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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Opening of New Trim Trail in Baildon

The official opening of a new trim trail in Baildon will take place at 1.00pm, at Ferniehurst Dell. There will be a range of fun activities, for all ages, that will be organised by groups including the Council’s Play Team and HALE – a local health and wellbeing organisation.

The trim trail is a partnership project between Baildon Town Council and Bradford Council who own and manage the land.

A Trim Trail is a trail of timber outdoor fitness and training equipment for all ages and all levels of fitness. It is intended to be used unsupervised, although very young children would need supervision from an adult. There is equipment designed to improve balance and co-ordination, equipment to exercise upper and lower body, and climbing equipment designed to exercise the whole body.

For more information contact Paula Truman, Ward Officer at Shipley Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 437146

Monday 31 March to Tuesday 22 April 2014

World Heritage Site Consultation

Consultation begins on the World Heritage Site (WHS), Victoria Road public realm improvements.

The Neighbourhood Service, in partnership with Council Officers from the Landscape, Design and Technical Department, will begin a three-week exercise to canvas the opinions of local residents and visitors to the WHS on a number of options to improve the look of Victoria Road.

The Council has earmarked £700,000 over the next three years for the improvements which could include replacing pavements and kerbstones, fingerpost signage and trees and woodland planting plus whatever else the consultation raises as a priority for local people and visitors.

The consultation will include a door knock on Victoria Road, a web consultation and two public drop-ins. The results will then be collated and shared and the improvements could begin in October 2014.

For more information contact Dave Horsman, Ward Officer at Shipley Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 437146

Tuesday 1 April 2014

Baildon Dementia Friendly Event

Baildon is preparing itself to become a Dementia Friendly community. An event is planned from 2pm until 4pm at Baildon Community Link to tell people about the scheme.

There will be an opportunity to join a workshop, become a Dementia Friend, enjoy afternoon tea and even join in with some singing. Everyone is welcome.

For further information contact Paula Truman, Ward Officer at Shipley Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 437146

Monday 24 March 2014

Day of Action - Shipley Council Wardens Working with Investigators in Combating Blue Badge Fraud Targeting Shipley and Bingley

Parking fraud covers the misuse and abuse of disabled badges, the use of counterfeit or altered blue badges, permits and pay and display tickets. It also includes the use of lost, stolen and deceased persons’ blue badges and permits, the fraudulent application and attainment of parking documents and false representations against the issue of Penalty Charge Notices.

Shipley Council Wardens will be working in partnership with the Corporate Fraud Unit. If successful, further Days of Action will be planned across the area.

For more information contact Kish Patel, Warden Manager at Shipley Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 437146

Thursday 20 March 2014

Heritage Lottery Fund Information Surgery in Burley in Wharfedale

Do you want to celebrate your local heritage and make a lasting difference?

The Heritage Lottery Fund provides grants to sustain and transform our heritage and a funding information surgery will be held between 2.00pm and 4.00pm at the Queen’s Hall in Burley in Wharfedale.

Please come along if you are interested in finding out how you could apply for a Heritage Lottery grant to celebrate your local heritage and make an impact in your community.

For more information contact Paula Truman, Ward Officer at Shipley Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 437146 or Shaun O’Hare, Shipley and Bingley Voluntary Services on 01274 781222

Saturday 15 March 2014

Wildlife Walk – Tweets of the Reserve

The Friends of Denso Marston Nature Reserve are organising a Wildlife Walk – Tweets of the Reserve where you will be able to discover the songs and calls of the birds that use the reserve.

The walk starts at 10.15am, meeting at the Public Footpath on Otley Road, opposite St James’ Church. Parking is available in the adjacent layby.

For more information contact Steve Warrilow, Reserve Warden on 07919 525913

Community Tree Planting Day

Denso Marston Nature Reserve is organising a community tree planting day in conjunction with the Woodland Trust at 2.00pm.

For more information please contact Steve Warrilow, Reserve Warden 07919 525913

Tuesday 11 March 2014

Cottingley Cornerstone Centre Open Day

The Open Day is being split into two sessions - during the day, local agencies and service providers will be present at the centre to give advice and information to local residents. From late afternoon the centre will be offering hands-on sessions for visitors to try out activities such as art and ICT, and to meet with members of local groups and societies.

The Council Warden for Bingley Rural will be working alongside the local PCSO during the Open Day, making links with local residents and providing advice on community safety and environmental issues.

For more information contact Wendy Fisher, Ward Officer at Shipley Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 437146

Monday 10 and Monday 17 March 2014

Schools Sign Up to Green Dog Walker Scheme

The green dog walkers’ scheme is reaching out to schoolchildren to encourage support for the initiative. Officers will be attending two local primary schools to spread the word about the dangers of not cleaning up after their pets.

Children will be encouraged to take part in the interactive assembly and be given pledge leaflets to take home to parents.

For more information contact Marcia Churley, Ward Officer at Shipley Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 437146

School Cricket Sessions funded by Area Action Plan money

£1,300 is being used to provide after-school fun cricket sessions in Bingley Rural ward.

The sessions, which cater for different ages and all abilities, are being delivered by local organisation Sports Coaching For Schools Limited. The programme utilises fun cricket as a means of improving the children’s health & fitness, encouraging teamwork and raising confidence. It is also anticipated the sessions will forge stronger links between the schools and local sports clubs.

The sessions are being held at three Primary Schools and one Upper School in the ward.

For further information contact Wendy Fisher, Ward Officer at Shipley Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 437146

Area Action Plan funding for Sports Court Improvements

£400 of Bingley Rural ward’s Area Action Plan funding will be used as a contribution towards improving the sports court in Wilsden Park.

The sports court is well used for informal recreation and young people at the village’s youth club have identified the need for new fencing and surfacing as a high priority. A focus of activity at the youth club over recent months has been fundraising, and several thousands of pounds have been raised towards the improvements following meetings with ward councillors, Council Officers, the Neighbourhood Police Team and the Parish Council.

The Council’s Parks & Landscapes Service will contribute the required money needed and will oversee the improvement works on site.

For more information contact Wendy Fisher, Ward Officer at Shipley Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 437146

Thursday 13 March 2014

Scrap Magic Comes to Lower Baildon

Scrap Magic Mobile Shop, in conjunction with Baildon Children’s Centre, will bring a selection of art, craft and scrap resources to use for creative play activities. They will be available to buy at rock bottom prices and are ideal for children to use at home, school and out-of-school clubs.

Call in and see what they have to offer at the St Hugh's Centre, Coach Road, Baildon BD17 5HS between 9.00am and 11.00am.

For more information contact Paula Truman, Ward Officer at Shipley Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 437146

Friday 28 February 2014

Consultation on Play Pod

Looking for things to do over the half term break?

Shipley Play Team are organising a fun event in Baildon and is looking for an ideal site for a play pod in Baildon. The event, which will be held on the recreation ground at the top of Ferniehurst Dell, is to consult with local families and children, to find out if this would be the best location for the pod and to give a taster of what would be on offer.

The session will include games and fun activities for families and children of all ages and will run from 1.00pm until 4.00pm.

For further information contact Paula Truman, Ward Officer at Shipley Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 437146 or Donah Worsman, Shipley Play Officer on 01274 434598

Thursday 27 February 2014

Half Term Trip to The Deep

Baildon, Menston and Burley Children’s Centres are organising a family day out to The Deep in Hull.

The coaches will leave each Centre at 9.00am and return at 5.00pm.

The cost is £10 for adults and £5 for children which includes entrance to the Deep and a packed lunch is recommended.

Places are limited and restricted to families who live in the Baildon and Menston reach areas only.

The Deep is one of the most spectacular aquariums in the world and is home to a whopping 3,500 fish including Europe’s only pair of green sawfish, spectacular sharks and rays. It is also an environmental and conservation charity dedicated to increasing the knowledge and understanding of the world’s oceans.

For more information contact Paula Truman, Ward Officer at Shipley Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 437146

To book a place please call the Children’s Centres on 01274 431691 or 01943 436260

Tuesday 25 February 2014

Traffic and Highways Consultation for Menston

An open day will take place at Kirklands Community Centre from 2.00pm until 7.00pm. Traffic and Highways Officers will be available to answer queries and show residents plans for a proposed new scheme for the village.

The plans will be on display in Menston Library for a week following the consultation event.

For further information contact Paula Truman, Ward Officer at Shipley Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 437146

Friday 21 February 2014

Walk from Bracken Hall

Walking may be one of the simplest forms of exercise but it is also considered to be one of the most effective so, if you are not a gym lover but want to get fit and perhaps make new friends, why not join the ‘Friends of Bracken Hall’ on their next organised walk?

Meet at the Old Glen House Tearooms at 10.30am for an exhilarating walk through Shipley Glen and the surrounding countryside. You will appreciate why Baildon has recently been awarded ‘Walkers are Welcome’ status and learn some interesting facts on the way.

Just remember to dress warmly, wear stout shoes or boots and bring along a warm drink, packed lunch and money for any return bus or train journey. A day out that is guaranteed to blow the cobwebs away!

For more information or if you would like to join the ‘Friends’ group and help save Bracken Hall Countryside Centre contact Paula Truman, Ward Officer at Shipley Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 437146

Friday 21 February 2014

Winter Awareness Event in Ilkley

Do you still think we still have the worst of the winter weather to come? If so, be prepared - the LS29 Mutual Support Network are organising a Winter Awareness event at the Winter Gardens in Ilkley.

The event will have information stalls relating to winter warmth, getting the best energy deals, health and wellbeing and social activities in the LS29 area.

Drop in anytime between 10.30am and 2.00pm. Everyone welcome!

For further information contact Paula Truman, Ward Officer at Shipley Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 437146 or Julie Lintern, Older People’s Development Manager at KIVCA on 01535 612202

Wednesday 12 February to Friday 14 February 2014

Baildon Cares - Neighbourly Help Scheme

HALE – Shipley’s Local Healthy Living Project will be visiting several locations in Baildon with their mobile outreach bus.

You are invited to pop on board for free refreshments, health checks and to find out about local groups, activities and services and how you can be part of your local ‘We Care’ Neighbourly Help Scheme.

For further information contact Paula Truman, Ward Officer at Shipley Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 437146 or Shanisha Barrino at HALE on 07946 154244

Monday 3 February 2014

Crosley Wood Cabin to Open

The Cabin which has been closed for several months is finally re-opening. A range of agencies led by Shipley Area Co-ordinator’s Office have worked tirelessly for nearly two years to ensure access by local residents. The Cabin will be open 3 days a week and will offer a range of activities.

For more information contact Dave Horsman, Ward Officer at Shipley Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 437146

Monday 9 & Monday 16 Dec December 2013

Cragg Community Allotment & Garden Area

Crag Community Regeneration Group is made up of residents from the Crag Road area of Windhill and is asking for volunteers to help them on Monday 9 December and or Monday 16 of December from 10.00am until 12.00noon with weed clearance, digging, construction or even their own ideas on the Crag Community allotment and garden area situated at the rear of the disused Royal Public House, Crag Road.

This recently formed group, with the help of Natalie Woodley the Community Development Worker operating out of Bolton Woods Community Centre, is transforming an area of disused land for the benefit of the community. The group has created partnership working with Associated Waste Management (a local firm), Incommunities, HALE and Bradford Council’s Neighbourhood Service, as well as local volunteers.

The aim of the project is to use local land to produce fruit, vegetables and plants for the community by creating raised beds, a small orchard and poly tunnels. It is open to all ages where skills and knowledge will be passed on to residents as well as using experts. An intergenerational approach is essential to achieve a lasting legacy. Any support is welcome.

For more information contact Nigel Cawthorne, Ward Officer or Rod Robertson, Council Warden at Shipley Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 437146

Saturday 30 November 2013

Active Citizens Conference in Baildon

This event is organised by the Town Council and anyone who is active in their community, or would like to be, is invited to attend. Attendees will include Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinators, Street Reps and volunteers from local community groups.

The aim of the conference is to provide a network for people to work together to improve the quality of life for all residents and find local solutions to local problems.

The Conference is to be held from 10am until 12noon at Baildon Methodist Centre, Newton Way, Baildon.

For more information contact Paula Truman, Ward Officer, Shipley Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 437146 or Jean Yule, Town Clerk, Baildon Town Council on 01274 593169

Oct/Nov 2013

Paths at Cottingley Recreation Ground

Shipley Area Co-ordinator’s Office has arranged for the paths at Cottingley recreation ground to be improved following concerns raised by local residents.

The paths had become muddy and narrow over time, making access into and across the area difficult for some users, especially young families and elderly people.

First of all the paths were weed-sprayed as part of Shipley’s ‘Smart & Clean’ programme. Following this a team from Community Payback edged back the paths to their original width, in preparation for resurfacing, to be undertaken by the Council’s Parks & Landscapes team.

There has been positive feedback from the local community about the path improvements.

For more information contact Wendy Fisher, Ward Officer, Shipley Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 437146

Friday 1 November 2013

Half term fun

Children and families from Baildon can join in the fun at Southcliffe Drive play area from 2pm to 4pm.

Shipley Play team will be providing a range of activities to suit all ages including sports, den building, face painting and games.

The play area was given a brilliant makeover earlier in the year thanks to various funders, including WREN.

For more information contact Paula Truman, Ward Officer, Shipley Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 437146 or Lisa Bailey, Play Officer, Early Childhood Services on 01274 437488

Friends of The Dell

Shipley Area Co-ordinator’s Office is working with the new ‘Friends of The Dell’ group in Cullingworth to enhance this village woodland area.

The Friends recently organised a ‘Work-Party Day’ for local residents to get together to litter-pick, cut back overgrowing vegetation and remove weeds. The Area Co-ordinator’s Office supplied equipment for the volunteers.

The Area Co-ordinator’s Office also sent a letter to local residents to inform them of the Work-Party Day and to advise against tipping garden waste and other rubbish into the woodland. The Council’s Parks & Landscapes team is also helping the Friends with cutting back in an adjacent snicket and providing daffodil bulbs.

For more information contact Wendy Fisher, Ward Officer, Shipley Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 437146

New Headstone for W E Forster

A brief ceremony of dedication was held recently for a new headstone for W E Forster’s grave in Gods Acre Cemetery, Bradford Road, Burley.

All this was thanks to funds provided to Burley Local History Group from Wharfedale Ward Councillors’ Area Action Plan Funding.

Dennis Warwick of the Local History Group and Councillor Dale Smith had been raising awareness and working with pupils from Burley schools on the project in memory of the famous politician and former mill owner.

For more information contact Paula Truman, Ward Officer, Shipley Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 437146

First Steps to a Community Garden

Crag Wellbeing, a Neighbourhood Service initiated project, is working with Hale (a local health charity) and Crag Regeneration (a resident-led group) to clear an area of derelict land in the Crag area of Windhill to form a community garden.

The area will be used for growing projects and community space but first it needs to be cleared of vegetation, weeds and rubbish. Residents, agencies and the Council Warden spent a day recently taking the first steps in this exciting initiative. The area of InCommunities land is being taken on by Hale on behalf of the group.

Long term the group is looking to grow vegetables and bedding to plant on elsewhere in the area, also to provide skills, training and experience to help residents get on the job ladder.

Main partners are Hale, In Communities, Bolton Woods Community Centre and Neighbourhood Service ward staff.

For more information contact Nigel Cawthorne, Ward Officer, Shipley Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 437146

Spotlight on Cottingley

Area Co-ordinator’s staff and local ward councillors have received some really positive feedback from Cottingley residents following a number of initiatives in the village.

Last autumn a project was undertaken to alleviate problems with school parking, with lots of agencies and local partners working together.

Council Warden for Bingley Rural ward, Margaret Kershaw, is out and about in Cottingley on a regular basis, and has formed good working relationships with many partners, groups and individuals. In addition to her regular warden patrols in the village, Margaret has been on joint patrols with the local Incommunities Housing Officer, talking to tenants about waste disposal, broken property and other concerns. She has also patrolled with the local PCSO, focusing on crime and safety issues.

Last week Margaret walked round the village with ward councillor Baroness Margaret Eaton, who lives in Cottingley, picking up on local issues.

In the Littlelands area of the village, Margaret has helped to resolve parking problems with a letter-drop to residents and businesses.

Margaret has also been busy improving the recreation ground, where there has been concern about dog fouling, litter and neglect. She advises dog walkers and other local residents, including children, on the importance of keeping the area clean so that everyone can enjoy it. Margaret has taken on board concerns about a collapsed wall, which has now been rebuilt, and about the poor state of the paths, now being resurfaced by a Community Payback team and the Parks & Landscapes service.

Margaret has also played a key role in getting an overgrown snicket cleared out and cut back, even getting stuck in and doing some sweeping and tidying.

Finally, Margaret keeps in close contact with Cottingley Community Association, ensuring that village issues are dealt with or passed to another team or agency.

For more information contact Marcia Churley, Ward Officer, Shipley Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 437146

Saturday 14 September 2013

Crosley Wood – Have Your Say

Range of agencies working to improve the quality and availability of services to residents. Residents were asked to prioritise future activities at a fun event at Crosley Wood.

For more information contact Marcia Churley, Ward Officer, Shipley Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 437146

Saturday 31 August 2013

Community Active Citizens Reassurance

The Bolton Woods People’s Street Party was an outdoor summer event.

There was a small children's funfair and a stage hosting musicians and artists.

The new Lord Mayor, Cllr Khadim Hussain, welcomed guests to the event. The essence of the event was to create a 'feel good factor' following the recent events in the area.

There were a number of stalls including Caribbean food, arts, crafts and fashion, an indoor tombola and an outdoor tombola and a raffle - the main prize being a signed Bradford City football shirt to raise funds for the Little Heroes Children Cancer Charity.

Children's activities included face-painting, hair-braiding and mask-painting and for the ladies glitter tattoos, lashes and eyebrow threading.

The best thing about the event was that it had been organised by local people on their own volition.

The event received a Community Chest grant from Shipley Area Committee with Council Wardens in attendance who were asking parents and children to complete a survey on people’s perceptions of play and safety in the area. The local Street Reps also had a stall seeking new recruits.

For more information contact Nigel Cawthorne, Ward Officer, Shipley Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 437146

Monday 19 August 2013

Play in the Park in Burley

There were fun and games in the Park when the Council’s Play and Activities Team arrived at Burley Recreation Ground. Activities included team games, inflatables and giant games for children of all ages to enjoy.

The Play in the Park session is part of the Burley Summer Festival and is funded by Shipley Area Committee through their Summer Activities programme.

For more information contact Paula Truman of Shipley Area Co-ordinator's Office on 01274 437146

Saturday 17 August 2013

Annual Dog Show at Burley-in-Wharfedale Summer Festival

The Annual Dog Show, part of the Burley in Wharfedale Summer Festival, took place at the Recreation Ground in Burley. Council Wardens were on hand to offer advice and guidance on dog fouling and dog control orders.

For more information contact Paula Truman or Liz Bailey of Shipley Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 437146

Tuesday 13 August 13

Litter Pick in Windhill

As part of their 'MAD' (Make a Difference) week a number of volunteers from The Salvation Army conducted a litter pick in the Windhill area.

For more information or to join in contact Graham Phillips on 07788 750551

Every Wednesday in August

‘Wild Wednesdays’ Family Activities

The Friends of Bracken Hall Countryside Centre are running ‘Wild Wednesdays’ family activities over the summer holidays.

There will be a range of craft, nature and environmental activities on Bracken Hall Green, Shipley Glen, opposite Bracken Hall Countryside Centre from 2pm to 4pm

All children to be accompanied by a responsible adult.

For more information contact John Dallas on 07890 916844

Ongoing until March 2014

Shipley Smart & Clean Campaign

Shipley Area Committee has just given its backing to a program of projects for this year’s ‘Smart & Clean Campaign’.

A total of £19,000 of Area Action Plan funding will be spent on clean-up works throughout the constituency - including improvements to paths and snickets, new handrails, seats and litter bins, cutting back vegetation, clearance and litter-picking and bulb-planting. Some of the projects involve Council service providers working jointly with local community groups.

This year each of the six wards has been allocated £3,000, with nominations for improvements coming from local Councillors, Parish Councils, Community Associations and Street Reps. In addition, some works have been highlighted by Council Service Providers and Council Wardens. Nominations not suitable for Smart & Clean funding can be referred to mainstream budgets for implementation or to other services or agencies.

The Smart & Clean Campaign is co-ordinated by the Shipley Area Co-ordinator’s Office and delivered by the Council’s Highways, Parks & Landscapes and Street Cleansing teams.

For more information contact Wendy Fisher, Ward Officer on 01274 437146

Tuesday 23 July 2013

Launch of new play area in Baildon

The official opening of the newly refurbished Southcliffe Drive play area in Baildon took place on with fun and games.

Children from Glenaire Primary School, who wrote letters of support for the funding bid, were there to join in the celebrations.

Play and craft activities were provided by Bradford Council staff from the Play Team, Baildon Children’s Centre and the Family Information Service and partners: Baildon Town Council, Baildon Community Link, Incommunities and HALE.

Local children and families are delighted that the play area will be open for the summer holidays.

For further information please contact: Paula Truman, Ward Officer on 01274 437146

Monday 15 July 2013

'Sneak a peak’ at Summer

Encouraging young people to get involved in summer activities is a key priority in the ward plan as take up of provision has been low. In response the ward officer and Windhill CofE School arranged an event after school to showcase activities and give the children a taste of what’s to come over the summer.

Area Committee funded activities, along with other provision, were available to show off what’s on offer. PCSOs, wardens and others attended to introduce themselves as a safe face over the summer holidays. A ‘safer to play’ survey will also be used to gauge any barriers which need to be overcome to encourage young people to use the local play areas and open spaces.

Wednesday 10 July 2013

Reassurance Skate Park Event

Following the distressing events of 1 July at Windhill Skate Park, the Windhill & Wrose Ward Young Person Activity Group chaired by the ward officer set about co-ordinating a response to reassure the community, particularly young people and parents. Detached youth work, increased patrols by wardens and Police, work in the local primary school and minor improvements to the park were implemented straight away and seemed to address concerns.

An event was held on 10 July when the skate park hosted some top rate skateboarders who performed there. There were also other activities for younger children and various attractions.

Bingley Rural Ward

Joint patrols between the Bingley Rural Council Warden and PSCOs from the Neighbourhood Policing Team are proving popular with local residents.

The patrols were set up a following a successful ‘Away Day’ session for the teams from both Bingley Rural and Bingley wards in December last year attended by the Council Wardens, Street Cleansing, Parks & Landscapes, Neighbourhood Police Teams and Ward Officers.

The first joint patrols took place as part of the district-wide Anti-Social Behaviour Awareness Week in March, and since then they have been taking place on a regular, scheduled basis in each of the five villages.

The focus of the joint patrols is environmental and community safety issues, in line with the priorities of the Council Wardens and Neighbourhood Police Team. The patrols create a more visible presence in the rural villages and offer the chance to meet with local residents and groups to give advice and raise awareness. They also provide an opportunity for face-to-face local information sharing between the Council Warden and Neighbourhood Police Teams.

School Parking Initiative in Menston

Council Wardens joined forces with the local Neighbourhood Policing Team to carry out joint patrols around Menston Primary School following complaints from local residents regarding inconsiderate parking and serious concerns around road safety.

The Council’s Road Safety Team is supporting the initiative by providing brightly coloured posters and information leaflets.

Parking Service's new ‘capture car’ fitted with CCTV cameras was also trialled during the week. This car is fitted with equipment which can immediately detect if a driver is committing an offence, such as parking on zig zag lines outside schools.

Hope Revolution Community Day @ Windhill

The ward officer has been working with a local activist and youth leader to organise a community day in Windhill. The youth leader applied for the services of Hope Revolution a group who organises young people from Leeds and Bradford to undertake projects in neighbourhoods. They are coming to the area and will help clear and clean up green spaces and paths, overgrown gardens of those who cannot maintain them and work at the local school. At the same time a fun day is being organised on Windhill Wild Park to reward those involved and encourage local people to take part.

For more information contact Nigel Cawthorne, Ward Officer, Shipley Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 437146

Tuesday 18 June 2013

Friends of Bracken Hall Countryside Centre

A new Friends group has been established in Baildon to try and continue the excellent work at the Bracken Hall Countryside Centre on Shipley Glen.

The group plans to organise family activities, on the glen over the summer holidays, until the future of the Centre has been decided. It is hoped that the team of enthusiastic volunteers will eventually be able to re-open and run the centre.

The next meeting of the Friends Group is scheduled to take place at Baildon Community Link on Tuesday 18 June, at 7pm.

For more information please contact Paula Truman, Ward Officer, Shipley Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 437146

Week commencing Monday 17 June 2013

Cold Calling Control Zone Launch

The Wrose Cold Calling Zone takes a step further towards completion when residents are invited to ask questions about the scheme at the Wrose Neighbourhood Forum. The zone has been coordinated by the ward officer and the funding to pay for it was agreed and shared between the local District Councillors and Wrose Parish Council. The councillors helped identify the areas to be covered, letters have been delivered to the 680 properties involved and views sought. 150 replies were received by the ward officer. All but one in favour, residents were encouraged to drop their replies in at the newly opened Wrose Community Library hence increasing its profile and footfall. Since then they have received a booklet explaining the scheme and a sticker to display. The ward officer and warden have erected the street signs so all is ready to roll. The final action will be Trading Standards informing the cold calling companies of the zone and asking them not to operate in that area.

For more information contact Nigel Cawthorne, Ward Officer, Shipley Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 437146

Wednesday 12 June 2013

Wrose Community Clean Up

Wrose Parish Council supported by Shipley Area Co-ordinator’s Office will be undertaking a community clean up in their area on Saturday. The parish council, along with the warden and ward officer have identified areas to be cleared and organised pickers, gloves, bags and skips. Local people have been encouraged to attend by publicity at meetings, forums and in the community library.

For more information contact Nigel Cawthorne, Ward Officer, Shipley Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 437146

Monday 10 June 2013

School pupils help with clean up

Pupils from Bingley Grammar School have been making a real effort to clean up the cemetery next to the school. The gated entrance off Keighley Road has always been an eyesore. However, after contacting the Bingley Ward Officer the school set to work to clean up the unsightly litter. Work is still ongoing as the pupils aim to tackle the area on a weekly basis over the course of six weeks.

For more information contact Marcia Churley, Ward Officer, Shipley Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 437146

Lottery Bid for Wildflower Meadow in Baildon

Baildon residents held a public meeting at Baildon Community Link to discuss nominating an area of the village to receive £100,000 of Big Lottery funding for a wildflower meadow.

The Big Lottery Fund has teamed up with Kew Gardens to develop a project to encourage the public to GROW WILD and celebrate the stunning diversity of UK plant life

The five-year Grow Wild initiative aims to get over three million people to understand and promote the importance of UK plant species. Healthy ecosystems, upon which we all depend for the air we breathe, clean water, food and medicines are based on the diversity of our species.

The deadline for nominations was Sunday 9 June so the meeting was called at short notice to gather support from local residents.

The group should hear in August if their nomination has been successful and will then go through to the next stage of the bid.

For more information, please contact Paula Truman, Ward Officer, Shipley Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 437146

Monday 20 May 2013

New play area in Baildon

Work is due to start on the refurbishment of the Southcliffe Drive play area in Baildon on 20 May.

A major grant for the new play area was awarded by WREN and supplementary funding provided by the Parish Council and Section 106 funding, nominated by the Ward Councillors.

A celebratory opening event will be organised for all local residents and everybody who helped with the bid.

Local parents and children are delighted that the play area should be up and running for the summer holidays.

For more information contact Paula Truman, Ward Officer, Shipley Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 437146

Monday 13 May 2013

Myrtle Park Bandstand gets a Clean up!

Shipley Area Committee gave £1,500 to clean up the bandstand in Myrtle Park and give it a much needed lick of paint. The bandstand is the focus for a lot of events and activities. The group initially contacted the Ward Officer who referred the proposal to the Chair of the Area Committee, Cllr David Heseltine, who had no hesitation in funding the project.

For more information contact Marcia Churley, Ward Officer, Shipley Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 437146

Sunday 28 April 2013

Community Litter Pick in Burley

Council Wardens and Officers will be joining a Community Litter Pick organised by the Parish Council in Burley in Wharfedale.

It is hoped to tackle a variety of areas in and around the village, including roadsides. Volunteers are asked to meet in the car park of The Generous Pioneer at 10.00am. Equipment including bags, gloves and hi-visibility vests will be provided.

For more information please contact Paula Truman, Ward Officer, Shipley Area Co-ordinator’s office on 01274 437146

Saturday 20 April 2013

Open Day at The Dell, Cullingworth

Supporting and working alongside local community including Village Council. Partnership working with other agencies publicising Neighbourhood Service.

Part of wider initiative/ongoing work at The Dell, on Saturday 20 April the Council Warden for Bingley Rural took part in an Open Day at The Dell in Cullingworth, a much-valued woodland area in the centre of the village.

The Open Day, organised by Cullingworth Village Council to showcase recent improvements at The Dell, was an afternoon of family fun. Activities on offer included den building, face painting, a treasure hunt, a duck race, seed planting and falconry. There were also a number of nature-inspired stalls, including a couple staffed by the Council Warden, local PCSO and Incommunities officer – all on hand to meet with local people, hand out information and give advice.

The mobile Council wardens also dropped in at the event to demonstrate their ‘video bikes’, which proved very popular.

Turnout at the open day was high, no doubt helped by the good weather.

For further information please contact Wendy Fisher, Ward Officer, Shipley Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 437146

Thursday 18 April 2013

Baildon Health Network - Working together to tackle health issues

The second meeting of the Baildon Parish Health Network Event is scheduled to take place on Thursday 18 April at Wesleys Café in Baildon. Guest Speaker, Bunny McCullough from the Public Health Information Analyst Team, will be highlighting priorities and health needs in the area, and identifying ways in which partners can work together to tackle the issues.

For more information please contact Paula Truman, Ward Officer, Shipley Area Co-ordinator’s office on 01274 437146