RICHMOND Cricket Club is running coaching sessions especially for women at Richmond School sports hall on Friday evenings between 5pm and 6pm.

The sessions are run by England and Wales Cricket Board Level II coaches Mark Jobling, Lewis Metcalfe, Lynne Hickman and Andy Barlow.

They are supported by Richmond School with Sportivate funding provided from Yorkshire Cricket Board.

Ann Deighton from the club said: “Please spread the word to mums, daughters, sisters, girlfriends and school friends and let's make Richmondshire the centre of female cricket in the area - we're keen to build on the Olympic legacy to get girls involved in cricket throughout the year.”

A JACOBEAN hall is setting up for Christmas with traditional Victorian decorations and entertainment.

Kiplin Hall, situated near Scorton between Northallerton and Richmond, will have original Victorian costumes and accessories on show, and there will be performances by local singers and musicians.

On Saturday, December 1, Richmond musicians Jake Herringman and Susanna Pell will play music from the 17th century; on Sunday, December 2, the Mowbray Singers will perform carols and the Northallerton Handbell Ringers will play; on Saturday, December 8, the Dinsdale Ringers are playing in the Long Gallery and on Sunday, December 9, Northallerton Handbell Ringers perform again.

This year’s theme for children is The Night Before Christmas.

There will also be shopping opportunities with stalls from local craftspeople and traders.

The hall, tea room and shop are open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 30 to December 2, and December 7 and 9, from 10am to 4pm. Admission to the hall costs £7.50 for adults, £6.50 concession, £3.50 for children and a family ticket is £20.


CAROL SERVICE: Richmond Town Council civic carol service will be held at St Mary’s Church on Wednesday, December 5 at 7pm.

Music will be provided by Leyburn Town Band and the choirs of Richmond Church of England Primary School, Richmond Methodist School, St. Mary’s Primary School and Arkengarthdale Primary School.

Everyone is welcome.


GARDEN AWARDS: On Wednesday, November 7, the annual prize-giving for Colburn Gardening Club took place in the Hildyard Arms in Colburn Village. Maxine Bohanan, Avril Dryden, Sheila McLaren and Julie Dawson were awarded trophies for their green-fingered skills.

Colburn Gardening Club has been meeting for more than 60 years and welcomes new members on the first Wednesday of each month from February to November. There will be speakers, shows and social events throughout 2013.