Explore a year of art at Catterick Garrison library

catterick libraryArtwork produced in workshops at Catterick Garrison library during the last 12 months, along with the works from all eight libraries that hosted workshops during a three-year project, go on show this week.

Local residents are invited to visit the library on 1 March, from 2pm to 4pm, to help to celebrate the Creative Residencies project. The project has seen a diverse series of art workshops take place at the library during the last 12 months. Refreshments supplied by the Veteran’s Artisan Bakery will be served.

County councillor Chris Metcalfe, executive member for library and information dervices, said: “As part of the three-year Creative Residencies programme, 24 artists will be based in eight libraries to work with local people on a range of projects to widen participation in art, raise the profile of libraries and engage children, families and older people to develop inter-generational projects that are fun and inspiring.”

In November 2013, North Yorkshire County Council’s library service won funding of almost £100,000 from Arts Council England to put artists into libraries to work with communities. Creative Residencies is the resulting partnership project between the County Council’s library service, NYMAZ youth music programme and the County Council’s youth services to deliver these arts workshops.



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 richmondshirepropertymarking@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk, 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.

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 www.northyorks.gov.uk/hwrc.

Black future for White Shops traders

Traders at the unimaginatively named White Shops in Catterick took their plea for help to the council this week as they struggle to remain in business.

Councillors were told group had seen their incomes fall by 75% due to the double whammy of lengthy roadworks going on outside their doors and a car parking charge being introduced in the nearest car park.

They presented a petition to members Richmondshire District Council asking for the car park charges due to be imposed next year to be dropped.

“The Democratic Services Manager to seek consideration of a petition requesting that Richmondshire District Council do not increase car parking charges at the White Shops in Catterick Garrison and that charges for parking be removed altogether.”

This was the case put forward by local councillor Helen Grant.

But the Conservative leader Yvonne Peacock insisted that the car parking charge would be needed to balance the council’s books.

After two votes on the subject, the final outcome was to refer the issue to the Council’s scrutiny committee in the New Year leaving the traders with no certainty about the issue for many more weeks.

You can see the full debate, including the petitioner’s case, on the complete video streamed from the council chamber here.

Richmondshire Today also has more details from the debate here.

How do you think the White Shops could be saved? Is the car park charge a step too far? We’d love to hear your views via the comments below.

Woman rescued from stuck Colburn lift

Richmond’s firefighters were called out to Colburn Lane shortly before 5.30pm last night because a lift had stopped between floors.

The woman trapped inside was successfully rescued by the crew.

They were back in action a few hours later after a smoker set off a fire alarm in Richmond. They checked out the property in Willance Grove shortly after 10.30pm.


Many expected at meeting to discuss almost 40 new houses

Council planners considering two proposed new housing developments have taken the unusual step of moving the public meeting to Richmond School due to the number of people looking to attend.

While most planning committee meetings barely see anyone but the council officials, Richmond Civic Society and the applicants  turning out to hear the discussions, this Tuesday’s meeting has had to be moved to larger quarters than Mercury House can provide.

The discussion will look at plans for up to 32 houses at Robin Hood Farm in Brompton on Swale and a separate proposal for nine houses in Catterick Village where there have been scores of objections from local residents and concern about the archaeological importance of the proposed site.

The meeting takes place on Tuesday, December 6 in the main hall at Richmond School from 6.30pm. The full agenda can be seen here.


Photographer’s community workshops captured in books

Picture: Guy Carpenter

Picture: Guy Carpenter

New books featuring local scenes and people have been produced following a series of workshops from Richmond photographer Guy Carpenter.

It was in the end a triple purpose project: teach people photography skills; bring people in to their local library; and produce a book for each library of participants’ photos, showing the local area and its people in the here and now. I think all three things were accomplished, and the books are worth seeing (particularly the Catterick one – the Risedale students produced some very entertaining work). It was a real pleasure to be involved in the project, and thanks to all who took part.

The Catterick books can be purchased here.
The Creative Residencies project saw artists of various kinds spend time in libraries, hosting free workshops for the local community, with the aim of producing some piece of work at the end. For instance, during November a felter (Kathryn Guy) has been overseeing the production of artworks to be hung in Catterick Garrison and Leyburn libraries.

The series of community photography courses were held at Catterick Garrison and Leyburn libraries on behalf of North Yorkshire County Council, as part of an Arts Council funded project running throughout North Yorkshire.

You can see more of the pictures online at Richmondshire Today.

Audio: Veterans get a taste of life in a pro kitchen

Veterans from Phoenix House recovery centre in Catterick Garrison are gearing up for a culinary competition with Swinton Park Cookery School, reports BFBS.

Former medic Giles Farrington took part two years ago tells BFBS presenter Chris Kaye what’s in store for those taking part in the the event which is hoped will provide a smooth transition to civilian life for those in the military who had their career ended through injury or sickness.

Super Garrison proposals for Catterick confirmed

In what is being billed as the biggest shake-up of the Armed Forces estate since World War Two the Government last night formally announced the expected major shake-up in the Armed Forces across the UK which confirms Catterick as a so-called “super garrison.”

Following the announcement by defence secretary Michael Fallon, minister of state for the Armed Forces Mike Penning visited 4th Infantry Brigade at Gaza Barracks in Catterick Garrison, reports the D&S.

He said the changes would mean great investment in the garrison – with an influx of around 2,000 extra troops.

You can read the report from the D&S here and see the detailed report from the Government here.

Video: Richmond MP speaks up for former Catterick soldier

Richmond MP Rishi Sunak has spoken in the House of Commons about the plight of six former soldiers currently serving time an Indian prison for a crime they claim they did not commit.

The ex-soldiers, with a combined 74 years of service, were jailed in Ja­n­u­ary after being detained as they protected ships from Somali pirates. Indian officials accused them of importing guns for jihadists, even when told their weapons were legally held.

In the Commons Sunak raised the issue of Nicholas Simpson, of Catterick Garrison, one of the socalled “Chennai Six” currently jailed in India having been convicted of gun running.

On his blog, he says he pressed Foreign Office Minister Alok Sharma tomorrow to do everything possible to resolve his case.

You can read the full transcript from the Commons here.