Littlethorpe village 

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As of 1st July 2024

July 2024

North Yorkshire Police Neighbourhood Policing activity survey 2024


The purpose of this survey is to help us understand what the public feel are the most important activities of the Neighbourhood Policing Teams (NPT's) in North Yorkshire.  This will help us to prioritise how the NPT's can be most effective as we strive to provide a bespoke & excellent service to all communities across North Yorkshire.  

What are NPT teams    

North Yorkshire Police NPT's are geographically based in 11 districts across North Yorkshire, they consist of Police Community Support Officers, Constables, Volunteers and Special Constable volunteers.  The teams work on bespoke Neighbourhood issues and carry out Community Engagement, Targeted patrols and Problem Solving.   

Thank you for your time and participation in this survey 

Please click here to complete the survey 

Andy Hugill

  (North Yorkshire Police, Digital PCSO, North Yorkshire) 

Black Hole!

Any responses to today's comment on the 'Guestbook' page?

9th July

Parish Council Meeting Agenda

The agenda for the parish council meeting to be held on Wednesday 17th July is now available under 'Parish Council'.

Advance Warning

Ripon Triathlon will take place on Saturday 13th July and, as usual, part of Pottery Lane will be closed to traffic. The closure will be in place between 1pm and 4pm. If you really do have to have vehicular access to or from your property during this time, could you please do so with extreme caution as there will be athletes running along Pottery Lane in both directions.

Jack's Journal

The Olympic Games begin later this month and, of course, Jack and girlfriend Lois will be competing in diving events. For those of you who follow them, here are the dates they will be diving.

31st July Women's synchronised 10m Platform 11:00

2nd August Men's synchronised 3m Springboard 11:00

5th August Women's 10m Preliminary 09:45

5th August Women's 10m Semi Final 15:00

6th August Men's 3m Springboard  Preliminary 10:00

6th August Women's 10m Platform Final 15:00

7th August Men's 3m Springboard Semi Final  10:00

8th August Men's 3m Springboard  Final 15:00

(All times in French time)

These dates and times are obviously dependent upon them both making it through the preliminaries and semi-finals.

Good luck to you both and the rest of the GB diving team. 

June 2024

General Election 4th July 2024 

The Members of Parliament that represent North Yorkshire will be chosen by you in the election on Thursday 4 July 2024.  


In North Yorkshire there are seven parliamentary constituencies that North Yorkshire Council is responsible for. 

·        Harrogate and Knaresborough. 

·        Richmond and Northallerton. 

·        Scarborough and Whitby. 

·        Selby.   

·        Skipton and Ripon.   

·        Thirsk and Malton.  

·        Wetherby and Easingwold. 


You must be registered to vote in this election by 18 June 2024. 

Find out if you are registered and how to vote at


To see the list of candidates standing in the election in your area visit    


You can cast your vote however it suits you – in person, by post or by proxy, which is when you identify someone to vote on your behalf. 


If you are voting in person you will need to bring a Photo ID to your polling station. You can make sure you have an accepted form of identification here,  


If you don’t have an accepted form of identification, you can apply for free voter ID by 5pm on Wednesday 26 June. Apply for free voter ID here: 


You can vote from home if you can’t or don’t want to go to your polling station on election day. Registering to vote by post is easy - you’ll simply need to prove your identity. Apply for a new postal vote or cancel an existing one, before the deadline of 5pm on Tuesday Wednesday 19 June at  


You can apply for a trusted friend or family member to cast your vote by proxy at your polling station at  


Apply for a proxy vote for this election before the deadline of 5pm on Wednesday 26 June. 


To find out where your polling station is, enter your postcode here: .

The Elections Team 

North Yorkshire Council

Two Road Safety Items

If there is no pavement, keep to the right-hand side of the road so that you can see oncoming traffic. You should take extra care and

It may be safer to cross the road well before a sharp right-hand bend so that oncoming traffic has a better chance of seeing you. Cross back after the bend.


Having just been in touch with North Yorkshire Council, we have been informed that they will not be collecting our recycling waste from last week. They will collect double next time - not very good if you only have one box and one bag!

Proud Parents

Thanks to Angela Seeger Horner for this gorgeous photo, taken at the canal, of swans with their cygnets.

Village Hall Committee

The Village Hall Committee recently held their Annual General Meeting and it was good to see members of the public there. An up-to-date photo of the committee can be found on the 'Village Hall' page along with their contact details.

Please note that the secretary is now Sue Little 

Tel: 01765 690485 

May 2024

Quad Theft

We have had report of an overnight Quad bike theft from Littlethorpe area coming in towards the ring road sighted approximately 02:40 Tuesday morning (28th). It is a distinct and rare black bike with 2 hand bult side box attachments so is easily identifiable. It is believed the bike may still be in the Ripon area and may have been hidden in a garage or outbuilding. Have you seen or heard anything or have any doorbell footage that may provide evidence? If so. please contact Police on 101 ref NYP28052024-0110. Thank you.

Phil Wright

(North Yorkshire Police, Police Community Support Officer, Harrogate Outer) 

Jack's Journal

Jack is the British National Champion. Jack said, "Perfect preparation for a final competition before the Olympics! Bring it on"

Richard's RCW Update

After a very successful Open Day on 12th May celebrating 5 years since the wetlands opened (see What’s On What’s Gone) we can expect to see a few changes  for the better on the reserve.

Two viewing screens will be erected overlooking the canal reed bed lagoon from the towpath & the path across the reserve. Belted Galloway cattle will like last year be grazing the middle section from June. Littlethorpe Meadows have had weed killer applied prior to ploughing, then establishing permanent grassland. YWT hope to have a couple of wild bird crop strips in it. The underlying problem with these meadows is this area is too nutritious naturally & has a high water table making establishment of wildflower meadows needing very low fertility, stifling rampant competitive weed ‘thugs’ like docs, thistles, & cocksfoot, impossible. Hopefully the canal reed bed lagoon will be pumped to lower the water levels this autumn. When last done in order to replant reeds grazed off by geese, 21 species of wader fed on the exposed mud & a real ‘bird restaurant’.

When water levels dropped recently across the reserve little ringed plover, dunlin, & garganey (a migratory duck) fed on the muddy scrapes formed this winter on the riverside lagoon by the YWT. On a recent visit I heard 8 species of migratory ‘little brown jobs. These usually skulk in the vegetation & the only way to detect their presence is to sit still & listen with ears pricked &/or hearing aids on! No grasshopper warbler this time but 3 resident singing Cetti’s warbler. The highlight on 10 May was a displaying pair of hobby a summer visiting falcon.

A pair of avocet are frequently flying over the south end of the riverside lagoon & 2 common tern have arrived perhaps to breed again in 2024.

Richard Tite 

Male Garganey

Little Ringed Plover

Flying Hobby

Parish Council Minutes

Minutes of the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council and parish council meeting are now available on the 'Parish Council' pages.

Crime Prevention

Dear Residents there has been an attempted break into a shed in the area of Knaresborough road Ripon. This occurred overnight on the 15th of May. If you have any information or noted anything suspicious around this time that you feel may in some way be linked Please ring 101 and quote the following reference number  12240085932

Alison Swan

(North Yorkshire Police, pcso, Harrogate Outer)

Councillor Felicity Cunliffe-Lister

Your North Yorkshire Council Councillor, Felicity Cunliffe-Lister, attended the recent Annual Meeting of the Parish Council and gave her report. If you need to get in touch with her, her contact details can be found on the 'Useful Links & Contacts' page.

A Busy Canal (12th)

5 Years of Ripon City Wetlands

A report and photos of the open day at Ripon City Wetlands can be found on the 'What's On, What's Gone' page.

All free, guided walks, teas, coffees, staff to talk to about the reserve and family activities.

If you have never visited this reserve on our doorstep, this is an excellent opportunity to do so.

Jonathan Leadley

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.

Jack's Journal

Jack and his diving partner, Anthony Harding, have been officially announced as part of the Team GB Olympic squad for Paris 2024. They followed this up with a gold medal in the French Diving Open which took place in the new Paris 2024 Olympic Aquatics Centre.

Wall Repairs and More Wall Repairs

Billy and Steve are repairing the wall at the entrance to Orchard Lane which was knocked down when a car crashed into it in March.

Joe and Michael are repairing the wall at Littlethorpe Hall which was blown down in a storm last year.

Cooler King

Photos and a video of the 'Cooler King' night are now available on the 'What's On, What's Gone' page.


Doors open at 7pm. Band will play from 8pm. They will play anything from the 50/60’s onwards and will keep us entertained all evening (they have a Facebook page if you want to check them out). We thought it would be a good idea to have a sharing supper so please bring a contribution to the buffet. As the Hall isn’t licenced, please also bring your own drinks.

Tickets are £10 each and are available from me now.

Chris Winterburn 07968 089941

April 2024


People don't often send comments to the 'Guestbook' page (unless pushed!) so it was lovely to receive the latest one praising our website. 

Ducks and wild garlic

If you walk past Dean's Wood at the moment, you can't miss the smell of the wild garlic and today (25th) there was a pair of Mallard ducks feeding on the pond.

Tables for sale

The new lightweight aluminium fold-up tables for the Village Hall have arrived finally and are to replace the square tables from the store room. If anyone would like one of the old ones we will just be asking for a £5 donation per table (18 available) I am planning to open the hall on Saturday morning (27th), 10-12 so you can come along and take one if you like. 

David Laugher

Nesting Material

Have you spotted this pile of vegetation in St. Michael's churchyard and wondered what it was? It has been suggested that it may be Jackdaw nesting material. 

100th Birthday Anniversary

It was nice to  meet August Krampf`s family in the Garden of Remembrance St Michael`s Church on Saturday.  The occasion on what would have been August`s 100th birthday.  

Liz Tite

August was  well known at April Cottage for filling the garden with dahlias. 

Jack's Journal

In the World Aquatics Diving World Cup Super Final, Jack came away with two bronze medals. In the individual 3m springboard competition he just missed out on the silver medal by only 2.7 points! In the 3m synchronised event, Jack and diving partner Anthony Harding were 3rd behind China and Mexico.

Annual Parish Meeting

For a report and photos of the Annual Parish Meeting held on Wednesday 17th, visit the 'Other News' page under 'Parish Council'. Full minutes of the meeting will be posted on 'Meetings, agendas and minutes' page as soon as they are approved.

Ripon City Wetlands' Open Day

On Sunday 12th May there is an open day to celebrate 5 years of the Nature Reserve. All free, guided walks, teas, coffees, staff to talk to about the reserve and family activities.

If you have never visited this reserve on our doorstep, this is an excellent opportunity to do so.

Jonathan Leadley

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.


Our Canal

This beautiful painting of Renton's Bridge was done by Karan McGrath from Knaresborough who is a work colleague of Angela Seeger- Horner.

Door to Door Sellers

To all residents North Yorkshire Police received a report of door to door seller's active in Masham on the 08/04/24 although Police did not locate the individual it is extremely unlikely they were selling legitimately. Please be cautious in relation to anyone selling door to door . Advice is to ring North Yorkshire police on 101 to report any door to door sales.   

Alison Swan

(North Yorkshire Police, pcso, Harrogate Outer) 

Quiz Night

A report, along with photos, is now available on the 'What's On, What's Gone' page. 

Annual Parish Meeting

The agenda for the Annual Parish Meeting, to be held on 17th April, is now available on the 'Parish Council' page.


Don't forget the quiz tomorrow night (Saturday 6th). Full details on the 'What's On, What's Gone' page.

Here we go again! (3rd)

Spring in the village hall grounds

March 2024

Easter Day at St. Michael's 

Car Crash on Pottery Lane

Sometime during the night of 28th/29th, this car crashed into the wall on Pottery Lane at the junction with Orchard Lane. Pottery Lane was blocked for a short time while the vehicle was recovered.

Jack's Journal

Another gold medal for Jack! He teamed up with Andrea Spendolini Siriex, Tom Daley and Scarlett Mew Jensen  to win the mixed 3m and 10m competition in the World Aquatics Diving World Cup in Berlin. They beat second place, Germany, by over 30 points.

Jack's Journal

Competing in the World Aquatic Diving World Cup in Berlin, Jack and diving partner Anthony Harding have won the gold medal in the 3m synchronised competition beating Italy and USA into second and third places. A brilliant result. Well done!

Litter Pick

Photos of the village litter pick are now available on the 'What's On, What's Gone' page.

Mothering Sunday at St. Michael's

Canon Matthew Pollard led the Mothering Sunday service and what a fantastic service it was. Canon Matthew delivered his sermon with such enthusiasm and was wonderful to listen to. After the service, Primrose plants were given out to members of the congregation.

Some of the ladies receiving Primrose plants

Sandra Roberts - stand-in organist

Jack's Journal

At the World Aquatic Diving World Cup in Montreal, Jack won a bronze medal in the individual competition with a fantastic score of 506 points and a silver in the synchronised event with diving partner Anthony Harding.

St. Michael's Spring Garden

Marie Curie Top Dog Portrait

Local pet portrait artist Charles van Blerk has handed over his marvellous study of Theodora the basset hound, who won `Top Dog`  in the Marie Curie Dogs of Yorkshire Calendar Competition last October, to owner Helen Green.


Theodora, depicted in colour pencil is now going to be framed and then `posted` on her own instagram account to her legions of followers and fans.  Helen pictured here during the competition, said that loving and kind Theodora is a qualified Pet Therapy dog


Charles is a very talented artist and had generously agreed to donate a portrait as first prize in the competition


We will  let you know when Marie Curie`s Dogs of Yorkshire Calendar 2025 is available


Liz Tite

Theodora with Helen Green

Theodora portrait

Charles van Blerk

St. Michael's Flower Rota

St. Michael's Church is looking for new volunteers to join the church flower rota. If you can help, please contact Christopher Orme on 07702317290.