Witness a 17th century Witches Trial…. for BCC

Boroughbridge Community Care are arranging a fundraising evening in the Coronation Hall on Saturday January 26th, 7pm. This will be a presentation by Dr Keith Rix, who is a Forensic
Psychologist and the theme will be a historical court case involving a witches trial.

The charge will be £10 and will include a glass of wine and nibbles

Tickets are available from the BCC office, telephone 01423 324504

Brighter Boroughbridge News

On one of the coldest days of the year, volunteers gathered at Chatsworth Grove to tidy the garden there. They worked and chatted enjoying the chance to be together again after the long winter break. There were a few snowdrops and many other bulbs visible but not ready to brave the chill yet.

So much leaf debris was cleared the compost heap nearly overflowed so David compressed it by climbing in!

If you go down to Chatsworth today you are sure of a big surprise. No, not teddy bears but metal animals can now be discovered lurking in the bushes near the path. See if you can discover all six

The Brighter Boroughbridge & District AGM will be held on Tuesday 19th February, 7.30pm at 1 Hall Square Boroughbridge.

The Birds in Your Garden – Roosting

Starlings (Tommy Holden)

It’s maybe something you’ve not thought much about, but where do garden birds go at night? During long, cold winter nights they need not only to keep warm, but also to keep out of reach of a range of predators such as cats, owls, rodents and stoats or weasels.

The habits of roosting birds are diverse. Sparrows, Wrens and Chaffinches seem to vanish at dusk. They secrete themselves away in dense foliage, cracks or crevices, and avoid drawing attention to their whereabouts.

It’s a juggling act: trying to find enough shelter to keep warm and conserve energy, without increasing the risk of attack. Too close to the trunk and there could be danger from a rat or stoat, too far out on a limb means vulnerable to a sharp-eyed owl. The branch acts as an intruder alarm; a motion sensor providing a split-second warning of danger.

Ivy is one of the UK’s few native evergreen plants. Much maligned it is often accused of strangling trees. However, it should be celebrated and valued for the pivotal role it plays in providing wildlife with food and shelter.

The nest box that was used earlier to raise a brood of youngsters might now provide a snug bed for the night for a single Blue or Great Tit. They really do seem to prefer their own company at night, but for Wrens it is definitely a case of the more the merrier. The record number found roosting in a single nest box stands at 62. If you turned your nest-box camera off at the end of summer, it is worth switching it on again. You never know who might be using it as a winter residence.

Crows, swallows, swifts and starlings aren’t closely related, but they share some incredible communal roosting behaviours. For social or safety reasons or for warmth, some species choose to sleep together—sometimes in very large numbers. The spectacle of these flocks gathering at dusk is really something, whether the murmuration of Starlings, the rowdy evening antics of Rooks and Crows or the skeins of geese and gulls heading for the safety of a local waterbody.

To cope with this perilous situation, birds have developed a range of abilities, such as sleeping with one eye open. The eyes of most birds (unlike humans) send information to only one side of the brain, so unihemispheric slow-wave sleep allows birds to have one hemisphere of their brain in a deep sleep whilst the other remains awake and alert.

Most garden birds are Passerines, perching birds, which manage to stay put while they’re asleep, having developed “flexor tendons” in their legs that involuntarily clasp shut when they squat on a perch. The tendons won’t relax until the bird straightens its leg to leave.

If 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, have a look at the BTO Garden BirdWatch website (www.bto.org/gbw). If you know of an organisation not a million miles from York which would like a talk on garden birds call: Mike Gray 07596 366342 or gbwmike@gmail.com

Queen Mary’s School Girl, Emilia Jaques Wins the BBC’s Young Chorister of the Year

Emilia Jaques Winner of the BBC Young Chorister of the YearEmilia Jaques from Queen Mary’s School, between Ripon and Thirsk, has been announced as one of the BBC Radio 2 Young Choristers of the Year 2018, alongside the boy winner, Cassian Pichler-Roca from Dean Close School in Cheltenham.

The prestigious competition included two preliminary rounds and a final in the studios of the BBC’s Philharmonic Orchestra at MediaCityUK.

Emilia, from Ripon, worked with her singing teacher, Anna Bleiker, and Head of Music at Queen Mary’s, Sarah Holloway-Lloyd, carefully to choose her repertoire for the final and she sang ‘Come thou long expected Jesus’ by Stainer and Handel’s ‘Blessed are all they that fear the Lord’.

The final was hosted by Blue Peter’s Radzi Chinyanganya and composer and conductor, Bob Chilcott, was chair of the judges. He was joined for the occasion by organist, composer and musical director, Simon Lole and the founder and director of the Rock Choir, Caroline Redman Lusher.

Since the final was recorded Emilia and Cassian have already taken on their first commission – a CD recording with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. She will now go on to appear on various BBC television and radio programmes in the next 12 months including BBC Radio 2’s Good Morning Sunday, BBC Radio 4’s Daily Service and Sunday Worship, along with special events for Christmas and Easter.

Emilia is thrilled by the result: “I can’t believe it! It’s been so exciting to be part of this important competition. In the week leading up to the final I was doing everything to make sure that my voice was in tip-top condition. On the morning I woke up with butterflies in my stomach but very much ready to perform. The BBC Philharmonic Studio has fantastic acoustics and I enjoyed performing my pieces in front of the judges, who were really encouraging to all the choristers who took part, and an audience including my family, and Mrs Cameron and Miss Lloyd from Queen Mary’s. Thank you to BBC Radio 2, it’s been an amazing experience so far and I look forward to many more.”

Emilia, who is Head Chorister and Music Captain, is heavily involved in all aspects of school life.  As well as her continuous dedication to choral singing (she was a chorister at Ripon Cathedral for 5 years until age 13), she plays violin at post-Grade 8 and piano at Grade 8 standard, she is working towards her Grade 8 acting exam, is part of Queen Mary’s Society for academic scholars and, as a keen and committed sportswoman, she attended the ‘Girls Go Gold’ national sports conference. This is as well as revising for her GCSEs which she will sit next year.

Bob Chilcott, chair of the judges for the final said “it was moving to hear the lovely voices of the young singers”.

Carole Cameron, Head at Queen Mary’s School is delighted: “I am so proud of Emilia, she has a beautiful voice and performs with confidence and composure. As a school, we have strong traditions in both choral singing and instrumental music and it has been wonderful to see Emilia blossom.”

If you would like to hear Emilia sing this Christmas she will be performing at Ripon Cathedral and in a Candelit Concert on Saturday 1 December at 19:00 at Baldersby St James Church. The repertoire will include a performance of ‘A Ceremony of Carols’ by Benjamin Britten and other seasonal music. Tickets are available by calling 01845 575000.

Queen Mary’s offers a broad curriculum, allowing pupils to pursue their interests within small classes designed to encourage their development and achievement. The next Open Morning will take place on Saturday 10 November. For more information please call 01845 575040.

Friday Night is Music Night

Carolers_2CAROLS FOR EVERYONE – Friday November 23 at 7.30pm in Aldborough Village Hall. GAMA Polish Choir will be joining the Carol Singing evening organised by Ure Music. Do come and join us – bring your voices, instruments or just come and listen. There will be refreshments and a collection for a local Charity
For more details ring Jane Barber on 01423 325808.

Historical Society Book Launch

bdhs2On Behalf of Croft Publications and Boroughbridge and District Historical Society, you are invited to the launch of the book ‘A HISTORY OF BOROUGHBRIDGE – A HISTORIC YORKSHIRE TOWN’.

To be held in the Jubilee Room, Boroughbridge Library 17 St James’ Square, Boroughbridge,  YO51 9AR on Saturday 10th November, 2018 from 10.30 am – 2.00 pm.

An introductory talk will be given by Mike Tasker on behalf of
the Historical Society, after which a book signing will commence and copies of the book will be available to purchase.  Free Refreshments – Tea, Coffee and Biscuits will be served.

After this event, copies of the book may be purchased from www.croftpublications.co.uk

PYO Pumpkin Patch

Yorkshire Pumpkins is inviting families to come down to their pumpkin patch in Cundall, Thirsk, this half term for a “pick your own pumpkin” experience! Open from 20th-31st October there will be a huge variety of pumpkins, home made refreshments and activities for children of all ages to enjoy!

The Battle’s Over!

Langthorpe Parish council are hosting a beacon in conjunction with over 1000 other sites across the UK to celebrate ‘The Battle’s Over’, a tribute to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

The beacon will be lit at 7 pm on Sunday the 11th November at the top of Back Lane, Langthorpe.

There will be no parking! The best access will be from Leeming Lane walking along the footpath to the south of East View or walking up Back Lane.

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