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  • The 'Spanish Flu' - Hampsthwaite 1918

    Milly Hebblethwaite was  a delightful and diligent 14 year old pupil at Hampsthwaite school, who came from a growing family who lived in the Hollins.  The previous year the school had given her a prize for her excellent attendance.  She died of influenza on 10th November, 1918;  This was one day before the end of the ‘War to end wars,’ the first World war.[article by Angela Sansam - June 2020]
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  • Here I Belong by Matt Hartley

    Performed by Falling Stars Theatre Hampsthwaite Memorial Hall, North Yorkshire, HG3 2EJSat 25th April 2020Travel through time from 1953 to the present day in this moving, funny and charming play about village life. Elsie has lived in the village for sixty years. She has seen elections, weddings, wars, people coming, people going. The village is where her daughter grew up, it’s where her husband died and it’s where she’s going to stay.Performed by Falling Stars Theatre. Known for their immersive style of performance they will capture your imagination and make you feel like you are living the play with the characters. Don’t miss this opportunity to see exciting, engaging theatre right on your doorstep.Tickets available via TicketSource at : https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/hollins-lane/hampsthwaite-memorial-hall/here-i-belong-by-matt-hartley-performed-by-falling-stars-theatre/2020-04-25/19:30/t-amzgoq
  • VE Day 75 – Friday 8th May 2020

    Our Memorial Hall was built to honour the fallen in two world wars and give thanks to those who returned. It is appropriate therefore that we play our full part in the national celebrations and village activities planned for May Day Bank Holiday 2020 - moved to Friday 8th May for this purpose.Our afternoon begins with a what is hoped will be a re-enactment of what is believed to have been a visit to Metcalfe’s shop by ‘Monty’ which will continue on to The Joiners where there will be renditions of the Last Post and The Battle’s O’er following by a Toast to the Heroes as per the suggested national programme, with the Ukulele Band providing additional entertainment during the afternoon. The evening ends with a 40's Dance Party at the Memorial Hall.
  • UCI Road World Cycling Championships Come Through Hampsthwaite 2019

    Click on the NYCC Interactive Map below to see details of all road closures, parking restrictions, diversions and race timings. Briefly for Hampsthwaite they are as follows:Tuesday 24th Sept. 2019 for High Street and Elton Lane : No Parking: 23 Sep 22:00 - 24 Sep 18:30 - Road closed:  08:30 - 17:30 Mens U23 Individual Time Trial due to come through between 10:35 and 12:18 Women Elite Individual Time Trial due to come through between15:07 and 16:35 Saturday 28th Sept. 2019 for High Street and Elton Lane : No Parking: 27 Sep 22:00 - 28 Sep 16:00 - Road closed: 28 Sep 13:40 - 15:00 Publicity Caravan - leaves Ripon at 12.34 so due here around 1.10pm Women Elite Road Race due to come through between14.29 and 14.47 Click on the FanZone image to see full details of the many attractions on Harrogate centre during race week
  • Plans, Layouts and Resources

    Hampsthwaite Memorial Hall can provide facilities and resources for most events and has a good car park with marked spaces for over 50 cars. There is a well-equipped kitchen and catering area with dishwasher, water-heater, micro-wave, Rangemaster Pro induction cooker and ample supplies of crockery, glassware and cutlery. Adjacent to the Kitchen is a Servery with hatchways through to both the Main Hall and Dining Room (or small hall) which can be used as a bar. The Memorial Hall is licenced to sell alcohol. The Main Hall includes a well-equipped stage area and Green Room at one end, with P.A. system, both rear and front projection facilities for DVD, Blu-ray or data, ample stage-lighting, star-cloth, a mirror ball, and can be rigged with a ceiling canopy if needed. The Main Hall can open out into the adjacent Sun Lounge to accommodate larger numbers or as a bar area. The Dining Room, or small hall, is used for meetings, for groups, to place a buffet for example, or as another alternative bar area. There are ample chairs to furnish each of the spaces using either rectangular or circular tables. Table cloths and chair covers are available on request.
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  • Yoga for Health and Happiness

    Beginners’ 10 week course starts 29th April 2019 at Hampsthwaite Memorial Hall Monday 9:30am – 10:30am Course fee £60  Places limited For more info and to book, contact Sue Beever Mobile 07801 064819 Email suebeever@gmail.com
  • Hampsthwaite’s Dancing for Well-Being group on ITV

    A film featuring Dancing for Well-Being’s Hampsthwaite group will be shown on ITV’s Calendar North News at 6.00 p.m. on Friday 5th April.  From 1st April you can also see the film on the People’s Projects website – www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk/projects/view/together-through-dance
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Village Farm

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The house known as 'Ashville' was occupied for many years as a farmhouse for 'Home Farm' otherwise 'Village Farm'. The buildings, as seen above, belong to the house and adjoin its boundary.  Until her death in 2010, Monica Addyman lived at Ashville.  In Book I ('Villagers’ Reminiscences') she describes how her husband’s father rented the farm from the Greenwood family and that her husband’s grandfather, Jimmy Addyman had also farmed land in Hampsthwaite (at Bridge End Farm). Ashville appears to have been occupied as the farmhouse for Village Farm at least from the time of Monica’s marriage in 1942 to Fred Addyman. However, it seems that the land of Village Farm had also formed part of Bridge End Farm for, in the surveyor’s notes about Village Farm made for the purpose of the Land Tax valuation of 1910, we read this description of the buildings seen in the photograph above . . .

“(Village Farm)  Buildings and land 27a 0r 34p
Gross value land £68 buildings £5
Rateable value land £64.12s.0d. buildings £3.15s.0d.
Occupier: James Addyman   yearly tenancy £72
Owner: Hannah Burton (freehold)

Range of stone & brick built & blue slated buildings in good repair comprising: Dutch Barn. Covered in cow yard. Large mistal & small barn.
Stone & blue slated range in good repair comprising loose box. 4 stall stable. (Meat?) house with boarded floor.
4 stables Remainder stone flagged floors
Pasture land in good heart & of fairly even contour. Slightly above level of main road. Portion fronting road advertises for building purpose PTO [sic]
Public footpath”

The James Addyman referred to in the notes seems to be the 'Jimmy' mentioned by Mrs Addyman.

The outbuildings included the four barns later converted to dwellings (see the articles about 'South Royd', 'Byre Cottage', 'Coppings' and 'Swallow Cottage').

Life at Ashville was described by Mrs Addyman in Book I where she also had this to say about life on the farm . . .

“Our labourers in the early forties included German, Polish and Italian prisoners of war. They were brought from a camp near Ripon and dropped off daily at the various farms – the answer to the man-power shortage, caused when all those sound of limb were called up for military service. It was really unbelievable the hours that they worked to keep a food supply going.

At meal-times I used a huge table, fully extended. There would be perhaps two German prisoners and all the Houseman family – including Bernard, who lived up at Brimham Rocks Farm - and Mrs Penrose, who eventually came to live in one of the cottages, later demolished, down by the church. I cooked for them and waited on them. When they were “doing the corn”, they worked from dawn to dusk. It was so dusty then – I took drinks down to the fields at night. They were hard times, but that was the accepted way of life then.

Fred employed several of the village boys and it used to be a real pantomime with them all. They were constantly falling out, but they 'fell in' again! They never did anything really bad, not like today. My husband used to smooth things over – he was a kind employer, who appreciated how hard they worked.

We kept cattle, sheep, pigs – the lot . . .”

Part of Village Farm’s land housed the Abattoir which was demolished when the St. Thomas a Becket Walk estate was built (see also the articles about 'Ashville', 'The Abattoir' and 'St. Thomas à Becket Walk')

Village Farm
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