rainbow over wansford

Swans on West Beck


Five arched bridge over West Beck at Wansford 

Trout Inn

 Wansford Village Hall 

Footpath sign 

  ChurchSt Leonard's Church, Skerne


St Mary's Church, Wansford 

Village pump at Well House, Skerne

 Wansford snow scene


Wansford sunset





January 19 2021 parish council agenda

Please click here for the agenda for the January 19 2021 meeting of the Skerne and Wansford Parish Council which will take place via Zoom at 7.30pm. Membersof the publci wishing to attend should contact the clerk on Sandwpclerk@yahoo.co.uk for a meeting ID and password or an e-mail invitation.


Road safety posters

Posters have started coming in. Give them to any parish councillor or send them to Sandwplclerk@yahoo.co.uk

Winter 2020 newsletter

Click here for a copy of the latest edition of Skerne and Wansford News

Church services in December and into the new year

Click here for the services in the Nafferton and Hutton Cranswick benefices over the Advent/Christmas period

Talks with Harmony Energy re future parish projects

Click here for a round-up of the discussion in a recent remote meeting with the CEO of the company which has gained planning permission for a 140-acre solar farm at The Beeches, Skerne, and is entering into a planning gain agreement with the parish council.

November 17 parish council meeting minutes

To access the minutes of the November 17 meeting of the Skerne and Wansford Parish Council which was held via Zoom at on November 17 click here. 

Message from the ERYC re Tier 3

East Riding of Yorkshire Council – COVID-19 Tier Announcement


Residents of the East Riding are being urged to follow new COVID-19 safety guidance from next Wednesday (2, December)
with the news that the area will move into Tier 3 (Very High) when the national restrictions end.


The Government has today announced that the East Riding, along with Hull and many other nearby areas, will all be
in the highest of the three-level restrictions system.

Ministers have made decisions on which areas are in which tiers based on factors such as how quickly infection rates are rising
or falling, the ratio of positive tests and the current and projected pressure on the NHS.

Some of the key aspects of Tier 3 restrictions are:


  • No mixing of different households indoors or outdoors, including hospitality venues and private gardens


  • The rule of six applies in outdoor public spaces such as parks


  • Pubs and restaurants closed, except for take-away and delivery services


  • Indoor entertainment venues closed


  • Accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites, and guest houses must close. There are several exemptions,
    such as for those who use these venues as their main residence, and those requiring the venues where
    it is reasonably necessary for work or education and training


  • Guidance against travelling in and out of Tier 3 areas


  • Personal care, such as hairdressing, is allowed


The Tier restrictions will come into effect from the beginning of Wednesday, 2 December (00.01).
Until then, the national restrictions will remain in place. The Government has said it will review tier allocations by 16 December.


Councillor Richard Burton, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said the authority would continue
to do everything it can to keep supporting local people and businesses through the pandemic.


He said: “This has been such a long battle against COVID-19 since March and we have seen a number of
different phases of restrictions on our daily lives but I’m confident the people of the East Riding will again
respond with the right attitude and a determination to do the right thing.


“The vast majority of our residents and businesses have been fantastic in their efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19
and in supporting each other through this pandemic. We’re asking you now to keep responding positively as we move
into this new phase and to do what is being asked of you so that we can return to some kind of normality as soon as
possible and as safely as possible.


“We know some residents, along with business owners, managers and workers, will be frustrated with this news and we
know there will be understandable concern about the situation but we will continue to do all we can to protect and
support our most vulnerable residents, to suppress the spread of this virus and to save lives.


“While dealing with the huge challenges COVID-19 presents, we will also do our utmost to continue to provide
essential services to our local communities and we’re again asking you to keep demonstrating that brilliant

#TogetherEastRiding public spirit to get through this.”


Cllr Burton said the council would keep helping residents and businesses with a range of support and advice,
from financial aid to health and wellbeing services.


He also said: “There are reasons for optimism. More is now known about COVID-19 than at the start of the
pandemic and good progress continues to be made in terms of vaccine development and the use of therapeutics
to aid in treatment.


“With these developments and our continued determination to get through this together, I’m confident that
the light at the end of the tunnel will shine on an
East Riding which is a fantastic and safe place to live, work,
shop, learn, play, invest and visit.”


Andy Kingdom, director of public health for East Riding of Yorkshire Council, urged residents to keep following
the council’s 3 Steps To Safety: Prevent. Notice. Act.


He said: “Handwashing, respecting social distance, ventilating inside spaces and wearing face coverings,
unless you are exempt, are simple but extremely effective ways people can help to prevent the spread of the virus.


“Equally important are always noticing when you have any of the COVID-19 symptoms and immediately acting
by self-isolating and getting tested as soon as possible.


“If people do these basic things correctly, then they can suppress the spread of the virus and not only protect
themselves but protect their loved ones and ultimately save lives.”


Further information about the Tier 3 restrictions and what you can and cannot do, along with advice about
helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and what support is available to residents and businesses, is available


If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 – either a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; or a loss or
change to your sense of smell or taste - you should self-isolate immediately and then request a test as
soon as possible at www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.


Letter from East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight re Tier 3 restrictions

Please click here for the open letter from Sir Greg Knioght regarding the Tier 3 restrictions under which East Riding residents will be living from next week until December 16 at the earliest. For the Government's Covid-19 winter plan click here



Local contact numbers for those self-isolating

Help at hand in Coronavirus emergency for self-isolating Skerne and Wansford residents

In the eventuality of having to self-isolate should you or a member of your family become infected—parish councillors and residents alike have rallied around.

They have created a network in both villages of people willing to pick up shopping, collect prescriptions, etc for the duration of the emergency or just to make a friendly telephone call.

In Skerne, Catherine Bristow has volunteered to coordinate this effort and in Wansford, Caroline Harrison has offered her services.

Already some people have indicated that they are willing to help in this way, and if you wish to join forces with them please be in contact.

Meanwhile, if you are in the ‘vulnerable’ group who has been advised by the Government to distance yourself socially it would be helpful if you could let us know.

While it behoves us all to look out for our neighbours at the best of times, at the worst of times it could be comforting to know for definite that someone, somewhere cares…

We are Catherine Bristow (Skerne) and Caroline Harrison (Wansford)

Our telephone numbers are: Catherine—250190, 07774 402577; Caroline—254452, 07703 354394

If you are self-isolating due to COVID-19 we can help with:

Picking up shopping, posting mail, a friendly phone call, urgent requests

Just call or text one of us and we’ll do our best to find someone to help you—
for free

Items should be left on your doorstep.

Keep in touch - join your village's Facebook group

A Wansford Facebook group has been set up for people to exchange snippets, post pictures, originate a discussion - whatever. It is called Wansford YO25 Community.  If you're already a Facebook member you can search for Wansford YO25 Community or can be emailed an invitation - just let the clerk know by emailing Sandwpclerk@yahoo.co.uk 

The only rules are that your are kind and courteous and to keep politics, religion and any contentious issues out of any discussion.

Public rights of way advice for cyclists and horseriders

The increased use of public rights of way has highlighted some issues concerning public rights of way and civil trespass, according to the ERYC, A key issue being an apparent lack of understanding about the different types of rights of way and where people can or cannot cycle or ride horses.

In light of this ERYC has produced this poster which gives a brief and positive guide to public rights of way, to help users identify appropriate routes to walk, cycle or ride.

By clicking on the appropriate place you can either preview or download it.

ERYC video highlighting the authority's Community Hub and where help is available 

Please click here

Letter to all residents from Humberside Police

Humberside Police letter to residents

Fraud and scam alert from Humberside Police

For details from Humberside Police on how to counteract fraud and scams of all types, click here

East Riding Covid-19 helpline for those self-isolating

A dedicated contact centre specifically for residents who don’t have that network of carers, family, friends, neighbours or local community groups to call upon is now up and running.

Staffed by council officers based either at County Hall or at home, the contact centre will triage and log calls from residents. The calls will then be passed to the HEY Smile Foundation who will call upon their bank of community groups and volunteers to act upon the request for help. In order to do this, nine community hubs are being set up in locations across the East Riding, in Anlaby, Beverley, Bridlington, Driffield, Goole, Holme-on-Spalding-Moor, Hornsea, Pocklington and Withernsea. These are not open to the public but are a place where volunteers can co-ordinate their help and support for the surrounding areas.  The volunteers are being supported by many council officers in all nine hubs.

The contact centre will have a dedicated number (01482) 393919 and will be open from 9am until 9pm Monday to Friday and from 9am until 6pm on Saturdays and Sundays. An email address is also available for those who wish to contact us electronically - covid@eastriding.gov.uk .

The aim of this service is not to take away, substitute for or replace the great work and community spirit that has been established over the last few weeks across the East Riding but to provide extra help and support for those residents who really need support with their daily living and who don't have carers, family, friends, neighbours or local community groups available to help.

This contact centre is not for emergencies or for those vulnerable residents who are in our adult care system. The people we want to help through this service are those who may be in self-isolation and need medicines or essential food collecting, pets that need walking or are maybe feeling lonely and would like to be able to chat with someone.


9am-9pm Monday-Friday

9am-6pm Saturday and Sunday

Tel: (01482) 393919

Email: covid@eastriding.gov.uk

Don't fall victim to scammers

During this difficult time not everyone will be endeavouring to help.

Unscrupulous people will be aiming to take advantage of the isolated with internet, telephone and doorstep scams of all sorts from offering hand sanitisers to the usual discount on your appliances insurance as well as recorded messages, such as those about ‘your’ Amazon account or, as has happened in Beverley, people pretending to be local health professionals knocking on your door.

Be very wary of all cold callers, unknown visitors however credible they may appear, and never give your bank details to anyone.

There are initiatives to help and it’s perhaps worth idling away some of your hours in isolation by logging onto Friends Against Scams at www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk, a Trading Standards initiative which aims to protect and prevent people becoming victims of scams and where there is much information on what to look out for whether the scam is via e-mail, telephone, letter or a well-dressed, personable individual standing on your doorstep.

Another website is www.actionfraud.police.uk where scams can be reported. Don’t let the emergency develop into a crisis; take care.

Information sheet re use of defibrillators

Click here for the information sheet re the use of defibrillators which was available at a defibrillator usage course held in Wansford Village Hall on February 11.

Powers and duties of parish councils

All parish councils have powers and duties (things that they may do and things that they must do) conferred upon them by statute. Click here to find a list of the duties and potential powers of your parish council. Note that no parish council is a highways authority or a planning authority. Neither is Skerne and Wansford Parish Council a burial authority although it uses the power to contribute towards the expenses incurred in the upkeep of the two villages' burial grounds.

A Jobcentre near me

To find you the local Jobcentre Plus offices as well as benefits and employment information, click here

Latest rural headlines

Covid 19 and rural economies

 Crafty Fingers

Monday afternoon craft sessions at Wansford Village Hall take place each Monday, from 1.30pm to 3pm. Take a project, learn a new craft, knit and natter or call in a for a cuppa. £1 entry.

Humberside Police: East Wolds and Coastal Beat latest edition

To access the latest local news from Humberside Police click here

Rural Vulnerability Service

 To access the Rural Vulnerability website, which tackles issues such as poor broadband speeds, rural transport, fuel poverty and health, click here.

Emergency plan

The Emergency Plan for Skerne and Wansford has now been compiled and a copy of it can be found in the Policies and Procedures section of this website. If you have any special skills or equipment you feel able to offer the community in the event of an emergency, please call on or contact the parish council clerk, using the contact form above, or any parish councillor.

 Village Hall coffee mornings

Weekly coffee mornings  usually take place in Wansford Village Hall  each Wednesday in aid of the hall refurbishment fund.  The cost is £1 and all members of the Skerne and Wansford community are welcome to attend as well as passers-by and visitors.

Safeguarding policy in the York diocese

Click here for the home page for safeguarding in the diocese of York, where you can find information and guidance concerning protecting children and vulnerable adults in your church.  For information about church services in the Nafferton and Hutton Cranswick benefices follow the link at the top of the page 

Weather outlook for East Yorkshire

For the Met Office local forecast click here


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Site last updated January 12 2021



Met Office regional forecast

Saturday, January 16, 2021 8:43:01 AM
Yellow warning of snow, ice affecting Yorkshire & Humber: East Riding of Yorkshire, Kingston upon Hull, North Lincolnshire, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, York valid from 0000 Sat 16 Jan to 1800 Sat 16 Jan