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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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