Bellerby Parish Update 1stAugust 2008
There are a number of news items that people may be interested in and the Parish Council thought that this was probably the best way of letting people know. Please ask one of your Parish Councillors if you need any further information, or have any feedback.

Working Groups for Environment & Highways
When the Village questionnaire results were sent out (March 2008) we mentioned various priorities that needed to be developed in more detail. The proposal is now to set up 2 informal Working Groups under the headings
Environment (covering open spaces, recycling and recreation issues) and -
Highways (covering roads, access and transport issues).

The proposal is to keep these much more informal than a Council meeting and have at least one Parish Councillor present to raise anything necessary with the Authorities.  Of course on bigger issues the groups will work together. Please do let us know if you would like to be involved in whatever way you can. Its essential that everyone has a say and that the village views are representative. If you can spare a little time each month in whatever capacity, the contacts are -
Environment John Hutchinson (Hall Garth, Moor Road) Tel: 07730 954 340
Highways - David Jamison (3 The Old Wynd) Tel : 01969 622 905
Either John or David will be able to give you a few more details of how they see these groups working.

2. Electricity for Vulnerable People
The Parish Council has had a letter from the Electricity Providers who are updating records they already have. They’ve asked us to notify them of addresses where vulnerable people live, so they are aware of their needs in times of an emergency power cut. This may be someone who needs an electricity supply for medical equipment at home, or who is particularly vulnerable when the power is off. If you could notify John Weedon on 01969 622 596 he will pass the information to them.

3 Open Gardens Results
As probably everyone knows by now the Open Gardens event on the 13th of July was a tremendous success helped along by the excellent weather. Over 600 visitors attended, and we quickly had to reprint more guides. The table-top sale organised by Pam Fawcett for the Air Ambulance raised over £1127.04. Pam and her family would like to thank everyone for their help and contributions.

The Scarecrow competition had 19 entries; with the winner going to Tony Gregg’s excellent multiple exhibit entitled ‘Farm Sale’. He received a £25 voucher donated by Vflora for his troubles. The takings on entries and refreshments cleared a further £2,400, so all in all it was an excellent day for the village. Many visitors commented on how much they had enjoyed the day, and many villagers have said how it brought out the community spirit. Well done to everyone who took part, and thanks to all those who made it all possible