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Gardening Club


The next meeting of Greenish Fingers will be held on Tuesday 5th September 2006 at 7pm in the village hall.  New members will be most welcome.


Arriva bus cuts


As the new school year commences, the 414 Arriva bus will implement a revised timetable.  From Monday 4th September the 16.35 bus from Pontefract Bus Station will no longer operate.  For accurate and reliable public transport information ring Travel Line on 0870 608 2608


Prize Bingo


The new regular time and date for the prize bingo sessions is the third Wednesday of every month.


Therefore, the next session will be Wednesday 20th September at 6.30pm in the village hall.



Village Hall


The Cridling Stubbs Produce Show, held on 19th August, was a resounding success, attracting 86 entries from both young and not-so-young.  Long display tables positively groaned under the weight of preserves which ranged from traditional blackberry, plum and cherry jams to the more adventurous fig with lemon jam and apple with garlic jelly.


A Womersley-grown cabbage could only be described as a monster and the winner of the most unusual fruit (a tomato) was rather too rude to be described.


After some particularly fierce bidding between the auctioneer and a visiting chocaholic, the best chocolate cake fell to the auctioneer way above its guide price.  There was some strong competition in the  Victoria Sandwich cake category and all the baked goods sold like the proverbial hotcakes. Please note that the organisers of this show can not be held responsible for expanding waistlines.


The children’s categories of filling a matchbox, decorating a bun and making miniature gardens (which were all worthy of Alan Titchmarsh) were much enjoyed.  However, despite the “Great Escape” of livestock into Forge Garth, the children particularly enjoyed washing the ducks/ goslings!


The “Best in Show” awards went, in the adult section, to Mrs Carolyn Mortimer and in the under 16s to Sebastian Wilson.  Especially commended are John Vause and Gloria Byram who had the unenviable task of judging the entries.


Congratulations and many thanks to everyone who took part and supported this event in any way.  It was very successful and it is hoped to do it again next year. The whole day raised £150 for village hall funds.


The Barbeque and Barn Dance was not well attended but, as ever, a good time was had by those who did go along.


Thanks are due to Darrington Quarries Ltd for carrying out electrical testing of all the equipment in the village hall free of charge.  This testing has to be done annually and has saved a lot of money.


On a less positive note, the village hall was vandalised on Friday 18th August  by two youths.  A reminder that the telephone number to report such criminal damage is 0845 60 60 247.


Parish Council


The next meeting of Cridling Stubbs Parish Council is on Wednesday September 13th 2006.  The new  local neighbourhood police constable, Karen Wilson, will hopefully be present to give an update on recent changes.   As usual, all residents are invited to attend.


Youth Activities


Resplendent in purple polo shirts, village youngsters and adult volunteers went to Fairburn during the first week of the summer holidays to the official opening of the skateboard and BMX facility.  Other trips out included the Railway Museum in York and the Coalmining Museum near Wakefield.  Thanks to those adults who provided transport, their time and lots of energy to entertain the children.