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Bramham Parish Council


Community Fund Question Time 7.30pm Wednesday 1st October

Nick Lane Fox has kindly agreed to come to the parish council meeting on Wednesday the 1st of October to talk about the community fund and answer any resident questions of which he is the chair. Please pop along to the village hall at 7.30pm to find out more about this fund and how the funds are distributed to village projects. 

Bramham Parish Council

Hands Up To Join Our Team!!

Alison Mackie


Are you creative? Do you have good organisational skills? Would you like to join a team in Bramham and make a difference to your community?

The Parish Council is looking for people to join a team to help see our new pavilion evolve into a great new sports facility for Bramham Residents to enjoy. The team will together explore new ways to generate users and income, manage bookings, be involved in fund raising and events, and no doubt lots more! If you are interested please get in touch to have a conversation about how you might be one of the team and be part of this exciting of new project in Bramham. Please contact the Clerk:

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Leeds Festival A Great Success!!

Bramham Parish Council

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Once again the village enjoyed a fabulous festival and this year the weather was much kinder to us and remained mostly dry and some sunshine. Thank you to all residents for your positive feedback about the weekend. 

The weekend guest tickets at a discounted price of £42 to include access to the festival guest area for entertainment and camping and shuttle bus is a real privilege. The village of Bramham is most grateful to Melvin Benn from Festival Republic for providing us with the tickets and Bramham Parish Council for the organisation.

As a result of the ticket sales the village raises in the region of £25k that is put into a Community Fund. This fund is chaired by Nick and Rachel Lane Fox who together with a committee allocate the funds to village projects.

Nick Lane Fox is to be invited to the October Parish Council meeting to talk about how these community funds are shared amongst community groups. All residents are welcome to come along. More details to follow.

Here’s to many more years of the festival coming to Bramham! 

Bramham Parish Council

Photographs for the Church Calendar

Gill Young

Its time to get your cameras out and submit your favourite photographs for the annual calendar for 2015.

The photographs are to be of Bramham and the surrounding area

Please leave them on a disc at the village shop by the 30th August or e-mail to Gill Young.

The photographs will be on show, to be considered for the calendar, on Saturday 13th September in the Church at 10.00 am 

Many thanks

Gill Young

On Behalf of All Saints Church

Download the Scarecrow Book ...

Alison Mackie


The first scarecrow trail in Bramham took place on the weekend of the 21st and 22nd June and Lin Tritschler (organiser) is to be congratulated on a wonderful idea and success of the event

An online flipbook has now been created to include photographs of all the wonderful creations. The gardens in the village looked beautiful and residents and village groups all contributed by creating a vicar, the queen and her corgy, cancan dancers, window cleaner, cyclists on yellow bikes, onion sellers, fairytale characters, a teacher and many more.

Big thank you to Neil Ferres who has put the book together and thank you to Catherine Harrison, Andrew Pollard, Tess Ferris, Margaret Morgan, Sandra Haddon and Ernest Nichols for sending your lovely photos

Huge thank you to all residents who contributed to this wonderful village event

Click here to download the book

Bramham Parish Council

Fix My Street

Alison Mackie

Have you spotted a pothole, fly tipping, litter or graffiti and want to do something about it?

FixMyStreet is a website through which residents can report potholes, broken street lights, graffiti and similar problems with streets and roads to Leeds City Council and also see what reports have already been made.

To report a problem log onto and put in your postcode and click to report .

Thank you for helping us to support keeping Bramham safe and clean

Bramham Parish Council

Closure of Headley Lane Update

Bramham Parish Council

Below are copied of correspondence re Headley Lane road closure from 7th April 2014 to 4th October 2015. A representative from National Grid will be attending the next parish council meeting on the 4th June so please come along if you have any questions.


National Grid : freephone: 0808 168 7590 or email 

Latest Correspondence

Dear Marie,

Thanks for getting in touch again regarding the Knaresborough to Bramham Overhead Line project and for drawing this matter to our attention.

The initial work taking place at the moment involves constructing access points to the areas where the new pylons will be constructed. Our contractors are working closely with their suppliers, who have all been advised of the roads and lanes they are to avoid and, in turn, have  fully briefed their drivers.  The yellow ‘No Construction Access’ signs are also being used as reminders for those travelling to and from the site.

As a result of your feedback, our project team will monitor the use of the roads you mention over the coming days to ensure that suppliers are not using these routes in error.

I also want to clarify the arrangements regarding the closure of Headley Lane, as we have received enquiries regarding when this will be available for use by the community.  As clerk to Bramham Parish Council, I would be grateful if you could relay this information to your members.

The temporary closure is necessary to enable works to take place and ensure the safety of those who may use Headley Lane.  We are committed to undertaking this project with as little disruption as possible to the local community, however safety is paramount and we take our duty of care seriously.  

We have had to apply for a blanket closure of the lane throughout the project due to the nature of the work and the ongoing access that will be required.  Although we have permission to enforce a complete closure of the lane, we understand members of the community will want to use it.  Therefore when the footpath is not required for construction activities, it will be open for public use.  This is likely to include evenings after 6pm, weekends and bank holidays.  

When construction activities are taking place there will either be a barrier erected to prevent access, or contractors will be on hand to stop users from entering the lane.  When there are no obvious signs of activity or no barriers  in place, the lane will be open for public use.  Again, this is purely to ensure that users are not endangered by work being carried out.

We are keen to ensure that members of the community are kept updated and informed about this project and I would be grateful if you pass the contact details of our Community Relations Team on to anyone who has an enquiry about our work in the area.  The team can be reached on 0808 168 7590 or by email to  You can get in touch by post by writing to: FREEPOST RSKS-SBBE-LHHZ, National Grid Community Relations, Hanover House, 30-32 Charlotte St, Manchester, M1 4FD.                  

I hope you find this information useful and I look forward to meeting parish councillors at the meeting on 4th June.  Please do not hesitate to get in touch should you require any further help between now and then. 

Best wishes,

Mark Brennan 

Original Letter Received:

Dear  Sir / Madam
Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions working on behalf of National Grid are due to undertake major over head line engineering works on the PHG transmission line situated on Headley Lane Bramham.  As part of the process Leeds City Council have stipulated you are to be notified, and provided your contact details.
It is a requirement of the scheme on the grounds of Health and Safety to temporarily close a section of Headley Lane for a period of 18 months.  The anticipated closure period to start on 7th April 2014.
Headley Lane, being a No Through Road, is to be the only access and egress for works in this immediate area. Restricted access will be allowable to all farmers, tenants and landowners requiring access to land leading off Headley Lane and all are aware of the scheme.  
The nature of the works will necessitate heavy goods vehicle movements via Headley Lane.  On that basis, and on the grounds of Health and Safety, any possible interaction between members  of the public and construction traffic has to be removed.  Hence therefore, the necessity to temporarily close a section of Headley Lane.
The closure points are to be at the junction of Aberford Road Bramham to a point heading East where Headley Lane becomes more of a path than Lane.  A short section of public footpath Bramham 11 will also be closed with a diversion route available.
I do trust you appreciate the requirement for the temporary closure.
Should you have any questions or queries regarding the closure, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Daniel Bold   
Daniel Bold
Wayleave Warden
Balfour Beatty
Power T&D - Services Division
Electricity Alliance East.
Wetherby Business Centre,
14-18 York Road,
LS22 6SL
Mobile: 07805 301816 


Village of Bramham welcomes Tour De France

Alison Mackie

Spot the bikes as you drive into Bramham as we celebrate Tour De France coming to Yorkshire!

On display we have a yellow bike for the Tour Leader, the green bike for The Sprinter and the red and white spotty one for the King of The Mountains!

Le Grand Depart takes place in Yorkshire for the first time on the 5th and 6th July, then moves south to Cambridge and London before moving over to France. There will be 22 stages to the race and it will finish on Champs Elysees on the 27th July.

Thank you to residents of Bramham for all the support you have given to this wonderful occasion for Yorkshire

Bramham Parish Council


Bramham's very own scarecrow trail ....Sunday 22nd June 2014

Lin Tritschler

Le Grand Depart Bramham Celebrates with a SCARECROW TRAIL on Sunday 22nd June

We are looking forward to lots of homes creating a trail of scarecrows around the village for everyone to enjoy

ANYTHING GOES- A French Theme, A Cycling theme, A Yorkshire Theme. BE CREATIVE

All you need to do is, make a scarecrow, stick it in your garden, by your front door or any prominent position any day in the couple of weeks leading up to the big event ……it’s as easy (and as much fun) as that.

For more ideas about how to make your scarecrow, look on the following websites

Thank you to the Yorkshire Countrywomen for their offer to serve refreshments on the day.

On behalf of Bramham NSPCC

A weekend of celebrations for the "Tour de France"

Lin Tritschler

Image courtesey of

Le Grand Depart comes to Yorkshire and Bramham will be celebrating the event on the 21st and 22nd of June

In advance of the arrival of the Tour de France in Yorkshire, we are planning a weekend of activities with a French/Cycling theme, to celebrate this prestigious international event.

  • Sat June 21 at 7.00 pm NSPCC “French Evening” with 3 course meal, Accordionists, Can-Can dancers and “Allo Allo” performance from the Drama Group phone 844688 for tickets.
  • Sunday June22 Scarecrow Trail with refreshments provided by Yorkshire Countrywomen (see advert in the village news section)
  • Grand Bramham Picnic on the playing field— bring your rug, a picnic and garden games to share.
Thank you to all village groups and individuals who have already offered support

Any suggestions and help with a cycling/sports activity or anything else, would be very welcome.

Thanks you

Lin Tritschler

E mail Lin Tritschler or telephone Lin on 01937 842240

We very much hope that you all will come along and join in the celebrations.

Grant Application Deadline End of March

Alison Mackie

The deadline for the first round of grant applications for a share of the funds received from the sale of land on Freely Lane is fast approaching.

If you are wanting to make an application then please make sure your grant forms are completed and submitted before the end of March

For further details please contact the clerk

Bramham Parish Council

Bramham Grant Funding Application Process is Launched

Alison Mackie

image courtesy of the arts council

Bramham Parish Council have £278,000 from the sale of the strip of land on Freely Lane and the grant application process was launched at our “Drop In” event on the 7th and 8th of February.

So what happens next?

  1. The council have designed a procedure for grant applications for a share of these funds and this was finalised and agreed at the November meeting of the council.
  2. At the open day “drop in style” event on the 7th and 8th February the parish council provided details application process and community groups were given the opportunity to display to the village their ideas for future projects etc.
  3. Many residents attended and talked to the council about how they would like to see the funds distributed in the village and what projects they would like to see supported. This feedback will be taken into account when the council makes decisions about the grant funding.
  4. Grant application forms are now available by clicking here and guidance notes by clicking here.
  5. The closing date for applications (for this year) is the end of March 2014 and the council hopes to have made all decisions by the end of May 2014. 
  6. Not all of the money will necessarily be allocated, this will depend on the feedback from the event and the applications received.
  7. The parish council have been advised that there are some restrictions on how the money can be spent as it must be capital expenditure providing a long term asset for the village. Grants can be awarded to voluntary groups but not to individuals.

Further details about applications will be communicated to the village via this website and the monthly magazine.

This is a very exciting time for Bramham village and we very much look forward to working with community groups and our residents to develop our village and use our funds for the benefits of all.

Watch this space for further updates!

Bramham Parish Council

Leeds Festival Line Up 2014

Bramham Parish Council

Image courtesy of Festival Republic

Leeds Festival line up has been announced and this year it will include Arctic Monkeys and Blink 182 as headliners

Details will be released here shortly about the resident ticket allocation process. We will also keep you updated and make regular announcements via the parish magazine and our twitter account so please follow us to keep up to date: 

Twitter Account @thisisbramham

I am sure everyone is very much looking forward to another festival here in our village with another great line up. Let’s hope we get a little sunshine too and a little less rain than last year!

Bramham Parish Council


Funding available for activities for Children and Young People

Bramham Parish Council

Image courtesy of www.schoolsoutclub.comA funding opportunity has been launched by Leeds City Council to deliver activities for Children & Young people aged 8-17 in Outer North East Leeds for 2014/15.

The activities fund is for activities offering opportunities for play, arts, sport and cultural activities enabling young people aged 8 - 17 to play, have fun, get creative, and have new experiences both after school and during the school holidays.
The funding is available for projects running anytime during the year from 1 April 2014 until 30 March 2015.
Anyone wishing to deliver activities up to and including the summer school holiday period should apply by 5pm on Friday 28th February 2014. Further funding rounds may be available later in the year depending upon the availability of funds. 

Guidance notes can be downloaded here and an application form by clicking here.

Forms should be returned to:

If you want faster broadband you will have to take some action!

Bramham Parish Council

Bramham are on the programme for upgraded broadband for 2014, subject to survey, but we still need as many residents as possible to register, numbers at the moment are disappointingly low compared to surrounding towns and villages.

The Parish Council alone cannot make this happen so please register now on

We are also finding out more information about other possible causes of slow speeds in parts of the village and will keep you informed.

Bramham Parish Council



Bramham Park Circular Walk

Alison Mackie

A new circular walk around the grounds of Bramham Park opened last year. This was a project led by Councillor Martin Batt and completed with the help of Nick Lane Fox from Bramham Park and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. Please click below to download a detailled description of the walk and maps to show you round the route:

Detailled description click here

Map of the walk click here

Satellite Map click here

The route takes you around trails and paths through the park, through stiles and across fields so heavy walking boots are required.

We hope you enjoy exploring the park and seeing all the wonderful wildlife

Bramham Parish Council

Bin Collection Changes .... please read!

Alison Mackie

Leeds City Council have put a letter through everybody’s door advising that there will shortly be a change to our bin collections.

Alternate black/green bin collection will commence week beginning 18 Nov and Bramham collection day will change to Wednesday wef 20 November.

Please refer to for further information

Bramham Parish Council 

Another successful NSPCC fundraiser

Lin Tritschler

Over 100 residents and friends came along to the village hall for the NSPCC 70’s quiz night and raised over £2000.

The event was organised by the the Bramham NSPCC, a small committee of residents. The guests enjoyed a delicious two course supper and were entertained by a “70’s style” quiz master.

If you are interested in joining the committee or just helping out at events please drop us an email. We always welcome new faces and new ideas.

Thank-you to everyone who supported the event and contributed to making it such a success

Bramham NSPCC fundraisers


An update on superfast broadband? Have you registered yet?

Alison Mackie

Superfast West Yorkshire have provided the parish council with a document to update us on their project…

Click here to read the full report

As you will read those who shout the loudest will get prority so we have to rally the troups!! Please take just 2 minutes to register on the superfast broadband website to make sure we are not last in the queue! And please pass this on to your friends and neighbours too.

Click below to be taken directly to the website and register your details:

Website : Superfast West Yorkshire