Marton cum Grafton Opens its Glorious Gardens

garden_bOn Sunday, 28th June 2015, over 15 gorgeous gardens of Marton cum Grafton will be open to the public 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.

PimmsOther 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 creamswill be on sale along with a sensational Pimms Bar.A highlight for 2015 is a fantastic display of Vintage and Super Carsalong 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.

News from Skelton CE School

The children of Skelton Newby Hall CE Primary School have had a busy month with numerous sporting fixtures ranging from football to golf and a lovely walk along part of the new Dog Kennel Lane route from Langthorpe to Skelton.

skeltonschoolOur Infants spent a wonderful day at the Ripon Walled Garden which was an opportunity to develop what they’ve been studying about plants in their science topic. The Juniors have had their annual residential trips – this year to Bewerley Park and East Barnby and some of our students are also joining children from Sharow, Bishop Monkton and North Stainley schools on a trip to France.

If you would like to learn more about our school then please take a look at our website
or give us a call to arrange to come for a look around (01423 322548)

Local Fashion Show Raises £1400 for Cancer Charity

Sue Timoney and Gracie (daughter)Having been diagnosed with skin cancer a year ago, Sue Timoney has not only tackled the illness head on, but she has also made it her mission to raise as much money as possible for research into the devastating disease.

As part of 12 months of fundraising for British Skin Foundation’s ‘It Takes Seven’ campaign, Sue organised a fashion show at The Dunsforth public house and restaurant that attracted 80 people and raised £1,400.

ELLA GEORGIA 2The second sell-out show of its kind in just six months saw Boroughbridge-based businesses Ella Georgia, Bean Vintage and Knaresborough based Sheer Bliss showcase an array of clothing, accessories, underwear and swimwear collections, which included designs straight from this seasons’ London catwalks. Watkins Wright Salon styled all 20 of the models hair, and the evening was a resounding success.

ittakes7_sueSue, who has recently set up her own fitness instructor business, has also run the York 10k, climbed all three of the National highest peaks within 24 hours and completed the Leeds half marathon in just over 2 hours. The total raised to date is £6,100, and plans are place for a Vintage Tea Party in July 2015. For more information email or call Sue on 07841 054967.

Dog Kennel Lane Exhibition

The Heritage Lottery Funded Dog Kennel Lane Project, which studied an area to the west of Langthorpe, is now coming to an end. Fieldwalk-at-Gills1-1024x600Boroughbridge and District Historical Society are holding an exhibition on Sunday 24th May, from 11.00am to 4.30pm in The Coronation Hall. The purpose of the exhibition is to launch the Heritage trail through to Newby Hall and a display the group’s findings. Aerial photographs, Finds, Oral History, details of the project, Maps and satellite imaging will be on display.
Kev Cale, Community archaeologist, will give a short presentation about the project. There will be a children’s quiz and refreshments will be available. Admission is free.

Great Success for Third Walks Festival

IMG_4005The third annual Boroughbridge Easter Festival of Walks has been even more popular than last year.  This according to the “Walkers are Welcome” group spokesman Barry McCallum after nearly 400 people took part in the 4 day event.

Mostly blessed with fine weather the various guided scenic walks attracted visitors from all over Yorkshire and beyond. One couple, en route from Nottingham to Newcastle stopped off in Boroughbridge for some lunch – and ended up on a 5 mile walk via Newby Hall estate! The nine free walks on offer included a nature reserve walk, a charity walk on behalf of JennyRuth Workshops, a Treasure Hunt walk for the children (of all ages) and the very interesting Myton on Swale walk.  Again the ever popular Ghost Walk around the town centre pulled in the crowds, to be regaled with more spooky stories from members of the Hightimers, the local amateur dramatics group. Also along with the walking festival there was a hugely popular 2 day beer festival, a quiz night, music concert and a film show.

ghost1We wanted to come up with a programme to appeal to everyone regardless of age or ability said Mr McCallum, and we are particularly grateful to all the sponsors who made it all possible. We believe that by having a festival like this that it encourages many visitors to the area, and judging by the comment made by many of the walkers, will also bring them back again.

With many people already asking about a 2016 event, and asking about sponsorship opportunities, it looks as though the Walkers are Welcome group will be starting to plan next year’s event soon!