Wednesday, 25 December 2019

Planning Application

Proposal: Erection of a single storey extension to rear following demolition of existing.

Location: Holly Cottage, Main Street, Bielby.
Reference: 19/04186/PLF
The latest date for comments to be submitted to ERYC is 11 January 2020.
Plans, documents and comments can be viewed online via Public Access on the ERYC website. Your comments can also be submitted on line via the link below or by email to

The link to take you to the planning search page is

A copy of the letter from ERYC will be on the notice board.

Tuesday, 24 December 2019

Village Walk 29th December 2019

A reminder to all that we will be having the village walk on Sunday 29th Dec. We are meeting at Neil Readmans house at 10am for a drive to North Newbald then a walk from there with a pub lunch after.

Saturday, 21 December 2019

Christmas Wishes From Debbie & Tony

Dear Bielby friends,

In light of the difficult Christmas we had as a family last year and the wonderful care our daughter Molly received at the Royal Worcester ICU, this year we are making a donation to Crohns and Colitis UK  instead of sending cards.

We would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a very happy 2020.
Best Wishes Debbie, Tony and family

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Carol Singing Thanks

We collected £318.81 carol singing round the village on Wednesday evening. I would like to say a huge thanks to all the people who gave very generously and the singers who were in fine voice on such a horrible wet and cold evening.
The money raised will go to York Against Cancer which I am sure you will agree is a very worthwhile cause. Thanks again and have a great Christmas and New Year.



Monday, 16 December 2019

Bielby Christmas Lunch

Bielby Christmas Lunch

Many thanks to the villagers who attended the Xmas lunch yesterday for making it a superb afternoon.  Also I would like to say a big thank you for the gorgeous flowers I received from everyone.   Jenny.

Thank you Jenny for organising the village meal for the last few years, it's much appreciated. The villagers. 

Sunday, 15 December 2019

Carol Singing Wednesday 18th December 2019

A reminder we will be carol singing round the village on Wednesday 18th Dec. We are starting at Stoneleigh Care Home at 18-30. Please support us by coming out to sing or be generous when we come round.
Funds raised to a local charity - York Against Cancer.

Friday, 13 December 2019

Everingham News Update For December

A reminder about the Everingham Coffee morning, next Thursday  19th,10-12 noon.The ðŸŽ„will be up & you can sit round the fire to have your drink & cake and more mince pies?

Everingham Village Hall will be open on Inn Night, FRIDAY 20th DECEMBER. The evening will start at 6-30pm,so that families can come along for a while & enjoy a seasonal atmosphere! The Christmas ðŸŽ„ will be in the corner (how big will it be this year?), the fire will be lit, warm sausage rolls, sausages & crisps etc will be offered,as well as table tennis & a few activities for youngsters whilst their parents chat away!

The next Inn night at the Village Hall will be on Saturday 29th February 2020.  Yes,the 29th,so it must be a Leap Year! It will take the form of a quiz with delicious local, home cooked food included. Please put the date in your diary. More details in February’s newsletter.

And finally the planned Children's Christmas Party has had to be cancelled due to a lack of replies back and unforseen circumstances. It is hoped that a summer event for the children will take place instead.

Everinghma Village News Update.

Training In First Aid/Defibrillator

At the last village meeting we discussed some training in first aid/defibrillator which is free. We can hold this in the church but we need to get enough people interested for the trainers to give up their time. The training is about 1 hour. Please let me know ASAP if you would be interested in this. We need at least 12 people.


Paul Ward
0757 082 7881

Thursday, 12 December 2019

Christmas Services at St Giles's Church

Christmas at St Giles's Church, Bielby

Sunday 22nd Dec  6.30 pm Carol Service

Christmas Day 25th Dec  10.30 am Christmas Communion

Sunday 29th Dec (5th Day of Christmas)  9.15 am Holy Communion

Sunday 5th Jan (12th Day of Christmas)  9.15 am Holy Communion

Everyone is welcome

(Other services at churches in our group are posted on the church noticeboard)

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Village Meal Sunday 15th December

Looking forward to seeing everyone on Sunday for the Bielby Christmas lunch. The tables are booked for 1pm, so please arrive 15 minutes beforehand for drinks, etc. and a reminder of your menu choices.  Jenny

Everingham Newsletter December 2019

Here is the newsletter for Everingham for December 2019. Sorry it's a bit late.

Pocklington Rugby In The Community Charity Christmas Meal

I am involved with this new charity and rather hastily we are able to provide a free Christmas lunch next Wednesday at the rugby club. It is really for people who are feeling lonely, isolated and struggling at this time of year, male or female.

If people are interested in coming along they can always pm me on my mobile 07788100201.

Many Thanks

Deb Britton

Saturday, 7 December 2019

Father Christmas and Sleigh At Stoneleigh Saturday 14th December 2019

Dale has just let me know that the Lions will be at Stoneleigh with Father Christmas and his sleigh at 4.30pm on Saturday 14th December. All welcome to pop down.

Thursday, 28 November 2019

Western Parish Liaison Meeting 22nd January

The next western parish liaison meeting being held on the 22nd January. The six Ward councillors will be in attendance at this meeting for us to air any issues we have. I am willing to attend this meeting to represent Bielby if anybody has any issues they would like me to bring up. I will not attend if I don’t receive any. So if you have anything of concern please let me know by the 6th January.


Paul Ward
Chair of Bielby Meeting

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Coffee Morning at Cherry Court Thanks

Pete and Val would like to say a Very Big Thank You to their family, friends and villages who helped and supported them at their Final Coffee Morning at Cherry Court, on Saturday 23rd November 2019. They were delighted to have raised a Grand Total of £955.00 (their most ever) to be shared between St Giles Church, Bielby; York Hospital Butterfly Appeal and Woldgate School Peer Mentor Programme.
Pete and Val had a wonderful morning and hope that you all enjoyed it as much as they did. Many Thanks. Pete and Val

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Police Newsletters for November 2019

Here is the latest information from Humberside Police.

Please click on the links:-
Pocklington Newsletter.
Wolds Weighton Newsletter.

Monday, 25 November 2019

British Legion Poppy Appeal Thanks

Pete and Val would like to thank everyone who bought a poppy and supported the British Legion poppy appeal for Bielby. We raised £49.60. A very good effort as we only had the duck race and remembrance day to collect. Thank you.

Volunteers Wanted For Taking Part In Psychological Study

Many of you who know us will know that our daughter Becky is currently studying psychology at the University of Kent at Canterbury and she is now doing a research project for her final year (I know time flies!).  She has to recruit more than 40 participants for her study and wondered if any villagers would be able to help her out. 

She writes:

"Please would you consider taking part in a psychological study and get paid £35! All you have to do is read a book over 3 weeks (approx 270 pages) that will be sent to you free of charge, and download an app on your smartphone that will ask you a couple of daily questions about your diet and beliefs. You will also have to complete a few short questionnaires which won't take longer than 15 mins each.
Participants must be aged 18 or over and eat meat. 
Here's the link to the prescreening survey which won't take longer than 10 mins:

If you do decide to help me, thanks for your time"

If you have signed up, please could you email me to let me know and I can tell her.

Susan Smith - Old School House

Friday, 15 November 2019

Burglaries In The Area

In the last 10 days, there have been 8 residential burglaries reported across rural towns and villages in our area, all when occupants are out, and often when residents are away on holiday, the MO is usually that rear doors are being smashed to gain entry and an untidy search being carried out with jewellery being stolen. On a couple of occasions rear ground floor windows have been jemmied, and one was a garage door being forced and quad bike & go cart stolen.

If you are going away from home then consider crime prevention measures such as ensuring valuables are kept out of sight and somewhere secure, asking a friend / neighbour you know and trust to house sit or conduct regular visits to check on your property for you or to use your drive. Crime prevention advice is available on the Humberside Police Website, and if you notice any suspicious activity in your area please contact Humberside Police Non-Emergency number 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress.

Thursday, 7 November 2019


We have been sent the following email re fracking. 

I refer to our previous correspondence about fracking and can now update you on the position.

Following representations that I and others have made, the government has now called a halt to shale gas extraction in England.

This comes after a report by the Oil and Gas Authority said it was not possible to predict the probability or size of tremors caused by the practice.

As you probably know, fracking has been suspended since a tremor in Lancashire in August but now Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom has announced the government was "no longer convinced" shale gas could be extracted safely.

Mrs Leadsom said: "After reviewing the OGA's report into recent seismic activity at Preston New Road, it is clear that we cannot rule out future unacceptable impacts”.

I have already passed on to ministers your views as well as expressing my own ongoing concerns and I am pleased at this decision.

Kind regards

Greg Knight 

Council Tax scam warning

Below is a message via ERNLLCA from the Pocklington Town Council clerk with a warning about a Council Tax scam.

Good Afternoon

Please be aware that Pocklington Town Council have received several calls today from residents saying that  a male called “Dave” or “George” is ringing on behalf of the council and is either telling them that they are due a Council tax refund or have underpaid and need to pay the difference (the figures that have been quoted to residents are approx. £80- £100) 

The male is then asking for bank details to make the refund or to take a payment for what is owed.   This is a SCAM,  Pocklington Town Council would never ring you and ask for your bank details or discuss your  council tax payments  with you.  Please do not give any bank /personal details to this male who can become abusive on the phone if he is challenged. 

If you have any concerns then please call into the Council offices  or report to Action Fraud or 0300 123 2040

Gordon Scaife
Town Clerk
Pocklington Town Council

Monday, 4 November 2019

Seaton Ross Village Newsletter November 2019

I am posting the Seaton Ross Village Newsletter again as the previous post didn't show all the items and I now have the pdf so hopefully these images of the pdf will show in your emails.

Sunday, 3 November 2019

Christmas Coffee Morning Saturday 23rd November 2019

Pete & Val of Cherry Court are hosting their last Christmas Coffee Morning on Saturday 23rd November from 10 til 12noon.

Lots of Christmas Crafts and Stalls.

Donations of Cakes and Raffle Prizes really appreciated.

The proceeds will be shared between St Giles' Church Bielby, Woldgate School Peer Mentor Programme and York Hospital the Butterfly Appeal.

Warm welcome to everyone.

Please support. See you there.

Everingham Newsletter November 2019

Here is the Everingham Village Newsletter for November 2019.

Bielby & Melbourne Mobile Library Service

For those of you that like to use the library but can't always make it to Pocklington, the mobile library van comes to Bielby and stops near the College Arms, Main Street, Bielby. The next visit will be Mon, 11 Nov 2019 - 9.40am - 9.55am

The mobile library van will also be in Melbourne near the shop/village hall on Thursday, 28 Nov 2019 - 3.25pm - 4.15pm.

The mobile library visits every 4 weeks.

Christmas Walk 2019

Christmas Walk is arranged for 29th December, destination North Newbald unless another route is suggested. More Information to follow.

Carol Singing December 2019

Wednesday 18th December 6pm Carol Singing. 

Meet outside Stoneleigh Care Home. 

The meeting agreed to donate the funds raised to a local charity - York Against Cancer.

Annual Duck Race Winners 2019

In keeping with tradition, the Annual Duck Race has been held on the last Sunday in October.  Unfortunately, this year we decided the beck was too high to hold a safe race. So on the bright sunny Sunday morning in Jon Los's garden, we randomly picked the winners for each race. We would like to thank everybody who purchased a duck and supported us and are delighted to let you know we've raised a grand total of £321 for the Church funds.
Pete, Val, Richard & Christine.

 Race 1 Children's Crafts Name Jacob Readman Number 123

 Race 2 Bag of Preserves Name Robert Childs Number 105

 Race 3 Calendar & Diary Set Name Bill Randles Number 64

 Race 4 Bird Bag Name Mary Milner Number 43

 Race 5 Stationery Box Name Carrie Busfield Number 15

 Race 6 Garden Basket Name Stanley Simpson Number 92

 Race 7 Home is Where The Heart Is Name Alison Bell Number 99

 Race 8 Jigsaw Puzzle Name Alan Pilling Number 22

 Race 9 Teddy Bear Name Chirstine Coe Number 19

 Race 10 Chocolate & Wine Name Lucy Preston / Jen Hawkworth Number 52

Saturday, 2 November 2019

Humber and Wolds Rural Action

At the parish meeting it was suggested that the question of membership for the above group be put to the village.
HWRA is a charity that supports rural communities, a key role being to develop and maintain relationships between councils, community leaders, commissioners and providers, local organisations and groups, activists and individuals.
Annual membership is £25.
Please contact Gabrielle at if you think the village should join.
Here is a link to the flyer

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Police Newsletters for October 2019

Here is the latest information from Humberside Police.

Please click on the links:-
Pocklington Newsletter.
Wolds Weighton Newsletter.

Minutes of the Parish Meeting 21st October 2019

Below are the minutes of the meeting followed by a link to the Treasurer mid-year report.

Minutes of the Bielby Parish Meeting

Monday 21st October 2019
at St. Giles’s Church, Bielby, by courtesy of the Church Council.

Present: Chairman - Paul Ward. Treasurer - Ian Ross. Secretary - Gabrielle Rose.
14 residents.

Paul thanked everyone for attending this evening.

1.      Apologies for absence received from Debbie and Tony Britton, Mary Milner, Jenny Ward.
2.      Minutes of last meeting held on 7th May 2019 were read out and adopted as a true and correct record. Proposed by Graham Tew and seconded by Richard Coe.
3.      Matters arising from the minutes. There were no matters arising.
4.      Financial position. Ian Ross summarized his mid-year report.
·         The current mid-year financial position as of the 21st October 2019 is £3,636.83, with an estimated balance at the financial year end of £2546.43. A contingency fund of £1000 and a minimum of £1000 to carry forward leaves £546.43 available to spend.
·         Ian confirmed that compliance with the Annual Governance and Accountability Return framework had been met and that no comments from local electors had been received.
·         The local precept demand is due and Ian proposed that the rate should remain the same with no further increase for 2020-2021.  Seconded by Graham Tew.
5.      Planning applications and outcomes since last meeting. Applications received for erection of a detached outbuilding containing additional living space and garage following demolition of existing outbuilding and for erection of a dwelling (access to be considered) at Bergundenau, Beech Tree Farm. Mr J Halley attended the meeting to address any concerns/comments, in particular, regarding the beech tree at the property. Tree experts had no concerns and none were raised at the meeting. Paul thanked Mr Halley for attending the meeting and read out a note of support from Mr C Emptage.
6.      Village marquee. Tents and a marquee are available for the use of Bielby residents. Having been in the care of Richard Coe for many years, Dale Greenaway has kindly agreed to store them at Stoneleigh. John Peel provided some very interesting background into the purchase of the original village tent and the village charity that provided the funds. Ian Ross suggested that a register of use should be made and was happy to be a point of contact for enquiries from residents. Several issues were raised including insurance, wear and tear, damage and help required to erect them. Val Nolton added that also available are crockery and cutlery for 50 settings which are currently being stored at their home.
7.      Flood Plan. Ian Simpson raised his concerns regarding flooding in village. The last incident was in 2007 when several properties were affected. The increase in house building in Pocklington could increase the risk to Bielby. He suggested that an Action Plan be put together. This could record areas that are at risk based on past events and local knowledge of the drains, beck and canal. Several residents agreed to gather information and report back. Further information will go on the Blog.  
8.      Drains and Sewers. Ian then made the meeting aware that sewage had recently been coming out of the gullies on his property. Yorkshire Water were working at the pumping station and told Ian that wet wipes had blocked the main sewer. Ian explained to the meeting that as the main sewer runs from Everingham across the fields to the south of Bielby then up the main road to the pumping station, he requested that Everingham Parish Council be contacted about the issue. Paul agreed to contact their Chairman.
9.      Defibrillator training. Paul has been made aware of an offer of a free training session for up to 12 people. Paul agreed to follow this up. Further information will go on the Blog.
10.  Village Taskforce Walkabout update. The walkabout took place during the summer and Paul went through the list of works that had been scheduled.  There was confirmation that some work had already been completed. Graham Tew asked if the gullies had been cleared, this is a Highways issue and the gully near the post box on Gale Carr Lane was full. Paul said he would make enquires.
11.  VE Day 75. 8th to 10th May 2020. Paul read out the planned events (to include Bell ringing and Pipers) that would take place nationally over the Bank Holiday weekend commencing on Friday 8th May 2020. The meeting agreed that the village should organise something and further information will go on the Blog.
12.  Humber and Wolds Rural Action membership.  The village has received an invitation to join this organisation at an annual cost of £25. The meeting suggested that the information should go on the Blog for comments from residents.
13.  Bielby beck update. Neil Readman was not present to update the meeting. Paul observed that the beck appeared to be clear. He said that some concerns had been raised but had been addressed by the contractor. Steve Ridsdale and the Drainage Board had done some clearing. It was suggested that the Environment Agency be contacted regarding responsibility for clearing the beck. The Treasurer commented that it is the single largest item of expenditure annually. Paul agreed to discuss this with Neil.
14.  Bielby Newsletter. Sue Richardson was not present to give an update. The meeting agreed that having a paper copy of local news was a good idea for those residents who did not have access to the Internet. Richard suggested that the Sunday services could be included. Val was disappointed that the annual Duck Race taking place this weekend had not been included. Paul will speak with Sue.
Steve Ridsdale had some information about the Blog. Due to a support issue with the Blog’s email provider, anyone subscribing recently to the Blog was not receiving the Blog posts by email. A no cost replacement provider was being sought.
15.  Bielby in bloom. Expenditure of up to £50 for winter plants and spring bulbs was suggested. Proposed by Graham Tew seconded by Val Nolton.
16.  Remembrance service. There would be no church service this year but there will be a gathering at the memorial at the canal. Meet outside the church at 10.45
17.  Carol singing. Wednesday 18th December 6pm, meet outside Stoneleigh Care Home. The meeting agreed to donate the funds raised to a local charity - York Against Cancer.
18.  Christmas meal. About 39 people will be attending this year. The meeting thanked Jenny Ward for organising it this year but she is looking for someone else to take over for next year.
19.  Any other business. 
·         East Riding of Yorkshire Council Code of Conduct. The document was received after the agenda had been set. Paul Ward requested that the Code be adopted. The meeting agreed.
·         Ian Simpson requested that the cost of Insurance and Toilets (up to a maximum of £500) for the 2020 Festival be underwritten by the Parish Meeting. Proposed by Steve Ridsdale seconded by Margaret Wilkinson.
·         Christmas Walk is arranged for 29th December, destination North Newbald unless another route is suggested. More Information will be on the Blog.
·         Several vehicles are blocking the footpath on Gale Carr Lane. It is illegal to park on a footpath and the police should be contacted if necessary. Vehicles on grass verges may be a council issue.

There was no other business and the meeting closed at 9.10pm

Click to view the financial report.

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Use Of Wet Wipes & Toilets

An issue came up at the Parish meeting on Tuesday about sewage coming up through the gullies in to the street.

Yorkshire water say this is caused primarily by wet wipes being put in to the system.

Could people kindly refrain from putting wet wipes down the toilet but to dispose of them in the bin as they do not dissolve and eventually block the system up. 

This is not just inconvenient but is a potential health hazard. Thank you.

Saturday, 19 October 2019

Kitten found down Gale Carr Lane

Friendly kitten found down Gale Carr Lane this afternoon.

At Alex's House if you know who it belongs to.

Sunday, 13 October 2019

Parish Meeting - Agenda

Bielby Parish Meeting

The next meeting will take place on Monday 21st October 2019
at 7.30 pm at St. Giles’ Church, Bielby, by courtesy of the church council.

All resident electors are invited to attend the meeting.


1.      Apologies for absence.
2.      Minutes of last meeting held on May 7th 2019.
3.      Matters arising from the minutes.
4.      Financial position.
5.      Planning applications and outcomes since last meeting.
6.      Village marquee.
7.      Flood Plan.
8.      Drains and Sewers.
9.      Defibrillator training.
10.  Village Taskforce Walkabout update.
11.  VE Day 75. 8th to 10th May 2020.
12.  Humber and Wolds Rural Action membership.
13.  Bielby beck update.
14.  Bielby Newsletter.
15.  Bielby in bloom.
16.  Remembrance service.
17.  Carol singing.
18.  Christmas meal.     
19.  Any other business.