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The Boon Hill Brigade – Appeal for info

Calling any members/ relatives of Royal Observer Corps Boon Hill, Kirkbymoorside. We are publishing a booklet on this small group and we need your stories or adventures. If you want to contribute please get in touch. The post was active during WWII right up to 1991. We will be printing at the end of May 2017, so […]

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The Kirkdale Lecture 2017

Parsons, Patronage and Peasantry in the later archives of Kirkdale. Archival materials belonging to the University of Oxford, owners of the Vicarage of Kirkdale since the mid-17th century, affords many glimpses of parochial life in the moorland parish of Kirkdale – never a wealthy parish. Successive vicars, poorly paid, lacking a vicarage house, obliged to […]

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Ironstone heritage project begins in the North York Moors National Park

A major four-year project that aims to preserve the legacy and the landscape connected with one of the most important historical periods in the North York Moors gets underway in March, thanks to National Lottery players. The beginning of a three-week art exhibition at the National Park’s Inspired by… gallery and Ironfest, a one-day festival […]

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80 years and counting – a Lifetime of Collecting

A special exhibition to celebrate the 80th birthdays of local collectors Sid Woodhams and John Stone John Stone and Sid Woodhams turn 80 years old on 18th and 19th March 2017 respectively. The Woodhams-Stone Collection is planning to celebrate by holding on a celebratory exhibition at the former Conservative Club, 32 Market Place, Malton, from […]

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The Iron Age past of Slingsby

An interesting talk coming up with a group we haven’t featured before, the Slingsby History Group: Dr Melanie Giles on “The Iron Age Past of Slingsby and East Yorkshire“. This illustrated talk will shed light on the fascinating  Iron Age archaeology of Slingsby, including its barrow cemetery and possible chariot burial, which Dr Giles will […]

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Beck Isle Museum prepares for new season

New seasons’s attractions for 2017 Beck Isle Museum will reopen on Saturday, February 18th for the 2017 season. We will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through February and March and then switch to summer hours from April onwards, with a closing time of 5 p.m. Our volunteers are busy cleaning and updating […]

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Kirkbymoorside History Group half term activities

Loads going on with one of the town’s most active groups:

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Talk on Viking Age Lastingham, with supper

The Friends of Lastingham Church invite you to a talk by Heather O’Donaghue, Professor of Old Norse, Faculty of English Language and Literature, University of Oxford, entitled ‘Viking Age Lastingham’. The notorious story of the Viking raid on Lindisfarne in 793AD, typifies the view that Vikings were savage pagan raiders who made unexpected and violent […]

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Slingsby Sailplane Badge Surprise!

This small enamelled lapel badge sold at the local Ryedale Auctioneers Saleroom at their recent militaria sale for a little over its estimate of £40 – £60. Made in Birmingham for Slingsby Sailplanes, which was the first name of the company now known as Marshall Slingsby Advanced Composites, the badge measures a little over 3cm long and 2 […]

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A glimpse into the past!

As part of the Kirkbymoorside History Group’s project to create an archive, we worked alongside the children from Key Stage Two and the school’s history club. Our project was to recreate a map of the town showing the householders listed in a survey dated 1730, which came as part of The Court Collection.  The task […]

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Sir Thomas Peirson Frank

A Kirkbymoorside hero – Sir Thomas Peirson Frank

The ‘man who saved London from drowning’. I came across a reference to this Kirkby born engineer on Twitter when his birth date was celebrated earlier this month by the Institute of Civil Engineers. Frank was born in 1881 here in Kirkby. He was elected to the Smeatonian Society of Civil Engineers in 1937 and […]

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Mediaeval Moorsbus Meander – Sunday the 31st July

Stu Bell, famed walking correspondent for the Whitby Gazette, is going to lead this walk with a difference. He’s the one wearing a Moorsbus “M” badge… Meet at Sinnington crossroads on the A170 at 11:00. Make sure that you give the Rambler and Explorer drivers plenty of warning that you want to stop there. To […]

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Medieval weekend in Appleton le Moors

The weekend of July 30 and 31 is Medieval Weekend in the nearby village of Appleton le Moors. The village is turning back the clock for a weekend packed with  demonstrations, displays, activities, talks, walks, a medieval café,  baking, music, a hog roast, dressing up, the Black Knight,  spinning, weaving,  dyeing, felting,  pottery, blacksmithing, carpentry, […]

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Walk with Kirkbymoorside History Group

A gentle walk on Sunday 24th July starting at 2pm and lasting about 1 hour. You are welcome to join us afterwards at The Kings Head, where KMS History Group’s albums of old photos can be enjoyed. Publications will also be available to buy.

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History Group Archive – Open Days!

 Dates for your diary Friday 22nd July 2016 10 – 6 pm Saturday 23rd July 2016 10 – 4 pm. Open Days for the Kirkbymoorside History Group Archives! Come along and see just how far we’ve come on our journey to create a permanent home for our ever-growing collection of material, thanks to our  Sharing Heritage […]

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Railway in Wartime ‘Bomb Happy’

New for 2016, The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is working with York Normandy Veterans and Everwitch Theatre to create an innovative new verbatim play as part of the annual Railway in Wartime event. The play will be based on the first hand experiences of D-Day and the subsequent battles to liberate France by the last […]

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Woodhams Stone Collection on tour across Ryedale

Items from the popular Woodhams-Stone Collection will be on the road from summer 2016 as its social history roadshow tours libraries across Ryedale. Artefacts and information from the Collection will tour round five libraries staying in each venue for three months, starting in Malton then Norton, Pickering, Kirbymoorside and Helmsley. Project Officer, Sarah Maultby said: […]

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History Group – Sort and Sift Session

Come along to our next Sort and Sift Day – Monday 11th April from 10 am till 3 pm. we will be working in the new library – upstairs in Church House, Market Place. Everyone welcome! We still have lots to do…     Funded by the Two Ridings Community Foundation                         […]

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WW1 Ambulance Train

That Vile Train: First World War Ambulance Trains

Is the title of the next meeting of Ryedale Family History Group which is on Wednesday 16 March at 7.30pm at Hovingham Village Hall. The speaker is Alison Kay, associate archivist at the National Railway Museum, who has been researching ambulance trains for an exhibition at the museum in York and is a well known […]

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History Group Sift and Sort Sessions a Success!

Thanks to all those who have come to see us working our way through a mountain of documentation. Those who stayed on to open up the mystery bundles of papers have uncovered some amazing facts; polling records from 1832 listing every voter and their address across 28 villages, court and jury listings for all the […]

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John Arden remembered

In 1963 John and his wife, Margaretta D’Arcy, put on a month of entertainment for local people at their own home in Kirkby Mills attracting renowned performers and artists including Liverpool poets Roger McGough, Brian Patten and Adrian Henri, Ryedale poet Sir Herbert Read, dramatist Arnold Wesker, novelist Stan Barstow and others. Many of the […]

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Kirkbymoorside Archive celebrates £6,800 Heritage Lottery Fund grant

The Kirkbymoorside History Group has received a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Sharing Heritage grant, it was announced today. This exciting project, finding a Home, in Kirkbymoorside, North Yorks and led by Kirkbymoorside History Group, has been given £6,800 to tell their own story and establish a permanent base to house their collection. The history group […]

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Kirkby fest 2013 Documentary has arrived!

The Moorside Room – Wednesday November 18th – catch the first ever screenings of the local documentary about Kirkby Fest 2013! Our joint event about John Arden and his work in Kirkbymoorside held back in Sept 2013 was filmed and the work is now ready to be shown. It includes clips of the original David […]

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Ryedale Family History Group Meeting Oct 21st

‘Shooting Boxes, Divorce and Romance’ is the intriguing title of the talk by Stuart Plant at Ryedale Family History Group’s next meeting on Wednesday 21 October at 7.30 pm at the Royal British Legion Club, Adela Shaw, Kirkbymoorside, YO62 6JE. Shooting Boxes, also known as shooting lodges, are country properties used for providing accommodation to […]

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Harrogate History Festival

They say good things happen in threes, so here’s our third item in a row about a forthcoming Festival.  Normally we wouldn’t include something as far away as this, but couldn’t resist a mention of the Harrogate History Festival because of its stunning line up.  See below for some very well known names, and visit […]

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2016 Kirkbymoorside Calendar – Out Now!

The new 2016 Kirkbymoorside Calendar is out now – just £7 each – hurry and don’t miss out – we only print a limited number… They are available from the following outlets: Children in Distress & Something Special in the Market Place, KMS and also Past to Presents Antiques on the corner of Howe End. […]

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Whitby deed box up for auction

In today’s world few of us have need of a safe or security deposit box – everything has been digitised and paperwork is more likely to be found on a hard-drive or memory stick. However, at the height of the Victorian era, the deed box was an essential way of securing important documents, property deeds […]

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Information sought on previous occupants of Age UK shop

Carol, manager of the Age UK shop at 24 Market Place, is gathering information about the history of the building to make a window display. She would love to hear from anyone who remembers the building in its previous incarnations, particularly if you have photos to share. A quick talk with some longer term residents […]

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Steam Giants visit Kirkby

 The arrival of these magnificent machines in town caused considerable interest on Thursday evening. They are part of a private collection and will be on show at the Pickering Traction Engine Rally this weekend (31st July – 2 August). The steam bus had been on a tour up to Whitby – dating from 1932, it may […]

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Colin Woof

We are pleased to say that the headstone bought with funds raised through the Colin Woof Appeal has finally been erected by Dales of Thirsk. It is a wonderful tribute to Colin and his parents. Coincidentally we have been contacted by another cousin of Colin, who had only just learned of his death and wished to […]

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