Heather Ritchie’s rag rugs bring the world to Swaledale

Heather Ritchie, Swaledale rag rug maker

Years ago, when Heather Ritchie moved to Swaledale, neighbours taught her to make  traditional, thrifty, rag rugs.  Heather was inspired to ‘paint’ with coloured rags, and her rugs became pictures. Continue Reading →

Appleton Wiske Christmas Pantomime

The Pied Piper of Appleton Wiske, with pantomine chairperson Michelle Street

Pantomime season It’s Christmas, so it’s pantomime season.  And in Appleton Wiske, as in many other villages, it’s a home-grown, home-produced Christmas pantomime.  But in an age of TV, with Continue Reading →

Christmas crafts with ArtisON

Tutor Josie Besant with Christmas Angel

Christmas preparations There is much joy to be had in the anticipation of Christmas – a joy captured by children as they make their Christmas preparations.  For Dalesman Magazine  this Continue Reading →

Advent in Askrigg

Angels fly in an advent window in Askrigg

Everyone remembers the childhood excitement of prising open doors on an advent calendar to count down the days to Christmas.  But what of turning a whole village into an Advent Continue Reading →