NORTH YORKSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL Council Tax Reduction Consultation

The Parish Council would encourage residents to take part in this survey. Please can you share this with others as it is important that everyone is aware of this and has the opportunity to complete the survey. This will formulate the new scheme from April 2023.

NORTH YORKSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL Council Tax Reduction Consultation. Please take part.

A new Council Tax Reduction Scheme for North Yorkshire Council

From next year there will be a new single council in North Yorkshire. The new North Yorkshire Council will replace the seven district and borough councils as well as the county council. All eight councils are working together to make sure that the services people value continue as usual when North Yorkshire Council comes into being on 1 April 2023.

Having one council means services can be strengthened and joined up to improve the quality of life and opportunities for people across North Yorkshire. It will also save money by reducing duplication to put back into frontline services and support local priorities and decision-making.

Currently the seven borough and district councils all have slightly different Council Tax Reduction schemes, and by law North Yorkshire Council must introduce a single scheme covering the whole of the North Yorkshire area. Council Tax Reduction is a discount that helps people on low incomes pay their Council Tax bill. The proposal is to introduce an income banded scheme that is more supportive, with the maximum level of reduction for the people most in need.

The changes to the Council Tax Reduction Scheme will affect working age households in the North Yorkshire area who will get Council Tax Reduction from 1 April 2023. Pension age households will not see any change as the scheme to support this group is set out by Central Government.

Most applicants will get the same support as they do now and many will be better off. Although some households will have a little more to pay, the proposals set out plans for a hardship fund so that anyone affected who needs additional help will be supported. People are invited to share their views on the proposed changes as part of a consultation.

A link to take part in the consultation and more detailed information can be found at The consultation will close at midnight on 18 September 2022. All comments and feedback will be considered in October, before a final decision is made in November.

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Melsonby Tidy Gardens Competition 2022

The Tidy Gardens Competition was judged on Monday 8th August 2022 by District Councillor Wilson-Petch.

RESULTS TO BE ANNOUNCED ON Saturday 12th August 2022.

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The Stepping Up Programme

The programme is being ran by North Yorkshire Police and North Yorkshire Sport and referrals can be made direct to the scheme. Please share as you feel appropriate.

Stepping up is an early intervention and prevention programme for young people beginning to show signs of engaging in risky behaviour. This may be appearing at School, Home or within the local community. Stepping Up draws on a young persons strengths and interests. There are two strands to Stepping up and a young person can engage in both or just one dependent on need. The first is that a young person will receive mentoring from one of our mentors. Our mentors will work with a young person to raise aspiration, motivation, confidence and look to develop an action plan to support the development of that young persons skills. Initially a young person will have 4 sessions booked in and then from there will determine the next steps. The second element is positive community diversionary activity. By building on the young persons strengths and interest we will support them into local provision within the area they live.

To find out more, visit our website; or get in touch with us;

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Get your valuable items ‘marked’ for free with Richmondshire Neighbourhood Policing team. No need to book, just turn up with your items.

Saturday 10th September 2022

10am – 12noon

In the St James’ Church, Melsonby

“Marking your property is one of the most effective ways to protect yourself from being a victim of crime. Criminals will see the permanent unique number, and know immediately that your property is too hot to handle. If the worst happened and you were targeted, marked property is far harder to sell on, and we are much more likely to be able to return it to you.”

Most items are eligible, as long as they are of value to you. This includes laptops, tablets, bikes, tools and equestrian equipment. Unfortunately, glass or ceramics cannot be marked.

If you have any questions or queries please contact the Parish Clerk – 

Jenny Pears on 07585837716 or by email

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Grants are available for young people from the Trust.

Applications are invited from young people in Melsonby for grants from the Cockin Trust. Small amounts of money are available for educational, training and recreational projects covering a wide range of activities. Further information is on the village notice board, and application forms are available from the secretary Gail Smith or at The closing date for applications this year is September 20th 2022.

Further information and the application is avaialble to view and download on the William Cockin Trust area of the website.

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The Closure will be in place for a period of 1 day on the 24th August 2022 to allow Yorkshire Water to renew a stop tap and chamber

The Road Closure and any associated Diversion Routes can be viewed using this URL link 

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To be held in the Melsonby Methodist School.


Staging of exhibits:                                      9.30 am – 12.30 pm

Doors open. All welcome:                           3.30 pm

Presentation of Trophies:                            4.30 pm 

Auction of produce / raffle draw:             to follow  

The entries for the show need to be in by the 11th August at 9pm at 16 East Road. Anyone who lives, works or is part of a club/association in Melsonby can enter the show. A paper copy will be available sometime in May. 

Further details are available to view in the programme.

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A vacancy exists on the Parish Council, due to a recent resignation, which is to be filled by co-option. The term of office will run until May 2023.

If you would like to serve as a Councillor please apply, in writing or by email, to the Clerk (details below), providing brief background details and stating why you would like to join the Council by Friday the 15th July 2022.
To qualify, a person must be a British subject, aged over 18 years old and an elector, must have resided over a year in the Melsonby Parish boundary or occupy as owner or tenant any land or premises therein, or have their principal or only place of work there, and must not be disqualified from holding office as a Councillor.

Jenny Pears

Clerk to Melsonby Parish Council


Telephone: 07585 837716

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Council for British Archaeology – Yorkshire

As a National organisation, CBA aims to encourage a better understanding of the heritage of our nation.

As you maybe aware, Yorkshire is a very historical county, with a wealth of archaeological areas from the prehistoric to 20th century.  As part of CBA National, CBA Yorkshire offers a wide range of assistance in researching the traditional county of York.  CBA do this especially through small groups such as Parish Councils and community projects.  CBA would like to reach out to your residents to encourage them to take a look at us and perhaps consider how we can help to build up a more detailed picture of the area you live in – which can only enrich the experience of living in your parish.

A leaflet is below with information about the organisation. CBA would encourage you to look around your area and see if there are potential historical remains that would benefit from some investigation – to the benefit of the whole community.  

In general, CBA aim to bring together individuals who are interested in their parish and county’s heritage and those specialists and professionals who can assist groups in the best way forward to deal with historical material.  CBA have affiliated Society’s from around the county and we aim to support them with advice and in some cases financial support in the organisation of archaeological projects.  CBA also encourage the publication of research and publicity about such work through our Journal Forum and through monthly talks and day schools/conferences.

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Crime Bulletin – April 2022

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