Marking Remembrance Day during the pandemic

Remembrance Day 2020 is likely to be very different to past years, but we shouldn’t allow coronavirus to prevent us recognising and celebrating our veterans. That’s why Community First Yorkshire are offering gift boxes to older ex-servicemen and women in North Yorkshire. Funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust, boxes will include a collection of Yorkshire-themed items, including biscuits and teabags, as well as commemorative items from the Royal British Legion’s Poppyshop.

The packs are free of charge and will be delivered in early November, arriving in time for Remembrance Sunday. (Packs are suitable for both men and women.)

Do you know anyone in Ebberston, Yedingham or Bickley who might be eligible?

To be eligible for a pack, veterans must:

  • be aged 65 or over;
  • have served in HM Armed Forces (including National Service) or have seen active service as part of the Merchant Navy;
  • live in one of the North Yorkshire districts (i.e. Craven, Hambleton, Harrogate, Richmondshire, Ryedale, Scarborough or Selby).

If you meet the above criteria, or you know an older veteran who does, please see more information on, email or call on 01904 704177.

There are 150 boxes available and they will be distributed on a first come first serve basis, while stocks last, max 1 per household. Deadline for applications is 18 October 2020.


Media contact: Claire Hetherington, Marketing and Communications Officer at Community First Yorkshire 01904 704177

New look for Ebberston Sportsfield

Our Sportsfield has re-opened, and if you’ve had chance to visit, you will have noticed that there have been several developments.

  • New climbing frame
  • New swings
  • New slide at the Sportsfield

New equipment has been installed and toilet refurbishments are also underway. The pavilion is also being repainted.

For maintenance and to keep new equipment and improvements coming, the Sportsfield needs your support. The new play equipment alone has cost over £17,000 so next time you’re down at the park, please slip your spare change into the donation box. We know how much everyone in the village and beyond love our park, so every donation helps.

Commemorating VJ DAY #VJDay75

VE Day 75

The 75th anniversary of VJ Day (Victory over Japan) will be recognised on 15 August 2020 and commemorates the end of the Second World War.

The village looked splendid with the VE day decorations earlier in the year, so while we cannot organise any social events, the village hall committee is urging you to do the same again. Reminders will also be posted up around the village.

Come together with your neighbours with tea, cake, drinks*

Put your bunting and flags out!

Saturday 15th August 2020


* remembering to maintain your social distance of course

See and for some history surrounding VE and VJ Day,

Discover your WW2 history

You can use the following online resources to discover your local and family Second World War histories and connections:

Imperial War Museums
The National Archives
National Army Museum

Or search the IWM’s war memorials register to find local memorials, some of which are in St Mary’s Church.

Parish Clerk & Finance Officer – vacancy (Ebberson with Yedingham & Bickley Parish Council)


Applicants are invited for the post of


Working hours – approximately 18 hours per month

Ebberston with Yedingham and Bickley Parish Council is seeking to appoint a forward thinking Clerk and Finance Officer.

This is an opportunity to become part of a proactive Parish Council with 7 active councillors.

As Clerk to the Council you will be the Proper Officer and as such will be expected to manage the Council’s statuary requirements, advise the Council in its future development and promote the interests of the Parish. As the Finance Officer you will also be responsible for and manage the Council’s income and expenditure, VAT returns, Audits and filing the Annual Return.

Candidates with a good local knowledge of Ebberston, Yedingham and Bickley Parish and the issues facing it are preferred.

You will have or be capable of obtaining the Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA). You will be IT competent and work principally from home.

Some evening work will be required as Parish Council meetings with occasional Planning Committee Meetings occur at this time, attendance at other evening meetings will be infrequent and on an ad hoc, “as needed” basis. There are normally 6 Council meetings per year.

Salary will be paid in accordance with qualifications and experience and in line with the National Joint Council Salary Scale.

Any interested applicants in the first instance please email the Chair of the Council, Councillor Michael Eyre for further details, an informal conversation and an application form. Michael will also issue a list of overall duties and requirements for the role as well as a full job description.

Please contact:

Cllr Michael Eyre

Chair Ebberston with Yedingham and Bickley Parish Council

Tel.  07863 349249 Mail.

Thank you Ebberston

Posted on behalf of Sarah Walker

I’ve just dropped off the second Ryedale Foodbank collection from Ebberston.  The village response has been amazing again.  The car boot was full. The photo shows all the donations sorted and labelled.  People are being so generous and thoughtful in their donations.  Rob from the Foodbank has asked specifically that their thanks is passed onto everyone who has donated. 

Wonderful response again. Thanks very much.


Posted on behalf of Michael Eyre, current chair of the Parish Council

The Parish Council is aware that unofficial notices have been posted throughout Ebberston village this week regarding Coronavirus lockdown measures. These may have offended or caused concern with some residents. Parish Councillors have been approached by residents voicing their concerns.  

Acting on advice from NYCC, the Parish Council informed the Police.  The Police took the matter seriously and have spoken to the relevant household.  The Police have advised that the notices were inappropriate and it was unacceptable to publish someone’s name and address. 

The Parish Council hopes that this course of action will prevent any future issue like this occurring and also give residents that may have felt intimidated or concerned peace of mind.

 The Parish Council advises to follow current Government guidelines regarding Coronavirus.

Foodbank Donations from Ebberston residents

Thank you very much to everyone who donated to the Ebberston Ryedale Food Bank collection so generously. The donations box was filled twice over. The car boot was full when the goods were sorted and labelled ready for delivery.

The next Collection will be on Friday 5 June. The box for donations is located at the Chapel.

If you need help from the Foodbank then visit

Posted on behalf of Sarah Walker

Ebberston in lockdown- a snapshot in time

Monday 23rd March 2020. Our prime minister announces the UK is on lockdown due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Shops, pubs, cafes all shut. The British public are allowed outside once a day for exercise. This was a time for the country to pull together and help each other out. This is a blog to capture this unique moment in our history. While at the time of writing lockdown restrictions are slowly beginning to lift, it is important to remember how our village coped with coronavirus.

Village volunteers helping those who need it
Creative chalk drawings reminding us to keep our distance
The adopted symbol of the nation, light at the end of the rainbow
A hunt around the village for these decorative rocks
Classic humour to keep spirits up
Daily jokes to keep the village amused
Did you do this?
Park closed
Park closed
Roadside “Flowers”

Help Ryedale Foodbank


Due to the current Covid-19 situation, the demand on Ryedale Food Bank is growing and we’d like to help. 

Ebberston Chapel has agreed to become a collection point for donations which will be taken to the Food Bank in Norton and distributed from there.  There is a box for donations outside the Chapel.

Items needed:

Breakfast Cereals * Pasta * Rice * Pasta Sauce * Soup * Tinned Beans * Tinned Meat * Tinned Vegetables * Tinned Fruit * UHT Milk * Tea * Coffee * Sugar * Biscuits * Snacks * Sanitary Products

A list is also on the Chapel noticeboard, the village website ( and copies are available in the collection box.

The first collection will be made on Friday 22 May and weekly thereafter.  Donations will be very gratefully received – please make sure that items are well within their sell by/best before date. 

For further information:

please contact Robert Rayner (859422) or Sarah Walker (850703)