Nellie's Tree

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 *

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Changes to 64 Bus Service – Effective 29.10.18

The parish council recently received the following information regarding the 64 bus service:

“Following discussions with WY Combined Authority and Harrogate Coach Travel, the 64 will be operated by both Connexions and First Leeds from Monday 29 October.

Connexions will operate the service Monday to Saturday daytime with First Leeds operating some early morning and evening journeys as well as all Sunday journeys.

The service will be numbered 64 whether operated by First Leeds or Connexions and the route and frequency will be unchanged. There will be minor timetable changes.

Customers will be able to continue buying and using the First Leeds ticketing range on all 64 journeys whether operated by First Leeds or Connexions.

The new, joint-working initiative means customers can continue to enjoy local bus connections provided on the 64 service at the same great value.”

This update was provided by First Bus.


LCC Review of Polling Districts, Polling Places and Polling Stations – Deadline 06.11.18

Leeds City Council is running a statutory review of polling districts, polling places and polling stations.

To be re-directed to the LCC website where you can download a list of the current polling stations, together with a review timetable and the statutory notice of the review, please click here.

The deadline for comments is 06.11.18. Comments should be submitted to LCC in writing by post or email to the following addresses:

Polling District Review 2018
Leeds City Council Electoral Services
Level 2, Town Hall
The Headrow
Leeds LS1 3AD


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Aberford C of E Primary School Governing Body – Volunteers Required

Aberford C of E Primary School is looking for new volunteers to join the Governing Body.

They are particularly looking for people who aren’t parents of children attending the school, and who are good with analysing and interpreting data. Volunteers will need a strong commitment to fulfilling the role and to improving outcomes for children. The time commitment is approximately 15 hours per term, and full training is provided. This is a fantastic way to get involved and support your local village school.

All applicants will be subject to vetting and an enhanced DBS check.

Please contact the school on 0113 281 3302 if you are interested in applying.

For further information click here.

Nellie's Tree

Vote for Nellie’s Tree as Woodland Trust’s Tree Of The Year 2018

Nellie’s Tree on Parlington Estate has been shortlisted for the Woodland Trust’s English Tree of the Year 2018.

It only takes a minute to register your vote but the deadline for doing this is 9am on 08.10.18.

Here’s the romantic story of the tree’s history:

“Nearly 100 years ago, Vic Stead would walk from his home in Garforth along the old colliery railway to visit Nellie, the young lady he was courting who lived in the nearby village of Aberford.

One day, he came across three beech saplings on his route, and grafted one sapling between the other two to form the letter N, for Nellie. Vic and Nellie would go on to marry and have a family, and although they are both gone now, Nellie’s Tree, also known as the ‘Love Tree’ by locals, still remains.”

Click here to be redirected to the Woodland Trust’s shortlisted trees and scroll down to Nellie’s Tree to register your vote.

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


Village Hall AGM – Tuesday 23rd October 2018, 7.30pm

The 2018 Aberford Village Hall Annual General Meeting will take place in the hall on Tuesday 23rd October at 7.30pm.

Agenda items include:

  • Update on refurbishments including the kitchen and green room
  • Opportunity to ask questions and make suggestions
  • Find out about the Village Hall Supporters
  • Management Committee elections
  • Future plans and ideas

Everyone is warmly welcomed to attend, listen and contribute!