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Saturday, 22 November 2014

Latest station puts railway on the right track for visitors

All aboard! Hambleton’s newest railway platform opens today (Saturday November 22).

The £51,000 Wensleydale Railway project – which opens up rail traffic between Leeming Bar and Northallerton – sees the creation of a new temporary platform to take commuters and visitors.

It will also see the station at Scruton open up to trains which will be able to travel 22 miles from Northallerton into the Dales for the first time. And it will create a link to East Coast Main Line services. It was backed with £40,000 of  district council money.

The first train leaves Leeming Bar for Northallerton at 9.45am and after pausing at the new platform for the special opening ceremony heads on to the Dales. The train will carry a party of invited guests and the public.

The Wensleydale Railway Association has been campaigning for the reinstatement of the line from Northallerton to Garsdale since the 1990s.

Ceilidh fans step to it for Dales conservation fund raising

Dance on .. a fun night in the village hall.
Funds for vital Dales conservation work have been given an £800 boost, thanks to ceilidh fans.

A night of two-stepping, promenading, swinging and waltzing at Austwick Village Hall has raised the cash to support the work of local charity Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust. The money will support a range of projects caring for the local environment, landscape and communities.

Local group The Batty Moss Ceilidh Band provided its time and musical talent for free

Barns get new leases of life

Two derelict barns on the outskirts of villages in the Yorkshire Dales National Park are set to be given new leases of life.

The park authority's planning committee has approved plans to convert one building at Moorside Farm, near Hebden, into a home and office and an application to change a tithe barn near Stirton-with-Thorlby into offices.

Committee chairman Harold Brown said: “There are real challenges facing our remote rural areas and investing in new affordable housing that meets the needs of local families is one of them. We are determined to help create the conditions for that to happen.

“The Authority is also very supportive of the appropriate conversion of existing buildings for economic uses providing the conversion fits in with the surrounding landscape.”

Friday, 21 November 2014

Whitby's White Horse and Griffin joins the Inn Crowd

Ed Henebury, White Horse and Griffin
owner with Simon Heaton,
chair of The Great Inns of Britain.
Whitby's White Horse and Griffin has joined the The Great Inns of Britain, a long-established collection of independently owned country and coastal inns.

Built in 1681 and standing in the heart of the old town, a stone’s throw from the foot of the famous Abbey Steps, it has been re-launched following extensive refurbishment.

Charles Dickens stayed at the inn, which was also used as a meeting place for explorers Captain James Cook and William Scoresby who hired and fixed their crews from the building.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

BBC music award winner has Milton Rooms date

Jennifer Crook.
Multi-instrumentalist Jennifer Crook takes to the stage at Malton's Milton Rooms on Friday 28 November performing with cellist Beth Porter and Mike Cosgrave.  

Jennifer, who plays harp, guitar and banjo, creates atmospheric, poetic songs drawing on her Americana influences, but remaining undeniably English in their story-telling.

Her career has led her from the BBC Young Tradition Award to touring with Snow Patrol, and she has earned a reputation as an outstanding harp player as well as an acclaimed singer, songwriter and composer.

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