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The Cridling News

Issue Number: 55   Date 13th August 2008


Produce Show

It is hoped that the green-fingered are nurturing their potentially prize-winning fruits, vegetables and flowers in readiness for the third annual produce show to be held in Cridling Stubbs Village Hall on Sunday 31 August 2008.  Are there any better cabbages than Mr Hallam’s and will he be able to prevent his family from cutting them before the big day?


Have the cooks dusted off their pinnies and retrieved enough jam jars from the blue bins? Will the scones be any better this year? (After all, they could hardly be worse or could they?) Will the apple pies have defrosted in time? 

Adult exhibits (25p) and child exhibits (15p) will be accepted in the hall between 10 am and 12 noon.  The exhibits will be on display to the public at 4pm (admission 25p) after which they will be auctioned.  Past experience suggests that this will be most amusing!


The children’s section includes:

·                     decorated bun (case provided)

·                     miniature garden (tray provided)

·                     most items in  a matchbox (box provided)

·                     decorated hardboiled egg in an egg cup

Bun case, tray and matchbox are available from Lynda Walker.


Please try to enter or just come along (with your wallet) and have some fun.  All proceeds to the village hall.


Gale Common

Extracts from Flora & Fauna Log Summer 2008

A pair of Avocets came and stayed for some time in May.  It looked likely they would settle and nest but it wasn’t to be.  These graceful waders are considered to be a rare species.  Their nearest known breeding territory is Blacktoft Sands on the River Ouse.  Maybe next year they will return, stay longer and breed here.

Water Birds - A pair of Great Crested Grebes appear to be nesting here.  This will be the first time they have bred here for many years.  Another “first” is a pair of nesting Common Sandpipers.  Other water birds and waders known to be nesting on site include Moorhen, Coot, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Teal, Shelduck, Black Headed Gull, Little Ringed Plover, Kingfisher and possibly Oystercatcher.

Birds of Prey - Buzzards are still around including some young reared this year.  Kestrels and Sparrowhawks are as numerous as ever and Hobbys have been seen but it is unknown whether they are nesting this year.  After last summer’s rains the Little Owl numbers are depleted but it is hoped the population will recover.  Tawny and Long Eared Owls are also here.

Other Birds - The Sand Martins have been really numerous this year.  They have taken up residence in a new P.F.A. “cliff” that is out of use at the present time.  Some are on their second brood by now. Grasshopper Warblers are very secretive birds, spending much time skulking in low vegetation.  It has long been thought they may be present on site as their distinctive voice has been heard on occasion but they have only recently been  seen.  Both Green and Greater Spotted Woodpeckers are doing well.

Amphibians - Despite the presence of Frog Tadpoles earlier in the year, there have been no sightings of Frogs.  Toads still abound.

Flora - The “Wild Flower Meadow” has teemed with insects and lots of Skylarks and Meadow Pipits are nesting there.



Since South Yorkshire Motors ceased trading in June, the only public transport available to Cridling Stubbs residents is the South Selby Village Bus operated by Shaw’s of Whitley. On Tuesday and Thursday it is available to run “demand responsive” journeys between 9.30am and 3.00pm.   At peak times on Monday to Friday this bus runs a journey at 7.50am from Cridling Stubbs to Ferrybridge Square where there is a frequent service to Pontefract.  A return journey operates at 5.40pm from Pontefract Bus Station. Passengers must book their travel the  previous day before 6.00pm. Telephone 01977 661214.


Negotiations between West Yorkshire Metro, Arriva Yorkshire, North Yorkshire County Council, Wakefield MDC and MPs John Grogan and Yvette Cooper are taking place but as yet, without any success.


A public meeting in Cridling Stubbs Village Hall on 9 July, before the Parish Council Meeting, was arranged to give residents the opportunity to tell our County Councillor Gillian Ivey and Ian Pearson from NYCC’s Passenger Transport Department exactly what they think of the current provision; not very much!  The “demand responsive” system is not well understood and even less liked. Residents are tending not to use the South Selby Village Bus for several reasons. It can be difficult to get through on the phone, difficult to actually make a booking, there are questions over its reliability and having to pre-book is considered totally unsatisfactory. To register your disquiet about the lack of public transport and lack of support from NYCC, County Councillor Ivey can be contacted at  01977 620110 or email gillian.ivey@btinternet.com and Ian.Pearson@northyorks.gov.uk  and the Passenger Transport Dept on 0845 8 72 73 74.


Village Deliveries

On a positive note, residents are still able to have their newspapers delivered courtesy of Karen Avery at Paddock Bungalow, Wrights Lane. Also, milk, eggs, juice, yoghurt, cream and potatoes can be bought from the Thompson family in Womersley. Tel 621215.


Asda and Tesco will deliver here if you order online.


Parish Council

In May after the theft of his mower, the local gardener withdrew his monthly grass cutting service.  At this time the village received a large donation of bulbs and plants from Homebase and so a village enhancement scheme was born.  The Parish Council decided to take up volunteers’ offers of grass cutting and quotes for  machinery were obtained.


Much effort was put into securing additional funding of £500 from the South Selby CIP and £4692.12 from the Cridling Stubbs Community Fund to pay for equipment (mower, strimmer, watering apparatus, planters and benches) to improve the appearance of the village. A big thank you to all those who have contributed money, time, skills, energy, or muscle!


The next Parish Council Meeting will be held on Wednesday 10 September 2008 at 7pm. As usual, all residents are welcome.


Educational Trust Fund

Application forms for awards from Cridling Stubbs Educational Charity 2008 must be returned to Moira Williams at 17 Croft Lea before 1st September 2008.


Mobile Phones

At the time of going to print Lynda Walker has collected an unbelievable 104 mobile phones. Please keep ‘em coming as they help raise money towards improving the village hall.