Amblers Walks

The Boroughbridge Amblers have some walks planned during the next few weeks. On Thursday 15th March, there will be a walk of 4.5 miles at Markington and South Stainley. For further details, contact the walk leader, Viv, on 01423 326182.

On Tuesday 20th March, there was planned a walk of 5 miles at Boston Spa. Unfortunately this has been cancelled. Linda has kindly offered to lead a walk from Wetherby instead, 3/4 miles, contact her on 01423 322988.

For all walks, meet up in Back Lane Car Park, Boroughbridge, for a 10am departure. Lifts are available and transport sharing is encouraged. Everyone welcome!

Mark Knight to give FORA talk

Mark Knight from Cambridge Archaeology Unit,
Current Archaeology Archaeologist of the Year 2017, will give a talk for Friends of Roman Aldborough on Saturday 10th March 2.30pm, at Aldborough Village Hall.

Mark Knight specialises in prehistoric landscapes, as well as Neolithic and Bronze Age pottery. His first experience of archaeology was six years working with the Exeter Museum’s Archaeological Field Unit as a result of the Manpower Services Commission. Encouraged by the unit’s then director, he left to study archaeology. After completing his degree in 1995, Mark joined the Cambridge Archaeology Unit and began researching the prehistoric Fens, a landscape that still absorbs him some 20 years on. Mark directed the Must Farm excavations for the Cambridge Archaeological Unit.
Archaeologists say the excavations have revealed the best-preserved Bronze Age dwellings ever found in Britain.  Large circular wooden houses collapsed in a dramatic fire and plunged into a river, preserving their contents in astonishing detail and have now provided an extraordinary insight into domestic life 3,000 years ago. The settlement, dating to the end of the Bronze Age (1200-800 BC), would have been home to several families who lived in a number of wooden houses on stilts above water.

The result is an extraordinary time capsule containing exceptional textiles made from plant fibres such as lime tree bark, rare small cups, bowls and jars complete with past meals still inside. Also found are exotic glass beads forming part of an elaborate necklace, hinting at a sophistication not usually associated with the British Bronze Age.
“Must Farm is the first large-scale investigation of the deeply buried sediments of the fens and we uncovered the perfectly preserved remains of prehistoric settlement. Everything suggests the site is not a one-off but in fact presents a template of an undiscovered community that thrived 3,000 years ago ‘beneath’ Britain’s largest wetland,” says Mark who will share the remarkable stories of its discovery and the questions it now raises with all those who are fortunate enough to attend what promises to be a fascinating talk.
Visitors £5  FORA members free.

Walkers are Welcome

IMG_0433Plans are well in hand with the programme for  this years  Boroughbridge Walking Festival to be held over the Easter weekend 2018. Organised by the Boroughbridge Branch of Walkers Are Welcome the Festival will include walks for all levels  and members of the family and this year will include a charity walk for Hearing Dogs for the Deaf.

IMG_0429The popular Myton Walk with afternoon tea is on the programme once again, this time concentrating more on the village history and the Battlefield.
It is planned to hold a new walk at Copgrove and a walk around Boroughbridge finding out the history of the churches.
For more information  about the walking festival visit the website or find the group on Facebook.

Village Roots Revisited

On Friday 12th January 2018, local historian Tony Hunt will deliver an illustrated lecture updating his history of Marton cum Grafton at the village’s memorial Hall, starting at 7.30pm. Followed by a virtual tour of a little visited private museum with new information about its curator, and a re-launch of the Village History Group. Ticket price: £7.50 (includes glass of wine/soft drink and nibbles). Tickets on sale at Spellows Village Shop or telephone Tony Hunt (07977 447712) or Keith Lumsden (07876 136975). Proceeds to be divided between Christ Church and the re-launched Village History Group.

Community Carols

carolsatthehallThere will be Community Carols at The Coronation Hall Sunday 10th December at 6pm. Organised by All Saints Church, Kirby Hill. Mulled wine, orange, & mince pies! There will be a collection in aid of Candlelighters.


In March 16th 1933 Roecliffe WI was inaugurated by Lady Lawson-Tancred. Miss Tankard of Whixley outlined the object and aims of The Women’s Institute.  The first bank account was in the Penny Bank and the first social evening was held in December with optional fancy dress. The first President was Mrs Greene, Secretary Lady Lawson-Tancred and Treasurer Miss Troller.

Trawling through the minute books from 1933 onwards, the most striking thing is the degree of social change between then and now.  Lack of transport meant that social life revolved around the village and its inhabitants and Roecliffe WI was at the forefront of organising socials, whist drives, plays, concerts, dances, children’s parties, etc.  They had a captive audience as there was no competition from television, foreign holidays, trips to London, visits away to look after grandchildren, etc.  Money was limited and entertainment was home-made and local.  Outings were arranged for members, their families and guests.  Speakers spoke mainly on craft-related items or home economic topics, but the wartime minutes make for interesting reading. During the Second world war, in common with WIs throughout England and Wales, Roecliffe WI raised funds for Red Cross, WI Ambulance Fund and local causes such as the Searchlight Unit. It knitted copiously for the troops and provided gifts for all the local boys who were called up. It began First Aid classes for those at home.

Throughout its time Roecliffe WI has been the champion, and often the instigator, of many local initiatives. These include bringing electric lights to the village, starting a bus service, creating safe footpaths, supporting the first Parish Council, filling in the unsafe pond on the village green, campaigning for more council houses, planting trees on the green, providing and maintaining seats in the village and proposing that Roecliffe become a conservation Area.
In more recent times, Roecliffe continues to be a reservoir of a multitude of skills and hobbies, demonstrated in our successful entries of craft, baking and flower arranging classes in the Great Yorkshire Show, and in our very successful and enjoyable Murder Mystery evening.
Like WIs throughout the world, Roecliffe WI has been a powerful voice both locally and nationally. Their hard work, fund-raising and lobbying have changed the face of society as well as educating and inspiring women for more than 100 years. The organisation is now enjoying a resurgence and renaissance and proves that the original values and mission are as relevant today as in the beginning. Visitors and new members are always welcome at our monthly meetings, held on the second Friday in the month in Roecliffe School.

Contact Helen Davison 01423 325677/07879333563.

Matinee Film Club

We will run a trial showing in October on a Monday, January 22 at 2pm in Coronation Hall.  Cost £5 including tea and biscuits.
For more details contact Jane Barber on 01423 325 808 or e-mail chair @ if you are interested.

Evening of Traditional Carols at Aldborough

carolsAn evening of Traditional Carols including Carols from Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Dorset! Friday, November 24th, 7.30pm at Aldborough Village Hall. What an exciting way to start your Christmas preparations.Come and join us singing and playing these carols, share a light supper, and meet old and new friends – or just come and listen. Bring your instruments and join the band. Everyone welcome. For more information, please ring Jane Barber on 01423 325808 or email chair @