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The Budget - good news or bad news?

August 2015

Phil Kitchen is a Chartered Accountant and director at PCLG, Chartered Accountants, one of York’s longest established firms of Accountants.

The Chancellor has set out a budget intended for the “working people”, but what does that mean for the small business owner?

Living Wage
With a gradual increase in the minimum wage for over 25’s, from the current £6.50 to £9 per hour by 2020, this is a great social move in terms of setting a pay level which reflects the real cost of living. However, this may not be good news for businesses where often the main cost to them is that of employment. It may discourage smaller business from employing people or from setting up at all. It could also force businesses to increase their prices.

Corporation Tax Cuts
Good news for all limited company businesses is the reduction in the rate of corporation tax to 19% in 2017 and 18% in 2020. This should encourage businesses to grow and make Britain more attractive.

Dividend Tax Changes
A tax free allowance of £5,000 for dividend income is good news for the small time investor, but bad news for director/shareholders who take the bulk of their income as dividends. Simply put, dividends over £5,000 will attract 7.5% tax for basic rate tax payers, and 32.5% tax for higher rate tax payers. Those who have historically taken smaller salaries and dividend income below the higher rates of tax, from April 2016, will be pushed into paying a tax bill, which could be in the £1000s. The increased tax bill outweighs the tax saving from the reduced corporation tax rates. This will certainly make trading as a limited company less lucrative.

Employment Allowance
The increase in the Employment Allowance to £3,000 off an employer’s National Insurance bill is good news for those who employ staff, but bad news for companies where the only employee is the director. From April 2016, the Employment Allowance will no longer be available to these types of businesses.

Annual Investment Allowance
It was announced that the amounts qualifying for tax relief on the purchase of plant and equipment is to be £200,000, which is better than the £25,000 which was due to come into force. This should encourage business to make capital expenditure.

Bad news for landlords, as from April 2017, interest on buy to let mortgages will only be given at the basic rate of tax. This could more than half the amount of tax relief available to landlords paying the higher rates of tax.

A mixed bag – with small owner managed businesses seeming to take the brunt of the changes. The cuts in corporation tax certainly don’t make up for the loss of the Employment Allowance and increases in personal income tax bill of those taking income as dividends.

For more information on how the budget is going to affect your business, contact us now for a FREE Initial Consultation with a Director (no obligation) email, call 01904 558300 or visit for more information.

PCLG, Chartered Accountants is a friendly York based firm of Accountants offering a complete range of accountancy, tax, audit and business services throughout Yorkshire

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Get Hands on with History at Malton Museum

July 2015

The 25th Festival of Archaeology 2015 runs from 11-26 July with over 1,000 events nationwide, organised by museums, heritage organisations, national and countryside parks, universities, local societies, and community archaeologists.

Malton Museum is taking part with a series of educational and entertaining talks to showcase Malton’s Roman links.

Ever wondered what was it like to be ill as a roman living in a town like Malton? Were there doctors? On 16th July, Dr Nick Summerton will be in the Assembly Room, Yorkersgate, at 7.30pm giving a talk on Roman Medicine and its relevance to modern practice. Dr Summerton is a GP in East Yorkshire, with an interest in Roman Medicine, and has lectured and published books on the subject.
This free event promises to be a fascinating introduction for everyone to a little-known aspect of Roman life.
If being outside and getting involved is more your thing, then why not enrol on a Tour of Orchard Fields?

Join Dr Rick Jones of Leeds University where he will explain and bring to life the living history of Malton’s Roman Fort and the lives of the soldiers and people who lived and worked there.

Tours will be held at 10.30am and 2pm on 18th July. Admission is £5 which includes a copy of ‘Roman Malton’.

Malton Museum, an Accredited Museum and a Registered Charity, holds a nationally important collection of Roman artefacts, mainly from the Malton Roman fort and town, and from Langton Villa.

Family Summer Workshops at the Museum:

To book please call 01653 691262 or email

30 July: Making clay pots. Get messy creating your own Roman face pot to take home.

6 August: Optical toys (Woodhams-Stone Group). A look at moving images. How do these Victorian toys work?

13 August: Saxon Event. Come and see the Saxon Princess Exhibition and make your own jewellery. Spend the morning as a Saxon.

20 August: Get weaving. Make your own item to take away.

27 August: Medieval Knights and other stuff! Design your own coat of arms and seal.

Workshops run from 10am to 12 noon at Subscription Rooms, Yorkersgate.

£1 per adult, 50p per child. £2.50 for family of 2 children 2 adults. Children under 6 must be accompanied by an adult.

The Museums Education Team also hit the road with their Roman Road Show, linking up with Ryedale libraries on the theme of ‘Graffiti and Gladiators’. A look at the way the Romans used wax tablets, ink and scrolls.

4 August Helmsley Library
5 August Kirbymoorside Library
24 August Pickering Library
26 August Malton Library

So, whether you are a keen archaeologist, are fascinated in uncovering the past, or just looking for something to keep the kids entertained, plan a visit to Malton Museum this summer where they can help you explore and bring history back to life!

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In pain or anxious? Try Acupuncture

July 2015

Traditional Acupuncture can help treat a wide range of ailments, including arthritis, stress, back pain, IBS, headaches, depression, anxiety and many more.

Tsering Jones has been practising traditional acupuncture for over 10 years. She saw the benefits of it while practising as a medical doctor and this inspired her to retrain in Traditional Chinese Medicine. She now practices from clinics near Malton, Helmsley and Kirby Moorside. She also teaches Acupuncture at the Northern College of Acupuncture.

Traditional acupuncture has been practised for thousands of years in the Far East and is now practised all over the world. More and more people are benefitting from acupuncture which is increasingly being accepted as a recognised treatment option within standard healthcare.
Scientific studies have shown that acupuncture helps ease pain in a wide range of ailments such as migraine, arthritis, back pain, etc. Many people also have regular acupuncture to maintain their health and increase vitality and emotional wellbeing.

It is a very gentle treatment involving insertion of very fine needles into various parts of the body. These needles work by stimulating the flow of energy through the body and helps to promote the bodies’ natural healing capability. Tsering says that most people are very surprised by how relaxing the treatment is. A session lasts from 45- 60 mins.

Tsering is a member of the British Council of Acupuncture which is the governing body that oversees and guarantees the professional standards of its members.

Contact Tsering Jones on 07876 827 176 to make an appointment at one of her three clinics across the Ryedale area. You can also email her on
Tsering Jones is a member of the British Acupuncture Council and is recognised by most private health insurers.

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Superhero and Princess Party at Burton Agnes Hall

July 2015

On Sunday 26th July, Burton Agnes Hall will host a Superhero and Princess Party, for visitors of all ages to enjoy free activities including superhero magic shows, princess pampering, bouncy castles, balloon modelling, a superhero assault course - and popular superhero and princess characters will make an appearance on the day!

Partygoers can also enjoy a thrilling treasure hunt, navigate the maze, play giant games in the walled garden, chill out in the children’s corner, and search for animal figures and woodland creatures in the woodland walk.

Children are also invited to take part in the fancy dress competition, with fabulous prizes for the best dressed Superhero and Princess.

Bring a picnic rug if you like, and enjoy fabulous food and locally roasted coffees from the courtyard’s cafe. Our recently restored 1963-vintage ice cream van will be serving scrumptious locally made ice cream, whilst billowing out nostalgic tunes!

The Hall will be open for you to discover, too. In the courtyard you’ll find original treats and seasonal produce in our Gift Shop and Home & Garden Shop, home grown plants for sale, and local artists showing their original work in the Gallery.

Come join the fun at Burton Agnes on Sunday 26th July!

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Join the fun at Piglets

July 2015

There are plenty of fabulous activities to keep your children entertained this summer at Piglets Adventure Farm Park.

Water Wars are everyday throughout the summer holidays, 18th July –31st August. Have fun soaking your friends with water bomb wars!

On your marks, get set, Oink! Watch “Lester piglet”, “Against all Hogs” and all the other porcine racers take on the “Pork-shire Hurdle” in our Pig Racing every day throughout the summer.

Our Maize Maze is open everyday throughout the summer holidays. Complete the maze mission by successfully navigating your way through our tricky maize maze.

Come and Meet Tractor Ted. Tractor Ted will be driving to Piglets on 28th and 29th July. Broom Broom!

There’s Farmyard fun with colourful comedy magic from The Magic Hatter with amazing tricks and summer silliness! Selected dates through the summer holidays, see our website for more details.

As well as these you’ll also find loads of other things to do including tractor & trailer rides, a giant sandpit, bouncing pillows, crazy golf, go karts and a football zone. And that’s all before you see the animals! You’ll find lots out in the paddocks and in the animal barn you can see rabbits, guinea pigs, chicks, pigmey goats and much much more.

There’s also a fabulous onsite cafe or grill for re-fuelling!

Piglets Adventure Farm Park, Towthorpe Grange, York, YO32 9ST
T: 01904 499183

Child £6.95, Adult £5.95, Concessions £4.95, Family £24, Under 1s Free

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Aromatherapy Massage at Gaia Holistix

July 2015

Gaia Holistix help people to help themselves, and one way they can do this is through Aroma Massage.

Based in the Ryedale village of Great Barugh, Vivien McGlashan and Paul Crick offer a range of therapies, which also includes Indian Head Massage, Reflexology and many more.

Practitioner Vivien combines the beneficial properties of a gentle, full body massage with carefully selected pure essential oils, creating an enjoyable and relaxing natural healing session.

Vivien explained: “Aroma massage assists with numerous ailments, as the oils enhance the body’s natural healing processes.

“After an initial consultation and allergy check, I then formulate the oils for a bespoke aroma and purpose. We have our base massage oil to which we add two or three essential oils that are suitable for the person and their particular condition.
I am also keen that clients like the fragrance of the oils we select, so the treatment is beneficial and
relaxing to all the senses.”

Due to the fact the oils are also absorbed through the skin, this treatment is not suitable for women in their first trimester of pregnancy.

And if a full body massage isn’t possible, then shorter sessions are available for the head and face, or for a neck, shoulder and back massage.

The initial consultation incurs a low-cost of just £5.

A 30-minute aroma massage session costs £30. A 60-minute ‘50/50’ aroma massage and reflexology session costs £45.
A full-70 minute healing session costs £50.

The pure essential oils which Vivien uses in her aroma massage are natural, condensed extracts from flowers, herbs, fruits and other part of plants that are applied to the body during a session.

Vivien’s skilled massage technique along with essential oils stimulates a natural healing process, which in turn promotes physical, mental and emotional well being for the whole person.

Vivien said: “When essential oils are blended, they create a synergy, a combined effect which is more powerful than individual oils alone. We only use high quality pure essential oils, ensuring everyone receives the maximum natural healing properties from them.”

Vivien & Paul, Old Church House, Great Barugh, Malton, YO17 6UZ
Tel: 01653 668110 |

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Dancing is the poetry of the foot

July 2015

Stuart Moore has clients from all walks of life, all ages, men and women: farmers, brides-to-be, diabetic patients, older ladies, runners and shop workers.

He believes there are 4 main reasons why people develop problems with their feet:
• a new activity such as taking up running
• a new pair of shoes – perhaps for your big day
• the job you do - one that maybe requires you standing for long hours
• simply getting older and the changes that happen

So where do you turn? Well, to someone like Stuart Moore, a foot health professional. He can treat corns, calluses and cracked heels and is happy to give advice on all foot problems like fungal nail infections. “Fungal nail infections are so common but people might feel embarrassed. They mustn’t be. There is nothing I haven’t seen and there is a lot that can be done”, says Stuart.

Stuart’s mantra is – it will take as long as it needs to. If it is a persistent problem, Stuart is committed to getting it sorted until his client is completely happy. Best of all, Stuart will come to you, when it suits you, from the beginning of the working day right through until early evening.

A professional who takes his work seriously and wants to know about the latest and best techniques and approaches in foot health care, Stuart actively takes all the training on offer and he is a member of The Association of Foot Health Practitioners as well as the Open College of Foot Professionals.

So, don’t hold back in getting your feet looked at. If you need some relief from any discomfort, or want your feet smartened up, call Stuart. He’s on hand to help fix your feet wherever you are in Ryedale and Scarborough.
Call Stuart on 01723 374668 or 07855 190082

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Thinking about an apprenticeship? - Derwent Training Association

July 2015

Derwent Training Association, based in Malton are starting their campaign to recruit candidates for over 60 apprenticeship vacancies which employers have placed with them.

The apprenticeships are in all disciplines of Engineering including Mechanical Manufacturing, Electrical/Electronic, Maintenance, Fabrication and Welding, CAD Design and Project/Quality Engineering.

John Brockett, General Manager of DTA said “At DTA we are currently seeing an unprecedented demand for Engineering Apprentices from local employers. Last year we placed 61 young people in apprenticeships with employers from across the region; from Knaresborough to Bridlington and from Whitby to Riccal. So far this year we have over 60 vacancies and this figure is rising each week. These are all real jobs, with real prospects, an apprentice is paid during their training and once qualified there is the potential for any apprentice to earn good money and to progress their career in any number of directions”.

With an aging skilled workforce approaching retirement age, a buoyant engineering sector, combined with the proposed investment by Siemens in Hull and the Potash Mine in North Yorkshire, the demand for skilled engineers will only continue to increase.

By offering apprenticeships, DTA not only open the door to these exciting opportunities, it encourages young people to stay in this area and contribute to the local economy.

If you are a young person looking for a change in direction or a school leaver who is considering an engineering apprenticeship or you are unsure about what step to take next, whether you go on to higher education or look for work, contact DTA, they are happy to arrange for individuals or groups to visit them in Malton.

Visit the DTA website or call 01653 697698

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National Youth Jazz Orchestra visits Malton to help get the next generation swinging!

July 2015

There’s a rare taste of classic Big Band Jazz at the Milton Rooms, Malton this July as the National Youth Jazz Orchestra visit to give a combined concert and workshop for talented young jazz musicians from the Ryedale area.

NYJO is famous as a showcase for the country’s best young and emerging jazz musicians, and also for its unique, swinging big-band sound. Fans of both classic Big Band jazz and more modern jazz stylings are in for a treat.

The afternoon workshop with local young musicians starts at 3.30pm, and is open to the public with free-entry. It features young musicians from Ryedale School, lead by Head of Music Andrew Moxon, who said, “Having the chance to play with the outstanding emerging Jazz musicians from NYJO is an amazing opportunity for our local young players in Ryedale.”

Founded in 1965, NYJO is one of Britain’s longest-running ensembles for young people under 25 playing big-band jazz. Featuring twenty-three musicians from around the UK, they have performed at the Barbican Hall in London, Symphony Hall in Birmingham and Usher Hall in Edinburgh; toured Europe, the USA, Australia and New Zealand; and have often appeared on TV and radio. Famous alumni include players such as Guy Barker MBE, Mark Nightingale, Gerard Presencer, Pete Long, Dennis and Winston Rollins and even Amy Winehouse.

So head to the Milton Rooms on 21st July for an unmissable evening of Big Band classics and outstanding jazz performance by the best young players in town... or any town!

‘The combination of youthful intensity and pinpoint accuracy can be quite overwhelming… the playing, both solo and ensemble, makes it outstanding by any standards’ – The Observer

Tuesday 21st July 2015
Workshop 3.30pm. Concert 7:00pm
The Milton Rooms, Malton, North Yorkshire YO17 7LX

Box Office
Tickets: £20 / £10 Under 25s
Telephone: 01751 475 777
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Emily... On Summer Holidays

July 2015

The six week summer holidays have always been my favourite time of year. The two weeks at Easter and Christmas never seemed to suffice, always hinting at the possibility of freedom but always ending before it became a reality. Before you knew it you were back at school with shirts that were miles too big but your mum promised you would grow into and ‘back to school’ stationery deals.

That’s where summer always felt different. Six weeks feels like forever when you’re ten years old. More than a month with no school! The possibilities were endless. My memories of summer holidays are stained with sticky ice cream fingers at Scarborough beach, my dad stood proudly at the BBQ or being crammed in the back seat of the car with my two sisters (after the usual fight to decide who would sit in the middle seat) heading off to an unknown destination that seemed impossibly exciting. Summer felt like an adventure.

Growing up, your relationship with summer evolves like everything else. Now, to me and teenagers across the country, summer means the end of exams. It means freedom in a more grown up and mature kind of way. A time we can peel the revision posters off the walls, uncurl our spines from where they have been hunched over our desks for months.

It means festival season! In Ryedale we are incredibly lucky to live so close to one of the biggest festivals in the UK: Leeds festival. This year will be the third time I have attended, each time I go promising myself never again. But I can never seem to stay away! Leeds is a weekend of a hole in the ground acting as your toilet and maximum of two hours sleep a night, but also music and fun and friends. And of course, lots and lots of mud.

Come rain or shine (let’s be honest: usually rain) the summer holidays act as both a full stop and capital letter. A time to say goodbye to the past year, and say hello to something new. Also, a chance to have a little bit of fun in between!

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Retire in Haste, Repent in Leisure - PenLife Associates

July 2015

Unprecedented changes to pensions mean you now have more freedom in how and when you access your pensions.

This freedom has been painted as an appealing picture of treating your pension more like a bank account, which might sound very appealing. In reality, it’s not that simple.

My admittedly cynical view is that this is a massive tax scam. The more of your pension you access, the more the tax man takes. And by the time you find just how much, it’s too late to undo it. The tax man will already have snaffled a good chunk of your pension and is laughing all the way to the Treasury. It’s been estimated that the extra tax collected as a result of this pensioner rip-off will exceed £4billion by 2020.

The government has changed the way it taxes pension benefits both when you’re alive and when you die. Already we are seeing people taking their pensions and coughing up a load of unnecessary tax because they don’t know any better. That’s what the Government is relying on.
Even before these changes, most investors were confused and misinformed about pensions. Now, with even more choices available, it’s never been more important to talk about your options with a professional financial adviser.

Many pensioners are sleepwalking into a tax trap. Don’t be one of them. We can help you make smart decisions that benefit you and your family, not the tax man.

If you’re over 55 and want to know more – get a copy of our FREE Guide to Pensions Freedom today, and learn how you can look forward to retiring in comfort knowing you and your family have a safe and secure future ahead.

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World Changer - Our monthly column by Andy Boxall, Minister of Elim Ryedale Church

July 2015

People who make a difference inspire me. I am impressed by those who refuse to turn a blind eye. When I learn about people who are unwilling to accept the patterns of the past, or sweep malpractice or injustice under the carpet, I want to know where they get their courage, strength and determination to stand up and fight against the odds.

In Hull, on 24 August 1759, a world changer was born. His father was a successful merchant, trading on imported goods from Europe. He had three sisters, but sadly only one of them survived with him into adulthood. He was 8 years old when their father died and when their mother also became ill; he was sent to London to attend boarding school in Putney which he hated. He returned aged 12 to attend Pocklington School and at aged 18, went to Cambridge University. It was here an interest in Politics was ignited and resulted in him entering Parliament at the age of 21 after being successfully elected for Hull.

Do you know who it is? Inspired by his faith in God, he said, ‘God Almighty has set before me two great objects, the suppression of the slave trade and the reformation of manners,’ It was this conviction, and the terrible conditions that the black slaves from Africa had to endure on their way to be sold in the West Indies, that inspired William Wilberforce to tirelessly campaign for the abolition of the slave trade. Slavery had been an acceptable part of society for hundreds of years, but William refused to stay silent any longer.

William’s reputation grew. His first attempt to pass an Abolition of Slavery bill was in 1789 only to be defeated in parliament by 166 votes to 88. It seemed an impossible mountain had to be climbed to change public opinion but 18 years later, in 1807 the Slave Trade Act was passed with an unexpectedly large margin of 283 votes to 16. He had changed the world; but he hadn’t fulfilled his objective. This Act only made it illegal to trade in slaves; it did not free those who were already in slavery throughout the British Empire. William continued to campaign and in 1833 the Slavery Abolition Act was passed, finally making slavery illegal. Three days later William died, he had achieved his great objective, his work was done.

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Your family-run local garage - Pure Car Mechanics

July 2015

Pure Car Mechanics in West Carr Road, Pickering are proud to announce their apprentice, Ben Bowdler-Orme, has been awarded Apprentice Motor Mechanic of the Year at Yorkshire Coast College!

The talented and hard-working 19-year-old first contacted Pure Car Mechanics for work experience whilst he was at school.
When he left school, Ben became the garage’s apprentice and has passed with flying colours following his three-year training course.

Ange Snowden co-owns the family-run business with Kev Morris, which has been trading for six years. Both are delighted at Ben’s achievements whilst he’s been their apprentice.

Ange said: “He has gained confidence as the course has progressed and shown enthusiasm to learn new skills.

“Ben is great to work with and we are delighted he’s done so well.”

Their new website, includes all the details, including their car sourcing service.

Ange said: “We find our car sourcing is a very effective service for our customers.

“We take the customers’ requirements for a vehicle, i.e. make, model, specification and their budget, and source them a
vehicle at the best price. The vehicles we source are no older than 3-4 years, and if a sale is agreed the vehicle will leave the
garage with any necessary servicing or repairs, so the customer can enjoy peace of mind with their new vehicle.

With summer around the corner, now is a good time of year to get your car checked over or serviced ready for that summer holiday.

“We carry out industry-standard servicing when a vehicle is due for a service,” said Ange.

“Whilst drivers may well have a service package with their car, most dealerships will only include a basic oil and filter change and a visual check as part the package.

“We follow recommended manufacturers’ guidelines and a service check list, including removing the wheels, cleaning hubs and brake discs and applying copper grease to the brake mechanism, which keeps them working efficiently.

We also use European Union-standard spares and parts, which means drivers can bring their car to us whilst protecting the existing warranty on their vehicle.”

With a small selection of cars for sale and a loyal customer base, Pure Care Mechanics welcomes new customers.

Pure Car Mechanics is open six days a week: Monday to Friday 8.30am to 6pm, and Saturday 8.30am to 12.30pm, telephone 01751 475 794.

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Moorsbus Rides again! - Kirkbymoorside Environment Group

July 2015

The National Park Moorsbus service of 30 years ended in 2013. However, a new but reduced service ran on summer Sundays and Bank Holidays in 2014 after a campaign by Friends of Moorsbus.

On 3rd April 2015, East Yorkshire Motor Services started their Sunday/Bank holiday service Hull to Danby via Beverley and Pickering. The Moorsbus Community Interest Company will run two Sunday buses (operated by Arriva North) from 5th July until the end of September covering Darlington, Teeside, Saltburn, Redcar, Guisborough, Stokesley, Osmotherly, Danby Northallerton, Thirsk, Sutton Bank, Hutton-le-Hole Kirkbymoorside, Helmsley and Pickering. These services are timed to meet those of other operators (EYMS, Coastliner, Arriva, Stephensons, Esk Valley Hopper, Northern Rail), and we are hoping for some through/shared ticketing to encourage more passengers on to all services.
Moorsbus Community Interest Company and Friends of Moorsbus have funded two services for 2015 thanks to passenger donations, Parish Council donations, a donation from the North Yorkshire Moors Association, and the fare box income & pass rebate from 2014.

We aim to increase spending in the visitor economy, encourage foreign tourists who often come without cars, increase health and well-being for all by enabling walking and days out, and reduce the traffic congestion and pollution caused by private cars in the National park.

The Moorsbus Community Interest Company and Friends of Moorsbus are a small team of volunteers and would welcome any help or ideas to promote their services. Please visit their new website or contact them on 01751 477216, on friendsofmoorsbus facebook, or via Twitter @moorsbus.

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Maintenance-free garden fencing - Colourfence

July 2015

If maintenance-free garden fencing sounds tempting, then look no further than Colourfence, based in York.

Director John van Dijk is a skilled, experienced product designer and manufacturer who’s combined his talents at Colourfence.

But what is Colourfence? John explains.
“It’s an attractive, high quality product made from a patented steel alloy and looks fabulous in an urban, modern, traditional or country environment.

“With four shades to choose from, Colourfence can suit individual tastes and requirements. Plus you can contrast panels and trellis, or have plain panels with no trellis creating a simple, secure, elegant design.”

John says the product is eco-friendly and Guaranteed for 25 years.

“Say goodbye to time-consuming timber fencing care, flaking paintwork, or rotting posts!” said John.

John also offers the best customer service, with an eye for detail and a desire for excellence. With clear pricing, and an ability to adapt to bespoke requests, Colourfence is set to revolutionise garden fencing for good.

“I was so amazed at the product, I decided to set up Colourfence in the York area so I can ‘spread the word’ in North and East Yorkshire,” explained John.

“Tiresome timber fence care will be a thing of the past as Colourfence offers a robust, superb quality product.”

John has installed Colourfence at number of private and commercial sites, as the product is so versatile.

So if you are tired of tussling with the trellising, then call John on 01904 215 315 or 07940 821 388 or visit

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Half a million reasons to celebrate

July 2015

There are half a million reasons to celebrate the achievements of the picturesque Ryedale village of Foxholes.

After many years of fundraising, and following a successful application to the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Grant, the hard work has paid off with £500,000 towards a brand new Community Hall.

Over the last three decades, villagers have looked to replace the current, much loved but dilapidated hall. Dreams will be realised next year when the new Community Hall opens!

Keeping it local, the new building will be purpose-built, designed by Evan Ferguson of nearby Helperthorpe. The new build will occupy a half-acre site at the end of Eastfield in the village.

And while Foxhole residents can enjoy the facility, nearby villages will also benefit, in particular the very young and very old, being fully accessible, environmentally friendly and socially sustainable.
The new building will form a social hub for the area, and will include a reception area, main hall, meeting rooms, kitchen, storage, toilets and car parking for 20 vehicles. There will be separate vehicular and pedestrian entrances, and usable open spaces on either side of the building.

With the total cost estimated at around £570,000, the gallant fundraisers have been essential in helping make this project happen. And perhaps the busiest six months so far took place during the first half of 2015, with site surveys, business plans alongside overall controlling the project costs.

The new Community Hall will be suitable for a number of activities, wedding receptions, children’s parties, indoor bowls and exercise classes.
No doubt Foxholes folks – and those from the surrounding area – will enjoy Foxholes Community Hall for many generations to come.

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3rd Ryedale Festival of Traditional Jazz

July 2015

19th to 25th July 2015 at Pickering Memorial Hall

Ryedale Jazz are the resident band of Ryedale Jazz Society, founded in 2000, with the twin aims of keeping the Jazz flame alive between the annual Jazz Festivals in Pickering and introducing Jazz to a younger audience and players. The Society meets on the second Wednesday every month at the Beansheaf Hotel A169 Malton Road, at 8pm, with music from 8.30pm.

The Programme for the 3rd Ryedale Trad Jazz Festival is as follows:

Sunday 19 July 2.30pm Spirituals Concert at St Peters and St Pauls, by the Society’s resident band, Ryedale Jazz.

Monday 20 July 7.30pm. Kid Boyd Jazz Band
In addition to their core ‘traditional jazz’ repertoire, they also offer music of Latin and African origin.

Tuesday 21 July 7.30pm. Pennine Jazz
Made up of very experienced musicians, they regularly play at corporate events, weddings, promotions and jazz festivals.

Wednesday 22 July 7.30pm. New Orleans Heat
A powerful, exciting seven-piece band playing the old-style traditional New Orleans jazz.

Thursday 23 July 7.30pm. Dave Rae’s Levee Ramblers. With their own special brand of egoless, pure ensemble style of New Orleans Jazz.

Friday 24 July 7.30pm The Dee-Side Dixies Jazz Band. A 7-piece traditional jazz band hailing from North Wales, The Wirral and Chester areas, with an eleven year residency in The Hand Hotel, Llangollen

Saturday 25 July 7.30pm. Washington Whirligig
This is a fiery five piece band whose speciality is recreating the sounds of the Alex Welsh band.

Tickets are £10 per session or Monday to Saturday tickets £50. Send a cheque to Ryedale Jazz Society, with s.a.e., to Amy Ward, 51 Roman Avenue South, Stamford Bridge, York YO41 1LS Or contact 01759 371583 or visit the website for more details at

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Ticks – what to do and how to prevent them! - Lucy Nowell MRCVS, Station House Vets

July 2015

Some animals go through out their lives never picking up a tick whilst others seem to acquire them regularly. There are several species of tick in the UK but Ioxides ricinus is perhaps the most relevant as it can transmit Lymes disease also known as Borrelia burgdorferi.

This can cause disease in dogs and humans and occasionally cats (though infected animals would not present a threat to owners). In dogs it can cause lameness and/or muscle pain and occasionally other signs including neurological signs.

Cats sometimes pick up a tick more commonly found on hedgehogs.

In continental Europe and other parts of the world there are further species of tick which can cause a variety of diseases which makes tick treatment and prevention very worthwhile if you are travelling with your pet.

The Ioxides tick feeds only once a year, and have a larval, nymph and adult stage. They are active between march and October . At each stage the tick crawls onto vegetation and seeks a passing host using sensory organs in their front legs, with the adult seeking larger mammals than the nymph and larval form. The tick feeds on the host animals blood before dropping off to develop into the next

Disease carrying ticks transmit the infection through their saliva. We notice ticks as small grey nodules attached to our pets skin and if you look carefully you will see the ticks legs. If you find a tick it is worth removing in case it is a disease carrying tick though there areas in the UK where this is more likely. It is important to remove the tick completely including its mouth parts as if these come away your pet may be left with a persitent red swelling. We use a special tick hook which when fitted between the tick and skin and twisted, will lever the tick out intact.

Do make an appointment if you are not sure how to remove a tick, the tick removers are
inexpensive and may be worth purchasing. If your pet is at risk of picking up ticks there are a
number of products which are effective at killing and some also repel ticks. These are also all
effective against fleas and include ‘spot-on’ preparations, a collar and a tablet depending on

Owners may prefer a particular preparation because of its duration of effect, whether their pet swims regularly or ease of administration.

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The field of changing colours. By The Pastoral Poet

July 2015

In May a sweep of yellow crepe,
Vivid as a peacock’s plume.
A beacon midst a verdant scape.
The oil-seed rape was in full bloom.
Bedazzling was the yellow flame
Of showy flowers on parade.
Chameleonic, they quick became
A sweeping swathe of sombre jade.
A sea of tangled green grew fuller,
Seed pods formed a crisscross maze.
Butterflies seeking brighter colour
Seemed lost like island castaways.
Then poppies; First with pouting lips,
Then later, full mouthed flushed scarlet.
Slipping past green fingertips,
Familiar like a harlot.
Borne on stems lithe and slender,
Full heads, with brick red blush,
Reaching skyward in pennoned splendour,
Reaching; Begging for Monet’s brush.

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Dragon Racing

July 2015

Dragon Boat Racing is the world’s fastest growing water sport and has become very popular with charities and companies in recent years. The York Rotary Dragon Boat Challenge provides the opportunity for anyone to take part in this thrilling sport right here on York’s famous River Ouse.

The 12th Annual Dragon Boat Challenge will take place on Sunday 12th July 2015. 36 teams will battle it out on the Ouse (between Scarborough Railway Bridge and Lendal Bridge) for the Challenge Trophy and other prestigious awards, including awards for the fastest Charity Team, fastest Armed Services Team, and of course the “Best Dressed Team” trophy.

Each crew is made up of around 16 paddlers, paced by a drummer at the bow and guided by a helmsman at the stern – the idea is that power and rhythm are combined to achieve maximum acceleration and speed over a 250 metre course. The Crews have an enormous amount of fun, learning very quickly that the best results come from working as a team. Expect to see a colourful, wacky array of crew fancy dress outfits aswell!

The York Dragon Boat Challenge has been held annually since 2003 and during that time has raised close to £800,000 for a whole host of worthwhile causes. This year’s nominated charities are Door 84 Centre for Youth and Martin House Hospice.
In addition to the racing there are a number of stalls and a variety of activities planned alongside the River to create a Gala Day atmosphere, with the number of visitors on the day usually reaching a few thousand.

York Rotary Club, who organise the event, was set up in 1921 and has 87 men and women members who are very active in the York community, raising funds and supporting local organisations and charities throughout the year. New members always welcome.

Entries for the 2015 race have now closed, however, you can find out more about this year’s chosen charities and the 2016 race on the website

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