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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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    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.
  • 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
  • Parish Council Minutes Archive 2017

    Minutes from Parish Council meetings in 2017
  • 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: http://amazinguniverse.co.uk/ (with Events section at http://amazinguniverse.co.uk/calendar/)
  • 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 http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/security/online-privacy/avoid-phone-scams.aspx 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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Learn My Way with Hampsthwaite Online : BLOCK 1 : Getting Started

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Course descriptions, links and downloads for Sessions in Block 1

Session 0

This is not a requirement and all can be covered during the tutored sessions but you may wish to engage in some pre-session practice before joining us.

  • Activities:
  1. Create safe passwords (which you can remember!). Consider one for general use and another for secure personal use. Check strength of passwords at https://howsecureismypassword.net/ (but experiment with similar passwords rather than your actual passwords - just in case!). Try substituting letters for similar looking numbers or symbols.
  2. Sign up to the Learn My Way web site - see http://www.learnmyway.com/
  3. Complete the Planner – see http://www.learnmyway.com/get-started/planner
  • Tips:
  1. Make sure your computer has is configured to update automatically and is protected with at least Security Essentials – see  http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/security/pc-security/mse.aspx
  • Further Practice:
  1. Computer Basics – at http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/courses/computer-basics/lessons/computer-basics
  2. Icons and Windows – at http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/courses/computer-basics/lessons/icons-and-windows
  3. Printing – at http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/courses/computer-basics/lessons/printing
  4. Free Basic Computer Training -  see http://www.meganga.com/
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Session 1: Learn My Way – Getting Started with Keyboard
  • Introduction:
  1. Video - http://youtu.be/mjuHTs8A-uU
  2. OB1 Keyboard basics – see http://www.learnmyway.com/get-started/keyboard/keyboard-basics-course
  • Activities:
  1. Just Your Type – see http://www.learnmyway.com/sites/default/files/courses/justyourtype/v1/index.html
  2. BBC Shooting Gallery Game – see http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/courses/computer-basics/lessons/keyboard-shooting-gallery
  3. Use Google Translate - see http://translate.google.co.uk/?hl=en&tab=wT
  • Tips:
  1. Hold down Shift and type to obtain CAPITALS and symbols temporarily
  2. With CapsLk on you will type capitals all the time (but not symbols) - this can be the reason why passwords sometimes don't work
  • Further practice:
  1. BBC Intro to the Keyboard – see http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/courses/computer-basics/lessons/the-keyboard
  2. YouTube - see http://www.youtube.com/?hl=en-GB&gl=GB for wealth of free-to-access videos covering just about any subject you could imagine - try typing Hampsthwaite into the search box for example!

Session 2: Learn My Way – Getting Started with Mouse
  • Introduction:
  1. Video - http://youtu.be/NcM6M7oTOjA
  2. OB2 Mouse Basics – see http://www.learnmyway.com/get-started/mouse/mouse-basics-course
  • Activities:
  1. BBC Clicky Mouse Game - see - http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/courses/computer-basics/lessons/clicky-mouse-game
  2. Stick Man Game – see http://www.drawastickman.com/
  3. Sheep Game - see http://www.sheepgame.co.uk/
  • Tips:
  1. Single click the left button to select and double click for action - single click the right hand button for menus of what is available
  2. To enlarge Icons and Font Size, right click on the Desktop then choose Properties from the Menu. Select the Appearance tab to change Font Size and Effects is where you can select Use large icons
  • Further practice:
  1. BBC intro to the Mouse - http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/courses/computer-basics/lessons/the-mouse
  2. Mouse and Keyboard Tips with Sandy – see http://learnmyway.co.uk/sites/default/files/courses/faceyouronlinefears/part_a_index.html

Session 3: Learn My Way – Getting Started with Email
  • Introduction:
  1. Video – see http://youtu.be/AjlrGl6z7F8
  2. OB3 Email Basics – see http://www.learnmyway.com/get-started/email
  3. OB3 Using email - sign in at http://www.learnmyway.com/online-basics
  • Activities:
  1. set up Hotmail - see http://www.learnmyway.com/get-started/email/hotmail
  2. set up G Mail – see http://www.learnmyway.com/get-started/email/gmail
  3. set up Yahoo – see http://www.learnmyway.com/get-started/email/yahoo
  4. Send basic emails to other learners, tutors, friends or family
  5. Set up a Google Calendar – see http://youtu.be/xnNpd482bP8
  • Tips:
  1. check if a suspect email is SPAM by pasting its subject line into Google
  2. attachments can be dragged on to some emails to send them - usually near the top.
  3. NEVER follow an email link to a banking site or PayPal for example - always type in the address yourself and go to the site directly to check.
  4. If something seems too good to be true - it probably is!
  • Further practice
  1. BBC WebWise – see http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/topics/email-and-sharing/
  • Additional Note:
  1. The website www.mail2web.com can be used access most emails from any computer  (you will need your email username, usually your email addresss, and password - remember passwords are case sensitve).
  2. It has been around for years and seems to be a bona-fide service, but best used for 'client based' accounts such as Outlook Express, since Gmail seems not to like it and regards it as a suspicious sign-in. This is not an issue because if you have a Gmail account, this too can be accessed from any computer and the better solution would be to have all other email accounts automatically forwarded to it
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Session 4: Learn My Way – Getting Started with the Internet (1: safe use)
  • Introduction
  1. Video - http://youtu.be/6FZtfb_djbY
  2. What's Online? - see http://www.learnmyway.com/whats-online (search for own name)
  3. OB4 Using the internet safely - sign in at http://www.learnmyway.com/online-basics
  • Activities:
  1. Test your password(s) at https://howsecureismypassword.net/ (but experiment with ones simlar to your actual password - just in case!)
  2. Go to http://translate.google.co.uk/ to try out your holiday phrases.
  3. See aircraft flying over Hampsthwaite - http://planefinder.net/ 
  4. Explore our village web site - see www.hampsthwaite.org.uk
  5. Find your house in Google Maps - see http://maps.google.co.uk/
  6. Web Cams - see http://www.earthcam.com/
  • Tips:
  1. check the end of a web site address to see its country of origin (eg .in = India) and be wary of foreign sites unless you are booking a holiday etc.
  2. make sure the web site address has not been altered slightly - eg from www.amazon.co.uk does not become www.amazona.co.uk for example
  • Further practice:
  1. BBC WebWise – see http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/topics/using-the-web/
  2. BBC WebWise – see http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/topics/safety-and-privacy/
  3. How to stay safe online - see http://www.choose.net/media/guide/features/internet-safety-browse-web.html

Session 5: Learn My Way – Getting Started with the Internet (2: searching and saving)
  • Introduction
  1. OB5 Using online searches- sign in at http://www.learnmyway.com/online-basics
  2. Copying and Pasting
  3. Open Office - see http://www.openoffice.org/
  • Activities:
  1. Search your Family Tree – see http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/guides/genealogy-online
  2. Search WikiPedia - see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
  3. Search YouTube - see http://www.youtube.com/?hl=en-GB&gl=GB
  • Tips:
  1. Control 'C' will copy and Control 'V' will paste
  2. Right 'Click' on the Taskbar at the bottom of the screen to 'tile' open windows
  3. You don't have to type in http://
  • Further practice:
  1. BBC WebWise – see http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/topics/using-the-web/
  2. BBC WebWise – see http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/courses/internet-basics/
  3. BBC WebWise - see http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/courses/internet-basics/lessons/internet-search-challenge

Session 6: Learn My Way –  Photos on-line
  • Introduction
  1. Photos on-line – see http://www.learnmyway.com/learn-more/photos-online
  • Activities:
  1. Use Picassa to edit photos - see http://picasa.google.co.uk/
  • Tips:
  1. Check the size of photos before sending them by email
  • Further practice:
  1. BBC WebWise – see http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/topics/living-and-interests/photos

Session 7: Learn My Way –  Shopping and Services Online
  • Introduction
  1. Shopping on line – see http://www.learnmyway.com/learn-more/shopping-online/shopping-online-course
  2. Make Money Work – see http://www.learnmyway.com/learn-more/make-money-work/next
  3. OB6 Public Services – see http://www.learnmyway.com/learn-more/using-public-services/using-public-services-course
  • Activities:
  1. Thompson's Auctioneers - see http://thompsonsauctioneers.com/
  2. Find a bargain? - see http://www.ebay.co.uk/
  3. Compare energy prices - and more! - see http://www.uswitch.com/
  4. Find the best price of something you might wish to buy – see http://www.choose.net/
  5. Use google to find Harrogate Borough Council - see http://www.google.co.uk/
  • Tips:
  1. Pay with a credit card or use PayPal to gain some protection against fraud
  2. Use well known brands for preference (eg Amazon, Azda, Marks and Spencer, Debenhams, or B&Q etc.)
  3. Check that a web site address is https before entering personal data into it
  4. Avoid saving your bank card details where possible
  5. Have a different and strong password for any sites where you enter personal data or engage in money transactions.
  6. Strong passwords contain a mixture or capital and lower case letters plus numbers - and even symbols.
  • Further practice:
  1. BBC WebWise – see http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/topics/living-and-interests/shopping-online
  2. Use public services online – see http://www.learnmyway.com/public-services
  3. Check prices before you shop – see http://www.beforeishop.co.uk/
  4. Online supermarket – see http://www.mysupermarket.co.uk/

Learn My Way with Hampsthwaite Online : BLOCK 1 : Getting Started

Course descriptions, links and downloads for Sessions in Block 1

Session 0

This is not a requirement and all can be covered during the tutored sessions but you may wish to engage in some pre-session practice before joining us.

  • Activities:
  1. Create safe passwords (which you can remember!). Consider one for general use and another for secure personal use. Check strength of passwords at https://howsecureismypassword.net/ (but experiment with similar passwords rather than your actual passwords - just in case!). Try substituting letters for similar looking numbers or symbols.
  2. Sign up to the Learn My Way web site - see http://www.learnmyway.com/
  3. Complete the Planner – see http://www.learnmyway.com/get-started/planner
  • Tips:
  1. Make sure your computer has is configured to update automatically and is protected with at least Security Essentials – see  http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/security/pc-security/mse.aspx
  • Further Practice:
  1. Computer Basics – at http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/courses/computer-basics/lessons/computer-basics
  2. Icons and Windows – at http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/courses/computer-basics/lessons/icons-and-windows
  3. Printing – at http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/courses/computer-basics/lessons/printing
  4. Free Basic Computer Training -  see http://www.meganga.com/
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