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Saint Michael and All Angels Church at Littlethorpe.

The Holy Living column with Rev Peter Dodson

Littlethorpe village probably has Viking roots. A “Torp” or “Thorpe” possibly means an outlying farming hamlet. Vikings attacked and settled in Yorkshire from the end of the eight century. Several hundred years later, during the 1860s/70s, fine houses were built in Littlethorpe. It had become a fashionable place for the wealthy of Ripon to live.

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Members of the Outdoors Club. Photograph by Iain Geldard/UWFRA.

Youngsters learn new skills at weekly club

As well as saving lives we also enrich young lives by way of our Outdoors Club. Set up 16 years’ ago the weekly club gives local Dales youngsters between the ages of 10 to adult the opportunity to enjoy the great local outdoors through climbing, abseiling, caving, trekking, camping, first aid – you name it they do it.

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On Remembrance Sunday I honoured the area's fallen by laying a wreath in Ripon.

The Julian Smith column – reporting back from Westminster

It’s been another busy month in Westminster and it was good to get back to business in the House after the conference recess. I was pleased to hear my colleague, the Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond, give his Autumn Budget and I welcomed the announcement of a range of measures which will benefit Yorkshire.

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One of the two new mini roundabouts replacing traffic lights at Bond End, Knaresborough.

The Transport Talk column with Don Mackenzie

The Bond End Air Quality Improvement Scheme works have been completed on time and on budget. The scheme involved the removal of all traffic lights controlling this complex double junction, and replacing them with two mini-roundabouts with associated zebra crossings. Additional works included creating new kerb alignments, providing power supplies for upgraded lighting, signage and Belisha beacons, laying new road surfaces, and improving surface water drainage.

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