published on 6th Feb 2018
As you may be aware, Selby District AVS has been running a Community Transport service for many years. There are two dimensions to this service; a volunteer car driver scheme and a minibus hire scheme. The purpose of this consultation is to ensure that Community Transport is providing a first-class service and responding to the needs of our customers. We are keen to hear from existing and potential car and minibus hire scheme clients and welcome any feedback you have so that we can continually improve and develop our service.
The questionnaire will take less than 5 minutes and can either be completed online here:www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/AVSCommTransport2018 or you can complete the attached and return by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please also find attached a leaflet about the minibus hire scheme, which is open to voluntary, charitable and community organisations across Selby District. If you have any questions about Community Transport or this consultation, please feel free to contact Community House on the phone number below.
Thank you in advance for your time and feedback.
published on 1st Feb 2018
published on 1st Feb 2018
published on 1st Feb 2018
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972 due to the resignation of Rebecca Counsell, a vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the said Parish.
If by 23 February, 2018 (14 days excluding Dies Non, after the date of this notice) a request for an election to fill the vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer, Selby District Council, Civic Centre, Doncaster Road, Selby YO8 9FT by TEN electors for the said Parish, an election will be held to fill the said vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.
If an election is called, it will take place not later than 1 May, 2018.
Dated 5 February, 2018
Further to the formal notice above - we now have two Parish Councillor vacancies in Escrick.
To clarify (as the mandatory wording above can be a bit confusing) - you don't normally need to be nominated by ten people to stand, that only applies if you specifically require an election. Normally, if there are the same/fewer persons interested than vacancies, you can simply express an interest directly to the Parish Council.
If you are interested please contact the Clerk or Chair (email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org).>
published on 1st Feb 2018
The following appeared in February's Parish Magazine:
Escrick Parish Council update
Pavements - The Parish Council has made representations to both North Yorkshire County Council (responsible for maintenance) and Selby District Council (responsible for street cleaning) about the condition of pavements in the village. NYCC has evaluated the feedback, and where appropriate repairs have been carried out or scheduled. SDC are currently considering options for addressing the issues raised.
Grit bins - A reminder that there are four grit bins in Escrick. These are for community spirited residents to use to spread grit on pavements/junctions in icy weather. The Parish Council provides the grit, but doesn’t provide a grit spreading service. Please do feel free to grab an old plant pot and spread grit on the pavement, or problematic patches of road. The grit is not for use on private paths and driveways - you can buy grit from DIY stores. More details see www.escrick.org/council/gritting/.
Dog fouling - A reminder that Selby District Council can levy fines of up to £1000 on those responsible for dog fouling. If you know who is responsible please report incidents promptly and directly. See www.selby.gov.uk/dog-fouling for more details.
Beacon of lights commemoration: Escrick is considering taking park in the Beacons of Light Tribute on 11th November to mark 100 years of remembrance. This is likely to consist of a brief gathering and lighting of a beacon. We would like to gauge the level of interest in attending, please let any Parish Councillor know if you would be interested in attending. More details: www.escrick.org/~/385
Street lighting - An additional light has been ordered for the A19 by the business park to assist bus-stop users. This is due to be installed in late January/early February.
Oak trees - As many residents have noticed, it was sadly necessary for NYCC to remove the two oak trees on Wenlock Drive. We recognise that these old trees were far older that Wenlock Drive itself, but unfortunately both were in bad condition, suffering honey fungus and hollowing of the trunk and roots. This had resulted in at least two instances where substantial branches fell, damaging a car and putting pedestrians at risk. The tree surgeon removing the trees confirmed that the diagnosis was correct, and the hollow trunks were very evident. NYCC will remove the stumps and reinstate the grass verge in its place.
Defibrillator volunteer - The village has a public access defibrillator located on the front wall of the club. This is for anyone to use in the case of a cardiac emergency. We are looking for a volunteer to undertake the weekly check of the defibrillator (very easy, it involves little more than checking that the ‘ok’ icon is illuminated). It would be convenient for someone that regularly attends playgroup or the tea-shop to do on their way past. Please contact the chair if you are willing to help. www.escrick.org/council/defibrillator/
Neighbourhood Development Plan - the Parish Council is about to appoint a project manager/consultant to assist with the development of the NHDP, which is expected to take around 24 months. The role will be funded by grant funding.
Vacancy - We currently have a vacancy for a Parish Councillor. This is a good opportunity to represent residents and have your input into where the Parish Council focuses its efforts and how it spends its budget. If you might be interested, and would like to learn more about the role, you’re welcome to chat to existing Councillors or the Chair (details below).
Parish Council meeting dates: Monday 5th February, 5th March, 9th April, 14th May. All meetings at 7.30pm at Escrick & Deighton Club. Public welcome.
published on 19th Jan 2018 (updated on 21st Jan 2018)
We will imminently have two vacancies for Parish Councillors in Escrick - this is good opportunity to get involved, bring new ideas and influence decisions that impact our community.
The Parish Council is the first tier of local government. It has relatively few responsibilities (i.e. things that it must do) - but has a reasonable degree of flexibility over things that it can choose to do.
In Escrick there are eleven Councillors who collectively make the decisions, and we employ a part-time Clerk (3 days per month) to ensure compliance, manage finances, and provide some administrative support.
We receive our income through Council tax. Councillors collectively decide how much tax to levy, and where it is spent. Currently we raise £19,000 per annum through Council tax, which is spent predominantly on street lighting, insurance, grass cutting, and the clerk’s salary. Around 20% of the budget is ‘discretionary’, for initiatives such as additional street lighting, discretionary maintenance, grit bins, etc.
We usually have Council meetings monthly (first Monday of the month 7.30pm - 9pm), and there is typically a little bit of background reading ahead of meetings. Most Councillors also get involved in one or more of the working groups or committees. For example:
Most current Parish Councillors put in several hours a month in addition to meetings, usually in ways that best leverages their skills and fits in with their lifestyle. Ultimately, we need both good ideas and people willing to help make things happen.
Some people have a stereotype of Parish Councils as a group of old men who have lived in a village all their lives.
Escrick is fortunate in not living up to that stereotype and helpfully has a Parish Council that represents a broad demographic of residents. The majority of Councillors are not retired (some even have young children!), and whilst we do have some long-term resident Councillors, we also have Councillors who have moved to the area more recently. (ps: retired old men are also welcomed!)
There’s a common misunderstanding that the Parish Council is the local branch of the County Council - or similar. This isn’t the case. Escrick Parish Council, Selby District Council and North Yorkshire County Council are three distinct bodies, with separate roles and responsibilities. For example: highways maintenance and speed limits are a County Council responsibility, bin collections are a District Council responsibility. The Parish Council can make representations to the other authorities, but if you are hoping that by becoming a Parish Councillor you’ll be able to reduce speed limits and reinstate weekly bin collections - that probably isn’t realistic.
www.escrick.org/council/about/ has more details about the Parish Council, along with recent minutes/agendas, budget, and a lot of other background information.
Generally no. If, as is often the case, there are enough vacancies for all interested parties, then you simply need to express an interest, and usually we can co-opt you onto the Council without an election. If there are more parties interested than vacancies, then slightly different processes apply. In the first instance notify the clerk (email@example.com) of your interest, and you will be asked to attend the next meeting.
If you are not sure and would like to know a bit more - feel free to chat to an existing Councillor, or speak with the Chair (firstname.lastname@example.org).
published on 18th Jan 2018
To launch St Helen's Heritage Lottery Project, we are holding a ‘Launch event’ in Church on Sunday 28th January at 4pm. It would be great if you could come along, and please encourage friends and neighbours to come along too.
Come along to …..
There will be a short presentation at 4.00 pm, followed by food and social. All the family welcome.
An idea of numbers would be welcome but not essential. Please email email@example.com
Michala has already started putting The Heritage Activities Plan in to action and has got our new Twitter and Facebook accounts up and running. Please do have a look at them and ‘ Follow, like and Join’ as appropriate! Please could you also encourage your friends and family to do the same.
The new Facebook link is https://www.facebook.com/groups/escrickheritage/ or just search on Facebook under Escrick Heritage
On Twitter https://twitter.com/Escrickchurch1
We look forward to hopefully seeing you soon. If you can’t make the 28th but would like to be involved, we’d love to hear from you –please do get in touch. Thank you.
published on 14th Jan 2018 (updated on 15th Jan 2018)
Roadworks at Crockey Hill from 14th January until 4th May:
Updated 15th January:
Closure of Wheldrake Lane to attempt to ease traffic congestion:
Details of scheme: http://democracy.york.gov.uk/documents/s116566/Report.pdf
published on 12th Jan 2018
ST HELEN’S, ESCRICK SECURES MAJOR HERITAGE LOTTERY FUNDING – ESCRICK’S LEGLESS KNIGHT STEPS INTO THE FUTURE
Escrick Parochial Church Council (PCC) is delighted to announce that their “Walking through the centuries with a Legless Knight” project for St Helen’s Church is to receive a £471,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), thanks to National Lottery players.
With funding now secure, the project will carry out essential conservation work and create a heritage hub bringing to life the interwoven 800 year story of Escrick estate, village and church.
When refurbishing and re-ordering works are completed, the project’s Heritage Activity Plan will invite and encourage wider community involvement with opportunities for people to get involved, sharing and investigating stories, designing village trails and learning and developing new skills. The hub will also be a valuable resource for individuals, local schools and interest groups.
St Helen’s is a focal point for the local community. It was built 160 years ago – the anniversary of the consecration was celebrated in July 2017 – and cost £26,000 funded entirely by the Lawley family who were the Estate owners, and were the forebears of the Forbes Adam family who own the estate today. Charlie Forbes Adam, the present head of the estate is the project’s enthusiastic Champion. St Helen’s houses a unique array of high quality monuments commemorating ten generations of the land-owning family, many commissioned from renowned European artists, including Giovanni Tognoli, Bertel Thorvaldsen and Count Gleichen, together with Eric Gill and Fishers of York.
Most notable of all is probably the oldest monument, which is over 550 years older than the present Victorian building. It is the legless stone effigy of a thirteenth century knight, thought to represent Roger de Lascelles, who was once ‘Lord of the Manor’. Despite having lost his legs centuries ago, the effigy is acknowledged by the Church Monuments Society to be carved to a very high standard and the weathered details tell us much about the fashion of the time and the precise date when it was carved.
The HLF provides approximately 80% of the projected cost of the project, with the remaining partnership funding already secured from church resources and the much appreciated and vital support of the Friends of St Helen’s organisation.
Fundraising will continue as there are some works, such as external lighting, car park and cycle rack upgrading and porch room restoration which are not covered by present funds. Most recently, a welcome donation from the Patricia and Donald Shepherd Charitable Trust has been received to go towards improving facilities for visitors with physical impairments.
Commenting on the HLF Grant, Project Team Leader and Churchwarden, Caroline Wandless said:
“We are overjoyed that the Heritage Lottery Fund is going to make it possible for us to realise our long held wish to upgrade St Helen’s facilities, enhance the unique apsidal baptistery and create a versatile heritage hub to ensure a sustainable long term future. We can now work with our professional team: Lead Consultant, Jon Steel; Architect, Jamie Holden of Studio Tamacoco Architects and Heritage Engagement Officer, Michala Pearson to progress this marvellous project during 2018”.
The Rector of St Helen’s, Rev’d Richard Kirkman was equally jubilant:
“This is wonderful news. St Helen’s is open to welcome visitors every day and now the HLF grant will enable us to showcase our remarkable heritage and make the building more comfortable and versatile for both our core worship and for a more extensive range of events to appeal to a wider community.”
David Renwick, Head of HLF Yorkshire and the Humber said:
“We are delighted to support this project, which, thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, will mean that more people will be able to get involved with, protect, and learn about the exciting heritage right on their doorstep.”
Members of the St Helen’s Project Team celebrate approval of the Heritage Lottery Fund grant. They are: front row (l to r): Caroline Wandless, Churchwarden and Project Leader; Christine Mason, PCC Secretary; Rev’d Richard Kirkman, Rector of St Helen’s; back row: Judith Luscombe, Roger Wandless and Chris Mason.
The Project Team
The volunteers who make up the “Walking through the centuries with a Legless Knight” project are: Caroline Wandless, Churchwarden and Team Leader; Judith Luscombe; Chris Mason; Christine Mason, PCC Secretary; Steve Smith, Roger Wandless and John Wilson, PCC Treasurer.
About St Helen’s Church, Escrick
St Helen’s Parish Church of Escrick was built in 1857 and is a Grade II* Gothic Revival building. The Architect was Francis Penrose, Surveyor of St Paul’s Cathedral and later President of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). It sits majestically at the side of the A19, half way between York and Selby. The Church is in the Derwent Deanery within the Diocese of York. The Church is available for all Parish residents for weddings, baptisms and funerals and provides a venue for concerts by local choirs who appreciate the natural acoustic of the building, art exhibitions and school visits. St Helen’s generates opportunities for people to feel part of something special, with more than 60 people involved in various volunteering activities from cutting the Churchyard grass, cleaning, helping with fund raising events, flower arranging, editing and distributing the parish magazine to name but a few, St Helen’s provides an enduring presence in the community, open to all, and offers a haven of tranquillity and stability in a busy world.
About the Heritage Lottery Fund
Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about – from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. www.hlf.org.uk. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #HLFsupported.
Caroline Wandless – Churchwarden Tel: 07774 461026 or email: escrickchurch@gmail,com
or Chris Mason Tel: 01757 248039, mobile 07715 004346 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
published on 8th Jan 2018 (updated on 10th Jan 2018)
Escrick is considering taking part in the Beacons of Light Tribute on 11th November to mark 100 years of remembrance.
This is likely to consist of a brief gathering and lighting of a beacon.
We would like to gauge the level of interest in attending, please let any Parish Councillor know if you would be interested in attending.>