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, 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

Harriers enjoying the cross country season

Start of the senior ladies and U17 mens race

Start of the senior ladies and U17 mens race

By Mark Fletcher

Acklam was the setting for this weeks round of the North Yorkshire and South Durham cross country league. Up first were the U11 boys with a great run for Dominic Wilford in 3 rd and another solid run from Thomas Greer in 14th. Holly McCowie had an excellent race for 3rd in the U11 girls race. Kyle Rabjohn was well placed in 2 nd in the U13 boys, with Charlie Stephenson, Josh Hammett and Daniel Francis were all tightly bunched for 7th, 8th and 9 th the same positions as last week. Morgan Soley was also a good 12 th , George McCowie in 16th and a good first run for Liam Clement in 22nd.

The team was 2 nd overall. In the U13 girls race Alana Teasdale was a very good 4 th and the ever consistent Emily Francis in 9th. Will Smith led the U15 boys team home in a very good 2nd, with Dylan Soley just behind in 4 th and Lewis Moore with a good run in 7 th , to give the squad 1 st in the team competition. In the U15 girls the improving Anna Harrison was 7th. In the U17 men Jake Stephenson and Harry Robson took 2nd and 3rd positions, with the ever consistent Adam Walker in 5th and Josh Smith in a good 9th, giving the squad the team win. In the senior ladies race Michelle Nolan took the honours in 1st (1st V35) for the 2 nd week in a row, with an excellent run from Rosie Adams in 3rd, Rebecca Simpson in a very good 5th (2nd V35), Jacqui Keavney in 19th (2nd V50), Chloe Dalton with another good run in 20 th , the ever present Stephanie Stephenson in 24th (3rd V40), Laura Kirkham in a very decent 25th, Willow Andrew in her first outing in 42nd, Michelle Sprent in a very consistent 63rd, Fiona Wilson with a good run in 73rd and another good finish from Nicki Buckett in 82nd.

These results gave the ladies squad 1 st in the team competition. The men's race had Rob ‘the very consistent’ Scott in 7 th , Reece Dalton ran well in 9th (1st U20), Scott Wardman with another good run in 10th, the ever improving Mike Major in 11 th , Ken Harker enjoyed the conditions in 18th (1st V45), another good performance from Lee Davies in 26 th (3 rd V40), Luke Hack ran well for 30 th (2 nd U20), Julian Simpson had a good run in 39 th , an excellent run from Simon Withers in 60 th and Steve Sadler running well for 76 th . This tremendous set of results gave the senior men the team victory.

Michelle Nolan was 2nd and the 1st lady at Gateshead parkrun (18:18). At Fountains Abbey Rob Scott was 2nd (17:23). Darlington parkrun had Jeremy Pattison in 4th and took a big chunk of his previous best in a new pb (17:23), Jo Adams was 13th (2nd lady, 19:19), just behind in 14th was Rosie Adams smashing her pb by over 30 seconds (19:26, 3rd lady) and Kevin Bond also disposed of his pb in 28th and broke the 21 minute barrier (20:50).

Tony Ditchburn was 35th (21:09), Tom Osorio was 121st (24:48), Nicki Buckett was 187th (27:36) and Jane Bond was 189th (27:37).

Further information on the club and training nights can be found on the website

Catterick Bridge waste recycling to close for two weeks

Catterick Bridge household waste recycling centre (HWRC) will be closed from Monday, 6 February, until Saturday, 18 February, for essential concreting of areas of the site.

The nearest North Yorkshire County Council household waste recycling centres open during the closure period will be:

 Leeming Bar HWRC, Tutin Road, Leeming Bar Industrial Estate, Leeming Bar, DL7 9UJ;

 Leyburn HWRC, Shawl Quarry Lane, Leyburn, DL8 5LA; and

 Northallerton HWRC, Yafforth Road, Northallerton, DL7 0LG.

Household waste recycling centres are open 8.30am to 4pm each day except Wednesday, when all are closed.

For more information, visit

More than 600 people looking for financial help

Citizens Advice workers in Hambleton, Richmondshire, and District are expecting  643 people to seek advice in what is due to be busiest month for advice on finances.

Chief executive of Citizens Advice Hambleton, Richmondshire, and Selby & District,Carol Shreeve, said: “January is a great time to take stock of your finances and think about your priorities for the future, not just for the next month but for the next year and beyond.

“Although many people will be focusing on their next pay cheque after the busy Christmas period, people can also use the time to review whether they can save money on their bills or set a savings goal.

“Whether you’re looking to deal with debts, cut your costs or budget better, Citizens Advice can help you review your overall money situation so you can make decisions that improve your financial security.”

Analysis by the national charity shows that across the country, demand for money and debt advice is highest in January and February, with one person contacting their nearest Citizens Advice for help every 11 seconds and people visiting the Citizens Advice website every three seconds in January.

To help people get started, Citizens Advice Hambleton, Richmondshire, and Selby & District is sharing its eight top tips (below) to help people get their finances in order for the New Year.


For information and advice, contact Citizens Advice Hambleton, Richmondshire, and Selby & District on 01748 823862 (Richmondshire), 01609 776551 (Hambleton) or 01757 701320 (Selby & District). You can also visit our website at to access our services online, by web chat or email.

Eight tips for getting your finances in order 

  • Save money on essentials
    You could save an average of £300 on your energy bill by changing tariffs or suppliers. Use Citizens Advice’s energy comparison tool to see if you can save. Diarise the dates of annual contracts that are up for renewal, like your mobile phone or car insurance, and use a comparison site to see if you can get a cheaper deal.
  • Do a simple budget
    Write down your income and take away your essential bills such as rent and mortgage, gas and electric, food and transport. If you have money left over, plan in advance what else you’ll spend or save. If you don’t, look at ways to cut your costs. Use our online tool to set a more detailed budget.
  • Check you’re claiming the right benefits
    If you have a family or are married, check if you can apply for working tax credits or marriage tax allowance on If you live alone, you may be entitled to a discount on your council tax bill. If you claim benefits, visit the Citizens Advice website to check if you are eligible for discounts on your water or energy bills.
  • Start saving
    Start saving if you can – it doesn’t matter if it’s 50p or £5 a week, every penny will help improve your finances. Saving is an important part of everyday finances, giving you a buffer for emergencies, helping you buy bigger items and giving you more financial security for the future.
  • Keep tabs on your overdraft
    Sign up to free text alerts from your bank so you know when you’re close to going into your overdraft. Then make adjustments to your spending if you can.
  • Be choosey about your borrowing
    If you need to borrow money, it’s important to know that there are different offers with credit cards and loans, from free balance transfers to paying no interest for the first few months.
  • Get your debts in order
    If you can’t pay all your debts at once, it’s important to prioritise. Rent or mortgage and council tax are more important than credit card debts for example as the consequences can be more serious if you don’t pay.
  • Invest in your future
    Pensions are a great way to save for the future and are also good value, as your contributions are topped up your employer and the government. If you’re eligible for auto-enrolment, consider paying more than just the minimum. Those who are self-employed can still set up their own pension but make sure it’s with a regulated company. If you’re over 50 and have a defined contribution pension you can get a free Pension Wise appointment to learn more about taking your pension.


Where there’s muck there’s brass for Harriers

By Mark Fletcher

The winning ladies team at the Ormesby Hall cross country

The winning ladies team at the Ormesby Hall cross country

Richmond and Zetland Harriers took to the rather muddy local cross country league at Ormesby Hall and a few others went for a trot out at the ‘Brass Monkey’ half marathon at York.

Steve Middleton was the first harrier at the Brass Monkey half marathon in 37th (1:16:134th V40), Andy Pearson was 43rd (1:16:38, 6th V45), Carl Jones in 64th (1:18:37, pb), Jeremy Pattison in 82nd (1:19:50, pb), Donna Riddler in 317th (1:31:30), Kevin Bond in 501st (1:38:38, pb), Tony Ditchburn in 709th (1:45:39), Sarah Gregory in 710th (1:45:39) and Jane Bond in 1263rd (2:05:44, pb). The new course at Ormsbery Hall, proved a testing route involving road, track and plenty of muck!

Up first were the U11 boys with Charlie Spence in 12th, followed by Thomas Smith in 20th and the ever improving Thomas Greer in 23rd. Emily Smith had a good run for 13th in the U11 girls race. Charlie Stephenson, Josh Hammett and Daniel Francis were all tightly bunched for 7th, 8th and 9th, with Ali Chisholm and Lucas Holmes in 17th and 18th in the U13 boys race. The team was 3rd overall. In the U13 girls race Emily Francis was just ahead of Maisy Squires in 10th and 11th. Will Smith led the U15 boys team in 5th, with Matthew Lambert in 7th, Sam Kettlewell in 9th, Lewis Moore in 13th, Ralph Chisholm in 15th and Mackenzie Monteith in 17th. These results gave the squad 2nd in the team competition. In the U15 girls Anna Harrison was 9th.

In the U17 men it was a race between Jake Stephenson and Harry Robson taking 1st and 2nd positions, with Adam Walker in 4th and Josh Smith in 8th, giving the squad the team win. In the senior ladies race Michelle Nolan took the honours in 1st (1st V35), with Jo Adams in 3rd, Rosie Adams in 6th, Jacqui Keavney in 9th (1st V50), Rebecca Simpson in 10th (2nd V35), Stephanie Stephenson in 21st (2nd V40), Laura Kirkham in 28th, Chloe Dalton in 33rd, Katey Purkiss-McEndoo in 59th, Michelle Sprent in 60th, Fiona Wilson in 65th and Nicki Buckett in 73rd.

These results gave the ladies squad the team win. The men's race had Reece Dalton in 6th (1st U20), closely followed by Rob Scott in 7th, Tony Lambert was 9th (1st V45), Scott Wardman was 10th, Luke Hack 16th (3rd U20), Ken Harker was 18th (2nd V45), Mike Major in 20th, James Greer in 22nd, Lee Davies in 30th, Julian Simpson in 32nd, Steve Sadler in 52nd, Antony Jefford in 54th, Simon Withers in 64th and Shaun Purkiss-McEndoo in 71st.

This set of results gave the senior men the team victory. Darlington parkrun saw Liam Rabjohn smash his pb in 1st (15:48), Ryan Greer was 162nd (26:59) and Karen Greer in 283rd (34:38). At Fountains Abbey, Michelle Sprent was 158th (28:26).

Further information on the club and training nights can be found on the website

Councillors face new rules on allowances – how much is your councillor worth to you?

An independent panel has put forward a plan which could see some councillors on Richmondshire District Council receiving less from the public purse.

Currently each councillor is entitled to a flat rate allowance of £3,000 then that is topped up with allowances for taking on specific responsibilities as well as expenses for costs incurred such as meals and mileage.

But an Independent Remuneration Panel made up of people appointed to look at the way the authority rewards its councillors has suggested changes which would increase the basic allowance but restrict other expenses.

The most controversial of the changes is to remove the allowance of £14.99 per month for broadband access. A suggestion which has angered some councillors because they are required to access all official documents using their council issued ipads.

You can see their full discussion on the suggestion – described by one of the councillors as ‘tawdry’ – in this video from the meeting.

The councillors failed to agree on the panel’s recommendations at the last full council meeting of 2016 and so the issue will be considered again in February.

In the meantime, we took a look at the amount each is currently claiming.

The highest level of allowance and expenses goes to the Conservative leader of the council Yvonne Peacock who received £10,148.53 in the last year that figures have been published for.

The councillor who received the smallest amount of money in the financial year 2015-16 was Catterick’s Simon Young. He received just £299.47 but was only elected to the seat in February 2016.

The Richmond ward councillors were rewarded in that financial year (2015-16) as follows:
Linda Curren 3,903.87
Louise Dickens 1,766.75 (elected in Sept 2015)
Stuart Parsons 3,225.90
John Robinson 4,954.44
Clive World 3,260.53

The full list of councillors and the expenses received can be seen here .(Those councillors without details of ward or party are no longer serving on the Council.)

* Please note, the figures relate to Richmondshire District Council only. Some councillors also sit on North Yorkshire County Council, or other bodies, and so could also receive allowances and expenses from those authorities separately.

Richmond runners take Northern road titles

By Mark Fletcher


L to r. Doug Roberts, Marc Scott winner and Northern Road Race Champion and Fergus Roberts (missing is Liam Rabjohn)

The Christmas period is a time most people take to wind down and have a rest. However, for Richmond and Zetland Harriers this is the start of the new racing year and the return of some of our athletes home for Christmas gave them a chance to race against the best of the local opposition. Ribble Valley 10k holds the Northern road race championships and has been a happy hunting ground for the club and medals in recent years, but this year it went beyond all expectations.

Marc Scott our Team GB U23 member returned from his training base in Tulsa, USA to destroy the field and set a new road pb of 29:33 to make it a double to add to the Loftus poultry run before Christmas. The Roberts brothers returned from north of the border where they are part of the Scottish triathlon squad with Doug producing a fine run to finish 7th and also set a new pb (30:18), not to be outdone his younger brother Fergus finished in 10th (30:59), Liam Rabjohn was next in 64th (34:00) and the excellent Lee Davies in 155th and a massive pb (37:34). Steve Sadler unfortunately had to pull up during the race.

Marc Scott arrived home before Christmas to an early Christmas present of selection for England to compete in the Stewart Cup. The Stewart Cup is run on the same day as the Great Scottish Cross Country as a male and female relay against 7 other teams including Team GB and America. At the Jolly Holly 10k run over the picturesque Studley park, Carl Jones continues his return from injury with an excellent 12th and the 3rd V40 (38:46:7) and was followed by the impressive Simon Withers in 72nd (44:13:1). Ian Hepworth had another good outing and was 319th (54:55:1), Nicki Buckett continues her good form in 484th (1:01:03:7), followed by another decent run from Jane Bond in 534th (1:02:33:6) and Michelle Withers very close behind with a great finish in 549th (1:02:51:4). A select few of our other runners took to the Fells around Guisborough Woods with another set of fantastic results.

Julian Simpson was our top athlete in a very good 12th and the 3rd V40 (44:01), with the flying Jacqui Keavney in 50th, the 5th lady and the top V50 (48:43) and Rebecca Simpson not far behind in 60th and also making the top 10 in the ladies in 8th (49:28). The York new year relays had a the club involved with a scratch team of Rob Scott, Jo Adams and Rosie Adams. Each runner has a different distance to run and a handicap system is in place to ensure fairness. For every female runner you get a 3 minute head start.

Unfortunately, the organiser decided that the Richmond team should only have 3 minutes and even with this unfair application came a fantastic 3rd. Even the intervention from our international who suggested that 4.5 minutes would make a race of it was over ruled. The team was beaten by you guessed it 1.5 minutes! Matthew Lawton was also out on the Fells around Holmefirth and Holme, West Yorkshire in the rather hilly 7 mile Tinker Cup and finished in a very satisfactory 7 th (51:20) Steve Middleton was 3rd at Northallerton parkrun (19:29) and Josh Hammett 6th (21:48) and 10th (22:36). At Darlington, Reece Dalton was 2nd (16:18, pb), Jeremy Pattison 3rd (17:33, pb), Michelle Nolan 6th (17:58, 1st lady, pb), James Greer 9th (18:09), Ken Harker 10th (18:17), Shona Fletcher 22nd (19:50, 2nd lady), Rebecca Simpson in 30th (20:06), Maisy Squires in 113th (24:16), Ian Hepworth in 141st (25:23), Ryan Greer in 183rd (27:20), Nicki Buckett in 201st (27:51), Jane Bond in 207th (28:12) and Karen Greer in 299th (35:00).

Christmas Day had Rob Scott in 1st (17:10), Harry Robson in 4th (18:03), Ken Harker in 7th (18:33), Shona Fletcher in 72nd (24:57), Ian Hepworth in 86th (25:37) and Helen Robson in her 1st parkrun a very respectful 200th (41:52). New Year’s Eve had Jeremy Pattison in 2nd (17:36), Carl Jones in 5th (18:03), Ken Harker in 7th (18:11), Lee Davies in 8th (18:20), Shona Fletcher in 12th (19:10, 2nd lady), Laura Kirkham in 49th (21:51), Anna Harrison in 61st (22:25), Ryan Greer in 188th (27:14), Jane Hack in 197th (27:43), Jane Bond in 205th (27:56), Sally Harrison in 207th (27:57), Nicki Buckett in 212th (28:17) and Karen Greer in 292nd (35:05). Ken Harker was 7th at Stewart’s park (19:10). Albert park had Jeremy Pattison in 5th (18:24), Jo Adams in 7th (18:35, 1st lady) and Ken Harker in 20th (19:53).

Doubling up was Jeremy Pattison who took the tape in 1st in big new pb at Sedgefield (18:12).

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Did you see the accident in Market Square?

Police are appealing for witnesses to a fail-to-stop collision involving a car and a pedestrian in Richmond Market Place in the early hours of New Year’s Day.

They say: At about 1.30am on 1 January 2017, a 20-year-old woman was walking across the Market Place on the cobbles when a car collided with her at low speed. She was knocked to the ground, although she was not seriously injured.

The vehicle involved is believed to have been a white, 66-plate BMW. It is believed to have left the Market Place down King Street, passed Wetherspoons and turned right onto Dundas Street.

Police are appealing for anyone with information about the collision, or who can identify the vehicle, to contact them. Please call 101, select option 2 and ask for PC 1707 Alan Fenney or quote reference number 12170000289.