Welcome to Littlethorpe

We are a small village in the Harrogate District of North Yorkshire close to the small cathedral city of Ripon  and only a few hundred yards from Ripon Canal. With approximately 450 residents, the village is a quiet, scattered community stretching approximately one and a half miles from end to end. The village is situated on the coast to coast  'Way of the Roses' cycle route.

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​May 2018​​

​Renewal of Subsidised Local Bus Services
North Yorkshire Passenger Transport are seeking comments before deciding the renewal of subsidised bus services. The No. 22 bus through Littlethorpe is 'Wholly subsidised'. Comments may be made to  passenger.transport@northyorks.gov.uk, or by writing to:
Public Transport,
Integrated Passenger Transport,
Business and Environmental Services,
North Yorkshire County Council,
County Hall,

Northallerton,
North Yorkshire.
DL7 8AH

​For further details, download the document below.
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​Old Vehicle Display
​A steady stream of old vehicles (mostly motor cycles) came through the village this morning (20th). They travelled along Pottery Lane before turning right at the church to go down Littlethorpe Road.
​We even got a wave from the man in the side-car!
​Welcome to Canon Richard Cooper
​Canon Richard Cooper is joining the set-up at St Michael's. He will be the church's link with the cathedral and will take one service every month with cathedral/retired clergy taking the rest. He will be available to give advice to the church wardens, do pastoral visiting, take communion to the sick and housebound and attend committee meetings. Canon Richard has written the following to introduce himself.
Wise-men say that it is not always a good thing to return to one’s roots and they may prove to be right. It is over 50 years ago that I left Littlethorpe and so the Village has changed and those that do remember me will be glad to hear that I have changed too!
The Coopers came in 1946 to the newly built Wycke Cottage (now Lodge) and my parents would be the last to leave in 1970. The Church was an important part of our lives, both Ruth and I were baptised here, father was a sidesman, mother did the flowers and cleaned the brass and Robin and I sang in the choir. It was a very happy childhood and a great place in which to be brought up.
After Ripon Grammar School and a ‘year out’ doing various jobs, I was accepted for Training for the Ministry. I took a degree in English and Religious Studies at Leeds University and then went on to the College of the Resurrection at Mirfield to complete my Ordination Training. In 1971 I was ordained in Ripon Cathedral by Bishop John Moorman.
I have spent all my life and ministry in the old Diocese of Ripon, mostly in the north, retiring in 2009 as the Rector of Richmond.  In 1997 I was appointed an Honorary Canon of the Cathedral and in 2003 I had the honour of being appointed Chaplain to The Queen, a post I held until 2016 when at the age of 70 I had to retire.
When the Dean asked me, now that we live in Ripon, if I would consider being the link person between the Cathedral and St.Michael’s I was delighted. The Dean wishes the Services to continue to be conducted on a rota, of which I shall be a regular member, but I am also here to support the churchwardens and congregation as well.
It was the poet T.S.Eliot who wrote – ‘My end is my beginning’. Littlethorpe was a good place to start and will be a good place to end. I look forward to meeting new friends where once there were so many.
​With the best of wishes,
Richard Cooper 
​Can You Help?
​Please read the following request from Nick McNamara:
My wife and I live in Staveley and are due to move house to Littlethorpe in July, which we are very much looking forward to.
I work as a counsellor and psychotherapist and have a private practice in Knaresborough. When we move I am keen to relocate my practice to somewhere close to home and so I am looking to rent a pleasant, comfortable working space ideally in Littlethorpe or the local area. I’m thinking that some people in the village may have converted outbuildings etc. which might be suitable, or there may be other possibilities.
To give a sense of my business, in an average week I would tend to see around 10 to 14 individuals for a 50 minute session. My clients are all adults and are generally professional people.
If anyone wants to find out more about me they are welcome to access my website www.nickmcn.co.uk or telephone me to discuss further.
​Nick McNamara
UKCP Registered Psychotherapist
Certified Transactional Analyst (CTA)
MA in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy

​07761 741913
​01423 868903
​Meet Your New District Councillor
​Margaret Atkinson was recently elected to represent Fountains and Ripley ward and, as Littlethorpe's new district councillor, she attended the parish council's AGM which was followed by a parish council meeting.

​White Rose Sailing Association Open Day
​The open day was held in glorious sunshine on Sunday (13th) and apparently the tea and cakes were fantastic! In the photo (from left to right)are Peter Tarren (Treasurer), Pam Waite, Richard Tite and Peter Waite. Pam and Peter are members of the club and used to live in Littlethorpe.
​Spring Catches Up
​Liz Tite sent this photo, taken along Littlethorpe Road, of the leaves on the trees beginning to open. Spring appears to have finally arrived in Littlethorpe!
New Section
​A new section called 'The Triangle' has bee added to the 'History' page. Why not take a look.
​District Councillor Elections
​Have you voted yet? If not, pop along to the village hall where the ladies are waiting for you! You can vote until 10p.m. tonight.
Bishop Monkton Cricket Club
Bishop Monkton play in Nidderdale and District Amateur Cricket League Division 3 and last season hosted the Atkinson Swires Senior Knockout cup final and several junior County Cricket matches.
Our facility and wicket are outstanding.
Over recent seasons our playing numbers have dwindled and we are currently experiencing a serious shortage of players with the cricket season only two weeks old.
New players will be warmly welcomed.
Please contact Dave Way (07583942203), Philip Evans (07771661539), Tony Whittaker (07507737295)
Wildlife News

An excellent annual Parish Meeting on Monday night especially hearing the update on  our new Nature Reserve  from Geoff Storey of Aggregate Industries  Let us hope that Yorkshire Wildlife Trust continues the good work when they assume responsibility next year
It has been a `stop start` year for bird migration with Whooper Swans leaving and Swallows arriving.  By 2 May I have seen 19 summer migrants in the Littlethorpe area, most later than usual and at times the birds must have felt like turning round and heading back to the Mediterranean and Africa.  Also 6 butterfly species so far and yesterday large numbers of male Orange Tips but no sign of damselflies yet.

Richard Tite
​2 May
District Councillor
​Littlethorpe will shortly have a new district councillor and Ian Galloway, who has been Littlethorpe's district councillor for the last 16 years, popped in to say 'Goodbye' and wish the Parish Council all the best for the future. He has always supported and helped Littlethorpe and Gerry Spoors  thanked him for everything he has done to help.

​April 2018

​Annual Parish Meeting
​Gerry Spoors (Chair of the Parish Council) opened the meeting by giving a report on the council's activities during the last year. Brig. Johnny Wardle thanked the Parish Council for vigorously fighting the proposed housing development on the Bellwood Farm site.
This was followed by a presentation from Geoff Storey of Aggregate Industries who updated the meeting on the timescale for the handover of responsibility of the quarry site to the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. The deadline is March 2019 for being fully restored and handed over. He described the work done and Liz Tite thanked him and Adam Mathwig for all their hard work.
​Chris Winterburn had put up a display of photos from activities the Entertainments Committee has organised in the past and told the meeting of up-coming events - Village BBQ (July) and a visit by a theatre company (Oct). She also indicated that there is a possibility of another themed evening sometime next year.
​The village website also had a display on view of items of news from the last year. Sandra Roberts gave a short presentation explaining that just over 200 individuals visit the site each month. She thanked the Parish Council, the Entertainments Committe, the Village Hall Committee and St. Michael's Church for sponsoring the site and all the people who had contributed to it.
The White Rose Sailing Association was also represented at the meeting by Peter Tarren who showed a slide show and spoke about their new club house, social events, racing, family events and sailing lessons.
​Carol Edmonstone then gave a short talk on Littlethorpe and Sharow Book Club. They currently have 9 members who meet monthly when they discuss the books read. Each member takes their turn to choose the book and then holds the meeting to discuss it in their own home.
​The evening was rounded off with wine, nibbles and also home produced cider brought by David Duthie who had displayed photos of his apple press to advertise Apple Day in October.
Lost Keys
​A bunch of keys, attached to 2 purple key fobs, has been found on Littlethorpe Road near Littlethorpe Manor​. ​ Anyone recognising them should phone 07736022155.​​
Organist Marries
​Jeremy Banyard, one of the organists at St. Michael's, married on Saturday 28th. For more photos, visit the 'Services, events & activities' section of the 'St. Michael's Church' page.
Annual Parish Meeting
​Don't forget the Annual Parish Meeting on Monday 30th April at 7.30p.m. in the village hall. This is not a parish council meeting but a meeting for all villagers who are interested in the many activities within the village. The agenda can be found in the 'Meetings, agendas and minutes' section of the 'Parish Council' page. Drinks and nibbles will be available.
North Yorkshire Archives
The County archives are stored in the County Record Office in Northallerton. This building requires renovation and the archivists are inviting individuals and groups to participate in a survey to help decide how to make better use of the archive material. Village heritage, volunteer, and organisations are invited to discover more about the survey and take part in it by visiting:
​http://www.northyorks.gov.uk/recordofficesurvey
​Energy Saving Home Improvement Grants
Harrogate Borough Council is promoting a special grant and interest free loan scheme for energy saving improvements. City of York Council administer the scheme at 01904 552300.
Households with an annual income of less than £35,000 are eligible if the house's energy performance certificate is E,F, or G. Further provisions are made for residents over 60 or under 16, or with a chronic illness, or in receipt of a Disabled Facilities Grant.
Applications must be made before September 2018.

Village BBQ
​Full details of the village BBQ, to be held in July, are now available on the 'What's On, What's Gone' page.
Jack's Journal
​It's a hat-trick! Jack and Chris Mears have won commonwealth gold in the synchronised 3m springboard event retaining their title from 4 years ago in Glasgow and giving Jack his third gold medal of the games. Congratulations boys and congratulations Jack - Littlethorpe is proud of you. The England flag outside John and Mandy Downes' house clearly worked its magic!
Jack's Journal
​Jack is the new Commonwealth champion on the 3m springboard. He finished almost 70 points ahead of his nearest rival - he could have done only 5 dives and still won! After one nightmare dive during the preliminaries, in the final he proved what a class act he is and as the commentator said, "Jack is back!". That's 2 out of 2 so let's hope that he and Chris Mears can make it a hat-trick for Jack when they compete in the synchronised 3m springboard tomorrow (13th).
​Jack's Journal
​Despite having his right ankle strapped following recent surgery and only having a couple of weeks training leading up to the event, Jack retained his 1m Springboard Commonwealth title on the Gold Coast finishing over 25 points ahead of the rest of the field. Well done from everyone in Littlethorpe. Jack will be competing in the 3m Springboard tomorrow (12th).
The LOCAL FUND - Harrogate District is open for applications
The LOCAL FUND - Harrogate District is a three-way partnership between Two Ridings Community Foundation, Harrogate & Ripon Centres for Voluntary Service (CVS), and Harrogate Borough Council. £30,000 is administered by Two Ridings Community Foundation alongside other monies.
Small charities and community groups may apply for grants of up to £3,000 until the 4th June 2018. Guidance and application forms are at  https://www.trcf.org.uk/ grants-tlf-harrogate. Two Ridings Community Foundation will advise on eligibility and the process and can be contacted on  grants@trcf.org.uk or 01904 435277.
To become a ‘friend’ of THE LOCAL FUND and get involved with charitable giving in the Harrogate District and promote the fund please sign up via   https://www.trcf.org.uk/ grants-tlf-harrogate . Further information is available at https://www.trcf.org.uk/ tlfharrogate or by email to either Ann Byrne  ann.byrne@harrogate.gov.uk or Fiona Friday  fiona.friday@harrogate.gov.uk .
Quiz Night
​For results and photos of the quiz night, go to the 'What's On, What's Gone' page.
Parish Councillors
​The current councillors have all been elected unopposed. Full details can be found in the 'Other News' section of the 'Parish Council' page.
Car Spectacular
​The Veteran Car Club of Great Britain was in the Ripon area today (7th) and passed through Littlethorpe putting on a wonderful display of old cars. Due to the weather, people with open tops had to wrap up well to stay warm and dry but still appeared to be enjoying themselves as many of them waved to villagers as they passed by.
​Village Litter Pick
​Despite the unpleasant weather, villagers still turned out to tidy up the village - even Alfie and Woody came along to help! It was good to have some new faces so thank you to Chris, Ian and Xanthe for their support. Several black sacks were filled with rubbish and, as always, it was interesting to see what the strangest item would be with the winner this time being a whole fish, in a black plastic bag, found on Pottery Lane! Chris Winterburn was manning the kitchen where all volunteers were offered tea/coffee and hot dogs on their return (yes Alfie and Woody also got a sausage each). Along Littlethorpe Lane, 11 bags of dog excrement were found in the hedgerow despite there being two dog waste bins on the lane. Please could whoever is doing this dispose of them responsibly in the future.
​Ripon Rotary Bike Ride
The Ripon Rotary Bike Ride (formerly Acorn Bike Ride) will set off from Bishop Monkton Village Hall at 08:00 on Saturday 12 May. It begins heading east to Roecliffe and finishes back in Bishop Monkton by 16:30 travelling north on Knaresborough Road from Copgrove: 
​http://riponrotarybikeride.org/docs/RRBR100kroute.pdf
​The Bike Ride charities are Demential Forward and Scleroderma Research
​http://riponrotarybikeride.org/donors.aspx

​Although the 100km route will not pass through Littlethorpe itself this year, several villagers will be helping with the registration of competitors on the day.

Easter at St. Michael's
​For a report and photos of the Easter Day service at St. Michael's, visit the 'Services, events and activities' section on the 'St. Michael's Church' page.
​Quiz Night
LAST CALL for the Quiz in Littlethorpe Village Hall starting at 7.30p.m. on Saturday 7th April. 
​£2.00 entry on the door. Please bring your own drinks and a contribution towards a communal supper. There will also be a raffle.
Christine Winterburn
​Entertainments Committee
​Village Litter Pick
Don't forget the village litter pick which takes place on Saturday (7th) morning, meeting in the village hall car park at 10a.m.​ ​It has been reported that the litter along Littlethorpe Road is particularly bad this time so please come along and show your support by helping. Bags and grabbers will be provided.

​March 2018

Easter Changes to your Waste and Recycling Collections
There will be no collections on Good Friday 30th March and Easter Monday 2nd April .
​You will get an EARLIER OR LATER collection. Normal service will resume on Monday 9th April.
​Monday 26th March will be Saturday 24th March
​Monday 2nd April will be Tuesday 3rd April
Parish Council Minutes
​The minutes of the Parish Council meeting, held on Monday 12th March, are now available in the 'Meetings, agendas and minutes' section of the 'Parish Council' page.
Annual Parish Meeting

The Annual Parish Meeting for Littlethorpe Parish will take place at 19:30 on Monday 30 April 2018 in the Littlethorpe Village Hall. This is a meeting that all of the electorate of Littlethorpe Parish may attend and speak by right. It is a meeting 'to discuss Parish affairs'. Although convened by the Parish Council Chairman and organised and paid for by the Parish Council, it is not a Parish Council Meeting. 
Organisations within the Parish have been invited to display or present their activities. Refreshments will be available after these short presentations whilst attendees discuss matters informally.
If anyone wishes to add any subject to the agenda for the evening, please email or phone the Clerk (clerk.littlethorpe.pc@gmail.com, 07736 022155) before 16 Apr 18, to allow an agenda to be publicised giving the statutory notice. 

​David Duthie
​Investment in the Police Force Control Room

Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire has asked to have passed on news of an investment approved recently of more than £3 million over the next two years into North Yorkshire Police's Force Control Room. Further details are available at
https://www.northyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk/news/3m-improvements-way-north-yorkshires-999-101-services/?3m=CLLR
Plastic Free Ripon
As shown so powerfully in the recent David Attenborough documentary Blue Planet II, plastic pollution is filling our forests and oceans, poisoning wildlife and even entering the food chain. 
 
Who are we?
We are writing to you as Plastic Free Ripon, a local citizens group working to lessen the use of plastics in our community. Launched in January 2018, Plastic Free Ripon is dedicated to supporting the Ripon community to lessen its plastic usage. We understand that plastic is convenient, useful and ubiquitous. We believe it should be treated as a valuable resource to be used sparingly, rather than a cheap disposable. We acknowledge it can be daunting for individuals and businesses to find ways to reduce or replace plastic; we want to provide support and solutions. To this end, we have joined the charity Surfers Against Sewage (SAS), which is a national network of communities working to protect our coastlines and eliminate plastic pollution.  
 
Our goal
We want to make Ripon a nationally recognised Plastic Free community and eventually a leader in the plastic free movement in the UK. Just think what that would mean to the area. It could increase eco-tourism, attract more environmentally friendly businesses to the area, improve our environment for us and our future generations and possibly attract national interest. It could clear our rivers and waterways and save local and national wildlife.
To achieve Plastic Free status in Ripon, we need to work across the community with businesses, local officials, schools and civic groups to support tangible change to lessen plastic usage.


Our campaign so far
You may have already noticed our posts on Facebook and Twitter. We have been in discussion with some businesses and have just launched our "stop and think" posters in local businesses. These are to identify the businesses where they are trying to reduce single use plastic bags, permitting reusable containers for shopping and those that will provide a free water refill, thus reducing single use plastic bottles.


What can you do to help?
We are hoping your organisation might be interested in collaborating with us. We are not asking for your organisation to become plastic free. It may be that you can do nothing to reduce your plastic usage due to cost or practical reasons. We just ask that you consider what might be changed. For example, if you use single use plastics, what alternatives are available and suitable for your organisation. Can your organisation assist with education about plastic? Can you encourage your members to reduce their plastic wastage? Do you know of fabulous alternatives? Could you help with litter picks? Can you spread the word or attend our meetings?
 
The end result
If we can engage with at least 50% of the community spaces in Ripon, we can obtain an objective towards plastic free community status. Your help could mean the difference for our campaign.
If you think that this might something of interest for you, we would appreciate hearing from you, even if you are unsure whether you can initially reduce your plastic waste.
For more information about the Surfers Against Sewage charity, please see the website: www.sas.org.uk   
      
Best regards
Emma Pilkington and Sara Trewhitt 
Community Leaders for Plastic Free Ripon
Email: ooopsripon@outlook.com
Facebook: Plastic Free Ripon
Twitter: @plasticfreehg4
Garden Waste Collection
​The fortnightly garden waste collection has begun. For £39, Harrogate Borough Council will collect garden waste from the kerbside until November. Three x 40 litre bags of the resulting compost can be bought back at the Ripon recycling centre for £10.
​Spring Litter Pick
​The next village litter pick will be on Saturday 7th April 2018. Please meet at 10.00 at Littlethorpe Village Hall.
Apple Day
​Date for your diary: Sunday 21st October. Bring along your apples to Littlethorpe Village Hall where there will be a crusher and press to turn your apples into apple juice or cider.
​3rd May Parish Council Elections
​Are you interested in becoming a parish councillor? If so, find full details in the 'Other News' section of the 'Parish Council' page.
Village Hall A.G.M.
​The Village Hall A.G.M. will take place in the village hall on Thursday 17th May at 7 for 7.30p.m.
​Mothering Sunday
​For photos of Mothering Sunday at St. Michael's, visit the 'Services, events & activities' section of the 'St. Michael's Church' page.
​Interrupted Spring (Again!)
​What a surpise this morning (8th) to wake up to more snow. The village was looking particularly pretty but some sheep, spotted by the road in Deanswood, appeared to be making a break for freedom!
Interrupted Spring
The ice and snow is melting fast so can spring be far behind?  Before the snow there were many signs that it had started.  First herds of Whooper Swan had passed over North and also Pink-footed Geese.  Up to 30 Shelduck have been displaying on Nicholson`s Lagoons and Canal Field.  Oystercatcher got up to 58 but yesterday the 5th were down to 7.  Some Curlew have already left but perhaps to the coast where feeding has been easier in the marshes and estuaries.  10 species of wild flower bloomed opposite the church –you might call them weeds.  Honeybees were in the garden at the end of Feb.  It has been cold all over Europe so will our first summer migrant birds be late?  Sand Martin and Chiffchaff are usually here by the 3rd week in March. 
​Richard Tite
​5th March
Jack's Journal
​Jack was back meeting pupils at Ripon Grammar School as part of a scheme to encourage children to support competitors in this year's Commonwealth Games. Sylvia Grice, who taught Jack to swim, was there to watch as Jack demonstrated his diving skills. The Commonwealth Games take place in Australia  from 4th -15th April and, despite an ankle injury which needed surgery, Jack is feeling confident. 
Quiz Reminder
​A reminder that on Saturday, 7th April there will be a ​Quiz in Littlethorpe Village Hall ​starting at 7.30pm. 
​£2.00 entry on the door. Please bring your own drinks and a contribution to a communal supper. There will also be a raffle.
​There is a maximum of 6 to a team but we can always find a team for you to join if you come on your own. As well as a cup for the winners, there is also a wooden spoon to be won. Please can the previous winners (and losers) bring those back.
If you haven't been before, I must point out that the emphasis is on FUN.
Chris Winterburn
603017 or 07968 089941
c.winterburn@ sky.com 

​February 2018

John Thackray
​Following the recent death of John Thackray, Roly Curtis has written a short piece in his memory. You can find it in the 'Services, events & activities' section of the 'St. Michael's Church' page.
Art Group
​These artists were busy, in the village hall, creating a wide variety of art work. Details about the group and more photos can be found in the 'Regular Classes' section of the 'Village Hall' page. 
Ripon Community Poppy Project
​Are you taking part in this project? People are busy knitting poppies to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1. The aim is to attach poppies to the metal railings from Spa Gardens to Ripon Cathedral. It is also hoped that the main gates and bandstand in Spa Gardens can be covered. If you would like to take part, patterns for the poppy can be obtained from anyone at St. Michael's Church or contact Iris Alderson - 01765 677644. Full details are available in Review Ripon (February) and on their Facebook page - just search for 'The Ripon Community Poppy Project'.
St. Michael's Lent Project
​The church has chosen the Children's Society as its Lent Project for this year. Full details and information on how you can support them can be found on the 'Services, events & activities' section of the 'St. Michael's Church' page.
Jack's Journal
​It has been announced that Jack and his diving partner, Chris Mears, will represent England in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games which will take place from April 4th - 15th. They will be defending their title from 2012.
Julian Smith MP Surgeries
Rt. Hon. Julian Smith MP will hold constituency surgeries in Ripon on Fri. 13 Apr, Fri. 8 Jun, Fri. 27 Jul 2018. To book, phone 01756 795898 or email julian.smith.mp@parliament.uk​ . Dates at other venues may be found at www.juliansmith.org.uk .
​Signs of Spring in Littlethorpe
Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming.
​Song Thrush and Great Tit song [Robin and Mistle Thrush have been singing for a long while].
​5 Buzzard soaring & displaying over village 7th Feb.
​37 Oystercatcher by Racecourse Lake and 22 Shelduck, Canal Field.
Snowdrop and Aconite in full bloom.
​First buds showing on Yellow Star of Bethlehem and Primrose.
​Curlew and Lapwing numbers declining - moving to breeding territories.
​Mallard, Goldeneye and Teal displaying on Nicholson's Lagoons.
​Warring Coot.
Richard Tite
​8th February
Harrogate Civic Centre Open Day
​The new Harrogate Civic Centre will be open to the public on Sat. 17th February. Tours at 10 and 11a.m. will include the customer service centre, council chamber, meeting rooms and office area. To book a place by ​Friday 9th February​ , email corporateworkplacesupport@ harrogate.gov.uk or call Maxine Smith on 01423 500600
Planned Road Closure Notification
​Yorkshire Water propose to close Littlethorpe Lane for two days between 9th and 15th March. The road closure can be viewed using the link below.
https://roadworks.org?tm= 104625032
​Rugbytots
​These children were ready and waiting for their rugby class in the village hall. For a full report and more photos, go to the 'Regular Classes' section of the 'Village Hall' page.

​January 2018

​Harrogate Borough Council Local Plan Consultation (26 Jan - 9 March 2018)

There are 6 weeks to comment on the Harrogate Borough Council local plan. This is your opportunity to tell the Planning Inspector if you think the plan is legally compliant and 'sound'.
The plan may be viewed and comments made at:

https://consult.harrogate.gov.uk

​Alternatively, the plan may be obtained from

​www.harrogate.gov.uk/localplan
​or at the Civic Centre, St. Luke's Mount,  Harrogate, Knaresborough House, Ripon Town Hall and local libraries.
​Responses may be made to:
https://consult.harogate.gov.uk

​by email to​ planningpolicy@harrogate.gov.uk or by post to Planning Policy, Harrogate Borough Council, PO Box 787, Harrogate, HG1 9RW. All representations require your name and postal address.

Recycling for Good Causes
Marie Curie have signed up with a national Recycling Charity to raise money. Everything we send them is turned into cash for the charity, recycled and put to good use…what`s not to like!  Please bag up any of the following items but please do not include any ink or toner cartridges
Jewellery –gold, silver [incl damaged items], costume jewellery, watches
Currencies & Coins banknotes, coins, UK or foreign [incl outdated and unchangeable currency]
Stamps –loose single, albums, first day covers, presentation packs, collections, postcard collections.
Mobile Phones, Cameras, Gadgets [incl broken & damaged]
mobile phones, video cameras, old film cameras, SLR`s & lenses, digital cameras
sat navs, game consoles, games & accessories, Ipods, MP3 players, laptops, tablet computers
 Our fundraisers have the boxes to return the collected items – if you find yourself in an `upgraded` situation following Christmas  – please remember us and get in touch.  We`ll do the rest.  Thank you.
​Liz Tite 01765-690996
liztite@btinternet.com
​Ripon & District Marie Curie Fundraisers
Littlethorpe Rainfall 2017
The ground is still very dry - this is a legacy of a dry 2016 at 28.1” and 26.61” in 2017.  The average rainfall at Field Cottage over 21 years is 30.96” with the wettest year 44.52” in 2012 and the lowest 22.50” in 2003.
In 2017 April was the driest month at 0.65” and the wettest month October at 3.80”.
The wettest day was June 28th at 0.87” and snow fell on 6 days.
​Richard Tite
Contacting the Editor
​Please can anyone who wishes to contact me use the email address for the website, littlethorpe.northyorks@yahoo.co.uk, found at the bottom of each page on the website and not my personal email. Thank you.
Welcome Pack
​Littlethorpe Village Hall and St. Michael & All Angels Church are hoping to put together a Welcome Pack for all people who have recently moved into Littlethorpe.
In order to do this, we ask for your help.
Please, if you know or hear of anyone moving into Littlethorpe, can you let either myself on
01765 603786 - email christineroly@outlook .com or Iris Alderson on 01765 677644 so that we can provide them with our Welcome Pack and make them feel part of our village.
​Christine Curtis
​Secretary Littlethorpe Village Hall
Used Postage Stamps
​Have you got any used stamps which you are trying to find a use for? Iris Alderson collects them for Dementia Forward and has been doing so for several years so please give any you have to her or indeed anyone who attends St. Michael's and I'm sure they would be happy to pass them on to Iris for you. 
​Thank You Mr. Ankcorn
During the recent strong winds, a considerable amount of recycling items was scattered over Littlethorpe Lane, Littlethorpe Road and Pottery Lane at the junction by St. Michael's. A big thank you to Rob Ankcorn who turned out to clear it all away.

​​​Happy New Year everyone

​December 2017

​Winter has Arrived (Briefly)
​I received the following from Liz Tite:
Isn't it picturesque today!
​Had a walk along Leyburn Shawl yesterday and admired the sprout wreath on a cottage door. It appears every year but I don't think it's the same one!

​​Merry Christmas everyone

​Santa's Visit to Littlethorpe
​Ripon Lions brought Santa's Sleigh to Littlethorpe on Saturday 16th. Ripon Lions raise funds which are then distributed back into the local area and Santa's sleigh is their main fundraiser. They try to visit as many streets in Ripon as they can and also travel out to the surrounding villages. A lovely start to the festive season.
Littlethorpe?
​I received the following from David Duthie, our parish clerk!
'The identity of the new Parish Clerk seems to be widely known. I got a call from an elderly gentleman who was snowed in and wondered if the Parish Council could get some salt and have it spread on his pavement. I didn't recognise the address and looking out the window it had begun to rain. The good news for me was that he was phoning from Littlethorpe in Leicestershire and I didn't have to do anything more.'
​Bin and Recycling Collection Dates Over Christmas & New Year
There will be no collections on Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 December or Monday 1 January. Your revised collection days will be later than your usual collection day and normal service will resume on Monday 15 January 2018. The collection day changes are:
Monday 25 December​ will be Wednesday 27 December
Monday 1 January will be Wednesday 3 January
Monday 8 January will be Tuesday 9 January
Police Precept Consultation
Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner, is seeking comments on options for the police precept in North Yorkshire next year:
1. Freeze the precept – do not pay more than you pay now.
This would mean a cut to the police budget.
2. Increase the precept by 1.99%
This is an extra £4.40 per year (8p per week) for a Band D property.
This would raise around £1.3 million for next year and subsequent years.
3. Increase the precept by more than 1.99%
This would raise more money.
This would mean spending at least £700,000 on a referendum on the proposals.

The deadline for comments is 28th January 2018.
Comments may be made online: 

https://www.northyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk/police-oversight/finances/precept/precept-2018-19/
​Village Bus Service
​Did you know that you don't have to be at a bus stop for this bus to pick you up? If you live close to a bus stop then obviously use it but if you don't, just wait anywhere along the route through the village, put out your hand and the driver will pick you up. Coming back, they will also ask you where you want dropping off.
Housing Development - IMPORTANT INFORMATION
​Littlethorpe Parish Council has objected to a possible housing development of 150 houses and you are now invited to comment. To see full details of the proposed development and find out how to comment, visit the 'Other News' section of the 'Parish Council' page.
Carol Service
​Don't forget the Santa Lucia Carol Service tomorrow (10th) starting at 4p.m.
​For One Wednesday Only
​The following household waste recycling centres will be OPEN on Wednesday 27th December:
Catterick Bridge, Gatherley Road, Catterick Bridge, DL10 7JD
Malton and Norton, Pasture Lane, Malton, YO17 6BT
Northallerton, Yafforth Road, Northallerton, DL7 0LG
Seamer Carr, Dunslow Road, Eastfield, YO12 4QA
Selby, Canal Road, Selby, YO8 8AG
Skipton, Harrogate Road, Skipton, BD23 6AB
West Harrogate, Penny Pot Lane, Harrogate, HG3 2SN
Whitby, Discovery Way, Whitby Industrial Estate, Whitby YO22 4PZ
​Remember that sites will be closed on 25th and 26th December 2017 and 1st January 2018 and all other Wednesdays.
Fly Tipping in Littlethorpe

At the beginning of December, 7 bags of domestic waste were dumped on the verges either side of Pottery Lane, near the junction with Knaresborough Road. By completing the form on the Harrogate Borough Council website: https://www.harrogate.gov.uk/info/20150/report_it/689/fly_tipping the waste was removed within 24 hours. There is a requirement to register a ‘My Harrogate account’ and the site of the waste has to be located on the online map provided. There is also a feature to upload up to 3 photographs of the waste to give Environmental Services an idea what they will need to remove the waste. Alternative means of contacting Environmental Services are telephone: 01423 500600 and email: customerservices@harrogate.gov.uk but these will involve giving descriptions of the site and nature of the waste.

​Ripon Rotary Bike Ride 2018

​The City of Ripon Parish Council
Several Littlethorpe and Littlethorpe Park residents attended a meeting of the City of Ripon Parish Council on Monday 4th December. This meeting was preceded by a meeting of the Finance and General Purposes Committee from which, as expected, the public were asked to leave. The reason for exclusion was an agenda item titled “To receive legal advice, together with an associated report.” After 1 hour and 15 minutes left standing in the corridor, they were allowed back in for the ordinary full council meeting.
At this point, they were asked by the Mayor if they had any questions about items on the full council agenda. As they didn’t, they were asked why they were there because they would be asked to leave again for further items. They were told that the public wanted to see how the council works. So, after only 5 minutes in the full council meeting, the public were asked to leave yet again. The two items which the public were not allowed to hear about were:
·        “To receive a verbal report from the Finance & General Purposes Committee and agree appropriate action.”  This related to the “legal advice” matter discussed earlier.
·        “To consider staffing requirements of the council and agree appropriate action.”
This time, the attending public were not prepared to wait and so returned home.  
The antics of Ripon City Council are not just concerning to people in Littlethorpe – a growing number of people in Ripon itself have grown increasingly worried about such behaviour. For those wishing to learn more, the Facebook site “Blow Your Horn Ripon” will allow you to learn about their frustration. Please also let me have any comments you would like to make for the website.
Sunset
​I'm sure many of you saw the beautiful sunset tonight (1st). Chris Winterburn sent me this photo.