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Ballance back in England team

Ballance was dropped from the England team after a poor Ashes performance Credit: PA

Yorkshire cricketer Gary Ballance has been recalled to the England squad for the winter tour to South Africa.

The 25-year-old was dropped from the England team after struggling in the first two Ashes tests against Australia this summer.

He joins county teammates Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow in the 16 man squad.

Although there is no place for either Adil Rashid or Liam Plunkett.


Spooky goings-on at Yorkshire park

There are ghoulish goings-on this October half term at a Yorkshire Park as it gears up for Halloween.

Spooky goings-on at Stockeld Park

A spooky spectacular of family fun is being hosted at Stockeld Park near Wetherby where visitors get the chance to take part in a host of ghoulish goings-on.

This weekend Christian Russell, an expert Pumpkin carver will demonstrate his skill and share tips on how to create the perfect creepy creation

Christian Russell is a professional video game artist who every year turns his creative hand to pumpkin carving. He has gained quite a reputation throughout Yorkshire as a competent sculptor of pumpkins culminating in him carving a whopping 465 kg Pumpkin last year which made National news!

You can also pick your own Pumpkin from the home grown patch - which we have been nurturing for months - along with a free carving sheet giving you additional tips and advice."

– Amy Croxton, Stockeld Park

As well as the usual activities of face painting, arts and crafts, ice skating, nordic skiing and the giant maze, Monday 26, sees the start of the 'Witch Trail' through the Enchanted Forest and the annual Wizard and Witch Training.

Yorkshire Dales to be extended

Plans to extend the Yorkshire Dales national park to create the largest area of almost continuous protected land in the country have been announced by the government today.

Yorkshire Dales Credit: John Giles/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Under the proposals the Yorkshire Dales will grow by almost a quarter - along with the Lake District which will be extended by 3 per cent.

The merger - which will virtually join up the spaces is aimed at boosting rural tourism in the area and comes into effect next August.

Four Yorkshire brass bands compete for national title

Four brass bands from Yorkshire are on stage this afternoon competing to become UK champions.

Black Dyke brass band on stage at the Albert Hall

20 bands from across Britain will battle it out at the Albert Hall to win the National title.

Black Dyke brass band, Brighouse and Rastrick band, Grimethorpe Colliery band and Carlton Main Frickley Colliery band all made it through to the final.


WATCH: Inside the unseen camps - ITV Calendar visits Dunkirk

The refugee and migrant camps in Dunkirk are just 30 miles from the sprawling Calais 'Jungle', but the setting could not be more different.

ITV Calendar travelled with Bradford-based charity the Human Relief Foundation to the Grand-Synthe, to find out how aid from Yorkshire is helping people in the camp.

Watch the second of two special reports:

David Cameron: 'if people want to donate then they should'

A Bradford charity has told ITV Calendar that it is considering withdrawing its work from the Calais camps, claiming that too many people are there for the wrong reasons.

The UK Government has so far preferred to focus its attention on the camps in the countries bordering Syria. But the Prime Minister said that people should not be discouraged from donating aid to Calais if they wished to do so.

"There are some important charities working in Calais to help people there and if people want to donate to that part of the refugee crisis then they should. I would encourage people to give to responsible charities that can account for what they do."

– Prime Minister David Cameron

He nevertheless defended the Government's record of helping those caught up in the refugee crisis.

"The right way to help the refugee crisis is to donate money to the Syrian refugee organisations including the work that is being done in Turkey and Lebanon and Jordan. We don't want to encourage people to make what is a very dangerous journey to Europe."

– Prime Minister David Cameron

The Prime Minister said the people living in the Calais Jungle should talk to French authorities and put in an asylum claim there. He pointed out that Britain is 'building very strong borders around the tunnel and the Calais port', in an attempt to 'make sure that people who come to Britain have a right to come to Britain.'

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