T de F Celebration (modest)


The Tour de France may not have made its way through Slingsby but that didn’t stop the celebrations with the Triangle’s Keith Buck putting on a very nice TdF themed display. Keith also sent in this nice summary of the weekend’s events:-

Morning All, Having watched all 13 hours of the live TV broadcasts of the Yorkshire stages I am ready for a rest day myself!

What a marvellous job Gary Verity did. I don’t think anybody imagined that road side spectator numbers over the two days would top 3 million. The T de F goes out to 190 countries with viewing figures of 3.9 billion. Guess we might see a few more tourists.

I think you might be right there Keith.

Over the weekend, the Slingsby Twitter feed posted some photos and links (if you haven’t already, it’s always worth checking the village Twitter page for interesting local news, photos and links etc) from Le Tour but we will link them here just in case you missed them.

The Middleham Jewel and Richard III Talk


An illustrated talk by Dr Kate Giles in Slingsby Village Hall

Tuesday 22nd July at 7 30 p.m.

Come and hear the story of the discovery, sale and acquisition of the Middleham Jewel by the Yorkshire Museum, and explore new interpretations of its meaning and significance in relation to Richard III and Middleham Castle. All Welcome. Entrance £2

Slingsby Local History Group.


‘Slingsby, Then and Now’ sold out, again!


The Local History Group’s publication has now sold out, again! A further 50 were printed after the initial two print runs sold out but now these have all gone too. Tony Hodgson at the village shop has offered to keep an ‘order list’ if anyone still wants a copy but there will not be a reprint until there are about 25 on the list. Altogether 200 have been sold, raising a total of £1,350 for a village project.

Photo of the Month: June 2014


Tintype Summer Field – Photograph by Richard Flint

This month’s photo of the month is slightly special. It’s a tintype image, or more accurately it’s a digital photo in the visual style of a hand coloured tintype photo. The photo was taken while on a walk along mucky lane.

The tintype photo process, also known as a melainotype or ferrotype, dates back to the Victorian era, being at its most popular during the 1860’s and 1870’s. There are some photographers who use tintype today but it is a rather specialised process that needs a lot of practice and care to get good results.

The original Victorian process used several highly toxic ingredients including potassium cyanide as a fixer. Modern photo chemicals now, thankfully, make the work much easier and safer. Even more convenient, photography software enables photographers to create tintype style images, just like the one above, without the use of chemicals.

Do you have a great photograph you’d like to share with us?

If you’d like to submit an image for the photo of the month slot, you can send it to slingsbyphoto@gmail.com

More details about how to submit photographs can be found HERE

Upcoming Ryedale Book Festival Events


The Ryedale Book Festival have a couple of events coming up in Malton in a couple of weeks.

In one of our biggest events yet, 200 children from three Ryedale Primary Schools will be taking part in a three day poetry and literacy event, sponsored by Clore Duffield. The children will be working alongside novelist, journalist and former war correspondent, Justin Huggler and contemporary war poet, Corporal Danny Martin.

As the grand finale to the three day schools event, 100 Years of War Poetry will be held at Malton Secondary School on Middlecave Road at on Wednesday July 9th 6:30pm, featuring contemporary war poet, Corporal Danny Martin and the 200 young poets from Ryedale Primary Schools.
This is a FREE event. There will be a collection for Help the Heroes.

In addition to this, Justin Huggler will be talking about his latest novel, Burden of the Desert, set in occupied Iraq and inspired by his own experiences there. The novel has been described as:
“Tense, affecting and informative, this is an old-school thriller…vivid and utterly convincing”. The Guardian
“Relentlessly gripping”. Independent on Sunday
“This tense, thought-provoking and extraordinary book is an absolute must” Daily Mail.

This event will also be happening at Malton School on Monday July 7th. Tickets cost £3 on the door.