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  • Brookfield Garth Proposed Development

  • 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.
  • Parish Council Minutes Archive 2017

    Minutes from Parish Council meetings in 2017
  • 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
  • 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?
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Blue Bag 12th November 2012

Parish Council mailings for meeting on 12th November 2012

  • Gypsy & Traveller Needs Assessment

Dear Parish Councillor,

Opinion Research Services have recently been asked by Harrogate Borough Council to undertake a comprehensive Gypsy & Traveller Needs Assessment in the area. To inform this assessment we are carrying out a small survey with Parish Councils in Harrogate. 

We would be grateful if you could spare some time to answer some questions using the form attached to this email. Any information you can give would be very helpful.

Your views will be treated in the strictest confidence. ORS operate within the boundaries of the Data Protection Act and therefore ensure that your responses remain entirely confidential.

If you are able to take part, please return the form by Friday 7th December at the latest by emailing your response to  Alternatively you can post your completed form, free of charge, to Opinion Research Services, FREEPOST (SS1018), PO BOX 530, Swansea, SA1 1ZL.  If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me on 01792 535306.

If you wish to discuss the background to the study with the commissioning Council, please contact Rachael Hutton at Harrogate Borough Council on 01423 556578 or  

Thank you very much in anticipation of your help.

There is an incorrect closing date of 6th July on the questionnaire. Please note that the actual closing date for this Parish Survey is Friday 7th December.


  1. Dear Clerk, due to the cost of postage we have not in the past been able to send YLCA Branch meeting papers to council/parish meeting representatives direct. However, we can do this by e-mail and we are happy to receive the names and e-mail addresses of your council’s/parish meeting appointed representative(s) to YLCA.
  2. Please note that the clerk will continue to receive a copy of the Branch papers as will the chairman of the council/parish meeting where we hold an e-mail address. You may also wish to note that it is only Branch papers that the representatives will receive; all other notifications such as White Rose Update, briefings and bulletins will be sent to the council/parish meeting via the clerk in the usual way.
  3. The lists will be renewed each year in May and we will be contacting you again at that time for an update.
  4. Please also remember that it is your responsibility to tell us if the representative(s) alter so that we can amend our records accordingly


  • Code of Conduct - Dispensations to take part in precept decisions
  1. Dear Clerk, some of you may have picked this issue up from the SLCC website or via SLCC e-groups.
  2. I have spoken to the National Association of Local Councils about the matter and it has confirmed that it is in the process of updating its Legal Topic Note (number 80).  It is not correct that NALC has issued advice and guidance to county associations.  The Head of Legal Services has advised me that NALC is awaiting a legal interpretation from the Department for Communities and Local Government prior to giving detailed advice to county associations in England.  I would envisage that this advice will be with YLCA early next week and as soon as we receive it we will forward it to member councils.

  • Weekly email news digest - Monday, 5 November 2012.
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  • HARROGATE & DISTRICT NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH AGM. - The 2011-12 Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, 6th November at Harrogate Grammar School, 6th Form Lecture Theatre, Arthur’s Avenue, commencing at 7 pm. All co-ordinators, members and potential NHW members are very welcome. Come and hear our guest speakers - the new Police Area Commander, Police and North Yorkshire Crime Commissioner Candidate, NYCC Trading Standards and 'interrogate' the police and your committee. Keith Roberts (Chairman, H&D NHW -"

  •  Free Business Support for Residents of Harrogate District

  • Weekly Email News Digest - 29 October 201


  • Kirkwells' Neighbourhood Planning News October 2012

  • Harrogate Area Committee - Notice, along with the agenda, for the next meeting to be held on 1 November 2012.
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  • Incinerator - Planning Officer's report published
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  • Neighbourhood Watch newsletter

  • Weekly Email News Digest - 15 October 2012

  • Himalayan Balsam

  • Proposals for changes to mental health services for older people in the Harrogate area

  • Tackling Fuel Poverty in NidderdaleL Friday 19 October
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Blue Bag 12th November 2012

Parish Council mailings for meeting on 12th November 2012