Two Town Council Tenders

The town council is seeking tenders for the following services: CONTRACTS 2017 – 2019 THE TOWN COUNCIL IS SEEKING TENDERS FOR THE FOLLOWING SERVICES: MAINTENANCE OF MANOR VALE WOODLAND & GROUNDS MAINTENANCE (CEMETERY AND PLAY AREAS) For further details as well as the tender documents please contact: The Town Clerk Kirkbymoorside Town Council The Shambles […]

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Dark Skies Festival

Poem to Yorkshire’s dark skies released ahead of the 100+ events at this year’s Festival

An ode to the Yorkshire’s night sky has been released as more events are added to the county’s largest celebration of all-things-celestial. The week-long Dark Skies Festival happens in four weeks’ time to coincide with half term (Saturday 18 to Sunday 26 February). It will see over 100 events being held across 21 different locations […]

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New course at Natural Health Centre

Be Calm, Be Happy is a 3-week group course teaching mindfulness meditation, in the Plum Village tradition, as an effective counter-balance to the stresses of life and as an opportunity to become happier. Address of venue Kirkbymoorside Natural Health Centre The Bethel Chapel, Tinley Garth. Kirkbymoorside YO62 6AR Please note that this course will be […]

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A bold fox and other prints at Helmsley Arts Centre

An exhibition of prints by Gerard Hobson is now running at Helmsley Arts Centre. Art can be a very personal matter and what appeals to one doesn’t necessarily appeal to another. You may not agree, but this fox  made me laugh out loud with pleasure. Since childhood Gerard Hobson has had a love for birds, […]

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A video postcard from Whitby

In its recent members’ newsletter, English Heritage has posted a lovely short video showing the splendours of Whitby Abbey.  Member or not, you can view it here:

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Henry Gyles, York glass painter: talk at HAHS

Helmsley Archaeological and Historical Society‘s winter programme resumes on Friday week with a talk by Susan Harrison, Curator (collections) North Territory, English Heritage, entitled “An Honest Gyles”. This talk will focus on a window made by the eminent glass painter of York, Henry Gyles, in 1699 and reveal the story of its discovery, research, conservation […]

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Coach trip to The King and I

Rogers and Hammerstein’s timeless classic musical, “The King and I“, is coming to York Theatre Royal from Wednesday March 8 to Saturday March 18. East versus West makes for a dramatic, richly textured and ultimately uplifting tale of enormous fascination. It is 1862 in Siam when an English widow, Anna Leonowens, and her young son […]

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Extra tea service on the NYMR

From the North Yorkshire Moors Railway: Due to the popularity of our Pullman dining services during the visit of Royal Scot in late March, we have now scheduled an additional Pullman Afternoon Tea service on Wednesday 29th March. This steam hauled service will depart from Grosmont at 13.20pm and will traverse the North York Moors […]

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WEA events in Pickering

The Pickering branch of the WEA continues to offer something to challenge the little gray cells and get the imagination working. “Great Yorkshire Literature“ But first the bad news: if you saw an advertisement for this course, which was due to begin tomorrow, please note that it has had to be cancelled. Apologies for the […]

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Burns Night invitation

To all readers of the blog courtesy of Bob Gardiner, chair of Ryedale District Council:

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traditional walling

Walling and hedging grants available

Grants of up to £2,000 are now on offer to land managers in the North York Moors National Park for hedgerow planting and drystone walling. The Traditional Boundary Scheme seeks to restore and improve traditional field boundaries, which form an important part of the landscape character across the National Park. The Authority wants to help […]

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Ryedale Family History Group – January Meeting

Ryedale Family History Group start off the New Year with an open meeting on Wednesday 18 January at 7.30pm at a new venue, The North Yorks Moors National Park Office, The Old Vicarage on Bondgate, Helmsley YO62 5BP. The theme for the evening is ‘My Most Interesting Family Member’. This could be someone in your […]

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Runners at the start of the Kirkbymoorside 10K 2014

Kirkbymoorside 10k – 30th April 2017

We’re back for our 17th annual road race through our stunning local countryside and entries are rolling in fast. We have double the number of entries we had this time last year so we’re looking forward to filling our 500 runner limit for the race. Proceeds from the races, as usual, are split between the […]

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Late January walks with Ryedale Walking Group

Ryedale Walking Group has just two walks on offer in the second half of January, but either or both would go some way towards meeting your new year resolution to take more exercise. Sunday 22 January:  Pickering, Dalby Forest and Thornton-le-Dale 10 miles (moderate) 1019ft Park/Start 10.00 Woodland Park CP, A169 Whitby Road, Pickering (SE803845). […]

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This week’s good cause (52/52): Rugeley Cats Society

The old year has come to an end, and so too has our “year of good causes”, although with interruptions and fallow periods it has taken something over two years to get to 52/52.  But we made it. I’m going to end the series on an unashamedly personal note. Many of you will never have […]

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Big Garden Birdwatch

More than half a million people from across the UK are set to take part in this year’s Big Garden Birdwatch, by counting the birds in their gardens over the weekend of 28-30 January, 2017. If you’d like to take part, and count the birds visiting your garden, you can request a free information pack, or […]

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Ryedale District Council Budget Consultation

Ryedale District Council is consulting on its 2017/18 budget. The results of the consultation will inform the decision to be made on Friday 21 February 2017 on the budget and council tax level for 2017/18. The deadline for responses is Friday 6 January 2017. Take the consultation survey here.

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Unwanted gifts? Donate them to Age UK

After the Christmas celebrations, it’s a conundrum every year about what to do with any unwanted festive gifts or duplicated items. Most of us will have been lucky enough to receive presents we love, however there is always that one gift; the jumper that didn’t fit, the bestselling book you already had or the old […]

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Happy New Year!

Gareth (“admin”), Jean and other members of the town blog team wish all our readers a very happy and peaceful New Year. We go into our sixth year of blogging for the town with a team of just the two of us, with occasional contributions from others.  So here’s a New Year resolution for you […]

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Live relay from Stratford of The Tempest

Live relays of plays from London and elsewhere come thick and fast now, so are no longer news, and we don’t blog them as often as we did in the early days of this new theatrical venture. However, occasionally one comes along that deserves highlighting (in our opinion!). Into this category falls the Royal Shakespeare […]

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Moors Conservation Award

Applications are now open for a Conservation Award, which is made biennially and recognises efforts to protect biodiversity or vernacular architecture in the North York Moors. An award of £500 is made to the winning entry, funded jointly by the North Yorkshire Moors Association and the National Park Authority. Applications are now invited from individuals, […]

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Age UK shops seek volunteers

As part of Age UK’s No one should have no one at Christmas campaign, the Age UK shops in Kirkbymoorside, Pickering, Malton, and Helmsley are appealing to people in Ryedale who would like to connect with their community through volunteering. These shops are hoping to attract new volunteers who would like to meet new people […]

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Ramblers walks in January

The Ramblers have been having a bit of a rest after Christmas and New Year, but will have their boots on again by mid January, and have three walks on offer for the remainder of the month, as follows: 15th January: 10.00 am start. Cawthorne Roman Camp Car Park. 10miles, grid ref. SE 827 963, […]

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Cleveland Way National Trail live on Google Street View on Boxing Day

360º images showcase the beauty of the longest trail crossing the North York Moors Those thinking of walking off the Christmas excesses can now plan a route from the comfort of their sofa, feasting their eyes on the beauty of the longest trail crossing the North York Moors by viewing 360º panoramic images on the […]

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The railway in winter

Why not get out of the house this festive season and enjoy a brisk day out on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway? Winter in the North York Moors National Park is often perfect for walking and cycling, while early morning mists and cloud inversions in the dales as the sun rises, are a photographer’s dream. […]

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Pickering on Tour de Yorkshire route

Three of Ryedale’s market towns will be visited by the 2017 Tour De Yorkshire – the UCI-approved 2.1 Europe Tour race which comes to the district on 28 April 2017. The full route details, including what role these locations will play, has been revealed. The third edition of the race takes place between 28-30 April […]

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Ryedale Energy Saver Logo

Ryedale Energy Saver Scheme

The Ryedale Energy Saver Scheme is a two year project designed to help local residents keep warm for less and reduce their fuel bills. Homeowners and private renting tenants can access a range of grants, loans and support for heating upgrades and home insulation improvements. We can check to see if you qualify for any […]

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Anglican Christmas Services

Christmas services for the Anglican churches in the Parish. All Church Services. Christmas Eve 2.30pm – Christmas Family Communion at St Nicholas’, Bransdale 4.00pm – Crib Service at St Mary’s, Farndale 5.00pm – Crib Service at All Saints’, Kirkbymoorside 7.30pm – Christmas Communion at St Aidan’s, Gillamoor 7.30pm – Christmas Communion at St Mary’s, Farndale […]

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Clebrate Christmas at Bils & Rye

Celebrate Christmas at Bils & Rye

Last week before Christmas and what better way to celebrate the year than with art, music, food and drink at Bils & Rye!   In conjunction with The Piano Workshop, we are delighted to offer an afternoon of music, sloe gin and mince pies! Oh and don’t forget the art…   Christmas Opening Times We […]

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New Year walks with Ryedale Walking Group

If you can get your mind past Christmas and the New Year, you might want to start thinking about working off some of that excess, perhaps with a good walk. Ryedale Walking Group, which always welcomes visitors and newcomers, will be doing the following walks in the first half of January 2017:   Tuesday 3 […]

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