Wednesday, 30 December 2020

Church Service Details

 Details of Church Services in January for your information 

3rd January 20219.15Bielby
10th January 20219.00Seaton Ross
17th January 20219.00Bursea
24th January 20219.00Seaton Ross
31st January 20219.15Harswell

Monday, 28 December 2020

Rural Crime Survey

 Good afternoon,

As you may know, work by the Police & Crime Commissioner, Keith Hunter (PCC) and the Chief Constable of Humberside Police Lee Freeman (CC) has led to a large scale recruitment of Police Officers. This has resulted in an increase of 20% in Police Officer numbers in the East Riding alone.

In addition to boosting the existing Patrol Teams (those officers who respond to calls for service) and CID Officers, there are now increases being introduced in the East Riding Neighbourhood Policing Teams. These include new dedicated Beat Managers for Hessle, Cottingham and Market Weighton and the introduction of a Rural Crime Team, which will be a Sergeant and four PC’s who will focus on rural crime across the East Riding and be based in Driffield.

Both the Commissioner and the Chief Constable are keen to ensure that local communities are involved in setting the priorities for these policing teams and with these new resources soon to be in place it is important that they are dealing with policing matters which are of a concern to the communities they serve.

The link below leads to a very short survey we are asking you as members of rural Parish Councils, Neighbourhood Watch and/or Farm Watch to complete and submit before the 28th January 2021. The survey asks you to select your top 3 three rural policing issues from a short list. It literally takes two minutes. We recognise that areas will have different issues so the survey also asks for the first four digits of your post code to help us understand and plan effectively.

This is a real opportunity for you as residents to influence policing activity in the future.

Sunday, 27 December 2020

Road Closure - Common Lane, Bielby




Common Lane, Bielby

Notice is hereby given that The East Riding of Yorkshire Council intends not less than seven days from the date of this notice to make an Order, the effect of which will be to prohibit any vehicle from proceeding along Common Lane, Bielby commencing:

Monday 18th January 2021 until Friday 29th January 2021

The road closure is necessary to enable the carriageway resurfacing works to be carried out in a

manner consistent with ensuring the safety of the public. The Order is valid for 18 months, but it

is anticipated that the works will be completed within 12 days.

The alternative route for traffic affected by the road closure will be via:

Melbourne Road, Common Road, Main Street, Hodsow Lane Roundabout, York Road, Hodsow Lane, Hayton Road.

The diversion route will be signed at the time of closure. The road will be closed to all traffic.

Further information can be obtained by contacting the Council on 01482 393939 and asking for Highways

Link to map of area

Police Newsletter December 2020

Here is the latest information from Humberside Police.

Please click on the links below to open the newsletter for each area:-

Thursday, 24 December 2020

Bielby Carol Singing Donations Thanks

 Bielby Carol Singing Donations

A Christmas Eve update of the Bielby Parish 2020 Christmas fund raising instead of the usual carol singing with ‘door-to-door’ collection.

As of 10:30 AM, Christmas Eve, Thursday, 24th December, we’ve raised £250.00 from 15 donations.

- 5 donations by bank transfer into the Bielby Parish bank account, 1 donation by cheque and 9 cash donations (including anonymous donations).

As we all look out at the snow coming down on this chilly morning and look forward to good Christmas fare tomorrow and a much better 2021, please spare a thought and a few Pounds for the children and young people with life-limiting conditions and their families being cared for by Martin House Children’s Hospice.

Please donate, either by,

- Online bank transfer to Bielby Parish Meeting Account, Account number: 83103228, Sort code: 60-16-35, stating: “2020 Carol Singing” as the reference.

- Cash or cheque made payable to Bielby Parish Meeting Account in a sealed envelope marked “2020 Carol Singing”, delivered to either Paul Ward, The Byre, Firgrove Cottages, or Ian Ross, Firgrove House.

- Any cash donations can be made anonymously if preferred, and groups of neighbours, friends or families can arrange a single combined donation.

Many thanks and best wishes for a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and a healthy, safe and prosperous 2021.

Sunday, 20 December 2020

Turkey Raffle Winner

 Turkey Raffle

We're pleased to announce that Neil and Janet Readman are the lucky winners of the Turkey Raffle.

Many thanks again to Joan Huxley for donating the turkey and to everyone one who bought a ticket which raised £85 towards the running of St Giles Church.

Steve Smith

Friday, 18 December 2020

Bielby Carol Singing Donations

 Bielby Carol Singing Donations

As there cannot be a normal carol singing fund raiser this year because of the coronavirus restrictions, Bielby Parish is accepting donations instead of the usual carol singing ‘door-to-door’ collection.

- Because of the cancellation of so many fund raising events during 2020, many charities are suffering this year.


All money from the Bielby Carol Singing Donations this year will be donated to Martin House children’s hospice, Wetherby.

 - Martin House and Whitby Lodge provide care for children and young people from 0 to 19 years old who have life-limiting conditions such as cancer, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, or Batten's Disease, offering the best possible end-of-life care and support to the family in bereavement. Martin House relies on donations and fundraising to provide care and support to 428 children and young people and 155 bereaved families across West, North and East Yorkshire.


Following the plea from Paul Ward on the 9th December, ….

- we’ve so far raised £150.00 in donations to the Bielby Parish bank account plus £50.00 in cash or cheques

 - giving a total as of the 18th December of £200.00.


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Please donate, either by,

- Online bank transfer to Bielby Parish Meeting Account, Account number: 83103228, Sort code: 60-16-35, stating: “2020 Carol Singing” as the reference.

- Cash or cheque made payable to Bielby Parish Meeting Account in a sealed envelope marked “2020 Carol Singing”, delivered to Paul Ward, The Byre, Firgrove Cottages.

- Any cash donations can be made anonymously, and groups of neighbours, friends or families can arrange a single combined donation.

Tuesday, 15 December 2020

Winter Grant Scheme Information

 A discretionary grant scheme to help households struggling in the run up to Christmas has been launched.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council has launched the scheme to support those most in need with the cost of food, energy (such as heating, cooking and lighting), water bills (including sewerage) and other essentials (such as sanitary products), warm clothing, soap, blankets, boiler service/repair, and purchase of equipment including fridges, freezers and ovens.

The Winter Grant Scheme is funded from one-off central Government funding announced on 10 November 2020 called the Winter Support Grant, which enables local authorities to provide financial support to those most in need this year.

To help ensure fairness of applications and access to the grant across the winter for those who need it, East Riding of Yorkshire Council will implement the Winter Grant Scheme as a discretionary scheme across multiple time periods until the one-off funding has been fully utilised.

Period one of the scheme will cover the period 1 November to 31 December 2020. Applications for period one will need to be received by Sunday, 20 December.

It is expected that the discretionary funding available will not be sufficient to provide support to all residents, therefore period one will target and prioritise support for the following:

  • to support households with children, where the applicant meets the criteria to entitle a child to free school meals

  • to support households who have claimed universal credit since 23 March and income is less than £16,000 annually

  • to support individuals who have a social care package and have seen an increase in their household food and fuel since 23 March 2020

  • to support individuals where their annual income is less than £13,600 annually.

Councillor Richard Burton, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “This year has been extremely challenging for some of our residents and I am heartened that we have the Winter Grant Scheme available to support those in need.

“Knowing that this grant will make the difference of keeping children warm and well fed over Christmas, or offering those residents struggling to cope financially the peace of mind that they can manage a difficult winter, is an indicator that East Riding of Yorkshire Council continues to do all it can to support those in need at the end of an unprecedented year.”

For more information, criteria for the grants and how to apply, go to

Where residents may not be eligible for this grant, the council has a benefit eligibility checker, this can be used to see if you are entitled to other forms of financial support

The council also has an emergency assistance scheme available to residents who have had an interruption to their income and where they require support to remain in the community.

For more information, criteria of the grants and how to apply, go to

Contact Information

Rachel Palmer
Strategic Marketing Officer
East Riding of Yorkshire Council
(01482) 391470

Friday, 11 December 2020

Christmas Day At Bielby Church Seat Booking

 Christmas Day at Bielby Church - Seat Booking

Unfortunately, due to Government Covid-19 laws, the church has reduced seating capacity this Christmas. Also carol-singing in church is not allowed.

We have only 8 pews available, with a maximum of 2 people (in one bubble) per pew. This is to meet social distancing requirements.

Therefore we have to take bookings on a ''first come, first served'' basis.

If you would like to attend Christmas Communion in Bielby church at 10.30 am on Christmas Day, please contact churchwarden John Peel on or tel. 318311 to register your name(s).

Attenders at this or any other service are respectfully obliged to wear a mask and to sanitise their hands on entry and exit. We hope villagers kindly understand the difficulties and obligations facing us.

Carol Singing Fundraising

 Following the notice from Paul Ward on the 9th December, we’ve so far raised £150.00 in donations to the Bielby Parish bank account in-lieu of the usual door-to-door carol singing fund raising.  

Wednesday, 9 December 2020

Notification of Planning Application

Proposal: TPO - BIELBY - 1984 (REF 332) T1 - Crown lift 1 no. Beech tree (T1) by 3

metres, side reduce to clear utility cable by 0.5 metres and remove 3 no. branches

over the driveway due to low hanging crown overhanging the road and driveway.

 Location: Burgundenau Beech Tree Farm Main Street Bielby

Applicant: Mr John Halley

 Application type: Works to Protected Trees

 Reference:      20/03975/TPO

The latest date for comments to be submitted to ERYC is 24 December 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.

Carol Singing Cancelled & Donation

Hi everybody, Hope you are all keeping safe and well. Due to the present situation with the pandemic we decided at the last meeting to cancel the carol singing around the village. This is a great event that raises a lot of money for our charities of choice. We would still like to raise some money this year and show some typical Bielby generosity by asking if you would like to donate any amount to Martin House Childrens Hospice.

This can be done by sending a direct payment to the parish account: Acc No: 83103228 Sort code: 60-16-35 with the reference, "2020 carol singing". Or you can put cash or a cheque made out to Bielby Parish Meeting Account in a sealed envelope and post it at my address. The Byre. Thanks in advance I am sure Bielby will not let us down.


Paul Ward

Thursday, 3 December 2020

Christmas Trail Along The Canal

Four of Santa's reindeer are missing. πŸŽ…πŸ¦ŒπŸ¦ŒπŸ¦ŒπŸ¦ŒCan you see them along the fairyglen trail? 

Thanks go to Julie Wilkinson for decorating the walk along the canal and getting us into the Christmas spirit.  

Remember your wellies, it's very muddy and slippy along the trail. πŸ₯Ύ

Sunday, 29 November 2020

Improved Broadband Connection

Residents have the option to apply for an improved broadband connection via the Universal Service Obligation (USO), which gives consumers the legal right to request a ‘decent’ broadband connection. This may not enable a full fibre connection to the property, but is likely to improve available speeds. Residents can apply to either BT or KCOM for the USO, and can find out more about how it works at the following links:

BT -


Gigabit Voucher Scheme

Just to let you know about the Gigabit Voucher Scheme (GBVS), which has been financially matched by East Riding of Yorkshire Council. The aim of the scheme is to help residents and small businesses with poor internet speeds (of which there are sadly many in our rural ward - so this scheme is very important for our area) upgrade to the better internet speed they deserve living in the 21st century.

Residents or small businesses/SME’s (which in this case is defined as, a business who employees less than 249 people and has an annual turnover of less than £44 million a year) with internet speeds of less than 100mbps are entitled to make use of the GBVS. Those that do, need to apply directly to their supplier of choice from a list of suppliers approved by Building Digital UK (BDUK). The supplier of choice then costs the delivery of a connection and applies to BDUK to offset the costs with funding of up to £1500 for residential households or £3500 for business premises put forward by the Government (and in the East Riding this has been matched by ERYC, meaning twice as many people can benefit from this scheme).

There is also a ‘top-up’ scheme available as part of GBVS that will double the funding contribution to households or a business if specific criteria is met, such as if the premises is extremely rural or if internet speeds are extremely poor in that specific area. In some cases it may also be necessary for residents and businesses to contribute towards the cost of the upgrade if the Government/ERYC funding does not cover the full cost of the upgrade, however, I think these will be a very small minority of cases.

Applications to the GBVS must be made by a group of premises (two or more), so the residents who wish to apply for this may need to talk to their neighbours and apply as a pair or even a whole street (the more the better).

Full details of the scheme, who is eligible and how to apply are available here:

A Message from Sir Greg Knight MP

The Government's Winter Plan and Covid 19 Tier 3 Poster  can be viewed  by clicking on the links.

I am writing to update you on the latest information regarding the government’s new regulations for combating the coronavirus pandemic.

Yesterday, the government announced the full details of the tier system which will replace the national lockdown when it ends on 2nd December, including which areas will fall into the highest tiers.

The government has used five measures to determine what tier each area should be placed in. These are: case detection rates in all age groups, case detection rates in the over 60s, the rate at which cases are rising or falling, positivity rate and pressure on the NHS. Taking a holistic view of these statistics in the East Riding, the government has placed the area in tier 3, a very high alert level.

It is important to note that Tier 3 restrictions are stronger than they were before the lockdown, as the government is of the view that the old restrictions were insufficient.

I have already been in contact with the Health Secretary and have asked him to review certain aspects of the proposals and I am currently awaiting his response. 

In the meantime, I have attached a document which sets out the government’s COVID-19 Winter Plan, along with a graphic which details the restrictions under tier three.

I appreciate that these restrictions are difficult, especially given that much of our area is very rural, and rates of transmission locally may be now lower than previously. Nonetheless, the government view is that these tiered restrictions are designed to be easily understood and are not vulnerable to widespread exploitation. That is why tiers have been allocated based on county areas, rather than districts, wards or smaller areas.

These tiers will be reviewed every two weeks, and I have been assured that the restrictions will only remain in place for as long as they are necessary.

With the optimistic news about vaccines being announced recently, the end is in sight. However, we must remain vigilant in these next few months before we can vaccinate the vulnerable. By doing so, we will save thousands of lives.

If you have any further concerns or queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely,

Sir Greg Knight MP

Office of Rt Hon Sir Greg Knight MP
Member of Parliament for East Yorkshire
House of Commons, Westminster, London, SW1A 0AA
email c/o

Saturday, 28 November 2020

Information about East Riding Community Hub and Caller Collect

 Your East Riding Community Hub and Caller Collect

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is working with volunteers, businesses and community partners to help residents stay safe and well during the coronavirus pandemic.

If you need help with medication contact your local pharmacy and they may be able to deliver it.

If you need help getting food get in touch with your local supermarket or retailer and they may be able to deliver to you.

If you already have friends, family, neighbours or volunteers who can help you, you should continue with these arrangements. 

If you do not have support network call (01482) 393919

email or visit

Caller Collect

Are you looking for someone to talk to?

CallER Collective is here to offer a friendly ear for a chat about anything and everything.

Just call (01482) 215929 between 8am - 10pm every day. 

Friday, 27 November 2020

East Riding Covid Tier Announcement

 East Riding of Yorkshire Council – COVID-19 Tier Announcement

Residents of the East Riding are being urged to follow new COVID-19 safety guidance from next Wednesday (2, December) with the news that the area will move into Tier 3 (Very High) when the national restrictions end.

The Government has today announced that the East Riding, along with Hull and many other nearby areas, will all be in the highest of the three-level restrictions system.

Ministers have made decisions on which areas are in which tiers based on factors such as how quickly infection rates are rising or falling, the ratio of positive tests and the current and projected pressure on the NHS.

Some of the key aspects of Tier 3 restrictions are:

  • No mixing of different households indoors or outdoors, including hospitality venues and private gardens

  • The rule of six applies in outdoor public spaces such as parks

  • Pubs and restaurants closed, except for take-away and delivery services

  • Indoor entertainment venues closed

  • Accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites, and guest houses must close. There are several exemptions, such as for those who use these venues as their main residence, and those requiring the venues where it is reasonably necessary for work or education and training

  • Guidance against travelling in and out of Tier 3 areas

  • Personal care, such as hairdressing, is allowed

The Tier restrictions will come into effect from the beginning of Wednesday, 2 December (00.01). Until then, the national restrictions will remain in place. The Government has said it will review tier allocations by 16 December.

Councillor Richard Burton, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said the authority would continue to do everything it can to keep supporting local people and businesses through the pandemic.

He said: “This has been such a long battle against COVID-19 since March and we have seen a number of different phases of restrictions on our daily lives but I’m confident the people of the East Riding will again respond with the right attitude and a determination to do the right thing.

“The vast majority of our residents and businesses have been fantastic in their efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 and in supporting each other through this pandemic. We’re asking you now to keep responding positively as we move into this new phase and to do what is being asked of you so that we can return to some kind of normality as soon as possible and as safely as possible.

“We know some residents, along with business owners, managers and workers, will be frustrated with this news and we know there will be understandable concern about the situation but we will continue to do all we can to protect and support our most vulnerable residents, to suppress the spread of this virus and to save lives.

“While dealing with the huge challenges COVID-19 presents, we will also do our utmost to continue to provide essential services to our local communities and we’re again asking you to keep demonstrating that brilliant #TogetherEastRiding public spirit to get through this.”

Cllr Burton said the council would keep helping residents and businesses with a range of support and advice, from financial aid to health and wellbeing services.

He also said: “There are reasons for optimism. More is now known about COVID-19 than at the start of the pandemic and good progress continues to be made in terms of vaccine development and the use of therapeutics to aid in treatment.

“With these developments and our continued determination to get through this together, I’m confident that the light at the end of the tunnel will shine on an East Riding which is a fantastic and safe place to live, work, shop, learn, play, invest and visit.”

Andy Kingdom, director of public health for East Riding of Yorkshire Council, urged residents to keep following the council’s 3 Steps To Safety: Prevent. Notice. Act. 

He said: “Handwashing, respecting social distance, ventilating inside spaces and wearing face coverings, unless you are exempt, are simple but extremely effective ways people can help to prevent the spread of the virus. 

“Equally important are always noticing when you have any of the COVID-19 symptoms and immediately acting by self-isolating and getting tested as soon as possible. 

“If people do these basic things correctly, then they can suppress the spread of the virus and not only protect themselves but protect their loved ones and ultimately save lives.” 

Further information about the Tier 3 restrictions and what you can and cannot do, along with advice about helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and what support is available to residents and businesses, is available at 

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 – either a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste - you should self-isolate immediately and then request a test as soon as possible at or by calling 119.