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Remembering those we love and have lost: All Souls Service, Barton le Street Sunday 24th October 6.30pm

Each year the Street Benefice tries to host an All Souls Service at one of its churches to remember those we have loved and lost in the preceding 12 months – and those we remember and miss from many years ago. Last year, for obvious reasons, this service did not happen but this year it will go ahead at Barton le Street, from 6.30pm on Sunday 24th October.  

The service will use the Taize model of worship as an inspiration – a very peaceful and restful way of singing and praying in a church filled with candles. You can sit in silence or join in as you please, but worship will be led by the Benefice Music Group and should be very restful and reflective. Part of the service will be a reading out of names from each village. If you would like us to add any names of recently-lost or much-missed loved ones to the list, please just add them to the sheet at the back of All Saints’ church (open every day from 7am). 
If you would like to attend the service you will be warmly welcomed. You don’t need to be a member of church or even consider yourself religious – just come and be – with us. And as the evenings tend to draw in now, if you would like a lift or more information or to have names added to the list from afar, do contact Kate Giles at [email protected] 

Slingsby Badminton Season 2021

It’s almost the time of year for the badminton season to restart and this year the season will commence on Monday 25th October. Contact details can be found below if you would like to get in touch.

Scam TV Engineers

We’ve been made aware that fraudsters are posing as TV engineers and offering to help local residents retune their TV’s following the Bilsdale mast fire for a fee of £200. We’ve been advised that this is not legitimate activity and advise you not to accept unsolicited offers of help.

If anyone knocks on your door to offer this service, do not let them into your home and do not give them any money.

Arqiva, the company which owns the Bilsdale mast, has informed us they are developing an official support plan with local organisations and we will share details of this when they are finalised.

If anyone approaches you at your home and you are concerned, do not let them in and call the police on 101 to report this.

Please share this message with friends, family and networks who may not use social media or be part of online networks and help us to keep everyone safe from these scammers.
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Tree Health Centre at The Yorkshire Arboretum: Press Release

The following Press Release covered the opening of the Yorkshire Arboretum’s new Tree Health Centre which opened last week:


We need healthy trees for a healthy future, but trees across the country and around the world are in trouble. Climate change and increasing numbers of pests and diseases are threatening the continued existence of many familiar species in our landscape, just at a time when we need to plant more trees than ever before to capture carbon.

Recognising this the Yorkshire Arboretum has established the country’s first dedicated Tree Health Centre. Launching in September 2021, with a formal opening event on 23 September, it aims to raise awareness of the threats to trees, the need for vigilance to avoid importing other pathogens, and to suggest ways of increasing the resilience of our treescape for the centuries ahead. We look to achieve this by offering classes, courses and public outreach events.

These events, led by specialists, will take place at the Yorkshire Arboretum, using the new, fully-equipped classroom and beautiful, botanically-rich surroundings for unique indoor/outdoor learning experiences.

From Friday 24 September to Sunday 3 October, the arboretum will host a range of activities to commemorate the launch of the Tree Health Centre. Families can get involved in a range of trails round the arboretum, interactive demonstrations, and a kid’s bug hunt and activity pack. There will also be tree health tours of the arboretum, and a talk hosted by guest speaker Prof Nicola Spence –Chief Plant Health Officer at Defra and an arboretum trustee.

Arboretum Director Dr John Grimshaw said: “The launch of the Tree Health Centre comes at a time when everyone is painfully aware of the consequences of climate change, and the need to plant trees to help combat it. We want to help people keep our trees healthy and thriving, and these events offer something for everyone to learn about how to do so.”

Funding included £286,000 from the York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership’s Local Growth Fund allocation. 

David Dickson, Chair of the York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership Infrastructure and Joint Assets Board, said: “This specialist knowledge centre will build the capacity to protect tree health and lead the way for others. The opportunities for learning will make a real impact, and contribute towards the region’s ambitions to be greener, fairer and stronger.”

More information can be found at the new website: