Richmond's Georgian Theatre has received over £50,000 from the Government's Culture Recovery Fund.
As well as helping to pay overheads which would normally have been covered from ticket sales, the funding will enable the Georgian to continue its guided heritage tours - which normally end in October - on weekdays throughout November, December and January. There are also plans to run special events such as festive tours and evening candlelit tours, in addition to the regular scheduled tours taking place on the hour between 10am and 4pm.
Visitors to the Georgian in the next few months will also be able to view the progress of the auditorium development project designed to provide more comfortable seating and improved views of the stage.
Laura Wood is a best-selling 'Young Adult' author; her latest novel, A Snowfall of Silver, is currently #1 in Amazon UK's list of art-related fiction for Young Adults.
And what has this got to do with Richmond's Georgian Theatre Royal..?
It's the fact that Laura's heroine, eighteen-year-old Freya Trevelyan, has run away from her home in Cornwall to follow her dream of becoming an actress, and - yes, you can guess where her dream takes her!
Our photo shows Jaime Gilpin, a member of The Georgian Theatre Royal Youth Theatre, reading her copy of the new book on stage.
A Snowfall of Silver is a delightful coming-of-age romance. Priced at £7.99, it can be obtained from any good bookshop - preferably your local independent!
Richmondshire Ramblers, the local branch of the national Ramblers organisation, is restarting its regular walks in a Covid-safe manner. While organised walking is now permitted in groups of up to 30, the local group is limiting group size to a maximum of 12. Further measures to increase walker safety include a formal risk assessment of each walk, taking a register for track-and-trace purposes, and adherence to social distancing.
Brian Benson, the local Chairman, says there is plenty of demand for the sort of walks the group offers, which vary in length and difficulty and take place throughout Richmondshire. The walks that have taken place since early September have all been well supported, and more walks for October and November are planned.
To find out more, or sample a walk, visit the Richmondshire Ramblers website, richmondshireramblers.org.uk, or ring Brian on 07815 182450, or Janet Milne, Group Secretary, on 01748 468637.
Fame! Fortune! Your name in lights! None of these will be yours (not for what we're about to ask, anyway). But we'll be awfully grateful.
Two years ago, we published Richmond Walks, a little full-colour booklet describing four circular walks from Richmond, "to suit all tastes and abilities". It has been a real success, with thousands of copies sold through the Information Centre, at outlets around Richmond, and online.
Now we're planning a follow-up. Pootling round Richmond (working title) will feature eight more walks - four starting and finishing in Richmond, four in Swaledale - and is slated for publication late this year or early in 2021. Volunteers are needed now to 'road-test' the selected walks, which are between 5 and 8 miles long and of easy-to-moderate difficulty (the clue is in "pootling").
Whether you're visiting Richmond for a few days, or are a local who think you know all the walks in the area, we'd love to hear from you. Interested? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The release of the brand-new series of ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ starts on Channel 5 at 9 pm, tomorrow (September 1st). It coincides with the 50th anniversary of the original publication of James Herriot's bestselling books. However, if you’re hoping to spot those familiar local landmarks featured in the BBCs original adaptation of the novels you might be a touch disappointed as the episodes for the new programmes have all been filmed in and around Grassington in Wharfedale. Still, we mustn’t grumble because the star of the show, the Yorkshire Dales, look as grand as ever. Have a look at the trailer, complete with subtitles for those who find the ‘Yorkshire dialect’ somewhat challenging! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EF7Pou--uks
You could be forgiven for thinking that this scene was taken in under the Tuscan sun but you’d be wrong. On the one-track lane between Whashton and Hartforth, just three miles north or Richmond a kind farmer has planted this wonderful field of sunflowers. At the beginning of September, they really are at their peak. It’s well worth a diversion but take it steady as this narrow road only accommodates slow moving, single file traffic with precious few overtaking spots
Got ten minutes a week? Interested in events in Richmond and the surrounding area? Do you want to earn a fortune as a famous journalist? (Maybe. Eventually. No, forget this bit.)
We need more volunteer news-hounds to produce material for our home page News feed! You don't need great computer expertise. It will take you five minutes to learn how to post. You do need to be able to write clean, brief copy in good English.
Like to know more? Please email email@example.com.
Does this little blue image say 'Welcome' to you? Do you look for it when visiting a new town? Then you'll understand why we believe so strongly in the value of a local information centre, and why we're so happy to have moved to a new, central location in Richmond's Market Hall. Why not join our team?
Yes? Fantastic - we'd love to meet you! To volunteer now, please use this form, or if you'd like specific details just email Bev Lawrence: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you're aiming to use the long-stay car-park at Nun's Close in Richmond, be warned: Victoria Road (the main through-road to Reeth) is likely to be closed until at least the Bank Holiday Monday (31 August).
If you're heading to Reeth, you should have no problem; there's a good diversion in place. But if you're going to the car-park, set your satnav to take you by way of Quaker Lane (or Quaker's Lane, or Quakers' Lane - even the locals can't agree).
The closure is because there was a bad fire at the filling station on Victoria Road, and it's out of service. So, if you're looking to fill up in Richmond before heading up-dale, use Brooke's filling station on the Darlington Road as you come into Richmond (DL10 7AW).
Residents already know this, but the Office of National Statistics (words to bring a momentary gloom to anyone's day) has just discovered that Richmondshire is the happiest place in the whole of the UK.
With a score of 8.35/10, we come first out of all the districts in the country (124 places ahead of Richmond upon Thames, since you ask). Anyway, gloating's not nice, so we won't gloat. We know we live in a wonderful part of the UK, which is why we're always pleased to welcome visitors - particularly if they come from poor old Kensington and Chelsea, bottom of the list in 416th place...