Local government reform – an update

North Yorkshire County Council has now sent the government its bid for a mega-council, paired with the significantly smaller City of York unitary.  The six district and borough councils of Craven, Harrogate, Richmondshire, Ryedale, Scarborough and Selby have submitted an alternative proposal for an “East and West” model of two unitary councils of a similar population and economic size. This would see Craven, Harrogate, Richmondshire and Hambleton join together to form a unitary council in the west, and Selby, York, Ryedale and Scarborough join together to form a unitary council in the east. 

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Blacksmith’s Arms re-opening

Blacksmith's Arms

It is with much pleasure that Simon & Tracy announce that the Blacksmiths Arms will be opening again from Monday lunchtime, 6th July.

Of course things will have to be different.  A one way system will be in place, all customers are to be seated, no dogs or small children are permitted in the pub but dogs are allowed in the beer garden. Numbers of customers will also be limited.  Food will be served, via bookings only, on Mon, Wed, Fri and Sat evenings and for Sunday lunch.  Sunday lunch deliveries still available for the village.

I’m sure we will all give Simon and Tracy the support they need whilst they implement all the new requirements and restrictions.  Please be patient.

St. Leonard’s starts to re-open

St Leonard's Church

Good news!

At long last we are able to unlock the Church doors and invite you to spend some time inside for private prayer and contemplation.   Due to the extra cleaning regimes we are required to put in place, St. Leonard’s will initially be open every Tuesday and Saturday between 10.00am and 4.30 pm.   We look forward very much to welcoming you all back. 

 The Churchyard continues to be cared for and remains open everyday for you to visit and spend some quiet time in reflection there.

Broadband for Farlington

All of the local residents who have lived in Farlington for more than two years may remember that David carried out a survey of the Broadband speeds that were available to telephone users in our immediate area.  The results were used to reinforce our arguments for a Fibre link from Stillington (or Sherrif Hutton) to Farlington.  The situation has moved on and BT considers that it has fulfilled its commitment to provide HSBB to local rural areas but we do not appear to be receiving the, frequently promised, improved connectivity. Members of the Parish Meeting are attempting to re-energise the work and need current figures to prove that we have no better Broadband than we had 3 or 4 years ago.  

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Village Hall – Hire

Farlington Village Hall

Farlington Village Hall is a lovely little space with a cosy log fire for those chilly winter evenings. It’s a perfect venue for around 20 people seated, or around 30 standing.

It has various facilities, which include a coffee machine with free coffee, a hot water urn and free tea, various chairs, benches, and tables, free fuel for the fire, and a portaloo.

As well as hosting the annual Parish AGM, the Village Hall has been used for a wide range of less formal events, including pop up summer cafes, christmas carols, pie n’peas night, and the curry night shown below.

So, as you can see the Village Hall is more than capable of adapting to most requirements. The question, is what could you use it for?

Hire charges for the Hall are a paltry £5/hour, with a minimum £10 charge.

To book the hall, please contact secretary@farlington.org.uk.