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David and Val’s Christmas Quiz

David and Val Palfrey have hosted the Christmas quiz at the village hall for the last few years. Although things are a little different this year, they wanted to make sure you did not miss out so have kindly created a bumper 100 question quiz for you to do over the festive period. Just for fun. Some paper copies will also be placed on the Chapel Notice Board.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and hope that we will soon be back to using the Village Hall!

Answers will be posted here on 2nd January. Any quibbles, well, the quizmaster and quizmistress’s word is final of course!

Val and David say

“Hope you had time over Christmas and New Year to attempt the Ebberston Christmas Quiz (you could always have Googled the answers!). Wishing you a Happy and Healthy 2021 and hoping we can all Quiz together in the Village Hall next December.”

Ebberston’s Window Wonderland

Ebberston’s “Window Wonderland” starts on 1st December, and there will be at least one new festive display to see around the village every day all the way until Christmas Eve.

Although we are not yet able to organise any face to face events, Ebberston village hall committee was keen to arrange a Covid-safe alternative event. And over 40 households rallied to the call to join in and are making colourful festive, Christmas or Winter themed displays in their front windows (or doors, or garden), all visible as residents walk around the village . 

The list of where and when displays can be seen is on the village hall noticeboard or you can download your own list to print out here.

We’re so excited and look forward to how creative and Christmassy Ebberston will look!

Window Wonderland

An Ebberston advent calendar with a twist

 Although we are not yet able to organise any face to face events, Ebberston village hall committee are keen to arrange a Covid-safe alternative event in the run up to Christmas.

Our plan is for residents to make a colourful festive, Christmas or Winter themed display in a front window (or house or garden or door step 🏡 – which many of you will do anyway) which can be seen as residents walk around the village . Each household would be assigned a date đź“… which would be the day their display goes on show, the idea being that there would be something new to see every day, from 1st December onwards. We will create a list (on the noticeboard, on the village website and the Facebook group) to show where there will be something new to see each day.

Merry Christmas window. Portland Oregon. December 23, 2017 by drburtoni (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Getting involved would be free of course and everyone is welcome to take part – it won’t be limited to 24! Displays can be on window sills or in your front garden. They can be as big or small, as low key or as funny and adventurous as you like, from door wreaths to fairy lights to full displays. As long as it’s family friendly you’re on to a winner. It would be up to residents to decide how long their display lasts but we hope you can be persuaded to keep your display up until the big day itself.

Do you want to get involved? Email or contact Judith Winters, Sarah Walker or Lynne Hall by 20th November. We don’t need to know what you are planning – we just need to know your address/location in the village and a “title” or some sort of clue to your festive display (or where it will be). We will assign you a date once we have an idea of numbers, after 20th Nov.

Let’s see just how inventive, creative and Christmassy 🎄 Ebberston can be!

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 ÂŁ17,000 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.