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Business of the Month

Every month Visit Helmsley profiles one of the amazing businesses based in and around Helmsley. A small snapshot of the business and insight from the owner, director or one of the employees.

November is the turn of Celebrate Country Cake Design. Rhian Crusher, Owner tells us more;

Celebrate Country Cake Design was launched nine years ago, although I’ve been a baker and cake decorator for more than 20 years, with a three-year City & Guilds Bakery Course and two-year Advanced Sugarcraft course under my belt.

Like it says in the name, it’s about designing and making the perfect cake for customers. Most of the work we do is for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays and christenings, but of course it can be for any special occasion – or indeed who needs a reason for cake?! We are one of the main wedding cake suppliers in the county, so that is something we love to do, but every cake is special.

Some people come with a set idea in their head, others need help thinking of the design they want, but it’s always about combining creative and beautiful design with delicious cake. There’s no point having one without the other!  Fruit cake, chocolate, lemon, coffee and walnut – whatever your favourite flavour, we’ll make sure it’s the best cake you’ve ever tasted!

Bespoke, detailed and delicious. Dedication goes into every cake!

A recent customer sent me a thank you that started with “Wow, Fantastic, Wonderful!!” What more could I ask for?

We’re quite happy doing what we do. I want to keep things at the size they are to enable the attention to detail the customers and cakes deserve.

I love the variety of ideas we get from customers – some of them are so creative! It can be a challenge bringing those ideas to life, but how lucky am I to get to do that? And it keeps me on my toes!

The best things about Helmsley are the friendly people and fantastic scenery. I am from Wales originally, but I love the North York Moors National Park, and have called the area home for 22 years now. Helmsley has a great community feel – I’m part of the Helmsley in Business committee, and it’s been fantastic over the past five years to work more closely with my neighbouring businesses.

There’s more to Helmsley than the Market Place (wonderful though that is) – just have a wander further afield within the town. We’ve been based up in the Walled Garden Craft Units for many years, and it’s amazing how many people don’t know we’re here. But there’s lots of great businesses up there, as well as the fantastic Walled Garden itself. Helmsley is full of hidden gems if you look for them!

You can visit our website at www.celebrate-countrycakedesign.co.uk. It’s great for a nosy round the gallery (just don’t look when you’re hungry)! Or our Facebook page or Instagram name is Celebrate Country Cake Design.


Helmsley is a picture perfect Yorkshire market town: an idyllic place to spend the day or a weekend, leaving you refreshed and revitalised.

But it’s not just a pretty picture. It really does has everything a visitor or local resident might need. It’s easy to shop and eat local when you have such range and quality on your doorstep, and it’s easy to leave the car behind when there’s so many beautiful walks and interesting places to visit.

A friendly Yorkshire welcome always awaits – and we look forward to welcoming you soon.

Being part of the Helmsley community

Helmsley is all about community. There’s a strong sense of it in the town, which makes it a lovely place to live and work. But how do you become part of that? As well as supporting the town’s many independent businesses, there’s also lots of opportunities for volunteering, where a spare hour of your time could make a huge difference AND help you meet lots of new people.

If you’re a business person based in the town, consider joining the Helmsley in Business group. Meeting once a month to discuss anything of relevance to the local business community, it’s also a great opportunity to network, work in partnership and become involved in local events. Speak to any of the existing 60 member businesses for more details – you can find more details on this website.

There are lots of opportunities to get involved at Helmsley Arts Centre – and you don’t necessarily have to perform (although if you want to, fantastic!) The 1812 Theatre Company loves to welcome new members, on stage and backstage — actors, directors, stage technicians, costume makers, scene painters – whatever your skill, they can find a use for it.  They put on five productions per year, including their famous and spectacular pantomime. If you’d like to know more, contact their secretary Jean Sheridan: jean.sheridan111@btinternet.com or see the Helmsley Arts centre websiteFurther volunteer opportunities exist within the Arts Centre, which is always looking for people willing to help with front of house, box office, bar work and exhibitions, so there really is a role for everyone to help keep this wonderful local facility running smoothly.

If you’re an animal lover, the award-winning National Centre for Birds of Prey is looking for volunteers. They always need help with keeping the centre running smoothly – and if you’re a dab hand with a paint brush, or can help with a spot of tidying, gardening or maintenance, you’d be warmly welcomed! And all the while you’re surrounded by the magnificent birds – a very inspiring backdrop! To find out more, go to www.ncbp.co.uk/volunteering/

The North York Moors National Park is always keen to hear from volunteers who would like to get involved. People often wrongly assume that they only offer outdoors volunteering opportunities. But they appreciate that going out in all weathers doesn’t appeal to everyone, so there are plenty of things you could do indoors too. You could offer photography skills. Maybe you like to get out mountain biking. You can provide administrative support or perhaps you’re a keen gardener – any of these skills would be hugely appreciated. To see the park’s current volunteering opportunities click here.

From 1st April, Helmsley Community Library will be run entirely by volunteers – and so it urgently needs extra pairs of helping hands who can spare a couple of hours every week, fortnight or month to help man the library. Training is provided, and volunteers would always work in pairs. Thanks to the hard work of the Helmsley Community Library Group, the library will remain open 16.5 hours a week, and will continue to offer a wide range of services and facilities for local people. These include lending books, DVDs, audio books and online magazines, free use of computers, activities for all age groups, a local information point, renewing of bus passes and access to books for research and learning. For more information call 01609 534555 or email helmsleylibrary@gmail.com

You don’t need to have hours and hours of free time to volunteer – whatever time you can spare would be gratefully received somewhere.

If you’re looking to join a group or club to further a hobby, or meet new people, there’s plenty of those in Helmsley too, to help you to meet people with similar interests. The Arts Centre plays host to Musical Memories, Ryedale Writers, Bridge Club, Helmsley Decorative &  Fine Art Society, adult and child ballet and yoga. And don’t forget the Helmsley WIthey meet regularly for lots of talks and events, including a weekly ‘knit and natter’ craft group which meets at Crema Coffee Shop.

So don’t be a stranger – get involved! Your community needs you!

 

 

Get sporty and join a Helmsley team

Whether you’re a keen sportsperson, or an enthusiastic beginner who would like to join a team to improve their skills, meet people and get active, the sports teams at Helmsley’s Sport and Social Club are always looking for new members!

There are local leagues for cricket, tennis, football, bowls or pool – so something for everyone at every age.

The Sport & Social Club is located on Baxtons Lane, which is around a 5-10 minutes walk from the market square. It has facilities for sports including swimming (in the summer months – it’s an open air pool!), football, cricket, tennis, pool and bowls. The club building itself also hosts other classes and groups too, such as the community choir, and can be booked for functions and events. It also puts on a pretty great Bonfire Night firework display!

Football is played through the winter on a Saturday afternoon (kick off is 2pm for home games), and those interested can get in touch with Arthur Coote on 07971 042679. The team is Duncombe Park FC (it has an active group on Facebook, as well as a website).

Pool is also played through the winter months on a Tuesday night. The team normally meets around 8pm for a few practice games before matches commence at 9pm, home or away. Contact Dave Dunn on 07973 534127 if you’re interested in having a go.

Tennis players meet through spring, summer and autumn, as long as it is light enough (and warm enough) to play. Match nights take place on Mondays from around the end of April, and the season finishes around the beginning of August, with contests starting shortly after 6pm. Club practice nights take place on Wednesday evenings from about 6pm, and also on Mondays outside of the league season. Tennis coaching is available for juniors and adults. Contact Ian Wilson on 07895272096 or at helmsleytennis@gmail.com if you want to find out more. Alternatively, you can search for Helmsley Tennis on Facebook and Instagram.

Cricket is another popular summer sport, played on Saturday afternoons with matches starting just after lunch. They follow a similar format to the 50 over version of the game. Again, Dave Dunn is the best contact for more information, and can be reached on 07973 534127.

Helmsley Bowling Club has been around since 1942, and has six rinks for playing on. There’s plenty of places to sit and watch if you’re considering taking it up, but would like to go along and observe first.

If you’re a keen runner, don’t forget to sign up for the Helmsley 10K, which takes place this year on Easter Sunday (16th April). Imagine how many Easter eggs you’d be allowed to eat after taking part in that!

As well as sports, there’s a great little playground for youngsters, including a very popular zip-wire.

So there’s no excuse for not getting involved and getting active – whatever your age and ability!

Family Friendly Helmsley

If you’re looking to move your family to Helmsley, or you have youngsters and are wondering what there might be for them to do locally – we’re here to help!

For kids big and small there’s two play parks in town – including a very popular zipwire up at the Sports & Social Club. A third one is to be built as part of the Wharfedale Homes estate too – so more fun for everyone!

There’s all kinds of clubs and activities to keep little (and not so little) ones busy and active. In fact, there’s something to do all week round in Helmsley:

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

The Sports & Social Tennis Club offers family membership, ideal for any Andy Murray or Jo Konta’s in the making, and they’re hoping to start offering children’s coaching soon.

If you’re looking for school holiday activities, there’s lots to do in the area. Helmsley Community Library often does holiday activity days, and not too far away Nunnington Hall, Rievaulx Abbey & Terraces and Castle Howard do lots of events for children. At Christmas the NYM Railway do the Santa Express, which is perfect to get you all feeling festive! If you’re looking for a holiday club to help with childcare, Pickering and Malton Sports Halls can both provide this.

So whatever their age, youngsters should find plenty to keep them busy and to help make friends in town!

 

Get the fitness bug in Helmsley

Was one of your new year’s resolutions this year to get fit? Have you kept to it…or were you one of the majority of us Brits who apparently gave up on their resolution within nine days?

If so, never fear. Living in such a beautiful area we are spoilt for choice with activities such as walking, cycling, running, horse riding, and so much more. Getting active should be easy, but sometimes you need a little nudge in the right direction.

If you’re in or around the Helmsley area, there’s plenty of fun fitness activities you can get involved with which won’t feel like hard work. Well, they might be hard work physically, but that’s kind of the point… With something for all abilities and ages, we can guarantee they’ll put a smile on your face and you’ll feel great – as well as meeting some lovely new people.

There’s even classes for under 16s so you can encourage a love of a healthy lifestyle with your little ones.

So if you’re looking for some inspiration to work up some perspiration, let’s meet the people behind the classes.

Gemma Richardson – pilates, Kettlercise and Powergise and Little Gems Fitness for 5-16 year olds

I teach a range of classes, from the stretching and calmness of Pilates to the upbeat and high intensity of Kettlercise and Powergise – I believe that there really is a class for everyone.

My love affair with exercise came after I left school in 2008, when I started running, cycling and going to the gym. I couldn’t believe what a difference exercise was making to me, I was full of energy, my body shape was changing and I was becoming focused and determined to achieve things. In 2014 I started taking part in cycling events, and I thought, ‘I would love to help and encourage other people to get fit, active and involved’. So I did! I now have my own business as a Personal Trainer and class instructor in the Kirkbymoorside, Helmsley and Pickering area.

At the end of last year, I decided that I wanted to pass on my knowledge to Children – so I recently qualified as Children’s Fitness and Pilates Instructor. Growing up at school I was not ‘Sporty’ or ‘the best’ at exercise and this put me off trying, never getting picked for teams, I thought what’s the point in trying – it wasn’t until I started doing my own things that I found a love for exercise.

I have now created ‘Little Gems Fitness’, with classes running for 5-16 year olds. In these sessions I teach the children a wide range of exercise; Pilates, Circuits, Fun Dance, Games and Combat, not only encouraging the children to become active but also to educate them on their body, demonstrating how important it is to look after your joints, thinking about posture, but also teaching the children to be happy with who they are and that you don’t have to be ‘sporty’ or the ‘best’ to take part. Little Gems Fitness classes are for all abilities, nobody gets left behind, nobody is singled out, they are safe, effective but most of all FUN!

I run classes Monday – Saturday in Kirkbymoorside, Helmsley, Sinnington and Middleton and anybody is welcome to come and give a class a go.


Personal Training is specific to your needs, aims and goals and is great way to start your fitness journey.


For more information please contact me on 07771 359424 or on gemmarichardson.pt@gmail.com

Angela Baker – Rebounding (Jumba) and PiYo (pilates and yoga)

I’m a fitness instructor in the Ryedale area, qualified in Circuits, Rebounding, PiYo and Insanity. I’m currently teaching rebounding and PiYo in Helmsley on Friday mornings at Helmsley Sports Club.

My rebounding class is called Jumba. It’s a high energy, calorie burning workout to funky tunes. It strengthens deep core muscles and legs, bums and tums. Its great fun for all abilities and low impact on joints. 

PiYo is a workout that inspired by Pilates and Yoga. Using fluid movements to great music, this workout helps to strengthen, tone and define muscles. It also improves balance and posture.

If you’d like to give either (or both) of these great classes a go, then please get in touch on 07855 914070. I’d love to meet you!

Emma Leonard – Boxercise, Tight and Tone and MET Training

I’ve been a Personal Trainer, pre and postnatal instructor and exercise class teacher for over 15 years.

All the classes I run are fun and filled with laughter through the moans and groans!  We welcome everyone in, regardless of experience and fitness level.

The classes running in Helmsley are:

BOXERCISE MONDAY 6PM HELMSLEY REC CLUB £5 – this class is great for getting rid of daily frustrations, burning calories and sweating it all out.

TIGHT AND TONE 6PM HELMSLEY REC CLUB £5 – this class is ladies only.  It encourages movements that tone the whole of the leg and lifts the bum, and through the class we do exercises for the tummy which tighten the whole area – so Spanx can be a thing of the past!  We do all this whilst burning over 300 calories.

MET TRAINING – this is a once a month class where you are given a fabulous weight training programme to follow and eating advice to get your body working efficiently.  This has been running for over a year and has got amazing results on changing body shapes.  It’s the first Monday of every month, but please get in touch before the class so we can go through the programme.

For more information please call 07976 548001 

The Insiders’ Guide to Helmsley – top tips from those in the know

Whether you’re looking at one of the prestigious new homes on Wharfedale Homes’ Swanland Road development, or you’ve been eyeing up For Sale signs in the windows of Cundalls or Boulton & Coopers, moving home is an exciting time!

But sometimes, when you move to a new area, everything can seem daunting – from finding out where’s easy to grab a few essentials to knock up a quick meal, to knowing the best place to go for a haircut or finding out what clubs run which you or your family might want to join.

In Helmsley we pride ourselves on being a welcoming and friendly community, and we’re delighted you’ve decided to join us – whether you’re a new resident, business owner or visitor! (If we do our job right, the latter will want to become the former!)

So, we asked the lovely people of Helmsley in Business for their top tips for someone new to the area – hopefully these will help you settle in in no time. If you want to find out any more information, all the tip-givers are happy for you to pop in for a chat, anytime.

Steve Ridley General Manager, The Feathers Hotel, Eatery & Coffee House

“My three top tips are:

  1. For a tasty, filling sandwich or pastry – there is nowhere better than Hunters of Helmsley in the Market Place.
  2. Try a local ale at Helmsley Brewery – a tasty tipple brewed right on site!
  3. Why not watch the world go by whilst enjoying a stunning afternoon tea at the Black Swan Tea Rooms?

That’s a great day there!”


Shane White, Company Chef Manager, Scotts Fish & Chips

“When you need a sugar fix head straight for the Helmsley Traditional Sweet Shop! A trip down memory lane with loads of high quality confectionary, guaranteed to make your mouth water. Chose as little or as many as you desire and they also do great gift boxes crammed with tempting treats. The perfect present!” 

Katie Atkinson, owner of KVA Planning Consultancy

“If you are heading into the town centre, you are sure to be greeted by a warm smile and see someone you know in this friendly town. If you fancy a little slice of Italy, you can stay right here in Helmsley and visit the Fat Chef at Geppetto’s. And for the perfect spot to enjoy the late summer sun, after school take the children down to the cascades at Duncombe Park. Bliss!”

Tony Porter, owner of Porters Coffee Shop

“There’s always something going on at the popular Helmsley Arts Centre – the cinema, local productions and talks, and it’s right in the middle of Helmsley. As a very practical tip, BATA filling station is the only place in town to fill up with petrol, but it’s usually at the same price or cheaper than the big supermarkets, so excellent value, and it’s often open late. We also have great medical facilities in Helmsley – the doctors and nurses at the practice are great and there’s also an excellent dentist in town.”

Charlie Heap , director at the National Centre for Birds of Prey.

“The riverside walk in Duncombe Park is fantastic. And if you like the park and are a frequent visitor, remember you can get an annual season ticket for the National Centre for Birds of Prey from only £36 – and you can visit the largest collection of raptors in the north as often as you like. It’s only a 10 minute stroll from Helmsley (or 2 minute drive), so couldn’t be more on the doorstep!”

Andy Mardle, co-owner of Libby Butler Jewellers

“Meet the friendly locals at the brewery on a Friday teatime when there’s always a crowd in, you can even turn up alone because you always find someone to chat to at the bar.  Just be prepared to stand up, there’s not many seats and it’s always busy!  I’d recommend a pint of Striding the Riding (the official beer of the Cleveland Way) brewed on site. If you haven’t sampled too much of the local beer, get up early and walk up Beckdale to see deer and other woodland wildlife up really close – but there’s lots of great walks all around. Nearly everyone here has a dog so lots of businesses (including ours) welcome dogs – it’s surprisingly dog friendly compared to other towns. (By the way, you’ll find the Vets in Station road if you need them for any pets). Dogs always get a gravy bone from Jess at Elijah Todds too, so it’s a great place to pick up your newspaper order, although they do deliver too!” 

Carolyn Frank, co-owner of Libby Butler Jewellers  

“I’d recommend Hannah at Beautylicious for manicures, Julie at Viva Hair for haircuts and colour, Anna at Alphabet Skin for facials and if you need top to toe pampering a Verbena Spa day at the Feversham Arms or the Thursday evening ‘spa by candlelight’ is pure relaxation. I always ask friends and family for vouchers as gifts so I can sneak off for treatments when I find time. Thomas’ butchers is great for a quick tea if you’re in a hurry, go in and ask Mark for a quick meal idea and he always comes up with something delicious. Marleys at the bridge is also brilliant, we’re really spoilt for choice in Helmsley – our Christmas duck from Richard was amazing.  Both butchers do all sorts to order as well as the counter offer, so if you want anything extra specially prepared or sourcing, it’s there within days.”

Lisa Kozakova, business development manager at the Feversham Arms Hotel and Verbena Spa

“We all can’t wait till it gets warm enough for us to pop across the road and treat ourselves to a gorgeous ice-cream at Ryeburn of Helmsley.  Anything with honeycomb is always a favourite. For amazing value gifts head over to the Cut Price Book Shop – I’ve found some fantastic books for my little girl, so much cheaper than anywhere else. The walk to Rievaulx Abbey is always popular with our guests – the circular route takes in so many different views and is perfect to stretch the legs without being too strenuous.”

Mandy Silk, owner of Viva Hair

I live and work here and love it! The best thing about Helmsley is Duncombe Park. Thankfully we are allowed to walk the dog in the grounds all year round. There are so many walks in all directions. There are also so many unique shops in Helmsley selling such a variety of products – it’s a great meeting point for a mooch about. I love a cuppa and a treat at Porters Coffee Shop. To work them off, there’s exercise classes at Helmsley Sports club on Mondays and Thursdays, which are great. And last, but definitely not least, – don’t forget the Helmsley Arts Centre! It’s an amazing venue with a huge variety of art and entertainment from Bolshoi to Bowie. There’s something for everyone!”

Emma Woods, owner of Duncombe sawmill

“If you need pictures framing for your new house, visit Chris at Lazenby Visuals for great customer service. For amazing plants and inspiration for your new garden, visit Helmsley Walled Garden. For incredible views, walk from Duncombe Park to Rievaulx Terrace – stunning.”

Neil & Linda Jackson, owners of the Saltbox Gallery

“If you want to chill out and de-stress, have a walk around the delightful Helmsley Walled Gardens and buy a bag of chicken food from the counter to feed the chickens – works every time for us!”

Richa and Su Alderson, owners of the Honeysuckle Holiday Cottage

“We have lots of top tips we love to pass on to holidaymakers staying in our cottage, but here are some of our favourites:

Catriona McLees, head of tourism at the North York Moors National Park

“In May don’t miss a walk through the carpets of sweet-scented bluebells in Riccal Dale in the North York Moors National Park. Find the hidden dale just north of Helmsley on Carlton Road, where there’s a small car park at Cowhouse Bank.”

 

One top tip from us all that’s not so secret – make sure you follow @VisitHelmsley on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date with events, news and activities happening in town. It’s a great way to keep on top of what’s on!

And finally – welcome to Helmsley! We look forward to meeting you soon.