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When the First Barwicker was Published……….

From the Barwicker No.100
December 2010

This 100th edition of the Barwicker represents 25 years of continuous publication. A great achievement for the Historical Society in recording the history of our Parish and the settlements it contains. Articles have documented the changes, the buildings, the people and the events that have taken place in the area during the last 3,000 years. “History” is defined in the dictionary as “the branch of knowledge dealing with past events”, so yesterday, last week, last year and certainly 25 years ago is history. I thought it would be interesting to look back, a little tongue in cheek, to the first year the Barwicker was published in 1986, to see what was going on in the Parish.

The first Barwicker was published in March 1986 and included articles about the Battle of Winwaedfield in A.D.655, the story of Barwick Windmill 1780 – 1943, details of a great thunderstorm in the parish in 1861 and a copy of the Barwick directory for 1822. Perhaps on a Saturday night the television would be giving the first run to the Cannon and Ball show on ITV with BBC1 showing Keith Harris with Orville, Cuddles and Dippy!

A large 4 bedroomed detached house with integral garage in Scholes was available to purchase for £48,950 and local semi-detached and terrace houses were substantially cheaper than this! The Barwick Village hall was causing considerable concern with ailing finances and many repairs required. The management committee started a campaign to raise money and increase usage of the hall. A “Big Band” night of ballroom dancing in March proved a great success despite local teenagers mis-reading the publicity and expecting a disco! They were given partial refunds and offered the hope of a disco later in the year.

Planning permission was granted for a residential development on Richmondfield Lane by Kass Construction (Yorkshire) Ltd. Many locals objected to this scheme saying it would increase traffic on Long Lane, interfere with sight lines, pose a threat to wildlife and ruin views of fields and Parlington Woods.

Scholes residents were up in arms about their bus service. The West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive announced that the 65 service would be axed. Residents were angry that this would cut them off from the shops and services in Cross Gates. An alternative proposal also met storms of protest as this would involve walking to the Coronation Tree, “for some people these new services could mean a three-mile walk to the bus stop, a lot of elderly people in the village cannot walk that far, nor can mothers with children or people with shopping” said a resident. A 600 signature petition was obtained and 200 villagers attended a meeting at Garforth. In the end the service was put out to tender.

The Barwick and Scholes Parish Council decided that dog fouling on local public footpaths had become such as problem that they would write to the Home Secretary in London to see what could be done. As yet I have not discovered what his response was!

When a Scholes lady discovered that her whippet was pregnant she expected to hear the patter of tiny paws - but what she got was a stampede! Rani gave birth to nine pups which all survived, it was believed that this multiple birth was a record, at least in Yorkshire if not nationally.

The year finished off with the publication of the first Bygone Barwick book of historical photographs of this district compiled by the Historical Society. Priced at £3.20 including postage and packing it was a great success with all copies selling out.

Maybe you will remember some of these events or perhaps see much commonality with current affairs!

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