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The Transport Talk column with Don Mackenzie

A significant investment will be made in traffic management in Harrogate. Traffic lights at the junction of Kings Road, Ripon Road, Parliament St and Crescent Road, and including those at Parliament St, Oxford St and Kings Rd, Cheltenham Crescent are to be changed.

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The Theatre Team performed brilliantly in the Knaresborough Bed Race.

Harrogate Theatre column with David Bown

The world feels a very different place since I wrote my last column. The UK has experienced two horrific terrorist atrocities and then there was the little matter of a General Election, all within this last month.

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Find out more about the 2017 Volunteer Oscar at www.harcvs.org.uk.

The volunteers column with Karen Weaver

As usual I’m a bit last minute writing this article which today means I’m sitting at the computer on the morning after the General Election, wondering how to come up with a relevant piece that focuses on the voluntary and community sector.

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Harlow Carrs first flower show attracted 12,000 visitors.

The RHS Garden Harlow Carr column with Liz Thwaite

Preparations for our second annual flower show are in full swing. The nurseries and trade stands are booked, the marquees are ordered, the park and ride service is in place and the show guides are printed.

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Spare a thought for our 16 and 18 year olds who are taking their exams.

School matters column with Dennis Richards

Amidst the misery inflicted on us by terrorism and the febrile atmosphere of a General Election, let’s spare a thought for our 16 and 18 year olds, embroiled in the middle of their GCSE and A Level examinations.

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The Ripon Bellman in action. (Copyright - David Winpenny)

The Civic Society column with David Winpenny

Tradition. It’s something we know about in Ripon. For hundreds of years (more than eleven hundred, if the uncertain history is true) the Hornblower has set the watch for the city and assured the citizens that all should be safe through the night.

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Enjoying a hot cuppa after the all-night mission to rescue a caver.

Mind the gap – Swan Dike cave rescue ends with drill operation

Cave rescues invariably are long duration and demand major logistical movement of rescue gear not just to the cave entrance but getting it through the complicated cave systems.

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The door into the former Benedictine nunnery church at Nun Monkton. (Copyright - David Winpenny)

The Civic Society column with David Winpenny

It is 500 years this year since Martin Luther, an Augustinian friar who became convinced that the selling of Indulgences by the Catholic Church was corrupt and unscriptural, ignited what quickly became the Reformation by, it is said, nailing his ‘Ninety-Five Theses’ to the door of Wittenberg Church.

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Many cathedrals and churches are encouraging political debate at the moment.

The Dean’s Reflection column with Very Rev John Dobson

Why bother with Yorkshire? That’s quite a question! And it was due to be discussed recently by the Bishop of Leeds, the Rt Revd Nick Baines, and Sir Gary Verity in the Cathedral – the first of the Cathedral’s new St Wilfrid Discussions.

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Volunteers recently replaced a gate on a public footpath through farmland near Leathley.

The Transport Talk column with Don MacKenzie

This column did not appear in April ahead of the County Council elections. It is good to be back this month.

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Ransomware was used in the cyber attack.

The Crime Matters column with Julia Mulligan

Earlier this month, parts of our NHS fell victim to a cyber attack with the full extent of the breach causing havoc to thousands of organisations and individuals across more than 150 countries.

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The Geometrical Decorated style of Ripon Cathedrals east window. (copyright - David Winpenny)

The Civic Society column with David Winpenny

As we approach a General Election, and at a time when we are in the throes of detaching the United Kingdom from the European Union, we may be forgiven for thinking more than usual about what makes the national character. And as this column is about architecture, we may, perhaps, consider how architecture expresses our essential Britishness.

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The Scilly Isles

Room for a Laugh with Tom Taylor

In addition to learning and growing from them, as I have got older, I have started to embrace my mistakes, especially as a writer. I think you have to as you are only going to make more of them. That’s very much how time works; there is no going back now.

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The theatre's bed race team

Harrogate Theatre column with David Bown

If I can start on a personal note, I took my son down to London at the start of the month to see Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock. It was truly delightful and so much fun. The young actor-musicians are all superb, demonstrating a phenomenal amount skill and energy.

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Children look at Salvia during RHS Garden Harlow Carrs Petal to Pot Summer Garden Party.

The RHS Garden Harlow Carr column with Liz Thwaite

As head of Harlow Carr, many people assume I’m an expert in horticulture and can wax lyrical about the beautiful plants and flowers in the garden. However, nothing could be further from the truth!

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NADV 1705012AM1  Bilton Gala.  The Mayor of Harrogate with members of Bilton Grange School.(1705012AM1)

Mayor of Harrogate Coun Nick Brown’s farewell diary

It has been another busy and interesting month, the last of my mayoral year.

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The title page of the Art Journal Catalogue of the Great Exhibition.

The Civic Society column with David Winpenny

The Exhibition as a Lesson in Taste is the title of an essay appended to the ‘Art Journal Illustrated Catalogue of the Industry of All Nations’ – in other words, the catalogue of the Great Exhibition of 1851.

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North of England Horticultural Society Harrogate Spring Flower Show. Pictured Vicky Fox, from Plantagogo, based in Crewe, who won a Premier Gold Award, with her display of Heucherella and Tiarella, in garden setting

Visit Harrogate column: Time to explore our beautiful gardens

The Tour de Yorkshire – what a fabulous weekend and what a fantastic event. The eyes of the world were on Yorkshire and the Harrogate District was the star of Saturday’s racing. There can be no doubt we didn’t disappoint, we did ourselves proud!

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Harrogate Mayor Nick Brown and his wife Linda with some of our volunteers at the annual celebration.

The Helping Others column with Karen Weaver

Last week we were delighted to welcome the Mayor and Mayoress of the District to Harrogate Community House for our annual volunteer celebration.

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The College is already planning its offer for 2019 and the introduction of the new reforms.

The Harrogate College column with Debra Forsythe-Conroy

The recent review of post-16 education (the Sainsbury Review) is welcome as it sets out clearly defined routes to progress into employment through study on a technical, professional or degree level qualification.

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