Harrogate

Councillor Michael Schofield meets with stakeholders for the Otley Road cycle way scheme

Councillor Michael Schofield met this morning (27 May 2022) with two of the stakeholders for the Otley Road cycleway scheme. Judy D’Arcy Thompson, chair of the Stray Defence Association committee and Chris Dicken from the Harlow and Pannal Ash Residents Association (HAPARA) discussed the history of the scheme, the recent NYCC stakeholder event, and their views towards it. The Cycle Scheme is in three phases: Phase 1 Otley Road, from the Harlow Moor Junction (reservoir) to Cold Bath Road/ Arthur’s Avenue. The work is widened pathways, shared for walkers and cyclist. Junctions have been changed, with the stop line set Harrogate Informer…


Proposals to reorganise the North Yorkshire Fire service would see less firefighters and less fire engines

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue have launched a consultation over proposed changes to the operating structure of the fire service in the county. It is a three-month consultation to listen the public’s views on proposed changes to fire and rescue services ahead of the final decision by the PFCC. Why are they proposing the changes ? The PFCC/ NYFRS has said “that it is an opportunity to invest in vital areas identified by the public as priorities – such as improving the availability of on-call fire engines in our rural areas, and increasing prevention and protection work across the county” Harrogate Informer…


Financial safeguards put in place for move to new unitary council

A unified approach to ensuring major projects across North Yorkshire are employing taxpayers’ money effectively in the run-up to a wide-ranging overhaul of local democracy has been put in place. Senior councillors on North Yorkshire County Council have today given the go-ahead to work closely with colleagues at the county’s seven district authorities to monitor major financial decisions and ensure leading schemes become a reality. All eight councils will merge to create a new unitary authority from 1 April 2023 in the biggest shake-up of local government in North Yorkshire for nearly half-a-century. The decision by the county council’s executive Harrogate Informer…


£3.5m plus investment planned at Harrogate Town AFC

A £3.5m investment is planned by Harrogate Town AFC in order to meet the Board’s wider ambition of creating a sustainable and thriving Club, for future generations to enjoy. The investment is already underway and will be phased over the next calendar year with plans to build a brand new Seated Stand with increased capacity, the construction of a new bar in the Home supporters’ area and an extension of the corporate hospitality area with increased capacity for diners. The club has recently installed new energy saving LED floodlights to improve the lighting and the environmental impact. Meanwhile, the pitch Harrogate Informer…


Cheers from Henshaws charity Beer Festival

Following the first successful day-long event in 2019, the Henshaws Beer Festival returned to the town for a full weekend with an even bigger and better offering. With two daytime family friendly events and an adult only evening session there was something for everyone. Festival goers supped over 4,000 drinks across the two days. As the sun shined, Henshaws welcomed over 850 people to the Arts & Crafts Centre to enjoy the range of 21 handpicked beers, as well as a range of gins, wines and cider, all proudly produced here in Yorkshire. Local breweries Cold Bath Brewing, Daleside, Harrogate Harrogate Informer…



Valley Gardens to host four day Platinum Jubilee celebrations

From Thursday 2 June until Sunday 5 June, Valley Gardens in Harrogate will host a four-day event to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Thursday 2 June 10am until 4pm – Face painting 10am until 6pm – Fairground rides, climbing wall, character meet and greet 12noon until 1pm – Children’s show and mini-disco on the bandstand 11am, 1pm and 3pm – Juggling show on the bandstand Friday 3 June 10am – Harrogate Borough Mayor Councillor Victoria Oldham officially opens the event 10am and 1pm – Pantasy steel band (various locations) 10am until 4pm – Face painting 10am until 6pm Harrogate Informer…


World War Two Day at Willow Tree Primary School

Year 5 and 6 pupils at Willow Tree Primary School were whisked back to the 1940’s to celebrate the end of their recent World War Two topic. The children took part in an immersive World War 2 themed day focussing on what life was like on the Home Front. They were asked to come into school dressed in era- based costumes so the corridors were filled with evacuees, land girls, air raid wardens, and even a few soldiers from the Home Guard! The children took part in a carousel of different activities with everything from using watercolours to create a Harrogate Informer…


Family Fun Day to mark the legacy of Millie

In June Katie Beadle hosting a Family Fun Day, to raise money for Martin House Children’s Hospice & Harrogate Hospital Children’s Ward. it will mark the legacy of her daughter, Millie. Katie Beadle said: In August 2009 I never thought I would be needing to use both these brilliant services in the way that I did. I had given birth to my beautiful daughter, Millie Iimmediately after she was delivered, I know something wasn’t quite right. Millie was born with Hypoxia and had multiple medical conditions requiring around the clock care. Most of Millie’s time with us was spent in Harrogate Informer…


Families enjoyed May Day at Ripon Cathedral Beer Festival

Ripon Cathedral Beer Festival was a huge hit after three-year COVID break – kindly sponsored by Wolseley. The Ripon Cathedral Beer festival was the place to be in Ripon this bank holiday Monday with 1,250 adults coming to enjoy a few beers to support the cathedral. Overcast skies failed to deter visitors and £18,000 was raised; this will help fund the music, heritage conservation and the education programme at Ripon Cathedral. The beer festival rounded off a long weekend of celebratory events and worship as Ripon Cathedral launched its 1350th anniversary celebrations, with lots more to come later this month Harrogate Informer…