‘Welcome to Sherburn in Elmet’ is the official information guide to the village of Sherburn in Elmet. The 36-page booklet contains information on the history of the village, community groups and services, venues, sport and activities, and local businesses. There’s also a helpful map of the village with points of interest and central businesses and services.
Every home in Sherburn should have received a copy in early 2019. A supply was also given to house builders ready for residents moving into their new home.
This is only available in paper copy. Further copies are available free of charge from:
A new community newsletter is now available for Sherburn in Elmet, called ‘Sherburn Informer’. This replaces the previous ‘Community Informer’ which was delivered to all homes in the village. Download the first issue here.
Just before Christmas 2018 the announcement was made from the Community Association that the Community Informer would cease. This was sad news for hundreds of residents who relied upon the publication to keep up to date with what was going on around the village. The Parish Council, Community Association and Creative Shed Agency met to discuss in detail how the publication would be able to continue, if there were other options available and if it was viable to have a publication at all. It was agreed that the informer in its current form could not continue but there was a definite need for something in its place.
The new ‘Sherburn Informer’ although a lighter publication will be produced bi-monthly with the first issue covering April and May. It will be funded through the Parish Council and the new editor Anne-Marie Oldroyd will be compiling the information.
In each issue, you will find information about what’s on, the Parish Council report, news and contributions from local groups and clubs and other relevant information and news from the village. If you would like to contribute any news or information you can contact the editor on 07410453584 or email@example.com.
Whilst it the newsletter will no longer be posted to each house, it will be available to collect and it can be delivered direct to the elderly residents in the village.
The Friends of the Old Girls’ School are totally delighted to have been awarded a grant from the Big Lotteries Fund. There are two elements to the grant – nearly £100K to refurbish the building and then a revenue grant for 3 years to cover staffing to allow us to run the programmes we have proposed to the BLF. This means we will not just be relying on volunteers to run the Community Centre. There will be paid staff to manage the facility and session workers to help provide the programmes.
So what will there be at the Old Girl’s School Community Centre and Tearoom? Well obviously, a tearoom, which will open out onto our lovely garden which was created with the help of the grant from Tesco Bags of Help. We will have 2 activity rooms which can be used for exercise or activity classes. This is also where we plan to site the Community cinema. This space will also be available to rent out for Children’s parties. There will also be an IT media suite with Wi-Fi and computer access for training or just dropping in and networking. There are two individual rooms which can be booked for meetings or for consultations. We have good car parking at the back and obviously we are just a short distance up Kirkgate from the village centre crossroads.
Our current plan is to start work in early 2018, with a view to opening in late spring/early summer 2018.
Sherburn & Villages Community Library
It’s now just over six months since our library changed and became a Community Library. We are delighted that the 70 residents who we recruited to run the library are continuing to enjoy their volunteering as they are absolutely critical to keeping our library open.
So what’s it like to volunteer at the library? It takes a while to get your bearings. In a 9 to 5 job within a few weeks you have built up over one hundred hours of experience. As a volunteer working one morning or afternoon per week, building up that experience takes a bit longer. Most volunteers have commented that they had no idea of the wide range of facilities offered by the library.
One major activity for us has been the Summer Reading Challenge – an annual event designed to introduce young children to the pleasures of reading. It was great to meet so many enthusiastic parents and children and we signed up nearly four hundred children – a great achievement in our first year.
We have run successful events over half term, with crafts for children, themed around Hallowe’en. For Christmas we are running a craft fair with local crafters on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd December from 10am to 12.30pm. We are also having a postbox for children to write a letter to Santa, all replies will be posted on a notice board. Santa himself will be making an appearance in his special grotto from 10am to 12 noon on Saturday 16th December.
It’s still early days but we have got through a potentially tricky initial period and can look forward with a fair bit of optimism. Libraries are changing and evolving and the intention is that Sherburn Library will become a Community Hub offering a wide range of information and becoming the reference point for information about what is happening in our community.
If you have never visited the library or haven’t been for a long time then do please call and say hello. We do much more than just books and with help and support from all our stakeholders we can continue to develop as a vital part of our community.
We are keen to promote local news and events. If you would like to get in touch please contact us by email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sherburn & Villages Community Library
Our big activity is the Summer Reading Challenge where we are encouraging children to read. The theme for this year is Animal Agents. Please bring in your children and sign up for the challenge. It’s fun!
Do come into the library and see our facilities for yourself. Enjoy a cup of fresh bean coffee and browse the newspapers. If you need help with your computer, tablet or phone or don’t know how to print the boarding card for your holiday, come and see one of our IT buddies who will be pleased to assist you.
The volunteers are enjoying their work at the Library. If you would like to join them, we are always interested in new applicants. If we get enough, we can consider extending the opening hours. Please get in contact on email@example.com The Old Girls’ School
Plans are progressing for the refurbishment of the Old Girls’ School. We are currently obtaining quotations for the refurbishment works. Once we have these we will be able to complete our Big Lottery Fund application for the funds.
You will all be able to see the progress we are making on the community garden which was funded by the Tesco Bags for Life grant. Contractors are currently on site and we will have the garden open for the Craft and Food Fair, so please come and visit us and we can show you our progress to date. We would also be interested in visits from any potential users of the facility as it is a community building, so your input is vital. You can see from our new logo that we are going to call the place the Old Girls’ School Community Centre and Tearooms.
The opening of the nursery at the back of the school will be in early September. This building is for Kirkgate Child Care. To find out more, come to one of the open days in August.
Please don’t forget to help us fund the community cinema by choosing the Old Girls’ School as you’re your charity for the 1% community grant available from the Co-op. We only have until 9th October to raise sufficient money. The pot is currently sitting at £567.