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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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HBC and NYCC Communications - 2016 Archive

Harrogate Borough Council: New event available
Harrogate District Draft Local Plan will be available for you to view and
comment between the following dates:
Start date: 11/11/16 09:00
End date: 23/12/16 16:30
Please select the following link to view this event:

County Area Committee for the Harrogate District - 17 November 2016
I attach a copy of the agenda and Notice in relation to the above meeting for your information.
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Minerals and Waste Joint Plan - Publication Stage

North Yorkshire County Council, City of York Council and the North York Moors National Park Authority are working together to produce a Minerals and Waste Joint Plan covering all three planning authority areas. When finalised the new Joint Plan will help the three authorities take decisions on planning applications for minerals and waste development up to 31 December 2030.  A number of public consultations have already taken place to help develop the new Plan, including an ‘Issues and Options’ consultation in 2014 and a ‘Preferred Options’ consultation in 2015.

 A final draft of the Joint Plan has now been prepared and is being published for a six week period to allow for representations to be made, before it is submitted for examination in public by an independent planning inspector.  At this stage only representations relating to the legal compliance and soundness of the Joint Plan are required.  More information about this is contained in the guidance notes attached with this email.

 The formal publication period commences on Wednesday 9th November 2016 and will close on Wednesday 21st December 2016.  All responses must be received by 5pm on that day.  Please note we will be unable to accept responses after this deadline.

The Joint Plan and supporting documents are available to view on the Joint Plan Website: .  Paper copies of the Joint Plan and main supporting documents, including a response form and guidance notes, are available to view during normal opening hours at all public libraries in the area covered by the Joint Plan, including mobile libraries and at all main offices of the three Authorities, as well as at District and Borough Council main offices and the National Park Centres.

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Local Government Boundary Commission Review

We have today been informed by the Local Government Boundary Commission of a change in the timetable regarding the final recommendations for warding patterns for Harrogate Borough Council.


The Commission now proposes to publish its final recommendations on 6 December 2016 and has advised us that it will be considering Harrogate at its meeting next week.


We will send parish councils details of the final recommendations when they are published.

HARCVS Funding File and Care in Action Newsletter - Autumn Winter 2016

North Yorkshire Now - get ready for winter; community awards; Tour de Yorkshire
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Highways Meeting 1st November
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HARCVS News & Funding Update - October 2016

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Parish Consultation Meeting - 24 October 2016

Please find attached the hand-outs and question responses following Monday’s Parish Consultation meeting in Knaresborough, for information.

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Newsletter from Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire

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HARCVS News & Funding Update - Autumn 2016

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North Yorkshire Now - Tour de Yorkshire; Adoption Week; smoking challenge

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Waste & Recycling Collection Service: Schedule of Collections

Community Safety Services Fund Applications now being accepted until 30th September

The next round for Community Safety Services funding is now open and applications are being accepted until 12 noon of 30th September 2016. The decision panel will be convened in early October.

Attached are the guidance notes and application form and as before, we are looking at applications from Community Volunteer services and organisations who directly deliver Targeted Prevention and Early Intervention activities. Full process and application details can be found in the guidelines.

We look forward to receiving the applications and would welcome you to continue and encourage organisations in your local community to apply.
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North Yorkshire Now newsletter - resurfacing rural roads/adult learning prospectus/Healthier Choices

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HARCVS News & Funding Update - August 2016

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Harrogate & District Volunteering Oscars

I am forwarding you the attached documents on behalf of Harrogate Borough Councillor John Fox with regard to the Harrogate & District Volunteering Oscars.  If you have any queries or your parish council wishes to nominate someone, please contact John direct as requested.

North Yorkshire Health and Wellbeing newsletter

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Small Transport Schemes Funding Work

Harrogate Borough Council (HBC) is putting together a funding pot for small, sustainable, transport schemes across the district.

The idea behind the funding is to offer the opportunity to a variety of organisations that would not ordinarily have access to funding for sustainable transport schemes or to provide an opportunity to boost funding that may already exist.  We are looking to understand the type of sustainable transport projects that your organisations and businesses may potentially want some financial help to bring forward.  When we have a good idea of the types of project we will launch the funding pot properly and invite bids from late summer/autumn this year.   

Please see attached for further information.

The deadline for giving us an idea of any projects you may be minded to put forward is 31/08/2016 via email to
Yours Faithfully,
Tom Horner
Transport Planner
Planning and Development
Harrogate Borough Council
PO Box 787
Tel: 01423 500600

Harrogate Borough Council 2017/2018 Budget Consultation

From today we are urging residents, businesses and councillors to be involved and have their say in the Budget 2017/2018 consultation.

One of the most important factors in setting a budget is ensuring finances match priorities and ensuring the people of the Harrogate District have a say in on the services that are important to them. The information and feedback you provide will form part of the development of our 2017/2018 budget which will be finalised over the coming months.

Your views are important to us and we would appreciate it if you could complete the questionnaire via this link: Budget 2017/2018 consultation.

The consultation closes 17th October 2016 and feedback on all completed questionnaires will be on the Harrogate Borough Councils website after this date.

Other consultations you may be interested in, including options for the Council Tax Reduction Scheme, can be found on the Harrogate Borough Council’s Consultation Hub ‘Have Your Say’ on the website  

If you have any queries or if you need paper copies please contact me on the details below.
Yours sincerely
Emma McIntosh
Engagement Officer
Partnership and Engagement Team
Harrogate Borough Council
PO Box 787
HG1 9RW Tel :01423 500600 (ext number 58095)

North Yorkshire Now newsletter - healthy choices, funding for superfast broadband, care awards

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Parish Consultation meeting - 24 October 2016

NOTIFICATION OF WORKS - West Lane, Hampsthwaite

Please find attached NOTIFICATION OF WORKS - West Lane, Hampsthwaite

PLANNED ROAD CLOSURE NOTIFICATION - 9041 Felliscliffe Grayston Plain Ln                                           

The Closure will be in place for a period of 5 weeks  between 15th August 2016 and 14th December 2016

The Road Closure and any associated Diversion Routes can be viewed using this URL link

HARCVS Funding File and Care in Action Newsletter - Summer 2016

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Standards Training for Parish Councils - notes

Following on from last night’s training session with councillors and clerks I have attached a copy of the course notes, which will be of interest to those who were unable to attend.

 The Department for Communities and Local Government have also produced a helpful guide on declaring personal interests which is available on the website by following the link below:

North Yorkshire Now newsletter - school debating contest; road casualties; reading challenge

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Wybone Litter Bins

I have four green Wybone litter bins with smiley faces that are currently surplus to requirements and sitting in storage in our yard. I’m selling these for £80 each to anyone who is interested in some new litter bins. They would be suitable for a rural play area location, open space or a school. They have not been used, they have just sat in storage for a couple of years.
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Electoral Review of Harrogate: Draft Recommendations

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published draft recommendations on the future electoral arrangements for the borough of Harrogate. 

Today is the start of an eight week public consultation on the Commission's draft recommendations on new ward boundaries across Harrogate Borough Council. The consultation closes on 22 August 2016.

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Parish Consultation Meetings - Review of Arrangements

Annual Independent Inspection Of Children’s Play Areas

Thank you I have recorded your request to be included in our Annual Inspection of Childrens Play Areas.

This year we are moving to having the Annual Inspection recorded electronically. You will still receive a paper copy of your report however the information will also be recorded in an electronic database called PSSLive. The advantage is that you could have your annual inspection as soon as it has been uploaded by the Inspector and you won’t have to wait for the paper report.

We use PSSLive to record our routine inspections on a smartphone and you can too as part of the licence that HBC holds. You can download the app onto your smartphone or tablet for free. On the Windows Store search for PSSLive, on android and Apple its PSSLive+. I will need to arrange a log-in code and password to enable you to have access to your data so please contact me if you would like to use this service.

All your inspection and maintenance records can then be stored securely in the Cloud and accessed through the desktop version of the software. You can record your findings, assign risk ratings, create tasks to repair the faults and sign them off when the work is completed. So should an accident occur you will be able to print off inspection records to back up your defence.

The company who created the software is able to provide on-line training for those who wish to use it. The online training that PSSLive provide is based on TeamViewer. It allows users to view the same screen whilst chatting on a conference call. The appropriate prices are as follows:

  • Mobile Training £75 (45 Minutes)

This course will teach users the basic functionality of the Mobile App, ensuring they are able to Inspect and Maintain their Sites and Assets.

  • Desktop Basic Training £99 (1 Hour)

The Desktop Basic Training will teach users the basics of the PSSLive desktop, allowing them to monitor and maintain Sites and Departments.

If you are tech savvy you may not need the mobile (smartphone) training but I would recommend the desktop training if you choose to use it to its fullest extent.

You can find out more from the PSSLive website.

Harrogate Borough Council Small Grants Scheme

Harrogate Borough Council Small Grants Scheme for 2016 is now open for applications.  We have £30,000 available to allocate in small grants for 2016 - 17. Grants of up to £3,000 per project are available for activities commencing mid-September onwards.

This is the only annual small grants scheme available from HBC, the previous Community Chest and Arts and Heritage grant funds have been subsumed into the one small grants scheme.

This small grant scheme will be accepting applications until a closing date of the 15th July 2016, 12pm noon.

A Guidance document and application form is available on the Harrogate Borough Council website Click here  

What is the purpose of the funds?

The purpose of the small grants fund is to support and strengthen voluntary and community sector organisations based in and serving the Harrogate district that are providing activities/projects that benefit the local communities and residents. The funds are available to provide and increase participation and engagement and to support new and innovative ideas.


YLCA has been asked to circulate information on the Awards by The Lord Lieutenant and Vice Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire.  Please find this below.

In 2016 we achieved our best performance since the QAVS were instigated in 2002, with three successful nominations from the Lieutenancy area.  This is the equivalent of the MBE and the highest award available for voluntary groups in the UK. We are keen to build-on this success for next year.

Could I therefore ask you to encourage groups you are aware of and who you believe are undertaking outstanding work to now apply for next year.  Please note that the deadline for submissions for the 2017 award is Friday 16th September 2016.

To be eligible, groups must have been running for at least 3 years and consist of a minimum of 2 people, the majority of whom must be volunteers. Full details of the criteria and details of the online application process can be found here.

Invitation to Rural Crime Breakfast Briefing for visitors at the Great Yorkshire Show

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Have your say in our Local Authorities consultation

PRS for Music has launched a formal consultation on a newly proposed tariff to simplify the licensing of its members copyright music within premises owned and managed by or on behalf of local authorities and town and other councils (“local authorities”).
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  • Newsletter from Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire
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  • North Yorkshire Now newsletter - council's can-do culture; new chair's pledge; Volunteers' Week

  • Tesco’s are now in phase two of their ‘Tesco local community scheme’ which will fund a large number of projects to improve green spaces in communities.

The scheme can provide funds for outdoor gyms in your local communities.  The administration of the scheme will be run by the community charity Groundwork and the funds for the scheme is being raised from the 5p plastic bag charge. Click here to apply and for more details.

  • Harrogate Borough Council Small Grants Scheme

. . . for 2016 is now open for applications.  We have £30,000 available to allocate in small grants for 2016 - 17. Grants of up to £3,000 per project are available for activities commencing mid-September onwards.

This is the only annual small grants scheme available from HBC, the previous Community Chest and Arts and Heritage grant funds have been subsumed into the one small grants scheme.

This small grant scheme will be accepting applications from 17th May 2016 with a closing date of the 15th July 2016, 12pm noon.

A Guidance document and application form is available on the Harrogate Borough Council website Click here


HBC and NYCC Communications - 2016 Archive