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Helmsley Parish

Once the largest parish in England, it includes the hamlets of East Moors to the north, Rievaulx (of Abbey fame) to the north-west and Sproxton to the south, which have their own church buildings for regular worship.

Helmsley, Rievaulx and East Moors churches are open every day for personal prayer and visits. Sproxton is open every day from April to September.

For further information please visit their website.

Helmsley & District Rotary Club

An invitation is extended to local people who might be interested in finding out what Rotary does.

The Helmsley & District Rotary Club, which holds open meetings at the Feathers Hotel, Helmsley every Monday, has projects in the local community supporting deserving organisations and individuals. Members, who live in Kirkbymoorside, Helmsley and surrounding villages, also help internationally on planned projects and emergencies.

Many people are unaware of what Rotary is about but it’s not all raising funds. The club supports various causes such as the Kirkbymoorside and Helmsley 10k runs and at the same time members enjoy a good social occasion.

The Helmsley club is open to men and women who live or work in Helmsley, Kirkbymoorside, Hovingham and other local villages. The modern-style club, which was formed in 2005, couldn’t be further from the traditional all male Rotary clubs. Currently the club has around 14 members and ages range from 40’s to a few of retirement age.

If any one would like an invitation to a club meeting they should contact David Ward, telephone 07718 532009. More information about the club can be found online.

There are 79 Rotary clubs in the Yorkshire district and internationally there are 1.2 million members. The main goal of Rotary is the elimination polio from the world. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (Microsoft) donated $255 million to help in the Rotary campaign and Google Foundation has also given $3.5 million.


Helmsley Archaeological and Historical Society

The Society began life as the Helmsley and Area Group of the Yorkshire Archaeological Society, and the inaugural meeting took place at the Scout Hall, Helmsley on 5th December 1950. Reminiscences of the early days of the Society are given here.

Its purpose was ‘to gather together periodically for lectures and discussions on archaeological subjects, with special emphasis on local history’ and to collect and record data. The Group flourished and a committed and enthusiastic membership, pre-eminent among them being Raymond Hayes, soon began the task of compiling ‘The History of Helmsley, Rievaulx and District’ which was published by Stonegate Press, York in 1963, edited by John McDonnell. Although long out of print, this volume remains an invaluable source of information about the town and its surroundings.

For further information please visit their website.

Helmsley Recreation Ground

Helmsley Recreation Ground is owned by the registered charity Helmsley Recreation Charity Number 523358.

The amalgamation of the two previous charities to occupy the site on Baxtons’ Lane was concluded in 2006 to provide recreation and leisure amenities for the townspeople of Helmsley.

For further information please visit their website.

Ryedale Natural History Society

Ryedale Natural History Society is based in Kirkbymoorside and holds indoor meetings in winter and runs field outings through the summer.
For further information please visit their website.

Ryedale Walking Group

The Ryedale Walking Group is a well established walking group with over 60 members based in the Ryedale district of North Yorkshire. Walks are organised regularly throughout the year. The group is affiliated to the Ramblers.

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