Coronavirus – Useful Information

The parish council has received updates from various external bodies containing useful information regarding/in relation to the COVID-19 outbreak – please see below:

  • If you need advice or support from the Leeds City Council volunteer support group, call 0113 378 1877
  • If you’d like to become a volunteer and help vulnerable people during the outbreak, please visit the Doing Good Leeds webpage by clicking here
  • West Yorkshire Police – click here to view their letter informing people of the new laws that have been passed to help stop the spread of the virus
  • For up to date travel information for essential journeys only, please click here to be re-directed to the Metro website
  • To view some frequently asked questions on the website regarding what you can and can’t do during the Coronavirus outbreak, click here
  • For a comprehensive list of available support for businesses, click here to be re-directed to the relevant webpage
  • To be re-directed to Leeds City Council’s dedicated Coronavirus webpage, which contains a wealth of information specific to Leeds, click here

#StaySafe #StayHome #ProtectTheNHS


COVID-19 – Useful Website Links

Leeds City Council has produced a list of website links you may find useful during the COVID-19 outbreak – please click on the links below the be redirected to the relevant webpage:

Stay safe. Stay home. Thank you.

COVID-19: Outer North East Neighbourhood Network

The parish council has been advised by the Harewood Ward Councillors of a volunteer network that has been established, to help those who are vulnerable and in need of assistance during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Anyone who wishes to volunteer to help is asked to visit the special Doing Good Leeds website, where you can sign up as a Community Care Volunteer. Two tiers of volunteers have been identified, and both should sign up through the Doing Good Leeds website.
Tier 1: DBS-checked assistance
Volunteers who have a current DBS and would be willing to volunteer to carry out non-personal care tasks to assist people with care and support needs. Such tasks might include: shopping, collecting prescriptions, preparing a meal, assistance with laundry, just checking/ reassurance by visit or phone call, sitting with someone for a while. This list is not exhaustive. Volunteers will be supported with training where appropriate and will be issued with an identification badge.
Tier 2Neighbourly assistance
People looking out for their neighbours who may be in some way or another vulnerable but not in receipt of formal care whether self-funded or state supported. This might be about supporting people who choose to self-isolate. It will also include the deployment of volunteer community leaders to support community cohesion related activities.
To view the LCC poster about the scheme, please click here. Please feel free to share this poster in the community in order to raise awareness of the Doing Good Leeds website.
If you have any elderly or vulnerable neighbours, please do check in on them if possible to see if they need any assistance, thank you.
This information was received from Cllr Ryan Stephenson, Cllr Matthew Robinson, and Cllr Sam Firth.

Leeds Festival 2020 – Residents’ tickets application – CLOSED

01.04.20 UPDATE: The applications process for the 2020 LeedsFest residents’ tickets is now closed. Thank you to all who have submitted an application – the parish council will be in touch in due course.


The Leeds Festival 2020 is taking place on 28th – 30th 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: Cllr Dave McCready, 11 St John’s Close, Aberford, LS25 3BP.
  3. Ensure your application is received by Cllr McCready no later than 31st March 2020.

Applications by email will not be accepted.

Ticket information:

Great news! The Leeds Festival organisers have increased Aberford and District Parish Council’s ticket allocation to 80 tickets for 2020, each valid for the 3 days of the festival including camping (resident ticket price = £40 / normal price = £215. Ticket prices are set by Festival Republic, the festival organisers). These are a way of thanking the residents for their patience for any disruption caused by the event. If more than 80 tickets are applied for, the tickets will be allocated by way of draw from all applications received. The proceeds from the residents’ tickets will be used to benefit the parish. Tickets are only for Aberford & District Parish residents. Tickets cannot be sold on.

Please ensure you include a contact email address on the application form – this is the way the parish council will contact you with any queries, and with information about about the ticket draw and ticket handout prior to the event (if successful). A contact telephone number is also requested should we need to contact you quickly.

Full terms & conditions can be found on the application form.

St Ricarius Spring Organ Concert – 01.05.20

On Friday 1st May at 7.30pm, there will be a Spring Organ Concert with Dr Simon Lindley at St Ricarius Church.

Tickets are £10 for adults and £5 for children under 14yrs, and include wine, soft drinks and nibbles.

Funds are being raised to buy a new boiler system for the church.

Tickets obtainable by phoning one of the following:

Sara Fawcett          07787 555341
Jane Copeland      07867 856876
Margaret Lloyd     07855 98303

To view the event poster, click here.

Spring Craft Fair at the Village Hall – 13.03.20

The first Aberford Village Hall Craft Fair of the year will be held on Friday 13th March 2020.
Local crafters will be selling their wares at the Hall between 10am and 4pm. You’ll be able to find jewellery, skincare products, books/cards, handicrafts, and Simon the Blacksmith will be there too.
Enjoy a coffee and a cake and then pick your presents for Mother’s Day.

Climate Emergency Workshop – 04.03.20

Leeds City Council is holding a Climate Emergency & Air Quality Workshop at 6pm on Wednesday 04.03.20 at the Civic Hall, Leeds.

If you’re interested in what this will mean for you and your local area, or you’d like to know more about the benefits, challenges, and the possibility of becoming carbon neutral, pop along to the workshop to join in the discussion.

Parking will be available at the Rosebowl car park, which is located opposite the back entrance to the Civic Hall.

To view LCC’s poster about the event, please click here.


Dog Fouling

Concerns have been raised about the problem of dog fouling in the local area. Parks, grassed areas, ginnels and pathways are used and enjoyed by all of the community and should be left in a clean and hygienic condition. Dog excrement is not only unpleasant, it is a health risk. Children can be particularly affected by a condition called toxocara which can lead to blindness.

The vast majority of dog owners are responsible and clean up after their dog(s), however there are a minority of owners that create significant problems.

Leeds City Council have a range of powers to take action to deal with irresponsible dog owners. These are known as Public Spaces Protection Orders. This means that if you fail to clean up after your dog you will be fined £100 or prosecuted with a maximum fine of £1,000. This applies to land which is open to the air and to which the public are entitled or permitted to have access with or without payment. You must also carry an appropriate means to pick up dog faeces such as a poop scoop, disposable bag or other suitable container.

Fly Tipping and Waste Issues

With fly tipping becoming an increasing issue, Leeds City Council is actively monitoring areas for ongoing problems.

Offenders could face an immediate £300 fine; more if they go to Court.

Please dispose of your waste in a responsible manner.

Fly tipping is a crime – see it, report it.

To view LCC’s poster, please click here.

To be redirected to LCC’s fly tipping and waste issues webpage, please click here.

Village Halls Week comes to Aberford!

Aberford Village Hall will be part of a national campaign which celebrates England’s 10,000 village halls.

Celebrating in style, our Village Hall will have an open day on Friday 24th  January. The open day is free to all and will showcase the hall’s activities and facilities. Local MP Alec Shelbroke and Ward Councillors Matthew Robinson, Ryan Stephenson & Sam Firth will also be in attendance to show their  support for Aberford.

David Gluck, Chair of the Village Hall Committee, said “Our village hall is a vital part of our community. So many facilities have fallen by the wayside in Aberford over recent years, but our hall remains a great place and space for people to come together and enjoy themselves – use it, it’s yours…we just look after it for you!!”

Village Halls Week is run by national rural charity Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) and their 38 member organisations, and Community First Yorkshire is the local member supporting village halls and community buildings. It takes place from Monday 20 January – Sunday 26 January.