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QM Invitation - Exhibition by Paul Hobbs in St Margaret's Chapel

published on 1st Feb 2017

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From Wednesday 8 - Tuesday 14 February QM will be hosting an exhibition in St Margaret's Chapel by artist,Paul Hobbs, entitled 'The Heart of Things'.

The exhibition is a mixture of painting, sculpture and installation covering all manner of social and religious issues proving to be most engaging with very broad audience (aged 7 years & up). Open for a week with the artist in attendance this is a rare opportunity to talk with an artist about his work.

We would like to extend an invitation to the local community to come and view the exhibition and meet the artist.

Exhibits include work on famine, old age, fatherhood, sexuality, our capacity for violence, suffering the Beatitudes and the Trinity as well as a collection of shoes and stories from Christians around the work.

It is envisaged that the visit would last 45 - 60 minutes and would be suitable for a group numbering up to 20 people - multiple groups may, however, be booked.

If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity please contact Alison Ruddick ( with a couple of dates/times when it would be convenient for your group and we will then confirm a time back to you.

If you would like further information on the artist please visit

Parish Nurses

published on 26th Jan 2017

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Please see attached information about the Parish Nursing scheme launched locally in June 2016.

Your Parish Nurses Leaflet

Community Speed Watch

published on 16th Jan 2017

A community speed watch scheme has been established in Escrick, specifically targeting the A19.

This is a police sponsored scheme where the police have provided local volunteers with speed measuring equipment and training to undertake speed monitoring at pre-agreed locations.

The aim is primarily to prompt driver awareness of their speed.

Additional volunteers are welcomed to join the group - please contact for more details.

nb: Community Speed Watch can only take place on areas of 30mph and 40mph road, therefore is limited to the village itself - not other areas of the A19.

More information about the scheme is available from the Community Speed Watch website.

New grit bins

published on 16th Jan 2017 (updated on 7th Jan 2018)

The Parish Council has procured three additional grit bins, located at:

- Main St / Carr Lane junction (next to the benches)

- Carr Lane / The Glade junction

- Main St, by the entrance to the village hall car park

The grit is for use on public highways and pavements (please don't take it for private drives/paths).

Parish Magazine Update - February 2017

published on 11th Jan 2017 (updated on 26th Jan 2017)

The following update will appear in February's Parish Magazine on behalf of the Parish Council:

Parish Councillors: The Parish Council welcomes Mervin Casling, Tudor Rees and Kevin Moran, who were co-opted as Councillors at December's meeting - taking us back up to a full complement of eleven Councillors.

A19 safety: The Parish Council wrote to North Yorkshire Council in November, and received a reply in mid-December. The reply states that the 40mph limit is appropriate, but offers a follow-up meeting to discuss alternative ways to improve safety, which the Parish Council will take-up. Separately, the Community Speed Watch group is now established and has received training and equipment, and should start monitoring speeds on the A19 later in January. More details at:

Survey & Budget 2017/18: We received just over 60 survey responses to the survey, of these, 78% said they would support paying an increased precept in exchange for additional facilities/amenities. Frequent themes raised in comments were street lighting, road safety, bus service provision and tidiness and presentation of the village.

The Parish Council has set its precept for 2017/18 at £19,000 - which includes an increase to add additional street-lighting, maintain Parish Council trees, a provision for general village maintenance or lengthsman, and implement audit recommendations to replenish reserves. More details, including full budget, at:

North Yorkshire Mineral & Waste plan: The Parish Council has provided a comprehensive response to the consultation regarding sites affecting the Escrick Parish:

Grit bins: Highways have approved the proposed locations (outside Almshouses, Main St/Carr Lane junction and Carr Lane/The Glade junction), and hopefully these should be in place later in January.

Parish Council Meeting dates: Monday 6th February, 6th March, 3rd April, 8th May. All meetings at 7.30pm at Escrick & Deighton Club. Public welcome.

Council Tax Consultations

published on 6th Jan 2017

Selby District Council Budget Consultation

Selby District Council is inviting comments on its proposed budget. Your comments will help to guide Selby District Council decisions to ensure we deliver our services while balancing our budget.

In preparing the budget we started with the priorities you’d previously identified. More details about these priorities are set out in our Corporate Plan. Our budget invests in the key priorities for the district and the Council, such as jobs growth and housing. We’re also looking at transforming services – this means delivering them in a better way at a lower cost as well as charging for discretionary services. This way we can protect frontline services and save money.

Read more and respond

North Yorkshire Police Budget Consultation

55% of North Yorkshire Police’s funding comes from the Government. But the remaining 45 % is raised locally and is paid for by you, through your council tax.

It is this local funding – called the ‘police precept’ – that Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, wants to hear your views on.

The deadline for comments is 11 January 2017.

The options you can choose from are:

  • Freeze the precept. Meaning no more to pay locally, but harder for the police to deliver services and balance the books.
  • Increase the precept by 1.99 % in order to raise just over £1.2 million for next year and subsequent years, but avoid a costly local referendum. This would mean the average household paying 8p a week more.
  • Put the precept up by more than 1.99 % which could raise more money, but will mean at least £700,000 spent on a referendum on the proposals.

Tell Julia what you think and find out how much you are currently paying and what an increase of 1.99 % would mean to you at

Changes to Christmas bin collections

published on 21st Dec 2016

The are minor changes to recycling and waste collections over the Christmas period.

Refuse and kerbside collections due on Monday December 26 will be brought forward to Saturday 24 December.

Garden greens collections will be suspended from Monday 19 December, with collections restarting the week beginning Monday 16 January. When green waste collections start again real Christmas trees (less than 6ft tall with a trunk of less than 4 inches thick) can also be left out for collection. Please remove decorations.

Permission to Start as Legless Knight Receives VIP visitors

published on 20th Dec 2016

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St Helen’s Parish Church, Escrick has received “Permission to Start” from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Development phase for the “Walking Through the Centuries with a Legless Knight” project. The project aims to carry out essential conservation work, and create a heritage hub bringing to life the 800 year story of estate, church and community.

“Permission to Start” and first payment from a first round Development Grant of £55,400 was conditional on submission of necessary partner funding guarantees, confirmation of project management structures and associated documentation. This condition has now been fulfilled and first payment is imminent.

As the project team awaited “Permission to Start”, they were delighted to welcome to St Helen’s, Nigel Adams, MP for Selby and Ainsty and Fiona Spears, Head of HLF, Yorkshire and Humber, to see for themselves the central and symbolic role St Helen’s plays in the heritage of the community, and to be shown some of the features and memorials by distinguished British and wider European artists. Some of these pre-date the present building, back to the remarkable c. 1300 legless effigy of a medieval knight which is thought to be a tribute to Roger de Lascelles, the landowner of the Escrick Estate when England was ruled from York by Edward I.

The visitors’ guided tour was conducted by the project ‘Champion’, Charlie Forbes Adam, head of Escrick Park Estate and former High Sheriff of North Yorkshire, and project team member Chris Mason. The present St Helen’s and many of the finest memorials were commissioned by Charlie Forbes Adam’s forbears, emphasising the strong linked heritage of the church, the village and the Escrick Park Estate.

Left to right: Fiona Spiers, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund, Yorkshire & Humber; Caroline Wandless, Churchwarden and Project Team Leader; Chris Mason, Project Team Member; Charlie Forbes Adam, Project Champion and Head of Escrick Park Estate, and Nigel Adams, MP for Selby and Ainsty.


Commenting on his visit and the project “Walking through the Centuries with a Legless Knight”, Nigel Adams said: “Although I have been to St Helen’s several times, it was quite a revelation to learn how the building and its contents can be made to tell the story of the interwoven heritage of church, village and estate over 800 years. I’m delighted to see that such an enthusiastic and sustainable project in the Selby district has succeeded in gaining Heritage Lottery Fund support . When completed the project should encourage a wider appreciation and use of a historic and welcoming church building.”

Fiona Spiers said: “This project offers a fantastic opportunity to bring this wonderful church to life, through investigation and interpretation of its fascinating history alongside essential conservation work. We are delighted to have taken the first steps with the Legless Knight, and look forward to seeing the detailed proposals in due course.”

Caroline Wandless, Churchwarden and Project Team Leader commented: “It was an unexpected privilege to have the opportunity at this stage to demonstrate to Fiona and Nigel how much heritage we have to showcase at St Helen’s, and how we can open up this wonderful building to a wider community. Now we have “Permission to Start” we can proceed to appoint the Architect and select specialists to detail our proposals for submission to the HLF later in 2017 for consideration for a full Delivery phase grant which would enable us to complete the project in 2018.

Notes to editors

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 busy world.

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Grants programme applications are assessed in two rounds. A first-round pass is given when HLF has endorsed outline proposals and earmarked funding. A first-round pass may also include an immediate award to fund the development of the project. Detailed proposals are then considered by HLF at second-round and as long as plans have progressed satisfactorily and according to the original proposal, an award for the project is confirmed.

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. @heritagelottery @HLFYandH

Further information

Caroline Wandless - Church Warden. Tel 07774 461026 or email or

Chris Mason Tel 01757 248039/07715 004346

Burglary in Main St

published on 15th Dec 2016 (updated on 19th Dec 2016)

Please be aware that a burglary occurred yesterday (Wednesday 14th December) between 1pm and 4pm on Main St.

Thieves broke into a house through a side window.

Updated 19th Dec:

North Yorkshire Community Messaging
on the 14th December 2016 a burglary has accurred between 10am and 1pm on Main Street Escrick. Entry has been gained via a side window and exit was via another window. Any information relating to this please contact 1 0 1 and qoute NYP-1 4 1 2 2 0 1 6 - 0 2 3 8.

Candle lit Carol Service for all the family

published on 13th Dec 2016

St Helen’s Church, Escrick

Sunday 18th December at 6.30pm

with The Celebration Singers

Come and listen to the Christmas story and sing some well known carols to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Followed by Festive refreshments

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