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Free parking across the Selby District in the run up to Christmas

published on 10th Dec 2016

To support the district’s businesses in the build up to Christmas, Selby District Council will be offering free parking across all council owned car parks in Selby, to complement existing free parking in Tadcaster and Sherburn-in-Elmet.

Free parking will take place across the district on Saturday 17 December and Christmas Eve. So when it comes to making your weekend shopping plans why not consider shopping locally and help support local businesses this Christmas?

The Council wants to make the Selby district a great place to do business, encouraging more residents to shop locally and to bring more visitors to the district.

Cllr Mark Crane, Leader of the Council said, “It’s really important that we support our local businesses during the busiest time of the year. The Council has offered free parking as a way to encourage more residents to consider to shop locally and to also encourage visitors to the district. When making your Christmas shopping plans please consider shopping locally and help support your local businesses.”

Free parking arrangements only cover Council owned car parks and doesn’t include privately managed sites. We’ve got a full list of our car parks on the Selby District Council website.

Tuesday Singers' Christmas Concert

published on 7th Dec 2016



Please come and join us for a lovely mix of seasonal songs and carols sung by the Tuesday Singers.

Tickets £6 to include wine and mince pies - available from Escrick tea shop or on the night.

We look forward to seeing you.

Making representations on the minerals and waste joint plan at publication stage

published on 6th Dec 2016

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The Parish Council would like to draw attention to North Yorkshire County Council's minerals and waste joint plan - upon which residents can make representations until Wednesday 21st December.

Sites included in the plan local to Escrick include 112 hectares of quarrying and 'inert waste' landfill to the west of Escrick Business Park, and an anaerobic digestion facility on the site of the former North Selby Mine to the North East of the village. The applicant estimates 100 HGV vehicles per day accessing the first site, and 70 for the second.

The Parish Council has previously made representations on the plan, and will make an additional representation at this stage.

Residents can read more details and make their own representations via the North Yorkshire County Council website here:

Escrick Budget Survey 2017

published on 15th Nov 2016 (updated on 16th Nov 2016)

Escrick Parish Council is seeking views from residents to help inform it how to spend our 2017 precept budget.

If you are resident of Escrick Parish please take a few minutes to complete the following survey:

(surveys must be completed by 30 November 2016)

Parish Magazine Update - December 2016

published on 9th Nov 2016

Parish Councillors: The Parish Council welcomes Rebecca Councell, who was co-opted as a Councillor at November’s meeting.

We still have a number of vacancies for Councillors - if you are interested or want to learn more about it please contact us (details below).

A19 safety: At the time of writing, 11 people have expressed an interest in Community Speedwatch, and a meeting is to be arranged. The Parish Council has agreed to send a further letter to NYCC requesting a reduction in the speed limit.

Budget 2017/18: The Parish Council will circulate surveys during November to seek views from residents to inform its budgeting process for 2017/18.

Trees: The Parish Council has received professional opinions regarding trees on public land, following concerns raised by some residents. None of the trees reported were found to be dangerous, but some works have been suggested. Due to the level of cost these will be considered as part of 2017/18 budget process next month.

Parish Council Meeting dates: Monday 5th December, 9th January, 6th February, 6th March. All meetings at 7.30pm at Escrick & Deighton Club. Public welcome.

Fireworks complaints

published on 3rd Nov 2016

The Parish Council has received a complaint regarding use of fireworks in public areas.

Residents are reminded that it is illegal to set off fireworks in a public places

Where residents are concerned about illegal activity this should be reported to the police on 101.

Escrick Church: What you never knew about Syria

published on 16th Oct 2016

Wednesday 19th October 7.30pm, In Escrick Church

The evening will start with an introduction by Rev Stephen Griffith sharing his knowledge and experiences. At about 8pm we will enjoy a Mezze style supper together, washed down by a glass of wine, and then around 8.45pm we will gather around for a question and answer session. It will be an opportunity to hear much more than we hear in the news reports.

We are suggesting a donation of £5 per person to cover food and wine, with any surplus funds being donated to a Syrian related charity of Stephen’s choice.

For Catering purposes please could you let Caroline Wandless know in advance if you are likely to come along. Tel 01904 720703. Thank you.

We do hope you can come along to what promises to be a very interesting and enjoyable evening.

Burglary Wenlock Drive

published on 11th Oct 2016

On the 10th October during the day time a property was broken into on Wenlock Drive, Escrick. If you have any information please contact NYP on 101 ref: 12160184732

Parish Magazine Update - November 2016

published on 9th Oct 2016

Parish Council Vacancies: We have a number of vacancies for Parish Councillors at the moment. The Escrick Parish Council is the first tier of local government, representing residents of Escrick Parish. Parish Councillors are volunteers that help shape the actions of the Council - making decisions on how to spend the Council precept budget within the Parish, representing local interests, and overseeing various local amenities. The role requires a few hours per month of time, including attending the monthly Parish Council meeting. It’s a great way to get involved in a wide range of local issues and shape the local community.

If you are interested or simply want to learn more about it please contact either the Chair (Richard Rowson, or the Clerk (Helen Guest, More details about the role of the Parish Council can be found on our website,

A19 safety: In response to recent concerns of speeding on the A19, we have the opportunity to establish a Community Speedwatch Initiative. This is where volunteers (with the support of the Police) monitor speeds of vehicles using speed detection devices. Vehicles exceeding the speed limit are referred to the Police with the aim of educating drivers to reduce their speeds. We are seeking volunteers, including someone to take a lead role in coordinating this activity locally. If you are interested please contact

Street lights: The Council has ordered modifications to two streetlights affected by trees, so that the lamp is further away from nearby tree branches. The Council has obtained pricing for some additional lighting, details are to be include in a planned consultation which is to be circulated on the Council budget for 2017.

Grit bins: North Yorks County Council has notified the Parish Council that Carr Lane will no longer be gritted. The Parish Council has agreed to procure three grit bins for key locations to partially mitigate the change in NYCC policy.

Village Sign Planters: We have a small flower bed in front of the Escrick village sign on the A19 (outside the garage). These bedding plants have been maintained by a couple of local volunteers, to whom we are very grateful. We are looking for new volunteers for 2017 to take over this role and keep these plants tidy and water them as necessary. If you may be interested please contact

Defibrillator & CPR training: We recently held a successful CPR training event in the village.

Please remember that there is now a public access defibrillator installed on the front wall of the Escrick & Deighton Club - available for anyone to use on someone suffering cardiac arrest. No training is necessary to use the defibrillator which gives audible instructions (

We also have a full CPR training kit and training DVDs. These are available for local groups to borrow - please contact the chair if you are interested:

Parish Council Meeting dates: Monday 7th November, 5th December, 9th January, 6th February, 6th March. All meetings at 7.30pm at Escrick & Deighton Club. Public welcome.

Press Release - Heritage Lottery Fund Award for St Helen's Church, Escrick

published on 3rd Oct 2016

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A Legless Knight in Escrick to be supported by National Lottery players

St Helen’s Parish Church, Escrick has received initial support* from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for their ‘Walking through the centuries with a Legless Knight’ project, it was announced today. 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.

Thanks to National Lottery players, development funding of £55,400 has been awarded to help St Helen’s progress their plans to apply for a full grant at a later date.

Community involvement will be invited and encouraged with opportunities for people to get involved sharing and investigating stories, devising village trails and learning and developing new skills. The hub will also be a valuable resource for individuals, local schools and interest groups.

The building is a focal point for the local community. It was built 160 years ago and cost £26,000 funded entirely by the Thompson family who were the Estate owners, and were the forbears of the Forbes Adam family who own the estate today. St Helen’s houses a unique array of high quality monuments commemorating ten generations of the present landowning family, many commissioned from renowned European artists.

However, the oldest monument is the legless stone effigy of a thirteenth century knight thought to represent Roger de Lascelles, who was one time ‘Lord of the Manor’. Despite having lost his legs centuries ago, the effigy is acknowledged to be carved to a very high standard and the detail tells us much about the garments worn at the time and the precise date when it was carved.


Commenting on the award, Caroline Wandless, Churchwarden and Project Team Leader said:

“We’re absolutely delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given us this support. It means that the building and the unique history of the community will be preserved and available for future generations. The support will ensure the building can be enjoyed by many more people and used for a wider range of activities."

Fiona Spiers, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund Yorkshire and the Humber, 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”.

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 a 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

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