World Book Day

World Book Day get youngsters reading

Well-read pupils from a leading North Yorkshire School have been inspired to share a story on World Book Day (Thurs 7 March) thanks to our award-winning independent bookshop.

Over 100 pupils from Cundall Manor School visited us across 2 days to receive a hands-on lesson in all things to coincide with World Book Day.

Key Stage 2 pupils visited the award-winning White Rose Book Café for a series of interactive and fun workshops including story-time, working with staff at the shop and writing their own story. The pupils then had the chance to enjoy choosing a book as part of a further nationwide initiative.

Amanda Kirby, Joint Head at the school, said: “World Book Day is one of the highlights of our term and it is a fabulous opportunity to encourage a life-long love of reading.”

“For many of our pupils, this is a great way to get interested in a new author or try a genre which they may not have tried before.”

She added: “The fact that we can work with a local bookshop of such high quality who inspire such a love of reading is a great asset for the school.”

Sue Lake, Owner of the White Rose Book Café, said: “It was lovely to see Cundall Manor children sharing their excitement about books and stories in a proper bookshop.”

She added: “World Book Day is all about reading for pleasure and the variety of books they chose reflects the quality and variety of childrens’ books today.”

To round off the day the children enjoyed a homemade cake and refreshments from the café.

Thank you to Mr P Swalwell, Publicity Officer, Cundall Manor School

Pupils from Cundall Manor School enjoy World Book Day
Sue Lake with pupils on World Book Day

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Mothers Day 31 March

It’s never too soon to treat your Mum! 
So we have our Mothers Day Cafe offer available now, come & try our Special Cream Tea.

You could even come & have a practise run & treat yourself!

We have also got a great selection of cards and gift ideas.

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Walk – North York Moors National Park.

Levisham Moor and the Hole of Horcum

Be prepared for grand landscapes and big views on this North York Moors classic. Starting with the dramatic panorama from Saltergate over the Hole of Horcum, the 5-mile scenic walk follows a prominent track over Levisham Moor, past important archaeological remains. There’s a possible diversion to the stunning viewpoint of Skelton Tower, after which the route drops into the rocky ravine of Dundale Griff and returns along the valley to the Hole of Horcum, climbing back out at Saltergate. 5 miles or 7 miles.

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Meet Peter Wright, The Yorkshire Vet 23/3 
Meet Alan Johnson 6/4
Organic Gardening tips 11/4
Meet Carol Drinkwater 23/5

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Please vote for us as Regional Finalist, British Indie Bookshop Awards!

We are delighted once again, to be selected as REGIONAL FINALIST in the Independent Bookshop of the Year 2019!

We would love you to help us become the Northern Winner. We wouldn’t be here without the support of our wonderful customers & committed team of staff.

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UPDATE… 2 VACANCIES – Recruiting now for Cafe Assistants.

Part time, permanent positions, for 2 days per week and 3-4 days per week.

Catering experience preferred, Monday 9.30-5pm.

Additional weekday and weekend cover required/available, flexible to business needs.

Join our award winning Team!

Enquiries to bookshop on 01845 524353 or to

White Rose BookCafe – Catering Assistant

Job description

Company:White Rose Books

Location:Thirsk, Yorkshire YO71ET


Status:Part time, Permanent position

Relevant work experience:Less than 1 year

Career level:None

Education level: GCSE / Scottish or equivalent

Hours of workFixed term contract

Café Assistant Job Description :Hours of work –fully flexible role requires you to work 2 days per week.  Shift hours are 16 hours per week, worked over 2 days from Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm and on occasion from 8.30am to 5pm/5.30pm, occasionally includes Saturday work. Additional weekday and weekend cover available, flexible to business needs.  The Rota is provided 4 weeks in advance including weekends and Bank Holidays. NMW rates apply.

About us:White Rose BookCafe is an award winning bookshop and coffee bar with a Terrace garden, in Thirsk. We pride ourselves on offering our customers a high standard of personal service, a blend of great coffee, books, gifts and cards in relaxing, attractive surroundings, indoors and outdoors.

Customer Service:The suitable applicant should be willing to work in the prep kitchen to prepare soup, salads and light lunch products. During 11am to 3pm, within the café you will be cooking & assembling lunch, serving customers, plus clearing tables, & washing up. You will be required to offer a professional, friendly and efficient service to our customers, provide advice and assistance to current staff, undertake cleaning duties at the end of the day & ensuring compliance to company policies and current legislation.

Duties:Preparing and serving the light lunch menu, plus making and serving drinks, cakes & other snacks. Clearing away tables and washing up, cleaning all areas in the kitchen & café at the end of the day. Ordering produce, rotating and dating stock, plus maintaining accurate paper records.  You will be trained in awareness of food hygiene standards and compliance to maintain our 5* rating.

Personal qualities required: The suitable person must be willing to work as part of our team, & willing to promote sales to increase turnover and raise the profile of the shop & café. You should have a cheerful disposition, a conscientious, enthusiastic and ‘can do’ working style, a friendly and helpful manner with all staff members and customers.  You should be able to work with minimal supervision, have good interpersonal and customer facing skills, good oral communication skills and an ability to communicate at all levels.  Catering experience would be beneficial but not essential as training will be given.  You should also be flexible and willing to adapt in a busy environment.  

To apply please send or drop off your CV, or collect an application form from the Bookshop

 FAO Sue Lake, 79-81 Market Place, Thirsk, YO7 1ET or e-mail

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Afternoon Book Signing & Chat with Linda Green
Meet the No 1 Bestselling Author of ‘While My Eyes Were Closed’ as she signs her latest page turning thriller ‘Last Thing She Told Me’. If you enjoy emotionally charged suspense  – this is for you!
Date: Tuesday 12th February,  4pm,             Venue: Free event at the bookshop

Morning Book Signing with Peter Wright
Meet the star of Channel  5’s The Yorkshire Vet series as he signs the new paperback copy of his warm and engaging memoir ‘The Yorkshire Vet – in the footsteps of Herriot’
Date: Saturday 23rd March, 11am to noon      Venue: Free event at the bookshop

Book Signing with Alan Johnson
Join Alan who will be signing his latest book ‘In My Life – A Music Memoir’. Alan’s previous memoirs chart his rise from the slums of Kensington to reaching one of the highest offices of the state. We’re thrilled to welcome Alan to our bookshop.
Date: Saturday 6th April, 2-3pm                         Venue : Free at the bookshop
Please Note Alan will be appearing at The Forum, Northallerton on the evening of Sat 6th April where we will be selling his books. Enquire directly to the venue for tickets.

An Evening with The Yorkshire Organic Gardener
Talk, Q&A & book signing with Graham Porter. A fantastic opportunity to ask your gardening questions and gain some timely advice and knowledge.  A beautifully produced book too.
Price: £5 per ticket includes a welcome drink
Date: Thursday 11th April, 7pm (door open 6.30pm)   Venue: At the bookshop

An Evening with Carol Drinkwater
Talk, Q&A and book signing with the much loved actress from the TV series ‘All Creatures Great & Small’. Carol will be introducing her latest novel ‘The House on the Edge of the Cliff’ and talking about her life in Provence.
Tickets : £10 to include a copy of her new book
Please note drinks may be purchased from the venue bar on the evening
Date: Thursday 23rd May, 7.30pm (doors open 7pm)  Venue: Old Courthouse, Rural Arts, Thirsk

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Book Recommendation 28 Jan ’19

Book of the Week – ‘The Language of ‘Kindness’ by Christie Watson. A remarkable book about life and death and all that lies in between, told by a NHS Nurse.

Children’s Choice – ‘All Are Welcome’ by Alexandra Penfold & Suzanne Kaufman. Anna Says “It’s for all teachers, librarians, & students who make their schools a welcoming place to learn & grow”.

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Book recommendations this week 14.1.19

Book of the Week – Dear Mrs Bird by A J Pearce.

Children’s Choice of the Week – Little Bird Flies by Karen McCombie (children are 9-12).

Book Group reading – The Outcasts of Time by Ian Mortimer.

Anna’s book recommendation – Salt on Your Tongue – Women and the Sea, by Charlotte Runcie. “What the sea means to us. It’s pull through the ages, myths, poetry, folktales, sea shanties … ”

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