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The Civic Society column with David Winpenny

Lie heavy on him, earth, for he / Hath laid many a heavy load on thee! – this mock epitaph on the architect Sir John Vanbrugh is attributed both to Jonathan Swift and to the less-famous Dr Able Evans.

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The Emperors New Clothes had a remarkably talented cast.

The Harrogate Theatre column with David Bown

In a week when Harrogate launches an ambassadors programme, with leading local figures tasked to bring new business to town, you may have spotted in the business section of The Advertiser last week, the article on Richard Bielby (the production manager at the theatre) and Harrogate Theatre Scenic Services (HTSS).

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Simon Theakston of Theakstons Brewery.

The Reporting Back column with Andrew Jones MP

The Harrogate Advertiser Business Awards take place at the end of this month. Last year saw local businesses recognised; many I have visited to see what they do first hand – like Change Mobility and Harrogate International Festivals.

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The HARCVS staff team outside the offices at Harrogate Community House.

Helping Others column with Karen Weaver

It’s been a strange few months here at HARCVS as we’ve had to deal with the impact of losing our main grants from North Yorkshire County Council and the NHS. Three much loved, experienced and talented staff have just transferred over to the new provider, our capacity to support local voluntary organisations and volunteers is reduced and we need less office space.

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Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week.

The Easter message with the Dean of Ripon Rev John Dobson

On Sunday morning, in glorious sunshine, people from the Cathedral and other congregations within Ripon gathered in the Market Place for the blessing of palms. It was Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week.

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The Spring Flower Show at the Great Yorkshire Showground attracts around 60,000 visitors.

The Visit Harrogate column

It’s less than a month until the women’s and men’s Tour de Yorkshire races roll into Harrogate. We are all looking forward to seeing the race, and seeing the Harrogate district at its best on the television coverage that will be live throughout the day on ITV and Eurosport, and will also be shown in over 170 countries.

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A dedicated team of officers will be working behind the scenes to co-ordinate the Tour de Yorkshire operation.

On The Beat column with Supt Paula Booth

It’s almost here, folks – the fantastic Tour de Yorkshire!

This three-day event, which gets underway on the east coast on Friday 28 April and then heads to Harrogate on the Saturday, has fast become a firm favourite in the sporting calendar.

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The Guggenheim Museum by Frank Lloyd Wright, New York. (Copyright - David Winpenny)

The Civic Society Column with David Winpenny

Of all the building materials we use today, concrete is by far the most favoured. It is also, perhaps, the most ignored – or even despised.

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Kirsty Hall, a new full member of the Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association team. Photo by Sara Spillett

Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association column, with David Dennis

We have been fortunate over the years to have always been able to match recruitment to the ever increasing demand on our services and the mix of seasoned members with many rescue experiences and new, and usually younger, members has served us well.

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Lambing time on the farm

Lambing time on the farm

Well it’s official we have started lambing. As we expected the weather did turn, it snowed and rained when they started lambing, writes Frances Graham.

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A primary school head teacher in Derby demonstrated that children get better grades by wearing slippers.

School Matters column with Dennis Richards

April 1st has come and gone for another year. While perhaps no news outlet will ever match the famous Richard Dimbleby spaghetti “spoof” of many decades ago, the Guardian came close this year with brilliant “wind-up” in relation to a news announcement about George Osborne’s seventh new job.

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Ripons twin gazebos. (Copyright - David Winpenny)

The Civic Society column with David Winpenny

As spring is officially here and the season for garden-visiting is ahead, the architectural setting – the bones of any garden – might repay some attention.

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Lucy Allen and Alexis Guntrip arranging a collection of the dresses worn in the series in the Cinnamon Drawing Room

Behind the scenes at Harewood House, with director Jane Marriott

2017 promises to be the most exciting season at Harewood House to date. Many people know Harewood for its wonderful 18th century Adam interiors, wonderful Chippendale furniture and Capability Brown landscapes, and yet the Victorian story of Harewood is far less well known.

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Tom Stade

Room for a Laugh, with Tom Taylor

It was on this day, thirty years ago, that Vincent van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” sold for a record 22.5 million pounds. As such I have dug out my poster paint and started knocking out paintings of flowers left, right and centre. Regrettably I couldn’t find any yellow so my flowers are significantly less sunny than Vinnie’s.

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Keith Tordoff with Ian Dimmick holding a fridge for the Red Nose challenge

A week in the life of Pateley Bridge, with Keith Tordoff

Never a dull moment in Pateley Bridge. Last week a man came into our shop carrying a fridge! I didn’t give him the ‘cold shoulder’ (the jokes can’t get any worse, can they?!).

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The Sights and Sounds event celebrated Ripons great heritage.

The Dean’s Reflection column with John Dobson

When Jesus entered Jerusalem on his donkey, the crowds cheered and shouted, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.” He was Mr Popular.

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Communications masts disguised as an Indian tower, Wiltshire. (Copyright - David Winpenny)

The Civic Society column with David Winpenny

When Ripon’s Hornblower steps on to the Market Square at 9pm each evening he is undertaking a role that goes back for centuries.

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Time to hit the road in style

For all but the very hardiest of us, cycling tends to be a summer sport so, as we enjoy the first signs of spring, it’s time to dust down the lycra and make sure that you and your bike are in peak condition, ready for the season’s cycling, writes Tony Booth of All Terrain Cycles in Wetherby.

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Julia Mulligan column: Domestic abuse hides in North Yorkshire

Julia Mulligan column: Domestic abuse hides in North Yorkshire

Our county is characterised by low crime rates - currently the lowest in England - and safe and close communities, writes Julia Mulligan, Police & Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire.

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Coun Don Mackenzie

Transport Talk with Coun Don Mackenzie

I met recently with Harrogate Chamber’s influential Traffic and Transport Forum, whose members include key users of our local highways like bus operators, taxi and courier companies, and which is chaired by former Chamber Chief Executive, Brian Dunsby.

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