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  • Hands Off Hampsthwaite Action Group

    Newsletters and Updates resulting from Action Group meetings An Action Group to oppose excessive development in Hampsthwaite was formed following the public meting at the Memorial Hall on Thursday 19th July 2017.Meetings are held on Monday evenings, 6.00pm  at Sophie's Coffee Shop unless advised otherwise. Email: info@hampsthwaiteactiongroup.com URL: www.hampsthwaiteactiongroup.com FaceBook:@handsoffhampsthwaitevillage Twitter: https://twitter.com/HampsthwaiteAG
  • Management Committee Meetings

    "The general management and control of the Trust Premises and the Arrangements for their use shall be vested in a Committee of Management (hereinafter called “the Committee”) consisting of not more than Twenty-five members (exclusive of members co-opted . . . )" and "All members of the Committee shall retire annually at the Annual General Meeting". Extracts from Conveyance No.8791 dated 24th April 1953
  • HAMPSTHWAITE UNDER THREAT!

     
  • HARROGATE DISTRICT LOCAL PLAN

    Harrogate Borough Council is currently preparing a new Local Plan which will set out how the district should grow and develop to 2035.Previous iterations of their proposals and supporting documents are listed below with particular reference to their impact on Hampsthwaite. Link to HBC's Online Planning Application Information (opens in a new window) Click on Images or Headings to link to related articles
  • HARROGATE DISTRICT LOCAL PLAN

    Harrogate Borough Council is currently preparing a new Local Plan which will set out how the district should grow and develop to 2035.Previous iterations of their proposals and supporting documents are listed below with particular reference to their impact on Hampsthwaite. Link to HBC's Online Planning Application Information (opens in a new window) Link to Harrogate District Draft Local Plan Additional Sites consultation 14 July - 25 August 2017 (opens in a new window) Click on Images or Headings to link to related articles
  • Birstwith Road Site (HM9)

    Harrogate Borough Council is preparing a new Local Plan that will set out how the district should grow and develop to 2035. Birstwith Road is proposed as an Additional Site HM9 and is now the subject of a consultation exercise.See: https://consult.harrogate.gov.uk/portal/pp/lp/as17/as17
  • Brookfield Garth Proposed Development

    HAMPSTHWAITE ONCE AGAIN UNDER THREAT! PROPOSED RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT BROOKFIELD GARTH, HAMPSTHWAITE  
  • Barkers Family History

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  • BARKER Family History

    Descendants of John and Grace BarkerbyShaun L Wilson – February 2017 Barker families have resided in Hampsthwaite since the early seventeenth century and were extensive in the area during the nineteenth century. From the 1881 England Census for Hampsthwaite taken on 3rd April that year, Barker was the most popular name totalling 57 out of 457 people enumerated – 12.5% of those recorded living in Hampsthwaite at the time of that census. From the registers of Hampsthwaite parish, Barkers were in existence as early as 1610. The earliest Barker mentioned is John Barker, son of Peter who was baptised on 17th March that year.Where Hampsthwaite is mentioned in this article it refers to both village and parish. We will never know exactly where the early Barker’s dwelling houses were as they are not recorded in either the parish registers or on the early census returns, but it is assumed that they lived in the village or within the parish. It was not until the England Census of 1911 that full address details were given together with the total number of children born alive to the present marriage of the head of the family.
  • Tom Wright reflects upon the Barker family in Hampsthwaite

    As far as I can ascertain there were no Barkers in Hampsthwaite prior to the 18th century. The earliest reference I could find was to the marriage of John Barker, a tailor, to Ann Messenger (daughter of William Messenger) in the parish church sometime near the beginning of the 1700s. I don’t know from whence he originated.They had several children, as did all the Barkers, but I have only recorded my own direct ancestors. They were his son James Barker (1744) & Hannah Dousland; William Barker (1781) & Catherine Swale; John Barker (1810) & Mary Nutter; George Barker (1845) & Sarah ???  who themselves produced Rowland Barker and siblings. He married Eliza Jackson (from an even older family in Birstwith) and they were my maternal Grandparents.(See also and )
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YLCA Communications - Archive 2016


DRAFT PUBLIC SERVICE OMBUDSMAN BILL

Summary
The Cabinet Office has published draft legislation setting out the Government’s plans for a new Public Service Ombudsman (PSO) which will abolish the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) and the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO). The aims of the new body are to improve access to the Ombudsman’s services by: allowing for all complaints to be made with or without the help of a representative and in a variety of formats to meet the digital age; providing simpler access to individuals who believe that they have suffered injustice or hardship; and sharing the learning from failures to improve services for everyone. The Draft Bill proposes to bring local councils (parish, town, village, community and neighbourhood councils) into scope of the new Ombudsman.

The link to the draft Bill can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/574487/draft_public_service_ombudsman_bill_web_version.pdf

White Rose Update December edition


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UPDATE FROM THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LOCAL COUNCILS
Please see below a resume of information that we have received from Dr Jonathan Owen, Chief Executive Officer of NALC.
Council tax referendum principles
NALC wishes to thank all the local councils who have provided a formal response to the council tax referendum consultation, either through the DCLG consultation and/or by writing to their MPs.  The Chairman of NALC, Cllr Ken Browse, wrote to Marcus Jones MP, Minister for Local Government in mid October to ask for an extension to the consultation period but unfortunately this was not granted.  We now have to wait for the outcome of this year’s Local Government Finance Settlement but Mr Jones has said that there will be opportunity for further consultation on issues of concern once the provisional settlement has been published in December.  The National Association has committed high resources to lobbying and influencing on behalf of the parish sector to prevent capping principles being imposed on local councils, both large and small.
Parish Polls
Marcus Jones MP has said that the Government is still considering the next steps to implement reform to parish polls.  NALC is aware that draft regulations have been drawn up.

Community Led Housing Workshops

YLCA has been asked by Rural Action Yorkshire to circulate information regarding these upcoming workshops.

The Enabling Affordable Community Led Housing in North Yorkshire and East Riding project is being led by Rural Action Yorkshire in partnership with the North and East Yorkshire Rural Housing Enabler Network (RHE Network).

Supported by the Nationwide Foundation, and match funded by the UK Cohousing Network, the RHE Network and North Star Housing Group, the project will identify the opportunities and potential for community led affordable housing development in rural North Yorkshire and East Riding. The aim is for this to be a catalyst to community led housing being a greater part of the solutions to meet rural housing need by making the links between national studies and policy context, local/sub regional capacity and community aspirations. Importantly, the project will produce a suite of resources that will encourage and support communities across England to take forward community led housing projects.

Now is a good time to think about whether community led housing might be right for your community, particularly with the long awaited Coastal and Rural Community Led Housing £60m Fund anticipated to be launched in the next month or so (this is a changing picture and subject to change). We have no details yet on what the criteria for the fund might be, but would be very keen to see communities in North and East Yorkshire being well prepared and in a good position to take advantage of the funding where possible.

You may have recently attended an event where Pete Duncan of Social Regeneration Consultants introduced community led housing, completed our survey to Parish Councils on community led housing or have spoken to one of the Rural Housing Enablers. We are now pleased to be able to invite you to come along to a community led housing workshop that will help you consider if community led housing might be right for your village or town, understand more about how you might start to take a scheme forward and highlight help that might be available to you.

The workshops are:
Monday 28th November – Arkendale Village Hall, Moor Lane, Arkendale, HG5 0RF 4pm to 6pm
Tuesday 29th November – Hutton Rudby Belborough Lane, Hutton Rudby, TS15 0HP 4pm to 6pm
Thursday 8th December - Market Weighton Community Hall, Station Road, Market Weighton, Yorkshire, YO43 3AX

We will be sending out further information in the next week but please do hold the date in your diary and if you would like to book a place on a workshop please email joanne.shakespeare@ruralyorkshire.org.uk or call Rural Action Yorkshire on 0845 3130270.

Information about the Northern Powerhouse
The delegates at a couple of recent YLCA Branches mentioned that they wanted to know more about the Northern Powerhouse.  This Commons Library Briefing Paper has just been published and parishes might find its information helpful.  See the link below:

http://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/CBP-7676


Easy to get grants for Parish Councils

Details of how to get money for a council website, computer, training and clerk’s time paid for.  This is a government grant and has a simple application form. 
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YLCA Conference Scarborough (28 October - 30 October) - Cancellation

Please note that with regret we have taken the decision to cancel our planned conference in Scarborough later this month. The numbers having booked on it being insufficient for it to be a financially viable event for the Associations to hold. We appreciate that this will disappoint many of you but the decision has been taken in the best interest of the Associations. Those delegates and exhibitors who have booked to attend the conference are being contacted.

Training Events available in September and October

We still have places available on the events below for September and October, if you wish to book/reserve a place please find attached booking form to be forward to admin@yorkshirelca.gov.uk

‘Introduction to finance and budgeting for local councils’

We focus on basic day to day parish council accounting, financial powers and duties, borrowing money, reclamation of VAT, budgeting, internal financial controls, investments and capital receipts and assets.

Tankersley Manor, Church Lane, Tankersley, Barnsley, S75 3DQ
Thursday, 15 September
7pm to 9.30pm
Cost £45.00 per delegate
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DEVELOPING CAPACITY IN SMALLER COUNCILS – SURVEY

The Smaller Councils Committee (SCC) of the National Association of Local Councils has asked us to circulate a survey which we are asking you to complete to help the SCC look at how to develop capacity within smaller councils.  The results of the survey will be used to help councils to prepare for and respond to devolution.  NALC has said that an apparent determination by government to devolve functions and responsibilities and to enable principal authorities to do likewise, together with the financial pressures on principal authorities, has led to it looking at ways in which this might affect local councils and particularly smaller councils.

NALC says that in addition to looking at how local councils might influence devolution to the most local level (Devo Local is a good example) many councils, including a number of smaller councils, have been exploring ways of building capacity to enable them to rise to the inevitable challenges that devolution will bring.  Often this involves working together and sharing services in order to provide value for money but there are other innovative ways of developing capacity.  Have a look at NALC’s Working with Smaller Councils’ page on its website (www.nalc.gov.uk) to get an idea of the work that the Association is involved in this year.  Also have a look at a case study that NALC has developed on examples of shared service and partnership working. (Parish clerks have been given the password for all members to access the NALC website).

Developing capacity will inevitably become more necessary and widespread where devolution takes hold.  In order to help smaller (and perhaps larger) councils prepare for this, the SCC is attempting to identify, collate and publish the different ways in which councils are already operating forms of working together, sharing services or other means of building capacity.  This would include forms of ‘partnership’ and who with; how those groupings were arrived at; the different types of formal and informal agreements used; the benefits achieved (or likely) including non-cost benefits such as community confidence and improved relationships with other local councils and/or tiers of local government.

In order to do this the SCC has prepared a survey and it would really help if smaller councils could take a few minutes to contribute their experiences for the benefit of other councils.  Hopefully, when published, the results could give some ideas for improvement or further capacity building.  Ever mindful of the pressures on clerks and councillors NALC has tried to keep it short and simple.
The survey should take no more than five minutes to complete and NALC has asked that it be completed by Friday, 30 September 2016.  
The survey can be found at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SmallerCapacity

Training Events available in September

‘Procedures, Powers and Policies’
This session builds on the new councillor seminars that we provided in 2015 and would be particularly suitable for the members who attended those courses to broaden their knowledge further.  Councillors who have been in office for some time who would like a refresher will also find this seminar helpful.
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Talk by CCLA on investment funds

Middleham Town Council has informed us that it has invited Mark Davies from Churches, Charities and Local Authorities (CCLA) to talk about the investment products that it has on offer for local councils.  The meeting will be held on Tuesday, 13 September at 12 noon and if representatives of Yorkshire councils wish to attend they are welcome to do so.  The Clerk of Middleham Town Council, David Keep, has said that he will need to have details of attendees in advance as light refreshments will be provided.  The meeting will be held at the Middleham Key Centre, Park Lane, Middleham, DL8 4RA.

Email: middleham-council@btconnect.com Telephone 01969 625225.

David has also said that if anyone has any specific questions regarding the funds in advance can they please contact Mark Davies directly at CCLA, Senator House, 85 Queen Victoria Street, London EC4V 4ET.  Direct: 020 7489 6045.  Mobile: 07904 657 815.  David has also given some details about the products that are available – see below and attached.

Here are the details of the suitable funds.  Please note the minimum investments required is £25,000.

-  Public Sector Deposit Fund – a low risk (AAA-rated) cash management solution for day-to-day requirements with same-day access.  More detail about us and its objectives is given below;

-  Local Authorities Property Fund – long-term investment solution suitable for Councils that feel comfortable with a 5-year+ view.  Strong returns, close to 5% - details attached.  At 1st August 2016 there are 159 authorities investing, including 65 Parish and Town Councils and county associations (including YLCA) – fund size is £617m.

The Public Sector Deposit Fund/CCLA:

-  CCLA (Churches, Charities & Local Authorities) is a mutually owned firm of investment managers, owned by LAMIT (Local Authorities Mutual Investment Trust), the Church of England (Central Board of Finance) Investment Fund and the Charities (COIF) Investment Fund;

- we have 40,000+ clients and manage £6.0bn of cash and investments;   

- the Local Government Association appointed us to develop the Fund in collaboration with the sector, as a result of the Icelandic banking crisis.  It was launched in May 2011;   

- it is a AAAmmf rated (Fitch Ratings) money market fund with the priorities of security liquidity and yield;

- the Fund boasts strong governance with an Advisory Board chaired by Stephen Jones, formerly the LGA's Director of Finance and now the Board's independent chair along with other representatives of the LGA, CIPFA and treasury specialists from the sector including representatives of the LB of Waltham Forest and the GLA;

- transparency is key with everything published on a dedicated website - www.psdf.co.uk.  You will find the latest yield (0.3302% at close of business on 15/8/16), yield history, counterparty exposure, fund size, outstanding transactions by maturity date, etc - all updated at close of business each day;    

- the Fund is managed on a very conservative basis (beyond the requirements of AAA-rating), only using plain cash products with well rated (minimum F1 short term) banks: call; notice; term and certificates of deposit - the kind of products that Councils themselves feel comfortable using.  There is no exposure to the stock market, derivatives, other funds, asset backed securities - nothing exotic;

- the minimum initial investment is just £25,000 so there are a number of parish and town councils making use of the Fund, besides principal authorities;    
                                                                                                                                                   
- access is same day for withdrawals of £100,000 or more, 2 days for less.  We have an 11:30 cut-off time for instructions;    

- the Fund recently exceeded £250m under management with almost 300 clients (including 10 County Councils, 180+ Parish, Town and Community Councils and 70+ District/Borough Councils, Police, Fire plus the LGA, NALC, 6 County Associations, SLCC and NILGA), a trigger point for the activation of additional share classes.  However, the minimum requirement for share class 4 investors (£15m) has been waived for the time being to allow all investors to take advantage of the lowest fee and most favourable yield, highlighted above.  The yield we quote on-line is net of all fees

- finally, as the Fund grows and a dividend payment would be due to LAMIT, it has been agreed to reduce fees in the true spirit of mutuality.  As a share class 4 investor the fee is currently 0.08%, reduced from 0.10% in November 2015.

Rural Vulnerability Service - Fuel Poverty - August 2016

See - http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=cd5b83a46a39234dad311accb&id=2a9cc2ab83&e=7afbfd94a8

REQUEST FROM THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LOCAL COUNCILS: COMMUNITY LED HOUSING SURVEY
The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is aware that 71% of parishes are rural by the former DEFRA definition.   It has policy positions based on rural housing deprivation and making sure that parishes are full statutory consultees on all aspects of the planning system.   In order to inform its rural oriented policy work and related workstreams, NALC is very interested in the sector’s views on, experience with, and interest in community-led housing and on giving parishes more powers to buy land and then to allocate housing built on that land to local residents based on housing need.   However, this survey will also be of interest to urban parishes.   

Accordingly NALC would be hugely grateful if your council could please answer the questions in the survey (link below) based on community led housing to inform its work in this area moving forward and help it to lobby the Government across Departments to ensure that parishes get the best deal from the new Government on community led housing.  This is following the announcement by the Government, in the Spring Budget 2016, that £60 million will be provided to enable community-led housing developments, including Community Land Trusts (CLTs), in rural and coastal communities where the impact of second homes is felt to be particularly acute.  Results will be shared with relevant parliamentarians, INLOGOV and the National Community Land Trust Network.
                                                                                            
The survey questions can be found at: http://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/77YGGMB  

Therefore, NALC and its Policy Committee (which at source is responsible for the Parishes 2025 Task and Finish Group within the NALC governance structure) would be very grateful if you could please answer the below 15 short questions by latest 17:00 on 30 September, 2016.   NALC will then feedback responses to the NALC Policy Committee and its Research and Lobbying Task and Finish Group (TFG).

Thank you.
Yours sincerely
Sheena Spence.

YLCA Annual Conference Scarborough 28 October to 30 October - Programme & Booking Form

Please note that the Associations will be holding their annual conference for local councillors and clerks at The Spa in Scarborough from the evening of Friday, 28 October to lunchtime on Sunday, 30 October. A provisional programme and booking details are attached but the conference will feature:

  • Guest speakers including Dr Jonathan Owen, Chief Executive of the National Association of Local Councils and (invited) Andrea Jenkyns, MP for Morley and Outwood and chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Local Democracy;
  • Training workshops;
  • Examples of innovation and good practice from parish and town councils in Yorkshire;
  • Plenary discussions;
  • Conference dinner and entertainment.

To encourage attendance we have sought to keep delegate costs as low as possible. Delegates will have to arrange their own accommodation but we have liaised with Scarborough Borough Council and through them discounted accommodation at local B&B’s and hotels can be booked. Please see the booking form for further information about both delegate costs and booking accommodation.

We look forward to seeing you there.
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Training event: Developing your skills as a councillor - Monday, 7 November 2016, Holiday Inn, York

Due to demand we have arranged a further training event for councillors at the Holiday Inn in York. This seminar is specifically aimed at new councillors or those that have not done training previously, although any councillor is welcome to attend this information and guidance packed session.

The event will be held on Monday, 7 November 2016 at The Holiday Inn, Tadcaster Road, York YO24 1QF. There is ample free parking on site and the venue is on a frequent bus route from York train station.

The seminar will commence at 7.00pm and finish at 9.30pm and will include refreshments and the cost is £45 per delegate

There are only 15 places available on this event and places will be allocated on a first booked, first served basis (if there is more demand than places we are able to organise another event).

If you wish to book a place on this event, please complete the booking form attached and return to: admin@yorkshirelac.gov.uk (payment can be paid by BACS trainsfer or cheque but please advise method of payment when making your booking).

If you have any questions about the session, please do not hesitate to contact us.

White Rose Update July Edition

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Training Seminars - September to December 2016

Please find attached our revised training programme to the end of the calendar year. We have included some new dates in respond to demand.  There is an additional course for new councillors to be held at the Holiday Inn, Warmsworth on 26 September, an additional session in chairmanship to be held on the evening of 24 October at the Cedar Court Hotel, Harrogate and a day-long seminar on finance with the Finance Adviser of the National Association of Local Councils on 1 October.

A session on the management and administration of allotments in November is now full, however we are compiling a reserve list and will try to run a repeat session if there is sufficient demand.   Please let us know if anyone from your council is interested in attending this session.

We are in the process of arranging some training in responding to planning applications and dealing with social media – full details to be circulated as soon as we can.

Remember also that smaller council receive a discount to encourage them to access training – a bursary of 25% reduction in the course fee will be given to authorities with a gross income of less than £5,000 per annum.   Please apply this discount on the booking form if applicable.

 
An Introduction to Employment Law Training Course - 6 September

The Associations are pleased to announce that Lupton Fawcett Denison Till solicitors have agreed to deliver ‘An Introduction to Employment Law’ training course on Tuesday 6 September (9am to 4.30pm) at the Holiday Inn, York. The company have an established reputation in Yorkshire for providing quality training for anyone with staffing responsibilities and we believe the training will be of interest and benefit to members of YLCA.

Please find attached more detailed programme information and a booking form but the course will cover the following topics:
  • The Employment Contract
  • Unfair dismissal
  • Wrongful dismissal
  • Constructive dismissal
  • Performance/absence
  • Misconduct Discrimination
  • Attending the Employment Tribunal
There are only 15 places available on this event; places will be allocated on a first booked, first served basis. If you wish to book a place on this event, please complete the booking form attached and return to: admin@yorkshirelac.gov.uk (payment can be paid by BACS transfer or cheque, please advise method of payment when making your booking
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Procedures, Powers and Policies Training 26 July

We still have places available on the event below for July, if you wish to book a place please find attached booking form to be forward to admin@yorkshirelca.gov.uk ‘Procedures, Powers and Policies’ This session builds on the new councillor seminars that we provided in 2015 and would be particularly suitable for the members who attended those courses to broaden their knowledge further. Councillors who have been in office for some time who would like a refresher will also find this seminar helpful.
The Holiday Inn,
Tadcaster Road, YORK. YO24 1QF
Tuesday, 26 July 7pm to 9.30pm
Cost £45.00 per delegate
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THE PLUNKETT FOUNDATION - COMMUNITY RIGHTS EVENT COOPERATIVE PUBS FOR GROUPS LOOKING TO SAVE THEIR LOCAL

The Plunkett foundation are  organising  a two day, all expenses paid, tour of community pubs in the region and it aims to inspire more communities to come along and learn about doing something similar in their own community, and providing the inspiration and additional support to those already progressing a community pub project.

Parish Councils  and Community groups in Yorkshire and Lancashire trying to save their local pub from closure are invited to attend a free, two-day tour (21 and 22 July 2016) of local pubs that have been saved successfully as co-operatives. 

Plunkett Foundation is offering places to groups at the early stages of considering community ownership as an option for saving their local pub. The two-day tour will take in three thriving examples of co-operative pubs – The George and Dragon in Hudswell, The Foresters Arms in Carlton (both North Yorkshire) and The Dog Inn in Belthorn, Lancashire. 

The tour offers people a unique opportunity to hear first-hand from communities who have already saved their pub as a co-operative, as well as the chance to speak one-to-one with the advisers responsible for supporting a large number of communities to save their pub – and other assets and services – using community ownership. It will also be a chance to network with others in a similar situation, to share experiences and support each other. 

For further information go to: https://www.plunkett.co.uk/Event/pubs-pioneer-tour-yorks-lancs


YLCA has been asked to circulate this information by Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) which has launched a new online voice for the 10,000 village, parish and community halls in England.  The National Village and Community Halls Network will take over the role of the National Village Halls Forum and act as a reference group enabling the grass roots expertise of knowledgeable village and community hall trustees, volunteers and councillors to feed into meetings with MPs, Government departments and consultation responses.  There is no cost to being part of this network.

Developing Your Skills as a Councillor Training

We still have places available on the events below for July, if you wish to book a place please find attached booking form to be forward to admin@yorkshirelca.gov.uk

 ‘Developing Your Skills as a Councillor’

Specifically aimed at new councillors or those that have not done training previously although any councillor is welcome to attend this information and guidance packed session

Rendevous Hotel, Keighley Road, Skipton, BD23 2TA
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INVITATION TO ATTEND THE JOINT ANNUAL MEETING OF THE YORKSHIRE LOCAL COUNCILS ASSOCIATIONS
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Please find attached the latest editon of White Rose Update and the Training Programme for 2016.

The training sessions are limited to 15 places available on each event; places will be allocated on a first booked, first served basis.
YLCA Communications - Archive 2016