Youth Activity Funding Consultation Survey

Leeds City Council have launched a Youth Activity Funding consultation process to seek young people’s views on how they would like Youth Activity Funding for 2023/24 to be spent in the Harewood ward, which includes Aberford. They are keen to know what kind of activities and projects you think Leeds City Council should fund to enable you and your friends to have fun and learn new skills on evenings, weekends and during school holidays.

An on-line survey has been produced to enable all children and young people to influence how youth activity funding is allocated in our area. The link for young people to complete the YAF Consultation Survey can be found here:

To ensure that your views are heard please complete the survey and encourage your friends to do so.

Public consultation on 2024/25 school admission policy

Leeds City Council have started a 6-week consultation on their 2024/25 admission policy for Leeds community and voluntary controlled schools.   The 100 community and voluntary controlled schools this consultation is for are listed in the consultation information on their website.

170 Leeds schools are academies, voluntary aided, foundation and free schools. These schools all consult on and set their own admission policy, so this consultation doesn’t apply to any of those schools.

LCC advise that they are proposing;

  • Changes to 95 primary school catchment areas – you can see a maps of the new proposed catchment area at
  • Changes to the coordination scheme, including moving the date applications open for year 7 places from 1 August to 1 September each year. This aligns when the round opens with the mandatory coordination duty which ends on 31 August, and the point when applications become in-year on 1 September.

LCC also have an online survey for you to share your views. The closing date for responding is 7 December 2022. Find out more at

Minutes of Parish Council Meetings – 27.9.2022

The minutes from the Parish Council meeting held on 27th September 2022 are now available. To download a copy please click here.


Leeds Creative Skills Festival (LCSF) – 14th-18th November 2022

Leeds City Council are excited to announce that the first ever Leeds Creative Skills Festival (LCSF) will be taking place this year. The festival will be a precursor to activities planned for the LEEDS 2023 Year of Culture. The Employment and Skills Service and the Culture team have joined together to host the week-long festival between 14-18 November 2022 with the aim of inspiring our young people to consider a career in the sector. The festival will culminate in a Showcase Event at the Leeds First Direct Arena on 17 November, 2-7pm. Employers and training providers across the Creative and Cultural Sector will be exhibiting to highlight the exciting and diverse range of careers, opportunities, pathways and skills in the creative and cultural industries.

Free tickets for visitors are available to book now at: Invitation also attached.

Exhibitor Bookings – We are still accepting bookings for exhibitors to join us at the Arena on 17 November. Please share details across your networks via our LinkedIn account- Leeds Creative Skills Festival- and the attached save the date exhibitor invitation.

Please tag us in your posts and follow our social media accounts to keep up-to-date and reshare/retweet our posts about the festival:

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Instagram- @eandsleeds @leedscitycouncil

LinkedIn- Leeds Creative Skills Festival-

Twitter- Employment and Skills-

For further information about the festival please email the Employment and Skills Service at:

Parish Council Meeting – Tuesday 18th October 2022

The next Parish Council meeting will take place on Tuesday 18th October 2022,  commencing at 7.30pm.

The meeting will be held in the Oriel room, St Ricarius Church and members of the public are welcome to attend. 

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

Minutes of Parish Council Meetings – 16.8.2022

The minutes from the Parish Council meeting held on 16th August 2022 are now available. To download a copy please  click here.


Parish Council Meeting – Tuesday 27th September 2022

The next Parish Council meeting will take place on Tuesday 27th September 2022,  commencing at 7.30pm.

The meeting will be held in the Oriel room, St Ricarius Church and members of the public are welcome to attend. 

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

Vacancy for a Parish Councillor

The Parish Council advises that due to the resignation of Mr Doug Bodey, a vacancy exists in the office of Parish Councillor for the Parish Council of Aberford & District.  You can view the official notice of vacancy here.



The Parish Council has been made aware that one of its Councillors has made comments referring to King Charles III on Social Media and of comments made by the same person in the book of condolence in Leeds Civic Hall. The Chair of Aberford & District Parish Council has made the following statement.
“Tyler Callum Wilson is a Parish Councillor on the Aberford & District Parish Council. He was not elected to the position, he sought election but was  unopposed and was therefore automatically appointed to the vacancy on the Parish Council earlier this year. He does not live within the parish and he has not attended any Parish Council meetings since April 19th 2022, the only meeting he has attended.
The Parish Council was not aware that Councillor Wilson would make this entry in the book of condolence and his comments do not in any way represent the view of the Parish Council.
The Parish Council’s statement on the sad loss of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was posted last Friday, 9th September, and can be found on this website at

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Yesterday we received the very sad news of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Speaking on behalf of the Parish Council, Chair Mike Oakes commented;

“I know that so many of you, like me, will be deeply saddened by the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Her decades of steadfast service to our country and to the Commonwealth have been exceptional. She has been a shining example to everyone in public office and an inspiration to so many people across the world. 
We join the nation in nine days of mourning and send our deepest condolences to The Royal Family at this difficult time. This is a very sad day for our country, one which most of us will not have experienced before and I know that we will rally together to support each other as we take in this news. God save The King”.

Leeds City Council have also issued a statement and provided an opportunity to sign an on line book of condolence which you can view here.

Further information in relation to specific initiatives in Aberford village will follow.