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The Historical/Heritage Society would like to give a big thank you to all who attended the Remembrance Service on Sunday at the Community Memorial Garden.  There were around 600 members of the Yorkshire Ride of Honour from far and wide and around 200 local residents. BBC Look North were filming for local news stations. Thank you Andy Pulleyne and Thornes Coaches for providing parking for the Ride of Honour.

A huge thanks to all who made this memorable day possible, Hemingbrough Parish Council, the Knitting Crew, S Clark Productions, Isabel who played the last post, Rachael our piper, Gavin the Standard Bearer and the young reader of the exhortation, not forgetting our committee member and local Vicar Rev Dotty Lambeth who put together and carried out the very moving and appropriate service to mark the 100th Centenary of the First World War.

We were very pleased to welcome once again  ex Paratrooper Alwyn  veteran of the Arnhem Landings in 1944 who laid a wreath in honour of his comrades.

Below are just a few of the pictures taken on this memorable day.

  • Ride of Honour arriving at Hemingbrough Memorial Garden

We gave out 200 service sheets on the day, if you would like a copy for a keepsake you can download below.

WWI 100 Years Commemoration Service/Hymn Sheet





The Licensing of The Reverend Dorothy (Dotty) Lambeth as Associate Minister of the Benefice of Riccall, Barlby and Hemingbrough with Cliffe was held on Sunday 23rd September at St Mary’s Church Riccall and conducted by The Reverend Nick Bird, Area Dean of Derwent Deanery. Reverend Dotty was welcomed to the Parish of Hemingbrough by the Chair of Hemingbrough Parish Council, Councillor Jan Strelczenie.

Reverend Dotty was ordained to the Priesthood by Archbishop John Sentamu in a service at York Minster in May 2016.

Reverend Dotty is a member of the Parish of Hemingbrough Historical/Heritage Society, and is involved in fund-raising,
the Remembrance Day Service and Carol Concert held at the Memorial Garden.


Rev.Dotty 1

Rev. Dotty 2Rev. Dotty 3













                                                                 ST MARY’S CHURCH EVENT – COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS CELEBRATION

Volunteers Event 2017

The Society attended the Community Volunteers Celebration on Friday 6th October 2017.  We put up our large pop-up stand displaying the projects the Society have been involved in over the last five years.  The service conducted by Rev. Dotty Lambeth was well attended with many volunteers and their stands.  Chris Hailey-Norris from Selby AVS gave a presentation, the Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu gave a Sermon and Prayers of Intercession were let by the Bishop of Selby Dr John Thomson.  The service was followed by a buffet supper and wine.

Our secretary Sue Strelczenie presented Bishop John Thomson and Archbishop John Sentamu with the two books the Society has had published.  Thanks to Rev. Dotty and the Church Wardens for all the hard work that went into organising this event







The Society were delighted and privileged that the Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu included the Memorial Garden in his six months Pilgrimage of Prayer and Blessing throughout the Diocese of York.

The Archbishop visited the Memorial Garden on the afternoon of Saturday 16th April, Rev. Francis Loftus joined the Archbishop on his walk from Riccall to Hemingbrough where they were met by Rev. Dotty Lambeth.  Dotty introduced the Archbishop to members of the Society and gave a brief explanation on how a derelict filling station became the beautiful Memorial Garden it is today.

Arriving at the Memorial Garden about 2.30pm the Archbishop spent time looking around the garden, meeting with families, residents and members of the Yorkshire Ride of Remembrance.  In a short speech he gave the Garden his Blessing and all present joined the Archbishop in prayer.

The Society presented the Archbishop with a unique commemorative cushion that had been made by Kath Terry.

Pictures from the Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu’s visit on Saturday 16th April 2016

  • Archbishop Sentamu arrives in Hemingbrough



On Wednesday 13th April, members of the Society were invited to attend the BOCM Pensioners Party at the Railway Club in Selby

We put on a display showing the History of BOCM through the eyes of ex/retired employees.  The screen and projector was set up and a rolling picture show was on display much to the delight of the party-goers who were watching avidly to spot themselves.

The society members met up with people who had contributed with the ‘History and Memories of BOCM’ book and also got to chat with others.

Unilever’s Pensioners Liaison & Administration Manager Karen Abbot introduced herself and bought a book!  – Thank you Karen.  Karen also organised lunch for our members which was much appreciated.

After the meal Karen gave a detailed update on how Unilever is doing at present, this was very interesting finding out Unilever is involved in products such as Shampoos, Washing Powders  Pot-Noodles just to mention a few.

  • Rolling picture show




Selby and Goole Community Pride Awards  held on  Thursday 12th November 2015. The Society won best Community Project (for the Memorial Garden)and were awarded with a beautiful engraved glass plaque.

PHHS Award

Pix: Shaun Flannery/ COPYRIGHT PICTURE>>SHAUN FLANNERY>01302-570814>>07778315553>> 12th November 2015 Drax Power Ltd Selby and Goole Community Pride Awards 2015


On 16th October 2015 we were finalist in the North Yorkshire County Council Community Awards ‘Best Community Group’ (for the Memorial Garden). We were runner up and presented with a certificate and beautiful engraved glass plaque.

Sue & Eddie Kinsella receiving the award for the Society

Best community group runner up 2



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The History and Memories of BOCM Selby

A unique collections of memories and memorabilia of people who worked at BOCM.


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Reflections and Photographs


Every book is a donation to help continue our ongoing projects for the community.