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At the last Council meeting, Nick Dosdale accused me and Skeffling News of being 'the tool of the Council'.  He also told me I was ‘naive’ if I thought any different.

These allegations have been thrown at me on several occasions by another parishioner, so I thought it was time to set the record straight.

When I took over the Newsletter from Catherine Beadle I was determined to keep my role as Editor completely separate from my role as Parish Clerk.

The Council have no say in the contents of Skeffling News, neither do they contribute financially to its production.

I decide what the content will be, and  write it myself.

I am also responsible for the financial side. The paper, the toner for my printer, any phone calls necessary to get ‘the news’.  It all comes out of my pocket.

So to call Skeffling News ‘the tool of the Council’ could not be further from the truth.

Therefore, if anyone has any comments to make on any item in Skeffling News please bring them to me. There's no point complaining to the Council because it's nothing to do with them.

I hope this now puts a stop to the rumours and false accusations.  This is the truth, and if those making the allegations don't or won't accept that, I'm afraid it's their problem not mine.

Flood Damaged Goods

For all of you who suffered the horrors of flooding and still need to get rid of damaged furniture and other goods,  East Riding of Yorkshire Council will remove it for you free of charge.

All you have to do is ring 01482 393399 and arrange for a collection.  East Riding Council will need to know the name of your Insurance Company so they can recover the costs.

Flood Relief Activity Pass

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is offering a range of free activities and offers to children, the elderly and families who have suffered damage in their homes due to the recent floods.

If you want to access the scheme you need to register for a flood relief activity pass, this will entitle you to days out and exclusive discounts and offers.  Once you have your pass just decide which activity you want to do and book as instructed in the letter accompanying the pass.

To register for your pass please ring 01482 393399.

Church Thefts

There has recently been a lot of publicity about thefts from Churches in the Holderness area.  St. Helen's has been a victim of this type of crime twice in the past few months.

As a result Sgt. Peter Rogers of the South and Mid Holderness Neighbourhood Policing Team had this message for

people living close to Churches.

"We think the public are our best ally in the campaign to detect these offences and what the Police is asking from them is simple:  If you live near a church and you see or hear anything suspicious, particularly overnight, please ring us straight away.  If you believe a crime is in progress, ring 999. If your call is non urgent ring 0845 60 60 222.

"If you can do so safely, please take note of the description of any people seen or details of vehicles, particularly registration numbers.  Potential offenders need to be aware that the public in South Holderness are now aware of what's going on and their activities are very likely to be noted and reported to the Police."

We can all help to keep the Churches of Holderness safe just by being vigilant and reporting to the Police anyone behaving suspiciously.

Over 60s Bus Pass

As you probably all know as from 1 April 2008 everyone over 60 will be eligible for the new bus pass which entitles you to free bus travel throughout England.  Your existing bus pass will then be invalid.

You must complete and return an application form by 30 September 2007 to guarantee you get your new bus pass on time. Application forms are available from all East Riding customer services centres,      libraries     and

leisure centres.  You can return your form there, too.

There's just one difference to the new bus passes, They can only be used between 9.30am and 11pm. Outside these times the full bus fare must be paid in full.

However, this might change…

In the next few months East Riding Council will be discussing whether to keep the present system currently enjoyed with the red passes - which is free fares at any time.  The decision won't be made for a while yet, but as soon as it is East Riding will advertise it in the local press.

Until then, please make sure you fill in the application form and return it to the customer services centres to guarantee receiving your new bus pass by 1 April next year. Skeffling News will keep you informed of any changes which occur.

OWEN Project

The Owen (Older workers Employment Network) Project is run by East Riding of Yorkshire Council which provides employment support to help people aged 45 and over to find employment.

If you feel as though you're being left out of the job market for any reason, maybe this project could help you.

You can contact the OWEN team on 01482 887670.     Or    go    to their           web          site:

www.owenproject.co.uk where you'll find all the relevant details.

Food Fest!

For all you food lovers… Hull is holding the first Hull Global Food Fest on 23 - 25 August 2007.

Hull city centre will host a three day event dedicated to food from all around the world.

And that's not all.

There are live shows featuring James Martin, the hunky chef who can dance a bit -- and a host of other top chefs from across the region. The festival will cover Queen Victoria Square and King Edward Street with all the activities beamed live to Hull's Big Screen.

With a main event stage, marquees and markets plus a full programme of entertainment. There really will be something for everyone.  Something tasty, that is!

Tins in Bins…

There seems to be some confusion about what can and what can't go in the aluminium recycling bin.

A simple guide is this: drink cans - yes, food tins - no.

So when you're sorting out the aluminium recycling stuff please remember that anything which contained food -- dog food, tinned beans, etc. -- can't go in because they're not aluminium, they're tin.

That said, our recycling bins are doing really well. So big, big, thank you to all you recyclers...

Council News

The monthly meeting of Skeffling Parish Council was held on the 7th August.

It is proposed a speed reactive sign will be applied for at the beginning of the new financial year in April 2008. In the meantime other measures to slow traffic will be looked into.

Planning applications discussed at the July meeting have been refused by East Riding Council. These were for Stothard's Yard, and Mr. S. Gray.

East Riding Council has informed us that the Government is offering £5,00 for flood relief for each area affected by the floods.  This money must be applied for by the Parish and must be spent in the Parish which suffered from flooding, it is not for individual residents.

Ideas will be sought on how best to use the money for the benefit of the whole community and help protect against future flooding.

It is intended to put forward a Parish Plan which is an up to date survey of everything in the village. This will incorporate a contingency plan for emergencies.

Each Parish will develop a plan of how it will evolve over 5 to 10 years.  This will then be incorporated into the overall plan by East Riding Council.  A steering group will be formed consisting of 5 to 6 people, to include 1 to 2 councillors.  The steering group will be made up of parishioners who put their names forward.

Karen Wood has offered to help with this, and Cllrs. Payne and Newsam have a meeting with her on the 28th August.

Emma Jasper of the Environment Agency has discovered photographs of Skeffling and the Humber Bank dating between 1947 and 1970 approximately. She has put these into an album for the Parish Council.

During Public Speaking Mr Dosdale denied he had said British Gas would leave skips for people to throw away flood damaged goods as had been reported in the July

Newsletter.  He said British Gas would leave skips if they were asked.  Mr. Dosdale then brought up the subject of the pumps again and said that the pumps in question had been in the barn when Cllr. Turnbull had gone for them. Cllr. Turnbull replied that he couldn't go searching in people's barns without their permission.  He then asked Mr Dosdale why he didn't go for the pumps himself. Mr Dosdale replied that as Cllr. Turnbull was apparently co-ordinating things he didn't want to interfere.  Cllr. Turnbull said this was just going over the same ground again and it was pointless to discuss it further.

Mr. Dosdale said there were a few things in the Newsletter that he objected to and would like to bring them up with the Council. Cllr. Turnbull told him the Council had nothing to do with the newsletter and he should take it up with the Editor, Mrs. Cornford.  Mr Dosdale refused to accept that.  Mrs. Cornford tried to explain that the Newsletter was independent of the Council, but Mr Dosdale just shook his head and laughed.

Mrs. Dosdale said she was very upset that no one had offered her help during the flooding.  Both Mr and Mrs Dosdale were unhappy they didn't know how the Council worked and had no way of finding out.  Cllr. Peter Payne interrupted and said they were welcome to go to Council meetings, but since they'd been in the village they hadn't shown any interest in the Council or the projects which had been undertaken by the Council. It was only since the flooding that they'd begun attending meetings.  Mrs. Dosdale said they would have liked to become more

involved but had not been made to feel welcome in the village and because of this had kept themselves separate.

Mr. Dosdale once again began to argue about the Council's lack of help during the flooding and Cllr. Turnbull intervened to calm the situation as it was getting quite heated.

Mr. Dosdale then accused the Parish Clerk of being ‘the tool of the Council' where the Newsletter was concerned, and was ‘naive’ if she thought any different.

Cllr. Turnbull said things were getting argumentative and closed the meeting.

The Council meets on the first Tuesday of every month at the Village Hall. Everyone is welcome to attend and put their views and ideas to the Council.

However, please note that abusive, insulting and disruptive behaviour by the public will not be tolerated.

Blue Bin Days

For those of you who need a reminder, the next Blue Bin Day is Friday, 14 September.  The October collection is on Friday, 12th October.

Dates for your Diary

Blue Bin day  - 14 September and 12 October Mobile Library - Wednesday, 29 August and 12 September

Hog Roast - 15 September, 7.30pm

Bonfire Night -- 5th November at 6pm

Xmas Fair -- Saturday 1 December 2pm ******************************* Sorry, but there won’t be a Skeffling News in September.  The next issue will be October.

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