Herriot author's daughter visits school

ROSIE Page, the daughter of the James Herriot author Jim Wight has visited Class 3 of All Saints’ RC Primary School, Sowerby, to talk about The World Of James Herriot museum following a class trip there. The pupils are recreating a corner in their classroom about the fictional vet and have acted out sketches and written diary entries in the character of James Herriot.

HISTORIC TALK: Osmotherley Women’s Leisure Society will hear a talk by David Black about the Battle Of The Standard at its meeting at 2pm, on February 13, at the village’s Methodist church.

BRASS SHOW: St Oswald’s Church, Sowerby, will host a concert titled A Maze Of Pipework And Brass, featuring Tim Barber, Ben Thompson and organist/pianist Jonathan Scott, at 3pm on Sunday, February 17. Tickets cost £11 (£10 in advance, 16 and under free with adult). For tickets, call 01845-518001.

VOCAL SUPPORT: The 33 members of Thirsk School & Sixth Form College’s Lower School Choir have taken part in a Government initiative to encourage children to sing. Cathy Roberts, music advisor for North Yorkshire, worked with the pupils on a medley of numbers from Rockin’ Robin to Amazing Grace.

JAZZ MATTERS: A jazz workshop for young musicians at Grade 5 or equivalent and above will be led by Three Jazz at Rural Arts in Thirsk from 10.30am to 3.30pm, on Saturday, February 16 and Sunday, February 17. The workshops cost £15 for the weekend. Advance booking essential. Call 01845-526536.

FOLK GIG: Loosely Folk presents Kirsty McGee and guest Annie Dressner at Rural Arts, Thirsk, on Friday, February 15, at 8pm. Tickets cost £10 or £17 with pre-show platter at 6.30pm. For tickets, call 01845-526536 or visit ruralarts.org

FUNDRAISING DRIVE: Thirsk’s branch of the Marie Curie Cancer Care fundraising committee is appealing for residents to donate an hour of their time next month to collect for the charity’s annual Great Daffodil Appeal. To volunteer, call 01845-501494. To access a Marie Curie nurse speak to your GP or district nurse.

HIGH NOTE: Thirty-four musicians from Thirsk School & Sixth Form College have raised £1,360 for the music department’s Community Extra-Curricular Ensemble by packing bags for two days at Morrisons supermarket, in Ripon.

COUNTRY SHOW: Gary Perkins, who was voted Country Vocalist Of The Year at the British Country Music Awards, will perform at Thirsk and Sowerby Town Hall, on Friday, February 15, from 8.30pm. For tickets, costing £6, call 01845-522791 or visit the Thirsk Tourist Information Centre, White Rose Books or the Artists' Palette.

MOVIE TIME: The Ritz Cinema will screen Les Misérables (12A) from Friday, February 8 until Thursday, February 14, at 7.30pm. For details, call 01845-524751.

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