Hovingham Market Dates for 2020

The first Hovingham Village Market of 2020 (with local food, rural crafts & community Cafe) will be taking place on Saturday, February 1st starting at 10.30 am and going through to 1.30 pm.

The Hovingham Village Market is held on the first Saturday of each month from February to December,  with an extra special Christmas Market on the third Saturday of December.

The dates for Hovingham Market in 2020 are as follows:

2020 MarketSpecial ThemeCommunity Café Operator 
1st FebruaryHovingham Village Hall
7th MarchFriends of Hovingham School
4th April Hovingham All Saints’ Church
2nd May Scackleton Action Group
6th June Hovingham Playground Group
4th July Hovingham Tennis Club
1st August Hovingham Bowls Club
5th September Hovingham All Saints’ Church
3rd October11th BirthdayScackleton St. George’s Church
7th November Hovingham Clock Winder Appeal
5th DecemberChristmas MarketHovingham Cricket Club
19th DecemberSpecial Christmas MarketHovingham Action Group

The Secret Life of Trees – Yorkshire Arboretum Artist-in-Residence Lesley Seeger Debuts New Exhibition

This September, locally-based artist Lesley Seeger will introduce an all-new exhibition of work based on her year as Artist-in-Residence at the Yorkshire Arboretum. From 18th September to 14th October. Lesley began her residency in the autumn of 2018, and was immediately drawn to “The juxtaposition between the land and the sky, and how the trees make this connection between them.”

The exhibition, ‘The Secret Life of Trees’, will include pieces of Lesley’s best work produced during her residency. Most pieces have been painted over a long period of time, meaning that each painting contains a mixture of seasons. Some began taking shape in spring and completed in autumn, painted on-site at the arboretum and completed in the studio. “It pays homage to trees in their glory, structure and delicacy and celebrates their dark moody spaces and sparkling light.”

When asked what drew her to a residency at the arboretum, Lesley said: “I wanted to have the opportunity to immerse myself in their atmosphere, to get to know them better, to observe their interrelatedness of form and colour throughout the seasons and in different types of light. This is a living place. They are not just inanimate objects; they are breathing things and they have a presence of their own.”

Lesley began painting professionally 24 years ago, and for ten years painted abstract florals, where she developed her subtle use of colour. In her own words, she developed her now recognisable style “when I moved back to the countryside after living in York, where I began to paint more observed work out in the landscape.” Lesley likes to challenge herself and has recently completed commissions including the painting of a house in Filey, and the view from the front door of a cottage in County Donegal, north-western Ireland. Both paintings, available to view on her website, are good examples “of observation and imagination working together to produce a hybrid, part reality and part make-believe.”

‘The Secret Life of Trees’ will also include specially-designed posters of the arboretum, using photographs taken during Lesley’s residency. Her book ‘Coming Home’ will also be on sale, as well as signed, limited edition prints and cards.

For more information, visit the arboretum website at

Open Gardens in Slingsby 2019

Open Gardens in Slingsby – Sunday 23rd June 2019 from 12pm until 5pm

Refreshments from 12pm, plants for sale, tombola and musical treats.

Admission £4.00

Proceeds in aid of Village Hall funds

All Saints to toll bells in solidarity with Notre Dame

All Saints to toll bells Maundy Thursday 7pm in solidarity with Notre Dame

At 7pm on Maundy Thursday 18th April, All Saints church will toll its bells, together with churches and cathedrals across England for seven minutes in solidarity with our friends and colleagues at Notre Dame cathedral, following the devastating fire this week.

The Street Benefice has a series of services over the Easter weekend, which includes the very special Easter vigil at 7.30pm on Saturday night. This is a quiet and contemplative service which lasts about an hour and all are welcome.

On Sunday we will also host the Benefice Communion service at 10.30am. Come and join us on this joyous day and share fellowship and refreshments afterwards. All are welcome.

Full details of the services across the Benefice can be found here:

May Day Celebrations – 7th May 2018

The May Day celebrations on Monday May 7th will open on The Green at 11 am with Swinton Band.

There will be stalls around the green and in the village hall, tombola, raffle, children’s activities and refreshments.

At noon the children will dance for one hour around the maypole, some of them weaving patterns with the ribbons while the younger ones do their stamping and clapping in time to the music provided by the players.

At l pm the Minster Stray dancers will perform their dances, followed by the Charity Brass Band from 1:30 while all the other dancers (children and adults) learn new steps, before coming to show us what they have learned. The Charity Brass Band will round off the day at 3 pm with the raffle.

Of course the weekend starts on Saturday May 5th with the Scarecrow Trail.