Treasure Hunt Winner

treasurehuntHow’s this for a happy little face? Emma’s family won the Town Centre Treasure Hunt at last week’s Boroughbridge & Lower Ure Valley, Walkers are Welcome Easter Walking Festival. They come from Selby so great to see that the Festival is achieving its aim of attracting “out of towners” to our lovely home! Emma’s prize was a hamper full of goodies from a number of shops in the town and it was an absolute joy to see how happy it made her to receive it.

The hamper was made up with kind contributions from Baileys of Boroughbridge, Boroughbridge Hardware, K&G Farrers, ThinkFink, Gilchrists Family Bakers and Tearoom, Issima, Pybus Newsagents and Sweet FINK, but thank you to all the traders in the town who helped to mark the festival throughout the weekend.

From Boroughbridge Chamber of Trade @ChamberOfTradeBoroughbridge

Boroughbridge High School receives Rotary Donation

Rotary prize 1On Wednesday 3rd May, students of the School Council at Boroughbridge High School were delighted on behalf of the school to receive a cheque from the Rotary Club of Ripon Rowels for £300. Their kind donation will be used to purchase equipment for the school music department and will benefit all students. Student Councillors are shown here receiving the cheque from the club President Bernard Bateman and  Martin Brizzolara, alongside Deputy Head Teacher Kathryn Stephenson.

Jennyruth Workshops Open Day

image002Jennyruth Workshops is holding an OPEN DAY at
Unit 5, Red House Farm, Bridge Hewick, Ripon, HG4 5AY on Thursday 15 June 2017 from 10am to 1pm. Come and join us to celebrate some of our achievements and see us in action in the workshops. Refreshments served throughout.
Don’t miss it, it is always a fun event, with a great atmosphere and open to all. Enquiries: Tel. 01765 606620 or email info@ jennyruth.co.uk

Folk Nights at St Wilfrid’s Community Centre

An evening of live music is held on the last Friday of each month at St Wilfrid’s Community Centre,
Trinity Lane, Ripon. New performers are welcome or just come along and listen.  £3 on the door. The next sessions will be on Friday 30th June and Friday 28th July. Contact Tish on tishhw@ waitrose.com.

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 martlets.fas@outlook.com

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 – chair@yorevision.org.uk 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

*UNFORTUNATELY, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL LATER IN THE YEAR, SORRY*

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.