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Poem to Yorkshire’s dark skies released ahead of the 100+ events at this year’s Festival

An ode to the Yorkshire’s night sky has been released as more events are added to the county’s largest celebration of all-things-celestial. The week-long Dark Skies Festival happens in four weeks’ time to coincide with half term (Saturday 18 to Sunday 26 February). It will see over 100 events being held across 21 different locations […]

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Henry Gyles, glass painter, talk in Helmsley

 Helmsley Archaeological and Historical Society‘s winter programme resumes on Friday week with a talk by Susan Harrison, Curator (collections) North Territory, English Heritage, entitled “An Honest Gyles”. This talk will focus on a window made by the eminent glass painter of York, Henry Gyles, in 1699 and reveal the story of its discovery, research, conservation […]

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Extra tea service on the NYMR

From the North Yorkshire Moors Railway: Due to the popularity of our Pullman dining services during the visit of Royal Scot in late March, we have now scheduled an additional Pullman Afternoon Tea service on Wednesday 29th March. This steam hauled service will depart from Grosmont at 13.20pm and will traverse the North York Moors […]

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WEA events in Pickering

The Pickering branch of the WEA continues to offer something to challenge the little gray cells and get the imagination working. “Great Yorkshire Literature“ But first the bad news: if you saw an advertisement for this course, which was due to begin tomorrow, please note that it has had to be cancelled. Apologies for the […]

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Walling and hedging grants available

Grants of up to £2,000 are now on offer to land managers in the North York Moors National Park for hedgerow planting and drystone walling. The Traditional Boundary Scheme seeks to restore and improve traditional field boundaries, which form an important part of the landscape character across the National Park. The Authority wants to help […]

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The Little Mermaid

It’s panto time again and Pickering Musical Society (PMS) is set to perform The Little Mermaid at the Kirk Theatre. The production has been written by Ron Hall – a life member of PMS. It is the second year that Luke Arnold has directed the society’s pantomime following the success of his debut last year […]

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Late January walks with Ryedale Walking Group

Ryedale Walking Group has just two walks on offer in the second half of January, but either or both would go some way towards meeting your new year resolution to take more exercise. And one of them starts right here in Pickering. Sunday 22 January:  Pickering, Dalby Forest and Thornton-le-Dale 10 miles (moderate) 1019ft Park/Start […]

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Big Garden Birdwatch

More than half a million people from across the UK are set to take part in this year’s Big Garden Birdwatch, by counting the birds in their gardens over the weekend of 28-30 January, 2017. If you’d like to take part, and count the birds visiting your garden, you can request a free information pack, or […]

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Moors Conservation Award

Applications are now open for a Conservation Award, which is made biennially and recognises efforts to protect biodiversity or vernacular architecture in the North York Moors. An award of £500 is made to the winning entry, funded jointly by the North Yorkshire Moors Association and the National Park Authority. Applications are now invited from individuals, […]

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Age UK shops seek volunteers

As part of Age UK’s No one should have no one at Christmas campaign, the Age UK shops in Kirkbymoorside, Pickering, Malton, and Helmsley are appealing to people in Ryedale who would like to connect with their community through volunteering. These shops are hoping to attract new volunteers who would like to meet new people […]

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Ramblers walks in January

The Ramblers will be having a bit of a rest after Christmas and New Year, but will have their boots on again by mid January, and have three walks on offer for the remainder of the month, as follows: 15th January: 10.00 am start. Cawthorne Roman Camp Car Park. 10miles, grid ref. SE 827 963, […]

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The railway in winter

Why not get out of the house this festive season and enjoy a brisk day out on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway? Winter in the North York Moors National Park is often perfect for walking and cycling, while early morning mists and cloud inversions in the dales as the sun rises, are a photographer’s dream. […]

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New Year walks with Ryedale Walking Group

If you can get your mind past Christmas and the New Year, you might want to start thinking about working off some of that excess, perhaps with a good walk. Ryedale Walking Group, which always welcomes visitors and newcomers, will be doing the following walks in the first half of January 2017: Tuesday 3 January. […]

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Upgrade to Pickering gas distribution network

Northern Gas Networks (NGN), is investing £225,000 to upgrade the ageing metal gas distribution network in and around Yorkersgate, Malton and £205,000 in and around Hungate, Pickering. The major project will involve replacing 740m of existing metal gas mains with more durable plastic pipes, to ensure the continued safe and reliable supply of gas to […]

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Pickering on Tour de Yorkshire route

Three of Ryedale’s market towns will be visited by the 2017 Tour De Yorkshire – the UCI-approved 2.1 Europe Tour race which comes to the district on 28 April 2017. The full route details, including what role these locations will play, has been revealed. The third edition of the race takes place between 28-30 April […]

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Ryedale Energy Saver Scheme

The Ryedale Energy Saver Scheme is a two year project designed to help local residents keep warm for less and reduce their fuel bills. Homeowners and private renting tenants can access a range of grants, loans and support for heating upgrades and home insulation improvements. We can check to see if you qualify for any […]

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Bus times over the holiday period

From the EYMS: The festive season is upon us, and it’s time to start looking ahead to the New Year.  And what a year it will be, with Hull hosting the City of Culture celebrations, and lots to look forward to. But before we start thinking about 2017, there’s still a little of this year […]

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The year in review with Ryedale Walking Group

We post a lot information about walks with the Ryedale Walking Group, so we thought you might like to know a bit more about them.  Here’s their Chairman’s report on last year’s activities: Our group celebrated its 10th anniversary in September and we continue to walk at least once each weekend and occasionally during the […]

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North Yorkshire shortlisted for council of the year

North Yorkshire County Council is one of six authorities shortlisted for council of the year in the national Local Government Chronicle Awards. The county council is also shortlisted for four other LGC awards: children’s services for its ambition in delivering better outcomes for children and young people; community involvement for its Stronger Communities programme, which […]

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Can you provide a Safe Place?

Up to 140 public sector organisations across North Yorkshire, including libraries, leisure centres, Citizen’s Advice Bureaux, TransPennine train stations and community and children’s centres, have registered as Safe Places – but more are needed. Safe Places help people who may need a little extra help and support while out and about in their community. People […]

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A round-up of Christmas shows

The pantomime season is well and truly upon us. For the best seats at the big shows you need to have booked long ago, but don’t despair, there’s plenty going on with seats still available. Here’s a round-up of shows we know about, within striking distance of Pickering; if you know of others, do please […]

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LEADER Programme opens for business

The North York Moors National Park has successfully secured £2.336 million of European funding to support businesses and projects in the area and is inviting local businesses, individuals, communities and organisations to apply for funding to help with projects that will make a positive and direct contribution to the local economy. The funding is available […]

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“Rogue One” showing at earliest opportunity

Set in a time before the first original three, Jyn Erso, a Rebellion soldier and criminal, is about to experience her biggest challenge yet when Mon Mothma sets her out on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. With help from the Rebels, a master swordsman, and non-allied forces, Jyn will be […]

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December walks with the Ramblers

Whether you are planning to get into shape for the party season, or clear your head on Boxing Day, the Ramblers have a walk for you in their December programme. New members are always welcome. 4th December:  10.30 am start. Hawnby Church Layby. 6.5 miles, grid ref. SE 537 897, Leader M. Richardson.  Dogs on […]

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