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New to Northallerton

We showcase a number of new businesses & services across Northallerton & the surrounding area


Bedale Winter Festival

Get ready for a Winter wonderland in Bedale!



Competition Time!

Your chance to win a pair of tickets for Swan Lake at Darlington Civic Theatre


Christmas Tree Lights Safety Stay safe this Christmas with our handy tips


Also in this issue...

05 finance

24 local news

33 leisure

Budget 2011 - Part 2

Local School Children give message to Prime Minister

Christmas around our Market Towns

27 local news

37 local news

The Path Awards 2011

HMRC Finds It’s Teeth

28-29 house & garden

38 service

How to store Firewood this Winter

InFocus Index

20-21 leisure Winter Events

22-23 leisure Bedale Winter Festival

I hope that you enjoy this bumper 40 page edition of Northallerton infocus. Please contact us if you would like to advertise your business in this publication. I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Best wishes, t: 01609 777401 Christine Campbell Editor


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Budget 2011 • Part 2 As promised we are revisiting the highlights of this year’s budget Here’s Part II in the series: • VAT With VAT at 20%, many people were hoping that the Government would have had a change of heart. No such luck though – the rate stayed at 20%. But the threshold for registration for VAT increased to £73,000. At the same time VAT may be payable on more imported goods because the low value consignment relief for goods imported from outside the EU reduced from £18 to £15. • Inheritance Tax (IHT) Once again, the IHT nil rate band has been frozen and will remain at £325,000 for the 2011/2012 Tax year. Estates with a value of more than £325,000 will continue to have a tax rate of 40%. From 6th April 2012 there’ll be a Tax rate of 36% available to people who leave more than 10% of their net estate to charity. Tip: If you think that your estate is going to exceed the nil rate band of £325,000

any assets left to a spouse will be free from IHT. Tip: If you invest in assets which qualify for Business Property Relief you don’t have to pay IHT on these on death, provided you’ve held the assets for two years before death. You will also retain control of these assets up until death so there’s no loss of access or decision making. • Capital Gains Tax The limits for Entrepreneurs’ Relief increased from £5 million to £10

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million since 6th April 2011. Obtaining Entrepreneurs’ Relief on the disposal of your business or business assets could now save you up to £1.8 million. The Annual Exemption has also been increased to £10,600 for 2011/2012. Tip: If you’re looking to sell your business in the coming years then it may be possible to take action now to reduce the Capital Gains Tax further. Get advice even if only to ensure that you secure the maximum available Entrepreneurs’ Relief (sometimes double what you think!). • Income Tax and National Insurance Contributions The government also said they would help businesses by reducing the administrative burden of Income Tax and National Insurance Contributions. They

are consulting with businesses about this and measures should be in place in a few years. (Taxes won’t decrease though just the paperwork!) • We can help With so many changes outlined in the 2011 Budget, now is the time to act to ensure that you don’t pay a penny more Tax than you need to. We can help by ensuring that you’re aware of the changes that will affect you, your family and your business. For more information, go to northallerton

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New businesses & services come to


& surrounding areas this Winter

New Businesses we’re introducing: • Angi Almond Holistic Therapies

NEW! Business • Lady J’s Beauty Rooms

Professional Holistic Therapist in our area

NEW! Male Only Evenings • Andrassy Joinery (Yorkshire)

NEW! Business

Qualifying in massage in 1996, Angi is vastly experienced in providing a host of massage and holistic therapies including Aromatherapy massage, body massage, Indian head massage, hand and foot massage and is currently studying more treatments which will be available soon. Being FHT Accredited, you can be sure Angi is qualified to provide professional therapies. Since returning to work this Summer following a career break, Angi has refreshed and updated her knowledge and skills. Based in Knayton, she is happy to cover Thirsk, Northallerton, Bedale, Ripon and surrounding areas.

• Village Inn - Brompton

NEW! Ownership To feature within this section please contact us on: 01609 777401. You can also email: or visit:

Holistic Therapy should not be viewed as simply being an indulgence or pampering treatment. They are beneficial in everyday life, bringing a natural balance to your body by treating not only the physical body but also your psychological, emotional and spiritual state. For more details call Angi on: 07891 480159 or 01845 537054

Christmas is coming...

so it’s time to get your beauty treatments booked for all your Christmas and New Year parties! Great treatment’s on offer at Lady J’s include the latest 14 day manicure, a gel polish guaranteed to last you through the festive season, we have over 30 colours to choose from so you will be sure to match your party dress! Available from only £17.00. OON COMING S

ALPHA NIGHT Male Grooming @ Lady J’s

You’ll also need your spray tan, we have the gorgeous Xen-Tan in light to medium and dark offering you the perfect match for any skin tone and lasting up to 10 days for only £20.00!

We’re introducing male only evenings on Mondays and Thursdays: 6pm - 9pm. Specialised male grooming from waxing to massage, facials to hand and feet treatments plus much more. For more details call: 01609 772211.

Why not have some individual false lashes applied? We can add a full set (which lasts 5-6 weeks) from only £50.00 or if you don’t want the full commitment then try our party lashes. Applied in only 20 minutes and lasting for 7 – 10 days for only £20.00! Don’t worry if all that partying takes its toll, you can unwind and relax with one of our pampering facials or a massage.

If time and cash are tight then we have many express treatments on offer from file and polishes, express lashes, mini facials and massages. There is always something to suit you! We have a large number of Christmas gifts boxed for your friends and family (or just to treat yourself!) Gift vouchers are available if you just can’t decide on that perfect gift!

For more information on any of our treatments or services then please call: 01609 772211

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Yorkshire pride meets modern joinery Built on old fashioned Yorkshire pride with traditional values of superior craftsmanship and using both traditional and modern joinery techniques, Andrassy Joinery Yorkshire provides bespoke solutions for homes and businesses alike that are as individual as your requirements. Having been taught by his uncle from the age of 16 and having skills and knowledge of traditional methods passed onto him, company owner, Carl Andrassy, is vastly experienced in carpentry. Carl fully understands the complexities of building and renovational work to modern standards and has received many accolades and praise for his work. Past projects have varied from working on full renovation projects and being involved from concept to completion for discerning clients to day-to-day maintenance work. From his workshop in Northallerton, Carl aims to provide the North Yorkshire area with a unique service that will enhance the characteristic of local building projects. Working

Our aims are plain & simple...

Superior Products delivered with a Superior Service closely with architects, builders and designers, he will ensure your requirements are fully met and that your project will be delivered on time, on budget and, most importantly, to your utmost satisfaction. Working within current building and Health & Safety regulations, Carl is happy to provide a competitive quote for both business and personal clients.

Andrassy Joinery (Yorkshire) 01609 772030 | Mob: 07740 289068 8 Binks Close, Standard Way Business Park, Northallerton, DL6 2YB

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New businesses & services come to


& surrounding areas this Winter

New Businesses we’re introducing: • OTW Caravan Services

NEW! Business • The Dog & Gun - Carlton Miniott

NEW! Ownership • Brendan Knight Photography

NEW! Business • Silverdale

NEW! Jewellery Range To feature within this section please contact us on: 01609 777401. You can also email: or visit:

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Past, Present & Future Back in 2003, an empty and unloved motor factors premises on Bedale High Street looked an unlikely proposition for a sophisticated jewellery store, but Angela Shevels was never short of drive and vision. She renovated the interior and opened what is now one of the most popular independant jewellers in the area.

It has come a long way in 8 years and is now the first port of call when a customer is looking for a higher level of trust and customer care that you only get from a local family business. Her daughter Helen joined the team in 2004 and spent several years training in silver-smithing and gemmology, adding repairs to the services on offer. Silverdale quickly became a one stop shop for locals needing anything from a chain repaired to a diamond engagement ring and a lot more in between.

Tragically Angela was diagnosed with cancer in autumn of last year and had to immediately cease work and undergo intensive treatment. Helen and her sister Emma now run the shop together and wanted to let their loyal customers know that the their mother’s core principles will always be upheld. “Mum set out with customer service at the centre of everything she did, in such a small town its the only way to win trade from the chain stores, and Mums principles, like her memory, are very dear to us,” states Helen, “and I hope we will carry on for many years to come through our daughters Amber and Leah, who already have an eye for sparkly things”. ................................................... Silverdale: 37 North End Bedale, Tel: 01677 427222 2 Garthway Arcade, Northallerton Tel: 01609 770813

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New businesses & services come to


& surrounding areas this Winter

New Businesses we’re introducing: • Planet Jewels Accessories

NEW! Business • Nick & Gordon Carver

NEW! Showroom • Barkers

NEW! Biju Brow Bar & Beauty Hall

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Out & about in 23rd - 26th November • Northallerton Gang Show

Hambleton Forum 7.00pm (Plus 2pm matinee on Saturday) Tickets: £7.00/£4.00 ......................................................................................................................

25th - 27th November • Thirsk Christmas Fayre

Various venues around Thirsk A fantastic weekend of festive fun around Thirsk, highlights including: Real Reindeer for kids to stroke/feed and have their pictures taken with, Santas Grotto and picture opportunity with Reindeer. Shops are staying open longer and offering you the Christmas spirit, Light switch on at 7pm Friday 25th, Kids fairground rides, Craft fair, Rural Arts workshops and Christmas arts market, Live acts stage with dance and music acts. A Yorkshire food market! No frankfurters, paella or olives! Just proper Yorkshire made grub! For more details visit: ......................................................................................................................

26th November

• North Yorkshire Chorus present Haydn: The Creation All Saints Church Northallerton - 7.30pm Soloists: Rachel Little soprano, Robert Thompson tenor Jolyon Dodgson bass, Andrew Christer organ Conductor: Greg Smith Tickets: £12 (accompanied 16-and-under free) from Greensleeves, online and at the door. ......................................................................................................................

1st - 4th December

• Lightwater Shopping Village Dickensian Festival Free entry & free parking. With over 72 stalls selling a huge range of high quality contemporary and traditional merchandise. Jazz Bands, Handbell Ringers, Barrel Organs, Santa’s Grotto, Festive Carol Singers, Superb Local Choirs, Stilt Walkers & Fire Eaters. ......................................................................................................................

2nd December

• Christmas Lights & Shopping The traditional Northallerton High Street Christmas event with Santa arriving at Barkers at 6.30pm. For more details see p33. ......................................................................................................................

3rd & 7th December • Arts & Crafts Fair

The Golden Lion Hotel, 9.30 - 4pm Free admission. Organised by Yorkshire Craft Fairs More details: ......................................................................................................................

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our area! 11th December

• Victorian Christmas with the Butler Mount Grace Priory Meet our Victorian Butler - Meakins and hear his tales of Christmases past, and traditions we still enjoy today. Foods and festivities are explained and demonstrated. Wrap up warm and come and shop for unique Christmas gifts and sample English Heritage’s own range of liqueurs and seasonal treats. 30min performances throughout the day. Performances at 11.15am, 12.30pm, 1.45pm & 3pm Prices: Adult £5, Concession £4.50, Child £3 and Family £13. English Heritage Members Free. For more details: 01609 883 494 | ......................................................................................................................

14th December

• Northallerton Silver Band in Concert With special guest “The Evergreen Singers” Hambleton Forum 7.30pm Tickets: £6.00 Available from Greensleeves or by calling 01609 777272. ......................................................................................................................

15th & 20th December • Carols by Candlelight

Bettys Northallerton - 7.30pm until 10.00pm A three-course set meal will be served, to the accompaniment of The Stockton Male Voice Choir, followed by tea or coffee with handmade chocolates. Price: £43.50 per person. Bookings: 01609 775154 ......................................................................................................................

27th December

• Specsavers Christmas Stages Rally 2011 Croft Circuit Organised by Northallerton Automobile Club and sponsored by Specsavers Stockton. The event will consist of 8 stages throughout the day with at least the final stage run in complete darkness. The event gets underway with the first car starting stage 1 at 9:15am and the following cars starting at 30 second intervals which makes for constant action and entertaining viewing. For more details: or email: ......................................................................................................................

15th February 2012 • Old Time & Sequence Dance

Hambleton Forum 7.30pm With organist Dennis Westmoorland. Tickets: £6.00 Available from Greensleeves or by calling 01609 777272. ...................................................................................................................... Please note: the editors cannot be held responsible for any changes to events listed. Please contact event organisers directly. All events correct at time of going to press.

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Bedale Winter Festival is Sparkling on Ice! Bedale is all set to host the most exciting festive treat of the year. On Saturday 3rd December, families, shoppers and visitors alike will be delighted by an abundance of winter festivities in this pretty market town. Not only will the high street, full to the brim with independent boutiques and restaurants, provide the opportunity to browse at leisure, but Bedale Hall will also be full of fabulous food, drink and gift stalls, making Christmas present shopping a pleasure. There’s a fun-packed day for families on offer; with story-time trails around Bedale Park, a visit to Santa’s grotto for the little ones, with free face painting, Christmas story readings in the library and - the icing on the Christmas cake - a Skating Rink outside Bedale Hall. Tempt your taste buds with hot roasted chestnuts, or a festive burger, provided by Cockburns butchers, or simply settle down with a mochaccino or cosy hot chocolate, and soak up the atmosphere. Enjoy the high street ringing with the sound of children singing Christmas carols, and playing festive music, or take a moment to sit quietly in St Gregory’s Church and enjoy a soothing organ recital.

Lifetime Windows have kindly sponsored a Christmas window competition, so why not admire the displays, chose your favourite and see if you agree with the winner. The Winter Festival, organised by Bedale Chamber of Trade and Tourism, will take place from 10am5pm, followed by the Christmas light switch on at 5.30pm. Then, why not top the evening off with a Festive BBQ Bash in Bedale Hall. With bar and disco, rodeo bull and ice skating, don your winter boots and sparkly tops and kick the party season off in style. Tickets for the BBQ Bash are available from Bedale Beauty 01677 427557 and are priced £20.00. Only available to those aged 16 or over. Tickets for the Ice Skating Rink are available at a discounted advance price from Patchwork Rose (01677 427627) and cost £5.00 for half an hour. (£7.00 when bought on the day). Book your place now, to ensure you get the time-slot you want. For more information on the Winter Festival, please contact Patchwork Rose, 01677 427627, and for information about the BBQ Bash, contact Bedale Beauty on 01677 427557

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NORTH YORKSHIRE PUPILS GIVE CLIMATE CHANGE MESSAGE TO THE PRIME MINISTER A group of students and teachers travelled from North Yorkshire to 10 Downing Street on 17 October, to hand in a report written by over 200 school children on what the government, schools and individuals should do to tackle climate change. The journey to Number 10 started earlier this year, at a one-day conference for North Yorkshire schools. At the conference, 207 young people from primary, secondary and special schools discussed climate change and shared their views on how individuals, schools and the government should tackle it.   The young people decided that their ideas were good enough to be sent to the Prime Minister. Some of their top ideas include improving energy efficiency in homes and schools and increasing the amount of clean electricity generation. The report even asks the Prime Minister to lead by example and install solar panels on the roof of Number 10.   A group of students and teachers from Mowbray School, along with Harrogate Borough Council’s Environment Projects Officer, John Ward-Campbell and North Yorkshire County Council’s Schools’ Carbon Reduction Officer Peter Bell met Andrew Jones, MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough and Julian Sturdy MP for York Outer at Downing Street, to hand in the report at the Prime Minister’s famous front door.   After the report handover, Mr Jones took the group on a behind the scenes tour of the Houses of Parliament. Mowbray School, a special school in Bedale, won the schools’ climate change competition with the prize being

to represent everyone who wrote the report. The students hope that the Prime Minister will take their suggestions on board and take more action on climate change. Councillor Michael Harrison, Harrogate Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment said: “I’m delighted that we were able   to lead this project with the help of our colleagues in the other councils in North Yorkshire. The report that pupils have put together, shows that they really care about of climate change. I am encouraged to see their constructive suggestions about what we should all do, and hope the Prime Minister reads what they have to say”.   County councillor Arthur Barker, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Schools said: “This has been an excellent initiative.  Young people care a great deal about the environment and the need to be more energy efficient and through this project they have learnt the most effective ways of putting their suggestions across to the public and policy makers - all the way to the top!”

Your Chance to Win! WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS FOR SWAN LAKE AT DARLINGTON CIVIC THEATRE Darlington Civic Theatre is offering you the chance to win a pair of tickets for the opening night of Swan Lake on Thursday 19 January.

The greatest romantic ballet of all! This is an immortal love story filled with magic, emotion and beauty. From the opulence and splendour of the magnificent court room to the exhilarating lake scenes where swans play in perfect formation, Tchaikovsky’s hauntingly beautiful music creates a truly unforgettable experience. Swan Lake can be seen from Thursday 19 - Friday 20 January and performances of The Nutcracker from Saturday 21 – Sunday 22 January. Ticket prices from £24.50 - £31.50 are available from the Box Office on 01325 486 555 or online at www.darlingtonarts. For your chance to win tickets to the opening evening performance of Swan Lake, simply answer the following question and send your answers to: Marketing Department, Arts Centre, Vane Terrace, Darlington, DL3 7AX. Closing Date is Friday 9 December 2011.

Q: Who wrote the music for Swan Lake?

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THE PATH AWARDS 2011 HOSPITAL staff raised more than £1,000 for charity when they held their own awards evening. The pathology department at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust organised The Path Awards to raise awareness of the life-saving work that goes on behind the scenes in the laboratories at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough and the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton on a daily basis. The trust’s pathology teams process over 17 million tests each year for hospital patients and GP surgeries, providing critical information that saves lives and prevents complications.

to help identify what is wrong with a patient and how they should be treated. “Pathology staff often carry out this vital role behind closed doors, but The Path Awards are our way of recognising the amazing work they do.”

Steve Duncan, divisional manager of pathology, said it is estimated that as many as 70% of healthcare decisions are influenced by laboratory results.

Staff and users from GP practices and hospital wards were invited to nominate individuals or teams to receive an award from a number of categories including putting patients first and customer service.

“Across the country little is known about the role of pathology. But most people will have had contact with either a GP or hospital at some time for blood tests, biopsies or other samples for screening – these are all tested by our laboratory staff

The night raised more than £1,000 which has been split between Help the Heroes, The Friends of the Friarage and The James Cook University Hospital Voluntary Service.

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How to Store


for the Winter Storing firewood for the winter is all about keeping your firewood protected from the elements and exposed to plenty of air circulation to properly season it. In order for firewood to burn and give off heat to its full potential, it needs to be dry and free of rot. Attempting to burn wet firewood is an exercise

in frustration, and can cause damaging creosote to build up in your chimney. The seasoning process normally takes at least six months in proper storage conditions, but a few storage techniques exist which can cut the length of seasoning time by at least half.

• To properly store and season firewood for the winter season, you’ll need to have easily stackable, stove-sized pieces of firewood. The most common length for firewood is 18 inches. Before stacking, lay two long 2X4 boards on the ground, parallel to each other and spaced anywhere from twelve inches to fifteen inches apart. If the 2X4 boards are significantly long, you may need to place an additional shorter piece of 2X4 lumber under the middle of the two long parallel boards to prevent them from sagging and touching the ground. • Next, drive the pointed ends of four posts into the ground at both ends of the parallel 2X4s. These posts will hold the sides of the wood stack in, preventing it from collapsing out at the sides. The height of the posts used to contain the stack will depend on the amount of wood you’ll be stacking, though an eight foot high post (at least one foot of which will be underground) is usually sufficient to contain most stacks.

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• Stack the firewood lengthwise across the two parallel 2X4s lying on the ground, and between the four end posts, completing a single layer before moving up to the next. The firewood should overlap the 2X4s a little on both ends. By stacking the firewood on these 2X4s, you’ll be keeping it off the damp ground, where it would be subject to saturation, rot and insect infestation. Keeping the wood elevated by a few inches also allows air and wind to circulate underneath and up into the firewood stack, drying it out thoroughly for proper burning. • After you’ve stacked the last, uppermost layer of firewood, drape a large, rectangular and clear plastic sheet, three to four millimeters thick, over the top of the firewood. Adjust the sheet so that it it’s roughly straight and drapes down to cover most of the firewood. The protective plastic sheet doesn’t need to reach the ground, with air circulation actually being better served by a sheet which ends about a foot from the ground on all sides. The sheet will not only serve to protect the firewood from precipitation, but will also act as a sort of makeshift “greenhouse” in which the drying process is sped up due to heat from sun exposure. To prevent the sheet from blowing off the woodpile, drape pieces of twine sideways over the woodpile and tie weights to both ends of the twine. The twine should be long enough to clear the top of the pile and drape down with at least a foot of length to spare on both ends. If you follow these instructions, you should have dry firewood all winter long.

From Gardening to Gritting... Having successfully run his landscape gardening and paddock maintenance business for over 10 years, Jonny Almond is now extending his range of services to include path and drive way clearing using his snow plough fitted quad bike. Jonny adds, “So many people struggled with the bad weather last year and found the paths and walkways around their homes deadly with snow and ice. My quad can fit down most paths and with the snow plough it’ll make light work of clearing them. I’ve got plenty of grit too so people can be sure their paths and drives will be safe to walk on”. Jonny offers a professional and reliable service with each job being individually priced to ensure value for money for his customers. For more details call Jonny on: 01845 537054 / 07891 480159.

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Christmas around our market towns Don’t miss out on these fantastic festive events! Northallerton


Friday 2nd December

• Christmas Late Night Shopping • • • • •

Official switch on of the lights on the Christmas Tree on the Town Hall: 6pm Carol Singing from 5.30pm onwards Street Entertainers Arrival of Father Christmas at Barkers at 6:30 pm A free children’s disco will be held in the Town Hall between 7pm and 9pm & Seasonal Refreshments will be provided. ...........................................................................................................................

Friday 25th November

• Lighting Up Ripon For Christmas • • • • •

Commences at 5pm with: Live Music Rides and entertainment for the children Arrival of Father Christmas Festive food and drink Lights switch on at 6pm

Thursday 8th December


• ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas’

Friday 25th - Sunday 27th November

• Thirsk Christmas Fayre & Lights Switch-On • Lantern Parade sets off 6.30pm (25th) • Lights switch on at 7pm (25th) • Weekend highlights include: - Santa’s Grotto - Live Reindeer - Christmas Market - Hog Roast - Thirsk British Legion Brass Band - Chilren’s Workshop at The Courthouse

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Knaresborough Friday 25th November

• Lights switch on at 6pm

• Market Place ...........................................................................................................................


• Fountains Abbey • Guaranteed to rouse your Christmas spirit, a great start to the season for all the family. 7.30pm - 9.30pm • Pre-theatre suppers available • Booking essential, tel: 01765 643198

Saturday 10th December • Charity Christmas Market

• Ripon Town Hall, sponsored by Ripon Conservatives. • Several local Charities to support at Christmas plus Santa will be in his grotto to welcome children • 11.00am - 4.00pm Many more festive events running, for more information please call: Ripon Festivals on: 01765 601100 or Ripon Cathedral on 01765 603462 .......................................................................................


Thursday 17th November

• Lights switch on at 6pm

• Victoria Shopping Centre / Station Parade

Friday 2nd December

• Lights switch on at 3pm

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Christmas Lights Safety General Christmas safety tips from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents • If you have old lights, seriously consider buying new ones which will meet much higher safety standards

Buying • Look for safety marks e.g. BS Kitemark; • Buy from a reputable store • Avoid buying second-hand unless you have them professionally checked first • New lights are transformed down to 24 volt for added safety, or they may be double insulated

Checking • NEVER insert or remove bulbs when switched on • Inspect cables and bulbs for damage • Do not use lights which are damaged, dispose of them safely

Using • Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions • Use an RCD (Residual Current Device) for added protection against shock • Do not use the lights outdoors unless specially made for such use

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• Don’t run the cable under carpets or where it can be damaged • Keep lights clear of decorations and other flammable materials • Avoid cables becoming a tripping hazard • Use a stable support when hanging the lights • Don’t leave the lights on when the room is empty. • Remember to switch them off when you go to bed and when you go out of the house • Don’t allow children to play with the lights

Storing • Take care when dismantling and packing the lights not to damage them • Keep them safely stored away out of reach of children • Avoid damp or excessively hot conditions

General • Please remember - accidents need not happen, you can protect yourself and your loved ones from injury by following RoSPA’s safety advice for a safe Christmas.

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HMRC finds its teeth HMRC has previously been criticised for using all carrot and no stick in its tax-collection campaigns. But plumbers should move fast if their tax affairs are not up to date, as a series of raids are planned for the coming weeks. Plumbers and others had the opportunity this spring to “come clean” and declare any underpaid tax. Reduced penalties were offered with the threat of investigation and tough treatment for non-conformers. It now seems that the threat was not idle. Already five plumbers have been arrested and around 600 are under investigation. Mike Wells, director at HMRC said “These arrests are just the start. HMRC are considering hundreds of other cases for criminal investigation.” A disclosure route is still open for anyone who suspects they may have underpaid. As well as plumbers, teachers and instructors should beware, with private tutors and fitness coaches being among HMRC’s next targets. More information can be found at or at

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Builders & Contractors

Bedale Copy Shop: p36 p20 The Specialists: p4

A Step Above: p30 Abbey Garage Doors: p2 About The House: p36 Andrassy Joinery (Yorkshire) p:11 Bedale Skip Hire: p29 Flat Roof Company: p30 Horleys Builders: p30 Jason Hammond Joinery: p17 John Lewis Builders: p3 MH Joinery: p30 Property Repair Services: p36 Westwood Timber & Fencing: p29

Business Services Bedale Copy Shop: p36 Masham I.T: p31 p20 The Specialists: p4

Caravan Repair & Sales OTW Caravan Services: p12

Carpets & Flooring About The House: p36 RD Carpets: p5 Rob Ward Carpets: p6

Cleaning Services A & M Cleaning: p36 Daily Poppins: p9

Children’s Services

Alpha Baby Loans: p24 Brambly Hedge Day Nursery: p25 Encore Dance School: p25

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Care First: p36 McCarthy & Stone (Malpas Court) p: 27 MV Mobility: p27 Rosedale Nursing Home: p26 The Millings: p27

Electrical Services Electrocare: p36 Handy Andy: p36 Maxwells: p17

Entertainment Precious Gems: p36

Fashion & Clothing

Humphrey & Tilly: p2 Philippa Hall: p32 Planet Jewels Accessories: p14

Finance & Legal Eura Audit: p5

North Yorkshire Fire Service: p34 PJ Taylor Forestry: p29 White Horse Timber: p28


Hutton Flowers: p9

Lakeside Farm Shop: p21 Lewis & Cooper: p3 Old Station Yard: p21 Raj Of India: p39 Red Chilli: p8 Romanby Golf & Country Club: p32 Taste Of India: p23 The Carpenters Arms: p1 The Buck Inn: p21 The Dog & Gun: p12 The Oak Tree Inn: p40 The Village Inn: p11 Wiltshire Farm Foods: p26

Fuel Supplies

Elderly Care


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Food & Drink

Design & Print

Fire Safety

Ripon & Masham

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Computer Services

Bee Keeping


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Socatots: p25 Stagecoach: p1 DMW Computers: p8 Home Fix Computers: p9 Masham I.T: p31

Northern Bees: p28


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Kettlewell Fuels: p18-19


Furniture Traders: p16 Simply Beds: p7

Garden Services

Bedale Garden Buildings: p28 Jonny Almond: p29 North Yorkshire Tree Care: p28 Property Repair Services: p36 Westwood Timber & Fencing: p29 White’s Garden Services: p28


Dotty Hippo: p25 Patchwork Rose: p23 Whitegates Nursery: p1

Hair & Beauty

Barbers Chair: p8 Barkers Beauty Hall: p14 Beauty Spot: p9 Lady J’s Beauty Rooms: p10 Northallerton Hair & Beauty: p4

Healthcare & Wellbeing

Angi Almond Holistic Therapies: p10 Croft House Clinic: p3 Feet First: p36 Holistic Therapies: p8

Home & Interiors

Dales of Thirsk: p31 Holme Design: p7 Kennedy Interiors: p6 North Yorkshire Blinds: p31 Northallerton Heating Centre: p28 Patchwork Rose: p23 Period House Store: p31 Rooms By Design: p17 Rydenor Paints: p6 Stairs & More: p6


Whitegates Nursery: p1


Planet Jewels Accessories: p14 Precious Gems: p28 Silverdale: p13


Andrassy Joinery (Yorkshire) p:11 Jason Hammond Joinery: p17

Pets & Animals

Dogswash: p20 Green’s Pet Supplies: p5


Brendan Knight Photography: p13

Piano Tuning Oliver Nunn: p5


Rumdoodle Gas Services: p36

Property Maintenance About The House: p36 AMR Locksmiths: p36 F & P Alarms: p31 Flat Roof Company: p30 Handy Andy: p36 Jonny Almond: p29 MH Joinery: p30 Property Repair Services: p36 Rumdoodle Gas Services: p36


Property Sales

Kitchen Design

Solar Energy

Philippa Hall: p32 About The House: p36 Dales of Thirsk: p31 Holme Design: p7 Rooms By Design: p17

Nick & Gordon Carver: p14 Green Energy Projects: p2 Solar Panels 4 U: p39

Sports & Leisure

Oaktree Garage: p35 Vasstech: p37

Body Talk Gym: p40 Cowley Cyles: p25 Encore Dance School: p25 Northallerton Squash Club: p20 Romanby Golf & Country Club: p32 Socatots: p25 Thirsk Northallerton Golf Club: p21

Oil Tank Maintenance

Tree Surgery

Painters & Decorators

Volunteer Work

Mobility Assistance MV Mobility: p27


A1 Tank Services: p35 H. McLean & Son: p6 Trevor Pickering: p36

North Yorkshire Tree Care: p28 Citizens Advice Bureau: p9


S & K Windows: p37 Terry Dicken Windows: p16

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Northallerton InFocus Winter 11  
Northallerton InFocus Winter 11  

Northallerton InFocus showcases a wide range of local businesses and services across Northallerton and the surrounding areas