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Rosedale Community News

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Rosedale Abbey Mill Pond and Leat

Did you know Rosedale Abbey had a Mill Race and a pond?

If the answer is no, you won’t be alone, as this historic feature of the village has been neglected, and allowed to become overgrown and silted up.

Happily, there are a group of folks in the village who are working together to remedy the situation and formulate a plan of action to change this eyesore into an asset.

We now have a Pond Committee, which has been successful in securing a grant from the National Park and grant of £200 from Rosedale Parish Council.

The committee plans to effect positive change for this feature, which sits in the village on one of the main walking routes in the Dale, not only in restoring the Mill Race and Pond, but ensuring the silt traps and Mill Race receive regular maintenance and jetting in the future.


The work so far completed on the Pond 2017 / 18 :-

The addition of an access points to silt traps in the field with the water source and the clearing of the ditch to allow the water to flow.The jetting and clearance of accumulated silt from underground sections of the Mill Race.

Summary of Initial Work

Jetting on 13 March 2018

How can you help?

Practical help

We needs Volunteers to help clear the pond of unwanted vegetation.

Fundraising for Planting & Maintenance

A coffee morning is planned for 7th April at the Coach House, any support you can offer is very welcome.

Any donations of monies or Cheques made out to Rosedale Pond Fund can be left in an envelope at Abbey Stores or Graze on the Green, Gillies Jones or handed to Paddy or Linda Chambers of Rosedale History Society or Maisie Storey.


The Next Steps?

The next stage is to clear the pond of unwanted vegetation, date and full details TBC. In due course, we will be asking for volunteers with welly boots & rakes who might spare an hour to help.

We will be monitoring the flow of water, and, if the cleared underground Mill Race functions as it has done in the past, maintaining flow, the plan with the support of the NYNP is to place a specialist concrete liner in the top half of the pond.

Thank you to everyone who has already generously supported this project. We look forward to ensuring the Pond & Mill Race is kept healthy with regular maintenance, looks good and once again becomes a heaven for wildlife from ducks & dragonflies to newts.

Warm regards

Kate, Paddy, Linda & Maisie

Land of Iron Update – Breakthrough!

A group of local volunteers, armed with buckets and spades on Saturday 28 October, dug down through the mud and discovered the original upstream entrance to the Reeking Gill culvert, with Shaun Doughty having used a digger to clear the site (see previous update on 4 October). Work will now continue to shift the rest of the debris from the entrance and expose more of the large stone archway. Muscle power and determination won the day and well done to all.

The entrance exposed at last!

Work has also been done to clear some of the smaller culverts along the old railway line so that water no longer builds up and threatens the integrity of the track bed.

A cleared culvert near Nab Scar

A fuller progress report will be given around the New Year, so that all can see how this marvellous project is progressing. Meanwhile please look at the NYMNPA call for volunteers poster and join in.


Rosedale Abbey Churchyard Conservation Area Cutting – 20 October 2017

The annual cutting of the conservation area of the Rosedale Abbey graveyard will be on Friday 20 October 2017 starting at 10.00am. If you can make it please come along with a strimmer/scythe and a rake and join the NYMNPA volunteers in carrying out this important conservation task.

The NYMNP volunteers and locals at work from 2016

As an added incentive Anthea will be providing refreshments, but it would help if you could bring along a cake or a packet of biscuits to help out!


Look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on Friday 20th October and let’s make short work of the job.

Land of Iron Project Update – 4 October 2017

Work on the Land Of Iron project continues apace in Rosedale. The repair done to the track at Stone Kilns is greening up nicely and will be barely visible from a distance by this time next year:

Trackway repair as at 4 October 2017

New, bigger interpretation boards have been placed at the three kiln sites:

Stone Kilns Board

Work is currently ongoing to clear the upsteam entrance to the major culvert under Reeking Gill to prevent the dangerous build up of water behind the embankment:

Shaun Dougherty at work

Save Rosedale Abbey Church Coffee Morning – Saturday 2 September 2017

A coffee morning and the ever-popular raffle and cake sale in aid of the ‘Save Rosedale Abbey Church’ appeal raised the magnificent sum of £523, thanks to the generosity of those attending and those who donated cakes and raffle prizes. Also, sixty five of the Rosedale 2018 calendars have been sold so far, therefore nearly £1200 had been raised from Show Day to date. The remaining copies of the very popular calendar are for sale in the Abbey Stores, Graze of the Green, the Coach House Inn and the White Horse Farm Inn at £10 per copy – get yours now before they all go!

St Mary and St Lawrence Church

Coffee and good company

Again, heartfelt thanks to all who contributed prizes and cakes, to June, Lorrie and Carol for helping with the raffle, to Ali and the staff of the Coach House and also to the good folks at the Howard Caravan Park who gave a generous donation to the cause along with some raffle prizes.

For your diaries, the next coffee morning will be on Saturday 7 October, between 10.00 and 12.00 am and will be in aid of the Rosedale History Society, with lots of interesting displays on offer, no doubt.


Rosedale Show and Church Repair Appeal – 19 August 2017

Congratulations! Judging one of the sheep classes.

“Do you want water on those?”

Sunshine, showers and a blustery wind typified show day at Rosedale on Saturday 19 August, but as usual the crowds of locals and visitors came out and enjoyed the varied displays of horses and other livestock, exhibitions, trade stands and live music throughout the day.

Children’s Sports Day

Horses showing off

Cattle Pimping!

“Thanks very much!” – Heavy Horse Judging

Much thanks to all on the Show Committee and to the volunteers who manned the gates and controlled the traffic to make the day such a success.

Thanks must also go to all those who donated to the Rosedale Abbey church repair appeal by buying the excellent calendars on offer or by giving directly or both. The grand sum of  £546.30 was raised for this vital cause.

The remaining calendars will be on sale shortly in the village between now and the church appeal sponsored coffee morning in the Coach House Inn on Saturday 2 September from 10.00 to 12.00 am – in the meantime, if you have any queries, please call 01751 417071 and leave a message.

Thanks again to all who helped make this Saturday such a special day for Rosedale.