Saturday 7 January 2023

EAST Yorkshire farmers are struggling to make ends meet, trying to cope with huge increases in overheads and a demand for cheaper food, councillors will be told at a meeting in Beverley on Wednesday. Cllr Jane Evison, supported by Cllr Charlie Dewhirst will be seeking backing at a full meeting of East Yorkshire Council, urging the authority to enlist the support of MPs and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for new policies to support UK agriculture. 

Among their demands will be urging the Government to set targets for all public sector organisations to buy 50 per cent or more of their food locally and to continue to give help with energy costs after April of this year. Cllr Evison told Beverley FM: “We cannot afford to allow the present situation to jeopardise the future of our farmers”.

BEVERLEY’S Parkway Cinema hosts a dementia-friendly film screening later this month, showing the current box office success Matilda the Musical. The screening is also suitable for those living with Autism – lights will be left on a little brighter than normal, the sound will be a little lower and where possible there will be no adverts or trailers before the film.

The session is being held on Thursday January 26 at 11.30am and for those arriving from 10.45 there will be free coffee, teas and biscuits. The discounted cost of entry is £4.50. Simon Foster, one of the organisers, told us: “I am trying to encourage more people to come out and enjoy the social gathering and friendly atmosphere we find at each event. It really is good fun for everyone.”