Saturday, 3 March 2018

The Beast Blizzard

Bitter east winds and frequent snow showers made the start of March exceptionally severe, with serious drifting in the more exposed areas.
 In 2010 it was snowy for longer and much more fell but there was little wind.

The village, being on something of a ridge was as badly affected as anywhere and Arkangel was perhaps the bleakest place to be!
 The road to Castleton was almost impassable for a few hours but the hardworking snowplough and digger team soon beat a way through.
By Saturday afternoon (3rd) all roads were open including the Back Lane and Sugarloaf to Ralphs Cross.

 28th February the maximum was only -2.6C, that was also the lowest temperature of -6.1C at about 7pm. It was the windchill which set this spell apart, calculated at -13C also 28th February. With drifting snow blasting horizontally a truly dangerous period to be outside for too long.

Arkangel Saturday 3rd March

Drifting begins to get serious by Pinfold
Clearing the last blocked road behind the village
Crossroads on Back Lane

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Depths of Winter

January 2018
There seems to have been no shortage of snowy days and icy roads this winter, but nothing too serious as yet.
As Janaury ticks away the days begin to lengthen and light begins to strengthen.

Friday, 27 October 2017

Box House garden makeover

Wilf Wilson's garden had become overgrown as it had become to much to keep on top of, so the Westerdale and Rosedale keepers have stepped in to clear overgrown areas and are planning to make things more manageable by sowing more of the area grass.

The garden used to be a picture with lovely roses and other flowers such as dahlias; artists would sometimes stop and paint the scene from the roadside.

The cottage is still very pretty and it will be much better when Wilf is not almost trapped inside!

 Gamekeepers from Rosedale and Westerdale Estate (left to right) Colin Smith, Ben Mountain, Jimmy Brough, Wilf Wilson, Matthew Hacketpain, Michael Wearmouth and Kevin Butler

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Maasai Mara Evening

An evening on the Maasai Mara with Sharon Artley.
Sharon will give a film/slide presentation of her recent photography safari. It will include a fund raising event for the school in Enkerende village, Ol Chorro.
Light refreshments. Raffle with some special prizes (further contributions for the raffle very welcome)

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

James Bowes of Westerdale

(By email)

I'm contacting your site as I wonder if anyone in Westerdale realises that this year will be the 100th Anniversary of the death of a Westerdale man, James Bowes.
His parents are buried in Westerdale church yard and James is mentioned on their headstone.

 James Bowes would be my Great Great Uncle, 2 of my sisters and I are going to Ypres next week to visit out Gt Gt Uncle's grave and will also be visiting the grave of James' parents on 13th Sept to mark this anniversary.
I have no idea if this is of any interest to anyone or if you have a local history group or anything

 [If this is of interest more details on request]

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

The Seated Man

The Seated Man is a Bronze sculpture by Sean Henry, installed on Castleton Rig 14th June 2017
It should be there for only five years.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Bin Collection day finder

Especially useful to see changes around Bank Holidays!
Usually if they don't come Monday it will be Wednesday.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Phone Box removal

BT have published a list of boxes in The National Park which they would like to remove due to minimal use.
This is not surprising as even the minimal upkeep they get must be costly.
Obvious many of these including Westerdale are in areas with limited if any mobile cover, but nonetheless they clearly are hardly ever used as people make calls from where there is a signal.

It's not difficult to imagine problems here in snowy conditions - when you have to gain considerable altitude to be able to make a call!
 List of boxes to be removed - PDF

NYMNP are inviting comments until 30th November

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Village Hall broadband

After several months of behind scenes work, broadband is now available with a speed around 6Mb download.
The installation managed to avoid any further inconvenient poles which is a good thing!
It is hoped to run computer open days and courses, if you are interested in this please get in touch.

On a wider note it is still unclear if Westerdale will ever get high(er) speeds through fibre.
There is a plan to install one cabinet at Castleton but it is unlikely to make much difference at more than 2km, however it *might* still be at least as good down and allow faster upload speeds. are implying that fibre will never reach most of those who don't have it arriving imminently and the best option will be satellite.
This really is the last possible option and is known to be slow, unreliable and expensive.
If you can already get a reasonable speed around 2MB/s or better on ADSL it is probably not worthwhile though again the upload speed might be better.

If we had fast broadband it would also much simplify installing a small mobile phone mast.
The Mobile Infrastructure Project which offered much hope for this a couple of years ago seems to have failed dismally after discovering that hard to cover areas are hard to cover.
(of 18 masts proposed in the North York Moors none have been built)

In Westerdale's case there is no simple way to establish a microwave link to the rest of the network unless a further installation somehow repeated it from Glaisdale.
However for a limited number of users fast broadband could replace the microwave link.

At present nothing seems to be happening with regard to this, other than the favoured obfuscation and delaying tactics such as passing on to other offices.
I did ask Arqiva on but the question was too difficult and after acknowledging the email they have declined to reply as yet.
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