Barwick in Elmet and Scholes area news

Bus Services: What villagers say is the increasing unreliability of First Bus services between Barwick, Scholes and Leeds city centre was recently brought home to Coun George Hall, a member of Barwick and Scholes Parish Council and Lead m5Member of Scholes Community Forum. Travelling home on service 68, after meeting the Chairman of Metro, Coun Ryk Downes, to discuss the concerns of local residents, Coun Hall met other Scholes residents who complained that the two previous services, a 68 and a 6

Pews Compromise? A revised plan for the refurbishment of Barwick’s historic All Saints’ Church, one which would not involve replacing all the pews with chairs, has been put forward for public consultation. It was drawn up in response to comments from some local people that pews should be retained in a Norman church dating back more than 800 years. The new plan allows the pews in the centre of the church to remain while those at the sides would be removed and replaced with chairs. Many villagers took the opportunity to examine the first and second stage plans when they were displayed during the community coffee morning at the Village Hall earlier this month. The Rector of Barwick and Scholes, Rev.Brunel James and the architect responsible for the plans, Richard Crooks, both attended to explain the proposals and respond to visitors’ questions. “The compromise of removing only some of the pews has successfully been used at Thorner parish church,” the Rector commented. He added that the Parochial Church Council would decide which plan to put forward for consideration by the Diocese and by English Heritage; the latter must be consulted about changes to Listed buildings such as All Saints’ Church. With approval being required from several organisations the Rector believes it could be another year before work could begin. Other aspects of the proposed refurbishment would see the organ pipes within the church being removed to create space for a new, first floor meeting room in the bell tower. Access would be provided by a spiral staircase. The church’s mediaeval altar slab and Saxon Stones would be used to create a focus for prayer, while space to exhibit the work of local children would be provided. Also, the church would be open for two hours every weekday morning for the benefit of local people and visitors.

Scholes Fair: A Winter Fair is to be held at Scholes Primary School tomorrow, Saturday, by members of the Parent Teachers’ Association.Proceeds will go towards meeting the cost of installing a new security system to monitor the school grounds.

Candlelight Carols: A service including carol singing by candlelight will be held at Scholes Methodist Church on Sunday (December 16), at 4pm. Later the same day, at 6.30pm, ‘carols by candlelight’ will be sung at All Saints’ Church, Barwick. A similar service will be held at St.Philip’s, Scholes, on the following Sunday (December 23), at 6.30pm. Crib services will be held at both Anglican churches and at Scholes Methodist Church at 4pm on Christmas Eve. Family Holy Communion will be celebrated at Scholes Methodist Church at 11.30pm on Christmas Eve, while Midnight Mass will be celebrated at All Saints, Barwick, also at 11.30pm. A Christmas morning service will be held at Barwick Methodist Church at 9.30am while Holy Communion will be celebrated on Christmas Day at 10am at St.Philip’s, Scholes and at 10.30am at All Saints, Barwick.

Probus Club: The December meeting of Barwick and Scholes Probus Club, whose members are professional and business men who have fully or partially retired, will be held on Tuesday (December 18) at the John Rylie Centre, Barwick, starting with coffee at 10.15am. Guest speaker Neil Dowlan will describe ‘Leeds war work and munitions.’ Further details about the club can be obtained from Harvey Metcalfe, tel: O113 2812441.

New Year’s Eve: Still wondering where to celebrate the start of the New Year? Scholes Sports Association will host its 2007 New Year’s Eve disco dance at Scholes Village Hall, starting at 8pm and finishing the following year! A licensed bar will be available. Tickets, costing 5 for adults and young people aged over 12, are available from Scott Wood, tel: 0113 2733253. Children aged under 12 will be admitted free of charge as long as they are accompanied by an adult. All proceeds will go towards improving facilities and equipment for the Sports Association and other local sports groups.

Diary Date: Here’s a useful date for anyone who can’t wait to start using next year’s diary! Barwick in Bloom’s open gardens event in 2008 will be on Sunday, June 29 and the group is already looking for new gardens to feature. Any green fingered local resident interested in opening their garden to the public for the afternoon should contact John Tinker, tel: 0113 2812254.