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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.......

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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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