Aberford Village Hall AGM – 20 Oct 2016, 8pm

The Aberford Village Hall Annual General Meeting will be held in the hall on Thursday 20 October 2016 8.00pm – 9.00pm. Everyone is welcome to attend and those who do will receive a warm welcome and will be able to contribute as well as listen to the topics to be discussed, which include:

  • Updates on the Parish Grant and Maintenance Project
  • Opportunity to ask questions and make suggestions
  • Find out about the Village Hall Supporters
  • Management Committee Vacancies
  • Future plans & ideas

All welcome, hope to see you there!

Wind Farm Community Grants

The Wind Farm at Hook Moor has now been up and running for some months. The operators (Banks Group) provide a Community Fund to which local groups (i.e. in Aberford & Micklefied) can apply. To date, we understand there have been no applications from any groups within Aberford.

The fund itself will provide £10000 per annum over the next 25 years. If you run a local group (or know someone who does!) you can check your eligibility to receive a grant via the Banks Community Fund website. Applications can also be made online through this link. We are sure there must be many local community groups who could benefit from an injection of funds, so apply now before this year’s allocation runs out.


Residents may already have seen reports of proposals put before LCC by the owners of the Parlington Estate, to develop a large area of land off Junction 47 primarily (but not exclusively) for housing from 2020 onwards.

The Parish Council received a letter from the Conservative Group Office a couple of days ago which briefly sets out the background and thinking behind these proposals. A copy of this letter is available for all to read, in our Neighbourhood Plan folder, here.

As mentioned, there will be fuller consultations towards the end of the year, assuming (as we do) that these proposals are taken forward. We shall, of course, keep you advised of developments.

Councillor vacancies

The Parish Council has three vacancies for parish councillors.

Please see the notice and our co-option policy by clicking on this link.

Annual Return 2015-16

The Parish Council’s annual return was approved at the Council meeting on 17 May 2016.

The return has now to be checked by the external auditor, but members of the public have the right to inspect the papers – see the notice here giving more information on public rights of inspection. The unaudited annual return can be found by clicking here.

Vacancy: Parish Council Clerk & Responsible Financial Officer

UPDATE 11 JUNE 2016: The closing date for applications has now passed and no further submissions will be accepted.

Would you like an interesting and rewarding PART-TIME job in Aberford?

Our Clerk is leaving us in July and we are seeking a good administrator to take over. Our Council is a small one, and comprehensive information about us can be found within this website. The pay rate will depend on experience/qualifications but will be according to the National Joint Council for Local Government Services Spinal Point 18-22 (£9.207/£10.836 per hour). The hours will be 30 per month, with training provided as necessary.

Guide to Duties & Responsibilities

Meet with the Chairman at a mutually convenient date and time prior to, and to prepare for, our monthly meeting

Attend one meeting per month (3rd Tuesday)

Take minutes and carry out instructions (commenting to LCC on Planning Applications, issuing cheques as agreed, sending emails/letters in response to correspondence etc.)

Issue Draft Minutes and/or Action Points from that meeting to Parish Councillors in the following week.

Chase up outstanding matters during the month and deal promptly with queries from Councillors or members of the public received by phone, email or letter.

Update the Parish Council website as necessary.

Act as Responsible Financial Officer in maintaining our financial records and completing the audit each year.

The Clerk advises the Council on legal and financial matters, ensuring that the Council acts within its legal powers and responsibilities.

If you are interested and would like a chat for more information, or would like to be sent an application form together will full job description, please contact either of the following Parish Councillors.

Mrs R Reed, Glebe Bungalow, Field Lane, Aberford, Leeds LS25 3AF: email tedandruth@btinternet.com


Mrs M Piper, 5 Hayton Wood View, Aberford, Leeds LS25 3AN: email ruthpi1412@hotmail.com

Closing date for applications has now been set at Friday 10 June 2016.


Tour de Yorkshire (Cote de Aberford?)

Saturday 30 April saw the Tour de Yorkshire pass through the village. Support throughout was excellent, and a big thank you to all who got involved. Particular mention for events at the Village Hall, the Church, and  pupils at Aberford School whose artwork can be seen in the third picture below.

Many thanks too to Mike Oakes for supplying the photos.






Leeds Fest Residents’ Tickets – Draw Results

The draw for the 54 residents’ tickets allocated to the Parish Council took place on Thursday 7 April at the Bowls Club – thanks to Aberford Bowls Club for letting us use the club house.

You should by now have heard via email whether you were drawn or not.

If you were successful – please follow the instructions in the email telling you how to pay for tickets or if you need to provide proof of address.

Make sure you comply with the deadlines for payment or providing proof of address – they will be applied strictly and if you miss the deadlines, you will forfeit the tickets.

Any unclaimed/forfeited tickets after 30 April will then be offered to the “reserve list”.

Grants for community groups

From time to time, the Parish Council becomes aware of funding opportunities for local groups. We will try and keep this post updated with details so keep an eye on this section of the website.

Hook Moor Wind Farm Community Farm

£10,000 available every year for community groups in Aberford and Micklefield. For more information, click here.

Safer Communities Fund

The Safer Communities Fund was launched to help voluntary, community groups, charities and partners make their communities safer and feel safer.  Grants are awarded in line with the priorities set out in the Police and Crime plan.

  • Crime and re-offending is reduced
  • Anti-social behaviour is reduced
  • Victims and witnesses are supported
  • Local, regional and national threats, risks and harms are tackled
  • Criminal justice system is effective and efficient

Who can apply?

The fund is open to Voluntary and Community Groups, small Charities and not-for-profit groups, National Charities working in West Yorkshire, West Yorkshire Local Authorities and Statutory Agencies including West Yorkshire Police.


Full details, application form, guidance notes and terms and conditions can be found on the Police Crime Commissioner’s website under Safer Communities Fund: www.westyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk

If you’d like further information, please get in touch:

 Phone: 01924 294000 (please leave a message and we will get back to you)

Email: safercommunitiesfund@westyorkshire.pnn.police.uk