Army Garden gets gold at Harrogate

After 10 days of hard work, a Yorkshire based regiment is has won the ‘gold’ award and ‘best in show’ for their show garden entry at the Harrogate Spring Flower Show.

6 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps (6RLC), who moved from Germany to Dishforth, North Yorkshire last year, have entered the Harrogate Spring Flower Show and their garden was today awarded a ‘gold’ award and ‘best in show’ . It is the biggest garden ever entered at the show and has been something of a crowd pleaser at this years event.

Another draw for the crowd was The Dishforth Military Wives Choir who were invited to sing in the garden during the first day and provided a poignant reminder of the larger armed forces community connected to the garden.

The garden is part of a wider project to build a memorial garden on the Dishforth camp to provide a regimental focus during ceremonial occasions and provide a reflective space for those who currently serve and their families. The larger project incorporates a space for individual memorials brought back from Germany in remembrance of individuals who have died whilst serving the regiment.

The regiment commissioned Peter Cunliffe and his team at Northumbrian Landscaping to design the garden, which has a Japanese garden feel, evoking a sense of simplicity and peace. Together with members of 6RLC and Help for Heroes (H4H) they have created the garden in Harrogate, which after the show, will be re-purposed at the Dishforth camp.

The whole project is likely to cost £30,000. 6RLC has been able to secure £17000 and therefore requires a further £13,000 to see the project through to conclusion.

The regiment has been keen to engage the wider community and linked to the show garden,  has created an inventive competition called Boot Camp. 650 children from the local schools have been invited to up-cycle old army boots – the boots will be on show at the RHS Harlow Carr Flower Show in June. The RHS has been involved in providing free workshops for the schools and service families, teaching, and stirring the imaginations to brighten up the camp and family accommodation.

Once re-located to Dishforth it is hoped the local schools, the service community and Help for Heroes will support and partner with the regiment in the going maintenance of the garden as part of the H4H rolling rehabilitation program.

Lt Colonel Tim Crossland: Commanding Officer, 6RLC
‘We are delighted to have won the ‘gold’ award and ‘best in show’. The troops and our partners have created something which will positively impact the soldiers and the families of 6RLC for years to come. Whilst not a traditional area of excellence for the regiment, it has been both a great opportunity for the soldiers to gain new experiences and skills as well as providing a potential model for other army units to replicate, ’

Brett Squires: British Army Veteran.
“I don’t know anything about gardening but it keeps me occupied, out in the fresh air and in a quiet environment. But it’s not just any old gardening – it’s a memorial garden.”

Faith Douglas: Help for Heroes
‘We are delighted to have had the opportunity to support 6RLC with their memorial garden at the Harrogate Spring Flower Show. The past 10 days have seen a great mix of people coming together to learn new skills, build relationships and be creative. The finished garden is a real tribute to the hard work from all those involved and I can’t wait to see it in place at Dishforth. The ‘gold’ award and ‘best in show’ is very well deserved. ’

Peter Cunliffe: Director, Northumbrian Landscaping
‘I’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone that has helped with the ‘gold’ award and ‘best in show’  award achieved in creating Harrogate’s largest ever show garden. It’s success has in no small part been due to the willingness and enthusiasm of the whole team, and their ability to adapt to new skills rapidly within a pressured environment. It has truly been a privilege to be part of this and to work with you all.
We now look forward to the rebuild of the garden within Dishforth and the continuation of the larger memorial project’

WAW Easter Walking Festival

Boroughbridge Walkers are Welcome are working hard to make sure their Easter Walking Festival  is once again a successful and enjoyable event for all the visitors  to the area and the local community.

With sponsorship from many businesses in the town, the group this year have three new walks, The Inns of Boroughbridge, Rabbit Hill, and the Kirby Hill map reading experience.

Along with the ever popular Hightimers Ghost Walk and the Roman Ramble, The Beer on T’Brigg Festival at The Coronation Hall and the Chamber of Trade Easter Bonnet and Window shop competition, the Walkers are Welcome Group are supporting the Exhibition and open day for the New Boroughbridge Community Library on Easter Saturday where details of the  Town Treasure Hunt will be available.

For full details  of the weekends events see the complete programme available from the local shops and businesses, or download from – you can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Historical Society Easter Display

As part of the exhibition for the opening of the new Community Library for Boroughbridge  on Easter Saturday 15th April, the  Boroughbridge & District Historical Society will be having a display about the History of Boroughbridge and of the River Ure.
The exhibition  will be in the Jubilee room above the library from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

If you have information or photographs which you would like adding to our Society’s Archive do bring them along, this would  all help towards the project of producing a new  book about the history of Boroughbridge, which the group plan to publish later in the year. Contact 01423 322988 if you require further details.

Boroughbridge Community Library and Resource Centre

On April 1, a new era starts in Boroughbridge with respect to the library. From that date the library will be entirely staffed by volunteers who have been in training for many months and are now raring to go! Trustees (“committee”) are: Judith Burton, Helen Chester, Mike Collins, John Helliwell, Ian Hick, Nic Holmes and Barbara Horner, all of us working in partnership with NYCC who will continue to provide books, computers and some professional support.

Please note that the opening hours will be more or less the same as now; and we’ll be open every day except Sunday.

We have around 30 volunteers but are always on the look-out for more. How about getting involved? A job which would suit you can be found, without doubt!

Our aspiration is to make the library a community hub: a place where all sorts of interesting things happen and exciting events take place. This will take time but, if you have any ideas for activities and events, we’d love to hear from you; Barbara Horner is the person to contact (contact details through John).

Finally, we must mention the Jubilee Room upstairs in the library building. It’s an attractive room for hire at very good rates and can be booked at 1 Hall Square.

For further details, or to find out about volunteering in the library, please contact: John Helliwell, 01423 320731,

Brighter Boroughbridge News for March

The new gardening season began on Tuesday 28th February with volunteers tidying the Chatsworth Grove site. Pupils, under the guidance of their teacher, Theresa Pridmore, joined in and made an excellent contribution to the session.

Local traders have invested again in hanging baskets, ensuring a feast of delight in the summer and the troughs maintained by Fink, Bloomerang  and local residents, continue to look good.

The AGM was held a few weeks earlier and the decision was made to enter Yorkshire in Bloom again this year. We are still in the category of large village but that will all change when the proposed new housing developments are completed. Last year, in the summer judging, we were awarded silver gilt, only one step below gold. This was an excellent start but we are determined to do just as well this year.

There are plans to change the display at Stump Cross roundabout, which has flourished for two years, honouring those that died in WW1. The new display will require new, exciting wooden cut outs from JennyRuth Workshops but we are not going to reveal what that is to be just yet.

We are also going to have a board placed on the library wall, thanking local companies that helped us during 2016. It is hoped to have that up before the spring judging.

If you look around Boroughbridge and district you cannot fail to delight in the snowdrops and crocuses and soon the daffodils and blossom will be out and spring will be seen in all its glory.

Gardening sessions will intensify to two a week soon and we hope our volunteers will be able to make some of those. Even if they can only offer half an hour, it all helps.

If you would like to become involved with the group don’t be shy and don’t worry if you feel you know nothing about gardening. Everyone is welcome. Just contact John Goss at or ring 01423 323123

Grace Church Easter Holiday Bible Club

Grace Church in Boroughbridge is holding a ‘Treasure Hunters’  Easter Holiday Bible Club from 12th to 14th April at Kirby Hill C of E Primary School. Ages 5-11. Free!

10:00am-Noon Wednesday and Thursday

10:00am-1:00pm Friday with Easter Egg Hunt!

Please contact Grace Church Boroughbridge to preregister a place: or 07547 121061

Battlefield Trust Walk

Louise Whittaker from The Battlefield Trust  is leading a walk about the Battle of Boroughbridge 1322 on Sunday 19th March at 11.00am. The  walk is approximately two miles, and will take two hours. Meet at 11.00am at Hall Square. Further information is available from yorkshire@ or tel 01523 522133.

BCC Bingo Night

bingoCome along & support Boroughbridge & District Community Care at their Annual Bingo Evening at The Coronation Hall on Saturday 22nd April. Doors open 7pm, first call 7.30pm. There will be a bar. Tickets are limited, and cost £5 including supper, available from the BCC office or reserve by phone. 01423 324504. (Office open 9am to 12 noon).