The next meeting of the Parish Council is on Wednesday 11th January 2006 at 7pm in the village hall. As usual, all residents are invited to attend.
This is a good opportunity for villagers to make their opinions count and see their ideas make a difference. If you want to help in this venture, please see Jenny Adams or Stan Briggs.
Armed with screwdriver, secateurs, gloves, and masses of greenery, the Christmas workshop led by Emma Huddlestone was a great success. Everyone went home with a Christmas wreath made from natural materials. Mince pies with cheese and mulled wine sustained energy levels. “Greenish Fingers” wish to thank Emma for her generosity in supplying materials, giving her time to plan, demonstrate and help those taking part. It was a lovely evening. There being no complaint from the yoga class, it is assumed that a good job was made of sweeping away the crumbs, holly, and pine needles!
The usual intrepid band of carollers did the rounds on the evening of 18th December. Much time and effort had gone into the costumes, Victorian dress being the order of the day (even though one person was mistaken, for a scarecrow!). Thanks to all who took the time to respond and listen to the singing, especially to young Daniel and Josh who joined in singing “Away in a Manger” from their porch. The seasonal refreshments (sherry, Christmas cake, mince pies, chocolate log) provided afterwards, in the festive-looking village hall, made for a very convivial gathering. Volunteers worked hard to organise this fun event which also raised £15.50 for village hall funds.
Friday night youth activities continue to be much enjoyed. However, yet again, these sessions may be at risk due to a lack of adult helpers. Would any adult volunteers who can give up an hour of their time please speak to Lynda Walker or Claire Wilson.
A reminder that if you have a complaint about the Arriva 414 bus service, make a note of the details and then pass it on to a parish councillor. Every bit of “evidence” is needed if the situation is to be improved. A recent (and true) scenario involved the 414 leaving Pontefract bus station on 2nd December at 4.35pm with two passengers. It then seemingly disappeared on route. Arriva are investigating and those left stranded by the non- appearance of the bus have just about thawed out! Were YOU on this bus when it strayed off its route? Do YOU know where it was when it should have been in Knottingley? The mystery continues.
The Village Hall Management Committee now has the £2,150 needed to lift the deed of covenant restricting the supply of alcohol, gambling and public dancing in the hall. The Committee’s solicitor is now completing the legal proceedings which will allow these activities to take place. Future events such as bingo evenings and discos will be advertised in The Cridling News.
The Ancient Shepherd
The owner of The Ancient Shepherd public house now has the planning consent required to allow him to convert the building into a private dwelling. The obituary and long distinguished history of this fine old pub will be published shortly.
If any resident has any news that other residents may find interesting, please contact Bryan Crossdale on 674031 to have it printed in your newsletter.
The Parish Council runs the village website. Its address is www.cridling-stubbs.co.uk. If you want any information posting on this site or want to advertise a business etc, please contact a parish councillor or email the parish council via the website or email@example.com
The recently restored Darrington East quarry has now been grass seeded and is ready for tree planting in January 2006. This will provide the village with a much needed and long-awaited green space. Parents whose children may be interested in helping to plant (a few) of the 26,000 shrubs and trees are asked to speak to Bryan Crossdale.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all readers (and listeners) of the