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Embsay-with-Eastby Community News
3:44pm Thursday 19th September 2013 in News
Embsay churches: Sunday’s service at St Mary’s will be a parish communion at 9.30am. The 10.30am service at the Methodist Chapel will be led by John Robinson. The chapel is open every Monday between 2pm and 4pm and anyone seeking a time of peace and quiet is invited to pop in. On Fridays in term time St Mary’s holds Smiley Faces praise sessions between 1.45pm and 3.15pm for pre-school children. All are welcome to enjoy toys, crafts, a Bible story, singing, juice, tea and coffee and a chance to have a chat. Churches Together in Embsay is holding cooking sessions in the Methodist Church Schoolroom, starting today (Thursday), from 10.30am to 1pm. The first session is Cooking with a Toaster. If you are interested, call Louise on 07545 235362. Further sessions will be held on October 10 and 31 and November 14.
Community walk: Despite the inclement weather, the five-mile community walk was a success and thanks go to all involved.
Steam railway: Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway’s 1940s Weekend attracted a good number of re-enactors and passengers. The railway’s next big weekend will be on October 5 and 6, when celebrations will mark the 125th anniversary of the opening of Embsay station by the Midland Railway.
Parish council: Laurence Sutherland and Jeremy Tuck have been co-opted on to Embsay with Eastby Parish Council. The vacancies arose as a result of recent resignations. Members reviewed a draft position statement relating to Craven District Council’s emerging local development plan. The statement incorporates comments and concerns registered by residents at a community engagement event held in the village hall in July. The draft statement was subsequently reviewed for submission to the district council. A list of five priority goals for the parish council to achieve in the immediate future was approved. The ownership of land incorporating the Nature Reserve is being investigated prior to consideration of a future management strategy. Members were informed that the two new goal posts at the recreation ground had been delivered and would be installed shortly. The new play equipment had been ordered and installation and surfacing was due to start in mid-October for completion in early November. The landscaping of the Skipton Road gateway entrance is due to start in October and new entrance signs for Embsay and Eastby are being ordered. A report was presented on early plans for the Tour de France and the impact the event is likely to have on the two villages. Key issues such as traffic, parking and camping sites will be addressed over the coming months and a special event will be organised by the parish council to coincide with the start of the race. Following a suggestion from a resident, cleaning and repairs at the war memorial in time for the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One on August 4, 2014, will be looked into, as well as possible grants from the War Memorial Trust should restoration work be required. The next meeting of the parish council will take place on Thursday, October 10, at 7.30pm in Embsay Village Hall.