Western CEF Latest News

Community Engagement Forum meetings, Partnership Boards and funding remain suspended due to Covid-19.


Pension Credits

Did you know that in the Selby and Ainsty Constituency, according to a report produced by Independent Age, there are an estimated 1,401 households not claiming pension credits to which they are entitled? The average weekly payment is £49.21, and it's thought that around £3.1 million pounds' worth of pensions credits are going unclaimed. For more information, the full study is available to view online

If you think this applies to yourself or someone you know, you can get further advice online from the government on how to claim pension credits.

Future Meetings and Forums

Community Engagement Forum public meetings remain suspended due to Covid-19 in order to reduce face-to-face contact to protect our residents, staff and councillors. 

Community centre improvements thanks to Western CEF

Villagers using a community centre in Burton Salmon are warming up thanks to funding from the Western CEF.  The Burton Salmon Village Hall Trust received the £4,400 funding grant last year to improve the heating system in their hall.

Funding boost for popular Sherburn Gymnastics Club

A local gymnastics club enjoyed by over 350 children has received a funding boost from their local Community Engagement Forum.

The Western CEF gave almost £1,000 to Sherburn Community Gymnastics Club which has been used to buy essential safety matting.

The popular gymnastics club has been running for 11 years.  Initially running out of two local high schools the club is now based at Units 8/9 Blackburn Industrial Estate, Sherburn in Elmet.

Souvenir walks and heritage booklet launched - supported by Western CEF

History group produce new souvenir walks and heritage booklet with support from the Western Area Community Engagement Forum (CEF).

Monk Fryston Time Team has just published their booklet, Monk Fryston Past and Present, which includes four local walks of varying length around the villages of Hillam and Monk Fryston. A further walk is a self-guided trail through the heritage of Monk Fryston. Six local businesses are stocking the booklets, which is on sale at just £3.

Grant boost for fundraising charity shop

A charity shop that raises funds for an outstanding local nursery for children and families with additional needs has benefitted from a £2,500 grant from the Western area Community Engagement Forum.

The Peter Pan Nursery charity shop in Sherburn in Elmet is in the process of being refurbished to boost its fundraising for the pre-school nursery for children with additional needs including disabilities, illness, learning difficulties and behavioural issues. Pictured here are volunteers (L-R) Anne Snowdon (deputy shop co-ordinator), Gary Mercer and Emma Daltry.

Community café celebrates successful first year

A community café funded by the Western Community Engagement Forum is celebrating its successful first anniversary.

The Fairburn Community Pop-In Café is a welcoming meeting place for all, bringing together young families and older people, as well as residents from neighbouring villages.