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  The Big Stink


As reported previously, the stench which afflicted the village for several days in July emanated from restoration work being carried out by UK Coal at Womersley Quarry.  Investigations by the Environment Agency are still on-going and may possibly result in a court case.  Therefore, no comment can be made at the moment but the Parish Council, John Grogan MP and some residents are actively involved in the investigation.


Cridling Stubbs Educational Trust Fund


The eleven applications for this year’s award scheme are being processed by the trustees.  Some awards have already been allocated. 


Non-Urgent Police Number


The new (local rate) number is 0845 6060247.


Village Hall


The second Table Top sale of the summer, held in August, raised approximately £49 for village hall funds.  The sellers almost outnumbered the customers and indeed some of the stall holders, including young people  from the village, were out of pocket by the end of the session.  A very disheartening morning for the youngsters who tried so hard and showed such initiative.  It is hoped to have an auction in the very near future as well as other money-raising events.


Macmillan Coffee Morning


A small part of “The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning” will be held in the village hall on Friday 24th September, 10.00am-11.30am.  Please pop in for a cuppa and a chat.  You could even have a game of pool or table tennis!!  Take part in the “Win a Peugeot” prize draw, peruse the bring-and-buy stall and enjoy the refreshments.  All proceeds will go to Macmillan Cancer Relief as they strive to help those whose lives are blighted by cancer.


Rubbish in Field


Residents are again asked not to deposit anything in the field at the west of Croft Lea and Wrights Lane.  The farmer just managed to stop his combine harvester in time before a concrete gatepost entered the machine.


MP’s Surgeries


Selby MP, John Grogan is holding advice surgeries at Westfield Court Community Centre, Eggborough from 6.00 to 6.30 pm on the following dates-

15th October, 17th December, 18th February 2005, 15th April 2005, and 17th June 2005.  If you have a problem with which John may help, please ring 01757 291152 for an appointment.


Local  Markets


Selby Farmers’ Market is held on the first Wednesday of every month in front of Selby Abbey from 8am -1pm. The next one is on Wednesday 6 October.


This is proving a highly popular market with a wide range of produce from local areas.


We have it on good authority that the yoghurt cake, ground rice cake and preserves such as pear medley and raspberry and apple jelly went down a treat.  The Aberdeen Angus beefburgers were wonderful and the stall grilling and selling ostrich burgers was doing a roaring trade.  Go early in the day to be sure of the best selection.


Parish Clerk


Many thanks to Lynda Walker who has responded to the plea for help and volunteered to take the minutes at Parish Council meetings.


Gale Common


July/Aug 2004. A pair of Grey Partridge have now successsfully reared a brood of chicks.  A mole was seen crossing the perimeter road.  Although there are many on site, only rarely are they caught on camera.  Sightings of the Roe Deer and fawn are still being reported as are those of a Buzzard and Greater Spotted Woodpecker.


 Good news regarding the Greylag gosling who was abandoned by its family earlier in the year.  It has learned to fend for itself and has grown considerably.  The Linnets and Goldfinches seem to be having a particularly good season at Gale Common.  A “mostly white creature with some black in its tail” was spotted.  Initially it was thought to be a polecat but it may be that it was a feral ferret.  Shelduck have successfully bred their young and the Cormorant are still on site.  Kingfishers are here daily.  Dragon flies are in abundance, both common red and the large blue species. Several mixed flocks of geese have visited including Canada, Greylag and Barnacle.


Village Hall Library


Due to a lack of demand and the discovery of vandalised stock the library has been closed.