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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

    The information and materials throughout Hampsthwaite Village website are provided in good faith. Content is original or prepared from publicly available information or from other sources which are believed to be reliable.But you should not rely upon any information or materials on this website in making or refraining from making any specific business decision or other decisions.Hampsthwaite Village website contains information that is created and maintained by a variety of sources both internal and external to Hampsthwaite Parish Council.Information held in the Hampsthwaite Parish Council section of this website is for your general information and use only and does not constitute any advice or recommendation (professional or otherwise).Any views expressed or content posted in other sections of Hampsthwaite Village website are not necessarily endorsed by Hampsthwaite Parish Council.Neither Hampsthwaite Parish Council nor the authors of the Hampsthwaite Village website accept responsibility for any information contained in external websites that are linked to, and accept no liability in connection with their services or information.Whilst every effort is made to keep the information on this web site accurate, the website authors disclaim any warranty or representation, expressed or implied about its accuracy, completeness or appropriateness for a particular purpose. Thus you assume full responsibility for using the information on this website, and you understand and agree that neither Hampsthwaite Parish Council nor any of its employees, agents or authors of Hampsthwaite Village website is responsible or liable for any claim, loss or damage resulting from its use.In using the Hampsthwaite Village website, you will be deemed to accept these terms.
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    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: http://amazinguniverse.co.uk/ (with Events section at http://amazinguniverse.co.uk/calendar/)
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  • 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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Computing with Hampsthwaite Online

Venue: Hampsthwaite Memorial Hall - a registered UK Online Centre (No 3455051)
Tel: 0789 4442227
Email:  online@hampsthwaite.org.uk
URL: www.hampsthwaite.org.uk/memorialhall


Tutored morning sessions at 10.00am until Noon @ £5 per session

See Memorial Hall Noticeboard or the online Events Calendar for confirmation of all sessions. Sessions are aimed at complete beginners through to those who have some experience of using computers - but no previous knowledge of computers is assumed.

 Introduction:


A series of relaxed drop-in sessions for anyone who wants to refine their internet skills – or for complete beginners. Bring your own laptops (preferred) or use one of ours. Just come and have a go amongst friends – you could save a fortune! Topics to be covered can include (click on red titles to see more):

  • Getting your laptops into shape – cleaning up and protecting with FREE computer security (e.g. using Windows Defender, MalwareBytes, SpyBot Search & Destroy, Adbloc Plus) – why pay more!
  • Keeping safe online – avoiding scams, recognising rogue websites and managing passwords.
  • Sending and receiving emails - setting up Google Mail or Thunderbird and adding attachments.
  • Using FREE online tools (such as Google Calendar and Translator)
  • Working with images - organising and making use of your family album or holiday snaps (e.g. using, Photo Gallery or Picasa, plus Jessops’ products and services or similar) – family gifts and presents problems solved for ever!
  • Using ‘Office’ type software (including the FREE Open Office or Office Libre)
  • Using Mail Merge- setting up a contacts list and printing out address labels for example.
  • Online shopping - searching for the best deals  – e.g. Car Insurance, Utilities, claiming Asda vouchers - *according to a recent study, people who do not use the internet pay an average of £440 p.a. more for goods and services!

. . . and for those who wish to go further . . .we could set up in a corner a bit of drawing of house plans etc. using the FREE Google SketchUp or even write your own web site pages (time and previous experience permitting).

All this for just £5 per session to cover the costs of the Broadband provision and resource maintenance (room hire and tutor* costs are completely FREE)

. . . and . . . please, please, PLEASE remember to bring with you a note of any email addresses, passwords and usernames that you might use – plus your mobile phone if that is how you are reminded of them

*Tutored by Geoff Howard and Keiron McGeever – both with (too many!) years of experience of organising and teaching computing in schools


Archive of materials from previous sessions


Free Software and Applications - why pay more?

All links to software listed below are given in good faith to what are believed to be reputable sources and not just time-limited demos. Some are 'lite' versions of more comprehensive commercial products and others, quite reasonably, include the offer to make a voluntary donation to support their continued development.

SourceForge has been innovating online Open Source Software creation and distribution since 1999 and now comprises a large repository of free-to-use software which has been created, reviewed, improved and updated by a world-wide community of developers.

Open Office, the open-source office software suite, has now evolved into Office Libre. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It can read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.

Since its creation in 2001, Wikipedia has rapidly grown into the largest reference Web site on the Internet. The content of Wikipedia is free, and is written collaboratively by people from all around the world.

  • GIMP - a freely distributed program for all photo editing tasks.

In addition to being an excellent Search Engine Google provides many other free-to-use products all financed by their advertisers. For example:

  1. Picasa - an image organiser and image viewer for organising, re-sizing and editing digital photos. In July 2004, Google acquired Picasa from its original author and began offering it as freeware.
  2. GMail - Fast, searchable email with less spam.
  3. Translate - Instantly translate text, web pages and files between over 50 languages.
  4. Calendar - Organise your schedule and share events with friends (you will need to sign up but there is no charge).
  5. Maps - View maps and get directions.
  6. Earth - Explore the world from your computer.
  7. SketchUp - Draw and design quickly and easily in 3D (SketchUp is now owned by Trimble but still free as SketchUp Make 2015).

MicroSoft supply a number of free downloads to customise, protect, and enhance your computer providing, quite reasonably,  you are running a genuine version of Windows.

  1. Security Essentials - Microsoft Security Essentials is now integrated into Windows 8 as part of Defender but can still be downloaded for Windows 7
  2. Photo Gallery - Edit, organise, and share your photos and videos.
  3. Movie Maker - Edit and compile collections of home videos and photos to create a professional looking movie, complete with sound track or commentary with transitions and titles.
(Note: Photo Gallery and Movie Maker are now part of Windows Essentials and may already be installed on your computer - check by searching for them)

YouTube includes a wealth of free-to-access videos covering just about any subject you could imagine - try typing Hampsthwaite into the search box for example!


Computing with Hampsthwaite Online

Venue: Hampsthwaite Memorial Hall - a registered UK Online Centre (No 3455051)
Tel: 0789 4442227
Email:  online@hampsthwaite.org.uk
URL: www.hampsthwaite.org.uk/memorialhall


Tutored morning sessions at 10.00am until Noon @ £5 per session

See Memorial Hall Noticeboard or the online Events Calendar for confirmation of all sessions. Sessions are aimed at complete beginners through to those who have some experience of using computers - but no previous knowledge of computers is assumed.