News & Events

This Sunday, 14th November 2021, there will be a short Act of Remembrance at 9:45 a.m. at St Mary's Church.  The service will take place in the churchyard unless the weather is uncooperative, in which case remembrance will be inside the church.

The school will be holding a Christmas Fair this Saturday 13th November 2021 in the Village Hall between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.


Santa will be in his Grotto and there will be a Christmas tabletop sale as well as refreshments including bacon sandwiches - an event for all the family to enjoy.


All proceeds from the fair will go to the school and to St Mary's Church.

From the North Stainley Sports & Recreation Trust

"The Trust's recent survey generated a very encouraging response from the community and participation rates were significantly higher than is normal for such surveys.  Although the results reflected views from a good cross-section of village residents, those in the younger age bracket were unfortunately under-represented.

Overall, people gave very positive feedback reflecting what could be summarised as 'living in a picturesque village situated in a beautiful location with a thriving community'.  There were clearly some areas where residents felt there was room for improvement, particularly in the area of infrastructure and services. Improvements in these ares would, it was felt, make day-to-day living easier, the village more sustainable, and would take North Stainley from being an attractive to an aspirational place to live and make a home.

A significant number of the suggestions made fell outside the remit or gift of the Sports & Recreation Trust and the committee has since discussed ways and means of sharing these findings, of working with other village groups and perhaps even of reviewing the Trust's current mandate.  The aim would be to drive and support initiatives either independently or by working with others as appropriate.

Following discussions with other interested parties in the coming days, the committee will be sharing detailed feedback on the survey outcomes with the community, will share plans for the future from across the village, and will listen to and discuss your views on them.

Thank you again for your support and patience.  We will be in touch again very soon."


Staveley Arms Bar

In amongst all the Covid-19 bad news came one very welcome piece of good news for North Stainley.  The village pub is back up and running again!

Now back in its traditional guise as the Staveley Arms and under skilled and experienced new management, things are definitely looking up.  The new team, led by chef Dave Mathews, was formerly in charge at the Bruce Arms in West Tanfield and so has no shortage of experience or local knowledge.  Although the move was not without risk in these 'unprecedented' times, the Staveley Arms has rewarded the team's courage and has been consistently busy since it reopened.  The pub has been given a comprehensive internal facelift which makes it seem much brighter and spacious than in its earlier incarnations.  The menus aim to appeal to a wide range of tastes and, wherever possible, local suppliers and sources are used.

Things are, of course, not quite back to normal and Covid-19 precautions are in place to ensure the safety of both customers and staff.  The pub does however benefit from extensive outdoor accommodation so, while summer lasts, there's no reason not to head down to the local.  A warm welcome awaits you!

For sample menus and other information go to

As people stay closer to home as a result of the pandemic, local footpaths are being used increasingly by residents for their daily exercise.  Those same footpaths are also used by dog walkers, most of whom are kind enough to pick up after their dogs, thus ensuring that paths and fields remain poo-free.  

Unfortunately, some owners do not obey the rules and the Parish Council has noted a significant increase in dog-fouling reports. Some owners allow their dogs to foul the footway, others have been seen sending them to foul farmers' fields, while yet others go to the trouble of bagging the waste and then throw it into woodland or adjacent fields.  On behalf of the whole North Stainley community, the Parish Council appeals to the irresponsible few to mend their ways and pick up after their dogs thus making local paths safer and more pleasant for everyone.

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The leaflet below is a reminder to dog owners of their legal responsibilities:



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History Books

The link below will provide you with a fascinating insight into life as it used to be in our village.

North Stainley has a Community Public Access Defibrillator (CPAD) which is kept in a yellow box on the Village Hall veranda, facing the recreation ground.  The only way to access the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) which it contains, is to dial 999 (or 112).  Would you know when to use it and what to do with it?  If not, please read on - it may save someone's life.

In 2017, the District Council introduced charges for the Garden Refuse Service.

The charge for the opt-in subscription service for collections from mid-March to end November 2021 (19 fortnightly collections) is £41 this year. You can apply at Harrogate Borough Council Garden Waste or by phoning Customer Services on 01423 500600. You will need a debit or credit card.  The dates of first and final collections will be confirmed once you have subscribed.

COVID-19 - the pandemic has at times impacted on HBC's ability to deliver services. For details of any changes, please check at

The Government has issued new guidance in a bid to answer concerns about the effect, if any, of coronavirus on the food we all eat .  Details are here - Guidance for consumers on coronavirus (COVID-19) and food