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Welcome to the Hovingham Village Website

Hovingham is situated within the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the Ryedale District of North Yorkshire, approximately 19 miles north of the city of York and midway between the market towns of Helmsley and Malton.

The idyllic location of the village, perfectly placed as a base for many local activities, has many outstanding features, including historic Hovingham Hall, a beautiful Victorian school, a delightful Saxon Church, Marr’s beck and a lovely playground, all in picturesque settings much appreciated by children and adults alike.

Our aim is for this site to be a useful resource for local people as well as those wanting to visit the area. So come on in, explore a little further and discover more about our fascinating village.

Hovingham to remember our fallen of The Somme on 1st July

Somme Memorial

The Royal British Legion has called for nation-wide recognition of this July 1st, being the first day of the battle of the Somme which is bloodiest day in the history of the British Army and they believe, has come to symbolise the tragic futility of war.

Its 100th anniversary will commemorate the service and sacrifice of those who lost their lives in the battle, and to reflect upon the human cost of conflict and to have hope for a more peaceful world.

Hovingham Branch of the Royal British Legion will be marking the anniversary on July 1st with two events.

At 7.30am, the church bell will toll out across the village for two minutes, followed by a silence then four single tolls.

At 6.00pm, there will be a 15 minute, simple, ecumenical service at the War Memorial. Please assemble by 5.55pm (inside the church if wet). It will include a poem, a prayer, Last Post and Reveille. Central to the commemoration will be the laying of four ceramic poppies from the Tower of London by local young people, one for each Hovingham man killed, while a summary of their home and service life is read out. Anyone wishing to commemorate a relative who has died in any war will be offered a Poppy Cross on which to write a message before placing it on the wall in front of the memorial.

For more information, please contact RBL branch secretary Rob Thompson on 628640 or e-mail to ardnamurchan75@btinternet.com