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Wellspring appoints new head of fundraising

Wellspring Therapy and Training, the Harrogate-based counselling and training centre, has appointed a new head of fund-raising. Kennie Cheung, who has recently moved from Hong Kong to Harrogate, is an experienced charity fund-raiser, having worked for Oxfam and the Hong Kong Cancer Fund in her native country. Wellspring, which was founded in 2003, provides affordable short and long-term counselling for the Harrogate and district community. Emily Fullarton, the executive director of Wellspring, explained: We are absolutely delighted to have found a new fund-raiser of the calibre of Kennie. Her experience and expertise are just what we need – and I Harrogate Informer…


Newton House in Knaresborough raises funds for Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Newton House B&B in Knaresborough has raised £1250 for Yorkshire Air Ambulance by pledging £1 per night’s stay for every booking made from 1st July to 3 December 2021. The charity has now been presented with a payment of  by owner Denise Carter. The Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) is an independent charity providing a lifesaving rapid response emergency service to 5 million people across the whole of Yorkshire. The service is operational seven days a week, 365 days a year and the Charity currently attend an average of 4 incidents every single day. In 2020 the Yorkshire Air Ambulance responded 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…


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…


Harrogate and District Soroptomists hold their AGM

The 89th Annual General Meeting of Soroptimist International of Harrogate and District took place at the Crown Hotel in Harrogate last week. The Club was delighted to welcome SI Yorkshire President, Lindsay Green, who presented 25 year Long Service Awards to Irene Kerr and Christabel England. Christine Pyatt Anderson was elected Vice President and will also be the Club Programme Action Officer with Paula Newson Smith. Val Hills is continuing as Club President and Pat Shore is President Elect. President Val congratulated the Club on all it has achieved over the last 12 months including raising over £11,000 for Just Harrogate Informer…


One week left for community groups to apply for Platinum Jubilee community grant

With one week left, Harrogate Borough Council is urging community groups to apply for a Platinum Jubilee community grant to help Harrogate district residents celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Her Majesty The Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee after 70 years of service. An extended bank holiday – from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 June – will provide an opportunity for communities throughout the United Kingdom, Commonwealth and the world to come together to celebrate this historic milestone. To help Harrogate district residents do so, the borough council is inviting community groups Harrogate Informer…


Bring your preschooler to fun, free events during Under 5s Week

Theatre performances, a teddy bears picnic and story times are among the activities on offer during Under 5s Week at North Yorkshire libraries. From February 28 to March 5, the county’s library service is hosting free events aimed at encouraging preschoolers to develop a love of books. Among the highlights of the week will be special performances by Hoglets Theatre of their one-woman storytelling show, The Hare in the Moon, filled with music and puppetry. Northallerton library is holding Imagination Gaming sessions, Eastfield library is running a mini-computer club and Harrogate library is holding a baby yoga and massage session. Harrogate Informer…


New Morrisons charity partnership with Together for Short Lives to help families supported by Martin House

Martin House Children’s Hospice is set to benefit from a new partnership which launches today between supermarket giant Morrisons and charity Together for Short Lives. Together for Short Lives is the only charity supporting the UK’s children’s hospices, including Martin House, and families facing the heartbreak that their child will die young. Together for Short Lives and Morrisons are set to raise vital funds for children’s hospices across the country, just like Martin House, as part of a flagship three-year-partnership which launched on 15 February 2022. Abigail Proctor, partnerships fundraising manager at Martin House, said: This partnership between Morrisons and Harrogate Informer…