So, 2018 has drawn to a close and what a year it was. From a wintry start to a glorious summer, a royal wedding, the World Cup and even Brexit, the Handy Mags have continued to be delivered across Ryedale and the York villages!
This month marks the 150th edition of the Handy Mag Ryedale, can you believe it? We thought this was an appropriate time to look back on a wonderful year and local events that Team Handy Mag have been lucky enough to attend.
There were traditional pantomimes across our region. Tim Peake’s spacecraft landed in York and we focussed on getting fit!
A full-on Viking invasion occurred at the JORVIK Viking Festival. The first since the reopening of the reimagined JORVIK Viking Centre in Easter 2017.
To celebrate international women’s day, we focussed on some of our local inspirational business women. It was wonderful to find out all about them and made us proud to be living in such thriving area.
Holly, our support administrator, started her maternity leave. We’re very much looking forward to her return in March. We have lots of exciting things planned for this year so we are hoping that the sleepless nights become less frequent so she can throw herself back into office life! (well, in between looking after her beautiful boys!)
Summer started and so did the Haxby and Wigginton Scarecrow festival. Nicky attended the event with her children as usual – the fabulous creativity of these two villages never ceases to amaze and delight! The event raised a fantastic £5266 for Christian Aid, The Special Care Baby Unit at York Hospital, Oaken Grove Community Centre and Wigginton Old School.
Malton Food Festival was bigger and better than ever this year, complete with a star-studded line up of Yorkshire’s own Michelin-starred chefs.
Edstone Festival returned, now a well-established, family friendly music festival. St Leonards Hospice had their summer fair, complete with a purple pig petting farm, and we were happy to be able to support local charity The Island in their search for new volunteers.
We were sponsors of Haxby Carnival this year on a beautiful sunny day that saw the village of Haxby welcome the opening Carnival Procession, fancy-dress, music, and entertainment.
The 132nd Malton Show took place at Scampston Park and Marianne was there for a look around at the livestock and stands. If she didn’t know the difference between a British Blonde and British Blue, she definitely does now!
The Handy Mag were sponsors of the event this year and it really was a great day out for all the family.
August & September
This edition was exciting as we ran a feature about Ryedale Special Families. We were overwhelmed by the number of our advertisers willing to support such a worthy cause. A huge thank you to those who helped us raise over £900! In Poppleton the scarecrows were taking over at the village’s third festival.
In September Malton in Bloom excelled in the Yorkshire in Bloom competition with a Gold award. A brilliant community effort.
The team were very excited to see York Opera perform Carmen at York Theatre Royal. There were some outstanding performances and the whole Company did justice to one of the most famous operas of all time.
The Pride of Malton & Norton Awards were a big success at The Talbot this year and Nicky and Marianne were very excited to attend. Mandy has organised the event since it started 9 years ago, and here at The Handy Mag we think it is a fantastic celebration of local people and local businesses. Long may it continue!
York Business Week was a main talking point in York during 13th to 19th November. Mandy, Marianne and Nicky went along to the SuperNetworking and Conference and have been raving about how many people they met and how interesting the talks were ever since.
This year marked the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1 so Nicky worked extra hard to make sure details of the local Remembrance events were included in the magazines.
This is always a hectic month and we try to include as much as possible from Christmas services to Santa runs, light switch-ons, fairs and pages and pages of events. It is always a busy month, but I don’t think the event pages have ever been that full! We love being able to spread the word about all things local and (this is mainly Imogen in the office!) all things Christmas. Please keep sending us your events and we will keep making room in the listings for them.
At the Handy Mag we are looking forward to another exciting and full year of supporting our local communities and businesses in 2019!