Boroughbridge News


Margaret Easton

01423 323387

Amblers: have a four and a half mile walk at Cayton Gill and Ripley this morning, led by Chris Sillman. Please meet in the car park in Back Lane for a 10am start. Lifts are available and transport sharing is encouraged. For more information about the walk please contact 01423 324970.

Women’s Day of Prayer: is being celebrated tomorrow in St James Church, Boroughbridge at 2pm. “I was a stranger and you welcomed me” is this year’s theme organised by the women of France. Although organised and led by women, this is essentially a day of prayer for everybody and all are welcome to attend.

Kirby Hill Quiz: Kirby Hill School PTS has a quiz night with a pie and pea supper tomorrow at 7.30pm in the school hall. All are welcome, tickets are £10 each and are available from the school. Please bring along your own bottle. Later in the month, the PTA has a fashion show in the school hall on Friday, March 22. Discounted ladies’ and children’s clothes will be on sale and there will be a raffle and refreshments. Adult entry is £1 with children admitted free.

Woodworking demonstration: the John Boddy store in Boroughbridge has a free demonstration on Saturday from 10am- 3pm with a break for lunch on finishing and restoring with Ted Vickerman. For more information please email or see

Kirby Hill Bingo Night: the Friends of Kirby Hill Church are holding a bingo night in the Coronation Hall on Saturday at 7.30pm. Admission is £5 which includes supper and there is a jackpot first prize of £100.

Kirby Hill WI: holds its next meeting on Tuesday with speaker Chris Abbot on A Garden for all Seasons. The group meets in the Coronation Hall at 7.30pm.

Church Services: this Sunday there are services of Parish Communion at Dunsforth at 9.30am and at Aldborough at 10.45am with Evensong at St James Church at 6.30pm. Boroughbridge Methodist Church has Sunday Worship at 10.30am. There are services of Holy Communion at Skelton at 9.30am and at Kirby Hill at 11am with Sacred Space at Kirby Hill at 6.30pm. On Monday there is Holy Communion at Roecliffe at 11.30am and on Wednesday Holy Communion at St James Church at 10.45am.

Arkendale WI: meeting was held in the Community Hall on February 6. The speaker had had to cancel due to illness and our own member, Eileen, offered to talk about Childhood Memories of a Bygone Age, which was a fascinating look at her own life growing up on a farm at Great Ouseburn. She remembers the war years and the prisoner of war camp near the farm. There were two land girls working on the farm whose job it was to catch the rats. Along with her two sisters she spent an idyllic childhood picnicking with their many cousins and riding her two favourite cart horses. She would take the ‘drinkings’ out to the workers in the fields, this being the 10am can of tea and something to eat. Memories of the black leaded fireplace and the rag rugs in the farmhouse kitchen, and the simple pleasures that made Christmas such a magical time reminded many of us of our own childhoods. Eileen advised members to write memories down whilst we can still remember. Diane thanked Eileen and then gave us an insight into her own childhood growing up in London. This had been such a different way of life, but just as interesting to hear about. Joan also told us a bit about being evacuated as a child to a village in the south. Perhaps we will have a similar evening in the future hearing about the bygone years of our members. Our next meeting is on Wednesday, March 6 at 7.30pm in the Community Hall in Arkendale. Mike Bevington’s talk is A Walk Round Studley Deer Park and the competition is A Wildlife Photograph. Visitors are most welcome. Telephone 01423 340173 for further details.

Kirby Hill WI: as happens most years, the February meeting was held in a different venue to normal. As it is our birthday month we usually go out for a meal to celebrate. This year we held the February meeting in the beautiful Byron Suite at The Bridge, Walshford and 37 of our 45 members were able to attend. We had a short meeting to attend to business and deliver notices and then the meal commenced. We had a delicious carvery with the first course and pudding being served at the table, with coffee and chocolates to finish. The meal was superb and the company equal to it. A good night was had by all and a big thank you must go to The Bridge for looking after us so well. Pudding Club this month was on February 11 and this month’s meal out is at the Shahi Raj in Boroughbridge. Once again Book Club had a good meeting with views divided on the book we had read. Our next meeting is March 5 when the speaker is Chris Abbot, A Garden for All Seasons, so if you would like to come along and give us a try, it’s 7.30pm at Coronation Hall, Milby.