Stargazing at Rievaulx Terrace -Saturday 10th October 2015

Stargazing and Nature Night Walk at Rievaulx Terrace  on Saturday 10th October 2015 at 7 p.m.

This event is organised by the National Trust who say:-

“Come and join our family friendly stargazing and nature night walk on the edge of the North York Moors, one of the darkest places in Britain. We’ll have telescopes, experienced astronomers and refreshments, so all you need to bring are warm clothes and curiosity!

  • Adults £6, Children £3, Under 5’s FREE. Booking essential, call 01439 748283″


Amotherby Quiz Night Saturday October 3rd 2015

Quiz Night at Amotherby Parish Hall this Saturday, 3rd October, 6.30 for 7.

Amotherby Parish Hall will be holding another popular Family Quiz Night hosted by Andy Seed.   Doors open at 6.30 pm for 7pm start.

Prizes, raffle, snacks, licensed bar, tickets on the door £3-00 adults, £1-50 children

Hovingham Market: 3rd October


Hovingham Village Market (with local food, rural crafts & community Cafe) will be taking place again this Saturday (3rd October) starting at 10.30am and continuing through to 1.30pm.

More details about the market can be found on their website and why not check out their Twitter feed too.

“Soup-a lunch”, Wednesday 30th September 2015

Soup-a-lunch on Wednesday 30th September 2015 at 12 noon in Slingsby Methodist Schoolroom at the Chapel

All are welcomed (especially senior citizens) to lunch in the Schoolroom. There will be soup, sandwiches, a pudding, and no doubt a good chat.

There is no charge but donations are welcome.

No need to book, but if you have any questions please contact Rachel or Stephen Prest on 01653 628277 or Trudy Carr on 628302.

Slingsby Methodist Church kindly arranges this.

Yorkshire Arboretum Autumn Events 2015


Yorkshire Arboretum

Yorkshire Arboretum

The Yorkshire Arboretum (at Castle Howard) newsletter of events for Autumn 2015 is here.

If booking an event, we recommend you check whether the usual admission charge to the Arboretum for non-members is payable, as well as the event charge


The Farming Column: Harvesting and a Hedgerow

Stephen Prest continues his farming column with a look at the harvest harvest, Malton show, and a hedgerow.

In spite of huge changes in the last few decades, farming remains central to our community here. If you farm near Slingsby and have a tale to tell, email us at

By the time you read this harvest will be underway once again.  It has been a good summer so far for farm crops with sufficient rain and plenty of sunshine so we should be in for a bumper harvest provided the weather is kind at harvest time.

Malton Show went very well this year over at Scampston Park with very good entries in the sheep and cattle classes and a tremendous show of vintage machinery and tractors including Slingsby’s very own Mick Dixon on his David Brown tractor.

On the conservation side we have recently sown 3 acres of wild bird seed mixes which will provide much needed food for the birds in winter.  With help from Richard Hindby we have also put up 2 more barn owl nesting boxes down the fields.  A pair of barn owls are nesting again in one of the older nest boxes which is most encouraging.

About 15 years ago we planted 400 yards of new hedgerow up Slingsby Heights, it is a mixture of hawthorn, blackthorn, hazel, field maple, dogwood and holly.

Old slides & photos 171

Picture 1. shows Bernard Ward, Stephen Prest, Arty Sleightholme and Lawrence Johnson hard at work, (well some of them anyway,) planting the hedge in approx. year 2003.


Picture 2.  Shows the same men, in June this year, approx. 12 years later with the hedge now over 6ft tall and looking really well.  The men are not looking too bad either are they?

Has anyone seen any more orchids around the village?  In addition to the Early Purple Orchid shown in the last Triangle I have just seen some Common Spotted Orchids and some Pyramidal Orchids.