Members Monthly Meeting Thursday 16th April at 7.30pm

Change of Speaker….
 
The eagle-eyed amongst you will have spotted that we have a change of Speaker this month ! Peter Riley from Wharfedale Naturalists was to be in the ‘hot seat’ but his presentation will now take place next year.
Now, John Fontana’s photography talk ‘The Unforgiving Camera’ sounds fascinating and just a tad intriguing. Thanks John for standing in at short notice…..
Now, you all know the form by now….if you want to attend this online ‘Zoom’ presentation then just drop a mail to our Chairman who will add you to the ‘list’.

Our Annual General Meeting (AGM)

As notified in last month’s Newsletter this year’s AGM will take place on the 20th of May at 7.30pm, immediately before our Speaker. Like last year it will take place via Zoom.

Members who wish to view the documents or propose or second new  Trustees/Officers will find all the details in their newsletters.

Bradford’s Local Plan

Following the detailed update given in last month’s Newsletter regarding Bradford Council’s Draft Local Plan Regulation 18 (2020-2038) we can confirm that we submitted our detailed response on the 24th of March. Our Planning team have undertaken a phenomenal amount of work pulling the response together particularly in the light of a very tight timescale for submission. As always we had the interests of the Village at heart in the preparation of the response and you can read all 24 pages (!) on our website by clicking on the link below:

http://www.addinghamcivicsociety.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/ACS-Local-Plan-Response-FINAL-PDF-2.pdf

Environmental Weekend for Addingham, Self-guided Walks May 15th and 16th

Following the disappointment of our cancelled Environment Weekend last year the Environment Group has planned an alternative for this year. In order to stay safe we are organising some self-guided walks in the village. The walks will pick up a range of points of interest that link to our environmental themes of Biodiversity, Zero Carbon, Zero Waste and Sustainable Water. 

You will be able to design your own route to cover all the points that interest you. Here is an early draft of one of our maps to illustrate the idea.

There will be three outdoor “hubs” at which someone will be available with information and a display, and at some of the points of interest there will be activities. We are delighted that St Peters has agreed for us to use the Church Field as one of the Hubs and we will be inviting families to end their walk in the field and, weather permitting, bring their own picnic.

There will be a map leaflet available closer to the weekend but if you own a smart phone or tablet all the information will available on our website and the points of interest will each have its own QR code linking to further information. And finally, but most importantly everything is being planned to take account of Covid safety.
 
So do put the dates in your diary 15th and 16th May and look out for further information.

 

 

Village Photography Competition.

Following on from the success of the 2020 Environment Group Photo Competition, we are planning a repeat of this popular event.
 
The wildlife categories are:

  • Bees and hoverflies (any kind)
  • Butterflies
  • Birds
  • All other animals including mammals, amphibians, fish and other invertebrates
  • Wildflowers
  • Landscape of views within the parish or seen from the parish.

In all of these, except for cropping, digital adjustments should not be made since we don’t want misrepresentations of nature; these pictures will be kept and held in the village archive for future reference.
Each entry must have

  • Name of the photographer
  • Category
  • Age, if 11 or under
  • Date of picture (must be taken in 2021)
  • Precise location of subject (address, geographic description, or grid reference)
  • Picture title (including species name/s and/or geographic features.

 
This year, there will be two extra categories:

  • Addingham – our village
  • Creative

The Addingham category is meant to show off the village with reference to its buildings, village events and its people (though please get permission from any persons before sending in your images). Digital manipulation to a degree is acceptable, but please try to remember this category is essentially documentary.
Creative gives free reign to your artistic side. Anything goes, provided a camera was used at some stage in the process, including all types of digital software, to realise your masterpiece!
As last year, there will be a separate competition for children aged 11 years or under. There are no categories here – we just want to see your favourite shots, but please include the same entrant details.
The closing date for submissions is 29/5/2021 and images should be submitted to aeg@addingham.info
There will be prizes for the winner of each category, and another for an overall winner judged to be ‘best in show’!
Good luck

A brilliant Bird Sightings Report from Chris Acomb (for the period January – March 2021)

This year we got off to another good start with bird sightings.  To date we have had 61 species of birds reported from in and around Addingham. There are still a few records to be collated, so the question is will we beat last year’s count of 61 species? The Great British Garden Bird watch took place during the last weekend of January (29th – 31st). A number of Addingham residents sent me copies of the record they had submitted to RSPB. This helps us see the local picture. Several people continue to record their garden birds each month and send in a report of their sightings.  We have received reports of 37 different species of birds seen in the gardens of Addingham. As you would expect the commonly reported birds were: Bluetits (14 gardens), Blackbirds (13) and Robin (11). It is important to record these currently common birds so we can monitor trends over years. The rarer garden bird sightings this year included:

Bullfinch                                          3 gardens          
Goldcrest                                        4 gardens
Great Spotted Woodpecker        3 gardens
Greenfinch                                     2 gardens
Lesser Red Poll                             3 gardens
Siskin                                              4 gardens
Willow warbler                              1 garden

Dales Way near Bolton Bridge

We can now report that following our correspondence with the Bolton Abbey estate, the estate has cleared a good pathway behind the mounds of earth and rubble at the side of the road just south of Bolton Bridge, as these photographs show. Dales Way walkers and other pedestrians can therefore keep safely away from road traffic. We are very pleased that the problem has been resolved before the Covid lockdown ends and the numbers of visitors increase.

We now look forward to the safety of pedestrians’ being further enhanced by the creation of a new permissive path through the roadside woodland to the north of the site, as agreed between the estate and the Dales Way Association. At present we do not know when this work will take place and we will keep you posted.

Our Speaker for February 25th

George Martin was originally from the Isle of Bute and during his 29 years service in the Royal Air Force he worked on an impressive array of aircraft: the VC10, Brittania, Belfast, Harrier, Jet Provost, Bulldog, Tucano, Canberra, Victor and finally the subject matter of his talk the Vulcan. Later he became the British Airways Chief Instructor on the Boeing 747-400. He also had careers in Training at the European Centre for Aerospace and in Bahrain.

Finally, he set up a school for Drones. That’s one impressive CV.

This was an  excellent meeting, very well presented and we were glad not to have missed it.

Once again this meeting took place virtually, via Zoom.

Our Environment Group: Village Waste.

Zero Waste Addingham is a sub group of the Society’s Environment Group.

 ‘Zero Waste’ is concerned with reducing waste of all kinds and at all stages in the production process.  It is an integral part of a shift towards a “circular economy” in which overall consumption is reduced, products are designed to be re-used or recycled and nothing ends up in landfill. As an example aluminium foil is endlessly recyclable and recycling uses only 5% of the energy it takes to produce foil from raw materials.

As a community we should all be striving to REDUCE, REUSE, and then RECYCLE as this diagram shows:

Just to remind you that there are a number of places in the village to recycle unwanted / end of life goods.

 

 

In IIkley, Milestone Design (opposite Lishmans) is a collection point for the following items: Confectionery wrappers, KP snack packets, Ella’s Kitchen pouches, cheese packaging, Baby Bel packaging, plastic can wrappers.

Bradford Council is reporting – perhaps unsurprisingly – that contamination in our bins has increased since the onset of the COVID pandemic. We need to be recycling 50% of our waste so it is important that we strive to put the right waste in the right bin. In the village we are currently recycling around 30% of waste by weight. We have, therefore, a challenge on our hands!

To remind us what we can recycle the Council has produced a sticker for our recycling bins:

Don Barrett’s Village Walks Book

Many people will be aware of Don’s excellent publication of a collection of popular circular walks from Addingham Village. For those of you who don’t already have a copy or are unaware of its availability perhaps now is the time to consider acquiring one ! We are probably all walking more in the current circumstances and because of this we thought we would just bring this book to your attention !

It’s 70 pages, with the walks expertly presented and described, each one is accompanied by an Ordnance Survey map and wonderful photography.

The book was first published in March 2018 and just recently Don has made some changes and improvements to the routes and directions. They will of course be incorporated in the next edition of this book. The existing book will come with a short insert setting out the revisions.

For those of you who already have a copy of this brilliant book then you can download these revisions from Don’s Village Website : https://addingham.info/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/2021-update-insert.pdf

For those of you who can’t access the internet then just get in touch with the Chairman and he’ll arrange to get you a copy of the revisions.

Happy walking.

Best Kept Village Award….

The Best Kept Village Award is in the form of an ornate ‘post’ (for the want of a better word !) on a slightly elevated site at the bottom of Old Station Way. Well, it desperately needs some TLC so we plan to undertake this work in the Spring. Up until a year or so ago there was a wooden bench in front of the award which sadly lost its battle with the elements and was removed by the Parish Council. To coincide with our refurbishment plans we are delighted to report that a replacement wooden bench is to be donated by residents, Lesley and Clive Loughlin. The bench will be in memory of Lesley’s Mum who sadly died in May last year. The Society has of course secured the necessary permissions from the Parish Council.

Here is a super photo of the Award and the original bench which was taken back in 1997 when the Village won the competition.

January Zoom Meeting

 ‘How Green is our Village Part 4’ was presented to around 65 members by representatives of our Environment Group and what a great meeting it was. If you were not one of the lucky ones (!) who tuned in, then all is not lost. The whole presentation will be available via the ‘Zoom Cloud’ (!) until the 16th of this month.

Just drop an email to the Chairman and he will send the link and the simple passcode. There you go.

 

Crayfish in our Becks

Our Environment Group has been working with Bristol University on the distribution of invasive Signal crayfish in our becks. PhD students at Bristol University are developing novel methods of detecting crayfish using environmental DNA (eDNA) from filtered water samples.

The students spent a week with us in early September taking samples from our four main becks.

We have known for a long time that there were populations of invasive crayfish in Town Beck and Back Beck, but we wanted to find out how far up the becks the crayfish had moved and whether they had invaded Lumb Beck.

After months of lab work back in Bristol they have now sent us the results (see map). They detected crayfish DNA at all sites where crayfish were found by hand sampling (see a small one in Jack’s hand!) in Town Beck and Back Beck.

The good news is that crayfish haven’t (yet) moved up Town Beck beyond the Townhead Trading Estate or up Back Beck beyond Bridge 55.  The long culvert at Townhead and the high step at Bridge 55 may be acting as barriers.

The bad news, however, is that crayfish DNA was found in Lumb Beck.  No crayfish were found by hand sampling and we have not had any sightings of crayfish in Lumb Beck.  This is a worrying discovery as there are no barriers to upstream movement in Lumb Beck. 

Village Newsletter

We’ve already started planning for the next Village Newsletter, due out around the middle of March and as you know it’s a combined effort by the Addingham Civic Society and the Parish Council. There are a team of 20 + volunteers who hand deliver the Newsletter twice a year to every household in the Village. A number of residents who live in the more outlying areas get theirs posted. It’s a big logistical exercise as you can imagine but it works pretty well now.

So, if you or you know someone who would like to contribute to the next edition then please do get in touch before the end of this month if possible.

The Methodist Church Christmas Appeal

You will all remember the Church’s fantastic appeal for ‘Christmas Treats’  a couple of weeks or so before Christmas. Well, we can report that once again the Village’s response was truly amazing, as you can see from the heavily ladened tables shown on the photo (!) and here is a short message from the Church:

‘Thank you to everyone who supported our collection of Christmas Treats for the Salvation Army food bank.

So many people cannot even afford a basic weekly food shop but with the joint help of the Salvation Army and your generosity they will have enjoyed something extra special with their food bank delivery over Christmas.

We at the Methodist Church hope that you all had a happy, peaceful and healthy Christmas and we wish you the same for 2021’.

Addingham Civic Society