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December 2018

Canal Hedging
The hedgelaying along the side of the canal is almost complete. Adrian Yates, who has been doing the work, says he hopes to finish on Thursday (13th) a job which will have taken him 12 days. The new hedge, reported earlier by Richard Tite as being to a Midland design, has a willow binder at the top. Adrian explained that the idea is to regenerate the hedge and the current layers will die back as the hedge begins to sprout next spring  from the base and cuts he has made. Apparently there are many styles of hedgelaying and if you are interested, you can visit the website below for more information.
www.hedgelaying.org.uk
Santa Lucia
Don't forget the Santa Lucia carol service to be held at St. Michael's Church next Sunday. Always a very enjoyable service.
Canal Reflections
Monday 10th was a lovely, crisp and sunny morning for a walk along the canal with the bonus of some beautiful reflections on the water. This view was taken from Nicholson's Bridge looking towards Ripon.
Ripon Wetlands (incl Canal Field)
Things are happening at our new reserve now that Aggregate Industries have finished quarrying. The reserve is to be handed over to Yorkshire Wildlife Trust in March 2019 – the official opening will probably be in May/June next year. Two new hides/screens will be erected, one to be accessed from the canal by Renton`s Bridge, the other from a new footpath linking the canal to the River Ure.  Areas are being sown with a special wildflower/grass mix; hay has been collected and brought to the reserve and resulting hay seed introduced. The canal side hedge laying to a Midlands design this month has been much admired and will give a better barrier and improved haven for wildlife.
Richard Tite
MP Surgeries
The MP for Skipton and Ripon, Rt Hon Julian Smith MP will hold surgeries in Ripon on 11th January and 15th March 2019. To book, call 01765 795898 or email [email protected] Further details at:
www.juliansmith.org.uk
Tour de Yorkshire 2-5 May 2019
On Friday 3 May 19, Stage 1 of the women's race and Stage 2 of the men's race are on the same route from Barnsley to Bedale. After a sprint circuit in Harrogate, riders will race up the A61, through the centre of Ripon and onwards to West Tanfield. Information for Tour Makers is at:
https://letour.yorkshire.com/information/tour-makers/
Advent
St. Michael's Church has held its first service of Advent and lit the first candle on the Advent ring. See the 'St. Michael's Church' page.
Jack's Journal
Jack has added yet another award to his collection by being voted the 'British Swimming Athlete of the Year' at the British Swimming Awards. Congratulations Jack.

November 2018

Consultation and Volunteering for Cycle Races in September 2019
The 12 races of the UCI Road World Championship will take place in Yorkshire 21-29 September 2019. Races will finish in Harrogate and there is a consultation until 17 January 2019 from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to invite comments on the Borough Council's proposals to alter the use of the Stray during the championships:
www.gov.uk/government/consultations/uci-road-world-championships-2019-in-harrogate-general-power-of-competence
The Women's Elite time trial and the Men's Under 23 time trial start in Ripon on Tue 24 September and other road races pass north-south and west-east through Ripon during the week. Thousands of volunteers will be needed for the nine days of events. To register interest for one or more day:
https://worlds.yorkshire.com/get-involved/
Samaritan's Purse
The shoe boxes have been collected from St. Michael's. For a report and more photos, look at the 'Services, events & activities' section of the 'St. Michael's Church' page.
Another Stuck Lorry
Another lorry driver was having problems on our narrow roads but not at the normal corner. This driver was trying to turn down to Ripon Motor Boat Club but was stranded partly in the lane and partly on Littlethorpe Road.
We will remember them
For a report and photos of the Remembrance Day service at St. Michael's, go to the 'Services, events & activities' section of the 'St. Michael's Church' 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.

Fire Safety Checks
Just in case anyone was wondering what a fire engine was doing parked in Field Cottage gateway this afternoon (10th), it was nothing to worry about. David and Nathan were performing one of their regular fire safety checks in the village.
Bird Update
The Sea Eagle is confirmed to be an escape from a private collection near Richmond and is now appearing and calling in the Fountains Abbey/How Hill area.
Thousands of winter thrushes mostly Redwing with as yet a few Fieldfare fill the skies feeding on yew fruit, berries and haws.
2 Black Swan arrived with Whooper Swan in Oct and are still about in Littlethorpe.
A very rare inland male Eider duck was briefly on Canal Field on 28th Oct.  You never know what you`ll see next and thank you to a neighbour for informing me accompanied by 2 photos.

Richard Tite

Geophysics in Action
Several people from Newcastle University have been working in the field and woods at Littlethorpe Potteries. Dr. Mark Jackson, a senior lecturer in Byzantium archaeology, and Richard Carlton, a visiting fellow and professional archaeologist with expertise in different fields but who looks at modern pottery and knows how to do field work, were working alongside others including masters students. I spoke to Holly who explained that they were using a variety of surveying techniques to better understand the area. The laser scanner (the blue box on the tripod) was performing a 360deg scan of the whole area and Holly was using it for the first time today. Adam and Callum were mapping the train track through the woods while in another part of the field a resistivity meter was being used to scan under the ground. It sends an electrical current through the probes into the ground to map the area by identifying features such as walls and ditches. Fascinating!
Jack's Journal
Jack has changed his synchronised diving partner in preparation for the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020. Chris Mears, with whom Jack won Olympic gold in Rio 2016, has decided to take a year out from diving. Jack will be diving with Dan Goodfellow who used to partner Tom Daley in the 10m event and Tom will now be joined by Matty Lee. Jack and Dan will make their debut at the British National Diving Cup next February.
Samaritan's Purse
Don't forget that if you are putting together a shoe box for this year's appeal at St. Michael's, this Sunday (11th) is the last date for taking it to church.
Housing development on Littlethorpe Road
S, Harrison Developments Ltd, 9 York Place, Leeds, LS1 2DS applied on 26 Oct 18 (planning reference 18/04475/FULMAJ) to demolish one house (Kilburn) and build 37 dwellings to the east of Littlethorpe Road at 432266470194. This is in Ripon Minster ward of Ripon City Council, but turning left out of the development will take you through Littlethorpe village.
Further details may be found on the Harrogate Borough website at:
https://uniformonline.harrogate.gov.uk/online-applications/search.do?action=advanced&searchType=Application
by entering the reference 18/04475/FULMAJ.
You may send to [email protected] before 22 November 2018 any material considerations for the planning officers to take into account such as: Impact on adjoining land / site, Visual impact (street scene etc.), Design and materials, Privacy / overbearing, Daylight / sunlight, Access / car parking / traffic generation, Health and safety, Crime and disorder, and Site levels, existing site features (trees, habitat), contamination.
Bulb Planting
Parish councillors and the clerk (plus one extra!) have been hard at work planting bulbs around the village. For a report and photos go to the 'Other News' section of the 'Parish Council' page.
Firework Display
Ripon Motor Boat Club held its annual fireworks display on Friday 2nd. As always it was a wonderful display.
Poppies
Several of us saw Liz Tite up a ladder decorating the gate at St. Michael's Church with knitted poppies but when we stopped to take a photo, she said, "Don't you dare!" Dave Laugher got this shot when she had finished and it looks lovely. Littlethorpe will remember.

Photo by Dave Laugher

Jack's Journal
The Yorkshire Awards are organised by The Yorkshire Society  and are 30 years old this year. They  recently held their awards evening and Jack won the Sporting Achievement Award. He was away training at the time so was unable to accept the award in person. Congratulations Jack.

October 2018

Happy Jack
To see a report and photos of 'Happy Jack', go to the 'What's On, What's Gone' page.
Leisure Facilities
Harrogate Borough Council recently ran a survey of leisure facilities in the area and our parish council came up with a huge list. It may surprise you to see how many activities take place here so take a look at the list in the 'Other News' section of the 'Parish Council' page.
Parish Council Meeting
The agenda for the next Parish Council meeting, to be held on Monday 5th November, is now available to read in the 'Meetings, agendas and minutes' section of the 'Parish Council' page.
Theatre Production
Don't forget about the theatre production of Happy Jack in the village hall tonight (27th). Full details can be found on the 'What's On, What's Gone' page. There are a few tickets left so if you haven't got  one yet, you will be able to pay on the door.
Village Hall Treasurer
Following their appeal for someone to take over the position of treasurer when Wendy Hunton finishes next year, the Village Hall Committee are pleased to be able to report that they have had a volunteer step forward for which they are very grateful. They are always looking for volunteers to go on the committee and it would be great if some younger people came forward. If you are interested, contact Christine Curtis
Tel:01765 603786
email: [email protected]

HBC Survey
Harrogate Borough Council is interested in surveying satisfaction with its recycling and waste services. To complete the survey, follow
https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=153908985489

before 7th January 2019.

A Beautiful End to a Beautiful Day

24/10/2018

Samaritan's Purse (Shoe Box Appeal)
As in previous years, St. Michael's Church is taking part in this appeal. If you would like to take part full details can be found on the 'St. Michael's Church' page.
More Poppies Needed
Sylvia Grice, other members of the congregation at St. Michael's and friends need more poppies. They are knitting them to decorate the church in order to remember along with the rest of the nation. If you have any spare red wool and would like to contribute, knitted poppies can be given to any church member.
Littlethorpe Road Incident
On Tuesday 16th, a lady called Louise found a gentleman collapsed in the road and 'phoned for an ambulance which spent one and a half hours on site. It is thought that the man was from the caravan site and had suffered an angina attack.
Apple Day
For an update on the Apple Day, go to the 'What's On, What's Gone' page.
Happy Jack Tickets
There are still some tickets left for Happy Jack so, if you haven't got yours yet, get in touch with Chris Winterburn now.
Bowling Club Awards Evening
Bishop Monkton Bowling Club recently held its annual dinner and awards evening and, as in the last few years, Littlethorpe was represented. Danny O'Connell, who used to live in the village , received his award for winning the 'Random Pairs' competition with Ken Montgomery and Sandra Roberts won the 'Walkabout' trophy for gaining the most points throughout the season at the Monday Club Night sessions.

Photos by Basil Birchall

Exciting Bird News
A White-tailed or Sea Eagle seen over Thorpe Perrow on 19th Oct was tracked 10 mins later over Nosterfield and Ripon.  Was it an escape or wild bird?  Whooper Swan flew over Littlethorpe on 18 Oct. Brambling have arrived and a few FIeldfare are with the Redwings.
Richard Tite
Beckbusters or Podium Busters?
I don't remember seeing these three gentlemen running in the Beckbusters race! Apparently, they decided to have a bit of fun using the Beckbusters podium and stand on it in order of how long they have been married.
1st - Mervyn Beecroft - 52 years
2nd - Roly Curtis - 51 years
3rd - Richard Houseman - 50 years
Someone thought they looked like Compo, Clegg and Foggy from 'Last of the Summer Wine'.
Apple Day
Don't forget to bring your apples to the village hall on Sunday 21st. Full details are on the 'What's On, What's Gone' page.
October Nature Notes
Winter thrushes have arrived in the form of Redwing, with flocks of 50+ over Renton`s Bridge.  A lone Swallow battled in the rain on the same day 14th Oct.  In Canal Field the young reeds planted as plug plants in July`s drought are now 2-3` high around the periphery of the main reed bed.  Winds veering from S to  NW so Pink-footed Geese and the first Whooper Swan herds expected over Littlethorpe any time.
Migrant Hawker and Common Darter dragonflies still on the canal and pipistrelle bats in gardens...but not for much longer.

Richard Tite
Harrogate Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle Strategy
Harrogate Borough Council invite comments on their draft  Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle Strategy. The 16 page strategy (with a one page summary at the end) may be found at:
https://www.harrogate.gov.uk/downloads/file/4211/ultra-low_emission_vehicle_strategy_2018-2023_draft

​It is in response to the Government's Road to Zero strategy:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/reducing-emissions-from-road-transport-road-to-zero-strategy

The consultation is at:

https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=153657487749

 and it closes on 6 November.

Pottery Lane CLosure
Pottery Lane is currently closed, just outside Littlethorpe Potteries, due to work being carried out on Yorkshire Water's network.
Quiz Night
For photos of the quiz night, go to the 'What's On, What's Gone' page.
Quiz Night
Just a quick reminder about the quiz to be held in the village hall on Saturday (13th). If you fancy a night of fun and a fabulous supper, this is the one for you. Full details are available on the 'What's On, What's Gone' page.
Local Access Forum
Here's an opportunity for anyone interested in guiding local access to our countryside. Please contact Melanie Carr (email at the bottom of poster) for further details. Closing date for application is 26th October 2018.
Searching For Their Roots
Mary Claire and Rosie Hill have been in the village searching for the house they lived in from 1956 - 1959 when their father was a sapper stationed in Ripon. They visited various parts of Littlethorpe looking for the house with 'The Beeches' being the closest match but they are not totally sure - they can only remember living in part of a red brick house. If you think you might have memories of them, Rosie can be contacted on [email protected] and she would love to hear from you.
Harvest Festival
Photos of the harvest festival can be found on the 'St. Michael's Church' page.
Village Litter Pick
Report and photos of the litter pick are now available on the 'What's On, What's Gone' page.
Unlikely Story
To read a report and see photos, take a look at the 'What's On, What's Gone' page.
Change of Time
Please note that the Apple Day event which is due to take place on 21st October will now be from 2-4p.m. NOT 10a.m. Full details can be found on the 'What's On, What's Gone' page.
Village Hall Treasurer
At our committee meeting on 1st October, we faced the prospect of our treasurer, Wendy Hunton, retiring next year after many years service. Thank you Wendy for all you have done.
It was agreed that we should put a notice in Roundabout and on our website to ask if anyone felt they could take on the role of Trustee/Committee Member Treasurer. If you feel this is something you would be interested in, please contact me on 01765 603786 or [email protected]  .
Wendy will be treasurer until the Annual General Meeting in May but we thought it may be helpful if someone could shadow her so that they see what the job entails.
We are always looking for volunteers to come on the Village Hall Committee and it would be great if some younger people would step forward.
Christine Curtis
Secretary Littlethorpe Village Hall Committee
Parish Boundary Marker Stone
Earlier this year, I reported that an old Thorpe and Givendale parish marker stone had been given to the parish council. This stone has now been permanently positioned in the pinfold and has a place in the 'Pinfold' section of the 'History' page along with a photo.
Reminders
There are lots of things going on this weekend so here is a quick reminder:
Friday 5th, 7p.m. - An Unlikely Story - Canon Richard Cooper
Saturday 6th, 10a.m. - Litter Pick
Full details of these events can be found on the 'What's On, What's Gone' page.
Sunday 7th, 10.30a.m. - Harvest Festival
D etails of all this event can be found below under 'September 2018'.

September 2018

Beck Busters
Don't forget that the Beck Busters will be running through the village on Sunday morning (30th). Full details can be found on the 'What's On, What's Gone' page
HARVEST FESTIVAL
St. Michael's Church
GIFTS OF PRODUCE
(Fresh/Tinned)
will be gratefully accepted on
Saturday 6th Oct. between 
9.30-11a.m.
It's Been a While
We haven't had a problem with large lorries negotiating our narrow lanes for some time but it happened again this morning (27th). This lorry driver must have felt that, after finally managing to get round Stud Cottage corner, his problems were over but he soon found out that 8.30a.m. is not a good time to travel through the village. At the next corner, by Orchard Lane, he met a school bus, with cars behind, forcing him to reverse and this then caused a jam on the church side!
Men at Work
How many men does it take to repair a footpath? Eight, apparently, along with four lorries! When asked why they were only repairing one section of the path, I was told it was because that was the only bit marked with white lines; perhaps the other section will be done at a later date. They were a very friendly bunch although some were more eager to have their photo taken than others!
Baby Hedgehog Rescued
Thanks to a 'phone call from Chris Beadle, this hedgehog was safely picked up on Pottery Lane and, as hedgehogs should not be out during the day, it clearly needed help. A hedgehog needs to weigh 650g to survive hibernation and this one only weighed about 290g so, with approximately a month to go before hibernation, it would not have time to put on the necessary weight. It was given food and water before being taken to 'Hedgehog Appreciation Prickly Pals' in Ripon. Thanks also to Jackie Laugher who has already taken them two.
Autumn Equinox
Today, Sunday 23rd September, is the autumn equinox which heralds the beginning of autumn. There are clear signs in the village that autumn is here from trees laden with fruit both wild and cultivated, landowners cutting back hedges and the leaves beginning to change colour.
Ripon Motor Boat Club Open Day
For a report and photos of the open day, go to the 'What's On, What's Gone' page.
Ripon Motor Boat Club Open Day
Ripon Motor Boat Club is holding its open day next Saturday (15th) starting at 10a.m. and would love to see villagers there. For full details of the day, go to the 'What's On, What's Gone' page.
Littlethorpe Manor Open Garden
A very big thank you to everyone who helped on the day by doing car park duty, making the tea, serving the cakes and tea, helping clear tables and a very big thank you to our two brilliant washer uppers.  Every one of you worked so hard. Thank you Jan for helping set up and everything else you did on the day. A very big thank you to all those who made cakes for this event, without them we would not be able to do this. Also a thank you for those taking the entrance money. We had many comments on how wonderful the garden is and what superb teas. What a fantastic village we live in for community spirit.
Christine Curtis
Secretary Littlethorpe Village Hall Committee
Local Plan
The Harrogate District Local Plan was submitted to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government for Examination, along with supporting documents, on 31st August 2018. 
The plan and supporting documents are available for inspection at the Ripon Town Hall, Market Place South, Ripon, HG4 1DD. Opening hours 8:30am to 4:45pm Monday to Thursday and 8:30am to 4:15pm on Fridays.

All documents may be viewed on the council’s website: www.harrogate.gov.uk/localplansubmission

Anyone who made representations at the Publication stage will, if the Inspector deems it appropriate, be offered the opportunity to submit further material or take part in specific Hearing Sessions at his/her request and will be notified regarding the examination process by the Programme Officer.
Open Garden
Don't forget that Littlethorpe Manor is opening its gardens tomorrow (9th) from 1.30 - 5p.m. for the National Open Gardens Scheme. Full details can be found on the 'What's On, What's Gone' page. The Village Hall Committee would be grateful for any donations of homemade cakes which can be taken to the refreshment marquee tomorrow morning (access through the stable entrance).
Wedding Day
What better than a wedding to brighten up a rainy day even when it does cause a traffic jam! For photos of the wedding of Rachel Goodier and James Nelson, take a look at the 'Services, events & activities' section of the 'St. Michael's Church' page.
Date For Your Diary
There will be a village litter pick on Saturday 6th October. More details nearer the time, 
Parish Boundary Marker Stone
Have you noticed a strange stone which has suddenly appeared in the pinfold? To find out more, go to the 'Other News' section of the 'Parish Council' page.
Harvest Festival
The harvest festival at St. Michael's will be on Sunday 7th October at 10.30a.m. Gifts of harvest produce and tinned gifts may be brought to church between 9 -11a.m. on  Friday 5th / Saturday 6th October. You don't have to be a churchgoer to donate gifts. Everything goes to a good cause after the service so please be generous with your gfits.

August 2018​​

Clean Roads
NYCC has certainly been busy in the village. Following the new street lights, we now have clean roads too! Is the Queen coming to visit and no-one has told us?
Street Lights
The new lamp posts are now in place and the old ones have been removed.
August Bank Holiday Changes to your Waste and Recycling Collections
There will be no collections on Monday 27th August. Your collection will be one day LATER on Tuesday 28th August.
Normal service will resume on Monday 3rd September 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.

​bbc.co.uk

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.