Are you who we’re looking for? Join our board of Trustees

Are you who we’re looking for? Would you like to make a real impact in your local community?

Sherburn and Villages Community Trust – a dynamic local charity with a big impact – is looking to recruit an additional volunteer trustee to join our Trustee Board.

This means attending monthly trustee meetings, contributing to the strategic direction of the organisation, ensuring we are carrying out our charitable objectives and managing our resources, and supporting our small team of staff and volunteers.

You will:

  • Be numerate and computer literate
  • Have good communication skills
  • Be committed to your local community
  • Understand and accept the responsibilities and liabilities of being a trustee
  • Be able to meet the minimum time commitment of ten 6pm Monday evening trustee meetings per year

What difference will you make?

We were formed in 2016 and have been successfully managing Sherburn & Villages Community Library and Old Girls’ School Community Centre & Tearoom, Sherburn In Elmet as well as developing our role as a Community Anchor Organisation. You can play a part in continuing that success.

What’s in it for you?

You will share your skills and experience and make a real impact on your local community. You will work with a friendly team of dedicated people and develop transferable skills, improve your CV and broaden your experience.

Becoming a trustee is both a rewarding way to help your community and a way to learn fantastic new skills. It’s an invigorating and active role, which puts you at the very heart of a charity and its work, liaising with a team of like-minded people.


Please email with brief details of yourself and we will get in touch. If you just want to chat it over, please email with contact information.

May 2024

Community Trust name change and new logo

Trustees have agreed to make some small changes to better reflect the work of the Community Trust:

  • Our organisation name will change from Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust to Sherburn and Villages Community Trust. The logo will be updated, adapting the logo from Sherburn & Villages Community Support Network (CSN) .
  • The Sherburn & Villages Community Support Network (CSN) brand will be retired; all work will continue under the Community Trust or Library.
New logo for Sherburn and Villages Community Trust.
The new Sherburn and Villages Community Trust logo


Trustees have been reviewing our purpose and strategy, as we look ahead to future opportunities and continue to recover from the impacts of Covid. Now is the time to make a slight change to our name to better reflect our work in the nearby villages. Retiring the CSN brand will simplify our work.


We will start making the changes from 4th July 2023. Changes will gradually happen as we update documents, policies, website and social media.

What will change?

  • We will now call the registered charity Sherburn and Villages Community Trust. We will refer to us as the ‘Community Trust’ or ‘the Trust’ in short, rather than SIECT or another acronym. Emails will still use
  • We will stop using the Sherburn & Villages Community Support Network identity. Work will continue but be delivered either by Sherburn and Villages Community Trust as the anchor organisation, or Sherburn & Villages Community Library as the public ‘face’ of our services.
  • Our social media presence will alter; we will close the CSN Facebook page and change the Trust name and logo.
  • The change will happen slowly, such as when our documents are reviewed.
  • We will let our staff, volunteers, contractors and key groups know when this change is live and any implications they need to be aware of.

What will stay the same?

  • We expect our email address and website address to be unchanged, at least in the short term. We will consider the impacts and costs of any changes.
  • Any leases, agreements, employment terms of conditions, policies and so on will continue until they are refreshed. There will be no changes to any of the details such as length of service for paid staff.
  • The work delivered by Sherburn & Villages Community Support Network will continue, but be delivered either by Sherburn and Villages Community Trust as the anchor organisation, or Sherburn & Villages Community Library as the public ‘face’ of our services.
  • The name and logo of Sherburn & Villages Community Library and The Old Girls’ School Community Centre will not change as a result of the Community Trust name change; this is a decision for each management group. The library have been considering changing their logo.


For any questions on this change, please email

Warm Welcome Space Sherburn in Elmet

Sherburn & Villages Community Library is a natural place for people to meet up as it is a welcoming, warm, safe space with comfy seats where people can read newspapers, magazines or books, work on jigsaws, play board games or just chat with other local people.

A warm welcome awaits

We will operate as a warm welcome space during our normal opening times. Hot drinks are available to buy. Find out about the services available at the library.

Monday 9.30am to 5pm 
Tuesday 9.30am to 5pm
Wednesday Closed except for one Wednesday a month, see below
Thursday 9.30am to 5pm
Friday 9.30am to 1pm
Saturday 9.30am to 12.30pm
Sunday Closed

Warm Wednesdays

We are opening the library 10am to 4pm on the following Wednesdays. There will also be a special talk or activity, with free drinks on this day. See our events calendar for details.

  • 20th March 2024

Where to find us

Sherburn and Villages Community Library, Finkle Hill, Sherburn in Elmet, North Yorkshire LS25 6EA
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Contact us

  • Email:
  • Call: 01609 536033

Sherburn & Villages Community Library is part of Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust (reg charity 1166770).

Essential repairs to start at Sherburn community centre  

Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust has secured a grant from Selby District Council for essential repairs to The Old Girls’ School Community Centre in Sherburn in Elmet. Supplemented by the Trust’s own fundraising reserves, this grant will be used to carry out maintenance and repairs on the roof, guttering, and brickwork. 

Kevin Sibson, Trustee who has arranged the works with the contractors, said “The Old Girls’ School opened in 1876 and is in very good condition for its age, but does need some repairs and up-close inspection to check what preventative work is needed. We’re very grateful to Selby District Council for the grant, which will help ensure the building is weather-proof for many years to come so we can continue to be a hub for the community.” 

Cllr David Buckle, Lead Executive Member for Communities and Economic Development at Selby District Council, commented: “We’re delighted to be able to support this project with a grant of up to £128,161 through our Town Centres Revitalisation Programme. This is the first grant we’ve made from the programme, which is a key way that the Council will support the valuable work by local organisations and people to revitalise their centres.” 

The work is due to start on Monday 13th June and take about 8 weeks to complete. Scaffolding will be erected, but the community centre, tearoom, on-site physio and childcare all plan to open as normal. Car parking may be slightly reduced during the works and visitors are asked to walk or cycle if they can, and be courteous if parking on-street. Evening and weekend parking is available next door, by kind agreement of Child & Co Accountants. 

If you have any concerns about the work, please contact the Community Centre Manager Sarah Kay on 01977 685178 or  

The Old Girls’ School Community Centre is managed by Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust (registered charity 1166770). For details of the building’s history, current events and facilities, see  

New community cinema equipment for Sherburn

Sherburn in Elmet residents will soon benefit from improved facilities in a local community centre. 

Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust has secured a grant from Selby District Council for new cinema equipment at The Old Girls’ School Community Centre. 

The grant will enable the supply and fitting of a new ceiling-mounted projector, surround-sound speakers, a hearing loop for the hard of hearing, and sound absorption ceiling panels to reduce echo and improve sound quality in the former school hall. 

Sarah Kay, Community Centre Manager said “Since we first opened the centre in 2018, we have run a community cinema which has been well-received by residents. This grant means we’ll have quality equipment expertly installed to give a great sound experience, and no longer need to spend as much volunteer time borrowing speakers and setting up.”  

The equipment can also be used for other events and activities, such as music for exercise classes. The acoustic panels are removeable for decoration and maintenance. 

Cllr David Buckle, Lead Executive Member for Communities and Economic Development at Selby District Council, commented: “We’re delighted to be able to support this project with a grant of £11,537 through our Town Centres Revitalisation Programme. This will help The Old Girls’ School run more events more easily for local people and improve the experience for all, particularly for people with hearing problems.” 

The installation will take place from Monday 6th June to Friday 10th June. The hall will be split in half during the works, meaning most classes and groups can carry on in the other half as normal. 

A programme of cinema showings is expected to re-start in September, after the summer holidays. 

The Old Girls’ School Community Centre is managed by Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust (registered charity 1166770). For details of the building’s history, current events and facilities, see or contact the Community Centre Manager Sarah Kay on 01977 685178 or email 

New Sherburn in Elmet Community Events Calendar

Find out what’s going on in Sherburn-in-Elmet as new easy to use community events calendar launched.

Screenshot of the calendar. Will re-size to fit mobile devices.

Clubs, activities and events will be easier to find with the launch of a new online calendar showcasing all that the community has to offer. A number of organisations have come together in Sherburn-in-Elmet to deliver the project, which is part of a series of ‘Welcome Back’ projects for the community.

The Welcome Back Fund is a European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) awarded by the Government to local authorities. A partnership approach has been taken between Selby District Council, Sherburn-in-Elmet Parish Council and Sherburn-in-Elmet Community Trust to deliver the funding.

The funding can be used in a variety of ways to help boost the look and feel of high streets and to welcome visitors, supporting covid recovery. The council has been awarded £80,409 for the district in total, which is being spent across district centres Selby, Sherburn-in-Elmet and Tadcaster.

The Sherburn-in-Elmet Community Trust has supported the creation of the new community events calendar, so local residents can easily find all the clubs, activities and events that are taking place on one easy-to-use webpage, hosted on

The calendar can also be displayed on different websites for the venues or groups organising the events, while keeping the information up to date across different websites. The project has utilised local skills, hiring Sherburn-based company Creative Shed to produce the tool. 

Dave Caulfield, Director of Economic Regeneration & Place for Selby District Council, said, “We know there are lots of activities and events taking place in Sherburn so this calendar will be a great resource for residents. It will make it easy to find events that are taking place, promote new events and find out about regular clubs that are taking place.

“This project helps encourage community activities organised by a wide variety of groups, organisations and individuals – something that is particularly important as the community recovers from the covid pandemic.”

Andy Robertson from the Trust put forward the calendar idea. He said “I’m really excited to see this calendar being developed using a local business. It will be a great resource to help people know about regular and one-off activities and can also be accessed at Sherburn Library for those people not online.” 

This project follows the recent launch of a film encouraging people to take part in community activities across the different venues in Sherburn.

The fund has also supported the Sherburn Wombles with new litter picking equipment and Sherburn Community Association who run Sherburn In Bloom, maintaining the fantastic planters in the village.

Other projects delivered or planned include Christmas lighting and events, new accessible seating for the parks, and a new information booklet for residents.

Community defibrillator (AED) for Kirkgate, Sherburn in Elmet

We’re fundraising £1,900 for an automated external defibrillator (AED) to be located at The Old Girls’ School Community Centre, Kirkgate, Sherburn in Elmet, giving 24/7 public access via the 999 emergency services. 

Sherburn in Elmet Parish Council has agreed to fund four new defibrillators for Sherburn, including the one at The Old Girls’ School. We have paused fundraising to agree what will be funded and then decide how to use funds already raised.

You can donate and see our running total raised at

What is a defibrillator? 

For illustration only, exact model to be confirmed

Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are compact, portable devices that can be easily taken to someone who has collapsed. Once it has been recognised that the collapsed person may have had a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), the two adhesive pads (electrodes) connected to the AED must be attached to the patient’s bare chest. Through these pads, the AED can both monitor the heart’s electrical activity and deliver a shock. AEDs provide audible instructions and most models also provide visual prompts on a screen to help the rescuer perform the correct actions.

The AED will analyse the heart’s electrical activity and if it detects a pattern consistent with a cardiac arrest, will charge itself ready to deliver a shock. Using an AED in this way allows the provision of effective treatment during the critical first few minutes after SCA while the emergency services are on their way. Modern AEDs are very reliable and will not allow a shock to be given unless it’s needed. These features make AEDs suitable for use by members of the public who have little or no training, and for use in public access defibrillation schemes. 

In summary: 

  • Up to 60,000 people die each year in the UK from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). 
  • Fewer than 1 person in 10 survives if SCA occurs out of hospital. 
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an automated external defibrillator significantly improve survival. Both can be delivered by untrained members of the public. 
  • Acting to help someone who has suffered SCA will greatly improve their chance of survival. 
  • If you can get the pads onto the patient’s chest within 3 minutes and they are in a shockable rhythm, the chances of survival jump to 74%. This drops by 10% for every minute’s delay in using the machine. 
  • The courts have always looked benevolently on those who have gone to the assistance of others. 

Are there any other defibrillators nearby? 

The nearest ‘public’ defibrillator to The Old Girls’ School Community Centre is Jacksons on Low Street in Sherburn in Elmet. Locating at the OGS would give quicker access to more people in the West of Sherburn in Elmet.  Yorkshire Ambulance Service Community Access Public Defibrillator map

All ‘public’ defibrillators must be registered on The Circuit website, so Yorkshire Ambulance Service can direct 999 callers to them. 

How much money is needed? 

About £1,900 inc VAT to cover the initial purchase and approximately three years running costs (eg replacement pads attached to chest but this will vary depending on use).  

Total estimate based on Yorkshire Ambulance Service approved suppliers: 
£1,579.85 + £315.97 VAT = £1,895.82.  
£1,149 – automatic AED (£750) 7-10yr warranty and PIN-enabled lockable external case with heating/lighting (£399) inc 2x starter kit (gloves etc), pads  
£50 – Cost to fit (electrical supply needed for light/heater) 
£30 (3 yrs @£10/yr) – Electric running cost (external case needs heat and light) 
£176 – Replacement defib battery (3 yr warranty) 
£144 (4 @£36) – Replacement pads (replace every 2 years or when wrapper opened) adult & child.  
£20.85 (3@ £6.95ea) – Starter kit replacement (razor, face shield, gloves, wipes) 
£10 – sign if external case isn’t visible from the road 
Any additional funds raised or discounts secured on purchase will be reserved for replacement pads and running costs. Significant over-funding may be used to fund other AEDs nearby. 

How would it be accessed? 

The defibrillator would be housed in a special PIN-enabled lockable external case at The Old Girls’ School Community Centre, Kirkgate, Sherburn in Elmet. Callers to the 999 service would be given the PIN number by Yorkshire Ambulance Service, who then mark the defibrillator out of action until it is checked-in. The Old Girls’ School Community Centre Manager would ensure it is back up and running as soon as possible.  

How to donate 

We’re seeking £1,900. You can donate and see our running total raised at We will be holding various fundraising activities and exploring grants available from local councils and businesses. Thank you for your donation. 

You can also hand donations to staff at The Old Girls’ School Community Centre or The Little Teapot Tearoom (inside the community centre).  


For any questions or fundraising ideas, please contact (Community Centre Manager) or (Trustee)

This fundraising activity is organised by Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust (reg charity 1166770), who oversee The Old Girls’ School Community Centre. It is proposed the defibrillator will be located in the grounds of the community centre but available for community use and registered with Yorkshire Ambulance Service. 

Community Trust Covid recovery grants April 2021

Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust are delighted to announce the organisations that have been successful in their Covid recovery applications.

These awards are from un-spent money secured for the Covid response and is intended to help charities and groups in Sherburn in Elmet and surrounding villages get up and running again, with additional support provided by Selby District Council.

Donations were received from local businesses and Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust are pleased to acknowledge their support: Aldi, Al’s Tyres, ARC Workwear, BPB UK Service Centre, British Gypsum, Child & Co, Co-op, DWB Wealth Management, E-Burn Ltd, Elmet Kitchen, Fair Share Go, Jacksons, Northern Gas Networks, Oddfellows Arms, Rainforest Windows, Rolling Back the Years, Software2, Spar, C & G Starkey, Tesco.

Read more about the grants and the eligibility criteria in our March 2021 news story.

Successful organisations

1st All Saints Sherburn in Elmet Scout Group

Funding to help provide equipment and resources to support the young people and 30 volunteers undertaking activities outside in all weathers.

Citizens Advice Mid-North Yorkshire (CAMNY)

Funding to enable regular visits from their Advice Bus which is ‘staffed’ by fully trained volunteers able to offer advice, information, and support to help people overcome the problems they face and build the skills they need.
Phone: 0800 278 7900

Eversley Park Centre

Purchase of Personal Protective Equipment to help this Community Centre reopen safely.
Telephone: 01977 681024

Sherburn & Area Community Minibus Association

Funding to allow a limited number of subsidised hires to encourage individuals and groups to restart activities.
Telephone: 07410 453584

Sherburn Community Gymnastics Club

Funding to help reopen the Gym safely and to provide free sessions of classes which will target new groups and help improve physical and mental health.
Telephone: 07866 315157

Sherburn in Elmet Camera Club

Purchase of a Zoom subscription and a webcam to enable Club meetings to continue during lockdown, and to allow those members not confident about attending physical meetings (when they resume), to continue to attend virtually.

Sherburn White Rose Sports Club

Funding to help them prepare and run the initial opening of their outdoor and indoor facilities for 500 plus members.


To fund venue hire in Sherburn in Elmet for 6 monthly sessions from June to December to allow up to 12 people at a time to get together to reduce social isolation, build confidence to participate in community life, support each other, and make items for worthy causes.

Lockdown anniversary: Sherburn’s response

Today (23 March 2021) marks a year since the first lockdown in the UK; a year which has brought loss and great difficulty for many people.

It has also been a year when residents responded to the challenge. Even before the first lockdown started, residents were asking what they could do to help. That wave of support was essential in the fight against Covid.

Geoff Harrop raises the flag on the church

Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust helped to set up Sherburn Coronavirus Aid Group (SCAG) and on the 21st and 22nd March 2020 volunteers from Sherburn White Rose Football Club leafleted every house in Sherburn in Elmet explaining that support was available.

But that support was only possible if there were enough volunteers who were willing to help. Fortunately Sherburn residents responded.

Mick Hawes is the volunteer manager for SCAG and he said the support offered by volunteers had been essential in the battle against coronavirus – “Without our volunteers we wouldn’t have been able to do anything. They visited people, helped with shopping, prescriptions and other essential supplies and provided information.”

It has been a difficult year, but hopefully we can be cautiously optimistic about emerging from lockdown, and we can certainly be proud of the way our community has responded to this pandemic.