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    Well what a start to the Malton Food Festival, torrential rain! What a disaster, however someone somewhere must have known we were on our way because as soon as we arrived in Malton the rain cleared and it turned into a pleasant day.

    My friend Tom and I were booked on to a cookery lesson with Steph Moon (from the Great British Menu) at 12pm in the main cooking tent so we had just enough time to have a quick look around the festival before donning our aprons in front of an audience to take part in a cookery lesson!

    The festival really was a sight to behold; the pretty town of Malton was transformed into a hive of activities, rows upon rows of stalls selling delicious tempting treats, ranging from fresh sausages and burgers, to American cookies, stuffed olives, chilli jams and so much more! There was an atmosphere of excitement, a real market and every stall was surrounded by handfuls of people trying to get a glimpse of the sumptuous offerings to be had.

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    We even happened across a stall that had live crabs and lobsters to show the children (don’t worry the crabs had their claws tied to make sure they behaved themselves) and the children were fascinated and even adults could be seen having a little stroke of the crabs to say hello!

    It soon became time for us to have our cookery lesson, originally we were slightly apprehensive but we had no need to be, we were put at ease immediately by the helpers, we washed our hands, chose a work station and waited to begin, Steph was incredibly friendly and immediately very likable, chatting to all of us, making sure we were able to follow the instructions, we all made a strawberry and Rhubarb Roulade, something I personally had never made before. There was a lot of hard work involved whipping the egg whites to make the meringue base! As the lesson began more and more people joined the tent and soon there was a rather large audience watching us cook. I took my time ensuring I had done everything as instructed, terrified I would mess it up in front of all these people! Im pleased to say my roulade turned out totally perfect, delicious, presented fantastically and we got to take them home too! All this for just £15, it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and something I would definitely do again!



    We then went to Malton Relish for a pot of tea and some chilli chocolates (yummy!) and then we began the Malton Food Trial (£6 for 2 people, 10 places to visit all offering a little treat in each one) some of the offerings were better than others and the cinema offer wasn’t working which was a little disappointing. However we did get some delicious Thai food to sample, which saved us buying lunch.

    In fact we enjoyed the festival so much we went back on Sunday to buy some yummy treats that we hadn’t bought on the Saturday!

    A fabulous time was had by all and another brilliant day out in Yorkshire.

  2. Bedale Funding – How do you think it should be spent?

    Bedale Online have recently been asked by Bedale Town Council to share the following with all of you in the hope that you may be able to give them some valuable insight on where you think public funding should be spent within Bedale under the sector “Public open space, sport and recreation”.

    They have sent me a document which outlines the proposals as drawn together by Hambleton District Council and supported by Bedale Town Council with input from other organisations including Bedale Town Council, Bedale and Villages community forum and others. It shows their priority for the funding, however are their views also your views? We want and need your comments on this! If you want to have something in Bedale improved you need to tell the council what needs doing. If you feel that the funding is going towards something that isn’t worthy, now is the time to voice your opinions on where it should go.

    I am very much looking forwards to hearing your views & I hope it has an impact on what happens to our area.

    The following are set out in order of priority as voted for by the council, number one being the first priority for public spending and so on….

    • 1. Bedale Scouts & Guides

    Actions: To contribute to the provision of scout and guide premises that may also be used for general recreation etc. activities both internally and externally.

    How was the need identified? Bedale and villages community forum as one of the key targets for the continuing development of the town and this is supported by the town council.

    • 2. Other Public Space – North Yorkshire County Council

    Actions: To provide a town centre feature area to the front of the post office, Market Place

    How was the need identified? Identified by the B&VCF as one of the key targets for continuing development of the town and has been supported by the town council

    • 3. Other Public Space

    Actions: To contribute to the provision of a cycle route between Leeming Bar & Bedale

    How was the need identified? Identified by the B&VCF as one of the key targets for continuing development of the town and has been supported by the town council.

    • 4. Bedale Park incorporating play area and skateboard park – Bedale Town Council

    Actions: Installation of new play equipment in the play area to benefit 8-13 year olds.

    How was this need identified? Equipment subject to replacement due to general wear and tear.

    • 5. Floodlit Pitch Development – Hambleton District Council

    Actions: Redevelopment of the floodlit pitch

    How was this need identified? Playing pitch audit with North Yorkshire County Football Association

    • 6. Southfields Public Open Space – Bedale Town Council

    Actions: Drainage of public open space to negate excessive flooding including the children’s play park.

    How was this need identified? Recent experience & feedback from users.

    • 7 Replacement Trees – Bedale Town Council

    Actions: Maintaining and improving tree stock in public areas.

    How was this need identified? Advice from arborist in annual inspection.

    • 8 Adult outdoor fitness equipment – Bedale Town Council

    Actions: Provision of a selection of equipment to benefit adults using Bedale Park

    How was this need identified? Feedback from the community.


    The following points are on the list however there have been no needs identified, they are as follows:


    Bowling green


    Burrill Road Open Space

    Firby road sports area including football pitches

    Golf Course

    Leyburn Road Athletics and Sports including tennis & squash courts, football & cricket pitches

    Public rights of way

    Southfields open space and play area

    Village greens including Wycar, Beck Side etc.


    So tell us what you think in the comments box below………………..

    25th April 2013:


    The Town Council would like to thank the various people who responded to our Bedale Online Blog, for those of you that have mentioned wanting more facilities and provision for the younger people in Bedale we would like to direct you to the services provided via X-Niholo, Bedale High School (Culture Shack) and the Scouts & Guides.  With this in mind the Council has asked Lee Featherstone, the Chair of X-Niholo to provide comments and further information through the Bedale Online site (to follow)



    If you would like to get in touch with the Clture Shack Contact 01609 533334


  3. daffsMothers day is coming up on the 10th March, and its a nice time to spoil our mums and say thank you for being there and doing things for us. As a mum myself I know that the little things are the most precious, so we have compiled a list of things that dont cost the earth to treat mum and show that you care.

    • Spend Time with Your Mum

    Kids become teenagers, who then become adults with our own careers, families, and lives. Somewhere along the way most of us spend much less time with our mothers than we used to. Taking an afternoon, a day, or a few hours to spend with your mother will truly show her how much you care. Here are a few ideas to make it a special occasion:

    • Invite her out for a cup of coffee or tea and catch up
    • Attend church with her
    • Buy a DVD she wants to see and bring over the wine and popcorn
    • Invite her over for a family dinner or for brunch in her honor
    • Offer Your Services to Make her Life Easier

    Is there something that you do that your mother could benefit from (or has hinted she would like help with)? For example, Perhaps Mum needs help with downloading apps or music. Gutters need cleaned, cars need washed, and I’m sure your Mum has a thing or two she would love some help with. Better yet, make her a nice cup of tea and let her relax while you knock a few things off of her to-do list.

    • Make a gift

    Home made gifts are always nice on mothers day, a special picture from a young child, a home made card, a cake, some shortbread are all great ideas for a cheap easy and thoughtful gift. Another thing that I once did for my mother was to make a photo album of all the lovely photos I had of her and me together over the years, It was relatively easy to do and it is something she still treasures today.

    • Buy an inexpensive gift

    Flowers, a plant, a singular cupcake from a fancy bakery (cupcake dreams in Bedale!) or how about putting a lovely photo of the 2 of you in a lovely frame?

    • Take her out for dinner

    Treat mum to a special meal out on Mothers Day, The White Rose Hotel in Leeming Bar 01677 422707 are offering a special mothers day menu for just £10.95 per person (see our front page for more details)The Greyhound Inn at Hackforth are doing a yummy sunday lunch offer along with a free gift for every mother! Make sure you book to be guranteed a table! 01748 813 360.

    Hope you all have a lovely time treating your mums and if you have any ideas you would like to share please post them in the comments box below!

    Here is a picture sent in by Jo Keeling to accompany the message below mothers day

  4. Tesco has had planning permission approved to turn a historic pub & hotel in the heart of Bedale into a Tesco Express store.

    Hambleton District council have agreed to planning alterations to the former Kings Head Hotel in Bedale Market Place,  Approval was not needed for change of use on the building which is grade 2 listed, because it operated as a pub up until its closure 2 years ago. Tesco simply need to apply for approval for alterations and extensions to the building.

    Objections from local traders, residents and the highways agency have been brought to the forefront, 11 letters of objection & a petition containing 70 signatures were put forward asking for the district council to refuse it based on parking problems and the impact on small shops.

    Chamber of trade chairman Carol Clarke said one of the main concerns had been that it is on a dangerous junction. "That building is on the most difficult corner in Bedale. Lorries are turning in all directions, all the delivery vehicles would have to come to the front because there is no real access at the back, and those vehicles will be in a very dangerous place. There is also a pedestrian crossing which would have to be moved. From a retail point of view, it is a negative and a positive thing. While it will have an impact, it is better to have Tesco in the middle of the town than outside it. We dont want people going out of the town to shop. We had hoped to attract shops into the town that were more distinctly different, but we seem to have little choice but to accept this."

    Bedale town councillor Michael Lowe said he had told the planning committee about the concerns " I voiced our opinions about the deliveries and the extension but I got shot down at the end of it all and it was approved."

    North Yorkshire county highways urged that the application should be refused because of concerns over safety as the building has no on site parking. Meaning vehicles will be left on the road and so close to a junction this will only cause problems.

    A spokesman for Tesco has said " The store will create up to 20 new jobs for local people and we hope to be open in the Spring of 2013. We have strong evidence of Tesco Express shops attracting more shoppers, customers tend to use our convenience stores for top up shopping and they often use other shops and businesses in the area whilst there. We will deliver to the front in the same way that the pub has done for years. We have small rigid vehicles that can serve express stores sop you wont see the largest articulated lorries."

    We have lots of comments from you on this on our Facebook page, join the debate here


  5. Last week I had the pleasure of attending a town council planning meeting in Northallerton, during which the subject of a new housing development for Leeming Bar was brought up on the LB1

    The plan is to develop on & improve the existing area opposite Simply Dutch where the current industrial area lies (John H Gills & Sons, this is not to be confused with Leeming Bar Industrial Estate which is totally separate)  by building a new residential development of 84 houses (40% will be affordable homes) and a local shop. Along with improvements to the existing buildings on the industrial estate to make them more physically appealing. Some of the existing buildings which are listed will be converted into flats. There will also be a village green area.

    There were concerns raised from the residents of Leeming Bar with regards to sewage system problems with blocked drains being an issue presently however there were reassurances from Yorkshire Water that this problem would be rectified and the new development will not cause existing problems to become worse. The residents are concerned that nothing will be done to fix the problems already present to the current sewerage systems which following heavy rain causes the system to become backed up due to deposits of fat in the drainage systems and is meaning that residents in the area are at risk of human waste surfacing and it also means during these times residents have been unable to use their toilets in their own homes as they are not draining. In the plans Yorkshire Water intend to clean out the existing system entirely to improve this situation removing the build up of fat and other debris from the pipework along with putting improvements in place so this issue is resolved.

    The residents of Leeming Bar were against the plans going ahead, however during the meeting there was comment from a councillor to say " This plan will make Leeming Bar a better place in the future but not for now for the people who live there." There was also a quote to say that you will "Never totally satisfy the locals, Yorkshire water have caused worries and doubts"

    There were comments made to say that this development will "improve" what is a "messy, untidy area" and give a heart to Leeming Bar, a centre for the village. It was also said that "The plan was well thought out & designed."

    Comments from locals raised the issue of schools, with each family having 2.4 children, will the local schools at Leeming Bar be able to cope with the new influx of residents to the area?

    However along with negatives there are many positives, it will improve an area that is quite unappealing to the eye and will bring more people to the area, providing housing for people working locally (Leeming Bar Industrial Estate) and it will bring added custom to local businesses like The White Rose Hotel, The Corner House Pub & The Wensleydale Railway .

    Some concerns were raised with regards to the access to the residential development as it will need to go through the industrial unit area,blog LB2 this photo shows where the new access road will go. However those not in favour of this were outvoted as the plans were approved by majority vote.

    So what do you think? Leave us your comments below


  6. Today we have received information on the A684 Bedale, Aiskew and Leeming Bar Bypass which we would like to share with you, the residents of Bedale & surrounding areas.


    In 2009 over 4000 leaflets were distributed as part of the public consultation leading to a planning application being made. Over 93% of the responses supported the principal of the bypass.

    The scheme was put on hold in 2010 because of government funding constraints. However the government has now offered, subject to some final approvals, to provide a significant proportion of the funding for the bypass so North Yorkshire County Council has made the decision to restart the scheme.

    The County Council has recently received planning permission and published statutory orders. Theses are a compulsory purchase order for the land needed to build the bypass and a side roads order which allows changes to be made to existing roads to link the bypass. These are statutory processes which give people the right to make comments about the bypass.

    Now you may ask why does Bedale need a Bypass?

    Users of the existing A684 which goes through Bedale, Aiskew and Leeming Bar often face problems with traffic congestion, road safety and access to outlying areas - such as the Yorkshire Dales.

    The proposed bypass would

    • Reduce traffic congestion in the communities bypassed by the new road
    • Reduce environmental and road safety problems on the approaches to and through Bedale, Aiskew and Leeming Bar.
    • Help the local economy by improving access to Leeming Bar Industrial Estate and communities to the east and west of the A1

     Where will the new road go?

    The whole of the bypass will lie to the north of Bedale, Aiskew and Leeming Bar. It consists of two new 7.3km wide stretches of road split by the A1(M) with approximately 2.5Km on the west side and 1.9km to the east.

    Street lighting will be provided at the roundabout junctions and their approaches. Storage ponds will control rainwater run off from the road into existing water courses.

    (We will provide a map and the new proposed route to follow - BedaleOnline)


    What is a compulsory purchase order?

    The compulsory purchase order is the means by which the county council can buy the land needed to build the bypass. Whilst the council will always try to negotiate with the land owners to buy the land , they need to make a compulsory purchase order in case they are not able to agree to purchase the land with the land owners.

    What is a side roads order?

    The side roads order is the means by which the county council gets approval to make changes to the existing roads and other public rights of way to allow them to build the new bypass.

    How can I find out more about the proposals?

    You can find all information regarding the bypass on the North Yorkshire County Councils website or you can email [email protected]

    How can I register my support or objections?

    You can send your comments in either support or objection to the compulsory purchase order by post to National transport Casework Team, 2nd Floor, Lancaster House, Hampshire Court, Newcastle Business Area, Newcastle NE4 7YH

    What will happen next?

    The Compulsory purchase order and the side roads order have now been published for consultation. The closing dates for comments is 11th December 2012. If there are unresolved objections the secretary of state can order a public inquiry into the orders. Following a public inquiry the secretary of state will decide whether to confirm the orders.

    If there are no unresolved objections to the orders the county council can ask the secretary of state to confirm the orders. Subject to confirmation the county council will be able to go ahead with the scheme.

    If a public inquiry is required it is likely to take place in Spring 2013.

    The bypass is hoping to be started in Autumn 2014 and the new road to be open Autumn 2016.


    (Information and wording as provided by North Yorkshire County Council)


    So what do you think?

    As both residents and a business owner in Bedale I would like to say that my personal views are split. I live on the road in question and I have to say at times it is very noisy, dirty and dangerous. I have a front garden that my 2 children under the age of 6 are not allowed to use unless I am with them at all times and I find walking on the path outside my house at times daunting, particularly when a large lorry is coming carrying things like quarry stone. Following a time when I saw a lorry driver on his mobile phone inches away from me and my children it made me think twice about walking into Bedale from where we live in Aiskew and we now use the back foot paths. Therefore as a home owner and a mother I think the bypass will be good.

    However as a business owner in Bedale, I know how much all the local businesses rely on passing traffic and if we take this away will our local businesses suffer? Will we still be a market town full of independent thriving shops that are supported only by the locals and a reduced tourist trade? How will places like John Gills Garage and other stop off places cope if they are no longer a point of convenience for motorists? Or could it make it better for the local businesses, making places like Bedale News, Verb, Halls fish & Chips etc more accessible to park and visit as there wont be such heavy traffic congestion on the corner of The White Bear?

    Let me know your thoughts below?

  7. Bedale Online is your website, it's for the people of Bedale and it is a platform to allow us to advertise all the wonderful things that Bedale has to offer to tourists and locals. It's a wealth of knowledge, the place to go to find out anything from takeaway menus, to opening hours of local shops, to jobs or inspiration to fill your days.

    We would really like it if more local people would get involved and that is why we are offering you the opportunity to write for Bedale Online.

    We want articles for the blog written by local people. They must be positive and reflective of the respect we have for Bedale and they should be topical. Something that will interest local people, its something you can do as a hobby or maybe you feel strongly about something that is happening in our area and you want to share your views.....

    They can be historical, topical, current affairs or they can be your opinions on amenities or services.

    We are also going to be starting a reviews page, where you can write your reviews on local businesses or services.

    We will pay a small contribution for each completed article, which you can either receive as cash or you can donate it to a local charity.

    So don't hesitate, email us today with your blog topic [email protected]

    We look forwards to hearing from you!


  8. Bedale Festival takes place this Saturday, 30th June 2012.

    The Festival is one Bedale’s main events; attracting over 1000 people from the local community!

    The fun starts with an Olympic themed parade at 11am which leaves the Benkhill Drive bus park, led by the St Chads Scout Band; before travelling through Bedale to the park for judging.

    Aiskew Under 5’s preschool will be be joining in the parade again to compete for the ‘Ray Calvert Trophy’. Last year’s theme for the parade was 'Local Occupations'; with the Flower Shop winning the trophy and first place; decorated by the Rainbows.

    This year’s judges include Clr Amanda Coates (Mayor of Bedale), Mrs Annette Sowden (Headteacher of Bedale Primary School) and Mr Martyn Coombs (rtd Head of PE, Football Coach and D & S Times reporter).

    The Festival continues after the parade; taking place in Bedale Park, which is located next to Bedale Hall. The Festival promises a fun day for all the family, including a fair, refreshments, fire engines, a police community vehicle, the Wensleydale Railway, martial arts, a cycle display, circus skills, dance workshops, birds of prey, fundraising stalls and much more!

    There will also be the usual Car Boot Sale in Bedale Park from 8am with the Bedale Scout & Guide Group being the beneficiary charitable organisation of the day.

    Bedale Festival is Bedale Scout & Guide Group’s main fundraiser and monies raised go towards running costs and the building fund for the new Scout & Guide Building which they hope to start building soon.


    The Beckside Project; Bedale Scout & Guide Building

    The Beckside Project was set up last year, with the aim of replacing the existing hut on the banks of Bedale Beck with a brand new £375,000 eco-friendly, wood-clad scout hut and community facility that can also be used by other community groups.

    Some of the major contributors towards the project have been Bedale Town Council, Aiskew Parish Council, R and R Ice Cream, The Rectors Four and 20 fund, Bedale Chamber of Commerce and proceeds from the sale of the book ‘Reflections of Bedale.’ Anybody who would like to support the project can email [email protected] .


    Bedale Scout & Guide Group

    Bedale Scout & Guide group currently includes around 150 local children who attend Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers and enjoy the various activities the leaders voluntarily provide. To find out more about the group, vist their Facebook page at or email [email protected] .


    Bedale Town Council

    Bedale Town Council support the Festival financially and provide Bedale Park as the venue for the event. They are also responsible for local Car Boot Sales. To find out more about Bedale Council, the Town Market, Car Boot sale, council minutes and more, view their page on BedaleOnline at

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