Hovingham Community Kitchen delivers for Slingsby

Since last week a new Community Kitchen in Hovingham has been delivering in our area. Currently 21 meals are being delivered once a week to homes in Slingsby.  The free service, supported by donations and by funding from NYCC, is intended for the elderly, the vulnerable and to some extent for families seriously impacted by the current pandemic situation.  The Worsley Arms are providing their kitchens to the Community Kitchen chef. We congratulate all those involved in the provision of this service.

Although the service is running at capacity, there may be scope for additional deliveries.

If you feel such support is needed, either for yourself or a loved one, please contact the coordinator Fiona Farnell by email [email protected]  or phone 07523 044447.

For further details, visit this Hovingham website page https://hovingham.org.uk/corona.php , and follow the link for Community Kitchen for Hovingham and Slingsby.

The Grapes, Slingsby

A few more changes to our Takeaway Menu! Here is this week’s menu from your popular village pub.

All food must be pre-ordered with as much notice as possible because some time slots get fully booked. Please ring the pub 01653 628076 to place your order and receive your allocated collection time. Sunday Lunch bookings need to be pre-ordered by 5pm on Friday. Please bring your own bag or box.Contactless payment preferred please.

Photograph by David Critchley


Mental Health Awareness Week

Near Slingsby | Photo by Steve Allen

This year taking place from 18 to 24 May, Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 is focused on kindness. Many of us, even in the relative safety of Slingsby, may be anxious about our physical health, but tend to ignore our mental health. It’s not something that’s easy to talk about (even in these more enlightened times), so that is where online resources can help.

Why not check out the relevant part of the Mental Health Foundation’s website? https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/coronavirus

Pet sales online scams

North Yorkshire Police are noticing an increase in fraud involving the sale of pets online. Read on for their latest advice. Many people during lockdown have been tempted to purchase a puppy or kitten and are turning to websites offering such pets. The fraudster will advertise puppies and kittens for sale on social media platforms and selling platforms, including websites dedicated to pet sale. The victim will be asked to pay a deposit to secure the purchase. The fraudster will not let the pet be collected in person due to the lockdown, and will insist on shipping the pet to the victim’s address. After the initial payment has been made, more funds will be requested to cover delivery costs, pet insurance or vaccinations. Each time the funds are sent another request will come.

Whilst it is tempting during the time you are at home to look at purchasing a pet, please think about what will happen when you return to work. Please do the following to protect yourself:

  • Do your research – Before purchasing anything online, including pets, look up reviews for the site, or person you are buying from. If you are still not sure, ask a trusted friend or family member for their advice.
  • Trust your instinct – If you cannot physically go to see the animal in person, ask for a video call. If the seller declines, challenge them on why. If you have any suspicions, do not go ahead with the purchase.
  • Choose your payment method wisely – If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, avoid paying by bank transfer which offers you little protection if you become a victim of fraud. Instead, use a credit card or a payment service such as PayPal.

North Yorkshire Community Messaging (NYCM) is managed by North Yorkshire Police.  The official website is www.nycm.co.uk which will allow you to sign into your account to change your delivery method preference or locations of interest. It also contains a FAQs section, which may assist with any queries you have.

North Yorkshire Leaders update on Coronavirus response

Leaders of North Yorkshire’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic will give an update on the work they are doing, and take questions from residents and businesses, in a live broadcast, tomorrow, Tuesday 19 May, at 1300. [Link further below]

North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan will lead the live update and will be joined by: Chief Constable Lisa Winward – North Yorkshire Police and Chief Fire Officer Andrew Brodie – North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Watch LIVE on YouTubehttps://youtu.be/Gv57GRaPUfU

Members of the public are invited to watch the meeting from 1.00pm on Tuesday on YouTube and submit questions in advance by emailing [email protected], posting on Twitter using the hashtag #NYScrutiny or commenting on Facebook. Not all questions will be able to be used, but they will inform the Commissioner’s questioning and the general discussion.

These updates replace the regular public accountability meetings which are an opportunity to ensure the police and fire service are performing as well as possible to keep North Yorkshire safe and feeling safe.

All are invited to find out more about the meeting and watch live at www.northyorkshire-pfcc.gov.uk


  • Local Resilience Forum update
  • Police – operational response update
  • Fire – operational response update

Everyone must STAY ALERT to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:

  • stay at home as much as possible
  • work from home if you can
  • limit contact with other people
  • keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
  • wash your hands regularly

Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.

From: Office of the North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner
[email protected]

Facebook Live session – telephone scams

At 4pm today, Thursday 14th May, Andy Fox from North Yorkshire Police Economic Crime Unit will be hosting a Facebook live session, concentrating on how best to protect your telephone from cold callers and scam calls. A large proportion of fraud reported has shown the initial contact between the fraudster and the victim is by the telephone so it is vital people are aware of the steps they can take to protect themselves and their loved ones. I hope you can join us. Go to https://www.facebook.com/NorthYorkshirePolice/ at 4pm today.

North Yorkshire Community Messaging (NYCM) is managed by North Yorkshire Police.  The official website is www.nycm.co.uk which will allow you to sign into your account to change your delivery method preference or locations of interest. It also contains a FAQs section, which may assist with any queries you have.