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  • Memorial Hall and COVID-19

    Following Lockdown, Village and Community Halls were able to accommodate indoor sport and exercise, dancing classes and certain other performance-related activity from 25th July 2020.The Memorial Hall Management Committee is taking a steps to qualify the hall as being COVID-19 Secure as follows: We have conducted a Memorial Hall Risk Assessment and made it available to all users. We have cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures in line with UK Government guidance We have taken all reasonable steps to help hall users keep safe from COVID-19 We have taken all reasonable steps to help Hirers maintain Social Distancing when using the hall Where people cannot keep 2m apart we have advised Hirers on the mitigating actions they might take to manage transmission risk
  • VE Day 75 - Stay at Home Street Party - 8th May 2020

    Stay at Home Street Party - Decorate your House in Red, White & Blue and enjoy a picnic in your front Garden”.The village was bedecked in red, white and blue bunting (see also a short video taken by resident Charles Charlesworth on the Hampsthwaite Memorial Hall FaceBook page)Teas were prepared by the local coffee shop, Sophie's.With sandwiches, sausage roll, cream scone and Victoria sponge. One recipient later declared it to be “As good as tea at the Ritz”. A VE day quiz was also distributed with each tea.A group of volunteers distributed the teas, one came appropriately dressed in an outfit from the 1940s
  • Frank and Peggy Shuffe - Licensees at the Joiners Arms 1956-1977

    Frank Shuffe, the from 1956, was an English professional footballer who played as a right back for Bradford City and later became trainer at Valley Parade.On leaving football he became manager of the The Prospect Hotel at Ecckeshill, Bradford during October 1953 before moving on to become Landlord of the Joiner's Arms in 1956 Frank died at Harrogate Hospital on 7 February 1973 after a short illness aged 55. Peggy continued on with their son John, a keen sportsman, until she retired in 1978 and moved to live near friends in Scotland  
  • The 'Spanish Flu' - Hampsthwaite 1918

    Milly Hebblethwaite was  a delightful and diligent 14 year old pupil at Hampsthwaite school, who came from a growing family who lived in the Hollins.  The previous year the school had given her a prize for her excellent attendance.  She died of influenza on 10th November, 1918;  This was one day before the end of the ‘War to end wars,’ the first World war.[article by Angela Sansam - June 2020]
  • DTOnline

    DT Online aims to provide, free at the point of use, a substantive resource base generated by teachers and educationalists to support Design and Technology education.The project is supported by the enterprises listed below.
  • Here I Belong by Matt Hartley

    Performed by Falling Stars Theatre Hampsthwaite Memorial Hall, North Yorkshire, HG3 2EJSat 25th April 2020Travel through time from 1953 to the present day in this moving, funny and charming play about village life. Elsie has lived in the village for sixty years. She has seen elections, weddings, wars, people coming, people going. The village is where her daughter grew up, it’s where her husband died and it’s where she’s going to stay.Performed by Falling Stars Theatre. Known for their immersive style of performance they will capture your imagination and make you feel like you are living the play with the characters. Don’t miss this opportunity to see exciting, engaging theatre right on your doorstep.Tickets available via TicketSource at : https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/hollins-lane/hampsthwaite-memorial-hall/here-i-belong-by-matt-hartley-performed-by-falling-stars-theatre/2020-04-25/19:30/t-amzgoq
  • VE Day 76 – Saturday 8th May 2021

    Our Memorial Hall was built to honour the fallen in two world wars and give thanks to those who returned. It is appropriate therefore that we played our full part in the national celebrations and village activities which were planned for May Day Bank Holiday 2020 - moved to Friday 8th May for the purpose - but which had to be cancelled because of Covid-19.In its place we supported a very successful  - Decorate your House in Red, White & Blue and enjoy a picnic in your front Garden” which was organised by local volunteers and received support from the Knabs Rdge Community Fund.The intention now is to repeat this for VJ Day on August 15th 2020 and, on this occasion, funding support will be provided by the Memorial Hall
  • UCI Road World Cycling Championships Come Through Hampsthwaite 2019

    Click on the NYCC Interactive Map below to see details of all road closures, parking restrictions, diversions and race timings. Briefly for Hampsthwaite they are as follows:Tuesday 24th Sept. 2019 for High Street and Elton Lane : No Parking: 23 Sep 22:00 - 24 Sep 18:30 - Road closed:  08:30 - 17:30 Mens U23 Individual Time Trial due to come through between 10:35 and 12:18 Women Elite Individual Time Trial due to come through between15:07 and 16:35 Saturday 28th Sept. 2019 for High Street and Elton Lane : No Parking: 27 Sep 22:00 - 28 Sep 16:00 - Road closed: 28 Sep 13:40 - 15:00 Publicity Caravan - leaves Ripon at 12.34 so due here around 1.10pm Women Elite Road Race due to come through between14.29 and 14.47 Click on the FanZone image to see full details of the many attractions on Harrogate centre during race week
  • Plans, Layouts and Resources

    Hampsthwaite Memorial Hall can provide facilities and resources for most events and has a good car park with marked spaces for over 50 cars. There is a well-equipped kitchen and catering area with dishwasher, water-heater, micro-wave, Rangemaster Pro induction cooker and ample supplies of crockery, glassware and cutlery. Adjacent to the Kitchen is a Servery with hatchways through to both the Main Hall and Dining Room (or small hall) which can be used as a bar. The Memorial Hall is licenced to sell alcohol. The Main Hall includes a well-equipped stage area and Green Room at one end, with P.A. system, both rear and front projection facilities for DVD, Blu-ray or data, ample stage-lighting, star-cloth, a mirror ball, and can be rigged with a ceiling canopy if needed. The Main Hall can open out into the adjacent Sun Lounge to accommodate larger numbers or as a bar area. The Dining Room, or small hall, is used for meetings, for groups, to place a buffet for example, or as another alternative bar area. There are ample chairs to furnish each of the spaces using either rectangular or circular tables. Table cloths and chair covers are available on request.
  • George Frederick Grimshaw - biography

    George Frederick Grimshaw 20th October 1914 - 17th June 1940
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The Granary

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This stone-built end-of-terrace property forms part of a larger property ("The Hollies") to which it is physically attached and which extends eastwards away from Church Lane. In fact, the buildings which now form "The Hollies" seem clearly to have been separate dwellings at some time as this second photograph suggests.

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The roof line reveals the origins of the property as consisting of at least three or four buildings in addition to The Granary - observe the chimney stacks marking the end of each unit and the breaks in the continuity of stone courses. A final, larger, building completes the row but stands behind and slightly off-set from the row. All these buildings can be seen on the 1891 Ordnance Survey Map but about four decades earlier, on the map of 1853, it is only possible to discern The Granary and the first two buildings to its right and these are the buildings which have, apparently, the greatest age.

"Jeffrey's" map of 1770 appears to show The Granary and its adjacent terrace of buildings lining Church Lane but the map is crudely drawn and no great reliance can be placed upon it. It is, however, reasonable to assert that The Granary, at least, dates from the last quarter of the 18th century or the first quarter of the 19th.

The Granary is thought to owe its name to its one-time use as a grain store and/or bakery. Until recent alterations its frontage was broken up into two large garage-like entrances of a height consistent with such a use. This photograph taken in 1968 (on the occasion of a flash flood!) shows two garage doors forming part of the façade.

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Notice the height of the openings - the garage doors do not fill them and a glazed area has been created over the doors. This height is, of course, consistent with the larger openings associated with barns or grain storage buildings. Another photograph from Victorian/Edwardian times shows an earlier arrangement of the openings.

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The building had a flight of stone steps leading up to the upper floor and there is some reason to believe this was an external stairway (see the entry for "Gooselea"). That, again, would be consistent with the building's origins as a barn or grain store. In recent years the first floor was used as a flat with the ground floor forming garage space. Recent building works have turned the structure into a dwelling with accommodation on three floors and the garage door spaces have been skilfully in-filled with stonework, a window and doors to blend with the houses to the north.

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The building has been put to various uses in its life-time and the upper rooms are remembered by villagers as the venue for meetings of the Girl Guides.

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The Granary

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