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THINGS TO DO in the next two weeks

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 Thu 19 Jan

Ritz Cinema, Westgate, Thirsk YO7 1QS. Sully (12A). The film follows Sullenberger's January 2009 emergency landing of US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River. Directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks. 7.30pm. £5 (£4 Mondays & concessions). tel: 01845 524751 web: http://www.ritzcinema.co.uk

Thu 19 Jan

Brompton Methodist Church, Brompton, Northallerton. DL6 2QT. Talk: Northallerton, the Evolution of a County Town Jennifer Allison, tutor in local history. 7.00 pm. £3.50 incl. light refreshments. tickets: on the door

Thu 19 Jan

Northallerton Town Cricket Club, Farndale Avenue, Northallerton, DL7 8SN. North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Northallerton Area Group. Illustrated talk by Roger Jermy on 'The Aln Valley Railway'. Looks at the heritage railway between Alnmouth & Alnwick, in Northumberland. 2.00pm, ends approx. 4.00pm. £3.00 inc. raffle tickets, £2.00 without. tel: 01642 767233 tickets: On the door. email: ianmcinnes73@live.com

Fri 20 Jan to
 Sat 21 Jan

York racecourse, YO23 1EX. Stamp & Coin Fair. 95 stamp and postal history dealers and 60+ coin, banknote and medal dealers. Sat 11am – 6pm, Sun 10am – 4pm. Free. tel: 020 8946 4489

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 Sun 22 Jan

The Moors National Park Centre, Danby, YO21 2NB. Inspired by Gallery: 'Artist Advent' where Brigantia's Artists & Craftworkers showcases the very best in painting, photography, textile 7 jewellery. tel: 01439 772738 web: http://www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/inspiredby

Sun 22 Jan

Town Hall, Richmond. Sunday Afternoon Tea Dance, a mixed social CD dance programme, proceeds to Alzheimer's Unit, Richmond, Tea & Biscuits. 2pm - 4pm. £2.50. tel: John & Joy 01609 258421 for details

Sun 22 Jan

Walk- Hambleton Ramblers. 9.5 mls round Cayton, S. Stainley & Burton Leonard. N'ton Market Cross 0830 or Ripley Car Park 0930.

Tue 24 Jan

Sutton Bank National Park Centre, Sutton Bank, Thirsk, YO7 2EH. Introduction to Wildlife Painting with Peter Reynolds. A fantastic opportunity to study the techniques of detailed wildlife painting with renowned artist Peter Reynolds. Examples of his work can be seen in Sutton Bank Visitor Centre. 10am -4pm. £40. Booking essential. tel: 01845 597426 web: http://www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/events

Fri 20 Jan to
 Thu 26 Jan

Ritz Cinema, Westgate, Thirsk YO7 1QS. 'Moana' (PG) Ancient Polynesia, a terrible curse incurred by Maui reaches an impetuous Chieftain's daughter's island, she answers the Ocean's call to seek out the demigod to set things right. Stars Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House. 7.30pm, Matinees 2.30pm. Adults £5/ u15s & Seniors £4 & Matinees & Mondays £4. tel: 01845 524751 web: http://www.ritzcinema.co.uk

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 Sat 28 Jan

York Theatre Royal. 'Cinderella'. Berwick & the gang are back on the brand newly refurbished stage of York Theatre Royal. 7.30pm + 2.30pm matinees. £33.50 to £14. tel: 01904 623568 web: http://www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk

Fri 27 Jan to
 Sun 29 Jan

Pavilions, Railway Rd, Harrogate HG2 8NZ. Antiques & Art Fair. 11am - 5pm. £5 or free in advance, see website. tel: 01278 784912 web: http://www.cooperevents.com/tickets

Sun 29 Jan

Walk- Hambleton Ramblers. 11mls round Reeth. 0830 N'ton Market Cross or 0930 Reeth Green. tel: Teresa 01748 818946

Sat 28 Jan to
 Mon 30 Jan

All over UK. Big Garden Birdwatch. It helps build a picture of garden wildlife across the UK. Free pack on website. web: http://www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch

Mon 30 Jan

The Mercer Art Gallery, Swan Road, Harrogate, HG1 2SA. Robin Alexander: In Conversation. Robin joins Jane Sellars to discuss the life and work of his mother, the artist Isabel Alexander, coinciding with a major exhibition of her work at the Mercer. 2pm - 3pm. £6. tel: 01423 556188 tickets: Please book by telephone or email. email: museums@harrogate.gov.uk web: http://www.harrogate.gov.uk/mercerartgallery

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 Tue 31 Jan

York Theatre Royal. 'Jorvik Life & Death'. While Jorvik Viking Centre is being reimagined after flooding in Dec. 2015, a special exhibition will be hosted at York Theatre Royal which continues to showcase the lasting impact of the Vikings. tel: 01904 623568 web: http://www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk

Tue 31 Jan

Galtres Centre, Easingwold YO61 3AD. Il Trovatore by satellite from the Royal Opera House. 7.15pm. tel: 01347 822472

Tue 31 Jan

St Oswald's Church, Sowerby, Thirsk YO7 1JG. Musical Bran Tub presented by Graham Merriam and friends. Digging around in the undergrowth for a “A Study in Green” we return to the Bran Tub to see what else we can turn up in this evening of classical music old and new, revered and under-loved. Wine and nibbles. 6.30pm. £1 and bucket collection. tel: 01845 518001 email: tickets@sowerbymusic.org.uk web: http://www.sowerbymusic.org.uk

Fri 27 Jan to
 Thu 2 Feb

Ritz Cinema, Westgate, Thirsk YO7 1QS. 'Star Wars: Rogue One'. (12A) The Rebellion makes a risky move to steal the plans to the Death Star, setting up the epic saga to follow. Stars Felicity Jones, Mads Mikelesen, Alan Tudyk. 7.30pm, Matinees Sat & Sun 2.30pm. Adults £5/ u15s & Seniors £4 & Matinees & Mondays £4. tel: 01845 524751 web: http://www.ritzcinema.co.uk

Thu 2 Feb

Thirkleby Village Hall. Thirkleby Local History Society: "A Dangerous Walk" - Speaker David Winpenny. Refreshments/ Raffle. Visitors Welcome £2. tel: Ann Stoney 01845 501365

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 Sun 4 Jun

The Mercer Art Gallery, Swan Road, Harrogate, HG1 2SA. Isabel Alexander: Artist and Illustrator (1910-1996). First major Yorkshire retrospective exhibition. 10am–4pm, Tue to Sat, 2–4pm Sundays. Free. tel: 01423 556188 email: museums@harrogate.gov.uk web: http://www.harrogate.gov.uk/mercerartgallery

Over two weeks away

February

Fri 3 Feb to
 Thu 9 Feb

Ritz Cinema, Westgate, Thirsk YO7 1QS. 'Passengers' (PG) Aura & Jim are 'Passengers' aboard Avalon, a spaceship making a 120-year voyage to another planet. They were in hibernation - but they have woken up 90 years early. Stars Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen. 7.30pm. Adults £5/ u15s & Seniors £4 & Matinees & Mondays £4. tel: 01845 524751 web: http://www.ritzcinema.co.uk

Fri 3 Feb

The Angel at Topcliffe, Long Street, Topcliffe, Thirsk YO7 3RW. 'Citizen Smith': Revolutionary Rock & Pop Music in the Plaza Suite. From 9pm. Free admission. tel: 01845 578000 email: info@theangelattopcliffe.co.uk web: http://theangelattopcliffe.co.uk/live-music-citizen-smith.html

Fri 3 Feb

Thirsk & Sowerby Institute, Flats Lane, Sowerby. YO7 1LY. Freddy Mercury Tribute Night. Evening of music from Freddie Mercury's career. 8.30pm. £3 members and £5 non members. tickets: Behind the bar

Sat 4 Feb to
 Sun 5 Mar

Burton Agnes Hall. Enjoy the enchanting 'white carpet' of snowdrops while wandering in the woodland walk. 11am. Adult £7.00, Seniors £6.50 Children £4.00. tel: 01262 490324 tickets: on the door email: office@burtonagnes.com web: http://www.burtonagnes.com

Sun 5 Feb

Walk- Hambleton Ramblers,. 7 miles round Preston-u-Scar, Redmire & Wensley. N'ton Market Cross 0915 or Bolton Hall Gates, Wensley 1000.

Fri 10 Feb to
 Thu 16 Feb

Ritz Cinema, Westgate, Thirsk YO7 1QS. 'La La Land' (12A). Mia, an aspiring actress, & Sebastian, a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes & breaking hearts. Stars Emma Stone & Ryan Gosling. Matinee Wed 15th. 7.30pm. Matinees 2.30pm. Adults £5, under 15s & seniors & matinees & Mondays £4. tel: 01845 524751 web: http://www.ritzcinema.co.uk

Sun 12 Feb

St Oswald's Church, Sowerby, Thirsk YO7 1JG. Sowerby Music: The Artistry of Fugue presented by Peter Noke. He has much to offer to expand our knowledge of this seminal advance in musical development. 3pm. £11, £10 in advance, 18yrs & under free. tel: 01845 518001 tickets: White Rose Bookcafe, online or phone. email: tickets@sowerbymusic.org.uk web: http://www.sowerbymusic.org.uk

Sun 12 Feb

Walk- Hambleton Ramblers. 10 mls, Silton Woods, Arden & Kepwick Moors. N'ton Market Cross 8.45am or Moor Lane, Nether Silton (SE466936) at 9.15am. tel: Teresa 01748 818946

Sun 12 Feb

Walk- Hambleton Ramblers,. 7 mls, Easy field paths and tracks. N'ton Market Cross 0900 or Thirlby Village Hall 0930. tel: Ruth 01845 597077

Tue 14 Feb

Sowerby Parochial Hall YO7 2BD. Thirsk U3A Talk by BBC television auctioneer Caroline Hawley . The Changing Face of the auction market today. 10.15am. web: http://u3asites.org.uk

Sat 18 Feb

Ritz Cinema, Westgate, Thirsk YO7 1QS. Thirsk Sinfonia presents Hitchcock's Blackmail; Composer Neil Brand, Conductor George Morton. 2.30pm. Advance, up to 31 Jan £15, on the door £16.50. tickets: Thirsk Tourist Information & White Rose Book Cafe

Sun 19 Feb

Walk- Hambleton Ramblers. 8 mls round Sicklinghall & Spofforth. N'ton Market Cross 0900 or Car park at entrance to E. Keswick (A659) at 1000. tel: Teresa 01748 818946

Mon 20 Feb to
 Sun 26 Feb

All over York. Europe’s largest Viking festival will pave the way for the return of the Vikings to York: that’s the aim of the 2017 JORVIK Viking Festivall The Festival will provide the perfect prologue to the re-opening of the world-famous JORVIK Viking Centre with Eric Bloodaxe taking centre stage. tel: 01904 615505 web: http://www.jorvik-viking-festival.co.uk

Tue 21 Feb

Athletics Club, Newsham Rd, Thirsk. Quiz night. Teams of 4, all welcome. Supper optional. £10 each (£5 without food). tel: 01845 522333 tickets: Phone to book by 19 Feb. email: jmiller8007@aol.com

Thu 23 Feb

Town Hall annexe, Westgate YO7 1QS. Thirsk Museum Society. Open to all: talk by John Paul on 'The archaeology of the Vale of Pickering'. 7.30pm. tel: 01845 527707 email: info@thirskmuseum.org web: http://thirskmuseum.org

Sun 26 Feb

Walk- Hambleton Ramblers. 11 mls, The Shawl, Redmire & Wensley. N'ton Market Cross 0830 or Leyburn Mkt Place at 0930. tel: Teresa 01748 818946

Sun 26 Feb

Yorkshire Suite, Golden Lion Hotel, Northallerton. Afternoon Tea Dance, 40s, 50s dance, wartime +, dress for the occasion if you wish, proceeds to Marie Curie, tea & coffee. 2pm -4.45pm. £5 in advance, £7 on the door. tel: John & Joy 01609 258421 for details

Tue 28 Feb

Galtres Centre, Easingwold YO61 3AD. Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty by satellite from the Royal Opera House. 7pm. tel: 01347 822472

March

Sat 4 Mar to
 Sun 5 Mar

Burton Agnes Hall. Orchid Festival - Beautiful orchids on display, sales and advice about growing orchids. 11am. Adult £7.00, Seniors £6.50 Children £4.00. tel: 01262 490324 tickets: on the door email: office@burtonagnes.com web: http://www.burtonagnes.com

Sat 4 Mar

St Oswald's Church, Sowerby, Thirsk YO7 1JG. The Joy of Song, RNCM Songsters introduced by Professor Lynne Dawson, Head of Vocal Studies at the RNCM. 3pm. £5. tel: 01845 518001 tickets: door only email: tickets@sowerbymusic.org.uk web: http://www.sowerbymusic.org.uk

Sun 5 Mar

Walk- Hambleton Ramblers. 8 mls Oulston, Crayke, Foss way,. N'ton Market Cross 8.45am or 0930 at Oulston. tel: Manice 01845 501533

Tue 7 Mar

The Angel at Topcliffe, Long Street, Topcliffe, Thirsk YO7 3RW. Comedy Night at The Angel at Topcliffe. Suite open at 7.30 and the show starts at 8pm. tel: 01845 578000 tickets: Tickets £8 in advance or £10 on the day email: info@theangelattopcliffe.co.uk web: http://theangelattopcliffe.co.uk/comedy-night.html

Sat 11 Mar

St Oswald's Church, Sowerby, Thirsk YO7 1JG. Sowerby Music: Sitkovetsky Trio. This piano trio is taking the world by storm - New York, Beijing, Berlin, Bergen and beyond. They play Turina, Ravel & Schubert's Piano Trio in B flat. 7.30pm. £16, £15 in advance, 18yrs & under free. tel: 01845 518001 tickets: White Rose Bookcafe, online or phone. email: tickets@sowerbymusic.org.uk web: http://www.sowerbymusic.org.uk

Sun 12 Mar

Walk- Hambleton Ramblers. 7 mls Castle Bolton circular. N'ton Market Cross 0900 or Aysgarth car park (pay). tel: Mary 01969 623533

Sun 12 Mar

Walk- Hambleton Ramblers. 11 mls,Potto, Hutton Rudby, Crathorne & Faceby. N'ton Market Cross 0830 or 0915 Swainby nr church NZ 478020. tel: Kath 07974 288056

Thu 16 Mar to
 Thu 30 Mar

All over York. Literature festival. web: http://yorkliteraturefestival.co.uk

Sun 19 Mar

The Angel at Topcliffe, Long Street, Topcliffe, Thirsk YO7 3RW. Wedding Open Day. Starts at 12.00 pm. Free Entry. tel: 01845 578000 email: info@theangelattopcliffe.co.uk web: http://theangelattopcliffe.co.uk/weddings.html

Sun 19 Mar

Walk- Hambleton Ramblers. 5 mls, places of interest around Richmond. N'ton Market Cross 0915 or Richmond Mkt Place 1000. tel: Dave 01748 884002

Tue 21 Mar

Athletics Club, Newsham Rd, Thirsk. Quiz night. Teams of 4, all welcome. Supper optional. £10 each (£5 without food). tel: 01845 522333 tickets: Phone to book by 19 Mar. email: jmiller8007@aol.com

Thu 23 Mar

Town Hall annexe, Westgate YO7 1QS. Thirsk Museum Society. Open to all: talk by Jennifer Allison on 'Some stories and Curiosities from Thirsk history'. 7.30pm. tel: 01845 527707 email: info@thirskmuseum.org web: http://thirskmuseum.org

Sun 26 Mar

Walk- Hambleton Ramblers. 6.5mls over moorland from Sheepwash. N'ton Market Cross 0900 or Sheepwash 0930 NB. Clocks go forward!!. tel: Sue 01609 778541

Sun 26 Mar

Walk- Hambleton Ramblers. 10 mls Coneysthorpe and around Castle Howard. N'ton Market Cross 0830 or Coneysthorpe Village Hall (honesty box) NB. clocks go forward!!. tel: Teresa 01748 818946

Thu 30 Mar

Galtres Centre, Easingwold YO61 3AD. Madama Butterfly by satellite from the Royal Opera House. 7.15pm. tel: 01347 822472

Thu 30 Mar

MS Society-Hambleton coffee club. Costa Bedale- coffee and a chat- friends & carers welcome. 11am with option to stay for lunch.

April

Sat 1 Apr

Ripon Cathedral, HG4 1QS. Ripon Choral Society Concert- Poulenc Gloria and Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony with Orchestra D'Amici and soloists. 7.30pm. £20 reserved, £18 unreserved. tel: 07736 759930 tickets: Online, by telephone or in Cathedral Shop web: http://www.riponchoralsociety.org.uk

Sat 8 Apr

St Oswald's Church, Sowerby, Thirsk YO7 1JG. Sowerby Music: Love and Romance. Raphaela Papadakis, soprano, with the Gildas Quartet. Some of Mendelssohn & Schumann's best songs and Mendelssohn's Four Pieces Op.81 for String Quartet. 7.30pm. £16, £15 in advance, 18yrs & under free. tel: 01845 518001 tickets: White Rose Bookcafe, online or phone. email: tickets@sowerbymusic.org.uk web: http://www.sowerbymusic.org.uk

Tue 18 Apr

Athletics Club, Newsham Rd, Thirsk. Quiz night. Teams of 4, all welcome. Supper optional. £10 each (£5 without food). tel: 01845 522333 tickets: Phone to book by 16 Apr email: jmiller8007@aol.com

Fri 21 Apr

The Angel at Topcliffe, Long Street, Topcliffe, Thirsk YO7 3RW. Murder Mystery evening in aid of Thirsk Christmas lights. 7pm. £25 including 2 course meal. tel: Jo Wood 01845 525030 tickets: Luke Miller email: info@theangelattopcliffe.co.uk

Tue 25 Apr

St Oswald's Church, Sowerby, Thirsk YO7 1JG. Musical Bran Tub: Graham Merriam digs into 'A Passionate Man' and looks at Bach's St. Matthew Passion, its construction, content and sheer greatness. With excerpts live and recorded. 6.30pm. £1 and bucket collection. tel: 01845 518001 tickets: door only email: tickets@sowerbymusic.org.uk web: http://www.sowerbymusic.org.uk

Thu 27 Apr

Town Hall annexe, Westgate YO7 1QS. Thirsk Museum Society. Open to all: talk by Sue Harrison about new work she has been doing at Rievaulx Abbey. 7.30pm. tel: 01845 527707 email: info@thirskmuseum.org web: http://thirskmuseum.org

Fri 28 Apr to
 Sun 30 Apr

Tour de Yorkshire. Cycle race. It doesn't pass through Thirsk this year but is within easy reach, e.g. Ripon on Saturday. Be aware of traffic delays. web: http://letour.yorkshire.com/2017

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