A formidable Frenchwoman at the Linton Antique Society – Linton Antique Society March 2016

The illegitimate daughter of a financier exiled for fraud, the mistress of King Louis XV for 21 years, which gave her huge political influence, Madame de Pompadour spent fortunes on the decorative arts and was responsible for the development of the porcelain manufactory at Sèvres, which became one of the most famous in Europe. On 10th March at 8.00pm at Linton Memorial Hall, Nicholas Merchant will tell the fascinating story of this remarkable woman and her legacy.

The guest speaker at the Society’s Annual Lunch on 17 March at Wetherby Golf Club is TV antiques expert James Lewis, who regularly appears on Flog It! and Antiques Road Trip. Open to all, the event costs £25.

Further details on www.lintonantiquesociety.org.uk or by phoning 01937 589020.

Next Meeting and AGM: 14 April, 7.30pm. The Rise and Fall of Georgian York with Julia Mander. Note change of speaker.

A copy of the press release may be downloaded here.

Collingham & Linton Wood Rescue

Collingham & Linton volunteer project is one of the first to get the backing of Tesco’s Bags of Help Scheme

Collingham and Linton are fortunate to have a valuable wooded recreation area beside the River Wharfe, regularly frequented by walkers, picnickers and anglers. In recent years, this has become very overgrown, with trees falling regularly and blocking the paths and Beck.  The flooding on 26 December 2015 has also caused serious damage to the river bank.

The area is owned by the Parish Council and we have embarked on a project to tidy the wood to make it a more pleasant area to walk in and to preserve the existing trees. Our aim is to clear the major debris to make the area safe and pleasant to walk in and to remove any dead and dying trees, while improving the health of the remaining ones.  Removing ivy from the floor of the wood and from some of the trees will ensure that light gets into the wood and encourages the growth of flora and natural seeding of broad-leaved trees.  We also intend to repair the steps up to the wood from the river and install bat boxes and an owl box in the larger trees.

The project got underway last month with a successful volunteer session, when we removed large amounts of litter and fallen branches from the area near the car park but there is still a long way to go.  We have organised three more afternoon sessions on the 21st February, 20th March and 17th April, from 1.00pm to 4.00pm and are also arranging professional help and advice for the tree-felling and more major works. Leeds City Council is supporting this project by providing valuable help and advice.

We have heard this week that we have been successful in obtaining a Tesco Bags of Help grant for at least £8,000 towards the costs of the project.

Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative across hundreds of regions in England and Wales. The scheme will see three community groups and projects in each region awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge.

Bags of Help offers community groups and projects in each of Tesco’s 390 regions across the UK a share of revenue generated from the five pence charge levied on single-use carrier bags. For more information about Bags of Help, go to www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp

Our grant could be increased to either £10,000 or £12,000, depending on the vote that will take place in Tesco stores from 27th February to the 6th March. So please vote for our scheme if you are in Tesco during that period and if you could join us for the volunteer sessions you would be very welcome (chocolate is provided!). Please register your interest by e-mailing Collingham.wood@orangehome.co.uk

We feel that improving this area is even more important now, in view of the devastation caused by the flooding in that area and the loss of the Beach.

The illustrated notice may be viewed here.

Linton / Collingham Bridge – Update 18/2/2016

Linton Bridge has been closed to pedestrians and vehicles since 27 December 2015 due to flood damage. It is expected to remain closed for several months.

One of the piers (bridge supports) in the river has settled, causing the arches to crack the carriageway and parapets to settle.

Leeds City Council is working with BAM Nuttall and Mott MacDonald Joint Venture Ltd (BMM JV Ltd) to investigate the flood damage, protect the structure from further damage, and design the repairs.

Work will commence next week (22nd February) to undertake some repair work to the foundation of the south pier. This will start with construction of a haul road in the field adjacent to the bridge to facilitate access to the river. A platform will then be constructed in the river to permit the use of construction plant in the river. The repairs will include stabilisation of the pier and temporary scour protection to prevent further damage by flood water.

In order to construct the temporary road through the field, all plant and materials will be delivered via Linton Road. The Lady Hastings C of E school is at the west end of this road so all deliveries will be made outside of school arrival and leaving times. We will brief all delivery drivers of the school and request they restrict their speed to 20mph along Linton Road.

This work will be undertaken with the approval of the Environment Agency, with due regard to flood risk. Extra construction plant will be on site so that the river platform can be removed quickly if necessary.

This is the first phase of our stabilisation work and further works, including permanent repairs, are under development.

We will provide further updates when we have an outline way forward for permanently repairing the bridge, expected to be mid-March.

We are continuing work on the feasibility of providing a temporary footbridge.

We understand that the closure is causing inconvenience to road users and pedestrians, and we are exploring all options for arrangements to mitigate for the closure.

Users of public transport may find information at the following websites helpful:

• http://www.wymetro.com/travelnews/busalerts/Linton_Bridge/

• http://www.generationm.co.uk/News/TravelDisruptionPage/

Thank you in anticipation of your patience.

Leeds City Council 0113 222 4407.

(If you want to be on a contact list for further updates by email, please contact lintonbridge@leeds.gov.uk)

A copy of this note (as released by Leeds City Council) may be viewed here.

Fund raising events

History Wardrobe Ladies Lunch

What an afternoon of fun and laughter was had by all on Friday 5th February at Linton Memorial Hall.  Lucy Adlington’s ‘Fab and Groovy’ presentation went down a storm as we all reminisced about the bygone days of our youth.

Thanks to your kind generosity we raised the grand sum of over £2,500 which will be donated to the Multiple Sclerosis Trust.

Raising money was never so much fun.  Thank you so much for your continued support.


The Linton Village Fundraisers next event

St George’s Day Party on Saturday 23rd April from 7.30pm in Linton Memorial Hall.

For full details please see the flyer – Side 1 and Side 2.

Linton / Collingham Bridge – Update 29/01/2016

Linton Bridge has been closed to pedestrians and vehicles since 27 December 2015 due to flood damage. It is expected to remain closed for several months.

One of the piers (bridge supports) in the river has settled, causing the arches to crack the carriageway and parapets to settle.

Leeds City Council is working with BAM Nuttall and Mott MacDonald Joint Venture Ltd (BMM JV Ltd) to investigate the flood damage, protect the structure from further damage, and design the repairs.

A number of surveys are planned or have been completed at the time of writing, including an underwater survey of the foundations of the bridge, and improved monitoring of the settlement of the bridge to help us assess its ongoing stability.

Work to improve the signing of the diversion route is in progress. This will include more robust signing, with information boards on the site, and improved signs to assist businesses.

We understand that the closure is causing inconvenience to road users and pedestrians, and we are exploring all options for arrangements to mitigate for the closure.

Users of public transport may find information at the following websites helpful:

  • http://www.wymetro.com/travelnews/busalerts/Linton_Bridge/
  • http://www.generationm.co.uk/News/TravelDisruptionPage/

We will provide further updates when we have completed the initial investigation work and we have an outline way forward for repairing the bridge, expected to be mid-March.

Thank you in anticipation of your patience.

Leeds City Council 0113 222 4407.

(If you want to be on a contact list for further updates by email, please contact  lintonbridge@leeds.gov.uk)

A copy of this note (as released by Leeds City Council) may be viewed here.

Linton / Collingham Bridge (BBC Look North Report) – Update 22/01/2016

Linton Bridge – Look North report 20/01/16

You may already be aware that Look North reported the reopening of Linton Bridge in their evening broadcast on Wednesday 20/01/16.

The programme showed footage of Linton Bridge, but the report was corrected later in the bulletin; the report was about a bridge at Linton-on-Ouse in North Yorkshire.

The original report is at about 14mins 40 secs, and the correction is at about 23mins 17secs.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b06wdkfb/look-north-yorkshire-20012016

For avoidance of doubt, the position remains as per our last update.

Bridges Manager

Engineering Services

Leeds City Council

Fakes and Forgeries at the Linton Antique Society – February 2016

A constant problem for antique dealers and auctioneers is how to determine whether the goods they sell are authentic. Robert Soper, in his 30 years in the antiques trade, often dealt with such issues and the identification of items that were ‘not quite right’. A specialist in Chinese Porcelain and Early English watercolours, his talk at Linton Memorial Hall on Thursday 11 February at 8.00pm will cover Chinese monochromes, false marks on porcelain, verifying watercolours and the problem of furniture, where faking takes place on an industrial scale. He will also reminisce about the Harrogate forger Gordon Wright.

Entrance is free to Society members but non-members are also welcome: entrance is £5.00 on the door.

Contact Mrs Barbara Hepburn on 01937 582243 to join or download the form on the Society’s website: www.lintonantiquesociety.org.uk.

Next talk: 10 March 2016, 8.00pm: Madame de Pompadour and Sèvres Porcelain with Nicolas Merchant.

A copy of the press release may be downloaded here.

TV antiques expert to be guest speaker at Linton Antiques Society Annual Lunch

TV antiques expert to be guest speaker at Annual Lunch

The guest speaker at Linton Antique Society’s Annual Lunch on Thursday 17 March will be James Lewis, who regularly appears on TV programmes such as Flog It! and Antiques Road Trip. James, a former Auctioneer of the Year, is head of Bamfords, the Derby firm of auctioneers and valuers, and specialises in furniture, sculpture and pictures. He has organised many country house and estate sales.

The event, to be held at Wetherby Golf Club, starts at 10.30am, with James speaking about his work and, if time permits, giving valuations, and closes with a three-course lunch. It costs £25 a head and is open to all; further information and a downloadable booking form is available on the Society’s website at http://www.lintonantiquesociety.org.uk/Annual%20Lunch%202016.pdf

A copy of the press release may be downloaded here.

Linton / Collingham Bridge – Update 14/01/2016

The following has been received from the Bridges Manager (Engineering Services Leeds City Council).

Linton Bridge has been closed to pedestrians and vehicles since 27 December 2015 due to flood damage.

One of the piers in the river has settled, causing the arches to crack the carriageway and parapets to settle.

Leeds City Council is working with BAM Nuttall and Mott MacDonald Joint Venture Ltd (BMM JV Ltd) to investigate the flood damage, protect the structure from further damage, and design the repairs.

A number of things will be happening on site in the next few days:

  • On Friday this week, a drone survey will be undertaken. This will enable a safe examination of the defects (above the water) more closely.
  • This will be followed by a survey to accurately scan the current shape of the arches and the road to help us model the bridge and design the repairs.
  • Equipment to monitor the settlement of the bridge remotely will be installed to help us assess the ongoing stability of the arch.
  • A bathymetric survey will be undertaken remotely to establish the current profile of the river bed in the vicinity of the bridge.

None of these surveys will affect the areas to which the public currently has access. These surveys will be undertaken by colleagues from BMM JV Ltd and their subcontractors, working on behalf of Leeds City Council.

  • Work to improve the signing of the diversion route is in progress. This will include more robust signing, with information boards on the site, and improved signs to assist businesses.
  • Barriers, in the form of cubic bags of planings/gravel, have been placed at each end of the closed section, just outside our locked barriers, to more effectively preclude vehicles from the bridge.
  • Whilst it is not an area to which the public normally has access, we will be erecting fencing underneath the north (Linton end) arch with signing to warn people not to enter the area under the bridge. We will also fence the area adjacent to the bridge, off the riverside path on the south (Collingham end) river bank.

The bridge is expected to remain closed for several months.

We understand that the closure is causing inconvenience to road users and pedestrians, and we are exploring all options for arrangements to mitigate for the closure.

Users of public transport may find information at the following websites helpful:

http://www.wymetro.com/travelnews/busalerts/Linton_Bridge/

http://www.generationm.co.uk/News/TravelDisruptionPage/

Bridge closure – TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF TRAFFIC AND SUSPENSION OF WEIGHT LIMIT ORDERS

ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 – SECTION 14(2)
ROAD TRAFFIC (TEMPORARY RESTRICTIONS) ACT 1991
LEEDS CITY COUNCIL (LINTON ROAD (PART) COLLINGHAM, LEEDS)
(TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF TRAFFIC AND SUSPENSION OF WEIGHT LIMIT ORDERS) ORDER 2016

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that because of the likelihood of danger arising to the public on or near the under mentioned highway (bridge stability) Leeds City Council intends in not less than 7 days’ time to make an Order the effect of which will be that no person shall cause or permit any vehicle to travel along Linton Road, Collingham Leeds at the bridge.
It will also be necessary to temporarily suspend the existing 18 Tonne Weight Limit Order on Wetherby Road, Collingham Leeds between its junction with Boston Spa roundabout to Wattlesyke and the 7.5 Tonnes Weight Limit Order on Market Place/Westgate, Wetherby between High Street and Linton Road.
Diversionary routes for vehicles affected by the closure will be available via Harewood Road; Main Street; Wetherby Road; Boston Road; Market Place; Westgate; Linton Road and Linton Lane and vice versa.
The Order is intended to come into operation on Friday 15 January 2016 and will remain in force for a period of 18 months.
All communications with regard to this Notice should be addressed to City Services, Selectapost 6, Ring Road, Middleton Leeds LS10 4AX, for the attention of Mr K Harkis Ref: TC 8277 or site contact Mr D Aspinall Tel: (0113 2243871).
Dated this 8 day of January 2016
Leeds City Council
Civic Hall
LEEDS
LS1 1UR

A copy of the formal notice can be downloaded from here.