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Sowerby War Memorial Cleaned in preparation for Remembrance Sunday...






22nd October, 2021.


In preparation for the Remembrance Sunday march, silence and wreath-laying on 14 November, Sowerby War Memorial has been cleaned and the lettering repainted, and it looks excellent...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

The Big Draw Comes to Queen Mary’s School...






22nd October, 2021.


As part of the worldwide 2021 Big Draw Festival, pupils at Queen Mary’s School, near Thirsk, have brought drawing to life with their ‘Make the Change’ Big Draw event. With themes including Respecting Nature, The World We Want and Reusing Resources, pupils from ages 7 – 16 came to the beautiful double-height Art Studio to get creative. Pupils used many types of media from Fabriano, natural forms and acrylic screens to Posca pens, cardboard and recycled paper...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Thirsk Falcons U8s Blues v Hawes Dogz U8s...






22nd October, 2021.


Thirsk Falcons U8 Blues had an early rise this weekend, travelling to the picturesque Yorkshire Dales town of Hawes. A damp and fresh morning welcomed the team. The match commenced with Falcons dominating, using individual skills to prevent the opposition from gaining a break and when Hawes did find some space it was quickly closed down. On the occasion of Hawes finding a clear shot at goal, the Falcons keeper maintained composure, confidence and determination, performing some strong saves...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers...






22nd October, 2021.


Another busy weekend, with members at several races, saw the bulk of them at the Whixley 10k, a pleasant multi terrain race and the latest in the Club Championship series. The winner of the race, and not actually in the photograph, was, for the second weekend in quick succession, Paul Peacock in a time of 38.13, almost a minute quicker than the second placed runner (photo courtesy David Baker)...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Cross Country...






15th October, 2021.


Last week, South Kilvington sent 42 children to compete in the annual cross-country race at Thirsk High School. All children competed extremely well as they raced children from other local schools. The children showed a great deal of courage as they gave it everything...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Toddling along...






15th October, 2021.


The thing that greets you when you walk into the East Thirsk Community Hall on a morning when the Parent, Baby and Toddler Group is in session is the happy noise of children running, playing, talking and laughing. Mums and sometimes Dads or grandparents are there too, but they tend to be a little quieter. I was invited to meet with Project Manager Jackie Wilson and Playleaders Amanda and Sara. As the children, including one or two dressed as princesses, played, Jackie recounted the difficulties they had faced during lockdown, but back on course they now attract families not just from East Thirsk but from a wide area, as far indeed as Easingwold. They run four sessions a week, some morning, some afternoon...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Thirsk Falcons U10 Clarets v Darlington 21st Allstar Jets...






15th October, 2021.


Another display that highlighted the development of the team. A tight early exchange that needed a special opening goal to really bring the game to life. A long range effort finally broke the deadlock for the Clarets. The game became open with both teams exchanging goals and eventually saw Thirsk Falcons take a narrow lead at half time. The second half saw Thirsk play some fantastic link up play and were so effective in their transition from defence to attack...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

THIRSK & SOWERBY LEISURE CENTRE SET TO REOPEN AFTER £4M MAKEOVER...






15th October, 2021.


Thirsk & Sowerby Leisure Centre will open its doors last Wednesday in October after undergoing a £4M pound makeover. Work on the centre began in February this year with planned upgrades and extensions now complete, bringing it bang up to date. The centre will now boast a gym three times the size of the old facility which will be fully equipped with market leading Technogym equipment, which for the first time, will be operational 24/7...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Public urged for patience over Thirsk footpath closure ...






8th October, 2021.


A permanent solution is being drawn up to repair the footpath connecting St James Green with Marage Road in Thirsk which is in danger of collapsing into the river. In May, North Yorkshire County Council closed the public right of way after reports of cracks and movement of the pavement. Inspections revealed that the route has been severely affected by river erosion to the retaining wall, damaging and reducing the structural integrity of the iron footbridge as well as the path leading to it...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

All Memories Great and Small...






8th October, 2021.


On Saturday last, White Rose Books in Thirsk, held a very special author event and book signing with the recent second and enlarged edition of “All Memories Great and Small” by Oliver Crocker, about the making of the original, and much loved, BBC television series “All Creatures Great and Small”, which Channel Five have recently remade very successfully in two new series so far. Oliver brought along Ali Lewis, who played a young Rosie Herriot, Paul Lyon who was young Jimmy Herriot in series four, and Jessica Sewell, who was Mary, granddaughter to Thora Hird in two episodes...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers...






8th October, 2021.


Pride of place this week surely goes to Paul Peacock, winner of the Round Ripon Ultra over a challenging multi terrain course of 35 miles, with Andrew Price in 3rd place not too far behind. Eight Harriers out of a field of 92 set out under broken cloud following Ripon Rowel, fairly flat to begin with, along the River Ure towards Masham. The rain started 2 hours earlier than forecast as the route turned to the west to pass through Swinton Bivouac and the next few miles saw 2000 feet of climb along moor tops and through several small villages. The final section took in the very pretty Eavestone Lake before returning to Studley Roger via Fountains Abbey deer park...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Shortage? What shortage?...






1st October, 2021.


Our latest crisis involves supplies of petrol and diesel to keep our cars, lorries and buses, our ambulances and fire engines on the move. Last weekend I heard the Transport Secretary assuring the world that there is no fuel shortage. Why then do we have motorists driving from petrol station to petrol station, finding either long queues or no fuel at all? Last Monday morning I watched as Tesco's petrol station in the centre of Thirsk closed for business, with the staff assuring me that a delivery was expected soon. Fortunately the other petrol stations in the area were still supplying fuel, although they were clearly busier than usual, and Tesco was soon partially reopened...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

VILLAGE HALL REVAMP THANKS TO COMMUNITY FUND...






1st October, 2021.


Sandhutton and Breckenbrough village hall is set to benefit from improvement work thanks to a community fund linked to the development of the new Crematorium for Hambleton at Maple Park. The funding will pay for the outdoor space to be enhanced and updated, improved disabled access and toilet provisions and the replacement of the existing lighting with new LED lights. The community fund YOR4Good, supports economic regeneration and is funded by donations of cash or benefits from contractors when they are awarded contracts. In this case, Willmott Dixon is the contractor who is currently developing the new Maple Park site which will feature the new Hambleton Crematorium on behalf of Hambleton District Council...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

LOCAL PEACEKEEPERS AWARDED THE UN MEDAL...






1st October, 2021.


6 Regiment RLC (normally based at Topcliffe) deployed on Op TOSCA have been awarded medals for their work as part of the United Nations peacekeeping force in Cyprus. Over the last 8 months they have been tasked with maintaining the 180km (111.8miles) buffer zone which has divided the island since 1974. The Force Commander attended Ledra Palace Hotel in Nicosia to present every soldier with their United Nations Peacekeeping medal on 21st Sep. The around 300 strong force is unusually diverse and contains 75 attached personnel drawn from 23 different units as well as 23 Reservists. Staff Sergeant Gadsby is a heavy goods driver and like the other deployed Reservists he put down his civilian work for nine months to deploy. “It’s a fantastic opportunity for us” he said. “People have set aside their careers, put on their uniform and have served their country diligently and professionally side by side our regular counterparts...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Thirsk Atlantic rower Jasmine in Amplifon Awards For Brave Britons final...






1st October, 2021.


A Thirsk swimming instructor has been named as a finalist in the Amplifon Awards For Brave Britons 2021 after becoming the youngest woman to row solo across the Atlantic. Jasmine Harrison, who at only 21 completed the 3,000-mile journey single-handedly, has reached the final four of the Against All Odds category in global-hearing specialist Amplifon’s search for the ‘Best of British’ heroes. She will now be invited to the virtual awards presentation next Tuesday. The event will be hosted by BBC1 TV Breakfast and Radio 5 Live presenter Rachel Burden and Falklands War hero Simon Weston will be guest of honour...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Thirsk Falcons U9 Blues v FC Hartlepool Reds...






24th September, 2021.


The U8 Blues were in League Cup action today, drawn away to FC Hartlepool Reds. The game started evenly with both teams applying pressure and Falcons' goalkeeper making some amazing saves! Hartlepool broke the deadlock and soon added more goals but Falcons kept their shape well and continued to attack their opponent's goal. Falcons...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Back behind the bar...






24th September, 2021.


The Crown and Anchor in Sowerby has new management: Miles Bainbridge and Kirsty Wilkinson. This is a new link in the pub’s history. In 1912 Frederick Bainbridge became the landlord; his son Ted followed in 1936, and the family pattern continued with Miles’ great-grandfather Syd and “Nanna” Eva until 1971. Now, after a break of fifty years, a Bainbridge is back behind the bar pulling pints...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers...






24th September, 2021.


Clare Tempest and Joanne Hunt aimed to help this situation, and Clare, taking 1.55.57, and Joanne, finishing in 2.10.39, resolved to raise money for Action Medical Research for children. If you wish to support them and the charity, look at www.JustGiving.com/fundraising/Joanne-hunt-28 to make a contribution...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Lambert we love you!...






17th September, 2021.


The passionate battle to keep the Lambert Memorial Hospital as a vital community asset should soon bear fruit. Given to the rapidly growing community of Thirsk and Sowerby in 1890 by Mrs Sara Lambert in memory of her husband and his father William Lambert, its role was to “supply medical and surgical aid and medicine for the sick and injured of Thirsk and neighbourhood.” It grew over the years, with extensions and new equipment often donated by local people. By 1949 it had 23 beds and that year 260 patients received treatment there. It provided accident and emergency services, and surgery, before increasingly specialist skills and equipment concentrated this work in larger acute hospitals. It was absorbed into the National Health Service In 1948...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers...






17th September, 2021.


As very often happens, the latest club championship race, the Tholthorpe 10k, took place last weekend on a day which was warmer than forecast - the second water station, missing this year, would have been very welcome. It was the 25th running of the event, defered from last year because of covid and as ever, the friendly village atmosphere was much enjoyed by all. There is no stopping Paul Peacock just now, and he was first club member home, 10th out of 330 in a very good 37.27, with Matt Jones 25th in 39.18, Muhammad Umar a welcome new addition to the club, 31st in 40.02, Joe Poole 42nd in 41.39, Joe Lofthouse44th in 42.30...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Community Art...






17th September, 2021.


Thirsk and Sowerby Town Hall has its own piece of commissioned art – and a second piece is on the way. Now installed in the lobby is a large painting in acrylic executed by Megan Ballard when she was a sixth former at Thirsk School. At an unveiling ceremony last week, Chair of the Town Hall Management Committee Graham France explained how the theme was chosen because the Town Hall is itself a community asset, its hall and rooms used by many local groups. Megan, now studying at Leeds Art University explained how her A level course included a personal investigation into “self”, which prompted her to think about local places that were special to her as she grew up, one of which is Cod Beck, where she has walked “as long as I can remember...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Thirsk Station...






9th September, 2021.


As you may have read last week there is at last a proposal to build a new footbridge with lifts at our railway station (actually located in Carlton Miniott). As it is at present, this station is simply not fit for purpose for anyone carrying anything heavier or more bulky than a packet of crisps, or with children in tow or with any form of disability. Unless someone opens the gate across the southbound line to York, the platforms are only accessible via steep stairs open to the weather and there are very few facilities on the station itself...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers...






9th September, 2021.


The Bank Holiday weekend saw Marc Davies in his element with his three favourite fell races. Saturday saw the much anticipated return of the Pen Hill race at West Witton. Joe Lofthouse was first Harrier, 8th in 39.52 with Alan Simpson 12th in 42.26 and Marc Davies 16th in 43.46. All enjoyed supporting this classic low key event. Bank Holiday Monday brought another fell racing classic as part of the Hebden sports, part of the BOFRA championships and attracting a large entry of 103. The course is just over 1.5 miles, but with obstacles including a stream and 3 walls as well as 400 feet of ascent, is not for the faint hearted. Marc was pleased with 52nd place in 16.19...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

HOSPICE GRAND RAFFLE HELPS CHARITY GO THE EXTRA MILE...






9th September, 2021.


A local hospice care charity has this year achieved a remarkable milestone and is calling on local people to support its family of services as part of its recently unveiled Grand Raffle. Since its launch in 2016, Herriot Hospice Homecare’s HOME service has travelled a million miles to ensure people affected by terminal illness get the care they need. Now, local people can help Herriot Hospice Homecare, an independent charity, continue to go the extra mile by purchasing a ticket in the Grand Raffle, which offers a first prize of £2,000...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Annual maintenance to begin on Sutton Bank...






9th September, 2021.


Sutton Bank on the A170 between Helmsley and Thirsk will undergo an annual maintenance programme later this month. North Yorkshire County Council’s highways team will carry out the work which includes the inspection and maintenance of the rock face to ensure the route remains structurally safe in the future. A full road closure will be in place from the morning of Sunday, September 12 until the evening of Sunday, September 19, weather permitting. Sutton Bank will remain closed until Sunday, September 26, for utility works by BT. “We have worked incredibly closely with BT to keep the timescale of their work to two weeks,” said Councillor Gareth Dadd, member for the Thirsk division. “They are able to carry out part of their work during our annual maintenance which will minimize disruption as much as possible...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

THIRSK CLUB PLAYERS LAUNCH A RUGBY CRUSADE...






3rd September, 2021.


After the lack of 15 aside rugby for over 18 months, Thirsk RUFC senior men’s players took matters into their own hands after hearing the lifting of Rugby playing restrictions post Covid was happening 3 months ahead of the resumption of the 15 aside season, as a result a core of players got together and formed for the first time in the short history of the club a specific Rugby 7’s team, with the aim to compete in Rugby 7’s tournaments across the region over the 3 month Potential game void. “Thirsk Templars” were born, the name a tonge in cheek nod to historic knights of the Templar and their fierce protection of Christian beliefs but instead the founder players saw themselves as fighting to protect and keep alive the religion of rugby...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Scarecrow fun...






3rd September, 2021.


Knayton is an attractive village centred round its pub, the Dog and Gun, and its Village Hall, with a primary school half way to Borrowby, the next village. Village social life took a knock during the lockdown, and as the school summer holiday came along two young mums, Kirsty Bowers and Sarah Lane, came up with the idea of a village competition. Kirsty told me that in 2020 there was a sunflower competition, and in 2021 the village needed something to bring it together. They had the idea of scarecrows, to generate a bit of friendly competition and give the village children something to do during the holidays. I gather it also got some of the parents working hard too...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers...






3rd September, 2021.


Probably the last virtual race, at least for the time being, and probably the toughest, was the World Mountain Race in Kilburn Woods, and also incorporating the Kilburn 7. 108 members and guests were split into teams of 6, each team named after a country, with supposedly fast, slow and middle paced runners in each one. The course had many serious ups and downs taking in Hood Hill and at one point going up the steps beside the White Horse, all over about 6 miles. It could be run at any point over 4 days last weekend and the winning team, Switzerland, comprising Adrian Elsworth, Gemma Tutty, Duncan Fothergill, Lisa Spratling, Ken Evitt and captain Margaret Wikeley, completed in a total time of 6.56.17...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Thirsk Information Centre 10 years old...






27th August, 2021.


On Monday 23rd August Thirsk Information Centre celebrated ten years of giving out information and advice to visitors and locals alike, after being opened back in 20011 by Jim Wight and Dr. Rosalie Page, children of the world famous author, James Herriot, or Alf Wight, vet in Thirsk for many years at Kirkgate...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers...






27th August, 2021.


Wow! How good it felt to be back for the runners at the start line of the Sessay Swift 6k last week after getting on for 18 months with no races! This sell-out race, which has grown from strength to strength after it started in 2012, is very popular with local running clubs and non-club members alike, and Sessay villagers again turned out in support. Rob Scott of Richmond and Zetland was the winner, in a time of 18.47, just a couple of seconds quicker than when he last won the race, in 2017 ( which at that time was a record, and which has since been broken.) Chris Oddy of Harrogate Harriers was 2nd in 19.04 and Carl Jones of Richmond and Zetland 3rd in 19.38. The first lady was Samantha Davies of Easingwold, 40th overall, in 23.28, with Angela Whatmuff of Harrogate Harriers 2nd, and 42nd overall in 23.44 and Thirsk and Sowerby member Chloe Rome 3rd and 50th overall in 24.13...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Friarage clinic helps children suffering from long COVID...






27th August, 2021.


CHILDREN suffering with long term coronavirus symptoms in Tees Valley and North Yorkshire are now accessing a specialist service at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton. The new paediatric clinic is the second specialist long COVID service set up by South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. A clinic for adults was set up at Redcar Primary Care Hospital in December 2020. The clinic, which is looking after children who are experiencing fatigue, anxiety, ‘brain fog’ and other debilitating symptoms, is one of the two hubs in North East and North Cumbria and one of the 15 hubs in England specifically for children and young people suffering from long COVID...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Tourist Birthday...






27th August, 2021.


Thirsk Tourist Information Office has celebrated ten years in its distinctive building in the town centre. The balloons and speeches were a tad late as the anniversary was actually in April of this year, but the lockdown got in the way. Jim Wight and Rosie Page, who were at the opening in April 2011, came back, joined by Ian Ashton from the World of James Herriot and Councillor Mark Robson from Hambleton District Council, who had a very important announcement to make. Tourism is a major part of our economy. We don’t build cars round here. We don’t mine coal any more. Our valleys are filled with trees and sheep, not silicon. We need to do everything we can to welcome holiday-makers, and help them enjoy their time here, because they will be spending their hard-earned money locally and hopefully going home happy, resolved to come again, having told their friends how good it was. We have beautiful countryside, fun seaside locations, quiet roads, fine old churches and other buildings, interesting shops wedged in between the national names, museums and art galleries, local produce, good food in restaurants and pubs (and real ale), and let’s not forget the friendly folk. I’m glad I live here...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Thirsk School GCSE Results...






19th August, 2021.


Students from Thirsk School and Sixth Form College have just received their GCSE results. Over the course of the last two years all of these young people have faced unprecedented disruption to their studies, with two lengthy periods of school closure and constant changes to the nature of how they were going to be assessed. Despite all of this they have faced their academic work with courage, determination and considerable character. We are so proud of them...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Stolen...






19th August, 2021.


The Yarnbombers’ current glorious exhibition in the town centre features animals from endangered species. One danger which was not expected was theft. A large orangutan has been stolen from its bollard. There is the empty bollard. Someone has decided that this creation, the loving and hard work of a Yarnbomber, is so wonderful that rather than everyone being able to admire it, they want it just for themselves...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Sessay Cricket Club Match Reports...






19th August, 2021.


Sessay’s 2nd XI were put in to bat when they entertained bottom placed Thorp Arch and Boston Spa. Sessay made a steady start as TABS bowled tidily and the visitors were well in contention at the 24 over drinks break with Sessay on 64 for 3. Stuart Clark had feathered a catch to the keeper with the score in 30 and at 50 Sessay lost the important wicket of Chris Till when he was run out after mix up, having looked untroubled in reaching 24. Nick Thorne was the third wicket to fall, bowled by a ball from Eshan Kapoor which kept low. Dave Johnson, making a welcome return to action, upped he scoring rate with several boundaries, some off the edge but the majority off the middle reminding us of his trademark shots of more than a decade ago...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Sowerby Fair...






19th August, 2021.


Last Saturday Sowerby St. Oswald’s church braved the dark clouds and held their summer fair in the grounds of the Parochial hall. There were numerous stalls outside to peruse and buy cakes, foods, jewellery, books, plants and many other items, and take various refreshments inside the Parochial hall...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

HAMBLETON SET TO WELCOME GRITTER MANUFACTURER ECON...






13th August, 2021.


Econ has opted to expand their gritter manufacturing business in Hambleton, with the development of a new £7m engineering facility set to get underway near Thirsk. The family owned-business, which makes more than 85% of the UK’s winter road maintenance vehicles, has purchased a 24-acre site at the Sowerby Gateway development. ...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Thirsk School A Level Results...






13th August, 2021.


Sixth form students from Thirsk School and Sixth Form College have been receiving their A level results Tuesday 10th August. After two years of unprecedented disruption to their studies they should all be incredibly proud of what they have achieved. In particular Sadie Bosomworth, Anna Cook, Harvey Hingley and Archie Turner all received the highest possible marks with four A* grades apiece. ...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers...






13th August, 2021.


The beauty of Park Runs is that you can just turn up and do one wherever you are in the country, or even many parts of the world, provided you have registered, of course. What more beautiful place could you find to run than Fountains Abbey? It is listed as one of the best in the country, though with its many ups and downs, it's by no means a fast course. ...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

New Priest at Sowerby...






6th August, 2021.


St Oswald’s, Sowerby has a new priest-in-charge. Rev David Biggs was licenced and installed at a special service led by the Bishop of Whitby, Paul Ferguson. David and wife Emma have made the short trip – from Thirsk, where David was curate at St Mary’s. He will now have the cure – meaning care – of souls in the parishes of Sowerby, Sessay, Thirkleby, Kilburn and Bagby, quite a task. The Vicarage in Sowerby had stood empty since September 2019 when Rev Nickie Carnall moved on to Mansfield Woodhouse in the midlands. The process of finding a replacement was hampered by the pandemic, which not only closed churches but delayed recruiting. But at last we are there. ...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Hometown heroes team up for adventure...






6th August, 2021.


Twisted Automotive has teamed up with record-breaking rower Jasmine Harrison as she joins the exclusive list of brand ambassadors. Jasmine, 21, made history in February when she became the youngest woman to row solo across the Atlantic. She made the 70-day journey in her boat Argo, that is now on display in the Old Cinema, the new home of Twisted Automotive....... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers...






6th August, 2021.


The second actual race in two weeks, another of the Club Championship events, took place last weekend in the form of the Darlington 10k, with 21 Harriers among the 1,050 finishers. Runners were set off in waves, and times given are chip times. It's a flattish 2 lap road race but a long uphill stretch on each lap makes it feel quite testing. Tom Levi was first club member home in 8th place in a time of 35.02, with Paul Peacock, 2nd in his age group, 37.08, veteran Rob Burn 43.58, Gemma Tutty, 5th lady in 44.03, Mike Lowther 45.06, David Tervit 45.11, Andy Butcher 47.40, Kirsty Naylor 48.42, Dave Baker 50.12, Duncan Fothergill 50.47, Joe Joyce 53.39, Tracey Lowther 55.53, Alison Butcher 56.57, Lucy Sillars 57.25, Ruth Pollard 58.27, Phillip Craig 58.46, Alison Whitely, Andy Whiteley and Mohammed Umar all given the same time of 1.01.20, although Mohammed took a wrong turn at one point, Christine Burn 67.08 and Margaret Wikeley 67.34. ...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

New Friarage academic centre welcomes its first cohort of students...






6th August, 2021.


A NEW academic centre which will benefit medical students for generations to come has officially opened its doors at the Friarage Hospital. The centre, located above the Gara ward, will put the Northallerton hospital at the forefront for providing cutting-edge training facilities for undergraduate and postgraduate medical students as well as for staff. It will also provide a range of training opportunities for healthcare staff across North Yorkshire, Hambleton and Richmondshire in the future....... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers...






30th July, 2021.


How happy Harriers were to be running in an actual race, even though the James Herriot 14k Trail race is one of the toughest for miles around! In fact, the club categorizes it as a fell race in its Club Championship, and it is probably as hard as many a fell race, especially on a warm, humid day. Runners were started off in waves to keep them as safe as possible in the pandemic and 32 tired and exhausted members completed the run out of the 178 finishers. Although Tom Levi crossed the line first, he was in fact 2nd by time, 45.67, though I'm sure he enjoyed the pleasure of "breaking the tape...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Village school gets letter of support from Sir David Attenbrough...






30th July, 2021.


A local village school has received a handwritten letter from inspirational naturalist and pioneer, Sir David Attenbrough, wishing them well in their mission to be hedgehog friendly. Baldersby St James Church of England Primary School in the tiny village of Baldersby St James is one of just 20 primary schools across the UK to be part of a national project called the Hedgehog Friendly Campus Scheme. The scheme, managed by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society aims to educate adults and children about the importance of saving the hedgehog as a native species and facilitate schools, colleges and universities to make their grounds more hedgehog friendly. The 22 pupils at Baldersby St James were so proud of their work that one of the school team wrote to Sir David to tell him about what the children were doing to help the hog population. They were delighted to receive a handwritten response from the famous broadcaster...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Yarnbombers...






30th July, 2021.


Once again the ladies of the Yarnbombers have decorated the bollards in the town centre to bring delight to the eye of visitors and locals alike. This summer’s creations range from a multi-coloured parrot to a number of gorillas and other animals. It’s all part of what makes Thirsk such an attractive place...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Crier...






30th July, 2021.


While I was admiring the work of our Yarnbombers I noticed a gent, turned out very tidy, and carrying a long hunting horn and a large handbell. This is Jack McEvoy from Three Tuns Antiques who describes himself as the “Merchant Crier” and informs a captive audience of some of the small businesses in the town...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Thirsk Community Primary School - Year 6 Residential Trip...






23rd July, 2021.


Our Year 6 pupils headed out on their residential to Peat Rigg outdoor centre near Kirbymoorside this week. Armed with their luggage they boarded the bus and set off to have some outdoor adventures and 2 nights sleepover! They participated in all sorts of outdoor activities including archery, canoeing, abseiling and orienteering with time spent relaxing, playing games and eating together on an evening...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

SUNFLOWER COMPETITION...






23rd July, 2021.


Here at ‘The Limes’ in Sowerby we held a Sunflower competition, the seeds were provided by Mrs. B. Cawood. They were sown, grown and 12 plants were supplied – one for each resident. The sunflowers were planted out in the rear garden by the Chairman where everybody could keep an eye on them...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Hambleton Athletics and Running Club Complete Another Couch to 5K Programme...






23rd July, 2021.


HARC’s latest Couch to 5k cohort graduated on Saturday 12th June, becoming fully-fledged runners. After ten weeks of hard work, the group completed their grand finale run at Cod Beck Reservoir in glorious morning sunshine with lots of support from fellow HARC members. They were then presented with certificates and medals to celebrate their amazing achievement...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Showtime...






23rd July, 2021.


I did not get to the Great Yorkshire Show this year, but someone who did was St Oswald’s chaplain to the farming community Yvonne Bowling. She was there meeting and talking with farmers and their families. One unexpected conversation was on Thursday when she spoke with Prince§ Charles and Camilla during their visit to the Show. Charles is patron of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Thirsk Community Primary School Year 6 Leavers Concert...






16th July, 2021.


We have been lucky to recently be able to host our Year 6 leavers concert out in the open air on our school field with thanks to MB Audio Visual who came and put up a fab stage for us. Our wonderful class of 2021- Miss Gloag's Year 6's gave 2 incredible performances over 2 evenings to 2 separate bubbles within the covid restrictions. The play was called 'Let Loose' and every single member of the class played a great part in performing, singing and dancing to entertain us all! The Leavers song set everyone off in tears with emotions taking over. We were all blown away by how professional it all was...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Beautiful Art...






16th July, 2021.


An award-winning beauty therapist who rediscovered her love of art during the most recent lockdown is to see her work go on display at a Thirsk gallery. Mother-of-three Jo Thompson is to display her pastel paintings of birds at 1 2 3 4 Gallery at 25 Westgate in Thirsk next week. Mrs Thompson has run Blink Beauty in Malpas Road in Northallerton for the last 15 years. But when the beauty salon was forced to temporarily close for the third national lockdown in January this year, Mrs Thompson ordered some pastel paints and did a painting of the family’s seven-year-old sproodle, Roo Bear. “As soon as I started, I knew I’d found my niche,” said Mrs Thompson, 51, from Northallerton. “It was a lightbulb moment and I was lost in time. I loved art from as early as pre-school and primary school, but over the years I’d been busy with work and the children. The lockdown gave me the time to take it up again...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Thirsk Community Primary School Sports Enrichment week...






16th July, 2021.


Well it has certainly been a busy summer term at Thirsk Community Primary School so far. We have just completed our Sports enrichment week and our class bubbles participated in some fantastic events over the course of the week. Monday kicked off with a climbing wall being installed on our school field for some of our pupils and Fencing practice for others. We also had Skip to be fit, scootering, Dancing, Wheelchair basketball, Rugby Tots among other sporting activities. It was fab to see the children putting in so much enthusiasm to join in the activities and everyone having a go! We were so lucky with the weather too...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Inspector Wond taking part in Police Unity Tour in honour of fallen officers...






16th July, 2021.


Inspector Denise Wond from North Yorkshire Police is set to take part in the Police Unity Tour cycling event to raise awareness of law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. Denise, who is based at Thirsk and has been a serving officer for 28 years, will set off from York with her fellow riders and support colleagues from Durham, Cleveland, Northumbria and Humberside at 7am last Friday in July. They will be cheered on at the start by supporters including Lisa Winward, the Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police. Following a two-day journey of approximately 180 miles on the saddle, they are due to arrive at the finish line at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire late on Saturday afternoon...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

BREAKFAST IS DEFINITELY THE MOST IMPORTANT MEAL OF THE DAY AT LOCAL SCHOOL...






9th July, 2021.


Almost 200 children per week are talking advantage of a new breakfast club set up at a North Yorkshire school with the support of Broadacres and Greggs Foundation...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Thirsk U16 Girls – England Hockey National Champions...






9th July, 2021.


Due to covid, the season has been disrupted but England Hockey managed to get this season’s cup competitions up and running...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers...






9th July, 2021.


The Hooded Horse Trail race takes place each year - though not last year - as a memorial to Ben Cambell who died a few years ago at a young age, and who really enjoyed trail running........ (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Thirsk Community Primary School- Music For Life...






9th July, 2021.


We were so lucky to be able to host the Sowerby Music for Life team at school recently....... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Long journey...






1st July, 2021.


This week a handsome and gentle shire horse called Willam, pulling a carriage and a trailer, paused in Thirsk market place. The police were waiting for him, not because he or his driver Jamie Alcock had done anything wrong: far from it, they were there to support his fund-raising efforts for police and fire service charities. Jamie’s brother PC John Alcock, was a serving officer with Grampian Police stationed at Elgin in north east Scotland. In August 2003 he was involved in a road traffic accident whilst on duty. He never recovered consciousness, and died 14 years later. He was buried with full Police honours at Garmouth, just north of Fochabers, in October 2017, and he and his family had been well supported during this awful time by the local Police Federation and the Chief Constable. Jamie’s journey of homage will take him to the Scottish Police Memorial near Kincardine, and finally to brother John’s grave...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

WORK STARTS ON £13.6 MILLION ENERGY EFFICIENT HOMES at Sowerby Gateway...






1st July, 2021.


A housing association work has started work on the building of almost 100 affordable homes on the outskirts of Thirsk, all of which will be heated using innovative renewable energy technology. Working with its development partner ENGIE, Broadacres is providing 97 new homes at Sowerby Gateway, following completion of a new access road earlier this year. The road has paved the way for the final phase of the development at Sowerby Gateway, with 61 being made for affordable rent and 38 for shared ownership. All the homes will be allocated to people with a local connection to the area. There will also be mixture of homes to benefit a cross section of people, including one-bedroom flats, two-bedroom bungalows, four-bedroom family homes and adapted bungalows for people with disabilities. The total cost of the scheme is £13.6 million, which includes a grant of £3.9 million from Homes England...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

LOCAL PEOPLE BENEFIT FROM RURAL AFFORDABLE HOUSING SCHEME...






1st July, 2021.


A COUPLE who needed a home adapted to their disabled daughter’s needs and a woman who has moved back from Scotland to now live just literally yards from her sister are among the residents benefiting from a housing association’s latest affordable housing development. Broadacres has provided seven new homes on Carlton Road in Carlton Miniott, near Thirsk. It has transformed a piece of agricultural land into an attractive development in keeping with the rural nature of the village. This includes two and three-bedroom homes for shared ownership and two-bedroom homes for affordable rent. There is also a one and two-bedroom apartment for affordable rent. All the homes have their own gardens and are heated via a ground source heat pump, which harnesses natural heat from under the ground. They are a more environmentally friendly and cost-effective alternative to traditional heating. All the homes have been allocated to people with a connection to Carlton Miniott or the surrounding area as part of Broadacres’ commitment to keep rural North Yorkshire communities sustainable for future generations...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

World of James Herriot and Herriot Country Tourism Group is finalist in the Rural Business Awards 2021...






1st July, 2021.


The World of James Herriot in Thirsk and Herriot Country Tourism Group is in the running to be named one of the best rural businesses in the UK after being shortlisted for a regional Rural Business Award. World of James Herriot and Herriot Country Tourism Group will battle it out against fellow rural businesses, entrepreneurs, and enterprises from across the region for a place at the national final. The regional final will be held virtually in October 2021, with the National Final taking place early next year. The Rural Business Awards 2021/2022, in partnership with Amazon, will mark the Awards’ seventh year of celebrating the success of businesses across the UK’s rural economy. The Awards are organized by rural business for rural business with the aim of celebrating the achievements of rural businesses and developing a strong network for rural business owners...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Thirsk Falcons U17 Win the League...






25th June, 2021.


Kader 0-8 Thirsk Falcons U17s. The 17s won the league in style on Thursday night after a dominant display up at Kader. 5 goals from Aaron Johnson saw him become the league top scorer too with this great playing out from the back goal the pick of the bunch! Goals also came from Harry Riordan, Will Allen and Oscar Benoit...... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Thirsk Community Primary School News (Pet Competition)...






25th June, 2021.


Friends of Thirsk Community Primary School PTA invited our pupils to send in their photos to take part in a virtual pet competition with categories of The Cutest Dog, Cutest Cat and Cutest 'other pets'. There were so many wonderfully cute and funny entries that our Celebrity Judge Julian had his work cut out for him! However, the three winners can be seen above! Each winner won a voucher for Moles Store that was provided by our Lovely PTA..... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

TNGC Greenkeepers' Revenge...






25th June, 2021.


Thirsk & Northallerton Golf Club held a fun 9 hole competition for members on Thursday 17th June called the Greenkeepers' Revenge. Challenges included putting between multiple tee markers on the 2nd green (pictured), teeing-off the 5th whilst sat in a chair and teeing-off the 9th with a walking/running ‘Happy Gilmore’ shot..... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Fit and running...






25th June, 2021.


Another day, another 10,000 steps; or maybe not. Those of us with pedometers, including like me those who have found one on their mobile phone and have been tempted to watch the figures, may know that 10,000 is by no means the right figure for daily exercise. When this little gadget, a sensor that detects if you are walking, or even if you are climbing stairs, was invented, the inventors, in Japan, chose an arbitrary figure as a notional target. They chose 10,000. If I did that many steps every day, not only would I have rather less time for things I need to do, things which are equally healthy, but I would probably end up needing a hip or knee replacement. My pedometer is a reminder, not a sergeant major shouting at me to pick my feet up! It is a servant, not a master. Exercise, either deliberate or implicit in one’s daily activities, is important to keep healthy. They do say: use it or lose it. One person who clearly exceeds 10,000 steps a day is multiple world record holder and endurance athlete Sean Conway who has been running 15 marathons in as many days across 15 national parks. He ran two Yorkshire sections of his challenge in the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors earlier this month.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

ARSON AT SCOTCH CORNER CHAPEL DESTROYS SCULPTURES...






18th June, 2021.


An arson attack at the Scotch Corner Chapel, built by sculptor John Bunting has destroyed some of his works. They were in an annexe to the chapel, built as a memorial to pupils at Ampleforth College (where Bunting both studied and taught) who died in World War Two. His son, Bernard Bunting drove up from London to assess the damage, commented "Why would anyone carry out such a meaningless and mindless attack. We are thankful that the chapel itself is undamaged, but very sad at the loss of some of his works in wood that were stored in the building.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

COUNCIL GRANT HELPS PAVE THE WAY...






18th June, 2021.


A hillside village now has safe access to the village hall thanks to council cash and money from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). Borrowby near Thirsk secured the cash for the much-needed path to provide a safe walkway across the village car park, which was rough, uneven, and unsuitable for pedestrian access. The new wide pathway will not only benefit those with wheelchairs and push chairs, but over 300 residents from the village and surrounding villages. Hambleton District Council provided £1,875 from its Making a Difference fund with a further £1,665 coming from CIL money.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Bier...






18th June, 2021.


When I got a message from Thirsk Museum which seemed to invite me for a beer, I thought they were planning to take me out to a pub. It turns out they were calling to tell me about a new exhibit which they have received from Thirsk Town Council. It is a bier, a fine piece of Victoriana which was for decades used to transfer coffins from the horse-drawn hearse to the graveside. It began service in 1877 and was probably built locally. Its spoked wheels look as if they could have been made by one of the many bicycle manufacturers in the late 19th Century. It is a suitably solemn dark brown and was particularly useful if the coffin was unusually heavy. The Museum also has a collection of bereavement cards, the size of business cards, recording in all too many cases the death of a child or adult of no great age.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

New Music from Thirsk Ska/Punk/Rap Band...






18th June, 2021.


Local Thirsk band Deadbeat at Dawn are to release their EP ‘Dyscopia’ in the near future featuring ‘Out of Love’ with a locally filmed video featuring various landscapes from the Thirsk area. Deadbeat at Dawn are creating a wild hybrid mash up of energetic punk & dancable ska, and with two vocalists who rap, sing, snarl and shout their way through each song, DEADBEAT AT DAWN are a hard sound to pin down and define. They call it Skapocalyptic - a furious combination of the genres they love, crafting punk, ska, reggae, pop and hip hop into a unique beast. With over a decade of evolving their sound & attitude, DEADBEAT AT DAWN are now at their hottest & most creative, and are about to release their latest 4 track EP 'Dyscopia' very soon, and are currently recording 2 new songs for a brand new single to follow Dyscopia. The Skapocalypse is here.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

All Creatures Great and Small Visit Local Attraction...






11th June, 2021.


The World of James Herriot in Thirsk was buzzing on May Bank holiday Monday when two of the main actors from Channel 5 TV’s All Creatures Great and Small visited the attraction. Nicholas Ralph who plays James Herriot and Rachel Shenton, Helen his on-screen wife met with Rosie Page, the real James Herriot’s daughter who provided a personal guided tour of the attraction where they learned about her father Alf Wight OBE who created the fictional stories based on his real life as a working vet. The actors were in town whilst for filming at the Ritz Cinema for a scene to be shown in episode six of the next series that will be aired in Autumn 2021.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Boundary changes “Totally unworkable”...






11th June, 2021.


The Boundary Commission, an independent body tasked with making English Parliamentary constituencies as equal in terms of numbers of voters as possible, has published its provisional plans to reform the size and shape of constituencies, and MP Kevin Hollinrake is not at all happy. Almost every constituency in the country will be changed under the present proposals to reflect changes in population. Thirsk and Malton, already one of the largest constituencies geographically, stretches from Filey to Thirsk and from the Dales down to Shipton. The new plan would make it even wider, adding on two wards, Bedale and Tanfield, to the west of Thirsk. These are currently part of Richmond constituency. It would also see Easingwold transferred to a new Wetherby and Easingwold constituency. This has the democratic aim of making a vote in Scunthorpe, Truro or Wolverhampton of equal value in a general election. Sheep don’t count.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers...






11th June, 2021.


You begin to notice after a while what a lot of couples there are in a running club. Running is one of those activities men and women can do, if not on equal terms, then at the same time. Usually the male partner is quickest, though not always. Out of about 160 members of Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers, 40 people, or almost 25% for those with a mathematical bent, are part of a couple. Perhaps the best known are Rob and Christine Burn, though Rob was running for many years, and probably at his very best, before Christine became less busy with work and was able to take up the sport. If you can't beat 'em join 'em! This applies to many couples where one has started running and the other has decided it may also be for them.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Go-Kart Fever Returns after Hiatus...






11th June, 2021.


Dozens of daredevil pupils from a local school provided some high-octane entertainment as the annual Cundall Go-Kart Race returned following a forced hiatus due to covid-19. The break did not dampen spirits with the homemade Go-Karts providing speed, theatre and some spectacular but safe crashes at Cundall Manor School 28 May. This year saw Noah claim the top spot on the podium following a morning of fun and heart-stoppingly mad-cap racing. The local school, has held the event for well over a decade and this year saw a range of innovative entries from its pupils including a modified rocking horse to several smoke expelling entries.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Thirsk Primary School News...






4th June, 2021.


We have been looking back at some of the sporting successes from the past year at Thirsk Community Primary School. Lockdown did not stop the children of TCP from staying active and achieving over 100 sporting medals for their efforts. We have participated in numerous virtual competitions and activities within our class bubble including Tri golf, x-country, archery, speed bounce, ultimate warrior and football. A big favourite has been the dance competitions with our year 6 class coming second at county level. We also participated in the premier league Primary Stars kit and equipment scheme and received some amazing sports kit to help encourage active learning across a range of sports.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Ritz Cinema transformation...






4th June, 2021.


The Playground production company for new All Creatures Great and Small series on Channel Five are in Thirsk this week preparing the Ritz cinema back in to the 1930 period era cinema, along with Robinsons’s electrical shop back in to a ladies and gentlemen’s outfitters once again and PowerPoint hidden as the garage of yore, complete with petrol pump.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Public urged to avoid Thirsk footpath over safety fears...






4th June, 2021.


Members of the public are being urged to avoid the footpath connecting St James Green with Marage Road in Thirsk which is in danger of collapsing into the river. North Yorkshire County Council has closed the public right of way after reports of cracks and movement of the pavement. Inspections have revealed that erosion has raised concerns about the retaining wall of the riverbank adjacent to Cod Beck and the safety of the footbridge. Repairs were carried out in 2015 to ensure the well-used footpath could remain open, but this latest development means it is currently unsafe to use.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Thirsk Falcons U12/13’s vs Eaglescliffe...






4th June, 2021.


Thirsk travelled up to Eaglescliffe on a hot and humid morning with a skeleton crew to face Eaglescliffe in an end of season friendly. The game kicked off and the early pressure was Thirsk and eventually the early pressure paid off and we took the lead. Eaglescliffe levelled it up shortly after against the run of play but Thirsk kept their heads and restored their lead. Just before half time Eaglescliffe levelled it up and the teams came in even.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Thirsk Care Home Residents Dance Their way to 100 Song for Captain Tom Challenge...






28th May, 2021.


Residents at Hambleton Grange care home in Thirsk have completed the ‘Captain Tom 100’ challenge after throwing an all-day danceathon to raise money for the former British Army Officer’s charity. The fundraiser, organized by the family of Sir Captain Tom Moore, encourages people all over the world to complete a challenge of their choice centred around the number 100 to mark what would have been his 101st birthday at the end of April. Residents were keen to take part after being inspired by Captain Tom’s remarkable fundraising efforts at the start of the pandemic. Residents opted to host a 100 song danceathon, which featured much-loved tunes such as The Macarena and Cha Cha Slide, The Locomotion and La Bamba as well as some of the residents favourite artists such as Shirley Bassey, The Beach Boys, Marty Wilde, Buddy Holly and Tom Jones. Staff got into the groove by dressing up in neon 80’s dancewear as residents set them fun challenges and dance offs.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Minnie Races Ahead to England U18 Call Up...






28th May, 2021.


A local hockey player has been called-up to represent her country at U18 level. 16-year-old Minnie Pollock, who attends Cundall Manor School near Thirsk, will join up with the squad after an impressive spell in the national U16 team and representing Investec National League North Division 1 side Ben Rhydding Hockey Club. Minnie will join the 26-person squad and is one of only a handful of northern representatives. Last year, Minnie secured her first cap for the U16 team in a 5-0 win against Ireland. Minnie said: “It was a bit of a surreal moment. In the warm-up before the match, my friend said ‘Minnie, we are going to play for England’ and then it hit home. After the match I just felt proud. Ever since I started, I wanted to represent my country and it was so satisfying to actually make it.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Discover Hambleton...






28th May, 2021.


What is the best way to find out about attractions in Hambleton now that life is opening out again? Something new from Hambleton District Council, not just aimed at tourists, is a digital platform, which means that it is a facebook and twitter creature. As Peter Wright, vet, writer and broadcaster explained at the launch event. Discover Hamilton is the new way for residents, tourists and visitors to find out what's going on across Hambleton. This new digital platform will help businesses, shopkeepers, attractions, restaurants and cafés to promote themselves anew. The poster advertising this has a distinctly nostalgic look to it, a sweeping view of the landscape, much like the book covers on tourist books of the 1930’s. John Gallery from the World of James Herriot was enthusiastic. “At the World of James Herriot we are trying to promote the location and the destination of Herriot Country, but it's just as important for local people to learn about their own area. ‘Discover Hambleton’ will give them access much more easily than perhaps we've had in the past. I really would like to see more Hambleton residents coming into the museum.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Cheese Heroes at Virtual Cheese Awards...






28th May, 2021.


The team at a Thirsk based artisan cheese producer are celebrating after winning several prestigious industry awards. Shepherds Purse Cheeses took home both the Gold and Silver awards in the Ewes Milk Soft Cheese class for Mrs Bells Blue and their Yorkshire Fettle as well as being awarded a Silver for their Buffalo Blue in Best Buffalo Milk SoftCheese category at the 2021 The Virtual Cheese Awards. The family run company were also surprised and delighted to be crowned Cheese Heroes of the Year, an honour awarded to them following their work during the Covid-19 pandemic which helped to support and sustain their suppliers by bringing forward the launch of their new format of Yorkshire Fettle last spring in order to give a lifeline totheir sheep milk producers.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Walking for Amelia...






21st May, 2021.


On Friday 14th May, all the children from South Kilvington C of E Primary School completed a charity walk to raise funds for Candlelighters, who are a Charity very close to our hearts at South Kilvington. This would not have been possible without the fantastic support from the Friends of School team who marshalled the event, the Parish Team who provided refreshments and the support of families and local residents on the village green to clap the children in. Candlelighters’ vision is to bring light and hope to every family affected by childhood cancer in Yorkshire and provides emotional, practical and financial support to empower children and their families.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

New look North Yorkshire arts centre reopens...






21st May, 2021.


After three lockdowns, 120 days of building work and a rebrand, Rural Arts re-opens. Thirsk, 18 May 2021 – A leading North Yorkshire arts organization today opens its doors to the public after five months of closure due to COVID-19 restrictions. The re-opening of The Courthouse coincides with the completion of extensive refurbishments to the Grade II listed arts centre, alongside a rebrand, a website redesign and the launch of a new, expanded programme of activities. “We’re so excited to share our new and improved facilities with the world”, says Max May, Director and CEO of Rural Arts. “These renovations secure the building for future generations, improving our accessibility and environmental credentials and ensuring all our visitors can feel welcome and comfortable”. The renovations include the installation of Thirsk’s second ‘Changing Place’ standard accessible bathroom, alongside redecoration and reflooring throughout the building.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

FIVE DOWN – 999,995 TO GO!...






21st May, 2021.


Inspired Pet Nutrition (IPN), the company behind the Harringtons and Wagg pet food brands, has committed to planting one million trees across the UK. The initiative is part of its bold ambition to become the UK’s most sustainable pet food manufacturer. IPN’s main manufacturing site is at Dalton and – as part of the one million tree pledge - the business is partnering with the nearby Thorp Perrow Arboretum as the site for its commitment to have a tree for every employee. A team from IPN visited the Arboretum to plant the first group including three Horse Chestnut Trees (Aesculus Hippocastanum) which are currently on the Red List and classified as vulnerable to extinction.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Fired up...






21st May, 2021.


When the new Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Philip Allott met the media last week just days after his election, he described himself as “on a little bit of a rollercoaster”, taking over from the previous Commissioner, Julia Mulligan. He had already met with the police and fire chiefs, and he had a clear agenda. Rural crime is a major concern, and rightly so according to a recent survey by the National Farmers Union. Over the past 12 months, one in three farmers has been a victim of crime, and Yorkshire farmers have spent more than the national average on prevention measures. Rural areas are being actively targeted, and the average loss is over £4,000 per incident. Half the farmers surveyed said the police did a good job; half said they didn't. Wasn’t this a bit of a failure, I suggested. Mr Allott pointed to the existing rural task force, supplemented by the rural watch.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

A Fond Farewell to Thirsk Picnic in the Park...






14th May, 2021.


For 14 years Thirsk residents have enjoyed the summer treat of ‘Picnic in the Park’, a spectacular event for all ages. Sue Calvert and Jane Burgess, organizers of the event, have been fundraising for over 30 years for children’s charity Action Medical Research. Picnic in the Park has raised an amazing £263,482 for Action, with the Thirsk Action Group raising in excess of £536,668 for the charity over the years. Action Medical Research is the leading UK-wide charity dedicated to saving and changing children’s lives through medical research. Funding a wide range of cutting-edge medical research most likely to deliver real benefit in pregnancy and to babies, children, and young people.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

The Thirsk Bowmen shoot back to life...






14th May, 2021.


Last weekend, local archery club The Thirsk Bowmen reunited members and reinvigorated its community as part of Archery GB’s Big Reopening. The initiative aimed to encourage clubs to reconnect with members and help them once again embrace the social, mental and physical benefits of archery - as well as prepare for the upcoming summer season! Bringing together its members, the Thirsk Bowmen took part in an Archery GB virtual quiz on Friday evening,which enabled everyone to get involved from home. The club hosted a range of fun archery games on Sunday including connect 4, long distance balloon-popping, shooting at a moving target and even archery pong (shooting competitively into a target the size of a paper cup.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Thirsk Community Primary School...






14th May, 2021.


This week Thirsk Community Primary School has had a curriculum enrichment week, during the course of the week pupils have been involved with a range of activities to help bring our curriculum to life! The week's focus has been wide ranging including science, design and technology. It included some very exciting events including den building, practical science investigations, a magic science show, Meals inspired from different countries around the world and a visit from a dinosaur.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Verges...






14th May, 2021.


Carlton Miniott is a pretty village with a lovely school and lots of traffic heading for the A1, and is actually the location of the railway station they call Thirsk! Katy Rose who lives there has campaigned successfully for closure of crossing points on the A19 after a crash there killed her mother. Now she has turned her attention to the question of cutting our roadside verges. You may have seen the teams out around the villages, one on a big sit-on mower and a second worker with a strimmer to trim the edges. The question is whether they are too often and too early in the season. The British Ecological Society says that almost all our wildflower meadows have disappeared, and quite apart from beauty, colour and character, they are vital for the bees, pollinators who are an essential link in growing our crops. Rural verges are an ideal place for flowers to grow. The conservation charity Plantlife has a “cut less. cut later” campaign. Some verges need to be cut for road safety, for instance to give visibility at road junctions, but Plantlife says that all we need is to cut 2 metres (6' 6") back from the road.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Thirsk Community Primary School PTA Big Book drop...






7th May, 2021.


Thirsk Community Primary School's fabulous PTA organized a Book drop during the Easter Holidays. 124 books were packaged and hidden around Thirsk for children to seek and find. This created a fantastic buzz as children went out searching to see what book they would find, from Horrid Henry to Harry and The Dinosaurs and many more, you could choose to keep it or read it and re hide it! Here is what the parents of some of the lucky finders said.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

100 Plus...






7th May, 2021.


The legacy of Sir Tom Moore lives on. His family launched the “100 challenge” – his original fund-raiser was walking 100 lengths of his garden - and encouraged people to do anything of their choosing one hundred times. The staff and residents of The Limes, the Abbeyfield home in Sowerby, rose to the challenge, as manager Val explained when I dropped in last weekend. “I said, would you like to do something? Can you think of 100 of anything? Somebody said I think we could walk around the building.” It didn’t mean everyone walking round 100 times, instead it was a collective response, each making their own contribution. Some could walk ten times round, or just one: it all counted. And so I met groups of residents, some walking, some pushed round in their wheelchairs, and having a good time. All the residents took part, and all the staff, and they were joined by quite a few visitors, family and friends. The weather then was warm and dry and this, and the poor forecast, had tempted them to get going early. Two residents, Yvonne and Linda were clocking up a few rounds and enjoying the experience.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers...






7th May, 2021.


Event 7 of the club championship series, the virtual Gribdale Growler Fell Race took place over 4 days at the weekend, using a course along the Cleveland Way going north towards Snek Yat with fine views of Lake Gormire along much of the way, for those who had time to look! The fastest 10 finishers over the 5.9 mile distance were men, including a guest, but ladies were in the next three places, with Trudy Morrice continuing her excellent form to finish 11th in 44.23, Gemma Tutty 12th finisher, 2nd lady in 44.30 and Sarah Yeomans 13th, and 3rd lady in 44.39. 4th lady, Kirsty Naylor, was a little slower, in 51.03 just ahead of Hilary Coventry, 5th in 51.05, the improving Sarah Harrison 6th in 52.01, Lorraine Hiles 7th in 52.02, Andrea Colls 8th in 52.11, new member, Alison Whiteley, 9th in 52.46 and Clare Tempest 10th in 53.27.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Safe in Harbour...






29th April, 2021.


Our local adventurer Jasmine Harrison rowed over 3,000 miles from the Canary Islands to Antigua in the West Indies, in the process projecting herself into the Guinness Book of Records as the youngest female ever to row solo across an ocean. Her boat Argo is now back in the UK and last Saturday it took pride of place in the marketplace. Jasmine was there as well, still exuding the calm that took her on this remarkable journey. And what a small boat it is when you think of the job it had to do. Built in Burnham on Crouch in Essex and weighing just 3,500 kg empty and about 7,000 kg when kitted out, it faced Atlantic storms and the risk of encounters with sea creatures and immense cargo vessels. There are storage-cum-sleeping areas at each end, but the Captain’s Cabin looked hardly large enough for anyone to sleep although Jasmine said she was OK in there. This event attracted the attention of larger media than myself. Jeremy Buxton from Radio York was there, the first time he had driven the outside broadcast van in a year. His Saturday role in the Finders Keepers programme had been cancelled when there were no events to drop in on during the pandemic. He was joined by camera crews from ITV Calendar and BBC Look North.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Thirsk Falcons U8 Clarets...






29th April, 2021.


The U8 Clarets were honoured to be a part of the first ever round of fixtures played at our new home at Sowerby Sports Village last weekend. The freshly marked pitches were gleaming on a warm sunny April morning with the boys itching to take to the field. After a slow opening 5 minutes from Falcons they started to take control by exploiting the space down the wings. This resulted in the deadlock final been broken when the striker beat his man on the edge of the box and smartly finished.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Thirsk pub landlady wins community hero award...






29th April, 2021.


Thirsk and Malton MP, Kevin Hollinrake, has presented the landlady of the Black Bull in Thirsk with a certificate recognizing the support she gave the community during the Covid crisis. Kayley Bolton who runs the Black Bull decided to appeal for unused toys to redistribute to disadvantaged children. Very quickly donations came pouring in which meant that dozens of children had an extra special Christmas. Mr Hollinrake said “This has been a hugely difficult time for the hospitality sector but despite this many pubs have gone out of their way to support their local communities by offering hot meals for the elderly and vulnerable and food and drink to key workers. I was honoured to have been able to present Kayley with this award for the tremendous work she has done. When lockdown forced the closure of her pub she decided to do something worthwhile and appealed for toys to be given away to less advantaged children at Christmas.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Sutton Bank advance warning system is switched on...






29th April, 2021.


A highly-anticipated traffic detection system to warn of blockages at Sutton Bank is now in operation. Sutton Bank has a steep gradient and hairpin bend, making it one of the most infamous climbs in North Yorkshire. On average, highways teams have to deal with 120 blockages by HGVs every year and around 400 suffer problems on the bank. The introduction of an advance warning system will not only inform road users of blockages on the route, but will also warn of snow and ice. The two interactive signs on Long Street in Thirsk and on the A168/A19 roundabout on York Road are an effective way in advising road users to avoid the route, and allows highways officers to react to closures and disruption on Sutton Bank quickly. Local member Councillor Gareth Dadd contributed £5,000 from his locality budget, and Sutton-under-Whitestonecliffe Parish Council provided £1,000. The total cost of the scheme was £40,000.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Council Chairman visits Thirsk Falcons...






23rd April, 2021.


We had a great visit to the club by Chairman of NYCC Cllr Jim Clarke and Cllr Gareth Dadd on Wednesday. It was a pleasure to show them that evening's training sessions and talk about how the Club has bounced back into training and matches, created new teams and secured our new home at the Sowerby Sports Village over the last year despite the huge challenges faced.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Hambleton Grange Lovebirds Celebrate Special Wedding Anniversary With Candle Lit Date...






23rd April, 2021.


Mike and Maureen believe the secret to a long and happy marriage is to find someone who is abundantly kind and never let them go! Lovebirds, Mike and Maureen, have celebrated their milestone 55th Emerald wedding anniversary at Thirsk care home, Hambleton Grange. The couple were surprised by the thoughtful staff who had organized a private candle-lit date in the vintage tearoom. The pair met in 1964 during a chance meeting at a bus stop on a rainy day and Maureen knew from the moment she met Mike that he was going to be someone special. Mike was waiting in the pouring rain to catch a bus to begin his day working as an apprentice Secretary when Maureen happened to pass him on her Vespa scooter and stopped to offer Mike a lift to work.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Thirsk Falcons Wildcats & Fledglings...






23rd April, 2021.


We are delighted to see the return to weekly sessions of our Weetabix Wildcats and Falcons Fledgling sessions hosted in partnership with our partner club York City FC Foundation.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Thirsk Town Hall...






23rd April, 2021.


I was invited to a special event put on at Thirsk Town Hall to show off their refurbished facilities. I was impressed. The main hall is no dingy throwback to old days. It is tastefully and well decorated in modern shades. The team who run it are proud that they have been able, courtesy of a grant, to change the lighting to LEDs, which will save money on electricity charges. The event was aimed at showing how the various rooms in the building are suited to impressive but not over-expensive events such as wedding receptions or celebration parties. The place ticks quite a few boxes, such as a welcoming feel, quality decoration, disabled access for the ground floor hall and meeting room. Local businesses can provide attractive tables and chairs, flowers and decorations, and local caterers are geared up to lay on good food and drink.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

THIRSK & SOWERBY LEISURE CENTRE REDEVELOPMENT TAKES SHAPE...






16th April, 2021.


Work on the £4m redevelopment of Thirsk Leisure Centre has now moved to the next level - with the completion of the steel frame extension. Work began on site in February, despite some challenging weather conditions and the need to follow COVID secure working practices. As the leisure centre enters week 10 of development works, structural steelwork engineers have now completed erection of the steel frame for the extensions. All part of the construction of a modern and improved leisure centre. The redevelopment includes two extensions, these will house a state-of-the-art gym three times the size of the current facility which for the first time will be operational 24/7 and also include a new multi-purpose studio and a group cycling studio.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

HAMBLETON CREMATORIUM STARTS TO TAKE SHAPE...






16th April, 2021.


Work on the new multi-million-pound Hambleton Crematorium on the outskirts of Thirsk, is progressing well with the steel framework now in position. Work began on the council led crematorium build in November, with the development work now very much underway despite challenging conditions at times, due to snowy and wet weather in January and February. The 22-acre site which will be named Maple Park, is close to both the A1 and A19 and will include a service hall to accommodate approximately 120 mourners plus additional room for standing. There will also be an entrance foyer, waiting lobby, offices and a family room.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Let’s go fly a kite...






16th April, 2021.


Pupils from a local school celebrated the end of a unique term by crafting and flying their own kites. The pupils from Cundall Manor School, took to the challenge set by Headmistress, Amanda Kirby, with real gusto and the weather conditions certainly helped support the event. The inspiration for the festival was taken from a popular Easter tradition in Barbados, where kite flying is regularly incorporated into the annual festivities.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Progress...






16th April, 2021.


We have taken another step out of lockdown, whilst other parts of the world are enduring the worst of it. Monday morning, and the sun shone in the market place, and there was a feeling of the way things used to be – almost. Key businesses such as The Golden Fleece remain shut at present, but the market was in full swing, and but for the number of masks worn in the street, either as a precaution or because it was easier than popping it on and off shop by shop, this could have been as it was a couple of years ago. I felt a little positive where in past months there has been a more subdued mood. There was that sense of a bit of bustle, business to be done. I was not rushing off to the big “non-essential” shops in Middlesbrough or York, well not yet anyway, but my watch had chosen this very moment to run out of battery and so I was able to get it seen to. It was so irritating that it was always 10 minutes and 4 seconds past 10 whenever I looked at my wrist.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Smiles All Round at Hambleton Grange for Jean’s Milestone 100th Birthday...






9th April, 2021.


Jean Smith believes the secret to a long life is to always look forward to tomorrow and never dwell on the past as it is behind you! The team at Hambleton Grange care home in Thirsk have helped Jean Smith to celebrate her milestone 100th birthday party in style by combining her two favourite things: afternoon tea and Frank Sinatra’s greatest hits! Jean was overwhelmed with deliveries of flowers, balloons, presents and cards including a special telegram from the Queen which filled her room as she enjoyed Facetime calls with family and friends. Jean was also delighted to have a socially distanced visit from her daughter. The pair spent time catching up and Jean received a bottle of her favourite Chanel Number 5, an iconic perfume which is also celebrating its 100th birthday this year.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers...






9th April, 2021.


Another of Rob's virtual races saw 90 members and guests complete the virtual Hartlepool Marina 5, a run very much replicating the actual Marina race in that it was a flat out and back road race. It was along part of the Thirsk 10 Road Race course - which would have been held at normal times in March - and allowed for fast times, (which is one reason why the Thirsk 10 is so popular.) Matt Jones is making himself unbeatable at the moment, finishing with the fastest time, over about 5.2 miles, in 31.32. Paul Peacock continues to shine, 2nd in 32.42, with Tom Levi gradually recovering his form after a bad injury, 3rd in 33.07, Andrew Price 4th in 34.06, Joe Lofthouse 5th in 35.48, Josh Fothergill 6th in 35.55, Alan Simpson, always well up, 7th in 36.23, Walter Busuttil 8th in 36.42, Adam Leigh 9th in 37.00 and the indomitable Rob Burn 10th in 37.38 - even though road is not his favourite surface.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Bowling along...






9th April, 2021.


A real light at the end of the tunnel moment came in an email from Jeanette Daly, the Chair of Thirsk Bowls Club with the good news that the Club is restarting on 12 April. She reminded me of the beneficial aspects of the game and its companionship, quite apart from the challenge of winning. “Bowls is a great sport for all ages,” she told me, “ and for the ‘older’ player especially it gives good gentle exercise - walking, bending, stretching. The social contact outdoors in the fresh air is a plus - except when it's raining! And of course there is the Thirsk Athletic Sports and Social Club where there's always opportunity for a drink and chat.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Gardening Talks...






9th April, 2021.


April is a wonderful month. There is nothing more satisfying than gardening in the first real heat of sunshine, with the emerald unfurling of leaves and the spring chorus of birdsong all around you. The blaze of yellow daffodils below combines with the fluffy blossom of plum, pear and apple above, clouds of brilliant white against the clear blue skies – nothing like it. And with the earth warming, there is the promise of all that is to come, a time for planting inspirations, the choosing of seeds for allotment or borders and new projects and aspirations for what your garden could look like.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

First Thirsk Wombles event held...






1st April, 2021.


In quite windy but fine conditions on Sunday 28th March, 25 people came along at staggered times and adhering to social distancing conditions to South Dowber Lane/Sutton Old Rd. In just a few hours, the newly formed Thirsk Wombles collected 87 sacks of pure litter, mostly from the woodland but also many other flytipped items including a fridge, a TV, a net, an old bedstead, a mattress and much more (probably equivalent of c. 97 sacks in total). All items were left in 2 piles to be collected hopefully today (Monday) by HDC who are already incredibly supportive to their sister litter picking group, The Wombles of Hambleton.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Sessay CC fundraising efforts...






1st April, 2021.


Cracking effort from these Lads. Richard Till, Nick Thorne, Paul Flintoff, Tom Sowerby, Ben Scaling and Matthew Wass have all now completed their allocated miles towards their challenge. A staggering 1656 miles covered from the 6 of them. That’s the equivalent of visiting each away ground and back for all 3 senior teams this year.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Happiness...






1st April, 2021.


After a dreary time of lockdown and anxiety our Yarnbombers have turned their collective imagination to something to cheer us up. Their ideas on show in the town centre are wide ranging, from balloons and a nice bottle of something alcoholic to a picnic, or life on a little desert island where the woes of the world would be over the horizon.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Queen Mary’s Chapel Choir Performs This Easter...






1st April, 2021.


Everyone can enjoy beautiful choral music this Easter as Queen Mary’s Chapel Choir is observing Holy Week and celebrating Easter with performances across the week. From Fauré’s ‘Messe Basse’ to ‘This Joyful Eastertide’, each day a new movement or anthem will be released on Queen Mary’s social media channels and the whole concert will be available on the Queen Mary’s website. The Chapel Choir of Queen Mary’s School has celebrated its 40th year and enjoys a reputation as an outstanding chamber choir in the Yorkshire area. Recent performances include recordings for BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 4, Evensong at Hexham Abbey, A Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten, Vivaldi’s Gloria and the staging of the opera, ‘Dido and Aeneas’ by Purcell.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers...






26th March, 2021.


"Not the Park Run" continues weekly, with thousands of runners sending in their times, and this week 10 Harriers were involved, largely due to the encouragement and enthusiasm of Paul Chapman, appreciation for collating these results. Mike Cropper recorded the quickest time, 22.30, and it's good to see him getting back into form. Martyn Coy had a good outing in 23.14, and Duncan Fothergill was delighted with his 24.52, his first time under 25 minutes for a 5k. Sonja van der Westhuisen did a PB in 25.18, with ever present Gary Wilkinson taking 25.29, Kirsty Naylor 27.40, Sarah Harrison 29.13. Siobhan Woodland with PB 33.24, Sharon Keegan 35.50 and Rosie Gatenby 39.29.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Planning Ahead...






26th March, 2021.


There are some people whom I call People Who Put Thirsk On The Map. A mixed bunch, they include our Magna Carta baron, William de Mowbray, cricketer John Lord, John Gilbert Baker the botanist (as in Baker’s Alley), and more recently, Alf Wight, Peter Wright and Julian Norton, and lastly Jasmine Harrison, our transatlantic rower. One name omitted from that list is Adam Carlisle Bamlett. You can find his blue plaque, if you look carefully, on Bamlett House on the Tesco site. Adam Bamlett was born in 1835 at Great Smeaton, the son of Carlisle Bamlett, farmer, who chose for his son the name of the first gardener in the Garden of Eden. This 19th Century Adam turned out to be an innovative engineer with business acumen who built up a farm machinery manufacturing business in Thirsk of international reputation, employing several hundred men. His machines won prize after prize at agricultural shows.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Brighter times are coming!...






26th March, 2021.


Here are some pictures of the lovely displays our school children have been involved with since returning to school. Lockdown has been challenging for each of us but we are all starting to think about the positive things we can all look forward to! This includes Hopes for the future, the people we hope to see soon, places we will go and reflecting on the lessons we have learnt from the Covid 19 pandemic, Thirsk Community Primary School.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Seedlings Nursery Class at Topcliffe CofE Academy celebrate World Book Day with the theme ‘People Who Help Us’...






19th March, 2021.


As part of World Book Day at Topcliffe CofE Academy, the children in Seedlings Class (Nursery) have been reading a book called "Real Superheroes". In this book, it recognizes all the amazing people who have worked super hard over the last year throughout the pandemic. The children enjoyed a day dressing up as real superheroes.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Advance warning system to be installed to tackle Sutton Bank queues...






19th March, 2021.


A pioneering traffic detection system is to be installed in Thirsk to warn of traffic problems at Sutton Bank. The queue detection system will advise road users to avoid the route when necessary and allows highways officers to react to closures and disruption on Sutton Bank quickly. Live updates will be displayed on two interactive signs on Long Street in Thirsk and on the A168/A19 roundabout on York Road. The scheme was partly funded by local North Yorkshire County Council member Councillor Gareth Dadd from his locality budget. He said: “I’m delighted to spend part of my budget on introducing this queue detection system which will be a huge benefit for those using Sutton Bank. The system along the route will pick up a change in traffic behaviour and automatically display it on the message boards.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

HOWLING GALES DO NOT DETER YOUNGSTERS IN QUEST TO RAISE FUNDS FOR CANCER RESEARCH...






19th March, 2021.


Returning to school in March, pupils may have been forgiven for thinking that the worst of the winter weather was behind them. Yet, last Wednesday, pupils from Cundall Manor School donned fancy dress, and braved gale force winds and driving rain in an attempt to raise funds for Cancer Research UK by completing the Race for Life. The wet weather made for difficult terrain but pupils as young as FOUR and as old as 13 took part in the race with plenty of youthful enthusiasm. Pupils from the school, based between Helperby and Topcliffe, continued the tradition, now well established, after the nationwide lockdown postponed the event which is usually held on the first week in January. The pupils had to walk, jog or run in aid of Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work and enhanced the fun by sporting fancy dress. Several pupils also decided to work together to tackle the course and compete in their own three-legged challenge.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

ARMY LOGISTICIANS GEAR UP FOR CYPRUS TOUR...






19th March, 2021.


Personnel from locally based Army unit have donned the famous blue berets of the UN as they prepare to deploy to the Mediterranean. 6 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps (RLC), which operates out of Thirsk, will form part of Operation TOSCA, Britain’s contribution to the peacekeeping mission in Cyprus. Captain Zabina Holt, who will be deploying as a liaison officer, said: “It really is a multinational effort to help keep peace. It is a mandate that is renewed every six months. We are really used to working in a diverse organization.” The international force, established under UNSC Resolution 186 in 1964, sees troops patrol the 112-mile long Buffer Zone. UN forces in the country are made up of almost 1,000 soldiers and police officers from countries as far apart as China and Paraguay.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Thirsk Community Primary School celebrate World Book Day...






12th March, 2021.


World Book Day was on Thursday 4th March and this year was based on the theme 'Share a Story- anytime, anywhere'. Our teachers prepared a fun day of learning based around a specially chosen book for each class. All week we had share a story videos from staff across the school. We also held a Share a Story competition to encourage reading at home and become a reading Star showing exciting ways you can share stories - not just at bedtime.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

High Sheriff Award...






12th March, 2021.


On Friday, David A Kerfoot, MBE presented the school with the High Sheriff award. It was in recognition of the whole staff team and pupils embracing the challenges of the Covid-19 Pandemic and continuing the safe and successful running of the school for continued learning, support and wellbeing for all.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Rower...






12th March, 2021.


Thirsk Yarnbombers have paid their tribute to Jasmine Harrison and her epic transoceanic voyage in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. The town centre is now host to an assortment of sea creatures, including starfish, whales, dolphins, sparkling coloured fish and bright octopi, together with a tiny knitted version of Jasmine’s boat Argo.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

CHARITIES BENEFIT FROM PET FOOD MANUFACTURER’S MILES & MEALS INITIATIVE...






12th March, 2021.


Work colleagues at Inspired Pet Nutrition’s manufacturing site at Dalton Airfield are helping local pet charities and animal rescue centres get free meals as part of the firm’s national Miles & Meals initiative which launched at the end of 2020 and has already seen more than 430,000 free meals donated across the UK to pet charities as well as other organizations such as food banks and the RSPCA. Under the scheme, the business contributes one meal for every mile covered walking, running or cycling. About 90 colleagues across all departments at Dalton have signed up to the initiative, formed teams and record their hours spent exercising – which also includes activities such as yoga and pilates. Up till the end of February, team IPN had completed nearly 700 hours of exercise.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Rural Business Award Win for the World of James Herriot...






5th March, 2021.


The World of James Herriot in Thirsk is a winner of the Triumph over Adversity Award in the Rural Business Awards 2021. The World of James Herriot team is celebrating following the Rural Business Awards 2020/21 National Final, held online for the first time due to lockdown. Jules Hudson, the BBC Escape to the Country presenter, delighted the finalists as host for the ceremony on Thursday 25th February. Speaking after winning The Triumph Over Adversity Award, Ian Ashton, managing director World of James Herriot, said: “I am truly humbled to receive the Triumph Over Adversity Award alongside every other worthy winner in this category at the Rural Business Awards. The past year has been especially difficult for businesses, so to receive this award means the absolute world to me. I want the success of World of James Herriot to be a glimmer of hope for anyone who is currently struggling or has struggled in the past – better days are on the horizon. Much appreciation, Rural Business Awards and Amazon.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Thirsk Adventurer...






5th March, 2021.


Jasmine Harrison has the spirit of adventure in her. As the youngest female to row solo across the Atlantic she has earned at age 21 her place in the Guinness Book of Records. And here is how. She left home at 18 and spent 7 months travelling, borrowed a boat to sail around the Caribbean and happened to be at Nelson’s Dockyard on Antigua in 2018 as the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2017 race was finishing. “I saw the finish line and said I’m going to do it one day,” she told me as she sat in a sunny and warm Nelson’s Dockyard in Antigua last week with tropical birdsong in the background and I spoke to her by Zoom from a Thirsk flirting with spring sunshine. She was pleased with her achievement. “It’s taken me three years to get here and now I’m here and I’ve done it.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Thirsk Rotary Club – Making a difference!...






5th March, 2021.


Last October members of Thirsk Rotary joined in the planting of crocus corns at Sowerby Gateway, Carlton Miniott and Marage Road. This annual event is in support of the World Health Organization’s END POLIO NOW campaign. The purple colour of the Spring flowers relates to the dye used to mark a finger of each child vaccinated in the ongoing campaign, which is supported by Rotary International, the Gates Foundation and others.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers...






5th March, 2021.


In Oct 2004, Paul Sinton-Hewitt organized a run in Bushy Park, London with 13 of his friends so they could continue their sessions together, and this was the beginning of the Park Run movement which has since overtaken the country. Thousands of runners each Saturday, in normal times, descend on their local 5k Park Run course and have a timed run round it. These days, you have a bar code which is scanned at the finish, and results incorporated on a central computer before being published on the website. (In the early days it was tap washers and pencil and paper!) The benefits to health are recognized, and park runs are even promoted in Doctors' surgeries, with a feeling of well being is certain after a run. 20 countries have taken up park runs, and on holiday almost anywhere, you are likely to find a park run. Some runners see how many different park runs they can collect, and "alphabet" park runs are attempted - a run beginning with each letter of the alphabet, and one can imagine Fountains Abbey is a must for a run beginning with F, Photo Tracey Lowther ahead of Pat Kirby at the recent virtual cross country Photo courtesy Alison Butcher.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Jasmine Harrison Record Breaking Atlantic Rower...


26th February, 2021.


21 year old Jasmine Harrison has become the youngest female solo to row any ocean as she completed the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge Saturday 20th February 2021. Jasmine of Thirsk has completed the 3,000-mile row in a crossing time of 70 days, 3 hours & 48 minutes. Jasmine departed from the volcanic shores of La Gomera in the Canary Islands on the 12th December 2020, and arrived 20th February into the paradise island of Antigua, West Indies. The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is a race with purpose - an inspirational event, which draws out the wild spirit in everyday people to achieve extraordinary things. This year’s challenge, which is taking place under strict COVID-19 protocols, saw rowers spend at least 30 days at sea and rowing relentlessly....Video Copyright: Atlantic Campaigns/Andreas Galsgaard (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

New Appointment to the Main Board of the World of James Herriot Ltd...






26th February, 2021.


The board of Directors of the World of James Herriot Ltd is delighted to announce the appointment of John Gallery onto their main board as part of ongoing success of the award-winning attraction in Thirsk. He joins the board following the recent appointment of Kate Pawlett, centre manager as a director, and both appointments are part of a strategic succession plan for the attraction to strengthen and secure its future management and governance in the post-Covid-19 market. Managing Director Ian Ashton says: “John has been involved as PR and marketing consultant to the World of James Herriot since 2012 when we first took over from Hambleton District Council to form the private limited operating company, the World of James Herriot Ltd. We are delighted to have John join us in recognition of the hard work, loyalty, and extensive knowledge he provides in the business, and we welcome him to the Board.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Zoom the MP...






26th February, 2021.


Kevin Hollinrake MP met with 80 or so of his constituents last week from the comfort of his home, via Zoom, in an open constituency meeting that anyone could attend. There were no “cats” or upside-down faces and no technology short-comings. The topic of the evening was the pandemic. Kevin opened by speaking of the 119,000 deaths from Covid-19 and the extreme loss of liberties that have caused such hardship to people and businesses. Setting what would become the tenor of the meeting he admitted “There is no doubt we made mistakes”, but he pointed to similar struggles in other countries and to the great successes, including the roll-out of the vaccination programme and the wonderful work of health and care workers during the last 12 months. On the impact of the repeated lockdowns on schools and children Kevin said: “We took our foot off the gas, we should have been ahead of the game in preparing for a second lockdown in terms of technology and made sure they were available for all children. It’s one of the areas where we could have done better.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Queen Mary’s House Show Goes Digital and Raises Over £600 for Charity...






26th February, 2021.


The Queen Mary’s School community has come together to organize a Virtual House Show. What is known as the wackiest and wildest House competition of the year was taken into the virtual world providing a fantastic opportunity to promote teamwork, keep community spirit high and raise money for charity. The girls were tasked to create content for an extraordinary video. The theme was a certain letter of the alphabet for each House to interpret in any way they wished. There was everything from dancing with dogs, a news broadcast with Dolly Parton to Britain’s Got Talent, gymnastic tricks on horses and more.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Jasmine Harrison – Atlantic Rower
Not Long to go...






19th February, 2021.


10th February DAY 61, less than 600nm to go! Some of the waves on this journey have been absolutely huge, the biggest Jasmine reckons 2.5 times longer than Argo, that’s over 50 feet, or 15-16metres! Last week Jasmine was on the BBC Radio York Jonathan Cowap show describing her recent capsize for all the listeners.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Wellbeing Pictures in South Kilvington...






19th February, 2021.


The children of South Kilvington C of E Primary School wanted to bring the community together by sharing joyous and heart-warming pictures with people in the village that have not had much contact with others recently.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Thirsk Community Primary School...






19th February, 2021.


Please find attached some pictures from Thirsk Community Primary School. We have had a very busy term and are so proud of how resilient and focused our children have been. Pictures include Some of our pupils wearing their clothes inside out to show support for Mental Health awareness. Students and teachers were asked to wear an item of clothing inside out to remind us that how someone else looks on the outside doesn’t necessarily reflect how they are truly feeling on the inside. It has never been so necessary to have robust mental health and wellbeing provisions in schools. Much appreciation to all who showed support.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Next Generation Salute Captain Tom in Fitting 100 Tribute Challenge...






19th February, 2021.


A local School paid tribute to Captain Tom this week as it attempted its own 100 challenge. Pupils from Cundall Manor School, braved snow and sub-zero conditions to pay tribute to Captain Sir Tom Moore. The plucky youngsters, some as young as 7, took part in ‘Cundall's 100 Challenge.’ Sports staff at the school asked 100 pupils to come up with an activity that they could perform 100 times. This challenge was a tribute in memory of Captain Sir Tom Moore who captured the heart of the nation last year with his heroic fundraising attempt that ended up raising £39million for NHS charities during the first wave of the Coronavirus pandemic. The activities pupils completed varied from 100 forwards rolls, kakas, laps of the garden, jogs up and down the stairs, jumps on a trampoline, press-ups, and star jumps to name a few.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Roman Treasure Found Near Thirsk...






12th February, 2021.


Artur Kropiwiec from Pontefract and Blazej Lewandowski from Bradford found a treasure of Roman coins near Thirsk. The coins were torn and these are Roman denarii, many of them are rare. Among various artifacts, Arthur found a button from 300 Polish squadron.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Jasmine Harrison – Atlantic Rower Capsizes...






12th February, 2021.


Report on Twitter from Jasmine Harrison @rudderlymad Wednesday 3rd February, CAPSIZE!! Jasmine capsized at 5pm on a wave at a colossal 17.9kn!! She had said it was rough today but she didn’t even see this wave coming. It’s all a bit of a blur but she was suddenly hanging on to the grab lines upside down underwater and then Argo righted catapulting her across the deck. She could hear her music underwater and then it got fainter as the speaker disappeared, along with a sock! Amazingly no other losses or breakages that she’s noticed yet, she managed to grab her trainers before they disappeared. She’s ok except a cut to her knee.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

LOCAL FURNITURE COMPANY TO SUPPLY NEW HAMBLETON CREMATORIUM...






12th February, 2021.


An expert local furniture maker has been appointed to fit out the new multi-million-pound Hambleton Crematorium on the outskirts of Thirsk. Contractor Willmott Dixon has this week appointed Treske, a Thirsk based leading crematorium furniture supplier, to provide the full range of furniture requirements for the Hambleton District Council project. Treske will supply everything the new crematorium will need from chairs and sofas to flower and candle stands.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

PLANS SUBMITTED FOR NEW LOGISTICS AND MANUFACTURING PARK AT DALTON...






12th February, 2021.


Developers Opus North and Rougemont have submitted outline planning permission for Dalton 49 Thirsk, a new 43-acre logistics park, to Hambleton District Council. Formerly part of RAF Dalton, the site is capable of delivering around 650,000 sq. ft. of much needed employment space. Situated next to the existing Dalton Airfield Industrial, Estate the proposed plans will create a regionally significant employment site with hundreds of jobs. The scheme will provide modern buildings and facilities to meet the needs of occupier businesses, employees and investors by provision of a range of unit sizes and types.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Thirsk Community Primary School - Reader of the week...






6th February, 2021.


Here is a photo of Lottie from our Reception class who won a book and bookmark in our reader of the week raffle.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Libraries...






6th February, 2021.


At present we cannot walk into Thirsk Community Library and browse the shelves, but the books have grown legs and can come to you! The library is open for “Select & Collect” door collection of book bundles selected by our volunteers and chosen by the borrower, or delivered by Community Works volunteers in Thirsk and surrounding villages. Now there is a jigsaw loan service as well, with over 100 on offer to hire for £1 or 50p for children’s one.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Thirsk Community Primary School Home learning updates...






6th February, 2021.


The Children of Thirsk Community Primary schools have really impressed us with the amazing work they have been producing within school and at home. It has certainly stepped up a level this week as the children and their parents are adapting to the new routines and expectations. As well as some excellent Maths and Literacy there has been some very funny poems sent in, Lovely topic work and even some baking.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers...






6th February, 2021.


Another weekend, another race, this time the virtual Ormesby cross country, which you could run over a prescribed course or find a muddy course near your home. Those who lived in or near Thirsk generally chose the prescribed course over a distance just under 3 miles, and submitted a time when they got home. If you ran on the Thursday or Friday, you ran through mud, but on Saturday and Sunday the ground was frozen. An interesting aspect of this race was the Buddha sitting in the hedge beside the route, silently watching runners either slushing by or sliding by! Andrew Price got the quickest time, 20.17, with Joshua Fothergill not far behind in 20.21. Paul Peacock came 3rd in 21.00, Matt Jones 4th in 23.10, Ken Wood 5th in 23.20, with David Fawkes 6th in 23.30, Michael Lowther 7th in 23.58, Rob Burn 8th in 25.04, Alan Simpson 9th in 25.18 and the improving Richard Morrice 10th in 26.28.... (TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SEE THE NEWSPAPER)

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