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Dame Fanny Waterman 22 March 1920 – 20 December 2020

Dame Fanny Waterman, founder and President Emeritus of The Leeds International Piano Competition, died peacefully yesterday at her residential care home in Ilkley, Yorkshire at the age of 100. Born in Leeds (22 March, 1920), Dame Fanny Waterman founded the Leeds International Piano Competition in 1961 with her late husband Dr Geoffrey de Keyser and Marion Thorpe CBE, then the Countess of Harewood. The first event followed in 1963 and she remained its Chairman & Artistic Director until her retirement in 2015 at the age of 95. As President Emeritus she attended live concerts and events until the beginning of
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Former MasterChef Quarter Finalist to livestream Christmas treat making from the Cedar Court

The Cedar Court Hotel in Harrogate Join will livestream a Christmas treat making masterclaess with Chef, (and former MasterChef Quarter Finalist, Chris Hale. You’ll learn how to make: Gingerbread Gin Chocolate Truffles Chilli & Pepper Chutney Worry not though folks – Chris assures us that you don’t need to worry about having any of your own Technical Challenge nightmares though! Chris Hale said: Together we’ll create some of my favourite edible treats that you can share and enjoy with your loved ones this Christmas time. I am really looking forward to teaching people of all ages and culinary abilities how
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In pictures: Glow 2020 at RHS Harlow Carr

RHS Harlow Carr Gardens are open for pre-booked visits during the day and have extended opening for the illuminated walk. The illuminated walk is part of their extended opening, but the tickets have all been snapped up. Paul Cook, Curator at RHS Harlow Carr, Harrogate, said: It’s our 4th year of the illuminated walk, so we have decided to go further along the streamside, take in more of the garden, show off more of the iconic trees and just make more of the garden generally. We have made it a one-way walk, that’s one lap of the garden to manage
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Line-up announced for Leed’s first ever virtual Christmas lights switch-on

Stars of stage, sport and screen will join residents from all across Leeds for the city’s first ever virtual Christmas lights switch-on which will premiere on December 2. The exciting line-up for the online seasonal showpiece has been revealed today and features a vibrant mix of chart-topping musical artists, talented local acts, classical and theatrical performances and local sporting heroes who will all lead an innovative city-wide effort to light up Leeds and get the countdown to Christmas underway. The festive extravaganza will feature a specially recorded version of John Newman’s recent uplifting collaboration with Sigma High on You. John’s credits
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Stories of resilience deliver rural encouragement

Rural businesses can take great confidence for the future from a growing appreciation of nature and the countryside, an audience of rural women heard. Restrictions on everyday life this year, triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, starkly show the value of the great outdoors as well as the genuine sense of community that can often be found in countryside communities. A wide range of timely messages of encouragement and empowerment, as well as powerful testimonies of overcoming adversity, were shared during an Autumn Gathering of the Women In Farming Network. The group, established by registered charity the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, provides
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Flower bridge to be unveiled at RHS Garden Harlow Carr thanks to Friends’ cash boost

A new ‘Friendship Bridge’ featuring a decorative petal design in Yorkshire sandstone will be unveiled at RHS Garden Harlow Carr on Monday (19 October 2020). The bridge – most of which was constructed behind the scenes during lockdown by Harrogate-based stone waller Neil Beasley and a team of fellow professionals – has been named ‘The Friendship Bridge’ in recognition of a donation of £10,000 from The Friends of Harlow Carr. The centrepiece of the design – drawn up by Leeds-based DSWA Master Craftsman David Griffiths – represents the head of a flower, with stone ‘petals’ radiating around a central stonework
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Stellar line-up for the Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival

Writers, politicians, historians, broadcasters, and more, will come together for the first ever digital Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival from Friday 23 – Sunday 25 October. It has long been the hot ticket on the national Festival circuit after Harper’s Bazaar picked the event as one of the UK’s ‘best literary festivals’, and this year is no different as the Festival continues to bring to life a programme to delight and inspire. The renowned literature festival, now in its twelfth year has gone online in 2020 due to the current social distancing measures and restrictions in place on live Festival events.
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First group travel visit after lockdown at World of James Herriot

The first group of guests travelling by coach organised by Kirby’s Coaches of Rayleigh, Essex has visited the World of James Herriot, the award-winning attraction in Thirsk after the Covid-19 lockdown. Lockdown prevented group travel due to social distancing rules but now that these restrictions have been eased by implementing mitigating arrangements both onboard the coach and at the attraction which has a new one-way route. Managing Director Ian Ashton says:  We reopened in July with a completely new set of hygiene schedules and a one-way visitor route through the Centre. We are delighted that Kirbys Coaches have been able
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How to make the most of a staycation

Staycations are most definitely en vogue at the moment, although if you are more familiar with holidaying overseas, you might be surprised by some of the differences that come with taking domestic trips with your partner or the whole family. To make sure that your staycation is fun for everyone involved, here are a few tips on how to maximise enjoyment levels and minimise stress. Take entertainment with you The main problem with holidaying in the UK is that the weather can be incredibly inconsistent; bright sunshine one minute, torrential rain and howling winds the next. This means that even
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Shake the City to Premier Online at this Year’s feva

This year’s feva festival in Knaresborough will feature the first reading of a new play called Shake the City. It will be available via a Zoom conference call at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 19 August. The play is set during the clothworkers strike in Leeds, 1970. Four young women, Wendy, Laurie, Heather and Margaret, work at Burton’s Menswear Factory in the city. On the cusp of the new decade they decide to start their own meetings for the women’s liberation movement in the fight for equality and equal pay. The 90-minute play focuses on the new wave of feminism beginning
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