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Clash of opinions at Valley Gardens open meeting

Different points of view over the future of the Valley Gardens were raised in at a packed open meeting in Harrogate. Called by the volunteers of charity group Friends of Valley Gardens who are worried over damage caused to the park by events such as the

52 min. ago in Art & Culture

Millions of Brits risking home security

Millions of Brits are leaving their windows and doors unlocked, leaving keys in the garden and relying on their dog to keep their home safe, a study has found. One in five leave their doors unlocked all or most of the time on a typical day and 48 per cen

52 min. ago in Art & Culture

Pokemon Go announce Hallowe’en-themed update for this week

The developers of Pokemon GO are getting into the spirit of the season by announcing a series of Hallowe’en-themed special features. From tomorrow, players will receive double the usual amount of candy for every Pokemon they catch and, as an extra bonus,

52 min. ago in Art & Culture

Harrogate Hospital promises to protect its midwives

Midwives at Harrogate Hospital have been promised a 'compassionate and positive' working environment thanks to a national campaign to protect NHS maternity staff. Harrogate and District Foundation Trust have become the latest trust in the North of Englan

today, 12:26 in Art & Culture

VIDEO: Check out the world’s first airbag for cyclists

A Swedish firm has designed the world’s first airbag for cyclists. The Hövding airbag is designed to revolutionise head protection and videos of the invention online have attracted more than 150 million views as cyclists get excited about the inflatable

today, 10:59 in Art & Culture

Getting ready for events in the build up to Christmas

There wasn’t a City Matters column last month due to the launch of the draft Ripon City Plan consultation which has been a focus for my work. Even over the last month this has continued to dominate with organising consultation events such as the recent b

today, 09:44 in Art & Culture

Ten ways in which Harrogate district is going 'Green'

Readers may have spotted the words ‘Zero Carbon Harrogate’ starting to pop up regularly at events across North Yorkshire. But what or who, does it refer to? Rather than being a case of pie in the sky, this new group is only one of many local organisation

today, 08:01 in Art & Culture

Nightmare time for Knaresborough cafe 'let down by system'

The tenant-owners of The Old Ticket Office cafe at Knaresborough Railway Station say they are determined to survive what has been a nightmare two years for them. Situated in the spot which was once occupied by Off The Rails restaurant, their popular cafe

yesterday, 17:35 in Art & Culture

Award-winning Yorkshire Meatball Company announce closure of its Harrogate restaurant

The award-winning Yorkshire Meatball Company has announced the closure of its Harrogate restaurant just one month after launching their recipes in national supermarkets. A message posted on the company's website said they would be permanently closing the

yesterday, 17:35 in Art & Culture

Babies should share bedroom with parents - but in their own bed

Babies should sleep in the same rooms as their parents for the first year of their lives - but never in the same bed - as it reduces cot death by 50 per cent. Child health experts warn never to put infants to sleep on sofas, armchairs or soft surfaces to

yesterday, 15:26 in Art & Culture

Tesco site: Demands grow to build affordable housing

Harrogate will remain the only major postcode in Britain without a Tesco - and many in the town are now calling for affordable housing, a business park or a park-and-ride to take its place. Everyone seemed in shock after the surprise decision - including

yesterday, 13:48 in Art & Culture

Tributes paid as Bishop of Ripon to step down

THE BISHOP of Ripon, the Right Reverend James Bell, is to retire next April. He has been Bishop of Ripon since the creation of the new Diocese of Leeds in 2014. He was previously suffragan Bishop of Knaresborough in the former Diocese of Ripon &...

yesterday, 13:31 in Art & Culture

Awards acknowledge top building projects

The restoration and adaptation of a former Victorian coach house in Ripon into a new, modern, eco-friendly home has been named as the best project in Ripon Civic Society’s Annual Awards. The Society’s Awards, presented at a ceremony at the city’s Spa Hot

yesterday, 10:30 in Art & Culture

Laws to protect The Stray to be substantially changed to hold more public events?

Harrogate Borough Council is to hold a public consultation as to whether the authority should seek to amend legislation to increase the opportunity to hold more and different types of events on the Stray, an area of 200 acres (80 hectares) of open grassl

Saturday, 12:31 in Art & Culture

Knife-carriers in Harrogate encouraged to surrender their weapons

People carrying knives and dangerous weapons in Harrogate have been invited to voluntarily dispose of the blades, as part of a nation-wide crackdown on knife crime. Police all across the nation are taking part in Operation Sceptre - a coordinated week of

Friday, 17:23 in Art & Culture

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