Spofforth Village

Near Harrogate, North Yorkshire

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All the latest news and events in Spofforth

Spofforth beats 64 schools to be crowned swimming champions


First of all they won the school sports partnership swimming gala at Harrogate High School. After winning that they competed in the Harrogate Town Cluster Winners Final, which they also won. Then they competed against the winners from the Nidderdale, Knaresborough and Ripon clusters.

Spofforth emerged as champions and were presented with a shield and certificates.

A total of 64 schools took part in the competitions.

Headteacher Paul Griffiths described the final as a "thrilling race".

He said: "For a small school to see off competition from so many other larger schools was a real achievement.

"I am incredibly proud of the children. They really enjoy their swimming sessions and have worked incredibly hard.

"It was a team effort over a number of weeks. As well as displaying tremendous ability and effort in the pool they represented their school superbly well showing excellent sportsmanship throughout all the competitions."


Crime Figures

Between the 15th October and 13th November 2011, no crimes were recorded in Spofforth reports PC Mark Ayres.

Over the past couple of weeks Churches in Kirkby Overblow and Sicklinghall have suffered thefts of tables made by 'Mousey Thompson'.  This seems to have happened during the daytime whilst churches were open to the general public, so any suspicious activity in the vicinty of our church is worth reporting.  PC Ayres reminds everyone that darker and longer nights historically leads to an increase in crime, a favoured offence being the tea time burglary whilst parents are out collecting their children so please remain vigilant.

If you see anything suspicious please contact the Police on 0845 6060247 or 999 if an emergency.  PC Ayres can be also be reached via email on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



Carols around the Tree - Millenium Garden

Friday 16th December is the start of Christmas - in Spofforth anyway - when we have our Annual Carol Concert in the Millennium Garden once again at 7.30pm.  There will be mulled wine to warm your cockles, mince pies and of course the very  music thanks to Edmund Richman and his team.  All are welcome - bring the whole family - and we will sing your favourite carols!


There will be a collection on the night for the upkeep and development of the village playground and Ginny Greenholes our environmental project


Spofforth in Bloom

Local artist Peter Hesketh has donated two delightful watercolours of a very attractive Spofforth garden.  These have been used to produce notelets which are realistically priced at £3 per pack of 5, including envelopes.  Ss well as making lovely Christmas presents, they would be ideal for sending little notes to family and friends with a reminder of Spofforth. 

The notelets are on sale in Hairbelle, G&M News, from 'In Bloomers' or contact Hilary Chilton on 01937 590606, Heather Pollard on 01937 590320 or John Stanley on 01937 591154


Pennies for St Michael's Hospice

For many years St Michael's Hospice in Harrogate has asked individuals to support their essential work by collecting pennies - originally in smarties tubes (until the shape changed) and more recently in Steredent tubes.  If you would like to support this scheme please start collecting one pence pieces - you don't need a special tube, a plastic bag will suffice!

Joan Surral has kindly agreed to receive collected pennies and take them to St Michael's Hospice.  Joan can be contacted on 01937 590249, or you can drop your pennies off at the   Coffee Mornings.  All donations gratefully received and as the saying goes ' look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves!'


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