Do we want a Party? – meeting on Tuesday 1st March

Meeting in the Village Hall at 7pm on Tuesday 1st March 2016

Janet Clarke and Trudy Carr write in the current Triangle:-
You will probably have heard that the Queen is having a birthday party this
summer. The Queen celebrates two birthdays each year: her actual birthday on
21st April and her official birthday on a Saturday in June. The Queen’s 90th
Birthday Celebration event will take place on Sunday June 12th 2016. This is the
day when many communities are holding a street party.

Over the last few days we’ve been asked “Are you doing a party in Slingsby?”
Bearing in mind the tremendous amount of work involved in setting up and
running such an event, we would like to gauge local opinion first. The last thing
we want is to put in loads of effort to find it under-attended.

So we are proposing to hold an exploratory meeting in the Village Hall
Committee Room on Tuesday 1st March at 7pm. Depending how many people
turn up to offer assistance, we will make the decision whether or not to organise
an event.

So come on folks….if you’re interested, turn up and offer some help.


Chariot Burials of Britain: Friday 19th February 2016 at Helmsley

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A talk on the Chariot Burials of Britain by Dr Melanie Giles on Friday 19th February 2016 at 7.30 p.m. in the committee room of the North York Moors National Park Offices, The Old  Vicarage, Bondgate, Helmsley YO62 5BP.

Melanie is a Senior Lecturer in archaeology at Manchester University. (Her sister Dr Kate Giles, also a Senior Lecturer in archaeology (at York University) lives in Slingsby.)

The talk is one of a series of lectures arranged by Helmsley Archaeological and Historical Society, whose website is here. The Society asks for a donation of about £3 per person attending.

The HAHS website says this about the lecture:-

The Iron Age chariot burials of North, West and particularly East Yorkshire, are an internationally renowned phenomenon. Containing the complete or dismantled remains of two-wheeled vehicles and horse trappings, these burials are often accompanied by other marvels of Celtic art, including weaponry, mirrors and boxes, as well as lavish portions of meat for the afterlife. The individuals interred with them frequently have fascinating stories to tell about daily life, injury, disease and violence, which helps us understand the power of these particular ancestors for their wider community.

The lecture will also investigate the myths behind the Celtic chariot, and its links to Continental traditions: using the archaeological evidence to examine its technology and use, its particular significance for Yorkshire communities, and some of the possible meanings it held as a vehicle for the afterlife

The little book of Big Scams – protect yourself against fraud

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North Yorkshire Neighbourhood Watch Association have sent us this. The link to the little book of Big Scams is at the end.

Common scams and frauds

Fraud is when trickery is used to gain a dishonest advantage, which is often financial, over another person. When you are online, you should take steps to protect yourself, and be aware of the risks.


We’ve listed just two of the most common online scams and frauds.

Email scams

A fraudster who claims to be someone in a position of authority sends you an email, letter or a fax.

They say they have access to a substantial amount of money and explains where this money is supposed to have come from. (Usually another country such as Africa or Iraq) They say they want to move the money out of the country, and then give you a reason why they can’t transfer it themselves.

They will ask your permission to pay the money into your account before they transfer it onwards, after deducting your reward. The fraudsters may even ask you to open a new bank account to transfer the money. There is no money to transfer.

The fraudsters may also ask you for details of your bank account so that they can transfer your reward. They will use this information to try and empty your account.

Accommodation fraud

Accommodation fraud is when you pay money to make a hotel reservation or book another form of accommodation, but the hotel or reservation does not exist.

  • The safest way to protect yourself from booking bogus accommodation is to book directly with an established hotel or through a reputable travel company.
  • If using a travel company ensure they are a member of a trade body such as ABTA, the Travel Association or the Air Travel Organisers Licensing, (ATOL).
  • If you decide to book independently you should exercise caution. Establish if you are dealing directly with the property owner or a letting agent.
  • Research the property or hotel that you are booking – verify that the address exists through web searches and online maps. Do the images match those on the advert? Check whether there are any reviews for the accommodation from previous visitors.
  • If dealing with the property owner ask them about the property and the area in detail. Can you confirm that what they tell you is accurate from your own research?
  • Research any agent that you are dealing with via an online search engine.  Are there any reviews of the website or agent?  Ask what checks the agent makes on the properties that they are advertising and its owner? Does the website use the padlock symbol to indicate the site is secure?
  • When paying for accommodation never pay by cash or use a Money Transfer Agent such as Western Union or Moneygram as these are not intended for commercial payments.
  • If possible pay by credit card as this may protect your payment.
  • Always check the terms and conditions to confirm exactly what you are being sold. Double check your booking before travel, particularly if there is a long gap between making the booking and arrival.
  • Be aware that fraudulent adverts do exist. If you have any doubts do not book it!

Please take a little time to read this – The little book of Big Scams (in pdf format)

Dark Skies Festival: Monday 15th to Sunday 21st February 2016

Star Trail in Slingsby | Photo by Steve Allen

Star Trail in Slingsby | Photo by Steve Allen

North York Moors Dark Skies Festival from Monday 15th to Sunday 21st February 2016.

There are events in various places in the National Park, some quite close (Sutton Bank, Dalby, Fountains Abbey), some suitable for children, and some taking place during daylight.

For full details please see the NYM web page here.

Local History Birdwatch meeting: Tuesday 9th February at 7.30 pm


Local History Group meeting on Tuesday 9th February 2016 at 7.30 p.m. in the Village Hall committee room.

Slingsby Birdwatch feedback meeting. Geoff Myers, who has a keen eye for wildlife and knows a lot about birds and mammals around the area, has agreed to come and help analyse the results from a parish bird watch which was done in January, so that LHG can make comparisons with earlier records, and record what is in and around the village now.

(Please note that from March 2016 LHG evening meetings will normally take place on the third Tuesday of the month, to avoid clashes with other village events.)

Slingsby Ladies’ Group AGM: Tuesday 9th February 2016 at 7.15 p.m. (and future meetings)

News from Slingsby Ladies’ Group

Our next meeting is the AGM and is to be held in the Methodist Chapel on Tuesday 9th February 2016 at 7.15pm. After the AGM we shall partake in a bring and share supper.  New members are always welcome to our meetings, held on the second Tuesday of the month in the Chapel at 7.15pm.  Come and give us a try ladies.

Secretary: Shelagh Richards 01653 628363

What’s On?

Tuesday 9th February 2016.  AGM at 7.15pm in Slingsby Methodist Chapel.

Tuesday 8th March 2016.  At 7.15pm in Slingsby Methodist Chapel.

Talk by Keith Jones on ‘The Cube’.

Tuesday 12th April 2016.  At 7.15pm in Slingsby Methodist Chapel.

Talk by the National Trust on ‘Goddards’.