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  • BARKER Family History

    Descendants of John and Grace BarkerbyShaun L Wilson – February 2017 Barker families have resided in Hampsthwaite since the early seventeenth century and were extensive in the area during the nineteenth century. From the 1881 England Census for Hampsthwaite taken on 3rd April that year, Barker was the most popular name totalling 57 out of 457 people enumerated – 12.5% of those recorded living in Hampsthwaite at the time of that census. From the registers of Hampsthwaite parish, Barkers were in existence as early as 1610. The earliest Barker mentioned is John Barker, son of Peter who was baptised on 17th March that year.Where Hampsthwaite is mentioned in this article it refers to both village and parish. We will never know exactly where the early Barker’s dwelling houses were as they are not recorded in either the parish registers or on the early census returns, but it is assumed that they lived in the village or within the parish. It was not until the England Census of 1911 that full address details were given together with the total number of children born alive to the present marriage of the head of the family.
  • Tom Wright reflects upon the Barker family in Hampsthwaite

    As far as I can ascertain there were no Barkers in Hampsthwaite prior to the 18th century. The earliest reference I could find was to the marriage of John Barker, a tailor, to Ann Messenger (daughter of William Messenger) in the parish church sometime near the beginning of the 1700s. I don’t know from whence he originated.They had several children, as did all the Barkers, but I have only recorded my own direct ancestors. They were his son James Barker (1744) & Hannah Dousland; William Barker (1781) & Catherine Swale; John Barker (1810) & Mary Nutter; George Barker (1845) & Sarah ???  who themselves produced Rowland Barker and siblings. He married Eliza Jackson (from an even older family in Birstwith) and they were my maternal Grandparents.(See also and )
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11th February 2013

Parish Council mailings for meeting on 11th February 2013

  • Allerton (from: Peter and Carole Topham)
  1. Dear All,

    At a packed meeting in Coneythorpe on Monday 4th February, the Parish Council Group (joined by NYWAG, NYCC Councillor John Watson, Harrogate Borough Councillors and Dr Gerald Rolph (Allerton Castle)) started the formulation of the next stages in the fight against the incinerator.

    The fight is far from over and although all were surprised by the call-in not happening (as were NYCC who also expected it to happen) We are all  determined and confident that the grounds to obtain a Judicial Review (along with other avenues) are plentiful and strong.

    If judicial review is found to be the way forward we could need to raise £20k or more. If you or any of your friends can help please log on to the NYWAG website and pledge or donate. If North Yorkshire is not to be saddled with a costly white elephant for the next 25 to 30 years then please help


  • Rural Opportunities Bulletin

  • North Yorkshire Now newsletter February 2013

  • Nidd Bridge at Hampsthwaite
  1. Good Morning Mr Moore,

    Thank you for your email regarding the tree stump reported at the Bridge at Nidd.

    I have brought this matter to the attention of our Inspector and he is arranging to visit the location as soon as practicable. The Inspector will take any necessary action as appropriate should he find a problem at the location on his arrival.

     To this end, I would thank you for taking the time to bring this matter to our immediate attention.

    Kind regards
    NYCC Highways and Transport
    Area 6 Boroughbridge,
    Stump Cross
    YO51 9HU

    Tel 0845 872 7374
    Fax 01423 323952

  • Rural Services Network - Weekly Email News Digest - 4 February 2013
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  1. FROM:            ANDREW TOWLERTON
                            LOCAL COUNCILS OFFICER

    Dear Clerk or Chairman,

    Please find attached the latest YLCA information note containing news about developments and events of relevance to the local council sector.

    Yours sincerely

    Andrew Towlerton
    Yorkshire Local Councils Associations
    York House
    Outgang Lane
    YO19 5UP

  • Bad news but by no means the end of the road
  1. (from North Yorkshire Waste Action Group  - see:

  • NHW Look Out Jan 2013 for Parish Clerks
  1. Dear all,

    Please receive the Jan 2013 edition of Look Out. If you could kindly display it and/or pass it on as you see fit it would be greatly appreciated.

    If there are any changes to names or email addresses please let me know.
    Kind regards,
    Peter Dallas
    Harrogate & District Neighbourhood Watch Association
    Charity No. 1076228

  • Government Decides NOT to Call-In Incinerator
  1. From: Peter and Carole Topham
    Date: Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 1:34 PM
    Subject: FW: Government Decides NOT to Call-In Incinerator
    To: Peter and Carole Topham

    Devastating news, The Parishes group are meeting on Monday to decide our next move. We will keep you informed.

    BREAKING NEWS Government gives £1.4bn waste incinerator go-ahead

    11:58am Wednesday 30th January 2013 in NewsExclusive By Stuart Minting

    BURNING ISSUE: The site of the planned incinerator at Allerton Park

    CONTROVERSIAL plans for a £1.4bn waste park and incinerator have moved closer to being launched, after the Government has decided not to hold a public inquiry, The Northern Echo can reveal.

    The Department of Communities and Local Government has confirmed it will not call in the North Yorkshire County Council and City of York Council plan to create a site at Allerton Park, near Knaresborough, to deal with up to 320,000 tonnes of rubbish a year.

    County council leader Councillor John Weighell said he was delighted with the decision, but the scheme would be put on hold until after the outcome of a possible challenge from objectors.

    He said: "We never really doubted that this would be the situation."

    County councillor highways chief and Thirsk councillor Gareth Dadd said both the planning and business cases for the incinerator had been compelling.

    He said: “I am very pleased that local democracy has prevailed.”

    Protestors had said they were confident Communities Secretary Eric Pickles would hold a Planning Inspectorate hearing into the scheme.

    They say the site at Allerton Park, alongside the A1 near Knaresborough, is too big, too expensive and environmentally unsustainable.

    North Yorkshire County Council's planning committee approved the scheme in October after years of debate, thousands of objections and an eight-hour meeting.

    Developers AmeyCespa, which has a 25-year contract to treat the county's waste, say the incinerator will use up-to-date technology and will save money, including landfill taxes, generate electricity, help meet recycling targets and could heat nearby homes.

    kind regards

    Jon West
    Stoatley House
    North Yorkshire
    HG5 0RL

  1. FROM:            JOY MORGAN
                            ADMIN OFFICER

    Please find attached our latest edition of White Rose Update.

    Yorkshire Local Councils Associations
    York House
    Outgang Lane
    YO19 5UP

  1. FROM:            JOY MORGAN
                            ADMIN OFFICER

    YLCA branches are an opportunity for councillors and clerks of member councils to meet together to discuss issues of mutual interest and concern.  Branches can and do invite speakers on parish matters.  Your council can influence local, regional and national issues via the branch meeting.
    Clerks, it is important that you pass this on to your branch representatives

    (If there are no branch representatives elected please make the chairman aware or take this notice to a council meeting)

    The next meeting of the Harrogate Branch of the YLCA will be held on

    MONDAY, 18 FEBRUARY 2013
    AT 7.00PM


    At the beginning of the meeting there will be a training session on procedural and topical issues for parish and town councils

    Yorkshire Local Councils Associations
    York House
    Outgang Lane
    YO19 5UP

    Tel:  01904 436622

  1. Dear Clerk or Chairman,
    Dominic Warner, the Clerk to Campbell Park Parish Council in Milton Keynes, is trying to identify examples of where Parish Councils have successfully set up Community Transport Schemes. He is particularly interested to learn from the business model used and the powers that have let them do it.
    If your Council has set up a Community Transport Scheme and would be willing to share your experiences then please contact Dominic directly at
    Yours sincerely
    Chris Pilkington

  • Weekly Email News Digest - 28 January 2013


  • Harrogate Borough Council free insulation
  1. Dear Parish Clerk,

    Harrogate Borough Council has been working with Yorkshire Energy Partnership to offer free loft and cavity wall insulation to residents of the district.

    The closing date for the scheme is 5th February 2013, so we are now issuing a final call to residents, so that as many people as possible can take advantage of the offer. The scheme uses trusted installers, and can result in good savings on residents’ fuel bills – around £300 per year according to the Energy Saving Trust.

    For your information please see the press release below, which Harrogate Borough Council has issued.

    If you have a Parish Council website or social network profile, would you be able to include a link to and/or post an item about the scheme? Something along the lines of: “Harrogate District residents can get free loft and cavity wall insulation through the Wrapping up Yorkshire scheme. Getting your home fully insulated can save a lot on your heating bills – over £300 a year in some cases. This free offer ends on February 5th 2013, so you need to act quickly. Call Yorkshire Energy Partnership on 01904 554406 to find out more.”

    Thanks and kind regards,
    John Ward-Campbell
    Harrogate Borough Council
    Environment Strategy Unit
    Department of Community Services
    Springfield House
    King’s Road
    HG1 5NX

    Tel: 01423 556909
    Fax: 01423 556810

    24 January 2013


    All residents in the Harrogate district are being encouraged to take up an offer of free loft and cavity wall insulation provided by Harrogate Borough Council and Yorkshire Energy Partnership. The scheme is closing very soon - funding is only available until 5 February 2013 so residents need to act quickly.

    The ‘Wrapping up Yorkshire’ scheme tackles fuel poverty, keeps houses warmer and helps residents save up to £310* on their fuel bills every year. Over 200 local residents have received completely free insulation so far, which has been quick and easy to install.

    Better insulation makes homes warmer, so householders use less fuel. The fuel savings in the Harrogate district from the Wrapping up Yorkshire scheme equate to a whopping 2600 tonnes of carbon.

    This really is a win: win situation – by insulating your home you will be saving money, protecting against the loss of heat you pay for and you will also reduce your carbon footprint in the process.

    There’s no catch – it’s simply a case of calling Yorkshire Energy Partnership on 01904 54 50 20 to arrange a free survey. The scheme is open to all private homeowners in the district, including landlords, but act fast as funding is only available until 5 February 2013.

    According to the Energy Saving Trust, a house can lose up to 60 per cent of its heating through its walls and roof – and insulation can help householders save up to £310* per year on their energy bills.

    For more information or to claim your FREE insulation, call Yorkshire Energy Partnership on 01904 54 50 20 quoting ‘Wrapping up Yorkshire’.  -ENDS-

    NOTES TO EDITORS:  The scheme is the first of its kind, and is being funded by national energy providers and Harrogate Borough Council.   

    *Statistics taken from Energy Saving Trust: cavity wall insulation saves £135 and loft insulation saves £175 - so £310 overall.

    Yorkshire Energy Partnership is owned and supported by City of York Council, Craven District Council, Hambleton District Council, Harrogate Borough Council, Richmondshire District Council, Ryedale District Council, Scarborough Borough Council, Selby District Council, North Yorkshire County Council, Leeds Metropolitan University and Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust.

    ·       We will insulate lofts to the recommended level which is 270mm for those lofts with under 200mm of current insulation. Those with 200mm or above are deemed sufficient.
    ·       Customers must clear their own loft before works can begin.
    ·       Funding is limited so the earlier customers get in touch the better.

    Qualifying Criteria
    ·       There are no eligibility criteria with regards to age/benefits.
    ·       Properties can be owner occupied or private rented.

    For further information please contact:
    John Ward-Campbell
    Home Energy Conservation Officer, Harrogate Borough Council
    Tel: 01423 556909


    Nicky Harmson
    Marketing & PR Manager
    Yorkshire Energy Partnership
    t: 01904 554027 / 01904 627013

  1. Dear Clerk,

    Please see below a briefing which we have received from the Chief Executive of the National Association of Local Councils (NALC), John Findlay, regarding the Localisation of Council Tax Support and the impact on the parish precept.

    “We have worked well in convincing the Government and opposition parties that parish and town councils should be at the heart of their plans for localism and community empowerment.

    However this very welcome progress has been seriously undermined by the decision made by the Department of Communities and Local Government (CLG) late last year: the u-turn on the localisation of Council Tax Support.

    CLG has reduced the local tax base by taking income from council tax benefit relief away from town and parish councils, requiring them to go cap-in-hand to their principal authority for a share of the government's Council Tax support grant.

    There is a very real possibility that some principal authorities will not hand over the town and parish council element of this grant, citing their own financial position and pressure on their services.

    All this comes after the National Association made an immediate protest to CLG last summer, as soon as the proposal emerged. The Chief Executive, John Findlay, and NALC's Accounts and Audit Adviser, Peter Lacey, met senior CLG officials to challenge the proposals.

    CLG explained that the proposals were intended simply as a change to the grants paid by Government to principal authorities and that they had not realised the impact on town and parish councils. They undertook to resolve the problem as a matter of urgency and gave clear indications that they would protect the tax base for town and parish councils and thus sustain current precept and income levels.

    Following the meeting, CLG published a consultation on possible options, primarily suggesting the retention of a notional tax base, based on existing arrangements, so that our councils would not be affected by the change.

    At the end of last year CLG changed their mind and left local councils with potentially major reductions in their income. If the principal authority does not pass on the support funding from Government, our councils will be forced to increase their element of Council Tax or take a big cut in funding. And if they increase their Council Tax, there will be criticism from Government, possibly even the imposition of a cap on our element of Council Tax.

    Quite rightly our councils are now astonished and angered by the Government's subsequent decision and their complete disregard of the majority opinion in response to their consultation: 94% of respondents said that local councils should be exempt from the impact of localisation of Council Tax support. But CLG decided otherwise.

    This has rightly caused uproar among our 9,000 local councils. The Secretary of State, Eric Pickles MP, speaking at NALC’s Larger Local Councils Conference in November 2012 ( brushed off questions and challenges on this issue, saying it was up to local councils to negotiate with their principal authority.

    But our councils should not have to negotiate with principal councils on this: they are being denied funds to which they are fully entitled.

    Many Billing Authorities have yet to pass the resolution required to set the Council Tax Support Scheme and therefore to set the Tax Base values. Indicative figures have been issued by CLG and many principal authorities seem to be promising to pass on the full amount advised for town and parish councils. But some are not; and even in those that are, our councils will become dependent on the principal authority's decision each year.

    The National Chairman, Cllr Ken Browse, wrote to the Secretary of State in December and an urgent meeting at ministerial level has been agreed and will take place shortly.

    County Associations and very many of our member councils have also written to the Secretary of State and to their local MPs; and a letter of protest has also been sent by the Chairman of the All Party Parliament Group on Local Democracy, Rory Stewart MP.  We are strongly encouraging member local councils to continue to lobby their MP on this issue.

    We will continue to give top priority to securing a reversal of the Government's decision and further information will be issued as soon as possible.  It is also vitally important member local councils inform their County Association of the impact of this on their services and local community.”

    Yours sincerely

    Chris Pilkington

  • Kirkwells' Neighbourhood Planning News January 2013

  • Harrogate & Ripon CVS's Joint Monthly E-Mailing - February 2013
  1. Dear Colleagues

    Find out what’s happening in our local voluntary and community sector –

    Our joint CVS publications for February are available to download on our websites and
    The monthly Funding Bulletin keeps you in touch with new funding opportunities and approaching deadlines –
    Read the latest February edition    
    You can find out more about our funding advice and information service at
    You can also follow @HACVSFundDev on twitter for latest funding snippets and top tips!
    Our Monthly Events Diary and the Regular Events Diary give details of local training, forums, support groups, lunch clubs, coffee mornings, meetings and community events. There’s lots of community activity happening in February in our district as well as lots of regular events.
    We cover Harrogate and Knaresborough & area events and Ripon, Boroughbridge, Pateley Bridge and Masham & area events
    Care in Action the bi-monthly joint CVS Newsletter contains lots of information of interest to the local voluntary and community sector and our partners.
    Read the latest February edition        
    VolCanO – Read the latest February edition of the bi-monthly Volunteer Centre Newsletter for Volunteer Managers and Organisers.
    HACVS Training Courses Spring 2013 - details and online booking at   Discounts for HACVS members!  
    FREE Bursary Training Places for Trustees  - For a limited time only!
    These bursaries are funded by the Big Lottery Awards For All Fund and are only available until the end of March 2013.
    Places are available on a range of training, workshops and events. Details of the sessions and how to book may be found here   
    An opportunity to join us at Harrogate & Area CVS
    The Harrogate Easier Living Project (HELP)

    A very Special kind of handy man or woman needed for gardening, decorating and DIY at local charity
    Part –time, up to 30 hours per week, (job share considered)
    £15,725 - £16,830  pa pro rata
    Fixed term to June 2014
    This post is funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund for a fixed term until June 2014.

    As part of the Big Lottery-funded Harrogate Easier Living Project, the Service Support Worker leads a team of volunteers providing practical help in the home and garden for vulnerable and older people.  You will need an open-minded, friendly and sympathetic approach with clients and proven interest and skills in gardening, decorating and DIY.  You also need to be able to drive our van to visit people in their homes across the whole of the Harrogate District.

    For an application pack please visit
    For an informal chat about the post please tel. Jane on 01423 813096 (Mon – Thurs)
    Closing Date for applications:  9am, Thursday 7th February 2013
    We plan to hold interviews on Tuesday 26th February 2013
    It will be necessary to obtain an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure on behalf of the successful candidate
    Keeping up to date with local, regional & national news

    As well as a monthly emailing, we also send out weekly e-news bulletins during the month for events and information of interest to the local voluntary and community sector and our partners, which misses our Newsletter deadlines. If you don't already receive these updates, and would like to, simply reply to this email with the subject 'Add to e-network updates'

    You can also follow HACVS on Twitter  and, for volunteering topics and opportunities, follow the Harrogate Volunteer Centre

    You can also find us on Facebook   - please ‘like’ us!
    Kind Regards

    Angela Jones
    Information Officer

    Usual working days Monday – Thursday
    Harrogate & Area Council for Voluntary Service, Community House, 46-50 East Parade, Harrogate HG1 5RR
    Tel: 01423 504074
    Membership of HACVS is free. Please join us

  1. The National Association of Local Councils is obviously disappointed that the Government has included the parish sector in the council tax reforms, and from what we can gather, without recognising the impact that this would have on parish precepts, hence the rush to supply grant funding to principal authorities with grant funding to alleviate the affect that the revised legislation would have on council tax payers.  NALC will be tracking and monitoring the effects of the localisation of council tax support measures regulated for by Parliament in December, 2012 on local councils, and continuously relaying these effects back to Parliament and Communities and Local Government in the coming weeks and months.  This exercise now focuses on mitigating the effects of possible future measures in 2014-15, based on the significant problems and uncertainty local councils nationally are currently experiencing.

    In order to best assist NALC in its ongoing lobbying efforts in this regard, I would be very grateful if you could please try to answer the three below questions by Noon on 30 January at the latest.  NALC is aware that some councils have not yet set their precept levy for 2013/2014 and that some of you may not yet be able to give definitive answers to all of these questions)

    1.       What % share of the available council tax benefit discretionary grant is your Billing Authority definitely allocating to your council in 2013-14?;
    2.       What are the % gaps and losses from your local council’s council tax base comparatively between the 2012-13 and 2013-14 financial years?; and
    3.       What real impact has the actual loss of council tax base experienced by your local council for 2013-14, had in terms of its ability to both set its budget with certainty and deliver services on the same basis as in 2012-13?

    Please remember to give the name of the council and the billing authority.

    Your helpful answers will be included in a survey summary report which will be submitted to Eric Pickles, MP (a copy will also be sent to YLCA).  Your responses will also directly inform related subsequent Parliamentary lobbying activity.

11th February 2013

Parish Council mailings for meeting on 11th February 2013