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'Amazing, appalling, shocking' - the reality of Foodbank Britain

The Northern Echo: Bishop Seamus Cunnigham and Bishop Mark Bryant at Gateshead Foodbank

12:10am Wednesday 16th April 2014

“AMAZING, appalling, shocking.”

463% rise in North-East foodbank users in just 12 months

The Northern Echo: The Right Reverend Justin Welby, left, packs a parcel with Alan Bell, centre, of Emmanuel Church and helper Peter MacLellan

12:10am Wednesday 16th April 2014

DOZENS of bishops and hundreds of faith leaders including the Bishop of Durham will today (Wednesday, April 16) demand the Government take urgent action to tackle the growing food crisis engulfing the UK.

Thieving company accountant must pay back £21,923 to valve maker

The Northern Echo: STATLEY BEARING: Construction of Durham Crown Court was problematical to say the least, but the architecture of the completed building has stood the test of time.

5:24pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

A THIEVING accounts administrator, whose activities almost brought the company employing her to its knees, is to pay back £21,923.

New super-diocese will be the biggest in the country

The Northern Echo: The new super-diocese and its five Episcopal areas.

1:01pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

ECCLESISTICAL history will be made on Easter Sunday, with the launch of the Church of England’s first new diocese since 1929.

Tractors converge on North Yorkshire

The Northern Echo: Tractor enthusiasts gearing up for this year's Tractor Fest at Newby Hall.

1:34pm Monday 14th April 2014

TRACTOR fans are preparing to converge on North Yorkshire for a major gathering of the mighty machines.

Dales visitor attraction opens adventure sport walkways

The Northern Echo: ADVENTURE SPORT: Via ferrata at How Stean Gorge.

6:27pm Friday 11th April 2014

VISITORS to a gorge will be invited to test their mettle on high level cable walkways.

Runner set to take on London Marathon barefoot, in fancy dress with arms tied together

The Northern Echo: INSPIRED: Jonathan Barrow trains barefoot ahead of the London Marathon.

11:06am Tuesday 8th April 2014

A CORPORATE strategy consultant says he will run the London Marathon barefoot, in fancy dress with his arms tied together if he receives £7,000 sponsorship to fund a dream holiday for a boy with cystic fibrosis.

Royal Engineer's bungee jump to boost Enzo stem cell appeal

The Northern Echo: FUNDRAISING INSPIRATION: Enzo Thompson.

12:50pm Sunday 6th April 2014

A SOLDIER has undertaken a bungee jump off Middlesbrough’s Transporter Bridge to raise funds for stem cell treatment for a toddler who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy after being starved of oxygen during labour.

Tour de France legends attend 100 days countdown dinner

The Northern Echo: Former Tour de France cyclists England's Brian Robinson and France's Bernard Hinault, who won the race five times, on stage at Y14

4:51pm Friday 4th April 2014

FIVE-time Tour de France winner Bernard Hinault and British cycling legend Brian Robinson legends and celebrities have attended a dinner at Ripon Cathedral to mark the 100-day countdown to the Tour de France Yorkshire Grand Départ. The event saw Welcome to Yorkshire, British Cycling and Tour organisers the Amaury Sports Organisation agree to deliver an international cycling race around Yorkshire from 2015.

North Yorkshire Police to be investigated by IPCC over way it dealt with Jimmy Savile child abuse allegations

The Northern Echo: Jimmy Savile

8:47pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

NORTH Yorkshire Police and the county's Crime Commissioner have asked the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) to investigate its handling of historic child abuse allegations involving Jimmy Savile and his friend Peter Jaconelli.

Diocese urges residents to grow poppies to mark First World War centenary

The Northern Echo: Children to take part in commemoration of centenary of Great War

2:59pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

POPPIES will be grown in churches and church schools as a joint act of remembrance for the centenary of the First World War.

Child abuse victim appointed by the Pope to special commission for child protection

The Northern Echo: Tink Palmer who set up the Marie Collins Foundation

7:10pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

A trustee of a North Yorkshire-based charity who was abused as a child by a priest has been appointed by the Pope to a new international commission aimed at protecting children.

Events to mark First World War centenary

The Northern Echo: Royal British Legion
Poppy Appeal (4353536)

5:58pm Monday 31st March 2014

ONE of the region’s official Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty has put together a programme of events to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Farmer gives new life to unwanted tools

The Northern Echo: Mark Henshaw at work in his shed.

11:47am Friday 21st March 2014

A RETIRED farmer who has restored thousands of tradesmens’ tools for people in Africa is appealing for help to continue the charitable work.

Youngsters invited to play a part in Newby Hall Tractor Fest

The Northern Echo: Gearing up for this year’s Tractor Fest – local schoolchildren outside Newby Hall with Brian Chester, working steward with the Yorkshire Vintage Assocation.

3:11pm Thursday 20th March 2014

YOUNGSTERS are being invited to play a crucial role in an upcoming celebration of the world of the tractor.

Yorkshire Ambulance Trust workers announce further strikes

The Northern Echo: Unite pickets outside Keighley ambulance station during the strike action taken on Saturday

4:51pm Tuesday 18th March 2014

Ambulance workers are to stage a series of fresh strikes in a long-running row over shifts and working hours.

Five kilometre run staged at Fountains Abbey every week

5:31pm Tuesday 18th March 2014

RUNNERS are invited to take part in a five kilometre park run held at the National Trust’s Fountains Abbey site, near Ripon, every Saturday. The timed run starts at 9am and is organised by volunteers. It’s staged on a course on National Trust land around the Abbey site, all runners do two laps of the course. For more information and to register go to the website .

MP issues warning over misleading websites

The Northern Echo: SCATHING ATTACK: Julian Smith, MP for Skipton and Ripon

12:56pm Tuesday 18th March 2014

RIPON MP Julian Smith, has raised concerns in Parliament about websites that mislead people into thinking they are official Government sites. A number of constituents have contacted the MP over websites that charge additional fees for services. He said most people encounter the websites though advertisements on search result pages and that the National Trading Standards Board had launched an investigation.

Les Mis comes to the Ripon Grammar School stage

The Northern Echo: Aidan Clancy and Lucy Watkiss as Monsieur et Madame Thenardier.

3:22pm Monday 17th March 2014

YOUNG actors and musicians have embarked on a onc- in-a-lifetime experience with most ambitious production to date.

Guesthouse to be built on pub site

4:21pm Monday 17th March 2014

Councillors have approved a scheme to build a guesthouse on the site of the old Drovers Inn at Dallowgill, near Kirkby Malzeard, which had to be demolished after being hit by fire a year ago. They were told a new pub would not be commercially viable.

Ripon builder's stepladder fall ended in tragedy, inquest told

The Northern Echo: County Hall, Northallerton, head quarters of North Yorkshire County Council

4:32pm Thursday 13th March 2014

AN inquest has heard how a builder died of head injuries when he fell from a stepladder while working on a luxury home extension.

Darlington vicar confirmed as new Dean of Ripon

The Northern Echo: NEW ROLE: The Very Reverend Canon John Dobson, who is moving from Darlington to Ripon

12:59pm Thursday 13th March 2014

A PROMINENT North-East clergyman has been appointed to a senior post in the Church of England.

Brewing family overcomes legendary rivalry for the Tour de France

The Northern Echo: Simon Theakston, from T&R Theakston brewery and Robert Theakston, from the Black Sheep Brewery

4:23pm Wednesday 12th March 2014

DECADES of legendary rivalry between two family breweries will be buried as they come together in an “entente cordiale” for the Tour de France.

Cars damaged as vandals go on spree

The Northern Echo: Violent offender arrested in Catterick after manhunt

5:02pm Tuesday 11th March 2014

VANDALS damaged dozens of cars in a rampage that stretched across a city. North Yorkshire Police said at least 29 vehicles between Aismunderby and Clotherholme roads had their tyres slashed and their bodywork scratched on Saturday, March 8, in the evening. Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 5551111.

Theme Park hosts charity fun run

The Northern Echo: Trophies created by Jenny Ruth workshops

12:38pm Tuesday 11th March 2014

THE Lightwater Valley Challenge ten kilometer race is being held on Sunday March 16 around the grounds of the theme park and surrounding countryside.

Talk on the "Mother of Methodism"

11:53am Tuesday 11th March 2014

Dr Arthur Faulkner will speak on Susannah Wesley – Mother of Methodism, at a meeting of Ripon Cathedral Friends on Sunday (March 16), at 3pm, at Thorpe Prebend House, High Saint Agnesgate. Entry costs £4.

Stargazers asked to help out in North-East light pollution survey

The Northern Echo: Stargazers asked to join light pollution survey

1:40pm Friday 7th March 2014

A SCHEME to tackle light pollution is calling on stargazers to join in its Star Count 2014.

Councillor chosen for third term as Mayor of Ripon

The Northern Echo: The Mayor of Ripon, Coun Mick Stanley

12:29pm Tuesday 4th March 2014

COUNCILLOR Mick Stanley has been chosen to serve as Mayor of Ripon for the third time in the last four years. The mayor-making ceremony will held held in the town (corr) hall on Tuesday, May 6, which will be followed by a service in the cathedral on May 11, when Coun Stanley will be officially installed in the role. He said both he and his wife, Gill, were looking forward to representing the city again.

Disbanded army squadron gives parting gift to Ripon

The Northern Echo: PARTING GIFT: Major Mike Treffry-Kingdom presents Mayor of Ripon, Councillor Mick Stanley, with a 15 Squadron Banner as a token of thanks to the city.

3:46pm Monday 3rd March 2014

A 188-YEAR-OLD Army regiment has thanked the residents of a city for their support after leaving its barracks for the final time.

Help the North stake its claim to England's Hall of Fame

The Northern Echo: Durham flag designers Katie, left, and twin sister Holly Moffatt from Chilton hold the new flag at Durham Cathedral with dignitaries in background.

2:59pm Monday 3rd March 2014

NORTH-East tourism bosses are asking people to celebrate the area’s claims to fame by nominating them for a place in a new hall of fame.

Runners invited to get fit at ancient abbey

The Northern Echo: The ruins of Fountains Abbey from the River Skell

12:28pm Friday 28th February 2014

A WORLD heritage site is inviting visitors of all abilities to put on their running shoes for the first in a series of “park runs” organised by volunteers.

Disabled plunged into “distress and financial difficulties” by botched benefits test, watchdog warns

The Northern Echo: Protesters make their point against Atos

12:00am Thursday 27th February 2014

DISABLED people have been plunged into “distress and financial difficulties” by a second botched benefits test, a watchdog warns today (Thursday).

Labour suggests single police force for whole of North-East

The Northern Echo: Former Shipley MP Chris Leslie

5:51pm Tuesday 25th February 2014

THE NORTH-East would have a single police force, under a cost-cutting Labour idea floated yesterday (Tuesday) - triggering a row.

Tributes paid to nut allergy bar manager as investigation is launched

The Northern Echo: North Yorkshire Police - zxc

7:00am Tuesday 25th February 2014

TRIBUTES have been paid to a bar manager with a severe nut allergy, whose death has sparked a major investigation.

Insight into the inner workings of the British Library

The Northern Echo: The British Library at Boston Spa

5:20pm Tuesday 25th February 2014

A TALK on how the British Library came into existence and how it is facing the challenges of new media is to take place in North Yorkshire.

Teenager named as best soldier

The Northern Echo: Jordan McCarthy - best junior soldier.

12:33pm Tuesday 25th February 2014

RAMROD straight and head held high, teenager Jordan McCarthy had reason to be particularly proud when he graduated from the Army Foundation College.

Mayor of Ripon joins Conservatives 'to bolster achievements'

The Northern Echo: The Mayor of Ripon, Coun Mick Stanley

1:41pm Tuesday 25th February 2014

THE Mayor of Ripon has joined the Conservatives after seven years as an independent councillor on city council. Councillor Mick Stanley said he and fellow independent councillor Sylvia Brierley said the pair had joined Ripon Conservatives as the only achievements made by the authority had been when they had worked with party. He added: "We have together managed to streamline the council committee structure, meet less frequently and make committee meetings more effective, and we have agreed a balanced budget for the past two years."

Signatures tablecloth returns to village after 50 years

The Northern Echo: LOCAL HISTORY: Residents of the Fearby area with the tablecloth they signed 50 years ago.

12:59pm Monday 24th February 2014

A TABLECLOTH embroidered with signatures of villagers 50 years ago which was given as a leaving present to a couple emigrating to New Zealand has been returned to its roots.

Ripon to stage festival to celebrate Tour de France visit

The Northern Echo: CYCLE FESTIVAL: Ripon Hornblower George Pickles heralds the Le Tour Ripon festival with organiser Neil Dunkley

5:04pm Friday 21st February 2014

CYCLING enthusiasts will stage a festival of events ahead of the Tour de France visiting a city to inspire and enable more people to ride bikes.

Choral society takes contemporary path

The Northern Echo: Charlotte Tetley.

3:35pm Thursday 20th February 2014

RIPON Choral Society is cutting a contemporary dash with its upcoming concert - by featuring works from two of Britain’s best-known living composers.

Nearby residents express concern after huge sinkhole opens up in Ripon

The Northern Echo: Nearby residents express concern after huge sinkhole opens up in Ripon

12:54pm Tuesday 18th February 2014

RESIDENTS living close to a large sinkhole in Ripon have expressed concern about the possible effect on their own properties.

Residents evacuated after sink hole opens up near property

8:09pm Monday 17th February 2014

A BUILDING has partially collapsed and properties evacuated after a sink hole opened up in a North Yorkshire street.

School gets life-saving equipment

The Northern Echo: Alison Reed, of the parents’ association, passes the defibrillator to student Lory Wong as sixth formers look on together with  Chris Sharp and Neil Marsey, of the ambulance Service, and Fiona Pearman, of the association

2:30pm Friday 14th February 2014

EMERGENCY equipment that could save lives has been installed at a school thanks to the fundraising efforts of the local parents' association.

Table top sale in aid of toddler group

4:50pm Thursday 13th February 2014

North Stainley Baby and Toddler Group, near Ripon, will be holding its annual indoor table top sale on Sunday, March 23 at the village hall, between 2pm and 4pm.

Paratrooper who carried Margaret Thatcher's coffin defends live goldfish neknomination stunt

The Northern Echo: THATCHER FUNERAL: Lance Corporal James Steel, the pallbearer second from the rear, has been criticised after drinking two live goldfish while taking part in the NekNomination craze

11:29am Tuesday 11th February 2014

A PARATROOPER who carried the coffin of Margaret Thatcher has defended his behaviour after drinking a pint of lager containing two live goldfish for a NekNomination stunt.

Blogging Bishop Nick Baines appointed to new Yorkshire diocese

The Northern Echo: Bishop Nick Baines speaking at Ripon Cathedral

6:38pm Tuesday 4th February 2014

A FORMER Government spy base analyst has been unveiled as the first bishop of what will be the largest Church of England diocese.

Black Sheep launches full-scale production of US-themed beer

The Northern Echo: CAPTION: Jo Theakston, of Black Sheep Brewery, with a pint of Bighorn, which was developed at its new microbrewery.

2:50pm Monday 3rd February 2014

A BREWERY has launched its first seasonal ale developed using its new small-scale production unit.

Hornblower heralded for services to tourism

The Northern Echo: HIGH NOTE: Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Gary Verity, left, awards Ripon Hornblower George Pickles a Yorkshire Patron accolade.

4:00pm Monday 3rd February 2014

THE man in charge of maintaining the world’s longest ongoing daily ceremony has been made a Yorkshire Patron.

Boroughbridge traders lose trade over Burrowbridge flooding confusion

The Northern Echo: NO FLOODING: The Crown Hotel, in Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire.

3:52pm Friday 31st January 2014

TRADERS in a North Yorkshire market town say their businesses have been hit by flooding more than 260 miles away.

Manchester City model football academy on Ripon Grammar School

The Northern Echo: Ripon Grammar School pupil Chris Man, 18, talks to officials from Manchester City Football Club about boarding life at the school

9:40pm Thursday 30th January 2014

A SCHOOL in the top flight of education is helping to shape the life of the next generation of footballers at the Premier League leaders.

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