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Dear Villagers,

By now most of you will have seen that an Information Board, outlining a series of historic events in Finghall's past, has been erected outside the Queens Head. Our small village has an amazing past and the History Group, who designed the board, had difficulty in deciding what to include and what to leave out!

You may be interested to know that the lectern is actually made from recycled plastic, and the graphics panel is fully sealed with an anti-graffiti coating.

Richmondshire MP, Rishi Sunak, had indicated that he would attend at Finghall to officially unveil the lectern. However, whilst trying to find a suitable date in his diary the coronavirus crisis deepened and the idea was obviously abandoned.

This project has only been possible with help from our Community, and we would therefore like to thank the following people and organisations:

•  Firstly, all those Villagers (past and present) who supplied photographs and information.

•  Helen and Ian at the Queens Head for allowing the lectern on their land.

•  Eddie Miller (Lowmill Landscapes) and his staff for erecting the lectern free of charge.

•  Barbara Walker for her help and guidance throughout.

•  Richmondshire Area Partnership for assistance with funding.


Thank you – The Finghall History Group – who currently comprise of:

Nick Horn (Chairman), Andy Jefferys (Treasurer), Neil & Beverly Smeeton, Roy and Marjorie Blake, Charlotte Roberts, Eddie Hemsley.




It will come as no surprise to you that this year's Barrel Push and  Village Fete has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Even though some social distancing measures  may have been relaxed by the 25th May, the Barrel Push Committee did not want to run the risk of bringing the virus into the village.

The Committee did consider rescheduling the event  for later in the year. However, the future is so uncertain, no one  really knows when it will be considered safe to hold such events.

The £740 raised at February's Charity Quiz Night plus £ 260 saved on Barrel Push insurance premiums has been donated to the charity

£1,000 IN TOTAL!

Once again, thank you to everyone who supported the Quiz Night. ‘Candlelighters' was nominated as this years main charity as they have provided excellent support to a young local girl whose grandfather lives in Finghall.






Constable Burton and Finghall Parish Council


A rather nice plan of a  walk has  turned up in the Parish Council Files , walking round Constable Burton and Finghall, photographs of the walk included.
  The Clerk had been advised of the walk some time ago and had downloaded and filed it for interest.
Details from the Parish Clerk.


Latest News
We were notified by Highways that all drains in Finghall had been inspected on the 22 January and there were no obstructed gullies.

Pot Holes
Some defects were rectified when the Highways Officer inspected the Pot Holes. 
In view of the recent rain thought it might be interesting to take a look back to January 2004!!

Joan Hainsworth  Clerk to the Council


Our New Neighbourhood Watch signs are being being installed this morning 5 Feb. Ian and Phil walking round the village with a ladder (no they are not cleaning windows). Very many thanks to PCSO 5232  Don Watson for delivering them to us, they were only ordered 4 Feb. and they arrived last night for installation today.  The scheme was set up  in April 1991 and has worked well with excellent co-operation from our local Police when incidents have been reported.

Joan Hainsworth Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator.



Parish Council up date - Highways - following on from reporting the issue of water draining across the road at the bottom of Finghall Bank,  the Highways Officer put tarmac round the drain. This has not cured the problem and I am now advised that it is due to seepage out of the verges and hopefully if the weather improves the matter will resolve itself.

The matter of unauthorised signs at the bottom of the hill on the side of the A684.  The Clerk had received complaints concerning these signs people felt that they were restricting vision along the A684.  Hopefully with the removal of the signs the problem will not occur again.  The Parish Council have not had this issue  until this year so hopefully the matter has now been resolved.

Speed concerns - the Clerk received a communication from North Yorkshire Police on Saturday afternoon concerning speed.  The Police have indicated that it would be helpful if we filled in the Speed Complaint form on their web site to allow them to assess the situation.  Thanks to Mike at Bradford Cottage we now have a number of printed forms if anyone would prefer this method.  It would be helpful if people would support this initiative.

Joan Hainsworth Clerk to the Council 



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Local Businesses

Lowmill Landscapes, 4 Church Lane, Finghall, Leyburn, DL8 5NA, (Tel: 01677 450510/07710 747891)
Professional Landscaping Specialists, providing efficient service throughout the Yorkshire Dales and surrounding area.

P A Blackburn Limited, Southwick Garage, Finghall, Leyburn, DL8 5NB, (Tel: 01677 450833)
Car & Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Repairs and MOT testing.

The Queens Head, Westmoor Lane, Finghall, Leyburn, DL8 5ND (Tel: 01677 450259 )
For great food, character and real sense of history, all can be experienced with a visit to the Queen's Head.

Yoga by Tamsin Private Yoga teacher for bespoke home and holiday practice


Useful Links

Street Map of Finghall, courtesy of Colin Day.

Fancy a break in beautiful Aberdaron, North Wales? A great little B&B


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