Selby Town Centre Users Survey

The District Council and Selby Town Enterprise Partnership are working with People and Places to carry out a survey of town centre vitality in Selby.

An important part of this process is to capture the views of people who use the town centre; whether regularly or rarely.

We  would be grateful if you could complete the online survey for this which can be found on our website here:  The survey only takes minutes to complete.

2019 Tour de Yorkshire – Yes it’s coming to Thorpe Willoughby!

The full 2019 Tour de Yorkshire route has been announced and Thorpe Willoughby will be playing it’s part. A great chance to show off our wonderful village!

On Thursday 2 May, the men’s race will skirt the southern edge of the district – visiting Kirk Smeaton and Womersley – before taking a loop towards Howden, Beverley and Pocklington then swinging back towards the Selby district and visiting Escrick, Stillingfleet, Cawood and Thorpe Willoughby. The finish line will be in front of Selby town’s historic Abbey, which celebrates the 950th anniversary of its founding in 2019.

You can view the full route and find out further information by visiting

For more information on the Selby District Council Tour de Yorkshire route announcement press release click here.

Please keep checking the Selby District Council Tour de Yorkshire information pages for news and updates (  There’ll be information about road closures and spectator information too.

The Tour de Yorkshire finish event in Selby will be one of many events taking place next year to celebrate the 950th anniversary of the founding of Selby Abbey, which will shine a light on the town, supporting local businesses and providing opportunities for residents to enjoy too.

A special joint Tour de Yorkshire and Selby 950 roadshow event will take place in Selby Abbey in early January. This is a great way to find out more about the event and how your community can get involved. You can book your place here:

Selby will take centre stage for the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire on the opening day of the international cycling event.

Riders will finish the first day of racing in the town, on Thursday 2 May 2019, when the high-profile cycle race takes to Yorkshire’s roads once again.

Leader of Selby District Council, Cllr Mark Crane, said, “We are delighted to be hosting a finish event on the first day of the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire. The last time the event came to Selby around 10,000 people came out to see the event and I’m sure we’ll see people lining the route as it passes through the district.

“What’s great about hosting the finish event this time is that it is a great opportunity for us to highlight our district, as the race passes through some of our fantastic countryside and villages.  There’s a global TV audience for this event, so this will really put our district on the map.

“As we look ahead to 2019 and the plans to help the town celebrate the 950th anniversary of the founding of Selby Abbey, we know that this event will be one of many high profile events that attract visitors to the area. This can only be good news for our businesses who can benefit from increased numbers of people visiting the district.  And it’s great news for everyone who lives here, as we can get involved in and enjoy these events too.”

Businesses and community groups can book their free place at a roadshow to help them make the most of the Tour de Yorkshire and Selby 950 celebrations. The event takes place at Selby Abbey on Wednesday 9 January…

More information as we get it – keep a look out!

Citizen Of The Year 2018

The Citizen of the year in 2018 goes jointly to Paula Heslop & Denise Morrow for their dedication and voluntary work over many years in connection with the scouting Movement in Thorpe Willoughby.

We believe that Paula Heslop and Denise Morrow truly deserve to be named (jointly) “Citizen of the Year”.

Congratulations to them both!

Gardening Competition 2018


Best Tubs – Mr & Mrs Deegan of 2 Acorn Way.

Best Hanging Basket  – Mr & Mrs Storey of 15 Cedar Close.

Best Front Garden – Mr & Mrs Farrar of 40 Field Avenue.


As you will have seen the village has even more Christmas Lights in the village this year ready for the big switch on coming soon! The donations received so far has enabled the NYCC approved coloured LED cable lighting around the street lighting columns on Fox Lane up to and including the Fox Lane shopping area. NYCC will only allow the large single hanging displays on the main road street lighting columns.

Donations received so far amount to a fantastic: £2,385.00

A BIG THANK YOU  to everyone who has donated so far including:

Mrs L Lindley of Lindley Crane & Plant Hire Ltd of the village.

The West Selby Miners Welfare Scheme

1 anonymous donation

Playscheme of Elvington, York

Willoughby Players

Mrs B Wilby

Thorpe Willoughby Village Hall Management Committee

Campeys of Selby Ltd


Thorpe Willoughby Village Hall Management Committee


Memorial Garden on the Village Green

We Will Remember Them.

During the latter part of 2017 Thorpe Willoughby Parish Council agreed to look into the possibility of utilising a section of the village green (between Fox Lane and the Christmas Tree compound) for use by and benefit of the community.  The plan incorporated the construction of a concreted circle with seating around the circumference.  Furthermore, a memorial to commemorate those fallen in conflict was proposed.  The project was to be funded by a mixture of precept money and external funding.

Brackenhill Quarries, Pontefract, quoted for a memorial constructed from Brackenhill sandstone blocks with chiselled faces.  The memorial was made up of four courses and inscribed by the words, Remembering lives given in conflicts worldwide to save our freedom for ever R.I.P.  This was accepted by the Council.

The Parish Council planning group suggested that the memorial was unveiled by a local dignitary and blessed by a minister of religion.  Furthermore, the Royal British Legion were invited to participate.  A young singer from the village also agreed to provide a musical interlude during the proceedings.

Fast forward to Saturday September 1, 2018.  A late summer afternoon bathed in warm sunshine, higher than average temperatures and hardly a cloud in the azure sky.

The unveiling was left in the capable hands of Cllr David Buckle, chairman of Selby District Council who set the tone for the occasion.  The blessing, prayers and additional message were conducted by Rev Pete Watson of St Francis church Thorpe Willoughby.  The Royal British Legion were represented by Mr Barry Johnston, chairman of the South Milford branch who was ably assisted by their own standard bearer.  Music during the ceremony was provided by the young but extremely talented Isabella Robey who was accompanied by her father Will on acoustic guitar.  A wreath, provided by a local councillor, was laid at the foot of the memorial.  This was followed by the playing of the Last Post.

Mr Stephen Parker, from Brackenhill Quarries, was an invited guest.  The event was well attended by members of our community who also enjoyed the light refreshments that were provided.

Special thanks are extended to those who gave up their time to ensure that the event was a success: the four Thorpe Willoughby football coaches, Mark Spooner, Andrew Bobby Moor, Rose Ramnauth and John Carter responsible for the erection and dismantling of the gazebos.  Councillors Smith, Pearse and Parkinson for the finger food, light refreshments, memorial cover, flower pots and other ancillary items too numerous to mention.

The project is not yet complete.  Some planters, adding colour and vibrancy, will be included next year.  It has been described as a little oasis or a refuge where one can go to with a book or newspaper.  To relax or to contemplate how much we owe to those who are no longer with us.

Bert Mifsud

Chairman Thorpe Willoughby Parish Council.