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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: URL: FaceBook:@handsoffhampsthwaitevillage Twitter:
  • 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


    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:

    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

  • 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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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