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New £5million diagnostic hub comes to the Friarage Hospital

A NEW endoscopy and urology diagnostic hub that will boost the number of procedures and provide a one-stop-shop service for patients has opened at Northallerton’s Friarage Hospital. The £5million hub will enable 60 more patients each week to receive endoscopy tests, which use a long, thin tube with a small camera inside to help diagnose certain symptoms. The state-of-the-art facility will also deliver diagnostic procedures and treatments to patients with problems of the urinary tract. This will include rapid assessment of patients with suspected urinary tract cancers, as well as treatments to help patients with conditions such as difficulty passing Harrogate Informer…


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…


Yorkshire cow attack to appear on first episode of new Helicopter ER series

A horrific cow attack in Masham, North Yorkshire that saw a woman left with serious injuries is set to appear on the new series of Helicopter ER, which starts on Tuesday 20th September. Janicke Tvedt, 55 was walking her Labrador Goose when she was attacked and trampled by cows. She was out walking with her partner David to take her mind off her impending cancer surgery which was scheduled for a few days later. It is thought the cows attacked as a form of protection for their young calves. Janicke said of her incident: As soon as we entered the Harrogate Informer…


Tickets go on sale for The Knitting & Stitching Show, Harrogate

Tickets have gone on sale for The Knitting & Stitching Show, the UK’s biggest textile event, which takes place at Harrogate Convention Centre from 17th-20th November 2022. Whether you’re a knitter, quilter, embroiderer or needle felter, The Knitting & Stitching Show promises inspiration and ideas for every style and stage of stitcher, from complete beginners to experts. Top tutors will be hosting more than 220 hands-on workshops and demonstrations, with a dedicated dressmaking programme and festive, seasonal makes like knitted Christmas gnomes, felted wreaths, fabric baubles and embroidery Robins. If craft supplies are on your Christmas shopping wish list, there Harrogate Informer…


Andrew Jones MP welcomes new PM

Harrogate and Knaresborough MP Andrew Jones has congratulated new Prime Minister, Liz Truss, on her victory in the Conservative Party leadership race. Ms Truss gained 81,326 votes from the party membership against 60,399 for rival Rishi Sunak. Ms Truss will see Her Majesty the Queen at Balmoral tomorrow to formally take up office before returning to Number 10 to start work. Welcoming her to her new role, Mr Jones said: Being Prime Minister is a great responsibility and I offer Ms Truss my full support in her new role. I backed Rishi Sunak and he fought a very credible campaign. Harrogate Informer…


Fountains Abbey and Royal Yacht Britannia share the top spot in Which? survey of the UK’s favourite historic sites

Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire and the Royal Yacht Britannia in Edinburgh have tied in first place in Which?’s survey of the best historic attractions in the UK. These two historic sites were the joint favourite attractions when ranked in a survey of almost 3,000 Which? members, which looked at nine criteria including overall value for money, helpfulness of staff and lack of crowds. Both achieved an impressive overall score of 88 per cent, beating well-known attractions including Stonehenge, Westminster Abbey and The Tower of London to the top spot. This year marks the second time the Royal Yacht Britannia has Harrogate Informer…


Walking groups unite to help more people get active for health

The landscapes and picturesque market towns and villages are famous around the world, capturing the imaginations of generations who have visited them. And more people living and working in North Yorkshire are now enjoying their county’s coastal and countryside vistas as well as towns and villages while boosting their health and well-being through a concerted effort to unite walking groups under one banner and create new organisations. Ramblers Wellbeing Walks was launched nationally by the Ramblers, Britain’s largest walking community, at the start of 2022. North Yorkshire Sport (NYS) worked with Ramblers and Stronger Communities to bring together several existing Harrogate Informer…


Additional funding for North Yorkshire bus services

The Department for Transport has announced that bus operators across England will benefit from up to £130 million of further support. Grant funding for commercial routes struggling to recover after the Government-imposed lockdowns had been expected to end in October. But last week the government announced further funding to cover six months from October this year to March 2023, which will be provided directly to bus operators rather than councils. Shortly before the announcement, the leader of the council, Cllr Carl Les, and executive member for highways and transport, Cllr Keane Duncan, wrote to transport secretary Grant Shapps to stress Harrogate Informer…


Liberal Democrat Councillors launch consultation on Knaresborough High Street

Newly Elected Liberal Democrat Councillors Hannah Gostlow and Matt Walker have launched a consultation focusing on Knaresborough High Street. Titled “A Starter for 10” the Councillors are asking residents and businesses to share their opinions on Knaresborough’s High Street. They will be out and about on the High Street talking to residents, shoppers and businesses. Cllr Hannah Gostlow said: There has been little or no investment in Knaresborough by North Yorkshire County Council over the last ten years and residents and businesses are fed up. Now we want North Yorkshire Council to invest in Knaresborough High Street and not just Harrogate Informer…


Tree lights to be replaced on some sections of the Harrogate Stray

Following the installation of lighting in Valley Gardens, the borough council has decided to replace the existing lighting along Montpellier Hill, West Park and York Place. The new lights have started to be installed this week and have been wrapped around the trunk rather than being strung through the branches resulting in an attractive illumination of the tree. This should result in better resistance to the weather and fewer repair requirements through the season. More than 40 trees will each have around 100 m of lights that will be a mixture of bright white, warm white and coloured, to produce Harrogate Informer…