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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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Meeting 8th July 2013

Parish Council mailings for meeting on 8th July 2013

  • YLCA Info Note for 8 July 2013
  1. Dear Clerk, please find attached our most recent e-bulletin for information.
    Yours sincerely
    Sheena Spence

  • A quick update
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  •  Weekly Email News Digest - 8 July 2013
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  • Neighbourhood Planning
  1. I have extracted some websites from my SLCC magazine that may be
    of assistance to the Village Plan group.
    for direct support or grant

    For case studies

    Hope this may be helpful. Chris.

  • Rural Opportunities Bulletin
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  • North Yorkshire Now July 2013
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  • Allerton invitation
  1. Dear Supporters,
    We are holding a fund raising event at the historic Allerton Castle which as
    you know will be blighted by an incinerator as its next door neighbour if
    NYCC have their way.
    Attached is an invite for you to come to the castle on Tuesday 16th July,
    tickets are selling fast so if you want to go act now please. All the
    details are on the invite.

  • Info Note for 28 June 2013
  1. Dear Clerk, please find attached our most recent e-bulletin for information.
    Yours sincerely
    Sheena Spence

  • Weekly Email News Digest - 1 July 2013
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  • Sport Nidderdale AGM
  1. You are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of Sport Nidderdale, which will be held on Thursday 25th July 2013 from 7pm in the offices of the Nidderdale Plus Partnership, 7 The Old Workhouse, King Street, Pateley Bridge.

    The agenda for the meeting is attached.
    The meeting will be immediately followed by:
        information and discussion regarding the plans for the Tour de France in 2014 and
        a presentation on It is an online platform for local charities and     community groups to enable your supporters to donate directly to you from your own     personalised webpage. Localgiving is a not-for-profit organisation, which accepts all     types of not-for-profit organisations: from charities, Sports Clubs, to small local     community groups. For further information see attachment.

    Mel Welch
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  • Circular from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
  1. Dear Clerk, please see attached a leaflet that YLCA has been asked to send to parishes by the DWP.  Where this information is not relevant for your size of council perhaps you could forward it to local businesses, or perhaps include some brief information in your newsletters?

  • Over 50’s Forum
  1. I would be very grateful if you could publicise the next meeting of the Over 50’s Forum which is being held on Thursday 18th July at 2pm at St Peters Church Meeting room.

  • Weekly Email News Digest - 24 June 2013
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  •  Harrogate & Ripon CVS Monthly E-Mailing - July 2013
  1. Find out what’s happening in our local voluntary and community sector –
    Our HARCVS publications for July are available to download on our website

  • Third Sector Trends Survey 2013 - Mapping the VCS in Yorkshire & Humber
  1. Dear Clerk or Chairman,

    Local councils work alongside many voluntary and community groups in serving their local communities and at the request of Involve Yorkshire & Humber (the regional voluntary sector support charity) we are writing to you to ask if you could forward on to those groups you work with a survey mapping the third sector in Yorkshire & Humber. This survey will produce robust evidence about the voluntary sector which will be available for organisations to use in their work.

    All each voluntary group needs to do is fill in the electronic questionnaire that can be found here:

    The Third Sector Trends survey aims to produce reliable evidence for bids, planning services and demonstrating the contribution of the voluntary and community sector to the economy and communities. A report will be available in the autumn.

    It follows the first “Third Sector Trends Survey”, published in 2011. Involve Yorkshire and Humber now want to update the data so that they can see what has happened to the voluntary sector in the meantime and understand the impact of trends and changes affecting it.

    This work is being conducted by Involve with Professor Tony Chapman of Durham University. All information collected will be held anonymously.

    More information about the survey can be found here:

    Please contact Involve Yorkshire & Humber on 0113 394 2300 if you require any more information.

    Yours sincerely

    Chris Pilkington

  • FREE Seminar: Developing Rural Places - Planning & Localism
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  1. Dear Clerk, YLCA has received a request from Embsay with Eastby Parish Council (Craven district) regarding its website and consideration of whether to make this a more community orientated site by including general community news, articles, local club and organisation events, business links, etc.  The council is  hoping that by becoming more community orientated, the website will increase its readership and become even more popular.  It is also hoped that this change of direction will be easy to manage and will not add significantly to the webmaster's workload.

    The parish council feels that it would benefit from the experiences/lessons learned  of other parishes who have moved from a parish council orientated website to one which is more community/village orientated.   Did the readership increase and, if so, was this significant?  And, has this change of direction added to the webmaster's workload and, if so, has this also been significant, moderate, etc?  Please also tell the council about any problems that have been encountered if the council has widened its website in this way.  The council might have moved from a community wide site to just a parish site and again explaining why the council decided to do this would be useful information to give.

    If you can help in this matter please could you e-mail the clerk direct - Mr Robert Kandt at

    As always, many thanks in anticipation of your help in this matter.

    Yours sincerely

    Sheena Spence

  1. There are two places available on the course below if you wish to attend please can you phone me to book a place.


  • Weekly Email News Digest - 17 June
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  •  Rural Vulnerability Service - Fuel Poverty - June 2013
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  • Commuted Sums
  1. Please find attached the latest Commuted Sums sheet for Hampsthwaite Parish Council

  • Local Government Association (LGA)/National Association of Local Councils (NALC) joint conference: Unlocking the General Power of Competence – confidence to innovate: London - 23 July 2013
  1. The General Power of Competence was introduced as part of the Localism Act 2011. It gives councils the power to do anything that an individual can do for the benefit of their communities. This event is an opportunity to look at how the Power is currently being used innovatively by councils and the opportunities and challenges it presents.
    The event will also launch the LGA research report into the power and will feature presentations from expert speakers and real case studies as well as opportunities for debate and discussion.
    The event will be of interest to parish and town councillors and clerks, and because it is a joint event with the Local Government Association senior officers in policy, legal, finance and commissioning as well as elected members with responsibilities for these areas.
    9.45 am Registration and refreshments
    10.30 am Welcome from the chair: Cllr Ruth Cadbury, Deputy Chair, LGA Improvement and Innovation Board
    10.35 am General power of competence – opportunities and challenges: Cllr Sir Merrick Cockell, Chairman, Local Government Association and Cllr Ken Browse, Chairman, National Association of Local Councils
    11.20 am Questions and discussion
    11.30 am Refreshments
    11.45 am General power of competence - research report overview
    David Armin, Director, David Armin Consultancy Services Ltd
    12.00 am Case studies
    12.40 pm Questions and discussion
    1.00 pm Lunch
    1.45 pm Case studies
    2.25 pm Questions and discussion
    2.45 pm Panel session
    Dr Nicholas Dobson, Specialist Lawyer in Local and Public Law and Communications Officer, Lawyers in Local Government and David Armin, Director, David Armin Consultancy Services Ltd
    Other speakers to be confirmed
    3.30 pm Close
    Booking details can be found at:
    Yours sincerely
    Sheena Spence
Meeting 8th July 2013
Parish Council mailings for meeting on 8th July 2013