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Sun 4 Oct 2020

Newby Hall & Gardens, Ripon. HG4 5AE. Italian Cars & Motorbikes Extravaganza (rescheduled event). A celebration & major gathering for enthusiasts & owners of modern & classic Italian cars & motor cycles. Organised jointly by Club Alfa & the venue, Newby Hall is the perfect setting for the fantastic marques of these vehicles. See Newby Hall website for more details. Same day: Apple Throwing Championships from 1pm. 10am - 4pm. tel: 01423 322583 tickets: For attending the event only tickets can be bought at gate. web: http://www.newbyhall.com

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Sun 4 Oct 2020

Thirsk Market Place. Northern Dales Farmers' Market. Everyone here makes or grows what is being sold. 10am to 2pm. web: https://northerndalesfarmersmarkets.com

Tue 6 Oct 2020

Holy Rood House, Centre for Health & Pastoral Care, ZOOM on-line. Finding the Way through Unease. Zoom event led by Helen Warwick, 'Routines & Resources'. 10am-11.30am repeated at 6pm-7.30pm. tel: 01845 522580 email: info@holyroodhouse.org.uk

Fri 2 Oct 2020 to
 Sat 17 Oct 2020

Not Mon or Sun. Rural Arts, The Courthouse, Westgate, Thirsk, YO7 1QS. Ceramics and Print Exhibition. 10am - 3pm. tel: 01845526536 email: admin@ruralarts.org web: https://www.ruralarts.org

Up to
 Fri 18 Dec 2020

Thirsk Town Hall. Yoga with Alex. Yoga classes suitable for beginners and those with some experience. Mondays 5.45pm, Tuesday 6.30 pm, Thursday 10am & 7pm, Friday 9.30am. Monday 5.45pm, Tuesday 6.30pm,Thursday 10am & 7pm, Friday 9.30am. £6 per session (Block of 5 for £30). tel: 07927 141616 tickets: yogawithalex2020@gmail.com email: yogawithalex2020@gmail.com


Sat 17 Oct 2020 to
 Sun 18 Oct 2020

The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton, DL6 1LP. Michael Ball & Alfie Boe (12A) . The world’s ultimate musical duo, Michael Ball and Alfie Boe are ‘Back Together’ and set to delight cinema audiences up and down the country with the final show of their UK tour at the O2 Arena. Sat 7pm, Sun 3pm. £14 (£12 seniors). tel: 01609 776230 tickets: online or phone web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk

Fri 23 Oct 2020 to
 Sat 24 Oct 2020

The Garden Rooms, Tennants, Leyburn, DL8 5SG. Designer Makers Market, Unique Handcrafted Goods direct from the maker, 30 designers, artists, & craftspeople, Herriott Hospice Homecare the benefitting charity. 10am to 4pm.

Sat 24 Oct 2020

All UK and most of Europe. Clocks go back at 2am Sunday by one hour at the end of summer daylight saving time.

Sat 24 Oct 2020 to
 Sat 31 Oct 2020

Lightwater Valley, North Stainley, Ripon, North Yorkshire HG4 3HT. Spooktacular Fun at Lightwater Valley. Something spooky is coming to Lightwater Valley this Half Term. The North Yorkshire theme park is hosting a hocus pocus half term full of activities to keep young families eerily entertained in-between rides. 10:30am - 5pm. 14.50. tel: 01765 635321 tickets: online web: https://www.lightwatervalley.co.uk/events

Sat 24 Oct 2020

St.Oswald's Church, Sowerby, Thirsk. YO71JG. An event organised by Holy Rood House, Centre for Health & Pastoral & Care. 'The Inner World of Music', Music, Spirituality and well being led by Reverend Professor June Boyce-Tillison MBE. The day will be a mixture of talks, reflectiveness & creativity. 9.30 for 10am - 4pm. tel: 01845 5225 email: info@holyroodhouse.org.uk web: http://holyroodhouse.org.uk

Sat 31 Oct 2020

Royal Hall, Harrogate,HG1 2RD. CANCELLED Harrogate Choral Society. 7.30pm. tel: 01423 502116 web: http://www.harrogatechoral.org.uk

Sat 31 Oct 2020 to
 Sun 1 Nov 2020

The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton, DL6 1LP. 'The Curse of the Haunted Pirate Ship' (Tom Rolfe Productions). Ahoy there shipmates! Climb aboard the good ship Naughty Nellie for our swashbuckling adventure live on stage this October half-term. Why not come in fancy-dress. Prizes for the best dressed. All seats socially distanced. Sat. 13.00, 15.30 & 18.00. Sun, 13.00 & 15.30. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: Box Office open Mondays 9.30 - 12.30 web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk


Tue 3 Nov 2020

Holy Rood House, Centre for Health & Pastoral Care, ZOOM on-line. Finding the Way with Wisdom. On-line event led by Helen Warwick. 'Wisdom of the Divine'. 10am-11.30am repeated at 6pm-7.30pm. tel: 01845 522580 email: info@holyroodhouse.org.uk

Tue 17 Nov 2020

Holy Rood House, Centre for Health & Pastoral Care, ZOOM on-line. Finding the Way with Wisdom. On-line event led by Helen Warwick. Wisdom of the Self'. 10am-11.30am repeated at 6pm-7.30pm. tel: 01845 522580 email: info@holyroodhouse.org.uk

Sat 21 Nov 2020 to
 Wed 23 Dec 2020

Lightwater Valley, North Stainley, Ripon, North Yorkshire HG4 3HT. Families can discover a whole host of festive fun as Christmas comes to Lightwater Valley on selected dates from Sat 21 Nov - Wed 23 Dec. Be enchanted by the fantastical family-friendly Alice in Winterland giant lanterns display as the sun sets over the park. 1pm – 7pm. £12.50. tel: 01765 635321 tickets: online web: https://www.lightwatervalley.co.uk/events

Sun 22 Nov 2020

Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal, Ripon. HG4 3DY. Eurythmia Ensemble. Festival Favourites in the Cellarium. 2pm. email: eurythmia@gmail.com

Fri 27 Nov 2020 to
 Sun 29 Nov 2020

Thirsk Town Hall, Westgate YO7 1QR. CANCELLED: Christmas Fayre. tel: 07921 676640

Fri 27 Nov 2020 to
 Sun 29 Nov 2020

Thirsk Town Hall, Westgate YO7 1QR. There is no Market Place Switch On event this year to avoid crowds. The Thirsk Christmas Fayre in the Town Hall has also had to be cancelled. Despite these setbacks, the Thirsk Ladies Group who raise funds for Thirsk Christmas Lights say that the lights will be illuminating the Market Place by Fri 27 Nov. tel: 07921 676640


Tue 1 Dec 2020

Holy Rood House, Centre for Health & Pastoral Care, ZOOM on-line. Finding the Way with Wisdom. On-line event led by Helen Warwick. 'Wisdom of the Community'. 10am-11.30am repeated at 6pm-7.30pm. tel: 01845 522580 email: info@holyroodhouse.org.uk

Sat 5 Dec 2020

Harrogate Convention Centre, Harrogate. HG1 5LA. CANCELLED: Harrogate Christmas Concert. web: http://www.harrogatechoral.org.uk

Sat 5 Dec 2020 to
 Sun 6 Dec 2020

The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton, DL6 1LP. Christmas with Andre Rieu 2020. The King of Waltz brings you a festive Christmas spectacular from his newly created Winter Palace in his hometown of Maastricht. Sat 6pm, Sun 3pm. £15 with concessions. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: online or phone web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk

Sat 12 Dec 2020

RHS Harlow Carr Gardens, Harrogate. HG3 1QB. Harrogate Theatre Choir. 5pm. web: http://www.harrogatetheatrechoir.co.uk


Sat 9 Jan 2021

The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton, DL6 1LP. Jason Manford Just Like Me. 6pm & 9pm. tel: 01609 776230 web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk

Thirsk Artisan Food and Drink Market on Sunday 4th Oct

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The award winning Northern Dales Farmers' Market is once again bringing awesome food and drink producers to Thirsk Market Place. If you love to feed your family very fresh quality food you'll want to make a beeline for this.

Get proper free range farm fresh bangers oozing with flavour and packed to perfection with meaty goodness. You'll also find amazing cheeses, gourmet pies, delicious donuts, Yorkshire honey made by bees that buzz around the moors, luxury cheesecakes, farmhouse table teatime treats, sinful gingerbread and wonderful ginger wine, succulent grass-fed Angus beef, sensational scotch eggs, locally roasted coffee, cupcakes that are too cute for words, Korean food that'll get your tongue tingling, and a veritable feast of vegetarian and vegan goodies.

Bring your dogs, there's a stall for them too


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From Thirsk Ladies Group

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As most of you already know, each year the team at Christmas in Thirsk strive to put on a Christmas spectacular during the last weekend in November, when we switch on the Christmas lights in the town: This is made possible by our fundraising events throughout the year along with donations.

This year, however, has been different for all of us and it has meant that we have been unable to fundraise since early March and events such as our quizzes, bingo, talks etc have all had to be cancelled, as has our biggest fundraiser of the year our Dinner Dance.

Unfortunately we have had to take the decision to cancel the show we usually put on for the Christmas lights ‘Switch-On’, partly as a cost saving (this normally costs around £4000) and also because we cannot actively be seen to encourage around 2000 people to gather in a relatively small area.

We will however still have our Christmas lights on around the town by the 27th November which we hope you will enjoy. This has been made possible by the generosity of our local businesses, our town councils, Hambleton district council and all of you who supported our events earlier this year.

Also we are very sorry to announce that we have, regrettably, had to make the decision to cancel this year's Christmas Fayre in the Town Hall which was due to take place 27th -29th November.

So here's the message: we still need around £10,000 to put the lights on, this is made up of everything from the installation, storage, repairs and replacements as well as insurances etc. Don't panic we don't need it all, but we are still about £3000 short of where we need to be to cover costs.

If you can donate anything, your contribution will be very much appreciated, whether it is £20 or £200 – this year every pound is more important than ever. You can donate by sending a cheque made payable to ‘Thirsk Business Association Ladies Section’ to 3 Darrowby Close, Thirsk YO7 1FJ. If you need details for a bank transfer please call 07973 871052 or email info@christmasinthirsk.com

Again, thank you for your time, we look forward to hearing from you and Merry Christmas.

NHS COVID-19 app

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The QR code here is not the real one.

You will shortly see posters like this all over the place. It has a QR code (a square barcode) which identifies where you are visiting. You should scan the QR code with your phone on entering a pub, restaurant, visitor attraction or holiday home for example.

Every person who downloads the NHS COVID-19 app will be helping in the fight against coronavirus. The app will help the NHS understand where and how quickly the virus is spreading, so they can respond quickly and effectively. The app helps the NHS track the virus, not individuals.

The app does all this while protecting users' anonymity. Nobody, including the government, will know who or where a particular user is.

The NHS COVID-19 app is different from the NHS app used to order repeat prescriptions and book doctors' appointments.

For more, or if you have a business needing its own poster, see

To download the NHS COVID-19 app from Thu 24 Sep go to the App Store or Google Play on your phone.

When to get tested

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The Government guidance changed on Tue 22 Sep. It now reads as follows:

You should only get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms or if you’ve been advised to get tested by a health professional.

The symptoms are:

 – high temperature

 – new, continuous cough

 – loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

Following a recent survey at testing sites that found that a quarter of people turning up did not have symptoms, guidance is that if you don’t have coronavirus symptoms, and have not been advised to take a test by a doctor or a public health professional or by your local council, you should not be booking a test. Healthcare professionals will be checking those for symptoms at testing sites.

Updates to the Rules

Local cases

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These are the COVID-19 cases from the latest 7 days for which near-complete information is available. Counts of less than three cases are shown as 0-2.


Thirsk North 7

Thirsk South & Coxwold 0-2

Leeming, Pickhill & Thornton 0-2

Helmsley & Ampleforth 0-2

Dishthorpe, Baldersby & Markington 0-2

Northallerton 3

Northallerton South & Leeming Bar 0-2

Brompton, Appleton & Thimbleby 0-2

Thirsk Puzzles book

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Here's the ideal present for anyone who knows or is new to Thirsk.

By local author Paige Horley the book includes over 50 word searches, crosswords and a word fit puzzle. All are about Thirsk and surrounding areas, from tourist attractions, history of Thirsk, companies, shops and everything that makes Thirsk. Answers included.

There is also a chance to win a gift voucher in a competition.

The Thirsk Puzzles Book is available in Thirsk's information centre, £5.99.

Calling Thirsk businesses

The exhibition which was planned for 22 October at Thirsk Racecourse will be replaced by the Thirsk & District Business Association Virtual Business Conference 2020 on the same date.

Join us for our first online virtual business conference where we will hear from guest speakers and local Thirsk businesses of how to get the most out of your business for you and your customers.The event is online and free.

Date: Thu 22 Oct, Time: 9.30am to 1pm.

This is a must-attend event if you have a business in the Thirsk and district area. The purpose is to connect and support local businesses and bring them together during the global pandemic.

To register go to

For more information go to
or email Guy Baragwanath at

New TV show needs your help

Have you got an object that you love but never use? Can’t face throwing it away?
A new BBC series could transform it into something completely different that you’ll actually use.

Applicants must be aged 18 or over and be a UK resident. The filming will be local in Yorkshire. Find out more and apply:



0141 3437782

'All Creatures' remade for TV

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James Herriot, famous for his 'All Creatures Great and Small' and other books lived and worked in Thirsk. Now the story has been re-made by Channel 5 and is running as a weekly series on Channel 5 on Tuesdays at 9pm.

If you missed episodes you can catch up on the My5 TV channel, available on many smart TVs and also on devices at
(tip: search for 'creatures')

The veterinary surgery of the real James Herriot (Alf Wight) shown in the picture was in Kirkgate, Thirsk, and is now a museum of his life, work and times. It is open seven days a week 10am-4pm (last entry 3pm). Book now at worldofjamesherriot.com

Marking Remembrance Day during the pandemic

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Remembrance Day 2020 is likely to be very different to past years, but we shouldn’t allow coronavirus to prevent us recognising and celebrating our veterans. That’s why Community First Yorkshire are offering gift boxes to older ex-servicemen and women in North Yorkshire.

Funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust, boxes will include a collection of Yorkshire-themed items, including biscuits and teabags, as well as commemorative items from the Royal British Legion’s Poppyshop.

The packs are free of charge and will be delivered in early November, arriving in time for Remembrance Sunday. Packs are suitable for both men and women.

There are 150 boxes available and they will be distributed on a first come first serve basis, while stocks last, max 1 per household. Deadline for applications is 18 October 2020, but requests will not be open until 28 September.

To be eligible for a pack, veterans must:

 - be aged 65 or over,

 - have served in HM Armed Forces (including National Service) or have seen active service as part of the Merchant Navy;

 - live in one of the North Yorkshire districts (i.e. Craven, Hambleton, Harrogate, Richmondshire, Ryedale, Scarborough or Selby).

If you meet all of the above criteria, or you know an older veteran who does, please see more information on communityfirstyorkshire.org.uk. To make a request between Mon 28 Sep and Sun 18 Oct, call 01904 704177 or email <18>exforces@communityfirstyorkshire.org.uk

Flu jabs

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If you are aged 50-64 with no long term condition, the government has announced that you will be eligible for a flu vaccination this year, however doctors are awaiting further guidance as to how and when these vaccinations will be delivered and anticipate that this will be after the ‘at risk’ groups have been vaccinated.

Thirsk Doctors Surgery says:
This year, in order to minimise risk of Covid and to keep both patients and staff safe during the pandemic we have made some changes to our Flu vaccination service.

Instead of our usual Saturday morning ‘drop in’ clinics, thanks to Thirsk Auction Mart we have arranged Drive Through clinics. These are to be pre-booked via reception. If born before 1st April 1956 you can also book online at www.patientaccess.com.

Our first FLU Vaccination Drive Through was a success! We have lots more flu appointments this Sat 26 Sep at Thirsk Auction Market. Please book online or phone 01845 440462 for this or some other convenient date.

Lambert Medical Centre says:
We will NOT be having walk in clinics. If you are eligible for the flu vaccination you will be contacted by letter inviting you to attend the surgery and it is important that you attend at the allotted time slot so we can ensure social distancing. For information phone 01845 523157 or see

GP prescription changes

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From 1 October, doctors across North Yorkshire will no longer routinely issue a prescription for medicines that patients can buy themselves over-the-counter for a range of minor, short-term health concerns.

Patients will instead be encouraged to visit their local pharmacy for advice and treatments for common ailments like coughs and colds, aches and pains, hay fever and sunburn.

The guidance does not affect the prescribing of over-the-counter treatments for long-term conditions or more complex conditions, or where minor illnesses are a symptom or side effect of a more serious condition.

Dr Tim Rider, NHS North Yorkshire CCG Clinical Lead for Prescribing, said: “Having home remedies to hand ensures people can self-manage minor illness or injury. Medicines to keep in stock include pain relief tablets, antiseptic cream, cough remedies and antihistamines.”

Song for Yorkshire competition

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Welcome to Yorkshire are launching the LNER Song for Yorkshire competition to celebrate everything we know and love about Yorkshire.

With huge prizes and opportunities on offer, we're looking for Yorkshire’s next aspiring singers and song writers.

The competition is open to all ages and both individuals and/or groups, please observe the correct social distancing for your area.

It could be your school band, your local choir, a group from brownies, scouts, work colleagues, uni mates or just you, on your own.

All genres and styles are welcome, from opera to, classical, pop, rock, rap, dance or even folk – it just has to be an original song – So if you have a passion for singing and song writing, there’s a place for you!

Entrants have until 13th November 2020 to submit their song (video no longer than 4 minutes in length). They will then be shortlisted by a panel of specialist judges from the music and media industry, before the final songs are put to a public vote to decide who will be crowned the LNER Song for Yorkshire winner 2020.

Budding song-writers should see

Teaching swimming safely

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Jack Mawson and his teacher Jasmine at Thirsk & Sowerby Leisure Centre

Hambleton’s four leisure centres are teaching swimming safely. A number of safety guidelines have been put in place including teaching from the poolside only, limiting the number of spectators, wearing of face masks in circulation and spectator areas and asking swimmers to arrive with swimwear on underneath their clothes and showering at home after lessons.

There are still some limited spaces available for Stage 4 classes and upwards. For more information contact the centres: Bedale 01677 427272, Northallerton 01609 777070, Stokesley 01642 711140, Thirsk & Sowerby 01845 522447.

For more details see

Information centre open

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The Thirsk information centre is open Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays – 10am to noon and 12.30 to 2.30pm. On Tue & Wed phone a volunteer working from home on
01845 522755
There will also be Tuesday opening from the start of October.

This is the place to get walks and visitor attraction leaflets. There are Yorkshire and Thirsk souvenirs as well as maps, books, flags, postcards and things for kids. We also have a good range of 2021 calendars.

The stamp books will save your time queuing at the Post Office counter.


At any time view the Market Place webcam at www.visitthirsk.uk/webcam


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