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Book now for Sydney Harbour opera spectacular

Serious forward planning is required if you want to catch the live broadcast of this year’s opera spectacular from Sydney Harbour, courtesy of Cinema Live, which will be broadcast to cinemas around the world, including the Palace in Malton, on September 15. The opera is Aida, in which (according to the advertising blurb) Verdi masterfully […]

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Police warning after legal traps damaged

Police are urging members of the public not to interfere with wildlife traps in rural areas, after a number of legal traps were damaged on the North York Moors. Legal traps play an important part in reducing predation of eggs and chicks of ground nesting birds such as lapwings, curlews and grouse. Traps such as […]

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Summer term adult learning courses

Details are now available of adult learning courses for the summer term, organised by the NYCC. Nothing is on offer in Helmsley, but there are a number of  courses nearby in Kirkbymoorside, focusing on arts and crafts: choose between knitting children’s toys, creative painting, hand sewing or silk painting, all at the Library for five […]

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Time for a change

Don’t forget to put your clocks forward by one hour tonight, when ‘European summer time’ begins – though you wouldn’t think it looking out of the window just at the moment!

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Helmsley beer to help preserve Cleveland Way

A new beer has been created which will not only taste great but help preserve one of the most popular local footpaths; the Cleveland Way. Walkers who enjoy soaking up the wonderful views of the Cleveland Way National Trail can now enjoy a beer inspired by the popular route. ‘Striding the Riding’ is being brewed […]

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Big discount on weekly bus ticket for Easter

Hull-based bus company EYMS is encouraging local people to hop on the bus this Easter by offering reduced price weekly tickets. To get a discounted weekly ticket, all people need to do is to buy a weekly ticket on the bus between Monday 30 March and Easter Monday inclusive. The offer includes the 128 Helmsley […]

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Actors wanted for haunting tale of love and superstition

Actors of all ages are being sought for a new community play The Kissing Ring, written and directed by Helena Fox of Everwitch Theatre. The play, which was specially commissioned by Helmsley Arts Centre, is set in the atmospheric landscape of the North York Moors and is a haunting tale of love and superstition, interweaving […]

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Pickering to host live Channel 4 News next Monday

The 7.00pm evening news all next week will feature presenter Krishnan Guru Murthy on a 5 day cycle trip from Robin’s Hood Bay to Salford. The aim of the ride, and the nightly discussions with people along the way, is to reflect on the ‘disconnect between the issues of importance to Londoners and those living in […]

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An evening with Alexander McCall Smith

Waterstones bookshop in York invite you to join them for a delightful evening with the poplar author, Alexander McCall Smith. Alexander McCall Smith is one of the world’s most prolific and most popular authors. His career has been a varied one: for many years he was a professor of Medical Law and worked in universities […]

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Hovingham Market news

*Free* Easter trail at Hovingham Village Market for all children with prizes and fun There’s plenty to delight and surprise for families at the Hovingham Village Market this Easter, Saturday 4th April, 10.30am to 1.30pm. We’re famous for the quality of our locally produced food and delicatessen. Look out for our new guest stalls selling […]

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Free walking maps

If we seem to be a bit walk obsessed here at the blog, that’s because two great local walking groups keep us informed of their activities.  But what to do if you don’t want to walk with a group?  We’ve just discovered Walking in England, a web site which offers hundreds of walks all over […]

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Health and wellbeing newsletter

The latest issue of the North Yorkshire Health and Wellbeing Board newsletter has recently been published. Topics covered in this issue include: how health and social care services worked together to meet the challenges of winter; preparations for the introduction of the Care Act in April; the latest on the development of an autism strategy […]

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Spring Clean Sunday in Helmsley

“Spring Clean Sunday” community litter pick Sun 29th

  Spring has finally sprung! And what do we see scattered along the roadside verges and clustering under the hedges around our town? Yes, that’s right – RUBBISH! So let’s get out there quick, before the grass grows and hides it all (and then the mowers chop it all up into un-pick-up-able tiny bits). Meet […]

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Young actors sought for West Side Story in York

Budding actors are sought for the 2015 Stage Experience at the Grand Opera House in York, which will be Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s musical West Side Story. Director and choreographer Louise Denison will run the summer theatre school for ten to 21 year olds from July 18 to August 1 and will hold auditions […]

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Fundraising dog walk

The Helmsley Committee for Yorkshire Cancer Research is holding a fund raising dog walk next Wednesday, March 25. It starts at 10.30 am at Little Manor Farm, Highfield Lane, Nawton, lasts for about an hour, and ends back at the farm. The entrance fee is £10 and includes a sandwich, cake, tea or coffee, a […]

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Free solar panels for Ryedale residents

Ryedale District Council and Yorkshire Energy Partnership are working together to promote a new “free green electricity” scheme to local residents, which will give homeowners the opportunity to have solar panels installed for free. The scheme, which is open to all homeowners with a suitable roof, is the first of its kind in the area. […]

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Funding secured for new LEADER Programme

Communities in the wider North York Moors area are set to benefit from £2.3 million of Government and European funding over the next six years. Defra has confirmed that the North York Moors, Coast and Hills (NYMCH) LEADER Programme was successful in its bid for funds from the Rural Development Programme for England which seeks […]

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Jewson is giving away £100,000 to help build better communities

Builders’ merchants Jewson is offering £100,000 to help fund community projects in its Building Better Communities campaign. The winning entries will receive a combination of donated products from Jewson plus cash. Regional winners will receive support of £1,000 and £5,000, and the overall winner will receive £50,000 in prizes. Here’s the promo video: Applications and […]

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April walks with the Ramblers

As the weather begins to pick up at last, it’s time to get your boots on. The local branch of the Ramblers has no less than nine walks on offer in April. 1st April: Lockton Cemetary 10 miles, grid ref. SE 847 899, Leader L. Dickie. 10.30 am start. 5th April: Harome – Main Street. […]

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Easter holiday buses

If you are planning to be out and about by bus over the forthcoming Easter holidays, please note the following schedules for the EYMS service 128 Helmsley to Scarborough. • On Easter Saturday 4 April, and Easter Sunday 5 April, normal Saturday and Sunday services respectively will run. • Sunday services will run on Good […]

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Yorkshire Castles Way and other walks

Fancy a walking challenge? Ryedale Walking Group is tackling the Yorkshire Castles Way, a relatively new long distance route from Clifford’s Tower in York to Scarborough Castle, via castles in Sheriff Hutton, Helmsley, Pickering and others less well known. The total distance is 96 miles, but don’t worry, it will be broken down into easy […]

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York Mystery Plays return to Minster in 2016

Great news for fans of drama and spectacle!  The York Mystery plays will once again be performed in the wonderful atmospheric space of York Minster, in 2016. There is a major production of the medieval plays every four years.  In recent years, two were outstanding: a stunning performance in the Minster in 2000, for the […]

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Find out Ryedale Folk Museum 2015 plans

Start of Season get-together for local businesses – CANCELLED The Ryedale Folk Museum is sorry to announce that the our planned business open day on Wednesday 25th March is cancelled due to severe access restrictions to Hutton le Hole village, caused by on going road works. There are severe vehicle restrictions to Hutton le Hole […]

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