Firefighters Tackle Skirlaugh Bunaglow Blaze

FIRE crews from East Hull and Preston fire stations who were called to a home in Skirlaugh arrived on scene to find a bungalow heavily alight.
Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used a main water jet and a hosereel to fight the fire and stop it spreading to adjacent properties in Langdale Villas.

Once extinguished, crews used a PPV fan to force smoke out of the bungalow involved in fire and the neighbouring home.

Tiles had to be removed and the fire crews place salvage sheets on the roof as a temporary cover until repairs can be affected.

A Humberside Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: "It appears that the occupants will have to move out of the home until the local council can visit the premises to inspect the damage with a view to starting repair work."

A working smoke alarm alerted the occupants to the fire.

"The fire was started accidentally, probably an electrical fault was to blame," said spokesman Glenn Ramsden, who added: "A tragic story at any time of year but especially close to the festive period.

"Thankfully the working smoke alarm drew attention to the problem and crews were able to focus on firefighting as soon as they arrived with no worry of having to search for the occupants."

Dave Hopkin Tribute

Tributes have been paid to a retired village police officer and founder of an amateur football club.

David Hopkin died of stomach cancer at his home in Bransholme, aged 54. The father-of-four was diagnosed with cancer in March.

Despite intensive treatment, the disease spread to his lungs and lymph nodes. His heartbroken family described him as a "true gentleman". Mr Hopkin retired from Humberside Police three years ago after serving as a police constable for 30 years.

During that time, he received many commendations for his work, which included undercover operations and work as an exhibits officer. He was also on the beat in Skirlaugh for many years.

Skirlaugh Hit With Electricity Problems

Electricity problems return to the village today after several small power cuts called "Auto Re-Closure". Early this afternooon three power outages and one just moments ago at 7pm resulted in loss of power to Skirlaugh all be it for several seconds.

The Village website contacted YEDL and they are currently on site locating the fault which could be caused by wildlife and birds flying in to the overhead power lines. Anyone wishing to contact YEDL regarding the current problems can do so on 0800 375675.

Replacement Vicar Found For Mr Perry

A Priest-in-Charge has been appointed for Skirlaugh with Long Riston, Rise and Swine. The following announcement, issued by the Bishop, was read in the churches in our parishes on Sunday 27th July. “The Reverend Christopher John Simmons, Vicar of Pocklington and Owsthorpe and Kilnwick Percy with Great Givendale and Millington & Priest-in-Charge of Burnby, Hayton, Huggate, Londesborough, Nunburnholme and Shiptonthorpe has been appointed to the post of
Priest-in- Charge of Skirlaugh with Long Riston, Rise and Swine. This appointment is made subject to the necessary Criminal Records Bureau disclosure. Mr Simmons is to be Licensed in Skirlaugh by the Bishop of Hull at 7.30pm on Monday 10th November, 2008”
We congratulate Chris Simmons on his appointment and look forward to him taking up his new post in November. A personal message from Chris will be in the next newsletter.

Skirlaugh Plunge For Charity

Sarah Cawthorn from Skirlaugh is to take a 10,000ft plunge to raise money for a charity close to her heart.
Just a year ago the 24-year-old was diagnosed with lupus – a disease that affects the body's immune system. After struggling for many months to come to terms with the diagnosis and getting to grips with the fact there is still no known cure for the disease, Sarah decided to take a positive leap.
She signed up to do a parachute jump for charity Lupus UK.
The challenge will see her descend from an aeroplane for almost two miles before reaching the ground.


“I was going through a pretty bad patch and I was in denial about the diagnosis.
“I was struggling to come to terms with the fact I had lupus when one day I just thought 'enough is enough'.
“I was determined to turn something negative into something very positive.
“I thought about what would be best, what would really get people interested in sponsoring me and what would be the biggest challenge personally.
“Being afraid of heights and absolutely petrified of flying I can't think of anything tougher.
“I am looking forward to the help the money I raise will offer, but at the same time I'm quite scared of doing the jump.”
Sarah has already raised £100 in sponsorship for the jump, which is due to take place over Bridlington on October 4.

To sponsor her, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Computer Screens Stolen

Four computer screens were stolen from a mobile library belonging to East Riding Council, between July 2 and July 5. Anyone with information is asked to call police on (01482) 597900.

Skirlaugh Loses Power

THOUSANDS of homes across East Yorkshire experienced power cuts today, caused by gusts of up to 55mph.
According to CE Electric, distributors of power for the north east, including Yorkshire, about 3,000 homes had blackouts. At 6pm on Sunday, about 500 homes were still without electricity in areas covered by the postcodes HU17 and HU11, which includes Beverley and its surrounding villages including Skirlaugh which had power restored within about 90 minutes.
Pete Carr, spokesman for CE Electric, said: “Emergency teams are on the ground carrying out repairs to damaged overhead power lines.
“At its peak, about 2pm, we estimate 3,000 homes were without power.”

Skirlaugh Motorcyclist Fights For Life After Fatel Crash

A woman has died and a motorcyclist is fighting for his life in hospital after a collision in East Yorkshire.

The 20-year-old Hull woman was pronounced dead at Hull Royal Infirmary after a Kawasaki motorbike left the B1242 road between Atwick and Hornsea and collided with her as she walked along the path with a bicycle.
The 24-year-old motorbike rider, from Skirlaugh, was taken to Hull Royal Infirmary, where his condition was described as critical. The road was closed for several hours.

Anyone with information can contact Humberside Police on 0845 6060222.