Brighter Boroughbridge – Judgement Day

Stand by your beds! Flower beds that is. Brighter Boroughbridge is in a flurry of activity because two judges are coming on Tuesday 12th of April to look at our town in the Yorkshire in Bloom competition.

We urgently need helpers to tidy the car park by the toilet, Chatsworth Grove and the Circles at the roundabout. In addition we would like the whole town to ‘Clean for the Queen’; picking up litter and making Boroughbridge the most beautiful large village it can be.

If you would like to help ring 01423 323123 or email

Funding approved for New Sports facility at Whixley

Young people  inWhixley and its surrounding villages are set to get new improved training facilities  thanks to a £29,000 grant from funding-body WREN.
The money, awarded by WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund will be used to purchase a double all-weather  non-turf practice area with nets  at the Whixley Cricket Club’s sports–ground at Rudgate Fields, Score Ray Lane, Whixley.
Dick Watson, Chairman of the Trustees,  believes the facility will make a huge difference to the playing –skills of the  existing sixty-six Junior members and sixty Senior members in particular. He says “The continuing growth in the number of participants in practices and coaching sessions will result in the facilities being intensively used.   Our volunteer coaches will be able to deliver more effective training sessions which could well see the Club’s  four Junior teams and three Senior teams begin to move up into higher Divisions in the Nidderdale League, as a direct result of WREN’s  much appreciated investment”.
Iain Richardson, Club Secretary and Project Manager, says “This project will provide a real boost to the people in and around Whixley.  It is really fantastic that WREN has awarded us this money , and we are looking forward to our new  all- weather practice facility beginning to take shape in June this year” .
WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, biodiversity, and heritage projectsfrom  funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.

Penny Beaumont, Wren’s grant manager for Yorkshire & Humber, says: “We’re delighted to be supporting the Whixley& District Community Cricket Club and pleased our funding will provide such a fantastic facility for both young and old to enjoy. WREN is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that make a difference to local communities and we’re really looking forward to seeing this one take shape soon.”

Iain Richardson, Project Manager, hopes the new facility will be up and running within four weeks of the commencement work,  so that the Club and Community can celebrate its completion at a special Open Day in July, details of which will be announced nearer the date.

Since the Club founded its Junior Section seven years ago, the Club has purchased and levelled Rudgate Fields, and has replaced its  formerportacabin with a  spacious and modern timber pavilion.  The installation of  all-weather practice-nets  is part of a continuing programme of improvements  that will serve the growing numbers now regularly participating in the Club’s recreational activities . The facility will be a real asset to the  local community of which Whixley Cricket is an integral part.

Brighter Boroughbridge and District

Spring is evident with snowdrops and daffodils bringing promise of milder temperatures in these chilly, grey days. The volunteers of Brighter Boroughbridge are also wakening from their Winter hibernation and have been building a rockery at the front of Chatsworth Grove. It is not planted yet but when it is a little warmer there will be an array of alpines and trailing plants, so keep an eye out for that.

2016-02-27 12.24.13This year the group have entered Yorkshire in Bloom, Large Village category. This is much bigger than It’s Your Neighbourhood category that we have entered for the last three years but we think the town is ready! Our first step towards this has been to ask traders and others to buy hanging baskets or troughs. We are delighted to say the following have agreed, Hair on the Square, Hethertons, Brighter Boroughbridge, The Crown Hotel, Vale Opticians, Lister Haigh, The Post Office, The WI, and the Town Council making a total of 25. Harrogate Parks department provide the rest and water all of them. Nigel at the Post Office said he thought they were excellent value for money!

2016-02-27 13.20.58Brighter Boroughbridge is also planning, in conjunction with Boroughbridge Live, an open garden event on Sunday the 14th August. It will be called The Secret gardens of Boroughbridge and will feature small but exquisite gardens never viewed by the public before. It promises to be an excellent event. If you have a garden that you would like to show on that day or would like to be involved in the selling of refreshments please contact John or Hazel on the address below.

Finally we are begging once more for people to give a little of their time to help us garden, litter pick and generally prepare Boroughbridge for their first judging in April.

If you are interested in helping in any way please contact John or Hazel Goss at or ring 01423 323123

Time to see the photographic exhibition!

Easter Saturday – March 26 in the library. All entries will be on display in the Jubilee Room on Easter Saturday as part of a Photographic Exhibition organised by Boroughbridge Historical Society.

afletcher01There will be photos of the Dog Kennel Lane project and old Boroughbridge.

The exhibition is open 10am – 4pm and is part of the Walking Festival.


Photo: Anne Fletcher