Articles and Features

Changes to Self Employed NIC ("stamp') payments.

April 2011

by Andrew Walker, White Kite Accountants

If you are self employed you will have got used to paying your Class 2 NIC payments by monthly direct debit or by quarterly bill from the Tax Office. This year will see some changes to this arrangement.

HMRC believe the payment of NIC should be aligned with the Income Tax payments in July and January each year. What this means is that no direct debits will be collected from April to July 2011 and monthly collections will then restart again in August 2011. This year is the only year that there will be a gap in payments. HMRC will no longer issue quarterly bills but will issue two bills each year, in October and April, for the NIC due.

The option to pay quarterly is no longer available but there is now the additional option to pay your Class 2 NIC electronically by two payments in July and January. For the year 2011/12 this will be payments of £65 in both January and July 2012.

Could this be the start of the possible merging of NIC and Income Tax that was announced in the recent Budget? Watch this space.

Key deadlines for May
2 May
Last day for car change notifications in the quarter to 5 April - Use P46 Car.
19 May
Deadline for Employers' 2010/11 end of year PAYE Returns.
19/22 May
PAYE/NIC and CIS deductions due for month to 5 May.
31 May
Deadline for copies of P60 to be issued to employees for 2010/11.

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Outstanding choir to launch 2011 Ryedale Festival

April 2011

Friday May 6th 7.30pm at St Peter's Church, Norton

An unmissable event staged by the Ryedale Festival, the jewel in Yorkshire's cultural crown - is the visit by the internationally renowned chamber choir Consortium to perform the launch concert of the 2011 Ryedale Festival. The choir were to have sung in Ryedale last November but were forced to cancel following the heavy snowfall which afflicted North Yorkshire.

Artistic Director Christopher Glynn comments "I'm delighted that since the unfortunate cancellation of their concert last November because of the snow, Consortium have been able to find another date in their busy schedule to come and launch the 2011 festival. They are one of the most exciting professional choirs to have emerged in recent years, with a string of awards to their name and I am delighted that we can launch our 30th anniversary festival in such style.'

Consortium is a professional chamber choir formed in 2006 by conductor Andrew-John Smith from the country's finest consort and solo singers. They have swiftly gained an international reputation as one of the most exciting choral groups to have emerged in recent years and were quickly signed by top record label Hyperion.

Consortium will perform a programme including popular favourites as Fauré's Pavane and Brahms' Gypsy Songs as well as folksong settings by English composers such as Vaughan Williams. They will be joined at the piano by Artistic Director Christopher Glynn and the concert will also be the first event to take place under the exciting new chairmanship of Robin Andrews. Following on from the success of the 2010 festival, with record-breaking ticket sales and unprecedented acclaim in the national press, it is clear that the new Chairman has ambitious and exciting plans for the future. This concert will see the release of the full details of the 2011 Ryedale Festival which will feature many internationally-known performers as well as the exceptionally talented young and emerging artists with which the festival is strongly associated.

Tickets and more information available from the Ryedale Festival Box office 01751 475777 or

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A special local charity is in need of your help

April 2011

A charity founded in a living room is now turning to the community to help it carry on providing a lifeline to families with disabled children.

Ryedale Special Families offers a unique range of services to people in Ryedale who are bringing up children with disabilities.
The charity has now grown from a small group of parents who, 20 years ago, shared a need for extra facilities in their local area, to a busy organisation with 25 part-time staff. Its incredible success story is a model for other start-up charities across the country, who often call on Ryedale Special Families for advice.

However, the credit crunch followed by the recession and public sector cuts means it now needs local people to join in with fundraising activities, to ensure disabled children and their families across Ryedale continue to receive support.

The charity enjoys finding ways to have fun while raising funds, a "Zumbathon' recently attracted 110 people who wiggled their way to making £2,700 for the charity, and a 146-mile cycle trip around the new Yorkshire Wolds cycle route is scheduled for July. Individuals, families and groups are all welcome to sign up.

One of the main benefits users of Ryedale Special Families receive is a friendly welcome and a network of support from other families who understand all the joys and the difficulties of bringing up children with special needs.

Chief officer David Brewster said: "We recently had an excellent day out at East Barnby Outdoor Education Centre, with nearly 70 people enjoying tobogganing, canoeing and a climbing wall. The laughter and smiles on people's faces was tremendous, but there was also a lot of serious discussion going on about very real challenges."

Special needs often means very varied needs, and Ryedale Special Families caters for a great deal of them. From a simple break for parents to days out in huge groups, or support for dealing with schools to help with tribunals, the charity is always giving a little bit extra.

David said: "For example, we don't want anyone to be excluded from an event simply because they don't have a car, so we'll send a minibus to pick people up from wherever they are. In Ryedale, going the extra mile can quite literally mean going an extra mile!"

To find out more about Ryedale Special Families or sign up for a fundraising event, call 01653 699000 or email

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Does your pet have pets? - Know your parasites!

April 2011

Celia Carr, Registered Veterinary Nurse at Station House Vets

A parasite is an organism that takes it's nourishment from another organism. Worms are an example of an endoparasite that live within the host, and fleas are an example of an ectoparasite that live on the host. Some parasites can be life threatening to both animal and human, however most can be prevented or treated by using flea and worm treatments on a regular basis.

Fleas and ticks are often seen but people are not always aware that ticks can carry diseases such as lymes disease and pets can become affected via a tick bite. Fleas are known as a hyperparasite meaning that they carry another parasite within them, in this case, the tapeworm. If your pet ingests a flea through grooming or eating a rodent with fleas it can get tapeworm. Some pets suffer with a flea allergic dermatitis which can be controlled if the fleas are eliminated. Using frontline every 5 weeks for cats and 8 weeks in dogs will keep your pets free from ticks, fleas and biting lice. During the summer in areas with a high tick population use frontline every month to kill ticks.

Myosis (fly strike) mainly affects rabbits who are not cleaned out regularly this attracts flies to lay their eggs on the rabbit which hatch into maggots and eat away at the flesh. However it can affect any animal that cannot clean itself properly. The maggots multiply very quickly and can kill the rabbit by the time the owner notices the rabbit is unwell. In order to prevent this owners should be clean the hutch regularly and check the rabbits bottom is clean on a daily basis. The products Rear guard and f10 spray can be applied to the skin and act as a repellant and the later also has antibacterial properties.

Ear Mites affect some animals and cause a thick black wax to form in the ears, they are very itchy and the animal will scratch at its ears and shake its head a lot. Using Stronghold or Advocate spot ons every month will treat ear mites.

Roundworm look like spaghetti and if allowed to multiply they can cause an intestinal blockage leading to constipation and possibly death. These can also be passed to humans and cause blindness.

Hookworms are small thin parasites that penetrate the skin via through contaminated soil then fasten to the intestine and suck blood. These can cause a dermatitis in humans.

Whipworms are not visible to the naked eye and are hardest to treat. Symptoms include heavy diarrhoea, flatulence, weight loss, fatigue and poor condition.

Tapeworm are long, flat and segmented and attach to the small intestine, segments of the body break off and pass out in the faeces. These often present like small grains of rice around the anus. Although they are not directly passed to humans it is possible to ingest a flea accidentally and become infected with tapeworm.

Lungworm can be fatal. Dogs that eat slugs and snails or grass covered in their slime can become infected with lungworm as they carry the parasite. Dogs then spread the parasite in their faeces. Lungworm can be prevented by using advocate spot on every month.
Milbemax treats Roundworm, hookworms, tapeworm and can prevent heartworm ( a disease transmitted by mosquitoes seen on continental Europe). For cats that are difficult to give tablets, a spot on preparation is available called Profender.

Worming is recommended every month up to 6 months of age then at three monthly intervals thereafter to ensure regular treatment. However it is worth noting that apart most wormers will just clear out the worms that are present in the animal at the time of treatment therefore if it then goes on to eat a rodent or faeces that is carrying the parasite they will become re-infected. In animals that hunt regularly, monthly worming may be advisable as the worm cycle take a month to complete so your pet will stay worm free.

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Getting to know I.T.

April 2011

The Slate, will it succeed this time?

by Nick Teasdale,

If you haven't already noticed, over the next few months you are likely to see all the PC manufacturers, and even non PC manufacturers, offering tablet form computers.

Most people will have heard of the Apple iPad but there are, and will be, products launched that will run MS Windows, Android and various other operating systems.

The Apple iPad, like the iPhone, is easy to use and good at what it does, and it's shown the others how to package the tablet idea.
Going beyond internet surfing and emailing then people start to ask for a system that runs MS Windows. Take the Netbook as an example, launched and championed by ASUS it was a low power, low cost but decent featured and long battery life device but it ran Linux. Today the vast majority of Netbooks are running MS Windows and the price has risen accordingly but demand is still there.

With the tablet form, Microsoft has referred to models that run Windows as Slates. One model that has caught my interest is the ASUS EEE Slate EP121. It's has no UK launch date or price yet but it offers the power of a laptop but the flexibility of a tablet and you can also use a stylus interface to scribble rather than type notes.

It has a 12.1" screen, windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit), a powerful Intel Core i5 processor, up to 4GB RAM and up to 64GB solid state drive (so no hard disk to damage), wireless, bluetooth, USB, HDMI, card reader and camera. As it runs windows then it also will support Flash.
Some reviewers have suggested battery life is poor at 2 or 3 hours when challenged but then a laptop with the same performance would only last a similar time.

Only time will tell but if it's the right price and is as reliable as ASUS products tend to be then this model may take off.

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Caring for Backyard Poultry

April 2011

by Lucy Nowell, Station House Vets

Keeping chickens has certainly become very popular in recent years and with good reason, nothing can beat your own home produce, from the point of view of the welfare of the birds and the delicious taste of fresh eggs.

There is a wonderful variety of poultry out there to choose from which in turn produce eggs of different size and even colour. Indeed people become very attached to their birds, which is no surprise given our title of being a nation of animal lovers and we regularly see birds at the practice.

If you are planning to keep hens for the first time do your research first, and talk to people who are experienced in keeping poultry to get advice. You can also visit for all sorts of information from breeds to housing and for your legal obligations when keeping birds (for good welfare). On a serious note, if there were an outbreak of avian influenza in the U.K., birds would have to be housed to keep them separate from wild birds, check for updates.

A lot of the reasons we see chickens at the practice relates to the management of small flocks so I'll summarise a few key points below:
Always provide plenty of fresh clean water

Use good quality layer pellets from a reputable source: if birds have access to grass they will have enough green stuff otherwise this may need to be supplemented. Avoid giving kitchen scraps because of the risk of salmonella and giving the birds an unbalanced diet.

Move houses with runs frequently so the birds always have access to clean well drained grass. Gravel or wood chips (not bark chips) can be placed by entrances to static houses to keep feet clean. Birds enjoy some environmental enrichment in the form of trees or shrubs which also provide shade.

Worm twice a year if truly free range, more frequently if kept in a small area. Please call us for advice on wormers as products vary in efficacy! Manufacturers do now produce wormers in sizes appropriate for small flocks, to mix in feed and give over 7 days (adding a little vegetable oil to the pellets helps powders to stick).

Keep a medicines book to record any medicines given to the birds, including worming, and be aware that there may be a withdrawal time during which its inadvisable to eat the eggs.

Quarantine new birds before introducing them to your flock in case they carry any diseases and be careful where you source your birds from.
Signs of good health include dry nostrils, a clean vent and feathers and a healthy colour comb (the colour can vary according to breed).
Use a good quality disinfectant (ask us for recommendations) to clean housing and if using second hand housing disinfect thoroughly, including all the nooks and crannies, taking the house apart may be necessary.

Prompt treatment of a bird that appears to be unwell will maximise their chances of recovery and minimise the risks to other birds.
Enjoy watching your birds and those wonderfully tasty eggs!

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York Cats Protection is desperately seeking loving new homes for one lovely mature lady, Poppy.

April 2011

Poppy has been with us for some time now as when she first came to us she had a medical issue concerning her eye. After some initial basic treatment Poppy was re-homed almost as good as new and ready for a fresh start.

Sadly Poppy's eye drops proved too difficult for her new owner and she ended up back at the centre. On returning Poppy received extra treatment for her eye and underwent an operation.

Happily all seems well with her eye and she shouldn't require any further treatment at the present - so now it's time for a new home! Poppy would like to be the only cat in the house and wouldn't be suitable with dogs or young children. She would like someone who will keep her luscious fur in tiptop condition and give her the love and attention she deserves. She purrs like a train and loves curling up on knees and drifting off to sleep.

Other long-stay ladies include Ellie, the naughty tortie who needs plenty of play-time and toys and our much publicised Freya who has been with us since September!

If you think you could offer Poppy, Ellie, Freya or any of our other cats a home please call the centre on 01904 760356.

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Home Start Needs You

April 2011

Home-Start Ryedale provides much appreciated support and friendship to local families with children under the age of five.

Family life today is changing. There is not always the same support network available from within the family as there used to be. Home-start makes a difference to families through its home visiting service.

A volunteer will visit the family who are finding things a struggle, for whatever reason, in their own home.

Support given may be either practical or emotional. Volunteers may find themselves playing with the children, listening to the parent, this is usually, though not always, the mum, helping with a trip to the local park or shops, or anything else that makes life easier for the family.

Families are usually referred by their Health Visitor, or other professionals who may be currently involved with the family. A family can also refer themselves.

The friendly support offered is confidential and non-judgemental, tailored to meet the families' needs. Any family who feels that Home-Start Ryedale could help make a difference, just need to pick up the telephone and speak to Jo Oliver, the co-ordinator, who will chat to them in confidence, about their needs. Call Jo now on 01653 693551, she is waiting to speak to you!

Valuable experience

Home-Start Ryedale is looking to recruit new home-visiting volunteers to befriend and support families across Ryedale. All volunteers are required to undertake training and the next course is due to start during March.

Jo Oliver, Home-Start Ryedale Coordinator stated; "I am delighted to be recruiting new volunteers for our Preparation Course starting in March. This will equip the volunteers with the relevant skills to offer support to families on their homes. Volunteers are vital to delivering this service so I would be very keen to hear from anyone who thinks this volunteering opportunity might be right for them.

Volunteering is an enjoyable and rewarding way to make a real difference in the local community. The feed-back from Home-Start volunteers across the UK is that it has helped them to forge new careers in the social sector and many volunteers say it not only helps the families they support gain confidence and self-esteem but it helps them too."

Home-Start Ryedale is also keen to hear from anyone who may be interested in getting involved in the Charity in other ways. If anyone wants to offer assistance in other ways, please do get in touch. At the moment we would be particularly keen to hear from anyone who might be able to help us with fundraising or publicity.

If you wish to find out more about volunteering opportunities please drop in for a chat and cup of tea at 43 Parliament Street, Norton or contact Jo Oliver, Home-Start Ryedale Co-ordinator on or call 01653 693551.

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Malton choirs join hands for first "big sing"

April 2011

Two of Malton's newest choirs join forces Saturday April 2nd for the first time for what organisers say will be one of the biggest adult choral events in the town for years with about 70 singers taking part.

Harmonia Ladies Choir, created in 2008, will join Malton District Male Voice Choir, founded in 2007, for a feast of musical entertainment in St Michael's Church, Malton at 7.30. Payment of £5 is at the door.

Harmonia, more than 40 strong, is directed by Alison Davis, while Malton District Male Voice Choir, with about 30 singers, is under the baton of Chris Gulley. The choirs have never performed together before but are linked by a common rehearsal venue in Malton Methodist Church and by husband and wife couples in the two choirs.

"It's good for local choirs to collaborate like this and promote choral singing in the community", said Alison Davis, who directed a children's choir in Scarborough before establishing Harmonia.

Male Voice Choir Chairman Tom Todd said "the fact that these two young choirs can already field 70 adult voices between them is further proof that singing is alive and well in Malton".

The Male Voice choir has just recruited its youngest member, 16-year-old Philip Jennings. Chris Gulley said there was "a comradeship in the choir similar to that in sport". Singing was also "good for the health and much more physical than people realise", he said.
Details of concert and choirs from: Alison Davis on 01653-698561 and Tom Todd on 01653 692362

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Celebrating 75 years

April 2011

Formed in 1936, the Swinton & District Excelsior Band is about to celebrate it's 75th Anniversary. We are holding a Birthday Celebration Weekend over the Bank Holiday Weekend of May 28th and 29th and are looking to invite all past and present members to join us in the celebrations.

If you, or anyone you know have been members of the Swinton Band at any time over the past 75 years then please contact Catherine on 01653 692861 for further details. As part of the weekend we will be holding a Free Concert at Swinton Sports Club on Saturday 28th May starting at 7.30 and would like as many past members as possible to join us either playing or listening. The concert is open to all so come along for a very enjoyable evening.

Swinton Band is a Brass Band, based in the village of Swinton near Malton and as well as playing music we also hold regular social activities.

The band always welcomes any New players, Young or Old, Beginners or Experienced. If anyone would like to learn a brass instrument, and those who may have played in the past and would like to take it up again, we offer free instrument loan and free lessons and free membership. Our training group meets on a Saturday evening from 6pm to 8pm. Our Main band rehearsals are on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7.30 to 9pm.

If you are interested in joining this fun and sociable band either as a total beginner, former player, improver or as an experience brass player please contact Stephen on 01653 696417.

If you would like to see more about the band or what we get up to then check our website at

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Easter Gathering

April 2011

So what is the "real" meaning of Easter? Why "Good" Friday? Many of us remember it is a religious festival but has its significance and relevance been lost? This year on Good Friday the Churches in Southern Ryedale are gathering in Market Place, in front of St Michael's Church and inviting everyone who would like to join us to remember the "Good" in the Easter story. We will sing accompanied by a band, brass band and choir, look at the Easter Story, discover its impact for today and celebrate what we now call the "Good News".

Following the service there will be an event for the whole community full of lots of family fun, games, crafts, music, displays and a selection of refreshments and food. The event is FREE and open to everyone. Why not come and join us on this special holiday and together let's put the "good" back into Good Friday!

For more information call: 01653 697796 or go to:

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Easter Vanilla Cupcakes

April 2011

Young people of all ages love baking especially at Easter. Try these delicious vanilla cupcakes and decorate them with an Easter theme. The cupcake frills in the photo can be bought at most supermarkets and will make your cupcakes look extra special!

Ingredients: (makes 12)
225g caster sugar,
110g unsalted butter, softened at room temperature,
3 medium eggs,
150g self raising flour,
125g plain flour, 120ml milk,
1 vanilla pod, split in two lengthways.
Buttercream icing:
110g unsalted butter softened, at room temperature,
60ml milk, at room temperature,
1 teaspoon good quality vanilla extract,
500g icing sugar, sifted

Method: Put the milk in a small pan with the vanilla pod and bring to the boil. Immediately remove from the heat and leave to infuse until it reaches room temperature. Remove the vanilla pod and using the tip of a knife scrape the seeds out and return them to the milk.
Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/ gas mark 4. Line a 12 hole muffin tin with cupcake cases.

Cream the butter and sugar in a large bowl until pale and fluffy using an electric hand mixer. Add the eggs, one at a time beating well after each one.

Mix the two flours. Create a smooth batter by adding the flours and vanilla infused milk, gradually in two or three stages beating well. Alternatively for speed but not half as much fun - put all the ingredients into a food processor and whiz until you have a cake batter.
Spoon the mixture evenly into the cases. Bake for 25 minutes until cooked and golden brown and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.

Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes or so before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

While the cupcakes are cooling make the icing, using an electric hand mixer, mix the butter, milk, vanilla extract and half the icing sugar in a large bowl until smooth. Gradually add the rest of the icing sugar until you have a thick creamy icing.

When the cupcakes are completely cold ice and decorate with your choice of Easter decoration, I like mini chocolate eggs and sprinkles, or choose from the wide selection of cake decorations available or use small sweets. You can of course colour the icing too, add a drop at a time of your chosen food colouring to build the colour gradually. A note for any young people attempting these cupcakes, don't forget to do the washing up and leave the kitchen tidy!

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Orchard Park Preschool Seedlings

April 2011

Are you looking for somewhere to take your two year old on a Monday afternoon? Do they need something more than the usual toddler groups but aren't yet old enough to join the preschool?

Why not try Seedlings at Orchard Park Preschool?
Monday 1.30pm - 3pm at Orchard Park Community Centre, Badger Paddock, Huntington.

For many children, starting in pre-school is their first step towards independence and it can be a daunting experience for both children as well as parents. "Seedlings" was started as a way of helping children aged birth to 3 years old get used to taking part in pre-school life without the stress of being without parents or carers.

Orchard Park Preschool has been offering quality child care based in the heart of Huntington since 1967. They are a pro-active community led charity providing a much valued service for families and carers in Huntington and surrounding areas.

There are places from age 2 at Orchard Park Pre-School which runs every morning monday to Friday. The children are nurtured and well cared for in a warm, welcoming and relaxed environment. The Pre-School follows the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum ensuring that your child learns through play, gains confidence and develops good relationships with other children.

Victoria Stroughair, the Pre-School manager says "Many children come to us having never left their safe home environment and need our help to guide them through the transition. Seedling helps with this transition. We provide many of the same toys, games and activities as the pre-school but parents and carers can stay with their children."

Vicky runs Seedlings and is qualified and experienced in childcare and education. she has help from Louise Harrington who is currently studying for childcare qualifications and has also been working at the Pre-School in the mornings. All of the team at Orchard Park attend regular courses to ensure that all of the current legistlation is adhered to.

On the day I visited, the children were busy making Valentine's Day cards. The emphasis at Seedlings is definately on play and a different focus each week provides opportunities for cooking, music, singing, painting, water play, craft and dressing up. There is also a secure garden area where the children can play with a wide range of outdoor toys. Outings alongside the pre-school children take places throughout the year.

"Children can come here and feel happy and relaxed in this environment with their parents or carers on hand to help out if necessary."

The cost is just 50p per week and this includes a mid afternoon snack and a drink.

Seedlings runs on Monday afternoons from 1.30pm to 3pm.

For more information, please call Sandra on 07407 700315 or 01904 626361.

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Grow & Learn at Barton le Willows Playgroup

February 2011

Barton le Willows Playgroup has been helping children feel confident and secure whilst they grow from birth to school age for over 30 years.
Originally run from Welburn Village Hall, the playgroup moved to Barton le Willows in the 1980s. Jayne Carr has played a big part in running
the playgroup ever since. "It just has a lovely family feel." explains Jayne. Based on the edge of a quiet rural lane, the playgroup offers a welcoming and relaxing environment for children.

The windows of Barton le Willows village hall look out over a fantastic safe play area to the rear and to barns beyond. It is easy to see why
the playgroup is a popular place for those families who attend.

Children come from a wide catchment area stretching across southern Ryedale.Many sessions are themed and involve craft, songs, stories,
active play and a snack.Qualified playleader Tammie Saunders oversees the sessions. A range of play equipment is freely available for children to enjoy indoor and outdoor open play. "We encourage both individual play and teamwork in order that children develop new interests and social skills." says Tammie. "We work with parents
to ensure that your child feels confident and secure and we are always grateful for the support of our parents."

The playgroup is run by a voluntary committee of parents. The group receives no funding other than their weekly fees and has to run undraising events throughout the year to cover costs such as hall hire,
wages and insurance. Recent fundraising events have included a 'Sponsored Toddle'around the village and regular raffles. Speaking to parents on the day I visited, they were full of praise for the playgroup. "My son absolutely loves it." said one mum. "It's a wonderful
place to bring your children." Amanda Morris, the current chairperson, says "It's like a family and there is never a dull day!"

The playgroup is currently held on Friday mornings between 9.30am and 11am. If you are looking for a friendly local playgroup to take your
children, give Tammie or Amanda a call on 07815 573471 or 01653 619710.

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Stamford Bridge Singers

February 2011

The Stamford Bridge Singers completed a very busy Advent and Christmas period with successful if snowy services and concerts in Malton and York and a fun evening of carol singing in Stamford Bridge.

Following their Christmas break the Singers have started learning a number of new works in preparation for services and concerts at Easter and in the Summer. Watch out for details of forthcoming concerts in Easingwold, Thornton le Dale and Malton.

Following a number of recent recruits to the Soprano and Alto lines, the Stamford Bridge Singers are now looking to recruit more tenors and basses to their ranks. If you are aged between thirteen and seventy and you enjoy singing a wide range of sacred and secular music, ranging from Mozart to Lloyd Webber and from Haydn to Abba, please do get in touch with this friendly Choir.

The Singers meet every Thursday evening in Stamford Bridge Junior School from 7.30 to 9.15pm. Contact the Singers via their website: , ring Rosemary Downey on York 7871

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Planning a Wedding

February 2011

The wedding season is just around the corner and many couples are eagerly anticipating their big day. How are you going to turn those wedding dreams into a reality? Who can help?

Fortunately you can find everything you will need for a perfect wedding from some fantastic local suppliers. Some of them you can find in The Handy Mag and many more will be on display at the Malton and Norton Wedding Fayre on Sunday 27th March at the Old Lodge in Malton.

Here you can talk to some of the experts in the wedding business to help guide you on your way and make your big day run as smoothly and to be as perfect as it possibly can.

So what is needed for a perfect day? Rings, a dress, a venue and a cake.... The experts at the fayre will have the knowledge and skill to ensure your individual needs are met and the day goes like clockwork, keeping your worries to a minimum.

From bridal stores to entertainment, and photographers to florists, local professionals will be on hand to give you lots of inspiration. There will also be fashion shows featuring the latest in bridal wear and advice on beauty tips and hair styling.

Don't forget your travel arrangements to and from the wedding, and for your honeymoon. Local wedding car companies and holiday destinations will also be available on the day.

The experts might not be able to write your guest list for you but their professional input means you will have time to clear your mind and make sure all friends, family and loved ones are there to witness the big day.81 or just come along to a practice and see what you think!

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York Cats Protection staff are desperate

February 2011

- desperate to get our gorgeous and sprightly lady Freya, a new home!

Freya is our only long-stay cat and we have no idea why!
* She's not old, barely touching middle age in fact
* She has a strikingly beautiful face and lovely tabby markings
* Her favourite past-time is playing with her toys
* She has a soft spot for handsome tom cats (even the older gentleman!)

So why does Freya still grace our adoption centre? Truth is when Freya came into the adoption centre she was rather spoilt. She refused to eat meat, it was high quality biscuits for her, she didn't like her feline neighbours, boy did she let them know and she didn't like to be over-fussed, in short everything was on Freya's terms! Having being with us for quite some months we have now seen a new, calmer and friendlier Freya emerge. She now quite likes her feline neighbours and will interact with them in a more positive way. She will also hop on your knee for a cuddle and accept fuss, so long as you promise to play with her toy mice afterwards!

We would really like to see Freya in a new home as soon as possible. She has blossomed while being with us but we feel she will improve even more once she is in a stable and loving home, where she can really get her paws under the table.

If you feel you could offer Freya or any of our needy cats a home please contact the centre on 01904 760356 or drop in and see us at 582 Huntington Road, Huntington, York.

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St Andrew's CL&CG Brigade

February 2011

Everyone's heard of the Scouts haven't they? And the Brownies? The Boys Brigade are well known too, but what about the Church Lad's and Church Girl's Brigade? Ever heard of them?

If you are like most of the people in the UK then you'll have answered no, but the CL&CGB (or just "the Brigade") have been running for 120 years and have companies across the world in places like Canada, New Zealand and Kenya. Here in the UK we are one of the smaller uniformed-youth groups but the St Andrew's Company, based in New Earswick and Huntington, has over 50 members and has been going strong since 1983.

Every Friday night members between the ages of 4 and 21meet at Yearsley Grove School to enjoy games, crafts, badgework, drill, team-building, stories and a whole host of other activities with their friends. As we are a Christian group, we focus on the values of fellowship, fairness, honesty and fun, and we welcome members of all faiths and none.

Outside Friday nights take part in camps, trips, adventure activities like paintball and karting, national football competitions and many more. Probably the most popular thing we do is the band, an incredibly successful and highly regarded military-style marching outfit. We perform in and around the region, have toured Europe on a number of occasions and have been National Supreme Champions for three of the last four years.

Sounds pretty good so far doesn't it? There has to be a catch, it must be really expensive with all that uniform to pay for, right? Wrong! Members pay a one-off fee of £25 when they join and this covers their uniform for as long as they stay in Brigade. The only other costs are the termly subs which work out as roughly £2 for each Friday night. These costs can even be paid over a longer period if necessary.
If all this sounds like your sort of thing then contact the C.O, Andrew Stubbs, on 01904 470448, or visit for more information.

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