches usually plan to have some Lent groups, Bible study, or discussions on the Christian Faith. This year it has been quite a difficult task with the restrictions placed upon us. Do we run them again this year? Can we run them on this new program, “Zoom”? I came across a Lent course based on a film called “The Way”, which tells the story of a man doing “The Camino de Santiago” or The Way of St. James. It is one of the ancient pilgrimage journeys through France and ending in North Western Spain. It is often spoken of as a pilgrimage of discovery and is walked by those of faith and some of none. As it turns out, it would be difficult for us to use the film as it is difficult to share on Zoom, more suitable in a meeting room or home. Perhaps it could be used another year. The Season of Lent ends with the Passion of Jesus, his trial, crucifixion, and death, with rejoicing when he appeared on Easter Day risen from the dead. There are echoes of his forty days in the wilderness, tempted by the devil as we take the journey again with him, to suffer with him as he journeys to the cross. As the pilgrims make their journeys on the ‘Comino’ so we too are encouraged to make a spiritual journey again this Lent. Each journey brings its encounters and discoveries, and perhaps this Lent, our faith may be stimulated and challenged. In what is termed a penitential season, Lent calls us to repentance. Repentance is more than recalling faults and sinfulness and confessing them. Jesus would say to those who came to him “Go and sin no more.” Repentance then is about walking a different path, a Godly or even holy way, inspired by Jesus who gave us life that we might live. Our Escrick based Lent Groups by Zoom will continue each Wednesday evening starting on 24th February, at 7.30pm. We shall be looking at Mark’s Gospel, we hope you can join us. The “Zoom” link is the same for each week: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/72887248157
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URGENT CONSULTATION REGARDING SELBY PLAN FOR HERONBY TOWN Dear Resident, Selby District Council is preparing a new Local Plan that will determine where new housing, employment, and other development could take place in the district until 2040. It also sets out the policies that Selby will use to decide planning applications. All these proposals are contained in Preferred Options Plan. There are three issues which are of particular interest to all residents: 1. 2. 3.
The proposal for a New Town (Heronby) of 3000 houses at the junction of Escrick Rd with A19 The possible removal of the Strategic Countryside Gap The removal of the village development boundary
A major part of the Plan is the proposal for a new town in the district. With 3000 houses or 6600 people, it will be bigger than Tadcaster at 6000 people. Three sites are being considered: a) b) c)
Burn Airfield (3900 units of which 1260 to be built by 2040) Church Fenton Airbase (3000 units of which 1260 to be built by 2040) or Land to the south of Escrick Road between Stillingfleet and Escrick (3000 units of which 1260 to be built by 2040) to be called Heronby.
Selby DC are conducting a consultation on these options. The consultation document can be found on www.selby.gov.uk/localplan. Then click on ‘Preferred Options Local Plan 2021’ and go to pages 168 to 177 for details of the three new town options including the Heronby site. Selby DC is asking all local residents to make their views known as part of the consultation. We urge all residents to make their views known directly to Selby by the cut-off date of 5pm on 12th March. Please also pass your comments on to the Parish Council firstname.lastname@example.org so we can take them into account when we prepare our response to Selby DC. If Heronby is chosen it would eventually become the 3rd or 4th biggest town in the Selby area, comparable to Tadcaster, which would place our community infrastructure under a huge strain. The site would need shops, a school, medical facilities, sports facilities improved road connections and other commercial buildings. Other consequences would be a significant increase in traffic on the A19 and around the area, made even worse if the Industrial treatment plant at Stillingfleet Mine site gets permission.
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In addition, a fine rural landscape would vanish, the space between Escrick and Stillingfleet would be put at risk by the withdrawal of the ‘Countryside Gap’ and the removal of the development boundary around Stillingfleet which would allow development beyond the current village boundaries. You can submit your comments to Selby DC on the Preferred Options Local Plan in the following ways: Comment using the online Planning Consultation Portal Download the Plan from the Council's website and email your comments to email@example.com or post them to Planning Policy, Civic Centre, Doncaster Road, Selby, YO8 9FT. PLEASE MAKE YOUR VIEWS KNOWN TO SELBY DC AND YOUR PARISH COUNCIL Paul Elmhirst, Chairman of Stillingfleet PC
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------Mothers’ Union Like so many other groups, we are still unable to meet in person. Nevertheless, we are still continuing and looking forward to the longer days and being together again. We remain united in prayer. World Day of Prayer (formerly Women’s World Day of Prayer) is usually scheduled for the first Friday in March (i.e., 5th March 2021). However, due to current restrictions, it is looking unlikely that we will be able to meet in March. We are planning to hold the short service in late Spring and when restrictions are more relaxed. This year the service has been written by the Christian women of Vanuatu (2 thousand miles east of Australia). They are in desperate need of prayers and financial support as this group of small islands has been hit by two earthquakes at the time of writing. Hilary Castle and Pamela Yates (01904 728423)
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Derwent Lions – the Masked Tree Collectors During the weekend of 9th/10th January 2021, Derwent Lions 'gathered apart' for their annual Christmas Tree recycling project in aid of our local hospice, St Leonards’ Hospice. Through little more than word of mouth and social media, communities in Escrick, Wheldrake, Thorganby, Elvington, Sutton Upon Derwent, Dunnington, and Stamford Bridge, came together to book their trees online in advance of the big weekend. Then, armed with huge collection routes, our small army of family bubbles of van drivers headed out collecting the trees bringing them back to base were volunteer Tree surgeon, Toby H Johnson Ltd from Wheldrake, and his team, shredded the trees with his huge chipper. Also, our creative crew were able to arrange the supply of all chippings to Primrose Nursery at Kexby who used them for eco-friendly path making, in return for a small donation! As the nursery owner said on Facebook, some of the trees went full cycle; supplied by them, enjoyed in your own home, collected by Derwent Lions, shredded, and returned to the nursery to make paths around the gardens which are opened to support Anthony Nolan and the NGS Nursing Charities. This year, under the shadow of Covid-19 and lockdown 3, we were particularly pleased that we were able to adjust our plans to comply with government guidelines and do so with the blessing of our two local councils. With almost 400 trees recycled and almost £3000 raised for St Leonards’ Hospice, 2021 has been a record-breaking start for Derwent Lions. Here’s hoping this continues, even during these difficult times. Thanks to our local community and all volunteers, without whom this project wouldn’t be possible.
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ESCRICK Escrick Church and Heritage Update Escrick Church
As you know, Church currently remains closed and our services are suspended. We are regularly reviewing this, and the PCC are meeting by Zoom on 1st March to consider the position. Please be assured that Church will be reopened for private prayer, and services will resume as soon as we feel it is safe to do so. Our fortnightly Benefice services continue by Zoom as does our monthly Open Door service. Our next Open Door service is on 7th March (see separate poster). Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom links. Everyone welcome. Lent Groups Our Lent Groups continue each Wednesday evening at 7.30pm throughout March by Zoom. They are being led by Rev Francis Loftus and Rev Dave Rogers, who will be exploring Mark’s Gospel. Please email email@example.com for the Zoom link. Church Annual General Meeting will now be held on Tuesday 11th May at 7.30pm. If we are allowed, it will be ‘face-to-face’ in Church, but if not, it will be held by Zoom. Escrick Church 100 Club Winning numbers for February are 31, 80, 61 and 146. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all members for your support throughout the year. It is very much appreciated. Would you like a number in the Escrick Church 100 Club? The new 100 Club year starts with the April draw. It costs just £12 for a number to be entered in the 12 monthly draws. As well as being in with a chance of winning one of four monthly prizes, you are providing valuable support for your local Church. Monthly prizes are 1st £20, 2nd £10, 3rd £10, 4th £10. If you would like a number or are happy to rejoin, please contact Carolyn Skilbeck on firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel 01904 728276. Payment can be made by bank transfer, cheque, or cash. Thank you very much. Cleaning Rota – March 2021 N. Mackenzie and P. Bardwell
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Again, as you are aware, our Heritage events also remain on hold. In the meantime, here is a link to our website https://www.escrickheritage.org/heritage/ and our newsletters https://www.escrickheritage.org/monthly-newsletter/. We look forward to all being able to meet in person, hopefully, in the not too distant future. March 1897 - Escrick Parish Magazine - Escrick Church has been given a bound copy of the monthly parish magazines from 1897. Each month we will be showcasing one sheet from the relevant month in our current magazine! Look over the page for a glimpse of village life in March, 1897…
Monday Players February saw us having our first, and fastest, AGM via Zoom (it has been a nonevent year!!). We are still without a secretary and would welcome enquiries for this important and interesting voluntary role. Admin skills are more important than drama experience, although that would help and would certainly develop over time. It is frustrating that we have now cancelled three productions, including the one for this spring. Fingers crossed that we will be up and running for a November one. In the meantime, we are looking into the practicalities of holding a Zoom murder mystery evening in May – it is looking promising. More later.
Escrick Yorkshire Country Women’s Association We held our first Zoom meeting in February, and it went very well; not too many “you’re on mute” call outs!! Our next one is to be Wednesday 17th March at 7pm. It’s lovely to be able to see each other after such a long time. Contact me for details of how to join in – Vicky Cumberland.
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Services in March 2021 for Escrick & Skipwith Benefices Due to the recent lockdown, and prevalance of Covd-19, our six churches are presently closed for Sunday worship and midweek communions. We are having zoom services on the following dates - please contact your churchwarden for the link: March 7th. Open Door Zoom service, please contact Escrick’s Churchwarden 01904 720703 - for the link March 14th at 10.30 a.m. if the churches are not open. March 28th at 10.30 a.m. On Sundays when there is no Zoom service, a form of worship, homily and video are hoped to be circulated.
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At time of writing, we look forward to once again fully opening school on March 8th. Staff, pupils, parents, and carers are of course all very much looking forward to being able to return to lessons in school again. It will be fantastic to see all our classrooms occupied again with the children able to enjoy their learning together once more. Working remotely for so long has been very different for all of us, but we are really proud of the children for the way they have engaged with their learning and kept going at home, or at school in the keyworker bubbles. We are also very grateful for all the support from our Escrick parents and carers and appreciate how difficult it has been to help their children to learn whilst also trying to do their own work. We very much hope that now the children are back at school, we can continue and complete the school year without further interruption. As in the autumn term, we shall be staggering start and finish times, playtimes and lunchtimes for the rest of the term, and of course a range of other Covid protocols will remain in place at school.
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Escrick Parish Council February Update 2021
Highways: The police undertook spot checks on vehicles travelling on Skipwith Road through the village. They found that all vehicles were either under the 7.5T limit or had a legitimate exemption to be using the road. Bus stop: A bus shelter has been installed for the York-bound bus stop. Councillors reviewed options from City of York Council for lighting the stops. The Parish Council agreed in principle to provide funding for City of York Council to install lighting, but asked City of York Council to propose lighting appropriate for the setting in a rural conservation area with consideration to the impact on nearby properties.
Playing Field: The Parish Council has agreed to allow Wheldrake Junior Football Club (which many of the children in the village attend) to use the playing field for Saturday morning sessions. Guidance on parking has been provided, and this will initially be every other week for one season to gauge feedback. Planning: Selby District Council is consulting on its new ‘local plan’ until 12th March. This is a plan that sets out a vision and framework for future growth of Selby district, identifying where new housing, employment, and other development could take place. Several sites have been submitted for consideration within Escrick Parish. Please see the Parish Council website for more details: https://www.escrick.org/council/selby-local-plan-2021/ Vacancies: We have three vacancies for Parish Councillors. Please contact the clerk or chair if you are interested in getting involved. Parish Council meeting dates: 1st March, 12th April and 10th May. All meetings at 7.30pm online. Public welcome. Contact: Clerk (Sally Look), email@example.com, Chair (Richard Rowson), firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: escrick.org.
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STILLINGFLEET Stillingfleet Methodist Church A year ago, in March 2020, we were made aware of the Coronavirus. Now, March 2021, we are hopefully coming to the end of the third lockdown but still with many restrictions and conditions; still a long way to go. To be able to meet, unrestricted, with our families and friends and to be able to hug our grandchildren would be wonderful. Coronavirus has affected us all, whatever our age. A real glimmer of hope is that now over 16 million of us have been vaccinated, increasing daily. We must remain positive and responsible, which I know is not always easy. We are extremely grateful to all who have made this achievement possible and available. Normal routine of life is still disrupted an many ways but let us count our blessings and try to be patient. There are still difficult times ahead. Self-distancing will be with us for a while, but we will come through. Sorry no social gatherings yet. We send our good wishes to the Rev. Steve Barlow, Methodist Minister who is still on sick leave with Long Covid. Keep smiling and cheerful, everybody. Grace Atkinson.
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Escrick Parish Magazine Report for March 2021 Stillingfleet Parish Council continues to meet remotely by Zoom. We are all looking forward to a resumption of normal service. Selby District New Local Plan: Cllr Musgrave gave a briefing at the Council meeting on the new plan which will guide business and housing development in the Selby district to 2040. It includes a plan of preferred options to create a new town with up to 3000 units on one of three sites; Burn Airfield, Church Fenton Airbase, or land between Escrick and Stillingfleet across the cycle track to the South of the Escrick road. The consultation on those options ends on the 12th March. Full details can be found on the Selby DC website.
Stillingfleet Mine Site: The final hearing of this long-standing application will have been heard on the 26th February. The Parish Council will have submitted its objections. Dog Fouling: A thank you to most of the village dog walkers who are careful to pick up after their dogs. We would like to remind the few that do not to follow the good example of those who do, especially along Stewart Lane which is suffering badly from the problem. Village Green: Foul water leakage by Banbury House (Heron’s Flight). The Council was advised by the NALC that it has no legal liability for any negligent damage caused by drainage contractor Hagrapat. However, it was decided to recognise the prompt repair work carried out by Mr N. Kemp with an offer of an ex-gratia payment of £500 (upon receipt of an acknowledgement from all parties that the Parish Council has no legal liability in the matter). The developer of the Fearndale site has been asked to keep the road as clear as possible during construction. The future management of the Green: It is uncertain whether the Rural Payment Agency will continue with the Stewardship Scheme. The Council has therefore resolved to develop a comprehensive survey to examine all aspects of the green, its use and its maintenance. BT pay phone: Quotations are being obtained for the restoration of the Telephone Kiosk. If acceptable, the Council will decide whether to adopt the kiosk as a village asset (and perhaps as a library). Climate Change: The council is considering what steps it might take to tackle climate change in our local area. The survey of the green will include such questions. Planning: Full details of all Parish planning matters can be found on the Selby District Council Planning website (by quoting the planning reference or property address), together with any observations from the Parish Council. Parish Council Minutes: A full copy of the minutes of the December Parish Council meeting held on the 4th February 2021 will be found on the Parish Council notice board and on the Parish Web site.
NABURN Naburn CE Primary School Small School, Big Ideas As we continue to work through ‘lockdown’, read on to find out how our small school community is working together to get through these strange times: As I write this month’s article, we are all awaiting news on the ‘roadmap’ for schools to fully open again. We look forward to welcoming all children back to school when the science says it is safe to do so and we cannot wait to all be together again in our Naburn ‘family’. Our children, parents, and teachers are all doing amazingly to navigate these difficult waters we find ourselves in. In the meantime, we continue to develop our remote learning offer, with the school building only open for critical worker children and the vulnerable. Our teachers are ‘zooming’ every morning to check in with their class and to set out the work for the day. This is working well, and parents and children have told us in a recent survey that it is a great start to the school day and a super opportunity to see friends and find out what each day has in store. There are then little break out groups led by teaching assistants to further support our children where needed, for example, providing spelling support or maths interventions. The teachers are reading their class story every day to keep up the sense of belonging and to provide a friendly face, as well as reminding us all of the importance of reading. Teachers are also providing extra explanations of key concepts through live sessions and videos where needed, to try to make sure all the children (and parents) feel supported. Thankfully, the government has provided Oak Academy and BBC lessons, which we can all also use, to keep up with our learning. We also have a weekly Celebration Worship on a Friday where the whole school joins together to reflect on and celebrate the week just gone and teachers choose a ‘star of the week’. I also choose my ‘Headteacher’s Star of the Week’ and it is becoming increasingly difficult to decide as everyone is doing so well! As time goes on, we are appreciating more and more the importance of wellbeing, so we have held a ‘Wellbeing Week’ in conjunction with Children’s Mental Health Week. We planned non-screen activities, opportunities to develop new hobbies so children could ‘express themselves’ (the theme of the week), and we even had a Friday with no lessons! This just so happened to coincide with snow, so provided a super
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opportunity to get outside and build snowmen, something we enjoyed both at school and at home! Our Friends of Naburn group still remains active and full of imagination, even though they cannot meet in person. They organised a fantastic video for Valentine’s Day, with children telling the teachers just how much they love our school. Do visit our website to take a look http://www.naburnschool.com/general/happy-valentines-day The children in school continue to visit the 'future forest' each week and we are enjoying watching how it changes through the seasons. Mr Norris has set us all a nature challenge each week and we also took part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch. We are busy planning World Book Day, with plans for a day of reading related activities and even a ‘Masked Reader’ competition! Watch our Facebook page, school website and Twitter feed for updates. Numbers of children for Reception next year are coming in now, so do contact the office if you would like a guided tour to see what our little school has to offer. We are unable to offer real tours at present but can always ‘Zoom!’ There are also a few spaces elsewhere in school (particularly the infants) if you are thinking of moving to this wonderful part of York. For up-to-date information on life at Naburn, visit our website www.naburnprimaryschool, find us on Facebook or our twitter feed @naburn_primary. Thank you, Mrs Brenda Christison (Headteacher).
Naburn Parish Council News Naburn Flood Protection The Naburn Flood Action Group has worked hard over the last eight years with the Environment Agency (EA) to look at providing better flood protection for the village. Detailed survey work was undertaken, and a project study produced by the EA which proposed constructing a floodwall along the Ouse, from Naburn Hall to the Marina. The number of properties protected had to be compared with the development and construction costs of around £6m-£7m which unfortunately outweighed the benefits
according to the EA and Government criteria. The only viable option to reduce the impacts of flooding in Naburn from the EA is to provide Property Flood Resilience (PFR) measures to eligible properties. It was the intention of the Flood Group and the EA to hold a public meeting in the Village Hall last year to update everyone, but this was not able to go ahead because of Covid-19 restrictions. Instead, the EA held an online public meeting using Zoom on 15th December last year to which residents were invited. For those who couldn’t attend the meeting, it was recorded and can be viewed on YouTube search ‘Reducing Flood Risk in Naburn’ https://youtu.be/9IwJ-TgBDPY The EA have also produced a number of documents which can all be viewed on the Naburn Parish Council website under the Emergency Plan heading https://www.naburnparishcouncil.org.uk/Emergency_Plan_10164.aspx These include: • Detailed document ‘Reducing the Impact of Flooding in Naburn’ • Document summarising the meeting held on 15.12.20 • Information on Property Flood Resilience Residents eligible for Property Flood Resilience support will be contacted by the EA. Whilst the Village Flood Group is bitterly disappointed not to have secured a flood protection scheme after considerable effort over so many years, it will continue to look at other possible solutions to reduce the impact to residents in the event of all but the most severe floods. If anyone else would like to join us, please contact the parish council via the website. Much of Crockey Hill is within the Naburn Parish boundary. The old wooden bus shelter on the northbound side of the A19 was in a dangerous state of repair – the main wooden supports were rotten, and it had asbestos sheets on the rear. The Parish Council agreed a deal with both the City of York Council and Wheldrake Ward to share the cost and so in early February, a brand-new aluminum shelter was erected which will have a life of at least 20 years.
Kelfield News Responses Sought By 7 March: Selby District Council is currently consulting on the Selby District Local Plan Preferred Options, which closes on 12th March 2021. The preparation of a new Local Plan for Selby District provides the opportunity to consider what sort of place we would like the district to be in 2040. The plan will set out a vision and framework for future growth of the District, identifying where new housing, employment and other development will be located. The consultation includes four small potential sites in Kelfield and a new settlement in the Stillingfleet parish, located to the east of the former Stillingfleet mine. The public can comment (registration is required first) via Selby District Local Plan Preferred Options. If you have any additional comments, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by 7th March so that the Parish Council can use local opinion to support a response – Sophie Gibson, Clerk to Kelfield’s Parish Council. Good News: Following on from the Poison Ivy article in last month’s edition, permission has been given to cut the ivy on all the trees on Moor Lane to prevent it from gradually killing them. Thanks to Mel Neale and Tony Wellard who have agreed to do the pruning. Well done to Sadie Holliday aged five and her three-yearold sister Aurelia, who live in the village. They’ve become local litter pickers with the aim to clean up their community and raise money for charity. The idea came about after watching a television programme about environmental issues. Armed with carrier bags and a pickerupper, they collected rubbish from the streets and grass verges near their home and designed their own logo for their catchphrase, "Girls Go Green!". Their efforts caught the imagination of ITN website which featured them recently.
Wildflowers for Kelfield: Stephanie and Mel Neale have come up with a brilliant idea for brightening up the village, once the Covid Pandemic is on the decline: “We have bought a large quantity of wildflower seeds which we would like to sell in bags sufficient to cover 2mtr for £5.00. The money collected would go to the Friends of York Hospital, one of many charities which have been doing a tremendous job this past year and worthy of our support. Perhaps you have a quiet area or verge near you or a spare corner of your garden where seeds could be sown? You can of course sow them wherever it suits you, but if you need somewhere free from mowers and strimmers, Mel and Stephanie have agreed with Planet-U Energy that the seed can be sown on their Reserve on Riccall Lane. In that location, they will be guaranteed to grow without being cut down prematurely. Planet-U has earmarked 24 April at 11.00am for the sowing, so why not come along, bring your Beebombs and help make it a Seed Sowing Saturday.” What an imaginative idea! It could be a focus for all of us at this difficult time and fits neatly into caring for the countryside which surrounds us and coincides nicely with the new woodland area on Riccall Lane (see below.) If you would like more details please contact Stephanie or Mel on 01757 248785, mobile 07939226188, email email@example.com. The Woodland Nature Reserve on Riccall Lane: has been established by Planet-U Energy, whose mission it is to make renewable energy totally transparent so that every business can take action today for a more sustainable tomorrow. Planet-U Energy help businesses reduce their carbon footprint and energy bills through energy procurement and energy-saving technology (VO, LED lighting, EV Charging and Solar). Birch, Maple, and Pine are just a few examples of the 4,000 trees/shrubs Planet-U have planted. They chose varieties specifically for this location to ensure as much biodiversity as possible, as well as to protect the woodland. For example, the pine trees are planted closer to the road to protect the smaller trees further back from the wind and heavy winters. They have also created a pond within the reserve which should help increase the biodiversity of the woodland. Already they have noticed a barn owl and are hoping to increase these numbers as well as attracting herons and lots of other birds.
In order to conserve the site and allow the trees and wildlife to flourish, understandably, human contact has to be kept to a minimum. Planet-U therefore kindly ask that individuals do not walk through the reserve as this could damage the ground, seedlings and young saplings which have been planted. Planet-U hopes to be able to return to the site in 10-15 years and enjoy seeing how much the woodland has grown, and how much wildlife it has brought to the reserve. Whilst planting the trees they did a short film which explains a bit more about their reasons for undertaking this project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnN-Pcqfh0g Planet-U Energy is a Yorkshire based company whose Chief Executive Officer, Grant Nicholson, was brought up in Kelfield, undoubtedly a further incentive to base their first reserve in the village. Their company goal (Planet-U Promise) is to be carbon neutral by 2025; through the creation of the Reserve, their carbon footprint has been offset for 2020. A further initiative has been planting trees in the names of people who signed up for their Run for Climate Change event, which is helping to keep people mentally and physically active through the current lockdown. The Run for Climate Change event is in partnership with ORM (One Running Movement) and a proportion of the funds raised will go to the Samaritans and Surfers against sewage. You can find more information here: https://www.onerunningmovement.com/run-for-climate-change/ How exciting all these plans are, which will enhance our village. As the pandemic starts to lose its grip, this could be the start of lots of other ideas to further improve what is already a delightful place to live.
Kelfield Parish Council
The Parish Council held an online meeting on Monday 11th January, items of general interest to report: •
Road Safety Funding Update: £1,000 has been received from North Yorkshire's AJ1 Road Safety Funding scheme and £850 from North Yorkshire County Council's Locality Budget towards improving road safety in the village. NYCC Highway’s Team has not yet confirmed when this work will be carried out during 2021. In December 2020, the poor condition of the existing rumble strips on Riccall Road were reported and as a result these repairs will be undertaken at the same time as the above works.
Thank you to Melvyn Neale for all his hard work and commitment as a Kelfield Parish Councillor. Mel has recently retired from the Parish Council, having joined in November 2016, and supported a number of improvements in the village. More recently, Mel helped secure external funding for the village's 2021 road safety project. There is another Councillor vacancy, the closing date for which is 2nd March. If you are interested in applying, please contact Sophie Gibson: firstname.lastname@example.org or ring her on: 07743 544876.
Meetings will continue to be held using Zoom until it is safe to resume face to face ones. All are welcome to access these at 7.30pm on the following dates: Monday 8 March 2021 and Monday 10 May 2021. Alternatively, if you wish to express an opinion on any matters relevant to the Parish Council or have any concerns, please contact Sophie Gibson, the Parish Clerk, 6 Wenlock Drive, Escrick, York, YO19 6JB. 07743 544876 or email: email@example.com. Details of all meetings (including the Zoom instructions), minutes from previous meetings and other items of interest concerning the Parish Council can be found on their website: www.kelfieldparishcouncil.com Get up to the minute information about Kelfield using the village contact group. Anyone is free to post on it, whether it’s requests for help, village news and events, buying and selling items, missing pets... anything really www.facebook.com/kelfield or Twitter: follow @kelfieldvillage, alternatively, the village’s website also has lots of useful information: www.kelfieldvillage.co.uk. We're always delighted to hear your news. If you are doing anything which is of interest to your local community, please contact me, Joyce Smith, 01757 248180 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Let me have your entries for the next edition of the magazine by Thursday 18th March 2021, so I can meet the Editor’s deadline of the next day.
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