When you've got a big topic, you want a big-name speaker. So who better for this illustrated Civic Society talk than David Butterworth, Chief Executive of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
The talk is on Wednesday 7 June at 19:30 in the Methodist Church Hall, Richmond. Tickets for non-members are £5 on the door.
We found this talk by dipping into What's On Richmond. Take a look and see what else you can find!
The lovely Little Bird Artisan Market returns to Richmond's Market Place this Sunday, with dozens of colourful stalls displaying and selling the very best in Yorkshire's crafts and food.
The market will be packed with handmade goods - it's a great opportunity to purchase a gift or to treat yourself! Whether it’s a piece of art to brighten your room, or some local produce to stock your kitchen cupboards, there'll be something for everyone. There will also be street food vendors with hot and cold options for a late breakfast, or lunch on the go.
You can easily spend an hour browsing, sniffing and tasting. Afterwards, drop in at Richmond Information Centre in the town's Victorian Market Hall, to pick up some leaflets or maps or advice, and then enjoy a ramble round Richmond's historic town centre and Castle Walk. Or go further afield, maybe? Pootle down to The Station for coffee and cake, and then stroll round the famous Easby Loop. There's so much to do!
The Artisan Market runs from 10:00 to 15:00 on Sunday 21 April.
There are still places left for several events in this year's wonderful Swaledale Festival. Here are the Richmond ones:
For more events in and around Richmond, take your own 'lucky dip' into What's On Richmond - available free of charge in many local shops, and online here.
The Swaledale Farming Film and Photography Festival is still some way off. Still, we thought you'd like to know about it now, as it sounds such fun. The festival will showcase films and photography about the fascinating seasonal activities - from the bone-chillingly arduous to the idyllic, from lambing to dry-stone walling to haymaking - in the northern dales of Swaledale and Teesdale.
The film will screen at the Station Cinema in Richmond at 18:30 on Thursday 29 June. It's not yet in the cinema's list of forthcoming events, but watch this space. Still in Richmond, the photo exhibition will be on the Mezzanine Gallery of The Station from 22 June to 5 July.
If you can't wait, or you'll be up-dale, you can catch the film in Reeth on 14 June, or in Muker 21 June: details and free tickets are at teesswale.eventbrite.com. The photos will also be on show in Hudson House, Reeth from 11 to 21 June; they say you need tickets for that as well, but really..?
PS: in a site first, the picture above was generated by Artificial Intelligence. A request to BingAI for a cartoon-style image of a Swaledale ewe using a videocam, against a blue sky and green pasture, produced the masterpiece you see. Hmm…
The flowering meadows of Richmondshire are famous for their spectacular displays of flowers in late May and early June, just before the main tourist season starts. So why not take a walk through some of the fabulous Richmondshire countryside?
Muker, in Swaledale, offers a superb walk through some of the best meadows in the Dales, beside the River Swale, with waterfalls, lead mining remains, historic farmhouses and field barns along the way. The walk is 5.2 miles (ca. 8 km); allow 3 hours. (Click link for walk details.)
In Wensleydale, a short, easy walk takes you through the superb Askrigg Bottoms, along the River Ure. The walk is just 1.7 miles (ca. 2.7 km), but you should allow 2 hours. (Click link for walk details.)
Elsewhere in the Yorkshire Dales, Yockenthwaite Meadows in Langstrothdale offers classic limestone scenery; Dentdale Meadows has quiet pastures, woodland, and waterfalls; and Grassington Meadows provides great views of Wharfedale - and lots of flowers. Follow the ydmt.org link below for more info.
When the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust started restoring hay meadows in 2006, less than four square miles of species-rich hay meadow habitat remained in the whole of the UK. Think about that number: less than four square miles... Since then the Trust has worked hard with farmers, walkers and local communities to conserve and restore hay meadows and protect the wildlife they support. You can learn more about the Trust's wonderful work, and see details of all the above walks, at ydmt.org.
An electric generator? Why?
It's here because many towns in Ukraine are without electricity.
No electricity = no light, no heat, no phones, no refrigeration, no cooked meals.
No electricity can mean no schools. No jobs. No normal…
If you think that sounds awful, read on to learn what you can do.
UK-based Ukrainian academic Dr Olesya Khromeychuk will be in Richmond for a fund-raiser on Saturday, talking on stage with Peter Barron, long-time Editor of the Northern Echo. She will also introduce a poignant book about the terrible situation in Ukraine, centred on the death in combat of one soldier – her brother. Revenue from sales of tickets and books will help provide electric generators for affected areas of Ukraine.
The event is at Influence Church on Saturday 13 May, at 19:30. Tickets are available for a donation of £20 or more, either online here (the site of the sponsoring Richmond Walking and Books Festival) or at Richmond Information Centre, in the Market Hall.
Money raised will be split between Richmondshire Refugee Support Group's campaign, Power to Ukraine, and registered UK charity The Ukrainian Institute. If you can't get to the event, but would like to contribute towards the generator appeal, you can donate at this JustGiving page. And if you can't get to the event, but would like a copy of the book, it's called The Death of a Soldier, Told by his Sister, and we believe that Castle Hill Bookshop will have copies.
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