North Rigton Village News August/September 2018

North Rigton Flowerpot Fiesta 2018

The 2018 theme of ‘The World’ saw our North Rigton community yet again excelling in the creativity stakes!
Entries this year included creations such as Daleks, Bees, Windmills, Palace Guards and even the Queen herself made an appearance! We had 24 Flowerpot creations in total – so well done people of North Rigton for joining in this fun, annual event.
100s of locals and visitors to the village purchased trail maps to follow the flowerpot trail around the village. I even chatted to a couple who bring their grandchildren over from Barnsley every year just to enjoy the trail.
For the first time in a good few years the weather was reasonably kind to us! We did have a couple of days of strong winds – the Leaning Tower of Pisa leaned a bit too far and the Dutch Windmill collapsed in a heap! But as ever, pots were fixed and back in place the next day!
Prizes were awarded at the Village Party in the Garden on Saturday 16th June. First prize this year went to the Ellacots with ‘Fairyland’ – Rebecca seemed equally shocked and thrilled to receive her first place ‘trophy’. Special Commendation this year went to the Bambers for ‘The Queen’ (my personal favourite too..). Congratulations to both families.
Our trail winner this year was Vinnie, a young man from Huby– well done!
Huge thanks to everyone for taking part in this great community event.
Erica Hill

North Rigton v Huby/Weeton Football

Saturday June 16th was the fifth instalment of the North Rigton V Huby/Weeton Football fixture. It is becoming a firm fixture in the football diary, only trumped by the World cup and the Euros!!
The Kids match was played at 2pm with the North Rigton kids running out eventual winners at 4-3 in what was an end to end encounter that saw some enviable football played by both teams. A special mention goes to Felice Costantini who scored a brace of goals for North RIgton and earned him the ‘kid of the match’ accolade in the trophy ceremony later that evening in the Garden Party.
2.30 saw the Dad’s and Lad’s game kick off. Ably refereed by Paul ‘ The guv’nor’ Bamber.

The Huby/Weeton team had a look of Jack Charlton’s recruitment policy for the republic of Ireland. The policy was ‘ have you ever driven past or set foot in Huby??? If so, you’re in! Only joking Harwin!!
The sun was out (at least during the game), the sloping pitch was as sloping as ever, the goals were netted and the stage was set for another enthralling football encounter.
North Rigton notched the first goal. A fabulous slide rule ball was put through the Huby defence for North Rigton’s irrepressible striker, Elio Constantini, to sprint onto and stick in the bottom right hand corner. A beautiful goal and unbeknown at the time would be North Rigton’s only goal.
At the other end, Elio’s older brother Max ‘the cat’ Costantini was keeping goal and was being peppered with shots from the Huby team. Despite the pressure the Cat was everywhere and his goal couldn’t be breached for the first third of the game.
Steadily, despite resistance from the North Rigton players, the axis of Louis Maurice (who should have been working a shift in the Pub), Jack London and Sam Garcia along with their team mates started to pressurise the Rigton Defence. Steve Clarke, the North Rigton Captain Fantastic, ably helped by George Dickson, Finn Creeney and others overcame most of the pressure but the goal was eventually breached 4 times over the course of the game and Huby/Weeton turned out eventual winners at 4-1.
Man of the match was honoured to Jonny Scott of North Rigton who despite his young age (14) didn’t look out of place against stronger and bigger opposition. Well played Jonny.

As ever the game was a great spectacle and a good crowd came out to watch. A big thanks again goes to Harwin Bosworth who organised the Huby/Weeton team. Most importantly thankyou to all the players who gave their time to come and play.
It is always a very enjoyable event and is made possible by lots of people behind the scenes from the referee (Paul Bamber) to everyone who sets up and helps on the day (too many to personally mention).

A wonderful local event. Please look out for the date next year and if you’re a budding Lionel Messi or just somebody young or old who wants to come and have a run out please let me know (Neil Creeney 07717 862153) and I’ll advise nearer the time the details.



When did it last rain in North Rigton? I can tell you, Saturday 17th June 2018
How can I remember that? Because it was the day of our Gala

We may have had rain by the time you read this article, but certainly rain does not appear to dampen the spirits of the residents of North Rigton.
Our event began with the now familiar Flower-pot Fiesta which demonstrated the ingenuity and skills of everyone who took part, well done to all, and to Erica.
On the day we gathered at the Church Hill playing field for the annual inter-village football competition with Huby, and I would like to say the competition was friendly, but as a non-football watcher I thought some of the tackling was ferocious, however no-one rolled over in agony, they just got up and continued playing!
Well done to all who took part, and to Neil for organising.
The stalls and games gave an added focus for the afternoon and provided entertainment for those who were not so interested in the football, once more our thanks must go to all the stall holders & the team who set everything up in the morning.
Not just rain, but a downpour which meant everything had to be packed up very quickly.
Not to be downhearted we all assembled again in the Village Garden. Some managed to go home and dry out, some unfortunately did not return, but those who did enjoyed a dry (outside) evening of music, good food and sufficient drink, to make the entire day really worthwhile. Thanks once more to the different team who set up this part of the day and to those who provided all the refreshments and entertainment.
The entire day enabled us to welcome new residents to the village and for them to feel part of a very special community.
We raised £1,333 which will this year go towards some necessary repairs to the play area in the village garden.
Mary Hopkins


We had prayed for the fine weather for our Picnic Sunday and happily, our prayers were answered. After a special service based on the feeding of the five thousand, we shared excellent food in the glorious sunshine and played the favourite games the children had brought.
Thanks to everyone who brought food and games and helped to make the service and the picnic so successful.
Doris Telford

– NOW!

Your parish council has been meeting with other councils and neighbourhood committees in the area to decide upon the next stage of our battle to change the Harrogate Development Plan. The plan is now with the Planning Inspector who will, after reading all the documentation submitted, hold an enquiry in the Autumn/Winter of 2018. We now have one more opportunity to influence the outcome of the inspector’s decision.

We have taken professional advice which indicates that the impact of traffic from the developments to the West of Harrogate, upon the communities in that area and beyond, has been greatly underestimated in the HBC Plan. The report by the traffic consultants employed by North Yorkshire County Council contains serious errors and greatly underestimates the full impact of these developments. North Rigton does not even appear on any of the HBC or traffic consultant’s maps! No account appears to have been taken of the impact on our community.

We, together with Pannal & Burn Bridge Parish Council, Beckwithshaw Parish Council and Harlow And Pannal Ash Community Association (HAPARA) have agreed to make one more attempt to change the plan. We have agreed to engage a firm of traffic consultants ourselves, to prepare a report for the inspector which will look at the cumulative impact of the housing on our communities, volumes of traffic, pollution and damage to our rural environment.

As a Parish Council we have covered all the previous expenditure on our objections and reports from our regular precept, however we have not sufficient funds for this sort of additional expenditure, so we need your help.

We are setting up a “fighting fund” to enable us to pay a contribution towards the cost of a professional report and its presentation on your behalf to the inspector.

If you feel that traffic is already a problem in the village and on our rural roads throughout the Parish, they will undoubtedly worsen due to the housing developments set out in the HBC plan. So please support us by making a donation to our fighting fund. If you want further information please speak with one of your councillors.

To contribute to the fighting fund:
By cheque to:
North Rigton Parish Council and post to Mike Richards, Hurcroft House, Harrogate Road, Huby, LS170EF or hand it to one of your Parish Councillors.
By bank transfer to:
HSBC Bank: Sort Code: 40-23-12 Account: 21038303 Ref: Traffic
All contributions, large and small, will be most welcome.

Thank you.
Mary Hopkins
Chairman NRPC



At long last we have a water supply in St John’s Church, North Rigton.
Welcome to the 21st century!
Mary Hopkins