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Crayke CE Primary School adopts seven Koalas


31st January, 2020.


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On Tuesday 21 January members of the Forest School Club at Crayke CE Primary School held a Bake Sale in order to raise funds to help the Koalas affected by the horrendous forest fires in Australia. The original aim was to raise enough money to adopt one Koala, however thanks to the amazing generosity of children, parents, teachers and residents of Crayke, the school raised an incredible £180 to adopt 7 Koalas from Port Stephens Koalas. The Forest School club leader Caroline Helfferich said “we would like to extend our appreciation for all those who supported the Bake Sale, either by buying cakes on providing cakes and biscuits to sell. A special mention must go to Percy for his amazing Koala buns and to Izzy and Ted for their amazingly delicious chocolate cake and to everyone who kindly baked for the occasion....
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Millfield Pond Clean Out


31st January, 2020.


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On the 27th January work began to deepen the 2 ponds at Millfield and clear out the ingrowing reeds. Although this does not look particularly appealing at the moment, the work is essential to prevent the ponds slowly disappearing altogether. By Springtime plant growth will reappear round the edge of the ponds and by Summer it will once again be an attractive feature. As the work is being undertaken now, the chance of it disrupting nesting birds has been minimized....
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Ask D.A.V.E – Dementia Awareness in the Villages and Easingwold


31st January, 2020.


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Last Friday in the Galtres Centre, EDCCA and Dementia Forward launched an initiative called DAVE. The aim of this initiative is to raise awareness of Dementia with the opportunity to sign up for free training provided by Dementia Forward who also offer support for those affected and advice for those concerned about memory problems. A DAVE leaflet gives information about all aspects of treatment, care and support plus activities in Easingwold which are readily accessible to Dementia Sufferers. Woven Branches Day Centre for example which is run by EDCCA in Springhill Court on Mondays and Thursdays....
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Easingwold Primary School


31st January, 2020.


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The children at Easingwold Primary School have kicked off the new year with a Well Being Month. They have been learning all about the 5 Ways to Well Being which are; give to others, keep active, stay connected, notice the simple things in life and keep learning. Across the whole school, there has been a real buzz of excitement as the children have had the opportunity to take part in lots of new clubs to promote well being such as; yoga and meditation, Lego club, watercolour group, mindfulness bingo, running club, friendship bracelet making, mindfulness colouring club, disco dance club and scrapbooking club....
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Wintercamp 2020


24th January, 2020.


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Last Friday after school 24 intrepid Scouts from 1st Kyle Valley (Tholthorpe) were on the road to Hawkhirst Scout Centre in Kielder forest for Wintercamp 2020. It began to rain just as we arrived and continued to do so for 24 hours non-stop! Despite this the Scouts got stuck into the huge range of activities on offer from quad bikes and 4x4’s to climbing, abseiling, target shooting, zip wire and caving as well as more sedate activities making neckers and paracord bracelets and also enjoying the funfair rides and the disco. The camping was a challenge because of the conditions but the Scouts showed great fortitude in battling through. I was very pleased with the way they worked as a group, the older, more experienced Scouts taking great pains with the younger members, helping them to gain the skills required to camp as comfortably as possible whatever the weather throws at them....
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EASINGWOLD COUNTRY MARKET says farewell


24th January, 2020.


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The Final Annual meeting of Easingwold Country Market was held last Friday at the George in Easingwold and most members were present. Special mention should be made of Mary Carrington who was there at the beginning when the Market began 38 years ago, joined shortly after by Margaret Jackson and Bunny Wentworth. They were also there on Friday to see the Market’s official closure in Easingwold. Also present were Pheobe Kendall and Alison Pomfret, former Chair ladies and producers. Throughout the year, while trying to find new bakers to replace those retiring, we have continued to work as a Co-operative. This has meant that, at a time in the country when money and profit seem to rule everything, Easingwold Country Market has been able to grow and thrive through prioritizing what customers wanted - rather than making what was cheap to produce and persuading customers to buy it. We strived to keep to the high standards set by previous producers....
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Easingwold Youth Forum Meets Again!


24th January, 2020.


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The young people got together to look at their ideas from last month’s meeting. They chose some of the projects they want to start working on first (Red Box, bike rack survey, table tennis table, newsletter, logo, basketball hoop and music room....
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WHAT’S HAPPENED TO MUIREANN?


24th January, 2020.


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Muireann, seen here with Sally from MySight York, is blindfolded and being lead through a crowded room as part of a demonstration of how to guide visually impaired people effectively. It is not as easy as it may first seem to guide someone safely if they are blind or partially sighted. You have to be aware of everything around you and explain what is happening and there are good techniques and tips to help. On Tuesaday 14th January Easingwold District Community Care Association organized a training session for its volunteers. The first part of the training was about visual impairment. Caroline and Sally from MySight York brought special glasses to show different types of impairment then provided volunteers with blindfolds to demonstrate the difficulties of moving through doors, finding a chair and getting in and out of a car etc. It gave everyone an insight into day to day issues facing those with sight loss and showed us how we can help....
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Easingwold Harriers U8 v Strensall Tigers Yellow U8


17th January, 2020.


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The match started in heavy rain which soon passed over but left the players contending with a very muddy pitch. Strensall proved to be a strong attacking side which pinned Harriers back in their own third for much of the early match. Sammy performed admirably in goals making several good saves. However, Harriers defence were eventually pulled out of position to allow a Strensall forward to receive a pass unmarked in the box and score. This inspired the Harriers on who started to put together some good passing moves with the Tom/Christian partnership making some headway. Then Tom made an amazing goal by firing a great free kick into the Strensall goal from distance....
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Easingwold in Lights 2019 – Judge’s report on the competition winners


17th January, 2020.


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There were many great displays in Easingwold this year, making choosing the winners a difficult choice but after much deliberation here they are: • Winners - 8/9 Meadowfields Close. This was a joint effort and the gardens were packed with all things Christmassy! And all for a good cause, The Yorkshire Air Ambulance. • Highly Commended were Jane & Richard Leighton of 12 Manor Road, their garden tree was a fountain of Christmas colour, decorated with baubles and lights all around the garden. I am sure this display provides some festive cheer to all the residents and visitors of Spring Hill Court....
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Stillington Squash Club


17th January, 2020.


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Youth versus guile in the 2020 Timed Handicap competition! There was an excellent turnout of players and supporters who contributed to a very successful and entertaining evening for the annual timed handicap event held on 11th January. Tournament organizer Nick Peel was recovering from injury but provided accurate handicapping scores that saw several very close and exciting matches. Competitors ranged in age from eleven to their late sixties – the handicapping system providing an equal chance for all to progress. The youngest entrant, 11yr old Ben Dransfield, a welcome newcomer to the club, got through two rounds before narrowly being beaten 51-50 in his next game....
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Cozie outing to bowling alley as pre Christmas treat 17th December


17th January, 2020.


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The trip has been mentioned to the young people at Cozie youth club, posters had been displayed in the club and the EDCCA minibus had been booked with Jane as our friendly competent driver. We assembled just outside Cozie, in the grounds of the Galtres Centre on Tuesday evening, a change from our usual drop - in youth club session of 6.30pm to 8.30pm on Thursday evenings. Alan our Chairman was there with Chris his wife who has recently become our Treasurer. Along with Sam our Secretary and volunteer at youth club and Tommy our youth club volunteer whilst Emily our youth club worker would join us slightly later. The young people waited eagerly outside Cozie for us to set off. We boarded the minibus in a light hearted mood, thankfully the fog had lifted as the weather had been shocking – freezing fog earlier in the day....
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Shock! A dog joins the library


10th January, 2020.


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Zig the dog has joined the Community library. Zig organized a gig with his owner Kathy Seers, who was in the library in December, talking about her book ‘Keeping Zig’ to an enthusiastic audience. A good time was had by all with Zig enjoying many dog treats during the session. The library recently hosted an evening celebrating 25 years of the Co-op in its present location on Long Street. With equipment kindly borrowed from the U3A, a film of how the Co-op started in Rochdale in 1844 was shown along with films about ‘Fairtrade ‘and the wonderful work that the Co-op do around Easingwold. Pop corn and crisps were munched during the event and a super cake was cut and shared out at the end of the evening. Much appreciation to Annie the pioneer and her team for the truly great community work that they do around the area....
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Jubilate Ladies’ Choir


10th January, 2020.


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Jubilate had a wonderful Christmas, as well as our regular concert at the Parish Church, we turned out on a chilly day at Thirsk Garden Centre. We sang lots of jolly carols while Santa and his reindeer doled out their festive cheer! Rehearsals began again this week at the Parish Rooms, and what a great night we had. Our Musical Director, Amanda Crawley, has chosen some lovely music for us this term, including some old favourites such as “Dream a little Dream”, “Fever” and songs from “Les Miserables.” We’ll be working towards the York Community Choir and Wensleydale Festivals, both in March, events we’ve had much success with in the past....
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Oulston Christmas workout


10th January, 2020.


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Oulston residents took part in their annual effort to work off the Christmas calories by clearing overgrown vegetation on Oulston Bank. On a sparkling morning over a dozen people helped out pruning, raking, sweeping and the worst bit....
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RAF LINTON-ON-OUSE MEMORIAL ROOM VISIT


10th January, 2020.


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The Memorial Room, or Station Museum, at RAF Linton-on-Ouse was visited recently by 87 year old Audrey Steel from New Earswick and her grandson Ben Lyons. Audrey’s link to the Memorial Room goes back to 1979 when her late husband, Royal Air Force Sergeant Bill Steel, founded and developed the museum. Back then, Bill had a chance encounter one lunchtime at RAF Linton-on-Ouse as he was heading back to his RAF house for lunch. He was stopped by a Canadian gentlemen who asked Bill where he could find the memorial to the Canadians who had served at Linton during World War Two. The Royal Canadian Air Force had operated from RAF Linton-on-Ouse during the last two years of the war. Bill answered that there was no memorial to the Canadians or indeed to any of the British, Canadians or Commonwealth airmen and airwomen who had served at Linton; however, this got Bill thinking that there should be a fitting Memorial to remember the more than 1,300 airmen who were lost flying from the Base during World War Two....
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Parkrun Christmas report


3rd January, 2020.


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A very busy festive period for Millfield parkrun with four events over a short period of time. Back in September we decided that in our first year we would see what response we got from parkrun on Christmas Day and New Years Day. Not all parkruns do this and we weren't sure if we'd get volunteers and how many participants would turn up. We needn't have worried as Millfield parkrun continued to astound us with the level of interest we have seen since our start back in June 2019. Saturday 21st December saw 136 finishers take time out from Christmas preparation and get their parkrun done. Christmas morning was cold but fine with sunny spells and it was an apprehensive set up team putting out the various course markers and signs out. The first Christmas Day parkrunners began to arrive and very quickly we realized that we had made the right decision to put it on. Fancy dress was very much in favour with most wearing some kind of Christmas attire. Sweets and cake was brought along to add to the spirit and as Run Director Dave Waddington gave the start signal there was a lovely festive atmosphere with even some choosing Christmas Day to make their debut as a first timer....
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Mother Goose at Stillington Village Hall


3rd January, 2020.


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For the third consecutive Christmas, the remarkable trio of actors which form Pocket Panto, brought their version of a Christmas Pantomime to Stillington Village Hall to entertain a full audience comprising young in heart parents and their young in years children. Both enjoyed a superb evening of humour and brilliant acting. The children seemed to lead the adults in answering “Oh, Yes we are!” to the repeated question “Are you ready”, “Oh, No you’re not”, “Oh, Yes we are” each time getting louder and the children getting so excited that they ran up to the front long before they were invited to and started to jump up and down in the isle. This year the theme was Mother Goose. There was the beautiful Fairy Godmother complete with magic wand and the overdressed and oversized Mother Goose whose magic goose took the form of a puppet which she could hold in her arms but the glistening golden egg it laid was several times bigger than its head. The wicked villain called Victor Vanity dressed in top-hat and tails crept up behind her causing the children to call out “He’s behind you....
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40th Carols in the Market Place in Easingwold


3rd January, 2020.


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On the 21st December Easingwold District Lions held their Carols in the Market Place for the 40th successive year. The weather was perfect and a huge crowd turned up to enjoy the event. One of our Lions who was present at the start recalls: The event was from the start very strictly envisaged as a “thank you” to the folk of Easingwold and District for so generously supporting the then newly formed Easingwold District Lions Club. As such no attempt or even opportunity to collect money at the event was made or provided. In the early years the Easingwold Town Band, which has supported the event from the start, played from a couple of flat farm trailers parked closely in front of Stephenson’s window with a simple “shell” behind and each side constructed from scaffolding and stack sheets. Later they were shifted to the Market Cross....
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Ben to the Rescue


3rd January, 2020.


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Easingwold Green Spaces Group put out a plea for help. The birds on the feeders at Chase Garth were eating 1kg of sunflower hearts a week and we were rapidly running out of food for them and some idiot had swung on one of the feeders there wrecking it. Benjamin Costello is the managing director of the UK’s branch of Biotope, an architectural practice that specializes in working in harmony with nature and wildlife. He is a member of Easingwold Green Spaces Group and saw that we needed help. So his company has purchased for us a Squirrel Buster feeder....
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