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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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8th April 2013

Parish Council mailings for meeting on 8th April 2013

  • Waste Implementation
  1. As you may be aware in order to improve environmental performance and deliver front line service efficiencies in 2011 Harrogate Borough Council agreed to implement a new waste collection service. The aims of this new service are:
    -   To divert more household waste from landfill and therefore increase levels of recycling;
    -   To meet customer needs;
    -   To provide a more consistent service;
    -   To provide a more cost efficient service and reduce resource requirements.

    As you are aware all local authorities in England are working to meet statutory recycling targets. In order for Harrogate Borough Council to expand the range of materials we collect, reduce reliance on landfill and deliver service efficiencies a change in the way we deliver front line services was required.
    We are in the process of contacting residents regarding the changes to the service in their area and delivering new waste containers. As a result we also wanted to contact all Parish Councils where properties are affected to advise them of the upcoming changes.

    For your information we have included:
    -    An introductory letter;
    -    A list of streets affected by the next phase of the changes;
    -    A copy of the Frequently Asked Questions issued to all residents.

    I hope this information is helpful.
    Thank you
    The Waste Implementation Team
    Bradley Wroe
    Waste Project Manager
    Waste Project Team
    Harrogate Borough Council
    Environmental Services
    Claro Road
    HG1 4AT
    Tel:  01423 500600 ext 58004
    Fax:  01423 530174
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  • Rural Services Network - Weekly Email News Digest - 8 April 2013
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  • Kirkwells’ Neighbourhood Planning News Spring 2013 Issue Out Now
  1. The spring issue of our popular Neighbourhood Planning News is out now. To download a copy click the following link Neighbourhood Planning News Issue 10 Spring 2013

  • Historic Towns Forum Planning Update event 29 April and newsletter update
  1. Please find below a link to our latest newsletter update:

    This includes details of our forthcoming annual planning update event on 29 April at BDB, in London: Planning Legislation update – The NPPF, Neighbourhood Planning, Taylor Review and the Red tape Challenge. Where are we, exactly?- 

    Dear Clerk, the National Association of Local Councils met recently with Brandon Lewis MP, the Under Secretary of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government to discuss, among other issues, how parishes are working to boost growth. It has been suggested that NALC and HM Government could work in partnership on an incentive scheme to encourage parish and town councils to work with their communities specifically to boost local economic development.
    The National Association is now looking for member councils to provide any examples they have in which councils are working to boost local growth (working with local businesses in your area, for example).  Secondly, if your council has any ideas  for how an incentive scheme could work at parish and town council level please also let us know.
    Please forward your responses to YLCA by 5 pm on Monday 15 April  I we will forward these to the National Association of Local Councils to aid its response to the Minister.
    Responses please to:
    Many thanks in anticipation of your assistance.
    Yours sincerely
    Sheena Spence

  • Harrogate & Ripon CVS Monthly E-Mailing - April 2013
  1. We are delighted to announce that from 1 April 2013 the newly joined Harrogate and Ripon Centres for Voluntary Service (HARCVS) supports charities and volunteers across the entire Harrogate District.

    The previously separate CVS have a combined 75 years of experience and have always worked closely together. However over the past 18 months trustees from both boards have been exploring how to ensure this vital support work is best managed in order to be sustainable and provide the best service to groups across the District.

    Charities and people interested in volunteering will be able to access support and advice from teams based in both Harrogate and Ripon.

    You can read more on the front page of our Care in Action Newsletter

  •  Reminder about this month's workshop - subsidised for North Yorkshire Organisations
  1. Just a reminder about the next event in the North Yorkshire Towns Alive Programme: the Enterprising Towns’ workshop, which will be held at Thirsk Race Course on Thursday 25th April.

  • Incinerator battle goes to High Court
  1. Legal papers will be submitted on April 2 seeking permission for a Judicial Review of North Yorkshire County Council’s decision to approve planning permission for a massive waste incinerator at Allerton Park near Knaresborough.

  • Incommunities 2013 Recruitment Campaign for Apprenticeships
  1. Please see attached 2013  recruitment campaign for new apprentices.

  • North Yorkshire Now newsletter April 2013
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  • Department for Communities and Local Government Updated Guidance – Openness and Transparency on Personal Interests
  1. DCLG has very recently updated its publication regarding the interests of councillors.  A copy is attached and we strongly recommend that this is cascaded to individual councillors for their information and attention.

  • Rural Services Network - Weekly Email News Digest - 25 March 2013
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  1. The National Training Strategy Group (NTS), via the National Association of Local Councils is undertaking a review of the Quality Parish Scheme.
    The NTS is keen to hear from all councils, including those that have never held Quality Parish or Town Status, those that current hold the accreditation or have held it in the past.  As you are aware, YLCA is supportive of QPS as it is the only benchmark or standard which is recognised nationally, and while it has not been without its issues in the past on the whole it has been a worthwhile process.  After ten years it is now time for a review and we hope that our members will participate in this consultation so that the NTS can move forward with a revamped scheme, perhaps with differing requirements for specific sizes of council so that every local council has a fair chance to participate.
    If you have already responded to the survey through another source that is fine.  Thank you for completing it.

    The survey is being conducted through Survey Monkey and can be accessed at:

    The survey should take you approximately 20 - 25 minutes to complete and will be open for responses until 1st April 2013.
    The survey is in a format that is compatible with most screen-readers. If you have any problems completing the survey or would like to receive the survey in a different format please contact the administration team at NALC on 020 7637 1865 or or consult the attached briefing produced by NALC which might help if you have any problems accessing or completing the survey.

    Thank you to all our members in anticipation of your input to this initiative.
    Yours sincerely
    Sheena Spence
    Yorkshire Local Councils Associations

  • Rural Action Yorkshire - Our latest e-bulletin: rural communities getting together and getting prepared
  1. The cost of filling up your car at an all time high
    Motorists are being hit in the pocket as petrol and diesel prices hit all-time highs. It will come as no surprise to learn that petrol prices in the UK have shot up 5p a litre over the past month, speculation in fuel and currency markets being the main drivers of this third price surge in less than a year.
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    Rural charities plea for funds to train volunteer drivers
    More funding is urgently needed to train volunteer drivers to keep vital community transport schemes on the road, ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) and the Community Transport Association (CTA) have warned.
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    Community Pubs Minister launches new hotline for community pubs
    A new pubs advice line has been launched by Community Pubs Minister Brandon Lewis, which aims to help advise locals on how to take over their prized pubs.
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    Winter Weather Agents get to work
    North Yorkshire people show grit (definition: perseverance and passion for long-term goals) in getting grit on paths via the Winter Weather Agents Scheme.  4 x 4 vehicle rotas, be-friending schemes for vulnerable people, information leaflets on the Snow Code and emergency contacts are among other measures also being developed, not only for this winter, but also for next.
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    Now we have the Seven Community Hubs
    Film clubs, community lunches, book swaps, local history groups.....just a few of the things starting to happen at some of the Community Hubs. Watch this space as dates and locations start to appear over Spring and Summer.
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    Online Community Halls and Buildings Network is launched for North Yorkshire
    As part of the North Yorkshire Rural Voice project to develop Community Halls and Buildings Networks an online network has been launched.
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    North Yorkshire community buildings are benefiting from the Yorkshire Venues Website
    Since its launch last summer over 200 village halls and community buildings from across North Yorkshire have benefitted from a free listing on the Yorkshire Venues Website.  and RAY is already hearing of people booking a village hall as a result seeing a listing on the website.
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    Enthusiasm for Community Halls / Buildings Networks Continues to Grow
    The North Yorkshire Rural Voice project to develop community halls and buildings networks continues to be well received.
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    From cooking up some tasty treats to mending your socks......
    Word seems to be getting out about our Touchstones project and so much has happened over the last few months.  We are working with our delivery partners Age UK in rural areas of Harrogate, Craven and Wakefield to support older, bereaved people to learn practical skills such as cookery, IT, gardening and sewing!
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    Save Filey Swimming Pool
    A decision has been taken by the Governors of Filey School to close their school swimming pool on 28 March 2013.  The Filey Pool Action Group is building a case to keep the pool open: this is their story so far.
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    Ripon - Generations 2013
    It doesn’t matter whether you are eight or 80, if you live in the Minster Ward of Ripon you are invited to attend the next ‘My Neighbourhood’ event on 23 March.  
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  • Rural Services Network - Weekly Email News Digest - 18 March 2013
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  1. We have been asked by a member council to ask fellow councils whether they use (or plan to use) Facebook and/or Twitter to advertise the work of the council and whether their experience has been positive or negative? We would also be interested to hear of any member councils which have made a conscious decision not to use such social media.
    Please send any comments to myself at our e-mail address.

    Yours sincerely
    Chris Pilkington

  • Notice of forthcoming meeting of Harrogate Area Committee 21 March
  1. Attached is an e-version of a Notice, along with the agenda, for the next meeting of the Harrogate Area Committee to be held on 21 March.
8th April 2013

Parish Council mailings for meeting on 8th April 2013