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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

St.Oswald's Church, Sowerby, Thirsk. YO71JG. An event organised by Holy Rood House, Centre for Health & Pastoral & Care. 'The Inner World of Music', Music, Spirituality and well-being led by Reverend Professor June Boyce-Tillison MBE. The day will be a mixture of talks, reflectiveness & creativity. 9.30 for 10am - 4pm. tel: 01845 5225 email: info@holyroodhouse.org.uk web: http://holyroodhouse.org.uk

Mon 26 Oct 2020

Market Place, Thirsk. Eco-Crafts Pop Up Shop selling items containing off-cuts or upcycled materials.

Sat 24 Oct 2020 to
 Sat 31 Oct 2020

Event image Lightwater Valley, North Stainley, Ripon HG4 3HT. Spooktacular Fun at Lightwater Valley. Something spooky is coming to Lightwater Valley this Half Term. The 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: online web: https://lightwatervalley.co.uk/events

Thu 29 Oct 2020 to
 Sat 31 Oct 2020

Event image Carlton Lodge Activity Centre, Thirsk, YO7 4NJ. Outdoor Halloween Trail. (promoted as a joint charity fundraiser for North Yorkshire Youth acting as Carlton Lodge Activity Centre & Friends of Carlton Miniott School) Additional activities & refreshments available (cash only). Archery. Axe Throwing. Marshmallow Toasting. Hot food & drinks, Sweets & novelty items. Strict Social Distancing rules apply. Single household groups only. No unaccompanied under 16's. Household groups are politely asked to stay together 2m away from other groups. Entry times will be staggered. Booking essential. Face coverings must be worn indoors (except by those exempt by gov. guidelines). 4pm - 7pm. £2.50. tickets: www.eventbrite.co.uk (search for Carlton Lodge Halloween Trail)

Sat 31 Oct 2020

Royal Hall, Harrogate,HG1 2RD. CANCELLED Harrogate Choral Society. 7.30pm. tel: 01423 502116 web: http://www.harrogatechoral.org.uk

Sat 24 Oct 2020 to
 Sun 1 Nov 2020

Not Mon. Newby Hall, Skelton on Ure, Ripon HG4 5AE. Ghost themed gardens open for half term. As well as Newby’s visitor favorites, such as the Adventure Playground and the beautiful gardens, the miniature railway will become a ‘Ghost Train’ complete with spooky surprises along the route! If you dare, head out into the Wicked Woodland Walk and follow our chilling trail. 10am-3pm. tel: 01423 322583 web: https://www.newbyhall.com

Sat 31 Oct 2020 to
 Sun 1 Nov 2020

The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton, DL6 1LP. 'The Curse of the Haunted Pirate Ship' (Tom Rolfe Productions). Ahoy there shipmates! Climb aboard the good ship Naughty Nellie for our swashbuckling adventure live on stage this October half-term. Why not come in fancy-dress. Prizes for the best dressed. All seats socially distanced. Sat. 13.00, 15.30 & 18.00. Sun, 13.00 & 15.30. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: Box Office open Mondays 9.30 - 12.30 web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk

Tue 3 Nov 2020

Holy Rood House, Centre for Health & Pastoral Care, ZOOM on-line. Finding the Way with Wisdom. On-line event led by Helen Warwick. 'Wisdom of the Divine'. 10am-11.30am repeated at 6pm-7.30pm. tel: 01845 522580 email: info@holyroodhouse.org.uk

Sat 31 Oct 2020 to
 Fri 6 Nov 2020

Rural Arts, The Courthouse, Westgate, Thirsk, YO7 1QS. Thirlby Art Group Annual Exhibition. A diverse exhibition of work including watercolours, oils, acrylics, collage & linocut. This group of 15 artists have been meeting in Thirlby Village Hall for more than 20 years. tel: 01845526536 email: admin@ruralarts.org web: https://www.ruralarts.org

Up to
 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

Tue 3 Nov 2020 to
 Tue 2 Feb 2021

Online event. We are running the Alpha course - Online! If you've got questions about life and the universe, especially this crazy Covid situation we are living through, bring them to explore with like minded people. 7:30. free. tel: 01845 400480 tickets: email thirskparishes@gmail.com to register email: revmaryrolls@gmail.com or thirskparishes@gmail.com web: http://www.thirskparishes.org


Fri 6 Nov 2020 to
 Sat 7 Nov 2020

Holy Rood House, Centre for Health & Pastoral Care, 10 Sowerby Rd. Thirsk. YO7 1HX. The Annual Hildegard lecture: "Public Theology of the Common Good" with Prof. Elaine Graham. As part of our 20th Anniversary at the Centre for the Study of Theology & Health. Fri. 7pm Lecture. Sat. 9.30 for 10am - 4pm Workshop. tel: 01845 522580 email: enquiries@holyroodhouse.org.uk

Sat 7 Nov 2020

Market Place, Thirsk. Eco-Crafts Pop-up Shop selling items containing off-cuts or upcycled materials.

Wed 11 Nov 2020

The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton, DL6 1LP. 'War Horse' -National Theatre Live. This powerfully moving & imaginative drama is a show of phenomenal inventiveness. Please note: This is not a live broadcast. It was filmed in front of a live audience broadcast. 19.00. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: Box Office Monday & Friday 9.30 - 12.30 or 1hr before each scheduled performance web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk

Fri 13 Nov 2020

Rural Arts, The Courthouse, Westgate, Thirsk, YO7 1QS. Poetry - Olivia Mulligan. An evening of poetry & spoken word with local poet Olivia Mulligan whose daily poems - tacked to her gate - took the internet by storm during lockdown. 7.30pm. £10 adult. £8. U18s. tel: 01845526536 email: admin@ruralarts.org web: https://www.ruralarts.org

Tue 17 Nov 2020

Holy Rood House, Centre for Health & Pastoral Care, ZOOM on-line. Finding the Way with Wisdom. On-line event led by Helen Warwick. Wisdom of the Self'. 10am-11.30am repeated at 6pm-7.30pm. tel: 01845 522580 email: info@holyroodhouse.org.uk

Fri 20 Nov 2020

Market Place, Thirsk. Eco-Crafts Pop-up Shop, selling items containing off-cuts or upcycled materials.

Sat 21 Nov 2020

Holy Rood House, Centre for Health & Pastoral Care, 10 Sowerby Rd. Thirsk. YO7 1HX. Trauma From A Jungian Perspective. Trainer Revd. Peter Kenny. Final Saturday Course on Trauma 2020. Open to all including therapists & other professional workers. CPD Certificates. Coffee & biscuits, lunch & tea & cakes included. 9.30 for 10am - 4pm. £75. At the time of booking there is a non-returnable £25 deposit. tel: 01845 522580 email: enquiries@holyroodhouse.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 Sat 21 Nov - Wed 23 Dec. 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: online web: https://www.lightwatervalley.co.uk/events

Sun 22 Nov 2020

Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal, Ripon. HG4 3DY. Eurythmia Ensemble. Festive favourites in the Cellarium. 2pm. Free entry for this event. email: eurythmia@gmail.com

Fri 27 Nov 2020 to
 Sun 29 Nov 2020

Thirsk Town Hall, Westgate YO7 1QR. There is no Market Place Switch On event this year to avoid crowds. The Thirsk Christmas Fayre in the Town Hall has also had to be cancelled. Despite these setbacks, the Thirsk Ladies Group who raise funds for Thirsk Christmas Lights say that the lights will be illuminating the Market Place by Fri 27 Nov. tel: 07921 676640


Tue 1 Dec 2020

Holy Rood House, Centre for Health & Pastoral Care, ZOOM on-line. Finding the Way with Wisdom. On-line event led by Helen Warwick. 'Wisdom of the Community'. 10am-11.30am repeated at 6pm-7.30pm. tel: 01845 522580 email: info@holyroodhouse.org.uk

Sat 5 Dec 2020

Harrogate Convention Centre, Harrogate. HG1 5LA. CANCELLED: 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

Sun 6 Dec 2020 to
 Mon 7 Dec 2020

Market Place, Thirsk. Eco-Crafts Pop-up Shop, selling items containing off-cuts or upcycled materials.

Sat 12 Dec 2020

RHS Harlow Carr Gardens, Harrogate. HG3 1QB. Harrogate Theatre Choir. Join us for an illuminated adventure at RHS Harlow Carr Gardens. 5pm. tickets: For ticket information contact via website. web: http://www.harrogatetheatrechoir.co.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

NHS COVID-19 app

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(The QR code here is not the real one.)

Posters like the one above are in many of the places we visit. When you see one please open your NHS COVID-19 app and click 'Venue check-in'. Then point the camera at the QR code pattern until it is recognised.

A message from the NHS: “Protect your loved ones with the official NHS COVID-19 contact tracing app for England and Wales. It's the fastest way of knowing when you're at risk from coronavirus (COVID-19). The quicker you know, the quicker you can alert your loved ones, and your community. 

“The more of us that use it, the better we can control coronavirus.

“Protect your loved ones. Please download the app.”

The NHS COVID-19 app is different from the NHS app used to order repeat prescriptions and book doctors' appointments.

For more, or if you have a business needing its own poster, see

To download the app go to the App Store or Google Play on your phone and search for NHS COVID-19.


Police forces have been granted access to details of people who have been told to self-isolate under the government's 'test and trace' system. 

These are the key differences between tiers in alert system. North Yorkshire is currently in tier 1 (medium).

Follow the rule of six if meeting indoors or outdoors.
Pubs and restaurants to shut at 10pm.

No household mixing indoors.
Rule of six will apply outdoors.
Pubs and restaurants to shut at 10pm.

No household mixing indoors or outdoors in hospitality.
venues or private gardens.
Rule of six applies in outdoor public spaces like parks.
Pubs and bars not serving meals will be closed.
Guidance against travelling in and out of the area.

Travel and overnight stays in HIGH (tier 2) areas
People can still travel within high alert level areas to hotels and other guest accommodation, but should only do this with other people in their household or support bubble. People can still go on holiday outside of high alert level areas, but must only do so with other people in their household or support bubble.

Travel and overnight stays in VERY HIGH (tier 3) areas
Residents of very high alert areas should avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK, except if they need to do so for work, education or caring responsibilities and they must not stay with anyone they do not live with elsewhere in the UK. People are being asked to avoid staying overnight in a very high alert level area where possible, except for those who need to for work, education or caring responsibilities. Residents from a very high alert level area may travel to hotels and other guest accommodation within that area but should only do so with people in their household or support bubble.


(Sources: Government, BBC & Visit England)

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Local cases

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These are the COVID-19 positive cases from the latest three weeks for which near-complete information is available. Counts of less than three cases are shown as <3.

The first number for each place is for the week to 21 Sep, the second for the week to 28 Sep and the final number is for the week to 5 Oct.

 – Thirsk North 7,  4 and now 4

 – Thirsk South, Sowerby & Coxwold <3, 7 and now 3

 – Leeming, Pickhill & Thornton <3, 11 and now 11

 – Helmsley & Ampleforth <3, 6 and now 10

 – Dishthorpe, Baldersby & Markington <3, 5 and now 5

 – Northallerton 3, 4 and now 7

 – Northallerton South & Leeming Bar <3, 7 and now 8

 – Brompton, Appleton & Thimbleby <3,  <3 and now 3

New James Herriot for USA

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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 and it aired in the UK on Channel 5 in September and October and will go out in the US on Masterpiece PBS from 10th January 2021.

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

A Christmas special has already been filmed so ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ will return to Channel 5 in UK in December 2020.

The veterinary surgery of the real James Herriot (Alf Wight) 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

Thirsk Puzzles book

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Here's the ideal present for anyone who knows or is new to Thirsk.

By local author Paige Horley the book includes over 50 word searches, crosswords and a word fit puzzle. All are about Thirsk and surrounding areas, from tourist attractions, history of Thirsk, companies, shops and everything that makes Thirsk. Answers included.

There is also a chance to win a gift voucher in a competition.

The Thirsk Puzzles Book is available in Thirsk's information centre, £5.99.

Ritz Cinema news

Thirsk's volunteer-run cinema has announced that given the current Covid-19 situation, to err on the side of caution and not reopen … yet.

They intend to meet before Christmas and evaluate the situation then and re-evaluate the risk.

Flu jabs

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Thirsk Doctors Surgery says:
We are offering pre-bookable appointments each week.


 - Over 65s: We have appointments available to book Mondays and Thursdays 12-3pm.

 - Invited patients aged 18-65: Appointments available 20th Oct 9-12am, 21st Oct 9-12am & 23rd Oct 8-11am & 3-6pm


Please book online or phone 01845 440462. We hope to hold these appointments outside in the carpark, this will be subject to the weather!

We are waiting on further government / NHS guidance when the manufacture of these extra 1200 flu vaccinations will be available for well patients aged 50-64.

All children of primary school age or in Year 7 will be given the flu vaccine at School.


Lambert Medical Centre says:
We will NOT be having walk in clinics. If you are eligible for the flu vaccination you will be contacted by letter inviting you to attend the surgery and it is important that you attend at the allotted time slot so we can ensure social distancing. For information phone 01845 523157 or see

Visit a café, support a charity

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Rural Arts’ award-winning café is the perfect place to bring your family, safely catch up with loved ones, or just sit, relax and enjoy some 'me time'.

Having recently re-opened with a new look after refurbishments, the café is open Tue to Sat 10am-3pm. To make your visit COVID-19 secure, new safety measures include a one-way system, table service and perspex screens at the till.

The café offers homemade soups, lunches, cakes and traybakes served daily. With a large selection of teas and coffees on offer, and a children’s menu with tasty and fun meals, you’ll be spoilt for choice! It also showcases new artwork each month – for October, local photographer Lucy Saggers’ fascinating works are featured on the walls.

Rural Arts is a charity, every purchase supports work with communities in Thirsk and across North Yorkshire. Pop into the café on Westgate next time you are in Thirsk.

New cycle trails at Sutton Bank

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A new all-weather 1.5-mile family-friendly trail at the top of Sutton Bank is the starting point for numerous other cycle trails. With a wider track than the other trails, families can ride side-by-side, as well as providing an option for those using hand crank bikes.

Ride gently around the track or pick out the jumps and banked corners for a more adventurous pedal. You can also ride the figure-of-eight trail as two shorter options or go round the trail as many times as you like!

There is also a new all-weather 330-metre pump track for mountain bikers, enjoy the thrills of riding a loop of banked turns and rollers and improve your skills.

Find out more at

Filmed in Yorkshire

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Many of the dramatic locations used in TV series like All Creatures Great and Small, Gentleman Jack and Victoria are open to the public. Find them at

Citizens Advice

You can call the helpline run by Local Citizens Advice if you need support with: benefit entitlement, claims and appeals, accessing other income such as charitable and statutory grants, managing your money and making it go further, help with debts or finding out what other support services are available.

The Money and Benefits service is for anyone living in North Yorkshire.

The number to call Mon to Fri 9am to 4pm is
0300 3031 598.

If you prefer to meet Citizens Advice in person, go to CommunityWorks behind the Methodist Church in St James Green Wednesdays between 9.15am and 11.15am. No booking required.

A to Z of Thirsk Town Hall

These are the regular Town Hall activities. Contact the organiser shown to get your questions answered.

 – Art, Rebecca Thompson, 07704 819806

 – Baby Sensory, Judith Donnelly 07793 763419

 – Fitness, Amie Dawson, 07841 419719

 – Keep Fit, Susan Anderson, 07857 133045

 – Mini Athletics, Annabelle Sheldon, asheldon@miniathletics.com

 – Slimming World, Sharon Bartram, 07791 623055

 – Thai Chi, Sue Dixon, 01845 523734

 – Weight Watchers, Beki Bulmer, 07790 607705

 – Yoga, Alex Veakins, 07927 141616

 – Yoga, Lucy Day, lucy@lucyyoga.uk

 – Yoga, Verity Rheinberg, 07821 588117

 – Zumba, Jo Gatenby, 07800 794216

Thirsk's own crematorium

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Work on constructing Hambleton’s state-of-the-art crematorium is expected to begin in November, the picture is an artist's impression.

The facility, on a 21 acre site near Busby Stoop, is close to both the A1 and A19. When completed it will include offices, a family room, waiting room, service area, flower court, café and wake facility, woodland for ash scattering, memorial gardens and meadows.

There will also be parking for 160 cars allowing it to cater for large funeral services.

The Kickstart Scheme

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The Kickstart Scheme was announced in July as part of the Chancellor’s Plan for Jobs. The scheme aims to create thousands of high-quality six-month work placements for young people aged 16 to 24 who are claiming Universal Credit and are at risk of long term unemployment.

Under the scheme, the Government will cover 100 per cent of employment costs for 25 hours a week. This includes the employee's salary at the appropriate minimum wage for their age, as well as National Insurance and pension contributions.

Join the Federation for Small Businesses online for a Q&A session on Thu 29 Oct, at 10:30 to 11:45am. Book ahead for this free webinar at

Get online

Why not update your online skills today or recommend a free course to a
family member or friend? The North Yorkshire Adult Learning service offers these:

 – Get started with Skype at 10:00·12:00, Mon 19 Oct

 – Parents guide to online safety at 13:30-15:30, Mon 19 Oct

 – Parents guide to mobile phone safety at 13:30-15:30, Thu 22 Oct

 – Get started with Email & Internet part 1 at 11:30-13:30, Tues 20 Oct

 – Get started with Email & Internet part 2 at 11:30-13:30, Wed 21 Oct

 – Social media for beginners at 13:30-15:30, Wed 21 Oct

 – WhatsApp for beginners at 10:00-12:00, Thu 22 Oct

 – Safe shopping online at 10:00-12:00, Fri 23 Oct

 – Get started with Zoom at 13:00-15:00, Fri 23 Oct

 – Learn to learn online part 1 at 9:00-11 :00, Tue 20 Oct

 – Learn to learn online part 2 at 9:00-11:00, Wed 21 Oct

 – Learn to learn online part 3 at 9:00-11:00, Thu 22 Oct

To book call 01609 780780 and ask for Adult Learning.

Thirsk's former Savings Bank

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The hoardings and scaffolding are down and we can now see the Savings Bank building gleaming in its former glory on Castlegate.

The ground floor will be a retail unit and there are apartments in the rest of the building. There is also a new two storey house to the rear of the yard.

Wheelan's History of Thirsk (1859) says

The handsome building called the Savings' Bank, was erected in 1849, out of the surplus fund of the bank, at an expense of upwards of £2,000. It is built of brick, with cut-stone facings and a projecting roof. It contains the Savings' Bank room; a room for the directors of that institution; a large Assembly Room, which is let for public purposes; and a cloak room. The bank and assembly rooms are fine apartments: the latter is reached by a broad double flight of stone steps. Adjoining the building, and in connection with it, is a house for the actuary.

For more see

Going to Europe next year?

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Until 1 January 2021, you can continue to travel to Europe with your UK passport until it expires.

New rules will apply for travel to most countries in Europe from 1 January 2021. In particular, you’ll need to have at least 6 months left on your UK passport and it must be less than 10 years old (not including Ireland).

There are already passport renewal delays so check now whether you need to renew your passport. You can check online at

 – You will also need to get travel insurance for your health care because the health services of EU countries will no longer cover UK citizens. UK-issued EHIC cards will not be valid.

 – Check you have the right driving documents. See

 – Organise pet travel – contact your vet at least 4 months before you go.


In the other direction, note that your EU friends and relatives will no longer be allowed to enter the UK on their ID cards, they will need passports.

Self-isolation update

Now you could be fined if you do not stay at home and self-isolate following a positive test result for COVID-19.

The same applies if you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace and instructed to self-isolate because you are a contact of someone who has had a positive test result.

If you test positive for COVID-19, it is also an offence to knowingly provide false information about your close contacts to NHS Test and Trace. Failure to comply with these requirements may result in a fine of up to £10,000.

You may be entitled to a one-off payment of £500 through the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme if you are required to stay at home and self-isolate. You are eligible if you live in England and meet all of the following criteria:


 – you have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace

 – you are employed or self-employed

 – you cannot work from home and will lose income as a result

 – you are claiming at least one of the following benefits: Universal Credit, Working Tax Credits, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Pension Credit or Housing Benefit.


In the Hambleton District Council area apply at

Information centre open

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The Thirsk information centre is now open every day except Wed & Sun from 10am to noon and 12.30 to 2.30pm.

There will also be Wednesday opening from 21st October, the day the charity Christmas Cards are due to arrive. They will be on sale from the following day.

There will be cards from about 30 national charities. Last year these were


Age UK, Alzheimer's Society, Barnardo's, Bloodwise, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Diabetes UK , Epilepsy Action, HFT, Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Mind, Motor Neurone Disease Association, MS Society, Multiple Sclerosis Trust, National Autistic Society, National Deaf Children's Society, NSPCC, Parkinson's UK, PDSA, Perennial Gardeners' Royal, Queen Elizabeth's Foundation, RNLI, Save The Children, Shelter, SSAFA, Stroke Association, Versus Arthritis.


Come into the Information Centre from Thu 22 Oct to get the best selection.