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Sat 19 Sep 2020

Holy Rood House, Sowerby Rd, Thirsk YO7 1HX. Holy Rood House would like to invite you to our Autumn Quiet Garden Day. We have a large healing garden with quiet spaces, a labyrinth, goats, hen and a walled pond garden. There is a gazebo up in our garden and space in our chapel and art room, with toilet facilities too! We ask you to bring a packed lunch and own drinks. We are part of the Quiet Garden Movement and look forward to welcoming you. 10am-3pm. tickets: To apply please email email: enquiries@holyroodhouse.org.uk web: http://www.holyroodhouse.org.uk

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 Fri 25 Sep 2020

Sutton Bank A170 road. (Picture: Sutton Bank 2016 during the Tour de France) The route closes Mon 13 Sep, potentially up to Fri 25 Sep, for annual maintenance. A diversion is in operation.

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 Sat 26 Sep 2020

Only Sat. YO7 3AD A19 York Road. Saturday afternoon car boot sale on the A19 Thirsk to York road. Food and toilets on site. Social distancing & signed route around the layout of stalls. Hand sanitiser & non-contact payment at entrance (correct money only). 1pm - 4pm. £5 sellers 50p buyers. tel: 07928 328308 email: sheel11@icloud.com

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Sat 26 Sep 2020

Thirsk Hall, Kirkgate, Thirsk YO7 1PL. CANCELLED Thirsk Live in the grounds of Thirsk Hall, Kirkgate. tel: 01609 780190 email: thirsklive@gmail.com web: https://thirsklive.uk

Sat 26 Sep 2020 to
 Sun 27 Sep 2020

Rural Arts, The Courthouse, Westgate, Thirsk, YO7 1QS. Ceramic Heads workshop with Kay Latto: Sculpt a small mythical, animal or human head in clay - or book onto both days to work on a larger head. 10am-4pm. £65 per session. tel: 01845 526536 tickets: in house, online email: admin@ruralarts.org web: https://www.ruralarts.org/workshops

Fri 2 Oct 2020 to
 Sat 17 Oct 2020

Not Mon or Sun. Rural Arts, The Courthouse, Westgate, Thirsk, YO7 1QS. Ceramics and Print Exhibition. 10am - 3pm. tel: 01845526536 email: admin@ruralarts.org web: https://www.ruralarts.org

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 Fri 18 Dec 2020

Thirsk Town Hall. Yoga with Alex. Yoga classes suitable for beginners and those with some experience. Mondays 5.45pm, Tuesday 6.30 pm, Thursday 10am & 7pm, Friday 9.30am. Monday 5.45pm, Tuesday 6.30pm,Thursday 10am & 7pm, Friday 9.30am. £6 per session (Block of 5 for £30). tel: 07927 141616 tickets: yogawithalex2020@gmail.com email: yogawithalex2020@gmail.com


Sun 4 Oct 2020

Newby Hall & Gardens, Ripon. HG4 5AE. Italian Cars & Motorbikes Extravaganza (rescheduled event). A celebration & major gathering for enthusiasts & owners of modern & classic Italian cars & motor cycles. Organised jointly by Club Alfa & the venue, Newby Hall is the perfect setting for the fantastic marques of these vehicles. See Newby Hall website for more details. 10am - 4pm. tel: 01423 322583 tickets: For attending the event only tickets can be bought at gate. web: http://www.newbyhall.com

Sat 17 Oct 2020 to
 Sun 18 Oct 2020

The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton, DL6 1LP. Michael Ball & Alfie Boe (12A) . The world’s ultimate musical duo, Michael Ball and Alfie Boe are ‘Back Together’ and set to delight cinema audiences up and down the country with the final show of their UK tour at the O2 Arena. Sat 7pm, Sun 3pm. £14 (£12 seniors). tel: 01609 776230 tickets: online or phone web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk

Fri 23 Oct 2020 to
 Sat 24 Oct 2020

The Garden Rooms, Tennants, Leyburn, DL8 5SG. Designer Makers Market, Unique Handcrafted Goods direct from the maker, 30 designers, artists, & craftspeople, Herriott Hospice Homecare the benefitting charity. 10am to 4pm.

Sat 24 Oct 2020

All UK and most of Europe. Clocks go back at 2am Sunday by one hour at the end of summer daylight saving time.

Sat 24 Oct 2020 to
 Sat 31 Oct 2020

Lightwater Valley, North Stainley, Ripon, North Yorkshire HG4 3HT. Spooktacular Fun at Lightwater Valley. Something spooky is coming to Lightwater Valley this Half Term. The North Yorkshire theme park is hosting a hocus pocus half term full of activities to keep young families eerily entertained in-between rides. 10:30am - 5pm. 14.50. tel: 01765 635321 tickets: www.lightwatervalley.co.uk web: https://www.lightwatervalley.co.uk/events/whats-on-this-october-half-term-at-lightwater-valley

Sat 31 Oct 2020

Royal Hall, Harrogate,HG1 2RD. Harrogate Choral Society. Rossini, Stabat Mater & Puccini, Messa di Gloria. 7.30pm. tel: 01423 502116 tickets: Phone booking only web: http://www.harrogatechoral.org.uk


Sat 21 Nov 2020 to
 Wed 23 Dec 2020

Lightwater Valley, North Stainley, Ripon, North Yorkshire HG4 3HT. Families can discover a whole host of festive fun as Christmas comes to Lightwater Valley on selected dates from Saturday, 21st November – Wednesday, 23rd December 2020. Be enchanted by the fantastical family-friendly Alice in Winterland giant lanterns display as the sun sets over the park. 1pm – 7pm. £12.50. tel: 01765 635321 tickets: www.lightwatervalley.co.uk web: https://www.lightwatervalley.co.uk/events/christmas-at-lightwater-valley

Sun 22 Nov 2020

Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal, Ripon. HG4 3DY. Eurythmia Ensemble. Festival Favourites in the Cellarium. 2pm. email: eurythmia@gmail.com

Fri 27 Nov 2020 to
 Sun 29 Nov 2020

Thirsk Town Hall, Westgate YO7 1QR. There is no Switch On event this year to avoid crowds. However, the Thirsk Christmas Fayre in the town hall is going ahead with a few changes. You will be asked to sanitise your hands before going in, masks should still be worn, just as in all indoor retail outlets, and we may have to restrict access during busier times to avoid over crowding, but don’t worry, we are doing our best to keep everyone safe. The cafe will be open with a limited amount of seating and we are hoping to offer our scrummy goodies, teas and coffees to take away. tel: 07921 676640


Sat 5 Dec 2020

Harrogate Convention Centre, Harrogate. HG1 5LA. Harrogate Christmas Concert. web: http://www.harrogatechoral.org.uk

Sat 5 Dec 2020 to
 Sun 6 Dec 2020

The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton, DL6 1LP. Christmas with Andre Rieu 2020. The King of Waltz brings you a festive Christmas spectacular from his newly created Winter Palace in his hometown of Maastricht. Sat 6pm, Sun 3pm. £15 with concessions. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: online or phone web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk

Sat 12 Dec 2020

RHS Harlow Carr Gardens, Harrogate. HG3 1QB. Harrogate Theatre Choir. 5pm. web: http://www.harrogatetheatrechoir.co.uk

Sat 12 Dec 2020 to
 Sun 13 Dec 2020

The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton, DL6 1LP. Chubby Brown 2020 (18). Chubby Brown 2020 Chubby Brown 2020 (18) Roy Chubby Brown is back and hes as naughty as ever. His choice of language and his politically incorrect jokes are all delivered with a cheeky grin and perfect comedy timing. 7.30pm. £24. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: online or phone web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk


Sat 9 Jan 2021

The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton, DL6 1LP. Jason Manford Just Like Me. 6pm & 9pm. tel: 01609 776230 web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk

'All Creatures' remade for TV

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James Herriot, famous for his 'All Creatures Great and Small' and other books lived and worked in Thirsk. Now the story has been re-made by Channel 5 and is running as a weekly series on TV. It started on Tue 1 Sep at 9pm.

If you missed episodes you can catch up on the My5 TV channel, available on many smart TVs and also on devices at
(tip: search for 'creatures')

The veterinary surgery of the real James Herriot (Alf Wight) shown in the picture was in Kirkgate, Thirsk, and is now a museum of his life, work and times. It is open seven days a week 10am-4pm (last entry 3pm). Book now at worldofjamesherriot.com


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If you're feeling anxious, talk to specialist support workers who are ready to listen, and share helpful tools and ways to cope. A Community Helpline is available to all across Hambleton, Harrogate District and Richmondshire. 8am-8pm, seven days a week.
This is a service provided by Just 'B', part of Saint Michael's Hospice and Hetriot Hospice Homecare. If you're feeling anxious call 01423 856799.

New Sowerby care home & nursery

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A new 69 bedroom care home with associated amenity areas is planned for Sowerby on land near Cocked Hat Farm, Topcliffe Road.

There will also be a 100 place children's day nursery with associated play space, eight care home staff apartments and 39 car parking spaces.

The planning application is now with Hambleton DC, see tinyurl.com/sowerbych

Face mask exemptions

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If over aged 11 we wear face masks in shops or where social distancing cannot be maintained, but there are people who cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability.

Those people have an exemption from the mask requirement. It also applies where putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause severe distress.

Some people may feel more comfortable showing something that says they do not have to wear a face covering. This could be in the form of an exemption card, badge or even a home-made sign. This is a personal choice, and is not necessary in law.

Those who have an age, health or disability reason for not wearing a face covering should not be routinely asked to provide any written evidence of this. Written evidence includes exemption cards.

If you would like to use a ready-made exemption card like the ones shown here you can print one. Start at this Government page: tinyurl.com/facemaskcard

Six people maximum

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This is a virus that thrives on close human contact. The more we come together, the easier it will spread.

We can spread the virus even while feeling well, and we do so most easily through five P’s: People in Prolonged, Poorly ventilated, Protection-free Proximity. 

From Mon 14 Sep there will be a new limit of six people in gatherings, applying to both private and public spaces – including parks, pubs and restaurants. It also covers all ages, meaning children will be prevented from gathering in larger groups, for example to play informal games of football.

Nobody should meet socially in groups of more than 6 – and if you do, you will be breaking the law. This will apply in any setting, indoors or outdoors, at home or in the pub.

It replaces both the existing ban on gatherings of more than 30 and the current guidance on allowing 2 households to meet indoors.

There will be some exemptions. For example, if a single household or support bubble is larger than 6, they can still gather. Places of education and work are unaffected.

COVID secure weddings, wedding receptions and funerals can go ahead, up to a limit of 30 people.  Organised sport and exercise is exempt.

All exemptions must take place in a recognised safe way.

What to do with suspicious emails

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As part of the government's Cyber Aware campaign, and to reduce the number of successful phishing attacks in the UK, the National Cyber Security Centre has launched a Suspicious Email Reporting Service that invites everyone to simply forward any suspicious messages they receive.

The NCSC quickly declared its scheme a great success, with thousands of dubious messages per week examined from the outset and hundreds of malicious sites continuing to be taken down every month.

Send your suspicious emails to <6>report@phishing.gov.uk

Podcast – The Child Actor

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James Mason as Colin Appleby in the original 'All Creatures Great and Small' series. He is now boss at the tourism body Welcome to Yorkshire.

James Mason has a lot to say about his beloved Yorkshire, and not just because he's a chatty Yorkshireman and a former broadcaster. As the boss of tourism organisation 'Welcome to Yorkshire', he roams around the county doing his level best to promote its scenery, history and culture, its food and drink.

Pandemic or no pandemic, James is, not unexpectedly, happy to wax lyrical about Channel 5's new All Creatures Great and Small TV series, based on the James Herriot books and shot on location in the Yorkshire Dales. And, like many, James is also fond of the BBC's All Creatures from the 1970s/80s. However, unlike many, he has a very personal connection to that original programme.

Find out more about him – and about elderly Dalesman George Tunstall (also involved in the filming) – in the podcast 'Voices from Herriot Country', episode six, The Child Actor. Go to

The Thirsk food bank

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If you want to donate some food to the CommunityWorks food bank right now, note the shortage of noodles, tinned fruit, crisps, coffee, biscuits and toiletries. Any donations are always much appreciated.

You can donate in the black bin behind the counters in Tesco, the CommunityWorks shop in the town centre or at the main office behind the Methodist Church on St James Green.

The Northallerton food bank

To receive emergency food help customers must be able to demonstrate their need, primarily by being referred through an agency or by self-referral by ringing 07514 244158.

The volunteer-led food store is still open every Monday between 4pm and 6pm at The Living Room, Garthway Arcade in Northallerton but only one customer at a time – please phone first to arrange a time to collect your parcel.

Donations of in date non-perishable food can still be left in Northallerton at: Tesco, Sainsburys, Willow Beck Pub and Restaurant, Zetland Wine Store, Station Hotel and Hambleton District Councils offices at Stonecross and in Bedale and Leeming Bar in the Co-op.

Shortages at the moment are tinned pies, cereal bars, custard, creamed rice, and toiletries.

Flu vaccinations

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The local flu vaccination programme is now being rolled out in phases, with children, care home residents and high risk groups vaccinated first.

GP practices will start sending letters out to eligible patients classed as ‘high risk’ from this month. Also, the school immunisation service will contact parents and carers of children in years reception to (and including) year 7 for consent for their child to have the flu vaccine in school.

High risk patients will continue to be contacted by their GP practices and vaccinated throughout September and October. This includes: residents in care homes or other long-stay care facilities, people aged 65 and over, pregnant women, front-line health and social care workers, carers and personal assistants for someone with a Personal Health Budget, those living in a household with people who have shielded and any people in a clinical risk group (aged from six months to less than 65).

This year, in addition to the normal flu vaccination programme, 50 to 64-year-olds who do not have a health condition putting them at risk of the flu will also be eligible for a free flu vaccine and will be contacted once the vaccinations above are complete.

For more information see

The Yorkshire Shepherdess

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In an interview Amanda Owen talks about their remote farm above Hawes, her nine children and how television found them. She says “I always lay the blame at James Herriot's door”. Hear Amanda talk about the transition she made from a girl in Huddersfield to a shepherdess, mum and TV star at

NHS Test and Trace: how it works

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Part 1: for someone with symptoms of coronavirus


 - isolate: as soon as you experience coronavirus symptoms, medical advice is clear: you must self-isolate for at least 10 days. Anyone else in your household must self-isolate for 14 days from when you started having symptoms.


 - test: get a free NHS test immediately to check if you have coronavirus or call 119 if you have no internet access


 - results: if your test is positive, you must complete the remainder of your 10-day self-isolation. Anyone in your household must also complete self-isolation for 14 days from when you started having symptoms. If your test is negative, other household members no longer need to self-isolate. If you feel well and no longer have symptoms similar to coronavirus, you can stop self-isolating (unless you have been contacted separately by NHS Test and Trace as a contact of someone who has tested positive).


 - share contacts: if you test positive for coronavirus, the NHS Test and Trace service will send you a text or email alert or call you with instructions of how to share details of people with whom you have had close, recent contact and places you have visited. It is important that you respond as soon as possible so that we can give appropriate advice to those who need it. You will be told to do this online via a secure website or you will be called by one of our contract tracers. If NHS Test and Trace contact tracers are unable to contact you for 24 hours, they may pass your case to your local authority to follow up by phone or in person.


Part 2: if you are contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service because you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus

 - alert: you will be alerted by the NHS Test and Trace service if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus. The alert will usually come by text, email or phone call. You should then log on to the NHS Test and Trace website, which is normally the easiest way for you and the service to communicate with each other – but, if not, a trained call handler will talk you through what you must do. Under-18s will get a phone call and a parent or guardian will be asked to give permission for the call to continue.


 - isolate: you will be told to begin self-isolation for 14 days from your last contact with the person who has tested positive. It’s really important to do this even if you don’t feel unwell because, if you have been infected, you could become infectious to others at any point up to 14 days. Your household doesn’t need to self-isolate with you, if you do not have symptoms, but they must take extra care to follow the guidance on social distancing and handwashing and avoid contact with you at home.


 - test if needed: if you develop symptoms of coronavirus, other members of your household must self-isolate immediately at home for 14 days and you must get a test to check if you have coronavirus or call 119 if you have no internet access. If your test is positive, you must continue to stay at home for at least 10 days and we will get in touch to ask about your contacts since they must self-isolate. If your test is negative, you must still complete your 14-day self-isolation period because the virus may not be detectable yet - this is crucial to avoid unknowingly spreading the virus.


For fuller details see

Ritz Cinema news

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Getting closer – the new floor has been poured and floated, all strong and flat. Now the downstairs seats are in.

The Ritz had already planned an ambitious programme of refurbishment before the Coronavirus struck. The programme includes replacing the front part of the downstairs auditorium floor, seats, some decorating and new acoustic ceiling panels. This would inevitably have caused some disruption for our audiences.

In the circumstances we have been able to bring forward the planned work so that we can complete as much of it as possible before we re-open, thereby causing as little disturbance as possible.

Information centre open

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The Thirsk information centre is open, now expanded to Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays – 10am to noon and 12.30 to 2.30pm. On Tue & Wed phone a volunteer working from home on 01845 522755

It is the place to get walks and visitor attraction leaflets. There are Yorkshire and Thirsk souvenirs as well as maps, books, flags and postcards. The stamp books will save your time queuing at the Post Office counter.

At any time view the Market Place webcam at www.visitthirsk.uk/webcam or find what you need to know on Thirsk's enormous website www.visitthirsk.uk

If you send us your up-to-date information we will make sure everyone knows news@visitthirsk.org.uk