Late Night Shopping in Boroughbridge

Boroughbridge is getting ready for the annual Late Night Christmas Shopping, which this year will be on Wednesday 2nd December from 5.30pm.

Local shops will be competing for Best Dressed Christmas Window and Best Dressed Shop Keeper. The Lions will be bringing Santa on his Sleigh and the WI will be selling lovely wreaths near The Black Bull.

Boroughbridge Community Care will be selling hot drinks and Greenwoods will have their famous Hog Roast. St James Church will be open and will be providing refreshments.

There will also be live entertainment, as Boroughbridge High School Swing Band and Choir will be performing at the Fountain starting just after 5.30pm. In Hall Square, Queen Ethelburga’s School and Boroughbridge Community Choir will be performing just before 6.15pm.

Jennyruth Christmas Fayre

image002Jennyruth Workshops, is holding a CHRISTMAS FAYRE OPEN AFTERNOON at Unit 5, Red House Farm, Bridge Hewick, HG4 5AY on Friday 11th December from 1.30pm to 4.00pm. We will have a large range of Christmas items and handmade gifts for sale. There will be music and mince pies and hot drinks to enjoy aswell as displays of work. The Ripon Walled Garden will be selling some of their products, such as wreaths, seasonal plants as well as planted containers & baskets. So, don’t miss it, it is always a fun event, with a great atmosphere and open to all. Enquiries: Tel. 01765 606620 or email

New Youth Club for Boroughbridge

A new youth club is opening in the town on Wednesday 4th November. The club is for all 9 to 16 year olds, and will meet from 6.30pm to 8pm at Boroughbridge Social Club, Fishergate.

To help make the new club a success, the organisers are looking for a team of adults from the local community to lead on it with support from North Yorkshire Youth. For more information, please contact Vicki Lever (youth development worker) 07881 797716.

A poster giving information can be found here:  YDT_A4_poster – Boroughbridge new vicki

Brighter Boroughbridge and District is Thriving!

MaggieThe social evening at The Crown Hotel was an enjoyable and informative occasion. Sharon Longcroft organised it and insisted that her fun and ‘vaguely horticultural’ quiz was educational!

ColleenThere was a serious side to the evening when Hazel announced that in the ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ section of Yorkshire in Bloom we had been awarded the second from highest grade of ‘Thriving’. She read the judges comments that were all very positive and ended with a suggestion that we should now consider competing in the small town category of Yorkshire in Bloom. This gave Hazel the opportunity to introduce the speaker, Kate Dawson from Harrogate Parks Department. Kate then explained what it would entail and gave everyone food for thought. There will be no more social evenings this year but they will begin again in the spring. Watch this space.

RosThe group worked hard on the following Saturday in the car park and then moved onto Chatsworth Grove. Both areas had become overgrown and, despite the lack of rain, full of weeds. There were ten people working happily together. It felt very companionable and so many people meant a huge difference made in a short period of time.
If you would like to join this thriving group, no experience or expertise required, contact John Goss on .

Boroughbridge Library: to be or not to be, that is the question

Public libraries in the UK date from the mid-nineteenth century and have been around for more than 150 years, but has their era now come to an end?

library50 years’ ago the library was as central to the function of a town as the post office and local bank. Then, within the past decade, along came Google, Amazon, Kindle and a range of charity shops selling cheap books. Libraries were suddenly under threat. That threat (of closure) became a harsh reality when councils such as NYCC found themselves having to make swingeing budget cuts. Libraries werein the firing line: soft targets in the sights of the planners and politicians

The fact is that the writing is on the proverbial wall for the library in Boroughbridge. Let’s be clear: it will either become a so-called “community library”, managed and run by local volunteers, or it will close forever in 2017

If you think libraries are institutions of a bygone era, you won’t care if our library closes. You can get along quite nicely with your Kindle for fiction and Google for reference

On the other hand, if you believe, as many do, that the library should continue to exist, albeit in a different form (see below), you may want to help prevent its closure. How could you do this? The answer is by volunteering to get involved.

As an aside, “volunteering” is something we’re all going to be challenged to do in the future. Gone are the days when we paid our council tax and expected NYCC and HBC personnel to provide a range of desirable services!

The post-2017 Boroughbridge library needs trustees (committee people) and shop floor library volunteers: are up for it? If so, contact John Helliwell (; 320731)

By the way, the buzz words around the library are “joint usage” and “shared space”: the library, perhaps scaled down, sharing space with another local organisation to create (stand by for another buzz word) a “community hub”. It makes sense, doesn’t it?

New record for Ripon Cathedral

Less than two months after the first bishop was consecrated at Ripon Cathedral since 1293, a new record was set at the cathedral on October 11 when 13 canons were installed on the same day.

St WilfridIt was the first time that so many canons had been installed on a single day and they included the Right Reverend Paul Slater, who had been consecrated at the cathedral as Bishop of Richmond in mid-July.

Three other bishops, of Wakefield, Huddersfield and Bradford, joined the Bishop of Richmond to be installed as honorary canons. Other honorary canons installed were the Archdeacon of Halifax, the Archdeacon of Pontefract, the Rector of Leeds and the Rector of Bolton Abbey.

Dr Phyl Johnson, a co-leader of the SPACE spiritual retreat days run for the cathedral, and Dr Colin Harrison, a Director of the National Centre for Process Innovation which employs 250 technologists on Teesside and County Durham, were both installed as capitular canons. They have both become members of the chapter, the central governing body of the cathedral.

Three honorary lay canons were also installed. They were Raymond Edwards, a founding director, and Simon Baldwin, a current director of the Leeds Board of Diocesan Finance, and John Wood, headteacher of St Aidan’s Church of England High School, Harrogate.

The installation service was held on the feast day of St Wilfrid, one of the cathedral’s two patron saints. The Dean of Ripon, The Very Reverend John Dobson told the congregation he could think of no better way to celebrate St Wilfrid’s feast day than to install 13 new canons.

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.