The Work on the village green continues!

Some of you may have seen the recent addition of three fantastic young trees on the village green which have already started to grow and are looking really great. But it doesn’t stop there! There are now four new tall planters around the memorial, each filled with sensory plants to enjoy whilst you sit on one of the benches and enjoy our lovely village green.

But as we all know, this doesn’t happen on it’s own and we must say a big thank you for all the hard work put in by Judy, Ian, Emma, Charlotte and Richard. I am sure they won’t mind you seeing them hard at work…..

And so it begins – now where did I bury that gold!

Only two more to do now – what’s the big hammer for?


I see we need to keep the sheep away!


That’s it, now grow my beauty!

Brass band concerts in the Park for Selby 950

A summer season of brass band concerts featuring some of the region’s best bands is planned for Selby Park this year to help the Abbey celebrate its 950th anniversary.

The programme of concerts has been funded by the Central Area Community Engagement Forum and is being delivered by Selby’s leisure providers, Inspiring healthy lifestyles.

As well as the band performances there will also be traditional and fun children’s entertainment including clowns and magicians. All the events will be free.

Pete Burt, Managing Director of Inspiring health lifestyles commented, “It’s a big year for the town and the Abbey and we want to help the community come together to celebrate this special event.  These events will be enjoyed by young and old alike in a delightful setting.”

The Summer Picnic Brass Sunday afternoon concerts in the Park will take place on Sunday May 26, Sunday June 23, Sunday 21 July and Sunday 25 August.

The Central CEF has provided £3,000 funding for the event. The chair of the Community Engagement Forum Cllr Ian Chilvers said, “We’re delighted to support these events and help the Park join the Abbey’s celebrations this year.”

How does the fear of crime affect you and your local community?

OPFCC are working with the University of York to investigate just that, and your opinion could help us to better understand how crime affects your community.

Researcher Sam Hutchinson, Community Mapping Project Officer at the OPFCC, is running the survey as part of his undergraduate dissertation at the University of York.

This survey builds on Sam’s community mapping work and the results from the National Rural Crime Network’s survey of 2018. Both suggest that rural communities are more fearful of crime, despite being statistically safer.

This survey will help the Commissioner and the police understand which factors could be contributing to the fear of crime in both rural and urban communities, potentially improving how the police across the UK interact with local communities.

Click here to Take the Survey….

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.