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Primary school prepares for WWI centenary by making hundreds of poppies inspired by Tower of London

The Northern Echo: INSPIRATIONAL PROJECT: Pupils from Arkengarthdale Primary School in Langthwaite have constructed around 500 paper and clay poppies around the front entrance of the school building to raise money for the Phoenix House recovery centre in Catterick Garrison.

5:37pm Friday 24th October 2014

A PRIMARY school inspired by a sea of ceramic poppies adorning the walls and grounds at the Tower of London has recreated the scene to raise cash for injured soldiers and veterans.

MP warns Government over household waste recycling target

5:52pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

AN MP has warned the Government it must take action to ensure it meets the EU target of recycling 50 per cent of household waste by 2020.

Airfield campaigners question council's powers after High Court action ends

The Northern Echo: PLANNING SAGA: Bagby Airfield manager Steve Hoyle and supporters celebrating in January after an appeal against enforcement action by Hambleton District Council

5:12pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

A LONG-RUNNING row over noise at an airfield looks set to continue after a campaign group dropped its High Court legal action against a council.

Fire-hit waste firm unveils extension plan at 'unsuitable site'

5:22pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A 115-YEAR-OLD waste firm which was urged to move after being hit by a second major blaze in three years has revealed a plan to consolidate its operations at its site.

Northern barons' towns to celebrate Magna Carta milestone

The Northern Echo: HISTORIC MILESTONE: Thirsk and nearby Topcliffe and Helmsley are planning a range of events to mark the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta

4:59pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

REBEL barons from the North who helped force King John to guarantee freedoms will be heralded at celebrations to mark the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta.

Girl beats broken back for marathon swim to help those who saved her

The Northern Echo: BIG THANK-YOU: Natasha Sedgwick with Yorkshire Air Ambulance paramedic Graham Pemberton.

2:33pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A TEENAGER has fought her way back to health after breaking her back – and four of her ribs - in a head-on road smash.

Work on new-look Thirsk market square to begin following furore

The Northern Echo: NEW LOOK: How the plan for Thirsk Market Place looked before Hambleton District Council revisions

2:18pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A SCHEME to reinvigorate an historic market square after the controversial felling of mature trees is set to be introduced.

Thousands sign petition after horse shot and dumped in North Yorkshire garden

The Northern Echo: SHOT DEAD: Former racehorse Kit

12:53pm Saturday 18th October 2014

MORE than 3,000 people have signed a petition to have a North Yorkshire equestrian centre closed down, after a horse was killed and dumped in a garden.

Devastated owners' tribute to tragic Grand National horse

The Northern Echo: CLASS ACT: According To Pete on his way to winning a race at Sedgefield

6:02am Friday 17th October 2014

A RACEHORSE whose death in the Grand National sparked an outpouring of grief has been immortalised in a portrait.

Talented pupils cement school's reputation for hockey

The Northern Echo: TOP PLAYERS: Luke Brownlee, Marianne Morrice and Harry Goodall, of Thirsk School and Sixth Form College, who have all been selected to play hockey for the North of England team  Picture: RICHARD DOUGHTY

12:18pm Friday 17th October 2014

A SCHOOL is celebrating after having three pupils picked to play for the North of England hockey team.

New-look fireworks event to boost hospice charity

The Northern Echo: NEW VENUE: Thirsk Racecourse, which will host Thirsk Rotary Club's fireworks display

1:06pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

THE organisers of a new-look fundraising Bonfire Night event are urging residents from a wide area to show their support for a hospice charity .

Keeping dogs cosy over the winter

The Northern Echo: KEEPING WARM: Smaller dogs and short-haired dogs can particularly benefit from some woolly snugness.

1:12pm Monday 13th October 2014

KNITTING enthusiasts are being encouraged to get out their needles – to make winter more bearable for abandoned dogs.

Energy firm reveals 24-acre solar farm ambition

The Northern Echo: WILDLIFE HAVEN: Wild chamomile at a Lightsource solar farm in Hampshire

12:45pm Monday 13th October 2014

A LEADING renewable energy firm has revealed a plan to site a solar farm capable of powering 1,290 homes near a village mentioned in the Domesday Book.

Former accountant for North Yorkshire pub group given suspended prison sentence after theft

9:35pm Friday 10th October 2014

A FORMER accountant with a North Yorkshire-based pub group who stole almost £8,000 escaped prison because of her young baby.

Maasi warriors to perform life stories at church

12:39pm Thursday 9th October 2014

A GROUP of traditional performers from Kenya are to stage an free event at a church to raise funds for their families and improve their village.

Medal for former teacher and her dog Sky

The Northern Echo: SUCCESS: Frances Elliott with dog Sky after winning their gold medal

12:22pm Thursday 9th October 2014

A DOG agility trainer who has battled chronic pain and fatigue for 16 years has won a gold medal in a world cup event.

National accolade for Pickhill's Nag's Head Inn

The Northern Echo: GOOD HOTEL: Edward Boynton of the Nags Head with his award.  Picture:RICHARD DOUGHTY (11090863)

6:03am Monday 6th October 2014

A CELEBRATED North Yorkshire inn, that has served travellers for three centuries, has been named one of Britain’s best hotels.

Egg farmer lays down baking challenge

The Northern Echo: RISING CHALLENGE: Sue Potter in her kitchen in Catton, near Thirsk, launches her family firm's bake-off contest, as part of British Egg Week  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

5:33pm Monday 6th October 2014

AN EGG farmer has laid down a challenge for baking enthusiasts as part of a drive to reduce food waste.

Village saves up to buy its own life-saving equipment

The Northern Echo: FIRST AID: Village youngster Rose Jefferson has a lesson on how to use the defibrillator

3:21pm Monday 6th October 2014

RESIDENTS of a Hambleton village have pulled together to raise money for a community defibrillator to make sure help is always on hand.

Actor Christopher Timothy unveils statue to James Herriot vet Alf Wight

The Northern Echo: Christopher Timothy, James Herriot, Sean Hedges-Quinn, Rosie Page, Jim White (11107637)

2:06pm Sunday 5th October 2014

ACTOR Christopher Timothy was standing in a beck near the Yorkshire Dales village of Reeth wearing a women's plastic hat, to protect his recently dyed hair.

Jubilation as primary school bounces back

The Northern Echo: WE'RE GOOD: Pupils from Pickhill Primary School celebrate their success.  Picture:RICHARD DOUGHTY .

4:51pm Sunday 5th October 2014

A PRIMARY school is celebrating its comeback after being judged “good” by education inspectors.

Incoming headteacher aims to give pupils sporting chance

The Northern Echo: NEW ROLE: Richard Chandler

4:15pm Sunday 5th October 2014

THE new headteacher of a primary school has spoken of his determination to continue its record of sporting achievement.

Independent traders are given caffeine boost

The Northern Echo: COFFEE CRAWL: Traders are highlighting the role of independent firms in Thirsk Market Place

12:13pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

INDEPENDENT traders are to stage a fundraising coffee shop crawl to highlight a market town's unique range of retail outlets.

Boy, 14, thrilled at landing Leeds United football scholarship

12:09pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

A 14-YEAR-old boy has moved a step closer to fulfilling his dream to be a Premier League footballer after netting a scholarship with Leeds United.

Disabled care charity aims to extend services in Hambleton and Richmondshire

The Northern Echo: SERVICE PLANS: Support assistant Georgie Farragher prepares coffee for client Mikey Rayner

1:18pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

A CHARITY and company which works to enable disabled people to live the lifestyle of their choice is extending its services in Hambleton and Richmondshire.

Extra cash possible for North Yorkshire's 'notspots' says McIntosh

The Northern Echo: Anne McIntosh MP arrives at the Conservative Central Headquarters in Milbank, central London, as she will find out if she is to be ousted from her seat by her local party members. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday January 31, 2014. Anne McInto

3:46pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

BT has hinted that extra cash will be available to reach broadband “notspots” in North Yorkshire, after meeting an MP.

Former England rugby player heralds £250k sports pitch fundraising drive

The Northern Echo: SPORTING CHANCE: Cundall Manor School head of girls’ games Lynne Walkland and director of sport John Liley on the all-weather pitch site with pupils, from left, Basil Nettleton, 11, Connie Gill, 11, Ben Mewes, 15 and Helena Youmans, 15

1:07pm Monday 29th September 2014

A FORMER England rugby star has praised fundraisers as work gets under way on a £250,000 sports pitch at a school.

Vicar launches urgent appeal to keep church open

2:18pm Friday 26th September 2014

CHRISTIAN leaders say they are facing a race against time to keep a 15th century church open.

Egg farmer runs 100 miles in less than 24 hours

The Northern Echo: RUNNING MAN: Egg farmer Adrian Potter

3:14pm Thursday 25th September 2014

AN egg farmer has raised £25,000 for an air ambulance service after running more than 100 miles in less than 24 hours.

Mother thanks community for raising £30,000 in memory of son

The Northern Echo: REMEMBERED: Patrick Hooker

6:34pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

THE mother of a 13-year-old boy who died of cancer has thanked residents of a small North Yorkshire village for helping raise £30,000 in his memory.

MP heralds work of Army air regiment

The Northern Echo: VITAL ROLE: Skipton and Ripon MP Julian Smith meets members of 9 Regiment Army Air Corps at Dishforth Airfield

6:18pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

AN Army regiment which has provided air support for the Special Forces has been praised for its role in the community by an MP.

Appeal for restoration after arsonists wreck community mosaic

The Northern Echo: ARSON ATTACK: A section of the damaged Millennium Mosaic, in Thirsk

5:42pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

THE creators of a public artwork highlighting a market town's history have appealed for help to restore it after an arson attack.

Victims' anger after man convicted of indecent assault walks free from court

The Northern Echo: SET FREE: Anthony Thompson

6:03am Monday 22nd September 2014

TWO victims spoke of their anger last night (Sunday, September 21) after a man who abused them as children walked free from court.

Red, white and blue ensemble is first past the post

The Northern Echo: HEAD FIRST: Julie Moore, of Redcar, who won Thirsk Racecourse's Best Ladies’ Hat competition

2:43pm Monday 22nd September 2014

RAIN failed to put a dampener on a racecourse's Ladies’ Day event, as scores of racegoers turned on the style in an attempt to secure best dressed prizes.

Hairdresser takes on Brownlee triathlon challenge

The Northern Echo: IN TRAINING: Fiona Curry, who is set to compete in the Brownlee Triathlon

3:16pm Friday 19th September 2014

A HAIRDRESSER is set to line up alongside Olympic medallists Jonny and Alistair Brownlee to raise funds in memory of her father.

Long-standing football team finally nets with league record

The Northern Echo: ALWAYS UNITED: The North York Cosmos, who have played together for 40 seasons

1:47pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A GROUP of tradesmen have nailed a six-a-side football league's longevity record by playing 40 consecutive seasons together.

Clothes sale to boost care association

12:43pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

A CLOTHING chain is set to hold a sale to boost a charity works to improve health, reduce isolation and loneliness in the Thirsk area.

Play scheme given sensory equipment by housing developer

The Northern Echo: SENSORY EQUIPMENT: Megan Tate and Joshua Peacock with Alison Grainger, right, from Mulberry Homes, and play scheme co-ordinator Jane Wilson

12:21pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

VISITORS to a play scheme for young people with complex medical needs have been given £500 of sensory equipment by a housing developer.

Top designers challenged to design villages' £1m community hub

The Northern Echo: (10429851)

4:35pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

A PLAN to create a £1m community centre, pavilion and sporting facilities for two villages with a combined population of 400 has received a major boost after securing a grant to stage a Royal Institute of British Architects design competition.

Historic cart bridge set to reopen as residents' frustration mounts

The Northern Echo: MOUNTING CONCERNS: Blakey Bridge, which has been closed for six weeks after being hit by vehicles

3:54pm Monday 15th September 2014

AN historic cart bridge which has been closed numerous times due to damage is set to reopen with barriers to protect it.

Archeologist to reveal details about Roman roads in North Yorkshire

The Northern Echo: ROMAN ROADS: Archaeologist Hugh Toller is set to reveal details about ancient highways in North Yorkshire

1:44pm Monday 15th September 2014

A ROMAN archaeology expert is set to give the second of a series of talks revealing details about roads in North Yorkshire during the period.

International drugs gang jailed after £55m haul seized from North Yorkshire warehouse

The Northern Echo:

4:29pm Friday 12th September 2014

NINE members of an international drugs gang led by a North-East mastermind are tonight (Friday, September 12) beginning lengthy jail terms for their roles in smuggling millions of pounds worth of amphetamine into the UK.

Murky reality behind the businessman's facade

The Northern Echo:

8:38pm Friday 12th September 2014

ON the face of it Michael Watts was a respectable man.

Alert after spate van raids in Thirsk area

2:13pm Thursday 11th September 2014

POLICE are warning van owners and tradespeople to be extra vigilant after a spate of thefts in the Thirsk and Sowerby area.

Young TV vets visit 'inspirational' Herriot centre

The Northern Echo:

2:56pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

TWO vets who appeared on a TV show while training to care for animals have made a pilgrimage to the former home of the man who inspired them to take up the job.

Sutton Bank closed for maintenance

6:24pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

THE main road through the North York Moors between Thirsk and Helmsley the A170 continues to be closed at Sutton Bank for annual maintenance. Diversions have been set up by North Yorkshire highways, but delays are likely. Maintenance is being carried out on the road surface and to check the rock face of the banks. The road is due to reopen on Friday, September 12.

Herriot author bronze statue set to be unveiled

The Northern Echo: LASTING LEGACY: Author Alf Wight, a statue of whom is set to be unveiled

6:03am Monday 8th September 2014

A STATUE of the vet who wrote the James Herriot books is set to be unveiled, after being approved by his children.

SIx fire crews tackle industrial estate blaze at Dalton, near Thirsk

The Northern Echo: fire engine north yorkshire service - zxc

2:15pm Saturday 6th September 2014

Six fire crews attended a large incident at an industrial estate near Thirsk, North Yorkshire, this morning.

Game of Thrones blamed for influx of husky-type breeds being abandoned at pet rescue centres after they become too difficult to look after

The Northern Echo: PUPPY APPEAL: A litter of nine husky puppies are seeking new homes from the Blue Cross centre in Thirsk.

7:14pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

POPULAR fantasy TV show A Game of Thrones is being blamed for a flood of abandoned huskies after their enthusiastic new owners suddenly realise the extent of exercise the working dogs need.

Main road closed at Sutton Bank

6:51pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

ONE of the region's steepest roads will be closed for a week from September 8 while repair and maintenance work is carried out.

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