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Parish Clerk

 

The Parish Council is still in need of a new Parish Clerk.  This is not an elected post but an appointment by the Parish Council.  Anyone who is interested in helping the village (the minimum requirement is taking minutes at Parish Council meetings but after that doing as much or as little as you like) should talk to a Parish Councillor.  If you have nothing pressing to do every second Wednesday in the month and want to help the community, this is the job for you.

 

Parking

 

Concerns have been expressed about inconsiderately parked vehicles causing obstuctions on pavements in the village.  Residents should not have to walk onto the road in order to negotiate vehicles parked illegally.

 

Public Footpaths

 

The public footpath from the bypass towards Knottingley is shortly to be reinstated so that residents can walk across the field at their leisure.

 

The Big Stink

 

The stench which afflicted the village for several days last month emanated from restoration work being carried out by UK Coal at Womersley Quarry.  Investigations by the relevant parties are under way.  Hopefully more information regarding this pollution will soon be available.

 

As a gesture of goodwill, Envar (the waste management company commissioned to work on the site) are willing  to fund a day trip to Flamingo Land to the child whose birthday party was cancelled due to the stink.  This invitation has been extended to all the children of the village and those parents required to supervise  them.  Please see the enclosed form for more details.  

  

Cridling Stubbs Community Trust Fund

 

At a meeting earlier this month, the trustees approved the purchase of a pool table(£400) for the village hall.  They also sanctioned £450 towards architect’s proposals for renovating and extending the hall to bring it up to 21st century standards.

   

Youth Activities

 

Youth activities in the village hall are continuing but there is still a desperate lack of adult support.  Hence, the future of this initiative is still uncertain.  A volunteer has introduced some arts and crafts sessions which are proving very popular.

 

The new pool table which was officially declared open on the first day of the school holidays has been used extensively.  A pool tournament was started on Fri 6th August, the winner of this week’s competition being James Bottomley.  Last minute substitute James was the first recipient of the “Junior Cridling Cup”.

 

On Sunday July 25 young people helped Claire Wilson put together a display (as featured on the BBC programme Look North) registering their protest at the smell which had engulfed the village and wrecked the first few days of their school holiday.  Their artistic skills, expressive writing and generally good ideas were pooled to create an impressive visual aid.

 

The youngsters in Cridling Stubbs have been challenged, by Womersley, to a 5-a-side football match.  It is anticipated that training will begin without delay!

 

Parish Council

 

The date of the next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 8th September at 7pm in the village hall.  In the interim, it is possible that an extraordinary one may be called, dependent on the outcome of investigations into “The Big Stink”.

 

Village Hall

 

A Table-Top sale, held on 17 July, was enjoyed by all who took part.  Thanks to those who made donations and anyone who helped in any way. (Mrs Hallam’s  jams especially went down a treat and the freshly cut vegetables were pretty good too!). The grand total of £76 was raised for village hall funds.  It is proposed to run another sale between 10am-1pm on Saturday 28th August.  Canny buyers are sure to pick up a bargain or two and enjoy welcome refreshments after their shopping spree.  For more details please see Dave Bullough or Bryan Crossdale.

 

The village hall management committee have commissioned an architect to draw up plans to improve the facilities of the village hall.  An application for funding has been made to the Wren Village Hall Challenge.

 

Safety

 

£280 was spent last month on purchasing appropriate fire safety equipment for the hall.  Unfortunately, within two weeks of purchase one of the large fire extinguishers has been vandalised and a fire safety sign stolen.  The repair and replacement bill will arrive shortly, hard on the heels of the bill for three broken windows in the hall.  Residents are encouraged to report incidents of anti social behaviour and criminal damage.