Are you or someone you know unable to access TV after the mast fire?

Arqiva are keen to get as many elderly and vulnerable people their television signal back before Christmas.

If you, or someone you know, is still struggling please contact Arqiva’s freephone line: 0800 121 4828. Alternatively, we have a team of specially trained advisers at Age UK North Yorkshire and Darlington who can help you get the support you need.

Please ring 0300 302 0100’

Can you please circulate or advertise to anyone you know who might appreciate some assistance, thanks.

Free holiday activity for children and young people in North Yorkshire who get benefits-related free school meals

North Yorkshire County Council and the North Yorkshire Together team would be grateful if you could print and display the attached poster in your parish, to help us encourage as many families as possible to take part in our ‘FEASTive’ programme this Christmas.

You can download a poster Feastive 2021

FEAST is all about children and young people enjoying food, entertainment, arts and sport together. Children and young people in North Yorkshire who get benefits-related free school meals can book onto our holiday activity sessions during the Christmas holidays for free, where each day they’ll also receive a free hot meal or packed lunch. There are loads of activities to get involved in and they’re absolutely free!

The programme is funded by the Department of Education, and together our hope is that as many children and young people as possible can enjoy the activities on offer.

For more information about FEAST, visit from where you can findout what is going on locally.

If you have any enquiries about the poster, please email

Many thanks for your help,

North Yorkshire Together

Dog Waste Bin Dispensers – Request to Dog Owners

Dear Dog Walkers

Three dog waste dispensers were provided by North Yorkshire County Council to encourage walkers to pick up after their dog when they may have run out or forgotten to bring a bag with them.  Please only a take a bag when one is really needed in an ‘emergency’. The Town Council restocks the dispenser when the bags run out, but it is not intended to provide a supply of free bags for future use.

Thank you for your cooperation in keeping the Town tidy.

David Keep, Town Clerk

Middleham Town Council, Middleham Key Centre, Park Lane, Middleham, DL8 4RA



Tidying Up Party at St Alkelda’s Church – Volunteers Welcome – Update!!

Sorry, Town Clerk’s mistake.  Cleaning Party will be operating indoors…not the churchyard.

Otherwise earlier details were correct.

Hi all

If you can help at the Cleaning Party this coming Thursday 25th at St Alkelda’s it would be much appreciated as we prepare for the Christmas period. Scones/ tea and coffee will be provided to all willing volunteers.  We’ll meet at 10am. Cleaning materials will be provided –  or bring your favourites.

Rev’d Liz Moody

Co-Rector of the Jervaulx Group of Churches (Middleham with Coverdale, East Witton & Thornton Steward)

Bilsdale TV Transmitter – Update

Update from Arqiva

I wanted to update you on our efforts to restore TV services to residents across the area affected by the fire at Bilsdale Mast and to thank you for your support so far. As you’re aware, our teams are working around the clock to restore services and we’ve already switched on relay sites at Thirsk and Loftus. Work to switch on more relay sites across the area in the coming days and weeks will further help local people.

Meanwhile, we continue to offer help and support for those affected in a variety of ways and we’d really value your further support and input. While we’re working to restore all services, we’re especially keen to help those people who are older or vulnerable and who still don’t have any TV service at all, and particularly with Christmas fast approaching. We’d like to tap into your local knowledge to reach those groups of older and vulnerable people to provide help, where it’s most needed.

 In the next two weeks you will see and hear more activity as part of our Project Restore campaign, including radio and press ads, media plans, leaflet drops and market stalls in the area. Our volunteers will be on a Project Restore stall at Ripon (18 November) and Northallerton (24 November) markets. We’re going to be asking people across the community to look out for neighbours, friends and family or anyone else they know who might still be without any TV service and to encourage them to call the dedicated freephone line.

The aim is to encourage more people to ring our helpline for support and advice on 0800 121 4828, and – if needed – to book a visit from an engineer. We also want people to use the Project Restore website (, to get advice on how to retune their TVs and for other updates and information. For many people, the retune will help them restore the services they miss. There has been good take up so far of the voucher scheme to offer TV streaming devices to people living in “not spot” areas via Currys and we want to reach more vulnerable households.

Any help you can provide to make further progress would be valuable, such as by promoting our efforts on your social media channels. Please let me know if we can support you in helping us reach those still affected via your channels and networks, or through your events and I’ll be able to support by providing you with content, such as leaflets or posters.

Thank you again for your support and I’ll continue to keep you updated on progress.


Kind regards

Rosie Mowatt

Head of Communications



Children’s Christmas Party – cancelled

The Children’s Party on Saturday 11 December has been cancelled.  A Covid risk assessment, which needs to be undertaken for all public events, highlighted that doors and windows in the Key Centre would be open to ensure the anticipated numbers of children and adults could remain safe.   The conclusion, regrettably, as that it just wasn’t practical.  Council is very sorry as  this event has always been very popular and could not take place last year.   Hopefully future years will be better.  Thank you to those who came forward and offered to help.

Council hopes that you will be able to join the Christmas Lights switching on ceremony and carols singing in The Market Square, Friday 3rd December at 6.30pm



The Market Square, Friday 3rd December at 6.30pm

Refreshments kindly donated by:

  • The Black Bull (mince pies)
  • The Wensleydale Hotel (sausage rolls)
  • Richard III Hotel (mulled wine)

Carols will be lead by the Church Choir.  Music provided by Members of the Bedale Brass Band

Carol Sheets will be circulated.  We hope to see you there!!

A poster can be downloaded here: CAROLS AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE

Remembrance Day Service

The Service will take place this Sunday 14th November 2021 at 10.50am at the St Alkelda’s War Memorial, Middleham. Please gather at the war memorial and the service will continue in Church.

If you can, please bring a face mask, use the sanitiser, and maintain a social distance.