Temporary Closure of Footpath 14 for 5 days

As you may have seen, construction of a civic burial ground is taking place on the open space between Park Lane and St Alkelda’s Road.  For a very brief period of up to five days starting on Monday 1 August, the Town Council’s contractor will lay a paved path from the access point to the church burial ground. This may unavoidably block the footpath.

An alternative route would be to leave the southern exit from the church burial ground, walk along the Park Lane cul de sac and rejoin the path by the play areas.

Council Office Closed Week commencing Monday 26 July 2021

The Clerk’s Office will be closed whilst the Clerk is on leave from 4pm on Thursday 22 July, all of the following week and re-open at 9am Tuesday 3 August.  Usual Office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 9 am until 4 pm

The receptionist in the Key Centre may be able to take messages and help with your enquiry.

You may send an email to office@middlehamtowncouncil.co.uk.  Any messages left will be dealt with after the Clerk returns.

Any urgent matters should be submitted to Town Councillors on any of the following numbers

Councillor Susan Fairhurst: 01969 622993

Councillor Honor Byford: 01969 625304

Councillor Martin Cade: 01969 622090

Councillor Lorna Skelton: 07793 673240

Councillor Simon Wheeler: 07753 543589

Councillor Nigel Hopper: 07594 814524

Councillor Greg Fortune: 07521 626743

Monthly Police Reports

Local councils receive monthly reports from our neighbourhood policing team based on Leyburn which can be viewed here https://middlehamtowncouncil.co.uk/police-reports/

The latest bulletin is shown below.

Monthly Crime Bulletin – July 2021

Incidents of note over the last month;

Around the 17th June a waste bin has been destroyed and a bench has sustained fire damage in the gardens at Thornborough Hall, Leyburn.  There has been a noticeable increase in young people seen around Thornborough Woods and at the Folly recently, and whilst it is lovely to see everyone enjoying the gardens etc, please respect the area and those residents who live in the immediate vicinity.

Overnight on 17th June and again on 24th June between 18:30 and 21:00, two Little White Buses have had their tyres damaged in what appears to be yet another intentional act of criminal damage.  These two most recent incidences (in an increasing list of occurrences now), happened in the Gayle Lane area of Hawes whilst the buses were parked up for the night.  (#12210146543 and #12210142081)

At around 13:00 on 3rd July, a silver Ford Transit van was seen fly tipping at the top of the Buttertubs Pass. (#12210152392).   Richmondshire District Council and ourselves take fly tipping very seriously and so we ask if anyone witnesses acts such as this, to please try and get vehicle details and report it via ‘101’ (or online) as soon as possible.

Leyburn Co-Op thefts;

  • On 3rd July at 17:30, two males and a female stole alcohol to the value of circa £450.
  • On 8th July at 11:05, a male stole several small value items worth approx. £15.
  • At 16:05 on 9th July, a male stole alcohol and other items worth £76.50.

Sometime between 9th – 10th July, graffiti has appeared on a stone farm building in West Stonesdale in Swaledale.

Enquiries into all of the above are continuing so if anyone has any information please do contact NYP.

As I write, we have not yet moved into the Fire Station but this is planned for August.  We will keep you updated as to when we have officially moved bases.


PCSO 3744 Lucy Osborn

Leyburn and the Dales Safer Neighbourhood Team

Key Centre Update – August 2020

Middleham Key Centre, Park Lane, Middleham DL8 4RA    ( 01969 624002 Email: office@middleham-key.co.uk   www.middlehamkeycentre.co.uk

The Key Centre office is open Monday to Thursday 9.00am – 2.00pm.  The services we offer at present are photocopying, internet access, general information and providing recycling boxes and bags.  You can ring Pam on 07772 736006 or Lesley on 01969 622615.   We are happy to help if we can or signpost you to the relevant services.  We hope those who are able, will keep an eye out for their neighbours.  Stay sensible and safe.

Antique & Collectors’ Fair   Sunday 29th August at 10.00am – 4.00pm Refreshments available.

Stage School:  Learn to act, sing & dance.  Sundays at 10.00am – 12noon. For details on joining, ring A J Productions on 07369 205764 or 07999 428171   Email: contact@ajproductions.tv

The Hair Shoppe:    To make your appointment ring Claire on 01969 624401.

Book Swap will follow the same system as being used by book shops, whereby newly donated, returned or rejected books are quarantined.  The boxes are clearly labelled.  We can only accept paperbacks in reasonable condition.  Many thanks.

Medicine blister packs:  We have set up a collection point for used medicine blister packs to be recycled by TERRACYCLE.  Our used stamps collection is still in operation, collecting for RNLI.

Yoga Class: on summer break during August.   For further info contact with Karen on 07825 554284.

Volunteers: We are on the lookout for willing volunteers.  If you can spare some time to support our work in the community and the smooth running of the centre, please contact us for a chat. My number is 01969 622615.  Thank you, Lesley.

We are taking names for those of you interested in doing the ‘Emergency First Aid at Work’ which we will book a date, as soon as lockdown has eased.  The course will be £57.50 which includes VAT and certification.

dlMiddleham Town Council: Email: office@middlehamtowncouncil.co.uk  or ring 07531 580499 during office hours.  Website: www.middlehamtowncouncil.co.uk

Community Police:  If you need to contact our local PCSO please telephone 101 the non-emergency number directly.

Middleham Key Centre opportunity: Office and storage space have recently become available.  For further details contact Mike Sweeting on 07779 652066.

Temporary vacancy for: Part time cleaner (Maternity cover from July 21) flexible around events, but mainly on a weekly cycle. Duties can be carried out outside of normal working hours.

**We still ask you to wear a mask and use the hand sanitiser when entering and leaving the building.  Thank you.

Middleham Super Feast Day!!! Bank Holiday Monday 30th August

Middleham Feast Committee, MSCWA and Middleham Town Council Present a community day to celebrate coming out of lockdown.  This follows a similar pattern to the Sports and Fancy Dress annual event held in May and will feature:

  • Kids Races
  • Fancy Dress
  • Hog Roast
  • DJ Wilko
  • Bouncy Castles
  • Lawn Games
  • 5 a-side Football
  • Ice Cream Van
  • Cake Stall
  • Licensed Bars
  • Plus More….

Please bring cash as only a few of the events can take card payments.

11am – Kids Races

1pm – Hog Roast and Bars and Football

5pm – Fancy Dress Followed by DJ Wilko Disco

Everything else will be available all day

Update on 5G roll out in Coverdale – July 2021

Council has received the following update from Mobile Access North Yorkshire (MANY)

Quickline Communications are about to ‘go live’ in their backhaul connections. This means we are one-step closer to connecting Coverdale. There are still some technical issues, which they are working to overcome. As soon as we have a confirmed date, we will let you know.
Our use cases are working on proof of concepts. This means that once the network goes live we will be a position to test the technology straight away. Everything is moving forward – albeit slower than we would have liked.
Lancaster University Management School has released their early findings from the interviews which they have conducted with residents of Coverdale. The report is available on our website. This has been fed into DCMS and other current Government consultations. The project is holding a discussion event with other digital infrastructure projects which aims to develop best practice, generate discussion for future collaboration ideas and work out collective next steps that might better achieve the aim of helping rural communities to achieve socio-economic flourishing through improved connectivity. This is part of our scaling up of the findings. The event, alongside the continued interviewing of any Coverdale resident who want to take part, will form a second report.
Now that restrictions are lifting and it is easier to meet face to face, if your Council would like a member of the MANY project to attend a Parish Council meeting to give an update on the project, please let us know.
Contact us via email info@mobileaccessnorthyorkshire.co.uk or call 0300 400 4444.
Further information can be found on our Twitter and Facebook pages @MobileaccessNY

Town Council – annual report and accounts

MIDDLEHAM TOWN COUNCIL has submitted its Annual Return for the year ended 31 March 2021 to the government-appointed external auditor.  These have already been subject to review by the Council’s internal auditor.

As a smaller authority whose income and expenditure does not exceed £25,000 the return to the government only comprises the certificate of exemption.  The full annual return,  together with additional documents required by the Transparency Directive, may be viewed here.

The statutory period for public right of inspection commences on Thursday 1 July and ends on Wednesday 11 August 2021