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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August 2018​​

Jack's Journal
Jack was interviewed on BBC Breakfast this morning (16th) when he chatted about his success at the recent European Championships and how he is also looking forward to qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The 2019 World Series will also be a highlight with the final leg being held in London.

​Hedgehogs in Littlethorpe

We are very lucky in the village as we appear to have a good number of hedgehogs including babies born this year. Here are a few suggestions of how you can help:
1. Put food out at dusk from April until the end of September. This can include proprietary hedgehog food, dog or cat food (not fish based), raisins, sunflower seeds, suet pellets, crushed dog biscuits or meal worms. DO NOT GIVE THEM BREAD OR MILK.
2. If you have a pond, make sure it has a gently sloping entry so they can have a drink but if not, put fresh water in a shallow bowl.
3. If you have a fence between you and your neighbours, leave a small hole (approx. 6") so the hedgehogs can travel between gardens.
4. Have a pile of leaves, a hedgehog house or a pile of logs in the garden which will provide a place for them to hibernate during the winter.
Harrogate Borough Council Budget 2019-2020
Harrogate Borough Council invites residents and businesses to have their say on the services that are important to them. The information will be used to set the 2019-2020 budget.
Demand for services continues to increase, but the money to pay for these services is reducing. Harrogate Borough Council's  government funding has been reduced by £8.06m since 2010. The latest Medium Term Financial Strategy identifies that £1.5m in expenditure savings are required to balance the budget in 2019-2020.
Closing date is 23rd September. To inform HBC of your thoughts, complete the survey at:
https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=152965951200
An Unlikely Story
Canon Richard Cooper will be entertaining in the village hall on Friday 5th October. For full details, go to the 'What's On, What's Gone' page.
Quiz
The next quiz night has been arranged for Saturday 13th October - full details can be found on the 'What's On, What's Gone' page. This is an evening full of fun and laughter so, if you are new to the village, it is a great way of meeting people.
Jack's Journal
Let's hope that John and Mandy Downes have a silver balloon to add to their gate as Jack and Chris Mears have won the silver medal in the 3m synchronised springboard competition. They were leading with one round of dives to go but lost by less than a point - still a fantastic acheivement for Jack to come away with three European championship medals.
Congratulations from everyone in Littlethorpe.
Clearing Away 
The gazebo has been taken down and put away for another year when it will again be needed for the next village BBQ.
Jack's Journal
Jack has won his second gold medal in the European championships, this time in the 3m springboard. He was behind until the fourth round of dives but then came through to win. Next target - synchronised 3m springboard.

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Street Lights
Are we getting new street lights? Men have dug holes and put in new poles next to some street lights but the parish council is not aware of any planned work.​​
Jack's Journal
Jack is the 2018 European Champion in the 1m springboard with Great Britain's James Heatly getting the bronze. The commentator described Jack as a 'class act'. Well done Jack. 
Open Gardens
A beautiful day saw lots of visitors flock to the village for the open gardens. To see photos from all three gardens, go to the  'What's On, What's Gone' page.
Last Service
Revd. Kenneth Cossley took his last service at St. Michael's on Sunday 5th. For more photos, visit the 'St. Michael's Church' page.
Jack's Journal
Jack is due to compete in the European Championships which begin on Thursday 2nd. He and Chris Mears are the reigning European champions in the 3m synchronised event and Jack is looking forward to competing in Edinburgh as this is where he won his first Commonwealth title with Chris. The diving schedule begins on Monday 6th with the 3m Springboard competition being on Thursday 9th and the synchronised competition in the afternoon on Friday 10th. 
Open Gardens
REMINDER - Don't forget that three gardens in the village will be open on Sunday (5th) as part of the National Open Garden Scheme. Full details can be found on the 'What's On, What's Gone' page.

July 2018

70th Birthday Celebrations
Rob Ankcorn celebrated his 70th birthday with friends and family in 40's style. It wasn't obligatary to dress up but many did for a fun-packed day. The day started with a visit to Coldstone's Cut at Greenhow Hill (very windy but superb views) and was followed by a few hours at the Pateley Bridge 1940's Weekend. On the homeward journey, a stop was made at G&T's Ice Cream Parlour in Risplith and the day finished with a BBQ in Rob and Sue's garden.  Happy birthday Rob!
Bylaws for Sites of Special Scientific Interest
We have Sites of Special Scientific Interest and a Local Nature Reserve within the Littlethorpe Parish at Quarry Moor. Natural England wish to have the power to introduce bylaws at these sites. There is a consultation for these proposals closing 22 August 2018 at:

https://consult.defra.gov.uk/natural-england/byelaws-for-sssis/consultation/download 

on the DEFRA website: 
https://consult.defra.gov.uk/natural-england/byelaws-for-sssis/
Responses  are sought on the downloaded document and have to be sent to Natural England at [email protected] england.org.uk
(or by post to Natural England, Suite D, Unex House, Bourges Boulevard, Peterborough PE1 1NG FAO Mina Patel) no later than Wednesday 22 August 2018.
Getting Ready for the Village BBQ
Members of the Entertainments Committee and friends have been busy erecting the marquee (which went up in record time) in readiness for this year's village BBQ. Full details of the BBQ can be found on the 'What's On, What's Gone' page so, if you haven't got your tickets yet, why not contact Chris Winterburn to see if there are any left.

​First the frame

Trimming overhanging branches - mind you head!

​​Having problems with the guide ropes

​Up she goes

​All ready

More Low-flying Aircraft
The centre of the village was treated to another low-flying aircraft today (12th) as the aeroplane below flew very low over the roof tops. It was thought to be a C17 Globemaster.
Marie Curie Open Gardens
A report of the open garden event at Field Cottage, along with photos, can be found on the 'What's On, What's Gone' page.
Ripon Triathlon
More photos of the Ripon triathlon have been added to the 'What's On, What's Gone' page.
Jack's Journal
Jack, along with his girlfriend Lois Toulson, was in the royal box at Wimbledon on Saturday 7th July. Apparently they had a fantastic time with free champagne and strawberries all day long. It's all right for some! 
Ripon Community Poppy Project
Over 700 poppies are ready for the display planned in Ripon. To find out more, go to the 'Services, events & activities' section on the 'St. Michael's Church' page. 
Red Arrows over Littlethorpe
Two groups of Red Arrows, with five in each, flew over Littlethorpe in v formation this afternoon (6th) at 4.12p.m. They will be performing at the Southport Air Show this weekend.
Ripon Rotary Bike Ride Lunch
Ripon Rotary Club recently held a special lunch to thank the volunteers who helped at the bike ride which took place in May. Christine and Roly Curtis were there to receive a certifcate of thanks for organising the registering and de-registering of the cyclists and the car parking. Christine has said that it was a team effort by people from Littlethorpe, Bishop Monkton and Helmsley and she will be photocopying the certificate so that everyone who helped can have one. 
Open Garden
Don't forget that Liz and Richard Tite will be opening their garden in aid of Marie Curie on Sunday 8th. When I visited, Richard was busy tidying up the sweet peas and Liz was 'mentally planning'  for the day. Full details can be found on the 'What's On, What's Gone' page.

June 2018​​

Ripon Triathlon
For a report and photos of the triathlon, go to the 'What's On, What's Gone' page.
First Service
Canon Richard Cooper, along with his wife Janet, has been to take his first service at St. Michael's in front of  large congregation. For more photos, visit the St. Michael's Church page.
Jack's Journal
At the Fina World Cup competition, which took place in Wuhan, People's Republic of China, Jack and Chris won the silver medal in the 3m synchronised competition behind a Chinese pair. Jack also won a bronze medal in the individual event beaten by two Chinese pairs. Well done boys!
 Blooming Great Tea Party
The volunteer journalist and photographer, who both help out at the Marie Curie office in York, have been to visit Field Cottage in preparation for the garden opening to the public on Sunday 8th July. Full details can be found on the 'What's On, What's Gone' page.​​
Highsides Folk Dance Club
These dancers were enjoying an evening of folk dancing in the village hall. For more information and further photos, visit the 'Regular Classes' section on the 'Village Hall' page.
Felt Workshop
There will be a felt workshop, run by Catherine Slater, in the village hall on Friday 22nd June. The session will run from 10a.m. until 4p.m.

​May 2018​​

Launch of the Crime Not To Care Campaign
Fly Tipping - There is a national campaign to combat fly tipping starting on 4 Jun 18:  It’s a #CrimeNotToCare. In our District in the past 12 months there have been just over 630 incidents of fly tipping and this cost the council just over £40,000 to clear up.  Environmental Protection officers will be at Ripon city centre market on Thursday 7th June to explain what the Borough Council is doing. The accompanying poster has details of the campaign that may be found at   www.harrogate.gov.uk/flytipping
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Ripon Community Poppy Project
Have you been knitting poppies for St. Michael's for this project? If you have, please hand them in within the next couple of weeks. 
​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  [email protected], 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  [email protected] 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  [email protected] or Fiona Friday  [email protected] .
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 ([email protected], 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
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
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