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It’s time to celebrate British Lamb. The Wall@Coulton are introducing Fair Price Lamb. Peter Stark explains: This is our usual top quality, tasty, tender lamb, but at a price that is fair. It’s a price that is fair to you the consumer; you’re paying the true value of what you are eating, no more, no […]

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The bones of Fishergate, York

Helmsley Archaeological and Historical Society kicks off its winter programme of talks on Friday September 18 with “Meat, Markets and Provisioning – the Many Bones of Fishergate” by Professor Terry O’Connor, lately of the Department of Archaeology at the University of York. Professor O’Connor explains: Archaeological excavations in York usually produce large quantities of animal […]

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Council offers subsidised compost bins

Following last year’s successful sale of reduced price compost bins, Ryedale District Council is repeating the offer, to encourage residents to start home composting. Together with York and North Yorkshire Waste Partnership, the Council is holding a one-day subsidised sale of compost bins on Saturday, September 26 at the Council’s Streetscene depot in Showfield Lane, […]

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Visit the Walled Garden this bank holiday

The bank holiday weather isn’t looking promising at the moment, so you might want to stay close to home, somewhere you can dodge the showers. Where better than Helmsley’s own Walled Garden? Enjoy the last of the summer borders, and if it does rain, the cafe does a lovely cup of coffee and  cake. Open […]

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Helping residents get lower energy bills

From Choices 4 Energy: Choices 4 Energy is an energy efficiency advice centre set up to provide advice on how residents of the borough can save money on their energy bills. To help residents in the District get a better deal on their energy bills, Scarborough Borough Council and Ryedale District Council are working with […]

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North Yorkshire Police seek volunteers

North Yorkshire Police are looking for volunteers for a number of exciting opportunities across the county.Police Support Volunteers are much valued members of the policing family who give up their free time to help the police keep North Yorkshire one of the safest places in the country. They carry out various roles from ensuring vehicles […]

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Helmsley fundraisers among those honoured by hospice

St Catherine’s Hospice has honoured its loyal Ryedale volunteers who have supported it for the past 30 years. The stalwarts are being awarded an engraved glass shield. Among those receiving awards are members from the Helmsley support group, including Rita Brown, who first started fundraising door-to-door with a charity Christmas card catalogue, but then started […]

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September walks with the Ramblers

Hoping for some warm, dry, sunny weather in September, the local branch of the Ramblers has no less than eight walks planned. 2nd September: Stainburn Moor car park, 10 miles, grid ref. SE 236 522, Leader J. McCreery. AND Sinnington village green, 10 miles, grid ref. SE 744 858, Leader M. Waind. 10.30 am start […]

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Could you be the next Adam, Eve, Noah or Satan?

Local performers are being invited to audition for the York Mystery Plays, when they return to York Minster in summer 2016 for only the second time in their history. The team is kicking off the casting process with a series of briefing events throughout September where community performers can learn more about the production from […]

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Whitby Deed Box up for Auction

In today’s world few of us have need of a safe or security deposit box – everything has been digitised and paperwork is more likely to be found on a hard-drive or memory stick. However, at the height of the Victorian era, the deed box was an essential way of securing important documents, property deeds […]

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Sutton Bank to close for maintenance

If you’re planning on driving west in the near future, be warned that Sutton Bank is to be closed for two weeks in order for essential maintenance work to be carried out. North Yorkshire County Council has said that in addition to the annual maintenance work carried out on the road to ensure it is […]

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Protest as North Yorkshire gas drilling application approved

Campaigners held a silent protest as the North York Moors National Park Authority approved an application to drill for gas. Third Energy plans to conventionally drill at Ebberston Moor South and build an eight-mile (13.9 km) pipeline to a generating station at Knapton. Protestors claimed water produced during drilling, which is then reinjected into the […]

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New natural play area at Sutton Bank National Park Centre

A new creative area for natural play has been developed at Sutton Bank National Park Centre, using natural landscape features to provide a place for adventure, challenge and fun for children of all ages. Tracks and tree stumps, round-houses, tree-house and sand ‘pools’ invite imaginative games in an iconic location at the gateway to the […]

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Ryedale Book Festival 2015

Enjoy reading a good book? Then head to Malton 10-11th October for the 4th Ryedale Book Festival. The varied programme includes over 40 quality literary events to suit all readers. Highlights include a lunch with Clare Morpurgo, a workshop with book sculptress Su Blackwell, comedy from poet John Hegley, a celebration of Yorkshire life with […]

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Free solar panels for Helmsley – but not for much longer

I work for Yorkshire Energy Partnership, a Community Interest Company based in York. We are a local sustainability organisation working to make Yorkshire a more sustainable place to live and work. We are currently working with Ryedale District Council to promote renewable technology across the district, we are currently running a ‘Solar Panel For Free’ […]

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Retail volunteers needed at Helmsley YMCA shop

Helmsley YMCA charity retail shop opened its doors on 24th April 2015, originally an old Solicitors it still has the old walk in safe in situ and it has now been re-created as an interesting feature within the shop for customers to view. The store has two floors filled with donated stock made up of […]

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Autumn programme for Helmsley Arts Centre now available

The autumn and early winter programme for Helmsley Arts Centre is now available.  Everything is covered from a live relay from the National Theatre on September 3 (The Beaux’ Stratagem) through to the panto (Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood) opening on December 5, with details also of classes and exhibitions. If you […]

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August walks with Ryedale Walking Group

Three lovely walks are on offer this month with Ryedale Walking Group, one evening walk and two day walks including stage 5 of the new Castles Way long distance footpath. Wednesday evening 12 August: The Coneysthorpe Circular, 5 miles (easy) 425ft. Park/start 18.30 at Coneysthorpe crossroads (SE 707713). For more details telephone Dianne on 01944 […]

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Helmsley hosts ‘The World Knitted Cake Festival’

Did you know the North York Moors is laying claim to the title of “Britain’s Capital of Cake” in recognition of the myriad different types of cake served in the area, the regional specialities and places where they are served. Here in Helmsley Christine Bentley, owner of Castle Stores Wool Shop and Anna Lupton of […]

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August walks with the Ramblers

Sorry, we received this month’s information from the Ramblers too late to include Sunday’s two walks, but there’s still plenty of time to mark your diaries for the following walks on offer for the rest of August: 9th August: Sneck Yate 10 miles, grid ref. SE 509 877. Leader I. Gibbs. 10.00 am start. 16th […]

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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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