New Hot Line to the Parish Council!

It has just become a whole lot easier and quicker to contact the Parish Council!

As part of its ongoing modernisation of IT systems, a new dedicated domain has been set up to handle email communications.

An important feature of the new system is an all new mailbox set up to receive email direct from residents. So if you need to contact the Council, just email:

and you will be straight through.

For specific and administrative matters you can also email our Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer direct at:

Bardsey Parish Council Welcomes New Clerk

Bardsey Parish Council welcomes Rebecca Crabtree to the team. Rebecca joins the Council in the role of Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer, following the recent retirement of Mrs June Gallant, and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role.

The Parish Council has recently introduced a new IT system and dedicated email addresses, and with immediate effect Rebecca may be contacted at:

or call her on 07860 875612

The Council wishes Rebecca every success in her new role, and looks forward to working with her to the continued benefit of our community.

Parish Council Retirement

Bardsey Parish Council has announced that Mrs June Gallant, Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer to the Council, retired from her post on 31st December after more than 30 years service.

The Parish Council expressed its deep appreciation for June’s outstanding contribution to both the Council and the community over so many years. As a mark of that appreciation the Council presented June with a painting of All Hallows Church, by well-known local artist Rachel McNaughton, together with a celebratory bottle of Champagne and a bouquet.

Presenting the gifts on behalf of the Council, Chair Ed Stentiford wished June a long and happy retirement on behalf of the council and the Village.

Urgent: December Parish Council Meeting Cancelled

In accordance with general advice from the National Association of Local Government (NALC), it has been decided not to hold the Parish Council meeting scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday 15th December 2021. This is due to new Covid restrictions under ‘Plan B’, combined with the continuing legal obligation of local councils to hold in person meetings open freely to residents.

If you were planning to attend the meeting and/or have issues you would like to raise, please email us using the newly established email address for communications direct with Bardsey Parish Council:

We hope that any remaining ambiguities in the regulations will be resolved urgently, and that we will be in a position to meet in January.

Bardsey Parish Council apologises for any inconvenience cancellation of the meeting may cause. We would like to assure our residents that we are still fully operational, and will respond to communications as normal.

Finally we wish all our residents a safe and peaceful Christmas, and hope we may all look forward to a return to more normal circumstances during 2022.

Urgent – Parish Council Meeting Postponed

Due to unforeseen circumstances the Parish Council meeting scheduled for tomorrow evening, 20th October 2021, has had to be postponed at short notice.

The meeting will now take place in the Village Hall at 7:00pm on Wednesday 27th October 2021.

The Parish Council would like to apologise to residents for any inconvenience caused, and especially for the very short notice on this occasion. Unfortunately this decision was unavoidable.

Bardsey Sports Club Powers Ahead!

Bardsey Sports Club is once again forging ahead after the Covid 19 restrictions of 2020/21, and offers an increasing range of activities to help keep our community fit!

Organised sporting activities now include Cricket, Football, and most recently a thriving running club.

The Club also offers a convivial social environment with a sporty bar, car park, and a function room available for hire. Usual facilities, including disabled access, are also provided.

New members are always welcome, so if you are looking for exercise and the opportunity to play a range of popular sports why not become one of them!

For more information and to join the club, please contact Harwood at:

Mobile: 07932 567520

External Home Lighting

The Parish Council is receiving an increasing number of complaints from residents concerning obtrusive outdoor lighting installed on neighbouring properties. Complainants draw attention to the negative impact of such lights, including disturbed sleep patterns, reduced privacy, and impairment of the opportunity to simply enjoy the night sky. They remind the Council regularly that Bardsey is by majority preference and policy a dark village.

The dark village policy was formulated before the advent of today’s very affordable super bright LED external lights, so at the time primarily concerned street lighting. It is privately installed lighting which is now becoming increasingly obtrusive however, giving rise to complaint, and becoming more and more problematic.

The Parish Council accepts that LED security and external lights can be an effective aid to both security and safety, especially during the dark winter months. Residents are asked to be mindful of the majority wish, however, and to exercise consideration when installing and using them.

For example, lighting should be sited so as not to directly illuminate a neighbour’s bedroom windows or garden, and should not be permanently on. When not specifically required they should be switched off. Ideally, they should be of the type controlled by PIR sensors and timers to provide automatic temporary illumination only when needed.

Best of all please talk to neighbours before installing such lighting, and aim to agree a mutually acceptable plan.

Thank you for your consideration.

Bardsey Parish Council

Leedsfest 2021: Traffic Management Plan and Maps

Leeds Festival takes place over the forthcoming Bank Holiday weekend, and with the arrangements now finalised Leeds City Council have released details of the traffic management schemes to be implemented.

Bardsey is not affected as directly as some of our neighbouring villages, but is likely to experience some indirect effects in terms of increased traffic on the A58 at certain times.

Due to closure of the A64 eastbound between the Seacroft roundabout and the A1M, northbound traffic will be diverted via the A58 and Collingham between 04:00am on Wednesday 25th August and the evening of Thursday 26th August. This is to provide for the establishment of pick up and drop off (PUDO) points on the A64.

During Friday, Saturday and Sunday the A64 closure will be removed, but traffic to the PUDOs will be routed from the A1M via the A58 to the A64.

To view the relevant Leeds Festival route maps please click on the following links:

All strategic route maps:

PUDO Diversion route:

Gate Map:

We wish all those attending the Festival good weather and an enjoyable experience.

Job Vacancy – Bardsey Parish Council

After many years sterling service to the Council and the Community our Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer, Mrs June Gallant, will be retiring in the near future. We wish her a happy and very well deserved retirement.

A vacancy has therefore arisen for the position of Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer to Bardsey cum Rigton Parish Council.

The job involves home based part time work and attendance of Council meetings. For full details of the position and how to apply please click on the link below.

Applications are invited from suitable candidates, the closing date for which is 31st August 2021.

Bardsey Parish Council is an equal opportunities employer.

Bardsey Parish Walk 7th August 2021

We are delighted to report that following the relaxation of Covid 19 rules Bardsey Parish Walks have been reinstated this month.

The first walk covering the east side of the Village will commence at 2pm on Saturday 7th August 2021.

Please meet at the bottom of Mill Lane for this first walk, which will be led by Cllr Linda Flockton.

Do come along and join us and make new friends on a pleasant walk, which should take approximately 2 hours. Boots or strong shoes are recommended. Children and dogs are welcome. However, the walks are not suitable for pushchairs.