Hello All, 

One of the main events in town during November was the Remembrance Day parade.  This was very well attended with many local schools and organisations laying wreathes at the cenotaph in Myrtle Park. Thanks to the Remembrance Day group for organising this and Councillor John Goode for the litter pick to ensure the route was clear. 

The other big event was the Christmas Lights switch on, with the market and craft fair, delivered in conjunction with the Chamber of Trade. Separately Christmas lights have gone up in Crossflatts, Eldwick and Gilstead with Christmas Trees in Eldwick, Gilstead and the Market Square. I hope you are enjoying these.  

The weather has got decidedly wintry – first rain, and the lifting of the hosepipe ban, and now a very cold snap.  So please look out for any elderly or vulnerable neighbours and ensure they are OK, especially given the current cost of living pressures. 

Warm Spaces in Bingley continue to increase, current availability is: 

Bingley Library  Monday to Friday and Saturday 

 

During normal opening hours 

 

Bingley Baptist Church  Monday and Tuesday  9am to 1pm 
Eldwick Church – Cafe 

Tuesday

Thursday 

8:00 – 9:30

8:00 – 10:00 

All Saints Church – Church House  Thursday  11:30 – 14:00 
CAB  Thursday  11:00 – 14:00 

For further details of warm spaces in the broader district please visit https://costoflivingbradford.co.uk/. 

Further news on Priestthorpe Annex.  At their meeting on 24 November, the trustees agreed that all funds would be distributed within the original Bingley Improvement District, with:

  • £30,000 to be ringfenced for the 6 schools within the BID.
  • The remainder of the monies, circa £40,000 into a discretionary fund. 
  • An annual application process for bids to use any of the money.
  • Applications to be determined by a Panel consisting of the three Bingley Ward District Councillors, one nominated Bingley Rural Ward Councillor and one nominated Bingley Town Council Councillor. 

Season’s Greetings to you all!

Kind regards,

Councillor Philippa Gibbons

Chair

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Photo of Councillor Gibbons

City of Culture presentation

Dancers on stilts, Lantern parade and performances.

Representation was received at the recent Town Council meeting from Shanaz Gulzar, Creative Director of Bradford Council’s City of Culture 2025 Team. She highlighted that plans for the City of Culture 2025 will be made throughout 2023 and 2024 as well as 2025, to make opportunities for artists to grow skills in time for 2025. She confirmed that the UK City of Culture brings attention and positive media, and Bradford won this as it demonstrated the need, the ambition and the imagination.

The Bradford City of Culture Team currently consists of three people, which will be expanding to 70-80 people, and there will also be Neighbourhood Ambassador type roles, to look at embedding artists and fresh talent. Existing groups in Bingley, such as the theatre group, will be connected with to explore opportunities.

The Town Council would like to be involved in these plans, to ensure that Bingley takes part in the celebrations and were advised to keep in touch with the Team, inviting them to meetings and joining sessions on how to link.

Changing Places update:

Changing Places Unit from the outside. Wooden clad building with grey door

​Work is still being undertaken on the Changing Places facility, which is hopefully due to be signed off this month. We will keep residents informed on the progress with this facility (opening date to be publicised as soon as sign off and registration are complete).

Green and Clean forums and community supported activities

The Town Council is reviving its Green and Clean Forums, the first one of which is due to take place on Saturday 28th January – further information will be publicised nearer the time. 

Planting updates

Bingley Town Council is pleased to be able to support local groups who work hard to add colour to areas of the Parish with attractive planting displays. The winter bedding plants have now all gone out, and local groups have been canvassed regarding summer bedding, the order for which has been submitted to Bradford Council. 

Community Litter Picks

Bags of litter
Bingley certainly experienced some very cold temperatures at the weekend, but that didn’t stop the 7 volunteers who braved the chill to help with December’s litter pick.
11 bags were collected in total which has made a huge difference to the area.
 
We appreciate all the help we get but can’t help be extra thankful when the weather makes things challenging.
 
Thank you so much and we will be back in the new year with more litter pick dates and locations.
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Office hours

Office opening times are Monday and Wednesday from 10am to 12 noon.   Please  note that the office will be closed for Christmas on all bank holidays and 28th December

Bingley Town Council can also be contacted by email at enquiries@bingleytowncouncil.gov.uk or by phone on the following numbers:

Town Clerk: 07529 222679

Deputy Town Clerk:  07703 188660

Administrative Assistant (Debbie): Monday to Thursday 10am to 2pm – 07579 814666

Dates for your diary

Events:

Community litter pick dates to be agreed.   

Council meetings:

The next ordinary meeting of the Full Town Council is at 6.30pm on Tuesday 17th January 2022. The meeting will be held at Cottingley Town Hall.

The agenda for the meetings can be found on the Town Council website within the Documents section.

You can see all the Town Council’s meeting dates in the Events section calendar on the website.

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Bingley Town Council, Myrtle Place, Bingley, BD16 2LF

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