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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 )
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  • 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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Feast Construction projects

The Feast Group is proud of its record of self-help in the design and construction of resources, both to the benefit of the Feast and to the village community. We are grateful for the generous support of residents who give freely of their time and expertise whenever the need arises.

Feast Cabins Project

2012 will see the completion of this major project undertaken by the Hampsthwaite Feast Group and for the benefit of the whole community. The Feast Group wish to express their appreciation of the support given by Hampsthwaite Parish Council and our two junior football clubs. We also give special thanks to the following sponsors, all of whom contributed to make the project possible.

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The Waste Recycling Group Ltd are the major sponsors of the whole project. The WREN Small Grants Scheme(SGS) is one of a range of funding streams operated by WREN under the Landfill Communities Fund and it is this scheme which, in November 2011, awarded the majority of the funds needed to complete all work required.

This comprised:

  • a complete reworking of what were previously the nursery toilets, to make them more suitable for general use
  • provision of a new side door to provide direct access to the toilets and reorganisation of interior doors to improve access generally
  • completion of all access routes to ensure all users, including maintenance vehilces, can visit the cabins in all weathers.
  • provision of a durable and secure exterior store in which to house equipment for the two junior football clubs and others.
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A Community Chest grant, awarded by Harrogate Borough Council in November 2011, provided major funding to ensure the two Feast Cabins are easily accessible by wheelchair and pushchair users so that all residents can make full use of our play area and the new facilities located in the two cabins. HBC Planning Department were at all times supportive and helped to ensure the cabins were appropriately located.
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In autumn 2010, North Yorkshire most generously gifted the two Titan Portacabins to the community once their use became superfluous to the needs of our local primary school. Also in June 2011, the NYCC County Area Committee for the Harrogate District granted funds towards the improvement of access to them in their new location.
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We wish to express our thanks to the Knabs Ridge Wind Farm Community Fund who were able to support our grant application in May 2011. This funded mains electricity and water services into Feast Field following ground works preparation by Feast volunteers on two weekends in early June 2011
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We are particularly grateful to Mark Smith and his team from HACS who managed the siting of the cabins into their final positions and provision of services to them. Their broad range of expertise and willingness to 'go the extra mile', ensured that the two cabins were securely located with proper connections to mains electricity, water and sewerage sytems - they even ensured we have a facility at the rear of the cabins for cleaning football boots!
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Without the full support of John Emsley it is doubtful the project would even have got of the ground - literally! Emsley Cranes came to the rescue when no other way of removing the unwanted cabins from the school playground could be found, and we were in awe of the skill demonstrated by the crews, as they positioned the two cabins with millimetre precision.

Before and after : from waste soil heap to much needed new facilities for Feast Field
Before and after : from waste soil heap to much needed new facilities for Feast Field

Feast Mini-Golf - July 2011

Mini-Golf PosterMini-Golf Poster (582k bytes)
Mini-Golf Score CardsMini-Golf Score Cards (2.46M bytes)
Mini-Golf LayoutMini-Golf Layout (333k bytes)

Memorial Hall Planters - 2006/7

BBQ project - 2005

Forge project - 2006

Link to the Feast section of the original Hampsthwaite Village web site

Feast Construction projects
The Feast Group is proud of its record of self-help in the design and construction of resources, both to the benefit of the Feast and to the village community. We are grateful for the generous support of residents who give freely of their time and expertise whenever the need arises.