Thursday, 23 April 2020

Allerthorpe Plant Sale

Allerthorpe Plant Sale - Online!

The annual Allerthorpe plant sale which is generously supported by the wider community is due to take place on the 6th June and whilst we are unable to confirm if this year’s outdoor plant sale can go ahead in the meantime we are offering a semi-online option.

Please go to The Allerthorpe Parish Council web site.

Under Notices you will find details of the plants.

Some are ready now and others will become ready during May or early June.

The list on the village website will be added to and updated regularly.

The plant sale is a key part of the church fund raising so please do support as much as you can.

Many Thanks!

Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Hi everybody, I hope you are keeping safe and well. For you land owners around the village would you be interested in the tree planting fund attached? Let me know if you are interested. Paul
The East Riding of Yorkshire
Community Tree Planting Fund
Guidance Note for Applicants

Applications to the fund should be made through the online FlexiGrant system, and this is available at where potential applicants are able to register and find all of the tree planting funds we currently have available, including the new East Riding of Yorkshire Community Tree Planting Fund.

Introduction & Scope
The East Riding of Yorkshire Community Tree Planting Fund is open to private and
public landowners for the purposes of delivering new tree planting activity within the
East Riding of Yorkshire. For the purposes of this fund, tree planting shall be
interpreted to include the following:
o Creating new areas of native woodland
o Planting new clusters of native trees
o Establishing new individual native standard trees
There are no restrictions on who can apply to the fund for a grant, and it is envisaged
that applications will be received from a range of individuals and groups such as
private and public landowners, farmers and land managers, community groups,
businesses, community organisations, charities, town & parish councils, schools and
faith groups.
The fund will seek to support projects that are significant in scale, either rural or
urban in nature, and which can demonstrate clear benefits to the East Riding of
Yorkshire. The focus of the fund will be to support the planting of British native
species of trees and shrubs appropriate to the East Riding of Yorkshire area. The fund
will support new projects as well as those which seek to expand and improve existing
Grant Awards
The fund will award grants of no greater than £3,000 to each successful application.
However, this amount may be greater in exceptional circumstances where it can be
fully justified by the applicant and where the grant panel agree to make such an
award. There is no restriction on multiple applications for separate projects being
submitted by the same landowner, but please be aware that it is the intention to
distribute the benefits of the East Riding of Yorkshire Community Tree Planting Fund
as widely as possible throughout the area.
Although the fund is available to support native tree planting projects, it will not be
available to applicants who are required to undertaken tree planting work that is
required under other obligations (e.g. to implement a planning condition, to fulfil a
felling license restocking requirement, etc.). Also, the fund will not normally support
work within domestic gardens, although the grant panel may consider such
applications in exceptional circumstances where the wider community benefits are
demonstrated to be of sufficient merit.
Prioritising Applications to Receive Funding

All projects submitted to the East Riding of Yorkshire Community Tree Planting
Fund must be located within the East Riding of Yorkshire. All project applications
that satisfy the broad aims of the fund will be considered against a series of criteria to
ensure that those receiving a grant will deliver the maximum benefits that the funding
can bring to the area.
Funding Criteria
Each project will be considered on its merits and in accordance with a set of criteria
based on the following factors:
o Deliverability
o Value for Money
o Benefits/Outcomes
o Sustainability
Fulfilling the Criteria
To help demonstrate how a project fulfils the criteria, an application should seek to
show how it satisfies some, or all, of the following factors against which it will be
o The project is of sufficient scale to make a beneficial impact to the area
o The planting activity comprises of solely native species appropriate to the area
o The project will deliver a clear benefit for wildlife (i.e. species and habitats,
connectivity, etc.)
o The project will deliver a clear enhancement to local landscape character
o The community has been/will be involved in the project (e.g. development,
planting, maintenance)
Projects are not expected to necessarily fulfil all of these factors, but applicants should
bear in mind that funding will be awarded on a competitive basis, and that proposals
that can demonstrate the maximum benefits are more likely to receive support.
Evaluating Projects
Where there are sufficient funds to do so, all suitable projects will be supported where
demonstrable benefits can be identified in accordance with the above criteria. An
independent grant panel will scrutinise applications received and oversee the
awarding of grants to successful projects. The grant panel will be made up of
representatives of the local authority, independent experts, environmental
organisations and Parish/Town Council.
Please note that should the fund be over-subscribed, some projects which fulfil the
above criteria will inevitably not be able to receive funding. The grant panel will
have the duty of deciding how to prioritise projects received. Unsuccessful
applications will be recorded on file and landowners contacted should further funding
become available in the future.

Monday, 20 April 2020

Advice from Victim Support

Coronavirus information from ERYC.

We are aware that Parish Councils are taking an active role in helping vulnerable residents, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.    We have attached leaflets for you below which we hope you will find useful in delivering the valuable assistance you are providing to local communities.

Leaflet Advice for individuals

Leaflet Advice for groups

Wednesday, 15 April 2020

Message from Greg Knight MP

Council Briefing Note 
from The Rt Hon SIr Greg Knight MP                                                     March 2020

I am writing to you in your capacity as clerk of your Council, to give you some information on the subject of COVID-19, which I hope is useful to your council. 
This is a difficult time for everyone, and some local residents may contact you with a multitude of problems, so this is a letter to outline central government’s response so far.
Support for individuals who are isolating
If you are self-isolating, either because you are vulnerable or because you are infected with coronavirus, you should not leave the house. In order to get essential supplies such as food, you should try to order online. However, some supermarkets that are busy may not be offering delivery slots. However, supermarkets are not the only source of food deliveries and some local shops are now offering this service and we should all try to support them.
If you have family or friends in the area, you could ask them to help.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council has launched a dedicated helpline for those who need assistance or support while self-isolating. You can find their contact information below:
Email Address:
Phone number: 01482 393919
Please ask others to take care when asking someone they do not know for help, because fraudsters are exploiting coronavirus to scam vulnerable people. It is worth consulting this document to protect from scams:
Support for business
So far, the government has announced £330 billion of guarantees, so any business who needs access to cash to pay their rent, the salaries of employees, pay suppliers or purchase stock, should be able to access a government-backed loan.
The government has also announced a series of grants for small businesses. 
Retail, hospitality and leisure businesses operating from smaller premises, with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000, are eligible for a £25,000 grant. Businesses currently eligible for Small Business Rate Relief or Rural Rate Relief will also receive a one-off grant of £10,000.
Furthermore, businesses will also benefit from tax cuts worth nearly £20 billion. All businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors have been made exempt from business rates for 12 months. If your business is having trouble paying tax, you may be eligible to receive support through HMRC’s Time to Pay service. For further information on this service, you can call HMRC’s dedicated COVID-19 helpline on 0800 0159 559.
Further details on all these arrangements, including how to claim grants and loans, can be found here:
Enforced business closures
In an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus, the government has announced that many businesses, including restaurants, pubs and non-essential retailers, must close. You can find full details of which businesses must close here:
The above document also lists businesses which are exceptions to these rules. Any business which isn’t ordered to close may remain open. However, they are strongly advised to observe social distancing rules, such as employees, remaining at least two metres apart.
Tradespeople and those with similar jobs, such as cleaners, may keep working, so long as they observe social distancing guidelines. They should try to avoid handling cash and should stay at least two metres away from other people.
Advice and mandatory rules may change, so please keep up to date with the latest health advice at the NHS website:
If you need any further advice about businesses, you can also contact the Business Support Helpline:
Support for employees
As you probably know, the government has announced extensive measures to support businesses and employees. Eligibility for these various benefits depends on the nature of the employment. You can find full details of the help that the government is offering workers here:
More general information about the government’s response to COVID-19 is available here:
It’s important to note that all employees who are on PAYE are eligible for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, including those on zero-hours contracts.
Support for self-employed
The self-employed will now be eligible for a new Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS). This will support the self-employed whose income has fallen temporarily due to COVID-19.
The Scheme will provide further additional support to the self-employed across the whole of the UK and is expected to help millions of individuals. This Scheme has been developed at a rapid pace to get support to the self-employed as soon as possible and overcome the very challenging operational difficulties in establishing such unprecedented further support for this group.
The Scheme will provide taxable grants to self-employed individuals, including members of trading partnerships, worth 80% of their trading or partnership profits up to a maximum cap of £2,500 per month. The Scheme will cover three months of an individual’s typical profits, so an individual could receive up to £7,500. HMRC will use the average annual profits from eligible individuals’ tax returns for 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 to determine the size of the grant for each person.
The government want to ensure that this Scheme provides targeted support for those who most need it to ensure it is fair. Reflecting this, individuals will be eligible to claim a grant if they:
• have lost trading profits/partnership trading profits due to COVID-19; 
• have filed a tax return for 2018-19 as self-employed or a member of a trading partnership, although we will make special provision for those who have not filed their return for 2018-19; 
• have trading profits of less than £50,000 and more than half of their total income comes from self-employment. The individual will qualify on this criterion if at least one of the two following conditions applies:  
-an individual’s trading profits in 2018-19 were less than £50,000 and more than half their total income in 2018-19 came from self-employment  
-the average of individual’s trading profits across the three years 2016-17, 2017-18, and 2018-19 were less than £50,000, and more than half their total income in those three years came from self-employment  
These criteria reduce the opportunity for abuse of the Scheme and ensure those who rely primarily on their trading profits from self-employment receive support. These individuals must be the priority for any taxpayer-funded help to deal with sharply reduced income over the next few months. 95% of people who receive the majority of their income from self-employment are eligible for this Scheme.
Once the Scheme is operational, HMRC will use existing information to check potential eligibility and invite applications. Eligible individuals will use a simple online form to verify their eligibility. HMRC will then pay a single lump sum grant covering all 3 months straight into the individual’s bank account.
The grants are subject to Income Tax and National Insurance so will then be reportable on future Income Tax Self Assessment tax returns.
BEIS have also developed guidance specifically for employers and businesses at
Caravanners and holidaymakers
The government issued new instructions on 23rd March 2020, which outlined further businesses which must close. This includes hotels, pubs, and holiday parks. Furthermore, the government has ordered people to stay at home, unless absolutely necessary. Therefore, there should be very few people in caravan parks and similar areas, and hopefully from now on you should not see an abundance of holidaymakers out and about during this crisis.
There are, however, exceptions. Where someone is living in a caravan park because it is their primary residence, or because another primary residence is unavailable, then they are legally allowed to stay. This is why some caravan parks and similar sites across the East Riding may not be closed completely. Someone who is staying in a caravan or lodge therefore on such a long-term basis CAN CONTINUE TO DO SO.
The government has listened to the concerns of private renters and is taking measures to ensure that no one will be forced out of their home by their landlord in this difficult time. The government is introducing emergency legislation so that no landlord will be able to start proceedings to evict tenants for at least a three month period. The matter will be kept under review and further announcements may be made in the light of developing events.
Emergency Legislation
The government is doing what it feels it must to stop the spread of this horrible infection. You can see details of the Act’s provisions on the website:
Parliament has fully supported the government in fighting this pandemic.
So far as emergency powers are concerned, the Act has what is called a “sunset clause” of two years, but, at the request of Parliament, the government amended the bill so it will be reviewed every six months.
Because of this, the emergency measures being introduced will not last longer than necessary and will not be open to longer-term abuse.
I am aware that that the provisions of this act are far-reaching and unprecedented. However, the government feels the current pandemic is a unique situation which requires drastic -but temporary- changes to the law.

Please note that the best place to keep up to date with the latest health advice is the NHS website:
I hope these measures will help local East Riding residents through this difficult time. If anyone seeks further guidance or advice, you can use the contents of this email, or if you or they have any further concerns, please contact me.
Sir Greg Knight MP - Telephone enquiries call 01377 812123 or 020 7219 4077.
If sending an email, please write to
or, you can write to:   The Rt Hon Sir Greg Knight House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA
Yours sincerely,
Greg Sir Greg Knight MP

Monday, 13 April 2020

Recommendation For Saunts Take Away Meals

Neil and Janet just wanted to say they recommend the Saunts take away meal. They highly recommend the fruit loaf.

Thursday, 9 April 2020

Update On Help In Village And From Pocklington Hub

Hi Everyone, I hope you are all well and staying safe.

I just wanted to say if anyone needs anything please get in touch, you can ring me, Sara on 01759 318286 /07805702745.

Just to update you all.

We have a great group of villagers who can help if anyone is needing anything, so please just ask if you need something. I know many of the villagers are phoning neighbours and friends and getting supplies for them so that's brilliant.

Also Debbie Britton who is a trustee of the Pocklington Rugby in the Community Charity (PRITC) has put me in touch with Pocklington Hub so we are able to get help and support from them. I have a contact number for Darren Jackson who will help  coordinate anything we need.

The hub can assist with food parcels and supplies (essential food and household supplies), collecting prescriptions, offering advice, offering phone buddies for those who feel isolated, dog walking, education support for parents and children who may need assistance.

For example, it might be that we can coordinate prescription collection from Pocklington so that a volunteer from the hub collects the prescriptions and delivers them to me for distribution.

Please also let me know if you know anyone in the village who needs support but doesn't know who to ask for help.

As I used to be a primary teacher I've set up a website with ideas for activities with children. Hope it's useful.

Please get in touch with me if you need anything and we will try to help.
Take care and stay safe.
Sara 01759 318286 / 07085702745

Monday, 6 April 2020

Town and Parish Council AGM

We have now received official confirmation regarding the position of the AGM and officers. Please see below.

I attach the regulations that will be in force from Saturday. In summary these remove the requirement for Town and Parish Councils to hold an AGM in March /April /May 2020. The regulations also provide that where any appointment would be made at an annual meeting of the council such a meeting continues until the next annual meeting of the authority or until the authority determine. Therefore appointments of chairs , mayors etc will continue until your Council next meets either in person or remotely. You can still hold an AGM but you are not required to do this in April or May of this year.  

The regulations apply only up until the 7th May 2021 so at that point the legal position reverts to as it is now and you will have to hold your 2021 annual meeting ( if you have not already held it ) in May 2021.

The regulations relating to remote meetings essentially provide that you can hold remote meetings via video conference facilities.

Thursday, 2 April 2020

Clapping and Cheering For Keyworkers 8pm

Morning everyone,

Tonight the nation are geared up for another 8pm clap and cheer to show our appreciation for all the key workers who are tirelessly saving lives, risking their own, looking after our loved ones, keeping us fed, serving essentials, collecting our refuse and much, much more. Would be great to have a strong turn out this eve...front doors, back doors or windows.

Hope everyone is keeping safe.

Emma Crotty (Wilton House)