John Craven reveals the main reason why he thinks Countryfile is so popular

John Craven has said he thinks Countryfile’s regular Sunday time slot is largely the key to its popularity, as well as the programme’s lack of swearing and sex.

BBC's Countryfile Live is to be held at Castle Howard in Yorkshire for the first time next year, at Castle Howard from August 15-18. Pictured left to right are presenters Matt Baker, Adam Henson, Ellie Harrison, Tom Heap, Anita Rani, John Craven and Charlotte Smith. Picture: BBC

Countryfile Live heads to Castle Howard in Yorkshire first

In an era when millions of television viewers are drawn in by scantily clad ‘celebrities’ arguing on reality shows, a reliable outlet for altogether more wholesome tales from the nation’s green and pleasant lands constitutes something of a televisual comfort blanket as the weekend draws to a close.

David Rishworth, former Halifax West End club pro, is a referee at the Open Championship at Carnoustie. If a player's ball comes to rest on the course's famous halfway house at the back of the 10th hole Rishworth - seen on his home course - will know what to do (Picture: Chris Stratford).

The Open: Ex-West End club pro Rishworth certain to rule at Carnoustie

David Rishworth, head club professional at Halifax West End for 26 years until 2011, never quite realised his childhood dream of playing in the Open Championship.

Dr Phil Earnshaw, chariman of NHS Wakefield CCG

Wakefield’s £5.9m social care hubs are saving NHS resources and helping those in need

ALMOST 2,000 people have been seen at new £5.9m ‘social care hubs’ since they were introduced in Wakefield six months ago.

A fracking rig at Kirby Misperton.

Samuel Ribansky: Why Brexit equates to frack if Britain to secure energy independence

WHAT do Brexit, gas, Yorkshire, and Lancashire have in common? Fracking. Having come across Friends of the Earth Europe’s website, I was informed that the ‘frack-war’ was alive and well. Companies are pushing for permits and people are concerned about the health, safety, and environmental aspects of shale gas extraction.

David Davis has resigned as Brexit Secretary.

John Redwood: My suspicion that Remain-supporting civil servants are dragging their feet on Brexit

DAVID Davis’s resignation letter raised important issues about the process of government.

We learned from the background
to it that the Secretary of State for Brexit, who should be the principal adviser of the Prime Minister on these matters, and the main negotiator under the PM, was often sidelined by the official Civil Service.

Theresa May put on a brave face as she opened the Farnborough International Airshow.

The Yorkshire Post says: No halt to the Brexit mayhem. Ministerial resignations mount

THE political pressure on Theresa May shows no sign of alleviating after a ninth resignation by a Government member who believes the Prime Minister’s watered-down Brexit is incompatible with the outcome of the 2016 referendum.

What is the future of the North York Moors/

The Yorkshire Post says: When will politicians value the rural economy?

THE NEW action plan for the North York Moors mirrors, in many respects, the policy challenges facing the Yorkshire Dales and other national parks across the country. Unless more job opportunities are created, and a new generation of affordable housing built, the erosion of key public services and amenities will continue.

What more can be done to tackle age discrimination?

The Yorkshire Post says: Age-old questions. No substitute for experience

THOUGH life, it is said, begins at 40, it appears to end at 50 judging by the continuing prevalence of age discrimination in the workplace according to a hard-hitting Parliamentary report.

A general view across the 18th hole towards the clubhouse during Monday's practice day for the competitors in the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie, which gets underway on Thursday (Picture: Jane Barlow/PA Wire).

The Open: The nastier Carnoustie is the better for me, says Fitzpatrick

SHEFFIELD Ryder Cup player Matt Fitzpatrick believes his chances of a first major title will be boosted if Carnoustie turns into “Carnasty” again for this week’s Open Championship.

Yorkshire's wicketkeeper/batsman Jonny Bairstow during a nets session with England ahead of Tuesday's one-day international with India at Emerald Headingley (Picture: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire).

England will treat Headingley decider like World Cup tie

MARK WOOD said that England intend to use today’s deciding one-day international against India at Emerald Headingley as a dress rehearsal for next year’s World Cup.

Tim Easterby's Wells Farhh Go heads to York's Great Voltigeur Stakes next month.

No worries for Wells Farhh Go with Great Voltigeur next on list

Tim Easterby has given his William Hill St Leger contender Wells Farhh Go a clean bill of health after his win at Newmarket last week.

Horse Racing
Dre Clark.

Appeal for teenager missing from Pockling

Concerns are growing for a missing 15-year-old from Pocklington.


Sinfield: I’ll be annoyed if Australia try to move goalposts

FORMER England captain Kevin Sinfield would be “really disappointed” if Australia is allowed to change the international landscape as he argues “meaningful” fixtures are crucial for the nation’s continued development.

Rugby league
Police in Little London, Leeds.

Police search cordoned off street in Leeds

Police are searching a Leeds street which has been cordoned off, according to reports.
The heatwave in Yorkshire.

Plea to use less water in Yorkshire as hosepipes banned elsewhere

Yorkshire Water has again urged people to use less water during the hot weather as a company in another part of the country announced a hosepipe ban affecting millions of people.

Fresh light shed on Virgin Trains East Coast franchise bid

Department for Transport (DfT) officials accepted the franchise bid by Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC) despite believing passenger growth targets would be missed, MPs have heard.

Jared OMara MP.

Labour to 'continue offer of support' to Sheffield Hallam MP Jared O’Mara

Labour is to offer “continued support” to Sheffield Hallam MP Jared O’Mara after he quit the party with a surprise announcement.


Officials accepted Virgin Trains East Coast bid despite believing it was overly ambitious

Department for Transport officials have admitted accepting a bid from now-collapsed Virgin Trains East Coast to run services on the East Coast Main Line despite believing it was overly ambitious, MPs heard yesterday.

Jordan Lilley

Leeds Rhinos lend half-back Lilley to rivals Bradford Bulls until the end of next season

LEEDS RHINOS half-back Jordan Lilley has joined Bradford Bulls on loan until the end of 2019.

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