November Chair Letter: Weight limits & lots of cake

Dear Parishioners of Bubwith, Breighton and Willitoft


We can all sigh with relief as finally, and ahead of schedule, Bubwith Bridge has reopened, hurray!  A vote of thanks go to the officers of East Riding and the contractors who worked hard to bring the repair in ahead of time and who set a new high bar on communicating effectively with communities.  


Work has begun on tidying up the car park adjacent to the bridge with new picnic benches and a good trim of the hedges and there have been some very positive comments on the safety barriers although the blue is not everyone’s cup of tea (I’m told it was the original colour when the steel barrier was put on).


The Parish Council wishes to thank everyone who took the time to respond to our recent informal survey testing the appetite for campaigning for a new second bridge. We received a number of responses via email or in person the majority of which were against and some wished to see speed or weight restrictions imposed following the reopening of the repaired bridge.


The Parish Council voted to accept the survey results as indicative of local views, various points were discussed for and against the proposal of a second bridge and it was then resolved not to pursue the issue at this time. 


The Parish Council then considered trying to gain a weight limit to reduce traffic on the A163, the only way to approach this would be to apply for an environmental weight restriction. The grounds for such an application were explored and of the four possible grounds only one could apply and this was seen as not being achievable. Parish Councillors saw that if a weight limit was imposed this would push traffic onto lesser roads, and would impose a 60-mile diversion in some cases resulting in added cost to companies and more pollution. The effect on Sutton Derwent village would be extreme resulting in further danger to their school children. Parish Councillors felt that a “fair sharing out” of HGVs was sensible and therefore resolved not to apply for a weight limit.


It was a joy to attend the Macmillan Coffee Morning at the end of September at the Leisure Centre. It was lovely to see so many members of our community (some into their 90s) coming along, bringing their cakes and then enjoying a cuppa, a cake and a chat with old and new friends. A big thank you to all who came along and supported us, we managed to raise the princely sum of £655.


Thank you for your kind attention.  

Best wishes.

Sandra Hills, Chair of Bubwith Parish Council 

I’m always glad to hear of concerns and issues.  .

October Chair Letter: Lots of activities as we welcome in Autumn

Dear Parishioners of Bubwith, Breighton and Willitoft

Given the current weather patterns (mostly watermarks) I think I can safely say summer has now passed and autumn is firmly established. 

Summer was busy and challenging for businesses in our community, as they have had to work harder and smarter to keep their businesses afloat during the bridge closure. They have appreciated the way the community has got behind them by buying locally but there is still a month to go so please continue to frequent and support our local businesses to safeguard their future.

The distribution of the information booklet, “Your Guide for Supporting Local” has now commenced and is being rolled out in adjacent villages. Early responses have been very complimentary, Paula Clark has done a cracking job on the design and people are very appreciative of East  Riding of Yorkshire Council commissioning this work, now we just need people to use it. 

Work on the bridge is progressing well and on schedule, the bulletins have been excellent and I  note there are a few history buffs that are really enjoying seeing the historical guts of the bridge.  

The summer has also been busy for young people. If like me you have enjoyed the floral displays next to our benches in the parish then please join me in thanking the young people of Bubwith who have organized and maintained the tubs as part of Humberside Police’s Lifestyle Project for  Youth Engagement. You have truly brought some joy and benefit to our community. Thank you

Overall, it seems to me that in recent months many people’s sense of community has shifted up a  gear. There’s a willingness to not only engage but to actually take the initiative on creating and supporting community benefits.  

As a consequence activities and events are coming at us thick and fast and sometimes it’s hard to know what’s what, particularly when they are abbreviated down to BAM or BAD! There are a  whole host of interesting and fun things for people to take part in and hopefully something for you and your family to enjoy. 

A taster of what’s going on and what’s on the way includes: 

A New Playgroup opened its doors this week. It runs from 09.15 until 11am on Monday  mornings at Bubwith Leisure Centre – £2.50 for one child and 50p for additional children to cover venue and refreshment costs. Run by volunteers it is a real bonus for parents and younger children, please just turn up

Bubwith Arts Movement – got off the starting blocks on the 10th September – initiated by Friends of Bubwith School (FOBS) who have been awarded a grant to create 3 murals in the village, engaging children and young people. For more information contact Paula  Clark, email:  

Bubwith Amateur Dramatics had its first meeting on the 22nd September. Working towards a local production of Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood early next year. All ages, all abilities welcome. Led by Jenny Bourke, email:  

Bubwith Film Club – Ame Codling has volunteered to get this off the ground with 2 films planned for the winter schedule. Mrs Harris Goes to Paris on Friday 20th October (film starts at 8pm) and Toy Story (1995) on Friday 17th November (film starts at 4.30pm).  

Bubwith Sports and Leisure Committee and the Social Team have revamped the bar (including the prices) and refreshed favourites like the quiz nights and bingo also bringing some new additions to support entertainment for families on Friday evenings, including a children’s quiz planned for early December. Families feedback has been excellent. 

Paul Oliver, Studio Manager from Highfield Grange Studios has reached out to the Parish Council with a view to doing some voluntary work with local young people in the parish. An early suggestion being to teach illustration workshops and then moving on to other skills workshops associated with the film/theatre industry. We will be promoting those connections with groups in the community in the coming weeks. 

Loathe as I am to mention Christmas, things are also gearing up for the festive season, firstly with the FOBS Bubwith Christmas Fayre at 12.00 in the Leisure Centre on Sunday 26 November – Table bookings now via: . Secondly, a  new initiative of a Christmas Charity run on the afternoon of Sunday 17th December thanks to Camilla Sergeant for this great idea.  More information on how to take part next month but I just wanted to give everyone the heads up for the ‘Couch to 5K’ training,  I’ll look out for you on Intake Lane! 

On that festive note, and as we head to the season of celebrations, I hope you won’t mind if I mention noise in our community.  This month the Parish Council has received a number of complaints of noise late at night. Some of the noise emanates from the airfield and as this has been a recurrent issue the Parish Council is initiating some action via ERYC officials to track down the cause and have the culprits desist. Other noise appears to be more local and linked to celebrations, perhaps it is timely to remind us all to consider noise disturbance as no one wishes to be a party pooper or a sleep disturber when playing host. 

Finally, if you haven’t had a chance to respond to the ‘New Second River Derwent Bridge in Bubwith’ article in the August Bugle there is still time. We have received a number of views both for and against but the timeline for comment is the end of September. Please forward your opinion to either Steve Young or me  

Thank you for your kind attention. Best wishes. Sandra Hills, Chair of Bubwith Parish Council PS. I’m always glad to hear of concerns and issues. .

September Chair Letter : A new fit for today bridge is possible

Bubwith Parish Council wants a new – fit for today – bridge with two-way traffic and no traffic lights, this is in response to all of the comments at the public meeting. 

The old-listed bridge can then be used by cyclists and pedestrians so it will not be wasted. 

This is a dream that is attainable but will take some years, the Parish Council has been offered support from a local bridge engineer currently working on 9 motorway bridges on the M6. 

Our friendly engineer has set out an agenda to achieve a design and scheme that will produce a new bridge, we are assured that monies do become available at short notice at times and if we have a scheme “on the shelf” then we could take advantage of this and put forward our ready-made project for consideration. The first job to be done in the process is to carry out a public consultation which would not just be Bubwith but would include all the surrounding villages who are dependent on the bridge. Armed with the results of this consultation and accompanying a proposal prepared by our friendly engineer we would then approach  East Riding Council to seek funding and support to produce a design for a fit-for-purpose modern bridge. 

Parish Councillors feel that this is an opportunity to plan for the future and have a bridge that is not at the mercy of people speeding to catch the green light and will be a safe and modern river crossing. 

So the first job is to carry out a public consultation, this will require planning and communication skills plus the will to move our community forward into the 21st century!!  

You do not have to live in Bubwith to support this initiative so please get involved to join the group preparing information to move this scheme forward,  contact us below ASAP and by the end of September


To express an interest, an initial meeting with the engineer and our Ward Councillors will be held to plan the way forward.

July Chair Letter: Bubwith & Breighton Parish Against Cost and Carbon

Dear Parishioners of Bubwith & Breighton


I hope you are coping with this extremely hot weather. It’s something of a mixed blessing, with on the one hand being granted permission to stay indoors, rest and drink plenty and on the other a desperate need to keep watering some of our treasured plants or working into the night to cut hay or bring in a harvest. Then of course there is the dog walking being done late at night and early in the morning with half an hour break in between!!!!


I am sure that people will be erring on the side of caution with their water consumption and hosing given some of the stark messages in the news about water supply.  More importantly, I hope you are taking care of your own health and keeping your eye on older folk and those with underlying health conditions who are particularly vulnerable.  Heat stroke and the impact of excessive heat creeps up on us very sneakily and at it’s worse it can lead to heart attacks and potentially death, so please take care.


On the subject of high temperatures and climate change, the Parish Council had a very interesting presentation at our most recent meeting from Mike Kaye of Energy Oasis (  The substance of Mike’s talk was why costs of energy are escalating and why they are set to go even higher. He spoke about what action we can take and the potential for our parish to become a Community Energy Co-operative/hub.  The aim of such a project would be twofold, reducing carbon emissions through the use of green energy generated locally and reducing the cost of that energy for our community.  A road map of how to determine the feasibility and implement such a project was discussed at length.


Further discussion was related to climate change and the heartfelt concerns that many of us have for the future for our children and grandchildren if action to address the situation is not taken. An example community who has begun to take action is Alton in Hampshire  We agreed our community has already begun to take similar actions on an informal/ ad hoc basis but there is a potential for us to do more.  The PC concluded we should invite interested parties to a meeting to establish whether there is an appetite to take forward a Community Energy Co-op and climate network.   


A first discussion of Bubwith & Breighton Parish Against Cost and Carbon (BBPACC) is planned for 7pm on Wednesday 3rd August at the Bubwith Sport & Leisure Centre.  Please let us know if you are interested, interested in attending or simply turn up on the night.   Contact: or


On the subject of events, we held our first Parish Council Social event on the 24th June.  Feedback from those who attended included a need to expand the invitations (an action for next year), a list of actions that they would like the PC to take to improve road safety and raise awareness of clubs in the village (already done). The general feedback was it was a worthwhile evening and a good opportunity to get to know each other. 


Finally, just in case you were unaware, the second Bubwith Big Bash is to take place on Saturday 13th August.  Grants to support this event have been secured and it promises to be bigger and better than the event in 2021 with lots for families to do and enjoy.    


I have been lucky enough, together with Anne Young, to be selected to run the raffle the proceeds of which are used solely for community events.   Anne and I are looking to the generosity of people and businesses in the village to donate some prizes for the raffle.  Please, please, please do donate.  No prize is too small or too large and if you would like to get a mention as a prize sponsor we will be delighted to do that.  Please contact me on 07748965779 if you are happy to donate a prize.  Many thanks in advance, Sandra & Anne.


 Best wishes


Sandra Hills

Chair of Bubwith Parish Council   

  1. If there are other matters unconnected to this report that you wish to raise please do get in touch.  .


Bubwith Community Youth Club Info

Bubwith Community Youth Club is held on Wednesdays during term time from 6:00 – 7:30 pm.
We hold our sessions at the Bubwith Leisure Centre.
We aim to provide activities for everyone to get involved in but above all, we will remain a safe place for everyone to reconnect with friends outside of school.
Entry is £1 per child. Pre-registration is required but a parent can do this on the first day.
Ages 7-16 years but children of 6 years are welcome if accompanied by an adult.
Tuck shop every session so bring some pocket money.
Our leaders Jemma and Lisa have lots of events planned for each session.
We welcome new volunteer helpers even if you can only help out one session a term. Please come down and see what we are all about! Any questions, just ask or email