Bingley Town Council mailing no. 23

The school holiday are upon us, and top of the agenda this month and next are our fun Play in the Park events for children. They’re taking place in Cottingley, Myrtle Park, Crossflatts and Eldwick and you’ll find details below.
If your organisation has not yet applied for a community grant, you might be inspired to do so when you read about the latest batch of grant awards. We consider applications every three months, so there are plenty of opportunities for you to plan your request and get in touch.
Saturday 7th July saw both our second summer market and the Open Day at Beck Lane Allotments. You can read about both below.
And don’t forget the next market will be on 4th August.  We hope you’ll come along to enjoy both the products and the ambience!

Best wishes,

Marcus Dearden
Vice Chair, Bingley Town Council

Play in the Park days in July and August
We’re pleased to confirm that the Town Council has commissioned Bradford Council to run Play in the Park sessions for primary school-aged children at four venues in July and August.
The events will run outdoors from 12 to 4 pm and there will be a programme of activities including den-building, bouncy castle, giant games, arts and crafts and multi sports.  There is no need to book and the events are FREE – please just come along!
Dates and venues are as follows:

  • Friday 27th July, Cottingley Rec
  • Saturday 4th August, Myrtle Park
  • Tuesday 7th August, Crossflatts Rec
  • Tuesday 14th August, Eldwick Rec

There will be toilets on site, including an accessible toilet with baby-changing facilities. For the Cottingley event only (27th July), there will be a Changing Places facility (Mobiloo) on site, a mobile toilet with hoist and changing table. Please bring your own sling if you wish to use the hoist –

In the event of bad weather, please check our Facebook page or website for an alternative venue.
As noted in our last mailing, Bradford Council will be running Mini Bounce Planet events in Gilstead Rec on Monday 20th and Friday 24th August aimed at children and young people aged 2 and over. More information can be found at

Pictures below: from Bingley Summer Market 7th July 2018

Bingley summer markets
Bingley’s market square was again the venue for a summer market on Saturday 7th July, the second in the series of four events run in conjunction with Yorkshire Farmers Markets, a not-for-profit enterprise that runs markets across the county.
It was a beautiful sunny day with a winning combination of long-standing traders and new stalls, focusing on fresh, local produce and artisan crafts. Thank you to everyone who turned out to make it such a success: happy shoppers, our wonderful volunteers Bill and Heather Hurst and Michael and Christine McCabe, the happy children thanks to creative activities from Mrs Mactivity and our lovely face painter, and the talented Heaton Hillbillies who were able to perform thanks to power from Bingley Arts Centre/Bingley Little Theatre. Thanks too to all our traders – Gerhard’s Pretzels, Bondgate Bakery, Beadz of Inspiration – Handmade Jewellery, Binns Quality Meats, The Mobile Creperie, Hepys Hog Roast, Lasagnes on the Road, the Kaleidoscope Soap Company, Carol the florist, Kevin Good the cheese man, Andy the plantsman, Church View Eggs and Rebekah Gilhooly Simply Elle.  
There’ll be further markets on the first Saturdays of August (4th) and October (6th). Entertainers on the 4th include the Ukulele Band, Chevin Consort Recorder Group and the All Together Now Choir – we’ll look forward to seeing you there.

Picture below: BIngley Congs Cricket Club in action

Grants to community groups – success for Bingley Camera Club, Bingley Congs Cricket Club, Friends of St Ives and Riverside Riding for the Disabled

The Council’s Finance and General Purposes Committee has approved four more grants totalling almost £5,000 to local community groups.  

At the Committee’s June meeting, Bingley Camera Club was awarded £500 towards the cost of a replacement laptop, to be used to display photographs on club evenings and during inter-club activities. It will be important for the smooth running of the Yorkshire Photographic Union annual exhibition which the club will be hosting in 2019.

The committee agreed to contribute £2,000 to the cost of providing car parking at Bingley Congs Cricket Club in Beckfoot Lane. The Club has recently built a new club house on its site, and proper hard-core car parking facilities will enable the building to be used for meetings and social events in the winter months. The grant is conditional on assurances that no planning permissions are needed and that the car park surface is of a suitable material for a flood zone.

A grant of £835.60 was awarded to the Friends of St Ives towards the cost of spring-flowering, native trees and shrubs to be planted along a pathway in Betty’s Wood at St Ives. This is to mitigate the effects of the recent felling of over 1,000 trees owing to the presence of a disease called Phytophthora Ramorum.

At its July meeting, the Committee awarded £1,500 to Riverside Riding for the Disabled towards the costs of supporting disabled riders to take part in local and regional competitions. Disciplines will include dressage, show jumping and handy pony.

The deadline for the next batch of grant applications, for small grants of up to £500 or larger grants of up to £2,000, is 1st October.

Smaller organisations may apply for a donation from the Town Council of up to £100, and applications are considered once a month.

Details of both the grants and donations schemes can be found in the Documents section of the Town Council’s website, and potential applicants are asked to discuss their proposal with the Clerk before applying.

Picture below: Planter at Plot 16 Beck Lane Allotments

Beck Lane Allotments Open Day on 7th July

Many thanks to all those who attended the open day and to all those who ensured their plots, and the site as a whole, were looking so good. It was a lovely morning and the feedback the Council received was very positive. Visitors commented that the allotments are particularly well kept and on the tranquillity and beauty of the site. They particularly enjoyed talking to allotment holders and hearing about what is being grown. Thank you to all involved and especially to Jennifer Gregory, the site rep, and Ray Gregory for all their hard work.
Councillor Sara Hardman judged the best planter and best plot sign on site and the winners were Plot 8 for the beautiful hand painted plot number, and Plot 16 for the colourful and resourceful planter. Well done to both.
Picture below:  The sign at Plot 8, Beck Lane Allotments

Town Councillors at large

Town Councillors have been busy at various local events in the last few weeks and welcomed visitors to the Council stall at Eldwick Gala, Cottingley Fun Day and Bingley Show. We also have a stall at each of the summer markets, so there are plenty of opportunities for you to meet us, give us your suggestions and share your views.

Picture below:  Some of the Town Council team at Bingley Show

Green and Clean news

The next community litter pick will be on Saturday 11th August when we’ll be tackling Myrtle Park and nearby areas.  All are welcome to come along and help (under 16s must be accompanied by an adult), and we’d value your input whether for half an hour or two full hours. We’ll be meeting at the bandstand in the park at 10 am.

The next Green and Clean Forum for anyone interested in planting, caring for green spaces and littering issues will take place on Saturday 22nd September at Cardigan House, between 10 am and 12 pm. The speaker will be Nick Milsom of the Aire Rivers Trust.

Annual Report Newsletter Summer 2018
The annual report edition of our quarterly newsletter is now out and copies were available at Bingley Show last Saturday. As well as the usual range of news items and updates, it includes details of how we spent your money in 2017-2018. The newsletter is being delivered door-to-door so you should find your copy coming through your letterbox shortly, and you’ll also find it here on our website.
Dates for your diary:
Play in the Park (all 12-4 pm):
  • Cottingley Rec - 27th July
  • Myrtle Park - 4th August
  • Crossflatts Rec - 7th August
  • Eldwick Rec - 14th August

Bingley summer markets (9 am to 3 pm):
  • Saturday 4th August
  • Saturday 6th October

Community litter pick:
  • Saturday 11th August, meet 10 am at the bandstand in Myrtle Park
Green and Clean Forum
  • Saturday 22nd September, 10 am to 12 pm, Cardigan House

The next meetings of the Town Council are at 6.30pm on:
  • Tuesday 31st July, St Wilfrid’s, Gilstead
  • Tuesday 28th August, Bingley Scout Hut, Sycamore Avenue, Bingley
You can see all our meeting dates in the calendar of the Events section of our website, and a full listing is available as a separate document, updated weekly, in the Documents section of the site.

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With best wishes,

Bingley Town Council

Cottingley Cornerstone, 
Littlelands, Cottingley, Bingley, BD16 1AL
Town Clerk tel: 07703 188660 /



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