THIRSK Racecourse’s first meeting of the season will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Injured Jockeys Fund. The charity has spent more than £17m in helping more than 1,000 jockeys whose injuries have forced some of them to give up riding. Racing on Saturday (April 12) will start at 2.15pm. For details, visit

An appeal to help families whose homes were destroyed in a fire has raised £13,000. Harrogate residents have donated the funds to people living in flats above Prezzo restaurant, in Albert Street, following the blaze on March 18, while local firms have offered food vouchers.

WOMEN’S TALK: Yorkshire Countrywomen's Association will hear about Help For Heroes’ Phoenix House Recovery Centre, Catterick Garrison, at its meeting on Wednesday (April 9), at 7.30pm, at Appleton Wiske village hall. For details, call 01609-881422

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FIRM ANNIVERSARY: A couple who have expanded agricultural and animal supplies firm Green Farm Health, which has stores in Northallerton and Thirsk, will hold a party to celebrate its tenth anniversary on Sunday, June 8. For details, email or call 01845-522611.

MOORS HISTORY: Northallerton and District Local History Society will hear a talk by North York Moors National Park Authority archaeologist Graham Lee about the iron ore industry of Rosedale on Tuesday (April 8), at 7pm. For details, call 01609-774662.

HEALTH EVENT: Hambleton and Richmondshire Action for multiple sclerosis will hold a free event, featuring talks and displays of home aids and vehicle adaptions, at Thirsk Auction Mart, on Friday (April 11), from 10am to 4pm.

CHAMBER CONCERT: Leading chamber music group the Aquarelle Guitar Quartet will perform at St Oswald’s Church, Sowerby, on Saturday (April 12), from 7.30pm. For tickets, costing £13 in advance, call 01845-518001 or visit White Rose Bookcafe, Thirsk.

CHURCH FAYRE: A spring fayre will be held at Thirsk Methodist Church, St James Green, on Saturday (April 12), from 10am to noon.

BOWLING INVITE: Residents are being invited to attend an open day at Sowerby Flatts Bowling Club on Saturday (April 12), from 2pm.