St Gemma’s Hospice – Light Up A Life Appeal

This year, the Lord Mayor’s chosen charity is St Gemma’s Hospice, and they are running a Light Up A Life Appeal this Christmas. Please see the comment below from a St Gemma’s representative:

“Christmas is a special time, but it can also be difficult as we remember loved ones who are no longer with us. St Gemma’s Light up a Life is a chance to remember those people together. Anyone can take part, whether you have a connection with the Hospice or not. Simply donate and then a light on one of their festive trees will shine in honour of your loved one.  You’ll also be invited to a beautiful candlelit ceremony where the thousands of lights will be switched on, each representing a life. Visit www.st-gemma.co.uk/lightupalife or call 0113 218 5555.”

The lights will shine throughout the festive season from 2nd December until 5th January.

Two candlelit remembrance ceremonies will take place:

Hospice Light up a Life Ceremony
Sunday 2nd December, 4:00pm

This will be in the Hospice grounds, where the thousands of lights will be switched on.

Immaculate Heart Church Ceremony
Wednesday 12th December, 6:30pm

This second ceremony will take place indoors at Immaculate Heart Church on Harrogate Road.

During each ceremony there will be carols, readings and a time to reflect before the lights on the festive trees are switched on. Full details of the ceremonies will be sent out to you.

For more information and to be re-directed to teh St Gemma’s webpage for the appeal, click here.

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Friendly Fridays’ Events – Craft Fair 30.11.18 and Christmas Treat 14.12.18

The Friendly Fridays Cafe will be holding two festive events in the next couple of weeks – please see the details below:

Friday 30th November – Craft Fair:  A selection of local craft makers will be in the cafe so come along and see what they have for sale or to order.

Friday 14th December – Christmas Treat: The Village Harmonies Choir will be in the cafe from 11am – 12pm so join us for a festive sing along and mince pies, plus all the usual cafe delights!

The normal cafe opening hours of 10am to 4pm remain for these two dates.

Christmas closures: Please note the cafe will be closed on 21st December and 28th December.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Christmas Lights Switch On – Friday 7th Dec 2018 at 7pm

This year’s Christmas Lights will be switched on in Aberford at 7pm on Friday 7th December 2018.

The Parish Council’s Chairman Cllr David Howson will oversee the switch on which will take place at Pump Hill, and The Village Harmonies Choir, led by Ms Jacqueline Jeffrey, will be in The Arabian Horse singing carols and Christmas songs from 7pm.

Everyone is welcome, the more the merrier!  We hope to see you there to enjoy the festivities!


Christmas Bin Collections

Please note the changes to bin services over Christmas and the New Year 2018/19, as advised by Leeds City Council:

If your normal bin day is: Your Christmas collection days and dates will be:
Monday Sunday 23rd December; Monday 31st December
Tuesday Monday 24th December; Wednesday 2nd January
Wednesday Thursday 27th December; Thursday 3rd January
Thursday Friday 28th December; Friday 4th January
Friday Saturday 29th December; Saturday 5th January
Saturday Sunday 30th December; Sunday 6th January

Please put your bin out by 7am on your collection day and bring it in again as soon as possible after emptying.

For more information on bin collections and to be redirected to the Leeds City Council webpage for this, click here.

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WWI Centenary Event – Thank You

The members of Aberford & District Parish Council would like to thank everyone who helped with and attended the Aberford WWI Centenary event held on 9th November. There was a great turnout and the local choir, the Village Harmonies Choir, sang songs which people happily joined in with and everyone there enjoyed the event. One resident said:

“The Centenary event was excellent! I enjoyed the tea dance and the choir, lots of people got dressed up in clothing from the era, and I thought the information displayed about the fallen soldiers from the village was very good. There was a great turnout and it was a credit to everyone involved.”

Thanks again to all involved and all in attendance.

Thank you also to everyone who knitted the poppies, helped to put them up, took them down, and are now storing them, that were displayed for the Centenary.

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WWI Centenary Event – Aberford Village Hall, Friday 09.11.18, 4pm – 6pm

There will be a community event on Friday 9th November 2018 from 4pm – 6pm to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

The event will be held at the village hall where light refreshments will be served and The Village Harmonies Choir will attend to sing songs.

Come along to learn about the fallen men from the village and to read the Headmaster’s log book from this time.

To view the event poster, click here.

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Nellie’s Tree – England’s Tree of the Year 2018 – Voting Now Open for UK Tree of the Year (DEADLINE 24.10.18)

Nellie’s Tree on Parlington Estate has won Woodland Trust’s English Tree of the Year 2018 after securing a massive 2,351 votes!

Also known as The Love Tree, it will now compete against the regional winners from Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and the overall winner in the UK will then be entered into the European Tree of the Year competition. The UK contest is being run by the Woodland Trust in conjunction with the BBC programme The One Show.

To be redirected to the BBC website to place you vote, click here.

It only takes a minute to register and vote but the deadline for voting is 5pm on 24th October 2018.

The UK winner will be announced on The One Show (date TBC).

* Nellie’s tree photo: Rob Grange/WTML, as used on the Woodland Trust website *