Author Archives: MikePhillipson

George Tomlin

Dear All.

It is with great sadness and sorrow that I have to share with you the passing of George Tomlin, former Chairman of the Reading Room, a good friend and mentor, and great supporter of the village.

He died peacefully at home, surrounded by his family and loved ones.

The Funeral arragements announced by his family are as follows:

The funeral for Major George Tomlin MBE rtd will be held at Maple Park Hambleton Crematorium, Skipton Bridge, Thirsk YO7 4SA on

Tuesday 7th November at 2.30pm.

Family flowers only please, donations if desired will go to The British Red Cross (plate in Chapel) or may be sent direct to the charity or c/o Sanderson & Co Funeral Directors, Leyburn Business Park, Harmby Road, Leyburn, N Yorks, DL8 5QA.

Will friends please meet at the Crematorium.

Our condolences go to all his family and friends.

RIP George.


Constable Burton Reading Room. 

Reading Room Cosy Corner

Reading Room Cosy Corner

Following on from last winters warm room initiative Hilly and I have decided that we will trial it again for the next 3 weeks so we can gauge response and whether it’s something that the village will support. Every Tuesday, starting 10th October. The Reading Room will be open from 11am until mid afternoon.

A warm fire in the hearth, some hot soup on the stove and a cup of tea in the pot 🫖, and maybe some idle chat and a bit of banter with some occasional laughter thrown in for good measure. All are welcome, £1 per cuppa.

Thanks for your continued support, we’re doing this for the village so we’ll gauge your interest/support and decide whether it’s to carry on during this winter.

Kind regards.
Barry and Hilly
Reading Room Committee.
Constable Burton.

Photos: Summer Gala 2023

Summer Gala 2023

We all had a fabulous day, the weather was kind to us until the very end, and that didn’t stop the youngsters on the bouncy castle! I would like to say a big thank you to all our volunteers and helpers, we couldn’t have done it without you. I would also like to thank all our sponsors for their contributions that really made the day a success. We managed to raise over £800 on the day so I’m sure our friends at the Yorkshire Air Ambulance will be delighted with our contribution.

We also unveiled the memorial bench to remember Keith Loadman.

Thanks again to all who attended, who helped and who donated prizes.


Halloween 2023 – Saturday 28th October

Halloween 2023 – Saturday 28th October

Let’s make this the spookiest halloween yet! It’s never too early to prepare for this event.

Please see the poster for all of the details and let me know the children’s names as soon as possible.

Event Organiser and Chief Witch