Newton-le-Willows, near Bedale, will be host to local author Suzanne Stirke at an afternoon tea in the Village Hall on Sunday, November 26 between 2.30pm and 4.30pm.

Suzanne will talk about what she has discovered while writing her debut novel, No Mans Moor, which will be on sale, and answer questions about it. The title refers to an old droving route that runs along the south of Newton-le-Willows.

Using Suzanne’s interest in local history, No Mans Moor shows Bedale and the surrounding area as the backdrop to an exciting tale set in 1816, just after the Napoleonic Wars.

Darlington and Stockton Times: Suzanne Stirke will be talking aobut her book at Newton Le Willows Village Hall

Suzanne lived in Newton-le-Willows for many years, producing King Richard III Wensleydale cheese there, but now spends her time writing. Worlds End, the sequel to No Mans Moor, will be available after Christmas. She is currently working on her third book, about a ground-breaking nurse of the mid-1800s, local hero Sister Dora, daughter of the rector of Hauxwell.

The proceeds from Sunday’s event will go to the upkeep and improvement of the Village Hall. Opened not long before the Second World War, it has a sprung dance floor, a licensed bar that opens regularly throughout the year and a kitchen that can cater for up to 100. Santa’s sleigh will be calling on December 16.

Tickets for the event, which includes home-made scones, jam and cream, are £5; to book or email: or phone 07754 244766.