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Thirsk RUFC Season Update ...






26th November, 2022.


Thirsk RUFC have been going from strength to strength over the last two seasons. Not resting on their laurels the committee organized a programme of events between seasons to attract interest from new players and sponsors........

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White Rose Books and All Creatures Great and Small book signing ...






26th November, 2022.


White Rose Bookshop in Thirsk has a proud and strong tradition promoting the books of Thirsk’s most famous vet, Alf Wight, known universally as James Herriot, and his younger associates, authors and Channel Five tv stars in their own rights, Peter Wright and Julian Norton........

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Thirsk Falcons Men meet Kader in fierce game ...






26th November, 2022.


Last Saturday Thirsk Falcons Men’s team hosted Kader Men’s team at Sowerby Gateway again at their 3 G pitch, which was flood lit on a dull and damp day........

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SERVICE OF DEDICATION AT MAPLE PARK ...






26th November, 2022.


Funeral directors, celebrants, members of the clergy and representatives within the bereavement sector came together this week for a Service of Dedication at the Crematorium at Maple Park........

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Thirsk & Sowerby Remembers ...






19th November, 2022.


Thirsk and Sowerby have once again paused, as did the rest of the nation, and remembered those who have died in war and conflicts, hopeful that this can be prevented in future........

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Thirsk residents welcome the reopening of well-used footpath ...






19th November, 2022.


A major repair project on a popular footpath in Thirsk has been completed with the help of sustainably sourced stonework........

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Appeal following burglary in Thirsk ...






19th November, 2022.


North Yorkshire Police is appealing for witnesses and information about a burglary that occurred in Knayton........

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Thirsk charity secures three-year funding from Arts Council England ...






19th November, 2022.


Thirsk-based Rural Arts has been offered three years of annual funding from Arts Council England, one of only 7 organizations in North Yorkshire to join the funder’s prestigious National Portfolio for 2023-2026........

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Four Thirsk U16 girls get through to England Hockey Talent Academy...






12th November, 2022.


What a great achievement for four of the Thirsk HC U16 girls, Lwle, Grace, Chloe, and Lexi to get through tough assessments to be in final 23 selected to attend the U18 Talent Academy........

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COLOURFUL THIRSK...






12th November, 2022.


Once again Thirsk is full of colour. Rotary Thirsk in Bloom have carried out their Winter-Spring planting and pansies are in flower in many parts of the town........

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James Herriot Remembered at the James Herriot Centre...






12th November, 2022.


On Friday 4th November long queues of people who love the books, films and various popular TV series on BBC and Channel Five, about James Herriot, came to see the James Herriot Centre, in Kirkgate, Thirsk, and to meet Rosie Page and Jim Wight, children of the famous Thirsk author........

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98-Year-Old Care Home Resident Takes On Tree-Top Challenge...






12th November, 2022.


98-year-old care home resident, Agnes Kaye, has become the oldest person to climb a fifteen-metre sycamore tree at a Thirsk activity centre........

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Yes, Minister...






5th November, 2022.


The Parliamentary career of Kevin Hollinrake, MP for Thirsk and Malton, has taken a step forward with his appointment as a junior minister........

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Thirsk Falcons Men’s Team Match...






5th November, 2022.


Frustrating day for Thirsk Falcons against Redcar Athletic Reserves.

Last Saturday, amid the gloomy damp weather, Thirsk Falcons played Redcar Athletic Reserves on the flood-lit 3G pitch at Sowerby Gateway in a home match in the North Riding league........

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Jobs boost with completion of £5.5m Thirsk business park...






5th November, 2022.


The second 30,000 sq ft phase of a multi-million-pound business park that is expected to create more than 40 further jobs has been completed in Thirsk........

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Remembrance...






5th November, 2022.


I was summoned, not to court, but to the Methodist Church on St James’ Green to see the display of poppies for Remembrance........

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Jasmine Harrison first woman to swim the length of Britain...






29th October, 2022.


After swimming 900 miles, 23-year-old Jasmine Harrison is the first woman in the world to swim from Land’s End to John O’Groats - having previously become the youngest woman in the world to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean........

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Sowerby man jailed after punch which killed new father...






29th October, 2022.


Two men have 21 October 2022 been sentenced for their roles in a serious assault which claimed the life of 32 year-old Alan Barefoot from South Kilvington near Thirsk........

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Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers...






29th October, 2022.


Walter Busuttil had planned to do a park run each month, but a torn achilles in January put paid to that and, as runners often do, he concentrated more on his cycling........

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Thirsk Falcons Match Report...






29th October, 2022.


Thirsk Falcons U10 Clarets welcomed Prissick Rovers ‘United’ to Sowerby Sports Village on a very wet Sunday morning........

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Thirsk & Northallerton Golf Club Ladies are Champions of the Yorkshire Ladies White Rose League...






22nd October, 2022.


The Yorkshire Ladies County Golf Club Association White Rose League finals were played on 9th September at Silkstone Golf Club........

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Emeralds End of Season Awards 2022...






22nd October, 2022.


On a gloriously sunny Sunday 9th October, which by appearance at least was well fitted for cricket, Sessay CC Emeralds players and their families gathered for a party to celebrate a very enjoyable season and the awarding of some certificates........

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Thirsk Under 14 girls hockey...






22nd October, 2022.


Thirsk U14 girls took on Aire Valley on Sunday in the first round of the cup........

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Twisted Automotive gets revved up for Reggae Warriors...






22nd October, 2022.


Thirsk-based Defender specialist, Twisted Automotive, has announced it’s sponsoring Jamaica in their first Rugby League World Cup........

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Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers...






15th October, 2022.


A fine, dry morning saw 8 Harriers set off on the challenge of Ripon Ultra, about 35 miles of multi terrain ground starting at Studley Rodger to Ripon then along the river to West Tanfield and Masham........

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Woolly Spooky...






15th October, 2022.


It must be nearly Halloween, the time when pagan ideas of ghosts and ghouls mix with spooky costumes and frights........

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Jasmine...






15th October, 2022.


A couple of weeks ago, sitting comfortably at my laptop, I confidently predicted that Jasmine Harrison, Atlantic rower extraordinaire, would within the next few days complete her claim to be the first woman to swim the length of Great Britain, 900 miles........

(click here to read more ......)


Thirsk Falcons U12 vs Redcar Athletic U12 Reds...






15th October, 2022.


Today was the Challenge cup fixture between Thirsk and Redcar.

Thirsk had the first kick off with the sun behind them, straight on the front foot Thirsk started with a few good passes together to see how the opposition would respond........

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Tucker Talks Sowerby Parochial Hall...






8th October, 2022.


Sowerby Parochial Hall has just been given a facelift, including new flooring, new chairs and tables, wi-fi and a hearing loop........

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Thirsk Falcons win against Cleveland Seniors 4:1...






8th October, 2022.


Thirsk Falcons make the grade and beat a top North Riding team last Saturday when the Falcons played Cleveland seniors at Sowerby Gateway’s new 3G rubberized pitch on a fairly sunny, but blustery, day........

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STUNNING NEW YORKSHIRE HALL...






8th October, 2022.


The York Handmade Brick Company has played a pivotal role in the construction of one of the most striking and elegant new-build houses in Yorkshire........

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Shades of Green...






8th October, 2022.


Although none of the Emeralds teams played at Itchycoo Park during 2022, the season did finish with a memorable trip to cricket HQ to celebrate success........

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Thirsk Falcons Match reports - GIRLS WIN 2-1...






1st October, 2022.


Thirsk took the long trip for an early morning KO over at Malton trying to progress from the game from last weekend........

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ROTARY THIRSK IN BLOOM...






1st October, 2022.


This year, Thirsk Market Place and outlying areas have been full of colour, thanks to planting carried out by members of Rotary, helped by Thirsk in Bloom volunteers........

(click here to read more ......)


Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers...






1st October, 2022.


The latest club championship took place at the weekend, the Sutton (on Forest) 10k on an ideal morning for running........

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First look at Friarage Hospital’s £35.5 million surgical hub...






1st October, 2022.


THE first images of the Friarage Hospital’s planned surgical hub have been released recently by South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust........

(click here to read more ......)


Farewell...






24th September, 2022.


It is done. The Queen who reigned for so long and so well has been laid to rest beside her beloved husband Philip........

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Tribute to Her Majesty the Queen...






24th September, 2022.


Here is the tribute paid by Kevin Hollinrake MP in the House of Commons, Friday 9th September 2022:

“Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker. It is a great privilege, on behalf of myself, my family, my mum, as an adoring fan of the Queen and the royal family, would have been particularly proud – and my constituents, to pay tribute to Her Majesty the Queen and pay my respects to her family........

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Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers...






24th September, 2022.


Celebrations were in order at Fountains Abbey at the weekend when Nigel Morgan did his 100th park run, probably his last for a while at least, as he is lined up to have a new knee soon........

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Support a great cause today...






24th September, 2022.


Annelies Richardson (landlady at the Fauconberg Arms, Coxwold) is fundraising for Breast Cancer Care, and would really appreciate your support........

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In Memoriam...






17th September, 2022.


“I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong”........

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Sowerby Flatts Bowls Club are double league champions...






17th September, 2022.


The Galtres and JSW bowling leagues are made up of mixed-sex teams from across the North Yorkshire area (as far afield as Richmond, Leyburn, Northallerton, Hutton Rudby, Easingwold, Boroughbridge and many places in-between)........

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York Death Gun Salute...






17th September, 2022.


York’s 96-round Death Gun Salute for HM The Queen in York Museum Gardens Friday 9th September........

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Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers...






17th September, 2022.


Always one for hills and fells, Marc Davies returned to Hebden Sports last Bank Holiday for a lovely family fun day........

(click here to read more ......)


Thirsk White Horse Swim Team Update...






10th September, 2022.


It has been an amazing summer for Thirsk White Horse Swim Team and Stokesley ASC........

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Events...






10th September, 2022.


Last Saturday I visited two interesting events. In the morning Herriot Hospice Homecare launched their September fund-raising campaign at Thirsk Town Hall, choosing this month because it was in September of 1890, 132 years ago, that the cottage hospital paid for by Mrs Sarah Lambert first opened its doors to provide medical care for the people of Thirsk and around........

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Solo female ‘masked’ swimmer, Jasmine Harrison, reaches Scotland on her The Full Length of swimming Britain challenge...






10th September, 2022.


Jasmine Harrison, solo Atlantic rower, has now reached Scotland on her new 900 miles swimming challenge The Full Length of Britain from Land’s End to John O’Groats........

(click here to read more ......)


Pupils Celebrate Outstanding GCSE Results at Cundall Manor...






10th September, 2022.


Cundall Manor School pupils, parents and staff are celebrating a fantastic set of GCSE results. This is the school’s first cohort of pupils to sit exams since the pandemic........

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Extensive maintenance scheme to begin on Sutton Bank...






3rd September, 2022.


Sutton Bank on the A170 between Helmsley and Thirsk is set to undergo the most extensive maintenance programme in its recent history........

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Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers...






3rd September, 2022.


The previous weekend, Andrea Colls and Sarah Harrison took part in their first ever triathlon, based at Helmsley open air swimming pool, and organized in aid of the pool - for a new cover........

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GCSE Success at Queen Mary’s School...






3rd September, 2022.


Pupils and staff at Queen Mary’s School, near Topcliffe, are celebrating another year of outstanding GCSE results, with 31% of entries achieving Grade 8-9s........

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Wedding band found by local brothers after being missing for 60 years...






27th August, 2022.


Local brothers Stephen and Shane Pattison, known as the Darrowby Diggers online, were looking for historical artefacts with their metal detectors on Cecil Hutchinson’s land near Thirsk when they discovered a gold ring........

(click here to read more ......)


Thirsk School and Sixth Form College A Level Results...






27th August, 2022.


Sixth form students from Thirsk School and Sixth Form College have received their A level results Thursday 18th August........

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Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers...






27th August, 2022.


Happy was the word to describe the Sessay Swift 6k last week, just a bit longer than a park run but still a chance for a good blow out........

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Carers work with local business to make a YouTuber’s dreams come true...






27th August, 2022.


Few people could rival Louis Graham’s interest and enthusiasm in transport, and his fascination with everything from trains to trucks has led him to launch a YouTube channel........

(click here to read more ......)


A very Successful Thirsk and Sowerby Festival 2022...






20th August, 2022.


Thirsk and Sowerby Festival Committee and local sponsors are to be highly congratulated for a revised festival on the Flatts ground at Thirsk last Sunday, 7th August, amid an increasingly warm day........

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Chance to win £2,000 in local hospice raffle...






20th August, 2022.


A local hospice care charity is offering the opportunity to win £2000 in their raffle, while supporting their family of services........

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Rewarding endeavour...






20th August, 2022.


Every year the Rotary Club of Thirsk makes an award for endeavour to a year 6 pupil in each primary school in the area, as well as Thirsk School and Sixth Form College........

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Thirsk care home residents spend a day beside the seaside...






20th August, 2022.


Staff and residents at Hambleton Grange care home in Thirsk enjoyed a day beside the seaside recently, when they took a trip to Whitby........

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Not a white elephant...






13th August, 2022.


How much paint does it take to repaint a slightly grey White Horse, and who does it........

(click here to read more ......)

What a year !!! Thirsk Community Primary School...






13th August, 2022.


WOW what a year, certainly something we want to shout about!! Another unforgettable year for so many reasons........

(click here to read more ......)

Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers...






13th August, 2022.


Four members were among the 1121 runners at the popular 2 lap, mostly flat Darlington 10k Road Race on a warm day for running........

(click here to read more ......)

MP welcomes North Yorkshire devolution deal...






13th August, 2022.


On Yorkshire Day, I’m pleased the landmark devolution deal to York and North Yorkshire, including a new elected mayor, has been signed by Secretary of State, Greg Clark, at the National Railway Museum in York........

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Permanent repairs under way on unsafe Thirsk footpath...






6th August, 2022.


A major repair project is under way on a popular footpath in Thirsk which acts as a key link to the town centre........

(click here to read more ......)

The Full Length of Britain 900 mile swim...






6th August, 2022.


Solo female swimmer, Jasmine Harrison from Thirsk, reaches North Wales on her The Full Length of swimming Britain challenge........

(click here to read more ......)

Reception Graduation Celebration Thirsk Community Primary School...






6th August, 2022.


From the oldest class in school to the youngest, our 2022 reception class also put on quite a show........

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Skitterlings...






6th August, 2022.


It’s school summer holidays and what do you do to keep the kids happy and out of mischief? One answer is to teach them to knit and crochet, and this is what Yarnbombers are doing at the Community Library........

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Year 6 Leavers Production- 'Pantastic' Thirsk Community Primary School...






30th July, 2022.


We could not be prouder of our lovely class of Year 6 students who absolutely smashed it with their production of 'Pantastic'........

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Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers...






30th July, 2022.


On a cooler evening than of late, 7 Harriers were among the 69 who entered the latest fell race, race 6 in the Dave Parry Summer Series, Cock Howe and Beyond........

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Defender specialists announce move to employee ownership...






30th July, 2022.


Twisted Automotive Group, the Thirsk Land Rover Defender specialist, has announced its successful transfer to ownership by an employee ownership trust (EOT), an arrangement that will see the business run for the benefit of its 35 employees........

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Thirsk Royal British Legion Band George Scaife Memorial Cup Winner...






23rd July, 2022.


At this year’s Thirsk RBL Band Summer Concert Harry Price, the band’s percussionist, was awarded the George Scaife Memorial Cup by John Worley (Band President)........

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Rural Arts awarded Arts Charity of the Year...






23rd July, 2022.


Thirsk-based Rural Arts has been awarded ‘Arts Charity of the Year - Northern England’ at the 2022 Non-Profit Organization Awards run by Acquisition International........

(click here to read more ......)

Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers...






23rd July, 2022.


A short summer has brought the Harrogate and District Summer Race League to an end, with the 5th event, the League Handicap, starting times based on previous results and the slowest starting off first........

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FAMILY FUN DAY WITH A TWIST...






23rd July, 2022.


Land Rover Defender specialist Twisted will once again be opening its gates this summer, after the last two years’ events were cancelled due to the pandemic........

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Swimming for a record...






16th July, 2022.


Jasmine Harrison, Thirsk swimming teacher and transatlantic rower, is now swimming from Lands End to John O’Groats. As the youngest female to row solo across the Atlantic she earned at age 21 her place in the Guinness Book of Records........

(click here to read more ......)

Thirsk sewer collapse...






16th July, 2022.


A sewer has collapsed in Kirkgate and the road is closed........

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Senior councillors approve £39m stations improvement bid...






16th July, 2022.


An ambitious £39m bid to improve access to Thirsk, Scarborough and Seamer railway stations in has been given the go-ahead........

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Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers...






16th July, 2022.


Race 3 of the Dave Parry Summer Fell Race Series was the Commondale Beacon, with 6 members tackling the 8 mile race with 1,000 ft of climb........

(click here to read more ......)

New Sponsor for Thirsk Cricket Club...






9th July, 2022.


A local gritter manufacturer has added its name to Thirsk Cricket Club’s 2022 season’s sponsor list........

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MP welcomes eco-friendly housing in Thirsk...






9th July, 2022.


The first residents are preparing to move in to a new eco-friendly, affordable housing scheme which will provide homes for local people on the outskirts of Thirsk. Thirsk and Malton MP, Kevin Hollinrake, has welcomed the scheme during a visit which took place prior to the start of national Rural Housing Week, which this year is themed around levelling up in rural communities........

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Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers...






9th July, 2022.


Park Runs were the main running outlets this weekend, with 9 members at the ever popular Fountains Abbey event........

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Thirsk carer goes that ‘extra mile’ for a resident...






9th July, 2022.


Louise Miles, carer at Sowerby House Care Home in Thirsk, which is part of the We Care Group, certainly went the ‘extra mile’ to bring a smile to the face of resident Megan Herring........

(click here to read more ......)

Yorkshire Vet Peter Wright meets Lake Wobegon Brass Band from USA...






2nd July, 2022.


Lake Wobegon Brass Band from Minnesota USA visits World of James Herriot and meet Peter Wright, the Yorkshire Vet........

(click here to read more ......)

SOWERBY FLOWER CLUB REPORT...






2nd July, 2022.


On Thursday May 5th, we welcomed Christine Ogle from Morpeth as our demonstrator. Her theme was "Do You Believe In Fairies?"........

(click here to read more ......)

North Yorkshire Together nominated for an Award...






2nd July, 2022.


North Yorkshire Together has been nominated for the BBC Make Difference Awards in the Together category........

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The Sound of Thirsk...






2nd July, 2022.


If Thirsk has its own distinctive sound, it is Thirsk Royal British Legion Band, often to be heard in the marketplace on a Saturday morning during the summer or at events like the recent Spring Fair. They are big and brassy........

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Donation for Thirsk Youth Club...






25th June, 2022.


If you don’t ask, you don’t get. When Di Cristy-Lewis and husband Michael moved into a new bungalow on the Bellway estate on Station Road, she was, as she puts it, cheeky enough to ask the developers if they made donations to the communities where they built, and was told: yes, we do........

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MATILDA THE MUSICAL JR. PRODUCTION AT QUEEEN MARY’S SCHOOL...






25th June, 2022.


Pupils from Queen Mary's School, Topcliffe, wowed audiences with five performances of a polished, high-energy retelling of this modern classic........

(click here to read more ......)

Thirsk Community Primary School Achieve PLATINUM STATUS in School Games...






25th June, 2022.


We are delighted to announce that we,Thirsk Community Primary School, have achieved the School Games Platinum Mark Award for the 2021/22 academic year........

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Donation from the Ukraine Fundraiser - The Ritz Cinema, Thirsk...






25th June, 2022.


Thirsk's Ritz Cinema raised £620 for the British Red Cross Ukraine Appeal following the fundraising showings of 'Downton Abbey: A New Era' on Saturday the 28th and Sunday the 29th of May. The monies consisted of the proceeds from ticket sales, sale of sweets/ices and quads as well as donations from some supportive customers on entry........

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Thirsk Community Primary School Jubilee tree planting...






18th June, 2022.


Thirsk Community Primary School applied to the Woodland Trust and were lucky to receive 300 saplings to be planted on their School field........

(click here to read more ......)

Jubilee...






18th June, 2022.


The Jubilee weekend is over, the cakes eaten, the songs sung, although a lot of the bunting remains up, which I think is a good thing........

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Thirsk care home residents celebrate Queen’s Jubilee with local war veterans...






18th June, 2022.


Residents at Hambleton Grange care home in Thirsk have enjoyed a special party to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee........

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Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers...






18th June, 2022.


For the second year in succession, Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers entered two teams in the Cleveland Way Relays over 110 miles, beginning in Filey at 5am and finishing in Helmsley - with fish and chips at the end as a reward! (Tom Levi did this distance on his own a couple of weeks ago........

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Care home residents receive royal card ahead of Platinum Jubilee...






11th June, 2022.


Residents at Hambleton Grange care home, located on Station Road in Thirsk, were delighted to find they had received a royal thank you from Windsor Castle........

(click here to read more ......)

Hardmoors 110 race report (28-29 May)...






11th June, 2022.


I’ve been fascinated with the 100 mile race distance for some time, and have attempted it twice in the past.......

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Royal Gun Salute in York’s Museum Gardens...






11th June, 2022.


A Royal Gun Salute was performed by 4 Regiment Royal Artillery (based at Topcliffe, Thirsk) .......

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Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers...






11th June, 2022.


The club hosted the latest HDSRL event on Sutton Bank on a very pleasant Tuesday evening, with ideal running conditions.......

(click here to read more ......)

Local Girl to appear on ITV’s Love Island...






4th June, 2022.


Tasha Ghouri, 23, Model & Dancer, from Thirsk is set to appear on this year’s Love Island, a reality TV dating show........

(click here to read more ......)

Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers...






4th June, 2022.


Almost 600 runners assembled in Northallerton High Street on Sunday for the latest Northallerton 10k, starting and finishing in the High Street with plenty of local support, and passing through the lovely, and by no means level, countryside around the town........

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Hambleton Grange thanks District Nurses with tasty treats...






4th June, 2022.


Pictured: Michele Rollin (left) and Elaine Snowden (right). Hambleton Grange care home, located on Station Road in Thirsk, thanked nurses in the area recently by taking trays of delicious doughnuts to local GP surgeries........

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A New Lambert...






4th June, 2022.


“We are on the brink of getting our Lambert back!” With these words retired doctor Rosie Page, long-time supporter and aide and now ambassador for Herriot Hospice Homecare, introduced exciting new plans for the rebirth of the Lambert Memorial Hospital as Herriot Hospice at the Lambert........

(click here to read more ......)

Yarnbombers Jubilee Celebrations...






28th May, 2022.


A Platinum Jubilee, celebrating 70 years since Queen Elizabeth became our monarch in February 1952, is a fantastic event, and very rare........

(click here to read more ......)

SITTING PRETTY IN SOWERBY THANKS TO GRANT FUNDING...






28th May, 2022.


USERS of a popular community facility in Sowerby will be sitting pretty following a grant from a housing association........

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“Twisted Autojumble”...






28th May, 2022.


Land Rover Defender specialist Twisted Automotive has announced the next date for its unique Autojumble where enthusiasts will find both used and new take off parts to refresh, repair, or upgrade their vehicle........

(click here to read more ......)

Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers...






28th May, 2022.


A grand total of 371 runners, of which 10% were Thirsk and Sowerby Members, lined up for the first HDSRL race of the year, hosted by Nidd Valley.......

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Thirsk U12 Boys 5th in England Nationals Finals!...






21st May, 2022.


What an amazing end to the season for the Thirsk Under 12s boys hockey team. The boys had already won the Yorkshire Youth Hockey League, the Play-offs and the England Hockey Cup for the North East of England, meaning they went through to the National Finals on Saturday 7th May at Nottingham Hockey Centre as one of the 8 best U12 boys club teams in England.......

(click here to read more ......)

Thirsk Community Primary School Eco Enrichment week...






21st May, 2022.


Thirsk Community primary School have recently had another Enrichment week, this time it was Eco week!!

We were lucky to have The Yorkshire Rotters and Power Down Pete visit and show us some interesting and fun ways we can look after the world we live in and inspire others to change their waste habits.......

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Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers...






21st May, 2022.


Fell race enthusiast, Marc Davies was the sole member at the inaugural race of the Dave Parry Lets Run Summer Fell Series, the Fox and Hounds Fell Race.......

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New funding opportunity to level up culture in Thirsk and Malton...






21st May, 2022.


I encourage museums, galleries, libraries, and cultural venues across Thirsk and Malton to bid for £16.9 million in new funding from the Museum Estate and Development Fund to level up access to culture in our communities.......

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Thirsk Community Primary School PTA Colour Run...






14th May, 2022.


On Saturday 30th April, The friends of Thirsk Community Primary School held a Colour Run on their school field.......

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Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers...






14th May, 2022.


5 members congregated for the Dick Hudsons Fell Race last week, more a tough trail race than a fell race, according to Josh Cooper.......

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Training Band...






14th May, 2022.


One of the pleasures of living in Thirsk is going to the town centre on a Saturday morning and hearing the sound of a brass band, its deep, rich notes floating across the stalls and shoppers.......

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Green Councillor for Sowerby...






14th May, 2022.


Local elections are not always very exciting, but this year’s County Council elections did provide some surprises and some excitement. There are now for the first time five Green Party County Councillors, one of whom is Dave Whitfield representing Sowerby and Topcliffe.......

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A great end to a mixed season for Thirsk Falcons in the North Riding league...






7th May, 2022.


Last Saturday Thirsk Falcon’s men’s team played a final home game at Sowerby Gateway against St. Mary’s 1947 to end the present season......

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Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers...






7th May, 2022.


174 runners assembled for the popular mid-week Spring Coast Road 5k at Redcar, of which 32 were Thirsk and Sowerby members for their latest Club Championship event......

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RYEDALE BILLIARDS AND SNOOKER - A CUE ABOVE THE REST...






7th May, 2022.


The annual social evening of the Ryedale and District Billiards and Snooker Association was held at Thirsk and Sowerby Institute on Friday 22nd April. Many league activities have dwindled or, indeed, died as a result of the pandemic...

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Tree planting to commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee...






29th April, 2022.


An attractive and enduring way to commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee is to plant a tree as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy of individual trees, copses and woods, and this is what the Meadowfields Garden Club has done.
Last week residents gathered to see the unveiling of a plaque, performed by Rob and Ann Clark, who started the Club there.
The plaque sits next to the tree, which is in a little piece of garden near Chapel Street. The tree is an acer, Crimson King, and promises vibrant colour especially in the autumn...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers...






29th April, 2022.


On a completely different scale, Marc Davies, Gavin Coventry and Alan Simpson took themselves off for a break in the Isle of Man to do the Manx Mountain Marathon, probably one of the toughest runs in the UK.
After a dodgy start, when they found themselves heading for Heysham rather than Liverpool, they arrived at the ferry with seconds to spare, only to find it was running late!
The race is 30 miles long with over 2,500 feet of ascent, the equivalent of running, almost, up and Down Ben Nevis twice.
Competitors start on Ramsey promenade in the north and finish at Port Erin in the south over the highest peaks in the island and almost completely off road. Runners must be self sufficient, able to navigate, and have their cards punched at 12 mountain top check points along the way.
Mist at the start turned to dense fog at 400 m with visibility down to 100m and fast navigation was the key to success...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

COULD YOU CLIMB A MOUNTAIN (OR THREE) FOR HERRIOT HOSPICE HOMECARE?...






29th April, 2022.


A THIRSK-BASED hospice care charity is calling on plucky people to pick a Yorkshire Peak challenge and raise funds for local families living with terminal illness and bereavement.
Herriot Hospice Homecare is holding two events in September; the classic Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge and a special one peak Pen-y-Ghent challenge.
Participants will be supported by expert guides from LargeOutdoors, with volunteers and staff from Herriot Hospice Homecare on hand to provide drinks, snacks and encouragement.
Last year, more than 50 people took up the popular three peaks challenge for Herriot Hospice Homecare conquering Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-y-Ghent, and raising more than £30,000...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

World of James Herriot celebrates 10 years as private sector tourism business...






22nd April, 2022.


Award-winning attraction, World of James Herriot in Thirsk celebrates its 10th Anniversary as a private sector business this April.
Ian Ashton, managing director of the attraction said: “It’s been a fantastic ten years developing the World of James Herriot into a world-class visitor attraction that welcomes people from all over the world. And it is all thanks to the small team of dedicated people working together here to provide the best experience for visitors to this much-loved former home and surgery of Alf Wight OBE (James Herriot...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

QUEEN MARY’S FUTURES FORUM...






22nd April, 2022.


Pupils from Queen Mary’s School, near Topcliffe, were inspired by speakers from a variety of industries at the Futures Forum.
The event provided pupils with valuable insight to a range of careers from the creative industries to veterinary science.
Speakers included former Queen Mary’s pupils, Jo Farr, Art Department Co-ordinator at Pinewood Studios and equine vet Alice Barker who works in a rural Northumbrian practice alongside freelance journalist Amy Wilson, who writes for The Times...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Easter blessings...






22nd April, 2022.


Hurrah! The weather over the Easter break was superb (and Finkle Street had reopened).
The roads were busy, as was the town, although travellers by rail were less fortunate, owing to a strike and the almost inevitable engineering works that take place at a time when season ticket holders won't mind very much if there aren’t any trains.
Churches Together in Thirsk marked the religious festival with the Walk of Witness and a good number of people turned out to follow the band and the cross as it made its way from St Mary's to the town centre...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers...






22nd April, 2022.


On a different scale completely, enthusiastic fell runners, Marc Davies, Gavid Coventry and Alan Simpson had an away weekend to compete in the Manx Marathon over 50k (31 miles) with 2,600 metres (8,530 ft) of ascent.
Out of 167 finishers, Marc came 81st in 7.40.22, Gavin 120th in 8.27.09 and Alan 131st in 8.42.50. They well deserved their short break afterwards...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Local resident knits Easter Chicks for Ukraine...






16th April, 2022.


In light of the humanitarian crisis in the Ukraine, residents and the team at Sowerby House Care Home, part of the We Care Group, had a ‘clear-out’ of their wardrobes to donate clothing to support refugees. Their donations have recently been delivered to a local drop off in Thirsk.
However, one resident, Elizabeth Manfield, was particularly touched by the plight of the Ukrainian people and, at the age of 92 years young, decided to get her knitting needles and wool out to knit ‘Easter Chicks’ to raise much needed funds for those affected by the conflict...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers...






16th April, 2022.


Meanwhile, the previous day, Katie Wadsworth was completing her 100th park run, at Fountains Abbey.
Katie is a regular and dedicated parkrunner, which you need to be to achieve 100, and lots of early Saturday mornings! Others at Fountains Abbey were Anna Whitham, Mike Cropper, Adrian Saunders, Bronwyn Mayo, James Harrison, Paul Adams and Ian Codling...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Garden slaughter...






16th April, 2022.


It was time for my lunch, but another creature had the same idea.
As I walked into the kitchen, a great screeching and alarmed chattering arose from the bird population in the garden. Looking quickly out of the window I witnessed an explosion of small, soft, white feathers rising into the air from a place under the bird feeders, only a few feet from the kitchen door.
Those little white feathers told me what was happening: a sparrowhawk, fast and elegant, the fighter jet of the bird world, had just swooped in and attacked an unsuspecting bird. Hence the alarm of all the others.
I watched as the predator struggled to subdue its prey, and realized that the victim was one of the fat, waddling pigeons who scavenge for fallen seeds from the bird feeders. That was a surprise, because the pigeon must have been as big as the sparrowhawk...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Allerton Junior Athletics Club...






16th April, 2022.


It was a beautiful day for the first track meeting of the season for Allerton Juniors at the Kieran Maxwell Memorial Track and Field Open at Middlesbrough Sports Village on Sunday 10th April.
Despite having some athletes missing due to illness, there were plenty of great performances. Most notable were PBs from Charlie Morton in the U17M Long Jump (4.98 metres), Lucy Boot in the U15G 75m Hurdles (14.02 secs) and Aaron Kurian in the U15B 100m...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

U13s season completed in style, well done lads!!...






8th April, 2022.


The last game of the season saw us travel up to Darlington on a stunning spring morning – the perfect way to see the season out!
From kick off Thirsk were definitely in the mood to finish with some style and opened the scoresheet with a really well-worked goal, and they continued in a similar vein as the half went on.
We were treated to threaded passes and great interplay, overlapping defenders and using the width and pace when they needed...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Thirsk Community Primary School Ukraine awareness...






8th April, 2022.


Last Friday Thirsk Community Primary School held a Non uniform day where children and staff were encouraged to come to school wearing blue and yellow and bring in a donation!
Much appreciation to everyone who donated money and/or much needed items for families suffering as part of the ongoing Ukraine crisis. We had an outstanding response...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers...






8th April, 2022.


How many of you would think of running from Thirsk to, say, Bridlington, a distance of about 55 miles?
Not many, I would guess, except if you were an ultra runner, but ultra runners wouldn't think of running along roads.
No, they like off road, up hill and down dale in the lovely countryside.
The Hardmoors 55, one of an ongoing series of races, started at Guisborough, with check points along the way, at Kildale Village Hall, Clay Bank, Osmotherly Village Hall, Sneck Yate, the White Horse, and finishing up in Helmsley, a total of about 55 miles...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Museum...






8th April, 2022.


Another sign of the change of season is the re-opening of Thirsk Museum, albeit they are still hidden behind scaffolding. Repainting has been held up by the bad weather.
Inside are some familiar displays and some new ones...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Thirsk Community Primary School Winners...






1st April, 2022.


Last Friday, we were proud to represent our School at the high school playing netball. Before we left, we felt excited yet had our hopes up for winning.
When we arrived, we saw many people from the high school that used to come to our school;It was nice to see some old friends.
When the games began, our excitement rose as we won our first two games 6-0 and 8-0. However, the difficulties arose during our third game as the other team had some good strategies: we had to up our game...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Thirsk Under 12s Boys Hockey Team Head to the National Finals...






1st April, 2022.


A bright, cold Sunday in March saw the first of three matches at Weetwood, Leeds for Thirsk Hockey Clubs Under 12s in the Yorkshire North East Regional Finals. It was a big day for all eight teams participating as winners not only went home as Yorkshire North East of England champions but also with the chance of being in the National finals held in early May.
The ten strong team were full of energy, enthusiasm and determination which showed in all of their three group games with a 10-0 win against York City.
Shortly followed with wins against North Sheilds (7-0) and Leeds (4-0)...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Yarnbombers...






1st April, 2022.


I never cease to be amazed at the ingenuity and skill of the Yarnbombers.
They have produced hanging baskets for individual retailers, and these now adorn their shopfronts. It is worth wandering around spotting them. I mention a few: I loved the sausages hanging from the Johnsons basket, and the pink shrimps on the basket for the Thai bistro.
The newly opened Fish Dock has a big blue fish on their basket. Ewe and Yarn display a basket in the form of a sheep...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Queen Mary’s School Celebrates Multiple Successes...






1st April, 2022.


Pupils at Queen Mary’s School, Topcliffe, celebrated several successful category wins at the Harrogate Competitive Festival for Music, Speech and Drama on Saturday 19 March.
First prize with Distinction was awarded to the Queen Mary’s Senior Choir in the Year 11 and under Choir Class, while the Year 3 - 4 Choir and Pre-Prep Choir won second prize, the former also with Distinction...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

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