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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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WINSLEY (or Winksey) HOUSE (the new post office)

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The history of Winsley House and its adjacent cottage was for many years also the history of the Pratt family. At the time of the last accessible census in 1911 a family of that name occupied the premises and the same family can be traced back through the census history of Hampsthwaite to 1841. It is possible that they occupied the same property throughout that time although the census compilers rarely identified clearly the properties they described unless the property was a notable one e.g. a vicarage, farm or public house. In early census returns it is sometimes possible to identify a property from the proximity of a census entry relating to other properties actually named or by recognising the route the information gatherer has followed.

The Pratt story begins in 1841 with Thomas Pratt, a 20–year old journeyman tailor recorded as living at Melmerby with his parents William and (? Jemima).  William was a tailor also and then aged 70. In that same census we find a Pratt family living in Hampsthwaite in a house near the Joiner’s Arms. John Pratt is a 48 year old tailor and living with him are his wife Mary and children Mary, Sarah, Robert and Jane. The connection between the two families is not known but, ten years later in 1851, the next census shows Thomas living in what seems to be Winsley House and John and wife Mary have moved to Melmerby! Their children have left to places unknown.

Thomas next features at Winsley House (property not named but a few doors from the Joiners Arms) in 1861 and is now married to Bridget who was born in Osmotherley. They have four children – Thomas 6, Henry 4, Frederick 2 and Ann E. 6 months. Thomas senior is described as a tailor and draper.

In the 1871 census more children are recorded including Arthur, Louisa, Fanny and Wilfred. They still seem to be in the same house both then and also in 1881 and 1891.

Thomas seems to have died before the next census in 1901 because the head of the household is then recorded as Bridget, now a widow, and only Henry, Louisa and Wilfred are still living with her. At this point Winsley House is recorded as a separate household from Winsley Cottage which is occupied by Joseph Dove, a retired builder and his wife Mary and daughter Priscilla. The tailoring business in Winsley House is now that of Henry aged 43 and this is still the case by 1911 when Henry presides over a household which includes his mother Bridget, brother Wilfred and Wilfred’s own wife of 2 years Daisy and their new-born son Clarence.

The Land Tax survey of 1910 had treated Winsley House and Winsley Cottage as one freehold property owned by Arthur Pratt and occupied by Henry Pratt and Elizabeth Dawson but the 1911 census makes it clear that Elizabeth, a widow aged 82 living on her own means, occupies the cottage at a rent of three shillings and sixpence per week (about 17.5 pence in decimal terms!).
The survey describes the properties as follows…

“Stone faced slated house and shop-very fair condition. Shop (Tailor’s) and workroom (illegible), kitchen, scullery, 4 bedrooms. Outbuildings stone slated & (pantiled?), coals, E.C., washhouse.
Cottage adjoining (---- ?), small sitting room & living room, back kitchen and pantry. 3 small bedrooms, E.C. and store.
Re-cast to front (……?)
Archway leading to back garden.
Charges etc.  Annuity £10 to Bridget G. Pratt 77 years of age
Valuation. W3/6d =£9.2.0d
                 House & shop £18”

When the West Riding Deeds Registry re-opens in 2017 (presently closed to remove to new premises) further research will be possible on the history of ownership. This may help to explain the construction of the property which appears either to have been first built as a pair of semi-detached houses or as one house with a separate shop entrance.

WINSLEY (or Winksey) HOUSE (the new post office)
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