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  Aloe Vera Party


On Tuesday 18 October, at 7.30pm, the village hall will be hosting an “Aloe Vera Party” to raise funds for  repair work.

Aloe Vera is a succulent plant that has been used for centuries to maintain health and enhance beauty.   Forever Living Products will provide samples of health, nutrition and skincare products for you to try.

Refreshments will be available.  This could be an easy opportunity to make a start on your Christmas shopping!


Parish Council


The next meeting of the Parish Council is on Wednesday 12th October at 7pm in the village hall.  As usual, all residents are invited to attend.


Cridling Stubbs Educational Trust Fund


There were sixteen applications to the trust fund this year.  All those who applied were allocated money for a variety of uses including school uniform, musical instruments, college equipment and tuition fees.


Applicants who have not already submitted their receipts are asked to do so promptly to Jenny Adams at 55 Wrights Lane.


“Greenish Fingers”


Accompanied by some memorable chocolate cake, interested gardeners spent an enjoyable hour in September swapping tips, cuttings, seeds and plants.  Ken Haywood from Womersley dropped in to explain proposed gardening projects in Womersley (when suitable space becomes available).  Thanks for the numerous packets of seeds he generously donated and his “inside knowledge” of where to bag gardening goodies at amazingly low cost!  Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 7pm in the village hall, the next one being held on the 4th October.




Almost £290 was raised at the auction and pie & pea supper held last month in the village hall. This money will  pay the surveyor’s fees for the lifting of the restrictive covenant which currently prevents gambling and consumption of alcohol on the premises.


Looking Forward


Interested residents are needed to produce a “Parish Plan”.  A meeting will be held on Saturday 12th November in the Village Hall at 2pm to pool ideas for the future.


Carol Singing


It is hoped that the Carol Singing in Cridling Stubbs to be held on Sunday 18th December will, this year, have a Dickensian theme.  Claire Wilson has plans for the children to make their own Victorian costumes during the Friday youth activity sessions.  If you would like to help please see Claire for further details.


Gale Common


It has been a good late summer season for birds of prey at Gale Common with Buzzards being seen almost daily. Sparrowhawks appear to be increasing in numbers (or becoming less shy of humans) as sightings of these agile birds have increased in frequency.  A Peregrine has been seen regularly, possibly a juvenile.  Reed Warblers have long nested here and can be heard with their “scolding song” and a family have on occasion actually been sighted.

Whilst toads are prolific at Gale Common it is only recently that the  first Common Frog has been logged.

Kingfishers have successfully bred on the site.  No less than three juveniles were seen, for several minutes, with their parents having a lesson in diving for sticklebacks!

Red Admiral and Small Tortoiseshell Butterflies have outnumbered Peacock and Painted Ladies species this year.  Other species such as Orange Tip, Skipper, Wall Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Copper and Common Blue have abounded.


Youth Activities


Beal Oval Committee have invited youngsters from Cridling Stubbs and other areas to football training at The Oval, Beal starting at 6pm on Thursdays.  If you are interested, just turn up.


Police Message


Several burglaries and attempted break-ins have taken place in the village in the last few weeks.  Residents are reminded to make their property secure and to report anything suspicious to the police on 0845 6060247.


Serious Assault


A resident was seriously injured at 6.30pm on Saturday 1st October when he confronted youths he thought to be “lamping” on his property.  The attackers’ descriptions are three youths aged between 15 and 16 years old, one was about 18 and one was only 9 or 10 years old.  They were all wearing camouflage jackets, two were carrying spades with which they carried out the attack and one had an air rifle.  They had four dogs with them.  Police advice is  NOT  to approach anyone fitting the descriptions but to call the police on 0845 6060247 or 999 if it is an emergency situation.