Montcony Twinning Visit

Linton on Ouse Parish Council hosted a further twinning visit between Montcony and Linton on 28th July. A large French contingent from the Bressane area of Burgundy came by coach to Linton on Ouse.

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As part of a busy schedule during their six day visit to England, the group came up from Lincoln before visiting York , Elvington and Linton on Ouse. They visited the RAF base and the Memorial Room by kind invitation of the station commander, Group Captain Ian Laing, before laying wreaths at the Cairn in the village and being welcomed to afternoon tea in the village hall.




They had come to honour the eight airmen who had left Linton on the evening of 23rd October 1942 and had died when their aircraft crashed in the village of Montcony, in Burgundy. The events which followed led to the formation of the Bressane resistance under the leadership of Henri Vincent, who was the village schoolmaster in Montcony. This has been marked since the end of World War Two by commemorations in Montcony, which have grown each year.

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After visiting the Memorial room, the visitors inspected the Yorkshire rose planted at the gates of RAF Linton the last time they came. At Linton Village Cairn, tributes were laid by relatives of some of the men who died, as well as by Sylvie Monin-Badey, chair of the local Souvenirs Francais group in the Montcony area, Group Captain Ian Laing, the Station Commander, and Mike Croft Chair of Linton Parish Council. Flags representing different Resistance groups had been brought from Burgundy, by special permission , for the ceremony and the French and English flags were flown as well as the National Anthems played after the Last Post and Reveille. Many of the comments in the visitors book later referred to the moving ceremony, which had been led by Padre Sandy Gall.


Cakes for the afternoon tea had been provided by Easingwold Country Market and the Ladies of Linton served tea and coffee to some 80+ guests in the village hall, while the visitors were able to chat with members of the Linton and Montcony Twinning Association and villagers. Photographs from the time of the crash and the events since, including photos from the visits made from Linton to Montcony over the past eight years, were on display – as was the seedling tree, presented at three inches high on their last visit two years ago, and which had now grown to a sapling of 4 feet tall. It had come from the Memorial Garden in Montcony established by the Mayor, M. Reme Chatot, and was from an Acer tree there symbolising the Resistance. It is hoped to plant it out with other memorial trees, in Linton the next time visitors come from Montcony.

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After speeches affirming friendship, and grateful thanks to all who had helped to make the day happen, Sylvie Monin- Badey presented Mike Croft and the people of Linton with a letter of appreciation from the Mayor of Montcony, and a plate depicting the Chapon de Bresse in traditional colours. Mike Croft presented the people of Montcony with framed photographs of Linton Village hall to mark and remember their visit. It was a warm and friendly atmosphere greatly appreciated by all.

As they say ‘Time passes, but the memories remain’. So it will be with memories of their visit.

Jan Jauncey
Linton on Ouse

Dementia Friends Information Session

Local villager Rachel Roche will be holding a Dementia Friends Information Session at the Linton-On-Ouse Village Hall on Friday 26 June from 1.30 pm, and everyone is welcome.

Dementia FriendsYou can download the Dementia Friends Advertisement PDF here.

Information sessions:

Dementia Friends’ information sessions are run by Dementia Friends Champions, who are volunteers who have taken the Dementia Friends Champions’ training. Each Friends’ information session lasts around one hour. You will learn more about dementia and how you can help to create dementia friendly communities. These information sessions are running across England.

Free Legal Advice Clinic:

After the Information Session, there will also be a free legal advice clinic. This is entirely separate to the Dementia Friends Session and you’ll be asked to register your interest for this on the day, on a first come first served basis.

If you would like more information prior to the 26 June, please contact Rachel on 01347 844 046 / 07961 474 400, or email

30th Anniversary St. Leonard’s Hospice

St Leonard’s Hospice in York is marking its 30th anniversary this year with a service in York Minster on 7 June 2015, starting at 4.00pm; the service will take the form of a themed evensong.

As the parish is within the area that St Leonard’s serves, there is an open invitation to anyone from the parish who may wish to attend the service.

Holgate Windmill and its restoration

hwpshome315th May – Attend the talk
15th May – ‘Holgate Windmill and its restoration’  – an illustrated talk by members of the Holgate Windmill Society 7.30pm Linton Village Hall (There was a windmill and a water mill in Linton in the past).
A chance to buy some stoneground flour also!
19th June – Visit the Windmill
Friday 19th June vist to Holgate WIndmill – ‘Meet the Millers’. Places limited for safety reasons. Book your place now! 848336

Local Discovery Channel competition finalist needs your help!

M5Local RAF resident Dianne Owens (of Linton Meadows) needs your help to help fulfill an adventurous pledge in association with the Discovery Channel. Dianne is currently one of only 15 contestants to make it through to the ‘Make Your World Bigger 2015’ prize draw.

Here is Dianne’s Make Your World Bigger pledge entry:

I have Microvascular Heart Disease as well as Sjogren’s Syndrome & Fibromyalgia – both chronic debilitating conditions that cause pain and fatigue every day. As a distraction I set myself goals and recently completed the High Peaks Challenge, raising money for the British Heart Foundation.

Seeing the amazing adventures and beautiful places on Discovery Channel every day, coupled with my love for hiking and being outdoors, gave me the inspiration to take the #MYWBpledge in the hope it would come true.

My ultimate dream is to hike up the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain, drawing on my strength and determination to get there. If I can climb a mountain I can do anything.


There are only a few days left to Vote Dianne to win this contest. If you have a spare moment to cast your vote then please visit the following link:

Please note that you have to vote for your 3 favourite pledges, so please make sure that one of your votes is for Dianne! Dianne is pledge number 5.

All votes entered include the chance to win a Discovery Channel backpack! Terms and conditions are available on the competition website. Please note that this website is not responsible for the content of external websites or the competition itself.

What’s digging? Jon Kenny – Community Archaeologist from York

Friday 20th MARCH 2015
7.30pm Linton Village Hall
Jon Kenny 
Community Archaeologist from York
Whats Digging?
Local happenings in the world of archaeology
We welcome everyone to all our meetings.
Our interest is in all history – but especially how it relates to our village
A Trip to Oxford, to include a guided tour of University College and a visit to the Linton Archives, is planned for the Autumn – further details can be obtained at any meeting.