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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.
  • 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: (with Events section at
  • 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 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?
  • Barton House

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YLCA Communications

YLCA Communications for Current Year


Please note that this meeting will be held on Monday 12, June 2017 at 7.00pm in The Jubilee Room (above the Library), St James Square, Boroughbridge, YO51 9AR (right in the centre of Boroughbridge).

Hampsthwaite Parish Council - Use of s. 137 of The Local Government Act 1972 (Our Ref: May38)

Bulletin on S137 expenditure


The new hard copy of The Good Councillor’s Guide 2017 is now available.


Please see the attached briefing which is relevant in the run up to local elections.  The key issues covered in this advisory note are local publications and the publication of publicity in the lead up to elections.
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YLCA Annual Review 2016/2017

We like to use photographs of the Yorkshire area in our annual review.  If you have some good photos of features of your parish, please send them to us in j.peg format, telling us the name of the parish and details of what is in the photo.  Please send these to:
Flooding problems at Allerton Mauleverer

Residents of the parish of Allerton Mauleverer with Hopperton have experienced flooding for some time due to poor drainage.  The parish meeting is liaising with the highway authority as it is believed that the cause of the problem is a collapsed/blocked drain passing under the main street through the village. However, the parish meeting is keen to do something itself to alleviate the problem and would like to hear from any parish councils or parish meetings who have satisfactorily used consultants who can give advice on a new drainage system.

 If you can help please contact the Clerk, David Hopperton on: 07703 356473 or 01937 587188 or e-mail him at:


It is a chance to hear about why digital working increasingly matters, the importance of doing it and how to do it.   It will provide an opportunity to look at some best practice and hear some new ideas.  The cost is £75 plus VAT (total £90) per delegate for councils/parish meetings who are affiliated to NALC via their county association.   Councils that hold any level of the Local Council Award Scheme can get a reduction in the fee - £60 plus VAT (total £72.00) per delegate.

Full information and a booking form is available on the NALC website, under ‘Events’.  All councils have been issued with log-in details for the NALC website by YLCA.

You may like to note that YLCA is planning some workshops in the next few months that address the use of websites, Facebook, Twitter and other information sharing platforms.  Information coming out shortly.

Parish precepts - Request to demonstrate restrain

White Rose Update March edition

Rural Affordable Housing Schemes - Request for Case Study Examples

We have received the following information and request from the Royal Town Planning Institute via the National Association of Local Councils.

“RTPI collecting examples of rural affordable housing schemes which have been facilitated by planning/ neighbourhood planning

The RTPI is looking for examples of how planning can facilitate rural  affordable housing.   The review focuses on the role of planning in delivering affordable housing. This takes a broad definition of affordability which encompasses not only house prices but also issues like transport accessibility, local economic opportunities, and access to public services.

They are seeking case studies of rural affordable housing schemes in which planning has played a positive enabling role, so they can understand what has worked in practice in different parts of the country. They  would be very grateful for recommendations of proposed/completed housing schemes – especially those testing innovative approaches to making them affordable.”

If you are aware of any such examples in your parishes please let the RTPI know via the above link (preferably within the next couple of weeks). We would also be grateful for a copy of any examples you send to them.

NALC DIS and Grants & Funding Bulletins

For information. Please find attached the latest information and grant and funding bulletins produced by the National Association of Local Councils.
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Auditor Appointments for Smaller Authorities for the 2017/18 to 2021/22 Financial Years

The Associations have received notification that following a successful procurement exercise the Sector Led Body, the Smaller Authorities Audit Appointments Ltd (SAAA), have appointed external auditors for smaller authorities (including parish and town councils and parish meetings) for the 2017/2018 – 2021/22 financial years. The appointed external auditors for all parish and town councils and parish meetings in North, South and West Yorkshire who have not opted out of the Sector Led Body will be PKF Littlejohn LLP. PKF Littlejohn are currently the appointed auditors for North and West Yorkshire but not for South Yorkshire.

Please do note that for the financial year 2016/17 there will be no changes to your existing external audit arrangements and you should continue to work with your existing external auditors on limited assurance reviews for accounts for this financial year. The new appointments only become effective for the five year period in relation to accounts for the financial year beginning on 1 April 2017.

Further information about the audit appointments can be found at the SAAA website below.

We understand that all parish and town councils and parish meetings will receive further information in due course about the arrangements for 2017/18 onwards directly from SAAA and/or from PKF Littlejohn.

Harrogate Branch meeting 20 February 2017

YLCA branches are an opportunity for councillors and clerks of member councils to meet together to discuss issues of mutual interest and concern.  Branches can and do invite speakers on parish matters.  Your council can influence local, regional and national issues via the branch meeting.
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Training seminars in Planning and Development and Neighbourhood Planning

From March late April the Associations are concentrating their planning programme on planning and development and neighbourhood plans.  We have arranged day long seminars in a number of locations and these will focus on helping councils to understand their role in the planning system and guide them in making effective responses to planning applications.  We are running one seminar focusing on the production of a Neighbourhood Plan from the inception stage through to examination and formal adoption and if there is sufficient demand for this session we will be able to provide more as necessary.

The sessions are being led by Andrew Towlerton who has worked in various senior roles in planning policy for North East Derbyshire District Council and Rotherham MBC. A qualified planner, he is a former employee of YLCA and also the part-time planning adviser for the Society of Local Council Clerks.  He is also a clerk to a parish council in the Rotherham area so is familiar with the policies and procedures of local councils.

At the Neighbourhood Planning seminar, Andrew will be assisted by Councillor Peter Allison, a member of Wilsden Parish Council in West Yorkshire.  Peter is one of the Government’s Neighbourhood Planning Champions who are people that have been identified as at the forefront of neighbourhood planning, with first-hand experience of the neighbourhood plan development process. The role of Champions is to promote neighbourhood plans, offer advice and support to groups who are on the neighbourhood planning journey and encourage and inspire new groups to shape development in their areas through the production of neighbourhood development plans.

Please find the information brochure and booking forms attached and if you need any further information please do not hesitate to get in touch.

NALC Grants and Funding Bulletin December 2016

Please find attached, for your information and reference,  NALC Grants and Funding Bulletin, December 2016.

The bulletin provides guidance and details of various current grant and funding providers to the sector.

Request for photographs

Please could you forward us recent photographs of your parishes or of parish council activities/events, please send them to us in j.peg format, telling us the name of the parish and details of what is in the photo.  Please send these to:  Thank you.

NALC Grants and Funding Bulletin December 2016

The bulletin provides guidance and details of various current grant and funding providers to the sector.