16 November 2017

Join in festive fun at charity’s Christmas fair

A Christmas fair full of stalls for all ages is being held in Pickering on Saturday 2nd December in aid of mental health charity Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale Mind (SWR Mind).

A host of stalls from small local retailers will be selling a great selection of food, crafts and gifts, which will make perfect Christmas presents. SWR Mind will also be selling their new range of Christmas Cards and crafted gifts made by the Friday group. Information about sellers can be found on the events section of the SWR Mind Facebook page (search SWRMind1).

Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale Mind Christmas Fair

The event is being organised by a team of volunteers and all money raised will go to support local people experiencing mental health problems to improve their wellbeing and quality of life.

The fair will take place at Pickering Memorial Hall from 10am to 4pm where there will also be a cake and sweet stall, tombola, children’s lucky dip, face painting and refreshments on sale. Entry is free so even if you’ve finished shopping, pop along for a bacon sarnie and a mulled wine!

SWR Mind’s 2017 Festive Raffle will be drawn at the fair with some great prizes up for grabs for the winners including a luxury Christmas hamper.

People can buy tickets for the raffle on the day or in advance by calling or visiting the charity’s offices at Falsgrave Community Resource Centre in Falsgrave Road, Scarborough. Anyone who would like to sell raffle tickets to friends, family and colleagues in the run up to the event would be very welcome and should contact Philip or Sophie on (01723) 356562.

Scarborough Whitby and Ryedale Mind runs a number of projects including its Side by Side service whose support workers help people across the region tackle the issues in their lives affecting their mental health.

To find out more about Scarborough Whitby and Ryedale Mind or if you would like support with your own mental health visit, call (01723) 356562 or email 

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21 November 2016

Tis the season to be busy!

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14 October 2016

Tis almost the season to be jolly….

It’s a cliché, but time passes when you are having fun. It is already November and almost at the end of 2016. This is a busy time for the team here at The Handy Mag as we work hard to pack all the fantastic seasonal events into the December issue. On that note – the copy deadline for December content is Tuesday 8th November - don’t miss out!

Before I talk about Christmas I would just like to mention a few of the Remembrance Day festivals marking the end of the First World War. York Barbican Centre start proceedings with a Festival of Remembrance on the 6th and we have many smaller services listed in both magazines; including the dedication of a new plaque and memorial book at the Hovingham war memorial on Sunday the 13th.

Of course we have to point out all of the exciting events planned in the run up to the busy Christmas season. From a four foot by three foot replica of Castle Howard in spiced gingerbread to a Yuletide Fair in aid of the NSPCC at Duncombe Park – our stately homes and gardens are open to visitors and will be providing lots of appropriate entertainment. Malton Food Market are joined by the Woodham-Stone gingerbread women as they give a demonstration on the history of gingerbread in The Milton Rooms (12th November), and you could always drop by the Fairtrade Christmas shop for a few ethical gifts on your way home. Grab a cup of hot chocolate and check your copy of The Handy Mag for lots more on the plethora of community and charity events in your area.

For those of you looking to put off Christmas for a little while longer there are plenty of theatre productions to choose from. Book tickets at Escrick village hall to hear Lady Bracknell declare her disapproval in The Importance of Being Ernest (17th November) – or listen to Tevye sing about the perils of being a poor man at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre production of Fiddler on the Roof.

November also sees the opening of nominations for the first Ryedale business awards, with eight different categories to choose from. So, if you know a business owner in the Ryedale area who deserves rewarding for their hard work, send in a nomination and give them a great start to 2017. In the meantime, make sure that you have all the copy for business adverts and community events with us by the 8th of November - let everyone know what your organisation is up to over this fast approaching Christmas period!

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16 September 2016

Pumpkins at the ready for ghost hunting season

After a long summer it’s time to embrace the bright skies and crisp mornings of autumn. This is one of my favourite times of the year, as the landscape changes and we pull on a few extra layers to stay cosy.

The summer school holidays may be well and truly behind us, but the October half term will soon arrive with lots of family friendly events on the calendar. York Maze is holding its annual Halloween celebrations from the 14th to the 31st and the Piglets Pumpkin Festival will offer fun for every age group throughout the month. If you prefer to celebrate the season outdoors check out the Burton Agnes Hall and Gardens Spooky Woodland Trail, and Scampston Walled Garden are encouraging visitors to discover the beautiful colour changes in their gardens with a half term scavenger hunt. There are certainly plenty of exciting events to keep the whole family entertained!


Theatre goers will be pleased to hear that October also has plenty to offer them. From Acorn Antiques the Musical at Joseph Rowntree Theatre to ‘Railway in Wartime’ from the NYMR. The latter tells the story of young conscripts faced with the enormity of the D-Day landings. It promises to be a moving and entertaining performance. Sticking with theatre; food lovers will be excited by the promise of two food related performances. Helmsley Arts Centre welcomes Jay Rayner and his popular one man show The Ten (Food) Commandments on the 8th October, while Old Malton War Memorial Hall host the Mikron Theatre Company as they tour ‘Pure – A story of the business of chocolate’ a week later.



With the theme of family fun running through the magazines this month it seems only natural to mention two of the local charities who are working hard to support children and families in the region. Read about The Island, providing much needed support to vulnerable children in York through 121 mentoring and clubs. In the Ryedale publication you will learn about SASH, a local charity tackling the issue of youth homelessness.


Of course we can’t finish the October blog post without mentioning the dreaded ‘C’ word. Before we know it Christmas will be upon us, so if you have something special happening in November and December let us know as soon as possible. The magazines always fill up quickly at this time of year.


Enjoy the season of mists and fruitfulness - and we will see you in November!

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22 July 2016

The hazy days of summer

Here we are in late summer. The schools have broken up and everyone is dreaming of eating ice cream on the beach. (Or maybe a margarita by the pool!) This time we have a bumper edition for you - covering both August and September – so that the team here can squeeze in a little holiday of their own too.


We have plenty of events to choose from if you are desperately seeking ways to entertain the family so, before running off to the seaside, why not check your copy of The Handy Mag to see what is going on in your local area?


If the weather is kind and you feel like a breath of fresh air you’ll be pleased to know that Piglets Adventure Farm has launched their brand new Truffles Farmhouse & Barn outdoor play area. York Maze has also just opened their doors and announced a theme of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to celebrate Roald Dahls 100th birthday. Both venues have lots of activities to amuse children large and small. Alternatively, sports fans will love the opportunity to play Foot Golf at York Golf Range on the edge of our lovely countryside.


A fresh addition to the family fun this year is the new Energi Trampoline Park on the outskirts of York. They offer great fun for all the family and it is an excellent way of burning off any excess energy on a rainy day. My own family recently popped over to see what all the fuss is about – you can find the write up in the magazine and yes – everyone had a go!


This time of year means that there is an abundance of fairs to wander around and the 14th August sees the return of the Huntington Annual Gala with children’s activities, food stalls and even a Classic car show. Or for something completely different how about the English National Sheepdog Trials at Castle Howard from the 15th to the 17th?


As we head towards the end of summer and the colours turn to autumn there are many ways of getting out and about with other people in your community. The Euphonics Ladies Choir begins a new term in September and has places for enthusiastic singers, particularly sopranos. If you love music but prefer a more casual approach then Musical Memories will be hosting regular ‘Happy Hour’ meetings in Pickering, Kirkbymoorside and Helmsley. These social singing sessions focus on bringing people together to reminisce over a cuppa and take advantage of the health benefits found in group singing. What better way is there to spend your lunchtime?


Enjoy the last few weeks of summer everyone and we will see you in the autumn!

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16 June 2016

It's almost July!

I’m not going to ask where the year has gone but can you believe we are more than half way through 2016? In addition to getting both our York and Ryedale editions out in time - Nicky, Phil and I are busy preparing for our exciting office move towards the end of July. You will find us above The Deli of Malton and Smash Boutique. We’re looking forward to the greater storage and workspace the new office will give us. Be sure to give us a wave as you pass through the square!

This month seems to be one for history lovers as a number of events around the area focus on looking back at how we once lived. The freshly refurbished Malton Museum has a new exhibition, Malton goes to Market, on the stories of Malton and Norton and the people who lived and worked there. Search their costume wardrobe and pretend to be a Victorian market trader or ponder the beautiful illustrations of Arma Wrangham Hardy for an insight into the area in 1912.

If you prefer history of a more musical nature you could always check out the Ryedale Festival (15th – 31st July) as they honour Shakespeare’s 400 year anniversary. ‘A Shakespearean Tavern’ promises to recreate the atmosphere of an Elizabethan tavern at The Milton Rooms on the 15th July, complete with music from The Alehouse Boys. Hopefully there won’t be too many smells associated with the Elizabethan drinking hole to go with it!

And finally on the historic front - it is well worth considering a visit to Dalby Forest for a spot of outdoor theatre and their production the ‘Lumber Jills’; a story based on the hardworking women in the Timber Corp during World War Two.

Both our York magazine and the Ryedale magazine have a wide selection of family friendly events as we head into the start of the school holidays. Haxby Carnival is on the 9th July and this year the festivities will be opened by 2015 Special Olympics Gold medallist Laura Campbell. Rowntrees Park celebrates its 95th birthday on July 17th and the Annual Dragon Boat Race will undoubtedly raise lots of cash for charity on the 10th.

If you need something a little more sedate you could always escape to Pickering and visit the Ryedale Rose Festival on the 9th/10th July. Or choose to stay closer to home and visit the work of local artists at this month’s Big Art Market on Little Shambles in York city centre. Of course, you could just put your feet up with a cup of tea and your copy of The Handy Mag and plan where to go next.

Have a great month everyone!

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16 May 2016

Summer time – and the living is easy…

As we move into summer life is busy here at The Handy Mag office. We are proud to offer a voice to many local community initiatives and Nicky has been hard at work making sure that everyone gets a place in our June editions. 

This month sees York Against Cancer introduce themselves to the Ryedale area with their spring newsletter in our Ryedale magazine. It is a great fundraising season as local charities like St Leonards Hospice hold events like their annual Midnight Walk. The chosen theme this year is ‘Pyjama Party’ – fingers crossed they get a balmy evening to help them along! If a sponsored walk sounds like too much hard work why not pop along to the Ryedale Rotary Club Pop-Up Shop for a bit of conscience free retail therapy.


You can’t fail to have noticed a couple of high profile events popping up in June, with celebrations for the Queens 90th birthday and the start of the European football cup. If the football season inspires you to get more involved at grass roots level Strensall football club are searching for new members on their committee - a vital part of keeping the club up and running.  The other important date to remember is of course Father’s Day on the 19th June. If football isn’t really his thing then why not try something different with the York Bonsai Society Annual Show at Wiggington Recreational Hall? Or check out the Books for Dad section in our York magazine for a more personal alternative to socks and chocolate.


But before diving headlong into June there is one important event that the team here at The Handy Mag can’t possibly ignore – the annual Malton Food Festival. We are proud to be supporting local retailers with our exciting town trail. Entry Forms/leaflets for the ‘Malton Food Lover’s Festival Great Handy Mag Town Trivia Quiz’ will be given out by us and the Festival organisers at the main information stall, as well as being available around town in local shops. Participants will visit the shops on the leaflet and answer questions to be in with a chance of winning a family cookery lesson, tickets for our local Palace Cinema and/or a meal at The Talbot Hotel. So come along and get the whole family involved. It will be a great weekend as always.


All in all, it promises to be an exciting few weeks as we head into summer. Keep your Handy Mag close by so that you don’t miss out on any of the fun!

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17 February 2016

Spring into Action this March with the Handy Mag

It’s that time of year again … spring is nearly here! And what a busy month March is!

There’s Mother’s Day on Sunday 6th March and of course Easter itself, a good four day rest for most of us. And can you believe the clocks will go forward on Easter Sunday 27th March, which means we’re on British Summer Time!

Watch out for 500 motorbikes, trikes and scooters arriving in Malton Market Place on Sunday 20th March from 12 to 2pm! Malton Easter Eggstravanza - Squires Egg Run is arriving in town in support of Ryedale Special Families, AcornSquires Egg Run Community Care & Yorkshire Air Ambulance. There's a free Easter Egg for every child, vintage motorbikes, Live Music, Vale Radio, Market stalls and shops will be open. Come and join in the fun!

Are you a young person looking for a good start to your career. Derwent Training Association are holding an Apprentice Open Evening on Tuesday 15th March from 4pm at Hertford Way, off York Road in Malton. Its a great time to find out about alternative options.

  Bookworms can enjoy the annual York Literature Festival starting 10th March and finishing on 23rd March. Special guests include crime writer Val  McDermid, politician Vince Cable and performer Arthur Smith among many other literary luminaries. The festival promotes the arts in York, with an emphasis on literature, music, spoken word and poetry.


 Fancy some southern-style dancing and entertainment? Then the annual Cajun and Zydeco Festival takes place in Malton 17th to 20th March in the Milton Rooms, Malton.

Meanwhile, volunteer jigsaw makers across Ryedale will piece together a large collection of jigsaws ready for Ryedale’s first ever charity jigsaw festival. There will be a display of up to 200 made-up jigsaws with opportunities to buy and take part in a competition to find the golden jigsaw piece. All proceeds will be divided between St Helen's Church, Amotherby and Ryedale Carers Support. The festival takes place at Amotherby Village Hall from 10am until 4pm on Saturday 19th March. 

The Handy Mag York and Handy Mag Ryedale are being delivered to almost 50,000 letterboxes from 29th February. With the community at the heart of both our publications, our March editions are just full of things to do, as well as advertisers from both areas. Perhaps it’s time to think about tidying up the garden, or booking that summer holiday. Our website lists all our advertisers at

And we’re already looking forward to April here at the Handy Mag!

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20 January 2016

February - Snowdrops, Pancakes and Valentines Day!

Spring is just around the corner …

Like us here in the Handy Mag office, you’re probably delighted the mornings and evenings are finally getting lighter!


After what has seemed to be the wettest winter for years, we’re only too glad to see February arrive and with it early lambs, pretty snowdrops, the start of a new season of community events and a general buzz of excitement in the business world.

February has a lot happening: Chinese New Year (Monday 8th February), this year being the year of the Monkey; Shrove Tuesday (9th February); Valentine’s Day (Sunday 14th February) and of course this year is a Leap Year with the extra day on Monday 29th. There’s also a school half term sometime in the month!


Candlemas is celebrated on Tuesday 2nd February, and while this festival has religious connotations, it also marks the halfway point between the shortest day and spring equinox. There are a number of traditional sayings about the weather on this day and what follows – so if February 2nd is a bright, clear day, it could mean there’s more wintery weather on the way!

So as February approaches, make the most of the lengthening days by wearing something red on Monday 22nd February! It’s World Encephalitis Day, and the charity, which is based in Castlegate, Malton, wants everyone to get noticed in this bright colour and help spread the word about the condition. Read all about it on page 64 of the Handy Mag Ryedale February edition or visit the Encephalitis Society website.

As many of us are affected by heart disease, there’s the ‘Wear It, Beat It’ event in which you can learn more about at The Lemon Tree, Poppleton on Saturday 6th February, from 10am to 12noon. The British Heart Foundation is organising the event, all welcome.

If you have a crafty side, then head to the Valentine’s Crafts event Beck Isle Museum on Sunday 14th February, between 10am and 3pm.

Perhaps you’re a budding writer but just need that confidence boost. If so, book your place at the Library Creative Writing Group at Strensall Library on Thursday 25th February between 2pm and 3.15pm. Places are limited, so find out more by visiting the website.

Meanwhile, the Oscar-nominated film Steve Jobs is getting a showing at Helmsley Arts Centre on Wednesday 10th February,


If you love musicals, you’ll enjoy four of the best at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre in February. Phantom of the Opera (3rd to 6th February); The Witches of Eastwick (11th to 13th February); Les Miserables (17th to 20th and 24th to 27th February) and She Stoops to Conquer (21st to 23rd February) are all taking place at the Haxby Road site. To book tickets, click here. 


Don’t forget we have pages and pages of events listings in both Ryedale and York Handy Mags, and we use our social media streams – Facebook and Twitter – to #SupportRyedale and #SupportYork.

Keep your February edition of the Handy Mag handy for all these events, lots of articles to read and of course our fabulous advertisers who can help with anything from a leaky tap to giving you a lift to the airport!

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11 December 2015

New Year, New Deadlines!

Happy New Year to all our readers and customers!

Well, what was 2015 like for you? Was it a busy year? Lots going on?

Here at the Handy Mag office, we kept one of New Year’s Resolutions, which was to attend more community events in Ryedale and York.

We’ve had fun looking back over 2015 and we have put together a Review of the Year, highlighting some of the great events that took place. There are so many things happening, it was hard to choose what to include and what to leave out. Read our Handy Mag reviews of 2015 in our January editions, dropping through letterboxes from 29th December.

So … have you made your New Year 2016 promises? Here at Handy Mag HQ, we thought we’d have an office clear-up ready for January. We’ve eaten all the mince pies and chocolates and replaced last year’s media packs with our brand new ones. We’ve also put our 2015 publications into neat piles and even cleared the noticeboard ready for 2016. Yes, we’ve been very busy!

We are here to help you with your New Year resolutions, so how about getting into the community spirit, helping Norton look neat and tidy on 3rd January?  Join Malton & Norton Tidy Up Group, 10am to 12noon, starting in St Nicholas Street car park for a couple of hours of fresh air and litter picking.

You could always take in a show, and panto season is the best time to do this – oh yes it is! The Kirk Theatre, Pickering will host a new production of The Snow Queen 16th to 23rd January. Goldilocks and the Three Bears will appear at the Milton Rooms, Malton, from 15th January to 23rd January, performed by Malton and Norton Musical Theatre. 

Snainton Woodturning ClubHow about taking up a new skill for 2016? Snainton Woodturning Club welcomes non-members to ‘come and try’ at their Barkers Lane site in the village. There is also a pole-lathe construction demonstration on 7th January at 7.30pm. Visit their website for details.

In the York area, why not get fit and enjoy the fresh air with York Ramblers, with walks ranging from seven to 10 miles in various locations, including Market Weighton, York and Whitwell-on-the-Hill! Find out more by visiting their website.

Perhaps your resolution included being more ‘green’ with your everyday living, so why not go to the St Nicks Environment Centre, Rawdon Avenue, York on 9th January for their Eco-Active Day.

Maybe turning over a ‘new leaf’ for the New Year could include getting really creative! Strensall Library holds a free creative writing group on 21st January, from 2pm to 3.30pm. If you feel like you’ve got a book, a poem or an article inside you, then contact Sarah at Strensall Library on 01904 552677 or log onto

So there’s plenty to inspire and motivate you for the start of 2016 and remember to keep your copy of the Handy Mag handy in 2016.

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15 November 2015

Christmas All Wrapped Up!

Like us, we bet you can’t believe it is Christmas time again!

And while we know it comes round every year without fail, it is enough to send most of us into a panic about gifts, Christmas cards and food shopping.

December’s Handy Mags are now ‘put to bed’ and will be dropping through over 49,000 letterboxes in Ryedale and York from Monday 23rd November.

It’s been a hectic month of information-gathering for the Handy Mag team – there’s carol concerts, church services and Christmas events galore! Our fingers have been flying over our keyboards so that we can fit as much in as much as possible.

And if we think we’re busy, we don’t know how Santa copes with his hectic schedule, particularly as he’s appearing at so many events this year! 

So if you’re feeling the pressure this festive season, then sit back and relax. We’ve got so many local advertisers in both the Ryedale and York December editions, your Christmas shopping will be a pleasure this year.

Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without the annual Malton & Norton and Ryedale Lions Sleigh schedule, starting 27th November through to 19th December. Santa and his little helpers will be visiting scores of places in Ryedale, so check out the itinerary in December’s Ryedale Handy Mag, from page 42.

Charles Dickens enthusiasts will undoubtedly want to see Miriam Margolyes in the Milton Rooms, Malton on 18th December at 7.30pm. And why not pop along to the picturesque village of Hutton-Le-Hole on 5th December? There will be a Christmas Fair in the Village Hall from 11am to 2pm.

If you’re proud of your Yorkshire accent then ‘tek note’:  the Pickering WEA Friday Talk on 4th December will be presented by Adam Collier, who will present on ‘The Local Yorkshire Dialect and its Origins’ at 7.30pm at the Friends Meeting House in Castlegate.

Meanwhile, if you live in the York area, why not visit the Nativity Festival at Strensall Methodist Church which takes place on Friday 4th, Saturday 5th and Monday 7th December, 10am to 4pm, and on the Sunday 6th December, 11.45am to 3.30pm

St Leonards Light up a LifeThere will be three Light Up A Life services held by St Leonard’s Hospice in the York district: Easingwold on 2nd December, 7pm; St Helen’s Square, York on 6th December at 6pm; Selby Abbey, Selby on 13th December at 4.30pm.

Christmas Open Day Sales take place on 5th and 12th December at Poppleton Community Railway Nursery, 10am to 3pm, a chance to buy a unique Christmas decoration for your home.

So we are already turning our thoughts to 2016. Our January editions deadline on 1st December and will be delivered through letter boxes the week commencing 28th December. So if you’ve got a new business, or a brand new take on your business for January, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us a the Handy Mag.

May we wish all our readers and advertisers a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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16 October 2015

Conkers, Rosehips and Remembrance

Autumn is well and truly here with its golden leaves, shiny conkers and scarlet rosehips. The hedgerows are full of autumn fruit, so no doubt the birds and mammals will be stocking up for the winter!


Handy Mag Ryedale NovemberHandy Mag York NovemberOur November editions are now at the printers and will be dropping through Ryedale and York letterboxes from 26th October. Inside you’ll find scores of events taking place in both areas, from Bonfire Night parties to pre-Christmas fairs.


Of course, November is the month of Remembrance, with many services being held at churches and other venues to remember “the fallen”.  Always a sombre, reflective time of year, it’s time to give thanks for those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.


So we’ve got just ONE edition left for 2015, our December magazines deadline on 3rd November and they are always crammed with events, advertisers and features. So don’t delay getting in touch with the Handy Mag team in good time!


One thing the Handy Mag is very proud of is its support of local charities and voluntary organisations and November is no exception. There are hundreds of incredible volunteers in Ryedale and York who help improve the lives of many who need help. The York Alzheimer’s Society is holding a number of events including the Forget Me Not Memory Café in Tang Hall, on 18th November between 1.30pm and 3.30pm.Alzhemiers Society


What about a nice food market to get you in the mood for tasty meals cooked at home this autumn? Malton Monthly Food Market has its November outing on Saturday 14th November in the Market Place from 9am to 3pm. Click for more information.


York Light YouthIf you fancy a night out, then why not book a seat at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre near York for a performance of ‘Cats’, the famous Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical, performed by York Light Youth. ‘Cats’ will be performed from 30th October to 7th November. More details on


Find out about “Wolds and Waggoners and the Sledmere Memorial” with Dorothy Nott in the Library, East Wing of Malton School, Middlecave Road, from7.30pm on 18th November.


Love walking? Then York Ramblers are holding eleven walking events in the eleventh month, commencing on 3rd November with distances of six to ten miles. Find out more on


Beck Isle Museum will hold its Christmas Fair on 29th November from 10am to 4pm at Beck Isle, Pickering, more details


Our colleague Faith Young wasn’t successful in the London Marathon ballot, unfortunately. As she said herself, she didn’t know whether to be relieved or sad, given the amount of training required for this endurance race. Ah well, there’s always next year … but if you’ve been successful and got a London place, then good luck!


So as the frost start making itself felt and your log burner or central heating are being put to good use, curl with the current October edition of the Handy Mag, out now, and look forward to November’s edition.


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22 September 2015

Pumpkins, songs and sparklers

October – a month I associate with autumn winds and spectacular sunsets! Here at the Handy Mag offices, we’ve put on our ‘thinking caps’ and we’re pulling out all the stops for bumper November editions for Ryedale and York.


It’s hard to believe that we only have two editions left for 2015 – our October editions will be dropping through Ryedale and York letter boxes from 28th September, and our November edition deadlines on Tuesday 6th October.  Then we have the January 2016 editions which are delivered between Christmas and New Year - a good time to relax, grab a cup of tea and a biscuit and have a read of your local community magazines.


I don’t know if it’s just me but this year has flown by. When I think back to January and the New Year, I can’t believe how much we’ve fitted into our magazine and also into our home life.


My daughter is now at University, enjoying life as a student, while my son has started his A Levels.  I am sure many of you have children who’ve started school this year and are already looking forward to the half term break. It hardly seems five minutes since the new term started!

As we gear up for the festive period, there’s lots to do in Ryedale and York without a bauble in sight. How about trying your hand at seasonal food foraging at Yorkshire Arboretum near Castle Howard? If you’ve always wanted to know which mushrooms you can consume – and more importantly those you can’t! – then there are two Fungi Forays – Saturday 10th October  2pm to 4pm and Thursday 29th October 1pm to 3pm. Ticket prices apply so visit to find out more.


If the great outdoors makes you shiver, then why not listen to ‘Something Familiar’, as sung by the Stamford Bridge Singers on Saturday 10th October from 7pm at All Saints Church, in lovely Thornton Le Dale? They have a website so click


It simply wouldn’t be October without the build-up to Hallowe’en. Gone are the days of carving out a rather pungent turnip, lighting a candle and placing this rough-and-ready lantern on the windowsill trying to ward off ghosts and ghouls. Hallowe’en is now ‘big business’ - getting dressed up and enjoying being scared is only part of it! Kaboom Events are hosting a spectacular Firework Display on Hallowe’en night (Saturday 31st October) at Castle Howard. Ticket prices apply so visit to find out more.


Piglets Adventure Farm near York will feature their fabulous Pumpkin Festival from 24th October to 1st November – one for the whole family, and perfect timing for half term.


Looking ahead, anyone who’s entered the ballot for the London Marathon will find out by early October if they’ve been successful. While I am happy to walk the dogs for exercise, there are several runners in our village and one of the Handy Mag team, Faith Young, completed her fifth half marathon at the Great North Run in September, and has entered her name for the London event next April. 


Events such as marathons raise millions of pounds for charities, and during October there is the Big Pink October event, raising awareness and funds for Breast Cancer Research. Read all about it in our October editions of the Handy Mag.


And let us not forget that Remembrance Sunday and Remembrance Ceremonies are held throughout November. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two. A sombre note to end on.




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27 August 2015

Welcome to the New Season!


Summer holidays are almost over and the new term is almost underway! I always feel this time of year is a new start. There’s something special about autumn; while it means summer is over, there’s a lot to look forward to, such as walking our dogs in cool autumnal mornings while the trees turn golden. It’s a time for us to slow down and prepare for the winter ahead.


Lots of our fantastic local companies can help you check your boiler, repair your roof or stock up on logs! Here at the Handy Mag, we like to keep things local for business and for pleasure. Supporting our talented tradespeople and going to local events means our community spirit remains strong when the darker evenings are upon us.


So while we welcome the arrival of autumn, make the most of it with some of the local events that are taking place in the area.


If you like watching films on the big screen, pop along to Nellivision at the New Earswick Folk Hall. On Friday 16th October see Selma, a US drama based on the marches from Selma to Alabama in the 1960 involving Martin Luther King Jr. Tickets available two weeks before the showing.


Autumn is also a time I enjoy curling up with a good book. Ryedale Book Festival (October 10th and 11th) in Malton will be on the ‘to do’ list. The festival includes events throughout the town, including at the Castle Gardens, in the Milton Rooms and its historic Town Hall. Find out more



Pickering’s famous Wartime and 1940’s Weekend will return on Friday 16th, Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th October. This Ryedale market town is transported back in time during the three day event.


And if you have pre-school kids, enjoy knitting and a natter or love a Scrabble challenge, then head to Strensall Library, which is now a charity. The library hosts a Lego Club, Minecraft Club, a Knitting Club and a Scrabble Club during the week.


Pride AwardsOctober is also the season for the Pride of Malton and Norton Awards! I am delighted to announce the Handy Mag is going to part sponsor this fantastic community event. It’s time to get your nominations in as the deadline is Friday 25th September. You can download a nomination form by clicking here or pick up a nomination form from our office on Market Street in Malton and give someone a surprize. 



Time to Take Stock


Autumn is a time when nature takes stock. While the summer flowers and plants are now ‘past their best’ in our village, conkers, rosehips and acorns appear, offering autumn’s bounty for birds and other wildlife. The hedgerows are full of such treasures and while we scoop up the leaves and enjoy the ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’, it’s nice to try and enjoy a bit of peace and quiet before the busy festive season. Sorry to mention ‘Christmas’ so soon, but it’s on its way … details about our October, November and December editions below.




Keep Tabs on Us with Social Media


A great way of keeping tabs on us is through Twitter and Facebook, both of which we use to help promote local events and businesses. The great thing about social media is that it’s FREE and is a way many of us keep in touch with each other.



October edition: Deadline for inclusion in this edition (October) is Tuesday 8th September delivered to letterboxes from 28th September.

Our November edition deadlines on 6th October. This will be our Christmas edition – space is limited! Handy Mag November will drop through letterboxes from 26th October

Our December edition deadlines on 3rd November. This edition is ideal for the New Year and will be delivered from 23rd November.

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22 June 2015

Is this the equine capital of the UK?

It is June, and the magazines in progress are our August/September editions. We don’t publish a separate September edition as it gives us a chance to enjoy some down time and to reach the end of a month and not have a deadline will be fantastic! Not that we will be idle as we always have grand plans, but we will have some time to relax and enjoy some of our great local events over the summer.


August and September are full of equine events from the iconic Ebor Festival in York (19th – 22nd August to Malton Stables Open Day ( With the recent opening of the Jack Berry House in Malton for injured jockeys, the importance and scale of the horse-interest in this region is remarkable. The Malton Stables Open day attracts people from across the country (Sunday 13th September). Horse racing is big business and it also supports a lot of local business and traditional trades in the region. Even the millinery (hat) industry benefits! Then there are all the smaller equine events at our agricultural shows to see. I wonder whether this area can boast the highest numbers of horses and cyclists on its roads? I certainly meet so many on my way into work. In the magazines we try to publicise all local events, as best we can – so let us know if you are on the organising committee.

Now for my horse fact: Did you know that, dating back to Roman times, today's thoroughbreds were originally bred in our area by crossing native breeds with Arab stallions imported from the Middle East. Read more here. ..


Do you use social media?


In business we are always having to ‘up our game’, and I’ve recently taken on the services of Ann Brown at Summitup Marketing to sharpen my marketing skills. Even at the Handy Mag, where we specialise in advertising other people’s businesses, we need a marketing guru! As for Nicky, well she has been on a course for social media, learning how to tweet, blog, use hashtags and the rest more effectively. If you use social media, please look out for her and connect/follow/like her!! (@Handymag_Nicky)


Summer plans


Our summer seems to be slow in coming; the hibiscus in my garden is only just in leaf and looking in need of a plant doctor! But the green shoots of an economic recovery seem to be increasingly evident. At the Handy Mag we are awash with tradesmen looking to advertise their services and catch the moment (almost to the point of saying no room at the inn) as others are asking us to ‘stop the advert’ as they are too busy! It brings mixed emotions when we are told that the advert worked so well that we are no longer needed; at least for the next few months. If you are one of the many that are undertaking a ‘house or garden project’ this summer, good luck and be sure to plan ahead so that you are not having to wait for busy traders. I hear we are heading for a shortage of bricks and brickies!


There's much more to read in our magazines that can be found by clicking here...

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17 May 2015

Are you ready for a busy summer?

Just when we’ve finally got ourselves sorted for the Malton Food Festival, with banners, balloons, pudding hunt and stall (come and see us this weekend!), we need to turn our attention to June and July and festivals galore. As our community and events coordinator, Nicky’s head is in a spin with so many events to cover during these summer months! For Nicky and I, it’s a perk of the job that we have to make it our business to learn about all these events and try quite afew!

So coming our way this summer, amongst many other events,  we have rock and pop in Pickering (18th July) at the brand new Pickering Music Festival, annual carnivals at Strensall and Haxby (20th June and 11th July) and the Ryedale Festival (17th July to 2nd August) that comes to us from a range of venues with music genres for all tastes. And more, there is the agricultural shows, to enjoy; simply too many to mention individually. Summer is not summer without having indulged with a few of these timeless, very British and mildly eccentric events. Where else can you have perfect beans, a truly ludicrously big onion, or perfect blooms competing for ‘best in class’. Then there are the tractors of yesterday alongside today’s high-tech, high-powered creations; and the smell of the catering and beer tents, burgers and sausages, candy floss and ales.  Personally, I really like walking around the areas devoted to the pedigree livestock. It’s a real mix of culture, local businesses and local trade.

Another virtue of our work in pulling the magazines together is we find ourselves learning about the area and its history. If you love history, a celebration of the Magna Carta is taking place in Helmsley (14th June) where one of the 25 barons that were guarantors of the document was based. Helmsley is being taken back to medieval times with costumes, music, dancing and even a specially commissioned play by the 1812 Youth theatre.  As the oldest town fort founded by the romans north of the Humber, Malton is also celebrating part of its history, with a Archaeology Festival (July 11th to 26th) with talks and lectures. Find out more in your next Handy Mag.

Our other preoccupation at the Handy Mag is with the summer holidays. York and Ryedale are perfect holiday destinations, and we at the Handy Mag make it our business so that people from outside the area can find what is local, great value and sometimes just a bit quirky.  From picnics in the countryside, to organised activities at our stately homes, Dalby Forest biking, museums in town, and not to mention those festivals and agricultural shows. Best keep your Handy Mag at the ready!


We're celebrating!


Now to something which feels rather amazing for me. This month we are celebrating 10 years of publishing! 10 years!! In an ever increasing age of web and digital media, the Handy Mags have taken to Twitter, Facebook and to the web, but the magazines themselves, hard copy in your hand, remain the media, or format, people want. We have been able to expand the magazines, both in pages and content, whilst standing by our principles of building stronger communities through helping our local businesses and not-for-profit community groups and charities thrive. We are proud to be ‘keeping it local’, providing a place for businesses and the community to interact, and believe the success of the magazines is based on having done this well. I’d like to thank all of our advertisers and readers who continue to support the Handy Mag – many since right at the beginning! We really appreciate all of the comments we receive; our post is never dull!

Here’s to another 10 years!


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14 April 2015

Celebrating our traditional trades

There was a report in one of the papers a few weeks ago about how careers in traditional trades are on the rise among young people who are keen to get away from careers in front of computer screens to do something practical. It is great to see young people taking an interest in keeping our traditional trades alive.

From blacksmithing to saddle-makers and joinery to plumbing and roofing, it is essential that we value the work of our local specialist trades. After all, our small businesses are the heart of our local communities and they contribute a huge chunk of money into our local economy as well as employment – government statistics say that in 2014 there were 5.2 million businesses in the UK, over 99% of which were small to medium enterprises.*

Many of our local trade businesses are family-run successful concerns with a wealth of expertise and local knowledge. We are very lucky to have many such businesses in Ryedale and York and we have decided to celebrate our traditional trades in our June editions.

If you’d like to learn more about traditional trades, local places like Ryedale Folk Museum and Howsham Mill run summer courses on all sorts of skills like blacksmithing and dry stone walling. How about printing, wool spinning, lacemaking and glass engraving at Beck Isle Museum's Rural Craft Days?

If you're just starting out in your career, why not look into apprenticeships which have been developed by a wide range of industry sectors and are available with different types of employers from large national companies to smaller local companies.

Our traditional trades seem to be a dying breed and we need to use them or lose them!


What to do this month


The May and June editions are always packed full of good reasons to get out and about in Ryedale and York. We have festivals, fetes, gardens, sporting events and carnivals! Try a ‘Grand Yorkshire Day Out’ at Strensall Carnival on 20th June and if the Tour de Yorkshire has whet your appetite, the Malton Festival of Cycling on 21st June promises to be a fantastic event with over 300 competitors.

If you have a traditional business to celebrate in June, or something special to promote, give us a call at the Handy Mag and we can get you into 25,050 letterboxes in Ryedale and 24,400 letterboxes in York!

To find out more about advertising in our June edition, please have a look at our website, give us a call on 01653 690859 or drop into our office at 5a Market Street in Malton.


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10 March 2015

Mad about May

This month we are planning ahead for May. Whilst it still seems like a long way off, those longer, brighter days of spring will be with us sooner than we think and if you run a seasonal business it pays to be ready!

With longer days and better weather, there is so much more to do in May: from gardens to DIY to ambling along a country lane followed by an early evening drink and meal in a village pub. Ah bliss! We are so lucky in this part of Yorkshire to have such a huge range of local foodie businesses to choose from. Small cosy country pubs to every sort of restaurant in town and farm shops to local delis and markets all make May a great month for sampling local food and drink. Local asparagus, lamb and new potatoes are all coming soon to a small independent retailer or eatery near you.

Our small independent suppliers and producers are passionate about what they do so if you are in any doubt about what you can do with ingredients, my advice would be to go and talk to them. They are a friendly bunch and full of advice on the best way to enjoy our local produce. One of the best places to do this is at local festivals and markets, where you can see (and sometimes even sample) the food and chat direct with business owners. The Malton Food Festival this May has, as usual, a star line-up and Malton is unquestionably a go to place for food this month. With Prue Leith, Valentine Warner, William Sitwell and Diana Henry among others, including our local celebrity chefs, all heading to Malton this year it will be a great place to re-discover our foodie roots.

This year at the Festival, the Handy Mag team are sponsoring the taste trail with Yorkshire puds to be found around town and a great local prize for the winner. We are also on hand over the weekend running our Festival Selfie competition and even balloons! Come and say hello to us. It is what we love best about running our magazines – meeting our readers and other businesses and hearing about what you get up to in the local area.

May also brings a cycling frenzy back to Yorkshire with the Tour de Yorkshire through a large part of our area from 1st to 3rd May. On Days 1 and 2, the Tour will travel through the Handy Mag distribution area. Why not get out and about on the route to cheer on the peloton? If this race whets your appetite, you have another opportunity to watch cycle races at the Malton Festival of Cycling on Sunday 21st June. It’s an all-day, family-friendly event including children’s race, youth and pro-am.

It’s a well-known fact that supporting your local area builds strong communities, sustains vibrant towns, links neighbours, creates more local jobs, enables local decisions and sees a larger share of the revenue cycled back into the local economy. Why not get out and about this spring and support your local area – and don’t forget to use your latest Handy Mag to find out where to go, what to do and who to talk to! If you have a local business, we can help you get your message to almost 50,000 letterboxes in the area. Give us a call to find out more…

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10 March 2015

Spring at the Handy Mag

Spring at last, and time to make that fresh start we’ve been putting off since the beginning of 2015! In the old days, spring cleaning was about cleaning the accumulated winter soot and grime from your home; opening up the windows and making it smell fresh and clean again. As well as spring cleaning our homes, spring is also a great time to look at ourselves. What about learning a new skill, starting a course (page 6), visiting somewhere new or simply joining a local group? Nicky and I will be taking part in the Body for Life 6 week lifestyle challenge at Malton Community Sports Centre (page 48) in the hope that we can brave the beaches this summer! Why not come and join us in the competition (but no laughing!).

Our gardens will be coming to life this month so we’ve devoted a number of pages in this month’s magazine to businesses who can help give your garden a fresh look this spring. My other half will be out scarifying (!) the lawn, in pursuit of the perfect stripes, whilst bemoaning the rise of rotary mowers. I’ll look forward to having a glass of wine on the patio!

Easter weekend brings church services, fairs, art exhibitions and markets. With the improvement in the weather (I hope) and a never ending list of local events, there’s really no excuse for not making the best of the bank holiday weekend.

At the Handy Mag, we are very proud of how we support our local area. It is the mix of business advertising alongside free community/charity groups and events that makes the magazines what they are. We receive great feedback from both businesses and community groups and as a reader of the magazines, please remember to tell businesses that you found them here.

Next month in our May editions, we’ll be focussing on local food.

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25 February 2015

Don't forget your Mum

Mother’s Day will fall on Sunday 15th March and it’s time to show your appreciation! As a mum, I know!  Of course expensive gifts are not needed. Last year, thanks to my daughter, I had breakfast in bed and it was lovely to be made to feel special. Capturing the moment, this month’s column from Emily is all about Mother’s Day. It’s a must read about how she and her sisters treat their mum on Mother’s Day. Nicky and I were shamelessly reduced to tears over our keyboards. Lucky lady!

Congratulations to Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team on reaching their 50th year. What a fantastic service they provide! All members of the Team are volunteers, receiving neither payment nor expenses for participating in training or incidents. They rely solely on donations and sponsorship so, in this anniversary year, please help them raise the extra £50k target to enable them to further help their local community.

One of the quirks, and there are many, in publishing the magazines is the comments our readers come back with. We have many tales of appreciation but also correction on our grammar over an apostrophe and, as last month, on our historical accuracy. In last month’s competition to find a viking, we stand corrected in by a reader of our York edition in Haxby for pointing out to us that Vikings did not actually wear horns on their helmets!

The Handy Mags are all about supporting communities. For our businesses we have paid-for advertising space, and for our local charities and not-for-profit groups we give away space for free. However, we have been amazed in the office this month (actually we’ve been pretty cold, but amazed as well!) how few people actually know this. It really is free, utterly free, to local not-for-profit organisations and charities. As a community leader, or a willing member of the public planning a community event how else will you get to say what you are doing to 25,000 households, a possible 50,000 faces! You just have to ask Nicky and she will ‘make it so’; no strings!

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23 September 2014

A Busy October

Welcome to the October edition.

As I write the summer is coming to an end and we are back to school term time. It was lovely having a month without a magazine to print and not being a slave to the computer, although I’m quite looking forward to feeling more organised and back in a routine – my two children are probably not feeling the same way!

There is so much to enjoy in October this year. As the leaves start to turn, volunteers of the Kirkbymoorside Environment group will be out fruit picking, juicing and making jams and chutneys for their local community. Last year they saved over 2 tonnes of fruit from going to waste. If you would like to join them, you can find out more in the magazine. Also you could enjoy beautiful autumnal walks at pumpkin festivals and fungal forays. Or get your glad rags on to help raise funds for the Smiley Riley Fund at the Silver Ribbon Ball or York Rocks Against Cancer.

The Ryedale Book Festival promises an inspirational weekend of storytelling, writing, performance, book signing and cinema. From Dickens to Michael Morpurgo (our cover photo) and Hansel and Gretel to recipes, there is something for everyone this year. There an article on it on the website.

These events along with Pickering War Weekend and many others on our ‘what’s on’ pages will make for a great October. And enjoy it while it lasts as when the clocks go back on the 26th we will be in the run up to winter, cold weather and I won’t even mention the ‘C’ word yet! Remember to be prepared with boilers serviced, chimneys swept and logs and coal in the shed ready. We have lots of local businesses in the Handy Mag this month who are ready to help.

If you live in the Haxby and Wigginton area, make sure you vote for the Churchfields ‘Play for All’ Project for the Lloyds Bank Community Fund (page 32). A group of volunteers are helping to make the play area a much better place and need to raise £66,000 to improve access and equipment.

Until next month....

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04 August 2014

9 Years in Publishing

Welcome to the August/ September edition.

This month I’m celebrating 9 years in publishing. This seems hard to believe when I think back to that first day asking people to believe in me and this wannabe magazine. I still struggle to believe I managed to start the magazines with no direct experience, little money and mostly no idea what I was doing! With very gratefully received help from family, friends and other businesses, the Handy Mag is going strong and 2014 has so far been one of the busiest yet.   

This year, being based in the centre of Malton, I’m really enjoying meeting so many more local businesses, community groups and readers.  To have people popping in off the street and into the office to chat about their interests really helps. We love hearing about what’s going on, both with our local businesses and our communities. Keep those local events and community groups and charities coming!
For local businesses we now deliver our two magazines (Ryedale and York Villages) to a total of 49,300 letterboxes. That is putting your business in front of 49,300 potential customers for less than the cost of a daily cappuccino! It’s got to be worth it!

At the time of writing, we are at the end of another school year. Next year will be the last one for my eldest and I’m trying not to think about her leaving home for the big wide world. When they were small I was wishing they were more independent, now I’m sort of wishing they were small again…but maybe not!

Congratulations to Ryedale Folk Museum who are celebrating their 50th anniversary this month. It puts my 9 years to shame!

Until next month…

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23 June 2014

Cycling and camping

What does July mean for you? BBQs, cricket, village fetes etc. For my family one of the highlights is camping. As a child, I always spent my summer holiday under canvas. The camping fields of Talybont and Barmouth in Wales, along with the canvas ridge tent that leaked along the pole, are ingrained in my memory. The story of our car being towed off a field at Harewood House after a muddy camping weekend and my dad threatening to throw the tent in the bin, vowing never to camp again (we did) is funny now but we were all crying at the time! Despite this we have been taking our family camping since our children were very young! You can’t beat a camp breakfast on a warm sunny morning overlooking the Yorkshire countryside.

Finding reasons to spend time outside this July should be easy. Maybe much needed after a month of football! This month’s magazine is packed full of good reasons to get out and about. We have festivals, fetes, summer celebrations, gardens, sporting events, Mad Hatters tea parties, fancy dress parades and ice creams!

Rumour has it that there will be lots of cyclists around this month dressed in stretchy multi-coloured lycra; and the colour of Yorkshire will be yellow! Do you know the difference between a maillot à pois and maillot jaune? I’m sure many of us will be bemused by all the fuss surrounding the Tour de France but it will be a great showcase for Yorkshire. It will be a fantastic spectacle whether you battle through the crowds to watch the peloton race past or enjoy it at home.

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26 May 2014

Long long summer of sport

Are you looking forward to another long summer of sport? We will be treated to football galore in Brazil, the usual tennis and cricket and of course the famous faces of cycling on our Yorkshire roads. Myself, I will be watching the Tour de France Grand Depart with interest, tennis and maybe even a bit of cricket (probably just the highlights if I’m honest and then only if there are any!). Football is not normally for me (I leave the room when Match of the Day comes on) but the World Cup could be different this time. For a nation that pins its hopes so much on sport, we can expect and dream!

When my son was small I remember the World Cup being a valuable lesson in learning the flags of the world and national anthems – we had home-drawn flags everywhere! Whatever your sport, I hope you’ll accompany it with local food and drink and in our local pubs and bars who provide a great atmosphere even if you can’t get to the actual event itself.

If you have passed our office this month, you’ll have noticed its smart new look, grey with pink stripes. Someone said it was ‘elephant ear’ coloured, which may not have been complimentary, but I rather like it! The window will be displaying posters for local events from this month, yet more publicity for those of you who have sent in event posters for the magazines.

Our website has also undergone a makeover, courtesy of Gary our office neighbour at Computer FX, who has done a fabulous job of bringing it up to date. Here you will find everything that is in the magazine, including listings for local businesses, community groups and events.

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27 March 2014

A busy month...

It has been another exceptionally busy month for our businesses and community groups. The huge number of people who give up their time for free to make our local area a better place never ceases to amaze me. As ever, you can learn all about them in the Handy Mag.

This month is also special for being the 100th edition of the Handy Mag York. Thank you to all the businesses, readers  and community groups who have supported us over the years. We will be celebrating with a cake or two and maybe a tipple, and we have a huge Easter egg for you to win thanks to Mennells of Malton (see page 41 for competition details). My challenge is to not eat it before then, as it sits on my desk beside me.

100 editions will also be marked by the Handy Mag York reaching more homes, business and communities.  This month we would like to welcome readers in Skelton, Shipton by Beningbrough and Clifton Moor areas. We look forward to getting to know you.

After a hard day in the office, an escape for me is singing in a local choir called Harmonia. Harmonia Choir has been going for 5 years and is a 50-strong all-female community choir. We have performed all over Ryedale at concerts supporting local charities with songs ranging from rock to folk, musicals and even some classical. This spring we will be competing in our first competition at the Eskdale Festival, which is a bit nerve wracking to say the least! So good luck to Alison, our director, and all Harmonia Ladies for Saturday 12th April!

On the family front, another milestone is our daughter just turning 17 and wanting to drive. How costly is that! Our 14 year old Polo has been living on borrowed time for some years. My other half insisted it was a car full of character, resilience and miraculous self-healing properties, but I’d long stopped driving it for those very same reasons! The tipping point was reached when we realised how much could be saved on insurance for our daughter if we bought a group 1 insurance car. So now we have a tiny car, not very suitable for transporting two big dogs, or the food shopping, but at least it’s cheap on petrol!

Don’t forget to tell businesses and local group where you found them when you call.

Until next time…

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01 March 2014

Our March edition

It has been a challenging month moving into our new little office. Notwithstanding BT and energy companies we are finally in and settled and able to get to work properly on the Handy Mags this spring. Nicky has been busy getting organised putting together a schedule of local events for the whole year and there is a scary amount of events coming up this spring and summer. Keep reading your Handy Mag to make sure you don’t miss anything important!

Our puzzles were more than usually taxing last month as we managed to miss off 3 lines of letters from the wordsearch. I’d like to say sorry to all those people who thought they might be going mad! I usually check the puzzles before going to print but in a post-Christmas brain trauma I obviously didn’t check them well enough.

This month whilst you’re trying our puzzles or wondering if you need an eye test as you scour the pages for all 5 of our hidden cartoon characters, take time to look at all of the fabulous local businesses advertising in the magazine.

Despite the national news telling us that things are looking brighter, every pound spent locally, whatever the business, really matters. And of course make sure you tell them that you found them in the Handy Mag!

Don’t forget that the clocks go forward on Sunday 30th March but most of all don’t forget to show some appreciation for your Mum on
the same day!

Until next time…

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01 February 2014

The first Handy Mag of 2014

Already 1 month in and I hope you've had a good start.

For the Handy Mags, in getting the first edition to you, the New Year always starts with a flurry of activity and it is after only getting the magazines to print that I feel back to normal.

However, this New Year is with a difference for the HandyMag; and we're quite excited. Having run the magazines from home for many years, alongside the family dogs and being ever-available for the childrens' return from school, we happened upon an office in Malton that was simply too good to pass over. Next month I'll be talking to you about the merits of our more business-like situation and the drawbacks of not being able to work in slippers (and that applies to Nicky too!), in no longer mixing work with putting the washing on and having consultations with the dogs (great listeners). In all seriousness it will be good, making us much more accessible to businesses and the community we serve. I'm really excited, though I can see not sharing my lunch with the dogs and the easy supply of cakes and patisserie being a bit of an issue, especially post-Christmas!

Drop in and see us at 5a Market Street in Malton. There is free parking in the Market Place for 2 hours and when you've visited us, there are lots of lovely independent retailers to visit afterwards.

Anyway enough about us. This months' magazine includes an unprecedented number of articles about our local businesses and the events pages are bursting. Normally February is a quiet month; but this year we all seem to have hit the ground running. A year full of early promise and optimism!

Well done to Mr & Mrs Johnson and Mrs Thorpe for winning the November and December competitions.

Until next time

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01 December 2013

The last Handy Mag of 2013

The festive season is upon us once more and our local shops, business, churches and the community at large are busy getting ready to help you enjoy yourselves and get you safely through to the New Year. We have been overwhelmed in our efforts to cover every sort of event from carols to ceilidhs, markets, concerts, pantos and star gazing. All this alongside the myriad of local independent businesses that can cater for our every need at this time of year.

My luxury at this time of year is to take a month out as we do not produce a January issue.  This will be a welcome relief for me and my trusty team, Nicky and Phil, in rounding off our best year to date. Never have the Handy Mags been so full of businesses, community news and articles, and this gives us a good feeling that we are doing an ok job! But we can always improve and if you think we are missing something important or have any comments about the Handy Mag, please email or phone and let us know.  Being a small independent and local business we understand and share the issues faced by other local businesses and groups, and we like to think we work better together.

So in signing off for 2013 all that remains are some thank yous. To our local posties for every magazine posted in every letterbox in every corner of the delivery area; a truly remarkable service.  To the businesses that we have worked with and to the community groups amongst us that crowd the Handy Mag community section with local news and events.  And finally to our readers that diligently ‘Spot the Santas' and contact us at the Handy Mag with messages of support.

To all our readers, advertisers and community groups be festive, have fun, keep safe and have a very happy Christmas electric unicycle
and a fantastic New Year!

Until next time

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