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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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Extracts from Book One ("Villagers' Reminiscences")

Past School Life

"When I went to the Village School there were about ninety-six pupils. We sat at old-fashioned desks with iron frames. There were no exercise books, pencils or pens - just slates and slate pencils, which squeaked when they needed to be sharpened. As infants, we had sand trays in which we wrote our letters and did simple drawings. We were not allowed to touch them between lessons; the teacher shook them so that the sand did not all collect in one corner.

The boys wore clogs or very heavy hob-nailed boots, corduroy suits - jackets and trousers which came just below the knee - and celluloid collars; we girls had buttoned-up or laced boots and, my goodness, it was difficult once one lost the tags to get them through the holes. My great uncle, my grandmother's brother, was a cobbler and shoemaker in the village, so he always made my boots, which I had to continue to wear even when they became too tight, because they were so expensive. When I grew older and we went up to a farm on the Skipton Road, I wore clogs in the winter because we had to walk all the way down to the school, setting off before eight o'clock in the morning.

As the Village School was C. of E. and Church and School were very closely linked, the Vicar was much in evidence. At five to nine the school bell tolled a warning; at nine o'clock it was rung again and that was it! Anyone late was caned. The Vicar took Assembly; we sang a hymn and said prayers. That was followed by three quarters of an hour's Religious Instruction - he would read the Bible and explain it to us. Otherwise, most of the time was spent on the three R's. I never liked music: I felt that I "couldn't sing right", which was rather unfortunate as the teacher was a trained singer. I said before that we had slates and slate pencils, but when we were older we did progress to pens and inkwells. The boys used to mix the powder and water in the porch. If pens were dropped on the floor the nibs became crossed, so we constantly needed new ones - and woe betide us if we didn't use them properly: we had to go thin on the up-stroke and press thick on the down-stroke.

Naturally, the schoolmaster taught us, whilst his wife instructed the Infants in the three R's and the older girls in housewifery and sewing and darning of socks or patching of clothes once a week. We even learned the theory of cooking, but never practised it! Yes, you could say that we had a smattering of all the rudimentary skills. The top class was called the 6+ Standard and we stayed in it until we left school at thirteen. There was no 11+ examination then - nor were there school dinners. We took our Lunch in black leather satchels" . . . . .(Annie Pawson)

"I went to the Village School and my brother joined me there. At first, Mr. Hough was the Headmaster and Miss Arnison taught the girls dancing, as she rattled her cane. Believe me, the cane played quite a large part in my life - I was often on the receiving end for talking! It is strange what one remembers. I was the lucky possessor of thick, strong hair, single strands of which were much in demand by miscreants, who laid them across the palms of the hands to be caned in order to minimise the pain. By tradition horsehair was used for this purpose, but mine was equally strong.

The playing field behind the school was open for play in the evenings. We had happy times on the swings and on the old rocking horse." . . . . . (Doreen Nelson)

"I attended the Village School from 1946 to 1953. In the Infant Class my teacher was Miss Slater, a dark- haired lady with a bun. Slates and slate pencils were still in use and I can still remember the awful noise they made. Letter cards and number cards were used to teach letters, writing and sums. Until about 1947 dinner was a packed lunch and I have vivid memories of sitting at my desk, being forced to finish up cold macaroni cheese, although I felt sick! I suppose I was a very tough child in spite of being ill with bronchiectasis (a lung disease leading to many other problems). I have a happier memory of a wall-painting of a woodland and a fairy - it was magical. It had been painted by Miss Slater.

The Infants' classroom also housed the lending library, a cupboard full of books not owned by the school, but lent out one evening a week by the librarian, Mr. Rule.

The Middle Class teacher was Miss Arnison. She was "small and very sharp". She used the cane and actually broke one while punishing a boy called Philip Noble, whom she regarded as "the worst boy in the class". He no longer lives in the neighbourhood. Miss Arnison taught us copperplate writing by making us copy curves over and over again until she was satisfied. All we girls were taught to knit garter-stitch and stocking-stitch for dish-cloths. We were even taught moss-stitch - not easy for seven-year olds. In the second year of the Middle Class, I progressed to making fawn woollen mittens! At eight, we were taught quite complex sewing - measuring, folding, tacking, hemming; embroidery with long and short stitch, cross-stitch, appliqué and blanket-stitch. I still have a little bag made at that time to illustrate all these techniques. It's now in use as a Scrabble-tile bag!

The school doctor and dentist used the middle class room. The whole class was moved out while dental treatment was carried out, pupils listening for the moans from the next room. The school nurse visited regularly and did "head-checks" in the girls cloakroom. I can still remember my mother's horror when I had "fairies" (head-lice) once after a hospital admission. Playground games include singing games like "King William", "The farmer's in his den" and "In and out the dusty windows". Some games were seasonal: whip and top and skipping with the big rope, two girls turning and several joining in with various clever tricks like "running through and over". Sometimes two ropes were used together. I don't recall any organised games until I was in my last year at school.

The "Big Class" was for children from nine to eleven and sometimes pupils were in that class for three years. Poetry was learned by heart, the class chanting in unison such poems as "Hiawatha" by Longfellow. The older and brighter pupils taught the slower readers. Mrs Giles was Head Teacher until 1952. She lived in the School House with her husband, who was a builder. Her daughter, Sheila Carlton now lives in Peckfield Close.

The Vicar was a regular visitor to the "Big Class" and the whole school went to the Parish Church for Christmas and Ascension Day services. The school Christmas Party was held in the Dale Hall Café over the present car showroom. The food was provided by our mothers and I recall carefully carrying blancmange in a glass jelly-mould all the way from our cottage at Clint to the party. At Christmas in 1952 for the first time, I think, we children took part in a Nativity Play. The piano in the big classroom was played for the musical accompaniment. By this time Miss Allen was Head Teacher.

In 1953, Coronation Year, bulbs were planted on the Green by the children. Miss Pyne, who had succeeded Miss Arnison, taught a small group of big girls the Maypole Dance.

In winter, the infant's and middle classrooms were heated by an open fire, which was protected by a guard, while the big room had pipes, heated by a coke boiler. The playgrounds for boys and girls were separated by a high wall, in which was one gate which was either kept closed or was supervised by a teacher. There were three toilets across the playground and two sheets of Izal toilet paper were issued on request! I remember some of the infants having "accidents", which wasn't surprising. Incidentally, in the infant classroom three little day-beds could be opened up for the tiniest children to have a sleep after dinner . . . . .

. . . . . we had no school uniform. For me the usual winter wear was a hand-knitted jumper and knee-socks, with a kilt or pinafore dress or wool skirt; for outdoors I had a winter coat, a pixie-hood and a macintosh. In summer I wore hand-made cotton dresses, a cardigan and white socks and - if the weather were very hot - a hated and dreaded sun-bonnet.

Occasionally, when we were in the "Big Class", games were played in the field behind the school, the access being through a kissing gate, now blocked up. In my time there was an old swing frame in the field, but no swings. There was also an old rocking-horse set in cinders and a plank-swing. Towards the end of my village schooldays, promising pupils took the Scholarship Examination: the first part at school in October, the second part in the following February, when selected pupils were taken by taxi to New Park for the day. I remember a cold, snowy day, a ride round the area with Mr. Ralph Robinson in his brake and arrival at the school, which seemed enormous and very bleak. I was lucky enough to pass the exam and to go on to the Grammar School" . . . . . (Janet Pritchard)

"There were three classes at school, the Upper fourth Standards being together in the big room. I don't think that very large families were in fashion then. One of my first tasks was to learn "proper" writing and to forget the "printing" that had been in vogue in Sheffield. I also had to learn The Lord's Prayer. Early morning assembly was followed by the usual lessons: Scripture, English, Arithmetic, History, Geography, Science, Drawing and Sewing. The last named I particularly liked and I was very good at it. Sewing lessons were enlivened by the teacher singing songs from "The Tales of Hoffman" in an excellent contralto voice. I also learned to knit - and we all had to produce socks in brown wool. A few of us girls had to go to the vicarage to learn special dances for the garden parties held in the large garden there. Canon and Mrs. Peck looked after us well, providing afternoon tea.

We were taken on Nature Walks, some of them around Swincliffe. We played in the "river field" - now closed to the public - beyond the bridge on the left. That field belonged to Mr. Clifford Lister, an important farmer. Both boys and girls played a game not encountered elsewhere. Called "Touch and pass", it had similarities to rugby. We did not compete against other schools in this sport, but we did play opponents at cricket and football. Wednesday was games day - a highlight of the week. Sometimes there would be punting on the river after school.

The head teacher for most of my schooldays was Mr. Hough. Previously, he had been a captain in the army and he brought new ideas to the school, introducing drill for fifteen minutes before dinner. In the days of his predecessors, an elderly, old-fashioned couple, the only exercise we had was throwing bean bags!

I carried my dinner to school in a small attaché-case. In one of the cottages opposite Manor Farmhouse lived a kindly lady called Miss Ada Ellis, who had one leg in a calliper. At a charge of sixpence a week she would make a drink of tea for eight or nine of us and would warm up our food. She also made cakes for us - three for a penny. Then, from foreign parts appeared a cousin, who married Miss Ada and took her away. After that Mrs. Hough made tea, which she served in elegant china cups.

When I left school at fourteen, there were only fifty-two pupils in the school and some of the top class, Standard 7, were allowed to stay on until Christmas, instead of going at the "official" time in July. Just two years later poor Mr. Hough died at the age of forty-three. His widow survived to the ripe old age of ninety-two, living in a house in Hollins Lane" . . . . . (Winifred M. Steel)

Extracts from Book One ("Villagers' Reminiscences")

Past School Life