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Editors Letter

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elcome to the Christmas edition of the Handy Mag, the last for 2011. It has been a very busy year and I’m looking forward to a rest so that I can start 2012 feeling refreshed. With a deadline for the first Handy Mag edition of the year of 3rd January I know the New Year will start all too soon and too fast. But a restful and happy Christmas doesn’t simply happen without planning and this months’ HandyMag is full of local goodies and services that can lessen the strain of the occasion and save on the pocket. I’m determined this year to have a relaxing Christmas break, with plenty of time to see family and friends. Guests will have to take us as they find us, but with last minute mince pies, bought Christmas cake iced at home (November passes by too quickly for making Christmas cake) and lots help

This month’s features General

Stocking up on stories this Christmas ..... p44 Christmas Traditions................................ p16 Message from the Archbishop of York .... p39 Malton & Norton Church Services ........... p40 Emily’s Column........................................ p63 Last minute gadget gifts .......................... p64 The Acer Iconia W500 tablet ................... p66

Beauty Tis the season to be glamorous .............. p22

Business Features

from our lovely local food outlets we will do fine. I would like to wish all readers and advertisers a very happy Christmas and best wishes for 2012. Thank you to everyone who supports the magazine – and uses it. A special thank you to all the postmen and women who deliver the Handy Mag to all letterboxes in the area. You do a fantastic job! And thank you to all the people who work behind the scenes at the magazine, without whom I would lose my sanity completely! Well done to Caroline Aconley of Thornton le Dale for winning the October competition. Until 2012.....

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Stocking-Up on Stories

This Christmas

You can take it as given that there won’t be anything good on television again this holiday. Why not endeavour to beat the box this yuletide, armed with a book. We have the pick of the Christmas releases that are guaranteed to have the whole family engrossed, bringing peace on earth and a silent night of reading.

For Him

May I Have Your Attention Please? James Corden There’s no getting around it. Men like big, hardback, biographical tombs and what better than to buy the man in your life the highlyanticipated autobiography of funny-man James Corden. As a self-proclaimed attention-seeker, Corden’s life story (all 32 years of it, so far) will have you laughing and crying in equal measures. Talking openly about repeated knock-backs in his early career, Corden charts his life from his first role as family entertainer, right through to his national fame and winning a place in our hearts as ‘Smithy’ in the acclaimed TV series Gavin and Stacey.

For Her

Wrapped Up in You. Carole Matthews Down-with-love Janie Johnson is 30 and in need of kickstarting her life. She astounds her friends by deciding to leave the Christmas snow 12 • info@thehandymag.co.uk

behind and heading off in search of the beating African sun and the vast landscape of the Massai Mara. Will Janie be able to escape her past and find love on a higher plain?

For Them

Immortal Beloved. Cate Tiernan For teenage girls mourning the end of the Twilight saga, comes ‘Immortal Beloved’, the first book in a new trilogy by acclaimed author for young adults, Cate Tiernan. This classically dark romance centres round Nastasya who’s forced to keep living her life over and over through her inherited immortality. Nothing ever changes when you’re doomed to live forever. An intense and thought-provoking book about friendship, love and loss. Diary of A Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever. Jeff Kinney Greg’s back for the sixth instalment of this hilarious series. When the Heffley

family are snowed in for the holidays, cabin fever inevitably sets in. What happens when you’re forced to spend time with your relatives? A definite must-read for any family this Christmas, this may even make your tribe seem normal.

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The Night Before Christmas. Clement Clarke Moore ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.’ Why not rediscover the classic Christmas poem; the perfect antidote to Christmas commercialism. It’s one of the most parodied poems of all time but the original still brings a tear to the eye. The Night Before Christmas is an ideal accompaniment to mince pies and warm milk ahead of the last sleep before the big day itself.

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HOMES & GARDENS Do you love gaudy baubles? Or are you more of a minimalist Christmas decorator? Katherine Sorrell outlines how to avoid Yuletide decorating excess while still enjoying a stylish festive season…

A Cool Yule by Katherine Sorrell

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hen I was little my grandparents always had a fake Christmas tree that groaned with the weight of about a thousand sputnik-shaped fairy lights. Candy-coloured and frosted with artificial ice, they flashed on and off in a way that, to a five-year-old, was nothing if not glorious. Yup, my grandparents really went for it – and if that’s your style, I’m not going to knock it. There is another Christmas-decorating school of thought, however. One that allows you to celebrate without going over the top. Here are five guidelines to help you create a stylish seasonal look for your home:

1. The wreath

Your front door is the handshake to your house, and a pretty Christmas wreath is a welcoming addition. Buy or make one that suits the size and

colour of your door. Natural materials such as holly, ivy, bay and twisted willow are lovely, and you can finish it off with berries and ribbon for a traditional effect; alternatively, wire and palecoloured beads are subtle and sophisticated. Just avoid the pine-cone-sprayed-with-gold-paint-look.

2. The tree

No Christmas is complete without a tree, and this is where ideas of pared-back décor tend to go astray amid a chaotic surge of baubles and assorted hanging things that you’ve accumulated over the years. Less is more, so stick to a colour theme: you could use plain silver balls with white or coloured lights, for example. Or go for a natural look, perhaps using ribbons, green twine and cinnamon sticks. For those leftover decorations that you’re desperate to display, why not pile them onto a small tree in a pot, or create a separate mantelpiece or fireplace arrangement?

3. The cards

Even with the rise of e-greetings, the demise of the traditional Christmas card seems far away. But what to do with them all? Organise them, is the answer. Propping them up randomly around the house might make for a jolly, ad hoc look, but if you arrange them en masse it’s far more effective. if you’re short of time, the best solution is simply to clear a side table or shelf and arrange the cards carefully with the largest at the back. But if you want to go for effect, try using painted mini wooden pegs to attach cards to a string, or punching a hole in each card and tying it on with bright ribbon, raffia or yarn.

Gather together an eclectic mix of lovely items and festoon your mantelpiece or windowsill with festive goodies. 14 • info@thehandymag.co.uk

4. The table

Abandon any thoughts of paper napkins printed with holly berries or tartan – simple colour co-

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ordination is key here, from table cloth (or runner) to serviettes, plates, glassware and any extras. And the colour doesn’t just have to be red or green – with some lateral thinking a gorgeous display can be created around an unusual colour theme: pastels, icy whites and silvers, dark and moody or contemporary brights, perhaps. Start by picking one colour, and accessorise with touches of co-ordinating tones. If your crockery is coloured, it makes sense to work everything around that; if it’s white, you can do pretty much whatever you like. No need to spend a great deal of money – much can be achieved by choosing accessories such as candles, crackers and flowers with care.

5. General displays

There was a time when chains of coloured

paper hung from corner to corner of the room were the height of Christmas chic. This may no longer be the case – but home-made decorations can still be a wonderful thing. It could be as simple as a row of chunky candles, wound round with ivy, a wooden bowl filled with clove-studded oranges, or a string of white fairy lights clustered in a glass vase. And last but by no means least, involve the children in making paper chains, bunting or felt cut-outs for that charmingly wonky, home-made look.

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Christmas Traditions

Hanging a stocking by the fire

A long time ago there lived a man who had three daughters. His wife had died some years earlier and now his daughters were of an age to be married. However, at that time in history, the prospective husband’s family would expect to receive a dowry – gifts and money – when their son married. The man was very poor and simply could not afford to do this. Each night his girls would wash and mend their clothes. To enable their stockings to dry they would hang them near the fire. A wealthy man called Nicholas, who lived in the village, had heard of the girls’ plight and one night called by the house after dark. Seeing an open window he sneaked in and put a bag of gold coins in each of the stockings. When the villagers heard of the widower’s good fortune, they too started hanging stockings by their fireplaces. Because the stockings were by the fire this lead to the belief that Santa came down the chimney in order to deliver his gifts. Nicholas did many more secret good deeds – he really was the original benevolent St Nicholas.

Christmas Puddings

Christmas Pudding’s history is not as a dessert at all, but as a savoury meat based dish. In Medieval times all surplus livestock were slaughtered in the autumn so that they did not have to be fed over the winter. 16 • info@thehandymag.co.uk

As with many traditions, there is usually a story of how a custom came about. Some sound plausible and some less so. But they almost always have a nostalgic tale behind them and never more so than at Christmas time.

associated with Christmas. It is said that the pudding should be made with thirteen ingredients to represent Jesus and His Disciples and that every member of the family should take turns to stir the pudding with a wooden spoon from east to west, in honour of the Wise Men.

Christmas Crackers

The meat had to be preserved however and a pottage was prepared in a large cauldron, the ingredients being slow cooked, with dried fruits, sugar and spices added. It is more likely that the dish was called plum pottage or plum porridge, the dried version of plums being prunes. As meat preserving techniques improved, the savoury element of the dish decreased, although of course if suet is used a small element of meat may still be included. It was not until the 1830s however that the cannon-ball of flour, fruits, suet, sugar and spices, all topped with holly, made a definite appearance, becoming more and more

No Christmas dinner table would be complete without Christmas crackers, and the hats, small gifts and bad jokes are very much part of the tradition. The crackers were believed to have been invented in around 1850 in London, by a sweet maker called Tom Smith. He was often trying to think of new ways to market his sweets and sitting by his fire one night, he thought it would be a good idea if they could make a similar crackle to a burning log as the sweet wrapper was pulled in half. The idea caught on although rather too well as rival manufacturers soon sprang up. Tom Smith’s son, Walter, came up with the idea of including other items and offering different designs as a way of differentiating his product from those of his competitors. The best tradition of all of course is to spend time with your family, and that needs no explanation.

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This classic cake, named after the Sacher hotel in Vienna, has a wonderfully rich chocolate flavour and is delicious served with a spoonful of whipped cream or crème fraiche and a small cup of black coffee.

150g unsalted butter, softened 150g caster sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 6 large eggs, separated 150g plain chocolate, melted 75g ground almonds 50g plain flour, sifted

FILLING AND ICING 140g plain chocolate 5 tbsp strong black coffee 150g icing sugar, sifted 6tbsp apricot jam, warmed and sieved 50g milk chocolate, melted

1. Preheat the oven to 180C, 350F, Gas 4. Grease and base line a 23cm (9in) springform tin with greaseproof paper. 2. Place the butter, sugar and vanilla extract in a large bowl and beat together until pale and fluffy. Gradually beat in the egg yolks then stir in the melted chocolate. Fold in the ground almonds and plain flour. 3. Whisk the egg whites until stiff. Beat about one third of the whites into the chocolate mixture then gently fold in the rest with a metal spoon. Pour into the prepared tin. Bake for 40-45 minutes until firm to the touch. Cool for 10 minutes then turn the cake out onto a cooling rack and leave to cool completely. 20 • info@thehandymag.co.uk

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4. To make the filling and icing, place the chocolate and coffee in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water and leave until melted. Stir until smooth then gradually beat in the icing sugar to make a smooth thick icing. 5. Halve the cake horizontally and sandwich back together with some of the apricot jam. Spread the rest of the jam over the top and side of the cake. Spread the icing all over the cake, smoothing it gently down the sides with a palette knife. Leave in a cool place for 2 hrs. Spoon the milk chocolate into a small paper piping bag and pipe ‘Sacher’ on top of the cake. Leave until set. Copy deadline for the next edition is Thursday 29th December


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HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

Season to be glamorous Tis the

It’s that time of year again. The annual office get-together and accepting more invites to nights out with the girls than you could ever possibly attend.

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hristmas is great, but all that socialising can become stressful and a packed diary means less time to prepare for those all important dates. So, what you really need is an easy, effective and well-planned beauty routine that’s going to save you hours getting ready, guarantee you’ll look gorgeous and ensure that you’re the centre of attention - for all the right reasons. Preparation is certainly essential. Book hair appointments well in advance; it’s the busiest time of year for stylists and a marvelous

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mane is a must-have accessory. As great as it is to try out a new look, be cautious around the holiday season - hair disasters are sure to kill party spirit! Instead stick to a look that you know suits you and that’s easy to manage - leave the re-styles until the new year. Cold winter days, centrally heated rooms and the usual bouts of seasonal flu can play havoc with your skin, leaving it dull, dry and lifeless. So it’s a good time to take notice of your skin type and invest in a routine that will leave it glowing.

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HEALTH & LIFESTYLE 1. Estee Lauder - Hydrationist Collection £33 each, 2. Estee Lauder - Pure Colour Sensuous Rouge Lipsticks £20 each, 3. Clarins Face Palette £35, 4. Lancome Hypnose Mascara £20.50, 5. Rebel Nail Wraps £7.95

Dry, sensitive types suffer more in the winter and need to be regularly moisturised. Apply a day cream in the morning and a ‘heavier’ night cream in the evening to keep moisture levels topped up. Oily skin shouldn’t be neglected. It too needs moisturising - a ‘light’ product works best, and should be used twice daily. Don’t forget the delicate eye area too - use an eye cream daily to avoid wrinkles. Time to find your perfect party make-up look. It’s a good idea to take advantage of the free makeovers offered by most of the top beauty brands at department stores. Having a specialist consultant offer their expertise when it comes to the way you apply your make-up can result in a great new look for you. And you get to try out the products before you buy. Take notice of professional application tips and invest in the right tools - quality make-up brushes leave a great finish. Long lasting foundations, lengthening mascaras and vibrant lipsticks work wonders for evening, and will help keep you looking great into the small hours. And finally, get your nails looking as polished as you are. Repair breakage and reinforce damage to the nail surface with a strengthening treatment. File and shape before applying lashings of colour. Or, for a really fashion-forward look, try the latest trend - nail wraps. They’re cute, creative, fun and perfect for a party. With everything now in place to make you look fabulous, all that’s left to do is enjoy every minute of the best time of year and make this Christmas one to remember.

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I have to admit it: I LOVE Christmas… and if there is one part of it I’d hate to do without, it’s a Christmas tree. No, I don’t mean a tinsley one or trendy black or brown one… I mean a tree complete with needles and ideally that wonderful aroma that only a real, proper Christmas tree can bring.

If you’re worried that real trees are not good for the planet, don’t forget that a British grown tree is most definitely not an ecological disaster zone – if you think about it, they’re a crop plant rather like a field of wheat except that they are generally given less fertiliser and fewer chemicals than many more run of the mill crop plants. So go on, make sure you buy one this Christmas! There are a few things you ought to think about before you buy your tree, faced with rows of different types at often very varying prices. It can be really daunting, so have a read of my guide to real Christmas trees:

The Norway spruce

(Picea abies) is the traditional tree, my favourite but perhaps not a favourite if you are more house proud. It has gorgeous dark green pointed needles and that unmistakable aroma but

sadly it is the most likely to drop its needles. Having said that, if you treat it well, it won’t perform that badly and you can enjoy the lowest cost of the real trees.

The Scots pine is now a

regular option as a Christmas tree, with its long paired blue-green needles it’s quite distinctive. The needles are fairly densely packed on the branches and they also hold quite well.

The Serbian Spruce

(Picea omorica) has long been the favourite festive tree in central Europe, as it’s good looking and has good needle holding… but of course no Christmas-tree smell!

The Nordman fir (Abies

nordmanniana) has become increasingly popular in recent years, with its shiny green needles being almost impossible to shift, so certainly

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The Fraser fir (Abies fraseri) is less regularly available, but the combination of its good looks and needle holding capacity make it well worth considering.

So, you’ve been persuaded to take the plunge, I hope? But how do you make sure you buy the best tree of the type you’ve decided on? And how do you help it keep its needles and its gorgeous appearance for as long as possible? It’s important not to buy a real tree too early as the longer they hang around after they’ve been cut, the more likely they are to go downhill. I always try to buy a tree produced by a member of the British Christmas Tree Growers Association – the BCTGA logo should be on the tree or clearly displayed nearby. Take a bit of time to choose the tree – check that it has a good, full shape and that its not too gappy or lop-sided (or if it has the leans make sure that this will be hidden when the tree is in your house). Check the needles - they need to be glossy (for those varieties where this is a characteristic) and the correct colour for the type of tree you’ve chosen. They also need to be free from pests and diseases - basically anything yellowed or inclined to shed, or with white fluffy bits should be avoided at all costs. Never buy a tree that has already been netted as this makes it

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Training the next generation The future of joinery in Ryedale is being secured with the help of Acorn Lofts and Joinery.

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from Malton and Norton Churches

A Christmas message from Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York.... hristmas should be a time for celebration – a time when we can bring joy to others with our gifts and let them know that they are loved and valued. And yet we do so this year facing a period of real uncertainty with many out of work, and financial worries pressing in on us. It is important to remember that the greatest gift we have is ourselves – our time and talents – not our wallets. Being able to support others in difficult times is a wonderful privilege. At Christmas we celebrate the birth of Jesus. One of the names given to Jesus in the Bible is ‘Emmanuel’ which means ‘God with us’. God promises to be with us, not just in the best of times, but at all times. Jesus promises us ‘I am with you always’- for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health. The promise of God is that He will be with us through everything that we face, and that He will make a difference – He is our greatest friend. I don’t know when you last asked God to draw close to you and to make a difference. This Christmas, why not take that risk and see what God

does, and why not make going to one of your local churches a part of your celebrations? The service times are on these pages. I am sure your local church congregation will be pleased to see you, and ready to help give support and encouragement to all facing tough times. Christmas is a season when all should feel loved and when all should feel welcome. Take a few moments to rest in the peace and sanctity of God. I pray that, even in the midst of our fears and uncertainties, we will all know God is with us and in control. This Christmas celebrate the birth of his Son, and also His resurrection that sets us free from worry, pain and anxiety. A very happy and blessed Christmas to you all. + Sentamu Ebor


Christmas Services in the Malton and Norton area

malton and norton churches would like to welcome you to any of these services over the christmas period.

the Street ChurCheS CArOl SErvICES thurSday 15 december 7.00pm at St Michael’s, Barton le Street

St MiChAelS PAriSh ChurCh Market Place, Malton

Sunday 18 december 6.30pm Carols by Candlelight chriStmaS eve 3.30pm Crib Service 11.30pm Midnight Mass chriStmaS day 9.30am Parish Communion with Carols

St MArY’S olD MAltoN Sunday 18th december 3pm Nine lessons & Carols chriStmaS eve 3.30pm Crib Service & Nativity Play 11.30pm Midnight Mass chriStmaS day

8.00am Holy Communion 11.00am Mattins & Sermon

Sunday 18 december 6.00pm at United Carol Service at Hovingham village Hall, with the Bishop of Selby.

BAPtiSt ChurCh Malton

Sunday 18th december 10.15am Advent Celebration 3.00pm Carol Service, followed by Tea. chriStmaS day 10.15am Short Family Service

chriStmaS eve Christingle Services 4.00pm at St Helen’s, Amotherby and at All Saints’, Hovingham Crib Services 4.00pm at St Michael’s, Barton le Street, 4.15pm at All Saints’, Slingsby 6.00pm at Coneysthorpe Chapel 9.00pm Anticipated Midnight Mass at All Saints’, Hovingham chriStmaS day 9.00am Holy Communion at St Michael’s, Barton le Street and at St George’s, Scackleton 10.30am Family Worship followed by short Holy Communion at All Saints’, Slingsby

the PAriSh of WeSt BuCkroSe chriStmaS eve 3pm Parish Crib Service, The venerable Bede, leavening 11.30pm Parish Midnight Mass (traditional), St Nicholas, North Grimston. chriStmaS day 9am Parish Holy Communion (traditional), St Andrew, langton 10.30am Parish Eucharist (contemporary), All Saints, Settrington


St leoNArD & St MArY roMAN CAtholiC ChurCh triNitY MethoDiSt Norton

Sunday 18th december 6pm Carol service

Malton

tueSday 13th december 3.30pm Carol Service (with St. Mary’s School)

chriStmaS day 10am Worship

chriStmaS eve 7.30pm vigil of Carols and Anticipated Midnight Mass

SliNgSBY MethoDiSt

chriStmaS day 9.30am Mass of Christmas Morning

chriStmaS day 10am Worship

eliM rYeDAle Saturday 17th december 7.30pm Christmas Cabaret at Norton College Sunday 18th december 2pm Carol Service - Guest speaker Mark Greenwood at Norton College chriStmaS day 10am Family Service at Norton College

hoviNghAM villAge hAll Sunday 18th december 6pm Christmas Celebration Service with Bishop Martin

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SAville Street MethoDiSt

Wood Street, Norton

Sunday 18th december 3.30pm Carol Service followed by Tea

Sunday 18th december 3pm Community Carol Service ‘An International Christmas’

Sunday 4th december 10.30am Messy Christmas’ for all the family.

Malton

chriStmaS day 10am All Age Worship

Bethel MethoDiSt

Commercial Street, Norton

Sunday 18th december 3.30pm Carol Service followed by Tea

leAveNiNg MethoDiSt chriStmaS eve 11.30pm Christmas Eve Communion service

St Peter’S ChurCh

Langton Road, Norton

Sunday 18th december 7pm Carol Service chriStmaS eve 4pm Crib Service 11.30pm Midnight Communion chriStmaS day 10am Christmas Day service

chriStmaS day 9.45am Family Prayers for Christmas Day followed by carols around the community by the band.

SoCietY of frieNDS Malton

chriStmaS day 10.30am Meeting for worship at Friends Meeting House Greengate, Malton


ChriStMAS eve Join us at St Michaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church in the Market Place, Malton There will be two 20 minute services at 10am and 11am Refreshments will be served Churches Together in Southern Ryedale

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Would you like to retire from housework?

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Save money on motoring YOUR car is likely the second biggest purchase you ever make – so it’s vital you protect that investment.

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ust as you wouldn’t let a leaky roof or broken guttering fester on your house, you need to pay regular attention to your car to keep it in good working order too. And it’s not just about a bucket and sponge. Simple maintenance tasks can preserve your car’s life and its value at resale time. The difference between a car in ‘excellent’ and ‘below average’ condition can be £1,000, according to trade valuation experts, so it really pays to look after your motor. Here are some practical tips to help you save money in the long run. 1.6mm of tread across the central three quarters) is a fine and three points. Inspect your car’s tyres weekly for damage, remove stones in the tread and look for signs of uneven wear. Pressures should be checked monthly too preserving the tyre’s life, and your fuel economy.

Well Oil Be

It’s amazing how many motorists don’t even know how to check their oil, let alone remember to top it up. However, failing to do so will have dire consequences. Check it fortnightly, making sure the car is on level ground, engine cold and the level is between minimum and maximum. Check coolant levels too and get any abnormal noises or poor performance problems checked by an expert.

Easy Does It

Air We Go

Air-conditioning needs regular attention. Topping up the system with gas and lubricating it will cost around £70 at a garage and should be done every two years. This will stop unpleasant smells and bacteria forming. Poorly serviced systems have to work harder, putting undue strain on the engine.

At Your Service

The recession saw many motorists skip servicing to try and save money. This really is a false economy. Sticking to your car’s maintenance schedule will ensure it’s working properly, prevent failures and prove it’s been looked after at resale time. Keep every receipt and old MOT, as well as a stamped-up service book for the next owner.

Fuel’s gold

Polished off

Cleaning your car regularly with quality products is the best way to preserve its value. Glass’s Guide says a comprehensive clean can add £600 to a car’s value.

Hose Down

A vital part of the car cleaning procedure is to hose the car down before washing. This removes fine particles of grit that can scratch the paintwork as you wash. These scratches will make your paint look dull and hazy, putting off future buyers.

It might look like a costly alternative to regular fuel, but the AA says a few tanks of super unleaded can help preserve your engine. Using three tanks of super in succession will clean injectors and allow the engine to run more efficiently, helping preserve its working life.

Tyred Out

The way you drive can dramatically affect how long your car will last. Driving with care, avoiding harsh acceleration and hard braking will reduce wear on components. It’s also worth thinking, do you need to make that trip? Lower mileage cars are worth more.

Wheel-ie good idea

Invest in a quality wheel cleaning brush and wheel cleaner to shift stubborn stains. Apply a coat of wheel wax which will stop future grime taking hold. Used car buyers love alloy wheels, but only if they’re in good condition. by James Baggott, editor of Car Dealer Magazine (CarDealerMag.co.uk)

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What cars make sensible buys?

assing your driving test is one of the best feelings in the world – but the joy of finally getting your licence can quickly disappear when it comes to finding a car. Astronomical insurance costs can put many models out of the reach of teenagers, but don’t despair too much – there are options out there. You need to accept the fact that insurance is going to cost you more than the car, but you can help cut the price by taking a Pass Plus course or asking to be added to your parents’ policy as a named driver. That will mean talking to them first though. If that sounds too challenging there are new insurance schemes that place a black box in your car to monitor your driving style and charge you accordingly – this can be a great way of cutting premiums. But what cars make sensible buys? Here, we have scoured the classifieds to hunt down a few options you may want to consider.

Peugeot 106 from £300 They can be picked up for next to nothing and with a choice of engines and trims to suit most budgets, a 106 is a tempting option. Most are a bit basic, but they’re entertaining to drive and reasonably affordable to insure. However, they’re not known for their reliability so try and buy one with service history and have it checked over before handing over your cash.

Fiat Cinquecento from £400 Made famous by TV show The Inbetweeners, this little city car wasn’t Simon’s motor of choice without good reason. It’s extremely cheap to run and insurance won’t be too painful either. Don’t expect much in the way of equipment and remember these Fiats can be a little unreliable, so budget for repairs.

Ford Ka from £300 Cheap to buy, run and fix and there’s thousands on the road to choose from. Even models with air conditioning and CD players can be had for under a grand, but keep an eye out for rust under the sills, behind the bumpers and around the fuel filler cap. And buy the latest one you can afford. 46 • info@thehandymag.co.uk

Toyota Yaris from £750 One of the most bulletproof models if you want to avoid running repairs, a Yaris is a sensible choice. They’re roomy inside and if you can stretch to a diesel variant, trips to fuel stations will be relatively infrequent. Insurance costs are surprisingly affordable and it’s a safe option, but prices can reflect that.

Citroen C1 from £2,700 This Citroen is the sister car of the Peugeot 107 and Toyota Aygo – not much changes apart from the badge. It’s good to drive and being relatively new it’s one of the safest options. However, insurance will be a bit more expensive than others and you’ll be hard pressed to find one with air con. Fuel economy will make up for the lack of equipment, but they are still pricey.

Finally, a couple of tips if you’re buying your first car: Always take someone with you who knows what they’re looking at, even – and don’t laugh – if that means your parents. Have the car checked over by a mechanic too – it’s often worth half an hour’s labour in a garage to save you big bills. And for more expensive cars fork out for an HPI check to ensure it’s not stolen (or ask your Gran to pay for it). Happy hunting! by James Baggott, editor of Car Dealer Magazine (CarDealerMag.co.uk) Copy deadline for the next edition is Thursday 29th December


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more, tough food or blood stains stand little chance against this wonder product – simply squeeze the juice from half a lemon over the stain and let it soak in for around 20 minutes, before rinsing with water. And the benefits don’t stop there, as lemon juice is well known for helping to keep us clean and healthy too. Sore throat? Mix lemon juice with honey and warm water to make a soothing drink. Garlicky and onion-smelling fingers can also be thoroughly cleaned by rubbing over with half a lemon and rinsing your hair in lemon juice can even help to combat chlorine-green hair after swimming. So, why not swap your harsh chemical products for the natural and economical power of lemons?

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Is your pet overweight?

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Cutting back on treats can help as can feeding here are varying degrees of overweight a lower calorie diet such as a ‘light’ diet. animals, some are carrying a few extra After neutering it is advisable to feed a lighter pounds and some are obese. Ideally diet as animals become more prone to laying you should be able to feel your pet’s ribs under down fat stores, it is recommended their calorie the surface of the skin but not see them. There intake should be reduced by 10%. It is also should also be a well defined waist if looking important to ensure you are feeding the correct down on the animal from above. amount for your animals ideal weight not the Carrying extra weight can lead to medical weight that they currently are. There will usually problems and a reduced quality of life. be a guide on the packaging as to how much There are various ways we can help our pets to feed your pet. This amount then needs to be lose a few pounds by looking at the diet and exerbroken down into however many meals you feed cise they receive. your pet daily. For example a dog that is fed twice It is important that animals are fed food specifia day with a daily requirement of 300g will require cally made for their species and not human food two meals of 150g each. as not only is our food high in calories, but it is Alternatively you can visit your vets for a free also easy to miss out the essential nutrients in the weight clinic and the nurse can work out what correct quantities pets need to thrive. you should be feeding based on your pet’s ideal Some human food, such as chocolate, can also weight. Your vet nurse will ask a few questions be poisonous to pets. to ascertain your pet’s current lifestyle so they General problems an overweight animal can can recommend diet tips that will suit your pet suffer from include diabetes and heart problems, whilst bringing about results. For difficulty grooming and cleaning example, treats can be swapped themselves which can mean they Treats can be for chopped up bits of carrot so get soiled when toileting leading to swapped for chopped pets still feel like they are getting sores and they may be unable to treats whilst you are saving their exercise much without becoming up bits of carrot so calorie intake. The important thing tired and breathless. Being overpets still feel like they is to keep the metabolism moving weight also puts extra pressure and not allowing it to become are getting treats on their joints causing pain and difficulty walking, this can affect whilst you are saving sluggish as this will cause weight gain, a way to do this is to feed their ability to go about their day their calorie intake. and exercise your pet both in the to day activities as normal and morning and in the evening. cause them to be painful and in Once your nurse has devised turn miserable. An overweight a specific feeding and exeranimal with arthritis can be cise plan they will recomhelped dramatically by mend you come back in a losing weight as it lessens month for another weigh the pressure on the in to see if your pet has joints and also allows either lost weight or for more activity as reduced in size, if the animal gets not then a specific lighter giving a weight loss diet greater range of may be suggestmovement. This ed or weight loss can reduce the medication. amount of pain relief they need by Celia Carr which is better for the clients pocket RVN Station and the animal’s House Vets health long term.

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Saturday 17th December 7:30pm Norton College YO17 9PN Life is a Cabaret is exactly what it says; good, wholesome, hilarious family fun, with stand up comics, great singers and all on the theme of Christmas. You have heard of 'Morecambe and Wise', 'Cannon and Ball' or even the 'Chuckle Brothers'; well we have 'Phil and Mark' who will be touring the country with their take on Christmas joined by special guests: singer songwriter Ellen Lockwood and Paul Holmes. The best news is...it's FREE! What's the catch? There is none, Life is a Cabaret is sponsored by Elim Ryedale Church because we all need a fun raiser! For more details call 01653 697796 or www.elimryedale.net

t r e c n o C r e b m e c e D Sing Noël! On Saturday 10th December the Stamford Bridge Singers will help you get into the Festive Spirit with a Celebration of Christmas for The Derwent Lions. This concert will take place in Sutton upon Derwent Village Hall and will feature a variety of light-hearted Christmas carols and songs, duets and piano music, together with festive readings. There will be plenty of opportunity for you to join in with the singing of your favourite carols. Tickets cost £10 to include mulled wine and mince pies. For tickets, please contact The Derwent Lions on 01904 608524 or email john. newlove@btinternet.com.

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Wednesday 7th December Furlongs Avenue, Beverley Road, Dean Road, Howe Road, Eastfield Road, Mill Street, Wood Street, Commercial St, Princess Street, Bowling Lane, Arbour Way. Sponsored by; Bright Steels Ltd

Ryedale Lions Club is teaming up again with Santa and his sleigh on his pre-Christmas tour around the district. Father Christmas will be calling at towns and villages all around Ryedale to help make dreams come true for local children. At the same time, Santa’s “little helpers” from the Lions Club will be collecting door-to-door for local charities such as the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Ryedale Special Families. Last year the event raised £6,500 and the Lions hope to better that this year.

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Presenting an imaginative blend of folk, reggae and old-time roots, Me and My Friends seamlessly combine disparate styles into an entrancing, delightful, basking-in-the-sunshine whole. Gentle folk melodies sit alongside syncopated rhythms from all over, mixing nylon-string guitar, cello, clarinet and layered vocals in often unusual but always utterly charming ways. These unlikely crossings are held together by imaginative musicianship, youthful energy and a heavy dose of blazing sunshine. Sharing stages with the likes of Jesca Hoop, Alessi’s Ark, Hannah Peel and the Duke Special, and garnering rave reviews all over, the group are sure to raise a smile, get some hips shaking and leave you feeling revitalised!

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COMMUNITY

Malton District Male Voice Choir’s last annual concert with Wendy Goodson. The next will be in May 2012.

Festive spectacular as Malton choir reveals concert switch

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alton District Male Voice Choir is gearing up for a guest Christmas appearance in the town after announcing it is switching its annual concert next year to take part in celebrations marking a double anniversary. The popular choir is the guest of Malton’s St Michael’s Church on Saturday December 10th. The concert of Christmas music follows one in Appleton le Moors in early December, the second in the village this year. The performances come as the choir reveals it is switching its annual concert in 2012 from autumn to May 12th in the Milton Rooms to be part of celebrations marking the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and also to mark its own fifth anniversary. The choir was created in 2007 by opera performer Chris Thornton-Holmes and local singer Tom Todd. Its last annual concert was on September 10th in the Milton Rooms with acclaimed local

opera singer Wendy Goodson. The name of next year’s guest has not yet been revealed. Choir Chairman Tom Todd said “there is a lot going for a spring annual concert. Apart from joining in the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, it will be a great way to shake off the winter blues. And it will mark not only our fifth year but the start of yet another busy singing season”, he said. Among other concerts expected in 2012 is the choir’s third with Harmonia Ladies’ Choir and repeat concerts by popular request in a number of towns and villages around Ryedale. The choir’s repertoire ranges from popular to classical songs and it welcomes new members. Singing experience and musical knowledge is not required but an ability to sing is. It meets every Friday. If you’d like to join, call Secretary David Ackroyd on 01944 758693 or Chairman Tom Todd on 01653692362. www.thehandymag.co.uk • 01653 658776 • 61


HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

Boosting Immunity It’s that chilly time of year when sniffles and bugs are all around us. It can make for a miserable Christmas and prevention is better than cure so learn how to boost your immunity and ward off winter bugs.

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n average an adult can experience colds two to four times every year, while a young child can experience anything from three to eight colds over the same period, with the worst times for susceptibility occurring during winter. Tweaking your diet is key to boosting your immunity, as vitamins and minerals, naturally found in fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds, all play a huge part in cold-proofing your body. Increasing the amount of fruit and vegetables in your diet, each packed with essential vitamins and minerals, can help to improve immune function. Foods rich in vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant that plays a key role in the body’s immune system, include orange and yellow fruit and vegetables such as apricots, mango, sweet potato and carrots. Vitamin C is a super immune and all-round health booster that can also be effective in minimising asthma symptoms. Dietary sources of vitamin C include kiwi, strawberries, oranges, tomatoes, steamed broccoli and green peppers. Did you know – raw green pepper actually has higher vitamin C levels than many fruits. Vitamin E is another great immunity booster due to its high antioxidant levels. Fruits such as berries are antioxidant-rich so fill up on these at snack or dessert times whenever possible. Vitamin E enriched foods include avocado, carrots, almonds, Brazil nuts and sunflower seeds. Zinc is an important immunity-boosting addition to 62 • info@thehandymag.co.uk

the diet that helps to reduce the amount of time you have symptoms for, if the early signs of a cold are already present. Zinc can also help you to recover more quickly. Foods rich in zinc include dark leafy greens, pumpkin seeds, tofu, lentils and sesame seeds. Omega-3 oils which are naturally found in oily fish varieties plus vegetarianfriendly options such as flaxseeds, linseeds, almonds and walnuts, can also help to boost immune function, reduce our susceptibility to infections and reduce the inflammation associated with colds. It may not be the most obvious, or the most popular smelling food, but garlic is a fantastic natural antibiotic, which has anti-viral properties due to its active ingredient allicin, which is effective in opening up airways. Minimise your intake of refined food items such as white bread, white flour, white rice and white pasta as these can depress the immune system and increase your susceptibility

to cold viruses. If you struggle to eat a varied colourful diet, or would simply prefer to have the reassurance of a daily supplement to ensure you have healthy levels of essential vitamins and minerals in your body over the colder months, opt for a good quality multivitamin and mineral supplement. However, experts warn that although multivitamin supplements will help to fend off cold infections, they will not replace all of the immuneboosting benefits of a healthy diet. Leading a healthy lifestyle, being physically active and getting a good quota of sleep can additionally help to boost your immunity. Don’t fall into the habit of using the cold weather as an excuse to stay indoors. Getting outdoors, even for moderate exercise such as a brisk stroll, really helps to boost the immune system by strengthening the body and making it better able to fight seasonal viruses and infections.

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GRAND XMAS DANCE

Happy Christmas...

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..at the recently decorated Milton Rooms, Malton.

FRIDAY 16th December 8pm to midnight Doors open 7.30pm Pat and Barrie invite all dancers to their annual ballroom dance..in aid of the YORKSHIRE AIR AMBULANCE. Do come along to our very friendly dance.. and enjoy a lovely evening of modern and old time ballroom dancing, including latin, sequence, jive, rock’n’roll and party dances. Dancing is to the ‘Stepping Out Trio’ and the evening also includes some cabaret ... and spot prizes! Licensed Bar in the new Studio Theatre..and a BIG raffle! The hall and tables will be have christmas decorations. TICKETS: £9.50 Admission by ticket only. Tickets should be ready by 25 November from Malton TIC tel 01653 600048. Also from Barrie and Pat. Tel 01653 694431.

Sand Hutton and Claxton Village Hall The ideal venue to hire for parties, meetings, celebrations etc. Large bright hall, Meeting Room, Excellent kitchen facilities and cloakrooms. For more details please phone 0770 4353186 for competitive rates of hire.

It’s nearly Christmas again, Mum’s dashing about the house, polishing and hoovering as she goes, and Dad has ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ blasting through the house every waking hour! What to make of Christmas! Every year, I try to find small, yet expensivelooking presents for each of my friends at school. I tend to go for the ‘stocking fillers’ or new-look piggy banks and socks (which are often in the half price sale!), but by the time I have spent £5 - £10 on every friend, it ends up costing me an arm and a leg! This year we decided enough was enough and have all decided to do a ‘Secret Santa’. We each pick a friends’ name out of a hat and only buy that person a present – you can’t tell them that you picked their name, that’s the secret! This way, we can spend a bit more on a single present and nobody is left with junk that they’ll never use, and we all save money! A Secret Santa is a great thing to do whether with school friends or work colleagues so give it a go; but keep the secret or Father Christmas won’t come! For my family, a highlight of the winter is sledging and bumping down our local fields; and the last few winters have been bumper years for snow and bruises! Is it really worth it, trudging all the way up the hill for 20 seconds of thrill, followed by a face-plant in a snow drift? Here’s a tip for keeping sledging fresh - Simply get hold of a tractor tyre inner tube! Sledging on one of these is a whole new experience!! It’s faster, it doesn’t hurt your bum over the bumps so much and you can fit everybody on at once! When the whole family piles on and hurtles down the slope you can guarantee to be laughing as much as you are hurting! Merry Christmas, and see you in 2012

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ryedale Buying presents for gadget fans can be tricky, because in many cases they already have what they need. That doesn’t mean you’re stuck with USB lava lamps and iPod socks, though: there are lots of great gifts to choose from - and your present won’t end up stuck in a desk drawer somewhere.

Last minute gadget gifts

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f you’re buying for an iPod, iPad or iPhone owner - or owners of other smartphones or tablets - accessories make particularly good presents. Firms such as Proporta and Griffin make very high quality cases to keep precious gadgets safe. You can also buy cases for devices such as Amazon’s Kindle - although the best such case is Amazon’s own, rather pricey, Kindle leather cover with built-in reading light. If you can’t or don’t want to spend £50 on a Kindle case, you’ll be pleased to discover that there are lots of perfectly good alternatives for considerably less cash on Amazon.co.uk. We particularly like Diabloskinz’ Kindle “skins”, which cover the Kindle’s dull plastic with something considerably more colourful. There’s a great selection of useful accessories for iPod and iPhone owners too, many of which are compatible with other music players and smartphones: for example, Belkin’s Tunecast 2 plugs into a headphone socket and transmits sound over FM radio frequencies, which is handy for in-car listening or broadcasting to multiple radios in the house. For fitness fans Gear4 and Adidas make armbands for iPhones and iPods, and for 64 • info@thehandymag.co.uk

audiophiles there’s a dizzying range of headphones and speaker docks. If you’re buying for a frequent flyer, look out for noise-cancelling headphones: they’re superb for air travel. There are lots of gift ideas for photography fans too. The superb GorillaPod range of portable tripods are guaranteed to make snappers happy, while serious photographers might be chuffed to receive a Hama Lens Cleaning Pen or an infrared remote control for their particular model. Alternatively, Photojojo.com has a great range of coffee mugs that look identical to iconic camera lenses, and there are plenty of UK stockists - including Amazon. co.uk - offering delivery in plenty of time for Christmas. Other great gifts for tech fans include the precision of Logitech’s G500 Gaming Mouse (£60) or a portable, wire-free mouse (around £30). Console owners needn’t be left out, either: an official wireless headset for Sony’s PlayStation 3 is around £23. If you’re looking for something more off the wall, how about a flying shark? Iwantoneofthose.com has Air Swimmers, which are remote

controlled balloons shaped like sharks, clownfish and so on. Air Swimmers have been a YouTube sensation, racking up more than 3 million hits from amused gadget fans. If you’re feeling flush, you could also invest in a pair of Trampit Jumping Shoes (from £89) for some truly eye-popping outdoor fun. You don’t need to spend a fortune to find a decent gadgety gift, however. You can pick up - no pun intended - a set of Star Wars Chop Sabers, chopsticks designed to look like lightsabers, for around £11, while the award-winning FroliCat BOLT promises to drive your cat crazy with a high-tech, laser-powered take on a ball of wool for around £19. The completely ridiculous Condiment Gun is a £16 pistol for spraying mustard or ketchup on your lunch, while the slightly more grown-up Tovolo TeaGo is a £12 press that promises perfect tea from your favourite tea leaves.

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The Acer Iconia W500 Tablet by Nick Teasdale at tknowIT, www.tknowit.net

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he Iconia Tab W500 is a Microsoft Windows 7 based Tablet from Acer. There are not that many tablets running windows 7 and many reviewers say that windows 7 isn’t designed for, or doesn’t work on, a tablet. I’ve had the Acer W500 for a couple of months now and would have to say I disagree. It’s not perfect but it works and works well. It is heavier than many of the android based tablets but has a ‘well-built and solid’ feel to it. Unlike many NetBooks it uses an AMD processor rather than the Intel Atom and, when combined with the SSD device and 2GB RAM, provides a decent boot up time. Once running the SSD also means it can be put into sleep mode and resume almost instantly. It’s ideal for surfing the internet and reading emails and a touch of light ‘office work’. One of the advantages over Android tablets is that if a program will run on your windows PC or laptop then it is likely to run on the W500. Like other windows 7 devices it is also unlikely to crash – which is something Android users are having to put up with for now. The down side of a windows device is that you may have to buy programs, such as MS Office, to give you more features and install some form of internet security software. The latter will impact on speed but no doubt when the same products mature for android and apple then they will also ‘become slower and safer’ The 1280x800 screen is bright and clear, the sound is loud and clear for music, skype, etc and the W500 also comes with a full-sized USB port, SD Card slot and HDMI port. Like most tablets it has front and rear facing cameras. There is an optional docking keyboard system but I found the onscreen keyboard reasonably easy to use although it was easier still with an optional stylus/pen. Running windows makes the device more expensive than an Android device and it’s not quite as slick at starting apps as they are but 66 • info@thehandymag.co.uk

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COMMUNITY Local Groups AGE CONCERN RYEDALE

Information and advice for local pensioners. In the past year Age Concern Scarborough & District has helped local pensioners to claim £1.4million in benefits via a dedicated helpline service which can be reached on: 0845 603 0493

AISLABY and MIDDLETON VILLAGE HALL

Ideal venue for meetings, clubs, dance classes, keep fit classes etc. Charity events welcome at reduced rates. Disabelled access/ toilet. Two halls and smaller meeting room available for hire at reasonable rates. Kitchen facilities available f.o.c. with hire of main hall. Easy access on A170. For booking enquiries please contact Paul Webster 01751 475825

Angelina Ballerina Dance Academy

Unique, one of a kind dance classes for 3-6yr olds. Enter into the magical world of Angelina Mouseling and bring her beautiful, engaging stories to life through music,dance, mime and play, based on Hit Entertainment’s Angelina story books and TV character. To register for these fabulous classes go to www. angelinaballerinadance.co.uk,andlook for ‘classes in your area’, where you will find us and all available classes.

Barton le willows village hall

If you are looking for a clean tidy hall for birthday parties, meeting, etc. this village hall is available for bookings. Easy parking, functual kitchen. spacious. first 4 hours £25.00,there after £6.00 per hour. for more details contact Jayne Carr 01653 618255

BORDER COLLIE RESCUE

Voluntary Registered Charity 1128983 (UK) & SC040796 (Scotland) We run an Assessment and Rehabilitation centre in Ryedale, not far from Stamford Bridge, to rescue and re-home Border Collies and Sheepdogs. For information, visit our website at - www. bordercollierescue.org for details of local events where we have a stall and information about Open Days and Coffee Mornings visit www.bordercollierescue.org/events If you can volunteer to help at the centre, offer a home to a Border Collie as a pet or sheepdog or want further information, phone us on 0845 6044941 - 2pm to 5pm weekdays.

CANCER INFORMATION AND SUPPORT SERVICE

Cancer? We can help… Ryedale Community House, Wentworth Street Malton 10.30-12.30 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month. Drop in sessions at Pickering Library 1st & 3rd Tuesday each month 10.30 - 12.30 Tel: 01723 356060

CARD CRAFT GROUP

We meet every other Thursday from 2-4pm at Rainbow Lane Community Centre Malton to discuss and demonstrate card making techniques. All materials are provided. Tea & Coffee 50p. For more details email jp.overfield@btinternet.com

CELL GROUPS

Meet on Monday evenings at various venues to share fellowship and to explore the Christian Faith. Our members come from the villages from Malton along The Street to Hovingham. We also meet socially and enjoy walks and meals together. All welcome to join --contact Kate Giles (628739) or Tim and Clare Rowe (628555)

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CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU, RYEDALE

Confidential, impartial advice to help you solve the problem - no matter what it is. Opening hours are; Mon, Wed & Fri 9.30 - 12.30, Tue 9.30 - 12.30 telephone advice only, Thu 9.30 - 12.30 telephone advice and prior appointments only, Wed evening - 5.30 - 7.30 prior appointments only. Tel : 0844 411 1444. Community House, Wentworth Street, Malton. OUTREACH IN PICKERING Tues 9.30am - 12.30pm at Pickering Library

DERWENT DIGGERS GARDENING CLUB

The Derwent Diggers Gardening Club is a social gardening club based in Malton and Norton, including the surrounding area. Meetings are usually held on the first Monday of each month at Community House in Wentworth Street car park, Malton. Membership: a modest £6 per person per year or £8 for two people living at the same address. Contact 01653 697845

EMBROIDERERS’ GUILD RYEDALE BRANCH

We meet at Wrelton Village Hall on the last Saturday of the month. (Excluding August and December) Meetings start at 10 a.m. with a workshop and at 2 p.m. we have a business meeting and then there is usually a speaker. Coffee and tea are provided but we bring packed lunches. Meetings are open to visitors at a cost of £5. You do not have to be an expert to join us. We welcome people of all abilities. If you are interested please come to see us or contact Janet Coe 01751 473875

FRIENDS OF CATHEDRAL MUSIC

Support our priceless heritage of cathedral music. To find out more or to join please phone your local Representative on 01653 618479. We need your support. Thank you

FRIENDS OF THE CROFT

The aim of the group is to befriend the residents of its six households in Malton and Norton by providing outings, six summer evenings of games, talks and slide shows, as well as presents at Christmas. We meet 3 times a year to organise fundraising activities, and welcome new members to our meetings. Contact Maureen on 01944 758448 for further information

Home-Start Ryedale

Home-Start Ryedale support families with children under the age of 5. Please contact us on 01653 693551.

HOPE CENTRAL CAFE

X:Talk Youth Club: Tuesdays 7:30pm – 9pm during term-time for Young People aged 11-16 years –all welcome. Fridays 4pm – 6pm during term-time for Young People aged 11-16 years – all welcome. A free, friendly environment for young people to meet and make new friends. On Tuesdays we have an exciting programme planned which invites you to ‘Chill It,’ ‘Make It’ ‘Mix It’ ‘Play It’ ‘Raise It’ ‘Apply It’ and involves lots of fun, laughter and mess! On Fridays there is access to wi-fi, laptops, Wii machines and lots more! Come and join us! Stepping Stones – Parents and Tots - Tuesdays during term-time. Session 1: 10am – 11:30am, Session 2: 12:45pm – 2:15pm Hope Central Café Open 10 – 3:30pm on Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri & Sat. Providing quality beverages, food and hospitality to the wider community. Quiz Nights: Our new season of Quiz Nights start again in September. They are incredibly popular and teams book up quickly. There are four people per team, each team costs £10 and includes a delicious meal and

excellent prizes for the winning team. Friday 9th September 7:30pm Hope Central, Friday 7th October 7:30pm Hope Central, Friday 9th December 7:30p Christmas Quiz Hope Central.

HOPE DEBT ADVICE

By appointment only with our fully trained advisers. Call our dedicated, confidential 24 hour phoneline on 01653 692616.

KIRKBYMOORSIDE AND DISTRICT CAMERA CLUB

First and Third Thursday at 7.30 pm. British Legion Club, Shaw Lane, Kirkbymoorside.You are welcome to come along to any meeting where you will find a group of friendly people, of all abilities and experience, with a common interest in photography. For more details see www.kirkbymoorside-camera-club.co.uk

LACEMAKING CLASSES

Lacemaking classes in the Pickering area are held on the third Saturday of each month in Middleton village hall from 10 am to 3 pm. If you are interested in taking up this craft or are already a lacemaker you are very welcome to join us. Details from Irene 01757 288656

Little Lamb Wool Knitting Group

We meet the 2nd and 4th Thursday afternoon of the month starting from about 1pm until the shop closes at 4pm, £2 to cover refreshments. All welcome. Phone 01653 628896 for further details.

Kirkham Henry Performing Arts

(Community Interest Company) Dance, Singing, Drama, Musical Theatre. Lessons from pre-school to professional. Childrens and Adult classes available. For full details visit www.kirkhamhenry.co.uk or call for a chat 01653 693310

MALTON & DISTRICT CAMERA CLUB

Every Friday at 7pm, Wentworth Street Community Centre, Malton. Our yearly program is split into two halves Sept to Dec and Jan to Mar with events and exhibitions taking place through the summer months. We are a friendly club that welcomes anyone with an interest in any aspect of photography whether they are a beginner, an expert, or a newcomer to digital technology and computer manipulation of photo’s. Call 01653 619181 or 01653 628982 for details

MALTON AND DISTRICT FLOWER CLUB

3rd Tuesday of the month at 2pm. Old Malton Memorial Hall. Flower arranging demonstrations, workshops,talks, outings New members welcome For more information contact the secretary, Maggie Tate-Smith on 01653 698741

MALTON AND NORTON MUSICAL THEATRE (MNMT)

The former Malton & Norton Amateur Operatic Society is open to performers young and old and has staged hundreds of pantos and shows since it was founded in 1949. Call Chairman Gemma Williams on 07828 038495

MALTON DISTRICT MALE VOICE CHOIR

30 strong and with a wide repertoire it has helped raise money for good causes at many concerts in Ryedale. Meet Fridays 7.45 - 9.30 pm in the Methodist Church, Saville Street, Malton. No previous singing experience is necessary but an ability to sing is! Contact Secretary David Ackroyd on 01944-758693 or Chairman Tom Todd on 01653-692362.

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PARKINSON’S DISEASE SOCIETY

MALTON CANCER INFORMATION AND SUPPORT SERVICE

PICKERING ACOUSTIC MUSIC

Wednesdays at 7.15pm at Furlongs Avenue Community Centre. Details 01653 693501 or 01653 693553

Ryedale Community House, Wentworth Street Malton 10.30-12.30 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month. Tel: 01723 356060

MALTON LADIES LUNCHEON CLUB

Meet at the Forest & Vale Hotel for lunch and a speaker once a month. For further details, please call the secretary Cath Taylor on 01653 692601.

MALTON, NORTON AND COMMUNITY HOSPITAL LEAGUE OF FRIENDS Successfully supporting Malton Hospital since 1977. Always happy to welcome new members. More information from 01653 698183

MALTON WHITE STAR BAND

A friendly non-competition band. Practices are on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.45 pm in the Bandroom in Old Maltongate. Players of all ages and ability welcome. Instruments may be provided. Contact the Bandmaster Mr Cliff Hicks 01653 693599

MARTON & NORMANBY GARDENING CLUB

Meets monthly on the second Tuesday of the month in Marton & District Village Hall, Marton at 7.30 pm Varied programme of speakers, and visits; as well as the annual Produce Show in August. Monthly competition for the Cross Cup. Discounts on orders above £10 with six local plant and garden centres.For details of events: 01751 433105

MYASTHENIA GRAVIS LOCAL SUPPORT GROUP

Charity No 1046443. We can help you to access information, support and you can talk to fellow sufferers. You are not alone if you need any help pr advice just get in touch. Newly diagnosed? Not a member? Call Ron Middlemass Chairman for more information on 01904 679939 or 07715 943406 or e-mail ron. middlemass@o2.co.uk

NATIONAL TRUST - RYEDALE CENTRE

Meet every month at the Kirkby Misperton Village Hall, presents lectures of common interest. Also organises fund raising events to aid projects for the National Trust in the Ryedale Area. Open to all. New members welcome. Contact Janet Bailey 01653 693638 for fuller details, see also www.nationaltrust. org.uk/ryedalecentre.

NEXT STEPS

Ryedale’s resource centre run for and by people with mental health problems. The Centre aims to provide a friendly, informal atmosphere in which people with a wide range of mental health difficulties , and their carers, can meet together. Tel: 01653 690854

NOMADS Productions

A long-established local drama society. Performing at least one major production each year usually in May or June, and occasionally doing charity events. Other activities include theatre visits, social evenings and an annual Christmas / Dinner Dance. We usually meet twice a week in Norton during our rehearsal period. New members who are interested in any aspect of theatre are always welcome, or anyone just with an inkling to try something new. Please contact Pat Davis 01653 690350 or visit our website www.nomads-productions. co.uk

Ryedale Support Group. Meets at Community House, Wentworth Street Car Park, Malton Second Thursday in each month. 2.15-4pm. Call 01653 694251 for details Pickering Acoustic Music welcomes singers, musicians and listeners who would like to play and/or listen to folk, blues, jazz, classical or any kind of acoustic music. Wed 14th Jan and fortnightly Weds from then. 8pm-11pm. Occasional guest nights with invited artists. Upstairs at The Bay Horse, Market Place, Pickering. All welcome (and it’s free!) For further information contact David on 01751 474696 or Alison on 01751 472827

Pickering & District Flower Group

Meet on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm in the WRVS Hungate Centre. Come and join us for flower arranging demonstrations, workshops, practice classes and outings. We are just a small friendly group and would welcome new members or come as a guest. For more information, please call Val Weighell on 01751 472902

Pickering & District Horticultural Society

Charity No 1080288 Interested in joining the Society or information about shows, talks, social events, Love your garden be it vegetables or flowers - Enjoy it more learn more and have fun. contact Sue Hine - Secretary 01751-477828

PICKERING IN BLOOM

The group fosters interest in the appearance of the public areas of the town by tending planters and gardens. Members get together at 7.30 in the evening on every second Tuesday of the month at Bar 4, Market Place, Pickering. New members would be most welcome and can either attend one of the meetings or contact Eileen Blakeley on 01751 477799

PICKERING MUSICAL SOCIETY

If you are interested in joining the society - in any capacity - we welcome anyone aged from 8 upwards! For more details about what we do and how you could become involved, please ring Linda Tester Publicity Manager on 01751 471553 or visit our website at www. communigate.co.uk/ryedale/pms or email pickeringmusical society@hotmail.co.uk

PICKERING SCRABBLE CLUB

Meet every Thursday at 2pm at Crossways Hotel in Pickering. Why not join us. For more details, please contact Wendy Hutchinson 01751 475412

PICKERING WORKING MEN’S CLUB Southgate, Pickering YO18 8BL tel: 01751 473534 Every Mon Quiz from 9.15pm, Every Thu Bingo from 7pm, Every Sun Bingo from 7pm, Every Sat live entertainment from 9.30pm. (See events section for details)

RELATE

We offer a confiential counselling service for couples and individuals who need help with their relationships, regardless of marital status or sexual orientation. We also offer family therapy, a ‘time to talk’ young person’s service, and sex therapy. To register please call 0800 980 5907. Allatt House, 5 West Parade Road, Scarborough YO12 5ED

RILLINGTON VILLAGE HALL

Rillington Village Hall is available to hire for parties, meetings, etc. A choice of two rooms or the whole hall, with kitchen/cloakroom facilities. Please phone Susie on 07868 282810 to discuss.

ROSEDALE HISTORY SOCIETY

Our informal Tea, Chat & History meetings are held on the first Sunday of every month, 24.00p.m. at Updale Reading Room, Rosedale. Large research archive, internet access and an excellent opportunity to find out about your family and local history. Tea and home-made cakes are available. See our web pages at http://rosedale.ryedaleconnect.org.uk email rosedalehistory@hotmail.co.uk Tel. Secretary 01751 417071

Ryedale Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association

Meets every first Wednesday at the Old Lodge Hotel, Malton, from 3 -4.30pm for a social meeting when there is usually a guest speaker. The branch also usually meets on the third Wednesday of the month at a local restaurant for a lunch. Membership is open to all people with a regard for the RAF plus serving and exserving members of the RAF and WRAF. The Association works towards helping serving and ex-serving members of the RAF, together with their dependants, in time of need. For further information please contact our Secretary, John Paul, on 01751 431793

RYEDALE CARERS SUPPORT

We need volunteers of all ages and varied experiences to sit with older people to enable their partnet or family carer to have a little time off. If you have an hour to spare each week or fortnight, we would like to hear from you. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please call Claire Hall, Annette Major or Vicky Taylor on: Tel: 01751 432288 Ryedale Carers Support, The Old School, Tinley Garth, Kirby Moorside, York, YO62 6AR email: chgh@ ryedalecarerssupport.fsnet.co.uk www. ryedalecarerssupport.fsnet.co.uk Reg Charity No 1076716

RYEDALE CHORAL

Rehearsals are in Pickering Methodist Church Rooms, Potter Hill on Fridays 7.30-9.30, from September with a summer break. There are two different concert programmes in autumn and spring and sometimes a Christmas concert of carols and readings, performed at different venues around Ryedale. New members are always made welcome, whatever their experience. Contact Grahame Walker (01723 850640) or Jim Dye (01751 431945) for further details

RYEDALE CROQUET

Ryedale Sports Club, Thornton Road, Pickering. Play Short Lawn Croquet, Mixed Association and Golf Croquet April to end of September. Mondays and Tuesdays 2-5pm and Wednesdays 2-8pm. Tel: 01653 694595 for more details

RYEDALE DOG RESCUE

Reg Charity no 1117972 We are local volunteers in the Ryedale, Scarborough and York area and re-home all types of dog wherever possible. We pay kennel fees and have foster homes to help long or short-term needs. For details of our work, fund-raising events, to adopt a dog or simply make a donation please contact 07979 657487 or see our website www.ryedaledogrescue.com

RYEDALE FAMILY HISTORY GROUP The Ryedale Family History Group holds monthly meetings at various locations in Ryedale on the third Wednesday of every month. Details are to be found on the website at www.ryedalefamilyhistory.org. The Research Room at Hovingham Hall is open every Thursday from 10am to 3pm for family history research with expert help. Open by arrangement by contacting Janice Wood on 01653 628952

RYEDALE FILM SOCIETY

Films take place at Friends Meeting House, 19 Castlegate, Pickering at 7.30pm. Season

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COMMUNITY tickets (for 12 films) £30. Half season (for 6 films) £18. Guest tickets £4.00. For a full programme, please contact Alison Lawson 01751 472827 or Frank Rock 01751 477 484.

RYEDALE FORUM 50+

The forum is open to all residents aged 50 and over, and membership is free. A varied programme of events is arranged, including talks about issues particular to the over 50’s, outings to a variety of places, concerts and theatre, and coffee mornings. Transport to enable people to attend many events is often organised. To find out more about the Ryedale Forum 50+, please contact Judith Denniss - Membership 01653 697077 or Anna Salkeld - Hon. Sec 01944 759123

RYEDALE FRIENDSHIP GROUP

We meet on the second Monday evening of each month at the Memorial Hall in Pickering. A social group for retired or over 50’s local people There is a mixture of social activities, speakers, lunches at local venues, short strolls, theatre visits, holidays and more. Please contact Martin or Liz Redgard on 01751 473 077 for more information

RYEDALE MEN TOGETHER

We are a small informal group of about 15 men who meet for a chat and a meal each month at the Market Place Restaurant Malton. After dinner our visiting speaker kicks off a discussion on a theme that he is passionate about and has experienced. New members are very welcome, contact eddie.james@ cvmen.org.uk or phone 01944 758807

RYEDALE MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS BRANCH

Ryedale Branch Multiple Sclerosis members come from all parts of the Ryedale area. We are people affected by MS, families, friends, carers, who enjoy social outings, shopping trips, therapy sessions and fun with fundraising. We have a Support Officer who can offer information, advice and support. There is a members’ monthly newsletter and an annual lunch for everyone. Our Charity Shop on Smiddy Hill in Pickering holds information, or for more details contact our Support Officer, Mrs Lindsay Ward on 01653 695310. New members and volunteers are always welcome.

RYEDALE SPECIAL FAMILIES

Supporting families of children with disabilities and special need. Ryedale Special Families is an independent charity founded in the early 1990s by a group of parents of disabled children. Our objectives are the relief of children and young adults with disabilities and special needs, their families and/or carers, in particular, but not exclusively, by the provision of information, advice and support service. 121 Town Street, Old Malton, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 7HD. Tel: 01653 699 000

RYEDALE TALKING MAGAZINE

This small charity based in Pickering provides a free monthly magazine recorded on tape for those who are visually impaired and who live in Ryedale. It is sent out by freepost through Royal Mail. The aim is to provide interest and entertainment rather than news or local information. Do you know anyone who is visually impaired who might like to recieve the magazine. We can arrange for one to be sent on a trial basis: For further information contact Valerie Bulidon, 01751 476499

RYEDALE U3A

U3As (Universities of the Third Age) are charitable, self funded, democratic organistaions which provide all types of educational, creative and leisure activities for older people at minimal cost, by making use of the knowledge, skills and experience of their members. The members voluntarily run the

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groups. Ryedale U3A currently has around 400 members and, as well as a regular monthly speaker meeting at Kirbymisperton Village Hall on a wide range of subjects, there are over 20 groups in such subjects as local and family history, music appreciation, gardening, walking and painting etc. Anyone interested should contact the membership secretary Anne Hebblethwaite on 01653 696211

RYEDALE VOLUNTARY ACTION (RVA)

A registered charity working across Ryedale providing voluntary and community support. We exist to help the many varied voluntary and community groups in Ryedale. These include charities, self help groups, and any group which is led by volunteers or by the community. We provide a number of services including: information, representation, governance and charity law advice, funding advice, financial services, volunteer brokerage service and training. Tel: 01653 600120, email: post@rva-cvs.org.uk, or visit www.ryedaleva. org.uk for more information.

RYEDALE WALKING GROUP

The group is affiliated to the Ramblers Association. We walk as a group all year at weekends - locally and throughout Yorkshire. We meet at Pickering swimming pool on Saturday or Sunday mornings. Most of our weekend walks are 5-12 miles in length. In addition, during the summer months we have evening walks. Full details are in the programme on our website at www. ryedalewalking.co.uk . Members receive 10% discount from three local walking shops. For more information about the group please ring 01751 476380

SAMARITANS OF SCARBOROUGH

Confidential emotional support to anyone in distress or despair or at risk and self harm or suicide. www.samaritans.org.uk tel 08457 90 90 90. We are always available for phone calls and visitors 8.00am - 10.00pm. Samaritan House, 40 Trafalgar Street West, Scarborough. Tel: 01723 368888

SCARBOROUGH AND RYEDALE CARERS RESOURCE

For information about where carers can find help and support. 01723 850155

Sight Support Ryedale

Do you know someone who is experiencing sight problems, and is finding daily life difficult? We aim to help by providing activities and support for blind and sight impaired people. We offer fortnightly social meetings in both Malton and Pickering, excursions, an annual holiday, information and support, walking group, Yoga group, book group, computer training, and loan or supply of aids and equipment. All our activities are speciallytailored for those who are sight impaired, and fully supported by our volunteers. We also provide door-to-door transport. Many of our members are registered either blind or partially sighted, but you needn’t be registered to join us. Our office number is 01653 698860, or email sightsupportryedale@btconnect.com. www.sightsupportryedale.org

Sinnington People’s Guild

Meet on Tuesdays at 7.15pm from October to March in the Methodist Schoolroom at Sinnington. A friendly ecumenical mixed group of men and women. There is a varied programme of musical evenings and speakers. Everyone is assured of a warm welcome and each hour long meeting concludes with a cup of tea and refreshments!

STAMFORD BRIDGE SINGERS

We are a friendly, community choir of approx: 40 voices aged 13 to 70 which rehearses weekly throughout term time in Stamford

Bridge School. We are available for Concerts, Church Services and Weddings. To hire us or to join the choir please email: info@ stamfordbridgesingers.co.uk Further details on our website: www.stamfordbridgesingers. btck.co.uk We look forward to hearing from you.

STAPE SILVER BAND

Pickering. Practice Tuesdays and Thursdays. Constantly recruiting new and old members wanting to return. Offer individual tuition on Monday evenings. For more information contact the Band Master Mr Mike Breckon 01751 472224

SWINTON EXCELSIOR BRASS BAND People of all ages and abilities welcome. Practice nights Mondays and Wednesdays 7.30pm - 9.30pm. Learners Saturdays 6pm - 8pm. Everything is provided. We just ask for your commitment. The Band Room, Middle Street, Swinton. Please contact Dorothy Ratcliffe on 01653 694344 for more details

THE CHANTICLEER SINGERS

This is a friendly, Malton-based chamber choir of around thirty voices. We meet on Wednesdays in term-time at St. Leonard’s church rooms, from 7.30 - 9.30 p.m. to rehearse, and sing 4 - 6 concerts in the local area and beyond each year, featuring a wideranging repertoire. A vacancy occasionally arises, and the Musical Director is happy to audition people with good singing experience and some sight-reading ability. For further details, please contact the Musical Director on 01904 706437

THE VALE OF PICKERING ART CLUB

Beginners and interested non-painters welcome! Meetings are held in the Memorial Hall on the 2nd Thursday of each month, 7-9pm. During the year these include 8 Demonstrations by professional artists, the Annual Painting Challenge, a practical evening and the AGM. Annual membership of £15 gives free entry to these and the right to show work at the prestigious and highly successful Annual Exhibition in September. We also organize two one day workshops and four outdoor painting days per year and Monday evening practical sessions.. Membership Secretary: Renee Clark 01751 431834

The Vale of Pickering Probus Club

Meets the second Tuesday of the month at the Forest and Vale in Pickering. More information from David Billett 01751 472879.

THORNTON LE DALE PLAYERS

The Society has been putting on regular productions in the Village Hall since the early 1940s. We now perform at least one major production each year, usually in November. We also occasionally provide entertainment for other organisations and charities in the village. If you are interested in any aspect of amateur dramatics please contact Mr J Walker 01751 475001 or Mr G Hunt 01751 476283. You will be made very welcome by this happy band of thespians!

THORNTON LE DALE SCRABBLE CLUB

Meets on Tuesday afternoons at 2pm at The Institute in Thornton le Dale. Tel: Wendy Hutchinson on 01751 475412 for more details

WEA PICKERING BRANCH

The branch of the W.E.A organises courses and day schools on a variety of subjects during the daytime and evenings, sometimes including trips out. Contact the programme secretary Rev. David Clark on 01751 476118. Series of talks from September to March on the second Friday of every month at The Friends Meeting House, Castlegate, Pickering.

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WELBURN VILLAGE HALL

The ideal venue for parties and celebrations, meetings, exhibitions. Large hall and smaller meeting room. More details, please call Sandy Hill 01653 619576 or Yvonne Myers 01653 618610

WRVS

Our volunteers and employees work together to support people in need who might otherwise feel lonely and isolated whether at home , in hospital, or in times of crisis. The Hungate Centre is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. We offer a variety of activities including our Wednesday Social Club. It starts at 2pm and we host various different activities at this event. All are very welcome to come and join. It is free to join and just £2 per session which includes refreshments.

Playgroups BARTON LE WILLOWS PLAY GROUP Barton le Willows play group meet twice a week, with qualified friendly staff, Mondays age 2-school, 9.30 -11.30am, where parents drop their children off to a relaxed morning of learning and fun, following the guide lines of Ofsted and EYFS, £4.50 per child, includes snack. Friday mornings mother and toddlers meet 9.30-11.30am, birth-school age, £2.00 per child.Lots of interesting activities to enjoy. For more details contact Catherine Bell 01653 619304

BROOKLYN PRE-SCHOOL PLAYGROUP LIMITED

Large indoor and outdoor learning environment. Early Years qualified staff. Good Ofsted report (May 2010) Value for money fees and free Early years Funding for 3 and 4 year olds. Brooklyn Preschool Playgroup is registered for children aged 2 years to 4 years 11 months. For more details contact us on 07792369468 during session or on 01653 696603.

CHATTERBOX PLAYGROUP

Friendly Qualified Staff, Places for 2 year olds to school age children. Safe outside play area. Ofsted registered. Funding for 3 & 4 year olds. Opening Times Mon - Fri 9.05 - 12.05 Lunch Club twice a week. Village Hall, Barker’s Lane, Snainton, Contact Janet on 0776 5557020

FIRESTATION PRESCHOOL

A community run playgroup in safe comfortable surroundings. Wide variety of activities. Members of the Pre-school Learning Alliance. Sheepfoot Hill, Castlegate, Malton Tel: 01653 694768

Little Stars stay and play group Held every Wednesday morning

in term time and most school holidays from 10-11.30am in the back room at Thornton Dale Village Hall, Sessions include free play with a good variety of toys, a messy play activity and a drink and snack for all. Open to mums with bumps and babies and children aged 0 - 5 years and their parents and carers. Sessions cost: Bumps and babies up to 6 months are free, 6 months to a year are £1.50 per child and 1 year + are £2.50 per child. For more information contact us on (01751) 474963 or donnafirth2004@yahoo.co.uk.

MUMS AND TOTS

Trinity Chapel, Norton. Meets every Wednesday in termtime. 9.15am - 11.15am. Open to all Mums and tots in the area. Call Carole Elliott on 01653 694891 for more details

PICKERING PRE-SCHOOL PLAYGROUP (HALLGARTH)

Welburn Tea and Tots meet in

We provide a wide range of activities. Friendly qualified staff. Ofsted registered. Members of PLA. Teddy Bear club is on a Wednesday morning from birth onwards. Intro session is on a Tuesday morning from 18 months to playgroup entry. Playgroup sessions from approximately 2 ½ years to school age. Telephone number 07910147095 Parish Hall, Hallgarth, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7AW Registered Charity Number 1038039

POTTER HILL PLAYGROUP

. Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri. 9am - 11.30 am. For children from 2 years to school age. £7.00 per session for non funded children. Fu nding available, please ask for details. Rear of Methodist Chapel. Contact: 01751 472015 or 07837 306460 Wednesdays - Potter Hill Tiny Tots & Tiny Tots plus. From birth. 9.30am - 11am. £1.50 for babies. £2.50 for children over 14 months. £4 for 2 children. Rear of Methodist Chapel. Contact: 01751 472015 or 07837306460 Reg. Charity No. 1025256

RILLINGTON PLAYGROUP

Rillington Village Hall.. Opening times Monday - Wednesday 9.00am till 12.00 noon. Thursday - Friday 9am-12pm lunchclub 12.00-12.30 afternoon 12.30-3.00pm. Term-time only. Pre-School Sessional Care - 2yrs to School Age. Highly qualified Staff with Early Years Professional status. (EYPS equivalent to Teaching status). We are registered with Ofsted..Toddler Group Wednesday & Friday 9.15-11.15 £1 a session pay as you go. Playgroup mobile Tel; 07704289080 session time

SINNINGTON PRESCHOOL

Sessions are; Toddler group- Tuesday 10am - 11.30am, Pre -School - Mon 9.10-11.40am, Wed 9.10-11.40am, Thu 9.10-11.40am, Fri 9.10-11.40am. For more information contact Kerry or Suzanne on 07799727656.

SWINTON PLAYGROUP

Why not come and join us in a happy, friendly, safe environment. The staff are fully trained, we are OFSTED inspected and funded places are available. We are open during term time on Monday and Thursday from 9 to 12 and on Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 to 3. Children from 2.5 years to school age are welcome to attend any session, those who are 2 but not yet 2.5 can come on a Thursday. Please phone us on 01653 695020 or 07879 834975. The Reading Rooms, Main Street, Swinton - just two miles out of Malton.

TERRINGTON PRESCHOOL PLAYGROUP

A happy caring environment, qualified staff, OFSTED inspected. For children 2 years old to school age. Serving Terrington, Malton and surrounding villages. The Pre School runs on Tuesdays Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 12:30. Contact Amanda Welch 01653 619870 or Jenny Smith 01653 628683 for more details.

THORNTON DALE PRE SCHOOL

Offering places for children from 2 years old to school age. Ofsted registered. Friendly qualified staff. Situated within Thornton Dale School with a secure outdoor play area. We run sessions Mon-Fri from 9am-11.30am with lunch club on Mon, Thu and Fri and also FULL DAY CARE from 9am-3pm Mon,Thu and Fri. Contact Tracey Toes on 07887663996 for further details.

TOTS PRAISE

Saville Street Methodist Church, Malton. Every Monday in term time. 10am - 11.30am Play and praise for pre-school children. £1 per family.

Welburn Village Hall every Tuesday morning 10am – 11.30am. Open to babies/toddlers/ under primary school age with parent/ grandparent/carer (must stay with child throughout the whole session) Only £2 per family per session, includes refreshments, lots of activities and lovely toys to play with in a laid back and friendly atmosphere.

Sports Clubs Amotherby & Swinton Football Club Mr Thistleton Tel: 01653 658565 philip@ pthistleton.fsnet.co.uk. www.freewebs. com/amotherbyfc. Amotherby Table Tennis Club Andy Seed Tel 01653 696704 andy@ cannybooks.com Badmington Club Sandburn Hall, Flaxton. Fridays 2 - 3.30pm All ages welcome. tel: Stephen Marshall 01904 490440 for more details Brooklyn Junior Football Club Mr C Lloyd Tel: 01653 693682 info@ brooklynjfc.co.uk www.brooklynjfc.co.uk. Derwent Swimming Pool 01653 693407 GKR Karate Club Richard Flynn Tel: 07956 251580 Heslerton Bowling Club Mr J Pease Tel: 01944 738632 Heslerton Cricket Club Mr Nutt Tel: 01723 859616 www.nutt@farmline. com. Heslerton Football Club Mr Driver Tel: 01653 693598 driver_edward@ yahoo.co.uk. Heslerton Junior football Club Tracy Armstrong Tel: 01944 768387 tracyarmstrong@aol.com www.heslerton-sport. co.uk Malton and Old Malton Cricket Club Mrs Hudson Tel: 01653 692223 john. hudson37@ntlworld.com. Malton Outdoor Bowls Club Mr Smith Maltonbowlsclub@btinternet.com www.maltonbowlsclub.co.uk/ Malton Wheelers Road Club Matthew Enticknap Tel: 01653 694571. E-Mail: maltonwheelersrc@tiscali.co.uk. Web: www. maltonwheelersrc.co.uk Marton Short Mat Bowls Club Mrs Jean Bell 01751 472137 Newitts.com Beckett Football League. Mr K.W. Sales 01751 473348 Norton United Football Club Mr Johnson Tel: 01653 693241 Old Malton & St Marys Football Club Mr Wilson Tel: 01653 692193 oldmaltonstmarysfc@yahoo.co.uk. www. oldmaltonstmarysfc.com pickering athletics club Sue Lawal 01751 472877 www. pickeringathletics.co.uk Pickering Bowling Club Geoff Lloyd Tel: 01751 472566 glloyd@ pcxinternet.com Pickering Cricket Club Mr Mansfield Tel: 01751 475442 mansfield_ glaisdale@btinternet.com. Pickering Town Community Football Club

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COMMUNITY Senior Section: Mr Keith Usher, Tel: 01944 711448 email: usherso8@btinternet.com Junior Section: Mr Hood Tel: 01653 697724 www. communigate.co.uk/york/juniorpikes.cfc. Ryedale Indoor Bowls Club Ms Wright Tel: 01653 600016 Ryedale Leisure Centre 01751 476726 Ryedale sports club Thornton Road, Pickering. Tennis - tel: J. O’Donnell 01751 473101, Croquet - tel: G Timms 01653 694595. Cricket - tel: A Hardy 01751 476924. Table Tennis - tel: J Wardman 01751 477778. Football - tel: S Walker 01751 473390

Swinton Sports Centre Contact Derek Cuthbertson on tel: 01653 690807

Scouts & Guides

Thixendale Cricket Club Ms Anstey Tel: 01377 288272

Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers. Please contact Roger Thomson on 01653 696789 or 07950 558216

Thornton-Le-Dale Bowling Club Mr Callow Tel: 01751 472748 david@ ncallow93.freeserve.co.uk. Thornton-Le-Dale Cricket Club Mr Calvert Tel: 01751 472533 martin@ calvert213.wanadoo.co.uk. Thornton-le-Dale Football Club Mr Barnes Tel: 01751 475134 maadi@ btinternet.com.

1ST MALTON SCOUTS

1ST KIRKBYMOORSIDE BROWNIES Contact Angela Kneeshaw 07976 748299

1ST NORTON SCOUTS

Beavers, Cub Scouts, Scout and Explorers. Please contact Mr Ian Appleby on 01653 694900 for more details

1st Vale of Pickering Scouts

Beavers, cubs, scouts and explorers. Please contact Ray Bowman on 01751 476918 for more details

Ryedale Table Tennis League Andy Seed Tel 01653 696704 andy@ cannybooks.com www.ryedalett.net

United Martial Arts Tony Dyas 07956 612667 unitedmartialarts@ btinternet.com

Scarborough and District Football Association Mr K.W. Sales 01751 473348

Welham Bowling Club Secretary Mr Pool 01653 699624

Contact Alison Hutchinson (District Commissioner) on tel: 07816 847271

Westow Cricket Club Ms Price Tel: 01653 658338 Julie@ pricewelford.freeserve.co.uk.

SCOUTING IN RYEDALE

Settrington Bowling Club Mr Croser Tel: 01653 692522 maureencroser@ yahoo.co.uk.

RYEDALE BROWNIES AND GUIDES

Please contact Mererid Hunt (District Commissioner) on 01653 690992

York Cats Protection WINTER £5 NEUTERING OFFER

For a limited period only. 1st November 2011 until 31st January 2012 YOUR CAT(S) MUST BE OVER 4 MONTHS OF AGE. For cat owners on a means-tested benefit or low income, on pension credits and students. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: LINDA on 01904 703086 or MARGARET on 01937 834463 Reg Charity 203644 (England & Wales) SC037711 (Scotland)

Christmas with

The Chanticleer Singers Friday 16th December at 7.30 pm in Pickering Methodist Church and on

Saturday 17th December at 7.30 pm in St. Mary’s Priory Church, Old Malton

A programme of seasonal music, readings and carols, with refreshments available at both concerts. We hope you’ll be able to join us! Tickets [£10/£7.50 conc., children & students free] available from Leefe’s, Malton; Morland’s, Pickering, Choir members; or t: 01653 691804 72 • info@thehandymag.co.uk

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Want to give that extra special gift this year? Sponsor a RDR dog for Christmas… Taz, Pip, Megan, Mishka, or Meg…

An ideal present for any dog lover. Annual sponsorship £25. You will receive a certificate showing a picture of the dog and the Sponsor’s name, a letter about the dog three times a year, a Christmas card & a small gift from the dog. 6 months Sponsorship £15 and you will receive a certificate, two letters, a Christmas card & a small gift Please send Cheques payable to ‘Ryedale Dog Rescue’ to: Ria Boyce, c/o Ryedale Dog Rescue, 4 Pitman Road, Malton, N.Yorks YO17 7LA Tel: 07979 657487 Email: rialouiseb@yahoo.co.uk www. ryedaledogrescue.com

MEG Megan Mishka

Why not buy one of our 2012

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Dog Rescue’s Happy-Waggy Endings...and help raise money

for Ryedale Dog Rescue. Calendars are available form our charity shop on Yorksergate in Malton

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RYECAT can help you to: Attend appointments • Get to the shops • Visit friends and family • Get to work or your training course • Access facilities and participate in events that would normally be out of reach of you or your group • Stay in touch with your local community

We do this by providing: Safe, reliable and comfortable vehicles • Affordable trips Accessible transport and adapted buses • Timetabled services so that you can plan and book ahead • On demand facilities for last-minute and individual needs • Helpful and patient drivers, many of whom are volunteers • Wheels 2 Work moped hire

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8. Public house (3) 9. Colour of trees (5) 10. One of the gifts brought by the Three Wise Men (4) 11. Term referring to God (4) 14. Great happiness (3) 15. Toys particularly for girls (5) 16. Transport used on snow (4) 17. Often filled with mincemeat (3) 19. Santa’s helpers (5)

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1. Noisy celebrations (10) 2. Amazing or wonderful occurrence (7) 3. 26th December (6,3) 5. Heavenly creature (5) 7. The season around Christmas (8) 12. Cooking method for turkey and chestnuts (5) 13. Popular Christmas colour (3) 14. Special anniversary (7) 17. Coniferous tree (4) 18. Gifts given to children (4)

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and mince pies from 01751 474530 or on the door

10 December

16 December

Yorkshire Cancer Research. Christmas Coffee Morning.

Come Dancing Grand Christmas Dance. at the Milton

Tombola, Raffle, Bookstall. Coffee/Tea with mince pies. £1 pay at the door. Memorial Hall, Pickering 10am -11.30am.

10 December Thornton Dale Methodist Church Nativity Festival.

Christmas Flowers, music, nativity displays and light refresments. 10am to 3-30pm

10 December Stamford Bridge singers ‘A

Celebration of Christmas’ for The Derwent Lions. Sutton upon Derwent Village Hall. Tickets £10 to include mulled wine and mince pies. Please contact The Derwent Lions on 01904 608524 or email john. newlove@btinternet.com

10 December Louis Matthews at the Railway Club, Welham Road, Malton. 9pm

10 December Saturday night entertainment at Pickering Working

Mens Club 9.30pm. Vanessa Wilson. Female Entertainer. Southgate, Pickering

10 December Malton Male Voice Choir

Concert of Christmas music at St Michaels Church, Malton.

10 December York Light Orchestra present a

Christmas concert in aid of the Myasthenia Gravis Charity. 7.30pm. Stockton on the Forest Village Hall. Tickets £5 from Ron Middlemas 01904 679939 or 07715 943406 or email ron.middlemas@o2.co.uk.

Rooms, Malton. 8pm to midnight. Doors open 7.30pm Pat and Barrie invite all dancers to their annual ballroom dance..in aid of the YORKSHIRE AIR AMBULANCE. Come along to our very friendly dance and enjoy a lovely evening of modern and old time ballroom dancing, including latin, sequence, jive, rock’n’roll and party dances. Dancing is to the ‘Stepping Out Trio’ and the evening also includes some cabaret and spot prizes! Licensed Bar in the new Studio Theatre and a BIG raffle! The hall and tables will be have christmas decorations. TICKETS: £9.50 Admission by ticket only. Available from Malton TIC tel 01653 600048. Also from Barrie and Pat. Tel 01653 694431.

12 December Christmas Party at Thornton le Dale Village Hall. With Swinton & District Excelsior

Brass Band. Music for listening and dancing. 7.30pm In aid of All Saints Church, Thornton le Dale. Tickets £7 including mulled wine

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24 December Christmas Eve entertainment at Pickering Working Mens Club 9pm - Dave England Trio. 9pm.

31 December New Years Eve Entertainment at Pickering Working Mens Club 9pm New Years Eve entertainment with top female vocalist. Southgate, Pickering

Thomas Henry at the Railway Club,

Pickering Methodist Church, 7.30pm. Tickets £10/£7.50 concessions/Children & students free, available from Leefe’s Stationers, Malton or Morland’s in Pickering or from choir members on 01653 691804,

17 December Saturday night entertainment at Pickering Working

Welham Road, Malton 9pm

7-14 January Cinderella Pantomime Pickering Musical Society. Cinderella by Norman Robbins. For more details see www. communigate.co.uk/ryedale/pms

14 January

Mens Club 9.30pm. Kristian. Male Vocal Entertainer. Southgate, Pickering

Steve Richards at the Railway Club,

17 December

20 January

Chanticleer Singers concert at St

WEA Pickering Friday Talk

Mary’s Priory Church, Malton 7.30pm. Tickets £10/£7.50 concessions/Children & students free, available from Leefe’s Stationers, Malton or Morland’s in Pickering or from choir members on 01653 691804,

17 December Sam Reece at the Railway Club, Welham Road, Malton. 9pm

Himalayan Hunnies Christms Fayre. Pickering Memorial Hall. 10-3pm.

your tree. 12.00pm until 3.00pm. Booking not required. Wear clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty.Prices vary depending on activity - please await further details. Normal toll fee of £4.00 per car applies.

Welham Road, Malton. 9pm

31 December

17 December

Christmas Crafts at Dalby Forest. Join us to make a decoration for

Rik Antony at the Railway Club,

Chanticleer Singers concert at

Stape Silver Band Christmas Concert in aid of Yorkshire Cancer

11 December

24 December

16 December

11 December

Research. Lovely music, joyful atmosphere, carol singing. Pickering Parish Church. 2pm. £2.50 pay at the door.

with stand up comics, great singers and all on the theme of Christmas. The best news is ....its FREE! What’s the catch? There is none, Life is a Cabaret is sponsored by Elim Ryedale Church because we all need a fun raiser! For more details call 01653 697796 or www.elimryedale.net

Christmas Gifts & Craft Stalls. Refreshments (all proceeds go to charity). Free admission. Organised by the Himalayan Hunnies, raising money for Genesis Research Trust.

17 December Christmas Special Market

Hovingham 10:30 - 14:30. The Hovingham Village Market is a monthly community market packed with around 40 stalls selling a wide variety of local produce, gifts and crafts. The community cafe is run by and for the benefit of a variety of local community groups whist offering welcome refreshment from shopping. For further information visit www.hovingham-market.org.uk

17 December Life is a Caberet 7.30pm. Norton

College. Life is a Cabaret is exactly what it says: good, wholesome, hilarious family fun,

Welham Road, Malton. 9pm

Paul Hignett, ”The Weather Forecaster’s Lot”. At the Friends Meeting House, Castlegate, Pickering. 7.30 pm. The Talk is free, but a donation of £2 helps to cover our costs.

28 January Music in the Studio - Me and My

Friends. The Milton Rooms, Malton. Making a welcome return to the Studio Theatre, Me and My Friends present an imaginative blend of folk, reggae and old-time roots, Me and My Friends seamlessly combine disparate styles into an entrancing, delightful, baskingin-the-sunshine whole.

25 FEBRUARY The Fab Beatles. The Milton Rooms,

Malton. 7.30pm Tickets £12.50 available from Malton Tourist Information Centre. 01653 600048. All proceeds in aid of Ryedale Special Families. www.fabbeatles.com

Helmsley Arts Centre Box office: 01439 771700 14-17 December Around the World in 80 Days. It’s October 1872. The mysterious Phileas Fogg bets his fellow members of the Reform Club in London that he can travel round the world in 80 days and be back in time for the Club’s Christmas party. He sets off that

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very evening, accompanied by his valet Passepartout - and pursued by Inspector Fix of Scotland Yard, who is convinced Fogg has robbed the Bank of England. This hilarious adaptation, specially written for our popular, multi-talented 1812 Theatre Company, injects seasonal fizz and musical fun into Verne’s much-loved story. Matinee on Saturday 17 Dec at 2.30pm as well as the 7.30pm evening performance.

Blood Donor Sessions 15 December

20 December The Royal British Legion, Kirbymoorside 1.30 - 3.45pm and 4.45 - 6.45pm

SATURDAY 25TH FEBRUARY 7.30pm The Milton Rooms, Malton

5 January The Milton Rooms, Malton 2 - 4pm and 5 - 7pm

16 January Ryedale Bowls Club, Norton. 2 - 4pm and 5 - 7pm

13 January Pickering Memorial Hall 2 - 4pm and 5 - 7pm

18 January The Royal British Legion, Kirbymoorside 1.30 - 3.45pm and 4.45 - 6.45pm

Tickets £12.50 available from Malton Tourist Information Centre. 01653 600048 All proceeds in aid of Ryedale Special Families www.fabbeatles.com

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Pickering Memorial Hall. 2 - 4pm and 5 - 7pm

Crossword: Across: 2 Mass, 4 Magi, 6 Ivy, 8 Inn, 9 Green, 10 Gold, 11 Lord, 14 Joy, 15 Dolls, 16 Sled, 17 Pie, 19 Elves. Down: 1 Wassailing, 2 Miracle, 3 Boxing Day, 5 Angel, 7 Yuletide, 12 Roast, 13 Red, 14 Jubilee, 17 Pine, 18 Toys. Pictograms: 1. A Grave Error 2. Unfinished symphony 3. Double Up With Laughter. Drop Down: Answers from left to right: Harrier, Javelin, Phantom, Tornado, Valiant. Spot the Difference: 1. Snow 2. Flame 3. Yellow Scarf 4. Eye missing 5. Bobble 6. Dots on blue scarf 7. Leg missing 8. Man’s Teeth 9. Finger 10. Ear gone. Wordsearch: Hidden Phrase - At Christmas, all roads lead home ~ Marjorie Holmes www.thehandymag.co.uk • 01653 658776 • 77


INDEX Accountants Jones Partnership, The............67 Newby Business Accounting....67 Aerials & Audio Visual ADI Communications................53 Aerial Services............................5 Art Galleries & Picture Framing Talents Fine Arts......................15 Architectural Services & Plans Pinfold Building Consultancy....49 Prospect Design.......................32

SKW Craft Creations................18 Workshop, The.........................15 Damp Proofing Eastgate Building Contractors.. 33 Dentists Howardian Dental Practice.......24 Dog Grooming Nose 2 Tail Grooming...............57 Oak Tree Dog Grooming..........57 Spotless Dog, The....................57 Dry Cleaning Norton Dry Cleaning.................49

Attractions/ Events Castle Howard Estate Ltd.........19

Electrical Goods R Yates and Sons Ltd...............11

Bathrooms Watermark................................49

Electricians Haines Electrical.......................55 HC Engineering........................50 Michael Magson Ltd.................36 Powerlink Electrical..................28

Blinds Low Blind Price.........................52 Builders GJC Construction & Groundworks .................................................30 HC Engineering........................50 Eastgate Building Contractors.. 36 Pickering Construction Ltd........51 Repair & Restoration Builders Ltd .................................................34 Rising Builders..........................55

Estate Agents & Homes Mark Stephensons Estate Agents ...................................................3 Farriers Professional Farrier Services...17

K & S Paving Ltd......................31 Pave-a-way...............................31 Rock and Stone York Ltd..........31 Swales Paving..........................28 Hairdressers Graham Paul Mobile Hair Stylist... .................................................23 Health Gaia Holistix.............................24 Pocklington Physiotherapy Clinic .................................................24 Ryedale Physiotherapy Clinic...24 Slimming World .......................23 Stuart Moore Foot Health.........24 Heating Services - Oil John Yaxley Oil Heating Specialist..................................55 Jewellers G Stones Jewellers...................18 Joinery Acorn Lofts & Joinery...............35 Hewison Joinery.......................13 Nigel Anderson Joinery............53 Norman Banks Maintenance....33 Stuart Elvidge Joinery...............51

Carpet Cleaning Kevin Atkinson Carpet Cleaning... .................................................55 Ultraclean.................................50

Fencing Acklam Fencing........................28 Philip Mason Fencing Contractor .................................................31

Kitchens & Bedrooms Dream Doors Ltd........................2 Handmade Kitchen Company, The...........................................51 Howarth Timber........................36 Instyle Kitchens Ltd....................9 Richard James Handmade Interiors.......................................5

Cars & Servicing BMC Motor Engineers..............45 Incartec Ltd...............................47 Kirkbymoorside Landrovers......47 Lowfield Garage.......................45 Pure Car Mechanics.................45

Finances Moneywise Financial Solutions 67

Markets Hovingham Village Market........18

Fireplaces Hovingham Fireplaces..............48

Mobility MV Mobility...............................52

Food & Drink The Farm Shop at Castle Howard .................................................21 Derventio Wines.......................21 JASS Brewing Supplies............18 Rose and Crown.......................17 SB Organics.............................21

Opticians Specsavers Opticians...............25

Car Valeting Crystal Clean............................47 Chimney Sweep Allan’s Chimney Sweeping Service......................................48 Churches Malton & Norton Churches.......39 Cinema Palace Cinema.........................26 Cleaning Services Keld Kleaning Services.............32 Ryedale Cleaning Services......54 Sparkling Clean........................43 Computers & Web Design Awesome Technologies...........65 Computer FX............................65 Coppins Systems Services.......65 Malton Web Design..................65 tKnowIT....................................66 Crafts Little Lamb Wool.......................17 78 • info@thehandymag.co.uk

Fashion Frock Exchange, The...............17

Fuels David Edgar Solid Fuels and Haulage....................................48 K ‘n’ L Hardwood Logs & Kindling .................................................48 Norton Joinery Ltd....................48 Ryedale Wood Fuels................43 Furniture & Interiors Greens Furniture......................32 Interiors at Nine to Eleven..........7 Pine Shop, The...........................8 Garage Doors Hobman Garage Doors............49 Gardens Astek Landscapes....................30 CJ Hill Landscaping..................28 Economic Landscapes.............30

Oven cleaning Cooker Cleaners.......................55 Ultraclean.................................50 Painters & Decorators Decorators of Distinction..........54 Les Harper Painting & Decorating .................................................54 Pets Guild Wood Trading - Horse and Dog care...................................57 Station House Vets...................57 Wagabout.................................57 Photography Alex Yoxall Photography..........26 Plastering Ian Townley Plasterers.............33 Ian’s Plastering Service............54 Plumbing & Heating Aquatec Utilities........................31 Direct Boiler Company, The.....13

Gemma Lonsdale Gas Servicing.. .................................................50 Greenley and Ware Plumbing..47 GW Plumbing.............................5 OJ Gas Services.......................54 P Marwood Plumbing & Heating... .................................................50 York Plumbing & Heating.........10 Plumbing - General Paul Chaplow Plumbing & Heating.....................................53 Plumbing Plus...........................55 Plumbing Supplies Watermark................................49 Property Maintenance Handy Man Hewson.................50 HC Engineering........................50 Les Harper Painting & Decorating .................................................54 Professional Handyman Services .................................................51 Robert Horvath Property Maintenance.............................51 Renewable Energy Michael Magson Ltd.................36 Peak Power Systems...............34 Roofing & Guttering Malton & Pickering Flat Roof Company..................................53 Orion Rooflines.........................10 Ryedale Roofline......................33 Steve O’Neill Roofing & uPVC Fitters........................................34 Schools St Martin’s Ampleforth................4 Scrap Metal P Farrow & Sons......................49 Solicitors and Injury Claims Black & White Claims...............33 Soft Furnishings Stitches Interiors.........................6 Stoves R Yates and Sons Ltd...............11 Surveyors Pinfold Building Consultancy....49 Tiles Zenki Tile & Interior....................2 Timber Supplies Howarth Timber........................36 Travel Perrys Travel............................27 Windows Fersina Windows......................80 Proline PVCu Ltd......................37 Window Distribution Ltd..............8

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MEDICAL

MALTON.......................01653 600069 RILLINGTON..................01944 758325 SHERBURN...................01944 710226 THORNTON LE DALE......01751 474202 PICKERING....................01751 471296 NHS Direct..........................0845 4647 Malton District Hospital....01653 693041 Scarborough Hospital......01723 368111 York Hospital..................01904 631313 Social Services..............0845 950 1555 Samaritans....................08457 909090

PHARMACIES

FJH Wrothwell Ltd..........01751 472550 Pickering Surgery...........01751 477555 Malton Pharmacy............01653 692040 Beecham Pharmacy, Malton ...................................01653 692380 Beecham Pharmacy, Norton.................... ...................................01653 693264 Beckside Pharmacy, Thornton le Dale, ..... ...................................01751 476968 Boots, Pickering, . ..........01751 474958 F Maltby Ltd, Maltongate, Thornton le Dale, 01751 474542

GENERAL SERVICES

Domestic Violence Helpline..................... ..................................0808 2000 247 North Yorkshire Police (non-emergencies).........0845 606 0247 Citizens Advice Bureau...0844 411 1444 Crimestoppers.................0800 555 111 Northern Electric (loss of supply).............. ....................................0800 668 877 BT Faultline.....................0800 800 151

Floodline.......................0845988 1188 Transco Emergency Service - Gas............ ....................................0800 111 999 Yorkshire Water.............0845 124 2424

COUNCILS & MPs

Ryedale District Council...01653 600666 Malton Town Council.......01439 748500 Norton Town Council.......01653 695348 Pickering Town Council....01751 476503 North Yorkshire County Council ............... ...................................01609 780780

FINANCIAL MATTERS National Debtline............0808 8084000 Inland Revenue..............0845 0109000 Tax Credits....................0845 3003900

CHILDREN & FAMILIES

Central Ryedale Childrens Centre............. ...................................01609 533102 Northern Ryedale Childrens Centre........... ...................................01609 798345 Childcare Link...............0800 2 346346 Childline..............................0800 1111 NSPCC........................0808 800 5000 Ryedale Special Families.. 01653 699000

TRANSPORT

Ryecat..........................01653 699059 AA Breakdown................0800 887 766 AA Roadwatch...............09003 401100 Moorsbus . ..................01845 597 000 Pickering Town Bus.........01751 473791 Yorkshire Coastliner.........01653 692556 Rail Enquiries.................08457 484950

Environment Agency......0870 850 6506

ANIMALS

RSPCA........................0300 1234 999 Station House Vets..........01653 618303

SCHOOLS

Malton School................01653 692828 Norton College...............01653 693296 Ryedale School..............01439 771665 Malton Community Primary..................... ...................................01653 692582 Norton County Primary....01653 692104 Amotherby County Primary...................... ...................................01653 693675 St Mary’s RC Primary......01653 692274 Rillington County Primary 01944 758402 Leavening County Primary 01653 658313 Langton Primary School..01653 658236 Settrington CE Primary....01944 768238 Luttons CP School..........01944 738232 Sherburn CE Primary......01944 710 282 Weaverthorpe CE School 01944 738 280 Heslerton CE Primary.....01944 728 286 Pickering County Junior School ...................................01751 472873 St Josephs RC School....01751 473102 Pickering Infant School....01751 472620 Pickering Junior School...01751 472873 Thornton Dale CE School........................ ...................................01751 474345 Lady Lumley’s School.....01751 472846

LIBRARIES

Malton ........................0845 034 9529 Norton ........................0845 034 9530 Pickering .....................0845 300 5157

churches

St Peter’s, Norton...........01653 692741 St Michaels, Malton . ......01653 692089 St Leonards & St Mary’s, Malton.............. ...................................01653 692128 Baptist Church, Malton ...01653 696023 Trinity Methodist, Norton..01653 692173 Saville Street, Malton . ....01653 692173 Elim Ryedale Church, Malton .................. ...................................01653 697796 Society of Friends, Malton 01653 658574 Salvation Army, Norton....01653 693344 Churches together in Pickering................ ...................................01751 472827 St Josephs RC Church, Pickering............. ...................................01751 472727 St Peter & St Paul Parish, Pickering.......... ...................................01751 472983 Religious Society of Friends, Pickering...... ...................................01751 472827 Methodist Church, Pickering.................... ...................................01751 472810 The United Reformed Church, Pickering.... ...................................01751 476844 All Saints, Thornton le Dale...................... ...................................01751 474244 St Andrew’s, Middleton....01751 474858

POST OFFICES

Beverley Road................01653 692653 Helmsley ......................01439 770237 Malton .........................01653 600121 Middleton Post Office......01751 475932 Pickering ......................01751 472256 Thornton Dale ...............01751 474234

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