New committee elected

We would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to everyone who supported us at this morning’s highly successful ‘Christmas Coffee Morning’. We’re still counting the pennies, but first estimates suggest that a good few hundreds of pounds were raised for the Maypole Trust. If you were unable to make it, you can view some photos of the event in our photo gallery.

The coffee morning was followed by the Maypole Trust Committee’s Triennial General Meeting (TGM) where the residents of the village had the opportunity to elect the Maypole Committee for the next 3 years. Maypole Trust Chairman (Nigel Trotter) gave a speech explaining the election process, announcing retiring members, and also new candidates looking to join the committee. The floor was opened up for questions and comments, but none were forthcoming.

Upon asking those in attendance whether they would like the outgoing committee members to carry on their work, Nigel was met with a loud and unanimous ‘yes’ from the floor. As such, we can now formally announce the 2011-2014 committee:-

The following members will continue to be on the committee and their roles agreed at the next committee meeting:-

Nigel Trotter
Mark Vipond
Michelle Vipond
Jane Neale
John Fergusson
Lucie Glover
David Moss

Two new nominees were put forward and were unanimously elected. We would like to welcome aboard:-

Josie Ford
Karl Whitehead

The following members have retired from the committee, but may continue to support the Maypole Trust in other ways. We would like to thank them for their hard work and support over the years:-

Richard Hampshire (Richard has agreed to continue organising the Barwick Beer Festival)
Denis Scott (Denis’s tasks will be split amongst the committee)
Frances Smith (Frances will still be helping in an advisory role, and with occasional Maypole tasks such as leaflet distribution)
Barry Vipond (Barry’s previous tasks will be overseen by David Moss)

If you were unable to attend the TGM, and would like to join the committee, it is possible to become a co-opted member. To do so, you will need to be nominated by a current committee member and the nomination approved by the remaining committee members. We also welcome volunteers who are willing to offer help without needing to attend committee meetings.

Christmas coffee morning

Saturday 3rd December at 10AM at Barwick Village Hall

We’re having a coffee morning and you’re invited!

Teas & coffees with FREE re-fills
Home-made mince pies, cakes & scones
Home-made cake stall
DVDs and 2012 calendars available for sale
2011 Maypole Festival photos

Why not join us for a tea or coffee and a delicious mince pie, scone, or slice of home-made cake? Meet your fellow villagers, chat with the Maypole committee and take a look back at this year’s Maypole Festival… all this for just £1 (all proceeds go t0 the Barwick Maypole Trust). Please note, cakes, scones and mince pies are available on a first come first served basis!

Calling budding bakers and expert sponge makers!

We’ll be having a home-made cake stall, and are looking for contributors! Whether it’s boozy fruit cake, fairy cakes made by your kids, a Victoria sponge, or a full-on patisserie masterpiece… all donations are very welcome! (bonus points will go to any Maypole themed cakes). If you would like to do your bit to support the event, simply bring your cake with you on the day!


We’ll be holding a charity raffle, offering you a chance to win a selection of prizes, including a painting by a local artist, Maypole DVDs, 2012 calendars and more! Donations for raffle prizes are also very welcome (again, if you would like to donate anything simply bring this with you on the day).

DVDs  and 2012 calendars

Our highly popular DVD and limited edition 2012 calendars will be on sale on the day. These are selling fast, and we expect them to be sold out long before Christmas. Attending the coffee morning is a good way of ensuring you don’t miss out!

Triennial General Meeting

The coffee morning will be followed by the Maypole Trust Committee’s Triennial General Meeting. The main purpose of this meeting is to elect committee members responsible for organising the next maypole lowering and raising (each committee member serves a three year period and has to stand again for re-election at the TGM). As with previous years, this will be your opportunity to vote for your committee.

Join us at the Village Hall

39 Chapel Lane
Barwick in Elmet
LS15 4EL

Barwick Beer Festival

The next Barwick Beer Festival is on Saturday 17th October 2015.
Please click here for more details.

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