District Diary

Thursday January 24, 2013


Domino drive

The next domino drive in Brompton Village Hall will be today, at 7.30pm. Everybody welcome. Entrance £1.50 and lots of prizes to be won.

Gardening club

The next meeting of Brompton and District Gardening Club will be in Brompton Village Hall, on Wednesday starting at 7.30pm. The talk will be on ‘Yorkshire in Bloom’ given by Sheila Johnson.

Diary date

A Shrove Tuesday quiz will be held on February 12, in Brompton Village Hall, at 7pm. It will be hosted by local quizmaster Bob Muir and admission will be £4 per person to include a pancake supper with tea or coffee. People will be welcome to bring their own bottle of wine (glasses provided). Teams of four suggested which can be made up on the night if necessary.

All Saints

The church service in Brompton this week will be at 8am on Sunday morning.


Charity ceilidh

Claire Coopland is gearing up to run the London Marathon in April as she is raising funds for Children with Cancer UK. This venture is in memory of her younger brother who sadly lost his life to leukaemia at the age of 13 in 2006, and Claire is raising the money to support other unfortunate children suffering with the disease. To support this event Claire is also organising a ceilidh which is to be held in Ayton Village Hall on Saturday March 2. Music will be provided by the locally based Pied Piper Band with two callers, so a great fun night is assured.

St John’s

On Saturday, St John the Baptist Church is holding a fundraising soup lunch and beetle drive. Lunch is from 12 noon until 1.30pm and this will be followed by a beetle drive starting at 2pm. Lunch is £2.50 and the beetle Drive is £2 (children play free). The money raised by this event is being put towards the installation of a hearing loop for the church. Everyone is welcome.

BRIDGE centre

A curry and quiz night is being held to raise funds for the Derwent Valley BRIDGE Library and Resource Centre. The event will take place in Hutton Buscel Village Hall on Friday February 22, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10 per person and are available from the DVB centre. For further information email info@derwentvalleybridge.co.uk.

Methodist church

Sunday morning’s 10.45am service was led by Mrs Margaret Crofts and the theme of the service was ‘Miracles happen when Jesus is Lord’. Bible readings were given by Helen Higgs, who read from St Luke’s Gospel and Alison Hoff, who read from St Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians. Following the service refreshments were served by Jean Carter. The service on Sunday will be led by Mr Roy Pugh.


Fundraising concert

A night of music and food will be held on Saturday to raise money for the Rainbow Centre. For more information, please contact the Rainbow Centre on (01723) 500663.

St Mark’s

The 10am service was led by the vicar, Mike Leigh. This Sunday there will be services of Holy Communion at 8am and 10am. The 10am service includes JAM Club for primary age children, and Y-Zone for older children. Crèche facilities will be available for children under four years. On Wednesday there will be a service of Holy Communion at 10am.

Community choir

Barrowcliff Community Choir meets on Thursday afternoons from 4pm to 5pm in the community hall. It is free to join, but there is a suggested donation of £2 per adult, (children free), to cover costs. Children are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult. Refreshments will be served from 3.30pm.

Toddler group

St Mark’s Parent and Toddler Group meets in the community hall every Tuesday and Thursday during term time, from 10am to 11.30am. Admission is £2 per family.


St Lawrence’s

Today: 10.30am Holy Communion with the Rev Graham Waring, 12 noon funeral service for Liz Temple at church, 7pm PCC meeting in church rooms, Worship Committee, postponed until February 7; Tomorrow: 7pm choir practice church rooms, 8pm Bell Ringers; Saturday: Quiet Day – fully booked but another will be arranged at St Oswald’s, 7.30pm Songs from the Shows at St Mary’s Parish House, Castle Road; Sunday: 8am Holy Communion with the Rev Graham Waring, 10.30am joint service at the Methodist Church with the Revs Alastair Ferneley and Clare Stainsby, 7pm Youth Group; Monday: 2.30pm Barnabas Group church rooms, 7pm Barrowcliff New Community Project meeting at St Mark’s Church Hall - all welcome, 7.30pm House Group leaders’ meeting at 3 East Park Road; Tuesday: 11am coffee, chat and prayer at Scalby Methodist Church, 7.30pm Friends’ Committee meeting in church rooms; Wednesday: 9am Open the Book in church rooms, 7pm Missions Committee in church rooms.

Methodist church

The 10.30am service on Sunday will be a joint service with St Laurence’s Church at Scalby Methodist Church to mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The service will be led by the Rev Clare Stainsby and the Rev Alastair Ferneley and members from both congregations. There will be no evening service at the methodist church. The fortnightly coffee, chat and prayer meeting will be held on Tuesday at 11am. All are welcome to join this informal meeting.

Coffee morning

A charity coffee morning will be held on Saturday February 2, at Scalby Methodist Church, to raise funds for the Barrowcliff Community Choir. Coffee and biscuits will be served from 10am to 12 noon, there will be a stall selling home baking and a Fairtrade stall. Admission will be donation for the Barrowcliff Community Choir.

Scalby wives

Once again the Wives meeting was cancelled due to the weather conditions. We are hoping to resume next Monday when Kate Carnegie-Smith is coming to talk to us about ‘Russian People’.

Ravenscar and Staintondale

Church services

A service of Holy Communion will be held at St Hilda’s Church, Ravenscar, on Sunday at 11.30am. It will be led by the vicar, the Rev Liz Kitching.

Next Thursday January 31, there will be an important meeting at Cloughton Church and Community Hall at which the Archdeacon and the Rural Dean will be giving further information to members of the Cloughton Church Cluster churches about what is to happen from April onwards following the retirement of the vicar, the Rev Liz Kitching. The meeting starts at 7.30pm.

The vicar will be demonstrating her snooker-playing skills again this year to support Christian Aid on February 2, at Westborough Methodist Church. Please contact her on 870270 if you would like to sponsor her.

History group

The January meeting of the History Group had to be cancelled as the inclement weather had made travelling in the area hazardous. Val Russell’s presentation of postcards of the area will take place at a later date.

The next meeting of the group will be on Tuesday February 19, when Howard Carr will be giving an update of progress following the recent survey and excavations at Ravenscar for the Ravenscar Barrows Project. This meeting will also include the annual meeting.

Pony club

A Stable Management Rally will be held at Quarry Farm, Burniston, at 9am this Sunday. Please book with Louise on 07900 196 875 and remember that hard hats must be worn.


Parish council

Seamer Parish Council has reverted to a committee structure. The decision to do so was taken unanimously by those present at a special meeting held at Crossgates Community Centre last week. There are now four committees: Land and Property Committee (Cllr K Mallender, chairman, and Cllrs A Ingham and D Morrison), Planning and Environment Committee (Cllr D Raine, chairman, and two vacancies), Finance Committee (Cllr A Ingham, chairman, and Cllrs K Mallender and D Raine) and Lighting and Highways Committee (Cllr D Morrison and two vacancies).

The council chairman, Cllr WH Smith, is an ex-officio member of all committees. Further membership of committees was deferred to the next council meeting at the Memorial Hall, Seamer, from 7pm on Tuesday February 12.

The special meeting also considered a letter from Scarborough Council on the subject of housing development on land adjacent to Pasture Lane, Seamer, and the B1261 Seamer-Crossgates road.

It was decided to forward the following observations to the Borough Council: that a consultation event in November should have been based on at least 180 local residents, there should be a limit of 20-30 units on the site, the parish council should have a say on the definition of local when properties are allocated under local lettings agreement, there should be an identified need for affordable housing for villagers, up to 20 per cent of the houses should be sold into private/shared ownership (ie not affordable) so as to have a mix of social and privately owned housing, there should be an assessment of the impact the proposal would have on the capacity of Seamer and Irton School, an assessment of any development on the green belt between Seamer and Crossgates, and a traffic assessment. Councillors also felt that any development implemented should be of high quality and small scale.

WI meeting

President Enid Plevey welcomed members and a guest to the January meeting of Seamer and Irton Women’s Institute and reminded members that the meal at the Copper Horse is tomorrow at 7.30pm. Members should all have received a schedule for the produce and handicraft show at Snainton Village Hall on April 13 and are welcome to attend a meeting at 1.30pm on January 31 at 1 Grange Court, Irton, to plan the co-operative table

Burniston and Cloughton WI have invited members to a cookery demonstration by ‘Ladies in Pigs’ on March 14 at 7pm in Burniston and Cloughton Village Hall. Admission is £2 and there will be recipes and tastings to enjoy.

The NYE Federation is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its formation with a pearl lunch at the Feathers in Helmsley, with a talk on pearls by Susan Rumfitt. There are two dates to choose from, March 6 and 20, and numbers and menu choices should be submitted as soon as possible. The spring council meeting is on April 10 at Scarborough Spa, more details next month.

The evening continued with the annual meeting with reports given by the treasurer and the secretary on behalf of the committee. In her president’s report Enid thanked everyone for their support throughout a successful year. Jean Dixon, who retired from the committee after what seems like a lifetime of service, was warmly thanked and presented with a gift for all her work over the years. With two new members the committee will now be Jan Blower, Jan Braidley, Edna Burton, Ann Chambers, Ann Chappell, Pam Cooper, Mollie Dobson, Enid Plevey and Pat Wallis with Edna Burton taking over as president.

Raffle winners were Enid Plevey, Jo Thompson, Pat Wallis, Jane Buddo and Doreen Livesey and the competition for a slice of Christmas cake was won by Edna Burton.

The next meeting is at 7.30pm at Seamer Memorial Hall on February 20 when Ricky Stewart will present ‘Wine tasting with a young sommelier’ and the competition is for a bookmark in any medium.

School reminder

The wintry spell of weather prompted Seamer and Irton CP School headteacher Jonathan Wanless to remind parents of the importance of children wearing correct clothing and footwear. As the children are taken outside for playtimes if at all possible, warm coats and wellies or boots are essential.

Whatever the weather, it is unlikely that the school will need to close, he says in his newsletter, but he will do it if he or his assistant headteacher judges that pupils or staff would face significant risks to their safety if it remained open. This may include insufficient adults available to maintain acceptable pupil-staff ratios or insufficient heating due to boiler failure.

Closure notification would be given through Yorkshire Coast Radio and BBC Radio York. In the event of closure part-way through the day or the site having to be evacuated, the emergency evacuation location is the Methodist Chapel, Eastgate, Seamer.

With a number of nasty viruses, including flu, common at this time of year, the school has provided tissues and anti-bacterial handwash for every classroom and children are being encouraged to wash their hands regularly, particularly after coughing, sneezing or nose blowing. And children who are unwell should be kept at home until symptoms of illness have disappeared and they are no longer infectious to others.

Following work by Mrs Humphriss the library has been able to start borrowing books again this week. A large number of books are missing from the library and any at home should be returned as soon as possible.

The school and Friends of Seamer subsidise trips and visits made by children – such as to the theatre at Christmas, swimming for Y3 and Y4 pupils and educational visits to support topics being studied, including residential visits in Y5 and Y6 – to provide a broad and exciting curriculum. But, says Mr Wanless, voluntary contributions (often to cover transport costs) are vital, as without them they would not be able to offer the visits and activities and the curriculum would be poorer as a result.

St Martin’s

The Rev Richard Firth led a 9.30am common worship holy communion service at St Martin’s Church on Sunday and preached a sermon on Committing Ourselves as Christians – Loving God and Loving Our Neighbours. Edna Burton accompanied hymn singing on the keyboard and Kieron Middleton gave a Bible reading. Kate Middleton led prayers and Clare Firth, who also served refreshments, and Eddie Burton were sidespersons.

The vicar, the Rev Laura McWilliams, led an 11am modern worship service with the Sunday Club and preached on the commitment which stems from responding to God’s love. She also led the intercessions and she and Paul McWilliams anointed members of the congregation for service. Emily Hewitt read and Richard Fuller led the sung worship with Steve Raetigg (keyboard) and John Taylor (drums). Jenny and Duncan Bland ran the Sunday Club. Val Goddard was the sidesperson and Linda Murray served coffee.

On Sunday there will be a common worship holy communion service at 9.30am, a modern communion service with the Sunday Club at 11am, and a United Service at Crossgates Community Centre at 7pm.

Methodist church

The Rev Elizabeth Clarke led the annual covenant service at Seamer Methodist Church on Sunday and in her sermon she spoke about Epiphany being the time when Jesus was recognised as being God’s son and in the covenant service we are all called to review our relationship with God. Doreen Lawson was the organist, Bob Jackman the vestry steward and Margaret Neave, who also took the collection, was the welcomer. Mandy Clayton read from the Book of Psalms and Sylvia Vollans read from John’s Gospel. Refreshments were served afterwards by Mandy Clayton and Sylvia Vollans.

The preacher at 10.30am on Sunday is Miss Laura Glass.

Youth evening

Youngsters aged 14+ are invited to a youth evening in the Church Room, Main Street, Seamer, at 7.30pm tomorrow . Fun and friendship are on offer and all are welcome.


Film night

This month’s film in the village hall is The Woman in Black which will be shown tonight at 7.30pm.

Pop in

The Pop In Club has changed venue from the village hall to the Three Jolly Sailors and continues to meet every Wednesday at 12 noon. A choice of delicious hot meals is available at a cost of £5 followed by an optional game of bingo. Everybody welcome and more details are available from Colin Hurd on 870597.

Table top

The wintry weather caused the late cancellation of last Sunday’s table top sale, all bookings will be transferred to Sunday February 17, when the next sale will be held.

Fire precautions

Upon the advice of North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority, additional fire precaution works have been carried out at the village 


Over 60s

The Over 60’s Club was not able to hold a meeting last Thursday due to the snowy conditions but are hopeful of holding a meeting today at 2 pm in Cayton Village Hall. The group is always very pleased to welcome new members.

Church service

The services in St John the Baptist Church, Cayton, on Sunday will be 9am Communion led by the Rev Sam Foster and 6.15pm Evensong led by Ros O’Toole. The next midweek communion service will be held on Tuesday at 7pm with the Rev Graham Waring leading it.

Safer neighbourhood

The North Yorkshire Police Safer Neighbourhood policing team will be in Jubilee Hall on Monday February 4, from 10am to 12 noon.

This is an excellent opportunity to meet and discuss local issues with the team and it is very much hoped that residents will feel free to go along and have a chat. All welcome.

Parish council

The first parish council meeting of 2013 was held in Jubilee Hall and chaired by Cllr Mrs Roberts Swiers with Cllrs Blackburn, O’Pray, Rowlands, Robinson, Seaward and Cllrs Mrs Hudson, Mrs Kelly and Mrs Liley in attendance together with Borough Cllr Simon Green, Helen Carter, parish clerk, together with five members of the public.

The public raised issues relating to Barratts having started work at the site on West Garth and also the location of rubbish and dog bins.

Police report. No crimes were reported in the village during December. Police attended one domestic incident in the village and also attended a house fire in Beck Hole when the elderly occupant was uninjured. A report of criminal damage was received from the A165 at Cayton in December when youths in a passing vehicle threw a rock at another motorist’s vehicle, causing the windscreen to crack. One incident of anti-social behaviour was reported in December in Penton 

Road Traffic Matters. In December the police attended a car on fire on Main Street, Cayton. No injuries were incurred. A road traffic accident occurred on the A165 at Cayton in December where a dog was hit by a vehicle. The dog was taken to a vet. Two reports were received in December of manner of driving in the Cayton area.

Drink and drug drive crackdown. Officers have now arrested 69 motorists suspected of driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs during the force’s Christmas crackdown. Regular patrols are being conducted across North Yorkshire with officers conducting around 2,500 breath tests since December 1. Twenty three people were arrested in one weekend alone and officers were in force again during the holiday period to keep the roads safe from those willing to get behind the wheel whilst impaired. Filey Safer Neighbourhood Team has always been well supported by the community providing intelligence. Drink and drug driving is not tolerated by the general public and information is regularly given concerning drivers who flout the law and cause danger on our roads.

Other issues. The inspectorate has allowed the appeal by Barratts and they have now started work on the site on West Garth. The parish council are to write to Scarborough Borough Council on behalf of the residents of Cayton saying that we have been let down by them in their dealing with the planning application.

The collection taken at the carol singing raised £73.05 and this has been topped up to £100 and a donation of this amount sent to the Salvation Army.

Local heritage

The Carrs Wetland Project are busily organising a free local heritage event which will be held in the village hall at Staxton on Thursday January 31 from 1.30–6pm.

They are hoping that people will go along to share their stories, memories and artefacts, old photographs, particularly about life in communities around the Vale of Pickering Carrs.

This unique event will be modelled loosely on the Antiques Roadshow concept, ie you take along whatever you might have to share about local heritage and these will be listened to, looked at, made a record of and generally appreciated. The Project are assembling local experts and history buffs who will be present on the day as well as some local interest groups having interesting displays on the landscape, geology, natural history, archaeology etc including the Wetland Project. It is open to all age groups with free tea and cake in return for telling them what heritage means to you. Everyone very welcome.

Bloom group

Cayton in Bloom has recently held its annual meeting in Jubilee Hall during which Les Hutchinson, chairman of 10 years standing, retired from the group. Les has been a very good chairman and led the group through thick and thin and is very proud of the success of the hard work put in by everyone that has been achieved in Cayton. A presentation from the members was then made to Les by Geoffrey Coates who had been voted in as chairman with Julie Barber continuing as secretary. Ann Hudson 
was duly voted in as vice chairman.

The first monthly meeting of 2013 was held immediately afterwards at which it was agreed that after a year off from competition Cayton will once again enter the Yorkshire in Bloom competition this year. There is plenty of work ahead and if there is anyone who would like to offer their help for even an hour or two a week it will be very gratefully received. Please make your offer to Julie Barber on (01723) 583862. The next meeting will be held in Jubilee Hall on Tuesday February 5, at 7pm.

Fundraising events will be an important part of this year’s activities and these are now in the planning stage.

Methodist service

The 10.30am service on Sunday in Cayton Chapel will be led by Mr C Davies.


Sing for fun

The association council is still looking for someone to lead a group of people to sing their favourite popular songs on a selected afternoon at the community centre. Anyone with appropriate experience who would like to put their name forward is asked to call (01723) 582293.

Bingo evening

The snowfall caused the cancellation of last week’s bingo session but it is hoped that evening can now resume. People from all areas are invited to join the group on Monday evenings at 7.15pm for this pleasant social event at the community centre.

Treasurer vacancy

The community association council is looking for a volunteer to look after its finances. This involves recording the weekly income and expenditure of the association and reporting to a monthly meeting. For further information, please contact (01723) 582293,

Craft group

Members meet at the community centre where they discuss their personal interests and current work which includes crocheting and knitting toys and garments, cross-stitching, sewing and card-making. The group meets on Thursdays from 10am to 12 noon, all welcome.

Library books

All residents are invited to borrow books from the community centre’s bookshelves which hold a good selection of modern novels and non-fiction generously donated by members, and there is a regular turnover of titles. Books can be borrowed for 20p at any meeting and on Thursdays from 10am to 12 noon when the craft group meets, and will welcome borrowers.


Letters draw

Sherburn FC Letters Draw results week ending January 12. Letters GPX - no win. Next week’s total £120.

Weekly draw

Playing Field Weekly Draw results week ending January: 1 (14) Ray Johnson; 2 (122) Elaine Bean; 3 (128) Sandy Jack. Results week ending January 18: 1 (120) Mary Levitt; 2 (7) Jean Usher; 3 (118) Sue Mennell.

Stepney and Woodlands

St Luke’s

The Holy Communion service at 8am last Sunday was led by the Rev David Pynn and Alan McKie preached on the theme of commitment. He also led and preached at the 10am service of Morning Worship. The 10am Holy Communion service this Sunday will be led by the Rev Pynn. There will also be a Sunday School which will be held in the church from 10am to 11.15am on the fourth Sunday in each month starting this week. Everyone is welcome.


Monthly service

The monthly non-denominational service will take place on Sunday evening starting at 7pm. Everyone is welcome and light refreshments will be served after the service.


Councillors’ surgery

Parish councillors will be in attendance at the library tomorrow from 4pm to 5pm. Residents are invited to come along with any concerns, or other matters they wish to discuss.

Parish council

The monthly meeting of Eastfield Parish Council will be held on Monday. The meeting will take place in the community centre and will start at 7pm. All residents are invited to attend and time will be set aside for the public to have their say. There will be a presentation by Mr David Archer or Ms Paula Broadbent, of the borough council, on ‘The way forward for Eastfield Regeneration’.

Other items on the agenda include a report from Scarborough police, and from Neighbourhood Watch. The meeting will also receive reports from borough and county councillors, and also from parish councillors attending meetings with official approval of the parish council. The meeting will also receive a report on the Christmas functions and the Boxing Day bus.

The council are also set to approve payments set out in Schedule 1 for December 12 and January 13 amounting to £19,107.46; to confirm the approved funding requirements of £66,000 for 2013/14, and the acceptance of a grant of £25,580 from Scarborough Borough council. The meeting will also approve the purchase of a footpath gritting machine for use by the snow clearing volunteers.

The meeting is also to discuss and approve, as necessary, the removal of the CCTV camera from Overdale and replace it on the High Street. They will also discuss and decide whether the parish council should operate a Facebook account and if so, who should administer it and what rules should be drawn up for its usage.

Pop in

Unfortunately, due to the continuing bad weather, the Pop In Club was again cancelled on Tuesday. It is hoped however that the weather may have improved, when the next meeting of the club will take place on Tuesday, and a three course meal will be available, along with the usual raffle and bring and buy stall. Everyone is welcome at the community centre.

School closures

There are winter weather arrangements in force at Pindar School, and information about this can be relayed by text, telephone or local radio. The school are doing their best to keep the school open but there are times, for safety reasons, and also lack of staff, that perhaps the school may have to close. There is someone in the school from 7am each day to answer the telephone.

If the school is unable to make the site safe, which is unlikely, (the school has to ensure that all staff and students can negotiate the site safely) the school will be closed.

If, due to poor weather, staff are unable to travel into school, and they do not have enough staff to supervise the students safely, then the school will be closed.

If the school closes during the school day, this will be because staff have been informed that the road conditions are becoming dangerous, and have been advised to close early.

Student success

At the end of last term an unusual and exciting experience for Pindar School took place in a packed Ocean Room at the Spa complex. The occasion was the Year 11 presentation evening, and the special guest speaker was young Luke Raisin, who is an ex-student at the school. Luke delivered a very inspiring speech to the audience, speaking of his journey from Pindar School student to science teacher in Hull via an elite teaching programme called Teach First.

Following Luke’s speech, he then presented GCSE certificates and special awards to the current students. The special award winners were: Year 11 District Netball representatives - Laura Buckle, Emily Jesson, Danielle Kendrick, and Emma Large; Governor’s Award for the highest achieving student on a vocational course - Chelsea Messruther; Ashley Hawkins Memorial Award for service to the college - Jayden Holsworth; Christopher Dransfield Memorial Award for effort - Amy Brattan; Gary Westwood Memorial Cup - Christian Mattinson; Ken Dale Citizenship Award - Rachel Major; Fiona Norton Award for English literature - Madeleine Porritt; Michael Woodhouse Award for outstanding academic attainment - Adrian Kerhli and Mollie Partridge; Headteacher’s Award for contribution to school life - Alex Edmond, Kelly Harvey and Emma Large.


Groundwork continues to offer free services to anybody out of work and looking for a job. They will help with job search, preparing CVs and application forms. Please call into Scarborough Jobmatch, 10 High Street, Eastfield Scarborough, YO11 3LJ for more information or contact (01723) 585852.

We are working in partnership with the Wilf Ward Family Trust, who are hosting a care event. It will be a chance for people who are interested in their care positions to ask questions and gain information. Wilf Ward provides support for children, people with disabilities and the elderly. The Wilf Ward Family Trust care event will be held on February 7 at Derwent Training, Hertford Way, York Road Industrial Park, Malton, North Yorkshire YO17 6YG, between 10am and 12 noon.

Knitting group

The Knit and Natter Group met in the community centre on Friday afternoon and started the new year with enthusiasm creating various garments and soft toys. The members enjoyed a social chat over light refreshments.


Probus club

The club was given a comprehensive and informative talk from Jackie Gombault ‘The Will Lady’. Jackie was not only reminding the group of the new Inheritance Tax rules, but more importantly of the likely benefits of either will trusts or lifetime trusts, depending on individual circumstances. Her final appeal was that everyone, no matter how young, should arrange to make a power of attorney. The next meeting is on January 31 with a talk on ‘Fishy Tales’, another mysterious title. New members are always welcome at 10am in Cross Hill Methodist Church.

Methodist church

At Cross Hill Methodist Church on Sunday the preacher is John McCarthy and is a united service at Cross Hill and begins at 10.30am.

Community centre

Thursday: am Baby Clinic, pm Silver Band; Friday am Pop In; Saturday: am Gods Acre coffee morning, pm History Group; Sunday: am Silver Band; Monday: pm Art Group, The Band.

All Saints

All services are held at 8am and 10.45am except the second Sunday of the month when there is no 8am service. The fourth Sunday of the month is usually a united service with Cross Hill Methodist Church alternating venues. There is a Praise Hour at 5pm every third Sunday. There is a service at 4pm each Sunday afternoon until February when Evensong will return to 6pm.


Parish council

All council members were present along with Helen Carter and one member of the public. County Cllr John Blackburn and Borough Cllr Donohue-Moncreiff sent their apologies.

Police report. No crimes were reported in the village during November and December. Police attended several incidents in the village during that period, and also attended when flooding occurred on West Street in December. A driver was reported for no insurance on the A165 at Muston and the vehicle seized. Two minor road traffic collisions occurred at Muston during the period. No injuries were sustained. Police also attended reports of llamas and a horse running along the A165 at Muston and mud on the A1039. Reports were also received of manner of driving on the A165 on two occasions.

Drink and Drugs Crackdown. Officers have now arrested 69 motorists suspected of driving while under the influence of drink or drugs during the force’s Christmas crackdown. Regular patrols are being conducted across North Yorkshire with officers conducting around 2,500 breath tests since December 1. Twenty three people were arrested in one weekend alone and officers were out in force again during the holiday period to keep the roads 

Potholes outside Mallory Cottage and by the pond have been reported to North Yorkshire County Council, these have occurred since the area was flooded in December. Three new posts for the chain path have been ordered from North Yorkshire County Council with the work to be done by Chris Day.

The parish council are still looking at finding a satisfactory price for a plaque for the Millennium stone. Along with the Millennium Committee and Muston in Bloom funding is being sought to cover the cost of drainage for the village green.

In December Cllr Stevenson as chairman of the parish council wrote to Chris Long, chief executive of North Yorkshire and York NHS, expressing concerns on behalf of the residents of Muston about the possible closure of Scarborough A&E at night. A reply has been received from Mr Long stating: “The suggestion of changes to services were part of a broader review and it was no more than an idea and was not a firm proposal. Restricted opening of Scarborough A&E is not a proposal that will be taken forward and therefore 24 hour seven day per week access to A&E services in Scarborough will continue.”

The services of the Community Payback team have been offered to the village. It has been suggested the four pumps are painted, footpaths are edged, leaves bagged up on the village green areas and possible clearance of reeds out of the beck. The church is to be asked about having the railings painted. The parish council have welcomed the suggestion.

The parish council are aware that contractors working at the pumping station are damaging the highway bank on the opposite side of the road. A letter of complaint has been sent to Yorkshire Water asking that when the job is completed any damage is made good.

The next meeting is on February 20 at 7pm.