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The Harrogate Theatre column with David Bown

I’ve been working at Harrogate Theatre for nearly 14 years now and I can honestly say that there has never been a better atmosphere for a play in all that time, than there was for the last night of Rita, Sue and Bob Too.

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The Harrogate Advertiser's Graham Chalmers. (Picture courtesy of Marconi cafe, Princes Square, Harrogate)

Dear Reader: Failing to come to rescue + praising Joan Bakewell

A personal column by the Harrogate Advertiser's Graham Chalmers

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Malcolm Neesam: Farewell to Crescent Gardens

Harrogate historian Malcolm Neesam looks back at the council’s early days at Crescent Gardens as they prepare to move to new purpose built offices. He wants to emphasise that his references apply to no living people.

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All too often householders are making their properties an attractive proposition for burglars.

The Crime Matters column with Supt Paula Booth

For those of you who have been a victim of burglary, you will know first-hand that gut-wrenching feeling of your home and property being violated by strangers.

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We had a wonderful time at the Walled Garden Apple Day.

The Ripon Mayor’s column with Pauline McHardy

Sunday 1 October – I attended the Yorkshire Agricultural Harvest Service at Ripon Cathedral. The congregation were warmly welcomed by Dean John. It was heartwarming to see all the children proudly taking their harvest produce offerings to the altar.

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The acquisition of the Ripon Workhouse Main Block creates opportunities at the visitor attraction.

The City Plan column

The draft Ripon City Plan outlines proposals for the long-term strategic development and growth of the city. Regular readers may recall that among the original reasons for developing a Neighbourhood Plan was the belief that more could be done to support the city’s economy, and address some of the challenges that we face.

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The Cathedrals Food and Gift Fayre will take place on Saturday 25 November.

The City Matters column with Alan Weston

Although it is only October you may have noticed that some of the Christmas Lights have been put up around the city centre already. This is earlier than normal, but is a result of changing contractors, and being able to make savings on the costs of installation, storage, taking down and testing.

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COLUMN: Why asking for ‘PP’ leaves me feeling flushed!

COLUMN: Why asking for ‘PP’ leaves me feeling flushed!

What’s in name? Quite a lot, as it goes.

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Grand Central column

Why asking for ‘PP’ leaves me feeling flushed!

What’s in name? Quite a lot, as it goes.
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Inside the historic Grove House in Harrogate - until recently the national home of the RAOB.

Dear Reader: Bizarre ways of local democracy + RAOB on the move

A personal column by Graham Chalmers
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Harrogates chaplaincy service covers the  inpatient facilities at Ripon Community Hospital.

The Holy Living column with Rev Peter Dodson

Self-control became, for me, the most difficult of Saint Paul’s list of spiritual fruit. There is no Divine Saying that commands or encourages Christians to exercise self-control. No such word is used by the prophets or by Jesus.

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The broach spire of Ripons Holy Trinity Church - broach means to pierce. (Copyright - David Winpenny)

The Civic Society column with David Winpenny

Architectural historians are fond of jargon. They will flourish a whole alphabet of words, from ‘abacus’ and ‘bartizan’ to ‘xystus’ and ‘zoophorus’, with great vigour.

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The Bistro on the Park, a client facing model, allows the students skills to shine.

The Harrogate College column with Debra Forsythe-Conroy

A college is like any other business and its students are ‘’customers”. They provide the income and the organisation provides the service. Like any competitive sector a college needs to be responsive to trends, what is it the customers want and how can the needs best be met.

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The Civic Societys green plaque about the Rising of the North. (Copyright - David Winpenny)

The Civic Society column with David Winpenny

Ripon Civic Society’s green plaques, telling the history of many of the important buildings and locations around the city, are always of interest to visitors – and to local people. But the story they tell is limited by the amount of space available – so here, in the first of an occasional series, is a little more about three of them.

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A grant from the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority has helped kit out our new members.

The Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue column with David Dennis

It has been local shows time in the Dales in recent weeks and we have been out and about meeting the public at the events. Thankfully we only had four call outs over the period to deal with.

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Fundraiser Dan Wilson and fellow Stray Marathon Challenge runners.

The Harrogate Hospital and Community Charity column with David Fisher

We all know the well-known saying and understand its meaning and in the fundraising that people do for us in the community, it really does ring true!

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The staff at Long Meadows appeared to be very happy and excited about its opening

The Ripon Mayor’s column with Pauline McHardy

Sunday 24 September - I attended a service for the Freemasons who were celebrating the 300th Anniversary of Freemasonry within the United Grand Lodge of England, and the 200th Anniversary of the Province of Yorkshire, West Riding.

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Joining in with youth club activities.

The Connecting Ripon column with Karen Weaver

The Connecting Ripon Network brings local charities and people together who offer opportunities to make a positive difference in Ripon.

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COLUMN: Tinnitus - let’s all make some noise about it!

COLUMN: Tinnitus - let’s all make some noise about it!

It would be borderline bad taste to say I’d never heard of tinnitus before my diagnosis.

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Without Gilbert Scotts restoration, Ripon Cathedrals west towers would have collapsed. (Copyright - David Winpenny)

The Civic Society Column with David Winpenny

On 5 March 1877 an angry letter appeared in the magazine ‘The Athenaeum’.

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