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Villages Round Up of Christmas 2017 Causeway Enters the Plastics Debate Shrove Tuesday - Perfect Pancakes and Traditions New Improved Diary of Local Events

Advertising Index Accountants Gillbeck Assoc Peter Howard

Contact: John Clayton, Convenience stores Costcutter


Hardware Douglas Yeadon


Curtains, Furnishing Lou’s Threads


Holiday Cottages Priory Cottages


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Decorators Mark Hatfield Oliver Willard The Decorating Centre

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Kitchens Aberford Interiors Granite Transformations

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Elderly Support WiSE

Newsagents Supershop


Bed & Breakfast Four Gables


Electrical services PC Collier Edmunds Electrical

Opticians Andrew Morgan Cameron Beaumont

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Butchers Sykes House Farm


Pilates Kate Sellars


Building Materials Kirbys


Physiotherapy Tadcaster Physio


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Alarms TI Security Animal Care Clifford Moor Farm Fosters Dog Grooming Architects McNicholas Architects

Carpet Cleaning Wetherby Carpet Cars/MOT Boston Spa Garage Westmoreland Cars Chimney Sweep Mooring Brothers Chiropody Boston Spa Chiropody Computers The MAC Service The PC Crew

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Estate Agents Beadnall & Copley Flooring Services Thorner Flooring Floor Design Wetherby


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Funerals Tony Barker


Restaurants Ali’s Kitchen Fox and Hounds Pax Inn, Thorp Arch

Furniture Hue Interiors


Retail Parks Thorp Arch Retail Park


Gardening Harris Landscapes Lawn Keeper MK Landscaping

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Roofing Trelfa Roofing Ltd


Solicitors Steel Switalskis


Tree Services Bardsey Tree Services


Hairdressing Ian Blakey


Front Cover - Snowdrops at Goldsborough Hall, Knaresborough [courtesy of Goldsborough Hall] Causeway - Chair Ian Hall | Editor Rachel Bentley | Designer John Pendleton | Advertising John Clayton Distribution (Thorp Arch) Nicola Midgley and Susie Seldon (Walton) Gay Childe. With appreciation to Val Wilby for transcribing handwritten copy. And big thanks to the entire distribution team. Please refer to the Contacts Page for contact details. The Editor and Management Committee do not endorse any content of articles or advertisements in this magazine nor shall they be liable directly or indirectly for any damages which may arise from information or views contained in these pages.

Emails please to

Hello from your new Causeway editor, “What exactly have I let myself in for?” I asked myself before Christmas as I rushed round getting ready for the seasonal festivities with a new rescue puppy to nurture and, frankly, not much spare time to fit in my new Causeway Editorial Duties! Thankfully I discovered that there are many, many people who contribute consistently to Causeway Magazine, including writing and proof reading content, securing the advertising which pays for top quality printing, expert design and prepping for print, hand delivered distribution and looking after the finances.

During the past few weeks I have been thrilled to receive submissions, a little like magic, and my first issue of Causeway is ready for you, dear reader. Everything from our villages’ celebrations, plans and upkeep to a scrummy Shrove Tuesday pancake recipe and a whole host of upcoming events.

So, what are the expectations of an Editor? According to the results of a quick Google search, an Editor may be defined as “the person who is in charge of and determines the final content of a newspaper, magazine, or multiauthor publication,” (or “a computer program enabling the user to enter or alter text,” which I definitely hope NOT to be!)

And finally…please remember to mention to the businesses you find in our pages that you saw them in Causeway Magazine - it helps them to find value in advertising with us and then they can continue supporting us financially year after year. Thank you, wonderful readers and advertisers, for the ongoing enthusiasm for OUR Causeway Magazine.

I see my role as being a cheerleader, providing encouragement to all the people who make the magazine what it is through contributing regularly or writing ad hoc articles (except I won’t be wearing the cheerleading gear, I am not keen on performing and I am not much good with pom-poms…) I am very happy to wave a flag for Causeway and use my editorial experience for the benefit of my local community.

Advertisers’ index Editor’s letter The Birds in Your Garden Christmas in our Churches Letter from the Clergy Sunday Services Thorp Arch Parish Council Thorp Arch News

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Rachel Bentley, Editor, Causeway Magazine

Walton News Shrove Tuesday Village Diary and Notice Board The Plastics Debate Getting Fit this February Martin House's Fundraising year 10th Boston Spa Beer Festival Village Contacts 3

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The Birds in Your Garden - Coal Tits

places! Great Tits can sometimes be seen watching a Coal Tit stashing away its seed and then go and steal it.

Local garden bird enthusiast and Causeway regular contributor, Mike Gray, focusses on the gorgeous Coal Tit which you may well see in your garden and why they might be becoming more common.

Coal Tits will nest in hollows in trees or in mouse holes, preferably in conifer trees. Their nests are similar to those of the Blue Tit, consisting of moss, wool, dead leaves and spiders' webs, but are additionally moss-lined. They will use nest boxes but are often ousted by the larger tits, preferring those that are less than 1m from the ground.

I’ve noticed over the last few months that there are many more Coal Tits in my garden and around my feeders than I can ever remember. I suspect that this is due to a succession of mild winters and a shortage of Sitka Spruce seeds, their favourite food. My attention was caught too by a recent newsletter from the BTO:

Coal Tits are resident and mainly sedentary, though a few Continental birds do winter here, especially in the south east.

“Participants in the BTO’s Garden BirdWatch survey have been keeping weekly records of the birds seen in their gardens over the last 20 years, an incredible citizen science project that enables us to understand how birds use human habitats such as gardens. Coal Tits are among our smallest garden birds, and are often driven away from bird feeders by the larger, more aggressive Great Tits and Blue Tits.

The calls of the Coal Tit are a bit like a weedy, higherpitched version of the Great Tit, with a thin-sounding ‘tsee-tsee-tsee’ call and a basic song of ‘teachooteachoo-teachoo’ repeated several times. While searching for food, coal tit flocks keep contact with incessant short dee or see-see calls. MIKE GRAY

“In the summer Coal Tits normally remain within woodland, and are recorded in fewer than a third of gardens. In the winter they are seen in more gardens, and are generally recorded by at least 40% of Garden Bird Watchers in November, when they are driven to garden bird feeders by cold weather. However, in some years they are seen in many more gardens, and research using GBW data has shown that their presence is affected by seasonal availability of tree seed crops in the wider countryside. This year is turning out to be exceptional, with Coal Tits seen in an unprecedented 70% of gardens in November!”

If you find the lives of our garden birds to be of interest, and would like to join in and count the feathered occupants of your garden, please contact Mike or visit the BTO Garden BirdWatch website ( If you know of a local organisation who would like a talk on garden birds contact Mike Gray 07596 366342 or Mike is one of the Yorkshire Ambassadors for the Garden BirdWatch, which is one of the many surveys that the BTO runs. Mike enjoys watching birds and always keep an eye open, but says he prefers to watch them with a purpose in mind, such as counting for a survey.

Smaller and less colourful than most of its relatives, the Coal Tit has a grey back, black cap, and, most distinctive of all, a white patch at the back of its neck. Both sexes are the same, though juveniles have a yellowish tinge. Their bills are smaller and more slender than other tits, so they can feed more successfully in conifers, with their natural diet including insects and beech mast as well as conifer seeds. A regular although rather shy visitor to feeders, they dash in, grab a seed, and dash off again, sometimes taking and storing food for later. Unfortunately, their memory is not very good, so you will often find sunflower seeds germinating in the most unlikely

Coal Tit : John Harding/BTO 4


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True Meaning of Christmas at St Peter’s

Pre-Christmas Events at All Saints’

With the Nativity promising a real donkey it was a treat for children and adults alike. Gay Childe reports on the True Meaning of Christmas Walton style.

David Spurr rounds up the festive activity at All Saints’ Church, Thorp Arch. In November, Jayne Kearl provided an evening of ‘Christmas Flowers’. Jayne has been so kind to come and entertain us with her anecdotes and flower demonstrations for several years now and is always a firm favourite in our calendar of events. Church members, villagers and friends look forward to the evening with a glass of wine and mince pies. Our congregation was generous with gifts for the Christmas hampers which make up the raffle along with a flower arrangement kindly donated by Jayne. Thank you to all our volunteers who made mince pies and helped on the night. The event raised £944 for Church funds.

Each year I hear the same departing phrases, “Gets you in the mood for Christmas”, “Reminds us of what Christmas is all about,” “Weren’t the children wonderful?” and, “Doesn’t the church look beautiful?” With the exception of the tree, the credit goes to Geoff Harrison, responsible for many years for a high standard of decorations. Our thanks and appreciation to Geoff and a round of applause for Doreen Lister and Anne Kilby who organised the Nativity. Without the children, this service would not have been so special - a huge thank you from us all.

On 8 Dec the Wetherby Light Music Singers entertained with a wide variety of music including songs from the shows and old favourites as well as a male quartet with guitars having the audience tapping their feet and joining in the actions to some Beatles numbers. A buffet was served and the evening was a great success raising over £500 for church funds. A very big thank you to all our volunteers who provided food, raffle prizes and helped on the evening.

Before the service, Doreen explained how we’d made do with an upturned stool covered in cloth to act as a crib. That was now in the past as Roland Gooch had made us a beautiful crib which we at St Peter’s really appreciate. The crib received a blessing from Reverend Trish before the narrator began to tell us the story and the children, without rehearsal, performed their parts. Reverend Trish compared life for Mary and Joseph as expectant parents to modern day parents to be, a stark reminder of the difficulties they faced. This seriousness was replaced with laughter from the congregation as Harbin the donkey decided he would become vocal too and Trish announced that it was the first time she had been upstaged by a donkey!

We were pleased to welcome back the Rev. Mike and Janet Fairey and Christopher on Sun 10 Dec to celebrate their 40th Wedding Anniversary. Mike’s long standing friend took the service and Mike and Janet renewed their marriage vows. The congregation was then treated to a celebration drink and delicious cake. Thank you, Mike and Janet, for sharing your special day with us.

An added bonus for our service was members of St Mary’s Church choir and, as Walton have no choir, this was a special treat for us all. Following the service, a photo call allowed proud parents and grandparents to record this special moment in their child’s history. Finally there was an opportunity for the children to stroke the star of the show - Harbin from the Donkey Sanctuary in Leeds, before refreshments were served.

Our Carol Service was well attended and the congregation thoroughly enjoyed all the carols. The lessons were read by members of the congregation along with two volunteer children, Lizzy Pendleton and Rosie Maguire, from Lady Elizabeth Hastings’ School, who read beautifully. The service was a lovely start to the Christmas celebrations and coffee and biscuits were enjoyed after the service.


Letter from the Clergy there for you, or a stranger who has been in just the right place and time - amazing isn’t it?

Do you ever wonder, as other people talk of how they feel moved by the Holy Spirit, quite what they mean?

The Spirit is keeping an eye out for us all! I can now hear you saying, “Ah! But what about the time when……” and I can reply by suggesting that perhaps you are thinking about needing a nanny who shields you from all the hard bits in life! We do come up against brick walls sometimes, and regret not being there for a certain person or situation, but remember the Advocate is there to ‘teach you everything’. How do we grow into the person Jesus wants us to be if we do not reflect on our experiences and learn from them?

I am sitting here at the computer with my fingers poised over the keys with no real idea what to start out saying to you all. Now that it is just Rev Jane and myself taking alternate turns at writing these letters to you, my turn seems to crop up too quickly!

The season of Lent begins this month and it is a time to reflect and examine where Jesus is in our lives and just how much his life has a bearing on ours today. One of the things I suggest you, and I, do is to make ourselves more aware of those times in our days when the Holy Spirit gives us those words and deeds for others, or helps us in our difficulties.

To get back to the poised fingers... I have to admit to relying on the Spirit to prompt me many times in my endeavours. I can hear you saying, “But what has this to do with me and my daily tasks and troubles?” Have a think about the many times you have found the right words to say to a friend in need, or been in the right place at the right time to help someone else. Do you really believe those times and words are a chance occurrence?

By acknowledging the presence of the Spirit we become more aware of the love that is in our lives, simply by looking and listening to that presence we can be sure that God is with us all day and every day. Matthew’s Gospel told us in the readings we read and heard at Christmas that Immanuel was born (Matt 1:23) and that name meant ‘God is with us’. Look and listen and you will see and hear all that is done for us.

Remember what Jesus said to his disciples, ’the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything.’ (John 14:23) If you reflect on these words do you still think there can possibly be an element of ‘chance’ in your helping ways?

So, now back to my poised fingers…

As you found those words and helping ways, think about the number of times there have been friends



Services Time


Sunday Service, All Saints’, Thorp Arch


9.30am 4th Feb

Holy Communion

J Bentley

8.00am 11th Feb

Group Holy Communion @ Walton

9.30am 11th Feb

Holy Communion Joint

J Leonard

9.30am 18th Feb

Lay Led

J Gawthorpe

9.30am 25th Feb

Holy Communion

S Spurr

9.30am 4th March Holy Communion



M Smyth

Sunday Service, St Peter’s, Walton

9.30am. 4th Feb

Holy Communion

8.00am 11th Feb

Group Holy Communion

9.30am 11th Feb

Holy Communion Joint at Thorp Arch

9.30am 18th Feb

Holy Communion

9.30am 25th Feb

Lay Led

9.30am 4th March Holy Communion

Occasional Offices All Saints’ Thorp Arch and St Peter’s Walton BAPTISMS

No Baptisms


No Weddings


Muriel Elwen, 12 January, St Peter’s Church, Walton


Thorp Arch Parish Council Jan News Bulletin

Road Safety Measures Safety on our roads in Thorp Arch remains a high priority for the Parish Council. Over the past 2 years we have attempted to influence traffic calming and speed control by speed surveys with the use of mobile speed indicator devices working alongside Leeds City Council Highways and the Police. This only provides a short term temporary solution and unfortunately drivers continue to drive through the Parish at excessive speeds.

Please see our website for more information about the Parish Council, including minutes from meetings and agendas: Police Report Two crimes recorded for November both from the Trading Estate: One burglary from a business unit and theft of vehicle from same unit. Theft of van on separate occasion.

The Parish Council has new plans which it hopes to implement in 2018:

HCA Planning Application

• Permanent speed indicator devices (SID's) at each end of Church Causeway/Walton Rd.

By the time Causeway is published, the Parish Council will have held a public meeting to gauge opinion about the proposed HCA development for 119 houses and a community hall. We will report the outcome of the consultation both from the meeting and the questionnaire in the next edition of Causeway.

• A reduction in the speed limit along the same stretch of road. • A speed limit of 20 mph throughout the village and Dowkell Lane along the ‘school run’.

Neighbourhood Plan (NP)

The cost of the SIDs will be paid for in part by the Parish Council and hopefully in part by a grant application.

The Parish Council are still awaiting formal notification of the decision statement from Leeds City Council. The current steering group for the NP will now wind down. A holding group however, will be retained. Three members including Cllr Graham Duxbury will keep a watching brief on developments and report back accordingly.

It is of course the responsibility of all drivers in the Parish to lead by example by keeping to the speed limit and respecting others on the highways, pavements and footpaths. For further information or comment contact the Parish Council by leaving a comment on the website or by emailing

Site Allocation Plan Consultation Process (SAP) Stage 2 hearings which includes the release of Green Belt land for housing, will now commence in June 2018. A Broad Locations approach will be used to identify deferred future sites within the SAP. The implications are that previous sites not allocated in the SAP could now be put forward for development but the Parish Council understands that the HCA site is the only one located in Thorp Arch.

Dog Fouling We have had some complaints about residents not clearing up after their dogs. Could we urge all dog owners to be responsible. There are dog foul bins located in the village, please use them. Dog fouling problems can be reported to Leeds City Council via their website: then type dog fouling into the search facility.

Raising the Precept At its December meeting the Parish Council agreed to raise the precept by £5480. This will help to pay for a number of projects that are planned over the next year or so, including a parish map and significant road safety measures highlighted in this update.

Date of Next Parish Council Meeting The next meeting will be held on Monday 12 February, 7.00pm at All Saints Church, Thorp Arch.



busy time of year, for being able to pop in on us.

Thorp Arch Village Society Chair and former Causeway Editor, Gaby Morrison, reflects on the festive fun enjoyed in the village.

While we munched on mince pies in the interval a collection was held in aid of Martin House. Over £100 was raised which is absolutely wonderful. We will see you all next year!

Carols on the Green - December is always a busy time for everyone, so its lovely that so many take the time to come together at the village carol singing on the Green. The loveliest part of the Carols is that the age ranges each year seem to be from 6 months to approx. 86, with each person singing their loudest.

Nativity Dress Rehearsal at LEH School - It’s always a pleasure to be allowed to invite some of the older residents of our village to the Dress Rehearsal of the little ones’ Nativity Play. The Village Society liaise with school and provide the afternoon tea once the show is over.

We were joined by the wonderful Wetherby Silver Band. They are always wonderful, and we would be lost without them. The children of our village sang like little angels in anticipation of Father Christmas. He did not disappoint, and we would like to thank him, at this

For those of us whose children are long past nativity play age it’s a lovely chance to see the little ones and a gentle reminder of what Christmas is all about.

TAG adopts a wider mandate

proposals. We have contacted all existing TAG supporters, to see if they wish to support the new mandate. If so, their email addresses were moved to the TAG (new mandate) database. That way they will receive TAG information on the latest planning situation in the area.

TAG Chair Peter Locke writes about the next stages following the TATE appeal and how TAG now requires a new mandate to fight further planned development - and why the residents of Walton and Boston Spa as well as Thorp Arch are invited to stand together.

TAG welcome all local residents as Supporters, including residents of Walton and Boston Spa. Our focus will be on large developments north of the river Wharfe. Such development is likely to have significant effects on Boston Spa and Walton, as well as Thorp Arch, and particularly on the local road network. Boston Spa Neighbourhood Plan’s aspirations to create a pedestrian friendly centre, for example, are under threat from more traffic. If you would like the TAG Team to continue its efforts, and to ensure local development only proceeds if it is supported by the community, then please join the TAG Supporters list. New Supporters are very welcome. Just email and ask to be signed up.

Now that the TATE (Thorp Arch Trading Estate) appeal for 874 houses is over, the TAG Team have little more that they can do, apart from waiting for the final decision from the Secretary of State. That decision is expected around mid 2018. Meanwhile new planning threats are appearing. In particular, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has put in a Planning Application for 119 houses on a site north of Wealstun prison (ref 17/07970). TAG feel that such a development is unsuitable, and in conflict with the new Thorp Arch Neighbourhood Plan. To oppose it, TAG needs a new mandate, as the original mandate only covered the TATE development 11

Walton's Winter Working Party Fun in the Sun

Those white railings are longer than you realise! People started to worry that we wouldn’t finish the painting in time for the promised pub lunch. In true gang master style I refused to let them eat until the job was done. With a final push and some help from the returning splinter group the painting got completed just in time to get to the Fox.

Richard Prudhoe writes about the success of the preChristmas working party. When ‘village jobs’ got raised on the Parish Council agenda I overconfidently commented that there were plenty of people in the village prepared to ‘do their bit’ to keep the village looking spic and span. They just needed to be asked.

I was congratulating myself on having achieved the set objectives, grateful people had shown up and looking forward to saying, “I told you so” at the next Parish Council meeting. Then as the beer and sandwiches were consumed there began a call for a third work day, “To finish off the jobs started on School Lane.” I began to wonder if this was the beer talking, would they really turn out again? In December? Ok I agreed I would organise one more.

Clearly, I had made the mistake of nominating myself. Tasked with the job of organising a workforce I proposed 2 work mornings and emailed a request for volunteers, with a promise of refreshments. And then I waited… like a 16 year old organising their first party, would anybody turn up?

December 9 arrived and unbelievably the sun was shining again. And they came…and again there were new faces. With such a good turnout the, “Finishing off School Lane,” job was done in just over an hour. The pub was still closed and I had run out of jobs… what could I find for them to do? To my relief Gilbert rode to the rescue. The village hall had an ivy problem, so off the gang went. The ‘ivy job’ filled the available time and the pub beckoned. To speed up progress a chainsaw was produced and the ivy finally gave up the fight.

Apparently, the offer of free food and alcohol is attractive whatever the age. On the first Saturday a team of 10 people turned out. After coffee and bacon sandwiches to get the spirits up, high visibility vests were issued along with tools and instructions and the teams went off to tackle their respective jobs. Weeds dug up along Main Street, hedges trimmed along School Lane and the cycle track, ivy cleared around road signs and bus shelters…the sun shone and the jobs were done to a high standard, accompanied by good conversation and fun along the way. When the Fox and Hounds opened the team retired for a few pints and a spot to eat. So far so good.

The originally planned 2 work days turned out to be 3 fun mornings with neighbours. Old friendships were renewed and new friendships were made. Over 25 different people were involved over the 3 days - from a small village, a great turnout. A big thank you to all those that made the effort. I have packed your high viz vests away for the Winter but I hope to see you all out in them again in the Spring.

The bribery was working…two weeks later more faces arrived and again the sun shone. The gang, resembling a group on day release from some institution, spread out along Main Street, wire brushing and painting the white railings. With so many volunteers, additional jobs had to be found, and a splinter group were despatched to do some more tidying up on School Lane.

Feeling left out? Get involved. Drop an email to richard. to be added to the circulation list. 12

Walton Village Cheese and Wine

available to hire. It has a new kitchen and bar area plus a fabulous countryside location perfect for all your events. Keep an eye out for other ‘dos’ to help fundraise for the maintenance and upkeep of Walton Village Hall. For more information or to book contact Helen Naylor or 07721 413016.

Guy Kitchen tells all about the latest fundraiser at Walton Village Hall. Friday 27 October was the day we had a bit of a social in our much renovated and lovely Walton Village Hall. Our Cheese and Wine ‘do’ was an opportunity to get together and for some new residents (including me - Ed) to see that Waltonians are really quite a nice bunch of folk. Our tables were full and even the bar front was full of (mainly) dads who were eager to have a first slurp of our wines. Sommeliers (aka Alan and Gareth Lamb) supplied us with half a dozen choices of eminently quaffable wines for us to look at, swirl, smell and then slosh around our taste buds and of course spit out. Some of our less educated villagers mistakenly swallowed the wine which led to them drinking more…

Walton Park Cricket Club Back to Cricket Have you stopped playing cricket, and wonder how to get back into it?

After an hour or so we had a quiz, put together by Master of Ceremonies, James (Foghorn) Naylor. What a corker! James set us the Quiz to end all Quizzes. If anyone got more that 50% they were instantly accepted at Cambridge to read Particle Physics. I secretly delved into Wikipedia with some questions and the answer I got was, “I give up.” Thanks James for the questions, they caused a great deal of head scratching, laughter and the occasional mild expletive.

You aren’t on your own, so Walton CC is running a program for players of all ages aimed at juniors who started and then stopped, University undergraduates and graduates who stopped when they left home and those who have found life got in the way. Fancy giving it another go? Every Sunday through February and March 2018 at Lordswood Cricket School, in Tadcaster at 7pm. Full kit is provided (kindly provided by The Yorkshire County Cricket Club Charitable Youth Trust) and players of all levels are welcome. Contact Simon Hills on 07966 576416.

Gradually some of the oldies started to drift away (not fatally, just going home). I fell into bed sometime after twelve. Only later did I see a secret video clip taken about 2am of one of our oldest and most distinguished Waltonians dancing like a dervish and in a louche manner with other men’s wives!! Who knows what time they went to bed? (Not all together one hopes?) Saturday morning, a good old team turned up to help wash up, put tables and chairs away and mop the floor, and we were finished in an hour. We all agreed that a really good time was had by all. We’ll do something like it again, it’s good for us. PS I do understand there were one or two interlopers from abroad, even as far as Walton Chase - and Ulleskelf… Walton Village Hall is run by volunteers and is 13

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Flipping and Skipping through Shrove Tuesday

Each contestant must successfully toss her pancake 3 times during the 415 yard (380 metre) dash and must wear the traditional costume of a housewife (!) including a skirt, apron and head covering.

I love to know the origin of words, especially for those really unusual ones like ‘shrove’. This is pretty obvious though as it is derived from ‘shrive’ which basically means to absolve. Shrove Tuesday literally was the day absolution from sins was sought from the Church, and therefore God, with the following 40 days throughout the season of Lent being the time in which to be penitent. Today, even though it is for non-religious reasons, commonly people see Lent as a period of abstinence, giving up something like chocolate or perhaps alcohol - or starting something worthwhile.

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As the day falling before Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent and tied to the ‘moving feast’ that is Easter, this year Shrove Tuesday falls on 13 February in 2018.

In Yorkshire, we go one better (hurray!) Scarborough combines skipping with pancake flipping (not necessarily at the same time!) Scarborough’s pancake tradition started in 1853 when the Pancake Bell was apparently rung to tell housewives to begin making pancakes, with the skipping on Foreshore Road first mentioned in 1903. More than likely it has its roots in the annals of time. As a half-holiday Shrove Tuesday became a day of fun and games. Children would skip using long ropes from old fishing nets that had seen better days, good old fashioned recycling…

In this country Shrove Tuesday is possibly better known as Pancake Tuesday, the day on which those people who would never normally go near a frying pan are seen to be attempting to toss a flat Yorkshire Pudding (it is the same mix!!) with a flick of the wrist and hilarious consequences, often resulting in a fish slice to the ceiling… What may be the oldest pancake tossing race in the world takes place in Olney, Bucks. In 1445 it is said a woman of the town heard the Shriving Bell whilst making traditional pancakes and ran to Church with frying pan clutched in her hand, merrily tossing the pancake it contained to stop it burning! Today, only resident women can compete in the pancake race.

See opposite for top tips from Martin House’s chef on how to mix the perfect pancake and suggestions for a top topping too! Please send photos of how your pancake making, tossing and eating goes to causeway.


Perfect Pancakes Given that Lent begins this month, we have a fantastic excuse to have a bit of a feed up on Shrove Tuesday in preparation for the traditional abstinence thereafter. A huge thank you to Martin House for the perfect pancake recipe below.

Martin House chef’s top tips for perfect pancakes Claire Fitton, assistant chef at Martin House Hospice Care for Children and Young People, shares her recipe and tips for the perfect pancakes for Shrove Tuesday. To make 12 pancakes: 4oz plain flour Pinch of salt 2 eggs


7 fl oz milk

We made probably about 300 pancakes at our music festival for our young people last year and the favourite filling was sliced bananas and homemade toffee sauce.

3 fl oz water 2 tbsp melted butter

To make toffee sauce put 8oz each of butter and demerara sugar, and 8 fl oz of double cream in a pan and bring it to the boil, then leave to cool. Put sliced bananas on your pancakes and top with the toffee sauce – delicious!

Method: 1. Combine all the wet ingredients first, and then add the flour. The melted butter is the secret ingredient here: the batter is quite runny so the butter thickens it and the pancakes taste really rich.

And here they are in action! The photo shows Claire Fitton (right) making pancakes with care team member Rachel Greenwood at Martin House’s music festival Lodgefest.

2. Rest the batter if you have time. (We don’t get the chance to rest the batter in the Martin House kitchen before cooking – everyone’s too eager for their pancakes!) 3. Get the pan quite hot, then turn it down to a medium heat and brush with butter – you only need a tiny amount to coat the pan. 4. If you are making a big batch of pancakes, my top tip is to set a pan of simmering water with a plate on top, and stack your pancakes there – that will keep them nice and warm.




Saturday 10 February 7-10pm Churches Together Ceilidh, Bramham Village Hall In support of West Yorkshire Destitute Asylum Network and Leeds Asylum Seekers’ Support Network. Live music from Lairum Rise, tickets £12 each (including Pie & Pea Supper) from your local Churches Together rep or Emily on 844345 or

Thursday 15 March 10.30am Thorp Arch & Walton Ladies Group (YCA) visit to British Library followed by lunch Visitors and prospective members welcome. Contact or 520271 Tuesday 20 March 7.30pm Thorp Arch & Walton Ladies Group (YCA) Members’ evening, Deepdale Community Centre Visitors and prospective members welcome. Contact or 520271.

Sunday 11 & 18 February 10-4pm Snowdrop Days, Goldsborough Hall, Knaresborough Adults £5, children free, dogs on leads welcome. Plant sale with unusual and rare snowdrops on Sun 11 Feb. Refreshments available. For more details call 01423 867321 or email

Tuesday 20 March 7-9pm Walton Group of Artists Contact Printing demonstration, Walton Village Hall Anita Daniels demonstration. Saturday 24 March 10am-4pm Walton Group of Artists acrylic workshop, Walton Village Hall Julia Boradina workshop in acrylic, inspired by David Tress Landscapes. Non-members please contact Clare Dean 583399 to be placed on the waiting list. £35 fee applies.

Tuesday 13 February 7-9pm Walton Group of Artists acrylic demonstration, Walton Village Hall Julia Boradina demonstrates in acrylic, inspired by David Tress Landscapes. Visitors are welcome to the demonstrations for £3 to include refreshments.


Friday 16 February 6.30pm-12am & Saturday 17 February (family day) 12.30-8pm 10th Boston Spa Beer Festival, Boston Spa Village Hall 10th Annual Boston Spa Beer Festival in aid of St Mary’s CE School and Boston Spa Village Hall.

Saturday 14 April 10am-4pm Walton Group of Artists Contact Printing workshop, Walton Village Hall Anita Daniels ‘Contact Printing’ workshop. Non-members please contact Clare Dean 583399 to be placed on the waiting list. £35 fee applies.

Tuesday 20 February 7.30pm Thorp Arch & Walton Ladies Group (YCA) talk on Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Deepdale Community Centre Visitors and prospective members welcome. Contact or 520271.

Tuesday 17 April 7.30pm Thorp Arch & Walton Ladies Group (YCA) AGM, Deepdale Community Centre Members Only. Contact or 520271.

Friday 23 February 7-9pm St Peter's Church Curry and Quiz, Walton Village Hall Curry and quiz evening. 7 for 7.30pm start, tickets £10.50 from Gay 845519 or Doreen 842344.

Thursday 19 April 7 for 7.30pm Fashion Show by Life and Soul of Wetherby, St Peter's Church Tickets £5 including a glass of wine and nibbles from Gay 845519 or Doreen 842344.

Sunday 25 February 2pm Thorp Arch Village litter pick, LEH car park Please meet at LEH School car park at 2pm. about-thorp-arch.

NOVEMBER Sunday 11 November Thorp Arch Village Society event to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Armistice Details TBC. www. 18

Thorp Arch Lawn Tennis Club - 200 Club Update Jane Clayton, Treasurer of Thorp Arch Lawn Tennis Club, announced the final winner of the 200 club draw was Luke Watson with ticket number 147. The Club’s AGM will be held in March and new members from Thorp Arch Village can apply after that time. For more information please do take a look at the Tennis Club section of the Thorp Arch Village website

New Headteacher for LEH School The Causeway team would like to welcome Michele O’Donnell to her new role as Headteacher of Lady Elizabeth Hastings’ Church of England Primary School.

"I was delighted to be asked to write a short, introductory paragraph for ‘Causeway’ as the new Headteacher of Lady Elizabeth Hastings’ Church of England Primary School. My previous post was as head teacher of an outstanding village school in Northumberland. As Headteacher, I witnessed at first-hand how the interaction between the school and the community enhanced our pupils and their educational outcomes. Hopefully, in my capacity as Headteacher of Lady Elizabeth Hastings’ Primary School, I will continue to work closely with our community. It is wonderful to be joining such a successful school and all of the staff and children have already made me feel very welcome! This term, I hope to get to know the pupils, staff and local community and also to build on the good work of the existing, excellent team who work alongside me. I will be keen to develop links with different groups within our local area and to ensure the school remains at the heart of its community."

Thorp Arch & Boston Spa Cricket Club Nets for TABS CC are weekly on Wednesdays from 31st January at Boston Spa Academy as follows: 6-7pm under 9 and under 11 7-8 pm under 13 and under 15 8-9.30 under 18 and seniors.


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The Plastics Debate - Life after Clingfilm

“So, could I have a nice piece of cod and could you wrap it in a bit of paper and no plastic.” Apparently this was not possible and he handed it to me in a bit of paper, an inner plastic bag and a plastic carrier.

Causeway past-Editor, Paula Letts, writes about the hot topic of plastic waste and how we may all play a part in reducing the resulting ever-building environmental problem.

Where have we gone wrong? 50 years ago fish was wrapped in a bit of paper and people didn't drop dead from contamination or whatever all this packaging is supposed to prevent. 50 years ago we had one dustbin per household which was fine for a week's rubbish, now we have streets cluttered up with huge overflowing wheelie bins which are still not adequate for our needs.

When we were staying this summer in London our hosts picked up on our irresponsible use of plastics. In their flat they were meticulous about using plastics minimally and disposing carefully of those that they had to buy. When you are in a big city, everything is multiplied up by such an enormous factor and the resulting waste is just colossal. So the disposal of rubbish, especially plastics, is a big issue.

The word is getting out, though. Just like smoking which was fine in public places until only recently but is now quite unthinkable, a slow stream of awareness about the horrors of plastics is creeping forwards with increasing momentum, but we have all got to espouse the cause. The next time you buy a quiche, for heaven's sake, choose the naked one, not the one entombed in a cardboard box with a plastic window … and when you get home put a bowl over it, not a layer of clingfilm … for the sake of our planet,

Then the great David Attenborough spoke up and we all took notice. He warned us that our seas are filling up with plastic refuse and there is a great raft of the stuff, the size of a small continent, floating around out there. You know the rest, the resultant consequences on our wildlife are horrible. The other shocking statistic is that every piece of plastic which goes to landfill takes 500 years to degrade. Even the humble teabag is a baddie – have you ever wondered why it doesn't rot down in the compost bin?

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Causeway Chair, Ian Hall, contacted Leeds CC for a reminder about plastic recycling and discovered we may put the following types of plastic in our green recycling bins - types 1 (PET/PETE), 2 (HDPE/PE-HD) and 4 (LDPE/PE-LD). These numbers are found in a triangle printed or moulded on plastic items. For more information see and look up: A to Z of reusing, recycling and waste disposal.

So, when I went to the fishmonger this week and asked for a nice piece of haddock he explained that there was no line-caught haddock available this week, only trawled fish and that they have a policy against irresponsible fishing practices. “Very laudable,” I said.



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Getting fit this February

groups and personal trainers, cycling clubs and paths, running groups including Park Run Wetherby, sports clubs with sections for juniors and adults alike including tennis, cricket, football, squash, golf etc., supportive weight management groups, dancing and exercise sessions, and, with little or no equipment other than decent footwear and a raincoat, country and riverside walks on miles and miles of prepared paths.

As my OH bought me a rather snazzy FitBit for Christmas, I have been interested to see how many miles I am walking, with a new puppy to exercise and a house and garden to renovate. Well actually its steps - 10,000 being the target which is just over 7 km and I guess about 5 miles each day. I am doing ok, regularly hitting my 10,000 in the middle of the afternoon, but beyond that my fitness regime is a bit half-hearted.

How about an ‘App’ or a pet walking scheme? I used an app to learn to run, one of the couch potato to 5K options and though the 5K bit is still a challenge I am comfortable at the 3K mark having NEVER run that distance non-stop before (and that was in my late 40s). Then there’s a volunteer group I have come across (GoodGym) where members combine fitness with helping their community. They run to a venue and do a good turn for someone who needs help such as a bit of garden maintenance. (In my head I see them dressed as Caped Crusaders, but perhaps that’s a bit far-fetched.)

At the turn of the New Year many of us start a new healthy regime, with the media full of holiday ads (think tiny swimwear and toned bodies.) So to get us ‘bikini body ready’, if it’s not a holiday ad, it’s a weight loss or health kick promotion. So, how are you getting on with your fitness resolution? Full of good intentions (Christmas food and drink too) we absorb all the options, get totally confused and put it all off until the weather gets a bit better, or the gym gets quieter or the moon turns blue…

With both our villages planning village tidy up days, now there’s a way of getting active and meeting neighbours too! Read more in our Thorp Arch and Walton News pages…

If you are fit and healthy generally (if not as ‘buff’ as per the holiday ads…) there are so many things on our doorstep which can give us a bit of get up and go.

If you have an interesting way to get fit, please get in touch so we can tell our readers more about your group’s activities, especially if new members are welcomed. Email causeway.

Just a few things I can think of within a 5 mile radius of our villages - a plethora of gyms both private and leisure centre based, swimming pools which provide lessons and sessions for all ages and abilities, fitness

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Exciting events coming up in 2018 at Martin House

If you’re a keen runner, places for the Great North Run, Yorkshire Marathon and the Run for All races in Leeds and York will be offered through the year – so there’s a run for all abilities.

There are lots of plans in place to make 2018 a bigger, better year of fundraising for Martin House Hospice Care for Children and Young People.

There is a serious reason for all of these activities. The Hospice costs around £6.5 million a year to run, and only 15 per cent of that is funded from statutory sources. By far the majority of the money it costs to provide this crucial care to local families comes from donations and fundraising.

The charity is rolling out an exciting calendar of events, with some old favourites and some exciting new challenges to take part in. One of the highlights is the grand Glitter Ball, which takes place at Rudding Park in Harrogate on Friday 11 May, the spectacular Dragon Boat Race at Roundhay Park on Sunday 20 May and the Colour Run, this year at Bramham Park. The popular Golf Day at Wetherby Golf Club will be on Friday 15 June, while November sees the return of the Strictly Get Dancing competition – a chance to don your dancing shoes and learn how to strut your stuff!

Martin House provides family-led care and support for children and young people with life-limiting conditions (life-limiting means the child or young person is not expected to live beyond young adulthood). Care includes providing respite stays for families, emergency care, symptom control, end of life care and bereavement care, often for two to three years after a child has died.

There are also new events planned for this year, with a Bradford Sportive on Sunday 29 April. This cycling event takes in three routes from Bradford to the Peak District. Walkers can take part in the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge on Saturday 23 June, walking with Martin House and taking in Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent.

The Martin House community team goes out and supports families in their own homes, as well as the visits they may make to Martin House, and also hold regular support groups for parents, siblings and grandparents. To find out more about the 2018 events or more about other ways to support Martin House, visit or email events@

A Soap Box Derby is planned and, for those who prefer a more sedate kind of fundraiser, Martin House’s first online event - a 24-hour Mouse and Mat challenge - will be on Saturday 7 July. There will be a series of skydives for the daredevils out there with three planned this year, in May, July and October.


Across the water: The 10th Annual Boston Spa Beer Festival.

Room celebrates ‘The best beers from the last 10 years’, so in here you’ll find the best beer from each year of our festival as voted for by our committee. Make sure you call in to sample a few – there’s some absolute classics!

As one of the organisers of the first Boston Spa Beer Festival, our Editor asked the current organisers to share their thoughts on the 10th event which has become a firm favourite in the local events calendar. This year’s Boston Spa Beer Fest opens its doors to corporate supporters and the general throngs on Friday 16 February with Saturday 17 February rounding off the event with a full programme of family oriented entertainment for all ages including family room and live music.

We also have a fantastic range of over 30 other Yorkshire beers with some of the best ciders and perries from across the country. The Prosecco bar is back again by popular demand with an excellent quality fizz available by the glass or bottle. Hopefully, you’ll find something here for every taste. As a charity, we are indebted to our sponsors who take away some of the risk in putting together such an event. Our principal sponsor, Renton & Parr estate agents, are proudly supporting us for the fifth year running. Also back are Kirby’s Builders Merchants, Vantage Motor Group, Optimum Vehicles, The Retreat and PDS Construction. This year we welcome Wetherby Brew Co who we’ll be dedicating our third bar to (Jubilee Room – Friday). And to our corporate guests, barrel sponsors, donors and volunteers, we are forever in your debt.

Where does time go? It doesn’t seem two minutes since we first opened the doors of the first ever Boston Spa Beer Fest back in 2009, but this year we find ourselves celebrating our 10th event! If you don’t know our history, it all started with a group of parents from St Mary’s Primary School which decided to launch the Beer Fest as a fundraiser for the school and other local charities including Boston Spa Village Hall.

So, thank you for supporting our event over the years and we hope you have a brilliant time. Don’t forget to share your photos and comments from the weekend online – just tag us with #BSBF. Tickets are available online at shop or from Douglas Yeadon Hardware and pay on the door subject to availability.

That first year was a pretty memorable one. Despite meticulous planning, we could have never imagined how successful the event would be. Back then it was just a one-dayer, so we opened the doors at midday on Saturday expecting a reasonable crowd, but we had 100s, and they kept on coming - we’d pretty much run out of beer by 2pm. We then wiped out Neil’s booze aisle in Costcutter and half of Morrisons, Wetherby: thankfully the emergency supplies kept the event going until 6pm. Since then, a lot has changed - committee members, the new Friday session with corporate guests, bigger and better family entertainment, the list goes on. However, there are still many things that remain the same from that first year to this. Primarily, it’s our ability to find an outstanding selection of Yorkshire ales and serve them at cellar temperature by friendly staff (all volunteers) who are intent on you having a great time. As it’s our 10th Fest our themed bar in the Lantern 28


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St Peter’s Church, Village Church Council Clergy: See All Saints’, Thorp Arch. Church Wardens: Doreen Lister 842344, Bill Kilby : 842561. Secretary: Gay Childe 845519. Treasurer: Fiona Robinson 843338. Flowers & Cleaning: Liz and Geoff Harrison 845978

All Saints’, Parochial Church Council Church Wardens: Kathleen Sanderson 844818. David Spurr 842772, david@ Secretary: Georgina Squires 849747, Treasurer & Covenant Secretary: David Spurr 842772. Flowers: Margaret Smyth 841181

Walton Cricket Club Chair: Caroline Hobson 07860 615154, Walton Parish Council Chairman: David Aspland. Vice Chair: Brodie Clark CBE. Clerk: Helena Buck, secretary@walton-pc. Members: Stephen Sharp, Edward Simpson, Mark Wake, David Taylor.

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Causeway Magazine February 2018  

Causeway Magazine serving the communities of Thorp Arch and Walton, Yorkshire

Causeway Magazine February 2018  

Causeway Magazine serving the communities of Thorp Arch and Walton, Yorkshire