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Making the news across Hambleton

[Tuesday 21 November 2006]

TACKLING environmental crime, folk star performs in Northallerton and training for sports coaches; see what's making the news across the Hambleton district of the Yorkshire Dales.

Learn the art of exhibitions...

The art of exhibition

AN opportunity for anyone involved in putting on an exhibition takes place in Thirsk today. Rural Arts, a Yorkshire based arts organisation, have arranged a one day workshop which will reveal the art of installing an exhibition at their new arts venue, The Old Courthouse, in Thirsk.

Running from 10am to 3pm, the event is aimed at artists, craftspeople, gallery staff and anyone interested in putting on an exhibition.

More information on The Old Courthouse and on Rural Arts can be found at www.ruralarts.org

Folk star to perform in Northallerton…

bert jansch
Bert Jansch

ONE of the world's most popular folk stars is set to play at a charity concert in Northallerton later this week.

Acoustic guitar singer-songwriter, Bert Jansch, will be performing at Hambleton Forum on Friday (November 24) to raise funds for the Allertonshire School's charity 'Imagine'.

The money will be donated to the Marina Primary School in Mozambique - students from Northallerton school in regular touch with these youngsters.

Tickets for the concert - which cost £14 and kicks off at 8pm - are available from Hambleton Leisure Centre on 01609 777070 or from the Allertonshire School on 01609 772888. They can also be bought before the concert at the Hambleton Forum.

Council to impose litter fines…

NEW plans to combat environmental crime in Hambleton have swung into action.

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Alan Scargill

An enforcement officer is now patrolling the district to deal with everything from fly tipping, fly posting and litter to car park orders and abandoned vehicles.

Alan Scargill can hand out on the spot penalty notices for dropped litter, abandoned vehicles and other offences under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environmental Act 2005.

Offenders can expect fines of £80 for dropping litter, £50 for dog fouling, £200 for abandoned vehicles and £80 for graffiti.

"I am very much looking forward to getting into my new role," said Alan.

"All of the people I will be dealing with are victimless - they have committed the crime. I will be playing a big part in cleaning up the district - and keeping it clean for future generations."

And he said he will be using covert cameras to flush out fly tippers - one of the districts biggest problems. Last year saw a massive increase in fly tipping - there were 45% more incidents than in 2001 costing over £24,000 to clear away.

Coaching course…

SPORTS coaches are being urged to sign up to a child protection course being held in Northallerton next week.

The 'Good Practice and Child Protection' course aims to enhance current coaching practice by teaching more about child abuse and how to handle potential problem situations.

The three hour course - being run by sportscoachUK - takes place at Hambleton District Council's Civic Centre on November 30 from 6-9pm. Places cost £25.

Places can be booked by calling Sally Cottam on 01609 767245 / 767198.

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