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July 2019

Village BBQ
Saturday 27th July there will be a BBQ held in the garden of Robert & Sue Ankcorn at “Southfold” (opposite the village hall).
Just as in recent years, this will be a DIY BBQ!! 
This means that we will provide the charcoal, salads, bread buns, sauces etc. plus the plates, cutlery, serviettes, you BRING AND COOK your own meat (or whatever!) on the BBQ.  The charcoal will be ready to go at 4 pm.
Because this is close to Yorkshire Day the theme will be “Yorkshire” interpret this as you wish – from flat caps to ferrets (ok maybe not ferrets!!) or just turn up as you are.
Please bring your own drinks.
To cover costs, there will be a small charge of £3.50 per adult but children are free.
Because this is in a private garden, numbers are restricted and entry will be by ticket only. Please contact me to book yours.
Christine Winterburn
603017 or 07968 089941

May 2019

Ripon City Wetlands
Ripon City Wetlands, part of which is within our parish, will be open to the public for the first time on Saturday 4th May from 10a.m. until 4p.m. Guided walks will start at the car park.
UPDATE - On a cold and blustery but sunny morning, Ripon City Wetlands opened to the public. Jono Leadley (North Regional Manager of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust), supported by volunteer Kate, Adam Mathwig (Aggregate Industries Quarry Manager) and our very own expert Richard Tite, conducted a tour of the site for 13 members of the public. There were other people there too, including youngsters which was good to see, who had decided to explore the site for themselves. 153 people were clocked visiting via the car park and at least another 50 entered from the canal. On the tour, we had sightings of sand martins, a grey heron, 2 little egrets and even avocets feeding. This was all in addition to the more common birds you would expect to see. The whole area is beautiful but will need lots of maintenance to keep it so including cutting back reeds and removing willow saplings each year. Congratulations to eveyone involved in creating this wonderful reserve.

Riverside Lagoon

Riverside Lagoon Screen

View across to the canal reed bed hide

Canal reed bed hide

View from the canal reed bed hide by Littlethorpe Meadows

Inside the canal reed bed hide

April 2019

Annual Parish Meeting
The Annual Parish Meeting will be held in the village hall on Monday 29th April starting at 7.30p.m. This is your chance to see displays and presentations from village organisations and find out what is going on in Littlethorpe. One special presentation will be from Jonathan Leadley of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust who will introduce the new nature reserve which will open on May 4th. Drinks and nibbles will also be available. The agenda can be downloaded below.
UPDATE - 24 people were present to hear Parish Council Chairman Gerry Spoors open the meeting with a report on behalf of the parish council. He outlined the variety of tasks our councillors have to address. The most contentious they have to deal with is often planning about which HBC ask the parish council for comments. He informed  us that someone had recently defaced the stone plaque at the pinfold but he felt it could be cleaned.
This was followed by an excellent presentation by Jono Leadley of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust using a slide show entitled 'From Quarry to Wetlands'. Their hope is to encourage a wide variety of wildlife and flowers. They also hope to have a programme of events including guided walks and family activities such as pond dipping once a month. The reserve will be open 365 days per year from 9a.m. to 5p.m. Entry will be free but donations would be welcome.
Next, Allen Blake, Commodore of Ripon Motor Boat Club talked about the many improvements they have been making. The track down to the club has been much better since drainage was installed. They have improved the access to the southern end of the club and installed wi-fi in the clubhouse. They will be holding an open day in September and villagers will be welcome.
Peter Moss followed this wearing two hats - church warden and  the church representative on the village hall committee. He said that the church and village hall are at the centre of our community. He outlined how well the village hall is used and said that anyone willing to join the Village Hall Committee would be most welcome.
Christine Winterburn of the Entertainments Committee and Sandra Roberts of the website had also written reports which can be read below.
Entertainments Committee - The Entertainments Committee was set up several years ago with the sole aim of bringing together the people of Littlethorpe (and friends) in a social setting.
The functions that have been put on are many and varied - including BBQ's, Themed Evenings, Quizzes, Musical Evenings, Food & DrinkEvents, Plays and Celebrations of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee & VE Day.
We have also, over the years, given donations to charity as well as raising money for the Village Hall and to aid the purchase of a Defibrillator for the village.
Our most recent event was a quiz which was very well attended and great fun was had by all.  The Village Website has pictures and a report.
Our next event is a BBQ which will be held on Saturday 27th July at the home of Robert & Sue Ankcorn.  Since this is close to Yorkshire Day, the theme will be "Yorkshire" - interpret this as you wish!!  This is still in the planning stage but full details can be found on the Village Website shortly.  There will also be an article in "Roundabout", the parish magazine and posters will appear in the village.
We hope to see you at some of our future events and if you would like to become involved in our small group, then please let me know.
Website - The website continues to be well-used with the average number of individuals using the site each month having risen from 206 last year to 218 logging on an average of just over 400 times each month. The best month was August when 308 users (a record) visited the site which was probably due to the National Open Garden Scheme.
I have been told that the recent article about work on the canal, in which we asked for volunteers, has borne fruit as two villagers have been in touch with the Canal and River Trust offering their services.
A few months ago, I was contacted by the parish clerk in Roecliffe as they were wanting to start their own site. They had looked at many sites and liking ours wanted information about our host and the cost. They now have a site up and running.
Unfortunately, in October, the website was hacked into and I was unable to access it for a while. This lead the hackers to my personal email (surprisingly not the website email) and my laptop had to go in to be sorted. Since then, with new and very complicated passwords, I have had no more problems.
I would like to thank all those people who have sent me information and photos for publication. Community spirit is alive and well in Littlethorpe. 
Following the formal part of the evening, displays by Littlethorpe and Sharow Book Club (by Carol Edmonstone), Entertainments and the website were available to view while everyone enjoyed nibbles and a drink.
Saturday 27th April there is to be a quiz in Littlethorpe Village Hall starting at 7.30p.m. £2 entry on the door. Please bring your own drinks and a contribution towards 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
[email protected]
UPDATE - Nine teams took part in another successful quiz night with several plus points. The quizmistress  received no hassle for which she was very grateful. There were several new faces (it's always good to see new people) and we had a team of youngsters for the first time. As always there was an amazing supper with more food than ever before and an excellent raffle to finish off the evening. The winners were 'Can't be Arsed' and the recipients of the wooden spoon were 'The J2O'. Read the comments on the 'Guestbook' page.
Spring Litter Pick
Saturday 6th April is the date of the next village litter pick. Please meet in the village hall car park at 11a.m. (Note the change to the normal time) where all equipment needed will be provided. As always, there will be tea, coffee and sausage sandwiches available afterwards.
UPDATE - What a fantastic morning! The sun was shining and lots of people (plus Woody and Alfie) turned out to clear up our village - thank you for your help. Some people also got involved in dead-heading the daffodils in the village hall car park. As always the sausage sandwiches were very welcome afterwards so thanks to Chris Winterburn for providing them.

Photo - Dave Laugher

Photo - Dave Laugher

​October 2018

Theatre Production
​If you came to the last production in the village hall, you will know what a good night it was so put Saturday 27th October in your diary. The play this time will be 'Happy Jack' by John Godber. "This amusing and touching play follows the lives of Jack and Liz - from their early courtship to retirement. Inspired by John Godber's own grandparents, this is a celebration of a life of love and will leave you with a warm glow in your heart."
UPDATE - Roger Cook and Debbie Kelly entertained and amused for over an hour, cleverly shifting between different characters. During the interval, choc ices were served by Rob Ankcorn who also gave thanks after the performance. Thank you to everyone who stayed behind to help clear away. Read the comments on the 'Guestbook' page.
Apple Day
​On Sunday 21st October from 2-4p.m., bring your apples along to the village hall where there will be a crusher and press to turn your apples into apple juice or cider.
UPDATE - The village hall was like a mini apple juice factory with fruit being cut into quarters before going in the crusher and then into the press. Thank you to David Duthie, who was on hand to help and give advice, for organising the event.
Saturday, 13th October there is to 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 towards 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 (Entertainments Committee)
603017 or 07968 089941
[email protected]
UPDATE - Despite twelve regular quizzers not being able to take part this time, six teams enjoyed another fun quiz and excellent supper with several people there for the first time. '5 go Quizzing' and 'Heading for the Naughty Corner' each had a score of 10 with '5 go Quizzing' becoming the eventual winners. 'Payne in the Heart' won the wooden spoon but seemed very happy about it (see photo below)! 
Village Litter Pick
The regular village litter pick will be taking place on Saturday 6th October meeting in the village hall car park at 10a.m. The more volunteers that turn up, the quicker the job gets done so please come along and lend a hand (black bags and grabbers will be provided) and afterwards, FREE sausage sandwiches along with tea and coffee will be available in the village hall.
UPDATE - Unfortunately, not as many volunteers as usual turned up but that meant they could have more sausages afterwards. The good news is that there was less litter than normal - the photo below shows one boot containing about half of the black sacks. Three lots of building materials, including bags of sand and cement, were found along Pottery Lane and reported to HBC who removed them 2 days later. Thanks to all who turned out. ​​​
An Unlikely Story
FROM Dick Cooper TO Canon Richard Cooper
FROM Littlethorpe choir-boy TO Chaplain to The Queen
                                                                                       AN UNLIKELY STORY!
Come and hear what the undertaker said to the young curate and what the Queen said to the young naval officer; hear how the curate ended up in gaol, how he dined with the King and Queen of Norway and what not to say to a group of school-children!
This is a fund-raising event for St.Michael’s Church and tickets, which include refreshments, are £5 each and are available from Iris Alderson (Churchwarden) on Ripon 677644.  
UPDATE - What a wonderful evening! Over 60 people were fed, watered and then entertained for an hour. The evening started with drinks and food (a marvellous buffet) and the chance to meet up with and make new friends. Iris Alderson then introduced Richard (wearing his Queen's Chaplain scarlet cassock and a special bronze badge consisting of the royal cypher and crown within an oval wreath) who entertained with immense humour and had everyone in stitches.  The story of his life was regularly interspersed with amusing tales such as the time he was conducting Holy Communion in Armley Gaol. He was worried that someone might try to steal the silver but he should have been more concerned about the wine as, by the time he got to the 3rd communicant, the chalice was empty. Richard said the prisoners were like vacuum cleaners sucking it up! At a funeral in South Yorkshire, he turned up suitably dressed only to be given a black hat to wear, which a lady had made for him, as it was cold (see photo below). The evening was rounded off by Roly Curtis thanking Richard and saying "Welcome home". He did mention that he had spoken to someone recently who knew Richard as a child and had informed him about the evening. This person's response was "What! Not him! He used to let my chickens out." So what did the Queen say to the young naval officer? If you were intrigued enough to join us, you know! 

​September 2018

Beck Busters
Beck Busters is a 10km run which will take place on Sunday 30th September and pass through Littlethorpe. The run will start in Bishop Monkton, go along the canal and join Littlethorpe Road at the boat club before carrying on along Pottery Lane at approximately11.15 - 11.30a.m. The runners will leave Pottery Lane at the chicken farm and continue cross country back to Bishop Monkton. 
UPDATE - It was a good day for running - cool and dry. Serious runners trying to win were joined by  joggers just running for fun. Well done to you all.
UPDATE - Despite an overcast day, there was a good turn-out of both members and villagers. There were plenty of stalls to keep visitors amused including a tombola, a treasure hunt and Jim Vauvert, with four birds of prey, proved very popular. Drinks and a BBQ were in full swing if anyone felt peckish.​​​​
Sheltering in a marquee with a red roof gave these stall holders a warm rosy glow; not a bad place to be on a chilly morning!
National Open Garden Scheme
​Littlethorpe Manor (Mrs. C. Thackray) will be open to the public on Sunday 9th September from 1.30-5p.m. Admission will be £6 with children free. Home-made teas, once again made and served by Littlethorpe Village Hall Committee and friends, will be available. If you have been before, you will know how popular these are! The following are just two of the comments made last year:
'Special thanks to your marvellous Village Hall Committee and their helpers for 'gold star' teas.' 
'The tea was delicious, if not the BEST! '
UPDATE - Another successful garden opening for Littlethorpe Manor despite a heavy rain shower. The gardens looked beautiful as always, the plant stall was popular and the teas, provided by Littlethorpe Village Hall Committee and friends, were very well received - well over 450 people taking tea. The teas raised £1,032.12, 10% of which was given to the National Garden Scheme leaving a total of £929.12.  This will be shared equally between St. Michael & All Angels Church and Littlethorpe Village Hall. A very good village effort to raise money for our two local charities. Thank you to everyone who donated cakes and/or helped on the day.

Thanks to Chris Winterburn for the photos.  

​August 2018

​National Open Garden Scheme
​There will be a group opening of Littlethorpe gardens on Sunday 5th August. Greencroft (David & Sally Walden), Kirkella (Jackie Barber) and Littlethorpe House (Mr. & Mrs. James Hare) will be open from 12 - 5p.m. Combined admission will be £6 with children getting in free and home-made teas will also be available at Greencroft - always a highlight! 
​You can also visit Greencroft by arrangement in July to mid August with refreshments again being available.
UPDATE - A hot, sunny day saw around 625 visitors come to view the three gardens - John Nicholson, who was on car park duty, said he had never seen it so busy. Some had come from Cheshire and there was even a coach from Bridlington. Ella Curtis was giving tours of Littlethorpe Potteries, the teas at Greencroft were busy as usual and plants were selling well at Kirkella. Approximately £4,838 will be going to the National Garden Scheme - a fantastic amount. Read the comments on the 'Guestbook' page.


Kate & Clive from Wetherby and Mike & Marion Lumb from Spofforth with Sally Waldon.

Bobbie Scott with Ian and Lesley Spaulding, from Bridlington, enjoying a cup of tea and cream cake.

Littlethorpe Potteries

John and Marge Topham, from Northallerton, with Ella Curtis who had just finished giving them  a tour of the potteries.

​Littlethorpe House

June & William Monkman, from Church Fenton, relaxing before walking to see the other two gardens.


​July 2018

Village BBQ
​​On Saturday 14th July, there will be a BBQ held in the garden of Rob & Sue Ankcorn at 'Southfold' (opposite the village hall). Like the last two years, this will be a DIY BBQ! This means that we will provide the charcoal, salads, bread buns, sauces etc plus the plates, cutlery, serviettes - you BRING AND COOK your own meat (or whatever!) on the BBQ. The charcoal will be ready to go at 4p.m. Please bring your own drinks.
​Because this is a private garden, numbers will be strictly limited and will be on a 'first come, first served' basis. To cover costs, there will be a small charge of £2.50 per adult but children are free. Tickets are avalable now from me.
Chris Winterburn (Entertainments Committee)
603017 or 07968 089941
[email protected] 
UPDATE - Villagers, family and friends gathered on a glorious evening for the village BBQ in Rob and Sue's garden which was decorated with brightly coloured parasols. There was a wide selection of salads, dressings and bread buns to go with the meat which everyone brought and also a choc ice to follow. Many thanks to Rob and Sue for the use of their garden.​​ 
Open Garden & Blooming Great Tea Party
 Liz and Richard Tite are planning a pleasant afternoon in the sun in the garden of Field Cottage, Littlethorpe Road, Littlethorpe, HG4 3LG on Sunday 8th July from 2-5p.m. There will be plants for the garden, cakes and preserves and homemade teas. Parking is in the adjacent field and there will be limited access for wheel chairs. NO dogs please.
The £5 entry fee includes tea and cake. Details can be obtained from Liz Tite 01765 690996.
​Donations of cakes and preserves would be very welcome.
Ripon & District Fundraisers look forward to welcoming you.
UPDATE - Liz and Richard had lovely weather with lots of visitors and the gardens looked beautiful in the sunshine. After a morning of hard work preparing, volunteers (including Graham Green, the Chair of Ripon and District Marie Curie Fundraisers) enjoyed some light refreshment before opening the gate to the public. Visitors could buy plants from a well-stocked plant stall, chance their luck on the raffle and of course enjoy homemade cakes with a cup of tea as well as wandering through the gardens. They raised a fantastic £2,161.46 which will provide 108 hours of nursing care. Thank you to all who made donations or helped on the day.