Christmas Tree Festival

On Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th December St. James’s Church in Boroughbridge will be twinkling with festive cheer as it hosts Boroughbridge & District Community Care’s Annual Christmas Tree Festival. The Festival is a seasonal favourite which takes on board the Christmas message of helping the more vulnerable members of our community.
The first festival was first held in 2000 and it has grown in popularity over the years with over 40 themed Christmas trees lining the nave and the side aisles in the Church.
The first festival was first held in 2000 and it has grown in popularity over the years with over 40 twinkling, themed Christmas trees, decorated by local schools, clubs, businesses, community organisations and individuals from around the area lining the nave and the side aisles in the Church. As always, the ingenuity of the decorations and the amount of work and effort that goes into the entries will be quite amazing to see.  As well as the trees, there will be an array of other attractions including seasonal music, a tombola, and refreshments.

It is always a very popular event which raises money for Boroughbridge & District Community Care, a truly local charity that does so much for our community and we are hoping that this year it will be bigger and better than ever.

The event takes place in St. James’s Church, Boroughbridge on Saturday 5th December from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm and on Sunday 6th December from 10.00 am to 3.45pm. All visitors will be asked to vote for their favourite tree in both the adult and the junior categories with the winners in each category receiving the Festival Shield to keep for the forthcoming year.  The Festival ends with a procession led by Santa from the Church to Hall Square for the annual Carols on the Square where the winners will be announced and the trophies presented.

Do come along because it will certainly be worth a visit and you will also be supporting the work of Boroughbridge Community Care.

Boroughbridge Library (BACLA) Update

Since the article on the library appeared in the November issue of LUN, there has been a number of encouraging developments:
1. 21 people attended the “library volunteering” event arranged by NYCC on October 9 in the Jubilee Room
2. A meeting for new prospective volunteers to discuss the way forward, including training, has been convened for November 11, in the library
3. We are now actively moving towards incorporating a number of new volunteers into the BACLA Wednesday morning library rota for the period January-April
4. We are looking for local people who can run activities and interest-based sessions of all kinds in the library from the beginning of next year, initially on Wednesday afternoons. Please contact John Helliwell on 01423 320731 ( if you think this is something you might like to do as a volunteer, to give the library a broader base and make it what it needs to become: a “community hub”.

The “Suburbanisation” of Boroughbridge

“The old order changeth, yielding place to new” (Tennyson: Morte d’Arthur)

suburbIt’s natural to want to preserve the status quo and resist change.  Currently, however, change is coming to the Boroughbridge area in the form of large-scale house building.  Indeed, many local people now speak of the “suburbanisation” of this charming, rural, market town
There’s no doubt about the scale of building: the Bellway development opposite the High School will be followed by a larger one (90 homes) on the John Boddy site, while over 300 homes could be built in Milby over the next few years.  And there’s more house building in nearby Minskip.
Harrogate Borough Council is committed to building over 600 homes each year and it looks as if a disproportionate number of them will be built here. We cry out in our reasonableness: “It isn’t fair”, not simply because of the number of homes but because it would change the “character” of the town.
Two terms spring to mind:
* “nimbyism” – not in my back yard (metaphorically)
* “drawbridge mentality” – in the face of a perceived threat, local people flee into the castle and pull up the drawbridge once they’re in; others, who come along later, are denied access.
The relevance of the above to prospective housing development in Boroughbridge does not need to be explained to our readers
Whether we like it or not, the following statements are probably fair comment at the present time:
•    In the face of a rising population, the country as a whole needs more homes. They will be built wherever the government and the planners decide, so we’d better get used to the idea
•    There’s no basic human right to a view or charming rusticity or green and pleasant open spaces. “Suburbs” are unavoidable; and what’s so unattractive about estates such as the Bellway one along Wetherby road?
•    More houses and people mean more business in the town: more customers for our shops, pubs and other service outlets. That’s good news!
•    Most readers of Lower Ure News are “incomers” – it’s a demographic fact. Surely it’s wrong to adopt a “nimbyist” attitude to further housing development, pulling up the proverbial drawbridge to keep would-be new residents out of our town and adjacent parishes?
We need to maintain a balanced, pragmatic stance and, as a general principle, accept the inevitability of significant changes on the housing scene in and around Boroughbridge.

John Helliwell

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.