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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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  • 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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Computer Maintenance

In normal use, computers become cluttered with unused data, temporary files and bits of information scattered about the disc drives. Procedures such as Disc Defragmentation and Disc Clean-up alleviate this problem. Defragmentation is usually automated in Windows7 and 8 so can be ignored, but both operations can be accessed and checked. Disc Clean-up needs to be done manually - but only occasionally.

Hardly any software is completely free of weaknesses which malware can eventually exploit. Software also becomes out of date or needs new features adding. For these reasons it is essential to keep Windows up to date and the best way to do this is to ensure it is done automatically.

Scheduling automatic updates should also ensure your Windows Firewall is always on but this can be checked within the Security drop-down inside the Action Centre which is accessed via the Systems and Security section of the Control Panel (or just search for Firewall).

Anti-virus sofware is used to protect computers against malware attack and must always be kept up to date but can never be 100% effective. For this reason it is a good idea also to regularly scan with a malware removal tool - to 'catch the ones that got away'.

Advertising 'pop-ups' are not neccessarily malware - but can be an annoying nuisance. Some pop-up ads are malicious browser extensions added when you install other free software (video recording/streaming, download-managers or PDF creators) that have adware bundled into the installation.


Why Do Windows PC's Get Slower Over Time?

View this YouTube video by Eli the Computer Guy if you wish to know why this happens. It is a rather protracted explanation but fairly easy to follow.

CCleaner is mentioned in the video. This is free and can be a useful tool for reviving older computers which have slowed down.

Note: use only in these circumstances - regular use of registry cleaners is not recommended.

CCleaner HelpSheetCCleaner HelpSheet (325k bytes)

Disc Defragmentation and Disc Clean-up

For Windows7 and Windows8, Disc Defragmentation is set to run automatically so can be ignored, but Disc Clean-up will need to be run manually - say every few months.

Check settings via the System and Security link in Control Panel as shown in the HelpSheet (or simply search for Defrag or Clean-up) 

Note: Defragmenation is only suitable for (spinning) hard disc drives and should never be used on solid state storage devices (e.g. USB Flash Drives) - its usage here would shorten their life.


Uninstalling Unwanted Programs

Windows computers have an Uninstall utility built-in which can be accessed via the Control Panel. The Windows Uninstall however, rarely removes all parts of a program and there are usually several components and left over traces remaining.

Revo Uninstaller is free software available for download which can more thoroughly remove a program and its components if required.


Anti-Virus Programs

Windows8 computers have Windows Defender built-in (and Windows7 or Vista machines can have the same capability by downloading the free Security Essentials).

But many new computers come pre-loaded with a 'free trial' of some proprietary anti-virus such as Norton or McAfee and, as a consequence, Defender has been turned off. This is fine as long as you remain within the free trial period (and you may even wish to start paying for these beyond that) but be aware, that unless you pay, you may be left unprotected after the free trial period because Defender may not automatically be turned back on.

If in doubt, follow the advice in Turning Windows Defender on or off and check via the System and Security link in Control Panel. More information on this issue is available in this PC Advisor article.

Alternative free Anti-Virus Software

Most home users will be sufficiently protected with regularly updated Windows and Defender plus regular scanning by a malware removal tool such as Malwarebytes (see below) .

If it is felt that extra protection is needed, there are several good free anti-virus programs available including AVG, Avira and Avast!. The HelpSheet below shows how to install AVG. This is chosen because it is effective but not as intrusive as the others. 

Note: It is not advisable to try and run two anti-virus programs at the same time and so using any of these will also turn off Defender - it may need to be turned back on again if you ever uninstall.

AVG HelpSheetAVG HelpSheet (357k bytes)

Malware Protection

It is a sad reality that any computer connected to the internet needs to be protected against Malware. Malware is a general term (derived from malicious software) used to describe all of the viruses, worms, spyware, and pretty much anything that is specifically designed to cause harm to your computer or steal your information.

Antivirus software attempts to prevent viruses infecting your computer in the first place but you should also scan your computer regularly with some malware removal software to catch anything that has managed to get through.

It does no harm to scan from time to time with several different malware removal tools on the basis that what one misses another might catch.

Note: that most free malware removal tools will need to be updated and run manually every now and then.


Blocking Advertising Pop-ups

Adware can slow down computers and Internet connections by downloading advertisements. Advertising pop-ups can be a distraction and a waste of time if they have to be closed before continuing.

We should recognise that many of the 'free' downloads we value and make good use of, are paid for by advertising but there are other less obtrusive and more passive ways of doing this - and we can always donate where this option is offered.

Pop-ups can be blocked from within web browsers and, for added resistance, pop-up blocking browser 'add-ons' can be downloaded


Cleaning an Infected Computer

In spite of taking precautions, if a computer becomes compromised to the point where it cannot be started up or control is lost in some other way, the solution may be to use a Rescue CD. There are many of these, they all work in much the same way and most are free. If you wish to view a comprehensive list of them visit Raymond CC

Microsoft's Malware Protection Center gives guidance on advanced trouble-shooting and provides a link to download their Safety Scanner

In common with most anti-virus software suppliers, AVG provide details of how to download their free AVG Rescue CD. Either create a Rescue CD in anticipation of its being needed or, if infection has already occurred, use another uninfected machine to make one.

(For those who wish to see detailed guidance on how to clean an infected computer, there is a series of YouTube videos on the Britec9 Channel)

Computer Maintenance

In normal use, computers become cluttered with unused data, temporary files and bits of information scattered about the disc drives. Procedures such as Disc Defragmentation and Disc Clean-up alleviate this problem. Defragmentation is usually automated in Windows7 and 8 so can be ignored, but both operations can be accessed and checked. Disc Clean-up needs to be done manually - but only occasionally.

Hardly any software is completely free of weaknesses which malware can eventually exploit. Software also becomes out of date or needs new features adding. For these reasons it is essential to keep Windows up to date and the best way to do this is to ensure it is done automatically.

Scheduling automatic updates should also ensure your Windows Firewall is always on but this can be checked within the Security drop-down inside the Action Centre which is accessed via the Systems and Security section of the Control Panel (or just search for Firewall).

Anti-virus sofware is used to protect computers against malware attack and must always be kept up to date but can never be 100% effective. For this reason it is a good idea also to regularly scan with a malware removal tool - to 'catch the ones that got away'.

Advertising 'pop-ups' are not neccessarily malware - but can be an annoying nuisance. Some pop-up ads are malicious browser extensions added when you install other free software (video recording/streaming, download-managers or PDF creators) that have adware bundled into the installation.