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Beltane at Thornborough 2011

A free event for anyone, young or old, who wants to celebrate the coming of the summer months.
Inspired by the Celtic heritage of the North of England: The ancient kingdom of the Brigantes tribe and the land of the Goddess Brigantia.

Sunday May 1st - Starts at 12 Noon
Admission FREE - Everyone Welcome!
At Thornborough Henge in North Yorkshire

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A company that submitted a plan for a controversial quarry extension close to the site of a 5,000-year-old monument has answered its critics.
Tarmac Northern operates at Nosterfield Quarry, near Bedale, North Yorkshire, near the Thornborough Henges.
Tarmac has no intention and no right to quarry anywhere near the henges, which are a scheduled ancient monument, protected by English Heritage.

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The Thornborough Music festival is to be held on the 13th, 14th & 15th of July 2007 (Fri Sun). The money raised will help support of the campaign to protect Thornborough Henges.
The event is at Lime Tree Farm, Grewelthorpe in the Dales.
Tickets cost 30 from www.thornborough.org or at the gate if not sold out.

This years festival is going to be bigger and brighter than ever before, with more than 70 acts performing on 4 individual themed stages over 3 days. Situated just outside the picturesque village of Grewlthorpe, near Ripon, the Thornborough festival has evolved over the last 3 years and this year will be bigger, lovelier and with more shade!

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Campaigners have been fighting plans for more quarrying at Ladybridge Farm, near Thornborough Henges, outside Ripon in North Yorkshire, for more than three years.
But the firm insists the monument, which has been called the "Stonehenge of the North", will not be damaged.
The campaigners say the development would destroy important elements of the 5,000-year-old Neolithic earthworks, a claim denied by Tarmac.
At a meeting in Masham today, North Yorkshire county councillors voted to approve a revised application for a quarry extension at Ladybridge, Thornborough, after the original bid was rejected in February last year.

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Three months after quarry firm Tarmac was refused planning permission to expand its operations near Thornborough Henges, north of Ripon (North Yorkshire, England), the company has formally lodged an appeal against the decision. The move comes as no big surprise, as Tarmac had indicated it would appeal after its plans were thrown out in February by a North Yorkshire County Council planning committee. The matter could now end up being resolved at a public inquiry.
Tarmac Northern employs 15 full-time workers at Nosterfield quarry; it sought planning consent to extract 2.2m tonnes over four years from 112 acres at nearby Ladybridge Farm, half a mile from the nearest of three Neolithic earthwork henges outside the village of Thornborough.
The henges have been described as the Stonehenge of the North. The site represents a scheduled ancient monument with legal protection, but campaigners who bombarded North Yorkshire County Council with protests insisted that its immediate surroundings, including Ladybridge, must be saved from the effects of more quarrying. In February North Yorkshire's planning committee voted 6-3 to reject Tarmac's application after receiving over 1,000 letters of objection and a 9,680-signature petition from people anxious to defend the three henges dating from up to 4000 BCE.
Tarmac said it will appeal and seek a public inquiry, but a spokesman indicated that this was still not the end of the story.

"We are anxious to safeguard employment and maintain supply from the quarry to the construction industry. We are also discussing the possibility of a revised application for a smaller extraction area at Ladybridge, avoiding areas which were the subject of archaeological concern" - Bob Nicholson, Tarmac estates manager for the area.

"If the revised application is for the area which does not contain nationally important archaeology then the land taken for the amount of sand and gravel to be won would be unacceptable. This is the best and most versatile agricultural land and the area of proposed extraction is within the setting and the main prehistoric ritual landscape of the Thornborough Henges" - Dick Lonsdale spokesman for Friends of Thornborough Henges.

The campaign group, TimeWatch, which mounted strong opposition to Tarmac's original application, has also condemned the firm's latest move.

"The planning rules say nationally important archaeology must be protected, so Tarmac are determined to prove the archaeologists are wrong - they are appealing against a decision that was backed by English Heritage. The English Heritage defence of Thornborough has been backed to a very high level - the English Heritage executive said in March that Thornborough is a world class heritage site" - George Chaplin, chairman of TimeWatch.

Source: The Northern Echo, Yorkshire Post Today

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