Hotting Up For The Christmas Bake-Off

This Saturday (13th December) sees the Christmas Bake-Off 2014 at The Wolds Cookery School at Highfield Farm, Southburn, near Driffield. Part of the ‘Let’s Waste Less Food’ campaign, the competition encourages budding chefs to create recipes using Christmas leftovers to highlight the amount of food waste produced during the festive season. Finalists in the two categories (11-16 and 17 and over) will have the chance to cook their recipes on Saturday, and their efforts will be judged by chef James Mackenzie from the Michelin-starred and Good Food Guide Pub of the Year 2014, The Pipe and Glass Inn at South Dalton. Prizes include £100 in vouchers for a meal for two at the Pipe and Glass Inn; signed copies of James Mackenzie’s cookbook, ‘On the Menu’’, a designer kitchen caddy and insulated lunch bag; and recycling goody bags, including local produce. The winning entries and finalists’ recipes will be made into recipe cards to share with East Riding residents. Councillor Symon Fraser,said: “I am really looking forward to this year’s Bake-Off. We are hoping that people will want to share their ideas with others as to how to make the best of leftover food and family recipes, which are passed […]

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Tributes To Long-serving Foster Carers

Some of the East Riding’s longest-serving foster carers were honoured at a special event attended by 94 guests. East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s fostering service held its first autumn ball for foster carers at Beverley Racecourse. The event included a celebration of two couples who have cared for more than 200 children in many years of fostering. Janet and Nick Dixon, who live near Driffield, have been fostering for more than 40 years. Janet has fostered since 1973 and Nick began fostering in 1981 when they married. Janet, and later Nick, have cared for at least 114 children in that time. Helen and Paul Rawdon, from Beverley, have fostered since 1989. They have cared for at least 27 young people on short and long-term placements, and around 100 respite and emergency placements. The two couples were each presented with vouchers, a glass vase and a certificate in recognition of their long careers as foster carers. Although life is hectic, Janet said being a foster carer is very worthwhile. “There are lots of rewards to being a foster carer, and lots of hard work as well, so it was really nice to receive an award,” she said. Helen said: “We have […]

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New Artificial Pitch To Be Launched At Driffield Leisure Centre

A new artificial pitch at Driffield Leisure Centre in Bridlington Road will be officially launched this Saturday (15 November) by Councillor Richard Burton, portfolio holder for civic wellbeing and culture. The new £200,000 pitch, the largest in the area, will offer facilities for football, hockey and cricket, and represents the completion of a major project, including new foundations, lights, and a new surface. The cost has been met by East Riding of Yorkshire Council and a grant of around £136,000 from Sport England. The pitch can be hired out in the evenings, and is expected to prove very popular in the area. Councillor Richard Burton commented: “I am delighted to be able to officially open this superb new facility on Saturday, another example of this council’s major investment in leisure facilities across the East Riding, which will offer significant benefits to our residents and much-improved facilities to local clubs.” More News & Stories on HU17.net – Follow Us On Twitter @HU17 MP calls for a “Careers Advice Revolution” fol… Graham Stuart has welcomed the Government’s decision to recognise the importance of careers advice and guidance for young people through the creation of a new careers and enterprise company for schools […]

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Global Entrepreneurship Week Supporting Women In Business

As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014 (17-23 November), East Riding of Yorkshire Council is hosting a unique business networking event to bring together women in business from across the East Riding. Members of Bridlington and The Wolds Women in Business Group are joining forces with Women in Enterprise and Business (WEB) to hold the free event at The Bell Hotel in the heart of Driffield. The event will start at 6.30pm, with registration at 6.15pm, and include ‘open networking’ followed by the opportunity to ‘slow network’ were attendees can talk to businesses in one go without the frenzy of speed networking by moving around and talking in small groups so everyone gets a chance to promote their business, discuss the issues they face and to share good practice. The idea of the event is to develop networking opportunities for women across the county. Councillor Jane Evison, at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “With over 12,500 small and micro-businesses in the East Riding, the council is committed to offering support to help grow enterprise and ambition in the area. “This event will provide advice to those with an entrepreneurial spirit so they can seek more information and take the […]

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Ofsted Celebrations For Driffield Ce Infant School

Staff, parents and pupils at Driffield CE Infant School are celebrating after Ofsted inspectors ruled that it is a ‘good’ school. Their latest report has found that the school is good in all key areas, building on the success of a previous inspection which also described it as good. Pupils are said to achieve well and make good progress in reading, writing and maths. The children get off to a good start to their education in the early years because of the wide range of good-quality opportunities provided to develop their knowledge and skills. The quality of teaching is good, helping pupils to learn well, and disadvantaged pupils are well supported. The report says pupils are polite, courteous, well-mannered and keen to learn, and the school’s work to keep pupils safe and secure is outstanding. It adds: “School leaders, including the well-informed governors, have a good understanding of how good the performance of the school is, and the areas where it can do better. They have worked together very closely and successfully to improve teaching and achievement since the previous inspection, and the school continues to improve.” Headteacher Sue Thackray is delighted with the report, and very proud of the […]

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More plaudits for pacesetting Williamsons Solicitors

Chambers UK law guide has ranked Williamsons Solicitors as Hull and East Yorkshire’s top firm for criminal law. From offices in Hull, Bridlington and Driffield, Williamsons’ defence advocacy department employs a team of 19, including six solicitors and four police station representatives. Chambers UK for 2015 identifies the team for its broad criminal law coverage and mentions solicitors and higher court advocates who ‘act for publicly and privately funded clients on criminal defence work and frequently advises both individuals and companies.’. Director and head of the department, Bill Waddington, was picked out in the guide as a ‘notable practitioner’ for his specialism in crime-related and regulatory work. “We are a close-knit, experienced, highly professional team at Williamsons,” said Mr. Waddington who is about to begin his third and final year as chairman of the Criminal Law Solicitors Association, which represents the profession throughout the country. “As one of the main firms across the region, our aim is to maintain the highest standards for our clients and set the pace with our defence work.” Williamsons’ also featured prominently in the 2014 Legal 500 guide. More News & Stories on HU17.net – Follow Us On Twitter @HU17 MP calls for a “Careers […]

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Council Supports Unprecedented Number Of Business Start-ups In September

September has been a record month for East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Business Services Team that has worked with clients across the area, using start-up development workshops and one-to-one support from enterprise coaches, to reach a massive 25 new start-up business created. The high number is unusual and is the result of weeks/months of hard work on the part of the business starters and the enterprise coaches who have coincidentally culminated in a sudden surge in numbers. There are more than 12,500 businesses operating in the East Riding, with 87 per cent of these (11,125) classified as micro-firms, with 0-10 employees, and a further 9.5 per cent (1,208) indentified as small firms of between 11-49 employees. These are the lifeblood of our local economy. Councillor Jane Evison, cabinet portfolio holder for economy, investment and inequalities at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The council often sees ten new businesses start in a month but this September has been exceptional and was maybe due to the end of the summer holidays and the beginning of the autumn return to activity, significant in the rural/tourism economy. “As the local authority, it is our ambition to support creation and growth in business and […]

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Book Your Place On A Free Broadband East Riding Workshop

The Broadband East Riding Business Support Programme is encouraging local business growth by helping businesses to learn about, and exploit, the opportunities that digital technologies and high-speed broadband can offer. Each programme provides a range of workshops, which have been designed to help businesses get the most out of being connected.Support also includes the expertise of a dedicated business adviser providing one-to-one guidance and advice. Businesses that are registered with the project can also receive bespoke business advice in the form of Search Engine Optimisation Audits or IT Diagnostic Reviews, both of which provide a report and action plan to take forward. Councillor Jane Evison, said: “Having access to the Internet is an important aspect of modern life with many of us using it daily to keep in contact with family and friends or commercially, with many businesses requiring a secure, reliable and faster connection in order to compete and trade. “The Broadband East Riding business support scheme will help eligible businesses get the most out of modern technology and embrace the opportunities presented by high-speed broadband.” The workshops being provided this autumn focus on social media, search engine optimisation and cloud computing and will be delivered in Beverley, Driffield, Bridlington, […]

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Bishop Of Hull Performs Consecration Ceremony At Anlaby Cemetery

Religious leaders and civic dignitaries have attended the consecration of two new burial compartments at Anlaby Cemetery in a ceremony that’s a rarity for the East Riding. The ceremony was conducted by the Bishop of Hull, the Right Reverend Richard Frith, with what was one of his last official engagements in the East Riding before he is appointed as the 105th Bishop of Hereford later next month. The consecration takes the burial capacity of Anlaby Cemetery to 80 years, putting it ahead of all other council-run cemeteries in the East Riding in terms of future capacity, including Driffield which has a burial capacity of 60 years and Cottingham which stands at 50 years. In addition to East Riding of Yorkshire Councillors and parish councillors, clergy and notaries from the Church of England and other religious denominations were attending. The invitation was also extended to local funeral directors and stonemasons. Councillor Chris Matthews, said: “A consecration ceremony is not something that happens very often in the council’s cemeteries so this was truly a rare and distinguished occasion. We were honoured to have had the Bishop of Hull, the Rt Rev Richard Frith, to conduct the ceremony and I would like to […]

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Free Health Checks Rolled Out Across East Riding

Free NHS health checks offered to people aged between 40 and 74 years are now available across the whole of the East Riding. The five-yearly checks are available from providers across the region, including some GP practices, pharmacies, East Riding of Yorkshire Council leisure centres and by the health trainers. The checks will assess a person’s risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, stroke and dementia. By taking early action, steps can be taken to improve health and help to prevent the onset of these conditions. As this service aims to identify people at risk of developing cardiovascular conditions, anyone who is already being treated by a health care professional for any of the conditions listed or has been prescribed medication for these conditions, such as statins, does not need to be re-assessed and is therefore not eligible for the service. Checks take 20 to 30 minutes and are based on straightforward questions and measurements, such as age, gender, family history, height, weight and blood pressure. There will also be a simple blood test to measure cholesterol levels. After the check is completed, the results will be discussed and advice will be offered, such as how to get help […]

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£6.3million Scheme At Kings Mill School In Driffield

A £6.3million scheme to re-build Kings Mill School at Driffield has got underway. The major re-development project will be carried out in two phases, enabling the special school to remain open throughout. Some pupils will be transferred temporarily into accommodation at other nearby schools while the work is underway. Temporary accommodation has been created at the former Gembling Primary School, and additional classroom space is already available at Driffield School for older pupils. The first phase of construction work on the Kings Mill site will see the creation of a two-storey building which houses classrooms, dining facilities, hall and a hydrotherapy pool. This phase, which is on an adjacent former factory site, also includes the remodelling of the former infants’ building to create circulation and administration areas. The work will be carried out by Interserve Construction Ltd, under the council’s YORbuild Framework agreement. It is due to be completed next summer. The second phase will see the demolition of the existing classroom building and its replacement with a new single-storey classroom block. This work is due to be completed in summer 2016. The school’s residential block will remain unaltered and in use throughout the redevelopment. The pupils at Kings Mill […]

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East Riding Of Yorkshire Council At Driffield Show 2014

Site visitors to the East Riding of Yorkshire Council stand (K135) in the Driffield Display on 16 This summer will have the ability to enjoy an array of services, entertainment and activities for the family. The Health spa Bridlington will show entertainment during the day and site visitors will have the ability to relax inside a deck chair although watching a programme of song, dance, drama and wrestling. Anybody missing the ‘buzz’ following the Grand Depart from the Tour p France should be a part of British Cycling’s pedal powered velodrome challenge, or try their hands at rowing using the team from East Riding Leisure. In addition to crafts and arts, face painting and competitions, the council marquee will offer you free health inspections along with a baby feeding area. Reps from a variety of council services will give you information and fix waste and recycling, YORSwitch, fostering, road safety, emergency planning, and much more. You’ll also have a way for citizens to air their sights and record a vox pop using the council’s consultation team. Councillor Jane Evison, portfolio holder for economy, investment and inequalities, stated :” Driffield Show is a superb chance for council staff to satisfy many […]

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Driffield School Wins National Recognition For Innovation In Sport

An East Riding special school without any sports facilities of its own has accomplished national acknowledgement for the high quality of sport it offers. Two of its students are also invited to become young sports ambassadors, to promote inclusive sport both locally and nationally. Kings Mill Special School in Driffield has been chosen by the Youth Sport Trust to promote sport at schools across the Humber region. It is one of only 50 schools across the UK to be appointed as a Project Ability Lead School for Innovation in Sport. Their role will be to promote inclusive sport across the country, with Kings Mill School responsible for the Humber region, as part of the 2012 Olympic Legacy. As a result of the appointment, representatives of the school have been invited to a reception at the House of Lords on 8 July, where they will meet Government ministers as part of the introduction to the Project Ability Conference on 9 July. The school was especially chosen for its innovative usage of resources and facilities within the local community and its achievements in competitions and developing young people’s abilities and skills in many different sports. Kings Mill School has also been awarded […]

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Open Farm Sunday : Join in the British Farming and Food celebrations!

Our farmers produce over fifty percent of all food consumed in Britain, from fresh foods like milk, cheese, meat, vegetables and fruits, to store cupboard staples such as breakfast cereals, flour, rapeseed oil and eggs. Add to that the vital work farmers do to manage the countryside, and shouldn’t we all be celebrating British food and farming? A great way to celebrate and support British farmers is to visit a farm on the 8th June 2014, when hundreds of farms across the country will be opening their gates for Open Farm Sunday. Organised by LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), Open Farm Sunday is your chance to meet farmers and find out for yourself how your food is produced and what it takes to look after the countryside. Open Farm Sunday offers an informative and enjoyable day out for everyone, young and old alike. Each farm plans their own unique event and many will include a host of activities from nature walks and farm tours, to sheep shearing, machinery displays and even cookery demonstrations. You can search for participating farms near you and find out information on their event by visiting www.farmsunday.org. Join in the Open Farm Sunday conversation on Twitter […]

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Driffield Teen Reading Group Launches Book Review Competition

Driffield Library’s Teen Reading Group is celebrating its first anniversary by launching a book review competition open to any local young people aged between 11 and 16. For a chance to win a book voucher and a selection of new books, entrants simply need to write a review of their favourite (or least favourite) book and bring it into Driffield Library at Cross Hill, St John’s Road by 1 July 2014. Gary Smith, supervisor at Driffield Library, commented:” The Teen Reading Group here is proving very popular, and is for young people aged 12-14. The members take turns to select books for the group to read, and these have included supernatural stories, mysteries, and books about sport. “It seems appropriate to mark the first anniversary of the group with a competition, and I am looking forward to receiving lots of entries! It will be interesting to read what about what young people like – and don’t like – about particular books.” The Teen Reading Group meets on the first Friday of every month in Driffield Library between 4 and 5 pm. It is an informal and fun social group of young people who simply enjoy reading books. The library also […]

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Professional Voice Of East Riding Businesses Present The Naked Truth About Business

The council and the Professional Voice of East Riding Businesses (ProVERB), a newly-established voluntary group of small business owners, will host a morning event at Driffield Rugby Club, 9.30am-12noon, on Wednesday, 4 June as part of Humber Business Week. ProVERB’s aim is to champion the work of micro-businesses and the event will provide an informal forum for people to network, share experiences and discuss economic issues. The council is a passionate advocate of small and mediums sized enterprises (SMEs), which are vital to the lifeblood of the East Riding economy, providing employment for thousands of people and bringing millions of pounds into the area. Councillor Jane Evison, cabinet portfolio holder for economy, investment and inequalities at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “There are more than 12,500 businesses operating in the East Riding, with 87 per cent of these (11,125) classified as micro-firms, with 0-10 employees, and a further 9.5 per cent (1,208) indentified as small firms of between 11-49 employees. “By helping to establish a voluntary organisation like ProVERB and by hosting events with highly-knowledgeable guest speakers, such as David, the council is providing practical advice and support for small businesses which is vital in helping them flourish and […]

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Driffield High Street Dot Com

The Driffield Town Team is inviting local businesses, and particularly high street traders, to share ideas about going online at a meeting being held on Tuesday, 13 May, at 5.30pm, at Hotel 41, who has kindly sponsored the event by offering use of the venue. The idea is being developed by the Driffield Town Team, as part of the Driffield Renaissance Partnership, whose members visited businesses on Saturday afternoon to deliver flyers, in person, to invite businesses to come along to find out more. The “driffieldhighstreet.com” idea aims to look at ways of helping local traders come together with an online presence, which may include selling online, but could also be about letting people know what a range of shops are available in their own town, offering promotions and special offers, and aiming to keep shopping local. There would also be opportunity for links to other websites, particularly where some of the local retailers are already trading on-line. Janet Whipps, chair of Driffield Town Team, said: “The response was mainly positive, so we are hoping people come along on the 13 May to find out more and bring their own ideas along too. This could be a very exciting project […]

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Oil Together For Big Heating Savings In The East Riding

The YORswitch Cheaper Heating Oil Together scheme across the East Riding is attracting new members all the time – and the savings are growing. The scheme sees East Riding of Yorkshire Council working in partnership with Humber and Wolds Rural Community Council (HWRCC) to deliver a bulk buying scheme for heating oil in communities across the area. New scheme member Carol Wells of Hayton says she saved nearly £100 on her first delivery alone since she joined Oil Together. Carol says: “This is a really good scheme, and I hope that more and more people will get to know about it and then sign up and save money.” Launched in December 2013, Cheaper Heating Oil Together is open to households, community buildings and businesses across the East Riding that use heating oil. Anyone interested can sign up to the scheme by completing a membership form, returning it by email or in the post, and then their local scheme co-ordinator will contact them each month to ask if they wish to place an order for oil. The annual membership fee for the scheme is £20 per household (£30 for a community building or £30 to £100 for a business dependent on […]

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Hotting Up For The Christmas Bake-Off

This Saturday (13th December) sees the Christmas Bake-Off 2014 at The Wolds Cookery School at Highfield Farm, Southburn, near Driffield. Part of the ‘Let’s Waste Less Food’ campaign, the competition encourages budding chefs to create recipes using Christmas leftovers to highlight the amount of food waste produced during the festive season. Finalists in the two categories (11-16 and 17 and over) will have the chance to cook their recipes on Saturday, and their efforts will be judged by chef James Mackenzie from the Michelin-starred and Good Food Guide Pub of the Year 2014, The Pipe and Glass Inn at South Dalton. Prizes include £100 in vouchers for a meal for two at the Pipe and Glass Inn; signed copies of James Mackenzie’s cookbook, ‘On the Menu’’, a designer kitchen caddy and insulated lunch bag; and recycling goody bags, including local produce. The winning entries and finalists’ recipes will be made into recipe cards to share with East Riding residents. Councillor Symon Fraser,said: “I am really looking forward to this year’s Bake-Off. We are hoping that people will want to share their ideas with others as to how to make the best of leftover food and family recipes, which are passed […]

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Tributes To Long-serving Foster Carers

Some of the East Riding’s longest-serving foster carers were honoured at a special event attended by 94 guests. East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s fostering service held its first autumn ball for foster carers at Beverley Racecourse. The event included a celebration of two couples who have cared for more than 200 children in many years of fostering. Janet and Nick Dixon, who live near Driffield, have been fostering for more than 40 years. Janet has fostered since 1973 and Nick began fostering in 1981 when they married. Janet, and later Nick, have cared for at least 114 children in that time. Helen and Paul Rawdon, from Beverley, have fostered since 1989. They have cared for at least 27 young people on short and long-term placements, and around 100 respite and emergency placements. The two couples were each presented with vouchers, a glass vase and a certificate in recognition of their long careers as foster carers. Although life is hectic, Janet said being a foster carer is very worthwhile. “There are lots of rewards to being a foster carer, and lots of hard work as well, so it was really nice to receive an award,” she said. Helen said: “We have […]

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New Artificial Pitch To Be Launched At Driffield Leisure Centre

A new artificial pitch at Driffield Leisure Centre in Bridlington Road will be officially launched this Saturday (15 November) by Councillor Richard Burton, portfolio holder for civic wellbeing and culture. The new £200,000 pitch, the largest in the area, will offer facilities for football, hockey and cricket, and represents the completion of a major project, including new foundations, lights, and a new surface. The cost has been met by East Riding of Yorkshire Council and a grant of around £136,000 from Sport England. The pitch can be hired out in the evenings, and is expected to prove very popular in the area. Councillor Richard Burton commented: “I am delighted to be able to officially open this superb new facility on Saturday, another example of this council’s major investment in leisure facilities across the East Riding, which will offer significant benefits to our residents and much-improved facilities to local clubs.” More News & Stories on HU17.net – Follow Us On Twitter @HU17 MP calls for a “Careers Advice Revolution” fol… Graham Stuart has welcomed the Government’s decision to recognise the importance of careers advice and guidance for young people through the creation of a new careers and enterprise company for schools […]

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