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Friday, 27 April 2018 at 7.00pm
Race Night Fundraiser for the Summer Fete
Village Hall
Tickets £10.00 to include pie & peas, available
from Post Office, Village Store and Summer Fete Group members.  Pay bar in operation.  So come along for a fun night and raise some money along the way !!!

Sunday, 29 April - Village Green
Decoration of Village Green for Tour de Yorks
Painted bikes and bunting will be going up on the
village green on Sunday afternoon in readiness for 4 May.  Any help would be appreciated from 2pm.

Monday, 30 April 2018 Parish Room at 7.30pm
Cawthorne Museum Society Lecture
See What's On for more details

Tour de Yorks Race Route Road Closures
Thurs, 3 & Friday, 4 May 2018
See What's On for details

Saturday, 23 June 2018
1.00pm - 4.00pm
Summer Fete on the Village Green

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Cawthorne is a rural parish in South Yorkshire, three miles to the west of Barnsley.

It is an old parish, dating back to at least the late 11th century, with some buildings from the 15th century still in use today. The centre and hub of the parish is the village of Cawthorne, with some 1000 residents living in about 530 households. The remainder of the parish is rural, with a considerable number of working farms. Cannon Hall and park owned and managed by Barnsley MBC, is open to the public. There are a number of small businesses in the village; a Post Office, newsagent/old fashioned sweet shop, village store and tea room, the Spencer Arms pub, Beatson House Restaurant, an antiques centre, Gallery 2 gift and card shop, and guest houses. The larger businesses in the parish are Naylors who manufacture clay pipes, Cannon Hall Garden Centre & Cafe and Cannon Hall Open Farm which incorporates a farm shop, café and restaurant and hosts various festivals throughout the year.

The village has a Methodist Chapel and All Saints Parish Church. The Village Hall and church owned Parish Rooms host various activities and both are available to hire. The Cawthorne Victoria Jubilee Museum is a small museum full of an eclectic mix of items.

There are numerous social and recreational groups active in the parish, ranging from the church bell ringers to the Young Farmers, with all manner of other groups catering for toddlers up to and including the most senior of citizens. There is a cricket ground, a football pitch and two social clubs. There is a good community spirit in the parish, evidenced by frequent public events such as the Summer Fete and the Open Gardens which are held alternate years.



Tony Butterworth has now concluded his appearance at the examination and it is down to the inspector to make a judgement.  He hopes to hear back mid week.  One item which caused him concern was the revelation that both our sites were included in the 'availability' section due to immense pressure from the agent to Cannon Hall Estates who at the same time was spreading rumours in the village that the estate had no intention of selling the land.

He has still not received the justification for changing the grading from a small unsustainable village to a larger village sustainable to take additional housing. This will be emailed to Tony once BMBC have an answer!! He spent over 60 minutes debating with BMBC as to how they could accommodate the extra traffic from the sites. The best they came up with was a traffic management scheme again, when pushed as to how this would work all they could say was it would be a reserved matter in any planning application and the builder would solve this. Narrow roads, in the conservation area, junctions which do not conform and cannot be altered without disregards to the conservation he thinks not.

Tony confirmed it was hard to speculate on what the Inspector will do but he was pleased at the length of time she gave to the debate and the questions she asked. She also confirmed she had visited the sites and the village.

Tony will continue to feed her further information as and when appropriate but we are in the hands of BMBC for the change in grading information which is taking an awful long time to produce when it should be simple to compare 2 spreadsheets and annotate the difference.