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. .