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The RHS Garden Harlow Carr column with Liz Thwaite

I’m surprised to see some early signs of autumn already taking hold in the garden, due largely to the dry spring and rather unpredictable summer. The leaves on many of our trees – including the maples (Acers) and spindles (Euonymus) – are beginning their annual transformation from a summer palette of greens to reddish hues as the days shorten and low light levels start to make their presence felt.

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Nicole Turner of Spa Town Rollers.

The volunteering column with Karen Weaver

Do you know someone who does a lot for the local community? It could be a friend, family member, a volunteer you work with or even a local business – why not show your appreciation by nominating them for a 2017 Volunteering Oscar?

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Made in Sheffield - Sheffield Precision Medical Ltd. Pictured is Apprentice Connor Birch. Picture: Chris Etchells

Debra Forsythe-Conroy: It’s that time of year again

This time of year brings life changing decisions for many who are considering their next steps following school and whether to explore opportunities in Further Education or Higher Education; University or College.

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Even 10 minutes of physical exercise, such as going for a walk, is good for you.

Get up, out and walking with new app

A new free app has been launched in a bid to get Yorkshire’s middle-aged adults up and moving, in response to startling evidence of inactivity.

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We had a fantastic time in Sheffield on Yorkshire Day.

The Mayor of Wetherby column with Norma Harrington

A much quieter month than July, with schools on holiday and a mixture of weather, but still lots of things to celebrate about living in our lovely town.

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The Ponte de 25 Abril suspension bridge in Lisbon. (Copyright - David Winpenny)

The Civic Society column with David Winpenny

The city of Ripon is surrounded by water. Please don’t be alarmed; this is not a flood warning but a statement of fact, for the city has water on nearly every side.

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According to the Observer, 12-15 year olds spend on average 20 hours a week on the internet

Column: Have today’s children been wrapped up in cotton-wool?

The Sunday press this week was totally dominated by education stories. University academics used to be measured by their higher degrees and the quality of their published work.

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Wetherby is, first and foremost, a traditional market town. 
Picture Mike Cowling.

Column: Wetherby neighbourhood plan is taking shape

It has been four years since a group of local volunteers started the journey towards developing a Neighbourhood Plan for Wetherby. It has been a long journey and lots of hard work has gone into it.

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The dramatic and tragic rescue operation at Mossdale Caverns 50 years ago.

The Fell Rescue Column with David Dennis

Last month was the 50th anniversary of the Mossdale Caverns caving tragedy – the worst caving incident in British caving history when six young cavers drowned when the passages they were in became engulfed by flood water.

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More than 28,000 people visited Valley Gardens to enjoy the entertainment at The Big Picnic.

Column – Inside Harrogate Hospital and Community Charity with David Fisher

Following last month’s column which showcased the fantastic fundraising that is taking place within the Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, you will be delighted to hear that our Intensive Care Team who raised £13,000 through taking part in Total Warrior, have been awarded “Team of the Month” in recognition of their achievement.

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St. Wilfrids procession will take place on Saturday (August 5) this year

Column: St. Wilfrid still has much to teach us

I have just returned to Ripon following a weekend near Scarborough. Driving into the city, I noticed the temporary yellow road signs - St. Wilfrid’s procession take’s place on Saturday (August 5).

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Heavily trafficked Beckwith Road will be resurfaced.

The Transport Talk column with Don Mackenzie

The Otley Road area to the west of Harrogate could benefit from a bid submitted by County Council highways officers to the Department for Transport’s National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF).

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In the Autumn Harrogate Theatre will present, in association with English Touring Theatre, The Weir

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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