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HELMSLEY BLOG TO CLOSE

We regret to announce the imminent closure of this blog. Gareth started it six years ago, along with companion blogs for Pickering and Kirkbymoorside, and was soon joined by Jean as a major contributor. Other contributors have come and gone, but none have been able to make a long term commitment. Individuals, businesses, charities, and other […]

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Ryedale Family History Group February meeting

Ryedale Family History Group’s next meeting is on Wednesday 15 February at 7.30pm, and will be held at The Moorside Club and Bar, Kirkbymoorside. The speaker is Freda Shaw, who will be taking about ‘The Village School’, giving a potted history of how the church was involved in early education, with Sunday Schools providing opportunities […]

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Helmsley Horse Races

Helmsley Horse Races will be held at Duncombe Park on Sunday February 12. Organised by the Sinnington Hunt, the Races are a traditional form of point-to-pointing, which is confined to amateur trainers and jockeys. Horses and riders compete to see who can complete the three miles and 18 fences in the shortest time. There will […]

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Funding boost for Ryedale Community Transport

Ryedale Community Transport (RCT) has received a funding boost for its Wheels2Work (W2W) service. The service provides affordable moped hire to enable people who live in a remote Ryedale community with no access to transport to take up a job offer, apprenticeship, training or further education. The new funding streams from the Big Lottery, European […]

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Two posts available at Pickering Medical Practice

Pickering Medical Practice are currently looking for a Medical Receptionist to join their busy Reception Team dealing with patient enquiries on the telephone and in person. Experience is desirable but full training can be provided. Full details can be found on the NHS website. They are also looking for an Apprentice Dispensing Assistant to work […]

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Hovingham market celebrates Valentine’s Day

After a short winter break in January, Hovingham Village Market is back in its usual slot on the first Saturday of the month. With Valentine’s Day coming up, there’s love in the air and time to buy something special: Chocolates & delicious delicacies * Jewellery *  Cushions * Walking sticks * Pin boards  * Children’s clothes  * […]

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Happy new year!

Season’s greetings and a happy new year to those members of our community celebrating the lunar new year and the start of the Year of the Rooster.

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Northern Broadsides touring “Cyrano de Bergerac”

Northern Broadsides and the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle under Lyme, join forces in a spring touring production bringing their celebrated musical panache, acclaimed charisma and exuberant performance style to a swashbuckling tale of unrequited love set in the golden age of musketeers: “Cyrano de Bergerac“. Paris, 1640.  Cyrano de Bergerac, a brilliant poet and swordsman, […]

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Group walking in February

We’ve been away for a while, and got a bit behind with the postings, so to catch up, here’s an omnibus edition of the walks available in February from our two favourite walking groups, the Ramblers and Ryedale Walking Group. Ramblers: Sunday 5th February: 10.00 am start. Lowna Bridge Car Park. 10 miles, grid ref. […]

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Poem to Yorkshire’s dark skies released ahead of the 100+ events at this year’s Festival

An ode to the Yorkshire’s night sky has been released as more events are added to the county’s largest celebration of all-things-celestial. The week-long Dark Skies Festival happens in four weeks’ time to coincide with half term (Saturday 18 to Sunday 26 February). It will see over 100 events being held across 21 different locations […]

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A bold fox and other prints at Helmsley Arts Centre

An exhibition of prints by Gerard Hobson is now running at Helmsley Arts Centre. Art can be a very personal matter and what appeals to one doesn’t necessarily appeal to another. You may not agree, but this fox  made me laugh out loud with pleasure. Since childhood Gerard Hobson has had a love for birds, […]

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Henry Gyles, glass painter, talk at HAHS

Helmsley Archaeological and Historical Society‘s winter programme resumes on Friday week with a talk by Susan Harrison, Curator (collections) North Territory, English Heritage, entitled “An Honest Gyles”. This talk will focus on a window made by the eminent glass painter of York, Henry Gyles, in 1699 and reveal the story of its discovery, research, conservation […]

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Walling and hedging grants available

Grants of up to £2,000 are now on offer to land managers in the North York Moors National Park for hedgerow planting and drystone walling. The Traditional Boundary Scheme seeks to restore and improve traditional field boundaries, which form an important part of the landscape character across the National Park. The Authority wants to help […]

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Late January walks with Ryedale Walking Group

Ryedale Walking Group has just two walks on offer in the second half of January, but either or both would go some way towards meeting your new year resolution to take more exercise. Sunday 22 January:  Pickering, Dalby Forest and Thornton-le-Dale 10 miles (moderate) 1019ft Park/Start 10.00 Woodland Park CP, A169 Whitby Road, Pickering (SE803845). […]

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The Tempest, live from Stratford to Helmsley

Live relays of plays from London and elsewhere come thick and fast now, so are no longer news, and we don’t blog them as often as we did in the early days of this new theatrical venture. However, occasionally one comes along that deserves highlighting (in our opinion!). Into this category falls the Royal Shakespeare […]

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Big Garden Birdwatch

More than half a million people from across the UK are set to take part in this year’s Big Garden Birdwatch, by counting the birds in their gardens over the weekend of 28-30 January, 2017. If you’d like to take part, and count the birds visiting your garden, you can request a free information pack, or […]

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Ryedale District Council Budget Consultation

Ryedale District Council is consulting on its 2017/18 budget. The results of the consultation will inform the decision to be made on Friday 21 February 2017 on the budget and council tax level for 2017/18. The deadline for responses is Friday 6 January 2017. Take the consultation survey here.

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Age UK shops seek volunteers

As part of Age UK’s No one should have no one at Christmas campaign, the Age UK shops in Kirkbymoorside, Pickering, Malton, and Helmsley are appealing to people in Ryedale who would like to connect with their community through volunteering. These shops are hoping to attract new volunteers who would like to meet new people […]

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Moors Conservation Award

Applications are now open for a Conservation Award, which is made biennially and recognises efforts to protect biodiversity or vernacular architecture in the North York Moors. An award of £500 is made to the winning entry, funded jointly by the North Yorkshire Moors Association and the National Park Authority. Applications are now invited from individuals, […]

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Ramblers walks in January

The Ramblers will be having a bit of a rest after Christmas and New Year, but will have their boots on again by mid January, and have three walks on offer for the remainder of the month, as follows: 15th January: 10.00 am start. Cawthorne Roman Camp Car Park. 10miles, grid ref. SE 827 963, […]

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New year walks with Ryedale Walking Group

If you can get your mind past Christmas and the New Year, you might want to start thinking about working off some of that excess, perhaps with a good walk. Ryedale Walking Group, which always welcomes visitors and newcomers, will be doing the following walks in the first half of January 2017: Tuesday 3 January. […]

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Ryedale Energy Saver Scheme

The Ryedale Energy Saver Scheme is a two year project designed to help local residents keep warm for less and reduce their fuel bills. Homeowners and private renting tenants can access a range of grants, loans and support for heating upgrades and home insulation improvements. We can check to see if you qualify for any […]

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Bus times over the holiday period

From the EYMS: The festive season is upon us, and it’s time to start looking ahead to the New Year.  And what a year it will be, with Hull hosting the City of Culture celebrations, and lots to look forward to. But before we start thinking about 2017, there’s still a little of this year […]

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Development money aids Helmsley projects

Community projects around Helmsley are set to benefit from money given to the local authority by developers. The so-called ‘section 106’ money, totalling £46,370, was given to the North York Moors authority as a condition for granting planning permission for the new development of 21 homes at the rear of the Black Swan. A town […]

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The year in review with Ryedale Walking Group

We post a lot information about walks with the Ryedale Walking Group, so we thought you might like to know a bit more about them.  Here’s their Chairman’s report on last year’s activities: Our group celebrated its 10th anniversary in September and we continue to walk at least once each weekend and occasionally during the […]

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