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Win a Cartier watch for just £10 with Martin House

You could win a Cartier watch worth £3,500 for just £10 thanks to Martin House Hospice Care for Children and Young People. The watch is the star prize of the hospice’s Online Glitter Ball, which takes place on Friday 2nd October, and you can enter the draw to win it now. The ladies’ quartz watch is from Cartier’s Tank Solo collection, and features blue-steeled arms, stainless steel case and bracelet, and a sapphire crystal glass front. Sara Cracknell, events fundraiser at Martin House, said: This is an incredible chance to win a watch by one of the world’s top names
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Disabled access in Yorkshire – who is leading the way?

Countryside sites and venues in the Harrogate district doing great things to encourage visitors with disabilities are being sought for the 2020 Good Access Scheme award led by local charity Open Country. Members of the public are being urged to nominate local nature reserves, national park sites and outdoor venues who are going the extra mile to improve access for people with physical, learning or sensory disabilities. Previous winners have included Nosterfield Nature Reserve near Ripon and Yorkshire Water for their work at Fewston Reservoir. Open Country’s Good Access Scheme award was launched in 2015 to recognise the best countryside
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North Yorkshire’s home library service resumes

Avid readers across North Yorkshire have praised the home library service for its continued support as lockdown restrictions are relaxed. Its hardworking volunteers deliver books free of charge to people who are unable to visit their local library due to disability, illness, or because they are caring for someone. Although most of the county’s libraries have safely reopened, many people are still choosing to limit their contact. Edith Beckley, 96, lives in Harrogate and praises the service for giving her access to audio books. She said: I don’t get out very much and can’t really see well enough to watch
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Martin House Glitter Ball goes online

BBC Bargain Hunt star Charles Hanson will host an online evening of entertainment as Martin House Hospice Care for Children and Young People holds an Online Glitter Ball. The ball – Martin House’s biggest annual fundraiser – usually takes place at Rudding Park, Harrogate, but has been reimagined as a virtual event due to the coronavirus pandemic and will take place on Friday 2nd October. Sara Cracknell, events fundraiser at Martin House, said: We’re inviting our supporters for an evening of fun, which will include music, entertainment, a fantastic prize draw and the culmination of our auction. Whether you are
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Bilton Library takes a step forward to normal service with being open for browsing

Bilton Library has reopened today (Monday, 3 August 2020) with a limited service. It will operate reduced opening times: Monday – 2pm to 4pm Thursday – 10am to 12am Friday – 10am to 12am The library will be open at these times for people to go along and browse for themselves. This is an expansion over the previous click and collect service, which is still available. Greta Knight said: We are opening on a limited-basis from 3 August. We thought it was best to run the reduced hours as some of our volunteers are still shielding and it makes cleaning
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Harrogate families urged to boycott their beds for charity fundraiser

Harrogate families are being invited to ditch their duvets in a fundraising ‘Boycott Your Bed’ event on August 21st for Action for Children which supports vulnerable children and young people. Providing practical and emotional care and support to vulnerable children and young people, Action for Children helps over 387,000 children, teenagers, parents and carers every year. Its 476 services nationwide include Bradford early years and family support and Young Carers support facilities at Harrogate and Craven and in Selby Supported by famous faces including Pixie Lott, Larry Lamb and Action for Children ambassador Anthea Turner, the event entails participants swapping
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St Wilfrid’s Catholic Church welcomes worshippers again

Mass  is again being celebrated at St Wilfrid’s Catholic Church, Ripon, every weekend and each weekday apart from Mondays. Times are: Saturdays, 9.30am and, Vigil, 5.30pm; Sundays 9am and 10.30am. Weekday Masses are at 9.30am (Tuesdays 9am). Worshippers wishing to attend the Vigil or Sunday Masses, unless they have already done so, should email their choice of time to stwilfridripon@gmail.com This is to help to meet Government Covid-19 distancing guidance. Hand sanitisers are in place at the church entrance in Coltsgate Hill and all entering are asked to ensure they have no Covid-19 symptoms or are awaiting test results. Also,
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Angel art installation set to take off

As the doors of Ripon Cathedral closed in March its development team was tasked with creating and implementing a new project to support the community during lockdown. As COVID-19 tightened its grip  ‘A Wing and a Prayer’ was born – in partnership with the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. With the cathedral out of bounds, even for private prayer – the project offered a unique opportunity for people to pray for their loved ones and for key workers by sending prayers online through the cathedral website – to be said by the cathedral’s priests during online services. The second phase of this
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Art competition launched for green-minded youngsters

Budding young artists are being encouraged to get creative and inspire others to get more active through healthier, environmentally greener journeys. The North Yorkshire County Council Sustainable Travel Team will judge artwork to select one winner and 11 runners up in both Primary and Secondary Competitions. The winning art will be framed and showcased in an art exhibition at County Hall in Northallerton. Artists can use any material, new or recycled, to create an A4 landscape image. They can use any process such as drawing, painting, printmaking, textiles, photography, computer-aided design, collage or montage. The judges will score on originality,
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Handover of presidency for Soroptimist International of Harrogate and District

Lockdown and social distancing has made it nigh on impossible for Harrogate and District Soroptimist’s President Sandra Frier to receive the chain of office in April. Being able to meet in gardens with up to six people meant that the handover of the Harrogate & District Soroptimist’s presidential chain of office could finally take place last week. A broom handle came in very useful to ensure that social distancing was maintained, when Immediate Past Presidents Sylvia Purser and Sue Williams were passing over the chain of office to President Sandra Frier. Soroptimist International of Harrogate & District work in partnership
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