Monday, November 20, 2006

Middleton Tyas

Middleton Tyas is a village and civil parish in the Richmondshire district of North Yorkshire, England. It is close to Scotch Corner.

The name Middleton is of Anglo-Saxon origin and it means middle-farm or middle-settlement. Tyas is a Norman family name but there seems to be no evidence that Middleton Tyas once belonged to a family of that name.

The village lies on a substratum of limestone, which has been extensively quarried. Limestone Quarrying still takes place at the nearby Barton Roundabout. There was also an 18th century copper mine and works near the village.

There are two pubs in the village; 'The Bay Horse' and 'The Shoulder of Mutton', there is also 'The Scotch Corner Hotel' at the famous roundabout.

The Church of St Michael and All Angels lies just outside the village on the road towards Moulton, it is an ancient structure, with Norman arches and pillars on the north side, and Early English on the south. It was restored and renovated between 1867-79 under the direction of Sir Gilbert Scott.

A Primitive Methodist chapel was erected in the village in 1877, only three years later it was sold to the Wesleyans. It is no longer used as a church.

The village is served by Middleton Tyas Church of England primary school, which moved premises from the old Victorian building in the village to a new purpose built building on the outskirts. The Old School was built in 1861-62 and the new school was built between 2003-04.The old school has been sold and is now being extensively refurbished.

The village had a post office/shop but it closed in April 2003. This left the village with no retail facilities within the village boundaries, so the local community decided to open a new shop. Using grant aid from the countryside Agency and DEFRA the villagers founded the Community Co-operative village store at Memorial Hall. It was opened by local MP William Hague in April 2004 The shop is open 55 hours a week, it sells basic groceries, local produce, deli, fruit and vegetables, newspapers and magazines, it has an instore bakery and serves as an off licence. The shop employs two part time staff athere is regular input from eight volunteers.

The nearby Scotch Corner Service Station acts as a useful 24 hour shop for the Middleton Tyas and other neighbouring villages.

Friday, August 11, 2006


TYA – The Vocational Training and Working Environment Council (Transport Trades) – is a non-profit-making association set up by the labour market parties within the transport sector in Sweden.

Some sectors of the transport branch are not covered by the activities of TYA. Thus, shipping as well as railroad and air transports are excluded due to the dividing lines between different labour unions.

TYA is owned by eight employersґ associations and five white and blue-collar unions. The activities of TYA are financed by a membership fee, which is paid by all employers covered by the relevant agreements within the trades. The fee is 0,20% of the total sum of salaries paid whereas the total number of employees embraced by the agreements is about 110.000. The annual turnover of TYA is approximately 90 millions SEK (» 10 million euros) and the number of staff amounts to 35 regularly employed.

Our main tasks are

to develop and produce training tools of all kinds, e.g. compendiums, books, videos, interactive video programmes and, occasionally, training equipment;
to carry out vocational training and working environment education (laws, agreements, checklists etc.). Annually, we arrange some 70 courses in different subjects relevant for the transport trades;
to envisage to influence educational authorities, but also other institutions, to consider the views held by our principals;
to follow, report on and take action to improve the working environment conditions, and
to introduce a higher degree of awareness of the effects of the working environment and personal habits on your own quality of life.

As regards vocational training, we work together with a great number of independent instructors. Our material is widely spread within the transport branch in Sweden but is also offered to parties that have a genuine interest in our findings.