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Wedding/Home Fair this Sunday is now cancelled due to ill health

Unfortunately due to ill health Elizabethan White have had to cancel the Wedding and Home Fair they were holding at The Courthouse this Sunday 27th November. We apologise for this but hopefully they are rescheduling for Spring 2012.

ON Tour Ian Keable live at Crayke Sports Club 11/11/11!

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Ian Keable Magician and Mind Reader, Crayke Sports and Leisure Club 11 November 2011 As part of Rural Arts On Tour programme Crayke Sports and Leisure Club played host to magician and mind reader Ian Keable, winner of the Magic Circle Comedy Award 2008/2009 and member of the Inner Magic Circle. Magic shows are enjoying something of a resurgence in popularity at the moment. Both BBC and ITV have featured shows in their Saturday schedules, and the internet has brought close up magic to a whole new audience. Comedy and magic both require a lot of skill to perform convincingly, particularly in a small venue such as Crayke Sports and Leisure Club. Ian mastered both with skill and warmth. The comedy was dry and quick, with a humour that appealed to all ages. Ian performed two sets. In the first half he took the audience through the different techniques of magic, including paper tearing and re-assembling, coins out of thin air and linking rings. In this last demonstration I found myself, with n…

ON Tour Promoters Day at The Old Courthouse, 19th November 2011

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Promoters enjoyed a day at The Old Courthouse last Saturday with guest speakers from York Theatre Royal, Rural Arts' Outreach Manager Liza Dundon, The Flanagan Collective and Hunmanby promoters Val and Andrew spoke about their recent gig through The Shed ON Tour!

Reps came from Hart, Hunmanby, Bradley, Pickering, Ampleforth, Littlebeck, Rosedale, Huby, Killinghall, Crayke, Long Newton, Wensley and Coxwold.

Promoters enjoyed a lovely lunch in the cafe followed by 'William' a show for children, performed by The Flanagan Collective at The Old Courthouse.

Members of the Art Club also came along to watch and enjoy the performance.






Bookings were made from villages for Spring 2012, so watch this space for shows next Spring in a village near you!

Lisa's last day - sad day at Rural Arts!

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It was Lisa's last day today and there were lots of tears - I know these photos look happy but we are all really sad to see her go.  She has been fantastic during her time with us and we will all miss her but hope that she keeps popping in to see us.  
We wish her luck in everything she does and will really miss her lovely smiley face around The Courthouse!



The Shed ON Tour Spring 2012 Programme Offer!

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The Shed ON Tour Spring 2012 Programme offer: 3 great offers!


Don't miss out on a world class gig in your village hall!

We have managed to get some extra dates for The Shed ON Tour! The offer includes the expertise of Simon Thackray of The Shed, who will help market, sell and run your event on the night.

Simon recommends you run a bar and use 'The Shed layout' (Simon's tables and pistachios for all gigs). The Shed ON Tour gigs have been a HUGE success so far, so join the fun and get involved!

To book a gig or find out more contact Jo:

jo@ruralarts.org / 01845 526536





1. KAN Subsidised £300

Available dates: 22nd, 23rd and 25th February 2012

Brian Finnegan (flute) and Aidan O’Rourke (fiddle), front men with two of the most revered celtic folk bands ever to have thrilled the folk scene, BBC Award winning Flook and Lau, join forces with Ian Stephenson on guitar and Jim Goodwin on drums to form KAN, creating an enthralling and beautiful new sound…

www.kan-music.co.uk/






2. Mrs B…

Another busy day at The Courthouse - Kids Club, felt making workshop and Photoshop!

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Another busy day at The Courthouse - nearly 30 children and young people enjoyed Kids Art Club and made some lovely cupcakes and animals.  They will look fantastic when they are fired!




A group of ladies enjoyed a day mastering the art of felt making with Sheila Smith and created some gorgeous silk georgette and felt nuno scarves.




And finally......Introduction to Photoshop workshop with tutor Lynne Hugill.  The participants will have all week to practice what they have learnt today before the second session next Saturday.


William, children's performance at The Old Courthouse

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'William' a performance for children
        Saturday 19th November 2011, 1.30pm

     at Rural Arts, The Old Courthouse, Thirsk
            Tickets £4 adults, £2 children


A solo show made up of a storyteller, their suitcase of trinkets and the imagination of the audience. Asking the audience for help in the telling, William transports you straight into the world weaved out of collective imagination, drawing children and families in to the sheer joy of storytelling and play.


'A heart-warming performance for the whole family to enjoy' 4* Three weeks


'Charming' Fringe Guru




To book call: 01845 526536
or email: Jo@ruralarts.org


Our cafe will be open all afternoon serving delicious snacks and cakes!

New exhibition at The Courthouse - 'Unthemed One' by Inkers printmakers group

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On Friday INKERS, a print group from around Leeds and Huddersfield, set up their new exhibition at The Old Courthouse. Titled Unthemed One the exhibition features work from Cath Brooke, Julia Clegg, Andrew Hambleton amongst a host of others. The range of techniques on show give a real feel for contemporary printmaking in Yorkshire. Below is an example of the fantastic art on show. The exhibition is on until 31st January, Monday to Saturday 10am-4.30pm.




Cupcake and Christmas fun at The Courthouse

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The first ‘A Taste Of’ session back after the holiday break was a fun relaxed affair, making clay angels, animals and cup cakes. Definitely an eclectic mix of models! Clay sessions are always messy, and a chance to play with new techniques. The afternoon was a perfect chance to make gifts for the fast approaching festive season. Making the clay animals gives the opportunity for a vast amount of creativity. Once the basic, four legged, shape is made the only limit is imagination; pigs, cows, sheep even dragons. To give the models texture different materials, such as lace and wallpaper, were on hand. Once the models are dry the next stage will be glazing and firing, to bring character to these 3D ceramic creations.