September 2017

GILLING WEST PARISH COUNCIL – Meeting on 7th September 2017

The Chair provided all with an update on the upcoming repair work to the bridge, advising that the parish council’s preference was for the bridge to be closed for the period of the works, presumed to be 4 – 6 weeks at the time. The Chair advised that despite this preference the County Council had decided on keeping the bridge open, using two way traffic lights. The traffic lights to run all day, with a 3 metre carriageway open to traffic. It had been advised that the works were to start on 25th September and to be completed by 15th December 2017. The Chair commented that the chosen course of action would cause significant traffic jams in the village. The Chair commented that he was disappointed with this outcome and the way in which this matter had been dealt with as it appeared that NYCC had taken no note of the requests and preferences as put forward by the parish council at recent meetings.

The clerk advised that he had submitted a grant application to RDC for further flood related works. The Chair advised that Broadacres had offered £300.00 towards flood related works. The Chair advised that he was in discussion with Skelton Estates concerning a further funding contribution towards flood related works.

Cllr Rostron advised that he had been successful with funding of £19,000 from Yorwaste for play park funding. It was advised that 10% to be self-funded for which Cllr Rostron advised various activities to be held such as car boot sales.

Cllr Rostron advised that NYCC had confirmed that they would carry out repairs to the footbridge, with plywood in the short term, to be replaced by like for like sleepers in the longer term.

The clerk advised that the defibrillator had been purchased and that a contractor had been asked to install this outside the village hall.

Cllr Thompson advised that he had put forward a motion to allow wider and easier access to the “Speed Matrix Boards” for parish councils.

April 2017

Letter received from building constructors:

Dear resident, 

Re-development at Oswin Grove, Gilling West, Richmond  

We are writing to inform you that work is starting on the construction of 11 x 2 and 3 bedroom homes with additional car parking for neighbouring residents. 

Esh Property Services are carrying out the work which will start week commencing     2 May 2017 and the scheme is expected to be completed by Spring 2018.  The site working times will be Monday – Friday 8.00am until 6.00pm and occasional Saturdays 8am – 2.00pm. 

Initial work will involve trial holes, constructing the road and sewer infrastructure followed by the construction of the 2 and 3 bedroom homes and additional parking bays. 

In order for the re-development work to be carried out there will be no vehicle access to your home from 9 May 2017 until spring 2018.  New parking bays will be constructed solely for your use, which, unfortunately will not be available until the end of the contract.  

We realise that a certain amount of disruption may be caused during the course of the work and we will do our utmost to ensure that impact on your local community is kept to a minimum along with assisting  where ever possible with deliveries to your home etc.,  

Newsletters outlining how the scheme is progressing will be issued to you throughout the construction period. 

Esh Property Services are part of the Considerate Constructors Scheme and the site will be subject to rigorous inspections to ensure that we are operating to the highest standards, and complying with the scheme’s conditions and advice. 

Building sites can be dangerous places. If you have children in your household please ensure they are not allowed to play in the areas of work. We will be visiting local primary schools to carry out site safety talks around the dangers of construction sites.

 If you have any queries about the works please contact; 

Dean Purvis Site Manager on 0797 132 1337 or 

Mandy Lowther Customer Care Manager on 0797  021 6782 or

Customer Care Line (local rate number) 0845 270 2288 

Yours faithfully 

B Anderson 

Brian Anderson

Contracts manager- Esh Property Services.


May 2017

Re-development of Oswin Grove starts today (2nd May). This is being carried out by Esh Property Services and is expected to be completed by Spring 2018. The site working times will; be Monday - Friday 8.00am until 6.00pm and occasional Saturdays 8am - 2pm

July 2016

A new Treasurer for the Village Hall Committee has been appointed. Jordan Cooper has succeeded Claire Hudson.

Another Car Boot Sale was held on 10th - this time on behalf of the Village Hall. Although attendance was restricted due to poor weather, funding was good.


June 2016

The Car Boot Sale held on Sunday 26th on behalf of St. Agatha's Church, was very well attended and raised record funds. The next event will be held on Sunday, July 10th.

The Post Office in the John Ross Suite will not open on Wednesday, July 6th as Andrew Hill, Postmaster has a medical appointment.

Due to a change in management responsibility of the Cricket Ground, the first Car Boot Sale (Sunday June 5th) has been cancelled. Subject to confirmation, the remaining Car Boot Sales (listed in Events Programme) will take place.

April 2016

Subject to planning approval being granted, Broadacres expect to start work at Oswin Grove in June, with a project completion date of autumn 2017.

December 2015

Periods of heavy rain.

November 2015 -

Picture displays some of the equipment set recently in the Play Park.

October 2015 - 

High Street Footbridge is being replaced. This work began on Monday 26th and is planned to last for 3 weeks. As part of the works there will be upgrades to the approach paths on both sides including dealing with the settlement around the manhole on the South side of the bridge. The new bridge will be slightly higher than the existing bridge so that it is above the soffit of the existing stone road bridge which it is hoped will alleviate some of the flooding issues in the village.

Richmondshire Cricket Club have confirmed they are no longer to use the village cricket ground. They will be withdrawing their equipment in March and setting up at Richmond School. How the ground will be used henceforward is to be examined by the Parish Council.

A planning application has been made to upgrade and surface dress the track from Forcett Lane south to Mill Farm.


September 2015

Tuesday, September 1st - Royal Mail have removed the letter box from the original village shop wall in the centre of High Street today. A free standing replacement has been set next to the bus stop shelter on the opposite side and is ready for use.

August 2015

Post Office - Opening hours whilst Postmaster (ANDY) is away getting married & on honeymoon:

Tuesday 25th August - Normal Service            Wednesday 26th August - No Service

 Tuesday 01st September - Normal Service      Wednesday 02nd September - No Service    

Tuesday 8th September - Normal Service   Wednesday 9th September - No Service  

Tuesday 15th September - Resume Normal Service                            

July 2015

A66 - Access restricted at the Melsonby crossing in particular as road marking is being undertaken from Scotch Corner to Ravensworth.

The Angel Inn - re-opened under new management in the first fortnight.

Car Boot Sale - held on Sunday 5th at the Cricket Ground in good weather in aid of St. Agatha's church funds, raised £688.

June 2015

Car Boot Sale, held in very good weather, reached £800 in funds for the Village Hall.

Car Boot Sale to be held on June 7th at the GW Cricket Ground. Sellers will have access at 12 noon and the event will start at 1pm and end at 4pm. 

Fees: Sellers: Vans = £12; Cars = £8; General Public - Adults =£0.50 (Children = Free).

Visitors will be encouraged to park their cars on the Ground.

May 2015

Surface Dressing Programme completed 27/05/15.

April 2015

Richmondshire District Council will commence a Surface Dressing Programme for local roads shortly. This will include: Hartforth/Forcett Lane - May 10/11 and Gilling West High Street - May 11th.

Work has commenced this month at Oswin Grove.

March 2015

Post Office opened on Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th in the John Ross Suite as planned.

Superfast Broadband is now accessible in the village and will transform internet speed henceforward. To find out more connect to

The Angel Inn did not open on Wednesday 11th or thereafter and is understood to have closed its business. 

The White Swan has had a new kitchen installed.

February 2015

Re. plans for the rebuilding of Oswin Grove, Broadacres will be holding a Community Consultation in the Village Hall on Thursday 26th from 3.00-7.00pm.

One of the very large trees, hovering over the north end of the High Street bridge has been removed following decision that branches could fall causing an accident.

January 2015

Priest in Charge, Revd. John Richards has announced his retirement, to take place at the end of May 2015.

November 2014

Post Office are to restore services in March 2015 to Gilling West customers by introducing a Hosted Outreach service which will operate from the John Ross Suite at the Village Hall.

September 2014

BT are preparing to connect fibre optic cabinet - installed in July - with broadband facilities already established at Aske. Superfast access is expected in early November.

August 2014

NYCC will be carrying out carriageway patching works on the B6274 - Hartforth Lane, Forcett Lane, C108 Warrener Lane, Low Lodge, Aske and Anteforth House on next Wednesday 3rd September. As with all works of this nature disruption will be inevitable and NYCC state that every effort will be made to keep this to a minumum. Notification signs on site will show the proposed start/finish times.

Gilling West Oil-buying Cooperatives

The next order for Gilling West will be placed on Wednesday 3rd September 2014. If you would like to order through the cooperative on this date please contact Martha Holmes on 01904 545 020 or email


Why buy oil through an Oil-buying Cooperative?

Bulk buying oil with your neighbours is a great way to lower the cost of your oil bills and reduce your carbon footprint.

Research shows that when communities buy together they can see a 10% reduction in their oil costs, meaning fewer oil tankers on local roads.

Richmondshire District Council has asked Yorkshire Energy Partnership to set up an Oil-buying Cooperative for the residents of Richmondshire.

How does it work?

1.       We will work with you and your community to establish how an Oil-buying Cooperative will benefit you.

2.       Once enough residents within a community have expressed an interest in the cooperative, a dedicated Oil Coordinator will liaise with the oil suppliers to negotiate a cheaper price per litre for the members.

3.       We will then place the order with the chosen oil supplier and pass on the member’s delivery details.

It is free for you to be a member of an Oil-buying Cooperative. Yorkshire Energy Partnership will levy a small administration charge (of 1p per litre) to oil suppliers to cover administration charges.

Many Oil-buying Cooperatives run with a volunteer acting as the coordinator and because the cooperatives being set up by Yorkshire Energy Partnership and Richmondshire District Council are currently part-funded, we will encourage and support members of the oil cooperatives to carry on with the cooperatives once they are properly established.

What do I do next?

·         To express your interest in join Gilling West Oil Buying Cooperative call your Oil Coordinator, Martha Holmes, on 01904 545 020 or email

·         The Oil Coordinator will then contact all members in time for the next order date. If you need to put an order in, you can let the coordinator know how much you need along with any delivery requirements.

·         The Oil Coordinator will then negotiate with the suppliers until they have the best price for the members.

·         Members will then receive notification of the price of the oil per litre, the oil supplier that will be delivering and when they should expect to receive the delivery.

·         Once the oil has been delivered members pay for the delivery direct to the oil supplier.

For more information please contact Martha Holmes, Oil Coordinator at Yorkshire Energy Partnership on 01904 545 020 or by emailing

For more information about Yorkshire Energy Partnership please visit



The drainage improvement and carriageway resurfacing work undertaken during the last 6 weeks, with full road closure during some periods, appears to have been completed with Hartforth Lane and Hargill accessible.

July 2014

We have received a letter from NYCC, Business & Environmental Services​ today, to advise that there will be a Drainage Improvement and carriageway Resurfacing Works on Hartforth Lane, Hargill and B6274, High Street, Gilling West.

This will start on site 14th July and run for a total of 6 weeks, one site being constructed at a time.

The Hartforth Lane section will be from the the Cricket Ground entrance to the junction with Hargill (the north end of the High Street which leads up to the A66). The remainder involves the southern part of the High Street leading towards Richmond up to just before Aske Hall.
During the work on Hartforth Lane and Hargill, a full road closure will be made. Every attempt will be made to maintain access to properties, however due to the nature of the works, there may be times where access will be restricted.
Advanced notification signs will be placed on the Highway.
The Contractor for the works will be Ringway Infrastructure Services Ltd and their representative on site can be contacted on 08458-727374. 

June 2014

This morning, Monday 2nd, BT engineers are installing Superfast Broadband Fibre optic cables to our cabinet in the High Street, near the telephone box.
This will enable most of us to receive up to 80Mbps download and up to 20Mbps upload for our broadband connection when the work is completed shortly.

May 2014

Keith Charlton, aged 73 years, died peacefully in hospital on April 23rd. His funeral took place at St. Agatha's church on Thursday, May 8th followed by cremation at Darlington. The service at Gilling was well attended. A record of his life follows:
Keith was born on 7th September 1940 at Gilling West to Percy and Vera Charlton.
At four years old, Keith moved to Sandsykes (off Sedbury Lane) with mother, father and brother, Percy. We think this is where Keith's love of gardening started, as Sandsykes was a market garden and small holding.
Keith began his education at the village C of E school later than others because of ill health. However, this did not hinder Keith at all. He became hardworking, bright, intelligent and had a sharp sense of humour..
After leaving school, Keith continued working at Sandsykes, helping to look after the gardens and livestock.
Keith began full-time employment on Catterick Camp in the Forestry Department, but, after a while transferred to the love of his life - the gardens - where he had many happy years working with Steve Morton and the gang..
Keith took early retirement after receiving his long service medal and returned to gardening in Gilling plus doing odd-jobs in the village like keeping the War Memorial and the Village Hall frontage tidy.
Keith's love of gardening branched out into growing leeks and onions for show. His highlight was to win The Ship Inn's 'Onion Show' more than once.
When Jimmy Reid moved to Gilling a great friendly rivalry started on growing leeks and onions. This led to the re-launching of the Gilling Leek & Onion Club. Keith's selling talents came to the fore - selling meat draw tickets for the club in 'The Angel Inn' and The White Swan' on a regular weekly basis.
Keith's other hobbies included a love of aircraft, weather forecasting and playing darts. With aircraft, Keith's ambition was once reached as he, Percy and Vera had a flight on Concorde.
Following the death of their mother, brother Percy and Keith came together and lived in a converted house at the village centre from 1969 onward.

April 2014


The new season begins at Gilling West's ground on Saturday 21st. Richmondshire CC's 4th and 5th XIs will be playing Darlington and District League matches - A and C Division, on alternate Saturdays - 2.00pm start.

Under 13 Darlington & District Junior League matches will be held on Monday evenings - 6.00pm start.

Under 12 North Yorkshire Area Cricket Council Junior League North matches will be held on Tuesday evenings - 6.00pm start.

Under 11 North Yorkshire Area Cricket Council Junior League North will be held on Monday evenings - 6.00pm start.


A major burglary is reported to have taken place at Aske in the last 24 hours (03/04/14). Please notify the police with any related information.


North Yorkshire County Council announce there will be a temporary road closure at the Skeeby end of Sedbury Lane for a fortnight beginning Monday, April 7th to undertake drainage works.


Set against the east wall of the north aisle of St Agatha’s is a white and antico rosso marble memorial to Admiral Sir Christopher (Kit) Cradock, born at Hartforth Hall and educated in Richmond. Cradock and over 1600 of his men were lost at the Battle of Coronel, off the coast of Chile, on All Hallows 1914, the worst British naval disaster for 100 years. Kit commanded a scrapyard flotilla, obsolete, crewed mainly by reservists and incapable of fighting anything but light vessels. Opposing him was the crack German squadron of Admiral Graf von Spee, one of the German navy’s best commanders. Outranged and outgunned, Cradock nonetheless sought battle, urged on by the head of the Navy, Winston Churchill, who refused to send him reinforcements and told him his forces were sufficient. Although Kit knew he was doomed he fought because he believed he had to follow orders and uphold the Navy’s reputation. Cradock was blamed for the disaster and the man who led the charge against him, in a bid to save his own reputation, was Churchill who attacked Cradock in Government and later in his book The World Crisis Steve R Dunn has written the first biography of Cradock. The book sets out to challenge the premise that Kit was to blame. For a century his story has been untold; now he is revealed as a true Yorkshire hero. The Scapegoat; the life and tragedy of a fighting admiral and Churchill’s role in his death is available from Amazon and all good booksellers. Additionally, Steve is giving a lecture about Cradock at Richmond museum on July 29th.

February 2014


For too many years many Gilling West Parishioners have had to live with the fear that their homes might be flooded from surrounding fields or from the river – or both!!

During this period, the Parish Council have repeatedly approached various organisations, in particular the Environment Agency (EA), to help with flood defences. 

It is apparent now that we, as a village, ‘must take the matter into our own hands’. To this end the Parish Council requested, and has been granted £21,600 from Richmond District Council. This is to be used for the re-profiling of the river near Oswin Grove and the terracing of the river from Gilling Bridge to downstream of the Iron Bridge at Anteforth. In order to continue to protect these improvements, annual maintenance will be required at substantial cost. We therefore have, reluctantly, decided to increase the village precept by £4 per annum, which will vary slightly depending upon the banding of your property. This will provide the Parish Council with a further £1000 annually which will help offset the cost of the maintenance programme.

Such improvements might also encourage Insurance Companies to review their current excessive premiums which would be beneficial to all.

To date we have had only limited success in this area, indeed recently the EA has stopped all direct help including the annual dredging of the 3rd arch of Gilling Bridge. Flooding continues, and this has resulted in hardship for many households who have had to vacate their homes, increased insurance premiums and also contend with decreasing house values.

January 2014


Peter Deighton, an active member of the local community for many years, passed away on Sunday, January 19th aged 80. He was born in Gilling West, the youngest of three children and after attending the local primary school he went to Richmond Grammar school. He began his working life on the railway at Catterick Bridge and did National Service at age 18 in the Royal Engineers from whom he received an excellent Testimonial.

Following National Service, Peter returned to the railway at Richmond Station until closure, when he moved to Darlington Station and became Station Manager up to his retirement in 1992.

Peter met and married Edith in his twenties at Forcett. He was an active sportsman - a member of both Gilling West cricket and football clubs. From early life he had a great interest and enthusiasm for motor-bikes and took part in Scott Trials on many occasions. Also, he used to visit the Isle of Man regularly to watch the TT races - one of which visits was also a honeymoon with Edith in 1960.

During these times, Peter developed his interest in the local community as a member of the Parish Council, for which he became Chairman in 1976 and served for many years. In the 1970s, he played an active role in reforming Gilling West Cricket Club for which he was groundsman. Peter was also an active gardener - something he really enjoyed.

Peter and Edith had two children - John and Ann - and three grandchildren - Sophie, Liam and Lewis. He was very proud as grandfather, to watch Lewis play for Yorkshire 2nd XI last summer at Headingley.

Peter's funeral service on Wednesday 29th at St. Agatha's was very well attended.


Heavy showers during the last fortnight have increased the flooding in the area. The beck level rose to cover 75% of the marker post near the High Street bridge on Thursday 9th and on several other dates this month.

December 2013

There will be a Parish Council meeting in the John Ross Suite, Village Hall on Wednesday, 11th at 7.00pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

November 2013

There will be an Annual General Meeting of the Village Hall Committee in the Main Hall next Thursday at 7.00pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend. 

October 2013

Excavation work by local farmers this month has much improved the flow of Gilling Beck either side of the High Street bridge.


The Village Main Hall and Kitchen interiors will be undergoing a complete repaint commencing on Monday 7th. This work is planned to be completed by Saturday 12th.

September 2013 

A speed warning unit has been placed on the southern end of the High Street.


JOHN CRONIN, a very active member of our community who called up a general meeting in 2004 to set up what became known as the John Ross Suite, died late last month. His funeral was held Friday 6th at 2pm in St. Agatha's church.

Obituary: A well-known and much-loved figure in the Richmond and Gilling West area has died suddenly at the age of 66. Ex-councillor John Cronin, of Gilling West, had recently been diagnosed with cancer while driving in France and had just begun treatment for it when he died on August 31st. Born in Cork, Ireland, in 1947, John joined the British Army as a boy soldier, transferring to the Royal Irish Rangers and serving in Aden, Germany and North Africa during the late 1960s. On leaving the Army, he married his first wife, Gina, trained as a teacher at Ripon St. John College and subsequently taught history and outdoor pursuits - both subjects dear to his heart - at Bedale School. He was an avid Rugby Union player, playing on the wing for Wensleydale in the 1970s and 1980s and serving on the committee in a number of positions. On moving to Gilling from the Ripon area, John quickly made himself familiar with the countryside around the village and with Swaledale in general and began leading guided walks in order to share his knowledge and enthusiasm with others. A familiar affable figure with his flowing locks and bushy beard, John got to know many of his fellow villagers and Richmond residents and always had time for a chat. He enjoyed the bonhomie of the pubs in Gilling and Richmond and was a major figure in the local folk-music scene, with his accomplished bodhran (Irish drum) playing and lusty singing. Another interest was amateur dramatics and he and his second wife, Gill, revived the annual Gilling pantomime around Christmas time, acting in or directing several productions. He had a strong sense of social justice based upon his extensive knowledge of history, a Celtic love of a good argument and a forth-right manner of expressing his views, so perhaps it was inevitable that he would become involved in local politics, first as a parish councillor and then on being elected on Richmondshire District Council, on which he served from 2003 until 2006. It came as something of surprise when, on Gill's retirement in 2006, they bought a motorhome and began touring around Europe, only returning to Gilling for one month a year. Yet this nomadic lifestyle suited them and they were greeted with open arms by everyone on their brief visits home. As befits this gregarious, larger-than-life character, the funeral at St. Agatha's church in Gilling and afterwards at the village inn, was full of those who had known him and gathered to celebrate an interesting and colourful life. He is survived by his widow and a daughter from his first marriage, Vanessa.

August 2013

Jimmy Reid "Pumpkinmeister" sadly passed away earlier this month. There will be an opportunity for Jimmy's friends to gather and celebrate the life of a truly great character on Saturday 17th between 1.00 and 3.00pm in The Angel Inn. His daughter, Jill, has submitted an obituary:

Mr James Reid of Curtain Gardens, Gilling West, Richmond sadly died last week at the grand age of 91. He passed away in Darlington Memorial Hospital.

Mr Reid was somewhat of an institution in Richmond. Famous for producing vegetables, of the giant variety, of course. From 600lb pumpkins to 22 inch plus onions he was well known and respected all over the country by other vegetable growers.

Born in Sunderland he started work at about 13 years old selling flowers, then onto pigs. He joined the Merchant Navy and travelled all over the world delivering much needed supplies, including landing at the Omaha beaches a few days after the DDay landings. On one occasion he missed his ship only to find that the ship, along with many of his close friends, was sunk the next day.

Being an entrepreneur he eventually started up Reid's of Sunderland, one of the largest demolition businesses of its time in the North East. Wanting to escape the bustle of Sunderland he bought a caravan in Newsham and would visit every weekend. Before he realised it the weekends had turned to full weeks and he moved into a house in Hartforth with his daughter. Each day they both travelled back to Sunderland, him to work and his daughter to school.

Finally persuading his wife to join him he bought his house in Gilling West and continued his hobby of growing and winning with his champion leeks and onions. Winning almost every year at large shows in Sunderland he now began to win shows in Yorkshire and further afield. He was even asked by Blue Peter to take one of his giant pumpkins to the show. Four burly men and a tarpaulin later it was eventually delivered to London and duly appeared.

Over the years he won many wonderful prizes including an all expenses paid trip to Canada. Of course he didn't go, instead he passed the prize on to the 2nd prize-winner and took the trophy instead.

He continued the work of the previous house owner and started selling bedding plants and hanging baskets and did so right up until this summer. People travelled from all over the North and Yorkshire for his plants. He wasn't interested in the money, simply gathering in the funds to heat his greenhouses throughout the winter.

On visiting his compost supplier a few summers ago his car was damaged by a fork lift truck. Being Jimmy he even turned that to his advantage saying lets not be too worried about it, 8 bags of compost should cover it!

Regularly featured on the BBC, ITV and in local newspapers he was indeed much loved for his ‘Keep taking the tablets’ attitude to life. This was strange as when he went into the Friary he delighted in telling the nurses that he had never been in hospital, never worn a raincoat, been on a bus or visited the dentist!

His treatment was second to none and with lots of work his family managed to get him home, if only for two days. He got to see his three loves, his dog Gypsy, Cockatiel Joey and of course his leeks and onions. Sadly he was rushed to Darlington two days later and despite efforts to improve his health and get him at least back to the friary, he died just over a week later. He fell in love with the staff at the Friary and was so happy during his stay there.

Jimmy never attended a funeral in his life after bad childhood memories of his father's illness and did not want to have one himself. The closest he ever got was parking outside of a church on the street and sitting there until the service ended. His daughter and son-in-law have followed his wishes and he is to be cremated on 6th August at a private ceremony.

Jill, his daughter intends to have a celebration at her house on Aske in mid august and anyone wanting to attend will be very welcome. Jimmy's pride and joy, his leeks and onions, were ironically, the best he had grown in many years. They were dug up and handed around to those who wanted them in the village. The job of growing should be handed down to Shaun Hilary, Jimmy's confident and no doubt holder of his secrets feeds and potions. Those eating them will no doubt remember that Jimmy likened eating his onions and leeks to ’eating his bairns!’

Finally his beloved dog gypsy was found a forever home in Cardiff and was driven down by Jill and Andrew. Keeping tabs on her has seen that she is now part of a loving family and is becoming an integral part of their lives. I was told yesterday that with the help of three adults a muzzle and three hours she has even had a makeover.

Joey the cockatiel was kindly taken in by Kim from The Angel Inn, Gilling and now has two budgies for company.

All I can say is that I feel sorry for the people who move into his house. I'm sure that for years to come people will be calling in looking for Jimmy.


July 2013

The White Swan - The inn has now re-opened. Due to the scale of the refurbishment and their plans for the future, please bear with them while some work continues. They are currently not providing their full food menu or facilities, however they are sure you’ll love the progress they have made so far. Keep checking back for updates ( __________________

The Angel Inn is putting together a small shop for the villagers. From this Saturday (29th), bread, milk and eggs will be available. As the weeks go on they plan to add items including newspapers. Opening times are Mon - Fri: 9am - 12pm and 5pm till late. Fri - Sun 9am - till late.


Community Library & Book Exchange at the John Ross Suite in the Village Hall commences on Monday, July 5th.


June 2013

Car Boot Sale held on the Cricket Ground last Sunday 16th in aid of Village Hall funds raised £585. Over 30 sellers' cars were present.


The Village Store and Post Office will finally close down on Friday, June 28th.


May 2013

Helen Barbara Wilkinson

Helen sadly passed away on May 17th and her funeral service at St. Agatha's church yesterday, Friday 31st, was very well attended.

The Village Store and Post Office, owned and managed by Helen, is closed this weekend and arrangements for future service are awaited.


North Yorkshire Open Studios

Over two weekends in June - 8/9 & 15/16th, North Yorkshire Open Studios gives the public a chance to visit real artist studios and purchase original artwork.

This June over 100 artists will open up their studios as part of the North Yorkshire Open Studios, a free annual event that combines culture, breathtaking views and a chance to hone your navigation skills…

With studios located right across the county, from the remote hills of the Upper Dales to the suburban streets of Harrogate, across the Vale of York to the rural North Yorks Moors and Coast, this is a fantastic chance to spend a leisurely weekend discovering original artwork - from cutting edge craft and design to contemporary sculpture, paintings and ceramics.

For a free brochure, contact 0175-6748529 /

Two contributions from the Studio, 18 Millgate, Gilling West (tel: 01748-824734):

Kathy Mabbett in her studio

Brian Pike's painting

Local Government Election

Michael Heseltine (Conservative) elected again having obtained 951 votes from 2210 cast.

Gilling West Cricket Ground

Richmondshire CC 4th and 5th XI home matches will be held at the Ground on Saturdays henceforward - 2.15pm start.

A Car Boot event is to be held next Sunday, May 12th, 9.00-12 noon.

White Swan Inn

Re-furbishing work commenced after Easter. Opening planned for June.

Mobile Police Office

This facility will visit the village centre/green at 10.00am - 10.30am on the following dates: 

  • Monday, 25 March
  • Tuesday, 30 April
  • Friday, 17 May
  • Friday, 21 June

This is a chance for members of this community to come along and speak to a member of Richmond Safer Neighbourhood Team regarding any quality of life issues, crime prevention or merely to air your views about things that are happening in your area.

Gilling West Parish Council Flood Defence Status – latest update

Following the floods of 25 September 2012, a public meeting was held on 15 October where the current status/flood risk were reviewed and proposals from the public were invited. A meeting with Mark Young, NYCC Flood Manager and representatives from the Environment Agency followed on 6 November. It was agreed that the PC would Apply for a Flood Defence Consent, in order to carry out remedial works and reduce the flood risk from Gilling Beck. A meeting was also scheduled with NY Highways in order to reduce the flood risk to the High Street, from surface water on both Forcett Lane and Richmond Road.Councillors Heslop and Allison walked the beck to identify obstructions and draft consent was submitted to the Environment Agency (EA), requesting the beck to be increased in width to 8 metres, similar to the span of bridges at Mill Farm, High Street, Millgate and Gascoigne Farm .

A meeting with NY Flood Partnership Team on 13 December reviewed the proposed consent. It was suggested that a two-stage channel would provide the optimum solution. Wildlife and Ecology would be preserved in the existing channel, whilst the section of the beck would be widened from above normal water level to provide additional capacity in flood conditions.

Gilling West Parish Council agreed to rework/resubmit the consent and meet with Riparian Landowners to seek agreement to this scheme of works. The EA agreed to cost out the proposed works and prepare a cost benefit analysis to be submitted for review with other schemes in the Flood Managers report scheduled March 2013. The Environment Agency agreed to identify a schedule to remove all overhanging beck side vegetation to a height of 8ft.

Gilling West Parish Council met with Mike Woodford of NY Highways Authority, and he agreed to undertake a study to assess the feasibility of re-profiling Forcett Lane and Richmond Road. These works are intended to divert surface flood water into the cricket field and the field below the Treatment Works respectively. If successful these works would prevent surface flood water from entering the Gilling High Street. 


All six houses on the southern end of the High Street and on Waters Lane, which were flooded out last October, have now been re-occupied - the last on Friday 12th April.