Boroughbridge Freeman Honoured

gcraggsGeoff Craggs received the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours List ‘for voluntary service to the community of Boroughbridge over a long period’.

Geoff was born in Minskip, Boroughbridge on 6 January 1932. He has lived in Boroughbridge all his life apart from 2 years in the RAF as a radar mechanic from 1950 – 1952. In 1963 he set up his own TV and Electrical company in Boroughbridge and this business, together with 2 other branches in Ripon and Easingwold, is now in the hands of his two sons, John and Stephen, and is still thriving today.  Geoff was awarded the Freedom of Boroughbridge in 2012 for services to the community.  Helped in his many and varied activities by his wife Betty and numerous other people and friends, Geoff is currently President of the BB Branch of the British Legion.

New Project for Historical Society

With the Dog Kennel Lane project completed, Boroughbridge and District Historical Society is now looking at an ambitious new venture, the writing of a book on the history of Boroughbridge. This is something that members have expressed an interest in, and the society would now like local residents to come forward if they would like to be involved in the writing, or if they have any resources that they feel would help with the writing (e.g. old photos, family recollections etc.). Mike Tasker has drawn up a list of possible areas to research and he has agreed to lead on the project. More information is available on the society’s website at

If you feel you would like to investigate any aspect of the history of our town or could be involved in any way, please do get in touch. You do not have to be a member of the society. We must stress that you do not need to be an experienced writer or professional historian to be involved! This is an inclusive venture and anyone with enthusiasm is welcome.  For more information, or to get involved, please contact  or 01423 322862.

Thoughts on “Safer Neighbourhoods”

From the point of view of living in safety, the Boroughbridge area is one of the safest in the UK: our crime rate is exceptionally low. There’s a humorous, local view that it’s all down to PC Neil Waite, our popular and well-respected guardian of law and order (who is not far from retirement, by the way!); but that’s only true in part….

No one knows why Boroughbridge is a haven of peace and tranquillity compared with many other towns. One contributory factor is perhaps an effective Safer Neighbourhood Group (SNG). “What’s SNG?” It’s a group of people, including representatives of the police, fire service, neighbourhood watch and the local councils, who meet twice a year to mull over issues of law and order. The SNG is currently chaired by County Councillor, Nick Brown, strongly backed by secretary, Jim Bolland, and meets in the Jubilee Room

You may take the view that merely talking about crime is unlikely to deter local, would-be criminals (there are some, by the way; but they tend to maintain a low profile). However, support for the police and getting together to discuss “issues” of law and order is a significant factor in a community which, for most of the time, is law-abiding by consent.

The key, current priorities of North Yorkshire Police are:

•Rural crime – combatting crime which affects farms; mainly theft of machinery and stock

•Technology – which focuses on use of cameras (yes, drivers hate them, but it works!)

•Vulnerability – safeguarding children from abuse; not what one might expect, perhaps, but a comment on a serious social problem which also includes cybercrime, all too obvious from reports in the media

Police numbers are on the increase. The police were expecting 40% “cuts” but, since the Paris terrorist attacks, there has been considerable investment in recruiting. There are, for example, nationally many more armed officers, especially in London; but even in North Yorkshire there are now eight officers who are fire-arms specialists

A final point: anyone can attend the meetings of the SNG; you don’t have to be a police officer or local councillor. If you are concerned about any issue which touches on safety or law and order, please feel free to attend and have your say; you’d be most welcome.

John Helliwell

Transports of Delight

Local author, Sylvia Foxton, has published her new book, ‘Transports of Delight’. Sylvia has seen the sun rise over Machu Picchu and set over the Himalayas; set foot on Easter Island — the Falklands (twice), and visited the cell where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated.  Accommodation has included a grim basement in Berlin last occupied by the Gestapo, and a tent in the bush when the only protection from any marauding lion or straying hippopotamus seemed to be an Askari warrior with a bow and arrow!

The book costs £10.  P&P £3 extra.  For more details, please contact Sylvia Foxton, Beech View, Marton le Moor, Ripon, HG4 5AT.

2nd Boroughbridge Brownies

2nd Boroughbridge Brownies have had a fantastic time at a fencing workshop run by Simon Trevithick from Harrogate fencing club.  Brownies learnt many skills in this introduction to the sport with some girls deciding they would like to take up fencing.  We currently have spaces for any girls or adult volunteers who would like to join us in our adventures please visit or contact

Brighter Boroughbridge News

Butter MarketBrighter Boroughbridge has received a very favourable report from the Yorkshire in Bloom spring judging. It particularly highlighted the group of volunteers, working with the schools and the Allotment Society. The latter have grown bedding plants from seed, for Brighter Boroughbridge, and their efforts can now be seen in the Primary School’s Millennium garden and Chatsworth Grove.

Hazel and John went away for three weeks so there was a lull in activity. Whilst they were away, enjoying sunshine, rain poured here and the weeds flourished. Now is the time to pull them out and we need as many people as possible to help.
Not everyone was sitting back enjoying sunshine. Harrogate Parks Department has been busy preparing and erecting the lovely hanging baskets that now festoon our town. Some are supplied free, but traders, the WI, The Crown Hotel and the local council have bought twenty-five, between them.

The efforts made by the Chamber of Trade to decorate shop fronts and the fountain with bunting and Union Jacks, for the Queen’s birthday have been appreciated and it helps us to become a closer community and to feel proud of our town.
Finally I ask for this pride to continue so that on Friday July 15th it looks tidy, clean and neat for the summer judging. This is something everyone can do, for they look all around the town and at front gardens.

If you would like to join Brighter Boroughbridge please ring John or Hazel at 01423 323123 or e-mail

Victorian Picnic Concert

image024A Victorian Picnic Concert will take place on Thursday, July 7 at 6pm in the grounds of Aldborough Museum. There will be a tour of the museum grounds, led by Andrew Lawson-Tancred, starting at 6.15pm . Music will be provided by Hautbois Heritage, singing and playing on authentic instruments, with scene setting vignettes to put the songs into context.
The Rallentando Trio will complete the musical offering, playing a selection of Victorian string music.
Tickets are £15 (including entry to the Museum Site)
Available from The Fruit Basket, High St, Boroughbridge, and through the Yore Vision website

New Vicar Welcomed

image022We are very pleased to welcome
The Rev Dr Diane Westmoreland to Boroughbridge.
Diane has been appointed Vicar of the Joint Parishes of Boroughbridge, Aldborough, Roecliffe, Dunsforth and Minskip

Walkers are Welcome 2016 Northern Get-together

image026On a warm sunny day recently delegates from 20 northern towns, all members of the Walkers are Welcome towns network, descended on the pretty village of Great Ouseburn in the Vale of York for their regional get-together.
The day was organized and hosted by the Boroughbridge WaW group and was attended by over 45 people from town teams throughout the north.
They enjoyed a ‘Walk with the Brontes’ in lovely sunshine. Listened to 2 presentations on ‘designing, setting up, and funding a new walk’ and ‘What can be done with the WaW national website’.
In between all this, the delegates talked to one another and picked up many ideas to take home with them.
For more information, please go to

Yore Vision is here to help you!!

Has your club or group got a project that need funds or a bit of help?
Yore Vision is a Community Group which can access funding
We have helped the community in lots of ways – the electronic screen and projector at Coronation Hall, the Film Society, new state of the art projector to loan to groups, Ure Music.  The Family Cycle Ride and Walkers are Welcome started as a Yore Vision Projects, before becoming independent.
Talk to us.  We can’t help if we don’t know!
Can we become a Families Welcome and a Cyclists Welcome town?
We are waiting to hear from you – ring 01423 325808, e-mail or go to the Yore Vision website and fill in an enquiry form.