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Nearby Burglaries


Burglaries and thefts have been reported in Darrington.  These included the stealing of two cars, house break-ins during the day when the houses were occupied, garden furniture being stolen and even plants dug up and taken.  Residents are reminded to remain vigilant.


Cridling Funnies


A typed agenda at a NYCC Meeting had our village down as Cuddling Stubbs.  Should we expect a sudden rise in the population in the area?

Secondly, from the internet:

cridling stubbs (n)  The stunted, misshapen fingers and thumbs of teenagers who have spent too long sending text messages on their mobile phones.


Neighbourhood Watch


Thanks to a good response for both co-ordinators and participants, the Cridling Stubbs Neighbourhood Watch Scheme is now up and running.  All residents should now have received an information pack.  Attached to this newsletter is a list of all houses in the village with contact details of the co-ordinator covering those addresses.


Thank you


Thanks  to Mike Dearnley (exercise machine) and David Myatt (wardrobe) for donating items which were sold in aid of Village Hall funds.


Parish Council


The next meeting is 7pm Tues 26th August in the Village Hall.  All are welcome.


Darrington Quarries Update


The planning application by Darrington Quarries to excavate stone in an area much further away from the village was accepted by NYCC on 29th July.  This means that the quarry nearest the village (Darrington East) will very shortly be finished and restoration will take place.  The village will benefit from a Trust Fund to be set up by the Company  into which £5000 per year will be paid for community uses.  When the Darrington East quarry has been filled in and landscaped, it is hoped that residents will be able to use the area for football, walking and even picnicing. 


Village Hall Library


The end of the school year was celebrated at the Village Hall Library with pop and ice creams.


Officially the library is closed until Wednesday 3rd Sept but do keep an eye open for any occasional openings during the holidays.  Donations of books, especially in the 9-13 age group, will be much appreciated.


Kids Stuff


At the instigation of some of the young people in the village, a petition was formed and a meeting arranged on Thur 17th July to discuss possible solutions to the desparate lack of play facilities in Cridling Stubbs.  This meeting was well attended by all age groups and some very positive suggestions made.


Concerted efforts are being made to secure appropriate play facilities.   The situation is looking promising but  positive input from all sections of the community are needed to ensure success.


In the meantime there are LOTS of local children’s activities this summer.  Some of these are :


Selby District Council Leisure & Cultural Services are arranging sports and games at Womersley Primary School  for ages 8-12 years, cost £2.50 per session on the following afternoons: Wed 6th Aug, Wed 13th Aug, and Wed 20th Aug.

Ring Rebecca Walters, Sports Development Officer, on 01757 292245 for further information.


Knottingley Library 01977 722450 are running summer activities for 6-11 year olds at 11.00 -12.00 on the following dates: Wed 6th Aug, Wed 13th Aug, and Wed 20th Aug.

The session on the 6th Aug is a “ZooLab” which is a fun, exciting and hands-on animal workshop.  The Zoo Lab sesssions cost £1, admission by ticket only.  The other library activities mentioned in this newsletter, are free.


Pontefract Libarary  01977  77688 are also holding Zoo Lab sessions on Wed 6th Aug from 2-3 for ages 5-7 and 3.30-4.30 for 8-11 year olds.

On Wed 13th Aug, it is “Jungles”, 10.30-11.30 for ages 5-7 and 2.30-3.30 for 8-11 year olds.

On Wed 20th Aug, it is “Music Workshop” at 10.30-11.30 for ages 4-6 and 2.30-3.30 for 7-11 year olds.


Castleford Library 01977 722085 is holding a ZooLab session on Thurs 7th Aug, 2.30-3.30.


Knottingley Sports Centre is holding a variety of activities including Rugby League coaching, Kwik Cricket, Skittles, Circuits, Soccer, Basket Ball, Bouncy Castle, Badminton, Squash, Racketball and Table Tennis.  Fun swimming sessions are held Mon- Fri from 2.00-3.00pm. Swimming lessons are available, supported by some discount McDonalds Meal Vouchers!  Leaflets are available from the Sports Centre or Libraries with more details.


Table Tennis


A reminder  that the Village Hall, for a  £1 donation to cover the provision of bats and balls, is available for table tennis.  Adult supervision is necessary at all times.  Bookings can be made by contacting a member of the Village Hall Committee.