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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

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  • 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
  • Parish Council Minutes Archive 2017

    Minutes from Parish Council meetings in 2017
  • 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?
  • Barton House

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Meeting 12th August 2013

Parish Council mailings for meeting on 12th August 2013

  1. Dear Clerk, please find attached a joint National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and Society of Local Council Clerk (SLCC) circular.  This gives details of the new pay scales applicable from 1 April 2013 for clerks, deputy/assistant clerks, responsible financial officers and other staff employed below spinal column point 15.  A cost of living increase of 1% has been awarded.
    Yours sincerely
    Sheena Spence

  • YLCA Info Note for 19 July 2013
  1. Dear Clerk, please find attached our most recent e-bulletin for information.
    Yours sincerely
    Sheena Spence

  • Good Councillor's Guide
  1. We have now received hard copies of the new, 4th edition of the Good Councillor’s Guide.  Please find costs below.

    Each Good Councillor’s Guide costs £2.00.
    1 copy plus postage & package          £3.50
    2 copies plus postage & package       £5.80
    3 copies plus postage & package       £7.80
    4 copies plus postage & package       £10.30
    5 copies plus postage & package       £13.00
    6 copies plus postage & package       £15.00
    7 copies plus postage & package       £20.00
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    10 copies plus postage & package     £26.00

    If you require more than 10 copies please contact us.
    If you would like to order copies please e-mail Joy Morgan at

  • Weekly Email News Digest - 22 July 2013
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  • Kirkwells' Neighbourhood Planning News July 2013
  1. The July issue of our popular Neighbourhood Planning News is out now.
    Click here to download a copy or open the attachment.
    July’s issue has stories on:
        Onshore wind – new powers and benefits for communities
        Community Right to Build
        Neighbourhood Planning: Do we? Don’t we?
        How much does it cost to produce a neighbourhood plan?

  • Dales Connect Bulletin - Summer 2013
  1. Dear all,
    Please find attached the Dales Connect Bulletin - Summer 2013. The bulletin will be published quarterly by DITA - the not-for-profit Dales Integrated Transport Alliance. Any feedback would be very welcome.
    We'd also be grateful for any help in spreading the word about the One Way £1 bus fare scheme for under-19s. As it 'says on the tin', the scheme provides young people with £1 single bus fares. It is in place throughout the summer until 1 September 2013 with participating bus operators in the Dales area. See for details.
    Please also forward the bulletin to any contacts who you think would be interested. Anyone may 'subscribe' via the Contact page on the above website. Alternatively, please let me know if you don't wish to receive these quarterly bulletins.
    Many thanks and best wishes,
    Randall Ghent
    Connecting the Dales Project Leader
    Direct:0113 3481749 • Extn:1749
    Mobile: 07919 391773
    Metro, 40 - 50 Wellington Street, Leeds  LS1 2DE

  • Historic Towns Forum Tourism and Neighbourhood Planning event - Hereford 31 July / 01 August
  1. Engaging businesses and communities with the tourism economy in historic towns – how to work with BIDs, Neighbourhood Plans, and the USP of your area.
    The Historic Towns Forum has long seen the value in working with retail, tourism bodies councils, private companies and local communities in order to help practitioners within historic towns make the right connections to develop, promote, and understand what works within their town centres.
    Working with several proactive and innovative bodies from within the sector, this July 31 and August 01 we are offering an event in conjunction with the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce, the Town Council, Visit Herefordshire, Herefordshire College of Technology and new HTF partners ASHTAV. The event will focus on how to engage businesses and communities with the tourism economy, how to set up BIDs, make the most of neighbourhood planning, and importantly, how to work within current legislation using best practice and knowledge sharing case studies.
    Key speakers include Sir Ben Gill OBE, The Right Worshipful Mayor of Hereford, Cllr Phillip Edwards, Department of Communities & Local Government, Association of Town & City Management, Royal Town Planning Institute, VisitEngland, Visit Herefordshire, Revive & Thrive and many others.
    In addition to exploring important and relevant topics there will be a showcase of local entertainment, talent, food and drink, with participation by the next generation of heritage enthusiasts.
    With places as little as £50 the event is booking quickly - please do get in touch! We look forward to seeing you there!
    To see the programme and book your place:
    With very best wishes
    Dr Noël  James
  2. Director
    Historic Towns Forum
    T: 01865 612033

  • Weekly Email News Digest - 15 July 2013
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  • YLCA Info Note for 15 July 2013
  1. Dear Clerk, please find attached our most recent e-bulletin for information.
    Yours sincerely
    Sheena Spence

  1. Dear Clerk, the National Association of Local Councils is taking opportunity to press for reform of the current legislation which permits a parish poll to be called when a parish meeting is held (Local Government Act 1972, Schedule 12).  The opening to do this has come from the Local Audit and Accountability Bill which is making its way through Parliament and is currently at the Grand Committee stage in the House of Lords.  The National Association is working with its President Lord Lytton and other peers to amend the Bill to provide for reform of the rules.  Members will be aware that changes to this legislation is a long standing objective of the sector - the parish poll rules are out of date, provide for vexatious use on matters not directly affecting the local area or the responsibilities of the local council, and can result in a waste of precious council resources and tax-payers money when misused.

    Please would you be able to take time to complete a survey which will help NALC with this work? It is primarily for members who have experienced a parish poll in their area.   The survey can be found at:

    If you can help that would be great and if so, if you could try to complete and return the survey by mid next week that would be much appreciated.

    Many thanks.
    Yours sincerely
    Sheena Spence

  • A Group Visit and Guided Tour of Helmsley Walled Garden on Friday 2nd August 2013 from 10.a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
  1. The Harrogate District Over 50’s Forum are running a trip to the Helmsley Walled Garden on Friday 2nd August at a cost of £18 per person. If it is appropriate I would be very grateful if you are able to help publicise the Forums first trip.
  2. Open to Everyone over 50

  • The Nidderdale Plus Partnership Minutes
  1. Dear All,
    Please find attached for your reference, notes from a recent meeting of the wider membership of the Nidderdale Strategic Partnership.
    Rochelle Wilson
     On behalf of the Admin Team
    The Nidderdale Plus Partnership
     Registered address:
    7 The Old Workhouse
    King Street
    Pateley Bridge
    HG3 5LE
    Tel: 01423 714953
     Company No. 5331403
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Meeting 12th August 2013
Parish Council mailings for meeting on 12th August 2013