First class delivery for Burn Christmas lights
Local postman Myles Boothman switched on Burn’s Christmas lights on Saturday 26 November 2016, the village’s tenth seasonal event.
In recognition of his service to our tiny community, he was made ‘Honorary Postmaster General of Burn’ and presented with a scroll and giant key giving him freedom of the village. Myles nominated Alzheimer’s Society as his chosen charity and a collection was made on the day.
The village decided to ask Myles in recognition of his more than 25 years’ service to the local community and also as a celebration of 500 years of Royal Mail.
Festivities included a Christmas market and a Christmas tree festival in Burn Methodist Chapel, where rising star Holly Brukwicki, who is coached and managed by Jeni ‘Jaye’ Barron, entertained the crowds.
Thanks to Phil Barton, Santa arrived in style in the cab of a huge red truck, members of the Selebian Singers also performed and there was a warm welcome for all in The Wheatsheaf pub from landlords Andy Howdall and Jo Mosey.
Parish Council Chairman Chris Phillipson thanked everyone for their support, saying: “We’re a very small village, with only a handful of Christmas lights but we have a fantastic community spirit which is envied by many and our postie Myles is a big part of that. We’d like to thank him for his years of service and we’re grateful to Royal Mail for their support. Thanks also to Fairfax Plant Hire for their ongoing assistance which is very much appreciated.”
Local lad Myles – he was educated in Carlton and now lives in Selby – has been delivering to Burn, near Selby, and its surrounding villages since 1989, nearly all his ‘postie’ career.
Myles follows the first official ‘switcher-onner’ in 2006, Lee Davison from Helicopter Heroes, and such celebrities as the late Jean Alexander (‘Hilda Ogden’ and Summer Wine’s ‘Auntie Wainwright’) BBC presenter Harry Gration, York’s favourite panto dame Berwick Kaler, and a host of BBC and YTV television and radio presenters, plus the intrepid four-woman Atlantic rowing team, Yorkshire Rows, one of whom lives in Burn.
Rebecca Homer, Royal Mail Delivery Sector Manager, said: “We were delighted that postman Myles was given the honour of switching on the Burn Christmas lights especially as we are celebrating 500 years of postal services this year. Our hardworking postmen and women deliver the post six days a week come rain or shine and are such important parts of their local communities – no more so than at Christmas, our busiest time of the year.”
And of course, Royal Mail is the reason for robins on Christmas cards, dating from the 1800s when British postmen wore bright red uniforms. The postmen resembled the much-loved British bird, the robin red-breast, earning Victorian postmen the nick-name Robins. Some greeting card artists were inspired by this and instead of drawing a postman, one artist decided to draw the Robins’ namesake, delivering letters in its little beak.
The trend caught on and survives to this day.
Thanks to Andrea Phillipson and Mark Stevens for the photos.
Tribute to Burn’s honorary mayoress
The flag outside The Wheatsheaf is flying at half-mast from today (Saturday October 15) as a mark of respect for Jean Alexander, one of the nation’s favourite soap star and former ‘honorary mayoress’ of Burn.
Jean died last Friday, October 14, in hospital in Southport after a short illness and just three days after her 90th birthday.
Burn Parish Council Vice Chairman Phil Storr said: “Jean spent a lot of time in Burn, where she was a big favourite in our village pub, The Wheatsheaf. We appointed her honorary mayoress when she switched on our very small collection of Christmas lights in 2008 and her picture is proudly displayed on the pub’s Wall of Fame. She will be sorely missed at our village events.”
Jean Alexander’s niece Sonia Hearld, a Burn resident, said:
“The family was devastated and saddened when we got a call from the hospital saying that Jean had died. She had been sitting up and having a laugh with us a week earlier and we thought she had just a mild chest infection.
“She was a wonderful person but very private and determined.
“She never regarded herself as a star and always treated her fans with respect because she said without them she would be nobody.
“In private, she had a wicked sense of humour and we could always have a good chuckle.
“We were so proud of her and her death is a great loss to the family and, judging by the public reaction, to the many fans she still had all around the world.”
Gordon and Pauline Longstaff have just notched up first place for the fourth time in our annual garden competition.
The couple already have a raft of ‘Burn in Bloom’ awards and winning this year’s competition adds to their record which also includes three second place slots, a third place and last year the best hanging baskets award.
Judge Sheila Hawking commented on the clever design of Gordon’s garden, which is well shielded from the busy A19 by a range of sound-baffling shrubs and hedges which all contribute effectively to the overall layout. She particularly liked the wide variety of plants and the fact that everything was so healthy.
Second place went to Stuart and Jo Carnachan, with George and Tony Gratton in third place.
Jo Mosey and Andy Howdall, landlord and lady at The Wheatsheaf pub, won the silver salver trophy introduced in 2012 for the best hanging baskets and window boxes in memory of Burn resident Gordon Harrand.
‘Highly Commended’ certificates were awarded to Sheila Austwick, Freda and Brian Young, Gillian Howard and Angela and David Ransome.
Sheila Hawking said she had greatly enjoyed seeing a wide range of lovely gardens on her day in Burn and was very impressed by the standards achieved considering how difficult the weather conditions have been this year.
Cups and certificates were presented by Burn Parish Council Chairman Chris Phillipson who thanked Sheila and all the entrants for another successful event.
The money was raised over Rock Choir’s twelve months as Burn’s ‘Freemen of the Village’, a title bestowed when they switched on the village Christmas lights.
It came from collections at the lights event, including the Christmas market in the Methodist Chapel, donations from residents and the Yorkshire Countrywomen’s group and a village Big Lunch, plus the giant whisky bottle always available for spare change on the Wheatsheaf bar.
Landlords Jo Mosey and Andy Howdall provided the barbecue, local members of Rock Choir, under the leadership of Steve Brown, opened the proceedings with a lively collection of songs, the Yorkshire Countrywomen ran their tombola and brains were teased by a tricky quiz.
Parish Council Chair Chris Phillipson said: “Despite the weather, spirits weren’t dampened! We always have a good time and a good turn-out and this year proved no exception.
“Thanks once again to Sainsburys, Tesco and Morrisons for donating items for the lunch. We really appreciate their support and it helps us keep this event free for local residents.”
While there’s no charge for the event, money is always raised for charity. This year, Burn Big Lunch raised over £280 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre, which the village is supporting throughout 2016 as the chosen charities of Yorkshire Rows, who switched the village lights on last Christmas before they set off to row the Atlantic.
The talk given by Yorkshire Rows held in Burn Chapel on Tuesday 7 June 2016 raised £350 in tickets and donations for the team’s two charities – the money will be split equally between the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre.
Thanks to everyone who supported these excellent causes!
It was a fascinating and moving evening and a great thrill to be able to see the actual craft, ‘Rose’, which was home to the crew for almost ten weeks.
After the talk, the Yorkshire Rows crew members were each presented with a hand crafted trophy depicting two ‘golden’ oars made by local residents.
Burn is very proud to continue to support you brave ladies and your two charities throughout 2016.
Congratulations to Yorkshire Rows – who landed safely after their epic 67 -day journey and became the oldest female crew to row the Atlantic or indeed ANY ocean!
The four-woman trans-Atlantic rowing team switched on the village Christmas lights on Saturday November 21. They were presented with a golden tinsel- adorned oar, a scroll and key and the title of ‘Honorary Sports Ambassadors of Burn’.
Yorkshire Rows then set off on 15 December to face the challenge of rowing 3,000 nautical miles across the Atlantic Ocean to raise money for their chosen charities – the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre, for which collections were also held at this event.
So far Burn’s contribution to the charities’ fund totals around £1350…well done Burn!
A small but extremely important part of Burn’s Christmas lights display continued to shine out in the darkness – and twinkled on until our four heroic members of Yorkshire Rows landed safely and one village pub regular even pledged £1 a day for every day Yorkshire Rows are away.
Villagers, visitors and VIPs gathered on the village green opposite the Wheatsheaf pub for the lights ceremony which included carols played by members of Castleford Salvation Army Band, a Christmas message from the Reverend Linda Day, an address by Chris Phillipson, Burn Parish Council chairman and a visit from Santa.
Earlier, a packed Burn Methodist chapel enjoyed a performance by Selby’s Rock Choir. A Christmas Market offered the opportunity to pick up a festive gift and the Christmas Tree Festival (also open Saturday November 28 November from 1.30 -4pm) and tempting refreshments provided by the Yorkshire Countrywomen’s Association and ladies from the chapel ensured there was plenty to savour.
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Burn Remembrance 2015
Villagers and visitors assembled once again on Sunday 8 November to pay tribute to those men and women who gave their lives in two World Wars and in more recent conflicts.
The service at the Methodist Chapel, led by the Reverend Linda Day, began at 10.45am, before the congregation, Burn Parish Council and others payed their respects on the village green at the memorials to the two squadrons associated with Burn Airfield – “The Snowbirds” (Royal Canadian Air Force Squadron 431, founded at Burn in 1942) and RAF Squadron 578.
BURN IN BLOOM 2015
With six wins under their belts, green-fingered Ian McDonagh and wife Pat are now bowing out of the annual ‘Burn in Bloom’ competition.
Having won the top trophy again in the 2015 event, which also means a hat-trick of first place for the last three years, Ian said: “I am on record as saying that if we won the competition six times, we’d take a step back and leave the way open for others. That time has come, I think!”
Ian is devoted to his garden, spending most days, wet or fine, creating new features using unusual items and materials and perfecting his amazing array of shrubs and plants.
Second place went to Stuart and Jo Carnachan, with Gordon and Pauline Longstaff in third place.
Andy Howdall and Jo Mosey, landlord and landlady at the village’s Wheatsheaf pub, won the silver salver trophy introduced in 2012 for the best hanging baskets and window boxes in memory of Burn resident Gordon Harrand.
‘Highly Commended’ certificates were awarded to Sheila and Des Austwick, George and Tony Gratton, Don and Olwen Green and Freda and Brian Young.
The village garden competition was judged by Brendan Sykes (the ‘Plant Man’ from outside Morrisons, Selby) and cups and certificates were presented by Burn Parish Council chairman Chris Phillipson.
Chris said: “It was great to see how much enthusiasm and skill had gone into all the entries in this year’s Burn in Bloom competition. Brendan was amazed by the variety of gardens on show – there really was something to suit every taste. Burn would like to thank him for his time and expertise and also say “well done” to all our competition contributors for putting on such a great show.”
BURN BIG LUNCH 2015
Our seventh ‘Big Lunch’ on Sunday (June 7) in the car park of The Wheatsheaf pub raised over £220 for The Alzheimer’s Society.
The Big Lunch was started by the Eden Project in Cornwall in 2009 with the aim of getting communities together, and that’s certainly been the case in Burn.
Parish Council chairman Chris Phillipson said: “Our Big Lunch just keeps getting better. Every year we see new faces and get new offers of help with all the setting up – and of course the tidying up at the end of the day! Many thanks to all our volunteers who helped get to grips with Burn’s new marquee, to the Yorkshire Countrywomen for running their very popular tombola and to Burn Community Group for their cute ‘name the teddy’ and great ‘place Churchill’s cigar’ game.”
For this year’s lunch we decided on a World War Two- 1940s theme with wartime-based musical hits, games and quizzes, evacuee labels and patriotic decorations – including three big sharing cakes specially iced by Andrea Phillipson with “The Big Lunch”, “Keep calm and carry on” and a Union flag.
Chris added: “It was great to see how people had made the effort to join in with land girls and factory workers mixing with spivs and services personnel – even if it was a token hat, gas mask or headscarf from our nostalgic dressing-up box!”
Big thanks to Sainsburys, Morrisons and Tesco for their very kind contributions, Andy Howdall and Jo Mosey at The Wheatsheaf for providing the barbecue and Gala Tent Ltd who have given great customer service over Burn’s purchase of a new all-weather marquee for village events.”
TV star collects grand total for charity
YTV Calendar presenter Christine Talbot was in Burn on Friday March 21 2015 to collect a total of £1000 for Cancer Research UK.
The money was raised over Christine’s twelve months as Burn’s ‘Honorary Duchess’, a title bestowed when she switched on the village Christmas lights in 2013.
From collections at the lights event, including the Christmas market in the Methodist Chapel, donations from residents and the Yorkshire Countrywomen’s group and last June’s Big Lunch, plus the giant whisky bottle always available for spare change on the Wheatsheaf bar, the grand total came as a surprise to Burn’s latest VIP.
Christine said: “I can’t believe that such a tiny village has managed to raise so much cash! It’s brilliant and I am really honoured to be accepting the money on behalf of Cancer Research UK, a cause very close to my heart after my breast cancer scare a couple of years ago. The charity does amazing work, and every penny we can send on will help enormously.”
Nicki Embleton of Cancer Research UK said: “Cancer Research UK is extremely grateful to the people of Burn for their support and generosity for Christine’s year as Honorary Duchess. Every hour more than three people are diagnosed with cancer in Yorkshire, something that Christine knows only too well herself. Research is the only way we can beat cancer sooner and the good news is now half of those people diagnosed today will survive at least ten years. This money will go towards helping even more people, like Christine, beat cancer.”
Burn Parish Council – Village News January 2015
A message from Parish Council Chairman Chris Phillipson:
First of all, may I wish all residents a very happy, prosperous and peaceful New Year. Once again, the village enjoyed a lively and well-attended Christmas Lights event on Saturday 29 November. Selby Rock Choir certainly made the occasion go with an extra swing and we would like to thank them once again for their attendance. Thanks are also due to Burn Methodist Chapel, Burn Community Group, Yorkshire Countrywomen and Andy and Jo at The Wheatsheaf who all helped to make it another great Burn Christmas.
Looking forward, there are a number of issues to which I would like to draw your attention:
BURN PARISH COUNCIL PRECEPT 2015-2016: taking into consideration that 2015-16 is likely to be the last year in which the Parish Council receives a grant from Selby District Council and also a likelihood of a cap on precept increases as well as the requirement to cover election costs of between £700 and £1000 this coming year, it has been agreed at the meeting held on 8 January 2015 to seek a rise of 4% in the precept for 2015-16.
This equates to an ANNUAL rise of only £2.28 for the average Band D property – less for lower banded and slightly more for higher banded properties.
BURN AIRFIELD: the Parish Council has been informed that Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has obtained consent from the Secretary of State to sell the airfield to Selby District Council (SDC). Lawyers are in the process of completing the necessary documents and the airfield should be transferred to SDC in the near future. The Parish Council looks forward to working with SDC on any future proposals in order to ensure that the quality of life and amenity enjoyed by Burn residents is not adversely affected by inappropriate development. With SDC, the Parish Council is intending to research and investigate potential opportunities.
PARISH COUNCIL ELECTIONS: The current Burn Parish Council is due for re-election this year, date yet to be announced – and will include one vacancy as two of the current councillors are standing down and the Parish Council is looking to reduce its membership from eight (current) to seven. If you are interested in standing for office, wish to contest a place against those councillors standing for re-election or have any other queries please contact the Clerk, Mary Farman, Three Greens, The Green, Gateforth, YO8 9LF T: 01757 228 325 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
And on a ‘fun note’ – the proposed BIG LUNCH 2015 date is SUNDAY 7 JUNE– let’s hope for another superb, sunny summer’s day!
Cold callers/suspicious activity:
Been bothered by any cold callers – particularly after dark? The police say please give them a call on
if you are concerned or notice anything untoward.
They will take your call seriously – this last weekend (8/9 November), a number of villagers reported a man trying to doorstep sell photos, with a sob story about his grand-daughter.
The police apprehended him and sent him on his way. So don’t be reluctant to call.
BURN CHRISTMAS LIGHTS 2014
They came, they sang and they switched on the Christmas lights.
Over 30 members of Selby Rock Choir, under the leadership of their conductor Steve Brown, were this year’s guests of honour at Burn village’s big Christmas switch-on, Saturday 27 November.
Once again residents and visitors packed the village green, roadside and village pub in this little settlement straddling the A19 just south of Selby to celebrate the eighth annual celebrity switch-on.
The VIPs were presented with a scroll and giant key giving them freedom of the village and appointing them Honorary Yeomen of Burn.
Their photograph will now be displayed on the Burn ‘Wall of Fame’, alongside Jean Alexander (Hilda Ogden), BBC Look North’s Harry Gration, Elly Fiorentini from Radio York, YTV Calendar’s Jon Hill and Christine Talbot and York panto dame Berwick Kaler, who have done the honours in previous years.
Jean and Elly both attended this year’s switch-on at which Methodist minister the Rev Linda Day gave a witty address which included the distribution of various chocolate bars and Santa made a flying visit with a pair of (two-legged) reindeer helpers to hand out gifts to the children.
The festivities also included a Christmas market organised by Burn Community Group and a Christmas tree festival in Burn Methodist Chapel and everyone was ensured a warm welcome in The Wheatsheaf pub from landlords Andy Howdall and Jo Mosey.
Parish Council Chairman Chris Phillipson thanked everyone for their support, saying: “We’re a very small village, with only a handful of Christmas lights but we have a fantastic community spirit which is envied by many.”
Villagers and visitors assembled once again on Sunday 9 November to pay tribute to those men and women who gave their lives in two World Wars and in more recent conflicts.
The service at the Methodist Chapel began at 10.45am, before the congregation and others payed their respects at the two memorials on the village green.
Following this, a war-time medley was played on an authentic wind-up gramophone on Burn Airfield, thanks to Dr Jeroen Pinto of Hull, who explained that The Netherlands has a strong connection to the RCAF: many planes from RAF and RCAF airfields in Britain crashed in the Netherlands during WW2.
Also, it was the Canadians who liberated the Netherlands and signed the capitulation forms with the Germans at Wageningen.
In 2008 friends of Dr Pinto came over from Wilnis, Netherlands, to visit RCAF Dalton (near Dishforth). It is from here that a Wellington took off which then crashed at Wilnis on 5 May ’43.The visit was very moving, involving an eye-witness to the crash, and an old gramophone was brought and set up to play nostalgic songs and melodies close to the airstrip.
The idea then arose to tour the gramophone to various RCAF Yorkshire WW2 airfield sites and mark the visits with some sort of event, starting with a visit to Betty’s in York where many airmen enjoyed refreshments.
The original gramophone went back to Canada on the Canadian Lancaster which visited the UK in the summer of 2014 and toured training airfields until 10 September when a memorial was unveiled in Brandon, Manitoba, to all who trained for the war effort
It is now in Hamilton, Ontario and where there was an exhibition of film footage, pictures and memorabilia.
The second gramophone, which came to Burn on 9 November, toured further sites in the UK before being sent to Canada with other memorabilia collected by Dr Pinto.
Burn Garden Competition 2014 winner
Hard work and a passion for plants have paid off yet again for Ian McDonagh and wife Pat, overall winners of the ‘Burn in Bloom’ competition 2014 – for the fifth time.
Ian said: “I am on record as saying that I’d win the competition six times, then pack it in and leave someone else a challenge. But we’ll see!”
Ian puts in several hours a day in the garden most days a week, come rain or shine, and the result is magical.
He’s added a rockery this year but claims to be coming to the end of his collection of unusual items and materials as centre points for new features.
Second place went to Freda and Brian Young, with Stuart and Jo Carnachan in third place.
Gordon and Pauline Longstaff won the silver salver trophy introduced in 2012 for the best hanging baskets and window boxes in memory of Burn resident Gordon Harrand.
‘Highly Commended’ certificates were awarded to Ted and Jenny Hornsey, Chris and Andrea Phillipson, Sheila and Des Austwick, George and Tony Gratton, Cheryl and Chris Cole and The Wheatsheaf Pub.
The village garden competition was judged by the new Seedlings Nursery in Carlton and cups and certificates were presented by Burn Parish Council vice chairman Phil Storr.
He said: “All the entries were of a very high standard. Congratulations to all the winners, but I’d also like to say that the gardens of Burn, entered in ‘Burn in Bloom’ or not, are looking really lovely this year – so well done to everyone.”
Another first for Burn:
The Wheatsheaf pub is celebrating after being hailed York CAMRA Pub of the Year 2014.The pub was presented with a framed certificate and trophy during a weekend beer festival staged to mark the occasion.
The Wheatsheaf, which has built up a reputation for its real ales and good food, was voted winner by individual CAMRA members.
One of the criteria for judging is that it has to be the sort of pub where you can spend all day in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. And stay they did – a party of 20 CAMRA members from York arrived for the presentation and stayed throughout the afternoon and evening.
Wheatsheaf landlord Andy Howdall said: “We have been in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide for 14 years but this is the first time we have won the big one.
“We are delighted. We’ve worked very hard, the staff have been fantastic and it is nice to get some recognition. And the three-day beer festival was our best ever.”
Pictured at the presentation are, from left: Barmaid Tara Fritsche, landlord Andy Howdall, York CAMRA chairman Christopher Tregellis, cook Sheila Mansbridge and landlady Jo Mosey.
BURN BIG LUNCH 2014:
We had a record 170-plus people at Burn’s sixth ‘Big Lunch’ on Sunday (June 1) in The Wheatsheaf car park. Numbers were swelled this year by the Rock Choir, whose members performed a medley of songs then joined in the fun.
We even attracted a visit from the national organisers of the Big Lunch, started by the Eden Project in Cornwall in 2009 with the aim of getting communities together.
Parish Council chairman Chris Phillipson says: “Our Big Lunch just keeps getting bigger and better. Every year we see new faces and get new offers of help with all the setting up – and of course the tidying up at the end of the day!
“This year’s lunch was made extra special by the visit from the Rock Choir. We were also delighted to welcome our ‘Honorary Baroness of Burn’ BBC Radio York’s Elly Fiorentini, who said she was always amazed by the great community spirit here in this tiny village.”
The Burn Big Lunch 2014 raised over £570 for Cancer Research. Thanks are due to Sainsburys, Morrisons and Tesco for their very kind contributions and to Andy and Jo at The Wheatsheaf for providing the barbecue.
And thanks to everyone who helped – great to work with the BCG (Burn Community Group) – and to all of you for turning up and showing what a great community we have here in little Burn.
An estimated 300 people packed the village green, roadside and village pub to see YTV Calendar news presenter Christine Talbot switch on the Christmas lights in the little village of Burn (Saturday).
It was the village’s seventh annual celebrity switch-on and included a Christmas market and Christmas tree festival in Burn Methodist Chapel as well as a free buffet provided by landlord Andy Howdall in The Wheatsheaf pub.
Members of Castleford Salvation Army band played carols and Methodist minister the Rev Geoff Shutt gave an address and blessing. Santa made a flying visit and handed out gifts to children.
Christine Talbot was presented with a scroll and giant key giving her freedom of the village and she was appointed honorary Duchess of Burn. She said she was amazed and impressed with the huge community spirit for a place with so few residents.
She said: “I was invited last year but sadly due to illness couldn’t attend. When I was approached again, I jumped at the chance – it’s time to put all that behind me and what a great way to start. I’m honoured also to join Burn’s wall of fame, following in the footsteps of famous names like Jean Alexander (Hilda Ogden), BBC Look North’s Harry Gration, Elly Fiorentini from Radio York, my colleague Jon Hill and York’s panto dame Berwick Kaler.”
Parish Council Chairman Chris Phillipson added his thanks, mentioning the very generous lights sponsorships from residents and businesses, in particular Eggborough Power Station, which made this year’s event possible.
On Sunday 10 November 2013, around 40 people gathered at the village war memorials and in Burn Methodist Chapel to remember those who gave their lives in two world wars and more recent conflicts. Parish Council chairman Chris Phillipson and Rev Linda Day led the proceedings.
Proposed Traveller/Gypsy site development
The application for a new gypsy and traveller site on Common Lane, adjacent to the existing settled site, was refused by seven votes to four at Selby District Council Planning Committee meeting on Wednesday 10 October 2013.
The village owes a great debt of gratitude to the BANS group for all its hard work and determination and the Parish Council would also like to thank all Burn’s residents for their support, given in so many ways, including writing letters, completing surveys and also in donations to the Fighting Fund.
Burn may be a very small village, but it has shown it will not be bullied and has demonstrated it has a strength of community spirit which is the envy of many other villages. SDC do have a right to appeal, but it is rare a council appeals against its own planning decisions. However, should SDC appeal, Burn will be ready.
Burn in Bloom 2013
Ian McDonagh and wife Pat were overall winners of the ‘Burn in Bloom’ competition.
Ian puts in several hours a day in the garden most days a week, especially since he retired last year.
He said: “I’m going to try to win the competition six times, then pack it in and leave someone else a challenge. There are a few people who have won it three times over the years.”
Second place went to Gordon and Pauline Longstaff, last year’s winners, with Jean and George Gratton in third place.
‘Highly Commended’ certificates were awarded to Ted and Jenny Hornsey and Chris and Andrea Phillipson.
A new silver salver trophy introduced last year for the best hanging baskets and window boxes in memory of Burn resident Gordon Harrand, went to last year’s winners Jean and George Gratton. Freda and Brian Young won a highly commended accolade in this category.
The village garden competition was judged by Sue Scott, of Hillam, an adult education teacher and member of two local gardening clubs.
Parish Council chairman Chris Phillipson said he was delighted once again with the enthusiasm surrounding the competition and said Burn gardens, despite the recent very hot, dry weather, were a sight to be proud of.
Burn Big Lunch 2013
More than 80 people attended Burn’s fifth Big Lunch in blazing sunshine on Sunday 2 June.
Landlords Jo Mosey and Andy Howdall kindly provided the barbecue, asking only for donations to St Leonard’s Hospice, York, which raised £295 for the charity.
Parish Council Chair Chris Phillipson said: “It was super to see so many people enjoying the great atmosphere – not to mention the sunshine. After last year’s washout, which still attracted a large crowd, the wonderful weather really was the icing on our Big Lunch cake!”
Villagers brought a selection of savouries, salads and sweets to share and thanks are due to Sainsburys and Morrisons for their generous help with bread rolls and to Tesco for a voucher which provided crisps and relishes.
Entertainment on the day came in the form of a general knowledge quiz and bingo and the local Yorkshire Countrywomen’s group organised a tombola.
Actress Jean Alexander, Burn’s ‘honorary Mayoress’, attended the lunch and drew the raffle tickets for BANS, the village’s action group. The tables were turned on Last of the Summer Wine’s ‘Auntie Wainwright’ as members of the group tried to persuade her to make a purchase at their bric-a-brac stall.
BANS (Burn Against New Site), which includes residents, members of the parish council, residents of Henwick Hall and some of the gypsy and traveller community already settled in Burn, is opposed to the creation by Selby District Council of a new 15-pitch gypsy and traveller site on ten acres of land at Burn Airfield.
CHRISTMAS TIME 2012
Villagers and visitors braved heavy rain to see YTV Calendar news reporter Jon Hill switch on the Christmas lights in Burn on Saturday 24 November.
It was our sixth annual celebrity switch-on and included a Christmas market and Christmas tree festival in Burn Methodist Chapel as well as a free buffet provided by landlord Andy Howdall in The Wheatsheaf pub.
Knottingley Salvation Army band joined us for the second year running to play carols, the Rev Linda Day gave an address and blessing and Santa made a flying visit to the crowd round the trees before (sensibly!) heading out of the rain to the Chapel to hand out gifts to children.
Parish council chairman Chris Phillipson introduced the celebrity guest and said: “We are proud in Burn that so many people want to get involved and take part, evidenced by all the village events, including the Big Lunch in the Wheatsheaf car park which every year attracts over 100 people.
“We are only a small village and we don’t have many Christmas lights but that doesn’t stop us having a great time.”
Jon Hill, who was presented with a scroll and giant key giving him freedom of the village and appointing him honorary Viscount of Burn, said he had often visited Burn to see friends and cover news stories and he was always impressed with the huge community spirit for a place with so few residents.
Thank you to everyone who helped make it such a success – stall -holders, the Chapel ladies and Yorkshire Countrywomen, the Salvation Army musicians, Santa, the pub, all the various helpers seen and behind the scenes, Jon Hill and of course – mainly yourselves, Burn village!
Remembrance Service 2012
On Sunday 11 November 2012, Burn Methodist Chapel members and villagers were joined by Brayton and Hambleton Methodist Chapel congregations as well as friends and families of veterans to commemorate the dead of two world wars and more recent conflicts, but especially to remember the crews who died while serving with 578 RAF Squadron and 431 Royal Canadian Air Force Squadron at Burn Airfield in World War Two.
Burn in Bloom 2012 – three times a winner
First place in this year’s ‘Burn in Bloom’ garden competition has gone, for the third time, to Gordon Longstaff, whose hidden-away horticultural gem charmed judges Barbara and Richard Ferrari.
Gordon , who was also the winner in 1996 and 1999, said he was delighted to have his name engraved on the trophy once again and commented on how picturesque Burn gardens were looking nowadays.
“Everyone seems to be making a real effort and the standards are really high,” he said. “I would love to see an ‘open-gardens day’ here in the village so that we could all admire our neighbours’ hard work.”
Second place went to Ian and Pat McDonagh, last year’s winners, with Andrea and Chris Phillipson in third place.
‘Highly Commended’ certificates were awarded to Leslie and Susan Morrell, Beryl Phillipson and Gill Howard, while Jean and George Gratton were the recipients of a new trophy presented for the best hanging baskets and window boxes by the family of the late Gordon Harrand, a Burn resident for many years.
Richard and Barbara Ferrari are well known garden experts from Great Heck who have held open days as participants in the National Gardens Scheme.
Parish Council chairman Chris Phillipson said he was delighted with the effort village residents had put in to ensure the high standard of this year’s 21 entries and is encouraging even more people to consider taking part in the competition next year.
BURN JUBILEE QUIZ
BURN BIG JUBILEE LUNCH
This year’s Big Lunch – combined with a Jubilee celebration – took place despite the awful weather on Sunday 3 June 2012, on the car park at The Wheatsheaf.
Once again, Andy and Jo kindly agreed to supply the barbecue and over 100 villagers attended – in high spirits , welly boots and raincoats.
Thanks are due to Morrisons and Sainsbury for bread buns, nibbles and relishes and to Clare at Truly Scrumptious for the delicious red, white & blue cupcakes.
BURN CHRISTMAS LIGHTS 2011
Around 200 people crowded round Burn’s Christmas Tree to see Radio York’s Elly Fiorentini made Honorary Baroness of Burn at the Christmas Lights switch-on, Saturday 26 November. Elly was joined for the ceremony by Burn’s Honorary Mayoress Jean Alexander.
In the Methodist Chapel there was a Christmas Market with stalls offering cakes and buns, preserves, pickles, toiletries and natural herbal products, glitter tattoos, framed photos and original art as well as the Yorkshire Countrywomen’s Association tombola. The Chapel also hosted the traditional Christmas Tree Festival. Over at the Wheatsheaf pub’s car park visitors could warm up with a hot soup and roll, hot chocolate or non-alcoholic mulled wine while they browsed a display of Christmas plants and wreaths or tried their luck guessing how many sweets were in a jar, dipped into the Children’s Bran Tub or tried to Splat the Rat. At the end of the lights switch-on, landlord Andy and landlady Jo kindly provided a free buffet.
Members of Knottingley Salvation Army Band provided seasonal music and carols, Santa called in with gifts for the children and a collection raised over £90 for the Salvation Army.
A big “thank you” to everyone who helped – stall-holders & stall-minders, refreshment servers, behind-the-scenes workers, the Knottingley Salvation Army Band members, Santa and of course Jo and Andy at The Wheatsheaf