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Last Week's Thirsk Weekly News dated 28th March as a FREE digital download

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2nd April, 2020.


We have made the last paper until (hopefully) 25th April issue available as a FREE digital down load for those who could not get a copy delivered or picked up from the shops. Simply click on the Front page of the paper and download as a PDF file.










Ghost Town?

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28th March, 2020.


Covid-19 strikes. It was a dismal list of cancellations. The Ritz cinema, Rural Arts groups, the University of the Third Age groups, church services, and now churches themselves have to be closed, in an almighty effort to slow down the spread of the coronavirus. Closed signs posted on shop doors, and now the shops that are open are controlling how many customers can come in at a time. Thirsk Tourist Information has closed its doors but is running a phone enquiry service on 522755 between 10am and 3pm daily except Sundays, so, you can still access their mine of information. Their website is also alive and full of information. Take a glance at the market place on their webcam. You can make out the tape preventing people from congregating and sitting on the seats and round the clock tower. Meanwhile Community Works are already under pressure from responding to local needs made worse by the virus situation and are providing many more food parcels than usual along with packed lunches for children of school age. They are relying on donations of food and money from the community, but if you can’t get out or go to church and put a few tins in a box, how can you help? If you can make a financial donation any sum no matter how small (or large !) will be most welcome.....
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Ritz Cinema - Online Quiz

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28th March, 2020.


As you are probably already aware, next month starts the anniversary of the Ritz Volunteer Groups 25 years of keeping Thirsk's cinema open. Times change and in the current situation of course, the cinema as all others, has had to temporarily close it's doors. It's important that we hear of good news stories, especially in these very trying times - and with this in mind the Ritz can help! One of the cinema volunteers, Treasurer and web-master Martin Unné, has come up with a novel solution to keep interest in the cinema - an online cinematic quiz! Simply visit www.ritzcinema.co.uk and follow the link. Martin says "I hope to give a few moments of amusement to anyone who is presently stuck inside.....
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Care Home Residents Share
Wise Words of Wisdom

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28th March, 2020.


Staff and residents at Hambleton Grange in Thirsk have been sharing their advice and special memories about raising their children this Mother’s Day. Courtney Woodall, a care assistant at the home and also pregnant with her first child, has been charmed by the wise words of wisdom from the ladies prior to giving birth later this year. Resident, Sue Sherwood was born in 1945 and has two children. She spent her life working in childcare and wanted to reassure Courtney that although new mums can be under a lot of pressure, your instincts will always prevail. She said, ‘New mothers need to find a routine and things that work for them and their babies and just try to stick to that – you will never do everything right first time but motherhood is all about learning and trial and error. Stick with it and be patient’. Linzi Williams, Lifestyle Manager at Hambleton Grange, reiterated Sue’s words, adding ‘It is hard being a new mum, but so rewarding and every mum should be proud of themselves. I have tried to teach my children to stand up for what they believe in and I hope that is something they take with them all the way through their lives.....
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Rural Arts calls out for votes to bag a share of Tesco’s community fund

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28th March, 2020.


Thirsk arts charity Rural Arts is bidding to bag a cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative, which sees grants of £2000, £1000 and £500 awarded to local community projects. Rural Arts is one of three groups in the region that has been shortlisted to receive the cash award, and shoppers are being invited to head along to Thirsk’s Tesco branch to vote for who they think should take away the top grant. The grant will allow the charity to provide intergenerational arts and crafts activities bringing local children and older people together. These activities will help to reduce isolation, improve health and wellbeing as well as strengthen the community in the area. Director and CEO Max May says: “We’re so pleased to be chosen as a Bags of Help cause. The funds will be used to run activities right on the store’s doorstep, at our arts centre just over the road. Please do consider dropping a blue coin in our slot as you shop.....
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This Week's Thirsk Weekly News will be in the shops Friday 27th March 2020

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26th March, 2020.


This week's paper will be in the shops Friday 27th March 2020 due to a mechanical breakdown.










Lambert

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20th March, 2020.


Another step forward in the life of this fine building took place last week at the Annual General Meeting of the Lambert League of Friends (they have dropped the word “Hospital” from their name. League members have seen disappointment, struggle, and then a light at the end of the tunnel. Now they are planning for its new life under the aegis of Herriot Hospice Homecare, with four hospice beds and associated services in a refurbished building saved for the community by Hambleton District Council. “We’ve come from nothing to where we are now in a few years,” said League Secretary Liz Waller, adding “that building means so much to people born and bred in Thirsk.” They never stopped in their efforts. So what is the plan? Herriot Hospice Homecare will take over the building from the Council and will be responsible for bringing it back into use. They will raise the money for that. The Lambert League of Friends will continue as a separate charity, and they will provide the money for the beds and patient care. They have just made a payment of £140,000 to Herriot, and will transfer the rest of their reserve in due course.....
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Memorial

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20th March, 2020.


Last year I wrote about the life-long gratitude of a Sunderland man, Jim Pearson for the love he was shown in a moment of world crisis by a Sowerby couple. Jim came to Blue Row in September 1939 as a 6-year old evacuee, and was taken in by Alfred and Annie Wright. They looked after him with care and love. Alf was a ploughman and for Jim walking the fields with Alf was a new and amazing experience. Jim went to the local infant school, one of the memories he took back with him to Sunderland. When he retired after a career as a chartered electrical engineer, Jim took the time and trouble to find out what had become of Alf and Annie. He found that they were buried in an unmarked grave in St Oswald’s churchyard....
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Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers

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20th March, 2020.


Against all the odds, Thirsk 10 took place at the weekend, and the gratitude of runners was palapable! There were 960 finishers, seeming to find the new course to their liking and the weather was kind, though wind in places was a factor. Graham Rush of Leeds City AC won the event in a time of 51.44 - not bad for 10 miles - just 24 seconds ahead of Jonathan Johnson of Rotherham. We were pleased to welcome back Olympian Aly Dixon of Sunderland Strollers, 20th finisher, who won the ladies event in a time of 57.07 with Rachel Friend of Leeds City 2nd lady in 58.19. Tyne Bridge Harriers won the Men's Team prize, with Harrogate Harriers second. Stainland Lions RC were 1st Ladies Team amd Knaresborough Striders 2nd. The only wheelchair athlete was Tiaan Bosch of City of York AC who went round the course in 43.31. The Norman Smith Trophy for men not attached to a club and living in the YO7 postcode area was Greg MacDonald, a name familiar to club members, and the ladies winner was Laura Wood. About 30 or so children and adults entered the Fun Run....
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THIRSK HOCKEY CLUB U10 GIRLS

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13th March, 2020.


In2Hockey Yorkshire championship Thirsk were first up, against a strong Ben Rhydding side. The girls found themselves 1-0 down and never really threatened the opposing goal. After a forthright team talk Thirsk were much improved in their next game against Driffield, but despite a flurry of short corners, superbly injected by Rachel, were unable to force our way through and had to settle for a 0-0 draw. The third game brought the first goals of the tournament with Maise and Lilly both slotting home to deliver a 2-0 win against Doncaster. Results elsewhere meant Thirsk were tied joint second with Driffield with nothing to separate them. Penalty flicks were therefore used to determine who went through to the semis. Thankfully Thirsk prevailed thanks to a save from Tilly on the final flick....
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Thirsk Community Primary School celebrate World Book Day 2020

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13th March, 2020.


This year to celebrate World Book Day the children and staff of Thirsk Community Primary were asked to design a t-shirt based on their favourite book....
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Harriers running London Marathon for Herriot Hospice Homecare

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13th March, 2020.


Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers Clare Tempest and Lorraine Hiles are currently in training for the 40th London Marathon at the end of April 2020. They are raising money for Herriot Hospice Homecare and the money they raise will help to fund the refurbishment of the Lambert Hospital in Thirsk to provide a hospice for patients and families in the Hambleton and Richmondshire area. This will be Clare’s 9th marathon and Lorraine’s 1st....
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Taylor Wimpey supports Thirsk Community Primary School

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13th March, 2020.


World Book Day celebrations at Thirsk Community Primary School were boosted by a donation from Taylor Wimpey. The school received £500 from the homebuilder in support of the national event which took place on Thursday 5th March. Now in its 23rd year, World Book Day aims to encourage children of all ages to enjoy and appreciate the pleasures of reading. Mr R Chandler, Headteacher at Thirsk Community Primary School said: “World Book Day is a fantastic initiative which really encourages children to develop their reading....
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Race Night 2020 at Thirsk School

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6th March, 2020.


The Friends of Thirsk School presented a record breaking night for the school on Friday with an amazing £7,000 being raised for the school. This was in large part due to the amazing business leaders of the community who donated generous prizes and sponsored races and horses. This was also the finale for The Apprentice Challenge where teams of year 11 and 12 students competed to raise the most money. Led by their excellent mentors, teams visited board rooms, produced online shops, made fliers and blagged their way to truly impressive incomes. The fourth placed team made more than the whole event last year and the winning team raised over £2,000....
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Toddlers at play

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6th March, 2020.


The toddler group at East Thirsk Community Hall have good reason to be jolly – they have received a grant of over £173,000 from the Reaching Communities Lottery to keep them running and cover costs for the next five years. In the middle of a very excited group of kids and mums I spoke to Gareth Dadd, the Deputy Leader of North Yorkshire County Council and a keen supporter of the project. “It’s absolutely fantastic news, not just for the Thirsk area but the grant allows the group to expand and offer comradeship to Sowerby and the surrounding villages.” One of the trustees of the Community Association, Nina Teagle, recalled setting up her first play group 54 years ago. “It was in a place with no nursery classes. I wanted the best for them,” she said. Watching today’s children, she added “it’s lovely to see them all playing happily away and the mums having a chat....
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Thirsk Hockey Club - Ladies 3rds

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6th March, 2020.


Ladies 3 travelled away again this week to play Huddersfield 1s on yet another wild and windy Saturday. With just 11 players again and the adaptable Ellie stepping in to play goalie at short notice we took to the pitch just as the hail started. Luckily this was short lived and we settled in to the match passing the ball around and making some good attempts on goal forcing their goalie into some some great saves as Bev repeatedly put on the pressure. Huddersfield had an equal amount of play, testing our backs and goalie with a number of short corners and running play through our midfield which saw them eventually take the lead before the half time whistle. We continued in the second half to press forward, with some strong passing play between our midfielders and forwards down the wings and had a number of opportunities - a close miss from Bev and an awful miss-hit from Jane, however the Huddersfield defence were well organized and gave us little space or time....
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Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers

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6th March, 2020.


Races are falling victim to the weather on a regular basis just now, and the latest casualty was the NYSD cross country event which should have been held at Croft on Sunday. The course was waterlogged, which was especially disappointing as it should have been a club championship event. The previous weekend was more successful as the Holme House Prison 5k Trail did go ahead - outside the prison! It was the latest race in the Muddy Roads 5k series, and 17 Harriers were among the 219 finishers on a multi-terrain course including pavement right round the exterior of the prison, squelchy grass, mud or ankle deep water depending on your preference, and decent trails....
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Scorpion Cup semi-final
Thirsk Town 3: Knayton 1

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28th February, 2020.


Despite the blustery and damp start last Sunday, and after a two week break from football because of the recent bad weather, Thirsk Town hosted Knayton on the Flatts at Thirsk in the Hillsprint Hambleton Combination Football league Scorpion Cup semi-final. The pitch was soft after all of the heavy rains during the week, but it was just playable, if hard and tiring work for both teams. This was a grudge match between two fairly similar sides of fierce and physical rivalry over the years. It was Knayton which opened the scoring after a somewhat desultory first few minutes of battling to wrestle control, when Rob Cowton headed the ball past a beleaguered Thirsk Town defence, which left the goalkeeper little chance in the crowded box. Thirsk Town tried again and might have scored but Knayton’s defence proved strong and seemingly impenetrable at times. After the referee had made several decisions less favourable to Thirsk Town, their goalkeeper took exception to several of Knayton’s tackles which left Thirsk players down, and he mistakenly argued Town’s case, leading to a ten minutes sin-binning....
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Joint-replacement service
reduces waiting times

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28th February, 2020.


A DEDICATED joint-replacement service at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton is getting patients home faster and reducing waiting times. In the past patients receiving hip and knee replacements often spent up to five days in a hospital bed after their procedure. But now patients are encouraged to get up and about as soon as possible, and most find themselves back home in as little as two to three days. Less time in a hospital bed means reduced risk of infections and a faster return to independence and their own homes. This also allows more patients to be treated each week, helping to ease pressures on waiting lists....
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Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers

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28th February, 2020.


Race 3 in the Club Championship series of races was held around Holme House Prison on Sunday, in a window between wind and rain, but results are not yet to hand. Three hardy souls, Alan Simpson, Marc Davies and Fran Jeffery, were among the 409 finishers at the High Nick Fell Race beginning from Dufton. The 15k (9miles) event, with 450m (1,476ft) of climb, had to cope with the forecast gusty winds, blizzards, a knee deep water crossing, and a long downhill into a headwind to the finish! All good fun, and maybe the hot soup at the end made it all worthwhile, though an odd runner had to be treated for hypothermia (Photo courtesy Karen Harland)....
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Location App Helps Find
Crashed Driver near Thirsk

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28th February, 2020.


A woman from Shropshire had crashed her car down an embankment (20ft from the road) off the A19 near Thirsk. The crash happened 8pm Friday night (21st February) with her car not visible to passing traffic she would be hard to locate. Trapped in the car she called her father in Shrewsbury who helped her use an App called What3words (a location app) to define her position. Her father then called North Yorkshire Police’s control room in York. She was found within four minutes of the call. North Yorkshire Police said on their Facebook page: “Around 8pm last night a young lady rolled her Mazda off the A19 at Thirsk. Due to the precarious position of her upturned car she was unable to get out and had no real idea where she was....
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Thirsk Community Primary School Gymnastics

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21st February, 2020.


Well done to all the pupils from Thirsk Community Primary School that took part in a recent Key Steps Gymnastics Competition. Three teams of pupils travelled over to Thirsk High School to take part in the competition....
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Hambleton Grange Couple Celebrate Their 55th Valentine’s Day Together

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21st February, 2020.


Mike and Maureen Hannan offer the younger generation advice on maintaining a long lasting and loving relationship. The couple, who met in 1964 during a chance meeting at a bus stop on a rainy day celebrated their 55th Valentine’s Day together at Hambleton Grange care home in Thirsk. Maureen knew from the moment she met Mike that she had found someone very special. Mike was waiting in the 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. Maureen continued to pass the same bus stop each day and began to carry a spare helmet in the hope of seeing Mike again. Sure enough, they were reunited a few weeks later when Mike hitched another lift to work on the back of Maureen’s scooter. Shortly after the couple went on their first date where they recall driving to Hawnby in a Mini Cooper to have a scenic picnic....
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OUT WITH THE OLD... AND IN WITH THE NEW!

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21st February, 2020.


The Ritz Cinema has taken an opportunity to remove some of the historic speakers hidden behind the screen along with some old sound equipment that had been shed-stored while undertaking recent maintenance work. Lee Dalby, a Halifax based audio professional who has a passion for old sound equipment from the 1930 to 60s contacted The Ritz just as, by happy coincidence the cinema was due to improve some of the existing audio system. On his first visit he was able to identify 5 speakers of the right vintage and arrangements were made to remove them. Ritz volunteers John Potter and Howard Wooldridge met at the cinema and spent a Saturday morning with the hobbyist and 2 of his friends to extract the speakers. As they were behind the screen this first had to be partially unstrung and raised to allow access and prevent damage to the screen....
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Care for farmers

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21st February, 2020.


The Bishop of Whitby, whose patch includes Thirsk (although Ripon is our nearest cathedral) came to the Rural Business Centre last week to promote the work of the church with farmers. Farmers can endure isolation and anxiety about future changes to farming. Every Thursday Yorkshire Churches has people at the auction mart so that farmers or their families can have a cuppa and a chat about whatever is on their mind. The Bishop was there to commission lay chaplain Yvonne Bowling from St Oswald’s Sowerby to continue this work, work which he described as a sort of bridge between the farmers and the church, bringing the church to them and offering a spiritual space in which the farmers can come and relax....
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Thirsk School Apprentice Challenge

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14th February, 2020.


Teams of year 11 students are working in partnership with local businesses to compete to sell as many tickets for the rapidly approaching Race Night at Thirsk School at the end of February. Students have prepared presentations, visited boardrooms, set up online shops, approached local shops/pubs/ cafe's in Thirsk and done their best blagging to earn the top prize. They have shown some serious entrepreneurial skills which we hope they can take back into the classroom for their Business Studies at school. The advice from our business leaders has been invaluable and the motivation, excitement and hard work our youngsters are putting in is impressive....
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Children of Keeble Gateway Academy visit Thirsk Co-op

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14th February, 2020.


The reception children from Keeble Gateway Academy enjoyed a visit to Thirsk Co-op on Wednesday 5th February. As part of their curriculum, Keeble Gateway Academy encourage their children to have an appreciation of the local community, as well as what they can do to support it. Robins class learned where all the food comes from in the world and what it means for items to be Fairtrade. The children then used their shopping lists to find and buy the ingredients needed to make some yummy treats in the afternoon....
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Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers

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14th February, 2020.


With storm Ciara forecast for Sunday, the Saturday park runners were lucky to get their races in before the weather significantly worsened. It was a special day for Rosie Gatenby achieving her 100th Park Run, this week at Fountains Abbey, though she is a real park run tourist. She was among the 470 finishers, coming 397th in 36.27, though well behind first club finisher, Lorraine Hiles, who just seems to go from strength to strength. With a percentage rating of 83, Lorraine came 43rd in PB 21.33, with Paul Chapman 59th, also with PB time 22.33, Gary Wilkinson 61st in 22.41, Marc Davies - not entirely in his element on smooth tracks, but getting a good result - 87th in 23.48, Trish Radford 191st in 27.44, Molly Mayes 201st in PB 27.59, Paul Adams 218th in 28.30, David Palmer 258th in 30.19, Sharon Keegan 328th in 33.17, Bev Davies, putting in a rare appearance after a long injury lay-off, 395th in 36.26, Rosie was next, then Gillian Crane 431st in 39.45....
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New six-week health check for new mums thanks to MP and local campaigner

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14th February, 2020.


A universal thorough 6-8 week post-natal check for new mothers is to form part of an updated contract for GPs, thanks to a campaign supported by Thirsk and Malton MP, Kevin Hollinrake. Mr Hollinrake took up the issue following representations from one mother in his constituency, Libby Binks from Malton, who said that the current six week check-up, alongside her new baby’s examination was too rushed. She had told Mr Hollinrake that during her check-up consideration was not given to her wellbeing, despite the fact that she was clearly in distress and had post-natal depression. Later she had filled in a questionnaire with a health visitor which clearly showed she was suffering from depression although nothing was done until her child’s first birthday. Mr Hollinrake, who has raised the issue in debates and with ministers on a number of occasions said “It’s only natural that attention is focussed on a new baby to ensure that it is healthy and developing normally....
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Thirsk Community Primary School - RE Enrichment

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7th February, 2020.


Pupils at Thirsk CP School had a fun and informative week last week. Three times a year all lessons cease and the whole school enjoys an Enrichment Week. This term, we focused on expanding our children's knowledge of other cultures and religions. The Year 5 and 6 classes had a fabulous visit to Bradford, visiting a Hindu temple and a Muslim Mosque. Pupils found it absolutely fascinating, Zack said, "I really liked the bright colours of the Gods.” Whilst many of the children were fascinated by the call to prayer. Year 3 and 4 pupils were fascinated to have a visit from members of the Buddhist Centre in Harrogate, enjoying story telling and drama. Whilst our Year 1 and 2 pupils visited St Marys Church, Thirsk, the highlight seems to have been seeing the enormous front door key....
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Thirsk Woman to Row the Atlantic Solo

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7th February, 2020.


Jasmine Harrison is 20 (21 on completion of challenge) lives in Thirsk, she is a part time swimming teacher and bartender, she loves sports, adventure, culture, animals and food. Many people are asking her 'why on earth she would want to do this row?' So here is her not so simple answer... “I am doing this challenge for many reasons. I happened to be in Antigua for the finish of The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2018 race and got talking to some of the support team in English Harbour. It wasn't just watching and holding the flares at Nelson's Dockyard for a race finish that inspired me, it was also talking to a family member of a lad that had just completed who told me just how much of an amazing thing it was. I didn't say 'not a chance I would do that' it was more a fact of why not do it....
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James Winn Sports Sponsorship

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7th February, 2020.


The children are very excited at Sowerby Primary Academy, Thirsk as recently they have been sponsored yet again by local company, James Winn Estate Agent Thirsk and Northallerton. This will be the second time James Winn has sponsored the school for their sports competition kit. This has enabled the school to purchase extra kit including new shorts, tops as well as some hoodies for the colder months. The kit has been purchased from local company Fox Stitch and sports the school’s logo (which was initially designed by a pupil who attended the school) as well as James Winn’s striking logo. The children participate in various sports including, tag rugby, athletics, football and cross-country, competing against other schools in the area....
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New School

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7th February, 2020.


“For me it’s all about the community and what we are trying to build.” These were the words of Nigel Ashley, the Chief Executive of the Elevate Multi Academy Trust at the ground-breaking event for their new school, Keeble Gateway, last week. The school, tucked away behind Aldi and Orchid House, is there principally to serve Sowerby Gateway across the road, and has had what they call a challenging history so far. It should have opened in permanent buildings last autumn, but fate and planning issues delayed that and the first children started in a temporary pair of Portacabins....
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