New Youth Club for Boroughbridge

A new youth club is opening in the town on Wednesday 4th November. The club is for all 9 to 16 year olds, and will meet from 6.30pm to 8pm at Boroughbridge Social Club, Fishergate.

To help make the new club a success, the organisers are looking for a team of adults from the local community to lead on it with support from North Yorkshire Youth. For more information, please contact Vicki Lever (youth development worker) 07881 797716.

A poster giving information can be found here:  YDT_A4_poster – Boroughbridge new vicki

Brighter Boroughbridge and District is Thriving!

MaggieThe social evening at The Crown Hotel was an enjoyable and informative occasion. Sharon Longcroft organised it and insisted that her fun and ‘vaguely horticultural’ quiz was educational!

ColleenThere was a serious side to the evening when Hazel announced that in the ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ section of Yorkshire in Bloom we had been awarded the second from highest grade of ‘Thriving’. She read the judges comments that were all very positive and ended with a suggestion that we should now consider competing in the small town category of Yorkshire in Bloom. This gave Hazel the opportunity to introduce the speaker, Kate Dawson from Harrogate Parks Department. Kate then explained what it would entail and gave everyone food for thought. There will be no more social evenings this year but they will begin again in the spring. Watch this space.

RosThe group worked hard on the following Saturday in the car park and then moved onto Chatsworth Grove. Both areas had become overgrown and, despite the lack of rain, full of weeds. There were ten people working happily together. It felt very companionable and so many people meant a huge difference made in a short period of time.
If you would like to join this thriving group, no experience or expertise required, contact John Goss on .

Boroughbridge Library: to be or not to be, that is the question

Public libraries in the UK date from the mid-nineteenth century and have been around for more than 150 years, but has their era now come to an end?

library50 years’ ago the library was as central to the function of a town as the post office and local bank. Then, within the past decade, along came Google, Amazon, Kindle and a range of charity shops selling cheap books. Libraries were suddenly under threat. That threat (of closure) became a harsh reality when councils such as NYCC found themselves having to make swingeing budget cuts. Libraries werein the firing line: soft targets in the sights of the planners and politicians

The fact is that the writing is on the proverbial wall for the library in Boroughbridge. Let’s be clear: it will either become a so-called “community library”, managed and run by local volunteers, or it will close forever in 2017

If you think libraries are institutions of a bygone era, you won’t care if our library closes. You can get along quite nicely with your Kindle for fiction and Google for reference

On the other hand, if you believe, as many do, that the library should continue to exist, albeit in a different form (see below), you may want to help prevent its closure. How could you do this? The answer is by volunteering to get involved.

As an aside, “volunteering” is something we’re all going to be challenged to do in the future. Gone are the days when we paid our council tax and expected NYCC and HBC personnel to provide a range of desirable services!

The post-2017 Boroughbridge library needs trustees (committee people) and shop floor library volunteers: are up for it? If so, contact John Helliwell (; 320731)

By the way, the buzz words around the library are “joint usage” and “shared space”: the library, perhaps scaled down, sharing space with another local organisation to create (stand by for another buzz word) a “community hub”. It makes sense, doesn’t it?

New record for Ripon Cathedral

Less than two months after the first bishop was consecrated at Ripon Cathedral since 1293, a new record was set at the cathedral on October 11 when 13 canons were installed on the same day.

St WilfridIt was the first time that so many canons had been installed on a single day and they included the Right Reverend Paul Slater, who had been consecrated at the cathedral as Bishop of Richmond in mid-July.

Three other bishops, of Wakefield, Huddersfield and Bradford, joined the Bishop of Richmond to be installed as honorary canons. Other honorary canons installed were the Archdeacon of Halifax, the Archdeacon of Pontefract, the Rector of Leeds and the Rector of Bolton Abbey.

Dr Phyl Johnson, a co-leader of the SPACE spiritual retreat days run for the cathedral, and Dr Colin Harrison, a Director of the National Centre for Process Innovation which employs 250 technologists on Teesside and County Durham, were both installed as capitular canons. They have both become members of the chapter, the central governing body of the cathedral.

Three honorary lay canons were also installed. They were Raymond Edwards, a founding director, and Simon Baldwin, a current director of the Leeds Board of Diocesan Finance, and John Wood, headteacher of St Aidan’s Church of England High School, Harrogate.

The installation service was held on the feast day of St Wilfrid, one of the cathedral’s two patron saints. The Dean of Ripon, The Very Reverend John Dobson told the congregation he could think of no better way to celebrate St Wilfrid’s feast day than to install 13 new canons.

News from Skelton School

Skelton Newby Hall CE Primary School is already making plans for Christmas. The PTFA are holding a Christmas Fair on Sunday 14th November from 11:00 until 4:00 in Skelton Reading Rooms. There will be gift stalls and refreshments so come along and get in the festive spirit.

On a separate note, the school have started a running group for anyone in the local community interested in getting fit before Christmas. The group meets at 3:30 in the school playground on Tuesdays and Thursdays and each session lasts around 30-40 minutes. Why not join in? For further details call Emma on 01423 322548

New Bus Service

We would like to spread the word that the Harrogate Bus company are going to expand their service  and include an hourly service to Harrogate Via Boroughbridge and Kirby Hill.
It will also call in at St James Retail park in Knaresborough.

Trandev will launch this service at 2.30 on Friday 23rd October at the Fountain. If you are interested you are invited to go along for the launch.

You can download the timetable here: New Bus Service

News from the Badminton Club

badmintonclub1The new badminton club got off to good start last week with a visit from Lucy Sweirs from North Yorkshire Sport. She was interested in how the club had progressed since it’s start in December 2014. Lucy was hoping to add items of interest to the new North Yorkshire Sport website which has just been created.

Players of all ages and abilities can come along to the club and have some fun and improve their badminton skills. Badminton England coach Margaret Taylor is there to offer help with those who would like some coaching. Junior club is from aged 8 years upwards.

badmintonclub2Boroughbridge Feathers Badminton Club is a satilite club of The North Yorkshire Performance Centre and encourages young people to take up the sport of badminton. The club night is Thursdays during term time from 7pm.
Junior club is at 6pm to 7pm. The club venue is the Sports Centre at Boroughbridge High School YO51 9JX. Get in touch. Come and give it a try!  Club rackets can be used and shuttlecocks are available.


Information sessions explain volunteer opportunities at local libraries

North Yorkshire residents are being invited to information sessions to find out how they can become involved in the future of their local library.

The sessions will include information about the outcomes of North Yorkshire County Council’s recent public consultation on the future of its library service; how it affects individual local libraries; and how residents can become involved as volunteers at their library.

In July, the County Council’s Executive agreed a revised set of proposals whereby all library categories – core, hybrid, and community managed – will need volunteers to maintain current opening hours. The key outcomes of the consultation were:
• a core library in each District with a combination of 60 per cent of current staffing levels and volunteers.  They are in Harrogate, Malton, Northallerton, Richmond, Scarborough, Selby and Skipton;
• large and busier hybrid libraries, servicing significant resident and day-time populations, will need a combination of  40% of staffing and 60% volunteers.  They are in Filey, Knaresborough, Pickering, Ripon, and Whitby; and
• the remaining twenty one community managed libraries will need a group to take on the management of the library as well as volunteers to run it , with additional dedicated staffing hours per week allocated to support the volunteers. If volunteers do not become involved the library will close.

The information days will be operated on a drop-in basis to give residents the opportunity to talk to library managers and find out more about how they can be involved in the future delivery of local library services.

Sessions are being held across the county and anyone interested in finding out more about volunteering opportunities or who would consider being part of a management group are invited to attend.  Residents who have ideas about the sort of services they want to see being delivered from their library, or have thoughts about the best ways to make libraries sustainable, are very welcome to come along and contribute their views.

The next information session at Boroughbridge will be on 9th October, 3pm to 6pm.

Photographic Competition

We are inviting our readers to submit photos for an exhibition to be held on Easter Saturday, 2016.  From these photos we will compile the 2017 LUN Calendar.
There will be different categories based on age groups:

  • Primary School
  • Secondary School
  • Over school age


Entry is limited to residents of the Lower Ure News distribution area, and three entries per household only, one per category.

Please include details of your full name, full address, telephone number and your email with your entry, and if applicable your school, plus a one sentence  description and location. eg. Morning Frost at the Devils Arrow.

Send Hi-Res .jpg file as an attachment to: – or postal entries to LUN Photo Competition, 1 Hall Square, Boroughbridge.
Files will need to be no smaller than 3000 (w) x 2000 (h) pixels at 300dpi in landscape format. If unsure please contact the editor and we will help in sizing/resizing.

Entry closes on January 31st 2016.
All entrants will be contacted during January 2016.

Entry gives Lower Ure News (LUN) permission to use your photo in the 2017 LUN Calendar, the monthly newsletter, the Spring 2016 LUN photography exhibition and other publications and prints organised by LUN, where the item/s are for sale for fundraising purposes no royalty will be paid to the author.

Millennium Cushions Hailed as Hidden Treasures

A group of overseas tourists on a quilting and needlework tour of the north of England have hailed the Millennium cushions in Ripon Cathedral as ‘hidden treasures worthy of a BBC documentary’.

stitchers2The 23-strong party, mainly Americans but with two Canadians and one Australian, came to see the cushions on August Bank Holiday at the suggestion of the tour organiser, Martha Liska from Olympia, Washington State, who had briefly seen them when she and her sister called in at the cathedral five years ago.

“We just had half an hour or so in Ripon that day, but we were intrigued by the cushions and the story of how they came about” recalled Martha. In a blog afterward her sister Mary said the cushions were “amazing” and that when the sisters came out of the cathedral, they “left in awe”. Prophetically, the sisters said that if they ever arranged a quilting and needlework tour of the north of England, Ripon would be one of their destinations.

Poor health prevented Mary from making the trip this time, but Martha was delighted to see the cushions again and show them to her party. One of the group, Jane Riewe , said: “The cushions are a secret that should not be kept any longer. They are hidden treasures worthy of a BBC documentary”.

Before being shown the boxed cushions, the group heard a talk by Marion Thew, who helped design many of them. She explained that they had come about because Ripon wanted to mark the Millennium in a special way. At first, there was talk of creating a large wall hanging but in the end, it was decided to create 38 cushions telling the story of the history of the city and bringing it up to date.

They decided to do it as a community project and involve as many people as possible, which was just as well as five million stitches were required .
Those who contributed ranged in age from six to over 90 and included schoolchildren, Tibetan nuns and a former German prisoner of war.

After the project was finished, the cathedral asked them to do a set of kneelers for the altar and a side chapel.

Martha thanked Marion for her talk and Maureen Lowe for providing a guided tour of the cushions. She had assisted Marion in designing them. The group set then left Ripon to visit Fountains Abbey and to continue their 12-day tour including visits to Durham Cathedral, York Minster, Bowes Museum, Beamish Museum, the Quaker Tapestry Museum in Kendal, the Quilt Museum in York and the Great Northern Quilt Show in Harrogate.

The Cushions can be seen at the Cathedral during the normal opening hours. The Cathedral is open to the public from 8.30am to 6pm every day.  Entry to the cathedral is free although donations are very much appreciated.