THIRSK School pupils are celebrating sporting success after the under-13 boys hockey team became the North of England champions, the under-14 girls basketball team were crowned North Yorkshire champions and 15-year-old Jack Spence competed in the under-17 National Cross Country Championships.

SECURITY CONCERNS: Residents in St James’s Green, Thirsk, are being invited to join a Neighbourhood Watch scheme. Resident Tony Jordan, who will co-ordinate the scheme, said there would be no joining fee. For details, call 01845-574084 or email

FLORAL DISPLAY: St Mary's Church, in Thirsk, will host an Easter flower exhibition, including Children's Easter gardens, from Saturday (March 30) until Saturday, April 6. The church will be open on Saturday and on Easter Sunday, from noon to 4pm, and on other days from 10am to 4pm. Free admission, but donations welcome.

BUSINESS MATTERS: Thirsk and District Business Association will meet at Rural Arts, Thirsk, on Tuesday (April 2), at 5.30pm. Guy Baragwanath, chairman of the group which has seen a rapidly rising membership in recent months, said: “There is so much going on in the town, new initiatives, brilliant ideas and businesses working together to promote themselves and Thirsk.”

LIVE MUSIC: Irish singer Ann Breen will perform at Hambleton Forum, Northallerton, on Saturday, April 20, at 7.30pm. For tickets, which cost £12, visit Greensleeves, in Central Arcade, Northallerton, or call 01609 777272.

SHOW FUNDRAISER: An auction of promises to raise funds for North Yorkshire County Show will be held at 7.30pm, on Friday, April 12, at Thirsk Auction Mart. The sale will feature 80 lots, including the use of agricultural machinery and a week’s stay at a Spanish villa.

VINTAGE SALE: Chic Vintique, an antiques, vintage, collectables and craft sale, will be held monthly at Richmond Town Hall, from Tuesday (April 2), from 9.30am to 3.30pm. Entry costs £50p for adults. For details, call 07779-342783.

FAMILY SESSION: A Messy Easter family event will be held at Sowerby Parochial Hall on Friday, (March 29), from 10.30am to noon.

SEASONAL SONGS: Thirsk and District Churches Together is inviting residents to sing songs and hear the Easter story beside the clock tower in Thirsk Market Place, at 3pm on Easter Sunday. The group will be joined by Simple Faith, a male singing group from Northern Ireland.

MUSICAL NOTE: A lunchtime organ recital will be performed by Philip Sangwine at St. Mary's Church, Thirsk, from. 12.15pm to 12.45pm on Monday (April 1). There will be refreshments available at the event, entry to which is free, but donations would be welcomed.

DANCING DATE: A sequence dancing event will held at Sowerby Parochial Hall on Monday (April 1), from 7.30pm to 11pm. Participants are invited to take food and drink for a pooled supper. Tickets, costing £4, are available on the door.

MOVIE TIME: The Ritz cinema, Thirsk, will screen Wreck it Ralph (PG), a movie about a video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfil his dream, from today until Thursday (April 4), at 7.30pm. For details, call 01845-524751.

EASTER TRAIL: The World of James Herriot museum in Thirsk is holding a family Easter holiday trail from today until bank holiday Monday, from 10am to 3.30pm. There will be prizes for all children taking part.