RTI Photography Workshop in Slingsby

RTI Reflectance Transformation Imaging

Saturday 7 June, 11am to 3pm, Slingsby churchyard, Specialist photography session, .

Dr Gareth Beale, of the Centre for Digital Heritage at the University of York, will run a training session on using innovative digital photographic techniques to record gravestones, monuments and other church and churchyard memorials. (Coffee and biscuits will be provided. Bring a sandwich for lunch.)

The workshop will demonstrate how to use RTI (Reflectance Transformation Imaging), a photographic technique which can be used to document grave stones and other carved stone objects. RTI requires minimal equipment and the software which it requires is free to download. The technique is used by researchers in a variety of field as well as many local history and archaeology groups.

More details about Reflectance Transformation Imaging can be found HERE

Places will be limited as we know some camera clubs are also interested, so if you are interested, please reserve your place by emailing Kate ( kfg103@york.ac.uk) Tickets will be limited to 25.

North Yorkshire Open Studios 2014


Saturday & Sunday 7/8 & 14/15 June 2014

North Yorkshire Open Studios is a free event that involves artists opening up their studios and inviting the public in to see and buy their work.

Over two weekends in June, 126 artists will open their studios in stunning locations across North Yorkshire. A chance to meet artists and buy original artwork from a range of inspiring studios and venues.

For a free brochure, contact info@nyos.org.uk / 01756 748529.
More information can be found at: www.nyos.org.uk

What! More cycling events?

Do you know your Armitstead from your Amstrad? Or does the Grand Depart make you want to get up and leave?

No matter! Please read on about a couple of cycling events coming up in June, with a charity angle.

SUNDAY   8  JUNE  2014


ENTRY FEE   £25             ENTRY ON THE DAY   £30

ENTRIES  FROM  9-30  am     LAST  ENTRY   11-00   am


ENTRIES,   CONTACT     GEORGE     01439-798295       BRIAN   01642-778371



Bilsdale Hunt Supporters club Challenge Trophy for Best  cummulative time
For entrant living within the  Bilsdale  Hunt  Country.


The Bike Ride Challenge

How many laps can you cycle in 2 hours?!
Saturday 28th June 2014, from1pm

Get on your bike in Yorkshire this Summer! Get into the spirit of cycling & Join Action for Children at this exciting event in June!
Join & compete with fellow cyclists to see who can complete the most laps at York Sport’s Village prestigious cycling track:
We are looking for cyclists of all ages and abilities to take part in this brilliant cycle challenge!Registration                 £10 per adult
                Under 16’s take part for free with a registered and participating adult
Sponsorship There is a minimum sponsorship of
                £50 for individuals
                £100 for families/teams
Action for Children is a charity that supports and speaks out for the UK’s most vulnerable and neglected children and young people and we’ve been doing so for 145 years. With 650 services we are at the heart of local communities – where you live and work.
For more information on this event please contact Lisa Morton:
0113 200 7066 Thank you.

‘Slingsby Then and Now,’ Book News


‘Slingsby Then and Now,’

The recent book edited and masterminded by David Thornley which pulls together all the information we have collected about Slingsby businesses, has now sold out of its present print run. It raised £1,139.50.

This is a magnificent opening credit for our fund to create a permanent archive for village history. Very many thanks to David and Carol Thornley for all their work on this. People are still asking for copies, so it looks as if another small print run will be viable.

If you wish to order a / another copy please leave an order ( name and postal or e-mail address ) with Tony at the Village Shop.

Local History Group

Slingshot launched in Slingsby!


Watch this space…

If you have something that you’d like to share with others, perhaps something you’ve been dying to get off your chest – especially if it concerns Slingsby and its residents – then you can have it published here under the Slingshot byline.

Send your contribution to us either by e-mail at admin@slingsbyvillage.co.uk or put in an envelope and leave it with Tony at the Village Shop. Please remember to include your name, address and telephone number, in case we need to contact you, though these details will NOT be published (your contribution will be anonymous). Finally, please be aware that the Slingsby Website editors will have the freedom to decide whether or not to publish your contribution.

And speaking of space…

After NASA’s shuttle Columbia disaster in February 2003, interest in matters extraterrestrial waned considerably – nothing dramatically new was happening to capture people’s imaginations and, anyway, the funding for such adventures had been drastically cut back. Only the International Space Station (ISS)* remained as something of a constant.

In the last few years, however, space has become news again, even occasionally grabbing the headlines. (And you may have noticed that our own Triangle newsletter, too, has had a stargazing column since early in 2012.) Here are just some of the highlights: the Hubble telescope, the UK’s (failed) Beagle Mars lander, NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover; the Gaia telescope (successor to Hubble and given the mission of cataloguing around a billion of the Milky Way’s stars – still only about 1% of our home galaxy’s total population!), the Chinese moon rover; and this year or next we can expect to see test launches of one or more prototype replacements for NASA’s shuttles, and the first space tourists aboard Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic.

There has also been significant activity closer to home, with enormous solar flares licking at our Earth’s magnetic field, giving people living as far south as Norfolk and Gloucestershire an unexpected chance to witness the stunning sight of the Aurora borealis. Even TV scheduling has had to acknowledge the exciting events occurring in our own solar back yard and beyond and make way for a plethora of stargazing programmes and documentaries on all the exciting developments taking place in space.

Something else that many people have been getting increasingly obsessed about is the possibility of life beyond our own solar system. With the improved Earth- and satellite-based telescopes available nowadays (like Hubble and Gaia), the search for exoplanets (potentially habitable planets in other solar systems) has been hotting up, and something like 2000 candidates have been identified so far.

But isn’t this quest for ‘estraterrestrials’ really rather pointless? What are the chances of ever being able to have a meaningful conversation with someone on another planet – let alone exchanging visits?

Remember that pair of Voyager spacecraft launched back in 1977? Having between them visited just about every planet and moon along the way, both of them have recently finally left our solar system and are cruising in interstellar space. Consider these statistics (in very round figures): Voyager 1 is travelling at about 18,000 mph; in a year it covers 320 million miles; at that speed it will reach the nearest star to us (Proxima Centauri, over 4 light years away) in something over 104,000 years! But the closest exoplanet that might – but is by no means guaranteed to – be inhabited by animate beings similar to ourselves is Tau Ceti, almost 12 light years away. Bearing in mind that, according to Einstein, the energy required to go faster approaches infinity as you approach the speed of light, we can forget thoughts of holidays even on Proxima Centauri.

What about making a phone call to Tau Ceti? Assuming that – under ideal conditions – the electrical signals generated by your communication system were able to travel at the speed of light, you would need to wait at least 24 years before hearing a tentative reply. And that’s assuming the ‘other party’ didn’t take too long translating what you said into something they could understand. (The Rosetta Stone wasn’t exactly translated overnight, was it?)

So, does it make sense to be spending so much energy and resources on ‘dreaming the impossible dream’? And, in light of the foregoing, will we ever be able to establish for a fact that the dream really is impossible?




*Did you know that you can watch the ISS as it passes overhead? To find out when it can be seen, in which direction to look and how long it will be visible, copy the following and paste it into your Browser’s address bar: http://spotthestation.nasa.gov/sightings/view.cfm?country=United_Kingdom&region=England&city=York#.Uym6xJ1FDb0

Local History Group meeting

Tuesday 27th May, 7.30 pm in the Village Hall Committee Room

A working meting to review the local history day and discuss our programme and activities for the coming year. It will also be a second opportunity to look at the sheets which were put together for the recent exhibition for those who did not have the time to study them all. We shall also set the date for a local history day next year. There are also various other projects which we might plan and tackle, so please come along and give your views.

If you are unable to make the meeting, please can you let Kate and or Margaret have any ideas and feedback you may have, along with your views about the timing of next years event; when it should be, and ideas for themes. This year we made the event a bit later. Was this better in your view?

Coming on 7 June: Reflectance Imaging Workshop – more info here soon.