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Local Help during the COVID-19 Shutdown

If during the current shutdown, you are self-isolating or require assistance, there is a village group that can help with shopping, collecting prescriptions, access to the Post office, obtaining urgent supplies or even just a friendly chat, or more. If this applies to you, please don’t struggle – just contact the group coordinators who can help!

Sarah Walker  01723 850703 
Sharon Smartt 01723 859836

General Links

A huge effort is being made to organise and coordinate volunteers during the COVID19 shutdown across our area, and local information will be compiled here. The Ebberston village noticeboard will also be updated with crucial information. Other sources of information and help can be found via

Community First Yorkshire – guidance for carers, organisations, community groups

Gov.UK Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do

North Yorkshire County Council – Coronavirus (COVID-19) community support

NHS – advice for everyone

Pickering Town Council

Ryedale District Council

If you have Facebook then there is also the Ryedale Covid19 Help Network group who are a great source of information and local knowledge. They are also on Twitter @HelpRyedale and they have a website which carries business, volunteer and community advice.


If you would like to volunteer assistance in Ebberston and immediate surrounding area, then please contact any of the village group contacts (above).

Further information can also be found at:

Community First Yorkshire – guide for volunteering

Coronavirus and volunteering: how can I help in the UK? (The Guardian)

Prescription Collection

Volunteers can offer a twice weekly collection service from West Ayton surgery or an additional collection in the case of an urgent need. If you need a prescription collecting,  please contact any of the village group contacts (above).

Saturday Newspapers

Wardills have kindly agreed to make a weekly delivery each Saturday from 4th April to a drop-off point in Ebberston. If you would like a Saturday newspaper/weekly TV guide, please contact Wardills on 01751 474335 to arrange an individual account.  They will bill you monthly and you can pay by phone, internet banking or by cheque.

Newspapers will be available for collection in a box outside Ebberston chapel. A volunteer will drop off newspapers to anyone who is unable to collect.  If you need someone to deliver to you, please contact any of the village group contacts (above).

Businesses who are Delivering Locally

Chocolate Factory (Thornton le Dale) now has an online shop

Glaves – for enquiries about deliveries and orders, ring 01723 859523/859850

Hardwick’s sell dog/horse food and can also deliver gardening kit and tools/paint. 01723 859698 / 07534 245252

Rogers are reinstating their (free) home delivery service for compost, seeds, plants, gloves, pots for min orders of £25. Place orders by phone 01751 472226 or

Many Malton-based businesses will deliver to our area. See

There is also a list for Pickering businesses compiled by the Ryedale Covid19 Help Network.

Joe helps plant new trees for Ebberston

As part of Ryedale District Council’s Tree for Free initiative, Ebberston & Yedingham Parish Council were offered a tree along with other parishes in the area.  The Parish Council have planted two trees at the foot of the village and young resident Joe Wood helped to plant them.

A smiling Joe Wood helps to plant Ebberston’s new trees, November 2019

As well as offering trees to each parish, RDC gave 100 households in Ryedale a free tree to plant in their garden. They also cleared a small overgrown piece of their land in Helmsley and planted it with trees.

Given the climate emergency, we all need to make better decisions about our activities and encourage others to act responsibly and go greener. Well done Joe!

Pants, Viagra and a £5 note: a rather unusual insight into Yorkshire life along the A170!

As with all the villages along the A170, Ebberston suffers its share of litter being thrown from cars at speed as they pass along the roads that top and tail our village. A few times a year, a dedicated litter picking team collects what amounts each time to over 10 bags of rubbish from the verges which is then collected by the council.

This month’s pick has reflected the shift by fast food restaurants to paper and card packaging, and so plastic and polystyrene have been found in much fewer quantities compared to this time last year. The card and paper degrades quite quickly which is better of course, but still not as good as taking your litter home with you and recycling it.

The “interesting” haul from earlier this year is still hard to beat: a combo which included two car wheels, a pair of long black high heel boots, a pair of black gloves and a DVD case for an X-rated film – probably trumping the separate find of a pair of men’s pants! But this time round the awesome haul included more car wheels, bits of a caravan, a packet of Viagra and a £5 note! That’s a good night out…

The note was filthy and almost discarded but was spotted, cleaned and given to the village hall who are using it to buy a new biscuit tin for the newly refurbished kitchen.

Other people’s rubbish and discarded items are the bread and butter of archaeologists, but what on earth would all this say about us in the 21st century?

This month’s litter picking haul, ready for collection