by Editorial Team

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July 2021 editions

This month’s editor’s letter…

I’ve tried and tried and tried—I promise—to write an Editor’s Letter without any mention of you-know-what. I find, though, that there are few topics to discuss, if any, where it’s otherwise than obligatory to acknowledge the effects of the pandemic—where I don’t feel a need to remark, “This wouldn’t have been possible a year or so ago!” But so it goes.

This isn’t to say there isn’t anything to talk about; it’s just that most of this talk is still “Covid-talk.” There’s a backlog of sporting events this summer (including Tokyo 2020 and the 2020 Euros) for one thing, and many of us are anticipating a “golden summer of sport.” Yet even so, our discussion about these events is still shrouded in talk about restrictions, and our excitement is tentative at best. But so it goes: as we’ve learned over this past year, we can always enjoy the events from the comfort of our own homes.

Our Ryedale ‘Spotlight’ this month is Rob Williams, Headteacher at Malton School, who was awarded the prestigious Pearson National Teaching Award for Secondary Headteacher of the Year. I talked to him about how the pandemic has effected school life, and also about several initiatives that he has championed during his fifteen year stint at the school.

In York, our ‘Spotlight’ is Professor Mike Holmes, GP at Haxby Group and Chair of Nimbuscare, who spearheaded the campaign to set up the Vaccination Centre at Askham Bar. I talked to him about his background and how Nimbuscare came about after 10 years of hard work – and just in time to support the vaccine effort in York.

July will also see the return of a great many local events (and many of these can be found in our Local Life pages [see pp. 22–38]). Our local attractions and hospitality businesses are open and ready to entertain you and your families, especially good when it seems that we won’t be entertaining ourselves abroad this summer. Please show your support this summer; they will all be very grateful.

In view of this, we’re currently refurbishing the “What’s on” pages on our website so that it is easy to find something to do locally. Make sure you visit thehandymag.com/whats-on/ and read our Local Life pages in this edition.

Until next month…

Marianne

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