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New Tablets at Topcliffe School

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11th October, 2019.


Topcliffe CofE Academy have been fortunate enough to be able to buy 16 new Kindle HD Fire tablets. It was only with the help of the kind donations from local companies, Cleveland Steel Ltd, National Tube Stockholders Ltd and Severfield PLC plus monies raised through FOTS (Friends of Topcliffe School) that the £2,800 total was achieved. It is so important for children to have access to high quality and up to date IT resources....
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ROTARY THIRSK IN BLOOM

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11th October, 2019.


Last Spring Thirsk Rotary Club carried out a complete renovation of the planting in Thirsk Market Place. The old containers were cleared, an arduous task requiring the emptying of old compost and drainage materials. New containers with water reservoirs were then installed and filled with fresh compost., another strenuous task. Only then could planting begin, carried out with the help of Thirsk in Bloom volunteers. Their efforts have been repaid throughout the summer with the planters overflowing with flowers, creating colourful areas all over the Market Place....
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94-YEAR-OLD EILEEN IS A VALUED VOLUNTEER

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11th October, 2019.


A 94-year-old Thirsk resident has been named the British Heart Foundation (BHF)’s regional volunteer of the year, in recognition of her contribution to the Thirsk BHF charity shop. Eileen Burnley has volunteered at the BHF shop in Thirsk for over 14 years. She walks a mile to the shop three or four times a week, and helps the team by sorting and tagging clothes ready for the shop floor. Joanna Goldberg, shop manager, said: “We wouldn't know what to do without Eileen – she is inspirational to us all and never lets us down. She’s here rain or shine. Eileen is the cheeriest person I have ever met and always brightens up the day. I can’t think of anyone who deserves this award more....
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11th Annual Schools Swimming Gala success

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11th October, 2019.


Thirsk White Horse Swim Team successfully held its 11th annual school gala at Thirsk and Sowerby Leisure Centre on 1st October 2019. The annual gala is held to inspire young swimmers to take up swimming regularly and hopefully join Thirsk White Horse Swim Team, some of the swimmers taking part in the gala already swim for the team. 9 local schools participated including Knayton C of E Primary School, Carlton Miniott Community Primary School, Sowerby Community Primary School, St Peters Brafferton C of E Primary, South Kilvington C of E Primary School, All Saints RC Primary, Topcliffe C of E Academy and Sessay C of E Primary School....
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Thirsk Town win again over Great Broughton

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5th October, 2019.


Despite less than friendly weather last Sunday, Thirsk Town met Great Broughton and Kirby Hibs on the Flatts in their Hillsprint Hambleton Football Combination league two match. In a moderately end to end match, Town’s Sam Marchant scored first an in a game where Thirsk Town fought for every ball and attacked constantly, although not always accurately and the goalkeeper was kept fairly busy. The opposition equalised before half time. In the second half, Town’s James Langton. Liam Cook’s third goal was disallowed by the referee....
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Boy Band wow at Party in the Park

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5th October, 2019.


A PRIMARY school rock band from a North Yorkshire School wowed a huge audience of festival goers as they recently took to the stage at Flamingo Land’s Party in the Park. Bangers and Thrash, a band of six nine year-olds from Cundall Manor School, won the chance to perform at the festival after winning the public vote in Minster FM’s Battle of the Bands with an impressive 27% of the vote. The boys got to perform at their biggest ever gig to date as part of a series of concerts held at Flamingo Land on the North York Moors....
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U16 Girls Thirsk Hockey

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5th October, 2019.


First round played at Thirsk, but bad weather does not stop this team. Fantastic performance from U16 A’s on Sunday, topping the YYHL: 3-0 win over Doncaster, 3-0 win over Sheffield, 3-1 win over Wakefield and all in rather nasty wet conditions. Given that this is the first time they’ve played together, and after not a huge amount of training, it’s clear there is a lot more to come from them....
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Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers

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5th October, 2019.


Meanwhile in Puglia, Italy, in temperatures of 85 degrees F, 7 Harriers took part in the World Masters Mountain Championships, proud to be wearing Team GB vests. The races were over either 1.5 or 2.5 laps with 1200 feet of ascent and descent over 6.5k or 10.9k. On Sat, Christine Burn took 66.01 and was 3rd GB counter, coming away with a Team GB Silver Medal in her age group and Rob Burn took 43.25, 1st Team GB counter, and helping the team to win a Bronze Medal....
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Century plus

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28th September, 2019.


One hundred and four is a wonderful and rare age. Edith Dunnill has reached this milestone, and generations of her family gathered at Sowerby House where she now lives in order to celebrate with this sparky lady. Edith was born in Thirsk in 1915, one of eleven children. She worked in nursing until a back problem ended that part of her career, and then she worked as a cleaner. Married to Jack, she had five children, two of whom, George and Kathleen, were there, together with others including great-grandson....
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Thirsk Falcons U16s 6-1 Coulby Newham

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28th September, 2019.


First home game of the season for the U16s saw them take on Coulby Newham. Coulby kicked off, they tried knocking the ball over the top, was collected by Sam Pyman in goal who kicked up field and Falcons scores In the first 30 seconds thanks to a goal from Hayden Guliver. 1-0. The game was scrappy in the first 10 mins with the ball zipping about on a wet pitch. After 12 min Thirsk got another, Harry Riordan making space for himself on the edge of the box to pass it into the bottom corner. 2-0. The game became more scrappy in the build up to half time but Thirsk couldn’t get another....
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Rural Arts shortlisted for Rural Tourist Attraction of the Year

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28th September, 2019.


Local charity and community arts centre Rural Arts has been shortlisted for ‘Rural Tourist Attraction of the Year’ in the county’s 2019 Rural Awards run by The Yorkshire Post. The awards celebrate the best of Yorkshire through inspiring achievements and services in fields such as business, farming and tourism. Entries were shortlisted through a rigorous process following a call for entries, judged by respected figures including Yorkshire Agricultural Society’s show director, Charles Mills, northern director of the Country Land and Business Association (CLA), Dorothy Fairburn, chief executive and principal of Bishop Burton College....
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Farewell Vicar

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28th September, 2019.


The Rev Nicola – Nickie – Carnall and husband Chris have moved on from St Oswald’s church after 14 years, and this was marked at a service on Sunday last when the church was filled to capacity. Nickie was initially responsible for the souls in two parishes, Sowerby and Sessay....
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Keeble Gateway

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20th September, 2019.


New schools don’t happen very often, so it was very interesting to visit Keeble Gateway last week to meet the staff, see the building and most important to meet the children. For them this is something new, and they may not realize how new it is for everyone else there. I met with Executive Headteacher Nikkie Beniams and Assistant Head Hannah Burrell, who also carries responsibility for the special educational needs. The school year begins in the autumn because of harvest: when the government introduced compulsory education in the late 19th Century they recognized that in many parts of the still largely rural nation children were essential workers for getting in the crops....
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Huge strides in tackling antimicrobial resistance MP told

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20th September, 2019.


Efforts to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR) are making great progress, according to medical specialists speaking at a parliamentary roundtable chaired by Thirsk and Malton MP, Kevin Hollinrake. Mr Hollinrake met with an expert forum of clinicians, stakeholders, and policy makers, including Angela Douglas MBE from NHS England, Tracy Parker from the Department of Health and Social Care, and Professor Martin Llewelyn from the Royal College of Physicians to discuss the implementation of the UK government’s Five Year National Action Plan to reduce AMR by 2024. The plan sets out Britain’s vision for a world in which AMR is contained and controlled by 2040....
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CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTOR APPOINTED FOR FIRST PHASE OF TREADMILLS

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20th September, 2019.


A contractor has been appointed to begin work on the transformational Treadmills scheme. Central Northallerton Development Company Ltd (CNDCL), which is driving forward the redevelopment of the former Northallerton Prison site in North Yorkshire, has appointed Castlehouse Construction. The construction contract is for the first phase of the £17m scheme, which will focus on new retail units and car parking. Yorkshire-based Castlehouse Construction will begin on site at the end of September, with the construction project expected to last for eight months. Supermarket group Lidl and Iceland, have committed to the scheme and will open their stores after fit-out following completion of construction....
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Triathlete

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13th September, 2019.


Triathlon is a competition involving three sports: swimming, cycling and running. I admire anyone who can do one active sport, let alone three. I claim no sporting prowess, my most successful sport at school having been rifle shooting which only builds strong muscles in the right hand! Triathletes will tell you that having three sports under one’s belt is a better option than any one. For example it reduces the risk of injury from one excessive activity. The World Triathlon Grand Final has just taken place in Lausanne in Switzerland – and at this world event the Great Britain team included the Rev Pauline Percy, who is assistant priest at St Oswald’s, Sowerby and also recently appointed as Chaplain at Queen Mary’s School at Baldersby Park. All competition involves elements of tactics and luck....
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Sessay Women Win League as Families Come to Blows

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13th September, 2019.


A super sunny September Sunday greeted all comers to Sessay last weekend. The morning’s Women’s & Girls’ Softball Festival ran really well. However, sadly, the anticipated spectacle in the afternoon when champions elect, Emeralds were due to face Bradford Ladies CC, 2016 League Champions couldn’t take place as the visitors couldn’t fulfil the fixture. Nevertheless, during the league season, Emeralds completed the double over league runners up Wrenthorpe CC as well as completing victories over both Saxton CC and Bradford CC with both of the latter conceding to Emeralds on one occasion....
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Gardening Talks

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13th September, 2019.


In September the sun drops in the sky, providing a golden glow that lights up the late summer flowers in dazzling displays. Reds, golds, yellows and bronzes fairly blaze under this angle of light – heleniums, chrysanthemums and rudbeckias are the must have daisies for this time of year. Those flowers that originate near the equator such as dahlias, cannas, sunflowers and cosmos also keep the borders alight and flower endlessly through the autumn and into the first frosts. September is also a good month to take cuttings. Taking cuttings needn’t be daunting and doesn’t take too long. If there’s a shrub that takes your fancy, and you’d like one for free, then grab a plastic bag and cut a few stems roughly 6” long from the shrub. The plastic bag prevents moisture loss, and the best time to take cuttings is in the morning when the stems and foliage are cool and full of water....
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HOSPITAL TO BECOME A HOSPICE

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6th September, 2019.


A former Thirsk hospital is be converted into Hambleton’s first permanent hospice. Hambleton District Council is to gift the Lambert Hospital to Herriot Hospice Homecare to create a facility offering a range of end of life and care services for the district – and protect it for the community for ever. The council bought the hospital earlier this year to save it for the community it served, having been closed to patients over three years ago. Councillors have considered a wide range of ideas on how to convert the buildings - which included undertaking widespread public consultation to gather local views. More than 600 people put forward suggestions – most of which confirmed initial proposals from the authority - to use the building for palliative / respite care through a local hospice, with many specifying Herriot Hospice....
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Barbecue

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6th September, 2019.


When I was a child I read a book about a group of “weather wizards” who lived in a castle up in the clouds, hidden from view by those clouds but busy creating the weather. In a series of large glass jars they kept a range of meteorological phenomena, such as lightning, hail and snow. These they dispensed according to some plan which I cannot now recall. This came to mind last Saturday as I helped with an outdoor barbecue put on by the churches for the children and residents of the Paddocks, the group of houses off Station Road. Today’s weather wizards put out forecasts detailing the percentage risk of rain, but when they say there will be bright intervals they are hedging their bets: it will either be raining or it will not, which is not altogether helpful. Saturday morning dropped occasional moments of drizzle, but nothing too serious. The event was due to start at 3pm....
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Cautious Celebrations

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6th September, 2019.


Sessay CC Emeralds arrived at Saxton CC on a bright, blustery lunchtime. Allegedly, the temperature was some twelve degrees cooler than a week earlier. Although both clubs were a few players shy of fielding their strongest team, the host’s line up featured several very able, senior, as well as junior representative level players. Whilst the visitors may have had to cede in terms of cumulative experience, they could claim to hold the advantage in terms of strength in depth. At the toss, Amy Burton called correctly for Sessay and invited Saxton to bat. Jessica Woolston beat Clare Barrett-Mold’s defence with the second delivery of the innings to devastating effect. Bowling against her former team Jess Tully bowled a nervous first over before delivering a miserly three overs....
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Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers

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6th September, 2019.


Another busy weekend saw several choices of races for members but the club championship race, the Tholthorpe 10k, was where the majority ran, with 16 out of 430 finishers. For once, conditions were almost ideal - usually it is hot - though there was a wind in places, and people achieved very good times. Tom Levi continues to be excellent, coming 5th in a PB time of 34.38, and he was also awarded 3rd place in the North Yorkshire Championships. Mike Cropper, another who is getting some good results, came 39th in 41.12, with evergreen Stephan Tomaszewski 43rd in 41.23. Since David Tervit has been with the club, he too has improved dramatically, and came 93rd in PB 45.27, Rob Burn, carrying an injury, 148th in 47.12, Andy Butcher 127th in 48.32, Paul Bradford 180th in 50.04, Geoff Bullock 208th in 51.38, Kirsty Naylor 224th in 52.26, Faith Coy 258th in 54.32....
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Thirsk School GCSE results

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30th August, 2019.


Students from Thirsk School and Sixth Form College are celebrating after achieving a strong set of GCSE results. In another positive year for the school, 65% of students have achieved passes in both Maths and English, with 40 % of the students achieving the English Baccalaureate, a government measure which challenges students to gain at least pass grades in a range of the most challenging subjects. Overall, 10% of the grades achieved by this year eleven group were either an 8 or a 9, the equivalent of the old A* grade. The school’s projected progress 8 score, which measures the progress students have made since leaving primary school, yet again shows that Thirsk School students are meeting their targets across the board. Within these results there are some incredible individual success stories....
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Original Austin Seven 'Film Star Car' Installed at World of James Herriot

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30th August, 2019.


Original JK 7443 AUSTIN BIG SEVEN 1938 car from ‘It Shouldn’t Happen to a Vet’ feature film of April 1976 arrives at the World of James Herriot Thirsk. The original Austin car that appeared in the feature film ‘It Shouldn’t Happen to a Vet’ that was released on 11 April 1976 (UK) now has pride of place at the World of James Herriot In Thirsk. The team at the attraction are buzzing after an eventful delivery of the vehicle using hoists to lift it over the rear wall to place it in a newly created presentation space in the garden. “We are so glad to have the car home from the great film staring John Alderton, Colin Blakey, Lisa Harrow and Bill Maynard. It arrived in style, if the car could talk it certainly could tell a few stories and, who remembers it getting stuck in the river? said centre manager, Kate Pawlett....
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Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers

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30th August, 2019.


The 8th running of the Sessay Swift 6k once again attracted a strong field of runners form a wide area, but mostly fairly locally, with 40 from the club and more than 60 Ripon Runners, for this fast, flat 1 lap road race. The race was nicely sandwiched in between some heavy showers and conditions were generally good for this latest club championship event. The winner, John Ashton from Leeds City AC, finished in a record time of 18.22, a full 27 seconds quicker than the previous record - an amazing speed. 1st lady was Zara Knappy of Rotherham Harriers, 16th overall out of 254 in 21.46. Tom Levi continued his great run of form to come 4th in 20.09, with Joshua Fothergill, emerging after exams, 12th in 21.29, Ken Wood, of whom more later, 28th in 23.19, Jack Spence, in his first outing for the club for a while, 31st in 23.26, Mike Cropper 34th in 23.34, Steohan Tomaszewski 37th in 23.51, Olivia Mulligan 40th....
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LOCAL COMPANY FLYING HIGH WITH BRIGHTON CITY AIRPORT PURCHASE

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30th August, 2019.


A local aviation company has acquired Brighton City Airport with the backing of a six-figure funding package from HSBC UK. Cyrrus, established in 2007 in Thirsk, is a global aviation consultancy which provides a range of specialist aviation support services to airports in the UK and overseas. With funding from HSBC UK, the business has purchased a 25-year lease on the airfield and the associated aviation operations of Brighton City Airport - formerly known as Shoreham. The historic aviation facility is the world’s oldest commercial airport and serves private flying, flight training and business and executive aircraft from asphalt and grass runways....
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A Level success at Thirsk School and Sixth Form College

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24th August, 2019.


Following another successful year for the college, students have been picking up their A level results today. Yet again there have been some outstanding successes. Notable amongst these are Patrick Mellor, who achieved three of the top A* grades, and is off to Oriel College Oxford to read Chemistry; Amy Brewer is going to Liverpool to read Veterinary Science; Rachel Morris is off to Durham to read Biological Sciences; Euan McQuade is going to Exeter to read Natural Sciences and Patryk Wasniewski is going to Leeds to read Neuroscience. These are just a small sample of the wide range of courses that students are moving on to study, which include subjects as diverse as Law, Primary School Teaching and Computer Game Development....
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Thirsk RBL Band

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24th August, 2019.


At this years Thirsk RBL Band Summer Concert Chloe Hickford, one of the bands solo cornet players, was awarded the George Scaife Memorial Cup by John Worley (Band President) in recognition of all her hard work on behalf of the band. Chloe never misses a rehearsal and helps out with the Training Band with both teaching and conducting....
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Scouting For Girls at Thirsk Racecourse

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24th August, 2019.


This was the first music event held at Thirsk Racecourse with hopefully more to come. It was a really good event and great atmosphere, despite the rain. The rain held off during the gig with only a slight drizzle....
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Oval View to The Kia Oval

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24th August, 2019.


On Saturday 10th August Sessay CC Emeralds participated in a competition based on the very concise T10 format, all new to the national women’s and girls club cricket scene. The Kia Summer Smash is organized by The Cricketer magazine on behalf of the sponsors. The preliminary rounds of the competition comprise four Regional Festivals, the winner of each progressing to contest the National Finals at the Kia Oval, home of Surrey CCC. Conveniently for Sessay CC Emeralds, the Northern Festival was hosted by St. Peter’s School, York....
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Bloomin

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16th August, 2019.


If you go into the town centre to admire the work of the Yarnbombers, you can also admire the colourful display of that other special Thirsk group, Thirsk in Bloom. Since they were founded in 2000 they have brought extra delight to the town centre with their displays. This summer they have put out geraniums in red, white and pink, mixed with lobelias, petunias and verbena....
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Freddie’s Tractor Raffle Reaps £45,000

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16th August, 2019.


Freddie’s Fight team are celebrating raising £45,000 towards their fundraising efforts following the drawing of Freddie’s Tractor Raffle. Local celebrity Peter Wright, The Yorkshire Vet, drew the raffle with lucky winner Natalie Douthwaite from Northallerton claiming a vintage 1974 Ford 3000 tractor. Natalie said; “I am absolutely over the moon, I never for one moment thought I would win. I have always wanted to take part in tractor runs and look forward to driving my new Ford all around the countryside.” The second prize, an Ifor Williams Trailer, donated by Freddie’s grandfather David Thompson, was won by James Hughes from Tadcaster and the third prize, a bespoke transport box was won by John Steel from Boroughbridge....
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Ultrasound Technology Will Improve Patient Experience

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16th August, 2019.


TWO new state-of-the-art ultrasound scanners are set to reduce discomfort and speed up recovery for patients undergoing mastectomies and other surgical procedures at the Friarage Hospital. The scanners, which significantly reduce discomfort through the more accurate use of an anaesthetic technique called nerve blocking, have been provided thanks to a £42,000 investment from the Friends of the Friarage. Used with a local anaesthetic, or in combination with a general anaesthetic, nerve blocking allows a highly targeted approach to anesthetizing the patient prior to surgery. This results in an improved patient experience, with quicker recovery rates and lower numbers of patients having to stay in hospital overnight....
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Another success for Thirsk and Sowerby Festival 2019

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9th August, 2019.


After an early morning rain scare, the annual Thirsk and Sowerby Festival on the Flatts opened to large crowds and glorious sunshine last Sunday. There was a large number of food and drink outlet stalls to buy from, families could support a variety of charity organizations, as well as be lured to a host of child friendly events to cater for every taste on the field. It must be said that Neil Patterson and his team of volunteer helpers: Hazel Brown, Ben Smith, David Duffey, Richard Gladslane, Guy Barathon, Trish Bedale, a formidable Tom Bendelow on public address who entertained everyone all afternoon, Emma Wilson and a host of others made the day very enjoyable for all who participated and watched....
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Over £28,000 raised for the Friarage as Thirsk man wins new car

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9th August, 2019.


A THIRSK man is celebrating after winning a brand-new car as part of a charitable initiative that raised more than £28,000 for a local hospital charity. Andy Billany from Thirsk won the Peugeot 208, which was supplied by Simon Bailes Peugeot, in a raffle to raise funds for the Friends of the Friarage – a charity that supports Northallerton’s Friarage Hospital, part of South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Andy’s luck came in at the recent Barn That Rocks live music fundraiser when his ticket was drawn by Peter Wright, presenter of Channel 5’s The Yorkshire Vet. The Barn That Rocks is an annual event organized by Peter Fall and hosted at Grazing Nook Farm near Patrick Brompton. This year’s fundraiser, now in its ninth year, was a sell-out, attracting 800 people....
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National Award For Innovation For Local Poultry Equipment Company

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9th August, 2019.


Thirsk-based poultry equipment company, Vencomatic UK, was recently awarded for Technology Innovation at the National Egg and Poultry Awards. The winning product, the Miteperch, is a ground-breaking perch which eradicates red mite – a prolific bloodsucking parasite of hens – without the use of the chemical treatments which are used routinely and carry the risk of contaminating the egg. The Miteperch was exhibited at the Sally Farm (Helperby) poultry unit open day in late 2018, alongside many of Vencomatic UK’s other innovative products designed to improve bird welfare....
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Top marks for Clinical Decisions Unit

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9th August, 2019.


THE Friarage Hospital’s clinical decisions unit has been rated top of the class when it comes to treating patients safely and efficiently. The unit scored 100% across the board during a recent benchmark audit by the Society of Acute Medicine, making it the best performing in the country. The clinical decisions unit (CDU) is part of the acute medical unit at the Friarage which sees 15 to 20 new referrals a day. It cares for patients who require additional tests, treatment or observations and therefore need to stay longer than a typical emergency or urgent care visit....
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Busby Stoop: 24-year-old jailed for causing death by dangerous driving of two 17-year-olds

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2nd August, 2019.


A 24-year-old man has been sentenced Tuesday 30th July 2019 to 11 years' imprisonment for causing the death by dangerous driving of two 17-year-olds in a collision in Busby Stoop, North Yorkshire last year. An 18-year-old man has also been jailed for 16 months in connection with the same incident. Seventeen-year-olds George Thomas Turner and Mason Pearson died after the Volkswagen Bora that they were travelling in collided with a Ford Focus on 7 March 2018 on the A61 between Busby Stoop and Carlton Miniott near Thirsk in North Yorkshire. Another two passengers in the Bora, an 18-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy, were taken to hospital in a critical condition and were discharged sometime later with life changing injuries. The driver and passengers of the Ford Focus, a 27-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman from outside the area were also taken to hospital and released following treatment. Their three-year-old daughter and a six-month old son were kept in hospital for observation before being discharged....
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100th Birthday of Frank KAY, resident of Sessay for 100 years

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2nd August, 2019.


Frank KAY was 100 this week and I am sending you the following bullet points about his life story. (Frank is my Father in Law btw, I am married to Maureen Russell nee KAY.) Frank KAY has had two 100th birthday parties. One for family and one for friends and Sessay village residents. Sessay is a small village near Thirsk and Frank has lived there all of his life. Born Francis William KAY on 29 July 1919 at Hutton Sessay almost exactly nine months after the end of the First World War. Frank left school at the age of 14 and went to work on the family farm straight away. When his grandfather died, the farm passed to Frank’s father who paid him 1 shilling per week (5p these days.) The farm was a mix of arable crops and animals, cows, pigs, chickens....
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Marathon man

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2nd August, 2019.


Last year Aldi assistant manager Paul Hodgson ran 1,000 miles for charity. This year he has bigger plans: 12 marathons in 12 months. “So in April I kicked off my challenge with Blackpool marathon,” he told me. “This will also be my 12th marathon next April. June saw me do Swaledale Marathon. I’m doing this for Teenage Cancer Trust, Aldi’s charity for next few years. The first and last marathons have been sponsored by the White Horse fish and chip shop....
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Giving Power to the Northern Powerhouse

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2nd August, 2019.


Thirsk and Malton MP, Kevin Hollinrake, has welcomed the new Prime Minister’s commitment to ”injecting some pace” into Northern Powerhouse rail and said it is great news for the North. The MP has pledged to do everything he can to ensure it remains a priority and promised to work closely with ministers to make sure it is delivered. Mr Hollinrake said “There is now a feeling of real optimism here in the North that we can start to reverse the decline in some of our northern cities and towns and provide the jobs and future that our young people deserve. It is absolutely fantastic that Mr Johnson chose to come to the North, within days of taking office, to declare his commitment to improving rail and bus transport, broadband connectivity, local accountability through directly elected mayors and the prospects of the millions of people who choose to live in our smaller towns, coastal and rural areas....
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Thirsk Community Primary School End of year achievements

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26th July, 2019.


Thirsk Community Primary School celebrated their final assembly of this school year with a celebration of achievements and presentation of trophies. Awards presented included the Ian Johnson Girl and Boy award for overall perseverance and hardwork....
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Bangers and Thrash are Minster FM Winners

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26th July, 2019.


They won!!! Bangers and Thrash, a school rock band, made up of Y4 pupils from Cundall Manor School, have been crowned winners of Minster FM’s Battle of the Bands contest 2019. The six boys, Gus Fenby on vocals, drummer Oliver Lee and guitarists, Joshua Reece, Zach Old, Tommy Marston and James Craig are all aged just 9 years old and were the only primary school aged band in the final. Much appreciation to the Thirsk Weekly News and Easingwold Advertiser readers for your support....
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Holy Rood House 24-hour Musical Marathon

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26th July, 2019.


Holy Rood House, on Sowerby Road, Thirsk, ran a 24-hour musical marathon at the weekend to raise money for their Appeal to buy Holy Rood House and Gardens. This Centre of Health and Pastoral Care of 26 years arranged a wonderful array of music starting with busking in Thirsk town centre and being interviewed for Radio York. The mayor of Thirsk opened the event in the chapel at Holy Rood House with music from the Greenhow Quartet Strings. The Bishop of Whitby, The Rt Revd Paul Ferguson enthralled many with a talented organ recital on the St Oswald’s Church organ. The Royal British Legion band led people back to the lovely garden at Holy Rood House. Even as the wind picked up and lifted the gazebo roof, the band carried on with their song....
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Hair cut for charity

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26th July, 2019.


Equestrian worker Paula Barningham and her daughter Sofie have had their long hair cut off to raise funds for cancer charities. The pair, from Pickhill, near Thirsk, underwent the chop to raise almost £900 for Cancer Research UK and £150 for Macmillan Cancer Support. Donations are still coming in. Their efforts are in memory of Mrs Barningham’s mum Barbara Hindmarsh, from Great Ouseburn, near Boroughbridge, who died of lung cancer two years ago at the age of 72. “It was Sofie’s idea and I thought I’d join in,” said mum-of-two Mrs Barningham. “We know so many people who have lost their hair because of cancer treatment. They don’t have a choice, but we do. “My mum chose not to have treatment so she didn’t lose her hair.” Mrs Barningham, 51, has donated her four plaits of hair to wig maker Banbury Postiche, which supplies wigs and hairpieces to the NHS....
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Balloon Fest Over Thirsk

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20th July, 2019.


Pennine Region Balloon Association celebrated their twenty-first year coming to Thirsk with a spectacular and majestic flight over the centre of the town last weekend. Despite less than promising conditions at launch time, the Association stalwarts braved typical British weather to come along and celebrate forty years of their group’s existence at Thirsk. Five balloons took off on Saturday morning, very early, amid bustling preparations and lots of very hard work, ensuring the hot air balloons took off safely in the mild morning air and rose slowly and gracefully in a wonderful display as they leisurely flew over Thirsk town centre and over to Sowerby, and beyond. It was a spectacular sight for the few who braved the early morning air. Some locals were disappointed in just missing take off from the racecourse land but they could enjoy the sight of five balloons flying over the town in such slow and silent fashion, with just the occasional roar form the burners directing hot air in to the balloon canopies....

Thirsk School Year 11 Prom

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20th July, 2019.


Thirsk School's Year 11 Prom, held at Thief Hall, was a lovely evening to celebrate with the class of 2019. This is the first year the school have used this venue....

Local Gymnasts Achieve National TeamGym Title

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20th July, 2019.


A talented group of young gymnasts have wowed the judges at the English Gymnastics TeamGym Tournament taking home gold medals and the title of ‘English Champions’ in Newcastle on Sunday 7th July 2019. The gymnasts from Richmondshire Gymnastics Club train at Colburn Leisure Centre and Thirsk Dales School of Gymnastics at Thirsk Auction Mart. Known as the ‘Richmondshire Rebels’, the team only started competing in TeamGym fourteen months ago, achieving success at competitions over the last year to qualify for the Level 4 Primary Challenge at National level. Teams from across the UK were invited to compete on trampette, tumbling and floor pieces with Richmondshire achieving the highest score on the trampette and tumble track. Richmondshire took joint gold alongside North East Gymnastics Academy, with Tyneside Gymnastics and Leeds Esprit taking the silver and bronze. Aged between 8 and 11, Lily Rodgers, Georgia Wilson, Abigail Smith, Henry Chapman, Evie Almack, Zoe Hall, Hollie Bowers, India Clay and Chloe Proud live locally in Thirsk, Northallerton, Bedale and Ingleby Barwick....

Celebrating 100 Years Of Service To Thirsk Community Primary School!

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20th July, 2019.


Sadly Thirsk Community Primary School are losing three long serving members of staff to retirement at the end of term. Their time spent working at the school amounts to over 100 years of service to the school....

Three tribute acts wow a sell out audience for 14th Thirsk Picnic in the Park

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12th July, 2019.


The 14th Thirsk Picnic in the Park was a huge sell out success, with funds raised for Action Medical Research and all the raffle funds going towards local charity Freddie’s Fight. The raffle was drawn by MC for the night, Stray FM’s, Nick Hancock, who was ably assisted by Peter Wright of the TV series ‘The Yorkshire Vet’. The audience enjoyed hits from ‘Madonna –A Tribute by Tasha Leaper’ covering many of the greatest hits from Madonna’s career along with some of the classic style associated with the popular artist. She gave an energetic performance as Madonna, with the looks, voice and moves of Madonna her passion for the music shone through. The second support act Pure Abba have over 23 years’ experience, and celebrates one of the world’s all-time favourite groups, with hits such as ‘Chiquitita’, ‘Dancing Queen’, ‘Gimme Gimme Gimme’, ‘Mamma Mia’, ‘Money, Money, Money’, ‘Super Trouper’, ‘Voulez-Vous’, and not forgetting ‘Waterloo’ it got everyone on the dance floor....

Thirsk Community Primary School - North Yorkshire County Quicksticks Champions 2019

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12th July, 2019.


Well done to Thirsk Community Primary School's year 3/4 Quicksticks team who attended Queen Margaret's School for the North Yorkshire County School Games Finals. It was down to the knuckle in the competition and the team never gave up. This resulted in a well deserved first place and title of North Yorkshire School Games 2019 Hockey champions....

Sessay School news

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12th July, 2019.


Following the refurbishment of the school building last summer, Sessay Church of England Primary School Worship Group wrote a letter to The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, asking if he would come to bless the school building. The Archbishop replied to say unfortunately his diary was full but he would be in touch if a space became available in his diary. The pupil and staff were delighted when they received an email from The Archbishop asking if he could come and visit on June 28th....

Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers

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12th July, 2019.


Another very busy week saw a successful TSH team at the Kilburn 7 (actually 7.2 miles) on Sunday, part of the annual Kilburn Feast, on a day which wasn't red hot, for once. Tom Levi continued his fine vein of form to take 5th prize out of an entry of 257, with Ken Wood 29th in 47.30 and Stephan Tomaszewski 40th in 49.51. Lorraine Hiles was the first of the club's lady finishers, coming 4th in the race, winning the prize for 1st female, and, along with Esther Harrison, 66th and 6th lady, Kirsty Naylor 116th in 61.16 and Helen Ashworth 128th in 63.05, also came away with the ladies' team prize. Congratulations. Lorraine had a very good day as she was also 1st F55....

New All Creatures Series announced as Herriot Celebrates Awards and Anniversaries

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5th July, 2019.


June’s been a busy month for the World of James Herriot in Thirsk as it celebrated its 20th Anniversary on Saturday 22nd June and then on Thursday 20th June also bagged the Visitor Attraction of the Year Award (under 50,000 visitors) at the prestigious VisitYork Tourism Awards 2019. Whilst the celebrations continued, Channel 5 TV announced plans to revive the television drama All Creatures Great and Small. A celebration event was held on Saturday 22nd June 2019 at the World of James Herriot with guests including the attraction’s first ever visitor, many volunteers, management and staff, the vet and author’s daughter and son, members of Hambleton District Council, Chanel 5 TV’s the Yorkshire Vet plus many other supporters of the venture....

Topcliffe C of E Academy - Year 5 Animation Competition at Queen Mary’s School

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5th July, 2019.


The Year 5 children had an incredible opportunity this week, to attend an animation competition held at Queen Mary's School. It was delivered by the team that produced Wallace and Gromit, Shaun the Sheep and Early Man. They were split into teams, and had to follow instructions to make a model Gromit out of plasticine - just how he was really made. They were then required to work together to create shadow puppets and a flick book, following a story board. The teams were allocated points according to how successful they were in their creations. Out of the sixteen teams entered, one of the teams from Topcliffe was chosen as the third-place winner, receiving some animation software for the school as a prize....

Gone South

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5th July, 2019.


Being the only club to reach the Festival stage of the Vitality T20 Cup: the National Finals for the second successive season, Sessay CC Emeralds were set on putting behind them the previous year’s disappointment of semi-final defeat. The majority of the Emeralds’ party travelled to South Wales early on Saturday afternoon such that the players could hold a formal practice. After practising for a couple of hours the team booked into their hotel, enjoyed a team dinner courtesy of the ECB and relaxed for the evening. Sunday morning started brightly but by the time Sessay and opponents Ansty from Sussex, had travelled to Dragon Park for the first semi-final, overcast conditions gave way to a light squall....

SOWERBY FLOWER CLUB

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5th July, 2019.


Irene Parker from Hexham was our demonstrator on 6th June, with the title ‘My Flower World’. She began with a sunshiny piece, containing upright globes of yellow rose ‘Moonwalk’ and large Anastasia chrysanthemums. Next a coolly elegant arrangement in which peachy mini gerbera and ‘Lady Mary’ roses, pale green carnation ‘Pistachio’, backed by blackish leaves, Hosta, Bergenia and paeony foliage, harmonized with the bronze leaf pattern on the tall metal vase. The dramatic colours of red gerbera ‘Maserati’, rose ‘Midnight Sunset’, and small red chrysanthemums shone out in the third arrangement. Next a shell-covered bamboo bowl contained Hosta ‘Sun and Substance’, Phormium and Fatsia leaves gave the feel of a tropical jungle....

Thirsk Hard of Hearing Club 30th year celebrations

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28th June, 2019.


Thirsk Hard of Hearing club celebrated last week their 30th Birthday. The Chair of the club hosted an afternoon tea in their garden. They were able to reminisce about visits & outings over the years and there was lots of laughter. There was also some sadness in the mix as some of the past members have passed away, leaving some special memories. Some previous members were invited to come along and they were made very welcome. Pat is the current leader of the club and is wanting to take a back seat very soon so we are on the lookout for a new leader, someone who has empathy with people who struggle with their hearing....

Thirsk’s The World of James Herriot celebrates 20 years with a party

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28th June, 2019.


Last Saturday Managing Director of the James Herriot Centre in Kirkgate, Thirsk Ian Ashton, and a host of special guests and volunteers celebrated twenty years of the continuing success of the Museum, remembering the veterinary lives of James Herriot and Siegfried Farnon, better known to Thirsk people as Alf Wight and Donald Sinclair, who were Thirsk’s vets for many years. This Georgian building had been their homes for several years and workplace until their deaths in 1995, and continues to hold affection around the world as visitors flock daily to see the exhibitions of life so charmingly and vividly remembered in the numerous books, films and BBC television series of “All Creatures Great and Small” as portrayed by Alf Wight posing as “James Herriot”....

Zomblogalypse - Final filming at Thirsk's Ritz Cinema

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28th June, 2019.


In June 2019, the cast and crew of comedy-horror movie Zomblogalypse invaded The Ritz cinema in Thirsk to film the last few scenes from their labour of love, a feature version of the cult web series of the same name. The plot of the series and the movie is basically three very silly survivors of a zombie apocalypse in York decide to make their own movie... with amusing results. And deaths. Co-creators/co-writers/co-directors/co-humans Hannah Bungard, Tony Hipwell and Miles Watts, who also play their namesake as the three main characters of the film, are jubilant about finally completing the Zomblog movie, an idea they’d been gestating since the series ended in 2011....

Thirsk RBL Training Band & Ripon City Training Band

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28th June, 2019.


Last Saturday Thirsk RBL Training Band and Ripon City Training Band joined together to perform a joint concert at the annual Sawley Summer Fayre. The bands had been practising the same music in preparation for the event. The joint bands were conducted by Debbie Price and Richard Heath, Musical Directors of Thirsk and Ripon Training Bands respectively. Fayre goers were amazed by the wonderful muscial talent....

THIRSK HOCKEY CLUB

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21st June, 2019.


Thirsk Hockey Club has two teams representing them in the annual U11 summer league. On Sunday they travelled to Wakefield for the first round of fixtures, with a mix of boys and girls to compete against teams from York, Rotherham, Ben Rhydding, Wakefield, Sheffield and Huddersfield. Given that neither team have played together, both gelled well. The A team enjoyed three wins (against Sheffield, York B and Leeds Adel), one draw (Ben Rhydding A) and two defeats (York A and Rotherham), scoring a total of 8 goals and conceding 5....

Wet and Dry Experience

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21st June, 2019.


Emeralds 1st XI .v. Didsbury Women’s 1st XI. Vitality Women’s Club T20 Cup Regional Final at Sessay, Sunday 3rd June. Unexpected heavy overnight rain thrust serious doubt onto whether this match could be played. A significant amount of water had seeped under the covers at the pavilion end of the pitch, thus requiring an extensive amount of intervention from groundsman Brian Powell to maintain any chance of the match being played. The variable nature of the weather forecast created great anxieties all round. Everyone was well aware that somehow a result had to be achieved with a National Finals place at stake and no scope to play the match on an alternative date....

New Hockey Pitch and Sports Pavilion

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21st June, 2019.


Work is now well underway on Queen Mary’s School’s new floodlit synthetic pitch certified for Hockey, Netball and Tennis and Sports Pavilion. The new facility in the grounds of Queen Mary’s School, Topcliffe, includes a full sized synthetic pitch constructed by Cleveland Land Services of Guisborough and overseen by Notts Sports, official partners to England Hockey and the UK’s leading specialist in the design and supply of synthetic surfacing systems. Alongside the pitch a two-storey Sports Pavilion will provide changing rooms for up to four teams, a central multi-use space and a viewing platform. The pavilion is being constructed by Moduloft at their Catterick Bridge site....

Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers

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21st June, 2019.


Ian and Marian Codling were among the field at the Newton Aycliffe 10k on a lovely sunny Sunday morning. The road course had 1 short lap and 2 long laps, with Ian finishing in 81.36 and Marian 83.53. The previous day they were at the Stonehaven Park Run supporting their daughter, Valerie, on her 100th Park Run. This again was a 3 lap trail course, with a significant hill to be traversed three times! Ian came 63rd out of 66 in 40.12 and Marian 64th in 42.24....

Arts Charity Celebrates National Lottery Grant with Visit from BBC Countryfile

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14th June, 2019.


Thirsk-based charity Rural Arts has been awarded a grant of just over £70,000 by The National Lottery’s Community Fund for their project Heart and Craft. The project provides free, friendly and relaxed art activities for over 50s in eight communities across Hambleton. The monthly sessions, run by professional artists, take place in local village halls, as well as the charity’s own base, The Courthouse in Thirsk. “By far, the most popular activity is pottery, followed by drawing, painting and printmaking”, says the project’s organizer, Sorcha McCole. “As the year progresses, we’ll be introducing intergenerational activities and events to celebrate the work made by the groups”. The Thirsk group, which was initially funded by Arts Council England, has a regular attendance of 20 members....

Freddie’s Fight Reaches £250,000 Target

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14th June, 2019.


Freddie’s Fighters, a group fundraising to send three year old Freddie Thompson to America for medical treatment, are delighted to announce they have surpassed their original target of £250,000. Starting the fundraising in February, the group quickly garnered support from their local community and from nowhere sprung coffee mornings, dinner dances, sporting events and personal challenges. The support of the local community around Hambleton and Ryedale has been astounding and what once seemed an impossible task has seen them achieve their goal. With donations still coming in and events still in the calendar it has given Freddie’s parents, Philip and Emily, the option to consider further maintenance treatments following the vaccination....
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SNUG BUGS

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14th June, 2019.


Insects in Sowerby are feeling ‘snug’ thanks to three hotels built specially for them. Volunteers from The Clock (pictured) have created three bug hotels at the Sowerby Environmental Space Project - to attract a wide variety of mini-beasts. They provide spaces in between twigs, bamboo, cobbles, broken pieces of pottery and tiles, for insects to set up home. And as well as the hotels, 36 bird boxes have been installed to provide safe places for birds to nest; and hedgehogs can travel in and out of the area safely thanks to holes which have been installed along the perimeter fence....
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Thirsk Royal British Legion Band

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14th June, 2019.


Thirsk Royal British Legion Band are delighted to announce the appointment of their new Musical Director, Stuart Shields. Originally from South Shields, in his playing days Stuart spent many years as principal euphonium player with many bands in the North East and Cumbria. He performed in many competitions as a soloist, winning the Consett Musical Festival Millennium Award For Outstanding Performance, leading him to perform at the West Yorkshire Playhouse with all the other Regional winners....
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LONG AWAITED JUNCTION OPENS

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7th June, 2019.


The long awaited Sowerby Junction opened to traffic overnight Monday 3rd June. The new £6.5 million junction with the A168 is part of the infrastructure stipulated within planning permission for the new homes at Sowerby Gateway. Local district councillor – and leader of Hambleton District Council - Mark Robson said: “We have waited a long time for this junction. It is going to make a massive difference to people living on the new Sowerby Gateway estate as well as to Sowerby and Thirsk in general....
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Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers

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7th June, 2019.


After a feast of races last weekend, it was something of a famine this week, with members perhaps saving themselves for the next HDSRL fixture at Ripon on Tuesday! 15 members were involved with Park Runs, with 5 out of the entry of 426 at Fountains Abbey. Ian Crane, testing himself and trying to overcome a reccurring injury, 171st in 27.48, Nigel Morgan 212th in 29.03, Linda Bamforth 271st in 31.30, Ian Codling 387th in 39.14 and Marian Codling 395th in 40.05....
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Go-Kart Fever Returns to Cundall

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7th June, 2019.


Over 30 daredevil pupils from a local North Yorkshire school provided some high octane entertainment for a large crowd of friends and family as the annual Cundall Go-Kart Race returned to the leading school. Hundreds of spectators watched under beautiful blue skies as the 26 homemade Go-Karts provide speed, theatre and some spectacular but safe crashes at Cundall Manor School last Friday (24 May). This year saw friends Hugo and Henry, retain the top spot on the podium for a second year running following a morning of fun and heart-stoppingly mad-cap racing....
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FLAVOURS OF HERRIOT COUNTRY AWARDS 2019

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7th June, 2019.


There are many awards in Yorkshire, but what makes The Flavours of Herriot Country Awards so well recognized and significant, is its sole focus on Hambleton and Richmondshire. Now in its 8th year, we will again be shining the awards light on all the many outstanding, entrepreneurial and innovative food and drink businesses within the boundaries. All the food and drink businesses in these areas are one of the reasons this part of Yorkshire is so special, and through the awards they will receive the acknowledgement they so rightly deserve....
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Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers

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1st June, 2019.


A very busy week began last Tuesday on a fine evening, with the first event in the HDSRL hosted at Harrogate by Harrogate Harriers, mostly on road with a couple of long uphills. This was also a club Championship race and 31 Harriers were involved, the first home being Ken Wood, apparently fully recovered from his London Marathon efforts. He came 46th out of a large field of 531, in 39.18, with Stephan Tomaszewski, always competitive, 61st in 40.04, Josh Cooper 71st in 40.44, Mike Cropper 111th in 42.38, Matt Jones 119th in 43.16, Esther Harrison 153rd in 44.54, David Tervit 170th in 45.32, Adrian Saunders 172nd in 45.42, Martyn Coy 184th in 46.06, Gary Wilkinson 232nd in 48.00, Paul Bradford 247th in 48.40....
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MP Joins Charity Walk To Raise Money For Antibiotic Resistance

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1st June, 2019.


Thirsk and Malton MP, Kevin Hollinrake, has taken part in a sponsored walk in aid of ANTRUK, a North Yorkshire charity close to his heart. ANTRUK is the world’s first charity dedicated to tackling antibiotic resistance, which is one of the most urgent threats to public health. Antibiotic resistant bacteria can cause dangerous infections that were once easily treatable. As a result, around 750,000 people die every year from resistant infections – a figure which is predicted to rise to 10 million people a year by 2050 according to Lord O’Neill of Gatley’s Review of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)....
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CASH FOR CHARITY

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1st June, 2019.


The outgoing Chairman of Hambleton District Council has handed over £830 charity. Councillor David Blades chose the Yorkshire Air Ambulance which has a base at Topcliffe near Thirsk to support during his year in office. “Since it was established in 2000 the service has carried 7,866 patients with life threatening injuries to hospitals. It serves a population of five million people over four million acres. Every single penny raised goes direct to keeping this vital service running....
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Jerry Green Dog Rescue Gets Agile

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1st June, 2019.


Jerry Green Dog Rescue has acquired agility equipment for some of its centres that will not only benefit the dogs in its care, but the Charity also hopes to raise much needed income by hiring out the facilities to a growing number of dog lovers who see agility as a way of connecting with their beloved pets. The equipment, which is of competition standard, is set up in paddocks at the centres and includes an A frame, dog walk, see saw, competition weavers, tunnels and adjustable competition jumps....
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Fire at Kilburn

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25th May, 2019.


A number of crews dealt with a fire at the Foresters Arms Pub who were called at 8.30pm Tuesday 21st May. All persons evacuated prior to arrival of fire crews. Crews worked with hose reel jets to extinguish the fire. One crew remained in attendance throughout the night/morning, damping down. This was a fire in the pub which is believed to have started outside at the rear of the building and then spread to the rest of the property. A thick plume of smoke was seen for miles when travelling North toward Kilburn. However, fire investigations into the cause will be taking place over the coming days....
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Moon Walk raises over £3000 for Cancer Research

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25th May, 2019.


Five Ladies from Thirsk trained for three months ready for a through the night 26.2 mile ‘Moonwalk’ on Clapham Common on the 11th and 12 May 2019 in aid of Breast Cancer Charities. The group, who named themselves ‘The Disco Divas’ were, Tracey Ashton, Gillian Pyman, Angie Elders, Mandi Dyson and Annette Steel all from Thirsk. They contributed over £3,000 towards over £3million raised to date this year for Breast Cancer charities....
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North Yorkshire Youth Hosts Senior Radon Gas Workshop for Caving

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25th May, 2019.


North Yorkshire Youth (NYY) a children and young people’s charity based at Carlton Lodge Activity Centre near Thirsk has hosted a workshop about Radon Gas with senior figures in the activity and caving community. George Plant, chief instructor at Carlton Lodge said: “This is an important topic for us as our youth activities include caving and it is important that we fully understand the dangers so that we can keep our young activity students safe. Our contribution to this workshop and its outcomes will ensure that we are covering these issues which add value to our work without detracting from the enjoyment that our young people have with their caving activities”....
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Tucker Talks Defibrillator

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25th May, 2019.


Another life-saving defibrillator has joined the more than a dozen in and around Thirsk. The latest to appear is at the Crown and Anchor pub on Front Street in Sowerby. Local businessman Steven Dresser has paid for this piece of equipment and for its installation, and has previously met the installation costs at other locations. He said he was happy to work with the Community First Responder team and support their work, and to put something back into the community where he lives and works....
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Thirsk Hockey Club

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18th May, 2019.


Sunday 12th May saw Thirsk Hockey Club take part in the England Hockey U14 Girls National Championships at Reading Hockey Club. They were there competing against the top teams in the country most of which it is fair to say are from “down south” and are huge in comparison to little old Thirsk HC, so just being there was a fantastic achievement for this team....
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Thirsk fundraiser set to tackle Three Peaks for Marie Curie

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18th May, 2019.


Outdoor enthusiast, Dave Herron from Thirsk, is gearing up to take on his second challenge in less than 12 months in a bid to raise vital funds for Marie Curie following the passing of his mum back in April 2018. Last Saturday in May, Dave and fellow fundraiser, Jason Oglesby, will tackle the National Three Peaks Challenge in 24 hours. This will involve them driving 462 miles and climbing a total ascent of 3,064 meters (10,052ft) to the summits of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon....
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Thirsk Swim Team - Regional Champs

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18th May, 2019.


Youngsters from Thirsk White Horse Swim Club had a busy weekend representing the club in galas across the county, including competing at the Swim England North East Regional Championships at Ponds Forge, Sheffield. Ben Dale-Wood, a year 6 pupil at Carlton Minniott Primary School was racing in the 100m Breast and 50m Freestyle on Saturday and the 50m Breast on Sunday....
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SOWERBY FLOWER CLUB

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18th May, 2019.


On 2nd May, we welcomed Alina Harland of Thirsk, to run a demonstration and workshop. She began with informally-styled spring/summer arrangements, with many options for wild or garden foliage and flower material. This was followed by ideas for displaying house plants such as orchids, as well as tips on their care and maintenance....
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Sessay School News

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10th May, 2019.


The pupils (and staff!) at Sessay Primary School were very excited this week with the delivery and installation of a Tipi. The Tipi has been erected in their Forest School Area providing a fantastic outdoor sheltered space to add to our school grounds....
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Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers

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10th May, 2019.


The Dave Parry Summer Series of fell races got underway last week on a calm, sunny evening. The ground underfoot was hard following a long, dry spell, for the Gribdale Growler, and the field of 123 enjoyed the course. Tom Levi, unstoppable just now, was again first club finisher, 4th in 40.46, Matt Jones 42nd in 49.45, Brett Edgeworth 45th in 50.35, Esther Harrison 61st in 52.50, Lorraine Hiles 66th, and 1st F55, in 53.44, Marc Davies 73rd in 54.52, Hilary Coventry 81st, and 2nd F55, in 57.40, Helen Ashworth 94th in 60.21 and Trudy Morrice 97th in 61.59....
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Holiday park scoops prestigious customer review award

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10th May, 2019.


A popular family-run holiday park located on the edge of the North York Moors has been awarded a prestigious accolade by a leading holiday provider. York House Holiday Park, near Thirsk, has been named by Hoseasons as a Diamond Award finalist in the Relax & Explore small parks category for the North of England. It was just one of three parks to receive the award, and the only one from Yorkshire....
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A Big Cheque

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3rd May, 2019.


The Mayor of Thirsk, Hazel Dalgleish-Brown had a very pleasant task to perform this week. She was at the Herriot Hospice Homecare shop in Thirsk to hand over a very big cheque, the sort designed for photo calls. There to receive it was Lucy Turner, head of fund-raising for the charity. The amount was £7,180, half the proceeds of the Mayor’s Ball held at the end of March. “We are absolutely delighted,” said Lucy. “As a small charity this is a huge sum and will have a big impact on the local community....
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Thirsk Hockey Club - Girls U10s – Sunday 28th April, Weetwood

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3rd May, 2019.


Thirsk headed back to Weetwood for the final round of fixtures in the league, hoping to secure the Yorkshire title. The opening game was against newly promoted Harrogate, and Thirsk duly welcomed them to the A league by opening the scoring within 10 seconds when Lexi Ramshay drilled in a shot from the top of the D. A minute later Lily Fyfe doubled the lead with a finish at the back post after good work from Phoebe Evans driving through the midfield. Emilla Sample added a 3rd by tapping in a cross from Lexi, before Lexi got her second of the match with a brilliant solo run.... all of this within the first 4 minutes. Thirsk took their foot off the gas after that and were content to protect their lead and save their legs for harder games to come....
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RITZ CINEMA DISCOVERES HISTORY HIDDEN 'UNDER THE CARPET'

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3rd May, 2019.


Ritz volunteer Howard Wooldridge made an interesting discovery when lifting carpets in the cinema's back office. Howard said "Just like in an older house you never know just what you'll find when you lift the carpets. People regularly put current newspapers down before laying their carpets - probably rarely done now with professional fitters and underlay, but it's always a bit of a distraction when you start reading the pages laid down all those years earlier. I was pretty surprised though when I discovered these were from 1937....
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Thirsk RBL Band Report

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3rd May, 2019.


Thirsk RBL Band played a fabulous concert last Friday night at Felixkirk Church! If you weren’t there you missed a treat! Well done to the soloists, (Libby and Hannah) and the Band for putting on a great performance, Rachel for conducting for the first time and a very special appreciation to Charles Clark for being a brilliant Musical Director....
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Market delights

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26th April, 2019.


I was out and about in Thirsk town centre over the Easter weekend, as well as visiting Northallerton. Both town centres have attractions, Northallerton has some of the bigger shops, but we have something very special that they don’t: the displays by our Yarnbombers. The latest pieces of work from their nimble hands are now on display on the bollards and lampposts, more than 60 items in total. The theme is voluntary groups in Thirsk, and well worth a visit. They show what a range of activities go on. A fit young cricketer stands for the Thirsk Athletic and Social Club, while for the sedentary there is Thirsk Bridge Club. Sports are also represented in the Thirsk Falcons Football Club – oh dear, someone’s got a yellow card – and the Thirsk Harriers, whose reports often feature in this paper....
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NEW PUBLIC ART SCULPTURE UNVEILED AT SOWERBY GATEWAY

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26th April, 2019.


A STRIKING new piece of public art has been unveiled as part of a £153,000 project on the outskirts of town. A sculpture known as ‘Spiral Time – Sowerby Clock’ has been sited on the roundabout on Topcliffe Road, Sowerby, near Thirsk (by Aldi and Premier Inn). It is the latest addition to the growing collection of public art at the mixed-use development known as Sowerby Gateway. The steel sculpture was designed by Kate Maddison of Chrysalis Arts and made by renowned blacksmith Brian Russell and his team at Little Newsham Forge. It was commissioned by Broadacres Housing Association with support from Arts Council England and in partnership with Hambleton District Council....
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SOWERBY FLOWER CLUB REPORT

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26th April, 2019.


In April we welcomed John Dalton of Carlisle, whose title was 'Spring In The Air'. He began with a window box of container, filled with Pieris, Camellia Ribes, wallflowers, Bergenia 'Tubby Andrew' and stems of twisted hazel. Narcissus and dark purple tulips completed the scene. A circular table arrangement held tall cream roses, white Lisianthus, white Achillea, and large white chrysanthemums. A grey urn had a cascading outline of eleagnus, ivy and box, with white and peach carnations to one side, and white antirrhinums, Alstromeria and tall pink roses in the centre....
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Local Pub named AS Best Pub in North Yorkshire

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26th April, 2019.


A village inn near Thirsk has been named Best Pub in North Yorkshire in the 2019 National Pub and Bar Awards. The Carpenters Arms at Felixkirk beat competition from across England’s largest county to take the award. The Carpenters Arms team will collect their award at a ceremony in London in May, when 15 regional winners and the overall National Pub and Bar of the Year will be announced. ....
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Three tribute acts for 14th Thirsk Picnic in the Park

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20th April, 2019.


For the 14th year of Thirsk Picnic in the Park the organizers Sue Calvert, Jane Burgess and Thirsk Action Group have a fantastic line up of three fantastic tribute acts to delight Picnickers and it’s all in aid of national charity, Action Medical Research. This year the local charity Thirsk Action Group will be supporting is Freddie’s Fight. Sue Calvert, Jane Burgess and Caroline Nicholls were delighted to receive a Certificate of Achievement, to recognize the voluntary contributions of Thirsk Action Group for “Dedication and giving selflessly of time and talent for their local community”, presented by the Mayor of Thirsk, Hazel Dalgleish Brown. Three further volunteers of Thirsk Action Group, (not pictured) are Jamie Banthorpe Howlett, Julie Bramley and Jane Wagstaff....
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The Coast To Coast; Raising Money For Mind; The Mental Health Charity

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20th April, 2019.


Myself (Ben Mcloughlin) and best friend Alfie Dickson are students of Thirsk school and Sixth Form Collage – year 12 and 13. We both enjoy A-Level Geography, supporting the community through the school council and of course, tackling long distance walks! We have upped the anti from last years challenge (The Cleveland Way) which we completed last summer, raising almost £500 for cancer research....
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Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers

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20th April, 2019.


A very busy weekend saw 20 members among the almost 400 finishers at the Hartlepool Marina 5 Mile race on Sunday. The cold wind made for discomfort at the start, and was a nuisance on the outward leg along the flat promenade, but made for easier going on the return leg. The conditions suited many people, with some fast times being recorded, and Tom Levi continued his superb form to come 8th in 27.39. Stephan Tomaszewski always rises to the occasion and came 65th in 31.51, and Mike Cropper, another who is achieving good results, was 84th in 33.30....
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Art scene

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20th April, 2019.


I dropped into Rural Arts recently to see some of the activities of the Arts Collective, who are putting on an exhibition of their work from the end of April to mid May. This is a community group, which benefits from a grant from the NYCC Community Fund, and is based at Rural Arts. They have two activities, ceramics on a Thursday and printing on a Friday, and it was the printers that I watched. I also admired their small but effective press which enables them to print off the images they create. I watched as images were sketched and then created, then inked up for a preliminary run through the press....
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Falcons Vets Champions

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12th April, 2019.


Thirsk Falcons Vets hosted an inform Kirk Deighton team on Sunday. The visitors were on a strong run since January but Thirsk had only lost one game all season and were looking to seal the Championship. Playing into a strong wind Thirsk had to soak up early pressure from Kirk Deighton and their keeper Rich Kirby was by far the busiest keeper. However Thirsk gradually gained a foothold and the visitors keeper tipped over a fine effort from Iain McKeown. Shortly afterwards Wally Ward hit a low shot across the keeper to give Thirsk the lead. This proved to be short lived due to a bizarre own goal by skipper Jason Bagley who found the top corner of his own net from outside of the penalty area, leaving the score 1-1 at half time....
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Thirsk Community Primary School 'WOW' day

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12th April, 2019.


On Monday 8th April the Year 3 and 4 classes of Thirsk Community Primary School enjoyed their Traders and Raiders WOW topic Day. The children have really enjoyed finding out what occurred in Britain after the Romans left; first Anglo Saxons invaded and then 400 years later the Vikings invaded. The children all came to school dressed as Anglo Saxons or Vikings, we then spent the day doing an assortment of art and craft activities....
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North Yorkshire Youth has won a 2018 Duke of York’s Community Initiative Award

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12th April, 2019.


North Yorkshire Youth (NYY) a children and young people’s charity based at Carlton Lodge Activity Centre near Thirsk has won a 2018 Duke of York Community Initiative Award. HRH The Duke of York presented the Award at a ceremony on Wednesday afternoon, the 3rd April 2019 at the Army Barracks at Catterick. David Sharp, chief executive said: ‘This is excellent news and recognition for our team here at Carlton Lodge who work every day to make the lives of young people better. We really enjoyed meeting the Duke of York at the prestigious awards ceremony....
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Concert review

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12th April, 2019.


On Saturday afternoon, an audience flocked together to listen to a full and varied programme by Thirsk Sinfonia at St Oswald’s Church, Sowerby. As usual, the high calibre of the orchestra was in evidence and there were solos from both their leader, Sarah Reece, and principle clarinettist, Katy Vedder who gave us a fine rendition of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto. TSinfO, conducted by the brilliant Charlie Gower-Smith, opened with Saint-Saëns Danse Macabre and for any avid BBC Radio York listeners, they will have already glimpsed an early taster that morning....
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North Yorkshire School Games Cross Country Finals - Winner!

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5th April, 2019.


Two pupils from Thirsk Community Primary School took part in the cluster x-country competition on 11th Feb where they ranked in the top 6 against over 360 children. This meant they went to Queen Mary's on 21st Feb to compete against the other cluster winners. Both girls were amazing with one win and one third place. The girls then progressed to the North Yorkshire School Games Cross Country Finals at Dalby 'The Great Yorkshire Forest' on the 26th March, All the runners qualified through their local Level 2 School Games events, with only the top 8 from each district qualifying from each year group....
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Freddies Fight - Kilimanjaro

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5th April, 2019.


Myself (Andy Bardon) and my friend Philip Brown have just returned from Tanzania having climbed to the very top of Mount Kilimanjaro! As you published previously, we took on this quest to support the Freddies Fight charity. It took 5 days (3 and a half up/1 and a half down), this is shortest amount of time it is recommended to do it in, most experts suggest longer to allow for greater acclimatization etc....
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Thirsk Falcons match reports - U10 Blues v Redcar Athletic

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5th April, 2019.


Our last away match of the season saw us take a trip up to the coast at a sunny (but fresh!) Redcar. After a month away from games, this high intensity game saw us on the back foot for most of the first half, defending deeply and not playing the passing and moving game we’re used to from the boys. Redcar were strong on the ball and caught us out on a number of occasions, but as half time approached we started to settle and make chances in the opposition’s half....
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HAMBLETON GRANGE CARE HOME WALK TO SUCCESS IN THE FIGHT FOR FREDDIE

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5th April, 2019.


A group of caring staff from Hambleton Grange in Thirsk have taken on the highs and lows of the North York Moors to raise money for local youngster, Freddie Thompson. The three-year old was diagnosed with aggressive Stage 4 Neuroblastoma last summer and staff at the home were so moved by Freddie’s braveness in the face of this devastating disease that they wanted to do anything they could to help. Lifestyle Manager, Nicola Clark, led the fundraising efforts and committed to tackle the tough White Horse to Sutton Bank trek on Sunday 17th March. She rallied other members of staff to join her on the 3.5 mile journey to raise money for Freddie’s potentially lifesaving pioneering treatment in America....
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Ava Smashes her Sponsored Silence

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29th March, 2019.


10 year old Ava, a pupil at Thirsk Community Primary School has raised a whopping £1200 towards the #Freddiesfight fundraiser. https://uk.gofundme.com/5nf37v-freddies-fight Kind hearted Ava wanted to do her bit to help and decided to set up a sponsored silence....
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FREDDIE'S FIGHT sponsored headshave

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29th March, 2019.


On Friday 15th March my 6 year old son, Lucas had his head shaved for Freddies Fight. When I discussed fundraising for Freddie's Fight with my children Lucas decided this is what he wanted to do....
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SOWERBY FLOWER CLUB REPORT

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29th March, 2019.


In March we welcomed Sue Maddocks from Halifax. Her theme, 'At This Time Of Year', started with a depiction of early spring. A woven circle of willow twigs resembled a bird's nest and included pussy willow, purple iris and yellow tulips. The next, a triangle of flowers grouped on a hessian-draped piece of wood, included pink hyacinths and Amaryllis, with Fatsia and Bergenia leaves. 'Cornucopia' held green orchids, purple callas and carnations, and rosemary....
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Local Motor Company's successful Geneva debut

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29th March, 2019.


Twisted Automotive swapped the rolling hills of North Yorkshire for the snow-capped mountains of Switzerland when the company showcased two stunning re-engineered Land Rover Defender vehicles at this year’s Geneva International Motor Show. The Thirsk-based team made up part of a small corner of Yorkshire relocated amid the lakes and mountains, with neighbouring stands occupied by Garforth-based Ginetta and Knaresborough’s David Brown....
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Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers - Thirsk 10

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22nd March, 2019.


The busiest day of the year for the club dawned fine and bright for the 41st running of Thirsk 10, with a record turnout of 1042 finishers. With the previous week having gale force winds, and the previous day very wet, the club felt fortunate indeed to have such a good day, though wind was certainly a factor round the course. The winner of the race was Rob Scott of Richmond and Zetland in 53.38 with Dean Newton and Allan Harry of New Marske Harriers 2nd and 3rd respectively. The winner of the Ladies' race was Georgia Cambell of Jarrow and Hebburn, 39th overall, in 59.37, with Tracey Millmore of Birtley AC 2nd and Charlotte Ward of Hallamshire 3rd (photo by Karen Harland)....
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Call 101

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22nd March, 2019.


What happens in Thirsk at night? I’m not thinking of the “night economy” of pubs, clubs, restaurants and the odd cocktail bar, or the meetings of enthusiasts for history or model railways, or even the ever-so-slightly tedious meetings of local councils or churches. I am thinking of the little acts of vandalism or unpleasant behaviour that the police class as “collective harm”, little things that make life unpleasant by their repetition. Local resident Karen Botterill felt that there was an undercurrent of bad behaviour locally and that there was no connection between residents, police and councillors, and managed to arrange a public meeting for local people, particularly shopkeepers, and some councillors, with a panel of Police Inspector Dave Allen, Will Naylor the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner and Gina Allen of Hambleton District Council’s Safer Hambleton programme....
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Thirsk Hockey Club - Ladies 1sts away v Lindum

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22nd March, 2019.


Ladies 1sts made the long trip to top of the league Lindum for their final league match of the season. Fielding an understrength side with young Yasmin Marshall helping out with a last minute call up, Thirsk started slowly and conceded a scrappy 2nd minute goal but responded well, defending brilliantly and creating chances. They managed to keep Lindum down to 1 nil at halftime. With the two sides evenly matched, chances were created with keepers from both sides excelling. Lindum scored a second goal halfway through the half, which was quickly followed by a third goal....
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COUNCIL GRANT HELPS DESIGN NEW WEBSITE

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22nd March, 2019.


A Parish Council in the district is now the owner of a brand new website thanks to a council grant. With the help of £1,100 from Hambleton District Council’s ‘Making a Difference Fund’, Topcliffe Parish Council has used the cash to help design a new modern website which is accessible via mobile devices to allow both residents and visitors to engage with the local community....
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Thirsk Swim Club Captains

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16th March, 2019.


Thirsk White Horse Swim Club recently appointed their Captains and Vice Captains for the 2019 swimming season. Cameron Russell and Katherine Armstrong, both Y12 pupils at Thirsk School and Sixth Form College, were promoted from Vice Captains to take on the roles of Captains this year....
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Affordable

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16th March, 2019.


Meanwhile at the Town Hall Thirteen Group, who run Orchid House in Sowerby and similar elsewhere, were holding a public viewing of plans to build 97 affordable houses in a group on Sowerby Gateway, this to put right to some extent the failure of for-profit developers to provide the affordable units that should have been part of the whole development. Thirteen Group is a not-for-profit organization and have taken advantage of the lack of a need for profit to make a design with lower density, featuring a tree-lined boulevard which “references historic Sowerby”, in other words is based on the trees that line Front Street (and drop sticky stuff onto parked cars in the summertime).The site is close to the railway line, but this can be addressed with triple glazing. The mix of housing, from bungalows to 4-bedroom houses, has been worked out with the District Council to reflect need....
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Thirsk Hockey Club - Men’s 3rd

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16th March, 2019.


Thirsk travelled to play 3rd placed York with a squad of 15. From the start, it was clear that the opposition were a much stiffer challenge than in recent weeks, denying Thirsk time on the ball and competing hard for every loose ball. Thirsk's defence were given a tough work out in open play and also at a series of short corners, but Sam Ross Russell in goal was a match for every attack, getting away from his line to smother many shots, and recovering from a first dive to be ready for the second shot. Thirsk survived until half time, when they slightly reorganized, dropping one of the attackers to provide more depth in midfield....
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‘THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN’!

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16th March, 2019.


A furniture trail originally set up in the 1990s has been recreated. The Thirsk trail now takes in seven specialist woodworking businesses in and around the market town; Treske, Beaver, Coxwold, Graham Duncalf, Carthouse, Old Mill and Squirrel. “The area is rich in cabinet making skills and has a wealth of furniture making companies with workshops and showrooms for all to see and enjoy,” Justin Bartlett, Managing Director of Treske, pictured with Councillor Peter Wilkinson, Deputy Leader of Hambleton District Council and portfolio holder for Economic Development....
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Joseph & Gina's Walk for Freddies Fight

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8th March, 2019.


I am sure you have heard of all the brilliant fundraising that is happening across the region for “Freddie’s Fight” I can not believe how the whole community has come together to help with the fundraising. My son Joseph McDonald & his friend Gina Gray originally saw the Children’s Cancer television advert and wanted to do something to raise some money so that ‘more children can ring the bell’ (their own words) and as Freddie and his family are close friends of both families they decided to do a sponsored walk together to raise money....
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Musician of the Year 2018 Thirsk RBL Band

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8th March, 2019.


Musician of the Year 2018 was awarded to Hedley Benaiges, the Training Band’s Principle Cornet Player, at this years Christmas Concert. Mr John Worley (Band President) presented the shield to Hedley saying he was a very worthy winner and had worked very hard over the last 12 months....
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DALTON BRIDGE CELEBRATED

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8th March, 2019.


Business and council leaders have celebrated the success of a massive £4.1m redevelopment project - Dalton Bridge near Thirsk. After construction work completed last year (June 2018) the new structure - which replaces a flood-blighted bridge - has successfully passed its first test, the winter! Designed to cope with periodic flooding, the bridge provides a more resilient, higher level route to the Dalton Industrial Estate, allowing the road to remain passable at all times - vastly improving access to the industrial estate....
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Queen Mary’s School Riders Qualify for National Finals

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8th March, 2019.


The equestrian teams from Queen Mary’s School, near Topcliffe, have put Yorkshire on the map this weekend as they have qualified for the National Schools Equestrian Association (NSEA) Championship Finals in style winning four of their respective classes. The Queen Mary’s equestrian team competed in the Show Jumping and Jumping With Style classes at 70cm, 80cm, 90cm and 110cm at Greenlands in Cumbria with some outstanding group and individual performances....
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‘The Nicest Kids in Town’ stage Hairspray to a sell-out crowd

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2nd March, 2019.


This week Thirsk School and Sixth Form College built on its already outstanding reputation for high quality musical theatre, when it brought hit Broadway show ‘Hairspray’ to town. The show, produced by the school’s Performing Arts department, starred Dulcie Webster-Jones as Tracy Turnblad and Alfie Dickson as Link Larkin, with Alex Gardiner in a scene-stealing role as Edna Turnblad. The music was provided by a live band, and included well-known show-stopping tunes, such as ‘You Can’t Stop the Beat’ and ‘The Nicest Kids in Town’, which had the packed audience clapping and singing along....
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Thirsk White Horse Swim Team

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2nd March, 2019.


A young swimmer from Thirsk White Horse Swim Team scooped gold across the board in the Breaststroke events at the recent Yorkshire County Championships. Ben Dale-Wood, dominated in 11yo Boys Breaststroke events, taking the top spot in the 50m and 100m long course events held in the 50m international swimming pool at Ponds Forge, Sheffield....
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Thirsk Tourist Information

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2nd March, 2019.


Thirsk Tourist Information is gearing up for the start of another busy season sharing information with local people and visitors. The building has been re-decorated both inside and out. New free 2019 leaflets for local, and not so local, attractions will be available shortly from Thirsk's information office....
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Topcliffe Academy

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2nd March, 2019.


Cross Country Achievement Thirsk Area Cross Country Competition. On Monday, 11th February, 36 of our KS2 pupils participated in a Cross Country Competition at Thirsk School & Sixth Form College. The standard was incredibly high this year, with only the top 6 boys and 6 girls from each year group successfully making it through to the Hambleton District Finals. Well done to all of our pupils who took part in the event, you all did incredibly well. Well done to Holly Binks, Maisie Binks, Emilia Brierley, Freddie Fyfe and Lexi Ramshay who successfully made it through to the finals....
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Meals on Wheels volunteer retires after 28 years’ service

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22nd February, 2019.


Pat Chandler from Knayton has been volunteering in the local community for many years and has for 28 years helped deliver Meals on Wheels to local residents. Pat was a full time teacher until she retired in 1990 and was volunteering for Oxfam when a fellow volunteer asked her to help out with Meals on Wheels delivery. When Pat started Meals on Wheels was coordinated by North Yorkshire County Council and delivery was arranged through the WRVS – now the Royal Voluntary Service. When the council gave up the service the WRVS took over and arranged the cooking as well as the delivery and then when WRVS could not continue running it Pat herself approached Thirsk Community Care to see if they would run this invaluable service....
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ROTARY THIRSK IN BLOOM PRESENTATION

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22nd February, 2019.


The Mayor of Thirsk, Councillor Hazel Dalgliesh-Brown, is currently acknowledging the valuable work of volunteer groups in Thirsk, through 'Certificates Of Appreciation' from Thirsk Town Council. She recently made such a presentation to Rotary Thirsk in Bloom, 'for dedication to giving selflessly of time and talent for their local community'....
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Russian Language Website Launched and Russian Speaking Coordinator appointed at World of James Herriot

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22nd February, 2019.


Building on the success and growth of Russian visitors and as a follow up to a James Herriot Exhibition held at the State Darwin Museum in Moscow, the 'World of James Herriot' has launched a Russian language version of the World of James Herriot website and appointed an International Marketing and Promotion Coordinator to promote the attraction in the Russian speaking market. Alfiya Stephenson, a native Russian speaker from Central Asia who now lives in North Yorkshire, has been appointed to raise the profile of the World of James Herriot and Herriot Country in Russian speaking markets. Based at the attraction in Thirsk, Alfiya has set about the task of building relationships with tour operators, travel companies, schools and social groups across the Russian speaking world....
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Thirsk Hockey Ladies 2nd v Wakefield Wanderers

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22nd February, 2019.


After last week's excellent result, Thirsk started the match with the same line up. Thirsk were slow to start however with Wakefield the first to attack but the defence of Molly, Oona, Lynne and Hannah were too strong for the Wakefield attack throughout the match. The ball was quickly moved to the other end where Holly opened the scoring with her usual reverse stick strike. The midfield of Grace, Naomi, Yaz and Georgie moved the ball around the pitch creating numerous chances from which Holly added another goal. After a good move down the right and a great pass across goal Marnie was unlucky not to add a third goal....
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A New Lambert

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15th February, 2019.


Another public meeting about the former Lambert Memorial Hospital: would it be 20 people or 200 turning up, I wondered. The answer was nearer 200, as a queue slowly moved past the signing-in table and filled the main room of Thirsk Town Hall. This was altogether different from the gatherings over the past few years. It was not an angry meeting with hollow promises from local health chiefs. This was an altogether positive and hopeful meeting, with a stream of constructive comments and ideas about what should be the future use of that venerated building in Chapel Street which bears the plaque commemorating the public-spirited gift of Sara Lambert to the people of Thirsk. Opening the meeting Councillor Mark Robson, who has been instrumental in acquiring the building for Hambleton District Council, recalled the initial fight to keep the building open as a hospital. “That is long gone,” he commented, recalling that many in the audience had had friends, relatives and loved ones who were cared at The Lambert....
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Thirsk Falcons U7s vs Kader

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15th February, 2019.


Thirsk took part in a thrilling game at Kader. The opposition kicked off and a slick passing move saw them score before a single Falcons player had even touched the ball. The lead was doubled shortly afterwards as a superbly struck free kick flew into the roof of the net. However, Thirsk recovered from the slow start and showed tremendous resilience to bounce back with two superb one on one finishes from the centre forward. On both occasions the ball was calmly slipped beyond the goalkeeper. Just before half time Kader were unlucky not to retake the lead when they hit the bar with another free kick. The second half was again end to end, but Thirsk took the lead for the first time when Daniel drew the last defender before slotting a weighted through ball for an on rushing player to calmly finish. Another well worked team goal followed as Angus chased a ball that was seemingly a lost cause, he managed to wrap his left foot around it and found a team mate running in at the back post to fire home. Kader pulled a goal back late on and mounted some sustained pressure but the Falcons held firm....
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Thirsk Hockey - Girls U10s (A Team)

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15th February, 2019.


The under 10 girls played at Weetwood Leeds on Sunday and were top of division A with four wins and a loss. They beat Ben Rhydding 1-0, Wakefield 2-0, Leeds 1-0, York 1-0 and then lost to Leeds Adel 1-0....
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New staff at Carlton Lodge

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15th February, 2019.


North Yorkshire Youth (NYY) a children and young people’s charity based near Thirsk, has appointed Jayne Shackleton as Local Youth Participation Worker within the Youth Development Team at Carlton Lodge. Jayne will be supporting colleagues in the Youth Development team to create initiatives to give young people in the area more opportunities to give their own voice about their needs. Jayne’s appointment follows on from her experience of working with young people in several roles in the past including being a Community Intervention Worker and Family Outreach Support Worker for North Yorkshire County Council Children and Families Services and has also previously been a pastoral mentor in schools....
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HILLSIDE SCOUTS POP-UP BONANZA

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8th February, 2019.


We are very grateful to everyone who supported the Hillside Scouts at their recent Pop Up Cafe. Message from Scout Leader, Eddie, helped by his wife Di, to the Scouts on 26th January after the latest amazing Hillside Scouts Pop up Cafe held in Borrowby Village Hall. 'I’m sitting here yawning my head off having packed up all the gear from one of the hardest days of the year. The café was bonkersly busy this year. The first delivery order came through at 9.40 and was delivered at 9.55. We were flat out until late lunchtime, thankfully it settled down after that! We cooked 20lbs bacon, 3 trays of eggs and more sausages than I care to think of. In the kitchen there was a fantastic atmosphere with all cooks confident in their role catering for everyone’s needs. It was busy but everyone knew their job and did it brilliantly....
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Mayor’s award

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8th February, 2019.


It was another chilly day when the Mayor of Thirsk, Councillor Hazel Dalgleish-Brown, presented one of her personal awards to the Thirsk Community First Responders. Treading over the frozen grass, she came to the Bowling Club building where the CFR was meeting. They were chosen for the award because of their energy and commitment. From an original target of getting 4 defibrillators installed in and around Thirsk, they now have 13 in place, for immediate help after heart failure, with a fourteenth coming soon to the Crown and Anchor in Sowerby, and plans for more. The Responders are all volunteers, currently 12 of them and always keen to welcome recruits. There is always one on call, to respond fast to medical emergencies where they could save a life. They often meet up with ambulance crews, and can assist them as needed....
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Holy Rood House – Building Into The Future Appeal

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8th February, 2019.


A major Appeal has been launched by church, community and mental health leaders to save a local residential, therapeutic retreat centre. Holy Rood House, in Sowerby near Thirsk, has launched an Appeal to raise £1,250,000 to buy Holy Rood House, and continue its work of healing into the future. The Revd Elizabeth Baxter, Executive Director of the Centre for Health and Pastoral Care, said, “The Centre currently rents Holy Rood House, and the House’s owners are now wanting to sell Holy Rood House and its grounds to the Charity. This gives us a unique opportunity to buy Holy Rood House and continue helping people in their time of need....
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NEW JUNCTION ON TARGET

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8th February, 2019.


MA new £6.5 million junction to serve the Sowerby Gateway development close to Thirsk is on schedule to open this Spring. The new roadway off the A168 is part of the infrastructure stipulated when planning permission for the new homes was granted. Leader of Hambleton District Council, Councillor Mark Robson and his fellow Sowerby ward councillor, Councillor Peter Bardon visited the works this week to get an update on the scheme. "Everything seems to be progressing well and on target to be completed this spring,” said Cllr Robson (pictured left)....
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Mayor of Thirsk presents Certificate of Appreciation Award to Volunteers at World of James Herriot

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1st February, 2019.


Mayor of Thirsk, Hazel Dalgleish-Brown and Thirsk Town Council has presented volunteers at the World of James Herriot in Thirsk with a special Certificate of Appreciation award. The award recognizes the valuable contribution that the volunteers have made at the award-winning attraction and states “For Dedication to Giving Selflessly of Time and Talent for Their Local Community. Thank You for Making Our Community a Better Place.” “This is a lovely recognition for our volunteers who come to the World of James Herriot to help us in many different ways. Visitors often remark about the warm welcome they enjoy from the volunteers who explain the attraction’s many facets”. comments The World of James Herriot’s centre manager, Kate Pawlett....
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Rural Arts In Thirsk Says Goodbye To Its Director After 25 Years

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1st February, 2019.


Thirsk, 28th January 2019 –Angela Hall, who founded Thirsk-based Rural Arts over 25 years ago, is stepping down as Director of the organization. The position will be taken up by Max May, the organization’s former Communications and Engagement Officer and a past intern at Rural Arts, who returns to his home town of Thirsk from London. May is appointed with immediate effect. Angela Hall, who set up Rural Arts in 1993 with the support of the Rural Communities Council (renamed Community First Yorkshire), leaves the organization to focus on her own creative work, with exhibitions planned later this year....
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Lambert

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1st February, 2019.


What would Sara Lambert say? Her hospital building has stood empty and unused since September 2015, stripped of its equipment, the staff scattered to do good work elsewhere, warning signs displayed by the security company guarding it. The “for sale” signs have been stuck on its Victorian façade since September 2017, and the District Council has been fighting hard to keep it as a community facility rather than see it turn into flats. I gather that a certain amount of blood has been spilt, metaphorically, in the dealings between the Council and the NHS Department responsible for disposing of so-called redundant and surplus buildings, to move the deal forward....
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Award-winning Group, The Young’uns Inspire Queen Mary’s School Girls

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1st February, 2019.


There were four BBC award winners under one roof at Queen Mary’s School (Topcliffe), last week as internationally recognized group, The Young’uns, led three inspiring Drama workshops for pupils including Queen Mary’s girl, BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year, Emilia Jaques. The three times BBC Radio 2 award winners (twice as ‘Folk Group of the Year’ and most recently Folk Album of the Year for "Strangers") perform not only traditional folk music but, more importantly, their own creations, written with a strong social conscience....
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Clarets U10s v Riverside Blues

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25th January, 2019.


A return to form for the Clarets today with all the team trying their best and showing commitment. Riverside had some good play but Clarets dominated possession and when we lost the ball we made every effort to get it back as we had practiced in training. Plenty of corners, throw ins, great tackles, runs down the wings and crosses into the box saw Clarets take an early lead. The midfield worked their socks off today and our defence was solid. The best move of the first half saw Thomas collect the ball and beat three opposition sidestepping left and right and finished with an amazing spinning turn to cross the ball into our mid-fielders. Riverside managed to score from a melee in our box and a rousing halftime team talk got the Clarets fired up for the second half....
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SOWERBY FLOWER CLUB REPORT

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25th January, 2019.


For our December meeting we welcomed Nicola Davis-Murray to run a workshop. Her Christmas wreath was in Nordic-style, made of natural materials, particularly twigs, wool and cones. The meeting started with a delicious buffet lunch, for which members brought a wide assortment of food. Following this, Nicola demonstrated her method, then helped members make their own versions of the wreath, with very attractive results....
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Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers

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25th January, 2019.


There was a good turnout of members on Sunday for the second club championship event of the season, the NYSD cross country fixture at Ormesby Hall, on a perfect morning for running. Conditions underfoot were good, and Esther Harrison ran well to come 31st out of 123 in the ladies' race in 23.54, closely followed by Lorraine Hiles, 32nd in 23.56. Kirsty Naylor, always competitive, came 42nd in 25.15, new member, Andrea Colls, 71st in 27.47, Jill Libby 74th in 27.58, another new member, Emma Driffield, 88th in 29.47, Rosie Gatenby 90th in 29.51, Alison Butcher, in her first race after an injury, 97th in 30.49, Christine Burn 107th in 33.19, Margaret Wikeley, tackling cross country for the first time, 117th in 37.36, Liz Stephenson 120th in 39.32 and Marian Codling 123rd in 44.22....
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COUNCIL CASH HELPS SPREAD THE MINI BUS WORD

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25th January, 2019.


A community minibus association has received a cash boost to help spread the word and publicise its use and the services it provides. With the help of a grant of £4,800 from Hambleton District Council’s ‘Making a Difference Fund’, Thirsk District Community Minibus Association has used the cash to update IT equipment and software and to purchase marketing banners and signage....
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Thirsk Swim Team Annual Awards

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18th January, 2019.


Thirsk White Horse Swim Club held their annual awards presentation at the weekend celebrating all their swimmers' achievements over the last year. They also paid special recognition to individuals in the Club, highlighting the work done by their volunteers on the committee and coaching team. Mandy Dennis, was recognized for her hard work over several years as Treasurer and for her all round, general help over the year on poolside, with fundraising and with galas and events. Mandy, from Sowerby, was awarded the Jason Smith Trophy, for which she was nominated by other members of the club in recognition of her hard work and the huge contribution that she makes to the club behind the scenes....
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Thirsk Hockey Club Match Report U10 Boys A

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18th January, 2019.


The U10 A team played their way into division A with convincing style today. Not only were they undefeated in division B scoring 11 goals in four matches but from start to end they played some lovely patient & mature hockey both in defence and attack. The boys worked hard for each other all morning in what can truly be described as a team performance....
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Free NHS WiFi at James Cook and Friarage hospitals

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18th January, 2019.


FREE NHS WiFi is now available for staff, patients and visitors at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough and the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton. The new service has been set up in response to national patient feedback asking for free WiFi services to be made available in NHS locations. NHS WiFi allows patients and the public to download health apps, browse the internet and access healthcare information....
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Sutton Bank

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18th January, 2019.


Sutton Bank can be rather quiet on a wintery Monday, but it makes for a good walk and for those who are still trying to lose a little weight gained over Christmas it has a lot to offer. The car park was almost empty, but still charging £2.50 for 2 hours’ stay, which goes to help keep the place looking good, which it does. The cafeteria was closed, and sadly so were the toilets. We chose the well-kept path to the south-east, towards the Gliding Club, part of the Cleveland Way. The sharp, low, bright sun was casting shadows across the tufts of grass and gorse. We paused for a few minutes to sit on one of the many benches, most dedicated to a loved one who must have enjoyed the views, and we looked out across the web of fields far below us, some with little white dots which were sheep. Lambing has already started, I believe. Away to our right we could see dark Lake Gormire. The horizon was lost in mist....
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The Clock - Thirsk

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11th January, 2019.


We are grateful for your support to The Clock. We collected and donated over 5000 items of food and toiletries which made up 81 Christmas food parcels which benefitted 259 individuals over the Christmas period. Without the support of people like you, there is no way we could achieve such amazing things. One mum said ‘I can’t thank you enough; it’s changed Christmas for us. I think everyone involved is amazing’....
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Whitby FM v U11 Thirsk Falcons Blues

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11th January, 2019.


U11s blues started their 2019 campaign with a trip to the coast in their away fixture against Whitby Fishermen. A 10 goal thriller with each team bagging 5. The full 3 points was in our grasp but Whitby clawed their way back into the game to retain their unbeaten run. A great match....
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Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers

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11th January, 2019.


There was a good turnout of members for the first Club Championship race of the year on New Year's Day, the Captain Cook's Fell Race, Race 6 in the Dave Parry Winter Series, with a massive field of 350! A lovely morning with sunshine and a light breeze greeted runners and gave them a chance to blow out their Christmas excesses....
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Care Company Delivers Festive Gifts

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11th January, 2019.


The caring team at local company Home Instead Senior Care, who support and assist older people living in their own homes in and around the towns of Harrogate, Ripon and Thirsk, generously donated 50 gifts to the Ripon branch of the Salvation Army this Christmas. It is the fourth year that the team at Home Instead have supported the Reach Out Centre by donating Christmas gifts....
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ALAN SAYS ‘ARRIVEDERCI’ TO ITALY FOLLOWING CHARITY WALK

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5th January, 2019.


A Thirsk man has raised over £1,200 for a local hospice care charity after walking the length of Italy. At the beginning of June, just a month after retiring from his job as a financial compliance manager, 69-year-old Alan Mackinnon undertook a solitary sponsored walk along the eastern coastline of Italy. His aim was to raise funds for Herriot Hospice Homecare, a charity which provides end of life care, bereavement support, befriending, respite support and driving services to people across Hambleton and Richmondshire....
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Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers

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5th January, 2019.


Club members are always eager to run off the excesses of Christmas, and soon at it were those who did Guisborough Woods Fell Race on 27th Dec (and congratulations and appreciation to the race organizers who put it on at that stage!) Freddy Wharton was in fine form to win the U17 Boys' event in 13.35 and his 12 year old sister, Florrie, was 2nd U13 Girl in 18.52. In the Senior race, Josh Cooper came 38th out of 179 in 48.57 and Alan Simpson 104th in 59.55....
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Hunt Visit

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5th January, 2019.


A traditional touch of colour came to Thirsk market place on New Year’s Day with the visit from Bedale Hunt that draws several hundred people to the town centre. Over two dozen riders, some in the pink, and 17½ couples of hounds were surrounded by admirers and families who brought their children to enjoy this unusual country sight....
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IT’S A WRAP

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5th January, 2019.


A vacant shop in Thirsk Market Place has been given a new look! Thanks to support from Hambleton District Council’s Vibrant Market Town team the shop has been ‘wrapped’. “A key priority for the District Council is the appearance of Hambleton’s market towns and how shop fronts of premises that have remained empty for some time can be improved,” said Council Leader, Councillor Mark Robson....
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Thirsk Community Primary School Christmas Celebration Show

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29th December, 2018.


We thought you may like to include a picture of our lovely Nursery and Reception children performing a beautiful combination of songs and the story of Christmas for their Christmas Celebration show. There were some really confident children and we were very proud of how well everyone did!....
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Den Building – Thirsk Community Primary School

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29th December, 2018.


On Monday 10th December All of KS1 and UKS2 at Thirsk Community Primary School took part in a den making activity. The morning session was used for KS1. They were set an open task of creating a den from the materials given. The children were divided into smaller groups and set about the challenge that lay ahead....
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THE RUNAWAYS - EXCLUSIVE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE A YORKSHIRE FILM BEFORE THE WORLD DOES

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29th December, 2018.


Thirsk's entirely volunteer-run Ritz Cinema is very excited to offer an opportunity to see yet another film before it gets its full release. On the evening of Sunday the 13th of January The Runaways will be screened. Filmed in North Yorkshire and featuring well known stars the runaways of the title are three children and their donkeys. Due to family difficulties they have to flee their seaside home (Whitby, moody and evocative whether in light or dark) taking the animals with them heading west for Leyburn in search of their estranged mother. Aimed essentially at the teenage market comparisons have been drawn to the classic 'The Railway Children'....
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Review of 2018

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29th December, 2018.


Barry Dodd, Lord Lieutenant At the end of May, North Yorkshire and Thirsk lost a dynamic friend in Barry Dodd, the Queen’s Lord Lieutenant for the County. Mr Dodd died when the helicopter he was piloting crashed near his home. He was a successful businessman who had for some years devoted a day a week of his time to public service. One example was his support for The Clock in Thirsk. Tributes to him were paid by business and community groups, local government and armed forces. His wife, Frances Dodd, described him as “intelligent and visionary” and a man who “lived his life according to his values of honesty and integrity.”....
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Reverse advent

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21st December, 2018.


A huge well done to the children of Topcliffe CofE Academy for their donations to Thirsk Clock. This year, as part of their learning about the Christian value of Compassion, the children participated in a 'Reverse Advent'....
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It’s Party time at Thirsk Royal British Legion

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21st December, 2018.


Once again, Thirsk Royal British Legion showed how to put on two very enjoyable parties for the opposite ends of the age range this Christmas. Firstly, on Friday 14th December it was the Senior patrons turn to celebrate at a well-attended party in the Club on Kirkgate, Thirsk, hosted by Steward Mandy Stout and her stalwart team in a highly decorated lounge. The following afternoon, it was the children’s turn in a very packed room crammed with children, parents and relatives who came along to see the superbly excellent entertainment supplied by Concert Secretary John Phillips and his team of elves to keep them enthralled all afternoon....
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Thirsk Sixth Form - Seniors Party

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21st December, 2018.


The evening of 6th December, the students of Thirsk Sixth Form hosted a Christmas party for the elderly in our community. The night was filled with Christmas cheer and the scent of sherry. The evening kicked off with our guests being welcomed by the smiling faces of our student hosts, and then they were presented with a glass or two of sherry as they were seated....
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Puzzle Book

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21st December, 2018.


A new puzzle book has been created by Julian Morgan, of Duggleby, that is based on the memoirs and TV series written by the famous vet and author Alf Wight OBE (James Herriot). Julian is best known for his books of Yorkshire-themed puzzles and sonnets, and he has now created a new book of 50 puzzles based on the memoirs of James Herriot....
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Thirsk Organizations Bring Christmas Cheer

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14th December, 2018.


Christmas cheer came early to the residents of East Thirsk as local organizations including East Thirsk Community Association, The Thirsk Rotary Club, and Home Instead Senior Care teamed up to provide the older residents of East Thirsk with a free complementary Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. Every year, East Thirsk Community Association organize a free Christmas event for their older residents, and the event is held at East Thirsk Community Hall, Hambleton Place. This year over 70 residents enjoyed a hot turkey dinner with all the trimmings and Christmas pudding....
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Thirsk Hockey Club Girls U12’s

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14th December, 2018.


A scratch D team, assembled less than 2 days before, travelled to Leeds Adel on Sunday morning for a league meeting, facing teams from Sheffield, Doncaster, Leeds, Driffield and Rotherham. Thirsk got off to a good start in the first game, defeating a well organized Rotherham side 1-0. Meeting Driffield in the second game, Thirsk won by the same scoreline, Coco being the goal scorer in both games. Next up was Doncaster, who had already shown themselves to be the team to beat, but Thirsk held firm against a lively Doncaster attacking line, and emerged with a well deserved 0-0 draw....
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Expansion in Dalton

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14th December, 2018.


The North Yorkshire-based Biker Group has announced a £800,000 investment that will see the expansion of services at its newest depot and the creation of jobs. Biker Group has invested in a new concrete batching plant and two concrete mixer trucks at its site at Dalton Industrial Estate, near Thirsk....
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National and Regional Success for Queen Mary’s School’s Gymnasts and Trampolinists

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14th December, 2018.


Girls from Queen Mary’s School, near Ripon, have received national and regional recognition in their Gymnastics and Trampolining seasons that came to a close this weekend. The Queen Mary’s Under 10 Gymnastics team finished 3rd in the UK in the National Independent Schools Gymnastics competition. Amongst a strong field, Willow Briggs, Martha Pybus, Araminta Standeven and Zoe Hall each had to perform a floor routine and two vaults to secure the top three finish....
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Food and drink

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7th December, 2018.


Many of the best providers of food and drink and hospitality in Hambleton and Richmond gathered for the annual Flavours of Herriot Country awards, held at the imposing Tennants auction rooms in Leyburn. Hosted by Radio York’s Elly Florentini, and sponsored by local councils and many local businesses including G H Smith printers, this event flies the flag for the best produce and service in the area and gives the folk who work hard for others’ leisure a chance to enjoy an event focussed instead on them. The judges of the various categories always look for friendly service and good food. Finalists included Upstairs Downstairs and White Rose Book Café, and it was White Rose who won the award for Tea Room of the Year....
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Thirsk Falcons U10s Golds vs Prissick Rovers Utd

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7th December, 2018.


A sleepy start to the match this today which was odd as it was a later kick off than usual... That said the boys grew into the match. It was encouraging to see players covering well for each other when we had to rejig the team because of injury and rearrange positions....
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THIRSK MARKET TRADERS GET IN THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT

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7th December, 2018.


Thirsk Market Traders decorated their stalls and donned their Christmas jumpers to enhance the Christmas spirits at last week’s festive market. The regular Saturday market was joined by six extra stalls selling local crafts and alcoholic gifts whilst Thirsk Royal British Legion Band provided live music to help create the festive atmosphere....
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MP Supports People With Progressive Multiple Sclerosis

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7th December, 2018.


Thirsk and Malton MP, Kevin Hollinrake, attended an event sponsored by the Multiple Sclerosis Society in Parliament on Monday 26 November in support of constituents who suffer from the debilitating condition. Mr Hollinrake said “I have received a number of letters from constituents who suffer from this debilitating condition who have explained the devastating effect it has had on their lives and those of their family members, and so I can understand that living with progressive MS is often painful and exhausting....
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Lighting up

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30th November, 2018.


A lot of big events in Thirsk are geared to a national, even an international audience. I am thinking of vets, cyclists and bandits. The annual Christmas lights switch-on is, however, an event for the people and especially the children of Thirsk. This year was, in this observer’s opinion, the best so far, so much appreciation to Jill Miller ad her crew and to Thirsk Rotary, Steven Dresser and the other supporters who made it all work....
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Minibus and Co Op Fund

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30th November, 2018.


Thirsk Co Op Food store celebrated paying out over £6,000 to three local charities from their community fund on Saturday 24th November. One of the recipients, Thirsk District Community Minibus Association, was in store to thank customers personally....
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SOWERBY FLOWER CLUB REPORT FOR NOVEMBER

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30th November, 2018.


Our demonstrator for November was Don Billington from Liverpool. His theme, 'Christmas Cracker' began with two arrangements in warm colours. The first, on two metal wire stands, held gold-glittered dark red rose 'Grand Prix', with palm leaf, conifer foliage and purple-red Dracaenas....
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SESSAY PRIMARY SCHOOL PUPILS TAKE UP THE CHALLENGE TO GIVE BACK TO THEIR COMMUNITY

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30th November, 2018.


Sessay CE Primary School was very proud to have three teams of young people honoured for their community spirit at the North Yorkshire Police’s Lifestyle Challenge awards held at York Racecourse on 14th November....
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Philip of Thirsk

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23rd November, 2018.


I report with sadness the death of Philip Lassey, who, as Philip of Thirsk, wrote the Thirsk Weekly News’ first weekly column. “Odd Ramblings” appeared from issue No 3 at the end of July 2004, with some comments about the debate on fox hunting. As it happened it appeared next to another new series about road safety called Safer Motoring in Sixty Seconds. Philip’s cheery chats ranged over many local and national topics, and his general views were clear....
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ROYAL GUN SALUTE MARKS PRINCE OF WALES 70TH BIRTHDAY

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23rd November, 2018.


Crowds gathered in the York Museum Gardens Wed 14 Nov, 2018 to witness the celebrations that marked the 70th Birthday of HRH The Prince of Wales. At the stroke of noon The Saluting Troop from 329 Battery 4 Regiment Royal Artillery, based at Alanbrooke Barracks, Topcliffe, started firing 21 rounds at 10-second intervals from three 105 mm light guns. Pictures Crown Copyright by Sergeant Donald Todd RLC....
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WORK ON NEW JUNCTION ON TARGET

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23rd November, 2018.


Work on a new £6.5 million junction to serve the Sowerby Gateway development close to Thirsk is on target. The new roadway off the A168 should be open next spring (2019) – it is part of the infrastructure stipulated when planning permission for the new homes was granted....
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Award Winning Shop

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23rd November, 2018.


On Tuesday Evening Ewe & Yarn Thirsk won the 'Best Shop in Thirsk or Northallerton' category in Minster FM Listener Awards at the Barbican in York....
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Remembrance

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16th November, 2018.


Front Street in Sowerby was quiet and still first thing on Sunday, as it usually is. Yellowing leaves fell silently onto the greens. A few dog walkers were in evidence. St Oswald’s church stood waiting, decked out in countless poppies. Slowly this changed as people gathered for a very special remembrance, the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War and its appalling destruction....
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Children in need family quiz night

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16th November, 2018.


Saturday evening saw a packed village hall in Sessay, gathering for a family quiz night organized by some local youngsters in aid of Children In Need. Four primary school boys (William, Dexter, Adam and James) from the Thirsk area thought up, planned and hosted the evening with panache....
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POPPY'S EVERYWHERE

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16th November, 2018.


This week there have been a number of different activities within Thirsk Community Primary School to mark the centenary of the end of the 1st World War. This includes some children and families working with Mrs Bullock to make 100 poppies using old plastic bottles and painting them and 'planting' them on our school field....
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Thirsk Falcons U8 Blues VS Marton Yellow

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16th November, 2018.


Marton came out and put us under pressure straight away with a good attack, we managed to stop them scoring and counter attacked managing to get a goal from that we soon got into our stride and played some amazing football really enjoyable to watch....
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THIRSK, SOWERBY & District WAR MEMORIALS – WW1 & WW2

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9th November, 2018.


Below is the list of deaths of soldiers and sailors, and airmen from the parishes of Thirsk & Sowerby and other villages throughout the area. This information was collated by The Thirsk Weekly News with additional entries by some of our readers. If any of the information is incorrect please contact us and we will correct for future use....
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Remembering and hoping

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9th November, 2018.


Every year, young and old turn out, typically on a bleak and cold Sunday for a bleak and cold remembering at the war memorials in St Mary’s church and at Sowerby, and in towns and cities and villages across the realm, as the all-too-long lists of local men who died in the two world wars and since are solemnly read out. This is a day for remembering all the good and bad things, the skill, bravery, comradeship, sacrifice and spirit of service, and then the horror of warfare and the legacy of whose who died, deprived of the chance of a fulfilling life, and those who survived with the visible or hidden scars from their experiences....
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Thirsk Falcons U7s vs Riverside Juniors Reds

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9th November, 2018.


Coffee was the order of the morning as Falcons U7s had an early start at Middlesbrough Sports Village against Riverside Juniors Reds. Thirsk started strongly and took an early lead and were playing some good football. Riverside equalized before Thirsk retook the lead almost immediately with a composed finish....
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Fight superbugs by taxing antibiotics, say MPs and Peers

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9th November, 2018.


Lord O’Neill of Gatley, who led the O’Neill Review of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and Thirsk and Malton MP, Kevin Hollinrake, are amongst a group of parliamentarians calling on the Health Secretary to tax antibiotics to raise funds to tackle superbugs. The O’Neill Review predicted that 10 million people every year would die as a result of AMR by 2050 and that we need to raise around $4bn per annum to tackle the problem....
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Queen Mary’s School Girl Wins the BBC’s Young Chorister of the Year

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2nd November, 2018.


Emilia Jaques from Queen Mary’s School, Topcliffe, has been announced as one of the BBC Radio 2 Young Choristers of the Year 2018, alongside the boy winner, Cassian Pichler-Roca from Dean Close School in Cheltenham. The prestigious competition included two preliminary rounds and a final in the studios of the BBC’s Philharmonic Orchestra at MediaCityUK....
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Roadworks

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2nd November, 2018.


How many “road closed” signs does the County Council have? They have shifted the ones from Blakey Lane to other sites in Thirsk in need of care and attention. Our ancient bridge, probably the most knocked-about listed building in these parts, is now protected by some extra signs warning the literate that it isn’t a good place for wide or heavy vehicles, and upgraded barriers. The two rough concrete lumps have been replaced by something a little more attractive, in the form of two small but very solid brick walls....
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Footpath becomes a real smooth operator

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2nd November, 2018.


People using a busy public footpath in Thirsk can now look forward to making smooth progress after resurfacing work was carried out. The footpath at The Marage has been resurfaced thanks to a recommendation of £2,550 from the Environmental Locality Budget of North Yorkshire County Council deputy leader Gareth Dadd, who represents the town....
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Man and statue

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2nd November, 2018.


“Can you have a look in the market square and see if there is a man towing a large statue?” said the lady from the offices of the Thirsk Weekly News. As it happened I was sitting in a café and had just finished my favourite indulgence, a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows on top, so I ambled to the door and peered out. And sure enough, I caught sight of a statue moving slowly towards the clocktower. I had been informed that the man pulling it was a Mr Robin Hood....
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Retirement

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26th October, 2018.


What do you think of when you think about the work of a firefighter? Service, risk, sacrifice, skill and humanity come to mind. To serve your town and county as a retained firefighter is laudable. To do it for more than 45 years – is amazing. Eric Campbell has done just that. He signed up with North Riding Fire Brigade on 18 April 1973 and worked his last shift with North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service on 18 October 2018. During that time he has attended an estimated 9,000 fire calls, 2,184 drill nights, been “on call” for 15,500 days including 44 Christmas Days and has held every operational role up to station officer....
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Wheelchair Basket Ball Coaching Session

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26th October, 2018.


The children of Thirsk Community Primary School were involved in a Wheelchair basketball coaching session with Brian Russell. This activity proved to be a real hit, with the children stating they thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The training made the children appreciate that wheelchair basketball requires a lot of skill - If not more than regular basketball, as there were many things to have to think about and do all at the same time....
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Panda’s Blog – A night spent ‘homeless’

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26th October, 2018.


4.02pm – I arrive at Carlton Lodge (Carlton Miniott, Thirsk) at the tail end of the afternoon of activities North Yorkshire Youth put on every year for the voluntary youth clubs. Young people are building rafts, jumping in the water. It’s unseasonably mild but I still hope Staithes Youth Club get dry properly before they take part in The Big Youth Sleep Out tonight. I think about tonight - should I take my contact lenses out? Do homeless people wear contact lenses? I’m not sure if they do. I decide I’ll leave them in case I have to get my bearings quickly....
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Queen Mary’s School Riders Win

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26th October, 2018.


The equestrian teams from Queen Mary’s School, Topcliffe have put Yorkshire on the map this weekend as they have become the top English school equestrian team in two of their respective classes. A record seven teams and six individual girls took part in the National Schools Equestrian Association (NSEA) Championship Finals this weekend and amongst strong competition competed in Show Jumping and Jumping With Style classes at 70cm, 80cm, 90cm and 110cm....
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Sowerby Scout award

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19th October, 2018.


Sowerby Scout Leader presented with a top honour for contributing more than 10 years’ outstanding service to the Scout movement. Jon Goom, the Group Scout Leader at 1st Sowerby Scout Group, was presented with the Medal of Merit by the District Commissioner Aimée Dubiel. The medal is awarded for outstanding service while holding an adult appointment in Scouting for a minimum of 10 years....
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National Championship Finals for the Queen Mary’s Riders

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19th October, 2018.


A record seven teams and six individual girls from Queen Mary’s School, Topcliffe, have qualified for the National Schools Equestrian Association Championship Finals and this week will travel down to Keysoe to compete to be national champions. The girls will compete over the four day event against strong competition in Show Jumping and Jumping with Style classes where they have previously been crowned national champions....
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Blakey

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19th October, 2018.


Blakey Lane is quite peaceful at present. The road is closed while the two ugly concrete blocks that restricted the road width are replaced by two rather pretty low brick walls....
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More than 400 suspected stolen animals located

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19th October, 2018.


Police in North Yorkshire are working to reunite hundreds of suspected stolen animals with their rightful owners. More than 400 animals – including dogs, sheep, goats, rabbits, turkeys, ducks and chickens – have been seized as part of the investigation, and are being looked after in secure locations. Officers from North Yorkshire Police’s Rural Taskforce located a man in suspicious circumstances on land in the Thirsk area at about 4pm on Friday 12 October 2018....
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Vets visit

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6th October, 2018.


The legacy of James Herriot lives on. Last week I met up with three American vets, who were on a “pilgrimage” to The Surgery. Dr Ada Guzman from New York, and Drs Andrea Freeman and Deborah Ward both from New Jersey were in Thirsk on a vacation. All Creatures Great and Small may no longer be playing here, but the Herriot brand remains big in the USA. They stopped off on their way to Inverness. “As young children we read those books and were inspired to become vets. Those books change young people's lives around the world!” they explained. Mo Penson was their host...
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THIRSK COMMUNITY VISIT EDEN CAMP

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6th October, 2018.


On Tuesday 11th September, all the children from Y5/6 at Thirsk Community Primary School went to Eden Camp as part of their forthcoming WW2 topic. The children and staff decided to make the day more memorable and dressed up from that era...
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Local Lad Competed In Uk and Ire Football Freestyle Competition

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6th October, 2018.


14 year old Max Lawson from Carlton Miniott competed in the UK and IRE football freestyle competition in London on Sunday 23rd September. Max was ranked 5th in the Rookie Catergory after performing a 45 second routine in the qualifications round...
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Time Flies By In The Yellow & Green

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6th October, 2018.


Last Sunday afternoon, having recently completed a highly successful cricket season, ten of the Sessay CC Emeralds squad visited Melroses Yard Studios in York for a good old sing song with a difference...it ended with the production of a CD, each girl leaving with a copy...
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