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Telephone Box Refurbished

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 -



Extra Parish Council Meeting

An extra meeting will be held on Tuesday 13th December, to discuss the Parish Council's response to the Flaxby Option of the Harrogate District Local Plan

St Bartholomew's Church, 7.30pm

See: Parish Council Agenda


Phone Box renovation

This work is scheduled to take place from the second week of January 2017, weather permitting.

For further details see the Telephone Box project


Dog Fouling

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.


Chance find in Australia

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.


Time stands still in 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'!


New Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator

Malcolm Howe has very recently taken over the responsibility as Neighbourhood Watch coordinator for Arkendale village.

The organisation is based on a simple philosophy of neighbours getting together to reduce local crime and disorder in order to make their neighbourhood a safer and better place to live, work and play.

"I am looking forward to my new role in the village and welcome any comments, concerns or ideas about neighbourhood watch. My contact details are tel: 07972 060985, email:

I have some ideas as to how I would like to see the scheme develop locally, and after a period of reflection will keep neighbours informed as to how things could progress. In the meantime important messages concerning crime and safety from the local police force will continue to be posted on the Arkendale website for all to see.

I would finally like to take this opportunity to thank Cynthia Strong, who has recently stepped down from the local coordinator's role after many years of hard work and dedication. She has been particularly helpful to me in these early stages by providing information and encouragement.

Thanks, Malcolm Howe."


Road Closures - Again!

Please see below the notification received by North Yorkshire County Council highways with regards to the closure notices on Moor Lane, Clareton Lane and Spitlands.

The roads are currently open and will be officially closed on Monday 3rd October and re-opened on the 11th November.

The cable supplier has now promised to deliver the cable on Monday 10th October and that week will be spent pulling the cable through each section to each jointing bay.

The following week (w/c 17th October) the team will be focused on jointing on Moor lane firstly. They expect that this will take a max of a week to connect in the 2 joint bays and look to then re-open Moor lane.


Flaxby Park Development

At the Parish Council meeting on 6 September, two representatives from Flaxby Park Ltd gave a presentation and invited discussion of their outline plans for the development of the Flaxby golfcourse site. They explained that they hoped to get HBC to include their proposal in the HBC local plan which is under development at present in the Borough Council.

The Parish Council will be consulting with the public in the coming weeks to understand their opinions of the development, and inform the PC position.

Ray Mallon and Michael Wildblood, from Flaxby Park Ltd, provided a document outlining their proposals. This is available here:

        Flaxby Park Design Notes


Arkendale Teddy Bear

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 (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!



Not an immediate issue for Arkendale residents, but to see both sides of the debate:

For the Government view, see:

For the anti-fracking view, see:

Of course you can Google "fracking" for a spectrum of opinions, well-informed or otherwise!


Harrogate Borough Council Budget 2017/18 Consultation

Harrogate Borough Council is consulting on its future budget. You can complete the online questionnaire to assist with this exercise.

See: this page for a link to the survey


North Yorkshire Community Messaging

North Yorkshire Community Messaging is a free community messaging system for North Yorkshire that allows you to register to receive the latest crime notifications and community news happening in your local neighbourhood. It allows you to decide when and how you are kept informed about the issues that matter to you.

Interests include: Crime and Other Police Incidents, Rural Policing, Anti-Social Behaviour, Road Safety, Neighbourhood News and Events

Receive your alerts by phone, email, text message or mobile app (launching soon)!

Select by area(s): School, home, places of work, elderly relatives


More Road Closures

Moor Lane (between Arkendale and Coneythorpe, and Clareton Lane, will be close for four week from Tuesday 30th August. This is to allow Amey Cespa to pull through the electrical cables for the AWRP to the electrical substation.


New Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator wanted

Cynthia Strong is retiring from the role after 20 years and the village is seeking someone to replace her. You will need to be able to accept emails and pass on relevant information as necessary to go onto the web site. There is an annual meeting to attend, also a report to be given each year to the annual parish meeting. You also need to be contactable if anyone in the village has any concerns, and to speak to the police accordingly. Anyone who is interested should contact Cynthia on 340500 or email, or Angela Pulman (Parish Clerk & police liaison)


Flaxby Golf Course Developments - Public Meeting

15 August 2016, 7.30pm, The Bay Horse Inn, Goldsborough.

Flaxby Park Limited (FPL) have increased the scale of its proposals from c. 1,500 new homes to c. 2,750 new homes and are in the process of seeking to acquire additional land to the North of the Golf Course site. It submitted its application to HBC on 11 July 2016 for its proposed new c. 2,750 home housing development to be included and adopted in HBC's emerging Local Plan, which is currently scheduled for adoption in 2018. HBC will, following a Cabinet meeting at the end of August 2016, determine its preferred housing developments for Harrogate Borough to be included within the consultation process for the new Local Plan. Ray Mallon from FPL will be attending the meeting to provide an update on the proposed development and to then answer questions from the public.


New Pilates teacher for Arkendale

Good news we have a new teacher to take the Monday morning class at the Community Hall in Arkendale. Her name is Marian Johnson and she is Physio trained and comes with a fresh approach and an incredible passion for Pilates. She will start on Monday 6th June at the usual time of 9.20am Any queries please ring Jean Stokes 340517


Quiz Night Success

We raised an amazing £1919.51 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, which will be even more with Gift Aid. Our thanks go to everyone that attended or supported in any way.

[Aoife McKenna]


Road Closures from 11th May (Moor Lane & Clareton Lane)

The planned road works between Arkendale and Coneythorpe are now due to start from Wednesday 11th May, and it is anticipated that they will last for 4-5 weeks, although if things go well this may be shortened.

During the works Moor Lane will be closed between Coneythorpe and Arkendale. Amey Cespa have made arrangements for NYCC Fleet Services to operate journeys between Knaresborough and Coneythorpe as a replacement to the local bus service.

See: this note for the replacement bus service

[Gavin Holman]


Allerton Waste Recovery Park Landscape & Cultural Heritage Fund

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 member 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

[Gavin Holman]


Rabbit Hill Country Store and Rural Supplies

This new local business opens on Good Friday 25th March, offering a one stop shop for all your rural needs - farming, equine, pets and gardening


[Gavin Holman]


New times for HBC Household Waste Recycling Centres

From April 2016 the opening times for all HBC tips will be:
  • April to September: 8.30am to 5.00pm
  • October to March: 8.30am to 4.00pm
They are open every day, excluding Wednesdays, 25/26 December and 1 January

[Gavin Holman]


The Allerton Park Landscape & Cultural Heritage Fund is looking for panel members

The Allerton Park Landscape & Cultural Heritage Fund can award grants of up to £50k for projects aiming to enhance the area of benefit around the Allerton Waste Recovery Park .


If you are active in your community with a good level of local knowledge and would like to be involved with the panel helping to decide on how funds should be allocated for maximum community benefit then we would love to hear from you.

Email the Two Ridings Community Foundation at, or call 01904 435 277

[Gavin Holman]


New Zumba Class

Georgie is starting a second Zumba Class in the Community Hall - Tuesdays, 10am to 11am

[Gavin Holman]


Enhanced Recycling Scheme

The Council will now take brown cardboard if you cut it up to fit your blue bag, and also plastic cartons and yoghurt pots. The big "no" items are pizza boxes and black plastic food trays and glittery wrapping paper.

Recycling Box
  • glass jars and bottles - any colour of glass
  • food and drink cans - please rinse and squash if possible
  • food and drink cartons (such as those made by Tetra Pak)
  • empty aerosol cans
  • tubs and trays (ie yogurt pots, plastic tubs, margarine tubs)
  • tin foil
  • plastic bottles - please squash then replace lid
NOT IN Recycling Box
  • broken glass
  • Pyrex or cookware
  • glasses or spectacles
  • light bulbs
  • paint cans
  • other metals
  • black plastic food trays
Recycling Blue Bag
  • mixed paper - newspapers, magazines, shredded paper, office paper (any colour), clean paper bags, envelopes (including window), wrapping paper, junk mail, telephone directories, including Yellow Pages and catalogues
  • card - white or grey card (generally found as packaging for food products such as cereal boxes and ready meals), greetings cards, egg boxes etc.
  • brown cardboard
NOT IN Recycling Blue Bag
  • wrapping paper with glitter or made of foil
  • pizza boxes
[Gavin Holman]

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