Our Solar System

‘Our Solar System’ will be the topic for our next meeting on Thursday 19th July. As usual the meeting is in the Memorial Hall and starts at 7.30pm. The speaker is Dr. Bill Jones. If you haven’t paid your subs yet you will be able to pay here.

Members Meeting 17th May 2018

Dr. Stephen Lewis talked about ‘Brimham Rocks 120 Million years ago’. His talk was be preceded by the AGM which will be the subject of a separate report.



Members’ Meeting March 22nd in the Memorial Hall

Our Speaker for this month was Richard Walton. As most of you will know Richard is one of our Trustees and his talk gave an interesting insight into the rise of the Railway in Addingham but then, very sadly, it’s demise.

This talk had a record attendance, the hall was filled to capacity. As well as members, guests had travelled from far and wide to listen to this very interesting subject. They were not dissapointed.


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.

Addingham Environment Group Update

We now have both Facebook and Twitter accounts. Please search for “Addingham Environment Group” and follow us!
With the Parish Council’s permission we can now go ahead and create wildflower areas in the Memorial Hall Field. Together with Garden Friends on Old Station Way and on the Skipton Road bank and with other organisations and individuals in the village, this will allow us to make progress with our village wildflower project and take part in a wider regional project called “Bee Together” being proposed by the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust. More, probably much more, later!

Neighbourhood Plan Up-Date

Some more progress to report on the Neighbourhood Plan – but also some more work required! Bradford Council officers kindly attended the NP Forum meeting on 13 November and gave a lot of feedback on the group’s work on housing sites and greenspace. As a result, some additional effort is required – Bradford Council Highways officers will assess potential housing sites from an access and traffic angle, and Conservation Officers will be looking at the impact development of each site might have on the Conservation Area and other heritage features. The Forum has asked that this work is undertaken within the current timeframe for the Plan so as to avoid undue delay.
Forum members will also be re-visiting some existing site assessments and also looking at two new sites which Bradford Council have identified for possible housing development.
On Traffic and Transport, a huge number of residents’ comments and suggestions have been collated and analysed, and the relevant Forum members are looking at possible solutions. It has to be said that traffic and parking are long-running issues in the village, and there are no easy answers!
Work is underway on the Community Facilities and Infrastructure topic, starting with consultation with village clubs and organisations, whilst on the Business and Economy topic, the business survey questionnaire (paper copies and an online version) are in circulation.
Kirkwells, the planning consultants advising the Forum and Parish Council, are pulling all the work into a draft of the Neighbourhood Plan, and arrangements are being made for a major public consultation with residents as soon as possible in the New Year.

Our Latest Blue Plaque

Yes it’s the Village’s 8th plaque (with yet another to follow in the next few months…)
The unveiling of the Penny Hole Plaque took place at 11.00am on Saturday the 9th of Dec.
Penny Hole Cottage is down at Low Mill Village and the home of Colin Welby.
The plaque reads ‘This building was the gatehouse for the historically significant Low Mill the world’s first successful worsted spinning mill built in 1787 workers who were late were fined one penny’.
Colin had generously agreed to pay half the cost of the plaque with the balance being shared equally between the Society and the Parish Council.

Despite the very cold weather there was a large turnout of Society members. Colin warmed us all up with mulled wine and mince pies.

The Society ‘Adopts’ a BT telephone Kiosk.

Many of you will know that we have very recently ‘taken possession’ of the telephone kiosk on Church Street. It is a Grade II listed building and an iconic landmark in the Village and we certainly did not want it removed by BT, as they did with the kiosk on The Green, at the top of the Village. Once the refurbishment is complete we will decide what we shall do with it! We have had many suggestions and if you would like to have your say then drop an email to: info@addinghamcivicsociety.co.uk or mention it to one of the Society’s Trustees. You could even pop down to the Kiosk and write your suggestion/s on the note paper inside…..

The Civic Society Christmas Party

Our hugely popular Xmas Party was on the 7th of December.

The Heritage Boys once more put on a star performance. There was much dancing and lots of festive activities. Everybody thought it was a great success and a large contribution was made to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance chaity.


Our Environment Group

The 4Becks Project
The project is gradually taking shape! Following the discussion we had at the Speaker Meeting last month we have now begun to set up our team of “beck stewards”.
The plan is to work in pairs and for each pair to take responsibility for a given stretch of beck, starting with Town Beck and Back Beck. Jessica Penrose has kindly agreed to be the coordinator. Stewards will look for “bad things”, such as litter, builders rubbish, blocked culverts, storm water drains, pollution events, invasive species (such as Himalayan balsam and Signal crayfish), and “good things”, such as brown trout, dippers, grey wagtails, kingfishers, herons, otters, and wildflowers.
Over time we should be able to build up an accurate picture of the becks and eventually remove “bad things” (although Signal crayfish I’m afraid to say are here to stay!) and protect the good things. We are continuing to look for volunteers to help with the 4Becks project. No previous experience necessary! If you would like to help please contact Rick on 01943 839792 or r.battarbee@ucl.ac.uk.


Following on from our work with our village Beavers on tree identification in September, this month we are working with our First Addingham Brownie group headed up by Brown Owl, Gill Moon. We invited Dr Hedgehog (Stephanie Murie) from Bingley Hedgehog Rescue to run a hedgehog session with the Brownies (and their parents). Stephanie brought with her Trixabelle, for demonstration purposes (see picture).
Hedgehog numbers have declined dramatically over the last few decades in the UK, and indeed there seem to be many fewer here in Addingham. We know there are populations at the top of Moor Lane, around Burns Hill and along Bark Lane, but where else? We need to do what we can to protect them. The first thing is to find out how many there are and where they occur. So if you have seen a hedgehog in the village this year can you let me (Rick) know where and when. It’s hibernation time soon so there’s not much more to be done this year, but with everyone’s help, especially the Brownies, who are now the experts, we will try to carry out a full village survey next year.

Addingham Civic Society