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To find out what Canon Richard was up to, visit the 'Services, events & activities' section of the 'St. Michael's Church' page.
Samaritan's Purse 2019
There will be a change to how St. Michael's organises the appeal this year. For full details go to the 'Services, events & activities' section on the 'St. Michael's Church' page.
Water Leak
A Littlethorpe resident reported the water leak by the pinfold to Yorkshire Water and within a couple of days they had come out to try to rectify the problem. Impressive!
St. Michael's Church Back in Action
The church is now all back together and looking resplendent following the recent painting of the inside of the building. Many thanks must go to crack cleaner Glenys and her swat team who have restored order.
Canal Towpath
This photo, which was sent to me anonymously, shows cyclists on the canal towpath. There are clear signs situated at each end of the towpath stating that cycling is prohibited. This path is pedestrian only so PLEASE do not ride bikes along there. 
Peace Celebrations in Littlethorpe July 19th 1919
Geoff Johnson has unearthed some paperwork in Ripon City Council Offices called Peace Celebrations relating to events in Littlethorpe on 19th July 1919  that recognised the contribution of each 'Overseas Warrior' in the parish who went to fight in the Great War. There was a church service, a children's tea and adult's tea, sports, distribution of peace mugs, a cricket match (Ladies v Gentlemen), a concert arranged by Mr W S Horner with songs, recitations, monologues, pianaforte solos...even a cornet solo. Lots of familiar names participated (who current residents will recognise) –Ingledew, Dawson, Todd, Simpson, Hymas, Trees and Blundell. Copies of the programme have been sent to the parish council for their archives and to the entertainments committee in the event of a 100 year anniversary re-enactment.

Telephone Line Repair
Engineers from BT Openreach have been busy repairing a telephone line for a house on West View.
Can You Help?
Take a look at the 'Guestbook' page to see if you can help Richard Braithwaite.

January 2019

Jack's Journal
Jack has been awarded the Henry Dixon Trophy for top Aquatic Athlete of the Year in Yorkshire. He received his award at the North East Regional competition in Leeds.


About Roundabout in Littlethorpe
Several people in the village go the extra mile to deliver your magazine – particularly Sandra Roberts who has the Green Lane drop!  Still it gets her out and about with her camera as busy Editor of the village website.  Husband Steve Roberts coordinates the mailing list and takes the monthly copies to our distributors and liaises with the Editorial team in Sharow.  Margaret Heywood covers Thorpe Chase, Littlethorpe Park and the northern end of Littlethorpe Rd where she has been delivering `Roundabout` since it started in January 2004, and surely now qualifies for some form of permanent recognition.  Carol and John Edmonstone, in addition to penning interesting, historical copy of local interest for the magazine, deal with Littlethorpe Rd and the middle of the village; whilst good egg and longest resident Florence Mitchell services part of Littlethorpe Lane where Graham & Sheila Carroll take over and deliver further west up to the by-pass.  The team are looking for a volunteer to deliver to the southern outpost of Pottery Lane – please contact Steve if you can help.  Thank you all for your on-going efforts and being so community minded - it is much appreciated.
Liz Tite

Catkins in the hedge overlooking the new lagoon

Painting of St. Michael's
Please note that there will be no service at St. Michael's Church on Sunday (27th) due to the painting of the inside of the church. The photo shows Craig Robinson hard at work.
Garden Waste Recycling
For £39 Harrogate Borough Council will collect your garden waste every fortnight from mid March to the end of November 2019. You can subscribe online or call
01423 500600.

Super Blood Wolf Moon
Thank you to an ex Littlethorpe resident for sending me these photos of the 'Super Blood Wolf Moon' seen early this morning (21st).
Ripon City Gravel Restoration
Richard Tite, who is our local representative on the Ripon City Gravel Restoration Committee, recently attended a meeting when some decisions were made. The taking of gravel has finished and a lot of restoration has been done so the official hand-over to Yorkshire Wildlife Trust will take place on 18th March. Following this, on 1st May, there will be a grand opening (by invitation only) of the new reserve. It is also hoped that, at a later date, there will be a presentation in the village hall about what the facilities and future will be.
Young People's Development Fund
We would like to bring to your notice the Young Peoples Development Fund which is to help Littlethorpe young people who  may be involved in a project and are raising funds.  Please contact Christine Curtis on [email protected] or telephone 01765603786 for more information and a form.  You will be required to give a brief outline of the project you are involved in.
Christine Curtis
Littlethorpe Village Hall Secretary
Village Hall A.G.M.
Littlethorpe Village Hall will be holding their Annual General Meeting on the 2nd May, 2019 7p.m. for 7.30pm.  We would be very happy to see you.  If you think you would like to join the Village Hall Committee please contact me, Christine, at [email protected]
 Christine Curtis
Littlethorpe Village Hall Secretary
New Hedge Update
The brash from the new hedge laying has been put into two piles ready to be taken away.
Canal Walk
Two very different bird occupations spotted along the canal. Geese were relaxing in the field opposite the boat club and a kite was soaring over the new lagoon by Renton's Bridge.

Date for the Diary
Spring Litter Pick - 6th April. Full details can be found on the 'What's On, What's Gone' page.

New Pole in Place
Pottery Lane is now passable again after workmen completed the replacement of one of the poles close to the bridge at the Knaresborough Road end of the lane.
Jack's Journal
Jack gained second place in the Yorkshire Post Sports Hero of 2018 awards beaten by Josh Warrington who became world featherweight boxing champion and then successfully defended his title.
Epiphany Sunday
To see a photo of Epiphany Sunday at St. Michael's, go to the 'Services, events & activities' section on the 'St. Michael's Church' page.
Pottery Lane Planned Road Closure
The closure will be in place for 2 days: Tue 8th - Wed 9th January 2019 for replacement of a pole. The road closure and any associated diversion routes can be viewed at
Feast of Flowers
Sixty-five different flowers were in bloom at Field Cottage to welcome 2019. Can anyone beat that?
Keeping Safe on our Roads
With such mild weather for this time of year, many people are taking walks to enjoy our lovely village but, with such narrow roads, it can be dangerous. If you are going for a walk, are you aware of the rules 1-35 for pedestrians in the Highway Code? Rule 2 is one that is frequently ignored.
Rule 2
If there is no pavement, keep to the right-hand side of the road so that you can see oncoming traffic. You should take extra care and be prepared to walk in single file, especially on narrow roads or in poor light keep close to the side of the road. It may be safer to cross the road well before a sharp right-hand bend so that oncoming traffic has a better chance of seeing you. Cross back after the bend.
Please be careful!

Happy New Year Everyone

December 2018

St. Michael's Church Celebrates
Worshippers at St. Michaels gathered on Christmas Day morning to celebrate the birth of the baby Jesus. For report and photos, go to the 'Services, events & activities' section of the 'St. Michael's Church' page.

Merry Christmas

Wreaths Around the Village

Christmas Snowdrops
Snowdrops out at Christmas does not spring readily to mind but these can be seen at Field Cottage.
Rare Sighting
On Saturday 22nd, a male and female Red Crested Pochard duck were spotted on Nicholson's Lagoons. This is the first time they have been seen here as they are more commonly found in southern and eastern England.
Jack's Journal
The Yorkshire Post has named its ten finalists for their 'Sports Hero of 2018' award and Jack has been included in that list. Voting ends at 8p.m. on Sunday December 30th and if you would like to vote, visit
New Hedge
The new layered hedge by the canal has been a big hit with villagers and visitors who have shown lots of interest. On 22nd December, Dave Laugher took this photo which shows it off beautifully.
Santa's Sleigh Visits Littlethorpe
Ripon Lions brought Santa and his sleigh to Littlethorpe on Saturday 22nd. Thank you to you all - what a magical way to begin Christmas!
Police and Fire Precepts
Julia Mulligan, North Yorkshire Police, Fire, and Crime Commissioner wishes to discover how much you are wiling to pay to fund Police and Fire services. 
To tell her, complete the survey at:
before 20 January 2019.
The options are:
Pay no more than you pay now – a precept freeze and a cut in services.
Pay the same increase as last year – an extra £11.50 per year for Police and £2 for Fire for a Band D property.
Pay an increase of between £11.50 and £24 for Police and £2 to £5 for Fire.
Pay an increase of more than £24 for Police and more than £5 for Fire.

Stud Cottage Corner
Some months ago, a bus hit and damaged the post at the corner of Stud Cottage. Now that the bus company has paid out, Dave Waldon has been able to begin the job of repairing it.
Santa Lucia Carol Service
One of the most popular services at St. Michael's Church, the Santa Lucia Carol Service, was well attended as always. For full details and more photos, take a look at the 'St. Michael's Church' page in the 'Services, events & activities' section.
David Duthie, Clerk to Littlethorpe Parish Council, recently contacted NYCC requesting they repair the footpath between St. Michael's Church and Stud Farm. They are not going to do so at the moment because 'A safety inspection has now been completed of the area causing you concern. This email is to advise you that the issue reported does not meet our criteria for repair at this time. We will continue to monitor the problem during our routine inspections.'
Canal Hedging
The hedgelaying along the side of the canal is almost complete. Adrian Yates, who has been doing the work, says he hopes to finish on Thursday (13th) a job which will have taken him 12 days. The new hedge, reported earlier by Richard Tite as being to a Midland design, has a willow binder at the top. Adrian explained that the idea is to regenerate the hedge and the current layers will die back as the hedge begins to sprout next spring  from the base and cuts he has made. Apparently there are many styles of hedgelaying and if you are interested, you can visit the website below for more information.
Santa Lucia
Don't forget the Santa Lucia carol service to be held at St. Michael's Church next Sunday. Always a very enjoyable service.
Canal Reflections
Monday 10th was a lovely, crisp and sunny morning for a walk along the canal with the bonus of some beautiful reflections on the water. This view was taken from Nicholson's Bridge looking towards Ripon.
Ripon Wetlands (incl Canal Field)
Things are happening at our new reserve now that Aggregate Industries have finished quarrying. The reserve is to be handed over to Yorkshire Wildlife Trust in March 2019 – the official opening will probably be in May/June next year. Two new hides/screens will be erected, one to be accessed from the canal by Renton`s Bridge, the other from a new footpath linking the canal to the River Ure.  Areas are being sown with a special wildflower/grass mix; hay has been collected and brought to the reserve and resulting hay seed introduced. The canal side hedge laying to a Midlands design this month has been much admired and will give a better barrier and improved haven for wildlife.
Richard Tite
MP Surgeries
The MP for Skipton and Ripon, Rt Hon Julian Smith MP will hold surgeries in Ripon on 11th January and 15th March 2019. To book, call 01765 795898 or email[email protected] Further details at:
Tour de Yorkshire 2-5 May 2019
On Friday 3 May 19, Stage 1 of the women's race and Stage 2 of the men's race are on the same route from Barnsley to Bedale. After a sprint circuit in Harrogate, riders will race up the A61, through the centre of Ripon and onwards to West Tanfield. Information for Tour Makers is at:
St. Michael's Church has held its first service of Advent and lit the first candle on the Advent ring. See the 'St. Michael's Church' page.
Jack's Journal
Jack has added yet another award to his collection by being voted the 'British Swimming Athlete of the Year' at the British Swimming Awards. Congratulations Jack.

November 2018

Consultation and Volunteering for Cycle Races in September 2019
The 12 races of the UCI Road World Championship will take place in Yorkshire 21-29 September 2019. Races will finish in Harrogate and there is a consultation until 17 January 2019 from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to invite comments on the Borough Council's proposals to alter the use of the Stray during the championships:
The Women's Elite time trial and the Men's Under 23 time trial start in Ripon on Tue 24 September and other road races pass north-south and west-east through Ripon during the week. Thousands of volunteers will be needed for the nine days of events. To register interest for one or more day:
Samaritan's Purse
The shoe boxes have been collected from St. Michael's. For a report and more photos, look at the 'Services, events & activities' section of the 'St. Michael's Church' page.
Another Stuck Lorry
Another lorry driver was having problems on our narrow roads but not at the normal corner. This driver was trying to turn down to Ripon Motor Boat Club but was stranded partly in the lane and partly on Littlethorpe Road.
We will remember them
For a report and photos of the Remembrance Day service at St. Michael's, go to the 'Services, events & activities' section of the 'St. Michael's Church' page.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Fire Safety Checks
Just in case anyone was wondering what a fire engine was doing parked in Field Cottage gateway this afternoon (10th), it was nothing to worry about. David and Nathan were performing one of their regular fire safety checks in the village.
Bird Update
The Sea Eagle is confirmed to be an escape from a private collection near Richmond and is now appearing and calling in the Fountains Abbey/How Hill area.
Thousands of winter thrushes mostly Redwing with as yet a few Fieldfare fill the skies feeding on yew fruit, berries and haws.
2 Black Swan arrived with Whooper Swan in Oct and are still about in Littlethorpe.
A very rare inland male Eider duck was briefly on Canal Field on 28th Oct.  You never know what you`ll see next and thank you to a neighbour for informing me accompanied by 2 photos.

Richard Tite

Geophysics in Action
Several people from Newcastle University have been working in the field and woods at Littlethorpe Potteries. Dr. Mark Jackson, a senior lecturer in Byzantium archaeology, and Richard Carlton, a visiting fellow and professional archaeologist with expertise in different fields but who looks at modern pottery and knows how to do field work, were working alongside others including masters students. I spoke to Holly who explained that they were using a variety of surveying techniques to better understand the area. The laser scanner (the blue box on the tripod) was performing a 360deg scan of the whole area and Holly was using it for the first time today. Adam and Callum were mapping the train track through the woods while in another part of the field a resistivity meter was being used to scan under the ground. It sends an electrical current through the probes into the ground to map the area by identifying features such as walls and ditches. Fascinating!
Jack's Journal
Jack has changed his synchronised diving partner in preparation for the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020. Chris Mears, with whom Jack won Olympic gold in Rio 2016, has decided to take a year out from diving. Jack will be diving with Dan Goodfellow who used to partner Tom Daley in the 10m event and Tom will now be joined by Matty Lee. Jack and Dan will make their debut at the British National Diving Cup next February.
Samaritan's Purse
Don't forget that if you are putting together a shoe box for this year's appeal at St. Michael's, this Sunday (11th) is the last date for taking it to church.
Housing development on Littlethorpe Road
S, Harrison Developments Ltd, 9 York Place, Leeds, LS1 2DS applied on 26 Oct 18 (planning reference 18/04475/FULMAJ) to demolish one house (Kilburn) and build 37 dwellings to the east of Littlethorpe Road at 432266470194. This is in Ripon Minster ward of Ripon City Council, but turning left out of the development will take you through Littlethorpe village.
Further details may be found on the Harrogate Borough website at:
by entering the reference 18/04475/FULMAJ.
You may send to [email protected] before 22 November 2018 any material considerations for the planning officers to take into account such as: Impact on adjoining land / site, Visual impact (street scene etc.), Design and materials, Privacy / overbearing, Daylight / sunlight, Access / car parking / traffic generation, Health and safety, Crime and disorder, and Site levels, existing site features (trees, habitat), contamination.
Bulb Planting
Parish councillors and the clerk (plus one extra!) have been hard at work planting bulbs around the village. For a report and photos go to the 'Other News' section of the 'Parish Council' page.
Firework Display
Ripon Motor Boat Club held its annual fireworks display on Friday 2nd. As always it was a wonderful display.
Several of us saw Liz Tite up a ladder decorating the gate at St. Michael's Church with knitted poppies but when we stopped to take a photo, she said, "Don't you dare!" Dave Laugher got this shot when she had finished and it looks lovely. Littlethorpe will remember.

Photo by Dave Laugher

Jack's Journal
The Yorkshire Awards are organised by The Yorkshire Society  and are 30 years old this year. They  recently held their awards evening and Jack won the Sporting Achievement Award. He was away training at the time so was unable to accept the award in person. Congratulations Jack.

October 2018

Happy Jack
To see a report and photos of 'Happy Jack', go to the 'What's On, What's Gone' page.
Leisure Facilities
Harrogate Borough Council recently ran a survey of leisure facilities in the area and our parish council came up with a huge list. It may surprise you to see how many activities take place here so take a look at the list in the 'Other News' section of the 'Parish Council' page.
Parish Council Meeting
The agenda for the next Parish Council meeting, to be held on Monday 5th November, is now available to read in the 'Meetings, agendas and minutes' section of the 'Parish Council' page.
Theatre Production
Don't forget about the theatre production of Happy Jack in the village hall tonight (27th). Full details can be found on the 'What's On, What's Gone' page. There are a few tickets left so if you haven't got  one yet, you will be able to pay on the door.
Village Hall Treasurer
Following their appeal for someone to take over the position of treasurer when Wendy Hunton finishes next year, the Village Hall Committee are pleased to be able to report that they have had a volunteer step forward for which they are very grateful. They are always looking for volunteers to go on the committee and it would be great if some younger people came forward. If you are interested, contact Christine Curtis
Tel:01765 603786
email: [email protected]

HBC Survey
Harrogate Borough Council is interested in surveying satisfaction with its recycling and waste services. To complete the survey, follow

before 7th January 2019.

A Beautiful End to a Beautiful Day


Samaritan's Purse (Shoe Box Appeal)
As in previous years, St. Michael's Church is taking part in this appeal. If you would like to take part full details can be found on the 'St. Michael's Church' page.
More Poppies Needed
Sylvia Grice, other members of the congregation at St. Michael's and friends need more poppies. They are knitting them to decorate the church in order to remember along with the rest of the nation. If you have any spare red wool and would like to contribute, knitted poppies can be given to any church member.
Littlethorpe Road Incident
On Tuesday 16th, a lady called Louise found a gentleman collapsed in the road and 'phoned for an ambulance which spent one and a half hours on site. It is thought that the man was from the caravan site and had suffered an angina attack.
Apple Day
For an update on the Apple Day, go to the 'What's On, What's Gone' page.
Happy Jack Tickets
There are still some tickets left for Happy Jack so, if you haven't got yours yet, get in touch with Chris Winterburn now.
Bowling Club Awards Evening
Bishop Monkton Bowling Club recently held its annual dinner and awards evening and, as in the last few years, Littlethorpe was represented. Danny O'Connell, who used to live in the village , received his award for winning the 'Random Pairs' competition with Ken Montgomery and Sandra Roberts won the 'Walkabout' trophy for gaining the most points throughout the season at the Monday Club Night sessions.

Photos by Basil Birchall

Exciting Bird News
A White-tailed or Sea Eagle seen over Thorpe Perrow on 19th Oct was tracked 10 mins later over Nosterfield and Ripon.  Was it an escape or wild bird?  Whooper Swan flew over Littlethorpe on 18 Oct. Brambling have arrived and a few FIeldfare are with the Redwings.
Richard Tite
Beckbusters or Podium Busters?
I don't remember seeing these three gentlemen running in the Beckbusters race! Apparently, they decided to have a bit of fun using the Beckbusters podium and stand on it in order of how long they have been married.
1st - Mervyn Beecroft - 52 years
2nd - Roly Curtis - 51 years
3rd - Richard Houseman - 50 years
Someone thought they looked like Compo, Clegg and Foggy from 'Last of the Summer Wine'.
Apple Day
Don't forget to bring your apples to the village hall on Sunday 21st. Full details are on the 'What's On, What's Gone' page.
October Nature Notes
Winter thrushes have arrived in the form of Redwing, with flocks of 50+ over Renton`s Bridge.  A lone Swallow battled in the rain on the same day 14th Oct.  In Canal Field the young reeds planted as plug plants in July`s drought are now 2-3` high around the periphery of the main reed bed.  Winds veering from S to  NW so Pink-footed Geese and the first Whooper Swan herds expected over Littlethorpe any time.
Migrant Hawker and Common Darter dragonflies still on the canal and pipistrelle bats in gardens...but not for much longer.

Richard Tite
Harrogate Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle Strategy
Harrogate Borough Council invite comments on their draft  Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle Strategy. The 16 page strategy (with a one page summary at the end) may be found at:

​It is in response to the Government's Road to Zero strategy:

The consultation is at:

 and it closes on 6 November.

Pottery Lane CLosure
Pottery Lane is currently closed, just outside Littlethorpe Potteries, due to work being carried out on Yorkshire Water's network.
Quiz Night
For photos of the quiz night, go to the 'What's On, What's Gone' page.
Quiz Night
Just a quick reminder about the quiz to be held in the village hall on Saturday (13th). If you fancy a night of fun and a fabulous supper, this is the one for you. Full details are available on the 'What's On, What's Gone' page.
Local Access Forum
Here's an opportunity for anyone interested in guiding local access to our countryside. Please contact Melanie Carr (email at the bottom of poster) for further details. Closing date for application is 26th October 2018.
Searching For Their Roots
Mary Claire and Rosie Hill have been in the village searching for the house they lived in from 1956 - 1959 when their father was a sapper stationed in Ripon. They visited various parts of Littlethorpe looking for the house with 'The Beeches' being the closest match but they are not totally sure - they can only remember living in part of a red brick house. If you think you might have memories of them, Rosie can be contacted on [email protected] and she would love to hear from you.
Harvest Festival
Photos of the harvest festival can be found on the 'St. Michael's Church' page.
Village Litter Pick
Report and photos of the litter pick are now available on the 'What's On, What's Gone' page.
Unlikely Story
To read a report and see photos, take a look at the 'What's On, What's Gone' page.
Change of Time
Please note that the Apple Day event which is due to take place on 21st October will now be from 2-4p.m. NOT 10a.m. Full details can be found on the 'What's On, What's Gone' page.
Village Hall Treasurer
At our committee meeting on 1st October, we faced the prospect of our treasurer, Wendy Hunton, retiring next year after many years service. Thank you Wendy for all you have done.
It was agreed that we should put a notice in Roundabout and on our website to ask if anyone felt they could take on the role of Trustee/Committee Member Treasurer. If you feel this is something you would be interested in, please contact me on 01765 603786 or [email protected]  .
Wendy will be treasurer until the Annual General Meeting in May but we thought it may be helpful if someone could shadow her so that they see what the job entails.
We are always looking for volunteers to come on the Village Hall Committee and it would be great if some younger people would step forward.
Christine Curtis
Secretary Littlethorpe Village Hall Committee
Parish Boundary Marker Stone
Earlier this year, I reported that an old Thorpe and Givendale parish marker stone had been given to the parish council. This stone has now been permanently positioned in the pinfold and has a place in the 'Pinfold' section of the 'History' page along with a photo.
There are lots of things going on this weekend so here is a quick reminder:
Friday 5th, 7p.m. - An Unlikely Story - Canon Richard Cooper
Saturday 6th, 10a.m. - Litter Pick
Full details of these events can be found on the 'What's On, What's Gone' page.
Sunday 7th, 10.30a.m. - Harvest Festival
D etails of all this event can be found below under 'September 2018'.

September 2018

Beck Busters
Don't forget that the Beck Busters will be running through the village on Sunday morning (30th). Full details can be found on the 'What's On, What's Gone' page
St. Michael's Church
will be gratefully accepted on
Saturday 6th Oct. between 
It's Been a While
We haven't had a problem with large lorries negotiating our narrow lanes for some time but it happened again this morning (27th). This lorry driver must have felt that, after finally managing to get round Stud Cottage corner, his problems were over but he soon found out that 8.30a.m. is not a good time to travel through the village. At the next corner, by Orchard Lane, he met a school bus, with cars behind, forcing him to reverse and this then caused a jam on the church side!
Men at Work
How many men does it take to repair a footpath? Eight, apparently, along with four lorries! When asked why they were only repairing one section of the path, I was told it was because that was the only bit marked with white lines; perhaps the other section will be done at a later date. They were a very friendly bunch although some were more eager to have their photo taken than others!
Baby Hedgehog Rescued
Thanks to a 'phone call from Chris Beadle, this hedgehog was safely picked up on Pottery Lane and, as hedgehogs should not be out during the day, it clearly needed help. A hedgehog needs to weigh 650g to survive hibernation and this one only weighed about 290g so, with approximately a month to go before hibernation, it would not have time to put on the necessary weight. It was given food and water before being taken to 'Hedgehog Appreciation Prickly Pals' in Ripon. Thanks also to Jackie Laugher who has already taken them two.
Autumn Equinox
Today, Sunday 23rd September, is the autumn equinox which heralds the beginning of autumn. There are clear signs in the village that autumn is here from trees laden with fruit both wild and cultivated, landowners cutting back hedges and the leaves beginning to change colour.
Ripon Motor Boat Club Open Day
For a report and photos of the open day, go to the 'What's On, What's Gone' page.
Ripon Motor Boat Club Open Day
Ripon Motor Boat Club is holding its open day next Saturday (15th) starting at 10a.m. and would love to see villagers there. For full details of the day, go to the 'What's On, What's Gone' page.
Littlethorpe Manor Open Garden
A very big thank you to everyone who helped on the day by doing car park duty, making the tea, serving the cakes and tea, helping clear tables and a very big thank you to our two brilliant washer uppers.  Every one of you worked so hard. Thank you Jan for helping set up and everything else you did on the day. A very big thank you to all those who made cakes for this event, without them we would not be able to do this. Also a thank you for those taking the entrance money. We had many comments on how wonderful the garden is and what superb teas. What a fantastic village we live in for community spirit.
Christine Curtis
Secretary Littlethorpe Village Hall Committee
Local Plan
The Harrogate District Local Plan was submitted to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government for Examination, along with supporting documents, on 31st August 2018. 
The plan and supporting documents are available for inspection at the Ripon Town Hall, Market Place South, Ripon, HG4 1DD. Opening hours 8:30am to 4:45pm Monday to Thursday and 8:30am to 4:15pm on Fridays.

All documents may be viewed on the council’s website:

Anyone who made representations at the Publication stage will, if the Inspector deems it appropriate, be offered the opportunity to submit further material or take part in specific Hearing Sessions at his/her request and will be notified regarding the examination process by the Programme Officer.
Open Garden
Don't forget that Littlethorpe Manor is opening its gardens tomorrow (9th) from 1.30 - 5p.m. for the National Open Gardens Scheme. Full details can be found on the 'What's On, What's Gone' page. The Village Hall Committee would be grateful for any donations of homemade cakes which can be taken to the refreshment marquee tomorrow morning (access through the stable entrance).
Wedding Day
What better than a wedding to brighten up a rainy day even when it does cause a traffic jam! For photos of the wedding of Rachel Goodier and James Nelson, take a look at the 'Services, events & activities' section of the 'St. Michael's Church' page.
Date For Your Diary
There will be a village litter pick on Saturday 6th October. More details nearer the time, 
Parish Boundary Marker Stone
Have you noticed a strange stone which has suddenly appeared in the pinfold? To find out more, go to the 'Other News' section of the 'Parish Council' page.
Harvest Festival
The harvest festival at St. Michael's will be on Sunday 7th October at 10.30a.m. Gifts of harvest produce and tinned gifts may be brought to church between 9 -11a.m. on  Friday 5th / Saturday 6th October. You don't have to be a churchgoer to donate gifts. Everything goes to a good cause after the service so please be generous with your gfits.