Coast to Coast Ride helps LUN

coastMany thanks to K.J. Pugh for raising funds for Lower Ure News on his Coast to Coast ride. Over three days, K.J. cycled with seven men from Boroughbridge across Lancashire, over the top of the Pennines, and across the Vale of York to the North Yorkshire coast. The ride is over, but you can still sponsor a section. With 13 days left on the Just Giving page, let’s see if we can reach our ambitious £600 goal! You can see how it’s going on the Just Giving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/LowerUreNews

Easter Walking Festival

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The walking group outside Myton Hall

Over 350 people enjoyed nine walks during the fifth Boroughbridge Walkers Are Welcome Easter Walking Festival.

The festival had a mixture of weather, but heavy rain on Easter Sunday morning did not deter people from the Marton-le-Moor Parish Walk, which provides an opportunity to look at the area’s past.

Organisers added a map reading training event to the festival for the first time, combined with a short three-mile circuit around Kirby Hill and Langthorpe. Attendance was not high, but there was good feedback from those who took part.

The sun shone for the ever-popular Myton-on-Swale and Battle of Myton Walk on Easter Monday with the temptation of an excellent tea at the end drawing in 75 people. The tea raised £300 for St Mary’s church at Myton.

This four-mile circular walk starts with a brief history of Myton’s Grade II* listed church, which was built in the 13th century, before walkers went to look at Myton Hall, styled on a French chateau, which was the seat of the Staypleton family from around 1693 and more recently the home of the late Sir Ken Morrison.

Nick Ramsden, who owns Myton Stud Farm with his brother Nigel, gave walkers an insight into agriculture on the 1,100-acre estate bought by their grandfather in 1933. It once employed around 30 people but today it is run by three.

The Stud Farm, where trotting ponies were bred, was built in 1870 and has been painstakingly restored. It is part of the Home Farm, which was designed in accordance with plans exhibited at the great Exhibition of 1851. Today the farmland is managed with the interests of wildlife as one of its priorities.

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Irene Robinson speaking about the restoration of Myton-on-Swale Bridge and the battle in 1319

The walk ended at the bridge over the River Swale, close to where the Battle of Myton was fought on September 20th, 1319. Irene Robinson, one of the leaders of the successful campaign to have the bridge restored, spoke about that project and gave details of the battle between forces led by the Archbishop of York, William Melton, and Scots raiders under the command of James Douglas and Thomas Randolph.

Three new routes were well received with The Rabbit Hill Walk proving popular with people who wanting a slightly longer, more challenging afternoon, with the opportunity to explore little know valleys to the east of the A168 leading to Marton-cum-Grafton.

Group chairman Barry MacCallum said “Thanks to support from Boroughbridge Chamber of Trade and sponsorship by local businesses, the event gave the town a festive air – particularly with shop windows dressed for the Easter Bonnets competition and treasure hunt clues.”

He also thanked the Hightimers amateur dramatics group for organising the Ghost walk, the Friends of Roman Aldborough for giving a guided tour on the Roman Ramble and the Boroughbridge Lions for stewarding.

Treasure Hunt Winner

treasurehuntHow’s this for a happy little face? Emma’s family won the Town Centre Treasure Hunt at last week’s Boroughbridge & Lower Ure Valley, Walkers are Welcome Easter Walking Festival. They come from Selby so great to see that the Festival is achieving its aim of attracting “out of towners” to our lovely home! Emma’s prize was a hamper full of goodies from a number of shops in the town and it was an absolute joy to see how happy it made her to receive it.

The hamper was made up with kind contributions from Baileys of Boroughbridge, Boroughbridge Hardware, K&G Farrers, ThinkFink, Gilchrists Family Bakers and Tearoom, Issima, Pybus Newsagents and Sweet FINK, but thank you to all the traders in the town who helped to mark the festival throughout the weekend.

From Boroughbridge Chamber of Trade @ChamberOfTradeBoroughbridge

Boroughbridge High School receives Rotary Donation

Rotary prize 1On Wednesday 3rd May, students of the School Council at Boroughbridge High School were delighted on behalf of the school to receive a cheque from the Rotary Club of Ripon Rowels for £300. Their kind donation will be used to purchase equipment for the school music department and will benefit all students. Student Councillors are shown here receiving the cheque from the club President Bernard Bateman and  Martin Brizzolara, alongside Deputy Head Teacher Kathryn Stephenson.

Jennyruth Workshops Open Day

image002Jennyruth Workshops is holding an OPEN DAY at
Unit 5, Red House Farm, Bridge Hewick, Ripon, HG4 5AY on Thursday 15 June 2017 from 10am to 1pm. Come and join us to celebrate some of our achievements and see us in action in the workshops. Refreshments served throughout.
Don’t miss it, it is always a fun event, with a great atmosphere and open to all. Enquiries: Tel. 01765 606620 or email info@ jennyruth.co.uk

Folk Nights at St Wilfrid’s Community Centre

An evening of live music is held on the last Friday of each month at St Wilfrid’s Community Centre,
Trinity Lane, Ripon. New performers are welcome or just come along and listen.  £3 on the door. The next sessions will be on Friday 30th June and Friday 28th July. Contact Tish on tishhw@ waitrose.com.

Marton cum Grafton Celebrates 25 Years of Open Gardens

Kilburnmead1On Sunday, 25th June 2017, Marton cum Grafton will host its Silver Jubilee Open Gardens by opening the gorgeous gardens of Marton cum Grafton, North Yorkshire from 11.00am-5.00pm.

This fun-packed day, offers a rare opportunity to explore the secrets of the hidden and private gardens of this charming village. They come in all shapes and sizes and the village’s elevated position allows for spectacular views over to the Yorkshire Dales (west) and White Horse (east).  Marton cum Grafton’s Open Gardens is a wonderful day out which will entertain all ages.

hostasThe theme of this year’s celebratory event will be the Silver Jubilee and a whole range of entertainment will be on offer to include: alocal art and crafts exhibition, a beautiful floral display in Christ Church along with plenty of village fete style fun and games on Grafton Green.  Once the stunning gardens have whetted the appetite, guests can enjoy delicious food in the Marton Village Hall, where lunch, cakes and drinks are available.  Whilst in Grafton the WI will be serving mouth-watering cakes and tea.  On Grafton Green BBQ sausages and ice creams will be on sale along with a sensational Pimms Bar.  A highlight for 2017 is a fantastic display of Vintage and Super Cars.

Roses on GarageA courtesy bus service is provided, taking people from one end of the village to the other.  Car parking is on offer and wheel chair access is available to many of the gardens.

All proceeds from the event will go towards community projects – adults £5.00, children free.  Marton-cum-Grafton is conveniently situated between York, Harrogate and Boroughbridge; just off the A168 (junction 47 or 48 of the A1).

Milby Island Improvement Project

SAM_2272The walk alongside the river Ure to Milby Lock from the bridge in Boroughbridge is an important asset for local people and for visitors alike. The amount of maintenance on this island between the river and canal has reduced in recent years resulting in a poorer environment and one which can only worsen as invasive plants such as Himalayan balsam and giant hogweed take hold. The area is now choked in the summer months by the Himalayan balsam which reaches eight feet in height, suppressing all other wild flowers and obstructing views of the river. The Milby Island Project has been set up by Charlie Merson, a Milby resident, and so far, has the support of Kirby Hill (Milby) and Langthorpe Parish Councils, The Canals and River Trust and Newby Hall Estate, the owner of the land.

SAM_2271At the end of March, as our picture shows, volunteers started work on clearance of large amounts of flood debris and dead timber so that later in the year the area can be ‘topped’ to eradicate the balsam and hogweed in selected areas – to open up views and let other plants have a chance. Lister Farms kindly loaned the heavy equipment and volunteers from Milby helped Charlie make a start on the project, which hopefully will be ongoing throughout the year if its aims are to be achieved.

If you would like to know more about the project or would like to volunteer to help please contact Charlie Merson martlets.fas@outlook.com

Martin Rae (Kirby Hill and District Parish Council)

Photographic Competition and Exhibition

Saturday, May 27 in the Jubilee Room above the library from 10am – 4pm. Keep your entries coming in! There is still time to take more photos – we need them in by May 13 at the latest.

If you have an old camera you would like to put into the exhibition? The camera could be analogue or digital. The display will be supervised at all times.

Come and have a relaxing cup of coffee – see the photos, meet your friends, bring your friends. There is easy access to the first floor by lift. Please contact Jane Barber – chair@yorevision.org.uk or ring 01423 325 808 for more details.

Running the Roman Home

Alex Croom, from Tyne and Wear Museums, will be giving a talk on Saturday 20th May, 2.30pm at Aldborough Village Hall. Alex looks after the archaeology collections of four museums within Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums. “As we look after two Roman Forts, much of the material is Roman in date, but the rest covers everything from Ancient Egypt to industrial archaeology of the late nineteenth century! Needless to say, I am particularly interested in the Romans and love trying to find out more about their everyday lives.”

Author of “Running the Roman Home” which explores the real everyday life of the Romans and the effort required to run a Roman household, Alex is currently acknowledged as one of the experts on this subject in the country. Her talk will use evidence from literary, archaeological and artistic sources to make comparisons with historical and modern parallels and to help bring a Roman household to life.

Alex is back by popular demand following her talk on ”Roman Costume in Northern England” in July 2016. Cost: Visitors £5.00 (Friends of Roman Aldborough members free)