33rd Ryedale Festival – hear and now!

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Ryedale’s cultural high point is upon us once again. Great houses, abbeys, historic churches, and beautiful landscapes will resound to music for over two weeks.

The 33rd Ryedale Festival starts on Friday 11th July at 8pm in Ampleforth Abbey. The Ampleforth monks and the 24 Choir sing Monteverdi’s magnificent Vespers.

Though many of this year’s concerts are near sell-out, there are still tickets available for this Ampleforth opener and the events listed below:

Saturday 12th July 11am. Pickering Kirk Theatre, Alice in Wonderland by Box Tale Soup (family event).

Sunday 13 July, 3.30pm. Easingwold Galtres Centre, An Audience with Carol Ann Duffy (the Poet Laureate). Music from John Sampson.

Sunday 13 July, 8.00pm. Duncombe Park Saloon, Nicholas Daniel (“one the world’s finest oboists”) and Charles Owen (piano)

Monday 14 July 11am. Birdsall St Mary’s Church, Adam Walker (flute) and Morgan Szymanski (guitar).

Tuesday 15 July, 3.30pm. Malton St Michael’s Church, Clare Hammond (piano) playing Bach, Ravel etc.

Thursday 24 July 3pm and 7.30pm. Queen Margaret’s School, Escrick, Richard Rodgers Day. Two concerts with a picnic opportunity in a delightful setting.

Friday 25 July, 11am. St Mary’s Priory Church, Old Malton, “Piano Postcards from Italy”.

Box Office 01751 475777  Email: [email protected] 

For full details of all concerts and how to book, visit the Ryedale Festival website: http://www.ryedalefestival.com/

Car Boot Sale: Sunday 13th July


Another car boot sale will take place on the sports field in Slingsby on July 13th, running from 7 am to 2 pm (weather and ground conditions permitting, of course).

N.B. For general car boot queries, please ring the Sports Club on 01653 627124 (Friday 8.30 pm – 10.30 pm, Saturday 8.30 pm – 11.30 pm and Sunday 8.30 pm – 10.30 pm).

For information about the car boot sale dates for this year, go to the sportsfield page.

T de F Celebration (modest)


The Tour de France may not have made its way through Slingsby but that didn’t stop the celebrations with the Triangle’s Keith Buck putting on a very nice TdF themed display. Keith also sent in this nice summary of the weekend’s events:-

Morning All, Having watched all 13 hours of the live TV broadcasts of the Yorkshire stages I am ready for a rest day myself!

What a marvellous job Gary Verity did. I don’t think anybody imagined that road side spectator numbers over the two days would top 3 million. The T de F goes out to 190 countries with viewing figures of 3.9 billion. Guess we might see a few more tourists.

I think you might be right there Keith.

Over the weekend, the Slingsby Twitter feed posted some photos and links (if you haven’t already, it’s always worth checking the village Twitter page for interesting local news, photos and links etc) from Le Tour but we will link them here just in case you missed them.

The Middleham Jewel and Richard III Talk


An illustrated talk by Dr Kate Giles in Slingsby Village Hall

Tuesday 22nd July at 7 30 p.m.

Come and hear the story of the discovery, sale and acquisition of the Middleham Jewel by the Yorkshire Museum, and explore new interpretations of its meaning and significance in relation to Richard III and Middleham Castle. All Welcome. Entrance £2

Slingsby Local History Group.


‘Slingsby, Then and Now’ sold out, again!


The Local History Group’s publication has now sold out, again! A further 50 were printed after the initial two print runs sold out but now these have all gone too. Tony Hodgson at the village shop has offered to keep an ‘order list’ if anyone still wants a copy but there will not be a reprint until there are about 25 on the list. Altogether 200 have been sold, raising a total of £1,350 for a village project.