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Well done again, Burn! We raised more than £800 for NHS staff at its Big Jubilee Lunch held on Sunday 5 June, which means so far, with our Santa drive-round last Christmas, the total is now around £1,200. And there’s still the big bottle on The Wheatsheaf bar!

More than half our residents packed into marquees and gazebos bedecked with balloons and bunting to celebrate and support our nominated charity for 2022. Selby Community Fridge also benefitted as spare burger buns and other items were donated after the event.

We’ve a population of only 400 people, but despite the Bank Holiday drizzle, more than 200 turned out to meet up for the community event which has been on hold for two years, thanks to Covid.

Thank you for bringing your own plates and cutlery, picnic chairs and food to share. We hope you enjoyed the barbecue, live entertainment from Anthony Rivers Thompson, the quiz and the chance to browse a couple of stalls, – and especially the patriotically iced cupcakes!

And thank you to making our village look so festive for the Jubilee celebrations – the bunting, the amazing scarecrows and garden decorations  have drawn comments even from people just driving through.

The Big Lunch was created in 2009 by Cornwall’s Eden Project to bring communities together – and it has certainly worked in Burn. From 2009 to 2019 we had an unbroken run of the lunch every summer and has been acknowledged by the Eden Project as one of the longest running in the country, attracting national publicity.

But this year’s event was even bigger and better than ever, with more than twice the average turnout.

Parish Council Chairman Chris Phillipson says: ‘Comments from attendees show just how much people appreciated the efforts of Andy Howdall and Jo Mosey at The Wheatsheaf pub, and the little army of volunteer ‘Burn Village Elves’ who run around behind the scenes making it all happen.  Thanks also to Tesco and Morrisons for their continuing kind support.

“No-one sees the weeks of preparation, the planning and the practical bits that ensure it all happens as smoothly as possible on a shoestring, and this year’s numbers meant we had to be extra efficient!

“But the feedback we’ve had from people shows how worthwhile it all is – here are just a few comments:

“Big Lunch, we have missed you! Thankyou to all involved, it was awesome”

“A lovely day! What a wonderful afternoon we had!”

“Well done everyone involved!”

Chris says: “Given the support and enthusiasm, we’d better start planning for next year – and somehow fit our Christmas celebrations in as well!”


CONGRATULATIONS – to ‘Team Julie’ for winning the Big Jubilee Lunch Quiz

The team wins a pair of Eden Project commemorative Big Jubilee Lunch Mugs and a box of chocolates.

Want the answers? Click here: Big Jubilee Quiz questions and answers



Thanks to the generosity of Burn residents, we raised £785 for Selby Disability Forum, despite Covid curtailing the usual fund-raising events over the last two years.

The cash was handed over to Selby Disability Forum Chairman Phil Dodson at the village pub The Wheatsheaf on Thursday May 12 2022.

The charity was nominated by Martin Wedgwood, North Yorkshire Police Neighbourhood Policing Inspector for Selby when he switched on the village’s Christmas Lights in November 2019 and has benefitted from socially distanced fund-raising events during lockdown, which included our Santa sleigh drive-round of the village for Christmas 2020 and 2021.

Burn Parish Council chairman Chris Phillipson said: “We’re delighted to donate this charity money and just pleased that we were able, despite being a very small and quite scattered community and despite lockdown, to keep up our tradition of supporting our Christmas Lights VIP’s charity.”

Phil and Martin were amazed and pleased at the amount raised, and both extended their thanks to everyone who contributed, with Phil commenting that the money would be put to very good use by the charity which works to support and empower people living with disabilities.


BURN METHODIST CHAPEL PRE-EASTER FAIR 2022 – Many thanks to all who participated – as stall holders, helpers and attendees – £290 raised towards the necessary kitchen refurbishmsnts!



On our two Santa trips round the village for Christmas 2021 , we raised nearly £400 for NHS staff.  We will contiinue to collect during 2022 at village events (fingers crossed!!) and in the big bottle on The Wheatsheaf bar.

Many thanks to everyone who helped make Santa’s visits to Burn such fun – helper elves, sleigh makers, driver, tractor loan, trailer loan, Paula Marie, our favourite Vintage Vocalist and of course Santa himself!

Watch out to see who wins a special prize for the lamp post Xmas message riddle!

And for those who missed it, we had a great display of decorated Christmas trees in the chapel – the theme was children’s rhymes and songs.


***** Congratulations to The Lister Family and The Parsleys – winners of our Easter Egg Hunt – and congratulations to everyone who found our ‘wooden eggs’ and entered the prize draw *********

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