Volunteer wanted for Supermobile library at Slingsby

Volunteering opportunity available on the new Supermobile Library van at Slingsby – we are looking for a volunteer who enjoys books and working with the public to help out during term time at the Slingsby stop.

The Supermobile library visits Slingsby once a fortnight from 2-4pm on Friday afternoons.

If you would like to find out more about this role, please email Laura Dinning at laura.dinning@northyorks.gov.uk or phone (01609) 534812.

Malton Museum visit by Slingsby LHG

Tuesday 21st October 7.30pm Slingsby Local History Group visit to MALTON MUSEUM

(Please note this is a change from the original date and is the 3rd Tuesday not our normal 4th).

Our evening visit will begin with a brief introductory talk about the museum, i.e. what it is doing at present and its future projects and objectives. This will be followed by a chance to look at current displays, followed by a cup of tea or coffee and questions / feedback etc. .

Please meet at 7.30pm at the Museum entrance in Yorkersgate opposite the NatWest Bank. If you would like a lift from Slingsby, please contact Kate Giles or Margaret Mackinder.

Is Fracking Safe? Talk

Tuesday 21 October 7.30pm Slingsby Village Hall

Ian R Crane, an ex-oil company executive with Schlumberger, is giving a series of ten talks on Fracking in North Yorkshire in October and will talk in Slingsby on 21 October. The talk is entitled Is Fracking Safe? and will cover the following topics:

What exactly is fracking?
Could it damage our health?
What impact could fracking have on our water supplies?
How might it affect village life?
Would it reduce our gas bills?
What could fracking mean for farmers and landowners?
Would fracking affect property prices?
What are people’s experiences of fracking in other countries?
What’s the current situation in Ryedale and North Yorkshire?

There will be a Q&A session at the end of each talk.

Refreshments will be available.

Entrance is free and everyone is welcome. Please come along and bring some friends.


The full list of locations, dates and venues is as follows:

Methodist Church, Ashdale Rd, Helmsley, YO62 5DD

Village Hall, High Row, Kirby Misperton, YO17 6XN

Quaker Meeting House, 79 West End, Kirkbymoorside, YO62 6AD

Priory Street Centre, 15 Priory Street, York, YO1 6ET

Milton Rooms, Market Place, Malton, YO17 7LX

Village Hall, Pottergate, Gilling East, YO62 4JJ

War Memorial Hall, Potter Hill, Pickering, YO18 1AA

Village Hall, Pickering Road, Thornton le Dale, YO18 7LG

Village Hall, Church Lane, Slingsby, YO62 4AD

Village Hall, Finkle Street, Sheriff Hutton, YO60 6RA

Romans in Ryedale – Conference


18 October 9.30am, Milton Rooms, Malton


Joint conference by the Roman Antiquities Section (YAS), Malton Museum, Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies and the Friends of Malton Museum

The Milton Rooms, Market Square, Malton YO17 7LX

Saturday 18th October


9.30am      Coffee and Registration

10am       Dr Patrick Ottaway – The Roman period in the Yorkshire region:    what really matters in its archaeology?

10.30am   Professor Roger Ling – Wall-paintings in Roman Britain: Malton and beyond

11am         Dr Peter Halkon – Recent research on the Iron Age and Roman landscapes of the western Yorkshire Wolds

11.30am   Dr Pete Wilson – Roman Malton and Norton:   a fort and ‘small town’ and their context

12-1.30     Lunch

1.30pm      Paula Ware – Ryedale: An Explosion of Sites, a mine of information

2pm       Steve Roskams – Roman Wharram Percy: linking site assemblage with landscape change

2.30pm      Rachel Wood – The Crambeck Ware Industry and its Landscape Setting

3pm Coffee

3.30pm      Dr Rob Collins – Roman Ryedale: Patterns and interpretations from Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) data

4pm           Dr Peter Addyman – The Roman Malton Museum: A vision for the future


5 – 6pm      Wine reception in Malton Museum rooms

Tea and coffee will be provided.

Contact: pandjwilson@btopenworld.com or 01944 738282


Booking Form

Tickets: £12,

Roman Antiquities Section members, Roman Society members & Friends of Malton Museum £10

Please book…… place/s for the Romans in Ryedale & Beyond Conference

Member: RAS/Friends of Malton Museum (please delete as appropriate)








I enclose payment of £……

Cheques should be made payable to ‘Roman Antiquities Section’

Please return this booking form (along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope or your email address to receive booking confirmation) to:

RAS, Rarey Farm, Weaverthorpe, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 8EY


Romans in Ryedale conf booking

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Ryedale Book Festival 2014


Ryedale Book Festival will be taking place next weekend (11th and 12th October). The first Festival was held in Malton in 2012 and continues to grow each year.

As the Ryedale Book Festival website states:-

‘After an amazing Festival in 2013, the theme of this year’s Ryedale Book Festival is Courage. You can look forward to two inspirational days of readings, discussions, performances, storytelling, workshops, book signings, an independent book fair, music, art, poetry and film.’

Tickets for ticketed events are on sale from The Milton Rooms, telephone 01653 696 240. Advance purchase is advised to avoid disappointment as there are a limited number of seats for these events.

For more details about the festival and the events, or to download a programme, go to the website at www.ryedalebookfestival.com

Fracking in Ryedale?


Many Slingsby residents will recall that a geophysical survey was carried out in our area during the summer. This 3D seismic survey was conducted on behalf of Third Energy Ltd by Tesla Exploration International Ltd, in a 123 square km area centred around Hovingham. You might have seen bamboo poles with coloured tags at the side of the road and slow-moving vehicles (vibrator trucks or recording trucks) in fields or on the roads.

The data collected in the seismic survey is analysed in order to map the underlying geological layers, with a view to assessing the profitability of drilling in our area.

Third Energy (formerly known as Viking UK Gas) has been producing gas in the Vale of Pickering for the last 20 years, employing around 25 local people. The gas produced from its existing licence areas and sites is used to produce electricity at the Knapton Generating Station.

The company currently has well advanced plans to build a gas pipeline from its Ebberston Moor South well site to the Knapton Generating Station.

More information can be found on the company website:


Third Energy have not indicated precisely what type of exploitation may ultimately follow on from their survey analyses in our area.

So should we be concerned?

The answer, according to the local campaign group Frackfree Ryedale, is Yes.

It is known that Ryedale sits upon a large band of shale rock. Whereas conventional gas drilling has had a relatively minor environmental impact hitherto, the method of releasing gas from shale is to inject water, sand and chemicals into the shale to fracture the shale hydraulicly – this is “fracking”.

The risks of this method include contamination of ground water, leakage of methane and air pollution. Naturally, extensive infrastructure and heavy transport will be required.

We understand that there are concerns that Third Energy have already drilled deep at Kirby Misperton into the “Bowland” shale, indicating a possible interest in gas exploitation by fracking. 

For the FrackFree Ryedale view of what’s going on here, see: http://frackfreeryedale.org/ryedale/

On the wider national front, the current Government has given the green light to fracking in the UK, apparently as a cheaper alternative to certain renewable energy sources. This so-called dash for gas aims to plug a national energy supply gap and thereby help to keep energy prices down.

The national press has recently reported that, in spite of overwhelming opposition from environmental groups and others in a recent consultation, the Government plans to go ahead with a change to the trespass laws, so that homeowners cannot object to gas and oil development below 300m under their homes.

It has been widely reported that the gas industry looks set to compensate landowners and local communities affected by fracking work. Environmental campaigners see this as a bribe.

Perhaps now is the time for residents to look into the matter and form their own conclusions. To that end, we can report that ex-oil industry executive Ian Crane will be giving a talk entitled “Is fracking safe?” at a number of local venues this month. He is due to speak in Slingsby Village Hall on Tuesday 21 October at 7.30pm. Entrance is free.  

So, is Slingsby heading for boom-time – or potential environmental disaster? Tell the Slingsby Village website what you think!

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