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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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Village Pump

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"Our house backed onto the Cockhill Beck and every so far along there were steps down to the water. This was where everyone had to come to collect a supply for clothes-washing and other domestic chores. Drinking water came from the three pumps in the village - one at the top of the High Street, one on the Village Green, one down in the "church farmyard".
(Bernard Green, "Villagers' Reminiscences")

"After lunch at school and before afternoon lessons, we went to fetch water from the well or from one of the three pumps: there was one on the Green, one in the yard where Mr. Horner lives and one at the top of the village. I caught typhoid from that one. Little worms used to come through it with the water and, when that happened, the water had to be poured away. It transpired that the water ran down from the farms and that was what caused the disease. When the water level sank, the wells had to be primed with any water that could be found in order to make the supply flow again. In times of shortage the cows had to be taken from the farms to the river to drink. We even walked them on Birstwith Lane to a little patch there. They were very hard times for everyone."
(Annie Pawson, ibid)

"Services came late to the village. I remember various pumps, one on the Green and one in Mr. Horner's farmyard. From the latter two girls from the school would collect water every day. Up at Arcadia Farm twenty-six buckets had to be filled from one pump and carried into the farmhouse each day. Washing was done in a copper and peggy-tubs".
(Winifred M. Steel, ibid)

"As far as I know the pump on the Green is the original pump, there were not that many of these in the village, one at Pump Cottage near the chapel, one opposite Peckfield, we had one at on our Birstwith Road site for those cottages, and one behind Greenside House.
My father told me about having to carry water from our Village Green pump and also told me about a lady 'The Water Rat'. This villager, (Miss Field), campaigned to have piped water brought to the village, saying it would be more healthy, as she had cause to think the water in the well was not as pure as it might be. There was sure some unpleasantness! Just think of it, thinking that Hampsthwaite needed piped fresh water and what was worse, she wanted this fresh water piped to the home sink! She won the day, and thanks to the 'Water Rat', Miss Field, we have water to our sinks."

(Roger Bowers 2013)

Until the arrival of a piped water supply, villagers were obliged to get their water from a stream or a pump and several pumps can be seen marked on early maps (see also Bernard Wilson's illustrations produced for a village history exhibition by clicking here) where they can be seen marked with red dots.

The O.S. Map of 1853 shows both a pump and a well several hundred yards to the east of the Lamb Inn in Church Lane and lying well to the east also of the present-day houses in St Thomas a Becket walk. Other water supply points cannot be identified on that plan.

The 1891 Map, additionally, shows a pump at the rear of Corner Cottage in Church Lane and this is referred to by George Wainwright in "Villager's Reminiscences" where he says. . . "At the back of my grandma's garden, if I rightly remember, was the only water supply for that row of houses - provided by a pump."

A well still exists in the garden of "The Hollies" nearby.

A well is also shown on the 1891 Map as lying at the roadside opposite the Peckfield estate and, a short distance to the south, a pump is also marked in land close to the course of the beck. The same map shows also the pump on the village green illustrated in the photograph above.

When the 1909 Map was published it no longer marked a well or pump in the vicinity of Church Lane but continued to show both the pump on the Green and the supply opposite Peckfield (but now referred to as a "pump" and not a "well"). It no longer showed a well to the south of the buildings opposite Peckfield but it did show a new position for a pump behind the Methodist Chapel in Hollins Lane.

When the piped water supply arrived in the village has yet to be established with precision (it was probably in the 1930s) but the pump on the Green continues to stand as a reminder (to those who care to reflect on the topic) of the harsher conditions of life which existed even into the early 20th century.

In this old tinted photograph we see the village green pump at a time when it was still in use.

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This cutting from the local newspaper of 1932 shows the pump in use and helps to date the arrival of a main water supply in the village to one of the months (or years?) thereafter. Can any of the children be identified?
Village Pump

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