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The Chapel receives a brown plaque

A brown plaque has been unveiled at The Chapel, on Grove Road in Harrogate. Formerly a Methodist Chapel Grove Road (behind the fire station) Opened in 1896, with a capacity of 700 It remained empty for some time, before being sold in 2013 to Mark Hinchcliffe, an art collector Underwent extensive restoration, and became a home for both Mark and  impressive art collection Now also operates as a boutique bed and breakfast Andrew Brown of the Harrogate Civic Society said: I am a committee member of the Harrogate Civic Society, and also a member of the Methodist Church, one of Harrogate Informer…


Plumpton Rocks successful re-opening weekend

Over the weekend (3 and 4 September 2022), Plumtopn had around 200 paying entry tickets, and many more visiting for free. A new flat pricing structure is in place, with those aged 16 and above paying £5, with the aim of making it accessible for families. Plumpton is owned by Robert Hunter, and is the 2nd generation of his family to be custodian of the attraction. Robert Hunter said: We are grateful in having investment from Historic England, that enabled us to do a lot of work, and it is no long on the Heritage at Risk Register. The reopening Harrogate Informer…


Harrogate Town 0-0 Crawley Match Report

The spoils were shared on a sweltering afternoon at The Envirovent Stadium as Town and Crawley played out a goalless draw. After an opening forty-five minutes that saw both sides contending with the conditions, the second-half was a far more open affair with both having opportunities to come away with all three points. Simon Weaver made five changes to the side that exited the Carabo Cup against Stockport in midweek. Joe Mattock, Warren Burrell, Alex Pattison and Luke Armstrong all returned to the side and there was a debut handed to new signing Kayne Ramsay, whose arrival from Southampton was Harrogate Informer…


‘Bear’ hunts fresh opportunity following departure from North Yorkshire gastropub

Co-founder, entrepreneur and head chef of the popular Knaresborough restaurant and bar, ‘The Bear at Carriages’, Sam Pullan, has left the business after two years. Sam acquired the business, formerly Carriages, out of administration in 2020 with business partner John Dixon. Following £100k of investment and extensive renovations, The Bear at Carriages opened in summer 2020 against the backdrop of multiple lockdowns, breathing new life into the venue in the market town. The Knaresborough gastropub which boasts a roaring, purpose built solid fuel fire ‘bear pit’, housed outside in the premises’ extensive beer garden, quickly established itself as a destination Harrogate Informer…


Going underground: Royal Engineers advance through the Yorkshire dark

Below the Leeds side streets, personnel from 21 Engineer Regiment slipped down into an array of tunnels to practice subterranean warfare on Exercise Hypogeal Bear this week. In sweltering weather and low-light conditions, around 20 soldiers from the Ripon-based unit made their way through 2km of knee-high water for what is seen as one of the Army’s most innovative exercises of the training year. Starting off from near the Royal Armouries Museum, and supported all the way by the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, the troops made their way through the winding underground route until they reached Harewood Barracks. Harrogate Informer…


Tate Consulting Engineers Belfast expansion

Harrogate headquartered building services engineering practice, Tate Consulting, has expanded into Belfast, initially creating five jobs in the city. The firm now plans to continue growing the team following a string of high-profile contract wins. Tate Consulting’s recently opened new Belfast office is located close to Belfast City Airport in the Belmont Office Park on Belmont Road. Belfast born Jim Lee, who has been a director at Tate Consulting for the past nine years, will continue to split his time between Belfast and Harrogate. Aaron Stevenson and Kevin Gallagher have also joined the team as associate director and mechanical associate 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…


North Yorkshire Police publish a strategy to tackle violence against women and girls

North Yorkshire Police has published its strategy to tackle the issue of violence against women and girls. The document is entitled: “Helping women and girls to feel safe and be safe”. Chief Constable Lisa Winward said: We are already working in line with the national policing approach to eliminating violence against women and girls but we wanted to demonstrate to the public of North Yorkshire and the City of York how we are putting this crime at the heart of what we do. This issue is already a priority for action across the force and in the coming year we Harrogate Informer…