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Jared Smith

  • The world-famous JORVIK Viking Centre, which has been integral to studies of the Viking period in schools since it opened in 1984, has announced extra measures to support schools even whilst the attraction is closed, including a free week of online activities and livestreams from 8–12 February 2021. “We took the decision in the autumn not to host the annual…
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  • The Time to Change Hub in York is part of the national Time to Change campaign, a social movement aiming to change the way people think about mental health. They aim to challenge mental health stigma, namely, through people sharing their lived experience. On Thursday 4 February 2021, the Time to Change campaign is highlighting how small conversations about mental…
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  • The wonders of the night sky will be brought into the nation’s living rooms during this half-term (12–28 February), courtesy of a virtual Dark Skies Festival programme created by the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks, together with Go Stargazing. With lockdown hampering people’s ability to travel to Yorkshire for the popular annual Festival, the National Parks (which…
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  • Five-year-old Frilly hasn’t had the best time recently. This pretty little cat initially came to us in February, heavily pregnant with her 4th litter and in desperate need of our help. Shortly after arriving at the Adoption Centre Frilly gave birth to 3 kittens and, after being a very excellent and protective mum to her brood, her youngsters went off…
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  • Looking Forward To 2021 With Ryedale Dog Rescue

    by Jared Smith
    The volunteers and dogs at Ryedale Dog Rescue are looking forward to a successful 2021, hopefully without the drama and uncertainty of 2020. Last year was a difficult one for small charities: many didn’t survive the impact of the pandemic. So, despite many challenges, we feel lucky to have come through unharmed. And, in many ways, we’ve come out stronger.…
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  • New Year New Start…for Your Pet

    by Jared Smith
    by Claire Brash MRCVS, Station House Vets At the practice we look forward to the arrival off our Hills nutritional advisor, Leigh, as he always brings us pens and a delicious picnic lunch to encourage us to attend his lectures. However, I am fighting the Christmas bulge this month and conscientiously requested a salad. I was disappointed that it turned…
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  • Time To Get Back on Track (To Your Perfect Smile)

    by Jared Smith
    by Christine Parker, BDS (GDC 72136), Howardian Dental Practice There’s nothing like the start of a New Year to make us look at our hopes for what it will bring. This year particularly our hearts are filled with the hope that the COVID-19 vaccine will bring a near-normal life to most of us, allowing us to get close to our loved…
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  • COVID-19 Prompts Launch of “Dads & Lads” Group

    by Jared Smith
    by Mark Dunsmore We have a lot of responsibility on our shoulders — being a dad, a husband, a brother, an uncle, the odd job man, the lift, the coach…the list goes on. It can be difficult finding time to meet new, likeminded people, especially if you’re new to the area, have lost touch with old friends or you’re just…
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  • What a Difference a Year Makes

    by Jared Smith
    by Kevin Arksey, owner of Xercise Fitness This time last year both members and the gym team alike were looking forward to the festive season, all of us blissfully unaware of the coming pandemic. Fast forward 10 months and after two national lockdowns and different versions of tiered restrictions, the world looks a very different place. Whilst closed we were busy…
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  • Take a Break in 2021

    by Jared Smith
    By David Carruthers of Conexo Travel, Haxby Events are moving swiftly in the travel industry, and as I write this the UK is about to embark upon the vaccination process to protect against COVID-19. It’s hard to think back but this time last year, in the pre-coronavirus world, we would probably have guessed that COVID-19 was a new star or…
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