Simon Thackray

NEWS: Read my email, dated 18 May 2019, to Cllr. Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Transport for North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC), in response to the NYCC consultation into the proposed 7.5 tonne HGV weight restriction on Norton level crossing. A potentially unlawful, sloppy, consultation that expressly fails to present the public with critical information about changes in air quality with which to make an informed decision! Read my email here!

THANK YOU: Thank you to everyone who voted for me on 2nd May, and to the many people who helped and encouraged me with words of support, advice, poster display, leaflet distribution and good cheer! Here are the results!

Sinnington District Ward

Ryedale District Council election results for the Sinnington District Ward. 2nd May 2019.

Channel 4 News Presenter KRISHNAN GURU-MURTHY watches SIMON THACKRAY from 'The Shed' in Ryedale, North Yorkshire, testing 'Potty' - the new pothole putty compound invented by Simon Thackray to cure North Yorkshire highways of the scourge of potholes. Seen here filling a pothole in the village of Brawby, near Malton.

Channel 4 News Presenter KRISHNAN GURU-MURTHY watches SIMON THACKRAY from ‘The Shed’ in Ryedale, North Yorkshire, testing ‘Potty’ – the new pothole compound invented by Simon (made from porridge) designed to cure North Yorkshire highways of the scourge of potholes. Photo: Kippa Matthews. Watch the Channel 4 feature!

Simon Thackray

A bit about me… I was born in Ryedale, North Yorkshire, in 1960, and grew up on a farm before joining the family business of agricultural engineers (J. Thackray & Sons of Brawby). I enjoyed selling farm buildings – I think they are all still standing – but my true passion was always in the arts, and after promoting two charity concerts in Kirkby Misperton Church in 1992, I founded a small music and poetry venue called The Shed.

Simon Thackray farm building Wydale, Scarborough 1984

J. Thackray & Sons: new farm building at Wydale Farm, Scarborough c.1984. One of the biggest clear-span farm buildings in North Yorkshire at the time! All steel work, gates, doors and components fabricated in Brawby.

Later, together with the arts leader Sarah Derbyshire MBE, I co-founded a music and poetry project for young people in Ryedale called Pied Piper. Working in the arts is a bit like farming! Both require creative thinking to survive and both rely, to a greater or lesser extent, on public subsidy and local support.

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BBC Radio York’ presenter Julia Booth with Simon and poet Ian McMillan. The artist Richard Barnes is busy sketching in the corner. Photo: Mary Thackray.

I have been very lucky over the past 25 years to gain the trust of the musicians and poets I work with, and to enjoy the loyalty of my customers and audience from Ryedale and beyond.

I am not interested in politics but I am keen to see changes in the way Ryedale is run. I disagree with many of the decisions made by the council, and I would welcome the opportunity to inject some fresh ideas, energy, and common sense into the decision making of Ryedale District Council – for the benefit for everyone, not just for the few. That is why I am standing for election in the Sinnington Ward.

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BBC Look North filmed the Alan Tomlinson trombone solo in the Yorkshire Water sewer, Brawby. The Sunday Times Business Section reported the event! Photo: Kippa Matthews.

Ryedale Anti_Fracking Rally, Malton, North Yorkshire Photo © Simon Thackray

Ryedale Anti-Fracking Rally, Malton. Photo © Simon Thackray

I support the work of Frack Free Ryedale to send fracking packing!

I will campaign to get all Ryedale potholes properly repaired and salt spread on all our rural roads in winter, and priority given to school bus routes. Channel Four News came to Brawby – and so did the salt!

I campaigned with Councillor Lindsay Burr to keep Malton Hospital Minor Injuries Unit open!

I support the relocation of Malton livestock market but the FULL COST should be borne by the auctioneers, farmers and dealers. £3.1 million pounds of public money must not be taken from the hard-working families of Ryedale to fund this, or any other, private enterprise.

I will encourage Yorkshire Water and North Yorkshire Highways to improve our local sewers and drains to alleviate flooding and the disruption and distress it causes.

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Baroness McIntosh and Simon on the Bridge Over Troubled Water (the River Seven in Ryedale polluted by Yorkshire Water sewage). Photo: Glenn Garrett. Major improvements to the Yorkshire Water sewer are now progressing!

I will work with Councillor Paul Andrews to make changes to the Ryedale Plan to allow small- scale development in all our villages. The Ryedale Plan is draining the life-blood from our rural communities, and causing the over-development of our towns.

I will campaign for two new roundabouts to provide access to the A64 at Musley Bank and Broughton Road, Malton, so that local people and businesses can access the A64 without having to battle through Malton traffic congestion!

NEWS: Read my email, dated 18 May 2019, to Cllr. Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Transport for North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC), in response to the NYCC consultation into the proposed 7.5 tonne HGV weight restriction on Norton level crossing. A potentially unlawful, sloppy, consultation that expressly fails to present the public with critical information about changes in air quality with which to make an informed decision! Read my email here!

I will continue to press for an independent investigation into the Brambling Fields junction upgrade scheme, and continue to highlight the failure of the project.  The junction cost the Ryedale taxpayers £6million pounds, for which we were promised a 33% reduction in traffic passing through Butcher Corner, Malton. Seven years down the road, and we are STILL waiting for the White Elephant to give birth!

NEW: Ryedale District Council air quality monitoring data


Read all about Brambling Fields!

Extras…

For your interest and entertainment, the images below give a snapshot of some the live events I have presented in Ryedale, North Yorkshire, and beyond. They have been featured on radio and TV in the UK and Europe. From Front Row, BBC Radio 4, to Jazz on 3, Steve Wright in the Afternoon on BBC Radio 2 , Andy Kershaw, Radio 1, and Sky News, Channel Four, Look North – to name just a few. The Radio 2 Arts Programme was broadcast live from The Shed (in Brawby village hall) in 1994. Brawby village hall is home to one of only three official Blue Plaques in Ryedale.

“His enthusiasm seems to light up the street. I muse on the idea of future cultural historians citing a shed door as the fulcrum of a rural arts renaissance.”
Ian McMillan, The Verb, BBC Radio 3.

“For the past 20 years, The Shed, near the market town of Malton, has been responsible for some of the smallest and most inspired art events in the country.” Alfred Hickling, Guardian

More about Simon Thackray and The Shed here.

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Simon Thackray live art, improvised music and spoken word events (selection):

The Yorkshire Pudding Boat Race ®
The North Yorkshire Elvis Bus Tour
Hat – (world’s first words, music and knitting spectacular)
The Fish and Chip Van Tour
Lol Coxhill in a skip
Mrs Boyes’ Bingo featuring Mark Sanders
Sebastian Rochford’s Van Gig
Alan Tomlinson and the River Seven
Alan Tomlinson’s sewer solo
The Poetry Of Pete Morgan – A Celebration –
with Carol Ann Duffy, Ian McMIllan, Martin Carthy and Brass Monkey
The Shed Comes To Town
Shed Builder (World Premiere for BBC Radio 3)

“North Yorkshire’s hub of improvised happenings” Jez Nelson, Jazz on 3

Time Out

Time Out: 1000 things to do in Britain

“Catch a performance in The Shed…”

“Near the market town of Malton on the edge of the Yorkshire moors, The Shed is one of few venues in the country with a location as inspiring as its programme of live music and performance art. The latter’s affinity with the surreal end of the creative spectrum is largely thanks to the boundless imagination of its creator, Simon Thackray, whose ideas are often too large to be limited to his makeshift stage: in 2004, for example, he had jazz saxophonist Lol Coxhill touring North Yorkshire market towns in a skip; one year earlier, improvising trombonist Alan Tomlinson did likewise in a fish and chip van, serenading customers as they queued for portions of battered cod. Other weird and wonderful outings have involved everything from knitted Elvis wigs to rowing down the river in over-sized Yorkshire puddings, although of course there’s plenty making more conventional use of the 100-capacity Shed’s candlelit interior – from the live comedy of Stewart Lee and the spoken word poetry of regular collaborator Ian McMillan to all manner of world, classical, jazz, blues and folk music.”

The Shed ® is a Registered Trade Mark of Simon Thackray. Copyright © Simon Thackray 1992 – 2019