An invitation to the Annual Parish Meeting- 18th May 2021

Each Town or Parish in England holds a yearly Parish Meeting which is open for all electors within the Parish to attend. The history of the meeting originates back to the times in the Middle Ages when Local Councils did not exist and there were fewer ways for a community to share ideas.

The meeting is an opportunity for all electors to come together to share views, news and celebrations relating to the local Parish in which they live. Anyone may attend and all who do so have a right to speak for a limited time on any matter of local interest.

Minutes will be kept from the meeting and if there are matters raised for the Council’s attention they can be included in future Council meeting agenda’s for consideration. It is an additional opportunity to ensure Local Councillors may be alerted and informed about local views. 

Everyone in Staveley is invited to attend the meeting. If you are involved in a local group/organisation that benefits the community you are invited to share a short report about your activities. Or if you are an individual passionate about the village and local area, you may want to voice positive ideas  that may help the Council to improve it still more. 

Please contact Liz at to indicate if you will attend and with any  details of comments or reports you want to have included on the meeting agenda.

The meeting is being planned in line with Covid Secure requirements. Details of venue will be confirmed on the website after 11th May.

All items to include on the agenda must be shared by 7th May 2021 please

Would you like to learn more about using a defibrillator to save a life?

Staveley Phone Box with Defibrillator

In Staveley we have a life saving defibrillator in our old phone box.

Would you like some virtual familiarisation training on how to use it? Yorkshire Ambulance Service  are offering a free session on MicroSoft teams. To sign up for the training please email
The session will cover all of the following topics:-

what is a CPAD?

what’s inside the cabinet?

how are CPADs activated?

why do we need CPADs?

how do defibrillators work?

how to give basic life support 

checking your CPAD

and a Q & A session for all participants

Why not learn some new valuable skills that could help one day to save a life.

Have you got spare time you could use to help others?

 Volunteering opportunity – become a MIND trustee

Mind in Harrogate District is looking for new Trustees to join their small Trustee Board and add to their range of skills and experience. If you are seeking a new opportunity and want to give something back to our local community then they would love to hear from you by 4 June.

Mind are looking to diversify their Trustee Board and are particularly interested in people who can help to:

 · Develop their equality and inclusion agenda

· Develop services to support Children and Young People’s mental health

 · Provide strategic input into the marketing and promotion of the charity

· Lead on fundraising initiatives

Find out more

Harrogate Clothes Bank

The Clothes Bank provides free of charge,  good quality clothes for children and adults. It is open to anyone on a low income.  
The Clothes Bank will now be open most Saturday mornings 10.30 – 12.30 and some Fridays (check the website and Facebook for details).

No prior booking will now be necessary and Covid measures will be in place.

Need help dealing with stress?

April is stress awareness month.

What are the signs of stress and how can you help yourself?
This past year has been stressful for many people, for many different reasons. Stress is our body’s response to pressure. Many different situations or life events can cause stress. It is often triggered when we experience something new, unexpected or that threatens our sense of self, or when we feel we have little control over a situation.

Get Your Mind Plan on the Every Mind Matters website

Answer 5 quick questions to get your free plan with tips to help you deal with stress and anxiety, improve your sleep, boost your mood and feel more in control. 

Vaccination Up-dates

You can now book a vaccine if you are aged 45 and over.

There is now a fourth Vaccination Centre in our district at Pateley Bridge (Memorial Hall) run by Pateley Bridge pharmacy. Appointments can be booked through the national system.

Covid-19 vaccination for people with severe mental illness
Public Health England has also developed a series of short videos on Covid-19 vaccination to support and encourage people with severe mental illness to get their Covid-19 vaccines.

Covid-19 vaccine and clotting information
Public Health England has released an information sheet explaining the safety of the vaccinations.

Changes to organisation of the Local Council Services.

The government is consulting on changes to the way local services are provided.
Instead of responsibility being split between two, separate, councils the government has suggested two unitary authorities to each run all services in their respective areas.
Six of the seven district and borough councils – including Harrogate – have proposed an east and west model with the county split roughly either side of the A1(M).
The west side would be formed of the current Craven, Richmondshire and Hambleton districts and the borough of Harrogate.
The east side would be formed of the current city of York area, the districts of Selby and Ryedale and the borough of Scarborough.
You’ll find the business case for the east/west model on this special website.
North Yorkshire County Council is suggesting one unitary council would cover the entire county with a second, smaller unitary to run the city of York as is the case now.
The government consultation is your chance to shape the way local council services are organised and provided in your community.
Harrogate Borough Council encourage you to take part and add your views.