Ryedale Festival – three Easter concerts

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1,2 & 3 April, Easingwold, Old Malton, Helmsley.

Like Easter this year, the Ryedale Festival has arrived early.

A series of three outstanding evening concerts gets under way on Friday 1st April 7.30 pm at the Galtres Centre, Easingwold, when the exciting ensemble Kosmos, firm favourites in Ryedale, make a welcome return to dazzle us with their musicianship and sense of style.

They play music  from  around  the  globe. Sophisticated jazz glides magically into wild folk fiddling, emotive Jewish music into hot-blooded tango, Arabic and Turkish improvisation into Greek melodies.

‘Revelatory…..their wild synthesis of tango arrangements, Jewish folk songs,  Leonard  Bernstein riffs and improvised takes on Vaughan Williams was an unexpected gift: brilliantly done with style and spunk’ –The Daily Telegraph.


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Saturday 2 April, 7.30 pm, St Mary’s Priory Church, Old Malton

Retorica play music for two violins by Bach, Mozart, Telemann, Prokofiev and more.

Retorica is formed by two superb violinists and communicators, who take their name from the feminine form of the Italian word meaning ‘artful persuasion.’

‘They are immensely communicative, both in spoken introductions and in their unfailingly musical playing, and their repertoire covers a huge range of styles. If people ever think music for two violins might be a bit dull, Retorica will totally change their minds!’ – John McCabe


This Easter concert series culminates with the Launch concert on Sunday 3 April in Helmsley, where Chris Glynn, Artistic Director, unveils the programme for the Ryedale summer Festival (15-31 July). This special event is now fully booked, but there are plenty of tickets still available for Kosmos and Retorica.

To book tickets, contact the Ryedale Festival Box Office:

Phone: 01751 475777  (answerphone when unmanned)

Email: box.office@ryedalefestival.com

For full details go to the Festival website: http://www.ryedalefestival.com



Easter Church Services 2016


Good Friday 25th March – Easter Readings at 2 p.m. in Hovingham Methodist Chapel.

Saturday 26th March – Easter Vigil at 7 p.m. in Slingsby Church

Easter Sunday 27th March

Sunrise Eucharist at 8 a.m. in Coneysthorpe Church

Easter Benefice Eucharist at 10.30 a.m. in Hovingham Church

Family Communion service at 10.30 a.m. in Slingsby Methodist Chapel, preceded by breakfast at 9 a.m. in the Chapel Schoolroom.



Key anti-fracking vote by Ryedale planners


Ryedale District Council’s Planning Committee met this evening (15 March) and voted overwhelmingly to recommend to North Yorkshire County Council that Third Energy’s application to frack at Kirby Misperton should be refused.

At a crowded meeting in Ryedale House, which followed a peaceful demonstration outside, councillors on all sides expressed their concerns about the application.  A motion to recommend refusal was proposed by Cllr Fiona Farnell, the ward member for Kirby Misperton, and this was seconded by Cllr Lindsay Burr, the county councillor for Kirby Misperton (both also Ryedale Planning Committee members).  The motion was carried and the Committee’s recommendation will now go to the County Council, which must take the final decision on the fracking application.

Neighbourhood Watch does parties

This website team is reliably informed that plans are already afoot for a party in June for the Queen’s Birthday (village hall spilling into road?). Details will be published on this website as soon as we have them.

With that in mind, it is interesting to see the following message in which the Chair of North Yorkshire Neighbourhood Watch encourages us to party:


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[Message from North Yorkshire Neighbourhood Watch]


You will recall that thousands of street parties took place for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 and that many enjoyed these wonderful Parties.

Next month, Her Majesty The Queen will celebrate a milestone birthday as she turns 90.

As is customary, Her Majesty’s official birthday week-end will take place in June – in around three months’ time – and this year is extra special with a mass street party called The Patron’s Lunch planned on The Mall for some 10,000 guests.    For those of us who are unable to attend the London event, we are being encouraged to get involved and honour the nation’s longest-reigning monarch by holding our own street parties across the country.

Street events and other enjoyable elements can draw out more people from communities who are otherwise less likely to engage – after all, Neighbourhood Watch is all about “By the Community for the Community” so it seems to be the perfect opportunity to have another village/street get-together again !!

As Chair for North Yorkshire Neighbourhood Watch Association, I am encouraging these celebrations across the County in order to encourage neighbourliness and community spirit as NHW is not always about crime – in Marton where I reside, plans are already well advanced for a village party.

National NHW has confirmed to me that as long as the event is being organized by Neighbourhood Watch, then it will be covered by its Public Liability Insurance for up to 1,000 people.

The internet contains much advice and suggestions on how to organise a street party – for example, www.streetparty.org.uk provides a Guide together with a checklist and top tips.

So … how about accepting the challenge and getting started now to organise a Neighbourhood Watch Street/Village Party which will help to bring your neighbours together, so helping to create stronger, more friendly and more active communities where crime and anti-social behaviour are less likely to happen ?

If you hold an event, do please provide us with some feedback and photographs that can be shared with National Neighbourhood Watch – and please remember that National Neighbourhood Watch Week is taking place between 18th-26th June, so your village/street party event could be linked to that !

Best wishes for the success of your event – do have a go !

Terry Wallis

Chair – North Yorkshire Neighbourhood Watch Association www.nynhwa.co.uk

E-mail:        ekirkbymoorsidenhw@hotmail.co.uk


Parish Council 21 March – Agenda

Monday 21 March 2016, 7pm, Slingsby Village Hall (Committee Room)

A regular meeting of the Parish Council. As always, parish residents are welcome to attend.


  1. Apologies for Absence.
  1. Declarations of Interest on Agenda Items.
  1. Items raised by members of the public.
  1. To agree and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 18th January 2016.
  1. Co-option to fill two vacancies for Parish Councillors.
  1. Exchange of information and items for the next agenda.
  1. Agree Agenda for Annual Parish Meeting on 25th April 2016.
  1. Planning. (To consider and make comments on planning applications received.)
  1. Village Items.
  • Street Lights.
  • Highways Issues.
  1. Reports (For information only)

Chairs Report.

Clerks Report.

  1. Finance.
  • Sports Association Lease.

Members of the public and press are invited to attend.

Annual Parish Meeting: 25th April 2016

Date of next meeting (including AGM): 16th May 2016

Critical fracking meeting at Ryedale District Council 15 March


On Tuesday 15 March Ryedale District Council’s Planning Committee will consider an application from Third Energy UK Gas Ltd to start fracking at Kirby Misperton.  Although the final decision rests with North Yorkshire County Council, the recommendations of Ryedale will be a crucial factor.

The Planning Committee will need to consider the impact of fracking on tourism and the local economy (Flamingo Land is of course in Kirby Misperton, for example), the effect on the countryside around Kirby Misperton, and whether the increased traffic by HGVs will cause problems for local residents, cyclists, horse riders and pedestrians in the lanes around the village.  Air and water pollution, noise and vibration, as well as 24-hour lighting at the site are all issues that will need to be assessed.  The fact that the full Ryedale Council has already passed a motion calling for a 5-year moratorium on fracking may be expected to have some influence on the Planning Committee’s decision.

The meeting starts at 6pm at Ryedale House, Malton and is open to the public.  Parking is available on site.