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Yorkshire Walk on TV

6th July 7pm - Leyburn to Castle Bolton: Leyburn Shawl (a limestone scar). One of a series of Yorkshire Walks on BBC 4.

About Thirsk's information centre

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On Saturday 18th July we will re-open the information centre in the middle of Thirsk Market Place, initially on Market days only (Sat & Mon) 10am-noon & 12.30pm-2.30pm.

In the meantime phone a volunteer working from home on 01845 522755, 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

Send us up-to-date information and we'll make sure everyone knows:
<13>news@visitthirsk.uk

Farmers' Market this Sunday

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Sunday sees the return of  the monthly Farmers Market in Thirsk after lockdown. The stalls will spread out with an open space in the middle, hand sanitiser available and stewards on hand to assist the public. All of the traders are independent family businesses.

For more information about Northern Dales Farmers’ Markets call 07900 921126, email info@northerndalesfarmersmarkets.com or visit the website www.northerndalesfarmersmarkets.com

Direct trains to London

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Grand Central trains stopping at Northallerton & Thirsk will resume on Sun 26 Jul. Initially there will be three daily return journeys between Sunderland and London Kings Cross. They offer customers:

 – Competitively priced refundable tickets with seat reservations, and information to highlight how busy services are.

 – The flexibility to change your date of travel if your plans change, without any additional cost.

 – Increased safety measures including more on-board cleaning and sanitisation, and protective equipment for  staff.

 – No booking fees when you book direct on the Grand Central website and app.

Plus, when you book direct on the website, and provide your contact details, they will let you know the latest information you need for your journey, so you’ll always be informed.
www.grandcentralrail.com

Norby news

North Yorkshire County Council have made arrangements to minimise disruption of residents of Norby estate, Thirsk, next month while all roads on the estate are resurfaced. Estate roads will be fully closed from Tue 21 Jul to the morning of Fri 24 Jul.

There will be no vehicular access and it will not be possible to park on the roads. To ensure adequate parking, the B1448 road will be closed to through traffic between the A168 and Marage Road and parking enforcement will be temporarily suspended. Residents will be provided with a free pass that will allow them to use the Marage Road car park free of charge while the work is being done.

More small business help

The Expanded Discretionary Grant fund is now open for applications.

Businesses eligible for the Small Business Grant Fund or the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Fund are not eligible to apply. However, anyone eligible for Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme or Self-Employed Income Support Scheme may apply for the Discretionary Grant Scheme.

These grants are for:

 – Small Businesses under the Companies Act 2006

 – Micro Businesses under the Companies Act 2006

 – Small and Micro Businesses with relatively high ongoing fixed property-related costs.

 – Businesses must demonstrate they have suffered a significant fall in income due to the Covid -19 crisis

 – Businesses must be trading on 11 March 2020

 – Businesses which occupy property, or part of a property, with a rateable value or annual rent or annual mortgage payments below £65,000.

The application window closes at midnight on Sun 12 Jul 2020. Full details are at
tinyurl.com/HDCgrant

ONS infection survey

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This graph is from the Office for National Statistics' COVID-19 Infection Survey dated Thu 2 Jul.

The percentages on the left refer to infections reported in the community, i.e. private households. The figures exclude infections reported in hospitals, care homes or other institutional settings. The numbers are provisional and subject to revision. They come from random testing by ONS research partners at the University of Oxford and the University of Manchester.

All estimates are subject to uncertainty, given that a sample is only part of the wider population. The 95% confidence intervals shown above are calculated so that, if we were to repeat this study many times, with many different samples of households, then 95% of the time the confidence intervals would contain the true value that we are seeking to estimate.

The graph shows that infections in the community might have levelled out (bottom confidence limit) or are beginning to rise slowly (upper confidence limit). See original report:
tinyurl.com/ONSinfections

Texas, USA

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Image from Texas Dept of State Health Services via BBC.

In the State of Texas, USA, the BBC says that "Texas Governor Greg Abbott allowed his stay home order to expire on 30 April".

The data above shows the official daily confirmed COVID-19 cases in Texas and much of the increase is in people under the age 30. The Texas Governor says that "the majority of cases typically results from people going to the bar-type settings".

The Texas experience shows that the virus could still get out of control.

A comparison of risks

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How risky is the virus? We all have a chance of dying at any time, from natural causes, illness or accident. How does the chance of dying from coronavirus compare with that risk? It is a good question and the curves above give the answer.

The total risk we face of dying is about double that before the pandemic. It is not ten-times the risk (for example) so we must not get the impact of the virus out of proportion.

The graphs show that for almost all ages the average virus risk is about the same as the average risk we all had before the outbreak, so the total has doubled.

Use the link below to see the full article.

From an article by David Spiegelhalter, a statistician, communicator about evidence, risk, probability, chance, uncertainty, etc. and chair of the Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication, Cambridge.
tinyurl.com/riskcomparison

From Vixendale Gifts, Millgate

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If you have a shop in Britain, why not support & sell items made in this country? You only have to look around at craft fairs and independent shops to see there is a wealth of talented designers & creators, who have a real love & passion for what they do. This is what I want to support & bring to a wider audience. By purchasing from small companies I am helping both them & the UK economy in general. It also means that the items I stock at Vixendale Gifts are not widely found elsewhere, so you will always discover something unusual in my shop in Thirsk & in my online store.

The shop is open Thursdays & Fridays 11am-3pm & Saturdays 10am-4pm. Pre-bookable slots are also available between 10-11am on Thursdays & Fridays. Also free delivery within Thirsk/Carlton Miniott area.

From the Old Oak Tree

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We are delighted to announce that we will re-open both our restaurant and accommodation in South Kilvington on Sat 4 Jul.

We want to reassure guests that we will be opening with plenty of precautions in place to ensure both our staff and our customers are safe. This is our biggest priority, and we feel confident that when we open our doors we’ll be doing so in the safest way possible – although the Government is encouraging use of contactless ordering, they clearly are not aware of our broadband speed in South Kilvington so we will be taking pen to paper as usual!

We will be continuing to do local takeaway meals for those who are not able or confident to dine out just yet and ask that these are still pre-ordered with collection slots. A reservation is advisable (we cannot guarantee without one). Our patio will be on a first come first served (weather permitting!)

For now we will still be open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner and we have given our menus a little update. We look forward to welcoming you all soon!
www.oldoaktreethirsk.co.uk

Choose your wood and style

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The Furniture Trail is open – although it is best to call ahead before visiting to ensure the furniture showroom is open and able to welcome visitors.

The Thirsk area is rich in cabinet making skills and has a wealth of furniture making companies with workshops and showrooms for all to see and enjoy. These companies use a variety of hardwoods to make an enormous range of furniture, made to the specific requirements of their customers. People come from all over Britain to have their furniture designed and made by their favourite craftsmen in the wood and style that they have chosen.

The Thirsk Furniture Trail includes seven furniture makers, all committed to producing furniture of exceptional quality. This website below offers an introduction to their work and a guide to their workshops where a warm welcome is extended to all visitors. Combined with the wonderful local scenery and other attractions in the area, the Trail is a unique way to enjoy this part of North Yorkshire.
www.thirskfurnituretrail.co.uk

From Landrace Cottage

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Landrace Cottage holiday home at Glebe Farm near Thirsk is opening on Saturday 4th July.

It is a beautiful, luxury two-bedroom detached cottage fitted out to an extremely high standard with hand-crafted items of furniture, leather sofas, underfloor heating and, for those cooler evenings, there's a wood-burning stove to relax by.

You can rest assured that I am following all guidelines to make your holiday as safe and healthy as possible. This will include having a 3 day gap between guests as an added precaution for the protection of all our families.

Ring 01845 525110 or see
www.landracecottage.co.uk

From The Garden Bothy

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We look forward to welcoming guests back to the Garden Bothy in Rainton from Saturday 4th July for short breaks or a longer relaxing stay. With a £50 discount for a 7 night stay you can really take advantage of our peaceful, cosy, one storey, self catering cottage.

Set in beautiful gardens with your own private courtyard with relaxing, comfy furniture you can enjoy the peace and tranquility around you.

We are ideally suited for those wanting to explore the stunning scenery around or just take some time out to reflect and relax.

Rainton is a charming North Yorkshire village with traditional stone cottages, a village green and a friendly country pub serving homemade food (to takeaway) and real ales.

The Garden Bothy is fully equipped with everything you need for your stay and rest assured we will make sure everything is thoroughly cleaned and sanitised after every visitor according to guidelines.

Please see our website for further details and for booking information
www.martinfish.com/the-garden-bothy

From Greystone Farm B&B

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Our Bed & Breakfast is a traditional farmhouse B&B on a working farm on the edge of the North York Moors National Park at Over Silton near Thirsk.

We are re-opening on Mon 13 Jul and are looking forward to welcoming both new & returning guests.

In the interest of our guests' safety we will be letting only one of our bedrooms at a time unless it is a for a family group. Guests will have sole use of the facilities. Ring 01609 883468 / 07768 710912 or see
www.greystonefarm-bedandbreakfast.co.uk

From Crief Lodges

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Crief Lodges are run by the nuns of Stanbrook Abbey who moved into their eco-monastery on site in May 2009. Hospitality has been a traditional work of Benedictines since their foundation in the sixth century. While the monastery is separate from the lodges, its presence adds to the ambience of tranquility.

We are re-opening our self-catering holiday lodges from 4 July with a COVID-19 management policy in place. We have pre-exisiting bookings but availability from August.
Contact Sr Laurentia on 01347 868931 or crieflodges@stanbrookabbey.org.uk
www.cottageguide.co.uk/crieflodges

From Laburnum House B&B

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Laburnum House B&B on Topcliffe Road, Thirsk, will re-open on Sat 11 Jul. The Trip Advisor rating is ‘#1 of 22 B&Bs/Inns in Thirsk’.

Val says “I would like to say a big thank you for viewing Laburnum House, and if you choose to stay – I look forward to making your time here pleasant and enjoyable with lots of good memories. Also I would like to thank all my previous guests and regulars that helped me achieve the  ‘Certificates of Excellence’ with Trip Advisor year after year!” Phone 01845 524120 / 07912 432089 or see
www.laburnumhousethirsk.com

Do not wait

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The symptoms of coronavirus are high temperature, new continuous cough, loss or change to the sense of smell or taste. Anyone who is showing these symptoms should book a swab test on the NHS website. People without internet, or who have difficulty online, can ring the special number 119 to book their test. Do not wait - ask for the test as soon as you or someone you live with has symptoms. Book at the NHS website:
www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test

 

Essential workers and members of their household should register for a coronavirus test on the Government website:
www.gov.uk/apply-coronavirus-test-essential-workers

Testing is done using a home kit or use of the drive-through testing facility at York's Poppleton Bar Park and Ride.

Social distancing from 4 July

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The most important thing is to stay alert, control the virus, and in doing so, save lives. Everyone’s actions have helped to reduce the transmission of coronavirus in our communities. Fatalities and infection rates continue to fall.

The government has set out its plan to return life to as near normal as we can, for as many people as we can, as quickly and fairly as possible in order to safeguard livelihoods, but in a way that continues to protect our communities and our NHS. New guidance applies from 4 July which says:

 – you can meet in groups of up to two households (your support bubble counts as one household) in any location - public or private, indoors or outdoors. You do not always have to meet with the same household - you can meet with different households at different times. However, it remains the case - even inside someone’s home - that you should socially distance from anyone not in your household or bubble. This change also does not affect the support you receive from your carers

 

 – when you are outside you can continue to meet in groups of up to six people from different households, following social distancing guidelines

 

 – those who have been able to form a support bubble (i.e. those in single adult households) can continue to have close contact as if they live with the other people in the bubble. You should not change with whom you have formed a support bubble

 

 – additional businesses and venues, including restaurants, pubs, cinemas, visitor attractions, hotels, and campsites will be able to open - but still closed are certain premises where the risks of transmission may be higher

 

– other public places, such as libraries, community centres, places of worship, outdoor playgrounds and outdoor gyms will be able to open

 

 – you can stay overnight away from your home with your own household or support bubble, or with members of one other household (where you need to keep social distancing)

 

 – it will be against the law to gather in groups larger than 30 people, except for a limited set of circumstances to be set out in law and unless all members of the group are exclusively from two households. Police will have the power to break up groups larger than 30, apart from these exceptions.

 

From 4 July, people will be trusted to continue acting responsibly by following this and related guidance. The overwhelming majority have complied with regulations and the Government is trusting people to continue acting responsibly, and to follow the guidance on what they should and should not do.

The full guidance is at tinyurl.com/distancing4july

Birth of a Naturalist

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Here is Jonathan Tulloch's podcast ‘bats and betony’:
tinyurl.com/batsandbetony

Tucker Talks

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By courtesy of the Thirsk Weekly News

In a week when my wife should be watching Wimbledon, all we have are repeats of highlights from previous years, but at least this weekend sees another step towards unrestricted freedom of movement, but also the threat that if we act too freely and cause a rise in the rate of Covid-19 infections we shall be placed on the naughty step once more and confined to home for yet more time. So: we must remain alert.

 

Irregulation
100 days ago this Friday life closed down for many as the government, acting with great haste, passed regulations with the catchy title of the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020. They were exciting to read (if you are a lawyer) and I took to carrying a copy whenever I drove anywhere, just in case I had to justify my journey under regulation 6 (restrictions on movement). In the event, I never encountered a police officer.

Since then the Regs have been amended, in April, May, and three times in June. In their original form they ran to 10½ pages. Inevitably they have grown, and even now that they are printed in smaller type, they fill 12½ pages. New concepts have emerged and been given sometimes convoluted definitions, notably the ‘elite athlete’, the ‘linked household’ and the ‘vulnerable person’.

The list of ‘essential’ businesses has disappeared in the amended form of life. If nothing else these documents will provide a snapshot for future social historians of the type of businesses considered ‘essential’ including food retailers, off-licences, pharmacies and newsagents, and of those that had to close, including cinemas, theatres, nightclubs, betting shops and massage parlours. Regulation 6, which kept  many of us cooped up at home except for brief sorties into the sunshine contained the draconian instruction: “no person may leave the place where they are living without reasonable excuse”, and then listed the commonest forms of reasonable excuse, including exercise, buying ‘basic necessities’ and travel to work that could not be done from home.

Reg 6 has now turned from staying in to sleeping over, as it now reads: “no person may, without reasonable excuse, stay overnight at any place other than the place where they are living”,  but it then goes on to ramble around the idea of ‘linked households’, which is a means of allowing those who live alone to visit one other family, but may require you to work out if someone in the household was under the age of 18 on 12 June 2020. Confused?

What a tangle, and one which only lawyers with time on their hands will delve into. The reality is that the government has, for the time being at least, abandoned control by regulation and is relying on advice and common sense. And that is a recipe for disaster and a second wave of infection as the ‘2 metre’ distancing advice which everyone has called a ‘rule’ is largely abandoned.

 

Jury trial
Juries used to be men who knew a defendant and could, therefore, tell a judge (we are in Norman times) that said defendant was a good sort and therefore didn't do it. Today it is essential that a juror, male or female, does not know the defendant and therefore relies only on what is said about them in court.

We pop twelve jurors together in two rows in a courtroom for several days, and that is now a recipe for mass infection. It has almost stopped trials, and the result is an awful backlog. That is no good for anyone. Guilty defendants should be convicted and sentenced, the innocent acquitted, without unreasonable delay. As time goes by a fair trial becomes more difficult. Witnesses die, move house, forget key facts or simply lose interest in the case. Victims are denied justice.

The point of a jury trial is that twelve people who are not familiar with the courts are tasked with listening to evidence, then at least 10 of them have to be sure that the defendant did what is alleged. Juries tend to be good at assessing what they see and hear.

The problem of delay was there before coronavirus. Now the virus is an excuse for cheap solutions such as having the judge plus two magistrates, or the system used in World War Two of reducing juries to 7 people. The problem: juries represent, and are, ordinary people, a somewhat random bunch with a range of experience and views. Judges, however, represent, and are, bright lawyers with lengthy experience of crime, criminals and police. The risk is that they see in the dock “the usual man In the usual place” and are more inclined to convict. It's a cheap solution, but a flawed one.

Do I have a better idea? I have a radical one. If the courts cannot try a person within a fixed period of time, he or she should be automatically acquitted, found not guilty. The efforts of the police to investigate the case and the CPS to get the file ready would be wasted. There is just such a provision buried in a 1985 Act of Parliament, although never brought into force. Cries of horror: thousands of the guilty get away with it, free to do it again. But once we have cleared the backlog we could work to stay on top of the problem.

Maybe in the longer term, as part of the post Covid-19 new normal we can hope for a system that is overall quicker. It would also be a great help to have simpler laws. The idea of codifying the law has been around for decades, but lacks the political will to overcome the lobby of the status quo.

 

Back to print
And so this is the last week when this column appears in the Thirsk Tourist Office email while the print version of the Thirsk Weekly News has been hibernating. Next week the newsprint is due to reappear, and so I offer my thanks to the team at Thirsk Tourist Office for being good hosts in these strange times.

From Chris Purser

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Opening up continues
As I write, the weather continues to ignore the calendar, by not celebrating summer with weather fit for November! More shops can open, tentative steps are taken towards opening cinemas.

The implications of distancing and hygiene guidelines on the Ritz Cinema are being considered, but re-opening may be delayed until September, when there may actually be some decent films scheduled for big screen release, as distinct from going to home video.

Pubs can open, where they have gardens – few and far between in this part of the world, hairdressers can start trimming and colouring, but not doing nails, I gather! Gyms and swimming pools are still locked down.

 

Bullocks
In the present hot spell, this has interesting results. Our daily walk was over Sowerby Flatts yesterday, and we stood on the Lock Bridge and watched kids of all ages in the pool below it. (There is an irony – the swimming pool in Thirsk was founded by public subscription after a drowning tragedy in the Cod Beck.)

There were bullocks grazing in the field, and one of them suddenly decided to gallop away from the herd, scattering the children on the bank of the beck, and plunging into the water, where it proceeded to add its own contribution! More consternation, not helped by two loose small dogs, that proceeded to harass the bewildered bullock, who eventually fled, and hid on the bank further up the beck. It was lucky that the beast didn't get so agitated that it attacked the groups sitting on the bank!

 

The Country Code
Some of our locals don't follow what they used to call the Country Code and keep their dogs under control when there are farm animals about, and there also seems to be a belief that clearing up after your dog only involves putting the ordure into a black plastic bag, and throwing that to one side! Unless the bag is biodegradeable, it will still be there for decades! Not a legacy I want to leave my grandchildren!

Glimpses of Eden

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by local author Jonathan Tulloch

The dawn chorus began at three this morning – a single blackbird testing the silence. The tune was taken up by all the other village blackbirds. They were soon followed by the song thrushes. One perched on our roof, another on a neighbour’s greenhouse; the thrushes belted out their rousing choruses, like duelling opera stars.

As the sun stirred, the sound of skylarks drifted from the bean fields: a spinning, whirling tornado of notes that doesn’t seem to end. Reports are coming in from around the world that we’ve never heard the birds sing so loudly. People are revelling in the de-stressing gift of birdsong.

Are they singing louder, or can we just hear them better? Strange as it seems, the birds are actually singing more quietly. Manchester Metropolitan University researchers have found that without all the roaring traffic, construction and aircraft during lockdown, birds don’t need to shout to be heard. Maybe that’s why their songs sound expressive and rich this year.

Is this a brief reprieve, a memory of how we used to hear the birds, or is it the start of reclaiming our lost birthright of birdsong? I’m writing this in the evening and the same birds are singing. I open a window and their healing music fills the room.

Drive thru farm safari

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Monk Park is usually a petting-farm but for the moment it offers a drive thru safari! Seven-days a week, 10am-4.30pm, £10 per car - cash only. No need to book just turn up.

Please remember this is a drive thru so no animal petting or play areas are allowed to open yet. The price includes a free animal feed bag for you to throw into the paddocks,
www.facebook.com/hebdon2

Car Boot Sale

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Woodfield Car Boot Sale, Thirsk Road YO7 3AD every Saturday afternoon from 12.30pm. It is close to Thirsk Auction Mart. On Site Ice Cream, Mr Chips and Martin’s Coffee Van. Two-metre social distancing applies, hand sanitizer provided. Toilet facilities. 50p Admission, exact money only.

Sellers can set up at noon but no admission to field before 11am. £5 sellers fee.
Queries to 07928 328308
www.facebook.com/groups/1074881712614637

From The Pamper Lounge

The Pamper Lounge in Castlegate, Thirsk, is re-opening for Podiatry, Chiropody & Foot Health Treatments on Mon 6 Jul. We have allowed time between appointments to ensure there is no crossover with other patients.

Between every patient we will be carrying out thorough cleaning of all surfaces patients may touch and we will be wearing full PPE at all times.

Please do not turn up early for your appointment or bring other people, arrive at your allocated time to avoid patient crossover.- If you have a face mask please wear it for your appointment, however we do have masks available. To book ring
01845 527085

Official re-opening mark

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This new tourism industry standard UK-wide industry standard and consumer mark has been launched by VisitBritain.

“We’re Good To Go” is the official UK mark to signal that a tourism and hospitality business has worked hard to follow Government and industry COVID-19 guidelines and has a process in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing. Accommodation, restaurants, visitor attractions and others across the tourism sector can apply.

On successful completion of the application you will be sent a secure link to download your certificate, consumer mark and a toolkit to tell your customers that your business is Good to Go.

The scheme is free to join and open to all businesses across the sector. To obtain the mark complete the 20-minute self-assessment. Make sure you have read the relevant Government and Public Health guidance before you begin. Apply at
goodtogo.visitbritain.com

Shops and Services

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These independent Thirsk shops and services have told us that they are open to the public. You can also phone or email.

 

Please send updates to news@visitthirsk.uk

 

Expect to see one-way systems, hand sanitiser, masks and social distancing. Please touch only goods you intend to buy.

 

AJ Horseboxes, Dalton, Mon–Thu 8am-5.30pm & Friday 8am-noon, 01845 577744, sales@ajhorseboxes.co.uk
Alpha Signs, St James Green, 01845 524810 / 07710 565734, alphasigns@btconnect.com
Cat Napps Cattery, Station Rd, 01845 526380 / 07942 799111, sarahtaylor63@btinternet.com
Community Works Re:Store, Market Place, open from 9am Wed 24 Jun.
Cooper & Barr opticians, Market Place, Mon & Thu only 9am-5pm, 01845 202007, thirsk@cooperandbarr.co.uk
Crafts of Thirsk, Bakers Alley, 10am-2pm. There is a counter with screen covering the doorway, this means no entry to the shop, we will bring things to you to look at. Local delivery for those shielding - post too. 07979 157243, craftsofthirsk@aol.com
Daizys Brunch Bar, 07939 723017, lowmac_cy@yahoo.com
Dales of Thirsk, Thirsk Industrial Pk, 01845 522523, info@dalesofthirsk.co.uk
Ewe and Yarn, open every day 10am-2pm except closed on Wed & Sun, 01845 527978, info@eweandyarn.co.uk
Fox's Signs & Trophies, Thirsk Industrial Pk, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm (Fri close 4.30pm), 01845 526219, info@foxstrophies.co.uk


 

Graham Duncalf Furniture Maker, Bagby, open but appointments only, 01845 597471, dawnduncalf@gmail.com
Grove House Interiors, Thirsk Industrial Pk, 9am-4pm Mon-Fri, 01845 523562, info@grovehousefurniture.co.uk
Harrowells inc. Hileys solicitors, Finkle St, open for pre-arranged appointments at all branches, including Thirsk and are also able to provide advice by phone, video call and email, 01845 522278, advice@harrowells.co.uk
Hays Travel, Market Place, is open for business asking clients to call in advance, but they are in the shop. 01845 523206thirsk@hays-travel.co.uk
Highfield TS, Dalton, open for cleaning of carpets, stone floors, upholstery, wooden & vinyl floors, 01845 577161 / 07922 022614, highfieldts@mail.co.uk
Hill Brothers Funeral Directors are open 24hrs but the office is closed, 01845 525064, hillbrothers@hotmail.co.uk
Humphrey & Tilly Menswear, Market Place, 10am-4pm, Mon-Sat, 01845 527120, info@humphreyandtilly.co.uk
J D Photography, Thirsk Industrial Pk, open from Mon 6 Jul, 01845 526473 / 07715 026917, john@jdphotographyltd.co.uk
Johnson’s Butchers, Kirkgate, 7 days a week Mon-Sat 8am-5pm and Sun 10am-4pm 01845 523212 / 07973 117354, andy@johnsonsofthirsk.co.uk
Just Plants Thirsk, York Road, Open at weekends - Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm & Bank Holidays 10am-4pm.  This is a seasonal outlet. 07375 352737, contact@justplantsthirsk.co.uk
Kristina's, Kirkgate, open from Sat 20 9.30am-4pm. Thereafter Thu & Fri 10am-2pm and Sat 9.30am-4pm. 01845 574573, kristinas@hotmail.co.uk
Lee’s Butchers, Castlegate, 7am-4pm Mon-Sat (closed Wed pm), 01845 522113, h.leeandsons@btconnect.com
Market Cross Jewellers, Market Place, 9.30am-5pm, 01845 526026, enquiries@marketcrossjewellers.com
Market Place Dentistry, open but only to come into the practice after making an appointment by phone or email, 01845 523630, info@marketplacedentistry.co.uk
Martin's newsagent, Market Place, 7am-6pm, 01845 527506
New Leaf Landscapes, 01845 597353 / 07963 086569, mark@newleaflandscapes.com
Nigel Atkinson’s Bathrooms, Finkle St, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm, 01845 574555, nigel.atkinson@quality-bathrooms.net
Printing.com, Castlegate, 10am-4pm until Sat 20 Jun and 9am-5pm thereafter, 01845 523424, viv@g3a.co.uk
Priory Woodwind Repairs, Sowerby, 01845 524826 / 07774 004264, priorywoodwind@mac.com
Row Opticians, Millgate, open for emergency and essential eyecare and urgent appointments, but not routine eye tests as yet, 01845 523093, row.opticians@hotmail.co.uk
Rural Arts, Westgate, will open Mon 3 Aug, admin@ruralarts.org
Sonja van der Westhuizen, Chartered Physiotherapist, not fully open but virtual remote physiotherapy consultations available. 07761 918394, sonjavdw@btinternet.com
Spectrum Framing & Gallery, open by appointment 10am-4pm Tue to Fri & 10am-3pm Sat, 01845 527773, info@spectrumframing.co.uk
Stan Lee Plumbing & Heating, 07894 205900, stan26lee@gmail.com
Tanfield Pine, Thirsk Industrial Pk, Mon-Fri 8am-4pm, 01845 527979, sales@tanfield-pine.co.uk
Tea Time Yorkshire, Market Place, Café open for takeaways only Fri to Mon 9am-2pm, also Afternoon Tea boxes for collection on Sat & Sun (must be pre-ordered). 07492 750991, rosa@teatimeyorkshire.co.uk
The Fabric Bird, 9am-1pm Mon to Sat, 01845 526668, kate@thefabricbird.co.uk
The Greengrocer, Market Place, Mon-Sat 8am-5pm and Sun 9.30am-4pm, 01845 527899, info@thegreengrocerthirsk.co.uk
Thirsk Garden Centre, (inc Edinburgh Woollen Mill) 10am-5pm Mon-Sat, 10am-4pm Sun, 01845 523032, info@thirskgardencentre.co.uk
Thirsk Tourist Information, Market Place, from Sat 18 Jul open Mon & Sat 10am-noon and 12.30pm-2pm. 01845 522755, info@visitthirsk.org.uk
Thirsk Travel Centre, Market Place, open Mon-Fri 10am-2pm. 01845 526764, holidays@thirsktravel.co.uk
Three Tuns Antiques, Market Place, Wed-Sat 10am-4pm, 01845 527655 / 07738 275893, info@threetunsantiques.co.uk
Tidings, Millgate, 9am-5pm Mon to Sat, 07845 977153
Towlers, 7am-1pm, Market Place, 01845 522521, towlersthirsk@hotmail.co.uk
Treske furniture, Carlton Miniott, showrooms open Mon to Fri 10am-5pm (phoning first is advisable) and by appointment on Sat, 01845 522770, info@treske.co.uk
Upstairs Downstairs deli, Market Place, is open Mon-Sat 8am-5pm, 01845 526067
VisionPVC, Carlton Miniott Business Pk, 01845 527323 / 07815 727380, visionpvc@aol.com

Vixendale Gifts, Millgate, Thursdays & Fridays 11am-3pm & Saturdays 10am-4pm. Pre-bookable slots are also available between 10-11am on Thursdays & Fridays. Also free delivery within Thirsk/Carlton Miniott area.
Watkinson Cabinet Makers, Dalton, 01845 577991 / 07703 038370, info@watkinsoncabinetmakers.co.uk
Well Heeled Boutique, Market Place, Tue-Sat 10am-4pm, also Mondays by appointment only, ring Jane on 07768 728112, 01845 574444, info@wellheeledboutique.co.uk
White Rose BookCafe, Market Place, open Mon, Thu, Fri & Sat 10am-4pm, café, and toilets closed. Also order & collect service. 01845 524353, sales@whiterosebooks.co.uk
Winnie's Yorkshire Delights, on the markets - can deliver or post, 01845 587492, winniesyorkshiredelights@gmail.com
Zillah Bell Gallery, Kirkgate, is open by appointment only, ring 07891 893219, info@zillahbellgallery.co.uk