May Chair Letter: Mike, parking, new patio space and gin!

Dear Parishioners of Bubwith, Breighton and Willitoft

I do hope this finds you well and not too depressed with this incessant rain, sunny times are just around the corner in time for our May Public Holiday Season. If you need cheering up in the interim you might like to call in at the All Saints Church coffee mornings on a Wednesday morning between 10 and 12 noon. I hear their bacon buttys and sausage sandwiches are amazing and the company is pretty good too! 

Just a few things for me to highlight this month: 

Firstly, one of our Parish Councillors, Mike Suddaby has been having some pretty serious surgery recently but thankfully is now back home and on the mend. Mike and his wife Sheila are well-known and well-regarded within our community. Both are extremely committed to supporting community events and people. I’m sure like me you’ll wish Mike a speedy recovery when he is taking a gentle walk around the village.

Parking is always a challenge in Bubwith village but recently it has become worse. Some people were concerned about poor parking on the roadside and pavement when an event was held at the Leisure  Centre recently (Sunday 14th April). Unfortunately, due to the weather parking on the field wasn’t possible. Volunteers were out all day marshalling the parking but there were examples of thoughtless parking. The BLSC has apologized and will be seeking to prevent further occurrences. A more enduring parking problem in the village is around the area of Morrisons Store in the centre. In their haste, people are parking across entrances to people’s homes and blocking access in and out of the Jug & Bottle car park. Visibility is also limited at this pinch point and the risk for pedestrians, especially children is heightened. The Parish Council are exploring with East Riding Council what other preventative measures can be applied to address this frustrating situation. 

We appreciate people’s lives are extremely busy and everyone thinks they will only be a minute or two in the shop. In reality, it is more likely to be 15 minutes and other people are inconvenienced as a consequence. Please Park with care and consideration, that will work for everyone concerned. Breighton also suffers roadside issues – at every Parish Council meeting, we discuss the verges on Clay  Lane and just about every month Steve Young is in touch with ERYC regarding the state of repair and road cleaning. Sadly a permanent solution is not on the horizon but we will continue to agitate. The Gin Festival – On a brighter note this recent event has been deemed a success, with lots of positive and some constructive feedback and a definite request to repeat the event next year. The event raised just short of £800 all of which goes to sustain the Leisure and Sports Centre which as you will know is a charity. Any ideas for future events are always welcomed as are volunteers interested in getting involved. 

Speaking of volunteers! I mentioned last month that we have been successful in getting a grant for a new patio area at the leisure centre and work is due to commence in June and take about 3 weeks.  Part of the development is to enhance the green space surrounding the patio sadly the grant won’t cover this but I’m hoping we can get some volunteers engaged in the working party to do this work,  either donating their time or some shrubs. If you are interested in this short-term project please get in touch, thank you. 

Finally, a reminder, the Spalding Windfarm Community Grant Scheme is open for applications until the 17th May with decisions being made on the 12th June. There is approx. £23K available this year and  I encourage any groups to consider putting forward an application council/grants-and-funding/rural-funding/spaldington-wind-farm-community-fund/


Best wishes. Sandra Hills, Chair of Bubwith Parish Council  

Email: Mob : 07748965779




April Chair Letter: Family Fridays, Plant lovers wanted, Toddler Group & more

Dear Parishioners of Bubwith, Breighton and Willitoft


Happy Easter from all of the Parish Council. We hope the weather is good and most importantly dry for the upcoming holiday weekend, whatever you are doing. 

March brought good news for our Leisure Centre as our grant application for some of the national ‘Shared Prosperity Fund’ has been successful and will soon be commencing work on a new patio on the field side of the centre. Our next grant goal will be for patio furniture and then we’ll be set for Family Friday sessions over the summer months. 

As part of our application, we undertook to improve the look of the patio with some plant design as a volunteer project. If any keen horticulturalists would like to be involved or anyone has any plants they would like to donate please get in touch your contributions and green fingers would be very much appreciated.

I have previously written about the Bubwith Little People’s Project Group who have been focusing on  getting a new playground for the village. The group now has a design and at our recent Parish Council  meeting we agreed that the PC would project manage the next part to get planning consent. Steve Young and I are working together on this proposal that will include the removal of the old playground, additional car parking in its place and a number of Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging points (a request from  a member of our community). It is early days for this aspiration as we will need significant grants to bring it all to fruition. However, I wanted to raise awareness as we will need community support to gain grants and I’m sure there may be some interest and views on the potential for EV Charging within the village. Any thoughts, please drop me a line.

I had an interesting chat with Vickie Beech this week, Vickie together with Sheila Reed are volunteers who run the Monday morning toddler group at the Leisure Centre. The group operates in term time and provides a great place for very young children to learn to socialise, it’s a real bonus for the community. It is a huge success with numbers steadily growing. Congratulations to Vickie and Sheila for their ongoing commitment and success.

Just a few things for me to highlight this month: 

Gin Festival on the 6th April (tickets from Alison Craven Mob: 07738609711 email: or for cash from the Jug & Bottle. It promises to be good fun so I hope you manage to get there. As always, all profit goes to support the Leisure and Sports Centre (you may be aware it is a charity and doesn’t get any public funding but relies solely on generating funds and people’s donations). 

The Spalding Windfarm Community Grant Scheme is now open for applications until the 17th May with decisions being made on the 12th June. I represent our PC on this panel and I am always proud of the number of successful applications from our parish, although I hasten to add I’m not allowed to  vote for these. There is approx. £23K available this year and I encourage any groups to consider putting forward an application funding/spaldington-wind-farm-community-fund/ 

Previous successes include the new footbridge from the sports field to the Public Right of Way (2023),  funding for 2 Youth Workers to run our hugely successful Youth Club (2021 to 2023), Bubwith Arts  Movement (BAM) currently working on a young people mural project (2023) and many more. Finally, if you are new to the parish and want to know about local services you might like to have a copy of Your Guide for Supporting Localwhich is a definitive resource for living in Bubwith,  Breighton, Willitoft and Gunby. Please get in touch and I will make sure you get one. You may also want to get more involved in your new community by volunteering, if so please drop me a line.

Best wishes. Sandra Hills, Chair of Bubwith Parish Council  

Email: Mob : 07748965779




March Chair Letter: Welcome to Helen, BOOM, Events & Grants

Dear Parishioners of Bubwith, Breighton and Willitoft


It’s my sincere hope your wellies haven’t sprung a leak and you are enjoying February despite the incessant rain. It’s a small consolation but the evenings are getting lighter, hurrah!  There are only a few things for me to highlight this month.  


Firstly, I’d like to welcome Helen Gregory as our newly co-opted Parish Councillor.  Helen has lived in Bubwith with her husband Guy for a considerable number of years. They have raised their children here (both now adults) and are well known to many people having participated in many groups and events. If you’d like to know more about Helen her biograph will shortly be appearing on our website  


A ‘Race Night’ event was recently held at the leisure centre. It raised over £2,500 for Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Congratulations to the organizer Stephen Johnston and all those who worked so hard to make it such a success for our local punters. 


A few upcoming events I’d like to highlight are:  the Friends of Bubwith School (FOBS) Beer Fest on Saturday 2nd March (tickets from or cash at the Jug & Bottle)  followed by a Gin Festival  on the 6th April (tickets from Alison Craven Mob: 07738609711 email: of for cash from the Jug & Bottle.  Both events promise to be good fun so I hope you manage to get to them.


I know there are some keen historians in our community,  at least 507 of them belong to the Old Bubwith & Surrounding Villages facebook group where there is plenty of discussion and sharing of some brilliant old photographs of  Bubwith and the surrounding area.  There is also a lovely locally produced publication called, BUBWITH: an East Yorkshire Parish that was sold some years ago to raise funds for the Leisure Centre but until recently was out of print.  There is now a new supply and if you are interested in purchasing a copy you can obtain one from the Leisure Centre or via Steve Young, Parish Clerk for a mere £5.  The proceeds of all sales go back to the Leisure Centre for the benefit of local people.


We have recently submitted a bid for some of the national ‘Shared Prosperity Fund’ to put a new patio area on the field side of the leisure centre, fingers crossed for a successful outcome.


The Spalding Windfarm Community Grant Scheme will be open for applications in mid March.  As a village community we have been very industrious in putting forward successful applications and I encourage any groups to consider doing so again this year.


Finally, on a serious note, Parish Councillor, Liz Hayes recently attended a meeting to discuss the proposed BOOM Solar Farm currently being consulted on. Due to the size of the proposal this will not be determined by local planning but by the Secretary of State.  Liz has been advised that if anyone wishes to comment prior to final decision they need to register their interest BEFORE 8TH MARCH 2024 with the Planning Inspectorate.


As part of registration, you will need to provide a few basic details and submit a short explanation of what you believe to be the main issues of the plan and the impacts the solar farm would have on the area.  After 8th March the process moves onto the examination stage during which only those who have registered will be invited to provide further comments and objections.  Once the examination stage is complete there will be no further opportunity for people to raise concerns or objections to the project. 

DD pointed out that the more people that register the more concerns will be raised, and that the Planning Inspectorate would look at these comments and take them into account when deciding the matter.

For those interested, I hope you find this information helpful


Best wishes. Sandra Hills, Chair of Bubwith Parish Council


February Chair Letter: Happy New Year

Dear Parishioners of Bubwith, Breighton and Willitoft


What a joy to see that despite incessant rain and high energy costs (and outages) our community made it yet another glistening & glittery Christmas to remember. As always it’s the volunteers and community that ensure the magic continues, my thanks to you.  

I noted Santa deployed some new Christmas Elves this year, big thanks go to Ami, Harriet, Lydia, Beth and Vicki who kept the magic alive despite very damp Christmas postbox conditions and washed away return addresses.


In addition to our much-loved events, two new traditions began in 2023.  Our first Santa Fun Run attracted over 80 entrants in full-on festive attire who ran, ambled or danced around the Leisure Centre’s track on the 17th December raising over £500 for the New Playground fund.  The highly collectable medals were kindly sponsored by Claire Allder from the White Swan.  Thank you to Claire,  Martyn & Camilla, the Little Peoples Project Group and Social Team members for organizing, nay, ‘running’ this event!


A Volunteer’s Celebration & Thank You Event was held on the 7th Jan. Over 50 people attended but invitations were sent to many more. Sadly some were already committed (often the way with busy volunteers) and some advised they were chuffed to be asked, to enjoy doing their bit to support our community but making an appearance or worst still being thanked in public just wasn’t their thing.  You know who you all are, we respect your wishes but we would offer our sincere thanks for you being you and making this a great place to live.  


2024 promises to be a brilliant year with some great events in the offing.  We kick off with Robin Hood and Babes in the Wood performed by our recently established Bubwith Amateur Dramatic Society (BADS).  Two performances (Matinee at 2.30 and Evening at 7.30) will take place at the Leisure Centre on Saturday 10th February.  Tickets:  by donations.  


A Race Night in aid of Yorkshire Air Ambulance on the 17th February with Free Entry, an opportunity to sponsor a horse and a definite invitation to dress up!  


I’m also shouting out to anyone who would like to be involved in our planned Gin Festival (6th April) and Bubwith Big Bash being planned for the summer, call or email (Mob: 07748965779 . ).



Best wishes. Sandra Hills, Chair of Bubwith Parish Council


Vacancy for a Councillor

  1. There is a vacancy on the above Council caused by a resignation
  2. A by-election to fill the vacancy will be held if by 12 January 2024, 10 electors for the parish give notice in writing to the Chief Executive of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council at County Hall, Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire HU17 9BA claiming such an election,
  3. If no such notice is given the Parish Council will fill the vacancy by co-option

Any written requests calling for an election to fill the vacancy will be available for public inspection and copying under Section 228(5) of the Local Government Act 1972…

Dated 20 December 2023

Signed : Steve Young, Bubwith Parish Council

If anyone is interested in being co-opted should an election not be called then would you please write to the Clerk as above. You may wish to include details of why you feel you would be an asset to the Parish Council

Bubwith parish council vacancy notice - amended

December Chair Letter: Festive season events!

Dear Parishioners of Bubwith, Breighton and Willitoft


As we hurtle towards the festive season there are a number of events to note for your diary, particularly if you have children or grandchildren. 

The Friends of Bubwith School Christmas Fayre will take place on Sunday 26th November and it looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun with great stalls and a great raffle.  A children’s quiz night is planned to take place at the Leisure Centre on Friday the 8th December, this is a recent venture to add to the social events for children in the village, for details see the Leisure Centre website  


A Christmas Santa Run for Children and Adults has been organised to take place at the leisure centre track on Sunday the 17th December at 1pm. All profits will go towards the new playground. The bar will be open and there will be mulled wine and other refreshments on sale. I’m really looking forward to seeing how creative people are with their Christmas themed running outfits.

Carols around the Christmas tree will take place on the green on the evening of the  17th of December with a welcome invitation from Richard and Shirley Moore to all to have mince pies and mulled wine at Chain Bar House after the carols. 

Finally, there will be a quiz night on Christmas Eve at the leisure centre when all are welcome. 

Our community is blessed with many volunteers who give up their time to support others, they organise village events, run groups and fundraise to gain improvements and new assets and facilities for our village. The Bubwith Leisure and Sports Centre  Committee has agreed to run an event on the afternoon of Sunday, 7th January to celebrate and thank the many volunteers within our community. The tricky bit of arranging such an event is identifying who our volunteers are and I hope to gain your help with this. Volunteers don’t always blow their own trumpet so if you know of anyone you believe we should invite or if you’d like to come along please do drop me a line on my email below. I look forward to hearing from you. 

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.


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.  .

Bubwith Bridge is Open!

BUBWITH BRIDGE OPEN 9AM TODAY – from East Riding of Yorkshire Council
We are delighted to announce that the Bubwith bridge repair scheme is completed and the bridge will be open once again from 9am today (Tuesday 10 October).
The scheme has been completed almost two weeks ahead of schedule.
Councilor Paul West, the council’s portfolio holder for environment and transport, said:
“We are absolutely delighted to be able to reopen this bridge almost two weeks early.
“I’m sure the residents of Bubwith and the surrounding area are extremely pleased the work is finished and the bridge can finally reopen to traffic.
“We had no option but to close the bridge to carry out these repairs and I want to thank the local residents and local drivers for being very patient with us while the work was carried out.
“We know this has been a difficult time for them, but they have been very supportive and understood this was about making the bridge safe again for years to come.
“I want to commend our civil engineering team and our contractors Esh Construction for being so accommodating and carrying out an impressive repair scheme in a shorter time frame.”
The bridge was officially opened by a delegation including the civil engineering teams from Esh Construction, East Riding of Yorkshire Council and both local and parish councillors.

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. .

Your Guide For Supporting Local

Residents will be receiving the booklet this week (if you haven’t already). There will also be copies in some of our local storefronts.
This booklet has been kindly commissioned by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) as a means of supporting the residents and businesses of Bubwith, Breighton, Willitofy, Gunby Parish
through some very challenging times.
Our community is rich with enterprising people who have built up businesses, some over five generations and some just getting started, but all designed to make this a great place to live, so great in fact, that you will find you never ever want or need to leave!
The purpose of the guide is to pass on valuable information about the many businesses and services that operate in our community and can support your everyday and special day needs. It is the hope and the ambition of the Parish Council that by encouraging you to buy locally and use local services we will all be doing our bit to reduce our carbon footprint and to protect and sustain the wonderful services we have, ensuring they are available for all of us for the long-term future.
Thanks to Paula from The Social Renegade for its design and to Suzie York Photography for the cover photo. You can find both of their business info inside. There will be an online copy available on our website today.


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