Brighter Boroughbridge and District

Brighter Boroughbridge is looking forward to the new planting year but is uncertain whether it can emulate the successes of 2016.
Last year the group achieved silver gilt award in Yorkshire in Bloom and, with Boroughbridge Live, held the first, highly acclaimed, Secret Garden day.

The reservations are all to do with insufficient able bodied gardeners.
Every time an article is written there is a plea for help which, forgive the pun, falls on stony ground. We reiterate that a commitment needn’t be onerous. Helpers are not expected to attend every gardening session. Just an hour a week could make all the difference.
Boroughbridge is a delightful place to live and everyone should be proud to make visitors welcome to a beautiful, tidy, welcoming town.
So, where is the community spirit? Does it really only exist in the four or five active members? They are all retired and growing less able. An injection of younger, enthusiastic people could build on this great beginning.

You do not have to have gardening expertise, just a willingness to wield a trowel or spade.

If this plea is of interest to you please contact John Goss, or ring 01423 323123.

Recycle More, Waste Less!

How are you getting on with your recycling? Reduce landfill now!
Help us to put together a list of ways ‘stuff’ can be recycled.  We will publish the list in LUN and on

We all know about paper, plastic, glass collected by the Council but what about all those other perfectly good things we no longer want or need??

Morrisons’ recycling skips are still there – further up the car park!
The recycling wagon will be at Back Lane car park on 11 March 2017.

The Expected and the Unexpected

If you have travelled north on the A1 in recent years you will have spent some of the time in road works and will have seen at first hand one of the biggest road improvement schemes in recent years. For the past three years, as part of a Highways England scheme to install an extra lane in each direction and upgrade the route to motorway standards.

An archaeological team of around 60 people have been working between Leeming Bar and Barton. This 24km section follows the route which is closely aligned to the Dere Street Roman road.
During that time, archaeologists from Northern Archaeological Associates working on behalf of the Carillion Morgan-Sindall Joint Venture have uncovered more than 200,000 prehistoric and Roman artefacts and sieved more than 86 tons of sediment samples.
Recent finds caused great excitement on site. These included coins, a rare carved gemstone depicting Hercules and the Lion and some apparently gold plated Roman objects. A selection of these artefacts from the Roman town at Catterick (Cataractonium), are now on display at The Bowes Museum until March 5th 2017.

Northern Archaeological Associates will be giving a talk to Friends of Roman Aldborough on Saturday 25th february at 2.30pm in Aldborough Village Hall. The talk will give an overview to the project but will also highlight their unexpected finds, some of which will be on view to those who attend. Cost: Visitors £5.00 (FORA members free).
For more details go to or ring 01423 325808.

Boroughbridge Walkers are Welcome Winter Walk

Leading a walk round The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Staveley Nature Reserve in the New Year were members of the Boroughbridge Walkers are Welcome Group.

With John Gandy, one of the volunteer wardens, on hand to answer questions, the group was lucky enough to see the otters and many of the birds over wintering at the ponds.

The Boroughbridge group are now working hard on finalising the programme for the Easter Walking Festival, details available shortly.

The Pink Christmas Tree

Every year Boroughbridge Community Care holds a Christmas Tree Festival in St James Church, Boroughbridge.  The Festival is on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 of December – followed by Carols in Hall Square at 4pm on Sunday.

This year the Yore Vision tree will be decorated in PINK.  All the decorations will be sponsored in aid of Breast Cancer Care.

To sponsor a decoration, pop a donation in the collecting box or go to

For more information contact Jane on 01423 325 808
or e-mail

Award for Local Junior Football Team

A local junior football team has been awarded £500 to support its aim of providing football for disabled children.

Boroughbridge Junior Football Club was successful in gaining the public votes it needed to receive the money from Skipton Building Society through its Grassroots Giving programme that supports community groups across the country. The building society asked people to cast their votes for the projects they supported at the Grassroots Giving website and in branches. Some 377 projects received 38,000 votes.

The funding will help the club buy equipment and hire facilities needed to coach children of all ages with a range of physical and learning disabilities.

Chris Fahy, club chairman, said: “We believe children of all abilities can enjoy football and benefit socially – by playing in a team, physically, by staying fit and healthy and by experiencing interactive and stimulating sessions that build confidence and enhance well-being.”

The club serves the local community and surrounding villages, as well as families based at Dishforth Camp. More than 20 volunteer coaches and helpers provide training
for both boys and girls with different abilities from ages five to seventeen years.

Boroughbridge JFC has the Football Association Charter Standard, which is a kitemark awarded to clubs that provide a safe, high-quality football experience for children.

The club wants to hear from local people interested in becoming a FA qualified coach or anyone who holds the qualification. The club currently has volunteer coaching
positions available across age groups and will support coaches financially through the FA course and pay for qualifications.

Please email bjfc2014 @, or contact Chris on 07764 775130 for full details
about training and coaching opportunities.

Boroughbridge Lions

Boroughbridge Lions are preparing for the Christmas 2016 Season with their sleigh – it is our principle fundraiser and the source of much of the money we put back into the local community.  As we do so comes the realization, that this may be the last year for this and the many other things we do throughout the year.  Our band of dedicated members are all getting older and it could well be that, without new members, we will be unable to continue our activities.  Although Boroughbridge based, our area of action ranges from Green Hammerton to Dishforth and Marton cum Grafton to Roecliffe.

Although some 80% of our funds are re-invested in the local community we also support national and international events (mainly disaster relief).  Space precludes me detailing all we do locally and, for the more adventurous, the many Lions overseas projects, but our brand new web site ( contains all the details, including video links.

All Lions Clubs have their respective communities at the heart of what they do, but are backed by national and international organisations who provide such things as comprehensive insurance cover, performing rights licenses, and advice on such vital matters as health and safety, risk assessments and food hygiene –  all very necessary if you are organizing any sort of event.  Indeed, Lions International is the world largest service organisation with some 46,000 clubs in over 200 countries.  There is plenty of scope for participation in a numerous overseas projects for those who wish to extend their contribution beyond the local community.

Boroughbridge Lions meet monthly, but attendance requirements are flexible to accommodate the time pressures on today’s young families; we also welcome couples, with discounted membership rates, so that, if necessary attendance can be shared.  We really appreciate all the help we get from volunteers for our events, but without new members to keep the club going the end is inevitable.  If you would like to find out more, why not come to one of our meetings on the second Tuesday of the month at 8pm the Crown Hotel – they are informal and very friendly.  Alternatively call Ann or Graham on 01423 323 867 for a chat about what it means to be a Lion and to make a difference.

The Blackbirds in your Garden

It is easy to dismiss the Blackbird as just another common, year-round garden resident, but there is more to this familiar bird than you might think!

Blackbirds were originally woodlands birds, but over the years have adapted very well to an urban environment. So much so, that it is thought that urban Blackbird populations may even act as boosters for less productive woodland populations, which face significantly greater levels of nest predation – despite all the cats in our gardens! The most serious threat to urban-nesting Blackbirds is probably a prolonged period of dry weather, which makes getting at earthworms in a rock hard lawn very difficult and puts their chicks at risk of starvation.

Breeding territories and feeding sites may be used year after year by socially dominant birds, particularly those with food available throughout the year. Blackbirds have a varied diet, not just feeding on fruit and earthworms, and have even been seen taking tadpoles and newts from the shallows of garden ponds.

Information from the BTO Garden BirdWatch reveals a seasonal pattern of garden use, with a reduction in numbers from August to October. This ‘autumn trough’ is probably linked both to the availability of fruits and berries in local hedgerows and to the post-breeding moult, when they become rather shy and retiring.

The Blackbird is one of a small number of species that sometimes sing during the night, particularly near to street-lighting. They have large eyes relative to their body size, and BTO research has revealed them to be the first species to arrive at garden feeding stations on dark winter mornings. Good vision in low light levels influences when a species is first able to move around and find food.

BTO research has also demonstrated that Blackbirds living in urban areas arrive at garden feeding stations later than those living in rural gardens. This seems to run counter to the influence of light levels on arrival times – since urban areas have more street lights; suggesting that temperature may also play a role. Urban areas have higher levels of heat pollution which raise air temperatures above those in the surrounding countryside, and as birds use their energy reserves to keep warm overnight, those in rural areas will need to find food more urgently in the morning.

Surveys have revealed that at least 12% of our winter Blackbirds are immigrants from mainland Europe, their arrival by the thousand during the autumn months going largely unnoticed; primarily because they look the same as those that are here all year round. However, an early morning visit to some berry-laden coastal scrub and hedgerows will reveal these immigrants feeding alongside newly arrived Redwing and Fieldfare. BTO bird ringers have shown that these winter immigrants originate mainly from Scandinavia, The Netherlands and Germany, some of which are just passing through, and will continue on south to winter in Spain, France and Portugal.

Being able to watch several Blackbirds at once helps differentiate between the various plumages, separating the brown females from the black males, and young birds (with some juvenile wing feathers still retained) from older individuals. Birds with one or more white feathers are often seen in our gardens, and are probably ‘leucistic’ this being due to a local absence of pigment cells.

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, please contact me or visit the BTO Garden BirdWatch website ( If you know of a local organisation who would like a talk on garden birds call: Mike Gray 07596 366342 or


Celebrate the Spirit of Christmas at Ripon Cathedral this December

A spectacular festive Carol Concert shall take place at Ripon Cathedral on Saturday 3 December.

Enjoy an evening of traditional carols and seasonal music performed by Ripon Cathedral Choir, Cathedral brass Quintet, with special guest’s author Gervase Phinn and musicians from Ripon Grammar School.

An opportunity to sing popular Christmas carols with the Cathedral Choir in the beautiful atmospheric candle lit Nave of Ripon Cathedral.    Mince pies and mulled wine will be available and the evening promises to capture the spirit of Christmas with special lighting effects.  We are delighted to be joined again by best-selling author Gervase Phinn who will be getting involved in the evenings frivolities, with witty anecdotes and readings and an opportunity to meet him during the book signing at the interval and at the end of the concert.

Proceeds from the concert will go towards Ripon Cathedral Music Trust, which preserves and secures the Music at Ripon Cathedral and the Choir singing within the Cathedral.  which traces back to the foundation of the Benedictine monastery in 672 when monks sang in Wilfrid’s church. The Cathedral Choir have produced CD recordings, BBC broadcasts, concerts and tours which are a major part of the Choir’s schedule, as well as singing six services each week and at the great festivals of Christmas and Easter.

Tickets are already selling quickly, and are available to purchase from the Cathedral shop and online. A special VIP package is available to make the evening extra special, enjoy an invitation to a pre-concert drinks reception with the Dean and priority seats in the front two rows, plus beat the interval queues at the bar with a complementary drink and concert programme. A perfect pre-Christmas treat for a loved one.

This is a festive event that is not to be missed.

Reserved seats are available to purchase in advance from £20.00 for adults, and £5.00 for children. A very limited number of unreserved seating will be available on the night from £15.00 for adults and children go free.  Tickets can be purchased online or from the Cathedral Shop.
For further information, please contact Molly Barrs, Fundraising Events Officer at the Ripon Cathedral Development Campaign Office on 01765 603583 or

‘An Afternoon to Remember’ at Green Hammerton

On Sunday 13th November at 2.00pm, there will be a Concert by Collavoce Choir & Eurythmia Ensemble at St Thomas Chapel, York Road, Green Hammerton.

In contrast to Remembrance ceremonies, Collavoce Choir perform movements from Karl Jenkins’ A Mass For Peace. The Armed Man charts the growing menace of a descent into war, interspersed with moments of reflection.

Joined by Eurythmia Ensemble, and punctuated with the spoken word, a fresh musical event is created around this dramatic and thought-provoking work. The power of the combined voices is enhanced by the superb acoustics within this fine Grade II listed Chapel, designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott, architect of the Albert Memorial and St Pancras Station. Free Entry, donations in support of The Royal British Legion.