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  • Brookfield Garth Proposed Development

  • 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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News of forthcoming happenings, events and activities in Hampsthwaite

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  • Village Threatened by Additional 353 houses! Full details currently being collated and will be linked to from this heading during the next few days - watch this space!
  • Brookfield Garth
  • Hampsthwaite Gifts



Stonebridge Homes are currently applying to Harrogate Borough Council to build 46 houses on the field which Brookfield Garth leads into - i.e. almost as many again as are being built at Grange Park.

Hampsthwaite Parish Council have submitted objections to this proposal. The purpose of this Newsletter is to bring this matter to your attention and to help those who wish to join in objecting to submit a response this coming weekend - in writing via a collection box placed in the Post Office or by email to the Case Officer :

It is understandable, following HBC’s approval of Grange Park, that some will think it unlikely we can halt these developments but it is precisely because of Grange Park that previous arguments are now stronger still - so please do not hesitate to make them again - even HBC must eventually learn to listen!

NOTE: You must include the reference 17/01597/OUTMAJ and your name and address in any form of communication.

Brookfield Garth Layout
Brookfield Garth Layout
Full details of the application plus how to submit comments online can be viewed on the HBC website at - Just enter Brookfield Garth in the Search Box click on Documents and then View Associated Documents (Note: site details are on Page 2).

To comment online you will need first to click on Register and enter just a few details.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS - also view our previous responses to such proposals at

“OPEN GARDENS” in Hampsthwaite

Saturday 1st July 2017 – 12.30 – 5p.m.
  • Due to popular demand, we are again running our very successful ‘Open Gardens’ event in Hampsthwaite. This time in a different part of our beautiful village. We will have approximately 12 gardens open for you to visit in the Hollins Lane and Brookfield area. Refreshments will also be available at the Memorial Hall.
  • Tickets are £5 for adults and free for accompanied under 15 year olds and can be bought on the day from the starting point at the Memorial Car Park.
  • Please come along and join us and let’s hope the sun shines!
  • For further details contact:
Harlow Carr Gardens

Hampsthwaite Gifts Logo

Hampsthwaite Gifts

The Post Office, High Street
  • Hampsthwaite Gifts aims to bring something different to the heart of the village.
  • Situated in the POST OFFICE on the high street we pride ourselves on the quality and individuality of our products and source locally where possible.
  • Why not pop in and have a look?
  • For enquiries please contact Vivanne on:
  • T: 01423 779819 M: 07770 977200 E:

Link to HBC Home Page

Harrogate Borough Council Small Grants Application

Out of 63 applications, the HBC Community Chest small grants scheme made 20 awards for 2016-17 including funding to Hampsthwaite Memorial Hall for:
  • Combined 5 zone induction hob and fan assisted oven
  • Oven Installation
  • Induction hob compatible s/s cookware set

Awards for All Grant Confirmation

Having met all requirements, Awards for All have now confirmed their grant offer for Memorial Hall Theatre Sound System Improvement as follows:
  • A theatre type stereo sound system to replace the existing inadequate mono PA system
  • Replacement of the existing worn and damaged main stage curtains and track to assist film screenings, drama productions and primary school concerts.
  • Acoustic panels to improve the hall acoustics and reduce echo.
Link to Awards for All

The Joiners Arms now open!

. . . a warm welcome to Andrew and Michael wishing them every success in their new venture. See their FaceBook page for details of what's on offer . . . . .Link to a href=
Link to a href=. . . . . together with the already well-established and excellent Sophie's Coffee House, Hampsthwaite is now the place to be for those seeking good hospitality and friendly service.

News of forthcoming happenings, events and activities in Hampsthwaite


  • Village Threatened by Additional 353 houses! Full details currently being collated and will be linked to from this heading during the next few days - watch this space!
  • Brookfield Garth
  • Hampsthwaite Gifts



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