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.


Minutes of Parish Council Meetings – 18.5.2021

The minutes from the Parish Council meeting for May 2021 and the Annual Meeting, both held on 18th May 2021 are now available. To download a copy of the monthly meeting minutes, click here.

To download the minutes of the Annual Meeting click here.


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.


Parish Council Meeting – Tuesday 15th June 2021

The next Parish Council meeting will take place on Tuesday 15th June 2021, commencing at 7.30pm.

On this occasion, following the recent High Court judgement prohibiting the continuation of remote council meetings, the meeting will be held in the Oriel room, St Ricarius Church.  Members of the public are welcome to attend but must advise the Clerk no later than the day before the meeting so that suitable Covid secure arrangements can be put in place. Please note that all attendees must wear a face covering and take a lateral flow Covid test on the day before the meeting, submitting a negative result to the Clerk.

The agenda and appendices for the meeting are available for download here.

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.


With dog theft on the increase Neighbourhood Watch have produced a poster with a 3 step guide to keeping your dog safe. You can view it here.

Minutes of Parish Council Meeting – 27.4.2021

The minutes from the Parish Council meeting held in April 2021 are now available. To download a copy, click here.