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Bank Holiday Waste and Recycling Collections
Don't forget these changes over the bank holiday period:
Monday 15th April - Earlier collection on Saturday 13th April.
Monday 22nd April - Later collection on Tuesday 23rd April.
Normal service will resume on Monday 29th April.
Litter Pick
For report and photos of the village litter pick, go to the 'What's On, What's Gone' page.
Litter Pick
REMINDER - Don't forget the spring litter pick this Saturday morning (6th). Full details can be found on the 'What's On, What's Gone' page.

March 2019

Mothering Sunday at St. Michael's
For photos of Mothering Sunday at St. Michael's, go to the 'St. Michael's Church' page.

What a Way to Travel on a Sunny Day!

Bus 22 to terminate at Knaresborough
From 28 April 2019, the No. 22 bus from York - Ripon - Harrogate will terminate at Knaresborough. The timetable will be altered and will appear at  www.northyorks.gov.uk/businfo when it is available. There will be a new No. 8 bus service with 4 return journeys per day from Wetherby to Harrogate to replace the No. 708 Wetherby to Knaresborough service in addition to existing Knaresborough to Harrogate services.
Annual Parish Meeting
The Annual Parish Meeting will take place on Monday 29th April. For full details, go to the 'What's On, What's Gone' page.
MP Surgery
Rt. Hon. Julian Smith MP will be holding constituency surgeries in Ripon on Friday 24th May and Friday 19th July. To book an appointment, ring 01756 795898 or email [email protected]
Nature Reserve
The area of land around the new lagoon to be known as Littlethorpe Meadows, now has a gate. It allows access to a new footpath through what will be a wild flower meadow giving excellent views of the lagoon. The first spring migrants have already arrived namely Sand Martins and Chiff Chaffs.
Peace Celebrations in Littlethorpe July 19th 1919
Last month, I published an article about the Peace Celebrations held in the village in 1919 and how Littlethorpe Parish Council had received some documents relating to that event. Here is a copy of the letter from the gentleman who found them and and also the programme of events.

Spring Along Green Lane

Welcome to Ripon City Wetlands Nature Reserve
In spring 2019, part of the land lying between the River Ure and the Ripon Canal, adjacent to Littlethorpe village, was handed over to local charity, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust (YWT), to look after as a nature reserve.
For the past decade, the site has been an active quarry, with a huge amount of sand and gravel being excavated by Aggregate Industries (AI) for use in building projects including the A1 road widening here in North Yorkshire.
As part of the planning permission for the quarry, the aftercare of the land was granted to YWT, with leases put in place by landowners Peter Rogers and The Ripon Race Company. As quarrying came to an end, much effort was put in by AI to deliver a detailed restoration plan developed by Middlemarch Environmental and others. The result is a fantastic 21st Century wetland nature reserve, which is already a haven for wildlife and will be a valuable asset for local people and visitors to the area to enjoy.
What was Ripon City Quarry has been reborn as Ripon City Wetlands nature reserve. People are very welcome to enjoy this new nature reserve. The nature reserve is a wonderful place to relax and unwind, surrounded by the sights, sounds and smells of wildlife. We hope you will enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the site and help us preserve it. Access is on foot from the Canal tow path or from the car park accessed off the B6265 near the racecourse entrance.
Due to the presence of ground-nesting birds and other wildlife sensitive to disturbance dogs are not allowed on the nature reserve. The one exception is the Canal Reedbed viewpoint near Renton’s Bridge. Dogs are not allowed anywhere else on the nature reserve or in the car park. Thank you.
As the name suggests, the principal habitats at the nature reserve are wetlands, with large areas of reedbed aimed at attracting rare species such as bitterns, marsh harriers and water rails, along with open water, full of fish and perfect for little egrets and kingfishers, and areas of meadows full of wildflowers and buzzing with bees and butterflies.
In what was formerly private land, a surfaced trail has been built permitting access from a car park created from the old quarry yard and linking through to the Ripon Canal tow path. Along the way, a spur off the path takes you to the Riverside Lagoon, the former area where silt washed from the extracted aggregate settled. A viewing screen overlooks this area, which is great for ducks in the winter, sand martins and wading birds from spring to autumn. On warm summer days, dragonflies and damselflies abound over the water and in the nearby vegetation.
From here, the path heads towards the canal and along the northern edge of the Canal Reedbed. This was formerly the Canal Field, farmed until quarrying began. An intricately designed reedbed, surrounded by a strip of fen meadow creates a range of conditions for wildlife with the primary aim of attracting reedbed species. The fen meadow was seeded with green hay gathered from YWT’s Staveley Nature Reserve, a few miles to the southeast. This was augmented with further seed hand collected by volunteers from Staveley and Askham Bog near York. It will be interesting to see how this develops over the coming years.
Following the trail to the tow path, head south and you will come to another short spur where the Canal Reedbed viewing screen is located, close to Renton’s Bridge. This is a great place to sit for a while and enjoy watching the comings and goings of wildlife.
Further funding from AI has enabled YWT to add to the restoration programme, funding the Riverside Lagoon viewing screen, an artificial sand bank providing a nest site for sand martins, floating rafts perfect for common terns to nest on and signage and information around the site. YWT will continue to fundraise to provide additional facilities and habitat improvements as time moves forward. We sincerely hope that you will enjoy visiting Ripon City Wetlands and watch how the site develops with time. Wildlife will come and go as the habitats mature and evolve and we will endeavour to make sure your visit is safe and comfortable.
We will be offering guided walks and other events from time to time and you can find details of these on our website www.ywt.org.uk If you would like to help out with looking after the site you may wish to consider volunteering or if you wish to support our work, please consider becoming a member. Please call us on 01904 659570 or email [email protected] should you wish to get involved. If you see any interesting wildlife on site or notice any hazards, please contact us – alternatively, you can Tweet us @YWT_North.
Jonathan Leadley
North Regional Manager
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Copyright David Martin

Copyright Carl Watts

Floods by the Canal - Sunday 17th

Parish Council Minutes
The minutes of the parish council meeting held on Monday 11th March are now available to read on the 'Parish Council' page.
Jack's Journal
Jack has won a bronze medal in the 3m springboard event of the Diving World Series in Beijing, his second bronze in two competitions. The next leg of the competition will take place in Montreal, Canada at the end of April.
Parish Council Meeting
The agenda for the forthcoming parish council meeting is now available to read on the 'Parish Council' page.
Jack's Journal
Jack has had a successful weekend in Japan competing in the first round of the 2019 Diving  World Series. On the first day of competition, Jack and new diving partner Dan Goodfellow won bronze in the 3m springboard. The following day, Jack also won bronze in the individual event. The next round of the competition will take place in China from 7th-9th March.

@TeamGB

Wild Violets on the Canal Towpath

New Stone Plaque
A stone plaque has been placed on the outer wall of the village pinfold. To find out more and see photos, go to the 'Other News' section of the 'Parish Council' page.

February 2019

Men at Work
A Highway Maintenance team has been busy on Pottery Lane trimming branches away from overhead electricity cables on behalf of Northern Power. Jim Lamb was up in the hoist doing some cutting back while Danny Winnals and Josh Fisher were working a little further down the lane where the branches were being put into the shredder. Then they stopped for a well-earned cup of tea.

Josh, Danny & Jim

Change of Date
Please note the change of date for the Village Hall Committee A.G.M. It will now be held on 20th May, 7p.m. for 7.30p.m.
Clearing up the canal
Julie Freytag (who has looked after the Littlethorpe stretch of the canal for 14 years) and Kevin Rafferty (one of the volunteers) have been hard at work clearing debris from the canal. Two different contractors recently trimmed the banks of the canal but instead of disposing of the vegetation, they left it in the canal! Julie and Kevin were using a small boat to retrieve the debris and then transferring it to the MV Ripon or the 'Mother Ship' as Julie called it. The Canal and River Trust are always looking for more volunteers to help with the upkeep of our canal so if you are interested, contact the Canal and River Trust, Fearns Wharf, Neptune Street, Leeds, LS9 8PB or tel: 0303 040 4040.
Enjoying the Lovely Weather
The warm, sunny weather on Sunday 24th seemed to bring lots of people to the canal/lagoon area. There were plenty of walkers along the towpath and jet skiers were out on the racecourse lake which is the home of Ripon Jet Ski Club.
Jack's Journal
In their first competition together, Jack Laugher and Dan Goodfellow got off to a great start by winning gold in the 3m springboard synchronised at the British National Diving Cup which was held in Plymouth. 

swimming.org

Grange Farm Building Plot
A digger has been hard at work on the land to the rear of Grange Farm which is now almost  clear in preparation for the erection of five houses.
Jack's Journal
Jack has been named Male European Diver of the Year for 2018 by LEN which is the European governing body for aquatic sports affiliated to FINA. 2018 was a very successful year which saw Jack win 5 international titles. It is the second time he has received this LEN award having previously won it in 2016. Jack is currently working hard in preparation for the World Championships in Korea in July this year and also the important qualification for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
Knitting
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.

@jacklaugher

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 www.harrogate.gov.uk/gardenwaste 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
 https://roadworks.org?tm=112280177
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
Littlethorpe

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
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/sport/football/yorkshire-post-sports-hero-of-2018-who-gets-your-vote-1-9503909
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:

https://www.northyorkshire-pfcc.gov.uk/how-can-we-help/your-say/consultations/precept-consultation/?=CMS
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.
Footpath
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.
www.hedgelaying.org.uk
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:
www.juliansmith.org.uk
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:
https://letour.yorkshire.com/information/tour-makers/
Advent
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:
www.gov.uk/government/consultations/uci-road-world-championships-2019-in-harrogate-general-power-of-competence
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:
https://worlds.yorkshire.com/get-involved/
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:
https://uniformonline.harrogate.gov.uk/online-applications/search.do?action=advanced&searchType=Application
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.
Poppies
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.