Local News & Community Info 2020

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This scheme is being initiated RIGHT HERE IN WHITLEY, with £500,000 allocated for crime prevention measures in the Whitley Ward. We’re urging everyone to check it out. All households will be receiving information through the post soon.



Whitley Daffodil Park


The Parish Council are looking into improvements we can make to the Daffodil Park.


We are starting with painting all the playground equipment, which we hope will start soon, and we have employed a new contractor to cut the grass which should be done (subject to the weather) every 2 weeks from March to November.
Over the last couple of years we have had help to maintain the paths and the shrubbery areas but this might not be possible due to social distancing.
If you would like to volunteer to help with jobs around the park please get in touch.
And if you have any ideas we would love to hear from you, we are particularly keen to receive ideas from children and young people.

contact our Clerk     clerk4whitleypc@gmail.com





Whitley Parish Council wants to ensure our community stays safe and well during this time. Particularly for our vulnerable and elderly residents. We have already been in contact with those that we know, but if there are residents that need assistance we are here to do what we can.

Please contact us if you are vulnerable or elderly and genuinely need some community help. We would also like to hear from any local residents who can advise on assistance in any way, should we need it.

Call parish councillors (01977)

Kath 662720 Simon 662271 or John 662917

email: clerk4whitleypc@gmail.com

*The George & Dragon are delivering food and offering essential items to buy. 01977 277374

      *Crown Garden Centre now have a delivery service. 01977 661643

            *Premier Eggborough offer a delivery service to senior residents. 01977 782000






https://twitter.com/CommonGale             https://www.facebook.com/GCAG









This is the response by Whitley Parish Council to the application by EPUKI for Gale Common




Selby District Council: draft new Council Plan

We're developing a new long-term Council Plan. We want to hear from people in our area about what we're proposing.

The plan covers the period up to 2030 and sets out four themes for the Council's work. We want to continue to support the district to be a great place.

· A great place to live - by improving the supply of homes in the district, improving the quality of council-owned homes and supporting improvements to town centres in Selby, Tadcaster and Sherburn.

· A great place to enjoy - by playing a leading role to reduce carbon emissions, continuing to support safe neighbourhoods and improving sustainable transport.

· A great place to grow - by supporting business investment, creating more well-paid jobs and raising skills levels.

· The Council delivering great value - through making more services available online, delivering good quality services and being financially stable for the future.

It's really important that we test our proposals with a range of people and organisations we work alongside. Click here to read the plan in more detail and take part in a quick survey.

It would also be really helpful if you could help us to spread the word about this consultation. Please pass on these details to any relevant contacts who you think may be interested.

Mike James

Communications & Marketing Manager







Office of the North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner 

I would like as many people as possible to tell me their views on whether they think police officers on North Yorkshire’s streets should routinely carry Tasers.

The survey is open now at www.telljulia.com and runs until Sunday 29 September.

The decision on the deployment of Taser is ultimately down to the Chief Constable but, ahead of that being made, I want to know whether people feel greater investment in the devices is the right thing to do, and if communities would feel safer.

· Look out for #TaserSurvey on social media and share our messages

If people do not have access to the internet, please ask them to call my office on 01423 569 562 and my team will record their feedback.

Kind regards

Julia Mulligan
North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner

Download the poster:

Read the press release:

Office of the North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner
12 Granby Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 4ST

Tel: 01423 569 562
E-mail: info@northyorkshire-pfcc.gov.uk
Website: www.northyorkshire-pfcc.gov.uk
Twitter: @northyorkspfcc
Facebook: @northyorkspfcc
Instagram: @northyorkspfcc





My name is Tony Hunt and I am the Chair of the Council for British Archaeology in Yorkshire.

The Council for British Archaeology is a national charity, founded in 1944, that exists to promote, champion, encourage and advocate for community-led archaeology and local history. The CBA’s Yorkshire branch is a resource available to all voluntary, community and regional history and archaeology groups across the county, to assist in whatever capacity may be required.
It has become apparent to us over the last few years that many communities wish to support the investigation of local history or archaeology but are not always confident of the steps required to start or sustain a local group or plan a local project.  This is where the CBA Yorkshire can be of assistance. 
If you or your fellow parish councillors would find it of interest the we are organising a full day workshop entitled ‘Your Local History Group: Accessing Available Funding and Planning Your First Investigation’, which will take place in the magnificent historical surroundings of Selby Abbey on the 21st September 2019. 

**Whitley PC is opening this up to any resident who is interested.
The cost is only £15 per delegate. This will be reduced to £10 if your existing group is already affiliated to the CBA Yorkshire or becomes an affiliate on the day.

The subjects covered will include:

  • Creating your Group: Officers Roles, Constitution and Objectives
  • Resources available from national and local archives, maps and records
  • The Next Step – the Journey into Yesterday
  • Funding & Grants Available to Local Groups
  • Case Studies
  • What can the CBA do for you?

Should you have any queries or questions please contact me at this email address. chair@cba-yorkshire.org.uk

At this point we are looking only for tentative expressions of interest in attending: formal booking will open nearer the date.

If your community is keen to engage with its past, I hope you will allow the CBA Yorkshire to assist you in your journey.

There are few better ways to do this than through well-supported local societies who can assist the local parish council to make a difference by engaging with people of all ages and abilities across the community, whether through old photo collections, family history, church or school archives, or a full blown ‘time team’ archaeological investigation.
I very much hope that someone representing your parish or community will be able to attend the workshop. History and archaeology are hugely popular pastimes which bring real benefits to communities concerned to explore and conserve their local heritage, and to celebrate their local sense of place.

Whether you hope to encourage the formation of a local group or to support the continued existence of an established society you will be more than welcome. Similarly, if you are aware of any local history or archaeology group that is seeking new inspiration or resources, please do forward this invitation to them.

We will also be hoping to have stalls and stands from local and community groups that have begun their journey, book stalls and resource libraries to support your projects and lots of opportunities for networking and informal discussions.

Very best regards,

Tony Hunt
Chair, CBA Yorkshire


If anyone is interested, please contact Tony Hunt       chair@cba-yorkshire.org.uk 



Selby District Council has launched a consultation over significant changes to recycling collections in the district.

The consultation is looking at whether residents want to keep the current recycling box collections or move to wheelie bin collections, with a bin for paper and another for glass, tins and plastic together.

Executive member, Cllr Chris Pearson explained, “The existing system of separate recycling boxes was introduced because at the time there were nearby recycling plants that we could take this material straight to.

“Over the years we’ve started collecting more materials and the way many councils now collect recycling has changed so it’s right that we look at what we do. We’ve listened to what you’ve told us and we know that not everyone likes the kerbside boxes. This system does allow us to collect high quality material which is easy to recycle and brings us revenue but many of you would like a wheelie bin for your recycling.

“Moving to wheelie bins would give nearly 50% more room to recycle. However the Government’s long-term waste strategy advises that paper and cardboard should be collected separately to glass, so we’re looking at a two wheelie bin recycling service.

“We want to gather as much feedback as we can about what residents think about changing the recycling service and how it could change the way they recycle, so we would like as many people as possible to take part in the consultation.”

The consultation is open until 26 June. Take part: www.selby.gov.uk/recycling-consultation





Let's ban Social Isolation!

Helpful Neighbours  


An enormous thank you to everyone who gave up their Saturday morning today to help clean up the village.

These are just some of the bags of rubbish we collected which will be collected by Selby DC in the week.

Black spots were along the A19 opposite Blackthorn Close and verges near the Daffodil Park, probably recycling blowing around and passing motorists.

Thanks also for the refreshments from the George & Dragon.

Maybe we’ll do it again in the autumn.

Thanks again everyone!









Community Litter Pick

Would you be willing to help keep our village litter free? Join our community litter pick on Saturday April 6 at 10.30am meeting in the car park of the George and Dragon. Bags and litter pickers will be provided, but please bring your own gloves. Children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.

Meet back at the pub for a coffee and a biscuit.





Selby District Council

Election of Whitley Parish Councillors, May 2019

more details

Any resident of Whitley is invited to apply. Contact the parish clerk clerk4whitleypc@gmail.com


Whitley Village Allotment Association

Spring is here and we currently have one vacant plot just waiting for a new owner.

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

Come and have a look around the allotments just behind Whitefield Lane and see what is going on right on your doorstep.

The site has a variety of plot sizes, full, half and micro, and if we can’t offer you a plot straightaway we can take your details for when becomes available.

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



Notice of planned maintenance work on the electrical supply network to Whitley Village

We have been advised by Northern Powergrid, the company contracted to manage the Electrical Supply network in the North East, Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire, that they will be carrying out essential maintenance work to some of their electrical equipment supplying power to the village.

Duration of Maintenance Work

This work will be conducted over a four-day period beginning on Tuesday 5th March 2019 to Friday 8th March 2019. To limit any disruption to the electrical supply temporary generators will be installed prior to commencement of the maintenance work. Some homes will experience power outage on Tuesday 5th March for one hour from 9.00 am to 10.am as the temporary generators are installed and on Friday 8th March for one hour from 2.00pm to 3.00pm as the temporary generators are removed following completion of the work.

Hand delivered advance notice of cut to electrical supply

Any homes that are affected will be provided with advanced notice of timing and duration of any cut to their electricity supply. This notice will be delivered to households by Royal Mail to ensure that residents are kept fully informed.


If you have any questions or concerns in connection with the planned

maintenance please call Norther Powergrid on 0800 587 8865 or freephone number 105 quoting reference PPC 030760.

John Hunter
Clerk to Whitley Council 




Gale Common Extraction Drop-In Sessions

EPUKI held public information events on its proposals for the Gale Common Ash Disposal Site on 27th and 29th November 2018 at Cridling Stubbs Village Hall and Whitley and Eggborough School and on 13th December 2018 at Eggborough Methodist Chapel. The information made available at those events is available to view here.

Following on from the public information events we will be holding ‘Drop-In’ sessions in the local area where EPUKI staff will be on hand to provide further information on the proposals and answer any questions that members of the local community may have. Details of the Drop-In sessions are provided below:

Wednesday 30th January 2019Cridling Stubbs Village Hall, Wrights Lane, Cridling Stubbs, Knottingley, WF11 0AS2:00pm – 7:00pm
Thursday 31st January 2019Whitley and Eggborough School, Learning Lane, Whitley, Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire, DN14 0WE4:00pm – 7:00pm

EPUKI will review the comments received at the public information events and Drop-In sessions and take these into account in further developing the proposals for the Site. We plan to carry out public consultation on the proposals toward the end of February 2019 in advance of the submission of the planning application, which we currently expect to take place in May 2019.










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