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Hunton Steam Gathering 2019

Hunton Steam Gathering returns for 2019, and it looks to be bigger and better than ever!

£28,000 for Friarage

Local event is a huge success for The Friarage



06 feature: 08 feature: 10 recipe: 10 events 12 feature

News from Orchard Dental Care FEATURED

Why we should drink more water FEATURED

The History of Harvest Festival FEATURED

Walnut Stuffed Apples Local events this Autumn


Garden View

We look at privet hedge trimming this Autumn


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Hunton Steam Gathering Northallerton Library Events FEATURED

Local event proves a success FEATURED

Trimming privet hedges

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Welcome to the Autumn issue We welcome Autumn with a range of local updates and news, from Northallerton Library news (p16) to the return of Hunton Steam Gathering (p14). We also have a delicious Walnut Stuffed Apple recipe (p10), as well as some helpful garden tips (p18). Don’t forget, if you have any news, events, updates or stories of local interest, please send them to and we’ll do our best to publish them for you. I hope you all enjoy this issue and I’ll see you again in November. Best wishes,

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Exciting New Facial Aesthetics and Skin Care with Patient Safety in Mind Orchard House Dental Care & Facial Aesthetics was established in 2015. Since taking over the former “Romanby Dental Practice’, David and Stephanie have both worked hard to bring the most up to date treatments in both dentistry and facial aesthetics. Stephanie specializes in Facial Aesthetics and Skin Rejuvenation at Orchard House. Before qualifying as a dentist, Stephanie was a clinical biochemist and a dietitian so a good scientific basis is always at the forefront of any treatments What we offer At Orchard House we offer a range of treatments for anti ageing prevention and correction and overall skin health. Probably our most popular enquiry is for “Botox”. The most popular aesthetic treatment in the world. Yes, toxin injections can give fantastic results, but sometimes you have to have in the back of your mind that Botox procedures are a ‘quick fix.’ And you are in fact, ‘papering over the cracks.’ This can sometimes be the case for dermal fillers when they are used incorrectly and a person starts to look ‘flat ‘ and ‘pillow faced.’ You should



always start with a healthy canvas – the skin. A good facial aesthetic practitioner should analyze the face as a whole. From Skin health, laxity & fragility, to facial volume loss, to muscle tone. They should also consider facial proportions of and what is aesthetically ‘beautiful’. I have had fantastic results using active skincare on its own. Prescription grade skincare, such as ZO by Dr. Zein Obagi, is only available from a trained physician. These products contain high concentrations of active ingredients, designed with unique delivery systems that that can actually penetrate into the skin and target where they are needed. Over this past year I have had fantastic results with ageing, pigmentation, acne and rosacea & have been selected to work alongside Dr. Obagi himself in Beverly Hills. Complimenting ZO Skin is the revolutionary Hydrafacial. Hydrafacial technology can provide 6 facial treatments in 1 hour; if you were to have these 6 treatments separately they would probably cost you in excess of £400. A 1-hour Hydrafacial treatment is a fraction of the price at £120, and… it works. As mentioned in the tweakments guide 2019, this is a facial that is

actually treating and benefiting your skin. My Concerns Dentists are heavily regulated, arguably more so than doctors. Even in this day and age, a beautician can do a ‘day’ course injectables. Having spent 7 years at University, followed by 2 years of training in facial aesthetics at the Royal College in London, I find this truly worrying. Injectables placed incorrectly can lead to tissue death, blindness and the results can be life changing. Similarly, injecting into the lips when the clinical environment or the mouth is not clean, can leads to chronic infection and permanent scarring. Unfortunately, Anyone on Instagram can call themselves an “advanced facial practitioner’ or a ‘nurse’ or ‘dental professional.’ If someone says they are a nurse or a dental professional they will on a register, and it is your responsibility to do your research. Check out your practitioner’s credentials. If they say they are a dental professional, they should be on the GDC register. Phone: 01609 771888

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Water Works

Why we should all drink more water Ask most people how much fluid they are supposed to drink in a day, and they will reply “Eight glasses of water.” This number has seeped into the public consciousness over the past couple of decades so it might surprise you to know that it has very little basis in science! However, it is important to stay properly hydrated. Fewer people know that if you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated, and this has a real impact on how your body and brain function. Dehydration leads to a decrease in our physical performance. Losing just 2% of your body’s water contact can cause fatigue, problems with temperature control, and make exercise feel more difficult, physically and mentally, and it’s not uncommon for people to lose 6-10% of their body’s total water content through sweat during a workout, and as muscle is 80% water this increases muscle stress. Our brains are also strongly influenced by hydration. Studies have shown that even mild dehydration impacts brain function. In separate studies of men and women it was found that about 1.5% fluid loss impaired mood and concentration, decreased working memory, and increased feeling of anxiety, fatigue and the frequency of headaches. 1.5% fluid loss can easily occur during normal daily activities, never mind during exercise or hot weather. Worryingly the effects of dehydration are shown to be worse in children and the elderly.



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There has been some scientific interest in the effect of increasing hydration on migraine sufferers. So far, some studies have shown that while keeping hydrated doesn’t stop migraines completely, sufferers in the studies reported that the frequency and intensity of the migraines decreased when they were properly hydrated. Constipation is a common health problem and can be serious in children and the elderly. Low water consumption does appear to be a risk factor in these cases. Some studies have shown that carbonated water seems to help the situation more than still water though scientists haven’t yet explained why. Alcohol acts as a diuretic, so it makes you lose more water than you take in. The dehydration effects of alcohol are responsible for the thirst, fatigue, and headache which inevitably accompany a hangover. It’s a good idea to alternated alcoholic drinks with water and to drink a large glass of water before going to sleep, after a night out on the town. Finally, water both increases satiety and boost metabolism so is great if you’re trying to lose weight. Studies show that dieters who drank half a litre of water before each meal lost 44% more weight over a period of 12 weeks. Try it. Make a real attempt to stay properly hydrated for a week and monitor the results. You may be surprised. By Tracey Anderson

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Harvest Time

The history of the Harvest Festival Take a look at a modern harvest festival and you’ll no doubt see many ‘urban’ offerings of pre-packed cakes and tins of sweet corn. It’s so easy to pop down to the supermarket these days we forget that until relatively recently in this country, people’s lives depended upon the success or failure of their crops. Harvest festivals were a way to say thank you for a good harvest while trying to guarantee the fortune of the next one. Saxon farmers offered the first cut sheaf of corn to the gods of fertility in order to please them and ensure they were kind the following year. The last sheaf was used to make a Kern baby; a doll, dressed in white and trimmed with coloured ribbons to represent spring. Most peasants were tenant farmers who farmed for a landowner. Harvest time meant weeks of back-breaking work, so it became a tradition for the landowner to host a harvest supper as a thank you to the whole community once the harvest was brought home safely. There was no set date, but the celebrations generally took place around the time of the full Moon, known as the Harvest Moon. Harvest festivals are closely associated with the church, but actually date back to Pagan times. It was 1843 before the Church became involved. The Reverend Robert Hawker invited members of his parish to a service of

harvest thanksgiving at his Cornish church. The practice spread rapidly and led to the custom of decorating churches with harvest produce. The story of John Barleycorn You may never have heard of him, but John Barleycorn is a character in a medieval folksong. He represents barley, the most important cereal crop of the harvest, and also the alcoholic beverages beer and whisky which were made from it. In the song John Barleycorn suffers attacks, indignities and death which correspond to the various stages of the harvest such as reaping and malting. It begins… There was three kings into the east, Three kings both great and high, And they hae sworn a solemn oath, John Barleycorn should die. They took a plough and plouh’d him down, Put clods upon his head, And they hae sworn a solemn oath, John Barleycorn was dead. The song has many verses and poor old John Barleycorn suffers dreadfully throughout, particularly when he’s ground between the milling stones! But the story has a neat twist as our hero, who’s finally turned to alcohol, wreaks his revenge on everyone who drank him so merrily, and they suffer for their sins the following morning with gargantuan hangovers! It is a mark of how important the harvest was that there are more versions of this song than any other in the English language! By Sarah Davey

Walnut-Stuffed Baked Apples • Serves: 4 • Preparation time: 20 minutes • Cooking time: 30-40 minutes ................................................ Ingredients • 100g brown sugar • 75g walnuts • 50g golden raisins • 60g unsalted butter, cut into small cubes • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves • 4 large eating apples (Gala work well) • 120ml fresh orange juice ................................................ Method Preheat oven to 190C / Gas mark 5. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, walnuts, raisins, butter, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves. Slice about 1cm off the top of each apple. Use a corer or a sharp knife to remove the core and seeds from inside of each apple but take care not to go all the way through. Arrange the apples, cavity side up, in a ceramic baking dish. Fill each cavity with 2 tablespoons of the brown



sugar-walnut mixture. Sprinkle remaining brown sugar-walnut mixture on top of apples. Pour the orange juice around apples. Bake the apples for 30 to 40 minutes or until they are tender. Rotate the baking dish halfway through the cooking time. Spoon the juices in the dish over apples and serve warm with ice cream or creme fraiche. Enjoy!

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Out & About Various n Husthwaite & District Gardening Club Visitors will have the opportunity to meet some of the exhibiting artists during the weekend, as well as voting for their personal choice of ‘Best in Show’ – the results will be displayed on EDAS web site. For further information please contact Simon Eedle on 07970 246033or look at our web site www. php and click on Gardening Club. ........................................................

15th September

n Husthwaite Village Autumn Market Husthwaite Village Hall YO61 4PY 11.00am – 3.00pm Our markets, professionally run by volunteers for the benefit of the community, offer a range of food and craft stalls. We proudly support our locally sourced sellers, with an ever growing selection of produce, from free range seasonal vegetables, poultry, meat, dairy, oils, and honey. Award winning jams and preserves, artisan breads, cheeses and pastries. All this plus an interesting range of quality items from jewellery to soy wax candles and diffusers, learning money box tree and refillable eco-friendly cleaning products to soft fabric and wooden items means you are bound to find that unusual gift. The Apple Tree Café will be serving up delicious home-made hot and cold food and beverages. Free entry – all ages – wheelchair access Charity number 1013186 ........................................................

26th September

n Talk: “Nosterfield: A Stepping Stone for Nature” Brompton Methodist Church, The Green, DL6 2QT at 7.00pm Brompton Heritage Group Talk Simon Warwick, Director and founding trustee of the Lower Ure Conservation trust will talk about the twenty two years of development of this important wildlife refuge created from former

Easingwold Players Present HAPPY FAMILIES By John Godber 20th – 23rd November, 7.30pm

Full of warmth, understanding and humour, this is an affectionate and appealing portrait of an ordinary family struggling with change, bereavement and the generation gap. On his graduation day in 1978 John looks back over his teenage years, from 1967 – 1973, recalling all the embarrassments, tensions, joys and sorrows of family life in West Yorkshire. Older and better



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gravel workings. Admission on the door £3.50 including light refreshments for information phone 01609 780633 or www. ........................................................

Thirsk Town Hall 4th October

n Snake Davis concert With Helen Watson and Dave Bowie Doors 6.45pm on stage at 7.30pm Full details:

26th October n Craft Fair All British made goods, 10am - 4pm

10th November n Blue Cross Xmas Fair 11am - 4pm. Westgate, Thirsk YO7 1QR Phone: 01845 522650 ........................................................

19th & 20th October

n Easingwold Art Fair The Galtres Centre, Easingwold Easingwold & District Art Society (EDAS) are once again returning to the Galtres Centre on the weekend of Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th October 2019. On display will be over 40 artist’s original work in different mediums, ranging from framed pieces to mounted paintings, prints and greetings cards. This is a great opportunity to view their work and invest in an original framed or mounted picture or stock up on greetings cards. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet some of the exhibiting artists during the weekend, as well as voting for their personal choice of ‘Best in Show’ – the results will be displayed on EDAS web site. Work by 6th form pupils from local schools will also be on display. For the first time we are delighted to welcome two ‘Artists in Residence’ who will be painting in the main exhibition hall throughout the weekend. They will be happy to explain techniques and talk to visitors who can watch them in action...

educated, he finds himself alienated from his working-class family who cannot understand his growing intellect and theatrical aspirations. A delightful mix of humour and poignancy combine to present a delightful evening in the company of one of Britain’s most popular and widely performed playwrights. Tickets: £10 / Under 16 £7 Available from Galtres Entertainment Centre: 01347 822472

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Email us your event details to: and we’ll publish it for you. Magazine distribution dates are on p22 When you need refreshment our ever-popular Pop Up Cafe will again be serving teas and coffees, delicious cakes and light lunches. 10.00am – 4.00pm. Entry £1 The Galtres Centre, Market Place, Easingwold YO61 3AD. Free Parking & Disabled Access For more information about the exhibition, become a ‘Friend’ of EDAS or to book a place on a workshop contact Lynda Bullus: lynda.bullus@ or tel. 01423 325955. Or visit ........................................................

21st - 26th October

n Northallerton Musical Theatre Company Present the ever popular “THE SOUND OF MUSIC” at The Forum, Northallerton 21st to 26th October 2019, each evening at 7.30 pm and a matinee also on Sat. 26th at 2.15 pm. This is the tuneful, heartwarming story of the Von Trapp Family Singers. It tells the tale of Maria, a postulant at an Austrian Abbey who becomes governess to the 7 children of a widowed naval captain and who brings a new love of life and music into his home. With a talented cast of adults and children and lovely music “Climb Every Mountain”, “Do Re Mi”, “16 going on 17”, “So Long Farewell” This is one NOT to be missed. Tickets (£10 to £14) which are selling fast, are on sale at The Forum, Northallerton either by telephone on 01609 776230 or on line at www.forumnorthallerton. ........................................................

28th October

n Bat Walk Tour Kiplin Hall’s grounds, and see the sky come to life with bats on a twilight walk. Bring a torch for a glimpse of Kiplin’s hidden heritage as the sun fades. Charges apply, and spaces are limited – contact 01748 818 178. ........................................................

30th & 31st October n Scare Zone Northallerton

Thai Curry Train

We are really excited to be working in partnership with Hasip Hasip to bring you the FIRST EVER Thai Curry Train on Wensleydale Railway! Join the train at Bedale Station at 18.10 on September 14th and enjoy a scenic journey into the Yorkshire Dales while tucking into a delicious evening meal.

Northdale Horticulture So what is scare zone I hear you ask! Imagine a dark, and claustrophobic maze with some horror elements. now add smoke strobe lights and live actors. (no live actors for half scare) The 1st 4 years are about us having fun in the garden and raising a few £’s for good causes! A dark dimly lit maze of passages with gore, monsters and scares. 2019 sees 2 levels of scares so you can ease yourselves in gently. ........................................................

2nd November

n Charity concert Northallerton Woodwind will be presenting their 10th Anniversary Autumn Concert on Saturday 2nd November 2019 at East Rounton Village Hall starting at 7.30pm. Raising funds for East Rounton Church. Tickets are £7 with under 18s free and available from 01609 774158 or 07933 337877. ........................................................

23rd November

n Concert Mowbray Singers with Strings Attached “John, George - and Tony” 7.30 pm on Saturday St Oswald’s Church, Sowerby. F​ amous and popular choruses by Bach and Handel, together with two concertos by Vivaldi with guest guitar soloist Adrian Bramley, are on the programme for The Mowbray Singers and Strings Attached concert. Bach’s Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring and Sheep May Safely Graze, Handel’s “Largo” and See The Conquering Hero Comes together with his best-known coronation anthem Zadok The Priest are just some of the Baroque delights in this concert. If you want to know more about us have a look at our website (www. and come to the concert. Tickets are £7,(16s and under, free) and are available from White Rose Books, Thirsk, choir members or at the door. ........................................................

All curries will be served with sticky rice The train will arrive back into Bedale at approximately 9pm. Tickets: Adult £27 Child (age 5- 15) £15.00 Our telephone number (10:00 15:00 weekdays, answerphone other times) is 01677 425805

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34th Hunton Steam Gathering 7th & 8th September 2019

Hunton Steam Gathering takes place annually in farmland to the east of the Village of Hunton in Lower Wensleydale. 2019 is looking to be another bumper year with over 800 exhibits due to display over 120 years of Agricultural and Motoring Heritage on the 70-acre event site. Exhibits include a large selection of steam engines, vintage commercial vehicles, cars, tractors, bikes, stationary engines and related displays of equipment. Attractions also include a large Craft and Food Market showcasing local produce, Trade stalls, vintage working demonstrations, bike display team, bar, full catering facilities, autojumble and Fun Fair including steam powered gallopers. An action packed main arena will see displays from the vast exhibits, a dog agility team, North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service demonstrations (Sunday), a classic Auto-test, Burmese Mountain Dogs and much more. Additional attractions include a vintage ploughing match on the Sunday of the event with the addition of two pairs of heavy horses competing in the match. Over the weekend the site comes alive with the smell of steam, sounds of vintage working engines and fair organs playing throughout the site to create an atmosphere of nostalgia and bygone days. The event aims to provide something for all the family and is now one of the biggest events of its kind in the North. Organised by an entirely volunteer committee the HSG Team have donated thousands of pounds to local charities over the years. The Team invite you to come along and enjoy an action-packed weekend on the 7th & 8th September 2019. Further information and news regarding attractions can be found on the website or the Facebook.

A Good Read


n Madeline Miller

Stories about the Greek gods have existed for centuries, and in this novel from US author Miller we learn of the story of Circe, a character in Homer’s The Odyssey, but this time told from her point of view. Circe is the daughter of the sun god, Helios, but is considered neither beautiful nor powerful, unlike his other children. Shunned by those around her, including her once devoted younger brother Aeetes, Circe is sent alone to an island where she turns to a mortal, Glaucos, whom she falls in love with. Having discovered the power of witchcraft she brews a potion to turn Glaucos into a god so she can marry him.



However, her plans go awry, and her revenge leads her to be hated and despised by both mortals and gods. Circe has been a fascination for authors since the time of Homer and has influenced such writers as James Joyce and Margaret Atwood. In this novel Miller breathes new life into her, along with other figures such as Medea, Achilles, and Zeus: a mixture of legendary Titans, Olympians, and mortals. Woven into the story are familiar legends such as the Minotaur in the labyrinth, and Icarus, who flew too close to the sun. With such a large cast of characters it would have been helpful if the publishers had provided a crib sheet so the reader might remember who is who, but this is a story well worth persevering with.

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Northallerton Library Events

September – October 2019

Special Events Wednesday 18 September, 10 – 11am – Join Alex Marchant for a Books & Beverages talk. A member of the Richard III Society, Alex is an archaeologist turned independent author with a fascination for history, particularly the Wars of the Roses. The rediscovery of King Richard’s grave in 2012 inspired her novels “The Order of the White Boar” and its sequel “The King’s Man”. This event is free – please call 01609 533832 to book your place or just turn up on the day. Wednesday 25 September 10.30am12noon – Memory Café - a monthly reminiscence session delivered by Dementia Forward – Health and Social Care Services. For more information contact Janice on 03300 578592 This session’s theme is: Back to School – childhood and schooldays memories. Wednesday 2 October, 11am-12noon – a free informal poetry reading event for National Poetry Day 2019. Meet Kathleen Swann, a local poet from Ripon, in the lending library and listen to her poems while browsing the shelves and selecting your next read. Saturday 5 October, 10am – 12 noon – Forensic Science for families with NYCC Adult Learning Services. Come and learn more about you and your family through the world of forensics. This is a free drop-in session for Fun Palaces 2019. Saturday 19 October, 10am-12noon – fun coding session with NYCC Adult Learning Services for families. Play with Makey Makey, Lego and Raspberry Pi, free drop-in session for Get Online Week 2019. Saturday 19 October, 10am-12noon – VR session for Get Online Week 2019. Discover world of Virtual Reality with Oculus Go and Oculus Rift. Sessions suitable for 13 y/o +. Advance booking required. More information tbc. Wednesday 23 October 10.30am12noon – Memory Café - a monthly reminiscence session delivered by Dementia Forward – Health and Social Care Services. For more information contact Janice on 03300 578592 This session’s theme is: Autumn memories.



Saturday 26 October, 10am-12noon – It’s Halloween! Join author Neelie Wicks for a Story Time and Creative Activity event. 3-6 year old children can listen to the first story in the Miss Pickle a Dizzy Witch series, make something very special, and take home a witchy surprise. This is a free event – please call 01609 533832 to book your space or just turn up on the day. Regular sessions Age UK drop-in sessions – fortnightly on Tuesdays, 11.30am-1.30pm. Find out more about the services available, or if you would like to get involved and volunteer for Age UK, pop in to the drop-in session and speak with the Age UK representative. Contact the Northallerton branch of Age UK North Yorkshire & Darlington tel.: 01609 771624 or Northallerton library tel.: 01609 533832 to confirm the dates. Knit & Natter – every Wednesday, 10.30am-12noon in the lending library. Informal community led craft drop-in sessions for anyone interested in knitting, exchanging patterns and ideas. Join a fun morning of crafts. Learn a new skill, or just have a cuppa and chat. A free weekly session. All welcome. Code Club – fortnightly sessions on Saturdays 10-11am and 11am-12noon, for children 9-13 years old who want to learn how to code, write their own computer games and simple animations. The sessions continue throughout half term holidays and stop for the summer. Please contact the library for more information and to confirm the dates of the sessions. Community surgery with your local Councillor David Blades – on the first Saturday of each month 10am12noon – drop-in sessions to talk about any local issues. Family history sessions – weekly on Fridays 10am-12noon. Need help getting started with family history research, or assistance with existing research? Book a free 1-to-1 with our volunteer Jacky. IT support sessions – weekly on Tuesdays 10am-12noon, weekly on Wednesdays 10am-12noon and 2-4pm and weekly on Thursdays 3-4pm. FREE one-to-one IT support sessions with volunteers. Please contact the library to check availability and to book your place.

Over £28,000 raised for the Friarage as Thirsk man wins new car A THIRSK man is celebrating after winning a brand-new car as part of a charitable initiative that raised more than £28,000 for a local hospital charity. Andy Billany from Thirsk won the Peugeot 208, which was supplied by Simon Bailes Peugeot, in a raffle to raise funds for the Friends of the Friarage – a charity that supports Northallerton’s Friarage Hospital, part of South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Andy’s luck came in at the recent Barn That Rocks live music fundraiser when his ticket was drawn by Peter Wright, presenter of Channel 5’s The Yorkshire Vet. The Barn That Rocks is an annual event organised by Peter Fall and hosted at Grazing Nook Farm near Patrick Brompton. This year’s fundraiser, now in its ninth year, was a sell-out, attracting 800 people. Andy bought the winning raffle ticket while attending the Northallerton 10k where the car was on show, as part of the event’s day of fundraising for another Northallerton-based cause, the Pendragon Community Trust, which supports a specialist multi-sensory centre. He said: “I couldn’t believe it when my name was announced, which was a complete shock. I am thrilled with my new Peugeot 208 and to win it was the icing on the cake, following a nice day out at the Northallerton 10k.” Donna Jermyn, chair of the Friends of the Friarage, said: “I would like to thank everybody involved in organising the raffle, the generosity of local businesses, those who contributed raffle prizes and everybody who purchased tickets. “The money raised will go to the Friends of the Friarage and will be spent at the Friarage Hospital for the benefit of the people of Northallerton and the surrounding area. “We will make further announcements as to how the money is going to be spent. We have been amazed by people getting involved in raising money, and we are looking at further projects to connect local people with their hospital.” Lucy Tulloch, services manager for the Friarage Hospital, said: “We are so fortunate the support of the Friends of the Friarage enables us to enhance services and the experience of patients and visitors to our hospital. “It’s a wonderful testament to their hard work and commitment that they have again worked in partnership with local businesses and the local community to raise such an outstanding amount of money.” Simon Bailes, CEO of Simon Bailes Peugeot, said: “I would like to congratulate Andy on winning the raffle and wish him many years of motoring pleasure with his brand-new Peugeot 208. We have been longstanding supporters of both the Friends of the Friarage and Pendragon Community Trust, which are both fantastic community causes. I am looking forward to supporting them and their associated events in the future.”

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Trimming Privet Hedges One of the questions I’m often asked as a gardener is ‘How do I trim my privet hedge?’ Privet hedges aren’t a particularly sexy subject for a gardening article, but hedge-trimming seems to cause a lot of angst so let me tackle it here. Privet is one of our most popular hedging plants. It has dense foliage which is green all year round, and it’s hardy which means it’s suited to a wide range of planting sites. It’s also available in a selection of varieties and root types, so there’s a Privet hedge to suit most gardens. Autumn is a good time to trim them because there’s little chance of disturbing any birds who might be nesting in them. Nesting season generally runs from March to early August. If you have a small hedge like those outside terraced town houses, then



hand-held hedge shears are fine, but for large hedges an electric or even a petrol hedge-trimmer is definitely easier. If you have one, give it a check over and make sure it’s sharp and well lubricated.

on both sides. This will mean the base is wider than the top and light can reach the bottom of the hedge, which means the hedge will be greener and look healthier.

Safety should be paramount. Wear safety goggles and sturdy gloves. It’s not overkill. I once spent Saturday afternoon in eye casualty because a small sharp twig flew into my eye while I was trimming a hedge. It hurt and took ages to heal properly so be warned. Before starting, remove any potential obstacles on the ground which might prove to be a trip hazard. Avoid using powered tools above shoulder height; instead use a sturdy step ladder set on stable ground. If your hedge trimmer is electric use a residual current device (RCD) for safety purposes, and don’t use it in damp conditions.

Top tips to ensure an even, symmetrical hedge: - Straight edges are difficult to cut by eye. Use a taut horizontal string tied between two stout canes to act as a guide so you can cut the top of the hedge level. - For vertical lines use canes or stakes pushed into the ground. - When using shears, ensure that the top of the hedge is cut level and flat by keeping the blades of the shears parallel to the line of the hedge. - When using a hedge trimmer, keep the blade parallel to the hedge and use a wide, sweeping action working from the bottom of the hedge upwards, so that the cut foliage falls away

One little trick I learned at a hedgecutting course a few years ago is to cut hedges so that they are slightly tapered

Happy Gardening,

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Yorkshire Sky Comets & Meteor Showers Comets can be best described as dirty snowballs from the outer Solar System. As they approach the Sun the ice particles evaporate thus loosening some of the comet’s particles to produce a tail. These particles of dust and small stones are left behind as the comet continues its journey of perhaps hundreds and sometimes thousands of years. The Earth passes through these trails and so during the month of October it will pass through the trails of Comet 1 P/Halley better known as Halley’s Comet which orbits the Sun every 75/76 years. This year one will possibly observe 20/25 meteors per hour. The ideal time to look will be after the Moon has set; say 2 to 3

meteorites and are quite collectable. In fact there are some 60,000 meteorites held in collections around the world.


Autumn Equinox – Monday 23rd

September 08.50 BST. This is when the Sun crosses the Equator on its journey south). On this day there are approximately 12 hours light and 12 hours darkness on all places on Earth. British Summer Time ends - Sunday 27th October. Please remember to put your clocks back 1 hour.

The Planets Mercury

Unobservable during September but the enthusiast may catch a glimpse of Mercury close to the South West horizon at sunset during October. Venus

Unobservable during September but if you are lucky you may notice it low on the Western horizon at sunset during October. Mars

hours before dawn; on the mornings of 21st/22nd October, but you may observe some whilst the Moon is out. The following schematic (courtesy of and StarryNight. com) shows how to observe the radiant i.e. the point at which the meteor shower appears to originate from in relation to the constellation of Orion.

Meteor Showers

Meteor showers consist mainly of small particles of dust and debris; up to the size of small pebbles; burning up in the Earth’s atmosphere by which they are drawn in by the Earth’s gravitational pull. They enter the atmosphere at speeds close to 148,000 mph (238,000 km/h). It is estimated that 40,000 tons of meteor showers hit the Earth every year. Occasionally larger particles enter the atmosphere and will fall to Earth. These are referred to as



Unobservable during September but starts to rise around 06.00 hours, it is low in the Eastern sky during October. Jupiter

Easily observable on 5th/6th September at 20.00 hours being close to the Moon but by the end of the month and throughout October will only be seen after sunset low in the South West. Saturn

Saturn follows Jupiter’s path across the sky during September and is very close to the Moon on 8th September at around 20.30 hours. The ringed planet continues its westerly journey throughout October. Meteor Showers

8th /9th October – The Draconid meteor shower 21st /22nd October – Orionid meteor shower John Harris

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