Getting To Know The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) is the independent body that oversees the Dales. I met with Chief Executive David Butterworth to understand more about what the Authority does and its interaction with the local community.

Discussing Sheep Tagging at Leyburn Auction Mart

Another session at a Farmers Auction Mart, this time in Leyburn. In spite of it being store cattle day, the topic farmers most wanted to speak to me about was the electronic identification (EID) of sheep (tagging).

Celebrating the Green Howards Regiment

After a £2 million refurbishment, Richmond’s Green Howards Museum reopened its doors rather fittingly on Remembrance Sunday. Coming to visit the museum later that week it was clear that this poignant time would it make it a particularly special visit.

Richmond Coffee Morning

Richmond Town Hall hosts regular coffee mornings for various local charities. I went along this morning to introduce myself to residents and hear about their concerns.  

Richmond Station and the Market Town

The Station typifies what is great about historic market towns like Richmond. A strong community effort enabled the closed station to re-open as a mixed use centre, combining a café/restaurant, wonderful artisan food producers, small businesses, a cinema and an art gallery.

Visiting Richmond School

A quick tour around Richmond School this morning. The school has very good facilities, having been the beneficiary of a £32m investment from the Department of Education a few years ago.

Remembrance Sunday

I was honoured to take part in Richmond’s Remembrance Day ceremony today. The British Legion, local officials, military and volunteers came together to stage an excellent tribute.