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Issue Number: 67   Date 22nd September 2011


Annual Produce Show 2011


Was this the best produce show yet?  The general opinion seemed to be YES!  “A lovely afternoon”, “it’s always lots of fun”, “we were made to feel very welcome”, “the scones were fab” were just some of the comments heard.  This year’s entries came from Goole, Selby, Whitley, Womersley, Kirk Smeaton and Pontefract (as well as Cridling Stubbs) including some who were returning to the show after several years absence.


Sorry Mrs Goldthorpe, but it has to be said that the result of the apple pie category is getting a little too predictable.  However a fresh young baker made a promising start this year and only time will tell whether his pastry skills are as good as his choc n’ cherry cupcakes.


The very young Misses Serena Meyer, Beth Wilson and Molly Blakeston produced wonderful chocolate cakes whilst veteran Charlotte Goldthorpe took the honours with her cupcakes and scones.


Liz Barker’s “green cauliflower”, aka a Romanesco, was the winning unusual vegetable entry and despite some lively provocative banter, the Gibb family did not win the largest pumpkin section.


The "Best In Show" trophy was awarded to Mike Young's large tomatoes.  He also won the "Most Points in All Categories" award with 19 points, just beating Janet by 2 points.  It is hoped that this rivalry remains amicable….


The judges who, yet again, rose to the occasion were John Vause, Emily Stanley, District Councillors Gillian Ivey and Sue Ryder.  Their input is invaluable and much appreciated.


A fun-filled afternoon was enjoyed by all participants and raised over £200 toward refurbishment of the hall.  Thank you to everyone who supported this event. See you next year!


Wind Farm


North Yorkshire County Council’s Planning Committee met in August and decided to make a site visit to Cridling Stubbs.  This visit is scheduled for 20th October.  It is likely that the application will then be considered at the  December meeting.



Thanks to the volunteers who helped last month with the removal of  branches from trees near the playground and clearing of the undergrowth.   Good progress was made in making the area safer and tidier.


History on our Doorstep


These presentations in Cridling Stubbs Village Hall  continue on Tues 27th Sept at 7pm with “Allsorts of Liquorice when Tom Dixon, shortly to be seen on TV in the latest Hairy Bikers series, will be here at 7pm to talk about the world-renowned  Pontefract liquorice industry.  This will be followed by refreshments tastings, music and more.


Tickets cost £3. Ring 01977 674031 or email: mail@cridling-stubbs.co.uk .  (Suggest you buy your tickets in advance to ensure you don’t miss out)


By popular demand, archaeologist and historian Simon Tomson will soon be returning to Cridling Stubbs Village Hall.  He is currently Director of the Pontefract Friarwood Dig where, amongst other things, excavation of, the earliest liquorice cultivation in Yorkshire is taking place.


Churches in the Vale of York will also be an upcoming presentation by him.  More details available shortly.


Knottingley Civic Society


Knottingley Civic Society are holding an Exhibition of Local Pottery (1800 -2000) on Saturday 15th October at United Reformed Church, The Croft, Knottingley, WF11 9BL between 10am – 4pm.  People who own items from the local potteries such as Ferrybridge, or West Riding etc are invited to take them to the exhibition so they can be recorded.


Also on Sat 3rd  Dec there will be a similar exhibition  Toys of Yesteryear” where you are invited to take your favourite old toy along for an outing.


Parish Council


The next meeting of Cridling Stubbs Parish Council will be held on Wednesday 12th October at 7pm in the village hall.


In response to the appeal for another parish councillor, Robert Klaasen (of Armstead House, Cobcroft Lane, Cridling Stubbs) has now been co-opted.


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


UK Coal Womersley Tip Proposals


UK Coal will shortly be submitting a planning application to NYCC requesting permission to raise the height to which they can tip and to infill two extra areas of Womersley Tip (one is a SINC site).


Cridling Stubbs and Womersley Parish Councils will oppose this application as it will mean wagons running past the village for another 10 to 12 years, with all that it entails.


Please continue to complain about the cleanliness of the road (or rather the lack of it) using the telephone number


07721 967 585


that was recently distributed around the village.


Useful Contacts

Parish Council


Clerk – Lynda Walker, 261628

Councillors –

Bryan Crossdale, 674031

Carl Wilson, 07816 882647 

Shaun Longley, 677782

Mark Stringer 07770 441663

Robert Klaasen 07855 743226


 District Councillors


Gillian Ivey – The Chapel, Little Smeaton, Pontefract, WF8 3LR. Telephone  620110


Sue Ryder – Poplar Farm, Highgate, Balne, DN14 0ES. Telephone 01405 86191


County Councillor


John McCartney– 15 Hawthorn Garth, Kellington. Telephone 662558