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    Previous announcements and updates from UK Gov and ACRE
  • DT Forge

    DT Forge exists to promote good craftsmanship in a rich variety of materials, using traditional hand crafting techniques, supplemented by modern tooling and processes. Products range from original designs in high quality materials to artefacts made by sensitive recycling of iconic objects with the aim of extending their lifespan. "Making something out of the ordinary, out of the ordinary”
  • Memorial Hall and COVID-19

    Following Lockdown, Village and Community Halls were able to accommodate indoor sport and exercise, dancing classes and certain other performance-related activity from 25th July 2020.The Memorial Hall Management Committee is taking a steps to qualify the hall as being COVID-19 Secure as follows: We have conducted a Memorial Hall Risk Assessment and made it available to all users. We have cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures in line with UK Government guidance We have taken all reasonable steps to help hall users keep safe from COVID-19 We have taken all reasonable steps to help Hirers maintain Social Distancing when using the hall Where people cannot keep 2m apart we have advised Hirers on the mitigating actions they might take to manage transmission risk
  • VE Day 75 - Stay at Home Street Party - 8th May 2020

    Stay at Home Street Party - Decorate your House in Red, White & Blue and enjoy a picnic in your front Garden”.The village was bedecked in red, white and blue bunting (see also a short video taken by resident Charles Charlesworth on the Hampsthwaite Memorial Hall FaceBook page)Teas were prepared by the local coffee shop, Sophie's.With sandwiches, sausage roll, cream scone and Victoria sponge. One recipient later declared it to be “As good as tea at the Ritz”. A VE day quiz was also distributed with each tea.A group of volunteers distributed the teas, one came appropriately dressed in an outfit from the 1940s
  • Frank and Peggy Shuffe - Licensees at the Joiners Arms 1956-1977

    Frank Shuffe, the from 1956, was an English professional footballer who played as a right back for Bradford City and later became trainer at Valley Parade.On leaving football he became manager of the The Prospect Hotel at Ecckeshill, Bradford during October 1953 before moving on to become Landlord of the Joiner's Arms in 1956 Frank died at Harrogate Hospital on 7 February 1973 after a short illness aged 55. Peggy continued on with their son John, a keen sportsman, until she retired in 1978 and moved to live near friends in Scotland  
  • The 'Spanish Flu' - Hampsthwaite 1918

    Milly Hebblethwaite was  a delightful and diligent 14 year old pupil at Hampsthwaite school, who came from a growing family who lived in the Hollins.  The previous year the school had given her a prize for her excellent attendance.  She died of influenza on 10th November, 1918;  This was one day before the end of the ‘War to end wars,’ the first World war.[article by Angela Sansam - June 2020]
  • DTOnline

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  • UCI Road World Cycling Championships Come Through Hampsthwaite 2019

    Click on the NYCC Interactive Map below to see details of all road closures, parking restrictions, diversions and race timings. Briefly for Hampsthwaite they are as follows:Tuesday 24th Sept. 2019 for High Street and Elton Lane : No Parking: 23 Sep 22:00 - 24 Sep 18:30 - Road closed:  08:30 - 17:30 Mens U23 Individual Time Trial due to come through between 10:35 and 12:18 Women Elite Individual Time Trial due to come through between15:07 and 16:35 Saturday 28th Sept. 2019 for High Street and Elton Lane : No Parking: 27 Sep 22:00 - 28 Sep 16:00 - Road closed: 28 Sep 13:40 - 15:00 Publicity Caravan - leaves Ripon at 12.34 so due here around 1.10pm Women Elite Road Race due to come through between14.29 and 14.47 Click on the FanZone image to see full details of the many attractions on Harrogate centre during race week
  • Plans, Layouts and Resources

    Hampsthwaite Memorial Hall can provide facilities and resources for most events and has a good car park with marked spaces for over 50 cars. There is a well-equipped kitchen and catering area with dishwasher, water-heater, micro-wave, Rangemaster Pro induction cooker and ample supplies of crockery, glassware and cutlery. Adjacent to the Kitchen is a Servery with hatchways through to both the Main Hall and Dining Room (or small hall) which can be used as a bar. The Memorial Hall is licenced to sell alcohol. The Main Hall includes a well-equipped stage area and Green Room at one end, with P.A. system, both rear and front projection facilities for DVD, Blu-ray or data, ample stage-lighting, star-cloth, a mirror ball, and can be rigged with a ceiling canopy if needed. The Main Hall can open out into the adjacent Sun Lounge to accommodate larger numbers or as a bar area. The Dining Room, or small hall, is used for meetings, for groups, to place a buffet for example, or as another alternative bar area. There are ample chairs to furnish each of the spaces using either rectangular or circular tables. Table cloths and chair covers are available on request.
  • George Frederick Grimshaw - biography

    George Frederick Grimshaw 20th October 1914 - 17th June 1940
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In Memoriam - T Baren



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Tom Baren


Son of Edward (a farmer) and his wife Betsy, Tom was born in Hampsthwaite in 1876, the eldest of six children. They lived on Saltergate Hill near the Nelson Inn.

He enlisted on 27th November 1915 in Harrogate as a Private (service number 36662) into the 7th Battalion of the East Yorkshire Regiment. He was posted to France on the 2nd December 1916.

He was killed in action in France on the 13th May 1917 and buried at 18.E.7. of Canadian Cemetery No. 2, Neuville-St-Vaast, France.

His widow Ruth was left with five young children

Awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.



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Church Lane (top-east) - early postcard

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In Memoriam - F W Barker



F.William (Willie) Barker


F.William (Willie) Barker  F.William (Willie) Barker Grave

Born in Hampsthwaite in 1892, "Willie" was the second son of Frederick and Margaret Barker of Barton House, Ripley. The 1911 census shows him living there with his widower father and four of his siblings. Like his father, he became a stone mason.

Having apparently emigrated to Canada some time after the taking of the 1911 census, he enlisted, as a Private, in the Royal Canadian Regiment with a service number of 477038. At enlistment on 23rd August 1915 (in Halifax, Nova Scotia) he gave his occupation as a miner and said he had previously served with the Calgary Rifles.

He was killed in France nearly a year after his younger brother Harold and died on the 9th December 1917.

Both he and Harold were cousins of Arthur Barker and Wilfred Stanley Barker.

(Click here to read the Barker Family History, here for the article "Tom Wright reflects upon the Barker family in Hampsthwaite" and here for Shaun Wilson's article on "Descendents of John and Grace Barker")

He is recorded as having been buried at XXX1.C.17A. at Etaples Military Cemetery, France.

As a soldier in the Royal Canadian Regiment, "Willie"'s medal record may be held in Canada but it is assumed he would be entitled to receive both the British War and Victory Medals in addition to any Canadian decoration


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In Memoriam - W S Barker



Wilfred Stanley Barker



Wilfred Stanley Barker


Born in Hampsthwaite in 1900, Wilfred was the second son of Harry and Ellen Barker of Clarence House, Hampsthwaite. Harry was described in the 1901 census as a Builder and Farmer.

Wilfred enlisted in Harrogate with a service number 42622 and joined, as a Private, the 1st Battalion The Leicestershire Regiment.

He was killed in action on 21st July 1918 aged 18 and is buried in lV.D.14. Klein-Vierstraat British Cemetery, Belgium.

He was awarded the British War and Victory Medals.

He was the brother of Arthur Barker and cousin of Harold and Willie Barker also of Hampsthwaite and all of whom were killed in France.

(Click here to read the Barker Family History, here for the article "Tom Wright reflects upon the Barker family in Hampsthwaite" and here for Shaun Wilson's article on "Descendents of John and Grace Barker")


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In Memoriam - H Barker



Harold Barker



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Born in Hampsthwaite, Harold was the fourth son of Frederick and Margaret Barker of Barton House, Ripley and the 1911 census shows him living there with his widowed father and four of his siblings. He was then working as a farm labourer.

Aged 19, he enlisted in Harrogate on the 25th February 1915 with a service number of 16766 and joined, as a Private, the 9th Battalion of the York and Lancashire Regiment. He was only 5'3" in height.

He was posted to France in March 1916 and wounded in the thigh shortly afterwards. He rejoined the 9th Regiment but was again wounded, this time in the head, and died of his injuries two days later on the 9th January 1917 at the age of 21.

He was buried in I.C.6. Hazebrouk Communal Cemetery, France.

He was the brother of F.William (Willie) Barker and they were both cousins of Arthur Barker and Wilfred Stanley Barker.

(Click here to read the Barker Family History, here for the article "Tom Wright reflects upon the Barker family in Hampsthwaite" and here for Shaun Wilson's article on "Descendents of John and Grace Barker")

Awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.



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F Walton - biography

Frederick Walton
17th November 1924 – 10th August 1943

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In Memoriam - T Ellis



Thomas Ellis



Thomas Ellis



Born at Felliscliffe, Hampsthwaite in 1880, Thomas was the son of Thomas and Emily Ellis and husband of Clara Knowles of Harrogate with whom he had four children. He worked in Killinghall for Mr Lambert, a butcher. His father had been a farmer from Grayston Plain, Hampsthwaite.

He enlisted in Harrogate and with a service number of 33747 joined the 15th Battalion of the Prince of Wales Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)

He was killed in the France/Flanders war theatre on the 3rd May 1917.

His name is also recorded on the memorial at Arras.

Awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal



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