Talk by Melanie Giles on Iron Age Slingsby -21st February 2017

21st February at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall. Dr Melanie Giles will give an illustrated talk on the Iron Age archaeology of Slingsby with its barrow cemetery, set in the wider context of East Yorkshire’s prehistoric past. She will also share news of some of her recent discoveries such as the Acklam warrior. Admission £3.

Melanie Giles, is a Senior Lecturer at Manchester University, author of ‘A Forged Glamour: Landscape, Identity and Material Culture in the Iron Age’, and a contributor to BBC History programmes A History of Ancient Britain and Meet the Ancestors, and to Channel 4’s Murder in the Iron Age.

If you have any objects or items that you may be interested in showing Mel, please do bring them along to the session.


Slingsby from the air – snapshots in time

Aerial view of Slingsby from NE | Photo provided by Geoff Brooks

Geoff Brooks has sent us these two aerial photographs of Slingsby and would be interested to know if anyone can date them.

There are quite a lot of clues here, as Geoff points out:

“These aerial photos emerged when we were clearing out some drawers. They seem to have been taken on the same day but there is no date on them. I think they are from the early nineties but it would be useful if anyone could narrow the year down by looking at any clues the pictures might hold. The ‘new’ houses in Church Lane had been built but those beside the Reading Room had not. Perry’s coaches still used the yard full time, the trees on the Green had just been pollarded, the swimming pool at the rear of Lindon House had not been covered in and Richardson’s yard was still being used for haulage. There is a distinct lack of cars, particularly noticeable in the Green Crescent compared with today.”

Aerial view of central Slingsby, early 1990s? | Photo provided by Geoff Brooks

Please let us know at if you think you can date these photographs.

Geoff’s latest walks for February and March have just been published on our walks page. Thanks Geoff!

Dark Skies Festival 18th to 26th February 2017

Star Trail in Slingsby | Photo by Steve Allen

18th to 26th February at various places. National Parks Dark Skies Festival 2017. For events organised by North York Moors National Park see HERE.

Local events for us include:-

18th February – Have a go holidays (Sutton Bank)

18th February – Stargazing evening (Yorkshire Arboretum)

25th February – Dark Skies at Sutton Bank

4th March – Stargazing and night time nature walk (Rievaulx Terrace)

Malton Museum lecture 15th February 2017


Friends of Malton Museum lecture on Wednesday 15th February 2017 at 7.30 pm in the Library, East Wing, Malton School, Middlecave Road, Malton.

Dr Sophie Forgan from the Captain Cook Museum in Whitby, will talk on “Art and the Kangaroo”. Admission is free to Friends, others are welcome at a charge of £3. The Friends say:-

“Just over two years ago, the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich acquired George Stubbs’ famous ‘Portrait of a Kangaroo’ (1772), together with its sister painting of a dingo.  Stubbs painted what became the iconic image of a kangaroo, though he had never seen a live kangaroo and had no idea of their natural environment!

“The talk traces the background to the creation of this famous painting, the problems of depicting exotic animals no one had seen before, and why Stubbs’ image is particularly successful.  Succeeding artists depicted kangaroos in their natural habitat and the variety of images helped to stimulate a veritable passion for Australian mammals in late 18th and 19th century Britain.”

Fish and Chips – 14th February 2017

Next delivery date for fish and chips -Tuesday 14th February.
Malton & Norton Lions Club kindly continue their delivery of fish chips and peas to Slingsby on the second Tuesday of each month, delivered to your door, and costing £3.
This service is mainly for the elderly and others who live alone.
Contacts are Stephen and Rachel Prest tel 628277 and Trudy Carr 628302.