Please see attached here the flyer for the Aberford Village 2021 Scarecrow Festival.

This Festival is supported by Aberford School PTA and Aberford Village Parish Council. It is open to all residents in Aberford and you do not need to attend Aberford School to participate.

Leeds Festival 2021 – Update 19th June

Applications for the Aberford Parish Council allocation of Leeds Fest tickets for 2021 have now closed, any further applications received will not be considered.

As applicants will be aware from the previous update, we were hoping to arrange for a draw to take place shortly after the 21st June lockdown release, however as this has been delayed for up to 4 weeks we are now looking at a date after 19th July.  We will by then be getting near the festival date so we intend to hold a draw in some form on Thursday 22nd July, commencing at 6.30pm.  To make best use of the inside and outside space this will be held in or in the vicinity of the Aberford Bowling club, at the bottom of Parlington Drive, just off Cattle Lane.

Irrespective of whether the lockdown easing takes place on 19th July the Parish Council is mindful of the need to do everything possible to maintain public safety at this time.  Therefore to control numbers we would request that only one person per application attends the draw and that no other members of the public are in attendance.  Once arrangements for the draw have been finalised all applicants will be contacted individually by email to confirm details and the requirements for ID and payment from successful applicants.


Leeds150 Legacy programme

For the second year Leeds City Council is supporting young people (aged 18 to 25 years old) to access a free online leadership and development event delivered by Common Purpose. In 2043 Leeds will be celebrating 150 years as a city. The Leeds150 Legacy programme asks young people to consider what they want for their city of the future and how they can make it a cleaner, greener space for everyone. The activity is delivered online in four half-day sessions and is open to anyone aged between 18 and 25 years old living, working or studying in Leeds.

The programme begins on Thursday 24th June so anyone interested needs to sign up now, the link above contains an application form. Alternatively you can find it here.

Review of dog controls and smoking in childrens play areas

Please see below a notice from Leeds City Council concerning the above. If you have any comments not covered by the survey please send them to the Parish Clerk in the first instance.

“It is now 3 years since the Public Spaces Protection Orders in relation to dog controls (and smoking in children’s play areas) were last reviewed and amended. We have now reviewed the current restrictions and it is proposed to only make a very small number of minor additions, namely dog exclusion areas in a small number of new children’s play areas and a dogs on leads area directly around the lake and visitors centre at Middleton Park.

As part of the review, we have gone out to public consultation both in terms of the existing requirements and the very minor additions.

The consultation survey can be found using the link below:-


We want the consultation to reach as many residents as possible and would really appreciated your help in including the link in any relevant correspondence that you send out . I would also welcome any feedback from parish councils on the consultation , either by completing the survey or if you prefer by e-mailing me directly.


Notice of Public Rights and Publication of Unaudited Annual Return 2020/21

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 2020/21, (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 Y.E. 31.03.21
  • Summary of Rights document Y.E. 31.03.21 P1 and P2
  • Sections 1 & 2 of the AGAR Return Y.E. 31.03.21 (Annual Governance Statement and Accounting Statements) Unaudited
  • Variances Report Y.E. 31.03.21
  • Bank Reconciliation for the period 01.04.20 – 31.03.21
  • Internal Audit Report Y.E. 31.03.21

To view the Asset Register as reviewed at the annual meeting held on 18.05.2021, please click here.

For any other information please contact the Clerk.


The Bowling Club and green is now fully open and we are looking for new members. So whether you are an experienced bowler who would like to play in our teams, or a beginner who would like to learn a new skill and take up a new hobby everyone is welcome!

We are starting practice sessions every Friday 2.00 until 4.30 and all you need to start is a pair of flat shoes (no heels). For any newcomers to the village the club is located  on Parlington Drive, near the entrance to the Parlington Estate. The first 3 sessions are free and then £1 each session thereafter. Alternatively you can pay £10 to become a member. If you are interested please contact Paul Hancock on 2813518 or private message him.

Hope to see you soon.

Leeds Festival 2021 – Update

Applications for the Aberford Parish Council allocation of Leeds Fest tickets for 2021 have now closed, any further applications received will not be considered.

The number of tickets applied for exceeds our allocation and therefore a draw will be necessary to identify the lucky applicants.  The plan, as in previous years, is to hold a live draw, however due to the current Covid restrictions this cannot take place until 21st June at the earliest.   It is anticipated that the draw will take place shortly after that date to enable the necessary administration to take place with Festival Republic. Residents tickets are not transferable, all tickets will be personalised and photo ID matching the ticket name along with proof of residence will be required on entry to the event.

All applications have now been acknowledged and are acceptable unless there are any outstanding requirements requested by the Clerk. No further communication will be made with applicants until the date of the draw has been finalised.  However, should any applicant no longer wish to be considered please contact the Parish Clerk via e-mail (clerk@aberford-pc.gov.uk).





At its meetings held on 16th February and 16th March 2021, the Parish Council co-opted three new members – Cllr Sarah Bradley, Cllr Doug Bodey and Cllr Lucy Dickinson.

Like our existing council members, our newest members are passionate about our village and look forward to helping our community.

Sarah Bradley ‘During my time in the village I have loved the feeling of community spirit, Aberford welcomed myself and business with open arms. I want to do the same, I want to help as much as I can to keep our village beautiful and safe for all residents old and new.’

Doug Bodey ‘I am looking forward to the opportunity to work alongside the well established Parish Council supporting the village and community I love.’

Lucy Dickinson ‘It’s been a very different year than we all expected but in a time of adversity during the Covid Pandemic it was amazing to see our village pull together and support one another. I hope to help maintain/create a feeling within the village that people matter to one another with a shared faith that their needs will be met through commitment and togetherness. We’re all in this together.’

Your parish council are here to help and to represent our local community.

His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh-Updated 14.4.21

Following the news of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, the Parish Council would like to extend our condolences to Her Majesty the Queen, and the whole Royal Family at this very sad time.

Leeds City Council have also issued a statement which you can view here.

On Friday 16th April, a recorded Civic service of remembrance at Leeds Minster will be available on the council’s YouTube channel from 6pm. Led by the Rector of Leeds, The Reverend Canon Sam Corley, and with a sermon by the Anglican Bishop of Leeds, The Right Reverend Nick Baines, the service will be attended by the Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, the Lord Mayor of Leeds and the Leader of the Council. Watching the recording will provide an opportunity for people and communities across Leeds to reflect on the Duke of Edinburgh’s life and to give thanks for his decades of service to The Queen, the nation and the Commonwealth.

A national minute silence will be held at 3pm on the day of the funeral, with the public advised to do this within Covid rules and without gathering in groups.



With more places opening for public access as Covid restrictions are eased, the Parish  Council would like to remind residents and visitors of the need to apply the The Countryside Code at all times when out and about in the village and wider afield.   This can be viewed here

Further information can be viewed on the gov.uk website here.