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Business consultant fears Everest dream is over after Sherpas tragedy

The Northern Echo: PEAK PRACTICE: David Bradley at the summit of Mount McKinley, in Alaska.

5:37pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A BUSINESS consultant is facing having to abandon his attempt to climb Mount Everest following the death of 16 Sherpas in an avalanche.

MP calls for boycott of Virgin Money, as bank ends funding for Northern Rock Foundation

The Northern Echo: Northern Rock Foundation

11:00pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

LABOUR MPs spoke of their anger tonight (Tuesday, April 22) after it emerged the North-East’s biggest charity, the Northern Rock Foundation, is to close.

Social dance for charity in Sowerby Parochial Hall

3:54pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

AN evening of social sequence dancing will take place at Sowerby Parochial Hall in Sowerby, near Thirsk on Monday, May 26 from 7.30pm to 11pm.

Northern Rock Foundation closure a 'massive blow for North-East charities'

The Northern Echo: Justin Welby at Bike Stop, Darlington

5:49pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

CHARITIES across the North-East have suffered a major blow with the demise of the Northern Rock Foundation. Mark Tallentire reports.

Cyclists invited to join fundraising ride

The Northern Echo: INVITE: Thirsk Rotary Club cycle ride organiser Colin Watt

11:50am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

FUNDRAISERS are inviting cyclists of all ages to join them on a 20-mile fun ride to help boost local good causes.

Horror fall jockey presents donation for rehabilitation centre

The Northern Echo: Jockey Brian Toomey, fundraiser Jack Berry, and, right, Grand National winning jockey Gerry Scott, receive a cheque from James Sanderson, Clerk of the Course

2:07pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A JOCKEY who sustained life-threatening head injuries after his horse collapsed in a race has collected a £2,000 donation towards a rehabilitation centre for those injured in the sport.

Pet owners warned Easter eggs could prove fatal for dogs

The Northern Echo: Easter eggs could prove fatal for curious dogs

6:22pm Monday 21st April 2014

DOG owners are being warned that their haul of Easter eggs could prove poisonous to curious pets.

Two arrested over 38-year-old dad's nut allergy death

The Northern Echo: Violent offender arrested in Catterick after manhunt

3:31pm Monday 21st April 2014

POLICE investigating the death of a man who suffered an allergic reaction to nuts have arrested two men.

Parishioners begging vicars for food - Bishop of Durham

The Northern Echo: Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham

12:10am Thursday 17th April 2014

CHURCH vicars are increasingly being asked for help by hungry parishioners, the Bishop of Durham has claimed.

Victims get chance to improve their treatment

The Northern Echo: Julia Mulligan

2:00pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

VICTIMS of crime, road accidents and anti-social behaviour are being given a bigger say in how they are treated after such incidents.

'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.” That was the verdict of Durham Foodbank co-ordinator Peter MacLellan on new figures, released today, revealing a 463 per cent rise in North-East foodbank users in just 12 months.

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.

Cyclist suffers fractured neck in roundabout collision

The Northern Echo: Violent offender arrested in Catterick after manhunt

3:56pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A CYCLIST has sustained three fractures to her neck in a collision with a car beside a town centre roundabout.

Gaby Alderson charity auction to feature Mike Tyson boxing glove

The Northern Echo: COURAGEOUS: Gaby Alderson, who is battling MYCN-amplified neuroblastoma.

1:31pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A CHARITY auction, featuring a boxing glove signed by former world heavyweight champion boxer Mike Tyson, will be held to raise funds for an 11-year-old girl battling a rare cancer.

Singers invited to join the Northallerton Sing and Discover group

The Northern Echo: Singers from the two choirs and the school enjoyed the experience of singing together.

1:42pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

NORTHALLERTON Sing and Discover group is inviting singers to join it for rehearsals in preparation for a Sounds of the Summer concert, featuring 200 voices and the National Festival Orchestra, at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, in June.

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.

'No risk to human health' after E.coli outbreak confirmed at pig farms

The Northern Echo: "Where's your handkerchief, Porky?"

9:40am Wednesday 16th April 2014

A GOVERNMENT animal health investigation centre has moved to reassure consumers after an E.coli outbreak was confirmed at two pig farms.

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.

Thieves target village cricket club

The Northern Echo: Violent offender arrested in Catterick after manhunt

12:01pm Monday 14th April 2014

POLICE have turned to the public for help in tracking down thieves who targeted a village cricket club.

Petition to ban "painful" dog collars

The Northern Echo: A prong dog collar.

12:59pm Monday 14th April 2014

ANIMAL lovers are being urged to sign an on-line petition to help save dogs from harmful collars that use "unnecessary" force.

Former world jousting champion becomes Age UK role model

The Northern Echo: Joust Ye Not! Alan Beattie pictured in 2002

3:23pm Friday 11th April 2014

A FORMER world jousting champion is starring in a national TV campaign for Age UK to encourage older folk to make the most of later life.

Council dumps 0845 number

The Northern Echo: Hambleton District Council - zxc

5:01pm Friday 11th April 2014

A DISTRICT council is taking a step backwards – in an effort to make life cheaper for callers.

Cafe converted into Tour de France shrine

The Northern Echo: Cafe owner Andrew Cussons who has transformed his premises in Thirsk into a Tour de France theme

12:02pm Friday 11th April 2014

A CAFE run by a Tour de France volunteer has been turned into a shrine to the world’s biggest annual sporting event.

Holidays make bin collections a day late

The Northern Echo: Hambleton District Council - zxc

3:23pm Thursday 10th April 2014

REFUSE and recycling collections across Hambleton will be affected by the Easter and May Day holidays.

New venue for agricultural show

The Northern Echo: The 2009 supreme champion cattle at the show, a Blonde heiffer with Lucy Corner of Brafferton who exhibited with Alan Hall

4:47pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

A NEW venue has been announced for one of North Yorkshire’s agricultural shows this year.

Developers herald landmark in 925-home scheme

6:39pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

THE developers behind a controversial 925-home estate on the edge of a market town have unveiled the first show properties.

Residents urged to watch schools after vandals strike with purple substance

The Northern Echo: North Yorkshire Police - zxc

4:02pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

RESIDENTS are being urged to look out for suspicious activity around schools after vandals struck at the beginning of the Easter holidays.

Council invites residents to play key role in shaping town's future

The Northern Echo: SHOPPING HELP: Elderly residents in Thirsk are being offered help with meal planning and shopping.

12:43pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

THIRSK Town Council is seeking to co-opt a member following the retirement of Alan Morton, who served the authority for 20 years. The council’s responsibilities include Thirsk cemetery, public open spaces, eight play areas and public toilets. Anyone interested in becoming a councillor can call 01845- 526445.

Willow sculpture display at racecourse's season opener

The Northern Echo: DISPLAY: Whitby artist Emma Stothard and James Sanderson, of Thirsk Racecourse, with the willow horse sculpture.

10:59am Tuesday 8th April 2014

A WILLOW horse sculpture will take pride of place in the parade ring at Thirsk Racecourse at the track’s opening event of the season.

Commissioner bids to lessen fears over plans for new custody suite near primary school

The Northern Echo: Julia Mulligan, North Yorkshire's police and crime commissioner

6:20pm Monday 7th April 2014

A POLICE and crime commissioner has moved to allay fears that a proposed new force HQ, police station and custody centre opposite a primary school could put children at risk.

Care firm teams up with charity to highlight mass market scams

The Northern Echo: Neighbourhood watch warns of phone scam

10:43am Tuesday 8th April 2014

AN at-home care provider has teamed up with a charity to educate older people on how to protect themselves from falling victim to mass market scams.

Antiques expert's delight over early 1800s snuff box

The Northern Echo: Antiques Expert David Harper offers an evaluation to Janet Hoggart and Stuart Jewell from Thirsk who brought in an antique clock to the Thirsk Decorating Centre.

6:20pm Sunday 6th April 2014

ANTIQUES expert David Harper has valued dozens of collectables and family heirlooms at the relaunch of a decorating store.

Candlelit event planned to mark First World War outbreak centenary

2:23pm Friday 4th April 2014

A SERIES of events will be held in Thirsk to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Sports village plan set to achieve goal five years early

The Northern Echo: PLAN: An artist's impression of the Sowerby sports village

2:33pm Friday 4th April 2014

A £4m sports village is set to open five years earlier than planned after a council and property developer struck a deal with a landowner.

Lottery grant boost for youngsters' wildlife area scheme

The Northern Echo: Residents given £1m improve Clapham Junction area

2:28pm Friday 4th April 2014

VOLUNTEERS have secured a £10,000 grant to create an educational wildlife area for children at a playing field.

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.

Exhausted pony rescued from beck

The Northern Echo: The RSPCA has appealed for information

6:23pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

FIREFIGHTERS have rescued a pony which became stuck in the Cod Beck, near Front Street, Sowerby, Thirsk. Officers, who were called to the scene by the RSPCA, took an hour to winch the exhausted pony from the stream.

Appeal to demolish 'anti-social behaviour centre'

The Northern Echo: APPEAL: Councillors Janet Watson and Gareth Dadd outside the former cadet hut on Castlegarth, Thirsk.

11:42am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

COUNCILLORS have called on The Reserve Forces and Cadets Association (RFCA) to demolish an eyesore building after complaints that it had become a centre for anti-social behaviour.

Information and advice at event for MS sufferers

12:02pm Monday 31st March 2014

AN event for MS sufferers and their families is taking place in North Yorkshire next week.

Council admits airfield enforcement action failure ahead of High Court battle

The Northern Echo: Bagby Airfield, pictured in 2008

2:46pm Monday 31st March 2014

A COUNCIL which lost planning control of a controversial airfield has admitted its latest attempt to restrict flight numbers has nosedived.

Volunteers collect huge pile of litter in Leeming Bar

The Northern Echo: Rubbish piled up at Millbrook Towers this week

12:36pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

VOLUNTEERS have collected more than 50 bags of rubbish in three hours in Leeming Bar. Richard Moore, chairman of Leeming Bar Residents’ Association, said 24 bags of litter were collected from the business park on Conygarth Way. For details about the association, visit or visit its Facebook or Twitter pages.

Man rescued from North Yorkshire home following fire

The Northern Echo: Flat badly damaged by fire in North Yorkshire town

1:32pm Sunday 30th March 2014

A MAN had to be rescued from his flat after a fire broke out today (Sunday, March 30).

Fire crews called to deal with village hall fire

The Northern Echo: Flat badly damaged by fire in North Yorkshire town

12:16pm Sunday 30th March 2014

FIRE crews were called to a fire at Helperby Village Hall at about 8am on Saturday, March 29.

Chubby Brown and X-Factor finalists reveal World Cup goal

The Northern Echo: VOCAL SUPPORT: Chubby Brown recording The Hopes Of A Thousand Men.

2:38pm Friday 28th March 2014

A SONGWRITER has teamed up with veteran comedian Chubby Brown and former X-factor contestants Journey South in a bid to net the number one single during this year’s football World Cup.

Healthcare forum

The Northern Echo: NHS England South has appointed Sarah Elliott the new director for nursing and quality

6:04pm Friday 28th March 2014

A public forum for people across Hambleton and Richmondshire to discuss the future of local health services for older people takes place in Thirsk on Tuesday.

Sensational spring fair

12:33pm Friday 28th March 2014

Thirsk Methodist Church on St James Street in Thirsk will be holding a spring fair on Saturday, April 12 from 10am until 12pm.

Racing legend helps Thirsk cancer fundraiser

The Northern Echo: PERFECT PARTNERS: Bob Champion with Aldaniti

3:15pm Wednesday 26th March 2014

GRAND National winning jockey Bob Champion has helped a Thirsk couple raise £1,500 for cancer research.

Firms face legal action over Thirsk father's steel tubes tragedy

The Northern Echo: TRAGEDY: HGV driver Robert Ismay

5:52pm Tuesday 25th March 2014

THE Health and Safety Executive and the family of an HGV driver who died after being struck by steel tubes falling off his lorry are considering legal action against firms involved in the tragedy.

Inquest jury hears harrowing evidence into death of driver struck by steel tubes

7:59pm Monday 24th March 2014

AN HGV driver died after being struck by huge steel tubes while helping a novice forklift truck driver unload his lorry, an inquest has heard.

Super heroes combine their powers to pull van six miles

The Northern Echo: Tiff O'Kelly and Trevor Rand, who organised a fundraising, six mile endurance test, pulling a van from Thirsk to Topcliffe. Picture by Keith Taylor

3:54pm Monday 24th March 2014

A GROUP of strongmen and women dressed as super heroes have managed to pull a van six miles in a gruelling charity bid.

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