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Column: An exciting month for Harrogate Theatre

Being awarded Arts Council National Portfolio status for a fourth term (14 years) running at the end of June was great news for Harrogate Theatre. It is in recognition of the range and quality of the shows that we produce and present, and this last month or so has been outstanding for drama here at the Theatre.

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The Gothic aviary at Renishaw Hall is now used as a pets cemetery. (Copyright - David Winpenny)

The Civic Society column with David Winpenny

You may not recall the name of Sir Peter Viggers – but you will, very probably, know about his duck house. Sir Peter was, until he stepped down in 2010, the Member of Parliament for Gosport.

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Pateley Bridge will be putting on the popular 1940s weekend at the end of the month. Picture: Visit Harrogate.

The Visit Harrogate column with Richard Spencer

By the time you read this column we will be on our last day of the Great Yorkshire Show – what a great way to celebrate all things Yorkshire.

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Bobby the police tractor will be making an appearance at the Great Yorkshire Show

What is it like policing the Great Yorkshire Show?

Based in Harrogate, Superintendent Paula Booth is North Yorkshire Police’s County Commander covering the districts of Harrogate, Craven, Hambleton and Richmondshire.

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The photography department forms part of the expanded Art and Design School at Harrogate College.

The Harrogate College column with Debra Forsythe-Conroy

The college has often been described as a hidden gem with a rich history in some key specialisms. The photographic department is a great example of this!

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The Chapel of St Mary Magdalen - one of Ripons Grade I listed buildings. (Copyright - David Winpenny)

The Civic Society column with David Winpenny

Two weeks ago this column looked at how the tide of history could leave buildings of the past stranded in what today we may consider degraded or unsuitable locations – like the Saxon church and monastery at Jarrow and the castle at Newcastle upon Tyne. And we looked at places that succeeded in spite of their unpromising location – like St Petersburg and Washington DC.

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The rescue teams have front line medics who are able to deal with serious injuries.

The Fell Rescue column with David Dennis

If you are out walking in the wild areas of the Dales, I wonder if you’ve paused to think? What would happen if you fell and broke your ankle? Or if you were out on the fells and came across someone having a heart attack?

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Fountains Hall would have become a centre for retreats. (Copyright - David Winpenny)

The Civic Society column with David Winpenny

On 16 August 1946 ‘The Times’ newspaper contained the following paragraph: ‘Negotiations are in progress for the sale of Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire, to the Roman Catholic Church.

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Bolton Castle  not a particularly defensive position. (Copyright - David Winpenny)

The Civic Society column with David Winpenny

We all know about ‘Location, Location, Location’ – not just from the television programme of that name but also from the thought behind the mantra.

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A Google streetview image showing the lower end of Parliament Street  one of the towns busiest junctions.

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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