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The Cridling News

Issue Number: 62   Date 16th July 2010


Village Hall


Responding to a desperate SOS plea, a posse of builders from over the Pennines laid down their usual tools and took up paint brushes and rollers to give the hall its fourth “emergency facelift” in a decade. These willing guys soon vanquished the dodgy blue emulsion in favour of mute magnolia tones.  They worked very hard, despite having done full day shifts in extreme temperatures, over several evenings to transform the hall into a much more welcoming place.  Their community spirit for our community is absolutely wonderful and we can not thank them enough for their time and skills given totally free of charge.  (If there are other craftsmen out there who would also like to help please step forward!)


The Monday evening Knit & Natter sessions (6.30pm-8.30pm) have got off to a good start although sometimes it seems there is more  laughing than either knitting or nattering!  Most are knitting 8 inch squares to make into blankets for those in need although “Teddies for Tragedies” are also being produced.  Feel free to bring your own knitting, try your hand at crochet or another craft or make bags for the teddies. These little soft toys bring a smile to anybody’s face.


Bingo (instead of a raffle) and refreshments have all added to an enjoyable evening.


If you would like to contribute squares you have knitted at home please see Lynda Walker.


Thank you to everyone who is participating in this project.


Coffee Mornings continue to be held when the mobile library visits the village. Due to popular demand the menu has been extended to include toasted teacakes. The next one is July 29th at 9.30am and everyone is welcome. If you are short of time just pop in for cakes to takeaway.


Cridling Stubbs Parish Council

Chairman’s Report 2010


After a difficult start to the year, Cridling Stubbs Parish Council had two new members to replace three who resigned, leaving a vacancy that still exists.


The precept from households in 2009/10 raised £1400, of which only £122 was spent on grass cutting.  This is due to the purchase of the Council’s own grass cutter.  Other large amounts were spent on insurance, subscriptions to various bodies and room hire.  The full accounts of the Parish Council are available for inspection on request.  Details will be on the notice board soon.


Parish Council representatives and a resident have continued to work with UK Coal and have achieved some success in the cleanliness of the roads and a reduction in the speed of the wagons.  However, the work continues.


Parish Council representatives and a resident continue to attend regular liaison meetings with Darrington Quarries Limited.  A problem with the water table in Darrington East has resulted in a delay in making it available to residents for leisure purposes.  The flooded part of the area is to be filled back to the original ground level.


The project to create a playground on the grassed area at the northern end of the village has reached the stage when it should be open in the summer of this year.


The Cridling Stubbs Education Charity continues to thrive with over 20 awards supporting the youngsters of the village.  It has also made a donation of £10,000 to the new playground.


The Cridling Stubbs Community Fund has received the final £5000 from Darrington Quarries Limited.   Some of this money is to be spent on putting benches and planters around the village.


Playground Update


The play equipment has been chosen and, after Selby Groundwork put the  project out to tender, Pennine Playgrounds were chosen to carry out the work.  It is anticipated the playground will be completed during the summer.


Children’s Activities


Cridling Stubbs Youth Club’s production of Jack & The Beanstalk was performed on the 27th and 28th March in the village hall.  As reported in the Pontefract & Castleford Express, the cast were as follows:


Jack - Charlotte Beal

Dame Muddle - Piers Pickard

Dozy Ben - Sebastian Wilson

Vile Vera  - Beth Wilson

Fairy Belle - Eleanor Cleary

Princess Rose  - Alex Roberts

The King -  Carl Wilson

Prime Minister - Daniel Wild

Esmerelda - Harrison Jacques

The Giant - Josh Wild

Housekeeper - Lynda Walker


The proceeds from these laughter-filled performances have been shared between the youth club and the village hall.


Many thanks to all those who made this production possible.


Dog Fouling


Some dog owners are still allowing their pets to foul pavements and grassed areas in the village resulting in lots of complaints.  In an attempt to solve this problem, dog warden Bill Parker attended a recent  parish council meeting to advise residents. As a result a letter and leaflet from Bill are inserted into this newsletter.


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


Cridling Stubbs Produce Show


This year’s annual produce show will be held on Sunday 22nd August.  Category details will be available shortly but in the meantime it is suggested that the green fingered get their fingers pulled out, crafty folks get crafting and the bakers practise their dozens.


Discarded Syringes


There was a incident recently where a used syringe was found  discarded at the edge of the village. A community-minded resident picked up the syringe so that it would not harm anyone.


If you are unfortunate enough to find anything like this, please telephone Selby District Council on 01757 705101 or the out of hours emergency number 01757 706291.  The offending article will be cleared within 1 hour.

Parish Council


The next meeting of Cridling Stubbs Parish Council will be held on Wednesday 8th September 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.


Dirty Roads


If you think the local roads are dirty due to the Hargreaves wagons running coal slurry from Kellingley Colliery to Womersley Tip passed the village please telephone UK Coal  on 01977 635141, ask for Mark Haworth or Mick Barry and register your complaint.  All complaints should be logged and taken seriously by the company and feedback provided at the quarterly liaison meetings.  It should make UK Coal aware that it is not just parish councillors that complain.



And finally


From one hundred years ago:

On 25th June and 23 July 1910 Womersley and Cridling Stubbs cricket teams played matches at Womersley. Who do you think won?  A reward is on offer for the first to find out the scores!