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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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.

August Chair Letter : Bubwith Businesses, Hedgehogs & Hedges

Dear Parishioners of Bubwith & Breighton


I hope this finds you well.  They say be careful what you wish for, so my apologies for complaining about the dry garden last month, we seem to have been blessed with a lot of rain as a consequence.


Let me begin with Bubwith Bridge.  Work has now commenced although I note that there is a concern that there is little sign of major activities at the moment.  I shall be raising this with ERYC to see if there is an explanation.  Don’t forget there is a contact email: to direct questions to individual officers simply mark ‘for the attention of’ and it will get to them.  


There is also the Bubwith Bridge Facebook page for updates and for those not on Facebook a regular update can be emailed or a printed version posted.  Please either call the council call centre 01482 39 39 39, or email your name and address to and request regular updates by post.


Locally, businesses in the village are definitely already feeling the impact and are very actively mitigating against reduced business due the closure.  Mounfields have introduced an order and delivery service for their customers over the bridge, contact Mounfields on 01757 288339.

The White Swan has introduced Quiz night Thursdays, £5 pp including supper, 7pm for 7.30 start, this enjoyable event got off to a great start so get there early and don’t miss out! All our businesses need our local support to see them through this time.  I bumped into someone the other day that had only just tried the fruit and veg room at the Jug & Bottle and were bowled over by the selection, if you don’t go in you won’t know what you are missing until it’s too late!


Bubwith Leisure & Sport Centre has a new Social Team of volunteers.  Their goal is to run social events at the centre to support for local people.  The team is planning events for next year including a Gin Festival & Bubwith Big Bash. Currently they have reinstated the monthly Bingo and are holding a Family Fiesta evening on 9th September (tickets £10 adult £5 child including supper and a soft drink or Sangria, tickets available Alison Craven mob: 07738609711 or ).  If you would like to get involved with the Social Team as a volunteer, as a group in the village, or have suggestions please contact Alison.


ERYC Business Development lead Dawn Hall has offered to support the development of a marketing booklet outlining all the businesses within our community and I’ve recently been in touch with most to see if they’d like to be involved. Paula Clark (a professional also local to the village) is being commissioned to design and produce the booklet. If I haven’t contacted you please contact me if you’d like to be involved.  It’s intended the booklet will encourage people to use our services now but also signpost newcomers in the future and encourage us all to reduce our carbon footprint by buying local.

The bridge is not the only story of the moment.  We have been fortunate to have some successful bids from the Spaldington Wind farm Community Fund.  Thanks to those in our community who put some great bids together.  Our successes include; funding our Youth club Workers (we are the only village in the immediate area to have one, supporting the repair of the metal bridge from the Leisure Centre Field to the PRW along Southfield Drain and FoBS application for a Children & Young Peoples’ art project.  Every year people make the effort to put in bids to enhance our community assets and every year their effort has paid off, thank you!


This month I’d like to give a mention to hedges and hedgehogs.  August is approaching and from the birds perspective it’s safe to cut your hedge (if you haven’t already).  The Parish Council has been inundated with request for action on cutting back hedges as some are sticking out so far it is impossible to operate a pram/buggie or mobility scooter safely on the pavement.  There are some  where even a single pedestrian ends up on the road to avoid them, not to mention reduced visibility for motorists.  Please be considerate to your community by keeping your hedge in check.  If you have a problem getting your hedge cut please get in touch we may be able to assist you.


As for hedgehogs, did you know they are an endangered species in the UK?  Did you also know that they could walk about 3 miles per night foraging for food?  Hedgehogs R Us a local charity contacted our PC to raise awareness of their highway project.  All it requires is to leave a 5-inch (12.7 cm) gap in your fence to enable our spikey friends to access your garden and help themselves to your slugs, snails, beetles and earthworms.


Finally and very importantly, a request has been made to site a waste bin in Breighton to assist dog walkers to deposit their dogs’ deposits.  Steve Young is on the case and hopefully it will be with you very soon.


Thank you for your kind attention.  If there is anything arising from my Chair’s piece today please get in touch.


Best wishes.

Sandra Hills, Chair of Bubwith Parish Council   

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

July Chair Letter : Buy in Bubwith, Bridge Meeting & Boom

Dear Parishioners of Bubwith & Breighton


I hope this finds you well and enjoying the sunshine if not the garden watering.   I have only 2 very important things to cover this month beginning of course with Bubwith Bridge.


The bridge continues to cause a great disruption to the village with an increasing number of incidents of vehicles stuck on the bridge causing major hold-ups and worse as with the incident where people were stuck behind a van this week with no way forward or back!  Sadly, the solution and repair are also not going to be easy. I believe it will impact on everyone in the village and many in the surrounding area, a time for us to pull together as a community.


A meeting was held at the Leisure Centre on the 9th June.  It was attended by and unprecedented 8 officers from ERYC, Councillor Victoria Aitken and David Davis MP. Our community of Bubwith and Breighton attended in high numbers and raised some very important questions and concerns.  A full account of the meeting is elsewhere in the Bugle to enable people to see the range of concerns, if I’ve missed anything in my note taking please get in touch with Steve Young who will make amendments.


ERYC communications lead, Jenny Walker has advised they will shortly be putting contact details on Facebook and through other social media for people to get in touch to raise individual concerns and seek help.  There is a contact email that you can use now to direct questions to individual officers simply mark ‘for the attention of’ and it will get to them.


There is a great thirst for details of what will happen and when.  The Parish Council will do our best to ensure this is available to people as quickly as possible, we will also seek to bust myths and rumours wherever we can.


Many people will feel stressed and disempowered during the period of the repair; there is nothing worse than feeling out of control of an inescapable situation.  So what can we do?  One thought is to establish a ‘Buy in Bubwith’ campaign.  When it’s difficult to get out of the village why not patronize our local businesses more than we currently do.  This may not be easy for everyone but if we all had a regular monthly meal at the White Swan, a take away or meal from Cinnamon, buy our meat and bakery goods from Mounfields, have a regular trip to the Jug and Bottle for a treat or pick me up (I know chocolate cake always helps a bad situation), not to mention gifts and deli lunches and suppers that would be an excellent start.  Similarly, support our new Morrisons and don’t forget the Leisure centre, if your classes are in North Duffield see if you can temporarily shift to Bubwith and vice versa.  Any other thoughts on lifts and car sharing are welcome; perhaps we can do a ‘Lifts & Shares’ WhatsApp group?  Any other ideas please get in-touch; perhaps we need to establish a Bubwith & Breighton Pull Together (BBPT) group?


The second big-ticket issue is the BOOM Solar Farm consultation.  The Parish Council is not a formal consultee and as such won’t be formally responding.  Everyone should have received a consultation pack.  There are clearly some people who will be more directly impacted than others and people are split in their views, as they are concerned for our energy security or our food security or both.  Whatever your view, I urge you to respond to the consultation.  The decision will not be taken locally due to the size of the proposal. There is a process where the Planning Inspectorate will receive the consultation report (amongst other things) from BOOM who will then report to the Secretary of State for Energy Security who will make the final decision.  Please ensure your view is included.


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.  .


Bus Timetables Bridge Closure

Please find attached 2 timetables for the shuttle bus:
Red – current service until Saturday 1st July 2023
Blue – Service from Monday 3rd July 2023 for the duration of the bridge closure
The shuttle will leave Bubwith via the B1228 and head north to Sutton on Derwent connecting with Wheldrake.
Buses will wait for any late-running shuttles.

Bubwith Bus Timetable bridge Closure

Bubwith Bus Timetable bridge Closure

Bubwith Bridge Closure Meeting Update

A consultation meeting to discuss the planned bridge closure was held in the Leisure Centre on Friday evening.  The meeting was chaired by Councillor Victoria Aitken and fielded a range of officers from East Yorkshire County Councillor, from structural engineering, adult and children’s social services, economic development and communication. The Right Honourable David Davis MP was also in attendance.


The meeting was well attended by members of the community of Bubwith and surrounding villages who made strong and valid points regarding the closure and it’s impact on individuals and businesses.


Points raised included:
  • Pedestrian access and the need for at a minimum a footbridge
  • Timescale of the repair – strongly urge the council to revisit the contract they have and push for 7-day working and 12-hour days.
  • The potential to do the repair in phases.
  • Care support for our residents – many are supplied from Selby and negotiations need to be put in place to ensure care companies allow longer for visits to address the diversion.
  • Children and teenagers getting to school in North Duffield, Selby and York
  • Shuttle Bus provision – both to meet up with the Wheldrake service into York and also to North Duffield and Selby.
  • Access to the GP surgery for North Duffield residents registered with the Bubwith Practice
  • Emergency Services (Ambulance/Fire/Police) – all have been informed and will take account of attending in the village and surrounding areas based on the closure.
  • Future weight restrictions on the bridge to reduce similar issues arising again.
The discussion was full and at times energised.  The officers are taking the points away and will be revisiting current plans particularly taking on board the need for a pedestrian access bridge and the contract for the repair.  This will need to be discussed and agreed upon internally within the Council prior to final decisions being made.


At this point, it is believed the closure will go ahead in July as planned.
Minutes of the meeting have been taken by myself and Councillor Liz Hayes and we will work to give a fuller account in the next two weeks.


I have some copies of the shuttle bus timetable and I will put copies on bus stands in the village.


If anyone needs a copy please contact Steve Young, Parish Council Clerk.Tel: 01757 288234




The Parish Council will continue to work closely with the County Council on behalf of our community and will ensure regular ongoing communication is given.


Best wishes to everyone in these difficult times.


Sandra Hills
Bubwith Parish Council Chair
Mob: 07748965779

June Chair Letter : Plant Sale, Church Street & the Bridge

Dear Parishioners of Bubwith & Breighton 

I hope this finds you well and enjoying this variable weather. Just a few things to flag this month. Firstly, I hope you will remember and come along to our second Table Top and Plant sale to be held at the Leisure Centre between 9am and 12 midday on Sunday 4th June. Table bookings are  

going well (but there are still some available) with a blend of plants and other items for sale. We will be serving bacon and sausage sandwiches, coffees and teas and there will be a bakery table. Entry is free and it promises to be fun! 

If you are interested in having a table, selling plants or even volunteering please contact me: sandra or 07748965779. 

At last, the repair of Church Street is scheduled and a planned closure from the Church to Main Street will take place from 30th May to 2nd June to carry out repairs. Apologies for the inconvenience but you’d probably agree it will be worth it. 

The pain and inconvenience of Bubwith Bridge is felt by all including Parish Councillors. A full update on the situation and joint work between County Councillors, Parish Councillors and Officers of East Riding of Yorkshire  County Council is detailed elsewhere in the Bugle. 

East Riding of Yorkshire CC Community Task Force walkabout will take place on the 13th June. I will accompany officers in Bubwith and John Watkinson will do likewise in Breighton. If there is anything you wish to have brought to their attention please contact Steve Young, Parish Clerk who is collating issues to be raised. The Bubwith Little People Projects Group has now received 3 potential designs for the new playground and will shortly be meeting to consider the options. We will also be engaging more widely with people to ensure we reflect the community’s view of what we want prior to seeking grants. 

Anyone who wishes to get involved more actively please get in touch. 

You will no doubt have received a copy of the East Yorkshire Solar Farm Statutory Public Consultation Bro chure in the post. It is important that people are aware and air their views; at one of the Consultation Events  (Saturday 10th June at Bubwith Leisure Centre from 2.00 – 8.00pm), as an individual using the feedback form included in the brochure or via the Parish Council (this will be an agenda item at our meeting 7pm Thursday  8th June at Bubwith Leisure Centre).  

Finally, my congratulations go to all organisers of the Coronation events. Emma and Claire with their respective teams from Mounfield Butchers and the White Swan put on a great party many thanks to you all.  Best wishes. Sandra Hills, Chair of Bubwith Parish Council 

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

March Chair Letter : Volunteers are the lifeblood of any community

Dear Parishioners of Bubwith & Breighton


I’ve always thought Volunteers are the lifeblood of any community and some of my very best experiences and achievements in my professional life have been where volunteers have been involved.  


There are as many reasons for being a volunteer as there are volunteers.  Some want to change the status quo because their experience and outlook on life is different to that of others, (it frequently is when you are on the receiving end of a service rather than designing it) and others just want to make things happen.


For some volunteering is a vehicle to gain experience or to raise their profile and get positive feedback.  For others it’s to quietly get on with something because they feel it is important or they get an inner glow from making other peoples lives easier or happier.  Bubwith and Breighton is blessed with a full range, some you’ll know and others will be invisible but all of them, formal and informal, bringing a contribution that makes our community a better place to live.


My focus this month is on just some of the volunteering and events that are currently going on in our community.  It isn’t a comprehensive list as there are many more that I don’t have time to cover today.


Firstly, Bubwith Leisure and Sports Centre Charity Committee.  The AGM saw some changes with Barry Carpus stepping down as secretary, a big thank you to him for his hard work over the years.  Shaun Thompson has stepped up as the new Chair and Adrienne Richards a new committee member as Secretary. Alison Craven has also joined the committee and is one of the organisers of the reinstated Bingo nights.

Other volunteer opportunities exist within the charity as Treasurer and more general volunteers are always welcome.


The Table Top sale went reasonably well thanks to the many people who ran a table or attended.  We listened and learned from the feedback we got and are planning another Table Top and Plant Sale for the morning of Monday the 8th May (Coronation Public Holiday).  This is a shout out to all would be stall holders and gardeners if you are interested please get in touch with me or 07748965779.


An Easter Sunday Egg Run has been arranged at the Leisure Centre from 2 to 4pm on Sunday 9th April.  This fundraiser is for a new playground and promises to be great family fun.  The children’s egg and spoon run will be on the new track and a raffle, cakes, tea and coffee will be for sale.  Organisers of this event are a volunteer group of parents and grandparents keen to expand facilities for small and young people.  Our primary goal is a new playground and temporary refresh of the old one. We are keen to explore how the centre can expand its offer, such as being open for play days in school holidays or running a playgroup. We welcome new members, as we need ideas and views as well as volunteers.


After the success of the Fashion Show in October a second one has been organized for 7pm on 21st April to raise funds for the Bubwith Leisure Centre.  Tickets available from Steve Johnston Tel: 07551338080. Thanks to Steve and the band of volunteers who work hard to organize this enjoyable social event.


My last volunteer group mention is the Parish Council itself, although people don’t always think of the Parish Councillors as volunteers. 

The term of office for our current Parish Councillors is almost at an end with elections/re-elections taking place on the 4th May. Sadly, one of our current PCs is unable to stand again; our thanks go to Paula Clark for the contribution she has made during her time with us she will be sorely missed.


In the lead up to elections the Parish Council are holding a Wine & Cheese Event in the Bubwith Leisure Centre Bar from 7pm on Monday 27th March.  All are welcome to come along to meet Councillors, discuss issues of importance and maybe consider standing as a Councillor themselves.  A similar event was held in 2022 where a large number of issues were raised and subsequently addressed by the PC. 

I look forward to welcoming you but if you can’t make it and you have an issue please let me know.

The event is being sponsored by personal contribution of the PCs.


Finally, can I remind you of the Spaldington Wind Farm Community Fund this year the fund will open from the 13th March to 19th May; decisions will be made on the 14th June. 

I would encourage groups to apply for either a small grant up to £500 or larger.  All details on the East Riding website above.


Take care to stay dry.  

Best wishes.


Sandra Hills, Chair of Bubwith Parish Council

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

February Chair Letter : February is full of activity!

Dear Parishioners of Bubwith & Breighton


February may be the shortest month of the year but what it lacks in length it seems to make up for with activity!


The Parish Council continue to pursue the issues that are raised as concerns by people; contact is being made on a daily basis with EYCC regarding the bridge repair, signage and impact on local businesses and residents, similarly the state of the roads in Breighton and Bubwith with emphasis on some of the worst such as Church Street.  We are now asking residents to bring additional pressure to bear through individual emailed complaints.  Steve Young has been advising the email address to send to.


I attended a meeting of the Spaldington Wind Farm Community Fund Panel recently.  Our community has a brilliant record of successful applications over the years including funding a youth club leader, our mini bookcase, benches, defibrillators, outdoor furniture for the school and a variety of amenities for the Leisure Centre.   This year the fund will open from the 13th March to 19th May, decisions will be made on the 14th June. 

I would encourage groups to apply for either a small grant up to £500 or larger.  All details on the East Riding website above.


Our Youth Club goes from strength to strength thanks to our staff and volunteers.  Recently 47 members attained a certificate in First Aid.  Well done Youth Club!


Bubwith Leisure and Sports Centre – Thanks to our increased volunteers there are two events coming up that I’d like to flag: 


The return of Bingo to the Leisure Centre at 7pm on the 24th February which promises to be good fun with £150 jackpot too!


The Table Top Sale from 10am to 3pm on Sunday 26th February.  Over 25 tables booked. A range of items including children’s clothing (various ages), sports equipment, silver jewelry, general household goods, craft yarns and much more.  Teas, Coffees, Bacon Sandwiches and baked goods will be on offer and the Bar will be open and remain open for the Rugby after the event.  

There are still a number of tables available at £5 per table.

Entry will be 50p at the door.  A great opportunity to bag a bargain or meet for a natter!  All proceeds to Community Projects.


If you are interested in booking a table or volunteering for this or future events please drop me an email or telephone 07748965779.  I will be delighted to hear from you and book you a stall.


Finally, I had an interesting chat with a senior member of our parish recently who advised me there are still a lot of people who don’t have the internet or mobile phones and who rely on the Bugle and notice boards to get their information.  They feel a little disconnected from what is going on.  PC discussed this at our recent meeting and will be seeking to include more information on ‘what’s on’ locally and also to have a notice board at the road end of the Leisure Centre to highlight activities.  


Take care to enjoy this mild weather.  

Best wishes.


Sandra Hills, Chair of Bubwith Parish Council

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


January Chair Letter : Reflections & Decluttering

Dear Parishioners of Bubwith & Breighton


For many of us January is the month for reflection.  A quick check back over all of the events of the previous year, the resolutions we could, should or would have achieved and a renewed resolve for the coming year.


As PC Chair, January is also the time to say thank you to those individuals who give of themselves to make our parish an enjoyable place to live.  

Christmas is a high point and thanks go to FOBs for the Christmas Fayre, the Elves and Parish Councillors for the wonderful display on the green ( I note this was highlighted in the media), Mother Christmas for keeping the magic alive for children,  All Saints Church and Bubwith Community Primary for all of the Nativity activities and services and Richard and Shirley for once again playing hosts for mince pies and mulled wine following Carols around the Christmas Tree. 


Thanks also go to our local businesses that work extremely hard over the festive period to supply us with food and services to ensure an enjoyable time.


Sadly, I missed most of it, I’ve just returned from a long trip to the Australia and New Zealand, I won’t bore you with the details of catching up with 47 members of my husband’s family or my ham salad Christmas dinner. However, seeing many community’s amenities, particularly in NZ has renewed my commitment and I am raring to go with the theme of fundraising and engagement that I mentioned in the November Bugle. This is my major New Year resolution for our Parish and community.


To ‘kick off’, I’d like to remind you of the goal of regular Table Top sales at the Leisure Centre with the first planned for Sunday 26th February.  Akin to a Car Boot Sale but indoors, we hope to generate some interest from people to sell or buy or both and of course there will be food and drinks.  Doors open at 8am for stalls to set up, bargain hunters admitted at 10am and close at 3pm. The price of a table will be £5 and entrance 50p with all proceeds to BLSC projects.  


I feel sure there will be a number of people with a resolution to ‘declutter’ and find new homes for unwanted treasures and gifts.  Now is your chance to try your hand at sales or to bag a bargain!  If you are interested in booking a table or volunteering to run the event please drop me an email or telephone 07748965779.  I will be delighted to hear from you and book you a stall.


May I take this opportunity to wish you a Happy and Prosperous 2023 from the Parish Council.


Sandra Hills, Chair of Bubwith Parish Council

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