Library Pocket Park Refurbishment

Work on the old Library Garden began in May 2021 to redesign the small ‘Pocket Park’ close to Sherburn and Villages Community Library and the Co-Op parade of shops in the centre of Sherburn in Elmet.

The refurbishment is thanks to a grant from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government through the Pocket Park Plus Programme, secured by Sherburn in Elmet Parish Council in partnership with Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust and additional top-up funding from the Parish Council.

Works underway at the Library Pocket Park, 18th May 2021.

One of the stipulations of the grant funding was that the area has to then be known as the ‘Pocket Park’, hence the new name to go along with the new design.

The Pocket Park will be redesigned to make it more accessible and welcoming. It is hoped the improved area will be used by a wide range of people including residents, library visitors, and local workers to meet and enjoy the outdoors.

A resident consultation carried out in 2019 and a landscape designer from Groundwork helped to inform the plan. The work is only just beginning due to redesigns, contractor availability and then the Covid epidemic.

Outline of how the redesigned Library Pocket Park will look. For illustration only; not all details such as position of bin are shown. The library is towards the top-right corner of the plan.

The design is intended to be as robust as practicably possible to deter anti-social behaviour. The revised layout includes:

  • Additional seating areas
  • More open space for activities
  • Teasel artwork (Sherburn was the centre of English teasel growing in the 19th century)
  • Litter bin
  • Additional lighting
  • CCTV as part of wider scheme covering nearby areas

Works will take around 6 weeks. The project will be completed by Groundwork.

Sherburn in Elmet Parish Council will maintain ownership and are responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the Pocket Park.

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.