​​What's On, What's Gone

​October 2018

Theatre Production
​If you came to the last production in the village hall, you will know what a good night it was so put Saturday 27th October in your diary. The play this time will be 'Happy Jack' by John Godber. "This amusing and touching play follows the lives of Jack and Liz - from their early courtship to retirement. Inspired by John Godber's own grandparents, this is a celebration of a life of love and will leave you with a warm glow in your heart." 
Apple Day
​On Sunday 21st October, bring your apples along to the village hall where there will be a crusher and press to turn your apples into apple juice or cider.

​September 2018

National Open Garden Scheme
​Littlethorpe Manor (Mrs. C. Thackray) will be open to the public on Sunday 9th September from 1.30-5p.m. Admission will be £6 with children free. Home-made teas, once again made and served by Littlethorpe Village Hall Committee and friends, will be available. If you have been before, you will know how popular these are! The following are just two of the comments made last year:
'Special thanks to your marvellous Village Hall Committee and their helpers for 'gold star' teas.' 
'The tea was delicious, if not the BEST! '

​August 2018

​National Open Garden Scheme
​There will be a group opening of Littlethorpe gardens on Sunday 5th August. Greencroft (David & Sally Walden), Kirkella (Jackie Barber) and Littlethorpe House (Mr. & Mrs. James Hare) will be open from 12 - 5p.m. Combined admission will be £6 with children getting in free and home-made teas will also be available at Greencroft - always a highlight! 
​You can also visit Greencroft by arrangement in July to mid August with refreshments again being available.

​July 2018

Village BBQ
​​On Saturday 14th July, there will be a BBQ held in the garden of Rob & Sue Ankcorn at 'Southfold' (opposite the village hall). Like the last two years, this will be a DIY BBQ! This means that we will provide the charcoal, salads, bread buns, sauces etc plus the plates, cutlery, serviettes - you BRING AND COOK your own meat (or whatever!) on the BBQ. The charcoal will be ready to go at 4p.m. Please bring your own drinks.
​Because this is a private garden, numbers will be strictly limited and will be on a 'first come, first served' basis. To cover costs, there will be a small charge of £2.50 per adult but children are free. Tickets are avalable now from me.
Chris Winterburn (Entertainments Committee)
603017 or 07968 089941
UPDATE - Villagers, family and friends gathered on a glorious evening for the village BBQ in Rob and Sue's garden which was decorated with brightly coloured parasols. There was a wide selection of salads, dressings and bread buns to go with the meat which everyone brought and also a choc ice to follow. Many thanks to Rob and Sue for the use of their garden. 
Open Garden & Blooming Great Tea Party
 Liz and Richard Tite are planning a pleasant afternoon in the sun in the garden of Field Cottage, Littlethorpe Road, Littlethorpe, HG4 3LG on Sunday 8th July from 2-5p.m. There will be plants for the garden, cakes and preserves and homemade teas. Parking is in the adjacent field and there will be limited access for wheel chairs. NO dogs please.
The £5 entry fee includes tea and cake. Details can be obtained from Liz Tite 01765 690996.
​Donations of cakes and preserves would be very welcome.
Ripon & District Fundraisers look forward to welcoming you.
UPDATE - Liz and Richard had lovely weather with lots of visitors and the gardens looked beautiful in the sunshine. After a morning of hard work preparing, volunteers (including Graham Green, the Chair of Ripon and District Marie Curie Fundraisers) enjoyed some light refreshment before opening the gate to the public. Visitors could buy plants from a well-stocked plant stall, chance their luck on the raffle and of course enjoy homemade cakes with a cup of tea as well as wandering through the gardens. They raised a fantastic £2,161.46 which will provide 108 hours of nursing care. Thank you to all who made donations or helped on the day.

June 2018

Ripon Triathlon
The annual Ripon Triathlon will take place on Saturday 30th June once again passing through Littlethorpe. Between 2.30p.m. and 5p.m., competitors will be running along Littlethorpe Road, Pottery Lane and Green Lane. 
UPDATE - The competitors had to endure a scorching hot day this year and were grateful for the hosepipe (manned by Dave Laugher and Chris Winterburn) to help them cool down a little. Jackie Laugher was a marshall elsewhere on the course while Geoff Jackson, who works for Community Traffic Management, was responsible for the corner by St. Michael's Church. Thanks to Chris Winterburn and Dave Laugher for the photos.
Felt Workshop
There is to be a felt workshop in the village hall , run by Catherine Slater, on Friday 22nd June. The session will run from 10a.m. until 4p.m.

​​April 2018 

​Littlethorpe Manor Spring Walk
​This is a 1 and a half hour tour of the gardens on Wednesday 25th April. Tickets are £10.50 per person (limited to 30 tickets). This includes refreshments in the marquee and plants will be available for purchase. For full details, visit their website at:
Quiz Night
Saturday, 7th April 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 your own drinks and a contribution (sweet or savoury) towards a communal supper.
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. 
There will also be a raffle.
Chris Winterburn
603017 or 07968 089941
​UPDATE - A fun-packed evening with 9 teams trying to win the   top prize of a trophy, wine and chocolates. Once again there was a wonderful supper comprising of main course, dessert and cheese and biscuits - see photos below. There were several scores of 10 during the evening but none of these teams actually won the quiz! The winning team was 'No Idea' and the wooden spoon (literally) plus a box of Liquorice Allsorts were won by 'The Girls who Shouldn't be Allowed'. After all this, there was even a raffle with over 20 prizes! It was also Paul Hildreth's birthday so everyone sang 'Happy Birthday' to him. Read the comments on the 'Guestbook' page.

​No Idea

​The Girls Who Shouldn't Be Allowed

​Main Course


​Cheese and biscuits

​Thanks to Liz Tite for the following photos.
​Rob Ankcorn congratulating Mandy Downes on her team's win.
​Roly slips a £10 bribe to quizmistress Sandra. At least he tried but it was declined as it wasn't enough!!!
​October 2017
Autumn Walk
​Littlethorpe Manor is having an autumn walk on Wednesday 25th October for which numbers are limited to 30. Tickets cost £10.50 for a 1 1/2 hour tour, autumn handout and refreshments. Full details and tickets are available on the Littlethorpe Manor website - www.littlethorpemanor.com
Quiz Night
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.  It is not a Mastermind competition! 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.   
There will a be a raffle too so any donation of prizes will be gratefully received.
​p.s. Please can we have the trophy and wooden spoon back ready for the next recipients.
Chris Winterburn
603017 or 07968 089941
​UPDATE - Seven teams battled it out at what one person described as the best quiz ever. The following note was passed to Christine and Sandra before the quiz started.
Under no circumstances must Richard Tite or Roland Curtis be required to walk to the naughty corner as this would aggravate an existing medical condition.
Dr. Thomas Ankcorn
​M.D.   M.Sc.   BMS
​As it happened, everyone behaved themselves reasonably well and the naughty corner wasn't needed. As always, there was an amazing supper and a friendly, full of fun, atmosphere - apart from the flak the quizmistress received! Most people agreed that the questions were easier this time and there were even some scores of 10. We had a new winning team (Not the Railway Children) who received a cup, individual medals along with wine and chocolates. 'Norfolk and Chance' won sweets for coming last but said they really enjoyed it and will come again. Unfortunately, the wooden spoon hadn't been returned from the last quiz. Read the comments on the 'Guestbook' page.

Garden Lighting Evening
​Littlethorpe Manor is holding a Garden Lighting Evening on Friday 13th October. Tickets cost £20 which includes wine and canapes. It is limited to 30 people. Full details and tickets are available on the Littlethorpe Manor website - www.littlethorpemanor.com

​September 2017

Railway Reinstatement Meeting
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.
​UPDATE - The village hall was almost full as 76 people attended the meeting. Gerry Spoors (Chair of Littlethorpe Parish Council) opened the meeting by considering the reasons why Ripon City Council want another feasibility study about reinstating the railway. John Edmonstone, ex Chair of Littlethorpe Parish Council, gave an overview of the history of the railway and the campaign to reinstate it. Representatives from Bishop Monkton Parish Council were present and Emma Oates (Chair) thanked Gerry and John for their interesting presentations, asked to keep in close contact with Littlethorpe and said they would keep Bishop Monkton informed. The meeting was then opened to questions and discussions. It was agreed that individuals should write letters of objection to Ripon City Council, N.Y.C.C. and Julian Smith MP and a steering group would be set up. After the meeting, everyone was able to take a look at the maps of the proposed route of the railway. 

A packed village hall

​Emma Oates (Chair of Bishop Monkton Parish Council) talking to Littlethorpe Parish Councillor Jackie Laugher and ex-chair John Edmonstone.

​Looking at the maps after the meeting

​​Signing up

Littlethorpe Manor Gardens Open
​Littlethorpe Manor gardens (11 acres) will be open as part of the National Garden Scheme on Sunday 10th September from 1.30 - 5p.m. Admission will be £6 with children getting in free.
What's to see? A walled garden based on cycle of seasons with box, herbaceous, roses, gazebo. A sunken garden with white rose parterre and herbs. A brick pergola with white wisteria, blue and yellow borders. Terraces with ornamental pots. Formal lawns with fountain pool, hornbeam towers and yew hedging. A box headed hornbeam drive with Aqualens water feature.
​Plants for sale.
Home-made teas, supplied by the Village Hall Committee and friends and were a huge success last year, will be available again. Read the comments from last year on the 'Guestbook' page. 
​UPDATE - Over three hundred people visited the gardens despite a not very good weather forecast and the gardens looked beautiful as always. The teas were, once again, extremely well received and the Village Hall Committee was well supported by villagers. The teas raised £720 so the National Gardens Scheme will receive £72 (10%) with the remaining £648 being shared between Littlethorpe Village Hall and St. Michael's Church. See the comments on the 'Guestbook' page.

​August 2017

Littlethorpe Open Gardens
​On Sunday 6th August, three gardens in the village will be opening from 12 - 5p.m. as part of the National Garden Scheme. The three gardens are Greencroft, Kirkella and Littlethorpe House with home-made teas available at Greencroft. It will be a combined admission fee of £6 for all three gardens with children getting in free. Greencroft has a half-acre informal garden which includes a large wildlife pond, Kirkella has a front gravel garden with a Mediterranean feel and a paved rear garden and Littlethorpe House has a 2-acre garden with expansive lawns and mixed herbaceous and shrub borders.  More information can be found on the National Garden Scheme website.
​UPDATE - The village was very busy with visitors (504 in total), from near and far, who had come to see the gardens and Jackie, Vivien and Sally all chose a favourite place in their gardens for a photo (see below). Plant sales went well at Kirkella and, as always, teas at Greencroft were very popular. In fact, Sally only had two cakes left at the end of the afternoon! Read comments about the gardens on the 'Guestbook' page.

Sally and Dave's grandsons, Charlie and James, did an excellent job on car parking duties.

​July 2017

Garden Party
​Once again, Sylvia Grice will be holding one of her, now famous, garden parties for charity. It will take place on Saturday 15th July and the food is always to die for!
​UPDATE - The garden party was a huge success, yet again, with Sylvia raising over £1,000 for charity. As always there was a good turnout and the range of food was superb. Well done Sylvia!