A Planning Update

The big news this month is the Parish Council’s Neighbourhood Plan (NP) ‘drop in’ event on the 9th and 10th of March. The NP Forum members (which include representatives from the Society) have been working tirelessly for some time on behalf of the Village and this event will be their opportunity to present a draft of the ‘Preferred Options Neighbourhood Plan’.
Residents should attend to get the latest information and to give their views and comments.

The Addingham Civic Society Annual General Meeting

The Society’s Annual General Meeting is on the 17th of May, immediately before what promises to be a fascinating talk about Brimham Rocks. So, plenty of time to think about whether you want to ‘throw your hat in the ring’ and put your name forward to be a Trustee or one of the Officers ! More details will be in your April and May Newsletters, but if you want to find out what’s involved in the meantime, then contact your Chairman.

February Meeting

We are always looking to bring a bit of variety and February was no exception. It was a comedy and quiz night and was a bit different that’s for sure. A couple of our Trustees (Ken Birch and Jack Robson) did a ‘Comedy Slot’ which was great fun and your Chairman brought a ‘Yorkshire Picture Quiz’.

Spring Fayre: Saturday the 7th of April.

One of the big Village events of the year; our Spring Fayre. Doors open at 10.00am (not 11.00am as in the last couple of years) and we’ll have all our usual stalls and refreshments will be available of course. Put aside your books, toys, good bric-a-brac and something for the tombola! It’s a big fund raising event for the Society. So please put this date in your diary……

Our ‘adopted’ Kiosk

Progress towards the refurbishment continues to go well, albeit hampered to a large extent by the adverse weather conditions. In the meantime we’ve considered very carefully all the suggestions put forward as to how the kiosk should be used and the majority were in favour of it being a ‘Village Information Point’. It will have information about the Village, it’s activities, Clubs and Societies etc. It can be very much a multi purpose facility and we are convinced that it will add real value to our Community. We are currently looking at how we will fit out the kiosk, with shelving, signs and other fittings.

Our Environment Group

As our plans for 2018 get underway there will be many opportunities to become involved. Two, unrelated, things to start with, firstly litter and secondly growing wildflowers from seed.
On litter we’re planning to recruit a team of village litter-pickers. We can provide green sacks, gloves, litter pickers and high-viz jackets. All you need to do is take responsibility for an agreed patch of the village, or surrounding countryside, along the public paths within the parish, go out and once a week or so, pick up litter: bag it and bin it! Simple, but we need to start now whilst the grass is short!
Our aim is for Addingham to be a plastic litter free zone by the end of the year. It’s not only the oceans that suffer from plastic pollution!
On growing wildflowers from seed, we are planning to introduce, or re-introduce, a very attractive wildflower called Betony (Stachys officinalis) to some of our wildflower plots in the village. However, it is not an easy plant to grow simply by sowing seed directly into the soil. A better way is to sow the wildflower seed in pots and then plant the seedlings out, as plug plants, once they have become established.

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