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  • Barkers Family History

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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 )
  • Disclaimer

    The information and materials throughout Hampsthwaite Village website are provided in good faith. Content is original or prepared from publicly available information or from other sources which are believed to be reliable.But you should not rely upon any information or materials on this website in making or refraining from making any specific business decision or other decisions.Hampsthwaite Village website contains information that is created and maintained by a variety of sources both internal and external to Hampsthwaite Parish Council.Information held in the Hampsthwaite Parish Council section of this website is for your general information and use only and does not constitute any advice or recommendation (professional or otherwise).Any views expressed or content posted in other sections of Hampsthwaite Village website are not necessarily endorsed by Hampsthwaite Parish Council.Neither Hampsthwaite Parish Council nor the authors of the Hampsthwaite Village website accept responsibility for any information contained in external websites that are linked to, and accept no liability in connection with their services or information.Whilst every effort is made to keep the information on this web site accurate, the website authors disclaim any warranty or representation, expressed or implied about its accuracy, completeness or appropriateness for a particular purpose. Thus you assume full responsibility for using the information on this website, and you understand and agree that neither Hampsthwaite Parish Council nor any of its employees, agents or authors of Hampsthwaite Village website is responsible or liable for any claim, loss or damage resulting from its use.In using the Hampsthwaite Village website, you will be deemed to accept these terms.
  • Parish Council Minutes Archive 2017

    Minutes from Parish Council meetings in 2017
  • Northern Powergrid and Gas Networks

    The Northern Power Grid and the Northern Gas Networks are the organisations responsible for the delivery of  electricity and gas within our region
  • Yoga Classes

    Jann is a Yoga & Energy Medicine Teacher and Therapist and lover of all things Holistic, Herbal, Organic and Natural and I’m a life long passionate supporter of The Healing Arts that are rooted in our Ancient Wisdoms of Massage, Dancing, Sound, Singing, Drumming, Painting, Meditating, Coming together in circle. Jann's weekly sessions are hosted at Hampsthwaite Memorial Hall and listed in the hall's Contact Jann for details:Tel:  07585 807046Web: (with Events section at
  • SuperFast North Yorkshire

    Beware of Computer Scams If you receive a  phone call purporting to be from Microsoft support or similar, to say that your computer has sent them a critical error message, ignore it even if they have your phone number and name!They will get you to visit a particular web page in your web browser. Something on the web page will enable them to have control of your computer. They can then load spyware, steal passwords or just use your machine to relay other illegal content, for example.If you think it might be genuine (VERY unlikely!), thank the caller, put the phone down, then contact your computer supplier or Microsoft Support yourself - see Whenever you receive an unexpected email just copy the subject line or part of its text and paste it into Google. You will soon discover if it is a scam. NEVER open links or accept attachments from emails you are unsure of. Remember: if it sounds too good to be true; it probably is!
  • Hampsthwaite Picture House

    Check the programme of film screenings by visiting the Hampsthwaite Picture House website. Films screened at 7.30pm unless otherwise stated. Come along and enjoy an evening with family and friends sat at our convivial, candle-lit tables with refreshments, 'nibbles', food and bar as appropriate to the film being shown. Tickets available from Hampsthwaite Post Office ( or at the door if available) - why not book a table and come as a group?
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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