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 Tue 2 Feb 2021

Only Tue. Online meeting (Zoom). Ask the big life questions! This year has pulled the rug under many of our expectations, and it might have left you spiritually searching? Alpha is a great place to ask some if the big questions if life in a friendly and supportive group. Come and join!. 7:30pm. Free. tickets: Event details on our Facebook event page email: revmaryrolls@gmail.com web: http://Thirskparishes.org

Tue 2 Feb 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 Sacred Art of Ancient China. Lecturer Jon Cannon, lecturer, writer, teacher, tour guide and more. For more detail see website or email hambleton@theartssociety.org. Everyone is welcome. The Sacred Art of Ancient China by Jon Cannon. 2pm,. free to members, £7 visitors, £5 visitors from other Arts Society societies. tickets: hambleton@theartssociety.org email: hambleton@theartssociety.org web: http://www.theartssociety.org/hambleton


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: hambleton@thartssociety.org. email: hambleton@theartssociety.org web: http://www.theartssociety.org/hambleton

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: hambleton@theartssociety.org email: hambleton@theartssociety.org web: http://www.theartssociety.org/hambleton


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 hambleton@theartssociety.org. Everyone is welcome. 2pm. free to members, £7 visitors, £5 visitors from other Arts Society societies. tickets: hambleton@theartssociety.org. email: hambleton@theartssociety.org 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: hambleton@theartssociety.org email: hambleton@theartssociety.org 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

Rowing the Atlantic Ocean!

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Jasmine Harrison from Thirsk is hoping to be the youngest solo female to row the Atlantic. It is 3000 miles, taking up to 90 days in an epic adventure race called the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, known as the world‘s toughest row.

She is doing this to raise money for two amazing charities: ShelterBox and Blue Marine Foundation. She also hopes that it will bring inspiration to young people - it is okay to go at things alone whether it be going for breakfast or even walking to school.

Jasmine says that she is thankful to all her supporters, particularly VetUK (for all your pet medications and needs) as headline sponsor.

On her Facebook page you can keep in touch with Jasmine's progress, she is now over half way there. Don't miss her videos, especially one showing a large drilling vessel scarily changing course to avoid her at 4am in the morning!


Please help her charities by donating at

Leisure Centre makeover

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Thirsk’s leisure centre is set to get underway in February with planned upgrades and extensions bringing it up to date.

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 last year will have been replaced with greener, more environmentally sustainable equipment and it will have 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 with new signage and wall art set to be introduced around the building.

Work is due to start on February 1 and expected to be completed for a September opening. It is necessary to close the centre and the car park for this entire period with members able to use Bedale, Northallerton and Stokesley centres during this time.

Big Garden Birdwatch

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Get prepared now for Friday to Sunday, 29-31 January when you can enjoy an hour with nature and discover the wildlife on your doorstep with help from the RSPB.

Are you ready for the excitement of Big Garden Birdwatch 2021? Everyone can take part for free, whether you’re a novice birdwatcher, or a seasoned pro. Sign up for email updates that are tailored to you, including expert advice to get you closer to the wildlife where you are. You can participate in the world’s largest wildlife survey, all from the comfort of your own home.

Everything to take part, help with identifying what you see, and expert advice on feeding the birds is at

Power of attorney refund

There are only a few days left to claim a partial refund if you applied to register a power of attorney from 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2017 in England or Wales. The Ministry of Justice say that these people paid up to £54 too much.

This applies to lasting powers of attorney (LPA) and enduring powers of attorney (EPA) but you must claim your refund by 1 February 2021.

You can make a claim if you're the person who set up the power of attorney (the donor) or you are the attorney. The refund will be paid to the donor. There is less than a week to claim on the Government website at

New Thirsk service station approved

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The District Council has now approved a new service station, with some conditions.

The construction will be on land currently used for grazing and arable farming, but the Secretary of State has detemined that it is not an 'Environmental Impact Assessment' development.

A planning Inspector has previously refused permission for a planned 30 static caravans on land adjacent to the site. He considered the main issue to be the effect of the proposal on the character and appearance of the local area.

Thirsk and Sowerby parish councils supported the development, while Bagby and Balk Parish Council objected. From the public there were 65 objections including from the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE). One letter of support has been received.

The service station will be adjacent to the A19/A170 roundabout and travellers' site. It comprises a BP petrol filling station with associated Marks & Spencer retail kiosk, a drive-through McDonalds restaurant, a drive-through coffee shop and HGV parking.

HSBC Northallerton

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The Northallerton branch of HSBC will close in six months time.

In total 82 branches out of the 511 total will close, but the Thirsk branch is not on the list. HSBC say that customers are increasingly banking online. Apart from Northallerton, no other branches in North Yorkshire or nearby are slated for closure.

The full list is at

The Lambert

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The former Lambert Hospital in Thirsk will become a new home for Herriot Hospice Homecare.

in 2019 Hambleton District Council bought the building from the NHS and has now officially handed it over to the charity.

Plans are progressing for Herriot Hospice Homecare to transform a much-loved community space in Thirsk into a community hub for people living with terminal illness and bereavement in Hambleton and Richmondshire.

There will be a new four-bed inpatient unit, bereavement counselling rooms, an education centre, café and community hub facility with meeting space and IT facilities.

The building will also become the home for Herriot Hospice Homecare's much-loved and already established community services, including the end-of-life care home service, sitting, befriending and driving services.

Holy Rood House, Sowerby

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Holy Rood House is a charity with a gentle Christian ethos, providing safer space for those of us who are finding life unsafe.

These are the upcoming online events.


January series, Tuesdays from 10am-11.30am, repeated 6.00-7.30pm.

Holding Real Hope through the Winter Season.

This will be connecting to earthly delights; the ways of the Moon and finding treasures in the darkness, with poems, creative thoughts, reflections and prayers. ‘I really appreciated the sensitive way you facilitated our time together, with such a welcome blend and balance of input, space, silence and shared opportunities. Thank you.’
Tue 26 Jan - Moonlit ways
Tue 9 Feb - Un-earthing delights

Lent on-line retreat - on 3 dates -  each repeated. 'A Voice in the Wilderness' led by Helen Warwick

Sat 27 Feb, 10am-11.30am or

Tue 2 Mar, 10am-11.30am or

Tue 2 Mar, 6pm-7.30pm
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, what voice emerges and the hope and light this can bring through Lent. Only book on one date.


Tue 23 Mar - Creative Journalling in Difficult Times - on-line - led by Helen Warwick. 10am-11.30am, repeated 6pm - 7.30pm.
Helen will be encouraging creative ways of exploring this present climate. Suggested donation of £15.


We are also offering a day event at Holy Rood House on
Sat 20 Mar - Spring Quiet Garden Day - led by Helen Warwick
from 10am to 3pm in the Holy Rood healing gardens. With indoor spaces including our spacious art room.


For details & booking:
01845 522580 enquiries@holyroodhouse.org.uk

Blakey Lane, Sowerby

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21 January 2021

Yorkshire ex-pats need this

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Yorkshire face mask

You can order online and pay by card or PayPal. We will send your order by
first class post (UK) or airmail (elsewhere) within one working day. Order at


Thirsk's information centre is now closed and will re-open when allowed. Although the office is closed, we are helping from home by telephone. Ring our number below, or email, and a volunteer will try to assist, just as if we were in the Market Place.

01845 522755, info@visitthirsk.uk

Covid testing & vaccinations

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The Forum car park in Northallerton has been transfomed into a testing centre. The building itself is a vaccination centre for all local GPs.



Apart from Northallerton, there are also testing sites at Poppleton Bar Park & Ride in York, Dragon Road Car Park in Harrogate and Dairy Car Park on Bishop Street Stockton on Tees.

You can only get a free NHS test if at least one of the following applies:


 – you have a high temperature

 – you have a new, continuous cough

 – you’ve lost your sense of smell or taste or it’s changed

 – you’ve been asked to get a test by a local council

 – you’re taking part in a government pilot project

 – you’ve been asked to get a test to confirm a positive result


You can also get a test for someone you live with if they have symptoms.

To book a test phone 119 or apply online at



The majority of people aged 80+ in North Yorkshire have now received their first Covid-19 vaccination. Most have had it in the main building of The Forum in Northallerton. All residents and staff in care homes should be offered a vaccine by the end of January.

Central approval has now been given for vaccinations to begin for those aged 70+ and for all people who are clinically extremely vunerable (not including pregnant women and those under 16 years of age).

There are two routes. Your doctor may contact you to make an appointment (at The Forum locally) or you may receive a letter from the national vaccination programme with an invitation to make an appointment at a 'super-hub', Locally this is the park-and-ride at Askham Bar, York but more, including in Ripon & Middlesbrough, are opening shortly.

If you have not received an offer of vaccination the advice is still to wait a while – do not phone your doctor to ask for it. Remember too that The Forum is just providing facilities so do not call them. They are not involved in either the testing or vaccination programmes.

There have been many favourable and appreciative comments made about the Covid Vaccination Centre at The Forum. The system is very efficient and all the staff, many of whom are volunteers, kind and helpful.

Over 50?

Northallerton Area Over Fifties Forum (NAOFF) is part of Age UK North Yorkshire & Darlington.

During the pandemic it meets on Zoom on the 1st Thursday of every month to talk about local & national issues.

The next meeting is on the Thu 4 Feb and it is free to join.

To book your place email the address below and they will send you the Zoom link details.

Hambleton Heroes

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

Local cases

These are the COVID-19 positive cases from the latest 6 weeks for which near-complete information is available. The final number is the number of cases by specimen date for the week ending on 14 Jan 2021.


- Thirsk North

   4, 3, 8, 21, 31, 22

- Thirsk South-Sowerby-Coxwold

   2, 8, 13, 19, 26, 45

- Leeming-Pickhill-Thornton

   2, 7, 8, 11, 17, 21

- Helmsley-Ampleforth

   3, 3, 8, 32, 22, 10

- Dishforth-Baldersby-Markington

   3, 6, 6, 12, 28, 23

- Northallerton

   9, 8, 49, 85, 57, 59

- Northallerton Sth-Leeming Bar

   4, 3, 13, 20, 35, 23

- Brompton-Appleton-Thimbleby

   6, 4, 16, 13, 35, 19

- Bedale-Snape

   3, 5, 11, 23, 53, 28

- Boroughbridge

   7, 4, 5, 28, 38, 27

- Linton-Tollerton-Raskelf

   2, 7, 5, 18, 19, 12

- Easingwold-Stillington

   4, 6, 9, 16, 26, 23

Hambleton cases

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Hambleton daily 7-day moving average case rate, all ages 1 Jul to 17 Jan

Hambleton comprises Bedale, Easingwold, Norhallerton, Stokesley, Thirsk and all the hamlets and villages around these.

In the week 11 to 17 Jan the case rate was still higher than at the start of the November lockdown.

The chart was derived from the Government's Yorkshire and Humber epidemiological data sets available at