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Issue 164, 25 September 2013, Pool in Wharfedale e-news, your village newsletter. Free, available online, hard copies at Pool Post Office, Pharmacy, and notice boards in Pool and Old Pool Bank. Sign up at mailto:[email protected] For more information on local groups, links to organisations, councillors, key telephone numbers, and local business directory, please go to

Calling all volunteer groups in Pool in Wharfedale Please take a little time to complete this survey and put our village and volunteers on the map. Take the Third Sector Trends Survey 2013 and help map the voluntary sector in Yorkshire & Humber!

Pool CC End of Season Ground Party Clive Singleton has asked me to drop you all a line to thank everyone for the contribution they made on Saturday putting the ground and the practice cage to bed. It was by far the best ever turnout we have had and made such a difference.  It was good to see so many juniors there as well as Dads.  Well done lads!  The future of the club is sound if you can maintain this support. JW

Pool in Wharfedale to benefit from fortnightly [alternate] refuse collection From mid-November 2013 a fortnightly black bin and a fortnightly green bin collection service called “Alternate Week Collection” will  be introduced. Prior to implementation Leeds City Council will advise residents about the planned changes. A detailed communications plan will be prepared, and there will be a public education and awareness-raising campaign, meetings and road-shows.

Macmillan Cancer Charity Coffee Morning At Pool Sports and Social Club on Friday 27 September from 9am to 12 noon. Please support this worthwhile event, and buy a bun for your children.

Live music at the Half Moon Inn Saturday 28 September at 9pm with ‘Danny Gruff’.

Honorary Citizen Award 2013 Pool Parish Council is inviting Citizens to nominate one person who has given outstanding service to receive the Honorary Citizen Award The nominee must reside within the parish boundary and be at least 18 years of age. Unfortunately we are unable to accept posthumous nominations. Serving Parish Councillors cannot be nominated, however, Councillors are able to nominate Parishioners. If you would like to make a nomination please complete the form and send it to: Councillor Hazel Lee, Chairman Pool Parish Council, 6 Park Terrace, Old Pool Bank, Pool in Wharfedale, LS21 3BU The award is presented at the Annual Civic Service in October each year. Please go to for details; note the closing date for nominations is 30 September 2013.

Womens Fellowship Meetings for 2013 2 October Joan Walls; 16 October Rev. J. Ormrod; Sunday 20 October Anniversary Mrs. Pitts; 6 November 57th Anniversary Rev. Fiona Spandler; 20 November Rev. J. Pursehouse; 4 December Christmas Party; 18 December Carol Service Mrs. Bradley.

Chinese Brush Painting Group At Pool Village Hall on Saturday 5 October, Horses by Nick Hornigold, and Sunday 6 October, Large Colourful Flowers by Anne Alan,

Parish Council Meeting Monday 14 October at 7.30pm at Pool Methodist Church Fellowship Room.

Reminder – Pool in Wharfedale missing out on broadband For better broadband you should visit and register your interest, as soon as possible, on the website

Looking ahead! A date for your Diary, 31st January 2014 The Cricket Club Annual Dinner. Event kindly sponsored by John Coldwell (ACII Dip PFS) Pensions, Investment Management, & Financial Advice. Guest Speaker is former England Leicester & Kent wicket keeper Paul Nixon and the hilarious Venn Tracey. Tickets £35 or £55 special offer for Junior Member and Father. A great night, and the major fund-raiser for Pool Cricket Club. Tickets will be on sale from Christmas onwards.

Lost and Found A key was found on the bottom field on the recreation ground last week has been handed in to the post office.

Pool in Wharfedale parish Council Application for Designation of a Neighbourhood Area. Prepared by Joanna Rowling on behalf of Pool-in-Wharfedale Parish Council. There is to be a six-week consultation period before the designation is approved. After that it will be time to create the plan. In the meantime, there will be meetings to get the work underway. Any residents who want to be involved please contact: [email protected]  Full details and plan is now on and Facebook; hard copies will be posted on notice boards throughout the village.

Pool in Wharfedale Traffic Project Latest from Pool Parish Council: A number of parish councillors recently met with Leeds City Council Highways Chief Councillor Richard Lewis and received a full apology for the delay in completing the parish traffic project. There are two parts outstanding that Leeds City Council has promised to complete as soon as possible. The first Speed Indicator Devices (SIDS) – the problem here was that the original SIDS intended were withdrawn by the manufacturer due to a ‘realignment’ of their business. Alternative options had not been easy to source and this led to unplanned staff time having to be spent on this project. This apparently conflicted with other, higher priority work. A new manufacturer has been identified and a quote and timetable for the work is currently being checked by Leeds officers. The second outstanding part of the project relates to lining work and plans to reduce the speed of traffic on Pool Bank New Road.  Until the Parish Council pushed the project this part was caught by budget restrictions and other priorities. In further attempts to reduce the speed of traffic on Pool Bank New Road, Leeds City Council officers have considered providing a cycle lane on both sides of the road that moves the general traffic towards the centre of the road. However, they are aware of difficulties for vehicles accessing Pool Bank New Road from various properties where their sightline is very limited. Consequently, on the down hill side the Council now wishes to hatch part of the road next to the kerb and provide these residents with more sightline from their properties. Leeds Council is now planning how best this can be done and when. The Parish Council has accepted the apology from Leeds Council but regrets the considerable length of time they have taken in delivering our traffic project. At least now completion is within sight.

Pool Parish Council meeting minutes now online A helpful update on Neighbourhood Planning, 2014 Tour de France, proposed planning application to build five starter units on the former social club site adjacent Whiteley’s Mill, and much more, on

A new group for widowers This is a new group aimed at helping widowers’ support each other in Otley and surrounding districts. My name is Tom Keddie, and I was widowed last year 2012. My hope at the moment is to hopefully encourage other men who have been bereaved to befriend and support each other through what can be a very difficult time. It would be good to know if there are any like-minded widowers out there who would value coming to a group like this. This s new to me but I was thinking that meeting together to exchange ideas, supporting each other by socializing, discussions, sharing meals occasionally, maybe even a round of golf or crown green bowling, walking, attending sports events etc. These are few suggestions. I am sure people will have ideas and interests to share as the group progresses. I held a meeting in June, and three people arrived which was very encouraging as publicity and information has only been out there a short time. As I said, all this is very new but if you feel that you would like to be part of the group and interested in exploring new ideas on moving forward. It would be great to hear from you. There are no age restrictions and it will not matter if you are a new widower or long term, you are more than welcome. Please contact me for further information on venue and dates, Tony Keddie, 01943 464146.

The day the Tour de France came to our village The 2014 Tour is gathering momentum, the Press are enthusiastically reporting on political infighting, and local councils are working to provide added value to the event. We are grateful to Saorise O’Hanlon for this article on the day the Tour went through his village:

‘It all started at the end of April. New roads, new flower-beds, flags hung up, and a general facelift for the area. People were talking about it everywhere. All trying to get the day off work, the excitement in our village was enormous. The ‘Tour De France’ was coming to town! On the 12th July, everything was ready. People were out at 8am in the morning, ready to film whatever would go past. I was in the kitchen having breakfast when I heard horns beeping and sirens outside. My sister, brother and friends were the first to get freebies from the ‘Caravanes Publicitaires’. The ‘Caravanes Publicitaires’ have been part of the ‘Tour De France’ for many years. They are vans, trucks, motorbikes and cars who sponsor the ‘Tour De France’. They pass a few hours before the bikes, and throw out free samples, such as key rings, hats, cheese, inflatables, magazines, pens, vouchers etc. Police and Gendarme helicopters constantly follow the cyclists from start to finish, to protect them. One Gendarme happened to be passing by our back door, and ended up spending a good half an hour drinking coffee and telling us what a great place Ireland is, having spent his holiday there last year. After his visit, I went back outside, to see what was happening. I was trying hard to film the ‘Caravanes Publicitaires’, but things kept coming out of the cars, so I didn’t get to film much of that! Two hours after the first ‘Caravanes’, the scooters and motorbikes started to come. Press, Gendarmerie, Television Cameras, Radio– everyone was there. I was really starting to get excited. The ‘Tour De France’ going through our village! The ‘Maillot Jaune’, yellow jersey, finally passed us by at great speed. He was about 10 seconds ahead. Cameras and Press followed, then came the main group, and they all passed in less than 26 seconds. Their speed was incredible, and even though it was a downhill road, they were going flat out. And that was it. The ‘Tour De France’ had been and gone, in 26 seconds. So many people, so many cameras, so much excitement, for 26 seconds of pure racing. After that, we went inside and rewound the video tape that we had prepared for the occasion, to tape from the television, and discovered that they’d by-passed this part of the village! Floyd Landis the winner of the ‘Tour De France’ was subsequently disqualified after failing two drugs tests.’

Job opportunity in Pool in Wharfedale Pool Sports and Social Club, the Club are looking for reliable bar staff. Ideally, candidates should have bar skills, including, cellar work eg. changing barrels etc. However, training will be given as necessary. In addition, some shifts will require opening up, locking up, setting alarms etc. To register your interest or for further details please contact Dawn Graham on mobile 07523329214, or any committee member.

Village calendar for 2014 Now on sale at Pool Post Office Stores.  All profits to Macmillan Cancer Support, and our village Memorial Hall, both of which are charities; £6, including large envelope. Don’t forget the booklet containing three local walks around the village and “The Story of a Small Yorkshire Dales Village” Pool-in-Wharfedale; also available from the Post Office with profits to above charities.

Have your say on the Council’s budget People in Leeds can give their views on how Leeds City Council should prioritise its spending by taking part in a new consultation exercise. Leeds City Council has launched its annual consultation exercise which explains how the responses from more than 2,000 residents who took part last year shaped the current budget while it also looks forward to next year. Last year’s budget consultation challenged those taking part to achieve savings of £40million as part of the Council’s drive to achieve £200m of real-terms budget reductions in a three-year period to March 2014 due to grant cuts and increased cost pressures. The new consultation reflects on the choices made last year, and asks those taking part if such decisions and priorities should remain the focus for the 2014-15 budget, where further savings of at least £36m due to government grant reductions will need to be made. This year’s consultation will ask if those areas are still right to focus on, or whether other areas should now become priorities such as investing in the city’s infrastructure or in a stronger cultural offer. The consultation will run until the end of September and can be completed on the Leeds City Council website. Those who would prefer to complete a paper version of the challenge can do so at any council-managed library or one-stop centre in the city. The responses will form part of the council’s annual budget review and will be taken into account when the budget is finalised in February.

Leeds Local Flood Risk Management Strategy – Public Consultation Residents in Pool in Wharfedale are well prepared for this and information recently gathered on this subject should help respondents. The Flood & Water Management Act 2010 requires all Lead Local Flood Authorities to prepare a Local Flood Risk Management Strategy. The consultation commences on 16 September for two months and will involve making contact with communities, action groups, business representatives, parish councils and the general public. Access to the main documents will be available online, at local libraries and One-Stop centres.

Leeds City Council Site Allocations Plan Update The Council received 5500 responses to the consultation and are now entering the submissions into a database. Following interim reports, it is expected that a Publication Draft Plan will be available mid to late 2014 for further public consultation, and the Plan may be adopted in 2015.

Something for everyone in Pool Pool Methodist Church Pool Bridge Club meets on Monday afternoon [excluding Bank Holiday Mondays] at 1.15pm until 4.30pm. The Women’s Fellowship meets on Wednesdays at 2.15pm and has a variety of interesting speakers. Otley Action for Older People hold a Lunch Club at Pool Methodist Church every Wednesday 12 to 2.30pm for residents of Pool and Arthington. Enjoy a main course and pudding followed by tea coffee and biscuits. The Pool Art Group meets on Fridays 10.00am to 12 noon. For full details call: 0113 2037952. St. Wilfrid’s Church Morning Coffee every second Saturday in the month you can enjoy coffee at between 10.00am and noon, plus a raffle, pastries and fruit pies at bargain prices. Pool WI meets every 2nd Tuesday in the month at Wharfedale Court 2pm. Tai Chi at Wharfedale Court every Monday. New members welcome. Pool Tiddlers Pool Tiddlers meet at Pool Village Memorial Hall on Friday morning 9.15am to 11.00am. [Term time only] Half Moon Quiz at 9pm every Monday night. Knitting and Sewing Circle  The group meets on Mondays 1.15pm – 3.15pm at Wharfedale Court. Come with your needles and have a social afternoon, you will be made very welcome. Pool Investment Club Every second Monday at the Half Moon Inn at 7.15pm.

Our next issue Wednesday 14 October 2013. Your news and views to [email protected]

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