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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]
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  • 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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George Frederick Grimshaw - biography

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

George Frederick Grimshaw
George Frederick Grimshaw
George F Grimshaw was born on 20th October 1914 at Horsefair, a small street in the centre of Wetherby (LS22 6JG).

He was the son of Thomas and Mary Grimshaw, later of 21a Skipton Road, Harrogate as indicated on the Birth Certficate copy below. The Certified Copy is dated 1934, when George would have been 20, and may have been required as proof of age following the introduction of National Insurance in 1920 and its further development in 1934
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Inscription reads:-  Hgte& District Amateur Cricket  League  2nd Div Bowling Prize GF Grimshaw 1933 - click for full size image
Inscription reads:- Hgte& District Amateur Cricket League 2nd Div Bowling Prize GF Grimshaw 1933


Their home at 21A and later 19 Skipton Rd was opposite Grove House, originally the Home of Samson Fox, famous engineer, mill owner and entrepreneur, and was where the Fire Station now stands.

Both George and his brother Douglas both attended Grove Road School - so they had probably less than a hundred yards walk to school!

George passed his “scholarship” to Harrogate Grammar School where he is commemorated on one of the school Rolls of Honour. He was evidently good at cricket since at the age of 18, he was awarded this (4 1/2 ins high) solid silver trophy.

George married Mary Kathleen Haxby in autumn1937 in the Harrogate area. Mary was born on 08 Dec 1908 in Knaresborough and died on 09 Dec 1981 in Ynys Mon, Anglesey, Wales. She was a younger sister of William Haxby, commemorated on the Hampsthwaite War Memorial, who was killed in action1917, and daughter of William ‘Saddler’ Haxby, all of ‘Ashville’ on Church Lane.

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George and Mary came to live in Hampsthwaite. The photos opposite show George just after joining the army outside what is believed to be their bungalow on Hollins Lane “the last one on the Harrogate road out on the right hand side”.

George Died 17th June 1940 as a result of enemy action, on board the RMS Lancastria. whilst serving in the Royal Engineers of the British Army.

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Dunkirk Memorial

The British Commonwealth War Graves Memorial Registration Report (GRR), reads:

GRIMSHAW, Dvr. George Frederick, 2189393. 116 Road Constr. Coy, Royal Engineers; lost in s.s. Lancastria (Liverpool). 17th June, 1940. Age 25. Son of William and Mary Grimshaw; husband of Mary K Grimshaw, of Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire.
 
His memorial marker is at the Dunkirk Memorial Dunkirk (Dunquerque), Departement du Nord, Nord—Pas—de—Calais, France, Plot: Column 29.

See: https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2501692/grimshaw,-george-frederick/

Link to https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2501692/grimshaw,-george-frederick/
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The Lancastria was sunk on 17 June 1940 off the French port of St. Nazaire while taking part in Operation Ariel, the evacuation of British nationals and troops from France, two weeks after the Dunkirk evacuation. By the mid-afternoon of 17 June she had embarked an unknown number (estimates range from 4,000 up to 9,000).

At 15:50 Lancastria was hit by three, or possibly four bombs dropped by a Junkers Ju 88 bomber aircraft from Kampfgeschwader 30, and within 20 minutes, the 16,243-ton luxury liner sank. Many of its life boats were either damaged or could not be launched.  Many of those in the water drowned because there were insufficient life jackets, or died from hypothermia, or were choked by fuel oil. Meanwhile, German aircraft began strafing survivors in the water and dropped flares into the floating oil.

The sinking is the worst single disaster in British maritime history, and claimed more victims than the sinking of the Titanic and Lusitania combined. It is also the largest single loss of life for British forces in the whole of World War 2.

 Many families of the dead knew only that they died with the British Expeditionary Force (BEF); the death toll accounted for roughly a third of the total losses of the BEF in France.

The original author is Odin Rosenvinge. - https://flickr.com/photos/tom1231/355486926/sizes/l/in/photostream/, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7033677
The original author is Odin Rosenvinge. - https://flickr.com/photos/tom1231/355486926/sizes/l/in/photostream/, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7033677


Imperial War Museum Oral History
Imperial War Museum - Oral History
Imperial War Museum - Oral History
Harry Higton was a survivor of the sinking of the Lancastria. He was a British NCO served with 2/5th and 1/5th Bns Sherwood Foresters in GB and France, 1939-1943; aboard Lancastria when sunk off St Nazaire, 17/Jun/1940; served with 2/5th Bn Sherwood Foresters in North Africa, 1943; POW in Italy and Germany, 1943-1945 His account of the sinking can be listened to using the link below.

 Meet "The First Hero Of The SAS" Paperback – 30 Nov. 2017 by David Dalrymple (Author)
Meet "The First Hero Of The SAS" Paperback – 30 Nov. 2017 by David Dalrymple (Author)
REEL 4 Continues:
moved to Everaux near Paris; description of refugees; problem of German air attacks; role in support of 1/5th Bn Sherwood Foresters; morale; preparations for evacuation; conditions on evacuation beach near St Nazaire; organisation of evacuation. Aspects of sinking of Lancastria, 17/Jun/1940: boarded Lancastria and description of conditions aboard ship; food; accommodation; description of German air attack on Lancastria and escape from sinking ship; conditions in sea; question of fear; question of German machine gun fire on men in water; problem of oil on water and danger of fire; story of being rescued by French rowing boat.

Harry Higton was a friend of David Dalrymple and his account of the sinking also appears in a book David has written about another soldier, “Meet the First Hero of The SAS”- George Daniels.
George Frederick Grimshaw - biography

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

George Frederick Grimshaw
George Frederick Grimshaw