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Village marks Royal Tour de France visit with book

The Northern Echo: SPECIAL DAY: West Tanfield residents with the Le Tour de Tanfield book

2:22pm Friday 26th September 2014

A VILLAGE with a population of about 500 has re-lived the day thousands of Tour de France fans, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry visited.

Plan to further enhance Nidderdale area of outstanding beauty

The Northern Echo: CONSERVATION SCHEME: Nidderdale AONB volunteers collecting seed

2:09pm Friday 26th September 2014

A CONSERVATION body has announced plans to introduce wildflower species to 60 hectares of hay meadows, pastures and road verges as part of a scheme to enhance an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB).

Red ale to add to brewery's Halloween celebrations

The Northern Echo: CASK ALE WEEK: The Black Sheep Brewery at Masham

4:38pm Thursday 25th September 2014

A BREWERY is celebrating Cask Ale Week with activities for visitors and the unveiling of a spooky seasonal ale.

Petition calls for allotments to stay

The Northern Echo: Allotment petition: Mark Kettlewell, left, hands over more signatures to John Burton

5:37pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

ALLOTMENT holders in Bedale say they are delighted with support from the community for their battle to stay at their current site in the centre of the town.

Donkey driving champion's delight as debut novel is published

12:40pm Sunday 21st September 2014

A RETIRED GP has fulfilled a lifetime ambition after swapping her stethoscope to embark on a new career as an author.

RAF communications worker rises to musical challenge

The Northern Echo: AIMING HIGH: Former Northallerton College student Jon Sibley

1:46pm Thursday 18th September 2014

AN RAF communications worker is hoping his music career will take off after securing a place in the regional finals of a national contest for unsigned singer-songwriters.

Charity cyclists raise money for good causes

The Northern Echo: Charity cyclists: Riders In The Lower Dales Charity Cycle event

1:44pm Monday 15th September 2014

Charity fundraisers who got on their bikes for a 27 mile circuit of the Dales raised over £3,000.

Emotional rollercoaster for Fraja's family after scan reveals spot on heart

The Northern Echo: HEALTH CONCERNS: Fraja Simpson, who remains in remission from neuroblastoma

3:04pm Sunday 14th September 2014

THE family of a girl whose rare cancer disappeared have spoken of their relief after doctors' fears that she had relapsed proved unfounded.

Girls build glider and encryption devices with RAF

The Northern Echo: FLYING HIGH: A group of aspiring female engineers complete a three-day residential engineering work placement at 90 Signals Unit at RAF Leeming, with Sergeant Kev Stannard

2:35pm Thursday 11th September 2014

GIRLS had the chance to design and build a glider and a ground-to-air radio system as part of an initiative between schools and the RAF.

Builder challenges parking fine

The Northern Echo: John Prior: Builder refuses to pay parking fine

3:16pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

AN irate builder is refusing to pay a £25 parking fine slapped on his van while he was carrying out work.

Centenarian marks milestone with royal yacht trip

The Northern Echo: CENTURY MILESTONE: Hilda Manning, of Bedale, celebrating her 100th birthday   Picture: RICHARD DOUGHTY

5:16pm Friday 5th September 2014

A GREAT great grandmother is marking her 100th birthday with a trip to see the Queen's former floating residence.

Horse therapy proves ideal for Japanese teens

The Northern Echo: HORSE THERAPY: Members of the Japanese group get to know one of the horses.

3:47pm Thursday 4th September 2014

MUM and daughter team Sandra Kreutzer-Brett and Sarah Shearman joined forces to help autistic Japanese teenagers improve their communication skills - using horses and body language.

Mock air crash tests emergency response

The Northern Echo: CRASH SCENARIO: Emergency services work with RAF Leeming on rehearsing their response to an air crash. Photo: Jon Sibley

6:01pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

A MOCK-UP aircrash - complete with actors, flames and the element of surprise - today (Wednesday, August 27) tested RAF personnel and emergency crews in their response to a major incident.

Woman cut free after two car smash on Masham to Leyburn road

The Northern Echo: Overhual of services for North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

11:54am Saturday 23rd August 2014

A WOMAN had to be cut free by firefighters following a two car smash on the Leyburn to Masham road early today.

Emergency exercise at RAF base

3:37pm Monday 18th August 2014

AIRMEN and 999 crews will be putting themselves and their procedures to the test later this month.

New life for old railway carriage at Leeming Bar

The Northern Echo: CARRIAGE PLAN: Leeming Bar is home to the Wensleydale Railway.

1:13pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

HOPES of turning an old railway carriage into a local community centre are pressing ahead.

Bedale U13s win cup after tense final

The Northern Echo: CUP WINNERS:Bedale U13s cup winning cricket team. Back row from left, Martin Harvey (Coach), Chris Stubbs, Jake Harvey, Jack Smith, Matthew Dollimore, Jack Lawson. Front Row from left, Ben Taylor, Joseph Chisholm, Henry Shepherd, John Estensen, Charlie To

1:21pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

BEDALE under-13 cricket team triumphed in the Hambleton Junior Cricket League Norman Whitely Cup after a tense final.

Four friends put "hit and miss" training behind them as they cycle the country

The Northern Echo: LONG HAUL: Austin Gregg, from Masham, who has set himself the tough challenge of cycling the length of the country

3:23pm Friday 8th August 2014

A GROUP of four friends are due to set off on the most challenging ride of their life when they attempt to cycle from John O’Groats to Lands End in nine days.

Bang on bangers set to double turnover

The Northern Echo: Heck Sausages: L to R, Mike Wick, Barclays with Andrew Keeble of Heck Food

3:15pm Monday 4th August 2014

A BORN again sausage company producing more than 200 sausages a minute is looking to double turnover in the next year.

Disaster photographer and film maker at centre of beach plane crash tragedy

The Northern Echo: (8663559)

6:03am Tuesday 29th July 2014

A NORTH Yorkshire TV producer and photographer who has been at the centre of some of the world's biggest disasters found himself in the middle of another tragedy while on holiday in America.

Cyclist airlifted to hospital after being knocked off bike

The Northern Echo: ROAD ACCIDENT: A woman was knocked off her bike near Bedale on Sunday evening.

11:53am Monday 28th July 2014

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a woman was knocked off her bike by a car towing a caravan which then failed to stop.

Bangers and beer help inaugural festival get off to a fine start

The Northern Echo: SAUSAGE DAY: Organises and butchers at a sausage competition at Camp Hill Estate near Bedale. From left; butcher and organiser Andrew Keeble, Camp Hill Estate manager Jo Ropner and butcher and organiser Mark Cockburn. Picture: ANDY LAMB

4:59pm Sunday 27th July 2014

BUTCHERS and brewers helped entertain visitors to a new sausage and beer festival.

Candle ceremony to mark the start of the First World War

12:01pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A special Lights Out ceremony is being held at the War Memorial in St Gregory’s church in Bedale to mark the start of the First World War.

Fraja appeal hits £200,000 landmark

The Northern Echo: Fraja after her latest trip to Hospital

6:03am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

THE parents of a girl who is battling a rare cancer have thanked fundraisers after their appeal to pay for treatment abroad passed the £200,000 milestone.

Sausage and beer festival

The Northern Echo: (8510071)

6:53pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A SAUSAGE and beer festival is taking place this weekend in North Yorkshire to celebrate local brewers and butchers.

Young cricketers narrowly miss out on northern champions title

The Northern Echo: KWIK CRICKET: Top centre: Rhys Wise-Malcolm, James Lockwood, Jacob Symms. Left to right: Ben Rodgers, Harry Anderson, Tom Smith, Joshua Coburn, Lily Crosthwaite, Josh Newell, and John Pengilly.

5:22pm Monday 21st July 2014

A PRIMARY school cricket team narrowly missed out on becoming northern champions – but the team is still proud of their achievement.

RAF personnel erect memorial in Lithuania

The Northern Echo: MISSION MARKED: Members of 135 Expeditionary Air Wing, based at RAF Leeming attend a memorial ceremony at the Hill of Crosses, in Lithuania

2:27pm Monday 21st July 2014

RAF personnel have erected a memorial to mark their mission to patrol the skies of north-east Europe.

Special school's expanding farm attracts day trips

The Northern Echo: NEW ARRIVAL: Laura Parker, six, with one of this year's lambs at the Mowbray School farm

3:09pm Sunday 20th July 2014

A FARM at a special school which breeds its own pigs has become so successful it is attracting coach-loads of visitors.

Excavation pit for bypass scheme comes under fire

1:28pm Friday 18th July 2014

CAMPAIGNERS have warned of “creeping industrialisation” into the countryside, after approvals were granted for major excavations to supply material for a £43m bypass.

£42m Bedale bypass to be built after winning Government approval

The Northern Echo: FINAL APPROVAL: The route of the Bedale A684 bypass

6:31pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

A £42m scheme to cut traffic through villages and a market town has been given the go-ahead, after being delayed for years over funding.

New housing development planned

6:31pm Monday 14th July 2014

PLANS for a major new housing development in Aiskew, near Bedale have been submitted to Hambleton District Council.

Soft drinks manufacturer set to create 100 jobs

The Northern Echo: Hambleton District Council - zxc

1:27pm Sunday 13th July 2014

UP to 100 jobs are due to be created at a soft drinks manufacturer after plans to expand its plant were approved.

RAF team prove they are no slouches in the kitchen

The Northern Echo: PASTA WINNER: Group Captain Steve Reeves with gold medal winner SAC Miles Ludlow.

1:44pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

AIRMEN and women from North Yorkshire showed some down-to-earth skills when they triumphed at a culinary competition.

Glamping village finalist in prestigious awards

The Northern Echo: Camp Katur's Kerry Roy

11:43am Tuesday 8th July 2014

A 'GLAMPING' village in North Yorkshire has reached the finals of a prestigious competition.

Police release image of indecent exposure suspect

1:40pm Friday 4th July 2014

DETECTIVES hunting a man wanted in connection with two incidents of indecent exposure have released an e-fit of the suspect.

Owzat for Freja Ellie

The Northern Echo: Fraja after her latest trip to Hospital

3:24pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

A ROUND the clock cricket match is being held to try to score the most runs in 24 hours, notch up a world record and raise money for the Fraja Ellie appeal.

Two girls in shock after man performs lewd acts

The Northern Echo: WITNESS PLEA: North Yorkshire Police are appealing to anyone who saw a blue Vauxhall Astra crashed near Ferrensby on Sunday night to call them

12:17pm Sunday 29th June 2014

DETECTIVES have issued an appeal for help after a report of indecent exposure in Catterick Village which they are linking to a similar incident in Bedale.

Beer and music festival

The Northern Echo: BEER FESTIVAL: The White Bear at Masham.

1:35pm Tuesday 24th June 2014

Thousands are expected at the annual three-day music and beer festival at the White Bear Hotel, Masham, from Friday, June 27. As well as Theakston ales, a further 30 beers are available from breweries nationwide together with a wide range of musical entertainment playing a range of differing styles, including jazz, blues and folk. General manager Sue Thomas said: "With the Tour de France passing through the town just a week later, the beer festival is a great opportunity for Masham to start its party early.”

Local singer heads back to Glastonbury

The Northern Echo: GLASTONBURY BOUND: Pip Mountjoy, from Bedale, is set to return to Glastonbury Festival this weekend

1:00pm Tuesday 24th June 2014

A SINGER-SONGWRITER has been invited to play Glastonbury Festival for the second year.

A balloon drops in on residents in Bedale

The Northern Echo: A balloon drops in on housing estate. Photograph Malcolm Young

1:31pm Monday 23rd June 2014

RESIDENTS got an unusual wake-up call at the weekend when an air balloon landed in the middle of a housing estate.

Timeless toy helps children build their imagination

The Northern Echo: LEGO FUN: Sam Carter enjoys Mowbray School's Lego fair. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT (7156634)

6:12pm Sunday 15th June 2014

LEGO railways, buildings and vehicles of every imaginable kind were on display at a school event.

Pair arrested by police investigating fire

The Northern Echo: Belly Buster: Firefighters tackle the blaze

6:08pm Tuesday 10th June 2014

DETECTIVES investigating a suspicious fire which caused devastating damage to a town centre shop in Bedale, North Yorkshire, have arrested two men.

Allotment holders launch petition to stop church selling off land

The Northern Echo: Bedale Allotments: Campaigners fight to stop the church selling off land

5:24pm Tuesday 10th June 2014

CAMPAIGNERS battling to stop the church selling off one of the oldest allotment sites in the country for up to £1m have launched a hands-off petition.

Help needed to give dales charity a hand to support elderly people

The Northern Echo: Help Appeal : Dales care centre in Bedale

5:35pm Monday 9th June 2014

A Dales charity which helps elderly and vulnerable people is appealing for volunteers to help them offer support and practical assistance.

Pizza shop hit by early morning fire in market town

The Northern Echo: The fire in Bedale Picture: Paul Berriff

10:00am Friday 6th June 2014

FIREFIGHTERS were called to a pizza shop hit by a blaze in the early hours of this morning.

Music festival hits the right note for town

The Northern Echo: Festival marquee: Crowds gather for the first Bamfest concert. Picture: Nikki Ramsay

11:33am Wednesday 4th June 2014

BEDALE's second annual music festival has been hailed a big success, with hundreds of visitors flocking to the town.

Tour de Bedale comes to town

The Northern Echo: Tour ready:  Ned Reed, Cloe Gibbons, John Estensen,  Katie Simmons and Louis Keane help decorate the market cross

6:56pm Tuesday 3rd June 2014

A TOWN is gearing up for the Tour de France, with a weekend of events planned including a super sized screen.

Cakes help raise money for Multiple Sclerosis research

The Northern Echo: Cake bakers:from left Lynne Garner, Val Abbey, David Batty and Vicki Lancaster help raise money

2:30pm Tuesday 3rd June 2014

STAFF at the Skipton Building Society’s Bedale branch put on a cake bake break for customers to raise money to help fight multiple sclerosis (MS).

Airmen in 24-hour cycle marathon

The Northern Echo: SPIN CYCLE: RAF Leeming Catering Flight takes on a 24 hour spin-a-thon challenge in the name of charity.

12:53pm Thursday 29th May 2014

AIRMEN kept their feet firmly on the ground when they pushed themselves to the limit to help two causes close to their hearts.

Town's music festival to get underway

The Northern Echo: (6537337)

5:54pm Monday 26th May 2014

A NORTH Yorkshire town is getting ready to welcome hundreds of visitors with the arrival of the second major music festival.

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