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It became part of the mongrel county of North Yorkshire on 1 April 1974 when most of the historic North Riding, the northern half of the West Riding, the northern and eastern fringes of the East Riding of Yorkshire, and the former County Borough of York were lumped together to satisfy Council Planners. Geographically, historically, functionally, socially and culturally, Hemingbrough is in East Yorkshire.
This site gives regularly updated information, contacts, links, news, and comment for those who live, work and play in the village, are thinking about coming here to live or researching their family connections, and introduces some of the people who contribute to our sense of Community and make Hemingbrough a great place to live.
'Mainly Main Street' Leaflet
A self-guided stroll for an hour up and down Hemingbrough’s Main Street opening eyes to what they mostly drive by.
Launched at St. Mary’s Church Open Day 2nd June 2012
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North Yorkshire County Council Elections - 2 May 2013
South Selby Division results:
Conservative Party - Margaret Hulme of Carlton 740
Labour Party - Rod Price of Carlton 633
Independent - David McSherry of Hemingbrough 336
Green Party - Sam Horsey of Hemingbrough 131
Unspoiled Votes Counted 1840
Electorate 6678 - Voted – 28%
o Traditional, Aerial, Satellite, 'Walk' round the village with 'The Little Yellow Man'
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Martin Senior climbed the Church tower twice a week for twenty five years to wind the Clock. The Vicar said he was the only person he trusted to be reliable and accurate year after year.
Martin is the Chair of the Hagg Lane Green Conservation Group and a Trustee of the Hemingbrough United Charities.
When he notices something needs doing, such as the graveyard daffodils need dead-heading, he quietly does it.
When he realised that the land around the disussed petrol station at the village entrance was becoming untidy, he organised a volunteer working party to clean it up. Anyone could have done it, but Martin made sure it was done.
No wonder he is popularly known as the one-man Hemingbrough Social Services.
Since coming back to my family roots five years ago, I have met some amazing people in the village. I would like you to meet some of them. The one thing they seem to have in common is their enthusiastic service in the Community; look at who organises the Christmas Tree, the Easter Cross, help for less fortunate, the conservation effort, guidance for the schools, the church services and upkeep, neighbourhood watch, who you will see at the main religious celebrations, the village get-togethers, the children’s workshops, the Church Open Day and many other things. Their names keep cropping up.
Carol Perry & Susan Sellers, the Churchwardens, are legally responsible for our iconic Church of St.Mary the Virgin.
They are in charge of the maintenance of church buildings and grounds which includes heating, lighting, seating, the decor and the roof.
They must keep order during Church services and have the power to arrest anyone causing trouble and escort them from the premises.
They are better known for ensuring all receive a warm welcome and feel comfortable in God's House.
They are generally responsible for the day-to-day running of the parish and co-operating with the priest in charge. They are the leading lay members of the congregation.
Glenis Harrison is the most popular Parish Councillor as measured by votes cast in the May 2011 election. Glenis attracted over 30% more than the two previous Council Chairmen who were both up for election. She has become known for her common sense view of matters combined with a wry sense of humour.
Having lived in the village for more than thirty years, worked at the school and been active in the Hagg Lane Green Conservation Group, she understands the local concerns about Travellers sites in or near the village and knows how further development can ruin the village environment.
Anyone attending the Halloween 'Fright Night' celebrations will know she makes a superb witch.
These links are dedicated to the British Gas Engineer who had to visit St. Mary’s Church. He insisted on a map reference instead of the description ‘It’s the old stone building in Main Street with the 200 foot tall pointy thing on top of it.’
Kris Wilkinson is the new Chair of Hemingbrough Parish Council. She is a local businesswoman who has encouraged a sense of communtiy with the organisation of 'Hemingbrough Open Gardens' and 'Fright Night'.
Her combination of zeal and experience, and the novelty of a lady Chairperson promise many improvements at the Parish Council. At her first meeting, Kris, as she prefers to be called, outlined her passion for wanting Hemingbrough to be better place to live with all Parish Councillors working together, understanding what residents want and delivering results with integrity and complete financial transparency. With a touch of humility, she pledged to seek expert help from residents if they could help Members produce an effective Council.
David McSherry is a strong supporter of Law and Order and the Community, and demonstrated his commitment by becoming a Police Volunteer and District Lead Co-ordinator and North Yorkshire for ‘Neighbourhood Watch’.
He is committed to working with individuals, communities and the Police against the villains in our society.
David supports our local schools, having been Governor at Barlby High, Hemingbrough Primary and Barlby Community Primary Schools.
He sits on the North Yorkshire County Council Traded Services Panel and the recently formed M.A.S.S. Board dealing with the provision of services and maintenance of schools respectively.
His support for the education of our young people is evident.
David McSherry - Neighbourhood Watch.
Michael Todd -
Denis Hails is a retired civil servant and has lived in the village for 8 years. He is a passionate country man and values the creation and preservation of open spaces for the benefit of all. Naturally, he took an active role in the Hagg Lane Green Conservation Group of which he is now the Joint Secretary and Treasurer.
He was one of the trio who gave up much of their time to research, write and produce the Hemingbrough Village Design Statement that helps developers to understand the unique qualities and character of our village. A Village Design Statement may sound like a dull Council Supplementary Planning Document, but I recommend everyone should have a look at it.
His experience and connections have enabled him to guide the Conservation Group in gaining substantial funds from national sources. Denis also chairs the Trustees of Cliffe Parish Charity.
Hemingbrough's Street Scene
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From the Church Tower
Richard Drew has lived in Hemingbrough for forty years and has been a committed supporter of the ‘Age Concern’ Charity for last nine of them.
He started with a half day’s driving each week then progressed to Chairman of Trustees doing two or three trips within Selby District every week, and more if there is a shortage of drivers.
He talks with a genuine fondness for his clients, some of whom leave the house only for his shopping trips. He offers much more than just driving the 16-seat Fiat Bus. He provides a complete service from the shopping trolley to the kitchen as he manages up to 50 shopping bags ensuring the right bags get to the right kitchen.
As he describes his voluntary job and the vital social service it is for his regular clients, one can sense that he is not so much a driver and porter, but more of a friend.
‘Yog’ Stoker has lived in the village for 81 years. He was a School Governor for 40 years and Churchwarden, Tower Captain and Verger at St. Mary’s Church. His sixty-six years service as a bell-ringer continued the proud tradition that was started by his family in 1860.
He knows more about the village than anyone and his photographic memory enabled him to provide much of the detail in the book about Hemingbrough published some years ago. He is willing to share his knowledge with everybody and is always ready with a smile and a joke to put people at their ease.
Within a week of moving to the village, Yog had introduced himself, made us feel welcome despite our new label - “Incomers! From the South!” – and had temped us to taste Doubtfire’s ice cream.
If you see a Gentlemen strolling home from Church on Sunday mornings, chatting to every passer-by, that’s Yog.
Chris Dillon and his young family have lived in the village for 7 years. In 2009, Chris was elected the Chair of the Hemingbrough Sewerage Works Action Group that won important concessions and safeguards from Yorkshire Water for all village residents.
The Members provided a credible community group that discouraged them from going ahead with some outrageous suggestions, such as putting double yellow lines down the narrow Main Street. As a result, Hemingbrough village life continued largely uninterrupted by the construction at the end of Landing Lane.
The planned site access down Main Street was diverted to a temporary road off Newhay Lane. Mothers, children and senior citizens were protected from huge lorries trundling through the village streets and residential areas, and past the schools. Old buildings, including the Church, were not shook to their foundations by the heavy construction traffic. Businesses were not disrupted. Funerals went ahead without being disturbed. The Parish Council Leadership did not have to print its planned leaflets to tell residents to keep their cars out of Main Street for six months.
Barbara Joan Sim, who was born in South Duffield, has a life-long history of helping others. Forty-five years ago she began her association with the Church Army that reaches out to people in challenging situations. She is now one of their Ambassadors. Her work took her to Kent for many years where she was also a member of a Hospital Chaplain’s team and managed two charities. To keep her knowledge up to date, Barbara recently completed foundation courses in Humanities and Theology at the Open University and St. John’s University in York.
Barbara comes from a talented musical family and has used her gift to entertain people in care homes and hospitals for many years. She has also sung in London's Royal Albert and Festival Halls, in York Minster and will be singing in Wakefield Cathedral in September. When she was hospitalised recently, a relative telephoned to ask about her condition and was told she was entertaining the patients with her wonderful singing voice. “But she’s a patient!” remarked her astonished relative.
When you see her whizzing down Hemingbrough’s Main Street to the Church on her Mobility Scooter, ask her about her “Bluebell” days. That will bring a smile to her face.
Slimming World Methodist Chapel.
Ladies Choir - 'The Crown'
Bell Ringing Practice. St. Mary's
10.00am Open House, St Mary's.
Line dancing at Cliffe Institute
Salsacise - Methodist Chapel.
Thursday afternoons 1.00-3.00
Games Night at the Fox & Pheasant
Quiz night at 'The Crown'
Karaoke at 'The Fox'
First & last Tuesdays
BINGO at Cliffe Village Institute
Every other Thursday.
Indoor Bowling - Cliffe Village Institute 7.30 pm
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The Village Jubilee Street Party Monday, 4th June 2012
A Spectacular Success for the residents of Hemingbrough.
More than 300 people turned up at 11.30 for the biggest Community event for years. The sun shined, people paid tribute to Her Majesty the Queen, then enjoyed each other's company, laughing, joking, greeting friends, making new ones and having a great time. "This is what I thought village life would be like when I moved here" said one Incomer.
The event 'got under way' five hours earlier when the usual small band of willing volunteers gathered to organise tables, chairs, bunting, food, entertainment and all the other things that happen behind the scenes to provide enjoyment for others. Planning started early in the New Year with countless hours of discussions, fund raising, contact with the Councils, organising – from where do you get more than 200 chairs? - shopping, and praying for fine weather.
The whole event was organised by the Hemingbrough Community Action Plan Group (HCAP), the Parochial Church Council of St. Mary's Church and the Methodist Church Congregation who responded to an HCAP survey of all residents in 2011 asking "What would make Hemingbrough a better place to live for you and your family?”
In every village, there is a small band of people who come together to help carry on the tradition of 'Community'. They appear time and again at the Community events that bring so much enjoyment, especially for the children, and are still there clearing up long after everyone else has gone home. We know who they are and are certain they would welcome anyone else who would like to get involved.
Particular thanks go to Susan and Les Sellers for their leadership, enthusiasm and tireless work to bring it all together on the day.
See the photographs by clicking the 'Jubilee Street Party' link in the lefthand sidebar.
The Hemingbrough United Charities.
The new Trustees have published two FACT SHEETS incorporating advice and recommendations from the Charity Commission, and an explanation of why the decisions of recent former Trustees are invalid.
The latest Fact Sheet is displayed in the village Post Office window for those without an internet connection. Copies are available from the Clerk to the Charity.
For the first time, this independent Charity has published the Minutes of its Trustees Meetings and the Agenda for its next meeting. It is not a public body like a Parish Council so it is not obliged to do so and is not subject to the Freedom of Information Act.
The new Trustees resolved to keep residents informed after the Charity was brought into disrepute by former Trustees and because untruthful and scurrilous comments appear on an anonymous blog, such as the Trustees hold meetings and discuss sensitive information in a local public house. All the meetings are held in a private house.
The Charity records handed over by former Trustees are incomplete. Gaps will be filled wherever possible by Freedom of Information Act enquiries made to public bodies such as the Charity Commission and Parish Council.
Sell the Playing Fields?
From the March 2012 Parish Counciol minutes.
"It was noted that following the question raised previously by Mr Markham regarding the Playing Fields this had been raised at the recent Hemingbrough Institute and Playing Fields (HIPFA) meeting but it had been advised that this was not an agenda item and was not subject to be discussed."
By whom was ‘it’ advised? The subject will continue to be ‘discussed’ whether they like it or not. HIPFA is a charity for the benefit of all village residents.
Sell the Playing Fields, now.
The land will never be worth more than it is now. They could build a Village Sports and Meeting Hall with licensed facilities and give the young people somewhere to go at night.
Protect the little we have.
We don't want another 150 cars on School Road.
Selling the Playing Fields could benefit Main Street.
Sort out traffic at that end of the village, especially the dangerous turn into the village from Howden.
They can't sell the Playing Fields, can they?
The Trust Deed of 8th May 1963 allows the Trustees to sell part or all of the Playing Fields. See the complete Trust Document by clicking the H.I & P.F.A. link in the menu on the left.
See H.I.&P.F.A. link in the Menu of the left.
From the Parish Council Open Forum. 19 January 2012.
“Is any member of the Parish Council aware of, or a part of a local group that is exploring how the Hemingbrough Playing fields and/or the Hemingbrough Institute may be sold for housing developments?”
Each year, the Parish Council appoints two of its Members to the “Hemingbrough Institute and Playing Field Committee”; that Committee is not a Parish Council Committee, but the general management committee of the Playing Fields Charity as defined by its Governing Document of 8 May 1963.
None of the Council Members present said they were aware of, or part of such a group.
The Council Chairman undertook to have the Council’s appointed representatives ask the same question at the next meeting of the ‘Hemingbrough Institute and Playing Fields Charity’ which has the charitable objects of providing recreation facilities, buildings and open space for “the benefit of children, young people, elderly and old people and other defined groups” living in Hemingbrough. No reply yet.
The Hemingbrough Community Action Plan (HCAP)
Between July and September 2011, the Hemingbrough Community Action Plan Group (HCAP) received the following suggestions to make Hemingbrough a better place to live:
Better lighting on Main Road.
Improved parking to reduce accident risks.
Manage overgrown hedges constricting pathways.
Manage traffic congestion.
Manage vehicle speeds.
Remove snow & ice from pavements; grit bins.
Stop riding of bicycles on pavements.
Stop obstructive and inconsiderate parking.
Ensure drains are properly cleaned.
Improve duck pond surround.
Keep village free of litter.
Less dog fouling.
Manage disused garage and bungalow sites.
More low cost housing.
More visible PCSO presence.
No more garden grabbing.
Preserve trees and hedges.
Professional Village Entry Signs.
Remove cattle from the river bank.
‘Dirt Jumps’ for bikes.
Better bus service.
More Community events such as:
Carols around the Christmas Tree, Christmas Fair at School or Church, Church Music Festival, ‘Hemingbrough in Bloom Festival’, Memorial outside the Church, Monthly Car Boot, More for the elderly, Queen’s Jubilee Street Party, Remembrance Sunday Procession, Santa on Sleigh Charity Collection, Saturday Market, Street Play Day, Village Fun [Charity] Day, Weekend Village Scarecrow Hunt, ‘What is our job? Day, Bank Holiday village events, Beer Festival, Hagg Lane Green- use more, Bingo.
Uniformed groups – Cubs, Brownies, etc.
Youth Club for 10-14 year olds.
A Local Murder.
How a Hemingbrough Petty Thief lured a Southerner to a violent, lonely death.
I have applied modern research techniques to the subject because there are so many variations in the recounting of the Daniel Driscoll murder in 1848, with local historians repeating the errors of their predecessors and making their own, for example, Parker’s mother lived in Hemingbrough at the time of the murder, his father died just before his birth, a local farmer discovered Driscoll’s body, Parker was arrested at Drax. If your family name is Parker, there is a list of Parker individuals who are related to the murderer.
Memorial in St. Mary’s Church Graveyard: Sacred to the memory of Daniel Driscoll of Tottenham, Middlesex, who was found murdered on South Duffield Common in this Parish 1st March 1868.
Latitude and Longitude
Ordnance Survey Grid Reference:
SE 6735 1306
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An old Yorkshire Proverb: ‘If tha does owt for nowt, do it for thysen’ translated means, ‘If you do anything without payment, do it only for yourself’. A Yorkshire man speaks his mind very freely and tells you what he thinks especially if his opinion is different to your own – which it will be most of the time.
The Revd Francis Loftus was the first person I met in Hemingbrough. On an icy cold, January Sunday morning in St. Mary’s Church, he stepped out of the vestry to conduct the service. His presence, down-to-earth communication and humour warmed the congregation. I recall thinking ‘The Church needs more people like him.'
Immediately after the service he came to ask if my wife and I were visiting, or new residents.
That started a friendship where he ‘conned’ me into writing the Parish Profile to be given to candidate priests thinking of coming to work in the benefice, I repaid him with an Easter themed garden on a plate entitled, “The Vicar walking on eggshells” and I served as his Church Council Secretary for a while. During the short time I have known him, he handed over the headship of Barlby High School after almost 20 years to become full-time Priest-in-charge of Hemingbrough, Cliffe, Barlby and Riccall. Not many Head Teachers have been publicly rated on the internet as “Great head teacher sorely missed” and “Always had the best interests of the pupils at heart; brilliant head! The school just isn’t the same without him.”
‘Bramble’ lives in one of the happiest kennels in Hemingbrough where he is well cared for and gets plenty of attention. Because Bramble is a pack animal, he understands the idea of teamwork and revels in it. My bewhiskered little friend is visited by a constant stream of visitors from his extended local family. He rushes to the door to greet them and gets excited when they tell him about the Hagg Lane Green Conservation Group, the Parish Council, the Christmas Tree Group, the Village Design Statement, the Easter Cross outside the Church, the Winter Wonderland, the United Charities, the local School Fair, the Church Open Day and other community events.
He is incapable of deception and reminds me of a favourite doggy quote ‘Dogs love their friends and are annoyed by their enemies’. He doesn’t bite, but he doesn’t back off, letting them know they can’t scare him or his friends.
Like all dogs, he responds to praise. There was a bright light shining from his eyes and his entire body was wagging when someone in the pub asked if he could shake his paw because he was known to be one the most trusted of Hemingbrough residents.
If you are looking for your ancestors, try ‘A Local Murder’; ‘Church Bells’ where there are 100 named bell ringers; ‘Churchyard & Graveyard’ where there are 350 entries from a grave register; ‘Hemingbrough United Charities’; ‘Hemingbrough Historian’; ‘H.I.& P.F.A.’; ‘Methodist Church’; ‘Parish Census’ where there are 1901 and 1911 transcripts with notes, ‘History’, ‘Memorials’ and ‘Registers’; ‘Recollections’; ‘Village Institute’.
There are full transcripts of the Village Institute (1847) and Playing Fields (1963) deeds.
Scan the QR Code with your Smartphone to download the leaflet.
What made a Sense of Community? A small band of Volunteers at 7.00 am preparing for the Jubilee Street Party.
"I was there."
Hemingbrough’s history of individuals, families and everyday life by the people who were there and whose recollections of facts and opinions help to make sense of our village history.
Everyone has an interesting story to tell. I was privileged to talk to Denis Tymon about his thirty years at the Hemingbrough Brick and Tile Works, and Chris Swift about how he got roped into bell ringing at St. Mary's Church.
I found the late Geoff Burt’s privately printed Memories of Hemingbrough 1936 to 1947 in Selby library. It had been issued only twice in the past eight years. I am grateful to his daughter for permission to make it available here for a wider audience.
Their recollections tell us about personal experiences; their eye-witness testimony, the things a historian cannot get from old documents and photographs.