North East Life, July 2012: Maxim Brewery and Barbara Renton Wood

Barbara Renton Wood at work

For North East Life Magazine’s July 2012 issue, Helen Johnson visited Maxim Brewery, which rose from the closure of Vaux, and is now exporting beer to China. Helen met Barbara Renton-Wood, an artist who paints the dramatic skyline of Teesside, and the Smart family who offer Bed and Breakfast at Hartburn Old Vicarage Continue Reading →

Dalesman March 2012: Revival in the Rountons, From Turkey Farmer to President, and Traditional Skills Restore Historic Buildings

Jenny Gaunt of Dark Star plants, East Rounton

For Dalesman Magazine March 2012, Helen Johnson visited the Rountons, villages where new ventures are bringing new life back to rural communities.
She also met Raymond Twiddle, a man who honed his business skills raising turkeys and now supports the Yorkshire Agricultural Society.
And finally she visited the Heritage Crafts Alliance, where trainer Glenn Young hopes to inspire people of all ages to learn the skills to preserve our historic buildings. Continue Reading →

Dalesman February 2012: Leyburn, Iron Age Hillfort at Sutton Bank, and Chris Topp’s Ironworks

Helen Johnson reported for Dalesman in February 2012, about a new volunteer visitor information point (TIC) in Leyburn in Wensleydale, archaeological research at Boltby Hill Fort near Sutton Bank, and the work of the National Heritage Ironwork Group (NHIG) at Chris Topp and Co Ltd, ironworks near Thirsk, Yorkshire Continue Reading →