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Yorkshire Water launches project to reduce sewer flooding – installation of 35,000 sewer alarms

Yorkshire Water have begun a project to reduce the risk and impact of sewer flooding in homes and the local environment. The utility company will be installing 35,000 Technolog customer sewer alarms at properties across Yorkshire. The move follows a successful pilot project of 5,000 devices in Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield and Doncaster, which won the Institute of Water North Region Innovation award. Once installed, the customer sewer alarms will monitor the water level within the combined sewer gullies using a pressure sensor which sends an alert remotely when an increase in level is identified. The devices use a wireless network 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…


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…


Councillor Michael Schofield meets with stakeholders for the Otley Road cycle way scheme

Councillor Michael Schofield met this morning (27 May 2022) with two of the stakeholders for the Otley Road cycleway scheme. Judy D’Arcy Thompson, chair of the Stray Defence Association committee and Chris Dicken from the Harlow and Pannal Ash Residents Association (HAPARA) discussed the history of the scheme, the recent NYCC stakeholder event, and their views towards it. The Cycle Scheme is in three phases: Phase 1 Otley Road, from the Harlow Moor Junction (reservoir) to Cold Bath Road/ Arthur’s Avenue. The work is widened pathways, shared for walkers and cyclist. Junctions have been changed, with the stop line set Harrogate Informer…


Opera North’s Parsifal prepares for UK tour

Opera North’s eagerly anticipated staging of Parsifal, Wagner’s last and arguably most mesmerising work, takes place this June, touring to concert halls across the country after opening in the company’s home city of Leeds. Leeds Grand Theatre (1 – 10 June 2022) Bridgewater Hall, Manchester (12 June 2022) Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham (15 June 2022) Sage Gateshead (18 June 2022) Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre (26 June 2022) Parsifal marks the latest in Opera North’s adaptation of large-scale music works into performances suitable for the concert hall. With props and costumes kept to a minimum, the 90-piece orchestra are visible Harrogate Informer…


Grow into Gardening at Harrogate Spring Flower Show

Designers from across the country will be creating a flash of fantastic floral inspiration to illustrate the benefits of bringing plants and flowers into our lives this season, as the 2022 Harrogate Spring Flower Show digs into our ever-growing connection with gardening and all things green. Staged at The Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, the show kicks off the UK’s national gardening calendar from Thursday 21st – Sunday 24 April 2022. Celebrating the physical and psychological benefits of gardening which many of us have discovered, or perhaps rediscovered, during the pandemic, the show welcomes ‘Grow Your Home’, a spectacular floral installation Harrogate Informer…


Train timetable changes coming will cut the early trains to London from Harrogate

On the 15 May 2022, the 06:07 and 06:33 services to London will be cut. The evening services will also be changed with a two-hourly gap. The withdrawal of a through return service between Leeds, Harrogate and York  in the mid-evening, after the half-hourly service finishes, leaves an appalling two hour gap for users of the line. We refer to the 1929 Leeds-York, 2110 York-Leeds and 2239 Leeds-Harrogate. So there are no trains from Leeds to Harrogate between 2129 and 2339.  The 2129 is now the last train to Knaresborough and beyond – formerly it was one hour later. There Harrogate Informer…


Leeds Civic Hall to be illuminated in support of Ukraine

The Leeds Civic Hall Building is to be lit up in Ukraine colours of blue and yellow. In a joint statement to announce the lighting up of the Civic Hall, Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Asghar Khan and Leeds City Council Leader Councillor James Lewis said: People in Leeds have been shocked and saddened at the tragic events unfolding in Ukraine.  Leeds Civic Hall will be lit up in the Ukrainian colours of blue and yellow this evening and over the weekend in a symbolic gesture of our solidarity and support to the people of Ukraine and the vibrant and valued Ukrainian Harrogate Informer…


Harrogate Grammar School celebrates Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year celebrations took place at Harrogate Grammar School last week, with a vibrant display of kung fu and dance. The school, students and parents/carers celebrated the Year of the Tiger with a colourful showcase of food and culture. Mandarin teacher Richard Barnard, who spent several years living in China, explained: New Year is all about togetherness, eating with the people you love and making wishes. They also embrace traditions such as spring-cleaning your house, making dumplings and setting off red sky lanterns. Deqing Chen, Director of Jinlong Culture and Performing Arts Ltd, was MC for the event and Harrogate Informer…