Jigsaw Club

Jigsaw Club meets in the Jubilee Room above Boroughbridge Library on the first and third Thursdays each month from 2 to 4pm. Come and join us for a cuppa whilst doing a jigsaw. We have many jigsaws which can be completed in a session and the facility to store part finished jigsaws. £1 per session. Contact 01423 341982.  Next sessions will be on February 7th and 21st, and on March 7th and 21st.

Witness a 17th century Witches Trial…. for BCC

Boroughbridge Community Care are arranging a fundraising evening in the Coronation Hall on Saturday January 26th, 7pm. This will be a presentation by Dr Keith Rix, who is a Forensic
Psychologist and the theme will be a historical court case involving a witches trial.

The charge will be £10 and will include a glass of wine and nibbles

Tickets are available from the BCC office, telephone 01423 324504

Brighter Boroughbridge News

On one of the coldest days of the year, volunteers gathered at Chatsworth Grove to tidy the garden there. They worked and chatted enjoying the chance to be together again after the long winter break. There were a few snowdrops and many other bulbs visible but not ready to brave the chill yet.

So much leaf debris was cleared the compost heap nearly overflowed so David compressed it by climbing in!

If you go down to Chatsworth today you are sure of a big surprise. No, not teddy bears but metal animals can now be discovered lurking in the bushes near the path. See if you can discover all six

The Brighter Boroughbridge & District AGM will be held on Tuesday 19th February, 7.30pm at 1 Hall Square Boroughbridge.

The Birds in Your Garden – Roosting

Starlings (Tommy Holden)

It’s maybe something you’ve not thought much about, but where do garden birds go at night? During long, cold winter nights they need not only to keep warm, but also to keep out of reach of a range of predators such as cats, owls, rodents and stoats or weasels.

The habits of roosting birds are diverse. Sparrows, Wrens and Chaffinches seem to vanish at dusk. They secrete themselves away in dense foliage, cracks or crevices, and avoid drawing attention to their whereabouts.

It’s a juggling act: trying to find enough shelter to keep warm and conserve energy, without increasing the risk of attack. Too close to the trunk and there could be danger from a rat or stoat, too far out on a limb means vulnerable to a sharp-eyed owl. The branch acts as an intruder alarm; a motion sensor providing a split-second warning of danger.

Ivy is one of the UK’s few native evergreen plants. Much maligned it is often accused of strangling trees. However, it should be celebrated and valued for the pivotal role it plays in providing wildlife with food and shelter.

The nest box that was used earlier to raise a brood of youngsters might now provide a snug bed for the night for a single Blue or Great Tit. They really do seem to prefer their own company at night, but for Wrens it is definitely a case of the more the merrier. The record number found roosting in a single nest box stands at 62. If you turned your nest-box camera off at the end of summer, it is worth switching it on again. You never know who might be using it as a winter residence.

Crows, swallows, swifts and starlings aren’t closely related, but they share some incredible communal roosting behaviours. For social or safety reasons or for warmth, some species choose to sleep together—sometimes in very large numbers. The spectacle of these flocks gathering at dusk is really something, whether the murmuration of Starlings, the rowdy evening antics of Rooks and Crows or the skeins of geese and gulls heading for the safety of a local waterbody.

To cope with this perilous situation, birds have developed a range of abilities, such as sleeping with one eye open. The eyes of most birds (unlike humans) send information to only one side of the brain, so unihemispheric slow-wave sleep allows birds to have one hemisphere of their brain in a deep sleep whilst the other remains awake and alert.

Most garden birds are Passerines, perching birds, which manage to stay put while they’re asleep, having developed “flexor tendons” in their legs that involuntarily clasp shut when they squat on a perch. The tendons won’t relax until the bird straightens its leg to leave.

If you find the lives of our garden birds to be of interest and would like to join in and count the feathered occupants of your garden, have a look at the BTO Garden BirdWatch website (www.bto.org/gbw). If you know of an organisation not a million miles from York which would like a talk on garden birds call: Mike Gray 07596 366342 or gbwmike@gmail.com

Queen Mary’s School Girl, Emilia Jaques Wins the BBC’s Young Chorister of the Year

Emilia Jaques Winner of the BBC Young Chorister of the YearEmilia Jaques from Queen Mary’s School, between Ripon and Thirsk, has been announced as one of the BBC Radio 2 Young Choristers of the Year 2018, alongside the boy winner, Cassian Pichler-Roca from Dean Close School in Cheltenham.

The prestigious competition included two preliminary rounds and a final in the studios of the BBC’s Philharmonic Orchestra at MediaCityUK.

Emilia, from Ripon, worked with her singing teacher, Anna Bleiker, and Head of Music at Queen Mary’s, Sarah Holloway-Lloyd, carefully to choose her repertoire for the final and she sang ‘Come thou long expected Jesus’ by Stainer and Handel’s ‘Blessed are all they that fear the Lord’.

The final was hosted by Blue Peter’s Radzi Chinyanganya and composer and conductor, Bob Chilcott, was chair of the judges. He was joined for the occasion by organist, composer and musical director, Simon Lole and the founder and director of the Rock Choir, Caroline Redman Lusher.

Since the final was recorded Emilia and Cassian have already taken on their first commission – a CD recording with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. She will now go on to appear on various BBC television and radio programmes in the next 12 months including BBC Radio 2’s Good Morning Sunday, BBC Radio 4’s Daily Service and Sunday Worship, along with special events for Christmas and Easter.

Emilia is thrilled by the result: “I can’t believe it! It’s been so exciting to be part of this important competition. In the week leading up to the final I was doing everything to make sure that my voice was in tip-top condition. On the morning I woke up with butterflies in my stomach but very much ready to perform. The BBC Philharmonic Studio has fantastic acoustics and I enjoyed performing my pieces in front of the judges, who were really encouraging to all the choristers who took part, and an audience including my family, and Mrs Cameron and Miss Lloyd from Queen Mary’s. Thank you to BBC Radio 2, it’s been an amazing experience so far and I look forward to many more.”

Emilia, who is Head Chorister and Music Captain, is heavily involved in all aspects of school life.  As well as her continuous dedication to choral singing (she was a chorister at Ripon Cathedral for 5 years until age 13), she plays violin at post-Grade 8 and piano at Grade 8 standard, she is working towards her Grade 8 acting exam, is part of Queen Mary’s Society for academic scholars and, as a keen and committed sportswoman, she attended the ‘Girls Go Gold’ national sports conference. This is as well as revising for her GCSEs which she will sit next year.

Bob Chilcott, chair of the judges for the final said “it was moving to hear the lovely voices of the young singers”.

Carole Cameron, Head at Queen Mary’s School is delighted: “I am so proud of Emilia, she has a beautiful voice and performs with confidence and composure. As a school, we have strong traditions in both choral singing and instrumental music and it has been wonderful to see Emilia blossom.”

If you would like to hear Emilia sing this Christmas she will be performing at Ripon Cathedral and in a Candelit Concert on Saturday 1 December at 19:00 at Baldersby St James Church. The repertoire will include a performance of ‘A Ceremony of Carols’ by Benjamin Britten and other seasonal music. Tickets are available by calling 01845 575000.

Queen Mary’s offers a broad curriculum, allowing pupils to pursue their interests within small classes designed to encourage their development and achievement. The next Open Morning will take place on Saturday 10 November. For more information please call 01845 575040.

Friday Night is Music Night

Carolers_2CAROLS FOR EVERYONE – Friday November 23 at 7.30pm in Aldborough Village Hall. GAMA Polish Choir will be joining the Carol Singing evening organised by Ure Music. Do come and join us – bring your voices, instruments or just come and listen. There will be refreshments and a collection for a local Charity
For more details ring Jane Barber on 01423 325808.

Historical Society Book Launch

bdhs2On Behalf of Croft Publications and Boroughbridge and District Historical Society, you are invited to the launch of the book ‘A HISTORY OF BOROUGHBRIDGE – A HISTORIC YORKSHIRE TOWN’.

To be held in the Jubilee Room, Boroughbridge Library 17 St James’ Square, Boroughbridge,  YO51 9AR on Saturday 10th November, 2018 from 10.30 am – 2.00 pm.

An introductory talk will be given by Mike Tasker on behalf of
the Historical Society, after which a book signing will commence and copies of the book will be available to purchase.  Free Refreshments – Tea, Coffee and Biscuits will be served.

After this event, copies of the book may be purchased from www.croftpublications.co.uk

Whisky Fireside and Tales From The Road With The Mile Roses

On Sunday 23rd September 2018 7.30pm at Green Hammerton Village Hall. Original songs with anecdotes, laughs and stories from our travels. Songs about whisky, songs about the long road home and songs that will warm the heart, soothe the soul and leave you with a smile on your face!

Born out of a musical interest in both British folk and the transatlantic connections to new country and Americana, this trio are now fast gaining a reputation across the UK folk scene. Their original songs and close three part harmonies are accompanied by guitars, fretless bass, cittern, mandolin and fiddles. Kate Bramley, Simon Haworth & Kari Macleod are three singer songwriters with eclectic and diverse roots yet somehow they seamlessly come together to create an utterly original and joyful sound. From haunting ballads to swinging country, celtic roots to driving folk choruses, this band are guaranteed to show audiences a good night out.

Kate Bramley is a fine singer and instrumentalist, best known as fiddler and vocalist touring internationally for the North East folk band Jez Lowe & the Bad Pennies, as well as the folk-bluegrass fusion band, Sweetgrass, based out of Montana, USA. She has one solo album on Tantobie Records ‘Little Canaan’. She is also an established playwright celebrating 20 years of professional theatre touring with her own company in 2018.

Guitarist and singer Simon Haworth (Fellside Records) played bass with Jez Lowe & the Bad Pennies from July 1998 until March 2004 touring in Holland, Belgium, Denmark, Australia, USA and Canada as well as extensively across the UK. He also toured as accompanist with BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Carlene Anglim and top fiddle & Northumbrian Pipes duo, Tom McConville & Pauline Cato before forming a 4 year musical relationship with champion Northumbrian Piper Andy May. He also plays in top NE based ceilidh band Real to Reel.

Kari Macleod is a virtuoso fiddler, unique singer and Americana-style songwriter originally from Tain in Ross-shire, now based in Newcastle, who released her much acclaimed debut solo album in 2016 with a series of concerts from her own band The Fugitives. She is a graduate of the Newcastle University Folk Music Degree course and is also a fine artist whose recent commissions include the original artwork for Jez Lowe’s first novel ‘The Dillen Doll’ released in 2017.

Roman Food Event at Aldborough

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Roman Food Presentation and Food Tasting will be the subject of a talk for Friends of Roman Aldborough on Saturday 11th August, 2.30pm at Aldborough Village Hall. The talk will be given by Sally Grainger, Roman Food Expert.

Sally began her career as a pastry chef. With that background she has now become a very well-known hands-on food historian. After a decade working as a chef she took up Classical Studies as an undergraduate at Royal Holloway College, and, while doing so, held her first reconstructed Roman banquet.

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Having taken her degree in 1993, Sally began to build a new career in reconstruction archaeology and food writing fed by continuing research. It took time to become known in the academic world of archaeology, with the help of increasing participation in conferences, frequent presence at schools and at historical sites, regular television appearances and a series of invitations to cook and present ancient meals. She has since also taken an MA in Archaeology.

Sally has worked with the British Museum (a Roman meal there coincided with the Pompeii exhibition), the Museum of London, Fishbourne Roman Palace, the Roman Baths at Bath, and Colchester Castle. Not to mention the Getty Villa near Malibu, where-as food consultant she has organized three large scale meals, Greek, Roman and Byzantine, in a uniquely authentic setting. She has often been seen on Time Team, also on Neil Oliver’s A History of Ancient Britain, Rome’s Lost Empire with Dan Snow; she has fed the Hairy Bikers.

Meanwhile she and her partner Chris Grocock, a medieval Latinist, have produced what is now the standard bilingual edition of Apicius, the Roman cookbook, and a practical companion, Cooking Apicius. These were both published by Prospect Books in 2006.
Sally will be introducing us to the fascinating world of Roman food, telling us more about the ingredients and methods of cooking and also giving us the opportunity to taste!

Cost: Visitors £5.00 Friends of Roman Aldborough members free.

Property Developer provides Boost for Local Tennis Club

harronAs part of their community outreach programme, property developer Harron Homes have recently donated £500 to the Boroughbridge Tennis Club.  With several developments across North Yorkshire including Hockley Croft in Boroughbridge, Harron Homes were delighted to be able to support the localcommunity.

Boroughbridge Tennis Club is a friendly, community tennis club with recently upgraded facilities which include 3 artificial grass courts with flood lights. Welcoming players of all ages and abilities, whether you are the next Novak Djokovic or Angelique Kerber, or simply want to try a new way of keeping fit, Boroughbridge provides an enjoyable and welcoming setting.

Through the continued dedication, and the admirable ambition of the staff at Boroughbridge, the tennis club is fast becoming the pride of the town. Chairman, Ian Andrews, commented: “It is our aim to provide great facilities for the local community. Harron Homes’ generous donation will help us bring our 1960s club house into the present day! “Taking part in sports should be a priority to people of all ages, and it is great to see Harron Homes realising the importance of the work we are trying to do here.” (Contact Ian on 07966 103 999)

Katie Charlesworth, Sales and Marketing Director at Harron Homes Yorkshire, commented, “At Harron Homes, we recognise the importance of community groups and Boroughbridge Tennis Club provides an excellent service to people of all ages in Boroughbridge. We are delighted to be able to support them, so they can continue their great work.”
For more information on Harron Homes please visit www.harronhomes.co.uk