Taking a break

The Richmond Noticeboard is taking a break.

Pressure of work travel means we don’t have enough time just now to do justice to our news service for the town. Richmond’s a busy place and deserves a dedicated effort, so hopefully we’ll be back soon.

In the meantime, there’s a great independent news service being run out of Richmondshire Today to keep up with all the latest goings on as well as the visitor information at RichmondOnline and all the chatter at the Richmond Forum.

The events that have already been posted here at the noticeboard can be found here.

A massive thank you to all our contributors too. Of course we’re always able to find some time for volunteers so, if you fancy helping keep our service running, we’d love to hear from you. Training, equipment and support provided. Contact RichmondNoticeboard AT gmail.com if that interests you.


Social media help for local businesses

Aske-based web company Purple has teamed up with Richmond’s thecitysecret Academy to offer a Social Media Workshop for local businesses.

They say:

Would you like to learn more about the exciting world of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and how they can benefit your business?

Perhaps you are already a whizz on Social Media and would like to explore different ways to engage with your customers in the form on Email Newsletters and Blogging?

Local businesses, Purple Creative Studio and thecitysecret Academy have joined together for a Social Media Workshop to cover these subjects and more. The Workshop will be held on April the 6th at thecitysecret Academy’s training academy in Zetland Square, Richmond.

The workshop is open to businesses both small and large and is aimed at those with little or no experience of Social Media who are looking to embrace digital marketing and engage with a new audience.

 The Workshop begins at 9am and will cover subjects like:

 Exploring various Social Media platforms and how they are relevant to your business

 How to use Social Media to engage with your audience

 Developing a Social Media strategy and setting goals

 Measuring your engagement with Analytics tools

Places on the course are £10 and can be booked by visiting thecitysecret Academy website and viewing their current calendar of courses.

Spaces are expected to fill up quickly for this Workshop so advanced booking is recommended.

Harriers updates on personal best

By Rosie Adams

On Sunday the 5th March there was the Lightwater Valley 10k and 5k which saw 5 senior Richmond and Zetland athletes competing in the 10k and 3 juniors in the 5k. David Hack came 20th (42.51), Donna Riddler 21st and 2nd Lady (43.11), Kevin Bond 33 rd (44.43), Isabel Starkey 60th and 10th lady (47.22) and Jane Bond 200 th (58.30). In the junior race some fantastic results with Joshua Hammett in 2 nd , Tom O’Mahoney in 3 rd and Charlie Spence in 10 th position.

Jackie Keavney was over at the Haweswater half Marathon coming in 3 rd woman and 1 st V50 in a great time of 1.28.43. Jeremy Pattison competed in the very wet Trafford 10k and ran a new PB of 35.57. Nicki Buckett made a trip over to Wales to compete in the Newport half marathon in a new PB of 2.12.53.

There was a good turnout out of junior runners at the Northallerton Park run over the weekend with Will Smith in 1 st Position, Kyle Rabjohn in 2 nd , Matt Lambert 3 rd , Dylan Soley 4th, Sam kettlewell 6 th , Josh Smith 8 th and Matty Cole 13 th . A great run from Reece Dalton in the Darlington Park run coming in 1 st place in a new PB of 15.46.

Fundraisers look for cash to boost the Whit weekend parade

Do you have fond memories of the old Whit weekend parade in Richmond? If so you might want to get involved in boosting the modern day version.

A group of fundraisers from Richmond have taken to the crowdfunding website crowdfunder.org to raise £1,000. At the time of writing they had raised 35% of the target figure.

They say:

This campaign is designed to generate much needed extra funds to independently improve the Richmond whit weekend parade, from giving extra prizes for float entries and also giving additional funds in order to get more jazz bands to attend, in addition making it a far better show for the whole community.

You can pledge your support here.

Businesses urged to help tackle dog poo

Dog warden, Lee Richardson – with Ziggy, and Recycling officer, Sally Dixon, beside the dispenser at the Fosse car park in Richmond

Dog warden, Lee Richardson – with Ziggy, and Recycling officer, Sally Dixon, beside the
dispenser at the Fosse car park in Richmond

More dog poo bag dispensers are going to be installed. In a press release, Richmondshire District Council says a pilot scheme to issue the dog waste bag has been successful enough to be expanded.

And they call on local business leaders to get involved and help fund the project. The council says:

An innovative scheme to encourage dog owners to pick up after their pets is to be extended across Richmondshire following a successful pilot project.

Free dog waste bags will be available to dog walkers at waste bag dispensers throughout the district.

Council Spokesperson, Tony Duff, explains “We trialled these dispensers and found them to be very successful in encouraging dog walkers to pick up after their pets and keep our streets, paths and parks clear of dog mess. The poo bags are free from the dispensers, which offer advertising space for local businesses. The only cost to the Council will be the initial siting of the dispensers.

Businesses are being encouraged to support the scheme by buying advertising space from TiksPac – the company providing the dispensers and the free dog poo bags.

We aim to install 10 dispensers to start in key locations and hopefully provide more in response to demand from local businesses”.

For more information please contact TiksPac on 01925 593892 or Sally Dixon at the Councilon 01748 829100.

News update from the Harriers

By Rosie Adams

The Signals relays at Hetton-le-hole on the 18th of February saw some strong performances over the 2.2 mile course. The men had 3 teams out the first team coming home in 8th position included Liam Rabjohn, Rob Scott, Reece Dalton, Michael Major, Luke Hack and Josh Lincoln in a combined time of 70.26.

The next team in 16th position in a time of 75.32 consisted of Harry Robson, Jake Stephenson, Lee Davis, Alan Ashcroft, Steve Sadler and Simon Withers. The third team were 22nd in a time of 76.32 this team consisted of Carl Jones, Andrew Pearson, Jeremy Patterson, Mark Crawford, Greg Macdonald and Ken Harker. The Women had a strong team of Jo Adams, Rosie Adams, Shona Fletcher and Donna Riddler completing the course in 54.22 with Jo Adams running the 4th fastest leg in the competition. The Vet men were 7th in their category with Steve Sadler, Graham Ewart, Tony Ditchburn, Shaun Purkiss running a time of 57.44.

On the 19th February Richmond and Zetland hosted the final cross country in the NYSD league. The under 11 boys saw Dominic Wilford in 6th, Charlie Spene in 10th and Thomas Greer in 16th position. The under 11 girls had one runner Holly McCowie in a great 6th Postion. In the U13 Boys the team were victorious with Kyle Rabjohn in 1st and making him the U13 boys season champion, Josh Hammett 5th, George McCowie 9th, Daniel Francis 12th, Matty Cole 18th, Liam Clement 19th and Ally Chisholm 20th. This Victory made them the U13 boys Champions of the season.

The U13 girls had 2 runners Maisy Squires 6th and Emily Francis in 7th. The U15 boys dominated their race with Will Smith 2nd,Matthew Lambert 3rd, Sam Kettlewell 4th, Lewis Moore 5th and Ralph Chisholm 10th. The U15 boys are also league champions of the season. The U15 girls were represented by Anna Harrison in 5th. The U17 boys were well represented with Jake Stephenson in 2nd securing the season overall U17 champion, Harry Robson 3rd, Adam Walker 6th and Josh Smith 12th. The U17 Boys are also league Champions.

The Senior Women continued their winning form with Jo Adams 1st making her senior ladies champion. In 2nd Michelle Nolan making her V35 champion for the season. Rebecca Simpson was 7th, Jackie Keavney 10th giving her the V50 championship. Stephanie Stephenson 14th, Chloe Dalton 15th, Laura Kirkham 18th, Fiona Wilson 49th, Michelle Sprent 55th, Katey Purkiss-Mcendoo 58th and Nicki Bucket 70th. These great results made the senior ladies league champions.

The Senior Men have also been in great form this season and took the league championship. Rob Scott 5th, Reece Dalton 6th giving him the U20 championship, Tony Lambert 10th giving him the V45 championship, Mike Major 11th, Scott Wardman 10th, Luke Hack 21st, Alan Ashcroft 22nd, Ken Harker 24th, James Greer 38th and Lee Davies 40th, Mark Crawford 44th, Julian Simpson 46th, Steve Sadler 58th, Simon Withers 75th, Shaun Purkiss-Mcendoo 82nd and Mark Fletcher 105th. Crowning this fantastic season Richmond and Zetland took the aggregate trophy.

On the 25th of February R&Z travelled down to the National Cross-County Championships at Nottingham. In the U13 Boys Kyle Rabjohn was 31st, Charlie Stephenson 214th , Daniel Francis 228th, Josh Hament 256th, George McCowie 305th, Tom O’Mahoney 342nd and Thomas Greer 456th. In the U13 girls Alana Teasdale 291st, Emily Francis 297th, Holly McCowie 315th and Maisy Squires 358th. In the U15 boys Will Smith was 108thand Sam Kettlewell 300th. In the U15 girls Anna Harrison was 347th. In the Junior Men Luke Hack 163rd, James Greer 169th. In the Senior Women Jackie Keavney 289th Fiona Wilson 553rd and Michelle Sprent was 604th. In the Senior Men Rob Scott was 285th. Mark Crawford raced in the Scottish National cross-country championships and finished 244th.

Eliza Withers ran as a guest at the North East Counties indoor track and field on Sunday the 19th of Feb where she ran 9.77 at the U17 60m Hurdles.

Explore a year of art at Catterick Garrison library

catterick libraryArtwork produced in workshops at Catterick Garrison library during the last 12 months, along with the works from all eight libraries that hosted workshops during a three-year project, go on show this week.

Local residents are invited to visit the library on 1 March, from 2pm to 4pm, to help to celebrate the Creative Residencies project. The project has seen a diverse series of art workshops take place at the library during the last 12 months. Refreshments supplied by the Veteran’s Artisan Bakery will be served.

County councillor Chris Metcalfe, executive member for library and information dervices, said: “As part of the three-year Creative Residencies programme, 24 artists will be based in eight libraries to work with local people on a range of projects to widen participation in art, raise the profile of libraries and engage children, families and older people to develop inter-generational projects that are fun and inspiring.”

In November 2013, North Yorkshire County Council’s library service won funding of almost £100,000 from Arts Council England to put artists into libraries to work with communities. Creative Residencies is the resulting partnership project between the County Council’s library service, NYMAZ youth music programme and the County Council’s youth services to deliver these arts workshops.



Your chance to stand for the county council

Think you could do better in providing local services?…..well here’s your chance.

All six seats representing the Richmondshire District area on North Yorkshire County Council
are up for election on May 4 – and a special briefing session is being set up for election
agents and prospective candidates in March.

The county council is based in Northallerton and is responsible for some of the big spending local services such as education, social care and transports.

Local people are being urged to make a difference to the communities they live in and consider signing up as candidates for the May local elections.

The nearest councillors for this area at the moment are:

  • Helen Grant, Central Richmondshire division, NY Independent.
  • Carl Les, Catterick Bridge division, Conservative.
  • Stuart Parsons, Richmond division, NY Independent.

Anyone thinking of standing as a candidate – or acting as an agent – can attend to get more information on the process and what the role entails.

It takes place on Thursday, 2 March at 2pm at Mercury House, Station Road, Richmond.

Anyone wishing to attend should contact the Elections Team on 01748 901018 – and advise which County Division they are interested in as nomination packs will be distributed that day.

Police offer tack marking service this weekend

Officers will be offering a free tack marking service at Catterick Garrison Saddle Club, in Loos Road this Sunday (5 February) from 9.30am to 2.30pm.

Using hi-tech “dot peen” property marking technology, leather and metal items of tack can be marked with a unique number – deterring would-be thieves and making it much easier to reunite stolen property and secure convictions.

In a press release on the Force website, PCSO Eric Corfield, of Catterick Garrison Neighbourhood Policing Team, said:

Marking items of tack is one of the most effective crime deterrents. Criminals will see the permanent unique number, and know immediately that the equipment would be too difficult to sell on. If the worst happened and you were targeted, we are much more likely to be able to trace marked property and return it to you.

“Our property marking service is fast and free, so please make a note of the date in Catterick Garrison and come along on the day.

For more information about the free dot peen property marking service in Richmondshire, please email richmondshirepropertymarking@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk, or pick up a leaflet from your local police station in Richmond, Leyburn or Catterick Garrison. The service is also promoted on Twitter using #whatisdotpeen.

Harriers indoors, outdoors and after dark

Ladies team at the Northern Cross Country (10th)

Ladies team at the Northern Cross Country (10th)

By Mark Fletcher

This week saw Richmond’s athletes competing in events that took place after dark, indoors at
Sheffield and the Northern Cross Country championships producing winning performances at each event.

Steve Sadler took on the unknown and rather undulating Head Torch 5 miler held at Dalby Forest. Steve took to the limited vision race with aplomb and finished a superb 16th overall and the top V50 runner (38:45). The indoor season also continues and James Davidson competed at the Sheffield Open taking gold in both the U17 400m (54.68) and doubling up with gold in the 200m (24.8).

There were also some big runs from our athletes at the Northern Cross Country. Tony Lambert was first home for the club in 113 th (3 rd V45), with George Foster in 139 th , Rob Scott just behind in 142nd, Julian Simpson was 269th and Simon Withers in 406th. Luke Hack was 53rd in the U20 men's race and James Greer was 71st. In the U17 men's race Harry Robson was 74th. Kyle Rabjohn promising year continues with a fantastic run to finish 15 th , with Josh Hammett having an equally good run in his first Northerns in 64 th , Daniel Francis also ran well for 123 rd , Tom O’Mahoney not far behind in a pleasing 158 th and the consummate trier of Thomas Greer in 213 th.

The team were a very pleasing 16 th out of 25 teams. Alana Teasdale led home our U13 girls in 135 th , with Emily Francis just behind in 136 th and Maisy Squires in 180 th . In the U15 boys Will Smith had a good run in 42 nd with Matthew Lambert in a very decent 133 rd . Anna Harrison also had a good run in the U15 girls race for 150 th . The ladies had great runs and produced a fine team performance to finish the 10th team out of 44. Jo Adams was 51st, just followed by sister Rosie in 59th, with Jenna McGrevey in 63rd and Jacqui Keavney in 65 th (2 nd V50), Rebeeca Simpson was 85 th , Fiona Wilson in 292nd and Nicki Buckett in 323rd. In the U17 ladies race, Laura Kirkham was a very well placed 75th. Steve Middleton took top honours at Northallerton park run (20:41).

At Darlington, Liam Rabjohn was also first across the line (16:00). Ken Harker was 7th (18:27), Shona Fletcher was 11th (19:29, 1st lady), James Hook was 73rd (23:39) and Tom Osorio was 135th (26:28). Reece Dalton was 1st at Fountains Abbey (16:41) and Chloe Dalton was 23rd (21:49, 3 rd lady).

Further information on the club and training nights can be found on the website www.richmondzetlandharriers.co.uk.