• Relocation is key to future

    I would immediately say that I am grateful for Roddy Bushell agreeing to commit his thoughts to be published in this column last week and it presents a sound, if one-sided, argument on behalf of the Estate which is quite proper as its resident agent.

  • Harriet Clark takes agricultural student of the year award

    BISHOP Burton College student Harriet Clark, 19, has been named as the first Farmers’ Guardian Agriculture Student of the Year. Harriet was the only finalist to come from the North of England, and she was also the only female in the final five entrants

  • Farmhouse breakfast to promote charity

    A FARMHOUSE breakfast is being held in Malton to help promote the work of two important farming organisations. The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) is organising the event in conjunction with Ladies in Pigs, to raise the profile of their

  • Remembering Yorkshire's own royal wedding

    Fifty years ago, York had its own royal wedding, on June 8, 1961, reports STEPHEN LEWIS. ALL eyes will be on Westminster Abbey on April 29. But as Prince William and his Kate bind their lives together before the eyes of the watching world,

  • Malton & Norton’s ‘newcomers’ deserve an apology

    I WOULD appreciate space to respond to Des Reed’s comment “Let the twin towns keep their identity”, Gazette, April 13. Des can be forgiven for his lapse of memory but, his reference that the proposition generally comes from newcomers is, in

  • EMA payments must continue

    IN response to Jill Knight’s letter “Education grant adjustment unfair on youngsters”, Gazette, April 6. Withdrawal of Education Mainenance Allowance (EMA) funding has put children and parents in an impossible predicament. Do they carry on their

  • It was a duty to present the Neighbourhood Plan

    IN answer to Emma Brooksbanks’s letter, Gazette, April 13, when I made views on the Neighbourhood Plan known to the Gazette, the plan had already been made public. As a Malton ward councillor, it was my duty and my right to comment and give a

  • Homes and jobs need right location

    I READ with interest the response from Syd Smith of Malton to the article in the Gazette & Herald on March 16 about a proposed housing development in Pickering. Strip away the pompous name calling and Mr Smith raises some important questions

  • Can we build some housing into Malton's vision?

    THE plans outlined in the Gazette, April 6, Malton’s £20m vision, look very promising and I am sure they would deliver a real boost to Malton’s town centre. I was, however, disappointed to see that the proposals contain no residential accommodation

  • Thank you for your help outside Morrisons

    I WOULD like to thank the gentlemen who kindly helped rescue my scattered shopping from the road outside Morrisons in Malton last Wednesday. The only thing we missed were a few raspberries so we are very grateful to you all. We discovered

  • Fountain of knowledge at Friars Hill

    FOUR enthusiastic members of Friars Hill Pony Club pitted their wits against teams from other pony clubs and centres at the 2011 Staintondale Shield quiz in Wetwang Village Hall. The Friars Hill Centre team won the quiz and along with their rosettes

  • Wins for Charlotte Dring at Hamley Hagg

    CHARLOTTE Dring did not have any great expectations and certainly did not dream of winning when she took her young horse to experience her first ever competition. Charlotte, a member of North Ryedale Riding Club, chose to contest the opening event of

  • Amy Pettit stars at Friars Hill

    A DOUBLE was the order of the day for Amy Pettit at Friars Hill Stables unaffiliated showjumping competition on Sunday. She secured the top honours in the 75cm riding Sam Dring’s piebald cob, Mac, and then went on to score again in the 85cm, this time

  • Become a model at the Great Yorkshire Show

    IF you have ever thought you might like to try your hand at a career in modelling, now could be your chance to shine. The search is on for the face of the Great Yorkshire Show, which will be held in Harrogate on July 12, 13 and 14. Show organisers are

  • Four Forfeits Fun Frolic ride

    FORTY-FIVE riders set out on the 16th annual Four Forfeits Fun Frolic ride. The popular pleasure ride through the scenic moors and valleys within the Saltersgate Farmers’ Hunt country is interspersed with a series of fun challenges along the route.

  • Treating kick wounds in horses

    My horse was kicked on the outside of her hock about two weeks ago. There was a small cut on the back of the hock. She was lame initially but is walking sound now. The discharge has decreased but it is still draining a bit of fluid and the wound

  • Cycle ride near Pickering Castle

    WHEN walking or cycling across the moors I am always thrilled at the number of old crosses, stones and boundary markers that have stood for hundreds of years among this wild and unforgiving environment. We take them for granted as if they

  • Goalkeeper saves point for Pickering Town

    GOALKEEPER Kevin Martin made a rare start for Pickering Town and proceeded to give a man-of-the-match display to earn his side a Northern Counties East League premier division point in a goalless draw with Hall Road Rangers. In a typical end-of-season

  • Ryedale's Wooton Bassett to swerve Guineas

    WOOTTON BASSETT, Ryedale’s big hope for Classic success in the Qipco 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket, will not run in the big race on Saturday week. Richard Fahey has admitted that the prestigious event has come too soon for his stable star, who was unbeaten

  • Terrington Glory seal promotion place

    TERRINGTON Glory clinched promotion from York Minister Engineering League division two on Monday night when coming from behind to beat Heworth – thanks to a late spot-kick. Table-toppers Terrington fell behind to a Danny Hall goal, to boost Heworth

  • Staintondale Hunt Point-to-Point at Charm Park

    CHARM PARK is the venue for the Staintondale Hunt Point-to-Point on Bank Holiday Monday, April 25. Nearly 90 entries have been received for a six-race card and the first contest, the Point-to-Point Owners and Riders Club Members race for Veteran and

  • Top jockey at Middleham Stables event

    CHAMPION jockey Paul Hanagan will be one of the star attractions at the Middleham Stables Open Day. The popular event, which is being held on Good Friday, is featuring a series of attractive afternoon events as well as the traditional Open Stables

  • Kirkbymoorside counting down to big final

    BUSY Kirkbymoorside are having to shuffle players around to keep them fresh for their first-ever Monkwearmouth Charity Cup final on Bank Holiday Monday. The in-form Moorsiders, third in the Wearside League, are in the midst of a hectic period, and

  • Junior football round-up

    Brooklyn Under-12s are now hunting trophy glory after clinching promotion to division one of the York Mitchell Sports League with a 6-2 win over Pocklington. Needing victory to gain promotion, Brooklyn went a goal down but a deflected effort from Bradley

  • Champions Kirkbymoorside Reserves end season with 5-1 win

    NEWITTS.COM Beckett League champions Kirkbymoorside reserves finished the season in style with a 5-1 thumping of nearest rivals Gillamoor. Jordan Rivis (2), Daryl Rivis, Shaun Cox and Nathan James netted for the first division title winners

  • West Pier prevail over Newlands Park in superb semi

    A MAN-OF-THE-MATCH display from former Pickering Town favourite Paddy Mancrief was not enough to win Newlands Park a place in the Scarborough & District FA Harbour Cup final. Park lost 3-2 in a superb semi-final at West Pier. Dean Exley fired Newlands

  • Angling: Corky Agar ’s haul seals Mere triumph

    THE main lake was in cracking form for Scarborough Mere AC’s 24-hour carp match at the weekend. Corky Agar finished streets ahead of the opposition with a fantastic haul of 137lb 15oz from Boards peg one. Casting out with ledgered boily, he took a

  • Runner Mike Hetherton shines in Moors fell series finale

    Mike Hetherton performed superbly in the sun to claim second place in the veteran category as the Cleveland Winter Fell Race Series ended with the gruelling Guisborough Moors event. The Pickering Running Club member completed the 12.5-mile course, which

  • Podium for Stuart Mills as Matt Maynard enjoys trial spell

    WEST Knapton speedster Stuart Mills enjoyed podium places in the two-day motorcycle sprint event held by the Port Talbot Motor Cycle Racing Club and National Hill Climb Association in the grounds of Margam Park, South Wales. The 50 competitors firstly

  • Junior rugby union round-up

    Alastair Stent was Malton & Norton Under-13s’ man of the day for his tackling and ball-winning in their three matches at Whitby. Malt lost 17-0 to a strong Aylesford Bisons side and 7-5 to Aylesford Buffaloes before beating Whitby 14-7. Alex Taylor

  • Malton museum in closure shock

    MALTON Museum will close within the next year unless substantial funding can be found, it has emerged. Bids to secure grants to support a move from the museum’s current home in the centre of Malton have fallen through and with the lease coming to

  • Baker rises to wedding cake challenge

    A WEDDING centrepiece was saved from disaster by a baker who had just been handed the keys to his new shop. Andrew Walker took over the property on Newbiggin last Friday with plans to re-open it as a patisserie early next month. However, he had only

  • Kirkbymoorside family’s bus cuts anger

    MEMBERS of a Ryedale family say they are unable to get to work and face social isolation following a cut in bus services. Donna Marsden and her four children moved to Kirkbymoorside from the north east 18 months ago. Her eldest daughter, Amy, who is

  • Car theft gang stole to order

    FOUR members of a gang responsible for a car crime wave across North and East Yorkshire have been brought to justice. The group ran their operation as a business, stealing vehicles or machinery to order and selling it on, sometimes within hours, York

  • Young dancer wins place at top ballet school

    A YOUNG dancer has won a prestigious place with a top national ballet school. Georgina Strickland, who lives in Nawton, is one of only a handful of children to gain a place as a junior associate of the Northern Ballet. The 11-year-old, who has attended

  • Flying the flag for Fairtrade Fortnight

    COLOURFUL bunting lined the streets of Pickering to highlight the town’s efforts in a world record attempt. Various groups and organisations in the town took part in the challenge as part of Fairtrade Fortnight. The bunting has been on display in shops

  • Ryedale gears up for Mountain Bike World Cup

    RYEDALE is gearing up for the return of the Mountain Bike World Cup following the success of last year’s event. The second round of the race, which was recently recognised as the best cross country round of 2010, will be held at Dalby Forest over the

  • Owners fined over noisy dogs

    OWNERS of noisy dogs have been warned to curb their pets following a successful prosecution against two Helmsley men. Ryedale District Council has issued a warning to all “noisy neighbours” as a result of the case brought by Ryedale District Council

  • Man, 19, hurt in Malton attack

    POLICE are appealing for witnesses following a serious assault in Malton. It happened outside the Gate Inn pub in Yorkersgate at about 12.30am on Sunday, April 10. A 19-year-old was hit in the face by a man he did not recognise, causing him to fall

  • Man in woman's swimming costume fined

    A MAN wearing a woman’s swimming costume and a purple and yellow headband was given a fixed penalty ticket after throwing bottles through the toilet window at the Royal Oak in Pickering. Police were called at 5.45pm on Thursday following the reports

  • New guided walks through Pickering

    MEMBERS of Pickering Civic Society will be leading guided walks through the town every Monday until the end of October. Starting on Easter Monday, one of six leaders will meet would-be explorers at the tourist information centre in the Ropery for

  • Health website launch

    A NEW website has been launched to help promote sexual health services. The website includes details of sexual health services across North Yorkshire and York as well as advice and information on a range of sexual health issues such as contraception,

  • Bridge repair delays ‘wasting thousands’

    ANGRY residents living near the busy Scarborough to York rail line have protested about long delays to work on a bridge which, they believe, has cost taxpayers thousands of pounds. Last October, scaffolding was erected on the 150-year-old Huttons

  • Helping hand offered to Ryedale carers

    A NEW support group has been set up for carers of people with drug and alcohol issues. Scarborough and Ryedale Carers Resource and the Cambridge Centre are offering the chance for people to meet others in similar circumstances and to share information

  • New chapter for Rillington farmer Joe Jacobs

    PIG farmer Joe Jacobs has an interesting and unlikely second job – he writes books. Nothing fancy and definitely not a novelist, Joe has made himself a name as a garden and farm DIY expert. However, neither pig farming or writing were natural

  • Rev Jenny Hill writes music for Easter service

    A VILLAGE vicar is combining her talents as a professional singer with her new role in the church at a special service at Easter. The Rev Jenny Hill, rector of the parish of West Buckrose, has written some of the music and will also sing at the Service

  • Let’s Talk Farming roadshow

    EDUCATING the consumer of tomorrow about where their food comes from is a key role for the NFU. The Let’s Talk Farming roadshow, along with a wide range of educational resources, help the organisation to spread these messages loud and far. The

  • Market move idea for Malton

    WITH regard to the Neighbourhood Plan for Malton, I propose that the Saturday market be moved to the covered area behind the Spotted Cow and thus release all the parking spaces for general use. I also suggest that the covered area be available

  • Election candidates line up for your votes

    Ryedale goes to the polls on May 5, and we invited all the candidates to submit a few words on why they deserve our vote. Here, in no particular order, is the second instalment. Keith Knaggs, Conservative, Ryedale Keith Knaggs is a married

  • Lack of candidates leads to dearth of parish polls

    SCORES of parish council candidates have been returned unopposed as a result of no contests in more than 60 parishes. In some there were insufficient candidates nominated, which will result in the parish authorities having to co-opt members. However

  • Call for local heroes

    LOCAL and regional newspapers play a vital role in highlighting the stories of people who give up their time and energy to help make their communities better. We want to hear more about these great people. WRVS is putting together a comprehensive

  • Runners needed for Great North Run

    I AM writing on behalf of the Meningitis Trust to encourage all of your readers to refresh their New Year resolutions and commit to getting fit, while helping fight meningitis, by running the Bupa Great North Run on Sunday, September 18, 2011

  • A very big thank you for your support

    A FANTASTIC start to the Shipley family’s A Decade of Hope Fundraising charity which is aiming to raise £10,000 for Cancer Research in memory of Diane Shipley which has already reached more than £7,500. A big thank you to the many people

  • Distance won’t deter shoppers in Malton

    RJG Bushell dismissed Vivienne Knaggs’s letter, which drew comparison between Northallerton, which has a Tesco superstore and few empty town centre shops, and Malton, which has no superstore and plenty of empty town centre shops. Because he maintained

  • I vote to keep the system the same

    MALTON, April 12. The latest ‘buzz’ seems to be about the proposed alternative voting system, or AV as it is being referred to. There’s more to this than meets the eye, as I see it, anyway. This does not appear to be anything for the benefit

  • Women wanted for magistrates roles

    RESIDENTS in a North Yorkshire town are being urged to consider becoming magistrates. An appeal has been launched to encourage people in Scarborough to volunteer for the role, with HM Court Service saying applications from women are particularly welcome

  • Wartime weekend in Northallerton

    A VETERAN RAF airman who witnessed The Great Escape at a notorious German prisoner of war camp will relive his Second World War memories at a North Yorkshire wartime weekend. Frank Stone was an 18-year-old tailgunner when his Hampden bomber crash-landed

  • Alert over graffiti in Thirsk area

    POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a spate of graffiti in the Thirsk area. There have been several reports of graffiti-related incidents in the area over the last week. Officers received reports on April 12 that the Parochial Hall in Sowerby