Witness for the Prosecution: right setting for excellent production

What a pleasure it was to see Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution in the wonderful setting of York Guildhall, a magnificent building not normally open to the public. The Council chamber, looking (at least to the untrained eye) much like a court of law, provides the perfect ambiance for this tale of the legal […]

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Latest walks from Ryedale Walking Group

Lovely weather, so there is no excuse not to get out there and enjoy it! Here’s the latest selection of walks with Ryedale Walking Group, three longer day walks, and one in the glorious evening light. Day walks Sunday 12 July: Farndale, 9 miles (moderate). Park/start 10.30. Lowna car park (SE 685910). For more details, […]

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Mosaic memories wanted

Kirkby Fruit Project is working on helping to renovate the Millennium Garden, adjacent to All Saints Church, and needs help – in the form of information, not volunteers, though they would also be welcome. The garden was developed in 2000 (of course) as a public space and amenity for the town, but, as is the […]

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Totally Socially 2015 – be part of something special‏

Totally Socially brings together social enterprises, small businesses, independent traders and community groups from across Yorkshire to celebrate the great work they do in their communities and to inspire people to use enterprise as a way of bringing about positive change. Our speakers on July 10 will be Nick Temple, Deputy Chief Executive of Social […]

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Tractor run around Hutton le Hole 2014

Museum gets ready for annual tractor and engine day event‏

Ryedale Folk Museum is gearing up for its ever-popular gathering of vintage tractors and engines on Sunday 12 July. Now in its sixteenth year, the event has gained a reputation for being a great day out for all the family. Museum Manager and event organiser, Kevin Simms said Visitors are delighted to see all the […]

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Trekking to the South Pole – a community talk

Interested in hearing about life in one of the most stunning, but inhospitable environments on Earth? Then come along and hear about it first hand from Julian Thomas who last year trekked 600 miles from the coast of Antarctica to the ‘bottom of the world’. Julian Thomas has previously trekked up Mont Blanc, through the […]

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North York Moors on fire alert

North York Moors on fire alert

People visiting the North York Moors are asked to be particularly vigilant as continuing dry weather has led to an increased risk of moorland and forest fires in the National Park. Staff from the National Park Authority will be putting fire risk warning signs up on key sites this week advising people how they can […]

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Helmsley Panto auditions

There are three opportunities to audition for our Pantomime which this year will be Robin Hood & the Babes in the Wood directed by Em Whitfield Brooks, with Gemma McDonald choreographing the Chorus numbers. First audition is NEXT WEDNESDAY 8th JULY at Helmsley Methodist Rooms, 6.30pm. This is a new date, requested by a number […]

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Summer football training camps in Pickering & Ampleforth

Starting Tuesday July 21st and running right through the summer holidays there are training camps for young football enthusiasts taking place in both Pickering and Ampleforth. Details below: Download Summer Football Flyer

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York Potash application approved by National Park Authority

Plans for the world’s largest potash mine were today approved by Members of the North York Moors National Park Authority (NYMNPA). The mine head at Dove’s Nest Farm near Whitby and much of its associated infrastructure will be within the North York Moors, a very sensitive and highly protected landscape. Andy Wilson, Chief Executive of […]

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Strange theft from Hovingham church

Here’s a report from the BBC local news of a very strange theft: A carved stone dating from the Anglo-Saxon period has been stolen from a North Yorkshire church. The artefact was displayed in a window recess in All Saints Church in Hovingham, near Malton. Originally part of a stone cross, it dates from the […]

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This weekend in Hovingham: market plus flower and music festival

Hovingham village will be humming with activity this weekend, with the usual monthly market on Saturday , and a ‘Flowers & Music Festival – a celebration of village life’ running from Friday to Sunday, raising funds for the Hovingham Church Roof Appeal. On Friday there is a Festival preview from 6.30 to 8.30 pm with […]

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“I, Elizabeth”, one woman show at Helmsley Arts Centre

Actor Elizabeth Vaughan toured a one woman show based on the life of Queen Elizabeth I in 2012. The closest she came to Kirkbymoorside was Easingwold, where we saw the show, and reviewed it, saying: ‘I, Elizabeth’ (is) a one woman show written and performed by Rebecca Vaughan. Perhaps ‘compiled’ would be more accurate, as […]

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Ryedale School Apprentice Vacancy

Vacancy for an Apprentice in Facilities Management at Ryedale School. Through the National School Apprenticeship Programme the postholder will support the site team to ensure the buildings meet the needs of pupils, staff and the general public.

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Garden at Sleightholmedale open for two charities

Here’s an opportunity to support several good causes at once, while having a good time. Sleightholmedale Lodge, in Sleightholmedale, just north of Fadmoor, is open for charity under the National Garden Scheme next Saturday and Sunday, July 4 and 5. Features are a hillside garden, walled rose garden and herbaceous borders with delphiniums, roses, and […]

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Dates of 2016 York Mystery Plays announced

Here is the latest announcement from York Minster about the 2016 Mystery Plays, including dates The 800 year-old gothic cathedral of York Minster will undergo a spectacular transformation in June 2016 to become a monumental auditorium for a much anticipated five week-long staging of the York Mystery Plays. Opening on the feast of Corpus Christi, […]

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Coffee and crime with Sara Paretsky at York Explore

York is fast becoming a hot spot for meeting authors of bestselling novels. This month’s treat is a chance to meet American crime writer Sara Paretsky, who will be at York Explore Library Learning Centre talking about her new novel Brush Back featuring detective V I Warshawski. A sneak preview: V I Warshawski thought she […]

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Ryedale Rose Festival, July 11-12

This year’s Ryedale Rose Festival will be held on the weekend of the 11 and 12 July 2015, at the RV Roger Plant Centre, Malton Road, Pickering. The Festival will include the British Isles Rose Society National Championship, as well as the Amateur Rose Breeders Association celebrating their 40th year. A spokesman for RV Roger […]

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July highlights at the Helmsley Arts Centre

Lots of good things coming up at the Helmsley Arts Centre in July

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This week’s good cause (31/52): Marie Curie

Note that we didn’t head this “Marie Curie Cancer Care”, which is how we normally think of this charity.  That’s because Marie Curie has recently widened its horizons, and extended its care from cancer patients to all those suffering from a terminal illness. This is how the charity now describes its work: We’re here for […]

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July walks with the Ramblers

Here are the walks on offer in July from the local branch of the Ramblers. New members are always welcome, so why not get out there and get some sunshine (maybe!) and exercise (definitely)? 1st July: Middlesmoor CP, 10 miles, grid ref. SE 092 743, led by J. McCreery. 10.30 am start; AND Old Byland […]

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Kirkbymoorside Bell Tower Open Morning 2015

Drop in and meet us. See what happens in the ringing room and belfry. Find out how you could become a bellringer too. It’ll be great to see you! Saturday 4th July 10.00am – 12.30pm Here’s a video made about 4 years ago with the town’s bellringers at that time:

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In Fog And Falling Snow, York

From the list of the week’s new theatre, in last Friday’s Guardian: In 2013, York Theatre Royal produced a terrific community production called Blood And Chocolate, which took place in various locations around the city. Now it continues its love affair with the National Railway Museum, which gave the company its smash-hit production of The […]

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North York Moors potash mine rejection urged by campaign groups

Almost 30 environmental and leisure organisations have urged the rejection of plans for a £1.7bn potash mine in the North York Moors national park. Developer Sirius Minerals wants to mine near Whitby and build a 23-mile (37km) tunnel to a Teeside processing plant. However, the groups said the proposal was “a huge threat” to the […]

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Award for local photographer

Camera club member awarded the prestigious APAGB award. The APAGB is an award for meritorious service and was instituted in 1984 to be national recognition of an individual camera club member who has given meritorious service over many years within the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB) community of member Federations and affiliated Clubs. Kirkbymoorside […]

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Drink Driving Concerns / Drug Screening‏

The crack down on drink and drug driving continues with North Yorkshire Police planning a number of targeted operations over the coming weeks. 540 breath tests have been conducted with 61 arrests having been made so far. Of particular concern from the arrests already made are the high levels of alcohol being detected. Alarmingly 20% […]

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In Memory of Colin

At last! The new seat dedicated to Colin Woof has been installed and is in place at the end of the road where he and his family lived. We also heard today that the total raised for charity from items sent to the charity shop has now reached £405.! Good news all round.  

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National Park Authority publishes committee report on York Potash application‏

The Director of Planning’s report on an application by York Potash Ltd for a new potash mine in the North York Moors National Park has been published. The report sets out the key planning, social, environmental and economic issues of the largest planning application ever received by the National Park Authority (NYMNPA) and will be […]

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North Yorkshire Youth Commission on Police and Crime – opportunity for 14-25 year olds

We are currently recruiting for the North Yorkshire Youth Commission on Police and Crime, which is a new project in partnership with the Police and Crime Commissioner. The purpose of the Youth Commission is to enable young people to support, challenge and inform the work of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Julia Mulligan. The Youth […]

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Late June / early July walks with Ryedale Walking Group

For late June/early July, the Ryedale Walking Group is running two lovely summer evening walks, and three Sunday walks, including part three of the Yorkshire Castles Way. Sunday walks Sunday 21 June: Section 3 of the Yorkshire Castles Way – Bulmer to Slingsby Castle 8.25 miles (moderate) 500ft. Start 10am – Considerate roadside parking in […]

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