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Aberford in Bloom

Can you spare 10 mins here and there?

Aberford in Bloom need volunteers to assist our small team in keeping the village looking good. We have several beds around the village that need weeding, tidying up and watering where necessary on a weekly basis. Beds include side of playground, bus stop bed on Cattle Lane, two large beds on Pump Hill, the trough outside the Arabian Horse pub and the North End bed as you leave the village heading for Wetherby. If you live nearby and can spare 10 mins or more a week to help look after any of these beds please call or text Matt and Maria on 0776 457 2673 or email aberfordinbloom@googlemail.com with your details and we will get back in touch.

Village Design Statement

It has been decided that appropriate elements from the Village Design Statement will now be included within the Neighbourhood Development Plan, the latter (when ratified) having a greater legal status within the planning system. The “standalone” VDS has therefore been removed from this website.

Public Footpaths

We are appointing our own Contractor to cut the vegetation on paths which are most overgrown whilst trying to get the City Council to increase the 'one cut per year only' policy which has been imposed. We may have to include an extra cut into our next budget as we believe residents would not want the well-walked paths to become impassable.

Village Hall

Following the dismissal of the Planning Appeal, we are holding a joint meeting with the Hall Committee in the near future to ascertain their intentions and explore ways the Parish Council can assist.

Jubilee Field

We have had some problems with inappropriate use of equipment and littering. We will be erecting a notice which we hope will prompt everyone to respect the facilities and use them in the right way. We are looking again at getting some form of 'BMX' type track which can be used by scooters, bikes of all types and across all age groups.


We are working on providing a new website as this has been run by a volunteer from inception. It is time to 'outsource' the site so that he can have a well-earned rest! The new site will be hosted and run by a professional company and should be up and running by the end of October.


LCC are having a three month trial of a paperless system for householder and change of use applications. Previously plans have been sent to us and anyone attending our meeting could see them. Copies could also be seen at Libraries and Council Offices. This will no longer be the case for the public. Interested parties should keep a regular eye on the LCC Planning Portal.

Hanging Baskets Labels

One or two labels have become detached and a few others partially so. We have not had this problem before - evidently the glue is not up to standard. Regrettably, there is nothing we can do for this season but we shall be addressing it for next year so please don't let it put you off sponsoring! Our thanks go to Mr Gary Broadley for his help in refurbishing the brackets.

Audit 2015

Although the Audit papers for the last financial year have yet to be approved by the external auditor, the following papers are now available for inspection and can be downloaded by following the respective link:

Annual Return for year to 31 March 2015 (pdf file: 7.0 mb)

Expenditure Items £100+  (pdf file: 184 kb)

Asset Register May 2015 (pdf file: 197 kb)

The Annual Return, when approved at external audit, will be posted to the Financial Accounts page in the usual way.



Minutes from the June 2015 monthly meeting are now available. To view, please click here (pdf file: 302kb)