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

Birds in Your Garden: The Chaffinch

birdwatchThe Chaffinch is one of our more familiar birds with a significant population – some six million territories – and a broad range of habitats within which it breeds. It is a regular garden visitor, attracted to seed provided in hanging feeders and on bird tables.
The Chaffinch’s scientific name Fringilla coelebs was assigned by Linnaeus in 1758 and refers to the bird’s migratory behaviour; ‘coelebs’ means ‘unmarried’ and Linnaeus gave the Chaffinch this name when he observed that the birds wintering around his home in Sweden were mainly males. The females from northern breeding grounds wintered further south than the males, a pattern of behaviour known as differential migration – where one sex or age group shows different migratory behaviour to another. Generally, females and juveniles winter further south than adult males, suggesting that competition for food and roosts may decide which birds can winter at higher latitudes.

It is not unusual to see Chaffinches with grey or off-white rather ‘crusty’ leg growths. There are two main causes: mites of the genus Cnemidocoptes, and a virus called Chaffinch Papillomavirus. They are fairly similar in appearance and there is evidence to suggest that both can occur together. Although most birds showing signs of these diseases are bright, active and able to feed, some become lame and others may suffer from secondary bacterial infections. While captive birds with mites can be treated it is not possible to target wild birds with suitable medicines, leaving good hygiene practice at garden feeding stations as the best way to reduce the impact of these diseases.
The recent decline in Chaffinch populations shows a change in fortune for a species which had been increasing in numbers over recent decades. We know that Chaffinches were affected by the 2006 outbreak of finch trichomonosis, with a decline in numbers of a fifth recorded in some regions; but things seemed to go back to normal after a couple of years. Then, for some reason there was another noticeable decline in the reported numbers in 2013/14.
We all know that the plumage of the male Chaffinch changes through the course of the year, being at its finest ahead of the breeding season. But did you know that the steely-blue colouring of the head and nape, which contributes to the breeding plumage, is not produced by the bird moulting through new feathers. Instead it is the dull brown feather tips that wear away to reveal the colour hidden away below.
British birds are slightly smaller but more brightly coloured than the continental immigrants who arrive to join our resident birds in late autumn. These arrivals often bring smaller numbers of the related Brambling with them, a real treat for garden birdwatchers. The numbers of both species wintering here may be influenced by the size of the beech mast (seed) crop across Europe. In those years when the crop is poor we see more of them, with many moving into gardens to take sunflower hearts and high energy seed mixes, especially when our beech mast crop is poor too.

btoIf 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 (www.bto.org/gbw). If you know of a local organisation who would like a talk on garden birds call: Mike Gray 07596 366342 or mikegbw@btinternet.com.

Recycling Wagon

recyclingThe Recycling Wagon will be at the Back Lane Car Park in Boroughbridge from 9.00am to 12.30pm on the following dates:


March 12, April 9, May 14, June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10, October 8, November 12, December 10


February 11, March 11

News from Boroughbridge Young Farmers

A few weeks ago, Boroughbridge YFC members John Cowton and Rosie Wilson went through to northern area from county with public speaking. Next month the club have stockman of the year (includes judging animals on their looks for either meat or breeding) and also the swimming gala.

On Sunday 21st February the YFC have their annual Muck Chuck, raising money for the club and the MS society. They will be going round the villages near Ouseburn and selling wheelbarrows of muck for £2. A great day with lots of laughs; and a few of the parents get together and make up the lunch.

The main fundraiser that the YFC are organising at the moment is their 70th dinner which is on 2nd April at York race course. The evening will include a three course meal, a band called The Milk Men,  and then a DJ for afterwards. Tickets are £35. It’s a great milestone for the club, and some of the founder members will be there helping out on the night. For more information call Ben Winn on 07840 339110 or email br.winn@hotmail.co.uk

Photographic Exhibition

Boroughbridge and District Historical Society are holding a Photographic Exhibition in the Jubilee Room above Boroughbridge Library on Easter Saturday 26th March, from 10am to 4pm. This is another chance to see the research done by The Dog Kennel Lane Project group at Langthorpe.

Archive photographs of Boroughbridge in the past, and Boroughbridge in World War II will also be on display. If you have any photographs you would like to add to the archive please bring them along. Winning entries in the Yore Vision/Lower Ure News photographic competion will also form part of the Exhibition.

As part of the Boroughbridge Walking Festival that weekend, there will also be a guided walk of the Dog Kennel Lane Heritage trail created by the project group; this will take place on Good Friday 25th March at 10am from under the A1M flyover bridge at Langthorpe.

For further details see Festival walking leaflet or tel 01423 322988. www.boroughbridgehistory.co.uk

Charity Zumba Event

There will be a Charity Zumba Event on Saturday 12th March at The Studio, Glebe Farm, Lower Dunsforth, YO26 9RZ. 45-minute timeslots are available from 1pm until 4pm. Pre paid tickets only; adults £10 (including raffle ticket) children £5.

It does not matter if you have never done Zumba before, come along and have a go. All the family are welcome. The aim of the event is to raise money to help Izzy walk; for full information visit Just Giving – Help Izzy Walk.

To book tickets, please call 07841 054967 or email timoneysue@gmail.com



Local Training Company Opens New Centre

Training RoomLivius Training has opened a brand new training centre at Rabbit Hill Business Park, South of Boroughbridge, following its previous success in Ripon.
The new centre includes a fantastic sized training/meeting room hosting a wide range of training courses such as First Aid, Food Safety, Forklift Training, Health and Safety and many many more.
As well as continuing to provide their approved training courses the newly branded Livius Training Centre has expanded its training portfolio with open courses in Fire Safety, Manual Handling & Customer Service Workshops.

david cprThe new training centre runs regular open courses, these are available for anyone to book via the website www.livius-training.co.uk or by calling 01423 396780.
Mrs Wells , Company Director says, “This year we hope to continue our success by  increasing our portfolio of courses and creating greater awareness of the importance of training.”
Livius Training Centre are continuing to offer their come to you service, where training can be done at a time and place to suit you. They will also be increasing their course finder service, where any course can be sourced for you.

chockingWith easy road access from all over North Yorkshire the new centre has a great amount of parking in beautiful surroundings.. The perfect place to complete your training or hold a meeting. Contact Livius Training Centre on 01423 396780 or visit www.livius-training.co.uk

Get Your Kids Active at Boroughbridge Library this Half Term

If your child is bored in the holidays or spending too much time in front of a screen bring them to the Active Kids Fair at Boroughbridge Library between 2 – 5pm on Friday 19th February 2016. The event will host a variety of clubs and organisation including sports, karate, dance classes and scouts amongst others. It will showcase the wide range of activities and programmes they offer in the Boroughbridge area.  There will be displays and demonstrations and a chance for children find out how to join in the activities that interest them most.  The event will be in the Jubilee Room, upstairs at the library, and entrance is free.  Refreshments will be available.

If you are not a member of the library, join now. It is FREE. Visit your local branch or log on www.northyorks.gov.uk/libraries

Interested in Flowers?

Easingwold FlowerClub is a friendly group of people who meet on the last Thursday of each month, 2.00pm at The Galtres Centre in Easingwold.

Next meeting will be on 28th January. Floral demonstrations by NAFAS, workshops. Have a go or come and watch.
Call Anne 01347 821573 or Heather 01347 821727.

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.