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Remembrance

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16th November, 2018.


Front Street in Sowerby was quiet and still first thing on Sunday, as it usually is. Yellowing leaves fell silently onto the greens. A few dog walkers were in evidence. St Oswald’s church stood waiting, decked out in countless poppies. Slowly this changed as people gathered for a very special remembrance, the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War and its appalling destruction....
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Children in need family quiz night

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16th November, 2018.


Saturday evening saw a packed village hall in Sessay, gathering for a family quiz night organized by some local youngsters in aid of Children In Need. Four primary school boys (William, Dexter, Adam and James) from the Thirsk area thought up, planned and hosted the evening with panache....
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POPPY'S EVERYWHERE

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16th November, 2018.


This week there have been a number of different activities within Thirsk Community Primary School to mark the centenary of the end of the 1st World War. This includes some children and families working with Mrs Bullock to make 100 poppies using old plastic bottles and painting them and 'planting' them on our school field....
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Thirsk Falcons U8 Blues VS Marton Yellow

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16th November, 2018.


Marton came out and put us under pressure straight away with a good attack, we managed to stop them scoring and counter attacked managing to get a goal from that we soon got into our stride and played some amazing football really enjoyable to watch....
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THIRSK, SOWERBY & District WAR MEMORIALS – WW1 & WW2

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9th November, 2018.


Below is the list of deaths of soldiers and sailors, and airmen from the parishes of Thirsk & Sowerby and other villages throughout the area. This information was collated by The Thirsk Weekly News with additional entries by some of our readers. If any of the information is incorrect please contact us and we will correct for future use....
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Remembering and hoping

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9th November, 2018.


Every year, young and old turn out, typically on a bleak and cold Sunday for a bleak and cold remembering at the war memorials in St Mary’s church and at Sowerby, and in towns and cities and villages across the realm, as the all-too-long lists of local men who died in the two world wars and since are solemnly read out. This is a day for remembering all the good and bad things, the skill, bravery, comradeship, sacrifice and spirit of service, and then the horror of warfare and the legacy of whose who died, deprived of the chance of a fulfilling life, and those who survived with the visible or hidden scars from their experiences....
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Thirsk Falcons U7s vs Riverside Juniors Reds

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9th November, 2018.


Coffee was the order of the morning as Falcons U7s had an early start at Middlesbrough Sports Village against Riverside Juniors Reds. Thirsk started strongly and took an early lead and were playing some good football. Riverside equalized before Thirsk retook the lead almost immediately with a composed finish....
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Fight superbugs by taxing antibiotics, say MPs and Peers

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9th November, 2018.


Lord O’Neill of Gatley, who led the O’Neill Review of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and Thirsk and Malton MP, Kevin Hollinrake, are amongst a group of parliamentarians calling on the Health Secretary to tax antibiotics to raise funds to tackle superbugs. The O’Neill Review predicted that 10 million people every year would die as a result of AMR by 2050 and that we need to raise around $4bn per annum to tackle the problem....
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Queen Mary’s School Girl Wins the BBC’s Young Chorister of the Year

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2nd November, 2018.


Emilia Jaques from Queen Mary’s School, Topcliffe, has been announced as one of the BBC Radio 2 Young Choristers of the Year 2018, alongside the boy winner, Cassian Pichler-Roca from Dean Close School in Cheltenham. The prestigious competition included two preliminary rounds and a final in the studios of the BBC’s Philharmonic Orchestra at MediaCityUK....
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Roadworks

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2nd November, 2018.


How many “road closed” signs does the County Council have? They have shifted the ones from Blakey Lane to other sites in Thirsk in need of care and attention. Our ancient bridge, probably the most knocked-about listed building in these parts, is now protected by some extra signs warning the literate that it isn’t a good place for wide or heavy vehicles, and upgraded barriers. The two rough concrete lumps have been replaced by something a little more attractive, in the form of two small but very solid brick walls....
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Footpath becomes a real smooth operator

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2nd November, 2018.


People using a busy public footpath in Thirsk can now look forward to making smooth progress after resurfacing work was carried out. The footpath at The Marage has been resurfaced thanks to a recommendation of £2,550 from the Environmental Locality Budget of North Yorkshire County Council deputy leader Gareth Dadd, who represents the town....
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Man and statue

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2nd November, 2018.


“Can you have a look in the market square and see if there is a man towing a large statue?” said the lady from the offices of the Thirsk Weekly News. As it happened I was sitting in a café and had just finished my favourite indulgence, a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows on top, so I ambled to the door and peered out. And sure enough, I caught sight of a statue moving slowly towards the clocktower. I had been informed that the man pulling it was a Mr Robin Hood....
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Retirement

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26th October, 2018.


What do you think of when you think about the work of a firefighter? Service, risk, sacrifice, skill and humanity come to mind. To serve your town and county as a retained firefighter is laudable. To do it for more than 45 years – is amazing. Eric Campbell has done just that. He signed up with North Riding Fire Brigade on 18 April 1973 and worked his last shift with North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service on 18 October 2018. During that time he has attended an estimated 9,000 fire calls, 2,184 drill nights, been “on call” for 15,500 days including 44 Christmas Days and has held every operational role up to station officer....
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Wheelchair Basket Ball Coaching Session

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26th October, 2018.


The children of Thirsk Community Primary School were involved in a Wheelchair basketball coaching session with Brian Russell. This activity proved to be a real hit, with the children stating they thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The training made the children appreciate that wheelchair basketball requires a lot of skill - If not more than regular basketball, as there were many things to have to think about and do all at the same time....
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Panda’s Blog – A night spent ‘homeless’

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26th October, 2018.


4.02pm – I arrive at Carlton Lodge (Carlton Miniott, Thirsk) at the tail end of the afternoon of activities North Yorkshire Youth put on every year for the voluntary youth clubs. Young people are building rafts, jumping in the water. It’s unseasonably mild but I still hope Staithes Youth Club get dry properly before they take part in The Big Youth Sleep Out tonight. I think about tonight - should I take my contact lenses out? Do homeless people wear contact lenses? I’m not sure if they do. I decide I’ll leave them in case I have to get my bearings quickly....
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Queen Mary’s School Riders Win

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26th October, 2018.


The equestrian teams from Queen Mary’s School, Topcliffe have put Yorkshire on the map this weekend as they have become the top English school equestrian team in two of their respective classes. A record seven teams and six individual girls took part in the National Schools Equestrian Association (NSEA) Championship Finals this weekend and amongst strong competition competed in Show Jumping and Jumping With Style classes at 70cm, 80cm, 90cm and 110cm....
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Sowerby Scout award

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19th October, 2018.


Sowerby Scout Leader presented with a top honour for contributing more than 10 years’ outstanding service to the Scout movement. Jon Goom, the Group Scout Leader at 1st Sowerby Scout Group, was presented with the Medal of Merit by the District Commissioner Aimée Dubiel. The medal is awarded for outstanding service while holding an adult appointment in Scouting for a minimum of 10 years....
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National Championship Finals for the Queen Mary’s Riders

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19th October, 2018.


A record seven teams and six individual girls from Queen Mary’s School, Topcliffe, have qualified for the National Schools Equestrian Association Championship Finals and this week will travel down to Keysoe to compete to be national champions. The girls will compete over the four day event against strong competition in Show Jumping and Jumping with Style classes where they have previously been crowned national champions....
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Blakey

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19th October, 2018.


Blakey Lane is quite peaceful at present. The road is closed while the two ugly concrete blocks that restricted the road width are replaced by two rather pretty low brick walls....
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More than 400 suspected stolen animals located

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19th October, 2018.


Police in North Yorkshire are working to reunite hundreds of suspected stolen animals with their rightful owners. More than 400 animals – including dogs, sheep, goats, rabbits, turkeys, ducks and chickens – have been seized as part of the investigation, and are being looked after in secure locations. Officers from North Yorkshire Police’s Rural Taskforce located a man in suspicious circumstances on land in the Thirsk area at about 4pm on Friday 12 October 2018....
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Vets visit

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6th October, 2018.


The legacy of James Herriot lives on. Last week I met up with three American vets, who were on a “pilgrimage” to The Surgery. Dr Ada Guzman from New York, and Drs Andrea Freeman and Deborah Ward both from New Jersey were in Thirsk on a vacation. All Creatures Great and Small may no longer be playing here, but the Herriot brand remains big in the USA. They stopped off on their way to Inverness. “As young children we read those books and were inspired to become vets. Those books change young people's lives around the world!” they explained. Mo Penson was their host...
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THIRSK COMMUNITY VISIT EDEN CAMP

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6th October, 2018.


On Tuesday 11th September, all the children from Y5/6 at Thirsk Community Primary School went to Eden Camp as part of their forthcoming WW2 topic. The children and staff decided to make the day more memorable and dressed up from that era...
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Local Lad Competed In Uk and Ire Football Freestyle Competition

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6th October, 2018.


14 year old Max Lawson from Carlton Miniott competed in the UK and IRE football freestyle competition in London on Sunday 23rd September. Max was ranked 5th in the Rookie Catergory after performing a 45 second routine in the qualifications round...
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Time Flies By In The Yellow & Green

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6th October, 2018.


Last Sunday afternoon, having recently completed a highly successful cricket season, ten of the Sessay CC Emeralds squad visited Melroses Yard Studios in York for a good old sing song with a difference...it ended with the production of a CD, each girl leaving with a copy...
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