Slingsby Allotments Gardening Quiz

Slingsby Allotments Gardening Quiz
Quiz forms available from Tony’s Village Shop.
Cost £1 with a chance to win a £20 Garden Voucher.
Completed entries by 31st July 2016, please.

NYCC approves fracking at KM8


Monday 23 May, 6.55pm, Northallerton.

North Yorkshire County Council’s Planning Committee has approved Third Energy’s application to carry out fracking at a well in Kirby Misperton.

At the end of a two day meeting at County Hall in Northallerton, the committee voted by a majority of 7 to 4 to accept their planning officers’ recommendation that they approve, subject to conditions, the application to test-frack at the KM8 deep well.

This vote came in spite of the overwhelming local opposition to fracking, demonstrated in over 4,000 representations to the Council and a full day of presentations to the committee on Friday, from experts and laypeople opposing the application.

Opponents of the controversial and novel technique believe “it only starts with one well” and that this decision may, in effect, fire the starting gun on fracking across North Yorkshire, and could ultimately lead to the industrialisation of Ryedale’s rural landscape.

In the event, the committee accepted the company’s assurances regarding the safety of the operation and the effectiveness of their control measures.

Whether this is a black day for Ryedale or the dawning of a new age of energy independence remains to be seen.

Car Boot Sale: Monday May 30th



A Slingsby car boot sale will be taking place this bank holiday Monday (May 30th) on Slingsby’s sports field,  from 7 am to 2 pm (weather and ground conditions permitting, of course).

N.B. For general car boot queries, please ring the Sports Club on 01653 627124 (Friday 8.30 pm – 10.30 pm, Saturday 8.30 pm – 11.30 pm and Sunday 8.30 pm – 10.30 pm).

For information about the car boot sale dates for this year, go to the sportsfield page.

Taylors and Adventurers launch Ryedale Festival in York 25 May


Wednesday 25 May, 7pm, Merchant Taylors Hall and Merchant Adventurers Hall (above), York

A truly unique event and a chance to explore the Merchant Taylors Hall, not normally open to the public.

York’s two great medieval halls host an unmissable and unique collaborative event between the Companies of the Adventurers and Taylors of York and the Ryedale Festival. This Double Concert features world-renowned artists and celebrates the 600th anniversary of the Merchant Taylors’ Hall as well as providing an opportunity for the Ryedale Festival to launch its 2016 programme to York audiences. Both concerts are performed twice; the audiences will change places at the interval.

In the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall the Heath Quartet evoke the world of War and Peace with Tchaikovsky’s noble and lyrical 1st String Quartet. Its famous slow movement is based on a Ukrainian folksong that famously moved Leo Tolstoy to tears.

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In contrast, the Merchant Taylors’ Hall is the setting for an irresistible and varied recital by one of the country’s leading musicians, Catrin Finch, known as ‘The Queen of Harps’, and former Royal Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales.

Please consider joining us for what promises to be a special evening on Wednesday 25th May 2016 at 7.00pm at the Merchant Taylors’ Hall and the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall.

There is a 7 to 10 minute walk between venues.

Tickets for this concert are £30.

To book please contact the Festival Box Office on 01751 475777 (Mon-Wed 9.30 – 2.00) or by email

To see more details of the concerts at the main Festival in July, please visit the Ryedale Festival website.


The Merchant Adventurers’ Hall is of major national importance and is a grade 1 listed building and scheduled ancient monument. It was built between 1357 and 1361, before most of the craft or trade guild halls in Britain, making it one of the largest buildings of its kind and date in Britain. It is very unusual to be able to see in one building the three rooms serving the three functions of a medieval guild; business and social in the Great Hall, charitable in the Undercroft and religious in the Chapel.

The Company Hall at the Merchant Taylors’ Hall has recently been dated using tree ring technology and celebrates its 600th Anniversary in 2015.  The main timbers were felled in forests to the North of York between 1410-1413 and the Hall was completed in 1415 / 1416.  Although mainly used as a meeting place for the Company to carry out its business, the Hall has in the past also been used as a school and theatre.  It is now used to host a variety of events including weddings, dinners and conferences.

Police surgery 27th May 2016 at 2pm


northyorkshire policeFriday 27th May 2016 from 2 to 3 p.m. Police surgery with PCSO Nicki Pounder in the Mobile  Library at The Green, Slingsby . An opportunity to ask questions and seek advice.

( A further surgery is planned in Slingsby on Friday 24th June, same time, same place.)