News from Skelton School

Skelton Newby Hall CE Primary School is already making plans for Christmas. The PTFA are holding a Christmas Fair on Sunday 14th November from 11:00 until 4:00 in Skelton Reading Rooms. There will be gift stalls and refreshments so come along and get in the festive spirit.

On a separate note, the school have started a running group for anyone in the local community interested in getting fit before Christmas. The group meets at 3:30 in the school playground on Tuesdays and Thursdays and each session lasts around 30-40 minutes. Why not join in? For further details call Emma on 01423 322548

News from the Badminton Club

badmintonclub1The new badminton club got off to good start last week with a visit from Lucy Sweirs from North Yorkshire Sport. She was interested in how the club had progressed since it’s start in December 2014. Lucy was hoping to add items of interest to the new North Yorkshire Sport website which has just been created.

Players of all ages and abilities can come along to the club and have some fun and improve their badminton skills. Badminton England coach Margaret Taylor is there to offer help with those who would like some coaching. Junior club is from aged 8 years upwards.

badmintonclub2Boroughbridge Feathers Badminton Club is a satilite club of The North Yorkshire Performance Centre and encourages young people to take up the sport of badminton. The club night is Thursdays during term time from 7pm.
Junior club is at 6pm to 7pm. The club venue is the Sports Centre at Boroughbridge High School YO51 9JX. Get in touch. Come and give it a try!  Club rackets can be used and shuttlecocks are available.

 

Information sessions explain volunteer opportunities at local libraries

North Yorkshire residents are being invited to information sessions to find out how they can become involved in the future of their local library.

The sessions will include information about the outcomes of North Yorkshire County Council’s recent public consultation on the future of its library service; how it affects individual local libraries; and how residents can become involved as volunteers at their library.

In July, the County Council’s Executive agreed a revised set of proposals whereby all library categories – core, hybrid, and community managed – will need volunteers to maintain current opening hours. The key outcomes of the consultation were:
• a core library in each District with a combination of 60 per cent of current staffing levels and volunteers.  They are in Harrogate, Malton, Northallerton, Richmond, Scarborough, Selby and Skipton;
• large and busier hybrid libraries, servicing significant resident and day-time populations, will need a combination of  40% of staffing and 60% volunteers.  They are in Filey, Knaresborough, Pickering, Ripon, and Whitby; and
• the remaining twenty one community managed libraries will need a group to take on the management of the library as well as volunteers to run it , with additional dedicated staffing hours per week allocated to support the volunteers. If volunteers do not become involved the library will close.

The information days will be operated on a drop-in basis to give residents the opportunity to talk to library managers and find out more about how they can be involved in the future delivery of local library services.

Sessions are being held across the county and anyone interested in finding out more about volunteering opportunities or who would consider being part of a management group are invited to attend.  Residents who have ideas about the sort of services they want to see being delivered from their library, or have thoughts about the best ways to make libraries sustainable, are very welcome to come along and contribute their views.

The next information session at Boroughbridge will be on 9th October, 3pm to 6pm.

Millennium Cushions Hailed as Hidden Treasures

A group of overseas tourists on a quilting and needlework tour of the north of England have hailed the Millennium cushions in Ripon Cathedral as ‘hidden treasures worthy of a BBC documentary’.

stitchers2The 23-strong party, mainly Americans but with two Canadians and one Australian, came to see the cushions on August Bank Holiday at the suggestion of the tour organiser, Martha Liska from Olympia, Washington State, who had briefly seen them when she and her sister called in at the cathedral five years ago.

“We just had half an hour or so in Ripon that day, but we were intrigued by the cushions and the story of how they came about” recalled Martha. In a blog afterward her sister Mary said the cushions were “amazing” and that when the sisters came out of the cathedral, they “left in awe”. Prophetically, the sisters said that if they ever arranged a quilting and needlework tour of the north of England, Ripon would be one of their destinations.

Poor health prevented Mary from making the trip this time, but Martha was delighted to see the cushions again and show them to her party. One of the group, Jane Riewe , said: “The cushions are a secret that should not be kept any longer. They are hidden treasures worthy of a BBC documentary”.

Before being shown the boxed cushions, the group heard a talk by Marion Thew, who helped design many of them. She explained that they had come about because Ripon wanted to mark the Millennium in a special way. At first, there was talk of creating a large wall hanging but in the end, it was decided to create 38 cushions telling the story of the history of the city and bringing it up to date.

They decided to do it as a community project and involve as many people as possible, which was just as well as five million stitches were required .
Those who contributed ranged in age from six to over 90 and included schoolchildren, Tibetan nuns and a former German prisoner of war.

After the project was finished, the cathedral asked them to do a set of kneelers for the altar and a side chapel.

Martha thanked Marion for her talk and Maureen Lowe for providing a guided tour of the cushions. She had assisted Marion in designing them. The group set then left Ripon to visit Fountains Abbey and to continue their 12-day tour including visits to Durham Cathedral, York Minster, Bowes Museum, Beamish Museum, the Quaker Tapestry Museum in Kendal, the Quilt Museum in York and the Great Northern Quilt Show in Harrogate.

The Cushions can be seen at the Cathedral during the normal opening hours. The Cathedral is open to the public from 8.30am to 6pm every day.  Entry to the cathedral is free although donations are very much appreciated.

The Dog Kennel Lane Project

The public can now take a walk through time on a Heritage Trail which has resulted from research into what many regarded as a fairly nondescript area of farmland, but has proved to be a landscape rich in history.

dog_kennel_laneThe Dog Kennel Lane Project, an offshoot of Boroughbridge and District Historical Society, was supervised by Community Archaeologist Kevin Cale. He made a presentation on what has been discovered at an exhibition held in the Coronation Hall, Langthorpe, Boroughbridge, on Sunday 24th May
Peter Greenwood, Estates Manager for Newby Hall, who was representing the owners, Richard and Lucinda Compton, unveiled an information board which will be placed at the start of the Heritage Trail. It was made possible by a permissive path, granted by Newby Hall Estates, linking public rights of way.
Information leaflets are also available from the Tourist Information Centre to guide visitors and local people around the five-mile circular trail explaining some of the area’s history. The Trail, part of Yore Vision’s Ure Walks Through Time series, starts on Skelton Road to the west of the bridge carrying the A1M and takes about two-and-a-half hours.
The Dog Kennel Lane Project, which was financed by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, spent nearly 18 months researching the history of a small area bounded by the motorway, River Ure, Skelton Road and the eastern edge of Newby Hall’s parkland.
Fiona Spiers, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “The Dog Kennel Lane project has enabled the local community to develop new skills, share their memories and learn more about the history of their local area. The exhibition and trail will share these stories with the wider community and bring the area’s history to life.”
Project chairman David Barley said: “Superficially, the landscape did not appear to contain much of importance. It is largely farmland, but there were unusual features, including an embankment where children went sledging 60 years ago, that were intriguing.
“Our research took us to record offices and libraries in Northallerton, Morley, York Minster and the National Archives in Kew. The more we learned the more interesting and historically important our small corner of North Yorkshire became.
“For example the embankment had provided shelter for an encampment by thousands of troops under the command of General George Wade, who stayed there during the severe winter of 1745, before marching north to fight Bonny Prince Charlie’s forces at the Battle of Culloden the following year.”
Part of the embankment was levelled in the 1970s. But the study of aerial photographs and Lidar, which uses aerial lasers to examine a landscape and analyse the reflected light to reveal previously unseen features, showed that the embankment extended over a wider area and probably had much earlier origins.
The Project Group were particularly pleased that their research found a tithe map dating from 1842 which showed dog kennels on the former carriage drive to Brampton Hall. No trace of the kennels can be found beside what is now known as Lowfield Lane, but the discovery justified the Dog Kennel Lane Project’s name.
Brampton Hall, to which there is no public access, is now a rather plain farmhouse, but a drawing from 1718 and a study of old maps shows that it was once an impressive, three-storey, mansion. Much of the building was destroyed in the 18th century and today only small traces of the original remain. Brampton and nearby Mulwith were occupied by Catholic families who were persecuted for their faith in Protestant England.
Mulwith, a property connected to two members of the 1605 Gunpowder Plot against Parliament, was the birthplace of Mary Ward in 1585. She became a Catholic religious sister, who founded institutions across Europe. One of these established the Bar Convent in York. Mary was declared Venerable by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009. This is the first of three steps on the path to being declared a saint.
Mr Barley said the Project Group had learned new skills, including the analysis of old maps, aerial photographs and Lidar, plus the recording of oral history. “We produced an exhibition which filled the main room in the Coronation Hall. There was a steady stream of visitors throughout the day and our work was well received by everyone who attended.”
Anyone who missed the exhibition can see some of the research on the project’s website to which information is still being added: www.dogkennellane.co.uk

Church about the Dale kicks off pilgrimage at Ripon Cathedral

Ripon Cathedral is perhaps one of the most Rural Cathedrals in the country and this was heavily in focus on Sunday the 23rd of August when they played a part in a new project that is set to help those who live in Wensleydale.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Church about the Dale project has been set up as an ecumenical project between the Methodist and the Anglican Church. To carry out this project an exhibition trailer will be travelling up and down the area of Wensleydale providing active support and advice on issues such as debt, isolation, poverty, farming and community.

Rev. Michael Hepper, who is the Area Dean for Wesley Deanery said “We are already involved with Hope Debt services, providing debt counselling and advice to the Dales. With the trailer, we can take the services out into the field and provide local advice and referral. In terms of isolation, we will be providing space when on tour for people to meet, to sit and to talk. We will also be taking referrals for visitors from the churches to call and help relieve isolation. With regard to poverty although we don’t have monetary resources, we do have the ability to signpost people on to other organisations and services such as food banks. Alongside this, the trailer will also provide an opportunity to show support and solidarity to the Farming community”.

To celebrate the fact that this new resource for Wensleydale is ready, the trailer visited the Cathedral as a starting point for the pilgrimage of Blessing which will take place between the 23rd of August and the 31st of August.

Canon Ruth Hind, Canon Evangelist, along with Rev’d Michael Hepper, Area Dean, were involved in the first service of the pilgrimage outside the west doors of the Cathedral on Sunday Afternoon. The service was a focus of blessing on all aspects of the area from Churches and Chapels, schools and hospitals to farmers and crops.

The Trailer will continue on pilgrimage throughout Wensleydale til the 31st of August when it will finish at the Jonas Centre with a final service followed by a barbecue.

For more information look at www.church-about-the-dale.org.uk

Aldborough Museum Mosaic Festival

This September the work of five Yorkshire Mosaic Artists will feature in a display on the site of the most northerly in situ Roman mosaics in the country. The Friends of Roman Aldborough are collaborating with Sue Kershaw and other members of the British Association of Modern Mosaics (BAMM) to show a range of designs some of which are contemporary, whilst others will have more than a nod to their earlier counterparts. A number of these mosaics will be on sale.

mosaicsSue will also be running a Mosaic Workshop on Saturday 5th September from 10.30 – 3.00pm in Aldborough Village Hall. Participants will be able to create their own design using a variety of materials or make one to an authentic Roman design that Sue has discovered on her many travels. She will also be making smaller mosaics with children who visit the museum on Sunday 6th September. (Booking essential for Mosaic Workshop only, £45 for FORA members,£50 for non-members.
Contact:secretary@friendsofromanaldborough.co.uk
The mosaics at Aldborough Roman site are amongst some of the most unique in the country.They include discoveries made nearly two hundred years ago by workmen burying a calf in the grounds of the local inn and others containing rare Greek inscriptions. Members of FORA will tell the stories behind these as part of the tours on both weekends of the festival.
Dr Will Wootton, lecturer in Roman Art at King’s College London will also be giving his talk ,“Paving Roman Aldborough: Mosaics and their Makers” on Saturday 5th September at 7.30pm in Aldborough Village Hall ( free to FORA members , £5 to non members).The talk will cover how and why mosaics were produced , concentrating mainly on Aldborough but including others in Roman Britain and the ancient Mediterranean.
As well as being open on both weekends, the museum site and mosaic exhibition will also be open to visitors on Tuesday 8th September. That evening Professor Martin Millett, Cambridge University and Rose Ferraby, who have been conducting archaeological surveys since 2009 as part of the Aldborough Roman Town Project, will return to St. Andrew’s, Aldborough at 7.30pm. Over the past six years they have discovered much about this Roman town which was a very important centre of administration for much of northern Britain. They will share their most recent findings and pose further questions which still remain unanswered with all those who attend (free to FORA members , £5 to non members).
Aldborough Roman Site, Aldborough, Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire – YO51 9ES http://www.english-heritage.org.uk

Cathedral Marks Britains Longest Reigning Monarch

On the 9th of September Ripon Cathedral will hold a special service to mark the fact that Queen Elizabeth II will have become the longest-serving British Monarch. This date marks the fact that the Queen will have reigned longer than her Great Great Grandmother, Queen Victoria who reign for 63 years and 216 days.

During her time on the throne the Queen has had a total of 12 Prime Ministers and 6 Archbishops of Canterbury serve under her. She has attended an estimated 25,500 official engagements in Britain, conferred 400,000 honours and awards and received 3.5 million items of correspondence. The Queen has also hosted more than a million garden party guests, a large and varied amount of foreign heads of state, two popes and five astronauts.

The Palace have said that there will be no national day of celebration, as all their efforts are being focused on the Queen’s 90th Birthday, which will occur next year on the 21st of April.

The service at Ripon Cathedral , will be an opportunity to give thanks and prayers for the years of dedication and service the Queen has given to the country. Dean John says: I am delighted that the Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire has invited Ripon Cathedral to host this significant service. It is clear that the nation will be doing more to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday next year. It is appropriate, however, that we should pause on this historic day to thank God for the Queen’s unparalleled service to this country and to celebrate Her Majesty’s inspiring commitment to duty over so many years. The service will take place on the 9th of September at 6pm all are welcome to attend.

British Legion Poppy Appeal

poppy_appealWe may not all have been to see the poppies in London, or been lucky enough to receive one of the ceramic poppies, but the time is here again when volunteers are needed to sell poppies for the British Legion.
Poppy Appeal Coordinator, Bob Chamley is looking for volunteers to sell Poppies at Morrison’s Boroughbridge Store starting on Monday 2 Nov until Saturday 7 Nov.
Anyone who would like to volunteer for a two hour slot should contact Bob on 01423 324608.

Health Walks

walking4healthAfter a break for the month of August the Walking for Health Walks start again on Wednesday, September 2nd. Each of the short walks starts from Boroughbridge Library at 10.30am. There is a walk every Wednesday.
Posters advertising the walks are in the church lane surgery, the library and throughout the area.
Walk dates: September 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th and October 7th etc.