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Cadets dig in for Burn

A group from the RAF Section of the Combined Cadet Force from the Read School at Drax, began tidying Burn ‘village green’ on September 14 as part of their commitment to be of service and engage with local communities.

Under the supervision of Pilot Office Annette Oliver, OC RAF Section, five cadets began clearing weeds and grass around the memorials and plan a repaint of the metal benches and some new planting in due course.

Burn Parish Council chairman Chris Phillipson said: “We were delighted to be approached by The Read School with the offer of work on the memorials, as, besides regular grass cutting, upkeep is down to village volunteers. It was also pleasing to see some residents helping out as well – a good mix of young and older working side-by-side.”

For the school, Annette said: “This project is part of the Read School’s CCF aim to promote teamwork, leadership and service to others and it is an added bonus that Burn Airfield and the memorials have such strong RAF connections. The cadets thoroughly enjoyed the work and listening to the fascinating stories they were told about Burn of yesteryear.”


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Well done again, Burn! So far we’ve raised £710 for Ukraine from our Coronation Big Lunch.

We had around 150 people at The Wheatsheaf  to celebrate King Charles III’s coronation and our twelfth annual Big Lunch. Andy and Jo’s BBQ was a great success, the weather was glorious, and attendees got to play some games, take part in the quiz and just relax with neighbours, family and friends – all in a very good cause.

Here’s a selection of pics: right click on the image to enlarge:



Burn’s Easter bunnies were out and about on Easter Sunday morning – delivering activity books to our village juniors and ‘grow your own sunflowers’ to every household.

The sunflowers are the first step in our revamped Burn in Bloom garden festival/competition. We’re reorganising it to blend the traditional categories with some new ones to hopefully encourage new entrants….watch this space for info!


HELP FOR UKRAINE : Stuart and Mitch are now safely home – with a particular message of thanks from Sister Julie at the orphanage, where most of Burn’s aid was delivered. She said she was overwhelmed by people’s generosity.

Stuart is planning another trip probably at the beginning of June, with a focus on taking particularly requested items to Sister Julie and helping them dig a well, as there is no running water at the monastery where they are based.
We’ll be publicising what’s needed and where and when it can be delivered in due course.

Thanks again, Burn!



Over the past few weeks we have seen an increase in the theft of quad bikes and all-terrain vehicles.

So, if you are an owner, please be aware that thieves are particularly active at the moment and please take every step you can to keep your quad or ATV safe.

We understand that these vehicles are important pieces of equipment for farmers and businesses and that having to return them to outbuildings every night and lock them up to keep them secure is an inconvenience – it’s much easier to leave the kit where you’ll need it tomorrow. But sadly, at the moment, the chances are if you leave it unsecure, it’s an easy target for a thief and you won’t have it at all.

We’re working hard with neighbouring forces to keep thieves out and running daily proactive patrols to deter thefts and catch criminals. But there are steps owners can take to keep their vehicles safe.

  • When you’re not using your quad, remove the keys and store them well away from the vehicle.
  •  Keep your quad bike out of sight and use devices such as steering locks, ball hitch or frame locks and wheel clamps that are bolted to the ground.
  •  Ensure that the building it’s stored in is closed and padlocked.
  • Use trackers and immobilisers. Not only is this a deterrent but can also increase the chance of police recovering the stolen vehicle and identifying who to return it to.
  •  Review your security and consider CCTV, this also works as a deterrent and great for overall security.
  • Take a note of serial numbers and photograph your vehicles. Capture any unique identifying features.

We’re asking everyone to be our eyes and ears. If you notice a vehicle or group of people in a quiet rural area at night and believe it to be suspicious, then please call 999 immediately and pass the details to us.

If you see a quad or ATV travelling on a main road at night then please also notify us immediately on 999. Although its not against the law to use a quad or ATV on the road late at night, it is unusual, so we would rather know about it so we can check it out and make sure that its not stolen.



CAROL SERVICE: thanks to all who attended – particularly the children – we raised around £130 for Action for Children.

AUTUMN FAIR  Thanks to all who attended – stallholders, volunteers and visitors – we raised  £213  for the chapel. And a big ‘thank you’ to everyone who attended/helped at the MacmIllan Coffee Morning – we raised £250.


BURN CHRISTMAS 2022 – we’ve raised over £1700 for NHS staff !

The Santa sleigh ride at Christmas 2021 raised £395, our ‘Big Jubilee Lunch’ in June ’22 brought in a whopping £823 and our most recent Santa sleigh ride plus the pub bottle totalled £395.
The money will be donated to NHS staff through the Healthcare Workers’ Foundation at a handover later in MArch 20213. Thanks to everyone for a marvellous effort!

(Many thanks to Carol Bellamy for the majority of the photos)




BURN IN BLOOM: Our official 50th garden competition was judged on Monday 25 July by District Councillor Chris Pearson assisted by Burn Parish Councillor Eileen Boldan and Clerk Mary Farman.

First prize went to Brian and Freda Young, second to John and Denise Atkinson and third to Don Green.

The Wheatsheaf pub won the silver salver for best hanging baskets and Burn Chapel, Chris and Andrea Phillipson, Gill Howard and John and Jill Houston were awarded ‘highly commended’ certificates.


Tribute to Harry Gration

Burnflew its Union flag at half mast following the death of broadcaster Harry Gration, who served as our ‘honorary mayor’.

Harry was elected ‘mayor’ in 2009 when he performed Burn’s Christmas lights switch-on. He followed the late Jean Alexander – Hilda Ogden of ‘ Coronation Street’ – who was honorary mayoress the year before.

A message of condolence was to Harry’s widow and family from the village.


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