Wednesday 8 December 2021

The lights are about to go out for a local group who have raised more than £50,000 over the past 15 years to keep Beverley looking festive at Christmas. The Beverley Christmas Lights Appeal Group has revealed it’s holding its last-ever fund-raising event in Saturday Market this Saturday – a tombola on their charity stall.  

Joy Jack, a member of the group, told Beverley FM: “Like other fund-raising organisations we have not been able to organise any events for nearly two years. Therefore, the group is spending the money we have left on new lights and will not be undertaking any further fund-raising. We are a small committee who rely on local traders and townspeople and have been fortunate to have their support. 

She continued: “Beverley Town Council is investing in the infrastructure during the coming year – new power sources, stress testing of the brackets and all of the practical and safety aspects, all of which is expensive and will mean that there should not be any problems in the future with lights not working.” 

East Riding College has announced that its Principal, Mike Welsh, will retire next Spring. During his four-and-a-half years in the post, Mike led the college through a very successful merger with TEC Partnership and raised quality and standards, achieving a Good OfSTED rating. He has overseen a number of significant developments, including the construction of a brand new Institute of Technology at the College’s Flemingate campus.  

And finally, Humberside Police are rolling out new test kits following a rise in incidents of people having their drinks spiked or injected with unknown substances. The kits are designed to recognise up to 20 different drugs and can be used by officers up to a day after the suspected incident has occurred, aiding their forensic investigations.