Arkendale Village News
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Due to the latest lockdown, Arkendale Community Hall will close its doors to bookings from Thursday 5th November. An assessment of when it will be safe and appropriate to re-open the Hall will take place in early January.
Arkendale Community Hall is re-opening for bookings from Monday 3rd August 2020
As the LINK is not being printed at present, the PDF version is being made available here.
See: Link - May 2020
The new centenary bench, situated at the entrance to Dale Lane on the Coneythorpe road at the south end of Arkendale, was built by David Hargreaves (agricultural engineer) in Coneythorpe, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of H. Houseman & Son farming in Arkendale.
Hubert's grandfather bought the farm in 1919 and moved with his wife and 5 boys, all under the age of 17, from a stock farm at Brimham Rocks. The cattle were walked by road to Arkendale. Reginald Houseman had only been at Dale Farm for 2 years when he was killed in a tragic horse and cart accident. This left his wife, Annie, and 5 young boys to run the farm. Only 2 of the 5 boys married and Hubert is the only child. The farm was run by the 5 men and then later by Hubert and Peter, as we see it today. The whole family rest in Arkendale Cemetery.
The Houseman family would like everyone to enjoy and use this bench.
As the LINK is not being printed and distributed this month, the PDF version is being made available here.
See: Link - April 2020
If there is anyone in isolation or otherwise who needs any shopping, or would like to talk to someone, then please see the explanatory leaflet below. The Church and Parish Council are working together to provide support for people in the parish.
Coneythorpe & Clareton residents can also contact their Community Help Line 07958 347237 or email email@example.com for support within their village.
See: Arkendale church support leaflet
We are in need of volunteers to help cutting the grass in Arkendale Church and graveyard.
We meet up on a Monday evening at 6pm, fortnightly in the spring, summer and early autumn, mow the grass then adjourn to The Bluebell for well earned refreshments.
If you are able to help with your mower, please contact Tim Braithwaite - 07718 530 577
Recently, Mike Burniston held a charity clay shoot on the farm, which raised £545.00 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Thanks to all involved in making it a special day and for everyone's generosity. Well done!
The vacancy is for the role of Parish Council Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer
The new CPAD (Community Public Access Defibrillator) is now installed and operational on the external wall of the Blue Bell (to the right of the Main Entrance from the car park (opposite the Community Hall entrance).
To access and use it...
The Arkendale bonfire, on 3rd November, held a collection for this year's charity, the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Many thanks Mike Burniston & Paul Cocker for arranging the event and donating the fireworks, and to all who attended raising the magnificent total of £807.25.
We can look forward to exceeding that at next year's bonfire!
The main Mar works have now been completed. We have cleared the willow, removed silts, reopened the outfall and created new ponds and a footpath across the site (which won't be dry enough to be used for a few weeks yet). There are more works to do including installing bat and bird boxes and a life buoy, removing some more self seeded willow from the road side of the Mar and planting new trees and grass seeding. We also still have work to do to the north bank to remove tipped rubbish and plant new trees but this won't be done until the new year. There are some photos attached showing some during and after shots including one of our ecologist Bernadette who has been pivotal in facilitating the project in light of the great crested newts present.
For more details and pictures see the Nature conservation of the Mar project
The tree planting project around the parish will take place in November and involves more than 1km of gaps in hedgerows being planted up and a significant number of new trees being planted in various locations around Arkendale, Coneythorpe and Clareton. Following discussions with the council we will not be removing any trees from Moor Lane through Arkendale as was the original proposal, rather there will be a few new trees added. You may notice that the council carried out some tree maintenance along Moor Lane in the summer and this has greatly improved many of the existing trees.
For more details and pictures see the Tree planting and hedgerow gapping project
Following interviews in July, Revd. Claire Renshaw, Curate in the Knaresborough Team Ministry, has been appointed as Priest in Charge of The Benefice of Walkingham Hill (which covers Arkendale, Staveley, Farnham, Scotton and Copgrove). Her Licensing service will be held at Staveley Church on 11 October at 7.00 pm.
Reverend Claire will be moving from Knaresborough with her husband, Steve, and their two children, Thomas and Sophie.
Details of church services at St Bartholomew's, and the others in the Benefice, can be found on the village website.
Archdeacon Beverley Mason, from Ripon, who has guided the benefice through the vacancy period, is to be the next Bishop of Warrington.
There are a number of people in the Harrogate area who have had money stolen from their account by various scams in recent weeks. In one case an Arkendale resident was the victim of a scamming attack. Please take great care when responding to calls from banks, utility companies or other organisations - even the police!.
Genuine calls will never ask for your bank account details, or ask you to transfer money from your accounts, or ask you to do something strange with your mobile phone. Always assume the worst - however plausible the caller sounds - especially if they seem to be offering you a refund or asserting your accounts are in danger.
If you feel you need to check with the company or bank concerned, then do so - BUT a) either do it from a different telephone, or leave it at least an hour after putting the phone down (as some scammers can hijack your line), and b) use the published telephone number from the phone book, your own documents or the organisation's website. Don't use any numbers given by the caller.
Do report any suspicious calls to the Police - tel: 101, or report it to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040. In an emergency dial 999.
Some residents are being troubled by dog fouling on the land in front of their houses. While most of the dog walkers in the village are responsible dog-owners who carry and use their little plastic bags whenever necessary, it spoils it for everyone when this courtesy is not adhered to by everyone.
It would be very much appreciated please if this problem could be 'cleared up' during future walks for the benefit of all.
Arkendale PCC would like to sincerely thank all who have attended or supported the last few fundraising events held this summer and autumn. We have mixed events old and new to appeal to as many residents and businesses as possible and we are pleased to report the following .
The ecology and hydrological reports by the consultants working on the Mar are now available.
For the reports and also the documents on the initial tree and hedge assessments, see the AWRP Fund pages
North Yorkshire Police Community Messaging - allows the Police to identify and message specific geographical or business groups and send out news or warnings about specific issues. The system allows residents to opt for e-mail, text, phone voicemail messages for whichever location they choose, so you could also include work or school areas in addition to home addresses for example.
Immobilise.com - This is a Home Office security level property register, which is free. Any personal items that have a serial number or code on can be registered on the site. Police can then use the list to search and reunite owners with stolen or lost items. It is very easy to use - though again, it needs computer or smartphone access, and is a 'wet Sunday afternoon' type activity - to record a few valuable items to your personal file.
We also have available a dot pen property marking device which can be used to put identifying postcode or names on a variety of property items. This is a small, electronic dot punch that can mark in different size and depth letters. It can be used to mark metal bike frames but there are a host of other possibilities, including tack and tools etc. (I have even done watches!) If a number of persons in the parish were wanting a combined marking visit, or a person has a number of items and would like an appointment, please pass on my details or get in touch.
PCSO 5510 Philip Wright
Response and Reassurance
Knaresborough and Boroughbridge NPT
North Yorkshire Police
The Arkendale Manor was sold twice in the last century or so. Firstly in 1882, and then again in 1919 when it was largely broken up. The sale prospectuses are available to view here.
Arkendale Manor sale prospectus - 1882
Arkendale Manor sale prospectus - 1919
A cleaned up version of the map in the 1882 prospectus is available on the maps page of this website.
The village telephone box was decommissioned and adopted by the Parish Council in 2011. As the box was in poor condition when it was decommissioned, it was agreed that it should be refurbished so that it was fit for whatever purpose was decided. Some of the grant from the AWRP Community Fund was used to renew the glazing and frames of the box, restoring the "Telephone" signs, repairing or replacing any defects in the body and frame, and repainting it.
We are now actively looking for a use for the phone box. Current ideas are defibrillator, book exchange, noticeboard, a community fruit/veg/egg exchange where people can swap produce or a community honesty box for flowers/produce.
Any suggestions or comments on the above ideas, please contact Oliver Quarmby - firstname.lastname@example.org
This image of St Bartholomew's Church is taken from a painting. It shows the church before alterations were made in the 1880s and also, if you look closely, a crack in the barn wall to the east of the church. This crack is clearly remembered by Hubert Houseman, who was kind enough to allow his print of the painting to be added to the website.
The painting was discovered in Australia many years ago when a village resident was visiting some relatives. She encountered an art dealer who, on finding out where she came from, announced that he had a painting of the church in Arkendale! Sadly the painting was not signed, so we do no know who the artist was. However the painting was purchased and brought back to Arkendale.
We are sad to announce that the Church clock will remain at 12.45 for some considerable time. It has worked well since 1912 but, not surprisingly, has now grown 'tired' and needs cleaning and repairing.
We have had a church clock expert to look at it and the cleaning alone will be about £1,000, and the repairs an unknown amount until they can be assessed. Perhaps in the distant future something can be done, but at the present time dealing with the damp in the Church is the priority.
For the time being, therefore, we will be the village 'where time has stood still'!
Arkendale Bear - Many of you may have noticed the 3 metre high teddy bear made from straw bales and wondered what it's all about. The teddy bear was made by Arkendale resident Wendy Lill (Houseman) in aid of Saint Michaels Hospice.
Wendy is running a competition to name the bear. If you or your children would like to guess his name, details can be found on www.justgiving.com (just search for Wendy Lill).
The bear is situated as you approach the village from the A168 just past the A1 flyover. Do take a look next time you pass you can't miss him!
A meeting was held in the Blue Bell Inn to discuss ideas for projects in and around the village. A significant amount of money is available over the next five years for projects in the communities near to the Allerton Waste Recovery Park, and Arkendale should ensure it does not lose the opportunities this fund provides.
26 members of the village attended. A number of suggestions were discussed and five of the more popular ones were selected initially for further investigation.
The minutes of the meeting are available here