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Let's keep our watch ticking


Riccall Neighbourhood Watch is a well established and important group, recognised by the Police as one of the best within this area.

The group already has many key members but currently needs a Chairman to help drive the projects and priorities forwards. Interested?

Get in touch


Community Library to go ahead


Many thanks to the volunteers that have come forward to offer their time to help run the new community library that will be held at the Regen Centre. It is likely that the library will open on Monday mornings and Tuesday afternoons in the bar at the centre from early May this year.

Watch this space for details later in April and please do come and have a cup of coffee, relax and use the new library once it is up and running.

Riccall youth to carry the Olympic torch


Last year Danny Rodwell of Riccall was nominated to be a torch bearer in York. He recieved a phone call in November to say that he had been given a conditional offer, based on security and background checks and finally recieved an email this month to confirm his place.

He was nominated last May for his participation in cycling from John O' Groats to Lands End with his dad back in 2009, raising money for Cancer Research and also for his help with coaching youngsters at Riccall Utd.

Danny said 'This is a once in a life time experience and I feel very honoured to be given this opportunity.' 

The Council wishes Danny well with the experience and hopes that the community feels proud of his achievements. Well done Danny!

Abbey Leisure Centre users information

Abbey fire

Users of the Abbey Leisure Centre from across the district are being contacted by WLCT, the organisation that runs leisure services on behalf of Selby District Council. Members of the centre, badly damaged by fire earlier this week, are being written to advising them that all further direct debits for Profile members are being frozen.

Users that have paid for swimming lessons will have monies paid for courses refunded, however an alternative venue is being sought.

The cause of the severe fire is currently being investigated by forensic experts and the structural damage to the building is being assessed.

Both Selby District Council and WLCT are working with a number of other venues that could potentially be used to accomodate activities. Further details will be released as soon as they have been confirmed.

All leisure service users and members can also use the Tadcaster Leisure Centre - they can be contacted by phoning 01937 834375 or visiting

Leader of Selby DC, Cllr Mark Crane said, 'This has been an absolutely devastating fire. The damage is very extensive for all those who have enjoyed the revamped facilities. It has also been particularly heart breaking for all those who have worked so hard in recent years to ensure that centre benefitted from the state of the art facilities. Right now, the only consolation is that no-one was injured. I'd like to thank the fire service who worked so hard dealing with this incident and I'd like to praise the professionalism and dedication of the fire officers who did everything they could to bring the fire under control and make the area safe.'

Martin Eden, WLCT's Executive Director (Sport and Healthy Living) added, 'I would like to thank everyone who is working so hard behind the scenes to deal with this incident. Leisure centre users should be reassured that great efforts are being made to secure alternative venues for classes and lessons.'


Youth Group develops plans for improvements

Youth Group

A group of young people that approached the Council after filling in our recent 'youth survey' are currently developing plans to hopefully extend the skate park in Riccall. The group would like to additional facilities for BMX riders and have come up with a comprehensive set of designs.

The Council is currently working with the group to develop ideas, look at costs and possible funding, although no decisons have yet been taken about the possible new facilities.

If you want to join in, contact


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