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  • Community Payback

    Details of the work of the Community Payback Team in Hampsthwaite Hampsthwaite Parish Council was approached in December 2016 to seek our support for the Community Payback scheme. The Unpaid Work Requirement (commonly known as Community Payback) is one of the requirements that can be included in a community order. It involves service users doing compulsory work for the benefit of the community. Types of Work Undertaken Work in Hampsthwaite Volunteers Current Year Reports Contact: Unpaid Work Placement Coordinator, Interserve (Justice) The Humberside, Lincolnshire & North Yorkshire Community Rehabilitation Company Ltd Harrogate Probation Office Harrogate Redefining the future for people and placesWebsite: www.interserve.comPhone: 07720  213674Email:
  • Information

    The Village Room began its life as a purpose-built reading room constructed in stone with a boarded roof covered in slate and with its interior beams exposed in a vaulted roof. It opened to the public in August 1890. Now the Room is a regular venue for meetings including the Parish Council, the Village Society Committee and the Wednesday Group.Hampsthwaite Village Room High Street,HG3 2ET For bookings, contact: T:  01423 770332 E: See also the History section for a brief history of
  • Village Room Events Calendar

    Details of events and meetings at Hampsthwaite Village Room.PLEASE NOTE: whilst every effort is made to ensure this calendar is kept up to date and can be used for guidance, potential Village Room users are strongly advised to confirm vacancies with the Booking Secretary before committing to a date for any new events. For bookings, contact:Booking SecretaryT:  01423 770332E: you need to visit the Village Room prior to an event, please make an appointment with the Booking Secretary to help us avoid any inconvenience to other hirers.
  • Harrogate Housing Association

    Affordable Homes to Rent and Buy for local people at Grange Park Hampsthwaite We are a small, but expanding, housing association who only operate in the Harrogate District. We offer homes for rent and on a shared ownership basis and have 1, 2 and 3 bedroomed homes on Grange Park. With a personal, local service we want to help our customers create homes near family and work.
  • Christmas Tree Festival

    St. Thomas a Becket Church, Hampsthwaite are holding a Christmas Tree Festival over the weekend of 15th – 17th December.There will be a ‘Preview Evening & Concert ’ on Friday 15th with wine and canapes being served from 6.30 p.m and with a choral performance from Voces Seraphorum from 7.00 – 7.45 p.m. – tickets can be purchased from Hampsthwaite Post Office or you can buy them on the door (£7.00).The church will be open from 10.00 – 16.00 on Saturday 16th December for you to come along and enjoy the Christmas Trees and there will be refreshments served throughout the day.
  • Hands Off Hampsthwaite Action Group

    Newsletters and Updates resulting from Action Group meetings An Action Group to oppose excessive development in Hampsthwaite was formed following the public meting at the Memorial Hall on Thursday 19th July 2017.Meetings are held on Monday evenings, 6.00pm  at Sophie's Coffee Shop unless advised otherwise. Email: URL: FaceBook:@handsoffhampsthwaitevillage Twitter:
  • Management Committee Meetings

    "The general management and control of the Trust Premises and the Arrangements for their use shall be vested in a Committee of Management (hereinafter called “the Committee”) consisting of not more than Twenty-five members (exclusive of members co-opted . . . )" and "All members of the Committee shall retire annually at the Annual General Meeting". Extracts from Conveyance No.8791 dated 24th April 1953


    Harrogate Borough Council is currently preparing a new Local Plan which will set out how the district should grow and develop to 2035. Link to HBC's Online Planning Application Information (opens in a new window) Link to Harrogate District Draft Local Plan Additional Sites consultation 14 July - 25 August 2017 (opens in a new window)
  • Birstwith Road Site (HM9)

    Harrogate Borough Council is preparing a new Local Plan that will set out how the district should grow and develop to 2035. Birstwith Road is proposed as an Additional Site HM9 and is now the subject of a consultation exercise.See:
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11th March 2013

Parish Council mailings for meeting on 11th March 2013

  • Rural Services Network Weekly Email News Digest - 11 March 2013
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  • Workshop invitation: Fuel Poverty and Carbon Monoxide awareness
  1. I am pleased to enclose an invitation to a stakeholder workshop taking place later this month where we will be discussing issues relating to fuel poverty and carbon monoxide awareness.  
    We do hope you are able to attend. If not please pass this invitation on to a suitable colleague who may be interested in these issues.
    Yours faithfully, Alex Coleman.
    Alex Coleman| Account Executive
    D 0118 983 9474


    Tackling fuel poverty and improving carbon monoxide awareness

    I am writing to you on behalf of Northern Gas Networks, the company responsible for transporting gas to homes and businesses across the North of England.  During 2011 we consulted stakeholders from across our network on what our investment priorities should be, how we can better support customers, what we should be doing to meet our social obligations and more. Feedback to this consultation helped us to develop the request for funding that we submitted to our regulator Ofgem in the summer of 2012.

    After considering our proposals, Ofgem has now confirmed our funding for the next eight years. Whilst much of this funding is earmarked for specific purposes there are a number of areas where what we spend and how we spend it are flexible. Tackling fuel poverty and raising awareness of carbon monoxide are two such areas where there is flexibility, meaning that your views can make a real difference to how we operate.

    I am, therefore, pleased to invite you to a stakeholder workshop where we will be discussing our social obligations in terms of tackling fuel poverty and improving safety in relation to carbon monoxide awareness.

    As a key stakeholder, your views and comments will help to ensure that our responsibilities to customers, including vulnerable customers, form an integral part of our future investment plans. The workshop will include short presentations from our senior personnel and round table discussions followed by the chance to have an informal discussion over lunch.

    We’d be delighted if you could join us at our workshop at:

    The Oak Room at the Royal York Hotel (next to York Station, car parking available)
    Tuesday 26th March
    Registration, coffees and pastries from 9.15 am
    Workshops 10 am – 1 pm
    Lunch served from 1pm – 2pm

    Please RSVP by email to or by phoning him on 0118 983 9474 by Wednesday 20th March. If possible please complete and return the attached registration document.  Green Issues Communiqué is helping to organise and facilitate our workshops. Myself and fellow representatives of Northern Gas Networks will be present at the workshops and look forward to meeting with you.

    If you are unable to attend please pass on this invite to a colleague so that your organisation can be represented if at all possible.
    Yours sincerely
    David Gill
    Director of Stakeholder Relations
    Find out more about Northern Gas Networks at
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  • Multi Agency Problem Solving - A Guide
  1. The Harrogate District Community Safety Partnership has produced a guide to the Multi Agency Problem Solving (MAPS) process.
    This is a guide for practitioners to understand the process and how cases are dealt with, the links to other work areas and the important issue of confidentiality.
    I am aware that we refer to the MAPS process in meetings and in various reports, so we hope the guide gives the clarity and understanding in a short leaflet.
    If you would like a hard copy of the leaflet please let me know and we can arrange to get one sent to you. If you do have any queries do not hesitate to contact either myself or Mel Greaves
    We would also welcome any feedback.


    Julia Stack BA (Hons)
    Community Safety & CCTV Manager
    Harrogate Borough Council
    Springfield House
    Kings Road
    North Yorkshire
    HG1 5NX

    Tel: 01423 500600 Ext 56632
    Fax: 01423 556820

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

  1. There are still places available on the courses below if you are interested and wish to book or reserve a place please contact me either via phone or email, attached is the programme with booking form.  If you are wishing to book a place for the 15 March could you please let me know by Friday 8 March.

  • Consultation –Allocation of Council Housing Stock
  1. Harrogate Borough Council currently allocates council stock homes and a large percentage of housing association stock on a points based scheme.

    The allocations policy is currently under review, at present there are over 3000 applicants on the waiting list and the council only re-let between 300 – 350 properties per year.

    The waiting list has always been “open” meaning that anyone can join the waiting list.  But as demand is outweighing supply, the council is consulting people across the district to find out your views on how the allocation of housing stock should be done in future. The demand for council housing is likely to increase further due to the economic downturn and the welfare benefit changes.  More families are likely to struggle to make ends meet which will result in more people wanting council housing.  In the Localism Act 2010,  the Government is giving councils the authority to decide how and who the waiting list should be open for, as well as those who will no longer have access to it. Before the new allocations policy is drafted we are consulting with people from across the district to find out your opinions.

    The link below will take you to a survey which will ask for your opinions on the options the council can look at when processing and allocating properties. The questionnaire will take about 10 minutes to answer.

    This is only first part of the consultation process, when we have taken into account the results from the surveys and written a draft allocation policy there will be a second consultation.


    If you have any queries about the consultation or would like support while filling in the survey please feel free to contact Gill Dalby on 01423 551621.

    I would like to thank you in advance for taking the time to fill out the survey.



    Mrs Gill Dalby
    Tenancy Services
    01423 551621

    Kennion Road Housing Office
    13/15 Kennion Road
    HG2 7QY

  • BBC Documentary - The Gift
  1. Please share with your contacts.
    If you think you can suggest anyone for the programme please contact Rachel Ozers directly.
    Thank you
    Sarah Glew

    Admin & Project Support Officer
    Community Safety Partnership
    Harrogate Borough Council
    Department of Community Services
    Springfield House
    Kings Road
    HG1 5NX

    From: Rachel Ozers []
    Sent: 01 March 2013 12:07
    To: Julia Stack
    Subject: BBC Documentary - The Gift

    Julia Stack,

    I’m sorry for emailing you out of the blue, but I’m hoping you might be able to help me. I’m a researcher at Wall to Wall Television, the TV production company that makes ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ and the hit family reunion series ‘Long Lost Family’. I’m working on a new programme for BBC One called ‘The Gift’ (working title). It’s a programme that will help people try and make amends for something that they have done or express their gratitude to someone who has changed their life.  For many people it is often not possible to do this by themselves – they may have no idea how to track down the stranger who saved their life – or perhaps they can’t find the courage to make an approach to an old friend alone. The Gift is the programme that can help them achieve this.

    With a team of professional mediators, psychologists and experts in tracing people, the programme will help put these people in touch, help them find a gesture or gift that represents their feelings and support them through a meeting.  I have attached some background information below that explains the programme in a bit more detail.

    I am currently trying to find people who may need our help. I thought that approaching you and the Neighbourhood Watch and Community Safety Partnership Schemes you work with might be a really good way to contact people in the local community who may have had experiences such as these. I have attached our A4 advert – I would be extremely grateful if you are able to forward this round to your colleagues, members and friends, or put it up on any notice boards, social media or other places you think people might see it. Please let me know if I can send this over to you in a more accessible format.

    We would be extremely grateful for any help that you are able to give us in spreading the word about ‘The Gift’. It is only with help from people such as you that we are able make programmes that change people’s lives.

    Thanks so much and I look forward to hearing from you,


    Rachel Ozers
    Wall to Wall
    85 Gray's Inn Road
    WC1X 8TX
    Direct Line: 020 7241 9310

  • North Yorkshire Now March 2013

  • Rural Services Network - Weekly Email News Digest - 4 March 2013

  • A Call for Evidence
  1. We would value your input to research we are carrying out for Defra, for which we are seeking to identify interesting examples of alternative service delivery in rural areas. (We refer to these as ‘schemes’ in the questionnaire.)

    This call for evidence will be open for your input until Thursday 14th March.

    Our main focus is the provision of rural services by non-statutory organisations, especially those being delivered by the community sector, voluntary sector or social enterprise. However, we don’t wish to exclude other examples such as those provided by private companies or a local authority. The aims of this research are to analyse the factors that have helped some initiatives to succeed and to identify those barriers that cause delays to, or even prevent, potentially beneficial schemes.

    We hope to identify a wide variety of different examples including:
    -          those that replace or supplement services traditionally provided by the public sector;
    -          those that replace previous commercial provision; and
    -          those that address a previously unmet rural community need.

    Successful schemes and those that have encountered difficulties are of equal interest to us. We would therefore be very grateful to hear from you if you know about a community (‘Big Society’) initiative in any of the following categories:

    -     one that succeeds in meeting a rural service need and which has not encountered any particular difficulties;
    -          one where the service set-up was delayed by difficulties encountered (whether it is operational now or hopes to be so soon);
    -          one where the difficulties encountered meant that it was ultimately not possible to set-up an operational scheme; or
    -          one which has been operational, but where difficulties were experienced later that impacted on the maintenance of the service.

    Please would you help our research by spending just a few minutes to complete this questionnaire?

    It would also be appreciated if you would forward this request to anyone else that may be able to assist.

    If there are any comments that you would like to make about ‘alternative’ service delivery more generally, or documentation that you would like to send us (preferably electronically) please reply to me at
    Thank you.
    Jane Hart

  • 'Talking Safety' event at Harrogate Library on 20th March 2013
  1. Please see the attached poster for a community safety event that has been organised by NYCC Harrogate Library.

  • Rural Services network - Weekly Email News Digest - 25 February 2013
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  • Harrogate & Ripon CVS's Joint Monthly E-Mailing - March 2013
  1. Find out what’s happening in our local voluntary and community sector –
    Our joint CVS publications for March 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 March 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 March 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.
    The Welfare Reform Act 2012 made simple  A Harrogate District Trustee Network FREE event for Charity Trustees & other Decision Makers
    Tuesday 12 March 2013, 17.00-18.45 (light sandwich refreshments from 17.00)
    Disability Action Yorkshire, Hornbeam Park Oval, Harrogate, HG2 8RB
    Understanding the nature of changes and impact for your service users with Heather Theobold, Unit Co-ordinator, Welfare Benefits Unit, York
    This is your opportunity to question an expert and engage in discussion. The meeting is FREE to attend but please book your place.
    Our contact for bookings is Bev Richardson  Email:  Tel: 01423 504074
    HACVS Training Courses Spring 2013 - details and online booking at   Discounts for HACVS full members!  
    Featured course - Strengthening and Diversifying Your Organisation’s Income - 27th February 2013 from 10am – 4pm in Harrogate
    Course Overview: Provides a thorough exploration of what income diversification means; the options available; the tools charities use and how to apply them successfully in the context of your organisation. More details and booking  online  
    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 some of the sessions and how to book may be found here   
    Please don’t miss out on discounts for your charity or group, renew your HACVS membership  
    Full members are entitled to discounts on services
         * Reduced rates on training  
        * Discounts on insurance – HACVS full members can claim a 5% discount on an insurance quote from Tennyson Insurance
        * Free advertising of job opportunities on our website and in our weekly e-network bulletin.
        * Reduced rates for enclosing an insert in our postal mailing to help promote your organisation and on our office services  
        * We’re always happy to help promote members’ events and services in our monthly calendar and e-network too – and on twitter and facebook.
    Return of the popular Social Media Surgery at Harrogate Community House
    Find out how to use twitter, facebook, blogs, free websites and more to help promote your charity or local group.
    Free one-to-one sessions looking at the particular needs of your organisation will be held between 6-8pm on Monday 22 April. Coffee, tea and cake will be served.
    Book online at
    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!

  • Marie Curie Cancer Care
  1. Dear Clerk,
    YLCA has been asked to circulate the information below by Marie Curie Cancer Care.  Please can you consider using this editorial in the next edition of your parish newsletter?
    Thank you
    Yours sincerely
    Sheena Spence

    Great Daffodil Appeal

    Marie Curie Cancer Care is appealing for people to donate an hour of their time this March, to collect for the charity’s annual Great Daffodil Appeal.

    The Great Daffodil Appeal is Marie Curie’s biggest fundraiser which encourages everyone to give a donation and wear a daffodil pin in March.

    The charity needs volunteer collectors to encourage people in the local community to wear a daffodil pin and give a donation during March. The money raised locally will support the work of the local Marie Curie Nursing Service.
    So be part of something Great. Each March, thousands of people take to the streets to collect vital funds for the Great Daffodil Appeal and there are collections near you that you can get involved in.

    Local Fundraiser Kyla Collins said; “This year we're asking people to join us and play a part in our Great Daffodil Appeal by simply encouraging people in your area to give a donation for a Marie Curie daffodil pin. Whether you're new to collecting or an old hand, we'll help you get the most out of your day and your collection tin. Every penny you raise will make a great difference to people in their final hours. Collecting is great fun, some of our collectors get dressed up and wear our wonderful yellow hats, some come along with friends. You always meet lots of people and so many people approach you to tell you about the invaluable support they’ve received from Marie Curie Nurses and you feel like you are really making a difference.”

    Street and store collections take place throughout March across the area and Marie Curie need lots of volunteers to help. Donating just one or two hours of your time to the appeal will allow Marie Curie nurses to provide more free care to people with terminal cancer and other illnesses in their own homes in this area.

    To volunteer to collect for Marie Curie Cancer Care and support the Great Daffodil Appeal call 01904 436625, email or visit

    Many Thanks

    Kyla Collins

    Kyla Collins
    Community Fundraiser
    North & East Yorkshire and South Teesside
    York House,Outgang Lane
    YO19 5UP
    Tel: 01904 436625
    Mob: 07545 421584


  • Kirkwells' Neighbourhood Planning News February 2013

  • Letter from the Boundary Commission


  • Rural Services Network Weekly Email News Digest - 18 February 2013
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  1. Please find attached herewith, details of a temporary road closure being undertaken in the above area.
    Contact details for further information contained within notice.
    As an update to the Notice, works are intended to commence on 20 March 2013 for one week, although this may be subject to change.
11th March 2013

Parish Council mailings for meeting on 11th March 2013