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The voice of Hillam village. founded 1989 by mary little . Delivered free to all homes in hillam. Volume 25 Issue 2. april–May 2012

Wind farm decision day approaches Public meeting—MP Calls for 20% subsidy cut • • • •

It is now over three years since Woodlane plans were revealed. Selby District Council currently expect to decide in April of May. Public Meeting at the Owl attended by over 150 people. Developer seeking approval for radar system on wind farm.

You may have been invited by Selby Council to comment on “Additional information” about Woodlane wind farm. The threat of the area being filled with turbines has not gone away. In the last three years Hook Moor has been approved, one wind farm at Spaldington was approved and another rejected, Cleek Hall was rejected by Selby but is now the subject of an appeal, Rusholme is built and is now operational. Recently five turbines were approved on farms around Hillam with more to follow. Nearby at Goole Fields an application has been made for 17 turbines to be added to the 16 approved but not yet built. Howard Ferguson at the Owl Decision day for Woodlane is fast approaching and the Public Meeting at the Owl provided a valuable opportunity to discuss the implications. Nigel Adams, MP for Selby and Ainsty spoke about his recent meeting with the Prime Minister where excessive wind farm subsidies were one of the matters discussed. The presentations included video of one of hundreds of convoys of lorries during the construction of Rusholme, a taste of what to expect if Woodlane were to go ahead. A recording of wind farm noise from Lincolnshire was played and enabled everybody to understand why turbine noise can be so annoying.

I want to be Green but I do not want our countryside destroyed My first contact with the wind farm developer was when they came to measure background noise in my garden. At the time I was broadly in favour of the concept of wind energy but must confess that I had not studied the matter. A few turbines near to the test mast and well away from homes seemed acceptable. What I didn’t know was how many, how large or how close to the four villages. I soon discovered that turbines elsewhere and further from homes were causing severe noise nuisance. A bit more reading and I began to realise that wind farms are all about money and nothing much to do with the environment. There can be no doubt, wildlife will suffer. Consider the swans which spend winter here and migrate to Iceland in Spring. The picture shows birds from a flock of over 60 gathering on the wind farm site before starting their long journey. They left in total darkness at 7:15pm. What chance will these birds have flying in total darkness close to turbines with blade tips moving at 100 mph? Or as they undertake frequent flights between their grazing grounds and the open water and Beal? Killing any of these, or any other birds, is not good for the environment. Building turbines, which may or may not alleviate climate change is not an acceptable reason to vandalise our open countryside. I for one would like to feel that the world I leave is a better place for future generations and that they should be able to enjoy those things which give me so much pleasure. Howard Ferguson

Discussion was lively with a number of important issues raised. A former resident said he had to reduce the price of his house in Hillam by 15% in order to sell it because of the proposed wind farm. The date of the Planning meeting when the decision is to be taken has not yet been announced. You can register for e-mail updates on the web site which also has a link to the concluding remarks that Nigel Adams made at the Public meeting. www.stopwoodlanewind

Also in this issue…

Do you need gloves to make hedgehog bread?

ManU crash out of Europe (not on Sky)

Fieldfare photographed in Hillam

Our new Brownie column

Smartwater—not so smart now

Where did Bert’s vegetable stall come from originally

True grit Squad welcome cold snap

Hillam Lights- A whole new meaning

,ew sponsorship for cricketers

101 or 999? - We told you last time Is money the root of evil?

Party in the park on Jubilee Day

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THE BIRDING COLUMN Thankfully, the mild weather was maintained until early Febru- plucking at a Blackbird, lying spread eagled, and in great disary, with continuing reports of Barn Owls sightings by village tress. I shouted at the hawk, clapping furiously, and flew off fast residents, including a roosting bird at Hillam Nurseries. downstairs, outside into the snow in my slippers! The hawk then took off low out of the garden, with the Blackbird in its talons, th On 16 January Blackbirds returned to our garden in force, struggling to gain height under the weight of what I could see having been absent since early autumn, predominantly males, now, was a female Blackbird. I then engaged in hot pursuit with up to fifteen males, far outnumbering the females. I have down Rose Lea Close, hurling a torrent of abuse after it, hoping read various books based upon ringing recoveries to try to work nobody heard or saw me, and after what seemed like an eternity, out where these birds go in the winter, but there does not seem the Sparrowhawk dropped the Blackbird in the snow, and it just to be any definitive indication whether birds from our area over stood there staring up at me, eyes wide open. I could then see it winter in Northern Europe, or closer to home, in Ireland. Anywas our tame female, seemingly none the worse for wear, save way, like our Chaffinches, one thing is clear, that the sexes for a few missing downy feathers that lay on top of the pristine arrive back at different times, the females about a month later. snow. The Blackbird stood there Heavy snow fell on 6th February, with looking up at me as if to say "Thanks Church Fenton recording the highest mate, for saving my life……again”; fall in the country on that day which and one or two of you may rememproduced large numbers of Fieldfares, ber that three years ago I saved this with four in our garden, and on 7th very same bird from a Sparrowhawk February a flock of twenty or so were in similar circumstances after a pureating crab apples in Howard Fergusuit along Rose Lea Close, which son’s garden at Maspin House. The presumably resulted in the bird beFieldfare is one of our most colourful coming tame thereafter. I don’t supwinter visitors, with a slate grey head, pose it could have been the same nape and rump, contrasting with chestSparrowhawk, do you? nut back and blackish tail. The throat The weather on 1st March, the first and breast is golden-brown streaked day of spring it was warm and black, and with the brilliant light reflected from fresh snow, the sunny, so Jenny and I walked along Betteras Hill Road with our white under parts was dazzling. The snow brought added comgrandson Ewan, who is now very much into Thomas the Tank, petition for food, with our usual male Blackbirds augmented by to watch the trains at the level crossing. On our return walk I others from further afield, resulting in numerous fights breaking heard the unmistakeable sound of a mewing Common Buzzard out. Jenny and I had been hoping to see our tame female returncoming from the direction of Monk Fryston. I then heard aning for her third year, but sadly there was no sign of her, but we other, then yet another, coming from a slightly different direchad noticed one or two females just starting to arrive. tion and within a couple of minutes there were no less than six On 8th February I was up fairly early to feed the birds in the buzzards in the air together, all calling, as they soared ever snow, and upon opening the front door was absolutely amazed higher, some engaged in the their circling, display flight. I never to see our little female had returned. She was there, no more thought I would see that sight in my lifetime, as it seems not so than a couple of feet from me, sitting on the arm of the garden long ago that one would have to go as far afield as Wales in bench in the dim light, just staring with her soft, pleading eyes. order to see this beautiful raptor, which in less than ten years has It was if she had never been away for the last five months and hugely expanded in numbers. Hopefully this year they will breed she was clearly waiting for me to cut up some dates and feed within the village boundaries; an event worth the long wait. her. I gladly obliged, and she tucked in voraciously, after her And finally, a little statistic that took me by surprise. In recent long return flight from wherever she had been all winter. Snow years, I have not been that surprised to see the occasional Little was still lying thickly on the ground on 11th February, and I had Egret when birding at wetlands along the Humber, with this few thoughts of venturing out in the cold, so was sitting upstairs exotic snowy-white heron regularly turning up at Fairburn Ings; in the warmth in front of our computer checking my emails, but I was taken aback to read on the internet that in 2009, there when through the double glazing I could here the faint, but imwere about 800 pairs breeding in the UK ! Goodness knows mediately recognisable sounds of a bird screaming in distress. what the population is now, three years later, and like the inThe garden had emptied of all birds by then, yet I could still see creasing Red Kite, I would expect to start seeing them both no signs of where the din was coming from, my only thought regularly flying over our village within the next five years. What being that one of our neighbour’s cats had caught a bird. I a lovely thought. clapped my hands, and then caught sight of a slight movement in Graham Todd the corner of the garden. It was a large female Sparrowhawk


JUMP STARTING THE DEFIBRILLATOR GROUP The group was set up several years ago when Marlene Thompson, Delainé Lawn and Elaine Smith with the help of Margaret LorriCardiac arrest is when the heart stops pumping blood around the man (who made more jam than Hartley’s), raised the money to buy the first defibrillator. They also made ‘love boxes’ to sell at body. If it happens to you or a member of your family you have local events, Delainé remembers. The fundraisers ran a stall in to act quickly. If someone has a heart attack the following few minutes are crucial and this is more important for our community Selby and Marlene, by selling local vegetables embarked on a because we live in the country and it takes longer for emergency journey which for her was life changing. services to react. This is how Bert and Marlene’s vegetable shop started, origi-

Volunteers needed for Defibrillator Group

For many years a local group of volunteers has been on call in the villages of Hillam, Monk Fryston and Burton Salmon. They operate a rota which always ensures someone is available to attend an emergency. They are called out by the emergency services, for example where a life might be lost in the crucial period it takes for a fully equipped ambulance to arrive. As well as carrying a defibrillator they now bring oxygen with them.

nally to boost the defibrillator fund. Dr Janik from the South Milford practice, which already had a defibrillator, played an important part in launching our ‘first response’ project. Volunteering is good for you People volunteer for various reasons. Perhaps a relative’s life was saved by a ‘First Responder.’ As the insert, taken from Hillam News in 2001 shows, founders Elaine and Delainé both suffered traumas within 24 hours of each other. That set them thinking. As in all spheres of life, time passes and volunteers grow older, leave the district or fall by the wayside. The Hillam, Burton Salmon and Monk Fryston Defibrillator Group needs more volunteers. Training is given and on call hours are fully negotiable. Being available for an evening a week can be good for your health and it is surprising how many husband and wife teams turn out together. If you would like to help or discuss possibilities, please phone Carol Mackman on 01977 689221 or contact her at .

Cutting from Hillam )ews 2001

Osgoldcross and Elmet Rotary is holding a car boot sale at Milford Plants, alongside the Sherburn bypass, on Easter Sunday the 8th April. The Community Association is hoping to receive a donation from the event towards work still to be carried out at the Community Centre. If car boot sales are your thing, then come along and browse at the same time helping to raise funds for the Association.


NOW, PAY ATTENTION Four sets of traffic lights between Brotherton and Hillam (and… read on)

A whole new meaning for Hillam Lights

the early evening rush hour.

‘It took 35 minutes from Dewsbury to Brotherton and then 45 minutes We have subsequently learnt that the batteries on the lights between Brotherton to Hillam. There are four sets of temporary traffic lights of Hillam and Burton Salmon were stolen on two occasions. which two are on red at both ends. Useless.’ From Twitter. Hillam Parish Council has had talks with the contractors, who have promised to help the village by using a cherry picker to remove the ,ot surprisingly another motorist, who complained that the double Christmas Lights from the Ring Tree. There were also discussions reds were dangerous in the dark, telephoned the police on 101. about ‘sleeving’ the damaged underground culvert which crosses the The matter was raised at the Community Engagement Forum (CEF) road near the Pinfold. This might alleviate any future flooding. held in Monk Fryston School, where a spokesman explained that the There is also the question of whether the new cable will go over or disruption was caused by replacing an old oil-immersed electricity cable. It runs from Ferrybridge Power Station to a pylon on Lowfield under the culvert and until this is resolved the hole at this point will remain. Further on at the beginning of Chapel Street contractors sevRoad and then on to another power station near York. It does not directly serve Hillam. There was an electrical explosion at the site of the ered a water main and several houses in Hillam Square were without water for half a day. pylon several years ago. It was not long before traffic lights number five sprang up on Hillam Hill. Then on the A63 near the Thrust garage a sixth set of lights was added. Whilst these were not directly connected with the new electricity cable, when they were removed the road was blocked outside the former Garden Route Café.

Hillam ,ews readers will remember when the oil immersed cable leaked in 1997. The replacement of the cable is welcomed by local birdwatcher Graham Todd, who recalls the tragic demise of a pair of breeding Kingfishers that died after oil from the leaking cable contaminated waters in the drain that runs along Betteras Hill Road.

Hillam )ews rang the contractors, Interserve, and learnt that the ‘red at both ends’ trouble ‘might have been caused by interference from overhead cables.’ The company was investigating. A spokesman explained that the traffic signals defaulted to red at both ends when traffic was light and only woke up with the approach of a vehicle.

A message from Interserve:

We will be closing Hillam Lane from its junction with Tadcaster Road (A162) as far as West Park Farm. The road closure will take effect as of 22nd March 2012 and will be in place for 7 weeks. A diversion will be in place and will take you up to the A63 through Monk Fryston and This, he said, could explain the problem after dark. But surely not in then into Hillam.

Hillam Lights The winners of the January 100 Club Draw are as follows: 1st - £20 - Sandra & Brian Plows (No. 81) 2nd -£10 - Diane Sharp (No. 50) 3rd - £5 - Yvonne Rowley (No. 56) Congratulations to all the winners

Sherburn School Dear Parents and Students I am delighted to write that I have now been associated with Sherburn High School for three years. Time really does fly when you are having fun and the good news is that I feel just as enthusiastic and excited about my role now as I did at the start! I am proud of the incredible progress that we have all made during this period.

I am committed to ensuring that Sherburn High School delivers an outstanding education for our students and is a school What a fantastic evening we all had at Selby Abbey! The whole of which the whole community can be proud. I believe that the hard evidence suggests that we are well on the way to achievschool performed a Pop Connection concert for parents and friends and the singing and dancing were amazing. Pop Connec- ing both. tion is a charitable organisation that enables children to learn When I first arrived at Sherburn I stated a vision for our songs and dances in a very short time and then put on a perform- school and it seems like an appropriate time to share this with ance. All the songs have a Christian message as well as appealing you. to both children and adults. It was one of those occasions that I We aim to develop a genuine learning community where: think most children will remember for a long time! Achievement is at the heart of school culture. It is not for School is always very busy and this year there are lots of things some students, it is for them all. to do and look forward to. For Sport Relief we are running a mile Students learn better because staff are learning all the time and improving what they do. and having a danceathon and hope to raise lots of money for th All adults in our organisation are valued and feel that they can charity. We are having our World Book Day on the 30 March and all the children will dress up as a character from a favourite make a difference to the achievement of students. We are outward looking and work effectively with others to book. improve our provision and outcomes. ,ext term there will be Sports Day with an Olympic theme, the Students and parents are listened to and involved in decision Diamond Jubilee, the Olympic Torch and the Summer Fayre! making. We are creative, take risks, have good ideas and do not It’s going to be fun and, in between, we will continue to teach and learn to the best of our ability! Who says school is boring!! worry if things don’t always work first time. We work together to solve problems, not just identify them. Carole Middleton March 2003 I am a huge believer in the concept of 'team'. Any success we have is a reflection of the contribution made by everyone assoFrom Twitter: ciated with our organisation. It is not about one person. 7.30 I'm in Selby Abbey listening to my girls & rest of school sing amazingly @ 8.00 I'm delivering a breech lamb. Martyn Sibley Variety is source of life @MFOrganics

Monk Fryston Church of England Primary School


Précis minutes Hillam Parish Council 1st February 2012

Minutes of previous meeting agreed Declared Interests Cllr Sadler Cricket Club Cllr Lorriman CEF Chairwoman welcomed resident, Mary Little who reported the dangerous state of repair of the surface of the footpath at the entrance to Rose Lea Close. Clerk to write to NYCC Highways requesting resurfacing. She asked for support for a street party in Rose Lea Close to celebrate the Queens Jubilee. The council offered general but not financial support. Matters arising Cllr Sadler provided the Clerk with completed Survey for Parish and Town Councils to be sent to NYCC. Representatives of National Power Grid, Duffy and Co and Interserve discussed the laying of a new 132kv high voltage cable through the village. Their remit was to ensure land was restored to its original condition. Cllr Wright reported related road drainage issues towards Hillam Common. Interserve will liaise weekly with Clr Lorriman. Interserve are willing to remove the Christmas lights from the Ring Tree using their Cherry Picker. Finance Bank balances 1st February Barclays C/A £538.27 High Interest A/C £7,550.92 Cheques drawn Help the Heroes donation £25.00 War memorial restoration £150.00 CSR Electrical s/light repairs £235.96 MH Walton salary £180.00

HM Rev. And Customs £90 PAYE Thirsk Com Care Ass £34. PAYE services Community Assoc. £72.00 Hall Hire CSR Electrical £56.46 Light repairs MF Parish Council £221.72 Grass cutting Clerk requested £1500 be transferred from the HI acc Estimated surplus at 31st March £6,100 8 financial grant applications received. It was agreed that £1,800 should be distributed to 7 applicants Inntercrown football club £50 for footballs Little Monkey Play Group £100 for new play equipment Monk Fryston JFC £150 towards new set of training goals Ring Tree Light Committee £500 towards new lights Community Association £300 to make swings safe and £500 general donation Hillam Cricket Club £150 for sign to publicise matches Citizens Advice Bureau £50 Application for a contribution to a Jubilee beacon deferred for details.

opment Framework core strategy. NYCC – Withdrawal of field at Betteras Hill Road as a SINC (Site of Importance FORNature Conservation). Correspondence Out E-mail from Cllr Lorriman advising of Interserve’s intention to attend PC meeting CSR Electrical – street light repair requests Planning Matters Applications Mr H and Mrs R Morley 98 solar photovoltaic panels on the roof Hillam Grange, Austfield Lane No objection Mr D Cook Planning and Conservation Area Consent for demolition of a single storey dwelling and replacement with single storey extension and erection of a detached garage. Minoru, Main Street No objections Decisions Mr D Platt Erection of 1 330kw wind turbine at Northfield Farm Granted Mr C Vickers Extension and alteration of existing accommodation over garage to provide dependent relative annexe. Granted Mr H and Mrs R Morley Installation of solar photo voltaic panels on the roof at Hillam Grange, Austfield Lane. Granted Environment Windfarms Regular updates in Hillam News and on Howard Ferguson’s website

Correspondence Received Invoices related to payments made above. CSR Electrical re cost of converting Hillam streetlights to energy efficient LED lamps. Agreed current conversion costs uneconomic. To be kept under review. NYCC declining to upgrade the gritting programme for Austfield Lane E-mail from Cllr Lorriman advising of the voting effects that the Register of Members Interest might have. E-mail from Cllr Lorriman with information about the Localism Act for members Came and Co Insurance brokers re Parish Council Insurance SDC proposed changes to the Local Devel- See overleaf page 6


Lots to do in Hillam and Fryston re Cycling Project—All Welcome With the ever-increasing popularity of cycling, a group of Monk Fryston and Hillam residents has recently formed the Monk Fryston Cycling Club. We all share a love of cycling and have been riding as a group for a few years. There are between four and eight of us who ride every Sunday morning, weather permitting. However a few hardy members have ridden most weekends during winter, even on a day so cold that the water in our drinks bottles turned to ice! We enter several charity rides each year, including the Selby Bike Ride, Chemo Classic and Wetherby to Filey ride. During 2011 our Whitehaven to Sunderland coast-to-coast trip raised nearly £1,000 for the Anthony Nolan Trust and the Cochlear Implants in Children Support Group. For 2012 we have entered a team in the gruelling 75-mile Cheshire Cat ride, which supports Cancer Research UK. We are planning a winding 180-mile route from Hexham to Hillam, hopefully raising a few quid along the way. Two of us are celebrating reaching 40 this year and heading to the Alps to ride up the legendary Mont Ventoux. This regularly features in the mountain stages of the Tour de France, and sets us the challenge of riding up a 12-mile mountain road with an average gradient of 9%. Sadly none of us shares the prowess of Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish, so this promises to be a rather daunting trip. From previous page Grass Cutting Contract Members agreed renewal of 2012 contract on current terms with existing contractor Mr S Parkin. Cllr Wright reported progress on the proposed new signage in the Square. Cllr Wright will seek permission from NYCC Highways. Cllr Lorriman reported that the football field entrance on Lowfield Lane is full of litter. Clerk asked to contact the secretary of both football clubs and ask that the entrance be cleared. The PC recognise the ongoing assistance and neighbourly support and contribution given by Mr Neil Sutcliffe. Letter of thanks to be sent. Cllr Robertson reported the debris on some pathways. Clerk advised that SDC have an ongoing maintenance programme. Reports Burial Committee Refurbishment at cemetery completed. Plans for bushes to be cut back and grounds tidied. Community Association Cllr Robertson reported the following proposed events Queens Jubilee celebrations 4th June OLYMPIC Torch 19th June Village Fayre 24th June Cllr Sadler will represent HPC with Cllr Robertson on the CA

Anyone is welcome to ride with us. We recognise that everyone has different abilities, especially those new to cycling. No one gets left behind. We set off early and return home before lunch. Departure from Monk Fryston Hall gates is usually at 7 am in summer and 8 am in winter, with routes between 30 and 60 miles. Destinations include York, Wetherby, Knaresborough, Otley and anywhere within a 30-mile radius of Monk Fryston. For details of our planned rides please see the “Ride Calendar” at

Iain Mitchell 681063


HILLAM NEWS BREAD AND BUTTER LETTER Baking Bread I had been attracted by the of idea baking my own bread for some time and ever since a friend told me about the wonderful experience she had at Betty’s baking day I had been looking for something similar but cheaper. Browsing the internet on a boring day in January I found Pattacakes in Welburn nr. Castle Howard, a bakery, shop and cafe which ran occasional courses. We visited that week and sampled the cafe breakfast (excellent with good coffee) and bought some delicious food from the shop for lunch. We chatted to Anita, the enthusiastic owner, and I signed myself up for a Sunday in February. The bakery kitchen is quite small so there were only 4 people per course which sounded great; so great that my son and his girlfriend decided to join me. Joined by Maxine, a journalist from The Press , we started the day with coffee and a chat about our bread baking abilities, mostly zero. Then we were taken into the kitchen and proudly shown their wonderful bread oven. We gathered round a table with our mixing bowls ready primed with fresh yeast and flour, warm water in a jug beside us; we were making rye bread. When the water was added we were encouraged to dive in and knead the resulting sticky mess, encouraged by Anita who was baking alongside us and Carol who was helping. We were shown how to clean our hands in cold water (hot water bakes the dough onto your hands) or rub them in flour which really works and to add salt as we were kneading (yeast hates salt so it is added after the yeast has started working). What kind of bread do hedgehogs prefer? Eventually we all produced a workable dough which we shaped into rounds and put into cloth lined baskets to rise. We moved onto white bread, much easier as it didn’t require so much water. Our Kilo of flour produced a large loaf, a plaited loaf and bread rolls which Gemma and I made into a crown but David wanted to make a hedgehog as he remembered making them at school. This was shaped with the back snipped with scissors to produce prickles and given currants for eyes and nose. They were so cute that he made a whole family of hogs and Maxine made some for her daughter. After a quick coffee we moved onto brown seeded bread. The rye bread was ready for baking and went into the oven. Each loaf was carefully labelled with one of our names. We stopped for lunch, soup and a baguette made earlier by Anita,

Here’s one I baked earlier When Susan Ferguson went on her bread making course with her close family she did not know at first that numbers would be made up by a reporter from the York Press, Maxine Gordon. They all appeared in York’s favourite ‘daily’ in an article entitled ‘Here’s one I made earlier’.

well pleased with our success. After lunch we were shown how to make a dough with water and olive oil mixed, which produced a really stretchy mix, lovely to work with. This we stretched and rolled out into 2 flat rectangles, one filled with grated cheese and red onion marmalade, one with olives and sun dried tomatoes. We folded Hedgehog Bread and twisted them and put them onto a tray and straight into the oven. We sat and chatted over more coffee and asked questions and Anita produced a recipe book, with all the bread we had made, for us to take home. Then we were called back into the kitchen. Spread out on the table was all the bread we had created that day and it was a fantastic sight; we were really proud of ourselves. Working with Anita making the same things, we were able to see exactly how long we needed to kneed and the texture of the finished product and we picked up many tips. The cost of this was £50 each, an amazing value for one of the most fun days I have ever had. We had expected to take a couple of loaves home but the entire contents of the table were loaded into boxes for us to take. About 8 loaves each. Once home we couldn’t wait to sample the olive bread which was delicious. Fortunately I have a big chest freezer and much of our baking went into it. We have been working our way through our bread, so full of flavour and fantastic texture, with occasionally one a wonky shape but who cares. The only downside is that I haven’t needed to bake any bread yet but we are running out. I will soon have to and am fully confident of producing my daily bread on a regular basis. Certainly shop bought will always be a very poor second best. To find out about the courses phone Anita Tasker at Pattacakes 01653 618352, I would also recommend the shop and cafe if you are heading up the A64.

Susan Ferguson The Blue Bell has been sold by agents Christie & Co ‘off a freehold asking price of £275,000.00 + VAT.’ Agents state that it was acquired by a regional developer/speculator, who intends to redevelop the site in the near future.


NEWS PAGE Deer slaughtered and beheaded down Stocking Lane A Hillam resident made a gruesome find while walking her dog down Stocking Lane. The head of the deer had been thrown into the ditch which runs alongside the Lane. It appeared that the deer had been slaughtered nearby and then butchered leaving the head and intestines for all to see. It is difficult to comprehend the mentality and social conscience of people who will do such a thing so close to the village and adjacent to sports facilities used by children. It is quite possible that this deer was a victim of a gang of poachers that were arrested near Hillam just a day before the gruesome find was made. The Council was called and they came out to remove the remains. They then found out that it was worse than first appeared as the recently butchered remains of a total of three deer were found close to the footpath. To kill wildlife in this way then the objective must be to sell the meat, with restaurants and pubs being a possible outlet? If you visit a pub and venison is on the menu, you should ask to see proof of provenance. Deer slaughtered legally must be supplied with a certificate to confirm both the source and that it has been killed humanely. If it doesn't have a certificate then you should be suspicious, avoid the dish and report your suspicion to the police.

Hillam ews does not know how the deer were caught but the usual method is to drive over fields and run them down, to catch them in lights and then set dogs on them, or to pick them out with powerful lights and shoot them with a rifle. In an incident that may or may not have been related three men were arrested near Hillam and charged with criminal damage to crops after they drove their car over fields in the hours of darkness. This is one of the techniques used by poachers trying to hunt down wildlife by using their headlights and powerful lamps to locate wild animals. The thought that poachers are active at night and sometimes use high powered rifles to shoot wildlife in the dark is quite scary. Hillam ,ews advice: anybody who sees lamping in progress should report it to the police on 101. Footnote: 101is best but if it is an emergency or there is a crime in progress ring 999. In either case you need to speak to North Yorkshire Police Control room. Ringing 101 is sometimes better because it gives you an option to go through to North Yorkshire Control room if the telephone network thinks you are in West Yorkshire, which sometimes happens with mobiles.

to be on call to help. We were ready for the snow when it fell. It started on the Hopefully spring will be well upon us by Saturday and the phoning round, to arthe time you read this. In early February range clearing on Sunday morning, began. we had a large fall of snow. Selby District 18 people turned up, some with their own Council had encouraged local groups to barrows and shovels and they industrikeep areas free of snow and ice during bad ously cleared the pathways and road up to weather. Hillam Parish Council decided to Manor Court. In 45 minutes it was all specify Manor Court as a priority area, as done. Sausage rolls and Christmas cake elderly residents live there and rely on made the occasion more festive as the visitors and carers. A grit bin, supply of good natured neighbourhood effort was grit, shovels, buckets and a wheelbarrow completed. were purchased by the Parish Council. A The Parish Council would like to thank team of volunteers was also sought out. all who took part, young and old, all now What a lovely village we live in when, experienced volunteers, for their help and with no great effort, 20 people volunteer good humour.

Clearing the snow at Manor Court


LOCAL CRIME AND NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Recently we have seen a pattern of crime where so-called Eurodoor locks have been broken in order to gain entry to properties. It has mainly occurred in the West Yorkshire area, but there have been cases in North Yorkshire too. We have had three house burglaries in Hillam, Monk Fryston and South Milford recently where cash and credit cards were taken from isolated properties, usually in the early hours of the morning. Please look out for any suspicious activity like a suspicious vehicle in the early hours parked up or anything else that does not look right.

Since the privatizations of the late 1980s utility companies (water, gas and electric) are no longer 'boards' and no employee would use the word ‘board’. Any caller who claims to be from a utility ‘board’ will be a distraction offender. If this happens to you, do not let the person enter your property. Call 999 and, if possible, obtain a description and the registration number of the vehicle. All persons working for utility companies, or contractors working on their behalf, will definitely have identification with them and a phone number you can ring to check their identity. Please do not be afraid to ask for ID.

For further information on Euro locks see

Hi everyone

Dion Wood Police Community Support Officer Hillam/ Monk Fryston.

Following the police Ringmaster message on the vulnerability of Euro style cylinder locks used mainly on uPVC doors, I have details of two firms, one in Hillam and one in South Milford, who will do lock upgrading to the pExtra24 standard at very reasonable prices with no call out fee for South Milford, Hillam and Monk Fryston.

Paul Anthony Frith from Byram has been jailed for breaking into Monk Fryston Church Hall and stealing the contents of two collection boxes and a mobile phone. He was caught trying to use the mobile with his own SIM card.

I was appalled to see how easy it is for experienced thieves to open the Euro locks - one of which was fitted to my porch door - that I had it changed yesterday. It is easy to recognise the Euro style lock as it has not got any markings on the exposed part of the lock below the keyhole.

Frith, who was locked up for a year, also caused £1,000.00 of damage breaking into St Edmund’s Church, Brotherton, where he left blood specimens. In mitigation at court, Firth’s solicitor asked for leniency as ‘his rate of offending was slowing down.’ Burglary in Selby Road Monk Fryston Between 10pm on the 5th of Feb and 7am on the 6th, a burglary took place on Selby Road, Monk Fryston. Entry was gained by forcing a rear kitchen window. Items stolen included a camera, two laptops, an iphone and jewellery. Brick through the window On 6th Feb during the hours of darkness ‘vandals’ threw a house brick through one of the west facing windows of the Community Centre. If anyone saw or heard anything please let the police know on 101 mentioning incident no 90 of the 6th Feb. Looking the other way A ‘distraction’ burglary typically occurs when a male offender knocks on the door and introduces himself as "from the Water Board" and gains access to a house. The elderly victim asks the male for ID but the intruder replies that he is in a rush and does not have any on him. Once inside he makes his way to the kitchen, rolls his sleeves over his hands and turns on the taps, telling the victim to wait until the water turns green. Whilst the victim is distracted in the kitchen, an unknown offender enters the house and steals cash.

The pExtra24 locks have a kitemark on them. Please send me an email if you want any further details of the companies. Tony Hudson, )eighbourhood Watch Coordinator

Mobile updates Dates for 2012 when the Mobile Police Station (MCP) will be at Chestnut Green, Monk Fryston: Apr 3rd, May1st, Jun 6th, Jul 2nd, Aug 1st, Sept 4th, Oct 1st, Nov 19th. Open between 1900 and 2000 hours. Robberies all on the same day A burglary occurred at a dwelling on Lumby Lane, Monk Fryston where cash and credit cards were taken in the early hours of 21 Feb. The householder believes that she may have disturbed the intruder around 2.00am. On the same date the resident of a property on Ingthorpe Lane South Milford reported that during the early hours someone entered the dining room and rifled through the drawers. A Waterford vase was taken. On the same day there was a report from a house on Betteras Hill, Hillam, where intruders entered the property and took two vases from a window sill.




tower which will house the pavilion clock which has been dedicated to the memory of John Edward Atkinson, a Hillam farmer. The clock tower will carry a weather vane designed and built by Malcolm Earless in memory of his father the late John Earless sponsored by Phyllis Earless.

Last season Hillam & Monk Fryston 1 and 2 X1’s earned promotion to Divisions 2 and 5 respectively in The Wetherby Cricket League. The new cricket season starts on Saturday 21st April. Preparations for the coming season started on Sunday 26th February with winter nets at Kings School, Pontefract, Sundays In addition, The Maltings is a third party contributor towards 6pm – 7pm. New players welcome, for more details please conthe club’s application for Phase 1 funding from WREN (a land tact Eric Frankland on 07792 395952. fill organization) which will provide insulation of the building, flooring, the tiling of shower areas and toilets and providing a Junior Cricket proper and secure bar and kitchen area. The club has put three players on the ECB Level 2 Coaching The club is extremely grateful to Steven Carrie for his support. Course which will include CRB checks and a First Aid qualification. It is hoped that Junior coaching will commence this season. Match Ball Sponsorship The coaching will be aimed at U-7’s, U-9’s, U-11’s and U-13’s, Hillam and Monk Fryston Cricket Club have a new sponsorand will be available to boys and girls. The club has established ship scheme and invite families, individuals and businesses to strong links with Monk Fryston Primary School and Monk Frysponsor the match ball. ston Junior FC. For more details please contact Tonu Vaks on The cost would be £30. For that your names would be displayed 01977 685227 or 07787 117 650. on the Match Ball Sponsors Board; two people can attend the match and be entertained by the cricket, enjoy 1 free drink each (alcoholic or soft drink) and have a full cricket tea. If a business sponsor you can bring promotional materials to the ground. If interested in taking part and enjoying a relaxing afternoon at the ground on Stocking Lane contact Julie Sadler on 01977 685795 or Tonu Vaks on 01977 685227. 1st X1 Scorer The 1st X1 were promoted to the 2nd Division of the Wetherby Cricket League last season ‘Was it really such a good idea building the pavilion and are in urgent need of a scorer. It is a clock in memory of a farmer?’ League requirement that all clubs competing in the 1st and 2nd Divisions must have a dedicated scorer. It requires someone, either male or female, who has ,ew Players/Members good numeracy skills and the ability to concentrate. If you The club is looking for new players and with a new pavilion haven’t scored before don’t worry you will be given “on-site being opened last year the club is hoping to attract new members. training”. Transport will be provided if required, you will be For further details please contact Will Vaks 1st X1 captain on supplied with refreshments and will be paid for your efforts but 07747 045040 or Eric Frankland 2nd X1 captain on 07792 most importantly you will be made to feel welcome and looked 395952. If you can’t play cricket at the weekend why not play in after by team members. Contact Will Vaks on 07747 045 040. the club’s Thursday evening team in The Elmete Evening Friendly League. More details from Ian Patrick on 07748 766842. Janitor The club is looking to engage the services of a person who can Club Sponsorship come in once a week to make sure that the pavilion is clean and The club is pleased and delighted to announce a new sponsortidy ready for match days and any other events. If you are intership deal with Maltings Organic Treatment of South Milford. ested and would like to help the club out please contact either Head principal of The Maltings Steven Carrie, in reaching his Julie Sadler on 01977 685795 or Tonu Vaks on 01977 685227. decision said, ‘It was time to put something back into the Community’ and he felt that the cricket club and what they are trying Further Information For fixtures, results, contacts and other facts and stats, go to the to achieve would be a worthwhile cause. The sponsorship will clubs website at pay for two sets of cricket kit comprising shirts and pullovers fully logoed for the 1st and 2nd X1’s and to help pay for the clock


PRESSING MATTERS I know lots of people who refuse to read the Times or deprive themselves of Ashes cricket, because they do not particularly like the owner of Sky TV. I have always managed without the ‘Thunderer’ but I would need a very good reason to deprive myself of satellite TV Sports. I thought I had landed on a way to watch Sky Sports without paying money directly to the Murdoch organization. BT Vision offers Sports 1 and 2 and the two channels are listed by Freeview.

100 Club. The 100 Club and the collection on Switch On night are our main sources of Our thanks to the Parish Council for providfunding (the £500 is a one-off from the Parish ing £500 towards new lights for the main Council which otherwise only pays for the Ringtree. Thanks also for asking the contracelectricity to light the main tree). The 100 tors working their way through the village to Club this year has 86 members; that’s not 86 provide a cherrypicker free of charge so the households, but 86 individuals. This is despite current lights can be taken down. repeated forms and news items in Hillam News, a leaflet drop to every household in the The £500 and cherrypicker go some way towards the estimated £2,000.00 needed to village and a letter to all parents through the replace the faulty lights with ones of a similar school. standard (these lights should last at least five Before the next issue of Hillam News we years). However, the rest of the money must hope to have a meeting to look at the situation come from our reserve funds. We anticipate so we can assess the future viability of having this will clear the bank account leaving just both Christmas lights and the Switch On enough to pay for a Switch On event in 2012. event. For a number of years funds have dwindled as Hillam Ringtree Lights Committee the cost of paying for the trees, lights and event exceeded the money raised through the

2012 – Last Lights ,ight?

I telephoned Sky (in Scotland) to resign. The operator was very clever and conceded that as I was a BT broadband user the first two sports Women with Interests Events for April to June channels were indeed available to th me for £22.00 per month. April 19 ‘Crafty Cow’ - An evening of Crafts making Julia 683231 ,o thanks; I would not like to dis- May 17th Places of Interest Sue Leslie 682334 cuss getting my broadband and tele(Bring photographs of interesting places you have visited) phone from Sky. I did not mention st Member’s garden Social evening, wine, nibbles the reassuring and regular sightings June 21 of BT Open Reach vans at the Mill To be announced Alix 682724 Close junction box. I could have instanced my new found addiction First two meetings are at 7:30pm in the Community Centre to BT Openworld and FON which really do supply wifi in the most amazing of places. )ews to form a partnership. THE DAILY DRIBBLE My West Lothian friend then came up with the offer of a reduction of £10.00 per month – for a full year – in my Sky monthly direct debit – and for unchanged services - an offer I could not refuse.

,o, that is not a description of the toothless, but a possible title change for the Hillam )ews if current speculation comes to pass.

The Hillam ews has a deserved reputation for high journalistic standards and integrity. Phone hacking or payment for police inforI do not mind passing this informa- mation would never be countenanced or aftion on to others as I am not a Sky forded. shareholder. Before parting with my Scottish friend I heard myself say- It comes as no surprise therefore that a cering, that if the Scottish Sun was tain newspaper proprietor who wishes to resuccessful in campaigning for inde- store the tarnished image of his stable of redpendence for the land of my grand- tops and other dailies may have been casting parents, I would manage without an eye over established journals which can watching Ashes cricket and Man- add lustre to his group. Contact with some of chester United in the European Cup. the Hillam )ews team during a visit to the village by a leading Australian lawyer over Come to think of it you can see the weekend 17/18 March could be no coinciManU losing on Channel Five any- dence. It would speak volumes for Rupert way. Murdoch’s appreciation of professional excellence if he were to be approaching the Hillam

Whilst takeover talks are out of the question, your local paper could do worse than to entertain the enormous potential of Murdoch’s facilities. After all, perhaps the public of Hillam is eager for page three boys and girls, scurrilous gossip and pictures of celebs caught in illicit liaisons. Turn now to page 25 of this issue for full details of the implications of a tie-up with the Murdoch group. Let us know what you think.

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MORE COTTAGE GARDEN FAVOURITES ,ow is the time to start annuals for summer colour. Hardy annuals are tolerant of a little frost and may germinate from self sown seeds shed last autumn. Annuals tend not to like disturbance so if your garden is not ready for seeds to be sown direct into the borders sow a few seeds in small pots ready to drop into place when space allows. Try old fashioned Candytuft, Calendula, Godetia and Virginia Stocks for some simple charm. Poppies are another cottage garden choice which have been updated to include darker One of our most popular bedding plants performed badly last more sophisticated shades. Both the annual Poppy and perennial year due to disease. The Busy Lizzie will be in short supply and oriental Poppy now come in a host of tones to appeal to current the alternative offered of the New Guinea hybrid may not be to taste. If the Poppies self seed a little too easily they are also easy your taste. For a different look why not try some Alpine (rockery) to weed out. plants? These love well drained soil and have developed a tolerThe traditional cottage gardener did not distinguish between ance of windy conditions so a high, exposed position such as vegetables and flowering plants and planted where space was halfway up a wall is no challenge. Alpines are not as showy but available and suitable. The border would be a collection of flowgive good value over the summer months. ers for show and for the house and vegetables for eating. A riot of Primroses are a quintessential cottage garden favourite and sit colour and potential food. This style has much to recommend it. quite happily in front of the border as long as the soil is damp and Pests are not a major problem as plants are mingled together and water retentive. The native Primrose, Primula vulgaris, in pale pests have smaller targets to find. Garden gurus often recommend yellow, mid yellow and pink looks lovely under trees and shrubs planting garlic and onions near to roses to prevent aphid attack mixed with dwarf Narcissus and Pulmonaria (Lungwort).These citing this as a revolutionary idea but the cottage gardener of a early Primroses are followed by Primula veris, the Cowslip, century or more would have found this to be a familiar approach which bring mid yellow and tawny yellow into the colour mix. to make the best use of space and keep pests at bay. Cultivated Primroses have been bred from the native Primrose to Going back to simple plants and uncomplicated planting styles give a whole kaleidoscope of colour from green through to purple can release the gardener from constant weeding and pest control and have become a staple of spring containers. Remember damp and bring back enjoyment into gardening. conditions are essential for all Primroses to thrive. There is always confusion over Primroses and Polyanthus. I always define Susan Scott 01977 685205 Primroses as those with single flower heads and the Polyanthus as having a single stem with multiple heads. Botanically both are Shout it from the rooftops classified as belonging to the family Primulaceae. Later flowerSt Wilfrid’s has secured a £111,000.00 grant from the Heriing Primulas are much showier. Primula denticulata, the drumstick Primula, stands high and Primula vialii looks like a glowing tage Lottery towards urgent church roof repairs. Worshipers’ prayers have been answered after worsening water purple poker. Some of the most dramatic stand well near pond and stream and give an exotic look. Primula florindae and Cande- leaks. £70,000.00 will be needed to complete the project and the Parochial Church Council is looking for further funding labra Primula are well worth planting and lead us into summer. sources. Pick up a plant catalogue and you are assaulted by glossy photos and descriptions to bewilder. So many new introductions to consider, 'New for 2012,' 'The best yet.’ Do we become seduced or do we go back to our favourites, tried and tested? It is good to consider new plants, those which have been developed by science and the nurseryman to produce bigger, brighter blooms or unusual colour combinations, and increased disease resistance.


ST WILFRID’S CHURCH RECTOR’S RAMBLINGS What an excellent article in the last edition of Hillam News written by Robert Kingsbury on our ‘Broken Society’, and he’s so right when he says that “wealth… may bring you status but it doesn’t necessarily bring you happiness.” Earlier in the article he quotes that well known saying, “money is the root of all evil” as a summary example of assumptions often made on the matter of wealth and poverty. And he goes onto qualify his use of that phrase when speaking of the alleged ‘Broken Society’ in which we live today, by stating that in both cases they may be “largely true but not totally.” He is absolutely right because “Money is not the root of all evil.” The saying actually comes from a biblical letter written by St Paul to a disciple of Jesus called Timothy [in fact it’s the first of two letters written to him by St Paul], and what he actually says is “The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil…” To put the saying into context the passage in which it’s found says this… )ow godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. (1 Timothy Chapter 6 verses 6-10 NKJV) So money itself is quite harmless – it’s our desire for it, it’s what we do with it, or indeed fail to do with it, that creates the problems that we might consider to be evil. And we should be wary for this reason of taking any throwaway statement about the ‘Broken-Society’ or any other soundbite made by politicians, media-moguls, economists or even bishops, without taking the time to try and understand what it is they are actually talking about – and if necessary asking them to explain it further – so we don’t make the assumptions that they must be right. One of the ‘seven deadly sins’ as they are traditionally known is ‘Sloth’ and this is best defined as ‘a reluctance to work or make an effort’, and this can certainly apply as much to our thinking as it can to our actions.

1ST SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH 8am Holy Communion at St Wilfrid’s, Monk Fryston 9.30am Parish Communion at St Mary’s, South Milford 9.30am Sunday Club at St Mary’s Church (Ages 2-8) 11am Parish Communion at St Wilfrid’s, Monk Fryston 11am Sunday Club in St Wilfrid’s Church Hall (Ages 2-8) 2ND SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH 9.30am Parish Communion at St Mary’s, South Milford 11am Parish Communion at St Wilfrid’s, Monk Fryston 6.00pm Evensong at St Mary’s, South Milford 3RD SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH 8am Holy Communion at St Wilfrid’s, Monk Fryston 9.30am Parish Communion at St Mary’s, South Milford 11am Family Service St Wilfrid’s, Monk Fryston 4TH SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH 9.30am Family Service at St Mary’s, South Milford 11am Parish Communion at St Wilfrid’s, Monk Fryston 6pm Holy Communion at St Mary’s, South Milford


1 APRIL (PALM SUNDAY) 8.00am 11.00am


Agape - St Wilfrid’s Church & Hall As this is based on a meal similar to that which Jesus would have shared with his disciples the night before he was betrayed - names are needed in advance for catering purposes (contact the Rector on 680788)

Blessings and a Happy Easter


Holy Communion Parish Communion / Sunday Club With distribution of palm crosses


Devotional Service - St Mary’s (Milford) A service of prayer and reflection


Easter Day Communion - St Wilfrid’s

BOOKI)GS )OW BEI)G TAKE) FOR WEDDI)GS A)D BAPTISMS FOR 2012 AD BEYOD Enquiries to the Rector on 01977 680788 or email at


CRICKET OVERFLOW Burton Salmon Phoenix picks itself up Selby MP ,igel Adams will open Burton Salmon’s rebuilt cricket pavilion on April 28th. Nigel should know what to do after he cut the ribbon last summer at Hillam’s new pavilion. Burton Salmon has risen from the ashes and is now well on the way to recovering, after the pavilion was destroyed in an arson attack during the off season.

Cundy online A new cricketing blog from a Hillam player has appeared on the net. It’s by Adrian Cundy and entitled ‘Become a Better Cricketer.’ It describes the blogger’s pursuit of batting perfection, but Hillam might hope for the occasional mention. Adrian’s immortal words in Hillam )ews, first announced the promotion of Hillam’s two teams: ‘Subject to confirmation we are going up. Couldn’t have been a closer finish, top work lads even if I was dubiously stumped on 20.’ On Twitter @adicundy self-deprecatingly describes himself as ‘tragic opening batsman and purveyor of long hops for Hillam CC.’ The blog can be found at: cundy/

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BURTON SALMON SCHOOL We have had a very busy and active start to 2012 with lots of activities and hard work. We have welcomed 3 new pupils into school and they have all settled in really well. On 17th January the whole school took part in an interactive pantomime at Camblesforth School run by West End performers. We joined with pupils from Camblesforth and Fairburn Primary Schools. The acting was very good and the message delivered about not spending too much time on computer games was very relevant to today. On the 19th January pupils from KS2 took part in an athletics festival at Selby Abbey Leisure Centre. The children came back full of enthusiasm and their behaviour, effort and attitude were excellent. In February the whole school, along with a number of other primary schools in our area, took part in a dance festival at Sherburn School . The children gave an excellent performance and thoroughly enjoyed the experience of dancing on a large stage. Our year 3/4 boys played in a friendly football tournament on 23rd February. They represented our school really well and played excellent football. Daniel scored a brilliant goal and Lewis was amazing as our goalkeeper. Thank you to Ed Smith, Dan and Adam for managing our team. On the same day the whole school took part in a cross country run around our grounds organised by Rachel Cale our area School Sports Co-ordinator. The pupils were competing in their Key Stage groups and girls and boys separately. 4 We celebrated World Book Day on 2nd March. The theme was bedtime Stories – we all wore our pyjamas and had warm toast and hot chocolate! The pupils enjoyed a shared reading session.

school club and pupils have enjoyed making drawstring bags and rag rugging. Within school we have been continuing with our studies on World Ward II and Class 2 has had visitors in school dressed in World Ward II uniforms who were able to tell us all about their equipment and clothing. They are also looking forward to a visit to Eden Camp Wartime Museum near Malton. Class 2 has exchanged letters with pupils from a Primary School in Florida and have been excited to receive letters back. Pupils in KS1 have been studying plants which included painting their own masterpiece versions of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers. The whole school has focussed on reading and this has enthused the children throughout school. A project on Roald Dahl in Class 2 is encouraging children to write their own descriptions. We are looking forward to many more activities after Easter including swimming lessons and our Year 4, 5, 6 residential to East Barnby. Finally, we are looking to increase the number of relief midday supervisors to help out with lunchtime supervision on the occasional day. If you know of anyone who may be interested, please let us know. Full training is given Best wishes for Easter, D.

Head Teacher

PS Don’t forget our car boot sale on Sunday the 29th April. 10.00am to lunch time. The Union Jack flag at the entrance to Mill Close was at half mast as the bodies of six soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment and Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment returned home.

Parents and friends of pupils in Class 2 enjoyed Mrs. Jones school lunch when they joined us on the 2nd February for Chicken Balti. It was a wonderful social occasion for both parents and pupils.

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As part of our geography studies on towns; class 1 visited Selby on Thursday, 2nd February. We visited various sites and a highlight was a tour around Selby Abbey. We also went to Morrisons where the staff made us very welcome as they showed us around the different departments. Mrs. Rylah has held more of her Healthy Eating after-school clubs. Pupils have made delicious healthy snacks such as sticky chicken drumsticks with cous cous salad and vegetable stir-fry and noodles. Mrs. Huntington is continuing with the craft after-


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SIT BACK AND ENJOY THE RIDE mounted on the top of the fuselage, but the power used will generate an infinitesimal amount of CO2 compared with normal Patricia Harriss with Keith will jet engines. Passengers will enjoy a relatively quiet journey and perform the hits of the forties in good old a return to earth with only a background swishing sound like the sing-along style all dressed up for the radiation hiss likely to occur after the universe has ended. occasion. Anyone interested in becoming a pioneer passenger should You may well recognize Patricia as she contact either the airline GAGA or the EU unit responsible, that lives in Hillam. is European Future Flight Initiative (North), by texting “Effin Let’s wave the flag in 1940s style Brussels.”

ight of Jubilee ostalgia at Monk Fryston Church

Refreshments & Free Entry See you in St Wilfrid’s on Sunday June 3rd at 6:30pm

London to Paris Cycle Challenge

We couldn't sit still after last year's Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge for the Alzheimer's Society, so we are back on the road again. We Why not go retro and come along dressed as Granny or Grandpa can't believe how it has changed our lives. So when we were invited by the Alzheimer's Society to ride again we gave it some thought and said yes to the London to Paris challenge over four days at the Green air travel end of June 2012. Although a longer distance (293 miles) there Keen aircraft spotters may have recently noticed over the skies will not be the big hills as in Northern England. Training has started and we hope to be at our peak for the 27th of June. of Hillam an increase in the frequency of gliders. This increase is almost certainly due to the EU’s initiative for green aviation. Our aim is to raise £3,000.00 for the Alzheimer's Society but we arc We understand that trial flights are taking place over North aware so many of you kindly sponsored us last year to such an extent Yorkshire by a new airline called “Green Air Get Aloft” which that we were astounded by the money we raised. We realise it is a is collaborating with Brussels over medium-range passenger lot to go back to the same people for more and that is why we would glider travel. The gist of the scheme is that gliders will be towed rather raise as much as we can from an event which we can all to an operating height and released into a favourable thermal enjoy. current. Thereafter they will make their way across Europe by a Saturday 21st April (evening) - Ceilidh at Lumby Hall, Lumby, chain of bio-thermals to their destinations and will land in the manner of conventional powered aircraft. Volunteer passengers courtesy of Liain Condon for £20 per head including food. See page are being called for test flights. RAF 6 or email us at for more information. Church Fenton is a possible launch We have set up another Just Giving site and we will not say no to site. any donations. This can be found at Of course, some in-flight power is Kathryn-KeithWard required for lighting, navigation aids and champagne cooling and this will be provided by a small air-driven fan

Keith and Kathryn Ward

Seed potatoes. Bird food. Winter fuel. Logs and coal. Inspiration for the garden in spring.


RECOVERING FROM THE BATTLE OF TOWTON Eating out with The ews: The Rockingham Arms, Towton Our guests had the trusty fish and chips - which was top notch Having taken a gastronomic respite due to the arrival of baby Ed, your loyal when accompanied by homemade tartare. Also sampled was the foodies decided we needed to get back Rockingham burger - good meat, staple fare. on the reviewing horse. I think that the Rockingham Arms is aiming at the right This month’s culinary hunt took your market - don’t try and turn the Rock into a gastro restaurant with intrepid explorers north of Hillam to the extensive world cuisine - two reasons for this - the passing punter (and it is in a great location) wants pub grub done really well; famous village of Towton. Site of the ‘bloodiest battle in English history’. and there is stiff competition in the top end market (Blacksmiths at Biggin for example). The prices are pretty good for modern The Rockingham or ‘The Rock’ has recently been taken over by Chris and pub food - under a tenner for the fish and chips and around £15 for the great steak. Callum and they are clearly trying to transform the inn into a quality pub fare So, would we go back? If you are looking for a mid range tasty establishment. It has had a good lick of dinner that does exactly what it says on the tin, the Rock is for paint and there are interesting local photos brightening up the you. And at this quality, this is a lesson that many a Yorkshire place. local could take a view from - not flashy, not bargain basement, but honest, well prepared meals - well done Callum and Chris. We had been recommended to try the Rock by some friends and, although we worried whether it would be quiet, there were a I think I’ll be taking the boys for beers and a cracking pie next fair few diners for Saturday lunch. week… The menu has good coverage without trying to do too much and Holmes and Watson, Great Food Detectives as such doesn’t stray from traditional pub fare but adds an upgraded twist on each dish. We reckon this is a smart move as the Rock tries to rebuild its reputation. On to the food - Watson went for the Goats Cheese Tart whilst Holmes decided to try the Rib-Eye with twice cooked chips. The steak was well cooked and jazzed up with a quality blue cheese sauce - and those chips tasted good! The tart was flavoursome and interesting on the palate without really blowing the socks off. As Watson hadn’t eaten goats cheese for 9 months there were high expectations of boldness from the cheese.

Hillam ,ews Rating: 4 out of 5. “Quality pub fare that deserves to do well” The Rockingham Arms 01937-530948, Towton.

Editor’s note: The Rockingham, in a previous life, was renowned for its carefully worded A-Board, declaring ‘Probably The recent move into administration of Barrack Inns, the the best fish and chips in Yorkshire.’ The Towton Battlefield former leaseholders of the Cross Keys has resulted in confusion Society commemorates the Battle of Towton annually on Palm and disarray. The lease has now reverted to the owners, Sunday (this year April 1st ). Enterprise Inns. Members are soon to establish a Display Centre in an upper room The present manager ,icola herself expected to be replaced of the Rockingham Arms, complete with artifacts taken from the on the 5th March, but it didn’t happen . She is currently also battlefield and were recently spotted on Facebook enjoying the running the kitchen because the cook has already move to the Rockingham fare after time spent cleaning out the farmer’s barn White Swan in South Milford. prior to Palm Sunday. See Beyond this information everything else is rumour and conjecture. We believe that the latest owner of the Rock is a member of a This is another worrying change in the ill fortunes of our vil- farming family with land at Hillam, Monk Fryston and Birkin as lage pub. We have only recently seen the closure and subsequent well as Towton, The family has generously allowed access to land West of the Rockingham Arms, which is the site of the largchange of use for housing of the Blue Bell in Monk Fryston. est and bloodiest battle fought on English soil. What does the future hold in store for the Cross Keys? Footnote: 28,000 died at Towton in 1461

All change again at the Cross Keys


HILLAM AND BEYOND Regal Setting for Jubilee Celebrations Belarus bound convoy drops in at Monk Fryston School for Sports Relief Day The Regal Setting of Monk Fryston Hall will from lunchtime on On 23rd March four Chernobyl trucks were given a rousing send off by the pupils at Monk Fryston School. The convoy was leaving on its latest journey across Europe to Belarus, with a team of eight and over 40 tonnes of aid. The deliveries are targeted on the Gomel region where schools, institutions and family associations, many dealing with disabled children, will benefit. Grabovka School near Gomel received gifts from Monk Fryston School last spring via an earlier convoy.

,ews from the South Milford Practice It has been some time since we updated our patients and there have been a number of changes that we felt you would all like to know. In the last year we have appointed two new GP’s, Dr Kate Holden and Dr Hannah Coysh. They have both now been with us for six months and have settled into the practice very well. This has allowed us to provide more doctors’ appointments for the patients. We have also welcomed a new practice nurse, Sister Jane Scott, who is working at all three sites.

Tuesday 5th June host the culmination of Hillam and Monk Fryston Community Association’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations. Monk Fryston Hall management have kindly offered the Hall and its grounds to stage what promises to be a memorable afternoon. All residents of Hillam and Monk Fryston are invited to come and eat together at THE BIG PICNIC, which will be followed by taking The Diamond Jubilee Village Residents Group Photo. A Diamond Treasure Hunt will provide a good reason to explore the Grounds and Hall. Those less energetic will be able to browse Craft Stalls, view the Exhibition staged by Monk Fryston Art Club or just listen to live music. Traditional games and activities will be organised for children. However families are invited to bring their footballs, cricket bats, tennis rackets and frisbees. The Jubilee Weekend Celebrations will commence on Sunday 3rd June when our Rector, John Hetherington, will lead a service with special focus on The Queen. This will be followed by the opportunity for those attending the service to eat and socialise together at a ‘bring your own’ BBQ. Later that day at 6.30pm a PUBLIC CONCERT, with refreshments, will be held in St Wilfrid’s (see page 16).

On Monday 4th June the Community Association will stage a PARTY EVENING at the Community Centre. Plans are afoot to screen the Queens Diamond Jubilee concert, followed by taking part in the 2012 National Beacon Event by lighting the Hillam There should be sufficient appointments available for those who need to be seen the same day. We have removed the problem and Monk Fryston Beacon. The evening will be rounded off with a Diamond Disco. This is a great opportunity to be part of the where patients had to ring a number of times in a day to get an National Celebration. appointment. If you ring and need to see a doctor immediately and there are no appointments left, you will be given a telephone triage More details of all these events will be published nearer the date appointment with a GP who will deal with your problem by tele- so watch out on the Hillam News Facebook site and elsewhere phone or arrange an appointment for you. for details. If you are interested in joining our patient group, which discussed the above changes then please contact the surgery and leave your details. We now have routine appointments that are bookable up to 4 weeks in advance and other appointments that are released daily for those who need to see a doctor straight away.

Surgery Hours As with many businesses we have had to do some rationalising of surgery resources to meet the financial challenges of the current climate. We have reluctantly taken the decision to close at lunchtimes, between 1pm and 2pm at the main site in South Milford. Over this hour the telephone will give an alternative number to ring for anyone who urgently needs to speak to or see a doctor. We appreciate this is not ideal but hope you understand that in order to continue to provide the same level of clinical care we have to make changes elsewhere to accommodate this.

Stephanie Drury

Practice Manager

South Milford, Thorpe Willoughby and Micklefield

Recycling at the Community Centre

Income from the recycling bins at the Community Centre over the last year was £688. This is a valuable source of income for Community Association funds. A big thank-you to all who bring their recyclable items to the banks.


VILLAGE SOAP BOX The Hillam ,ews equivalent of speakers corner. If you have a point of view that you would like to share with Hillam ,ews readers, please send it in and if suitable we will publish in a future issue.

Saving a life ? Or prolonging the agony? What will £3 a month buy you in Hillam and Monk Fryston? – a pint at the Cross Keys? – almost a day’s Council Tax? – a bus ticket to Selby? According to television adverts it will save a child’s life somewhere in the world. That’s a pretty small price to pay to bring clean water, a full stomach and eventually a smile to a dying child. It is also widely reported that there are four such children dying in the world every minute. The solution is obvious – or is it? I have a dilemma and I need some advice. On the one hand, I could go without a couple pints each month and end a couple of children’s suffering and help to save their lives. As I’m writing this I am seeing some really harrowing pictures of young girl called Fedosi, who needs only £2 a month to save her, but would saving Fedosi really solve the problem or just exacerbate it ? It is no coincidence that these children are in the world’s least developed and poorest countries, with no proper infrastructure, insufficient resources to sustain them or provide any realistic opportunities beyond subsistence and, in many cases, ruled by leaders with social welfare fairly low on their agendas. The way of life in many of these countries will also result in large numbers of unwanted pregnancies and even more mouths to feed, more victims of disease and even more orphans in countries where AIDS, especially, runs rife. So what is the answer to the dilemma ? There seems to be no achievable solution to the problem itself as the numbers of suffering children just continues to grow after decades of world aid. It seems to me we have the choice between saving the current sufferers in the knowledge that we will only make the problem worse in a few years’ time, or we could let nature take its course and let the population of the Third World rebalance itself.

MONK FRYSTON Pre-SCHOOL We welcome children from two years to school age* We provide lots of different activities including: Toys, Songs, Rhymes, Stories, Painting, Modelling, Sand and Water Play, Cutting and Glueing, Playdough, Puzzles and much more…! Monday to Friday 9:00 – 12:00 am Tuesday and Thursday 12:30 – 3:00 pm Contact Jayne Wood 681050 Church Hall, Monk Fryston We are OFSTED inspected and LEA funded and we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum

It is a horrible decision to have to make, to condemn the poor children, whose misery we see so vividly on television, to an early grave; or to condemn an even greater number of children in the next generation to the same misery, and so on. It’s easy to say it’s not my decision to make; but it is my decision, just as it is the decision of every one of you who reads this. Every single one of us can pick up the phone or click a mouse and we can save a life for a bit of small change. I want to help but would I really be helping. Would I be cleansing my own conscience or would I be helping mankind ? I suspect I would be cleansing my conscience by convincing myself that I was helping to eliminate suffering, whereas I would actually be perpetuating it and increasing it. Only governments and armed forces can change the political environment of these countries to give the poor souls a chance; and not even they can work the necessary wonders with the climate and fertility of the soil to allow them to be self-supporting. Sometimes, the sensible decisions can be the hardest to make or, to put it in stark terms, why don’t we just let a few million children die quickly and then we will save generations of suffering ? As a nation, we do not seem to have a problem with thousands of civilians dying in Iraq, Aghanistan, Libya or Syria so long as it is in the long term interests of mankind and democracy. It may seem ruthless now but it’ll be much better in the long run. So that’s the argument, really, we can solve one of the world’s worst over-population problems, we can rid our screens of those terrible images of children suffering, we can avoid our charitable donations ending up in the hands of despots by doing one simple thing – absolutely nothing. Keep the money, have an extra couple of pints and forget about them. As Alexandr Meerkat would say, “Simples”. Now, before I forget, I must make my donation………. Robert Kingsbury


GRIT SQUADS IN ACTION Hillam’s oldest farmer (born 1927) probably would have reacted to the February freeze by pointing out that the notorious 1947 winter did not begin until February 1st. That was followed on March 15th by the Selby (and Hillam Common) floods. The 2012 cold snap came almost as a relief, especially to village grit squads, which had been formed after the winter of 2010 to 2011 and which had been on standby through a particularly uneventful winter. How did they do? South Milford has a website south-milford-village-grit-squad but a quick check four days after the February 4th snowstorm indicated more ‘spin’ than action. Despite the dividing of the village into coloured zones, footpaths outside the school, the post office and the doctor’s surgery remained untreated. Opening a weather affected meeting of the ‘Western Area Community Engagement Forum Councillor Andy Pound complained he had gone head over heels on his way to the venue, Monk Fryston School. Where was the grit squad, he wanted to know. No one from Hillam or Fryston Parish Councils enlightened him. So Hillam News conducted its‘unscientific’ survey the following morning. The main signs of pavement gritting in Monk Fryston, we could find, were along the footpath near the Post Office. We moved on to Hillam and Manor Court, where all the footpaths were pristine, and a neighbour testified to the cheerful Sunday morning activity which had led to their clearance. Well done Hillam, the home of the region’s most conscientious ‘True Grit’ Squad.

Church Walks Saturday April 28th 2012 Venue---Bramham. We welcome you to a pleasant 8mile walk through Bramham park, with lovely views across open countryside,and including picturesque woods. Meet in the centre of Bramham at 10.15am for a 10.30am start. Please bring food and water. Any queries please contact Paddy or Stuart on 684180.


ALAN BENNETT PLUS NEW TECHNOLOGY THEATRE LU,CH AT Monk Fryston Hall (Performed by the Library Theatre Touring Company) Sunday 10 June 2012 Two Talking Heads Written by Alan Bennett Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet ...A middle-aged lady who cares for her ailing brother. Miss Fozzard masks a quirky private life with a completely conventional job as a soft furnishings store clerk. When a new podiatrist arrives on the scene, will Miss Fozzard find a way to keep a foot in both worlds? Bed Among the Lentils ..........Susan is a nervous vicar's wife, who distracts herself from her vainly insensitive husband and his doting parishioners by conducting an affair with a nearby grocer, Ramesh the third, discovering something about herself and God in the process. 2 Course Luncheon, with Coffee and the Theatre Presentation £23.00 per person. (1.45p.m. - 5.45p.m. approx) tel: 01977-682369

Smarter than Smart Remember Smartwater? Just four years ago Hillam Parish Council was promoting the use of Smartwater on behalf of the North Yorkshire Police. It cost £15.00 per bottle and you used it to mark your TV, computer and other valuables which were at risk from burglary. Smartwater is still about and Inspector Richard Abbot of Selby told Hillam News that it could be used to identify the owner of property recovered by the Police. ‘Keep using Smartwater. We still have our records,’ he said. However ,orth Yorkshire Police is now promoting Immobilise ( which is an Internet based database where householders can record their property and if it is stolen alert the police. If the police come across suspected property they can search the database.

How to join. All you do is go to the Immobilise site and follow the instructions. Most people are familiar these days with the request to input a series of onscreen digits, which are quite difficult to read. is to combat spammers. You will need to give a phone number Mother and baby doing well on Twitter This and email address and then you will receive an email message giving you your password. There is a multiple choice list asking the_flying_pig writes on Twitter: What a January. Lady luck currently residing in Hillam. where you found out about ‘Immobilise’. So far North Yorkshire Baby Noah's safe arrival and promotion at work. Loving Police is not there, so choose ‘Other.’ ,ow you can start entering details and even upload photographs life!! of your valuables. Inspector Abbot assures Hillam News that this is dsa99uk responds: the way forward and Hillam News agrees with him and likes it.

Do I gather there is a new arrival? If you'd like details to be in Hillam News please send. Too late for next issue but one after that. Congrats the_flying_pig comes back: We have indeed thanks. Noah Alexander Colum Fox born 7-1-12 at 7.55am at York District Hospital. Mother and baby both well. Dad very proud.

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The Ultimate Sacrifice Another Cheltenham Festival comes to an end with a hugely entertaining and exciting four day Cotswolds festival. Unfortunately an injury put paid to my ‘hot tip’ (Grandouet) running in the Champion Hurdle and with a number of favourites getting turned-over, who’s to say he wouldn’t have landed the spoils. The week also suffered from the wrong type of headlines with a number of horses making the ultimate sacrifice in pursuit of victory. There was a feeling of déjà-vu as the same words were used in connection with last year’s Grand National meeting following a number of fatalities. One horse being lost is bad enough but when it becomes several then people naturally become alarmed. It is however important to remember that these animals are doing something for which they have been bred and trained. They are handled by highly skilled individuals who look after them at their training bases in conditions that are the equivalent of five-star hotels. It does not justify the loss of one horse but unfortunately that is the price that can be paid in a sport where animals are jumping fences at 35 miles per hour. The vast majority of competing horses thankfully returned safely and with over 50,000 people attending on each of the four days, the festival was yet another huge success typified by Big Bucks landing the World Hurdle for an unprecedented fourth year in a row. What a horse, what a week! Manchester United crashed out of Europe the same night their City rivals also fell by the way-side. One result United have managed to achieve however is in the Commercial Property league where they have recently purchased a site not too far away from Old Trafford which currently contains some sort of warehouse. The cost…. £8m. At a time where many Clubs are paying very high player transfers and unbelievably high salaries it is interesting to note United’s approach to developing their business. Sources at the Club have not revealed plans for the site but you wouldn’t expect them to have simply made the purchase for the fun of it. It also coincides with Gary Neville being part of a consortium which is trying to build a hotel and leisure complex on Sir Matt Busby Way. At the time of writing, the Club have objected to this proposal which all adds to the general confusion as to what is taking place in the Board Room at Old Trafford. One thing is for certain however, the Glazer family have not reached this point without a clearly defined strategy (at least in their own minds) so whatever is happening, it will be interesting to see events unfold off the field over the coming months. Which is just as well given there will be no European football taking place on it..! The golf season is now in full swing (sorry!), with a host of British players occupying the worlds top 10. Rory McIlroy is proudly placed at the top of the tree but that could all change in the coming weeks as the first major gets underway at Augusta. The Masters has a place all of it’s own in the golfing calendar as it’s the only ‘Major’ to take place each year at the same venue. McIlroy came very close to taking the prized green jacket last year and who’s to say he won’t do so this year given his rich vein of form. I went on record in a previous column and said I don’t think Tiger Woods will lift a major this year and I’ll still stand by that prediction despite his decent start. One person who could be there or thereabouts is the American, Webb Simpson who continues to play some spectacular golf. Either way, it will be time to settle down and sample the delights of Augusta…..summer must be on the way!! Yours in Sport

Doug Hought

Brownies celebrate World Thinking Day 2012 Hillam and Monk Fryston Brownies recently attended an event to celebrate World Thinking Day. These reports of the day were written by 3 of our Brownies who are working towards their Writers Badges. “The 1st Hillam and Monk Fryston Brownie Pack had a great fun international activity day at Selby Community Centre on Sunday 4th March 2012. There were 110 Brownies there. The activities included North Yorkshire bird feeders, Mexican god’s eyes out of lolly sticks and wool, Greek money boxes, Indian henna, Scottish Loch Ness monster picture competition, paper weaving, Chinese origami, Hama Bead flags and African bracelets. And we did all those things because of World Thinking Day. World Thinking Day is where you think about other Brownies around the world.” By Mal Tulwin age 9 and Hannah Darbyshire age 8 “World Thinking Day On Sunday 4th March 2012, the 1st Hillam and Monk Fryston Brownie Pack were invited to a World Thinking Day activity afternoon in Selby. There were over 100 other Brownies there from all over North Yorkshire. There were lots of activities going off. I made a Swiss flag out of Hama Beads, a Loch Ness Monster picture and a couple of bird feeders. We all had a great time.” By Katie Hornshaw age 9


‘DEAR HILLAM NEWS’ Dear Hillam ,ews The residents of Manor Court would like to thank the volunteers who came up to clear the snow from the footpaths and road at Manor Court during the recent spell of bad weather, not forgetting the more active residents who helped. You all did a wonderful job. We would like to say how much this was appreciated. Once again thank you, The Manor Court Residents Dear Hillam ,ews Thanks for the remarks about credit cards in the latest issue. They made interesting reading. A thought on credit cards: We changed to an M&S MasterCard when we came back from working abroad and have so far received £150 worth of M&S tokens. We use the card for everything from the corner shop to car insurance and we consider that not a bad return. We have also amassed £85 worth of Amazon tokens in the same period by remembering to use the Nectar card online & in shops wherever possible – and no, we’re not regular Sainsbury’s or BP shoppers which you might expect for us to get so much back. We have stuck with British Gas and that helps...

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