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  • Preserving Our Past

    The churchyard of St Thomas a'Beckett, and its Chapel-of-Ease at Felliscliffe hold within them a wealth of local heritage via their Memorial Inscriptions and Burial Records. Why so many infant deaths, what was happening in society at the time of burial, was there a war or an illness affecting the population? How many local families are represented there and are there any well known names - or not so well nown but with an interesting story attached? Is the design of the Memorial interesting in terms of its art work or the language used?This section of our website aims to list phtographs of all Memorials, together with their Inscriptions and Church Records so that such questions may be answered by browsing or searching both now and in the foreseeable future - even long after some inscriptions may have faded beyond readability.
  • Wiliam Bell 1811-1879

  • Wiliam Lupton 1775-1859

  • Thomas Watson 1825 -1903

  • Hampsthwaite Bridge - photo

    "Hampsthwaite Bridge over the River Nidd. Built in 1598, rebuilt 1640, alterations made in the 19th century. I have been wanting to photograph this bridge for a while now; today the winter light, the sparse vegetation and the mottled snow that remained on the bank of a feeder drain, were perfect."Simon HillJanuary 17th 2021(click photo to return to full article)
  • Previous COVID-19 Announcements

    Previous announcements and updates from UK Gov and ACRE
  • DT Forge

    DT Forge exists to promote good craftsmanship in a rich variety of materials, using traditional hand crafting techniques, supplemented by modern tooling and processes. Products range from original designs in high quality materials to artefacts made by sensitive recycling of iconic objects with the aim of extending their lifespan. "Making something out of the ordinary, out of the ordinary”
  • Memorial Hall and COVID-19

    The Memorial Hall Management Committee has taken steps to qualify the hall as being COVID-19 Secure as follows: We have conducted a Memorial Hall Risk Assessment and made it available to all users. We have cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures in line with UK Government guidance We have taken all reasonable steps to help hall users keep safe from COVID-19 We have taken all reasonable steps to help Hirers maintain Social Distancing when using the hall Where people cannot keep 2m apart we have advised Hirers on the mitigating actions they might take to manage transmission risk
  • VE Day 75 - Stay at Home Street Party - 8th May 2020

    Stay at Home Street Party - Decorate your House in Red, White & Blue and enjoy a picnic in your front Garden”.The village was bedecked in red, white and blue bunting (see also a short video taken by resident Charles Charlesworth on the Hampsthwaite Memorial Hall FaceBook page)Teas were prepared by the local coffee shop, Sophie's.With sandwiches, sausage roll, cream scone and Victoria sponge. One recipient later declared it to be “As good as tea at the Ritz”. A VE day quiz was also distributed with each tea.A group of volunteers distributed the teas, one came appropriately dressed in an outfit from the 1940s
  • Frank and Peggy Shuffe - Licensees at the Joiners Arms 1956-1977

    Frank Shuffe, the from 1956, was an English professional footballer who played as a right back for Bradford City and later became trainer at Valley Parade.On leaving football he became manager of the The Prospect Hotel at Ecckeshill, Bradford during October 1953 before moving on to become Landlord of the Joiner's Arms in 1956 Frank died at Harrogate Hospital on 7 February 1973 after a short illness aged 55. Peggy continued on with their son John, a keen sportsman, until she retired in 1978 and moved to live near friends in Scotland  
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SuperFast North Yorkshire

Link to http://www.superfastnorthyorkshire.com/
Beware of Computer Scams
  1. 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 http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/security/online-privacy/avoid-phone-scams.aspx
  1. 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!

  • Check your speed and compare providers here

  1. See - http://www.broadbandspeedchecker.co.uk/

  • SuperFast Broadband for Hampsthwaite?

At the The Broadband North Yorkshire Conference 2012 it was announced that North Yorkshire has won the race to deploy fibre broadband using Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) funds and has agreed a contract with BT to deliver this.

The contract states that 90 per cent of county premises will access to fibre broadband by the end of 2014 - so it WILL happen. The remaining 10% will get at least 2Mb by a variety of means - these are likely to be farms and isolated areas.

Although it is too early to be specific, Hampsthwaite, being so close to Harrogate, is unlikely to be in the 10% and it is probable that BT will be putting fibre into the village. It emerged during the Conference that it is the nature of these projects that progress is not linear - i.e. the bulk of work is done early, leaving the awkward bits until last. This gives some cause to be optimistic about when we might benefit.

You will know things are happening when you start to see BT vans with the NY SuperFast logo in the area.

Full details of the project and a the single channel of communication/information is on the web at www.superfastnorthyorkshire.com

Residents are  strongly advised to register on the site to maintain our momentum of interest but this is not yet another 'market research' exercise. Indeed, the BT contract calls for an 'open network' which means that your existing ISP will be able to bring you super-fast broadband services over it if you choose not to go BT (Plusnet for example could do so at £16.49 per month).

Existing local community schemes (eg such as Darley) and any new such schemes will have to be integrated into the BT network and Super Fast North Yorkshire (SFNY) will decide on the best solution.

Conference follow-up email from Julian Smith MP

From the point of view of the Members of Parliament, it is the end of the first chapter where we have taken the lead in securing money from Government and ensuring a rigorous procurement process took place.

BT and North Yorkshire County Council launched the ‘Superfast North Yorkshire’ project which will deliver at least 2Mbps to every property in North Yorkshire and at least 25Mbps to nine in ten properties. It is now over to BT and North Yorkshire County Council to deliver on the promises which have been made and outline, in more detail, what you can expect and when.

They launched their website – www.superfastnorthyorkshire.com – which they promise will be the portal for information for homes and businesses.

Please find below links from the Conference which I hope are useful:

-          Read the BT & North Yorkshire County Council press release >>

-          See videos from the event >>

-          North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership website >>

-          E-mail Google’s Product Marketing Managing Kristen Marshall

-          UKTI website >>


SuperFast North Yorkshire
Beware of Computer Scams
  1. 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 http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/security/online-privacy/avoid-phone-scams.aspx
  1. 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!
Link to http://www.superfastnorthyorkshire.com/