Youth Theatre School for Summer

“It is July 2015, 150 years since Lewis Carroll first told the story of ‘Alice In Wonderland’, and a surprising discovery of an ancient manuscript under the floorboards of the old Bay Horse has leading experts believeing the original story took place right here in the Ure Valley….”

Are you a young actor aged 8-16 who would like to learn new theatre skills and take part in an original new play based on Lewis Carroll’s ˜Alice in Wonderland”? The theatre sessions
and performance will be directed by professional Theatre Director and experienced Youth Theatre Leader, Sue Rosser and will take place at Green Hammerton Village Hall, from 10am until 4pm daily from 20th to 24th July, with an
evening performance on the final day. Cost is £65 for the week.

You will need to bring a packed lunch but drinks and snacks will be provided.

Places are limited so please do register your interest now, or by 1st July when we will confirm places and process payment. Feel free to call our Company Administrator Claire Jeffrey on 01423 339168 or email

“Record Breakers” Summer Reading Challenge at the Library

Be a Record Breaker at your library this summer! Summer is here and holidays are on the horizon; that special time of year when children aged from 4 to 11 take up the Summer Reading Challenge in libraries.  This year the Summer Reading Challenge has teamed up with Guinness World Records – the global authority in record-breaking achievements to establish a “Record Breakers” themed Challenge and North Yorkshire libraries are gearing up to encourage young readers to explore some of the astonishing real-life achievements and world records as featured in the annually published Guinness World Records Books.

Organised by The Reading Agency charity and the public library network, the annual Summer Reading Challenge, is simple and fun and free to join.
All children have to do is sign up at their local library and read six library books of their choice, collecting stickers and other rewards along the way.  Children who complete the challenge are presented with a certificate and a medal. Reading together as a family helps children to enjoy books, so why not join the library at the same time and complete the six book challenge together?

The “Record Breakers” Challenge starts on Saturday 11th July and ends on 12th September.

There are also a number of related activities taking place in July and August at local libraries.  There will be a drop-in Lego session “Record breaking Lego” build the tallest tower or the biggest building at Boroughbridge Library on Monday 10 August from 2.30-3.30.
Ring the library on 01609 536629 for further details.

Staff and Summer Reading Challenge volunteers will be on hand to provide help and guidance. If you’d like to know more about volunteering and are aged from 13-24 please ask at your local library.

Children’s reading can ‘dip’ during the long summer holidays. The Reading Agency’s annual Summer Reading Challenge helps gets three quarters of a million children into libraries to maintain their reading skills and confidence.

Join in and set yourself your own challenge!


If you are out and about in the countryside on Thursday evenings and you see a flash of hi-viz and bikes whizz past – that’ll be the Ripon Tandem Club!
11.06.15 (2)The club is run by Open Country, a disability charity from Harrogate. We help adults with learning disabilities and visual impairments who are not able to ride a solo bike, to get out into the countryside, get some fresh air and experience the freedom and exhilaration that riding a bike brings.
The evenings kick off at 6 o’clock; we bring the tandems over from Harrogate in our minibus and a bit of a frenzy ensues as everyone gets kitted out in hi-viz jackets and helmets, pilots (front riders) are paired up with stokers (back riders) and last minute adjustments are made to the bikes. We have a quick discussion about which route we are taking that evening and then we are ready for the off!
11.06.15 (13)We ride out from March to October and enjoy jaunts of up to 20 miles or so to places such as Staveley, Markington, Boroughbridge and West Tanfield. We try and stick to quiet country roads and bridleways and have been known to do a bit of ‘off roading’ and cycling through fords! There is always a pub stop along the way, which gives us a chance to get our breath back and have a bit of a catch up; the social aspect of the club is as important as the sport and fitness element. After the pit-stop, we are off again…a bit more cycling, then a race to the end, returning to Ripon for about 9 o’clock, weary but happy!
The club relies on a team of fantastic volunteers who pilot the tandems, and provide moral support to their stokers. The front riders have a range of fitness levels; from keen cyclists who would think nothing of a 50 mile ride before breakfast, to me who puffs and pants most of the way round! There is a great sense of camaraderie within the group and a supportive atmosphere; riding a tandem is a team effort and you will often hear encouraging shouts of ‘Keep pedalling!’ especially on any uphill sections.
11.06.15 (12)Our stokers really seem to enjoy the rides and I see a marked improvement in their fitness. Lucy Newell, a stoker from Copt Hewick has been coming out with the club for over a year. She says
“We always welcome new riders, whether you are disabled and would like to get out into the countryside, or you fancy having a go at piloting a tandem. If you are not sure if riding a tandem is for you, then you are welcome to meet us to have a spin on one of our bikes. We’d love to hear from you – it really is great way of keeping fit, whilst having some fun. In the meantime, if you see us on your travels do give us a wave and a word of encouragement!”
Open Country has been helping disabled people to access the countryside for 25 years and we run a fun activities programme all year long, suitable for all ages and abilities, ranging from walking and cycling to outings, wildlife study, outdoor pursuits and practical conservation work. In addition, we provide an advice service about access issues and creating paths accessible for everyone. We need to raise £150,000 each year in order to keep going. If you would like to make a donation you can do so online via Virgin Money Giving:  or by phone: text OCAP37 specifying the amount you would like to donate to 70070. Thank you very much.