Want to be in the Doghouse?

No not an invitation to make yourself unpopular, but an invitation to rescue a four legged friend in need and be on a TV show. Yes really!

TV production company Five Mile Films is making a new series of the popular Channel 4 programme, The Dog House. They are searching anew for people who want to offer a loving home to a rescue dog, and wondered if you might be able to help.

The search is on for people who would be up for sharing their various reasons for rehoming a rescue dog.

If you are keen to participate, have further questions or would like to chat this through in any more detail, email Abbey Kaye at: <AbbeyKaye@fivemilefilms.co.uk> or alternatively visit the web site at: http://www.channel4.com/4viewers/takepart/the-dog-house

Highway Maintenance – Church Lane Closure

Please note that Church Lane is due to receive essential maintenance in the form of new surface dressing during the course of Thursday and Friday 8th and 9th July 2021.

As a result the road is due to be closed near the junction with the A58, and it will be necessary to use alternative routes, principally via Keswick Lane, to access parts of the village to the west of the closure.

Bardsey Parish Council Meeting

Please note that the next meeting of Bardsey cum Rigton Parish Council will take place at 7:00pm on Wednesday 30th June 2021. An agenda is posted on the Council Proceedings page of this web site.

In line with revised regulations governing the holding of Council meetings in England, this and future meetings must be held in person.

The meeting will therefore take place in Bardsey Village Hall, and will be the first face-to-face meeting since February 2020.

Since social distancing rules remain in place until at least 19th July, these must be observed at the meeting. Councillors and attending residents must therefore remain socially distanced, and face coverings must be worn until seated. Hand sanitiser will be provided and should be used on entry to the hall.

To facilitate Covid safe management of the meeting, would any residents intending to come to the meeting please advise their intentiion to the Clerk of the Council, Mrs June Gallant, at least 24 hours in advance. Email june.gallant21@gmail.com or call 01937 573365.

Latest from Kisdorf

During the difficult period we have all endured as a result of Covid 19 many of us must have spared thoughts for friends and colleagues in our twin town of Kisdorf. Keen to catch up with the latest news Cllr Geoffrey Tatman recently contacted the local Council in Kisdorf with news from Bardsey, and asked them to let us know how they are faring.

We quickly received a reply from Cllr Doris Möller. The best news of all is that not a single life has been lost in Kisdorf due to Covid. Many experiences of the pandemic have been similar to our own, and it has clearly brought out a strong community spirit very much as it has here in Bardsey.

To read the letter from Cllr Möller, click on the link below.


The Great Bardsey Clean Up!

You may well have noticed that the roads, verges and green spaces around our village have achieved an outstanding level of cleanliness in recent weeks. It is becoming increasingly difficult to spot a single piece of litter anywhere. Not so much as a sweet paper!

The Parish Council usually organises litter picks at this time of year, but this year a new team of local volunteers led by Bev Humphreys has turbocharged the process and achieved outstanding results. Thanks to them most of the roads and verges had already been completely cleared, and the Parish Council has been able to concentrate on high traffic zones and off-highway locations for which there is not always enough time.

Special thanks are due to Bev and all her volunteers, and to litter-picking Councillors, for making Bardsey an even more pleasant environment in which to live.

Let’s all try to keep it that way by taking litter home and disposing of it in the bin where it belongs!

His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

On Friday 9th April Buckingham Palace announced the passing of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle.

It is with great sadness that Bardsey Parish Council, on behalf of the community of Bardsey cum Rigton, joins the nation in mourning. The Parish Council offers its sincere condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and the whole Royal Family at this time of such irreplaceable loss.

His Royal Highness gave a lifetime of exemplary service to Queen, Family, Country and the International Community, and was involved with hundreds of charities and organisations representing a wide variety of good causes including our armed forces, wildlife and environmental conservation, and not least the outstanding Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme from which so many young people have benefitted.

The Royal Family has asked that people wishing to express their condolences do so as safely as possible, and suggest that rather than leaving floral tributes people may wish to donate to a charity of their choice or to one of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Patronages.  Further information is available on the Royal Website via the link below.

In the light of ongoing Covid 19 precautions and requests from the Palace, Bardsey Parish Council will not open a local book of condolences. Those wishing to express sympathy are encouraged to use the online book of condolences, which may also be accessed by clicking on the the following link:



Annual Parish Meeting – Join the Meeting On-Line Wednesday 21st April 2021 at 7:00pm

This last year has probably been the most difficult and challenging that most, if not all of us, can remember. We have all been affected by the pandemic in different though profound ways, and your Parish Council as a body, and its members individually, have been no exception.

Our 2020 Annual Parish Meeting had to be postponed and subsequently cancelled during the first lockdown, so it is high time we reported back to you, our residents.

We are still unable to hold our usual APM at the Village Hall, however, and so have opted to hold a virtual Zoom meeting instead. All residents of Bardsey cum Rigton are invited. This meeting will take place at 7:00pm on Wednesday 21st April 2021, and all are welcome.

For a copy of the calling notice and an agenda, including the necessary link for the Zoom meeting, please click on the links below or email info@bardseyvillage.org.uk. Bardsey Parish Council encourages as many residents as possible to attend and looks forward to welcoming you.



Bardsey and East Keswick Running Club

If you need some fun exercise with like minded enthusiasts, here is some welcome news! Former members of the Fit and Fun club have come together to start a new running club for Bardsey and East Keswick. The club’s season starts on 31st March, and it meets at 7:00pm on Wednesday evenings at Bardsey Sports Club (Covid restrictions permitting).

For further information please click on the link below, and to contact the club visit the Bardsey and East Keswick Running Club page on Facebook.


Top Priority! Covid 19 vaccinations for the over 60 cohort are go!

With the outstanding progress being made in vaccinating Yorkshire residents against Covid 19, eligibility for vaccination has just been extended to the over 60s.

If you are 60 years old or older, you can now book a vaccination appointment online by clicking on the following link and following the simple procedure: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

If you go online and find the site is still showing the age limit to be over 65 don’t be put off. The site may not have been updated yet, but Leeds City Council advise that it will still accept over 60s in this area, and there are plenty of appointments available.

So don’t delay! The vital importance of being vaccinated, protecting yourself and others, cannot be overstated.

Brown Bin Collections

Brown bin collections were due to recommence on 8th March, but please note that due to continuing staff shortages and the need to prioritise black and green bins, Leeds City Council has advised that this has had to be postponed to 22nd March.

Collections will continue for an extra two weeks at the end of the season, however.