Horticouture Demonstration

Horticouture events flower stylist will give a demonstration of their techniques on behalf of Marie Curie End of Life Care, 2pm to 5pm, Saturday 25th May 2019, in The Coronation Hall. Tickets £10 on door or from Horticouture, Horsefair, Boroughbridge.

All Aboard! Nun Monkton ferryboat relaunches

All Aboard! Nun Monkton Ferryboat sets sail for new shores.
The Nun Monkton ferryboat, a not-for-profit community enterprise based in rural North Yorkshire set sail once again on Saturday 6th April.

Launched in September 2017 for the first time in 65 years, the ferryboat reopened the historic crossing of the River Ouse between the village of Nun Monkton and Beningbrough Hall. Following a successful 2018, which welcomed 2267 passengers and countless dogs, the ferryboat is delighted to be able to embark upon the second leg of the journey for 2019, navigating the River Nidd to land on the shores of Moor
Monkton as well.

“We’re really excited to be able to open up even more of the picturesque local countryside to our visitors, and make Nun Monkton and Beningbrough more accessible for our Moor Monkton neighbours,” says Kate Harpin, who funded the launch of the ferryboat with her husband Richard. “Apparently many years ago there used to be a bridge linking Nun Monkton and Moor Monkton, so a ferry crossing is the next best thing!”

The village of Nun Monkton is an idyllic North Yorkshire no-through-road village which terminates at the confluence of the Rivers Nidd & Ouse. A ferry was first recorded at this point across the Ouse in 1174, when William and Ivetta des Arches
founded a priory of Benedictine nuns and in recent times a small passenger ferry was in operation until 1952. Not only does the village boast a magnificent 12th century
church with William Morris stained glass window, but it is very proud of its award-winning pub The Alice Hawthorn, which serves great pub classics and modern British food (NB: booking is advisable especially at weekends).
Weather permitting, the ferryboat will run from Saturday 6th April every Saturday,
Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday until the end of October 2019 from 11am – 4pm. A small charge of £2 per adult and £1 per child each way will be made to cover running
costs, with dogs and bicycles* being transported for free.

*NB: Please note that bicycles are only allowed on the crossing between Nun Monkton and Moor Monkton and cannot disembark at Beningbrough.

Springfield Garth Easter Coffee Morning

Springfield Garth are holding their Easter Coffee Morning on Saturday 20th April from 10:30 am. At Springfield Garth, York Road, Boroughbridge, YO51 9EW. There will be a raffle, the ever popular cake stall, and cream teas. All proceeds from the morning will go to the residents’ amenity fund.

A Spring Serenade

A concert will be given on Saturday 30th March 2019, 7.30pm, at St James’ Church, Boroughbridge. Performing will be Carey Williams (Baritone, Piano, Organ), David Bellwood (Violin, Viola, Piano) and their Guest Musicians.

This informal evening will include a wide selection of Classical and Light Music. Admission £7.50 on the door, Refreshments available.

Boroughbridge and District Antiques Society

Boroughbridge and District Antiques Society are holding their open meeting on Tuesday 16th April 2019, 7.30pm in The Coronation Hall.

Will Farmer, of the BBC Antiques Roadshow, will speak on ‘Festival of Britain’. Looking at the event, and how its designs changed the face of Britain in post-war years.

Admission is £12, and there will be a buffet supper, including glass of wine. Tickets are available from Sue Hufton 01423 340836 or from Issima, 6 High Street, Boroughbridge.

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.