Marton-cum-Grafton opens its Glorious Gardens

On Sunday, 26th June 2016, twenty gorgeous gardens of Marton cum Grafton, North Yorkshire will be open to the public from 11.00am-5.00pm.

Roses on GarageThis fun-packed day, offers a rare opportunity to explore the secrets of the hidden and private gardens of this charming village. They come in all shapes and sizes and the village’s elevated position allows for spectacular views over to the Yorkshire Dales (west) and White Horse (east).  Marton cum Grafton’s Open Gardens is a wonderful day out which will entertain all ages.

garden_bOther entertainment includes a local art and crafts exhibition, a beautiful floral display in Christ Church along with plenty of village fete style fun and games on Grafton Green.  Once the stunning gardens have whetted the appetite, guests can enjoy delicious food in the Marton Village Hall, where lunch, cakes and drinks are available.  Whilst in Grafton the WI will be serving mouth-watering cakes and tea.  On Grafton Green BBQ sausages and ice creams will be on sale along with a sensational Pimms Bar.  A highlight for 2015 is a fantastic display of Vintage and Super Cars along with a chance to experience a ride in the local vicinity.

A courtesy bus service is provided, taking people from one end of the village to the other.  Car parking is on offer and wheel chair access is available to many of the gardens.

All proceeds from the event will go towards community projects – adults £5.00, children free.  Marton-cum-Grafton is conveniently situated between York, Harrogate and Boroughbridge; just off the A168 (junction 47 or 48 of the A1).

Boroughbridge JFC Showcase Day

image014Sunday 29 May is Boroughbridge Junior Football Club’s Annual Presentation Day. It would be so great to get more of the local community involved in our junior club.

Everyone – players, families and friends -is welcome to join the fun on Sunday 29 May when Boroughbridge Junior FC stages its annual presentation day.
Starting at 11.30am, there will be a BBQ, bouncy castles, large inflatables, football events and a raffle at the event as each team group, both girls and boys receive their awards for the season.

image013It all takes place at Boroughbridge AFC’s home ground on Aldborough Road next to the primary school. A bar and refreshments will be available from the club house.
For more information, visit the junior club’s new website at
Or contact Nigel Charlesworth on 07964 900861

Judging Day in Boroughbridge

image016We had a great morning. Our judges turned up on time just before it started to drizzle. Joanne from HBC Parks Dept. came along to give us support.
We started in the car park and walked to Hall Square  to view the Butter-market. I then drove them to the Junior Schoolpassing the two troughs that we have taken on – one in the High Street and the other at the junction of Aldborough road.
The Millennium Garden at the Junior school has been neglected over the years and we are reviving it with the help of the school. We then passed the High School and explained some of the student were growing vegetables and that would be on show when the Judges return on the 15th July (Please make a note in your diary).

The drive took us past Morrison’s roundabout where we were pleased to see that Charlton’s have at last made a start on planting.
By the time we arrived at the Community Allotments the rain was getting into full flow. Our two guides were great at explaining all the conservation things that were being done as well as the usual activities. A short drive to Stump Cross Roundabout followed to show them the flower beds and poppies.  One of the judges commented that she is always impressed whenever she sees this area as it’s the first thing people see when entering the town from the South.
In the last few weeks we have taken on the rather tired rose garden opposite Charlton’s and we have set this up for a good display of roses this year. We left our “Pièce de Résistance”, Chatsworth Road till last where the judges were very impressed and Denise, one of the judges, had seen this area when we had just cleared it and it was bare earth.

We said we had on order red white and blue flowers for the rockery especially for the Queen’s birthday.
All of our guides for the day and other member of our group met in the Jubilee room for a drink and cakes made by our members. I’m sure they were all impressed with our display and the portfolio we had produced for the day.
Thank you to all those who took part to day and please come and join us if you can. Its more good fun than hard work !!

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Update on our Library/Community Hub

image018Many of you will be aware that good progress has been made over the past few months in connection with “saving” our library. It’s now highly likely (as distinct from “quite possible”) the local library will become what is called a Category 3 Community Library by NYCC, in due course.
We have, during the first part of 2016, added a further six volunteers to the original team of twelve. We’re confident we can find several more volunteers between now and the time of taking over the running of the library, so that we can offer six-day opening.

image017I want to say something about the library becoming a “community hub” within the Boroughbridge area. That’s the idea: the library is intended to become a community facility, in a central place, where all sorts of interesting things happen: during the day and in the evening, throughout the week
Broadly speaking these “interesting things” are activities of one sort or another. There are scores of possibilities including whist, bridge, music, reading groups, IT, art, poetry, craft, book clubs, board games, dominoes, meetings of various local organisations, knit & natter, etc., etc.
Whether these would take place upstairs in the Jubilee Room or downstairs in the library proper is clearly a matter for discussion.
Here’s the main point: a community hub will only become such if enough people, groups and local organisations get involved! BACLA will manage the hub but its members can’t possibly provide all the activities as well as run the library and manage the Jubilee Room, that’s obvious!

From now on until the take-over date (yet to be determined) we are on the look-out for activity and interest group providers who want to book a slot in the hub .

John Helliwell (on behalf of the BACLA committee and volunteers)