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Police warning after legal traps damaged

Police are urging members of the public not to interfere with wildlife traps in rural areas, after a number of legal traps were damaged on the North York Moors. Legal traps play an important part in reducing predation of eggs and chicks of ground nesting birds such as lapwings, curlews and grouse. Traps such as […]

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Where there’s no will, there’s still a way

Pickering solicitors Ellis, Lakin & Co are again taking part in St Catherine’s Make A Will Week. If you don’t have a will, now is the time to act. For a modest donation to St Catherine’s Hospice, Ellis, Lakin & Co will draw up or update your will; simply call now for an appointment in […]

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Beck Isle Museum’s Annual General Meeting

The Beck Isle Museum’s Annual General Meeting 2015 will take place on Monday, April 20th at 10am. in the Pickering Memorial Hall’s Becket Room. Any members wishing to propose someone for office must hand in their nomination papers with names and addresses and duly signed by proposer and nominee to G Clitheroe at least 14 […]

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Summer term adult learning courses

Details are now available of adult learning courses for the summer term, organised by the NYCC. Courses on offer in Pickering include photography, information technology, Italian, French, mosaics, pottery, guitar playing and song writing: sounds like something for everyone. Length varies from 18 weeks to just three, all at the Adult Learning Centre, with varying […]

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Time for a change

Don’t forget to put your clocks forward by one hour tonight, when ‘European summer time’ begins – though you wouldn’t think it looking out of the window just at the moment!

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Volunteer recruitment day at NYMR

From the NYMR: This year saw the 50th Anniversary of the 1965 closure of the line. In 1973 after six years hard work by volunteers, the line saw trains running over it again. Over the past forty-two years, volunteers have continued to develop and improve the line until it has become this country’s finest heritage […]

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Big discount on weekly bus ticket for Easter

Hull-based bus company EYMS is encouraging local people to hop on the bus this Easter by offering reduced price weekly tickets. To get a discounted weekly ticket, all people need to do is to buy a weekly ticket on the bus between Monday 30 March and Easter Monday inclusive. The offer includes the 128 Helmsley […]

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Pickering to host live Channel 4 News next Monday

The 7.00pm evening news all next week will feature presenter Krishnan Guru Murthy on a 5 day cycle trip from Robin’s Hood Bay to Salford. The aim of the ride, and the nightly discussions with people along the way, is to reflect on the ‘disconnect between the issues of importance to Londoners and those living in […]

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An evening with Alexander McCall Smith

Waterstones York invite you to join them for a delightful evening with the poplar author, Alexander McCall Smith. Alexander McCall Smith is one of the world’s most prolific and most popular authors. His career has been a varied one: for many years he was a professor of Medical Law and worked in universities in the […]

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Renovation of York Theatre Royal begins

From York Theatre Royal: So the last show in York Theatre Royal as we know it has been performed, the last coffee has been served and the last ticket sold. This week the Theatre building closed as we clear everything out ready for the builders to move in. Our Box Office has moved just down […]

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Free walking maps

If we seem to be a bit walk obsessed here at the blog, that’s because two great local walking groups keep us informed of their activities.  But what to do if you don’t want to walk with a group?  We’ve just discovered Walking in England, a web site which offers hundreds of walks all over […]

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Hovingham Market news

*Free* Easter trail at Hovingham Village Market for all children with prizes and fun There’s plenty to delight and surprise for families at the Hovingham Village Market this Easter, Saturday 4th April, 10.30am to 1.30pm. We’re famous for the quality of our locally produced food and delicatessen. Look out for our new guest stalls selling […]

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Health and wellbeing newsletter

The latest issue of the North Yorkshire Health and Wellbeing Board newsletter has recently been published. Topics covered in this issue include: how health and social care services worked together to meet the challenges of winter; preparations for the introduction of the Care Act in April; the latest on the development of an autism strategy […]

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Recruitment drive for retained firefighters

AN APPEAL has been made for more people to become retained firefighters in Pickering. The town’s fire station is holding a recruitment session this Saturday, with a second one next month, to encourage people to find out more about becoming an on-call firefighter and get involved with the service. Watch manager Stuart Moss said each retained fire […]

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Young actors wanted for West Side Story in York

Budding actors are sought for the 2015 Stage Experience at the Grand Opera House in York, which will be Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s musical West Side Story. Director and choreographer Louise Denison will run the summer theatre school for ten to 21 year olds from July 18 to August 1 and will hold auditions […]

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Classical Music Concert – 18 April, Kirkbymoorside Memorial Hall

The Zoffany Ensemble was formed in 2009 by Canadian violinist Manon Derome, together with violist Catherine Musker, cellist Anthony Pleeth, bassist Leon Bosch and pianist Michael Dussek. These highly acclaimed players work together in a variety of contexts and share a love of 18th and 19th century chamber music. This will be their first appearance […]

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Free solar panels for Ryedale residents

Ryedale District Council and Yorkshire Energy Partnership are working together to promote a new “free green electricity” scheme to local residents, which will give homeowners the opportunity to have solar panels installed for free. The scheme, which is open to all homeowners with a suitable roof, is the first of its kind in the area. […]

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Vehicle entered in Pickering and equipment stolen

A Citroen Berlingo was broken into whilst parked on Lendales in Pickering, believed to have occurred overnight on Friday 13 March 2015. Tools and power tools were taken. Any information about this crime which could assist with enquiries please ring the Police on 101 quoting reference 12150041911. This incident acts as a timely reminder to […]

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Football triumph for Under 11s

Pickering Town Under-11s completed the only unbeaten record throughout the York & Ryedale Mitchell U11s League as they capped their division four-winning season with a 5-2 victory at York Cubs. The Pikes started tentatively before George Hodgson put them ahead after a quick throw-in put him through, but Cubs quickly levelled. The second half started […]

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Funding secured for new LEADER Programme

Communities in the wider North York Moors area are set to benefit from £2.3 million of Government and European funding over the next six years. Defra has confirmed that the North York Moors, Coast and Hills (NYMCH) LEADER Programme was successful in its bid for funds from the Rural Development Programme for England which seeks […]

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Jewson is giving away £100,000 to help build better communities

Builders’ merchants Jewson is offering £100,000 to help fund community projects in its Building Better Communities campaign. The winning entries will receive a combination of donated products from Jewson plus cash. Regional winners will receive support of £1,000 and £5,000, and the overall winner will receive £50,000 in prizes. Here’s the promo video: Applications and […]

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Harmonia choir concert

The Harmonia Choir, a 55 strong all female community choir, is giving a concert in the Kirk Theatre, Pickering, next Saturday, March 21. The choir is led by singer, teacher and vocal coach Alison Davies, and accompanied by Chris Welsh. Their repertoire is varied and includes folk, spiritual, jazz and show music. The concert begins […]

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April walks with the Ramblers

As the weather begins to pick up at last, it’s time to get your boots on. The local branch of the Ramblers has no less than nine walks on offer in April. 1st April: Lockton Cemetary 10 miles, grid ref. SE 847 899, Leader L. Dickie. 10.30 am start. 5th April: Harome – Main Street. […]

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Charity football match

Coaches and dads from Thornton-le-dale and Pickering  Town junior football teams go head to head in a charity football match at the Recreation Ground, Mill Lane, on Saturday March 21, kick off 7.00 pm. The match is to raise funds to buy a bench in memory of Sean Dixon, and to send 10 year old […]

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Pickering Arts AGM – storytelling too!!

Takes place on Sat 21st March 2015. Our annual review and accounts this year will precede a delightful story telling session by Sharon Richards. Sharon is someone who tells stories to adults for a living which she says is a great job if you don’t want to eat or pay the mortgage. Her talk and […]

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Easter holiday buses

If you are planning to be out and about by bus over the forthcoming Easter holidays, please note the following schedules for the EYMS service 128 Helmsley to Scarborough. • On Easter Saturday 4 April, and Easter Sunday 5 April, normal Saturday and Sunday services respectively will run. • Sunday services will run on Good […]

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