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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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Mayor of Luchon with other guests from Luchon with Cllr John Fox and members of Harrogate P�tanque Club.

Tour de Yorkshire seals great weekend for Entente Cordiale

The School Matters Column with Dennis Richards

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The fell rescue team attend the debrief after a recent lost person search. Photo: Sara Spillett

The Fell Rescue column with David Dennis

Thanks to ever-improving technology our call outs and control of incidents has improved in leaps and bounds in recent years and continues to evolve.

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The entrance to the tunnel and the Gothic Temple, Studley Royal. (Copyright - David Winpenny)

The Civic Society column with David Winpenny

Few of us would want to be accused of having tunnel vision. For some, of course, tunnel vision is a distressing ophthalmic condition. But the words are more often used of someone with a single way of approaching a problem or a situation – it’s perhaps even more pejorative than ‘blinkered’.

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Hyacinths adorn the Terrace garden.

Behind the Scenes at Harewood House with Trevor Nicholson

Springtime in the gardens at Harewood means colour. Lots and lots of colour! From the dazzling display of tulips in the borders, alongside masses of hyacinths on the Terrace, down through the West Garden and all the way around the lakeside woodlands.

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Cyber crime and fraud are just two of the issues.

The Crime Matters column with Police and Crime commissioner Julia Mulligan

More than 2,000 of you had your say, so thank you for taking the time to tell me your views. And fundamentally important they were too.

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The chequerboard pattern on the gable of the former College chapel helps give weight. (Copyright - David Winpenny)

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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