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Sat 27 Feb 2021
Online from Holy Rood House, Sowerby. Lent on-line retreat. Led by Helen Warwick. As we go through this unprecedented time, we will be offering sacred space as we reflect on what emerges from the wilderness. Through poetry, prayer, art and reflection we will explore the way through the wilderness, what voice emerges and the hope and light this can bring through Lent. Only book on one date. 10am-11.30am. tel: 01845 522580 tickets: email or phone email: firstname.lastname@example.org web: http://www.holyroodhouse.org.uk
Tue 2 Mar 2021
Online (Zoom) - Bedale Archaeology & History Society. The Battle of Towton – what we know and what we think we know. Chris Berendt, Chairman of the Towton Battlefield Society. tickets: Members will be sent a link; non-members please email email@example.com email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tue 2 Mar 2021
Online from Holy Rood House, Sowerby. Lent on-line retreat. Led by Helen Warwick. As we go through this unprecedented time, we will be offering sacred space as we reflect on what emerges from the wilderness. Through poetry, prayer, art and reflection we will explore the way through the wilderness, what voice emerges and the hope and light this can bring through Lent. Only book on one date. 10am-11.30pm or 6pm-7.30pm. tel: 01845 522580 tickets: email or phone email: email@example.com web: http://www.holyroodhouse.org.uk
Tue 2 Mar 2021
Online lecture (Zoom). The Arts Society Hambleton.- Art and the arts brought into your home by experts and by Zoom. Join us for Northern Powerhouse - How pioneering transport networks created the Northern Powerhouse long before George Osborne coined the phrase. Lecturer is Mark Ovenden, writer and broadcaster who specialises in the subjects of graphic design, cartography and architecture in public transport. See our website, or email, for more information. Everyone is welcome. 2pm. free to members, £7 visitors, £5 visitors from other Arts Society societies. tickets: firstname.lastname@example.org. email: email@example.com web: http://www.theartssociety.org/hambleton
Tue 9 Mar 2021
Online from Holy Rood House, Sowerby. Gay and Bisexual Men’s Spirituality & Wellbeing. Facilitated by Urs Mattmann. An online group for Gay & Bisexual Men for support, sharing and inspiration. 7.30pm for 7.45-9.30pm. Suggested donation £15. tel: 01845 522580 tickets: email or phone email: firstname.lastname@example.org web: http://www.holyroodhouse.org.uk
What’s on later
Thu 18 Mar 2021
On line Extra special event from The Arts Society Hambleton. A live Tour lead by Luisella Romeo, Venice born Registered Venice Tour Guide. This special event, a live tour of stunning Ca’Rezzenico palace on the Grand Canal in Venice. A fine example of 18th century Venetian baroque and rococo architecture and interior decoration, including Murano glass chandeliers and many paintings by leading Venetian painters including Canaletto. Lasting an hour and using her video camera and sound system our guide, Luisella, will talk us round this important palace, explaining its interiors and artefacts. 2pm. Members will receive an invitation in advance, Visitors please book on line. Members and visitors; £10, which includes a £5 per viewing device charge levied by the Palace. . tickets: email@example.com email: firstname.lastname@example.org web: https://theartssociety.org/hambleton
Sat 20 Mar 2021
Facebook Live - @WhiteRoseBooks. Julian will be signing his new book 'All Creatures, Heart-warming Tales From a Yorkshire Vet'. In the book Julian tells the stories of each of the eight species he has the good fortune to care for every day. Pre-order your Signed Copy now. 11am. Free event. tel: 01845 524353 email: email@example.com
Sat 20 Mar 2021
Holy Rood House, Sowerby, Thirsk YO7 1HX. Spring Quiet Garden Day. 'The garden as embracer of our sorrows and joys' - led by Helen Warwick. Our large garden offers a quiet, gentle healing space which includes a labyrinth, orchard, goats and a walled garden with a pond. 9.45 for 10am-3.30pm. Suggested donation £25-£30. tel: 01845 522580 tickets: email or phone email: firstname.lastname@example.org web: http://www.holyroodhouse.org.uk
Tue 23 Mar 2021
Online from Holy Rood House, Sowerby. Creative Journaling in Difficult Times. Led by Helen Warwick. Suitable for anyone wanting to explore journaling, whether experienced or a beginner. Crayons or felt-tips, a pen and paper will be all that is needed for exercises that will be enjoyable, useful, and revealing our wisdom. 10am-11.30am or 6pm-7.30pm. Suggested donation £15. tel: 01845 522580 tickets: email or phone email: email@example.com web: http://www.holyroodhouse.org.uk
Sat 27 Mar 2021 to
Sun 18 Apr 2021
Mother Shipton's Cave, Prophecy House, Knaresborough, HG5 8DD. Humpty Dumpty and his storybook friends are all here for an EGGCITING event sure to put a SPRING in your step! Booking essential. 10.00am - 5.30pm. £10. tel: 01423 864600 tickets: Online www.mothershipton.co.uk email: firstname.lastname@example.org web: https://www.mothershipton.co.uk/
Tue 6 Apr 2021
Online lecture (Zoom). The Arts Society Hambleton - Art and the arts brought into your home by experts and by Zoom. Join us for The Art of Partying; A Feast for the Eyes. Lecturer and tutor, Alice Foster, follows the variety of merrymaking, banqueting, dances and music throughout the ages in a feast of colour . For more detail see website or email email@example.com. Everyone is welcome. 2pm. free to members, £7 visitors, £5 visitors from other Arts Society societies. tickets: firstname.lastname@example.org. email: email@example.com web: http://www.theartssociety.org/hambleton
Thu 15 Apr 2021
On line Extra event from The Arts Society Hambleton. “The Queens Jewellery” A live lecture with Viv Haxby, Registered London Blue Badge Guide who is particularly knowledgeable about our monarchy and aristocracy. Viv Haxby, will talk about the Queen’s personal jewellery collection, probably the most important collection of its kind in the world. We will hear about jewellery that was accumulated by previous queens and how it was acquired, jewellery the Queen has collected and how items have been adapted over the generations. We will learn about the role of the Queen’s Dresser and Keeper of the Personal Jewellery, and how items are chosen to be worn. We will also learn about items lent to other members of the family e,g the Duchess of Cornwall and Duchess of Cambridge. 7.30pm. £5.Members will receive an invitation prior to the event. Visitors please book on line. tickets: firstname.lastname@example.org email: email@example.com web: http://theartssociety.org/hambleton
Fri 30 Apr 2021
The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton, DL6 1LP. 'The Real Thing'. N.B.This event has been rescheduled again. It will now take place on Saturday 20th November 2021 'The Real Thing'. This consists of the original vocalists - Chris Amoo & Dave Smith - and a live 5 piece band. The Real Thing had a new movie 'Everything', playing in cinemas, and a single, 'Someone Ought to Write A Song About You', recorded in 1976 but never released, & which has sat in the vaults for over 40 years, has received lots of Radio airplay making The Real Thing a force to be reckoned with. 19.30. £25. tel: 01609 776230 web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk
Sat 1 May 2021
The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton, DL6 1LP. An evening with Shaun Ryder. As the frontman of The Happy Mondays and Black Grape, Shaun is a fundamental cog in the Madchester phenomenon that spread across the globe. Creating mind-blowing anthems with an abundance of energy, his music has managed to transcend guitar and house music. 8pm. £25. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: online email: firstname.lastname@example.org web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk
Sat 15 May 2021
The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton, DL6 1LP. Katey Brooks. A rebellious artist that resists formula. A devastating songwriting talent this ‘rising singer-songwriter had the crowd eating out of her hands’ (The Independent) and is simply ‘not to be missed’ (Time Out). The ‘powerful’ (Evening Standard) songstress defies easy classification, with a sound blending folk, soul, blues and country. 7.30pm. £15/£12. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: online email: email@example.com web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk
Sat 22 May 2021
The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton, DL6 1LP. Stereosonics. The band mastered the large catalogue of Stereophonics songs and began to perform live on a regular basis. Even playing a fantastic gig at the Working Man’s Club in Cwmaman, Wales; where the Stereophonics played their first ever live show, due to it being Kelly, Richard and Stuart’s home town! the band had the great pleasure of being joined onstage by Stuart Cable Stereophonics former drummer – which is a personal highlight for all band members. 8pm. £12. tel: 01609 776230 email: firstname.lastname@example.org web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk
Fri 28 May 2021
The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton, DL6 1LP. Bon Jovi Forever - 2021. The only Bon Jovi tribute show you need to see! A high energy electric packed show guaranteed to get your hands in the air, Bon Jovi Forever have been reviving the heyday of the 1980/90's. 7.30pm. £20. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: online web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk
Mon 31 May 2021 to
Tue 1 Jun 2021
The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton, DL6 1LP. The Wizard of Oz. A fun-packed pantomime twist on the original story. Mon 2pm & 4.30pm, Tue 1pm, 3.30pm & 6.30pm. £10 per person. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: online email: email@example.com web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk
Sat 5 Jun 2021
Holy Rood House, Sowerby, Thirsk YO7 1HX. Quiet Garden Day. 'The garden as embracer of our sorrows and joys' - led by Helen Warwick. Our large garden offers a quiet, gentle healing space which includes a labyrinth, orchard, goats and a walled garden with a pond. 9.45 for 10am-3.30pm. Suggested donation £25-£30. tel: 01845 522580 tickets: email or phone email: firstname.lastname@example.org web: http://www.holyroodhouse.org.uk
Sat 12 Jun 2021
The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton, DL6 1LP. Lore. With captivating harmonies and finely crafted songs, LORE will provide an evening of soulful songs with stunning musical arrangements. Famed for turning the legendary 'Teenage Kicks' on its head, LORE have gone from living room dreams to sell-out theatre tour success in a short time. 8pm. £12/£10. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: online email: email@example.com web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk
Sat 26 Jun 2021 to
Sun 27 Jun 2021
Duncombe Park, Helmsley YO62 5EB. British Falconry Fair. A world class series of ring events will showcase the very best in flying demonstrations from the best display falconers in the business. Saturday night BBQ and bar. No dogs allowed. Onsite basic camping area – you must prebook and spaces are limited. The B&Bs, hotels and campgrounds of Helmsley are just a short walk away. tel: 01439 772080 email: firstname.lastname@example.org web: https://britishfalconryfair.com
The way out – step 1
These are the next steps for easing the current lockdown. There is a lot of detail in the Government's announcements on Mon 22 Feb and you can read the full 64-page document from which the above is extracted at
21-year old Jasmine Harrison from Thirsk is now the youngest solo woman to row across any ocean!
On her Facebook page it is reported that her finish went amazingly well and 'it was everything she could of wished for!' She would like everyone to know that she enjoyed her shower, looked at herself in the mirror for the first time in a while, discovered lots of bruises and demolished her beer and burger!
She set out from San Sebastian de La Gomera on 12 December 2020 as part of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge and successfully rowed the 2550 nautical miles (2934 miles) across the Atlantic Ocean, arriving in Nelson’s Dockyard, Antigua on 20 February 2021 with a time of 70 Days, 3 Hours and 48 Minutes and setting a new world record for being the youngest female to row solo across any ocean.
This lady deserves your support! Please help her charities by donating at
Know someone not British?
In particular, are they a citizen of a European Union country, EEA or Switzerland (but not Ireland)? If they intend to stay in the United Kingdom then before 30 June 2021 they must apply for permission to remain.
5 million people have already started or completed the process but others are still not aware of the looming deadline.
Even if an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen has lived in the UK for many years or has a permanent residence document, they still need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (or apply for citizenship) before 30 June 2021 to continue to live and work in the UK.
Applications must also be submitted for children of any age, and parents applying on their behalf. Start at
Thirsk & Sowerby history
The story of Thirsk & Sowerby is told by 15 history boards, connected by the Past and Present walk.
Recently the first three, on the site of Thirsk Castle, have been replaced by Thirsk Town Council in collaboration with Hambleton DC, Thirsk Tourist Information and English Heritage.
Thirsk's website has a lot of walks for download. You can also follow the Past and Present trail on your phone at
Thirsk's new veterinary centre
Julian and Anne Norton, known from 'The Yorkshire Vet' series, have a new venture in Thirsk. Together with two other vets they have formed Thirsk Veterinary Centre Ltd and will operate from the Thirsk Auction Mart site.
Expect a Grand Opening in March.
Thirsk Leisure Centre
A four-million-pound redevelopment project is well underway at Thirsk leisure centre.
Once complete the centre will boast a gym three times the size of the current facility – which for the first time will be operational 24/7, a new studio for exercise classes and meetings, as well as a cycling studio.
Outdated plant equipment that forced the centre’s pools to close several times over the last couple of years, will be replaced with greener, more environmentally sustainable equipment and there will be a new roof to address much needed repairs and condensation issues experienced within the building.
The gym changing rooms will be updated and the reception seating area will also be refurbished.
The new structure for the gym extension should start to take shape towards the middle of March with the structure for the cycling studio going up after that.
Our local Arts Society
The Arts Society is a leading arts education charity with a global network of over 380 local Societies, which bring people together through a shared curiosity for the arts. Locally The Arts Society Hambleton usually meets monthly at Solberge Hall Hotel, Newby Wiske near Northallerton and Thirsk.
In these difficult times of isolation and distancing, the society is now offering anyone interested in learning more about the Visual Arts the opportunity to join in online.
These include bringing Venice to North Yorkshire on March 18th, providing a tour of the Ca’ Rezzonico with its stunning interiors and art collections, conducted live with a local Venetian guide. On April 18th, there is an expert lecture on the Queen’s magnificent jewellery collection.
You can join in The Arts Society Hambleton current online events. To request attendance as a visitor email at the address below. Price: Members and visitors; £10, which includes a £5 per viewing device charge levied by the Palace.
You can also request membership information.
World Day of Prayer
This year's World Day of Prayer service in Thirsk, organised by Churches Together, will be held in All Saints Roman Catholic Church, Castlegate, at 2pm on Friday 5th March. It will be transmitted live online.
The service this year was written by the ladies of Vanuatu, an island in the southwestern Pacific islands just over 1,100 miles to the east of Australia. Because of its geographic position Vanuatu is one of the first countries to start to pray on the World Day of Prayer.
All are welcome to come but Covid rules apply. If you would like to watch live, or later, go to youtube.com and seach for 'all saints church thirsk'.
If you would like to attend in person please book a place (30 only) on the website below. The booking sheet should be there soon.
Birds of the Beck
From John Aston
Ducks, Swallows, Martins
If you only know the Cod Beck from its meander through Thirsk, you might imagine that it is home to lots of ducks but little else. The beck around the Millgate car park supports a population of mallards, with the occasional white Aylesbury amongst their number, all tempted by the titbits on offer from both locals and visitors. It’s not only people who can suffer from obesity on a diet of pizza and fish and chips... But either side of the town centre, the beck and its flood plain have a rich diversity of birdlife. Some species, such as swallows and martins, are seasonal visitors but others live here all year round. In this piece I’d like to highlight some of the birds you might encounter.
One of Britain’s biggest birds, the grey heron, is a regular sight on the banks of the beck and on flooded fields nearby. It is a huge bird, with a wingspan of nearly two metres but it is also very shy, and will often take to the air at the first glimpse of a human in the distance. Our local herons spend most of their time on the banks of the beck, watching and waiting patiently before using their long beak to stab small fish (including minnows and young trout). I once had a very close encounter when fishing a quiet pool near Thornton Le Street when, only ten feet in front of me, a heron appeared around the corner of the pool, looking for all the world like a small grey man. The heron squawked furiously, flapped its huge wings and nearly crashed into the tree canopy. I will admit to very nearly having done exactly the same.
Until the last decade, Little Egrets were almost unknown in North Yorkshire but they are now an increasingly common sight. They are smaller than their close relation, the grey heron, but bigger than most other birds you will see on the beck. White all over, with a black beak, they are unmistakable. The footpath leading south from Sowerby, just below the A168, has had a resident little egret most of the winter.If you ever see a huge, heron-sized egret, then congratulations, because you’ve just seen the latest newcomer to the area, the Great White Egret. I saw my first this winter, at Kiplin Hall near Scorton.
At this time of year, the beck attracts a lot of winter visitors, especially various members of the thrush family. Even the blackbird in your garden may have spent its summer in Scandinavia, but the most noticeable winter thrushes are fieldfares and redwings. They are gregarious birds, with flocks of several hundred being common sights. You will need a bird book or app (try the free Nord University Bird ID app) to tell them apart, and at the time of writing, in late January, there is a flock of several hundred fieldfares on the fields to the east of the beck a mile south of Sowerby. But don’t blame me if they’ve moved on when you next walk down there …
Birds of prey deserve an article in their own right. Watch this space.
The local district council has launched Hambleton Heroes to recognise and celebrate the fantastic work people and organisations have done to make a positive difference to the lives of people of Hambleton in 2020.
They want to hear about amazing acts of kindness and generosity, selfless acts, sustained and relentless efforts to support those in need and innovative approaches to overcome challenges.
The deadline is 1st March. To nominate your Hambleton Hero complete the nomination form and say who you want to nominate and why. Go to
The Clock Tower
By Jane Clack
She’s a permanent fixture,
An imposing figure of stone,
Her realm is the market place,
Where she rests on her throne.
Her vassals assemble at regal feet,
A place where folk like to gather and meet,
They flock just like pigeons, both young and old,
Where news is exchanged and gossip retold.
Her face is unseeing, poised, agèd and mute,
Ignoring each season’s changing moods.
Years shuffle past, still she stays resolute,
Her hands performing chronological moves.
To me, she’s gracious and imbued with power,
Standing tall in sun, wind and shower,
Benevolent, kindly, respected by all,
Heart beating rhythmically inside her tower.
I fear that her stopping could predict Thirsk’s fall.
Local author Jane Clack lives in Thirsk. She is a retired teacher who now spends her time writing.
Trains to & from London
Because of upgrades to the East Coast Main Line there will be no LNER trains to London Kings Cross from Fri 26 Feb to Sun 28 Feb, then again from Fri 23 Apr to Sun 25 Apr.
In addition, from Mon 1 Mar until Thu 3 Jun there will be significant disruption on services running to or from London Kings Cross.
On Fri 4 Jun to Sun 6 Jun trains will not serve either Peterborough or Kings Cross.
Grand Central is not operating any service until at least Sat 27 Mar,
Residents and businesses in North Yorkshire are currently served by a two-tier system of local government but the Government wants to reduce the two-tier system to only one. A public consultation has now been announced.
District and County Council elections were due to be held in May this year but they will be rescheduled to May 2022. This avoids the possibility of the electorate being asked to vote for councils while at the same time they are being given the opportunity to express their views on the possible abolition of those councils. It also avoids members potentially being elected to serve short terms.
North Yorkshire County Council is responsible for services such as adult and children’s social care, maintaining roads and libraries, and the District Councils – Craven, Hambleton, Harrogate, Richmondshire, Ryedale, Scarborough and Selby – are responsible for services such as rubbish collection, housing and planning and environmental health. The City of York Council is a unitary local authority and is responsible for all local government services in its area.
The Government invited the principal councils in North Yorkshire, and the unitary council of York, to submit locally led proposals for unitary local government.
Two proposals were received. Six of the seven districts within North Yorkshire (all bar Hambleton) have proposed two unitary councils (East and West) – the East comprising Ryedale, Scarborough, Selby districts and the current unitary of York, and the West comprising Craven, Hambleton, Harrogate and Richmondshire districts.
North Yorkshire County Council has proposed a single unitary on the footprint of the existing administrative county, to operate alongside the existing unitary City of York Council.
Views of all those interested in the proposals are welcomed by the Government. This includes local residents, town and parish councils, businesses and the voluntary sector.
To respond to the consultation see
Home Secretary Priti Patel is reviewing pet theft nationally and considering additional options for enforcement, including harsher penalties for offenders.
Locally Julia Mulligan, North Yorkshire Police & Fire and Crime Commissioner is collecting input for the national review. If the prospect of theft of a dog concerns you please complete the 60-second survey at
Advice on keeping dogs safe is available on the North Yorkshire Police website:
Garden waste collection
Licences for 2021/22 cost £40 per green bin and are valid from 29 March 2021.
Properties participating in the current service must not remove their existing licences until the final collection in March 2021.
Please remove all existing licences before affixing the new one to the bin. Do not place over existing licences.
Bins not displaying the correct licences will not be emptied.
Residents are encouraged to subscribe early to maximise their collections.
New and existing customers can sign up for the fortnightly collection service online at
These are the COVID-19 positive cases from the latest six weeks for which near-complete information is available. The final number is the number of cases by specimen date for the week ending on 18 Feb 2021.
- Thirsk North
24, 17, 15, 18, 5, 7
- Thirsk South-Sowerby-Coxwold
43, 34, 12, 11, 9, 12
19, 13, 5, 6, ??, <3
8, 4, 4, 5, 6, 14
29, 15, 10, 5, 4, 4
64, 41, 35, 22, 50, 18
- Northallerton Sth-Leeming Bar
23, 14, 10, 7, 22, 3
16, 20, 12, 15, 5, 9
30, 17, 15, 10, ??, <3
31, 22, 15, 10, 13, 15
9, 12, 6, 6, 2, 5
15, 19, 18, 7, 2, 4
Hambleton daily 7-day moving average case rate, all ages 1 Jul 2020 to 14 Feb 2021
Hambleton comprises Bedale, Easingwold, Northallerton, Stokesley, Thirsk and all the hamlets and villages around these.
The chart was derived from the Government's Yorkshire and Humber epidemiological data sets.