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The Cridling News

Issue Number: 61   Date 19th January 2010




The Parish Minutes of 1946 first documented the desire for a playground for the youngsters in the village.  64 years later the prospect of a playground is tantalisingly close.  In December, after years of work and consultation on the funding bids, the Big Lottery’s Community Spaces scheme allocated the final £10,000 to the Youth Club.  This means that, at last, the £42,000 needed to provide a playground has been secured.  Final consultations regarding its design will shortly take place, tenders will be invited and the long-overdue building work will commence!!!


Thanks to all those who have made this possible, their commitment and dedication over the years, in the face of so many obstacles, is to be commended.  Thank you for your perseverance, this is a great achievement.


Cridling Stubbs Educational Charity


The Cridling Stubbs Educational Charity was delighted to be able to fund a record 21 awards this year, with young people benefiting in a variety of ways for such things as uniforms, school trips, university fees, sports clubs and music lessons.


We have received a number of delightful letters of thanks, which are much appreciated.  In turn, we would like to thank the three previous trustees for all the hard work they put in on behalf of the Charity over the past 5 years, and say ‘welcome’ to our two new trustees who have agreed to join the charity.


There remains a vacancy on the board of trustees, and anyone interested should contact the Parish Council in the first instance for further information.


Gillian Ivey & John Vause


Village Hall


Coffee Mornings continue to be held when the mobile library visits (every three weeks).  The next one will be the 21st January 2010 at 9.30am when Fairtrade coffee and home-made cakes will be available at very reasonable prices.  Please come along to catch up with your friends and enjoy a cuppa.  Take-aways can also be bought.


This year it was possible to source very locally grown holly, ivy, pine cones and other greenery for making wreaths. The evening was much enjoyed by a dozen participants , aged between 10 and 80+ whilst the pain of the prickles was dulled with copious amounts of hot chocolate and whipped cream.


The cake-decorating workshops went very well.  Bookings are already being taken for winter 2010.


Last but not least, the carol singing just before Christmas was simply awesome.  Having had its annual dusting, the keyboard sparkled and the veteran musician, Alan Chisem, did us proud.  Traditional carols, modern Christmas songs (with actions) and some seasonal costume were the order of the day.  Energy levels were sustained with an array of food and both alcoholic and non–alcoholic drinks.  One visitor joked he would quite like a brandy and was amazed to be handed one.  He never thought that he would get more than a cuppa in Cridling Stubbs Village Hall.  The children particularly liked their drinks in the Christmassy mugs whilst some cared little for the type of  crockery only that it held cake and plenty of it!


Children’s Activities


The seasonal festivities got off to a good start when the young people from the youth club, aided by Cridling Stubbs’ very own stylist, decorated the Christmas trees and interior of the hall.  There was no call for X-Factor star Alexandra Burke to switch on the Christmas lights as happened in Leeds.  Amidst much excitement, Cridling Stubbs’ very own Alexandra (aka Alex Roberts) flicked the switch to turn on the lights.  Thank you to Alex for helping to brighten up the village.  Thanks also to the new volunteers who  made bird feeders with the children.


Pantomime rehearsals for Jack and the Beanstalk are continuing apace. It is hoped that it will be premiered in March with further details in due course.  If anyone has any large pieces of material, new or used, please see Lynda Walker or bring it to the youth club.


If you would like to spend some time with the young people of the village, please see Lynda Walker or call into the Youth Club which is run virtually every Saturday evening by well-watered volunteers between 6 and 8 pm.


Dog Fouling


Many people will be aware, and most will be disgusted, that the pavements and other places in the village are being used as a dog toilet.  The dog owners responsible should note that if you do not clean up the mess made by a dog in your charge, it is a criminal offence.  If you are caught, you could face prosecution and a £1000 fine. Don’t think it couldn’t happen to you.  The problem is now so bad, many residents have said they are prepared to give evidence in court.  Please read the insert in this  newsletter and make the village a safer and healthier place for all.


Dog fouling can be reported to Selby District Council’s Dog Warden, Bill Parker  on 01757 292123 or online at http://www.selby.gov.uk


Parking on pavements


Some residents or visitors to their houses are still causing an obstruction by parking on pavements in the village.  The Safer Neighbourhood Police Team have circulated letters to all households and their next step will be to issue a fixed penalty ticket to persistent offenders.


Parish Council


The next meeting of Cridling Stubbs Parish Council will be held on Wednesday 10th February at 7pm in the village hall (as usual, the second Wednesday of the month).


All residents are welcome to attend meetings and part of each one is set aside for residents to ask questions and/or air their views.  The Agenda for each meeting is posted on the notice board in the village hall grounds at least 3 days before the meeting is held.  Minutes of meetings can be read on the village website at http://www.cridling-stubbs.co.uk


Cridling Stubbs Parish Council still has a vacancy for a parish councillor.  If you wish to be considered for co-option, please see the parish clerk, Lynda Walker, at 6 Hanover Green for more details on what this position involves.


Cridling Stubbs Community Fund


There is a vacancy for a trustee of the Cridling Stubbs Community Fund.  This is a registered charity that provides funding for projects in and around the village.  If you are interested in this rewarding position, please see Councillor Shaun Longley at 5 Croft Lea for more details.


There is almost £25,000 currently in the Community Fund.  If any resident has an idea for a project, particularly an environmental one, for which funding is required please see Shaun Longley or any other parish councillor.


Womersley Parish Council


 Applications are invited for the post of

Clerk to the Council


 Approximately 5 hours per month. Salary in accordance with the

NALC/SLCC recommendations


 Previous local government experience is desirable, but not essential as training can be given


 Full job description can be obtained from:

Margaret Whittles:

01977 621473, magwhittles@aol.com.

Or, Liz Barker:

01977 621692, lbarker@innisfree.me.uk


 Closing date for applications:

 Friday 19th March 2010