Marton cum Grafton Celebrates 25 Years of Open Gardens

Kilburnmead1On Sunday, 25th June 2017, Marton cum Grafton will host its Silver Jubilee Open Gardens by opening the gorgeous gardens of Marton cum Grafton, North Yorkshire from 11.00am-5.00pm.

This 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.

hostasThe theme of this year’s celebratory event will be the Silver Jubilee and a whole range of entertainment will be on offer to include: alocal 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 2017 is a fantastic display of Vintage and Super Cars.

Roses on GarageA 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).

Milby Island Improvement Project

SAM_2272The walk alongside the river Ure to Milby Lock from the bridge in Boroughbridge is an important asset for local people and for visitors alike. The amount of maintenance on this island between the river and canal has reduced in recent years resulting in a poorer environment and one which can only worsen as invasive plants such as Himalayan balsam and giant hogweed take hold. The area is now choked in the summer months by the Himalayan balsam which reaches eight feet in height, suppressing all other wild flowers and obstructing views of the river. The Milby Island Project has been set up by Charlie Merson, a Milby resident, and so far, has the support of Kirby Hill (Milby) and Langthorpe Parish Councils, The Canals and River Trust and Newby Hall Estate, the owner of the land.

SAM_2271At the end of March, as our picture shows, volunteers started work on clearance of large amounts of flood debris and dead timber so that later in the year the area can be ‘topped’ to eradicate the balsam and hogweed in selected areas – to open up views and let other plants have a chance. Lister Farms kindly loaned the heavy equipment and volunteers from Milby helped Charlie make a start on the project, which hopefully will be ongoing throughout the year if its aims are to be achieved.

If you would like to know more about the project or would like to volunteer to help please contact Charlie Merson

Martin Rae (Kirby Hill and District Parish Council)

Photographic Competition and Exhibition

Saturday, May 27 in the Jubilee Room above the library from 10am – 4pm. Keep your entries coming in! There is still time to take more photos – we need them in by May 13 at the latest.

If you have an old camera you would like to put into the exhibition? The camera could be analogue or digital. The display will be supervised at all times.

Come and have a relaxing cup of coffee – see the photos, meet your friends, bring your friends. There is easy access to the first floor by lift. Please contact Jane Barber – or ring 01423 325 808 for more details.

Running the Roman Home

Alex Croom, from Tyne and Wear Museums, will be giving a talk on Saturday 20th May, 2.30pm at Aldborough Village Hall. Alex looks after the archaeology collections of four museums within Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums. “As we look after two Roman Forts, much of the material is Roman in date, but the rest covers everything from Ancient Egypt to industrial archaeology of the late nineteenth century! Needless to say, I am particularly interested in the Romans and love trying to find out more about their everyday lives.”

Author of “Running the Roman Home” which explores the real everyday life of the Romans and the effort required to run a Roman household, Alex is currently acknowledged as one of the experts on this subject in the country. Her talk will use evidence from literary, archaeological and artistic sources to make comparisons with historical and modern parallels and to help bring a Roman household to life.

Alex is back by popular demand following her talk on ”Roman Costume in Northern England” in July 2016. Cost: Visitors £5.00 (Friends of Roman Aldborough members free)

Friday Night is Music Night

Come and sing along (or just listen!) to classic songs from the 1930s and 1940s to the accompaniment of The Palm Court Dance Orchestra. Friday 26th May, 7.30pm, at Boroughbridge Methodist Schoolroom. Refreshments available. Admission £3 (tickets on the door only).

Yorkshire Decibelles Concert


Ladies’ choir, The Yorkshire Decibelles, are giving a concert at Roecliffe Church on 9th June 2017, starting at 7.30pm. The choir are raising money to pay for some trees in the Village which may need testing and/or felling.

The last concert the choir gave at Roecliffe was a candle lit concert in January 2015 and it was sold out. They managed to raise £700.

This will be a special evening of a variety of popular and classic songs and a few uplifting readings. Drinks and nibbles will be provided at the interval and there will be a raffle. Tickets are £12, and are limited due to the size of the Church. To book contact Carolyn Collin on 07824 557253.

Return of ‘howdenjones’ in concert

An evening of wonderful songs, gentle anecdotes and delicious leg pulling, on Friday 2nd of June 2017.  7pm for 7.30pm at Minskip Village Hall.

Tickets £8.00, will be limited, so please purchase before the night. Available from Emma at Minskip Farm Shop, Becky Payne (Ashburn) tel 07450 013236, John Silverwood (Mount View) tel 07538 178659 or email

Please bring your own drinks and snacks. Raffle on the night. All proceeds to the Minskip Defibrillator Fund.

New Cathedral Gargoyle to appear on this year’s Beer Festival Glasses

One of three new gargoyles to have been designed, created and installed on the outside of the Cathedral has been chosen to appear on this year’s Ripon Cathedral Beer Glasses.  The designs for the new gargoyles were announced at the 2016 Beer Festival from a number of entries by local stonemasons.  The winning gargoyle was created by York stonemason Martin Coward.

The Beer Festival takes place on May Day Bank Holiday Monday, from 11.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. in the Dean’s Garden of Ripon Cathedral.

Visitors to the festival will enjoy live music, great beers and delicious hot food. There is something for all the family including a bouncy castle, face painting and craft table for the children.   Live music from Two Well Worn singing duo, King Courgette,  the Elders, Leon Marshall are supporting the Festival.

The event has been kindly sponsored by CNG a commercial gas supplier based in Harrogate that is committed to supporting the local community and is also delighted to have become the Cathedral’s Principal Business Partner for 2017.

We are also grateful for the support of our new Principal Business Partners Stratstone BMW and Mini who will be showcasing their latest models at the Beer Festival.

Many other local businesses have generously supported this community fundraising event, with a view to raising more funds towards the proposed new development plans.  Ripon Cathedral Renewed, supporting the Dean’s development plans for a 21st Century Yorkshire Cathedral.

Hambleton Ales, Rudgate Brewery and Rick Jones, from the Water Rat in Ripon are once again supporting this year’s Beer Festival.

A number of local breweries are also supporting the 2017 Beer Festival which will feature a selection of ales, Hambleton Ales, Wold Top Bitter, Rudgate Brewery Jorvik Blonde, Roosters, Yorkshire Heart , Timothy Taylor’s, Theakstons,  Black Sheep, Five Towns Brewery, York Brewery, Classic Blonde from Clark’s  and lots more.  The ever popular “Old Sleningford” local grown cider will be on sale, plus Pimms, wine and soft drinks.

Entrance to the event will be £4.00 for adults, this includes entry and a chance to win a Luxury Yorkshire Food & Drink Hamper.

For further information please contact Margaret Hammond on 01765 603583 or

Local Football Team calls out for Volunteer Coaches

A campaign has been launched to recruit volunteer coaches for one of the largest junior football clubs in the area. Boroughbridge Junior Football Club has vacancies for grassroots coaching staff in its boys’ and girls’ teams aged eight to 14 years.

The club, which has around 250 players taking part in regular training and games, was awarded FA Charter status, and has successfully met the Football Association’s requirements as a safe and sustainable football club with coaches trained in first aid and safeguarding. New coaches will be supported throughout with training to FA Level one paid for by the club.

Chris Fahy, the club’s chairman said: “This is a great opportunity for volunteers to come forward to help established teams continue to develop their football skills. The experience is hugely rewarding and keeps you fit at the same time.
“It would be idea for a parent who wants to get involved in their child’s sporting
development, an ex-player who wants to put their experience to good use or a student
keen to build their skills as they progress through the FA skills pathway.”
To find out more, contact Chris on 07764 775130.
The club can also be contacted via their Facebook page or website at

Army Garden gets gold at Harrogate

After 10 days of hard work, a Yorkshire based regiment is has won the ‘gold’ award and ‘best in show’ for their show garden entry at the Harrogate Spring Flower Show.

6 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps (6RLC), who moved from Germany to Dishforth, North Yorkshire last year, have entered the Harrogate Spring Flower Show and their garden was today awarded a ‘gold’ award and ‘best in show’ . It is the biggest garden ever entered at the show and has been something of a crowd pleaser at this years event.

Another draw for the crowd was The Dishforth Military Wives Choir who were invited to sing in the garden during the first day and provided a poignant reminder of the larger armed forces community connected to the garden.

The garden is part of a wider project to build a memorial garden on the Dishforth camp to provide a regimental focus during ceremonial occasions and provide a reflective space for those who currently serve and their families. The larger project incorporates a space for individual memorials brought back from Germany in remembrance of individuals who have died whilst serving the regiment.

The regiment commissioned Peter Cunliffe and his team at Northumbrian Landscaping to design the garden, which has a Japanese garden feel, evoking a sense of simplicity and peace. Together with members of 6RLC and Help for Heroes (H4H) they have created the garden in Harrogate, which after the show, will be re-purposed at the Dishforth camp.

The whole project is likely to cost £30,000. 6RLC has been able to secure £17000 and therefore requires a further £13,000 to see the project through to conclusion.

The regiment has been keen to engage the wider community and linked to the show garden,  has created an inventive competition called Boot Camp. 650 children from the local schools have been invited to up-cycle old army boots – the boots will be on show at the RHS Harlow Carr Flower Show in June. The RHS has been involved in providing free workshops for the schools and service families, teaching, and stirring the imaginations to brighten up the camp and family accommodation.

Once re-located to Dishforth it is hoped the local schools, the service community and Help for Heroes will support and partner with the regiment in the going maintenance of the garden as part of the H4H rolling rehabilitation program.

Lt Colonel Tim Crossland: Commanding Officer, 6RLC
‘We are delighted to have won the ‘gold’ award and ‘best in show’. The troops and our partners have created something which will positively impact the soldiers and the families of 6RLC for years to come. Whilst not a traditional area of excellence for the regiment, it has been both a great opportunity for the soldiers to gain new experiences and skills as well as providing a potential model for other army units to replicate, ’

Brett Squires: British Army Veteran.
“I don’t know anything about gardening but it keeps me occupied, out in the fresh air and in a quiet environment. But it’s not just any old gardening – it’s a memorial garden.”

Faith Douglas: Help for Heroes
‘We are delighted to have had the opportunity to support 6RLC with their memorial garden at the Harrogate Spring Flower Show. The past 10 days have seen a great mix of people coming together to learn new skills, build relationships and be creative. The finished garden is a real tribute to the hard work from all those involved and I can’t wait to see it in place at Dishforth. The ‘gold’ award and ‘best in show’ is very well deserved. ’

Peter Cunliffe: Director, Northumbrian Landscaping
‘I’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone that has helped with the ‘gold’ award and ‘best in show’  award achieved in creating Harrogate’s largest ever show garden. It’s success has in no small part been due to the willingness and enthusiasm of the whole team, and their ability to adapt to new skills rapidly within a pressured environment. It has truly been a privilege to be part of this and to work with you all.
We now look forward to the rebuild of the garden within Dishforth and the continuation of the larger memorial project’