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October 2018

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.
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
St. Michael's Church
will be gratefully accepted on
Saturday 6th Oct. between 
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:

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:
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.
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.


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: 

on the DEFRA website:
Responses  are sought on the downloaded document and have to be sent to Natural England at [email protected]
(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
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,

North Yorkshire.

​For further details, download the document below.
​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 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.