Tockwith village news

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Tockwith village news from Wetherby News correspondent Rachel Kelly.

Tockwith Church Services: Sunday, June 7, 4pm Messy Church. 10am United Parish Service and Communion at Long Marston. For more information about Tockwith Church please visit the website or try the Tockwith church Facebook page.

Open Garden: National Garden Scheme garden open for charity at Marston Grange, Marston Road on Sunday, June 7 from 11am to 4pm. Two acre garden with views over the Battlefield of Marston Moor, designed to blend in with the arable landscape and planted with many native and wild flower species. Admission £5, children free. Home-made teas and sandwiches. Refreshments served throughout the day for Marie Curie Cancer Care, Tadcaster. Contact David and Joanne Smakman on 0741 9764813.

Messy Church: Sunday, June 7 at 4pm in Tockwith Church. Fun and lively session with crafts, stories and singing – spending time together learning about Jesus. Messy Church is for children of all ages, from toddlers to teenagers, and parents can stay and enjoy the fun too. If you have any questions, please contact Karen Stobert on 01423 358979 or Angela Jenkins on 01423 358067.

Marston Moor Walkers: The next walk is on Monday, June 8 (the second Monday of the month). Meet at 2pm in front of Spofforth Castle, Castle Street, Spofforth for a walk of 4.5 miles mostly on tracks with gentle hills. All welcome. Any questions or need a lift? - contact Pete Pozman on 01423 359731 or 07854 313112. Five turned up for the last walk on a perfect afternoon for a ramble on the lane by the post office right in Healaugh centre. A unique church, quaint cottages and magnificent mansions give Healaugh a character very different from any other village in this area. The route went south, to the start of Catterton Lane then entered a track hedged on both sides. It took us deep into the landscape to at least a mile from the nearest road. When the track ran out, some careful micro-navigation was called for as there were a lot of footpaths and bridle tracks to choose from. Also, a map, with a survey date vintage 1980, showed no sign of newly planted hedges. But with a bit of teamwork it turned out to be pretty straightforward. By way of Westmorland Wind (the woods here have resonant names, Whin Covert, Shire Oaks, Dews Wood) the route crossed two big arable fields where the paths had been helpfully sprayed on to the Old Coach Road/Manor Lane which links Healaugh to Tadcaster then back to the start along the three miles of green lane. Halfway along the lane is Healaugh Park Priory. Established in 1218, it is one of Yorkshire’s hidden gems. Like Tockwith’s Skewkirk Hall it was founded by the Augustinians and stayed a priory until Thomas Cromwell made it what it is now, a private house called Healaugh Manor Farm. We had a good look at Healaugh village hall at the end of the Old Coach Road before going up the little hill back to the war memorial. Then it was back to the cars. So, a fine excursion in country where traffic and the brouhaha of modern living seemed far away and with lots of scope for new footpath explorations on a revisit.

Village Hall AGM: Everyone is invited to the Village Hall Annual General Meeting at 7pm on Wednesday, June 10 at 7.30pm. Come along and get involved – new committee members are sought. The village hall is owned by the Parish Council for the benefit of the local community. It is managed on a day to day basis by a group of dedicated volunteers, the Management Committee, under a formal lease agreement.

Let’s Do Lunch: a get together, primarily for people on their own for whatever reason, at The Spotted Ox on Thursday, June 11 at 12.30pm. Please contact Mary Shaw on 01423 359003 by Tuesday, June 9 if you would like to book a place.