Notice of Public Rights and Publication of Unaudited Annual Return 2022/23

In accordance with the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 Sections 25, 26 & 27, and The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234), the Parish Council is hereby publishing the Notice of Public Rights and its unaudited annual return and various associated documents.

The unaudited annual return and associated documents for 2022/23, (including the notice of public rights, end of year accounts, annual governance statement, and internal audit report), are available to download by clicking here and selecting the filenames as follows:

  • Notice of Public rights and publication of unaudited AGAR 2022-23
  • Local authority accounts a summary of your rights 2022-23
  • Sections 1 & 2 AGAR 2022-23 (Annual Governance Statement and Accounting Statements) Unaudited
  • Internal Audit Report Y.E. 31.03.23
  • Explanation of variances 2022-23
  • Explanation of reserves 2022-23
  • Bank reconciliation proforma 2022-23

To view the Asset Register as reviewed at the annual meeting held on 16.05.2023, please click here.

For any other information please contact the Clerk.


The draw for Leeds Fest tickets will take place on Thursday 11th May at the Aberford Bowls club, commencing 6.30pm prompt. All applicants have been sent detailed instructions by e-mail, could I ask those who have not acknowledged receipt to do so on

Space is limited so please do not attend unless you have applied and received instructions. 


The Parish Council are a team of volunteers responsible for maintaining local services and facilities on behalf of parish residents, with an overall responsibility to help support the local community. Is this something you would like to be part of?

Following the recent uncontested election results published by Leeds City Council a number of seats remain vacant on Aberford & District Parish Council.

The council can now fill these vacancies by co-option, which is a process whereby the council considers applications from interested persons and can then select suitable candidates to fill these vacancies.

If you are interested in becoming a Parish Councillor, please contact the Parish Clerk via e-mail –


The latest issue of the above document has now been produced.  You can view this here.  Copies will be distributed to ADPC residents shortly.


Just a reminder that the closing date for Leeds Fest residents ticket applications is 16th April. Any applications received after that date will not be accepted.  Application forms and full terms and conditions are available on the Aberford & District Parish Council Website.


LEEDS 2023 EVENT: 9th JULY 2023

Raise the profile of your group with the support of LEEDS 2023
Throughout the Summer every ward in Leeds is celebrating culture and we are inviting community groups to take part! 

As part of My LEEDS 2023, 33 Neighbourhood Hosts are working together with people in their communities to create activities in every ward of the city. The Neighbourhood Host for our ward, Harewood, including the surrounding villages and areas (e.g. Thorner, Shadwell, Collingham, Aberford, Scholes, East Rigton, Barwick, Linton, Scarcroft, East Keswick, Bardsey and Wothersome etc.) is an Aberford resident.

Our ward’s event is taking place on Sunday 9th July at Thorner Victory Hall from 12:30 – 4pm. The event will invite local residents to come along (with a picnic) to enjoy a range of family-friendly entertainment (music, theatre, storytelling, craft etc.) on the field if the sun shines with a variety of community groups able to showcase their activities inside the hall with stalls, mini-workshops, demonstrations and possibly performances.

We are now looking for:

Dance groups
Gardening groups
Craft/stitch groups
Art groups
Sports clubs
Historical societies
Litter pickers
Other community groups

There will be no charge to community groups, schools etc. to participate/have a stall.

If you are interested, please email Becky at


The 2023 Leeds Festival is taking place on 25th –27th August and application for residents’ tickets is now open. Please see the instructions for applying below:

  1. Download and print an application form by clicking here.
  2. Post / deliver the completed application form to: The Parish Clerk, 1 Parlington Villas, Aberford, LS25 3EP.
  3. Ensure your application is received by the Parish Clerk no later than 16th April 2023.

Applications by email will not be accepted.

Please note that the new rules continue apply to children between the age of 5 and 12 this year. Full details of requirements are shown on the application form.


Litter free Leeds have organised a community clean up weekend from Friday 31 March to Sunday 2 April. Further details can be found here.


Throughout the Summer every ward in Leeds is celebrating culture and we are inviting community groups and creatives to take part! Over the summer there will be events taking place in parks, village halls, high streets and shopping centres. The events will shine a light on the creativity found on our doorsteps and Leeds’ amazing communities. The Harewood Ward host Becky Smith is working to organise a day of celebration on Sunday 9th July which will bring local people together to enjoy a picnic and the cultural richness of our area.

Becky has asked that we publicise the opportunity to apply for community groups and/or local artists, performers and creative-types to obtain a small grant to take part in the events or contribute in other ways.

Details of the community grants available (DEADLINE: 6th March at 9am) can be found here (select ‘Harewood’ for more info on our ward specifically): 

Applications can be made online or by video/audio, and by calling the LEEDS 2023 helpline on 0113 834 3058.

Community Grant Info Sessions  

Monday 13 February 15:00 – 17:00 (drop-in) Shadwell Library, 99 Main Street, Shadwell, LS17 8HL (bus route 7s) 

Tuesday 14 February, 17:00 – 17:30 (on Zoom)  Book a free place at: 

Friday 17 February 11:00 – 12:00 (drop-in) Aberford Village Hall, Main Street, Aberford, LS25 3DA (bus route 64)

Get involved in other ways 

Becky is really keen to hear from people who want to get involved in the events in the Harewood ward on 9th July even if applying for a community grant is not right for them. This might be to perform, demonstrate a creative skill, have a stall showcasing their club or volunteer support before or on the day. Here is an Expression of Interest Form or email Leeds 2023 Year of Culture, more generally, is seeking volunteers for all sorts of cultural activities and events throughout this year. Apply here for those roles and quote ‘HAR23’ to fast-track the application.

Contact details

Becky Smith
Harewood Host
Twitter: @HLeeds2023
Facebook: HarewoodHostLeeds2023


Banks Renewables have issued a press release concerning their plans to extend the wind farm life by a further 15 years. You can read the full statement here.