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Thursday, 30 October 2014

What a picture! Daniel helps his Dad with a photo show stopper

It's for ewe ... Grant's
 winning shot of Daniel.
North Yorkshire's Grant Nersessian found the winning combination for a photograph when his two-year-old son Daniel climbed onto a gate to watch the sheep pen action at the Farndale Show.

His picture won him the Country Land and Business Association North photography competition.

Grant, of Newton-on-Rawcliffe near Pickering, bagged the shot on his smart phone. It was one of 40 displayed by the association and voted for by visitors to the Great Yorkshire, Driffield and Westmorland shows. The theme was young people at work and play in the countryside.

His efforts earned him a bottle of Champagne and £50 of gift vouchers which he and his wife Rachel are planning to spend on baby clothes in expectation of the arrival of their second child early next year.

It's beginning to look a lot like a Helmsley Christmas

An ice rink, entertainers, music, food and drink, competitions, rides and more have been lined up for Helmsley's festive fun day. 

On the back of last year’s success, the list of activities coincide with Small Business Saturday on 6 December.

Expect to see a dog fancy dress competition, the community choir and a visit from the Ryedale Lions’ Santa.

Other confirmed activities include street performers, a children’s octopus ride, circus skills, human marbles, crazy golf, the Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue vehicle, a photograph treasure hunt, lantern making, fund-raising glitter tattoos, hook a duck and Christmas wreath making by Helmsley Walled Garden and food and drink tastings. The ice rink will be at The Black Swan from 4–7 December between 12 noon and 8pm.

From 6 December, the town stages its third annual Christmas tree festival at All Saint’s Church, which will run daily until 21 December.

Emma Woods, of Helmsley in Business, said: “We are delighted with how plans are coming together – last year we ran our very first festive fun day, which was a huge success, and this year will be much bigger and, dare we say it, better.

"SmallBusinessSaturday is a national event but we feel it really stands for everything Helmsley is about. We have so many wonderful and unique independent businesses here, and we want to make sure everyone knows about them.

"The festive fun day is a great way to encourage people to come along and perhaps pop into shops they may not otherwise have planned to, or to interact with business owners in the town. With the ice rink, and rides, and entertainment, and competitions and activities galore, there really will be something for everyone. So get it in your diary – we look forward to seeing you there.”

All day parking available for £1.50 at the long stay car park

Further information:

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Family history detectives get a boost

The record of the marriage of poet William Wordsworth to his childhood friend Mary Hutchinson is among thousands of original handwritten baptism, marriage and burial registers held by North Yorkshire's county records office to go online for the first time.

The original register of the marriage of poet William Wordsworth
to Mary Hutchinson in Brompton by Sawden in 1802.

The images, which date from 1538 to the twentieth century, have been digitised by Find My Past and made available through its website.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

World War One songs and parodies

Tim Tubbs, Kathryn Irwin and
Matt Stradling at Scarborough
Art Gallery. 
Photo by Tony Bartholomew.
World War One-themed songs will entertain an audience at Scarborough Art Gallery on the evening of Friday 14 November.

Matt Stradling, Kathryn Irwin and Tim Tubbs, of the UK Foundation for Dance, will perform songs and readings from and about the Great War, including some from a songbook published in the 1930s, and now in the Scarborough Collections, entitled Songs Our Soldiers Sang.

The trio will offer opportunities for the audience to join in, including poems and letters from the conflict period and the people who played a part in it.

The hits of the day will be sung as originally performed and then offset them against the parodies that the serving soldiers sang in the trenches.

Further information call the gallery on 01723 374753.

Gallery exhibition call goes out

Entries are being sought for a major open exhibition next year at Scarborough Art Gallery.

The East Coast Open will be held from 24 January to 15 March. Artists are invited to bring work for consideration to the venue on 5 and 6 January.

A panel of judges comprising arts patron Lady Ayckbourn, North East artist Len Tabner, and glass sculptor Kate Jones, from Rosedale Abbey-based Gillies Jones Glass, will make a selection.

The works can be in any medium, including paintings, photographs, sculpture and textiles except film. Very large works can be emailed for consideration.

Scarborough Museums Trust chief executive Debbie Seymour said: “The East Coast Open, which takes place every other year, is an important date on the artistic calendar of the coast.

"It’s an opportunity for art lovers to see the extraordinary wealth of artistic talent which exists around here.”

For further information, and to download a pdf with full terms and conditions, please visit the Scarborough Museums Trust website: