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Windfarm Extension -
Planning Permission Granted (20th
||The application by Energie
Kontor for four new tubines off Cowden Lane has been granted
by the public appeal organized by the Central Government
Planning Inspectorate. Obviously many of the villagers will
not be happy about this, although this will be ameliorated to
some extent by the fact that we have been promised quite a bit
more money for community projects. It does however make one
wonder about democracy when, as with the original application,
it was refused by the local governement and passed by the
central government. Oh well it is now a done-deal and if you
really want to read about it click
here for the full 28 page report full of much legal
Santa's Sleigh Ride (20th December 2016)
||On Saturday 17th December the
Village Communnity Association organized a Santa sleigh ride
around the village. It Started at the Bird Centre on Aldbrough
Road at 6.30pm and ended up at the Falcon at 7.30pm for mince
pies and mulled wine. Then sleigh was supplied by Hornsea
Carnival, it was followed by 50 or more adults and children.
Santa and his elves handed out sweeets and collected money, in
total £106 was collected and equally divided between Hornsea
Carnival and the Village Association (which just about covered
their costs. Also a hamper was given to the best Christmas
lights. The event was certainly a great success and one we may
well try again.
St Alban's Church Receives a
£99 500 Grant for Roof Repairs (19th
This good news was
announced in the August newsletter from St Alban's (transcript
below). The locals have been working hard to raise funds but this
should enable work to take place.
|St Alban's Church
in Withernwick will benefit from £99,500 to address ' urgent
roof repairs. St Alban's PCC successfully applied for the
grant through the Government-funded Listed Places of Worship:
Roof Repair Fund. The present roof of St Alban's Church was
constructed as part of the rebuild of the church in the
1850's. It is now in a very poor state and having a
detrimental effect upon the interior. Parishioners have been
working extremely hard to raise funds for the repair of the
roof themselves. However, it was clear that to raise in excess
of the £100,000 needed to effect a repair was going to
be a challenge for this small but enthusiastic community. So
an application was made to the Government-funded Listed Places
of Worship: Roof Repair Fund. The opportune and exciting
announcement of this successful application means that the PCC
are now in a position to address the ugent repairs. The PCC
and parishioners a; thrilled to have received this grant. We
believe that it marks the beginning of the realisation of a
long-term vision within the village of Withernwick to develop
the church as a community resource for many different groups.
This money is part of a wider funding package of f22.9million
to 401 historic places of worship across the UK. The fund was
launched bv the chancellor in his Autumn Statement in December
2014 and the funding package has now seen a total of 903
places of worship across the UK receive a share of
£55miliion. The Fund is administered by the National Heritage
Memorial Fund (NHMF) on behalf of the Department for Culture
Media and Sport (DCMS).
Takings/Ideas for Next Year (16th
||Our Hogfest this year was
another great success. We took a total of £1274.50
(£70 more than last year). About 100 paying guests
attended plus we had about 30 band members etc. After
allowing for costs (hog roast etc) we actually made a
£6 loss, which we feel was quite acceptable. We did
also get a £500 grant from the Windfarm Fund.
Although the event was successful, we would like to run
it again next year and, if possible make it even better.
So let us know what you thought of the acts and about
the food - leave the food as it is, a different bought
in food or maybe simply bring your own (obviously with a
cheaper ticket) - do let us know.
you have probably heard, EnergieKontor have taken theie
application for the erection of four more turbines off
Cowden Lane to appeal. The appeal will take place
at County Hall in Beverley on 6th October (time to be
confirmed). The original application was rejected after
objections from villagers, Withernwick Parish Council
and ERYC, also the government now seems to favour
offshore turbines. If we wish to get the appeal thrown
out to we do need to get our voice heard. So if you can
attend the appeal or help in any way please contact Andy
by email - Ash@heronfoods.com
or phone him on 07831513396.
Business Opens in Withernwick (16th
|We don't have many businesses in
Withernwick so it is very nice to see a new one opening.
The Bird Centre has opened in the former Cherry Tree
Furniture factory on Aldbrough Road. It does seel a lot
more that the name suggests. There are foods for dogs,
cats, domestic birds, wild birds, poultey and rodents.
You can indeed buy yourself a budgie or canary and also
a rabbit or guinea pig. There is hay in bales or a very
good line in 8x4 plywood sheets. All prices are very
competitive and so you souldn't need to visit the far
distant supermarket when you can shop for all your pet
needs so locally. We do also have to thank owner Alvin
for turning an eyesore into an asset for the village. Do
make a visit, it should turn out to be most worthwhile.
He will however deliver free to local villages and if he
doesn't have what you want, ask him and he will try to
stock it in future.
Click here to see some photos of the Bird Centre.
Clay Pigeon Shoot raises £1222
(25th August 2016)
|The Clay Pigeon Shoot was undoubtedly
a great success and, Mike Philips, who organised the
event has sent the following message. Click here to see
some photos of (after) the event.
August saw the return from many years past, The
Withernwick Clay Shoot.
The day was blessed with fine weather, fine people and
lots of bangs to be had by all both young and old.
A total of 54 people entered into the competition on the
day all aiming for the prizes of £100, £50 & £25
respective, £50 for the re-entry and £60 the fast and
furious 100 clay Flush.
with a huge sore of 26 from 30 goes to Paul Peacock
(pictured being presented with the Housecroft Cup)
with a very impressive close score of 25 from 30 went to
our very own villager, Kat from West Lambwath Rd, Very
Well done Kat J
with 24, Andy Loving
the day at the ground, most people did follow the aged
tradition and retired to The Falcon for a well-deserved
Pie and a Pint or three.
truly fantastic day all in aid of the urgently needed
repairs to St Albans Church raised £1222 and was
carefully handed over to Anne Wood during the service on
would like to thank all of the sponsors:-
Falcon Inn, Hatfield Croft Nursery’s, Blondies Hair
Salon, Warren Dawson Decorator, Arnott Drainage, The
Frying Farmer & Westlands Hay and Haylage Supplies
for their generosity.
than all, I would really like to thank for all of their
hard work the team of very special villagers/ and
friends who actually made this happen on the day – I'm
not naming any names, but you know who you are?
will return to being an annual event, so keep a close
eye out for June/July next year and hope to see you
Withernwick Clay Pigeon
Shoot (26th July 2016)
||Many years ago there was a
regular clay pigoen shoot held in the village, indeed on
local fields. Sadly health and safety doesn't allow that
any more. However, this summer on Saturday 13th August
2016 the Withernwick Clay Pigeon shoot will return. It
will be held at Humberside Shooting Ground in
Brandesburton from 12 midday until 4pm that day. There
are variously priced options but all are selling fast,
so click here
for more details. We are sure this will prove to be a
great fun event.
Death of Philip Clappison
(8th July 2016)
||Sadly we have to report
the death of Philip Clappison who many of you will
remember. He died late last week and was buried
alongside other family members at Marton Church on 7th
July. Philip was born in Withernwick at North End Farm,
Cowden Lane in 1926, his parents were Fred and Jane
Clappison. Philip followed his father by farming at
North End Farm. He would have had to work hard in days
before modern technology, they worked with cattle and
some arable farming. After retiring he sold North End
Farm and moved to Hatfield. The photo on the left was
taken in 2010 and shows him with his sister Josie who
died a year or so after this photo was taken. Click
here to see a larger version of that photo. Click
here to see photos of Philip as a boy and young man.
Philip was certainly a character and we must doubt we
will see many like him again in the village.
Bus Number 241 Under
Threat of Closure
(4th July 2016)
The provision of
bus services to the village, as we all know are poor. It is a
bit of a viscious circle, becuase the service is poor, we all
tend to use our cars which then means that the buses are under
used. The 241 service which travels from Aldbrough to Beverley
is under threat of closure, indeed if this closure goes ahead
the service will cease on 1st April 2017. If you are a user of
this service and it matters to you, you will need to register
your comments. More details can be found on the following
here to read the full consultation docuement
here to read particular details of service 241.
Hogfest 16 - Tickets Now
(18th June 2016)
||Tickets are now available
for Hogfestr 16. They are cheaper if you buy them in
advance - £13 for adults and £6 for children, (they
will be £15 and £8 if you wait to buy them on the
gate. You can purchase tickets by contacting Paul via
the website - click here or by
phone on 527420. I will deliver the tickets to your
door or post them for a small charge if you are coming
from afar. Or you can still purchase them via the
EventBrite website - click
here but there will be a small booking fee.
Last year's event was a great success and we are
confident this year's event will be even better. We do
have some very talented acts for you and again the food
should be very good. So please do book early, we do have
a limit on the numbers we can accommodate.
Food Returns to the Falcon
(9th June 2016)
||The Falcon is once again
serving food. The times as yet are not confirmed so
please ring if you are travelling from a distance. It
will be Wednesday to Saturday evenings and Sunday
lunchtime. So far the reports are good, well cooked and
tasy food, we will let you know more about the menu as
we get to know. The things is to go along and try it
out, we are sure you will not be disappointed. Oh and
the beer is being very well kept, Tetley's and Landlord
so far but a promise of more.
The Falcon does have a new website - click
(29th May 2016)
||Following on from last
year's highly successful Hogfest (click
here to see photos), we will again be holding the
event. It will this time be on Saturday 6th August from
5.30 pm, again it will be held on the playing fields on
Aldbrough Road. Bands will start form 6pm, some will be
as last year plus some new ones. The food, again
provided by Hot Trotters will be served from 7pm.
Tickets can be bought in advance for £13 (adult) and
£6 (child); these can be purchased by conatcting me on
527420 or going to EventBrite - click
here. On the gate the tickets will be slightly more
expensive at £15 and £8.
We will give you more details before the event.
If you are interested in playing at the event, please Contact
Street Party for Queen's Birthday
(29th May 2016)
||As you probably all know
our wonderfully dedicated Queen is 90 years old this
year and thankfully still going strong. We are planning
to celebrate this notable event on Saturday 11th June
with a 'Street Party'. This will take place in the
Falcon car park from 2-4pm on theaat day. Click on the
photo on the left and it will take you to some photos of
the last such event we had in 2012 for the Queen's
Bring along your own 'finger' food and drinks, but the
Falcon will be open too. We will provide paper plate and
tables. Please come along and help make this celebration
The Falcon Reopens
(9th April 2016)
||Sadly Richard and Lindsey
Johns have moved onto a new adventure in York, we should
all thank them for their efforts over the last year and
a half and wish them all the best for their future.
Their last night was a week ago on 2nd April 2016. But
the Falcon goes on too. Last night (8th April) it
reopened with a new manager - Will Clappison. Will
previously worked at Bert's Bistro in Brandsburton. The
Falcon was reopening was enthusiastically attended by
many locals and also many new faces who will hopefully
continue to visit us. There is no food at present, but
that will hopefully happen very soon and we will let you
know when it does. Click here
to check out new opening times. Click here to see some
photos from the opening night.
Helen Stackdale Raise Money for Dovehouse
(3rd March 2016)
||Those of us that know
Helen will know that this is not the first time she has
done something like this to raise money for charity.
This year she is doing the China Trek 2017 which will
involve walking along the Great Wall of China.
Obviously this will be a fantastic adventure and
opportunity for Helen , but also she would like to raise
£3500 for Dovehouse. So please help out with whatever
you can afford.
here to dontate.
Demolition of the Village Hall (1st
Our village hall
which has stood for over 80 years was finally demolished
today. It was in use for about 70 years but has been left
derelict for the last 10 years or so. Indeed it had become an
eyesore and a haven for rats. It is in many ways a shame to
see it go, so many villagers will have fond memories of events
there. the site has been cleared but it is not sure what will
happen to it, it may well be a few years before we get another
village hall. Click
here to see some photos of the demolition.
of John Sentamu - Archbishop of York
(13th Feb 2016)
John Sentamu, Archbishop of York arrived
in Withernwick at 4pm on Friday 12th February. This visit is
part of a pilgimage he is making around his diocese. Around 20
people turned up at St Alban's church to meet him. Fortunately
it was a bright and sunny day even though rather cold, so he
did go for a walk around the village this included a stop at
Doreen Dunn's house. On returning to St Alban's church, he
lead a service, there were some photos taken after this
service - click here to see
of John Sentamu - Archbishop of York
(1st Feb 2016)
||In what should prove to be
a historic event for the village, John Sentamu, the
Archbishop of York will be visiting Withernwick on
Friday 12th February. He is the second most important
cleric in the Church of England after the Archbishop of
Canterbury. Obviously he will be visiting St Alban's
church but he will also be taking a walk around the
village. He should arrive about 4pm and is due to lead a
service "Pilgrimage Prayers" in St Alban's at
5pm, so he should be around the village from 4-5pm. We
would like as many people as possible to be around and
about to meet him and make him feel welcome.
Bags2School and Christmas
Fair (10th Dec 2015)
The Chritmsa Fair, organised by the
Withernwick Community Association was held in the Falcon car
park on Saturday 5th December. The event was very successful
despite the exceedingly windy weather and a healthy total of
£310 was made which will go towards future village events and
facilities. Click here to see photos of the event.
St Alban's Church with help from Julia Beevers and Blondies
collected an amazing 353 kg (over a third of a ton) of bags of
clothes for the Bags2School collection. This in turn raised a
total of £141.40, which will go towards the restoration of St
Both the Village Associationa and the members of St Alban's
Church would like to thank everyone helped to raise the above
The Falcon in the Michelin
Good Pub Food Guide for 2016 (6th
||After being placed in the
top 50 pubs for food in the Good Food Guide - Pubs,
these has new been another well deserved commendation
for the Falcon. Now it has an entry in the Michelin
Eating Out in Pubs guide for 2016. There are only 590
pubs, in the guide for the whole of the UK and Ireland
and, more importantly, only four pubs in Yorkshire.
This another reward for the hard work that Richard and
Lindsey have put in just about one year now. It is also
an acknowledgement of the undoubted skills they have
bought to the pub.
We should all be very proud that our village has
been so firmly put on the national map!
Click here to read
the actual entry.
Alban's Church Needs Our Help (12th
church is an essential part of our community - for all
of us! It is in great need of repairs which may well
total up to around £300,000, mainly for repairs to the
roof. No doubt some of the money will come from grants
from various bodies but it is essetial that we all show
willing too. It doens't matter if you are a chuch goer
or not, it is incumbent on us all to help. Indeed it is
our only meeting place at present and that situation is
likely to remain for some time; some of the money would
go towards creating a better meeting area.
One money rasing idea is to collect bags of clothes etc
- click here
for more details.
The bags will be collected and money given to them by
a charitable organisation called
Bags2school, to find out more about
them, visit their website www.bags2school.com
(not .co.uk as it says in the above leaflet. No doubt we
all have clothes, shoes etc that we no longer use or
have grown out of, so bag them up ready for the
collection day on 7th December 2015.
We all need to help to maintain OUR church.
New Application for West Newton (6th Oct 2015)
|Rathlin have submitted
a new application to drill at the West Newton site to
East Riding Council. It is inevitably a very complex
application and if you really want to examine the whole
thing then please click
here. There is a non-technical summary available
which is somewhat more readable - click
here. There is, as you might guess, no use of the
word fracking and, as before, they seem to stress the
conventional oil drilling that they will undertake.
There is also lots of talk about how they will control
possible pollution of the ground water. You can take all
this with as large a pinch of salt as you wish,
depeneding on your opinion. There will, no doubt, be
lots more discussion on this matter, this will certainly
not be the last we hear of it.
Council Vacancy (15th Sept 2015)
|The current make up of the parish
council is as follows:
– Norman Wilkie
– Charlie Sharp
This leaves a vacancy for a full member who is
required to take up the position as soon as possible.
Please contact the Parish Clerk - Phil Wilson on firstname.lastname@example.org or
Hogfest 2015 (7th Sept 2015)
||On 29th August 2015, the
village playing field, we organised our very first
village Hogfest. The late August weather was very kind
to us and so people were able to stay in their t shirts
all night. The food (i.e pork), courtesy of Hot Trotters
was excellent. There were over 100 people in the
audience who were well entertained by all 6 bands/
singers. A very good time was had by all and some even
got up to dance later in the evening. We will no doubt
do this again some time.
The evening was also a financial success for the village
as we took about £1200. This just about clears our
expenses, but that is what we aimed for.
Click here to see some
photos and click
here to see a short video of the evening.
The Falcon in the Top 50
Pubs for Food (26th August 2015)
has certainly had quite an eventful history over the
years but I has never been on the national map before.
It has been listed as one of the top 50 pubs in the UK
for food, at a highly commendable 28th place.
Considering that this is still the first year that
Richard and Lindsey Johns have been running the Falcon,
this is indeed a remarkable achievement. It is, however,
certainly no accident, this is largely due to the hard
work that Richard and Lindsey have put into the pub.
This has meant big changes for our village pub but we
can only be hopeful that it is going to go on from
strength to strength and still be a core of our
here to see the actual listing of the top 50 pubs.
Alban's Church Calendar (15th
St Alban's church has produced a 2016
calendar. This is a lovely calendar and is for sale at the
bargain price of £5. It will be useful for yourself or it
will make a great present for friends.
You will also be helping to raise money for St Alban's church
which is need of repairs, particualrly to the roof, which will
cost a great deal of money.
Click here to see a
sample of the calendar.
You can buy copies of the calendar from
Blondies hairdressers on Main Street.
Responsible Dog Ownership
(4th August 2015)
||We have gone on many times
about owners not picking up their dog's pooh, but there
are many other aspects to responsible dog
So to begin and the beginning, let us stress again that
it is a legal requirement to bag and pick upyour dog's
pooh and bin it. This applies to all public places
including grass verges and footpaths such as Butcher's
Lane. There is now an easy way to report culptits who
are too lazy and irresponsible to pick up their dog's
pooh - click
here for how to do this, the document also gives
information on other aspects of responsible dog
We have also recently had incidents with dogs not being
on leads or under the control of the owner. This is also
illegal, your dog may be calm and sociable but it must
still be on a lead. Also when approaching another dog,
do not assume that dog is also calm and sociable, keep
your distance and ask the other owner if it is safe to
approach. If you know your dog can be feisty or
aggressive then keep your distance from other dogs; for
such dogs there is the Yellow Dog Project - click
here. Here your dog can wear a yellow ribbon to
indicate to others to keep their distance.
We do all need to be responsible dog owners - we pick up
our dog's pooh and bin it, we keep them on a lead at all
times and we are careful when we approach other unknown
dogs. If we all do these things, everyone - human and
dog will be happy and safe.
Dead Fish Goes Viral on
Village Facebook Page (1st July
It could be said to be a slow news day
when a dead fish hits the headlines, but this is Withernwick.
A dead fish mysteriously turned up on Church Lane one day in
June, it was quite a large fish - click
here to see a photo. But the plot thickened, for a joke
the pnoto was added to the village Facebook page. Most photos
on the said page get a few likes and comments and maybe 200 or
so views. The dead fish however got 20 comments, 20 likes and
a stunning 1400 views, views from as far away as Australia and
USA. We will have to keep an eye out for more unlikely hits.
If you don't already like the Withernwick Facebook page,
here and Like Us.
Extension (16th June 2015)
|On the 10th June 2015, East Riding Council
refused the application by Energiekontor for the wind farm
extension on Cowden Lane. As you may well know this was for a
further 4 turbines to add to those we already have. Probably
many of you objected to this and so are no doubt pleased that
the application has been refused. This will also spell the end
for Quickline, as they proposed to build a mast on the site,
they had probably already given up already as BT have now
installed fibre cables to the village. It is to be hoped that
Enegieknotor do not appeal, the goverment have already
expressed objections to more onshore wind farms.
Superfast Broadband (
1st June 2015)
|As you no doubt know BT/Openreach have
brought fibre-optic cable to the village which now means that
we can now get high speed internet. From recent tests the
speed seems to have gone up from 5 Mbps to 35 Mbps i.e about
7x faster. If you are with BT, you will need to ring them up
and ask to enrolled on one of their Infinity plans. Infinity 1
has a 20Gb download limit which should be fine if you don't
downlaod movies and so on, Infinity 2 has unlimited download.
Infinity 1 should not cost much more than your existing plan,
Infinity 2 is about £5 per month more. You will need a new
router which will cost £6.99 for postage, then you will have
to wait a little while for BT to actually switch you on. If
you are with a different supplier you will have to contact
them. This probably spells the end for Quickline even though
it claims to be cheaper.
Hog Fest 15
(13rd May 2015)
|On Saturday 29th August we will be
organising our first Hog Roast - Hogfest 15. This will take
place on the village playing fields from 5.30 to 10.30pm.
Obviously there will be pork but also salad, you are however
welcome to bring more food of your own (but must still
purchase a ticket). There will be no drinks available, so you
must bring you own (but no bottle please). There will be
entertainment provided by various local bands and singers (if
you are interested in appearing, we may well be able to find a
spot for you, let us know). Tickets are now available at £12
for adults, £8 for 5-16's and free for under 5's. Tickets are
available from Carol at 7 Mill Row, Aldbrough Road or call
Paul on 527420. We are expecting a big demand and tickets are
limited, so do get in early, it should be a great village
Dog Pooh Yet
Again !!! (19th March 2015)
Yes, yet again, dog
pooh rears its very ugly head. There seems to be no end to the
inconsideration of some people. Some seem just to let there dogs out
the back door to relieve themselves, others actually bother to pick
the pooh up with a pooh bag and then throw the said bag into a
verge. Firstly always monitor your dog, really it should always be
on a lead and under your control. Always carry pooh bags with you,
nappy bags work perfectly well for this. Always pick your dog's pooh
up wherever it is - on that road/pavement, this goes without saying
but also on grass verges, it looks unsightly and people have to mow
it. Also futher out from the village, such as Butcher's Lane or any
other footpaths, again, this looks disgusting, others may tread in
it and the path does have to be mown. Finally do take your pooh bag
home with you and deposit it in your bin.
Now if this doesn't work, we must start getting culprits fined. So
if you know someone who allows their dog to pooh and does not pick
the pooh up, then report them directly to the East Yorkshire Dog
Warden - Click
Quickline v BT (26th
|We have been sent
this comparison pf Quickline v BT. It has been sent by Quickline, so
you can take it with as large a dose of salt as you wish. The first
column is for some general 'fibre' provider and not particularly BT
and as far as I know BT do provide 24/7 support, router support and
you can keep your own number. Here also is some explantion from
Quickline (copied verbatum):
Fibre to the cabinet does not
necessarily guarantee the improvement of speed in that area. It is
often described as trying to transfer water from a 4cm pipe (fibre)
to a 1cm pipe (copper). It is still subject to latency, reduced
speeds at peak times, the requirement of a land line and even
The comparison we have offered would still technically remain as
there is no direct alteration to the customer, other than the
possibility of a visible increase in speed. I have therefore amended
the table to reflect up to 20mbs as results show that to be the
average available speeds.
There is also the problem with Quickline that they are contingent on
the windfarm extension being passed in order to build their mast,
this may also take some time even if the windfarm is passed. On the
other hand BT Openreach have suggested they will have fibre
broadband working by March, see the story below (more salt may be needed).
always, it is entirely up to you, I do just try to put down what I
know and it may well change very rapidly, either way, I still don't
think holding your breath is a good idea
Superfast Broadband on its
Way (6th Feb 2015)
||Maybe you can't help but have noticed the holes in
the verges on Aldbrough Road. These are due to Openreach, the
hands-on side of BT. They are installing high speed fibre cables. We
knew they had reached Aldbrough Exchange and it is wonderful to see
them branching out to Withernwick so quickly. Apparently this should
all be up and working by March. This should also put the kibosh on
Quicline who are still dependent on installing a mast on the site of
the windfarm extension; the extension has not as yet been granted
permission and even if that happens it will be some time before
Quickline are up and running. It is, of course, entirely up to you,
but it does seem obvious which is a better choice BT or Quicline as
far as holding your breath goes!
West Newton, Fracking and Seismic Testing (18th
||As you no doubt know by now, Rathlin
have finished at West Newton and have largely dismatled their
equipment by now. Click
here to read their November notes. They, of course, claim that
their intention was not fracking but exploring conventional gas and
oil reserves. We already have more than our share of energy
engineering in and around the village, so we probably don't even
want conventional oil/gas expoitation on our doorstep. Rathin did
carry out seismic testing just before Christmas which many of you
did feel; indded this did cause damage to several houses. This might
be how life would be if we did eventually get fracking nearby which
could develop from Rathlin's research. The UK government has not yet
banned fraking but many US states already have, click
here to read about how fracking is viewed in the USA. We will
try and keep you up to date.