Watch Out – More Covid 19 Scams!

It is unfortunate that a cohort of particularly callous criminals continues to try and take advantage as the vaccination programme accelerates. Please take a few moments to read this post and take careful note:

The vaccine is free of charge. At no point will you be asked to pay, or be asked for your bank account or card details, or your PIN. The NHS will never arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine, or ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips.

If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you are suspicious about an email you have received, forward it to Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726 which is free of charge. If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting 

There have been a few reports this week of people receiving scam emails from addresses which initially look plausable, such as NHS Notifications, and NHS e-Referral Service. Any such emails are best ignored and forwarded as above, or use the advice on the website link above for actionfraud.

Stay safe – from the crooks as well as the virus!

West Yorkshire Police Community Alert Scheme

We can all do our bit to counter crime in our locality, and with today’s communications it becomes ever easier.

If you were advised when crimes were committed, perhaps you might have seen something which could help bring the perpetrators to justice. You would also be more aware of latest criminal activity and scams, and be best able to take suitable precautions.

West Yorkshire Police run an on-line scheme to help you do exactly that. It is called the Community Alert Scheme and anyone can join, absolutely free. All you have to do is click on the link below and follow some simple instructions.

The more of us who join the more difficult life becomes for the criminals, so get clicking!

Parish Council Vacancy

A vacancy has recently arisen on Bardsey cum Rigton Parish Council, and the Council would be keen to hear from residents interested in serving the local community in this role. The Council is primarily involved in administering and maintaining local facilities, much of which is green space but also includes amenities such as the playground. The Council also takes up the concerns of residents, and liaises with Leeds City Council on issues such as highway maintenance and planning.

The Parish Council meets one evening every month (using Zoom at present, but usually at the Village Hall), and being a Parish Councillor normally entails a modest commitment of approximately 60 hours per year. For more information please click on the link below. Interested residents are asked to contact Mrs June Gallant, Clerk to the Council, using the contact details provided, or email, or speak to any serving Councillor.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Latest Covid 19 Developments

Following the introduction of a new national lockdown due to the rapid increase in Covid 19 infections, please note an update has been added to the Covid 19 page of this website. To access the page click on the Covid 19 – Latest tab at top left of the screen.

Due to the breadth, complexity and pace of change in current regulations, we have where possible provided links to key Government, NHS and Leeds City Council web sites. This offers the best route to ensure access to the most comprehensive, up to date and accurate information.

In particular, please see the section concerning new scams based on the launch of Covid 19 vaccines, and be warned of the considerable dangers these criminals present. It has been reported that some sound very plausable and even claim to be from the NHS. If approached by anyone claiming to offer vaccination for payment, either on the phone or at your door, never agree and never provide credit card or personal details. All NHS vaccinations are free of charge, and the NHS will never ask for payment or personal information in return for immediate vaccination.

BBC Seeks Participants for Exciting New Food Show!

It’s not often we can offer our residents the chance to become TV personalities! But that is the message we recently received from the BBC, which is casting Leeds families for a new food based TV show which will focus on eating well, saving money and wasting less.

So if You and Yours fancy working with well known presenters and celebrity chefs, not to mention appearing on prime time TV, All you have to do to enquire about getting involved is email and a member of the casting team will get back to you with some quick and easy questions and some more information.

In the meantime you can click on the following link to view the associated BBC Flyer:

Parish Reverse Advent Calendar Scheme

With the season of goodwill rapidly approaching, our vicar Angela Hannefin is asking for our help and support in assisting those in greatest need this Christmas, through the St Aiden’s Food Share Programme.

It’s very simple to participate – it’s just that unlike a conventional advent calendar, instead of opening a window and receiving a token gift each day you donate a small gift instead! Angela has even prepared a list of suggestions, one for each day in December up to Christamas Eve.

Our support is particularly needed this year given the hardship created by Covid 19, so why not sign up and bring a little Christmas cheer to someone in need. For full details click on the following link:

For more information about St Aiden’s Food Share you can visit their website by clicking on the following link:

Covid 19: Sources of Current Information

Developments since the relaxation of lockdown on 4th July have progressed apace, and, with new partial lockdown regulations now being reintroduced and extended, have become increasingly more frequent and more complex.

For this reason please note that Bardsey Parish Council is no longer attempting to post latest information on this web site, because it is difficult to ensure that such posts continue to represent the latest position in real time.

Residents seeking latest information and advice on Covid 19 related issues, both locally and nationally, are advised to visit the appropriate pages on the Government web site, the Leeds City Council web site, and the NHS web site using the links provided below:


Leeds City Council:


Parish Council Meetings

Please note that during the continuation of Covid 19 restrictions Bardsey cum Rigton Parish Council will hold virtual meetings using the Zoom platform.

Agendas and minutes for past meetings, and agendas for forthcoming meetings, may be viewed on the ‘Council Proceedings’ page of this web site – click on the link to the top left of the home page.

Residents who wish to raise issues with the Parish Council may do so in advance by email, addressed to the Clerk to the Council Mrs June Gallant:

Residents who wish to attend a virtual meeting and/or address the Residents Forum at the start of proceedings may do so by copying the link at the end of the agenda into their browsers when the meeting is due to start.

Bardsey Sports Club – Covid 19 Update

There have been a number of rumours circulating in the village over the last few days concerning reports of an outbreak of Covid 19 at Bardsey Sports Club. Bardsey Parish Council, together with the Sports Club Committee, would like to clarify the current situation as follows:

Following a cricket match at the Sports Club on Saturday 22nd August, a small number of those associated with the match have tested positive for Covid 19. None of these people have needed hospital treatment, and indeed two of them have showed no symptoms at all.

Test and trace procedures were activated as soon as the first positive results became known, and as a result several more people are now in voluntary self-isolation. The club house was closed temporarily for deep cleaning. Deep cleaning has been arranged for early next week, and the club house will be reopened as soon as it is safe to do so.

Due to the prompt implementation of appropriate measures, it is not believed that there is a wider threat to the community. Further updates will follow as soon as there is news to report.

Village News is Back!

Bardsey and East Keswick Parish has recently announced the relaunch of Village News in virtual form on their website. You may well have received notification in the form of a short typewritten note.

For those who have not yet ventured onto the web site, it is well worth the visit. The editorial team have done a super job on the design and presentation, and the new web format has allowed both full colour production and an extended publication.

If you have not seen the August issue yet it is well worth a visit – you won’t fail to be impressed! Click on the link below, scroll down to Village News and click on the cover page.