Few will have missed the news in the summer of Major Chris Brannigan, the "Barefoot Soldier", and his epic 700-mile walk from Land's End to Edinburgh to help fund research into his daughter Hasti's rare condition. These things have a habit of spreading and, sure enough, his route has now been divided into 120 segments, each of which is being walked by volunteers to raise awareness and further funds. The "baton" being passed from group to group is Obama the Llama, one of Hasti's favourite toys, and one handover will be taking place in North Stainley on Monday 16th November 2020.
Obama will make his way to Ripon Cathedral by about 11:30 am where he will be passed into the care of members from the Dishforth Military Wives Choir who will then (brave and soggy souls) carry him along the Ripon Rowel route to North Stainley Village Hall for handing on to the next group. They should be easily identifiable. While everyone else will be huddled in waterprooofs and fleeces, the walkers will be wearing yellow t-shirts and will be .. erm .. barefoot! That isn't going to be easy or comfortable so if you feel you can support their efforts there are a couple of ways to donate. You can go to www.hopeforhasti.org or the walkers will be toting a donation bucket. 'Tis already the season of goodwill so please turn out, if you can, along the route or at the village hall and give generously. Timings are difficult to judge but 5 miles at less than a couple of miles per hour (it's not a route march!) with stops is probably going to take around three hours/three and a half hours?
As with the previous lockdown, volunteers in the village have compiled a comprehensive list of services being offered by local supermarkets, restaurants, butchers, bakers and other everyday essentials. There are many new outlets which were not included in the past so the list is well worth a quick look before you attempt any shopping.
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Community spirit is clearly still in evidence, as it was during Lockdown 1, and once again the Local Voluntary Support Group for North Stainley and Sleningford has offered its services to help anyone who might be in need of help and support. Contact details are shown below, as well as a call for volunteers to help with this very worthwhile collective effort.
In amongst all the Covid-19 bad news in 2020 has come 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 until recently 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.
Naturally, full Covid-19 precautions are in place and every care is being taken to ensure the safety of both customers and staff.
For sample menus and other information go to www.thestaveleyarms.co.uk
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.
The leaflet below is a reminder to dog owners of their legal responsibilities:
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14th July 2020 - The Government has updated its guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable.
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 2020 (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 www.harrogate.gov.uk.
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