The Great Yorkshire Veg Off

A new community fruit and vegetable growing competition has been launched in the district and parish and town councils are being invited to take part.

The Great Yorkshire Veg Off is a county-wide competition with categories for best village, best street, best school and best community group (including allotments).

Mike and Carole Bucktrout, former teachers from Hensall, have launched competition (backed by Selby District Council) which aims to encourage families and communities to grow fruit and vegetables in their gardens and green spaces – turning Yorkshire into a huge fruit and vegetable plot.

Mike explained: “This is a simple way that families and communities can produce fruit and vegetables to eat and cut their food bills. It has the added bonus of being fantastic for the environment.

“If every home in the Selby district alone planted two fruit trees, it would mean an extra 84,000 trees, which would be amazing!”

The competition is free to enter from now until September 30th, 2020. The winners will be announced at the end of October with each category receiving a commemorative plaque. There are no complicated entry forms – simply send in your photos, stories and information about your plot.

As well as inviting parish and town councils to take part, if you could share this information with your residents through your websites and newsletters it would be appreciated. We’ve included a poster that can be used on your noticeboards.

For more details and to register your interest visit:

Street Lights Not Working

You may have noticed that there are a number of street lights in the village that are not currently working. Some of the more observant residents will have also noticed that there is on going work along Fox Lane and some adjoining roads installing green piping. Yes, you guessed it, the workers installing the green pipe have damaged some cables that feed the street lights.

Northern Power, who look after the street lighting cables are aware of the issue and it has been logged with their repairs section. However, due to recent flooding and high levels of calls they are extremely busy at this time of year. We understand it could take up to to 25 days before the repair can be undertaken.

The Parish Council have passed on their concerns to North Yorkshire Council, so everything is being done to get this rectified as soon as possible. We would therefore ask you to be patient and not to contact the Parish Council on this matter.

Oh, and just in case you were wondering, like me, what the green pipe is for, I can tell you it is to provide a high speed fibre optic broadband connection to our village school which will benefit the children going forward.

Welcome to the New Year 2020!

Hope you all had a very good Christmas and New Year – I know, is seems a long time ago already.

Well lots to look forward to this year and the days are already getting longer!

A  quick reminder that the first Parish Council meeting will take place on the 13th January in St Francis Church on Fox Lane starting at 19:00 – why not pop along and meet your local parish councillors and find out what happening in the village…


A Big Thank You for supporting ‘Santa around the village 2019’

Willoughby Players wish to thank all those villagers who so generously supported “Santa Around the Village” following the switching on of the village Christmas tree lights on Friday December 6th and on the following Saturday. 

Santa, well supported by Players members, enjoyed the best of weather for his journey round the village which included visiting the Miller Homes estate for the very first time.   

David Gaygan

Important News regarding the Panto next February

It has been agreed by the Willoughby Players committee that, due to a lack of numbers offering to audition for the panto in February 2020, it has been decided not to proceed with one.  This has only occurred once in 35 years.

The committee has decided to hold a free (drop in) afternoon on February 22nd, 2020 from 4:00pm onwards as an alternative.

So come along to the Village Hall for a hands on experience.  Try the costumes, find out how the sound and lighting systems work.  Who knows you may enjoy it so much that you may decide to give it a go!

The “drop in” session is open to all age groups and refreshments will be available.

Further details from David Gaygan on 01757 705535.

On Facebook follow @willoughbyjrplayers

A Celebration of a Local Woodland – Friends of Brayton Barff.

On Monday 2nd December at 700pm at St Wilfrids Parish Community Hall, the Friends of Brayton Barff are presenting a 2 hour presentation on Brayton Barff and Britain’s woodlands. The purpose of this evening event is to convey to our local community just how important it is to preserve what we have in the Selby District and beyond and also to gain support and new members to the Friends of Brayton Barff. From being a collection of like minded individuals it is now time to organise and structure our group so we can go on and successfully protect this valuable natural resource.

It would be fantastic if you could come and patronise our event. Its free and refreshments will be provided.

Community First Responder

Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) NHS Trust is looking for volunteers to join their Community First Responder (CFR) schemes around the Thorpe Willoughby, Selby and surrounding areas.

CFRs are volunteers who provide immediate life-saving care to members of their local communities in an emergency medical situation, such as heart attack, breathing difficulties or a collapse, in the vital minutes before the ambulance arrives.

They are trained in Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and the use of an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) which delivers a controlled electric shock to restart the heart. CFRs also carry portable oxygen.

Laura Williams, Community Defibrillation Trainer for YAS in West Yorkshire, said: “CFRs make a valuable contribution to their communities.  We know that in many medical emergencies the first few minutes are critical. If effective treatment can be performed within those first minutes, lives can be saved and disability reduced.

“Volunteers come from all walks of life. Many volunteer as a CFR to gain experience, to help their local communities and some people have had personal experience of a loved one needing prompt medical attention and can see the value in this initiative. Being a CFR can be extremely rewarding and I would encourage anyone who may be interested in taking on the role to get in touch.”

Full training is given to successful applicants who need to be over 18 years old, physically fit and hold a full driving licence having never been banned from driving with no more than three penalty points. Yorkshire Ambulance Service will also run Disclosure and Barring (DBS) checks on candidates.

Anyone interested can find out more by email: or phone: 0333 1300516.

Further details can be found on the poster available here: CFR A5 Flyer

Flood Risk Survey

A survey on flood risk affecting some parts of the Selby district is being carried out by the Environment Agency.  A leaflet is now available that includes full details of the survey and how to submit your responses.

The leaflet also includes social media links should you wish to find out more.

You can view the leaflet here: Humber 2100+ Survey leaflet

Mike James

Communications & Marketing Manager



Nominations are required for worthy villagers for activities for the benefit of the village to receive the above award.
Please forward your nominations giving a brief reason as to why you consider them to be a worthy winner to the Parish Clerk either by:

This is your chance to see someone you consider to be a “Special” villager receiving recognition with the award and the thanks of the village for works for the benefit of village.

Closing date for receipt of nominations is 12 noon on Friday 6th September 2019.

The award/certificate will be presented at the October Parish Council meeting.

Thank you.

FREE Community Energy Ambassadors training courses

Exciting new course running this year, thanks to funding from the Southern Community Engagement Forum – Become a Community Energy Ambassador!

This is to teach residents and representatives from community organisations about all things to do with energy, including how much things cost, myths and facts around saving energy, understanding bills, how to switch energy supplier, renewable energy, local schemes available to help vulnerable households, and how to support other people to be warm and well at home.

The training is free and it will be a fun, interactive and practical course. It will run on Tuesday mornings (9.30am – 1pm) across 5 weeks at the following locations

  • Eggborough Methodist Chapel, starting from 10th September
  • Hambleton Village Hall, starting from 19th November

We would love to have representatives from as many villages as possible in the Southern CEF area.

Full details can be seen on the official poster here: Hambleton & Eggborough Energy Ambassadors poster

To book a place please contact Kate: or 01757 249100

Kate Urwin

Yorkshire Energy Doctor CIC