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LEADER Programme opens for business

The North York Moors National Park has successfully secured £2.336 million of European funding to support businesses and projects in the area and is inviting local businesses, individuals, communities and organisations to apply for funding to help with projects that will make a positive and direct contribution to the local economy. The funding is available […]

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A round-up of Christmas shows

Advertising “ Snow White” at the Helmsley Arts Centre reminds us that the pantomime season is upon us. For the best seats at the big shows you need to have booked long ago, but don’t despair, there’s plenty going on with seats still available. Here’s a round-up of shows we know about, within striking distance […]

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Christmas cheer at the Hovingham Village Market

In accordance with established custom, there will be not one but two Village Markets in Hovingham in December, special  Christmas Markets on Saturday 3rd and Saturday 17th December, bringing cheer with sing along carols from the Swinton & Excelsior Brass Band. With over 50 stalls, all your favourite local producers, designers and makers will be […]

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Snow White at the Helmsley Arts Centre

Helmsley Arts Centre’s pantomime, Snow White, opens this Saturday, December 3. Join the in-house theatre company for the ever popular traditional 1812 pantomime, this year bringing a new take on a classic tale. With fabulous songs and dances, fun for all the family and sparkling local performers of all ages in a top quality show […]

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December walks with the Ramblers

Whether you are planning to get into shape for the party season, or clear your head on Boxing Day, the Ramblers have a walk for you in their December programme. New members are always welcome. 4th December:  10.30 am start. Hawnby Church Layby. 6.5 miles, grid ref. SE 537 897, Leader M. Richardson.  Dogs on […]

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North Yorkshire Open Studios 2017

North Yorkshire Open Studios offer a chance to visit artists’ studios and purchase high quality artwork across a range of inspiring locations in North Yorkshire. After a year off in 2016 for a major reorganisation of their activities, NYOS return in 2017 with an expanded programme.  Here’s their preview: We are delighted to announce that […]

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Santa’s on his way to Ryedale with the Lions

Santa and his little helpers from Ryedale Lions Club are making last-minute preparations for his Christmas sleigh tour starting at the Pickering Christmas lights switch-on on Saturday, December 3. Then Father Christmas will be speeding off around the towns and villages of north Ryedale over the next two weeks to make it a Christmas to […]

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Biography of Lewis Creighton now available

John Creighton’s biography of his father, the well known artist Lewis Creighton, is now available, having been launched in Kirkbymoorside a couple of weeks ago. Lewis is best known for his moorland oil paintings but there is a great deal more to him than just art.  He came from a colouful family who lived in […]

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Talk on Byland Abbey

Byland Abbey was described in the 12th century as one of the shining lights of northern monasticism. Its beginnings were unpromising – it was only after 43 years and numerous moves that the community of Byland found a permanent home – yet the abbey rose to be one of the largest of the Cistercian order […]

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May I have the next dance?

A charity tea dance is being held at Helmsley Town Hall on Saturday 19th November in aid of two great causes so please come along. We have Musical Memories duo Ruth and Neil Hannah playing music from the 40’s – 70’s between 2.30pm and 5pm with a delicious afternoon tea laid on for everyone. Tickets […]

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NSPCC Christmas Fair moves to Duncombe Park

The popular NSPCC Christmas Fair is moving this year from its regular venue at Castle Howard to Duncombe Park. Bringing together a handpicked selection of exhibitors, The NSPCC Duncombe Park Christmas Fair offers discerning shoppers an exciting array of beautiful, unusual, and special gift ideas along with loads of lovely treats for the Christmas season. […]

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Innovative Wildlife Scheme on the River Rye secures Heritage Lottery Funds

A £2m grant to support Ryevitalise, a project to revitalise the River Rye’s heritage, has been given initial approval by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) through its Landscape Partnership programme, it was announced today. The North York Moors National Park has secured this grant working with a number of partnership members, land owners and local […]

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North York Moors National Park Authority’s 2016 Design Award winners

The results have just been announced. Best New Dwelling goes to Upgang, Westgate, Thornton le Dale with judges commendation being awarded to Alum Drive Eskdaleside Sleights, (affordable homes development). Best Extension to an Existing Dwelling was awarded to The Old Vicarage, Ingleby, Greenhow. Best Conversion went to High Ewecote Farm, Chopgate, Best Non-Residential Development was […]

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Light Up A Life for St Catherine’s Hospice

St Catherine’s Hospice‘s annual Christmas appeal, Light Up A Life, is under way again. Light up a Life is a series of special community events organised by hospices that take place around the UK during the festive period (usually in November and December). These events help families and friends to come together to remember and […]

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Guy Fawkes, poppies and pizza at Hovingham Market

York born Guy Fawkes is with us in spirit at the Hovingham Village Market on Saturday 5th November. Our researcher has pulled together an exclusive booklet of fascinating and eclectic facts about North Yorkshire’s infamous son. The booklet is available in our Community Cafe, this month, run by the Hovingham Church. With over 50 local stalls […]

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Remembrance Day service in Helmsley

Planning this blog post, I was wondering idly if there was an official day when we should start wearing our poppies, so (of course) I took to Google, and found an interesting article in today’s Telegraph, dealing with this and lots of other questions I had not thought of: is it ‘wrong’ to refuse; what […]

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Fracking Question Time, Easingwold, this Saturday

Concerned about fracking? Don’t miss this opportunity to ask your questions at this balanced event. The panel includes people who can speak with authority about a range of issues, including technical and practical aspects, local and central government, regulation and planning. The event is organised by a group of concerned parish councillors in the Husthwaite / […]

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Helmsley Walled Garden closed but busy

From Helmsley Walled Garden: Helmsley Walled Garden will close to visitors for the winter on Monday October 31, but here are some ways you can continue to support us until we open again next year. Have you ever thought about making your own Christmas front door wreath? Well, when you have the right tools to […]

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Biography of Lewis Creighton to be launched in Kirkbymoorside

John Creighton’s definitive biography of his father, Lewis Creighton, ‘the Moorland Artist’ is now published. At 280 pages, this in depth biography comes in two volumes. A detailed family background introduces the life and times of Lewis Creighton with hundreds of photographs including many of Lewis’s paintings and drawings. Lewis is best known for his […]

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November walks with the Ramblers

The local branch of the Ramblers is offering the following walks in November.  New members are always welcome and it’s not too late to get a bit fitter for the forthcoming Christmas season. 6th November: 10.00 am start. Sneck Yate Car Park. 10 miles, grid ref. SE 509 877, Leader G. Richardson.  No dogs allowed. […]

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“Brief Lives” returns

In the spring of 2015, Beverley based theatre company Other Lives Productions toured “Brief Lives“, a one-man show which follows a day in the life of John Aubrey, the seventeenth century diarist. The show has now been revived for a further tour. We saw this on the first run and can warmly recommend it as […]

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Half term fun at the National Park

From craft making to witch hunts, creating cosy homes for hedgehogs and fabulous fungus, it’s all happening this half-term at the North York Moors National Park. With half-term approaching, why not take some time to visit the North York Moors and join in some of the spookily good fun! The Moors National Park Centre, Danby […]

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A magical ensemble

The North York Moors Chamber Music Festival proudly presents ‘The Oculi Ensemble’ in a delightful arrangement of music at The Moors National Park Centre, Danby. Musical Director Jamie Walton presents the group on Friday 11 November at 7pm. Tickets cost £15 each and can be purchased by telephoning 01439 772738. Parking included in the price. […]

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North Country Theatre return with The Wish House

North Country Theatre is celebrating its 20th Anniversary year with a new play called “The Wish House”, a sinister story of superstition, sacrifice and dirty laundry. Based in the Yorkshire Dales, North Country Theatre specialises in taking professional theatre out into the country, touring to village halls, small theatres, arts centres, churches, auction marts, castles, […]

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“Fracking Question Time” Easingwold 29th Oct

Concerned about fracking? Don’t miss this opportunity to ask your questions at this balanced event. The panel includes people who can speak with authority about a range of issues, including technical and practical aspects, local and central government, regulation and planning. The event is organised by a group of concerned parish councillors in the Husthwaite / […]

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Human remains in Ryedale Windypits

Human remains sounds exciting, but what on earth is a Windypit? The Ryedale Windypits are natural underground features located on the western slope of the valley of the River Rye. These fissures are known locally as the Windypits because they tend to emit gusts of air which can cause rustling in the vegetation and in […]

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