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PUBLIC MEETING - Hospital Closures

By now most people will have seen the publicity about the plans by the East Riding of Yorkshire Primary Care Trust to close every NHS bed at Withernsea, Hornsea, Beverley and Driffield Community Hospitals.

These plans have caused outrage in the community and a high profile campaign to keep our hospitals open has not touched the hearts and minds of the PCT Board and they are determined to carry out their closure plans.

Following the closures the PCT propose to base 30 beds in Goole and 30 beds in Bridlington to compensate us for the loss of our hospitals.

The people who use the existing beds are predominantly elderly. Many do not have access to a car and are reliant on poor public transport provision. Moving them to hospitals which can be a four hour return drive away and almost impossible to reach by public transport for some is totally unacceptable and should not be allowed to happen.

It should be pointed out that the PCT is unelected and unaccountable to local people.  Its Board members are appointed by the Appointments Commission on behalf of the Secretary of State.

Public meetings have taken place to discuss the proposed bed closures and the Board have allegedly ‘listened’ to arguments put forward  by  local  people to

keep our hospitals open. However, it seems the valid arguments against  the closures have fallen on deaf ears and, regardless of public opinion, the PCT plans will go ahead.

Our MP, Graham Stuart, has written to every Parish Council in the constituency asking for support in his campaign to keep our hospitals open.  This matter was put on the Agenda of the last Council meting and discussed at length. The Council was unanimous in its decision to strongly support the campaign and do everything possible to help the fight to retain our hospitals.

There is to be a PCT Board meeting at Community Hall, Burnby Hall, The Balk, Pocklington at 9.30am on Wednesday 28th March.  Graham Stuart has asked if we could agree to send one or more councillors to this meeting to express our opposition to the closures. He has also asked that we take hand held signs stating our opposition.  This action, collectively, might have a great visual impact on the Board.

It was decided to hold a Public Meeting at 7.30pm on Thursday 22nd February at the Village Hall to discuss possible action Skeffling can take as a village.    Pocklington is a fair distance, but it is hoped that as many people as possible will go the PCT Board meeting.  If there is sufficient interest in attending it has been suggested we get together

with other local villages and hire some form of transport.

Feelings are running high about closing the hospitals and if we lose these beds we will never get them back.  It is wrong for us to lose these beds because of the short-term financial problems of the NHS. Money has been put before the health needs of the population and will mean that we, and future generations, will pay a very high price for this decision of the PCT Board.

In addition to arranging the Public Meeting, the Council have written to the PCT formally opposing their plans and demanding the retention of NHS beds in our  community   hospitals.

A letter has also been sent to Graham Stuart giving him our full support.

No doubt many of you have signed the petitions, but you can also write, personally, to the Board expressing your feelings on the hospital closures.  The address to write to is: Freepost RRCA-XTRC-XCGU, East Riding of Yorkshire PCT, Four Winds, Market Weighton Road, Driffield, YO25 9LH.

There is still a lot to do to try to reverse the PCT's decision, and very little time to do it.

If you feel strongly about this and would like to have your say, please come to the Public Meeting at the Village Hall.

This issue has brought the whole community together in a common cause.  It is important that we stand  united and show

our strong resolve to overturn this disgraceful decision.

The future of our local Health Service depends on the support of local people. Please come to the Public Meeting on Thursday, 22nd February at the Village Hall.

Post Office News

The Post Office opening hours have changed again. It is now open on Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 - 12 noon, and on Friday from 9 - 1pm.

Burn's Night

There was a fabulous turn out for Burn's Night again this year.  What was even nicer was that the Village Hall now has a good heating system!

The Pipe Band was on top form, and the Haggis was piped in with due solemnity.

Not that the evening stayed solemn for very long.  There was more comedy than in previous years, but there was plenty of music, too.

At the end of the evening the Pipe Band presented the Village Hall with a plaque.  It was a very touching moment, and the plaque will be hung in the Village Hall when the refurbishment has been completed.

If you missed Burn's Night this year, there's always 2008.  The Pipe Band have already been booked for next year.  It seems that the popularity of Burn's Night at Skeffling Village Hall has become something of a tradition. Long may it last…

Projects Update

There has been a flurry of activity around the Village Hall in the past two months.

Once the grants were in place and Planning Permission for the wind turbine had been agreed it was all systems go to get things ready.  New lighting, radiators and a new hot water system was installed in the Village Hall - all of it energy saving.  This means there is now a permanent hot water supply to the kitchen and toilets.

There'll be no more complaints about it being cold in there either.  As well as the heating system there will also be 12" of insulation in the roof!

The outside of the Village Hall needed a lot of work to prepare for the wind turbine. This took place on the 18th and 19th January - during the worst storms we've had this winter.

It was pointed out by one of the very cold volunteers that the work of cladding and putting the new roof on the Village Hall was also done during the worst of last winter's weather!

During this year's storms the hole was dug to accommodate the wind turbine, concrete laid, and all the fittings put in place to link up the wind turbine.

Following the request in a previous Skeffling News, lots of volunteers turned up for two days hard work. They were fuelled by copious mugs of tea, bacon and sausage sandwiches, all kindly donated by other volunteers who prepared and cooked the food and kept the kettle boiling!

Regardless  of  the dreadful  weather conditions the volunteers were determined to get the work  done,  and refused to

go home until it was finished.

The result of all this dedicated preparatory work is that the wind turbine will be arriving on Tuesday, 20th February at about 9am.

It will take most of the day to secure it in place and link it up to the national grid.  Lots of fingers are crossed that by Tuesday night it will be up and running.  All that's needed then is a nice gusty wind to get the blades turning and we'll be producing our own electricity to the Village Hall.

It's been an enormous project to organise, and there have been some anxious moments along the way. Now it's almost there. Skeffling will soon be able to pride itself on being the first village in the East Riding of Yorkshire to be supplying it's own electricity  to  a village hall.

It will also, in a very small way, be helping to combat Global warming.

During the past three years a lot of work has been done to improve facilities in Skeffling.

The Village Hall has been refurbished inside and out. It is now warm and welcoming with an efficient kitchen which complies with all the necessary Health and Hygiene Regulations.  Since the new heating has been installed there have been a lot of enquiries about hiring the hall for parties and celebrations.

Several new social events have been suggested, too, which means the Village Hall Committee are looking for more volunteers to help with organising.  The present committee have done a superb job, but it's hard work.  If anyone would like to share their talents and help with forthcoming events, they would be very welcome.

Another project which really took off was the play area for the children.  This has been an unqualified success.  Children of all ages use the play area regularly and thoroughly enjoy themselves.  Not even the cold weather puts them off!

Before the play area was started, children were consulted about the sort of equipment they would like. Their ideas were listened to and a few of them helped with the construction work.

Poor Green also came in for its fair share of renovation.  The area was marked out by a Surveyor and a fence put along the boundary.

For a small village a lot has been achieved in the past three years.  Yet it couldn't have been done without the help and support of the people who have generously given their time and talents to do the work.

The volunteers know who they are, but there is always room for more. There are still things in the pipeline, so if you have a talent which could be put to good use bring it along.

None of this work has gone unrecorded.  If you'd like to see how each project was completed, there are pictures of every stage of each one on the BigSkeff website.  If you'd like to have a look for yourself the address is: http://www.bigskeff.com

The pictures will be on there for a while and when the wind turbine is installed the new pictures will be added.

If you have any ideas for improving Skeffling even more, you can be assured you'd be listened to.  The kids were...

Events for the Spring

Once again the Northfield, Withernsea, is presenting an afternoon of nostalgia on Tuesday, 13th March.

The Fabulous Forties & Fifties will be swinging in with tribute artists reviving songs and music from Glenn Miller, David Whitfield, Cole Porter, Doris Day, and many many more…

If you'd like an entertaining afternoon reliving these blasts from the past, the show starts at 2pm and tickets are £4. Seating is unreserved and refreshments are available.  You can get your tickets from Withernsea Customer Service Centre.

Mobile Library Dates

The Mobile Library will be in Skeffling on Wednesday, 28 February and the 14 March, arriving at the top of Church Road at 11.15am, and staying for about 30 minutes.

It's very easy to join.  You need two proofs of identity such as the electric bill and something with your signature on, and that's it. The staff are very friendly and helpful, and if you'd prefer to listen instead of read,  there's a wide selection of audio tapes.

Dates for your Diary PUBLIC MEETING - Hospital Closures - 7.30pm, Thursday 22nd February at the Village Hall

LFA T'ai Chi Classes - every Friday at the Village Hall. 7.30 - 9pm.  

Blue Bin day  - Friday, 2 March.

Mobile Library - Wednesday, 28 February and 14 March

January & February 2007

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