Over the 6 weeks of April to late May 2020, Walton Food Aid has captured the imagination and hearts of the village. In total we have, to date, distributed 35 parcels (70 carrier bags) to the families in the village as identified by the Walton Primary Academy. A further 50 parcels (100 carrier bags) will be distributed in the weeks to come.
During this time Walton Community Library Trustees and Working for Walton C.I.C. have contributed equally to this project. In addition Walton residents have very generously given the equivalent of £950 in food/money: THANK YOU. We are indebted to Cherry Tree Stores for assisting in the collection of food and St Paul’s Church for storage and distribution.
Covid-19 Walton Aid’s support to the village continues unabated. In excess of 200 requests for shopping, prescriptions and ‘keeping in touch’ telephone calls have been fulfilled. Residents regularly make new requests as unfortunately lockdown continues for many.
NB We are no longer collecting donations of food as we are only allowed to run this initiative for six weeks. If you know of anybody who continues to need support in this way contact 01226 727824 in the first instance.
Walton Library based Wakeylele Ukulele Group performed in front of an appreciative audience at Sherwood Court, Kettlethorpe on 21st February, 2020.
The band was led by David Broadbent who entertained between songs with his humorous accounts of the stories behind the songs, lncluding the BBC banning George Formby's 'When I'm cleaning Windows'.
Highlights included Dirty Old Town, Country Roads, Feeling Groovy and Elvis classic Return to Sender.
There was a chance for the audience to join in the singing with Old Time Favourites; Roll out the Barrel,My Old Man said follow the Van, Wont you come Home Bill Bailey, Yes Sir that's my Baby and Knees up Mother Brown.
Walton Ukulele’s annual excursion to Pickering to join the Ukulele Express
was, as always, great fun with over three hours of playing and singing on the return train journey across the beautiful North York Moors. There were groups from all over the UK on board with sections from Hull and Warrington adjacent to us. The Wrens with Felicity were further down the train.
On the way to the seaside we all played from the Uke Express Official Songbook. This included Elvis Presley’s Suspicious Minds which pleased Sue Taylor so much that when we reached the end of the song she yelled, ” last verse again” and after that “AGAIN” each time we got to what we thought was the end.
At Whitby there was time for Fish and Chips at the Magpie followed by a stroll in the sunshine to Whitby Music Shop, managing to get lost on the way, and then a pint for some back at the excellent railway station bar.
On the return most in our carriage sang our Walton Uke Express Songbook which contains 17 songs selected by Maria, Margaret, Sue, John, Roy and Richard. There were also songs sheets distribute by other groups with the last verse of Delilah ringing out at Pickering Station as the Uke Express came to its final stop with bemused and smiling NYMR passengers looking on from the platform.
Stan Sykes’ video of Ukulele Lady
Twelve players from Walton Ukes teamed up with Cawthorne Ukulele for this gig in the splendid Cannon Hall Ballroom to help celebrate the Apples and Pears festival.
The Songlist was Putting on the Style (Lonnie Donegan), Shotgun (George Ezra), Somewhere over the Rainbow ( Israel Kamakawiwoʻole) , Ukulele Lady ( Vaughn De Leath ), Deadwood Stage (Doris Day), Whiskey in the Jar (The Dubliners), Grandma’s feather bed (John Denver)
The Ukes were followed by Cawthorne Brass Band.
The performance was well received and Cannon Hall are hoping we might appear there again at Christmas when the ballroom is decked out in all it;s seasonal finery.
October 20th 2019
A new Festival featuring all things ukulele was held at Horbury Community Centre on 20th October. Organiser Lorraine Lane attracted seven Ukulele groups to perform throughout the afternoon, There is a beginners workshop, ukulele artwork and a mass ukulele jam to round of the day.
Thursday 21 February 2019 – Sarah Leah Cobham, CEO of Dream Time Creative gave her talk on the Forgotten Women of Wakefield at Walton Community Library to a packed audience. Sarah brought the subject to life and surprised us with the ways in which Wakefield has been at the forefront of the women’s suffragist movement and women’s education.
She and her team of volunteer researchers are dedicated to raising the profile of these important women and ensuring that they and their achievements are commemorated appropriately with Blue Plaques in keeping
with the plaques already erected to commemorate significant men and buildings.
Huge thanks to Sarah for an interesting and entertaining evening as part of the library’s Third
Thursday Topic program. The audience certainly appreciated the surprising information about the
ways in which these women made a difference during their own lifetimes and how this changed life
in Wakefield, UK and the world at large.
More information about the Forgotten Women of Wakefield and Dream Time Creative can be found
on their webpage
Walton Ukulele Players provided the musical background to the Walton Primary School PTA.
Ali Bullivant guested on the drums.
Songs Played were:
Bring me Sunshine
I’m Wanna Be like You
Viva La Vida
Love is All Around
Hi Ho Silver Lining
Da Do Ron Ron
Everything Stops For Tea
Putting On The Style
The Trustees of Walton Community Library are pleased to announce that following discussions held over recent months agreement in principle has been reached with the Directors of Waterton Academy Trust (WAT) and the Governors of Walton Primary Academy to secure the future of the Library.
The school authorities have agreed to grant a long term sub-lease of land, rent free, in the school grounds adjacent to the entrance to the school off The Grove. To implement this the Library Trustees have embarked on plans to complete a new building prior to Summer 2020.
In the intervening period the school intends to partition the existing library space and to use the rear section for music and other educational purposes. The library will be re-organised to occupy the front section. Works for this will be completed in the coming summer holiday.
The Trustees would like to thank the WAT and the school’s Governors for facilitating this development in the life of the Community Library and for their continued support.
Our aims are ambitious. To achieve a new building which will be of a design in which the whole village can take pride and one which will make possible a wide range of activities, events and uses available for the whole community. It will be much more than just a library. That said there is a massive amount to do on many fronts, legal, planning, design, construction and, not least, fundraising to obtain the not inconsiderable finance that will be required.
Dates for the temporary closure of the Library to allow for the partitioning and re organisation works will be announced shortly. We intend to hold a public consultation meeting this coming Autumn to share with the village details of the new building proposals.
8th July 11am 4pm
Wrist Bands for Entrance to All Gardens and venues are available from Walton Community Library and En Route Hair and Beauty £5 in advance and £6 on the day from the village Hall and participating Gardens. Live Music, Refreshments, Plant Stalls, Children’s Activities,Crafts and more… In aid of Walton Community Library. Charity No: 1154607 For further information Telephone 01924 253571
Enjoying yourself at Walton Open Gardens
Take care when walking around the gardens
Drink plenty to keep hydrated
Apply appropriate sun screen
Cross the road with care especially outside the Village Hall
We hope that you have a great day!