January 2021 Editor’s Letter

by Jared Smith
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by Marianne Long, Editor 

 Welcome to our January edition.

We have within ourselves / Enough to fill the present day with joy, / And overspread the future years with hope.

— William Wordsworth, 1770-1850.

Well, I don’t think there’s many of us that won’t be glad to see the end of that year. At the time of writing, however, things are started to improve: we are out of the November lockdown, the UK has authorised the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID vaccine, and it is beginning to seem as though there is a glimpse of light at the end of the tunnel. I do hope this continues.  

My ‘2021 mission’ is to walk and re-discover old, forgotten, and overgrown public footpaths in our local area. The UK government has set a cut-off date in January 2026 for all footpaths to be registered for inclusion on official maps — and any paths that are not included run the risk of being lost forever. An ongoing campaign by the Ramblers seeks to identify and register paths that have been omitted from the cartography. There is, then, no better time to put your boots on, get exploring, and see what’s out there. You can find a map of all the currently registered public rights of way on the NYCC website.  

Light a fire, grab a sherry, and step into 2021 with the Handy Mag.  

This month’s edition of the Handy Mag is the perfect read for your turkey-induced slumber between Christmas and New Year. On pages 41–43 [Ryedale], we look at how COVID-19 has renewed our sense of togetherness and review the fantastic individuals and groups who have helped Ryedale through the adversities of 2020. We are also excited to announce the winners of the Malton Horse and Sparrow Competition on page 28 [Ryedale]!  

As things start to pick up again this year, don’t forget that, if you are planning to restart a local group, have a message for your members, or have an event you would like to publicise, our community news section in the magazine is always a great place to start! 

We wish you a very Happy New Year!

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