​What's On, What's Gone

April 2018 

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
c.winterburn@sky.com

​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
c.winterburn@sky.com
​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!

​​​June 2017

BBQ
Robert & Sue Ankcorn have very kindly suggested that, once again, we use their garden at Southfold (opposite the village hall) for a Village BBQ.
This will take place on Saturday, 17th JUNE starting at 4pm. 
Like the last 2 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 and you BRING AND COOK your own meat (or whatever!) on the BBQ.  The charcoal will be ready to go at 4.30pm.
Please bring your own drinks.
Because this is in 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 available now from me.
Chris Winterburn
603017 or 07968 089941
c.winterburn@sky.com
​UPDATE - Approximately 30 people turned up at Southfold to enjoy a fabulous BBQ complete with a variety of salads and there were even choc ices to follow! Glorious weather was the order of the day and people stayed late into the evening enjoying the sunshine. Thank you to Rob and Sue Ankcorn for hosting the event and also everyone on the entertainment committee for organising it. See the comment on the 'Guestbook' page.

​​​April 2017

Quiz Night
Saturday, 8th 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 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. There is a cup to be won.  Please can the last winners bring it back – polished – ready for the next winners. There will also be a raffle.
Christine Winterburn
603017 or 07968 089941
c.winterburn@sky.com

​UPDATE - Eight teams battled it out to become Littlethorpe Quiz Champions with 'Willie Eckerslike' taking the honours. The wooden spoon was won by 'Just the 3 of us' who were taking part for the first time but say they enjoyed it and will come again. There were other newcomers and we hope you will also return - there will be a sport round next time and I will also try to make the questions easier! There was an amazing supper and lots of raffle prizes too. The evening was rounded off by Roly Curtis giving a rendition of a poem he wrote himself - see below. Also read comments on the 'Guestbook' page.
I have raised a few queries over the years,
And they have all been politely put,
But the only reply was two withering stares
​So now I just keep it shut.

Chris hails from Scotland way up north,
In the region of Dundee,
And when she puts on her receptionist face
​She scares the hell out of me.

Sandra played hockey for year after year
Refusing to put her stick down
Until she became by a country mile
​The oldest (s)winger in town.

But time and again I keep coming back
This is something I just would not miss.
​So I would like to thank on behalf of us all
​Our QUIZ BABES - Sandra and Chris

​March 2017

Coffee Morning
​Alison and Michael invite you to a coffee morning on ​Saturday 18th March 10 - 12 noon in the village hall. It is in aid of the Friends of Mettupalayam Trust which supports an exciting rural development project in South India. It has set up two primary schools, a 32 acre farm and supports many women's groups.
​Come and enjoy some refreshments, stalls and learn more about this project.
​UPDATE - The village hall was very busy with people from all around the area supporting this worthwhile cause - read their comments on the 'Guestbook' page. There were stalls offering Indian crafts, handmade cards, cakes, books and bric-a-brac plus coffee and tea and an interesting display about the Friends of Mettupalayam Trust.

​Necklaces made by tribal women

​February 2017

​Supper with Simon
“Supper with Simon” at 7.30pm on Saturday 25th February 2017
We are delighted to announce that Simon Turner will, once again, be at Littlethorpe Village Hall to sing and entertain us.
The evening will start at 7.30pm with a hot 2 course supper (let me know any dietary requirements beforehand please).  Once the meal is over, Simon will take over and entertain us with a great variety of music. For those of you who haven’t heard Simon sing, his repertoire covers everything from Mack the Knife to Mustang Sally plus lots more.
All this for only £12.50 per person. Tickets are available from me now.
Why not get together with your neighbours to make up a table?
Numbers are strictly limited so get your tickets ordered.
This promises to be an excellent evening.
Chris Winterburn
603017 or 07968 089941
c.winterburn@sky.com
​UPDATE - Another excellent evening put on by the Entertainments Committee. Where else can you get a live singer and a two-course meal for £12.50? A pork supper with all the trimmings was provided and served and then there was a lovely array of desserts. This was followed by singing and dancing plus some dubious audience participation (see photos below). Take a look at the comments on the 'Guestbook' page.

​​Simon with his 'girl' backing group.

The less said about this, the better!