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Thursday, 11 February 2016

Frances earns national praise for her love of the Dales landscape

Dedicated to Dales beauty:
Frances Bland.
A Dales volunteer has received national recognition for her dedication to preserving the beauty of her local area,

Over the past 11 years, former finance officer Frances Bland has walked hundreds of miles in all weathers and spent massive amounts of her own time helping to look after the beautiful Yorkshire Dales national park.

Her work has enabled her to maintain her love of the unique landscape and to follow her interest in historic building and monuments, regularly finding and adding unrecorded historic features to the national park authority’s historic environment record.

This has earned her national recognition, winning the individual category in the National Parks UK 2015 Volunteer Awards, which each year thank the thousands of volunteer hours put into the country’s 15 national parks.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Get shirty with these TdY jerseys

Cycling fans can start their countdown to May's Tour de Yorkshire by buying the new commemorative jersey and official merchandise.


The short sleeve jersey features the Yorkshire rose, the names of each host town, the Tour de Yorkshire logo and a distinctive Y pattern.

Bus service improvements are just the ticket in Wensleydale

Bus services in Wensleydale are benefiting from improvements including increased frequency.

North Yorkshire County Council and bus operators say they are responding to passenger feedback and make best use of available funding.

County Councillor John Blackie, member for the Upper Dales and chairman of the Upper Wensleydale Community Partnership, which operates The Little White Bus said: “Our new timetable has many improvements provided unilaterally by The Little White Bus as a result of the huge success of our services, operated in the main by our team of 40 volunteer drivers.

“The changes the county council and other bus operators have put in place allow us to offer even better connections with our Little White Bus services at Leyburn, giving residents of Wensleydale an increasingly frequent, flexible and reliable service, making the best use of the more limited resources we all have available.”

One timetable will operate throughout the whole year. New scheduled services will match or exceed the frequency of those operated prior to The Little White Bus service taking over the routes.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Dales conservation and environmental work gets cash boost

A charity that carries out vital conservation and environmental work across the Dales is set for a £25,000 cash injection.

The Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust is among 57 organisations benefiting from the latest round of awards from the People's Postcode Lottery.

Trust director David Sharrod said the cash would make a big difference to the landscape, environment and communities of the Dales.

He added: "As well as supporting long running conservation projects such as woodland planting and wildflower meadow restoration, this funding boost will also enable us to invest more in delivering training, education and outreach through a number of new and existing schemes."

Monday, 8 February 2016

Hotel checks in with another award

Top services rewarded ... general manager Graham Usher
with the Laterooms.com Top Rated award
York’s Best Western Monkbar Hotel has been top rated by one of the world’s biggest travel booking websites.

The hotel – which has just boosted its AA ranking from three to four stars after a £3m investment – received the accolade from LateRooms.com, in its Simply The Guest Awards 2016.

County libraries announce the most popular titles

Among those with
most top 100 titles:
Yorksire-born
Peter Robinson.
The most popular books for North Yorkshire libraries users have been unveiled. Lee Child's Personal secured the number one slot with Yorkshire-born Peter Robinson second with Abattoir Blues. 

Robinson was among a small group of authors with the most titles in the Top 100.

The total number of books borrowed from North Yorkshire libraries in 2014/15 was more than 2,443,500.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

It's just a matter of courtesy, says hotel, as it returns to Victorian days

A North Yorkshire hotel and conference centre is introducing Victorian etiquette to provide a more courteous and polite service to guests and one another.

Victorian values ... general manager Lyndsay Chamberlain
and a colleague ready to launch their new etiquette approach.
Cober Hill at Cloughton, near Scarborough, has joined the National Campaign for Courtesy as a corporate member and will promote the aims of the charity, which works to retain courtesy and politeness in everyday life and business.

The hotel was built as a Victorian manor house that was developed in 1905 by John Wilhelm Rowntree, eldest son of the chocolate manufacturer Joseph Rowntree.

General manager Lyndsay Chamberlain said: "Our staff receive many compliments from guests and we are certainly seen as a very friendly and happy team. However, we do see in society many examples of poor behaviour and manners and this initiative is designed to remind us that there is a way to provide a polite and helpful service that will be recognised.”

“We are in the hospitality business and it is important that we set the highest standards of courtesy and welcome and we can learn much from our Victorian forefathers – I am sure our founder would be very pleased.”

Further information: enquiries@coberhill.co.uk