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The Carol Concert held on Sunday 10th December had a reasonable turn-out despite the very cold weather and forecast snow. The Service was led by Rev. Dotty Lambeth and music provided by Keith Lambeth and his sound system.   Tokens were written with messages for a loved ones and placed on the Memory Tree which was lit up during the service.  After the concert, mulled wine and warm mince pies were enjoyed.  A big thank you to all who attended and gave a donation – £41.30 was raised, all monies received go towards the maintenance of the Memorial Garden.

It was a bit chilly at the carol concert everyone was well wrapped up

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The Methodist chapel held their annual Christmas Tree Competition and quiz/supper night on Friday 1st December, this year there were more groups entering into the festive fun which made for a great display.

The night was well attended and supper of pulled pork or chilli with salad, baked potatoes and more was very delicious, followed by scrumptious pavlova and roulade.  The quiz was very entertaining the evening drew to a close with a raffle.

PHHHS Angel Tree

PHHHS Angel Tree                                                              


Below are pictures of some of the Christmas trees.

Xmas Tree 2 2017

Xmas Tree 3 2017

The winners of the Christmas Tree competition were announced at the Christingle on Saturday 2nd December,  in 1st place was Ross, 2nd place was the craft club and 3rd place was Parish of Hemingbrough Historical/Heritage Society, our theme this year was ‘Angels’ this was suggested by one of our young volunteers who was involved in the making of angels and angel poems.  Thanks to all who put a lovely evening together which involved all ages of the community.  Thank you Pam and David for all the hard work you do for the Methodist Chapel and getting the community together.



Supported by Hemingbrough Parish Council

The Remembrance Day service was once again well attended the community spirit coming together with over 100 villagers taking part. The service was supported by The Ride of Honour with upwards of 300 bikers attending,   starting at Squires Café and completing the ride at the Memorial Garden Hemingbrough. Each biker gives a donation to take part in the ride with monies going to well-deserved groups and charities the main receiver for this event being The British Legion

Our grateful thanks to Rev. Dotty Lambeth who carried out the service and organised the bugler, so a big thank you to the bugler, Kyle the Piper and the Standard Bearer
of the Goole and Howden British Legion.

Thanks to local man and veteran of the Arnhem Landings in 1944 –   Alwyn,  92 years of age who read out the verse from the poem by Robert Laurence Binyon

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

A huge thank you to all the knitters in the Poppy Crew who provided the wonderful poppy display, ‘made by the community for the community’.  Thanks to the people who took part in the service and the very touching wreaths and crosses that were laid.

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

Remembrance Service Sheet      –     Remembrance Hymn Sheet


  • River of Poppies Hemingbrough Community Memorial Garden Remembrance Sunday November 2017



We were asked by the Methodist Chapel to put on a display at their craft day event on Saturday 7th October 2017.  We put our flat display stand up along with display copies of Reflections and Photographs and The History and Memories of BOCM Selby.

This was the last craft day that the chapel will hold and to brighten up the afternoon, Pam (organiser of the craft day) had a special surprise for everyone.  At 1.00pm, in came local lad Kyle playing the bagpipes, he was brilliant and the music was very good and made you want to dance, in fact Pam did!! Thank you Pam for all the hard work you do for the Methodist Chapel.


                                                                 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 attended a Family & Local History day at The Yorkshire Waterways Museum.  We had our display  with information and photographs of the projects the society has been involved with over the last four years.   A steady stream of visitors came to the event throughout the day,  enjoying browsing around the various groups that had put on exhibits, these included Boothferry Family History Society, Howdenshire History  (   Goole First World War Research Group, Goole Civic Society and more.  It was a good day out and we were pleased to see familiar faces visit our stand, and people who had contributed towards the BOCM book and our website.  Thank you to those who purchase a book, and a big thank you to Sue Walker for providing the refreshments and making everyone welcome.  As the sun came out visitors were able to enjoy a trip on the river. For more information on the Yorkshire Waterways Museum and forthcoming events please visit their site below. 






The Carol Concert held on Sunday 11th December  proved to be popular with many people attending and taking part in the service and carols led by Rev. Dotty Lambeth.  A small band provided the musical accompaniment, tokens were written with messages for a loved one and placed on the Memory Tree which was lit up during the service.  After the concert, mulled wine and warm mince pies were enjoyed.  A big thank you to all who attended and gave a donation – £51.20 was raised, all monies received go towards the maintenance of the Memorial Garden.  Our grateful thanks to Rev.Dotty for organising and leading the service as well as arranging for the band to play.

  • Carol Concert and Band Playing




PHHHS Christmas tree themed  on  fauna and flora  found in Odways

The Methodist Chapel held a Christmas Concert and Christmas Tree festival on Friday 2nd December.  The event was very well attended with Music and Song, Rhythm and Rhyme, light refreshments and raffle. On display were ten decorated Christmas Trees by different groups within the village.  The winners were judged at the Christingle on Saturday 3rd December.  1st place was Playgroup with the Parish of Hemingbrough Historical/Heritage Society coming 2nd and Good Companions in 3rd place.

                                   Christmas Trees on display at the Methodist Chapel –  decorated by various groups in the village







The Remembrance Day service was very well attended and we were pleased to see the community spirit coming together for the service.

Our grateful thanks to Rev. Dotty Lambeth who carried out the service and organised the musical support and bugler, so a big thank you to the band and the bugler, Rachael the Piper and Keith Sacre (Standard Bearer) of the Goole and Howden British Legion.

The Ride of Honour (Yorkshire Ride of Remembrance) was supported by 321 bikers starting at Squires Café calling at Selby and completing their journey to attend the service at the Memorial Garden, Hemingbrough.

Thanks to the people who took part in the service and the very touching wreaths and crosses that were laid.

Finally thanks to Rachel and Andrea (Passion 4 Food) in providing refreshments, Fairfax Plant Hire and Thornes Coaches for providing the parking facilities.

We gave out 150 service sheets on the day, if you would like a copy for a keepsake you can download below.

Click here to download:-  Remembrance Service Sheet     –    Remembrance Hymn Sheet

  • Lest we forget



Nature Pic






(Creators of the Memorial Garden)


Thankfully the weather turned out fine we were able to put up the marquee and set up the information table and refreshment area.

The response to our first event to welcome residents and visitors to Oldway’s, explain work that has been carried out and future work planned was good.  Young and old enjoyed trying to sight the wildlife and foliage on the sheet provide. Thanks to all who came and to our members for help in putting the event together.

  • One of our Members showing wildlife that can be seen in Oldway's



The Society attended the Selby Library History Festival week – Industry in Selby, we  put up our stand with information and photographs taken from our book “’The History and Memories of BOCM Selby”.


The Mill was first established in 1910 by Joseph Watson by 1929 with the merger of Margarine Unie and Lever Brothers Unilever was formed and took over the Mill.  Unilever is an Anglo-Dutch multinational consumer goods company with headquartered in Rotterdam, Netherlands and London.  Its products include food, beverages, cleaning agents and personal care products. It is the world’s third-largest consumer goods company measured by 2012 revenue.

With the publication of our book, Unilever archives office in Port Sunlight, Liverpool got in touch and asked if they could have a book for their archives, which we happily sent on to them. The archives officer gave us copy-right permission to use eleven of their unique photographs from their archives, some of these will be included in our display.

Early picture of OCO looking over the River Ouse

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VOLUNTEERS WEEK 1st –  12th JUNE 2016

The first event to be held was in St Mary’s Church on Wednesday 1st June. Our fundraiser Rev.Dotty Lambeth organised the event alongside Christ Hailey-Norris of Selby AVS (Selby District Association of Voluntary Service). Local voluntary groups were invited to attend get together and share views, idea’s and promote their groups.

The event was well attended, Dotty conducted the service and the Bishop of Selby gave a short talk on volunteering and the difference it makes to communities.

We put up our stand showing the work the group has carried out over the last few years, including the Memorial Garden, BOCM Book, Oldways  project and what we envisage for the future phases to be carried out in Oldways. The evening ended with drinks and nibbles and an enjoyable time was had by all.

Thanks to Dotty for the hard work she put in to getting the event and groups together.

Pictures taken at the Volunteer event

  • Volunteers Day St.Mary's Church




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




BOCM Book – The book launch was held at Selby Library on 2nd November and Barlby Library on 6th November 2015 The History and Memories of BOCM Selby

In July 2014 we were successful in our application to the Heritage Lottery Fund which has helped us to produce this book. Thanks to the people who took part we have not only been able to put down in writing the history of BOCM, but have recordings and videos. These will be available for future generations to see and hear about a large company that at one time was the heart of Selby’s employment. This unique book is a collection of memories, photographs and memorabilia from over twenty people who worked at OCO/BOCM giving their recollections from school to retirement, including their apprenticeships, leisure, war and peace-time experiences.

Copies of the book have been presented to local schools, Selby Colleges, Selby and Barlby Libraries.


Selby Library Book Launch


  • Selby High School



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


A REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICE was held at St Mary’s Church, Hemingbrough on Sunday 8th November 2015 conducted by the Rev. Francis Loftus. The service commenced at 10.30am and was followed with a Dedication Service at the Memorial Garden at 12.30pm. The service started with a short prayer followed by a Eulogy. A bugler played the Last Post, and the Reveille, and a lone piper play the Lament. Before wreaths were laid in front of the memorial stone.

  • Local residents arrive for the memorial ceremony

The Centenary Memorial Garden is in tribute to the memory of those members of the armed forces and civilians who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

It is also dedicated to the people of the Parish of Hemingbrough who have passed away, a place where their families can sit, reflect and enjoy the colours and scent of the rose bushes that have been planted in remembrance.


Two war veterans reunite and share their tales




Phase one of the Oldways Memorial Walk has now been completed.  The pond has been excavated, picnic tables and seating have been put in place (there is one more picnic table to be placed).  The area near to the pond has been rotovated and grass seed put down.

  • THE OLDWAYS - The Society is clearing the “Oldways” in selected areas and recreating the old ponds that remained after the course of the old river Ouse was altered.

The first area of the new pathway has been cleared and wood chipings put down.  It has proved to be a very welcome project with residents using the pathway and picnic tables already.  One resident has placed two bird boxes and there are indications that birds are nesting. Water voles have  been spotted again this year in the dyke  as well as frog-spawn. It is anticipated when the new look website is up and running we will have a regular nature trail update.



The PHHHS is pleased to announce that it has taken ownership of the Hearthstone Filling Station, Hemingbrough with effect from 2nd September 2014. The purchase has been made through a newly formed company – PHHHS Community Interest Company – limited by guarantee.

The company began trading on 4 August 2014, has full public liability insurance and an operative bank account. Its operation will be a matter of open public record.

We have written assurances from the Senior Enforcement Officer NYCC Trading Standards /Environment Department that the fuel tanks have been both emptied and made safe. The petrol storage tanks have been foam filled and sealed and, although assured that the diesel tanks are safe, we intend to fill these with a concrete slurry mix to avoid any sediment leakage following any future potential collapse due to ageing of the tanks. (Assured that this is unlikely for 40 years +)

To link in with this major project we will also commence work in the “Old Ways”. As this is a Village Green and we intend to Cultivate and maintain it, we will of course keep the Parish Council updated on progress. We are planning, with, the support of local residents, to tidy up the old course of the river Ouse, open up old ponds, create pathways and provide tables and seating for residents and visitors alike. We will consult residents with reference to the possible renaming of the area to the “Oldways Centenary Walk”,or “Oldway Memorial Walk” but will remain open to suggestions . The habitat of wildlife will be protected as well as preserving the flora to be found in this area. Schools will be invited to have an input into creating a nature walk and signs of an informative and environmentally acceptable nature will be installed. Licences have been obtained from the NYCC Highways Department to maintain this area and all the relevant authorities have been consulted, and will continue to be consulted, at every stage of the project development.

We will continue to present public exhibitions on all our work, provide details of our proposals for public comment and input.



Over the last few months the Society has been busy attending local events and putting up our stand giving information about our ongoing projects.

In July we gave a presentation at Barlby High School over four days involving three hundred plus students.  We had our stand at Hemingbrough Summer Fair and St Mary’s Church open day.

The Society held an Exhibition/Display to commemorate the centenary of the First World War on Sunday 3rd August. The exhibition was held in the Methodist Hall, it was well attended and proved to be a very interesting and successful afternoon. Thanks to Gerry Carroll who brought along his Barnes Wallis display and Ian Beaumont for bringing along his picture of the Christmas Truce. A big thank you to all the people who kindly let us put on display items of memorabilia.

We would also like to thank the World War Two veterans who attended, supported our Exhibition and gave donations towards our ongoing project providing a Memorial Garden where the now derelict garage stands.

Below are pictures of our display stands, Jan, Eddie and Alwyn with Rosie Corrigan, Mayor of Selby.                           




The Society was asked to attend the Family History Day held at Selby Library on Tuesday 20th May. Four members attended taking our stand which displays the work we are involved in and the Book and DVDs we have produced.

North Yorkshire County Records Office attended with a display of Cochrane’s shipyard artefacts and information. The Family History Society was on hand to offer expert advice on searching for records. Local history authors also attended and a table for book signing was in place.

The event proved to be interesting and friendly with groups and members of the public enjoying the displays and information available.

Selby Library Stand (Medium)


BOOKS AND DVDs AVAILABLE FOR SALE – Use the contact us button or call 01757 6300074

Our latest book ‘The History and Memories of BOCM Selby’  Price £9.99

The History and Memories of BOCM Selby

A unique collections of memories and memorabilia of people who worked at BOCM. On sale at Selby and Barlby Libraries and the AVS centre on Portholme Road Selby, or use the contact us button. The PHHHS group work to preserve and record the history of the ancient parish of Hemingbrough which at one time was so big it included the BOCM site.

 DVD “Hemingbrough 70 years of film and video clips”   The DVD runs for approximately 30 minutes and shows a number of residents.  There are also street scenes including Main Street and School Road before Housing Estates were built. Early School Fetes, Street Parades and Snowdrifts that cut off Hemingbrough Price £5

DVD  ” I jumped over the weather cock that its on Hemingbrough Spire” Shows footgage on the replacing of the cockerel on St Mary’s Church involving school children from Hemingbrough and Cliffe, featuring  Karen Keating (Blue Peter) approximately 26 minutes.


 The book is priced at £12

Book Cover

Reflections and Photographs


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