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Welcome to our December/January issue Editor Mick Scott Telephone 01439 788008 Email enquiries Web: Facebook: Address The Forge, Cawton Road, Gilling East, N. Yorks YO62 4JG February copy deadline :

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Dear Neighbours, So, here I am writing my final editorial for Go Local. Last month I wasn’t sure what was going to happen when I retire after this edition. Fortunately, just a few days after going to print last month, everything quite suddenly sorted itself out and I’m now pleased to announce that Go Local will continue with new owners. And to go with that good news, here’s a message from your new editor, Louise. On behalf of the new owners, I am very excited to be taking over from Mick. We are committed to keeping Go Local exactly the same apart from being delivered by Royal Mail in all YO62 postcode areas, which means that more people than ever will receive a copy through their doors. We will still offer all the great services, puzzles, editorial and of course local talk. We wish Mick all the best in his retirement and look forward to our first Go Local edition coming in February. With best wishes for Christmas, Louise As there isn’t enough space in this editorial to thank everyone I’ve written a goodbye piece, which you’ll find on page 8. Also this month, Nicholas Rhea waxes lyrical on frummety. If you don’t already know what that is (‘course you do!) you’ll find out all about it on page 22. This month’s recipe of Pepper & Turkey Stuffed Sweet Potatoes is for all of us wondering what to do with Christmas Dinner’s left-overs on Boxing Day, Pippa Greenwood considers the perfect gardening gifts for Christmas and there’s the usual crossword and sudoku to get to grips with over a piece of Christmas cake and a glass of mulled wine. Merry Christmas, Mick

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don’t know if you remember Spike Milligan’s Q6 series, where the cast were in the habit of saying “What are we going to do now?” at the end of a sketch. That’s how I felt when we moved up to Gilling in the summer of 2005. I was lucky to have some freelance work from my old company to tide me over for a few months but I didn’t have a clear idea about how I was going to support my family, except that I knew I wanted to be my own boss. And then I spotted the advert on the internet that would change my life... So here I am, almost eleven years and 121 issues later, getting ready to retire and pass the baton onto someone else. My intention from the start was always to include as much local colour as I could, so over the years I’ve done articles on Gilling Castle’s relationship with William Randolph Hearst, one of the richest men in America; the Loschy Dragon, a poisonous worm which resided beneath a hill just outside Stonegrave; the famous (or not so famous now) Ampleforth Sword Dance; the church at Sproxton that moved a mile; the castle at Slingsby that isn’t a castle;

the famous “Murder Beyond the Moor Gate” just outside Helmsley, that took place in 1895; the Gilling and Ampleforth Railway line, farming in Hovingham during World War II and many other stories, too numerous to mention.

the road above Ampleforth. So when someone told me that he was the author of the Heartbeat stories I rather nervously asked him if he’d grant me an interview for the magazine. Peter instantly put me at my ease and said

I’ve written about keeping chickens (which I never did in the end), looking after bees, avoiding wasps, tending allotments, and picking mushrooms. You may also have noticed the occasional dialect story, which I have to assume everyone understood! On a couple of occasions, through the good graces of David Goodwin at the Helmsley Arts Centre, I even got to meet and interview Robert Powell (Jesus of Nazareth – has it been a blessing or a curse?) and John Sargent (Who is, or was, your favourite politician?). Another early interviewee was local author Peter Walker. I remember, many years ago, my father-inlaw talking about a bobby from Oswaldkirk who wrote books about a country policeman. Since moving to this area I’d often seen Peter Walker taking his morning constitutional on

Here I am, perusing a copy of the first ever Go Local, back in April 2006. Back then I shared my office with a hamster and most of the kids’ toys! he’d be delighted. Since that interview I’ve been lucky to have Peter supply me with his “Local View” articles every other month, under his pen name of Nicholas Rhea. What Peter doesn’t know about witching posts isn’t worth knowing! While I’m on the subject of writing, I must mention my good friend and fellow continued on page 12

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12 Gilling-ite Andy Baxter, who has kept me supplied with nature articles over the years. Where I find writing as easy as pulling my own teeth he can turn out an article in the blink of an eye. Once he has an idea it usually takes him about half an hour. Mind you, it does come as a single paragraph. He once sent me a document entitled “A Society Led Solely by Electrostatic Women”, which turned out to be about honey bees! Another article about birdstrikes on aeroplanes (not a good thing to read if you’re scared of flying!) began, “Whenever I get asked what I do for a living, I usually reply with “I’m a consultant scarecrow advisor”. Of course, it’s not only articles that have kept Go Local going

over the years, but the people who have helped deliver it. When I first started I only delivered as far as Wombleton. I realised, when I expanded into Kirkbymoorside a little later, that I would need a little extra help if I was going to get all the magazines delivered in a reasonable time, so my thanks go to anyone who has helped, over the years, especially David and Claire Scrimgeour, who took on Helmsley, Nawton/ Beadlam and Wombleton and especially Mike Martin, who apart from delivering around Kirkbymoorside, took over David and Claires’ round when they moved to Scotland.

before it goes to print but for believing in me when I first started. If she thought I was mad, she didn’t mention it! Finally, my thanks to everyone who has advertised with me over the years, some still with me since the first issue, so I must have been doing something right! And my thanks to you, friends and neighbours in the YO62 postcode area, for reading the magazine and using the services on offer. I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year!

I also need to thank my wife, Grace, not only for helping me deliver every month and proof-reading the magazine

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A Local View! by Nicholas Rhea


hristmas generates a range of traditional activities that vary from obtaining and decorating the Christmas tree to writing and posting Christmas cards, exchanging presents, carol singing in the streets and also in church before Midnight Mass. A good deal of feasting and drinking goes on too. In addition, especially in the rural parts of this locality, there was the local custom of eating frummety (sometimes called frumenty). This was customary in many parts of Yorkshire and perhaps further afield but I have no records of precisely where the custom was practised. Certainly, it happened in this locality but was also popular around the North York Moors, the Dales and in parts of the former West Riding. The custom might also have occurred in the East Riding but I have no information about the way the folk of the Wolds tackled frummety, if at all. So what is frummety? It is essentially a dish for Christmas Day and is perhaps best described as a type of rather thick porridge with

flavouring. It is made from pearled wheat which is whole wheat and it must first be creaved. This means soaking it in water, preferably overnight before cooking and this will swell the grain. It may

A bowl of Frummety then be lithed with a mixture of flour and water which will thicken the mixture in which it is cooked and afterwards it may need to be kibbled if the grains are too tough. Kibbling means to grind the grains to prepare them for cooking on Christmas Eve – this may be necessary in addition to creaving. Once it is thoroughly creaved, various ingredients may be added according to the personal tastes of those who are to enjoy it. For example, cinnamon, cloves or nutmeg might be added as well as other spices. People with a sweet tooth might prefer sugar or treacle to be added,

sometimes with a small amount of fresh milk. All the ingredients are then mixed into a thick kind of porridge. It must then be cooked to be eaten hot on Christmas Day after Midnight Mass – in fact, it must not be eaten at any other time. In some Yorkshire parishes, the church “frummety” bells would ring out before Midnight Mass and this was a reminder to put the fully creaved frummety in the oven to be ready when Mass was concluded. As children growing up in the North York Moors, we always looked forward to our frummety after getting home from Midnight Mass around one o’clock in the morning and our date with Father Christmas had to wait until that meal was over, then we sank into a deep sleep in the early hours of the morning but awoke early to enjoy our presents. Interestingly, various updated recipes for frummety are featured on a modern website under that name, from which it seems yet more ingredients may be added such as raw eggs, liquors of various kinds such as rum or brandy and

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23 probably anything else that takes your fancy. Due to the gradual abandonment of the Christian focus of these seasonal celebrations, however, our responses may now take a different form – perhaps as parties at home or some other venue, invariably with a good deal of feasting and drinking among displays of colourful lights. These will appear both inside and outside our homes but also in places of work, not forgetting the displays in shops that have now generated their own form of religion. Interestingly, many Christmas cards and postage stamps continue to reflect Christian roots of Christmas and many events add to that

atmosphere, sometimes attracting interest in the form of large crowds. Carol services in our churches and cathedrals are an example, and another popular form of expression is shown in the nativity plays often delightfully performed in school by small children. These appear to have stemmed from the crib or praesepio which depicts the scene in the stable at Bethlehem with the Baby Jesus lying on a bed of straw in a manger with Mary and Joseph looking on with an ox and ass tethered nearby. Another moorland custom was for young girls to carry “Milly Boxes” around the village, knocking on doors

and expecting a gift in return. Inside was a doll that represented the Child Jesus in his crib and it is thought the name Milly came from My Lady, meaning the Virgin Mary. I doubt whether any of these customs have survived; if so, they might be subjected to all manner of rules and regulations or even objections from householders. However when we deliver the Christmas story, it remains a powerful contribution to this season when we realise the baby in that humble scene grew up to become one of the world’s greatest religious leaders and an inspirational teacher.

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Recipe! This is a tasty and healthy postChristmas day family supper and a great way to use up leftover roast turkey.

Pepper & Turkey

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Serves 4 Ready in 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients: • 4 medium-sized sweet potatoes, scrubbed • 2tbsp olive oil • 1 red onion, peeled and chopped • 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed • 1 red pepper, deseeded and sliced • 1 yellow pepper, deseeded and sliced • 225g cooked turkey breast, diced • 1 x 230g tub fresh tomato salsa • Salt and freshly ground black pepper • 100g Cheddar cheese, grated • Chopped avocado, lime wedges and freshly chopped parsley, to serve

Preheat the oven to 200C, Fan 180C, Gas Mark 6. Prick the potatoes all over with a fork and place on a baking tray. Bake in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes or until tender. Just before the potatoes are ready, heat half the oil in a frying pan and fry the onion for 6-7 minutes until tender, adding the garlic after 5 minutes. Add the peppers and turkey and fry for a further 2-3 minutes. Stir in 2 tbsp of the tomato salsa and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Halve the baked sweet potatoes and roughly mash up the flesh with a fork. Season lightly and drizzle over half the remaining oil, then pile the turkey and pepper mixture on top of the halves. Scatter over the cheese and drizzle over the rest of the oil. Return to the oven for 10-12 minutes until the cheese has melted. Serve with chopped avocado and lime wedges and sprinkled with freshly chopped parsley. Spoon the rest of the salsa into a small bowl and serve on the side.

TIP For a vegetarian version replace the turkey with halved chestnut mushrooms or diced aubergine or courgette and use vegetarian Cheddar cheese.

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Mark Saxby


Traditional Window Cleaning Gutter Cleaning & Gutter Repairs

Little Therapy Room, Harome 01439 770127 Bondgate Clinic, Helmsley 01439 771196 Natural Health Centre, Kirkbymoorside 01751 430335

Payment required at time of cleaning please.

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Bouncy Castle Hire and Craft Fun! Free Local delivery and set up Free Party Invites Please ask about adding an exciting craft/facepainting session to your Bouncy Castle hire! Ring Juliette on Tel. 01751 430944 Mob. 07940 718961

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The Beauty Room Bondgate Clinic Helmsley YO62 5BR

07969 161 941 ldbeauty@b Providing a comprehensive range of beauty and massage treatments Also at

The Sycamores Rosedale Abbey where we offer all the usual treatments along with spa packages.

Raising the standards We are a bespoke care company offering long and short term care in the Helmsley, Ampleforth & Kirkbymoorside areas, covering all the surrounding villages including the hard to reach rural locations. We have CQC and data protection registration and are fully insured. We offer a 24 hour service to cover all care needs and we have male and female care workers to ensure we offer our clients what they require.

Unwind in the relaxa on lounge and admire the stunning views, indulge in treatments of your choice, then completely relax by using the spa hot tub and foot spas.

Please phone for a friendly chat

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Welcome to The White Swan - ampleforth -

Complimentary shuttle bus now available to diners.

New Year’s Eve menu now available on request

**Within a ten mile radius **48 hour notice required **Table minimum of 4 (maximum of 13) **Available Mon-Fri inclusive

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Don’t forget the 2-4-1 starts Monday 2nd Jan Wishing all our customers a very Happy Christmas and New Year. From Simon and the team at the newly refurbished bar restaurant and lounge

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Ampleforth Abbey Tea Room

Winter Warmer Special Homemade Soup with a Freshly Made Sandwich of Your Choice* and a Pot of Yorkshire Tea or Cup of Filter Coffee

For just ÂŁ8.25 *Excludes Smoked Salmon

Available throughout January, February & March

Monday to Saturday 10:00am to 5:30pm Sunday 12 noon to 5:30pm Ampleforth Abbey, York, YO62 4EN Telephone: 01439 766868 Email: For quality advertising in a quality magazine call 01439 788008



LAWNMOWER REPAIRS & SERVICING Tyre Depot, Sawmill Lane Helmsley Tel: 01439 771067

Westgate Garage, Westgate Pickering Tel: 01751 473117

John G Chisholm & Co Chartered Accountants Personal & business tax advice Accountancy VAT and Payroll Services

4 Steeple Chase, Gilling East York YO62 4HR Tel/Fax: 01347 888655 Email:

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Cooks Business Park New Road Kirkbymoorside North Yorkshire YO62 6DZ


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Christmas Trees - Norway Spruces, Nordmann Firs and Pot grown trees (100% rooted) Indoor & Outdoor Lighting

House Decorations

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Christmas Cactuses

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Feed the Birds! Wide range of Bird Food, Feeders, Tables etc.

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Packs of Spring Flowering Bulbs All New David Austin Roses Individual Spring Flowering Bulbs Winter Pansies & Violas Spear & Jackson Garden Tools Winter Gardening Gloves

Coal, Logs & Kindling We are open 7 days a week: Monday - Saturday 9am - 5pm Sunday 10am - 4pm Email:

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Mark Simpson Plumber & Heating Engineer Complete bathroom service, including • computer design • supply and installation • building, joinery and tiling

• Dog Walking – regular & occasional • Home from Home Boarding • Doggy Day Care • Home visits to all pets • Fully insured, registered & trustworthy

Installation of oil tanks and boilers, condensing gas boilers, underfloor and central heating and unvented cylinders

General plumbing, maintenance and repairs

We now do a drain unblocking service

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Covering Ampleforth, Helmsley, Gilling East & surrounding areas

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Omega Oak Barn Care Home SPECIALISING IN DEMENTIA CARE • Rural location, set in two acres of grounds • Qualified staff - including specialist training for those residents with dementia • Ground floor accommodation throughout • Day care and respite care facilities available • Family owned • Personal service tailored to meet individual care needs

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Gardening Gi s by Pippa Greenwood


t is not that long until Christmas now, and if you’ve any gardening friends it is so easy to get them a present they’ll really enjoy and find useful. Any good local garden centre will have plenty of potential gifts in a wide range of prices, sizes and shapes to suit anybody from the complete novice to the most experienced gardener. Alternatively, take a look on the internet and get some gorgeous gardening gifts delivered right to your door. Houseplants make brilliant presents, so why not choose a couple of really good-looking ones? At this time of year there are plenty, such as the indoor cyclamens and azaleas or a flamboyant poinsettia or a gorgeous Christmas cactus, which look fantastic whilst in flower but don’t forget that lots of the foliage houseplants look great, too. Make sure that you keep the plants at their best by placing them in a suitable position before you give them away. Outdoor plants are also an ideal choice, but make sure that you know that the plant you are choosing will go to a suitable home. There is no use buying a lime-hating plant such as a Pieris, rhododendron, Camellia or azalea for somebody if they garden on chalk - although a supply of

ericaceous compost and a good sized pot could also be a present from someone else if you plan carefully. A lovingly created pot of winter flowering bedding plants, perhaps underplanted with a few small bulbs such as crocus or miniature daffodils, will make a lovely instant garden impact present for anyone. Despite the huge quantities of Christmas paraphernalia in garden centres now, any half decent centre will still have a good range of winter bedding plants and winter interest plants available. Anyone with an interest in growing vegetables would enjoy one of the many gardening books on the subject, or perhaps a ‘Grow Your Own with Pippa Greenwood’ Gift Voucher Card, which lets them select the vegetables they’d like to grow from the range I offer at www.pippagreenwood. com. Then, in the spring, we send them garden-ready plants accompanied by weekly advice and email tips from me. Most gardeners love to encourage birds into the garden, so how about a bird box or feeder or maybe even some bird food? Bird feeding equipment and supplies take up

plenty of space in garden centres, so you’ll be spoilt for choice. Gardeners love practical things so a good hoe like my favourite, the SpeedHoe, will always be welcome, or how about some Micromesh-covered or polythene-covered EasyTunnels, perfect for protecting crops throughout the growing season next year? A raised bed kit is a great gift idea, too, allowing people to grow vegetables when their own soil isn’t ideal. Some kits have the option to add crop covers made from fine mesh (to keep pests out) or polythene (to protect from the worst of the weather and provide off-season warmth). So rather than rushing out and buying something that ‘will do’ as a gift, take a moment and see what you can find which will really bring a smile to someone’s face! Visit Pippa’s website www. and book Pippa for a gardening talk or peruse the really useful selection of Pippa’s favourite gardening items, including Nemaslug to control slugs, pop-up crop covers, SpeedHoes, SpeedWeeders, raised bed kits, pull-out EasyTunnels, ‘Grow Your Own with Pippa Greenwood’ Gift Voucher cards, signed books and lots more besides.

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The Ryedale T R H Handyman Happy to do the jobs you hate - at an affordable price. NO CALL OUT CHARGE PAINTING & DECORATING JET WASHING • PLUMBING TILING • GUTTERING FLAT PACK ASSEMBLY HANGING SHELVES For a free no obligation quote or general enquiry please call

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helmsley walled garden Gifts for Christmas! We are open for Christmas shopping December 2nd & 3rd, 9th & 10th and 16th & 17th 10am till 3pm.

Full wheelchair access to the Garden and the Café. Toilets and disabled toilets available. Dogs are welcome on leads.

Plant Centre Gift Shop Café T: 01439 771427

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Bespoke: Doors Windows Stairs Kitchens Wood Floors Secondary Glazing Tel: 01751 431895 Dunromin, West Fields, Kirkbymoorside YORK YO62 7HB

Electrical Services of Ampleforth would like to wish all customers, old and new, a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

In this time of spiralling energy costs, why not take a look at L.E.D. lighting? Save energy and forget about constantly changing lamps. Especially good for outdoor lighting and suitable for P.I.R. operation A 10W L.E.D. lamp is about the equivalent of a 150W Tungsten Halogen lamp. Domestic, Commercial & Agricultural. Electrical Installations, Testing & Repairs Approved Contractor

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The Fairfax Arms Country Inn

Christmas Menu £19.95 per person 2 courses £23.95 per person 3 courses White Onion & Sage Soup, Herb Croutons, Crusty Bread Roll Traditional Prawn Cocktail, Bloody Mary, Wholemeal Bread Chicken Liver & Port Parfait, House Chutney, Toasted Brioche Beetroot Cured Salmon, Bread & Butter Crisp, Pickled Cucumber Garlic & Parsley Mushrooms, Wensleydale Cheese, Crusty Bread Pheasant & Black Pudding Spring Rolls, Sweet Chilli Dip

Thirkleby Roast Turkey & All the Trimmings, Duck Fat Roast Potatoes & Lashings of Gravy Salmon Fillet, Charred Artichoke and Horseradish Risotto, Parmesan Crisp Roast Chestnut, Brie & Wild Mushroom Wellington, Brandy Cream & Buttered New Potatoes Confit Gressingham Duck Leg, Black Pudding Mash, Roast Root Vegetables, Cranberry Jus Smoked Haddock, Wilted Spinach, Sauté Potatoes, Dill & Clam Chowder Salt Aged Sirloin Steak, Fondant Potato, Roast Cherry Vine Tomatoes, Braised Shallots, Red Wine Jus (£4.95 supplement)

Boozy Christmas Pudding, Rum Butter Sauce White Chocolate & Cranberry Brûlée, Vanilla Shortbread Grenadine Cherry Cheesecake, Ginger & Almond Crumb Sticky Toffee Pudding, Butterscotch Sauce, Cinder Toffee Ice Cream Traditional Treacle Tart, Vanilla Ice Cream & Traditional Custard Yorkshire Cheese Board, Fairfax Arms House Chutney, Artisan Crackers (£1.95 supplement)

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Monday to Saturday Lunch 12-2pm Dinner 6-9pm Sunday Lunch 12-7pm

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Ryedale Lions Club

Santa’s Sleigh Saturday, 3rd December Pickering Lights Switch On 4.30pm Sunday, 4th December Helmsley (South) Helmsley (North)

4.00pm 6.30pm

Monday, 5th December Rosedale Cropton Wrelton Middleton

5.00pm 5.40pm 6.30pm 7.40pm

Tuesday, 6th December Beadlam 5.30pm Nawton 6.45pm Kirkbymoorside 7.45pm (West Lund & Parkers Mount) Wednesday, 7th December Appleton 5.30pm Spaunton 6.10pm Lastingham 6.40pm Hutton 7.20pm Keldholme 8.10pm Thursday, 8th December Oswaldkirk Ampleforth

5.30pm 6.50pm

Friday, 9th December Thornton Dale


Saturday, 10th December Kirkbymoorside (East)


Sunday, 11th December Pickering (South West) Pickering (East)

4.00pm 6.30pm

Monday, 12th December Nunnington Harome Wombleton

5.30pm 6.30pm 7.50pm

Wednesday, 14th December Wilton 5.45pm Allerston 6.30pm Ebberston 7.30pm Thursday, 15th December Salton Normanby Marton Sinnington

5.30pm 6.10pm 6.50pm 7.30pm

Friday, 16th December Pickering (North)


Saturday, 17th December Pickering 11.00 am - 2.00pm (Market Place) Kirkbymoorside (West) 5.15pm Sunday 18th December Gillamoor Fadmoor Gt Edstone

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5.40pm 6.20pm 7.00pm


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CAROLS AT BROMPTON All Saints Church, Brompton-by-Sawdon Fri 16th Dec. 7.30pm Wine and mince pies will be served before the concert.

CANDLELIT CAROLS Director: Jane Sturmheit Organist: Geoffrey Coffin Tickets - £10/£8 (Children/Students FREE) Ticket Secretary: 01653 691589 Or book online at

St. Mary’s Priory, Old Malton Sat 17th Dec. 7.30pm Once again, to add to the atmosphere, the concert at Old Malton will be candlelit. Wine and mince pies will be served before the concert.

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Local Talk! FREE space available for local charities, non-profit making organisations and items of interest. To contribute call Mick on 01439 788008 or email Friends of Malton Museum Lecture on 18th January. Venue: The Library, Malton School, Middlecave Road, Malton. Time: 7.30pm. Friends of the Museum free, visitors £3.00. Women at war? Women and children aboard battle ships in the 16th to 19th century. Join anthropologist Dr Rose Drew as she recounts tales of women who passed as boys in earlier centuries in order to go to war. These females fought alongside other (usually unsuspecting) male soldiers. But what would make a woman join a war? They often had the same reasons as boys and men who run off to become soldiers, with the added bonus of missing out on the dangerous or just plain regimented lives of women in the past. Rose Drew, PhD is a physical anthropologist with a focus on human skeletal material, and has been a ‘dirt’ archaeologist since 1995. She’s made several TV appearances and is most pleased with solving the Cause of Death of Joseph Merrick, aka The Elephant Man. Helmsley Decorative and Fine Arts Society. 9th January - Poet in Paint: The Art and Life of Paul Nash (1889-1946). Lecturer: David Haycock. There is no lecture in December but the new programme for 2017 is now available. Lectures are held in Helmsley Arts Centre auditorium at 7.15pm. Annual membership: £45 per annum for 9 lectures Individual lecture £10. Contact Membership Secretary: 01439 770617. www. Ryedale Family History Group. Research Room open each Thursday 10am-3pm at Hovingham Village Hall. A team of volunteers are ready to help you with your family history wherever they may be. Meeting on Wednesday 18th January 2017 at 7.30pm at The North York Moors National Park Authority, The Old

Vicarage, Bondgate, Helmsley. Members’ Evening. Your opportunity to talk about ‘My Most Interesting Family Member’. (No meeting in December) Check our website for details Terrington Hall School Parents, Babies & Toddlers group. All welcome to this new, free group which meets every Monday morning, 9.30-11am, during term time. Come and meet other families whilst the children enjoy free play and activities run by our Early Years staff. No need to book, just come along! Any queries? Ring 01653 648227. Terrington Hall School, Terrington, York YO60 6PR. Helmsley WI meets at 7.30pm on the 4th Thursday of each month in the Meeting Room, North York Moors Office, Bondgate, Helmsley. Guest speakers, activities, crafts, trips out & visits! No age limit- just bring your enthusiasm. For more information call: Helen Robinson (Secretary) 01439 771707 The Kitora Karate Club meets at Gilling East Village Hall on Wednesdays during term time, from 4 to 5pm. This small friendly club is looking for new members, age 6 years upwards (adults welcome too). For further details please contact Jane on 01439 788644 Appleton le Moors WI meet on the 4th Wednesday of each month in the village hall. To find out more email appletonwi@ or go to our website www. We don’t do jam, Jerusalem or calendars but we do do fun and friendship! Ampleforth And District Gardening Club meet at Ampleforth Village Hall on Wednesday December 7th, featuring Primula Basket Workshop, a demonstration and workshop by

November Crossword Solution Across: 1 Terror, 4 Ecstatic, 9 Retina, 10 Endanger, 12 Solitary, 13 Casino, 15 Moss, 16 Yucatan, 20 Chicago, 21 Plan, 25 Income, 26 Straight, 28 Hammocks, 29 Obtain, 30 Thickets, 31 Mettle. Down: 1 Tiresome, 2 Ruthless, 3 Ornate, 5 Cons, 6 Tearaway, 7 Tigris, 8 Carbon, 11 Trounce, 14 Targets, 17 Shamrock, 18 Flagrant, 19 Instance, 22 With-it, 23 Scampi, 24 Gamble, 27 Skit.

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47 George Desmond. If you want any information about us, or you would like to join, contact Sheila on 01439 788 279, or Dela Jenkins 01439 787148, email All Welcome. The Ryedale Talking Magazine. Might our service be of interest to you or to someone you know? We are a small charity based in Pickering. We provide a completely free monthly audio magazine for the residents of Ryedale and all the surrounding areas who find reading difficult or impossible because of visual impairment of any type. The items in the magazine are individually chosen and read by our team of volunteers so there is a wide variety of subjects. The magazine is recorded on to CDs and posted out and returned POST FREE. If you would like to receive a sample CD to see if it’s your “cup of tea” please contact Val on 01751 476499 Ryedale Stroke Group. We offer friendship and support to anyone who has been affected by stroke. We meet at St Leonard’s Church Hall, Church Hill, Malton on the last Thursday of each

month, for talks and outings. For more details contact Pat Thompson on 01653 628620. Byland with Wass WI meets at 7pm on the third Thursday of each month in Wass Village Hall. We’re friendly and welcoming, and ensure the programme includes something for everyone, with craft demonstrations, have-a-go sessions, illustrated talks, outings and meals. Come along as a visitor and see what you think. For more information contact Jane: 01439-788870. Scottish Dancing, on the last Monday of the month, in Oswaldkirk Village Hall, 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm. £2.50, beginners welcome. Contact Helen Goodman, 01439 788401 or Moira Wood. 01439 770613. Next session Monday, 30th May. Come and play VX! It’s a new game, similar to lacrosse. Sessions held every 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at the Memorial Hall, Kirkbymoorside, from 4pm -5pm with coach Ricky Gibson. VX is a non-contact, mixed gender game suitable for all ages. For more information please call Ricky on 07990 038669 or just turn up!

Slingsby Christmas Concert in All Saints Church slingsby Terrington Village Choir will present a programme of popular Christmas songs and carols

Saturday 3rd December at 3.00 p.m. Tickets £6. Tea/Coffee and cake included in the ticket price. Tickets available from Slingsby Village Shop or ring 01653 628982 or 01653 628303 Proceeds to our very urgent roof repairs. Please mention GO LOCAL! when responding to adverts

A Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year from



Helmsley Spice Licensed L i ens d Ind Indian an Rest R Restaurant s a rant & T Tak Takeaway keaw eaway ay

We are now taking Christmas and New Year party bookings (Set menus also available) Open 7 days a week (including bank holidays) 12.00pm - 2.00pm & 5.00pm-11.00pm

TEL: 01439 771777/ 770131 1 Bridge Street, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5BG

Edition 121 December 2016  
Edition 121 December 2016