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Summer 2012

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News from Easingwold Players Summer Update from the Easingwold Players


Jo Cornish Galleries Exhibition Programme

An overview of the various temporary exhibitions on show this Summer




Olympic Torch Relay

The route of the Olympic Torch through Thirsk


The World Of James Herriot A fantastic 2 for 1 offer at this great family attraction

Also in this issue...


16-17 events

24 local news

Income Tax for over 65’s

Out & About this Summer

12 local news

20-21 garden

Hambleton Strollers walking programme

Funding Loss Hits Youth Football Project

Get your Summer Garden Party started

14 local news

22-23 garden

30 InFocus

What’s On at Rural Arts this Summer?

Keep your Outdoor Wood Furniture Like New

Advertiser Index

25 local news Blue Cross Update

I hope that you enjoy this edition of Thirsk & Easingwold infocus and that you all have a wonderful Summer. There’s lots going on in and around our area so have a look at p16-17 for local Summer events. Please contact us if you would like to advertise your business in this publication. Best wishes, t: 01609 777401 Christine Campbell Editor


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Income Tax for the over 65’s

For 2012/13, the personal allowance for those aged 65 to 74 is £10,500, an increase of 5.63 per cent over last year. This generous increase went largely without recognition in view of the further announcement that the allowance will not be increased next year or thereafter until such time as it is aligned with the personal allowance available to those aged under 65. This has been described as ‘granny tax’ although whether that is an apt description for steps towards creating a uniform personal allowance regime for all individuals will be a matter of viewpoint. The personal allowance for those aged 75 and over for 2012/13 is £10,660.

Peter Tarren

For business planning and tax advice call Peter on: 01609 779400 or email him at: or drop in at: 87 South Parade Northallerton

only available to any married couple where at least one spouse was born before 6 April 1935. For 2012/13, the allowance is £7,705 and this provides a tax reduction of 10 per cent of the allowance, maximum tax relief therefore £770.50. The allowance is also subject to the income limit of £25,400 and where income exceeds this limit it is reduced in the same manner as the age allowances reduce as described above, but in this case it is not reduced below a minimum figure of £2,960.

The very wealthy The income limit

All these age allowances are subject to an income limit. For 2012/13 this limit is £25,400. Where income does exceed the limit, the higher age allowances reduce for £1 in respect of every £2 of income above the limit, but not so as to reduce the allowance below the ordinary personal allowance for those aged under 65.

Tax planning around the income limit

Whilst we have higher personal allowances for those aged 65, sensible tax planning will split income between husband and wife so as to maximise these allowances. For example, if a couple have total joint gross income of £40,000, split £8,000 to the husband and £32,000 to the wife, neither will qualify for the age allowances. This is because the husband’s income is too low and the wife’s income is too far in excess of the income limit so that she has no entitlement to age allowances. If income could be split equally between them, both would be entitled to the higher age allowance. This may not be organised easily if the main source of income is a pension but investment income does provide opportunities for this.

Married couple’s allowance

The married couple’s allowance is

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It should not be overlooked that any pensioners who are fortunate enough to have income in excess of £116,210 in 2012/13 will not receive any personal allowances at all. For married couples, there will clearly be significant tax advantages to be achieved by reorganisation of finances where one has income in excess of this figure and the other has income well below the threshold of £100,000.

The age requirement

To be entitled to the higher age allowances, the claimant must be at or over the required age at some time during the tax year. Therefore a person born on 5 April 1948 will be entitled to the age allowance of £10,500 for 2012/13. However it has been announced that anyone born after that date will only receive the basic personal allowance and will never become entitled to the higher age allowances.

Tax planning before retirement

As income can reduce considerably upon retirement, it can be sensible under the current regime of high personal tax rates to defer investment income until after retirement. There are a number of ways by which this can be achieved and we would be happy to discuss these with you. Alternatively use can be made of life assurance bonds to reduce income and increase allowances.

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New businesses & services come to

Thirsk, Easingwold & surrounding areas this Summer

New Businesses & Services we’re introducing:

• British Heart Foundation - Thirsk

NEW! Stock & Volunteers Needed

British Heart Foundation in Thirsk urges residents to support local shop The team at British Heart Foundation (BHF) shop in Thirsk is appealing to local residents to search through their wardrobes and scour their homes for any unwanted, good quality clothing; handbags; shoes; books; DVDs; CDs and bric-a-brac – all of which will help the BHF continue its life-saving work in Thirsk. Donations are the lifeblood of BHF Shops – we sell over 90,000 items a day! Last year our Shops raised £26 million in the fight against heart disease. A remarkable achievement, which couldn’t have been reached without your donations.

• Darlington Civic Theatre

NEW! Peppa Pig Show • Hummingbirds Nursery

NEW! Wedding Creche Available at Wedding Venues

• Take A Seat

NEW! Business: Take A Seat Interiors Are you a new business? We are always looking for new businesses and services that are being launched across Thirsk, Easingwold, Ripon, Masham, & Northallerton. To feature within this section please contact us on: 01609 777401, email: or visit:

I’m urging people to pop into the Thirsk BHF shop with their unwanted items or call 01845 574925 and we’ll come and collect. Just nine books can fund a BHF heart researcher’s time for an hour – it’s easy to make a difference. There are also great opportunities in Thirsk Shop to give the gift of time by becoming a BHF volunteer. Pop in and see us or call 01845 574925 for more information. Shelia, Manager - Thirsk BHF

Ahoy there me hearties! Darlington Civic Theatre has tickets to give away for the new Peppa Pig show, which will be on stage on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 July. Peppa Pig and her friends are going on a treasure hunt and need your help! Peppa, George and Danny Dog are up to fun and games on a day out on Grandad Dog’s boat. Help them, with Pedro Pony, Polly Parrot and Zoe Zebra to follow the clues and find their treasure as they all enjoy a day of adventure. Following the incredible sell-out success of Peppa Pig’s Party, Peppa is back with a brand new show featuring true to life puppets, perfect singalong songs and a new story that will charm and delight all her fans. Tickets for Peppa Pig’s Treasure Hunt are available from the Box Office on 01325 486 555 or online at Performances: Sat 14 & Sun 15 July, 10am, 1pm & 4pm Tickets £10.50 - £14.50, family ticket £50, groups 10 + 10%off Discounts available. For your chance to win a family ticket for Saturday 14 July at 10am just answer the question below and send together with your name, address and telephone number to Peppa Pig Competition, Marketing Dept., Civic Theatre, Parkgate, Darlington DL1 1RR. Entries must be received by Monday 10 July.

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Hummingbirds Wedding Crèche

is run by the providers of Hummingbirds Private Day Nursery situated in Sowerby, Thirsk. Hummingbirds Nursery is a small family run business which was established in 2008. From 2012 we are providing child care at Wedding Venues. Our wedding Crèche is designed to provide quality childcare at local and more distant wedding venues. We allow the Bride, Groom and Parents to relax at ease, enjoy their day knowing that their children are safe and being cared for. We provide fun activities for children aged 6 months – 12years. We are Ofsted Registered and have Fully Qualified staff. Staffs are happy & friendly and love their career / job role.

in someone else’s care, I love them to spend a special day with me, the crèche allows that. Most importantly The Bride & Groom can enjoy their special day, knowing that the children are safe and entertained.” We offer excellent prices as well as care. Please contact us for more details on: 01845 523118.

Kate – Nursery Manager / Wedding Crèche Organiser - “This is a new venture for us but we are here to provide couples with the great opportunity to not exclude children from their happy, memorable day. As a parent I love to attend family and friends weddings but I hate having to leave my children behind

Take A Seat: Interiors Take A Seat have been open for business since October 2005 on County Business Park, Northallerton, with the aim of supplying all your upholstery and soft furnishing needs, ranging from curtains and blinds to re-upholstery. In mid 2011, Marco realised that, due to customer demand, the business had evolved into a full curtain and blinds service. Take A Seat Interiors has now been running for a year and Marco is delighted with the support they have received. Offering a complete, in-house service, Take A Seat Interiors caters for a wide range of clients on a daily basis.

Marco, a time served upholsterer is the sole proprietor of the company. He served his apprenticeship at his families business in Northallerton, where he gained City and Guilds qualifications and an invaluable wealth of experience. In his 20 years in the business, Marco has been taught all aspects of both traditional and modern upholstery, as well as all types of window dressing; all this experience can be adapted to suit his customers individual needs. Marco intends to carry on working for himself with the aim of ensuring every customer is totally happy with the service and standard of craftsmanship supplied. .................................................... Pattern Book Room: 226 High Street, Northallerton Here, customers are able to choose from a wide selection of fabrics, curtains and blinds. Workshop: 5a County Business Park, Northallerton All items are individually created here. Tel: 01609 783919

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Funding Loss Hits Youth Football Project Thirsk Clock’s weekly Tuesday Night Football Project is under threat through lack of funds, despite it being attended by between 60-70 young players of all ages over the last six months. Current funding is about to run out and the Youth Charity is now appealing for a new sponsor to come forward. Originally conceived to plug a gap on Tuesday evenings when both the Clock and the Thirsk Youth Club were closed, it now caters for young people, both male and female, between the ages of 12 and 24 years. Over 30 of these attend on a regular basis.


EASINGWOLD PLAYERS Cold, grey showery April days were forgotten as theatre goers escaped to the world of A.A. Milne’s “Winnie the Pooh”, Easingwold Players Spring production in collaboration with Gobbledigook Theatre Company. Paying a tribute to the beautiful water colour illustrations of the books, the set design transported the audience into the world of these well loved stories. With a cast of twenty seven people including many young people, this was an evening of sheer escapism. All ages are welcome to join The Easingwold Players, and the commitments and professionalism of the young actors was a credit to them all. The younger players like to play alongside the older ones as a way of developing their confidence and their skills, whilst the older ones have displayed surprising patience and have always done their best to accommodate the younger members. The project has also had another unexpected positive outcome. Several of those attending have been young people from Eastern European or Traveller families living in the area. During the course of the project staff have seen relationships build as preconceptions about one another have been challenged and all members have mixed and played together without any problems. Abigail Homer, the Clock Manager, said “Current funding is about to come to an end and continuation of this good work is threatened. The Clock is launching a public appeal for a new sponsor to come forward. The project costs £70 per week to fund and the young people contribute 50 pence per session to take part. Everyone involved would be hugely disappointed if it had to finish”. Anyone interested in the possibility of offering sponsorship can get details and discuss this matter further by speaking to Abigail Homer, the Manager of Thirsk Clock, on 01845 524494 or by calling at Thirsk Clock (behind the Methodist Church), St. James’ Green, Thirsk.

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Following this highly successful production, The Easingwold Players are already planning the next play. In September auditions will take place and rehearsals begin for “Season’s Greetings” by A. Ayckbourn. Friends & relatives are celebrating Christmas with Neville & Belinda when petty and not so petty squabbles breakout. Christmas presents are rifled, mechanical toys set off together with an hilarious, chaotically incompetent puppet show and finally what appears to be a momentary tragedy when Clive, mistaken for a looter is shot by trigger happy Harvey. A. Ayckbourn is no stranger to The Players. “Bedroom Farce” and “How the Other Half Loves” have been presented in the past and are always popular. Rehearsals take place in the Galtres Centre, Easingwold with its theatre equipped with the latest sound and lighting. .......................................................................................................... New members are always welcome both to help backstage, sound and lighting, front of house and on stage. For further details and information about the Easingwold Players, contact the Secretary, Susan RinaldiButcher, 01347 822733.

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What’s on at Rural Arts this Summer? The June exhibition is From the Edge – Crafts from Rural Scotland featuring a variety of ceramics, tapestry, glass and much more. This is followed in July and August with two exhibitions - an exhibition of works by the Yorkshirebased arts and crafts group Flux, again featuring a wide variety of materials including resin sculpture, jewellery and prints and Mosaic Mania, an exhibition of work by the British Association for Modern Mosaic. The popular art taster workshops are now running both as afternoon (1-3pm) and evening (7-9pm) sessions, to give even more people an opportunity to try something new and creative this Summer. Upcoming taster workshops include mosaic wall-mounted plaques (12th & 19th June), screen printing (26th June and 3rd July) and an introduction to collograph printing with artist and printmaker Hester Cox (10th and 17th July). masterclass with Janet Clarke (17th June) and a naked raku ceramic workshop with Fiona Mazza (14th July) to a stone carving workshop with artist Jennifer Tetlow (27th July). A full list of upcoming workshops can be found on the website at www.

Rural Arts is also running a selection of digital workshops, including introductions to GarageBand (13th June) and Adobe Photoshop (15th June), as well as a two day course on Creating Digital Art in Adobe Illustrator (22nd and 29th June). In addition to the taster workshops there are also a wide selection of full one and two-day art workshops; everything from a tapestry

There are also some great events happening at The Courthouse this Summer. You can spend an evening in the company of crime writers Bill Kitson and Sheila Quigley in A Life of Crime (14th June), and if you pop in on 7th July you may even be tempted

Joe Cornish Galleries Temporary Exhibition Programme June - July 2012 ‘A Celebration of the United Kingdom’ Joe Cornish Saturday 9 June – Wednesday 20 June To celebrate this special year of the Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Joe Cornish Galleries are showing a specially selected exhibition of iconic Joe Cornish images of the United Kingdom. Over the last 25 years Joe has photographed extensively throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and we are delighted to be able to show many of these images together for the first time.

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to forgo our delicious homemade cakes for once in favour of a bowl of fresh strawberries and cream! All proceeds from the sale of strawberries, and the specially created ceramic bowls will be going towards our ever-popular Saturday Kids Art Club. This event is being run as part of the Flux exhibition. You can now book and pay online for all workshops and events and browse a selection of beautiful handmade jewellery and ceramics at

‘Photography Summer Open Exhibition’ Various photographers Saturday 23 June – Saturday 21 July The second Joe Cornish Galleries ‘Photography Summer Open Exhibition’ is on display in the House Gallery for one month, featuring work selected by our panel of judges from photographs submitted to the competition by photographers, amateur and professional, from all over the UK.

‘My View: the market towns of North Yorkshire’ Barbara Bagley Saturday 23 June – Saturday 21 July Specially commissioned by Joe Cornish Galleries, the paintings in this exhibition feature delightful street and birdseye views of the market towns of North Yorkshire including Northallerton, Yarm and Great Ayton, all painted in Barbara’s own unique style.

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Out & About

this Summer 17th June • North Yorkshire County Show Otterington Hall - from 8.00am There will be many exciting displays and demonstrations at the Show, including The Rockin’ Horse Display Team, plus a whole range of of Main Ring Attractions, Bungee Trampolines, Traction Engines, Classic Cars and Motorcycles, Cattle, Sheep and Poultry, Rabbits and Ferrets, Children’s Inflatables, Country Pursuits, Carriage Driving, Horticulture and Produce, Arts, Crafts, Photography, and the Yorkshire Country Women’s Association & Children’s Classes. Also at the show will be the Yorkshire Food Marquee, Craft Marquee, a wide variety of Trade Stands, and on-site Catering including Ice Cream, and a Real Ale Bar. ......................................................................................................................

17th June • The famous Alne Village Summer Fair Alne: 12 - 4:30pm Held throughout the Village, the day is a vivid demonstration of halcyon days gone by, together with an illustration that all is good and well in todays rural North Yorkshire! Included in the top 20 events to attend in the Sunday Times! A great afternoon for all the family including: Music - live bands and dancing in FIVE locations - all musical tastes catered for, folk, rock, steel band. Refreshments - home-made teas served in the Village Hall with seating plus satellite refreshment stall. BBQ at TWO locations. Bar - including hand-pulled local beers, Pimms and soft drinks. Ice-cream stall. Loads of local craft and produce stalls - jewellery, soft toys, fancy goods, jams, cakes and plants. Tombola. Children’s’ entertainment -: climbing-wall, bouncy castle, egg-throwing, plate-smashing, hook a duck, plus our renowned Duck Race! Entry: Adults £4.00, Children free Easy and Free car parking. Easy access for pushchairs and wheelchairs Contact: | ......................................................................................................................

20th June • Olympic Torch Relay The Olympic Torch will pass through Thirsk, arriving at 9.23am by train from York. The torch will travel to the Market Place and then leave Thirsk via Kirkgate. See page 26 for full route details. ......................................................................................................................

11th July • Galtres Cinema presents - The Artist Galtres Centre - 7.30pm £4.50 / £3.00 Silent movie star George Valentin bemoans the coming era of talking pictures and fades into oblivion and self-destruction, but finds sparks with Peppy Miller, a young dancer lighting up talkies like no one else. A silent celebration of early Hollywood is visually ravishing, heart-warming and utterly beguiling, says Robbie Collin of the Daily Telegraph. Tel: 01347 822472 ......................................................................................................................

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20th - 22nd July • Deer Shed Festival Baldersby Park, Topcliffe, Thirsk In 2012 we will be using all of our 90 acre site, increasing our capacity only very slightly to 6000 whilst giving more room for those massive family tents some visitors bring. In addition to our circus cabaret performance in our Big Top, Friday evening will also have headline music acts on our main stage. Saturday is our main music and arts day, three music stages, loads going on. Sunday is a Long Goodbye. Coffee, newspapers, organised kids sports, spoken word, interesting creatures in the Big Top, a crafts market and lots more to be confirmed. The festival site will close late on Sunday afternoon. Tickets: ......................................................................................................................

25th July • Borrowby Show Hillside Rural Activities Park, Knayton, Thirsk Field classes cover most farm animals. Tent classes and exhibits range from, cattle, sheep and farm produce through garden produce, flowers, cookery, wine, arts & crafts and children’s competitions. There are show jumping events, a gymkhana and a fancy dress parade. Trade stands and other attractions add further interest and a dance is held in the evening in the marquee. Licensed Bar, Refreshments, Ice Cream. Dance 9pm to 12.30am. ......................................................................................................................

27th - 29th July • Yorkshire Welcome Thirsk Market Place Full schedule of entertainment on the 28th & 29th around Thirsk Market Place. Combining food stalls and cookery demonstrations in the deliciouslyorkshire cookery theatre, this event is not to be missed! In the evening of the 27th and 28th, the beer and wine festival will give visitors a chance to taste the very best that Yorkshire’s brewers and vineyards have to offer, supported by Yorkshire’s finest entertainment.. Food market, local business stalls, entertainers and much more! Full details: | 01845 522322 ......................................................................................................................

24th - 26th August • Galtres Festival 2012 Crayke We’re in for something very special again this year - around 100 top acts on five stages over three days - headlined by Buzzcocks and Simon & Oscar from Ocean Colour Scene acoustic (Friday), ASH and The Guillemots (Saturday) and Adam Ant, Billy Bragg, Seth Lakeman and The Men They Couldn’t Hang (Sunday), with supports including Hope & Social, Littlemores, The Travelling Band, Ellen & the Escapades, and Jon Gomm. The weekend also features Chris Helme (The Seahorses), Mark Morriss (The Bluetones) and Martin Stephenson (The Daintees). ...................................................................................................................... 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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Pension Income If you have a form of pension where the pension fund is building up until you reach retirement (Personal Pension, Stakeholder Pension, SIPP or a defined contribution pension with your employer), you will have a number of options as to how you receive your pension income. You will normally be able to take up to 25% of the fund as a lump sum which is not taxed. The remaining fund after any tax free lump sum will be taken as a form of income and will be subject to income tax. The main options are to use your pension fund to buy an annuity or to use pension drawdown.

Annuity An annuity pays you an income for the rest of your life, however long you live. In this case your pension fund is used to buy an annuity from a life insurance company. You can add different options and get different types depending on your needs and circumstances. For example, the annuity can increase once in payment at a fixed amount or in line with inflation. Annuities tend to be most appropriate if you have a smaller pension fund. Also available are investment linked annuities where the income which you receive will depend on the performance of the underlying investments. The rationale for buying an investment-linked annuity is the hope of getting higher income payments

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in the longer term by taking the investment risk. Of course the income may go up or down depending on the performance of the investments. For this reason, these type of annuities are more appropriate for individuals whose circumstances allow them to take more risk.

Pension Drawdown Pension drawdown is more flexible than buying an annuity and within limits allows you decide how much income you are able to take from year to year. There are two types of pension drawdown: Capped Drawdown and Flexible Drawdown Capped drawdown has an upper limit equivalent to the amount of income which would be paid to an individual buying an annuity. There is no minimum amount so you can withdraw any level of income as long as it’s below this limit. The limit is reviewed every 3 years until age 75 and every year thereafter. If you choose to take the maximum amount, there is a greater risk that at the review the amount of income which you are able to take is lower.

way will be subject to income tax. However, the flexibility allows for some careful tax planning. As well as the above options, they can be mixed and matched to support your individual requirements. For example, to provide the level of income that you require, it’s possible to phase the tax free cash withdrawals and use this and capped drawdown to give you the level you require. With choice, comes a degree of complexity and timely financial advice from making sure you get value when you buy an annuity to coming up with a plan to withdraw your pension via pension drawdown has great value. Please contact me for help and advice with any aspects of your pension.

Flexible drawdown allows you to withdraw as much as you want and is conditional on you having secure income of at least £20,000 per annum. (Secure income can be State Pension, Pension Annuities and Scheme Pensions). All income withdrawn in this

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Get your summer

party started! Follow our party tips to make sure your summer garden party is a success!

Garden party invitations

Your invitations should reflect what your guests can expect at your garden party. You might decide to make the invitations by hand. Alternatively, there are websites where you can download free, printable invitations.


Decorating your garden for a garden party allows you to be innovative and create a really special atmosphere. You could choose a theme and decorate your garden accordingly. Some ideas for garden party decorations are: • Fairy lights wound around trees • Candles on tables, and floating candles in glass bowls filled with water • Tiki torches in the flowerbeds encircling the lawn • Wind chimes & crystals hung from branches of trees

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On a practical note, make sure you have some sort of shelter in your garden - whether it is a gazebo or beach umbrellas – in case it is extremely sunny or there are summer showers.

Party Food

Some party food ideas are: • Sandwich wraps, with cheese, cold meats and salad • Trays of raw vegetables & sauces • Barbecued chicken legs, thighs and breasts, salmon steaks, prawns, lamb kebabs • Homemade houmous • Plates of cheese and crackers • Salsa, with tomato, onion, coriander & olive oil • Trays of fresh fruit, with chocolate dipping sauce (great for kids) • Bread rolls and bread sticks • Warm new potatoes with herbs & butter • Grilled vegetables (aubergine, courgette, peppers) • Homemade garlic mushrooms • Potato salad

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Keep Your Outdoor Wooden Furniture Looking Like New Often, the most attractive Outdoor Patio and Deck Furniture is made from wood. Wood is a natural product, but when exposed to moisture and changes in temperature and humidity, it reacts in a number of different ways. Proper maintenance of your Wood Patio Furniture will provide a long life over many years in a variety of weather environments. Some varieties of outdoor wooden furniture include cedar, redwood, oak, and pine. These woods, though (especially pine), must be treated with a preservative to prevent decay, which can occur rapidly if exposed to harsh weather environments. Protecting this wood furniture with a water-resistant stain, protective oil, or polyurethane is also recommended. Your local home and garden store will have many options from which to choose, and a store associate should be able to assist you in selecting the most appropriate product to be reapplied regularly (check manufacturer’s instructions for details). Outdoor wood furniture should be cleaned once a year. Mix one tablespoon of bleach, five tablespoons

of a gentle dishwashing liquid, and a gallon of water, and softly rub the surface of your wood furniture with a soft bristle brush. Wash the solution from the furniture, and allow it to dry completely in the sun. Repainting or restaining wood furniture could be indicated at this time to cover and protect any worn or damaged areas. All woods are susceptible to rot and decay if left in damp, humid, and shady areas for a long time. Wood that becomes saturated with rain water is more likely to warp and rot, so using waterproof protective covers when your furniture is not in use is strongly advised to keep your wooden patio furniture in good shape. The bases of furniture legs are definitely the most susceptible when it comes to water damage. If wood furniture is kept in the grass, at the poolside, or on a surface that collects even a small level of rain water, the legs can become easily saturated and damaged. Covering the bottoms of each furniture leg with rubberized material or small sections of cedar fencing material will help protect your furniture from rotting from the bottom up.

barbecue season

It’s that time of year again, summer is here. It’s time to start planning the perfect barbecue. The summer sun is shining, the kids are out of school, and from a distance you can smell the familiar scent of charcoal burning.

Planning the perfect summer barbecue can be a bit stressful, but it can be rewarding too. If you like to entertain as much as I do, it might not be a bad idea to plan a pitch-in barbecue to help relieve some of the pressure felt when preparing

Six of the best pitch-in food ideas are listed below: 1. Potato Salad Home made is always the best. There are so many different kinds of potato salad, you can actually have several types at the barbecue and this will appeal to everyone’s pallet.

2. Coleslaw

Who doesn’t love a good coleslaw? Seems like every get together or family reunion, people in my family are fighting over the bowl of coleslaw.

3. Spicy Baked Beans & regular Beans

Some like it hot...some don’t. When I think of barbecue, I think of baked beans. This is a

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food for a large group of people entirely by yourself. Great food, wonderful atmosphere and friends make the perfection combination for a great barbecue. The best way to have a successful barbecue is to plan. The old motto says, if you fail to plan... plan to fail. The host should naturally be responsible for grilling and providing the meat. This can incur a lot of expense so make sure you coordinate with your guests and find out how many people will be attending.

must have for a pitch-in barbecue. Add some spicy jalepenos and some hot sausage and you are set.

4. Baked Macaroni & Cheese

This is another must have item at a summer barbecue. Homemade baked macaroni and cheese goes great with burgers, and barbecue chicken or ribs. One large pan can be pretty inexpensive to make. Macaroni noodles are inexpensive, most of your cost will be tied into the cheese.

5. Chips

A variety of potato chips is nice. Barbecue, plain, ruffles, and doritos are some of the favorites. Another low cost addition to the meal.

Finally, exposure to chemicals including solvents and chlorine, and exposure to common items such as alcoholic beverages, plants and flower nectar, and hot items (off of a grill, for example) can permanently stain and damage wood surfaces. Additionally, it is vital to prevent plastic objects, like plastic table cloths, toys, placemats, and appliance covers, from lying on wood furniture for a long period of time because plastic can discolor wood. Plastic can also stick to and damage a wood finish.

The lifespan for any wooden patio furniture depends greatly on the type of wood used and the weather it is exposed to. Properly maintaining your outdoor wood furniture can make it last for many years and maximize your investment. Outdoor wood furniture makes a quaint, charming, and nice addition to any backyard, deck, patio, or garden, and with care, it will continue to make a great impression for years to come.

6. Dessert

umbrellas in the drinks. Suggest that everyone wear a tropical shirt or shorts. For the ladies, swimwear or grass skirts can be fun. Your event will not soon be forgotten.

From fresh seasonal fruit, like watermelon and strawberries to baked pies and puddings. Dessert is always a hit. Summertime barbecues just wouldn’t be the same without it. Everyone can enjoy a fresh slice of watermelon or strawberries from the local farmer’s market.

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Planning is the key. Make sure you have a game plan. These tips will ensure a successful barbecue. *If you want to take another twist on the barbecue idea, plan a theme a Luau. Add some tiki lights and buy little party favors for your guests, like little

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Strollers WALKING FOR HEALTH Meet at 10.15am for Walks to start at 10.30 am. Lunchtime 30 minute walks start from County Hall, Northallerton at 12.15 on Wednesdays. Pick up a leaflet at GP Surgeries, Tourist Points, Libraries, Hambleton Council offices or call 01609 771624 for more information.

All walks are: 30 mins – 1 hr suitable for beginners / new walkers Email:

JUNE 2012

Thursday 14th: Thirsk - Swimming Pool Friday 15th: Northallerton - Meet at Buck Inn 10.15 Monday 18th: Great Ayton - Library Tuesday 19th: Northallerton - Mowbray House Surgery Tuesday 19th: Swainby - Village Hall Tuesday 19th: Easingwold - Galtres Centre Wednesday 20th: Stokesley - Public Car Park (Co-op) Thursday 21st: Bedale - Leisure Centre Friday 22nd: Northallerton - Hambleton Forum Monday 25th: Great Ayton - Library Tuesday 26th: Northallerton - Mayford House Surgery Wednesday 27th: Stokesley - Health Centre Wednesday 27th: Thirsk - Thirsk Tourist Information Centre

JULY 2012

Monday 2nd: Great Ayton - Library Tuesday 3rd: Northallerton - Mowbray House Surgery Tuesday 3rd: Easingwold - Galtres Centre Tuesday 3rd: Hutton Rudby - Village Hall Wednesday 4th: Stokesley - Public Car Park Co-op Thursday 5th: Bedale - Leisure Centre Friday 6th: Northallerton - Hambleton Leisure Centre Monday 9th: Great Ayton - Library Tuesday 10th: Northallerton - Mayford House Surgery Wednesday 11th: Stokesley - Health Centre Thursday 12th: Thirsk - Swimming Pool Monday 16th: Great Ayton - Library Tuesday 17th: Northallerton - Mowbray House Surgery Tuesday 17th: Easingwold - Galtres Centre Tuesday 17th: Great Broughton - Bay Horse Pub Wednesday 18th: Stokesley - Public Car Park Co-op Thursday 19th: Bedale - Leisure Centre Friday 20th: Northallerton - Tourist Information Point Monday 23rd: Great Ayton - Library Tuesday 24th: Northallerton - Mayford House Surgery Wednesday 25th: Thirsk - Lambert Medical Centre Wednesday 25th: Stokesley - Health Centre Monday 30th: Great Ayton - Library Tuesday 31st: Swainby / Cod Beck - Village Hall Tuesday 31st: Northallerton - Mowbray House Surgery Tuesday 31st: Easingwold - Galtres Centre


Carnival 2012 An action-packed Northallerton Carnival is on its way this summer, with a range of new events planned for Sunday July 8th from 12 noon onwards. The performing arts are well represented on the stage throughout the af ternoon with AJ Performing Arts, Allerton Players, belly dancers, zumba, bokwa, clowns and cheer leaders all taking part. Stilt walkers will be mingling with the crowds too.

One of the events will be a “Mini Olympics” sprint relay, with teams from Northallerton College and the Allertonshire School passing the baton less than three weeks before the start of the London Games. Supported by Northallerton Mowbray Rotary Club, students will form age-graded teams based on countries represented at the Olympics. New this year is a fancy dress competition themed on Queen Elizabeth (in her Diamond Jubilee Year) and Prince Phillip. Organisers look forward to seeing the Royal couples on the day, and everyone is invited to come along and join in the fun. Carnival Chairman John Forrest said: “This year’s event promises to be bigger, better and more colourful than ever whilst continuing the support that the Carnival gives to our local charities. We have something for everyone, with the emphasis firmly on fun. It’s also a wonderful fund-raiser for good causes.” If you are a locally based charity and would like a stall, there are still some available – contact Kay on 01609 770423 for details.


“We have a lot less control over winning or losing at something than we do over trying or quitting something. Always try. You can eventually win. If you always quit, you can never win.” Dr. Mark Coulston

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Left: The girls from AJ Performing Arts and at the back are two Northallerton College students who will have the honour of carrying the Olympic torch when it comes to the region next month. They are (left) Fergus Roberts, who was nominated by Northallerton Mowbray Rotary Club, and Marc Scott.


Blue Cross

Celebrating Blue Cross in Thirsk silver jubilee year! Thinking of getting a pet? Make Blue Cross your first stop!

Our Silver Jubilee tea party event was held on Sunday 20th May. We hope that everyone who visited on the day enjoyed some tea and cake with us and met some of our pets needing new homes. We are very proud to have helped thousands of local pets over the past 25 years but we couldn’t have done it without your help. We are so grateful for the fantastic local support we have in the area and every penny really does count

to help us care for the so many homeless cats and dogs we take in at the centre. Throughout our special silver jubilee year we are urging our supporters to host their own tea party in aid of the animals we look after. To register call 08444 993 663 or email events@bluecross. for more information.

If you are considering taking on a pet please come to see us. We always have lots of cats and dogs who really deserve a second chance and there are many benefits to taking on a pet from Blue Cross. Firstly, all of our animals are carefully assessed and we match each individual pet to potential new owners. All pets go to their new homes after being checked over by the vet, all are vaccinated, neutered and microchipped and we are

also on-hand for the rest of the pet’s lifetime if you need any advice on their behaviour. If would like to find out about the centre’s fundraising events or the pets looking for homes at Blue Cross in Thirsk, contact the centre on 0300 777 1540, visit the website: or join us on Facebook!

Coming up… Don’t miss our forthcoming centre events over the summer and autumn: 19th August Blue Cross open day and fun dog show. Categories include waggiest tail and fastest biscuit eater! 11.00am – 4.00pm at Thirsk Farmers Auction Mart, Blakey Lane, Thirsk.

7th October Sponsored dog walk. Enjoy a gentle three mile stroll or eight mile walk around this stunning World Heritage site. 9am - 2pm start. Studley Royal, near Ripon.

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Olympic Torch Route: THIRSK - Wednesday 20th June York: Departing: 8.43am Arriving Thirsk Railway Station: 9.23am

Thirsk Thirsk Station - 9.23am Thirsk Station - Left Turn Station Road (A61) Station Road (A61) - Left Turn Westgate (A61) - Left Turn Market Place (B1448) Kirkgate (B1448) Norby Front Street (B1448) to Percy Drive Kirkgate

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Northallerton Arrive Northallerton: 10.14am

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Enjoy a great family day out at the World of James Herriot - one of Yorkshire’s premier visitor attractions! Set in the picturesque market town of Thirsk, 23 Kirkgate is home to the world famous vet-cum-author James Herriot. Today you can step back in time and experience the life of a vet and see what has made James Herriot into a global phenomenon. Come and get behind the scenes of the BBC series, and see what has been capturing the hearts and minds of so many around the world, all the while putting Yorkshire firmly on the map. James Alfred Wight, who wrote under the pseudonym of James Herriot, became one of the most popular writers of the twentieth century. His books, a series of stories based on his experiences as a young veterinary surgeon working among the farming community of North Yorkshire, sold

in their millions throughout the world. Their great success spawned two feature films in the mid 1970s, followed by a BBC television series, All Creatures Great and Small, which enjoyed global success in the late 1970s and early 80s. Most recently a TV series was commissioned showing the life and times of James Herriot in his younger days. Alfred Wight died in 1995 but his books still sell, the television series is still played throughout the world. Since it’s opening in 1999, The World of James Herriot has attracted over half million visitors worldwide. It continues to attract people far and wide, looking to get an insight into the life of Yorkshires best loved author. World of James Herriot Ltd 23 Kirkgate, Thirsk North Yorkshire, YO7 1PL Tel: 01845 524234 Email:

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Index Art The Artist’s Palette: p19 Spectrum Picture Framing & Gallery: p2

Bee Keeping Agricultural Supply Services: p6

Boiler & Oil Tank Servicing Oilforce: p31

Builders & Contractors Andrassy Joinery: p23 Concrete 4 U: p5 Flat Roof Company: p31 Galtres Timber; p7 Jason Hammond Joinery: p23 Lightwater Quarries: p28 Property Repair Services: p28 T. G & H Harper Builders Ltd: p22 W Gaunt Ltd: p13

Business Services CK Services: p4 p4 The Specialists: p13 Thirsk Auction Mart: p19

Cleaning Services Daily Poppins: p21

Children’s Services Socatots: p21 With A Cherry On Top: p28 Hummingbirds Nursery: p11

Computer Services Dentists Clock Tower Dental: p15

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Jaipur Spice: p32 Old Station Yard: p16 Village Inn: p16

Stairs & More: p13 Take A Seat: p11 Take A Seat Interiors: p11




Simply Beds: p32

Precious Gems: p29

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MV Mobility: p15

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Concrete 4 U: p5 Mark Kinghorn Garden Services: p22 North Yorkshire Tree Care: p28 Property Repair Services: p28 White’s Garden Services: p29

Andrassy Joinery: p23 Howdens Joinery: p5 Jason Hammond Joinery: p23

Design & Print CK Services: p4 p4 The Specialists: p13

Elderly Care A Turner Electrical: p8 ADI Communications: p4 Aerial & Sat Fix Ltd: p1 Electrocare: p28 Handy Andy: p28

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Precious Gems: p29 With A Cherry On Top: p28

Events Hidden Gardens Of Helperby: p21 Huby & Sutton Show: p17 Littlethorpe Manor Garden Lecture Day: p21 Masham Steam Engine Rally: p16 Picnic In The Park: p20 Sutton Village Hall: p16 The World Of James Herriot: p27

Fashion & Clothing Humphrey & Tilly: p2 Well Heeled: p2

Finance & Legal Askham Tax & Accountantcy Ltd: p28 Eura Audit UK: p5 Mowatt Financial Planning: p18

Food & Drink Buck Inn - Maunby: p17 Fairy Cakes: p21

Healthcare & Wellbeing Easingwold Osteopath: p2 Holistic Therapies: p15 Holy Rood House: p21 J. W Training: p15 Todd House Clinic: p1

Hire Moss’s Motors: p17 Sutton Village Hall: p16

Home & Interiors Brian Jones Upholstery: p19 Dales of Thirsk: p29 Easingwold Bathrooms: p8 Genesis Home & Garden: p20 Nigel Atkinsons Bathroom Emporium: p13 Rooms By Design: p8 Rydenor Paints: p8 Simply Beds: p32 Spectrum Picture Framing & Gallery: p2

Kitchen & Bathroom Design Dales of Thirsk: p29 Easingwold Bathrooms: p8 Howdens Joinery: p5 Lowmac Kitchens & Bathrooms: p13 Rooms By Design: p8

Mobility Assistance MV Mobility: p15

Motoring Brian Fall Car Repairs: p29 Moss’s Motors: p17 Station Autos: p29


Shepherd Homes: p9 Hunters Estate Agents: p1 Psychic Sue: p15

Sports & Leisure Socatots: p21 Thirsk Northallerton Golf Club: p20

Travel & Tourism KA Taxis: p17 The World Of James Herriot: p27

Tree Surgery North Yorkshire Tree Care: p28

Waste Services Whitkirk Waste: p1


Fairy Cakes: p21 Hummingbirds Wedding Creche: p11

Worship Hollybush Christian Fellowship: p18

Hall Opticians: p3

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AJ Fabrications: p25 Thirsk Auction Mart: p19

Property Maintenance AMR Locksmiths: p28 Flat Roof Company: p31 Handy Andy: p28 Property Repair Services: p28 Southview Property Maintenance: p22 Whitkirk Waste: p1

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