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HAXBY CARNIVAL

May 2016

Join the fun at Ethel Ward Playing Field, Haxby on Saturday 9th July.

The Carnival Procession with the Carnival Queen (Harriet Clay) and her two Attendants (Izzy Drake and Emily Maude) will leave the Village Green at 12.45pm to arrive on the field by 1pm for the Official Opening by the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games Multi Gold Medalist Laura Campbell!

The Carnival will be hosted by Vale Radio’s own Chris Marsden and Dougie Weake who will also be judging the fancy dress competition. Come and see the City of York Pipe Band, The Supreme Starlets Majorettes, Shotokan Karate Club, Brownies, Guides, Cubs and Scouts and The Magic Hatter.
There’s also a mobile climbing wall, penalty shootout and a wet sponge throwing game with your Local Police Community Support Officer, PCSO Andy Smith!

Alongside various stalls, the Go-Karts and a small fair, there will be excerpts from ‘Bugsy Malone’ by the Joseph Rowntree Vaudeville Players and performances by Nick and Jake Keating, Minster Conspiracy and the up and coming bluegrass band ‘Gentlemen of Few’. Of course there’s the ever popular children’s fancy dress competition. Refreshments and a beer stand will also be available.

The Haxby Town Council Tombola Stall has superb prizes and proceeds will go to local groups and a local charity. The organisers are grateful for sponsorship from The Farmer’s Cart, Co-operative Funeralcare, Stoneplan Ltd, Dutch Nurseries and The Parvin Restaurant.

For enquiries and stall bookings, please ring Jenny Bell at the Council Office on 01904 750378 or email: office@haxbytowncouncil.gov.uk

Please note that the road through the village will be temporarily closed for 15 minutes from 12.45pm to 1pm during the procession

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EPIC YORK MYSTERY PLAYS RETURN TO YORK MINSTER FOR FIRST TIME IN 16 YEARS

May 2016

The magnificent Nave of York’s famous Minster will be transformed into a 1,000-seater theatre this Summer as the epic Mystery Plays return to the stage.

The plays dramatise the greatest story ever told – from the creation of heaven and earth to the last judgement. It’s the first time in 16 years and only the second time in their near 700 year history that the Mystery Plays have been performed at York Minster, following sell-out performances in 2000.

The plays, which run from 26 May to 30 June, feature lead actor, Phillip McGinley playing the role of Jesus. Philip, who was born in Lancashire, is best known for his roles as archer Anguy in HBO series Game of Thrones and as Tom Kerrigan in Coronation Street. Alongside Phillip will be hundreds of members of the Yorkshire community involved as cast members and behind the scenes on everything from prop and costume making to stage building and make-up.

The 2016 production is being developed by an award winning artistic team, including director Phillip Breen, of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and writer Mike Poulton, who recently wrote the scripts for the RSC’s productions of Hilary Mantel’s global best-selling novels Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies.

The York Mystery Plays date from medieval England and much of York Minster would have been in existence at the times the plays were first performed.

Vivienne Faull, Dean of York Minster, commented:
“After a gap of 16 years it is a great pleasure and enormously exciting to stage the Mystery Plays at York Minster again. The stories of the plays are stamped across the very fabric of the cathedral, from the carvings in the stonework to the stained-glass in the Great East Window, which depicts the cycles dramatised in the Plays. We hope experiencing the performances in such an extraordinary setting will be a truly moving experience.”

Tickets can be purchased online at www.yorkminster.org/mysteryplays2016 by calling 01904 623568 or in person from the York Theatre Royal’s Box Office at the De Grey Rooms in St Leonards Place, York, and at York Minster’s visitor admission desks.

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Haxby Helpers – Good neighbour scheme celebrates 30 years

May 2016

Haxby Helpers have been offering a helping hand in Haxby and Wigginton since 1986.

During that time, they have helped on well over 10,000 occasions. In the main it is the elderly who use the service. They may need taking to the shops in the village or need someone to shop for them, collect prescriptions or take them for appointments or social gatherings.

John and Christine Wright, who are regular clients, say “Having Haxby Helpers popping in to chat and collect items from the local shops is a blessing. The co-ordinators are very cheerful and obliging. It’s nice to have a conversation with them. We are so grateful for this community service and hope that it will continue.”

The army of around 50 volunteers are never asked to do more than one job each week, and this almost always takes less than an hour. The job of matching clients to helpers is undertaken by a small team of co-ordinators. One of them, Margaret Beech says “In a busy week we might have around 40 requests – and it is our proud boast that we are normally able to help everyone”.

Every house in Haxby and Wigginton receives a card with contact details every two years. Notices are also displayed in the health centre, dentists etc which means that every household knows that the service is there should they need it. The service is free and no-one is paid. Their modest costs are met by small grants from Haxby Town Council, The Outlook, Haxby and Wigginton Methodist Church, Wigginton Parish Council, City of York Haxby and Wigginton Ward Grant and Haxby Carnival.

In order to continue to offer this kind of help, volunteers are always needed. If you think you can help please ring the Duty Co-ordinator on 750266. Anyone seeking help should contact the same number.

“We see no reason why we shouldn’t carry on for another 30 years”, says Margaret Beech, “but I guess we will be clients rather than co-ordinators by then.”

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3rd Annual Wigginton Community Fair and Craft Competition

May 2016

This year’s annual show will be held on Saturday 4th June, from 10am until 3pm at St Nicholas Church.

The Village Show is a great local community event and a chance to show off your artistic talents!

There will be classes for adults and children. If you would like further detail’s please contact Lynn Wheldon on 01904 767174. All entries are 50p each, to be delivered to St Nicholas Church, Wigginton between 10am and 11am on the day of the show.

Of course, you can just come along and wander about. Peruse the various stalls selling traditional homemade cakes and fruity jams and preserves, handmade decorations, beautiful cards and stationery, creative ribbons, brooches and bracelets and unique jewellery made from antique and vintage cutlery. There are also plenty of fun activities including games and story time for all the children to join in with.

Whether you have a flair for a particular craft or simply enjoy getting involved, make time to take part this year.

And if you are looking for something to entertain the kids during the half term, take them along to St Nicholas Church Hall on Thursday 2nd June between 2pm and 4pm where there will be a free children’s craft afternoon taking place. All ages welcome from 0 to 1. Children will be able to make a card and draw a picture of an animal, which can then be entered into a competition, judged at the Community Fair on the Saturday. Refreshments available at 50p for a drink and 50p for a cake.

For more information contact Lindsey Steele on 762929 or steejoh47@aol.com or Facebook: wiggintoncommunityfair

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Beautiful wrought ironwork

May 2016

David Stephenson Artist Blacksmith specialises in using traditional hand forging techniques to make a range of bespoke sculptural and functional items at his forge in Lockton.

David says “I’m inspired by the physical nature of the creative process. Forging hot metal is about responding to the movement of the material and actually treating it gently. Brute force is rarely the best way to produce beautiful work. I’m constantly learning to use heat carefully and use the hammer blows in just the right way.

“I actually trained at university as a palaeontologist and then taught in primary schools for many years. I re-trained by working for several blacksmiths and then went to the national blacksmithing school.

“The work I now do falls into several types. I produce a range of smaller domestic items for shops and galleries including fireside furniture, hooks, candlesticks and sculptures. I also produce work to specific private commission such as gates, railings, fire-guards and pond covers. I particularly enjoy working with clients to produce designs which match their location and fit their budget.”

In addition to this David takes on larger public and private commissions. His clients include large estates, national heritage organisations and public authorities.

A part of the business which has grown significantly in recent years is running blacksmithing courses.

“I particularly enjoy this aspect as it enables me to share my enthusiasm and continue my teaching practise,” says David. The day courses make a great present for birthdays or Christmas.

For bespoke hand-forged ironwork or blacksmithing courses, call David on 01751 460252. www.davidstephenson.org.uk

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Latest thinking in Dentistry

May 2016

My nurse Jan and I recently attended the 2016 Dentistry Show at the NEC in Birmingham. Contrary to popular belief there are new and exciting developments in the dental business every week and whilst we are still awaiting the development of the elusive ‘quiet drill’ which makes no sound and the ability to fully repair teeth to be available on a global scale, there were plenty of ideas and information being bounced around.

For example, did you know that the main reason for children to have a general anaesthetic in this country is for the removal of their teeth, this shocking statistic has barely changed in 30 years.

Here at Howardian Dental we pride ourselves on being involved in the prevention of oral disease as much as its treatment. Much of our appointment is spent homing in on specific causes of dental disease in each patient so we can tailor the advice we give to each one.

As a child I was aways told not to eat so many sweeties (my teeth were clean but I still needed lots of fillings) it wasn’t until I went to University and it was explained that it was how often I was eating and drinking that was causing the problem. I actually had few sweets but tended to snack a lot on savoury items. The penny dropped and since then 2 fillings in 20 years (both fractures).

It’s not magic it’s science
So if you’d like your dentist to take the time to find out what is really causing your problems and help you do something about it call Jan at Howardian Dental.

Howardian Dental Practice is conveniently located at
11 Alan Farnaby Way, York Road Business Park, Sheriff Hutton YO60 6PG
t: 01347 878111
www.howardiandental.co.uk

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Special Occasion Makeup

May 2016

by Sarah Greenhough, owner at No1 Health & Beauty, Malton

The wedding and Prom season has now started and Number One has already been busy with Bridal Makeup.

Makeup plays a huge part in every woman’s daily life and it is so important to find the right makeup to suit your skin and to be given the best advice.

At Number One we went to great lengths to research a makeup that could be suitable for every skin type as well as trying to find a product that is pure and contains no unnatural chemicals or filters such as talc and mineral oils but yet that is so gentle that it can be used on post-operative treated skin!

We choose a product called YOUNGBLOOD
For health conscious consumers Youngblood mineral makeup is the solution for many suffers of Acne, Rosacea, pigmentation but still offering an extensive makeup range.

Youngblood offers a full line of mineral cosmetics for people of all ages and is effective for all skin types whether oily, dry or combination.

Why choose Youngblood I hear you ask?
• no lead
• no talc
• no chemical dyes
• no artificial colour or fragrances
• not tested on animals

At Number One, to ensure you have the perfect makeup for your skin, we offer a free Makeup Consultation. Booking is advisable so give us a call on 01653 600149 for more details.

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OVERWEIGHT HORSES

May 2016

You may have heard the alarming statistic of Diabetes prevalence doubling in the last few years in the human population, and horrifying pictures of obese dogs and cats are frequently on our screens. Sadly the problem of overweight horses is also one that must be addressed as these individuals are prone to dreadful painful and sometimes deadly problems like laminitis, arthritis, heart disease and hyperlipaemia (fat in the bloodstream).

Before domestication horses lived on extensive areas as opportunistic grazers and the wild horse gained weight in summer and lost it in leaner times over winter. Clearly this happens less readily when modern horses are fed, rugged and housed over winter and they become increasingly overweight leading to a trilogy of equine metabolic syndrome, obesity, insulin resistance and an increased circulating cortisol which can spark off laminitis.

Have a look at the ‘Fat Horse Slim’ information on the Blue cross website for really useful tips on assessing your horse’s weight and using diet, exercise and management to help you.

Clients often tell me that they struggle but here is a before and after photo of a successful pony ‘Dusty’ who has recently struggled with a painful bout of laminitis where the pedal bone had rotated within the hoof. A strict diet regime has been followed and within 3 weeks he lost 37 kilograms and is beginning to look more svelte-there is still a way to go but it can be done! I know the feeling ‘Dusty’ and am resisting cake as I write this!

Clare Brash
B Vet Med MRCVS Station House Vets

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Your happily trusted service

May 2016

After more than 30 years working abroad, a York man has returned to start an organisation that promotes a mature and experienced workforce.

“Having worked abroad in the automotive, pest control, financial services, music businesses and numerous social organisations, it was about time I returned to my roots, to the best city in Britain”, said Brian Davis. “I’m not the type to sit around for long and saw The50plus Organisation as the perfect opportunity. I had noticed a large demand for handyman, plumbing and electrical services and a large pool of talent and experience available at the more mature end of the workforce”.

The50plus seeks to retain the trust and support of the company’s customers and employees. This ensures our staff and customers know how long jobs are likely to take, how they will be done, and what will be charged. We will never over-sell.

To achieve this we practice fairness and honesty in all our dealings.
In business for some 14 years, the company’s workforce has an average age well in excess of the norm, but now also employs some youngsters and even a young apprentice!

We have now been operating in York over a year and have numerous testimonials with Rated People.

Our call centre, open during office hours, can offer help and advice as well as arrange a visit for an estimate if that is required, you can even book a job directly online and join your50plus for a discount. Call us on 01904 21 33 22 or visit www.the50plus.co.uk.

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Keeping your home and business pest free

May 2016

Graham Hunt started his Pest Control business when he was made redundant from City of York Council in May 2015. He has 40 years’ experience dealing with a wide range of pests whilst working for the City of York Council

He has a vast experience in pest control in the greater York area and has built up extensive knowledge of the lifestyle, habits and vulnerabilities of all types of pest species that can affect residential homes and businesses. Graham has developed technical expertise in dealing with them over the past forty years from exclusion and detection to capture, identification and elimination.

He is an accredited member of CHAS (Contractors Health & Safety Assessment Scheme) and holds certificates of competence such as Royal Society of Health diploma in pest control and City & Guilds in the use of insecticides and poisons. Graham is committed to the control of public health pests without risk to the general public, non-target animals and the environment.

Find yourself in the hands of a dedicated pest control specialist. Pest risks and associated disease risks are mitigated, potentially dangerous damage to building, drainage systems, fault finding and advise on subsequent repairs and proofing work.

Graham is quite happy to give free advice on the telephone regarding any pest control problems. Please telephone York Environmental Services on 01904 702782 or mobile 07554984046.

We have a website www.yorkenvironmentalservices.co.uk or you can email at enquiries@yorkenvironmentalservices.co.uk where you can leave a short message regarding the problem and we will get back to you immediately.

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The Yorkshire Arboretum wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

May 2016

The Yorkshire Arboretum has received initial support* from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its project ‘If Trees Could Talk’ it was announced today. The project aims to tell the story of the arboretum’s trees, its historic site and rich natural biodiversity to a wide audience. Thanks to National Lottery players, development funding of £44,400 has been awarded to help the Yorkshire Arboretum progress plans to apply for a full grant at a later date.

The arboretum aims to develop an exciting series of trails, activity areas and interpretation materials that will make the realm of trees and their rich cultural and biological stories come alive, as well as introducing people to their beauty and diversity through an enhanced education programme for all ages.

Located near Castle Howard, the arboretum occupies 120 acres of the historic landscape on the estate, and was designed and laid out by the landscape architect and plantsman James Russell from 1979. Currently with over 6000 trees from around the world, including countries such as Chile, Kenya and Mexico, it’s a continuously developing collection of significant scientific and horticultural importance. Amongst the trees native wildlife flourishes, with wild orchids, rare bees and birds such as barn owls all occurring on the site.

John Grimshaw, Director of the Yorkshire Arboretum, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to receive this endorsement and support from the Heritage Lottery Fund. It gives us an opportunity to work towards the project we dream of, making this lovely place more accessible and more interesting to very many more people, promoting our values of inspiration, education and conservation.”

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10 Years of Scarecrow Festival Fun

April 2016

As we approach the first Bank Holiday weekend in May, it can only mean one thing – get your straw at the ready! Yes, the Haxby and Wigginton Scarecrow Festival is celebrating its 10th year!

This extremely popular event is definitely worth visiting, and every year the stakes or should we say straw, are upped! With dozens of scarecrows, different trail lengths, tea and homemade cakes and ice creams, you will be sure to witness a spectacular event in all its glory as these two close-knit villages showcase their best offerings while raising money for good causes.
Characters from children’s classics and cartoons, alongside scary space aliens, dinosaurs and monsters lined the streets last year. There was a towering Xenomorph lurking somewhere along The Village and a mermaid keeping watch in Wyre Pond!
Scarecrows first came to Haxby and Wigginton back in 2007, after a 13 year old from the Church visited a project in South Africa that supports people in townships. She was so moved by what she saw that she wanted to raise their profile and raise money so came up with the idea of a scarecrow festival. Since then, the Festival has really grown and now supports lots of local charities aswell.

Last year’s festival hit an all new fundraising record of a whopping £4,900. This supported the work of Phambili ngeThemba in Cape Town as well as local charities, Jumbulance, Street Angels York, The Island, Wigginton Church Fields, Memorial Hall Trust, Oaken Grove Community Centre, Haxby Helpers, Wonder Years.

This year, the organisers are delighted to be supporting the wonderful work of St Leonards Hospice, along with other local voluntary organisations. This is also a milestone year for St Leonards as they are celebrating 30 years of caring for local people. Details of all the charities will be available throughout the weekend at the Methodist Church.

This year will also see a first for the Handy Mag team as we will be attempting a creation of our own! See if you can spot it on your way round ….and no giggling!

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What is Dotpeen?

April 2016

By Jimmy Hannon, PCSO 5637

As the weather improves we start to spend more time in our gardens or out on cycles or similar. Most of us keep a variety of power tools in our garage or shed, and in general the locks on these doors are easier to force than on the rest of your property.

During the spring and summer it is not uncommon to find garages or sheds left open as residents retrieve items and use them at the rear of their property. Those of us with children are aware that once they have retrieved their cycle or scooter to use they do not always shut and lock the garage/shed door. A passing opportunistic thief will seize on any opportunity to enter a garage or similar and take power tools or cycles. The easiest way to prevent yourself becoming a victim of such a crime is to make sure that all garages/sheds are left secure after you use them. If the door is closed a thief cannot see if there is anything of value inside and if the door is locked, then they will look to target easier properties.

There are a number of locks, alarms and other security devices that you can purchase to make your garages more secure. If you take a few moments to look in your garages/sheds you will be amazed just how much you have in there and the value of your property.

You can also arrange to have your property security marked by your local Safer Neighbourhood Team. We use the Dotpeen machine which leaves a permanent mark on almost any item. It will engrave your details onto the surface of your property and can be used on metal, plastic and wood. It only takes a matter of moments and will make items far less desirable for a thief and much easier for the Police to identify as stolen should the worst happen.

There are property marking events arranged by your local Police team which will be advertised on Twitter/website, but we are also happy to attend your home address at a time convenient to yourselves. Contact your local Team via the 101 telephone number or by email to arrange this free service.

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The Educational Gap

April 2016

As summer draws nearer, people generally think of their holidays, the weather and the beauty of the world at this time, but for the vast majority of the younger generation, summertime also means something else: exams

Schools and colleges now offer so many different, optional courses to choose from, ranging from learning ancient, extinct languages such as Latin, to special effects make-up, to abstract maths. People truly have the world at their fingertips, able to pursue any dream they desire, however, whilst it’s great to revel in all that the education system offers, there are also equally worrying gaps.

All throughout school life, young people are taught fundamental subjects such as maths, science and English up until the final compulsory year, at which point students tackle challenging and complex formulae such as the quadratic equations, understand the incredible life cycle of a star and can quote and analyse the works of William Shakespeare. Now, whilst this curriculum is vastly significant in creating cultured, diverse people who will one day be leading our future, it also just as important to note what young people are not learning.

Biology is studied for a minimum of five years, yet basic first aid is not time-tabled in with it and the delicate but crucial subject of mental health is largely neglected too. When learning about the history of the world, why are lessons explaining our own justice system and laws ignored? School leavers often graduate with an unclear view on how to do taxes, how to vote or even what our 30 basic human rights are; we live in a society where we aren’t taught a lot about the basics of our reality. 

Essentially, we absorb a lot of impressive, intellectual content, however that isn’t to say what we are taught isn’t important for real life! Yes, a lot of things may never come in handy (personally I don’t see when my knowledge of longitudinal or transverse waves will ever help me), but in the end whatever education you’re provided with is a brilliant opportunity. Knowledge is power, after all.

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Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival - 1/2/3rd July 2016

April 2016

Surrounded by the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds and set in the award winning grounds and Great Hall of this Elizabethan stately home, could this be the most breathtaking place to spend a weekend, soaking up the UK’s hottest jazz and blues acts?

Festival favourites Octopus kick off the festival in style on Friday evening with their classic big band swing, before Bugalu Foundation brings a fusion of jazz, funk and soul.

Manjula kicks off Saturday’s line up with their haunting ambience of Indian vocal training and the rhythmic attack of jazz improvisation. From here, we move to pannist Dudley Nesbitt , who is an unflagging advocate for the art and culture of the steel pan. Blind Monk Trio rounds off the afternoon session, putting a fresh spin on the sax/bass/drums trio format.
One of the great British jazz voices of all time, Elaine Delmar brings her acclaimed interpretations of two of the greatest songbooks of all time, Gershwin and Porter, to Saturday evening. Completing Saturday’s line up, ’60s legend P.P. Arnold will have festivalgoers off their seats and dancing.

Improvising violinist Matt Holborn will start off the festival on Sunday. Lindsay Hannon and her band will then take us on a journey from raucous barrel house blues to thoughtful, spacious ballads and Graeme Wilson will play an infusion of driving jazz and Latin rhythms, ambient swing with enthusiasm for folk and rock ballads, and free jazz. Simon Cunliffe-lister will join Ben Beattie’s After Midnight Band to round off the festival.

Delicious food will be served on the Food Lawn and Tea Tent, and we’ll have the award-winning Wold Top beer on tap. There’s camping in our adjacent Park Field, with hot showers. Discounted ‘early bird’ tickets are currently on sale, priced at £70 for the full weekend, while children under 12 are free with an adult.

If you would like to receive information about the 2016 Jazz & Blues Festival, please email: office@burtonagnes.com

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For people who spit blood when they brush their teeth...

April 2016

You may well have seen the TV advert about a well-known brand of mouthwash. You may not be aware that using mouthwash is no substitute for a thorough gum check and professional cleaning.
Bleeding gums can be a sign of gum disease or other underlying health conditions and should always be assessed by a dental professional. The mouthwash advertised can cause severe staining of the teeth and whilst it may stop or reduce the bleeding it will not usually address the cause.
When your dentist examines you they should assess the bone support around your teeth and the degree of gum inflammation. Where there are problems these can often be addressed by some fairly simple methods.

These include:
• Stopping smoking as this is a major cause of gum disease and can cause oral cancer.
• Brush thoroughly for a minimum of 2 minutes twice a day. Disclosing tablets can be used to show you where you might be missing (they are not just for children)
• Use interdental brushes or floss to clean the spaces between your teeth, this removes plaque and food which can stagnate causing bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease.
• See a dentist at least once a year who will establish the specific cause of your bleeding, recommend a course of treatment and demonstrate home care you can do to manage and control your future risk.

So for people who do spit blood the message is see your dentist because bleeding gums really can lead to tooth loss. For a thorough gum assessment and treatment planning please call Jan at Howardian Dental.

We are conveniently located at
11 Alan Farnaby Way, York Road Business Park, Sheriff Hutton YO60 6PG t: 01347 878111
www.howardiandental.co.uk

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Happy New Tax Year (or is it?)

April 2016

The new tax year is now upon us and with many changes occurring, it’s hard to keep on top of what’s what – so here’s a brief summary of some of the changes:

Changes for the 2016 / 2017 tax year

Income Tax – the amount you can earn before paying any tax has increased to £11,000 from £10,600, and will rise again to £11,500 in 2017 / 2018. Also the amount you can earn before paying 40% has increased to £43,000 from £42,385. Good news for most!

Minimum Wage – from 1 April 2016, the “living wage” is being introduced for employees aged 25 and over which is £7.20 per hour. The minimum wage for under 21s is increasing in October 2016.

Stamp Duty Tax – bad news for property investors and those buying second properties (which can include homes with Granny flats!) Those buying a buy to let or second property will have an additional 3% stamp duty to pay.

Wear and tear – more bad news for landlords in that the 10% “wear and tear” allowance has been scrapped, with landlords only being able to claim on actual repair costs.

Capital Gain Tax – good news for those selling assets for more than they cost, with rates being reduced to 10% (from 18%) for basic rate income tax payers and to 20% (from 28%) for high rate tax payers. Gains on residential properties however remain to be taxed at the old rates.

Dividends – good news for investors holding a portfolio of shares with modest dividend income, but bad news for business owners who take most of their income out of their business as dividends. The first £5,000 of dividend income is tax free, however the previous year’s rates are in effect being increased by 7.5% - basic rate tax payers will pay 7.5% and higher rates tax payers 32.5%. Many business owners with income just below the higher rates for tax will now face an income tax bill for the first time in a while!

Contact us now for a FREE Initial Consultation with a Director (no obligation) email phil.kitchen@pclg.co.uk, call 01904 558300 or visit www.pclg.co.uk for more information.

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Poppleton Sports Day - 30 May, 12.45pm

April 2016

Any plans for the Bank Holiday weekend? Why not join in with the annual traditional village celebrations at Poppleton this year?

The 2016 Poppleton Children’s Sports Day continues with a long tradition of ‘sports days’ dating back to the early 1900’s when Poppleton was actually two villages. Sports Day is now one of the highlights of the village social calendar, where family and friends can meet to enjoy this happy and traditional event.

The main activities are centered around the village Maypole and sees children taking part in traditional maypole dancing, while Morris Dancers entertain the many villagers and visitors that attend every year.

As well as the dancing, childrens races for all primary school ages and the handicraft competition remain at the heart of the day. This year’s fancy dress theme is ‘space’, so why not indulge your inner ‘Trekkie’ and allow your creative side to shine through with your children’s costumes! (Be inspired but make sure it’s home-made!)

Around the Green you will hear the sounds of the Brass Band and Taiko Japanese drumming, aswell as stalls selling food, crafts, face painting, plants, jams, cakes, ice cream, tombola, candy floss, children’s games, afternoon tea and cakes and much, much more. And don’t miss the chance to see some amazing birds of prey at the Falconry Display.

Come rain or shine this really is a fantastic day with something for all the family to enjoy!

For more information see the facebook page - poppleton children’s sports day or Twitter @popCSD

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The annual Malton Food Lover's Festival

April 2016

The North Yorkshire market town of Malton is soon to welcome its 8th annual Malton Food Lover’s Festival (28 – 29th May 2016). Attracting thousands of visitors to Malton over the weekend, the Festival is well regarded as one of the most prestigious food festivals in the UK.

Dubbed ‘Yorkshire’s Food Capital’ by esteemed chef Antonio Carluccio, Malton’s annual Food Lovers Festival has grown significantly from just 1,500 visitors in its first year to being one of the biggest food festivals in the north, attracting some of the finest foodie talent in the country.

Among the 2016 festival line-up is celebrity chef Rosemary Schrager, returning to Malton for a 3rd year to host an exclusive cookery tutorial, a live demonstration and a Q&A session.

With over a decade on our TV screens, Rosemary endeared herself to the nation when she took part in I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here where she proved she could cook just about anything, anywhere. Her new show The Chopping Block begins on ITV1 on 11 April.

Rosemary said; “What I love about Malton is the atmosphere, it’s passion for food and the incredible location. I jumped at the opportunity to come back this year and really can’t wait!”
Festival Organiser, Tom Naylor-Leyland, said; “We look forward to welcoming thousands of visitor’s back to Malton, Yorkshire’s Food Capital, for our 8th Food Lover’s Festival. With more stalls, chefs and food than ever before, I hope you will enjoy the weekend more than ever and visit Malton time and time again. With British food gaining respect and popularity around the world, it is thrilling to be part of the Yorkshire food revival here in Malton”.

A jam-packed programme of events and activity will ensure there is something for the whole family across the weekend from chef demonstrations by celebrity chefs and Yorkshire’s finest local talent, talks and tastings, stalls and street food, a dedicated children’s zone, festival bar with live music and a new Festival Party. The festival is free to enter with both free and ticketed events.

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Haxby & Wigginton Photography Competition and Exhibition to mark the Queen’s 90th Birthday 10th - 12th June 2016

April 2016

Sarah Bellwood and Ruth Pearson of St Mary’s Church, Haxby have come up with a great way to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday by creating a calendar of local photos.

Sarah says “The idea is for photos or artwork created by members of our community here in Haxby and Wigginton to be used in the calendar so it is really ours. It will include key dates for church services, school fairs, and the carnival and scarecrow festival for examples.

The theme for the calendar is simply Haxby and Wigginton and the photo could be of anything in the area from buildings, scenes, nature and people to wildlife.”

In order to choose the photos or artwork for the calendar, there is a Photograph/Artwork Competition where the 13 pieces deemed the best will be selected by a panel of 5 judges. There will be an exhibition from 10th to 12th June in St Mary’s Church Hall of the winning pieces along with all the other entries.

Sarah is keen for everyone in Haxby and Wigginton to have the opportunity to be involved in this community calendar, whether it is taking photographs, creating pieces of art or using the calendar as a way of publicising and advertising your business or events.
The organisers have decided to donate any funds from the calendar to Dementia UK as it is a disease that affects nearly everyone in some way in our community.

Closing date for entries is 16th May. For details on how to enter and the rules, please email r.pearson214@btinternet.com or s.m.bellwood87@gmail.com Tel: 01904 761094 or 07583 860949

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