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Happy new year from Helmsley

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It’s the time of the year when thoughts turn to new starts and resolutions. Plans and adventures for 2017 are being plotted all across the world.

Whether it’s taking up a new hobby, making the most of what’s on your doorstep, travelling, or tackling a professional challenge, the turn of the year is the time when anything feels possible and good intentions are everywhere.

A little nearer to home in our wonderful town of Helmsley, we’ve been asking members of Helmsley in Business what their New Year’s Resolutions are…

Monika Walkowiak, owner of Porters Coffee Shop:

“My new year’s resolution is to bake more new cakes and different varieties of our famous scones. Hopefully if I succeed, then it’s a winner for everyone!”

Su Alderson, owner of the holiday let Honeysuckle Cottage:

“Next year is a big year for me and I have set myself lots of challenges. One is I have always wanted to ride a horse and hope to book myself in for a leisurely pony trek with Helmsley Riding School in the summer.”

Shane White, company manager of Scotts of Helmsley:

“My resolution is to take advantage of the Helmsley Open Air Swimming Pool in the summer time. I can’t think of anything better than spending a couple of hours away from the fryers…must remember to pack my ‘cozzie on a sunny morning!”  

Neil and Linda Jackson, owners of the Saltbox Gallery:

“We hope to seek out, discover, meet and introduce even more up and coming local artists and crafts people to the gallery in 2017.”

Anne Wilson, manager of The Cut-Price Bookstore:

“I have a couple. My first is to try and take a proper lunch break every day and to go eat in the beautiful Helmsley Walled Garden which is just round the corner. A professional challenge I would like to achieve next year is around marketing our next day book ordering service, to make sure local residents know they can take advantage of it!”

porters scones

Carolyn Frank, owner of Libby Butler Jewellers and chair of Helmsley in Business:
“Next year I’d like to get fitter – but it’s so hard in Helmsley with all the amazing food on offer. Ginger and chocolate flapjacks at Porters and hot chocolate with all the trimmings from Crema test the greatest diet willpower, and of course living next door to Hunters with their bacon sandwiches and the smell of rare roast beef cooking on a morning is all too tempting.  There are so many fitness classes going on in town though and the best walks around on our doorstep, so there’s no excuse really, I just need to make some time for myself instead of the diary getting filled up.”

Tomasz Rzepczynski, head fryer at Scotts of Helmsley:

“My resolution will be to visit the National Bird of Prey Centre for the first time. I keep hearing incredible things from our customers…I really do have to go myself!”

Steve Ridley, general manager at The Feathers Hotel:
“My resolution for next year is a professional one for the Feathers. I want to plan and deliver more events for the local community, such as music, shows, quizzes, etc. The more we have going on the better for everyone!”

Tim Stewart, assistant manager of Scotts of Helmsley:

“Our resolution as a business is to offer a free venue in our upper floor restaurant in winter 2017 – and to make sure people know about it. It’s a great place for meetings with free Wi-Fi – and of course plenty of hot, fresh, award winning fish & chips!”

So what’s your resolution going to be? If you want to make sure you have some more quality time with weekends away, we’ve got a great recommendation for a destination… or if you’re looking for a thriving small town for a new business venture we might also have a suggestion…!

Everyone here in Helmsley would like to wish you a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2017 – and we hope to see you soon.