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Local TV & Radio host Ryan Swain up for two Yorkshire Choice Awards:

January 2018

Flamingo Land Resort's Party in the Park host Ryan Swain has been nominated in two categories in the 2018 Yorkshire Choice Awards.

He has been nominated for Yorkshire Media Personality Of The Year and also the Kate Granger Outstanding Achievement Award, which recognises people who have given significant and lasting contributions to others.

Ryan lives in Malton, North Yorkshire with his partner Natalia and identical twin girls Ivy and Isla. The 26-year-old, who has also presented numerous other local radio and television shows also works to raise awareness of ADHD and mental health. Ryan kick-started his career at Flamingo Land Resort and has been seen performing at various events across the nation. He has become a social media star, going out to thousands of followers across the world online doing popular comedy videos about
mental health, parenting and entertainment.

Ryan has raised so much awareness and money to help various local and national charities over the years by taking part in different fundraising events, including the Great North Run and skateboarding from Malton to Scarborough and the Full Monty. He has devoted hundreds of hours to selflessly helping others who are in need and is always wanting to put something positive back in to his community.

Recognising local achievers, the Yorkshire Choice Awards aims to honour the region’s most inspirational local organisations, entrepreneurs and individuals.

Having raised more than £20,000 for local charities in the last two years, the duo behind the awards – Melanie Malcolm and Jo Maltby are aiming to raise even more this year for their chosen charity, St Gemma’s Hospice in Leeds.

Voters can select one person from each of the category sections, although they are limited to one voting form per IP address.

Votes can be made online at until March 16.
Winners will be announced at a gala dinner on April 13 at The Centenary Pavilions, Elland Road, in Leeds.

Anyone who would like to vote for Ryan can do so at

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This is why York needs York Rescue Boat

July 2017

York Rescue Boat, guided by police, rescued a woman from the River Ouse in the centre of York this weekend.

David Wilson, Training Manager, who was on the boat and involved in the rescue said:

Just after midnight on 30/07/2017 York Rescue Boat received a call passed through the 999 system alerting us to a ‘person on the wrong side of the safety railings’ by Cosmo restaurant in York. The team immediately deployed their boat and foot patrol team, who were already operational on a normal river safety shift covering the rivers Ouse and Foss in York. As the boat departed Queens Staith the call changed to ‘Person in the water’. The boat headed up stream to the search area and were quickly guided to the location by North Yorkshire Police Officers who were also just arriving on scene.

The casualty had already starting to go under from the effects of ‘Cold Water Shock’ and ‘Swim Failure’ when the boat arrived and was pulled into the boat by the crew members and medical assessments started. The river Ouse water temperature was 15 deg C and swollen by recent rain.

The boat transferred the casualty to the River Ouse Emergency Meeting Point by York City Cruises pontoon 1 on Kings Staith where they were met by North Yorkshire Police officers and a Yorkshire Ambulance Service Rapid Response Vehicle and Ambulance.

The casualty was handed into the care of YAS and the team returned to normal patrols.

About York Rescue Boat...

All York Rescue Boat team members are volunteers who patrol the rivers Ouse and Foss in York on a Friday and Saturday evening through to the early hours. They also provide a 24/7 call out team to assist North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue with water based incidents. The above incident is one of the scenarios we regularly train for as well as Land Based Rescues utilising throw bags, conducting foot and boat based missing person searches along the rivers, swim and Flood / Swift water rescues.

This year the 29 Operational Team members have attended 59 incidents, volunteered 3150 Operational hours and 1600 Training hours. In total, including the non-Operational Team, York Rescue Boat volunteers have donated just over 7000 volunteer hours to help keep the residents and visitors to York safe near the rivers.

York Rescue Boat also provide a National Flood Rescue Team alongside other Surf Life Saving GB (SLSGB) Flood Response Teams. They were last called out in January this year to coastal flooding in Scarborough and responded nationally in 2015 during storm Desmond and Eva.

Dave Horn, Operation Manager said:

“I am very proud to work with such a dedicated team of volunteers that give up thousands of hours of their own time to try and make the rivers of York safer. We are always asked about how many hours we volunteer a year, how much does it cost to run York Rescue Boat etc, but for the team there is only one figure that is important, and that is one, if all the hard work that we do saves one person’s life then everything else has been worth it.

Last year the team undertook over 12,000 volunteer hours on fundraising events and operational activities, this does not include the many hours not recorded in the planning, preparation and background tasks that are needed to be completed to keep the organisation running, which without such an enthusiastic and committed team would not be done. Not one person gets paid for their time all monies raised goes back in to the organisation for training and equipment. All this on top of their day jobs.”

Some Facts: -

Approximately £20,000 a year to run
Been running for 4 years
55 Volunteers, which includes fundraisers and operational members

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January 2017

Students from The Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts in York will be performing their production of Into The Woods Junior at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre on Saturday 21st January 2017.

Into The Woods Junior tells the story of much-loved fairy tale characters Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk) and The Witch, and many more, as they meet and interact on their journeys. Written by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, the musical has enjoyed great success across the world as well as the popular film of the same name.

The students from the Academy, who are all aged between six and eighteen, have been working on the production since the summer.

“The young performers who are involved in the production have been working really hard,” said Academy Principal James Aconley. “It really is a challenging show, but the students have loved the rehearsal process and now can’t wait to perform the show to families, friends and members of the public”.

Into The Woods Junior is PQA York PM’s first major public performance. “We have an exciting year ahead with masterclasses, exams and performance opportunities throughout the year. Our AM Academy have even been invited to perform at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London’s West End in May”, said James. “We can’t wait to start the year off with our production of Into The Woods at the YMCA Theatre”.

Into The Woods Junior will be performed at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre in York on Saturday 21st January 2017 with performances at 2.00pm and 7.30pm.

To book tickets, please visit or call the box office on 01904 501935. For more information about PQA visit

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The Little Mermaid at Kirk Theatre, Pickering

January 2017

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 with The Snow Queen.

He is no stranger to the role of director having directed and produced many shows for PMS over the years.

He said: “It’s great to be directing the pantomime again this year following our best ever season last year.”

The Little Mermaid is based on the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale of the same name.

Set in the kingdom of Denmark, Marina the mermaid, played by Courtney Brown, princess and daughter of Queen Neptune (Jess Hebron) rescues the Crown Prince Stefan from a shipwreck and falls in love with him.

She manages to persuade Octavia the evil Octopus to give her human legs in exchange for her beautiful voice.

Audiences will once again see society stalwart Marcus Burnside playing Queen Hypochondria together with her henpecked husband King Marmaduke played by Colin Wragg.

Colin has performed many times with Pickering Musical Society but this will be his pantomime debut.

Danielle Long will again take the role of principal boy together with Stephen Temple and Alice Rose reprising their comedy partnership as man servant to the prince and maid to the Queen.

An evil duet will be played by Niamh Rose and Fiona Rose and Maureen Symonds will again be the most wicked of characters.

The company are again supported by wonderful choreography and dancing from the Sarah Louise Ashworth School of Dance.

Pickering Musical Society is expecting another successful year, so much so that extra nights have been released to cope with demand.

The Little Mermaid runs from Friday 13th to Saturday 21st January. Tickets are available from the box office on 01751 474833 or

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New support for young homeless in Ryedale

October 2016

The youth homelessness charity SASH is delighted to welcome new colleague Nicky Taylor-Olsson, the latest member to join their team in North Yorkshire. Nicky, a resident of Pickering for 34 years, will be helping some of the most vulnerable young people in Ryedale and Scarborough and her first challenge is to find more volunteers to join SASH.

SASH works across North Yorkshire and offers accommodation and support for vulnerable 16 to 25 year olds with nowhere safe to stay by offering them a room in the home of a volunteer. The focus is on preventing homelessness, by ensuring that problems are resolved early on and enabling the young person to continue with their education or employment despite a crisis. The young people are then helped to move into their own, independent accommodation.

Nicky says: “Being in a home environment with dedicated support is the best solution for most young people who find themselves homeless. We are particularly short of hosts in the Malton area. No special skills are needed, you just need a spare room, an open mind and a willingness to help young people in your community. I would love to speak to any people in the local area who think they could help.”

For more information, visit or call the SASH office on 01904 652043

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Poppleton Railway Nursery

October 2016

Poppleton Railway Nursery would like to invite you to attend their Autumn Open Day on Saturday 1st October from 10am until 3pm.

This year has seen the 75th anniversary of the nursery, having been established in 1941 to grow plants and vegetables for the local stations and railway workers as part of the war effort.

Visitors to the nursery will be able to discover the history of the site and learn about the origins and uses of many of the buildings, the narrow gauge railway, wagons and trucks that are used to transport plants, compost and equipment around the nursery. The model railway will be in operation in the Museum that houses our archives and photographic collection; which will also be available to view.

Volunteers will be available to show you around the site and answer any questions you might have. There will be a sale of surplus stock; this includes furniture, tools, pots and other gardening equipment that the nursery has collected over the years. Perennials, shrubs, bedding plants, winter planters and baskets will be available to buy on the day. All profits will be ploughed back into the nursery in order to continue its work.
Tea coffee and homemade cake will be on sale for you to enjoy during your visit.

Please support the nursery on this day so that it can continue with its aims to restore the site and keep up its work with local health agencies providing a safe place for people to volunteer who are recovering from physical and mental health issues. It is hoped that the nursery will continue to develop and provide a valuable resource for the local community.

Visit the website for more details of open days & sale dates.,
email or call on 01904 797623 Twitter @PCRNPublicity
The Nursery, Station Road, Upper Poppleton, York, YO26 6QA

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Light up - Lock up

October 2016

By Jimmy Hannon, PCSO 5637

As summer comes to an end and the nights draw in, it is important to consider your home security. Many steps that you can take are obvious but put simply, if you remember to “Light Up – Lock Up”, then you will reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime.

A home in darkness is potentially a target for an opportunistic thief. If you are going out during the evening leave a light on in the property to give the impression that somebody is home as a deterrent. Leaving a light on for a few hours whilst you are out will only cost you a few pence and is far preferable to returning home to find that you have been the victim of a crime. Timer switches are inexpensive and easy to use and are readily available in DIY Stores and online.

Locking up is something that everybody should do although a large number of burglaries are committed through an unlocked door. An opportunistic thief will try your door and if it is unlocked could enter your property and steal items that we often leave in the hallway or very close to the front door. This only takes a couple of seconds and is easily prevented.

We all need to try and make sure that we do not leave items on display that will be a temptation for a thief. An expensive phone or laptop charging next to a window is a temptation therefore by removing this item from view you massively reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime.

Your local police teams are actively marking property across York. Events are advertised on Twitter and this is a great opportunity to have your valuables permanently marked using the Dot Peen equipment. This is a great deterrent and should you ever be the victim of a theft makes the chances of your property being returned to you much greater. You can also follow the online form on the North Yorkshire Police website to request an Officer attend to mark your property or alternatively contact your local Safer Neighbourhood Team who will be happy to arrange this for you.

You can also receive updates and information
by signing up to Community Messaging at

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October 2016

by Battle Flatts Veterinary Clinic

The lungworm (Angiostrongylus vasorum) is a parasite that can cause serious health problems in dogs and can even be fatal if not diagnosed and treated.

Slugs and snails carry the lungworm larvae, and dogs can become infected when they accidentally (or purposefully) eat these common garden pests whilst rummaging through undergrowth, eating grass, drinking from puddles or outdoor water bowls, or pick them up from their toys.

The lungworm Angiostrongylus vasorum is now endemic throughout much of the UK.

The signs of lungworm
Lungworm infections can result in a number of different signs, which may easily be confused with other illnesses, but improved detection methods including blood test and poo sampling mean more and more cases are now being confirmed.
Some dogs don’t initially show visible signs of infection but there are a few things to look out for. If your dog is displaying any of the signs below, consult your veterinary surgeon immediately.
Coughing, tiring easily, excessive bleeding from even minor wounds, nose bleeds, paleness around eyes and gums, weight loss, reduced appetite, sickness and diarrhoea, depression, lethargy and sometimes seizures (fits).

Some dogs will happily ignore a snail or slug, but many will want to investigate. Dogs have plenty of opportunities to come into contact with slugs and snails on walks. They hide in grass or under objects left in the garden, and seek out areas of moisture, such as outdoor water bowls, puddles and ponds. You can never be sure where they are lurking, but spring and autumn are peak times for slug and snail activity.

Prevention & treatment
Treatment is available and can result in full recovery, but as this parasite can be fatal it is important to consider prevention. Preventative products are available and with regular use prevention is easy to achieve.

Your veterinary surgeon can recommend a parasite control programme for your dog. If your dog eats slugs and snails, but is not showing any symptoms, arrange a check up as a precaution. Not all worming products are effective against this particular parasite

Lungworm & cats
Cats can become infected with another type of lungworm (Aelurostrongylus abstrusus). However, infections seem to be rare and the outcome tends to be not as severe as in dogs. If you are worried that your cat may be showing symptoms similar to those described for dogs (particularly coughing), speak to your vet.

Lungworm & humans
The lungworm (Angiostrongylus vasorum) is not known to infect humans. However, dogs and cats can carry roundworms, which can cause diseases in people, so make sure you keep your pet’s parasite protection programme up-to-date.

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Great quality seasoned logs and much Dalby Firewood

October 2016

“Quality is our middle name,” says Joseph Woodhead of Dalby Firewood. “Whether you’re looking for firewood, outdoor pizza ovens or hot tubs, we supply and deliver the best.”

Based at Low Marishes between Malton and Pickering, Joseph said: “We deliver to London, Leeds, Hull and all over the UK from our North Yorkshire base and delivery is FREE to the North Yorkshire area.”

As one of the UK’s most reputable suppliers of kiln-dried ash and seasoned hardwood logs, Dalby Firewood consistently supplies top-grade timber to their customers with their friendly, efficient service. All of the wood supplied by Dalby Firewood is certified with Woodsure, the UK’s only woodfuel quality assurance scheme. The scheme comprehensively checks wood fuel producers to ensure that they produce and supply wood fuel to the correct standard.

To ensure perfect burn quality, Dalby Firewood also tests for moisture before despatch and firewood is delivered bone-dry and ready to burn.

Joseph explained: “Seasoning means drying the wood out until it’s in prime burning condition. Freshly felled and chopped hardwood has about 50% moisture content. Trying to burn wood in this condition is harmful to the environment because it produces creosote, which can cause chimney fires. We season and dry our logs until the moisture content is 20% or less. This makes them 60% more energy efficient than at the time of felling, and guarantees an efficient, carbon neutral fuel that burns with a clean, bright flame. No seasoning, no roaring fire!

“Our hardwood logs - oak, ash, birch and beech - are supplied and stored separately ensuring our customers receive the best quality logs for their purposes.”

Delivery is made within five working days, dependent on location and the time of year as the team are generally busier during the colder months. Local delivery drop-off vehicles fit down most driveways and the delivery team will leave the logs in the bag without mess or stress. Crate deliveries are also arranged at a time to suit.

Pizza Ovens and Hot Tubs
Pizza just tastes better when it’s cooked outdoors! Dalby Firewood are proud authorised dealers for Alfa Pizza and their refractory wood fired pizza ovens are also great for barbecues, grills, roasts and desserts.

If you dream of relaxing in your own backyard haven, looking up at the sky, glass of wine in hand then Dalby firewood’s new Naked Flame Eco-Tubs would be a great investment and great for chilling out with your loved ones, whatever the weather.

Hot tubs are beautifully handcrafted in either spruce, larch or ThermoWood with stainless steel and all tubs come with a free bag of kiln dried hardwood.

Visit for more information and details on all their products, including wood crates, bulk bags and nets, kindling and natural firelighters. Or give Dalby Firewood a call on 01653 668177.

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The Island - Enhancing the quality of life for vulnerable children and young people in York

October 2016

The Island is a registered charity in York which works with vulnerable children and young people between the ages of 8 to 13, or 8 to 18 if the young person has a disability.

The charity links the children and young people with fully-trained volunteer mentors, who, by means of weekly activity sessions, offer one-to-one support outside of school and the family home for a full year. This consistent space and time offered to the children and young people on a weekly basis helps them to address problems and to work through other difficulties.

For children who face adversity in their lives (such as family breakdown or disability), growing up can be especially tough. Having someone who will meet with them regularly, build up a relationship, have fun and provide help with making positive choices can have a life-long influence.

The Island currently has three areas of operation:
• One-to-one mentoring with volunteer mentors.
• North Island and South Island are two fortnightly clubs for children and young people awaiting a volunteer mentor
• School Based Mentoring in Primary Schools during term time
This volunteer service is a series of projects for the community provided by the community, offering mentoring opportunities using volunteers from the local universities and the community.

Like many charities, The Island is dependent on donations, legacies and fundraising events for selecting, training and supervising volunteer mentors, to ensure they continue this vital and unique work in York, which since being formed back in 2007 has mentored over 400 children and young people.

To find out more please contact them on 01904 628449, email or visit

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Stape Silver Band - Pickering's local band

October 2016

Stape Silver Band have had another really busy year. The Spring/Summer programme started in April at the Pickering Memorial Hall and featured the training band as well as players from the Junior school with their tutor Jeannette Kendall. The band then went on to perform at Scarborough’s Peasholm Park in June and at the Filey Bandstand in July. Thornton le Dale welcomed the Brass Band again at concerts on The Green on 24th July and 7th August.

On the 10th September the band played at the Kirk Theatre in Pickering to a ‘Proms Evening’ theme, playing music by R Vaughan Williams, Elgar, Parry and traditional brass band music.

The Band will play on Smiddy Hill during Saturday afternoon of the Pickering War Weekend. The programme will feature music from the wartime era which is always popular with the audience.
On 18th December, the Band hosts its own annual concert for Yorkshire Cancer Research in Pickering Parish Church at 2pm. This year is the 50th anniversary of giving these concerts and they are planning an extra special event to celebrate.

New players are always very welcome, so if you are interested in playing, please contact Mike Breckon on 01751 472224. The band has a training band which practices on a Tuesday evening so if you wish to learn, whatever age you are, come and join us. Instruments are provided and tuition given.

More details on our website

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Summer's Sojourn

October 2016

by The Pastoral Poet

She came with bridal blossomed May,
And soon festooned the woodland way,
Where blooms in splendid disarray,
Claimed each and every empty space.

Cattle browsed on rolling swards,
Where swallows hawked in cheery hordes.
The laden hay wains lurched towards
The lanes, set fair with ‘Queen Anne’s lace’.

In azure skies, the lark held sway,
And sang his heart out day by day.
That selfsame sky is mute today,
With frowning, leaden clouds in place.

The thistle’s once proud purple crown,
Has tousled plumes of wispy down,
And trees have donned a golden gown,
The changing year moves on apace.

Now weary fields are under plough,
And furrowed, like a troubled brow.
The Summer is withdrawing now
Into her silent carapace.

Clive Milson

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Finding Jesus

October 2016

Monthly column by Andy Boxall, Minister of Elim Ryedale Church

While walking around RED5: the gadget shop, I came across a book called, ‘Finding Jesus’. To be honest, at the time I wasn’t looking for Jesus, but it got my attention. I was looking for inspiration for Christmas presents, and yes there are less than 100 shopping days to go.

‘Finding Jesus’ was based on the ‘Where’s Wally’ format and I couldn’t resist, I had to buy a couple of copies for some unsuspecting friends of mine, who probably aren’t looking for Jesus either.

I have really enjoyed writing a monthly article for the Handymag but sadly this will be my last article. While you are sitting reading this, we will be relocating to be the new minister at an Elim church in Selly Oak, Birmingham. I have mixed emotions including excitement, fear and sadness as we leave the many friends we have made during our 10 years in Ryedale. Birmingham will be very different and I will have lots to learn but one theme of my work will continue: I hope to help people find Jesus!

Through the articles I’ve written I’ve shared some silly stories and some of my observations on life but my aim was to help people stop, think and even discover Jesus. Finding faith, hope and love in a broken world can seem impossible but I’ve found them. I believe my job as a minister is to encourage and help the church to be the hands and feet of Jesus and put faith, hope and love into action. We work hard at Elim Ryedale Church to serve our community trying to meet genuine needs because we believe that’s what Jesus would do. Our job is never to discriminate, judge or to tell people what to believe, but through faithful and consistent service we hope curiosity will stir people to ask the question: why? Why do you do the things you do, to which we will reply: to help people find Jesus!

Thank you for reading these articles and for the many encouraging comments I’ve received. Like my unsuspecting friends who will get a book for Christmas, you may not be looking for Jesus, but be careful, He may just be looking for you!

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RV Roger Nurseries Annual Apple Weekend

October 2016

Saturday 8th to Sunday 9th October 2016

You know the apples that you buy at the supermarket? Those, where there are usually only the same 4 or 5 varieties all year round, many of which are imported from across the globe? Well, instead of that, if you visit the RV Roger plant centre in Pickering on the 8th and 9th October, you will be able to join in celebrating the richness and diversity of British grown fruit, in their annual Apple Weekend. The plant centre will have displays of more than 200 fruit, including many rare and heritage varieties, and there’ll be fruit experts on hand, who you can talk to about all aspects of choosing fruit to grow in your garden, so that you can have apples you can really taste!.

Admission to the Plant Centre and the apple displays will be free, and the gates will be open from 10am to 5pm, with activities and demonstrations throughout the weekend. Hot drinks and tasty snacks will be available, as well as apple juicing demonstrations (and tastings!) from the Kirkbymoorside Fruit Group.

There will be the opportunity to talk to fruit experts from RV Roger, who can help you choose the right type of fruit trees for your garden or orchard, and select the varieties that best suit your taste. In addition, you can watch demonstrations of how to prune your fruit trees to get the best out of them, and get advice on what to do about pests and problems.

The old adage of ‘An apple a day, keeps the doctor away’ has been strengthened recently by research from Oxford University. Apples contain lots of Vitamin C which aids the immune system, and phenols which help to reduce cholesterol. They also reduce tooth decay by cleaning one’s teeth and killing off bacteria. And, although nine in 10 of us do manage to eat at least one portion a day, Dr Adam Briggs and his colleagues from the British Heart Foundation’s Health Promotion Research Group at Oxford University, say that we would all benefit from eating more. By their calculations, if adults of all ages ate an extra portion of fruit or veg a day, as many as 11,000 heart-disease related deaths could be averted each year.

Apple celebrations have been growing in popularity since Apple Day was initiated by Common Ground 25 years ago. Common Ground describe the day as a way of celebrating and demonstrating that variety and richness matter to a locality. Common Ground has used the apple as a symbol of the physical, cultural and genetic diversity we should not let slip away. In linking apples with their place of origin, they hope that orchards will be recognized and conserved for their contribution to local distinctiveness, including the rich diversity of wild-life they support. And RV Roger hope to encourage this by stocking more than 200 varieties of apple, pear, quince, mulberry and plum, including many local and regional varieties not found anywhere on the supermarket shelf!

Highlights of the Apple Weekend will include:
• A display of more than 200 varieties of fruit
• An opportunity to watch or take part in pruning demonstrations,
• And, to get advice from experts on the growing of fruit
• Books and tools available
• Apple identification
• Apple juicing and sampling from the Kirkbymoorside Fruit Group

RV Roger Ltd, The Nurseries, Malton Road, Pickering, YO18 7JW
T: 01751 472226
Free admission and free car parking, and level access throughout.

Opening times: Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th October from 10am to 5pm each day

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Bomb Happy - Railway in Wartime Play

October 2016

New for 2016, The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is working with York Normandy Veterans and Everwitch Theatre to create an innovative new verbatim play as part of the annual Railway in Wartime event. The play will be based on the first hand experiences of D-Day and the subsequent battles to liberate France by the last five living members of York Normandy Veterans. ‘Bomb Happy’ will be performed on the 12th, 13th and 14th October at 8pm at Pickering Station, Platform 2, in an original 1930’s historic railway carriage.

This extraordinary new play, built from testimonies of the last remaining York Normandy Veterans, explores through first hand experiences how at the tender age of 18 years these ordinary young conscripts found themselves part of the Normandy Landings.

“The noise was horrific. We used to say we were bomb happy…after several months of constant shelling, you begin to get-it’s not shell shock – but we used to say we were bomb happy. And I could just feel that starting in myself, and I had to get out…” (excerpt from play).

One such veteran, George Meredith, volunteered at the NYMR for 10 years restoring wagons, and has this month been presented with the Legion D’Honneur medal by senior personnel of the French Armed Forces, honouring his bravery. Aged just sixteen years old when he signed up for the army, George explains, “My friends who were eighteen went and signed up, and I didn’t want to be left behind! We wanted to fight for our country. The York Normandy Veterans are all getting older – there are only five of us left now. So it’s important to us that this project happens so that younger generations will know about our experiences.”

Chris Price, General Manager at the railway said “The play is of vital importance as it documents what a great contribution the Normandy veterans have made to all our lives. The play uses the actual words of the veterans thus giving first-hand accounts of D-Day and battles in France, Belgium and Holland”.

The play will be created from interviews with the York Normandy Veterans documenting their experiences of D-Day and the subsequent battles to liberate Europe, together with archived interviews held at York Explore. Tickets cost £15 per person, contact Customer Services on 01751 472508 and This is a static 60-minute performance (It does not include a rail journey). Rehearsed reading of a brand new play.

For further information on Railway in Wartime visit

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October 2016

by Mary Mahon

Our lives are in constant turbulence; currently many students are moving into their new university lives, people move jobs, move house, move schools. Change in life is inevitable, so one way of creating comfort is through a sense of familiarity. Memories are a vital part of humanity - they’re the sole reason we have advanced so far! Yet whilst remembering something seems so simple, the mechanisms of memories are vastly complex…

Often the memories that appear so vivid to us are the ones we don’t want to remember. Unfortunately, experiences of fear can linger with us and years later people can still be haunted by childhood fears that plague their dreams, or traumatising moments of public humiliation remain. So why does our brain simply not erase or diminish these miserable memories and store the moments that gave us such a rush of positive emotion?

Our memories are prioritised by emotion, so memories with strong feelings are resilient in our minds regardless of whether they’re positive or negative. Our personal memories are divided and organised into ‘chapters’ in our brain - essentially creating a cellular storybook of our life.

Yet whilst our brains are very good at organisation, scientists have also recognised that false memories are very easy to implant. In theory, our entire lives could subconsciously be reinvented! If a seed of an idea is subconsciously planted in our mind, or an uncertain question is asked, our brain will develop it or invent details, coming up with new ‘false’ memories. The more we recall memories, the more distorted from the truth they become through being remembered slightly different each time – almost like a game of Chinese whispers!

However, whilst false memories may seem like a scary concept, and our old, painful memories of loss, humiliation, rejection or fear may still affect us to this day, it is important to remember that your memories are what make you who you are. Bad or good, happy or sad, real or invented, all our experiences and memories affect us, so embrace them all, because they’ve helped to make you who you are today.

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Physical prints are still an integral aspect of digital photography according to Paul Crick Fine Art Photographer.

October 2016

Paul says that traditionally photographers, including how he started himself many years ago, recorded images onto film stock, which needed to be developed and printed in order for the image to be viewed.

In this digital age you are probably more used to looking at images on your smart phone, computer screen or sharing low quality images on social media sites; this has largely become the way that people think of photographs these days.

Paul thinks that a lot of people have lost sight of how impressive a large well printed and framed image looks on the wall. This fine art image is 90cm x 120cm or
4’ x 3’ in old money, it makes a statement focal point and looks stunning on any wall.

Although Vivien and Paul do work in colour, the black and white fine art prints that they specialise in are simply brilliant. These fine art prints are dependant upon the quality of the lighting to create the light and shade, which creates the depth and contrast in the images. To facilitate this their well equipped photographic studio is completely blacked out, ensuring total control over the lighting.

Once the images have been developed they also need to be printed and framed to a very high standard; this sort of quality is not found with a high street printing service, so to ensure the quality of their prints, they have invested in a large format photo printer and do their own in- house fine art printing.

They get their frames made with a local craftsman and mount the images into them themselves to ensure the quality and confidentiality - but you would expect nothing less from a skilled and professional photographer.

Digital images are fine for their intended purpose, you will receive some together with the video compilation that Paul puts together of your shoot. These are placed on the memory stick that is positioned in the bottom of your luxurious hand made presentation box. The box also contains the printed physical images that are mounted in strut mounts as part of their photographic packages.

Please see: for full details, or call Paul or Vivien on 01653 668110 to discuss your requirements.

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Ryedale Book Festival

October 2016

The weekend kicks off on Friday evening in Helmsley with Yorkshire poet, broadcaster and comedian Ian McMillan and Cartoonist of the Year, Tony Husband. The two funny men will be cooking up poems and cartoons with help from the audience – suitable for anyone aged 7 to 107!

Local expert on Dyslexia, Barbara Pavey will be speaking on her specialist subject of Dyslexia in Children in the Malton Library whilst Andy Seed entertains the more mature members of the community with his newly published poems for OAPS! Both of these events are free.

Those people seeking a rare “literati” experience should book early to secure a seat at a luncheon table with American author, Man Booker judge and former literary editor of The Times Erica Wagner.

Saturday night promises more laughter from two talented young women; Nat Luurtsema and performance poet Hollie McNish followed by a bedtime story for grown-ups told by Ian Douglas.
As always there are a host of imaginative and affordable activities for children and families including pottery painting, biscuit decorating, slam poetry and much more. Teens can enjoy meeting Irish writer E.R. Murray and the author of summer hit “Girl out of Water.

Festival Director, Sarah Tyson says, “This year’s programme is very much the result of a community effort. This makes our literature event so unique. We have managed to include subjects that we hope have relevant and are therefore of interest to a local interest.

“We are once again grateful to the volunteers who work throughout the year to make it happen and of course the contribution of the local businesses should be acknowledged because without their generosity and support the festival could not continue.”

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Tractor run raises £92,000 for Air Ambulance

October 2016

Representatives of the Beadlam Charity Tractor Run held in May this year recently presented a cheque for over £8,000 to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance bringing the amount raised over the last 14 years to a staggering £92,686.
Organiser Bernard Simpson said “When we held the first run in 2002 we were hoping to have 100 entries and to raise £3,000 for the Air Ambulance, but the event has grown in popularity over the years, and we now regularly have over 200 tractors coming to take part from as far afield as Scotland, Liverpool, Newark, Retford, and the Lake District.

The 50 mile scenic ride through many villages and market towns of our beautiful Ryedale countryside is a great day out for the participants whose entry fees and sponsorship along with collections from the crowds of spectators along the route have helped to raise a substantial sum for a very worthwhile charity. We are very grateful to all those who take part, and in particular to all our helpers - stewards, clerks, caterers and collectors who give so much of their time to make it such a success.

Next year will be our 15th anniversary and we are hoping to reach the £100,000 mark”.

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International Stars And Home Grown Talent At Milton Rooms

October 2016

From puppets on a string to wrestlers in the ring and classical clarinet to big band beat, the Milton Rooms has it all in store for October.

Opening on Friday 7th October with York-based clarinettist Jonathan Sage and London’s Keat’s String Trio joining forces for a concert of 18th century music featuring works by Mozart, Krommer and Crussell.

Pickering’s Becky Mills brings her melodious voice and acoustic guitar on 14th October. As a former member of the award-winning band Waking the Witch she has played Glastonbury and Cambridge Folk Festivals.

Megaslam wrestling returns on 22nd October for a feast of family fun and thrills in the ring. Last year’s show proved a rip-roaring success and a host of top names from the world of grunt, groan and glitz will battle it out again.

Theatrical Niche, renowned for its adaptations of classic texts, brings its own brand of high-energy theatre on 28th October, to re-tell the haunting story of Christopher Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus and his battle with the devil. Exquisite puppetry, imaginative staging and circus artistry combine to make this a highly visual, fast-moving and often funny production suitable for audiences from 12 years and over.

Multi-instrumentalist and songwriter from Scarborough, Tom Townsend, is one of the area’s best-loved and most versatile performers. A special night on 29th October sees Tom and the 7-piece band pulling out all the stops to make a performance to remember.

Tickets for all shows are available from the box office in Malton or by telephone 01653 696240. Special family discounts are available for some events.

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