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Walk your way into the New Year

Exercisers can start the New Year off with a walk which offers a full body workout!

Two new ‘Nordic Walking’ classes are being set up in both Northallerton and Thirsk.

“Nordic Walking is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels. “It burns more calories than regular walking, improves posture and co-ordination, allows the cardiovascular training intensity of jogging without the high impact and can alleviate neck and shoulder pain.

“The use of poles gives a work out to the upper body as well as the legs. The poles help propel the walker along, meaning they work harder than normal but with the support of the poles it feel easier. Its sociable and fun, so come along and have a go!”

– David Earl, Hambleton District Council’s Development Officer – Health and Wellbeing

The hour long taster sessions led by qualified and experienced Nordic Walking instructor run every: Wednesday in Thirsk from 10 – 11am, starting at Thirsk & Sowerby Leisure Centre and every Thursday in Northallerton from 12 – 1pm, starting at Northallerton Leisure Centre.

£2 per session, poles will be provided but spaces are limited.

To book and for further details contact David Earl on 01609 767202.


MP says young should stay in family home rather than claim housing benefit

Thirsk and Malton MP Kevin Hollinrake said he would be "appalled" if his children left home and claimed housing benefit.

He suggested young people should stay living in their family home where they already have a bed rather than moving out and costing the taxpayer cash.

Mr Hollinrake made the comments as MPs debated Government plans to stop 18 to 21-year-olds from claiming housing benefit.

The MP for Thirsk and Malton said: "As a parent of two children between 18 and 21 I would be appalled if I felt they were going to leave home to live a life on housing benefits while they have still got a bed in my house.

"Will the minister agree, will the minister confirm, that there will be support made available for those who are vulnerable or have complex needs?"

Work and pensions minister Caroline Nokes replied: "Absolutely, yes.

"For those who cannot live with their parents, for those who are in receipt of the main disability benefits, they will be exempt from this policy."

North Yorkshire racehorse trainer David Nicholls 'strenuously denies' sexual assault charges

Racehorse trainer David "Dandy" Nicholls "strenuously denied" sexually assaulting two women, his solicitor said.

David Nicholls entered not guilty pleas Credit: Press Association

The 60-year-old from Tall Trees Farm, Sessay, near Thirsk, North Yorkshire, appeared at Northallerton Magistrates' Court where he entered not guilty pleas.

Chairman of the Bench Malcolm Smith sent the case to Teesside Crown Court for a hearing on June 24. Nicholls was granted unconditional bail.

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