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Facts before Fracks – a report on the recent meeting

Fracking information event hosted by a Ryedale GP attracts a packed audience at Lady Lumley’s School in Pickering last Wednesday, with around 450 people in attendance. After 30 years of protecting the health of the Ryedale community, retired GP Dr Tim Thornton is worried about the effects fracking will have in the area. I am […]

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Duncombe Park hosts Parklands Festival

Parklands Festival 2015 will return to our fabulous location – Duncombe Park, Helmsley taking place August 28-30th. The eleventh edition of the wonderful Parklands Festival in North Yorkshire moves to a riverside meadow this year, and has a Wild West theme. Don’t miss The Proclaimers, Badly Drawn Boy, Hugh Cornwell, or Tankus the Henge. Now […]

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Good Neighbour Scheme launched

Good Neighbours’ schemes are being rolled out across North Yorkshire to offer practical support to people living in rural areas. Good Neighbours schemes have been successfully operating across England for many years with the support of their local Rural Community Council. There is now a push to create a national network of ‘good neighbours’ and […]

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Helmsley – Easingwold – York bus route’s future

You may remember back in 2013 we wrote a blog post about the 31/31x bus route after a local resident, Tracy Battensby, alerted us that it may have been under threat? Well … Tracy has been back in touch: About 18 months ago you very kindly mentioned on your blog that North Yorkshire County Council […]

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Moorsbus rides again

The National Park Moorsbus Service of 30 years ended in 2013. However a new but reduced service has been re-started after a campaign by Friends of Moorsbus. Until the end of September 2015, the Moorsbus Community Interest Company will run two Sunday/Bank Holiday buses. The buses and drivers are provided by Arriva North and cover […]

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Fish at Hov village market

Fishy fun at Hovingham village market, next Saturday

News of the next Hovingham village market: We’re celebrating the taste of the sea at the next Hovingham Market. Win a fabulous £40 fish box with your fish choice from Peter Thundercliffe, our local fishmonger, matched with a bottle of Ryedale Vineyard’s new white wine, ‘East Coast’, a wonderful partner for seafood. For families, we’ve […]

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Ryedale Show next Tuesday, don’t miss it!

The annual Ryedale Show is coming up next Tuesday, and it’s very close to us here Helmsley, at Welburn Park, just to the west of Kirkbymoorside on the A170. The show was established in 1855, which means that it’s been going for (we’ll save you the arithmetic) 160 years, but with a few breaks for […]

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MoorFest photo by Volunteer Brian Nicholson

Moorfest kicks off a summer of fun at Sutton Bank

The North York Moors’ annual Moorfest celebration (2 August) marks the end of this year’s National Parks Week but also the start of ‘Sutton Bank Sundays’ – a range of free family events at Sutton Bank National Park Centre throughout August. From moorland to trees and minibeasts, each Sunday takes a different theme on which […]

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Guided History Walk

Friends of Moorsbus are pleased to work with Kirkbymoorside History Group on a guided history walk around Kirkbymoorside on Sunday 26th July, starting at 1.30pm outside the Lemon Tree fish and chip shop, and ending around 2.30pm at the Kings Head Hotel for a drink, a chat and a chance to look at History Group […]

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August exhibitions at the Inspired by … gallery

‘Fibres with a Twist’ is a new exhibition of silk painting, crochet, felting and weaving by the Cleveland Fibre Arts textile group. Running alongside this exhibition will be ‘One Moor Year’, featuring paintings by Robin Puplett that capture the drama of the seasons and landscapes of the North York Moors over a calendar year. Both […]

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Forthcoming walks with Ryedale Walking Group

Four walks coming up with Ryedale Walking Group in the next couple of weeks, plus their great summer barbecue – this is for members only, but it’s not too late to join. Wednesday 22 July: A linear walk from Kirbymisperton to Pickering, 8.5 miles (moderate) 150ft. Meet 11:10 am at Eastgate bus stop (Royal Oak) […]

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Facts Before Fracks

This free meeting is being hosted by Pickering GP Tim Thornton on Wednesday 29th, to present some expert opinions on how fracking might impact on our health and on our communities if it goes ahead here in Ryedale.

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Ryedale Family History Group News

Tenth Anniversary Cake Cutting Ryedale Family History Group celebrated their tenth anniversary at their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 15 July held at Hovingham Village Hall. The guest speaker was York based historian and author Dr. Pamela Hartshorne who has written three novels based in the present day and Elizabethan York, being inspired by her […]

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Helmsley’s young footballers invited to join academy

These are exciting times for the i2i Football Academy. From September the i2i Football Academy will be bringing our exciting coaching school to the Malton Community Sports Centre for young football players who want to improve their skills and technique. Our coaches will be running sessions on Monday nights from 5-30-6-30pm for u8s, 9s and […]

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Open air theatre in Helmsley

If summer for you means a picnic, an umbrella, and open air theatre, you are in luck because no less than four plays are on offer right here in Helmsley in the next few weeks. If you know of more open air theatre going on nearby, do let us know. Richard II at Helmsley Walled […]

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Listen very carefully – ‘Allo ‘Allo comes to Helmsley Arts Centre

A sparkling stage production of Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft’s much loved TV comedy series, ‘Allo ‘Allo, brings the hapless Rene Artois, unwilling and unwitting hero of the French resistance, and a host of hilarious characters, to the Helmsley Arts Centre next week. In his small village cafe in German-occupied France, Rene treads a precarious […]

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Latest walks from Ryedale Walking Group

Lovely weather, so there is no excuse not to get out there and enjoy it! Here’s the latest selection of walks with Ryedale Walking Group, three longer day walks, and one in the glorious evening light. Day walks Sunday 12 July: Farndale, 9 miles (moderate). Park/start 10.30. Lowna car park (SE 685910). For more details, […]

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Totally Socially 2015 – be part of something special‏

Totally Socially brings together social enterprises, small businesses, independent traders and community groups from across Yorkshire to celebrate the great work they do in their communities and to inspire people to use enterprise as a way of bringing about positive change. Our speakers on July 10 will be Nick Temple, Deputy Chief Executive of Social […]

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Julian Thomas - Trekking to the South Pole

Trekking to the South Pole – a community talk

Interested in hearing about life in one of the most stunning, but inhospitable environments on Earth? Then come along and hear about it first hand from Julian Thomas who last year trekked 600 miles from the coast of Antarctica to the ‘bottom of the world’. Julian Thomas has previously trekked up Mont Blanc, through the […]

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North York Moors on fire alert

People visiting the North York Moors are asked to be particularly vigilant as continuing dry weather has led to an increased risk of moorland and forest fires in the National Park. Staff from the National Park Authority will be putting fire risk warning signs up on key sites this week advising people how they can […]

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This weekend in Hovingham: market plus flower and music festival

Hovingham village will be humming with activity this weekend, with the usual monthly market on Saturday , and a ‘Flowers & Music Festival – a celebration of village life’ running from Friday to Sunday, raising funds for the Hovingham Church Roof Appeal. On Friday there is a Festival preview from 6.30 to 8.30 pm with […]

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Panto auditions

There are three opportunities to audition for our Pantomime which this year will be Robin Hood & the Babes in the Wood directed by Em Whitfield Brooks, with Gemma McDonald choreographing the Chorus numbers. First audition is NEXT WEDNESDAY 8th JULY at Helmsley Methodist Rooms, 6.30pm. This is a new date, requested by a number […]

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Green light given to Potash Mine

Plans for the world’s largest potash mine were today approved by Members of the North York Moors National Park Authority (NYMNPA). The mine head at Dove’s Nest Farm near Whitby and much of its associated infrastructure will be within the North York Moors, a very sensitive and highly protected landscape. Andy Wilson, Chief Executive of […]

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“I, Elizabeth”, one woman show at Helmsley Arts Centre

Actor Elizabeth Vaughan toured a one woman show based on the life of Queen Elizabeth I in 2012. The closest she came to Helmsley was Easingwold, where we saw the show, and reviewed it, saying: ‘I, Elizabeth’ (is) a one woman show written and performed by Rebecca Vaughan. Perhaps ‘compiled’ would be more accurate, as […]

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