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  • Christmas Tree Festival

    St. Thomas a Becket Church, Hampsthwaite are holding a Christmas Tree Festival over the weekend of 15th – 17th December.There will be a ‘Preview Evening & Concert ’ on Friday 15th with wine and canapes being served from 6.30 p.m and with a choral performance from Voces Seraphorum from 7.00 – 7.45 p.m. – tickets can be purchased from Hampsthwaite Post Office or you can buy them on the door (£7.00).The church will be open from 10.00 – 16.00 on Saturday 16th December for you to come along and enjoy the Christmas Trees and there will be refreshments served throughout the day.
  • Hands Off Hampsthwaite Action Group

    Newsletters and Updates resulting from Action Group meetings An Action Group to oppose excessive development in Hampsthwaite was formed following the public meting at the Memorial Hall on Thursday 19th July 2017.Meetings are held on Monday evenings, 6.00pm  at Sophie's Coffee Shop unless advised otherwise. Email: info@hampsthwaiteactiongroup.com URL: www.hampsthwaiteactiongroup.com FaceBook:@handsoffhampsthwaitevillage Twitter: https://twitter.com/HampsthwaiteAG
  • Management Committee Meetings

    "The general management and control of the Trust Premises and the Arrangements for their use shall be vested in a Committee of Management (hereinafter called “the Committee”) consisting of not more than Twenty-five members (exclusive of members co-opted . . . )" and "All members of the Committee shall retire annually at the Annual General Meeting". Extracts from Conveyance No.8791 dated 24th April 1953
  • HAMPSTHWAITE UNDER THREAT!

     
  • HARROGATE DISTRICT LOCAL PLAN

    Harrogate Borough Council is currently preparing a new Local Plan which will set out how the district should grow and develop to 2035.Previous iterations of their proposals and supporting documents are listed below with particular reference to their impact on Hampsthwaite. Link to HBC's Online Planning Application Information (opens in a new window) Click on Images or Headings to link to related articles
  • Birstwith Road Site (HM9)

    Harrogate Borough Council is preparing a new Local Plan that will set out how the district should grow and develop to 2035. Birstwith Road is proposed as an Additional Site HM9 and is now the subject of a consultation exercise.See: https://consult.harrogate.gov.uk/portal/pp/lp/as17/as17
  • HARROGATE DISTRICT LOCAL PLAN

    Harrogate Borough Council is currently preparing a new Local Plan which will set out how the district should grow and develop to 2035. Link to HBC's Online Planning Application Information (opens in a new window) Link to Harrogate District Draft Local Plan Additional Sites consultation 14 July - 25 August 2017 (opens in a new window)
  • Brookfield Garth Proposed Development

    HAMPSTHWAITE ONCE AGAIN UNDER THREAT! PROPOSED RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT BROOKFIELD GARTH, HAMPSTHWAITE  
  • 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.
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Staying Safe Online

The first priority is to ensure your computer is kept up to date and is well protected with regularly updated anti-virus software. Also don’t store your banking passwords on your computer and change passwords regularly - just in case

Beyond that, staying safe online is largely a matter of being careful what you click on and what you plug into your computer or connect it to. Malware (a general term for all kinds of ‘malicious software’) can only enter a computer via:

  • an email attachment,
  • by being downloaded from a website
  • via connection with an infected device or system - e.g. a USB stick or a compromised network such as in a public cyber cafe.

Passwords

We are all, apparently, getting better at creating passwords but around 25% of us still use passwords such as: 'password', 'letmein', '123456', 'trustno1' or 'querty' for example (see The 25 Most Popular Passwords of 2014).

It is as important as ever, however, to create safe passwords (but ones 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.

For example try typing the following into https://howsecureismypassword.net/:

  • Password
  • Pa22w0rd
  • P@22w0rd
  • MyP@22w0rd

Similar variations could be created using a memorable word such as your pet's name or street where you live then applying a 'rule' (e.g. substituting certain letters for numbers or symbols, alternating caps and lower case, writing in reverse, etc.)

Alternatively, you could instead think of a memorable phrase then take the first (or the last!) letters/numbers to create a password - applying the 'rules' above also if neccessary.

e.g. "Password is one of the most easily hacked passwords today" would become:

P100tmehpt (and would take about 6 years to crack - not very easy after all!)

Using techniques such as this may not create passwords which can never by hacked, but for most purposes they will be strong enough - especially if you change them regularly and don't store any important ones on the computer.

For detailed information visit 'Email and web scams: How to help protect yourself' in the  MS Safety & Security Centre.

Email Problems

  • check if a suspect email is SPAM or a SCAM by pasting its subject line into Google
  • 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.
  • If something seems too good to be true - it probably is!
Staying Safe Online

The first priority is to ensure your computer is kept up to date and is well protected with regularly updated anti-virus software. Also don’t store your banking passwords on your computer and change passwords regularly - just in case

Beyond that, staying safe online is largely a matter of being careful what you click on and what you plug into your computer or connect it to. Malware (a general term for all kinds of ‘malicious software’) can only enter a computer via:

  • an email attachment,
  • by being downloaded from a website
  • via connection with an infected device or system - e.g. a USB stick or a compromised network such as in a public cyber cafe.