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Village Hall A.G.M.
The village hall Annual General Meeting has been re-scheduled for 2nd July, 7p.m. for 7.30p.m. The village hall committee will be very happy for you to join them and drinks and nibbles will be available. If anyone would like to join the village hall committee please let one of the committee know - you would be very welcome.
Angela Seeger-Horner
Littlethorpe Village Hall Chair
Jack's Journal
It's a gold medal for Jack in London! It was in the individual event with Dan Goodfellow getting the silver - a great result for GB. It means that Jack has finished in first place overall in the competition. It is also the first time that GB divers have won the top two medals in the competition. Jack was just 10 points short of the 2008 world record and Dan achieved a personal best. Jack's inward 3 and a half somersaults dive was deemed 'Dive of the Day' with a score of 100.30.
Jack's Journal
Jack and diving partner Dan Goodfellow have won bronze in the 3m synchronised event at the 5th and final leg of the FINA Diving World Series taking place in London. 
Village Hall AGM 20/5/19 7p.m.
Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances the village hall committee have had to postpone their AGM on the 20/5/19.
Angela Seeger-Horner
Chair of Littlethorpe Village Hall Committee
Parish Council A.G.M.
Don't forget the Parish Council A.G.M. this evening (13th) at 7.30p.m. in the village hall. The agenda is available to read on the 'Parish Council' page.
Flower Demonstration in aid of Marie Curie
Ripon & District Marie Curie Fundraisers are putting on an event at the  Coronation Hall, Boroughbridge where there is plenty of parking.  Details below. There will be a warm welcome - a raffle and refreshments including wine too.

`Spring Showcase`
Flower Demonstration
Christine Wright
florist & creative event stylist
Saturday 25th May 2pm
Coronation Hall, Boroughbridge YO519BL
Tickets £10
Paul Warrington [email protected]   Liz Tite 01765 690996
     or at the door
 Chrissie Wright has a flower shop Horticouture in Horsefair Boroughbridge.  Her artistic flair has been recognised by several TV productions, including Sarah Beeney, and she has styled events for Christmas at Rise Hall, Manchester United Football Club and Royal Armouries Leeds & London.

Village BBQ
For full details of the village BBQ to be held on Saturday 27th July, go to the 'What's On, What's Gone' page.
Jack's Journal
It's gold for Jack in the Fina Diving World Series 3m springboard competition in Kazan, Russia. He moved into first place after his fourth dive and finished 32.70 points ahead of the Russian in second place with one of the Chinese divers a further 1.65 points behind. The finale is in London next weekend (17th-19th May).
New Path
Duffields have been hard at work laying a new tarmac path at St. Michael's Church.
Parish Council Meetings
The agendas for the parish council meeting and the parish council A.G.M. to be held on Monday 13th May can be found on the 'Parish Council' page.
Ripon City Wetlands
If you were unable to tour the new nature reserve last weekend but would like to take a look, this map shows you the two entry points. One is the gate along from Renton's Bridge (having walked down Green Lane from the village) just before you get to the racecourse and the other is from the car park, the entrance to which is on the Boroughbridge Road. The third entrance is to the Canal Reedbed Hide only. Enjoy!
Wheelchair Needed
St. Michael's Church is looking to acquire a wheelchair for use in church in case of emergencies. Please does anyone have one they no longer need or know of one which could be available to borrow or buy?  If you do, please would you let Iris Alderson know on 01765 677644?
UPDATE - Wheelchair acquired.
Ripon City Wetlands Opens
For a report and photos of the nature reserve open to the public for the first time, go to the 'What's On, What's Gone' page.
New Technology
John Eastwood, from Yorkshire Water,  has been going through the village fitting acoustic loggers. They are capable of identifying water leaks within a 150m radius and will alert Yorkshire Water to the leak, pinpoint where it is and then a technician can be sent out to repair it.
Revised Recycling Collection
There will be no collections on Monday 6th May. Instead, the collection will be one day later on Tuesday 7th May.
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust`s Ripon City Wetlands
Official Opening 1st May 2019

At 10.30am on 1st May the new reserve at Littlethorpe was declared open.  Mike Cooke, Chairman of YWT and Guy Edwards CEO Aggregate Industries Ltd cut the jute tape and spoke briefly to all the people that were involved in creating the reserve.  Many have, and special mention is due to the designers, firstly Simon Warwick of the  Lower Ure Conservation Trust and then Phil Fermor of Middlemarch Environmental.  Aggregate Industries funded the works and through the managers Andy Small and Andy Parker and latterly Adam Mathwig had considerably exceeded their brief and have given us a 102 acre mosaic of habitats that they can be proud of and is part of a suite of reserves along the Ure corridor from Staveley to Marfield.
On 4th May the gates will be unlocked and the public can at last visit.  Birdwatchers have been chafing at the bit hearing about birds seen on the reserve over the years and will now be able to see for themselves.  Phil Fermor and Jono Leadley, YWT [who gave an excellent presentation at the Annual Parish Meeting  in Littlethorpe on 29th April] led 2 groups around the reserve.  Those who had not been before were amazed and delighted at what is on our doorstep.  Come and visit and watch it develop.

                                                                                                                                                                                                     Richard Tite

Photos by Richard Tite, David Duthie and Chris Winterburn

Annual Parish Meeting
For a report and photos of the recent Annual Parish meeting, go to the 'What's On, What's Gone' page.

April 2019

Jack's Journal
Jack has arrived home from the third leg of the FINA Diving World Series in Montreal with a silver medal in the individual 3m springboard competition. The fourth leg of the competition takes place in Kazan, Russia on 10-12 May.
For an update and photos of the recent quiz night go to the 'What's On, What's Gone' page.
Don't forget the Annual Parish Meeting tomorrow night (Monday 29th) at 7.30p.m. in the village hall.
Road Closure
PLANNED ROAD CLOSURE NOTIFICATION - 20792 - Littlethorpe Lane, Littlethorpe.
The Closure will be in place for a period of 3 days between 29th April 2019 and 1st May 2019.
The Road Closure and any associated Diversion Routes can be viewed using this URL link:

North Yorkshire County Council

Looking Out For Neighbours

Harrogate and Ripon Centres for Voluntary Services participate in the 'Looking out for our neighbours' campaign. This social movement aims to prevent loneliness by encouraging people to do simple things to
help out their neighbours and rekindle neighbourly spirit, reduce social isolation and even prevent illnesses such as dementia, heart disease and depression. A helpful neighbour pack can be downloaded at:
REMINDER - Quiz tomorrow night (Saturday 26th) starting at 7.30p.m. in the village hall. Full details can be found on the 'What's On, What's Gone' page.

Ripon Rotary Bike Ride
The 100 km, charity Ripon Rotary Bike Ride (formerly Acorn Bike Ride) will take place on Sunday 11 May 2019. It starts at 8:00 at Bishop Monkton village hall, heads off to Roecliffe and returns to Bishop Monkton via Copgrove. Online entry is available until 4 May at with registrations possible on the day at the start. The route does not pass through Littlethorpe, but there may be more cyclists on the A688 cycle way and the roads to the South will be busy during the day. Contact Peter Cooper for further details and to make offers of help using 01765 658770 or [email protected]  Several villagers already help.

Mick, Nathan & Simon from Melton Mowbray were flying a drone and camera on Littlethorpe Lane. They attend race meetings and will be up to Ripon  again and have offered to take any pictures or videos people in the village want.
Annual Parish Meeting
The Littlethorpe Annual Parish Meeting will take place at 7:30 pm on Monday 29 April 2019 in Littlethorpe Village Hall. Jonathan Leadley of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust will present the Ripon City Wetlands ahead of its opening to the public on 4 May. Refreshments will be available after the meeting in the hall. The agenda can be downloaded below.
Bank Holiday Waste and Recycling Collections
Don't forget these changes over the bank holiday period:
Monday 15th April - Earlier collection on Saturday 13th April.
Monday 22nd April - Later collection on Tuesday 23rd April.
Normal service will resume on Monday 29th April.
Litter Pick
For report and photos of the village litter pick, go to the 'What's On, What's Gone' page.
Litter Pick
REMINDER - Don't forget the spring litter pick this Saturday morning (6th). Full details can be found on the 'What's On, What's Gone' page.

March 2019

Mothering Sunday at St. Michael's
For photos of Mothering Sunday at St. Michael's, go to the 'St. Michael's Church' page.

What a Way to Travel on a Sunny Day!

Bus 22 to terminate at Knaresborough
From 28 April 2019, the No. 22 bus from York - Ripon - Harrogate will terminate at Knaresborough. The timetable will be altered and will appear at when it is available. There will be a new No. 8 bus service with 4 return journeys per day from Wetherby to Harrogate to replace the No. 708 Wetherby to Knaresborough service in addition to existing Knaresborough to Harrogate services.
Annual Parish Meeting
The Annual Parish Meeting will take place on Monday 29th April. For full details, go to the 'What's On, What's Gone' page.
MP Surgery
Rt. Hon. Julian Smith MP will be holding constituency surgeries in Ripon on Friday 24th May and Friday 19th July. To book an appointment, ring 01756 795898 or email [email protected]
Nature Reserve
The area of land around the new lagoon to be known as Littlethorpe Meadows, now has a gate. It allows access to a new footpath through what will be a wild flower meadow giving excellent views of the lagoon. The first spring migrants have already arrived namely Sand Martins and Chiff Chaffs.
Peace Celebrations in Littlethorpe July 19th 1919
Last month, I published an article about the Peace Celebrations held in the village in 1919 and how Littlethorpe Parish Council had received some documents relating to that event. Here is a copy of the letter from the gentleman who found them and and also the programme of events.

Spring Along Green Lane

Welcome to Ripon City Wetlands Nature Reserve
In spring 2019, part of the land lying between the River Ure and the Ripon Canal, adjacent to Littlethorpe village, was handed over to local charity, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust (YWT), to look after as a nature reserve.
For the past decade, the site has been an active quarry, with a huge amount of sand and gravel being excavated by Aggregate Industries (AI) for use in building projects including the A1 road widening here in North Yorkshire.
As part of the planning permission for the quarry, the aftercare of the land was granted to YWT, with leases put in place by landowners Peter Rogers and The Ripon Race Company. As quarrying came to an end, much effort was put in by AI to deliver a detailed restoration plan developed by Middlemarch Environmental and others. The result is a fantastic 21st Century wetland nature reserve, which is already a haven for wildlife and will be a valuable asset for local people and visitors to the area to enjoy.
What was Ripon City Quarry has been reborn as Ripon City Wetlands nature reserve. People are very welcome to enjoy this new nature reserve. The nature reserve is a wonderful place to relax and unwind, surrounded by the sights, sounds and smells of wildlife. We hope you will enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the site and help us preserve it. Access is on foot from the Canal tow path or from the car park accessed off the B6265 near the racecourse entrance.
Due to the presence of ground-nesting birds and other wildlife sensitive to disturbance dogs are not allowed on the nature reserve. The one exception is the Canal Reedbed viewpoint near Renton’s Bridge. Dogs are not allowed anywhere else on the nature reserve or in the car park. Thank you.
As the name suggests, the principal habitats at the nature reserve are wetlands, with large areas of reedbed aimed at attracting rare species such as bitterns, marsh harriers and water rails, along with open water, full of fish and perfect for little egrets and kingfishers, and areas of meadows full of wildflowers and buzzing with bees and butterflies.
In what was formerly private land, a surfaced trail has been built permitting access from a car park created from the old quarry yard and linking through to the Ripon Canal tow path. Along the way, a spur off the path takes you to the Riverside Lagoon, the former area where silt washed from the extracted aggregate settled. A viewing screen overlooks this area, which is great for ducks in the winter, sand martins and wading birds from spring to autumn. On warm summer days, dragonflies and damselflies abound over the water and in the nearby vegetation.
From here, the path heads towards the canal and along the northern edge of the Canal Reedbed. This was formerly the Canal Field, farmed until quarrying began. An intricately designed reedbed, surrounded by a strip of fen meadow creates a range of conditions for wildlife with the primary aim of attracting reedbed species. The fen meadow was seeded with green hay gathered from YWT’s Staveley Nature Reserve, a few miles to the southeast. This was augmented with further seed hand collected by volunteers from Staveley and Askham Bog near York. It will be interesting to see how this develops over the coming years.
Following the trail to the tow path, head south and you will come to another short spur where the Canal Reedbed viewing screen is located, close to Renton’s Bridge. This is a great place to sit for a while and enjoy watching the comings and goings of wildlife.
Further funding from AI has enabled YWT to add to the restoration programme, funding the Riverside Lagoon viewing screen, an artificial sand bank providing a nest site for sand martins, floating rafts perfect for common terns to nest on and signage and information around the site. YWT will continue to fundraise to provide additional facilities and habitat improvements as time moves forward. We sincerely hope that you will enjoy visiting Ripon City Wetlands and watch how the site develops with time. Wildlife will come and go as the habitats mature and evolve and we will endeavour to make sure your visit is safe and comfortable.
We will be offering guided walks and other events from time to time and you can find details of these on our website If you would like to help out with looking after the site you may wish to consider volunteering or if you wish to support our work, please consider becoming a member. Please call us on 01904 659570 or email [email protected] should you wish to get involved. If you see any interesting wildlife on site or notice any hazards, please contact us – alternatively, you can Tweet us @YWT_North.
Jonathan Leadley
North Regional Manager
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Copyright David Martin

Copyright Carl Watts

Floods by the Canal - Sunday 17th

Parish Council Minutes
The minutes of the parish council meeting held on Monday 11th March are now available to read on the 'Parish Council' page.
Jack's Journal
Jack has won a bronze medal in the 3m springboard event of the Diving World Series in Beijing, his second bronze in two competitions. The next leg of the competition will take place in Montreal, Canada at the end of April.
Parish Council Meeting
The agenda for the forthcoming parish council meeting is now available to read on the 'Parish Council' page.
Jack's Journal
Jack has had a successful weekend in Japan competing in the first round of the 2019 Diving  World Series. On the first day of competition, Jack and new diving partner Dan Goodfellow won bronze in the 3m springboard. The following day, Jack also won bronze in the individual event. The next round of the competition will take place in China from 7th-9th March.


Wild Violets on the Canal Towpath

New Stone Plaque
A stone plaque has been placed on the outer wall of the village pinfold. To find out more and see photos, go to the 'Other News' section of the 'Parish Council' page.

February 2019

Men at Work
A Highway Maintenance team has been busy on Pottery Lane trimming branches away from overhead electricity cables on behalf of Northern Power. Jim Lamb was up in the hoist doing some cutting back while Danny Winnals and Josh Fisher were working a little further down the lane where the branches were being put into the shredder. Then they stopped for a well-earned cup of tea.

Josh, Danny & Jim

Change of Date
Please note the change of date for the Village Hall Committee A.G.M. It will now be held on 20th May, 7p.m. for 7.30p.m.
Clearing up the canal
Julie Freytag (who has looked after the Littlethorpe stretch of the canal for 14 years) and Kevin Rafferty (one of the volunteers) have been hard at work clearing debris from the canal. Two different contractors recently trimmed the banks of the canal but instead of disposing of the vegetation, they left it in the canal! Julie and Kevin were using a small boat to retrieve the debris and then transferring it to the MV Ripon or the 'Mother Ship' as Julie called it. The Canal and River Trust are always looking for more volunteers to help with the upkeep of our canal so if you are interested, contact the Canal and River Trust, Fearns Wharf, Neptune Street, Leeds, LS9 8PB or tel: 0303 040 4040.
Enjoying the Lovely Weather
The warm, sunny weather on Sunday 24th seemed to bring lots of people to the canal/lagoon area. There were plenty of walkers along the towpath and jet skiers were out on the racecourse lake which is the home of Ripon Jet Ski Club.
Jack's Journal
In their first competition together, Jack Laugher and Dan Goodfellow got off to a great start by winning gold in the 3m springboard synchronised at the British National Diving Cup which was held in Plymouth.

Grange Farm Building Plot
A digger has been hard at work on the land to the rear of Grange Farm which is now almost  clear in preparation for the erection of five houses.
Jack's Journal
Jack has been named Male European Diver of the Year for 2018 by LEN which is the European governing body for aquatic sports affiliated to FINA. 2018 was a very successful year which saw Jack win 5 international titles. It is the second time he has received this LEN award having previously won it in 2016. Jack is currently working hard in preparation for the World Championships in Korea in July this year and also the important qualification for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
To find out what Canon Richard was up to, visit the 'Services, events & activities' section of the 'St. Michael's Church' page.
Samaritan's Purse 2019
There will be a change to how St. Michael's organises the appeal this year. For full details go to the 'Services, events & activities' section on the 'St. Michael's Church' page.
Water Leak
A Littlethorpe resident reported the water leak by the pinfold to Yorkshire Water and within a couple of days they had come out to try to rectify the problem. Impressive!
St. Michael's Church Back in Action
The church is now all back together and looking resplendent following the recent painting of the inside of the building. Many thanks must go to crack cleaner Glenys and her swat team who have restored order.
Canal Towpath
This photo, which was sent to me anonymously, shows cyclists on the canal towpath. There are clear signs situated at each end of the towpath stating that cycling is prohibited. This path is pedestrian only so PLEASE do not ride bikes along there. 
Peace Celebrations in Littlethorpe July 19th 1919
Geoff Johnson has unearthed some paperwork in Ripon City Council Offices called Peace Celebrations relating to events in Littlethorpe on 19th July 1919  that recognised the contribution of each 'Overseas Warrior' in the parish who went to fight in the Great War. There was a church service, a children's tea and adult's tea, sports, distribution of peace mugs, a cricket match (Ladies v Gentlemen), a concert arranged by Mr W S Horner with songs, recitations, monologues, pianaforte solos...even a cornet solo. Lots of familiar names participated (who current residents will recognise) –Ingledew, Dawson, Todd, Simpson, Hymas, Trees and Blundell. Copies of the programme have been sent to the parish council for their archives and to the entertainments committee in the event of a 100 year anniversary re-enactment.

Telephone Line Repair
Engineers from BT Openreach have been busy repairing a telephone line for a house on West View.
Can You Help?
Take a look at the 'Guestbook' page to see if you can help Richard Braithwaite.

January 2019

Jack's Journal
Jack has been awarded the Henry Dixon Trophy for top Aquatic Athlete of the Year in Yorkshire. He received his award at the North East Regional competition in Leeds.


About Roundabout in Littlethorpe
Several people in the village go the extra mile to deliver your magazine – particularly Sandra Roberts who has the Green Lane drop!  Still it gets her out and about with her camera as busy Editor of the village website.  Husband Steve Roberts coordinates the mailing list and takes the monthly copies to our distributors and liaises with the Editorial team in Sharow.  Margaret Heywood covers Thorpe Chase, Littlethorpe Park and the northern end of Littlethorpe Rd where she has been delivering `Roundabout` since it started in January 2004, and surely now qualifies for some form of permanent recognition.  Carol and John Edmonstone, in addition to penning interesting, historical copy of local interest for the magazine, deal with Littlethorpe Rd and the middle of the village; whilst good egg and longest resident Florence Mitchell services part of Littlethorpe Lane where Graham & Sheila Carroll take over and deliver further west up to the by-pass.  The team are looking for a volunteer to deliver to the southern outpost of Pottery Lane – please contact Steve if you can help.  Thank you all for your on-going efforts and being so community minded - it is much appreciated.
Liz Tite

Catkins in the hedge overlooking the new lagoon

Painting of St. Michael's
Please note that there will be no service at St. Michael's Church on Sunday (27th) due to the painting of the inside of the church. The photo shows Craig Robinson hard at work.
Garden Waste Recycling
For £39 Harrogate Borough Council will collect your garden waste every fortnight from mid March to the end of November 2019. You can subscribe online or call
01423 500600.

Super Blood Wolf Moon
Thank you to an ex Littlethorpe resident for sending me these photos of the 'Super Blood Wolf Moon' seen early this morning (21st).
Ripon City Gravel Restoration
Richard Tite, who is our local representative on the Ripon City Gravel Restoration Committee, recently attended a meeting when some decisions were made. The taking of gravel has finished and a lot of restoration has been done so the official hand-over to Yorkshire Wildlife Trust will take place on 18th March. Following this, on 1st May, there will be a grand opening (by invitation only) of the new reserve. It is also hoped that, at a later date, there will be a presentation in the village hall about what the facilities and future will be.
Young People's Development Fund
We would like to bring to your notice the Young Peoples Development Fund which is to help Littlethorpe young people who  may be involved in a project and are raising funds.  Please contact Christine Curtis on [email protected] or telephone 01765603786 for more information and a form.  You will be required to give a brief outline of the project you are involved in.
Christine Curtis
Littlethorpe Village Hall Secretary
Village Hall A.G.M.
Littlethorpe Village Hall will be holding their Annual General Meeting on the 2nd May, 2019 7p.m. for 7.30pm.  We would be very happy to see you.  If you think you would like to join the Village Hall Committee please contact me, Christine, at [email protected]
 Christine Curtis
Littlethorpe Village Hall Secretary
New Hedge Update
The brash from the new hedge laying has been put into two piles ready to be taken away.
Canal Walk
Two very different bird occupations spotted along the canal. Geese were relaxing in the field opposite the boat club and a kite was soaring over the new lagoon by Renton's Bridge.

Date for the Diary
Spring Litter Pick - 6th April. Full details can be found on the 'What's On, What's Gone' page.

New Pole in Place
Pottery Lane is now passable again after workmen completed the replacement of one of the poles close to the bridge at the Knaresborough Road end of the lane.
Jack's Journal
Jack gained second place in the Yorkshire Post Sports Hero of 2018 awards beaten by Josh Warrington who became world featherweight boxing champion and then successfully defended his title.
Epiphany Sunday
To see a photo of Epiphany Sunday at St. Michael's, go to the 'Services, events & activities' section on the 'St. Michael's Church' page.
Pottery Lane Planned Road Closure
The closure will be in place for 2 days: Tue 8th - Wed 9th January 2019 for replacement of a pole. The road closure and any associated diversion routes can be viewed at
Feast of Flowers
Sixty-five different flowers were in bloom at Field Cottage to welcome 2019. Can anyone beat that?
Keeping Safe on our Roads
With such mild weather for this time of year, many people are taking walks to enjoy our lovely village but, with such narrow roads, it can be dangerous. If you are going for a walk, are you aware of the rules 1-35 for pedestrians in the Highway Code? Rule 2 is one that is frequently ignored.
Rule 2
If there is no pavement, keep to the right-hand side of the road so that you can see oncoming traffic. You should take extra care and be prepared to walk in single file, especially on narrow roads or in poor light keep close to the side of the road. It may be safer to cross the road well before a sharp right-hand bend so that oncoming traffic has a better chance of seeing you. Cross back after the bend.
Please be careful!

Happy New Year Everyone

December 2018

St. Michael's Church Celebrates
Worshippers at St. Michaels gathered on Christmas Day morning to celebrate the birth of the baby Jesus. For report and photos, go to the 'Services, events & activities' section of the 'St. Michael's Church' page.

Merry Christmas

Wreaths Around the Village

Christmas Snowdrops
Snowdrops out at Christmas does not spring readily to mind but these can be seen at Field Cottage.
Rare Sighting
On Saturday 22nd, a male and female Red Crested Pochard duck were spotted on Nicholson's Lagoons. This is the first time they have been seen here as they are more commonly found in southern and eastern England.
Jack's Journal
The Yorkshire Post has named its ten finalists for their 'Sports Hero of 2018' award and Jack has been included in that list. Voting ends at 8p.m. on Sunday December 30th and if you would like to vote, visit
New Hedge
The new layered hedge by the canal has been a big hit with villagers and visitors who have shown lots of interest. On 22nd December, Dave Laugher took this photo which shows it off beautifully.
Santa's Sleigh Visits Littlethorpe
Ripon Lions brought Santa and his sleigh to Littlethorpe on Saturday 22nd. Thank you to you all - what a magical way to begin Christmas!
Police and Fire Precepts
Julia Mulligan, North Yorkshire Police, Fire, and Crime Commissioner wishes to discover how much you are wiling to pay to fund Police and Fire services. 
To tell her, complete the survey at:
before 20 January 2019.
The options are:
Pay no more than you pay now – a precept freeze and a cut in services.
Pay the same increase as last year – an extra £11.50 per year for Police and £2 for Fire for a Band D property.
Pay an increase of between £11.50 and £24 for Police and £2 to £5 for Fire.
Pay an increase of more than £24 for Police and more than £5 for Fire.

Stud Cottage Corner
Some months ago, a bus hit and damaged the post at the corner of Stud Cottage. Now that the bus company has paid out, Dave Waldon has been able to begin the job of repairing it.
Santa Lucia Carol Service
One of the most popular services at St. Michael's Church, the Santa Lucia Carol Service, was well attended as always. For full details and more photos, take a look at the 'St. Michael's Church' page in the 'Services, events & activities' section.
David Duthie, Clerk to Littlethorpe Parish Council, recently contacted NYCC requesting they repair the footpath between St. Michael's Church and Stud Farm. They are not going to do so at the moment because 'A safety inspection has now been completed of the area causing you concern. This email is to advise you that the issue reported does not meet our criteria for repair at this time. We will continue to monitor the problem during our routine inspections.'
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.
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:
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:
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.