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 600 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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​January 2018

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.

​November 2017

Railway Reinstatement Action Group
​Following the meeting in September, an action group called SPARR (Sensible People Against Railway Reinstatement) was set up. The group has approximately a dozen members including villagers from Littlethorpe and Ripon residents from Littlethorpe Park. They have also had enquiries from Lynden Close which is next to the proposed route for the railway. Members of SPARR have attended recent meetings of The City of Ripon Parish Council and questioned the rationale of the feasibility study. The next meeting is on Monday December 4th at 7p.m. so why not go along. If you would like more information about SPARR, contact Gerry Spoors - Tel: 01765 608507  Mobile:07867 495067 email:gerryspoors @yahoo.co.uk 
Bulb Planting
​For photos and a report of the parish council planting bulbs, go to the 'Parish Council' page.
Village Hall Telephone
​Engineers from BT have been busy working on the new telephone line for the emergency phone in the village hall. They were working on the two poles close to the entrance to the village hall car park and Mavis Grice had an excellent view from her armchair!
Samaritan's Purse
​Thank you to everyone who filled a shoe box for this appeal. Go to the 'St. Michael's Church' page to see report and photos.
Planned Road Closure
​PLANNED ROAD CLOSURE NOTIFICATION- 14303 -Littlethorpe Lane Ripon
​The closure will be in place for a period of 4 days between 12th December 2017 and 15th December 2017 between the hours of 09:30-16:00.
​The Road Closure and any associated Diversion Routes can be viewed using this URL link https://roadworks.org?tm=188213
Regards
​North Yorkshire County Council
Village Hall Newsletter
​The last village hall committee newsletter of 2017 can be found on the 'Village Hall' page.
​​New Parish Clerk
​Littlethorpe Parish Council has a new clerk. Keith Pettitt (the out-going clerk) officially handed over to the new clerk, David Duthie, at the parish council meeting on Monday 13th November. David's contact details can be found on the 'Parish Council' page.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

Waste & Recycling Collection Service: Schedule of Collections Xmas 2017 to August 2018
​This document can now be downloaded from the 'Other News' section of the 'Parish Council' page.
Canal Field Nature Reserve
​Littlethorpe Parish Council joined a site visit on 2nd November to see Aggregate Industries' restoration work in progress.
Bridge Collapse
Where the temporary bridge over the River Ure was taken down  last month –the concrete footings are still present on the west bank. The  expanded White Rose Sailing Lake can be seen in the distance along with children and canoes on the river from Bewerley Park.






Canal Field Restoration
This was probably the last time that the new area will be seen without [much] water in it.
Ridges with Phragmites reed mats planted on the tops are sculpted with enormous accuracy [ to within mm] –similarly the furrows. The ridge and furrow spurs have a `filigree` design.
Sluices are planned  for the north and south ends to control water levels.
Footpaths, bird hides and viewing screens were discussed.

Biodiversity Benchmark Award
​Aggregate Industries staff Adam Mathwig, Dory Morris and Geoff Storey with Phil Fermor [ecologist with Middlemarch Environmental] ​  ​showing their 'Biodiversity Award' for a 'Living Landscape' awarded to Aggregate Industries Ripon City Quarry by The Wildlife Trusts. Yorkshire Wildlife Trust will take over the management of the area from Aggregate Industries in Spring 2019.
​Firework Display
​Ripon Motor Boat Club held their annual bonfire night firework display on Friday 3rd November.

​October 2017

​Fire-fighters in Littlethorpe
​It's not every day that a neighbour knocks on your door and asks if you want a photo of hunky men in uniform! These firefighters were carrying out their annual check of the water hydrants in the area. As one of them said, "We hope you never need them but we need to make sure they are in good working order just in case".
Bridge Collapse

A recent feature of Littlethorpe`s landscape is now being dismantled. At Ripon City Quarry, the temporary bridge over the River Ure [which could be seen from Renton`s Bridge]  and which gave Aggregate Industries access to the gravel beds on the Newby Hall side of the river, will soon be gone. (It started being erected in September 2013)
The site is to be a sailing lake for The White Rose Club.
On the Littlethorpe side, all the reed mats are now planted in Canal Field and water levels will be raised to encourage young growth of Phragmites reeds in spring and the
​ ​area protected from grazing Greylag and Canada Geese. 
​It will not be long until Yorkshire Wildlife Trust take over the day to day management of our new Nature Reserve.
​Richard Tite
Roundabout Needs Your Votes
​I am part of the team that puts together a monthly village magazine, Roundabout. I have applied for, and got through to, the voting stage of the Aviva Community Fund. It would be great if you could help me by clicking on the link below and casting your 10 votes for our project.
https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/17-5293
​The first 200 projects to get 1,000 votes get £1,000. Voting closes on 21st November. We only need 100 people to vote for Roundabout with their ten votes to to be in with a chance to get £1,000!
​Roundabout's editorial team would like to organise a publicity drive and funding from Aviva could make this happen.
​"Even in this technological age, the magazine as a printed publication, is recognised as being of value in relieving loneliness, contributing to mental well-being and fostering friendship, especially amongst the elderly. As a community-based and wholly volunteer-run venture, we take pride in producing and distributing an informative and entertaining local magazine. We want to spread the news and increase our publication numbers with a funding boost from Aviva Community Fund. Help us to help others stay connected."
​Doesn't sound too hard!
​Let's spread the word and get voting!
​Many thanks for your help.
​Bridget Taylor-Connor  
Ripon HWRC Closure for Essential Works
Hello,
 
I am writing to make you aware that Ripon household waste recycling centre (HWRC) will be closed to the public all day on both Sunday 5 November and Sunday 12 November, for resurfacing of the access road.
 
The work is being carried out on Sundays to minimise disruption to the businesses that operate on Dallamires Close and need access during the week. This is why it is not being done on Wednesday, when the HWRC is closed. The width of the road means it is not possible for vehicular access to the HWRC while work takes place.
 
North Yorkshire County Council apologises to residents for any inconvenience caused by the closures. The nearest alternative sites are:
 
Leeming Bar, Tutin Road, Leeming Bar Industrial Estate, Leeming Bar, DL7 9UJ
West Harrogate, Penny Pot Lane, Harrogate, HG3 2SN
Harrogate, Wetherby Road, Harrogate, HG3 1DE
Sowerby, Ox Moor Plantation Lane, Sowerby, Thirsk, YO7 1FA
 
Household waste recycling centres are open 8.30am to 4pm each day except Wednesday, when they are closed.
 
Please could you circulate this information within your area. If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact me.
 
Kind regards,
 
Joanne Kearney
Waste Contracts Manager
New Reed Beds
Machinery is busy in Canal Field laying the 1m sq mats of Norfolk Reed. You can just about pick out the 'lines' of mats being put down. They will be anxious to cover them with  water/rain so that weed and tree seeds don't land and germinate. You can also pick out the channel of water that will meander through the reeds when they become established.
Awards Evening
​At Bishop Monkton Bowling Club's awards evening, for the third year in a row, members from Littlethorpe received awards which were presented by David Blyfield, the club's chairman. Jan Laker, who recently left the village, won the 'Random Pairs' competition with club captain, Basil Birchall and Steve Roberts won the 'Club Night' award. Congratulations to you both! 
Red Sun
Claire Stockil took about 45 photos of a beautiful red sun in Markington and then put together  this compilation.
Reminder
​On Saturday, 21st October there is to be a quiz in Littlethorpe Village Hall starting at 7.30pm.  As usual, Sandra Roberts will be in charge and her decision is final.
Tickets cost £2.00 each but there’s no need to book – just turn up on the night. We do ask that you bring a contribution towards a communal supper (we usually end up with a good spread) and your own drinks.
If you haven’t been before, I must point out that the emphasis is on FUN!

Christine Winterburn
​Entertainments Committe
Railway Reinstatment - Side-tracked!
Several people attended a meeting of Ripon City Council on 9th October to hear discussion on the agenda item ​'To receive an update on the  Railway Reinstatement Study  and to agree the basis on which tenderers will be selected'
Cllr. Adrian Morgan spoke to this and said that he had received 6 bids and proposed that a shortlist be drawn up. The Mayor as Chairman said that 'due process had to be observed, especially in view of the costs proposed'. After extended discussion, it was agreed that 2 Conservatives, 2 Independents plus the Mayor as Chairman and the Clerk would undertake the 'sift' to produce ​their shortlist. A similar-sized group that was politically balanced would conduct the presentations and interview the tenderers. A recommendation would then have to be endorsed by the full council. 
​Cllr. Adrian Morgan mentioned that he had been using 'two expert advisers'  and asked what would happen at the selection meeting if his experts and Councillors disagreed. He was told that the 'Councillor's views would prevail'. Cllr. Adrian Morgan became quite agitated and was then asked to leave the chamber.

NB: An email and letter to Ripon City Council expressing concerns over the reinstatement was 'received and noted' ... which is shorthand for 'to be ignored'. Readers may like to remember this when Ripon City Council elections come round next May.
The next full meeting of RCC is on 6th Nov. 7p.m. - do join us in the public gallery! 
 Liz Tite
Familiar Faces
​Trevor and Jennifer, aka Mr. & Mrs. Vaughan, were back in Littlethorpe today (8th) to attend the service at St. Michael's where they spent time catching up with friends. They also brought pieces of wedding cake for everyone. 
Jack's Journal
​Jack, along with other Team GB divers, has flown to Florida to spend time at a training camp.
​Samaritan's Purse
​St. Michael's Church is running the Operation Christmas Child shoebox appeal again this year and it is hoped that lots of you will be able to contribute. You don't have to be a member of the congregation to join in so go to the 'Services, events & activities' section of the 'St. Michael's Church' page for full details.
Litter Pick
​There was a fantastic turn-out for the litter pick with some new faces from the village there to help. These included a representative from the scouts and David Duthie (the new incoming parish clerk). John and Carol Edmonstone even roped in their grandchildren! Several bags of rubbish were collected and then, of course, there were sausage sandwiches with tea or coffee. Thanks to everyone who helped and to Chris Winterburn for organising the refreshments.
​How They've Grown!
​Just look at Stanley and his friend now - they'll soon be as big as their mums.
Aggregate Industries Receive Award
Aggregate Industries has just been awarded the Biodiversity Benchmark Award for the work they are doing at the Littlethorpe site. Their next project, which is due to start on 9th October, is to plant 2,500 sq. m. of reed mats in the lake bed by Renton's Bridge. They have a nursery bed which will supply the reeds they need. There are currently two pipes into the lake which are used to control water levels particularly when the river floods. When this happens, they need a method of taking water off Canal Field and back into the river. The aim is to be able to control water levels to within a few millimetres.
Jack's journal
​The City of Leeds Diving Club recently held its awards evening at Elland Road and Jack was one of the recipients of an award. He is seen here with Adam Smallwood, director of Leeds Diving Club.

#TeamLeeds

Litter Pick
​Don't forget the litter pick this coming Saturday (7th) meeting in the village hall car park at 10.a.m. Coffee and sausage sandwiches afterwards.
Harvest Festival
​For report on and photos of the harvest festival, visit the 'Services, events & activities' section of the 'St. Michael's Church' page. There are also some comments on the 'Guestbook' page.

​​September 2017

Oil Club
​The Parish Council has received information about an oil club for Harrogate and the surrounding area. It is an independent organisation, has no links to any of the oil suppliers and its aim is to reduce the cost of heating oil for its members. Full information can be found on their website - details below.
​70 Years Married
​Bill and Mavis Grice celebrated their Platinum Wedding Anniversary today (27th) and received lots of cards and flowers from well-wishers. Bill reminisced about when he and Mavis lived next door to each other as children. Mavis' family then moved away but some time later, when Bill was 16 and Mavis was 15, they came to visit and, according to Bill, "That was it"! Congratulations from us all.
​Railway Reinstatement
​Following the open meeting, there is a comment on the 'Guestbook' page. If anyone else has any thoughts, please let me have them.
Harvest Festival
St. Michael's harvest festival takes place next Sunday (1st Oct) at 10.30a.m. Any gifts of produce would be gratefully received (tinned or fresh) and may be left at church on Saturday morning (30th) between 9.30a.m. and 11a.m. when the ladies will be decorating. Everyone is welcome at the service on Sunday morning.
New Parish Councillor
​Christopher Orme has recently become a member of Littlethorpe Parish Council. His contact details can be found on the 'Parish Council' page along with the other councillors.
Good News
​The caravan , which was dumped on Pottery Lane, was removed today (20th) at around lunch-time.
Railway Reinstatement Meeting
​For a report and photos of this meeting, visit the 'What's On, What's Gone' page.
​Pike Supper?
​Luckily for this pike, these fishermen were about to release it back into the canal. It was the second one they had caught or was it the same one biting twice?!
Village Hall Committee Needs New Members
URGENT
80th Birthday
​Margaret Allen (nee Greenwood) will be celebrating her 80th birthday this month. Margaret, who was born in Littlethorpe and moved to Sowerby in 2002, was responsible for the 'Littlethorpe Reunion' in October 2016 in the village hall which saw 44 people gather with her to reminisce. She continues to subscribe to Roundabout to keep in touch with the village. Happy birthday from all your friends in Littlethorpe.
Quiz Night
​Saturday 21 st October at 7.30p.m. in the village hall. Full details on the 'What's On, What's Gone' page.
Railway Reinstatement
​You are invited to a public meeting on Monday 18th September at 7.30p.m. in Littlethorpe Village Hall to discuss Ripon City Council's proposal to reinstate the Harrogate to Northallerton railway. They have already authorised yet another feasibility study at a cost of £20,000 + VAT.  Littlethorpe Parish Council is facilitating this meeting so that people who will be affected by any future reinstatement can learn more about the proposals and air their views. Although the meeting is being organised by the parish council, it is NOT a parish council meeting but an open meeting to support the residents and neighbours of Littlethorpe Parish.
Littlethorpe Manor Open Gardens
​Don't forget that Littlethorpe Manor opens the gates to its gardens this weekend (10th). As last year, the Village Hall Committee and friends will be providing and serving the teas. Full details are available on the 'What's On, What's Gone' page.
Wedding Day
​Father Trevor and Jennifer are now Mr. & Mrs. Vaughan. Congratulations to you both from everyone in Littlethorpe.
​Golden Wedding Celebrations
​Many congratulations to Roly and Christine Curtis who are celebrating their Golden Wedding Anniversary today (2nd). Best wishes from all of us!
Fly Tipping
Is this the most outrageous example yet of fly tipping in our lovely village? This caravan is currently (1st Sept) in the small lay-by close to Fairfield on Pottery Lane. Keith Pettitt, the parish clerk, has reported it to Harrogate Borough Council and asked them to remove it.

​August 2017

Parish Council Information
​Community Support and Polling District Review information is available for download in the 'Other News' section of the 'Parish Council' page.
​Stanley's friend has arrived
New Arrival
​Littlethorpe has a new resident on Littlethorpe Road. Mother and baby are clearly doing well!
​UPDATE - His name is Stanley and he was born on 27th July. He is due to be joined by  a little friend very shortly - an all black foal born on 11th August yet to be named.
Parish Council Minutes
​The latest minutes and finance spreadsheet are now available to download on the 'Parish Council' page.