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  1. Thank you Sandra for you nice comments, I am sure you would enjoy a visit sometime

    (Posted on 2016-09-20 10:38:00 by villagesite)
  2. I've been researching my family tree for some time now and find many of my relatives were born, lived and died in and around Badsworth Village through the 1800s and into the early 1900s. From your website, the village looks beautiful and I love how its sense of identity still shines through. I look forward to one day visiting the area where they lived so long ago - and sites of their baptisms, marriages and burials.

    (Posted on 2016-09-14 20:17:00 by Sandra Harbot (Mrs))
  3. Just would like to highlight to you all that the owners of 8 Saddlers Grove have made an application to build a house in the middle of the woodland, of which they are custodians. If you want to read about it and maybe have a say, then the deadline is 8th July.Application number. 16/01377/FUL (Wakefield planning website)

    (Posted on 2016-06-30 19:50:00 by Andrea Cheetham)
  4. Thank you for your kind words paket tour bali lombok - I/m sure you would enjoy a visit.

    (Posted on 2016-06-12 12:17:00 by villagesite)
  5. This is a very beautifull and charm village with old house and old trees... maybe very old, i guest :)
    hopefully someday i can visit Badsworth Village to enjoy their hospitality :) Great!

    (Posted on 2016-05-30 05:47:00 by paket tour bali lombok)
  6. Sorry Mary, we don't us the Guestbook for commercial advertising purposes

    (Posted on 2015-11-14 11:22:00 by villagesite)
  7. Hi Colin,
    If only we could have the pot holes filled and the car parking sorted we could drive ourselves!!!!!!!
    Sorry, just being sarky, it is a disgrace.

    (Posted on 2015-07-11 13:42:00 by Webmaster)
  8. No need to worry about Tates evening buses not turning up any more. From Jul 19th, according to Metro website, there will be no 485 service after 1800 at all. Also the 495 skeleton service from Badsworth to Pontefract on a Sunday will be no more.

    (Posted on 2015-07-07 16:44:00 by Colin Williams)
  9. A huge "Thank you" to everyone who stopped at the bakesale at The Cottage, 2 weeks ago. 'Goodies for Wateraid' was held by Evie and Olivia Brown aged 7 and 6 and the event raised £40. Again thank you to all who supported it.

    (Posted on 2015-03-14 16:13:00 by Karen Forshaw)
  10. You can always stay on the 496 from Hemsworth to Upton and then enjoy a bracing walk back! Saves a taxi fare anyway.

    (Posted on 2015-01-13 21:16:00 by Colin Williams)
  11. I had a similar experience on December 12th when I was relying on the 485 to get me home from Wakefield after a office Christmas celebration. I ended up catching a South Elmsall bus, alighted at Tesco in Hemsworth and took a taxi from there-cost of journey £12 not £2!

    Shocking really ...and no one at the Bus Station to explain what was going on.

    (Posted on 2015-01-07 15:26:00 by Steve Duckett)
  12. Shocking service from Tates Travel today, Oct 20th when 2 consecutive 485 buses from Wakefield were cancelled. This is not acceptable when the service is only an hourly one. On this evidence it would be unwise to plan a day out that depended on this particular bus service. This may well have happened before and I would urge users of the service to contact Metro when this happens so that they are aware.

    (Posted on 2014-10-20 15:25:00 by Colin Williams)
  13. Webmaster
    A message received from John Orchard.

    If you can help contact me via the "contact" page and I will pass on any information.

    The Badsworth by-pass

    Dear Badsworth village. I am an historical geographer researching a
    road/highway or aggregate of roads/highways.Does anyone in Badsworth that
    you are aware of have any idea about when the road across Badsworth Common
    was made into a road. It formed part of the Redhouse to Wakefield Turnpike,
    but this section, along with a couple of other sections between Ackworth
    Moor Top and Red House, do not seem to me to be of mediaeval origin.Really
    ancient lanes and highways would not have by-passed the villages, and this
    one seems to only pass through Hampole, North Elmsall and Ackworth Moor Top,
    and this last place did not exist before the nineteenth century!I have
    written to Lord St Oswald for any clues in respect of the Nostell and Wragby
    area, but it is the section mentioned above that intrigues me the most.
    Unfortunately the Turnpike trust records nor the Acts of Parliament have any
    mention of whether the trust 'improved' existing roads or slipped in a few
    new sections to st!
    raighten it. Perhaps if someone locally has studied the field system within
    the manor, or records concerning the enclosure and division of the open
    fields, they may have come across incidental information about the existing
    ways and highways.

    (Posted on 2014-09-08 09:03:00 by villagesite)
  14. Sorry Elisabeth, interesting story but not for this site.

    (Posted on 2014-08-25 10:01:00 by villagesite)
  15. Thanks for your comment Diane, I'm sure the organisers will appreciate it.

    (Posted on 2014-07-30 10:17:00 by villagesite)
  16. I would like to congratulate the residents of Badsworth who have taken part in the Scarecrow event. As always, the quality of the scarecrows is of a high standard and the entertainment value is wonderful. The people who put in the time and effort to make this event such a success are to be commended. Keep up the great work!

    (Posted on 2014-07-29 18:29:00 by Diane West)
  17. It appears from the review that Badsworth Parish Council limps on!!

    (Posted on 2014-07-16 14:21:00 by Jo Cryer)
  18. what a good review, I can't wait for the next review

    (Posted on 2014-07-15 07:49:00 by James Lin)
  19. Some people say that “grass is always greener on the other side”, others that everything is a matter of perspective. Me, well it just depends on which way I look when I get to the bottom of the drive. Mowed grass or chaos!
    A long while ago, 30th September 2011 to be exact, I was at a Badsworth Parish Council meeting listening to the newly elected councillors, talking about their great ideas for cost reduction. They reduced the number of hanging baskets you know!!
    Well they had another idea, a good one this time...
    ...To manage areas of the village greenery requiring some attention. In particular, an area at the junction of Back Lane and New Road, to the rear of Rockingham Farm. The council agreed to contact the householder. It was such a good idea that I texted my friend who owns the said farmhouse and told him of the idea. That’s a good idea, said Nigel! Go ahead, you have my permission. Now I’m thinking this is really coming together quite nicely. I told the council they had permission off the landowner and forwarded the text to the chair “Thanks Craig” said the chair in a cheery voice "We will get this done”.
    Fast forward to 2013 and there have been no developments on Rockingham farm. The focus has moved to other sites for the newly formed “Greenfingers” working group to “work” on, one of which is the area opposite High Farm Fold. Because “it looks like a jungle” said a councillor. I was a little bit confused by this because I have cut that section of grass every week during the growing season for the last 10 years.
    So at the next council meeting I went along, reminded them about Rockingham Farm and asked the council not to plant the verge opposite High Farm Fold. Please understand I’m not precious about grass cutting, in fact I hate the stuff, I’d be happy if I never had to cut any again, but I do like it to look nice!
    So I outlined the logic behind my objections,
    • Planting the centre of the verge would stop me cutting around the spring flowers.
    • By the time the flowers had died it would be too long to cut.
    • Wakefield had not cut the verge for as long as I can remember.
    • It would look a bit of a mess after the flowers died back.
    Well despite my objections and that of a couple of other residents, late last year the verge was sprayed off with weed killer and rotivated, just in time for winter! Bulbs were planted and signs placed to celebrate the great work done by “Goldfinger”. October turned to November and at the council meeting I again voiced my concerns, that there was no grass and it would be a quagmire for the entire winter, only to be told that if I continued to speak I would be ejected from the meeting. At this point I have to put my hand up. I voted for these muppets!
    November came and “Dr No” sprinkled grass seed on the verge. This was greatly appreciated by Badsworth’s bird population who enjoyed the free meal from their fellow bird brains.
    Time roles on, weeds and a little grass grow, flowers bloom, flowers are eclipsed by weeds and bindweed climbs the hedge, Wakefield council fail to cut........ If only this could have been predicted!
    Annual meeting of the council comes around. I pointed out that “it’s a mess” but “Blofeld” assures me that Wakefield have it on their plan to cut the grass before the village day. I advised them it was an ill conceived venture that was poorly planned, badly executed and that they had failed to maintain it. They disagreed, but when your plan is world domination, you would, wouldn’t you?
    Village day comes and goes.
    Well we are now up to date. I again went to the council meeting and again raised the question. The council do not see this as a failure. They insist they have maintained it!
    In a moment of madness I even suggested I’d manage it myself, but “Jaws” said that would be minuted and used in evidence against me at the inquisition if I did. (Have you spotted the Bond theme yet?). To silence me the public open forum section of the meeting was closed. Apparently I’d had my one question, although I was 25% of the people in the room and the only member of the public present.
    I tried to ask about the amount the council spent on removing one of the clerks and how much they had committed to spend in the future, but like most Bond films money is not a concern,
    So Ii walked Back Lane wondering if the thought police might pounce out of the thriving undergrowth and drag me to a correctional facility never to be seen again.
    I might not be James Bond, but this council is far from being premium.

    (Posted on 2014-06-17 21:16:00 by Craig stoppard)
  20. Sorry "semprot.igo" but although we welcome your good luck comments regarding the events at the Lawson Hut on Saturday we do not publish against a "nom de plume" (see note above)
    It has caused problems in the past.

    (Posted on 2014-03-21 16:10:00 by villagesite)
  21. Hello John,
    I am a relatively new resident of Badsworth (only 23 years) so I do not know the full Gray history. However on of my neighbours was Doug Gray, born and bred in Badsworth, I believe, but unfortunately he passed away a couple of years ago.
    I know his daughter Diane still lives in the vilage and he also has a son John (I met a few time through business)

    So anyone else in the village like to Comment?


    (Posted on 2013-06-27 09:28:00 by villagesite)
  22. I am a grandson of John Gray, the son of John (a groomsman?) and Elizabeth (Bulmer) Gray ,born in Badsworth in 1854, who emigrated to Christchurch New Zealand in 1875, married Sarah Pay (ex Hanpshire) there in 1878 and died there 1n 1945 having fathered 9 children, in the Victorian manner.

    John Jr's siblings that I can presently trace were William (1855), Jane (1859), Stephen Benjamin (1860), Kezia Elizabeth (1866) who married Ernest Jagger, Annie (1867) and Edith (1870). There may have been others. Was there one before my 1854 grandfather, and after 1870 Edith, for example?

    Any additional information will be much appreciated by (at least) the fourth generational John of this family.

    My wife olive and I visited Badsworth briefly in 1999, and extend best wishes to current residents of this attractive village.

    (Posted on 2013-06-26 23:17:00 by John H Gray)
  23. Good to see all the Scarecrows are coming out in force.
    Hope the weather stays warm and bright for Saturday and the events taking place at Lawson's Hut

    (Posted on 2013-06-06 12:42:00 by Rachel Hooper)
  24. Hi Lynne
    Your comments are noted, but I'm sure you will be aware there is a distinct shortage of parking space in the village, and it is a great inconvenience to the residents, not just the people delivering children to school.
    A considerable amount of time and effort has been expended on this issue over the past 9 years or so but there is not a simple solution - not much land available in Badsworth.

    Please appreciate these are my thoughts/comments and the Parish Council may wish to comment further.


    (Posted on 2013-03-17 11:54:00 by villagesite)
  25. Have taken my Grandson to school this week and I have realised the parking situation in Badsworth is ridiculous. Cant the local Parish Council do something to help, its no good paying lip service, it requires action

    (Posted on 2013-03-13 17:02:00 by Lynne Davis)
  26. Can anyone help?
    Please reply via the Guestbook or by the contact page.


    (Posted on 2013-01-19 10:19:00 by villagesite)
  27. Subject:
    Rev Matthew Dodsworth 1653 - 1697


    I am trying to track the above mentioned. He was Rector of Sessay in the 1690's. His entry in Cambridge Alumni (St John's Coll, 1671) states that he was educated at Wakefield and I am wondering if he is the Matthew, son of Edward who was christened at Badsworth St Mary in 1653. He turned out to be something of a noted botanist. If I am on the right track, are there any records of later Dodsworths in Badsworth. I am working with the Sessay Archive on a history of the village. Regards Maggie Donnelly

    (Posted on 2013-01-19 10:17:00 by Maggie Donnelly)
    TUESDAY 15th JANUARY, 2013

    Agenda Item 5.0 Public open Forum: The question that I asked was, this Council has spent a total of £13,640.59 in the first eight months of its Financial Year, this is £990.00 more than the whole years Precept, and this is an average of £1,705.00 per month.

    My question to the Council was, in the light of £13,640.59 being spent (in 8 months), what have the good residents of Badsworth received?.

    I know of some negatives that this Council has achieved:

    e.g.: Lost a Councillor

    Lost the Clerk

    Reduced Hanging Baskets

    NO Village Jubilee Celebration or Lasting Memorial 2012

    NO Village Fete

    NO Parish Council Web-Site details

    Reduced Newsletters

    I have sent this question to Badsworth Parish Councillors’ via e-mail today the 16th January 2013, because at last night’s meeting, I did not feel that my question was answered.

    Janet Sumpter, Resident of Badsworth

    (Posted on 2013-01-16 16:35:00 by Janet Sumpter)
  29. Thanks for the comments Russ, I'm sure the organisers (and the Competitors) will appreciate them


    (Posted on 2012-07-02 08:20:00 by villagesite)
  30. Subject:
    Visit to Scarecrow Festival
    Enjoyed a visit to the scarecrow festival, some great scarecrows and inspiration for our festival in September. Have posted some pictures on our facebook page ...

    Russ Dainton - Kirkhamgate Scarecrow Festival.

    (Posted on 2012-07-02 08:17:00 by Russ Dainton)
  31. Steve,
    You were right! Brilliant day - so good to see Lawson's Hut packed to the rafters and people enjoy themselves walking around the village. A great turnout.

    Thanks to everyone who arranged it!

    (Posted on 2012-06-30 14:07:00 by Rachel Hooper)
  32. Subject:
    Jubilee Celebrations/ Scarecrow Day

    For all who regretted the absence of a Village Jubilee event...all is not totally lost..come down to the Lawson Hut on Saturday where you will enjoy a cosy, old fashioned innocent village celebration courtesy of the scarecrows...your faith will be restored!!!!

    (Posted on 2012-06-27 16:23:00 by Steve Duckett)
  33. My son would like to thank BPC for the 2 pieces (or was it 3) of cake he had on saturday and for his jubilee mug
    Thank you

    (Posted on 2012-06-12 08:29:00 by Rachel Hooper)
  34. Subject:
    Footpaths - fields off Southlands Close

    Not quite sure that it is the Parish Council but just 'living in hope':
    Please can you investigate - these footpaths, walked regularly by myself
    and many another - with and without dogs - are now very, very over grown
    considerably restricting progress along.
    Your assistance in this matter would be much appreciated -
    Thank you, Stephen

    (Posted on 2012-06-11 09:34:00 by Stephen Minchin - Burville)
  35. Sue, I agree wholeheartedly.
    Me and my family ended up going down to Thorpe Audlin where my parents live. They had a lovely tea and cakes session at Ramsden Hall where medals were given to the children, and balloons set off - not to mention crowns etc. And then in the evening they put on a free BBQ for the villagers which was lovely . You felt a great community spirit. I was v dissappointed that nothing happened in Badsworth.

    OK the mugs are being distrubuted this weekend- but that is a week late!


    (Posted on 2012-06-06 09:59:00 by Rachel Hooper)
  36. After sitting at home watching television and seeing the street parties, fire works, beacons being lit throughout Yorkshire in celebration of the Jubilee I couldn't help wondering what on earth has happened to Badsworth. Is there no community spirit or will to get together and just enjoy ourselves anymore?
    A great opportunity missed.

    (Posted on 2012-06-05 13:07:00 by Sue Collett)
  37. Hi Rachel,
    There is the distribution of the Jubilee Mugs on the 9th June.
    There was to be a Jubilee fete at the St Mary's Centre but that has been cancelled.
    There is the Olympic themed Scarecrow competition and Scarecrow Day at the end of the month - get your entry in soon!!!! (details on the website)

    (Posted on 2012-05-29 16:15:00 by villagesite)
  38. Is anything happening in the village to celebrate the jubilee???

    (Posted on 2012-05-29 15:58:00 by Rachel Hooper)
  39. Can someone tell me what purpose is served by having a councillor who seems obsessed with the number of toddlers enjoying some fresh air in a country village? Minutes of March 2012 BPC refer.

    Is the noise level of 17 toddlers really greater than 200 plus primary school- children?

    For goodness sake, stop looking for pointless and minor planning transgressions ( let 's be fair, it's a poorly thought out, arguably inhumane, restriction which is totally unworkable) and concentrate on doing your bit to help make Badsworth a happy integrated community in line with the wishes of the majority of the residents.

    (Posted on 2012-04-19 14:29:00 by Steve Duckett)
  40. Hi June,
    Many thanks for your comments, always nice to be complemented!
    Good luck with your event.


    (Posted on 2012-03-28 14:18:00 by villagesite)
  41. Dear all
    In three weeks' time our little village in West yorkshire will be holding an open gardens and scarecrow event. Having looked at your website photos from previous events of scarecrows we have been truly inspired. OUr theme, like yours, is the Olympics or Queen's Jubilee. So thank you for allowing me to visit your site and good luck for your Olumpic event. It's a great idea to have a photo gallery.
    June Keeler

    (Posted on 2012-03-27 19:56:00 by June Keeler)
  42. Heywood-Jones

    Congratulations on your fascinating website. I am a descendant of the Heywood-Jones family and I have found lots of interesting information on your site.

    Many thanks and keep up the good work!

    Richard Murphy

    (Posted on 2012-01-31 18:50:00 by Richard Murphy)
  43. I agree with Steve,
    I think the village would really welcome a village fete and bring the community back together again!

    (Posted on 2012-01-31 16:56:00 by Rachel Hooper)
  44. I have had a contact from a visitor to our site asking if anyone knows if any of the Wentworth Family have been laid to rest in the Badsworth Churchyard.

    (Posted on 2012-01-20 14:23:00 by villagesite)
  45. When I congratulated Councillor Novacovic on his co-option back in July I said :

    " To my mind, effective parish councillors should regard themselves as servants of the community, be aware, in broad terms, of the life the community wants to lead and to “oil the wheels” within the legal framework to enable this to happen. In so doing, they should give of themselves, “get their hands dirty” and thereby lead by example to encourage as many residents as possible to contribute to the life and well-being of the community."

    The attendance at past village fetes is a clear indication that the annual fete is something the village wants and I am intrigued as to why the simplest of solutions was ignored-if the Council (or even a single councillor) had chosen to front next year's event in the name of BPC, the insurance issue would have fallen into place and we would have been up and running.

    I would be interested to hear via the web-site, if any villagers consider my expectations to be fanciful and if so what should our expectations be of of a parish coouncillor?

    (Posted on 2012-01-17 17:42:00 by Steve Duckett)
  46. I’d like to take the opportunity to put forward my own views on the Village Fete issue.

    Although some may doubt the provenance and authenticity of the ‘Lewis Post’, as a member of the Fete Committee I am annoyed that to the casual reader it appears that whether the Village benefited from a Fete or not was purely down to if myself and the other volunteers on the Fete Committee ‘could be bothered’.

    I am aware of other on-going conflicts within the Village but I have always tried to remain impartial in my actions and words – my only focus has been in helping to provide the Village with some kind of event. However, let’s be clear - the issues are not whether the Fete Committee can be bothered with the hassle, neither are they anything to do with the cost of insurance or who funds it. The issue is the exposure and vulnerability of the volunteers personally should anything unfortunate occur – a fine of up to £20,000 or 6 months in prison.

    Reasonably priced insurance cover can be obtained and kindly the Council were willing to fund it. However, the general feeling of the Committee is that despite the insurance cover, there is still far too much exposure and liability personally to the volunteers in the event of something unfortunate occurring. And accidents do happen – they have happened at previous Village Fete's and we unfortunately live in an increasingly litigious society. Of course, the Fete Committee were naïve in the past in assuming that the Council insurance absolved them of any liability – it clearly didn’t and we were perhaps lucky not to get into troubled waters.

    It was suggested that if the Council were to lead the event, then perhaps the insurance/liability issue could be overcome, however when the Council explored their insurance further (for which I am grateful) it would appear that this would not resolve the issue.

    In the end, I am a volunteer trying to ‘do my bit’ to help make living in the Village more enjoyable. However, I am not prepared to open myself up to such liability in the name of ‘giving back’. I don’t think that is unreasonable.

    Having been involved with the Village Fete for several years now, I fully-understand how difficult it is to rally support and volunteers from a Village of busy people. However, what annoys most of all is that people (real or otherwise) feel it is appropriate to criticize volunteers for what they are/are not prepared to take responsibility for.

    Paul Robinson

    (Posted on 2012-01-16 12:26:00 by Paul Robinson)
  47. I would add to the comments made by the two previous members of the Fete Committee in response to the posting by the "passing visitors" with regard to the Fete committee and try and clarify the insurance situation.
    Bearing in mind the issue for the provision of insurance required for a 2012 Fete was raised by the Fete committee secretary, by letter, for the September meeting. Unfortunately he was unable to attend so the matter was then deferred.
    The subject was raised again at the October meeting where it was resolved to arrange a meeting with the Fete committee. At this meeting the members of the fete committee once again reminded the councillors that they required the BPC to take ownership of the Fete and indemnify the members for any liability.
    (At this stage time was running out to secure attractions such as the Steam train, Fairground, Children’s Entertainer, Ice Cream van etc.)
    At the November meeting the council resolved to contact the insurance company
    At the December meeting the council offered to fund the cost of insurance to be obtained by the fete organisers and not the Council
    A copy of information received from the potential insurers was handed out to show that the council could not in fact take out insurance for the event as they were not involved.

    The information stated that:-
    “The proposal we require completing to apply for insurance forms part of a contract so can’t be completed by a council member who has no hand in running the event, any mistakes on the form could end up jeopardising a claim, if one were to be made”
    Surely the simple answer would have been for a member of the council to volunteer to become a member of the fete committee and have a hand in running the event!

    This would free the Fete committee from the “Hassle” of organising the insurance and allowing them to concentrate on the “hassle free” elements of running a village fete such as:-

    Securing the services of the “Attractions”, advertising the event, deciding on the programme of events and the games to be played, planning the field layout for stall allocation etc.
    Collecting the pins and ropes from South Elmsall, erecting the Gazeebos, roping the arena, marking out the stall pitches on the Friday night, arriving early on the Saturday morning to carry the tables from the St Mary’s Centre, collecting the tables from Upton then distribute them around the field for the stall holders.
    Put out the traffic cones on Main Street, Man the car park to direct the stall holders and prevent unauthorised parking.
    Set up the PA, site the games stalls (and man them throughout the event) Organise the Children‘s games – after ensuring you have bought the prizes.
    Take the abuse from dog owners who cannot read the notices then when it is all over, carry the tables back to the St Mary’s centre, load up the trailer and return the tables to Upton. Remove the ropes and pins and take them back to South Elmsall. Take down the gazebos, clear the site of any rubbish, remove the traffic cones.
    And when it rains as in 2007 - well that’s another story

    Yes it is hassle free!

    So Mr and Mrs Lewis perhaps you should think twice and be sure of your facts before criticising based on information received from whatever dubious source it may be.

    (Posted on 2012-01-14 16:38:00 by Barry Shakespeare)
  48. The letter from Mary and John Lewis surprised me.
    Normally I would not comment on something written by an occasional visitor criticizing a team of volunteers for failing to organise something that they might like to go to.
    Clearly they write on behalf of undeclared hosts who are the source of opinions on volunteers.
    I write as the Chairman of the last Village Fete still happy to do my bit to help anyone who is willing to organise another one but wishing to give someone else the lead. Paul Robinson, the previous Fete secretary offered to lead the Fete volunteers. He deserves support.
    As the Lewis’s informants should know the Fete was started by then Cllr Janet Sumpter with the full backing of the council to the extent that the council would underwrite any losses that the Fete may sustain so that no financial burden would fall on the volunteers who did the work. (The volunteers included the councillors)
    In further years Cllrs Barry Shakespeare then myself ran the Fete with a team of volunteers who established a easy going pattern of organisation which was hard work but fun.
    The Fete was successful enough not to require any council money.
    Last year Paul attempted to organise another Fete. The new councillors were perhaps unaware of the history but were only willing to support the idea so long as it did not cost the council any money. Two did attend one meeting as volunteer villagers not as councillors.
    We had probably been naive in earlier years assuming that the backing of the council and their insurance plus the school’s insurance would shield us from major problems. Suddenly this too appeared to fall on the volunteers shoulders and with no involvement from the council the volunteers felt vulnerable if anything went wrong.
    Paul Robinson and representatives of the volunteers have been trying for some months to sort out a way with the council of organising an event for 2012 but it is now too late for this year to be certain of booking all the key things.
    The old structure worked for a while. If the council identified with the idea of trying to make a Fete happen as their one major village wide gesture then I think they could still salvage something.
    Criticising the volunteers for not going it alone only makes matters worse.
    Barrie Slinger

    (Posted on 2012-01-14 09:57:00 by Barrie Slinger)
  49. Mary and John Lewis, I think you have got your facts wrong - The real reason the fete was stopped was down to certain Councillors at the local Parish Council who would not fund the insurance – See the minute record for January 2011, Badsworth Parish Council.
    Can we ask the Council to reconsider the position?

    (Posted on 2012-01-13 18:08:00 by Phil Carter)
  50. Mr and Mrs Lewis' comments are woefully ill-informed and disparaging in tone-as a member of the Fete Committee, I am offended by this crass posting.....more to follow.

    (Posted on 2012-01-13 13:16:00 by Steve Duckett)
  51. We used to live in Badsworth during the 1980’s and early 1990’s and still enjoy returning, sometimes just to have a walk round or stay for an extended period with friends in Huntsmans. We did this over the Christmas break and we had plenty of time to catch up and to see what was going on in the Village. We were surprised to learn that Badsworth may not be having a fete again this year and our friends tell us that they understand this is because the “Village Fete Committee” feel that having to sort out the insurance is too much of a hassle for them (amongst other things). Our own experience of the Fete from 2006 on (we always visited), was that it was an excellent affair and gave a good day out for children and adults alike. It seems such a great pity that this group of people (whoever they are) are able to determine whether Badsworth has a village fete or not and if it doesn’t go ahead, we will certainly miss it.
    Mary & John Lewis

    (Posted on 2012-01-11 08:26:00 by Mary & John Lewis)
  52. Over to you Ken

    (Posted on 2012-01-04 18:24:00 by villagesite)
  53. i read the letter from ken jenkins i have fond memories of badsworth and would love to hear from him

    (Posted on 2011-12-31 18:30:00 by joyce harrison was barker)
  54. Mobbing is where you select a target to be bullied (mobbed) by a group of people rather than by one individual. However, every group has a ringleader. If this ringleader is an introvert type, he or she is likely to be in the background coercing and manipulating group members into mobbing the selected target.
    In a mobbing situation, the ringleader incites supporters, cohorts, copycats and unenlightened, inexperienced, immature or emotionally needy individuals with poor values to engage in adversarial interaction with the selected target. The ringleader, or chief bully, gains gratification from encouraging others to engage in adversarial interaction with the target. Many people use the word "mobbing" to describe this pack attack by many on one individual. Once mobbing is underway the chief bully foments the mobbing into mutually assured destruction, from which the chief bully gains intense gratification.

    (Posted on 2011-11-17 18:56:00 by Michelle Collin)
  55. alaikum as`alam - People's Republic of Wintersett.
    Thank you for your congratulations to Zoran but as you may have noted above we only publish comments with a full name, and do not accept nom de plumes or fictious names (when spotted)


    (Posted on 2011-09-21 08:30:00 by Villagesite)
  56. I think the village is due some explanation of the extraordinary secret meeting of the council held last night and I invite the Chair to give one.

    Some of the new councillors made great play of being open and transparent before they became councillors.
    A meeting was held, called by a public agenda, to discuss communications to the village but no member of the public could attend! Have I really got that right?

    The clerk to the council, who I have always understood to be the proper officer representing the council, was excluded from the whole meeting.

    I understand, from the agenda, that staff , which can only be the clerk, was to be discussed. I can imagine why you may wish to hold private discussions on this one topic but even here I would expect a public explanation in due course as the council would appear to be attacking the one person who is supposed to ensure matters are carried out in a correct way. Is it the clerk who has been correct or the council?

    Whilst I had the pleasure of serving on the council we had no secret meetings. The new council seem to have found it necessary to have several, some published and others not.

    Will there be any public minutes this time?

    Barrie Slinger

    (Posted on 2011-08-25 12:39:00 by Barrie Slinger)
  57. Many thanks for your comments Rachel, perhaps we can have more positive thoughts and comments.
    There is of course the opportunity for any residents to attend the Parish Council meeting(s) and make your views known in the public open forum session.
    Next meeting will be the 20th September - Lawson Hut at 7.30pm.

    (Posted on 2011-08-24 09:20:00 by Villagesite)
  58. Just wanted to mention that it seems such a shame that there is all this negativity on the guestbook page - i doesn't look very good to people who are genuine guests to the site who have an interest in Badsworth.

    Surely there is some other way to voice opinions in a more strucutred manner that ould be of benefit to the village. MAybe an "all village" meeting that focusses on how these issues can be resolved or "put to bed" rather than keep going round in circles? I prefered the friendlier Guest Book pages and it would be nice to return to those.

    Any suggestions?

    (Posted on 2011-08-23 15:55:00 by Rachel Hooper)
  59. I will try to be brief because this message borard is a platform for all residents to make them selves heard. If they did not have any joy then the next step is to speak to a councillor or attend one of the BPC meetings whioch are open to all.
    However, It seems that a lot of energy and time seems to be being directed at a single issue. That being WMDCs report regarding my co option. Now I will admit it does seem to have created a stir but rather than the stir being caused by the actual co option itself and the the time it took to go through it appears that some people have taken issue with the timing of the release of WMDCs recommendations.It leaves me somewhat confused. The facts are quite simple.

    1. I applied for co option back in April / May of this year. The only person to do so.
    2. My pplication was discussed at both the May, June and Julys meetings.
    3. Having spoken tO WMDCs Governance Officer ( I know that other members of the council had also discused the issue with him ) he informed me verbally of what their recommendations would be and that If the council did not agree to co opt me at the July meeting then WMDC would do it themselves the week after.
    4. At the July meeting , which i attended as a spectator, The recommendation was read out and then proposed by the chair. For whatever reason it was not seconded. I have my own views on this and they will be in the minutes of the meeting which will be displayed on this website once agreed so there is little point in me repeating those here.

    I do not understand this issue of what day the report was sent to the Clerk and when it was relased. All those that were involved knew what the report contained or could have found this out by calling WMDC as I did. The report simply gave background so that WMDC councillors would know what the situation was and make an informed decision. There was no big suprose or secret contained in the report.

    If residents still have queries regarding the co option then please feel free to contact me and I will be happy to explain the circumstances. Alternatively attend the BPC meeting. There is nothing like talking face to face to sort out queries or problems rather than cluttering up the guestbook . The September BPC meeting is going to be preceeded by a meet and greet so that any resident can attend and put their point of view across to councillors directly.

    Once again I apologise for goin on but we really do need to move forward and start dealing with what is important in all this and that is the village and residents of Badsworth.

    These are not the feelings of the council but simply my own personal thoughts on the mtter.

    Please let us move forward. As a council we are already the focus of attention with the press , WMDC and most importantly the residents of Badsworth who we are here to represent.

    (Posted on 2011-08-15 09:40:00 by zoran novakovic)
  60. Mr Lister.
    First of all there is no facility on the website for identifying the Guestbook subscribers' e.mail addesses.
    Secondly I feel there seems to be some discussions you need to have with the BPC direct and not through the pages of the Guestbook.
    As such, although we welcome contributions for our visitors to the website, I would ask you to refrain from carrying out your future discussions with the BPC through the guestbook, and as a resident perhaps attend the BPC Council meetings in person to ask your questions in the public open forum.


    (Posted on 2011-08-13 12:05:00 by Villagesite)
  61. I submitted my original Guestbook entry on 24th July 2011 and hopefully its contents were received as both objective and informative.

    However, a couple of days after posting that piece, my Company started to receive email requests from the Badsworth Parish Council Clerk, demanding to know our postal address. Three such emails were received over a period of a few days. We asked to know the nature of the enquiry but no such explanation was forthcoming.

    We are unaware as to whether this contact was initiated at the request of the Parish Council or by the Clerk herself. We are also unaware how the Clerk obtained our Company’s email address as it is not readily available.

    Hopefully our experience will not deter other individuals from submitting items of interest to your website.

    Stephen Lister

    (Posted on 2011-08-12 13:11:00 by Stephen Lister)
  62. Thank you Steve and to everyone else that has offered their congratulations and best wishes. I can assure everyone that my only motivation in joining the Parish Concil is the good of the village and ALL its residents and to put something back into the community.. I have no hidden agenda or list of gripes and will make every single decision without any notion of self interest or purpose other than what i feel is the best for Badsworth and its residents. We do need to get away from the recent in fighting and bickering and remember what is important in all this, our home It is a shame that we now have a recess until September as I am straining at the bit to get started. Whilst I may not been well known in Badsworth have lived their for 13 years and have enhoyed my time there and I would like to assure eveyone that I may be 6ft2in shaved headed and have tattoos but I am approachable and willing to listen to everyones views .So if you see me wandering around the village please feel free to stop me and discuss any matter which youn think is important to you.

    Once again thank you to everyone for their kind words and support.


    (Posted on 2011-08-01 14:51:00 by Zoran Novakovic)
  63. I would like to congratulate Councillor Novakovic on his co-option to Badsworth Parish Council - I wish him well.
    Let’s hope that this proves to be a seminal moment for the council. We need to move away from acrimony and self-interest and the new council needs to work cooperatively with each other and the village, proving that it can move away from the stultifying modus operandi which has featured of late, where too many decisions have been deferred and where positive action has become mired in minor points of order, the absence of terms of reference and an ostensible lack of understanding of protocols.
    To my mind, effective parish councillors should regard themselves as servants of the community, be aware, in broad terms, of the life the community wants to lead and to “oil the wheels” within the legal framework to enable this to happen. In so doing, they should give of themselves, “get their hands dirty” and thereby lead by example to encourage as many residents as possible to contribute to the life and well-being of the community.
    On behalf of at least one other Back Lane resident, can we please return to the “can-do” attitude which has prevailed until recently, so that as a village we can move forward, hold our heads up and look proudly upon what we have got?

    (Posted on 2011-07-29 15:20:00 by Steve Duckett)
  64. I'd like you all to know that I had not been given any information from WMDC regarding the co-option report prior to the Badsworth Parish Council meeting on 19.7.11.
    Councillor Amanda Grimbley

    (Posted on 2011-07-26 14:19:00 by Amanda Grimbley)
  65. Just to clarify the position - I was sadly not in possession of the report from WMDC regarding co-option prior to the BPC meeting on the 19th July. This statement is made by me as an individual Counciilor.

    Jan Mitchell
    Badsworth Parish Council

    (Posted on 2011-07-26 12:49:00 by Jan Mitchell)
  66. Warwick.
    I have had several similar comments/requests from residents asking the same question as to why people feel it is necessary to use a Nom de Plume rather that their full name.

    The website was initially set up as a result of the residents’ suggestions in the Village Plan.
    It has been a very useful tool in disseminating information both to the Village residents and to the wider world about this lovely village.

    However over the past year the guestbook has been used as a cover for individuals to make anonymous harmful comments towards individuals, resulting one would imagine in distress to the individual concerned and generally tarnishing the reputation of the village.

    A note will be added to the Guestbook page stating that full names must be available before a submission will be accepted for publication.

    As far as contact details are concerned it could be useful at times to be able to contact direct but it could lead to nuisance calls or worse, and for that reason contact details will not be published.
    Barry Shakespeare - Webmaster

    (Posted on 2011-07-25 16:56:00 by Villagesite)
  67. In response to a question posed by a previous guestbook contributor, I feel it necessary to make my own position clear. I was not given a copy of the Wakefield Report re the Badsworth Parish Council Ordinary Vacancy (Agenda Item 13) prior to the Parish Council meeting on the 19th July 2011, nor was I made aware of the Report’s contents. I make these remarks as an individual Parish Councillor and do not purport to represent the views of or speak on behalf of the Parish Council itself.

    Peter Smith
    Badsworth Parish Councillor

    (Posted on 2011-07-25 16:56:00 by Peter Smith)
  68. Steven is sadly mistaken . The councillors did say they were not aware on the protocols and procedures and that was their reason for not co opting me and waiting for WMDC to make the decision as this would mean that they did ot have to take responsibility ( strange as i presumed that becom,ing a councillor mean that one was willing to take on the responsibility ). I pointed out to them that my application has been with them since May and that they have had plenty of time to familiarise themselves with these procedures. I was even told by one concillor that she had spoken to the governance officer at WMDC about the issue. The procedure is pretty clear and simple to understand and I feel that two months is plenty of time in which a council member could ensure that they have a full understanding of matters. I look forward to WMDC meeting this week.

    (Posted on 2011-07-25 12:13:00 by Zoran Novakovic)
  69. Unlike Stephen I did actually attend the Parish Council meeting on Tuesday 19th July, and was present when the Clerk reported on the Co-option recommendation from WMDC. I have also read with interest the letter addressed to the Clerk (published on PC Web-Page).

    Also unlike Stephen, I do live in Badsworth and feel that users' of our Web-Page should do so with full names and contact details, so that people have the "Right to Reply".

    Warwick Sumpter, (Resident of Badsworth)

    (Posted on 2011-07-24 13:37:00 by Warwick Sumpter)
  70. Dear Citizen

    I like the concept of a website guestbook page, it allows people to voice their opinions and encourages constructive debate.
    It also allows people who lack confidence to create personas and platforms to broadcast their feelings and thoughts with the added safety of not being identified.
    Paul (Consequently, this is my real name)

    (Posted on 2011-07-24 10:35:00 by Paul)
  71. Sorry for the inconvenience Stephen we appear to be stable again

    Any Answers

    (Posted on 2011-07-24 09:39:00 by Villagesite)
  72. I don’t live in Badsworth but I’ve been watching the progress of your co-option issue with interest. My understanding of the situation so far has been that the Parish Council has not felt able to progress this issue because they did not have all the information regarding the relevant process and procedures.

    Because of this, Wakefield Council has added this matter to their full Council meeting Agenda on 27th July 2011 and will now make the decision instead. Having read that Agenda report (here’s the link : - click on Agenda Reports pack and scroll down to pages 97-101 for the report), the interesting bit is section 5.7 that says that “to meet the Access to information requirements this report will be published prior to Badsworth Parish Council’s next meeting (19 July 2011). It is possible that, given this report and its recommendation, Badsworth Parish Council co-opt to the vacancy themselv!
    es at that meeting.”

    The reason it’s interesting is that the feedback I’ve had from that Parish meeting was that a number of Councillors were still saying that they were not fully aware of the process/procedure, so it made me wonder if this report had been made available to them. I have checked with Wakefield Council to see what the situation was and have had an email reply. (If necessary I will make a copy of the email available).They have confirmed that “unfortunately” the Agenda was not put onto the Wakefield website for public access until 20 July 2011 (day after Parish meeting) but “a copy of the report was sent to the Clerk on Monday, 18th July by Andrew Taylor, the author of the report”.

    With this in mind, I think the question that needs to be asked is this:

    Were the Parish Councillors given a copy of this report by the Clerk prior to their Parish meeting and if not, why not?

    (Posted on 2011-07-24 09:35:00 by Stephen)
  73. "Sorry Stephen, I seem to have had a glitch on the system and I lost your comment along with another visitor on close down.
    If you send me the comment again but through the contact page I will put it back on the site. Hopefully I will have cleared the problem in the near future"

    (Posted on 2011-07-23 14:35:00 by Villagesite)
  74. What is a rotten Council?Is it a group of people who make decisions based on friendships and personal bias?Where scandals and deceit are normal practice?I do not have any particular Council in my mind.David

    (Posted on 2011-07-22 11:42:00 by David)
  75. Please note there is a proposed amendment to the minute. See the BPC Page for details

    (Posted on 2011-07-22 10:39:00 by Villagesite)
  76. I've just read June minutes from Parish meeting and am shocked that Councillor Mitchell didnt want to vote for sombody just 'cos she didn't know him. How biased is that! I''d have hoped that these people who're supposed to represent us were a bit more balanced in their views.


    Claire Louise

    (Posted on 2011-07-21 12:06:00 by Claire Louise)
  77. Just seen the notice board pictures- great- look forward to more,perhaps inside, perhaps people,children. Thanks JG..

    (Posted on 2011-07-19 08:52:00 by Janis Gallagher)
  78. Greetings.. I'm waiting with baited breath to see the photographs of the Key Ceremony (!) I gather the nursery is up and trotting towards the Autumn term - marvellous - congratulations to all those who worked so hard for this great facility Janis G.

    (Posted on 2011-07-18 13:45:00 by Janis Gallagher)
  79. Such a shame to see both entrances to the village in a sorry state-the planters are overgrown with weeds, the millennium stone at the Thorpe Audlin side has been on its side four months and to cap it all our floral displays fall woefully short of those of Thorpe Audlin, Ackworth and Upton-can't something be done?

    (Posted on 2011-07-18 09:54:00 by SteveD)
  80. Ive just read the Newsletter and it was good to see the thanks to Janet for her work as Parish Councilor. Idont think that we'll be giving the current lot much thanks in the years to come. Reading the February Parish Council details, I couldnt see what Councilor Murray had done(again) and according to people at school, she didnt do much at the March meeting either. I think if I'd voted for her, I want my money back. Obvoiusly, the clear and pressing issues she'd talked about aren't as clear or as pressing. What a disappointment.

    Clair Louise

    (Posted on 2011-03-22 14:07:00 by claire louise)
  81. This is a message I have received via the contact page. Can anyone help?

    Badsworth on survey before 1750

    I am researching for a book on the antique maps of Lancashire. As part of this I am looking at a large map I own first published in 1752 showing a new form for England and Wales based on latitude and longitude values "observed by Mambers of the Royal Society and others", probably before 1748. My map records (by underlining the names) all those places with precisely known latitude and longitude. Most are county towns, etc.

    I am intrgiued that , however, Badsworth (and Darrington just to the north) are included, despite their relative lack of national significance (if I may say that without offence!). Can you or anybody in your Village suggest somebody from the area in the period 1690 to 1750 who could have been responsible for quite advanced astronomical observations, perhaps an FRS?

    Many thanks for any help in advance.

    Dr Ian Saunders

    (Posted on 2011-03-19 16:27:00 by villagesite)
  82. I have just received my copy of the Parish Newsletter and after putting it down I wanted to comment on one of the articles in there but felt so emotional about one particular article that i felt it best I leave it until today to comment.

    I was sorry to hear that residents had had vehicles broken into . It is always very distressing and not simply a monetary issue but also one can feel violated by such an incident.

    However the article went on in great detail about a "peddler" seen in the Village and went on so much in fact that it took up a sizable chunk of the Parish Newletter.

    Unfortunately we live in a society that is plagud with crime and delinquency if we were tobelieve teh Daily Mail and other so called "quality" media where we have terorists and criminals and muggers around every corner. Could this be that rather than reporting what is going on in the world they decide that sensational scare mongering sells more newpapers. Something John Pilger called " Slow News".

    I felt that this article highlighted to me the failings of the media. Here we have a guy who is obviousy down on his luck and rather than begging or mugging or shoplifting decides that he will take a rather demeaning job and knock at strangers doors selling cleaning quipment. A job that I for one would not relish. This chap did actually knock at my door whilst I was at work and my wife who was alone at the time answered the door. He explained what he was doing and after my wife had politely declined to buy anyhtin went quietly on his way. A simple man doin a simple job. No threatening bahaviour no rudeness just a guy trying to earn a LEGAL and HONEST living. However it seems that the sight of a man in a Hoody ( which i often wear myself along with my tattoos and shaved head ) knocking on doors means that there is some derranged lunatic afoot and that we must panic and call the police. The fact that he was knocking on everyones door ,rather than walking around suspiciously and trying to climb in through a window that he has broken, would tell me that there was nothing to fear. Now some might say that that is easy for me to say because im a 6ft2in man with a shaved head and tattoos ( and im sure some pople will say that ) but rest assured that my goodlay wife is not a 6ft2in tattooed shaved headed man ( gosh, just think what the Newsletter would say then ?? Time to bing back hanging perhaps ).

    This chap that was walking round the village doing a job of work was cartered off to the policy who did absoultely nothing other than drive im somewhere he may have been more welcome and more successful. Thy ould do nothing else becuase the chap had done absolutely nothing wrong other than choose a village that was not as welcoming as it may first have appeared.

    And why the Newsletter had to waste so many words on such an incident and in someways sensationalise it makes me think that even our lowly newsletter has gone the way of most of our countries media.

    I had my own personal views regarding the recent unpleasantness with regards the Nursery etc but did not get involved in any of the back stabbing and bitchiness that ensued. I read someof the comments at that time an some pointed the finger at Badsworth residents for insular and elitest and until i read the article I didnt really want to believe it.

    We all live on the same planet, and are made o the same stuff whether we live, whatever we do for a living, whatever we choose to wear ( yes even hoodys ), however hard we may knock on a door . Lets not jump the gun and lets give people a chance without condmning them on face value. Its not a man wearing a hoody we should be scared of at all. Its the man inside the hoody ( or suit or comfortable sport jacket, or nice twin set and pearls ).

    Apologies to any readers that have had toliste to my meanderings but I felt that I had to say something and this seemed like the best place to say it. And apologies for any spellings or grammatical mistakes but its the content that matters and not the first impression!

    (Posted on 2011-03-18 14:27:00 by Zoran Novakovic)
  83. Lisa,
    Thank you for your response: firstly as you have may I please indicate I am in strong support of the children, very strong - so lets clear that area - it is not a vendetta, I really want the best for the children - yes this is a commercial concern and for that there are certain behaviours that one would expect to take place - yes the bus does belong to the school I always knew that - but let us not forget a subsidy is exactly that a subsidy. You and the team have done an absolutely fantastic job (as attested in your reply), may I possibly suggest that we put behind what has happened and do the best as you say for our future - the children - they are not the Chess pieces - if anything that can really put this whole matter behind is - the Car Parking, if we as a village can solve this....... the rest IMHO becomes history
    Lisa I have absolutely no malice about the nursery (and I feel very disaappinted you read this otherwise) - in fact the opposite, but remember it is a business which requires those that use it – funding. If this once the parking is sorted requires support from BPC then I will say publically I for one will request that – we live in harmony – Janet and Barrie/Barry have proved their best – BUT, change happens let our 3 new councillors help us find the solution we all desire - thank you for your reply that lays it out once and for all

    (Posted on 2011-03-10 19:26:00 by Michael)
  84. Hear, hear Lisa!

    (Posted on 2011-03-09 14:46:00 by Louise)
  85. Thank you for the information Lisa, I'm sure it will help to explain the history and reasons for the project, including clearing many misunderstandings.

    (Posted on 2011-03-09 10:20:00 by villagesite)
  86. I respond to 'Michael's' post, who I note hasn't included his last name. I don't know why you are so against the children of our community (no matter where they are from) in benefitting from an early years education. I acknowledge that everyone is entitiled to their opinion, however I expect people that are so very vocal to be in the very least fully informed of the facts and to be accurate in their arguments. Had certain people involved in the management of St Mary's Centre been willing to help the nursery provision meet the statutory requirements and obligations that nursery's are required to meet in order to continue with the registration (negotiations that began in August 2008) the nursery would not have had to leave St Mary's Centre and apply for Government allocated Capital Grant funding. The funding had been allocated by the full government to local authorities, (who incidentally are democratically apppointed) and they decided who should be able to apply for that funding, which was private, idependent and voluntary early years settings, of which I am one and there are many more throughout the district. Funding to settings was allocated based on strict criteria and through a fair process. Our application was approved as we met said criteria. Wakefield council applied for planning permission in their name as the building will belong to them and I will merely lease it from them (which had negotiations been successful I would have continued to do in St Mary's Centre). I will not own the building and have therefore not benefitted financially. I took the nursery on 4 years ago as it was a failing pre-school provision which would have closed had I not paid off it's DEBTS including outstanding rent to the church. I have gained my own qualifications specifically in Early Years, supported staff through vocational qualifications, enabled parents to continue working but most importantly I am supporting the personal social and emotional development of pre-school children prior to entering main stream school. I have worked very hard to improve the provision so that Badsworth has an early years setting that it can be proud of. Instead of pursuing the witch hunt and vendetta that you seem to have against the nursery provision, and it would seem me personally, I invite you to come in to the setting, meet the children, myself and my staff, read the testimonials that we have from parents and see what a good job we do - but I'm guessing this won't happen as you would lose too much pride and perhaps you would see how wrong you really are. I have tried very hard not to respond to the rumours and gossip that have been spread over this last year however, enough is enough we gained the funding on merit and the planning application was democratically approved by a majority vote - perhaps had more been written about the truth than ugly rumour and lies then there would have been less bad feeling and more acceptance.

    Incidentally, the bus belongs to school. I don't want my taxes to pay for a Tesco bus to Hemsworth but then I have a habit of keeping my opinions to myself. I understand that I don't always get a say in what my taxes pay for, that's why I thought we have political parties that we vote in democratically, but I may be wrong.

    (Posted on 2011-03-08 20:42:00 by Lisa West)
  87. Thank for your contributions Michael, I try to keep out of these postings as they are an open forum,but in this instance I would just say that the School bus was for the SCHOOL not the nursery, and the comment re the Road resurfacing did not come from the Chair or in fact from any BPC member it came from two residents who had been speaking to the "Pot Hole repair men" that day.

    (Posted on 2011-03-05 17:46:00 by villagesite)
  88. Louise mentions Janet Sumpter and so quite rightly have those below, what I would like to add publically is in a very few words as possible say a short “Thank You Janet” without doubt Janet has been a stalwart and champion of what is a fantastic village.
    Your tenacity whilst supported by Warick has been of great benefit, society's nonetheless move in directions that can be regarded as change and change for the sake of it. With out the past we would not have the future, change is inevitable, change is fun,
    Janet took us on this journey and so did Barrie and Barry (keep getting this wrong sorry), but we move on – thank you Janet for being who you are Janet Sumpter.

    (Posted on 2011-03-05 17:27:00 by Michael)
  89. Claire Louis has raised some fine and temperate questions and whilst these have value, we must look at their depth. These 3 new councillors (sic) have been in the chair for a very short period of time, which has been I believe been nothing more than either fire fighting and or understanding the rich complexities of such an office.
    Quite rightly Claire mentions two of the new councillors and their contributions to date.
    However in a society that is “Time Poor” we in this village are according to “Often, many of the people who live in this sort of postcode will be wealthy commuters living in villages. These are known as type 3 in the ACORN classification and 2.7% of the UK's population live in this type”
    Thus we as a collective expect certain behaviors’. Thus will challenge as Claire has the roadmap to the next level.
    The comment that Councillor Grimley's done is sort a few potholes out – is striking insofar that at the February meeting of the council we “Joe public” was assured by the Chair of the council Main lane would be resurfaced within 6 weeks: 8 weeks later – nothing has materialised. Turning to the point about parking I thank Claire for her points nonetheless – we must remember that the parking conundrum has been exasperated by the deliquesce of the School not finding a solution or even trying to establish a route through – on the contrary the head feels we are not good neighbours!! I would very strongly suggest we are looking for a solution through our new council that is trying to meet all expectations.

    Finaly, I can say that what is IMHO a route forward is we all stop this brick throwing and look for a positive solution, we have a fantastic future marred by an entrenched body…… lets meet in the middle, our children and our populace expect no less

    (Posted on 2011-03-05 17:14:00 by Michael)
  90. Jon
    Thank you for highlighting the many points of our members of the Parish Council, very kind

    You are quite right and very correct the residents of Badsworth recently elected 3 new councillors’ in a democratic election. I have attended a number of the recent meetings as a resident and can say Janet is a star she has real aplomb and that good old fighting spirit – I agree she will be sorely missed.

    May I as you have publically supported these good ladies, coupled with discussing a point you have made. The continued support to alternative school transport:

    Please lets use all not forget The nursery is a “Commercial” concern – a PRIVATE company that is using Wakefield Council money to enhance its business.

    Now to the main point that I would implore all our residents to consider, we have been supporting this “Commercial” business in HUNDREDS of pounds every year, it has added to our collective precept

    May I also postulate, would you through your TAX pay TESCO hundreds of pounds to run a bus through Badsworth for a commercial company. I would be very delighted to hear your response because if that is a yes then please contact TESCO to run a bus from Badsworth and ask Hemsworth residents to pay for it. If you feel so stronlgly please contact our local MP to ensure he ensures Hemsworth residents will run a bus for our residents!!!!

    Turning to the hanging baskets – my thanks to you for highlighting the matter that – yes the WHOLE of Badsworth pays for a run of baskets in a small area.

    My thanks to the resident who has elected to volunteer money to pay for such baskets over and above their obligation. However our new council has quite rightly said in these very austere days we will restrict their deployment.

    All the best – but I must ask once more would Hemsworth pay for a TESCO bus to come to our village and add onto this THEIR tax

    (Posted on 2011-03-05 16:36:00 by Michael)
  91. I was wondering what these new councilors had done since they was elected and it strikes me not much. Reading the January Newsletter it all sounds good but really they've done nothing. Councilor Murray says there are "clear and pressing issues" but when you read the Parish meeting details she hasn't contributed anything. Same in the Parking minutes - she was there but said and did nothing. All Councilor Grimley's done is sort a few potholes out - big deal and Councilor Mitchell's talked a lot about parking and stuff but nothing to show. Seems its the old story of the three of them being quick to criticise but slow to act.They've caused all this upset for nothing.

    Claire Louise

    (Posted on 2011-03-03 16:04:00 by claire louise)
  92. Having read the minutes of the parking meeting I would like to make the following comment. Peter Smith (whoever he is) does NOT represent me.......... I DO NOT, and I am sure many others do not, share his opinion of the school and I very much resent the implication that he was talking on my bahalf - next time a 'resident' turns up at what should have been a 'closed' meeting I am assuming other residents will be given the opportunity to speak as well!

    (Posted on 2011-03-02 15:10:00 by Louise)
  93. I'm so pleased to read the good write up from Janis Gallagher,about resigning councillor Janet Sumpter. It would seem that Janis represents the good people of Badsworth,the kind,appreciating,caring people who I am proud to be part of.
    I am appalled by the activities that have lead to Janet Sumpters departure and hope that the nasty fraction of people responsible are very pleased with themselves. Councillors are human beings and the village should fight vociferously against this type of behaviour. Councillors individual policies may not be your 'cup of tea'. I find flower arranging is not my cup of tea - but don't plan to take out a home made placard and start waving it about,sticking it on lamposts,causing criminal damage. If I don't like it - I don't vote for it or the councillor that suggests it. Simple as that!! I don't target them for having a differing opinion,after all that is democracy.
    The residents of Badsworth recently elected three new councillors,with what I have read they have wasted no time in making an immediate impact,chopping most of our summer hanging baskets,funding of alternative school transport,removing support for village fete and community centre. Saving us around £1.30 per household per year.
    This is what the village wanted - change.
    Be careful what you wish for.

    (Received via the contact page)

    (Posted on 2011-02-23 09:31:00 by Jon)
  94. Thank you for your comments John, yes I am sure it will be a disappointment to many of our growing band of visitors.
    We hope to run the Scarecrow competition as usual in June and details will be posted on the website over the next few weeks.
    Hope you can still visit us.

    (Posted on 2011-02-22 18:27:00 by villagesite)
  95. Can I express my disappointment at finding out the village fayre has been postponed this year. We travel from Leeds every year to this fantastic event with the excellent stalls and entertainment, which not only showcases the beauty of your village but also the talents of the residents with their wonderfully imaginative scarecrows. I had not only pencilled in the date for my family but also drummed up interest amongst friends - how disappointing that this will now have to be erased!!

    (Posted on 2011-02-22 17:33:00 by John Crowther)
  96. Thank you for that Janice, I'm sure Janet and Warwick will be pleased with your kind remarks.

    (Posted on 2011-02-20 14:07:00 by villagesite)
  97. Well there's a turnup for the books as they say.I can't say I am surprised at Mrs Sumpter's resignation but what a pity. I and indeed my family have known Janet and Warwick for many years and when my parents were getting on in years and quite ill the kindness from my friends was amazing. Our children the youngest of whom is now 40 keep in touch and this is why. From Janet and Warwick this is what they get : straight talking, honesty, LOYALTY (how unfashionable is that? ) a knowledge that information confidentially shared will not be repeated, a sense of self worth . integrity passed on and wise counsel. The icing on our cake of course is the wonderful sense of humour we are lucky enough to share.

    It's a sad time for the village really,you have lost Mrs Janet Sumpter JP. She has been a hard working Justice of the Peace for a long time now, one of those people along with her husband who really do work hard to put something back into the community in which they live and, through other things they do, the wider community.

    I am proud to call them my friends and I wish them well.

    On reading this it 's a bit like a fan letter !( I once wrote to Stewart Granger and I was delighted when he sent me a signed photograph) - If you're reading this J and W skip the photo!!

    All good wishes Janis WG.

    (Posted on 2011-02-19 20:47:00 by Janis Gallagher)
  98. Many thanks

    (Posted on 2011-02-08 11:12:00 by Rachel Hooper)
  99. Rachel,

    You can contact the Parish council via the Clerk to the council by e.mail
    Hope this helps,


    (Posted on 2011-02-07 11:07:00 by villagesite)
  100. Do you have an e-mail address for the Chair of the Parish Council or does all communication need to be done by letter??

    Kind regards

    (Posted on 2011-02-03 10:17:00 by Rachel Hooper)

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