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Census 2021

Ready, steady, census

Census 2021 will provide a snapshot of modern society

Households across the Selby district area will soon be asked to take part in Census 2021.

The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.

It will be the first run predominantly online, with households receiving a letter with a unique access code, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets.

“A successful census will ensure everyone from local government to charities can put services and funding in the places where they are most needed,” Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at the Office for National Statistics, said.

“This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, schools and new transport routes. That’s why it is so important everyone takes part and we have made it easier for people to do so online on any device, with help and paper questionnaires for those that need them.”

Census day will be on March 21, but households across the country will receive letters with online codes allowing them to take part from early March.

The census will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, for the first time, there will be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.

For more information, visit

Or contact your local Census Engagement Manager:

017452 943159

Harry will be holding an open drop-in meeting every Thursday until the end of March.

Everyone is welcome to pass-by with any questions or offers of support they may have.

The invitation link is as below-

Selby Community Fridge - LAUNCHED

                                                              Selby Community Fridge - LAUNCHED



On Monday, Selby Big Local has launched the Selby Community Fridge - open at Community House on Portholme Road, three days a week, the Community Fridge is open to everyone. Free - Fresh - Food - For All.

A big thank you to our first group of businesses donating food: Tesco, Coop and Dawson and Sons Butchers.


Please share and visit us soon. We are operating in a Covid-secure manner so whether you'd like to collect or donate, please come along.


Follow us @selbycommunityfridge for updates or email

1️⃣ Q: Do you need a referral to use the Community Fridge?
A: No! Any body can use the Community Fridge. Our aim is to reduce waste in the community - so we’d love to see as many faces coming through our doors.
2️⃣ Q: Can anybody donate?
A: Yes! Everybody can donate. Please check our food acceptance lists before donating. We’d happily take any perishable goods you might be planning on wasting!
3️⃣ Q: When is it open?
A: Monday’s 12-6, Wednesday’s 12-4 and Fridays 12-4.
4️⃣ Q: Who runs the project?
A: Selby Community Fridge is led by Selby Big Local, supported by Selby District AVS with start-up funding from Defra Community Food Project Fund.
5️⃣ Q: How do you access the Community Fridge?
A: Just turn up during our opening times! No pre-booking necessary. Just keep an eye out on our social media to see what we have in the fridges on that day!

Introduction to Benefits Training

Introduction to Benefits Training

3, 10 and 17 February


Due to high demand for our Introduction to Benefits training we’re putting on

an additional online training course on Wednesday 3, 10 and 17 February from 10.00 – 4.00 each day.

 This popular three day course is designed to give people all the necessary tools they need to be able to accurately advise on benefit entitlement. You will have the opportunity to work through case studies and scenarios in a supportive and friendly environment. It provides helpful hints and tactics on how best to support clients through the complexity of the welfare benefit system.


Over the three days the course will cover:

·         an overview of the benefits system

·         benefit administration and how to challenge decisions

·         disability and carer benefits

·         benefits for people in and out of work, including Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit

·         benefits for older people

·         conditionality rules and how to avoid sanctions

Target Group: Introductory

This course is suitable for anyone whose role involves contact with clients who are entitled to benefits or struggling with the benefit system.

By the end of the course you will:

Feel confident about how the benefit system works, which benefits are applicable to your clients and how to support your clients with the claiming and assessment processes. You will also feel confident about calculating means-tested benefits and how to maximise benefit income.


There is a cost for this course.

Visit our website for further details and how to book:

Welfare Benefits Unit

17 Priory Street, York YO1 6ET

Telephone: 01904 646 058



Advice Line for North Yorkshire and York Advisers Telephone: 01904 642 512

Advice Line for North Yorkshire and York Advisers Email:

Traineeship Opportunities


There are some fantastic opportunities for 19 to 24 year olds throughout the whole of the county of North Yorkshire. They all come with work placements that could lead to employment, apprenticeships or further learning. 

In particular there are 4 vacancies within the finance and administration departments of NYCC, three in Northallerton and one in Harrogate. 



Rev Pete -YouTube - St Wilfred's Parish Brayton Church

Hello all

 I’m very aware that many of you will have the kids at home again, so just a reminder that I am continuing to record a weekly Pete in Touch Reboot with my buddy Angus McShoogle.  I normally record on a Monday morning, so it is usually available from about lunchtime on our parish YouTube channel: braytonparishselby.  Or just search Pete in Touch on YouTube.


Also a reminder that I record 2 versions each week, one aimed at EYFS/KS1 and one for KS2 age kids.  The video title makes it clear which one is which.


Angus and I do hope Pete in Touch is something that helps you all get through this ongoing challenging time!  We’d love to hear from you.


 Take care


Bye for now

Rev Pete

York & North Yorkshire Growth Hub - Nation Lockdown information and support

National Lockdown

National restrictions are in place across England which mean that some businesses must close in order to reduce social contact and stop the virus spreading.

Please check the national lockdown advice first on what you can and can’t do:

Check if your business or venue must close here:

If your business is affected there is support available, from furlough to cash grants:

Staying informed

As always, we are keen to promote the following as main sources of business support information:





It will come as no surprise that we have had to make some changes to our plans since our newsletter issued only on 1st January.  

 In summary, there will be no drop-in or gardening sessions in January.  The TadGrafters session will be on zoom as planned. We hope the February newsletter will be more positive.  


Like in the first lockdown we will, however, be able to supply kits for you to make and can deliver them to you if you are in the Tadcaster and Sherburn areas, (and the surrounding villages). We will collect made items hopefully at the February or March drop-off/pick-up sessions.  

 If you would like any supplies please email all the following information to 

  1. The kit or project you wish to be supplied and the quantity 
  2. Whether you require instructions or thread 
  3. The address where you would like the delivery (or the box at the Barn) 
  4. Any other specific requests/information 

    Sewing kits which can be supplied:  
  • Personal effects bags 
  • Tote bags 
  • Drawstring bags (varying sizes) 
  • Hearts and matching drain bags (sewing only) 
  • Yorkits Liners 
  • Facemasks (varying sizes) 

    Knitting/crochet supplies: 
  • Shawls 
  • Twiddlemuffs 
  • Flowers for community patchwork. As you will be already aware, we are creating a community patchwork to commemorate our community during the pandemic.   To add to the amazing sewn patches we have already, we would like to include more craft techniques including knitting and crochet.  

    Finished items should be a maximum of 13cm ( 5”)  square to leave space for a seam allowance. You don’t need to put them on squares but if you do, the squares should be 15cm (6”).  

    Please feel free to make a variety of poppies, buttercups, daffodils or any other colour or flower pattern from any time of year, as simple or complicated as you like, and add buttons and beads etc.    You don’t have to stick to flowers but these are some suggestions: 


    Marianna's Lazy Daisy Days: Knitted Summer Flowers 


    Marianna's Lazy Daisy Days: Anemone Flowers  

    How to crochet a flower - Gathered 

    If you find a pattern you like you can share the link on the group chat.  Completed flowers can be handed in at a drop-in session. The deadline will be when we get to the end of the pandemic. 


    If you haven’t already done so, please help us by filling in our 5 minute anonymous questionnaire and give us some quotes to let us know what you think of Tadcrafters: 

    The information will be used to write an impact report. 

Look after yourselves.


Important Covid-19 information from North Yorkshire County Council

These are unprecedented times and we recognise that going into a third national lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic will be very difficult for many of you. We are sending you this email to help you to understand what this means for us all in North Yorkshire, and to make sure you know what support is available. We also want you to know that no-one in North Yorkshire should feel alone.

 What is the current risk?

The new variant of the virus moves between people much more easily. A small amount of exposure can lead to infection. We know that people mixing inside homes has been a key way in which the virus transfers, so please play your part and do not meet other people inside. Infection rates have been rising very quickly in many areas of North Yorkshire, regardless of how rural the communities are. It is important to remember that one in three people with Covid has no symptoms and can be spreading it without knowing.


Here is a summary of the key points of this national lockdown. You are only allowed to leave home to:

  • shop for essentials for your household or a vulnerable person/people you are helping and this should be as locally as possible;
  • go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot work from home;
  • exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day and you should stay local;
  • meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one;
  • seek medical help or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse); and
  • attend education or childcare, for anyone who is eligible.


You can find information from the government website. You can find out more about help and advice in this area on the county council website.


What is a support bubble?

If you live alone or are a single parent who lives only with your children, you can meet one other household without social distancing. This is called a support bubble. Not everyone meets the government criteria for a support bubble and you can check if you do on the government website, above.



The main symptoms are a new and continuous cough, a fever, loss of taste and/or smell.  Find out more about the symptoms.


If you feel unwell, with even mild Covid symptoms, please protect your friends and family by behaving as though you are infectious – self-isolate and book a test. You can book a test
or call 119.


If you are required to isolate, you must comply for the full period required. This is ten days for anyone who tests positive or 14 days if you live with, or have come into contact with, anyone who tests positive. You are increasing the risk for others if you do not.


Supporting each other

Thank you to everyone looking out for friends and neighbours, and the many thousands of volunteers helping people across North Yorkshire. Please keep checking on people who might need a hand with things like shopping, collecting medication of just having someone to talk to. A brief telephone chat can make a huge difference to people who may feel lonely or isolated. Please keep in touch with friends and neighbours by phone or online. Find advice about how to help safely.


We all know that mental and physical health is important. All of us are allowed to undertake daily exercise, outdoors, once a day if we can. As long as we keep two metres apart, we can exercise with someone from another household, too.


What to do if you need help

If you need help with shopping or other essentials, please let family, friends or neighbours know how they can help you. If you do not have anyone to help you, you can contact us and we will direct you to help in your area.


You can complete an online form to let us know what help you need to let us know what help you need. We are currently dealing with a high number of phone calls, so please use this form if you can. If you do not have access to the internet, our contact centre is open seven days a week between 8am and 5.30pm so please call 01609 780 780.



People who are clinically extremely vulnerable are being asked to shield again. If you are in this group, the government will write to you with the latest advice. We will continue to offer support to North Yorkshire residents who are asked to shield. There is an online form to let us know what support you need. If you do not have access to the internet, our contact centre is open seven days a week between 8am and 5.30pm so please call  01609 780 780.


Vaccine roll-out

The NHS in North Yorkshire is working hard to roll out vaccinations across many sites that are equipped to deliver it. When it is your turn, your GP will contact you directly and give you an appointment. If you cannot attend, please let them know so they can re-arrange the appointment for you and vaccinate someone else. Surgeries and other NHS staff are really busy, so it is important everyone remains patient and waits for their invitation.


Team North Yorkshire

As well as working with a network of community support organisations helping people right across the county, North Yorkshire is fortunate to have a strong spirit of volunteering. There are hundreds of people out there who can help you so please do not feel alone. Thanks again for looking out for those around you. We know that many people will want to get involved in their communities and help where they can. If you have the time and want to volunteer, we can introduce you to local organisations in your own community. See more information about volunteering.


Buy Local

If you cannot get out, there are also lots of great North Yorkshire businesses standing by to deliver services and shopping direct to you. There has probably never been a more important time to support local businesses. We encourage you to shop locally to support jobs and the economy at this really difficult time. Please have a look at our Buy Local website for details of businesses in your area.


Thank you

Even with the new lockdown measures, we still have personal responsibilities to protect ourselves, our families, friends and neighbours. Please remain careful, whether at home or outside for the permitted reasons. Act as if you have the virus and Stay Home, Protect the NHS and Save Lives. Thank you.


Richard Flinton | Chief Executive, North Yorkshire County Council

Louise Wallace | Director of Public Health, North Yorkshire County Council

Online Arthritis Action Groups


Online Arthritis Action Groups

 Arthritis Action Groups are an opportunity for people with arthritis to talk with others and share their tips on how to manage their arthritis and stay active whilst at home, and we actively welcome new attendees. We discuss a variety of self-management techniques. Participants will need to contact us directly for the log in instructions for the meeting, and we have produced ‘How To’ guides for those not familiar with using Zoom.


18th Jan 6pm      Midlands & North Evening Online Arthritis Action Group             

Topic: Self-Management for 2021


25th Jan 2pm      North East and Yorkshire Online Arthritis Action Group

Topic: Self-Management for 2021


1st March 6pm  Midlands & North Evening Online Arthritis Action Group             

Topic: Dealing with Emotions   


12th March 2pm  North East and Yorkshire Online Arthritis Action Group  

Topic: Dealing with Emotions

For joining details see     



Bogus Police Officer telephone scam

Yesterday, 12th January 2021, North Yorkshire Police received 6 reports from across the county where victims had received a call from a male claiming to be a police officer. In each report the name given by the fraudster and the force area they claimed to work from differed but the approach to the victim was always the same.

The 'officer' would claim that they had a male in custody they believed to be the grandson/nephew etc of the person being called and that this person was in possession of their bank and credit cards. The person being called was asked to immediately call their bank or the police on 911 to verify this was genuine. This was when the potential victims realised the call was a scam as they were told not to necessarily wait for a dialling tone and to use the phone they were talking on. Obviously if the intended victim did this, they would not be talking to their bank or the police but to the fraudsters.

Please be aware of this type of call and remember, if you ever do need to contact the police or bank to verify, use a different line from the one being called on. Never allow yourself to be rushed and if in doubt immediately terminate the call.

If you need to contact North Yorkshire Police please call 101 or in an emergency dial 999.  Alternatively please email any non urgent enquiries to:


Safer Internet Day - North Yorkshire Police - Ask the Experts Tuesday 9th February 2021 7pm-9pm online event

Tuesday 9th February 2021 is national and international ‘Safer Internet Day’. With more people working from home and children now having their school lessons online, the need to use the internet more safely and securely has never been greater. North Yorkshire Police are hosting another of the popular ’Ask the Experts’ evening to support Safer Internet Day. This online event will consist of a number of presentations from officers from our Cyber Crime Unit and Online Abuse & Safeguarding Unit.  Richard De Vere from the Anti-Social Engineer will give an insight into the tricks scammers use to manipulate their victims. As usual there will be the opportunity to ask questions of our panel of experts.

This event will be conducted using Microsoft Teams and persons registering for the event will be emailed a link prior to the date. You do not need to have Microsoft Teams installed on your computer to participate, just a good internet link

To register for the event please click on the below link

Grit for use on public highways

The Parish Council purchases grit for use on public footways. This is mainly used by Snow Patrol volunteers. Whilst we don't have a problem with other individuals using the grit on footways, please do NOT use it on private drives. The grit is not for personal use. Thank you.

Covid Vaccine Scam

On behalf of Neighbourhood Watch.

We have been alerted to a highly believable scam which starts with a text and advises the user that they are eligible to apply for the vaccine and to click on the link in the text message.  The user is then led to a webpage, which looks very convincing and asks them to complete some details, in order for them to be able to apply for the vaccine.

Follow this ink for more information.

If you need to contact North Yorkshire Police please call 101 or in an emergency dial 999.  Alternatively please email any non urgent enquiries to:

Council reassures residents and businesses following the announcement of further national restrictions

Following the announcement from the Prime Minister, Selby District Council is reassuring residents and businesses that it will continue to support local communities after further national restrictions were introduced.

Leader of Selby District Council, Cllr Mark Crane, said, “We’re seeing an alarming rise in cases across the country and that situation is mirrored here in the Selby district. We must all remember to follow the advice to wear face coverings, wash our hands and follow social distancing advice.

“Once again we find ourselves in a fast-moving situation but we will continue to do all we can to make sure residents, businesses and communities are supported. We’re working hard to respond to the latest changes and will continue to deliver our services in a safe, calm and considered way. This is how we can best support people and businesses in our district.

“Our work to support our community continues both in terms of our behind the scenes work and on the frontline too. We are also working hard to ensure businesses understand the latest restrictions and are aware of the new support that is available. We’re waiting for detailed guidance from the Government about how many of the new funding and support schemes should be administered and are working hard to get this information to the businesses that need it.

“We continue to share information through our website, by telephone or email and through our social media channels too in order to keep everyone up to date.

“The way our staff, communities and businesses have come together during this pandemic has demonstrated the very best of our district at a really difficult time. The vaccine roll-out is a light at the end of this lockdown tunnel and I know we will pull together to get through this difficult time."

Detailed service information, as well as information about the support for businesses and residents in the district is available on Selby and Tadcaster Leisure Centres and Summit Indoor Adventure are closed. Waste and recycling collections continue as normal. 


Selby DC

Community Library - closed today

The Community Library will be closed today.  Sorry for any inconvenience. 

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