Current Parish News

Next Meeting of the Parish Council 
The next Parish Council meeting will be held at the Village Institute at 7.30pm on Monday, 13th January 2020, when the Parish Precept will be set. Members of the public are always welcome to attend.

Having downgraded the A&E Department to an Urgent Treatment Centre, the local CCG are now consulting on reducing the hours that the UTC would be open from 24/7 to 16/7, meaning there would be no emergency care at the Friarage between midnight and 8am. The Parish Council have written in support of the District Council's objections to this proposal.

Residents are encouraged to fill in the consultation survey at and lodge their objections. The consultation finishes on December 6th. Please help us to preserve vital services at The Friarage.

Notice of General Election

BT Red Telephone Box Removal
BT has announced plans to remove 43 public pay phones from across Richmondshire, including the one in Carperby which has not been used at all in the last 12 months. Richmondshire District Council has launched a consultation on the proposal from BT. Residents can complete a survey here.
Alternatively, comments can be forwarded onto the council’s business and community officer, Chloe Lewis, via email at by Wednesday, November 20th.

Yorkshire Post 2019 Rural Awards
Congratulations to Anne Moore
who won the Rural Hero prize at the Yorkshire Post 2019 Rural Awards last night. Parish Council Chairman John Amsden, Councillor David Moore and his wife Carol and villager Colin Gavin were there to support her. Pictures to follow.

Upper Dales Health Watch / Health Issues
The Friarage consultation began on Friday 13th September and is due to last for 3 months. Richmondshire Today has been running regular articles on developments at the Friarage Hospital and residents are encouraged to read this information at

Update from the Central Dales Practice
‘Flu Clinics
– Bookings are now available and patients need to ‘phone or call in to make an appointment.  Vaccine for the over 65s is due to arrive at the end of September. Patients with a BMI of over 40 are entitled to a ‘flu jab this year. Repeat prescriptions – Due to national difficulties in obtaining medication from suppliers, 3 days’ notice is now required.  Medicines can now be ordered 14 days in advance to try and prevent patients running out of their medication. Staffing – Dr Brown is retiring on December 31st.  A GP who is willing to act as a locum, when needed, is moving into the area.  Joy is now working part time as the Practice Nurse.  Jane Martin started in August and works on Mondays & Tuesdays.  Her speciality is Diabetes.   Laura Dunn works 3 days as a Receptionist across both surgeries.  Joanne Hammond is training to be the new phlebotomist and will also work in both surgeries.  Dolly is coming back to the Aysgarth surgery 2/3 days a week as the Health Care Assistant.

Police Report - August 2019 - PCSO Lucy Osborn
During daylight hours on 11th July, two males were seen stealing items from a front garden and loading them into a vehicle on Brentwood. Sometime during the day on 14th July, a mobile sheep pen was stolen from a field just outside Constable Burton. Around the 15th July, the rear lights were taken off a tipper trailer, whilst parked in a yard building at a farm in Newton le Willows.  The same farm has also had electric fence cabling cut around this time. Between 19th & 20th July the locks on the Kelberdale toilet doors were damaged once again. Overnight on 23rd July a brick was thrown through the front window of Hall’s Butchers. On 2nd August a lawnmower was taken during the day from a front garden in Maythorne. The vehicle made off, but was later stopped out of the area and the occupants detained for theft.  The complaint of theft was later withdrawn. However, one of the males had a warrant out for his arrest for a previous crime and so was arrested and is now being dealt with accordingly.  Between 2nd & 3rd August a green Yamaha quad bike was stolen from the Langthwaite area. Early in the morning on 4th August a local male had his vehicle seized for driving whilst disqualified.  Sometime on 6th August  a  red industrial bin from Leyburn cemetery was taken.   On the afternoon of 10th August in Muker a vehicle had its window smashed and a handbag stolen from within. In light of some concern about increased opportunistic crime, the police have been increasing area patrols in the evenings and at night.

Upper Dales Area Partnership
The most recent meeting of the Upper Dales Area Partnership was held at Reeth Memorial Hall on September 4th. Grants were distributed to the organisations in the Upper Dales that had made bids for the Area Partnership funds. Other items for discussion were the recent flooding in Swaledale and the forthcoming UCI Cycle Races. More details can be obtained from Councillor Amsden. If you have any issues you wish to raise in future at this forum please contact Councillor Amsden or Councillor Sheldon. The next meeting will be held in April 2020.

Parish Forums
The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority
continues to hold a series of parish forum meetings, as a way to engage more closely with parish councils within the YDNPA. Please contact Councillor Amsden for details of the meeting and let the Parish Council know if there is anything you would like to be added to the future agendas. Details of the work of the forums can be found at

Open Gardens
A huge thank
you to all those who opened their gardens and to everyone else who contributed their time and effort on the day, thus making Open Gardens 2019 such a success. The final total raised from all the activities was £2811.15. A donation of £50 was made to the Muker Silver Band.

Low Lane
The Enforcement issue on Low Lane is still ongoing and the Parish Council are waiting for further information from the YDNPA Enforcement Officer.

New Summer Sunday & Bank Holiday Buses
Dalesbus 857, operated by Arriva North East, is now running until 20th October on Sundays and Bank Holidays. The service travels between Hawes and Richmond, via Carperby, and in the return direction once a day. Bus passes for the elderly and disabled are valid on this route. The timetable for the route is available at

Revised Rubbish Collection Date

Normal Day

Aug. Bank Hol. 2019

Revised Date

Tuesday 27th August.


Wednesday 28th August

For further information contact

Community First Responders - REMINDER
The First Responders are still looking to recruit additional volunteers to the team. This does not require a great deal of time and can easily be arranged around your work/family/social commitments. A short training programme and a qualification test are all that is needed. Even a small commitment would be helpful to them and the local Ambulance Service. If you are interested in joining or simply wish to know more about the service they provide, please contact David Brampton on 663561.

Parish Communications - A Reminder
Half of the households in the parish council area
receive the newsletter by e-mail and about a third access information via the Facebook page. The Parish Council would like to increase this number and thus save some money on parish communications. If you would like to help, please send an e-mail to Councillor Sheldon at, giving your e-mail address or make a friend request for the Facebook page.

Parish Council Facebook Page
There is a new Parish Council Facebook page that can be found here. If you are a Facebook user, send a Friend request and we will add you to the page.


One of the issues to emerge from the recent Parish Plan Event in January was the continuing problem of dog waste in the village. The main problem seems to stem from visitors and it was felt that the location of the dog waste bins could be better advertised. IF YOU OWN A HOLIDAY LET IN THE VILLAGE OR USE YOUR SECOND HOME FOR FRIENDS AND VISITORS, PLEASE PRINT & DISPLAY THE ATTACHED MAP. More copies of the map are available from Councillor Sheldon at The Quarter House.

Upper Dales Health Watch

Follow this link for news.

Freeholders Wood -  YDNPA coppicing plan can be viewed by clicking here. If you wish to speak to Geoff Garrett on matters relating to Freeholders Wood please contact him on 01756 751648    

A reminder that NHS dental provision in the area has been awarded to ADB (Alpha). They have bases in Hawes, Leyburn and Bedale. Residents can register with them by calling 01969 623999.

Anyone interested in volunteering for the local branch of Daleswatch should contact Councillor Brampton via the Parish Council e-mail address at