Local News & Community Info 2018

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A huge thank you to everyone in the community who attended our first annual Tree Lighting Extravaganza. We especially thank Fr. Mike for his blessing of the tree and leading our carol singing. The George and Dragon did a fantastic job and delivered hot chocolate, mulled wine and mince pies courtesy of Whitley Parish Council. A great time was had by all, both adults and children... roll on next year!!

We've already had brief discussions with the organisers, and next year it will be bigger and better!!

Thank you everyone who attended!!



 The Whitley Community Centre Group recently conducted a survey in the village.

The results can be viewed HERE 









Donations to the Knottingley Foodbank can be made at every service (Next one 28th October) and our monthly coffee morning (Friday 2nd November)




Latest Parish Church Newsletter...



The attached notice from Selby DC advises possible disruption to waste collection services during the period of the road closure at Chapel Haddlesey Bridge. 


Major repairs are shortly being carried out to Chapel Haddlesey Bridge which will result in a full road closure for 12 weeks from 1st October.  Diversions will be in place but the road closure is likely to have an impact on waste collection in a number of areas.

There will be two formal diversions in place shown on the attached plan. We are unable to use the pink route due to a low bridge at Temple Hirst and the green route would involve a significant detour of 26 miles each way along the M62.

We have been working with our contractors Amey to identify alternative routes which we hope will reduce the impact on rounds. The route we have identified (via Birkin and Beal) will add approximately 20 minutes each way to each round operating in this area but until the closure is in place we won’t know exactly what impact it will have. The alternative route may give rise to an increase in HGV traffic through smaller villages during this time.

There may be delays to rounds on a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and we may be required to implement some temporary day changes - including potential Saturday work. We are making all parishes and ward councillors in the affected areas aware of the potential disruption and are working with our Communications team to ensure we are getting messages out. If there are temporary day changes we will letter drop all affected properties.

The areas that may be affected are:


Chapel Haddlesey

Cridling Stubbs


Heck (incl Great Heck and Little Heck)


Hirst Courtney



Kirk Smeaton

Little Smeaton

Temple Hirst

Walden Stubbbs

West Haddlesey



We will be monitoring the situation on a weekly basis and will update you further following next week’s collections.

Aimi Brookes

Contracts Team Leader




from the Whitley Community Centre Group 

Hello – Wondering what this is all about? Well, to be brief we need more evidence for funders regarding the lack of amenities in Whitley and how they impact you and your family. The funding we require is to support the purchase of a building/land in the village for a Community Centre now that we have established the need. The more people complete this survey, the more evidence we have to show prospective funding agencies

Complete the LATEST SURVEY



What’s IT All About?

Trouble understanding your laptop, tablet or mobile phone?

Then we can help you. Thanks to a grant from The Selby District Council Southern Community Engagement Forum, we can offer free advice and one-to-one tutelage.

Drop in sessions take place in Eggborough Methodist Church on Tuesday mornings from 10am to 1pm except for the third Tuesday in the month when the session is held in the afternoon from 1pm to 4pm.

You can just drop in for a chat or half an hour with your device.

Remember! No question is too silly to ask.

Our tutor, Paul Stringer together with two experienced volunteers, Richard and John will gladly help you.

These sessions, originally for the over 50s are now open to all age groups. A computer is available for anyone who wishes to look for work or apply for benefits.

For more information, please contact:

eggmethodist@gmail.com or call 07957774101

in association with:         



Future Events at Eggborough Methodist Community Church








In response to the possible closure of All Saints Church, a number of residents have formed a 

Whitley Community Centre Group

to promote and encourage community activities in Whitley, with the ultimate aim of securing indoor community space in the village.




Whitley Community Centre Management Group

Whitley Community Centre Management Group - are local people from within the village who formed together and created the survey regarding proposed church closure. The group attended a Public Meeting held on 2nd July at the church and have the following update:-

The public meeting held at All Saints church on 2nd July proved very productive and was well attended. The Archdeacon of Pontefract (Peter Townley) attended, together with representatives of the diocese. Members of the public proffered a number of questions regarding the process of closing All Saints, which were explained in detail by the Archdeacon and representatives.

It was confirmed that the PCC (Parochial Church Council) can no longer sustain the church financially and following a full consultation, a decision will be made by the Church Commissioners (Governing body for Church of England) with regard to the proposed closure of All Saints and its role providing regular public worship in Whitley.

During this decision making process by the Church Commissioners, the above Management Group will continue to investigate plans and seek funds for converting the church into a Community Centre. Should the church commissioners decide to close the church, the management group will be ready and able to then propose an alternative to closure by means of a conversion.

Sustainability of a community centre is paramount to the plans being accepted by the church commissioners, and guidance is being obtained from local experts in Selby. Our plans will involve purchasing the church (with codicil’s put in place by the commissioners) ensuring protection and sustainability of the building for the future.

Until such time as the church is closed, the PCC will continue to maintain the building, and services will continue to be held every two weeks.

In the meantime our group will be kept busy putting together business plans and obtaining funding in relation to possible purchase of the church and converting into a Community Centre dependant on the outcome decision of the church commissioners..

Please rest assured that a conversion to Community Centre does not mean that services will cease, the Archdeacon pointed out that a license may be obtained from the Bishop to run 6 services per year (e.g. Easter, Harvest Festival, Christmas etc.).

If you have any questions regarding progress, please email us at whitley.church@outlook.com where we will do our best to answer them.








Strawberry Tea

Thursday 21 June. All details below with entry by ticket only.

Please ring Marion on 01977 661255 to purchase your ticket. All funds are for our local churches - All Saints Whitley & St Edmunds Kellington. 




Wheelie Bin Stickers


You’ve probably seen the wheelie bin stickers along the A19, designed to try and remind drivers of the 30mph speed limit through the village. The Parish Council have some spares so if you want an extra sticker on your bin, or you’ve been missed, please contact the clerk and we will arrange to deliver them. Contact 01977 277503 or email clerk4whitleypc@gmail.com


Whitley Church Proposed Closure

NOTICE: Public Meeting at All Saints church Whitley to be held on 2nd July @ 7pm with attendance by representatives of the Wakefield Diocese including the Archdeacon.

Your support is important so if you can please show your support by attending this meeting. The Diocese will be noting how important we in the community consider our church to be, through the number of people attending.

So please make a note of the date and time MONDAY 2nd JULY @ 7pm in Whitley church.


Friends of Whitley Church Facebook Group 


Open Day at All Saints Church Saturday 9th June, 10 till 3.

The annual church Gift Day will be held on Saturday 9th June, come along and see around your local community church and grounds.

This is your chance to see why so many people want to see the church stay open and be developed into a resource for the whole community.

It will also be an opportunity to make a donation if you wish, and you can Gift Aid.

St Edmunds Kellington will also be open on the same day.




 I am researching my family history and wondered if anyone in the Whitley area has an interest in or information regarding the history of the local families. My main interest is in the Horsman family, who lived in Whitley (Balne Moor area ?) around the 1700's/1800's.  Elizabeth Horsman is my 2nd great-grandmother.  I believe she was born in Kellington around 1805 but the only records that I can find relating to the Horsmans seem to place them in nearby Whitley for many years.  I would be most obliged if anyone is able to offer any assistance in my search.

Kind regards

Contact by email:  Charles Trevor Illingworth




Please take the following SURVEY regarding the future of Whitley church! 

There is now a real possibility that All Saints Church here in Whitley will cease to be a place of worship, close and potentially be sold off for development. A consultation period to debate the options for this building has now started. Friends of Whitley Church Facebook Group





Friends of Whitley Church Facebook Group 






Whitley Village Allotment Association

Vacant Plots

Why not come and grow your own fruit, vegetables and flowers

Come and have a look around the allotments just behind Whitefield Lane, we have a variety of plot sizes, full, half and micro, one to suit you.

For further details please contact any one of us, Anita 07889985195, Sarah 01977 288768 or John 01977 662917

Or email whitleyallotment@gmail.com



         Vacant Allotment Plots in Whitley

If you would like to grow your own fruit or veg, Whitley Allotments has some empty plots, just behind Whitefield Lane. If you are interested in having the fun of growing your own please contact one of the committee: 

Anita ‭07889 985195‬
Sarah 01977 288768
John 01977 662917




There is now a real possibility that All Saints Church here in Whitley will cease to be a place of worship, close and potentially be sold off for development. A consultation period to debate the options for this building has now started. If you wish to be part of this consultation and want to suggest a way to secure the future of this building in some way, you are invited to contact the Parochial Church Council in the first place, or NY Councillor John McCartney who is also compiling a list of people who wish to contribute.

Friends of Whitley Church Facebook Group