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A message from the North Yorkshire Police Co-ordinator states that “dedicated criminal gangs are still targeting our area specifically to steal high value cars by committing house burglaries to locate the car keys.  In the last 6 weeks, 5 such crimes have been committed and Audis, Mercedes and BMW cars have been stolen.  The thieves break into peoples' homes and search for the car keys so as to override any car security systems.  Please ensure you do not leave car keys lying around in the kitchen or in drawers.”


Just after midnight Wednesday 8th October, a car was seen driving off at a fast speed out of a farmyard at Womersley after stealing diesel from a tank.
The police searched around the area and found it a short time later on its roof in a field.  The offenders had run off. The car was from the Rotherham area.  Police enquiries are ongoing.


Please note and report any sightings of suspicious vehicles you see out and about.

A burgundy coloured Subaru Legacy, part reg. no J989*** has been causing havoc in the Ledsham and Lotherton area deliberately driving across fields.  The driver is from the Castleford area. If you see this car, please contact me in the office re. the full registration number.

PC Mike Welsh


Bulb Planting


At last, the planting of bulbs at the entrance to the village is imminent.  Residents are invited to take part in the planting of a variety of spring bulbs.  Please bring a trowel and meet near the Cridling Stubbs stone sign at 11.00 am on Saturday 25th October.  Primary school children must be accompanied by an adult.  If the initial planting is successful, it is hoped to extend the planting scheme next year to other areas in the village.  Thank you to the people who have donated bulbs in addition to those purchased by the Parish Council.


Parish Council Meetings


Residents are reminded that if they wish to speak on agenda items they need to give at least 24 hours notice to a Parish Councillor.  Non- agenda items may be raised (without giving notice) during Public Question Time.


World’s Biggest Coffee Morning


A good time was had by all on 26th September raising £125 for Macmillan Cancer Relief into the bargain.  Thank you to everyone who knitted, cooked, donated, bought and generally participated in any other way.  The number of people attending in Cridling Stubbs Village Hall were counted as part of the Guinness World Record attempt for the largest coffee morning.


Community Trust Fund


A Community Trust Fund has been set up as part of the legal agreement which Cridling Stubbs Parish Council has reached with WRG (the parent company of Darrington Quarries Ltd) regarding its future activities in the area.  Two residents are needed to become Trustees, joining the five others already appointed.  If you wish to become a member of this committee, please apply in writing to a Parish Councillor before 6.00 pm on Sunday 19th October.  If there are more than two applicants, a village ballot will be held.


Gale Common Revisited


These trips have been so popular (and oversubscribed) that the organiser has felt, at times, rather like a travel company!  27 people took the opportunity to visit this very unique site. Apologies to the staff at Gale Common, who voluntarily gave up their their time and  Sunday roast beef and Yorkshires in order to escort the visitors around the site.  Highlights included the offroad riding (especially enjoyed by the youngsters), realisation that material from Cridling Stubbs is used in space travel whilst the plants, animals and views were fantastic. Dragon flies, red legged partridges (bigger and more brightly coloured than the  native grey ones), Emley Moor and York Minster were just some of the additional sights spotted this time.


Forthcoming Events


A date for your diary as we approach THAT time of year!  Christmas Carols

around the village on Monday 22nd December at 6.30pm


Cridling Stubbs Parish Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday 21st October at 7pm in the village hall.


Spring Lodge Quarry


The latest planning application from the owner, Farokh Sarkari (dated September 2003) is to develop this disused quarry as a centre for jet skis.  Womersley Parish Council and residents have requested the support of Cridling Stubbs residents to prevent this application from being approved.  Currently this site has planning permission for use as a nature reserve and for non -motorised water-based activities.  Cridling Stubbs Parish Council is trying to get the site put to this use.  John Grogan, MP for Selby, is actively involved with regular meetings being held and funding sought.