Members Meeting Thursday 20th July

Our Speaker for July was Dr Elizabeth Milwain.

Elizabeth is a Director of  The Memory Tree CIC – a small not-for-profit organisation that she founded in 2012, providing specialist support about dementia to local communities, drawing on her background as a research psychologist working in the dementia field since 1996.

Elizabeth explained to us how various diseases of the brain cause dementia and that Alzheimers is just one of these diseases. She outlined key facts about dementia, signs to look out for and simple things we can all do to help both people affected by the condition and their families to build a dementia friendly community.

This was an excellent meeting. It was very well attended and we all came away much wiser.

Latest Blue Plaque

Blue Plaque Unveiling 19th August

We are delighted to announce that on Saturday the 19th of Aug, a good crowd turned out to see Judith Worsnop from the Addingham United Charity unveil the plaque at Mill Close Field (High Mill). The plaque is dedicated to John Crossley and Joshua Dawson who gave the land to the Overseers of the Poor of Addingham in the late 17th century. It’s a fascinating story and if you want to learn more then contact Peter Hadfield at

This land and river bank was donated by JOSHUA DAWSON to The Overseers of the Poor of Addingham in March,1686 for the benefit of village residents. The original conveyance was by a deed. The original parchment copy, discovered in The Rectory in 1998, is deposited in the Bradford Library Archives.
In the 1996 Civic Society Publication ‘Addingham from Brigantes to By-pass’, Kate Mason wrote; “The rent of this field was… for the use of the poor. The field still belongs to the village and has given many generations of children great delight in playing in the river and fishing from the river bank.”


Neighbourhood Plan

Neighbourhood Plan

The Neighbourhood Plan Forum continues to work on the various Plan topics, particularly assessments of possible housing sites as mentioned in last month’s newsletter, and village Green Spaces, with valuable information received from a fantastic response to the recent Green Space questionnaire. Another questionnaire has been prepared to get the views of local businesses – what issues are they concerned about and what improvements could be included in the Plan to help businesses prosper. There are over 80 business in the village (who knew?!) and their views are crucial. Hopefully the questionnaire will be circulated shortly, and a consultation meeting may also be held if businesses would find this useful.
Returning to housing, the Forum’s method for assessing housing sites has been welcomed and supported by Bradford Council planners, which is encouraging. Also, although a large number of possible housing sites have been identified by Bradford Council, the Forum has been advised by its planning consultant to issue a “Call for Sites” to see if there are any other areas, probably very small sites, which might be suitable and which could help to meet the housing target for the village. This will be published in the local press in the near future and presents an opportunity to provide a general up-date on progress.
In due course all this work will be discussed by the Parish Council with a view to holding a major village meeting – this is likely to be around early Autumn in order to avoid the peak holiday period and to give time to progress outstanding aspects of the Plan.

Addingham Environment Group

The Addingham Environment Group has been very active. Below are some of their recent activities. For more information vist the Environment  group by clicking here.

Environment Day 2018.

Following the very successful first village Environment Day held on May 13th this year the Environment Group has agreed the event should be repeated next year and, all things being equal, should become an annual event. Our proposal is for a similar format i.e. with a morning of displays and activities in the Memorial Hall followed by a guided walk in the afternoon.  We’re looking to fix a date for a Saturday in mid to late May or early June.

Neighbourhood Plan.

Jan Hindle and her team are making excellent progress in preparing the group’s contribution to the Neighbourhood Plan. The emphasis at the moment is on Village Green Space, identifying it, and assessing its value in terms of wildlife, beauty, historic significance, recreational value, and tranquillity. The Spaces assessed so far include Church Field, The Sailor and Burnside Mill Fields, Manor Garth, Sugar Hill and Back Beck Lane, and the Saw Mill and Town Beck. Jan would like to thank Linda Haggarty, Carol Miles and Richard Walton in particular for their help.
Jan has also been carrying out a Green Space consultation exercise in the village to find out how our Green Spaces are used and valued by residents and how they might be improved. Over a hundred questionnaires have been returned and she is currently analysing the results.

Wildflower Project.

Our wildflower project is beginning to gather momentum as many groups in the village are interested in taking part. The Parish Council has invited us to put forward wildflower plans for land owned by the Council. With the Parish Clerk’s help we have now been able to map out council-owned land and we are ready to begin surveying the different fields. Garden Friends have been managing the Old Station Way grassland now for some years and we have joined forces with them to help this plot in the centre of the village become a showpiece for wildflowers. We are having a discussion with St Peter’s Church about the management of Church Field and we are meeting with The Methodist Church in the near future to assess how we can help improve their graveyard as an attractive, tranquil, wildlife-rich place to visit. We have also had meetings with the Golf Club. Bracken Ghyll Golf Course has many biodiverse areas including woodland, ponds and grasslands and the Greenkeeper, Rob Walker, is most interested in increasing wildflower populations on the course, especially in patches between fairways and alongside some of the tees.
Overall, although the various organisations have different objectives and different constraints there is real potential to put together a village-wide strategy for wildflowers and pollinators in line with national governmental policies.

Becks Project.

The Becks Project is also making very good progress. A Steering Committee has now been drawn up with representatives from the Parish Council (Simon Tennant), the Addingham Anglers Association (Tony Brady) and the Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust, the Wild Trout Trust, the Environment Agency, Yorkshire Water and Bradford Council. The first meeting was held in the Methodist Church Lounge on Tuesday 27th June to agree aims and objectives. Community engagement within the village is seen as the highest priority. We should have much more to report on the Becks in the next Newsletter

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