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Tuesday, 1 December 2015

County is simply top of the shops

Helmsley: took market town crown.
North Yorkshire is celebrating after York's Bishy Road was named overall best Great British high street of the year while.Helmsley took the title of best market town high street of the year.

Rotherham, in South Yorkshire, was named the best town centre.

Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Sir Gary Verity said; “The news that Yorkshire has collected three awards for our excellent high streets doesn’t come as a surprise to those of us who live in this thriving and innovative county."

Monday, 30 November 2015

Many hands! River conservation work successes flood in thanks to partnership

A new partnership has been created to improve and safeguard a river that flows through some of the county's most outstanding scenery.

Bridging the gap ... MP Robert Goodwill and members of the partnership.

The River Esk and Coastal Streams Catchment Partnership brings together the Yorkshire Esk Rivers Trust and the North York Moors National Park Authority to ensure the future of the valuable ecosystems.

The river's catchment area is almost wholly within the national park encompassing wild heather moorland, deep verdant valleys and beautiful stone-built villages.

District entices festive shoppers again with free car parking

Hambleton council chiefs hope that free parking in the run up to Christmas will once again bring visitors to the district.

Keen to draw festive shoppers ... councillor Nigel Knapton.
No charges will apply in any district council operated car parks every Thursday throughout December –  and each day from 25 December until 1 January.

Councillor Nigel Knapton, portfolio holder for support services, said:"We hope Free Thursdays 2015 will once again bring more shoppers into our market towns in the run up to the festive season,

“It worked exceptionally welI last year – we had positive feedback from traders and shoppers alike. It is a huge boost to the towns at their busiest time of the year."

Saturday, 28 November 2015

History Wardrobe fashions a true fairytale event at art gallery

 Fairytale Fashion – Lucy Adlington.
Red cloaks and ruby slippers are among the items on show in Fairytale Fashion as History Wardrobe explores the funny and frightening stories about clothes featured in fairy tales at Scarborough Art Gallery on Friday December.

Claire adds a touch of soap to help boutique celebrations bubble

Pennita, Claire King and Pennita's mother Glennis
Together for the celebrations ,,, Coronation Street and Emmerdale soap star Claire King helped Helmsley's Pennita Boutique mark 15 years in town.
Claire, who played Kim Tate in Emmerdale for a decade and is now appearing as Erica Holroyd in Coronation Street, is a regular customer at the store, and came along to meet shoppers and model some new hot styles.
The boutique was set up by Pennita Wilshire and sells wedding and occasion wear, along with hot-off-the-catwalk day wear.
Meanwhile, the Ryedale market town has launched a new website and brand identity for its Visit Helmsley initiative. The website, which is fully responsive on desktop, tablets and mobiles, is now live at

Back in the market square

Pickering market returns to the market place on Monday (30 November) now that pavement improvement work has been carried out. Ryedale District Council is considering a request to permanently relocate the market but says opinion is divided so it is gauging views. Anyone who wants to make their opinions known can do so by

Friday, 27 November 2015

Dining team brings excellence to Bear

Winning Team! White Bear manager
Sue Thomas with Sarah Pentith,
David Nicklas, Sally Hall
and Gloria Balleste
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Masham's White Bear hotel is celebrating after winning a regional food accolade.

The T&R Theakston Ltd hotel scooped the Pub Food of the Year title in this year’s Flavours of Herriot Country Awards, after wowing judges during an unannounced visit with its selection of fresh, locally-sourced produce.

A Black Friday for gimmicks: we're the real deal, Helmsley tells shoppers

The picturesque North Yorkshire market town of Helmsley is urging shoppers to dispense with Black Friday ideas and keep it local and independent this Christmas

Organisations in the Ryedale town on the edge of the North York Moors National Park have created their own gift guide which can be seen on its website.

Helmsley, currently a finalist in the Great British High Street Awards, is determined to show how an entire Christmas shop can be done there, while boosting the local economy. Research shows that for every £1 spent with a small or medium-sized business, 63p stays in the local economy, compared to just 40p with a larger business.

Thursday, 26 November 2015

SJT bosses ready to spring into action with 'lively' 2016 programme

Scarborough's Stephen Joseph Theatre has unveiled what bosses say will be a lively spring season
for 2016 with new productions from award-winning touring companies, children’s entertainment, four festivals, one-night shows, music and live streamings.

Amanda Whittington’s latest play, three Shakespeare works commemorating the Bard’s milestone anniversary, community festivals, the latest from John Godber and Northern Broadsides and the original people’s poet John Cooper Clarke are among the highlights of the new programme.