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Wed 22 Sep 2021

Holmes & Watson Farewell Tour, Rural Arts, The Courthouse, Westgate, Thirsk YO7 1QS. Theatre. Before slipping into well-earned retirement, Sherlock Holmes has prevailed upon his long-time companion Dr Watson, his landlady Mrs Hudson and Inspector Lestrade of Scotland Yard to join him in a farewell tour of the British Isles. 7.30pm. £10/£12. tel: 01845 526 536 tickets: online, phone, in house email: admin@ruralarts.org web: http://www.ruralarts.org

Wed 22 Sep 2021

Terrazzo Coasters workshop, Rural Arts, The Courthouse, Westgate, Thirsk, YO7 1QS. Make two of your very own Terrazzo coasters using A1 eco-resin with artist Rachel Goldsmith. Colour match your coasters to your home décor!. 10am-1pm. £35. tel: 01845 526 536 tickets: online, shop, phone email: admin@ruralarts.org web: http://www.ruralarts.org

Wed 22 Sep 2021

Freehand Machine Embroidery, Rural Arts, The Courthouse, Westgate, Thirsk, YO7 1QS. Express yourself through embroidery! Create a diverse range of patterns and designs with a sewing machine. 10.30am-12.30pm or 1.30-3.30pm. £15. tel: 01845 526 536 tickets: online, shop, phone email: admin@ruralarts.org web: http://www.ruralarts.org

Wed 22 Sep 2021

Thirsk Strollers, Start at Thirsk Swimming Pool YO7 1LU. To help you get active and meet new people. If new, come along about fifteen minutes early. A steady, up to one hour walk. 10.30am. Free. tel: 07514 240227 email: hambletonstrollers2018@gmail.com

Thu 23 Sep 2021

Pete Firman, The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton, DL6 1LP. One of the UK's most popular magicians. 7.30pm. £16. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: Book online or phone email: info@forumnorthallerton.org.uk web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk

Thu 23 Sep 2021

Thoughts from the Bench, Thirsk & Sowerby Town Hall Annexe, Westgate, Thirsk, YO7 1QR. Thirsk Ladies Club: A talk by retired magistrate Malcolm Sollitt about his experiences in his role and how the Witness Support scheme operates. 7.30pm. Members free, visitors £3. tel: 01845 522819

Thu 23 Sep 2021

All Creatures Great and Small, TV Channel 5. The second series of the new version. 9pm.

Fri 24 Sep 2021

The Rod Stewart Songbook, The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton, DL6 1LP. 100% live, Rod Stewart Tribute Band. His numerous hits include Sailing, Maggie May, Do Ya Think I’m Sexy, Some Guys Have All The Luck, Baby Jane and many many more. 7.30pm. £20/£18. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: online email: info@forumnorthallerton.org.uk web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk

Sat 25 Sep 2021

Jon Courtenay, The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton, DL6 1LP. "What's It All About?" Pianist & Comedian. Winner of Britain's Got Talent 2020. 7.30pm. £18/£16. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: online email: info@forumnorthallerton.org.uk web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk

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 Sun 26 Sep 2021

A170 closed, Sutton Bank. The Thirsk-Helmsley road is closed at Sutton Bank for maintenance and BT installation work. It may not reopen until Mon 27 Sep.

Thu 23 Sep 2021 to
 Sun 26 Sep 2021

Event imageAnnual Steam Gala, North York Moors Railway, Pickering-Grosmont-Whitby. There will be up to 13 locomotives in steam. Ride behind our guest locomotives and home fleet engines across the four days with services calling at Pickering, Levisham, Newtondale Halt (by request), Goathland, Grosmont and Whitby stations. tickets: Book online web: http://www.nymr.co.uk

Fri 24 Sep 2021 to
 Sun 26 Sep 2021

The Duncombe Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair, Duncombe Park, Helmsley YO62 5EB. Nationally known antiques & fine art dealers exhibiting: Furniture, Porcelain, Jewellery, Clocks, Silver, Sculpture, Glass, Paintings, Treen, Objets De Vertu, Antique Maps & Prints. Signposted - Refreshments - Car Parking. 10.30 - 5pm (4.30pm Sun). £6.00, Children under 16 Free of Charge. tel: 01423 522122 tickets: www.gallowayfairs.co.uk

Sat 25 Sep 2021 to
 Sun 26 Sep 2021

Event imageMasham Sheep Fair HG4 4DZ, Masham, Ripon. Sheep and Old Time Fair events. tel: 01765 688417 email: susanclister@outlook.com web: https://www.mashamsheepfair.com

Sun 26 Sep 2021

Moorsbus, North York Moors. Leaves Thirsk Market Place for Helmsley travelling via Coxwold, Byland Abbey & Ampleforth, taking 39 minutes. Helmsley connections to all over the Moors. 10:46, 12:36 & 15:36. Rover day ticket £9.50, child £4.50. English concessionary passes accepted. web: http://www.moorsbus.org

Wed 29 Sep 2021

Thirsk Strollers, Start at Thirsk Swimming Pool YO7 1LU. To help you get active and meet new people. If new, come along about fifteen minutes early. A steady, up to one hour walk. 10.30am. Free. tel: 07514 240227 email: hambletonstrollers2018@gmail.com

Fri 24 Sep 2021 to
 Thu 30 Sep 2021

Film: 'The Last Bus' (12A), Ritz Cinema, Westgate, Thirsk YO7 1QS. It is a heart-warming tale of Tom (Timothy Spall), a pensioner whose wife, Mary (Phyllis Logan), has just passed away, who travels from Britain's most northerly point, John O'Groats, to his original home town at its most southerly point, Land's End, using his free bus pass. 7.30pm. £6, £5 (14 and under, over 60, & Monday Evening. web: http://www.ritzcinema.co.uk

Thu 30 Sep 2021

Event imageAll Creatures Great and Small, TV Channel 5. The second series of the new version. 9pm.

Fri 1 Oct 2021

Flute & Piano, St Andrews Church, Aysgarth. Meera Maharaja (flute) & Dominic Degavino (piano). A second appearance at the Festival for the gifted young flautist, this time with the young pianist Dominic Degavino as her duo partner, performing Bizet’s Carmen Fantasy, and music by Grace-Evangeline Mason and César Franck. 4pm & 7.30pm. £12, £3 under 25s. tickets: Book online. web: https://www.swalefest.org

Fri 1 Oct 2021

Steve Royle (comedy), The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton, DL6 1LP. Britain’s Got Talent 2020 top three finalist, comedian, juggler and variety star Steve Royle takes his Royle Variety Performance on the road for a fun-filled evening for all the family. 7.30pm. £18/£16. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: online email: info@forumnorthallerton.org.uk web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk

Sat 2 Oct 2021

St Cecilia Orchestra, Ripon Cathedral, HG4 1QS. Let's get going again! Short but brilliant programme. 4pm & 7.30pm. £15. tickets: 01765 602856 web: https://st-cecilia.org.uk

Sat 2 Oct 2021

Almost the Bee Gees, The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton, DL6 1LP. This excellent trio has played in every corner of the UK and Europe. Sit back and enjoy the show, sing along to your favourites like Massachusetts, Jive Talkin' and You Win Again or get on the floor dance to those famous hits from Saturday Night Fever. 7.30pm. £20/£18. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: online email: info@forumnorthallerton.org.uk web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk

Sun 3 Oct 2021

Ed Byrne, The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton DL6 1LP. If I'm Honest ... Join Ed as he takes a long hard look at himself and tries to decide if he has ANY traits that are worth passing on to his children. Ed Byrne presents his brand-new masterclass in observational comedy hot on the heels of his 17/18 Touring hit, Spoiler Alert! A TV household name, in the past year Ed has appeared on Live At The Apollo (Host, BBC), Mock The Week (BBC), The Pilgrimage (BBC), Top Gear (BBC) and QI (BBC). 8pm. £25. tel: 01609 776230 email: info@forumnorthallerton.org.uk web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk

Sun 3 Oct 2021

Blood and Fog (theatre), The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton DL6 1LP. Don't Go Into The Cellar Theatre! Company for Chillers and Thrillers fans. Join Inspector Frederick Abberline of Scotland Yard as he recreates blood-curdling true crime cases from the nineteenth century archives. Tremble to the infamous Whitechapel Murders! Shudder to the deadly Lambeth Poisoner! Quake to the mysterious Thames Torso Murders! Theatrical Victorian storytelling at its finest!. 7.30pm. £10. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: Book online or phone email: info@forumnorthallerton.org.uk web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk

Sun 3 Oct 2021

Northern Dales Farmers' Market, Thirsk Market Place YO7 1EY. You'll find a fantastic selection of food and drink producers selling a wide range of goodies including freshly baked bread, gourmet pies, scotch eggs, cheeses, Indian meals, shortbread, cookies, luxury cheesecakes, raw Yorkshire honey, fruit-packed preserves and chutneys, authentic Korean stir fries, pickles, curry sauces and even homemade doggie treats. Thirsk's information centre will be open too. 9am-2pm.

Tue 5 Oct 2021

Can you play Bridge?, Orchid House Community Hall, Sowerby Gateway, Thirsk. Come and join Thirsk Bridge Club, reopening for face-to-face play. 6.45pm for 7pm start. £2.50 session. email: janebridge21@gmail.com

Wed 6 Oct 2021

Pipes & Violin, St. Andrew's Church, Grinton DL11 6HN. Brìghde Chaimbeul (Scottish small pipes) & Aidan O’Rourke (violin). In this keenly anticipated concert, the ultra-talented young Scottish piper duets with the marvellous violinist from folk group Lau. . 4pm & 7.30pm. £15, £3 under 25s. tickets: Book online. web: https://www.swalefest.org

Wed 6 Oct 2021

Thirsk Strollers, Start at Thirsk Swimming Pool YO7 1LU. To help you get active and meet new people. If new, come along about fifteen minutes early. A steady up to one hour walk. 10.30am. Free. tel: 07514 240227 email: hambletonstrollers2018@gmail.com

Wed 6 Oct 2021

Mark Thomas, The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton DL6 1LP. 50 Things About Us. (comedy). Mark uses his trademark style of storytelling, stand-up, subversion and really, really, well researched material to try and find out how the hell we ended up in the middle of this shit show. 8.00pm. £17.50. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: Book online email: info@forumnorthallerton.org.uk web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk

Fri 1 Oct 2021 to
 Thu 7 Oct 2021

The Last Letter from Your Lover (12A), Ritz Cinema, Westgate, Thirsk YO7 1QS. This has a pair of interwoven stories set in the past and present following an ambitious journalist determined to solve the mystery of a forbidden love affair at the centre of a trove of secret love letters from 1965. 7.30pm. £6, £5 (14 and under, over 60, & Monday Evening. web: http://www.ritzcinema.co.uk

Mon 27 Sep 2021 to
 Sat 9 Oct 2021

Thirlby Art Group Exhibition, Rural Arts, The Courthouse, Westgate, Thirsk, YO7 1QS. Thirlby Art Group was formed nearly 25 years ago and comprises artists working in all media including oil, watercolour, linocut, and collage. 10am-4pm. free. tel: 01845 526 536 email: admin@ruralarts.org web: http://www.ruralarts.org

Up to
 Mon 11 Oct 2021

Free Ceramics Course, Rural Arts, The Courthouse, Westgate, Thirsk YO7 1QS. Monday Makers,10 weeks. Develop your creative and business skills in this course for unemployed people. Eligibility criteria apply. 10am-1pm. Free. tel: 01845 526536 tickets: online, in shop, phone, email email: admin@ruralarts.org web: http://www.ruralarts.org

Sat 2 Oct 2021 to
 Sun 17 Oct 2021

Spilmans pumpkin festival, Church Farm, Sessay, Thirsk YO7 3NB. Only Sat & Sun. Pick your own. As well as Lots of amazing pumpkins, there is plenty to see and do for all the family Here are just some of the activities we have available; PYO Pumpkins, Tractor Rides, Pumpkin Wash, Wood Fired Pizzas, Takeaway Food & Drink, Fun Fair, Carving Barn, Spooky Walk, 0 Corn Cannon, Bale Mountain. 9am-3.30pm timed sessions. Pumpkin picking vouchers £5 per person. tel: 07754 857284 tickets: Only online ticket and timeslot email: hellospilmans@gmail.com web: https://www.spilmans.co.uk

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 Sat 13 Nov 2021

Faith as Art. 5 Free Workshops, Thirsk Methodist Church, St James Green, Thirsk. YO7 1AQ. Creating art inspired by works from the Methodist Modern Art Collection. Looking at how the Artists interpret themes and techniques they used. A greater part of each session is for the creation of works work studied which will be displayed at an Exhibition in November. 10am - 1pm. Free. tickets: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/faith-as-art-tickets-159294928419 email: simon@spw-design.co.uk web: https://www.facebook.com/MethodistChurchThirsk

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 Thu 9 Dec 2021

Thursday Art Club, Rural Arts, The Courthouse, Westgate, Thirsk, YO7 1QS. Ages 6-16. Our art, craft and digital sessions are perfect for any young creative! A safe, supportive and inspiring environment, with emphasis on fun and experimentation. 4pm–5.15pm. £90 (12 sessions at £7.50 each). tel: 01845 526 536 tickets: online, shop, phone email: admin@ruralarts.org web: http://www.ruralarts.org

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 Sat 11 Dec 2021

Saturday Art Club, Rural Arts, The Courthouse, Westgate, Thirsk, YO7 1QS. Ages 6-10, 10-18. Our art, craft and digital sessions are perfect for any young creative!. 10am-11.15am or 11.30am-12.45pm. £90 (12 sessions at £7.50 each). tel: 01845 526 536 tickets: online, shop, phone email: admin@ruralarts.org web: http://www.ruralarts.org

What’s on later

Wed 6 Oct 2021

Pipes & Violin, St. Andrew's Church, Grinton DL11 6HN. Brìghde Chaimbeul (Scottish small pipes) & Aidan O’Rourke (violin). In this keenly anticipated concert, the ultra-talented young Scottish piper duets with the marvellous violinist from folk group Lau. . 4pm & 7.30pm. £15, £3 under 25s. tickets: Book online. web: https://www.swalefest.org

Wed 6 Oct 2021

Thirsk Strollers, Start at Thirsk Swimming Pool YO7 1LU. To help you get active and meet new people. If new, come along about fifteen minutes early. A steady up to one hour walk. 10.30am. Free. tel: 07514 240227 email: hambletonstrollers2018@gmail.com

Wed 6 Oct 2021

Mark Thomas, The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton DL6 1LP. 50 Things About Us. (comedy). Mark uses his trademark style of storytelling, stand-up, subversion and really, really, well researched material to try and find out how the hell we ended up in the middle of this shit show. 8.00pm. £17.50. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: Book online email: info@forumnorthallerton.org.uk web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk

Thu 7 Oct 2021

Soup & Roll, Family Life Church, Finkle St. Thirsk YO7 1DA. Only Thu. Family Life Church invite you to join them for Soup & Roll lunch. Noon - 1.30pm. tel: 01845 868188 / 07379 102266 email: admin@flcthirsk.co.uk

Thu 7 Oct 2021

Moray Welsh Trio, St Andrews Church, Aysgarth. Cello, violin & piano. The world class trio of Moray Welsh (cello), Marcia Crayford (violin) & Caroline Clemmow (piano) play Mozart’s Piano Trio in G major and Fauré’s Elegy for Cello and Piano. 4pm & 7.30pm. £15, £3 under 25s. tickets: Book online. web: https://www.swalefest.org

Thu 7 Oct 2021

All Creatures Great and Small, TV Channel 5. The second series of the new version. 9pm.

Fri 8 Oct 2021

Event imageIan McMillan - Yorkshire Poet, Husthwaite Village Hall. An evening with Ian McMillan & Luke Carver Goss. Words, Music, laughs, Joy, Thoughtfulness, Singing & Audience Partipitation. Bar. 7.30p. Doors & Bar open at 7pm. £15, under 8's £10, Family ticket £30. tel: Andrew Coulthard 01347 868130

Fri 8 Oct 2021

Dom Joly's Holiday Snaps, The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton, DL6 1LP. Travel and Comedy In The Danger Zone. He is best known as the creator of Trigger Happy TV. Dom will be talking about his exploits as a serial globe-trotting and seeker of dangerous travel spots. From North Korea though the Congo and Syria to Chernobyl. He has visited some of the most unusual places on the planet - Joly famously attended school with Osama Bin Laden. 7.30pm. £18. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: online email: info@forumnorthallerton.org.uk web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk

Sat 9 Oct 2021

Artisan Market, Easingwold Market Square. Arts & Crafts, Street food, Clothes, Plants, Homewares, Pet goodies, Cakes & more. 9am - 2pm. email: info@littlebirdmade.co.uk

Sat 9 Oct 2021

Autumn Quiet Garden Day, Holy Rood House, Centre for Health & Pastoral Care, 10 Sowerby Rd. Thirsk. YO7 1HX. Abundance & Preparation. One of our chaplains will be offering ideas, poems & prayers. Please bring a packed lunch. Hot drinks & cake provided. 9.45 for 10am. Suggested donation for the day £25 - £30. tel: 01845 522580 tickets: 01845522580 email: enquiries@holyroodhouse.org.uk

Sun 10 Oct 2021

An Evening with Julian Norton, The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton DL6 1LP. Julian will be sharing amusing anecdotes from his veterinary work in North Yorkshire. The show is an inspiration for anyone who loves animals; with Julian's passion & commitment always at the fore. 7.30pm. £15/ £12. tel: 01609 776230 email: info@forumnorthallerton.org.uk web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk

Wed 13 Oct 2021

Event imageThirsk Strollers, Start at Thirsk Swimming Pool YO7 1LU. To help you get active and meet new people. If new, come along about fifteen minutes early. A steady up to one hour walk. 10.30am. Free. tel: 07514 240227 email: hambletonstrollers2018@gmail.com

Wed 13 Oct 2021

Event imageDavid Suchet, Theatre Royal, St Leonards's Place, York YO1 7HD. A rare opportunity with one of the world’s most celebrated and fascinating actors of our time. Meet the actor behind the detective and the many faces he’s portrayed on stage and screen over a career spanning five decades. 3pm & 8pm. £21 to £33. tel: 01904 623568 tickets: Book online email: boxoffice@yorktheatreroyal.co.uk web: https://yorktheatreroyal.co.uk

Thu 14 Oct 2021

Event imageGeorge Egg Movable Feast, Kilburn Institute YO7 1AH. A comedy and cooking show about how to make food on the move. Three plates of gourmet food cooked live in the most unconventional ways and the opportunity to taste the results at the end, as long as you can stop laughing. One of the critics' 12 best comedy shows at the Edinburgh Fringe 2019. 7.00 for 7.30pm. Adults £10.00 under 18s £7.00. tel: 01347 868359 tickets: Email or see ruralarts.org/whats-on/performances email: jmharron@outlook.com web: http://www.georgeegg.com

Thu 14 Oct 2021

Event imageAll Creatures Great and Small, TV Channel 5. The second series of the new version. 9pm.

Fri 15 Oct 2021

John Lydon, The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton DL6 1LP. He’s a legend and an icon, a revolutionary and an immortal. John Lydon – aka Johnny Rotten – changed the face of music and sparked a cultural revolution. The frontman and lyricist of the Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd (PiL) caused a political earthquake and transformed music for good. 7.30pm. £30. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: Book online email: info@forumnorthallerton.org.uk web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk

Sat 16 Oct 2021

A talk by Alan Hiscox from The British Horse Society, Helmsley Arts Centre. A talk ' The Secret Life of a Mounted Police Officer'. 7.30pm. £10. tickets: boxoffice@helmsleyarts.co.uk web: http://www.helmsleyarts.co.uk

Wed 20 Oct 2021

Thirsk Strollers, Start at Thirsk Swimming Pool YO7 1LU. To help you get active and meet new people. If new, come along about fifteen minutes early. A steady up to one hour walk. 10.30am. Free. tel: 07514 240227 email: hambletonstrollers2018@gmail.com

Wed 20 Oct 2021

Bridget Christie, The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton DL6 1LP. Who Am I? The Edinburgh Comedy Award, Rose d’Or and South Bank Sky Arts Award winner presents her highly-anticipated brand new show. Join Bridget as she tries to work out who she is and see her tell one of the most expensive and dangerous jokes in the history of stand-up. Star of BBC Radio 4 series Bridget Christie Minds the Gap and the first British woman to have her own Netflix special. 7.30pm. £18.50. tel: 01609 776230 email: info@forumnorthallerton.org.uk web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk

Thu 21 Oct 2021

Event imageAll Creatures Great and Small, TV Channel 5. The second series of the new version. 9pm.

Fri 22 Oct 2021 to
 Sat 30 Oct 2021

Event imageSpilmans pumpkin festival, Church Farm, Sessay, Thirsk YO7 3NB. Pick your own. As well as Lots of amazing pumpkins, there is plenty to see and do for all the family Here are just some of the activities we have available; PYO Pumpkins, Tractor Rides, Pumpkin Wash, Wood Fired Pizzas, Takeaway Food & Drink, Fun Fair, Carving Barn, Spooky Walk, 0 Corn Cannon, Bale Mountain. 9am-3.30pm timed sessions. Pumpkin picking vouchers £5 per person. tel: 07754 857284 tickets: Only online ticket and timeslot email: hellospilmans@gmail.com web: https://www.spilmans.co.uk

Sat 23 Oct 2021 to
 Sun 31 Oct 2021

Event imageRailway Light Spectacular, North York Moors Railway, Pickering-Grosmont-Whitby. Marvel at the heritage carriages, decorated with thousands of lights, before departing from Pickering Station for an awe-inspiring journey. This hour-long round trip, with on-board narration and music, departs from Pickering Station for Levisham Station every evening. Each passenger will be given their own interactive LED wristband which is synchronised to the music and passengers become part of the show. 6pm & 7.45pm. £25 per person (except under 1yr old). tickets: Book online web: http://www.nymr.co.uk

Mon 25 Oct 2021 to
 Sat 30 Oct 2021

Musical theatre, The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton DL6 1LP. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Northallerton Musical Theatre Company. One of the most enduring shows of all time, a show full of smash musical hits and colour!. £11-£15. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: Book online or phone from Tue 13 Jul email: info@forumnorthallerton.org.uk web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk

Wed 27 Oct 2021

Thirsk Strollers, Start at Thirsk Swimming Pool YO7 1LU. To help you get active and meet new people. If new, come along about fifteen minutes early. A steady up to one hour walk. 10.30am. Free. tel: 07514 240227 email: hambletonstrollers2018@gmail.com

Thu 28 Oct 2021

NHS Scrubs & TLC Teamwork, Thirsk & Sowerby Town Hall Annexe, Westgate, Thirsk, YO7 1QR. In 2020, the NHS was supported by groups and individuals during the Covid crisis. This is the story of how Thirsk Ladies Club helped. 7.30pm. Free for members, visitors £3. tel: 01845 522819

Fri 29 Oct 2021 to
 Sat 30 Oct 2021

Designer Makers Market, The Garden Rooms, Tennants, Leyburn, DL8 5SG. Unique handcrafted goods, 30 handpicked designers, artists and craftspeople from the region, demonstrations and 'have a go'. 10am - 4pm. Free, but donations to Herriot Hospice Homecare will be greatfully received. web: http://www.designermakersmarket.co.uk

Sun 31 Oct 2021

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton DL6 1LP. From the writers of the hugely successful comedy sketch show Hormonal Housewives. A no-holds-barred comedy romp through everything life throws at a modern-day woman. Sex, diets, men, fashion, chocolate, wine and more wine all feature in a riotous script that promises to be the girl’s night out to remember. 7.30pm. £25. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: Book online. email: info@forumnorthallerton.org.uk web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk

Tue 2 Nov 2021 to
 Sat 6 Nov 2021

The Magic Flute, Theatre Royal, St Leonards's Place, York YO1 7HD. The perfect first-time opera for all ages. Mozart’s magical opera sung in English with orchestra. It is a wonderful combination of outstanding, grand operatic arias and delightfully tuneful lighter songs, all linked by spoken dialogue and set against a background in which the power of light and enlightenment overcomes the darkness of night and superstition. 7.15pm (Sat 4pm). £28, concessions £20. tel: 01904 623568 email: boxoffice@yorktheatreroyal.co.uk web: https://yorktheatreroyal.co.uk

Fri 5 Nov 2021

Event imageThe Unravelling Wilburys, The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton, DL6 1LP. A band of good ‘ol boys, turn their skills and replicate the sound and songs of the late 80s ‘super-group’ The Traveling Wilburys where five of the greatest names in rock music history came together…George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan and Jeff Lynne of ELO. 7.30pm. £20. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: online email: info@forumnorthallerton.org.uk web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk

Sat 6 Nov 2021

iPad One to Ones, Rural Arts, The Courthouse, Westgate, Thirsk, YO7 1QS. Sort your technical glitches, learn new skills or get your device set up and running with friendly iPad expert, Claire Ford. Feel free to book more than one slot if you have a lot to cover!. 1pm-4pm. £15 per 30 mins. tel: 01845 526 536 tickets: online, shop, phone email: admin@ruralarts.org web: www.ruralarts.org

Sat 6 Nov 2021

Iain Stirling (comedy), The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton, DL6 1LP. 'Failing Upwards'. 8pm. £18.50. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: online or phone web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk

Sun 7 Nov 2021

Northern Dales Farmers' Market, Thirsk Market Place YO7 1EY. You'll find a fantastic selection of food and drink producers selling a wide range of goodies including freshly baked bread, gourmet pies, scotch eggs, cheeses, Indian meals, shortbread, cookies, luxury cheesecakes, raw Yorkshire honey, fruit-packed preserves and chutneys, authentic Korean stir fries, pickles, curry sauces and even homemade doggie treats. Thirsk's information centre will be open too. 9am-2pm.

Tue 9 Nov 2021 to
 Sat 20 Nov 2021

Event imageWuthering Heights, Theatre Royal, St Leonards's Place, York YO1 7HD. The Yorkshire moors tell an epic story of love, revenge and redemption. Shot through with music, dance, passion and hope, Emma Rice (Wise Children, Malory Towers) transforms Emily Brontë’s masterpiece into a powerful and uniquely theatrical experience. 7.30pm plus a few mattinées. £15 to £39. tel: 01904 623568 tickets: Book online email: boxoffice@yorktheatreroyal.co.uk web: https://yorktheatreroyal.co.uk

Thu 18 Nov 2021

Psychic Sally, The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton, DL6 1LP. Close Encounters. 7.30pm. tel: 01609 776230 email: info@forumnorthallerton.org.uk web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk

Fri 19 Nov 2021

Event imageSwede Dreamz, The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton, DL6 1LP. Abba tribute. From the opening beats of Waterloo to the final notes of 'Thank You For The Music', Swede Dreamz will take you on a journey through some of ABBA’s greatest, most memorable hits including 'Dancing Queen', 'Mamma Mia', 'Take A Chance On Me', 'SOS', 'Fernando', 'Chiquitita', 'Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!', 'Knowing Me, Knowing You', 'Money Money Money' and many, many more. 7.30pm. £19/£17. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: online email: info@forumnorthallerton.org.uk web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk

Sat 20 Nov 2021

The Real Thing, The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton, DL6 1LP. The original vocalists - Chris Amoo & Dave Smith - and a live 5 piece band. The Real Thing had a new movie 'Everything', playing in cinemas, and a single, 'Someone Ought to Write A Song About You', recorded in 1976 but never released, & which has sat in the vaults for over 40 years, has received lots of Radio airplay making The Real Thing a force to be reckoned with. 7.30pm. £25. tel: 01609 776230 web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk

Sun 21 Nov 2021

Ricky Hatton, The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton, DL6 1LP. 'The Hitman' is a firm favourite not just with boxing fans but sports fans across the country. The former IBF, WBA (Super) Light Welterweight & WBA World Welterweight Champion will be sharing stories from his glittering career. 1pm. £25. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: online email: info@forumnorthallerton.org.uk web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk

Fri 26 Nov 2021

Event imageUK Monsters of Rock, The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton DL6 1LP. 2021. Get ready to be transported back to the 80's heyday of classic rock, combining the feel of a rock festival with the atmosphere of a top end rock arena tour. Expect fireworks, amazing lighting and exacting attention to detail. 7.30pm. £20. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: Book online email: info@forumnorthallerton.org.uk web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk

Sun 28 Nov 2021

Gary Delaney, The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton, DL6 1LP. 'Gary in Punderland'. Star of 'Live at the Apollo'. Gary is one of the most sought after joke writers in the country and a long-standing 'Mock The Week' special guest. (Age restriction 16+). 19.30. £18. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: online email: info@forumnorthallerton.org.uk web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk

Thu 2 Dec 2021

Jenny Eclair, The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton, DL6 1LP. 'Sixty!(FFS). Good news, Jenny Eclair has announced a new date & will be coming to the Forum with her new show 'Sixty!(FFS). Tickets on sale Friday 4th Sept. 2020 at10am or at https://bit.ly.2NORQdG or from box office. 19.30. £20. tel: 01609 776230 web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk

Fri 3 Dec 2021 to
 Sun 2 Jan 2022

Event imageCinrerella pantomime, Theatre Royal, St Leonards's Place, York YO1 7HD. A new spectacular family Panto - we’re having a ball and everyone’s invited. In this timeless rags to riches story, relocated to our very own city of York, expect magical transformations, sparkling sets, stunning costumes, catchy songs and heaps of hilarity. Matinées & evening. £15 to £42. tel: 01904 623568 tickets: Book online email: boxoffice@yorktheatreroyal.co.uk web: https://yorktheatreroyal.co.uk

Sat 4 Dec 2021

The Upbeat Beatles, The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton, DL6 1LP. Did you miss The Beatles first time around? Don’t miss them now! This is a rockin’ band with tight musicianship and powerhouse vocals! You’ll be jumping from the word go! There isn’t a band to touch them - 8 bars of “Twist and Shout” and you will know why!. 7.30pm. £20. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: online email: info@forumnorthallerton.org.uk web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk

Thu 9 Dec 2021

Shaun Ryder, The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton, DL6 1LP. As the frontman of The Happy Mondays and Black Grape, Shaun is a fundamental cog in the Madchester phenomenon that spread across the globe. Creating mind-blowing anthems with an abundance of energy, his music has managed to transcend guitar and house music. 8pm. £25. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: online email: info@forumnorthallerton.org.uk web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk

Fri 10 Dec 2021

Elvis the Legend, The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton DL6 1LP. The world’s leading Elvis impersonator & tribute artist JD King, this is a musical journey through all eras of the King’s incredible career. Features Elvis’ greatest, most-memorable songs from ground-breaking 1950's Rock ‘n’ Roll to the dramatic Las Vegas big-band ballads of the 1970's. 7.30pm. £18/£16. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: Box office or online email: info@forumnorthallerton.org.uk web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk

Fri 17 Dec 2021

Katey Brooks, The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton, DL6 1LP. A rebellious artist that resists formula. A devastating songwriting talent this ‘rising singer-songwriter had the crowd eating out of her hands’ (The Independent) and is simply ‘not to be missed’ (Time Out). The ‘powerful’ (Evening Standard) songstress defies easy classification, with a sound blending folk, soul, blues and country. 7.30pm. £15/£12. tel: 01609 776230 tickets: online email: info@forumnorthallerton.org.uk web: http://www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk

Sat 15 Jan 2022

iPad One to Ones, Rural Arts, The Courthouse, Westgate, Thirsk, YO7 1QS. Sort your technical glitches, learn new skills or get your device set up and running with friendly iPad expert, Claire Ford. Feel free to book more than one slot if you have a lot to cover!. 1pm-4pm. £15 per 30 mins. tel: 01845 526536 tickets: online, shop, phone email: admin@ruralarts.org web: www.ruralarts.org

Ritz Cinema, Thirsk, reopens

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The Ritz will be opening on Fri 24 Sep. Bring your mask, you must wear it whenever not seated.

The first film is 'The Last Bus' (12A). It is a heart-warming tale of Tom (Timothy Spall), a pensioner whose wife, Mary (Phyllis Logan), has just passed away, who travels from Britain's most northerly point, John O'Groats, to his original home town at its most southerly point, Land's End, using his free bus pass.

The film for the second week from Fri 1 Oct will be the drama/romance ‘The Last Letter from Your Lover’ (12A). This has a pair of interwoven stories set in the past and present following an ambitious journalist determined to solve the mystery of a forbidden love affair at the centre of a trove of secret love letters from 1965.
www.ritzcinema.co.uk

Television reception

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On 10th August, there was a fire at the Bilsdale transmitter which denied TV and digital radio to a million households.

Following the completion of another temporary transmitter near Cold Kirby, Sutton Bank, many to the south, east & west may have some channels available. The range should include
Thirsk, Northern parts of York, Harrogate, Pickering, Ripon, Masham & Leyburn

Temporary transmitters have also been installed at
Rosedale Abbey, Rookhope, Castleton, Bainbridge, Grinton Lodge, Whitby, Guisborough, Ravenscar, Limber Hill, Skinningrove, Romaldkirk, West Burton, Aislaby, Peterlee

You will probably need to retune your TV set to ensure your channel list is up to date. For more information as well as advice on how to retune, head to www.freeview.co.uk/bilsdale

If you don’t have Internet access you can use freephone 0800 121 4828 to get the latest news and viewing options.

There is still no TV or digital radio from Bilsdale itself, and no date for resumption of service, although it was expected that a short temporary mast would be in place by now.

The National Park Authority heard there is a legal wrangle with landowners to gain access to the proposed site which has delayed proceedings.

Sutton Bank closed 2 weeks

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A full road closure for maintenance will be in place from the morning of Sun 12 Sep until the evening of Sun 19 Sep, weather permitting. Sutton Bank will then remain closed until Sun 26 Sep, for utility works by BT.

Access to homes on Sutton Bank will be maintained whenever possible.

Because this year’s closure is for two weeks the diversion will not be via Ampleforth, where many residents lack off-street parking. Instead traffic will be advised to go to the York ring road and from there to Pickering. See
https://tinyurl.com/suttonbank2021

Thirsk in the 1830s

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Thirsk museum has received a photo of this painting from Philip Modiano of the Rev. Petit Society.

He is a researcher into the work of JL Petit (1801-68), an artist and architectural commentator whose work was unfortunately lost until the 1990s.

Philip recently found the picture by Petit of Thirsk and believes it would have been done in the late 1830s or early 1840s and says that Petit was invariably accurate in what he painted.

Research continues on Petit’s art, with completion of a book due early in 2022.
www.revpetit.com

George Macaulay, cricketer

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On the wall of the Fourways Guest House at Town End in Thirsk is a blue plaque celebrating the birthplace of George Gibson Macaulay in 1897.

‘Mac’ is still Yorkshire’s fourth-highest wicket-taker and is one of the few men to take a wicket with his first ball in Test cricket.

A new book by Giles Wilcock traces his life, from his upbringing in Thirsk, through the trauma of the First World War, to his discovery by Yorkshire and development into one of the best bowlers in England.

Giles Wilcock and Jan Marshall are trying to find any remaining relatives. If you can help please email
news@visitthirsk.uk.

For more information on the book see the author's blog at
https://tinyurl.com/george-macaulay

All Creatures on TV

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After a bit of a wait, the second series of the re-make of All Creatures Great and Small will air on Thu 16 Sep at 9pm on Channel 5.

It will consist of six episodes and a Christmas special, and was filmed this year, including scenes in Thirsk.
 

Who is your Local Hero?

Hambleton District Council (HDC) is again inviting nominations for its successful ‘Hambleton Heroes’ scheme, aimed at recognising those who’ve gone above and beyond expectations so far in 2021.

Since the start of the Covid crisis, there have been many acts of kindness and generosity as well as examples of communities pulling together and going that extra mile to help and support those who need it.

The ‘Hambleton Heroes’ scheme gives people the opportunity to say thank you to a Hambleton Hero who has supported them.

HDC wants to acknowledge the selfless acts and relentless efforts that have made a real difference to residents from across the district when they’ve needed it most and celebrate the innovative ways people have overcome challenges in their community.

Nominations can be made for an individual or organisation. Don't delay, you need to act by Sun 31 Oct. Call 01609 779977 or get the nomination form from
www.hambleton.gov.uk/heroes

Covid spot-checks

The Environmental Health team of the District Council is working with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to carry out spot-check inspections on local businesses.

With the reopening of the economy, it is vital that businesses do not become complacent and continue to have safety measures in place.

The COVID-secure measures businesses should have include:

Risk assessment, Social distancing, Cleaning, hygiene and handwashing, Ventilation and air conditioning, Providing information for workers, Working from home support and Talking to vulnerable workers.

Christmas In Thirsk Grand Draw

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The team behind Christmas In Thirsk (part of Thirsk Business Association and Thirsk Ladies Group) have been working hard throughout the year trying to raise funds to light up Thirsk during the Christmas period.

Each year the Christmas In Thirsk team hold various fundraising events in order to raise the £10K needed to put up, maintain, insure, repair and replace the lights throughout December.

Due to the pandemic, the Christmas In Thirsk team have had little or no chance to fundraise again this year. Instead they are holding a GRAND DRAW to raise the much needed funds to keep Thirsk shining over the festive period.

The first prize is £500 cash and the second & third prizes £100 each. Thanks to donations by our many local businesses there are currently 14 other prizes, with more still being offered. For a full list of prizes available see the Christmas In Thirsk Facebook page.

The draw will take place live on Facebook on Fri 26 Nov at 7pm. The winners will be contacted the next day and winning numbers will be published in 'Keep it Local Thirsk'.

Tickets are just £5 each and there are only 1,000 tickets available. Please buy a ticket or two from The Pantry, Crafts of Thirsk, Towlers or Carlton Miniott Post Office.
facebook.com/christmasinthirsk

Who is digging up my street?

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To bring faster, more reliable, broadband to Thirsk the company Zzoomm PLC is putting optical fibre from the exchange right into businesses and homes. This is superior to the current best option in the town. That is fibre to the local green cabinet and then onward connection to the home or business over the old telephone wires.

Openreach plans to do the same in the 2023 to 2026 timeframe so Zzoomm are hoping you will now move from BT, Plusnet, Sky (or whoever) to them because nobody else can offer such Internet speeds or reliability.

By about 2026 we will all be on this new full fibre, called FTTP (Fibre To The Premises). It will be essential because the existing telephone system over copper wires is being withdrawn. Within five years your telephone will connect to a new Internet router, not to the current phone socket.
zzoomm.com

£100 contactless payments

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From 15 October 2021, the UK payments industry will begin enabling an increase in the limits for contactless card transactions to £100 for each individual payment and to £300 cumulative spend.

If a cardholder exceeds either of these limits, they’ll be asked to make the transaction by Chip and PIN, in the same way they do now for the £45 individual limit and £130 cumulative limit.

Northallerton High Street

The High Street will open again on market days, starting Wed 6 Oct.

The closure was introduced to enable the market to continue to operate safely under social distancing measures in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Those restrictions have now been relaxed and all restrictions were removed in August.

Traders have been informed of the changes and will move back to their positions closer to the kerbside.

Recycling

Nine out of ten people are recycling but 55% of households are still putting items in the general rubbish bin which could be recycled.

It’s easy to forget that items such as foil, aerosols, plastic shampoo and conditioner bottles, plastic trays and cleaning products such as bleach can all be recycled and this is where Hambleton District Council is encouraging households to ‘Step it Up’.

- Do recycle more: plastic bottles from the bathroom and kitchen, aluminium food trays and foil, plastic tubs such as yogurt pots and butter tubs, microwave meal trays providing they are not black, food and drinks cans and all your cardboard excluding pizza boxes.

- Don’t put hard rigid plastic, plastic bags, plastic film, crisp packets, food waste, pizza boxes or metal household items in the recycling bin.
hambleton.gov.uk/bins-recycling

Latest posting dates

Do you need to send anything for Christmas by International Economy post to any non-European desination except South Africa, Canada, Middle and Far East or USA? If so you are too late! the last recommended date was 15 Sep.

The next recommended posting date for International Economy is 15 Oct for destinations in the Middle and Far East, Hong Kong, Singapore and South Africa.

Prevalence in England

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The Office of National Statistics tests a sample of the population every week.

In England, the percentage of people testing positive in the week ending 31 Aug 2021 is flat, with one in 72 people infected.

If fully vaccinated, the illness is 73% less likely to result in hospitalisation than for the unvaccinated and 31% less likely to experience acute COVID symptoms.

However, the vaccinated still have a 1 in 20 chance of an infection turning into the poorly understood Long Covid. This long-term illness is frustrating and debilitating for those who are affected.

Adults and those within three months of turning 18 can book a jab online or by calling 119. You can also visit a walk-in clinic without an appointment.

All 16 and 17-year-olds are being invited to make an appointment through their GP or you can turn up at a vaccination site without an appointment.

The chart numbers and other information come from
https://tinyurl.com/howmanycovid
https://tinyurl.com/longcovidrisk