Slingsby local anti-fracking workshop

Tuesday 11 November, 7.30pm, Slingsby Village Hall

A meeting is being held with the aim of setting up a local anti-fracking group in the Slingsby area.

The Slingsby Village website understands that, following on from the well-attended talk by Ian Crane on 11th October in Slingsby (about 100 people ), there is now a concerted move to establish local groups across Ryedale. Slingsby is in one of the areas likely to be affected by “fracking by stealth”. Frack-Free Ryedale wishes to help residents become involved in campaigning to stop fracking while there is still time.

The informal meeting on Tuesday 11th November in Slingsby will start at 7.30pm and should not go beyond 9pm. There will be free tea and biscuits in the break.


Slingshot – What’s all the fracking fuss?


The Slingsby Village website launched the Slingshot feature earlier in the year to give folk a shared platform to express their concerns on the topics of the day. Contributions can be published here anonymously under the Slingshot byline.

You can find out how to go about this at the foot of the page, but first you ought to read these words which have been sent to us at the website by a concerned resident of this Parish.

What’s all the fracking fuss?

Can’t see why so many people are getting upset about fracking? Think it will help safeguard our energy supplies? Think it’s just the ‘NIMBY’ brigade on a new crusade? You’re wrong on every count!

If you’re not worried about fracking, you certainly should be. Why? Because it’s the biggest threat to Ryedale in a generation. Kevin Hollinrake, the prospective Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Thirsk and Malton, recently expressed his concern about fracking in Ryedale, specifically the threats to drinking water, tourism, groundwater, land and surface damage, and country life in general. York Town Council has already banned it.

If fracking goes ahead in Ryedale it will lead to polluted water supplies, poisonous and radioactive waste water being re-injected into the earth near Pickering and Ebberston, tens of thousands of tanker movements in the area, hundreds of wells being bored around Ryedale, every well working 24/7 and all permanently floodlit.

Land will be at risk of permanent contamination. Toxic substances burnt off by these wells are known to contain cancer-causing chemicals and there has been shown to be a link between animal health and fracking. The value of property will fall and there is no protection for landowners when problems occur, which they always do. Virtually all wells eventually leak; by then the company has long gone and accepts no responsibility.

Fracking will result in Third Energy getting rich while the rest of Ryedale suffers the consequences, which are irreversible!

Dangerous scaremongering? Not so – check the facts for yourselves, then join the fight to stop them!


Want to join the debate?

If you have something that you’d like to share with others, perhaps something you’ve been dying to get off your chest – especially if it concerns Slingsby and its residents – then you can have it published here anonymously under the Slingshot byline.

Send your contribution to us either by e-mail at or put in an envelope and leave it with Tony at the Village Shop. Please remember to include your name, address and telephone number, in case we need to contact you, though these details will NOT be published (your contribution will be anonymous). Finally, please be aware that the Slingsby Website editors will have the freedom to decide whether or not to publish your contribution.

Slingsby Website and Newsletter AGM 13 Nov

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13 November, 7.30pm, The Grapes

The Slingsby Website and Newsletter Group will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Thursday 13th November at 7.30pm in The Grapes Inn in Slingsby.


After four years working on your behalf, the current team is about to reach a cross-roads. Please come along and help us chart the way forward. We don’t want to get lost!

Refreshments will be available.

AGM 2014 Agenda

AGM Summary (Triangle article)

AGM 2014 Minutes

Annex A: AGM 2014 Chairman’s report 12 Nov 2014

Annex B: Treasurer’s Yr End report 2014

Annex C: Triangle Editors report AGM 2014

Annex D: webmaster_AGM_report_nov2014

Pop-up business cafe in Malton

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Friday 7 November, 9am to 1pm, Old Lodge Hotel, Malton

We hear from Maggie Farey of Rural Action Yorkshire that a business cafe will be popping up this Friday. Free business advice and apparently inspiration is on offer…:

We’ve got a room full of business experts

Are you ready to be inspired?

7th November

The Old Lodge Hotel


Find out more at


Photo of the Month: October 2014


Puddles along Mucky Lane | Photograph by Richard Flint

It has been a wet October in Slingsby with plenty of rain falling over the month. This photograph was taken while out for a short walk down Mucky land around mid October. Mucky Lane was, as usual,  living up to its name but it also had some huge puddles of water that were quite difficult to get by in places. It’s never boring down Mucky Lane.

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

More details about how to submit photographs can be found HERE