Celebration Evening – 20th June 2014

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7.30pm Linton on Ouse Village Hall

Thanks to everyone who has helped to bring the history of Linton on Ouse to life in the last year.  We have had some fascinating talks, memory evenings, curious “scarecrow” characters in the village and, of course, Discovery Day.   Everyone is welcome to come and celebrate the success of the achievements to date and see some of the photographs of the events.   If you can bring some food / wine to share that would be appreciated.  Members free and and guests £2.

Learn more about the Roman Settlement at Aldborough

Fri: July 18th 7.15pm 

Linton on Ouse Village Hall – 

Come & meet Mike Turpin, Archaeologist from Leeds  – he will give an illustrated talk on Discoveries and recent changes at the Roman Settlement at Aldborough (nr Boroughbridge) – open to all (non-members £2). 

There will be the option to join a guided walk round the Roman settlement of Aldborough – 4pm Sat: July 26th  with Mike Turpin – with optional extra – meal at the Ship Inn – further details contact  chair@lintonhistory.co.uk or 848336

Linton History Group Victorian Evening – Christmas 1871

Linton’s Victorian Christmas 1871:

In the week before Christmas, the recently reopened village hall at Linton hosted a Victorian Christmas evening organised by the Linton History Group as its last meeting before Christmas. The village hall was originally opened in 1871 and so, to mark the reopening, the History Group celebrated Christmas as it would have been celebrated in the village in 1871, making it truly an evening to remember.

Gone were the Father Christmases, tinsel, plastic decorations and glass baubles, which were replaced by holly, ivy, rosemary and myrtle. The tree was simply decorated with hand-made wooden decorations, sugar candy sticks and home-made angels. As electric light was only invented in 1878, candles were the main source of lighting throughout the hall – although, not wanting to risk burning down the recently refurbished building, a decision was made to use LED candles instead.

The entrance ticket was exchanged for old pennies at the ‘Bank of Linton’ and these were used throughout the evening, prices being commensurate with what they would have been in 1871.

A Curiosity Table featured a selection of local Victorian items with information about the people in the village (taken from the 1871 census) who may have used them. These included such items as housemaid’s equipment, tools and a giant carthorse shoe with the names of the three local blacksmiths, one of whom ended his days in the Easingwold Union workhouse. In addition, there were two Christening gowns displayed next to a list of the names of children from the village who would have been under 2 years old in 1871 and information about the teachers and governesses living in the village.

Picture postcards were first used as souvenirs around 1870, so some old picture postcards of Linton were available for people to buy and take away as a memento of the evening.

As 1871 was the first year of the official Bank Holiday, more opportunities became available for families to spend time together. Later in the decade, board games and Music Hall, operettas and more mass-produced toys became available. With this in mind, a variety of card and board games dating from the period were played during the evening, before a selection of poetry and readings from the time, and the singing of carols. Refreshments were available in the form of roasted chestnuts, mulled wine, fruit punch, mince pies and Victorian gingerbread biscuits. There was also a selection of Victorian sweets and walnuts on each table.  A raffle was held with suitably Victorian prizes such as a pineapple, coal tar soap, bananas and Harrogate toffee – formulated to take away the taste of the Spa water. Tickets had been 1/2d each and sold by a ‘soldier home for Christmas’.

During the evening, a presentation was made to the village hall committee by the History Group of a copy of the original bill for the village hall and a framed copy of the earliest photograph of the inside of the hall as yet available.

Many of those attending (from ages 1 to 80+) entered into the spirit of the evening and dressed accordingly.

Linton History Group would like to thank all those who attended, helped and worked to make the evening so memorable. The History group has a varied programme of events listed on the Linton on Ouse village website. Their next event 7.15pm 17th January in Linton on Ouse village Hall is about the ‘Village and the RAF base during WW2’.

Jan Jauncey


The recently reopened Village Hall – the History Group would like to thank all those who worked so hard to make this happen. A real piece of History – in the middle of the Village!

History Group – Christmas Celebrations

Linton on Ouse History Group


Celebrate Christmas as it would have been
December 1871
The year the village hall opened

7pm Friday 20th December
Linton on Ouse Village Hall

Mulled wine – Mince pies – Roasted chestnuts – Music – Party Games for families – Readings – Raffle


Members free (donations towards the food welcome).  Guests £3 adult and £1 children Tickets available from Linton on Ouse village shop

An evening with the Archivists – 7.15pm – 22nd November 2013

From: Jenny, Linton on Ouse History Group

Download the Flyer: An evening with the archivists

Three archivists talk about where to find information, how to research and the exciting (and scandalous) bits they have found.

Essential information for anyone trying to trace family histories of just learn more about the community in the past.

7.15pm 22nd November 2013

Linton on Ouse Parish Hall

Coffee and biscuits on arrival

Free to members. £2 for visitors EVERYONE welcome

Montcony annual remembrance

From: Jan Jauncey

Sunday October 27th 2013 saw many of those who had travelled to Linton earlier in the summer meet up again – but this time in Montcony – for the annual act of remembrance at the crash site just outside the little village.

Some pictures of the event: